Movie buzz: 'Sunset Boulevard' restored

Gloria Swanson and William Holden, at right, are

Gloria Swanson and William Holden, at right, are seen in "Sunset Boulevard" which was broadcast on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night at the Movies" on Sept. 10, 1965. The film marked the comeback of Gloria Swanson, and won her universal critical acclaim. (Credit: AP)

THE MOVIE "Sunset Boulevard"

THE DEAL Billy Wilder's 1950 masterpiece, a pitch-black satire of Hollywood starring William Holden as a failed screenwriter and silent-film star Gloria Swanson as a nightmarish version of herself, has been digitally restored for a Blu-ray release through Paramount Home Media. The disc includes a never-before-seen segment of a song called "The Paramount-Don't-Want-Me Blues" (from songwriters Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, of "Que Sera Sera" and "Mona Lisa" fame), which was cut from the film for being too insider-ish for general audiences. "Sunset Boulevard" was released to stores Tuesday and retails for $24.99.

 

WHO Don Murray

THE MOVIE "Bus Stop"

THE DEAL Murray, an East Rockaway High School kid who would go on to join the elite ranks of Marilyn Monroe's leading men in 1956's "Bus Stop," will appear in person for a screening of the film. Murray played Beauregard Decker, a cowboy with a high-revving passion for Monroe's Cherie, a not-so-talented nightclub singer; the cast included Hope Lange, whom Murray married a few months before the film's release.

INFO Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $20. 800-838-3006; cinemaartscentre.org.

 

WHO Michael Douglas

THE MOVIE "Last Vegas"

THE DEAL The 68-year-old actor will star as part of an ensemble cast -- with Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline -- in this comedy about four friends who gather in Sin City for a bachelor party. Kline, 65, is the film's youngest star, while Freeman, 75, is the oldest, though it's Douglas who will play the groom-to-be. Jon Turteltaub ("While You Were Sleeping") will direct from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman ("Crazy Stupid Love"). Mary Steenburgen and Romany Malco also star. Production began in Las Vegas earlier this week, according to an announcement by the film's studio, CBS Films. The scheduled release date is Dec. 20, 2013.

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