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Marlene Dietrich: How the Golden Age's Bisexual German Beauty Became a Gay Icon

LACMA is currently hosting a fabulous new exhibit on Hollywood costume design called Hollywood Costume, running until March 2, 2015, at the Wilshire May Company building. Concurrently the LACMA Tuesday senior matinee has scheduled its monthly films built around a famed designer. October is devoted to Paramount's Travis Banton, who with Adrian (MGM), Orry-Kelly (Warner Brothers) and Edith Head (Paramount) helped create the gorgeous movie costumes of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Banton created the great Marlene Dietrich gowns that she wore through her '30s Paramount career. Dietrich's first American film, Morocco, screened this week, and it was a revelation—not so much for the Dietrich costumes but for how the actress was first presented to American films audiences in 1930.
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Buddy Rogers and Gene Raymond Romance Investigated in New Edition of 'Sweethearts'

Gene Raymond and Buddy Rogers were popular movie stars during the 1930s. Neither was a mega-star like Gary Cooper or Robert Taylor, but each of them co-starred with the great beauties of the day. Both men shared the same birthday, and both of them found more fame by marrying two of the most famous women of that era. They had one other thing in common—they were both gay, and their love affair provided one of the juiciest scandals of the 1930s.
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Carole Lombard's Life and Fateful Demise the Subject of New Book

When a big star dies—people like Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman or Joan Rivers—there is always shock and surprise, though a drug overdose or suicide somehow makes acceptance easier. But when a great star dies through no fault of their own, the sorrow is dramatically different. Jean Harlow, James Dean, Natalie Wood all met untimely ends due to the caprice of fate. Perhaps the saddest of all, though, was Carole Lombard. The story of her life and a fateful flight is the subject of an absorbing new book, Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3 by Robert Matzen, just published.

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'Gone with the Wind' Scandals and Gay Rumors Divulged in the Best Movie Book of the Year

The movie book of the year has arrived, and it is spectacular. The Making of Gone with the Wind by Steve Wilson is a fabulous new book released in conjunction with the opening of the Gone with the Wind exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.
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Ryan Guzman & Manish Dayal: Meet the Summer's Sexiest New Talent

This summer has been the worst movie period in decades. Most of the junk released has been an embarrassment. The few hoped for films—Jersey Boys and Magic in the Moonlight—were good but did not live up to expectations. And as for hunky eye candy, forget it. No Bradley Cooper to drool over. But this past week I did see two films that had two beautiful young actors as different as their starring films. Read more...


James Shigeta, One of Hollywood's Few Asian Leading Men, Dies at 85

Actor James Shigeta died a few days ago at the age of 85. For viewers of a certain age, he was one of the first Asian male movie stars, and he was a very sexy leading man.
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'Sharknado' Star Ian Ziering Breaks Out at 50, Hosts Chippendales Vegas Show

As we await the premiere of Sharknado 2: The Second One on the SyFy network tonight, who would've thought that of all the stars from cult TV show Beverly Hills 90210, Ian Ziering, who played Steve Sanders, would end up being the hottest of them all.
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Doris Day: At 90, the Legend Refuses Public Appearances

Doris Day was one of the greatest movie stars in history. She ruled the box office for almost twenty years and then conquered TV with an equally popular sitcom. Doris Day turned 90 this year and she has been retired for years living as a relative recluse in Carmel, California. But is Doris a recluse? Apparently not as her 90th birthday party was well covered in photos this past April. Day has also done two recent voice over tributes on TCM lately - one on her own career and the other for good friend Rock Hudson. For years there have been attempts to lure Day back to Hollywood for any tribute she would attend. Read more...


James Garner: A Quintessential American Remembered

James Garner died a few days ago, and the coverage of his death was pretty amazing. Everyone apparently loved him, on-screen and off. He was not a great actor—not even a legendary movie star, yet his work in films and especially television is worth remembering. And from the outpouring of love from former co-stars like Gena Rowlands and Doris Day, it is quite apparent he was a kind, loving man.

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Lee Grant: Proof That Hollywood Does Have Second Acts

In the early 1950s Lee Grant had it all—Broadway career, a new husband (the playwright Arnold Manoff) and an Oscar nomination for her first film Detective Story—then it was all gone. Grant was blacklisted for twelve years at the peak of her youth and talent. But life has a way of making amends. Read more...