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Collaborators for 20 Years, RuPaul and Michelle Visage Now Aim For ‘Drag Race’ Gold – Video

Collaborators for 20 Years, RuPaul and Michelle Visage Now Aim For ‘Drag Race’ Gold – Video
Bert and Ernie. Lucy and Ethel. Batman and Robin. Hollywood’s history is full of powerhouse pairs, who recognize that life is better with your best pal by your side. But few dynamic duos have ever come close to the sheer fabulousness of two longtime friends nominated at this year’s Emmys.

As club kids, RuPaul Charles and Michelle Visage crossed paths in New York City for years before fate finally had her way with them. Visage did a radio interview with Charles on Wktu in 1996 and the two had such impressive chemistry that the program director of the station said, “Here’s my new morning show,” and the rest, as they say, is history.

Ever since that fateful day, Charles and Visage have been near constant collaborators, be it on radio, television or the internet, most notably appearing together on the judge’s panel for VH1’s Emmy-winning reality-competition program,
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Mae West's Assistant Brings Over 237 Lots of Her Memorabilia to Auction in November (Exclusive)

Mae West's Assistant Brings Over 237 Lots of Her Memorabilia to Auction in November (Exclusive)
As an early supporter of the feminist movement and gay rights as well as a multihyphenate actress-playwright-director-producer-singer, Mae West (born in 1893) was always ahead of her time. She also knew how to generate controversy to her advantage. Using the pseudonym Jane Mast, West wrote and starred in her own plays, including the 1926 Broadway show Sex that landed her in jail on charges of corrupting the morals of young people. As the starlet famously said, “When I’m good, I’m very good; but when I’m bad, I’m better.”

Signing a contract with Paramount Pictures in ...
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Marilyn Monroe Statue Thief Gets Jail Time

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Marilyn Monroe Statue Thief Gets Jail Time
The Southern California man who stole an iconic Marilyn Monroe statue from Hollywood was sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay more than $14,000, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Austin Mikel Clay, 25, entered an open no contest plea to one felony count each of grand theft of property valued at more than $950 and vandalism causing over $400 damage. The open plea means he didn’t negotiate a sentence with prosecutors.

After entering his plea, Superior Court Judge Dorothy B. Reyes sentenced the Glendale man to one year in county jail and ordered him to pay $14,260 in restitution, prosecutors said in a press release.

The Monroe statue that topped the Ladies of Hollywood gazebo at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue was reported missing on June 16. Clay was arrested June 21 at his home.

Police said they found evidence, just not the statue,
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John Cameron Mitchell on Madonna’s ‘Desperation’ and Hollywood’s ‘Lazy’ Feminism

John Cameron Mitchell on Madonna’s ‘Desperation’ and Hollywood’s ‘Lazy’ Feminism
With her 14th studio album newly released, a politically charged performance at World Pride in New York City, and FX’s “Pose” reminding everyone how “Vogue” helped mainstream ballroom culture, Madonna is back. But while The Queen of Pop has long reigned as an Lgbtq icon, as The Huffington Post’s Matthew Jacobs so thoughtfully observed last week, she has weathered some pretty sharp criticism over the years as well. Chief among them is filmmaker and actor John Cameron Mitchell, best known for creating and embodying his own iconic and chameleonic singer in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

“There was a time in the early ’80s when if you were gay you had to decide whether you were a Cyndi Lauper or a Madonna person, and there was no question for me,” Mitchell said during a recent phone interview. “I see no soul there, and it’s all about herself.
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LAPD Arrests 25-Year-Old Man In Theft Of Marilyn Monroe Statue

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LAPD Arrests 25-Year-Old Man In Theft Of Marilyn Monroe Statue
Los Angeles police have made an arrest in connection with the theft of an iconic Marilyn Monroe statue, according to local news reports.

Police on Friday identified the suspect as Austin Mikel Clay, the same man authorities said previously used an ax on President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Clay, 25, was convicted last summer of vandalizing Trump’s star and was on felony probation at the time of the statue’s theft.

“It’s unfortunate he’s seeking this method to gain fame,” LAPD Detective Douglas Oldfield told NBC Los Angeles.

The statue that topped the Ladies of Hollywood gazebo at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue was reported missing on June 16.

Police said Friday they found evidence, just not the statue, which was sawed off the top of the gazebo

“Looking back at the (security) video, it would be reasonable that
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Trump Star Vandalism Suspect Arrested For Theft of Marilyn Monroe Statue

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Trump Star Vandalism Suspect Arrested For Theft of Marilyn Monroe Statue
Los Angeles police arrested a man Friday in connection with the theft of a Marilyn Monroe statue.

According to police, Austin Mikel Clay is accused of climbing the Ladies of Hollywood sculpture and sawing off the statue with a hacksaw. The statue remains missing.

Clay was also arrested last year for vandalizing Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was on felony probation at the time of the statue’s theft.

While investigating the crime, police used surveillance footage, which showed a man climbing down the gazebo before entering the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel with an alleged male accomplice. The pair also met up with another male and female who the police named persons of interest.

The statue once topped the Ladies of Hollywood gazebo at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue – a popular tourist attraction along the Hollywood Walk of Fame – and was reportedly stolen late Sunday night.
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Marilyn Monroe Statue Stolen In Hollywood

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Marilyn Monroe Statue Stolen In Hollywood
Some like it hot — and now a statue of Marilyn Monroe is exactly that. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the theft of a likeness of the midcentury film legend in Hollywood.

The figure that topped the Ladies of Hollywood gazebo at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue was reported swiped late Sunday night. The small bronze-colored statue features Monroe in her iconic windblown dress pose from 1955’s The Seven Year Itch. It has graced the top of the silver structure that is held up by statues of Mae West, Anna Mae Wong, Dolores Del Rio and Dorothy Dandridge and celebrates film actresses representing different cultures who helped change the movie business.

The gazebo is a popular tourist and photo attraction along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but investigators including a forensics expect are looking at fingerprints from the site in hopes of finding a lead on the thief or thieves.
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Stagecoach (1966)

Twilight Time goes for a Blu-ray upgrade of the western remake with the all-star cast. Forget that there was ever a John Ford or a John Wayne and it’s a perfectly presentable wild west story, but the mileage may vary for classic western fans inclined to make comparisons to the 1939 classic. Top billing goes to an enthusiastic Ann-Margret… but we’re sorry to report that her hip-swinging rock number, ‘Viva Geronimo!’ was cut at the last minute.

Stagecoach

Blu-ray

Twilight Time

1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date April 16, 2019 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies / 29.95

Starring: Ann-Margret, Red Buttons, Michael Connors, Alex Cord, Bing Crosby, Bob Cummings, Van Heflin, Slim Pickens, Stefanie Powers, Keenan Wynn.

Cinematography: William H. Clothier

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

Written by Joseph Landon from the screenplay by Dudley Nichols from a story by Ernest Haycox

Produced by Martin Rackin

Directed by Gordon Douglas

The Hollywood western
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George Litto Dies: Talent Agent To Robert Altman And Ossie Davis Collaborator Was 88

George Litto Dies: Talent Agent To Robert Altman And Ossie Davis Collaborator Was 88
George Litto, a longtime Hollywood talent agent who represented blacklisted writers and collaborated with Melvin Van Peeples and Ossie Davis, has died. He was 88.

Litto passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on April 29 from complications of aortic stenosis, his daughter and business partner, Andria Litto, told Deadline.

George Litto started in the mailroom at William Morris New York in 1954, and worked his way up to an agent, booking summer stock theatre. Among his early successes was helping Mae West secure a role in Come On Up (Ring Twice).

There would be many other famous clients when he moved to boutique agencies in Los Angeles before opening The George Litto Agency in the mid-1960s.

Litto represented Mel Davenport, aka Waldo Salt, who at the time was working in New York under his pseudonym because he was blacklisted. George put him to work under his own name on the film, Midnight Cowboy (1969).

Soon after,
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Naïve and deliberate by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Max Hollein with Camp: Notes On Fashion Co-Chairs Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, and Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele at the press preview Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In Susan Sontag's Notes On 'Camp' from 1964, she counts Ernst Lubitsch's Trouble In Paradise and John Huston's The Maltese Falcon as "among the greatest camp movies ever made." Marcel Carné's Drôle De Drame, Greta Garbo, Jean Cocteau, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Russell, Gina Lollobrigida, Victor Mature, Virginia Mayo, Tallulah Bankhead, Jayne Mansfield, Mae West, Edward Everett Horton, and Anita Ekberg's performance in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita are noted by her for their camp appeal.

Andrew Bolton when I asked him "Are dachshunds particularly Camp?": "Oh absolutely!" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Baz Luhrmann, Sienna Miller, Lupita Nyong'o, Emily Blunt, Elle Fanning, Emma Stone, Naomi Campbell, Ezra Miller, Cara Delevingne, Celine Dion, Bette Midler,
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Jimmy the Gent

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James Cagney in Blonde CrazyBefore sound came into film, no one had ever moved like James Cagney, and no one has since. Like the face of Jerry Lewis, Cagney’s puppet limbs, his slashes of feet and gorilla-woodpecker hoots, are “where the height of artifice blends at times with the nobility of true documentary.”1 The arms move centrifugally away from the torso in a kind of dance for the rebel spirit, yet the body remains intact; take any of his body’s continuous moments and you could frame them in the Fraenkel Gallery for photographic prosperity, a tribute to an urban dandy. Cagney’s performances in his earliest and best pictures are of a piece with the contemporaneous film landscape, spiked (as we now know) with a surfeit of mutt landmarks. The Marx Brothers’s jabber, Mae West’s pimp-walk, her sass, Raoul Walsh’s Me and My Gal (1932), the
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Encore: Burt Reynolds Has Tales To Tell: Passing On ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’, 007, ‘Die Hard,’ Bonding With Eastwood, McQueen, Newman & Carson But Not Brando

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Encore: Burt Reynolds Has Tales To Tell: Passing On ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’, 007, ‘Die Hard,’ Bonding With Eastwood, McQueen, Newman & Carson But Not Brando
Update: Few in Hollywood had more stories to tell, or told them better than Burt Reynolds. Wanna bet? Read this interview Reynolds did with Deadline while promoting his memoir, with great tales about his interactions with everyone from Bette Davis to Orson Welles, Clint Eastwood and Johnny Carson. He would have told these gems and more had he completed the role in Quentin Tarantino’s film and lived to see it released next year, and it was clear in this interview he was eager for another shot after turning down a dizzying array of roles that made stars out of other actors. It might bring back some warm memories for fans who are thinking about him today.

Earlier, December 22, 2015, 9:50 Am Pst: The wide press pickup of Burt Reynolds saying Charlie Sheen got what was coming when his reckless lifestyle led to an HIV diagnosis has skewed the perception of
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Mary Carlisle obituary

Hollywood star of the 1930s who often played sweet young heroines

In 1934, the Production Code Administration (Pca) was established to enforce film industry guidelines on morality (popularly known as the “Hays code”), and to set a seal of approval on every print of a Hollywood film. Mary Carlisle, who has died aged 104, had already kicked off her acting career with a score of pre-code movies in which the female characters were broadly divided into vamps, wives and virgins. As the roles played by the blond, doll-faced Carlisle fell into the third category, the code hardly affected her performances, as it did those of Mae West and even the cartoon character Betty Boop.

Although Carlisle could play the flirt, her characters lacked sexual allure, something that was intentional, and often pointed out on screen. In Should Ladies Behave (1933), her boyfriend says that he can’t marry her until she gains experience.
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Overlooked: Scripted Anthology Series to Spotlight Notable Women

Mae West said, "It is better to be looked over than overlooked." That's probably not the vibe these producers have in mind. Paramount Television, Anonymous Content, and Liza Chasin's 3 Dot Productions are collaborating with The New York Times' obituary desk on a new TV show project, Overlooked. They plan to produce it as an anthology TV series. Overlooked will tell the stories of accomplished women who never received a Times obituary. The first season of Overlooked will consist of 10 episodes, with each one focusing on a different woman of note. The plan is to use female writers and directors to tell the stories of women from writer Charlotte Brontë, to Brooklyn Bridge engineer Emily Warren Roebling, and journalist and Civil Rights Movement pioneer Ida B. Wells (a founder of the NAACP). Joy Gorman Wettels, of Anonymous Content, will executive produce with
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With ‘Deadpool 2’ Opening, Marvel Will Approach $1.5 Billion and Continue Grinding 2018 Box Office Into Dust

With ‘Deadpool 2’ Opening, Marvel Will Approach $1.5 Billion and Continue Grinding 2018 Box Office Into Dust
With “Deadpool 2” about to debut as the third Marvel film in just over four months, we’re about to learn if it’s too much of a good thing — or, if Mae West was talking about Marvel when she said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”

Deadpool” was a February 2016 groundbreaker that led the way to “Black Panther” opening in February 2018. The budget was just $58 million and it was R rated, but the opening weekend was $140 million and it proved to be Fox’s biggest-ever domestic release of a Marvel movie.

So what about this time around? “Deadpool 2” estimates for this weekend are about $150 million. Marvel coordinates release dates among distributors, so it’s curious that this one landed closest to the summer. When Fox released the first “Deadpool,” it had been nine months between Marvel movies; this time, it’s three weeks. “Deadpool 2
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‘Zorba the Greek’ Star Anthony Quinn Once Personified Diversity in Hollywood

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‘Zorba the Greek’ Star Anthony Quinn Once Personified Diversity in Hollywood
Decades before Hollywood got serious about the need for diversity, Anthony Quinn was diversity. This month marks the birthday of the Mexico-born, L.A.-raised actor who played Bedouins, Native Americans, Soviets — and even Mexicans and Americans in his 60-year career. He was the first Mexican-American to win an Oscar, for his supporting performance in “Viva Zapata!” (1952) and won another as French painter Gaugin in “Lust for Life” (1956). His two trademark performances were in “Zorba the Greek” (another Oscar nom) and as an Italian circus strongman in Fellini’s “La Strada.”

Antonio Rodolfo Oaxaca Quinn was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, on April 21, 1915, and began acting in 1936. His rise in Hollywood is especially remarkable considering the times. From 1929-36, the U.S.’ “Mexican Repatriation” program sent those of Mexican descent south of the border (even though many were U.S. citizens) out of fear they were taking jobs from whites. In
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Paramount Dedicates Building to Pioneering Director Dorothy Arzner

Arzner: IMDb

With 20 feature credits to her name, Dorothy Arzner is the most prolific female director of all time. History has neglected to give the trailblazing filmmaker her due, but Paramount recently honored the late talent. The studio has dedicated its Dressing Room building on Melrose Ave to Arzner. “Paramount reserves this honor for the most respected of its industry professionals, and Arzner is in excellent company on the lot with other edifices named after such female legends as Lucille Ball, Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Head, Sherry Lansing, Carole Lombard, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, and Mae West,” Deadline reports.

Born in 1897, Arzner decided to pursue a career in the business after visiting a film studio. “I remember making the observation, ‘If one was going to be in this movie business, one should be a director, because he was the one who told everyone else what to do,” she recounted.
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Cinema Libre Studio Secures ‘Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer’ Doc; Cleopatra Entertainment Nabs Brazilian Biopic ‘Elis’

Cinema Libre Studio has acquired worldwide rights to Leslie Zemeckis’ (Behind The Burly Q, Bound By Flesh) documentary Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer, which follows female pioneer Mable Stark, the world's first female tiger trainer. Stark, whose career spanned over 57 years, has performed or provided animals for several films during the Golden Age of Hollywood, which included doubling for actress Mae West in I'm No Angel (1933). Stark also toured in Europe and Japan before…
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The Deadline Podcast: “Hollywood & Sex’, With Guest Norman Lloyd

The Deadline Podcast: “Hollywood & Sex’, With Guest Norman Lloyd
On Episode 10 of The Deadline Podcast, we talk about how several new films may be short-changing their potential because they out-live their welcome, with the 163 minute running time for otherwise superb Blade Runner 2049 as one example. Also, Hollywood's mistakes in dealing with sex either as film product or in terms of personal behavior is examined historically, going back to the defiant career of Mae West through the release of Deep Throat. Also, we have an interview…
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Harry Dean Stanton’s Best Performances: An IndieWire Tribute to ‘Paris, Texas,’ ‘Pretty in Pink,’ ‘Twin Peaks,’ and More

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Harry Dean Stanton’s Best Performances: An IndieWire Tribute to ‘Paris, Texas,’ ‘Pretty in Pink,’ ‘Twin Peaks,’ and More
Harry Dean Stanton stole more scenes than most other actors even appeared in. Over his six-decade career, the late, great actor managed the improbable feat of being as recognizable from his highbrow fare (like “Paris, Texas”) as he was from his high-school movie (“Pretty in Pink”) — and that was just in the mid-‘80s.

Stanton also worked with David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, John Carpenter, and Monte Hellman, among many others; he left his indelible mark on all their movies, as he did on those who watched them. Here are some of our favorites.

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“Right.” Harry Dean Stanton doesn’t say much else in “Alien,” but he doesn’t need to. Along with Yaphet Kotto’s Parker, his Brett provides some much-needed levity aboard the Uscss Nostromo — it may be true that in space no one can hear you scream,
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