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Emma Stone Fell In Love On-screen


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Emma Stone had never fallen in love on-screen before working on 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.

The 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' actress and her boyfriend and co-star Andrew Garfield, who she's been dating since 2011, have been described as the new Audrey Hepburn and Spencer Tracy by Marvel's studio boss, Avi Arad, and Emma agrees with the comparison.

She told The Guardian newspaper's G2: ''I could relate to that feeling, that all-encompassing, you'll-die-for-this-person first love. It's everything I felt in my first relationship, that total Romeo and Juliet story played out. I never had an opportunity to fall in love like that in a movie before.''

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M*a*s*h Actor Harry Morgan Passed Away, Aged 96


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Harry Morgan, the American character actor best known for playing the stern but loveable Colonel Potter in the long running television series M*A*S*H has died, aged 96. Mr Morgan passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday (December 7, 2011), with his son Charles confirming the passing.

Although the cause of death is unclear, the New York Times reports that the actor had been treated for pneumonia recently. Appearing in over 100 movies, the prolific actor was known for playing villains, loyal sidekicks, sheriffs, soldiers and police chiefs. During his peak, he was considered one of the very best character actors around. On television, he had roles in Dragnet, The Richard Boone Show and Kentucky Jones, but will always be best known for playing Colonel Potter in M*A*S*H from 1975 to 1983 for which he scooped an EMMY AWARD as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1980. Among his other notable achievements was starring opposite Marlon Brando and Glenn Ford in 'The Teahouse of the August Moon' (1956), with Spencer Tracy in 'Inherit the Wind' and as GLENN MILLER's pianist Chummy MACGregor in 'The Glenn Miller Story', which also starred James Stewart. In recent years, he appeared in a big-screen remake of Dragnet, with DAN AKYROYD and Tom Hanks and reprised his role as Potter for the short-lived spinoff 'AfterMASH'.

His first wife Eileen died in 1985 after 45 years of marriage, but Harry is survived by his second wife Barbara Bushman, whom he wed in 1986. He has three sons from his first marriage, Christopher, Charles and Paul and eight grandchildren.

Gerard Butler: Acting Saved My Life


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Gerard Butler would be dead if he wasn't an actor.

The Scottish 'Machine Gun Preacher' star - who is now teetotal - was a troublemaker in his early twenties and claims the challenges of acting helped him to grow up after he was fired from his law training scheme thanks to his hellraising.

He explained: "I'd gone from a 16 year old who couldn't wait to grasp life to a 22 year old who didn't care if he died in his sleep.

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Anne Francis Dies Aged 80 After Battle With Cancer


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Anne Francis, the American actress and star of the 1950's science fiction movie 'Forbidden Planet', has died at a nursing home in Santa Barbara, California, aged 80, reports the Press Association. Francis, who also appeared as the eponymous 'Honey West' in the US crime drama series, passed away on Sunday (1st January 2011).

Francis' daughter Jane Uemura confirmed that her mother died of complications of pancreatic cancer after being diagnosed with the disease back in 2007. She had undergone surgery and chemotherapy between 2007 and 2008 and kept fans updated on her progress via her official website. Throughout her career, the actress had starred alongside Spencer Tracy, Paul Newman, Glenn Ford, and the recently deceased Leslie Nielsen. In 'Honey West', Francis played a private detective who was regarded as being the 'female James Bond', and her performances over the series' 30 episodes won Francis an EMMY AWARD nomination. During an interview in 1999 the actress recalled, "A lot of people speak to me about Honey West. The character made young women think there was more they could reach for. It encouraged a lot of people."

Francis is survived by her two daughters Jane and Maggie, as well as her one grandson.

Forbidden Planet Star Anne Francis Dies


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Hollywood actress Anne Francis has died aged 80.

The American actress - who is best known for her role in the 50s cult classic movie 'Forbidden Planet' - was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007 but died from complications of pancreatic cancer at a retirement home in Santa Barbara on Sunday (02.01.11) according to her daughter Jane Uemura.

Family spokeswoman Melissa Fitch added family and friends were with the veteran actress when she died.

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Hollywood Stars 'Paid To Smoke'


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Acting veterans Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and John Wayne were paid to promote smoking during Hollywood's "Golden Age", it has emerged.


The stars received huge cash sums from their film studios to advertise tobacco, according to researchers at the University of California at San Francisco.


One of the key documents uncovered by the researchers was a list of payments for a single year in the late 1930s detailing how much stars were paid by American Tobacco, the makers of Lucky Strike.


Actresses Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck and Myrna Loy were handed $10,000 (GBP5,500) - equal to around $150,000 (GBP83,300) in modern money - to endorse the brand.

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Spencer Tracy's Deaf Son Dies At 82


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The deaf son of acting icon Spencer Tracy has died. He was 82.
John Tracy steered his parents, Spencer and Louise, towards funding a non-profit organisation to help hearing-impaired children and their families.
The John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles was among the first places to educate parents about child deafness.

Wenn Irish Movie Poll


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by Kev Lewin
As the sun rises on another St Patrick's Day, WENN has decided to honour the Emerald Isle and all things Irish by looking back at the classic movies of Ireland.
From leprechauns and colourful characters to political dramas and violence, Hollywood has had a long and varied history with Ireland.
And countrymen like PETER O'TOOLE, Daniel Day-Lewis, Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson have become household movie names around the globe.
Even second-generation Irish stars, like Spencer Tracy and James Cagney, have celebrated their roots, co-founding the Irish Mafia in Tinseltown in the 1930s.
A group of Ireland-loving stars, the Mafia was strictly a social group, which would meet to tell stories and chat about films.
Ironically, many members of the Irish Mafia starred in classic movies set in Ireland or about the island's legends.
Now WENN and website ClassicMovies.org have joined forces with a handful of top film critics to weigh up the movies of the Emerald Isle.
From classics like RYAN'S DAUGHTER and The Quiet Man to modern favourites like The Commitments and My Left Foot, we revisited Hollywood's Irish treats in a bid to come up with a definitive top 10 list.
With a little luck o' the Irish, here's what we came up with:
1. Ryan's Daughter (1970)
Awe-inspiring David Lean film set in Ireland during World War I and featuring stunning performances, capped by John Mills, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his turn as a mentally-challenged village idiot. The movie also starred Sarah Mills, Trevor Howard and Robert Mitchum.
2. The Quiet Man (1952)
One of the greatest films set in Ireland and one of movie great John Ford's best movies, this features perhaps John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara's most impressive performances. It's a real treat.
3. My Left Foot (1989)
Daniel Day-Lewis stunned cinemagoers with his Oscar-winning portrayal of brave cerebral palsy sufferer Christy Brown, who battled his crippling illness to become an acclaimed artist. Jim Sheridan cemented his reputation as one of Ireland's greatest filmmakers with this inspirational tear-jerker.
4. The Commitments (1991)
One of the classic sleeper hits of modern cinema, Alan Parker's film adaptation of Roddy Doyle's novel about a Dublin soul band became a global sensation. The movie lacked a big-name star but proved that you don't always need Hollywood to make a big hit, just a good story and some powerful songs. Andrew Strong's soulful voice quickly became a talking point as this film took off. Ironically, Strong wasn't even among those initially considered for the film - he landed the part of Deco Cuffe, after showing up at an audition for his father, who was up for a role in the movie.
5. The Luck of The Irish (1948)
The first Hollywood film to deal with leprechauns, this film stars Cecil Kellaway as roly-poly elf Horace, who helps the film's hero, played by silver screen icon Tyrone Power, discover his true values. Not so much about Ireland, but heavy on the spiritual side of Irish life, where family and happiness come before material gain.
6. Darby O'Gill + The Little People (1959)
A wonderful Disney family film with excellent special effects for the time and a pre-Bond Sean Connery.
7. Waking Ned (1998)
Another great sleeper hit about the members of a small Irish village that join forces to collect the lottery winnings of a dead local. More than anything, this film plays on the famous Irish sense of fun, mischief, family and friendship. Another small movie, lacking in Hollywood starpower, Waking Ned featured great performances from TV stars James Nesbitt and David Kelly.
8. In The Name of The Father (1993)
Hard-hitting, tough-to-watch Oscar-nominated movie about a smalltime Belfast thief wrongly convicted for a London bombing. Based on the true story of Gerry Conlon, this Jim Sheridan must-see will be remembered for scenes of Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis) with his dying father (Pete Postlethwaite), who finds himself falsely implicated in the pub bombing. In every cinema I saw this gripping film, film fans sat in silence for minutes as the end credits rolled.
9. Hear My Song (1991)
Yet another charming sleeper movie all about the myth of reclusive singer Josef Locke, who lived in tax exile in Ireland. Deliverance star Ned Beatty plays a Locke imposter who convinces a hapless promoter that he is the real deal. The film cost less than $2 million to make and was shot in just six weeks - proof again that small can be beautiful!
10. Circle of Friends (1995)
Another charming little film that made the most of English actress Minnie Driver's accent skills. Set in 1950s Ireland, Driver plays lovestruck student Benny Hogan and embarks on a heartbreaking romance with cad-turned-nice guy Jack Foley, played by Chris O'Donnell. Driver put on 30 pounds to play her heavy-set character.

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Review


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It's also long, long, long... well, you get the picture. Mad, Mad World is the brainchild of director Stanley Kramer, best known for films like Inherit the Wind and Judgment at Nuremburg, who figured he really ought to take a shot at directing a comedy, and what the hell if it's over 3 hours long (his first cut was 5 1/2 hours, actually). Kramer hired every comedian in Hollywood -- counting cameos represents Mad, Mad World's special thrill -- and sent them on a chase across southern California in search of $350,000 that a dying Jimmy Durante alludes to after a car wreck. The ensuing adventures stretch the definition of the word madcap.

Of course, this is what we owe movies like Cannonball Run to. But the original will always reign as the only two-tape comedy on the rental rack. Enjoy.

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Was Katharine Hepburn Gay?


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Friends of late, great actress Katharine Hepburn are furiously playing down reports the movie legend was gay.

Just over a month after the star's death (29JUN03), biographers who delved into Hepburn's life are coming forward with rumours she enjoyed romances with women - and longtime lover Spencer Tracy was just a decoy.

But family friends insist the reports are scandalous.

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