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Happy 104th Birthday, Hedy Lamarr: Read Exclusive Excerpt From New Graphic Novel Biography

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Happy 104th Birthday, Hedy Lamarr: Read Exclusive Excerpt From New Graphic Novel Biography
Exclusive: It was 104 years ago today that screen legend Hedy Lamarr was born in Vienna beginning a bittersweet, one-of-a-kind life odyssey. The legacy of that unique journey has made Lamarr a figure of fascination in recent months.

Last year the documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamar Story (produced by Susan Sarandon) was released to wide acclaim and then this past summer Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot made it clear that her pursuit of a Lamarr project is a front-burner passion project.

Now comes a third effort to capture the mercurial star’s story with the publication of Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life, the graphic novel from Humanoids that arrives in stores this week. The graphic novel was written by French documentary filmmaker William Roy and illustrated by Sylvain Dorange.

Deadline has an exclusive excerpt from the graphic novel — a revelatory sequence that depicts Lamarr’s son receiving a phone call from
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Illustrated Hedy Lamarr

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Above: Italian personality poster for Hedy Lamarr. Art by Sergio Gargiulo.Once promoted as “Hollywood’s No. 1 Glamour Girl,” Hedy Lamar (1914-2000) was much more than a pretty face, as the new documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story gloriously attests. Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Austria, Lamarr was catapulted to fame as the star of the scandalous 1933 Czech import Ecstasy, in which she appeared nude (and ecstatic). In America she became one of the biggest stars of the 1940s, often called the most beautiful woman in Hollywood, a designation she thought of as a curse. But she was also blessed with a curious and inventive mind. As an amateur inventor she pioneered what is known as “frequency hopping” during World War II to prevent the Nazis jamming Allied torpedoes, a technology which has become the basis of Bluetooth and Wi-fi. With that in mind, it might seem perverse to
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Diane Kruger to Topline and Produce Miniseries About Hedy Lamarr

Kruger in “In the Fade”

Coming off of the North American premiere of her upcoming drama “In the Fade” at Tiff, Diane Kruger has just signed on to topline another project. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the “Inglourious Basterds” actress will portray iconic actress and accomplished inventor Hedy Lamarr in a miniseries from Straight Up Films. Kruger is also set to produce the project, which will be adapted from Richard Rhodes’ book “Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.”

The miniseries will focus especially on Lamarr’s development of a frequency-hopping radio signal. She invented the technology with a friend during WWII and “approached the military, who at the time turned them away,” THR writes. “It was only a generation later that the military began looking at it and using it. The technology, called Spread Spectrum Technology, now underpins Bluetooth and WiFi use.”

The Austrian-born Lamarr starred in Hollywood films including “Comrade X,” “Tortilla Flat,” and “Samson & Deiliah” in the 1930s and 40s. Her first husband — an Austrian munitions manufacturer connected to the regimes of Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s Italy — “ruled their marriage with an iron fist,” THR notes, but introduced Lamarr to military scientists, which sparked her interest in inventing and technology.

Lamarr died in 2000 from cardiac issues. She was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

“I am fascinated by Hedy Lamarr,” Kruger commented. “She was a smart, witty, visionary inventor, way ahead of her time, who also happened to be a major movie star. I cannot wait to tell her story to make sure her legacy will live on forever and inspire others.”

Joining Kruger as producers on the miniseries are Straight Up’s Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen, and Sandra Condito, and Untitled Entertainment’s Abi Harris and Jason Weinberg. Rose Ganguzza, Gene Kelly, Rhodes, and philanthropic organization Alfred P. Sloan Foundation are collaborating to exec produce the project. The Sloan Foundation, which supports developments in science and technology, is also bestowing Kruger with a screenwriting development grant for the project.

Alexandra Dean’s documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” debuted at the Tribeca Film Fest earlier this year. The majority of the doc’s funding came from the Sloan Foundation. “I spent years profiling inventors and innovators for Bloomberg Television and Businessweek, but I never heard a life story that came close to Hedy’s,” Dean told us in an interview. “I suppose it also particularly resonated for me because as a short, quiet woman who always wanted to be a director, I know a little about what it’s like to want to do something that no one expects you to do.”

Another story about women’s previously-unrecognized contributions to science recently rocked the box office. “Hidden Figures” grossed over $230 million worldwide. The Oscar-nominated drama shone a spotlight on Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), brilliant women of color who played an instrumental role in the space race while working at Nasa.

“In the Fade,” in which Kruger portrays bereaved wife and mother seeking revenge, will open in Germany November 23. The drama was recently acquired by Magnolia Pictures with a planned awards-qualifying run for this fall, but no U.S. release date has been announced. Kruger won the Best Actress award at Cannes this year for the film.

Diane Kruger to Topline and Produce Miniseries About Hedy Lamarr was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner

Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch.[2] Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later,
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Two Movies Starring (Inventor) Lamarr Coming Up on TCM

Hedy Lamarr: 'Invention' and inventor on Turner Classic Movies (photo: Hedy Lamarr publicity shot ca. early '40s) Two Hedy Lamarr movies released during her heyday in the early '40s — Victor Fleming's Tortilla Flat (1942), co-starring Spencer Tracy and John Garfield, and King Vidor's H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), co-starring Robert Young and Ruth Hussey — will be broadcast on Turner Classic Movies on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Pt, respectively. Best known as a glamorous Hollywood star (Ziegfeld Girl, White Cargo, Samson and Delilah), the Viennese-born Lamarr (née Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler), who would have turned 100 on November 9, was also an inventor: she co-developed and patented with composer George Antheil the concept of frequency hopping, currently known as spread-spectrum communications (or "spread-spectrum broadcasting"), which ultimately led to the evolution of wireless technology. (More on the George Antheil and Hedy Lamarr invention further below.) Somewhat ironically,
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Read the First Chapter of William Peter Blatty’s The Ninth Configuration

Later this month, Tor Books is releasing a new paperback and eBook edition of William Peter Blatty’s The Ninth Configuration and they’ve provided us with the first chapter for Daily Dead readers to check out. Aside from the novel, released in 1978, Blatty also directed the 1980 feature film adaptation by the same name.

“Hidden away in a brooding Gothic manor in the deep woods is Center Eighteen, a secret military “rest camp” housing twenty-seven inmates who have succumbed to a sudden outbreak of mental illness. The Pentagon has placed a brilliant Marine psychiatrist in charge of the base to find out if the men truly lost their minds or are only pretending to be insane to avoid combat – or if some more sinister conspiracy is at work. A man of deep faith and compassion, Colonel Kane hopes to uncover the root of the men’s bizarre obsessions. But as Center Eighteen descends into chaos,
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Theater Review: The James Franco Project Continues, With Of Mice and Men

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Theater Review: The James Franco Project Continues, With Of Mice and Men
Just three months after its publication in book form in February 1937, Of Mice and Men was staged in San Francisco. This was unusual but not unauthorized: Steinbeck had deliberately written the tale, which he called “a kind of playable novel,” in dialogue that could be enacted “as it stands.” He was right: It stood then and it stands up now, as the new Broadway production starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd as the odd-couple bindlestiffs proves. The story is narrow; unlike Steinbeck’s panoptic portraits of the misery of California laborers in works such as Tortilla Flat and In Dubious Battle, it does not engage, except by implication, the larger sociopolitical forces at play. Of Mice and Men sticks to the scale its title implies. Only two characters are fully realized: the itinerant ranch hands Lennie and George. Lennie is large, and softheaded, and of no more consequence in
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Hedy Lamarr/Samson And Delilah: Ahead of The Hunger Games?

Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, Algiers Hedy Lamarr can be seen later this month on Turner Classic Movies: I Take This Woman (1940) will be shown on Saturday, April 28, and The Conspirators (1944) on Monday, April 30. I Take This Woman was a troubled production that took so long to make — W.S. Van Dyke replaced Frank Borzage who had replaced original director Josef von Sternberg — that punsters called it "I Retake This Woman." Spencer Tracy co-stars as a doctor who marries European refugee Lamarr. Jean Negulesco’s The Conspirators has several elements in common with Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca, including an "exotic" World War II setting (in this case, Lisbon), conflicting loyalties, male lead Paul Henreid, and supporting players Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. Curiously, at one point Lamarr had been considered for the Casablanca role that eventually went to Ingrid Bergman. Neither I Take This Woman nor The Conspirators did much for Hedy Lamarr’s Hollywood career.
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Hedy Lamarr on TCM: Ecstasy, Algiers, Tortilla Flat

Hedy Lamarr, Ecstasy It's Hedy Lamarr evening on Turner Classic Movies tonight, beginning at 5 p.m. Pt. TCM will be showing five Lamarr vehicles, including the scandalous Ecstasy — nudity, sex, orgasm! — made by Gustav Machatý in Czechoslovakia in 1933, five years before Lamarr's Hollywood debut in Algiers. There's no nudity, sex, or orgasms in Algiers, but there's lots of cigarette smoking — much more damaging to one's health than orgasms — and Charles Boyer not saying "Com wheez me to ze Casbah!" Jean Gabin and Mireille Balin starred in the original French version, Pépé le Moko, released the year before — which shows that Hollywood's penchant for remaking French movies is nothing new. In Victor Fleming's Tortilla Flat, Lamarr looks great and sounds all wrong as Monterey's Dolores Ramirez — but her performance is a masterpiece of acting compared to those of fellow Hispano-Americans Spencer Tracy and John Garfield. The [...]
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Spring Preview: A Repertory Calendar

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Spring Preview: A Repertory Calendar
Repertory theaters on the coasts are truly offering a window onto the world this spring, with Jia Zhangke and Bong Joon-ho retrospectives, as well as New French Cinema in New York, "Freebie and the Bean," "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" and Jason Reitman's favorite films invade Los Angeles, and the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin is offering a fond farewell to the video cassette. But consider this a hello to seeing classics, oddities and rarities on the big screen over the next few months.

Cities: [New York] [Los Angeles] [Austin] More Spring Preview: [Theatrical Calendar]

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New York

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Is there a more energetic way to start the spring than with a screening of Russ Meyer's "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" (Feb. 20, with editors Rumsey Taylor, Leo Goldsmith and Jenny Jediny in attendance)? Perhaps not, but it's only the start of an exciting spring season at the 92YTribeca Screening Room, which will present several special events over the next few months.
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Catch Oscar Fever With TCM’s ‘31 Days Of Oscar’

While you’re already getting your big Academy Awards party ready in time for the telecast on March 7th, we’ve got something for even bigger movie fans to enjoy. Of course, we’re talking about a movie marathon!

All month long, Turner Classic Movies will be running over 360 Academy Award nominated and winning films, back to back, with an interesting twist. In the vain of the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” each film will have a common actor or actress from the previous film.

For example, tomorrow night’s schedule consists of The Graduate with Anne Bancroft and William Daniels, which goes into Reds which stars Daniels and Jack Nicholson, into Chinatown with Nicholson and John Huston. Though we’re already about two weeks into the marathon, there are still plenty of great films to look forward to, including some TCM firsts like Gladiator, Titanic, Alien, and Trading Places.
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