Paul Newman was, quite simply, one of the best looking men to have ever walked the Earth. Born in 1925, he would have been 97 today.
In addition to his Oscar-winning role in The Color of Money, his other classic films included Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Sweet Bird of Youth and Cool Hand Luke among many others.
Newman’s last movie appearance was as a conflicted mob boss in the 2002 film Road to Perdition opposite Tom Hanks, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
His last appearance overall was in 2005 in the HBO mini-series Empire Falls for which he won a Golden Globe and a Primetime Emmy.
At the time of his death in 2008, he had been married to Joanne Woodward for 50 years.
Lady Gaga talks about performing at the Super Bowl, getting a real quarterback to throw her a pass during the performance, being on the swim team, the awards and accolades for her amazing performance in the film House of Gucci, wanting to be an actor before she got into singing, majoring in musical theater at NYU, auditioning for a LensCrafters commercial, learning about rejection, being an Italian-American, eating her way through Italy while filming House of Gucci, staying in character and speaking in her Italian accent all the time, working with the incredible cast, telling her dad she was working with Al Pacino, improvising the infamous “Father, Son and House of Gucci” line with Jared Leto, and the love scene she had with Salma Hayek that was cut from the movie.
Today is the 65th birthday of Black-ish star Jenifer Lewis who sings one helluva number.
She’s been turning in powerful performances on stage, on screen and on television for decades and she’s been a staunch supporter of the LGBTQ community forever. Some of my favorite memories of events including AIDS Walk LA have been when Jenifer belts out You’ll Never Walk Alone. No one – no one – sings that song the way she does. I can’t find it on YouTube!
But I did find some other songs including I Know Where I’ve Been from the hit musical Hairspray and the Donna Summer classic Last Dance.
Happy birthday to the self-proclaimed “Mother of Black Hollywood.”
This is just terrific. Entertainment Tonight and TV Land put together a really great retrospective on the career of Betty White, including lots of behind-the-scenes footage that many fans have never seen.
Kristen Stewart returns to The Late Show for a two-part interview and talks to Stephen Colbert about what it was like to portray Princess Diana in her latest film, “Spencer.” In part two of her interview, (below) Stephen tries to find out what Kirsten thinks about “Lord of the Rings,” and ends up with an unexpected revelation about one of her earliest films, “Panic Room.”
Dreamy Michael Ontkean turns 76 today and that is a perfect excuse to celebrate a guy who I always had a huge crush on.
Except for a cameo in the George Clooney film The Descendents, Ontkean hasn’t been seen in a any new movies or TV shows in several years. But the actor we know best from Twin Peaks, The Rookies and the film Making Love certainly made a lasting impression on us.
A Canadian, Ontkean was such a good hockey player growing up and at the University of Vermont that he was offered a contract to play professionally with the New York Rangers.
But the child of well-known Canadian performers Leonard and Muriel Ontkean loved acting more and headed to Hollywood in 1970. He soon landed a series of TV guest spots (including The Partridge Family!) and became a star when he was cast in The Rookies. He left the hit show after just two seasons and spent a few years writing poetry before returning to acting in 1977 with the hit Paul Newman film Slap Shot which united his two loves: acting and hockey.
He went on appearing in various films such as Voices (1979 with Amy Irving), Willie and Phil (1980) and Summer (1981 with Brooke Adams) and in 1982 reunited with Rookies co-star Kate Jackson in the film Making Lovein which they played a married couple coping with the fact that Ontkean had fallen in love with another man played by Harry Hamlin.
Hamlin still talks about how this film killed his movie career while Ontkean has never made a similar claim. He went on to appear in such films as Made to Order and The Allnighter then landed another of his best-known roles: Sheriff Harry Truman in the 1990 TV series Twin Peaks.
Many other roles followed, my favorite of which was the 1994 miniseries Family Album opposite Jaclyn Smith.
In this 1968 episode of The Lucy Show, Lucy and Vivian’s (who’s visiting Lucy) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. They walk to a house down the road to see if they can call an auto club and the house is owned by none other than Joan Crawford, the movie star. All her furniture has been sent out for cleaning, so Lucy and Viv think she’s broke and try to raise money for the star.
According to Everything Lucy website: This is one of the episodes that Lucille Ball was not happy to make. According to known Hollywood sources, Joan Crawford was often drunk on the set during taping which lead to frequent arguments between Lucy and her. Crawford was also late for rehearsals, and couldn’t remember her lines. Lucille hated working with people who weren’t professional and on their toes. Joan feared that Lucy wanted to replace her with Gloria Swanson. There are many opinions as to why Crawford’s behaviour is less than professional. Some say she is so intimidated by Lucille that she is nervous and shy. Others say she is already an out-of-control alcoholic. Crawford does seem ill at ease playing herself, and has trouble projecting her voice.
As a child she performed Broadway tunes to a statue of the Virgin Mary. And during her five-decade career in films, TV, and on stage, two-time Tony Award-winner Christine Baranski has played characters who are sophisticated, smart and savvy. Correspondent Mo Rocca sits down with Baranski, who stars in “The Good Fight” and the new HBO series, “The Gilded Age,” about her rich life on- and off-screen.
BONUS VIDEO: Baranski talks with Rocca about how a knee injury didn’t get in the way of her starring in a Kennedy Center production of the musical “Mame.”
Randolph Scott made more than 100 movies in a career that reached its peak in the 1950s.
Scott was born on this day in 1898, retired from movies at the age of 64, and lived to be 89 years old.
His films were of various genres but he found his greatest success in westerns.
He starred in such films as Belle Starr, The Spoilers, Seven Men From Now, and Ride the High Country.
The handsome Mr. Scott was married twice including a 40-plus year marriage to Patricia Stillman.
But it was his close relationship with Cary Grant that got the most attention during the early years of their careers.
It is widely believed that the two were lovers but neither ever acknowledged this, obviously. But what is known is that they lived together off and on for about 10 years as ‘roommates’ and the many publicity photos of them together are stunning.
While Grant is known for being dashing and handsome, you can see that Scott was also quite stunning. These days, they would be the biggest thing going on Instagram don’t you think?