Gone With the Wind

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Michael Jackson's Gone With the Wind Oscar Is Gone

King of Pop dropped $1.54M on the statuette

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's Gone With the Wind Oscar is gone. Jackson paid a record $1.54 million for the statuette awarded to producer David O. Selznick in 1940, and now executors of his estate can't find it, the Hollywood Reporter reports. "We would like to have that Oscar... More »

$20 Gone With the Wind Dress Sells for $137K

James Tumblin found it on costume company's floor in the 1960s

(Newser) - James Tumblin's 300,000-piece collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia started with a single gray dress with black appliques that lay crumpled on the floor of the Western Costume Company in Los Angeles in the 1960s. "A docent told me not to bother to pick it up,... More »

Making of Gone With the Wind Was an Absolute Mess

But it's still the top-grossing film domestically

(Newser) - It's been 75 years since Gone With the Wind was released—and given the many hurdles to its production, it's kind of amazing that it ever was. In Entertainment Weekly , Chris Nashawaty tells the story of the film's making, which centered on producer David Selznick. He was... More »

Conservatives Have a Great American Novel, Too

'Gone With the Wind' is really right-wing, Noah Berlatsky observes

(Newser) - Pretty much everyone likes to believe that art in this country is made by and for liberals. Conservatives like to believe they're the "few, proud freethinkers" fighting the mainstream narrative, and liberals like to think they're "naturally more artistic, funny, daring, and generally aesthetically awesome,"... More »

Gone With the Wind Dresses Fight Against Time

Nearly 75 years old, one ballgown is faded forever

(Newser) - Efforts to preserve and restore several iconic dresses from the Oscar-winning Civil War movie Gone With the Wind have uncovered what might be painful for die-hard fans: Some of them simply can't be made to look like they did on screen. Stitching and holes can be repaired and extra... More »

Vivien Leigh: Bisexual Adulterer

'Gone With the Wind' star also liked male prostitutes

(Newser) - Vivien Leigh: “The essence of English womanhood,” as a poet laureate once said, or a bisexual adulterer with a taste for male prostitutes? The latter, according to an upcoming biography of the Gone With the Wind actress. Throughout Leigh’s marriage to Laurence Olivier, she cheated on him... More »

Thank Inflation for Avatar's Box Office Record

Gone with the Wind may trump Cameron's epic

(Newser) - Avatar will soon gross $1.85 billion worldwide, but becoming the box office champ doesn't mean it's the most successful movie of all time. Remember, a ticket to Gone with the Wind cost an average of only 23¢—45 times less than an Avatar ticket. This list ranks films... More »

Avatar Flies to Blockbuster Record

International sales have already blown Titanic out of water

(Newser) - Avatar is on course to sink the Titanic as the biggest global movie blockbuster in history. The world-wide $1.8 billion take for the 3-D saga is just $2 million shy of the total grabbed in 1997 by Titanic, which was also directed by James Cameron. International sales have already... More »

Hollywood's Last Golden Girl Reminisces

De Havilland on her career, legendary chemistry with Flynn

(Newser) - Seventy years after Gone with the Wind, Olivia de Havilland talks to the Independent about her similarities to Melanie Hamilton, what it was really like to work during the golden age of Hollywood, and her relationship with Errol Flynn. Though nothing ever happened between the frequent costars, “What I... More »

Box Office Records Are Bunk

Measuring a film's success in dollars is misleading

(Newser) - Not a year seems to go by without a film breaking a box-office records: Dark Knight a contender for biggest all-time earner! Bourne Ultimatum the top August opener! But that’s not because the films actually draw more viewers than the previous record-holders; it's because the figures are in dollars,... More »

'Ashley Wilkes' Was a Spy

Howard's plane shot down after delivering message to Franco

(Newser) - Best remembered as one of Scarlett O'Hara’s love interests in Gone with the Wind, actor Leslie Howard was also a British secret agent who died returning from a clandestine war mission on behalf of Winston Churchill, the Guardian reports. The Luftwaffe shot down Howard's plane in 1943 after the... More »

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