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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Gwtw Actress De Havilland Steals Show from Co-Stars in Romantic/Immigration Melodrama

'Hold Back the Dawn': Olivia de Havilland behind Charles Boyer and Paulette Goddard 'Hold Back the Dawn' 1941 movie: Olivia de Havilland steals show as small-town teacher in love Olivia de Havilland shines in Mitchell Leisen's melodrama Hold Back the Dawn, a sort of opening bracket for the director's World War II-era films. Adapted by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett from Ketti Frings' semi-autobiographical story, Hold Back the Dawn stars Charles Boyer as George Iscovescu, a Romanian dancer unable to enter the U.S. from Mexico due to immigration quotas imposed at the onset of the European conflict. Paulette Goddard is his scheming former partner, Anita, who marries an American to gain entry into the country only to immediately leave the duped husband. George adopts the idea – a naïve small-town schoolteacher visiting a Mexican border town is his prey. As the unsuspecting teacher, Olivia de Havilland radiates understanding and sympathy.
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Michelle Asante, Zawe Ashton Returning To UK TV In Dramas 'Monroe', 'Case Histories'

TV viewers in the U.K. will once again get the chance to see actors Michelle Asante and Zawe Ashton in their respective supporting roles on the second series broadcasts of ITV's Monroe and BBC's Case Histories for the upcoming television season. Asante reprises her role on medical drama Monroe as medical assistant Kitty Kelly, alongside lead actor James Nesbitt. It's been described by some as the British version of U.S. series House, MD, but fans of Monroe would likely beg to differ. Adapted from Kate Atkinson’s novels, Case Histories is a Ruby Film and Television production for BBC One through BBC Scotland. Ashton's humorous turn as secretary...
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Netflix Nuggets: Russians Filming G.I. Joe Dolls Fighting Hercules for the Serpent’s Egg

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

This Week’s New Instant Releases…

Promised Lands (1974)

Streaming Available: 04/19/2011

Cast: Documentary

Director: Susan Sontag

Synopsis: Set in Israel during the final days of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, this powerful documentary — initially barred by Israel authorities — from writer-director Susan Sontag examines divergent perceptions of the enduring Arab-Israeli clash. Weighing in on matters related to socialism, anti-Semitism, nation sovereignty and American materialism are The Last Jew writer Yoram Kaniuk and military physicist Yuval Ne’eman.

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2009)

Streaming Available: 04/19/2011

Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Gerald Alexander Held, Lena Stolze, Sunnyi Melles

Synopsis: Directed by longtime star of independent German cinema Margarethe von Trotta, this reverent
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Oprah Winfrey's ex-lover claims she dumped him by changing the locks of her condo

Oprah Winfrey once dumped a boyfriend by changing the locks of her condo unit. Haitian filmmaker Reginald Chevalier claims that the media mogul wasn't as warm and embracing as she appears on screen.

Chevalier reached out to Gawker's Kitty Kelly, the author of "Oprah: A Biography," to reveal that he had been Oprah's lover in the '80s, before she dated longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham.

According to the scorned lover, he met Oprah, who was 32 at that time, when he appeared on her show in 1985. She was doing a segment on look-alikes, and he was there because he looked like Billy Dee Williams. She later told her producers to keep him backstage after the show or else she would fire them.

They went to lunch and began their relationship the very same day. Chevalier, who's seven years younger than the media mogul, said the age difference didn't matter.
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White Collar - Episode 2.13 - Countermeasures - Recap

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Previously - there were no previouslies, but Neal and Peter found a ruby thief and saved a kid. Not bad.

Neal and Mozzie discuss building the antennae from the fractal found in the music box. Who knew this thing would get so complex? Mozzie's relishing the challenge to build it using 1940's technology, including vacuum tubes which were used in TV's, radios, and early computers. Neal: "I'm sure you will figure it out. Good work, Moz." Mozzie: "I don't like that expression…Well, work implies I have a job." I love Mozzie, but it must be for Neal to keep track of his quirks. Makes me feel sorry for Neal.

At the apartment, Neal yells for June. Is this typical or is Neal particularly excited? By the way, what happened to June's granddaughter from the pilot? You'd think she'd show up as the female eye candy. Instead, we welcome Billy Dee Williams as Ford.
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Oprah's Big Secret: 'I Have a Half-Sister'

Oprah's Big Secret: 'I Have a Half-Sister'
Oprah Winfrey told audiences, "Only a handful of people in my life know about this. I've been keeping a family secret for months, and you're going to hear it straight from me."

Oprah will reveal the secret on Monday's show that she says "literally shook me to my core."

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Kitty Kelly, Winfrey's unauthorized biographer, discovered Oprah had a younger half-sister named Patricia aka Bunny, who was put up for adoption by their mother,
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Oprah to reveal hidden family secret on Monday’s show

The Big O announced that on Monday’s show she will reveal a hidden family secret about herself and her family that she has recently found out and that only a few people know so far. She calls it her “miracle of all miracles” and that she “was given some news that literally shook her to my core”. Now considering that there isn’t one single sordid detail that she hasn’t revealed about herself over the past 20 years, people are scratching their heads about what this shocking revelation could be.

In Kitty Kelly’s 2010 biography about The Big O Kelly alleges that Vernon Winfrey isn’t Oprah’s biological father and that she claims that she discovered who is the real father but was keeping it secret until Winfrey learns the truth herself so it’s possible that Monday’s show might be centered on that.

One thing though,
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Coffee Talk: Usher Wants to Design Lingerie

Here's what's got us talking this morning -- Your next negligee could be designed by Usher. Whoopi Goldberg defends Mel Gibson, saying he is not a racist. The NBA fined the Cavaliers owner for his remarks about LeBron James. And Kitty Kelly's Oprah biography is being turned into a biopic.Here's what you had to say: Lashaunda commented via Facebook: "Just because [Mel Gibson] said the word does not make him a racist. I am sure everyone on here has said a word that is considered racist but does that make you one? No." Elaine wrote via Facebook: "Just because someone does not do something in your presence doesn't mean they don't do it. It's called hidden racism."
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Oprah spills beans on Robert Pattinson and KristenStewart (IrishCentral)

Yes they are dating! Its official, or as official as anything can be in this crazy world. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have admitted to Oprah that they are dating. Not on air mind but off air according to several sources. R Patz and his lady are due to appear on the show on May 13 but before they went on the issue came up in the pre-interview. The couple then readily admitted its more than a screen romance. Should we be surprised? Not really, this is the worst kept secret since - well Oprah's own sexual preferences as revealed in the new Kitty Kelly book. Oprah promised she would not spill the beans on air but she wanted the truth off air. And it seems she's got it. And Quelle Surprise! -- it has already leaked that they two young folk are lovers. "They told her [off camera] what was really going on,
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A hero and inspiration to many

…well at least to Me and many other guys. The one and only, porn star extraordinaire and the envy of many men everywhere Mr. Marcus. A veteran of the industry since 1994, Marcus has now joined recent list of books about black celebrities. First there was Oprah by Kitty Kelly and then Pam Grier’s upcoming autobiography and now Mr. Marcus has his new part memoir/part how-to-guide, The Porn Star’s Guide to Great Sex which St. Martin’s Press is coming out with on June 22, though you can pre-order it today on Amazon. Among the chapters are “What Women Want”, “What Men Want” and “The Freak Factor”.

Talk about must reading!
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Oprah Winfrey dismisses Kitty Kelley's 'so-called biography'

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Seriously, if the worst things Kitty Kelley could dig up about Oprah Winfrey is that she used to date John Tesh and has misrepresented certain aspects of her past, we'll pass on reading all 544 pages of Kelley's unauthorized biography.

Oprah herself doesn't seem to be too worried about the book since she happily poked fun at it while delivering a speech at the Matrix Awards (where her best friend Gayle King was being honored).

"Last week was a rough week for Gayle when a so-called biography came out," Oprah said. "Every day she's getting herself more and more worked up about all of my new daddies that are now showing up. New daddies who are saying, 'Hello daughter, call me, I need a new roof.' Well, this too shall pass."

We kind of think it already has.

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Oprah responds to Kitty Kelly’s accusations

Oprah Winfrey made her first public remarks about Kitty Kelly’s controversial new book about her, deriding it as a “so-called biography.”

Winfrey spoke Monday at The New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards, where she presented an award to pal Gayle King.

Winfrey skipped the red carpet but wasted no time when she took the stage bashing Kelly’s book, which includes reports the daytime diva abused drugs and questions the extent of Winfrey’s longtime claim of being sexually abused as a child.

Winfrey described King as a friend who “sometimes cares about my life more than I do,” and told the audience last week “was a rough one” for King when a “so-called biography came out.”

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Oprah Winfrey Responds to 'So-Called Biography'

Oprah Winfrey Responds to 'So-Called Biography'
Oprah Winfrey made her first public remarks about Kitty Kelly's controversial new book about her, deriding it as a "so-called biography." Winfrey spoke Monday at The New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards, where she presented an award to pal Gayle King. Winfrey skipped the red carpet but wasted no time when she took the stage bashing Kelly's book, which includes reports the daytime diva abused drugs and questions the extent of Winfrey's longtime claim of being sexually abused as a child. Winfrey described King as a friend who "sometimes cares about my life more than I do," and
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Duchess of York's tiara row

Britain's Duchess of York refused to wear a tiara for a TV interview. The duchess - who appeared on talk show host Oprah Winfrey's Us show in 1996 following her spilt from Prince Andrew - was reportedly close to pulling out of the primetime slot after being told she would have to appear in sparkly headgear. The revelations come in a new biography on Oprah, in a book of the same name, by author Kitty Kelly, who claims the 50-year-old royal was having none of it. Sarah's publicist was reportedly told: "Oprah thinks it would be quite royal." For a number of weeks both sides allegedly refused to back down even though Oprah's producers said: "No tiara, no interview." In
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Kitty Kelley's Oprah Bio: Will You Buy It?

Oprah Winfrey is the subject of a new -- and unauthorized -- biography by famed writer Kitty Kelley. Kitty is well known for her portrayals of famous figures in her many books, from the Bush family and Nancy Reagan to Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, spent three years researching her material. The book promises to pull back the curtain on one of the most powerful figures on TV. The author conducted 850 interviews with numerous Oprah sources, many of whom have never before spoken to the press. Will you buy Kitty Kelly's Oprah bio? Give us your thoughts in the comments below, then take our poll to tells us: What side are you on?

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Nil by mouth

I mentioned that I can no longer eat or drink. A reader wrote: "That sounds so sad. Do you miss it?" Not so much really. Not anymore. Understand that I was never told that after surgery I might lose the ability to eat, drink and speak. Eating and drinking were not mentioned, and it was said that after surgery I might actually be able to go back to work on television.

Success in such surgery is not unheard of. It didn't happen that way. The second surgery was also intended to restore my speaking ability. It seemed to hold together for awhile, but then, in surgeon-speak, also "fell apart."

A third surgery was attempted, using a different approach. It seemed to work, and in a mirror I saw myself looking familiar again. But after a little more than a week, that surgery failed, too. Blood vessels intended to attach the transplanted tissue lost function,
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