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It’s National Bikini Day on July 5, celebrating Louis Reard’s 1946 invention of the swimwear (of course it would be in France!). The swimsuit wasn’t an immediate hit, though, due to 1940s standards of modesty. But pop culture helped bring it to the masses, thanks to such early-1960s icons as Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress, and Raquel Welch.
In 1960, the novelty song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini,” sung by Brian Hyland, became a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and the record company said bikini sales boomed as a result. And in 1962, Andress emerged from the water in the James Bond “Dr. No,” while Bardot appeared in “A Very Private Affair,” both in small white two-piece suits. And nothing was the same after that.
- Tim Gray
Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride film series comes to a close this evening and tomorrow morning, Thursday–Friday, June 29–30, with the presentation of seven movies, hosted by TV interviewer Dave Karger and author William J. Mann, whose books include Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines and Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969. Among tonight's movies' Lgbt connections: Edward Albee, Tony Richardson, Evelyn Waugh, Tab Hunter, John Gielgud, Roddy McDowall, Linda Hunt, Harvey Fierstein, Rudolf Nureyev, Christopher Isherwood, Joel Grey, and Tommy Kirk. Update: Coincidentally, TCM's final 2017 Gay Pride celebration turned out to be held the evening before a couple of international events – and one non-event – demonstrated that despite noticeable progress in the last three decades, gay rights, even in the so-called “West,” still have a long way to go. In Texas, the state's – all-Republican – Supreme Court decided that married gays should be treated as separate and unequal. In »
- Andre Soares
Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This July will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.
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Saturday, July 1 Changing Faces
What does a face tell us even when it’s disguised or disfigured? And what does it conceal? Guest curator Imogen Sara Smith, a critic and author of the book In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City, assembles a series of films that revolve around enigmatic faces transformed by masks, scars, and surgery, including Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another (1966).
Tuesday, July 4 Tuesday’s Short + Feature: Premature* and Ten*
Come hitch a ride with Norwegian director Gunhild Enger and the late Iranian master »
- Ryan Gallagher
June 25 is the 35th anniversary of the 1982 Ridley Scott-directed “Blade Runner,” one of the all-time science-fiction classics. The long-planned sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” starring Ryan Gosling, opens in October; earlier this year, director Denis Villeneuve told Variety’s “Playback” podcast that he felt a lot of pressure working on “the most risky project” of his life, because the original is so iconic.
But if it makes him feel better, the earlier film was not a big hit with audiences or critics when it opened. In the 21st century, that seems incredible — how could people not flip out? But “Blade Runner” was so radical that it took several years for its impact to sink in. Even the filmmakers had misgivings: there have been multiple re-edits over the years, trying to hit movie perfection.
Rotten Tomatoes says it was “misunderstood when it first hit theaters.” In the original review, Variety reflected a lot of the mixed reaction, saying »
- Tim Gray
June 30 would be the 100th birthday of Lena Horne, who had it all: looks, charm, and a singing voice that was noted for its “expressiveness and dramatic intensity,” as Variety once wrote. Hollywood needed her, but she didn’t need Hollywood. The racial barriers were too strong. When MGM signed her in 1942, she was already a successful singer; the studio starred her in two all-black musicals, “Cabin in the Sky” and “Stormy Weather” (which became one of her signature songs). After that, MGM gave her solos in musicals like “Ziegfeld Follies” and “Till the Clouds Roll By.” Her songs were extraneous to the plot; that way, her sequences could be cut for movie theaters that refused to screen films with blacks in prominent roles. Horne continued to have a successful career in nightclubs, records, Broadway and TV well into the 1990s, and she fought for civil rights and equality until her death in 2010, at age 92.
Horne was »
- Tim Gray
Olsson is re-teaming with Swedish outfit Story Ab, the company behind his documentary “Black Power Mixtape,” which is based on footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists chronicling the Black Power movement in the U.S. The documentary feature played at Sundance and won an award for best editing. »
- Elsa Keslassy
June is graduation month, which means a long parade of commencement ceremonies and family parties celebrating the new graduate. And at many of those parties, someone will make a joke about Mrs. Robinson or the word “plastics,” because the 50-year-old film “The Graduate” has become part of modern folklore, even for people who haven’t seen it. That’s an impressive achievement for a movie that nobody wanted to make.
“The Graduate” opened nationwide on Dec. 22, 1967, and by the third week, Variety described its box office as sockeroo. Even 42 weeks after its debut, the film was in theaters, still doing “socko” business, as Variety reported on Oct. 9, 1968. It went on to earn $104 million, which roughly translates to $740 million today.
- Tim Gray
It was quite a night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood as Diane Keaton became the 45th recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. It was also the most star-studded of these evenings I have witnessed in a long time, maybe since Mike Nichols in 2010. Keaton knows how to bring them in and just about everyone came to show their love for her. Former Keaton companions on — and off — the screen like Warren Beatty and Al Pacino showed up with heartfelt tributes, in addition to… »
A pair of Oscar winners have recently undergone new restorations ahead of theatrical releases. While one can’t get much better than The Criterion Collection edition of The Graduate, a new 50th anniversary 4K restoration will be coming to U.K. cinemas this month and a new trailer has landed for Mike Nichols‘ coming-of-age masterpiece led by Dustin Hoffman.
Following that, there’s a new trailer for Clint Eastwood‘s Best Picture-winning western Unforgiven, which turns 25 this summer. With the restoration premiering as part of the Cannes Classics line-up, it’ll fittingly come to France first. The new restoration of The Graduate hits U.K. theaters starting June 23 while Unforgiven returns to theaters in France two days prior. Stay tuned for updates on U.S. releases and check out both trailers below.
Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and is already lost in a sea of confusion as »
- Jordan Raup
Cyndi Lauper and playwright Kim Rosenstock are teaming up to adapt Mike Nichols’ 1988 film Working Girl into a Broadway musical. Cyndi Lauper Adapting Working Girl Into Broadway Musical Lauper, who has seen success with her show Kinky Boots, which she co-wrote the musical and lyrics for with Rosenstock, will once again partner up for Broadway. The show will be […]
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
Cyndi Lauper: Lauper’s Instagram account/ Sam Ruttyn
Cyndi Lauper is bringing her musical chops to Broadway again. The “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” singer will write the music and lyrics for the upcoming “Working Girl” stage musical, Entertainment Weekly writes.
Playwright and TV writer Kim Rosenstock (“Tigers Be Still,” “New Girl”) will pen the book for “Working Girl” from Kevin Wade’s original film script. Fox Stage Productions and Aged in Wood Productions are producing. A director has not been announced.
“Working Girl” is based on the 1988 Mike Nichols film of the same name, which stars Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, and Harrison Ford. It centers on Tess McGill (Griffith), secretary to corporate exec Katharine Parker (Weaver). When Katharine steals a business idea from Tess, Tess decides to get revenge by working her way up and taking Katharine’s job. Tess also ends up falling for her boss’ boyfriend (Ford) along the way.
“‘Working Girl’ was a groundbreaking depiction of a working-class woman determined to succeed in the cutthroat, male-dominated corporate world of the 1980s,” Fox Stage and Aged in Wood emphasized in a statement. “Funny and smart, this now-iconic tale is just as relevant today — and who better to adapt it for Broadway than Cyndi Lauper, who’s been a change maker in music since the ’80s, and Kim Rosenstock of the hit TV series ‘New Girl?’”
“I’m really excited for so many reasons,” Lauper added. “I love the film, and its story about a woman’s very unconventional road to success in the ’80s is something I know a lot about. Women are still fighting for fundamental rights and equal pay!”
Lauper made history as the first woman to win the Tony for Best Original Score. She took home the award in 2013 for her work on “Kinky Boots.” The musical, also based on a film, earned Lauper the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album in 2014. She won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1985. Lauper has sold over 50 million records throughout her career. She’ll be honored by Lgbt channel Logo at its upcoming 2017 Trailblazing Honors.
Cyndi Lauper Writing Music and Lyrics for “Working Girl” Stage Musical was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Melanie Griffith’s Staten Island “Working Girl” may soon be singing on Broadway. The hit 1988 movie that starred Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver is now being developed as a stage musical with a new score by Tony- and Grammy-winning composer Cyndi Lauper. Playwright Kim Rosenstock (“Tigers Be Still,” “New Girl”) will adapt Kevin Wade’s screenplay, while Fox Stage Productions and Aged in Wood Production will share producing duties. Also Read: Tony Awards 2017 Predictions: Who Will Win, Who Should Win - From 'Oslo' to 'Hello, Dolly!' Mike Nichols’ 1988 comedy grossed more than $100 million worldwide and earned the Golden Globe for. »
- Thom Geier
"This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future." Studiocanal in the UK has debuted a new trailer for the upcoming re-released of Mike Nichols' classic The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman in one of his early breakout roles. The film, first released in America in 1967, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a re-release in the UK at the BFI Southbank in London as part of its Dustin Hoffman season of screenings. The Criterion Collection already made their own fresh new version (on Blu-ray!) from the 35mm negatives, and those same negatives have been used for this brand new 4K Dcp. The film also stars Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, and Elizabeth Wilson. This film had a huge impact on Hollywood in the late 1960s, and is still considered a true classic by many movie lovers. Have fun. Here's the new trailer for the UK re-release »
- Alex Billington
6 June 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The pop veteran will write music and lyrics for a Broadway-bound stage musical adaptation of the 1988 Mike Nichols screen comedy, Working Girl, which starred Melanie Griffith as Tess McGill, a frustrated secretary from Staten Island trying to make inroads into the corporate business world. She takes advantage of the absence of her duplicitous boss, Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), to put forward a merger deal, initially unaware that her »
- David Rooney
As summer arrives, graduates across the country will be pondering about their future, and many should seriously consider a career in plastics. If that sentence means nothing to you, it’s all the more reason you need to watch Mike Nichols‘ “The Graduate,” and there’s never been a better time to see it for the first time (or give it another viewing).
- Kevin Jagernauth
Italian director and actor (and neorealist luminary) Vittorio De Sica is best known to most stateside audiences for his honorary Oscar winners like “Sciuscià” (the first foreign film to be recognized by the Academy) and his enduring classic “Bicycle Thieves,” but there are still gems from the long-deceased filmmaker for fans to discover.
Like his 1963 comedy “Il Boom,” which has never had a U.S. release…until now! “Il Boom” will finally come to the States — complete with a new restoration — later this month, and we have a fresh trailer to celebrate.
The film’s title refers to the Italian economic “miracle” that took place from the late 1950s until the 1970s after World War II. “Il Boom” follows Giovanni Alberti (Alberto Sordi), a small building contractor who is deeply in debt because »
- Kate Erbland
After briefly appearing on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart as a contributor and then landing his own Comedy Central series, Important Things With Demetri Martin, the comedian is now making his feature film writing and directorial debut with Dean.
The project comes after years of stand-up specials as well as supporting roles in films like Contagion, In a World and Sequoia when Martin, 44, realized he wanted to make his own movie someday. Inspired by the likes of Woody Allen, Mike Nichols and Albert Brooks as well as the experience of writing and selling film scripts, only to see them get shelved by studios, Martin decided to take his film career into his own hands. “I can't wait for someone to give me the opportunity. I'm going to have to write something that I can shoot,” he tells Et.
More: For Amber Tamblyn, Having a Child Is the Ultimate Expression of Art
Realistic about expectations, Martin drew inspiration »
Sprawling cinematic universes have done boffo box-office business. “Star Wars,” Marvel comics, DC superheroes, and classic monster tales have all been mined for movie multiplex magic — with awesome auds turning out serious coin for congloms. Now another under-exploited IP may be ready for the silver screen — the song catalog of Simon & Garfunkel.
What began as an apparent joke on Twitter by “Baby Driver” helmer Edgar Wright has turned into an apparent joke on Twitter by Edgar Wright and a bunch of other people. On Friday, Wright tweeted, tagging fellow filmmaker Marc Webb, “I have ‘Baby Driver’ out in June & @MarcW has ‘The Only Living Boy In New York’ in August. Where is the ‘So Long Frank Lloyd Wright’ movie?”
Amazing. The Simon And Garfunkel Song Title Cinematic Universe is growing; The Rock confirms he will star in 'I Am A Rock'. pic.twitter.com/rmTC0v6yOd
— John Nugent (@mr »
- Daniel Holloway
“Robocop” star Joel Kinnaman and Oscar-nominated actors Rosamund Pike and Clive Owen are set to star in action thriller “Three Seconds” for Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures and The Fyzz Facility. Bloom has boarded the project to handle international sales and will introduce it to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. Rapper-turned-actor Common also stars.
Directed by Andrea Di Stefano, whose last film was “Escobar: Paradise Lost” with Benicio Del Toro, “Three Seconds” stars Kinnaman as a reformed criminal and former special ops soldier, working undercover for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the Polish mob’s drug trade in New York, who must return to prison to protect his identity as a mole and earn his freedom to return to his wife and daughter.
- Robert Mitchell
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