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Gay Porn Star Convicted Of Attempted Murder

22 September 2011 2:56 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former gay porn star Marc Anthony Donais has been convicted of attempted murder in California after attacking his ex-girlfriend with a porcelain toilet tank lid.

Donais, a one-time Playgirl centerfold who acted under the name Ryan Idol, faces 15 years behind bars when he is sentenced in December.

In court in Sacramento on Tuesday, the actor's attorney insisted his client acted in self-defence during a fight.

The victim told the court that Donais had told her he wanted to kill her after showing up at her apartment days after she split from the ex-porn star.

Donais testified he drove to his ex's apartment to check up on her - because he was concerned she was mixing with some drug-dealing friends.

He told the court his girlfriend became upset when he accused her of cheating on him, and he swung the toilet lid at her when she came at him with a knife.

After his porn career, Donais became a hit on Broadway and starred in the 2007 revival of Terrence McNally's The Ritz. »

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Today’s Special: For Mother’s Day, Our Moms’ Favorite Movies. Yours?

5 May 2011 11:43 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

With Mother’s Day coming on Sunday (for our U.S. readers), we wanted to celebrate movies that mothers love, but not just our idea of what they love. That’s right, the staff of Disc Dish gave their mothers a job to celebrate the holiday where their kids are supposed to do all the work! We asked our moms what their favorite films  are — and the results were fun, varied and even a bit provocative! See for yourself below.

And if you’re a mom, we want to know yours’ too. Tell us what your favorite movies are and why.

Today, as on every day, we thank our mothers for their enthusiasm, encouragement and awesome taste in movies!

Selma Chopinsky, mother of Irv Slifkin

Goldfinger (1964)

The third James Bond adventure is the one many claim is the best. It certainly has all the 007 elements going for it, from memorable »

- Laurence

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Frankenstein - review

23 February 2011 4:46 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Olivier Theatre, London

Forget Boris Karloff with a bolt through his neck. Forget even Peter Boyle as the new, improved monster singing Puttin' On The Ritz in the Mel Brooks pastiche. What you get in Danny Boyle's production and Nick Dear's adaptation of Mary Shelley's mythic fable, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating as Victor Frankenstein and the Creature, is neither shlock nor satire. Instead it's a humane, intelligent retelling of the original story in which much of the focus is on the plight of the obsessive scientist's sad creation, who becomes his alter ego and his nemesis: it's rather like seeing The Tempest rewritten from Caliban's point of view.

As a piece of staging, it is brilliant. But, before listing its virtues, one has to concede that Boyle and Dear, in focusing more on the victim than on Victor, downplay some of Shelley's themes. »

- Michael Billington

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Rita Moreno: Hollywood Spotlight

16 January 2011 11:25 AM, PST | | See recent news »

By Greg Hernandez Rita Moreno dazzle as Anita in the film adaptation of West Side Story. So much so that she won the Academy Award for best supporting actress.

In the years since, she has rarely slowed down keeping busy on Broadway (Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Odd Couple, The Ritz), on television (Oz, Electric Company, Cane) and film (Carnal Knowledge, The Slums of Beverly Hills, Pinero).

She added a Tony, a Grammy and two Emmys to her awards haul – the first performer ever to win all four. Now 79, she remains busy with her one-woman show between acting jobs.

“Aren’t we great?” she says of herself and other icons like Mitzi Gaynor, Florence Henderson and Shirley Jones who are still doing one-woman shows. “All I can say is that there’s the difference between us and people who don’t do anything at our age. »

- Greg Hernandez

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