Dolores Fuller, the muse to the “worst director of all-time” Ed Wood, passed away on Monday from complications of a stroke, according to the New York Times. She was 88. Fuller had been a small-time television actress when she answered a casting call from an unknown director in the early 1950s. Wood was immediately smitten by her beauty — and her angora sweater — and the couple went on to live together for four years, during which the cross-dressing filmmaker turned his fetish into the film, Glen or Glenda. “The first time I saw the whole film, I wanted to crawl under the seat,” Fuller, who hadn’t been allowed to read the entire script, recalled to the Kansas City Star in 1994. “I wasn’t crazy about our private life becoming public.” READ FULL STORY
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Most audiences might know Jackie Cooper as Perry White in four Superman movies. Or for his role in 1931′s The Champ. Or for his appearance in Skippy, which made him the first child actor to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. But, to me, the actor — who passed away Tuesday at the age of 88 after a brief illness — will always be known as Our Gang‘s Jackie.
Perhaps it was because I was an old soul, or both my parents enjoyed catching re-runs of the series when they were youths, but I grew up on Our Gang, otherwise known as The Little Rascals. Unlike in my childhood world, where most films and TV shows featured kids achieving great victories that involved fame and fortune, Our Gang was one of the few series in history who showed kids being, well, kids. READ FULL STORY
The Fallen: Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tim Hetherington and photojournalist Chris Hondros brought war home to us
Back in the fall of 1941, John Ford, who had, in just three years, directed Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, and How Green Was My Valley, walked away from Hollywood and, at 47, gave himself to the Navy. For the next few years he filmed nothing but the Second World War. He was in North Africa when the Allies moved in. He boarded the U.S. aircraft carrier Hornet to film the Doolittle raid on Japan. He was on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day. And in the opening moments of Midway, he stood on the roof of a power station, filming enemy planes until a piece of flying concrete knocked him cold, then recovering and shooting some more. Many of the documentary shorts that came out of those years seem like crude propaganda now, but there is a moment in Ford’s 18-minute film The Battle of Midway – the first major movie to show Americans in combat during World War II — that explains in four words why Ford did what he did. As his camera captures U.S. sailors raising the American flag above a field of smoke and debris, the movie’s narrator says quietly, “Yes, this really happened.”
I thought of Ford last week with the arrival of the terrible news of the death of Tim Hetherington (pictured, left), who was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade along with the exceptional photojournalist Chris Hondros (pictured, right) in Misrata, Libya, on April 20.
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Whenever Doctor Who fans gather together, it usually doesn’t take long before the question arises over the identity of the best “Doctor” of all-time. Far less often do followers of the BBC sci-fi show debate the identity of the best Doctor’s “companion.” Why? Largely because — with all due respect to Billie Piper, Karen Gillan, Nicola Bryant, Katy Manning et. al. — it is widely agreed that the best ever actor to play Watson to the Doctor’s Holmes was Elisabeth Sladen, who portrayed investigative reporter Sarah Jane Smith on the show, and who died earlier today.
Serpico and The Verdict director Sidney Lumet — who boasts a 50-plus-year career in Hollywood — passed away Saturday at the age of 86. Here’s what some of his celebrity fans are Tweeting about his prolific career:
What a week. An exclusive interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger. A tribute to Elizabeth Taylor. Both in the same issue. Which one do you put on the cover? Ultimately we decided to give you both — a “flip” cover with Arnold on the front and Liz on the back. In Benjamin Svetkey’s Arnold story (Arnold’s first major interview since leaving the governor’s office) the action hero-turned-politican announces his new Stan Lee animated series, The Governator (no, we’re not joking), and talks about his plan to return to movies. Click here for more details. Our Liz tribute celebrates the movies and crazy life of the legend, and includes personal remembrances about her from friends and colleagues like Debbie Reynolds (Liz stole her husband, but they later reconciled), Dr. Mathilde Krim (founding chairman of amfAR), and Al Jean, the executive producer of The Simpsons, which used Taylor’s voice for baby Maggie Simpson in 1992. Our critics Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum also weigh in with her 10 must-see films. The issue is on stands Friday.
Hours after his close friend Elizabeth Taylor passed away in Los Angeles, Elton John took the stage at Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center to perform. “Today I lost a friend and you lost a hero named Elizabeth Taylor,” John told the crowd, according to CNN. “She stood up when no one was prepared to stand up and be counted against AIDS. She supported everybody in that with 1,000 percent of her body and her fiber. But most of all she loved people. She fought for the underdog. She was an incredible woman and I was privileged to have known her.” READ FULL STORY
“What can you say about a legend?” That’s the question Paul Newman asked in a Turner Classic Movies tribute he made about Elizabeth Taylor, and it turns out the legend-in-his-own-right had plenty to say about his Cat on a Hot Tin Roof co-star. (Newman passed away from cancer at 83 in 2008, and Taylor died this morning at 79 of congestive heart failure.) Here are my top three favorite things Newman says about Taylor: READ FULL STORY
For the past 50 years, Cleopatra has remained the gold standard of Hollywood excess. The 1963 epic nearly sank Twentieth Century Fox. It took two-and-a-half years to shoot. It burned through two directors and two regime changes at the studio. Its budget rocketed from $2 million to a then-unthinkable $44 million. And, most famously, it left the marriages of its two stars — Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor — in ashes. Nowadays, in an age when celebrity breakups and affairs are more or less routine happenings dissected and dispatched by the tabloids in the blink of an eye, we aren’t so easily shocked. But the early ’60s were a different time. And the titillating, tawdry gossip coming from the Roman set of Cleopatra was like catnip for the world. Once they’d had a taste of Liz and Dick and ‘Le Scandale,’ celebrity would never be the same again.
Cleopatra was already off to an inauspicious start by the time the production got to Rome’s Cinecitta studios in 1961. READ FULL STORY
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