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Desert-Set Adventure Movie Filled with Unsavory Characters Dares to Posit Ancient Philosophical Question

Desert-Set Adventure Movie Filled with Unsavory Characters Dares to Posit Ancient Philosophical Question
Desert Nights with John Gilbert and Mary Nolan: Enjoyable Sahara-set adventure – which happened to be Gilbert's last silent film – dares to ask the age-old philosophical question, “Is there honor among thieves?” John Gilbert late silent adventure 'Desert Nights' asks a question for the ages: Is there honor among thieves? The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer release Desert Nights arrived in theaters at the tail end of the silent era. By 1929, audiences wanted lots of singing and dancing – talkies! And they might have been impatient to hear John Gilbert's speaking voice. I can't tell whether sound would have improved it or not, but Desert Nights has a lot of title cards filled with dialogue. Directed by the prolific William Nigh,[1] the film tells the story of diamond thieves who get stranded in the Sahara and almost die of thirst. (At first, Desert Nights' was appropriately titled Thirst.) Cinematographer James Wong Howe perfectly captures the hot, dry
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Pushing 100! Kirk Douglas Honored Ahead of Milestone Birthday by Michael Douglas, George Clooney at Hollywood Gala

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Pushing 100! Kirk Douglas Honored Ahead of Milestone Birthday by Michael Douglas, George Clooney at Hollywood Gala
Led by host George Clooney, Hollywood's A-list turned out to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, the longstanding support system for entertainment industry seniors and industry professionals. But it was an even older showbiz institution who stole the show: soon-to-be-centenarian Kirk Douglas. Clooney, who with his wife Amal toured the expansive Woodland Hills, California, facility that provides housing, medical care and other assistance programs for aging and ailing members of the show business community earlier in the day, opened the song-and-dance-filled celebration with a nod to both the Mptf and legendary film star Douglas' impressive longevity.
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Rashida Jones and 10 Other Second-Generation Celeb Success Stories

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Rashida Jones and 10 Other Second-Generation Celeb Success Stories
This week, the comedy series Angie Tribeca premiered on TBS. And while the show is the brainchild of a comedy power couple, Steve Carell and Nancy Walls Carell, star Rashida Jones is herself the daughter of two famous people: music producer Quincy Jones and Mod Squad actress Peggy Lipton. (They shot a scene together!) In the past decade, Rashida Jones has made a name for herself in comedy, having acted in The Office and Parks and Recreation as well as films such as I Love You, Man and Celeste and Jesse Forever to the point that she gets a pass
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Rashida Jones and 10 Other Second-Generation Celeb Success Stories

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Rashida Jones and 10 Other Second-Generation Celeb Success Stories
This week, the comedy series Angie Tribeca premiered on TBS. And while the show is the brainchild of a comedy power couple, Steve Carell and Nancy Walls Carell, star Rashida Jones is herself the daughter of two famous people: music producer Quincy Jones and Mod Squad actress Peggy Lipton. (They shot a scene together!) In the past decade, Rashida Jones has made a name for herself in comedy, having acted in The Office and Parks and Recreation as well as films such as I Love You, Man and Celeste and Jesse Forever to the point that she gets a pass
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George Clooney, Jeffrey Katzenberg and the Fight for the Future of the Mptf Country House

George Clooney, Jeffrey Katzenberg and the Fight for the Future of the Mptf Country House
This story first appeared in the May 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Growing up, Chris Pine frequently visited his grandmother Anne Gwynne — one of the first iconic "scream queens," known for her work opposite horror maestros like Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi — at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's Country House and Hospital. "By that time she'd had a stroke and was so compromised physically that any sense of freedom, she enjoyed to no end," says Pine. "We would take her along the paths lined with

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Chris Pine: 'Jack Ryan could be your accountant'

Chris Pine is not keen on flag-waving patriotism, so his fresh take on Hollywood's favourite all-American CIA man is to make him an everyday hero … with muscles

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Chris Pine has already gone where one man has gone before. In 2009, and again last year, he took on Captain Kirk, a part until then synonymous with William Shatner. So tackling Jack Ryan, the CIA agent played by various actors over the years, wasn't such a big deal. "I think I learned my lesson doing Kirk," says Pine. "You can cage yourself in if you start thinking, 'I've got to copy this or that.' But just knowing what others have done – having the pillars of the character – helped."

Set in the modern day and directed by Kenneth Branagh, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit deals with the agent's origins. But it is not a prequel to the previous big-screen adventures:
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DVD Review - Black Friday (1940)

Black Friday, 1940

Directed by Arthur Lubin

Starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Stanley Ridges

Synopsis:

Dr. Sovac transplants the brain of a gangster into his professor friend's body to save his life, but there is a side effect that causes a dangerous split personality.

Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi team up once again (although never on screen at the same time) in Black Friday, a strange little horror movie that doesn't always quite work. But when it does work, it’s absolutely brilliant.

Karloff plays Ernest Sovac, a brain surgeon who is about to put to the chair but before he dies, he gives his notes to a news reporter that tells the story of how he got to this point. His best friend Professor George Kingsley (Stanley Ridges) was in a terrible car accident and the only way to save him was to transpose part of the brain of criminal
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Ten Things About... Chris Pine

Ten Things About... Chris Pine
Chris Pine is one of Hollywood's most up-and-coming actors. Famous for his role as Captain Kirk in the current Star Trek franchise, he has also starred in rom-coms such as This Means War and Just My Luck.

Having featured in a variety of films, from action to romance, Pine is definitely a whole lot more than just a pretty face.

With Star Trek Into Darkness opening in cinemas across the UK today (May 9), we wanted to find out a little more about our new favourite hunk.

1. Christopher Whitelaw Pine was born on August 26, 1980, in Los Angeles. Pine hailed from a family of actors. His father Robert is an actor who played Sgt Joseph Getraer in the TV series CHiPs, and his mother Gwynne Gilford and sister Katherine Pine are also actresses.

It was, however, his maternal grandmother Anne Gwynne who was huge in Hollywood - notable for being one of
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Movies... For Free! Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947)

Showcasing classic movies that have fallen out of copyright and are available freely from the public domain...

Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome a.k.a Dick Tracy's Amazing Adventure, 1947.

Directed by John Rawlins.

Starring Ralph Byrd, Anne Gwynne, Boris Karloff, Skelton Knaggs, Edward Ashley, June Clayworth, Lyle Latell, Tony Barrett, Jim Nolan, Joseph Crehan and Milton Parsons.

Ralph Byrd returns as Chester Gould's popular comic-book lawman in the fourth and final installment of Rko's Dick Tracy quadrilogy. Joining him as the villain of the piece is horror icon Boris Karloff, who stars as the corpse-like gangster Gruesome, leader of a criminal gang in possession of a nerve gas that freezes its victims and makes them appear dead. Lyle Latell returns as Tracy's assistant Pat Patton, becoming the only actor to appear in all four movies, while Joseph Crehan reprises the role of Chief Brandon and scream queen Anne Gwynne joins
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Pine Was Destined To Act

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Chris Pine knew acting was his destiny when he shot his first big screen role - because it was filmed at the same studio where both his dad and grandmother once worked.

The Star Trek hunk has acting in his blood - his maternal grandmother Anne Gwynne was a famous 'scream queen' in the 1940s with roles in numerous horror movies, while his father, Robert Pine, made a name for himself starring in U.S. cop show CHiPs.

And Pine admits he was overwhelmed when he showed up for work on his movie debut Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, because it was filmed at Universal Studios - the former employer of his acting relatives.

He tells Details magazine, "My father calls acting a state of permanent retirement with short spurts of work. My grandmother was an actress, too. In the thirties and forties she was under contract with Universal Studios. Crazy credits, lots of them.

"My dad was also under contract with Universal Studios. And my first film was shot on the same stage they both worked on at Universal. Crazy, right?"

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