She's at it again. Actress and party-crasher Sean Young, star of such hits as Blade Runner and Stripes, was arrested Sunday night while allegedly attempting to crash a post-Oscars party. Young got into an altercation with a security guard who attempted to bar her entrance to the affair. Young, who was clad in a glamorous gown, denied she assaulted anyone. This is not the first time she has received unwanted attention from her antics. She has unsuccessfully attempted to crash other high profile parties in the past and engaged in bizarre stunts in a failed attempt to win the role of Catwoman (click here for video). Her career was derailed many years ago and she has been treated for substance abuse. Click here for more
The legendary Players club for the arts in New York City is the favorite hang out of Cinema Retro scribes. Thus, we were delighted to see Mike Myers and Kevin Kline's very funny promotional short for AMPAS in which Myers creates another memorable character who forces Kline to take a course in Oscar etiquette when it is reported that he is mishandling the Best Supporting Actor award he won in 1989 for A Fish Called Wanda. The lush atmosphere of The Players is given ample display- and we can't wait to get there for the next cocktail party! Click here to view
The classic original version of The Italian Job was among many films shot at legendary Twickenham Studios.
Movie fans worldwide are mourning the closing of Britain's legendary Twickenham movie studios which has hosted acclaimed film productions that include the original versions of Alfie and The Italian Job, as well as A Hard Day's Night, Blade Runner and the recent War Horse. Tragically, the studio will close just before celebrating its centenary. The administration claims insurmountable debts. The studios are already in bankruptcy protection and will shuttered by June.Twickenham was not able to compete with the state-of-the-art facilities at nearby Pinewood Studios. For more click here
The 1980 disappearance of an Australian infant in the rugged outback mesmerized the world at the time. The infant's mother, Lindy Chamberlain, was convicted of murdering the child and sentenced to life imprisonment. Her defense had been considered to be preposterous: the notion that she had seen a wild dingo carrying her child off into the woods. The trial was a media sensation and Chamberlain was deemed guilty in the court of public opinion long before the jury rendered its verdict. However, the discovery of the baby's body resulted in her conviction being overturned. Nevertheless, Chamberlain has battled endlessly to definitively prove she had nothing to do with her child's death. She has now won a fourth court hearing in which she says new evidence will finally exonerate her. Chamberlain's case bares a resemblance to the murder of six-year old American girl Jonbenet Ramsey in 1990. The public jumped to conclusions and determined her parents had murdered her, largely because it was deemed they did not appear to be sufficiently emotional in their media appearances. After an exhaustive investigation, authorities were never able to find the murderer but did exonerate the parents from any responsibility. The Chamberlain case was dramatized in the acclaimed 1988 film A Cry in the Dark in which she was played by Meryl Streep. The phrase "The dingo's got my baby!" has become enshrined in pop culture, having been utilized in many TV shows. For more click here
Classic movie lovers should try to restrain themselves as the remake train keeps rolling along. The latest idea is to have a redo of Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 classic Rebecca, the esteemed director's only film to be awarded a Best Picture Oscar. Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier and Judith Anderson starred in the screen adaptation of Daphne DuMaurier's 1938 gothic mystery novel. We suppose we can look forward to that stalwart cast being replaced by Adam Sandler, Cameron Diaz and Rosie O'Donnell. Click here for more
Iconic British actress and Oscar winner Judi Dench says she is battling macular degeneration, which is robbing her of her sight. Dench candidly discusses how the ailment has already impacted her: she cannot read her scripts and can't clearly see the person she is dining with across a table in a restaurant. Dench will be seen later this year in her continuing role as M in the James Bond film Skyfall. For more click here
Noel Harrison was already a successful folk singer when he was tapped to sing the Oscar-winning title song from the 1968 crime caper The Thomas Crown Affair. Harrison was also an actor, co-starring in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. TV series. He still has a loyal following and a cool unofficial fan site, appropriately titled www.thewindmillsofyourmind.com Click here to see a page dedicated to the history of the song as well as a 1969 performance of it by Harrison along with a 2011 reprise, which he performs splendidly. The site also offers rare vintage photo sleeves of the single from around the world. Click here to view
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are teaming once again for an action thriller titled The Tomb. The 1980s film icons recently completed starring together in a sequel to The Expendables. For more click here
The web is ablaze with rumors that producers of Ridley Scott's "re-imagining" of his 1980s sci-fi classic Blade Runner are in talks with Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Deckard. The fact that the rumors aren't true apparently doesn't seem to matter. Now the film's producers have issued a strong denial that they are in discussions with Ford or anyone else, stating that they are so engrossed in forming the storyline with Scott that casting is the last thing on their minds. It would be doubtful that Ford would return to the Blade Runner universe: he loathed the experience of making the first film. For more click here
Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has won a court order of protection from his stepson, who he has accused of manipulating him and holding him a virtual hostage to his demands. The 90 year-old actor says his life has been destroyed by stepson Chris Aber and Aber's sister Christina. In a long-simmering court dispute, Rooney's attorneys allege that the actor's finances were controlled by the Abers and that he was forced to do personal appearances, despite failing health. Rooney alleges that the Abers denied him vital medicine and verbally abused him. A court sided with Rooney and granted an order of protection, which temporarily prevents the Abers from being in the presence of Rooney, his wife and another stepson who lives with them. The court has appointed an attorney to look after Rooney's affairs while the legal matters are pursued.
After years of broken promises and false starts, Hammer Films is finally booming again. There's a highly regarded new gothic ghost story The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe, a Hammer book line and plans to stage a Hammer-themed production in London's West End. The ultimate sign of respect? A major article in the New York Times that traces the rise, fall and rise of the legendary British studio. Click here to read
Click here to read NY Times favorable review of The Woman in Black