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Montgomery Clift movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘A Place in the Sun,’ ‘From Here to Eternity’

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Montgomery Clift movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘A Place in the Sun,’ ‘From Here to Eternity’
Montgomery Clift would’ve celebrated his 98th birthday on October 17, 2018. The iconic actor gave only a small number of onscreen performances before his untimely death in 1966 at the age of 45. Yet several of those titles remain classics. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

A product of the Actor’s Studio, where he studied under Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan, Clift had a successful Broadway career before moving to Hollywood. Among his notable stage credits was the role of Henry in Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Skin of Our Teeth.” Like James Dean and Marlon Brando, he was one of the original method actors, calling upon past memories and experiences to inform his performances.

He came to the attention of movie audiences in 1948 with a pair of releases: Howard Hawks‘ western “Red River” and Fred Zinnemann‘s WWII drama “The Search.
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Montgomery Clift movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Montgomery Clift movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best
Montgomery Clift would’ve celebrated his 98th birthday on October 17, 2018. The iconic actor gave only a small number of onscreen performances before his untimely death in 1966 at the age of 45. Yet several of those titles remain classics. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

A product of the Actor’s Studio, where he studied under Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan, Clift had a successful Broadway career before moving to Hollywood. Among his notable stage credits was the role of Henry in Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Skin of Our Teeth.” Like James Dean and Marlon Brando, he was one of the original method actors, calling upon past memories and experiences to inform his performances.

He came to the attention of movie audiences in 1948 with a pair of releases: Howard Hawks‘ western “Red River” and Fred Zinnemann‘s WWII drama “The Search.
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Peggy McCay Dead at 90

Peggy McCay, who played Caroline Brady on Days of our Lives for over 30 years, died on October 7 of natural causes. She was 90.

Her Days co-star and close friend Deidre Hall made the announcement on Facebook, writing: "Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us. She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper!!

I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless. And how she loved being 'Caroline'!!"

McCay studied with Lew Strasberg in New York and later assisted in setting up his west coast acting studio, which was attended by such luminaries as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Paul Newman.

From 1951 to 1955 McCay starred on CBS soap opera Love of Life as Vanessa Dale,
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James Franco’s Alleged Harassment Ruined ‘The Deuce,’ One of the Best Shows About Sex — Opinion

In 2015, two years before #MeToo, the porn industry severed ties with its golden boy, James Deen. Three days after the “kinky feminist” with boy-next-door good looks was accused of sexual assault by three women, major studios Evil Angel and Kink.com cut all financial ties with him. While its content includes “consensual and exploratory aggressive and rough sex,” a representative for Evil Angel said Deen’s behavior was “contrary to [the] company values.” Deen was a porn star with mainstream crossover appeal who was known and celebrated for performing hardcore sex, yet the porn industry saw no gray area when it came to consent.

That’s a concept Hollywood still can’t seem to grasp. “The Deuce,” a television show about sex, sex work, and the porn industry, did nothing about the allegations against its own golden boy actor and executive producer, James Franco, who stands accused of sexual assault or misconduct by five different women.
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 30)

1966: A ghost emerged from Josette's portrait on Dark Shadows.

1978: Lucy was devastated when Gary & Val left Dallas again.

1982: Karen Fairgate met Mack Mackenzie in Knots Landing.

1985: General Hospital's Frisco was determined to go undercover."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1955: Actor James Dean died in a car crash at age 24. The Rebel Without a Cause star had connections to a number of people who would one day work in the world of soap operas, including director Lela Swift and writer William Bast (co-creator of The Colbys).

1966: On Dark Shadows, David Collins (David Henesy
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How Geoff Emerick Helped the Beatles Reinvent Music

How Geoff Emerick Helped the Beatles Reinvent Music
Geoff Emerick was just a lad of 19 when he became the Beatles’ engineer, bringing his own brash approach to the experimentation the band was beginning to try in the studio. The immediate result: Revolver, the 1966 masterpiece that forever changed pop music. “A lot of that was down to Geoff Emerick,” producer George Martin told Mojo in 2007. “He brought a new kind of mind to the recordings, always suggesting sonic ideas, different kinds of reverb, what we could do with the voices. He was quite prepared to break rules. ‘You call that top?
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Film Review: ‘Cruise’

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Film Review: ‘Cruise’
“Cruise,” written and directed by Robert Siegel, is its own intoxicating brand of youth nostalgia film. It’s set in the outer boroughs of New York in 1987, and it’s every bit as fresh and authentic about the period as a movie like “Adventureland” was — it gets the big hair and the bangles, the mall-boutique “street” fashions and greasy-synth-pop optimism, the whole dressed-in-attitude vibe of kids who’ve had five years of MTV to model themselves on. But “Cruise” also feels like a 1980s movie. That may sound like a contradiction in terms: How can an ’80s nostalgia film be authentic if it’s also mining our affectionate kitsch memories of what the ’80s looked like at the multiplex?

The reason it’s not a contradiction is that Siegel, who wrote the superb screenplays for “The Wrestler” and “The Founder,” isn’t interested in microwaving John Hughes tropes. He has
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‘The Other Side of the Wind’: Posthumous nomination for two-time Oscar winner John Huston?

‘The Other Side of the Wind’: Posthumous nomination for two-time Oscar winner John Huston?
Since 1929, the year of the 2nd Academy Awards, seven performers have earned posthumous Oscar nominations for their work. This year, a legend of the silver screen may join the list of actors recognized for roles following their passing. More than three decades since his death in 1987, John Huston is poised for a posthumous Oscar return with his leading turn in Orson Welles‘ final film, “The Other Side of the Wind.”

This actor, writer, producer and director was no stranger to the Oscars over his illustrious five-decade career in cinema. Between 1940 and 1985, he garnered a total of 15 nominations, including bids in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. His pair of victories came in 1948, as he triumphed for his direction and screenwriting on “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”

In “The Other Side of the Wind,” which premiered to warm notices at this year’s Venice Film Festival,
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Vale Damian Hill, gifted actor, writer and producer

Damian Hill and stepson Ty Perham in ‘West of Sunshine’.

The independent film sector in Australia is in shock following the news that gifted actor, writer and producer Damian Hill died in Melbourne on Saturday night.

The star of Jason RaftopoulosWest of Sunshine and Paul Ireland’s Pawno, which he co-wrote, and a supporting actor in Heath Davis’ Broke, Hill was 42.

The cause of death was not immediately reported and may not be confirmed until the police file a report for the coroner.

Known to his friends as Dame, today he was due to start shooting M4M, an unlikely love story set against the background of drugs, racial intolerance and crime in Melbourne, which stars Hugo Weaving, directed by Ireland and co-written and produced by Hill and Ireland.

Ireland tells If: “We are just regrouping and will keep going in his beautiful memory. He put three years of
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James Dean's Former L.A. Home (Where He Was First Discovered!) Hits the Market for $3.9 Million

James Dean's Former L.A. Home (Where He Was First Discovered!) Hits the Market for $3.9 Million
Before James Dean was a screen legend, he was a personal handyman.

Dean lived in the downstairs suite in the home of Hal B. Wallis—the former head of Warner Brothers—according to a representative for real estate firm The Agency, which is listing the historic property. According to the rep, the home used to be one of the “entertainment hubs” of the Hollywood Hills, and during a party there, a casting director saw Dean and “liked his look.” Less than a month later, he was cast in Rebel Without a Cause.

Now, the 4,000 square-foot-home where he was discovered is for sale,
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Cmg Worldwide Facing Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Harassment by CEO Mark Roesler

The business of dead celebrities isn't immune from #metoo. Cmg Worldwide is currently facing a lawsuit from Christina Chang, an attorney who once worked in the company's business affairs department and who alleges that chief executive Marc Roesler created a hostile work environment for females such as herself.

Roesler founded Cmg in 1981. Since then, the company has become a powerhouse representing the estates of deceased icons. In the early 1990s, Roesler took on Warner Bros. over merchandising rights to James Dean and fought with Spike Lee over who controlled "X" when the director was making Malcolm ...
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James Franco movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘127 Hours,’ ‘The Disaster Artist,’ ‘Milk’

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James Franco movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘127 Hours,’ ‘The Disaster Artist,’ ‘Milk’
Season 2 of “The Deuce” is now debuting on HBO. The series stars James Franco, who also produces the program and directs some episodes. He has developed a pretty notable resume since he first came to audience’s attention on the low rated but highly acclaimed TV series “Freaks and Geeks.”

A year after that NBC show ended, Franco found fame in a highly praised TV biography of James Dean for which he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy award. That success led Franco to a film career which has run the gamut from superhero blockbusters to Oscar nominated prestige films.

It hasn’t all been a smooth ride for Franco though. In 2010 he should have been at the peak of his profession since he had just received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor for the film “127 Hours.” Unfortunately for Franco, he agreed to act
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James Franco movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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James Franco movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Season 2 of “The Deuce” is now debuting on HBO. The series stars James Franco, who also produces the program and directs some episodes. He has developed a pretty notable resume since he first came to audience’s attention on the low rated but highly acclaimed TV series “Freaks and Geeks.”

A year after that NBC show ended, Franco found fame in a highly praised TV biography of James Dean for which he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy award. That success led Franco to a film career which has run the gamut from superhero blockbusters to Oscar nominated prestige films.

It hasn’t all been a smooth ride for Franco though. In 2010 he should have been at the peak of his profession since he had just received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor for the film “127 Hours.” Unfortunately for Franco, he agreed to act
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Beautiful Boy’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Beautiful Boy’
Addiction memoirs tend to have a grippingly unsavory, voyeuristic car-crash quality. That’s part of what lures us to them; so does the way that they can leave you feeling, “There but for the grace of God…” “Beautiful Boy,” starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, is based on a pair of best-selling memoirs by the San Francisco-based journalist David Sheff and his oldest son, Nic, that chronicled Nic’s descent into crystal-meth addiction. The movie puts the books together, dramatizing the perils of addiction from the inside and the outside. But mostly we see it from the outside. In essence, “Beautiful Boy” tells the story of David Sheff’s anguished but impotent crusade to snatch his son from the jaws of a life-crushing drug dependence.

The more the film goes on, the more he realizes he’s doomed to fail. Nic is still the son he adores, but the lust
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Rebel Without A Cause – TCM Big Screen Classics September 23rd and 26th

More than 60 years after it dazzled audiences, Rebel Without a Cause returns to the big screen this September as part of the year-long TCM Big Screen Classics series, accompanied by specially produced commentary before and after the feature by TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz. Rebel Without a Cause set the tone for films exploring teenage angst and rebellion, and remains an iconic classic to this day.

The 1955 movie is a legend for many reasons: Released one month after James Dean’s untimely death, it offered an unadulterated – and unprecedented – look at the ups and downs of suburban teen angst; it featured stunning performances by Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo; and it contained stunning CinemaScope visuals by director Nicholas Ray and cinematographer Ernest Haller. But above all, its story endures: The tragic tale of three teenagers who all suffer from problematic home lives, and act out with devastating, fatal consequences.
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London Casting: Play a Lead in Coming-of-Age Short Film ‘Adolescence’

Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the U.K. As always there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links. “Adolescence” Antwerp-based fashion photographer and director Zeb Daemen is casting a short film set in the 1950s that follows two characters coming to terms with their sexuality. Described as a “coming of age and coming out” story, “Adolescence” is shooting at the end of September. The team is casting their male leads Simon and James. James is for a white male actor, aged 18–26. He’s 18 years old, is the only child of a good family, and is passionate about photography. He
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Up in Smoke: A quick history of smoking in film

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When cigarettes were first advertised they were promoted as being healthy, touted as a cure for sore throats, coughs and to aid weight loss amongst other ‘benefits’.

Not only were cigarettes promoted as having health benefits, but smoking had an attractive image.

It was seen as manly, strong and dashing to smoke – think Humphrey Bogart and John Wayne. While women were seen as sophisticated, fashionable and seductive when holding a cigarette – like Lauren Bacall and Audrey Hepburn.

These images were cultivated by the film industry, with cigarettes used as props. Smoke was also visually interesting. Smoking became part of the script, part of the action itself. An actor would reach for a cigarette deliberately slowly, creating a dramatic pause. The audience would have to wait for an actor on screen to finish their drag before responding to a fundamental question.

Since then, cigarette smoking on the big screen is not
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‘Heathers’ Review (30th Anniversary)

Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Peter Dawson | Written by Daniel Waters | Directed by Michael Lehmann

It barely registered at the box office in 1988. Yet here I am, 30 years later, in a cinema packed with millennials, watching a 4K restoration in advance of Heather’s re-release on luxury Arrow Blu-ray next month. What a time to be alive.

Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) is the leader of the “Heathers”, a clique of mean girls running their Ohio high school. There are two other Heathers in the group, and then there’s the runt of the litter: Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder). Veronica is a bitch, but her engagement with the girls’ cycle of bullying and mockery is reluctant. Smooth, smarmy Jason Dean (Christian Slater) spots this self-doubt and lures Veronica into his carefree, rebellious world. Veronica and Jason spark up an immediately passionate yet toxic romance. Veronica
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‘Pete The Cat’: Trailer & Premiere Date For Amazon Toon Series Starring Jacob Tremblay

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‘Pete The Cat’: Trailer & Premiere Date For Amazon Toon Series Starring Jacob Tremblay
Kids and parents have read about his new shoes and his groovy buttons, now Pete the Cat is coming to life in a new animated series. Amazon Studios today set a September 21 premiere date and released the first trailer for the show starring Jacob Tremblay as the voice of kidlit’s cool blue feline. Check it out above, along with the key art below.

Pete the Cat features original music from Grammy-winning spouses Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, who also voice Pete’s parents. Jessica Biel, Atticus Shaffer and musician KT Tunstall also star in the music-driven series about exploring your world and trying new things while being smart, accepting, and optimistic.

Season 1 of Pete the Cat highlights themes of self-discovery. Pete stays cool as he tries new things, sets out for picture day, writes his first song, learns to surf and even has his first performance for his band.
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‘Eighth Grade’ Is the First Movie to Nail Youth Culture in the Digital Age

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‘Eighth Grade’ Is the First Movie to Nail Youth Culture in the Digital Age
I keep reading that “Eighth Grade,” Bo Burnham’s captivating drama about a shy but intensely aware girl named Kayla (Elsie Fisher), who’s doing all she can to navigate her final week of middle school, is a movie that’s universal and eternal — one that captures the age-old zone of pimply bashful awkwardness that defines the moment of growing up, the moment when kids are teetering on the fault line between innocence and experience, childish dreaming and social networking, their identities stranded between two worlds. I don’t disagree with the praise; the movie is a minor marvel. Yet the bracing quality of “Eighth Grade,” the one that makes it pinpoint and artful, can’t necessarily be reduced to a common rite of passage that We Can All Relate To. A lot of folks who are showering the film with accolades sound like they want to feel younger than they are.
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