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Last Surviving Gwtw Star and 2-Time Oscar Winner Has Turned 99: As a Plus, She Made U.S. Labor Law History

Olivia de Havilland picture U.S. labor history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 (This Olivia de Havilland article is currently being revised and expanded.) Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years old today, July 1.[1] Also known for her widely publicized feud with sister Joan Fontaine and for her eight movies with Errol Flynn, de Havilland should be remembered as well for having made Hollywood labor history. This particular history has nothing to do with de Havilland's films, her two Oscars, Gone with the Wind, Joan Fontaine, or Errol Flynn. Instead, history was made as a result of a legal fight: after winning a lawsuit against Warner Bros. in the mid-'40s, Olivia de Havilland put an end to treacherous
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'Birdman' cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki joins exclusive club with Oscar win

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'Birdman' cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki joins exclusive club with Oscar win
By winning the Best Cinematography Oscar for a second year in a row, "Birdman" director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki has joined a truly elite club whose ranks haven't been breached in nearly two decades. Only four other cinematographers have won the prize in two consecutive years. The last time it happened was in 1994 and 1995, when John Toll won for Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall" and Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" respectively. Before that you have to go all the way back to the late '40s, when Winton Hoch won in 1948 (Victor Fleming's "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman) and 1949 (John Ford's western "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"). Both victories came in the color category, as the Academy awarded prizes separately for black-and-white and color photography from 1939 to 1956. Leon Shamroy also won back-to-back color cinematography Oscars, for Henry King's 1944 Woodrow Wilson biopic "Wilson" and John M. Stahl
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Silver Screen legend Mickey Rooney dead at 93

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Silver Screen legend Mickey Rooney dead at 93
Los Angeles (AP) — Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home. Smith said police took a death report but indicated that there was nothing suspicious and it was not a police case. He said he had no additional details on the circumstances of his passing. Rooney started his career in his parents' vaudeville act while still a toddler, and broke into movies before age 10. He was still racking up film and TV credits more than 80 years later — a tenure likely unmatched in the history of show business. "I always say, 'Don't retire — inspire,'" he told The Associated Press in March 2008. "There's a lot to be done.
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Mickey Rooney Dead At 93

Mickey Rooney passed away today at the age of 93. His health had been failing for quite awhile.Mickey Rooney's parents were a comedian and a chorus girl who played on vaudeville, and he made his first appearance on the stage with them aged only seventeen months. He was a scrappy kid in the silent-era Mickey McGuire shorts (1927-1933), then played "lead character as a boy" roles - such as in The World Changes (1933) and Manhattan Melodrama (1934) - and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935). A star turn as a good-natured, trouble-prone teen in A Family Affair (1937) led to a long series of folksy Andy Hardy pictures that represented MGM head Louis B. Mayer's ideal of the United States. This was followed by energetic musical teamings with fellow MGM property Judy Garland in Babes in Arms (1939) and Babes on Broadway (1941). He won an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor
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Mickey Rooney Dead: Legendary Actor Dies at 93

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Anthony McCartney, AP Entertainment Writer

Los Angeles (AP) - Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93.

Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home.

Smith said police took a death report but indicated that there was nothing suspicious and he had no additional details on the circumstances of his passing. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said it was not their case because Rooney died a natural death.

There were no further immediate details on the cause of death, but Rooney did attend an Oscar party last month.

Rooney started his career in his parents' vaudeville act while still a toddler, and broke into movies before age 10. He was still racking
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Tues Top Ten Pt 1: Takeaways from the 84th Oscars

We love to do top tens on Tuesdays and more of them will be coming your way soon. Today's top ten is not strictly ascending, some of these moments I loved and some I decidedly did not but they're ten things that I'm thinking about today and that I imagine will always come up when I think of the 84th Oscars.

Top Ten Takeaways

Things to remember, for better and for worse, from the 84th Oscars

10 Direction is Everything With Dance

When I first heard they were doing a Cirque Du Soleil number at the Oscars, I groaned. Not that I don't enjoy the odd acrobatic but why at the Oscars? If you want it to be a variety show, stop being so inexcusably high and mighty about the Original Song category (that music branch and those rules. sigh) and start nominating 5 songs each year like in every other category.
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Long Before Charlie Sheen, Olivia de Havilland Sued Warner Bros. in Landmark Case

Olivia de Havilland No matter how widely publicized Charlie Sheen's $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre after Sheen was fired from the television show, it doesn't seem at all probable that the Platoon and Wall Street star will make history like Olivia de Havilland did back in the mid-1940s. Even if his case ever makes it to court. De Havilland, who had entered Warners as a leading lady in 1935 in films such as the sumptuous A Midsummer Night's Dream, the programmer Alibi Ike, and her highly successful first pairing with Errol Flynn, Captain Blood, had by the early '40s become a two-time Oscar nominee and one of the studio's most important contract players. In 1943, the actress and her Gang Tyre lawyers filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. — a radically different entity in those days — because the studio kept extending
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A Techno-Fairy Riff On A Midsummer Night's Dream In V1K1

Freshly premiered from Singapore director Tzang Merwyn Tong is V1K1, a sort of techo riff on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Fairies have but one rule, and that is never to be discovered. Viki, a techno fairy, must be careful to avoid being outwitted by an intelligent human scientist, holding her brother hostage in his laboratory. Produced on a microbudget with a largely student based cast and crew V1K1 has just had its first screenings in Singapore and will next roll out on the international festival circuit. Tzang, for his part, hopes to be shooting his debut feature before the end of the year....
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Clip du jour: Old-timey bloopers

Clip du jour: Old-timey bloopers
I don't know why this surprises me, but hey! They made blooper reels in the '30s! This contains a lot less cursing and convulsive giggling than contemporary gag reels do, but I don't know if that's a difference in the actors or in the editing of said reels. I think my favorite is around 7:03 with Victor Jory flubbing his lines in A Midsummer Night's Dream. What's your favorite vintage flub, PopWatchers? [via]
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De Havilland To Be Honored by Hollywood

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Two-time Academy Award-winning movie legend Olivia De Havilland is to return to Hollywood from her home in France to be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences next summer. The Gone With The Wind star will be the subject of a feature film tribute in Beverly Hills, California in the weeks leading up to her 90th birthday. Film fans attending the event will be treated to clips of her most-admired performances and a discussion with colleagues from throughout her career. De Havilland made her film debut as Hermia in Max Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1935, and went on to star with Errol Flynn in Captain Blood and another seven films. She was nominated for five Oscars, and won two Best Actress awards for To Each His Own and The Heiress.

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