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Clips of It’s A Wonderful Life appear in all sorts of TV shows and films, some predictable Christmas fare and some you might not expect…
Thanks to NBC’s long-standing tradition of airing Frank Capra’s 1946 festive fantasy drama every 24th of December, It’s A Wonderful Life has become a Stateside Christmas institution. The film’s story of a small town family man facing financial ruin being coaxed back from suicide by an angel who shows him how important he is to the world is now as festive as overspending and overeating.
Its ubiquity means that It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the first ports of call when shows and movies want to inject a festive feel into their fictional worlds, hence it having been subject to more on-screen references, quotes, parodies and homages than you can shake a jingle bell at. The Muppets, The Simpsons, »
There's a good chance that you've already partaken in the annual tradition of watching It's a Wonderful Life this holiday season, and if you're a huge fan of the classic Frank Capra film starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, then you might want to check out this new print from artist Laurent Durieux that will be available for purchase from Dark Hall Mansion. This officially licensed print pays tribute to the holiday fantasy, and it won't be as hard to get ahold of as a Mondo print, since this will be a timed edition sold over three days. That means if you go to purchase during that time, you'll get one, but never again after that. Here's Laurent Durieux's It's a Wonderful Life print (with the variant on bottom) from SlashFilm: Now there's a few different variations beyond the regular and variant prints, so pay attention. First of all, »
- Ethan Anderton
The holidays are here and that means tons of people are going to watch Frank Capra‘s iconic film, It’s A Wonderful Life. Starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, this fantasy tale is a staple of the season and Dark Hall Mansion has decided to pay tribute in the best way possible. They’ve hired artist Laurent […]
The post Exclusive: Holiday Classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Immortalized By Artist Laurent Durieux appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
We all have holiday traditions. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, then Central Ohio, then Western Pennsylvania again, we had more than a few Christmas ones. Every Christmas morning, we weren’t allowed to open a single present until my father finished his coffee. And he took his time. When he finally gulped down the last swallow, we were still required to open present at a time. None of this chaotic ripping into boxes and bags simultaneously while no one paid any attention to anything anyone else opened. We all watched each other one-by-one open a gift, thank the giver, and look to the next person in the circle to take his or her turn.
Outside of those Christmas Day traditions, we had one Christmas Eve tradition that was never, ever, Ever under consideration for alteration. Every year, we’d go to church for the 45-60 minute evening service (in our second stint in Pennsylvania, »
- Joshua Gaul
Veterans Day movies on TCM: From 'The Sullivans' to 'Patton' (photo: George C. Scott in 'Patton') This evening, Turner Classic Movies is presenting five war or war-related films in celebration of Veterans Day. For those outside the United States, Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which takes place in late May. (Scroll down to check out TCM's Veterans Day movie schedule.) It's good to be aware that in the last century alone, the U.S. has been involved in more than a dozen armed conflicts, from World War I to the invasion of Iraq, not including direct or indirect military interventions in countries as disparate as Iran, Guatemala, and Chile. As to be expected in a society that reveres people in uniform, American war movies have almost invariably glorified American soldiers even in those rare instances when they have dared to criticize the military establishment. »
- Andre Soares
By Lee Pfeiffer
The Warner Archive has released the classic 1956 film noir Ransom! as a burn-to-order title. The film is a textbook example of minimalist production values being overshadowed by a strong, intelligent script (co-written by future 007 scribe Richard Maibaum) and excellent direction, courtesy of Alex Segal. Glenn Ford plays Dave Stannard, a highly successful owner of a major vacuum cleaner company. He lives an idyllic home life with his devoted wife Edith (Donna Reed) and their 8 year-old son Andy (Bobby Clark). Suddenly their peaceful, quiet life is sent into a tragic spin when Andy is kidnapped by persons unknown. Stannard alerts the local police chief and soon his house is swarming with cops while outside a circus-like atmosphere develops as ghoulish neighbors gather to sniff out any updates in the case. For long agonizing hours Stannard doesn't receive any word until the inevitable phone call comes in demanding that he get a $500,000 ransom together. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
An Oscar-winning actress is an exceptional artist no matter what shade, race or ethnicity she represents. For the sake of this written piece we will concentrate on those actresses of color whose achievement in cinema (and ultimate success of capturing the golden statuette) has made them revered commodities in the motion picture industry.
For some of these minority Oscar-winning actresses being spotlighted they have either excelled at their craft early in their careers or may have enjoyed limited success in the aftermath of their glory. Whatever the case it remains certain that these feminine recipients of Academy Award distinction left a legacy on the big screen in a capacity that cannot be taken away or dismissed.
The You’re in the Minority: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actresses of Color are (in alphabetical order according to film titles):
Won the Academy Award for »
- Frank Ochieng
Once upon a time, most women on television all looked like Donna Reed. Today, it’s a great time to be a woman of color working in television.
Last season, three women of color — “Scandal’s” Kerry Washington, “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara and “Steel Magnolias’” Alfre Woodward — were nominated for Emmys — lead actress in a drama, supporting actress in a comedy and supporting actress in a movie or miniseries, respectively. And this season, the broadcast networks rolled out show after show featuring African- and Asian-Americans and Latinos in lead roles. Half of ABC’s 12 new shows star actors of color.
“Pilot season hasn’t been this diverse in a long time, specifically as we are talking about women,” says Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, CBS’ vice president of diversity and communications.
That said, there’s still plenty of work to be done.
In 2013, out of six categories featuring actresses — lead and supporting in drama, »
- Paige Albiniak
(Author’s Note: This is part of an ongoing series where Bj Colangelo takes a trip down memory lane and talks about the kid friendly horror TV shows from the 1990s/early 2000s that helped shape her into the horror loving fangirl she is today.)
NBC ruled Saturday mornings from 1991-1992 with Eerie, Indiana a show I would definitely call the Firefly of children’s supernatural programming. Way ahead of its time and a kid’s show that is just as effective now as it was 20 years ago, Eerie, Indiana was a misunderstood masterpiece. Created by Jose Rivera (the first Puerto-Rican screenwriter to be nominated for an Oscar) and Karl Schaefer, the show managed to nab Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins) as the creative consultant. The show was weird, funny, creepy, but still maintained a charming “junior high” attitude about the whole thing. The story followed Marshall Teller, a New »
- BJ Colangelo
Here is a list of May's additions to Warner Archive Instant's streaming video service. If you aren't a subscriber, you can sign up for a free two week trial at instant.WarnerArchive.com.
Man From Atlantis (1976-78)
It all begins with a storm and a man washed up on shore. A man with gills... Before he shot to superstardom in Dallas playing Bobby Ewing, Patrick Duffy donned swim trunks for a super-heroic turn as Mark Harris, Man from Atlantis. Debuting in a series of Sci-Fi movies-of-the-week, the adventures of the amnesiac Atlantean so captivated audiences that the movies spawned a weekly TV series. Eschewing the TV movies' more cerebral approach for more light-hearted action fare, the series took a more campy turn only to sink into the depths of TV history (but not before becoming the first American TV import to Communist China!). Now's your chance to explore below the »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Mickey Rooney dead at 93: Four-time Oscar nominee, frequent Judy Garland co-star may have had the longest film career ever (photo: Mickey Rooney ca. 1940) Mickey Rooney, four-time Academy Award nominee and one of the biggest domestic box-office draws during the studio era, died of "natural causes" on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of North Hollywood. The Brooklyn-born Rooney (as Joseph Yule Jr., on September 23, 1920) had reportedly been in ill health for some time. He was 93. Besides his countless movies, and numerous television and stage appearances, Mickey Rooney was also known for his stormy private life, which featured boozing and gambling, some widely publicized family infighting (including his testifying in Congress in 2011 about elder abuse), his filing for bankruptcy in 1962 after having earned a reported $12 million (and then going bankrupt again in 1996), his eight marriages — including those to actresses Ava Gardner, Martha Vickers, and Barbara Ann Thomason »
- Andre Soares
American Hustle earned itself a place alongside some great films in Oscar history when it managed to nab four acting nominations in the four acting categories. Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence all find themselves in competition once again, but many are predicting American Hustle to go home empty handed. However, odds are that a film with four acting nominations, never mind the 10 overall nominations including Picture, Director and Screenplay. So what is most likely for American Hustle to pick up acting wise?
In the 86 year history of the Academy Awards, there have been 15 films that have managed the all four acting nominations feat. Below are the films and listed beside are the acting awards each of them won.
1936: My Man Godfrey – 0 wins
1943: For Whom the Bell Tolls »
- Terence Johnson
Supernatural Episode 912
Written By: Adam Glass
Directed By: John Showalter
Original Airdate: 28 January 2014
In This Episode…
Sam and Dean unwittingly cross paths in Garth’s hospital room. He was caught trying to steal a cow and as he ran from the farmer, he was hit by a car. Garth sneaks out the bathroom window and escapes. Sam goes to talk to the farmer while Dean checks out the surveillance cameras. He lies and tells Sam that the cameras didn’t catch anything, but Sam catches him in the lie. The cameras show Garth getting into a car. It doesn’t take any effort for the boys to track him down.
They enter Garth’s apartment, guns at the ready. Garth begs them to leave, but they refuse - he has been Mia for too long and they want answers. A female werewolf jumps out from the closet, and »
- Alyse Wax
13 items from 2014
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