George Lazenby's story is one of the oddest in Hollywood history, as I learned when I sat down, during the recent TCM Classic Film Festival, with the man who played James Bond in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service — and then walked away from a $1 million offer to star in six more installments.
As Lazenby, now 75, explains with surprising candor, he was a car mechanic in Australia who pursued a girl to England, whereupon he stumbled into a career as a top model and then, through information procured during a threesome, a casting session for the role of the coolest man in the world, 007.
The part had come open when Sean Connery, who inhabited it in the franchise's first five installments, decided to give it up. Against all odds, Lazenby, who had never previously appeared before a film camera, landed the gig. Against all odds, he did a very respectable job of acting. And then, against all odds, on the advice of a man who was acting as an agent, he gave it all up.
One of the great highlights of the sixth annual Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, a terrific event that took place in downtown Hollywood from March 26-29, was the omnipresence of the legendary Shirley MacLaine. The 80-year-old Oscar and Emmy winner, who is celebrating her 60th year in Hollywood, was on hand for a number of different talkbacks and Q&As to mark the occasion, and also to help celebrate her two-time costar Christopher Plummer at his handprints and footprints ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre. (Her own took place in 1963.)
In the midst of all of this, MacLaine, who looks great and has as much sass and spunk as ever, found 20 minutes to grant an exclusive interview about her life, career and outlook at this time, which you can listen to at the top of this post.
"We better stand up and kick these guys in the ass," movie mogul Harvey Weinstein said about present-day anti-Semites as he accepted the Humanitarian Award at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's National Tribute Dinner on Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton. "We're gonna have to get as organized as the mafia," he continued. "We just can't take it anymore [from] these crazy bastards."
Over the course of a 36-minute conversation, Marcia, the self-described "geezer," and I, the Marcia-described "kid," discussed why the first-quarter of 2015 — like most years — has been almost entirely devoid of quality narrative films. (In short: Quality narrative films tend to be held until the fourth-quarter of the year so that they are fresh in the minds of Oscar voters when nomination ballots go in the mail.)
Shailene Woodley has been tapped to receive the MTV Trailblazer Award, which "recognizes actors who are blazing a distinctive and innovative path for their Hollywood peers," at the MTV Movie Awards in April, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Seventy-five years ago, millionaire media mogul William Randolph Hearst was fighting to stop the release of Citizen Kane, the directorial debut of a 26-year-old punk named Orson Welles whose film ruthlessly mocked the older man. But on Friday night, in a twist worthy of Hollywood, Citizen Kane, which is now widely regarded as the greatest film ever made, screened in none other than Hearst's own private screening room.
This Sunday, Austin's South by Southwest Film Festival will host the world premiere of Tab Hunter Confidential, a terrific new documentary about the legendary actor-singer Tab Hunter. Adapted by director Jeffrey Schwarz and producer Allan Glaser from Hunter's 2005 best-selling memoir of the same name, this story is unlike any other ever told about Hollywood's Golden Age. Why? Because it is the first from the perspective of a major movie star who lived through it as a closeted gay man but is now open about his sexuality.
An Oscar-winning actress, an icon of the '60s, a former James Bond and one of Mad Men's most beloved stars will be making appearances at the sixth annual TCM Classic Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
The 87th Oscars ceremony took place on Sunday night in Hollywood. Now that the winners have been announced and the red carpets have been rolled up and put in storage — at least until May's Cannes Film Festival — it is incumbent upon me to try to perform a postmortem on the results (and my own performance as a prognosticator). What happened and why? Let's take a look.
This is a lightly edited transcript of a conversation with an Academy member about his ballot. A conversation with a different member will post each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22. Needless to say, their views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.
VOTER PROFILE: A member of the Academy's 386-member writers branch who has won an Oscar.
This is a lightly edited transcript of a conversation with an Academy member about her ballot. A conversation with a different member will post each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22. Needless to say, their views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.
VOTER PROFILE: A member of the Academy's 378-member public relations branch.
In addition to attracting considerable interest and controversy, The Hollywood Reporter's "Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot" series has also made it patently clear that the public wants to know more about how Academy members think, act and approach their most sacred duty: filling out their Oscar ballots. To that end, I am pleased to announce the creation of a new monthly podcast — entitled "The Geezer and The Kid" — that will feature frank discussions between me and one of the Academy members who I like and respect most, the pioneering film executiveMarcia Nasatir, who has also been a member of the Academy's executive branch for 40 years.
This is a lightly edited transcript of a conversation with an Academy member who is not associated with any of this year's nominees about his ballot. A conversation with a different member will post each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22. Needless to say, their views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.