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Marjorie Morningstar

13 May 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The most-read book since Gone with the Wind looked at the coming of age struggle of an ambitious, upwardly mobile Jewish girl in the 1930s. This glossy film version gives Natalie Wood an ‘adult’ role and provides Gene Kelly with the seemingly optimal character of a troubled theatrical artiste. Good intentions aside, the show lacks guidance — and may have harmed Kelly’s acting career.

Marjorie Morningstar


Kl Studio Classics

1958 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 128 min. / Street Date May 9, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Natalie Wood, Gene Kelly, Claire Trevor, Everett Sloane, Martin Milner, Carolyn Jones, Martin Balsam, Edd Byrnes, George Tobias, Jesse White, Paul Picerni, Ruta Lee, Shelley Fabares, Lana Wood.

Cinematography: Harry Stradling

Film Editor: Folmar Blangsted

Original Music: Max Steiner

Written by Everett Freeman from the novel by Herman Wouk

Produced by Milton Sperling

Directed by Irving Rapper


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- Glenn Erickson

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How Natalie Wood’s Daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner Came to Love Mother’s Day Again Years After Actress’ Tragic Death

10 May 2017 11:56 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

For many years after the death of her mother in 1981, Natalie Wood’s daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner says Mother’s Day “was a sad and difficult day.”

“For the first 20 years, Mother’s Day was really hard,” says Gregson Wagner, who was 11 when her mom died in a boating accident off California’s Catalina Island. “And then they got easier after my daughter Clover was born.”

For Gregson Wagner, who launched the fragrance line Natalie last year in honor of her mother, it wasn’t until she became a mom herself to her daughter, now 4, that the day became joyful again. »

- Liz McNeil

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Netflix to Resurrect One of Cinema’s Lost Treasures: Orson Welles’ ‘The Other Side of the Wind’

15 March 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Plus: Jordan Peele makes history, a couple new trailers, and perfect shots.~

In 1970, renowned auteur and wine lover Orson Welles began production on a film entitled The Other Side of the Wind about a legendary director who’d been in European exile for a number of years but had at last returned stateside to make his masterpiece, which bears the same name as this film. John Huston was cast as the director alongside such talents as Peter Bogdonovich, Susan Strasberg, Lili Palmer, Cameron Crowe, Dennis Hopper, Natalie Wood, and Edmond O’Brien. It was, naturally, meant to be Welles’ own comeback film, a send up of Hollywood, art, and the myriad struggles to unite the two. Shot mockumentary style over a six-year period, the film became more famous for its struggles, and even though principal photography was completed, financial and legal issues resulted in the negatives being impounded; Welles wouldn’t live to get them back.

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- H. Perry Horton

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Feud: Bette and Joan Premiere Recap: Did the Drama Put Stars in Your Eyes?

5 March 2017 8:09 PM, PST | | See recent news »

And you thought there was no love lost between Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie!

With the debut Sunday of his new FX anthology series Feud, Ryan Murphy drew back the curtain on the rivalry between Bette and Joan, with (as you well know) Susan Sarandon as Davis and Jessica Lange as Crawford. The reviews, including TVLine’s, have been good. But did you, too, find the drama as intoxicating as a flask of 100-proof vodka? Let’s go over the events of the pilot, then you can weigh in in the poll below.

Related2017 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? »

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‘All the Fine Boys’ Theater Review: Abigail Breslin Grows Up

1 March 2017 5:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

There haven’t been this many young hormones on display since Warren Beatty failed to deflower Natalie Wood in 1961’s “Splendor in the Grass.” William Inge’s story of high school lust took place in the Roaring ’20s when such repression was common. Nowadays, writers have to go much younger, to middle school, to find their hungry virgins. Jenny and Emily are 14 years old and into junk food, slasher movies, and getting laid for the first time. In Erica Schmidt’s new play, “All the Fine Boys,” which opened Wednesday at Off Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center as a New Group presentation, »

- Robert Hofler

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1970 Natalie Wood Photo is What Style was All About

19 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

It’ hard to select a picture of Natalie Wood that one could consider to be the “best one ever” but since I never saw this once before today, I have to go with it.  Unfortunately I don’t know many details behind it but I do know that it was taken in 1970.   She’s 32 years old in this photo and it almost appears to be a precursor to what some of the trendiest styles in the 70s would become.   As you already know Wood was an American film and television actress. She was known for her screen roles in Miracle

1970 Natalie Wood Photo is What Style was All About »

- Nat Berman

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18 Days Until Oscar. Nominations for Minors

8 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Sal Mineo & Natalie Wood at the Oscars for Rebel Without A Cause (1955) one of only two years wherein two minors were nominated. The other is 1973As Sunny Pawar (Lion) can attest this Oscar season, being a cute kid with a preternatural gift in front of the cameras can only get you so far. A little further if you're a girl but still, the point is: it's not easy to be Oscar nominated when you're a minor. Think of the famous or iconic minor performances that Didn't snag nominations: Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th Street, Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet, Hayley Mills in The Parent Trap, Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, Evan Rachel Wood in thirteen, Jacob Tremblay in Room and so on. 

On this 18th day before the Oscars let's quickly survey all the actors who managed a nomination before their 18th birthday!

There are 21 of them »


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‘Jackie’ Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim Finds The Human Side Of History: Awards Spotlight

10 January 2017 12:36 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Everyone has to forge their own path to Hollywood’s highest honors, but “Jackie” screenwriter Noah Oppenheim charted a particularly eccentric course. A Harvard grad, he got his start in media by co-creating “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” and producing “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” After a stint supervising the 7am hour of “The Today Show,” Oppenheim ditched television for books, co-authoring a series of secular devotional readers designed to “arouse curiosity” and “refresh knowledge.” And then he pivoted again, adapting screenplays for mega-budget Ya movies like “Allegiant” and “The Maze Runner.”

With that resumé, a piercing and deeply felt story of an American icon at the height of her grief isn’t the obvious next step. Then again, maybe a fraught, complex, and ineffably humanizing portrait of Jackie Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of her husband’s assassination — a portrait designed to liberate the former First Lady from the petrified »

- David Ehrlich

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