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A.C. Lyles, a beloved employee of Paramount Pictures for more than 80 years who passed away at the age of 95 on Sept. 27, was remembered by friends and family at a memorial service on the Paramount lot on Monday afternoon.
Among those who packed the Paramount Theatre -- the lobby of which was decorated with photos of Lyles with everyone from Prince Charles to Elvis Presley to Shirley Temple -- were legends of Hollywood's Golden Age, such as Mickey Rooney, Jane Withers, Terry Moore, Ruta Lee and Anne Jeffreys, as well as a spattering of more recent stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and more than a few people from other walks of life whom Lyles had befriended over the years.
Lyles, it was noted throughout the ceremony, »
- Scott Feinberg
The name “Coach” worked on many levels in Tuesday’s episode. Relationship Coach, specializing in how not to treat your girlfriend. Basketball Coach, with an emphasis on how to grind Winston’s gears. Strip Club Coach, expertise: how to spend your Bunny Money (okay, that was more Winston’s forte). Suffice it to say, Coach is not just a beloved ’90s sitcom anymore. And that’s just the tip of the Damon Wayans Jr.-shaped iceberg, Newbies. While you debate in the comments whether Coach’s return measured up to expectations, I shall get to the recapping.
Coach had sent »
- Lanford Beard
What a night! Adam looked exactly like Jason Schwartzman, the Sprint Skybox returned, and someone sang “Blurred Lines.” This was the best show since everyone stopped drinking. Christina and Flo Rida, “How I Feel”Christina always loves this weirdo burlesque staging when she sings songs that sound extremely contemporary. Remember “Lady Marmalade”? (“How could I forget??” you scream.) Unfortunately, despite the fact that she was wearing an entirely fishnet suit And a hat, this vocal performance was not up to Xtina’s usual level. She sounded tired and pitchy at times. Flo Rida was good, though. I liked his suit.Shelbie Z., “Fancy”I think you can really tell Shelbie used to do child pageants, because she is adorable while singing like a Shirley Temple type. I was happy she got married and I thought she did a serviceable job on “Fancy.” It was possibly a little boring? But there »
- Rebecca Harrington
[Spoiler Alert: This article contains information on Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, so read on only if you have already watched the episode]
It’s been a bolder Carol this season on The Walking Dead. But that boldness may have done her in after Rick — reacting to the news that Carol had killed Tyreese’s girlfriend Karen and another guy named David in the hopes of stopping the killer virus from spreading — told her she was no longer welcome at the prison and abandoned her on the side of the road, alone with a car full of supplies. We chatted with the woman who plays Carol, Melissa McBride, to get her take on the controversial decision. How did she react when she heard the news? »
- Dalton Ross
Kendall Jenner's 18th birthday celebration didn't stop at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star continued her birthday festivities Sunday evening, ringing in her official 1-8 with a birthday dinner with family and friends. "Birthday dinner," Kendall wrote on Instagram Sunday night, posing in a festive mask with her pal Spencer Johnson. The stunning model also posted a shot of a Shirley Temple topped with dry ice, writing, "my Shirley Temple has a mind of it's own." Earlier in the day, Kendall showed off a photo of her bedroom, which a couple of friends decorated with "Happy Birthday" and "Birthday Princess" »
So it’s a bit early, but if any motion picture deserves a year-long celebration it’s this one. This weekend, film goers are getting a true treat. The 1939 (August to be exact) classic The Wizard Of Oz is back on Imax screens and in 3D for the very first time. Sure most of you have seen it on cable TV or on home video, but an opportunity to see this gem on the big screen should not be passed up. I mean this is a film that has become a huge part of our culture . The movie itself is legendary as are the stories about its making. There’s even a feature film comedy (Under The Rainbow) that’s set backstage (but I wouldn’t consider that Chevy Chase flick a classic).
Since I’m sure you’re familiar with the plot, lets’ talk about some of the backstage stories. »
- Jim Batts
A Story of Children and Film
Written by Mark Cousins
Directed by Mark Cousins
A Story of Children and Film is the follow-up to documentarian Mark Cousins’ epic 15-part The Story of Film, his love letter to cinema that’s generally considered a masterwork effort and a radicalized rewrite of cinema history in a style defined by a holistic take pursuing a three-part focus: the personal, the polemic, and the cryptic. Cousins employs a similar approach as he turns his gaze to the child performances and coming-of-age tales that have have left their indelible mark on the changing shape of cinema. The director has always been interested in the topic of children in film. His first project for television was a special on a kid’s festival in Glasgow and his first feature, appropriately titled The First Movie, was about Kurdish children growing up in Iraq during the second Gulf War. »
- Gregory Ashman
‘Hollywood Hero’ John Dewar remembered (photo: Anthony Slide wearing Tom Mix’s hat in 1976) Perhaps I have been around too long, but as I grow older I grow despondent that those who contributed so much to film history in the past are forgotten, with others often coming along and taking claim for their achievements. One such Hollywood hero is John Dewar, whom I met when I first came to Los Angeles in 1971. He was a curator in the history department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and introduced me to the museum’s treasures relating to film history, acquired before the creation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art — at a time when both institutions were housed together simply as the Los Angeles County Museum. Back in the mid-1930s, it was Ransom Matthews, head of industrial technology at the Museum, who had started collecting such materials. »
- Anthony Slide
Hattie McDaniel: Best Supporting Actress Oscar competition and missing Academy Award plaque (See previous post: “Hattie McDaniel Oscar Speech.”) Besides Hattie McDaniel for Gone with the Wind, the 1939 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees were Geraldine Fitzgerald for Wuthering Heights, Edna May Oliver for Drums Along the Mohawk, Maria Ouspenskaya for Love Affair, and Olivia de Havilland for Gone with the Wind. It should be noted that de Havilland, who, according to some, was not at all happy at having lost the Oscar, had much more screen time than Hattie McDaniel. In fact, de Havilland had lobbied David O. Selznick to list her as a lead actress, alongside Vivien Leigh. Selznick, however, balked, fearing that de Havilland might steal away votes from her fellow Gone with the Wind player. In the next decade, Olivia de Havilland would receive four more Academy Award nominations, all in the Best Actress category, including »
- Andre Soares
There are a few things you should know about Quvenzhané Wallis...
1. She's the youngest person ever nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actress category.
2. She's gearing up to play the lead role in Sony's remake of "Annie."
3. She's arguably the cutest kid to hit Hollywood since Shirley Temple (evidence: this and that).
4. Last but certainly not least, she Loves herself a puppy purse!
It was that adoration for the plush pup carryalls that brought us together on Thursday evening for a very special shopping date. Being the true star that she is, we didn't meet at a regular store -- we went straight to the source: the Poochie & Co. New York City showroom.
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Once we both got over the initial shock of entering what can only be described as puppy purse palooza -- a wondrous little world packed with dazzling sequin-encrusted doggies -- we got down to business. »
- The Huffington Post
This summer's supernatural hit, The Conjuring, continues to scare up the big bucks. The film has grossed nearly $100 million worldwide to date and is expected to make plenty more (its daily average isn't too shabby).
One of the many creepy aspects of the film that folks are talking about is the Annabelle doll (pictured right). Italian artist Luca Nemolato shared - via his site - a series of conceptual pieces he did for The Conjuring production of Annabelle, you can see the variant takes on the doll after the jump.
As you'll see, the artist was going for a more deranged Shirley Temple vibe.
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Hi all, it’s Tim. With Natalie Wood Week upon us, there will be much talk of the actress’s run of films as a beautifully virginal ingénue, or her transition into roles as troubled adults and young women. But I want to pause on the threshold of all those Splendor in the Grasses and West Side Stories to pay tribute to the an earlier era in the Life of Natalie, when she became one of the best-loved child actors of the 1940s (and a good time it was for child actors, too).
The film that put her on the map was Miracle on 34th Street, of course, released when the actress was a mere eight years old in 1947. It wasn’t her first credited role (that would be the Claudette Colbert/Orson Welles vehicle Tomorrow Is Forever, from 1946), nor even the first movie to showcase her to good effect; earlier that same year, »
- Tim Brayton
New York — The message of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" seems to be: Don't worry, be happy, consequences be damned.
This devil-may-care philosophy seems to work fine for June Shannon and her outrageous household, at least as captured for the TLC reality show that burst on the scene last summer as a backwoods celebration of mischief-making, fart jokes and dietary excess that would rattle Paula Deen.
It returns Wednesday at 9 p.m. Edt with more of the same.
Set in tiny McIntyre, Ga., the show continues to plunder Southern and rural stereotypes. On a hand-painted sign, "Peaches" is spelled "Peches" (proof that Southerners can't read or write). The soundtrack is larded with cornpone country music. And to reinforce the notion that this is an alien culture whose spoken tongue is unintelligible, the dialogue is often subtitled.
To its credit, "Boo Boo" has a sweet tone. It remains a big-hearted show. »
Director: Mark Cousins.
Running Time: 104 minutes.
Synopsis: A journey mapping the representation of children on film.
From Elliott’s careful fascination in E.T. The Extra-terrestrial to a young girl desperate to buy goldfish in The White Balloon, A Story Of Children And Film guides you through every aspect of childhood, be it happy or sad. Moving, funny and thoroughly entertaining, it will leave you hungry to seek out all the films contained within.
From 1949’s Palle Alone In The World to 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom, Cousins covers a lot of ground in 104 minutes. Taking pride in noticing things that may go under the radar for many, the audience learn to recognise certain film techniques and national quirks along the way, making it a vital documentary for furthering cinematic knowledge. The director’s dreamy tones lovingly enshroud the youthful exuberance and tantrums, never impeding our education. His narration informs and compliments, continuously »
- Emma Thrower
If you don’t know who she is, Paula Deen is the recently disgraced television chef with a penchant for adding a huge slab of butter to every single one of her recipes. She was fired by the Food Network due to her admission of casually using racial slurs and planning a wedding featuring a“true Southern plantation-style theme”. And what might one of those look like? “Well,” said Paula, “What I would really like is a bunch of little n—-rs to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts, and black bow-ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around.”
You’ve got to feel for Our Paula. Don’t get me wrong, the woman is clearly a vile racist who has waived the right to the public support which has funded her livelihood thus far and deserves the deluge of opprobrium aimed in her direction. »
- Basil Creese Jr
In conjunction with the LUMIÈRE publication of the free downloadable e-book "Allan Dwan: A Dossier," we present a new video series, An Allan Dwan Serial. The serial is a continuous selection of clips from the career of the one and only Allan Dwan, an engineering director whose broad filmography connects in beautiful and unexpected ways.
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- gina telaroli
A Story of Children and Film
Written and directed by Mark Cousins
In his latest project, Mark Cousins treats us to a broad and sweeping analysis of the ways in which children are captured in film. His starting point is a candid home video of his young niece and nephew, Laura and Ben, playing in his Edinburgh flat, which enables him to identify some of the archetypal representations of children in film. It takes the form of a personal cine-essay, using spontaneous connections and free association to build affinities between the most disparate of films and work towards a kind of conclusion. Drawing on extracts from 53 films from around the world, Cousins proves once again to be a knowledgeable and insightful commentator, a true cinephile of extraordinary scope.
His distinctive, idiosyncratic narration guides us through the clips, highlighting the aspects that illustrate whatever point he is making at the time. »
- Rob Dickie
Tainted ambrosia salad Paula Deen has addressed the racist comments she now realizes are inappropriate outside the context of Civil War-themed restaurants and Shirley Temple movies, posting the video apology below. Earlier this morning, Today’s Matt Lauer revealed that Deen was a no-show for a scheduled, “no-holds-barred” interview about the growing controversy, with Deen citing “exhaustion” as the reason. And, as you can see from the video (since removed from her official YouTube channel, but widely copied), Deen really did work herself disconcertingly red in the face to produce these 46 seconds of begging forgiveness from you, her children »
Oh, my pretties. It’s over. The Shirley Temple of the South is the winner! What have we to say for ourselves? Are we happy? I, for one, feel satisfied. America proved a consistent, if dull and puritanical, mistress. Christina Aguilera and Pitbull, “Feel This Moment”Xtina!!! I do love her, especially when she becomes unrecognizable through some kind of makeover. I greatly enjoyed her performance, although she sounded slightly pitchy and weird initially. Also, is Pitbull a superlative dancer or what? I love him. My mother even texted me during his performance to say that she loves him also. So it runs in my family.Swons and Various Country Stars From Times Past, “Stars Tonight”This was a funny performance because literally everyone was better at this song than the Swons. Remember Amber Carrington? She’s so great. Remember Holly? She’s very fun. Remember Justin of montage fame? »
- Rebecca Harrington
It's been more than half a century since he last made a movie, and still we keep coming back to Allan Dwan. Fifty years was also the span of his working life, from 1911–1961, and it's in Dwan's epochal directing career that we find a unlikely connecting hub for Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson, Shirley Temple, and John Wayne, among many others. Any given batch of Dwan films affords the invigorating if decidedly nostalgic privilege of seeing how the movie medium invented itself. To signify the scope of his endurance, Moma's monthlong retrospective derives its title from a new book by Frederic Lombardi, Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios.
A purveyor of generally unpretentious entertainments, Dwan never really had name recognition. "Dwan »
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