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Dan Talbot, Impresario of Art Films, Is Dead at 91

Advertisement Dan Talbot, one of the most influential figures in the world of art-house film as an operator of Manhattan theaters — including Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, which is scheduled to close on Jan. 28 — and a founder of the film distribution company New Yorker Films, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. His death was confirmed by Ewnetu Admassu, the general manager of Lincoln Plaza. Manohla Dargis, co-chief film critic for The New York Times, summed up Mr. Talbot’s impact in a 2011 interview with him at the Cannes Film Festival, where in his 80s he continued to see four to six films a day. She described his theaters as places where “generations of moviegoers have had their minds and worlds expanded, and even blown.” Mr. Talbot was always realistic about the narrow appeal of his product. In 1987, interviewed during a Public Theater retrospective, “The Age of New Yorker Films,” he described his chosen field as “a very financially masochistic business.” In fact, he told ..

Star Wars cast reveal ‘awkward’ encounter with Princes William and Harry

As well as attending the premiere, the royals visited the set of The Last Jedi during production. And movie heroine Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, was tasked with showing the Force fans around. “I mean I’m not great at small talk,” she quips. “So it was a bit awkward at the beginning.” “But the thing that is wonderful is, we are just on the poster, but there are thousands of people who work far longer and harder than we have on it. PA/GETTY ROYAL HEIR FORCE: The royals visited the set of The Last Jedi during production “It was a bit awkward at the beginning” Daisy Ridley“So to take the princes around the creature workshop, the prop space, wardrobe and people who aren’t usually recognised, that felt pretty cool for me.” For Mark Hamill (also known as Luke Skywalker) meeting William and Harry was an opportunity to settle an old score. The Jedi veteran explains: “Something had been bothering me since (1983’s) Return Of The Jedi. When they told us that Carrie and I are brother and sister I..

Bella Thorne, Kendall Jenner & 27 More Of Hollywood's Sexy Santas

Happy holidays. Boy, do we have the perfect gift for you — an entire gallery of your favorite celebs, like Bella Thorne and Kendall Jenner, dressed as sexy santas! See the pics here!Tis the season for sexy santas! When it comes to dressing up, Christmas practically rivals Halloween for celebrities. Of course, when you’re sexy and you know it, you gravitate toward the hottest outfits you can find, right? Holiest day of the year be damned! It’s no surprise that celebs like Bella Thorne, Ariel Winter, and Kendall Jenner have all gone the sexy santa route. But Justin Bieber? Him, too! We’re obsessed with Bella’s many Christmas looks. She’s done the sexy santa thing two years in a row now, and managed to up the hottness tenfold! Last year, Bella’s outfit was reminiscent of a Halloween costume. Not that there was anything wrong with that! She paired girly, striped thigh-high stockings with an adorable, red babydoll dress trimmed with fur. It wasn’t innocent at all, though. You can see her ga..

LA Theater Review: Tom Hanks in ‘Henry IV’

Before “Big,” before “Bachelor Party” — heck, before even “Bosom Buddies” — Tom Hanks studied theater at Chabot College and performed three seasons in the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, walking the boards in “Hamlet” (though not as Hamlet, alas). But that was all more than 40 years ago, and so much has happened since that it may as well be a different Hanks — one with two Oscars and a formidable serious-actor reputation to his credit — who tackles the tragicomic role of Falstaff in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ presentation of “Henry IV,” making what is billed as his “Los Angeles stage debut.” The show itself — technically two separate history plays, mercifully condensed into a single three-hour production that, frankly, could stand to be shorter still — continues to be performed today due not to any particular interest in its eponymous monarch, but as a credit to Falstaff, by far the most amusing in Shakespeare’s great panoply of characters, popular enough that he appears..

California Wildfires Spread: Thomas Fire Mandates Santa Barbara Evacs, Threatens Montecito Celebrity Homes

REX/ShutterstockSanta Barbara County and the celebrity haven of Montecito are under new evacuation orders this morning, as winds picked up and spread the Thomas fire throughout the region. The 404-square-mile Thomas Fire was reportedly cresting Montecito Peak, just north of the unincorporated Santa Barbara County community of Montecito, where Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey and many other celebrities have homes. “It is right above the homes,” fire spokesman Jude Olivas said. Montecito is also home to such celebrities as Drew Barrymore, Jeff Bridges, Rob Lowe, Malcolm McDowell, Al Gore, Megyn Price, Eric Schmidt, Jane Seymor and Patrick Stewart. Winfrey expressed her dismay at the latest development on her Twitter account. “Still praying for our little town. Winds picked up this morning creating a perfect storm of bad for firefighters,” Winfrey tweeted. It was not clear if the former talk show host was in Montecito. Still praying for our little town. Winds picked up this morning creating..

Nick Cannon Defends Chris Brown, Says Black Men are Unfairly Targeted

Nick CannonDefends Chris BrownBlack Men Unfairly Targeted 1/1/2018 12:50 AM PST EXCLUSIVE Nick Cannon thinks there's a double standard in Hollywood when it comes to actors with checkered pasts ... and it favors white guys over black guys. Cannon quickly snapped back at our guy at LAX Wednesday when he asked Nick about all the hate over teaming up with Chris Brown for a new movie because of CB's history with domestic violence. "What about Sean Penn?" Nick asked, "They ever hate on his past and the movies he did?" For the record -- Penn's faced allegations for years that he abused Madonna while they were married in the '80s ... but Madonna claims Penn never struck her. Brown was convicted of felony assault for beating up Rihanna. Still, Cannon says society wants to make black men look like monsters anytime they can. He also tells us his upcoming movie with Brown -- an indie flick called "She Ball" about a women's street basketball team -- is going to be a must-se..

First Look at Robert O'Hara's Dystopian Mankind

Bobby Moreno stars in Robert O'Hara's new play Mankind at Playwrights Horizons. (© Joan Marcus)Mankind, a new play written and directed by Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy, Barbecue), has released photos from its world premiere production at Playwrights Horizons. The show began previews on December 15 in advance of a January 8, 2018, opening and is set to run through January 28. Anson Mount and Bobby Moreno take the stage in Mankind. (© Joan Marcus)The cast features André De Shields (The Wiz), Bobby Moreno (Lazarus), Anson Mount (Marvel's Inhumans), Stephen Schnetzer (Oslo), Ariel Shafir (Orange Is the New Black), and David Ryan Smith (One Man, Two Guvnors). André De Shields is featured in the Playwrights Horizons world premiere. (© Joan Marcus)In the play, "Mark (Mount) and Jason (Moreno) were keeping things casual until Jason got pregnant. But however unplanned the pregnancy was, nothing could be less expected than the chain of events it would set in motion. Robert O&#03..

Mark Hamill Reveals Hilarious Makeout Session With Carrie Fisher: 'Alcohol Was Involved'

The Luke Skywalker depicter recalls that he and the late actress once were kissing 'like teenagers' while filming the first 'Star Wars' movie. Before considering her as a co-star that he holds dear, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher had the hots for each other. The actor reveals in a new interview with The Guardian that he and the late actress once hooked up while filming the first "Star Wars" movie. "Carrie and I were attracted to one another, but I knew from previous jobs that it would have been a bad idea [to get involved with someone on set,]" the 66-year-old actor admits. "But Carrie and I found pretexts." He goes on sharing, "I remember one time - I'm sure alcohol was involved - we were talking about kissing techniques. 'Well I think I'm a fairly good kisser. I like to let the women come to me rather than be aggressive.' And she said, 'What do you mean?' Well, next thing you know we're making out like teenag..

Tonya Harding Walks Off Interview After Piers Morgan Tells Her to Quit Playing Victim

The 'Good Morning Britain' host told the former Olympian that she was not the victim in the Nancy Kerrigan attack, leading Tonya to almost cut short the interview. Tonya Harding got into a heated discussion with Piers Morgan in the Monday, January 8 episode of "Good Morning Britain", to the point the former Olympic figure skater threatened to leave the interview. It all came down after the host accused Tonya of playing the victim when the real victim was Nancy Kerrigan. The interview got intense when Tonya felt that Piers kept interrupting her. "You weren't letting me finish!" she said. "I respect you for trying to ask these question. I'm here to talk about the future and what it means." "My movie is going to help so many people, [and let them know] that it is OK to ask for help," she continued. "So, that's why I'm here." "Maybe it suits you to play the victim," said Piers. "But I think the victim in all of this wasn't you. It w..

Kitty Pryde Getting Her Own Solo Film With 'Deadpool' Helmer

Tim Miller is reportedly developing a solo movie about the X-Men member, whose alter ego is Shadowcat, at 21st Century Fox. Another X-Men member is getting her own solo film. "Deadpool" director Tim Miller is reportedly developing an "X-Men" spin-off film focusing on Kitty Pryde a.k.a. Shadowcat at 21st Century Fox. The character was played by Ellen Page in "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past". According to Collider, the spin-off film is "very much" in the works as business at the studio continues to operate as usual following the Disney acquisition. Though the project is not officially announced yet by the studio and is in early stage of development, Miller is not taking a "wait and see" approach, sources tell the site. Meanwhile, Fox is still actively developing several other previously-announced "X-Men" spin-offs which include "X-Force", "Gambit (2019)" and a potential sequel to "The New Mutants", recent report revealed. It's very likel..

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