April 23, 2014

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Whitney Houston’s ‘Bodyguard’ items up for auction

HollywoodNews.com: Fans of Whitney Houston will soon have the chance to purchase the ultimate memorabilia as items from ‘The Bodyguard’ are going up for auction.
Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien recently revealed that two items of Houston’s from the film will be auctioned off in March, states UsMagazine.com. The black velvet dress and earrings she wore in the film will be the items up for auction.
“If you hide these things in fear that you’re going to offend someone…her life is to be celebrated. These items are historic now that she passed,” Julien commented.
Her items will be auctioned off along with Charlie Chaplin’s cane and Clark Gable’s jacket from ‘Gone With the Wind.’
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Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughters hosting special screening of “The Artist” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Michel Hazanavicius must be over the moon.
The director of the silent comedy “The Artist” is an enormous fan of Charlie Chaplin. And today, the Weinstein Company announces that Carmen and Dolores Chaplin, granddaughters of Hollywood icon, are hosting a special screening of the Oscar contender days before its Nov. 25 theatrical release.
A release informs us that Hazanavicius and his cast members – including wife Berenice Bejo, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller and Uggie the dog – will arrive at the screening in vintage cars from the film.
The screening will take place on Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. The screening will be followed by a reception and Q-and-A conversation.
“[The film] holds a special importance for us because we had the privilege of intimately experiencing the culture of black and white silent films which forever left its mark upon us as artists,” said Carmen and Dolores Chaplin. “The film has a universal dimension crossing boundaries of language, challenging our expectations, and breaking commercial convention by returning to the purest form of film-making.”
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25 things you didn’t know about Anderson Cooper

HollywoodNews.com: With his daytime talk show, Anderson, making its debut, I thought I’d do two things: re-post this photo of Anderson Cooper and me shortly before Barack Obama spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention; and share with you this silly little US Weekly feature on The Silver Fox which is actually really fun.
Did you know he was a Dungeons and Dragons freak as a kid and met Charlie Chaplin when he was six? Well, now you know all that and more! Anderson is just becoming more and more open all the time.
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Shanti Lowry excited over the success of silent film “Louis”

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: “We were waiting to see, ‘Does this work?’ The answer is ‘Yes!’ We sold out in every city. The people really enjoyed it and gave us long standing ovations.” So says Shanti Lowry, who has the distinction of being a silent film star in the 21st century. She and Jackie Earle Hayley play the leads in the new silent film “Louis,” which has just concluded a five-city test outing, complete with a live musical score performance — Wynton Marsalis playing his own composition with a complete band.
According to her, another sweep of cities for “Louis” is soon to be scheduled, now that the first shows have succeeded.
Lowry plays a 1907 New Orleans prostitute who’s had a baby via the corrupt governor (Hayley) in “Louis,” which was lensed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. The enterprise was especially exciting for her because she’s been a fan of silent films for years and owns a collection of Charlie Chaplin movies. “It’s not that people don’t appreciate the art form. It’s that they wonder, ‘How commercial can it be?’ … In our case, this is art, this is beautiful. We went in with the attitude that, ‘We’re going to do this at a real high level of quality, and maybe, just maybe, we can change people’s minds.’”
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Interview: Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman power up for ‘Scott Pilgrim’

By Todd Gilchrist
hollywoodnews.com: Although they can often be tedious, sometimes roundtable interviews can be great simply because of who you’re talking to. Others become memorable for what the people you’re talking to actually say. And still others end up working out because of who you are doing them with. At the recent junket for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, I enjoyed a remarkable afternoon of great conversations with great people while sharing the table with some great journalists.
In particular, Chud.com’s Devin Faraci is not just a good friend or junket wingman, he’s a great interviewer – sharp as a tack, funny, insightful, and gets into territory that most roundtables don’t even flirt with. And thanks to a comparatively modest number of questions asked by other reporters in our room, Devin and I dove into chats with different members of the cast and crew, including Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman, who provided plenty of real information about Scott Pilgrim, and yet they managed to be incredibly entertaining at the same time.
[Note: Although "Hollywood News" is used to distinguish questions from answers in the text below, our journalist was just one of many reporters asking questions of the filmmakers.]

Hollywood News: How likeable is Scott? Because the thing that’s really effective about the movie is not just that he’s trying to win Ramona’s love, but that he learns to take responsibility for himself. And especially early in the movie he makes some decisions that aren’t particularly sympathetic.

Michael Cera: I agree. It’s interesting – watching the movie I realized that, yeah, he’s doing some really selfish things. But for some reason, I don’t know, maybe you feel sympathetic because he’s being constantly attacked (laughs). That kind of makes you feel sorry for him. But yeah, he doesn’t really consider Knives in the beginning when he breaks up with her. She’s just kind of written off and he moves on, so he’s an idiot. He just doesn’t think of other people, but he’s kind of a doofus, you know. And by the end he realizes a very simple truth that you need to care about people’s feeling and the people around you. You need to be responsible for your actions, and yeah – that’s sort of his growth in the film, I guess.
Hollywood News: As an actor do you yourself have to sort of be oblivious in those scenes, or do you have [...]

Michael Jackson used to sing to Mickey Rooney

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Mickey Rooney called me on Monday night with his talented wife, Jan. I was thrilled to hear from them. I told them I was worried this year because I hadn’t seen them at the Oscars. Our meetings on the red carpet are a tradition.
“We were there!” Mickey and Jan said in unison. “We missed you, too!” They’ve been touring, doing their musical sketch show everywhere.
Do you understand that Mickey will turn 90 in September? He is the elder statesman of Hollywood. When Mickey was a kid, he was Justins Bieber and Timberlake, Michael J. Fox, and a little David Spade all rolled into one. He was Warren Beatty before there was Warren Beatty. I mean, the boy got around!
So Mickey wanted me to tell everyone that at Saturday’s Michael Jackson event at the Bev Hilton, it was his devoted Jan who knocked everyone out. “I just introduced her. She sang “You Are Not Alone,” Michael’s song, and Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile.”
Jan said: “You know, Michael used to call us up and sing with us on the phone.” She got a little teary. “His death is such a tragedy.”
The Rooneys are busy, busy. They were recently guests at an intimate dinner thrown for them by Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw. The other guests were J.J. Abrams and his wife, Katie.
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Russell Brand on ‘Get Him to the Greek,’ getting over addiction, and getting on with his career

By Todd Gilchrist
HollywoodNews.com: Although Russell Brand has appeared in several successful films and twice hosted the MTV Video Music Awards, he’s still largely an unknown quantity to many American audiences. But the British comedian and actor is trying to change all that, and his latest film, Get Him to the Greek, affords him his biggest starring role to date. Hollywood News joined a small group of journalists at the film’s recent Los Angeles press day where Brand candidly chatted about his work in the film, the parallels between himself and his character’s self-destructive drug use, and his ongoing search for new ways to find success while challenging the conventions of moviemaking, comedy, even culture itself.
[Note: Although "Hollywood News" is used to distinguish questions from answers in the text below, our journalist was just one of many reporters asking questions of Brand.]
Hollywood News: Are you enjoying this publicity campaign thing that you’re on?
Russell Brand: I don’t mind these bits. It’s quite nice. It’s like a dinner party where I get too much attention. (laughter)
Hollywood News: You don’t seem like the type that would shy away from attention.
Brand: Well you say that but actually if this was a dinner party I’d [say] I don’t want to go. Sign me off. Say I’m not well. Because my job is showing off, socializing I just consider to be more work, you know? It’s just some work. It’s that thing where I have to talk, isn’t it? Yes, it is. Well, we’ve got to go. And you kind of listen as well. I like that also. I do like listening.
Hollywood News: When you do something like a Letterman or Leno or Conan, whatever show, how much do you prep for your segment or do you sort of improv it the whole time you’re going?
Brand: Well the shows impose some preparation on you as part of their own preparation because they need to be secure that there will be content. But myself, I do not do any preparation. Like, what do you want to talk about. I go, I don’t know, anything. And then they go all right, what about this? I go, yeah, yeah, that’ll be alright. And then like but me I get very adrenalized and scared I suppose before a performance and I think that energy, that fight or flight energy is translated into neurological activity that I can then translate [...]

Brittany Murphy’s funeral: Remembered for her spirit

Radar Online exclusively reports that Brittany Murphy was laid to rest in the Bright Eternity section of Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. The service was held at the Church of the Hills and included a small service of only family and close friends.
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