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Two-Time Oscar Winner Cooper on TCM: Pro-War 'York' and Eastwood-Narrated Doc

30 August 2015 4:06 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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

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Iconic director Spike Lee, Hollywood legends Debbie Reynolds and Gena Rowlands are getting Honorary Oscars

27 August 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Do the Right Thing director Spike Lee and Hollywood screen legends Debbie Reynolds and Gena Rowlands are finally receiving Oscars.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pay tribute to these three influential cinema icons by giving them Academy Honorary Awards later this year.

A ceremony will be held in their honour at Hollywood's Grand Ballroom as part of the seventh annual Governors Awards on November 14.

Filmmaker Lee has received two Oscar nominations in the past, for Best Original Screenplay in 1990 for Do the Right Thing and Best Documentary in 1998 for 4 Little Girls.

Lee made a name for himself with gripping stories of African-American life early in his career in She's Gotta Have It and Jungle Fever, among other hits.

In more recent years, he also turned his lens to the horror genre with Oldboy and big-budget thriller Inside Man.

Reynolds became one of the enduring stars of »

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More Than 'Star Wars' Actress Mom: Reynolds Shines Even in Mawkish 'Nun' Based on Tragic Real-Life (Ex-)Nun

23 August 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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

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American dreams by Anne-Katrin Titze

14 August 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Hitchcock/Truffaut director Kent Jones between Mistress America's Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

How Robert Mitchum and a Twentieth Century Carole Lombard are the ones to copy, not Marlon Brando, the difference in shooting dance for Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, Eric Rohmer framing, Brian De Palma in Venice, the rhythms of Whit Stillman and Todd Solondz, Frances Ha and the Sixties, the importance of physical choreography and working together to create the style, were a part of the post screening discussion between Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig with New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair, Kent Jones.

After the sneak preview screening of Mistress America, held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center last night, Kent proclaimed: "Before anything else - Happy Birthday, Alfred Hitchcock!"

Mistress America co-screenwriter and star Greta Gerwig: "As an actor my entry point is always through language. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Carly Anderson and Alison Jiear head to Xanadu

13 August 2015 1:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Carly Anderson and Alison Jiear have joined the cast of Xanadu, the new production which will premiere at London’s Southwark Playhouse later this year. The musical, which is receiving its UK premiere, is based on the 1980s movie that starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. The film revolved around the story of a girl who makes dreams come true.

Xanadu will debut at the Playhouse on the 6th October and will run until the 21st November. Jiear, who is currently appearing in The 3 Little Pigs at the Palace Theatre, will play Melpomene while Anderson will star as Kia, the role originally played by Newton-John in the film. Anderson is currently in the successful Sunny Afternoon, which is still running at The Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End of London.

Tickets can be pre-ordered on the Southwark Playhouse website.

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- Paul Heath

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'Sunset Blvd.': 15 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Hollywood Classic

10 August 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Long before the lurid "E! True Hollywood Story" series, there was "Sunset Boulevard" -- maybe the darkest, most cynical movie ever made about what Hollywood is really like.

Released 65 years ago this week (on August 10, 1950), director Billy Wilder's classic explored fame from the perspective of those who had it and lost it (like Gloria Swanson and her "waxwork" friends, playing lightly fictionalized versions of themselves) and those who never quite made it, like the struggling young screenwriter (William Holden) and the failed actress-turned-script reader played by Nancy Olson.

Even if you haven't seen "Sunset Boulevard," you may feel like you have, whether because of the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical it spawned, the movies that copied it (particularly "American Beauty," with its narration from beyond the grave), and the countless parodies of Swanson's final "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up" scene. In honor of the film's anniversary, »

- Gary Susman

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Hiroshima 70th Anniversary: Six Must-Watch Movies Remembering the A-Bomb Terror

6 August 2015 10:38 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Beginning or the End' 1947 with Robert Walker and Tom Drake. Hiroshima bombing 70th anniversary: Six movies dealing with the A-bomb terror Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Ultimately, anywhere between 70,000 and 140,000 people died – in addition to dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and most other living beings in that part of the world. Three days later, America dropped a second atomic bomb, this time over Nagasaki. Human deaths in this other city totaled anywhere between 40,000-80,000. For obvious reasons, the evisceration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has been a quasi-taboo in American films. After all, in the last 75 years Hollywood's World War II movies, from John Farrow's Wake Island (1942) and Mervyn LeRoy's Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) to Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor (2001), almost invariably have presented a clear-cut vision »

- Andre Soares

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Watch Paula Abdul, James Corden Recreate 'Opposites Attract' Video

22 July 2015 8:10 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

More than two decades after releasing her classic video for "Opposites Attract," Paula Abdul recreated the clip's cheese-tastic choreography with James Corden on Tuesday's Late Late Show. The singer, wearing a late Eighties-styled white pantsuit, brought those dance moves back to life with Corden, who slapped on a fake tail and whiskers to approximate cartoon character Mc Skat Kat.

The duo lip synced the 1988 dance-pop tune – a Number One hit from Abdul's debut LP, Forever Your Girl – as they visited the video's key moments, including fumbling with the sheets in »

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'Citizen Kane' Tops BBC's List of "100 Greatest American Films", Where Does Your Favorite Landc

21 July 2015 11:46 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »

- Jordan Benesh

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BBC Names 100 Greatest U.S. Films

21 July 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.

Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.

Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »

- Garth Franklin

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Van Alexander, Big-Band Leader and Film-tv Composer, Dies at 100

19 July 2015 10:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Van Alexander, the 1940s bandleader who co-wrote “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” with Ella Fitzgerald and went on to score dozens of films and TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s, died of heart failure Sunday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 100.

A three-time Emmy nominee for composition and music direction in the early 1970s, Alexander was head arranger for the entire run of NBC”s “Dean Martin Show” (1965-74) and wrote scores for many 1960s sitcoms including “Hazel,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Dennis the Menace,” “The Farmer’s Daughter,” “Bewitched” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”

He was also the composer of more than a dozen 1950s and ’60s film scores including “The Atomic Kid,” “Baby Face Nelson,” “Andy Hardy Comes Home,” “Girls Town” and a trio of William Castle films that have become cult favorites: “13 Frightened Girls,” “Strait-Jacket” and “I Saw What You Did.”

Alexander was the author of “First Arrangement, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Van Alexander, Big-Band Leader and Film-tv Composer, Dies at 100

19 July 2015 10:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Van Alexander, the 1940s bandleader who co-wrote “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” with Ella Fitzgerald and went on to score dozens of films and TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s, died of heart failure Sunday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 100.

A three-time Emmy nominee for composition and music direction in the early 1970s, Alexander was head arranger for the entire run of NBC”s “Dean Martin Show” (1965-74) and wrote scores for many 1960s sitcoms including “Hazel,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Dennis the Menace,” “The Farmer’s Daughter,” “Bewitched” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”

He was also the composer of more than a dozen 1950s and ’60s film scores including “The Atomic Kid,” “Baby Face Nelson,” “Andy Hardy Comes Home,” “Girls Town” and a trio of William Castle films that have become cult favorites: “13 Frightened Girls,” “Strait-Jacket” and “I Saw What You Did.”

Alexander was the author of “First Arrangement, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Weekly Rushes. 15 July 2015

15 July 2015 6:45 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above: Jim Jarmusch photographed by Wim Wenders.The lineup for the 2015 Locarno Film Festival has been revealed, and includes new films by Hong Sang-soo, Andrzej Zulawski, Chantal Akerman, Athina Rachel Tsangari.A sad ending to an ambitious enterprise: The online, Us-based film publication The Dissolve has had to fold after only two years. Best of luck to their talented staff of editors and writings.Some good news from the online-film-criticism scene: the Norweigan film magazine Montages has launched its English-language international edition.!Portuguese great Manoel de Oliveira passed away last April at the age of 106. The documentary short Um Século de Energia, above, seems to be his final film.Critic Mike D'Angelo, a contributor to The Dissolve among many other publications, has written in defense of the "first-person review."If you were annoyed, »

- Notebook

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Watch Channing Tatum Do Seven Dances in 30 Seconds

2 July 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Channing Tatum's role in the dance film Step Up broke him as one of Hollywood's favorite leading men, and while he's grown into a megastar, his dancing skills are never far behind. While shooting his Vanity Fair cover with Annie Leibowitz, Tatum showcased seven dance moves in 30 seconds.

From the twist to the funky chicken, Tatum gave a brief taste of his abilities for each of the moves in a clip soundtracked by Ginuwine's "Pony." His abilities to vogue, however, top it all, confirming that he has become »

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Male Stripper to Movie Star: The Evolution of Channing Tatum

1 July 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"I didn't want to move or act like a rich man. I wanted to dance in a pair of jeans. I wanted to dance like the man in the streets." – Gene Kelly

It's hard to imagine — let alone remember — living in a world where it wasn't a universally acknowledged truth that Channing Tatum used to be a stripper. Today, that particular chapter of his origin story seems as inextricable from the 35-year-old actor's story as Ginger Rogers is from Fred Astaire's career, or Scientology is from that of Tom Cruise, »

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A Moon In The Water conversation with Gay Talese, part 2 by Anne-Katrin Titze

30 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Christian Dior and Coco Chanel calligraphy dresses with a clip from Zhang Yimou's Hero edited by Wong Kar Wai Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

With the John Singer Sargent exhibition, Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art opening today, here is the second half of my conversation with Gay Talese on the seduction of fashion and film at China: Through The Looking Glass.

Myrna Loy, Anna May Wong, Callot Soers, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Mila Parély in Jean Renoir's The Rules Of The Game, Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar, Cesar Romero, Tyrone Power, Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis plus Ziegfeld Follies, Fred Astaire and the Duke of Windsor were conjured up. Gay told me about meeting Gene Kelly, Marcello Mastroianni and Federico Fellini during La Dolce Vita and we discussed tailoring while strolling »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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The 2015 Tony Nominees: Actors in a Musical

4 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Before the Tony Awards this Sunday, June 7, get to know your nominees and the stellar performances they delivered this season! Here are the nominated actors in this year’s musicals. And be sure to check out the nominees from this year’s plays! Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical Michael Cerveris, “Fun Home”Handed the daunting challenge of playing funeral home owner and patriarch Bruce Bechdel, Cerveris does so with ease, letting the audience in on his secret—his love for younger men—while hiding his true self from his family. His wrenching final song, “Edges of the World,” is a tour de force. Robert Fairchild, “An American in Paris”Fairchild proves he’s a true triple threat as the titular expat Jerry Mulligan in this movie-to-Broadway adaptation. Stepping into Gene Kelly’s dance shoes is no easy task, but Fairchild brings his own charisma and bravado to the character. »

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Ten Songs Forever Changed By Movies

31 May 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

People have a pretty intimate relationship with music. The song that was playing when you had your first slow dance, broke up with that certain someone, or lost your virginity will rank higher for you than it will for some random listener. Even bad songs have a way of causing flashbacks, for better or worse. So when a movie ties a song to imagery we never imagined while making out in the back seat, it can shake up our reality a little. Say Anything permanently connected Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” with boom boxes and early-morning wake-ups, and who among us can hear Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” without regretting that they spent good money to see Sleeping with the Enemy? Here are some other songs that celluloid changed forever.

“The Star-Spangled Banner,” Poltergeist (1982) – A whole generation hears this song with a sense of dread thanks to its »

- M. Robert Grunwald

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Shah Rukh Khan Salman Khan Aamir Khan have their own charm - Madhuri Dixit

15 May 2015 7:20 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

"Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Tiger Shroff are the best dancers from the new crop of actors," said eternal diva Madhuri Dixit in a fun Bollywood Hungama Rapid Fire with Faridoon Shahryar recently. Madhuri celebrates her birthday today. Her husband Dr Shriram Nene has given her a worthy gift by launching the version 2.0 of 'Dance With Madhuri'. "Choli Ke Peeche is one of my best dance songs," Madhuri says. It is time for you guys to feast on this special Dance Rapid Fire with Ms Dixit Nene. Your best co dancer. Prabhu Dheva Who is the best dancer amongst the three Khans? That's a very tricky question (Laughs). I think all of them have their own charm. Best male dancer from the new crop of actors. There are so many. Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Tiger Shroff. Best female dancer from the crop of actresses. Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, »

- Faridoon Shahryar

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Jenny Powell wants to appear on Strictly Come Dancing

11 May 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Jenny Powell wants to compete on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 47-year-old TV presenter has revealed that she's ''obsessed'' with the BBC One show, and would love it to be her next career move, after presenting 'Food and Wine Adventures in Romania'. Speaking exclusively to Bang Showbiz, Jenny said: ''I'd love to do 'Strictly Come Dancing', if I'm honest. I'm obsessed! I always wanted to be a dancer, and be in a musical. I used to watch Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Shirley MacLaine, they were all my favourite dancers, and for me it would be a treat. It would be a great way »

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