Legendary Hollywood ladykillers Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, and Michael Douglas held a contest to see who could be the first to bed Kathleen Turner - and they all failed.
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The actress shot to fame with her role in 1984 comedy adventure movie Romancing the Stone, and she soon attracted the attention of Tinseltown's leading Lotharios. Her co-star Douglas was determined to charm her into bed but he faced tough competition from Beatty and Nicholson, who also tried to woo her.
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However, Turner refused the advances of all three men, and admits 30 years on that she is glad she avoided becoming their plaything.
She tells British magazine Style, "I knew I became a target instantly. Suddenly, there was this competition between Warren Beatty and Michael Douglas and Jack Nicholson... None of them (won). I just got on a plane and went back to New York. Honestly, living in New York probably saved me from a whole lot of rubbish."
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Asked if she was not even tempted to get involved with Beatty, she adds, "Somebody who's more beautiful than me - or thinks they are? No. I don't need that c**p."
"I had never been in a film that he directed before and I loved it, loved being directed by him. He's very well-known to be a great director and he is and we were able to improvise, which is the most fun... He's great." Actress Annette Bening found working with husband Warren Beatty on his new Howard Hughes film to be a great acting experience. The untitled new movie, which also stars Lily Collins, Alec Baldwin and Martin Sheen, is set to hit theatres next year (15).
Actor Alec Baldwin has been cast as eccentric Howard Hughes' lawyer in a new Warren Beatty film.
The 30 Rock actor will portray Bob Maheu alongside Martin Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich and Beatty's wife Annette Bening in the movie, which centres on a love affair between Hughes' assistant (Ehrenreich) and a socialite, portrayed by Collins, according to Deadline.com.
Production on the film began in February (14) and Beatty, who wrote the script, is also directing and starring as Hughes. Rush Hour director Brett Ratner is producing the movie along with Beatty.
"We still have that fire and attraction (for each other). And there's electricity. But there's some things that we need to work out, it's not always peaceful all the time. We're very sensitive to each other. He can look at me the wrong way and my feelings get hurt - it's not rational. But most of the time he's wrong so it's easier. He doesn't realise it enough." Annette Bening on her 22-year marriage to veteran actor Warren Beatty.
Actor Warren Beatty is gearing up to begin production on a new Howard Hughes film, 20 years after he first started working on the project. Production on the film began on Monday (24Feb14) and Beatty, who has written the script, is directing and starring as Hughes, according to Deadline.com.
The untitled film will centre on a love affair between Hughes' assistant, who will be played by Blue Jasmine actor Alden Ehrenreich, and a socialite portrayed by Lily Collins.
Beatty's wife Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick and Jack Nicholson are all rumoured to be starring in the film as well.
Rush Hour director Brett Ratner is producing the movie along with Beatty.
Bonnie & Clyde, the special two part miniseries which aired on three networks (Lifetime, A&E and History), stole 9.8 million viewers for its first installment. If you subscribe to the theory that every generation gets the version of Bonnie and Clyde they deserve, then the 2013 edition looked frighteningly familiar.
Our version of the famous criminal pair looked less like old time gangsters and more like a reality TV couple. Think of them as a Depression-era Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
The driving force behind the newest adaptation of Bonnie & Clyde isn’t really the money, or the thieving, or even the occasional murder. It’s not about breaking free from the bonds of society, the way the version starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway reflected the turbulence and anti-authority mindset of the late 1960s.
Like Kimye, this version of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are all about fame. Bonnie dreams about being famous, and she’s willing to get there at any cost. In the 1930s Bonnie got there with tommy guns and cigars, while in 2013 Kim Kardashian gets there with sex tapes and reality shows. Clyde Barrow, portrayed in this version more like Bonnie’s hapless errand boy, has a talent for crime, but perhaps not Bonnie’s hunger for the notoriety it entailed.
The message of the miniseries is about the quest for fame at any cost, a theme more prevalent in today’s society than ever. Kim Kardashian is usually the first example when we talk about people who are famous for being famous, not for having any actual skill. Bonnie Parker coveted the limelight, and she was willing to kill to put herself on center stage.
Just look at the way Bonnie and Clyde posed for photographs they sent to newspapers and compare it to the absolutely ridiculous professional photoshoot the Kardashians call their family Christmas card. The more things change, the more they stay exactly the same.
Back in the '30s Bonnie Parker wrote poetry and sent it in to newspapers, including a verse foretelling the pair’s own death:
“Some day they'll go down together;And they'll bury them side by side; To few it'll be grief To the law a reliefBut it's death for Bonnie and Clyde.”
It might sound a little grandiose, but at least it was in verse. Today celebrities don’t have to compose a whole poem, they only need 140 characters to reach millions of people from around the world.
The Bonnie & Clyde miniseries might have focused on Bonnie’s quest for fame and stardom because it’s something modern audiences readily understand. When Holiday Grainger’s Bonnie mouths along to her own heartless words said moments after shooting a man in the head, she’s not filled with remorse, but with the elation that she’s made the pre-movie newsreel.
The idea that there’s no such thing as bad publicity is a concept modern audiences understand well. Celebrities can act in hideous ways and still avoid jail time and retain fans. The famous occupy their own special stratosphere, one Bonnie Parker dreamed of entering.
Celebrity couples like Kimye are as obsessed with fame as Bonnie and Clyde ever were. If the recent miniseries had one lesson, it’s that some people are willing to pay any price for a piece of the limelight.
What do you think? Did you think the recent miniseries portrayed Bonnie and Clyde as fame whores? Share in the comments!
U.S. President Barack Obama feted legendary musicians Billy Joel and Carlos Santana on Sunday (08Dec13), as they were among the recipients of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. The annual event in Washington D.C., brought together five extraordinary artists who have greatly influenced American culture through arts over the years, and the U.S. leader was on hand to give them the prestigious accolades.
During the event, President Obama stated, "The diverse group of extraordinary individuals we honor today haven't just proven themselves to be the best of the best. Despite all their success, all their fame, they've remained true to themselves - and inspired the rest of us to do the same."
The Piano Man hitmaker was moved by the honour, telling the Associated Press that winning six Grammy Awards is nothing like receiving an award from the President of the United States.
He says, "This is different. It's our nation's capital. This is coming more from my country than just people who come to see me. It's a little overwhelming... To be chosen for this special award essentially for doing what I love most amazes me more than anything."
Joel wasn't the only multi-Grammy winner lauded at the event - Santana was also given the honour, making him one of only a few Latinos who have ever been handed the prize.
Jazz great Herbie Hancock and opera singer Martina Arroyo rounded out the group of musicians who were also on hand to receive the awards.
Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine was the only actor to be feted this year, and the award marks the first time a brother and sister have both received a Kennedy Center medallion, as her younger sibling, actor Warren Beatty, was given the top prize in 2004.
On Saturday night (07Dec13), the five honourees were celebrated at a dinner hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Sunday's event will be televised in America on 29 December (13).
Movie-maker Martin Scorsese will be feted by the Art Directors Guild (ADG) next year (14) as he is handed the Cinematic Imagery Award. The Oscar-winning director will be given the prestigious accolade at the 18th annual Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Awards on 8 February (14) in Los Angeles.
The organisation's council chairman, John Shaffner, lauds Scorsese's work and tells The Hollywood Reporter, "The ADG has always considered his hands-on pursuit of excellence of production design to equal all of the fine craftsmanship that goes into every aspect of all Martin Scorsese films."
In addition to his numerous directing credits, Scorsese is also founder and chair of The Film Foundation and the World Cinema Project, which are non-profit organisations dedicated to the preservation, restoration and protection of film.
Previous recipients of the honour include the production designers on the James Bond franchise, the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, Warren Beatty and Terry Gilliam.
Warren Beatty and Annette Bening's son is starring in a public service announcement (PSA) to speak out against new regulations excluding transgender people from receiving full healthcare. Stephen Ira Beatty, who was born Kathleen Elizabeth Bening Beatty and embarked on hormone treatment to change sex in 2011, appears in the new commercial calling for a New York State Medicaid law to be repealed.
He says, "I grew up outside of New York, but I've known I've wanted move there for city's vibrant artistic community. As a trans person, I would hope that I'd be welcomed but many trans people aren't because we don't have the basic healthcare coverage we need to survive."
A representative from gay rights group GLAAD, which organised the PSA, adds, "Transgender healthcare isn't special healthcare. It's regular healthcare that non-trans people receive every day when they need it. Unfortunately, healthcare is often denied to trans people due to misinformation and bias. By repealing the exclusionary regulation, (politicians) can ensure that transgender people receiving Medicaid have the same access to essential care as anyone else."
When it comes to imagining a totalitarian state, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire errs on the side of glamour. Yes, it's gritty, but pretty/gritty. And it is pure fiction. There is no living chronicle to hold it up against.
Although that doesn't always help. When Warren Beatty made Reds — a telling of the Russian Revolution based on journalist John Reed's chronicle Ten Days that Shook the World — he managed to glamorize that as well. Including the ending: the film was made in 1981, before Ronald Reagan had his way with the Iron Curtain. Reds managed to make it into the can with its idealism fully intact.
Still, it makes an interesting contrast to Catching Fire, which is also about the struggle over they ways idealism can sometimes play itself out. Both films are about also about love, and the ways love can be tested during times of political struggle.