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It's Diana's last report from the TCM Film Festival which closed this weekend. One more from Anne Marie is coming up and it's a wrap. Take it away, Diana...
In one of the few overlaps in our Tcmff schedule, Anne Marie and I sat down for the all-star classic The Women (1939). We've both watched the film a countless number of times - it's such a treat. The El Capitan organist played a variety of film standards (including the Star Wars theme) as we chuckled and waited for the introduction. The cherry on top? Anna Kendrick, cool girl exemplar, was the special guest, there to introduce the comedy classic alongside TCM stalwart (and object of many TCM fangirls’ affections) Ben Mankiewicz.
Walking out on stage, Kendrick sported a chic yet casual look with a black tee, black skinny jeans and black heeled boots paired »
- Diana D Drumm
Episode 15 of 52 as Anne Marie screens all of Katharine Hepburn's films in chronological order.
In which Katharine Hepburn is named Box Office Poison, which might be the best thing that could have happened to her.
Wake Up! Hollywood Producers
Practically all of the major studios are burdened with stars--whose public appeal is negligible--receiving tremendous salaries necessitated by contractual obligations...
Among these players, whose dramatic ability is unquestioned but whose box office draw is nil, can be numbered Mae West, Edward Arnold, Garbo, Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, and many, many others... Hepburn turned in excellent performances in 'Stage Door' and 'Bringing Up Baby' but both pictures died."
Reading that “wake up call” on the morning of May 3rd, 1938 had to sting. The Manhattan Independent Theatre Owners Association bought a full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter and the Independent Film Journal to air its grievances, and the effects for Kate were immediate. »
- Anne Marie
I’ll say this for whoever wrote this week’s episode … they’ve got a really good memory, as several old, largely forgotten plot points come back.
One of them being the return of Jeannine Locke, the White House staffer who took the fall as Fitz’s alleged mistress to take the heat off Liv (Kerry Washington). Now, just as Abby (Darby Stanchfield) had predicted she would, she’s written a steamy tell-all book titled “Taken for Granted” (I would have gone with “Tired of Being Fitzed On”).
Now Jeannine is on TV reassuring the American public that their fearless leader is more of a “baguette” than a “breadstick” — a revelation that will no doubt have Teabaggers everywhere screaming about the President being more of a sissified Frenchie than a real ’merican. Either way, all I can think is someone’s getting a yeast infection. (Bada-bing!).
As a result, Fitz »
- Steven Frank
We’ll be honoring alternative lifestyle with a slate of Super-8 Movies celebrating Lbgt culture on April 1st at the Way Out Club! It’s Super-8 Gay Movie Madness, a fabulous night of gay-themed films shown on the Super-8 sound condensed format projected on our massive screen.
On April 1st we’ll be showing: The Village People and Bruce Jenner in Can’T Stop The Music, Tim Curry as the sweet transvestite Frank N. Furter in Rocky Horror Picture Show, a Judy Garland Double Feature of Easter Parade and Wizard Of Oz, the Ed Wood cross-dressing opus Glen Or Glenda, Lesbian Vampire ‘70s style in Vampyres, Frank Sinatra battles a gay serial killer in The Detective, Midnight Express, Bette Midler in The Rose, Joan Crawford in Straight-jacket, Karen Black in Airport ’75, It Conquered The World, the silent version of Ben Hur, and the gross educational film Coping With The Discomforts Of Pregnancy. »
- Tom Stockman
Rarely has reaching 50 been so smooth a ride. The iconic Disney pleasure cruise, It's a Small World, is about to celebrate its golden anniversary - and not so quietly. "On Thursday, April 10, 2014, hundreds of voices from Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will sing the unforgettable theme song of the 'happiest cruise that ever sailed the seven seas,' " Disney Parks and Resorts said Friday. To initiate the merrymaking, a virtual sing-along is being launched Friday at SmallWorld50.com, where fans "may »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Here’s a bit of justified promotion for an event you will absolutely want to see: fashion historian, DJ for Jazz FM, author and Clothes on Film contributor, Amber Jane Butchart, teams up with your very own editor, Christopher Laverty, for an exquisite evening entitled Puttin’ on the Glitz on 28th March in London.
Taking place at the sumptuous, gorgeous, you-really-should-have-been-there-by-now British Library, Amber and Christopher present two separate talks pertaining to the 1920/30’s Jazz Era before coming together to answer questions from the audience. After that, there will be cocktails and period frivolities courtesy of The Vintage Mafia. It all starts at 6.30 pm and finishes around 10.30, so plenty of time to be entertained, educated, and tipsy.
The beautiful British Library is about five minutes walk from King’s Cross and St. Pancras International train stations. Full details on the library website.
The following press release is pulled directly from the British Library website, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Review Christine Horton 10 Mar 2014 - 08:12
Grimm might just have created its scariest monster yet. Here's Christine's review of the latest episode...
This review contains spoilers.
3.14 Mommy Dearest
After last week’s episode, fans of the show could be forgiven for thinking the title of this week’s instalment, Mommy Dearest, would relate to the imminent birth of a new royal heir.
Not so. While Adalind does finally give birth – in a log cabin with hitman Meisner playing midwife no less – the title refers to another scary mother, one that’s far more sinister than Adalind.
In fact, despite stretching out the pregnancy plotline since season 2, the birth of Adalind’s baby was strangely downplayed. The events in the Swiss Alps act as bookends to an episode that instead focuses on probably the most hideous Wesen yet, and the discovery by Sergeant Wu that some folktales are actually real.
Wow! An infographic showing all of the gowns worn by Best Actress winners at the Academy Awards over the years has been created by Mediarun Digital. The awesome image shows every dress, minus a few for those lucky ladies that didn't end up attending the awards show, dating all the way back to 1929. The first gown is from Janet Gaynor, who wore an "off the rack" gown when she accepted her award for her performance in 7th Heaven. Several stars weren't on hand to accept their prestigious award, such as Sophia Loren, Katharine Hepburn, and Joan Crawford—which is a shame considering those ladies would have knocked it out of the park with the innate sense of »
Each year I think about covering RuPaul's Drag Race, so I'm finally doing it. Like Mad Men (and I bet this is the only time you'll hear them compared!) it's awash in fun movie references. Highlights from the past have included Raja's bucket of blood Carrie dress to Raven's "I'm giving Michelle Pfeiffer bitch" to Jinkx Monsoon's Grey Gardens fetish to Tammie Brown's demented Old Hollywood persona to numerous truly terrible movie star impersonations (I've never seen a worse Marilyn or Joan Crawford, for example, than this show has provided) and so on. I know. I know. It's the sixth season, "the sixening". The library is open if you'd like to read me because these books are overdue!
Four movie references to start us off...
During the mini-challenge, a photoshoot where the queens lept across boob-tube color bars to a pile of foam below sees rubber limbed »
- NATHANIEL R
As 14 new contestants rev up their engines for Monday's season 6 premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race - and each with charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent - a few stood out from the pack at the premiere party in New York City. Here are the ones to watch. Milk Milk does a body good - in 6-inch heels, she stands nearly 7' tall, perfect for her high-fashion sensibility. Her bold look at the premiere party - big hair, even bigger dress - was inspired by Alexander McQueen, but this queen says she is always altering her look. Bianca Del Rio Del Rio »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
"I've got a certain amount of fame, I've got money — I wish I could fuckin' drive," 86-year-old Elaine Stritch carps just a breath into Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, a gift of a documentary celebrating its subject's brittle brilliance, still-here indomitability, brash comic truth-telling, and principled refusal to wear anything more substantial below the waist than those iconic black tights, even as she's hustling across the avenues of the Upper East Side. Moments later, to a one-time Broadway costar who spots her by the park, Stritch barks, "This business sucks." And in Long Island City not long after, shooting a 30 Rock, she cracks up the crew with this deadpan complaint about the running-late cast member who's delaying everything: "Alec 'Joan Crawford' Baldwin »
This news is tearing me apart! Apparently James Franco is set to produce a movie based on Greg Sestero‘s book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, a memoir about Sestero’s acting gig in the 2003 cult classic — and touted “worst movie of all time” — The Room. Franco will star in the project too, presumably as The Room‘s director and star Tommy Wiseau, and he’ll be camping it up alongside Seth Rogen and his brother Dave Franco, who will probably play Sestero. Sigh, Dave Franco. Nudity is always a good option for him!
For the hell of it, let’s recast other notoriously bad movies for potential biopics.
- Louis Virtel
Beloved actress Shirley Temple passed away in her Woodside, California home last night at the age of 85. Although her cause of death was not disclosed, the actress' publicist, Cheryl Kagan, confirmed her death with the following statement.
"She was surrounded by family members and caregivers. We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black."
Born in Santa Monica, California in 1928, Shirley Temple made her film debut at just three years of age in a series of short films entitled Baby Burlesks, which featured child actors starring in parodies of feature films, including War Babies and Polly Tix in Washington. Her breakout role was in the 1934 feature Stand Up and Cheer!, where her singing, dancing and acting skills were first prominently put on display. »
Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85. Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died at her home near San Francisco. A talented and ultra-adorable entertainer, Shirley Temple was America's top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, a record no other child star has come near. She beat out such grown-ups as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranking of the top 50 screen legends ranked Temple at No. »
- Associated Press
Shirley Temple, the child star phenomenon of the 1930s who went on to a career in international diplomacy, died Tuesday in California at age 85.
A statement from her family provided to news organizations said she died at home in Woodside, Calif., of natural causes. “She was surrounded by her family and caregivers,” the BBC quoted the statement as saying. “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and… our beloved mother, grandmother [and] great-grandmother.”
A string of non-stop hits starting with “Little Miss Marker” in 1934 and continuing with such films as “Captain January,” “Poor Little Rich Girl” and “Wee Willie Winkie” captured Depression-era America’s heart, keeping the troubled 20th Century Fox solvent.
The dimpled, blonde, curly-headed Temple was the nation’s top box office attraction from 1935-38 and one of the nation’s top wage earners. Reflecting the extent of her popularity, she »
- Richard Natale
Martha Mendoza, Associated Press
San Francisco (AP) - Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85.
Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night at her home near San Francisco. She was surrounded by family members and caregivers, publicist Cheryl Kagan said.
"We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black," a family statement said. The family would not disclose Temple's cause of death.
A talented and ultra-adorable entertainer, Shirley Temple was America's top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, a record no other child star has come near. She beat out such grown-ups as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, »
- The Associated Press
Leicester Square theatre
Collins delivers a strong night of old-school gossip, shameless name-dropping and celebrity score-settling that will delight her fans
Not many celebrities garner admiration from both camp connoisseurs and Ukip supporters, which makes an evening with Joan Collins potentially combustible from the outset. Fortunately, the audience is more gay couples and soap fans than far-right extremists, and Collins's autobiographical revue show wisely avoids the political.
It also avoids the personal to some extent, despite being about her life. Instead, we get rapid-fire edited highlights of a career that spiked massively with Dynasty and tailed off into B-movies and pantomime on either side. There's a bit of both to this show – directed by her husband, Percy Gibson (No 5, if you're counting). The threadbare set looks more am-dram I, Claudius than Alexis Carrington's boudoir, with a prop throne and a telephone on a side table that rings at strategic moments. »
- Steve Rose
The most famous Austrian born actor prior to Schwarzenegger, and Oscar's favorite Austrian/Swiss actor ever, died overnight at 83. Maximilian Schell film debut came with the German anti-war film Kinder, Mütter und ein General (Children, Mother, and the General) but it wasn't long before Hollywood came calling.
He won a role supposedly through a misunderstanding/accident in the Brando/Clift vehicle Young Lions (1958). Global fame was just a few years away when he co-headlined the mega-star cast of the seminal Oscar Bait giant Judgement at Nuremberg (about Nazi war crime trials) with Hollywood legend Spencer Tracy and they were both were nominated for Best Actor - it's a oft-repeated fallacy of modern Oscar campaigning that people say that splits your vote and prevents you from winning; see also Amadeus. Schell also won the Golden Globe for that film. (As Rhett from Dial M for Movies pointed out on Twitter this morning, »
- NATHANIEL R
No actress of modern times has subjected matrimony to more vigorous onscreen interrogation than Kate Winslet. What began in a fit of melodrama, with Winslet threatening to throw herself from the aft of the Titanic rather than face loveless marriage to caddish Billy Zane, has turned into a series of fine-grained portraits – in Little Children, Revolutionary Road, Mildred Pierce – of suburban drudges, marooned in their marriages, doomed by their intelligence, staring at the dust motes.
Her happy marriage to Alan Rickman at end of Sense & Sensibility is beginning to look like the joker in the pack. Winslet's early performances fizzed like firecrackers, giddy with their own freedom, but now she dulls her own innate brightness to play American Madame Bovaries. Then she sets something loose in their »
- Tom Shone
Miscasting in films has always been a problem. A producer hires an actor thinking that he or she is perfect for a movie role only to find the opposite is true. Other times a star is hired for his box office draw but ruins an otherwise good movie because he looks completely out of place.
There have been many humdinger miscastings. You only have to laugh at John Wayne’s Genghis Khan (with Mongol moustache and gun-belt) in The Conqueror (1956), giggle at Marlon Brando’s woeful upper class twang as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and cringe at Dick Van Dyke’s misbegotten cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964). But as hilarious as these miscastings are, producers at the time didn’t think the same way, until after the event. At least they add a bit of camp value to a mediocre or downright awful movie.
In rare cases, »
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