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Mistresses Recap: Third-Party Politics

Oh, if the walls of Maison Sur Mer — the home-furnishings oasis owned by Mistresses‘ April Malloy — could talk. They’ve already seen a ne’er-do-well husband fake his death; an ab-tastic FBI agent deliver an oversized canvas that, by all scientific measures, should’ve burst into flames from the glistening bodies (and acrylic colors) that painted it; and some light blackmail, adultery and overzealous day drinking for good measure.

RelatedBlind Item: Crossover Event Eyed for Fall — and It Will Blow. Your. Mind.

Now, thanks to Dr. Karen Kim (University of Blind Optimism, Class of ’90), the lush tablescapes and 1,000-thread-count sheets
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Filmmaker Determined to Bring Pic About Femme Iranian Auto Racer to Finish Line

Filmmaker Determined to Bring Pic About Femme Iranian Auto Racer to Finish Line
When filmmaker Essy Niknejad read the story of a femme race car driver who beat the odds to win the Iranian National Championship in 2006, he figured it had drama written all over it. Dubbed “Little Schumacher,” after Formula One legend Michael Shumacher, Laleh Seddigh had to fight her family and her nation’s male-dominated theocracy to realize her dreams.

“We know that racing is a white boys’ club, no matter what society we are talking about,” Niknejad says. “Plus in Iran, which is dominated by men, it must be fascinating for a woman to get to this level.”

What he didn’t realize is the many obstacles — including harsh weather, hostile locals and diminishing funds — that would make the completion of his film come to resemble the longshot that was Seddigh’s accomplishment. Through it all, Niknejad has remained undeterred.

Getting the rights to Seddigh’s story wasn’t as
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Briefs: Mark Patton Comes Out As HIV Positive, Greg Louganis Rejects The Boycott, and Goodbye Sean Sasser

Birthday shoutouts go to Roger Federer (above), who is ageless, Jc Chasez is 37, and Drew Lachey is 37.

Syfy has chosen the title for its NYC-centered Sharknado sequel from over 5,000 Twitter suggestions. They completely ignored my entry, Sharks & The City and instead went with … Sharknado 2: The Second One. Whatever.

As I still try to wrap my head around the fact that Karen Black is gone, here’s an interview with her Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean co-star Mark Patton, who talks about that experience, as well as playing Jesse in A Nightmare On Elm Street 2, and his despair over Hollywood homophobia. He also talks for the first time about being HIV Positive, and his happy life now, as he’s about to turn 50.

Russian Sports Minister Wants Lgbt Activists to ‘Calm Down’

But Greg Louganis is rejecting the Sochi Olympic boycott.

Our thoughts are
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‘Born on the Fourth of July’ is the Quintessential Vietnam Vet Movie, But ‘First Blood’ Deserves More Love

In recent years some of the luster has come off of Oliver Stone’s career. He wasn’t always the guy who made movies like World Trade Center and Savages. Far from it, actually. He used to be the sort of respected director who cleaned up at the Oscars. One of the best-loved and most respected of the works from his peak was Born on the Fourth of July, a drama that not only earned him an Academy Award for Best Director and a nomination for Best Picture, but also went a long way toward making a serious actor out of its star, Tom Cruise. Cruise had become a huge name in the business thanks to roles in things like Risky Business and Top Gun, but before he did things like this and Rain Man, he still might have proved to be just a flash in the pan who opened a couple of big movies thanks to
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Al Pacino and Barry Levinson Teaming For ‘The Humbling’ Before ‘Gotti’

Al Pacino and Barry Levinson Teaming For ‘The Humbling’ Before ‘Gotti’
Barry Levinson is going to direct Al Pacino in Gotti: Three Generations, but before that picture shoots they'll also do another film. The Humbling is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Philip Roth from Millennium/Nu Image. This will make three films in a row for the Levinson/Pacino team, beginning with the acclaimed portrait of the late Dr. Jack Kevorkian, You Don't Know Jack. In addition, Barry Levinson has quite a lot to say about the John Gotti movie that he inherited [1] when Nick Cassavetes vacated [2] the director's chair. More on that after the break. First up, here's the plot of The Humbling: At 65, Simon Axler, a formerly celebrated stage actor, is undergoing a crisis: he can no longer act, his wife leaves him and, suicidal, he checks himself into a psych ward. Then he retires to his upstate New York farm to wait for.
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'Crazy' talk: Anthem buys rights to docu

'Crazy' talk: Anthem buys rights to docu
Anthem Pictures nabbed all worldwide rights to producer-director Zalman King's documentary Crazy Again. The feature, which premiered Friday at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, chronicles troubled country music star Dale Watson on the road, delving in to his harrowing past and upcoming album. The pact is a continuation of Anthem's recent deals with the Zalman King Co. for the DVD distribution of the series Red Shoe Diaries and their co-production of new episodes.

'05 TV sked going red-hot in White North

'05 TV sked going red-hot in White North
TORONTO -- Retooling their 2005 primetime schedules for much-needed ratings, Canadian private broadcasters will be steaming up TV sets in a bid to entice viewers with racy homegrown dramas. Gone are the traditional understated dramas about burly hockey players and rodeo queens. In their place, Canadian broadcasters are taking a page out of the Hollywood playbook and casting good-looking talent in various stages of undress. Pay TV channel the Movie Network, for instance, is sexing up its winter schedule with G-Spot, a dramedy about a Canadian actress facing hurdles and heartache in Hollywood that was written by and stars Brigitte Bako, Showtime's Red Shoe Diaries headliner.

'05 TV sked going red-hot in White North

'05 TV sked going red-hot in White North
TORONTO -- Retooling their 2005 primetime schedules for much-needed ratings, Canadian private broadcasters will be steaming up TV sets in a bid to entice viewers with racy homegrown dramas. Gone are the traditional understated dramas about burly hockey players and rodeo queens. In their place, Canadian broadcasters are taking a page out of the Hollywood playbook and casting good-looking talent in various stages of undress. Pay TV channel the Movie Network, for instance, is sexing up its winter schedule with G-Spot, a dramedy about a Canadian actress facing hurdles and heartache in Hollywood that was written by and stars Brigitte Bako, Showtime's Red Shoe Diaries headliner.

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