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"TCM Remembers 2011" is out. Remembered by Turner Classic Movies are many of those in the film world who left us this past year. As always, this latest "TCM Remembers" entry is a classy, immensely moving compilation. The haunting background song is "Before You Go," by Ok Sweetheart.
Among those featured in "TCM Remembers 2011" are Farley Granger, the star of Luchino Visconti's Senso and Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers on a Train; Oscar-nominated Australian actress Diane Cilento (Tom Jones, Hombre), formerly married to Sean Connery; and two-time Oscar nominee Peter Falk (Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, The Great Race), best remembered as television's Columbo. Or, for those into arthouse fare, for playing an angel in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire.
Also, Jane Russell, whose cleavage and sensuous lips in Howard Hughes' The Outlaw left the puritans of the Production Code Association apoplectic; another Australian performer, Googie Withers, among »
- Andre Soares
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Chinese Theatre handprint ceremony (click on the photo to enlarge it) Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner have joined movie luminaries of the distant past — and the not-so-distant past — by having their prints immortalized in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Pattinson, Stewart, and Lautner are doing publicity rounds for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, which opens Nov. 18 in the United States and around that time throughout much of the world. And speaking of the not-so-distant past, three days ago Mickey Rourke left his mark there as well. Pattinson must be particularly happy because his movie Bel Ami has finally been acquired. In fact, the period comedy-drama was acquired by an arm of one of Hollywood's major studios, Sony Pictures Worldwide. Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman, and Christina Ricci co-star. Previous Chinese Theatre ceremony participants range from silent-film superstar Mary Pickford »
- Zac Gille
Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense Julian Beck, Poltergeist II: The Other Side: Top Five Scariest Living Dead Pt.4 In The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment plays a young boy who not only sees dead people, but he hears them as well. Bruce Willis, for his part, sees and hears what he wants to see and hear. As for me, I saw and heard what writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, cinematographer Tak Fujimoto, and the film's sound editors wanted me to see and hear. As far as I'm concerned, scarier than Osment, Willis, the myriad plot holes, the phony melodrama, the dishonest ending, and the dead people you get to see was the dead person you don't get to see in Shyamalan's hugely successful horror movie. I'm referring to that voice in the recording that must be played backwards so you can hear a desperate Spanish-speaking man saying "I don't want to die. »
- Andre Soares
AFI Fest 2011 Guest Artistic Director Pedro Almodóvar has selected the following classic thrillers to be presented at the festival: Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Cercle rouge, Edmund Goulding's Nightmare Alley, and Robert Siodmak's The Killers. Why this particular quartet? "Because in some way, albeit tangentially, they have a relationship with my present." Eyes Without a Face, in which a doctor uses the skin of young women to help restore the face of his disfigured daughter, certainly has some elements in common with Almodóvar's latest, The Skin I Live In. Pierre Brasseur and Alida Valli shine in this creepily poetic classic. The crime thriller Le Cercle rouge stars Alain Delon, Yves Montand, Gian Maria Volonté, and veteran Bourvil. Starring Tyrone Power as a carnival shyster, Nightmare Alley is less an outright thriller than a dark melodrama; it was also a box-office disappointment at »
- Andre Soares
Action films should regress to an epoch when swords were as prevalent as guns, or forward to a time when firearms don't work
Another year, another musketeers movie. What a shame no one thought of rereleasing Richard Lester's two-parter, or even the MGM version with Gene Kelly. But no, swashbuckling on its own is no longer deemed enough to hold the attention of today's fidgety kids, so Paul Ws Anderson gussies up his The Three Musketeers with 3-D, slo-mo and ninja skills. Phew! No danger of us getting bored there, then!
I love swordfights and want to see more of them, preferably not obscured by bells and whistles. Lester's Musketeer films have some cracking examples, mostly lighthearted, though slapstick gives way to a deadly serious duel towards the end, which goes on for so long that Michael York and Christopher Lee end up tottering with exhaustion.
That fight choreographer, »
- Anne Billson
Ann Sothern, Linda Darnell, Jeanne Crain, A Letter to Three Wives Linda Darnell, the gorgeous leading lady of numerous 20th Century Fox productions of the '40s, is Turner Classic Movies' "Summer Under the Stars" player this Saturday, August 27. TCM, which has leased titles from the Fox library, is showing 14 Linda Darnell movies, including no less than 9 TCM premieres. [Linda Darnell Movie Schedule.] Right now, TCM is showing writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's A Letter to Three Wives (1949), winner of Academy Awards for Best Direction and Best Screenplay. This curious comedy-drama about a husband who leaves his wife for another woman — but whose husband? Linda Darnell's, Jeanne Crain's, or Ann Sothern's? — also earned Mankiewicz the very first Directors Guild of America Award and a Writers Guild Award (which Mankiewicz shared with Vera Caspary) for the Best Written American Comedy. The husbands in question are Kirk Douglas, Paul Douglas, and Jeffrey Lynn. »
- Andre Soares
Linda Darnell Linda Darnell on TCM: A Letter To Three Wives, No Way Out Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am Zero Hour! (1957) When a flight crew falls ill only man who can land the plane is afraid of flying. Dir: Hall Bartlett. Cast: Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Sterling Hayden. Bw-81 mins, Letterbox Format. 7:30 Am Sweet And Low Down (1944) Dir: Archie Mayo. Cast: Benny Goodman, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie. Bw-76 mins. 9:00 Am Rise And Shine (1941) The college president head cheerleader and a gambling gangster try to keep a flunking football star in the game. Dir: Allan Dwan. Cast: Jack Oakie, George Murphy, Linda Darnell. Bw-88 mins. 10:45 Am Brigham Young (1940) Two young Mormons struggle to survive their people's journey to a new home in the West. Dir: Henry Hathaway. Cast: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Dean Jagger. Bw-113 mins. 12:45 Pm Two Flags West (1950) A bitter »
- Andre Soares
B-movie actor who could lay claim to having been the first Bond girl
The phrase "famous for being famous" could have been invented for Linda Christian, who has died aged 87. Her celebrity came from her marriages to the handsome film stars Tyrone Power and Edmund Purdom, and her liaisons with various wealthy playboys and bullfighters, rather than her somewhat limited acting ability.
Christian's extravagant, cosmopolitan lifestyle derived from her stunning beauty – she was dubbed "The Anatomic Bomb" by Life magazine – and her ability to speak fluent French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and English. She was born Blanca Rosa Welter in Tampico, Mexico, the daughter of a Dutch executive at Shell, and his Mexican-born wife of Spanish, German and French descent. As the family moved around a great deal, living in South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, she gained a taste for globetrotting.
Christian's early ambition was to become a doctor, »
- Ronald Bergan
Best known as the wife of superstar Tyrone Power, Linda Christian was a knockout with a decent amount of TV and movie credits. She costarred with Johnny Weismuller in his last role as Tarzan and was the first Bond girl, co-starring in Casino Royale, the TV version from 1954 opposite Barry Nelson’s 007. She died this morning at age 87.
From The New York Times:
Palm Desert, Calif. (AP) . Linda Christian, a Hollywood starlet of the 1940s and .50s who was in Johnny Weissmuller.s last Tarzan movie and the first adaptation of a James Bond novel, but who was probably best known for her marriage to her fellow heartthrob Tyrone Power, died here on Friday. She was 87. The cause was colon cancer, her daughter Romina Power said. Born Blanca Rosa Welter (some sources say Blanca Rosa Henrietta Stella Welter Vorhauer) in Mexico on Nov. 13, 1923, Ms. Christian pursued an acting career in »
- Tom Stockman
Los Angeles - Linda Christian, a former Hollywood starlet who was best known for portraying the first Bond girl in the legendary spy series, has died at age 87 after suffering colon cancer, People.com reported Monday. Christian, who was married to Hollywood leading man Tyrone Power from 1949-56, starred as Vesper Lynd, superspy James Bond's romantic interest in the 1954 TV adaptation of author Ian Fleming's novel Casino Royale. The first Bond film, Dr No, was released in 1962. Christian's best-known film was 1963's The VIPs, which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. »
Linda Christian -- the first Bond girl once dubbed the "anatomic bomb" by Life magazine and married (for a time) to swashbuckling mega-star Tyrone Power -- is dead at 87. The veteran actress died in Palm Desert, Calif., according to People magazine.
Christian played James Bond's love interest in a 1954 CBS TV adaptation of Ian Fleming's "Casino Royale," with Barry Nelson as a 007 called "Jimmy" and Peter Lorre as heavy Le Chiffre. Christian's character was named Valerie Mathis; the role was most recently updated by Eva Green in 2006's Daniel Craig-led "Casino Royale" reboot and reverted to Fleming's original name for the character, Vesper Lynd.
Born in Mexico as Blanca Rosa Welter, Christian's father was an oil company executive whose job took his family around the world -- South Africa, Romania, Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Palestine.
She also co-starred in Johnny Weismuller's last "Tarzan" film ("Tarzan and the Mermaids »
Linda Christian, the actress who played James Bond's original lover Vesper Lynd (a part later played by Eva Green in Casino Royale) in the television anthology series Climax! has died after a battle with colon cancer at age 87. She was discovered by Errol Flynn in her native Mexico and married another red-hot silver screen swashbuckler, Tyrone Power, from 1949 to 1956. Let's watch the original Vesper in action alongside Barry Nelson as "Jimmy" Bond and Peter Lorre as his cocky foe Le Chiffre. »
Linda Christian, a 1940s Hollywood starlet remembered for her marriage to leading man Tyrone Power and for the distinction of being the first Bond Girl - though on the small screen - died in Palm Desert, Calif, Friday after a battle with colon cancer, say published reports. She was 87. A brunette beauty born Blanca Rosa Welter in Mexico, Christian was discovered in Acapulco by Warner Bros.' swashbuckler Errol Flynn before she eventually signed with MGM after she was spotted by studio chief Louis B. Mayer's secretary. Life magazine, in writing of her curves, dubbed her the "anatomic bomb. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Most people think of Ursula Andress as the first on-screen James Bond girl. In fact, eight years before Andress made her memorable entrance in the 1962 007 film Dr. No, actress Linda Christian portrayed the femme fatale in the 1954 live CBS one-hour TV version of Casino Royale that starred Barry Nelson as "Card Sense" Jimmy Bond. Christian had been a contract player for MGM and was once married to screen heartthrob Tyrone Power. She passed away this week after a battle with cancer at age 87. For more click here »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The first Bond girl, Linda Christian, has died. She was 87.
The actress passed away on Friday in Palm Desert, California after a battle with colon cancer.
In 1954, she landed the role of James Bond's love interest in a TV adaptation of the novel Casino Royale, becoming the first ever Bond girl and paving the way for future 007 sidekicks including Halle Berry and Ursula Andress.
She married Hollywood heartthrob Tyrone Power in 1949 but the couple divorced in 1956.
Christian is survived by her daughter Romina Power and eight grandchildren, according to the Associated Press. »
Linda Christian, international actress and Tyrone Power's second wife, died Friday (July 22) in Palm Springs, California. Christian, who was 87, had been suffering from colon cancer. Linda Christian was born Blanca Rosa Henrietta Stella Welter Vorhauer on November 13, 1923, in Tampico, Mexico, to a Dutch oil executive and his German-Mexican wife. As a young girl, she traveled the world with her parents, according to reports eventually becoming fluent in seven languages. Discovered by Errol Flynn while in Acapulco, Christian moved to Los Angeles where she began her film career in bit parts in Hollywood movies of the mid-1940s. Labeled "The Anatomic Bomb" by Life magazine, Christian eventually progressed to supporting roles in a handful of productions, among them Robert Florey's Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948) and Richard Fleischer's The Happy Time (1952). Leading roles, however, eluded her, while a reported seven-year MGM contract led nowhere. Though the first Bond girl »
- Andre Soares
Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films being made available by Netflix for instant streaming. Important Note: There may be some films that do not become available on the specified dates. This is merely a report of the most accurate release dates I can find, but is not directly confirmed by Netflix themselves.
American: The Bill Hicks Story (2010)
Streaming Available: 06/29/2011
Synopsis: Since his tragic death from cancer at age 32, comedian Bill Hicks’s legend and stature have only grown, and this unique documentary tells his story, blending live footage, interviews and animation to fill in the details of a life cut short. A comic’s comic and unflagging critic of hypocrisy and cultural emptiness, Hicks was one of a kind, a Lenny Bruce for the late 20th century, »
- Travis Keune
Director Vincente Minnelli and star Kirk Douglas reunited for this operatic non-sequel followup to their caustic 1952 Hollywood saga The Bad and the Beautiful, now set ten years later in the La Dolce Vita movie world of Rome and based on a novel by Irwin Shaw. Some claim its protagonists are thinly veiled representations of Tyrone Power, Linda Christian and Darryl Zanuck. Extensively recut by the studio, it’s still a delirious fantasy about Eternal City filmmaking with some memorable sequences and a terrific cast.
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I don’t even know where to start with Vincente Minelli. Understatement: he made some beautiful movies. These guys (and gals) know it:
And here’s a more personal take »
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Director Vincente Minnelli and star Kirk Douglas reunited for this operatic non-sequel followup to their caustic 1952 Hollywood saga The Bad and the Beautiful, now set ten years later in the La Dolce Vita movie world of Rome and based on a novel by Irwin Shaw. Some claim its protagonists are thinly veiled representations of Tyrone Power, Linda Christian and Darryl Zanuck. Extensively recut by the studio, it’s still a deliriousfantasy about Eternal City filmmaking with some memorable sequences and a terrific cast.
On Wednesday, June 22nd, Josh Olson puts 3 On a Match.
Tomorrow sees the release of the 4th instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides. The return of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is sure to excite cinemagoers – particularly the loins of legions of devoted female fans! – with his distinct droll, ebullient personality and comic timing. He’s the quintessential pirate figure of our generation, glamorising the lifestyle on the high seas!
However, pirates have been a stock character within film industry for as long as cinema has been in existence. The first known pirate feature was a silent 1 reel, short film adaptation of Treasure Island in 1908. Unfortunately, the American Film Institute has deemed the film lost and a copy is extremely unlikely to be in existence any more. As film technology progressed, so did the pirate subgenre of action cinema, with every decade of the 20th and 21st century having at least one major production based »
- Stuart Cummins
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