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Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
MPAA Rating: PG
Run Time: 119 minutes
Disney and Studio Ghibli proudly present Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki’s (Best Animated Feature, 2002, “Spirited Away”) unforgettable animated adventure “Howl’s Moving Castle” in high definition, on Blu-ray for the first time ever — on May 21, 2013.
The fantastic new Blu-ray Combo Pack release lets “Howl’s Moving Castle” soar like never before with a breathtaking new HD digital transfer of the fantastic animated adventure that celebrates the power of love and the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
Brimming with a blend of imagination, humor, action and romance, “Howl’s Moving Castle” is the story of Sophie (voiced by Emily Mortimer), a diligent teenage girl working in her family’s hat shop, who finds her life thrown into turmoil when she »
- Jess Orso
His full name may have been Kenneth Battelle, but to a half-century's worth of fashion editors, First Ladies and society women, he was simply "Kenneth." Sunday at his home in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., two years after his retirement, he died at age 86, his company announced to The New York Times. Among his clients: society doyenne Brooke Astor, stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Joan Rivers, Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall and Audrey Hepburn, as well as Jacqueline Kennedy, whose hair was done by Kenneth right before she accompanied her husband on the fateful trip to Dallas in November 1963. Mrs. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Barbra Streisand is very bad at lip-synching and doesn’t like mornings. She’s very good at throwing dogs’ birthday parties and, when she needs a little push to portray the sensation of yearning, she imagines chocolate cake. These are the things I now know to be true.
If one can ever imagine sitting around Barbra’s Streisand’s home — perhaps in a nook of her underground mall, sharing stories about the legendary diva with her old pals and learning Babs’ “She’s just like us!” quirks — that was the vibe of last night’s Film Society of Lincoln Center gala, »
- Lanford Beard
Directed by Howard Hawks
There are, arguably, two minds when it comes to intricately plotted, complex mystery stories. There may exist other, more nuanced opinions, but it feels safe to assume that most people fall into one of the following categories. First, there are those who simply do not have or, quite frankly, want to award said story their time and patience. Too many names, too many different subplots, made up alibis and in the end it often seems like much ado about, well, not a whole lot. Second are those who either genuinely enjoy trying to wrap their heads around all the large and minute details a protagonist follows in his or her quest to uncover the truth or maybe do not even invest much stock in the minutia yet still discover a level »
- Edgar Chaput
Directed by Howard Hawks
U.S.A., 1946 There are, arguably, two minds when it comes to intricately plotted, complex mystery stories. There may exist other, more nuanced opinions, but it feels safe to assume that most people fall into one of the two following categories. First, there are those who simply do not have or, quite frankly, want to award said story their time and patience. Too many names, too many different subplots, made up alibis and in the end it often seems like much ado about, well, not a whole lot. Second are those who either genuinely enjoy trying to wrap their heads around all the large and minute details a protagonist follows in his or her quest to uncover the truth or maybe do not even invest much stock in the minutia yet »
- Edgar Chaput
Helena Carroll, an Irish stage, television and film actress died at her home in Los Angeles on March 31. She was 84.
Carroll was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. She moved to the United States in the 1950s, touring and performing on Broadway.
Carroll was the youngest of three daughters of Irish dramatist Paul Vincent Carroll and dress designer Helena Reilly. She had split her stage work between Dublin, London and New York and was co-founded the Irish Players acting group in Gotham.
She appeared on Broadway in “Oliver!,” “Pickwick,” “Little Moon of Alban,” “Something Different,” “Design for Living,” “Waiting in the Wings” starring Lauren Bacall and both the Broadway and Los Angeles revivals of “Private Lives” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
- Michelle Salemi
Update: Mail Order Groom is been put on hold until next year. Tina Fey is working on "The Muppets...Again" and "This Is Where I Leave You." Steve Carell is working on "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Day" and "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." Source: Deadline Dec. 17, 2009 - Second Date For Fey & Carrell?
Tina Fey and Steve Carell are reportedly considering co-starring in Warner Brothers' romantic comedy Male-Order Groom about a naive woman who can't find a husband in the Us so she gets one from Eastern Europe. The two are already starring in the upcoming rom-com Date Night (pictured).
Hollywood has a long history of romantic comedy duos that audiences love to watch fall in love over and over again. Most recently, it's been Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Fool's Gold) but more successfully it was the pairing of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
If there is such a thing as the truth of style, Diana Vreeland is the pope of the concept.
On Friday, March 15, at New York's French Institute Alliance Française as part of their Fashion Talks 2013 series, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, director of the documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, spoke about the style icon's discovery of Lauren Bacall, and looked at her early influence on the careers of Twiggy, Penelope Tree, and Anjelica Huston in startling images shot by the 20th century's most distinguished photographers, such as Richard Avedon and David Bailey.
Immordino Vreeland gave context to some of Vreeland's famous quotes: "The best thing about London is Paris," should be seen in combination with her close friendship to Coco Chanel, who was at her fittings. "Three fittings for a nightgown - and I'm not that deformed," she quipped.
Lifelong ties to France and the fascinating details »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
When I heard that Madonna would be presenting the Vito Russo Award to Anderson Cooper at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards, I thought, "Oh. I guess Madonna and Anderson Cooper know each other. From a Vanity Fair Oscar's party or something? Maybe Anderson takes kickboxing classes from Lourdes. Did Madonna owe Andy Cohen a favor? Did Anderson Cooper owe Andy Cohen a favor? People make so many deals with Andy Cohen, it's possible he is literally the devil. Why can't I stop thinking about this?" And then I kept thinking about it.
Sure, her cutesy tribute to Mr. Cooper had its moments, as she called the silver Vanderbilt scion "brave" and a "a bad-ass motherf*cker." But the sheer spectacle of Madonna was the real GLAAD triumph here, as she »
Celebrity endorsers have come under fire again from the feds -- and this time the issue is full disclosure when they are being paid for engaging in social media. After an incident when Lauren Bacall showed up on "Today" promoting a drug without disclosing she was being paid, the Federal Trade Commission warned celebrities -- and the marketers that use them -- about not disclosing paid endorsements. It afterward took steps to ensure bloggers disclose when they are being compensated for their comments. Also read: FTC Cracks Down on Celeb Endorsements Now the FTC's focus is »
- Ira Teinowitz
The holy grail of customer satisfaction as well as an artistic taboo, the happy ending can be played out in many ways. Which films would you add to this list?
This week Clip joint is from John Carvill, who previously wrote on subjects as varied as taking the train and 'meet cutes'. If you've got an idea for a future clip joint, email email@example.com.
During a key scene in The Player, Robert Altman's shrewdly meta-fictional Hollywood movie about how Hollywood makes movies, studio executive Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) languidly enumerates to June Gudmundsdottir (Greta Scacchi), the elements a script needs if it is to become one of the dozen or so per year that Griffin's studio can green light for production: "Suspense, laughter, violence … hope, heart … nudity, sex … happy endings." Griffin pauses, then concludes: "Mainly happy endings."
Happy endings, being both a holy grail of »
- Guardian readers
1.I (conveniently) ignored the most important Oscar rules. We all know that Golden Globe plus SAG Award almost always equals Oscar. Only five people have won the first two and then lost the Academy Award: Lauren Bacall in “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” Russell Crowe in “A Beautiful Mind,” Renee Zellweger in “Chicago,” Eddie Murphy in “Dreamgirls” and Julie Christie in “Away from Her.” That was great news for Globe and SAG champion Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook"). -Insertgroups:12- More importantly, if you fail to earn both Globe and SAG nominations, your Oscar chances are next to impossible. (The only person to overcome that obstacle was Marcia Gay Harden in “Pollock.”) I honestly thought that Emmanuelle Riva could beat those odds because “Amour” was a foreign language film and the Globe/SAG omissions were easy to explain. Ultimately, the st »
One Day at a Time star Bonnie Franklin, who announced last September that she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, died of complications of the disease on Friday, her family told the Los Angeles Times. She was 69. Franklin died at her Los Angeles home, and is survived by her mother, Claire Franklin, and stepchildren Jed Minoff and Julie Minoff, said the paper. On the long-running CBS series, which was developed by Norman Lear and on the air from 1975-1984, Franklin starred as divorced mom Ann Romano, alongside Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli, who played her teenage daughters. Franklin and Bertinelli reunited »
- Stephen M. Silverman
What do Ann Richards, Lauren Bacall, Dennis Hopper and William Friedkin all have in common? They've all had the honor of presenting awards at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards. In January, Jette shared the list of 2013 honorees -- this week, Austin Film Society announced presenters for 2013, as well as the evening's master of ceremonies.
The gala awards ceremony next Thursday night will be emceed by highly capable actress and singer Dana Wheeler-Nicholson. She's well known for her many film and television roles, including the Austin-shot series Friday Night Lights and the legendary movie Fletch.
Several more award presenters were also announced this week. Filmmaker/actor Rob Reiner will turn this event up to 11 when he presents an award to Princess Buttercup herself, Robin Wright. Joining Reiner is the one, the only, the stupendous David St. Hubbins, better known by his stage name Michael McKean. McKean will be presenting »
- Rod Paddock
Some may have feigned shock at Jennifer Lawrence's best actress Oscar win, but Hollywood has been seriously smitten with her for a while now – and it's easy to see why
To win a best actress Oscar is an achievement at any age. To do so at 22 is remarkable. To do so at 22 for a role in a romcom is amazing. To do so when your competition includes an ailing legend of French cinema celebrating her 86th birthday on the day of the ceremony is, frankly, suspicious.
And yet, although news of Jennifer Lawrence's win on Sunday night was greeted with slack jaws and apple-cart metaphors, Lawrence actually went into the ceremony as bookies' favourite. She was the stealth dead-cert: likely to get the most votes not on account of any sense of a sympathy or pity, or even because Academy members felt she was the most skilled of the bunch. »
- Catherine Shoard
Lauren Bacall was placed second for her pick-up line to Humphrey Bogart in the 1944 film 'To Have And To Have Not,' "You don't have to say anything...Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle don't you?"
"You don't know how. »
- Arun Pandit
The Nominees Amy Adams, The Master Sally Field, Lincoln Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables Helen Hunt, The Sessions Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook So, Anne Hathaway's a mortal lock to win the Oscar, right? So say awards-season pundits, and according to our Oscar Ballot, 83 percent of Vulture readers agree, betting on Hathaway to triumph for her arresting cry-and-die Les Misérables performance ... and yet, there's just one thing that gives us pause. Hathaway is nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, and that's historically a race where anything can happen.Some of the most famous upsets and surprise wins in Oscar history have occurred in this category over the last two decades: Anna Paquin's shock victory for The Piano, Marisa Tomei beating a bumper crop of Brits for My Cousin Vinny, Marcia Gay Harden's totally unexpected Pollock Oscar nod, The English Patient's Juliette Binoche shoving past Lauren Bacall »
- Kyle Buchanan
The Academy Awards are now less than two weeks away, and while much is still up in the air -- most notably these 5 categories, which were discussed last week -- there's most definitely some 99.9% certainties. So while trusting our recently updated Oscar predictions across the board may or may not help you win your Oscar pool (though we're pretty confident about some our more risky predicitions), here are five categories that almost everyone is in agreement are essentially locked in (though then again, ask Lauren Bacall how it feels to be "essentially locked in"): 1. Best Actor Of the 12 nominations that went the way of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," only one win is a true certainty. But it's a big one. Daniel Day-Lewis has won essentially every single precursor out there, and it's hard to imagine anyone not voting for his remarkable work portraying the 16th President of the United »
- Peter Knegt
Death Wish: Michael Winner’s movie vs. original novel [See previous post: "Michael Winner Dies."] "The point of the novel Death Wish," adds author Brian Garfield, "is that vigilantism is an attractive fantasy but it only makes things worse in reality. By the end of the novel, the character (Paul) is gunning down unarmed teenagers because he doesn’t like their looks. The story is about an ordinary guy who descends into madness." (Photo: Death Wish Charles Bronson.) A few years ago, Sylvester Stallone had plans to remake Death Wish, which (probably not coincidentally) has elements in common with Stallone’s (perhaps even more brutal and more pro-vigilantism) Cobra (1985). Stallone’s Death Wish remake, however, never came to fruition. Early in 2012, The Grey‘s director Joe Carnahan stated that he was planning an updated version of Death Wish. Michael Winner’s other ’70s movies: Directing Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, and more Charles Bronson Among Michael Winner »
- Andre Soares
Kate Middleton will probably be a glamorous fashionplate for years to come, but you wouldn't know it from checking out her new official portrait. The Duchess of Cambridge looks slightly fatigued and sinister in the new painting, and while we won't hold that against Kate or her chicness, we will make fun of it. Here are 10 things this bizarre picture reminds us of.
1. A morph between Liz and Dick
3. An abandoned Julia Roberts project called Mona Lisa Smize
4. A less-then-effervescent Valerie Bertinelli (which is basically impossible)
7. Exactly the face Lauren Bacall made while doing Fancy Feast voiceovers.
8. A still from an overly earnest Advil commercial
9. Kate Middleton doing her best impression of Eileen Rand from Smash
10. Sarah Ferguson, Attorney At Law
Your turn! »
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