Dick Guttman is an endangered species — an old-school press agent who maintains good relations with his star clients and with the people who cover them, while being a straight shooter to both.
British actor Alan Rickman’s dozens of roles ranged from the husband who strayed and quickly regretted it in Love, Actually (2003) to a terrorist leader in action thriller Die Hard (1988). But Rickman, who died Jan. 14 at age 69, probably resonated most with millions of Harry Potter fans as Severus Snape, the icy, humorless potion-mixing magic instructor in the hit movie franchise.
“It’s good to be alive!” declared a tearful Michael Douglas, the guest of honor at our Movies for Grownups Gala Countdown luncheon in New York on Thursday. Douglas — who told us he’s still cancer-free five years after being diagnosed with tongue cancer — attended with his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
An instant classic, the newest James Bond movie and a visit with favorite old comic-strip pals make this a good weekend to hit the cineplex. You homebodies, meanwhile, can curl up with the Beatles and two of the year’s most memorable films.
He’s served as The American President, terrified a generation of men into embracing marital fidelity in Fatal Attraction, and tickled the ivories as Liberace Behind the Candelabra.
Best-selling novelist Jackie Collins, who died September 19 at age 77, lived in a Beverly Hills mansion and frequented Hollywood’s toniest hot spots, collecting dish for her sex- and scandal-filled chronicles of Tinseltown’s rich and famous, notably Hollywood Wives.
Viola Davis (right), the first African-American woman to win an Emmy award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, powerfully called out Hollywood in her acceptance speech Sunday night: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”
Wes Craven was the Steven Spielberg of slasher movies, that grisly sub-genre of horror movies peopled by mask-wearing madmen and serial killers with razor-blade gloves.
This year’s Emmy nominations are dotted with actors age 50 and up who brought powerful performances to some of the best shows on television and continue to work at the top of their game. Among the trends:
With his dark, dashing looks and commanding presence, Egyptian-born Omar Sharif dominated the big screen in such epics as Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965).
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