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Hugh Hefner’s Ex-Girlfriend on the Decline of Playboy Mansion's Grotto: 'It’s Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be'

2 October 2017 2:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Izabella St. James, who dated Hugh Hefner from 2002 to 2004, says the Playboy Mansion‘s grotto had long passed the height of its debauchery by the time she lived at the estate.

“It’s not all it’s cracked up to be,” she tells People. “They heydey of the grotto’s glory days was the ’70s. That’s when I think all the swinging or activities took place in the grotto.”

“When I was there, I think we got Hef to go into the grotto one time in two years. We were all drunk after a party and we were like, »

- Aili Nahas

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Review: A Kind of Murder (2017)

2 October 2017 11:21 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

Walter Stackhouse (Patrick Wilson) seems to have the perfect life in 1960’s New York. A successful architect who enjoys writing crime fiction stories, his wife Clara (Jessica Biel) is a real estate agent who sells the houses he designs. Behind closed doors it is a different story, as their marriage is strained due to Clara’s deep depression and tormented jealousy.

After reading a news article about a woman who was brutally stabbed to death, Walter becomes obsessed with the crime and as a writer develops his own opinion of what happened. Concluding not only was she killed by her husband Marty Kimmel (Eddie Marsan), but how he committed the murder as well. So confident of his evaluation of the case, Walter even decides to visit Marty at his bookstore, to meet the man he believes killed his wife.

Things soon start to change for Walter however when his wife »

- Philip Rogers

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Toronto: Director Nabil Ayouch’s ‘Razzia’ Is a Response to Intolerance

14 September 2017 8:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two years after his much-heralded prostitute drama “Much Loved” was banned in his home country, Moroccan auteur Nabil Ayouch returns to Toronto with his most ambitious film to date, a kaleidoscopic portrait of five lives touched by a single tumultuous event on the streets of Casablanca.

World premiering in the festival’s Platform section, “Razzia” is a tale of the lost loves, forbidden desires, and fragile dreams of a country grappling with its modern identity. Spanning more than 30 years, it’s a stirring attempt to capture all the hopes and contradictions of Morocco today.

Acknowledging that his fifth feature “probably offers a wider photograph than my previous films,” Ayouch calls “Razzia” a response to the growing strains of intolerance echoing around the world, from the medina of Casablanca to the parliaments of Europe to the halls of American government.

“It is [set in] Morocco, but ‘Razzia’ goes well beyond that,” he says. Even »

- Christopher Vourlias

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Behind Closed Doors: The American Family: New TLC Series Launches

9 September 2017 12:53 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

TLC is ready to show their viewers the American Family. Behind Closed Doors: The American Family will feature three families, and their lives will be filmed 24 hours a day and moments from that footage will be shown on air.Read More… »


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Stone Village Lands Film, TV Rights to ‘God Wave Trilogy’ (Exclusive)

24 August 2017 5:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell of Stone Village Films have acquired the film and TV rights to Patrick Hemstreet’s “The God Wave Trilogy,” with plans to turn the books into a series of movies.

The producers paid six figures for the option. The first novel was published last year and the second — “The God Peak” — was released this week in which a team of neuroscientists must face the consequences of playing God when the superhumans they’ve created threaten to annihilate humanity.

“I’ve been studying the neuroscience for this book during research I’ve been doing on substance abuse recovery for the past couple years,” Steindorff said. “When I saw how true and accurate the science was in this fiction novel, I was blow away to see the human potential and spiritual element that Patrick has tapped into. I’m inspired to bring this story to big screens.”

Producers »

- Dave McNary

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Elvis Presley the innovator and womanizer on Behind Closed Doors with Natalie Morales

13 August 2017 9:34 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

This week Behind Closed Doors with Natalie Morales looks at the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley and in particular his early career. When Elvis burst on to the music scene he revolutionized what was quite a tame circuit. His overtly sexual dance moves and good looks made him a breath of fresh air compared with the stuffy performers who’d gone before. He also brought a different sort of morality to single life, never being shy about dating lots of different women. He once said about marriage why would he buy a cow when he can get milk more »

- James Wray

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Princes William & Harry Reveal Princess Diana’s Private Humor and Their Last Convo With Her in HBO Doc

22 July 2017 4:05 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

In a new HBO documentary, Prince William and Prince Harry come together to give their first-ever joint interview about their late mother, Princess Diana, who died 20 years ago on Aug. 31, 1997.

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, premiering Monday, July 24 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt, offers a touching look at the late royal’s whirlwind life, from her youthful days wearing men’s jerseys and reading trashy romantic novels to becoming the "people's princess" to her lasting impact years beyond her tragic death. 

More: New Princess Diana Special Delves Into Her 'Passionate Love Life' and Greatest Fear

While the 65-minute film features interviews with Sir Elton John, Rihanna, Diana’s family and childhood friends as well as her former employees, it’s the conversations with her two sons that are most revealing.

“She was our mum. She still is our mum. And of course, as a son I would say this, she was the »

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Rob Kardashian Apologizes to His Family as Kris Jenner Puts Him "in His Place"

12 July 2017 12:29 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Behind closed doors, Rob Kardashian has said sorry to his famous family.  The reality star, who recently caused a digital uproar after he posted nude photos of ex Blac Chyna online and accused her of cheating, has reached out to the Kardashians with an apology. E! News can confirm he told family members he is extremely regretful about what he did and they advised him to turn off his social media accounts until he gets his head straight. "Rob did apologize to the family and has major regrets over the way he acted," a second source told E! News. "He is very remorseful and upset with himself over what he did." According to the source, the reality star dad got caught up in the moment and acted »

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Fear Twd Recap: Family Plot

2 July 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Man, are the grave diggers at the Otto ranch ever gonna be exhausted. Sunday’s Fear the Walking Dead bumped off not a character or two but an entire family. And possibly even more disturbing, the cause of death was neither walkers nor Walker and his land-reclaiming tribe — and Madison ably lied about the massacre to further her own agenda. What did in the Trembol clan, and how did Nick and Alicia’s mother hope to turn the bloody mess to her advantage? Read on…

RelatedThe Walking Dead Season 8 Preview: Rick Is Prepared to ‘Suffer Any Loss,’ Even His Own Life, »

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Lucy Worsley webchat – your questions answered on Jane Austen, chastity belts and Arsène Wenger

22 May 2017 6:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The television historian answered your questions about presenting from a bathtub, her posh accent and dancing with Len Goodman

2.06pm BST

Thanks for the questions. And I see some of you have already read my book Jane Austen At Home. You are people with taste and intelligence, and I salute you. The rest of you, you know what to do.

Watch out for our BBC2 documentary on Saturday night - Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors at 9pm. I've heard there is some football on, but you don't want to watch that.

2.05pm BST

badflower asks:

Given Hampton Court’s reputation for restless spirits, have you ever had a paranormal experience there – or anywhere else?

I have given people paranormal experiences at Hampton Court. Our curators office has a back door that opens on to a room called "the Haunted Gallery". Sometimes when we pop out, it freaks people out. »

- Guardian Staff

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Full list of winners from BAFTA’s 2017 British Academy Television Awards

14 May 2017 3:39 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Crown may have led the nominations going in to BAFTA’s 2017 British Academy Television Awards, but the Netflix series ended the night empty handed, losing out on Best Drama Series to Happy Valley, which also saw Sarah Lancashire named Best Leading Actress.

Damilola, Our Loved Boy also picked up two awards in Best Single Drama and Best Supporting Actress (Wunmi Mosaku), while Adeel Akhtar (Murdered by My Father) and Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) were named Best Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

Check out a full list of winners here…

Leading actor

Adeel AkhtarMurdered By My Father (BBC3)

Babou Ceesay – Damilola, Our Loved Boy (BBC1)

Benedict CumberbatchThe Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses (BBC2)

Robbie ColtraneNational Treasure (Channel 4)

Leading actress

Claire FoyThe Crown (Netflix)

Jodie ComerThirteen (BBC3)

Nikki Amuka-BirdNw (BBC1)

Sarah LancashireHappy Valley (BBC1)

Supporting actor

Daniel Mays »

- Gary Collinson

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‘The Crown’ Loses Out at BAFTA TV Awards; ‘Happy Valley’ Scores

14 May 2017 1:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix’s “The Crown” lost out in all the categories it was nominated in at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards, which were handed out Sunday night. The Netflix show had gone into the night a favorite after scoring five nominations in four categories, the most nominations of any show this year.

The Crown” lost out to BBC crime drama “Happy Valley” in best drama category, while Claire Foy was beaten by “Happy Valley” star Sarah Lancashire in the leading actress category. John Lithgow, Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby all lost out in supporting categories.

Foy came away empty-handed for a second consecutive year in the leading actress category, having been nominated last year for “Wolf Hall” but losing to “Doctor Foster’s” Suranne Jones. In her acceptance speech, Lancashire acknowledged Foy, a Golden Globe winner for her role as a young Queen Elizabeth II, saying: “Claire Foy, you’ve given me my best 10 hours under a »

- Robert Mitchell

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Exclusive Interview – John Wilson talks about Zenobi Software, unreleased titles and whether we’ll see the Balrog on the Zx Spectrum Next

13 May 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Villordsutch talks with John Wilson (The Balrog) about Zenobi Software…

There was a time when us gamers didn’t require ultra-real graphics delivered in 4K resolution, nor truth be told did we actually require graphics, for our days were occupied with text-based adventure games and here we lost real time. Reading lines of an unfolding story whilst looking for a clue, direction or perhaps a item to help us on our journey; there’s a core group of people that still smile when they read, “Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold.”.One of the most well known “text-based adventure” software houses during the 1980’s and 1990’s – on the Zx Spectrum – was Zenobi Software; they delivered a few hundred titles to thousands of homes and a large chunk of those were from the Balrog himself John Wilson, the man behind Zenobi Software.  It’s John Wilson who Villordsutch managed »

- Villordsutch

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Academy Scrambles to Avert Museum Disaster (Exclusive)

18 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On March 28, the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences met behind closed doors to consider the fate of Dawn Hudson, the organization’s CEO. The conversation grew heated as some of Hollywood’s leading figures blasted her oversight of the Academy museum, according to sources in the room.

The Academy broke ground on the long-awaited project in March 2016, as construction crews began demolishing the back half of the old May Co. department store on Wilshire Boulevard. The museum is now two years behind schedule, has blown its original budget, and is facing potentially costly overruns.

Inside the boardroom at Academy headquarters in Beverly Hills, Paramount Pictures chairman Jim Gianopulos presented a report from a consultant on the Academy’s finances. Gianopulos, who chairs the finance committee, said the organization was heading for an iceberg, and expressed a lack of confidence in Hudson’s leadership. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, »

- Gene Maddaus and Brent Lang

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My Week in Kuwait

11 April 2017 7:52 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

By Peter BelsitoFestival Winners Kuwait Film Festival

I was invited in March by my friend Talal Al-Muhanna, Manager, Industry Program, Kuwait Film Festival — 1st edition March 24–28, 2017 to be an industry panelist during the Fest’s workshops.

View from my hotel window

Above, the view from my hotel window, is one aspect of today’s Kuwait. Building is going on everywhere, the old is coming down and new arising up to great heights. When I asked what this is based on I was answered with one word — ‘oil’.

You get the feeling there’s a lot of money here. But this is definitely the Mid East. The Fest films and attendees were from Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Europe — all over. I was treated very graciously and all were interesting, talkative and open.

This is a Muslim society. There are people dressed in traditional gowns, hijabs, etc. Many of the women I saw »

- Sydney Levine

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The Crown leads BAFTA nominations for the 2017 British Academy Television Awards

11 April 2017 1:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

BAFTA has today announced the nominations for the 2017 British Academy Film Awards, with Netflix’s original drama The Crown leading the pack with five nods in total for Best Drama Series, Leading Actress (Claire Foy), Supporting Actress (Vanessa Kirby) and Supporting Actor (Jared Harris and John Lithgow). There are also multiple nominations for Damilola, Our Loved Boy, Fleabag, Happy Valley and Murdered By My Father. Check out a full list of the nominations here…

Leading actor

Adeel AkhtarMurdered By My Father (BBC3)

Babou Ceesay – Damilola, Our Loved Boy (BBC1)

Benedict CumberbatchThe Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses (BBC2)

Robbie ColtraneNational Treasure (Channel 4)

Leading actress

Claire FoyThe Crown (Netflix)

Jodie ComerThirteen (BBC3)

Nikki Amuka-BirdNw (BBC1)

Sarah LancashireHappy Valley (BBC1)

Supporting actor

Daniel MaysLine of Duty (BBC2)

Jared HarrisThe Crown (Netflix)

John LithgowThe Crown (Netflix)

Tom HollanderThe Night Manager »

- Gary Collinson

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Feud Recap: Female Trouble

26 March 2017 8:04 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In Sunday’s Feud: Bette and Joan, the stars of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? braced for failure. But, as you well know, the movie was anything but a flop. How did Davis and Crawford, as accustomed as they were to being counted out, handle the success? Read on…

Related2017 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

‘I Couldn’T Have Done It Without You’ | As “More, or Less” began, Bette and Joan were learning just how little the pre-release buzz on Baby Jane was doing for their careers. After Bette »

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What Police Found Inside the Home of a Disgraced Doctor Turned Serial Killer

16 March 2017 8:58 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Dr. Anthony Garcia seemed to lead a successful life, with a house on a quiet street in Terre Haute, Indiana, and a Ferrari parked in the driveway.

Behind closed doors, however, police say it seemed the opposite: His life was “falling apart.”

On Friday, NBC’s Dateline will explore the troubled life of Garcia, a once-promising University of Utah medical school graduate turned serial killer.

Police say he was driven by a years-long revenge plot after he was fired from Nebraska’s Creighton University in 2001 and was dogged by bad references from his former supervisors.

Garcia killed four people in two double murders, »

- Christine Pelisek

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Feud Season 2 Will Take Us Inside the Royal Family, but What Exactly Will We See?

3 March 2017 2:00 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

At the end of February, FX announced a second season of Feud, Ryan Murphy's latest anthology TV series. While the first season went for the Hollywood jugular and highlighted Bette Davis and Joan Crawford's infamous decades-long hatred for one another, the second season is taking a surprising turn and highlighting the crumbling marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. In March, Ryan Murphy spoke to E! News and clarified his intentions for the season. "I was always very interested in that story of divorce and pain," Murphy explained. "I wanted to do a different kind of feud that's about broken hearts. And I think that's what that marriage was and that's what Charles and Diana is about." Given the context of the quote, it seems like the struggles faced in season two will be much more internal than public. We decided to look back at Charles and Diana's »

- Ryan Roschke

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Joan of Arc Sci-Fi Movie in Works Based on Lidia Yuknavitch’s Novel (Exclusive)

3 March 2017 11:11 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell of Stone Village Productions have won a competitive auction for movie rights to Lidia Yuknavitch’s sci-fi novel “The Book of Joan.”

The book is a re-telling of the Joan of Arc saga in a terrifying future where the heroine has emerged to save a world ravaged by war, violence, and greed. A group of rebels unite to dismantle the iron rule of a dictator, galvanized by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force.

“I am thrilled to bring ‘The Book of Joan’ to the big screen,” Steindorf said. “Lidia has created some of the most dynamic, iconic female protagonists I have ever read and the novel couldn’t be more timely.”

David Boies is handling legal portions of the deal for Stone Village. Marcela Mar is co-producing

Stone Village’s producing credits include “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Jane Got a Gun, »

- Dave McNary

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