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Given the delectability of all those slender, young, Nautilus-raised male waiterettes, with whom Manhattan is now stocked eyebrow to plucked eyebrow, who would want even the pertest, cutest girls serving at table?
Experience Preferred … But Not Essential is a film that is being much discussed over the smarter tables of Manhattan. It is talked of as a classic about another age, on a level almost of Upstairs Downstairs. It is set in a North Wales seaside resort in 1962; its sense of history, to the New Yorker, dwells in the fact that its heroine is, temporarily, a waitress.
The waitress is almost an extinct creature here now. This is the age of the virtuoso waiter. A woman is what has to be hired occasionally, the also ran for slacker lunchtimes or as a desperate measure while Andrew/Steven/Peter or John are finishing their off-off-Broadway showcase runs, beer commercials or soap shots. »
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching the first series of Masters of Sex at UK broadcast pace. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode six – and if you've seen later episodes, please do not leave spoilers.
Click here for Sarah Hughes's episode five recap
'My theory is that Freud was a bad lover and one night he caught his hausfrau with her hand down her drawers and he's been punishing women ever since'
Ah, Dr Freud, we've been expecting you. In fact, what took you so long? For five weeks the spectre of Sigmund Freud, and in particular his theories regarding the female orgasm and frigidity, has hovered over this show, so it was fitting that as we entered the halfway point, the father of psychoanalysis was to the fore. »
- Sarah Hughes
Vivien Leigh: Legendary ‘Gone with the Wind’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ star would have turned 100 today Vivien Leigh was perhaps the greatest film star that hardly ever was. What I mean is that following her starring role in the 1939 Civil War blockbuster Gone with the Wind, Leigh was featured in a mere eight* movies over the course of the next 25 years. The theater world’s gain — she was kept busy on the London stage — was the film world’s loss. But even if Leigh had starred in only two movies — Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire — that would have been enough to make her a screen legend; one who would have turned 100 years old today, November 5, 2013. (Photo: Vivien Leigh ca. 1940.) Vivien Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley to British parents in Darjeeling, India) began her film career in the mid-’30s, playing bit roles in British »
- Andre Soares
London, Oct 16: Famed British photographer Terry O'Neill believes that Angelina Jolie is the only living actress who could compete with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner and Ava Gardner, with her beauty.
O'Neill, who has captured the world's most legendary beauties, insisted that old Hollywood beauties were stunning, but they all looked the same, the Daily Express reported.
The only one who really stands out is the 'Salt' actress, who is a different class of girl altogether, O'Neill said.
The former husband of actress Faye Dunaway added that Jolie is a beautiful woman and a rarity. (Ani) »
- Meeta Kabra
During his career, O'neill has captured the world's most iconic beauties during his prolific career and he insists the days of the movie siren are numbered because there are just few current stars who possess the look, the elegance and the class of the greats.
But he feels that there is one actress who rises above the rest, reports contactmusic.com.
- Anita Agarwal
The Dark Knight Trilogy's upcoming 'Ultimate Collection' Blu-ray release packs in a host of never-before-seen special features. For real film geeks, there's the chance to get a glimpse of Christian Bale and Cillian Murphy's screen tests for Batman Begins.
With millions of dollars on the line, Hollywood have to make absolutely certain they're picking the actor for the job, so elaborate in-costume scenes are frequently filmed to get a sense for the finished performance.
Digital Spy has trawled through the video archives to find 10 screen tests featuring actors trying out for the roles that made them famous, and a few who missed out on a career-changer by a whisker.
Kristen Stewart: ‘Sils Maria’ set photos Kristen Stewart co-stars opposite Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, the upcoming Carrie remake) in Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria, a psychological drama currently being filmed in Germany and Switzerland. A Kristen Stewart fan site on Twitter has posted a series of images showing Stewart, wearing a jacket and glasses, on the Sils Maria set. Warning: Be extremely careful when visiting the photo site where the Kristen Stewart images are stored. I’ve removed the link from this post because twice when clicking on the images, popups attempted to install phishing software. (Now, please scroll down to check out the "full-body" shot of the bespectacled Kristen Stewart in Sils Maria.) Set in the Swiss area known as Sils Maria, writer-director Olivier Assayas’ movie tells the story of a middle-aged former stage star, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche, in a »
- Andre Soares
I'm a day late getting to The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) for Hit Me With Your Best Shot but I think the drama queen players onscreen would understand: they're often behind schedule and over budget themselves, victims of their own masochistic impulses and grandiose ambitions!
To understand my choice of best shot, a brief preface as spoken by the film itself. About twenty minutes into the film the fledgling producer Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas) and his hungry director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan) are trying to figure out how to transcend the limitations of their budget on a B movie called Attack of the Cat Men. If they're movies are always terrible they'll never get out of B pictures. The cat suits look shoddy and cheap but Shields has a stroke of genius when he suggests that they never show the title characters at all.
Shields: When an audience pays to »
- NATHANIEL R
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
Mary Boland movies: Scene-stealing actress has her ‘Summer Under the Stars’ day on TCM Turner Classic Movies will dedicate the next 24 hours, Sunday, August 4, 2013, not to Lana Turner, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Esther Williams, or Bette Davis — TCM’s frequent Warner Bros., MGM, and/or Rko stars — but to the marvelous scene-stealer Mary Boland. A stage actress who was featured in a handful of movies in the 1910s, Boland came into her own as a stellar film supporting player in the early ’30s, initially at Paramount and later at most other Hollywood studios. First, the bad news: TCM’s "Summer Under the Stars" Mary Boland Day will feature only two movies from Boland’s Paramount period: the 1935 Best Picture Academy Award nominee Ruggles of Red Gap, which TCM has shown before, and one TCM premiere. So, no rarities like Secrets of a Secretary, Mama Loves Papa, Melody in Spring, »
- Andre Soares
Douglas Sirk movies: ‘Imitation of Life,’ ‘Written on the Wind’ (photo: Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Karin Dicker in ‘Imitation of Life’) Douglas Sirk is Turner Classic Movies’ Director of the Evening. The German-born (April 26, 1897, in Hamburg) filmmaker has developed a cult following in recent decades after his "women’s pictures" were reappraised by some critics as works of profound social criticism filled with auteuristic touches. Why it would take years (or decades) for people to realize the obvious is a little mind-boggling, until you remember that movies about women and their issues have been, for the most part, relegated to the sidelines. A stupid prejudice that continues to this very day. My statement, by the way, has nothing to do with yikesy political correctness; if you don’t believe me, just check out the Best Picture Academy Award winners or Palme d’Or winners or Golden Lion winners or Golden »
- Andre Soares
Chloe Moretz may play a snot-nosed superhero in her latest movie “Kick Ass 2,” but the teenager captures the smoldering sexuality of Old Hollywood in a stunning new photo spread in Glamour magazine. She could easily play a young Lauren Bacall. Moretz is dolled up in heavy mascara and dark eyeliner and her luscious lips are painted a vibrant red. She looks sexy beyond her years as she channels glamorous, yesteryear bombshells like Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner. [...] »
Women in Film: Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, and dozens of movie actresses in curious morphing montage A few dozen top international female movie stars, most of them Hollywood celebrities, are seen in the Women in Film morphing montage below created by Philip Scott Johnson. The faces belong to actresses from the 1910s to the early 21st century. (Image: The ‘Daughter’ of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner — who sort of looks like a cross between Eleanor Parker and Cyd Charisse as well — in the Women in Film morphing montage.) Just as interesting as trying to identify each of the famous faces is stopping the video while the morphing is going on, so you get Daughter of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner, or Daughter of Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Dandridge, or Daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer and Sigourney Weaver. Some of those Daughters are quite pretty; others look like they’ve just landed on this planet. »
- Andre Soares
Lupita Tovar turns 103: Actress starred in Spanish-language ‘Dracula’ and in the first Mexican talkie, ‘Santa’ (photo: Lupita Tovar in ‘Santa’) Mexican actress Lupita Tovar, best remembered for the Spanish-language version of Dracula and for starring in the first Mexican talkie, Santa, turned 103 years old on Sunday, July 27, 2013. Tovar was born in 1910 in the city of Oaxaca, the capital of the Mexican state of the same name. In an interview with author Michael G. Ankerich (Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips) published on Ankerich’s site Close-ups and Long Shots, Tovar recalled her brief foray as a silent film actress at Fox (several years before it became 20th Century Fox): "Silent films were wonderful because you didn’t have to worry about your dialogue. You could say whatever you felt. We had music on the set all the time. It was absolutely wonderful." Unfortunately for Tovar, whose English was quite poor, »
- Andre Soares
Blanchett Dubois: Allen Channels Tennessee For His Best Film in Years
While few directors are as steadfastly perennial as Woody Allen, his constant output seems always to sag beneath his own greater titles of yore, and his own reputation is often his own worst enemy. With plenty of middling efforts and, every now and then, a critical knockout, Allen revisits the emotionally damaged female character study with Blue Jasmine, recalling some of those great vehicles he wrote for leading ladies like Mia Farrow and Diane Keaton decades ago. His latest shares a lot of DNA with the likes of Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, but surpassing all potential squabbles, even all the trappings of Woody Allen himself, is an incredible central performance from Cate Blanchett.
Jasmine French, whose real name is Jeannette (Blanchett), is a frayed socialite fleeing Park Avenue and a now hellish existence after her husband »
- Nicholas Bell
Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) ultimate movie star showcase – Summer Under the Stars – returns this August for its 11th year as TCM pays tribute to 31 different stars in 31 days.
Sixteen of this year’s stars are being celebrated for the first time duringSummer Under the Stars, including Oscar® winners Joan Fontaine (Aug. 6), Mickey Rooney (Aug. 13), Wallace Beery (Aug. 17), Hattie McDaniel (Aug. 20), Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith (Aug. 22), Charles Coburn (Aug. 24), Martin Balsam(Aug. 27), Shirley Jones (Aug. 28) and Rex Harrison (Aug. 31). Also featured for the first time will be silent heartthrob Ramón Novarro (Aug. 8); legendary French actressCatherine Deneuve (Aug. 12), whose day features six films making their TCM debuts; Ann Blyth (Aug. 16), whose marathon will air on her 85th birthday; and Mary Boland (Aug. 4) and Glenda Farrell (Aug. 29), two outstanding character actresses who never received the recognition they deserved. They will join 15 returning favorites, including Humphrey Bogart (Aug. 1), Doris Day (Aug. 2), Charlton Heston (Aug. »
- Melissa Thompson
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1. La Confidential
Back in the 90s, where fresh-faced Guy was winning over critics in an ensemble crime movie with fellow Aussie rising star Russell Crowe. In La Confidential, Pearce plays an idealistic young cop eager to prove himself in the police force, and accidentally offends Lana Turner in the process.
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Swimmer who found movie fame in a string of MGM musicals
Esther Williams, "Hollywood's Mermaid", who has died aged 91, swam her way through more than a dozen splashy MGM musicals in the 1940s and early 50s. While smiling at the camera, she was able to do a combination of crawl, breast and backstroke, and was forever blowing bubbles under water, seemingly having an inexhaustible supply of air.
Like the starlets Lana Turner, Kathryn Grayson and Donna Reed before her, she started out for MGM in a Hardy Family picture, Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942) – though one that allowed her to swim with Mickey Rooney. After being billed 19th in A Guy Named Joe (1943), she shot to stardom in her third film, Bathing Beauty (1944).
It started out as an average Red Skelton vehicle, first called Mr Co-Ed, then Sing and Swim, but Esther's superb figure and pretty features were heightened by Technicolor »
- Ronald Bergan
Today, it's not a secret that legendary Hollywood star Rock Hudson was gay. But back in the 1950s, this was not the case. Even Hudson's wife, Phyllis, wasn't sure until she grilled him about his sexuality.
That grilling was all caught on tape.
A series of transcripts made from recordings taken by private investigator Fred Otash in 1958 reveal extreme tension in what had to have been a somewhat unhappy marriage. Just released to The Hollywood Reporter by Otash's daughter, 11 boxes of the Pi's documents include some startling revelations from the Hudson marriage.
Otash's records show angry but open communication between the spouses about Rock Hudson's sexuality.
Rock: "I told Dr. Rankin everything. I didn't hedge on anything at all."
Phyllis: "You mean about homo-sexuality?"
Rock: "Yes, I told him everything, but I told you we were just talking about the movies."
Phyllis: "Then what kept you from going back to him? »
Neo-noir is an unusual genre from a costume perspective because although rooted in reality it is generally not specific to one era or setting. This means a variety of influences fill the screen incorporating past, present and future suggesting a particular story could be told anywhere at any time. Yet with noir’s literary and cinematic heyday belonging to 1940s, certain period details are necessary in order to satisfy that vital element of the genre and its all subsidiaries: atmosphere.
The Grifters (1990, directed by Stephen Frears) is about as bleak as noir gets. Its central characters are shysters; they live on the wrong side of the law, fleece the innocent and, like addicts, remain locked in a cycle of risk and repeat, trapped by the thrill of the grift. The film is set in contemporary Los Angeles with familiar genre nods to the past, anywhere from the thirties to eighties, »
- Chris Laverty
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