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Pubic hair ended the marriage between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride Effie Gray, according to popular lore. Their union was never consummated, so the story goes, because the influential intellectual was too repulsed by the sight of his wife’s loins, which were rather dissimilar in appearance from what Ruskin was used to seeing on women in paintings and sculptures. Director Richard Laxton (“Burton and Taylor”) and screenwriter Emma Thompson retell the saga of Effie Gray’s suffering under and eventual escape from her eccentric husband, this time as a more conventional story of female subjugation. »
- Inkoo Kang
Finding love these days is just an app away, but the stricter social mores of the mid-1800s had a much more rigid context for passion, and it's against this backdrop that "Effie Gray" unfolds. Today we have an exclusive clip from the period drama. Directed by Richard Laxton ("Burton And Taylor," "An Englishman In New York"), the movie tells the story of the scandalous affair between Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) and Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), one that develops when the young woman finds herself locked in a sexless marriage with an art critic (Greg Wise). And in this clip, the emotional toll that comes to bear on John is too much, while Effie has accepted what she must endure. Emma Thompson (who also wrote the script), David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters co-star in the movie which opens on April 3rd. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's time to raise your glass and rattle your jewelry for a birthday toast to Elizabeth Taylor, who'd have turned 83 on Feb. 27. Though memories of her begin to fade, the legacy of the woman who was perhaps the most beautiful, most popular, most everything movie star of all time remains as vivid as ever.
Younger moviegoers may wonder what all the fuss was about. Here, then, are 13 reasons why Taylor remains, decades after her prime and four years after her death, the queen of Hollywood.
1. In a way, she never left.
Even though she died in 2011, they're still showing her in commercials for her perfume, White Diamonds.
2. She's the original diva.
Long before Beyonce, the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, and other current divas, Taylor pretty much invented the concept that a celebrity's offscreen life was just as much a performance as onscreen, and just as much part of the job description. »
- Gary Susman
3 items from 2015
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