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Doris Day, Iconic Movie Star Actress Of The 50s & 60s, Dies At 97

Doris Day, the all-American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist, de away on May 13, at 97 years old. Day was a major movie star in the 1950s and 1960s, starring in movies like Pillow Talk and That Touch Of Mink. She was known as being the typical girl next door with a wholesome, sunny […]

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Doris Day appreciation: One of the sunniest stars in Hollywood’s golden era and devoted animal rights activist, dead at age 97

Doris Day appreciation: One of the sunniest stars in Hollywood’s golden era and devoted animal rights activist, dead at age 97
Yes, Doris Day, who died on May 13 at age 97 after a bout with pneumonia, was the all-American girl next door — but she was so much more. The funny, sunny blonde with the perky disposition, a sprinkle of freckles and a dazzling smile started off as a big band singer whose first hit was 1945’s “Sentimental Journey” with Les Brown & his Band of Renown. She would record more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967, making her one of the biggest-selling recording artists of the 20th century, and was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 20008.

But the former Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff would make an even bigger splash as a star on the silver screen in a series of romantic comedies opposite Rock Hudson — who would become a lifelong friend — starting with 1959’s “Pillow Talk,” the source of her only Oscar nomination, along with 1961’s “Lover Come Back” and 1964’s “Send Me No Flowers.
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Doris Day Dies At Age 97

For fans of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the news from California this Monday morning hit hard, like the sudden loss of a treasured longtime friend (or for many that “girlfriend next door”).

Here’s how E! Online reported her passing:

Hollywood has lost a beloved legend.

Doris Day, the actress and singer who personified classic Hollywood in the ’50s and ’60s, has died, the Doris Day Animal Foundation announced on Monday. According to the foundation, Day died at her Carmel Valley, Calif. home early Monday while surrounded by a few close friends.

“Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death,” the foundation said in a public statement. Day was 97 years old, recently celebrating her birthday on April 3.

For 20 years, 1948 to 1968, Ms. Day was a staple of movie theatres. A few years ago I included her in
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Doris Day Appreciation: Why Did Oscar Elude A Shining Star Of So Many Talents?

Doris Day Appreciation: Why Did Oscar Elude A Shining Star Of So Many Talents?
Whenever the subject of who should get Honorary Oscars — or the Governors Awards, as they now are known — comes up, there has not been a single year, not one, when Doris Day’s name was not at the top of the speculation. But it never happened. The Academy’s Board of Governors never even went the Debbie Reynolds route by voting this renowned animal-rights activist the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, perhaps because it has human in its title. Although she often referred to herself as the girl singer in the band, her remarkable movie career spanned a couple of decades during the 50’s and 60’s, and about three dozen movies — frequently in what might be known as Doris Day movies — and maybe that is why the Academy never honored her. Or perhaps they just knew this star, who retreated from the business almost entirely, never would show up. Still, in her big-screen prime,
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Doris Day’s Wholesome Persona Was What Fans Wanted to See

Doris Day’s Wholesome Persona Was What Fans Wanted to See
As a singer, Doris Day had a warm voice that captivated millions of post-war record-buyers. As an actress, she was a top box office attraction and her name became shorthand for nearly all 1960s romantic comedies: “It’s a Doris Day kind of film.” As a personality, she was loved by the public as a freckle-faced, common-sense gal who seemed like a lot of fun.

Privately, her life was peppered with divorces, tales of spousal abuse, bankruptcy and even connections to the Manson family. The difference between reality and her image were night and Day, so to speak. But it was a very different time. The public didn’t want to hear about the darkness; they just loved her sunniness. And that’s what fans will continue to remember.

She started out as the “girl singer” in the Big Band era, and the song “Sentimental Journey” in 1945 put her on the map.
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Doris Day, Legendary Entertainer and Star of Doris Day Show, Dead at 97

Doris Day, Legendary Entertainer and Star of Doris Day Show, Dead at 97
Legendary entertainer Doris Day died early Monday due to complications from pneumonia, ABC News reports. She was 97 years old.

Day was an actress, a singer and an animal rights activist. On television, she headlined the CBS sitcom The Doris Day Show, which ran for a total of five seasons and 128 episodes between 1968 and 1973.

On the big screen, Day was nominated for an Academy Award for her starring role in 1959’s Pillow Talk. Her big-screen reign continued throughout the 1960s; subsequent hits included Lover Come Back, That Touch of Mink, The Thrill of It All, Send Me No Flowers and Move Over,
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R.I.P. Doris Day (1922 – 2019)

Legendary American actress and singer Doris Day has passed away aged 97, with the Doris Day Animal Foundation releasing a statement announcing that the star passed away today at her home in California, and had been “in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia.”

Born in Cincinnati in 1922, Day began her career as a singer and radio performer in the 1930s, scoring her first major hit with ‘Sentimental Journey’ in 1945, and making the jump to Hollywood in 1948 with her feature film debut in Romance on the High Seas.

Day enjoyed a prolific and successful career on the big screen during the next two decades, earning an Oscar nomination for 1959’s Pillow Talk and starring in the likes of Calamity Jane, Love Me or Leave Me, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Lover Come Back, That Touch of Mink, Move Over, Darling and The Glass Bottom Boat,
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Doris Day Dies: Actress, Singer, America’s Girl Next Door Was 97

Doris Day Dies: Actress, Singer, America’s Girl Next Door Was 97
Doris Day, whose career spanned radio, film, TV and, perhaps most famously, the beloved sweetly innocent “sex comedies” of the 1960s, most notably with costar and friend Rock Hudson, died today. She was 97.

The Associated Press reported the news, as confirmed by The Doris Day Animal Foundation.

Day’s Foundation attributed the death to pneumonia, noting the star had been in excellent health until the recent illness. She died early today at her Carmel Valley, California home, surrounded by friends.

Day was the star of such Hollywood classics as With Six You Get Eggroll, Pillow Talk, That Touch of Mink, and her own self-titled 1966-73 sitcom, and her performance of “Whatever Will Be, Will Be” in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much proved so popular that it would become her endurable signature song (and the theme for her TV comedy).

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Doris Day, Legendary Actress and Singer, Dies at 97

Doris Day, Legendary Actress and Singer, Dies at 97
Legendary film and TV actress, singer and animal welfare activist Doris Day died on Monday after contracting pneumonia. She was 97.

Famed for her wholesome onscreen persona, Day starred in popular 1950s and ’60s movies such as “Pillow Talk,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” and “Move Over, Darling.”

The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed that its founder had died Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home. The foundation said she was surrounded by close friends.

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According to the foundation press statement, nearly 300 fans gathered in Carmel last month to celebrate Day’s birthday on April 3. The actress had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia.

Born Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio, she began her singing career at age 15 and soon
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Review: "Father Goose" (1964) Starring Cary Grant And Leslie Caron; Olive Films Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Cary Grant was one of the few actors to defy the effects of aging. The older he got, the more popular his films became. By the late 1950s Grant had become uncomfortable making movies because he realized audiences only wanted to see him as a romantic lead and he felt self-conscious about studio insistence that he be seen on screen romancing female leads who were often decades younger than him. Nonetheless, Grant kept forestalling his frequent vows to retire from acting. He had taken much more control over his career by forming his own production company and the result were some of the biggest hits of his career ("Operation Petticoat", "That Touch of Mink", "Charade"). Grant's primary motivation for not retiring was his desire- or rather, obsession- with winning an Oscar. Alfred Hitchcock had advised him that the best way to do so was to get away
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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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Doris Day Turns 95, Not 93

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2017-04-03T06:27:35-07:00Doris Day Turns 95, Not 93

Age is just a number for Doris Day ― a higher number than she thought.

The star of such films as “Pillow Talk” and “That Touch of Mink” discovered that she turned 95 on Monday, not 93 as believed by many including Day herself, The Associated Press reported.

AP recently dug up Day’s birth certificate from Ohio’s Office of Vital Statistics, revealing a birthdate of April 3, 1922, for Doris Mary Kappelhoff, her real name before show business. Day, who had presumed she was born in 1924, was delighted with the news.

“I’ve always said that age is just a number and I have never paid much attention to birthdays, but it’s great to finally know how old I really am!” Day said in a statement Sunday.

Even as of early Monday, a Google search of “Doris Day” and “age” indicated 93.

Day’s spokesman,
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B-movie king Roger Corman: ‘Death Race isn’t an essay on violence – it’s an action comedy’

With the release of Death Race 2050, a remake of his cult classic, the veteran director talks about the film’s political undertones – and how he became the king of trash

To be considered a genius, you need only one great idea. For Moses, it was parting the Red Sea, then closing it with Pharaoh’s army still inside. Bach had counterpoint. And Lady Godiva did that thing with the horse.

Six decades ago, Roger Corman got a really great idea. Realising that young people were being ignored by Hollywood, he began making tons of super-low-budget films about vampires, monsters, mutants, ghosts and moody bikers. The films had names such as Swamp Women, She Gods of Shark Reef, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fast and the Furious. This was preferable to films with names such as That Touch of Mink and Father Goose.

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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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Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix in December

The holiday season is here and like a lot of you, I plan on staying inside as much as I can and watching some great TV and movies. Thankfully Netflix is here to help with a new batch of offerings for December. They are also removing some titles you may want to watch while you can! Of course we are all waiting to see this Bill Murray Christmas special which arrives December 4th. Have a safe and happy viewing month everyone! Check out the full listings below:

All Title Dates are Subject to Change

Netflix U.S. Release Dates Only

Available 12/1

#DeathToSelfie (2014)

30 for 30: Chasing Tyson (2015)

50 Shades of They: Season 1

A Christmas Star (2015)

A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z (2014)

Amnesiac (2015)

Broadchurch: Season 2

Cbgb (2013)

Christmas Wedding Baby (2014)

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)

Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

Darkman (1990)

Detectorists: Season 1

I’m Brent Morin — Netflix Original
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What's New on Netflix in December 2015

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To your already busy December to-do list, add watching "A Very Murray Christmas," the all-star Bill Murray Christmas special that's available only on Netflix.

Also new to Netflix in December: New comedy specials from Mike Epps and Brent Morin, Adam Sandler's controversial "The Ridiculous 6," the buzzy transgender indie drama "Tangerine" and "Queen of Earth," starring "Mad Men"'s Elisabeth Moss.

Here's what's coming to Netflix in December 2015.

Available Dec. 1

"DeathToSelfie" (2014)

"30 for 30: Chasing Tyson" (2015)

"50 Shades of They": Season 1

"A Christmas Star" (2015)

"A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z" (2014)

"Amnesiac" 2015)

"Broadchurch": Season 2

"Cbgb" (2013)

"Christmas Wedding Baby" (2014)

"The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury" (2004)

"Cradle 2 the Grave" (2003)

"Darkman" (1990)

"Detectorists": Season 1

"I'm Brent Morin" (2015, Netlix Original)

"Jenny's Wedding" (2015)

"Las magicas historias de Plim Plim": Season 1

"Ray" (2004)

"Real Rob": Season 1 (2015)

"See You In Valhalla" (2015)

"Stir of Echoes" (1999)

"Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming" (2007)

"That Touch of Mink
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Pitt Former TV Co-Star Kallsen Dead at 48, Emmy Nominee Meadows dead at 95, Oscar nominee Mankiewicz dead at 93

Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen dead at 48 Nicholas Kallsen, who was featured opposite Brad Pitt in the short-lived television series Glory Days, has died at age 48 in Thailand according to online reports. Their source is one of Rupert Murdoch's rags, citing a Facebook posting by one of the actor's friends. The cause of death was purportedly – no specific source was provided – a drug overdose.* Aired on Fox in July 1990, Glory Days told the story of four high-school friends whose paths take different directions after graduation. Besides Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt, the show also featured Spike Alexander and Evan Mirand. Glory Days lasted a mere six episodes – two of which directed by former Happy Days actor Anson Williams – before its cancellation. Roommates Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt vying for same 'Thelma & Louise' role? The Murdoch tabloid also
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The Stars at Night: Desk Set

By the 1950s, Texas-raised actress Joan Blondell (see earlier column) must have resigned herself to filling supporting roles in film. In 1952, the former Miss Dallas received her lone Oscar nomination for her work as supporting actress in The Blue Veil. Five years later, she appears as Katherine Hepburn's wisecracking best friend, Peg Costello, in Desk Set. Her character may not be the focus of the comedy, but Blondell helps make the movie memorable.

I chose Desk Set for this month's column as a sort of counterbalance to the hoopla surrounding the 2014 film The Imitation Game (Marcie's review). This movie is a more humorous take on the early days of computing machines, and actually includes more than one woman in its plot -- whereas the British biopic ignores the many women who worked at Bletchley Park.

In the 1957 film, four reference librarians work for the fictional Federal Broadcasting Company, answering
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Dietrich's Late Grandson Among Adg's Hall of Fame Honorees

Marlene Dietrich Grandson J. Michael Riva, Robert Clatworthy, and Harper Goff: Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame 2014 Production Designers Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff, and J. Michael Riva will be posthumously inducted into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame at the 18th Art Directors Guild Awards ceremony, to be held on February 8, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Production designer J. Michael Riva.) J. Michael Riva J. Michael Riva (1948-2012), grandson of Marlene Dietrich (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express, A Foreign Affair), was production designer for Stuart Rosenberg / Robert Redford’s 1980 socially conscious drama Brubaker. Later on, Redford hired Riva as the art director for Ordinary People, also released in 1980. Riva’s other production design credits include the Lethal Weapon movies starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover; A Few Good Men (1992), with Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore; The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), with Will Smith; Spider-Man 3 (2007), with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst,
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' and More

This week: Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum star in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the action-packed sequel to "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (2009).

Also new this week is the female-driven "Deliverance"-esque thriller "Black Rock" with Kate Bosworth and Katie Aselton, the long-overdue Blu-ray debut of the John Carpenter ghost story "The Fog" with Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh, and a Criterion Collection Blu-ray edition of Guillermo del Toro's "The Devil's Backbone."

'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'

Box Office: $123 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 28% Rotten

Storyline: This sequel to the 2009 guilty pleasure not only has the G.I. Joe team fighting Cobra but the Joes are framed for crimes against the country and are terminated by order of the President. The surviving members of the elite military unit face off against Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) and the world leaders he has under his influence. Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis,
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