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Golden Globe Winner Barrymore's Half-Sister Found Dead Near San Diego

Drew Barrymore half-sister Jessica Barrymore found dead near San Diego (photo: Jessica Barrymore) Drew Barrymore’s half-sister Jessica Barrymore was found dead in her car early Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in National City, located between San Diego and Chula Vista in Southern California. Jessica Barrymore (née Brahma [Jessica] Blyth Barrymore) would have turned 48 on Thursday, July 31. According to a witness, Jessica Barrymore, who worked at a Petco store, was found reclined in the driver’s seat, with a drink between her legs. White pills were seen scattered on the passenger seat. Despite online rags reporting either that Drew Barrymore’s half-sister committed suicide or died from a drug overdose, the official cause of death hasn’t been announced. As per the Los Angeles Times, an autopsy will be performed in the next few days. In a statement published in the gossip magazine People, Drew Barrymore, 39, said she had "only met her [sister Jessica] briefly." Their father was John Drew Barrymore,
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Evgeny Lebedev: 'Russia is not a homophobic country'

From reciting Shakespeare to curating his private library of 500 scents, Independent and London Evening Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev makes an unusual newspaper proprietor. Now he's planning to unleash himself on viewers as a TV presenter

Britain's youngest media magnate has only just begun to talk when he gets distracted by his own fingers, and breaks off to sniff them. Inhaling delicately, he smiles to himself, and explains that he keeps a private library of 500 scented oils in an office, which he had been checking on before I arrived. "Professional perfumers tell me I've got a good nose, which I'm very proud about. I think smell is one of the most powerful things in the world. It's like a time machine. Most people don't realise that. If I smell lilacs, for example, I'm immediately transported back to my childhood, because there are a lot of lilacs in Russia."

I've never met a newspaper proprietor before,
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Film Review: 'Don Jon'

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★★☆☆☆ A little likeability goes a long way in Hollywood, but all the goodwill in the world can't quite save Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon (2013). Ostensibly a loose retelling of the legend of the infamous fictional libertine Don Juan, Don Jon ends up more Jersey Shore than Lord Byron. It's far too frantic for its own good and the sense of self-satisfaction is evident throughout; there's a lot of flash and bang for a picture that's essentially the story of a chronic onanist who learns to love a real woman. Gordon-Levitt's eagerness to impress is laudable, but he mistakes explicitness for edginess in this oafish, testosterone-driven bore.
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New Logo for the Thg/Twilight/Divergent Studio: Cloudy with a Chance of Box-Office Hits?

New Logo for the The Hunger Games / Twilight / Divergent Studio: Cloudy with a Chance of Box-Office Hits? Earlier today, Lionsgate unveiled its new corporate logo at the CinemaCon theatrical convention which took place inside The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. According to the studio's press release, the new logo began the studio's intro "of its upcoming feature film slate to the theatrical exhibition community." The new logo was designed by Devastudios, under the direction of the studio's Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen. Among Devastudios' recent design projects are Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, which stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Russell Crowe; Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton; DreamWorks Animation's The Croods, featuring the voices of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, and Nicolas Cage; Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer; Noam
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Christopher Plummer/Barrymore Movie: Oscar 2013?

The play Barrymore, which in 1997 earned Christopher Plummer a Tony Award for his portrayal of legendary stage and screen star John Barrymore, will be shown at movie houses in Canada in May. Screenings in the United States and elsewhere will follow in October. Could that possibly mean a third Oscar nomination for Plummer, this year's Best Supporting Actor winner for Mike Mills' Beginners? Unless Academy rules have changed in that regard — and Barrymore gets shown for a week in the Los Angeles area — that's certainly a possibility. Filmed plays — Barrymore was filmed with multiple high-definition cameras last year — have earned Academy recognition in the past. For instance, a 1965 filmed version of Britain's National Theatre presentation of Othello earned acting nods for Laurence Olivier, Frank Finlay, Maggie Smith, and Joyce Redman. In 1975, James Whitmore was shortlisted in the Best Actor category for the Theatrovision production of his one-man show Give 'em Hell,
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Myrna Loy: Never Oscar Nominated

Myrna Loy Q&A Pt.2: Political Activism, Hollywood blacklist While doing research on Myrna Loy and her times, was there anything that came as a shock to you? Any major difficulties while trying to uncover aspects of Loy's life and career? Was there a "most enjoyable" area of research? Or perhaps a "least enjoyable"? I sometimes felt frustrated by Loy's success in covering her tracks. I longed for more revelations, but her step-granddaughter Deb Hornblow warned me when I first got going on this book that it was going to be tough to find original material that was going to unlock secrets. Also, time has passed, and most of those closest to her are not around any more. Most enjoyable to me was watching Myrna Loy movies. She was a really terrific actress, a natural, without formal training or a background in theater, who had a grace, intelligence and
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Ronald Reagan, Freaks And Geeks: Packard Campus Schedule

Ronald Reagan, Knute Rockne: All American Kay Francis, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow: Packard Campus Movies Thursday, September 1 (7:30 p.m.) The Wanderers (Orion, 1979) Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers. Directed by Philip Kaufman. With Ken Wahl, John Friedrich and Karen Allen. Action drama. Rated R. Color, 117 min. Thursday, September 8 (7:30 p.m.) Mildred Pierce (Warner Bros., 1945) A housewife-turned-waitress finds success in business but loses control of her ungrateful teenaged daughter. Directed by Michael Curtiz. With Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott and Ann Blyth. Drama. Black & White, 111 min. Selected for the National Film Registry in 1996. Friday, September 9 (7:30 p.m.) Pre-code Drama Double Feature Jewel Robbery (Warner Bros., 1932) A wealthy, married woman becomes captivated by a debonair jewel thief. Directed by William Dieterle. With Kay Francis and William Powell. Comedy,
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Kay Francis, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow: Packard Campus Screenings

William Powell, Kay Francis, Jewel Robbery Kay Francis, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, John Barrymore, and Mary Astor are some of the stars featured in September at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virg. [Packard Campus Movie Schedule.] Kay Francis and William Powell can be seen together in Jewel Robbery (1932), a charming pre-Code comedy directed by, of all people, William Dieterle. Dieterle would become closely associated with some of Warner Bros.' most tedious biopics, usually starring Paul Muni. The year of 1932 was a good one for the Francis-Powell combo, who also starred in Tay Garnett's highly successful — and quite moving — melodrama One Way Passage. William Powell can also be seen in another charming comedy, Libeled Lady (1936), co-starring Powell's frequent screen partner Myrna Loy, in addition to Spencer Tracy and future Powell fiancee Jean Harlow. Deftly directed by the underrated Jack Conway, Libeled Lady went on to receive a
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Harry Redmond obituary

Creator of film special effects who turned an 18-inch model ape into King Kong

In the history of cinema, many children have followed their mothers or fathers into the film business, but few offspring pursued the path of a parent more slavishly than Harry Redmond Jr, who has died aged 101. Like a master craftsman, Harry Redmond Sr passed on the skills of his trade to his son, the trade being the creation of special effects for films. Most notably, they worked together on King Kong (1933), in which a giant gorilla captures an actor, Ann Darrow, played by the "scream queen" Fay Wray.

The Redmonds were important members of the King Kong technical team under the supervision of Willis O'Brien, the pioneer of model animation. Part of their job was to integrate the stop-motion models and animatronics into live-action sequences by means of back projection and travelling mattes. Although the model
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Reviews Of Silent Era Gems From The Warner Archives: "The Merry Widow", "Don Juan" And "Noah's Ark"

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By Doug Gerbino

Warner Archive has just released three classic silent (or part-silent) films. The Merry Widow (1925), Don Juan (1926) and Noah's Ark (1929). These three films are among the best-remembered hits of the late silent, early sound era. First, let's start with The Merry Widow (1925, MGM). This film stars Mae Murray and John Gilbert and was directed by Erich von Stroheim. Much has been documented about von Stroheim's excesses as a director. This was his first film after the infamous debacle known as Greed. Hollywood legend has it that while going through the daily rushes of this film with MGM chief Irving Thalberg, von Stroheim showed a single 10-minute take of one the character's shoe closet. When Thalberg questioned the 10 minute shot of shoes, von Stroheim said, "This is to establish that the character has a foot fetish." Thalberg supposedly replied, "And you have a footage fetish!" Loosely based on the
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The Stardom of Sir Ian McKellen

In astrology the character, associations, and brilliance of the stars are cataloged and exploited to predict success and to entertain. So it is too in Hollywood. Casting a star is a different matter than casting an actor- not opposed, but different. The subtle influences of all their past roles, the stories that circulate about them, the parts of their personalities visible in interviews and a thousand other trivia shape how the audience sees a star on screen. Star power is an ever-shifting & dynamic force that continues to mould a movie long after its release. It can also be channeled before production, as a sort of charm to attract financiers.

Reading this article in the Telegraph is what got my mind fixed on the stars. Ian McKellen is appearing in a low budget zombie comedy called E’gad Zombies. For we movie lovers who- like astrologers- favor fantasy, Sir Ian McKellen shines bright.
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