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Posts Tagged ‘Marilyn Monroe’

A Travis Bickle Contact Sheet

There are several reasons why the portion of Hollywood Frame by Frame dedicated to Martin Scorcese‘s 1976 drama Taxi Driver jumps out.

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1) The featured contact sheet is the work of famed photog Steve Schapiro.

2) The 34 thumbnails abut Robert De Niro’s famous “You talkin’ to me?” speech which, as the New York Daily News was the first to reveal a few years ago, was inspired by some Bruce Springsteen concert patter.

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Journalist Revisits a Celebrity Biographer’s Fraudulent Ways

The late author’s editor would not talk to reporter David Cay Johnston. Neither would Simon & Schuster spokesperson Paul Olewski.

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But there it is, nonetheless, detailed in the latest issue of Newsweek magazine. The litany of errors and fabrication committed by celebrity biographer C. David Heymann, who passed away two years ago in New York City:

It’s too bad CBS didn’t want to hear more, because all the celebrity bios Heymann wrote for them and other publishers — dealing with JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe — are riddled with errors and fabrications. An exhaustive cataloging of those mistakes would fill a book, so a sampling from his long career will have to suffice.

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A Missed Marilyn Monroe Headline Opportunity

ShutterstockMonroeModelThis giant statue of Marilyn Monroe‘s most famous film pose was erected in Guigang, China in late December 2013. And subsequently, virally consigned to the Chinese scrap heap in June, 2014.

By our count, that’s seven months. And yet… This morning, there is a shocking paucity of “China Scratches Seven Month Itch”-style headlines. Even though the statue and mimicked over-an-NYC-subway-sidewalk-grate scene is from a film titled The Seven Year Itch.

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Just in Time for Summer: Two New Marilyn Monroe Vintages

In this particular case, decanters are arguably a woman’s best friend. So as to properly pour and let breathe two offerings released this month by St. Helena, CA’s Nova Wines.

Let’s start with the 2012 Norma Jeane. For a suggested retail price of $13, this young Merlot offers an experience “rich in color with a youthful hue. Dark berry flavors and moderate tannins complete the package.”

Also priced well below the millionaire bachelor threshold is the 2012 Sauvignon Blonde (SRP $16). When the cork comes off, the aromas are a “combination of ripe stone fruits with a light herbaceous undercurrent typical of Sauvignon Blanc wines. The flavors are fruity, soft in the mouth with a lingering finish.”

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American Cinematheque, USC Welcome Cuban Women Filmmakers

A group of distinguished Cuban filmmakers is in town for a brief but groundbreaking American tour. The March 7-11 swing includes an International Women’s Day-themed screening and afterparty tonight at the Cinematheque and a free event on Monday at USC.

In attendance Friday at the Egyptian: Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque head Marina Ochoa; actress Claudia Rojas; documentary maker Gloria Ralondo; filmmaker Milena Almira; and various local celebs. After the screening of short films, there will be a panel discussion featuring some of the Cuban visitors and Laura Bickford, a producer whose credits include Traffic and Che. Then it will be time to party with a musical performance by Candi Sosa y Sexteto and food from fave LA restaurant Versailles.

One of the more intriguing films on the program tonight is Marisol Trujillo’s Oracion. Made in 1984, the nine-minute short pays tribute to both Marilyn Monroe and Latin American youth.

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Son of THR Founder Shares Some Memories

If and when that Lifetime TV movie being developed by Johnny Depp’s company about William R. Wilkerson, founder of The Hollywood Reporter, comes to fruition, a whole new generation will be introduced to Tinseltown’s original trade reporter. For now, Wilkerson’s pioneering publishing work stands as something of a footnote to his LA nightclub and Las Vegas Strip legacies.

To understand the power of Wilkerson’s front-page “Tradeviews” THR op-eds, which he began writing immediately upon launching the paper in 1930, his son William Wilkerson III (pictured, left) tells FishbowlLA one need look no further than an actor who famously went on to not give a damn. “ I personally like the editorials he wrote about someone that made them instant celebrities or movie stars,” Wilkerson says. “Clark Gable was a nobody. On July 13, 1931, my dad wrote about him and it instantaneously made him famous.”

Wilkerson’s column ran for 33 years and tackled issues that in some cases would still be inflammatory today. The original THR office was located a few blocks above Sunset on Highland, and by the end of year number two (1931), the ten-page-or-so newspaper had a national circulation of 25,000. Wilkerson was quickly banned from Hollywood studio lots because of his hardball tactics and battled the moguls, hard, for several decades before finally breaking down their monopolistic ways in 1947.

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Playboy Battles Vanity Fair Over Nudes of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, despite being dead for 50 years, still has a knack for stirring up controversy. The latest incident comes to us thanks to Vanity Fair, which promises to showcase Monroe’s “Lost Nudes.” Playboy, according to The New York Post, is rather annoyed over Vanity Fair’s claim.

“None of these nude photos were lost — in fact, they are in the Playboy photo archives, or have been previously published in Playboy,” a post on the magazine’s site bluntly states. “…We ran them 48 years ago, in our January 1964 issue, or again in January 2005. Sorry, Vanity Fair. Sometimes when something is too good to be true, it really is too good to be true. In the parlance of today: You got got.”

We’re not entirely sure that people actually say “you got got,” but you have to love that bitchy tone. A Vanity Fair spokesperson countered that Playboy’s attack isn’t correct, that some of the nude Monroe photos in its latest issue have, in fact, never been published.

Even with that disclaimer, we doubt that this is over. Apparently nothing lights a fire under Hugh Hefner like pointing out that he published a dead woman’s nudes first, so we look forward to whatever lies ahead.

Kids on Twitter Shocked to Discover Titanic Was Real

Is this what James Cameron has wrought?  A generation that believe the Titanic was just a movie? Alright whippersnappers, just so we’re clear, Marilyn Monroe, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Cleopatra were also real.

To be fair to the kids above, we probably shouldn’t leave the chronicling of American history to Hollywood.

April 15th marks the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The film Titanic will turn 100 in the year 2097.

U.S. Copyright Office is Virtual Marilyn’s Best Friend

While author-filmmaker Keya Morgan continues to put the final touches on his upcoming Marilyn Monroe twin bombshells, including this week the first-ever on-camera interview with one of the deceased movie star’s bodyguards, we’ll have to make do with the next best thing. That would be Virtual Marilyn (pictured).

She’s actually been around since 1996. But late last month, in this 50th anniversary year of the Hollywood icon’s death, the U.S. Copyright Office officially confirmed VM2′s originality. From today’s press release:

“The U.S. Copyright Office’s registration of VM2 as a virtual actress adopting the persona of Marilyn Monroe is a milestone in the convergence of Hollywood, Madison Avenue and the Internet,” declared Becky Altringer, manager of digiconmedia.net, the holder of exclusive licensing rights to the newly registered copyright. “Advances in computer generated animation and global broadband Internet links now make it viable for a virtual personality to ‘live’ in cyberspace and interact with a global Internet audience.”

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Tourists Arrested at LAX for Tweets About Digging Up Marilyn’s Grave

Two twentysomething tourists visiting Los Angeles from the UK got an unpleasant surprise when they landed at LAX last week. Leigh Van Bryan and Emily Bunting were arrested and questioned for five hours by American Homeland Security officials for posting two supposed inflammatory tweets prior to their arrival. Van Bryan tweeted that not only was he going to “destroy America” he was going to “dig Marilyn Monroe up!”

Sounds bad…kind of. But when you actually look at the tweets in question, they’re obviously not meant to be taken literally.

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