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Everything to Know About Sharon Tate, the Pregnant Actress Killed by Charles Manson’s Followers

Everything to Know About Sharon Tate, the Pregnant Actress Killed by Charles Manson’s Followers
Sharon Tate was 26 in 1969 and about to begin a new chapter of her life: The successful actress was married to director Roman Polanski and eight-and-a-half months pregnant with their first child.

But that was all cut short when Sharon was killed — along with Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski and Steven Parent — in a horrific stabbing at her Los Angeles-area home by followers of cult leader Charles Manson.

Manson, whose name became synonymous with evil after his arrest in connection with the 1969 murders of Tate and eight others, died of natural causes on Sunday night. He was 83 and serving a
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Read People’s 2014 Cover Story: My Sister’s Murder 45 Years After Manson’s Spree

Read People’s 2014 Cover Story: My Sister’s Murder 45 Years After Manson’s Spree
Infamous cult leader Charles Manson, who became synonymous with evil after ordering the murders of nine people over two months in 1969, has died. He was 83 and serving nine life sentences in California’s Corcoran State Prison.

In 2014, People published a cover story featuring Debra Tate, the sister of actress Sharon Tate, who was murdered at the hands of Manson’s followers, known as his “family.” Below is a reprint of the story, headlined: “My Sister’s Murder 45 Years After Manson’s Spree.”

Following Manson’s death, Debra told People, “I said a prayer for his soul.”

It was an unusually
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Summer of '69: When Charles Manson Scared the Hell Out of Hollywood

Summer of '69: When Charles Manson Scared the Hell Out of Hollywood
On Aug. 8, 1969, Sharon Tate was a beautiful, B-movie actress best known for The Fearless Vampire KillersValley of the Dolls and a handful of episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies. On Aug. 9, 1969, Charles Manson turned her into the biggest star in Hollywood. By a twist of unlucky fate, the 26-year-old starlet became the most famous victim of the so-called "Manson Family" when the deranged yet magnetic cult leader ordered several of his followers to murder any "piggies" they found at 10050 Cielo Drive, a sprawling but isolated property tucked into a hillside in Los Angeles' Benedict Canyon that Tate was renting from talent manager Rudi Altobelli for $1,200 a...
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Tarantino's Family

By Salim Garami

What's good? 

Earlier this summer in July, Palme d'Or and Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino had announced the development of his ninth feature film (assuming Kill Bill considered as one work on his part): a movie revolving around the infamous Charles Manson family cult and their terrorizing in Hollywood in 1969. Reportedly, the focus is not going to be on Manson himself but orbiting him as it was also announced that Margot Robbie is slated to play his most notorious victim, the late actress Sharon Tate (of Valley of the Dolls and The Fearless Vampire Killers fame).

None of this is particularly news at this point, nor is the fact that Tarantino removed the production away from the Weinstein Company in the aftermath of the overwhelming amount of sexual allegations against company co-founder and former co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.

What is news is a newfound bidding war...
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People Explains: Behind the Manson Murders That Terrorized the Nation — and the Killers Now

People Explains: Behind the Manson Murders That Terrorized the Nation — and the Killers Now
In the summer of 1969, a group of young people led by Charles Manson sent a wave of terror through the hills of the Los Angeles area, leaving a trail of bodies behind them.

Nearly 50 years later, here’s what you need to know about the cult’s violence, its victims and where the killers are now.

The ‘Family’ Forms

Manson began attracting followers after he was released from prison in March 1967. But before he and his murderous group embarked on a plan to kill famous people, they sought out celebrities as friends, roommates and professional connections.

As Dianne Lake, the
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The Details of Sharon Tate's Gruesome Murder Will Stick With You in the Worst Possible Way

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The Details of Sharon Tate's Gruesome Murder Will Stick With You in the Worst Possible Way
Actress Sharon Tate was only 26 years old when her life and career were tragically cut short in one of the most brutal murders in Hollywood history. On Aug. 8, 1969, the stunning Valley of the Dolls star - who was married to film director Roman Polanski and eight and a half months pregnant with their son - was spending time with friends at 10050 Cielo Drive, the secluded home she and Roman shared in La's Benedict Canyon. Roman was off in London filming The Day of the Dolphin, so he asked their close pals Wojciech Frykowski and Folger's Coffee heiress Abigail Folger to stay at the house with his pregnant wife until he flew back to La on Aug. 12. The trio had dinner at Sharon's favorite restaurant, El Coyote, along with celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring. They returned to the house around 10:30 p.m. Shortly after midnight on Aug. 9, the house was broken
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Ahs Fans Think They've Figured Out Who Lily Rabe Will Play in Cult

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Image Source: FX American Horror Story has only aired a handful of episodes from season seven, Cult, but there are already a plethora of theories floating around: is Ivy secretly the show's biggest villain? Are Oz's real parents not who they seem? Is his unique name a hint about how the entire season is going to wrap up? Like we said - a plethora. One of the less involved theories to come out of Cult so far, though, is who Ahs vet Lily Rabe might be playing. Now that Emma Roberts has finally revealed the identity of her character (a not-so-nice newscaster named Serina Belinda), fans have started brainstorming about Rabe's upcoming appearance on the show. Like Lena Dunham, rumors are circulating that she'll only appear in one episode and will also be playing a real-life figure from the past. As Redditor sibshallward recently pointed out, the season will feature
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Psychic Killer (1975)

Revenge films have been around for a very long time; one can look to The Virgin Spring (1960), Straw Dogs (1971), or Death Wish (1974) for their rise from serious drama to movies of a more exploitive nature. Psychic Killer (1975) adds a unique twist to the tale by having astral projection as a means to the violent ends. Quirky and laden with creative deaths, it very much embraces its weirdness, providing a fun carpet ride for the whole family (at least according to its mind-boggling PG rating).

Released stateside in December by Avco Embassy Pictures, Psychic Killer, aka The Kirlian Force, only cost $250,000 and came and went like a phantom in the night. Critics paid it no mind either, and it was relegated to video store shelves and gas station rentals. On the surface, that’s understandable; a B cast with a former actor turned fairly unproven B director (Ray DantonDeathmaster), and
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Criterion Now – Episode 26 – L’argent, David Byrne, Alexander Payne

David Blakeslee joins Aaron as they tear into the Criterion news, parse Bresson’s L’argent, and David talks about his post Eclipse Viewer plans. We stretch our legs some with some extensive discussions of recent news items, including a lot of talk about David Byrne, Alexander Payne, Wim Wenders, Elia Kazan, and a host of other topics.

Episode Notes

14:15 – David’s Take on October Announcements

22:40 – Wcp Film Foundation Discussion

29:45 – Six Moral Tales Out of Print

34:40 – David Byrne at Criterion

40:00 – Alexander Payne

45:35 – America, America

50:00 – Until the End of the World

56:20 – L’argent

1:15:15 – Short Takes (Valley of the Dolls, The Marseilles Trilogy)

1:23:00 – FilmStruck

Episode Links CriterionCast – David Reviews Albert BrooksLost in America Scorsese Film Foundation Leads Charge to Preserve Africa Cinema History CriterionCast – Trevor Reviews Robert Bresson’s L’argent CriterionCast 184 – Valley of the Dolls All of the
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Look Back on Sharon Tate's Tragically Short Life, in Pictures

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Look Back on Sharon Tate's Tragically Short Life, in Pictures
Sharon Tate's short life came to an end when she was brutally murdered by members of Charles Manson's infamous "family" in August 1969. The stunning 26-year-old Texas native was on the verge of making it big in Hollywood; she had starred in movies like Don't Make Waves and The Wrecking Crew and was possibly best known for her role as aspiring actress Jennifer North in Valley of the Dolls. Sharon was married to disgraced film director Roman Polanski, and at the time of her death, she was eight and a half months pregnant with their son. Along with Sharon, four other people - Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring, and Steven Parent - were killed by Manson followers Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Linda Kasabian. They broke into Sharon and Roman's Benedict Canyon home and murdered them with both guns and knives. It was revealed earlier this
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Episode 184 – Mark Robson’s Valley of the Dolls

This time on the podcast, David Blakeslee and Catherine Stebbins discuss the 1967 Hollywood blockbuster Valley of the Dolls.

Cutthroat careerism, wild sex, and fierce female protagonists are all on offer in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s sensational and wildly popular novel. Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, and Sharon Tate star as three friends attempting to navigate the glamorous, pressurized world of big-time show business—the “valley” is not a place but a narcotized state of mind, and the “dolls” are the pills that rouse them in the morning and knock them out at night. Blending old-fashioned gloss with Madison Avenue grooviness, director Mark Robson’s slick look at the early days of sexual liberation and an entertainment industry coming apart was a giant box-office hit, and has become an unforgettably campy time capsule of the 1960s.

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Episode Links Criterion Wikipedia ValleyOfTheDolls.
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‘The Graduate’ at 50: Sex, Alienation and Comedy Made Mike Nichols Film a Classic

‘The Graduate’ at 50: Sex, Alienation and Comedy Made Mike Nichols Film a Classic
June is graduation month, which means a long parade of commencement ceremonies and family parties celebrating the new graduate. And at many of those parties, someone will make a joke about Mrs. Robinson or the word “plastics,” because the 50-year-old film “The Graduate” has become part of modern folklore, even for people who haven’t seen it. That’s an impressive achievement for a movie that nobody wanted to make.

The Graduate” opened nationwide on Dec. 22, 1967, and by the third week, Variety described its box office as sockeroo. Even 42 weeks after its debut, the film was in theaters, still doing “socko” business, as Variety reported on Oct. 9, 1968. It went on to earn $104 million, which roughly translates to $740 million today.

While many films date quickly, this one still works, thanks in part to the stylish direction of Mike Nichols and the script by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham, adapting Charles Webb’s novel.
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Madonna Slams Blond Ambition Biopic

Madonna Slams Blond Ambition Biopic
Just a few months after topping The Black List as the most popular unproduced screenplay of 2016, we reported yesterday that the Madonna biopic entitled Blond Ambition was picked up by Universal, with Brett Ratner and Michael De Luca producing. Yesterday's report didn't offer any indication of whether or not the iconic Madonna supports this biopic or if she will have any creative involvement, but now it seems we have our answer. The pop star took to social media earlier today, making it clear that she has no involvement in the project. Here's what the singer/actress/filmmaker had to say below.

"Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. . Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society."

Madonna didn't offer any further insight on her Twitter and Instagram pages,
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Elizabeth Hurley, 51, Looks Incredible in a Sexy One-Piece from Her Swimwear Line

Elizabeth Hurley, 51, Looks Incredible in a Sexy One-Piece from Her Swimwear Line
If you’ve got it, flaunt it – killer curves and a chic swimwear line, that is.

Elizabeth Hurley showed off her fit physique while promoting her line of bathing suits and beach cover-ups, Elizabeth Hurley Beach, on Instagram on Tuesday.

The star first posed for a selfie, showing only the top of her bright orange suit.

Valley of the Dolls,” the 51-year-old wrote, accompanied by a winky-face emoji.

She later posed on Instagram in a navy-blue halter-top one-piece, which featured a plunging neckline embellished with a gold ring.

From Coinage: See Where 6 Stars Were Before They Were Famous

The Royals
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The First Electric Track From Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘The Neon Demon’-Inspired Album Is Here — Listen

The First Electric Track From Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘The Neon Demon’-Inspired Album Is Here — Listen
Music has always played an integral part in setting the mood for Nicolas Winding Refn’s films, so the director’s recent announcement that he would be compiling a collection of songs that inspired his 2016 fashion industry horror flick “The Neon Demon” only made sense.

Read More: Listen: ‘The Neon Demon’s’ Seductive Score by Cliff Martinez Will Blow Your Mind

The vinyl album, titled “The Wicked Die Young,” will feature tracks from Dionne Warwick, Giorgio Moroder, Suicide, and the film’s composer Cliff Martinez, as well as Refn’s nephew, Julian Winding, who also contributed to “The Neon Demon.”

Winding’s “When You Want To Hurt Someone” fits perfectly with the electric, bumping mood of the film.

Read More: ‘The Neon Demon’: Nicolas Winding Refn Anatomizes Elle Fanning’s Audition Scene for the New York Times

About the song, Refn commented, “Julian Winding is a super-charged, esoteric-sounding, unadulterated,
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Episode 180 – Criterion Collection Favorites of 2016

To celebrate The Criterion Collection’s 2016 releases — and there’s a lot to celebrate — Arik Devens, David Blakeslee, Keith Enright, Scott Nye, and Trevor Berrett gather to talk about the past year in Criterion, including their favorite three Criterion releases of 2016.

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Episode Notes Arik’s List

– Favorite Cover: A Brighter Summer Day

– Favorite Packaging: Trilogia de Guillermo del Toro

– Favorite Releases:

3) Fantastic Planet

2) Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy

1) Night and Fog

David’s List

– Favorite Cover: Lady Snowblood

– Favorite Packaging: Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

– Favorite Releases:

3) The Executioner/Death by Hanging

2) Chimes at Midnight

1) The Emigrants/The New Land

Keith’s List

– Favorite Cover: Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams

– Favorite Packaging: Valley and Beyond the Valley

– Favorite Releases:

3) Valley of the Dolls and Beyond the Valley

2) One-Eyed Jacks

1) The Kennedy Films of
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Newswire: Nicolas Winding Refn releases LP of music that inspired The Neon Demon

Nicolas Winding Refn’s glamorous and gruesome The Neon Demon was one of 2016’s more divisive releases. But its fans can have more to chew on when Refn debuts The Wicked Die Young, an album comprised of music that inspired him when undertaking the project. According to Pitchfork, the compilation will be available for purchase on vinyl April 14, with cover art of an eyeball peeking out from two parted lips—an image that may test your gag reflex if you’re familiar with the movie’s plot.

For the records, Refn selected songs from 999, Giorgio Moroder, and Sparks, while also nodding to the cinematic works that influenced him with the likes of Dionne Warwick’s “(Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls” and Pino Donaggio’s “The Shower (Theme From Dressed To Kill).” On Facebook, Electric Youth wrote that its entry, “Good Blood,” was written specifically for The ...
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‘The Neon Demon’: Nicolas Winding Refn to Release Vinyl Compilation Inspired by the Film

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‘The Neon Demon’: Nicolas Winding Refn to Release Vinyl Compilation Inspired by the Film
Nicolas Winding Refn has announced the release of “The Wicked Die Young,” a vinyl compilation inspired by “The Neon Demon,” his recent horror thriller starring Elle Fanning and Christina Hendricks.

“The Wicked Die Young” will be released on April 14 via Milan Records, and it will provide an insight into the sounds that inspired the film.

Read More: James Franco Interviews Nicolas Winding Refn: His ‘Extreme’ Career, Cocaine and the ‘Ritualistic Witchcraft’ of ‘Neon Demon’

The compilation spans disco, punk and electro, and features tracks by Giorgio Moroder, Sparks, Suicide, Electric Youth, Dionne Warwick and others. It also includes music by Refn’s previous collaborator Cliff Martinez, who has scored the writer/director past three films, as well as his son Julian Winding, who contributed to “Only God Forgives” and “The Neon Demon.”

The 46-year-old Danish filmmaker has been releasing his “Refn Presents” series through Milan Records since 2015, including the scores to “Old Boy,
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Nicolas Winding Refn’s Yakuza Action Feature ‘The Avenging Silence’ Gets Extensive Synopsis

With The Neon Demon now (almost completely) exorcised from Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn‘s system, he is already deep into preparing his next project. On the docket for the director is The Avenging Silence, which will apparently sate Refn’s desire to make a “big extravagant action film.” Refn also said over the summer it is loosely inspired by “Dr. No,” Ian Fleming‘s classic Bond novel, as well as William Burrough‘s “Nova Express.” An extended synopsis has now been released for the feature, which hopefully will make its way to screens by 2018.

While he has dipped into action in sections of Drive, Bronson and The Pusher Trilogy, The Avenging Silence sounds like a big step for Refn into pure spy/action genre fare. However, fans of Refn’s stylistic choices should rest assured as he has already stated his protagonist won’t say much. This time, that
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Upcoming TV and Film Anniversaries That Will Make You Feel Old in 2017

Upcoming TV and Film Anniversaries That Will Make You Feel Old in 2017
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”

Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:

Jan. 25, 2002: A Walk to Remember (15 Years)

While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.

Let’s not also forget that 2002 gave us Naomie Harris in 28 Days Later, Barbershop, Ryan Gosling in Murder by Numbers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, [link
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