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LisaRaye McCoy -- Stripper Biz Is Booming Thanks to One Man

  • TMZ
LisaRaye McCoy knows her way around a strip club ... and says the skin biz is doing better than ever ... thanks to the heavy-hitter of making it rain.LisaRaye, who starred as a stripper in "The Players Club," told us ... where there's big money, there's opportunity -- and she agreed with our photog that there's one athlete in particular who's attracting more and more women to exotic dancing.She even thinks his extravagant spending is helping the country's bottom line.
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First Time Fest – Report #2

The First Time Fest was created by Johanna Bennett and Mandy Ward as a way to showcase new upcoming filmmakers and their works, and to get them a head start in their industry. The festival occurred on March 1st to 4th at The Players Club in New York, which was a club started by some well-known writers and actors, including Edwin Booth (John Wilkes Booth’s brother), Mark Twain, and more.

While the festival does support new filmmakers in their journey, it also awards previous filmmakers who have made names for themselves. Being that this is the first year of the festival, the first ever John Huston Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema went to Darren Aronofsky. The award is named in honor of John Huston as he was a esteemed member of The Players Club, as well as considered to be one of the most influential writer, actor, director and producers of all times.
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First Time Fest – Report

This past weekend, March 1st to 4th, marked the first ever First Time Fest at The Player’s Club in New York City. The festival is a celebration of the films of first time film makers which also features a competition in which 12 aspiring film makers get to debut their first film. These 12 filmmakers have competed for their chance to receive major distribution of their film and all competitors will receive advice from those in the industry.

The festival is to help those aspiring filmmakers in the industry obtain important information in making their films successful. There are twelve competition films that come from all over the world to compete against this wonderful grand prize of not only distribution by Sponsor Cinema Libre Studio, but knowledge- knowledge of how to make films and how people got their start.

The festival itself includes films from these 12 competition films as well as
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First Time Fest Celebrates New Filmmakers and Honors Darren Aronofsky

  • Indiewire
First Time Fest, a new festival that celebrates first-time filmmakers and awards a grand prize of theatrical distribution by Cinema Libre Studio, kicks off in New York City from March 1 - March 4. The festival will be honors Darren Aronofsky with its very first John Huston Award for Acheivement in Cinema. Hosted by The Players Club, one of the most exclusive arts organizations founded by Edwin Booth and Mark Twain, the festival will show debut films from Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Chile, Israel, Mongolia, and the United States. Each of the twelve festival finalists will receive industry mentorship and a one-year membership to The Players. The competition films include "Headfirst," Amelie van Elmbt's coming-of-age road movie which premiered at Cannes; the world premiere of Dmitry Martin and Andrey Kureychik's "Horizon Sky" about a young musician battles AIDS; Sophie O'Connor's  drama "Submerge" in its world...
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Buzzmakers: Michael C. Duncan Dies & KStew Emerges

Buzzmakers: Michael C. Duncan Dies & KStew Emerges
What had Et readers buzzing this week?

1. Michael Clarke Duncan Dies

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died, Et has learned.

The Green Mile star's fiancee, Reverend Omarosa Manigault, has confirmed that the actor passed away in Los Angeles September 3 at the age of 54.

This news comes after Duncan's hospitalization following a "myocardial infarction" suffered on July 13 from which he never fully recovered.

According to Manigault's rep, "[she] is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of [Duncan's] life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date."

A close friend tells Et that Manigault is "devastated" over the loss.

The Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated actor was born in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles in 1990, supporting himself as a bodyguard while pursuing an acting career.

His first roles closely resembled his day job, playing either guards or bouncers in films such as Back in Business, A Night at the Roxbury, [link
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Michael Clarke Duncan Death to Bypass Examination

Michael Clarke Duncan Death to Bypass Examination
The L.A. County coroner's office reportedly does not see any reason to review Michael Clarke Duncan's death case.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Craig Harvey of the coroner's office revealed that, as a doctor has signed Duncan's death certificate, all the evidence suggests that the Oscar nominee died of natural causes.

Related: Michael Clarke Duncan Has Died

The Green Mile star's fiancee, Reverend Omarosa Manigault told Et that the actor "never fully recovered" from a heart attack suffered on July 13.

Duncan was born in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles in 1990, supporting himself as a bodyguard while pursuing an acting career.

Related: Top 10 Michael Clarke Duncan Roles

His first roles closely resembled his day job, playing either guards or bouncers in films such as Back in Business, A Night at the Roxbury, The Players Club and Bulworth.

Soon he landed more meaty roles, playing Bear in Armageddon and finally portraying John Coffey in his
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Michael Clarke Duncan: a career in clips

We take a look back at the work of the much loved star of The Green Mile, who died yesterday

Michael Clarke Duncan's move from bodyguard duties into acting was pretty seamless: lots of bit parts in TV shows and films like Back in Business, Bulworth and The Players Club came his way, all of the "bouncer", "body builder" and "security guard" variety. His big break came after he stopped real-life minding, and scored a role in Jerry Bruckheimer's epic space-disaster movie Armageddon. Though only one of the squad guys, he earned instant immortality with his "you the man" utterance in the final climactic sequence. (It's at 4:48.)

And anyone supposing he was the new Ving Rhames was put to rights in the scene where Duncan began frugging in leopardskin underpants - it's even more effective with the Spanish dubbing.

But it was his subsequent casting in The Green Mile,
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Michael Clarke Duncan Has Died

Michael Clarke Duncan Has Died
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died, Et has learned.

The Green Mile star's fiance, Reverend Omarosa Manigault, has confirmed that the actor passed away in Los Angeles this morning at the age of 54.

This news comes after Duncan's hospitalization following a "myocardial infarction" suffered on July 13 from which he never fully recovered.

Related: Michael Clarke Duncan Suffers Heart Attack

According to Manigault's rep, "[she] is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of [Duncan's] life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date."

A close friend tells Et that Manigault is "devastated" over the loss.

The Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated actor was born in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles in 1990, supporting himself as a bodyguard while pursuing an acting career.

His first roles closely resembled his day job, playing either guards or bouncers in films such as Back in Business, A Night at the Roxbury, The Players Club and [link
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Ill Manors Review

  • HeyUGuys
Films directed by musicians are a strange, unloved sub-genre. At best they are obscure oddities, like Daft Punk’s Electroma, but usually they tend to just be awful vanity projects – see Madonna’s recently slated W.E. or Ice Cube’s long-forgotten stripper-ploitation piece The Players Club. Rob Zombie is probably the only one who’s made a decent stab at it. So expectations for the behind the camera debut of Ben Drew, Aka British rapper Plan B, might not be the highest.

However, Plan B isn’t your run-of-the-mill shouty attention-seeking hoodie wearing UK urban star. His breakthrough record The Defamation Of Strickland Banks was a decidedly cinematic concept album, and he’s put in not-too-shabby acting roles in Harry Brown and Adulthood. He’s also spoken extensively in interviews about his celluloid dreams and filmic influences, and it’s almost enough to hope that this is going to be
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Stella Adler Acting Studio Gala Celebrates Earl Jones, Belafonte

  • Backstage
The words of Stella Adler echoed throughout the Stella by Starlight Gala, an event to celebrate the Stella Adler Studio of Acting on Sunday at The Players Club in New York City."Growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous," Adler famously said, and with that message in mind, the evening’s five honorees - Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones, Daryl Roth, Ed Schultz, and Masa Tanaka - were singled out not only for acting ability but also for their work with social causes and community engagement."The harder you work, the luckier you get," MSNBC host Schultz told the young people in the room. Schultz received the Harold Clurman Spirit Award for all the culture he's brought to New York City. Producer Daryl Roth also received the Harold Clurman Spirit Award, calling the honor “kind of awesome.” Tanaka, CEO for the Americas and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ufj,
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Project Shaw 2012

  • Backstage
This project -- in which all of George Bernard Shaw's works will be performed in staged-reading format -- continues May 21 with "In Good King Charles's Golden Days," described as "an outrageous comedy about Isaac Newton, King Charles II, Nell Gwynn, and the whole gang." The cast includes Tony winners Cady Huffman and Maryann Plunkett, Sean Dugan ("Smash"), Jay O. Sanders ("Titus Andronicus"), Daniel Jenkins ("Mary Poppins"), and Christine Pedi ("Forbidden Broadway"). The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, NYC. 7 p.m. $30. (212) 352-3101 or www.projectshaw.com.
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Film Chest Releases Remastered Sherlock Holmes Classics As Burn-to-order Titles

  • CinemaRetro
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Film Chest's Phil Hopkins (L) and Ralph Stevens (R) with Cinema Retro Editor-in-Chief Lee Pfeiffer at The Players club in New York- under the watchful eye of Jason Robards.

Film Chest, a film archive based in Bridgeport, Ct that manages and restores several major motion picture libraries, is introducing a boutique home video division, American Pop Classics. The have recently remastered several of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes classics of the 1940s that were originally released theatrically by Universal. The titles will be available on burn-to-order basis through the Allied-Vaughn company, the industry leader in the technology. Film Chest executives joined Cinema Retro editor-in-chief Lee Pfeiffer for a Holmes screening at New York's legendary Players club at Gramercy Park where DVDs of the new line were given away as raffle prizes. The crisply remastered prints represent the first time that
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Sidney Lumet Dead At Age 86

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

Acclaimed film director Sidney Lumet has died at age 86 from lymphoma. Lumet was nominated four times for Best Director Oscars but never won. However, he did receive an honorary Oscar for his life's work in 2005. Lumet, who started as a child actor, was - along with Woody Allen- the quintessential New York director and preferred working in Gotham whenever possible. He expressed an aversion to Hollywood early in his career. His career boasted a remarkable and diverse number of classic movies including 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Pawnbroker, Murder on the Orient Express, The Verdict, The Anderson Tapes, The Hill and Fail Safe. I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Lumet in his New York office and screening room some years ago when we worked on his audio commentary for the Fox DVD of The Verdict. I had met him previously
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Disney Picks Up Custom Car Movie Chrome And Paint; Ice Cube Will Direct and Star

  • Collider.com
We heard in February that Ice Cube is developing Chrome and Paint, a drama steeped in the custom car culture of South Central Los Angeles -- he will write, produce, direct, and star.  Cube and co-writer Eva Vives (Raising Victor Vargas) envisioned "a hardcore R-rated movie" filled with drive-by shootings.  You know who this would be perfect for?  Walt Disney Studios! Or so think the studio executives: THR reports Disney is picking up Chrome and Paint with the intent to tone down "the grit factor."  Deadline suggests that Universal also showed interest the film, but bowed out because the studio has a similar project in development.  Vives is working on a PG-13 rewrite to be ready for a summer shoot. Ice Cube previously used "Chrome and Paint" to title a profane song from his 2006 album Laugh Now, Cry Later. You can watch the music video after the jump, but I don't recommend it.
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Ice Cube Puts Disney On Ice With ‘Gritty’ Chrome And Paint

In a move that looks set to redefine the word “incongruity,” Disney have announced they are set to finance a picture by actor, director, writer and hip-hop legend Ice Cube. Since taking charge of the studio Rich Ross and Sean Bailey have sought to broaden the scope of its output and alter perception of what it means to be known as “a Disney film,” and Cube’s Chrome and Paint about inner-city car culture has been earmarked as an ideal way to do just that.

The script is based on a song of the same name from Cube’s 2006 album Laugh Now, Cry Later, the theme and contents of which are deeply out of synch with Disney’s traditional image….

Although the drama- Cube’s first as a director since the modest domestic success of debut feature The Players Club- is still said to be “gritty,” it is thought
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Disney In Talks For Ice Cube's 'Chrome And Paint' Feature

  • Deadline
Disney In Talks For Ice Cube's 'Chrome And Paint' Feature
Exclusive: Disney is negotiating to finance and distribute Chrome and Paint, a gritty Boyz N' The Hood-style drama that Ice Cube will direct and star in, based on a script he co-wrote with Eva Vives. The film is a drama about the custom car culture of South Central Los Angeles. Cube will produce with his Cube Vision partner Matt Alvarez. Cube, who directed the 2010 Oakland Raiders documentary Straight Outta L.A. for Espn, hasn't directed a narrative feature since 1998's The Players Club, which he also wrote. In Chrome and Paint, Cube uses the subculture of tricked out Mercedes, BMW and Low Rider cars to frame a drama about the temptation to place materialism above all else. The film has elements of Saturday Night Fever and American Graffiti. Disney’s interest came out of a general meeting with Cube. Disney exec Louanne Brickhouse, herself a car enthusiast, took an interest
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Ice Cube Joining '21 Jump Street' And Shops Directing Vehicle 'Chrome And Paint'

  • Deadline
Ice Cube Joining '21 Jump Street' And Shops Directing Vehicle 'Chrome And Paint'
Ice Cube is negotiating to join Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street. He is also preparing to shop Chrome and Paint, a gritty Boyz N' The Hood-style drama that Cube wrote as a starring and directing vehicle that focuses on custom car culture of South Central Los Angeles. In 21 Jump Street, Cube will play the precinct captain role originated by Steven Williams in the TV series that launched the career of Johnny Depp. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing the pic for Sony Pictures. Cube livens up the cast, but if they are planning to replicate the series plot about undercover cops that infiltrate schools, I'm still waiting to see if they cast anybody that remotely looks like they might be proofed in a bar. Depp was a baby-faced 24 when he started the series: Tatum is 30 and Hill is 27. Shooting begins in late April and Neal Moritz is producing.
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Spacey Honoured For Theatre Work

  • WENN
Kevin Spacey was the toast of the New York theatre scene on Monday night as he was honoured for his contribution to the arts at a special gala.

The actor, who has worked as artistic director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London since 2003, was guest of honour at The Players Club event in Manhattan, where he was presented with the Edwin Booth Lifetime Achievement Award by his The Ref co-star Denis Leary.

The award is named after the club's founder, actor Edwin Booth, who created The Players in 1888.

John Martello, executive director of The Players, says in a statement, "The Players Foundation for Theatre Education is an organisation devoted to promoting the arts and its ability to enrich lives. Kevin’s work thus far as an actor, director, producer, singer, patron of the arts, and educator is the embodiment of everything Edwin Booth did and the Players Foundation and the Club still do strive to represent."

Terrence Howard and Corey Stoll Joining Law & Order: Los Angeles As Series Regulars

  • Collider.com
Though the business of television isn’t too bad of a place to find yourself as an actor, it’s a bit disappointing to see an actor like Terrence Howard fall from success in a big blockbuster like Iron Man and land in NBC’s crime drama spin-off Law & Order: Los Angeles. But according to Universal’s press release today, his journey to television is set in stone as Howard and Corey Stoll (Salt) have signed on as series regulars to the new fall drama which premieres September 29th. Details on Howard and Stoll’s characters after the jump.

Howard will portray a district attorney along with Alfred Molina who plays Deputy District Attorney Morales in alternate episodes. So at least Howard finds himself in good company. Meanwhile, Stoll will play Detective T.J. Jaruszalski and will partner with Detective John Winters, the role that has previously been announced to belong to Skeet Ulrich.
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"Golden Girls" Star Rue McClanahan Dead At 76

  • CinemaRetro
Rue McClanahan, the youngest of The Golden Girls, died this week at age 76. The smash hit show ran on NBC between 1985 and 1992. McClanahan perfected the role of vamp in the series and transformed her success into other ventures including the New York stage. McClanahan also appeared in theatrical films, making her big screen debut in the 1971 film They Might Be Giants. McClanahan had been fighting various illnesses in recent years but remained active until recently on the New York social scene, where she attended events at The Players club and other arts-related organizations. McClanahan's death leaves Betty White as the only surviving Golden Girl. For more click here
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