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Diana reporting from TCM Film Festival's Opening Night Red Carpet. The classic stars came out and Anne Marie and I talked to them.
Oscar winner Shirley Jones with her husband and the Oklahoma! premiere. [Photo: David Buchan/Getty Images]
4 P.M. Hollywood Blvd.
The red carpet is rolled out in front of Grauman’s, but crewmembers are still finagling with the Oklahoma! stop-and-turns as the press begins to descend on the barricades. Within a few moments, we chosen not-so-few (journalists, cameramen, bloggers) swarm to our allocated spaces along the carpet, with The Film Experience smack dab in front of the Grauman’s entrance. Tip sheet in hand and audio recorder on standby, we stand and wait.
5 P.M. The Red Carpet Opens
- Diana D Drumm
We have Frank Miller to thank for reminding us of the valiant tale of the Battle at Thermopylae as 300 Spartans fought off an invading force from Persia. His 300 graphic novel is a wonderful retelling of the tale and a pretty damn fine film from Zack Snyder. With the film sequel forthcoming any second now, 20th Century Home Entertainment has wisely issued the Blu-ray debut of the film that inspired Miller when he first saw it as a kid. The 300 Spartans may lack the visual panache of Snyder’s version but it makes for compelling viewing.
Oh, the script is nowhere near interesting although it does a nice job of sticking to the historic facts as Leonidas (Richard Egan) is asked by Themistocles of Athens (Ralph Richardson) to lead the army against King Xerxes (David Farrar). Not a single soldier is as ripped as Snyder’s army nor is Gorgo (Anna Synodinou), Leonidas’ wife, »
- Robert Greenberger
Now available on DVD, Sneak Peek Nsfw footage featuring Nicole Kidman in director Philip Kaufman's 2012 HBO TV movie "Hemingway & Gellhorn", based on the lives of journalist 'Martha Gellhorn' and her husband, writer 'Ernest Hemingway' :
"...in 1936 the pair met up for the first time in a Key West bar. He was a famous writer and she was an up-and-coming war correspondent.
"They ran into each other again in Spain where they were both covering the Spanish Civil War, staying in the same hotel on the same floor.
"Then during a bombing raid, they found themselves trapped in the same room, frightened for their lives and overcome by lust.
"They became lovers, inspiring him to write the novel, 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'..."
- Michael Stevens
3 items from 2014
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