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Allan Weiss, Writer on 6 Elvis Presley Movies, Dies at 90

Allan Weiss, Writer on 6 Elvis Presley Movies, Dies at 90
Screenwriter Allan Weiss, who was on hand to witness Elvis Presley's first Hollywood screen test and worked on six of the singer's movies in the 1960s, has died. He was 90.

Weiss died Thursday at a nursing facility in Mission Viejo, Calif., his nephew, Ken Maas, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Weiss provided the story for Presley's Blue Hawaii (1961) and wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for the films Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), Fun in Acapulco (1963), Roustabout (1964), Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) and Easy Come, Easy Go (1967).

Weiss once noted that to write a screenplay for an Elvis movie,...
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Michael Bublé, White Dee, Alan Davies lead Channel 5 Christmas 2014 lineup

Channel 5 has unveiled details of its Christmas schedules.

Next month, Michael Bublé: Live from Radio City 2014 will see the 'Haven't Met You Yet' singer joined by Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande and The Muppets' Miss Piggy on-stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

New supernatural drama The Haunting of Radcliffe House, starring Olivia Williams and Matthew Modine, will also premiere in December. Set in the Yorkshire Moors, the ghost story is directed by Nick Willing (Alice, Neverland).

Also airing next month is White Dee: Behind the Headlines, a documentary that tells the tale of the Benefits Street and Celebrity Big Brother star.

The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davies at Christmas sees the Qi comedian host a Christmas party and share stories of amazing dog rescues.

Elvis Night takes a look back at the king of rock n' roll. Fun in Acapulco, Elvis - The 1968 Comeback Special and
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John Scheinfeld Will Direct Elvis Biopic Fame & Fortune

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Rlf Victor Productions has hired John Scheinfeld to direct the Elvis biopic Fame & Fortune.  The King has been the subject of a couple of notable telepics: Kurt Russell played Elvis for director John Carpenter in 1979, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers assumed the role in 2005.  To my knowledge, this is the first big feature project to chronicle the musician's rise to prominence in the 1950s to his death by overdose in 1977.  I can't vouch for Scheinfeld's candidacy as a narrative director, but he has the ear for the job---his documentary subjects include John Lennon, Brian Wilson, and most recently Harry Nilsson.  The casting search begins this fall for a 2012 release.  God bless the actor brave enough to try on Elvis' mighty big blue suede shoes. According to THR, Fame & Fortune is based on on the 2007 biography Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business, written by Presley's longtime bodyguard Sonny West and author Marshall Terrill.
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Wish You Were Here?

Wish You Were Here?

“We’re going where the sun shines brightly

We’re going where the sea is blue

We’ve seen it in the movies

Now let’s see if it’s true”

Septuagenarian pop star Cliff Richard was (typically) seeing life through rose-tinted shades when he starred in Summer Holiday, back in 1963. Most Brits heading off to Europe this month won’t be travelling in an old London double-decker, like clean-cut Cliff and his pals in Peter Yates’s musical. They’ll be joining long queues at the airport; muttering about the extortionate price of petrol; or praying that Eurostar doesn’t grind to a shuddering halt on this side of the Channel.

Above all, they’ll be hoping that their vacation doesn’t turn out to be anything like in the movies. Cliff may have been weaned on a wholesome diet of Elvis and Gidget, but
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Dolores Fuller obituary

Hollywood actor known for her roles in the so-bad-they're-good films of Ed Wood

There are artists in various fields whose fame rests solely on how bad their work is alleged to be. Among them are the poet William McGonagall, the novelist Amanda McKittrick Ros, the soprano Florence Foster Jenkins and the film director Ed Wood. The latter's reputation as the world's worst film-maker rubbed off on Dolores Fuller, his muse, lover and leading lady, who has died aged 88.

It would be unfair to pick on Fuller for her stiff posture and stilted delivery in Wood's movies when the others in the casts were equally awkward, mainly because of the minimum amount of takes and the lack of strong direction. The "peak" of Wood and Fuller's collaboration was the camp classic Glen or Glenda (aka I Led Two Lives, 1953), an unintentionally hilarious, well-meaning film on transvestism. The theme was particularly close
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