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Cary Grant films on TCM: Gender-bending 'I Was a Male War Bride' (photo: Cary Grant not gay at all in 'I Was a Male War Bride') More Cary Grant films tonight, as Turner Classic Movies continues with its Star of the Month presentations. Right now, TCM is showing the World War II action-drama Destination Tokyo, in which Grant finds himself aboard a U.S. submarine alongside John Garfield. Directed by Delmer Daves, who a decade later would direct a series of classy Westerns (e.g., 3:10 to Yuma, The Hanging Tree), Destination Tokyo is pure flag-waving propaganda, plodding its way through the dangerous waters of war-movie stereotypes and speechifying banalities. The film's key point of interest is Grant himself -- not because of he's any good, but because he has been cast against type as a tough submarine commander. It's always odd to see debonair Cary Grant »
- Andre Soares
When Australia’s two most famous film critics, David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz, sign off for the final time this week, they will have been beaming into the nation’s living rooms for an unprecedented 28 years. That’s four years longer than the late Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert shared the balcony on U.S. television, and only two years less than Johnny Carson spent hosting “The Tonight Show.”
Even more remarkably, in this age of Web- and social-media-driven “consumer” criticism, Stratton and Pomeranz (or David and Margaret, as they are more commonly known) continue to reach a weekly audience of nearly 700,000 viewers (between the initial broadcast and digital downloads), or roughly 3% of Australia’s national population.
It’s little wonder, then, that some in the Australian film industry are panicked about the void that will be left by the duo’s absence.
“They have helped this country have a film culture, »
- Scott Foundas
Eureka! Entertainment let fly with a volley of announcements earlier today, unveiling their slate for the first quarter of 2015 on both their Masters of Cinema and Eureka! Classics labels.New to Masters of Cinema will be Stanley Donen's Two For The Road, starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney; Fritz Lang's Metropolis gets a 2-disc steelbook re-release that also includes the kitsch classic Giorgio Moroder presents: Metropolis; Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary Shoah arrives alongside 4 Films After Shoah, including Last Of The Unjust; Elia Kazan's Wild River, Sidney Lumet's little-seen cop drama The Offence starring Sean Connery; Raymond Bernard's deeply moving Wwi drama Wooden Crosses; Anthony Mann's Man Of The West with Gary Cooper; and Federico Fellini's Satyricon. On the Eureka! Classics label, Bill Gunn's Ganja And...
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Is there a more enduring image in American movies of youthful idealism giving the finger to “plastic” adult conformity than the final moments of “The Graduate?” And yet, as the wedding usurper Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) and his runaway bride Elaine (Katharine Ross) make their victory run from a Santa Barbara cathedral on to a passing city bus, an air of uncertainty still clouds the proceedings, as elation gives way to reality, and the beaming smiles on both characters’ faces drop back into puzzled, where-do-we-go-from-here stares.
That wonderfully jaundiced sense of life’s triumphs sitting on a knife’s edge of tragedy, and of the lies we willingly tell ourselves, ran through so much of Mike Nichols’ work that it was tempting to think it was a natural consequence of having been born Jewish in pre-War Nazi Germany, fleeing to the U.S. (without speaking English) at age 7, and somehow »
- Scott Foundas
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The Retrospective of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival will celebrate the centenary of Technicolor. The Retrospective will present around 30 magnificent Technicolor films, some of which have been elaborately restored. They were made in the early years between the dawn of Technicolor and 1953 – and include six British films.
“The blazing red of Southern skies in Gone with the Wind or the ecstatic yellow of the raincoats in Singin’ in the Rain – in those days, the play of dramatically intensified colours was a sensation. The Technicolor process combined with cultural and economic trends to produce great cinematic works of art that still thrill audiences today,” says Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick.
As of 1915, inventors Herbert T. Kalmus, Daniel Comstock and W. Burton Wescott developed the two-colour process Technicolor No. »
The people ride in a hole in the ground," sing the three horny, hopped-up sailors as they ecstatically catalog the city's many marvels in "New York, New York," the opening number of Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's On the Town (1949).
That hole, now 110 years old, receives a more expansive, warts-and-all tribute in BAMcinématek's "Retro Metro" series, a program of 13 features and three shorts that highlight the joys and terrors of subterranean travel. Spanning 1928 through 1992, these movies reveal wildly vacillating feelings about the sprawling transit system — what Randy Kennedy calls "an object of pride and fascination, fear and loathing" in the introduction to his excellent 2004 book, Subwayland, a collection of his New York Times co »
★★★★★When we think of the American musical, our collective consciousness will immediately race to Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, but choreographer turned director Busby Berkeley is the flamboyant, wildcard auteur of the genre. After organising military parades as an army officer in the First World War, he made his name as the creator of some of the most astonishing set pieces in cinema with an unrivalled trio of 1933 pre-Code musicals; The Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade and 42nd Bacon Street, Berkeley managed to turn the chorus line into an art form. The sequences were sublime but they also tapped into the social issues of the day, from the men lost to war to the depths of The Great Depression.
- CineVue UK
Diane Sawyer got nostalgic for the final installment of her ABC World News weekly segment Person of the Week, spotlighting her favorite moments and interview subjects. Rather than featuring one guest, as has been custom since she has been anchoring the News since 2009, Sawyer looked back on the various intriguing figures she's included in the segment. See video: Diane Sawyer on Why She's Leaving ABC's ‘World News Tonight’ Some of Sawyer's favorites from her tenure at ABC include everything from uncovering “Singin’ in the Rain” set secrets with director Stanley Donen, to teaching acting to science students with Alan Alda and. »
- Linda Ge
Photo courtesy Debbie Reynolds Studios
Debbie Reynolds – actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness – has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.
Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the union’s highest accolade will be presented to the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-nominated Reynolds at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt).
SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard praised Reynolds’ artistry over her very accomplished career, saying, “I’m thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented »
- Michelle McCue
Today — July 14 — is the twenty-fifth anniversary of When Harry Met Sally, and Vulture will be celebrating throughout the week. First up: a look back at the legacy of the Nora Ephron classic. (This article was originally published in February.) Twenty-five years ago, When Harry Met Sally revolutionized the romantic comedy. Sure, this film genre had been around since the earliest days of cinema, and had once been the domain of giants like Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch and Stanley Donen. But Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s 1989 hit, with its slick, highly quotable back-and-forth between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, as well as its oddly self-reflective quality, felt like something strange and new — the Star Wars of romantic comedies. It wasn’t just a romantic comedy, it was a rom-com. We’ve been living in its wake ever since, and Valentine's Day seemed like a good time to look at »
- Bilge Ebiri,David Edelstein
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.
courtesy of rowthree.com
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
Today on Trailers from Hell, John Landis takes on that iconic 1952 musical, "Singin' In The Rain." Close to perfection. Directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly assemble a peerless cast and crew to satirize and celebrate Hollywood. Set at the moment when sound came to motion pictures and turned the industry upside down (sending more than a few actors to the unemployment line), 1952's "Singin' In The Rain" seamlessly integrates its songs into its storyline, but even without those buoyant musical numbers it would still be one of the funniest movies ever made, thanks to Comdon and Green's ingenious screenplay. Co-stars Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor (in a sidekick role intended for Oscar Levant), and especially Jean Hagen, as the overbearing star with the voice to match, were never better. The title song had appeared previously in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 and 1940's Little Nelly Kelly. Recycling never looked so good. »
- Trailers From Hell
Close to perfection. Directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly assemble a peerless cast and crew to satirize and celebrate Hollywood. Set at the moment when sound came to motion pictures and turned the industry upside down (sending more than a few actors to the unemployment line), 1952′s Singin’ In The Rain seamlessly integrates its songs into its storyline, but even without those buoyant musical numbers it would still be one of the funniest movies ever made, thanks to Comdon and Green’s ingenious screenplay. Co-stars Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor (in a sidekick role intended for Oscar Levant), and especially Jean Hagen, as the overbearing star with the voice to match, were never better. The title song had appeared previously in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 and 1940′s Little Nelly Kelly. Recycling never looked so good.
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- TFH Team
Filmmaker Geoff Todd's Twitter account, @OnePerfectShot, is our new No.1 destination for a daily fix of movie geekiness.
The account's mission is to "honour cinema's past and (hopefully) inspire a new generation of perfect shots" and features stunning stills from classic movies. And Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.
Here are our personal 14 favourite shots:
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Some specialty festival events started this week that should be on your radar. The 17th annual Cine Las Americas festival runs through Sunday. Movies are playing at four venues, including the Marchesa and the Alamo Drafthouse Village. If you didn't get a film pass, you can buy individual tickets at the venues if the films aren't at capacity. The seventh annual Off-Centered Film Fest is also going on through the weekend. Special events include a 35mm screening of Jackie Chan's Drunken Master and Harold Lloyd's 1923 silent classic Safety Last!
The Marchesa will be tied up with Cine Las Americas screenings through the weekend, but Austin Film Society has a few other tricks up its sleeve. Richard Linklater returns on Wednesday night for his Jewels In The Wasteland series. He'll be presenting Ingmar Bergman's Fanny And Alexander in a 35mm print of the original 188-minute theatrical version. This »
- Matt Shiverdecker
“She can’t act, she can’t sing, she can’t dance. A triple threat!”
Singin’ In The Rain is part musical, part comedy, and part romance, but it is always all of these things at the same time. The story follows Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly), a famous silent movie star, and his friend Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) as they brace for Hollywood’s transition into the Age of Sound. This period in film history serves only as a backdrop for one of the most lavish films ever made. In addition to the comedy, what makes Singin’ In The Rain so memorable is the dance numbers. Watching O’Connor flail around during “Make ‘Em Laugh” is hilarious and nerve-wracking at the same time, and Gene Kelly’s famous “Singin’ in the Rain” epitomizes the film’s spirit.
Singin’ In The Rain is a perfect example of that kind of great »
- Tom Stockman
Over the past three months of Movie Poster of the Day, the two most popular posters by far were two beautiful (each in their own very distinct way) posters that I posted in memoriam of two dearly departed auteurs: Alan Resnais and Harold Ramis. And two other posters among the most popular (i.e. most liked or reblogged) were those posted in celebration of Philip Seymour Hoffman, including Chris Ware’s lovely 2007 design for The Savages, one of my favorite posters of last decade. So, if nothing else, Movie Poster of the Day has recorded the saddest losses of the year. (Not forgetting the adorable Swedish poster I posted for Shirley Temple which didn’t make the Top 20.)
I’m happy to see a number of new posters here: a very popular Dutch Wolf of Wall Street, »
- Adrian Curry
Marc Platt, who danced up a storm on stage and screen in Oklahoma! and played the fourth brother in the classic 1954 Stanley Donen musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, has died. He was 100. Platt, who danced in the 1930s with the famed Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, died Saturday in Marin, Calif., his daughter Donna told the San Francisco Chronicle. Platt also displayed some fancy footwork in the Rita Hayworth films Tonight and Every Night (1945) and Down to Earth (1947) and appeared with comic Sid Caesar in the musical Tars and Spars (1946). Platt created the role
- Mike Barnes
Screwball comedy movies, rare screenings of epic box office disaster: Library of Congress’ Packard Theater in April 2014 (photo: Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in ‘The Awful Truth’) In April 2014, the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virginia, will celebrate Hollywood screwball comedy movies, from the Marx Brothers’ antics to Peter Bogdanovich’s early ’70s homage What’s Up, Doc?, a box office blockbuster starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. Additionally, the Packard Theater will present a couple of rarities, including an epoch-making box office disaster that led to the demise of a major studio. Among Packard’s April 2014 screwball comedies are the following: Leo McCarey’s Duck Soup (Saturday, April 5) — actually more zany, wacky, and totally insane than merely "screwball" — in which Groucho Marx stars as the recently (un)elected dictator of Freedonia, abetted by siblings Harpo Marx and Chico Marx, in addition to Groucho’s perennial foil, »
- Andre Soares
★★★★★ Stanley Donen's Funny Face (1957), like the industry it so wittily satirises, is beguiling, effortlessly stylish and always in vogue. This evergreen classic receives a timely rerelease from Park Circus this week, coinciding conveniently with the bi-annual fashion circus currently making its way around the clothing capitals of the world. Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) is happy working as an assistant in an obscure New York bookshop. However, during a photo shoot at the shop by a top fashion glossy, Jo is discovered by the magazine's editor Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) and top photographer Dick Avery (musical royalty Fred Astaire).
- CineVue UK
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