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Snoop Dogg, Once a Gangsta Rapper, Is Now Becoming a TV Game Show Host

Snoop Dogg, Once a Gangsta Rapper, Is Now Becoming a TV Game Show Host
Fo’ shizzle? First Snoop D-o-double-g is besties with Martha Stewart, and he’s now hosting the revival of a 1970s TV game show? At some point, when we weren’t looking, Snoop became mom-friendly.

Snoop Dogg has signed on to host a revival of “The Jokers Wild,” a half-hour game show inspired by casino slot machines. Snoop Dogg will executive produce with Michael Strahan, the “Good Morning America” anchor who also hosts a revived “The $100,000 Pyramid” for ABC. “Jokers Wild,” like “Pyramid,” comes from Sony Pictures Television. (Turner’s Studio T is also producing.)

Read More: ‘Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party’: TV’s Oddest Couple Talk Fried Chicken, Fat Doobies and Funyuns

“I’m a huge fan of game shows and The Joker’s Wild was my favorite show growing up,” Snoop Dogg said in TBS’s press release. “It always matched the flavor and personality of Snoop Dogg!
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The Chase

Horton Foote, Lillian Hellman and Arthur Penn's All-Star vision of an Ugly America found few friends in 1965; now its overstated scenes of social injustice and violence are daily events. Marlon Brando leads a terrific cast -- Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall! -- to endure the worst Saturday ever to hit one cursed Texas township. The Chase (1966) Blu-ray Twilight Time 1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / Street Date October 11, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95 Starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall, Angie Dickinson, Janice Rule, Miriam Hopkins, Martha Hyer, Richard Bradford, Robert Duvall, James Fox, Diana Hyland, Henry Hull, Jocelyn Brando, Clifton James, Steve Ihnat Cinematography Joseph Lashelle Production Designer Richard Day Art Direction Robert Luthardt Film Editor Gene Milford Original Music John Barry Written by Lillian Hellman from the novel by Horton Foote Produced by Sam Spiegel Directed by Arthur Penn

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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Edge of Doom

Remember Charlie Chaplin's 'The Killer with a Heart?' You too will be frustrated by this well-produced story of a slum kid who commits an unpardonable crime... except that a do-gooder priest wants to pardon him. Dana Andrews and Farley Granger star but the good work is in the smaller roles of this urban tragedy. Edge of Doom DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1950 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 97 min. / Street Date February 9, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 18.59 Starring Dana Andrews, Farley Granger, Joan Evans, Robert Keith, Paul Stewart, Mala Powers, Adele Jergens, Harold Vermilyea, John Ridgely, Douglas Fowley, Mabel Paige, Howland Chamberlain, Houseley Stevenson Sr., Jean Inness, Ellen Corby, Ray Teal. Cinematography Harry Stradling Film Editor Daniel Mandell Original Music Hugo Friedhofer Written by Philip Yordan Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Directed by Mark Robson

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

What's the most hopeless, depressing, feel-bad film noir on the charts? How about Detour,
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He Ran All the Way | Blu-ray Review

A prototype of what would come to be familiarly known as the home invasion thriller, 1951’s He Ran All the Way is also an important artifact from the Huac witch hunt during Joseph McCarthy’s pillaging of the entertainment industry. Director John Berry would go uncredited for this and his next several features due to his reputation as a Communist sympathizer, eventually leading him to France for the remainder of the decade.

The film was based on a novel by a more famous blacklisted alumnus, Dalton Trumbo, writing under the pseudonym Sam Ross, also adapting the screenplay. Sadly, the film is also the last performance from 40’s icon John Garfield, who died in 1952 from coronary thrombosis, his health woes credited to his blacklisting following his refusal to name names while testifying in front of Huac, a tragedy co-star Shelley Winters vocalized bitterly for years to come. Though these intense tidbits
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"Surely an Alan Partridge idea!" Twitter reacts to ITV's Flockstars

Eight celebrities. Eight border collies. Gaby Logan. What could go wrong?

A lot, it seems - judging by Twitter's reaction to ITV's Flockstars, the show that challenges celebrities to train and work with border collies to herd sheep.

The general concept seems to baffle a fair few, with many wondering if a certain Norwich DJ had a hand in its creation:

Looks like @ITV have had Partridge in for TV show ideas. Next week, Monkey Tennis. #Flockstars

— whitty (@whitty_howfen) July 30, 2015

ITV now Flockstars......celebrities herd sheep! Surely an Alan Partridge idea! pic.twitter.com/1dBPysaXBF

Johnny Walker (@parliamoglesca) July 30, 2015

Monkey tennis, sorry #Flockstars shortly on @officalITV. Yay, lets vote out Z list celebrities

Simon Ward (@asheshero) July 30, 2015

@ITV who seriously sanctioned this show #flockstars

John Berry (@JohnBerry6) July 30, 2015

The six celebrity contestants were also in for criticism:

I love that Amanda Lamb is in #flockstars. Ewe couldn't make it up.
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

U2 to Air 'Innocence' Show, Behind-the-Scenes Doc on HBO

Two new U2 films, a behind-the-scenes documentary and a live concert, will air on HBO this fall. The doc, premiering November 7th, will focus on how the group's current Innocence + Experience tour came together, while the concert film will be shot at the band's Paris gig on November 14th and air the same day. Titles for both films have ye to be revealed.

The documentary will feature interviews with all four members of the group, as well as the people who work backstage and helped conceive the band's current tour.
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Wright Minibio Pt.2: Hitchcock Heroine in His Favorite Movie

Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock heroine (image: Joseph Cotten about to strangle Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt') (See preceding article: "Teresa Wright Movies: Actress Made Oscar History.") After scoring with The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, and The Pride of the Yankees, Teresa Wright was loaned to Universal – once initial choices Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland became unavailable – to play the small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. (Check out video below: Teresa Wright reminiscing about the making of Shadow of a Doubt.) Co-written by Thornton Wilder, whose Our Town had provided Wright with her first chance on Broadway and who had suggested her to Hitchcock; Meet Me in St. Louis and Junior Miss author Sally Benson; and Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, Shadow of a Doubt was based on "Uncle Charlie," a story outline by Gordon McDonell – itself based on actual events.
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Review Round-Up: The Pigman from Das Cabinet to The Void

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With so many films released on the run up to Halloween it’s been hard to keep up with reviews, so we’re going to play catch-up with another review round-up looking at some recent releases in brief. This time round we have reviews of Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari, Saints & Soldiers: The Void, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The Pigman Murders.

Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari

Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Rudolf Lettinger | Directed by Robert Weine

Synopsis: At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…

My thoughts: Along with Last Year in Marienbad and The 400 Blows, Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari was one of those “important” films that I,
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Audrey Totter obituary

Stylish film noir star known for her role in Lady in the Lake

I was kissed by Audrey Totter. At least, I share that experience with anybody who has seen Lady in the Lake (1947), when Totter plants her lips on the subjective camera, the surrogate for Robert Montgomery as Philip Marlowe. The film, directed by Montgomery, and based on the Raymond Chandler novel, was shot so that the whole story is seen literally through Marlowe's eyes.

The role of the gold-digging tigress magazine editor Adrienne Fromsett, who hires the private eye to find the missing wife of her publisher, was a breakthrough for Totter, who has died aged 95. Previously, she had been in a dozen movies, her hair colour and accent varying so much from film to film that she dubbed herself "the feminine Lon Chaney of the MGM lot".

Montgomery chose Totter for the part because of her versatility as a radio actor.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Tough Dame Totter Dead at 95: One of the Last Surviving Stars of Hollywood Noirs

Femme fatale Audrey Totter: Film noir actress and MGM leading lady dead at 95 (photo: Audrey Totter ca. 1947) Audrey Totter, film noir femme fatale and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player best remembered for the mystery crime drama Lady in the Lake and, at Rko, the hard-hitting boxing drama The Set-Up, died after suffering a stroke and congestive heart failure on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles County. Reportedly a resident at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, Audrey Totter would have turned 96 on Dec. 20. Born in Joliet, Illinois, Audrey Totter began her show business career on radio. She landed an MGM contract in the mid-’40s, playing bit roles in several of the studio’s productions, e.g., the Clark Gable-Greer Garson pairing Adventure (1945), the Hedy Lamarr-Robert Walker-June Allyson threesome Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945), and, as an adventurous hitchhiker riding with John Garfield,
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English National Opera strikes distribution deal

English National Opera strikes distribution deal
Agreement with Altive Media will include a production from director Terry Gilliam.

English National Opera (Eno) has secured a partnership with alternative content distribution company Altive Media that will screen productions throughout the UK and in cinemas worldwide.

The partnership, dubbed Eno Screen, is set to broadcast the operatic productions in up to 300 cinemas across the UK and Ireland as well as selected cinemas around the world.

The first live screening will be Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes on Feb 23, directed by David Alden.

It will be followed in June by Hector Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, directed by Terry Gilliam, best known for directing films such as 12 Monkeys and Brazil as well as being part of the Monty Python troupe.

The technical and creative team behind the broadcasts will be headed by award-winning MTV director Andy Morahan (Jls: Eyes Wide Open 3D) and producer Dione Orrom (Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary).

Altive Media will oversee
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Meme: Adele Rumored for Dusty Springfield, Scott Lively Running for Massachusetts Governor, Colton Haynes Has a Cavernous Mouth

Sexy Sam Mikulak dances through World Championships, Smaug speaks, 50 Cent mentors a transgender teen on Dream School

Adele is rumored to be taking up the role of Dusty Springfield in an upcoming biopic, which is rumored to have Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga involved.

When I visited Australia, I found it to be one of the most welcoming environments I’ve ever been. Everyone was friendly (some were super-friendly). Ambassador John Berry isn’t getting the same welcome, with Tasmanian politician Peter Madden saying that Berry’s use of spouse in reference to his husband is “a clear and deliberate contravention of Aus law.” He’s calling for Berry’s resignation.

Dartmouth College (my first choice for college, and the only school that I wasn’t accepted to, breaking my heart) has announced plans for a $3.6 million affinity house called the Triangle House, for Lgbtia students to live and host events for the community.
See full article at The Backlot »

Meme: Johnny Weir Accepts He Could Be Arrested In Russia, Justin Bieber Serenades Grandma Nude

Bryan Fischer wants to talk about sodomy a lot, Andrew Sullivan advocates civil disobedience at Sochi, Sir Elton’s fight scene (that didn’t include Madonna)

Adele is being pursued to make her movie debut as the villainess in the adaptation of Mark Miller’s The Secret Service, which will also feature cameos from Sir Elton John and David Beckham. Sir Elton’s role will reportedly feature him in a violent fight scene.

Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law some of the most sweeping protections for transgender students in the nation, guaranteeing them access to the bathrooms of their identified gender as well as sports teams.

The racial discrimination charges against Paula Deen have been dismissed from the lawsuit, but charges of sexual harassment from her brother in her restaurants still remain.

Billionaire Elon Musk finally revealed his plans for the Hyperloop transportation system, which could make the trip
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Meme: Ben Whishaw Confirms Civil Partnership, Twelve Is Announced, “Kill Your Darlings” Teases

Jennifer Lopez close to Idol return, lost Legend of Zelda movie, Behind the Candelabra picks up TCA Award.

Congratulations to Ben Whishaw, the star of many indie movies and as Q in Skyfall, who released a statement confirming that he’s gay, and entered a civil partnership in 2012 with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw in Sydney. Whishaw has been subject to a great deal of speculation about his sexuality in the past, particularly following a vague Out interview, but generally has kept his personal life, not just his love life, very private.

Game of Thrones writer (there seems to be some conflict about that title) Dave Hill and Hanna screenwriter David Farr are working on a script for a new take on the Authurian legend.

San Diego County Clerk Earnest Dronenburg has withdrawn his court challenge as to the constitutionality or Prop 8 being struck down statewide in California. He doesn’t agree that it has,
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Meme: Henry Cavill Fought For His “Man of Steel” Chest Fur, Jim Carrey Slams “Kick Ass 2,” Allyson Robinson Ousted At OutServe-sldn

Paris Barclay elected president of DGA, Florence Welch covers Icona Pop, National Organization for Marriage vows revenge on Senator Murkowski

Out director Paris Barclay has been elected president of the Director’s Guild of America. Barclay is one of the most prolific directors of television, with credits including Glee, Smash, House, The Good Wife, and more. It’s great to see an out man of color rise to lead one of the guilds.

Allyson Robinson has been ousted as the head of OutServe-sldn, the leading advocate group of Glbt military personnel. The board voted for her removal, leading to resignations from several board members and senior staffers. No one is saying what happened, but it’s a shame that the only transgender person to head a major non-transgender Glbt organization was ousted after only nine months in the position. I heard Robinson speak in February, and she had a great
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Hutton Pt.2: From Morgan's Creek to Mature Leading Lady

Betty Hutton movies (photo: Betty Hutton in The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, with Eddie Bracken) [See previous post: "Betty Hutton Bio: The Blonde Bombshell."] Buddy DeSylva did as promised. Betty Hutton was given a key supporting role in Victor Schertzinger’s 1942 musical comedy The Fleet’s In, starring Dorothy Lamour, William Holden, and Eddie Bracken. “Her facial grimaces, body twists and man-pummeling gymnastics take wonderfully to the screen,” enthused Pm magazine. (Hutton would have a cameo, as Hetty Button, in the 1952 remake Sailor Beware, starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Corinne Calvet.) The following year, Betty Hutton landed the second female lead in Happy Go Lucky (1943), singing Jimmy McHugh and Frank Loesser’s "Murder, He Says," and stealing the show from fellow Broadway import Mary Martin and former Warner Bros. crooner Dick Powell. She also got co-star billing opposite Bob Hope in Sidney Lanfield’s musical comedy Let’s Face It. Additionally, Paramount’s hugely successful all-star war-effort
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Morning Meme: Michael J. Fox Throws Shade At Taylor Swift, Chris Colfer Says His Teenage Girl Fans Want To Convert Him, and In What Way Does Jesse Tyler Like Hugh Jackman?

Tina Fey may have told Taylor Swift to stay away from Sam Fox, Michael J. Fox's son, but Michael himself is a bit bewildered. "No. No ... Just back off. I don’t keep up with it all. But Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right? What a way to build a career." So what if Swift showed up for dinner at the Fox household? I wouldn’t even know who she was." Shade thrown.

Blabbeando has the details about a new anti-homophobia campaign sweeping Jamaica, which has a strong history of being anti-gay, but that may all be changing.

Lifebeat, Music Fights AIDS has teamed up with MTV to allow Twitter users to send messages of hope to to young people infected with HIV to two Viacom Jumbotrons in Time's Square, plus be displayed on a tickertape at the Arches of Hope installation at The Out NYC Hotel.
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New opera portrays Walt Disney as 'racist, misogynist'

New opera portrays Walt Disney as 'racist, misogynist'
The newest Disney musical probably isn’t for children.

The Perfect American, a new opera by Philip Glass premiering in Spain this month, tells the story of Walt Disney — but without the help of his most famous fictional creations. According to the U.K. Guardian, the show “concentrates on the last years of Disney’s life, when he lay dying of lung cancer while planning to have his body frozen. It portrays Disney as a megalomaniac with McCarthyite, racist, and misogynist tendencies, so it is clear why the global entertainment corporation has denied rights .” (A rep for The Walt Disney
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Damon Albarn kickstarts Eno's 'undress for opera' scheme

Damon Albarn and Terry Gilliam launch Eno's new audience expansion scheme to attract younger audience to art form that many consider 'too stuffy, too posh, too expensive'

In 1998, Sir Colin Southgate, the former Royal Opera House chairman, infamously gave his verdict on what to wear to the opera. "I don't want to sit next to somebody in a singlet, a pair of shorts and a smelly pair of trainers".

But the English National Opera was today making an effort to be a little more relaxed at the launch of an initiative to attract younger audiences. "Come in shorts, armour, jeans, pumps, anything!" said artistic director John Berry.

The scheme, Undress for the Opera, was inspired by the success of Damon Albarn's Doctor Dee which played at the Coliseum in the summer and where 60% of the ticket buyers were new to Eno. Berry and Albarn were joined at the launch
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Hemingway's Boyhood Oak Park Home Officially Off The Market

Hemingway's Boyhood Oak Park Home Officially Off The Market
Oak Park, Ill. -- The suburban Chicago house where Ernest Hemingway is believed to have written some of his earliest works will be converted back into a single-family home, but fans of the novelist are welcome to visit, the new owners said.

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation put the Oak Park property on the market in February and Kurt and Mary Jane Neumann closed a $525,000 deal on the home on Tuesday.

The foundation bought the house in 2001 in hopes of turning it into a cultural center but couldn't make the finances work, according to John Berry, the group's chairman. The home has been divided into three apartments since the 1930s.

Kurt Neumann says his family plans to make their new home available to visits by scholars and other Hemingway fans.

"We don't want anyone to feel like we're going to shutter it up or minimize the historical significance" he said. "We appreciate curiosity in the home.
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