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Lauren Bacall, An Icon For Powerful Women In The Industry, Has Died At 89


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More tragic news from Hollywood this week – actress Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89. Bacall is one of the most recognized faces from the golden age of Hollywood and an actress hailed for her grace, wit and stunning looks. The actress’s own presence and sense of self never failed to match the celebrity of Humphrey Bogart, to whom she was married until his death in 1957. The Bogart estate announced that Bacall had died Tuesday at her apartment in the Dakota, according to the New York Daily News.

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Bacall was one of the icons of her generation and Hollywood in general.

Tall, slender and confident, Bacall was always one to grab the attention of those around her. But it was her tough, no nonsense attitude, that friends and colleagues remember her by. Having grown up in the Bronx, Bacall became the “dame-est of the dames” as actor John Cusack put it in his tweet on Tuesday.

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Tupac Shakur's Final Words Were 'F**k You,' Other Famous Last Words


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The dying words of rapper Tupac Shakur have been revealed, 18 years after his death. The words were spoken to sergeant Chris Carroll, the policeman who questioned Shakur on the scene after the fatal shooting on September 7, 1996. Carroll told how he found the rapper, “covered with blood” and proceeded to try and find out what had happened: “So I’m looking at Tupac…I’m asking him, ‘Who shot you? What happened? Who did it?’ And he was just kind of ignoring me…All of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed…An ‘I’m at peace’ type of thing. When he made that transition, he looked at me, and he’s looking me right in the eye.”

Tupac Famous Last Words Tupac's last words were his final act of defiance against the police

So, what profundity did Tupac, the voice of a generation, a rapper capable of penning poetic and poignant lyrics, have to say as his final words? Carroll continued, “That’s when I looked at him and said one more time, ‘Who shot you?’ He looked at me and he took and breath…then the words came out: ‘F**k you’.” And with his final act of defiance towards the police, the rapper died.

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'The Maltese Falcon' Sells For $4 Million, But What's The Most Expensive Movie Item?


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The Maltese Falcon, a statuette of a bird featuring in the classic 1941 detective thriller, sold for more than $4 million at Bonhams auction house on Monday (November 25, 2013).

Maltese FalconThe Maltese Falcon Sold For $4 Million.

The winning bid of $4,085,000 came from a telephone bidder, according to the Guardian. The recognizable black figure was one of the two known statuettes for the movie, which starred Humphrey Bogart as San Francisco private detective Sam Spade and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette.

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"Here's Looking At You, Kid" - Warner Bros Plan Casablanca Sequel


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Warner Bros are reported to be working on a sequel to one of Hollywood’s best loved classics: Casablanca. The original, iconic movie was released in 1942 and starred Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. Set in World War II, it told the tale of a man forced to choose between his love for a woman, or helping her husband escape Casablanca, to continue his fight against the Nazis.

The rumor currently doing the rounds is that Warner Bros are working on the next stage in the tale, with a working title of either Return to Casablanca or As Time Goes By. The plot is said to revolve around Richard Blaine (the illegitimate son of Humphrey Bogart’s character Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa Lund). At the end of the original movie, those two were famously separated and the new movie finds Rick on the hunt for his biological father, to discover what became of him.

The new movie was the brainchild of Cass Warner, The Independent reports. The late Howard Koch wrote the guidelines for a sequel back in the 1980s. Cass Warner, the granddaughter of the Warner Bros founder Harry Warner, has seemingly been pressing for the sequel to be made. Cass said, of the new movie “There will be flashbacks, but it's a film about the next generation; a son going back to find what happened to his parents. I wouldn't want to touch the original for the world,” though that may be of little reassurance to film purists.

As Time Goes By: Casablanca Piano To Be Sold At Auction


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During the 1940s, for many soldiers and civilians alike, the movie theatre was the best form of escapism from the abject poverty the war had thrust upon Europe, as well as the heartbreak and tragedy that fell across the continent like rain. Casablanca, a romantic feature starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, was one of the favourites during that era and in that respect it comes as no surprise that the piano which appeared in the film has been valued at over £1m, reports the BBC.

The iconic piano, which appears in during the most romantic scene of the film in which Sam sings 'As Time Goes By', is to be sold at Sothebys in December. The last time it was sold it fetched $154,000 and was bought by a Japanese collector. That was back in 1988 though, and in the last 24 years the price has been hiked up a bit. The sentimental value attributed to the film and therefore to objects that appear in it clearly have had an enormous effect.

The scene in which it appears has been parodied by the 1978 movie The Cheap Detective and even The Muppets alongside others, and we all know mimicry is the greatest form of flattery. Casablanca's success is unfailing and has been voted one of the best films of all time, and similarly 'As Time Goes By' has also been voted one of the best songs of the 20th century. The sale marks the 70th anniversary of the film, and despite time going by, evidently this doesn't stop the popularity of Casablanca, or its piano.

Sabrina Review


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I'm afraid your opinion of Billy Wilder's 1954 romantic comedy classic Sabrina depends on your opinion of Audrey Hepburn. And even if you find her enchanting, a delicate flower, you may have a tough road to hoe.

Hepburn plays the title character, a shy girl who's desperately in love with David Larrabee (William Holden), a rakish Long Island playboy whose too busy chasing skirts and getting married to notice the wispy chauffeur's daughter. Nearly suicidal over David's lack of attention, she reluctantly goes to cooking school in Paris for a couple of years. It's time well spent. She meets a wealthy baron, gets a great new wardrobe, and secures some self-confidence. "I've learned how to live of the world and in the world," she writes her father before leaving Paris.

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Dark Passage Review


Very Good
A minor classic in the noir genre, Dark Passage is nonetheless too simplistic and too unbelievable to make much of an impression. Bogart is typically great as a falsely-accused prison escapee searching for his wife's real killer, while Bacall is also good as the woman who inexplicably helps him out. The gimmick? Bogie gets plastic surgery to become Bogie -- and he doesn't appear on camera for nearly an hour until the bandages are off. Also of note: Stephen King appears to have borrowed large chunks of Dark Passage for his novella The Shawshank Redemption.

Beat The Devil Review


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This understated comedy is often a love-it-or-hate-it affair with viewers, a very dry satire that often flies over the heads of its target (Bogart-style mysteries) and, just as often, its audience. Which just goes to show it's really difficult to spoof yourself, as Bogart proves when he plays the lead in Beat the Devil.

Essentially a revision of a dozen or so Bogie movies, all mashed together, Beat the Devil follows a group of miscreant adventurers on a quest to secure a parcel of land in Africa which is rich in uranium. Naturally, events and foes conspire against them, culminating in their arrest.

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Casablanca Review


Essential
"Play it again, Sam." Well, those lines aren't in Casablanca, but the words "Bogie and Bergman" rank just below "Bogie and Bacall" when it comes to famous celebrity film pairings. Sometimes a kiss isn't just a kiss -- in this case, it's forever. And it was certainly the beginning of a beautiful friendship...

A new double-disc DVD of Casablanca enhances the film for novelists and cineastes alike. I rarely do this, but I listened to Roger Ebert's entire commentary track, which he uses to discuss the film's curious shortcomings (what good would letters of transit signed by Charles de Gaulle be in getting you out of Morocco?), Bogart's past and rise to fame (this being his first starring role), Bergman and her foibles, endless points about the film's dozen or so famous lines, and extended commentary on the lighting, special effects (if you can call them that), and camerawork.

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High Sierra Review


Weak
Droll little Bogart film -- his first leading man role. Unfortunately, all the promise of intrigue and adventure in the Sierra mountains never really materializes. Instead, High Sierra is concerned more with a leg-extending operation for one of Bogie's dames and a dog that keeps barking, messing up his heists. The various robberies are utterly lacking in suspense or originality. It ends up as a rather plain entry into 1940s adventure movies which can barely hold your interest for its running time.
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