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Famed for his distinctive illustrative style and shrewd social satire, children’s author Tomi Ungerer penned Moon Man in 1966 – and it’s a tale that has now been brought to life on the big screen by first-time filmmakers Stephan Schesch and Sarah Clara Weber. Remaining faithful to Ungerer’s distinguishable approach, Moon Man combines a touching story with an enchanting aesthetic, to form a simply delightful animation.
Despite being a great source of inspiration to children amongst the world, the man who lives in the moon is bored and in need of some company. So he decides to hitch a ride down to Earth, though his arrival is not met with the warmest of welcomes by the world’s egotistical, bloodthirsty President, who fears an alien invasion. However despite being exposed to all of the world’s natural beauty, the Moon Man’s disappearance means that children around the world »
- Stefan Pape
Florence Sando Manson, a pioneering female newscaster in radio and the early years of television journalism who hosted Pittsburgh TV series “The Florence Manson Show,” died November 25 in Riverdale, N.Y., from complications related to dementia. She was 95.
Breaking out of the usual confines of gossip and fashion coverage to which women broadcasters were relegated, Sando spent 18 years as a popular on-air personality in Pittsburgh, tackling the leading hard news of the day in a career that ran until 1959.
She interviewed public figures such as Eleanor Roosevelt on radio as well as celebrities including Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong on TV. Some of these interviews are available at the Museum of Broadcasting in New York.
Sando also produced the earlier hard news broadcast “Women’s Angle.” The innovative 15-minute morning show did not condescend to its audience, presenting news of the world to women rather than the lowbrow mix of »
- Variety Staff
Ever since taking home the hugely prestigious Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Forest Whitaker has been searching for that next momentous performance – and it’s safe to say he has found it in the inspiring drama The Butler.
Playing Cecil Gaines – a butler who served eight different presidents at the White House across a 34 year tenure, Whitaker is at his very best, starring alongside Oprah Winfrey. Whitaker discusses with us what it’s like to play Oprah’s husband and how his performance reduced director Lee Daniels to tears. He also discusses his own personal recollection of the Civil Rights Movement, and he confirms to us that his screenplay for his long-awaited Louis Armstrong biopic may well be going into pre-production early next year.
The Butler is released on November 15th, and you can read our review here.
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- Stefan Pape
It’s been ages since I’ve seen a WWII movie that can truly be called epic, and I have to say, Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk sure looks like he’s got the epicness down in his new WWII movie “Stalingrad”. I mean, guys on fire? Tanks blasting things to smithereens? An entire city choking on flames? And finally, well-timed slow-motion gunplay to achieve maximum pathos? What more could you want? Check out a slightly new (well, new-ish) trailer for the movie. I actually preferred the original trailer, with the Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” track, which made it so haunting. The only name I recognize from the cast is Thomas Kretschmann, who used to star in the canceled TV show “The River”, and is currently playing a very new version of Van Helsing in NBC’s “Dracula”. Which is ironic, because he also recently starred as Dracula in »
Glee is coming in like a wrecking ball on Nov. 14! Marley (Melissa Benoist) performs an emotional version of Miley Cyrus‘ hit song, while Kitty (Becca Tobin) teaches the New Directions how to twerk — while singing Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines.”
‘Glee’ Songs From ‘The End of Twerk’ — Listen Take Our Poll
During the episode, which we can expect to be extremely entertaining, even Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) joins in on the twerking! Listen to all the songs below!
Marley performs on “Wrecking Ball” . . . on a wrecking ball. After her boyfriend Jake (Jacob Artist) wandered away to »
- Emily Longeretta
In these exclusive extracts from his classy memoir, the Anchorman opens his head and shares his biggest memories
Ron on myths about his hair
1. My hair is called Andros Papanakas. It is not. I have no name for my hair.
2. My hair was bestowed upon me by the gods. This one is hard to dispel. It would have been just like Zeus to make such a gift, or Hermes, but even though I have called on these two gods many times I have never been told specifically by either one that I was given my hair, so I have to say no to the gift-from-the-gods theory.
3. My hair is insured by Lloyd's of London for $1,000. Nope! It's fifteen hundred, thank you.
4. My hair won't talk to my moustache. This is basically true but I would hardly call that a myth.
5. My hair starred in the movie Logan's Run. It was »
Xue Xiaolu's Chinese romantic comedy Finding Mr. Right wants to be an American romantic comedy so badly!
It begins with the Supremes' "Someday We'll Be Together," ends with Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World," and sets a montage to Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" along the way, all without a hint of irony. None of this is a spoiler; remember that the title is Finding Mr. Right, which manages to be both generic and misleading.
The Finder in question is Wen (Tang Wei), a ditzy, rich Chinese woman sent by her sugar daddy to Seattle (portrayed by Vancouver) to give birth, thus circumventing China's one-child policy.
She's not seeking Mr. Right at first, but could it be Frank (Wu Xiubo), the scruffy driver who picks her up at the airport? And as Wen »
Review Michael Noble 29 Oct 2013 - 16:04
Boardwalk Empire delivers yet another great episode, showcasing the character's performative aspects...
This review contains spoilers.
4.8 The Old Ship of Zion
‘The Jazz Age’, they called it. The term came to mean rather more than music, but, like so much of culture, songs were at the heart of things. It was the era of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong; the decade of George and Ira Gershwin, Scott Joplin, ragtime, the Charleston and of course, the blues. It was the age of Bessie Smith and Chalky’s beloved Ma Rainey, whose Farewell Daddy Blues will yet resonate through our fictional world.
In that world it’s also the age of Daughter Maitland, whose exquisite, sensual performances have become standard features of this current run of episodes. Part of Boardwalk Empire’s success as a period piece has been achieved through an evocation of »
The buzz surrounding Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance in “12 Years a Slave” should throw a bit of heat toward “Dancing on the Edge,” the five-part Starz miniseries in which he stars. Yet this handsome and interesting period piece — focusing on black jazz musicians hobnobbing with the British aristocracy in 1930s London — suffers from its languid pace, with a not-terribly-compelling mystery breathing only fitful life into the project. Beautiful to look at and pleasant to listen to, at six-plus hours (the first and last chapters each run more than 90 minutes), this is ultimately a rather dull “Edge.”
Writer-director Stephen Poliakoff previously explored the era in “The Lost Prince,” during which he learned about the real-life Prince George, who harbored a passion for jazz. He twinned that with the popularity of artists like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong in quarters of post-Depression British society — including Ellington’s interaction with the future Duke of Windsor, »
- Brian Lowry
Feature Ivan Radford 30 Sep 2013 - 07:03
You can tell immediately when you're watching a Woody Allen movie. Not just from the opening credits (Windsor Light Condensed on black title cards) but from the music. Woody loves the stuff - he'd rather play clarinet with his band than go to the Oscars. He loves it so much that he joins the list of directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese who are known for using popular, pre-existing music in their soundtracks. The man has directed an astonishing 43 films in his career. Just seven of those have original scores.
Robert Pattinson ‘Life’: Pattinson to play James Dean photographer and travel companion Dennis Stock Robert Pattinson is keeping himself busy. Pattinson is reportedly going to play Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock in the aptly titled Life, to be directed by Anton Corbijn, himself a photographer. Dane DeHaan is slated to co-star as Stock’s traveling companion and photographic subject James Dean. The screenplay, chronicling the relationship between the young photographer and the Hollywood-legend-to-be, is by Luke Davies. (Photo: Robert Pattinson.) According to The Hollywood Reporter, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, among whose producing credits are Tom Hooper’s Best Picture Academy Award winner The King’s Speech and the Steve McQueen / Michael Fassbender sex addiction drama Shame, will bring Life to life (sorry, I couldn’t resist) via See Saw Films. FilmNation will reportedly be looking for foreign buyers at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. As per the Reporter, Life »
- Andre Soares
Veteran broadcaster who started out in the 60s satire boom and found worldwide fame with his TV interviews
For half a century, Sir David Frost, who has died aged 74 of a heart attack, was hardly ever off our television screens, from 1960s satire on the BBC to encounters with the great and good on al-Jazeera. In the process, he became the world's most celebrated television interviewer.
At the outset, the very success of this man in a stupendous hurry proved somewhat alarming to some – as the author and translator Kitty Muggeridge said of him in 1967: "He has risen without a trace." Worse than that, he was nicknamed the "bubonic plagiarist", for allegedly appropriating Peter Cook's gags and sketches from Beyond the Fringe for his television show That Was the Week That Was, and so piggybacking on the achievements of others.
No matter. In the decades that followed, Frost »
- Stuart Jeffries
Victoria Duval is now a household name. The 17-year-old American, who was ranked 296, beat out Samantha Stosur, 29, at the Louis Armstrong Stadium on Aug. 27, at the U.S. Open and she couldn’t have been more humble about it!
Victoria, who is being called the “girl with the tiny voice” played her best match of tennis ever, and now she will advance. Victoria had received a wild car to play at the U.S. Open, after winning last year’s Usta 18-and-under girls championship.
“It was a big moment, big stage, not easy closing any match out, let alone a past U.S. Open champion,” she said of her big win. “I don’t even remember match point,” she added. “I guess I was really happy. »
- Chloe Melas
The fifth annual Lights. Camera. Help Film Festival at Alamo Drafthouse Village was quite a whirlwind trip around the world and back in time. On opening night, I excitedly sat in the packed theater for A Film About Kids and Music: Sant Andreu Jazz Band. The documentary followed a talented jazz band of students ranging from age 6 to 18 in Spain, led by their fierce conductor Joan Chamorro. It was amazing to see these kids mastering jazz standards by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong that were written decades before they were born. If a six-year old named Elsa can play a mean trumpet to a packed concert stadium, maybe it's time I dust off my grade-school violin.
Director/producer Ramon Tort and Joan Chamorro received a standing ovation as the credits rolled. Later, I wasn't surprised to learn the film went on to win Best Feature at the festival. »
Mickey Rooney movie schedule (Pt): TCM on August 13 See previous post: “Mickey Rooney Movies: Music and Murder.” Photo: Mickey Rooney ca. 1940. 3:00 Am Death On The Diamond (1934). Director: Edward Sedgwick. Cast: Robert Young, Madge Evans, Nat Pendleton, Mickey Rooney. Bw-71 mins. 4:15 Am A Midsummer Night’S Dream (1935). Director: Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle. Cast: James Cagney, Dick Powell, Olivia de Havilland, Ross Alexander, Anita Louise, Mickey Rooney, Joe E. Brown, Victor Jory, Ian Hunter, Verree Teasdale, Jean Muir, Frank McHugh, Grant Mitchell, Hobart Cavanaugh, Dewey Robinson, Hugh Herbert, Arthur Treacher, Otis Harlan, Helen Westcott, Fred Sale, Billy Barty, Rags Ragland. Bw-143 mins. 6:45 Am A Family Affair (1936). Director: George B. Seitz. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Lionel Barrymore, Cecilia Parker, Eric Linden. Bw-69 mins. 8:00 Am Boys Town (1938). Director: Norman Taurog. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton, Gene Reynolds, Edward Norris, Addison Richards, Minor Watson, Jonathan Hale, »
- Andre Soares
"Cowboy" Jack Clement, a producer, engineer, songwriter and beloved figure who helped birth rock 'n' roll and push country music into modern times, died Thursday morning at his home. He was 82. Dub Cornett, a close friend of Clement's, said his hospice nurse confirmed Clement passed away surrounded by family after declining treatment for liver cancer. His death came just months after he learned he would be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame, a fitting tip of the cowboy hat to the man whose personal story is entwined with the roots of modern music like few others. He was to »
- Associated Press
Directed by Woody Allen
People are constantly creating problems for themselves, problems that have to be solved and even some that can’t be solved. I’m no stranger to this self-destructive behavior. I made a list of classic films that I had never seen – that I should have seen – a shame list, literally shaming myself for my shortcomings. Completing this list isn’t too hard a task but nonetheless gives me a good incentive to watch the classics that I’ve ignored for years. Ironically, Woody Allen’s Manhattan is one of the films on The Shame List, and this neurotic tendency to create problems is the very premise of the film. For the eccentric characters in Manhattan, creating unnecessary, distracting problems serves as a way to avoid dealing with the more terrifyingly unsolvable problems of the world.
At its core, »
- Katherine Springer
Can you believe Will Ferrell turns 46 today? Our favorite funnyman has kept us laughing throughout the years with movies classics like "Anchorman," "Elf" and "Step Brothers." The comedian got his start in the ‘90s on "Saturday Night Live" and seriously brought the laughs in skits like the Roxbury Brothers, the Spartan Cheerleaders and with his George W. Bush impersonations. While Ferrell parted ways with "SNL" in 2002, he's continued to make people laugh on the silver screen. We can't wait to see Will reprise his role as Ron Burgundy in "Anchorman: The Legend Continues"! To celebrate one of Hollywood's most hilarious leading men, check out Will's funniest quotes below! You're welcome.Will Ferrell's Funniest Quotes:1. "Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which, of course, in German means a whale's vagina." -- "Anchorman"2. "Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. »
- tooFab Staff
I'm a huge fan of Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, in fact I'd count it among my favorite films of all-time. I'm also a huge fan of Woody Allen's work and for these two reasons alone I felt it was about time I watched Allen's Stardust Memories, which is about as close to a satisfying remake of Fellini's classic as you're likely to get. Though I vastly prefer Fellini's film and found Stardust to be a little too overbearing, I found great joy in the visuals and Allen's embracing of that certain "something" that makes Fellini's movie so "cool", for lack of a better word, and inviting. Allen took Fellini's film and made it his own, which is to say it's filled with paranoia and Allen's signature skittishness. I considered just compiling a series of stills from the film, but instead opted for only two along with »
- Brad Brevet
Photographer and film-maker who took some of the last shots of Marilyn Monroe
In the summer of 1962 Bert Stern, who has died aged 83, took more than 2,500 photographs of Marilyn Monroe over three sessions held in a Los Angeles hotel. The images captured Monroe in a sometimes pensive but mostly playful mood as she posed nude, variously covered by bedsheets, a chinchilla coat, a stripy Vera Neumann scarf and a pair of chiffon roses. Despite their air of carefree humour, the portraits are inescapably wistful because – along with George Barris's subsequent pictures of Monroe at Santa Monica beach – they are among the last photographs taken of the star. She was found dead at her home several weeks later.
The shoot was for Vogue, which had Stern on a contract that required him to fill 100 fashion pages a year and afforded him an additional 10 pages for personal projects. Stern proposed Monroe as a subject, »
- Chris Wiegand
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