8 items from 2014
The Wizard of Oz, 1939 (2014 re-release in IMAX 3D).
Directed by Victor Fleming.
Starring Judy Garland, Terry “Toto” the dog, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, with Charlie Grapewin and Clara Blandick, and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins.
Young Dorothy (Judy Garland) gets whisked off on a tornado, from the bland and bleak Kansas farmland she calls home, to a magical land of whimsy and colour, called Oz. Despite finally fulfilling her wish of going “somewhere over the rainbow”, and being hailed as a national hero for trampling the Wicked Witch of the East upon her landing, all Dorothy wants is to go home. Heeding the advice of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North (Billie Burke), Dorothy heads off to Emerald City, following the Yellow Brick Road, in order to see the great and powerful Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan), who is »
- Kat Kourbeti
Director: Victor FleminG
Running Time: 102 minutes
Synopsis: A twister takes the unsettled Dorothy on a journey to the magical land of Oz where she must destroy an evil witch, help a scarecrow find a brain, a tin man a heart, and a cowardly lion some courage, as well as getting back to Kansas.
When the classics of 1939 start getting 3D IMAX releases we have to ask whether they can truly stand their ground on such formats, or if this is just a shameless cash grab for a 75th anniversary. Thankfully, and amazingly, The Wizard Of Oz seems as though it was made for both the 3D and IMAX cinemas. 3D and IMAX can certainly feel gimmicky at times, even with modern releases, but here it represents the incredible world of Oz on such »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
It's difficult to think of a film that has inspired more urban legends than Victor Fleming's 1939 children's classic The Wizard of Oz. Depending on who you believe, Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon syncs perfectly with the action (not true), the production was cursed with a series of horrendous accidents (true), and the Munchkins were all shag-happy party animals (also untrue, but a favourite talk show gag of star Judy Garland). Perhaps the tall tales have something to do with the hellish shoot, which involved five directors and at least 15 writers, or maybe it's because The Wizard of Oz is watched by a lot of stoned people.
What many don't seem to realise is that The Wizard Of Oz is itself a remake. L Frank Baum's original 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz (the first in a series of more than a dozen books) was filmed »
Comedian Joan Rivers died this afternoon at the age of 81. Jennifer Vineyard spoke to Rivers last year and earlier this year about her childhood in, and favorite parts of, New York. The first time I was in the city I was about 13, and I went in with a friend to see Where's Charley? with Ray Bolger. I just wanted to get out and get going. Home was Brooklyn, New York. Eastern Parkway and New York Avenue, which was known as Doctor's Row. All doctors, so it was great to get sick. It was wonderful. We were right off of Eastern Parkway, which was all leafy and green. Everybody knew everybody. It was a terrific place. You could ride your bike. You were totally safe.But New York was the magic city. New York was where you took the subway in and you came out and you were either in »
- Joan Rivers
In Disney's musical remake of the Laurel & Hardy classic, Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello play about-to-be wed Tom the Piper's Son and Mary Quite Contrary. However, on the eve of their wedding, evil miser Barnaby (Ray Bolger) hires two henchmen (Henry Calvin and Gene Sheldon, stepping into Stan and Ollie's shoes) to drown Tom and steal Mary's sheep, cared for by Little Bo Peep. This would deprive Mary and the children she lives with of their livelihood »
June 6, 2014
22 Jump Street
Running time: 112 mins
Director: Ryan Coogler
Running time: 85 mins
Director: Olivier Dahan
Running time: 103 mins
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets
Director: Florian Habicht
Running time: 90 mins
Director: Amma Asante
Running time: 104 mins
Director: Atom Egoyan
Running time: 114 mins
Director: Mike Flanagan
Running time: 104 mins
Young and Prodigious Ts Spivet
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Running time: 105 mins
The Wizard of Oz - IMAX
Starring: Judy Garland, »
The end is here – if someone asked you what the most important movie musical of all time was, it would come from this portion of the list. Obviously, it’s all subjective, but it’s difficult to make a case against the influence of these films on our culture and the industry as a whole. So, cue the orchestra and practice your dance moves, because the closing number is here.
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10. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Directed by John Badham
Signature Song: “Stayin’ Alive” (http://youtu.be/Fa9n7GirhsI)
After making a name for himself with TV’s “Welcome Back Kotter,” John Travolta became a star with 1977′s cultural landmark Saturday Night Fever, a dance musical where Travolta plays Tony Manero, a young man who works a dead-end job, but spends his weekends as the king of the dance floor at a Brooklyn disco. The soundtrack, which was »
- Joshua Gaul
The 86th Annual Academy Awards will honor the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, a best picture nominee in 1939, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. In addition, ABC has released a new promo featuring Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres being played off by the orchestra.
"We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year's Oscars."
The Wizard of Oz received six Oscar nominations, winning two for Original Score and Song.
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The telecast, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live »
8 items from 2014
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