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Angelina Jolie To Make Catherine The Great Film


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The actress/director has optioned Catherine The Great and Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair by Simon Sebag Montefiore about the empress' marriage to Russian nobleman and military leader Grigory Potemkin.

Montefiore tells Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, "Catherine is the ultimate feminist hero. I feel very safe with Angelina in charge of it. I am thrilled that Angelina has optioned the book because it was my first book and it was very much a labour of love."

The book was published in 2000, and was based on 5,000 previously unpublished love letters between Catherine and Grigory. The pair married after the murder of Catherine's husband, Tsar Peter III, in 1762 and they became co-rulers of the Russian Empire.

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Joan Collins: 'Bette Davis Kicked Me'


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British actress Joan Collins has branded Bette Davis "utterly terrifying" and revealed the Hollywood legend once kicked her on a movie set.

The Dynasty star appeared opposite Davis in 1955 drama The Virgin Queen playing a lady in waiting, and they clashed during a particularly tricky scene.

Collins tells Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper, "Bette Davis was utterly ­terrifying. She did not only scare me but she scared the other four girls who played her ladies in waiting. She used to stalk around smoking heavily and wore tight corseted gowns. Her mood was not always the best.

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Georgia May Jagger Borrows Clothes From Jerry Hall


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Georgia May Jagger constantly borrows clothes from her mother.

The 22-year-old bombshell is envious of her mother Jerry Hall's designer wardrobe and is constantly battling her sisters Lizzie and Jade to get their hands on her covetable clutch bags and quirky cardigans.

She told France's ELLE magazine: ''Watching my mother get ready to go out [as a child], I would try on her shoes and hide amongst her dresses, it was magical. My big sisters stole everything before me, but [nowadays] I can still regularly borrow from her Vivienne Westwood cardigan collection.

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Red 2's US Release: Critics Are Unimpressed By "Tired" Sequel


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Red 2 is released in US cinemas today (Friday 19th July). Critics have not received the Red sequel favourably, describing it as "passable" and simply "adequate".

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According to USA Today, before you head off to the cinema, it is worthwhile seeing the first film. Red 2 appears to be a difficult film to follow without having prior knowledge of the characters. 

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Ray Winstone Made Sweeney Love Scenes With Atwell 'Less Awkward'


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Ray Winstone's ''gentlemanly'' nature made love scenes with Hayley Atwell in 'The Sweeney' ''a lot less awkward''.

The 30-year-old actress stars as both Ray's onscreen love interest in the police drama movie and as Chris Evans' lover Peggy Carter in 2011 fantasy film 'Captain America: The First Avenger', and she particularly enjoyed both actors' choice of underwear in their respective movies.

She told BANG Showbiz: ''Ray was such a gentleman to me, so kind, which made the love scenes a lot less awkward than they can be. I didn't have to do anything except actually kiss Chris so being thrown up against a public toilet adds a little bit more danger to it.

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1500 Bettie Page Prints Part Of Unbelievable Movie Photograph Collection Up For Auction


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A huge collection of film stills, photos and negatives collected by Manhattan, New York store Movie Star News is headed for the auction block after they sold the lot of it to a Las Vegas collectibles company. The collection includes some 1500 prints of the 1950s queen of pin-ups Bettie Page as part of a total representation of some 11,500 movies and 5,000 actors from between 1939 and 1979. The total amount of pieces within the set are thought to total a whopping 3 million.

"This is the most important photo archive of Hollywood in existence. There are tens of thousands of negatives that have never been reproduced," said STUART SCHEINMAN, co-owner of Entertainment Collectibles, who bought the collection. "There are images here that have never been seen by the public." As well as Page, The Washington Post reports that there are 2,000 original prints and negatives of Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando, 1,000 of Gary Cooper, 400 of Bette Davis, and hundreds of movie images of films including 'The Godfather' and 'Gone With the Wind.'

"This could literally take five to 10 years to go through it all," Scheinman added. He refused to explicitly state how much his company had paid for the collection, but did admit it was a seven-figure amount and reckoned that the actual value of the collection could easily be as much as $150 million.

Whitney Houston Owned Ginger Rogers' Dancing Shoes


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Whitney Houston's estate contains a pair of Ginger Rogers' dancing shoes personally signed by the screen icon.

The late singer was a huge fan of classic Hollywood movies and like her godmother Aretha Franklin - who collects Bette Davis and Judy Garland memorabilia, among other things - she was an avid buyer of memorabilia from her favourite film stars.

Among Whitney's vast collection is a pair of shoes Ginger wore when she danced with Fred Astaire in one the 10 films they starred in together.

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James Farentino, Star Of 'The Final Countdown', Dies Aged 73


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James Farentino, the American actor who graced TV, film and stage in almost 100 different roles, has passed away aged 73. Farentino had been ill for a long period before passing away yesterday, January 25th 2011, of heart failure. A versatile actor accustomed to any medium thrown at him, Farentino was perhaps one of the more underrated talents of the past century, respected by critics but never quite managing to break through on a truly global scale. Latterly younger fans of him might've picked him up from appearances as George Clooney's character's estranged father in episodes of hospital drama 'ER.'

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Davis' Estate Sues Over Dresses


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Lawyers representing Bette Davis' estate are suing a clothing company for allegedly using the late actress' name to sell dresses.

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday (13Jan11), representatives for Davis' estate allege bosses at Stop Staring! Designs are infringing on their right of publicity by using the Oscar-winner's name for a line of vintage-style gowns.

The company is allegedly selling designs including the Betty Davis dress for just under $200 (£130), reports TMZ.com.

The lawsuit is seeking damages as well as an order halting the sale of the products.

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Jerry Hall Banned From Wearing Mini-skirts


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Jerry Hall has been banned from wearing mini-skirts by her daughter.

The 54-year-old former supermodel says she has stopped donning clothes that are deemed too young for her as 18-year-old Georgia May gets embarrassed by them.

She said: "I've had to give up leather pants and mini-skirts. I said to Georgia May, 'Can't I wear them with thick tights?' And she goes, 'No,' and then she took 'em all!"

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