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"Blade Runner" Director Mounting "Cleopatra"

Denis Villeneuve ("Blade Runner 2049") is in negotiations to direct "Cleopatra", with Angelina Jolie attached to star, based on author Stacy Schiff’s best-selling book "Queen of the Nile":

Elizabeth Taylor previously played "Cleopatra" (1963).

The historical 'Cleopatra VII Philopator', believed to be the re-incarnation and embodiment of a goddess...

... was Greek-born, to become the last person to rule Egypt as a 'pharaoh'. After she died, Egypt became a Roman province.

"...her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, 'Cleopatra' was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator.

"She had children by both 'Julius Caesar' and 'Mark Antony', two of the most prominent Romans of the day. With Antony she would attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled both their ends..."

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Paris Jackson Was Robbed by Hitchhikers After Trying to Be a Good Samaritan

Paris Jackson Was Robbed by Hitchhikers After Trying to Be a Good Samaritan
Paris Jackson found out that sadly sometimes no good deed goes unpunished on Thursday night.

The daughter of Michael Jackson, 19, vented on her Instagram stories Friday about how her decision to pick up and help hitchhikers turned into a nightmare.

“So, last night I picked up a couple of hitchhikers and one girl was pretty f—- up,” Jackson said. “I mean I remember taking out a pair of my own socks and putting them on her and stopping by a f—ing fast food place to get them dinner.”

She continued sharing the story, saying she was not trying
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Why Queen Elizabeth 'Is Entirely Disinterested in Jewelry' — Despite Access to the Crown Jewels!

Why Queen Elizabeth 'Is Entirely Disinterested in Jewelry' — Despite Access to the Crown Jewels!
One of the most glamorous perks of being the monarch is access to all the priceless jewels, but it turns out Queen Elizabeth isn’t the biggest fan of all that sparkles!

In a revealing new documentary, Queen Elizabeth speaks rather matter-of-factly about the royal jewels — and there’s no denying her sense of detachment. While she takes the Crown Jewels’ cultural and symbolic role very seriously, she’s just not interested in jewelry on its own, an expert says.

The Queen is entirely disinterested in jewelry as a person,” says Alastair Bruce, who spoke with the Queen for The Coronation documentary,
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Actor Johnathon Schaech: I Was Molested by Director Franco Zeffirelli

Actor Johnathon Schaech: I Was Molested by Director Franco Zeffirelli
Johnathon Schaech was 22 when acclaimed director Franco Zeffirelli cast him as the lead in his movie Sparrow. It was 1992, and the newcomer was thrilled to work with the Italian filmmaker, famed for films such as The Champ, La Traviata and Romeo and Juliet, for which he earned a 1969 Oscar nod for best director. But Schaech says Zeffirelli harassed and sexually abused him during the shoot, a trauma he’s kept secret for 25 years. Hopeful his story can help make positive change, the Ray Donovan actor, now 48, who rose to fame in That Thing You Do!, shared this first-person account with People’s Elizabeth Leonard.
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Female-Led Films Top Box Office for the First Time in 59 Years

Female-Led Films Top Box Office for the First Time in 59 Years
The last time women lead the highest-performing movies at the box office, Elizabeth Taylor slinked around an eastern Mississippi estate in a skin-tight white négligée. But 59 years later, women rule the box office again. The three top-performing films of 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast, and Wonder Woman, were all headlined by female leads, the first time […]

The post Female-Led Films Top Box Office for the First Time in 59 Years appeared first on /Film.
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Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress Designer Is Launching a Very ’80s New Label

Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress Designer Is Launching a Very ’80s New Label
One of the designers behind Princess Diana’s wedding dress has a lot to be excited about in 2018.

Elizabeth Emanuel, who, with her then-husband David Emanuel, designed Diana’s 1981 gown, is set to launch a new fashion label. And she tells People that the upcoming line, Emanuel Mayfair, will capture the energy of the 1980s and offer a dynamic twist on current trends.

Emanuel Mayfair is set to kick off in February after Emanuel received a new round of financial backing. She’s going to move into new, larger studios and is currently hiring a young and creative team, and recently appointed a CEO.
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Molly's Game review – Jessica Chastain ups the ante in Aaron Sorkin poker drama

With its propulsive, savvy dialogue, Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut about a poker host who called rich men’s bluff has addictive and amoral snap

She certainly is. America’s so-called Poker Princess, Molly Bloom, is the enigmatically glamorous woman in this very enjoyable true-life story who ran the hottest private card game in La and then New York, before finally being led away in handcuffs in 2013 on illegal gambling charges. Luxurious hotel suites had been turned by Molly into macho gladiatorial arenas in which movie actors, sports stars, hedge fund managers and other wealthy poker addicts did battle under her gaze. There were no women players – a fact on which the film passes no comment.

Models were hired to serve drinks. Scented candles masked the reek of testosterone and rage. And Molly presided over it all, monitoring the bets on her laptop in the corner, wryly commenting on the
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Breakup to Makeup: 37 On-Again, Off-Again Celebrity Couples

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Breakup to Makeup: 37 On-Again, Off-Again Celebrity Couples
Sometimes giving it a second chance is worth a shot, and other times, the third time may not be the charm. While some celebrity couples, such as Kate Middleton and Prince William, have proven that a break is necessary to strengthen a relationship, others, like Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, probably should have made a clean break the first time around. From Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton to Pink and Carey Hart, we're taking a look at all the celebrity couples who've been on and off again so much you'll feel like you're riding a roller coaster. RelatedHollywood Couples Who Have Been Together the Longest
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 19)

1967: The Doctors' Althea turned in her resignation.

1997: General Hospital's Helena returned to Port Charles.

2008: All My Children celebrated the life of Myrtle Fargate.

2011: One Life to Live's Roxy dreamed about Fraternity Row."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1966: On Peyton Place, Martin Peyton (George Macready) told a drunken Leslie Harrington (Paul Langton) that he had always been inferior.

1967: On The Doctors, Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) stopped by the home of Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett) to give him her official resignation from Hope Memorial Hospital. Althea was pregnant and unmarried at the time,
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Martin Ransohoff, Filmways Founder and ‘Cincinnati Kid’ Producer, Dies at 90

Martin Ransohoff, Filmways Founder and ‘Cincinnati Kid’ Producer, Dies at 90
Martin Ransohoff, who produced notable films of the 1960s and ’70s such as “The Cincinnati Kid” and “Save the Tiger” and co-founded Filmways Television, died Wednesday at his home in Bel-Air,Calif. He was 90.

Filmways produced some of the biggest TV hits of the 1960s including “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Addams Family,” “Petticoat Junction,” “Green Acres” and “The Hollywood Squares.”

Ransohoff later entered the movie business along with Filmways’ executive John Calley. Their first film was 1962’s “Boys’ Night Out,” followed by 1963’s “The Wheeler Dealers.” He also was behind the 1965 New Orleans-set drama, “The Cincinnati Kid,” which starred Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margret, and Karl Malden. Ransohoff famously fired Sam Peckinpah from the film, feeling his vision was too dark, and hired Norman Jewison to direct.

He exited the company in 1972 to become an independent film producer.

Among his producing credits were Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s “The Sandpiper,” Tony Richardson
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The Actors Fund Celebrates The 2017 Looking Ahead Awards In Hollywood

The Actors Fund's Looking Ahead Program, which helps professional young performers and their families address the unique challenges of working in the entertainment industry, celebrated the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards with a star-studded gala on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, CA.

The Looking Ahead Awards honors leaders in the current and former young performer community who continue to inspire the world by living the program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service.

The fourth annual gala was hosted by Corbin Bleu and featured special performances by Ashley Argota (singing “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”) and The Dream Talent Management Dancers.

Holly Robinson-Peete honored her mother, Dolores Robinson, with the Judy and Hilary Swank Award for parenting.

Activist Kenya T. Parham presented the Looking Ahead Award for Community Service to the ensemble cast of Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film "Detroit (Laz Alonso, Joseph David-Jones,
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Martin Ransohoff Dies: Film And TV Producer For Many Hits Was 90

Filmways Television co-founder and film/TV producer Martin Ransohoff has died. He was 90 years old and passed away at his home in Bel-Air, according to his family. Ransohoff had a long list of film and TV credits, including The Cincinnati Kid – a film on which he fired director Sam Peckinpah – as well as Save the Tiger, The Sandpiper (with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton), Catch 22, Jagged Edge, The Americanization of Emily, Silver Streak, Ice Station Zebra, and TV…
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Martin Ransohoff Dies: Film And TV Producer For Many Hits Was 90

Filmways Television co-founder and film/TV producer Martin Ransohoff has died. He was 90 years old and passed away at his home in Bel-Air, according to his family. Ransohoff had a long list of film and TV credits, including The Cincinnati Kid – a film on which he fired director Sam Peckinpah – as well as Save the Tiger, The Sandpiper (with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton), Catch 22, Jagged Edge, The Americanization of Emily, Silver Streak, Ice Station Zebra, and TV…
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Fox Merges With Disney: The Storied Studio’s 102-Year History

Fox Merges With Disney: The Storied Studio’s 102-Year History
Movies weren’t yet talkies and the headquarters were located in New Jersey when Fox Film was founded in 1915. William Fox couldn’t have imagined that his modest film company would get bulked up by merging with 20th Century, produce some of the highest-grossing movies of all time, and become a global empire. Here’s a look back at Fox’s long history as it prepares to merge with Disney.

Fox Studios’ East Lot on Western Avenue at Sunset in Hollywood

1915 Fox Film Corp. created by William Fox. A key element was the Fox Theatres, which went into bankruptcy in 1933 and sold to National Theatres. The company moved from New Jersey to Echo Park and then Hollywood before settling in its present location west of Beverly Hills in 1926.

1935 On May 31, Fox merges with 20th Century, created by Joseph Schenck and Darryl F. Zanuck, and becomes the last of the “big six” studios to be established (though film historians
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Ariana Grande Has Sold More Than $150 Million in Fragrance: See How She Stacks Up Against Other Stars

Ariana Grande Has Sold More Than $150 Million in Fragrance: See How She Stacks Up Against Other Stars
Whether it’s Britney Spears‘ Curious, Justin Bieber‘s Someday or even Sarah Jessica Parker’s Sjp Stash, there’s a good chance you’ve had have at least one celebrity fragrance in your repertoire at one time or another. And you’re not the only one — celebrity fragrances sell. Case in point: Ariana Grande‘s collection of scents, which, thanks to her loyal fans, have brought in $150 million over the past two years.

The team behind her collection of fragrances – Moonlight, Sweet Like Candy and Ari by Ariana Grande – announced in a statement that she’s sold upwards of
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Focus Features Releases First Trailer For 7 Days In Entebbe

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Daniel Brühl stars as “Wilfred Brose” and Rosamond Pike stars as “Brigitte Kuhlman” in this first trailer for José Padilha’s 7 Days In Entebbe.

Focus Features will release the film in select theaters on March 16, 2018.

A gripping thriller inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, the film depicts the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

There have been two TV movies about the rescue.

Raid On Entebbe (1976) starred Peter Finch, Charles Bronson, Yaphet Kotto and was directed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back). It won the Golden Globe for “Best Motion Picture Made for Television.” Victory At Entebbe was helmed by Marvin J. Chomsky (Tank) and starred Elizabeth Taylor, Linda Blair, Helen Hayes, Richard Dreyfuss and Burt Lancaster.

The 2017 film is from director José Padilha (“Narcos,” “Elite Squad”) and written
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Holly Robinson-Peete To Honor Her Mother At The Actors Fund's 2017 Looking Ahead Awards

The Actors Fund announced today that actress Holly Robinson-Peete will honor her mother, Dolores Robinson, with the Judy & Hilary Swank Award for Parenting at the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 5 at 6pm at Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

Tickets are currently on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.

As previously announced, The 2017 Looking Ahead Awards will also honor Kellie Martin (The Looking Ahead Award For Education), Charlotte Rae (The Shirley Temple Award); the youth cast of NBC’s This Is Us (The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness) and the ensemble cast of Kathryn Bigelow’s film Detroit (The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service).

Hosted by Corbin Bleu, the fourth annual gala raises awareness and financial support for The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program while shining the spotlight on performers who inspire the world by living the program’s five core values: education, community service, mentorship, social awareness and healthy parenting.
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2017 New York Gala Raises Over $4.4 Million For The Elton John AIDS Foundation

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (Ejaf) raised more than $4.4 million at its 2017 annual New York Fall Gala to support HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, supporting services, and advocacy programs across the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean.

Sting and Billy Joel attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation New York Fall Gala

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American Airlines, Bvlgari, Robert K. Kraft, Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund, and Bob and Tamar Manoukian served as the Presenting Sponsors of the benefit. The star-studded evening was held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Commemorating the Foundation’s 25th year since it was established by Sir Elton John in the fall of 1992, the evening’s program was devoted to honoring Elton for his leadership, commitment, and enduring vision as the Founder and driving force of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. To start off the evening,
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The Actors Fund's Looking Ahead Awards To Honor "Detroit," "This Is Us," Kellie Martin And Charlotte Rae

The Actors Fund announced today that the ensemble cast of Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film Detroit will be honored with the Looking Ahead Award for Community Service at the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 5 at 6pm at Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

Tickets are currently on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.

The award, honoring an ensemble cast who exemplifies giving back to the community, will be presented to a number of the film’s stars: Laz Alonso, Joseph David-Jones, Nathan Davis Jr., Austin Hebert, Malcolm David Kelley, Jacob Latimore, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Leon Thomas III, Samira Wiley and Tyler James Williams.

The 2017 Looking Ahead Awards will also honor actresses Kellie Martin (The Looking Ahead Award For Education) and Charlotte Rae (The Shirley Temple Award); and, as previously announced, the youth cast of NBC’s This Is Us (The Looking Ahead Award for Social Awareness).

Hosted by Corbin Bleu,
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The Celebrities Who Crossed Paths with Charles Manson and His Deadly Cult

The Celebrities Who Crossed Paths with Charles Manson and His Deadly Cult
Before Charles Manson — who died on Sunday at age 83 — and his murderous “family” of followers embarked on a plan to kill famous people in the ’60s, the group sought out celebrities as friends, roommates and professional connections.

Manson was drawn to the famous and glamorous, biographer Jeff Guinn explains to People: “Manson fully intended to become the most famous rock ’n’ roll star in history” — and he worked to connect with those who he believed could aid his career.

The time period is also important, Guinn says: From the mid- to late-‘60s, many celebrities embraced an egalitarian idea that
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