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Honorary Oscar Non-Winners: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich among dozens of women who never took home Academy’s Honorary Award (photo: Honorary Oscar non-winner Gloria Swanson in ‘Sunset Blvd.’) (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") This post basically consists of a long, long list. Some of the names found below were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss while eagerly opting to ignore the relevance of the past, that doesn’t make the women listed below any less deserving of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Award. So, as for the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without receiving an Honorary Oscar for their body of work — most of whom without having ever won a competitive Academy Award — were actresses Gloria Swanson, »
- Andre Soares
Orson Welles wrote, directed and co-starred in “Touch of Evil” in 1958, at the end of what might be considered film noir’s golden era. It was right at the end of Welles’ golden era, too. He had been packing on the pounds by this point in his career, and was also drinking too much. In fact, the most exercise he got in the whole decade was a three-minute-twenty-second tracking shot.
Welles’ massive girth in “Touch of Evil” is actually more the result of padding and makeup than actual weight gain, but it wouldn’t be long before he’d be doing his own stunts. As spokesman for Paul Masson wines a decade or so later, he didn’t need the help of the makeup department to look like a guy who could put an all-you-can-eat buffet out of business.
Break out the Paul Masson for a “Cheers” to the lineup! »
- Randy Fuller
In movies, showers can be very scary places. Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. Janet Leigh in Psycho. Those horrifying images are filed away in a cabinet in our brains forever. So it's no wonder that dogs - including Turner, from Turner & Hooch - have an aversion to the cells that spew water from a faucet on high. But here's a brave gal who's living it up like Julia Roberts in the tub in Pretty Woman - she's happy as a clam!The creator of the video writes that if you don't close the door to the bathroom, »
- Amy Jamieson, @mylomickey
We all from time to time enjoy a comfortable stay when vacationing anywhere in the world. So why should movie characters not appreciate a great place to stay as well? Interestingly, big screen hotels and motels almost play an important part as an extra movie character in addition to serving as a backdrop to the proceedings.
In Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels let’s look at some special selections where hotels and motels in film are featured and play a primary role in plot and theme. Cinematic room service has never been so accommodating.
The Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels selections are (in alphabetical order):
1.) The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel (2011)
Director John Madden’s The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel juggles various topical matters at hand: the aging process, deception in advertising, exotic travel and cultural clashing. Madden assembles a notable cast »
- Frank Ochieng
It is not really difficult in coming up with cinema siblings and assessing their impact on the films they graced with humor, horror or hedonism. Whatever the combination–brother and sister, brother and brother, sister and sister–the big screen has always produced some of the most compelling siblings to entertain or shock us as the lights go dim at the local cinemaplex.
So who do you favor as your all-time favorite movie siblings? Perhaps you wouldn’t mind brothers Michael and Sam from 1987′s The Lost Boys? Or how about sisters Drizella and Anastasia from the 1950 animated film Cinderella? Maybe you could go for the transformation of television’s Brady kids into the film version of 1995′s The Brady Bunch Movie?
- Frank Ochieng
On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a revival theater that he owns in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he has lived since 1979. The Cinema had been showing the first three seasons of HBO's megahit series Game of Thrones, which is based on Martin's still-in-the-works saga A Song of Ice and Fire. After viewing the ninth episode, "Baelor," in which the story's apparent hero, Ned Stark, is unexpectedly beheaded, with the screen falling to black, Martin sits quietly for several moments, »
Hollywood glamour girl Martha Hyer, an Oscar nominee when she played opposite Frank Sinatra in 1958's Some Came Running and memorable as William Holden's stunning society fiancée in the 1954 Audrey Hepburn romance Sabrina, died in her Santa Fe home on May 31, it was reported Monday by the New Mexican newspaper, which said she had lived in the town since the mid-'80s. She was 89. Besides the roles she did play, several of them in Westerns, Hyer was also known for a role that got away: victim Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic, Psycho. Instead, that went to Janet Leigh. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Hollywood glamour girl Martha Hyer, an Oscar nominee when she played opposite Frank Sinatra in 1958's Some Came Running and memorable as William Holden's stunning society fiancée in the 1954 Audrey Hepburn romance Sabrina, died in her Santa Fe home on May 31, it was reported Monday by the New Mexican newspaper, which said she had lived in the town since the mid-'80s. She was 89. Besides the roles she did play, several of them in Westerns, Hyer was also known for a role that got away: victim Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1960 Psycho. Instead, that went to Janet Leigh. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »
In addition to being seemingly everywhere all of the time, actor James Franco will now be the subject of a documentary. First-time director Lisa Vangellow began shooting Franco: A Documentary last June, capturing the actor's controversies in the art and academic worlds as well as his career in film and on Broadway, The Wrap reports. Franco's family and friends, including Seth Rogen and New York Museum of Modern Art chief curator-at-large Klaus Biesenbach, are expected to appear in the film. The documentary is currently in the early editing stages.
Who are the 50 Funniest People Now? »
In the mid-1960s, George Romero planned to make his feature debut with Whine of the Fawn, a drama about two teenagers in the Middle Ages. If he'd pitched a body-swap comedy about middle-aged teenagers, he'd perhaps have had more luck. As it was, his high-minded, "Bergman-esque" project failed to attract investors and the 27-year-old college dropout from the Bronx, now shooting commercials and industrials in Pittsburgh, turned his attention to horror.
A fan of the ghoulish EC Comics and monster movies of the 1950s, and heavily influenced by Richard Matheson's apocalyptic, home-invasion vampire novel I Am Legend, Romero scraped together $114,000 to shoot a Diy cannibal flick entitled Night of the Flesh Eaters. Set over a single night in a Pittsburgh farmhouse, it posited an America inexplicably overrun by resurrected corpses munching on human entrails, and threw together a band of scrabbling, squabbling survivors who hole up in a »
I have a massive amount of love and respect for Psycho II. To take what is considered by many to be not only one of the greatest horror films of all time, but one of the greatest films of all time Period, and make a sequel to it…that takes some courage. Not only did writer Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’S Play) and director Richard Franklin (Roadgames) rise to the challenge, they created a sequel that is held with intense reverence by fans all across the board.
Picking up 22 years after the events of the first Psycho, Psycho II brings Norman Bates home, where he is thrown into a web of confusion (most of which is at the hands of Lila Loomis, sister of Marion Crane, Janet Leigh’s unfortunate character from the original film), unsure if he’s losing his mind or if ‘mother’ is back at it. »
- Jerry Smith
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"The Next Alfred Hitchcock" was how director Brian De Palma was being celebrated by some back in 1973. It was largely in praise of his latest film, the thriller ‘Sisters’. There is little doubt that ‘Sisters’ is not only homage to Hitchcock’s Psycho, but also a huge nod towards Hitchcock’s entire body of work. As the saying goes - ‘You only borrow from the best’ and of course, it was no secret that De Palma was a huge admirer of Hitchcock’s work.
‘Sisters’ was inspired by a Life Magazine article read by De Palma, about the Russian Siamese twins Masha and Dasha. The film begins with a model named Danielle (played by Margot Kidder), who appears on the local TV game show, Peeping Toms (the film’s first example of its voyeuristic theme). Danielle goes out to dinner with the winning contestant, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Arlene McQuade, who played teenage daughter Rosalie on the 1950s sitcom The Goldbergs and later appeared in a terrifying scene in Orson Welles’ classic Touch of Evil, has died. She was 77. McQuade died Monday in a nursing home in Santa Fe after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, her daughter, Marita de Vargas, told The Hollywood Reporter. McQuade was the first wife of actor Valentin de Vargas, who led the group of hoods who terrified Janet Leigh in a darkened Mexican motel room in Touch of Evil (1958). His soon-to-be real-life wife was a member of the threatening group
- Mike Barnes
Touch of Evil - Universal - Blu-ray Director: Orson Welles Cast: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff. Citizen Kane is the movie people most readily associate with Orson Welles, but if that's the only of Welles' films you've seen, then you absolutely must grab this new Blu-ray release of his 1958 crime noir Touch of Evil. It's an all-around smart, intense, twisty story about murder and corruption featuring a dynamite cast and a flawless command of so many of the elements that make noir such a beloved genre. Plus, it has one of the best tracking shots of all time. If you're the type of modern film fan who instinctively avoids most older movies, especially if they're in black and white...
- Peter Hall
In season 5 of Mad Men, Gilmore Girls’s Alexis Bledel played a sad suburban housewife that Pete Campbell couldn’t resist. Last season, Don Draper had an affair with his neighbor’s wife, played by Freaks and Geeks star Linda Cardellini. So it made some sense that last night, during the season premiere of Mad Men, the mysterious beauty who shared a red-eye flight with Don was played by none other than Neve Campbell — also known as the star of Party of Five. If Don Draper doesn’t have a specific type, Matthew Weiner does.
Campbell plays a young widow »
- Jeff Labrecque
Mickey Rooney was earliest surviving Best Actor Oscar nominee (photo: Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy in ‘Boys Town’) (See previous post: “Mickey Rooney Dead at 93: MGM’s Andy Hardy Series’ Hero and Judy Garland Frequent Co-Star Had Longest Film Career Ever?”) Mickey Rooney was the earliest surviving Best Actor Academy Award nominee — Babes in Arms, 1939; The Human Comedy, 1943 — and the last surviving male acting Oscar nominee of the 1930s. Rooney lost the Best Actor Oscar to two considerably more “prestigious” — albeit less popular — stars: Robert Donat for Sam Wood’s Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) and Paul Lukas for Herman Shumlin’s Watch on the Rhine (1943). Following Mickey Rooney’s death, there are only two acting Academy Award nominees from the ’30s still alive: two-time Best Actress winner Luise Rainer, 104 (for Robert Z. Leonard’s The Great Ziegfeld, 1936, and Sidney Franklin’s The Good Earth, 1937), and Best Supporting Actress nominee Olivia de Havilland, »
- Andre Soares
Every week Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. If you're a Star Trek: Tng fan, these are some of the best prices yet on the remastered seasons on Blu-ray. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $31.49 (59% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] - $105.49 (65% off). Includes 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery and Kim Novak. Each film has been digitally restored. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Every Sunday Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. Some of these deals won’t last, so if you see something you like don’t wait too long. Also, if you're a Star Trek: Tng fan, these are some of the best prices yet on the fantastic remastered seasons on Blu-ray. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $31.49 (59% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] - $105.49 (65% off). Includes 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Movies with perfect pace aren’t those that move quickly or slowly - they’re the ones that move at the right speed for the story being told and the style being used to tell them. There are lots of movies that I love which fail the pace test, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Superman (1978), Dawn Of The Dead (1979), Apocalypse Now (1979) and Taxi Driver (1976).
Consider in this list - and those aforementioned that didn’t make it to the finals - that pace is not the only thing a film needs to offer, and that it can still be a terrible film even if it is well-paced. So this is not a collection of ‘best’ movies - it’s a collection of movies with great…
What contrasts. What innovation. Hitch’s adaptation of Robert Bloch’s gory, Ed Gein-inspired shocker knows exactly when to speed you uncomfortably to an uncomfortable place, »
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