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Directed by Richard Donner
High school pals and cartoonists Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster sold the character of Superman to Detective Comics, Inc. (later DC Comics) in 1938. Ever since, the history of the widely considered national cultural icon continues to be awe-inspiring. Superman premiered in Action Comics #1 of the same year, a time when Americans were in desperate need a hero; and ever since, Superman has appeared in a variety of animated and live action movies and television series. The Man of Steel has also appeared in various radio serials, newspaper strips, and even video games throughout the years, and with the success of his adventures, Superman helped to shape the superhero genre and establish its command within American pop culture. An animated cartoon of Superman appeared in 1941, and in 1942, a Superman novel was published. A Columbia »
- Ricky da Conceição
Joss Whedon's California-set Much Ado, filmed in black and white over 12 days, is a charming and witty triumph
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There was a great fear in the 1960s and 70s that various respected directors who'd moved into making epics and blockbusters would be unable to return, even occasionally, to more modest productions. Some of them didn't, most notably David Lean. Some of them did, most impressively John Huston with Fat City, Wise Blood and The Dead. The same query was raised over Francis Ford Coppola and, more recently, hangs over Christopher Nolan. But the 49-year-old Joss Whedon has triumphantly answered the question.
After scripting Buffy the Vampire Slayer for TV and the first Toy Story for the cinema, Whedon rose fairly rapidly to direct The Avengers with a budget of $220m. His producers apparently insisted that between the long shooting schedule on »
- Philip French
So a few months ago I reported that Carmen Jones, 20th Century Fox's 1954 film with Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte (with Pearl Bailey and a very, very young Diahann Carroll as well), directed by the great Otto Preminger, was finally coming out on blu-ray DVD.Fox Home Video ran, a few months ago, an online contest in which they asked film lovers to vote for their favorite Fox film, two from each decade, from the 1930's to the 1960's, that they would most like to see released on blu-ray, and Carmen Jones (as well as the Spencer Tracy/Katherine Hepburn comedy Desk Set) won hands down, as the 1950's picks.So Fox has announced that they will be releasing the films on »
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Jane Lynch recently chatted with Marlo Thomas ("Mondays with Marlo") about getting her start in acting, teen bullying, and how she first realized she was gay. She probably isn't the first lesbian who wanted to go to an all-girls high school, right?
Teaser Photo: Teaser: The out performer discusses wanting to go to an all-girls school, having Katharine Hepburn as a style icon and coming out to her family at the age of 31. »
Steven Soderbergh's addictively funny and watchable Behind the Candelabra is about the love match between the pianist Liberace and his avowedly bisexual young companion Scott Thorson; they are brilliantly played by a reptilian Michael Douglas and monumentally buff Matt Damon. Their love emerges from this film as one of the most tempestuous affairs in showbusiness history, reeking with anxiety, unhappiness, passion and denial – probably topped only by the relationship between Elton John and Watford Football Club in the 1980s.
The movie takes us from the couple's ecstatic first meeting backstage in Las Vegas in 1976, right through to Scott having to be ejected, with zero dignity, from his kept-man apartment some years later. Since this premiered last month at the Cannes film festival, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Elia Kazan is one of my top five favourite American filmmakers of all time, and so I decided to ask our staff to rank his films. If you are not yet familiar with the filmmakers work, now would be a good time to start. Kazan was one of the most honoured and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history and introduced a new generation of unknown young actors to the world, including Marlon Brando, James Dean, Warren Beatty, Carroll Baker, Julie Harris, Andy Griffith, Lee Remick, Rip Torn, Eli Wallach, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Balsam, Fred Gwynne, and Pat Hingle. Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his cast, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. The source for his inspired directing was the revolutionary acting technique known as the Method, and Kazan quickly rose to prominence as the preeminent proponent of the technique. During his career, »
Inside the Actors Studio aired a two-hour special in honor of its 250th episode on Bravo last night, and you know what? I actually got nostalgic. I realized I’d seen a whole bunch of James Lipton‘s thespian interrogations at Pace University, and some episodes even contain marvelous insights. I’ve collected my seven favorites from beloved actresses below.
1. Meryl Streep on her “process”
“I come to each job with an open heart and trying to do my best with some connection to a character that I don’t completely understand, although I know she lives in me. I don’t question it. I have it. It’s a thing. It’s undeniable. I know I can’t make a wrong move if I just hold onto knowing what I know is true, knowing what I know is real for me.”
One amazing thing about Meryl Streep is that when she talks about acting, »
- Louis Virtel
Acting guru and ex-Parisian pimp — seriously — James Lipton has never had trouble attracting big names to Inside the Actors Studio, which began airing on Bravo in 1994. Lipton’s first interview was with former Actors Studio president Paul Newman; the show’s first season also featured heavy hitters like Alec Baldwin, Sally Field, Dennis Hopper, Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, and Stephen Sondheim.
Nearly 20 years later, Lipton has chatted with hundreds of boldfaced names both awe-inspiring (Meryl Streep! Morgan Freeman! ) and… occasionally less awe-inspiring (was anyone really yearning to hear J. Lo describe her craft?). And naturally, those visits have produced days »
- Hillary Busis
Before you read this column today, go watch Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride or A Guy Named Joe, or Thirty Seconds Over Toyko, or Bad Day At Black Rock, or Adam’s Rib or Judgment At Nuremberg or Inherit The Wind.
Katherine Hepburn said to Spencer Tracy “you were, really, the greatest movie actor. I say this because I believe it and I’ve heard so many people of standing in our business say, it from Olivier to Lee Strasberg, David Lean, you name it. You could do it, and you could do it with that glorious simplicity, that directness.” Elizabeth Taylor said, “His acting seemed almost effortless, it seemed almost as if he wasn’t doing anything, and yet he was doing everything. It came so subtly out of his eyes, every muscle in his face…” Richard Widmark said “”It’s what every actor tries to strive »
- Mindy Newell
Claim To Fame
In Francois Ozon’s competition contender “Young and Beautiful,” 22-year-old Marine Vacth may be as enigmatic as her character, a well-to-do young woman who finds pleasure in sharing intimate moments with complete strangers. A top model who’s lined up contracts with a number of fashion designers — from Chloe to Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent — Vacth, a native of Lyon, decided to shake up her smooth, cool image by taking the lead role in a film that raises disturbing questions about teenage sexuality.
Ozon’s pic is the first for Vacth. But even before the film was selected for Cannes, Vacth was on every discerning talent agents’ hot list; she’s now repped by Gaul’s biggest talent agency, Artmedia. The tyro thesp said she was drawn to acting after experiencing the rush of working on Cedric
Klapisch’s “My Piece of the Pie. »
- Elsa Keslassy
“I work because I want to work,” says Redford, now 76. “Work keeps me going.”
By Barbara Lovenheim
When I interviewed Redford in 1984 for his role in "The Natural," he was defensive about his image as a matinee idol and hesitant to talk with reporters because, he told me, “if you talk about an issue, what comes back is a description of what you’re wearing. Reporters only want to know how tall you are and if your teeth are capped.” Now 76, Redford has no reason to apologize for his appearance or his life; he has endured as a major talent for a very long time; he is still actively making films and starring in them, and he has turned Sundance into an important institute for independent filmmakers. He is now defying age and arthritis by working hard, playing tennis, skiing and riding horseback through miles of rugged country. »
Tickets are currently on sale for a special screening of Frank Capra's 1933 film Lady for a Day at the Paramount. On hand to introduce the movie, and to talk more about classic films in general, will be film critic and historian Leonard Maltin. Maltin was one of the proponents for making this movie available on Blu-ray, and the event will include a rare 35mm projection of the classic, thanks to a loan from the Capra estate.
Lady for a Day is early Capra, made before he really burst on the scene with his big hit It Happened One Night. It's adapted from a Damon Runyon story by Robert Riskin, who continued to team up with Capra on many other movies in the 1930s and early 1940s.
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine"Today is Cate Blanchett's birthday and since we just celebrated her Oscar-winning altar ego Katharine Hepburn, why not extend the love? As longtime readers know I have been notoriously cool on the Aussie star over the years equating her work with the kind of "click click click" technique-first acting that Meryl Streep was sometimes discredited for early on. But since I actually think it's interesting to hear other people talk about their favorite perfromances from actors they don't naturally respond to, I hope it will be interesting to you to hear the things I do love about Cate the to-others Great. Cate was Everywhere throughout the Aughts aggravating me with her ubiquity (I have issues with this in general, I know. It's not just Cate but Hollywood's tendency, especially in the past decade, to put the same actors in every movie »
- NATHANIEL R
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On last night's Warehouse 13, Pete and Myka found themselves trapped in a film noir, which afforded our beloved nerdsbian Myka Bering the chance to throw down some '40s slang — "That's a baloney sandwich and you know it!" — and our beloved Joanne Kelly to channel some butched-up Katharine Hepburn and some glorious Jessica Rabbit. It was an excellent way to keep our imaginations occupied as we await the return of Jaime Murray's H.G. Wells on June 3 in the episode "Instinct."
Myka kicked off the episode in a suit and hat.
She managed a quick wardrobe change before hitting up Keith Mars' jazz nightclub and made me channel my inner Eddie Valiant: "You don't know how hard it is being a woman looking at a woman looking the way you do."
And then one more superheroic »
From moderating presidential debates, interviewing world leaders and chastising Monica Lewinsky, Barbara Walters goes down in history as one of the greatest interviewers of all time. See pictures of her best career moments here.
Barbara Walters announced on The View on May 13 that she will be retiring from TV journalism in 2014, and so HollywoodLife.com made a gallery of her best career moments! Barbara, 83, has had a monumental career that has lasted for more than four decades, in which time she became the first woman to co-host a news program when she joined Today in 1974, she created The View, and her interview with Monica Lewinsky attracted the highest rating ever for a news program. Click to see pictures.
Barbara Walters’ Best Career Moments
1) Interviewing Monica Lewinsky
In 1999, Barbara interviewed Bill Clinton‘s former intern and mistress Monica, and it was watched by a phenomenal 74 million people.
Barbara famously asked Monica, »
- Eleanore Hutch
It’s an annual cliche to proclaim the field of potential Best Actress nominations as “weak”. Unfortunately, it’s a cliche I happen to believe is true. Now before all you contrarians stout spouting off a list of under-appreciated, little-known performances from actresses in small independent films that I’m sure are all very lovely, let’s take stock in both what I am saying and in the facts themselves.
First of all, to accept the premise that the field of potential Best Actress nominees in recent years has been weak does not necessarily translate into a condemnation of our current crop of female thespians. In fact, personally, I blame the dearth of strong female roles on unimaginative writers, who can’t seem to concoct any purpose for female characters other than to serve as objects of sexual desire for their male counterparts. In terms of ability and talent, I »
- Christopher Lominac
Andrew here, shining a final light on Katharine Hepburn, a postscript to Tfe's generous Katharine Hepburn week despite our host never having been a huge fan. Nathaniel’s write-up on Katharine’s twelve Oscar nominations nailed one of the key oddities of the icon's Oscary career. Her win in 1967 for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was only the second Oscar she picked up, a full 35 years after her screen debut. For perspective, by that time her biggest peers of the day - Bette Davis, Olivia De Havilland and Ingrid Bergman had already picked up dual statues.
It must have seemed unlikely by then that Katharine was ever going to get a statue to keep her Morning Glory trophy company, especially since with Spencer Tracy’s declining health she was working less and less. Consider: she'd made 15 films in the thirties, 11 in the forties, 7 in the fifties but Guess Who »
- Andrew Kendall
This man has seen 8,524 movies. How does he know? Because he invented the Internet Movie Database – the indispensable cinema encyclopaedia – and put Bristol on Hollywood's map
Col Needham is 46 and lives in Frampton Cotterell, a small village eight miles outside Bristol. He is bright-eyed, wears glasses and has the face of a beaming baby. Despite nearly three decades of living in the West Country, he still sounds Mancs. Every Tuesday lunchtime, he and his wife Karen go on a date to their local Odeon. At the pub, he has a small glass of white and goes easy on the nuts. He laughs a little more than average – every fourth or fifth statement is broken by a big giggle – but other than that, he is not an obvious headturner.
- Catherine Shoard
We end our Katharine Hepburn theme week on The Great Kate's birthday, today! Katharine Hepburn made 43 motion pictures in her 62 years on the big screen. How many have you seen? I've collected the posters here of only her Oscar nominated roles, 12 of them in total, because 43 is too many for an episode of posterized. Let's get all the Hepburn/Oscar talk out of our systems. Starting now...
Two things are thrown into sharp focus when looking at that sprawling Oscar track record stretching from 1932 to 1981. First, that though only Meryl Streep has ever bested her for Most Lead Actress nomination (14 versus 12) at least a couple of Hepburn's nominated roles would probably have been considered "Supporting" by today's much looser non-definition of the category (i.e. anything goes). Second, though four Oscars is still the record for any actor, male or female, her reputation as an Oscar magnet is arguably over »
- NATHANIEL R
The Calla Lilies Are in Bloom Again...
Such a strange flower. Suitable to any occasion. I carried them on my wedding day and now I place them here in memory of something that has died.
That line, uttered by Katharine Hepburn in 1937's Stage Door, quickly became synonymous with the actress. One need only adapt that clipped, upper crust voice and mention the bloomin' of those calla lilies for people to know exactly who you're impersonating. No other line is as popular in conveying what a unique star she was. (Well, a strong case could be made for some from On Golden Pond, you old poop. But by then even she seemed to be doing a Katharine Hepburn impression. And none of those have the history of this one.)
The line was used in the film for the play that Hepburn's character makes her theatrical debut in. It came from »
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