Orson Welles' true feelings about his fellow Hollywood stars and directors have been laid bare in newly released audiotapes, in which he brands Sir Laurence Olivier "stupid" and James Stewart a "bad actor". The Citizen Kane actor/director rants openly about several big screen stars in the long-lost tapes, which were recorded in the early 1980s during candid conversations with his filmmaker friend Henry Jaglom.
In the chats, Welles calls Charlie Chaplin "arrogant", slams Joan Fontaine for having just "two expressions", and admits he didn't like horror icon Alfred Hitchcock: "I've never understood the cult of Hitchcock. Particularly the late American movies... Egotism and laziness... I saw one of the worst movies I've ever seen the other night (Rear Window)... Complete insensitivity to what a story about voyeurism could be. I'll tell you what is astonishing. To discover that (its star) Jimmy Stewart can be a bad actor... Even Grace Kelly is better than Jimmy."
Welles also mentions Marilyn Monroe and recalls, "I used to take her to parties before she was a star... I wanted to try and promote her career. Nobody even glanced at Marilyn," and elsewhere he rages, "I never could stand looking at Bette Davis, so I don't want to see her act."
Welles suffered a fatal heart attack in 1985 before the tapes could be used for a planned autobiography, and they have been kept in a garage until now.
The interviews are set to be published later this month (Jul13) in new book titled My Lunches with Orson by movie historian Peter Biskind.
He explains, "He's not the great director being interviewed by a starry-eyed journalist. He's speaking to a friend, and is therefore free to gossip... Welles comes off as a fascinating bundle of contradictions, at once belligerent and almost childishly vulnerable."
A celebrity photographer who captured the images of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Dame Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 83. Bert Stern passed away at his home in Manhattan, New York on Wednesday (26Jun13), although further details about his death were not available as WENN went to press.
Born in Brooklyn, Stern became famous in 1962 after snapping thousands of pictures of Monroe for a Vogue magazine shoot, just weeks before she died of a drug overdose.
The images, which included nude and semi-nude shots, were later published in his 1982 book The Last Sitting.
Stern also photographed former British model Twiggy, Truman Capote and Gary Cooper, and worked on a number of popular advertising campaigns for Smirnoff vodka and canned meat brand Spam.
Stern is set to be remembered during a funeral service on Friday (28Jun13).
James Gandolfini's The Sopranos co-star Joe Pantoliano has opened up about his late pal, revealing he voiced his concerns about the actor's eating habits when they were working together on the TV drama. Pantoliano recalls filming one dinner scene with Gandolfini, during which his heavyweight castmate grazed on steak for hours take after take.
He tells TV news show Extra, "I was worried about the way he ate... I said, 'Do you know how much cholesterol is in there?' and he said, 'Hey, 25 per cent of my arteries are blocked... 75 per cent still work!'"
The actor then choked back tears as he paid tribute to Gandolfini, who suffered a heart attack and died in Italy last week (19Jun13), adding, "I hope he knew that I loved him... The guy was a powerhouse... He's a modern day James Dean and like James Dean and like Marilyn Monroe, sometimes God takes these people away from us because maybe he's afraid that we'll take them for granted."
Pantoliano will be attending Gandolfini's funeral in New York on Thursday (27Jun13).
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes star Elliott Reid has died at the age of 93. The actor suffered heart failure and passed away at an assisted-living facility in Studio City, California on Friday (21Jun13), reports the Los Angeles Times.
Born Edgeworth Blair Reid, he began his career voicing characters in radio dramas during the 1940s before making the transition to film.
He scored a string of roles in films such as The Story of Dr. Wassell and Vicki before rising to prominence in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953, starring alongside Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.
He was also known for his work in 1961's The Absent-Minded Professor and its sequel, Son of Flubber, and he made appearances on TV series including Murder, She Wrote, I Love Lucy, Perry Mason and The Odd Couple.
Reid retired from acting in 1995, aged 75.
A number of Marilyn Monroe's belongings have been stolen in the Czech Republic. A truck carrying items from an Italian exhibition on the life of the tragic actress was raided by thieves, who made off with photographs of the Some Like It Hot star, as well as some of her outfits, which were due to go on display at Prague Castle to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Monroe's death.
A police investigation has been launched into the incident, though curator Jan Trestik reveals most of the pieces arrived safely before the co-ordinated attack, according to Reuters.
Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Judy Garland's beloved hairstylist has died at the age of 86. Kenneth Battelle passed away at his home in Wappingers Falls, New York on Sunday (12May13), according to the New York Times.
The hairdresser gained fame in the 1950s for his roster of celebrity clientele, which over the years has included a variety of screen icons like Lucille Ball, former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and high-profile socialite Brooke Astor.
Born in Syracuse, Battelle attended beauty school after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy and went on to become a popular stylist in Miami, Florida before moving to Manhattan to open his own salon, where he was credited with restoring the Some Like It Hot star's platinum blonde hair and perfecting Onassis' iconic bouffant.
He retired in 2011.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon decided to shut down Disneyland to renew their wedding vows in a bid to beat their romantic fourth wedding anniversary in France. The Hero hitmaker donned a princess-style bridal gown when she walked down the aisle with Cannon once again in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at the California amusement park last week (30Apr13).
The extravagant event also acted as a birthday party for the couple's son Moroccan and daughter Monroe, who were born on their third wedding anniversary in 2011.
Cannon has now revealed the pair decided to go all out and have a fairytale fifth wedding anniversary so it would top the Paris trip they enjoyed last year (12).
He tells E! News, "Last year, we did the kids' first birthday and our fourth wedding anniversary in Paris in the Eiffel Tower, so it was like, 'How are we gonna top that?'
"And the thing was, that was great, but we didn't have the opportunity to invite family and friends because we were out there, so we were like, this time, we need a place that everyone can come to. And, you know, shut down Disneyland.
"We both like to dress up, that's what we love to do and that's keeping that fun going. I don't know what we're gonna do next year, I think we're just gonna keep it simple. Maybe we'll do hillbilly wedding or something."
"My little girl is going to be appearing on the album... She can't really put a complete sentence together - she was one-years-old (sic) when she started - but she did a good job." Mariah Carey reveals her new album will feature a collaboration with her two-year-old daughter Monroe.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon headed to Disneyland on Tuesday (30Apr13) to renew their wedding vows and celebrate their twins' second birthday. The Hero hitmaker donned a princess-style bridal gown to say 'I Do' again with Cannon in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at the California amusement park.
Their extravagant bash, attended by guests including actress Holly Robinson Peete, music producer Jermaine Dupri and rapper Da Brat, also served as a birthday party for the couple's son Moroccan and daughter Monroe, who were born on the couple's third wedding anniversary in 2011.
Carey took to her Twitter.com page to share photos and videos of herself getting ready for the ceremony with her kids, tweeting, "On our way to renew our vows. I love you Nick Cannon... Shut down Disneyland."
The Disney-themed event followed a similarly lavish anniversary last year (12) - Carey and Cannon renewed their vows at the top of the Eiffel Tower during a vacation in Paris, France.
The couple initially married in the Bahamas in 2008 after just weeks of dating.