By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: I’m working my way through the giant Hollywood Issue of ‘Vanity Fair’ which is always a real feast.
One of the articles I read over the weekend was a lengthy profile of Lauren Bacall, the 86-year-old screen legend (‘To Have and Have Not,’ ‘The Big Sleep,’ ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’) and Broadway star (‘Applause,’ ‘Woman of the Year,’ ‘Cactus Flower’).
She’s always been a pistol and remains so. The ‘Vanity Fair’ piece does expose Bacall’s contradictions particularly when it comes to her late first husband, the great movie icon Humphrey Bogart with whom she had two children, starred opposite in in four classic films, and was married to until his death from cancer in 1957. (She was later engaged to Frank Sinatra and married to Jason Robards with whom she has a son).
Anyway, Bacall becomes irritated in the ‘Vanity Fair’ article when the interviewer, Matt Tyrnauer, brings up a story spread by Truman Capote. The ‘In Cold Blood’ author is quoted as saying “I gave Bogie a blow job one night” to settle a bet. Capote said after he beat Bogart at arm wrestling three times, “he went upstairs with me, unbuttoned his pants and took it out for me.”
Says Bacall: “Oh, please. You must be joking. I never heard that. Why you bring up a thing like that? What kind of a mind do you have? Step out of the gutter. … Maybe it was a pipe dr
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Hollywoodnews.com: Quentin Tarantino loves to talk. For one night, though, the Oscar-nominated director will be forced to listen.
That’s because Tarantino has agreed to sit in the big chair and be “saluted” as part of the 2010 Friars Club Roast, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 1, at The New York Hilton.
“Pulp Fiction” and “Jackie Brown” star Samuel L. Jackson has been tapped to play “Roastmaster.” He’ll be joined by Kathy Griffin, Pam Grier, Neve Campbell, Michael Madsen, Eli Roth, Patricia Arquette, Rob Schneider, Uma Thurman, Harvey Weinstein, Sarah Silverman, Rosario Dawson, Bob Weinstein, Michelle Rodriguez and many more.
“Quentin Tarantino will join a small group of entertainers who have been brave enough to sit in the hot-seat and be roasted by their peers. Having seen ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Kill Bill,’ I can only pray that he understands that we only roast the ones we love,” said Friars Club Dean Freddie Roman.
Tarantino is in legendary company. Previous targets include Humphrey Bogart, WC Fields, Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson and Richard Pryor.
“Having known Quentin as long as I have now, there are many stories I’ve kept tucked away for a moment like this,” Jackson said.
No word yet if this roast will be televised or, at the very least, available for purchase at a later date.
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Hollywoodnews.com: What does it take to keep a romantic relationship with Johnny Depp going? Got any ideas ladies?
Should you play with his head? No. Should you tempt him? Possibly.
Well, look no further than his longtime partner Vanessa Paradis to set the record straight. What makes her intimate life with Mr. “Pirates of the Caribbean” work is “love, respect, patience and old movies” according to Digital Spy.
“We like watching old movies with Bogart and Bacall and Jean Gabin and Alain Delon” adds the French actress.
Recently, the duo have decided to work together.
Depp confirmed “It’s called ‘My American Lover.’ Vanessa plays the French feminist Simone de Beauvoir and I play her lover Nelson Algren.”
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BY FRED TOPEL
MILD SPOILER ALERT
Last week’s Chuck ended with a major reveal for both viewers and the character of Agent Shaw (Brandon Routh). Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) was the agent who killed Shaw’s wife, on her very final test for becoming a spy. Shaw drove Sarah off on a “mission” that seems rather sketchy, so we’re worried about her safety. Series co-creator Chris Fedak only stokes the fires of our concern.
“Let me put it this way,” Fedak said in an interview at Wondercon in San Francisco. “Sarah will be alive at the beginning of the episode, but there’s a good chance she might not be alive at the end. Really, this episode is an amazing – I’m going to use this term we overuse on the show – game changing episode of Chuck. Everything is on the table. It is huge. Momentous things are about to happen on the show.”
Wow, is he really going to consider offing a leading character? Even if she did assassinate her current lover’s wife, there’s probably a perfectly good explanation for it. “I think what we find in the world of spies is there’s not always a perfectly good tied up in a little bow reason for everything,” Fedak continued. “The most important thing is she found herself in that position so many years ago not knowing what she was about to do and it happened. There are not always answers for everything, but they will be discussed.”
Maybe some of the fans want Sarah to just die already. They’ve been watching her “will they/won’t they” romance with Chuck (Zachary Levi) drag on for three years. Levi assures us that it will pay off this year.
“Everyone should know that in the broad strokes of how everything comes together and the things that I think make up the show and that people love about the show, the writers do too,” Levi said. “I don’t think that they want to do anything that the masses wouldn’t want them to do. They’re trying to make it as compelling as possible along the way. If Chuck and Sarah just got together at the beginning of the third season, I think you’d have nowhere to go. One could make the argument, it’s strung out for two seasons, isn’t that the time to do it? You’ve got to build to these places but the end result is one that I think is going [...]