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The Subway's the Star in Bam's Transporting Retro

23 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

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 »

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Blu-ray Review: 'The Gang's All Here'

22 September 2014 7:28 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★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.

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- CineVue UK

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Diane Sawyer Gets Nostalgic for Final Person of the Week Segment (Video)

22 August 2014 7:02 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Debbie Reynolds To Be Honored With 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award

18 August 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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

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The 25 Best Romantic Comedies Since When Harry Met Sally

14 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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The Definitive Movie Musicals: 10-1

25 May 2014 9:32 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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

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Trailers from Hell Goes 'Singin' In The Rain'

12 May 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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

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Singin’ in the Rain

11 May 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

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

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14 Perfect Shots from the One Perfect Shot Twitter page

6 May 2014 8:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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:

1. North by Northwest

Perfect shot from North By Northwest (1959) DoP: Robert Burks | Dir: Alfred Hitchcock pic.twitter.com/q67FGcM6m9

— Perfect Shots (@OnePerfectShot) May 5, 2014

2. Badlands

Perfect shot from Badlands (1973) Cinematography:Tak Fujimoto (et al) | Dir:Terrence Malick pic.twitter.com/ufNKGp9EU4

— Perfect Shots (@OnePerfectShot) May 4, 2014

3. Reservoir Dogs

Perfect shot from Reservoir Dogs (1992) DoP: Andrzej Sekula - Dir: Quentin Tarantino pic.twitter.com/Zhrq1QjMK4

— Perfect Shots (@OnePerfectShot) May 4, 2014

4. Psycho

Perfect shot from Psycho (1960) DoP: John L. Russell - Dir: Alfred Hitchcock pic.twitter.com/3XEtsmadki

— Perfect Shots (@OnePerfectShot) May 2, 2014

5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom »

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Movies This Week: April 25 - May 1, 2014

25 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

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

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Gene Kelly is Singin’ In The Rain at The Hi-Pointe Saturday Morning

7 April 2014 4:19 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“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

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The Best of “Movie Poster of the Day,” Part 6

4 April 2014 8:56 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: German poster for Last Year At Marienbad (Alain Resnais, France, 1961), artist: Tostmann.

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

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'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' Dancer Marc Platt Dies at 100

31 March 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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- Mike Barnes

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Library of Congress' Packard Campus: Rare Double Screening of Box Office Cataclysm

26 March 2014 6:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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

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Film Review: 'Funny Face'

5 March 2014 5:59 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ 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).

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- CineVue UK

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We Are What We Are, The Book Thief, Non-Stop: this week's new films

28 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We Are What We Are | The Book Thief | Non-Stop | Ride Along | As The Palaces Burn | Unforgiven | Funny Face

We Are What We Are (18)

(Jim Mickle, 2013, Us) Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner. 103 mins

The story of an archaic backwoods family with very good reasons for their insularity, this spends such a long time laying out its twisted domestic set-up, it's almost as if it's in denial about being a horror movie (remade from a Mexican original). It's a wise decision. If you don't know the family's Big Secret already, it would be a shame to spoil it; let's just say it pulls the story into real shock and gore territory.

The Book Thief (12A)

(Brian Percival, 2013, Us/Ger) Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson. 131 mins

A smart but syrupy wartime tale that traverses well-trodden territory – from The Reader to Life Is Beautiful – as a young girl is adopted by goodly Germans, »

- Steve Rose

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Funny Face review – 'A brittle charm'

27 February 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This 1957 musical makes an unconvincing May-to-December pairing of Hepburn and Astaire, but the gorgeous confectionary has its moments

For me, the gorgeous confectionery of George and Ira Gershwin's songs can't entirely sweeten this 1957 musical directed by Stanley Donen, now on re-release. I confess to finding it, sometimes, a bit mannered and grating. Kay Thompson plays Maggie Prescott, a terrifying New York fashion mag editor gearing up for a Paris trip and looking for the next big thing. Super-famous photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) commandeers a Greenwich Village bookstore for an elaborate shoot, and finds himself captivated by the shy, intellectual young woman in charge: this is Jo, played by Audrey Hepburn. On the spot, he realises that, in his hands, Jo could be the Eliza Doolittle of the fashion world. This brainy beauty will be a sensation. Of course they fall in love. Hepburn is in the boho-gamine mode, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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DVD Review: "Behind The Candelabra" (2013) Starring Michael Douglas And Matt Damon

12 February 2014 3:29 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

When I screened this DVD presentation of the much-hyped HBO movie Behind the Candelabra,  about the love affair between Liberace and his young boy toy Scott Thorson, the three people I viewed the movie with unanimously voiced an almost vitriolic response to the film. It had nothing to do with the gay love affair content (they are all dyed-in-the-wool liberals who support gay rights.) Their complaints centered on the fact that the film was boring and pointless and a colossal waste of talent. I was taken aback by the degree of their hatred for this movie but I will concede it was distinctly disappointing. First the background. In 1977 Scott Thorson was a hunky young guy who was introduced to Liberace. They entered an intense relationship that Thorson, in his memoirs, maintained was a legitimate May/December love affair. Before long Thorson had displaced Liberace's previous live-in »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

8 February 2014 6:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

(Jacques Demy, 1964, StudioCanal)

One of the enduring attractions of the French New Wave is what is now thought of as Jacques Demy's seaside trilogy – three bittersweet musical films on the themes of love, loss and life not turning out the way you expect it to, all with recurring characters and taking place in ports on the Atlantic coast. All three are designed by Demy's school friend Bernard Evein with music by Michel Legrand.

The first, Lola (1961), Demy's directorial debut, is a cleverly patterned fairytale set in his native Nantes and stars Anouk Aimée as a golden-hearted nightclub prostitute reunited with her former love and is stunningly shot in black and white by key nouvelle vague cameraman Raoul Coutard.

The other two, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967), are both in imaginatively used colour and pay homage to the Hollywood musical, most especially the films of Vincente Minnelli and Stanley Donen, »

- Philip French

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Rita Moreno Speaks Out on Sexism, Ageism, Racism

16 January 2014 3:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rita Moreno is one of the few people on earth to win an Egot: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. But she seems genuinely surprised at being honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award: “The joy is so profound. You can wish to have an Oscar someday or some other award, but Life Achievement? You don’t see yourself that way. It’s an astonishing and singular experience,” she says.

Despite her amazement, Moreno was an inspired choice. Her nearly 70-year acting career includes the ups and downs of every actor’s life, and reflects the changes in the entertainment industry, from the heydays of radio and the studio system, to theater, basic-cable and the shifts in the agencies’ roles. It also reflects the social fabric of the decades, as she fought for equality on a national level (the civil-rights march in D.C. in the 1960s) and personal level: “All »

- Tim Gray

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