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Fifteen years ago today, following a career that spanned about 55 years, Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack and complications with dementia at age 82.
An original member of the infamous Rat Pack, Sinatra remains an American legend, with 42 of his 56 albums cracking Billboard's Top 10. Sinatra appeared in 58 films throughout his career, winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 1953's "From Here to Eternity."
Sinatra has come to be synonymous with 1950s and '60s pop music, and many of his most popular songs are covered frequently by today's artists. In addition to having won a plethora of Grammys, he was honored with the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1975 and the American Cinema Awards' Lifetime Achievement honor in 1992. Sinatra is also a recipient of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Medal of Honor Award and a Congressional Gold Metal, which was presented posthumously in 1998.
In an ode to Sinatra's legacy, »
- The Huffington Post
In light of Prada, Tiffany & Co., and Brooks Brothers, all producing Great Gatsby inspired lines and the much publicised drama between fashion and costume designers, we should consider the influence that costume has over fashion. The alliance between costume and fashion designers has been both beneficial and contentious. Fashion does have a much longer history than film costume design, but since the beginning of moving pictures, both industries have nurtured an intimate relationship.
In the advent of cinema, fashion was placed centre stage in filmed fashion shows. These fashion shorts slowly evolved from runway shows via the introduction of a stories surrounding the garments (Bruzzi, 4). Early costume design was influenced by current runway fashions, such as Vionnet’s signature bias cut gowns hugging actress’ bodies on the big screen. Starting in the 1930s, costume design and current fashion slowly began to pull away from each other. This changed when MGM »
Earlier this week the Academy announced Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the 2014 Oscars for a second time next year. Ratings for the 2013 Oscars, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, were up over previous years and while there were plenty of charges of misogyny over MacFarlane's material, ratings speak louder than anything else. Well, that and "creative freedom" if you believe the Academy's quoted response: If the Oscars are about anything, they're about creative freedom. We think the show's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and host Seth MacFarlane did a great job and we hope our worldwide audience found the show entertaining. Of course, if you're bringing the producers back why not bring back the host? Gossip site JustJared is reporting MacFarlane has been asked to host the Oscars once again, despite the fact the "Family Guy" creator already said, when asked if he'd return via Twitter, "No way. »
- Brad Brevet
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions have set the timetable for the 2014 Golden Globes, revealing that the 71st annual ceremony will air live on NBC on January 12, 2014.
The date sticks pretty closely to when the ceremony was held this past January, even as the Academy Awards have pushed back a bit next year, moving to March 2, to avoid airing during the Winter Olympics.
Key dates for the 2014 Golden Globes follow:
Wednesday, November 6, 2013: Cecil B. DeMille Award Announcement
Wednesday, November 27, 2013: Nomination voting begins
Monday, December 9, 2013: Nomination voting ends
Thursday, December 12, 2013: Golden Globe nominations announced
Monday, December 23, 2013: Final voting begins
Wednesday, January 8, 2014: Final voting ends
Sunday, January 12, 2014: 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards »
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association reveals its timetable for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, scheduled to air on NBC Sunday, January 12, 2014. The telecast will be produced, per usual, by Dick Clark Productions. Nominees for the Golden Globes will live stream on Thursday, December 12. The deadline for submissions is November 1, and voters will have until December 23 to mail ballots. The HFPA's honorary Cecil B. DeMille Awards will be announced ahead of time, on November 6. Winners at the 70th Annual Golden Globes, which aired on January 13, included Oscar winners "Argo," Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz. View the detailed timetable here. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
As expected, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has scheduled next year’s 71st annual Golden Globes for Jan. 12.
NBC will televise the kudos live from the Beverly Hilton at 5 p.m. Pacific.
While the Globes’ place in the calendar remains what it was in 2013 — the second Sunday of the year — the context will be considerably different, in no small part because of the Academy Awards. The Oscar nominations date is moving from Jan. 10 this year, three days before this year’s Globes, to Jan. 16 next year, four days after the Globes.
Some believed that the Oscars were stealing the HFPA’s thunder by placing their noms a day ahead of the Globes in 2013, but in the end, the Oscar noms only seemed to feed interest in the Globes — especially after Ben Affleck followed the shutout from the Academy’s director category with a Globes triumph.
In any case, the Jan. »
- Jon Weisman
Imax is planning a major makeover of the iconic Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
The giant-screen chain announced Friday that it had struck a deal with the venue’s owners to redo the former Grauman’s — renamed the Tcl Chinese Theater earlier this year — into Imax’s largest auditorium in the world in terms of seating capacity with 986 seats.
Imax said the closing of the deal is subject to the issuance of final permits for the facility, which hosts more than 40 premieres per year. The theater will close May 1 and is expected to re-open in late summer.
- Dave McNary
April 7 (Reuters) - Set phasers to sell - and sell big.
Captain Kirk's "Star Trek" phaser gun from the second pilot of the wildly popular 1960s television series sold for a hefty $231,000 on Saturday in Los Angeles, Julien's Auctions said.
The phaser, created at the request of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry for use by William Shatner, who played Kirk in the beloved sci-fi show, had been estimated to sell for about $50,000, but achieved more than four times that including commission.
Other extraterrestrial highlights at the two-day Hollywood Legends sale of hundreds of costumes, memorabilia, props and other items included the "alien survey buggy" seen aboard the Nostromo in the 1979 movie "Alien," which sold for $10,625, and a complete costume worn by Anubis, played by Carlos Lauchu, in the 1994 movie "Stargate," which sold for $16,250, more than three times the estimate.
An archive of autographs from Academy Award winners fetched $15,625, while a »
One of the Most Amazing Silent Movies (or Movies of Any Era, Period) Ever Made Tops the List of Best of Movies Released in 1921 Rex Ingram’s The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Metro Pictures' film version of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez’s epic novel -- from a scenario by the immensely powerful writer-producer June Mathis -- catapulted Mathis’ protégé, the until then little known Rudolph Valentino (photo, left), to worldwide superstardom, as The Four Horsemen became one of the biggest box-office hits of the silent era. Ingram’s wife, the invariably excellent Alice Terry (right, dark-haired in real life; a light-haired in her many movies), played Valentino's love interest. Ninety-two years after its initial launch, the Four Horsemen remains a monumental achievement. Released by MGM, Vincente Minnelli's 1962 remake of this Metro Pictures production featured an all-star cast: Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin (dubbed by Angela Lansbury), Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb, »
- Andre Soares
Everybody's favorite movie decade: Which ones are the best movies released in the 20th century's second decade? Best Film (Pictured above) Broken Blossoms: Barthelmess and Gish star as ill-fated lovers in D.W. Griffith’s romantic melodrama featuring interethnic love. Check These Out (Pictured below) Cabiria: is considered one of the major landmarks in motion picture history, having inspired the scope and visual grandeur of D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance. Also of note, Pastrone's epic of ancient Rome introduced Maciste, a bulky hero who would be featured in countless movies in the ensuing decades. Best Actor (Pictured below) In the tragic The Italian, George Beban plays an Italian immigrant recently arrived in the United States (Click below for film review). Unfortunately, his American dream quickly becomes a horrendous nightmare of poverty and despair. Best Actress (Pictured below) The movies' super-vamp Theda Bara in A Fool There Was: A little »
- Andre Soares
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it’s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it’s the year that the headline is from. It’s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated last year on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I’ve been writing a regular movie-related column since. Since there is no on-line version of The Globe, I post all of my articles here at We Are Movie Geeks as well. When Steve informed me that this month’s St. Louis Globe-Democrat is written as if it’s 1934, I jumped at the chance to write about the »
- Tom Stockman
Sixty years ago, in 1953, the red carpet was unfolded, the envelopes were opened under the gleam of the Hollywood spotlight and a legacy was born that only continues to become more glamorous. It was the first televised version of the Academy Awards.
As one might imagine, things were a bit different back then. Despite being the first telecast, it was the 25th time the Academy handed out its little gold men. Whereas today's ceremony is held exclusively in Hollywood, the 25th annual Academy Awards were conducted simultaneously at Hollywood's Rko Pantages Theatre and at New York City's now-nonexistent NBC International Theatre.
Cecil B. DeMille's "The Greatest Show on Earth" swept Best Picture out from under the heavily favored "High Noon," which managed to collect Best Actor for Gary Cooper. Shirley Booth nabbed Best Actress for her performance in "Come Back, Little Sheba." The night's other big winner was "The Bad and the Beautiful, »
- The Huffington Post
Like Night of the Hunter, Tod Browning’s Freaks or Leonard Kastle’s The Honeymoon Killers, The Road to Yesterday can be ranked among the UFOs of cinema. It’s place in the heart of Cecil B. DeMille’s work proves to be in itself very distinctive. We know that, during his entire life, DeMille had virtually only one producer—Paramount (the former Famous Players Lasky)—just like Minnelli was MGM’s man and Corman American International’s. Sixty-three of his films (out of seventy) were produced at Paramount. And, oddly enough, it is among the seven outsiders, situated within a brief period from 1925 to 1931, that his best activity is to be found (I’m thinking of Madam Satan, The Godless Girl, and The Road to Yesterday)–his most audacious undertakings. To top it off, for this uncontested king of the box office, his best films were his biggest commercial failures. »
- Luc Moullet
Peter Williams Foxy Production Through March 23, 2013 "Art should not have to be a certain way." -- Willem de Kooning
For Peter Williams's first solo exhibition at Foxy Production, he is showing work from two distinct but interconnected bodies of work:large figurative paintings depict fanciful, fractured narratives that mix cultural and personal histories with fields of pattern and color; and a set of smaller paintings that distil and intensify visual moments from the larger works, magnifying and expanding them. Williams's paintings tell entropic tales, with figures caught in moments that show their fragility -- scenes of everyday life, both seen and imagined.
Williams’s painting process begins with drawing. He focuses first on shape and then color to create depth and volume in seemingly flat spaces. Contrasting with the fields of the background, the figures he paints engage in surreal, humorous, and disturbing relationships. His open-ended visual stories combine a »
Forgive me, I'm on a production designer kick at present.
According to Screen Deco by Edward Mandelbaum and Eric Myers, MGM's head of department Cedric Gibbons was an early exponent of the constructed set, back in the early teens when rooms were often nothing more than painted flats. He's "the man who put the glove on the mantelpiece," meaning that before that you couldn't put anything on a mantelpiece since it was nothing but a trompe l'oeil bunch of brushstrokes. You'd have to put ball-bearings in your glove and magnetize it from behind, or something. Messy.
In 1928, the year sound came, Gibbons staged another, quiet revolution with Our Dancing Daughters, an early Joan Crawford vehicle, and what's known as a "soundie"—there's sound effects and a recorded score, but no synch dialogue. (Odd moment: an offscreen voice calls for Joan to do her dance, and then her lips move soundlessly in reply, »
- David Cairns
One is best known for playing a kind-hearted angel on a hit television drama. The other is the man behind more than a dozen record-breaking reality shows. But husband and wife Roma Downey ("Touched by an Angel") and Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice") say their biggest achievement is yet to come -- and it offers a stark contrast to the primetime roles that have made them sought-after Hollywood stars.
Called "The Bible" and set to premiere Sunday on the History Channel, their new production is a 10-hour scripted miniseries that aims to take viewers on a dramatic, special effects-filled journey through the world's most popular book, from the story of Noah's Ark to the Exodus and the life of Jesus.
"We're trying to tell the story of God's love for his people," said Downey, who plays the role of Mary in the five-episode series.
She and Burnett were inspired after watching "The Ten Commandments, »
- Jaweed Kaleem
Camille (1921) is directed by some guy called Ray C. Smallwood, whose IMDb profile looks like mash-up of two different guys, but who knows? We come to the film more interested in it as a vehicle for Nazimova and Valentino, but what actually seduces is the production design and costume design, by Valentino's wife and Nazimova's lover, Natacha Rambova.
Some time before art deco conquered Hollywood, this movie exults in deliciously modern, streamlined yet organic design. Some scenes go on for frankly an indecent amount of time, but we don't care if they're unfolding in opulent boudoirs or night clubs shaped by Rambova.
The movie's self-proclaimed approach, to strip Camille of her crinolines and thrust her into modern society, is amusing echoed in Radley Metzger's softcore Camille 2000 (1969), which likewise floats by on silvery clouds of beautiful people in beautiful interiors (in and out of beautiful costumes).
The screenplay is by June Mathis, »
- David Cairns
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it’s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it’s the year that the headline is from. It’s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated last year on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I’ve been writing a regular movie-related column since. Since there is no on-line version of The Globe, I post all of my articles here at We Are Movie Geeks as well. When Steve informed me that this month’s St. Louis Globe-Democrat is written as if it’s 1934, I jumped at the oppurtunity to write about the »
- Tom Stockman
(Note: This review pertains to the UK Region 2 Pal format release available on www.amazon.co.uk)
By Adrian Smith
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Cecil B. DeMille will always be remembered for his lavish historical epics like The Ten Commandments (1923 and again in 1956), Sign of the Cross (1932) and Samson and Delilah (1949). However, with over one hundred and sixty credits as either director or producer, he also worked in plenty of other genres. Following two flops, This Day and Age (1933) and Four Frightened People (1934), Paramount head Adolph Zukor insisted he try to replicate the success of Sign of the Cross with another visual spectacle. DeMille agreed and cast Claudette Colbert in the lead role of Cleopatra (she had already starred in both Sign of the Cross and Four Frightened People and was about to win the Oscar for It Happened one Night (1934)).
The plot focuses on Cleopatra's »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
My First R-rated Movie Or…
How I Became The 007 Of Covert Forbidden Film Viewing
By Alex Simon
For those of us who grew up in the suburbs in the pre-home video, pre-Internet and pre-cable TV 1970s and early ‘80s, there were few dangerous pleasures as heady as sneaking into an R-rated movie at the local multiplex. The multiplex cinema was a ‘70s phenomenon that made regulating children’s viewing habits infinitely more difficult than the old days of stand-alone, single screen theaters. Ironically, the new freedom that filmmakers enjoyed with the advent of the MPAA rating system in late 1968 was almost in perfect synch with the rise of multi-screen cinemas. Some things do happen for a reason.
You never forget your first...
My first R-rated film was during Thanksgiving of 1976. We were visiting my dad’s family in Birmingham, Alabama and the men adjourned after dinner to go see Two Minute Warning, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
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