Bosses at animal rights group PETA are bringing late horror movie icon Karen Black back from the dead for a new Halloween campaign. The activists have unearthed the actress' 'I Wouldn't Be Caught Dead in Fur' ad from a decade ago, and they will be re-releasing it next week (begs28Oct13) to mark the first Halloween since their longtime advocate's death in August (13).
Black's widower Stephen Eckleberry gave the organisation permission to resurrect the campaign, which features his late wife posing alongside a tombstone etched with the slogan, 'I Wouldn't Be Caught Dead in Fur'.
Jahn Xavier was on the CBGB scene from the time he was a teen, becoming the boyish-looking bassist for Richard Hell & The Voidoids at the age of 16, and subsequently leading another Sire Records act, The Nitecaps. Xavier -- who happens to have just released his belated-but-excellent solo debut, Yes, You -- sets the record straight on the home runs and foul balls hit by the new CBGB movie in this Hollywood.com exclusive. "Overall, my feelings about the movie are overwhelmingly positive," Xavier allows. "It's a movie, a cartoon depiction of a moment in time. I am sure that Hemingway's friends would quibble with his depictions of the time they spent together, and this was our version of Paris in the 1920s, so there will never be a reckoning that satisfies all the people involved in that family. It is wonderful to see Hilly Krystal get his due. In this era of blockbuster car crashes, zombies, and explosions, it is nice to see a truly human hero as the focus of a Hollywood movie."
With the exception of the Lisa Krystal character, there are no women present! The place was run by women: Liz Kurtzman, Deerfrance -- she was the first doorperson -- Barbara DeMartis, and so many others. Especially Karen Krystal. This, to me, is the most egregious misstep. Karen Krystal, Hilly's ex-wife, was the financially responsible person, and it's a shame she was not depicted. She was the holder of the liquor license -- Hilly couldn't get one due to old criminal convictions.
We never referred to ourselves as "punks" or "punk rockers". That was the name of a magazine. If you called someone a "punk" it was still an insult.
The walls were not covered with posters and stickers until the 1980s. The bathrooms were not as dirty as depicted, at least not in the late '70s. They show people having sex in the men's room. False. All sex took place in the ladies room.
The Ramones were playing at CBGB long before Blondie or Talking Heads, though they come along last in the film. The Dead Boys are shown without integral member Jeff Magnum. I understand that he was still in Cleveland on their first trip here, but sheesh. His bass is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was one-fifth of that band, and why he's not shown is beyond me. The Police never auditioned at CBs. They already had an album out by the time they played there.
Genya Ravan does not flash her t-ts once in the movie. That is not the Genya I knew.
Kim Kardashian's mum and stepfather have ended months of speculation about their marriage by announcing they have separated. Kris and Bruce Jenner have issued a statement, in which they confirm they are "living separately", adding, "We are much happier this way".
The news comes less than a week after Kris' sister told In Touch magazine the couple had split.
Karen Houghton told the publication Olympian Bruce had already "sought out a lawyer", but added, "They still do things together. Their relationship goes back and forth. I would love to see them get back together."
The family members have been playing down stories about a split for months, even though Bruce has been living at the Kardashian beach house in Malibu while Kris resides in Calabasas with her daughters.
The couple's joint statement, released to the media on Tuesday (08Oct13), reads: "We are living separately and we are much happier this way. But we will always have much love and respect for each other. Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority."
British actress Karen Gillan felt so relaxed shooting nude scenes for a new movie, she forgot she was naked. The former Doctor Who star plays a novelist in romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending and she has recalled how she forgot she had stripped off as the crew members were so professional on set.
She says, "I was really nervous beforehand, naturally I knew I'd have to sit there all day without anything on. Actually it was fine, they strategically covered me up with flesh coloured bits of material and also it was a closed set so there wasn't loads of crew guys walking around.
"Everyone was just very respectful and by the end I'd forgotten I didn't have any clothes on."
French heart-throb Stanley Weber co-stars in the film, which is due for release in the U.K. on Friday (11Oct13).
Kim Kardashian's aunt has confirmed reports suggesting her sister Kris Jenner and husband Bruce have separated. The family members have been playing down stories about a split for months, even though Bruce has been living at the Kardashian beach house while his wife resides at the clan compound.
But now Kris' younger sister, Karen Houghton, has broken her silence about the break-up, revealing the couple has separated and former Olympian Bruce has "sought out a lawyer".
She tells In Touch magazine, "They still do things together. Their relationship goes back and forth. I would love to see them get back together."
And there are more revelations from Houghton, who claims her sister has been getting letters from jailed O.J. Simpson, who her ex-husband Robert Kardashian represented in his 1994 murder trial.
Houghton alleges O.J. was always "flirty" with Kris at parties, and now "he has been trying to contact Kris from jail".
British actor Ashley Taylor Dawson is a dad again. The Hollyoaks star, who is currently competing on hit British talent show Strictly Come Dancing, announced that his partner Karen McKay had given birth to a son on Tuesday (01Oct13).
Taking to Twitter.com, he writes, "My hero karenmckay1 gave birth to our 2nd little dream Mason Mac Taylor Dawson this morning!! Thx (thanks) for all the support. We are thrilled."
The tot is the pair's second son - they welcomed Buddy Mac Taylor Dawson in March, 2011.
Country superstar Dolly Parton is gifting 10,000 books to Canadian Aboriginal children as part of her charitable literacy foundation. Through The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, newborn to five year old youngsters from 55 of 63 Manitoba First Nations will receive the reading materials at no cost to them, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
The effort is a collaboration between Parton and representatives for the Manitoba First Nations.
Karen Davis of the Ebb and Flow First Nation, said earlier this year (13), "I want every child in a First Nation to start school with the enthusiasm where they can say, 'I can read, I know how to hold a book. My parents read to me'."
The first of 15 libraries opened in 2009 and Parton and Davis have been working together for five years to launch the programme. The books will be shipped out to remote First Nations communities using snowmobiles, dogsleds, planes or canoes.
The I Will Always Love You hitmaker launched the foundation in 1996 in honour of her parents, who never learned to read or write. The organisation ships out 700,000 books monthly in the U.S., Canada and Britain.
Tragic TV and movie veteran Karen Black completed work on her memoirs the night before she died in August (13). The Five Easy Pieces star lost her battle with cancer on 8 August just hours after putting the finishing touches to her autobiography.
Her husband Stephen Eckleberry tells the Globe, "She knew she was dying but she never gave up. Karen had the most positive attitude of anyone I've ever known. She had such an exuberance and love for life and lived each day to the fullest."
And now the filmmaker is hoping to release a documentary chronicling his late wife's last days, adding, "We made a game of her cancer by shooting a documentary over the past two-and-a-half years, which we're hoping to release next year."
Black was buried in Oceanside, California and her famous friends gathered for a memorial at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery last week (17Sep13). Mourners included Jack Nicholson, Juliette Lewis and Paul Sorvino.
Actress Marta Heflin has died at the age of 68. The stage and screen star passed away on 18 September (13) after a long illness, according to The New York Times.
Heflin is best known for her roles in Hollywood movies A Perfect Couple and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, in which she starred opposite Karen Black, Cher and Kathy Bates.
She also racked up Broadway credits in productions including Fiddler On The Roof and Hair in the 1960s and in Jesus Christ Superstar in the 1970s.
Heflin came from a long line of entertainers - her mum was theatre producer/journalist Julia Heflin, and she was the niece of actress Frances Heflin and Oscar-winning actor Van Heflin.
"It's just so easy. I don't have to do anything with it and I can wear wigs, which I do sometimes, in any style that I want. It actually gives you more choices, not less." British actress Karen Gillan insists she is enjoying her new hair-less look after shaving her head for a movie role.