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Shirley Maclaine: At 80, She's an Oscar-Winning Legend Who Keeps Finding Work

Shirley MacLaine is 80. Shirley MacLaine is an Oscar winner. Shirley MacLaine is a legend. And Shirley MacLaine is a legend who keeps working.

There are other legends still out there. Sophia Loren is also 80, but mostly retired. Loren was recently feted by the AFI. Maureen O'Hara finally received her long overdue honorary Academy Award, but she is long retired and is confined to a wheelchair. Gena Rowland is still a very active legend, but more about her next month when her new movie co-starring gay heartthrob Cheyenne Jackson opens. Shirley's younger brother Warren Beatty is also a legend, but he has pretty much disappeared as well. You can catch MacLaine in a new film, Elsa and Fred, in theatres now.
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Maureen O'Hara: The Hollywood Legend Gets an Oscar at Last!

Last Saturday night, legendary film star Maureen O'Hara was given an honorary Academy Award for her great career. The legend not only was overwhelmed but she sang a few bars of "Danny Boy" to a sold-out crowd, which included Clint Eastwood, who had a bit part in O'Hara's film i 60 years ago. We would like to think that Frontiers and our blog helped the great O'Hara finally get her long overdue honor. Long live Maureen O'Hara!

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Jake Gyllenhaal Gives the Performance of a Lifetime in 'Nightcrawler'

Jake Gyllenhaal is totally creepy in the new film Nightcrawler. The sexy actor lost 35 pounds to play the demented "hero" of this film, Lou Bloom, a far cry from the buffed stud of Prince of Persia. Movie fans can be grateful that Persia bombed and he was not sentenced to a life of hideous sequels. Instead, Gyllenhaal has purposefully gone out of his way to find dark, tortured characters to play. Read more...


Bob Fosse's Artistry Lives on in Criterion Release of 'All That Jazz'

The new Criterion Blu-ray release of Bob Fosse's masterpiece All That Jazz has made me all warm and fuzzy over the manic genius of dance. The legendary dancer/choreographer/director died over 27 years ago, but his magic and artistry still live on, mostly due to the few films he directed. Bob Fosse was many things: brilliant, ego-ridden, addicted to drugs, a serial cheater and, oh yes, well-endowed. (More on this later, as I want you to keep reading.)
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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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