Saturday, October 24, 2015

Maureen O'Hara, John Wayne's favorite leading lady, spirited movie star, dies at 95

Actress Maureen O'Hara, the Irish beauty who appeared in such classic films as "The Quiet Man" and "How Green Was My Valley," has died.
Her manager, Johnny Nicoletti, says O'Hara died in her sleep Saturday at her home in Boise, Idaho. She was 95.

O'Hara came to Hollywood to star in 1939's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and went on to a long career. "How Green Was My Valley," a touching 1941 drama about a Welsh mining family, won five Oscars including best picture.
She became John Wayne's favorite leading lady, appearing with him in "The Quiet Man" and other films. And she was little Natalie Wood's mother in the Christmas classic "Miracle on 34th Street."
She's survived by a daughter in Ireland.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Playboy to stop publishing nude photos of women

Playboy is getting out of the nudes business.
Starting with the March 2016 issue, the iconic men's magazine, which has been publishing photos of nude women since 1953, will be private-part free.
“The political and sexual climate of 1953, the year Hugh Hefner introduced Playboy to the world, bears almost no resemblance to today,” Playboy Enterprises CEO Scott Flanders said in a statement to FOX411. “We are more free to express ourselves politically, sexually and culturally today, and that’s in large part thanks to Hef’s heroic mission to expand those freedoms. We will stay true to those core values with this new vision of Playboy’s future."
The "top-to-bottom redesign" by the company’s Chief Content Officer Cory Jones follows the magazine's website's similar move to a "safe-for-work" format, featuring provocative, but not naked, photos of women.
Officials acknowledge that Playboy has been witnessing widespread changes. "You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it's just passé at this juncture," Scott Flanders, the company's chief executive, told the AP.
Playboy said it will "continue to publish sexy, seductive pictorials of the world’s most beautiful women, including its iconic Playmates, all shot by some of today’s most renowned photographers. The magazine will also remain committed to its award-winning mix of long-form journalism, interviews and fiction."