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Beaver's Billingsley Gone at 94

The Cleavers were the suburban family I grew up with on black-and-white TV, and Leave it to Beaver's Barbara Billingsley, who played June to Hugh Beaumont's Ward, was my idea of the perfect Mom. Well, she's gone, at 94. I can still hear her soft, high plaintive voice: "Ward, I'm worried about the Beaver."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2010 10:30 AM
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More: Obit, TV

Weekly Wrap: Zimmer and Reeves Talk, Oscar Buzz Builds, Casting Franchises, Shifting Media

INTERVIEWS- We analyze Let Me In's box office and awards potential and talk to Let Me In writer-director Matt Reeves.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 15, 2010 11:00 AM
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Sony Wants Jolie as Cleopatra, but Can They Land Cameron?

Sony envisions a mouth-watering Cleopatra franchise with Hollywood's only female action star, Angelina Jolie, as the mighty Egyptian Queen. James Cameron, post-Avatar, is being conjured to take on this project, reports Deadline's Mike Fleming, because he's one of the few directors Sony chairman Amy Pascal would trust with such a risky mammoth-budget 3-D period spectacle. But can she and producer Scott Rudin land him? (The answer I hear is yes).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2010 7:20 AM
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Video Watch: Anderson and Coppola Go 60s for Stella Artois

In case you missed the Wes Anderson/Roman Coppola Stella Artois 60-second TV spot, check it out below, it's fun. Very Boys Night Out (a must-see from the 60s starring James Garner when he was hot), Parisian-style. You may recall that Anderson directed those expensive American Express ads; he and Coppola collaborated on Darjeeling Limited. Coppola, who did a terrific job on the very mod CQ, also helps out his sister Sophia on her movies, and is a gadget fanatic, according to AdAge.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 2:50 AM
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More: Video, TV, Marketing

Zombies Rule the Earth, from Walking Dead to 28 Months Later

As zombies become the new vampires, and AMC's The Walking Dead launches Halloween, the dystopian 28 Days Later franchise shows no sign of slowing down.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 1:06 AM
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SyFy's Hollywood Treasure: Help Find Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

Hollywood Treasure, SyFy's new docu-reality series, follows Joe Maddalena, the world's leading authority and auctioneer of original pop culture memorabilia. Think the Wicked Witch's hat from The Wizard of Oz or Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, which he is currently hunting down--they were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005. Maddalena will give you $10,000 if you help him find them.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 12:32 PM
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Freeman To Get AFI Life Achievement Award; Fincher's Rendezvous with Rama in Works

Morgan Freeman, 73, is having quite a year. He started off 2010 with his fifth Oscar nomination, for playing Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus; his latest movie, the well-reviewed comedy thriller Red opens on Friday; and he may actually land David Fincher as the director of his 15 years-in-development outer-space epic Rendezvous with Rama. (See MTV video below.) The reason this is now close to being possible: Fincher and James Cameron's advances with performance capture and 3-D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2010 8:53 AM
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Boardwalk Empire Four Recap

Boardwalk Empire Four Recap
Boardwalk Empire Episode Four is recapped by Tim Appelo, below (SPOILER ALERT):A man’s character is his fate, and crucial characters come fatefully into focus in the fourth Boardwalk Empire (“Anastasia”). Al Capone (Stephen Graham) welcomes Jimmy (Michael Pitt) to Chicago by sneaking into a whorehouse in the wee hours, shushing Jimmy’ favorite mattressback, the Chinatown opium-loving beauty Pearl (ingénue-to-watch Emily Meade), and shooting the snoozing Jimmy in the ear. It’s a blank, but it bloodies and scares the bejesus out of Jimmy. Capone is getting even for WW I vet Jimmy’s razzing disbelief of Scarface Capone’s false claim that the Huns gave him his scar. “Lookit Mr. Solider Boy! You’d piss yer pants if you were wearin’ [any].”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2010 5:00 AM
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More: Reviews, TV, HBO

Director Watch: Snyder Takes Superman, Gilroy on Bourne 4, Hobbit Inches Closer, Luhrmann Goes Glee

- Superman has a new daddy: Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) will direct Warner Bros' franchise revival, with Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas producing--the dynamic duo that rebooted Batman. Nolan came up with the story; Batman Begins scribe David S. Goyer wrote the screenplay, which brings back villain General Zod. “I feel super awesome,” Snyder told the LAT, while admitting that he lies awake at night thinking of how his Superman - who "has to be a man" - will be recreated. No boys need apply for the job; this is a the "biggest and baddest of them all," Snyder says, "The greatest of them all, right? We all want to know how the next chapter takes shape. I want to know how it will take shape.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2010 4:45 AM
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TCM Promos Seven-Part Moguls & Movie Stars with Five City Exhibit/Tour

Turner Classic Movies is launching a five city multimedia, interactive, exhibit tour featuring Hollywood memorabilia from TCM’s original seven-part documentary series, Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood, which premieres November 1 at 8 PM (ET). The series delves into an in-depth history of Hollywood from its start in 1890 through 1970, including interviews with critics, filmmakers and film historians (Sidney Lumet, Richard Zanuck, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Peter Bogdanovich, Gore Vidal, Robert Osborne and Molly Haskell), the children of Hollywood's Golden Age, film clips and rare footage.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 4, 2010 8:23 AM
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