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Steel Magnolias

Cocktails & Classics Gives Film Geeks a Cinematic Education – with a Twist

Originally posted 04/17/2015 09:00AM

Movie geeks, get ready to camp out.

On Sunday, a new series on Logo called Cocktails & Classics brings together the people behind some of the most beloved – and, yes, often over-the-top – films of all time with the entertainment fixtures who have made a career out of obsessing over them.

An exclusive episode from Cocktails' premiere episode, which accompanies 1989's Steel Magnolias, reveals the insider-y, chatty flavor of the series, which host Michael Urie tells PEOPLE is all about digging into "finding out what it is about these films that made them classics."

Unlike many movie companion series, Cocktails & Classics is "not just trivia," says the Ugly Betty alum, who's also an executive producer. "We do a certain amount of re-creating scenes. We definitely incorporate the great zingers that people love and remember. It's something that people who don't know the movies will be delighted to learn from, and people who do know the movies will be delighted to share the things that they already feel and giggle about."

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Dolly Parton Is Proud of Being 'White Trash'

Dolly Parton Is Proud of Being 'White Trash'

Originally posted 09/11/2014 11:00AM

Legendary country singer and actress Dolly Parton is making no apologies for her "redneck" background.

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The Fault in Our Movies: 12 of the Most Beautiful People Dying Young on Film | Steel Magnolias, Ali MacGraw, Julia Roberts, Shailene Woodley

UpdatePosted 06/08/2014 02:00PM

The Fault in Our Movies: See 12 of the Most Beautiful People Dying Young on Film

Originally posted 06/03/2014 11:15AM

According to author John Green, his acclaimed young-adult novel The Fault in Our Stars was intended as a revision of the classic cancer-story tropes of saintly sufferers and soft-lit deaths.

But there's one convention the upcoming film adaptation doesn't subvert – like many of their cinematic predecessors, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort spend their last months positively glowing.

It's yet another reminder that, in the movies, dying is often the best makeover.

In anticipation of the opening of the film adaptation of the book, here's a brief history of beautiful people in movies who left us too soon.

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Historic Steel Magnolias House for Sale

Historic Steel Magnolias House for Sale

Originally posted 10/21/2013 12:30PM

Calling all house-hunting movie buffs: If you recognize the source of this line – "The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize" – and appreciate Southern architecture, get your bids ready.

The historic Louisiana residence where the all-star 1989 movie Steel Magnolias was filmed is being placed on the auction block Oct. 26, along with all the antiques and furnishings inside it.

Built in 1840, the movie stomping ground of Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hannah and Julia Roberts in the town of Natchitoches was used as a hospital during the Civil War and recently operated as a bed-and-breakfast. Like the women in the movie, it epitomizes Southern character – genteel on the outside but strong of foundation.

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First Look at Jill Scott, Queen Latifah in New Steel Magnolias

Lifetime's Steel Magnolias Trailer Debuts

Originally posted 07/06/2012 10:45AM

The 1989 movie that helped make Julia Roberts a star is getting a makeover.

A new version of playwright Robert Harling's stage-to-screen dramedy Steel Magnolias is geared up as a Lifetime TV movie to air in the fall – but the cable network is already previewing the tear-jerker on its website. Watch the trailer below (and have the Kleenex ready).

This time, the women at the core of the Southern story, set in the fictional Louisiana town of Chinquapin, will be played by African Americans: Queen Latifah as M'Lynn, Alfre Woodard as Ouiser, Phylicia Rashad as Clairee, Adepero Oduye as Annelle, and Condola Rashad, the Tony-nominated, real-life daughter of Phylicia, as Shelby.

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