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Amanda Seyfried Trusts Charlize Theron


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Amanda Seyfried wants to be with Charlize Theron if the world ever comes to an end.

The 29-year-old actress formed a close bond with the Oscar winner, 39, while filming 'A Million Ways to Die In the West' last year and believes she would be the perfect person to take charge in a serious situation.

The 'Les Miserables' star said: ''If the apocalypse comes, I would want her to run the camp where we survive. She would, like, keep our morale up.''

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Cher Wants To Remake Auntie Mame


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Pop superstar Cher is eager to return to the big screen in a remake of Rosalind Russell's comedy drama Auntie Mame.

The Believe hitmaker, who won an Oscar for her role in 1987's Moonstruck, reveals she's obsessed with the 1958 film, about an orphan who is sent to live with his free-spirited aunt, and the singer/actress would love to tackle the title role made famous by Russell.

She tells Us Weekly magazine, "I have watched the 1958 film Auntie Mame, with Rosalind Russell, at least 100 times. I would love to play that part in a remake."

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The Women (1939) Review


Excellent
Although one could have fun imagining a film in which Rosalind Russell and Joan Crawford are simply tossed into a tiger cage and fight to the death, the 1939 film The Women will do just fine in its stead. Adapted from the hit stage play by Clare Booth Luce, it's a gabby, urbane comedy that takes a (for its time, especially) steadfast look at adultery, divorce, and why men court idiocy with such abandon. It also takes its title quite seriously, with not a single male appearing onscreen.

The film is powered by a can't-miss trio of top-line actresses, all playing to their strengths. Norma Shearer is the gentle and naïve Mary Haines, whose husband Stephen has been stepping out on her with Crystal Allen (Crawford, at 35 maybe a little long in the tooth to play a perfume counter girl, but you try telling her that...), a fact that is known to everybody in New York save Mary due to the gossipy efforts of Sylvia Fowler (Russell, firing on all bitchy cylinders). It's a slow build-up to Mary's discovery of the truth, with an intricate elaboration of the social circle she runs in and the backstabbing that it's rife with - her purported friends making absolutely sure that not only does she find out the awful truth, but that they're there to witness her reaction.

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Movie And Tv Star Janet Blair Dies


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JANET BLAIR, who appeared in several 1940s musicals and comedies and later turned to TV work, has died. She was 85.
Blair died of complications from pneumonia in Santa Monica, California Monday (19FEB07).
She was discovered singing with HAL KEMP's band at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles in 1941 when she was spotted by a talent scout for Columbia Pictures.
She signed a contract with the studio paying $100 (GBP51) a week and became an actress in B-grade pictures until film star Rosalind Russell recommended her for the title role in the comedy MY SISTER EILEEN.
Blair also appeared opposite George Raft in the gangster movie BROADWAY, and co-starred with Cary Grant in 1944's ONCE UPON A TIME.
She appeared as the love interest in THE FABULOUS DORSEYS and appeared opposite Red Skelton in the 1946 hit THE FULLER BRUSH MAN.
In 1956, she joined comedian Sid Caesar on his television show CAESAR'S HOUR as replacement for co-star NANETTE FABRAY.
She returned to television in 1971 playing the wife in THE SMITH FAMILY.

Auntie Mame Review


Excellent
Think of it as the flipside of Breakfast at Tiffany's: Here's what happens when a brassy city-girl socialite winds up with an orphaned nephew in her care and marries a southern plantation owner. Hilarity ensues as cultures clash galore. Set during the Great Depression, Auntie Mame is a very funny and touching story, even if it rambles endlessly, clocking in at nearly 2 1/2 hours long.

The Women Review


Excellent
Although one could have fun imagining a film in which Rosalind Russell and Joan Crawford are simply tossed into a tiger cage and fight to the death, the 1939 film The Women will do just fine in its stead. Adapted from the hit stage play by Clare Booth Luce, it's a gabby, urbane comedy that takes a (for its time, especially) steadfast look at adultery, divorce, and why men court idiocy with such abandon. It also takes its title quite seriously, with not a single male appearing onscreen.

The film is powered by a can't-miss trio of top-line actresses, all playing to their strengths. Norma Shearer is the gentle and naïve Mary Haines, whose husband Stephen has been stepping out on her with Crystal Allen (Crawford, at 35 maybe a little long in the tooth to play a perfume counter girl, but you try telling her that...), a fact that is known to everybody in New York save Mary due to the gossipy efforts of Sylvia Fowler (Russell, firing on all bitchy cylinders). It's a slow build-up to Mary's discovery of the truth, with an intricate elaboration of the social circle she runs in and the backstabbing that it's rife with - her purported friends making absolutely sure that not only does she find out the awful truth, but that they're there to witness her reaction.

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Gypsy Review


Good
Rosalind Russell is most-mentioned when Gypsy, the life story of famed Burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, but Natalie Wood is really the show-stealer as the titular character. Her nuanced performance as a Vaudevillian, thrust into stripping after its death, puts Russell's shrieking Mama Rose to shame. Not that she isn't good, but hey, how do you compete on screen with Ms. Wood? While the story is solid, mainly tracing Gypsy's time as a child being carted around the country by mom and Karl Malden's candy salesman in an attempt to Make It Big, the music is weak overall, with but two numbers ("Let Me Entertain You" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses") being even remotely memorable.

Brooke Shields Heads Back To Broadway


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Actress Brooke Shields is heading to New York City to join the acclaimed Broadway revival of WONDERFUL TOWN.

Late next month (SEP04), Shields will replace Donna Murphy as writer RUTH SHERWOOD, a young woman from Ohio determined to score success in New York in the 1930s.

The musical was first done on Broadway in 1953 with Rosalind Russell in the leading role. The revival opened in November (03) and won a 2004 TONY AWARD for best choreography.

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