Author and Cinema Retro contributor Robert Sellers' acclaimed book Hellraisers already reached bestseller status in the UK. Now the book that examines the outrageous drinking adventures of bad boys Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed is available in the USA. Click here to order from Amazon. Click here to read our review of the UK edition. Click here to read NY Times review.
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The field of prominent show business people who are coming out of the closet just got a bit more crowded with Meredith Baxter's announcement that she is a lesbian. Baxter's career soared in the 70s and 80s playing All-American Girls and mothers on shows like Bridget Loves Bernie and the long-running Family Ties. After three marriages and five children, however, Baxter had an affair with a woman she didn't really love. Although she still didn't think of herself as a lesbian, she was intrigued enough to continue dating women - though one of her ill-fated marriages occurred in the interim. Baxter's coming out was due, in part, to her being recognized on a lesbian cruise that she took with her partner. Although she had come out to her family years ago, she decided to beat the tabloids to the punch and give straight talk about her life as a gay woman. She discussed the topic on The Today Show and in an interview with the gay lifestyle publication The Advocate. Click here to watch her on Today. Click here to read the interview.
Film scholars have long been aware that the most grandiose of Stanley Kubrick's unrealized dreams was his planned epic based on the life of Napoleon Bonaparte. Now Taschen publishers has gained access to virtually all of the master director's research archives on the film and is presenting them in a magnificent, limited edition book the likes of which are truly grandiose. The downside: you have to be the emperor of France to afford it. The volume will cost $700 and is limited to only 1,000 copies. There are almost 3,000 pages in the reproduction of a Napoleonic-era history book, and the volume itself contains mini-books that are ingeniously built into the edition. Buyers also get access to over 17,000 on-line images that Kubrick used for research purposes. For more visit the Taschen site by clicking here. For an article about the film that never was from The Times of London, click here