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Hollywood Memorabilia Auction – June 23 & 24 – items from Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe and more!!

HollywoodNews.com: Hollywood Memorabilia Auction – June 23 & 24 – items from Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe and more!!
Premiere Props will be auctioning off over 1000 Hollywood costumes and props including several personal items from Hollywood icons Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr., Liberace and Michael Jackson, plus hundreds of items from contemporary films including the “Harry Potter” and “Piranha” franchises, “What to Except When You are Expecting,” and “Seeking a Friend For the End of the World” during their Hollywood Extravaganza VI on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, 2012. The auction will take place at Premiere Props’ headquarters in El Segundo, CA beginning at 11am PT, with a preview from 9-11am PT each day.
Items include:
· Elizabeth Taylor’s personal 36 foot dressing room/trailer from the set of “Cleopatra”
· Marilyn Monroe’s personally owned Pucci dress
· Rare negatives from Marilyn Monroe
· A collection of Sammy Davis Jr.’s stage worn costumes including:
o A black tuxedo by Sy Devore, Hollywood with a gray vest, black silk bow tie by Sulka and a blue dress shirt with lace trim and mother of pearl buttons embroidered “Sammy Jr” by Natlvise, Sunset Strip (May 1973)
o A blue and gray striped double breasted custom styled suit by Certo, Beverly Hills with a blue and orange shirt custom made by Ascot Chang
o Levis jacket and pants with rhinestones depicting “Love each other” on the back with flowers, hearts, butterfly, bird and star designs
· A collection of Liberace’s costumes including:
o A bejeweled velvet & lace tuxedo with tails and matching pants, vest, dickey, and velvet bow tie choker that is pictured on Liberace’s album “The Way We Were”, includes record album
o His original Bicentennial costume – a rhinestone covered red, white & blue leather jacket with fringe matching hot pant shorts, handbag and necklace – that was featured during his 1971 run at Caesar’s Palace
· Frank Sinatra’s trench coat from “The First Deadly Sin”
· Frank Sinatra’s stage used bar stool from his concert performance in Brazil
· [...]

Elizabeth Banks narrates the “Man On a Ledge” trailer – MUST SEE

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: More studios (and their marketing departments) need to try this: Elizabeth Banks, clever and beautiful star of this weekend’s “Man On a Ledge,” watches the film’s trailer and gives a running commentary.
Brilliant.
Banks doesn’t get into too many details. And if anything, I think she holds back on really unleashing her hilarious opinions. If you’ve seen Banks on “30 Rock” or “Scrubs,” you know she can be fall-down funny.
And right around the 1:45 mark, when she starts talking about how badly she still wants to “tap” her handsome co-star Ed Harris, you start to think that Banks is going to rev up and get really funny. Too bad the clip is so short.
We can only hope the DVD comes with a feature-length Banks commentary.
Until then, here’s Banks commenting on her new film, “Man On a Ledge,” while watching the trailer. It sounds so simple. And yet, it’s so clever. The movie stars Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Elizabeth Banks and Ed Burns in the story of an ex-cop who plans a heist so he can prove to the world that he’s innocent of a serious crime. It opens everywhere on Friday, Jan. 27.

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Michelle Williams talks big decision of tackling sexy Marilyn Monroe role

HollywoodNews.com: Marilyn Monroe is definitely considered sexy, which is what made it such a big decision for Michelle Williams to take on the role of the sex symbol in ‘My Week with Marilyn.’
Williams started her career with the sexualized role of Jen Lindley on ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ which had kind of turned her against playing that type, states UsMagazine.com. “I saw all the negative attention and connotations that can come along with that. And that those things can keep people from seeing you clearly,” Williams told ‘GQ.’
But, with Marilyn, she decided to take the chance: “When you play sexy you’re kind of playing just for men. That is something you have to police and turn it on its head. I mean, sexuality has been a part of my work, obviously…’Blue Valentine’…but it’s never been sexy. It hasn’t been beautiful.”
Do you think she did well with the role?
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Jean Shafiroff and The Weinstein Company hosted a luncheon with Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh

HollywoodNews.com: Jean Shafiroff and The Weinstein Company hosted a luncheon with Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh in honor of The Weinstein Company film My Week with Marilyn, Tuesday, January 10th at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, CA. The film stars Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh and documents the brief period filmmaker Colin Clark spent with Marilyn Monroe during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl in England during the late 1950s.

The luncheon was attended and honored by many of the founding members of The Actors Studio and those who shared the screen with Marilyn Monroe in her heyday. Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch planned and prepared by Cecconi’s and received exclusive gift bags with exciting items such a Byu-Ti Salon gift certificate and products from Pureology® and Smashbox.
IN ATTENDANCE:
Jean Shafiroff, New York Philanthropist and Socialite
Michelle Williams, Actress
Kenneth Branagh, Actor
Colleen Camp, Actress
Dyan Cannon, Actress
Frances Fisher, Actress
Frank Cascio, Author of My Friend Michael
Harry Hamlin, Actor
James Keach, Actor
Jamie Patricof, Producer
Jane Seymour, Actress
Louise Griffiths, Singer
Martin Landau, Actor
Michael Nouri, Actor
Missy Hargraves, Actress
Natasha Sunshine, Celebrity Hairstylist of Byu-Ti Salon
Paul Farberman, Entertainment Manager
Sean Young, Actress
[...]

Michelle Williams PHOTOS: 2011 Hollywood Actress of the Year

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected actress to be our “2011 Hollywood Actress of the Year” is Michelle Williams. Her performances have established her as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actors earning her two Academy Award® nominations. Click here to see photos of Kenneth Branagh

Photos by PRPhotos and The Weinstein Company
In 2011, Williams took on the iconic Marilyn Monroe in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN opposite Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. The film was released by The Weinstein Company on November 4, 2011. In addition, she stars opposite Seth Rogan in Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ, which made its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
Below video of Michelle Williams receiving her “Hollywood Actress Award” last October, 2011, at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Visit our YouTube page to see videos of this year’s HOLLYWOOD AWARDS GALA winners!
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry auctioned off for $115 million

HollywoodNews.com: Elizabeth Taylor was always known for her fabulous diamonds, and it seems they have lived up to their reputation.
Taylor’s jewelry was recently auctioned off by Christie’s Auction House and brought in about $115 million, states UsMagazine.com. One pearl necklace alone reportedly went for $11.8 million.
Most items sold in the auction reportedly went for much more than was originally expected.
Her art, clothing and memorabilia will reportedly be sold later this week with proceeds going to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Are you surprised the items brought in so much money?
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Harvey Weinstein talks Oscars, Michelle Williams and the charm of “My Week With Marilyn” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Pulp Fiction.” “The English Patient.” “Good Will Hunting.” “Shakespeare in Love.” “Chicago.” “The Aviator.” “Gangs of New York.” “The Reader.” “The King’s Speech.”
For decades, Harvey Weinstein’s name has been synonymous with the Academy Awards, and his influential fingerprints have been all over the Oscar season. Weinstein annually produces, distributes, supports and guides quality films from the silver screen to the Oscar podium. And while Weinstein has earned a reputation as being a master of the awards campaign, he’s also (first and foremost) a movie lover with an appreciation for our industry’s rich history.
That passion is on display in Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” and Simon Curtis’ “My Week With Marilyn,” two films distributed by The Weinstein Company that are being touted for Oscar consideration this season.
Weinstein spoke with HollywoodNews.com the day after both pictures generated even more awards buzz with multiple Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations and big wins through the New York Film Critics Circle. And while “The Artist” and “Marilyn” are just starting to reach wider audiences, Weinstein still has Meryl Streep’s “The Iron Lady” on the horizon, meaning his Oscar season just now is starting to heat up. It was a pleasure speaking with Harvey Weinstein about moviemaking, Marilyn Monroe, the Oscar momentum generated by his films, and his love for films about the creative process. Here’s Harvey Weinstein:

HollywoodNews.com: You have said in interviews how much you respect Marilyn Monroe, and how her remarkable life was an inspiration for you to support “My Week With Marilyn.” Yet Eddie Redmayne’s eager character, Colin, and his enthusiasm for the movie industry reminded me of you. I’m wondering how much that character served as a hook for you, as well.
Harvey Weinstein: I think that was the hook for me, Sean, for getting me into the story. The idea that there was this 23-year-old boy with his first job on the set of a movie, and he’s working for Laurence Olivier, directing Marilyn Monroe, and Marilyn Monroe’s husband, Arthur Miller, has a fight with her on their honeymoon, walks out, the boy’s there to comfort her, and little by little a romance ensues … that is everybody who ever was male and grew up in the movie business, that was our fantasy. And the romance is sweet. She says to him, “I’m 30 years old. I’ve been married three times. I haven’t had a date since [...]

Michelle Williams talks transforming into Marilyn Monroe

HollywoodNews.com: Trying to play an icon like Marilyn Monroe isn’t easy, but Michelle Williams took on the challenge and is now explaining how she did it for ‘My Week with Marilyn.’
Williams recently revealed that a major part was getting her body and body movements just right, states People. “I wasn’t watching what I ate, let’s put it that way,” Williams said about getting her body to be like Monroe’s.
Director Simon Curtis admitted that Williams also got Monroe’s signature walk down: “[A]n awful lot is Williams’s understanding of the way Marilyn walked, and the way Williams herself took on the wiggle.”
Do you think she was the best choice for the role?
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“My Week With Marilyn” moves to Thanksgiving weekend – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Waiting to see how Oscar nominee Michelle Williams channels silver screen icon Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis’s “My Week With Marilyn?”
Well, you are going to have to wait a little longer.
The Weinstein Company, encouraged by positive reviews following the film’s New York Film Festival world premiere, has shifted the release date back from Nov. 4 to Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23, specifically), Deadline reports.
In addition to Williams’ turn, her male co-stars – Kenneth Branagh and newcomer Eddie Redmayne – also received strong remarks from audience members and journalists. Weinstein is expected to push hard for the film in multiple Oscar categories, and this move to Thanksgiving, while bad for those of us anxious to see “Marilyn,” is a vote of confidence for the film, as a whole.
This means “Marilyn” will compete directly with Sony’s animated “Arthur Christmas,” Disney’s anticipated “The Muppets,” Martin Scorsese’s 3D epic “Hugo” and the Dimension horror “Piranha 3DD.”
So, which ones will you see?
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“My Week With Marilyn” reactions from New York City – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The press screening for Simon Curtis’s “My Week With Marilyn” was held Sunday morning in Manhattan ahead of the film’s Centerpiece screening at the New York Film Festival, and reactions were largely favorable.
Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who will be honored at the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at the end of the month, lights up the screen as icon Marilyn Monroe, who falls into a whirlwind romance with a young suitor (Eddie Redmayne) while filming “The Prince and the Showgirl” alongside Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh).
“My Week with Marilyn was terrific… like The Artist, it’s a movielovers’ movie for sure. Great performances all around!” Tweeted Ed Douglas of ComingSoon.net.
NYU student Danny King agreed, calling it, “Lovely old-fashioned entertainment. Pre-hyped Oscar talk for Williams and Branagh fully justified. Both wonderful.”
While film journalist Peter Labuza added, “Very similar to ME AND ORSON WELLES, fun, but too much on the nose. Williams/Brannagh are delightful.”
Katie Calautti of SpinoffOnline was a little more reserved, Tweeting, “Elderly people in front of me gushing over My Week with Marilyn = all you need to know about the goal of My Week with Marilyn. #oscarbait”
But David Ehrlich of Movies.com and Box Office Magazine isn’t impressed, calling it “The Blonde’s Speech. A movie made for the Golden Globes. Williams does her best, but it all feels like dress-up.”
We’ll have more reaction as we get closer to tonight’s Centerpiece screening. Keep checking back for “Marilyn” updates. The film will be in theaters on Nov. 4.
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