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‘Gilda,’ ‘Pulp Fiction’: 2013 National Film Registry movies (photo: Rita Hayworth in ‘Gilda’) See previous post: “‘Mary Poppins’ in National Film Registry: Good Timing for Disney’s ‘Saving Mr. Banks.’” Billy Woodberry’s UCLA thesis film Bless Their Little Hearts (1984). Stanton Kaye’s Brandy in the Wilderness (1969). The Film Group’s Cicero March (1966), about a Civil Rights march in an all-white Chicago suburb. Norbert A. Myles’ Daughter of Dawn (1920), with Hunting Horse, Oscar Yellow Wolf, Esther Labarre. Bill Morrison’s Decasia (2002), featuring decomposing archival footage. Alfred E. Green’s Ella Cinders (1926), with Colleen Moore, Lloyd Hughes, Vera Lewis. Fred M. Wilcox’s Forbidden Planet (1956), with Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Robby the Robot. Charles Vidor’s Gilda (1946), with Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready. John and Faith Hubley’s Oscar-winning animated short The Hole (1962). Stanley Kramer’s Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), with Best Actor Oscar winner Maximilian Schell, »
- Andre Soares
From wild-haired rockers to joyful bolero singers, films with or about celebrated musicians have played a key part in the movies. Here, the Guardian and Observers' critics pick the 10 finest
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10. Don't Look Back
Da Pennebaker's 1967 documentary is significant because it may be the first serious attempt to show what was actually happening in rock'n'roll as it struggled to find maturity. The film follows Bob Dylan on his 1965 tour of England – the famous one, in which he affronted his traditional folk audience by plugging in his guitar – which proved to be a watershed period in his life, resulting in his being heckled at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester with the sanctimonious one-liner "Judas!".
By then, though, Dylan didn't much care, and, if nothing else, the film proves it. »
The duo starred in "Look Who's Talking" franchise.
"We both wanted to (act on it), definitely," said Alley on a radio show.
"It took me years to not look at John as a romantic interest. Now, I'm best friends with his wife (Kelly Preston), and that took a while. Because in the beginning she (Preston) would bust me, like, 'Are you flirting with my husband?' And the answer was yes," contactmusic.com quoted her as saying.
- Amith Ostwal
During an interview with Howard Stern, the 62-year-old American actress said that it took her a long time to not look at the 59-year-old 'Pulp Fiction' actor as "a romantic interest", and added that she is best friends with his wife now, Radar Online reported.
Alley also denied rumours that Travolta is secretly gay and revealed that he is "a very generous person" who shows interest in people.
She agreed that a lot. »
- Arun Pandit
Hot on the heels of critical darling All Is Lost, J.C. Chandor has been tapped to write with an eye to direct a film about NFL legend Vince Lombardi. The film would come from Legendary Pictures, which just had a big sports biopic hit with 42. One interesting note, though, is that it would stand in fairly direct competition with another Lombardi pic that’s in-development over at TriBeCa Productions- with the head of that studio, Robert De Niro, or John Travolta being eyed to star in it. While the status of the TriBeCa production is up in the air, Legendary looks to hit the ground running.
Chandor has all ready begun writing the film, and has the support of the Lombardi estate, as well as a rights package that includes the book When Pride Still Mattered- which is also being adapted into a Broadway play. Legendary principal, Thomas Tull, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
One of Kirstie Alley's greatest joys is to cheer viewers, and she's getting back to that mission weekly.
After her stints on "Cheers" and "Veronica's Closet," plus her two spins on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," the Emmy winner is now the star and an executive producer of the aptly titled TV Land sitcom "Kirstie." The show debuts with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, Dec. 4, but one of the ironies of the title is that her character has a different name.
Alley's newest alter ego is Madison "Maddie" Banks, a Broadway diva whose glamorous and self-centered life is upended by the sudden reappearance of a part of her past: Arlo (Eric Petersen), the now-grown son she gave up for adoption long ago. Deciding to make a new start with her sometimes star-struck offspring, Maddie is counseled by her assistant, Thelma (Alley's "Cheers" mate Rhea Perlman) and chauffeur Frank (Michael Richards, alias »
Musicals have been tap dancing their way into moviegoers' hearts since the invention of cinema sound itself. From Oliver! to Singin' in the Rain, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' picks of the 10 best
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Historically, the British musical has been intertwined with British music, drawing on music hall in the 1940s and the pop charts in the 50s – low-budget films of provincial interest and nothing to trouble the bosses at MGM. In the late 60s, however, the genre enjoyed a brief, high-profile heyday, and between Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence (1967) and Richard Attenborough's star-studded Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) came the biggest of them all: Oliver! (1968), Carol Reed's adaptation of Lionel Bart's 1960 stage hit and the recipient of six Academy awards. »
You have to feel sorry for famous people. No, honestly, bear with me. Sure, there are the awards and accolades, the enormous pay checks and universal adoration and acclaim, but there also comes all that pressure. Celebrities are constantly in the public eye, which means it’s crucial that they must always look their best. Those paparazzi could be lurking anywhere, desperate to get that shot of Brad Pitt’s un-plucked nose hair.
Of course, the ravages of time comes knocking for everyone, but to avoid its effects the celebs cash in their pay checks and turn to cosmetic surgery to capture eternal youth, in the hope of holding back the distressing process of growing old, and keeping at bay the ageing wrinkles, the saggy skin, and a thinning hairline.
I assume for any male that losing your hair is enormously sad and traumatic. As much as I curse my thick and unmanageable mop, »
- Steven Caine
★★★☆☆ Why would a director take it upon themselves to remake a film which has achieved near mythical status? Take Carrie (1976), Brian De Palma's iconic visualisation of Stephen King's seminal shocker, which set the standard for the high-school horrors which would saturate the market in the coming decade, as well as launch the careers of Sissy Spacek and John Travolta. Filmmaker Kimberly Peirce has done just that with Carrie (2013), which pulls off the unenviable task of being both respectful to the original whilst spicing the story with enough fresh twists that it doesn't appear like a scene-by-scene retread of its forebear.
- CineVue UK
Stephen King is one of the world’s most successful contemporary authors. Selling over 350 million books since his career began, King has seen the vast majority of his stories adapted for both the big and small screen. It all started in 1976 when King’s first novel Carrie was adapted by director Brian De Palma. Carrie starred Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie and a then unknown John Travolta, and saw outcast Carrie turn the tables on her tormentors at her high school prom thanks to her newfound telekinetic powers. Since the film’s success, numerous other stories by the author have come to life and most have been lucky enough to follow in Carrie’s footsteps. This week we see things come full circle as Carrie receives the remake treatment courtesy of Boys Don’T Cry director Kimberly Peirce. Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick Ass) will be stepping into Spacek’s rather big shoes, »
- Kat Smith
According to ShowBizSpy, Cruise and Prepon have gone on a handful of dates and he is "smitten." He and the "Orange Is The New Black" star are said to have known each other for a while after traveling in the same Scientology circles.
"Tom has known Laura for a few years now and they are all in the same social group that includes John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston," a source claims. "He's always been fascinated by her and, since seeing her in 'Orange Is The New Black,' that has turned into an attraction. So he bit the bullet and asked her out on a formal date."
Does that sound a little too good to be true? Well, it just might be. Cruise's rep tells Us Weekly that the dating rumors are false, »
When Lynn Stalmaster talks about casting “In the Heat of the Night,” he doesn’t mention Sidney Poitier or Rod Steiger, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Sheriff Bill Gillespie. Rather, the 86-year-old casting director reminisces about Scott Wilson, who had a small role in the 1967 film as suspected murderer Harvey Oberst. The role was about to be cast with another actor when Stalmaster got a call from an agent who had seen Wilson in a play at a Los Angeles–area theater. “I never would give up looking until it was absolutely essential,” Stalmaster told Backstage. “Sometimes you have an actor in mind and he’s sensational and then somebody else appears.” Wilson has since reappeared in countless roles—most recently as Hershel Greene in “The Walking Dead”—and can thank Stalmaster for helping launch his career. Just don’t tell Stalmaster he discovered Wilson. Or John Travolta. »
A little Scientology matchmaking appears to be taking place as Katie Holmes ex husband Tom Cruise finally has a new girlfriend and instead of trying to convince someone else about his religion he grabbed a covert - he's dating Laura Prepon. The 'Valkyrie' actor - who was previously married to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes - is said to have asked the 'Orange is the New Black' star out on a date after being ''fascinated'' by his fellow Scientologist for a long time. A source told the new UK issue of Grazia magazine: ''Tom has known Laura for a few years now and they are all in the same social group that includes John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston. ''He's always been fascinated by her and, since seeing her in 'Orange Is The New Black', that has turned into an attraction. So he »
Premiering Wednesday, Dec. 4th, TV Land's "Kirstie" is making big things happen in the sitcom world: The reunion of former "Cheers" co-stars Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman, and the television return of "Seinfeld's" Michael Richards.
The new original sitcom is centered around Broadway actress Madison "Maddie" Banks (Alley), a self-absorbed and over-indulgent diva whose decadent lifestyle is thrown a curveball when the son she gave up at birth 27 years ago (Arlo, played by Broadway actor Eric Petersen) reappears looking to connect. After initially panicking, Maddie's feisty assistant Thelma (Perlman) and eccentric chauffer Frank (Richards) encourage her to embrace Arlo and welcome him into their over-the-top world.
And if three sitcom heavyweights weren't enough, Kirstie's astonishing list of guest stars is equally impressive, with everyone from John Travolta and Jason Alexander to Cloris Leachman and Kathy Griffin all making appearances in Maddie's penthouse suite.
Tune in to TV Land on Wednesday, »
Marvel is pretty much ruling the entertainment industry right now, comics, television and film all included. Every six months or so, we are greeted with a new installment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is vastly growing into a universe that in no time soon will be as big as the comic universe (except of course for X-Men and Fantastic Four, who are in their own universe. But hey, two universes are better than none. Or twenty). The critical reaction towards all of these films have been nothing but positive (the only Marvel movie this decade that was considered generally bad was Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance and, come on, it’s a flaming skeleton on a motorcycle played by Nicolas Cage. It’s not a bad movie, it’s a guilty pleasure).
However, things were not always this grand, as back in the dark times, we had such bombs as Daredevil, »
- Adam Pearce
London -- Double Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson regaled a packed British Academy of Film and Television Arts HQ in the British capital Sunday with Oscar tales, stories about being pissed at John Travolta and her take on why being a woman of a certain age means meaty roles are thin on the ground. Having won three British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards herself, Thompson is no stranger to the corridors of British Academy power. Over the course of an hour and a half, Thompson breezily and humorously discussed her 30-year screen career onstage Sunday. Story:
- Stuart Kemp
Amy Poehler is doing a little cross-dressing karaoke on Thursday’s “Parks and Recreation,” in Leslie Knope’s latest attempt to win over nemesis Councilman Jamm. The two sing “Summer Lovin’” from “Grease,” just with role — and jacket — reversals. Jamm (Jon Glaser) rocks the Pink Ladies jacket and sings Olivia Newton-John’s (“Sandy Olsen”) part of the famous song. Knope dons the classic leather T-birds jacket as she does her best Danny Zuko (John Travolta). Also read: NBC Universal Sued by Male Stripper for $1 Million — Again The standout performer in the three-minute, 41-second preview clip, Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe), wasn’t even on stage. »
- Tony Maglio
By Lee Pfeiffer
"Casting By" is an extraordinary new documentary by filmmaker Tom Donahue who spent years accumulating interviews and archival materials for this look at the contributions of casting directors to the motion picture business. Most people are well aware of the important roles that composers, costume designers, editors and production designers play in the creation of movies-- but if you say "casting directors", the average person's eyes glaze over. Sounds boring, doesn't it? Donahue's film sets the record straight, pointing out that casting directors are often responsible for bringing to life some of the film industry's most memorable characters. So important is their contributions that Donohue found enthusiasm among esteemed filmmakers and actors to participate in his documentary even among those individuals who are not prone to generally giving interviews. In the film Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, John Travolta, David V. Picker, Robert Redford, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Scientology's "Super Power" Flag Building had some superstars come out for its opening. Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kelly Preston were all in Clearwater, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 17, for the debut. Church leader David Mascavige, who served as best man in Cruise's 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes, presided over the ceremony, per the Tampa Bay Times. The "Super Power" program was reportedly developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in the '70s, but the organization didn't unveil it until they created the proper venue for it to be practiced in. Per the Tampa Bay Times, Hubbard said the "Super Power" program "would allow Scientologists to develop special abilities and »
The building covering 377,000 square ft will host the faith's ballyhooed "Super Power" program, Radar Online reported.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Miscavige delivered an eight-minute speech, before leading the VIPs into the building.
Super Power, a program drawn up by L. Ron Hubbard more than 30 years ago, is said to enable the religion's devout to create a new world.
The paper reported that the church expected more than 10,000 Scientologists at the event, but only 3,000 showed up. (Ani) »
- Smith Cox
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