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Retired Fashion Model Recalls Her Glorious Life

PanAmAirwaysLogoThose were the pre-9/11 flying days. Hildegarde Archuleta, an 85-year-old one-time fashion model with a truly resplendent name, is today happily retired in the Palm Springs area. The Southern California native recently spoke with the Desert Sun about her career, which began when she replied to a post-World War II Vogue talent search.

Archuleta went on to cross paths with Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Sinatra, Jack Warner and many more. She also recalls in the article the thrilling way her professional life took off:

She became a Vogue model in her mid-20s and that first trip to the Big Apple is a favorite memory. It was her first time flying, and the Pan Am pilot invited her into the cockpit.

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A Kaleidoscope of Treats on the Paramount Studios Lot

This weekend, the annual fall Grand Palais event Paris Photo has expanded for the first time to Los Angeles. A total of 60 art galleries and a dozen specialized book publishers are camped out on the Paramount Studios lot through Sunday, offering all sorts of sights for sore SoCal eyes.

LA gallery Ambach & Rice for example is showcasing new works by German artist Martina Sauter, who likes to work with old film stills, and a separate series of photographs of swimming pools at large LA homes. The event is also hosting what it bills as the first local screening of Johan Grimonprez’s 2005 short Looking for Alfred:

The film explores the idea of doubles and false identities by way of Ron Burrage, the renowned professional Hitchcock lookalike. It is a surrealist combination of Hitchcock’s trademark cameos as well as Grimonprez’s first reference to Hitchock’s The Birds and the actress Tippi Hedren, all critical narrative devices in the artist’s subsequent full-length feature Double Take.

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The Stage is Set for a Scintillating Hitchcock Adaptation

Deadline’s Mike Fleming was one of the first this morning to the news that after many years of failed attempts, Broadway adaptation rights for Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window have finally been secured. The lucky winning bidders are director Jay Russell and producer Charlie Lyons, whose previous film collaborations include Ladder 49 and The Water Horse.

In recent years, there have been various pick-ups on the 1954 classic. Shia Labeouf fronted 2007′s Disturbia, which was later challenged in court by the estate controlling the rights to Rear Window (the plaintiffs lost). Meanwhile, in 2009, Jason Sudeikis and January Jones did a questionable SNL riff featuring a very flatulent Grace Kelly.

Casting is going to be key. The 1998 ABC-TV movie remake for example very cleverly chose Christopher Reeve to play the James Stewart character, opposite Darryl Hanah as his concerned girlfriend.

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Fashion Photog Could Be Staring at Second Straight Hollywood Remake

Remember the 2010 Paul Haggis-Russell Crowe collaboration The Next Three Days? Turns out it was a remake of a much better reviewed 2008 French film, Pour Elle.

Now, Gallic director Fred Cavayé (pictured), a fashion photographer who embraced the movie end of the lens when he hit 40, says Hollywood is sniffing around his sophomore effort Point Blank. The $13 million thriller, which features manic Paris-shot chase scenes, opens Friday in LA. He tells LA Times writer Susan King that he took the failure of the English language version of his debut with a grain of “sel”:

“It was very flattering that my first film, which I wrote in my little apartment in Paris and two years later the man who is Clint Eastwood‘s scriptwriter is writing it and Crowe is starring in it,” said Cavayé. “I think the success of films is a very fragile thing. Every week you have very good films that come out that don’t really have much success at the box office. Then you have middling and not-so-good films that are enormously successful. It all depends on what viewers want to see.”

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Playwright/Screenwriter Arthur Laurents Dies at 93

Tony Award-winning playwright Arthur Laurents died yesterday of complications from a bout of pneumonia. He was 93.

Laurents was perhaps best known for his work on the stage, most famously penning the book for West Side Story. But he had an extensive film and television career as well. He produced and wrote the screenplay for the Robert Redford/Barbra Streisand love story The Way We Were as well as the Shirley MacLaine/Anne Bancroft film Turning Point. Both film were nominated for multiple Oscars, although neither won. Laurents’ other screenwriting credits include Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rope, and Anastasia, starring Ingrid Bergman.

RIP.