A piano featured in the classic 1942 Humphrey Bogart film Casablanca sold at Sotheby’s in New York Friday for $602,500, according to NBC News. The auction house had previously sold the prop for $154,000 in 1988, and this time around had set a pre-sale estimate of $800,000 to $1.2m. Sotheby’s did not name the purchaser.
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20th Century Fox has announced that it is canceling planned events before and after today’s premiere of the Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy Parental Guidance, following yesterday’s shooting incident in Connecticut. In a statement, a spokesperson for the studio said, “In light of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut we are canceling the red carpet press event and the after party for the Parental Guidance premiere, scheduled today in downtown Los Angeles. The hearts of all involved with this film go out to the victims, their families, their community, and our entire nation in mourning.”
Taye Diggs and Busy Philipps announced the 2013 SAG Award nominees this morning at 6 a.m. PT. But if you knew where to look, you could have learned the news hours earlier.
According to the Los Angeles Times, readers of the Awards Daily blog discovered that a glitch in the SAG website allowed readers to see the nominees by typing in the actor or movie’s name in a simple search. Though there was no comprehensive list posted on the site, the database snafu revealed the eventual nominations several hours before the official announcement.
“We are aware of this matter,” a SAG spokesperson said in a statement. “There appears to have been a technical glitch with the website uploading process and we are working with our vendor to resolve the problem.”
Shock, disgust and fear spread across the campus of the Colorado university — the man who shot up a midnight movie was identified as James Holmes, and faculty members suspected they knew him.
As professors and others questioned what to do and feared for their safety, some shared the tidbits they knew about Holmes via email. He briefly had a girlfriend, who was in India at the time of the attack. He had a few friends, though none in the neuroscience program he’d just left.
The new details are in thousands of emails the University of Colorado, Denver released Wednesday after news organizations, including The Associated Press, requested them to learn about Holmes’ year at the school.
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John Travolta is being sued by his former pilot, Doug Gotterba, according to TMZ.
TMZ reports Gotterba made headlines recently when he told The National Enquirer that he had a sexual relationship with Travolta. After going public, Gotterba claims he got a threatening letter from Travolta’s lawyer, Marty Singer. In the lawsuit, Gotterba says Singer threatened to sue him for breaking a confidentiality agreement Gotterba allegedly signed when he was terminated. Gotterba says he signed a termination agreement, but there was no confidentiality clause.
UPDATE: Marty Singer released the following statement to EW:
“In his ridiculous lawsuit, Mr. Gotterba absurdly claims that an agreement that was never signed is binding, but that a signed agreement is not binding on him. Significantly, the signed agreement actually gives Mr. Gotterba additional rights that don’t appear in the unsigned draft. Mr. Gotterba obviously filed this lawsuit to get his 15 minutes of fame. We plan to get this meritless case promptly dismissed.”
David Letterman’s “stupid human tricks” and Top 10 lists are being vaulted into the ranks of cultural acclaim as the late-night comedian receives this year’s Kennedy Center Honors with rock band Led Zeppelin and three other artists.
Stars from New York, Hollywood and the music world gathered Sunday in Washington to salute the comedian and the band, along with Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova.
The honors are the nation’s highest award for those who influenced American culture through the arts. President Barack Obama will host the honorees at the White House before they are saluted by fellow performers in a show to be broadcast Dec. 26 on CBS.
Meryl Streep introduced the honorees Saturday during a formal dinner at the U.S. State Department and noted that Letterman had surpassed his mentor, Johnny Carson, in sustaining the longest late-night television career for more than 30 years.
Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel joined in celebrating Letterman’s influence on many other comedians. READ FULL STORY
The European Film Academy celebrated its 25th anniversary with a ceremony in Malta Saturday. Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci received the lifetime achievement award, while the Achievement in World Cinema award went to Helen Mirren. Michael Haneke’s Amour won the top prize and took three other EFAs; the full winners list is below: READ FULL STORY
A local Los Angeles judge and now a federal court judge have denied a request by an actress in the controversial Innocence of Muslims film to have the movie’s 14-minute YouTube trailer removed.
United States District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald on Friday, following a Los Angeles Superior Court judge’s decision in September, struck down actress Cindy Lee Garcia’s motion for a preliminary injunction to take down the trailer, her attorney Cris Armenta announced in a press release. Garcia, who appears in Innocence of Muslims, claims she was duped and didn’t know the movie was a tirade against the prophet Muhammad. A court hearing previously set for Dec. 3 has been removed from the court’s calendar, according to the release.
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Pat Renella, known for roles such as a gangster killed by Steve McQueen in 1968 crime thriller Bullitt, has died. He was 83.
The actor’s niece confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter on Friday that Renella passed away Nov. 9 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long bout with chronic illness.
Over his decades long career, Chicago native Renella — with his dark-haired, dark-eyed good looks — appeared on TV shows such as Mannix, General Hospital, S.W.A.T. and McCloud, and in the 1967 teen rebellion cult classic film Riot on Sunset Strip. In Bullitt, he plays Johnny Ross, who fakes his murder to escape the mob, and is hunted down by a San Francisco police lieutenant played by lead McQueen. Renella is survived by his niece and sister.
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Jurors in New Jersey have convicted a former Melrose Place actress of vehicular homicide.
The Star-Ledger of Newark reports the panel on Tuesday also acquitted Amy Locane-Bovenizer of a more serious charge, aggravated manslaughter, in the 2010 accident that killed a 60-year-old woman. Somerset County prosecutors said Locane-Bovenizer’s blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when the crash occurred on a dark two-lane road in Montgomery Township.
The defense conceded she was driving under the influence. But her lawyer claimed a woman was chasing her after an earlier accident, forcing her to speed.
The actress appeared in 13 episodes of TV’s Melrose Place and in movies including Cry-Baby, School Ties, and Secretary.
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