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Kathleen Turner has been a part of many classic films over the course of her career, starring in movies like the sexy thriller Body Heat and the fun adventure Romancing The Stone, but it's weirdly a voice role that will ultimately be her most lasting legacy. In 1988, the actress lent her sultry voice to the character of Jessica Rabbit in Robert Zemeckis' Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and according to Turner, it's images of her animated counterpart that she is asked to autograph more often than images of herself. With Dumb and Dumber To in theaters this weekend, Kathleen Turner recently sat down for an interview with Playboy Magazine, and during the conversation the actress revealed that when signing autographs for fans, more often than not she is presented with an image of an impossibly curvacious, redheaded songstress who has a thing for cartoon bunnies. While talking about the classic movie, »
The Two and a Half Men star stopped by Et to discuss his TV nuptials and upcoming film.
In eleven seasons on the air, hit sitcom Two and a Half Men has featured its share of romances and weddings. But the show's season premiere featured a liplock most fans didn’t see coming.
"He’s a good kisser," said Men star Jon Cryer of his co-star Ashton Kutcher. To kick off the twelfth and final season of the show, Cryer and Kutcher’s characters get legally married so Kutcher can adopt a child, and the two share a kiss to seal the deal. "I can see what Mila sees in him."
The actor poked more fun at new dad Kutcher and his bride-to-be Mila Kunis, telling Et, "I love that I’m married to him before she got her shot at marrying him."
Cryer dressed »
Chicago – She was the Queen of 1980’s femme fatales, who later became a memorable stage and character actress. Kathleen Turner wowed audiences back in the day with hits including “Body Heat,” “Romancing the Stone,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “War of the Roses.”
’An Evening with Kathleen Turner’ at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Ms. Turner was the chairperson of the International Feature Film Competition Jury, which awarded the Gold Hugo – the top prize – to “The President,” from Iranian director Moheen Makhmalbaf. The actress was also honored with a showcase on October 14th, “An Evening with Kathleen Turner.” Before that event, HollywoodChicago.com got to ask her a couple questions on the Red Carpet, and photographer Joe Arce captured this Exclusive Portrait.
HollywoodChicago.com: Film actress Lauren Bacall just passed away, and you were always favorably compared to her, »
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We're giving 1973 some context as we approach the Smackdown. Here's Matthew Eng on an Altman film.
There’s an unmistakable sense of nostalgia that permeates Robert Altman’s seldom-seen 1973 neo-noir The Long Goodbye, an air of reminiscence highlighted by the film’s title track, a nifty, pliable, lovelorn little number composed by John Williams and Johnny Mercer that gets incorporated endlessly throughout the movie, evoking sporadic familiarity, even though we rarely hear the same version twice. It transforms itself, from scene-to-scene, into a flimsy piece of supermarket Muzak, an ivory-tickled barroom ditty, even a castanet-laden flamenco. It’s a caressing torch ballad one moment and a marching band’s funeral hymn the next. The song, in all its reimagined incarnations, continually threatens to embed itself into the viewer’s mind, but just as quickly eludes any tighter hold. It’s as though the film, in its own increasingly weary, tumbledown sort of way, »
- Matthew Eng
We're wrapping up! Thanks to everyone who posted questions and to Kathleen for kindly answering as many as she could. We hope you enjoyed this!
This was fun. Come to the show. And we'll enjoy each other more. Goodbye.
What is your favorite film and why?
My favorite film of mine would have to be Romancing the Stone because I really like how Joan Wilder changes. Change is what attracts me to a character and because I loved shooting in South America - it was like going home.
I had the pleasure of seeing you and Mr McDiarmid last Friday and I thought it was such a rare »
- Guardian Staff
The first trailer for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has been released online, which you can view below. The film from writer/director Ned Benson stars Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and James McAvoy (Filth) in the leads, with William Hurt (Body Heat), Bill Hader (Adventureland), Isabelle Huppert (I Heart Huckabees), Viola Davis (The Help), Jess Wexler (Teeth) and Ciaran Hinds (Munich) supporting. The film is distributed by The Weinstein Company.
Once happily married, Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson’s latest version of their story combines his previous two films – titled »
- Scott Davis
The Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1920s through the 1980s (with a particular focus on filmmakers from the New Wave), offering a comprehensive overview of French cinema. Un Flic will screen as part of the festival at 7pm Sunday, June 27th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium
In Un Flic piano-playing Edouard (Alain Delon) and nightclub owner Simon (Richard Crenna of “Wait Until Dark” and “Body Heat”) both love Kathy (Catherine Deneuve). If that’s not trouble enough, Edouard’s a post-burnout cop and Simon’s bent on the heist of a lifetime, and they seem to be looking past Kathy at each other. Jean-Pierre Melville’s final work features iconic performances from the star trio – a never more jadedly detached Delon, a never more chillingly icy Deneuve, and a surprisingly effective, smilingly insinuating Crenna. »
- Tom Stockman
As an executive producer and writer on “Lost” and showrunner of “Bates Motel” and the upcoming FX series “The Strain,” Carlton Cuse knows how to keep a secret. But the two-time Emmy winner said that seeing his name alongside Army Archerd’s in the pages of Variety meant he wasn’t a secret any more.
What do you recall from that time in your life?
I started my career as a development executive. On the side, I was writing, honing my craft so that I could jump across the desk and be the person coming in and pitching projects rather than the person trying to develop them.
Did you learn a lot from reading scripts?
I learned what it meant to be a good writer and what it meant to write a script that would get made. It also inspired me to put in the hours honing my craft.
- Jenelle Riley
Today on Trailers from Hell, Dan Ireland talks Lawrence Kasdan's sweaty, pulpy 1981 Southern gothic "Body Heat," starring Kathleen Turner. Archetypal film noirs like "The Postman Always Rings Twice" were steeped in sex but kept the main event behind closed doors. "Body Heat," Lawrence Kasdan's 1981 noir revival, puts the sex front and center (along with several other positions). Set during a heat wave in a tony Florida suburb, "Body Heat" was an enormous success and much of that can be attributed to Kathleen Turner's breakthrough performance as the sweaty femme fatale plotting her husband’s murder with her lover played by William Hurt. Mickey Rourke has an incendiary cameo as (appropriately) a demolition expert and John Barry provided the laconically sexy soundtrack, heavy on the saxophone. Look out for more psychosexual noirs this week, with "Basic Instinct" and "Eyes Wide Shut" coming up on Tfh! »
- Trailers From Hell
Archetypal film noirs like The Postman Always Rings Twice were steeped in sex but kept the main event behind closed doors. Body Heat, Lawrence Kasdan's 1981 noir revival, puts the sex front and center (along with several other positions). Set during a heat wave in a tony Florida suburb, Body Heat was an enormous success and much of that can be attributed to Kathleen Turner's breakthrough performance as the sweaty femme fatale plotting her husband's murder with her lover played by William Hurt. Mickey Rourke has an incendiary cameo as (appropriately) a demolition expert and John Barry provided the laconically sexy soundtrack, heavy on the saxophone.
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20 years after “charming” audiences in the Rocky Mountains of Aspen, Harry and Lloyd are back this Christmas for the long-awaited sequel, Dumb and Dumber To. Last night, stars Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom, Looper) appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to debut the first trailer for the film, which you can view below…
Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly once more, Dumb and Dumber To is set 20 years after the events of the first film, with Lloyd and Harry setting out on another road trip, this time to find the child Harry never knew existed from his past relationship with Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner, The War of the Roses, Body Heat). A daughter as it turns out, and one who happens to be quite the beauty, igniting Lloyd’s loins once more. Queue a whole of comedy, from »
- Scott Davis
There’s certainly humor running through writer-director-star Clark Gregg’s “Trust Me,” the tale of an inept agent for child actors; it’s just that not all of it feels intentional. Mixing comedy, drama, satire and noir, the Marvel actor’s second outing behind the camera plays for the same kind of uncomfortable laughs that his 2008 dramedy “Choke” did, but this one gazes so deeply into Hollywood’s navel that, with the affable Gregg in practically every scene, it ultimately can’t escape the whiff of a vanity project. In limited release day-and-date with VOD on various platforms, the pic figures to play best among fans and friends of the actors. Bizzers will be amused.
The first of a pair of bookend scenes sets up the tonal mish-mash, as a badly injured Howard (Gregg), waxes philosophical about life. Fade out, and we meet the agent as he’s late to »
- Bill Edelstein
Bob Hoskins dead at 71: Hoskins’ best movies included ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ ‘Mona Lisa’ (photo: Bob Hoskins in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ with Jessica Rabbit, voiced by Kathleen Turner) Bob Hoskins, who died at age 71 in London yesterday, April 29, 2014, from pneumonia (initially reported as “complications of Parkinson’s disease”), was featured in nearly 70 movies over the course of his four-decade film career. Hoskins was never a major box office draw — "I don’t think I’m the sort of material movie stars are made of — I’m five-foot-six-inches and cubic. My own mum wouldn’t call me pretty." Yet, this performer with attributes similar to those of Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, and Lon Chaney had the lead in one of the biggest hits of the late ’80s. In 1988, Robert Zemeckis’ groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which seamlessly blended animated and live action footage, starred Hoskins as gumshoe Eddie Valiant, »
- Andre Soares
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
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A group of reunited college friends hear it through the grapevine in The Big Chill.
The 1983 comedy-drama The Big Chill focuses on a group of thirty-somethings who reunite for the funeral of one of their friends and end up spending a weekend together, reminiscing about their shared pasts as children of the sixties and confronting the uncertainty of their lives as adults of the eighties.
Poignant and warmly humorous in equal measure, this baby boomer milestone made a star of writer-director Lawrence Kasdan (Body Heat) and is perhaps the decade’s defining ensemble film, featuring memorable performances by Tom Berenger (Inception), Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory), William Hurt (Broadcast News), Kevin Kline (Queen to Play), Mary Kay Place (Being John Malkovich), Meg Tilly (Agnes of God), and JoBeth Williams (Timer).
Co-opted a zillion times over the »
With its blend of adventure, love story, and comedy, "Romancing the Stone" is remembered today as one of the quintessential hits of the 1980s. Nonetheless, at the time the movie was released (30 years ago this week, on March 30, 1984), no one expected much from it. Director Robert Zemeckis was seen as a failed whiz kid, star Kathleen Turner had never carried a picture, and co-star Michael Douglas had yet to prove himself as a leading man. Of course, the film ended up propelling all three of them onto the A-list and generated an equally successful sequel, "The Jewel of the Nile."
As familiar as you are now with the story of Joan Wilder (the mousy romance novelist who blossoms during a real-life treasure hunt in Colombia) and Jack T. Colton (the unlikely guide who proves to be the romantic hero of Joan's fantasies), there's still a lot about "Romancing the Stone" you may not know, »
- Gary Susman
Joel and Ethan Coen have built a reputation as two of the most visionary and idiosyncratic filmmakers working today. Dabbling in Film Noir to screwball comedy, from off-beat indies to big-budget studio pieces, their films are adored by critics and audiences alike. The two-man writer-director-producer-editor team, have long been regarded by cinephiles as masters of the craft. Choosing our favourite Coen Bros. film isn’t an easy task, but we asked our staff to rank their films from favourite to least favourite. The results were interesting, with Fargo running away with first place, and two of their 16 films not producing enough votes to justify making the cut (The Lady Killers, Intolerable Cruelty). Here are the results. Let us know which is your favourite Coen Bros. film?
13. Burn After Reading, 2008
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