Lovable kook and daring actress Karen Black is ill, which makes Nitehawk Cinema's series homaging her even more eye-crossingly special.
Yesterday, I sent out a notice that Karen Black's husband was asking people for money to help Karen get to Europe for some treatments that could save her life. Karen--Oscar nominated for Five Easy Pieces and the star of many other films--has cancer, and is down to 96 pounds after having part of he ... More >>
And it's not filled with terms of endearment. Suposedly, Shirley's daughter Sachi Parker, who's now 56, has written a bitter memoir called Lucky Me: My Life With--and Without--My Mom. It threatens to be the new Momie Dearest, or at least the new My Mother's Keeper (the sour tome written by Bette D ... More >>
I've always admired Lauren Bacall--from a distance. Because truth be told, I'm a little bit afraid a huh. Enter David Rothenberg, who produced Fortune and Men's Eyes, among other plays, and who also formed the Fortune Society, an advocacy and service organization for the formerly incarcerated. In ... More >>
No, it wasn't Marty, From Here To Eternity, or even Johnny Guitar. It was a wacky little 1972 alleged comedy called Bunny O'Hare, in which he and Bette Davis were a plumber and a widow who dressed up as hippies and robbed banks, funkily escaping on a motorcycle. Those two old coots were no threat ... More >>
On the release of her second feature, the filmmaker stares down emptiness
The full quote is: "You know, she was a nymphomaniac. And I'm a premature ejaculator. Not a good matchup." Yikes. It sounds even worse than the typical movie star pairing. Laurence Olivier said that quote to Frank Langella when they worked on Dracula, as recounted in Langella's colorfully rivetin ... More >>
53. Phil Collins, "Another Day in Paradise"  52. The 5th Dimension, "Up, Up and Away"  51. Olivia Newton-John, "I Honestly Love You"  50. Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On"  49. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, "A Taste of Honey"  48. Bobby McFerrin, "Don't ... More >>
In a Fringe Festival show called Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies, Jessica Sherr portrays the screen legend talking to her two Oscars in between indulging in flashback confrontations with various Hollywood moguls. And this is how Scherr's version of Bette's version of not getting to play Scarle ... More >>
When Bette Davis dropped out of a guest role on The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show, they naturally got Tallulah Bankehead to fit the arm swiveling bill. Who was a mess. According to the new book, Lucille Ball FAQ, Tallu came to work intoxicated, crashed a production meeting, and when Lucy com ... More >>
Sitcom stars of yore, starry-eyed autograph hounds collide in New Jersey
Billie Dawn--the corrupt tycoon's awakening girlfriend in Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday--is such a juicy part that it enabled Judy Holliday to beat no less formidable a duo than Bette Davis and Gloria Swanson for the 1950 Best Actress Oscar. But of course Holliday brought to the role an irr ... More >>
At age 76, the theater vet is a real doll in Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest
Success has mellowed him—and he's actually funny
She's 'empowered'; Dan Choi's having fun; Joan Collins is showing slides
At the Tribeca Film Festival last week, I met one of my icons, Mart Crowley, who wrote The Boys in the Band, the landmark 1960s play about a bunch of East Side gays having a party that leads to fight, tears, and line dances. I pop up in a documentary about the importance of that work (It's called Ma ... More >>
Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for season eight. This week: Woo woo, the second round of semi-finals! all photos Michael Becker / FOXNick Mitchell as Norman Gentle It's Round Two of semi-finals, and this 12 consists of a welder, a bartender, a font designer, and Norman Gentle. Simon s ... More >>
Asia Argento predictably hijacks an otherwise a bumpy flight
Don't read this if you're under 92 years old: Ernest Borgnine has an autobiography coming out in August called, aptly enough, Ernie. Who the fuck is Ernest Borgnine? Well, to my bad movie club that meets every two weeks even if we're busy, he'll always be best known as the star of Bunny O'Hare, in w ... More >>
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Definitely honor-free will be Joseph Fiennes for Shakespeare (sorry, but the Bard didn't look like Rob Lowe).
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