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Harry Stradling Jr., ‘The Way We Were’ Cinematographer, Dies at 92

Harry Stradling Jr., ‘The Way We Were’ Cinematographer, Dies at 92
Harry Stradling Jr., a two-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer for “1776” and “The Way We Were,” died Oct. 17 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 92.

He was the son of cinematographer Harry Stradling, who has more than 130 credits to his name, including “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” and “My Fair Lady.” His great uncle was a cinematographer in the silent era, known for films starring Mary Pickford.

“Harry was a giant in the business,” Steven Poster, president of the Icg said in a statement. “Between him and his father, they spanned almost the entire history of motion picture industry before the end of last century. I first remember his name from watching ‘Gunsmoke’ as a kid. When I first met him, it was like meeting a star, and I will never forget that.”

During his prolific film career, Stradling Jr. worked heavily in Westerns, including cinematography
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Daniel Day-Lewis and 11 Other Movie Stars Who Walked Away From Successful Careers

Daniel Day-Lewis and 11 Other Movie Stars Who Walked Away From Successful Careers
After winning three Academy Awards and establishing himself as one of the world's greatest living actors, Daniel Day-Lewis issued a statement last week announcing that he was retiring from acting, and that the film he recently completed, director Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, would be his last film performance.

The decision came as a shock to fans of the 60-year-old actor and father of three, many of whom feel like he has a lot more to offer in the way of brilliant performances. However, he's far from the first star to retire before his or her time. Here's a look at just a few major stars, throughout the history of Hollywood, who have walked away from their careers in search of something different.

Watch: Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement From Acting, Final Film 'Phantom Thread' to Premiere This Christmas

1. Sean Connery

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After a long career playing everything from James Bond to romantic leads, Connery
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The Top Ten Funny Ladies of the Movies

The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady.
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Hollywood legend Doris Day is not making her comeback in Clint Eastwood's next movie

Hollywood legend Doris Day is not making her comeback in Clint Eastwood's next movie
No, Hollywood legend Doris Day is not making her comeback in Clint Eastwood's next movie.

Strange rumours of a new film project for the 93-year-old actress-singer started in a German tabloid, eventually catching fire online.

Her spokesperson Charley Walters has since spoken out to insist that Day is solely focused on her animal charity at this time.

"While Doris always appreciates hearing from her fans, the rumours about her returning to the big screen are not true," Walters told Deadline.

"She adores her longtime friend Clint Eastwood, but Doris's recent and current focus remains on her Doris Day Animal Foundation, which continues to help animals and the people who love them."

Day last appeared on the big screen back in 1968, in the blackout movie Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? and romantic comedy With Six You Get Eggroll.

During her heyday, Day was paired with Rock Hudson in the light-hearted Pillow Talk,
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Doris Day Not Doing Eastwood Film

Yesterday came a report picked up by numerous outlets indicating that famed actress Doris Day would be returning to film after nearly a half-century away.

That initial report appeared in a German tabloid and claimed that Day was convinced to return by Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood who wanted her for his next directorial effort. There's just one problem - it's not true.

The publicity team for the 93-year-old actress said in a statement to Deadline:

"While Doris always appreciates hearing from her fans, the rumors about her returning to the big screen are not true. She adores her longtime friend Clint Eastwood, but Doris' recent and current focus remains on her Doris Day Animal Foundation, which continues to help animals and the people who love them."

Day hasn't appeared on screen since 1968's "With Six You Get Eggroll".
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Doris Day at 17 in Mr Celebrity as she reportedly plans return to the big screen – video

Doris Day stars in Mr Celebrity, released in 1941 when she was starting out in the industry. She plays a writer who befriends young orphan Danny, who wants to live with his race horse-owning uncle. Day’s last film was the 1968 romantic comedy With Six You Get Eggroll. Now, after a 47-year absence, the 91-year-old might be returning to the big screen in a new film directed by Clint Eastwood

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Doris Day Quashes Rumor Of New Film With Clint Eastwood: “Not True”

Doris Day Quashes Rumor Of New Film With Clint Eastwood: “Not True”
Newspapers overseas are publishing rumors of Doris Day returning to film after nearly a half-century with her pal, Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood. But her publicity team tells Deadline exclusively that it’s not true. The 93-year-old actress hasn’t appeared on film since 1968, when she starred opposite Brian Keith in the comedy With Six You Get Eggroll. According to Charley Walters from Day's publicity team: "While Doris always appreciates hearing from her fans…
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Is Doris Day Coming Out of Retirement for Clint Eastwood?

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Is Doris Day Coming Out of Retirement for Clint Eastwood?
Classic movie fans were estatic when they heard director Steven Spielberg was trying to bring Gene Wilder out of retirement for an unnamed project expected to be Ready Player One. Now, another equally surprising due is rumored to be collaborating, as iconic actor and director Clint Eastwood attempts to woo Doris Day back to the big screen. Though, at this time, this news has not been confirmed by anyone directly associated with either party.

Doris Day, who is 91-years-old, retired from acting 47 years ago. The Calamity Jane star is reportedly in talks with Clint Eastwood. The two are neighbors in Carmel Valley California. It is believed that the director delivered the golden age actress a script on a recent visit. She is said to be quite delighted with the proposition.

The role that Clint Eastwood wants Doris Day to use in making her comeback has not yet been revealed. It
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Doris Day Still Looks Great

Doris Day today Doris Day, who turned 89 last April 24, was a special guest at the Nancy for Frank show — that’s Nancy Sinatra for Frank Sinatra — on SiriusXM Radio channel 71. The Doris Day photo above was posted on Nancy for Frank‘s Facebook page and on the Frank Sinatra Family Forum. (See also: Doris Day photo, with furry friend.) The Doris Day special was aired in two parts in late June 2013. The radio show consisted of Nancy Sinatra chatting with Day, in addition to musical interludes featuring Doris Day songs such as "I’ll String You Along with Me," "But Not for Me," "I’ll See You in My Dreams," and "Hooray for Hollywood," plus two versions of "I Didn’t Know What Time It Was" — one sang by Day, another sang by Frank Sinatra. Doris Day and Frank Sinatra made only movie together, Gordon Douglas’ 1954 musical drama Young at Heart,
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Doris Day: Los Angeles Film Critics Career Achievement Award Recipient

Doris Day may have been — once again — absurdly bypassed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors, but at least she'll be getting some much deserved recognition from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca). Day, 87, has been named the recipient of the L.A. Critics' Career Achievement Award of 2011 — or 2012, as the ceremony will take place early next year. (This year's winners will be announced on December 11.) The first Lafca award winners were announced in 1975. The annual Career Achievement Award was instituted the following year. Since then, a mere four women have been recognized for their contributions to the motion picture industry: actresses Barbara Stanwyck (1981) and Myrna Loy (1983), editor Dede Allen (1999), and now Doris Day. Male recipients — sometimes two per year — range from auteur John Cassavetes to comedian/auteur Jerry Lewis, from producer John Calley to silent-era pioneer Allan Dwan, from animator Chuck Jones to filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.
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The Cabin: A New Film Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith!

The hardest working guru has another new feature!

Brian Trenchard-Smith has a new film (his 41st or 42nd, I believe; the man works a lot), The Cabin, premiering on The Hallmark Channel this Saturday, July 30th. You’re gonna want to check it out, if you’re a fan of the man, but you don’t need me telling you that. Here’s Brian himself:

From a genre standpoint it’s my riff on those old fashioned 60′s blended family comedies like Yours Mine And Ours, and With Six You Get Eggroll. Lea Thompson is an absolute dream to work with. So talented; there’s nothing she cannot do, or nuance. She was particularly helpful with the child actors. Just before each take, she would remind her screen children, who sometimes had the attention span of all young kids, ” Remember I’m your mother, pay attention to what I am saying…
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Rare Movie Alert! "With Six You Get Eggroll" And "Who's Minding The Mint?" On TCM Tonight

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Turner Classic Movies will present back-to-back showings of two films by the late Howard Morris, the supremely talented comedy actor and director. The films begin at 8:00 tonight (Est) with the 1968 comedy With Six You Get Eggroll starring Doris Day, Brian Keith and George Carlin in his first major screen appearance. Following this is the rarely-seen 1967 comedy Who's Minding the Mint? with a stellar cast that includes Jim Hutton, Dorothy Provine, Milton Bearle, Walter Brennan, Joey Bishop, Bob Denver, Victor Buono and Jamie Farr. Neither film is available on DVD.
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Late to the Comment Party? No Biggie

Some of you may have noticed that any articles that have slipped off the front page now have moderated comments. I was forced to do this by huge waves of spam hitting my blog -- it's getting worse all the time actually, dozens of spam comments to be weeded out every day. But I'm delighted that people still comment on older articles. Two recent comments I wanted to draw attention to:

anonymous (sign your names people, it takes all of 1.5 seconds) on the casting of the August: Osage County movieYou know Doris Day has been itching to come back to do a film....and what a way of coming back to movies...also Im surprised no one has mentioned Beth Grant (from Sordid Lives) or even Delta Burke I can't imagine that Doris Day wants to work again. A Doris Day return would be an event regardless of the vehicle.
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George Carlin dies at 71

George Carlin dies at 71
George Carlin, stand-up comedian, actor and author, died Sunday night of heart failure. He was 71.

Known for his irreverent attitude, particularly his satiric and caustic observations on religion and language, Carlin was a popular counterculture figure.

He first came to national attention during the 1960s on "Laugh In," where he created such persona as the hippie-dippie weatherman. Carlin never lost his hippie sensibilities as he retained his beard and ponytail.

Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, went into St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon complaining of chest pain and died later that evening, said his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He had performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.

Carlin was inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame in 1994.

In 2004, Carlin was voted the No. 2 "Greatest Stand-up Comedian of All Time" by Comedy Central, behind Richard Pryor. He
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