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Don Calfa Dies: ‘Return Of The Living Dead’ Actor Was 76

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Don Calfa Dies: ‘Return Of The Living Dead’ Actor Was 76
Don Calfa, who played Ernie the embalmer in 1985’s The Return of the Living Dead, has died at age 76, Deadline confirmed. The actor, whose credits also include Weekend at Bernie's, Nickelodeon, Bugsy and New York, New York, died at his home in Yucca Valley, California. The death, two days before his December 3 birthday, was confirmed to Deadline by his publicist Michael Perez. Other credits include Foul Play, The Rose and 1941. Calfa, born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens…
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Summer Lovin': 9 Summer Movie Scenes I Care About

Now that Fourth of July is well behind us, it's time to follow up our list of nine essential spring movies with a definitive list nine essential summer scenes. These movies pinpoint the glorious ennui, whimsical romance, and slight intrigue of summer's humid charms. Light up a sparkler and let's go.

1. Addams Family Values's pilgrim pageant

There are actual layers of hilarity to this scene: First, dour Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci) is stuck at Camp Chippewa for the summer. Funny. Then, she's forced to play Pocahontas in the summer camp's Thanksgiving pageant. Think about all of that for a moment. Funnier. But best of all, Wednesday ditches her script, exacts revenge on the awful blonde in the main role, and burns down the camp on behalf of Native Americans.

Her climactic, self-penned monologue is unbeatable -- just like the expressions on befuddled counselors Gary and Becky's faces (Peter MacNicol and Christine Baranski,
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"Smash" Recap 114: “That Girl Is Poison(ed)!”

We open this week with a lovely tracking shot up the length of Dev's naked body, glowing in the early morning light as he sleeps off the rest of last night's drunk.

He opens his eyes and, after a moment's confusion at his surroundings, clearly thinks to himself, “What the hell did I get myself into last night?” He rolls over and spots just what the hell he got himself into last night. Mornin' Ivy!

Cut to Karen backstage walking with Jessica, who is incredulous upon learning that Derek had sex with Rebecca. Cut to Derek, who waves good morning. Back to the ladies, where Karen frets about her fight with Dev. She's been texting and texting and he hasn't responded. Oh Karen, what's the worst that could have happened?

Jessica asks to borrow Karen's phone to call Ivy, who isn't yet at rehearsal. She dials and one of two
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DVD: No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos

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DVD Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012

Price: DVD $19.95

Studio: Cinema Libre

The lives, careers and friendship of legendary Hungary-born cinematographers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond are examined in the 2008 documentary No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos,

László Kovács (r.) and Vilmos Zsigmond focus on their work in No Subtitles Necessary.

Both survivors of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Kovács and Zsigmond immigrated in poverty to America in the late 1950s, helping each other up the ladder out of the underbelly of Hollywood all the while holding onto their dreams. After ten years of no-budget toil, Kovács’s camera broke Hollywood’s rules with Easy Rider, directed by Dennis Hopper. Suddenly in demand, he recommended Vilmos to both Peter Fonda and Robert Altman, where Zsigmond poured his “poetic realism” into Fonda’s 1971 The Hired Hand and Altman’s 1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller. The two cinematographers quickly became the go-to camera guys of the New Hollywood, ultimately yielding some 140 credits between them,
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What You Don't Know About the Golden Globes

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For a night known as Hollywood's most notorious open-bar gala, the Golden Globes ceremony remains shrouded in mystery. Most viewers probably don't even know who presents it (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), how many voting members it has (only about 90), or what qualifies them to pass judgment on movies and television (they're Hollywood-based journalists -- some part-time, some full-time -- who write about film and TV for various overseas outlets).

Yet movie fans and awards mavens continue to take the Globes seriously as a precursor to the Academy Awards, since some of the Globe honorees will indeed go on to win Oscars. Others simply enjoy the Globes ceremony as one helluva wingding, where alcohol-fueled stars really loosen up in public. Either way, the Globes have a colorful history of glamour, scandal, and (occasionally) recognition of some of Hollywood's best work. With that legacy poised to continue when a cheeky Ricky Gervais
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Bette Midler’s “The Showgirl Must Go On” new on DVD

HollywoodNews.com: There are few artists that I would just flat out do a free commercial for but if your first name is Bette, Cher, Barbra, Patti or Diana, you can pretty much count on it!

Today is Bette Midler’s freebie.

Image Entertainment presents the Divine Miss M’s triumphant return to Las Vegas with Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, available on Blu-ray and DVD today.

The $10 million extravaganza played over 300 performances in a nearly three-year run at the famed Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. The Blu-ray is Srp at $24.98, with the DVD’s Srp at $19.98.

Taped before thousands in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the 70-minute cavalcade feaures many of Ms. Midler’s colorful and classic stage and screen characters. Joining her on the gargantuan stage is an energetic corps of talented performers, including the staggering Harlettes, twenty dazzling dancers she calls The
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Interview: Emotive Rocker Lauren Wolf to Outlive Today’s Digitized Dance Fad

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Chicago – You can’t tune into top-40 radio today without hearing a host of new and previous artists all converging on the same fad: digitized dance music. While the club scene’s eating it all up for now, time has proven again and again that real music prevails over fancy studio theatrics. That’s why artists like Adele will have much richer and longer careers than someone like Pitbull who’s in vogue today but might not be tomorrow.

And that’s why Chicago artist Lauren Wolf – who’s been brewing her entire life all the secret ingredients for a lifelong singing career – is rising so swiftly on the Chicago and soon-to-be national music scene. The explosive rock/blues pipes on this upcoming Hard Rock headliner are here to stay. HollywoodChicago.com speaks with Lauren Wolf to understand her back story and success.

Lauren Wolf will headline the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago on Sept.
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New Release: Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On DVD and Blu-ray

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Release Date: Oct. 4, 2011

Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.98

Studio: Image Entertainment

The Divine Miss M struts and sings in Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On.

Bette Midler‘s triumphant return to Las Vegas, The Showgirl Must Go On, is a $10 million extravaganza that played more than 300 performances in a nearly three-year run at Caesar’s Palace, and it’s great to see it come to DVD and Blu-ray.

Directed and co-produced by the superstar herself, Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On was taped before thousands in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Dec. 31, 2010.

Joining “The Divine Miss M” onstage is an energetic corps of talented performers, including her renowned back-up singers “The Harlettes,” 20 dancers she calls “The Caesar Salad Girls” and a 13-piece band. The singer sings and struts her stuff in a 70-minute show that includes such numbers as “The Rose,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “From a Distance,” “Hello
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“Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On” will be released on DVD in October

HollywoodNews.com: Image Entertainment has announced that the Divine Miss M’s triumphant return to Las Vegas with Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on Oct. 4.

I. Can’t. Wait.

The $10 million extravaganza played over 300 performances in a nearly three-year run at the famed Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. The 70-minute show features many of Ms. Midler’s colorful and classic stage and screen characters.

Joining her on the gargantuan stage is an energetic corps of talented performers, including the staggering Harlettes, twenty dazzling dancers she calls The Caesar Salad Girls and a 13-piece band. Her numbers include such Midler classics as The Rose, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, From a Distance, Hello in There and Wind Beneath My Wings.

The production is nominated for a 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. It was produced by Midler and Seanne Farmer
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Your Fav' Sixties & Seventies Ladies

During Summer 2011  -- winding down at last! -- we've been asking Tfe readers to choose the most memorable Best Actress nominated film characters. Which film characters have you taken into your hearts and headspace most fully? Who is always popping into mind unbidden? Below are the latest voting results for August's polls covering the 1960s & 1970s (previous results: 1980s and 1991-2010). We used five year intervals for voting and asked readers to choose the 5 most memorable characters from each group of 25 Oscar nominees.

If you're looking for these polls to provide a "face" of an era it looks like Julie Andrews wins the early 60s -- she was thoroughly modern back then! -- and Faye Dunaway takes over from there for a long run at the top (1966-1980) [* indicates that it was an Oscar winning role.]

1961-1965

Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) Breakfast at Tiffany's Mary Poppins* (Julie Andrews) Mary Poppins [tie] Maria Von Trapp (Julie Andrews) The Sound of Music
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Bette Midler Bails On David Mamet's Phil Spector Biopic On 'Doctor's Orders'

It's easy to forget these days what a big star Bette Midler was for a period of time. A Broadway and recording star who made her movie debut with thinly-veiled Janis Joplin biopic "The Rose," Midler had a series of successes in the 80s and 90s, up to 1996's surprise smash "The First Wives Club," but since then, her few film appearances have underwhelmed, with a whole generation knowing her principally for seasonal Disney favorite "Hocus Pocus" over anything else. And it looks like any talk of a Midler comeback may need to be put on hold: the actress (who's…
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Kanye West Gave Surprise Performance At Gil Scott-Heron's Memorial

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Friends and family gathered to honor and celebrate the life of poet-musician Gil Scott-Heron yesterday, at Harlem's historic Riverside Church. His daughter Gia "proclaimed the revolution will be televised" in a stirring service during which she "performed an original poem, called 'Time' and sang Bette Midler's 'The Rose,' the NY Daily News reports.

Another speaker was Scott-Heron's first wife, Brenda Sykes, who reminisced about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who introduced her to Scott-Heron) and the poet's friendship with Stevie Wonder. She told about how Wonder wanted to dance on stage, but didn't trusted anyone to keep him from bumping into things. He trusted Scott-Heron though. "Gil led Stevie in a conga line," she said, and added that they toured together after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an effort to create the federal holiday in his memory.

Later, Kanye West, who was deeply inspired by Gil-Scott Heron's work,
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The Rose

may flowers, blooming each afternoon

Just remember.... in the winter... far beneath the bitter snow...

How beautiful is that song? On a scale of 1-10? 11! One of the all time classics.

I don't think we've ever discussed that particular Best Actress race. Sally Field took her first Oscar for Norma Rae "Union!". But who gets your vote?

Jill Clayburgh, Starting Over Sally Field, Norma Rae Jane Fonda, The China Syndrome Marsha Mason, Chapter Two Bette Midler, The Rose

I've just realized that the reason we've never discussed it here at The Film Experience is that I barely remember these movies (and have never seen Starting Over ... which sounds like a spiritual sequel or straight up remake of An Unmarried Woman). I remember really liking the other four performances when I saw them on VHS (gulp) in the late 80s. I was a huge fan of Chapter Two in particular for
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American Idol: What Should the Top 8 Sing for 'Songs From the Movies' Night?

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American Idol: What Should the Top 8 Sing for 'Songs From the Movies' Night?
Whether or not you’ve recovered from Pia Toscano’s shocking elimination from American Idol, the Season 10 show will trudge on Wednesday night with the Top 8 performing a “Songs From the Movies” theme. On paper, it could be a terrific 90 minutes of music — as long as the contestants aren’t limited to a list of 20 treacly ballads from Disney soundtracks, Celine Dion, and Bryan Adams. In my spirit of undying/naive optimisim, I’ve cooked up song suggestions for the remaining finalists. Ch-ch-check ‘em out, then brainstorm some ideas of your own in the comments. And for all my Idol news and commentary,
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The top 10 Oscars books | Peter Bradshaw

From red-carpet thrillers to insider accounts, the Guardian's film critic hands out his gongs to the best Oscars literature out there

Partly because Academy Award madness is almost upon us, partly because like all former PhD students I love a good reading list, and partly out of sheer nerdiness, I have compiled an arbitrary list of the top 10 Oscar-related books. This has involved the incidental pleasure of hanging out in the Humanities One reading room of the British Library, and also in the library of the excellent and under-appreciated Cinema Museum in Kennington, south London.

1) Robert Osborne – 80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards (2009)

A hefty, celebratory, coffee-table slab of a book, packed with stats and pictures like a book about sport. Very much the approved, authorised version.

2) Mason Wiley and Damien Bona – Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards (1977)

Notionally "unofficial" but in
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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Music/Band Documentaries

The world has come down with a serious case of Bieber Fever… and with Justin Bieber: Never Say Never out in theaters tomorrow, we figured that this would be the perfect time to talk about some of our favorite Music/Band documentaries. There are so many that a couple have certainly been left out… but that just gives you something to discuss at the end!

Honorable Mention: The Fearless Freaks

If you have ever been to a The Flaming Lips concert, you know the kind of crazy, high energy show that these guys put on. In The Fearless Freaks viewers get to see the makings and evolution of this band from Oklahoma. It is an honest, genuine film that delves much deeper than just showing a band playing a show.

10. The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

The popularity of big hair rock music was at its
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AfterElton Briefs: An Historic Day for Gay Americans, Biryan Meets Reichen, LeAnn Rimes Sweetens "The Rose," and More!

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Congratulations to CCWayne, whose photo and story have been added to the NOH8 site. Just further proof that Ae readers are a cut above. (h/t Miz Liz) Well, the debacle that was ABC's Skating With The Stars is over, and the winner is that girl who plays Greensleeves on All My Children. I love that song, but I prefer Chopsticks. Where was I? Oh yeah, Swts stunk on ice, and between the abysmal ratings, bruised and battered celebrities, and the slicing of important body parts, it seems unlikely that the show will return. But if it does I'll be here, patiently waiting for a chance to work "Looking Through The Black And Blue Eyes of Love" into the conversation. Omg Blog has named their Top Ten Gayest Songs of the Year, and I admit that some of the names are unfamiliar to me, but I did squeal a bit
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AfterElton Briefs: Name Your Bette Midler Favorite, Cheeks Flips the Bully Script, Introducing "Bent-Con," and More!

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Happy Birthday to Bette Midler, who turns sixty-five today. Okay, the question of the day: What's your favorite Bette movie? Is it The Rose, For The Boys or  Beaches? Or is it one of her comedies, such as Ruthless People, The First Wives Club, or Down and Out in Beverly Hills? Or is it the made-for-tv Gypsy or ... Drowning Mona? For me, it's a tie between Outrageous Fortune ("Does the phrase 'needle-dick, the bug-f**ker' mean anything to you?"), and Big Business ("I hate men who smell like beer and bean dip ... and makin' love in the back of recreational vehicles!"). Below you can see Bette on Inside the Actor's Studio, talking about being Disney-fied in the 80's.

Today is World AIDS Day, and here's an article from last year that shows that, believe it or not, the HIV-virus has actually been used to help treat some diseases. Below you
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The Man and His Dream: A Francis Ford Coppola Profile (Part 2)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the second of a five-part feature... read part one here.

“There had been a movie a year or so before The Godfather [1972] based on the novel called the The Brotherhood [1968], starring Kirk Douglas [Paths of Glory],” remembered American director Francis Ford Coppola. “It was a big studio production which was sort of about the Mafia. It was not successful. When The Godfather proposition came out, a lot of people thought, ‘That won’t work.’” Financially broke and faced with being evicted from the offices of his production company American Zoetrope, the filmmaker was approached by Paramount Pictures to helm the cinematic adaptation of the tale authored by Mario Puzo. “I thought, when I read the book, that the story of the brothers and the father and the Mafia was interesting. But it was also a book a about this girl who has extremely large genitalia.
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Take Three: Harry Dean Stanton

Craig here with this week's Take Three. Today: Harry Dean Stanton

Take One: One of the Lynch mob

Stanton has been on regular staff rotation for four David Lynch flicks. (Four-and-a-half, if you include TV oddity Hotel Room.) From 1990 to 2006 Stanton provided characteristic screen goodness for a quartet of Lynch's most enduring works. Chronologically he’s contributed to: Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), The Straight Story (1999) and Inland Empire (2006). He was great as, respectively: disorderly Pi Johnnie Farragut tailing lovers-on-the-lam Sailor & Lula; Carl Rodd, irritable and dishevelled proprietor of the Fat Trout trailer park; frowzy front porch frowner Lyle Straight, estranged brother to lawnmower man Alvin; and Freddie Howard, dilapidated Hollywood has-been, both on-set and off-guard.

“I’ve already gone places” Hds laments his lot in Fire Walk with Me

They are sad-sack characters, all. Apart from Wild at Heart – his most substantial role for Lynch
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