"Mourning the loss of the great Lauren Bacall. We laughed and loved all the way back to the days of The Rat Pack." Legendary producer Quincy Jones remembers his late pal following the Hollywood actress' death on Tuesday (12Aug14).
Late singer/actor Sammy Davis Jr.'s address book is back on the auction block. The little black book from the 1980s contains the names and numbers of a slew of the Rat Pack star's celebrity friends, including Barbra Streisand, Sidney Poitier and Michael Jackson, according to the New York Daily News.
The address book, which failed to sell during another auction last year (13), has been up for grabs online for the past two weeks, but at press time, no offers had been made on the lot.
Bidding starts at $4,000 (£2,353) and the item will remain on sale until Thursday night (31Jul14).
Davis passed away in 1990.
Movie veteran Debbie Reynolds' final memorabilia auction netted the actress and collector over $2 million (£1.25 million). The Singin' in the Rain star teamed up with bosses at Hollywood auction house Profiles in History to sell off the bulk of her memorabilia treasure trove in 2010 and the third and final sale took place earlier this month (17-18May14).
In total, the auction of iconic props, costumes and cameras raked in $2.38 million (£1.5 million).
Highlights included Elvis Presley's grand piano from his Holmby Hills, California estate, a Rat Pack tuxedo ensemble, Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara pale peach bonnet from Gone With the Wind and Orson Welles' signature mink coat from Citizen Kane.
However, the biggest seller was a Vistavision Motion Picture Camera, which was used in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief, Disney's Mary Poppins and George Lucas' Star Wars, which went under the hammer for $159,900 (£100,000).
Actor and activist Christopher Kennedy Lawford has married his yoga teacher fiance in Hawaii. The Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines star, son of Rat Pack member Peter Lawford and assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy's sister Patricia, wed Mercedes Miller, 34, during a ceremony in Maui on Sunday (25May14).
The union is Kennedy Lawford's second - he divorced first wife Jeannie Olsson, the mother of his three children, in 2000, after 16 years of marriage.
The 59 year old isn't the only member of the famous Kennedy clan getting married this year (14) - his cousin, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is engaged to wed actress Cheryl Hines. The couple is reportedly planning to exchange vows this summer (14) during the Kennedy family's annual reunion in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
The daughter of Rat Pack star Sammy Davis, Jr. wants to take her dad's life story to Broadway. Tracey Davis has just released her memoir, A Personal Journey With My Father, which commemorates the 24th anniversary of the beloved singer's death, and she's hoping interest in her new book will lead to a New York stage show.
She says, "When I think about dad, most of his career was on the stage, live. I've been thinking about it for years and I just said, 'Where else does he belong?' You can do all the singing and dancing and acting and kind of go through history at the same time. I think it's a perfect natural fit."
She has a few stars she would like to see as her father on Broadway, including Hairspray actor Elijah Kelley and Outkast rapper Andre Benjamin, who will soon be seen on the big screen as rocker Jimi Hendrix.
Davis adds, "When they redid Hairspray... the opposite lead (Kelley) sang and danced and did a couple of steps and I said, 'Oh my God, he looks exactly like dad!' And he's not tall and his facial features look a lot like dad. I like Andre Benjamin, Andre 3000; there's a bunch of other people."
Michael Buble longs to create a Rat Pack-style group with his singer friends Blake Shelton and Robbie Williams. The Haven't Met You Yet hitmaker became friends with the country star after Shelton released a cover of Buble's song Home in 2008, and they have collaborated on several projects since.
The Canadian crooner has also worked with Williams, recording a duet with the British pop star last year (13), he thinks the three of them would make a good trio.
Buble tells Australia's Sydney Daily Telegraph that Williams is the "greatest entertainer the world" adding, "I love him. I would love to be in a Rat Pack with Robbie and Blake. Robbie is the man. I would like to work with Mr Williams again, I would love to do a show with him."
Elvis Presley's grand piano, pool table and soda fountain from his Holmby Hills estate in Los Angeles is set to hit the auction block next month (May14) as actress Debbie Reynolds continues to sell off her memorabilia collection. The three Elvis items have just been added to the upcoming Profiles in History Debbie Reynolds Auction, which is set for 17 and 18 May (14) at the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in North Hollywood, California.
Presley's Baldwin piano is expected to be one of the sale's highlights, and should fetch up to $15,000 (£9,375), according to the experts. His vintage carved wood pool table has a pre-sale estimate of $6,000 (£3,750) to $8,000 (£5,000), and bidding on the Anderson & Wagner, Inc. soda fountain will begin at $2,000 (£1,250).
The sale will also feature Charlie Chaplin's signature bowler hat, a The Rat Pack tuxedo ensemble, featuring stage outfits worn by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford, Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara bonnet from Gone With the Wind, and Grace Kelly's safari outfit from the 1953 movie Mogambo.
To mark Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday next year (15), bosses at whiskey distiller Jack Daniel's have come up with a special blend in honour of the late Rat Pack legend. Sinatra Select is on sale for $240 (£150).
Screen Gems via Everett Collection
Justin Timberlake has become one of the most accomplished musical artists of his time. Since his boy band days leading *NSYNC through a string of solo hits, JT has shown that he can rock the iTunes chart with the best of them. The one-time Disney Mousketeer has also been acting for just as long as he has been singing, but without the same level of success. Sure, he's drawn raves for his work on Saturday Night Live and goofing around with his buddy Jimmy Fallon, but his movie career has been middling at best. But that's too bad, because Timberlake has shown flashes that he can be that rare talent that can conquer any medium that he takes on, making him the closest thing to an heir apparent to the Rat Pack days of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. as we have.
At his best in movies, Timberlake uses his natural charm to do most of the work. In last the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, his turn as a completely earnest folk singer in early-'60s Greenwich Village was small, but gave the movie exactly what it needed: a counter to Oscar Isaac's self-destructive title character. The look on Timberlake's face when Isaac derisively asks who wrote the novelty song "Please Mr. Kennedy" that they're recording (Timberlake's character did), was played as well as it possibly could've been.
In a larger role, Timberlake was impressive in Clint Eastwood's Trouble with the Curve. The film itself may have plodded along, but JT shined as the former big league baseball prospect trying to find a new role in the game as a scout. He was warm and natural — and cocky in the way that both athletes and artists can be — in playing off of Eastwood and Amy Adams. As with Inside Llewyn Davis, he played the character as a variation of himself and didn't try too hard. When his character actually wins over Adams' prickly lawyer, it feels like a satisfying conclusion. Timberlake did equally well with small parts in The Social Network and Black Snake Moan.
Where Timberlake has not done as well is when he seems to be trying to "act." In Runner, Runner, besides just the fact that the movie wasn't particularly well made, JT seemed to be trying to dial up Shia LaBeouf-style facial intensity as a poker player forced by the feds to help with a sting operation. (Timberlake was hardly the lone flaw of Runner, Ben Affleck as a Russian mob boss was high up on the unintentional humor scale.) He ran into the same situation with the sci-fi thriller In Time.
Oddly, Timberlake has also had trouble in comedies. Thanks to his work with Fallon and the SNL crew, we know that Timberlake can be funny, but largely, he hasn't made that translate on the big screen yet. Of course, the biggest issue with that could just be his choice of projects. Between Friends with Benefits, Bad Teacher, and The Love Guru there wasn't enough material combined for a halfway decent short film.
There's nothing wrong with an actor playing to his or her strengths. Plenty of actors find success playing a continuous variation of similar roles. Timberlake is likable, charming and funny. If he chooses roles wisely — taking on characters that he can relate with on some level and letting his natural gifts work to his advantage — there's no reason that he can't be a bankable movie star. There are roles out there that are right for JT and we'd like to see them take on more of them.
Dean Martin's daughter is still searching for the perfect actor to portray the late singer/actor in a new biopic, two years after announcing plans for the project. Deana Martin's memoir, Memories Are Made of This, is set to be turned into a movie, which will be directed by The Godfather: Part III star Joe Mantegna, and she has recruited Jennifer Love Hewitt to play herself in the film - but the singer has yet to find her movie dad.
Martin previously stated in 2012 that Johnny Depp was at the top of her wish list to play the Rat Pack icon on the big screen, but the character's casting is still undecided.
She says, "It has to be the perfect person who can portray all the qualities of my dad. It's a big role to fill and, as of yet, I haven't found that person."
Martin hopes to find the right actor to take on the role so production on the project can begin later this year (14).