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Overlooked: Scripted Anthology Series to Spotlight Notable Women

Mae West said, "It is better to be looked over than overlooked." That's probably not the vibe these producers have in mind. Paramount Television, Anonymous Content, and Liza Chasin's 3 Dot Productions are collaborating with The New York Times' obituary desk on a new TV show project, Overlooked. They plan to produce it as an anthology TV series. Overlooked will tell the stories of accomplished women who never received a Times obituary. The first season of Overlooked will consist of 10 episodes, with each one focusing on a different woman of note. The plan is to use female writers and directors to tell the stories of women from writer Charlotte Brontë, to Brooklyn Bridge engineer Emily Warren Roebling, and journalist and Civil Rights Movement pioneer Ida B. Wells (a founder of the NAACP). Joy Gorman Wettels, of Anonymous Content, will executive produce with
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With ‘Deadpool 2’ Opening, Marvel Will Approach $1.5 Billion and Continue Grinding 2018 Box Office Into Dust

With ‘Deadpool 2’ Opening, Marvel Will Approach $1.5 Billion and Continue Grinding 2018 Box Office Into Dust
With “Deadpool 2” about to debut as the third Marvel film in just over four months, we’re about to learn if it’s too much of a good thing — or, if Mae West was talking about Marvel when she said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”

Deadpool” was a February 2016 groundbreaker that led the way to “Black Panther” opening in February 2018. The budget was just $58 million and it was R rated, but the opening weekend was $140 million and it proved to be Fox’s biggest-ever domestic release of a Marvel movie.

So what about this time around? “Deadpool 2” estimates for this weekend are about $150 million. Marvel coordinates release dates among distributors, so it’s curious that this one landed closest to the summer. When Fox released the first “Deadpool,” it had been nine months between Marvel movies; this time, it’s three weeks. “Deadpool 2
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Paramount Dedicates Building to Pioneering Director Dorothy Arzner

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With 20 feature credits to her name, Dorothy Arzner is the most prolific female director of all time. History has neglected to give the trailblazing filmmaker her due, but Paramount recently honored the late talent. The studio has dedicated its Dressing Room building on Melrose Ave to Arzner. “Paramount reserves this honor for the most respected of its industry professionals, and Arzner is in excellent company on the lot with other edifices named after such female legends as Lucille Ball, Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Head, Sherry Lansing, Carole Lombard, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, and Mae West,” Deadline reports.

Born in 1897, Arzner decided to pursue a career in the business after visiting a film studio. “I remember making the observation, ‘If one was going to be in this movie business, one should be a director, because he was the one who told everyone else what to do,” she recounted.
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Cinema Libre Studio Secures ‘Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer’ Doc; Cleopatra Entertainment Nabs Brazilian Biopic ‘Elis’

Cinema Libre Studio has acquired worldwide rights to Leslie Zemeckis’ (Behind The Burly Q, Bound By Flesh) documentary Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer, which follows female pioneer Mable Stark, the world's first female tiger trainer. Stark, whose career spanned over 57 years, has performed or provided animals for several films during the Golden Age of Hollywood, which included doubling for actress Mae West in I'm No Angel (1933). Stark also toured in Europe and Japan before…
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Film News Roundup: Hattie McDaniel Biopic in Development (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Hattie McDaniel Biopic in Development (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, a Hattie McDaniel biopic is in the works, Orion buys “Anna and the Apocalypse,” “Jumanji” actress Madison Iseman gets a lead role, and Women In Film gives 16 grants.

Biopic Launched

Producers Alysia Allen and Aaron Magnani have joined forces to produce a biopic about pioneering actress Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Academy Award, Variety has learned exclusively.

Allen has obtained the film rights to author Jill Watts’ biography, “Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood,” and will produce with Magnani, whose credits include “The Last Word.”

McDaniel, the daughter of freed slaves, was an acclaimed vaudeville performer and one of the first black women on radio. She was cast as the feisty Mammy in “Gone with the Wind,” for which she won an Oscar for best supporting actress in 1939 — one of eight Academy Awards won by the film.

Allen is also developing the feature, “Away From The
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The Deadline Podcast: “Hollywood & Sex’, With Guest Norman Lloyd

The Deadline Podcast: “Hollywood & Sex’, With Guest Norman Lloyd
On Episode 10 of The Deadline Podcast, we talk about how several new films may be short-changing their potential because they out-live their welcome, with the 163 minute running time for otherwise superb Blade Runner 2049 as one example. Also, Hollywood's mistakes in dealing with sex either as film product or in terms of personal behavior is examined historically, going back to the defiant career of Mae West through the release of Deep Throat. Also, we have an interview…
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Harry Dean Stanton’s Best Performances: An IndieWire Tribute to ‘Paris, Texas,’ ‘Pretty in Pink,’ ‘Twin Peaks,’ and More

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Harry Dean Stanton’s Best Performances: An IndieWire Tribute to ‘Paris, Texas,’ ‘Pretty in Pink,’ ‘Twin Peaks,’ and More
Harry Dean Stanton stole more scenes than most other actors even appeared in. Over his six-decade career, the late, great actor managed the improbable feat of being as recognizable from his highbrow fare (like “Paris, Texas”) as he was from his high-school movie (“Pretty in Pink”) — and that was just in the mid-‘80s.

Stanton also worked with David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, John Carpenter, and Monte Hellman, among many others; he left his indelible mark on all their movies, as he did on those who watched them. Here are some of our favorites.

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“Right.” Harry Dean Stanton doesn’t say much else in “Alien,” but he doesn’t need to. Along with Yaphet Kotto’s Parker, his Brett provides some much-needed levity aboard the Uscss Nostromo — it may be true that in space no one can hear you scream,
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The Upside review – Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart get the most of out of cheesy, queasy remake of French hit Untouchable

The life affirming comedy about a wealthy quadriplegic and his ex-convict assistant boasts funny, powerful performances, but can’t escape its racial subtext

There’s a joke a friend’s father used to tell, a variant of an old Mae West line. “I’ve been rich and miserable, I’ve been poor and miserable. And let me tell you: rich is better.” The Upside, a Hollywood remake of the runaway French smash Untouchable, is a movie about a depressed quadriplegic and unloved ex-con, and still manages to be an aspirational film in the Nancy Meyers vein because of friendship, the triumph of the human spirit and really luxurious Park Avenue apartments.

The penthouse Bryan Cranston’s Phil lives in is practically Wonka’s factory to Dell (Kevin Hart), who lives in public housing when his girlfriend hasn’t thrown him out. Dell is a deadbeat dad who needs to prove
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The Best Version of a Joker Movie Already Happened, With Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy

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Things are just a little bit chaotic in the DC Extended Universe right now, as multiple projects have been announced and updated regarding spin-offs set in the comic book world — including a few that may involve iconic Batman villain The Joker. Unfortunately, the brass at Warner Bros is missing one opportunity that could make for one of DC’s most innovative experiences yet.

Read More:The Joker Spinoffs — Everything You Need to Know About the Many Dceu Projects in Development

The psychopathic supervillain Joker has, of course, been a character of fascination for decades, as seen most recently on screen in “Suicide Squad,” where Jared Leto’s portrayal was paired with Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the Joker’s partner in life and crime. But as more than one person on Twitter has pointed out, DC may be overlooking a spinoff idea that could be the very best version of a
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Why Marisa Tomei Is Much More Than A ‘Hot Aunt’ In ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Why Marisa Tomei Is Much More Than A ‘Hot Aunt’ In ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’
Spider-Man: Homecoming” has been earning rave review from critics and fans alike, stealing the top spot at the box office on its opening weekend, and raking in over $154 million during its first week in theaters. No one has really captured both sides of Peter Parker’s personality quite as succinctly as Tom Holland, who plays the character like a plucky Queens kid that just feels right. But the new movie contains another notable character shift: Aunt May, now played by Marisa Tomei.

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This wasn’t the Aunt May fans might remember from the comics — a sweet old woman keen on cooking and housekeeping, her collar buttoned high, her silver hair pulled back into a matronly chignon. With her very first appearance on screen (in a fleeting moment from “Captain America: Civil War”), Tomei establishes that her
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The Girl With A Thorn In Her Side

Lynn Castle Rose Colored Corner Light (Light In The Attic)

Coming across visually as a prototype Nancy Sinatra about to enter The Valley Of The Dolls, Lynn Castle in the 1960s was an entrancing and beguiling entity. Her debut album finally appears a few years shy of her turning eighty, and it is a tremendous affair, an index of splendid and unrealized possibilities, as stark as it is haunting. 

Vocally she sounds like a female Leonard Cohen who's been listening to too much Nina Simone, whose smoke-laced croak she frequently echoes. Her look though uber-girlie doesn't match her sound, and simply serves to enhance the appeal of her beauty and big, big hair. Think Warhol's Candy Darling doing an arch Barbie doll look and you are nearly there. Add Jackie O shades and you have quite simply arrived. Her sole single 'The Lady Barber' is a wonderful piece of
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William Friedkin Returns To Exorcism With Documentary ‘The Devil And Father Amorth’

Things have been pretty quiet from “The Exorcist” director William Friedkin lately, and six years have passed since his nasty, underrated “Killer Joe.” A slew of projects have been lined up during that time — “The Winter Of Frankie Machine,” a TV series based on “To Live And Die In L.A.,” a TV series based on “Killer Joe,” and a Mae West biopic starring Bette Midler — but nothing has come to pass.

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Matt Barnes' Female Bff Pleads Guilty In Nightclub Brawl

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The woman who allegedly fought alongside Matt Barnes in the NYC nightclub brawl back in December has pled guilty to assault ... TMZ Sports has learned.  The woman is Laura Closure (aka Mae West) -- one of Matt's BFFs. Closure was with Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins the night they went to Avenue nightclub on Dec. 5.  Officials claimed Closure was not only involved in the brawl that ensued that night, but wrecked shop -- smashing a woman
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Cult Fave Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark Coming To Limited Edition Blu-ray from Cinespectral Films

Children of the '80s will likely remember buxom TV horror host, Elvira. A little bit Mae West and a little bit 50's cult legend Vampira (she was actually sued by Vampira over the similarity between their looks), Elvira was one of the most popular horror TV hosts of the time and eventually made her own way to the big screen in the cult favorite, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. As first reported by our friends at Destroy the Brain, the film is on its way to Blu-ray for the first time through a brand new distributor called Cinespectral Films in a trio of limited edition mediabooks. The releases look gorgeous and are stacked with bonus materials. The film is slated to release on April 24,...

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Three Classic Films Screening at The Tivoli March 7th – 9th

My Little Chickadee, White Heat, and Raging Bull constitute the three-film series sponsored by The Mildred Kemper Art Museum next week at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in the University City Loop). This ties into the museum’s current exhibit “Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is?” These are Free screenings!

A kiss. A punch. A body braced for impact. The paintings of Rosalyn Drexler exude uncanny stillness, anticipation and, frequently, the dread of imminent violence. Moments of intimacy and conflict are frozen, sliced and readied for examination — excerpts from narratives whose conclusions can only be guessed. From Feb. 10 to April 17, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis will present “Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is?”, the first full-career retrospective for the multi-talented artist. Surveying six decades of work, the exhibition features major paintings and collages alongside rarely seen early sculptures.
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Lange Gets Legendary

NY Magazine's "The Cut" has treated us with a marvelous photo collection of Jessica Lange as eight pioneering women. The Sandro shoot was likely inspired by Lange’s upcoming Joan Crawford role in Feud. You’ll see Lange in top form (and significant makeup) as ladies like Frida Kahlo, Mae West, and Janis Joplin. The Cut article also includes side-by-side photo comparisons of the original photographs that inspired the portfolio, as well as a one-minute video piece of the shoot itself (which contains a few of Jessica’s patented, glorious hate glares).

It all feels inspired and particularly timely, hot on the heels of the Womens’ March and tantalizingly close to the hopeful pleasures of watching Lange go toe-to-toe with Susan Sarandon as two other major figures of Hollywood. It’s also a surprising and curious concept for a shoot, since Lange, while one of our best and certainly most live-wire actresses,
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Directors Who Damaged Their Careers Part 4 – The One Who Completely Destroyed His

Graeme Robertson continues his series looking at directors who damaged their careers; next up is Michael Sarne (read the first part on Richard Kelly here, the second part on Michael Cimino here, and the third part on George Lucas here)…

It’s probably likely that a good number of you reading this will have never heard of Michael Sarne, and there is a good reason for that. That reason you ask? The reason is Myra Breckinridge (1970), a warning that you really should not give a onetime pop star complete creative control over a film when they haven’t the faintest idea how to make one.

Based on the best-selling novel by controversial writer Gore Vidal, Myra Breckenridge tells the story of a young attractive woman who heads to Hollywood to inherit the fortune of her late husband Myron’s uncle, all the while pushing various sexual and social boundaries, that
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Björk Totally Watches RuPaul's Drag Race and Loved Being Impersonated on the Show

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Björk Totally Watches RuPaul's Drag Race and Loved Being Impersonated on the Show
Image Source: Getty / Santiago Felipe If you're a RuPaul's Drag Race fan, you'll know that one of the best episodes of every season involves "Snatch Game." Putting a Drag Race twist on the classic game show Match Game, each of the queens dresses up as a well-known celebrity, TV personality, musician, or public figure - basically whatever their beautiful heads can dream up. There have been plenty of iconic "Snatch Game" moments through the seasons, but last week's edition took things up a notch. As part of Rpdr All Stars season two, we witnessed Alaska Thunderf*ck as Mae West, Tatianna as Ariana Grande, and, most brilliantly, Katya as Björk. If you were delighted by Katya's take on the strange Icelandic singer, you're not alone. In fact, even Björk saw (and fell in love with) Katya's impression. Image Source: Logo TV During a Monday Ama (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit,
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The Top Ten Funny Ladies of the Movies

The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady.
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Miss Sadie Thompson

Rita Hayworth in 3-D, in a hot story that was acceptable for 1925 and 1932, but too racy for repressed 1953. On a tropical island, a prostitute cabaret singer battles a fiery preacher missionary inspector for her freedom. Hayworth is dynamite, and it takes all of her talent to keep the show afloat, with so much interference from the equally repressed censors. Miss Sadie Thompson 3-D 3-D Blu-ray Twilight Time 1953 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 91 min. / Street Date July 12, 2016 / Available from Twilight Time Movies Store29.95 Starring Rita Hayworth, José Ferrer, Aldo Ray, Russell Collins, Diosa Costello, Harry Bellaver, Wilton Graff, Peggy Converse, Henry Slate, Rudy Bond, Charles Bronson, Jo Ann Greer. Cinematography Charles Lawton Jr. Original Music George Duning, Morris Stoloff, Ned Washington, Lester Lee Written by Harry Kleiner from a story by W. Somerset Maugham Produced by Jerry Wald Directed by Curtis Bernhardt

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Yes!  3-D on Blu-ray shows no sign of going away,
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