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Top Three Parties: Party Like It's 1984, Chic Boutique, and Gucci Guy

1. Candace Bushnell and Jay McInerney. 2. Alexis Bledel and Christian Siriano. 3. Dave and James Franco. From PatrickMcMullan.com. Vf Daily’s picks for the top three parties around the globe last night. Party Like It’s 1984 What: Party for Jay McInerney’s new book, How It Ended. Where: Cru restaurant, New York City. Who: Jay McInerney, with children Maise and Barrett McInerney, wife Anne Hearst McInerney, and stepdaughter Amanda Hearst. Also, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Rudy Giuliani, Judith Giuliani, J. T. Theodoracopulos, A. M. Homes, Brad Gooch, Andrew Saffir, Bettina Zilkha, Candace Bushnell, Charles Askegard, Morgan Entrekin, Dirk Wittenborn, Gillian Hearst-Simonds, Helen Lee Schifter, James Lipton, Bobby Zarem, Michael Gross, Nicole Miller, Terry McDonell, André Balazs, Sharon Bush, Richard Johnson, Binky Urban, and Ken Auletta. Why: Because it’s been 25 years since Bright Lights, Big City was published and we were eagerly waiting for McInerney’s latest. Talking Point: The equal measures of literarti and glitterati present.
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On the Late Show: Talk Show Hosts in Movies

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This week, the world of late night television experiences its biggest shakeup in years, as Jimmy Fallon takes the reigns of NBC's "Late Night" from Conan O'Brien, who, at the start of June, will take over "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno, who moves on to start his own talk show at 10pm. With talk show hosts on our minds these days, it seemed like a good time to look back and see how they've fared on the silver screen.

Qualifications for inclusion were simple: the talk show host in question has to be best known -- and most successful -- in their show business career as a talk show host. Craig Ferguson, current host of CBS' "Late Late Show," carved out a long and successful career as an actor and director of such films as "The Big Tease" before accepting the slot after David Letterman, so he was out.
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Jerry Goldsmith Redux

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The plot thickens: we're now told that Jerry Goldsmith's score for The Last Hard Men also incorporated some of his work from the 1965 spy movie Morituri! Graham Rye's letter regarding Jerry Goldsmith's score for 100 Rifles which was recycled for The Last Hard Men, has drawn a number of comments from readers, some of whom have shed some light on the mystery of why such a revered composer might want to use a previous score in a new movie:

Hi Lee

Well Graham is both correct and incorrect about the soundtrack for the above. The story of The Last Hard Men score is that a score by Leonard Rosenman was rejected and, whether due to time constraints or cost, Fox simply chose to track the movie with cues from three Jerry Goldsmith Fox westerns (100 Rifles, Rio Conchos and the remake of Stagecoach) and also his score for the thriller Morituri.
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Summer Theatres and Festivals 2009

For Equity contract information, refer to our complete listings online at www.backstage.com/spotlight. If your company is not listed but you would like to be included in next year's list, contact Laura A. Butler, Research Editor, at Back Stage, at lbutler@backstage.com.California La Jolla Playhouse P.O. Box 12039 La Jolla, CA 92039 (858) 550-1070, fax (858) 550-1075 www.lajollaplayhouse.org Christopher Ashley, artistic director Casting: Casts productions in-house and through independent casting directors by invitation only. Send pix & resumes to above address, Attn: Casting. See website for more information. Internships available. Season: Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre: Continuous City (March 19 - 22). Future schedule Tba. Marin Shakespeare Company P.O. Box 4053 San Rafael, CA 94913 (415) 499-4485, fax (415) 499-1492 management@marinshakespeare.org www.marinshakespeare.org Robert S. Currier, artistic director Casting: Casts productions in-house. Send pix & resumes to: Robert Currier. Please see website for specific audition dates and information. Internships and/or apprenticeships available.
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Photo Flash: Rose And The Rime At House Theater Of Chicago

Enjoy an evening with The House Theatre of Chicago and its newest production, Rose And The Rime. The original Midwestern fairy tale will play the Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division St.) February 19 to April 11, 2009. Special offers and events are currently available. Rose And The Rime Benefit Night with Peter Sagal House enthusiasts are invited to join Peter Sagal, host of NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me (and House board member) for a panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at the Chopin Theatre (1534 W. Division St.). A wine and dessert reception will take place prior to the panel and all participants are invited to watch a special performance of Rose And The Rime at 8:30 p.m. Panelists will be Company member and Rose And The Rime cast member Carolyn Defrin (The Sparrow, Dave DaVinci Saves the Universe), director Nathan Allen, lighting designer Lee Keenan and co-writer Chris Matthews. Individual
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Rose And The Rime Is Newest Show At House Theater Of Chicago

Enjoy an evening with The House Theatre of Chicago and its newest production, Rose And The Rime. The original Midwestern fairy tale will play the Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division St.) February 19 to April 11, 2009. Special offers and events are currently available. Rose And The Rime Benefit Night with Peter Sagal House enthusiasts are invited to join Peter Sagal, host of NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me (and House board member) for a panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at the Chopin Theatre (1534 W. Division St.). A wine and dessert reception will take place prior to the panel and all participants are invited to watch a special performance of Rose And The Rime at 8:30 p.m. Panelists will be Company member and Rose And The Rime cast member Carolyn Defrin (The Sparrow, Dave DaVinci Saves the Universe), director Nathan Allen, lighting designer Lee Keenan and co-writer Chris Matthews. Individual
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Top 10 Movie Presidents

He’s the Chief Executive, the Chief Legislator, the Commander-In-Chief, the Chief Diplomat, and just about the Chief Everything. The President of the USA is one of the most symbolic and fictionalised figures in the world.

Barack Obama is inaugurated this week. Will he be able to sort out Iraq? Fix the economy? Restore faith and pride into a divided America? No one knows, but what we can do is look back at some of Hollywood’s offers of President of the United States, and see how they sized up to mighty challenges.

These are the Top Ten Movie Presidents to ever grace our screens.

10. President “Unknown Name” - Henry Fonda (Fail Safe)

In a movie that is practically the serious drama version of Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove; Henry Fonda plays a president on the brink of nuclear destruction. After an accidental breach of Russian security, a missile is launched and is heading for Moscow,
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Peter Sellers named top Us president

Sing “The Star Spangled Banner”, play a little baseball or chow down on some apple pie as today is all about America. Yes, the eyes of the world are on the Us of A as Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States in a mere matter of hours. Here at Boxwish we’ve gotten into the American spirit by looking at how real-life presidents have been given the Hollywood treatment in our feature here, but American TV news channel CNN has taken a different approach rating its favourite fictional and real-life inhabitants of the Oval Office. And the top pick isn’t immediately obvious coming in the shape of Peter Sellers’s President Merkin Muffley from Stanley Kubrick’s seminal black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

It’s an unusual choice, very much at odds with
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Sellers Tops Presidential List

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Sellers Tops Presidential List
Peter Sellers' portrayal of President Merkin Muffley in cult movie Dr. Strangelove has topped a new list of fictional and real-life U.S. leaders.

Sellers' famous role in the 1964 Stanley Kubrick film beat out Harrison Ford's James Marshall (Air Force One) and Kevin Kline's William H. Mitchell (Dave) in the CNN Inauguration Day countdown.

The only real-life leader to make the list is outgoing U.S. leader George W. Bush, as portrayed by Josh Brolin in W. He comes in at number 10.

The full list is:

1. Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb); 2. Harrison Ford as James Marshall (Air Force One); 3. Kevin Kline as William H. Mitchell (Dave); 4. John Travolta as Governor Jack Stanton (Primary Colors); 5. Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd (The American President)

International Film Music Critics Announce 2008 Nominees

I don't believe I have ever reported the nominees for the International Film Music Critics Association before, but in the spirit of covering more award season news than is probably necessary I figured, "What the hell?" The nominees listed below make up the fifth annual International Film Music Critics Association Awards for Excellence with Wall-e receiving the most nominations including Film Score of the Year, Best Score for an Animated Film, Best Film Composition (for "Define Dancing") and Composer of the Year for Thomas Newman. The other big nominee is Danny Elfman who received the most individual nominations this year with seven: Composer of the Year; Film Score of the Year and Best Documentary Score for Standard Operating Procedure; Best Drama Score for Milk; Best Action/Adventure Score and Best Individual Cue for Wanted ("Success Montage"); and Best Fantasy/Science Fiction Score for Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The International
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Conan O'Brien's 'Tonight Show' Plans

When "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" premieres on June 1, the show will have a whole new look as well as a new host, but it will still have a sense of humor. At least it will if O'Brien has anything to do with it -- which he does. "Television is changing rapidly, and I want to make sure [the new 'Tonight Show'] isn't too buttoned up," O'Brien told reporters at the NBC Television Critics Association junket at the Universal Hilton. "I want to make sure it is funny and a worthy 'Tonight Show.'" That said, O'Brien is very much aware of the all the buzz about the changing of the guard, especially since NBC announced its plans for Jay Leno to have a one-hour nightly series at 10 p.m. "I think there has been speculation and uneasiness every time there has been a change in 'The Tonight Show' host," he explains. "If
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Review: The Tale of Despereaux

Mice have enjoyed a great ride in the movies. The animated variety first rose to prominence thanks to Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse in the late 20s, enjoyed a rebirth as heroes in the late 70s and 80s with The Rescuers, The Secret of Nimh, The Great Mouse Detective, and An American Tail, and overflowed into live-action territory a few years later with Stuart Little. More recently, Flushed Away was a superior entertainment about a spoiled upper-class mouse who must learn to survive in the wild and wooly sewers, while the superb Ratatouille gave a rat a rare favorable turn in the spotlight as a culinary artist.

Adapted by Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Dave) from the award-winning book by Kate Dicamillo, The Tale of Despereaux features both a rat and a mouse in leading roles, but the self-described fairy tale is much more than a slapdash character study of two rodents. The
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Movie Review - 'The Tale of Despereaux'

The Tale of Despereaux

Starring Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, and Dustin Hoffman

Directed by Bob Fell and Rob Stevenhagen

Rated G

The Tale of Despereaux unfolds like a children’s book, which is good news since this is, after all, adapted from a children’s book. Without being overly complicated, its story is a bit of a page-turner, although some of the time you’d be content to just stare at the pictures.

Animation has likely never been a bigger financial boon for studios (in a time when most other movies carry with them huge question marks), and it has never been more on the forefront of emerging technologies. Despite any traditional soft spots you might have for Disney classics like Bambi, this is a true golden age of animated film.

Despereaux comes to us not from Disney, DreamWorks or even Fox, but rather from Universal. Though its only other
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Water(gate) Under the Bridge

Frank Langella won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Richard Nixon in the play Frost/Nixon, but he prefers his performance in the film version. "It's less theatrical, more internal, and more tragic than on stage," he says. "The comedy elements have been played down." He credits director Ron Howard for helping him make the transition. "Ron is an actor-oriented, not concept-oriented, director," Langella says. "He spent hours with me trying to understand the man's emotions, his highs and lows. Ron is relentless, observing you down to the flutter of an eyelash. There were a lot of takes. The major challenge was endurance and concentration and being able to give Ron what he needed in 14-hour days." Langella captures the essence of Nixon — the walk, the body language, the speech patterns — without resorting to impersonation. To prepare for the role, he studied hours of tapes of the former president,
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Pass the cheese please. "The Tale of Despereaux" - New images in the gallery!

Movie Jungle has new images up for Universal Pictures' "The Tale of Despereaux" animated adventure. The film opens on December 19th and features a wonderfully talented array of actors including Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Lloyd, Robbie Coltraine, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, Tony Hale, Frances Conroy, Bronson Pinchot, Tracey Ullman and Sam Fell. Directed by Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhave, the film is adapted for the screen by Gary Ross based on the 2004 Newberry Award-winning book by Kate Dicamillo. Ross was hte helmer of the remarkable "Seabiscuit" of 2003 as well as "Dave," "Lassie," "Big" and "Mr. Baseball." Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Dor, there was magic in the air, raucous laughter aplenty and gallons of mouth-watering soup. But a terrible accident left the king broken-hearted, the princess filled with longing and the townsfolk despondent.
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Pass the cheese please. "The Tale of Despereaux" - New images in the gallery!

Movie Jungle has new images up for Universal Pictures' "The Tale of Despereaux" animated adventure. The film opens on Christmas Day and features a wonderfully talented array of actors including Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Lloyd, Robbie Coltraine, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, Tony Hale, Frances Conroy, Bronson Pinchot, Tracey Ullman and Sam Fell. Directed by Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhave, the film is adapted for the screen by Gary Ross based on the 2004 Newberry Award-winning book by Kate Dicamillo. Ross was hte helmer of the remarkable "Seabiscuit" of 2003 as well as "Dave," "Lassie," "Big" and "Mr. Baseball."
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Lennox Wows Audience At American Music Awards

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Lennox Wows Audience At American Music Awards
Annie Lennox wowed audience at the American Music Awards with an emotionally-charged performance - just three months after undergoing successful spinal surgery.

The former Eurythmics singer was ordered to endure six months of physiotherapy before doctors expected her to walk properly again - after determining she was suffering from an impinged nerve in August.

Lennox's contributions to music were marked before her rousing performance on Sunday - when she was presented the Award of Merit at the 36th Annual AMAs in Los Angeles - lifting the star-studded audience to their feet.

Standing to take a bow, she was presented the award by pop superstar Justin Timberlake: "The Award of Merit is being given tonight to an artist who means a lot to me personally. There are certain musicians that other musicians love, and she is one of those special artists, held in the highest regard by her peers.

"l love that she's always been on the cutting edge of fashion, she's always looked so so cool and taught us how to look cool. Then there's her humanitarian work. She's been an activist for just causes all over the world, mostly in silent ways that you've never even heard about. She does this from her heart, motivated purely by love."

Imploring the audience to sit, Lennox added, "It's been an incredible journey - music, my friends, my accompaniment through my life, so much of my life. Much of that was with Dave Stewart, of the Eurythmics and it is very important that I say half of the award goes to Dave also.

"Thank you so much for this. I never thought that I would live to see the day that I could be 53-years-old, standing on the stage and so many people have inspired me in this experience and too many to mention."

Lennox joins a long list of music legends including Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and Whitney Houston, who've also been honoured with the award.

Exclusive grisly clips from indie shocker Sam Hell

The folks at Son of Jason Films sent Fangoria a trio of exclusive clips from their new fright feature Sam Hell; you can see them below. The movie was directed by Michael Bayouth, who was also one of the producers and gives the company its name: He’s the offspring of Ted White, who played masked maniac Voorhees in Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter.

“In Sam Hell, a young man who runs a Halloween spooky house finds what he believes to be an old movie prop at a yard sale, and decides to work it into his chilling attraction,” Bayouth tells Fango. “The grotesque decayed head in a cage turns out to be the real remains of a deranged mass murderer who begins to possess Sean, making him continue his bloody killing spree. When Sean’s girlfriend Jill realizes what’s happening, she enlists a pair of paranormal ass-kickers
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Celebrate the electoral win of Obama with some presidential movies

A hearty Boxwish congratulations to Democratic Senator Barack Obama who has won the Us presidential elections. The news brings to a dramatic close the long and drawn out race to the White House that has seen enough highs and lows to be a worthy of a Hollywood movie. And in true Boxwish style we’re celebrating the big news with a feast of presidential pictures. So, whether you fancy swotting up on past leaders of the Free World or enjoying fictional ones – we’ve got just the thing…

Real-life presidents

Obama will become the 44th Commander in Chief come next January and if he wants to see how some of his predecessors fared there’s a whole library of cinematic choices. We’ll be touching on the likes of Nixon, JFK and W. on Friday, but Thirteen Days is a gripping look at a president battling an international disaster (Kennedy
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Ford Tops Movie Presidents Poll

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Harrison Ford has landed at the top of a new list of the best movie presidents.

His portrayal of President James Marshall in Air Force One has beaten out Morgan Freeman in Moviefone.com's quirky pre-u.S. presidential election poll.

Ford's Marshall landed 24 per cent of more than 1.1 million votes. Freeman's portrayal of President Tom Beck in 1998's Deep Impact came in second with 16 per cent.

The top five are:

1. Harrison Ford in Air Force One

2. Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact

3. Michael Douglas in The American President

4. Bill Pullman in Independence Day

5. Kevin Kline in Dave.
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