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I'll trade you two RKOs for two Warners', an even swap! This quartet of movie-magic wonderments offer a full course on old-school film effects wizardry at its best. Willis O'Brien passes the baton to disciple Ray Harryhausen, who dazzles us with his own effects magic for the first '50s giant monster epic. And the best monster thriller of the decade is offered at its original widescreen aspect ratio. It's all special enough to merit a mid-week review. Special Effects Collection Blu-ray The Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Them! Warner Home Video 1933-1954 / B&W / 1:37 Academy - 1:85 widescreen / 335 min. / Street Date October 27, 2015 / 54.96 or 19.98 separately Starring Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack,, Frank Reicher, Victor Wong; Robert Armstrong, Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Frank McHugh; Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey, Donald Woods, Lee Van Cleef; James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness, Onslow Stevens, »
- Glenn Erickson
"Room" has been acclaimed by critics for the performances of Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay as a mother and son held captive for years. Larson currently leads the Best Actress race according to 11 of the 20 expert Oscar journalists we've polled, but what about Tremblay? The film's distributor, A24, is campaigning him for Best Supporting Actor, which is more hospitable to younger actors than the lead category. Could he become the youngest winner in Oscar history? -Break- Lenny Abrahamson ('Room') on directing Brie Larson & Jacob Tremblay (Exclusive Video) While Shirley Temple won a honorary Oscar in 1934 at age six, the youngest competitive winner was Tatum O'Neal, who was 10 when she prevailed as Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" in 1973. Tremblay turned nine on October 5, so he would set a new Oscar record. But the Oscars have been more generous to girls than to boys. Three actresses ha...' »
Irish director Lenny Abrahamson‘s latest film, Room, which centers on a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) and his mother (Brie Larson) who escape from the confines of a single room that the boy has called home his entire life, has been making big waves since it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it took home the coveted People’s Choice Award.
Much talk has surrounded the performances of the two leads, and Tremblay, who just turned nine on Oct 5, could be making history as the youngest performer to win best actor by the Academy.
If Tremblay were to be nominated for best actor for his performance in Room he would be nine years,146 days old come the Feb 28, 2016 airdate of the 88th Academy Awards. That would make him the second youngest male actor ever nominated in the category, just behind Jackie Cooper (nine years, »
- Patrick Shanley
Shirley Temple’s tap shoes and practice steps, given to her by Bill “Bojangles” Robinson during production of The Little Colonel, 1935, their first on-screen partnership, in which they performed the famous stair dance.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has received a gift valued at more than $5 million from the late Oscar-winning Hollywood actress and United States Ambassador Shirley Temple Black and her family.
This gift includes both a substantial monetary contribution to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ capital campaign as well as key artifacts from Shirley Temple Black’s indelible early career. To recognize this gift and honor the star’s legendary childhood contribution to entertainment, the Academy Museum’s education center will be named The Shirley Temple Education Studio.
- Michelle McCue
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has received a gift valued at more than $5 million from the family of the late Shirley Temple Black. As a result, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has named its educational center The Shirley Temple Education Studio.
The studio will provide hands-on workshops in moviemaking techniques, as well as inspire creativity and critical thinking. A core feature will be its teen initiative, serving students from diverse backgrounds in the greater Los Angeles area.
In addition to financial support, the Temple gift included unique objects from the Hollywood career of the child star, including the miniature Oscar presented to her at the 1934 Academy Awards; the tap shoes and portable wooden practice-steps given to her by dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson for their stair dance routine in 1934’s “The Little Colonel”; and her first set-chair from Fox Studios.
Kerry Brougher is the Academy Museum director. The »
- Tim Gray
Darrylin Zanuck de Pineda, clothing designer, surfer and philanthropist, died on Aug. 10. She was 84.
De Pineda was the first-born child of producer and 20th Century Fox studio founder Darryl F. Zanuck and silent screen actress Virginia Fox Zanuck. Her late brother, Richard D. Zanuck, followed their father’s footsteps and became an Oscar-winning producer for his work in “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Jaws.”
De Pineda later became a surfing enthusiast and dated Tommy Zahn, a legendary California surfer during the 1950s and ’60s. Joe Quigg, co-founder of the modern longboard, created the thinnest and lightest surfboard for de Pineda’s 5-foot frame and named the 25-pound board “The Darrylin.” It eventually became the prototype for the popular Malibu board.
During her »
- Mannie Holmes
The young Shirley Temple was Hollywood’s top box-office draw for four consecutive years in the 1930s, and now her estate has made a toe-tapping donation to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Her family has gifted the future facility with more than $5 million and some key artifacts from her early career as the child star who danced, sang and dimpled her way into film lore. The Academy Museum's education center will be named The Shirley Temple Education Studio. "Shirley… »
Los Angeles, Calif. (October 2, 2015) – In 1915 William Fox founded Fox Film Corporation and forever changed the course of cinema. Over the next century the studio would develop some of the most innovative and ground-breaking advancements in the history of cinema; the introduction of Movietone, the implementation of color in partnership with Eastman Kodak, the development of the wide format in 70mm and many more. Now in honor of the 100th anniversary of the studio, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will celebrate by releasing some of their most iconic films that represent a decade of innovation.
Starting today, five classic films from the studio will be made available digitally for the first time ever – Sunrise (1927), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), Man Hunt (1941), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). Throughout the rest of the year a total of 100 digital releases will follow from Fox’s extensive catalog, including 10 films »
- ComicMix Staff
The star of such classic TV programs as “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Hollywood Squares” and “The Doris Day Show” is still going strong at age 92. Jason Wise is directing a documentary on the singer-actor called “The Rose Marie Movie,” she’ll appear in helmer David Green’s upcoming “Sold,” and she’s set to receive the Shirley Temple Award from the Actors Fund on Dec. 3. Her first mention in Variety came from its founder Sime Silverman, for short film “The Child Wonder,” more than 85 years ago. Wrote Silverman: “Though but a kidlet, she seemed to have an idea of her own.”
How did you get your start in showbiz?
I’ve been in this business 90 years. When I was 3 years old, I won an amateur contest. I sounded like I do now; I didn’t sound like a child. I made my name in radio. I had my own »
- Shalini Dore
It was a winner right out of the starting gate, an instant classic that's still a pleasure for the eyes and ears. Carroll Ballard and Caleb Deschanel's marvel of a storybook movie has yet to be surpassed, with a boy-horse story that seems to be taking place in The Garden of Eden. The Black Stallion Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 765 1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date July 14, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse, Hoyt Axton, Michael Higgins, Ed McNamara, Doghmi Larbi, John Karlsen, Leopoldo Trieste, Marne Maitland, Cass-Olé. Cinematography Caleb Deschanel Film Editor Robert Dalva Supervising Sound Editor Alan Splet Original Music Carmine Coppola Written by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg, William D. Wittliff from the novel by Walter Farley Produced by Fred Roos, Tom Sternberg Directed by Carroll Ballard
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
Child actor Dickie Moore: 'Our Gang' member. Former child actor Dickie Moore dead at 89: Film career ranged from 'Our Gang' shorts to features opposite Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper 1930s child actor Dickie Moore, whose 100+ movie career ranged from Our Gang shorts to playing opposite the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck, and Gary Cooper, died in Connecticut on Sept. 7, '15 – five days before his 90th birthday. So far, news reports haven't specified the cause of death. According to a 2013 Boston Phoenix article about Moore's wife, MGM musical star Jane Powell, he had been “suffering from arthritis and bouts of dementia.” Dickie Moore movies At the behest of a persistent family friend, combined with the fact that his father was out of a job, Dickie Moore (born on Sept. 12, 1925, in Los Angeles) made his film debut as an infant in Alan Crosland's 1927 costume drama The Beloved Rogue, »
- Andre Soares
One of the cutest of all child actors in the 1930s, Dickie Moore worked with Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Paul Muni and other luminaries, but may be best remembered for his one-year stint as a member of Our Gang. He not only survived the “awkward years” of adolescence and young adulthood, but built a new career for himself in the field of public relations. He also wrote one of the most candid and perceptive books about child actors, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (But Don’t Have Sex or Take the Car), published in 1984. It included contributions from such contemporaries as Shirley Temple, Jackie Coogan, and Mickey Rooney. Dick Moore died this week, just days short of his 90th...
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- Leonard Maltin
A night of laughs at The Book House! It’s The Super-8 Comedy Show! The fun takes place Sunday, September 13th from 7pm to 10pm. The Book House is located at 7352 Manchester Rd St. Louis, Mo, 63143. We’ll be projecting, on Super-8 sound film, condensed versions of films starring Abbott and Costello, The Marx Brothers, Shirley Temple, W.C. Fields. The Little Rascals, Mel Brooks, Monty Python, and More! Admission is Free and this is part of The Book House’s Comedy Festival, which runs September 9th through the 16th. For more information, visit The Book House’s site Here
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- Tom Stockman
Vivien Leigh ca. late 1940s. Vivien Leigh movies: now controversial 'Gone with the Wind,' little-seen '21 Days Together' on TCM Vivien Leigh is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 18, '15, as TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” series continues. Mostly a stage actress, Leigh was seen in only 19 films – in about 15 of which as a leading lady or star – in a movie career spanning three decades. Good for the relatively few who saw her on stage; bad for all those who have access to only a few performances of one of the most remarkable acting talents of the 20th century. This evening, TCM is showing three Vivien Leigh movies: Gone with the Wind (1939), 21 Days Together (1940), and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Leigh won Best Actress Academy Awards for the first and the third title. The little-remembered film in-between is a TCM premiere. 'Gone with the Wind' Seemingly all »
- Andre Soares
If murmurs are to be believed, The Day the Clown Cried is a film aficionado's fever dream and a bad film lover's wet dream. The notoriously wrong-headed 1972 Holocaust film, co-written, directed and starring Jerry Lewis, is seen by few but known by many, as the unreleased film and its troubled production is perhaps one of the most alluringly bizarre in cinematic history. A simple click onto its Wikipedia provides hearty information on all its plagues and gossiped missteps. Here, you can read about its plot-line, where Lewis tells a semi-serious fictionalized account of WWII's tragedies leading up to his titular clown leading laughing Jewish children into gas chambers like the Pied Piper. You can also learn about all its production woes, including equipment lost on set, Lewis having to pay production fees out of pocket when producer funds came short mid-production, yelling at child stars for trying to "Shirley Temple »
- Will Ashton
The child star was the youngest person to win an Oscar and the first white girl to dance with a black man on film. Her toys, costumes and more are for sale 14 July
She once shot Eleanor Roosevelt in the backside with a slingshot, and she was the first white girl to dance with a black man in the movies. Around the time Graham Greene was sued for commenting on her “desirable little body”, she became the object of a papal inspection to determine if she was a dwarf. She counted J Edgar Hoover as a close friend from the time she became the youngest person ever to win an Oscar, right through her failed run for Congress. Only one person could make such fantastical claims: Shirley Temple. A year and a half after she succumbed to emphysema at the age of 85, the screen legend’s costumes, dolls and childhood »
- Jordan Riefe
FX’s Reagan-era spy drama “The Americans” featured one of the most disturbing stories of this television season — and no, it wasn’t the one where a man was doused in gasoline and burned alive.
Instead, this season’s squirmiest moments involved Philip creating a phony persona to seduce his newest asset, a rebellious 16-year-old girl (“Martha Marcy May Marlene’s” Julia Garner), because her father is the head of the CIA’s Afghan group.
And what helped send these scenes from merely unsettling head-on into the “Lolita” zone? Rhys’ pervy shag contrasted with Garner’s Shirley Temple ringlets.
Audiences weren’t the only ones who felt dirty about these scenes.
“We were all kind »
- Whitney Friedlander
Gwyneth Paltrow has never look better! The actress shows off her killer bikini bod on the cover of the June issue of Women's Health, where she reveals that she feels more confident with her body now at age 42 than ever before. "I feel way more comfortable in a bathing suit now than I did 20 years ago," the Oscar-winner admits, before describing her diet and fitness regime. "My routine is the same every weekday," the Goop founder explains. "I drop my kids at school. I do an hour of dance cardio and then I go to work." Let's be real ... it takes more than just a little cardio to maintain that bod. For the mother-of-two, it's all about diet. She starts the day with coffee and a post-workout smoothie. "For lunch I usually have a big salad with grilled chicken, and then for dinner I’ll have whatever I want," she declares. »
- tooFab Staff
Just how well do you know your Doctor Who characters?
The BBC allows you to test your knowledge of Gallifrey in a special portrait that also pays tribute to the Beatles' landmark album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
A specially-commissioned poster has been created to promote the upcoming 'Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular' tour, which kicks off on May 23 at The Sse Arena in Wembley.
Aside from fictional characters, the show's composer Murray Gold, conductor Ben Foster, members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC National Chorus of Wales, and soprano Elin Manahan Thomas are also included.
If you're stumped, here's the guide to the re-designed Sgt. Pepper cover below.
Our weekly feature in which a writer answers the question: If you could force your friends at gunpoint to watch one movie or TV show, what would it be? Released in 2006, Tarsem’s “The Fall” is a gorgeous celebration of storytelling that reveals how stories touch and change the people they are told to and those who tell them. It’s an ode to the very specific mode of storytelling of film. A few minutes into 1915-set “The Fall,” a character played by a pre-stardom Lee Pace attempts to explain to a five-year-old girl, “Pictures, y’know, flickers: moving pictures.” The girl, Alexandria, responds, confused, that she’s never seen one. With a hint of a sly smile, Pace’s Roy replies, “Oh you’re not missing much” – a line that strikes with irony, considering Tarsem’s clear passion for filmmaking and the fact that were “The Fall” to go unwatched, »
- Emily Rome
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