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Oh, the elusive Egot. It takes a very special performer to nail down an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony. The enviable club is a relatively small one, with impressive members like Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, and Mel Brooks. But there are a few entertainers that are almost there! Find out who is just one coveted statue away from reaching Egot status. Some of the contenders surprise you...
- Alana Altmann
Kino Lorber brings the infamous 1967 Spaghetti western Navajo Joe to Blu-ray, an overlooked gem of the genre that’s long been shadowed by its troubled reputation and the continual disparagement of its lead star, Burt Reynolds. In retrospect, this Italian/Spanish co-production promises to be a bit too politically incorrect to be taken seriously considering the casting of American star Reynolds as a Navajo Indian (he is, in fact, partly of Cherokee descent, though not enough to avoid the necessity of bronzer and a black wig).
It’s hardly the first or last time we’ve seen whitewashed casting of Native Americans (Audrey Hepburn in John Huston’s 1960 western The Unforgiven comes to mind), and to many the casting seems to compromise the integrity of the title. Instantly reviled and dismissed by Reynolds in his second starring role during his transition from television to film, it is, nevertheless, a very »
- Nicholas Bell
Gary Cooper movies on TCM: Cooper at his best and at his weakest Gary Cooper is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 30, '15. Unfortunately, TCM isn't showing any Cooper movie premiere – despite the fact that most of his Paramount movies of the '20s and '30s remain unavailable. This evening's features are Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Sergeant York (1941), and Love in the Afternoon (1957). Mr. Deeds Goes to Town solidified Gary Cooper's stardom and helped to make Jean Arthur Columbia's top female star. The film is a tad overlong and, like every Frank Capra movie, it's also highly sentimental. What saves it from the Hell of Good Intentions is the acting of the two leads – Cooper and Arthur are both excellent – and of several supporting players. Directed by Howard Hawks, the jingoistic, pro-war Sergeant York was a huge box office hit, eventually earning Academy Award nominations in several categories, »
- Andre Soares
Debbie Reynolds ca. early 1950s. Debbie Reynolds movies: Oscar nominee for 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown,' sweetness and light in phony 'The Singing Nun' Debbie Reynolds is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 23, '15. An MGM contract player from 1950 to 1959, Reynolds' movies can be seen just about every week on TCM. The only premiere on Debbie Reynolds Day is Jerry Paris' lively marital comedy How Sweet It Is (1968), costarring James Garner. This evening, TCM is showing Divorce American Style, The Catered Affair, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and The Singing Nun. 'Divorce American Style,' 'The Catered Affair' Directed by the recently deceased Bud Yorkin, Divorce American Style (1967) is notable for its cast – Reynolds, Dick Van Dyke, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards, Van Johnson, Lee Grant – and for the fact that it earned Norman Lear (screenplay) and Robert Kaufman (story) a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination. »
- Andre Soares
The lighting of a cigarette. The sipping of a martini. The tucking of hair behind an ear. In the first seven seconds alone of the “Carol” trailer, Cate Blanchett captivates as the effortlessly glamorous title character. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Price of Salt,” with direction from Todd Haynes and a screenplay from Phyllis Nagy, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival favorite centers on a married woman in 1950’s New York who begins a scandalous affair with a younger department store clerk who happens to also be a woman. Co-starring Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, and Rooney Mara (with her uncanny resemblance to Audrey Hepburn) as the fixation of Carol’s wandering eye, the film is sure to play a big role come awards season. Just look at all those sultry glances! Sure, two-time Oscar winner Blanchett nabbed leading actress only a year and a half ago, but could you blame »
Say Uncle: Ritchie Continues String of Studio Pastiche
In a continuation of our culture’s insistence on plumbing the depths of past artifacts from the annals of entertainment, Guy Ritchie continues to spearhead the platitudinal safety of broadly realized studio fare with The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a revamp of the popular mid-60s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. Shallow and superficial, but spruced up with Ritchie’s usual zest for slickly edited, often comical action sequences, it’s the sort of bauble someone spent significant time painting with materials prone to oxidizing quickly.
Though pleasing in a sort of rudimentary tradition, the sort of consumption geared solely towards the visual splendor of pretty people wearing elegant outfits goes, it’s hardly an enthusiastically rendered reboot.
When a mysterious international organization seems to have kidnapped a top nuclear scientist, opposing CIA and Kgb forces must unite to »
- Nicholas Bell
On Tuesday at the computer-graphics convention Siggraph, The Hollywood Reporter writes, Pixar revealed the physical inspirations for Inside Out's team of anthropomorphic emotions. The film's character art director Albert Lozano told the crowd that the team (literally) drew from the looks of Hollywood icons both past and present. Amy Poehler's Joy, it turns out, was modeled on Audrey Hepburn and given the graceful movements of a gymnast. Sadness was originally drawn as sort of a living tear, but it gradually took on aspects of Rachel Dratch's Debbie Downer, as well as Wednesday Addams. For Disgust, the team took inspiration from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Veruca Salt and Poehler's Parks and Rec co-star Aubrey Plaza. Fear was always envisioned as having prominent eyes, like those of Don Knotts and Mr. Bean. And Anger, well, that was an easy one — he was just a square. »
- Nate Jones
L.A. is a strange town. Where have I heard that statement before? It is unique in the
world – grown from the Hollywood seed, it has developed its own culture . . . and is,
in parts, quite dysfunctional.
A culture of creative paranoia. Did you know that an agent will not talk to anyone
unless he or she already knows that person, or there is a personal introduction.
Sound anything like Pride and Prejudice?
“Do I know you Miss Elizabeth?”
“We have yet to be introduced, Mr. Darcy.”
No one will read anything – forget a script - even an email – without a
recommendation from a trusted colleague. I pity the folk at 2000 Avenue of the Stars
when the unknown fireman tries to evacuate the building in a crisis.
“I’m sorry sir, the people on the 12th floor refuse to accept that you are a real
person. Do you have an appointment? »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
If you're a Millennial, you probably aren't familiar with the '60s TV show new movie The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is based on, but trust us - it won't matter. Packed with enviable style, vintage cars, and a painfully attractive cast - Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Ex Machina's Alicia Vikander, and The Great Gatsby's Elizabeth Debicki - the movie aims to bridge the action of a Bond film with the fashion of an Audrey Hepburn classic. In other words, there's something for everyone. We caught up with the cast in London to talk about nailing their accents, underwater stunts, and their seriously '60s costumes. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. hits theaters on Aug.14. »
It’s summer time so why not go on a road trip? Well unless of course you want to spend the whole time bickering and trying to work out why your relationship slowly unraveling; Stanley Donen’s Two for the Road is this week’s film as well as an in-depth look at how relationships fail.
From Masters of Cinema:
One of the great fims by Stanley Donen (Singin’ in the Rain, Charade) after the studio era had come to a close, Two for the Road was a break-off with the old system, one which allowed Donen to further stretch his art, aided by screenwriter Frederic Raphael (Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut), in this tale of a couple voluntarily stretching themselves through the long period of their relationship.
Portrayed in fragments that span the couple’s time together in marriage, Two for the Road runs the course of a »
- Tom Jennings
August 5 marks the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death in 1962. Few Hollywood stars have created such a powerful legacy based on such a small, brief output: starring roles in 11 films, released during a nine-year period.
Fox ran an ad in Daily Variety in 1952, the year Monroe starred in “Don’t Bother to Knock,” proclaiming her “a new star.” Studios often took out ads to promote contract players and 20th Century Fox was building her career, so the promo wasn’t unusual. However, in her case, the words sound more factual than hype.
Her big breakthrough occurred in 1953, when she starred in “Niagara,” “How to Marry a Millionaire” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” all for Fox. From that point until her death, at age 36, she was the hottest thing in Hollywood.
- Tim Gray
Well this is, uh, interesting! Kim Kardashian is showing off her acting chops in a new commercial for Hype Energy Drink. In the two minute spot, the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star rides a bike dressed as Audrey Hepburn, when she suddenly takes a fall and gets knocked unconscious. We are then transported to Kim's dreams, where she is dressed in head-to-toe Marie Antoinette garb ... complete with pale makeup and a white wig. Once Kanye West's other half regains consciousness she then transforms into a dominatrix with cornrows and even works an edgy bob with lace-up thigh high boots. Yeah, it's weird. The brunette beauty -- who is currently expecting her second child -- previously teased the ad back in April 2014, when she posted several photos from the shoot on Instagram. She was also snapped in Miami that same month dressed as the Hollywood icon during a Parisian-themed shoot! »
- tooFab Staff
Kim Kardashian is the face of Hype Energy Drinks (because why not?), and today the brand released a commercial featuring their spokesperson that goes from trippy to surreal more or less as soon as it begins. We've broken down the spot's strangest moments so you don't have to melt your brain. But if you want to feel like you just took peyote, by all means proceed.Here we meet Kim — for whatever reason dressed like Audrey Hepburn — unconscious on the sidewalk. (Note that bling!) We soon learn she got knocked over while bike-riding, because this ad also doubles as a bicycle-safety warning. While out cold, Kim K. does what anyone would do: dreams of being a slumbering, energy-drink-adjacent Marie Antoinette. Even in this dream world, shameless boob close-ups sell. Doppelgänger Kim looks on and gets — during a slow pan to the ground — a chest close-up of her »
- Dee Lockett
Hype Energy released a new video featuring spokesperson Kim Kardashian, and it is seriously confusing. In the short video, Kim channels famous icons such as Marie Antoinette and Audrey Hepburn. She is shown riding a bicycle and falling off of it (footage that was shot back in April 2014) and then going into a weird dream state. By the end of the video, things just get even more bizarre. Watch above, and then see what Kim had to say during the Hype Energy Drink launch in Nashville back in June. »
Queen of the galaxy! Long before she was pregnant with her second child, Kim Kardashian posed for a photo shoot with Hype Energy (which she reps), doing her best pout face in some of her boldest styles to date—and the pictures were just released for your viewing pleasure! Instead of getting too into detail about the multi-character shoot—which not only called for her to dress in a futuristic leotard, but also to don Audrey Hepburn's famous Funny Face uniform—we're going to show you the photos, in all [...] »
First, Marilyn Monroe and now, Kim Kardashian is channeling Marie Antoinette and Audrey Hepburn! Back in April 2014, we first saw a pic of the 34-year-old reality star wearing clip-on bangs and an all-black ensemble, à la the British icon, and now, we know the mystery shot was taken for her Hype Energy campaign. E! News has obtained a number of never-before-seen photos, which feature the pregnant star sporting epic braids, a sexy body suit with cleavage cut outs and even posing as the former Queen of France—complete with her blond wig and all! . Photos: See more of Kim Kardashian's pregnancy style The images, which are believed to have been taken in »
Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage, »
- Andre Soares
As cinema has progressed over its relatively short lifespan, many are already starting to forget, or simply aren’t familiar with, the classic stars of the big screen. Perhaps with the exception of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, audiences are becoming less and less acquainted with the likes of classic starlets such as Grace […]
The post ‘Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words’ Trailer: An Intimate Profile of the Iconic Actress appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
We forgot what Lily Collins looked like with long hair! The "Mortal Instruments" star has been rocking a pixie cut since February -- but took to Instagram on Wednesday to debut a whole new look. "A little extension goes a long way. Weaving my way around La #wednesdayweave #onedayinnextdayout #whynotplayaround?" she captioned the photo. In the pic, the 26-year-old shows off some noticeably longer locks, which seem to be the work of hair extensions. Judging by her caption, it seems that the look is only temporary ... so we can expect to see the actress's Audrey Hepburn inspired 'do back soon. Lily has been a big fan of hair transitions in the past. The star previously transformed her super long locks into a lob, then a bob and then debuted a cropped style at this year's Vanity Fair Post-Oscars bash. The star most recently walked the runway during Paris Fashion Haute »
- tooFab Staff
The Locarno Film Festival's announced that it'll screen Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Then and Andrzej Zulawski's Cosmos in competition. Also in today's roundup of news and views, the new Film Comment is out, featuring Kent Jones on Pedro Costa's Horse Money, Amy Taubin on Marielle Heller's The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Richard Combs on Richard Lester and more. The Chiseler's posted pieces on Patricia Highsmith, Clifton Young and the late Christopher Lee. An Audrey Hepburn exhibition opens in London today. And Paul Thomas Anderson will write—and may end up directing—a live-action take on Pinocchio starring Robert Downey Jr. » - David Hudson »
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