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One diva makes her overdue return to movies. The other makes her film acting debut. So who's excited about Burlesque, the hot new musical that brings together Cher and Christinafor a sparkly, glamorous and wild Fosse-esque song and dance spectacular? I left off the latter's last name (Aguilera) because so does the film's poster, which we're happy to debut down below. It's full of hot pink and what I think is a lightbulb-adorned -- though it could also be rhinestone-studded -- title vertically separating the legend on the left from the newer star on the right. The film's tagline acknowledges the distinction between divas, too: Cher's side says "It takes a legend," which continues on Christina's side, "... to make a star." Kind of meta.
- Christopher Campbell
Sitting with Michael Munn, biographer to the stars, in a somewhat bleak pub near his home in Sudbury, Suffolk, I can't get out of my head that classic Pete 'n' Dud sketch in which the flat-capped Peter Cook reveals to Dudley Moore the problems he is having being harassed by the likes of "bloody Greta Garbo". Munn, an affable man of 57, has long been a stalwart of Sudbury amateur dramatics; he still harbours ambitions of moving to Colchester, "just for the buzz". As he sips at a lunchtime half of lager, and tucks into his chicken salad, he is telling me of the time that Ava Gardner wouldn't take no for an answer.
"Ava was a brief but very intense relationship, »
- Tim Adams
One hundred years ago on this very day 30s actress Gloria Stuart was born in Santa Monica. Happy birthday Gloria! Stuart made her name on James Whale's pictures like The Old Dark House (fun movie) and The Invisible Man before her screen career petered out in the 1940s. Then, über famously, James Cameron resurrected her to play the 100 year old survivor of Titanic. And the best part... she's still with us today!
Were you confused like Britney Spears when she tossed the Heart of the Ocean back into it in Titanic? Do you think Kate Winslet hopes to grow up to look just like her? "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying."
-Woody AllenSince Gloria is not the oldest living Oscar nominee, it's list time. Who's still with us? (If I forgot anyone, do let me know in the comments. »
- NATHANIEL R
3 items from 2010
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