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Bill Clinton Honors Ted Danson At Oceana Gala

In a surprise appearance at Oceana's New York Gala last night, former president Bill Clinton presented actor and Oceana board member Ted Danson with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his three decades of ocean advocacy.

Bill Clinton And Ted Danson At Oceana Gala

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“The real reason you’re giving Ted Danson this award tonight is that for more than 30 years he has been at this cause,” President Clinton said. He also spoke about the need to protect ocean ecosystems from the threat of climate change and discussed how healthy, sustainable fisheries can help feed the world’s population.

Ted Danson thanked President Clinton and the assembled crowd for his award. “I kept showing up,” he said. “Everything else was the people around me.”

This life is not about you or about us,” Danson said. “It’s about stewardship of what we’ve been given.
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Leslie Zemeckis Joins Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project Based On Docu ‘Marwencol’

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Leslie Zemeckis Joins Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project Based On Docu ‘Marwencol’
Leslie Zemeckis has joined Steve Carell, Diane Kruger and Leslie Mann in her husband’s Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project, set to release for Universal on November 21, 2018. The film is based on Jeff Malmberg's 2010 documentary Marwencol and directed by Robert Zemeckis from a script he wrote with Caroline Thompson. The story follows a man (Carell) who recovers from an assault by building a miniature World War II-era village in his backyard. It’s being produced through…
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Nick and Aaron Carter Mourn Father's Death at 65: 'My Heart Is Completely Shattered'

Nick and Aaron Carter's father has died at age 65.

Nick broke the tragic news via Twitter on Wednesday, with the Backstreet Boys member writing, "I am heartbroken to share the news that our father, Robert, passed away last night... While we learn more about the cause of death, and begin the grieving process, we ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time."

"My heart is Completly shattered I'm in shock and I loved my dad so much," Aaron tweeted on Wednesday. "#Rip Daddy I Love You. This is the last pic I have my dad
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New on DVD, Blu-ray, and TV: '22 Jump Street,' 'Nightbreed,' 'We Are the Best!'

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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Bound by Flesh"

If you're a fan of "American Horror Story: Freak Show," you'll want to get to know sideshow stars Daisy and Violet Hilton. Leslie Zemeckis writes and directs this doc about the world-famous conjoined twins.

"Nightbreed: The Director's Cut"

This is the first time that Clive Barker's original cut has been released, with 40 minutes of fresh footage. The limited edition release comes with the theatrical cut, as well as a third disc of extras, but it's already sold out. Still, the regular release has the long-awaited director's cut, Barker audio commentary, and some other goodies that make it a worthwhile investment for fans.

The Complete Jacques Tati

This seven-disc Criterion set comes with Tati's six features, plus
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Capsule Movie Reviews (July 3): 'Wrinkles' and four more


Nr, 1 Hr., 20 Mins.

Directed by Ignacio Ferreras, a disciple of Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville), and dubbed into English from Spanish, this animated gem tells a story of friendship in an old folks’ home. Emilio (Martin Sheen) is dumped there by his son after one too many senior moments, while Miguel (George Coe), a white-haired Randle McMurphy, cuts deals and runs the joint. The animation artfully transitions between what is real and what the aging residents think is real. Rare is the “cartoon” that penetrates and even haunts; Wrinkles is not easily forgotten. (Available on iTunes and VOD
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Bound By Flesh – The Review

Where once it was the centerpiece of mainstream entertainment in the Midwest, nowadays the circus sideshow is gradually returning to the public eye as a subcultural curiosity after years of negative publicity and a rise in television, films and digital media. A major contributing factor of this growing subculture is the desire by some to acknowledge and promote an awareness and understanding of this nearly forgotten and often misunderstood part of our American history.

Writer and director Leslie Zemeckis‘s Bound By Flesh is a film that takes great price in doing its part in resurrecting the titillating and often taboo facts and folklore of the freak show. This documentary focuses on the lives of two fascinating girls, Daisy and Violet Hilton, also known as The Hilton Sisters. On the surface, and as always primarily publicized, Daisy and Violet had one overwhelming unusual trait… they are Siamese twins, conjoined by
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Bound By Flesh

Anyone who’s interested in vaudeville, burlesque, sideshows, and the fringes of 20th century show business will know of The Hilton Sisters, Violet and Daisy. These attractive “Siamese twins” (as they were called in those days) were headliners on stage, appeared in Tod Browning’s movie Freaks in 1932 and starred in their own exploitation feature Chained for Life twenty years later. But while they’ve long been on my radar, I must confess that I knew virtually nothing about their lives. Leslie Zemeckis, who explored the backstage world of burlesque in her last documentary, Behind the Burly Q, now offers a straightforward and thorough biography of Violet and Daisy. She has diligently...

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Director Leslie Zemeckis Talks Bound By Flesh, Inspiration Behind Hilton Sisters Documentary, Extensive Research, Archival Footage, and More

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Opening June 27th, Leslie Zemeckis’ entertaining documentary, Bound By Flesh, offers a fascinating look at the life and times of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who were born conjoined at the hips in Brighton, England in 1908. Despite tragic circumstances and ruthless exploitation by their unscrupulous managers, they went on to become huge stars in the sideshow and vaudeville circuit. The Hilton Sisters loved to entertain and rose to international stardom at the beginning of the 20th century. Acclaimed for their singing, dancing and clarinet playing, they performed alongside the likes of Sophie Tucker, Harry Houdini, Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and comedy duo Burns and Allen. In an exclusive interview, Zemeckis talked about what inspired her to make a documentary about the Hilton Sisters, what appealed to her about this bygone era and these forms of entertainment, her extensive research, the challenge of locating archival footage of the twins performing,
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Documentarian Leslie Zemeckis Points Lens at Conjoined Hilton Sisters

Documentarian Leslie Zemeckis Points Lens at Conjoined Hilton Sisters
Leslie Zemeckis never set out to be a filmmaker. But now, with a second documentary about vaudeville performers ready to hit theaters June 27, she’s found a niche — and a calling.

Her new movie, “Bound by Flesh,” to be released day-and-date in cinemas and on VOD by Sundance Selects, tells the story of the Hilton sisters, Daisy and Violet, conjoined twins who toured the vaudeville and sideshow circuit in the 1930s. They set box office records and made a fortune, but were cheated out of their money by crooked managers. Zemeckis previously directed the 2010 burlesque docu “Behind the Burly Q.”

“I became obsessed by these women and this form of entertainment,” she says. In fact, she had earlier created and starred in a one-woman burlesque show herself, titled “Staar:

She’d Rather Be a Mistress.” As for the two docs’ commonalities, she notes: “I’m fascinated by people who are marginalized or stigmatized.
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Exclusive Clip Bound by Flesh

It was back in 2012 when we first heard about Bound by Flesh, a documentary focusing on the lives of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who were featured in Tod Browning's classic film Freaks. Here we are years later with an exclusive clip and lots more.

From the Press Release

Sundance Selects will open the new documentary Bound By Flesh, about conjoined twin superstars Daisy and Violet Hilton, theatrically in Los Angeles on June 27 and on VOD. The award-winning film was directed by Leslie Zemeckis (Behind The Burly Q).

American sideshows were in fairs, circuses, and carnivals. There were acts such as glass blowers, musicians, and also the freaks. Most freaks just stood there while the audience wandered past. The Hilton sisters, however, were trained to put on a winning performance. They sang, danced, and played a variety of musical instruments. Once they quit the carnival world and started playing vaudeville houses,
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Bound by Flesh Is a Cradle-to-Grave Portrait of Conjoined Twins

Bound by Flesh Is a Cradle-to-Grave Portrait of Conjoined Twins
Just as video killed the radio star, celluloid ruined sideshow freaks. Whether cinema's displacement of vaudeville and carnival attractions at the top of rural America's entertainment heap was a positive development is up for debate in Leslie Zemeckis's sympathetic but unambitious documentary Bound by Flesh, a cradle-to-grave portrait of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton.

The arc of the other Hilton sisters' rise and fall — from their early heyday as one of the best-paid attractions of the Roaring Twenties to their ignoble last years eking out a living as small-town grocery-store clerks in North Carolina — should be familiar to anyone who's wasted an afternoon watching cable specials about forgotten child stars. (Those E! True Hollywood Story ins...
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Fright Exclusive Interview with Bound By Flesh Director Leslie Zemeckis!

Director/actress Leslie Zemeckis gave viewers one interesting documentary in her debut, Behind The Burly Q, focusing on the world and history of burlesque, and complete captivating audiences. Returning behind the director’s chair again with this year’s Bound By Flesh (Opening June 27th in La), Zemeckis gives viewers the very interesting and somewhat tragic story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, two conjoined twins that were main attractions in sideshows for years. It’s a very interesting documentary, definitely one to check out. Zemeckis was nice enough to chat with us for a bit about the film, so by all means, read on!

What inspired you to want to take on doing a film about the Hilton sisters?

Because nobody has, I just became obsessed with them. They were briefly in my first documentary, Behind The Burly Q, because they used to do burlesque, and I just started thinking
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Exclusive: Trailer For Documentary 'Bound By Flesh' About Sideshow Stars Daisy And Violet Hilton

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While we live in an era where stars can seem to emerge from anything from viral videos to Twitter accounts, this isn't necessarily a recent phenomenon. In the '20s and '30s, crowds flocked to sideshows to see human curiosities, and sometimes those performers became famous themselves. And in the forthcoming documentary "Bound By Flesh," director Leslie Zemeckis examines the sad story of one such duo. From the day they were born, conjoined sisters Daisy and Violet Hilton were groomed for stardom. They were effectively sold by their unmarried mother into the car of another woman, who wasted no time in training the girls for performances, and soon they were touring the world, and even performing as part of Bob Hope's show. But shifty managers, abuse and troubled relationships followed, even as their fame rose, and the sisters' lives came to a tragic end. And this exclusive trailer
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Nick Carter Marries Lauren Kitt -- See Wedding Photos!

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This Backstreet Boy is officially off the market! Nick Carter tied the knot with Lauren Kitt on Saturday at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. The couple was joined by their friends and family members for the romantic nuptials, including band members A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough.Nick proposed to his lady love back in February 2013, while the two were vacationing in the Florida Keys.  The former pop star also presented the fitness expert with a pear shaped seven-carat diamond engagement ring. This past February, Carter skipped out on his younger sister Angel Carter's wedding to celebrate his bachelor party in Las Vegas with Lauren. The 34-year-old's brother Aaron Carter ended up walking Angel down the aisle. The Carter family have definitely had their ups and downs over the years, though. In 2012, Nick's younger sister, Leslie Carter, passed away of a drug overdose and the '90s star said his
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Aaron Carter Files For Bankruptcy: ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’

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Look’s like the party’s on hold for Aaron! The 25-year-old singer filed for bankruptcy, and the papers were recovered on Nov. 21, showing all his assets and the shocking amount he owes in credit card bills and to the IRS.

Aaron Carter is really depending on his fans during his toughest time. The singer is unable to pay his credit card bills and living expenses, but his rep told HollywoodLife.com that he’s moving forward and taking full control of his financial issues.

Aaron Carter Filed For Bankruptcy Aaron Carter - Aaron's Party (Come Get It)

Aaron’s assets total $8,232.16, according to official documents TMZ obtained. The papers also list his average monthly income at $1,998.75.

However, that is much lower than the amount he owes — $2,204,854 in liabilities. These include an American Express bill for $31,166. Additionally, he owes $1.3 million to the IRS.

“The bulk of the debt is
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Nick Carter Tells Dr. Phil His Family Blamed Him for Sister Leslie's Death

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Nick Carter Tells Dr. Phil His Family Blamed Him for Sister Leslie's Death
Nick Carter wishes he had been a better role model to his late sister Leslie Carter. In an emotional sit-down interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, the 33-year-old Backstreet Boys singer says he's still struggling to cope with his sister's Feb. 1, 2012 death from a drug overdose at the age of 25. "It was the most horrific news I've ever heard," he told Dr. Phil. "Still, to this day, I kind of don't believe that it happened." Carter himself has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, but [...]
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Jon Bon Jovi’s Daughter: Drug Charges Dropped After Heroin Overdose

Jon's daughter, Stephanie Bongiovi, had drug possession charges against her dropped on Nov. 15. We hope she's recovering after her overdose. A day after Jon Bon Jovi's daughter Stephanie Bongiovi was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 14 for drug possession, following an alleged overdose on heroin in her dorm room at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, she had all charges dropped against her, E! News reports. The Oneida County District Attorney's Office announced on Nov. 15 that it was dropping the charges against Stephanie, 19, and friend Ian Grant, 21, who was at the scene and was allegedly involved in the overdose as well. The D.A. says the charges were dropped because of a New York law, which came into effect in September 2011, that specifically prohibits prosecution of people who experience a drug overdose, as well as the people who help them seek medical care. Stephanie was charged with heroin possession after police reported a small quantity of heroin,
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AFI Fest 2012 Presented By Audi Announces Presentations, Conversations And Additional Screening

AFI Fest 2012 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced the events and screenings in its Presentations and Conversations programs, an additional screening and some of the guests who are expected to attend this year.s festival. AFI Fest, which annually presents the best of world cinema in the movie capital of the world, will take place November 1 through 8 at the historic Grauman.s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Stay with us here at Wamg as we bring you the latest from the AFI Fest screenings, panels and after-parties right here in Hollywood!


This variety of special screening events offers audiences a unique festival experience.

Sunset Boulevard: Dir Billy Wilder

With restoration services by Technicolor, be among the first to experience one of Hollywood.s most beloved films as it was originally intended. A fitting release
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Film News: Matt Fagerholm Chats About ‘Cloud Atlas’ on Vocalo 89.5Fm

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Chicago – HollywoodChicago.com writer Matt Fagerholm will chat about the latest independent films on Vocalo 89.5Fm from 9:30am to 10am on Friday, October 26th. Topics will include Tom Tykwer, Andy and Lana Wachowski’s hugely ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell’s acclaimed 2004 novel, “Cloud Atlas,” which opens in theaters on Friday, October 26th.

This is the second installment of Vocalo’s Indie Outlook series featuring Fagerholm, who created the independent film blog, Indie Outlook, this past summer. The site recently provided coverage of the Chicago International Film Festival with three in-depth interviews. Chicago’s own Kris Swanberg (“Kissing on the Mouth”) discussed her subtly eerie drama, “Empire Builder,” while Leslie Zemeckis (wife of Robert) chatted about her documentary, “Bound by Flesh,” which chronicled the lives of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton.

Director Brad Lichtenstein also discussed his Wisconsin-set documentary, “As Goes Janesville,” which follows the titular town’s
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Sahara Davenport, Rip: Five Other Reality Stars Who Died Young

Sahara Davenport, Rip: Five Other Reality Stars Who Died Young
Sahara Davenport was just 27. Here's a look at other reality stars who, like RuPaul's Drag Race alum, died before the age of 30: 1. Joey Kovar: In August, the aspiring actor and fitness buff, whose battles with sobriety caused him to move out of The Real World: Hollywood, and later led him to Celebrity Rehab, was found dead in his native Chicago of a suspected overdose. He was 29.    2. Leslie Carter: Her show-biz clan's reality series House of Carter was short-lived; her family's troubles were not. Leslie, a younger sister of pop stars Nick Carter and Aaron Carter, died this past winter of an overdose at her father's home in Buffalo, New York. She was 25.   3....
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