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Movie Icon Jane Russell Dies

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Obituaries, Videos,

Janes Russell - London, 2008 During her career in Hollywood, Jane Russell kept company with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes and a host of other legendary personalities. She was best-known for her impressive, Amazonian figure—which she always put to good use on the big screen. And now, she’s gone.

Jane Russell died on Monday in Santa Maria at the age of 89, 70 years after she was cast in her first Howard Hughes movie (The Outlaw). Her cleavage, amply displayed throughout the flick, created a huge controversy with censors. She did westerns with the Howard Hughes-owned RKO studios for several years in the 1940s before being cast as Marilyn Monroe’s brunette bestie in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The role gave Russell the chance to show off another of her assets—her powerful singing voice. You can hear—and see—her talents on display in the video above, a clip of Russell's big solo from the movie.

Throughout the 1950s, she continued to star in films. Russell was paired onscreen with Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum and Frank Sinatra —to name just a few. Russell spent the next years singing in nightclubs, making the occasional movie appearance until 1970.

 

 

 

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 9, 2010

Grown Ups Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Antichrist: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Arsenic and Old Lace: DVD
  • Charlie St. Cloud: DVD, Blu-ray
  • A Christmas Carol: Blu-ray
  • Grown Ups: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Love Ranch: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Man Who Would Be King: DVD
  • Ocean's 11 (50th Anniversary): Blu-ray
  • Ramona and Beezus: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Tremors: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

 

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Scarlett Johansson’s Sinatra Secret

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Celebrity Gossip,

Scarlett Johansson wants to be Frank SinatraScarlett Johansson wants to be Frank Sinatra.

The Lost in Translation star admits that the Rat Pack singer-and-actor was one of her childhood heroes and she hopes to emulate his singing voice in the future:

“I always wanted to be Frank Sinatra. Even as a little kid, I always thought I’d grow up and sound like Sinatra. I’m still waiting for that to happen. A lot of actors are great mimics anyway, and that can relate to music as well. I think all singers are acting, whether it’s their lyrics or another writer’s lyrics, they are performing. I don’t think the two are dissimilar.”

Uh, oh—watch out, Leo.

Despite her success, Scarlett—who is set to release her second album, The Break-Up, a series of duets with close friend Pete Yorn—admits she is still astonished when she lands big jobs. She told Britain’s The Times newspaper, “That always shocks me, when I get hired for anything. Either as an actor or, in this case, a vocalist for hire. As soon as one project ends, you never think you will get the chance again. I was just flattered that Pete thought of me and put the faith in me that I could creatively collaborate on anything.”


Leonardo DiCaprio taking lessons to sound like Frank Sinatra

Leonardo DiCaprio Frank Sinatra is taking singing lessons to sound like Frank Sinatra. Leo is hoping to portray the legendary Sinatra in a new biopic, but needs to prove to director Martin Scorsese he has the vocal talent to carry it off. “Leonardo has hired a top vocal coach to get him sounding like Sinatra. He is a massive fan of the singer and has always wanted to play him. He would be upset to miss out on the leading role because his singing wasn’t up to scratch. He is now in intensive vocal coaching lessons to replicate Sinatra’s distinctive style.” said a source.

However, Leonardo faces competition from stars including George Clooney, Justin Timberlake, Harry Connick Jr. and Jamie Foxx. It was recently claimed Jamie - who played jazz musician Ray Charles in Ray - is being lined up to portray the Rat Pack singer after film bosses saw similarities between the two stars’ backgrounds.

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