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Ben Kingsley Expands Upon His Mother’s Profound Disapproval

ShutterstockBenKingsley2010In the spring of 2010, UK journalist Cole Moreton shared a rather startling interview with Sir Ben Kingsley. The actor, speaking in the pages of the Daily Mail not long after the death that year of his mother Anna Lyna Mary (nee Goodman) at age 96, candidly revealed her pathological inability to show affection for her children and give them any approval.

He pantomimed her dismissal of his British knighthood after it was awarded at Buckingham Palace in 2002. And this week, Kingsley went a little further, filling in the blanks of this unbelievable, ultimate slap. From the actor’s interview with Hollywood-based Filipino journalist Ruben Nepales:

Ben revealed a side story about becoming a knight. “Then [after the ceremony], my mother refused to acknowledge my knighthood, which I found bitterly hurtful. Life is all about balance, isn’t it? That wonderful woman (Queen Elizabeth II) had said, we accept you and love what you do, but my mother refused to acknowledge that it had taken place. She was embarrassed, bitter and jealous. That’s the whole story. I have never told it before.”

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Retired New York Cop Banks on MegaBall$

The general consensus is that the median age of regular metropolitan daily newspaper readers is way up there. This Saturday, no doubt, each and every one of those Newsday demo-members will thoroughly enjoy deputy entertainment editor Daniel Bubbeo‘s article “Retired Cop, 82, Still on a Beat He Loves: Showbiz.”

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A Scene Featuring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and the New York Times

On the website for NYC gay bar Julius’, the Village institution’s historic connection to the fight for gay rights is rightly celebrated.

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From the bar’s About section:

On April 26, 1966, four homophile activists staged a “sip in” at Julius’ to challenge the NYS Liquor Authority’s regulation that prohibited bars and restaurants from serving homosexuals. Accompanied by five reporters, the group visited a number of bars until they were denied service at Julius’, a longtime Greenwich Village gay bar. The incident drew a denial from the SLA chairman that his agency told bars not to serve homosexuals and precipitated an investigation by the chairman of the city’s Human Right’s Commission. (From: Becoming Visible, Penguin Studios 1998)

In the August 22 drama Love is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, there is a great scene – shot at Julius’-  that references this historic chapter. At one point, the bartender serving Lithgow and Molina’s characters mentions there is a framed clipping of the New York Times‘ 1966 coverage, “somewhere.”

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He Went to the Journal; She Re-Teamed with Michael Bay

MeganFoxAprilONeilIt’s likely that Marshall Heyman‘s September 2009 interview with Megan Fox in Wonderland magazine had more than a little to do with the freelancer joining the Wall Street Journal the following spring. Fox’s comment that director Michael Bay “wants to be like Hitler” on a movie set was heard around the world and would be dissected for years to come.

Today, the other half of this celebrity interview circle is complete with the release of a new Fox-Bay collaboration. Or is it? LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson thinks that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles producer Bay may be extracting some belated revenge for that 2009 interview comment:

If you thought Bay had forgiven Fox for saying he was “like Hitler,” this new April O’Neil role is proof he hasn’t. It’s a set-up.

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In Praise of Philip Seymour Hoffman

PhilipSeymourHoffmanAMostWantedManReaction to John le Carré‘s essay in this Sunday’s New York Times is cascading forth on Twitter.

From San Francisco, Nelle Engeron opines that the piece is “the brilliant and heartbreaking obituary he [Philip Seymour Hoffman] deserves.” In Madison, Wisconsin, Dave Martin dubs le Carré’s “Staring at the Flame” the “best read of the week.” And from London, singer David Albury calls the article: “Touching and honest. And sad.” They’re all correct.

From le Carré’s essay:

No actor had ever made quite the impact on me that Philip did at that first encounter: not Richard Burton, not Burt Lancaster or even Alec Guinness. Philip greeted me as if he’d been waiting to meet me all his life, which I suspect was how he greeted everyone. But I’d been waiting to meet Philip for a long time.

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Thelma and Louise Take a Selfie

You just know that if Thelma & Louise were hitting the road today, they would at some point take a selfie. Recently, co-stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis did the next best thing, and an image to that effect adorns the cover of this week’s The Hollywood Reporter‘s compilation of Tinseltown’s 100 Favorite Films.

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Zach Braff Revisits Tasty Actor-Waiter Juxtaposition

BrokenHeartsClubPosterPicture this. A young, aspiring actor has a film at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, but is still at a career-stage where he must continue to wait tables. Post-Park City, The Broken Hearts Club  is released theatrically via Fox Searchlight and people start recognizing said waiter from the film.

This delightful memory was shared recently by Zach Braff at a Waldorf Astoria junket with Hollywood Foreign Press Association member Ruben Nepales. From the journalist’s Filipino newspaper column:

“I was waiting tables at a French-Vietnamese restaurant on Beverly and Robertson. People would come from the movie to the restaurant and I would be waiting on them.”

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Roger Friedman Suffers Through The Fault in Our Stars

FaultInOurStarsCoverThe early Rotten Tomatoes line on The Fault in Our Stars is pretty good – 90% from critics, 96% from the public.

Then there’s Roger Friedman‘s take. The Showbiz 411 columnist does not link his stuff through RT. If he did, and if RT was still allowing reader comments on individual reviews, the teen Multiplex crowd would be all over him for his slam of Hollywood’s adaptation of John Green‘s bestselling tearjerker:

Just as the Beebs hoped Anne Frank would have been a Belieber, Green picks the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam as the spot where his romantic (and cancer stricken) teen couple can make out. This is followed by slow clapping from the other tourists visiting the most famous spot in the world where Jews hid from the Nazis. Why not?…

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Who Should Oliver Stone Cast as Edward Snowden?

ShutterstockEdNortonOliver Stone calls the narrative at the center of Guardian journalist Luke Harding‘s tome The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man “one of the greatest stories of our time.” With the announcement that Stone will work closely with the British newspaper to adapt the book into a big-budget Hollywood movie, the next question becomes our headline.

The first name that popped to mind for FishbowlNY is Edward Norton, and not just because he shares the same first name. Yes, Norton is considerably older than the 30-year-old Snowden, but this terrific, fiercely intellectual actor could easily handle that challenge and certainly wouldn’t be the first thespian to portray someone younger on screen. Norton previously starred in Stone’s 1996 drama The People vs. Larry Flynt.

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Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt Blur the Premiere Lines

London; Paris; New York. That’s the schedule today for Edge of Tomorrow co-stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, beginning – so as to pull it off – with an unusually early premiere in Leicester Square.

Ahead of today’s rainy UK first leg, Blunt told Hello! magazine she had no doubt whose idea the trifecta was:

“When I heard about the premiere idea of three in one day I just said, ‘That’s Tom’s idea,’ I knew it,” said Emily in the lead-up to the challenge. “It had to be Tom Cruise’s idea.”

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