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Olivia de Havilland Looks to Revive ‘Feud’ Defamation Suit

Olivia de Havilland Looks to Revive ‘Feud’ Defamation Suit
Olivia de Havilland has asked the Supreme Court of California to review a decision by a lower court throwing out her lawsuit against FX Networks.

In March, a three-judge panel of the state appeals court tossed out de Havilland’s defamation suit, in which the actress claimed that the miniseries “Feud” included a damaging portrayal of her. The decision by the appeals court was viewed as an affirmation of the right of filmmakers to embellish the historical record.

“Whether a person portrayed in one of these expressive works is a world-renowned film star — ‘a living legend’ — or a person no one knows,
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Tribeca 2018: Mary Elizabeth Winstead stuns in "All About Nina"

by Jason Adams

If you hear a sliver of Margo Channing's famous warning echoing across All About Nina you should know it's not just because the title's a riff on that Bette Davis classic. It is indeed going to be a bumpy night, a series of them actually, for Nina (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and for everybody that comes into contact with her. Although there are interstitial daylight-breaks, Nina's life revolves around nights and the things that bump them. She's a comedian, and we know well by now how those lives are structured. Bump, bump, Pow. Fasten them seat-belts, baby...
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It Came From The Tube: Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973)

Some TV movies aim for originality, using the tools on hand to try and rise above constraints, be they financial or artistic; others are more than content to just entertain, with reliable craftsmen who deliver within the confines of the small screen format. In other words, sometimes comfort food tastes just as good as a five course meal, which brings us to Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973), a familiar yet entertaining romp through diseased minds and sharpened knives.

Originally airing on November 24th as an ABC Suspense Movie, Scream, Pretty Peggy had to settle for the rest of the audience that wasn’t engrossed in CBS’ M*A*S*H/The Mary Tyler Moore Show/The Bob Newhart Show. Slimmer pickings to be sure, but not everyone wants to laugh (those monsters), and Peggy certainly is bereft of any. What it does offer, however, is a solid thriller with a slasher bent
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Susan Anspach obituary

Actor who starred in Five Easy Pieces and Play It Again, Sam

With her vibrant appearance in Bob Rafelson’s landmark road movie Five Easy Pieces (1970), Susan Anspach, who has died aged 75, emerged at the same time as her co-star Jack Nicholson as a significant figure in the new Hollywood of the 1970s. However, Anspach, unlike Nicholson, saw her film career dwindle after a decade that has been called Hollywood’s last golden age.

“I was getting reviews that compared me to Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis,” Anspach said in 1978. “But there were no Hepburn or Davis parts.” Nevertheless, she made the most of the strong female roles she was given in the Rafelson movie, and in Play It Again, Sam (1972), as the ex-wife of a film critic (Woody Allen), and Blume in Love (1973), as the ex-wife of a divorce lawyer (George Segal) – both former husbands are still in love with her.
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Book Review: "Conversations with Classic Films Stars: Interviews From Hollywood’s Golden Era" & "You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet: Interviews with Stars From Hollywood’s Golden Era" by James Bawde

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By Adrian Smith

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James Bawden was a TV columnist for the Toronto Star, and Ron Miller was TV editor at the San Jose Mercury News and is a former president of the Television Critics Association. During their respective careers stretching back some fifty years the list of stars they have interviewed reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood. These two volumes bring together an incredible assortment of interviews from almost the birth of cinema itself, with Buster Keaton, Jackie Coogan and Gloria Swanson representing the silent era. The great leading men are all here, including James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Kirk Douglas, Victor Mature and Cary Grant, and of course classic leading ladies like Bette Davis, Janet Leigh, Fay Wray and Joan Fontaine. Along the way they also met character actors and horror stars like Ernest Borgnine, Victor Buono, John Carradine, and Lon Chaney Jr.,
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'Dallas' at 40: How the Primetime Soap Paved the Way for Peak TV

Forty years ago this week, Dallas premiered on CBS – and changed TV history forever. At a time when network television was staid and dull, this Lone Star Peyton Place came on as a totally shameless melodrama full of sex, money, bad blood, family feuds, cowboy hats and shoulder pads – the first, best and most splendidly ridiculous of the prime-time soaps. It spun the saga of the corrupt Ewing family and their Texas oil empire, as they wheeled and dealed through bedrooms and boardrooms, running from 1978 to 1991. And what a cast
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'Mock meats are nicotine gum of veganism': your best comments today

We’re taking another look at some of the stories getting you talking today, from a piece on meat alternatives to emotional recent TV

Stories provoking interest around the site include a column on non-meat “meat” for non-vegetarians, the “best decade for films” according to one critic and some tear-jerking TV readers are looking forward to on Monday.

To join in the conversation you can click on the links in the comments below to expand and add your thoughts. We’ll continue to highlight more comments worth reading as the day goes on.

I’ve been long long time veg and then vegan, and from my own experience the mock meats are just a nicotine gum of veganism. They serve a purpose to ween people off the meat, and as such they do a great service to veganism. But they are not the end solution. They are guilty of prolonging one’s meat dependency,
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Midnight Sun- Review

A week ago saw the release of a teen romance with a twist. Love, Simon trod some familiar territory but did so with a quirky sense of humor and a new element as its hero was wrestling with the decision to come out to his friends and family while pursuing an online mystery crush. The result was a surprisingly sweet flick that connected with audiences, landing in the box office top five. This week’s release also concerns a high school senior who’s conflicted about revealing a secret. But with this young woman, her secret is known to a very close pal and her pop. It’s that hunky “boy next door” who’s kept in the dark (literally, as we’ll find out later). This young romance is complicated by an ultra rare affliction, so the plot has a long lineage in cinema. The brave hero/heroine facing
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Susan Sarandon and Edie Falco Starring in Maryam Keshavarz’s “Vulture Club”


Susan Sarandon is swapping Bette Davis’ Old Hollywood glamour for ER scrubs. The “Feud” actress is toplining “Vulture Club,” a film about a veteran nurse desperate to rescue her journalist son after he’s captured by a terrorist group. According to a press release, the film will hit theaters later this year, followed by a release on YouTube Red.

The film’s synopsis reads, “After running into roadblocks with government agencies, [Helen] discovers a clandestine community of journalists and advocates who might be able to help her.” Among them are Charlotte (Edie Falco), another mother of a reporter, and journalist Sam (Matt Bomer, “American Horror Story”).

From Maryam Keshavarz (“Circumstance”), the film co-stars Lola Kirke (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Adepero Oduye (“Pariah”), and Sheila Vand (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”). Keshavarz wrote “Vulture Club” with Jonathan Mastro.

The project’s producers include Anna Gerb (“A Most Violent Year”).

“‘Vulture Club’ follows the
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YouTube Buys Drama ‘Vulture Club’ Starring Susan Sarandon In Oscars Bid

YouTube Buys Drama ‘Vulture Club’ Starring Susan Sarandon In Oscars Bid
YouTube is gunning for Oscars contention with the acquisition of “Vulture Club,” an indie feature film starring Susan Sarandon.

YouTube announced the completion of principal photography on the movie, which co-stars Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” “The Sopranos”) and Matt Bomer (“The Normal Heart,” “Magic Mike”).

The Google-owned video service plans a theatrical release for “Vulture Club” in 2018, which would make it eligible for Academy Awards consideration. That will be followed by its release on the YouTube Red subscription service later in the year.

Vulture Club” was directed by filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz (writer-director of “Circumstance”), co-written with Jonathan Mastro. In the film, a veteran emergency room nurse (Sarandon) takes drastic measures to free her adult son, a war correspondent who’s been captured by a terrorist group. After being stymied by government bureaucracy, she discovers a covert community of journalists and advocates who might be able to help her.

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Olivia De Havilland, FX Argue Over the Word ‘Bitch’ in ‘Feud’ Hearing

Olivia De Havilland’s attorney argued Tuesday that there is a significant difference between the actress calling her sister a “bitch” and calling her sister a “dragon lady.”

Attorneys for De Havilland and for the cable channel FX appeared at a California Court of Appeal hearing to argue whether the actress’ lawsuit against producers of the miniseries “Feud: Bette and Joan” can move forward. A state superior court judge in August turned down FX’s request to have the suit thrown out. FX appealed, leading to Tuesday’s hearing. FX wants the suit tossed under California’s anti-slapp statute, claiming
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‘Three Tall Women’: Glenda Jackson could finally win a Tony to go alongside her Oscars and Emmys

‘Three Tall Women’: Glenda Jackson could finally win a Tony to go alongside her Oscars and Emmys
With a pair of Oscars and a pair of Emmys under her belt, Glenda Jackson is only a Tony Award away from completing the Triple Crown of acting. And that could change this June as Jackson makes her eagerly anticipated return to Broadway in a revival of Edward Albee‘s “Three Tall Women.”

Jackson lost all four of her previous Tony Awards bids: “The Persecution and Assassination of Marat, as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton, Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade” (1966); “Rose” (1981); “Strange Interlude” (1985); and “Macbeth” (1988). She retired from acting in 1992 and served as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons until 2015. Since then, she has dipped her toe back into acting and was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2017 for her work in the title role of “King Lear.”

In “Three Tall Women,” which won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Jackson
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Olivia De Havilland’s Feud With FX Moves To California Court Of Appeal

The California Court of Appeal will hear arguments today over whether Olivia de Havilland can proceed with her lawsuit against the FX Network and Ryan Murphy Productions over her portrayal in the FX series Feud, depicting the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The Oscar-winning actress objected to her portrayal by actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, claiming her name and likeness were used to promote the docudrama without her permission and that the series damaged…
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A Warning for Broadcast TV: When There Are Too Many Shows to Watch, Generic Titles Like ‘Deception’ Just Don’t Cut It

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ABC just premiered its latest twist on the cop procedural format — a pretty fun show starring Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron Black, a stage magician who decides to use his talents to help the FBI solve crimes while also investigating a mystery of his own.

A magician doing illusions to solve crime is a fresh twist on the genre, Cutmore-Scott is a charming lead, the supporting cast is fantastic, and the magic seen in the pilot is really cool. But what’s this show titled? “Deception.”

That’s right, “Deception” — not to be mistaken for the 1946 film starring Bette Davis and Claude Reine, the 2008 film starring Ewan McGregor and Hugh Jackman, the 2013 NBC series about a lady detective investigating her childhood best friend’s murder, or countless other low-budget films over the years. “Deception” is a one-word title so generic and bland that by the end of this sentence, you’ll
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The time Streisand wore next to nothing to the Oscars and I wore a brown suit

The  time Streisand wore next to nothing to the Oscars and I wore a brown suit
In its rare, long and illuminating interview with Barbra Streisand, Variety ties its scoop to the lone Oscar she won in 1969 for the previous year’s “Funny Girl.” I remember well the night she won because I was in the press room of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion when she made her appearance there in a see-through pantsuit over black lingerie.

I was wearing an off-the-rack dirt-brown tweed suit.

If the TV viewing audience was scandalized by Streisand’s apparel, so too, I assumed, were those tux and gown-wearing journalists in the press room when I made my appearance. The shame.

Who knew the media dressed as if they were attending the show instead of covering it? All we saw on TV were nominees and presenters being interviewed on the red carpet and the parade of tux and gown-bedecked guests making their way into the Pavilion. We never saw the working stiffs in the trenches backstage.
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Oscars Flashback: All Hell Broke Loose When 'Exorcist' Was Snubbed in 1974

Oscars Flashback: All Hell Broke Loose When 'Exorcist' Was Snubbed in 1974
Oscar history is replete with sore losers: Eddie Murphy immediately exiting the theater in 2007 after losing for supporting actor in Dreamgirls. Bette Davis coldly watching Joan Crawford in 1963 accept on Anne Bancroft’s behalf. The close-up on Sylvester Stallone’s shattered face after not getting the supporting actor statuette in 2016 for Creed. Unhappy winners, however, are a much shorter list.

Topping it is the Exorcist writer William Peter Blatty. In 1974, the William Friedkin-directed film had received 10 nominations but won only sound mixing and adapted screenplay. (The Sting also had 10 noms but won seven, including best picture...
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Hardly a Sophie’s choice: Meryl Streep is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner [Poll Results]

Hardly a Sophie’s choice: Meryl Streep is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner [Poll Results]
Meryl Streep’s twin wins are twice as nice for you. With 36 percent of the vote, Streep beat out her 13 fellow multiple Best Actress Oscar winners in our poll asking for your favorite.

“Meryl Streep is the most versatile, amazing actress of my lifetime,” user John K. commented.

Streep is the most recent multiple Best Actress champ, winning for “The Iron Lady” (2011) 29 years after her first triumph for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982). But she’ll lose that title this weekend if Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) wins as expected.

See 2018 Oscars: Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would set third longest gap between Best Actress wins

Way back in second place was Vivien Leigh, who earned 15 percent of the vote. “Vivien Leigh is the only one where both victories was my top choice in the years they won,” user Jay DeFelice wrote of her “Gone with the Wind” (1939) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) wins.
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Turner’s FilmStruck Adds Warner Bros. Classic Films, As Warner Archive Service Winds Down

Time Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros. are focusing their movie-streaming firepower on one service for film buffs: FilmStruck.

The corporate cousins reached a deal to stock Turner’s FilmStruck with more than 600 classic Hollywood films each month from the Warner Bros. library. At the same time, WB’s Warner Archive subscription-streaming service — launched in 2013 — will be shut down, and current customers will be migrated over to FilmStruck over the next few weeks.

Titles in Warner Bros.’ catalog coming to FilmStruck include many that have never been available on a subscription video-on-demand platform. Those include “Casablanca,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Singin’ In the Rain,” “Citizen Kane,” “The Music Man,” “Bringing Up Baby,” “The Thin Man,” “Cat People,” “A Night At The Opera,” “An American In Paris” and “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?”

“It was a pretty easy decision” to shutter Warner Archive and add WB’s movie catalog to FilmStruck, said [link=nm
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FilmStruck Embraces Golden Age of Hollywood, Adds Classics From Orson Welles and More to Streaming Library

Streaming outfit FilmStruck is embracing classic Hollywood with its latest addition to its vast library, joining up with Warner Bros. Digital Networks (Wbdn) to add Golden Age of Hollywood titles like “Casablanca,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Citizen Kane,” and many more to its already robust lineup. Starting today, FilmStruck subscribers in the U.S. will now be able to watch some of the storied studio’s most beloved films at no additional cost.

Other titles set to join the streaming library include “Singin’ In the Rain,” “The Music Man,” “Bringing Up Baby,” “The Thin Man,” “Cat People,” “A Night At The Opera,” “An American In Paris,” and “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?”

While other streaming outfits — looking at you, Netflix — have balked at adding classic titles to their ranks, much to the detriment of their libraries, FilmStruck has opted to go in an entirely other direction.

“FilmStruck offers movie
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Who is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner? [Poll]

Who is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner? [Poll]
Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) is a few weeks away from becoming one of 14 women who’ve won more than one Best Actress Oscar. McDormand, who took home the prize for “Fargo” (1996), would join 12 other women as two-time winners, two shy of Katharine Hepburn’s all-time record of four. Before McDormand joins this elite club, which of the first lucky 13 champs is your favorite?

Luise Rainer was the first actress to win two and the first performer to win back-to-back Oscars, triumphing for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) and “The Good Earth” (1937). Bette Davis (1935’s “Dangerous” and 1938’s “Jezebel”) joined her the following year. Eleven years later, Davis’ pal Olivia de Havilland won her second Oscar for 1949’s “The Heiress,” three years after her “To Each His Own” victory.

Two years after that, Vivien Leigh, who first took home the award for “Gone with the Wind” (1939), won for “A Streetcar Named Desire
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