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"When you read about the scene you see this mania for authenticity," says Joel Coen, describing what enticed him and his brother Ethan into making Inside Llewyn Davis, a film about folksingers in Greenwich Village just before Bob Dylan touched down and took off. But Coen isn't really praising the folksingers' authenticity – it's their mania that fascinates him. In the very next sentence he goes on: "You have these guys like Elliott Adnopoz, the son of a neurosurgeon from Queens, calling himself Ramblin' Jack Elliott. In the film we have »
Mitchell, who was thought to be the last living adult cast member from Lucille Ball's iconic CBS sitcom, died on Monday (Nov. 11) of heart failure in her Westwood condo, her sister-in-law, "Sunset Blvd." actress Nancy Olson, tells THR.
"Marion, stop cackling," Lucy tells her. "I've been waiting 10 years for you to lay that egg!"
The character, which was originally played by Margie Liszt in the show's second season, set Lucy and Ricky up on their first date.
Born in 1919, Mitchell began her career as a radio star, becoming good friends with »
Building 222 at 20th Century-Fox will be named after longtime Fox music executive Lionel Newman at a dedication ceremony on Nov. 21 at the Pico lot.
Composer John Williams, who worked with Newman during the 1960s and 1970s — first on such TV series as “Lost in Space,” later on the early “Star Wars” films — will speak at the ceremony. Other members of the Newman family, including singer-songwriter Randy Newman (Lionel’s nephew) and TV composer Joey Newman (his grandson), are expected to attend.
The building has housed the studio’s music-department administrative offices for many years, including Lionel’s own office and one for Williams when he was regularly composing for the studio (“The Poseidon Adventure,” “Star Wars”).
Newman worked at Fox for more than 40 years, beginning as a rehearsal pianist in 1943 when his older brother Alfred was the studio’s general music director. He went on to compose, conduct or supervise »
- Jon Burlingame
The last known photograph of Doris Day, taken in 2008. The screen legend is now largely relegated to staying indoors.
In an interview with a former assistant to Doris Day, the Daily Mail reveals that there are concerns that the 91 year-old screen legend may be in a precarious state. Ms. Day has always been the most reluctant of superstars. Despite being a chart-topping singer and one of the most popular actresses of her era, Ms. Day has worn the mantle of fame and fortune very modestly. Her life has been beset by tumultuous marriages, deaths and estrangements. Like Cary Grant, she walked away from the motion picture business in the 1960s (her last film was released in 1968). She had a successful TV sitcom in the early 1970s and would periodically appear in the medium from time to time. She spent most of her life in a rather secluded manner, having sworn off relationships with men. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Google has marked the 116th anniversary of Edith Head's birth with a Google Doodle.
Head, who was born on October 28, 1897 and died on October 24, 1981, won a record eight Academy Awards for costume design.
Of 35 nominations, she won 'Best Costume Design' Oscars for The Heiress (1950), Samson and Delilah (1951), All About Eve (1951), A Place in the Sun (1952), Roman Holiday (1954), Sabrina (1955), The Facts of Life (1961) and The Sting (1974).
Head designed outfits for actors including Mae West, Frances Farmer, Ginger Rogers, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Hedy Lamarr, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, Sophia Loren, Tippi Hedren and Katharine Hepburn among others.
She is the only costume designer to have been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, placed at 6969 Hollywood Boulevard.
It's Back to the Sixties! at Trailers from Hell this week, with director Allan Arkush introducing 1963's "The Thrill of It All," starring Doris Day and James Garner.Well on his way to leading man movie stardom, TV favorite Garner steps into the shoes of Rock Hudson and Cary Grant as Day’s latest partner in her increasingly popular series of glossy, sophisticated feminist comedy vehicles. Dick Van Dyke Show creator Carl Reiner provided the witty script and one of the cleverest trailers to be run on Tfh. Garner and Day would reunite on Move Over Darling in roles initiated by Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe when it was called Something’S Got To Give. »
- Trailers From Hell
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s 2013 career achievement award will be presented to director Richard Lester, the organization announced on Saturday.
The 81-year old Lester, whose career encompassed everything from the Beatles to Robin Hood and Superman, follows Frederick Wiseman, Doris Day and Paul Mazursky in receiving the honor. Lester will be feted at the critics group’s annual awards dinner in January.
Often considered the father of the musicvideo, Lester directed the seminal Beatles features “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” in the mid-1960s. His sex comedy “The Knack…And How to Get It” won Lester the Palme d’Or at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival, while follow-ups “Petulia” and “How I Won the War” (which featured John Lennon is his only non-musical film role) are both essential filmic documents of the ‘60s counterculture.
- Andrew Barker
Is it a stylish parody of the Doris Day, battle-of-the-sexes Fifties comedies or just a fluffy, empty-headed French farce? Populaire mainly comes across as the latter. It's 1958, and Déborah François's naive Rose has just landed a secretarial post with Romain Duris's dashing boss. He challenges her to win a speed-typing contest, and she agrees. A sort of My Fair Lady without the songs and Rex Harrison. »
This Friday the 13th, we are proud to bring you a new column called The Thirteen! The Thirteen will be a Top 13 list of a topic that we choose and the column will run every 13th of the month! The Thirteen is a collaborative column where we all decide on entries that fit said topic.
The topic this month: regular songs that have now taken on a haunting feel thanks to a film that used it in a unorthodox way. Now, every time we hear the song, we not only think of the film it was featured in but also get the heebie jeebies from it as well. It was inspired by Tiny Tim’s song Tiptoe Through the Tulips which was used in the film Insidious. With Insidious: Chapter 2 in theaters now, what better way to introduce this topic.
We had a lot of great songs to choose »
- Andy Triefenbach
Irene Dunne movies: Five-time Best Actress Academy Award nominee starred in now-forgotten originals of well-remembered remakes In his August 2007 Bright Lights article "The Elusive Pleasures of Irene Dunne," Dan Callahan explained that "the reasons for Irene Dunne’s continuing, undeserved obscurity are fairly well known. Nearly all of her best films from the thirties and forties were remade and the originals were suppressed and didn’t play on television. She did some of her most distinctive work for John Stahl at Universal, and non-horror Universal films are rarely shown now. Practically all of her movies need to be restored; even her most popular effort, The Awful Truth (1937), looks grainy and blotchy on its DVD transfer, to say nothing of things like Stahl’s When Tomorrow Comes (1939), or Rouben Mamoulian’s High, Wide, and Handsome (1937), two key Dunne films that have languished and deteriorated in a sort of television/video purgatory. »
- Andre Soares
Marlene Dietrich Grandson J. Michael Riva, Robert Clatworthy, and Harper Goff: Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame 2014 Production Designers Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff, and J. Michael Riva will be posthumously inducted into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame at the 18th Art Directors Guild Awards ceremony, to be held on February 8, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Production designer J. Michael Riva.) J. Michael Riva J. Michael Riva (1948-2012), grandson of Marlene Dietrich (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express, A Foreign Affair), was production designer for Stuart Rosenberg / Robert Redford’s 1980 socially conscious drama Brubaker. Later on, Redford hired Riva as the art director for Ordinary People, also released in 1980. Riva’s other production design credits include the Lethal Weapon movies starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover; A Few Good Men (1992), with Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore; The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), with Will Smith; Spider-Man 3 (2007), with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, »
- Andre Soares
The motion picture academy announced Thursday that Angelina Jolie will receive the Hersholt humanitarian prize at the upcoming Governors Awards while Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi will all get honorary Oscars. Jolie already has an Academy Award on her mantle, winning in 1999 for her supporting performance in "Girl, Interrupted." Last year, eyebrows were raised when no performers were part of the quartet recognized at these kudos. While three-time Oscar nominee Lansbury ("Gaslight," 1944; "The Picture of Dorian Gray," 1945; "The Manchurian Candidate," 1962) will be a popular choice, she may have bumped out your top pick for the honor -- Doris Day. Once again, the board of governors snubbed this screen legend who topped the box office list for four years (1960, 1962 - 1964) and was a one-time Oscar nominee ("Pillow Talk," 1959). With all the work she has done over the years »
Kirk Douglas movies: The Theater of Larger Than Life Performances Kirk Douglas, a three-time Best Actor Academy Award nominee and one of the top Hollywood stars of the ’50s, is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" featured star today, August 30, 2013. Although an undeniably strong screen presence, no one could ever accuse Douglas of having been a subtle, believable actor. In fact, even if you were to place side by side all of the widescreen formats ever created, they couldn’t possibly be wide enough to contain his larger-than-life theatrical emoting. (Photo: Kirk Douglas ca. 1950.) Right now, TCM is showing Andrew V. McLaglen’s 1967 Western The Way West, a routine tale about settlers in the Old American Northwest that remains of interest solely due to its name cast. Besides Douglas, The Way West features Robert Mitchum, Richard Widmark, Lola Albright, and 21-year-old Sally Field in her The Flying Nun days. »
- Andre Soares
Terry Moore has been self-publishing comics since the early 1990s and boasts a graceful, soft-spoken wisdom about storytelling and human life. Rachel Rising, Moore’s ongoing comic book involving resurrection and other supernatural goings-on, has recently been optioned for television, but he became a comic book legend far before that, drawing ordinary people facing daily struggles in Strangers In Paradise. We talked on the final day of San Diego Comic-Con, when both of us were exhausted. It was the perfect way to end the crazy weekend on a pensive note.
Famous Monsters. I wanted to talk about Rachel Rising, and specifically about its genre, which your books seem to defy quite successfully. A lot of people call Rachel Rising a horror book. I think I’d call it a “weird tale”. Is it a horror book to you, and why?
- Holly Interlandi
It says a lot about Philip French that after 50 years as the Observer's film critic – five decades in which he has watched more than 2,500 movies, written six books on the subject and received an OBE for his services to film – he is nervous enough about this interview to have researched his answers in advance.
When I arrive at his house in Tufnell Park, north London, I find French poring over a thick reference book at the kitchen table. A cup of coffee is left to cool as he thumbs through the relevant footnotes, anxious to get the facts absolutely right. He will turn 80 in a couple of weeks and says that he occasionally struggles to remember names of directors or actors. »
- Elizabeth Day
Randolph Scott movies: From Westerns to Cary Grant / Irene Dunne comedy Handsome, granite-faced Randolph Scott is Turner Classic Movies’ next great choice in its "Summer Under the Stars" film series. Monday, August 19, 2013, is Randolph Scott Day, which begins and ends with Westerns. That shouldn’t be surprising, for although Scott was initially cast in a variety of roles and movie genres (including Westerns), he became exclusively a Western star in the late ’40s, sticking to that genre until his retirement in 1962 following the release of Sam Peckinpah’s elegiac Ride the High Country, which TCM will be showing on Monday evening. Joel McCrea at his very best and Mariette Hartley co-star. (See “On TCM: Randolph Scott Westerns.”) (Photo: Randolph Scott ca. 1945.) Many of Scott’s Westerns were routine fare, including Badman’s Territory (1946), which kicks off Randolph Scott Day. Some, however, have become classics of the genre, especially his late »
- Andre Soares
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? In "A Place Beyond the Pines" Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine") weaves together three vignettes starring Ryan Gosling as a bleach blonde, motorcycle-riding bank robber, Eva Mendes as a tough single mother, and Bradley Cooper as a conflicted cop. The first part of the film follows Luke (Gosling) as he robs banks to support his unexpected child and to win back the mother Romina (Mendes). Halfway through "Pines" breaks off to tell the story of Avery (Cooper), a wounded cop who discovers corruption in his department.
Why We're In: While "Pines" breaks off suddenly in various directions, the film's audacious screenplay and structure are what make it so powerful and compelling. Cianfrance's drama is one of novelistic proportions and definitely worth its long running time.
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- Erin Whitney
Doris Day movies: TCM’s ‘Summer Under the Stars 2013′ lineup continues (photo: Doris Day in ‘Calamity Jane’ publicity shot) Doris Day, who turned 89 last April 3, is Turner Classic Movies’ 2013 “Summer Under the Stars” star on Friday, August 2. (Doris Day, by the way, still looks great. Check out "Doris Day Today.") Doris Day movies, of course, are frequently shown on TCM. Why? Well, TCM is owned by the megaconglomerate Time Warner, which also happens to own (among myriad other things) the Warner Bros. film library, which includes not only the Doris Day movies made at Warners from 1948 to 1955, but also Day’s MGM films as well (and the overwhelming majority of MGM releases up to 1986). My point: Don’t expect any Doris Day movie rarity on Friday — in fact, I don’t think such a thing exists. Doris Day is ‘Calamity Jane’ If you haven’t watched David Butler’s musical »
- Andre Soares
On this day, July 25, 1985, HIV/AIDS was given a global spotlight when it was announced that screen icon Rock Hudson was suffering from the disease.
Looking gaunt and almost unrecognizable, rumors began to circulate about his health earlier in the summer when the actor had made a public appearance to promote a new cable series of his friend and former co-star Doris Day.
After collapsing in Paris in July 1985, he was diagnosed with AIDS and given treatment with the drug Hpa-23, which at the time was unavailable in the United States. It was while he was in the hospital that it was announced to the public that Hudson had AIDS:
"According to publicist Yanou Collart, who acted as his spokeswoman in Paris, the decision was Hudson's. 'The hardest thing I ever had to do in my life was to walk into his room and read him the press release,' says Collart. »
- The Huffington Post
Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) ultimate movie star showcase – Summer Under the Stars – returns this August for its 11th year as TCM pays tribute to 31 different stars in 31 days.
Sixteen of this year’s stars are being celebrated for the first time duringSummer Under the Stars, including Oscar® winners Joan Fontaine (Aug. 6), Mickey Rooney (Aug. 13), Wallace Beery (Aug. 17), Hattie McDaniel (Aug. 20), Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith (Aug. 22), Charles Coburn (Aug. 24), Martin Balsam(Aug. 27), Shirley Jones (Aug. 28) and Rex Harrison (Aug. 31). Also featured for the first time will be silent heartthrob Ramón Novarro (Aug. 8); legendary French actressCatherine Deneuve (Aug. 12), whose day features six films making their TCM debuts; Ann Blyth (Aug. 16), whose marathon will air on her 85th birthday; and Mary Boland (Aug. 4) and Glenda Farrell (Aug. 29), two outstanding character actresses who never received the recognition they deserved. They will join 15 returning favorites, including Humphrey Bogart (Aug. 1), Doris Day (Aug. 2), Charlton Heston (Aug. »
- Melissa Thompson
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