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The Heiress

William Wyler and a trio of fantastic actors make indelible movie history from a grim story by Henry James. How much of love is bald opportunism? How many successes married their way into money? And what’s a lovesick woman to do when a beau may not be true? This may be the key Wyler picture, with the strongest ‘staircase’ scene of them all.

The Heiress

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1949 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 116 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date , 2019 / 39.95

Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins, Vanessa Brown.

Cinematography: Leo Tover

Film Editor: William Hornbeck

Original Music: Aaron Copland

Written by Ruth and Agustus Goetz from their play, from the book by Henry James

Produced and Directed by William Wyler

One of Hollywood’s finest directors, William Wyler turned out a high percentage of bona fide classics, distinguished adaptations of books and plays.
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1972: The founding fathers musical "1776"

We're looking back at the 1972 film year before the Smackdown.

by Anna

Peter H Hunt's 1776, based on the stage musical of the same name, chronicles the many woes that went into the Declaration of Independence’s creation. At the forefront of its writing are the “obnoxious and disliked” John Adams (William Daniels), the dry-witted Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva), and the homesick Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard). Amid the clash of words and egos of the other delegates of Congress, will they succeed?

Recruiting many of the names involved with the original Broadway production (Producer Jack L. Warner’s attempt to atone for casting Audrey Hepburn over Julie Andrews for My Fair Lady), 1776 had the misfortune of being released the same year as another period piece musical.

Would 1776 have won more acclaim had it been released a different year?
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Bronson Gets a Blast from the Past in Young’s ‘Cold Sweat’ (1970) | Blu-ray Review

Terence Young will forever be remembered amongst the pantheon of James Bond directors, having helmed Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965). But his filmography following these titles yields an interesting, if uneven coterie of classic thrillers and a variety of obscured curios. Amongst these is 1970’s Cold Sweat, a French-Italian co-produced thriller which features Charles Bronson and Liv Ullmann as a married couple who are confronted by the secret, criminal past he barely escaped from a decade years (the pairing would end up being the first of three from Young and Bronson) and based on a novel by Richard Matheson.…
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'Paris When It Sizzles': THR's 1964 Review

On April 8, 1964, Paramount unveiled Audrey Hepburn and William Holden starrer Paris When It Sizzles in theaters. The Hollywood Reporter's original review, headlined "'Paris When It Sizzles' Strong in Marquee Power," is below: 

Paris When It Sizzles is a movie about making a movie. In its course, the hero (a movie writer) says the movie-within-a-movie is a romantic-comedy-suspense-melodrama, or some such, making a small joke on the kind of tag critics use to pin a neat label on an elusive creation. Paris When It Sizzles resists classification more than most films. But the Paramount release may be ...
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Why Audrey Hepburn Refused to Play Anne Frank in the Hollywood Film Despite Pleas from Anne's Dad

Why Audrey Hepburn Refused to Play Anne Frank in the Hollywood Film Despite Pleas from Anne's Dad
Audrey Hepburn made less than 20 films during her legendary career, but they were so beloved — Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sabrina, to name a few — that she became one of Hollywood’s most beloved and enduring stars.

But there was one role she was never able to play: that of Anne Frank.

While Hepburn never met Frank, they lived parallel lives. They were the same age, lived just 60 miles apart, and suffered the horror of the German occupation of Holland, notes Robert Matzen in his new book Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II, excerpted exclusively in this week’s People.
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How Audrey Hepburn Survived Near Starvation During WWII: One Slice of Bread and Watery Broth

How Audrey Hepburn Survived Near Starvation During WWII: One Slice of Bread and Watery Broth
Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of beauty, chic and grace worldwide, but she was much more than a style icon.

As a new biography Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II, excerpted exclusively in this week’s People, reveals, it was her experiences during Germany’s five-year occupation of Holland during World War II that truly shaped her.

While more has come out in recent years about her war experience, Robert Matzen’s book reveals harrowing new details about how a young Hepburn battled severe malnutrition, particularly during what was known as the “Hunger Winter” of 1944-45.

Leading up to that brutally cold winter,
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Film Review: ‘The Haunting of Sharon Tate’

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Film Review: ‘The Haunting of Sharon Tate’
Over the years, I’ve consumed my share of movies — documentaries, dramatizations, deconstructive punk curios — that play off the Manson murders. The quality of this genre (and by now it is a genre) is hit-or-miss, yet I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Manson film that wasn’t on some level trying for something, for a new shade of insight into that uniquely horrific and resonant chapter of the American dream-turned-nightmare.

But now, I’m afraid, the track record is broken. “The Haunting of Sharon Tate” may be the first “serious” Manson drama that represents a case of pure, unadulterated cheeseball exploitation. The film has nothing of remote fascination to add to the Manson dialogue that some of us have been carrying on for decades. It doesn’t bring you closer to the events; if anything, it seals you outside of them. But the movie’s petty folly
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Audrey Hepburn's Secret Shame About Her Mother's Nazi Sympathies: New Book Reveals

Audrey Hepburn's Secret Shame About Her Mother's Nazi Sympathies: New Book Reveals
Onscreen, Audrey Hepburn‘s life often seemed like a fairytale, but the actress’ real-life story was shadowed by lasting trauma from her experiences during World War II.

It was something she rarely spoke of in detail.

Part of the trauma was rooted in her mother Dutch Baroness Ella van Heemstra’s early Nazi sympathies, which are detailed in a new biography Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen, excerpted by People in this week’s issue.

Says Matzen: Hepburn “feared Ella’s Nazi past would kill her career, but still, they remained close.”

Ella had met Adolf Hitler in 1935 and wrote he
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Audrey Hepburn's Secret Past: New Book Reveals How She Risked Her Life to Fight Against Nazis

Audrey Hepburn's Secret Past: New Book Reveals How She Risked Her Life to Fight Against Nazis
The world fell in love with her doe-eyed beauty and stylish perfection in such films as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sabrina, but Audrey Hepburn‘s real-life story was always far more complicated.

“When my mother told us about her life, she never talked about Hollywood or her films,” says her younger son Luca Dotti, 49. “She would tell us stories about the war. And she spoke about good and evil.”

Even as a young boy he says, “I knew from her eyes, her expressions, and her shaky hands that there was more to the story.”

26 years after her death, a new book,
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John Legend to Produce Music-Dating Reality Series ‘Love at First Song’

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John Legend to Produce Music-Dating Reality Series ‘Love at First Song’
John Legend and “American Idol” producer Simon Lythgoe will produce “Love at First Song,” which combines the two popular mainstays of reality TV: music and dating.

The “All of Me” singer’s Get Lifted Film Co. is partnering with Critical Content and Lythgoe’s Legacy Productions to develop the show’s format for American audiences. The format originated from South Korean entertainment company Cj Enm, who first aired the show in Vietnam in 2018, where it was a huge hit.

“Love at First Song” pairs couples through emotional performances in which single singers blindly rehearse a romantic duet, then reveal themselves and their potential chemistry during a performance. The couples live together, practice together, perform and compete together, but may swap partners in every episode — for love or music.

“Love at First Song is really the best of two great genres: performance and dating, as contestants literally fall in love and
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James Corden Set as 2019 Tony Awards’ Host

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James Corden Set as 2019 Tony Awards’ Host
James Corden will return to Broadway this June — in a manner of speaking, as he has been set as the host of this year’s Tony Awards on CBS.

It marks Corden’s second time running the show, as the “Late Late Show” host previously presided over Broadway’s biggest night back in 2016 for the Tonys’ 70th annual ceremony, which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to host the Tony Awards. The Broadway community is very dear to my heart and I’m beyond proud to be part of this incredibly special night,” Corden said in a statement Tuesday.

Corden is a Tony winner in his own right, having brought home the statue for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his 2012 performance in “One Man, Two Guvnors.”

Also Read: All 15 Egot Winners, From Audrey Hepburn to John Legend
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'My Fair Lady' Gets 8K Restoration

'My Fair Lady' Gets 8K Restoration
The 1964 classic musical My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, just received an 8K restoration that will air this weekend on Japan’s public broadcaster Nhk, which recently launched an 8K broadcast channel.

It's an unusual restoration, as ultra-sharp 8K resolution represents four times the resolution of 4K and 16 times greater than 2K, but outside of Japan there are little to no opportunities for consumers to see native 8K. The TVs are starting to come to market, but U.S. broadcasters, streaming services and studios are nowhere near ready to build their businesses around 8K. In ...
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A real joy by Anne-Katrin Titze

Kyle MacLachlan with Anne-Katrin Titze in Batsheva on his role in Giant Little Ones: "It's the language and I think a perspective that is one that we don't necessarily hear that often." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Keith Behrman's perceptive Giant Little Ones stars Josh Wiggins as teenager Franky, Kyle MacLachlan and Maria Bello as his parents, Darren Mann as best friend Ballas, plus Taylor Hickson, Peter Outerbridge, Stephanie Moore, Olivia Scriven, Kiana Madeira, Hailey Kittle, and Niamh Wilson.

In David Lynch's Twin Peaks, Kyle MacLachlan eerily transformed from Agent Dale Cooper to Dougie Jones and in last year's highly successful The House With A Clock In Its Walls, starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black, Kyle morphed into a fantastically eldritch warlock, a role he enjoyed playing very much, he told me when we met. In high school he performed in Cole Porter's Anything Goes, Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers' Oklahoma!
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These Black-and-White Photos From the Oscars Will Transport You Back to Old Hollywood

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These Black-and-White Photos From the Oscars Will Transport You Back to Old Hollywood
When it comes to award season, no show is quite as glamorous as the Oscars. This year was no exception as some of the brightest stars united to celebrate the biggest movies in Hollywood. Between all the gorgeous red carpet appearances and the star-studded afterparties, some of the best moments of the night were captured in black-and-white photos. Regina King looked like a true queen as she proudly held her Oscar, while Lady Gaga practically oozed Old Hollywood glamour in her Audrey Hepburn-inspired outfit. See some of the stunning black-and-white photos from the big night ahead!

Related: Oh, What a Night: See Over 200 of the Best Photos From This Year's Oscars!
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Rushes. Barbara Hammer's Exit, Cinema Manifestos, "Green Book" Reconsidered

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSStanley Donen and Audrey Hepburn on the set of Funny Face (1957)We're saddened by the loss of Stanley Donen, who leaves behind a prolific catalog as filmmaker and choreographer, defined by creative partnerships with actors like Gene Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. In an obituary for The Guardian, David Thomson writes that Donen, best known for the musical Singin' In The Rain, "excelled at collaboration, which musicals, more than any other film genre, are reliant on, and which enabled him to create masterpieces." Recommended VIEWINGAmong the many commercials scattered throughout last weekend's Academy Awards ceremony was a secretive teaser for Martin Scorsese's Netflix-produced The Irishman. Mubi will be releasing David Robert Mitchell's Los Angeles-set neo-noir mystery, Under The Silver Lake, in UK cinemas (and on Mubi UK) on March 15th. A new
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Milla Jovovich Honored at 21st Annual amfAR Gala New York

Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, Heidi Klum, Alan Cumming, Michelle Rodriguez, Karolina Kurkova, Alessandra Ambrosio, The Chainsmokers, and Kelsea Ballerini were among those gathered at the 21st annual amfAR Gala New York at Cipriani Wall Street earlier this month to pay tribute to actress and longtime amfAR supporter Milla Jovovich, legendary fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and tireless amfAR supporter and auctioneer Simon de Pury for their longstanding commitment to the fight against AIDS.

The Chainsmokers with Kelsea Ballerini

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The event raised over $1.7 million for amfAR’s lifesaving research programs.

Other guests included Alanna Arrington, Alex Lundqvist, Anne V, Blanca Padilla, Brandon Thomas Lee, Brian Kelly, Candice Swanepoel, Caroline Daur, Caroline Vreeland, Chanel Iman, Charlotte Lawrence, Charlotte McKinney, Chloe Lukasiak, Danielle Herrington, Daphne Groeneveld, Delilah Belle Hamlin, Devon Windsor, Duckie Thot, Ebonee Davis, Elsa Hosk, Emily Didonato, Eniko Mihalik, Flaviana Matata, Gala Gonzalez, Gizele Oliveira,
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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Remembers Albert Finney

Chicago – He moved deftly from British matinee idol to formidable movie star to reliable character actor, and was nominated four times for an Academy Award (no wins). Albert Finney had a nearly 50 year stage and screen career that encompassed virtually all types and genres of acting. He died in London on February 7th, 2019. He was 82.

He was born Albert Finney Jr., and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating at age 20 in 1956. He became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company shortly thereafter, and appeared on the stage throughout the late 1950s, and throughout his career. His debut film role was “The Entertainer” in 1960. He was the title character in the Oscar Best Picture “Tom Jones” (1963), and other films in that decade included “Night Must Fall” (1964), “Two for the Road” (1967) and “Charlie Bubbles”.

An Early Career Albert Finney

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His most fruitful film era was arguably the 1980s and ‘90s,
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Lady Gaga's Hairstylist Reveals Her Oscars Updo Was Inspired By a Legendary Hollywood Star

Lady Gaga's Hairstylist Reveals Her Oscars Updo Was Inspired By a Legendary Hollywood Star
Hands down, Lady Gaga was the star of the 2019 Oscars.  From her Oscars win to her massive Tiffany diamond to her overall beauty and fashion, she was truly a vision. The 32-year-old singer was having her Cinderella moment, and soaking it all up at Hollywood's biggest night. Along with her dramatic, yet classic Alexander McQueen ball gown and long leather gloves, the "Shallow" singer's beauty look was oozing with glamour. It was very Gaga to say the least! "The inspiration behind the Oscars look was a classic, modern updo that was inspired by Audrey Hepburn," celebrity hairstylist Frederic Aspiras told E! News. Many fans went wild over the...
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Oscars In Memoriam Snubs Include Stanley Donen, Carol Channing, Sondra Locke and Verne Troyer

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Oscars In Memoriam Snubs Include Stanley Donen, Carol Channing, Sondra Locke and Verne Troyer
“Singin’ in the Rain” director Stanley Donen, Sondra Locke, the Oscar-nominated actress and former partner of Clint Eastwood, Verne Troyer, character actor Dick Miller and Golden Globe nominee R. Lee Ermey were omitted during the Oscars’ In Memoriam tribute on Sunday.

Carol Channing, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1967 film “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and died in January, was also omitted during the tribute to showbiz people who died in the past year.

Gustavo Dudamel conducted the Los Angeles Philarmonic to a track from 1978’s “Superman: The Movie.”

Also Read: Oscars: Watch Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Sing 'Shallow' (Video)

Donen, whose death was announced Saturday at the age of 94, helped reinvent the big-screen musical, with a series of hits that included “On the Town,” 1954’s “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” 1957’s “The Pajama Game,” 1958’s “Damn Yankees!” and 1957’s “Funny Face,” with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.
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A Star Is Born, For Real: Lady Gaga Has a Momentous Night at the Oscars

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A Star Is Born, For Real: Lady Gaga Has a Momentous Night at the Oscars
Lady Gaga was the picture of elegance as she arrived for her big night at the Academy Awards in La on Sunday. The singer and actress, who won the Oscar for best original song for A Star Is Born, looked stunning in a dramatic black Alexander McQueen gown accessorized with opera-length gloves and a 128.54-carat Tiffany & Co diamond aptly named "the Tiffany diamond" - it's a necklace last worn by Audrey Hepburn in promotional photos for Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1961. In addition to hitting the stage to accept a trophy, Gaga also linked up with her beloved costar Bradley Cooper for a heartwrenching performance of their film's hit theme "Shallow."

Related: Lady Gaga Came to the Rescue When Rami Malek's Bow Tie Needed Some Serious Straightening

Gaga's exciting night comes on the heels of some slightly less exciting news - the end of her engagement to CAA agent Christian Carino,
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