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‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Exposes Star Myths, from Tracy & Hepburn to Cary Grant

‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Exposes Star Myths, from Tracy & Hepburn to Cary Grant
At the opening-night party of Matt Tyrnauer’s hit documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” at Tim Burton’s Chateau Marmont apartment, Scotty Bowers, the tousle-haired author of 2012 tell-all “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars,” celebrated his 95th birthday.

“So how gay was Spencer Tracy?” I asked him.

“He got drunk and thanked the man beside him in the morning for taking care of him,” he said with a gap-toothed grin, taunting me with his next provocation: “He didn’t just suck cock, he crunched it!”

We laughed. “And how gay was Katharine Hepburn?”

“She loved one woman for 40 years who left her to marry a rich man,” he said. He claims to have arranged 150 get-togethers with women over five decades for Hepburn. That was his job — putting gay people together via a Hollywood gas station for rendezvous with movie stars,
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‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Exposes Star Myths, from Tracy & Hepburn to Cary Grant

‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Exposes Star Myths, from Tracy & Hepburn to Cary Grant
At the opening-night party of Matt Tyrnauer’s hit documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” at Tim Burton’s Chateau Marmont apartment, Scotty Bowers, the tousle-haired author of 2012 tell-all “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars,” celebrated his 95th birthday.

“So how gay was Spencer Tracy?” I asked him.

“He got drunk and thanked the man beside him in the morning for taking care of him,” he said with a gap-toothed grin, taunting me with his next provocation: “He didn’t just suck cock, he crunched it!”

We laughed. “And how gay was Katharine Hepburn?”

“She loved one woman for 40 years who left her to marry a rich man,” he said. He claims to have arranged 150 get-togethers with women over five decades for Hepburn. That was his job — putting gay people together via a Hollywood gas station for rendezvous with movie stars,
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Michael Grandage To Produce & Direct ‘Jack And Lem’ Kennedy Biopic

Michael Grandage To Produce & Direct ‘Jack And Lem’ Kennedy Biopic
Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage will produce and direct Jack and Lem, a feature film chronicling the thirty-year friendship between John F. Kennedy and Kirk Lemoyne “Lem” Billings. Screenwriter David Scearce (A Single Man) will adapt David Pitts’ book Jack and Lem: The Untold Story of an Extraordinary Friendship.

Grandage, director of current Broadway hit Frozen and winner of the 2010 Tony for his direction of John Logan’s Red, will produce Jack and Lem under his production company Michael Grandage Company, alongside producers Andrew Zoppa and Alex Zoppa.

“The moment I read about Jack and Lem I knew it was a story I wanted to tell,” said Grandage, whose current West End re-staging of Red, starring Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch, will be filmed by Trafalgar Releasing for screenings across the UK and North America in November.

Continued the director, “It’s a side of an endlessly fascinating President the world has yet to see.
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Hollywood Studios' First Gay Romantic Drama Back on the Big Screen

'Making Love': Groundbreaking romantic gay drama returns to the big screen As part of its Anniversary Classics series, Laemmle Theaters will be presenting Arthur Hiller's groundbreaking 1982 romantic drama Making Love, the first U.S. movie distributed by a major studio that focused on a romantic gay relationship. Michael Ontkean, Harry Hamlin, and Kate Jackson star. The 35th Anniversary Screening of Making Love will be held on Saturday, June 24 – it's Gay Pride month, after all – at 7:30 p.m. at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The movie will be followed by a Q&A session with Harry Hamlin, screenwriter Barry Sandler, and author A. Scott Berg, who wrote the “story” on which the film is based. 'Making Love' & What lies beneath In this 20th Century Fox release – Sherry Lansing was the studio head at the time – Michael Ontkean plays a
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Leonardo DiCaprio to Star as Music Producer Sam Phillips in Biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio to Star as Music Producer Sam Phillips in Biopic
Leonardo DiCaprio’s next role will take him to the birth of rock ’n’ roll. Deadline reports that the “Revenant” Oscar winner is set to star in the film about music producer Sam Phillips, known for launching the career of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ike Turner and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Based on Peter Guralnick’s 2015 biography “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll,” the Paramount project will chronicle the life of the disc-jockey-turned-producer who founded the Memphis-based Sun Studio and became an integral part in the emergence and development of rock and roll and rockabilly in the 1950s. No writer or director is attached at this moment.

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DiCaprio is producing the film with Jennifer Davisson under their Appian Way banner, along with Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman, Steve Bing, Ian Montone, Rick Yorn, and Guralnick.
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Dustin Lance Black Returns To CAA

Dustin Lance Black Returns To CAA
Exclusive: After only five months at William Morris Endeavor, filmmaker Dustin Lance Black is returning to Creative Artists Agency. Black scripted ABC's upcoming seven-part miniseries When We Rise, which follows a group of Lgbt activists helping to pioneer the gay rights movement. He currently is adapting A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Lindbergh, with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, Kevin McCormick and Paramount Television producing. The…
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A writer's life by Anne-Katrin Titze

A Scott Berg with Michael Grandage, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Michael Grandage's Genius, starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney, written by John Logan, based on Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, by A Scott Berg, has Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway, Guy Pearce as F Scott Fitzgerald and Vanessa Kirby as Zelda Fitzgerald to round out their literary world.

Max Perkins (Colin Firth) with Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law)

Scott Berg also wrote Kate Remembered, about Katharine Hepburn, who died on this date, June 29 in 2003. Cate Blanchett in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (written by Logan), a Gustave Flaubert, Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway connection and Fitzgerald's Garden of Allah were revisited in our conversation.

Thomas Wolfe's (Jude Law) problem is that he can't stop writing. Like a feverish Rainer Werner Fassbinder of the page, he burns himself out. And the people around him,
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Passion project by Anne-Katrin Titze

Nicole Kidman haunts Jude Law as he speaks on John Logan's script for Michael Grandage's Genius Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Laura Linney on Mrs Maxwell Perkins: 'She was kept outside of Manhattan, sort of away from the cultural hotbed of the city' Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze In Genius, Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth), who wears a hat at all times, even indoors while working in shirtsleeves or during dinner with his wife and five daughters, knows good writing when he sees it. Mrs Perkins (Laura Linney), a playwright herself, shoots her husband knowing glances. She is treated by Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) as though she were as meaningless as a speck of dirt, while his mistress and patron, the married Mrs Aline Bernstein (Nicole Kidman), knows their relationship is doomed. Scribner’s Sons editor Perkins previously worked with Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) and F Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce) who were haunted by different demons than the compulsive Wolfe and only briefly make an appearance here as does Zelda (Vanessa Kirby).

At the New York premiere, Laura Linney stated that A Scott Berg's Max Perkins: Editor of Genius and her grandmother helped shape her character...
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Genius of observation by Anne-Katrin Titze

Michael Grandage presents Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Michael Grandage directed Nicole Kidman in Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51 last year at the Noël Coward Theatre, London, and told me he hopes to bring the production to Broadway in 2017. He also directed Jude Law in Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse and on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Michael Grandage on Wolfe as Caliban: 'He is talking about internally' Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze His directorial debut feature Genius begins with shoes that might make you think of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train. Screenplay by John Logan, based on A Scott Berg's book, the friendship and collaboration between Charles Scribner’s Sons editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth) and his discovery, writer Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law), is explored.

Wolfe's problem is that he can't stop writing, like a feverish Rainer Werner Fassbinder of the page, he burns himself out.
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Working with Genius by Anne-Katrin Titze

A Scott Berg, Michael Grandage, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, John Logan and Jude Law Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions hosted a Museum of Modern Art premiere for Michael Grandage's Genius with Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney, written by John Logan (Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, Sam Mendes' Spectre and Skyfall), based on Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, by A Scott Berg. Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway, Guy Pearce as F Scott Fitzgerald and Vanessa Kirby as Zelda Fitzgerald round out their literary world.

John Logan on Scott Berg's Katharine Hepburn for Cate Blanchett: 'He absolutely offered some insight' Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Angela Ashton, Joel Grey, Martha Plimpton, Oren Moverman, Kathleen Turner, Keith Urban, Spotlight screenwriter Josh Singer, Tom Wolfe, Zach Grenier, Elena Kampouris, Lilly Englert, Elena Rusconi, Laura Michelle Kelly, Tommy Tonge, Nan and Gay Talese,
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Genius Review

As far as creative-type biopics go, Genius is pretty harmless. John Logan’s screenplay (based on A. Scott Berg’s novelization) evokes the drawn-out, whimsical language of the late Thomas Wolfe’s vivacious energy, while Michael Grandage’s direction navigates a provocative, endearing time in American publication. Writers like Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway were charming socialites with their eloquent verbiage, but behind every best seller was a desk-chained editor, killing scribbled darlings without remorse.

This is certainly a story of passion – and a mind consumed by praise – but more importantly, Grandage pays homage to the lesser-known heroes (and often-thought villains) of authored content. Praise be to the oh-so-overlooked editors, as bastardized and under-appreciated as they might be!

Behind every man stands a good woman, and behind every writer stands a good editor. Max Perkins (Colin Firth) is one such wrangler of talent, and his latest muse – Thomas Wolfe
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Colin Firth, Jude Law And Nicole Kidman Featured On Poster For Genius

Check out the brand new poster for Genius.

From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage in his feature film debut, comes Genius, a stirring drama about the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe.

Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions will release Genius in theaters June 10, 2016

Based on the biography “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius” by A. Scott Berg, Genius stars Colin Firth as Perkins, Jude Law as Wolfe, Nicole Kidman as Aline Bernstein, a costume designer sharing a tumultuous relationship with Wolfe, Laura Linney as Louise Perkins, Max’s wife and a talented playwright, Guy Pearce as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway.

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DiCaprio's Appian Way Sets Up At Paramount

After a decade with Warner Bros. Pictures, Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions has signed a three-year, first-look deal with Paramount Pictures.

The pair have four projects currently under development: The long gestating film adaptation of Erik Larson's historical serial killer novel "The Devil in the White City" which Scorsese will produce, the film adaptation of Kayla Olson's climate change apocalypse novel "Sandcastle Empire," a currently untitled film about the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, and a limited TV series based on A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Charles Lindbergh.

Paramount CEO Brad Grey worked with Di Caprio on "The Departed", and Di Caprio has worked with Paramount again in recent years on "Shutter Island" and "The Wolf of Wall Street".

Appian is currently in post-production on Ben Affleck's Dennis Lehane adaptation "Live by Night" and is in pre-production on "Robin Hood: Origins" starring Taron Egerton.
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New Genius Trailer Shows Colin Firth and Jude Law’s Friendship and Professional Relationship

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New Genius Trailer Shows Colin Firth and Jude Law’s Friendship and Professional Relationship
Uncover the ‘Genius’ transformative bond between book editor Maxwell Perkins and novelist Thomas Wolfe in the new trailer for the upcoming biopic. The trailer was released by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, which will distribute the drama in theaters on June 10. The film, which features Colin Firth as Perkins and Law as Wolfe, marks the feature film directorial debut of Tony Award-winning helmer Michael Grandage. The screenplay for ‘Genius,’ which is based on the biography ‘Max Perkins: Editor of Genius’ by A. Scott Berg, was written by John Logan, who has also penned the scripts for such films as ‘Gladiator,’ ‘The Aviator’ and ‘Skyfall.’ ‘Genius’ follows the complex friendship and [ Read More ]

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Trailer for Genius starring Colin Firth and Jude Law

A trailer has arrived online for the upcoming biographical drama Genius. Based on A. Scott Berg’s National Book Award-winning biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, the film stars Colin Firth as book editor Maxwell Perkins and Jude Law as novelist Thomas Wolfe; take a look below after the official synopsis…

From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage in his feature film debut, comes Genius, a stirring drama about the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe. Based on the biography “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius” by Pulitzer Prize winner A. Scott Berg, Genius stars Colin Firth as Perkins, Jude Law as Wolfe, Nicole Kidman as Aline Bernstein, a costume designer sharing a tumultuous relationship with Wolfe, Laura Linney as Louise Perkins,
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Oberon on TCM: Actress with Mystery Past Wears Men's Clothes, Fights Nazis

Merle Oberon movies: Mysterious star of British and American cinema. Merle Oberon on TCM: Donning men's clothes in 'A Song to Remember,' fighting hiccups in 'That Uncertain Feeling' Merle Oberon is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of March 2016. The good news: the exquisite (and mysterious) Oberon, whose ancestry has been a matter of conjecture for decades, makes any movie worth a look. The bad news: TCM isn't offering any Oberon premieres despite the fact that a number of the actress' films – e.g., Temptation, Night in Paradise, Pardon My French, Interval – can be tough to find. This evening, March 18, TCM will be showing six Merle Oberon movies released during the first half of the 1940s. Never a top box office draw in the United States, Oberon was an important international star all the same, having worked with many of the top actors and filmmakers of the studio era.
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Here’s the trailer for ‘Genius’; The biopic stars Colin Firth and Jude Law

We caught the upcoming Jude Law and Colin Firth-starring Genius at the Berlin Film Festival last month. We actually quite like the film, especially the performances of Jude Law, but we seemed to be in the minority. The film, which also stars Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney and Guy Pearce, arrives in the cinemas in a couple of months, and the new trailer just went online to whet your whistle.

From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage in his feature film debut, comes Genius, a stirring drama about the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe. Based on the biography “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius” by A. Scott Berg, Genius stars Colin Firth as Perkins, Jude Law as Wolfe,
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'Genius' Trailer: Nicole Kidman and Jude Law Take on a Literary Giant

'Genius' Trailer: Nicole Kidman and Jude Law Take on a Literary Giant
While there have been countless movies about writers working on their novels, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions' new drama Genius takes a much different approach, focusing on the editing of an iconic novel. Yahoo! Movies has the first trailer for Genius, which follows the relationship between literary icon Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) and his editor, Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth). This trailer showcases how Perkins took Wolfe's first draft of his iconic novel Look Homeward, Angel, and transformed it from a first draft that was over 5,000 pages long into a literary classic.

From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage in his feature film debut, comes Genius. This stirring drama centers on the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe.
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Jude Law And Colin Firth Star In Trailer For Thomas Wolfe Biopic Genius

We’ve had a Capote biopic, we’ve had an Allen Ginsberg biopic. Heck, there’s even been a Charles Bukowski biopic. And while Thomas Wolfe might not be as well-known as other literary masterminds, that doesn’t mean his own tale of triumph isn’t worthy of a movie. The first trailer for Wolfe’s biopic Genius has now arrived, and it appears to be the first prestige movie of the year that’s aimed squarely at the awards season crowd.

Jude Law toplines the movie as Wolfe and Colin Firth joins him as editor Maxwell Perkins, the man responsible for discovering several well-known literary figures. It takes place in 1920s New York, and charts the relationship between the pair as Wolfe was in the midst of working on a lengthy tome. He churned out thousands of pages in his first draft, and it’s the scaling down of
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First Trailer For ‘Genius’ Starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, and Nicole Kidman

Premiering at Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year was Genius, a drama which focused on the working relationship between author Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) and his editor, Max Perkins (Colin Firth). The screen debut of theater director Michael Grandage, John Logan‘s screenplay is adapted from A. Scott Berg‘s book Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, which also features such literary figures as Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Ahead of a summer release from Roadside Attractions, the first trailer has now arrived.

We said in our review, “Ultimately, Genius is more satisfying than many recent traditional biopics, and, oddly, by embracing caricature-like portrayals, the film is able to tap into its simple but humble pleasures. There’s no lengthy debate as to what defines genius nor conversation as to what that even means; there doesn’t have to be. Genius puts those words right up on screen and the case is made.
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