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Q’orianka Kilcher’s Te Ata Thompson Fisher Biopic Set for Fall Release

Q’orianka Kilcher’s Te Ata Thompson Fisher Biopic Set for Fall Release
Paladin has set an early fall release for “Te Ata,” starring Q’orianka Kilcher as Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata Thompson Fisher, Variety has learned exclusively.

The release will be timed to lead up to November’s Native American Heritage Month, the annual celebration of indigenous culture and heritage.

Te Ata” also stars Graham Greene (“Dances With Wolves”) and Gil Birmingham (“Twilight”). Mackenzie Astin, Brigid Brannagh, and Cindy Pickett round out the principal cast.

The production company on “Te Ata” is Chickasaw Nations Productions. Paul Sirmons is the producer. Nathan Frankowski (“To Write Love on Her Arms”) directed from a script by Jeannie Barbour and Esther Luttrell, which is set primarily in the early 20th century and tells the story of Mary Frances Thompson, a young Chickasaw woman born in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), better known as “Te Ata,” which means “bearer of the morning.”

She was an actress, dancer, model, and
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More Gay Stars and Directors and Screenwriters on TCM: From psychos and psychiatrists to surfers and stage mamas

On the day a U.S. appeals court lifted an injunction that blocked a Mississippi “religious freedom” law – i.e., giving Christian extremists the right to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, etc. – not to mention the publication of a Republican-backed health care bill targeting the poor, the sick, the elderly, and those with “pre-existing conditions” – which would include HIV-infected people, a large chunk of whom are gay and bisexual men, so the wealthy in the U.S. can get a massive tax cut, Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride or Lgbt Month celebration continues (into tomorrow morning, Thursday & Friday, June 22–23) with the presentation of movies by or featuring an eclectic – though seemingly all male – group: Montgomery Clift, Anthony Perkins, Tab Hunter, Dirk Bogarde, John Schlesinger, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Arthur Laurents, and Jerome Robbins. After all, one assumes that, rumors or no, the presence of Mercedes McCambridge in one
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Exclusive: Bob Newhart Reflects on Mary Tyler Moore's 'Groundbreaking' Television Legacy

Exclusive: Bob Newhart Reflects on Mary Tyler Moore's 'Groundbreaking' Television Legacy
Bob Newhart is opening up about his memories of the late Mary Tyler Moore and how the pioneering actress changed the television landscape forever.

"She was a great comedic actress," the sitcom icon shared while sitting down with Et's Nischelle Turner at his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, where he reflected on the many ways Moore's beloved 1970s sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, was unlike anything audiences had seen before.

"I remember there was one scene, it was Nanette Fabray, [who played] Mary's mother, and my father-in-law Bill [Quinn] played her father," Newhart recounted. "Nanette turned around and said to the two of them, 'Don't forget your pill.' And Bill said, ‘I won't,' and Mary said, 'I won't' and it was like, 'Whoa! Why would she be taking a pill?' It was really groundbreaking."

Watch: Dick Van Dyke Mourns Mary Tyler Moore's Death: 'There Are No Words'

According to the 87-year-old screen legend, who knew
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Antonia’s Line

Marleen Gorris' sightly absurdist, slightly magic realist movie about a strong woman who takes charge in a rural Dutch community is a fable about a kind of matriarchal utopia -- where decisions are made with patience and understanding, the weak are protected and women aren't abused. It's an Oscar winner for Best Foreign film -- the first directed by a woman, Antonia's Line Blu-ray Film Movement 1995 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 103 min. / Antonia / Street Date April 19, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Willeke van Ammelrooy, Els Dottermans, Dora van der Groen, Veerle van Overloop, Esther Vriesendorp, Carolien Spoor, Thyrza Ravesteijn, Mil Seghers, Jan Decleir, Elsie de Brauw, Reinout Bussemaker, Marina de Graaf, Jan Steen, Catherine ten Bruggencate, Paul Kooij, Fran Waller Zeper, Leo Hogenboom, Flip Filz, Wimie Wilhelm. Cinematography Willy Stassen Film Editors Wim Louwrier, Michiel Reichwein Original Music Ilona Sekacz Produced by Gerard Cornelisse, Hans de Weers, Hans de Wolf Written and Directed by Marleen Gorris
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The Happy Ending

Jean Simmons is the original frustrated Mad Housewife who runs away from a 'dream marriage' in search of something more fulfilling. Uncompromising, adult, and making use of an interesting cast. Plus, the soundtrack uses Michel Legrand's incomparable song "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" The Happy Ending Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 112 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jean Simmons, John Forsythe, Shirley Jones, Teresa Wright, Nanette Fabray, Bobby Darin, Kathy Fields, Tina Louise, Dick Shawn, Lloyd Bridges, Karen Steele, Erin Moran. Cinematography Conrad Hall Original Music Michel Legrand, lyrics Alan & Marilyn Bergman Produced, Written and Directed by Richard Brooks

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I looked at some of the poster artwork for The Happy Ending, and yes indeed, one of the main styles is indeed like the cover of this disc -- a photo of a rusty garbage
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TV Review: ‘Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration’

TV Review: ‘Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration’
As with most of PBS’ “Pioneers of Television” specials, “Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration” is a warm, nostalgic trip down memory lane tempered by minimal perspective and sins of omission. Fun to watch if only for the abundant clips, it’s a once-over-lightly approach to TV history, paying tribute to its subjects in a manner that doesn’t allow much room for anything that might detour from lionizing them. Timed to the 45th anniversary of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” the one-hour project is breezy and watchable, but comes closer to an evening at the Paley Center than a true documentary.

Defined by its well-chosen highlights, this “Celebration” dutifully works through Moore’s early roles before her discovery by Carl Reiner to play Laura in “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” That includes the familiar but still funny story about how Reiner grabbed her by the head, mid-audition, and walked
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Astaire Dances Everywhere Today on TCM

Fred Astaire ca. 1935. Fred Astaire movies: Dancing in the dark, on the ceiling on TCM Aug. 5, '15, is Fred Astaire Day on Turner Classic Movies, as TCM continues with its “Summer Under the Stars” series. Just don't expect any rare Astaire movies, as the actor-singer-dancer's star vehicles – mostly Rko or MGM productions – have been TCM staples since the early days of the cable channel in the mid-'90s. True, Fred Astaire was also featured in smaller, lesser-known fare like Byron Chudnow's The Amazing Dobermans (1976) and Yves Boisset's The Purple Taxi / Un taxi mauve (1977), but neither one can be found on the TCM schedule. (See TCM's Fred Astaire movie schedule further below.) Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals Some fans never tire of watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing together. With these particular fans in mind, TCM is showing – for the nth time – nine Astaire-Rogers musicals of the '30s,
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Oscar History-Making Actress Has Her Day on TCM

Teresa Wright ca. 1945. Teresa Wright movies on TCM: 'The Little Foxes,' 'The Pride of the Yankees' Pretty, talented Teresa Wright made a relatively small number of movies: 28 in all, over the course of more than half a century. Most of her films have already been shown on Turner Classic Movies, so it's more than a little disappointing that TCM will not be presenting Teresa Wright rarities such as The Imperfect Lady and The Trouble with Women – two 1947 releases co-starring Ray Milland – on Aug. 4, '15, a "Summer Under the Stars" day dedicated to the only performer to date to have been shortlisted for Academy Awards for their first three film roles. TCM's Teresa Wright day would also have benefited from a presentation of The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956), an unusual entry – parapsychology, reincarnation – in the Wright movie canon and/or Roseland (1977), a little-remembered entry in James Ivory's canon.
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Two-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner Shines on TCM Today: Was Last-Minute Replacement for Crawford in Key Davis Movie of the '60s

Olivia de Havilland on Turner Classic Movies: Your chance to watch 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' for the 384th time Olivia de Havilland is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 2, '15. The two-time Best Actress Oscar winner (To Each His Own, 1946; The Heiress, 1949) whose steely determination helped to change the way studios handled their contract players turned 99 last July 1. Unfortunately, TCM isn't showing any de Havilland movie rarities, e.g., Universal's cool thriller The Dark Mirror (1946), the Paramount comedy The Well-Groomed Bride (1947), or Terence Young's British-made That Lady (1955), with de Havilland as eye-patch-wearing Spanish princess Ana de Mendoza. On the other hand, you'll be able to catch for the 384th time a demure Olivia de Havilland being romanced by a dashing Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood, as TCM shows this 1938 period adventure classic just about every month. But who's complaining? One the
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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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Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner

Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch.[2] Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later,
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Jessica Lange's Ahs 'Life on Mars' Cover is... So Weird

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Jessica Lange's Ahs 'Life on Mars' Cover is... So Weird
The first episode of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" gave us a number of strange curiosities, including a killer clown, a pair of Siamese twins played by Sarah Paulson, and even a bearded Kathy Bates throwing down a Baltimore accent. The greatest spectacle of all, however, was a German-accented Jessica Lange singing a cabaret version of David Bowie's "Life on Mars." Experience the glum performance below: She's definitely going for a Marlene Dietrich vibe, given the curls and accent. But the two-time Oscar-winning Lange actually reminds me more of the following: 1) Late-stage "Here's Lucy" Lucille Ball 2) The flawless Nanette Fabray 3) And of course, Madonna in the "Me Against the Music" video. Imagine Jessica Lange deadpanning, "Hey, Britney." You die.
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Eulogy For Sid Caesar By Cinema Retro's Eddy Friedfeld

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Eddy and Sid after a Master Class at Nyu, 2003. (Photo: Michael Doft)

Sid Caesar’s funeral service was held on Sunday afternoon, February 16 at a private ceremony in Los Angeles. Among the family and friends paying tribute was Sid’s biographer and friend, Cinema Retro’s Eddy Friedfeld, who co-authored Sid’s creative biography, Caesar’s Hours, published by Public Affairs in 2003.

What follows is the eulogy Eddy delivered before Sid's family, friends and colleagues.

Sid said that, like Isaac Newton, he stood on the shoulders of giants, his inspirations- Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and W.C. Fields, who helped him develop his career and craft. Today, Sid, we stand on your shoulders- and celebrate your life, your art, your warmth, character, and friendship. You did things no one else could do and you inspired many others, including people in this room, to take the same artistic risks.
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Sid Caesar, Master of TV Comedy, Dies at 91

Sid Caesar, Master of TV Comedy, Dies at 91
Sid Caesar, one of the first stars created by television via his weekly live comedy program “Your Show of Shows,” has died at 91. TV host Larry King announced the news on Twitter.

Caesar, partnered with Imogene Coca, is credited with breaking ripe comedic ground with the 90-minute live program: It didn’t rely on vaudeville or standup-inspired material but rather on long skits and sketches written by an impressive roster of comedy writers including Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Lucille Kallen and Mel Tolkin.

Your Show of Shows” was “different from other programs of its time because its humor was aimed at truth,” Simon once observed. “Other television shows would present situations with farcical characters; we would put real-life people into identifiable situations.”

Following Caesar’s Camelot-days in the ’50s, however, he made a precipitous decline into alcoholism and barbiturates, a self-described “20 year blackout” from which Caesar
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Virgins and Prostitutes: Jones' Movies on TCM

Shirley Jones Movies: Innocent virgins and sex workers galore (photo: Shirley Jones and Burt Lancaster in ‘Elmer Gantry’) (See previous post: “Shirley Jones: From Book to Movies.”) I haven’t watched The Cheyenne Social Club (1970), a comedy Western directed by Gene Kelly, and starring 62-year-old James Stewart as a cowpoke who inherits an establishment that turns out to be a popular house of prostitution. Henry Fonda plays Stewart’s partner. And I’m sure Shirley Jones, as one of the sex workers, looks lovely in the film. Hopefully, director Kelly gave this likable, talented actress the chance to do more than just stand around looking pretty. But then again … For all purposes, The Cheyenne Social Club ended Shirley Jones’ film stardom; that same year she turned to TV and The Partridge Family. Jones would return to films only nine years later, as one of several stars (among them Michael Caine,
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What's Bonnie Franklin's Best Moment on "One Day at a Time"?

Today we say goodbye to Bonnie Franklin, the Tony-nominated star of Applause who went on to thrill us for nine years as divorced mother Ann Romano on the kickass series One Day at a Time. Franklin died at 69 of pancreatic cancer.

To this day, the Romanos must be the most gorgeous family ever to live in Indianapolis, but they wouldn't know it because they were too busy suffering at the hands of Schneider and his innuendos about Ms. Romano's radiator. You know a show is great when you can't decide whether its greatest featured actor is Shelley Fabares or Nanette Fabray.

In honor of Ms. Franklin's amazing sitcom (produced by Norman Lear), I ask you: What's Franklin's greatest One Day at a Time episode?

I actually Love Bonnie's last episode on the series, but I'm taking us back to her most quintessential type of moment: telling Julie (Mackenzie Phillips) and
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Dial Back the Date!: March 5 Marks "Crash's" Infuriating Triumph Over "Brokeback Mountain"

We're just barreling through 2012 here, aren't we? It scares me. You understand that next year is 2013, right? What kind of freaky Kubrickian year is that? Whatever. Let's live in the now and deny that we're heading into a staggering vortex that will kill us all.

1770: The Boston Massacre claims the lives of five Americans, including Crispus Attucks, and it serves as a catalyst for the outbreak of the American Revolution. Just five lives? Five lives are lost during most Craigslist transactions. Hope those Dale Earnhardt hubcaps were worth it, Crispus.

1956: Teena Marie, the late "Ivory Queen of Soul," is born. Immortal Jive Goddess Of Caucasia. Here are my three favorite Teena songs:  3) "Lovergirl," 2) "Square Biz," and 1) "Behind the Groove." Ohhhhh, yes. Never forget Lady T!

1960: Elvis Presley ends his two-year stint in the U.S. Army. And that's wonderful. But let's talk about his most frequent onscreen costar Shelley Fabares,
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SAG Life Achievement Award Winners

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James Earl Jones, 2008 SAG Life Achievement Award recipient 1962 Eddie Cantor 1963 Stan Laurel 1965 Bob Hope 1966 Barbara Stanwyck 1967 William Gargan 1968 James Stewart 1969 Edward G. Robinson 1970 Gregory Peck 1971 Charlton Heston 1972 Frank Sinatra 1973 Martha Raye 1974 Walter Pidgeon 1975 Rosalind Russell 1976 Pearl Bailey 1977 James Cagney 1978 Edgar Bergen 1979 Katharine Hepburn 1980 Leon Ames 1982 Danny Kaye 1983 Ralph Bellamy 1984 Iggie Wolfington 1985 Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward 1986 Nanette Fabray 1987 Red Skelton 1988 Gene Kelly 1989 Jack Lemmon 1990 Brock Peters 1991 Burt Lancaster 1992 Audrey Hepburn 1993 Ricardo Montalban 1994 George Burns 1995 Robert Redford 1996 Angela Lansbury 1997 Elizabeth Taylor 1998 Kirk Douglas 1999 Sidney Poitier 2000 Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee 2001 Edward Asner 2002 Clint Eastwood 2003 Karl Malden 2004 James Garner 2005 Shirley Temple 2006 Julie Andrews 2007 Charles Durning 2008 James Earl Jones 2009 Betty White 2010 Ernest Borgnine 2011 Mary Tyler Moore James Earl Jones photo: Mark Hill/TNT
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The Curious Case of the White Queen

Benjamin Button isn't the only fictional character that was aging in reverse last year. We first heard that Anne Hathaway was cast as The White Queen in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in October. It exhibited the usual flurry of excitement (big star joins other stars in high profile project) but few mentioned that the elusive character just lopped off a few decades of living.

The White Queen is nearly aways portrayed as an old woman. Maureen Stapleton was 58 when she played her,Penelope Wilton 52, Carol Channing "jam tomorrow, jam yesterday" 64, Eva Le Gallienne was 56. Nanette Fabray and Louise Fazenda were the youngest I could find, at 46 and 38 respectively, when they donned the crown in 1966 and 1933. Anne Hathaway will only be 27 when the movie arrives.

Anne's incongruous youth for this role first occurred to me this week when Anne wore bridal white to the Oscars and was obviously the
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