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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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What happened to 1990's 10 most promising movie executives?

Simon Brew Sep 2, 2016

Premiere magazine highlighted 10 movie executives to watch in 1990. So what happened to them?

In its May 1990 issue, the sadly-missed Us version of Premiere magazine published an article, highlighting ten young movie executives, and suggesting that these were people with very big futures ahead of them in the industry.

Given that much is written about movie executives, without actually digging much deeper to find out who they actually are, I thought it was worth tracing what happened to these ten, and – 26 years later – whether Premiere was correct in saluting them as the future of the industry. So, er, I did...

Lance Young

Senior production VP, Paramount Pictures

Pictured in the article on an office swivel chair with some snazzy purple socks, Lance Young, Premiere wrote, had been “groomed for big things since joining Paramount at the age of 23”. He was 30 at the time the article was published, and
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Russ Tamblyn And George Chakiris At "West Side Story" Screening, L.A., June 29

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By Todd Garbarini

The Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 55th anniversary screening of Robert Wise’s Oscar-winning 1961 musical West Side Story. The 152-minute film will be screened on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn and Rita Moreno, the screening is scheduled to precede appearances by George Chakiris who played Bernardo and Russ Tamblyn who played Riff.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

West Side Story (1961)

55th Anniversary Screening

One of the most honored and commercially successful of all movie musicals, West Side Story earned a near-record 10 Academy Awards in 1961.The film version of the groundbreaking stage musical that re-imagined Romeo and Juliet in contemporary New York City retained and deepened the play’s emotional impact by bringing together a show business all-star team. The show’s director and choreographer,
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13 Reasons Why Elizabeth Taylor Is Still the Queen of Hollywood

It's time to raise your glass and rattle your jewelry for a birthday toast to Elizabeth Taylor, who'd have turned 83 on Feb. 27. Though memories of her begin to fade, the legacy of the woman who was perhaps the most beautiful, most popular, most everything movie star of all time remains as vivid as ever.

Younger moviegoers may wonder what all the fuss was about. Here, then, are 13 reasons why Taylor remains, decades after her prime and four years after her death, the queen of Hollywood.

1. In a way, she never left.

Even though she died in 2011, they're still showing her in commercials for her perfume, White Diamonds.

2. She's the original diva.

Long before Beyonce, the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, and other current divas, Taylor pretty much invented the concept that a celebrity's offscreen life was just as much a performance as onscreen, and just as much part of the job description.
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Bradley Cooper Could Become the 10th Actor to Earn A Third Consecutive Oscar Nom

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Navy Seal Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has been garnering Oscar buzz since the film premiered at AFI Fest. With The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy saying, “nothing the actor has done before suggests the dramatic assuredness he brings to his way of detailing Kyle’s self-control, confidence, coolness, genuine concern for his comrades-in-arms, compulsion to serve his country and ultimate realization that enough is enough, even of the thing he loves most, which is war,” Cooper may earn his third consecutive Oscar nomination this year. This would follow behind his best actor nomination last year for Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and this year’s nomination for his supporting role in American Hustle (2013).

The last male actor to accomplish this feat was Russell Crowe, who scored three nominations from 2000 to 2002. He won in 2001 for his lead role in Gladiator.
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Modern Family Season Finale Review: “The Wedding (Part 1)” (Season 5, Episode 23)

And we have made it – well, almost – to the climactic gay wedding promised in the first episode of season five, which was itself spawned from the decision to reinstate same-sex marriage in California. The wedding is a tried and true staple of beloved, long-running sitcoms, and splitting the big event into a two-episode finale (the second half will air next Wednesday, May 21) was a smart move.

The two-part finale of Modern Family should give the writers enough time to chart where the characters are at in this pivotal moment, which could be a midpoint of this blossoming series. However, there were probably too many cooks in the kitchen for part one, with episode scribes Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin and Jeffrey Richman carving up the ensemble into six separate groups for 21 minutes, cluttering the very special episode.

The major story this week is between the almost husbands. Cam realizes that his
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Mindy Newell: Kiss*

Before you read this column today, go watch Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride or A Guy Named Joe, or Thirty Seconds Over Toyko, or Bad Day At Black Rock, or Adam’s Rib or Judgment At Nuremberg or Inherit The Wind.

Katherine Hepburn said to Spencer Tracy “you were, really, the greatest movie actor. I say this because I believe it and I’ve heard so many people of standing in our business say, it from Olivier to Lee Strasberg, David Lean, you name it. You could do it, and you could do it with that glorious simplicity, that directness.” Elizabeth Taylor said, “His acting seemed almost effortless, it seemed almost as if he wasn’t doing anything, and yet he was doing everything. It came so subtly out of his eyes, every muscle in his face…” Richard Widmark said “”It’s what every actor tries to strive
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Kiss*

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Before you read this column today, go watch Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride or A Guy Named Joe, or Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, or Bad Day At Black Rock, or Adam’s Rib, or Judgment At Nuremberg, or Inherit The Wind.

Katherine Hepburn said to Spencer Tracy “you were, really, the greatest movie actor. I say this because I believe it and I’ve heard so many people of standing in our business say it – from Olivier to Lee Strasberg, David Lean, name it. You could do it, and you could do it with that glorious simplicity, that directness.” Elizabeth Taylor said, “His acting seemed almost effortless, it seemed almost as if he wasn’t doing anything, and yet he was doing everything. It came so subtly out of his eyes, every muscle in his face…” Richard Widmark said “It’s what every actor tries to strive for – to make it so simple,
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'Giant,' 'Cleopatra' and 8 more of Elizabeth Taylor's best movies

"National Velvet" (1944): Elizabeth Taylor's star-making role casts her as a young jockey who teams with a novice trainer (Mickey Rooney) to enter England's celebrated Grand National horse race.

"Father of the Bride" (1950): Taylor is a charmer as the original "Bride" whose upcoming wedding turns her father (Spencer Tracy) into a nervous wreck.

"A Place in the Sun" (1951): Director George Stevens won an Oscar for guiding Taylor and others through the drama of an ambitious man (Montgomery Clift) torn between two lovers.

"Giant" (1956): It's easy to see how Taylor's lovely Leslie becomes the woman between a Texas rancher and a rebel (Rock Hudson, James Dean) as she teams again with director Stevens - again an Oscar winner here - on this sprawling version of Edna Ferber's novel.

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958): Taylor makes an excellent Maggie to Paul Newman's Brick and
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Frank Cady, 'Green Acres' and 'Petticoat Junction' star, dead at 96

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Frank Cady, who was best known for playing Sam Drucker on "Green Acres" and "Petticoat Junction," died Friday (June 8), this according to the L.A. Times. He was 96.

For the first part of his professional acting career, which began in 1936 according to IMDb, Cady primarily had bit parts and uncredited roles. Some of the more noted films he was in during this period were "Father of the Bride" and "Rear Window."

Cady's career advanced steadily and he landed a recurring role as Doc Williams on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." During the run of the series, he portrayed this character in 60 episodes.

Soon after, Cady secured the role of Drucker, first on "Petticoat Junction" and later on "Green Acres" and even on "The Beverly Hillbillies." He would go on to play the general-store proprietor for more than 300 episodes between 1963-71.

After that, Cady primarily had guest-starring roles. His last
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Miley Cyrus Too Young? Five Reasons Child Stars Marry Even Younger

Miley Cyrus Too Young? Five Reasons Child Stars Marry Even Younger
You know what child stars call Miley Cyrus, engaged to Liam Hemsworth at age 19? A late bloomer. From Shirley Temple, a bride at 17, to now, child stars have specialized in young love and just-as-young marriage. A look at the some of the reasons why: 1. They're Under Orders: Hard to believe this used to happen, but it did. Back when Hollywood movie studios were all-powerful, MGM decided it'd be a fine idea for employee Elizabeth Taylor, 18, to wed hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr., 23. As it turned out, it wasn't a fine idea—Taylor said Hilton was abusive—but the deed was done, and just in time, too, for the release of Taylor's marriage-minded comedy, Father of the Bride. ...
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Box Office: Dark Shadows vs. The Avengers

Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman, Chloë Grace Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard, Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard, Gulliver McGrath as David Collins, Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters, Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, Ray Shirley as Mrs. Johnson, Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis, Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Dark Shadows Tim Burton / Johnny Depp’s Dark Shadows is off to a middling start, earning $550,000 at Thursday midnight screenings in North America. Comparing the box-office performance of Dark Shadows to those of, say, Jennifer Lawrence’s eagerly awaited The Hunger Games or Joss Whedon’s superhero ensemble The Avengers would be not only cruel but downright unfair. Although the previous Burton / Depp collaboration, Alice in Wonderland, was a humongous hit, opening with $116 million in March 2010, Burton’s campy version of the late ’60s soap opera Dark Shadows has a different sort of appeal.
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Remembering Elizabeth Taylor One Year Since Her Death: 5 Iconic Movie Roles (Video)

Remembering Elizabeth Taylor One Year Since Her Death: 5 Iconic Movie Roles (Video)
One year after Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor died at age 79 of congestive heart failure, her legacy is still going strong. Pinpointing the biggest roles in Taylor's storied movie career is a daunting task. She began appearing onscreen as a young girl, with her first credit being 1942's There's One Born Every Minute. Photos: Elizabeth Taylor's Life in Pictures Some of Taylor's credits included 1949's Little Women, 1950's Father of the Bride, 1951's A Place in the Sun, 1958's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1959's Suddenly, Last Summer, 1960's Scent of Mystery and 1967's The Taming of the Shrew.

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Elizabeth Taylor Remembered by Life.com on Anniversary of Her Death

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Elizabeth Taylor Remembered by Life.com on Anniversary of Her Death
It was not only her great beauty that made Elizabeth Taylor a star, it was how she lived her life and shared her good fortune with others. Because of her many gifts, her name will live on long after her death, which took place exactly a year ago, March 23. To mark the anniversary, Life.com has assembled a special gallery of the legend who graced the weekly magazine's cover a record 14 times - starting on July 14, 1947, when Taylor was only 15 but already an MGM star for having created a sensation three years before, in National Velvet. The 13 never-before-published photos all
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Not Available on DVD: House Of Dark Shadows

This article originally ran here at We Are Movie Geeks in January of 2010 but with everyone gearing up for Tim Burton’s hotly-anticipated update opening May 11th, we’re re-posting and keeping our fingers crossed that this excellent 1971 feature film, based on the show, gets a long-deserved DVD release.

Dark Shadows, the gothic daytime drama that premiered on the ABC Television network in 1966, was distinguished from other soap operas by it’s presence of vampires, werewolves, witches, and ghosts. The show was a cult phenomenon and there were soon Dark Shadows board games, jigsaw puzzles, model kits, and other merchandise aimed at kids, even though it was adult women and college students who comprised it’s core audience. The breakout star of Dark Shadows was Canadian actor Jonathan Frid who played Barnabas Collins, the 200-year-old vampire and heir to the Collingswood estate (where the show took place) constantly in search
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Elizabeth Taylor Birthday: 10 Best Performances On Actress's 80th Birthday

Were she alive, Elizabeth Taylor would have celebrated her 80th birthday today. Instead, she got a fitting send-off as the finale of the "In Memoriam" montage at the 84th annual Academy Awards. When she died last March, she was one of the last of the goddesses of Hollywood's golden age, but it's clear from Sunday night that interest and affection for her have not dimmed. To younger viewers, she may have been more famous for being famous than for her movie career, which peaked more than 40 years ago. But she became famous in the first place because she had the goods, as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses in film history. To mark her 80th birthday, Moviefone is celebrating with a list ranking her 10 best screen performances. If you've seen them, these are still movie moments that haven't lost their power to dazzle; if you haven't, check them
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Interview: Actor Russ Tamblyn Tells Classic Hollywood Stories

Chicago – Russ Tamblyn has seen it all. In a show business career that is now over 60 years old, he has gone from child star (”Father of the Bride”) to Oscar nominee (”Peyton Place”) to classic role (”West Side Story”) and cult hero (”Twin Peaks”). With a span like that, he has collected a few stories.

Tamblyn made an appearance in Chicago in 2010 at the Hollywood Palms in Naperville, Illinois, and did an interview with HollywoodChicago.com regarding the 50th Anniversary of the film “West Side Story.” After talking about that experience, he began to reminisce about his other career exploits. In a talk that lasted close to an hour, he spoke about the transition from child to adult star, encounters with Elvis Presley and adventures with rocker Neil Young, director David Lynch and actor Glenn Ford.

Russ Tamblyn in Chicago, 2010

Photo Credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
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James Curtis's "Spencer Tracy: A Biography"

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Spencer Tracy: That Natural Thing, a series running through March at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, opened this past weekend and James Curtis was on hand to sign copies of his new 1001-page book, Spencer Tracy: A Biography. "Curtis by his account spent seven years on Tracy," notes John McElwee. "What came of that is the best book on Tracy or any filmic figure for a long while to come (or at least till Jc's next)."

"Curtis, whose previous subjects have included Wc Fields, James Whale and Preston Sturges, is the kind of biographer who serves his subject first and his readers second," writes Stephanie Zacharek in the New York Times. "The first half of Spencer Tracy is — let's not mince words — pretty boring, packed with details that prove Curtis's tirelessness as a researcher but load us down with far more information than we need…. But a strange,
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From Scarlett to Bella of ‘Twilight’: Famous Hollywood Brides

From Scarlett to Bella of ‘Twilight’: Famous Hollywood Brides
Everett Collection Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy in 1950′s “Father of the Bride.”

When Bella walks down the aisle in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1,” she joins a long line of famous Hollywood brides. Here’s a look at iconic film brides, from Scarlett O’Hara to Carrie Bradshaw.

Long before Kate Middleton wore long sleeves down the aisle, many cinematic brides wore modest lace gowns with covered-up arms.
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The Golden Donkey Locarno 2011

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"At least you can see they're really trying to make a good festival," commented, with typical dry wit, one of the (very) few international colleagues the Brigade considers at least something of a crypto-Ferronian. Hard to argue with that, as Locarno's program still shows the signs of having to battle back and forth with the two heaviest lifters on the festival calendar, Cannes and Venice—yet mostly, the Ferroni Brigade had a grand time this year.

Of course, more often then not, when dispirited acquaintances met a merry Brigadier in between screenings, the answer to their inevitable question would be: "Coming from (and returning to) a retrospective, of course!"—but also among new films, we ended up with more truly interesting stuff than in the previous year. Not all of it true donkey material, for different reasons. Nevertheless, there were quite a few Ferronian pleasures out there, some of them more touching than others,
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