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Bernie Styles, New York Casting Director, Dies at 99

Bernie Styles, New York Casting Director, Dies at 99
Bernie Styles, who cast actors and extras for such films as The Manchurian Candidate, Up the Sandbox and Outrageous Fortune, has died. He was 99.

Styles died Wednesday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., producer and former Motion Picture Academy president Hawk Koch told The Hollywood Reporter.

Working out of New York City, Styles owned the Central Casting Talent Agency and for a time lived above the now-defunct Stage Deli on Seventh Avenue near Carnegie Hall (the restaurant had a prominent place in the 1984 Woody Allen movie Broadway Danny Rose).

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Hollywood Studios' First Gay Romantic Drama Back on the Big Screen

'Making Love': Groundbreaking romantic gay drama returns to the big screen As part of its Anniversary Classics series, Laemmle Theaters will be presenting Arthur Hiller's groundbreaking 1982 romantic drama Making Love, the first U.S. movie distributed by a major studio that focused on a romantic gay relationship. Michael Ontkean, Harry Hamlin, and Kate Jackson star. The 35th Anniversary Screening of Making Love will be held on Saturday, June 24 – it's Gay Pride month, after all – at 7:30 p.m. at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The movie will be followed by a Q&A session with Harry Hamlin, screenwriter Barry Sandler, and author A. Scott Berg, who wrote the “story” on which the film is based. 'Making Love' & What lies beneath In this 20th Century Fox release – Sherry Lansing was the studio head at the time – Michael Ontkean plays a
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The dark arts of poster billing

Brendon Connelly Feb 23, 2017

Working out what stars go in what order on a movie poster is quite a job. And causes many, many arguments...

Billing can be important to an actor's career. Arguably, it's more important to their ego. Most of all, though, it's cross-eyed dead crucial to their agent. The order in which actor's names appear on a poster might be contested as if it's a matter of life or death. It's no exaggeration to say that people have been sent to the electric chair with less wrangling or dispute than a handful of movie star names have been splashed onto a poster.

To be 'top of the bill' originally meant, literally, that your name is at the top of the bill – i.e. the poster. In variety theatre or music hall terms, this implies that you would take the stage last of all, the big attraction that the
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Arthur Hiller (1923-2016) and "Making Love"

Arthur Hiller with his Jean Hersholt Huminatarian AwardOscar nominated Canadian born Hollywood director Arthur Hiller died yesterday at 92 years of age. Though he's best remembered for the 1970 mega-hit Love Story  -- so popular in its day it would have been equivalent to a Jurassic World at the box office today (no really) -- his career was actually quite varied. He did dramas, romances, buddy comedies, period pieces, you name it.

Among his best known films which is your favorite?

The Americanization of Emily (1964) The Out of Towners (1970) Love Story (1970) Plaza Suite (1971) Man of La Mancha (1972) Silver Streak (1976) The In-Laws (1979) Making Love (1982) Author! Author! (1982) Outrageous Fortune (1987) See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) 

Outrageous Fortune was probably my favorite of his films - Bette Midler & Shelley Long were so funny together --  but the film that's the most interesting, historically, is Making Love as it was the very first mainstream Lgbt film.
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Daily | Arthur Hiller, 1923 – 2016

"Arthur Hiller, an Academy Award-nominated director whose long career began in live television and flourished in the movies in the 1970s with crowd-pleasers like the phenomenally successful Love Story, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles," writes Dave Kehr for the New York Times. As Patrick Hipes notes at Deadline, Love Story would lead "to a streak of big movies for Hiller that spanned especially comedy including The Hospital, penned by Paddy Chayefsky (who also wrote The Americanization of Emily); Silver Streak with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor; The In-Laws with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin; The Lonely Guy with Steve Martin; and Outrageous Fortune starring Shelley Long and Bette Midler. He also helmed the film adaptations of Neil Simon’s The Out of Towners and Plaza Suite." We're collecting remembrances. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Arthur Hiller, 1923 – 2016

"Arthur Hiller, an Academy Award-nominated director whose long career began in live television and flourished in the movies in the 1970s with crowd-pleasers like the phenomenally successful Love Story, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles," writes Dave Kehr for the New York Times. As Patrick Hipes notes at Deadline, Love Story would lead "to a streak of big movies for Hiller that spanned especially comedy including The Hospital, penned by Paddy Chayefsky (who also wrote The Americanization of Emily); Silver Streak with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor; The In-Laws with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin; The Lonely Guy with Steve Martin; and Outrageous Fortune starring Shelley Long and Bette Midler. He also helmed the film adaptations of Neil Simon’s The Out of Towners and Plaza Suite." We're collecting remembrances. » - David Hudson
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Arthur Hiller, Director of ‘Love Story,’ Dies at 92

Arthur Hiller, Director of ‘Love Story,’ Dies at 92
Canadian-born director Arthur Hiller, who spent more than a decade mostly working in television before a career in feature helming that included “Love Story,” “The Americanization of Emily” and comedy “Silver Streak,” died Wednesday. He was 92.

Love Story,” based on the bestseller by Erich Segal, was an enormous box office hit in 1970 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. Though many critics dismissed the movie as too sentimental, it is No. 9 on the AFI’s list of the most romantic films of all time.

Hiller served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989-93 and of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences from 1993-97. He received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2002 Academy Awards ceremony.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend Arthur Hiller,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “I
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Arthur Hiller, Director of ‘Love Story,’ Dies at 92

Arthur Hiller, Director of ‘Love Story,’ Dies at 92
Canadian-born director Arthur Hiller, who spent more than a decade mostly working in television before a career in feature helming that included “Love Story,” “The Americanization of Emily” and comedy “Silver Streak,” died Wednesday. He was 92.

Love Story,” based on the bestseller by Erich Segal, was an enormous box office hit in 1970 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. Though many critics dismissed the movie as too sentimental, it is No. 9 on the AFI’s list of the most romantic films of all time.

Hiller served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989-93 and of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences from 1993-97. He received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2002 Academy Awards ceremony.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend Arthur Hiller,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of Robert Tanenbaum

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Above: Pipe Dreams (1976).

While searching for something to post on Movie Poster of the Day on Christmas Eve, I took a look at the poster for Bob Clark’s A Christmas Story, which I hadn’t paid much attention to before. On closer inspection I recognized it as a pretty perfect pastiche of Norman Rockwell, with its meticulous depiction of a domestic scene in medias res, and down to its details like its circular frame within a frame, its white background, and the parallel black lines mimicking the Saturday Evening Post masthead.

The association with, or subversion of, America’s favorite purveyor of whimsical Americana makes perfect sense in light of the poster’s tagline about the "Original, Traditional, One-Hundred-Percent, Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas” and the artist, Robert Tanenbaum, even took his parody a step further by signing his illustration in the style of Rockwell’s trademark stenciled signature.

Once
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Seven West Media eyes Kiwi broadcaster

Seven West Media is believed to be in advanced negotiations to buy New Zealand TV and radio broadcaster MediaWorks.

While neither company will comment, If understands Swm is keen to acquire the company that operates TV3 and Four.

.Negotiations started some months ago and cooled off but they are on again in earnest,. said an executive who regularly deals with both broadcasters. .The deal is not done but they are getting to the nitty-gritty..

Asked at the Swm Agm last week if Seven would turn its attention to purchasing other media companies to attain more earnings growth, CEO Tim Worner told The Australian, .We have to look at everything. I wouldn.t rule out anything..

The Australian speculated Seven has examined potential bids for radio companies and international TV assets.

MediaWorks was placed into receivership last year after accumulating Nz$700 million in debt before being bought by a new company
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Happy Birthday Bette Midler! What’s Her Greatest Musical Moment?

Bette Midler turns 68 on Sunday, and like Tina Turner a few days ago, it’s hard to remember a time when she wasn’t part of our lives, either on the radio or on the big screen. Last year Louis asked for The Greatest Bette Moment, with an emphasis on her film career (and I have to agree with the worship of Big Business, although Outrageous Fortune comes very close “Does the phrase needledick, the bugf*cker mean anything to you?”), but this year let’s focus on her music.

Bette has had a wildly varied musical career, from stage rock to big band to pure pop to standards, and much more. But if you had to pick a favorite from her vast songbook, what would it be? Her first top ten hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy?” Her biggest hits “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “From A Distance?” The classic “The Rose?
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Alex Rodriguez Denies Tell-All Book's Claim of Weekly Threesomes With Hookers: "Comical," Says Baseball Star's Rep

Alex Rodriguez Denies Tell-All Book's Claim of Weekly Threesomes With Hookers:
Alex Rodriguez is an all-star when it comes to the triple play, according to an upcoming tell-all. But the scandal-tarnished athlete's camp has grand-slammed the allegations in House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, The World's Most Powerful Address that A-Rod had numerous sexual encounters involving two prostitutes at a time. "The allegations concerning prostitutes are 100 percent false, and therefore the the author of the book cannot possibly have a single shred of evidence to back them up," A-Rod's spokesperson Ron Berkowitz said in a statement to E! News. "Furthermore, they are defamatory—even of a public figure, as they include untrue allegations of...
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Alex Rodriguez Allegedly ‘Got Hookers All The Time,’ New Book States

In a new book, written by Michael Gross, Mlb player Alex Rodriguez is accused of bringing multiple hookers up to his room at his New York apartment. ’House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, The World’s Most Powerful Address’ will hit the shelves in March 2014 — just in time for Spring training.

It’s not a good year for Alex Rodriguez. While he’s fighting for his Mlb career to stay afloat, a new book is being written about his alleged past with prostitutes!

A-Rod Reportedly ‘Got Hookers All The Time’

Michael Gross‘ House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, The World’s Most Powerful Address, outlines the alleged behind-the-scenes life of the famed Yankee.

In 2010, A-Rod moved into a $30,000-a-month apartment on Central Park West — the same building that houses Sting, Bob Costas and Denzel Washington. However, while the price may be high, the employees aren’t very loyal,
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Alex Rodriguez Had Three-Ways With Prostitutes, New Book Claims: Report

Alex Rodriguez's reputation has taken quite a beating this year -- and it looks like things are about to get even worse for the athlete. According to a new report by Richard Johnson of the New York Post's Page Six, the Yankee slugger is the subject of some nasty allegations in Michael Gross' upcoming book House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, The World's Most Powerful Address.  Among the stories in the tome, due in March 2014, is a claim that Rodriguez, 38, enjoyed the company [...]
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The Heat

Any discussion of The Heat will likely draw comparison to director Paul Feig’s previous film, Bridesmaids—a watershed moment for contemporary Hollywood. It was the first comedy with an all-female lead cast to become a crossover demographic success since perhaps Nine to Five, which came out more than thirty years ago. This is maybe less surprising when you realize that, for whatever reason, there aren’t that many made in the first place. You have to truly plumb the depths of IMDb to find the likes of Outrageous Fortune, The First Wives Club and Baby Mama, and let’s not kid ourselves into...
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Contest: "The Heat" Prize Pack

The Heat opens in theaters everywhere on June 28th and 20th Century Fox is gifting 5 lucky Tfe readers The Heat Prize Packs (Us residents only this time. sorry) which include, a fan, a t-shirt, and a movie poster.

 

Various version of this poster have already stirred up some controversy for the weird slimming of Melissa McCarthy (um, people know what she looks like... and they like her like that!) so consider it a hot button keepsake. I'm seeing this Tuesday and excited because it seems like ideal counterprogramming in our global all boy all superhero summer crisis each year. Is it too much to hope for that it's as funny as Outrageous Fortune (1986) the female odd couple comedy that keeps coming to mind for me when I think of this one? (Though perhaps Miss Congeniality 2 is a better comparison)

How to enter after the jump
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All3Media Launches Scripted Division Run By Eric Lehrman, Inks Deal With Reality Producer Omid Kahangi

Exclusive: All3Media America, the recently launched U.S. branch of the UK’s All3Media, is formally starting a scripted division. It will be run by former Bad Robot executive Eric Lehrman, named VP Scripted Television. The move reflects the company’s desire to enter the U.S. scripted business and build on All3Media’s slate of international scripted formats, including shows from Company Pictures (Shameless, Skins, The Village, Secret State), Lime Pictures (Hollyoaks), Objective Productions (Peep Show, Fresh Meat), South Pacific (Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons), and Bentley (Midsomer Murders). All3Media America principals Eli Holzman and Stephen Lambert said that getting into scripted is something they had been looking to do since the two launched Studio Lambert USA in 2008. All3Media was an investor in StudioLambert USA and late last year triggered an option to buy the company, which became the core of All3Media USA.
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[Interview] ‘For A Good Time, Call…’ Director Jamie Travis On Favorite Props, Meta-Reality And More

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Hitting theaters today is one of my favorite comedies of the year, For A Good Time, Call…, starring Ari Graynor and co-writer Lauren Anne Miller as two girls forced to live together in an apartment in New York that couldn’t be further apart in personality. As the story unfolds we begin to root for these two girls to set aside their differences and realize how much they can give to one another while they begin to operate a phone sex line out of the apartment.

Sweet, raunchy, and a whole lot of fun, director Jamie Travis makes an impressive feature debut and I was able to sit down with him a few weeks ago to discuss his feature debut. We talked about his favorite prop in the film, the odd meta-reality going on and how he dealt with having more than just himself and the editor in the editing room.
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Tin: The Intertainmint Nitwerk

For 12 years the commercial networks have been able to claim New Zealand content in their obligations to show local drama. It’s time for that crutch to be removed, Colin Delaney argues.

With a certain layer of guilt, Australians have long claimed Kiwi talent as our own; actors Sam Neill and Russell Crowe, Crowded House’s Neil Finn, Keith Urban and perhaps in a couple of years, Paul Henry. However in TV land they’ve been able to do so completely guilt-free for 12 years. The three big commercial broadcasters, in accordance with the Australian Communications and Media Association regulations, must air a certain amount of Australian-made drama. A point system for tallying the hours of broadcast must total a minimum of 250 points a year. Different types of drama get different numbers of points per hour. The regulation is to both protect Australian culture in the media, and to create work within the production sector.
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AfterElton Briefs: Rugby Stars Strip For World AIDS Day, Nph On Marriage, and Ian Cooke and his Cello

Above you can see UK rugby stars Karl Dickson, Sam Smith and Seb Stegmann pose in their underwear as part of Terrence Higgins Trust’s new World AIDS Day campaign, Stand Up, Stand Out. I'm not sure exactly why they're in their underwear, but they certainly stand out! Happy Birthday to Sarah Silverman, who turns 41, Matthew Shepard would have been 35, and Bette Midler is 66. Time to name your top five Bette songs and/or movies! Here are mine: 5."Ruthless People," 4. "Hocus Pocus," 3. "Outrageous Fortune," 2. "Beaches," 1. "Big Business." And songs ... 5. "From A Distance," 4."Do You Wanna Dance," 3. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," 2. "Otto Titsling," 1. "The Rose."

One Life To Live's executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati will take over those same positions at General Hospital when Oltl ends in January. In news I have been waiting my entire life to hear, the documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold
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