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Perception isn’t always the same as reality. That’s true in life, and it’s certainly true in Emmys.
Many people think that Jon Hamm has won an Emmy for “Mad Men.” Not true. But the show’s four consecutive victories in drama series make people assume everyone with the “Mad Men” universe has been honored, including all the actors and costume designers. Oddly, none of them have.
Hamm is an especially interesting case, because he’s helped make a household name the character that evokes a certain style of man, clothing and era. Op-ed pieces talk about the Don Draper syndrome, fashion pages talk about the Don Draper look. But is it possible Hamm’s shutout is not despite his iconic work, but because of it?
- Timothy M. Gray
Lana Turner movies: Scandal and more scandal Lana Turner is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" star today, Saturday, August 10, 2013. I’m a little — or rather, a lot — late in the game posting this article, but there are still three Lana Turner movies left. You can see Turner get herself embroiled in scandal right now, in Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life (1959), both the director and the star’s biggest box-office hit. More scandal follows in Mark Robson’s Peyton Place (1957), the movie that earned Lana Turner her one and only Academy Award nomination. And wrapping things up is George Sidney’s lively The Three Musketeers (1948), with Turner as the ruthless, heartless, remorseless — but quite elegant — Lady de Winter. Based on Fannie Hurst’s novel and a remake of John M. Stahl’s 1934 melodrama about mother love, class disparities, racism, and good cooking, Imitation of Life was shown on »
- Andre Soares
This Warner Archive release is a Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVD. It is made to be played in "play only" DVD devices, and may not play in some DVD recorders or PC drives. This disc, however, played fine in the Toshiba DVD recorder used for this review. This title is available directly from WBShop.com by clicking here.
A freed slave (Paul Newman) is chosen to cast the Holy Grail in silver, but his efforts are thwarted by enemies out to claim the grail for themselves. In addition, a magician (Jack Palance) uses his magic to convince Rome he is a Christ-like Messiah. Also stars Pier Angeli, Virginia Mayo, and Lorne Greene.
Directed by Victor Saville
The 1954 film The Silver Chalice may not be a classic along the lines of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Blu-ray Release Date: June 4, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $19.98
Who gets caught in the crunch of the titular Los Angeles rumble? Well, let’s see: there’s a construction engineer (Charlton Heston, Ben-Hur), his lover (Geneviève Bujold, Dead Ringers), his bitter wife (Ava Gardner, The Killers), her corporate executive (Lorne Greene, TV’s Bonanza), a weary street cop (George Kennedy, Airport), a motorcycle daredevil (Richard Roundtree, Shaft), a strange supermarket cashier (Marjoe Gortner, StarCrash) and a busty actress wannabe with a large afro (Victoria Principal, TV’s Dallas).
There are no bonus features on the Blu-ray. »
Some shows are shockingly timeless in terms of their story quality and general acting and Bonanza is one of them. It always catches me off guard when I'm watching an episode and I realize it could just as easily have been written last week as it would be dead on in nailing some of the common moral quandaries people still struggle with now. The ongoing adventures of the Cartwright father Ben (Lorne Greene) and his three sons from different marriages as they struggle to keep some semblance of civility and peace in the rough and tumble west mining town in which they reside. Few shows age as well as Bonanza has and it's a huge credit to the writing and acting that feature that good ol' fashioned gee whiz factor without ever feeling as corny or sappy as other shows of its era.
- Lex Walker
5 items from 2013
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