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Spotlight: Lily Tomlin's Charity Work

Throughout her extraordinary career, Lily Tomlin has received numerous awards, including six Emmys and a recent nomination for her narration on “An Apology to Elephants”; a Tony for each of her one-woman Broadway shows, Appearing Nitely and Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording; and two Peabody Awards. In 2003, she was the recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan, and rose to national prominence in December 1969 in the cast of the top-rated Laugh-In. Tomlin went on to co-write, with Jane Wagner, and star in six comedy television specials, and has guest starred on numerous television shows, such as Homicide, X-Files, Will and Grace, Murphy Brown, The West Wing, NCIS, and the acclaimed FX series, Damages. She is also heard as the voice of the science teacher Ms.
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Few Make-up & Hair Stylists Feature Award Recipients Win Oscars for Makeup and Hairstyling

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Guardians of the Galaxy all received awards from the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild during its awards ceremony Feb. 14. Both Guardians and Grand Budapest are nominated for the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling (along with Foxcatcher).

Guardians’ Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou was awarded for contemporary makeup and David White won for special makeup effects. Grand Budapest’s Frances Hannon and Julie Dartnell won for best period and/or character makeup, as well as best period and/or character hairstyling. Birdman’s Jerry Popolis and Kat Drazen won for contemporary hairstyling.

Aside from feature films, the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards also recognizes make-up artists and hair stylists for television and new media, as well as television miniseries and made-for-tv movies. The guild first gave out awards in 2000 and continued through 2004 until they stopped for 10 years. The awards were again given out last year.
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Morning Brew - Mon. July 1: Kalinda's new love interest, SyFy celebrates Gayliens on "Defiance"

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Good morning! Pride may be over, but we can still be proud year-round.

SyFy loves our use of #Gayliens so much, they used it in this Best Defiance moments countdown.

Juliet Rylance has been cast as a "possible love interest" for Kalinda on The Good Wife. She'll be playing "Holly, a whip-smart Assistant State’s Attorney who shares a past with Kalinda." Yay! I love Kalinda's GFs from the past.

I hope you have better friends than the girl who wrote this: How Not to be a Dick to Your Lesbian Friends.

Indiewire reports that Blue is the Warmest Color is "not likely" to enter the Oscar race this year because of when it will be released. By the next year when its eligible, it will have lost momentum for much-needed Oscar buzz.
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Morning Brew - Wed. May 29: Brittney Griner sets a Wnba record already, Amber Heard in "Three Days to Kill"

Tags: Morning BrewBrittney GrinerSherri SaumThe FostersJane LynchTila TequilaThe FallGillian AndersonArchie PanjabiIMDbAmber HeardThree Days to KillBloomersbisexuality

Good morning!

Amber Heard's film Three Days to Kill will come out on Valentine's Day next year.

Gillian Anderson talked with Collider about her new show The Fall, which also co-stars Archie Panjabi. If they don't make out in it, it's a missed opportunity on so many levels.

Tila Tequila is in a movie. Just Fyi.

Over at The Frisky today: Bisexuality, Straight Privilege, And A Place At The Table.

A Huffington Post blogger wrote about what Ellen's coming out meant to her.

Jessie J has a new video for her song "Wild" and I bet Bridget McManus loves it!

Queer comic artist Erika Moen is reviewing sex toys in comic form. What a great idea!

The Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio talked with Dayton native The Fosters star Sherri Saum about playing
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Emma Style obituary

Respected casting director known for her work on Zeffirelli's Tea with Mussolini and the BBC's Our Friends in the North

In movies, a casting director negotiates with actors' agents on behalf of the producers, a difficult job that requires tact, nerve and, above all, a feeling for the texture and tone of the project in hand. Emma Style, who has died of a heart attack aged 50, was one of the most respected and knowledgable in her field. Like all the best casting directors, she had a sixth sense about actors because she understood their work and their temperaments.

Style won the confidence of figures as diverse as the director Franco Zeffirelli – for whom she cast both Tea with Mussolini (1999), starring Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Joan Plowright, and Callas Forever (2002), with Fanny Ardant and Jeremy Irons – and the producer Michael Wearing at the BBC. His Our Friends in the North
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Turning Back Time: 66 Reasons Why We Love Cher

The force of nature known as Cher turns 66 today, and is about to celebrate her 50th year in show business. As tribute, lets take a look at a few of the reasons why she's remained an icon for decades.

Take a look at these 66 moments in time ... and then add your own. What's your favorite Cher memory?

1. - She knows how to dress like a serious actress.

2. - She's earned soft lighting.

3. - She gives great interview.

4. - "You are physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, you're morally reprehensible, vulgar, insensitive, selfish, stupid, you have no taste, a lousy sense of humor and you smell."

5. - Suspect. She's the only public defender in screen history who could rock a leather jacket and Windmere hair crimper.

6. - Mask

7. - Mask 2

8. - She's immortalized in Comic form.

9. - And some of us couldn't get enough.

10. - She starred in one of the greatest films of the 80's.
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Lily Tomlin on turning down "The L Word" and why she won't get married

The legendary Lily Tomlin has refused to be typecast throughout her career, which spans more than four decades. Her recent Emmy-nomination for Damages was for a very serious role, something much different than some of her most celebrated characters in films like 9 to 5 or The Incredible Shrinking Woman. But the shift back to television has given her an opportunity to explore, which is why Lily is having the time of her life guest starring on NCIS one week while working on the Showtime series Web Therapy the next. This kind of range is one reason her Web Therapy co-stars mention her name in the same breath as another guest star, Meryl Streep, while at the Showtime TCA Day.

"You know what's so great to see with someone like Meryl Streep or Lily Tomlin," creator/star Lisa Kudrow told reporters, "that you understand why they're so great, because they don't do anything halfway — no matter what.
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Netflix Nuggets: Russians Filming G.I. Joe Dolls Fighting Hercules for the Serpent’s Egg

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

This Week’s New Instant Releases…

Promised Lands (1974)

Streaming Available: 04/19/2011

Cast: Documentary

Director: Susan Sontag

Synopsis: Set in Israel during the final days of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, this powerful documentary — initially barred by Israel authorities — from writer-director Susan Sontag examines divergent perceptions of the enduring Arab-Israeli clash. Weighing in on matters related to socialism, anti-Semitism, nation sovereignty and American materialism are The Last Jew writer Yoram Kaniuk and military physicist Yuval Ne’eman.

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2009)

Streaming Available: 04/19/2011

Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Gerald Alexander Held, Lena Stolze, Sunnyi Melles

Synopsis: Directed by longtime star of independent German cinema Margarethe von Trotta, this reverent
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DVD Playhouse: December 2010

DVD Playhouse December 2010


Allen Gardner

America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper
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[DVD Review] Cher: The Film Collection

Longevity seems to be the operative word when it comes to Cher. In her 46 year show business career, she’s had many ups and downs but she always manages to somehow remain relevant. She began as one half of the singing act Caesar and Cleo (who later changed the name of the act to Sonny and Cher) in 1964. Today, she is an Oscar-winning film star and has a new movie with Christina Aguilera in theaters.

Born Cherilyn Lapiere, she became an icon of the 1960s, along with her then-husband Sonny Bono, when their music and outlandish garb caught the spirit of the “flower power” generation. The duo starred in the Emmy-winning The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour in the 1970s and the light-hearted film Good Times (1967). Cher used her increasing popularity to record a pair of number one solo hit songs, “Half Breed” and “Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves”.

The act and the
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Their Best Role: Cher in 'Moonstruck'

Filed under: Cinematical

Aside from marking the film debut of Christina Aguilera, 'Burlesque' heralds the onscreen return of Cher, whose last major movie role was in 1999's 'Tea with Mussolini' (though she spoofed herself delightfully in 2003's 'Stuck on You'). A completely unique performer and bonafide superstar, Cher has had amazing success as a pop diva, television star and movie actress since she started out 45 years ago as half of a "hippie" singing duo (and showbiz marriage).

Though she has proved her mettle as a straight-up actress in several memorable roles, big-screen stardom didn't seem to be in the cards early on. Her first big film was 1967's 'Good Times,' a silly movie-parody musical in which she and Sonny Bono appeared as themselves. (It was also the movie debut of director William Friedkin, who'd go on to helm 'The French Connection' and 'The Exorcist.
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Their Best Role: Cher in 'Moonstruck'

Their Best Role: Cher in 'Moonstruck'
Filed under: Cinematical

Aside from marking the film debut of Christina Aguilera, 'Burlesque' heralds the onscreen return of Cher, whose last major movie role was in 1999's 'Tea with Mussolini' (though she spoofed herself delightfully in 2003's 'Stuck on You'). A completely unique performer and bonafide superstar, Cher has had amazing success as a pop diva, television star and movie actress since she started out 45 years ago as half of a "hippie" singing duo (and showbiz marriage).

Though she has proved her mettle as a straight-up actress in several memorable roles, big-screen stardom didn't seem to be in the cards early on. Her first big film was 1967's 'Good Times,' a silly movie-parody musical in which she and Sonny Bono appeared as themselves. (It was also the movie debut of director William Friedkin, who'd go on to helm 'The French Connection' and 'The Exorcist.
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Cher is back in Burlesque

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Getting Cher to commit to Burlesque took some doing.

"I drove all of them crazy," Cher recalled. The big-screen musical, about a veteran nightclub performer and the newcomer she takes under her wing, was already well on its way. Co-star Christina Aguilera was in place. And, for a while, so was Cher, marking her first major feature-film role since 1999's Tea with Mussolini.

Then she changed her mind, explaining that her character "wasn't exactly who she turned out to be on screen, and I needed her to be that character."

That's when the director and the head of the studio resorted to stalking Cher.
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Cher: The Film Collection DVD (Good Times/Chastity/Silkwood/Moonstruck/Mermaids/Tea With Mussolini)

DVD Review

With the upcoming release of Burlesque, Cher’s first starring role in 11 years, MGM is releasing a box set featuring six of Cher’s films on DVD.

Good Times

Directed by: William Friedkin

Cast: Sonny Bono, Cher, George Sanders

Running Time: 1 hr 30 min

Rating: Nr

Due Out: November 2, 2010

Plot: Sonny and Cher are asked to make a movie! The rest of the film loosely follows the couple as they imagine various scenarios for their movie.

Who’S It For? Do you like Sonny and Cher? Especially Sonny? Because he’s the real star of this venture.


The film follows the variety show format used on Sonny and Cher’s show, though it doesn’t really work for a movie. They want to recreate the fun of Help! but as people, they’re just not that engaging. Or more accurately, Sonny isn’t. But that isn’t the only problem,
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Great Moments in Cher: 5 High Points You Won't Find on Her New DVD Set

Great Moments in Cher: 5 High Points You Won't Find on Her New DVD Set
As arbitrary here's-a-bunch-of-movies-this-studio-owns-on-dvd box sets go, The Cher Collection (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment) at least provides something of a career retrospective of the star's film presence from kitschy hippie (Good Times, Chastity) to Serious Actress (Silkwood, Moonstruck) to marquee diva (Mermaids, Tea with Mussolini). But one box set can barely cover the extraordinary breadth of Cher's contributions to pop culture - hell, not even the medium of cinema can begin to do justice to the many corners of the zeitgeist where she's had an impact. So in honor of this new DVD set, here's a list of some our favorite, other Great Moments in Cher:
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Joe Queenan's guide to arthouse cliches

The ideal arthouse film is set in a part of the world few of us know and even fewer intend to visit. The steppes of Central Asia or a forlorn village in Central America are fine, but rural Slovakia will do in an emergency. The arthouse film should make us feel that we understand the world better than we do, even though we don't. It should give us a sense of moral and intellectual superiority over people who go to see Tom Cruise movies. It should star Tilda Swinton, or seem like a film in which she would be likely to appear. It should be a bit grainy. Gypsies, often in distress, may be in the mix, but generally not the Amish. Ideally, a proper arthouse film should have mangled subtitles. Children should be abandoned, or on a long trip over the mountains, or trying to recover lost shoes, or
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Thank You Santa! "Cher: The FIlm Collection" Will Be Here For The Holidays!


Did you feel it?


Did you feel the tingling?

It's a little known fact that the word causes a biological reaction in the gay brain, resulting in a tingling sensation, followed by an involuntary "Squee!," culminating in what's scientifically referred to as a Chergasm.

Well get ready for an all-out Cherplosion (I promise that's my last Cher pun) with the November 2nd release of "Cher: The Film Collection."

The box set contains six Cher films: Good Times, Chastity, Silkwood, Moonstruck, Mermaids and Tea With Mussolini.

Wait a minute. What?

I agree that Silkwood, Moonstruck, Mermaids, and the underrated Tea are must-haves, but those first two movies should have stayed in the time capsule, especially when there are so many other classic Cher films to pick from. I realize that they may not have had the "rights" or whatever to include them, but that's not going to stop my hackles from raising.
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Yes, No, Maybe So: Burlesque

I almost don't have the stamina for this after drooling all over Showgirls (1995) for three or so hours yesterday. But the first trailer for the new musical Burlesque (2010) has arrived and we'll all be comparing the films from now on. Until we're actually watching it at least. Then... who knows? Movie|Line has already memorably mocked the trailer sayingWhat would happen if Glitter, Showgirls and Nine had a baby — and that baby was raised by Cher and Stanley Tucci’s character from The Devil Wears Prada?And we can't compete with that. Sometimes you just have to tip your hat.

But we're here for the "Yes, No or Maybe So?" treatment anyway which isn't the same thing as making fun. Are you eager to see it, desperate to avoid or totally on the fence? It's often some mix for me and this is how it breaks down.

Cher in a
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British Producer Parsons Dies

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British Producer Parsons Dies
Award-winning movie producer Clive Parsons has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.

Parsons, who produced and developed 20 feature films with partner Davina Belling, passed away on 12 August in his native England.

His work on 1974 film Inserts, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Bob Hoskins, began a string of production credits including Britannia Hospital, Scum, Breaking Glass, A Business Affair, True Blue, I Am David and director Franco Zeffirelli's films Tea With Mussolini and Callas Forever.

Parsons also served as president at Kings Road Productions in the U.S. and later moved to Warner Bros, Europe as head of business affairs.

In 1971, Parsons and Belling formed Film and General Productions, continuing to pursue movie projects while also producing childrens' British TV series The Queen's Nose and The Giblet Boys, which won a BAFTA award for Best Children's Drama for 2005/2006.

Cher and Aguilera to work 'Burlesque'

In what will be her first screen role in a decade, Cher is set to join Christina Aguilera in "Burlesque," a contemporary musical for Screen Gems. Cher last starred in "Tea With Mussolini" in 1999.According to Variety, Steven Antin will direct from a script he wrote that was revised by Susannah Grant.Aguilera will play an ambitious small-town Iowa girl with a big voice who comes of age in a neo-burlesque club on Sunset Boulevard that's run by Tess (Cher), a former dancer who struggles to keep the club open and gives the young girl a chance to shine.Cher will sing onscreen. While her voice has been heard in many films, "Burlesque" will mark the first time she'll be seen singing
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