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Edwards Pt 2: The Pink Panther Sequels and Famous Silent Film Era Step-grandfather Director

'The Pink Panther' with Peter Sellers: Blake Edwards' 1963 comedy hit and its many sequels revolve around one of the most iconic film characters of the 20th century: clueless, thick-accented Inspector Clouseau – in some quarters surely deemed politically incorrect, or 'insensitive,' despite the lack of brown face make-up à la Sellers' clueless Indian guest in Edwards' 'The Party.' 'The Pink Panther' movies [1] There were a total of eight big-screen Pink Panther movies co-written and directed by Blake Edwards, most of them starring Peter Sellers – even after his death in 1980. Edwards was also one of the producers of every (direct) Pink Panther sequel, from A Shot in the Dark to Curse of the Pink Panther. Despite its iconic lead character, the last three movies in the Pink Panther franchise were box office bombs. Two of these, The Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, were co-written by Edwards' son,
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The Early History of One Actor Playing A Shit Ton of Roles In A Single Film

Containing multitudes is a time-honored cinematic tradition.

Sure, featuring a single actor as more than one character in your movie smells a bit like a gimmick—but at the end of the day, it’s an efficient and often effective means of showcasing the versatility of a performer. And that can hardly be faulted. We caught a whiff of it with Split this year, though McAvoy might be disqualified for being a Legion of One rather than a cast with a shared face. Personally, I had no idea the trend cast such a wide-reaching historical net — I’d stupidly assumed it was something made possible by the advent of modern makeup and digital tech. Again, stupidly.

Be it gimmick or something more nuanced (or both!) — it’s particularly fascinating that it has such a long standing history as a marketing device. Film quality aside, the main draw is often the performative tour-de-force itself. Some
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Double Dose Of Doris Day In L.A.

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The NoHo 7, the Playhouse 7, and the Royal in Los Angeles will all be showing a double feature of two of Doris Day’s best-known films on Monday, August 29, 2016. At 7:00 pm The Man Who Knew Too Much, the classic 1956 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, will be screened as part of its 60th anniversary. At 4:30 pm and again at 9:30 pm, 1961’s Lover Come Back, directed by Delbert Mann, will be screened as part of its 55th anniversary.

From the press release:

Doris Day Double Feature

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

Click here to buy tickets to the 4:30Pm Lover Come Back (includes admission to the 7Pm The Man Who Knew Too Much).

Click here to buy tickets to the 7Pm The Man Who Knew Too Much (includes admission to the 9:30Pm Lover Come Back).

Laemmle’s Anniversary Classics presents a tribute to Doris Day,
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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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Cummings' Ten-Year Death Anniversary: From Minor Lloyd Leading Lady to Tony Award Winner (Revised and Expanded)

Constance Cummings: Actress in minor Hollywood movies became major London stage star. Constance Cummings: Actress went from Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra to Noël Coward and Eugene O'Neill Actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned more than six decades on stage, in films, and on television in both the U.S. and the U.K., died ten years ago on Nov. 23. Unlike other Broadway imports such as Ann Harding, Katharine Hepburn, Miriam Hopkins, and Claudette Colbert, the pretty, elegant Cummings – who could have been turned into a less edgy Constance Bennett had she landed at Rko or Paramount instead of Columbia – never became a Hollywood star. In fact, her most acclaimed work, whether in films or – more frequently – on stage, was almost invariably found in British productions. That's most likely why the name Constance Cummings – despite the DVD availability of several of her best-received performances – is all but forgotten.
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Hollywood legend Doris Day is not making her comeback in Clint Eastwood's next movie

Hollywood legend Doris Day is not making her comeback in Clint Eastwood's next movie
No, Hollywood legend Doris Day is not making her comeback in Clint Eastwood's next movie.

Strange rumours of a new film project for the 93-year-old actress-singer started in a German tabloid, eventually catching fire online.

Her spokesperson Charley Walters has since spoken out to insist that Day is solely focused on her animal charity at this time.

"While Doris always appreciates hearing from her fans, the rumours about her returning to the big screen are not true," Walters told Deadline.

"She adores her longtime friend Clint Eastwood, but Doris's recent and current focus remains on her Doris Day Animal Foundation, which continues to help animals and the people who love them."

Day last appeared on the big screen back in 1968, in the blackout movie Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? and romantic comedy With Six You Get Eggroll.

During her heyday, Day was paired with Rock Hudson in the light-hearted Pillow Talk,
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Ann B. Davis, The Brady Bunch's Alice, Dies At 88

Ann B. Davis, who famously played housekeeper Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch, died Sunday. She was 88.

Ann B. Davis Dies

Davis’ death was a result of complications stemming from a fall. The actress hit her head, suffered a subdural hematoma and never regained consciousness, Bishop William Frey told CNN. She died at a San Antonio, Tex., hospital.

Davis had her breakout role in 1950s sitcom The Bob Cummings Show in which she played the secretary Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz. Her work in the role earned her a pair of Emmy awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She subsequently appeared on The John Forsythe Show and feature films All Hands on Deck and Lover Come Back.

In 1969, Davis landed the role of Alice on The Brady Bunch. Throughout the family series' run that went until 1974, Davis’ character was a large part of the show. Even in the opening credits,
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Ann B. Davis Dead: 'Brady Bunch' Actress Dies at 88

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Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer

Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country's favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88.

Bexar County, Texas, medical examiner's investigator Sara Horne said Davis died Sunday morning at University Hospital. Horne said no cause of death was available and that an autopsy was planned Monday.

Bill Frey, a retired bishop and a longtime friend of Davis, said she suffered a fall Saturday at her San Antonio home and never recovered. Frey said Davis had lived with him and his wife, Barbara, since 1976.

More than a decade before scoring as the Bradys' loyal Alice, Davis was the razor-tongued secretary on another stalwart TV sitcom, "The Bob Cummings Show," which brought her two Emmys. Over the years, she also appeared on Broadway and in occasional movies.

Davis considered her ordinary look an asset.
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Revenge Fall Finale Recap: Wed or Alive

Revenge Fall Finale Recap: Wed or Alive
In Revenge’s fall finale, Emily has her endgame all worked out. After she marries Daniel, Victoria will be arrested for her “murder,” Victoria will roll over on Conrad, and boom! They’ll both pay for what they did to David. (Oh, come on. Don’t pretend it’s supposed to make sense to anyone but our erstwhile Amanda.) Instead, after marrying Daniel, Emily is shot for real and… On second thought, maybe we’d best start this recap of “Exodus” at the beginning. Everybody got their champagne and Kevlar? Here we go!

Related | Revenge Fall Finale Post Mortem:
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Doris Day Still Looks Great

Doris Day today Doris Day, who turned 89 last April 24, was a special guest at the Nancy for Frank show — that’s Nancy Sinatra for Frank Sinatra — on SiriusXM Radio channel 71. The Doris Day photo above was posted on Nancy for Frank‘s Facebook page and on the Frank Sinatra Family Forum. (See also: Doris Day photo, with furry friend.) The Doris Day special was aired in two parts in late June 2013. The radio show consisted of Nancy Sinatra chatting with Day, in addition to musical interludes featuring Doris Day songs such as "I’ll String You Along with Me," "But Not for Me," "I’ll See You in My Dreams," and "Hooray for Hollywood," plus two versions of "I Didn’t Know What Time It Was" — one sang by Day, another sang by Frank Sinatra. Doris Day and Frank Sinatra made only movie together, Gordon Douglas’ 1954 musical drama Young at Heart,
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Passion, Amour, Heaven’s Gate: 2012 Nyff Recap

This year’s 50th anniversary edition of the New York Film Festival conserved many of the signature tenets that have earned it a prestigious reputation, while also continuing its recent (and at times unfortunate) marketing-driven expansion into mainstream territory. A provocative, eclectic selection of American and international movies — some from auteurs, some unheralded — accompanied choice restorations of classics, as well as star-driven, often sub-par fare meant to raise the festival’s industry profile with premieres and red carpet events. With the defining tenure of programming director Richard Pena now over, will the festival be able to adequately replace his discriminating, often daring taste? Will it even try? Here’s some of the high & low points of this year’s edition – you can also read my “Gala Tribute” selection reviews for: ‘Life of Pi,’ ‘Not Fade Away,’ and ‘Flight’.

Heaven’s Gate:

New York Film Festival ’12 advertisements to the contrary, it
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Tony Martin obituary

American entertainer and singer popular in the 1940s and 50s

The American entertainer Tony Martin, who has died aged 98, was once described as a singing tuxedo. Although he was rather a stiff actor, he was handsome and charming, with a winning, dimpled smile. What mattered most, however, was his mellifluous baritone voice, which he used softly in ballads such as To Each His Own and I Get Ideas, and powerfully in Begin the Beguine and There's No Tomorrow, all hit records in the 1940s and 50s.

He was one of the top crooners of the period with Vic Damone, Andy Williams and Dick Haymes, all of them just below Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra in esteem and popularity. According to Mel Tormé: "Tony Martin was technically the greatest singer of them all, as well as being the classiest guy around, both as an entertainer and a person."

He was
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Actress, Singer Doris Day To Be Honored By TCM, Sony Masterworks & Warner Home Video

Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Sony Masterworks and Warner Home Video (Whv) are teaming up on a multi-tiered celebration of one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars: Doris Day. The celebration includes a new four-movie DVD package of memorable Day performance from Whv (in stores now); a brand new double CD set from Sony Masterworks (releasing April 3), with a collection of 31 songs curated by Day herself; and a five-night salute on TCM (April 2-6) This multi-pronged Doris Day tribute is timed to coincide with her birthday on April 3.

.I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Sony Music on this collection of my recordings. I sang hundreds of songs, but because I was so busy singing, I rarely had the time to be involved in the compilation of the albums. So in this collection are some of my favorites, ones that I loved singing, and I hope you like them too,
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Do Not Mess With This Clown from the Horror Anthology Scary or Die

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Need some more horror anthology carnage?  Scary or Die is here to sate your appetite.  This latest kaleidoscope scary tales come from directors Bob Badway, Michael Emanuel and Igor Meglic and we've got a peek at the upcoming horror movie via a photo and teaser trailer.

The stories involve:  A flesh-eating clown desperately trying to protect the person he craves the most;  dirty cop and a hit gone wrong with a vengeful Necromancer; a beautiful but mysterious woman and a lonely man looking for love in all the wrong places; a gruesome blood-splattered uprising of Illegal Mexican Zombies; and a Cajun conjure grandfather whose gift of never ending love goes terribly awry.

The segments are entitled "Clowned," "Lover Come Back," "The Crossing," and "Taejung's Lament."

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Rock Hudson: Dark And Handsome Stranger Documentary

Rock Hudson Andrew Davies and Andre Shafer's Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger was screened in the 2010 Berlin Film Festival's Panorama sidebar. [Rock Hudson documentary synopsis.] Universal star Rock Hudson, one of the top box-office attractions in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s, died of AIDS complications in his Beverly Hills home in 1985. Hudson, who was gay, lived a closeted life; he was briefly married to his agent's secretary and reportedly managed to broker a deal with scandal sheet Confidential when the gossip rag threatened to expose him. Among Hudson's best-known vehicles are Douglas Sirk's Magnificent Obsession (1954) and All That Heaven Allows (1955), both co-starring Jane Wyman; George Stevens' Giant (1956), in which Hudson's co-stars were Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean, and for which he received his only Best Actor Academy Award nomination; Charles Vidor's poorly received but highly popular A Farewell to Arms (1957), with Jennifer Jones; Robert Mulligan's
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The Evolution of the Hollywood Gay Joke in Three Easy Stages

The history of queer characters in mainstream movies has been, at least in part, a history of heterosexual protagonists making fun of gay second bananas. It’s pretty much a given that the gay guy never gets to be the hero, so it boils down to how the supporting gay is going to be handled by the major players and what style of humor society has deemed appropriate for the era when the movie was made.

In the same way that gays off the screen spent the 20th century going from invisible to mocked to militant to a fact of life, so did the "funny" barbs sent our way on the big screen.

Phase One: “You’re gay, and you’re ridiculous.”

When movies began to talk in the late 1920s and beyond, gays were still pretty invisible in American society; that invisibility was mirrored on screen, particularly after the
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Happy Birthday Doris Mary Ann Koppelhoff

Happy Birthday Doris Mary Ann Koppelhoff
You know her as a beloved actress, avid animal rights supporter and if you've been to Carmel's Cypress Inn, maybe as a hotel owner. And you know her as Doris Day. Saturday marks the 88th birthday of the woman once coined America's Sweetheart. While her film work ranged from everything to suspense (Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much with its soon to be Day trademark song "Que Sera Sera"), westerns (Calamity Jane) and drama (Young At Heart with Frank Sinatra) -- it was the romantic comedies that put her on the map. photo by Leo Fuchs Day's portrayal of the pre-feminist independent-yet-feminine career woman was pure inspiration for an entire generation of baby boomers, myself included. From a Manhattan ad exec in Lover Come Back and interior decorator in Pillow Talk (she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress) to...
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Ask the Flying Monkey! (January 04, 2010)

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Send it to aftereltonflyingmonkey@yahoo.com! (Please include your city and state and/or country.)

Q: Am I wrong or does the latest episode of Nip/Tuck send a very negative representation of the gay community, and the idea of gay marriage and adoption? – Dan, Rochester NY

A: A negative representation of the gay community just because they do an episode about an adoptive boy who gets plastic surgery so he’ll look more like his father so it’ll be more of a turn-on for the crowds of rich gay men who watch them perform in their live incest sex show?

Nip/Tuck's disturbing chip off the old block

Well, okay, but that’s just one gay storyline of this season, right? It’s not like they also did an explicit storyline about brutal prison rape, or one where a wildly promiscuous
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Edie Adams Dies

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Edie Adams Dies
Actress/singer Edie Adams has died of pneumonia and cancer, according to her son Josh Mills.

Adams passed away on Wednesday in Los Angeles, aged 81.

She is best-known as the face of Muriel cigars - starring in a series of commercials that ran over 19 years - although her career spanned across the stage, nightclubs, movie screens and television.

A graduate of New York's prestigious Juilliard school, Adams got her start in entertainment in 1950 as the winner of the Miss U.S. Television beauty pageant, which shot her to TV-stardom with an appearance on comedian Milton Berle's television show.

Her TV roles, including a 1963 appearance with Sammy Davis Jr., received five Emmy nominations.

She also sang on classic comedy series The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour in 1960, marking the show's final episode with a rendition of That's All.

Adams later became a Broadway star with roles in 1953 musical Wonderful Town, and 1956s Li'l Abner.

In the 1960s, she took to the silver screen, appearing in films including It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Apartment, Under the Yum Yum Tree and Lover Come Back - opposite Doris Day and Rock Hudson.

Adams later returned to TV in the 1970s and 80s with roles in The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, and Designing Women.

She is survived by her son Mills.

Actor Tony Randall Dies at 84

Actor Tony Randall Dies at 84
Actor Tony Randall, the stage, screen and television actor best known as fussy Felix Unger on the 70s sitcom The Odd Couple, died in New York in his sleep Monday night after complications from a long illness; he was 84. An actor who specialized in playing comedic sidekicks and best friends, Randall first gained prominence onscreen by reprising his Broadway starring role in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? in 1957. That film was followed two years later by his scene-stealing turn in Pillow Talk opposite Rock Hudson and Doris Day, the first of many supporting romantic comedy roles for which he would become best known (others included Let's Make Love, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers), although he was also an effective and versatile lead in 7 Faces of Dr. Lao. Randall seamlessly transitioned to television in 1970 with The Odd Couple, based on the hit Neil Simon play, in which he was paired with Jack Klugman, who played the messy Oscar Madison; the show ran for five years and won both actors Emmy Awards for their roles. Innumerable television appearances followed, most notably The Tony Randall Show (1976-78) and Love, Sidney (1981-83), a pioneering sitcom in which his character's homosexuality was implied but never stated. Randall turned most of his energy to the stage in his later career, founding the non-profit National Actors Theatre in 1991, starring in and directing a number of the company's productions. The actor made a brief return to the screen last year in Down with Love, an homage to the Rock Hudson-Doris Day films in which he co-starred. Randall is survived by his wife Heather Harlan Randall . who was fifty years younger and made him a father for the first time at 77 . and their two children, a 7 year-old daughter and a 5 year-old son. --Prepared by IMDb staff
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