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Spanish Film Star Sara Montiel Dies at 85

Sara Montiel

Sara Montiel, the Spanish actress who famously crossed over to achieve Hollywood stardom, died Monday, The Associated Press reports. She was 85.

Montiel died at her home in Madrid after passing out, according to her biographer, Peter Villora. A La Mancha native, Montiel was born... read more

HBO Orders Hemingway Film with Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen

Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman

HBO has green-lit a new film about Ernest Hemingway starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman, Deadline.com reports.

Hemingway & Gellhorn will follow the relationship between writers Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn. Owen, 45, will play the Nobel Prize-winning author and Kidman... read more

Chris Matthews' New Book: A Political How-to

Chris Matthews by Lisa Berg/NBC

Chris Matthews recently celebrated his 10th year as the host of MSNBC's Hardball, and he spent a few decades in politics before that tenure. He's distilled his observations into a new Random House book, Life's a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation and Success. Ah, but can politics teach you how to handle Daily Show host Jon Stewart when he calls your book "sad," as he did when Matthews recently appeared to get a plug? Matthews tells The Biz how he survived what he called "the worst interview I've ever had in my life."TVGuide.com: What made you think your experience in politics would make a good advice book?Chris Matthews: It's what I know. You write what you know. I've spent 36 years watching politicians, and I've learned the traits that work with people. The absence of those traits usually suggests the failure of a career. I'm talking about people who get elected time and time again and succeed in American politics: Generally they have a set ... read more

Do you know the name of the ...

Question: Do you know the name of the first-ever made-for-TV movie?


Answer: Like all "first" questions, this one is thorny. Generally speaking, the first two made-for-TV movies are considered to have been The Killers and The Hanged Man, both of which date from 1964 and were made by MCA-Universal under the aegis of superagent-turned-media-mogul Lew Wasserman. Wasserman, who shepherded Universal into the world of television production and distribution, saw an opportunity to leverage one of the company's assets — a huge library of old movies — by remaking them for TV. The Killers was a remake of a 1946 film starring Burt Lancaster and based on Ernest Hemingway's short story read more

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