Delfonics lead singer William 'Poogie' Hart dead at 77
William “Poogie” Hart, a founder of the Grammy-winning trio the Delfonics who helped write and sang a soft lead tenor on such classic “Sound of Philadelphia” ballads as “La-La (Means I Love You)” and “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” has died at age 77.
Clooney honored by MoMA as actor, director and humanitarian
Clooney was honored Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, by co-stars and colleagues at the annual film benefit for the Museum of Modern Art, held virtually. MoMA’s annual film benefit raises funds to bring great works of film to the museum’s collection. Also giving virtual tributes Monday evening were actors Felicity Jones, Tiffany Boone, Kyle Chandler and Demian Bichir, who appear in “A Midnight Sky,” which Clooney stars in and directs. The benefit featured clips from some of Clooney’s many films: “Michael Clayton,” “Syriana,” "The Descendants,” “Gravity,” and “Good Night, and Good Luck,” among others. In earlier comments to The Associated Press, Clooney said “Good Night, and Good Luck” was probably his proudest professional accomplishment.
Tarantino has deal for 2 books on films, including 1 his own
The Oscar-winning director has a two-book deal with Harper, beginning with a novelization of “Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood” was released in 2019 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as an actor and Brad Pitt as his stunt double. “In the ‘70s movie novelizations were the first adult books I grew up reading," Tarantino said in a statement Tuesday. “I see myself writing film books and starting to write theater, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”_____AP Film Writer Jake Coyle contributed to this report.
Japanese director known for single shots releases Zoom film
This undated photo provided by the @One Cut of the Dead Mission: Remote shows Shinichiro Ueda, director of One Cut of the Dead Mission: Remote, a YouTube spinoff of his 2017 award-winning film. A comedic horror film centered around teleworking, "One Cut of the Dead Mission: Remote” was released earlier this year and shared for free on YouTube. It features the same characters from his award-winning 2017 film “One Cut of the Dead,” which has one shot that was 37-minutes long. Ueda’s style incorporates slapstick comedy and focuses on visual, rather than explanatory verbal storytelling, an approach relatively rare in contemporary Japanese film. “It’s only after 200 or 300 bad films you will have that one great film,” he said.
TV's 'Warrior' latest proof that Bruce Lee still holds sway
(Cinemax via AP)PHOENIX – Even nearly 50 years after his death, Bruce Lee can still make ripples. Shannon Lee isn’t giving up on finding a new home for “Warrior,” which will eventually be available on HBO Max. “I think he’s really getting his due as a creative — someone who knows how to story-tell,” Shannon Lee said. “It’s just little things that the writers put in there to pay homage to Bruce Lee without being a caricature, which I think is the danger zone whenever you get to the subject of Bruce Lee,” Nguyen said. “He believed in celebrating people’s cultures and backgrounds and not holding it against them,” Shannon Lee said.
Grammy Museum to launch online streaming service
FILE - Barbara Streisand performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011. The Grammy Museum is launching its own online streaming service featuring performances and interviews from A-list musicians, as well as material from the museums archive. The Grammy Museum is launching its own online streaming service featuring performances and interviews from A-list musicians, as well as material from the museums archive. Without the GRAMMY Museum, we wouldnt have gotten to experience or learn about so many important artists before us, FINNEAS said in a statement. We are proud to be part of this series.The Grammy Museum is a nonprofit organization through The Recording Academy, which annually produces the Grammy Awards.
'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' heads back to theaters
Quentin Tarantino's passion for old Hollywood finds an interesting outlet of expression in "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," a movie that combines nostalgia, quirkiness and showy star performances while again weaving together fictional(CNN) - Quentin Tarantino's latest release, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," is being re-released in theaters with an extra 10 minutes. "Audiences have shown tremendous support for this movie," Adrian Smith, Sony's president of domestic distribution, said in a statement. "And we look forward to offering them another opportunity to see the film as it's meant to be seen -- in theaters on the big screen -- with more sights and sounds of the sixties from Quentin Tarantino as an added treat. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" originally hit US theaters in late July. The movie is Tarantino's ninth, and grossed more than $139 million in North America and $228 million overseas.
Quentin Tarantino Expecting First Child With Wife Daniella
Quentin Tarantino is preparing for fatherhood! The writer-director of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is expecting his first child with wife, Daniella Tarantino, ET has learned. "Daniella and Quentin Tarantino are very delighted to announce that they are expecting a baby," the pair told People in a statement. Then, in November of last year, ET confirmed that Quentin married Daniella, 35, in an intimate ceremony at the director's home in L.A. While promoting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at Cannes in May, Quentin gushed about Daniella during a press conference.
Netflix's 'Mindhunter' returns
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CNN) - Serial killers will be all over TV this weekend, which isn't particularly unusual these days. Yet the latest mini-wave devoted to the most sordid murderers -- including the return of Netflix's "Mindhunter" -- underscores the tension between feeding fascination with the topic and inadvertently glamorizing it. This weekend features more dives into history, with "Mindhunter" -- Netflix's series inspired by the FBI profilers who actually coined the term "serial killer" in the 1970s -- and "Mind of a Monster," an Investigation Discovery series that kicks off with a two-hour episode devoted to Ted Bundy. The question lingers, however, whether it's possible to spend so much time examining what makes serial killers tick without slipping from natural curiosity into romanticizing them through sheer overexposure. "Ted Bundy: Mind of a Monster" premieres Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. on Investigation Discovery.
Tarantino defends depiction of Bruce Lee in new film
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(CNN) - Quentin Tarantino has come under fire for the depiction of martial arts legend Bruce Lee in his new film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." "Could Cliff beat up Bruce Lee? Brad would not be able to beat up Bruce Lee, but Cliff maybe could," Tarantino said. "If you ask me the question, 'Well, who would win in a fight: Bruce Lee or Dracula?' If I say Cliff could beat Bruce Lee up, he's a fictional character, then he could beat Bruce Lee up."
Quentin Tarantino Addresses Controversy Over Bruce Lee Portrayal in 'Once Upon a Time in
Despite the controversy it's caused, Quentin Tarantino is standing by his depiction of Bruce Lee in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. "If you ask me the question, 'Who would win in a fight: Bruce Lee or Dracula?' If I say Cliff can beat Bruce Lee up, he's a fictional character, so he could beat Bruce Lee up." "What Bruce Lee is talking about in the whole thing is that he admires warriors. "If Cliff were fighting Bruce Lee in a martial arts tournament in Madison Square Garden, Bruce would kill him," he added.
Brad Pitt Is Extra Suave in All-Beige Look With a Fedora: Pics!
Brad Pitt channeled Old Hollywood at the Mexico City premiere of his new Quentin Tarantino film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, on Monday night. Pitt paired a tan suit with a slightly darker brown collared shirt and a woven beige fedora. The Oscar winner was not joined by his co-stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie. "He's a good egg, and I'm really happy the restraining order was lifted off of me so we were able to work again," Pitt joked of working with DiCaprio. We come from the same circle, and I really admire his taste and his choices and I'm really happy this one lined up for us."
Bruce Lee's Daughter Says He Would Be Mad if He Could See 'Once Upon a Time in
Bruce Lee's daughter found it "extremely uncomfortable" to see her dad portrayed in the new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." She added she believes her martial arts icon father would be so mad" if he saw the portrayal. Bruce was a trailblazer in his craft, according to Shannon. I understand Quentin Tarantino probably doesnt want my opinion on how he should make his film," she said "... However, I am extremely confused by what the intent was.RELATED STORIESHow Margot Robbie Transformed Into Sharon TateSharon Tate Returns to Hollywood in New Quentin Tarantino Film 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'Bruce Lee's Daughter Slams 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' for Making Her Dad 'a Punching Bag'
'Once Upon a Time In Hollywood' Quentin Tarantino's biggest...
(CNN) - Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" exceeded expectations this weekend becoming the director's highest-grossing opening weekend ever. 2 spot at the domestic box office this weekend. The big weekends from "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" and "The Lion King" was welcomed news for the domestic box office, which has been sluggish so far this summer. The 2019 North American box office was down about 8% heading into Friday. This weekend's box office totals were up roughly 5% compared to the same weekend last year, according to Comscore.
'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood': Breaking Down That Shocking Ending
Spoilers, obviously, for the ending of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." And that's where Tarantino begins to blend fact and fiction into his own buoyant, bloody ending to this fairy tale. While they regroup in the car, Sadie pitches the idea of breaking into Dalton's house and killing him first. But Sharon Tate survives, as do would-be victims Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski and coffee heiress Abigail Folger. For a film that largely exists to preserve a certain era of Hollywood in amber, in many ways this is the perfect ending.
How Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time' traveled back to 1969 LA
"Quentin is so not into digital or CGI," Ling, whose film credits include "The Doors," "Falling Down" and "Batman Forever," told CNN. You're dealing with real streets and real people and real everything...He loves the real world, so you can actually see it and smell it and touch it." He had the Vogue Theater looking exactly like it did, had movies from 1969 written on the marquee. Everywhere you turned on Hollywood Boulevard was something from 1969." "Hollywood Boulevard was an amazing mix of things," she said.
Review: Tarantino's return paints picture of colorful Hollywood era
Now, after a nearly four-year absence from the big screen, Tarantino is back with a movie that looks at a particularly colorful time in Hollywood -- the late 1960s. The actors subsequent movie career went nowhere and he finds himself doing the same old guest roles on various TV shows. DiCaprio delivers another wonderful performance as an actor with undeniable talent but who still harbors incredible insecurities. He has one particularly wonderful scene opposite 12-year-old Julia Butters (from American Housewife) as a no-nonsense child actress who takes her craft VERY seriously. The whole 1960s era also plays a big part in the movie and the production design is incredible.
'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood': A Guide to the Real-Life Hollywood Players
Margot Robbie as Sharon TateRobbie plays Sharon Tate, the actress who had graduated from TV appearances on The Beverly Hillbillies to rising movie star. At the time of her death, the 26-year-old was married to Roman Polanski and eight-and-a-half months pregnant with their first child. He and Tate dated until she met Roman Polanski, at which point they ended their relationship but the three remained close friends. Rafal Zawierucha as Roman PolanskiPolish actor Zawierucha plays director Roman Polanski, who met Tate on the set of The Fearless Vampire Killers, in 1966. Sebring introduced Tate to Lee and Lee became her martial arts adviser for the 1969 comedy The Wrecking Crew.
'Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood' has Tarantino talking retirement
Academy Award-winning director Quentin Tarantino supports The Art of Elysium, which is a charity that encourages the art community to volunteer time to children who are battling serious medical conditions. HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Is 10 the magic number for Quentin Tarantino? Monday, Tarantino was asked if it was true that he plans to only do one more movie. "I kind of like the idea of making 10 motion pictures and then, boom, that's it, that's done," he said. Naturally, the "one more movie" thought begs the question: Will it be the next film in the "Star Trek" franchise?
Quentin Tarantino Says Tom Cruise Nearly Played Brad Pitt's Role in 'Once Upon a Time in
While Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are one of the hottest on-screen duos of the year in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, director Quentin Tarantino recently revealed that another major A-lister was approached to star. Sitting down with Josh Horowitz on his Happy Sad Confused podcast, the filmmaker admitted that, at one point, he reached out to Tom Cruise to play the role of stuntman Cliff Booth, which eventually went to Pitt. In the film, DiCaprio plays a fading movie star named Rick Dalton, while Pitt plays his close friend and stunt double. I love Brad Pitt in this film but I also desperately want Tom Cruise in a QT film. In this chat Tarantino confirms Tom Cruise nearly played Brad Pitt's role in ONCE.
Luke Perry's Son Climbs His 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Billboard in Honor of His
Luke Perrys son, Jack, paid tribute to his late dads final acting role -- in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood -- by climbing atop the films billboard on Monday, as the movie premiered in Los Angeles, California. Perrys former 90210 love, Shannen Doherty, commented on Jacks Instagram post, writing, With you in spirit tonight. .Another 90210 star, Ian Ziering, also left his thoughts on the post, admitting it had made him emotional. "Luke and Shannen were really, really good friends," executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told ET about the bittersweet casting. RELATED CONTENT:'Riverdale' Creator on Season 4's Luke Perry Tribute Episode: 'It's a Tear-Jerker' (Exclusive)Shannen Doherty to Guest Star on 'Riverdale': How Her 'Emotional' Role Will Honor Luke Perry (Exclusive)Ian Ziering on How 'Beverly Hills, 90210' Revival Will Honor Luke Perry (Exclusive)Luke Perry's Son Promises to Make Him Proud in Heartbreaking Post to His Dad
How Margot Robbie Transformed Into Sharon Tate
Actress Margot Robbie transforms into '60s style icon Sharon Tate for the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.Lauren Lepire is the owner of Timeless Vixen and helped create Robbie's vintage look for the anticipated movie. Sharon Tate was really about being an individual and being comfortable, Lepire said. Some of the iconic styles Tate donned that Robbie matches are a knit cotton dress with a turtleneck collar, an orange mini dress and go-go boots. Brad Pitt also stars in the film, and his threads are also an homage to the era. We wanted to go with handcrafted leather, a lot of brown tones, the '60s is more of a narrower collar, he said.