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Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93

Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93
Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.

Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, told the New York Times that Merrill had Lewy Body dementia.

Her parents were Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, Wall Street’s E.F. Hutton.

In 1983, on the occasion of Merrill’s musical comedy debut in a revival of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical ”On Your Toes,” the New York Times gushed, “Long regarded as the essence of chic, the epitome of class and such a persuasive purveyor of charm and charity that she could have a rightful claim to fame as an eloquent spokesman — and fund-raiser — for a slew of worthy causes, Miss Merrill
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Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93

Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93
Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.

Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, told the New York Times that Merrill had Lewy Body dementia.

Her parents were Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, Wall Street’s E.F. Hutton.

In 1983, on the occasion of Merrill’s musical comedy debut in a revival of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical ”On Your Toes,” the New York Times gushed, “Long regarded as the essence of chic, the epitome of class and such a persuasive purveyor of charm and charity that she could have a rightful claim to fame as an eloquent spokesman — and fund-raiser — for a slew of worthy causes, Miss Merrill has evoked instant recognition and elegant associations
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback

Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback
This can’t be what Arnold Schwarzenegger imagined 2017 to look like: Sure, there’s a reality star in the White House, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, and his arch-rival (/best celebrity friend), Sylvester Stallone, is a recent Academy Award nominee. Yet for the ex-governor of California, far more confounding is how he became an ex-celebrity.

Schwarzenegger spent his acting life amassing a domestic box office of more than $1.8 billion. That haul came from comedies, like “Twins” ($111 million); science fiction, like “Total Recall” ($119 million) and “Terminator 2” ($204 million); or — his bread and butter — action flicks a la “True Lies” ($146 million) and “Eraser” ($101 million). But one unfortunate connection for all of Schwarzenegger’s films grossing $100 million-plus: They were all made before the year 2000.

Since the dawn of the new millennium, Schwarzenegger’s name above the title has carried less weight at the box office, resulting in drastically lower figures. How he
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback
This can’t be what Arnold Schwarzenegger imagined 2017 to look like: Sure, there’s a reality star in the White House, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, and his arch-rival (/best celebrity friend), Sylvester Stallone, is a recent Academy Award nominee. Yet for the ex-governor of California, far more confounding is how he became an ex-celebrity.

Schwarzenegger spent his acting life amassing a domestic box office of more than $1.8 billion. That haul came from comedies, like “Twins” ($111 million); science fiction, like “Total Recall” ($119 million) and “Terminator 2” ($204 million); or — his bread and butter — action flicks a la “True Lies” ($146 million) and “Eraser” ($101 million). But one unfortunate connection for all of Schwarzenegger’s films grossing $100 million-plus: They were all made before the year 2000.

Since the dawn of the new millennium, Schwarzenegger’s name above the title has carried less weight at the box office, resulting in drastically lower figures. How he
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'Predator 4' Gets 50 Cent?

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'Predator 4' Gets 50 Cent?
The new Predator movie has not officially announced any cast members, though we've heard that original star Arnold Schwarzenegger might be brought back into the mix. Today, we have word from rapper and actor 50 Cent himself that he is ready to fight this iconic monster. Though, neither the trades nor 20th Century Fox have announced this casting.

Predator is aiming for a March 2, 2018 release date. Though we're not sure when shooting will start. Production is believed to being soon under the direction of Shane Black, who co-starred in the original Predator released in 1987. No story details for the new Predator have been released. Though, it is said to be a sequel and not a reboot. And it will acknowledge some of the events that happened in the past three movies. It is unlikely that the sequel, often referred to as Predator 4, will have any call backs to the two crossover movies Alien Vs. Predator,
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Tony Burton, Duke in 'Rocky', Passes Away at 78

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Tony Burton, Duke in 'Rocky', Passes Away at 78
Tony Burton, who played the boxing trainer Tony "Duke" Evers in the long-running Rocky movie franchise, passed away in Los Angeles earlier today, at the age of 78. M Live confirmed the actor's death with his sister, Loretta "Peaches" Kelly. His sister revealed that the actor had been hospitalized several times over the past year, but he was never officially diagnosed with any illness at the time of his death. Due to his health, the actor was never able to see the Rocky spinoff Creed.

Tony Burton was born March 23, 1937 in Flint, Michigan, USA, and long before he portrayed Apollo Creed's (Carl Weathers) trainer Duke in all six Rocky movies, the actor was a boxer himself. Tony Burton won two Flint Golden Gloves trophies in the light heavyweight division in 1955 and 1957, after excelling in football and baseball for Flint Northern High School. He went on to box professionally, with a 16-3 professional boxing record,
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Dakota Johnson Admits to Watching Her Parents Film Sex-Scenes as a Kid

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Dakota Johnson Admits to Watching Her Parents Film Sex-Scenes as a Kid
Well, that's cringeworthy. Growing up with famous parents, Dakota Johnson was no stranger to a film set as a kid. She would often accompany her mom, Working Girl actress Melanie Griffith, and dad, Miami Vice star Don Johnson, to their various film shoots and watch them work. But sometimes, she saw a little more than she bargained for. "I was around for a lot of it and I would watch them," Johnson told Net-a-Porter.com's The Edit Magazine. "But there were also things I could see that I didn't want to, like watch my parents have sex with other people.
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Dakota Johnson Calls Out Hollywood for Being 'Cut-Throat' and Ageist Towards Older Women Like Mom Melanie Griffith

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Dakota Johnson Calls Out Hollywood for Being 'Cut-Throat' and Ageist Towards Older Women Like Mom Melanie Griffith
Dakota Johnson is putting Hollywood on notice for the lack of roles for older women like her famous matriarchs, mom Melanie Griffith and grandmother Tippi Hedren. "This industry is f---ing brutal," Johnson, 26, says in the February issue of British Vogue. "Why isn't my mother in movies? She's an extraordinary actress! Why isn't my grandmother in movies?" Griffith, 58, is best known for the iconic Working Girl, while Hedren, 85, had her breakout role in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Johnson says the harsh Hollywood industry affects her self-esteem as well. "No matter how tough you are, sometimes there's the feeling of not being wanted,
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Dakota Johnson Calls Out Hollywood for Being 'Cut-Throat' and Ageist Towards Older Women Like Mom Melanie Griffith

  • PEOPLE.com
Dakota Johnson Calls Out Hollywood for Being 'Cut-Throat' and Ageist Towards Older Women Like Mom Melanie Griffith
Dakota Johnson is putting Hollywood on notice for the lack of roles for older women like her famous matriarchs, mom Melanie Griffith and grandmother Tippi Hedren. "This industry is f---ing brutal," Johnson, 26, says in the February issue of British Vogue. "Why isn't my mother in movies? She's an extraordinary actress! Why isn't my grandmother in movies?" Griffith, 58, is best known for the iconic Working Girl, while Hedren, 85, had her breakout role in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Johnson says the harsh Hollywood industry affects her self-esteem as well. "No matter how tough you are, sometimes there's the feeling of not being wanted,
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Dakota Johnson Goes Holiday Shopping with Gorgeous Half-Sister Stella Banderas

  • PEOPLE.com
Fifty shades of family? Dakota Johnson was spotted doing some last-minute holiday shopping with brother Jesse Johnson and half-sister Stella Banderas in Aspen, Colorado, on Sunday. The trio bundled up for the ski town's snowy weather, with Dakota and Stella wearing black jackets and pants, and Jesse opting for a green and brown plaid coat and jeans. Stella, 19, graduated high school in June and the occasion sparked a friendly-looking reunion for her now-divorced parents, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas. Mama, Stella and Papi Our angel is amazing. Beginning the next chapter of her life! Freedom!! A photo posted by Melanie
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Watch: Trailer For Drama 'Reach Me' Starring Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger, Terry Crews, Nelly & More

The last time Sylvester Stallone tried to take on a real dramatic role, the results were… creatively successful. He put on 40 lbs for James Mangold’s “Copland” in 1997, but reviews were semi-mixed. Mangold insists even though Stallone really delivered best intentions, he had engendered ill will among certain audiences with his mindless action films. “When ‘Cop Land’ came out, a lot of daggers were out for Sly,” Mangold said in 2011. “He had made a bunch of shittier moves, he’s the first to admit, that weren’t aimed for the highest result each time out.” Even though the role did earn him good will in the end, Stallone claimed at the time, the movie hurt his career — a bit of a head scratcher when you consider it’s probably his best work since the early “Rocky” movies. Evidently, he wasn’t fully discouraged from serious roles. Seventeen years later (minus
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Mutant Gaijin: The Making of The Wolverine

Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisors Phil Brennan, Martin Hill, Tim Crosbie, Glenn Melenhorst, James Rogers, Bryan Godwin, Viktor Muller; effects technical director Prema Paetsch and previs director Clint Reagan about such things as claws, nuclear explosions, shedding skin, and a Silver Samurai which all appear in The Wolverine. Beware there are spoilers...

“I ran into some people at Fox who thought I would be a good fit with Jim [Mangold] so I arranged a chat with him,” recalls Phil Brennan (Snow White and the Huntsman) as to how he became the visual effects supervisor for The Wolverine (2013). “We got along well and decided straightaway to go ahead and do it.” With a resume which includes the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line (2005), Western remake 3:10 to Yuma (2007), action-comedy Knight and Day (2010), and police drama Cop Land (1997), James Mangold makes his comic book movie directorial debut. “Jim is a big
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Sylvester Stallone Steps Back from Action for 'Reach Me' Indie Drama

Sylvester Stallone has had a pretty impressive comeback in recent years. The Rocky and Rambo star was once one of the biggest actors in the world, but despite his box office successes through the 80s and 90s, he was relegated to straight-to-dvd work like Eye See You, Shade, and Avenging Angelo for much of the 2000s. After resurrecting his iconic characters and getting the gang back together for The Expendables, Stallone seems to have a second chance at being a megastar again, but that doesn't mean he'll only be doing blockbusters. Variety reports that Sly has joined Reach Me, an indie drama for director John Herzfeld. The film tells the story of a collection of people who have a connection with a self-help book written by a secretive and reclusive former football coach and stars rapper-turned-actor Nelly, Elizabeth Henstridge (who has just been cast in Joss Whedon's "S.H.I.E.L.D." TV
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Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone To Team Up For 'The Tomb'?

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone To Team Up For 'The Tomb'?
Somewhere between “Get Carter” and “Shade” it seemed as though Sylvester Stallone’s career was over. Then, in 2006, he decided to revitalize the “Rocky” franchise and guess what? People loved it. A year later, he did the same with “Rambo.” Lightning doesn’t strike three times, right? It did for Stallone. He wisely left nothing to chance for the third go-around, and cast every B-movie action star for the mega action film “The Expendables.” Well, it appears as though Stallone’s savvy mining of his old career has paid off: he is officially a movie star again. Stallone has a film coming out in April (“Bullet to the Head”), a big budget sequel (“The Expendables 2”) arriving in August and now, his soon to be shooting action picture “The Tomb” may have a new co-star: Arnold Schwarzenegger. AICN reports that according to their souce, Sly's pal Arnold Schwarzenegger...
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Stallone's next film loses its director, will Sly step in?

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Back in February it was announced that Sylvester Stallone would star in Headshot, a cop drama for director Wayne Kramer. It was notable mainly because Stallone hasn't worked for a director other than himself since 2003's Shade (which I'm not even sure anyone ever saw). Kramer had directed actors to Oscar nominations before (Alec Baldwin in The Cooler) and the script was from an Oscar-nominee (Alessandro Camon, The Messenger), all signs Stallone wasn't going to be turning in his usual...
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Sylvester Stallone cast in Wayne Kramer's action-thriller Headshot

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This is kind of interesting. It looks like Headshot, the new action-thriller from director Wayne Kramer (Crossing Over, Running Scared), will mark the first time aging tough guy Sylvester Stallone will be starring in a film as a lead - that he hasn't directed himself - since 2003's Shade (which I want to say was a Dtv flick?). Seems like this should've happened sooner, but perhaps Sly has become a little pickier over the years. Whatever the case may be, THR is reporting that Stallone...
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Hollywood Agency Comings And Goings...

Update: Idris Elba, formerly an Icm client, signed with UTA after taking meetings with the other major agencies. (Elba is the British actor who just signed to play Alex Cross in David Twohy’s Cross based on the James Patterson novels, and stars in the 6-part BBC mini-series Luther playing another maverick cop.) Elba is repped by UK agent Roger Charteris, manager David Schiff, and attorney Fred Toczek. Icm just signed Robin Antin and the Pussycat Dolls. The agency will represent the brand across the board (touring, television, licensing, etc.) Wme is denying that Kanye West has left: "He is still a client." But other agencies say he's taking meetings and may soon be out the door, diamond teeth and all. Cuba Gooding Jr went back to CAA from Gersh. Affion Crockett, writer/producer/star of Fox's upcoming untitled Jamie Foxx sketch comedy series, has signed with CAA. He is
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134 New Names Invited to Join the Academy

Yesterday came the yearly announcement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as it extended 134 invitations to several artists and executives "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures" read the press release. Of course all of them can decline, but I wouldn't necessarily expect that to happen as all who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2009 to the Academy's roster of voting members. "These filmmakers have, over the course of their careers, captured the imagination of audiences around the world," said Academy President Sid Ganis. "It's this kind of talent and creativity that make up the Academy, and I welcome each of them to our ranks." The list follows below and reading around the best analysis I saw of it came from Nathaniel Rogers at The Film Experience who, among other things, pointed out the addition of longtime Darren Aronofsky's
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Academy offers spots to Jackman, Franco

Academy offers spots to Jackman, Franco
On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued invitations to 134 members of the film community to join the group. There were a maximum of 166 open slots to fill this year, but the various branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them.

Hugh Jackman, who hosted the most recent Oscar show, has been invited to join. So have Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, James Franco and Michelle Williams. The list even includes a number of comic performers like Michael Cera, Seth Rogan and Paul Rudd.

Voting membership in the organization has held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception at the Academy's Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills in September.

"These filmmakers have, over the course of their careers, captured the imagination of audiences around the world," Academy president Sid Ganis. Said. "It's
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3 to have premieres at Cinevegas

3 to have premieres at Cinevegas
The fifth annual Vegas.com Cinevegas International Film Festival lineup is highlighted this year by the world premieres of First Look Pictures' Octane, Blockbuster's Sylvester Stallone starrer Shade and the Hunter S. Thompson documentary Breakfast With Hunter. Running June 13-21, the Cinevegas festival will feature 85 films representing eight countries and including 12 world premieres. Opening night will feature the premiere of Octane, which stars Madeline Stowe as a mother who must save her daughter from a bloodthirsty cult. It was directed by Marcus Adams. Closing the festival will be the crime drama Shade, which stars Stallone, Melanie Griffith and Gabriel Byrne and is set in the world of underground poker games and martini bars in Los Angeles. It was written and directed by Damian Nieman. Also closing the festival will be the premiere of director Wayne Ewing's Breakfast With Hunter, which chronicles Thompson's career interwoven with his struggle to bring his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to life as a feature film. Complete festival details are available at www.cinevegas.com.
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