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The pneumatic Anna Nicole Smith was a modern-day Marilyn Monroe whose meteoric rise to fame took her from being a single mother in Texas to Playboy’s Playmate of the Year, international supermodel, actress, and reality television personality. But her sudden catapult to fame came with a price, as drugs, alcohol and reckless behavior led her down a path that ultimately resulted in her tragic death.
Directed by Mary Harron, written by John Rice and Joe Batteer, and co-starring Martin Landau (Cleopatra), Adam Goldberg (Untitled) Cary Elwes (No Strings Attached), and Virginia Madsen (Dune), Anna Nicole was produced by Sony Pictures Television and aired on The Lifetime Channel in June, »
In another lifetime, Colin Farrell and Elizabeth Taylor might have been great lovers. Speaking with Ellen DeGeneres on Monday, Dec. 16, about his unique friendship with the legendary screen siren, the Saving Mr. Banks actor hinted at a deep affection for the actress that was never fully realized because they met so late in life. Farrell, now 37, met Taylor toward the end of her life, when his youngest son, Henry, was born at Cedars Sinai Hospital. (The Cleopatra actress, 79 at the time of her death [...] »
Kim Kardashian's admiration for Elizabeth Taylor continues. The reality star, who has long been obsessed with the late Hollywood legend, posted a tribute to La Liz on Instagram late Monday - posing with a towel in her hair and showing off a diamond ring in front of a photo of Taylor in the same pose from the '60s. "#MyIdol," Kardashian, 33, wrote in the simple caption to the picture, which is an homage to a photo taken of Taylor by her lifelong pal, the actor and photographer Roddy McDowall. As it happens, Taylor gave her final interview to Kardashian »
- Tim Nudd
Let's hope those diamonds always bring her luck. Kim Kardashian didn't just channel the late Elizabeth Taylor in her latest Instagram selfie -- she copied the screen legend in a loving mirror-image tribute. The reality star, 32, stands in front of a classic photo of Taylor in which the Cleopatra actress is seen from the eyes up -- gazing at the camera, wearing a wrapped-up towel as headpiece and, with her left hand across her forehead, flashes a gigantic diamond ring. North West's mama mimics the [...] »
Now we know why the Greek's always wore white... Not only does Hayden Panettiere look like a bummer in this dark, draped look, but the giant shape makes it seem like TV's singing star is stuck inside a trash bag. We realize this fit flattered everyone from Cleopatra to Elizabeth Taylor (as Cleopatra, but still) it's just a fashion horse of a very different color in anything but bright white. All this dress needs is a shorter hemline to save it from burlap sack territory. A mini synch at the waist would also help the cause. And we could do with slightly less fabric around the arm. It's somehow making this slight celeb look wide in very strange places. So just three simple changes would turn »
From the set of Cleopatra to the Cannes International Film Festival to Mexico to Switzerland, Elizabeth Taylor's children saw plenty of the world. Growing up the son of a screen legend "was great, kind of circus-like," says Christopher Wilding. "The big tent folds and moves to the next city." And wherever they called home, the 58-year-old adds, Taylor "took great pains to create a stable family life" for the four children she adored. In this week's issue of People, Taylor's family shares intimate memories and rare pictures of their mother for the first time in honor of her AIDS activism, »
- Elizabeth McNeil
Switching easily between Fright Night, Jane Eyre, Centurion and the upcoming Need For Speed, Imogen Poots always seems to make an impact. She’ll be taking on an ingénue role for a new film, as she’s set to star in Todd Field’s latest, Beautiful Ruins.Adapted by Field and author Jess Walter from her best-selling book, Ruins is described as an epic story that begins off the Ligurian coast in the spring of 1962. It focuses on four characters whose orbit around one another is set in motion by an incident in that international jet-set centre, Rome, in the throes of “La Dolce Vita” madness during the shooting of Cleopatra.Poots will be Dee Moray, a young actress who catches the eye of several men, including a studio raconteur, a World War Two veteran in the midst of creative blocks on his first novel, a young Italian hotelier and even acting icon Richard Burton. »
Todd Field is one of my favourite directors, despite having only directed two feature length films in 12 years. But who cares when those two films were the staggeringly unforgettable In The Bedroom and Little Children. Both of these dramas rocked to my core, and so it’s great to hear that the actor turned director (he was in Twister don’t you know?) is to return for a third film. The oxymoronic Beautiful Ruins , will star Imogen Poots as actress Dee Moray, in a highly complex dramatic piece based on the novel of the same name. Cross Creek Productions and Smuggler Films will bring this 1962 set novel to life and you can read the press release below.
Cross Creek Pictures along with Smuggler Films announced today that Imogen Poots is attached to star as the young ingénue, “Dee Moray,” in Todd Field’s Beautiful Ruins, based on the sensational #1New »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Cross Creek Pictures along with Smuggler Films announced today that Imogen Poots is attached to star as the young ingénue, "Dee Moray," in Todd Field's Beautiful Ruins, based on the sensational #1New York Times best-selling novel by Jess Walter, which has sold more than a million copies and been translated into 25 languages. Beautiful Ruins was adapted by Field and Walter, and Field will produce the film through Standard Film Company with Cross Creek's Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, as well as Smuggler Films' Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody. In addition, Adam Kassan will oversee production for Cross Creek Pictures. Filming starts May 2014 in Italy.
The epic story begins off the Ligurian coast in the spring of 1962 and centers on four characters whose orbit around one another is set in motion by an incident involving the international jet-set center, Rome, in the throes of La Dolce Vita »
Elizabeth Taylor's Bulgari jewellery sets off Italy's postwar glory years in V&A's The Glamour of Italian Fashion show
The extraordinary glamour and craftsmanship of Italian fashion in the second half of the 20th century – and how the fashion industry helped to transform the fortunes and image of a country devastated by the second world war – are to be the focus of The Glamour of Italian Fashion, a new exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in April 2014.
The exhibition will deliver a feelgood fillip to an Italian fashion industry currently in crisis. The fashion industry's appetite for newness has led to Italian designer fashion, dominated for decades by the same names – Armani, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana – finding itself overshadowed by exciting new design talent in London, »
- Jess Cartner-Morley
Vivien Leigh: Legendary ‘Gone with the Wind’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ star would have turned 100 today Vivien Leigh was perhaps the greatest film star that hardly ever was. What I mean is that following her starring role in the 1939 Civil War blockbuster Gone with the Wind, Leigh was featured in a mere eight* movies over the course of the next 25 years. The theater world’s gain — she was kept busy on the London stage — was the film world’s loss. But even if Leigh had starred in only two movies — Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire — that would have been enough to make her a screen legend; one who would have turned 100 years old today, November 5, 2013. (Photo: Vivien Leigh ca. 1940.) Vivien Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley to British parents in Darjeeling, India) began her film career in the mid-’30s, playing bit roles in British »
- Andre Soares
Well, fiddle-dee-dee: Today is Vivien Leigh‘s 100th birthday, and if that doesn’t make you arch your meticulously crafted brow and seek out the kindness of strangers, we have nothing in common. Leigh is not only one of the most spellbinding and striking movie stars we’ve ever had, but her legendary commitment to character shined in both Gone With the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire, two films that earned the Academy Award for Best Actress. In the age of biopics like My Week With Marilyn and the upcoming Grace of Monaco, one must wonder why we don’t crave more historical re-inspection of Leigh, once billed as “the outstanding actress of her generation.” (That said: I thought Julia Ormand did a wonderful job in a bit role as Leigh in the aformentioned Marilyn film.)
To celebrate the centennial of Leigh’s birth in British India, here are »
- Louis Virtel
During the week-long engagement, Collins will share personal film footage, and divulge details about her five marriages and her off-screen life in Hollywood.
The 80-year-old actress also plans to spill the beans on how she got beat out by Elizabeth Taylor for the starring role in 1963's "Cleopatra," along with many more tidbits from her on-screen career, spanning six-decades.
The second half of each night will focus on Q&A from fans in the audience. Who's going to be brave enough to bring up that alleged foursome Collins and Shirley Jones had in the 1960s?
Performances will run Feb. 2 - Feb. 9, 2014. »
Perhaps appropriately, BBC America follows the Lifetime movie “Liz & Dick” — half biopic, half Lindsay Lohan exploitation showcase — with “Burton and Taylor,” which not only employs the surnames of the celebrated couple but flips the order. That makes sense, since this is a more grown-up movie, zeroing in on a narrow stretch near the end of their light-switch romance, using that as a window into their tumultuous whirlwind of a relationship. This British import also has well-matched stars in Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter, the first capturing Burton’s weariness, the latter almost uncannily replicating Taylor’s voice.
The movie picks up in 1983, with Taylor (still ravishing at 50) and Burton reunited — professionally, that is — as they agree to star in a Broadway production of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives.” He, of course, is the consummate stage professional — a boozer, yes, but an actor’s actor.
By contrast, his former wife is a movie star, »
- Brian Lowry
These days you can watch any movie you desire online. Yet there's still one thing the magical wonders of instant streaming haven't solved for indecisive movie-lovers: what the heck to watch! Moviefone is here to recommend the best streaming movies from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant each week in the Moviefone Stream.
This week's Moviefone stream picks range from model comedies and limb removal to immortal angels and gun kung fu. Check out our suggestions below and happy streaming!
Ben Stiller's model spoof "Zoolander" is one of those early 2000's comedies that can be revisited over and over no matter how dated it gets -- the mini cell phone is still pretty awesome/hilarious. Mugatu may still be one of Will Ferrell's funniest characters, Blue Steel (and Magnum) never get old, and Wham!'s "Wake Me Up" will forever and always remind you of giggling models spraying gasoline. »
- Erin Whitney
Mabel Pakenham-Walsh, who has died aged 75, was a woodcarver, draughtswoman and campaigner for disabled people. Many of her works were made from recycled or found materials. Her wood carvings were made from ironing boards, breadboards, old ships' timbers and in one case an old wooden toilet seat. Her jewellery was made from a cut-up caravan. Mabel noted that among her influences were naive art, outsider art and primitive art, but she did not consider herself to fit into any of those categories.
Mabel grew up in Lancaster, and trained at Lancaster College of Art (1954-58) and then at Wimbledon College of Art (1958-59). While working as a woodcarver at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios in the early 1960s, she carved the chaise-longue for the film Cleopatra (1963) starring Elizabeth Taylor.
In 1976 she moved to mid-Wales and produced a series of relief carvings relating to local stories, myths and legends. Animals, beasts, folk »
If you find moving flat/house stressful, spare a thought for those film production companies who choose to lug their equipment, cast and crew thousands of miles to the other side of the world. Here, Damian Hellowell of removal specialists John Mason International takes a look at some of the industry's most torturous productions. Though the average family has roughly four members, some films can have thousands; whereas the average family can fit all their possessions into one or two containers, sometimes one film can take a ship-load of space to transport equipment to a desired location. Here are a few nightmare productions that decided to flaunt their individuality and cast off from the luxury of filming domestically.
Waterworld (1995): On paper, Waterworld might have looked like a relatively straightforward production. After all, Kevin Costner and director Kevin Reynolds had a colossal $100 million to play with ($162,810,000 in today's money). What hadn't been taken into account, »
- CineVue UK
Rex Harrison hat on TCM: ‘My Fair Lady,’ ‘Anna and the King of Siam’ Rex Harrison is Turner Classic Movies’ final "Summer Under the Stars" star today, August 31, 2013. TCM is currently showing George Cukor’s lavish My Fair Lady (1964), an Academy Award-winning musical that has (in my humble opinion) unfairly lost quite a bit of its prestige in the last several decades. Rex Harrison, invariably a major ham whether playing Saladin, the King of Siam, Julius Caesar, the ghost of a dead sea captain, or Richard Burton’s lover, is for once flawlessly cast as Professor Henry Higgins, who on stage transformed Julie Andrews from cockney duckling to diction-master swan and who in the movie version does the same for Audrey Hepburn. Harrison, by the way, was the year’s Best Actor Oscar winner. (See also: "Audrey Hepburn vs. Julie Andrews: Biggest Oscar Snubs.") Following My Fair Lady, Rex Harrison »
- Andre Soares
With movie music nights having become de rigueur at concert halls and amphitheaters across the land — not to mention recently sprung festival showcases — it might be important to note the event that started it all. Fifty years ago next month, an extraordinary collection of film composers gathered to celebrate the great songs and scores of Hollywood history.
It was Sept. 25, 1963, at the Hollywood Bowl, and although it was a hot night in the middle of the week, an estimated 10,000 gathered to listen to the movies’ greatest hits as conducted by the men who originally wrote them.
Elmer Bernstein opened with “The Magnificent Seven.” Henry Mancini, who would become a Bowl regular in years to come, made only his second appearance there, conducting “Days of Wine and Roses” and “Peter Gunn.” Alfred Newman brought the house down with his rousing “How the West Was Won” overture.
- Jon Burlingame
Box Office Busts! kicks off this week at Trailers from Hell, with director Dan Ireland introducing the most notorious budget-ballooning debacle in film history, Joseph L. Mankiewicz' "Cleopatra," starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. There’s never been anything quite like it, before or since. Years in the making and more notable for its long term show biz fallout than its actual merits, this spectacularly mounted historical effusion is the very definition of the Troubled Production. There are many published treatises on the unmaking of this movie, none more insightful than harried producer Walter Wanger’s “My Life with Cleopatra” (1963). »
- Trailers From Hell
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