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It’s A Wonderful Life
Directed by Frank Capra
USA, 130 min – 1946.
Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life opens with a series of prayers for George Bailey (James Stewart), from family and friends. George has fallen on hard times this Christmas Eve. Although he has spent his entire life helping others, he has never achieved the things he wanted in his youth: higher education, travel, and a ticket out small town, Bedford Falls. When his Uncle Billy (Thomas Mitchell) loses $8000, the family business is in trouble and George could face jail time. George contemplates suicide. In a turn of events, Clarence (Henry Travers), a second string angel, looking to gain his wings, comes to Earth and shows George what life would be like, if he had never been born.
It’s A Wonderful Life is Frank Capra’s “American spirit” defined. »
- Karen Bacellar
It's a Wonderful Life., 1946.
Directed by Frank Capra.
Based on Philip Van Doren Stern's 1943 short story The Greatest Gift, Frank Capra's heartwarming fantasy drama It's a Wonderful Life was a box office failure upon its initial release in 1946, but it has since went on to justifiably earn a reputation as one of the greatest Christmas movies in the history of cinema, and it was also named as America's Most Inspiring Movie as part of the AFI's 100 Years... series in 2006.
Taking place in the small town of Bedford Falls on Christmas Eve, the film centres on George Bailey (James Stewart), a businessman on the verge of suicide after discovering he might be bankrupt. When prayers for George's well-being reach Heaven, a guardian angel called Clarence (Henry Travers) gets a chance to earn his wings by visiting Earth and showing »
There is nothing better than watching an old movie at an old movie theater. The Hi-Pointe Theater in St. Louis is an independently run single-screen old-style movie house built in 1922. Just two weeks ago they celebrated their 90th Birthday with a two-night party featuring live music, trivia with prizes, and screenings of Sunset Boulevard and Top Hat on their massive screen. The Hi-Pointe was the home of the Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration Film Festival last year and is the place to go for Late Night Grindhouse, the monthly screenings of 35mm prints of horror and exploitation films (mostly) from the ’70s.
This month The Hi-Pointe will host a trio of classic Christmas movies on three consecutive Saturday mornings at 10:30am. Admission is just $5.
Hi-Pointe Theatre is located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117
Showtime Line: (314) 995-6273
Here’s the Christmas Movie Classics Line-up:
Saturday, December 8:
The Bells Of St. »
- Tom Stockman
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New York – The no-neck, round-shouldered posture and the bulldog expression are the first things that register about Anthony Lapaglia as Richard Nixon. Next is the voice, which suggests rather than imitates the famous intonations. Finally, the psychological shadings are sketched in, conveying the prickliness of a man with a chronic inferiority complex. Kathryn Erbe applies similar gradations to shaping Pat Nixon, guiding her from a chirpy Donna Reed-style caricature to a vulnerable woman whose backbone and dignity are offset by a deep well of melancholy. Both actors deserve a less superficial play than Douglas McGrath’s Checkers.
- David Rooney
June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley, "Leave It to Beaver," CBS and ABC, 1957-63): Series television had many wife-and-mother archetypes in the 1950s, and a prime one was the endlessly patient, supportive spouse of Ward and mother to Wally and Theodore (a.k.a. "Beaver").
Victoria Barkley (Barbara Stanwyck, "The Big Valley," ABC, 1965-69): It could be argued that the widowed Victoria played both mother and father to her grown offspring, and her grit made her the equal of any man in the frontier.
Marion Cunningham (Marion Ross, "Happy Days," ABC, 1974-84): "Mrs. C." was a throwback to the idealized television wives/moms of the 1950s -- and why not? That's the era in which the long-running sitcom was set. »
Ah, gorgeous, tragic, "bisexual" actors of the 1950s. That's a Jeopardy! category I could stand to see more often. Today would've been pioneering "method" actor (like Brando and James Dean) and eternal glamor boy Montgomery Clift's 92nd birthday, and if you think the car accident that disfigured his face in 1956 or his ensuing 10-year spiral of substance abuse completely taints his status as a legendary hottie, I pity you. Clift gave us so much brooding attractiveness that it's possible the entire Twilight series manifested from his ashes. In celebration of the mysterious man and Liz Taylor Bff on his birthday, let's count down his nine hottest moments.
9. Let's just combine all these stoic portraits into one hot item.
At different angles, Clift's face can resemble anyone from Warren Beatty (center) to Tom Cruise (right). That means his beauty is timeless, but his stony, longing chill remains a one-of-a-kind attribute. »
What do you get when you put together twelve directors, way more stars, and the producing power of Peter Farrelly? Well, it's "Movie 43" a portmanteau of comedy that looks like it'll be wearing its R-rating with pride. A new red band trailer has dropped to let audiences know just what on Earth they'll be getting into. One of the most talked about shorts revolves around Kate Winslet and her blind date with Hugh Jackman, in which a very surprising peculiarity comes forward. "In this [short], Kate Winslet's on a date with Hugh Jackman, and she finds out he has quite a funny and strange birth defect — during dinner," Peter Farrelly told EW recently, while keeping the big reveal mum. "It's a blind date. It's her trying to navigate the waters." Meanwhile, Anna Faris' entry also delves into risque waters. "Chris Pratt, meets the perfect woman [his real-life wife Anna Faris], the modern day Donna Reed, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Movie 43 is an anthology that features short films from some of today's biggest directors in comedy, including James Gunn (Super; Guardians of the Galaxy), Steve Carr (Paul Blart: Mall Cop; Are We Done Yet?), Bob Odenkirk (Let's Go to Prison; Mr. Show with Bob and David), and Peter and Bobby Farrelly (The Three Stooges). The movie doesn't hit theaters until 2013, but co-direct Bobby Farrelly has offered up some new photos featuring this cast of thousands that includes Emma Stone, Anna Faris, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, and a whole lot more. Check them out as Bobby Farrelly also provides commentary!
"Leslie Bibb, Justin Long, and Jason Sudeikis are all superheroes who go to a speed dating party. Besides speed dating, you find out a lot of backstory relationship issues among them. They have long memories, and are deeply offended. Jason Sudeikis plays a real bad guy, super funny, a real d---. »
Hollywood actor best known for the Hardy family films and her role as Careen, Scarlett O'Hara's sister, in Gone With the Wind
Ann Rutherford, who has died aged 94, was adept at portraying pluck and persistence. As Polly Benedict, Andy Hardy's ever-faithful girlfriend, in 13 of the 15 Hardy family film series made between 1937 and 1946, she had to wait around for Mickey Rooney's accident-prone adolescent to return to her after some dalliance with another girl. Andy would seek advice on romance from his stern but wise and fair father, Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone). "Dad, can I talk to you man to man? Can a guy be in love with two girls at once?" Inevitably, Andy would realise, with hints from his dad, that Polly was his own true love.
The Hardy series, one of the most popular in screen history, was the archetypal idealisation of small-town America and apple-pie family values, with »
- Ronald Bergan
Ann Rutherford, best remembered as Scarlett O’Hara’s younger sister Carreen in Gone with the Wind, died earlier this evening at her home in Beverly Hills according to Rutherford’s friend, actress Anne Jeffreys. Rutherford, who had been suffering from heart problems, was 94 as per the Los Angeles Times obit (as per most other sources, she was 91). [Recent Ann Rutherford photos, Ann Rutherford and Marsha Hunt.]
In 2010, Rutherford told the Times that MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer was unwilling to loan her out for "a nothing part" such as Carreen in son-in-law David O. Selznick’s mammoth adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel. Mayer changed his mind when Rutherford burst into tears.
Gone with the Wind ultimately became the biggest blockbuster ever. To this day, the Civil War romantic drama has sold more tickets than any other movie in North America. (Possibly, around the world, relative to population.) Gwtw also won eight Oscars, in addition to two special awards. »
- Andre Soares
Rihanna, Battleship James Cameron / Leonardo DiCaprio / Kate Winslet's Titanic Box Office: $2 Billion Worldwide a Long Time Ago (Inflation-Adjusted) James Cameron's Titanic 3D was the no. 1 movie at the international box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $98.9 million according to The Hollywood Reporter. At about half the number of theaters showing Titanic 3D, Peter Berg's sci-fier / actioner Battleship, based on a Hasbro board game, scored $55.2 million (about $3 million less than Universal had estimated) at 4,950 locations in 26 territories. Battleship was the no. 1 movie in 20 territories, including South Korea ($8m), the United Kingdom ($6.1m), and Germany ($5m). That's further proof that there's nothing like quality filmmaking to get millions of asses into movie houses. Berg's flick, in fact, could be described as a reboot of Fred Zinnemann's 1953 Oscar-winning drama From Here to Eternity — with a Michael Bay fist: Pearl Harbor is attacked by alien forces. How will the world (i. »
- Zac Gille
Alec Mapa and friends on the Allure of the Seas
Alec Mapa, everyone's favorite Gaysian sweetheart, is a bundle of contractions. His standup is about as raunchy and personal as you can imagine, with graphic jokes about his sex life and even bathroom habits. But he's also a great dad. As we met aboard the Atlantis Events cruise to talk about fatherhood, comedy, and Ugly Betty, he showed up holding a MacBook at an awkward angle, trying to use the ship's flaky WiFi to video conference with his son about his behavior at school.
AfterElton: We are on the Allure, and we are talking to Alec Mapa, who was kind enough to get out of bed early to talk to us.
Alec Mapa: I know – it's miraculous.
Ae: We're huge fans at AfterElton. We haven't seen a lot of you on TV since Ugly Betty, but that was such an iconic role. »
Gary Cooper, High Noon Fred Zinnemann: Top Oscar Directors for Actors Fred Zinnemann-directed movies: twenty acting nominations; six wins. (s) supporting category; (*) Academy Award winner 1944 Hume Cronyn (s), The Seventh Cross 1948 Montgomery Clift, The Search 1952 * Gary Cooper, High Noon Julie Harris, The Member of the Wedding 1953 Montgomery Clift, From Here to Eternity Burt Lancaster, From Here to Eternity Deborah Kerr, From Here to Eternity * Frank Sinatra (s), From Here to Eternity * Donna Reed (s), From Here to Eternity 1957 Anthony Franciosa, A Hatful of Rain 1959 Audrey Hepburn, The Nun's Story 1960 Deborah Kerr, The Sundowners Glynis Johns (s), The Sundowners 1966 * Paul Scofield (with Susanna York), A Man for All Seasons Robert Shaw (s), A Man for All Seasons Wendy Hiller (s), A Man for All Seasons 1977 Jane Fonda, Julia Maximilian Schell (s), Julia * Jason Robards (s), Julia * Vanessa Redgrave (s), Julia »
- Andre Soares
Fred Zinnemann began his career during the studio era, but kept on going, however sporadically, long after most of his contemporaries had retired. Even so, today his name means little to most moviegoers and critics alike. But why? Quite possibly because, like William Wyler, Zinnemann covered just about every film genre there is. His relatively small oeuvre — 21 narrative feature films — encompasses the following: Western (High Noon, The Sundowners [sort of]), romance (From Here to Eternity), socially conscious drama (The Search, The Men, A Hatful of Rain), historical drama (A Man for All Seasons), adventure (The Seventh Cross, Five Days One Summer), religion (The Nun's Story), thriller (The Day of the Jackal), crime (Eyes in the Night, Kid Glove Killer, Act of Violence), war (Behold a Pale Horse), comedy (My Brother Talks to Horses), melodrama (Little Big Jim) psychological drama (Teresa, The Member of the Wedding), musical (Oklahoma), pseudo-"historical" drama (Julia, whose »
- Andre Soares
Anna Magnani in (what looks like) Luchino Visconti's Bellissima At the end of Giuseppe Tornatore's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner Cinema Paradiso, small-town projectionist Philippe Noiret has died and the Nuovo Cinema Paradiso has become a pile of rubble. The bratty Italian boy Salvatore Cascio has grown into the classy Frenchman Jacques Perrin (like Noiret, dubbed in Italian), a filmmaker who sits to watch a mysterious reel of film the deceased projectionist had left him. It turns out the reel contains clips from films censored by the prudish local parish priest, whose family values found kisses, embraces, and bare breasts and legs a danger to society. Now, who's doing all that kissing, embracing, and breast/leg-displaying in that film reel? (Please scroll down for the Cinema Paradiso clip.) Here are the ones I recognize: Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman in Giuseppe De Santis' Bitter Rice (1949); Mangano »
- Andre Soares
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