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Dennis O’Neil: Comics. The Other Kind.

Now as I was young and fuzzy, mired in what we were assured was a university education, just beginning to pull my head out of my… Okay, look – no need for vulgarity here. Let’s leave it at this: I was pulling my head from the sand and becoming aware of kinds of culture other than what I was being fed to us by radio and movies (that Bob Hope! What a stitch!) and that alien entity in the living room we called “the teevee” or “the television” or simply “the set.”

(No need for further elaboration: we had only two sets, the one in the living room and the one Mom kept tucked away somewhere and that we saw only on the most festive of occasions, such as Christmas and the like, Oh, and full disclosure; I’m not sure we ever really had a holiday meal on the family set.
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The Forgotten: George Sidney's "Jupiter's Darling" (1955)

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The Coen brothers' recent Hail Caesar! may have seemed pretty bold in featuring both a Roman sword-and-sandal epic and a water ballet musical in its story of old Hollywood chicanery, but in 1955 MGM went several steps further in producing Jupiter's Darling, which is simultaneously a Roman epic and a water ballet musical, starring the queen (and sole proponent) of the latter genre, Esther Williams.One of the perplexing things about the genius of the system, whereby a studio apparatus geared to make crowd-pleasing entertainment also produced, on a fairly regular basis, great cinematic art as a kind of incidental by-product (incidental except to the artists employed) is that often the mass audience, which was the ultimate arbiter of taste, would get things badly wrong. Thus Keaton's The General, his bravest and best film, was a commercial flop, and thus the climax of the Williams water-and-song cycle proved to be an
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Strike Me Pink

Neurotic coward Eddie Cantor decides to defend an amusement park against gangsters, and nothing but fun ensues! Ethel Merman has a small role here, but we're more than entertained by Parkyakarkus, Brian Donlevy, William Frawley, Jack Larue. Plus Sally Eilers, the Goldwyn Girls and a terrific forgotten talent, billed in this movie as Rita Rio. Strike Me Pink DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1936 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 100 min. / Street Date August 4,, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Eddie Cantor, Ethel Merman, Sally Eilers, Parkyakarkus, Rita Rio (Dona Drake), Brian Donlevy, William Frawley, Jack Larue, Gordon Jones, Helen Lowell The Goldwyn Girls. Cinematography Merritt Gerstad, Gregg Toland Film Editor Sherman Todd Original Music (Alfred Newman) Dance Director Robert Alton Special Effects Gilbert Pratt, Ray Binger, Paul Eagler Written by Francis Martin, Frank Butler, Walter Deleon from the story and novel Dreamland by Clarence Buddington Kelland Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Directed by
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Oberon on TCM: Actress with Mystery Past Wears Men's Clothes, Fights Nazis

Merle Oberon movies: Mysterious star of British and American cinema. Merle Oberon on TCM: Donning men's clothes in 'A Song to Remember,' fighting hiccups in 'That Uncertain Feeling' Merle Oberon is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of March 2016. The good news: the exquisite (and mysterious) Oberon, whose ancestry has been a matter of conjecture for decades, makes any movie worth a look. The bad news: TCM isn't offering any Oberon premieres despite the fact that a number of the actress' films – e.g., Temptation, Night in Paradise, Pardon My French, Interval – can be tough to find. This evening, March 18, TCM will be showing six Merle Oberon movies released during the first half of the 1940s. Never a top box office draw in the United States, Oberon was an important international star all the same, having worked with many of the top actors and filmmakers of the studio era.
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Rewind This! – The Review: A Look Back at the Days of VHS

I admit it, I’m a sentimental old fart. I get choked up and maudlin very often, when I think of family and friends, a moment in time when I realized the tragedy life can bring to us, or the joy. I tear up at the movies regularly, or reading certain passages in books. But I never thought I would weep at the loss of a video system. If you read We Are Movie Geeks regularly you must be aware of the video revolution of the 1980s, when VHS players and recorders found a place in almost every home in America. I hope you recall the early days when VHS was neck and neck with Betamax, a technically better system. Remember the days of Mom and Pop video rental stores when almost anyone could open a store front, and with a collection of VHS tapes start making money? As one of the many,
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Joel Grey Remembers Showbiz Start in ‘Borscht Capades’

Joel Grey Remembers Showbiz Start in ‘Borscht Capades’
Joel Grey won a Tony and an Oscar for playing the Master of Ceremonies in the Broadway production and Bob Fosse’s 1972 screen adaptation of “Cabaret.” Known primarily as a song and dance man, Grey went on to appear in numerous other TV series and films as well as legit juggernauts “Chicago” and “Wicked.” His autobiography, “Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir” drops this week. Long before Hollywood success, Grey was a 9-year-old kid touring with his father’s Yiddish-language stage show, “Borscht Capades.”

Your father, Mickey Katz, created “Borscht Capades” in the early 1950s. How did that come about?

He was a musician — a clarinetist and a saxophone player — in bands around the east and he was playing in Cleveland, Ohio, which is where I was born. And (musician and bandleader) Spike Jones needed a clarinet player who could do bits, funny things. He went on the road with Spike
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Daily | Lang, Chabrol, Pennebaker

Fritz Lang was born on this day 125 years ago and, to celebrate, Matthew Thrift has drawn up a list of "10 essential films" for the BFI. Also in today's roundup: Claude Chabrol's episodes for the 1980 television series Fantômas, the Chiseler on William Dieterle, Eddie Cantor and Houseley Stevenson, Yorgos Lanthimos on Nikos Papatakis's The Shepherds of Calamity, a wide-ranging interview with D.A. Pennebaker, John Waters on Christmas, a new restoration of Jean-Luc Godard's A Married Woman (1964), David Lynch and Ringo Starr on music and meditation, video essays on Luis Buñuel, remembering Robert Loggia—and more. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Lang, Chabrol, Pennebaker

Fritz Lang was born on this day 125 years ago and, to celebrate, Matthew Thrift has drawn up a list of "10 essential films" for the BFI. Also in today's roundup: Claude Chabrol's episodes for the 1980 television series Fantômas, the Chiseler on William Dieterle, Eddie Cantor and Houseley Stevenson, Yorgos Lanthimos on Nikos Papatakis's The Shepherds of Calamity, a wide-ranging interview with D.A. Pennebaker, John Waters on Christmas, a new restoration of Jean-Luc Godard's A Married Woman (1964), David Lynch and Ringo Starr on music and meditation, video essays on Luis Buñuel, remembering Robert Loggia—and more. » - David Hudson
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Cummings' Ten-Year Death Anniversary: From Minor Lloyd Leading Lady to Tony Award Winner (Revised and Expanded)

Constance Cummings: Actress in minor Hollywood movies became major London stage star. Constance Cummings: Actress went from Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra to Noël Coward and Eugene O'Neill Actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned more than six decades on stage, in films, and on television in both the U.S. and the U.K., died ten years ago on Nov. 23. Unlike other Broadway imports such as Ann Harding, Katharine Hepburn, Miriam Hopkins, and Claudette Colbert, the pretty, elegant Cummings – who could have been turned into a less edgy Constance Bennett had she landed at Rko or Paramount instead of Columbia – never became a Hollywood star. In fact, her most acclaimed work, whether in films or – more frequently – on stage, was almost invariably found in British productions. That's most likely why the name Constance Cummings – despite the DVD availability of several of her best-received performances – is all but forgotten.
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Ed Asner Running for SAG-aftra National Board (Exclusive)

Three decades after serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild, Ed Asner is seeking a SAG-aftra national board seat as part of the Membership First slate, Variety has learned exclusively.

“I still have hopes of making the union more viable,” Asner told Variety. “I don’t think we present a strong enough image.”

Asner said he became involved as a candidate for several reasons: the slow pace of residual payments; the lack of member engagement in seeking contract improvements; and the failure to merge the separate SAG and AFTRA health and pension plans — a key reason given to members in the successful campaign for the 2012 merger of SAG and AFTRA.

“We are too willing to let transgressions slide by,” Asner said.

SAG-aftra national executive director David White disclosed last month that progress has been made in merging the plans, but gave no timetable for the implementation.

Asner will be
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Speakeasy Dollhouse's Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic, Liberty Theatre, 234 W. 42Nd Street, New York

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By Giacomo Selloni

If you are like me, you probably have a nostalgic heart. The fact that you read Cinema Retro is a major clue. Have you ever yearned to spend an evening in the past, a la Gil (Owen Wilson) in Woody Allen's “Midnight in Paris?” What if I told you how to experience an evening with Josephine Baker, Fanny Brice, Marion Davies, Will Rogers and Florenz Ziegfeld for a show at his famous theater that is hosted by Eddie Cantor? Would you go?

While real life can not actually bring you back in time to do so, Cynthia Von Buhler can, and has, with her new iTheater production “Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic” current running on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Liberty Theater on 42nd Street in NYC. Cynthia's previous interactive and immersive shows “The Bloody Beginning” and “The Brothers Booth” were wonderful productions that brought audience members
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Off The Shelf – Episode 52 – New Releases For Tuesday, June 2nd 2015

This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of June 2nd, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.

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IFC and Paramount / Shout! Factory: The Duke Of Burgundy, Reality, Clouds Of Sils Maria, Yoshishige Yoshida pre-order up at Arrow UK Wac – 6/23 – Hugo The Hippo! + Wac reveals their Entire June Slate on their Youtube Channel Scream Factory to release Wes Craven’s Shocker Kl Studio Classics to put out The Oblong Box (Poe adaptation with Vincent Price and Christopher Lee) Cohen Media: Under The Sun Of Satan (no date yet) Sony Pictures Classics: The Salt Of The Earth (July 14th) Cinema Guild: Jauja (July 21st)

New Releases

Apollo 13 – 20th Anniversary Edition Beetle Bailey
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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year.
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Wright and Goldwyn Have an Ugly Parting of the Ways; Brando (More or Less) Comes to the Rescue

Teresa Wright-Samuel Goldwyn association comes to a nasty end (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock Heroine in His Favorite Film.") Whether or not because she was aware that Enchantment wasn't going to be the hit she needed – or perhaps some other disagreement with Samuel Goldwyn or personal issue with husband Niven BuschTeresa Wright, claiming illness, refused to go to New York City to promote the film. (Top image: Teresa Wright in a publicity shot for The Men.) Goldwyn had previously announced that Wright, whose contract still had another four and half years to run, was to star in a film version of J.D. Salinger's 1948 short story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut." Instead, he unceremoniously – and quite publicly – fired her.[1] The Goldwyn organization issued a statement, explaining that besides refusing the assignment to travel to New York to help generate pre-opening publicity for Enchantment,
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New on Video: Silent Discoveries – ‘After Six Days’ & ‘Yesterday and Today’

From Vci Entertainment comes the odd and only moderately interesting Silent Discoveries double feature, containing After Six Days, a 62-minute 1920 Biblical epic, and Yesterday and Today, a nearly hour-long 1953 documentary. As noted by Vci, the former was “Touted at the time as a ‘$3,000,000 Entertainment for the Hundred Millions,'” and this edition was made from the only complete copy known to exist, a mint 16mm print of the 1929 7-reel sound reissue. The second title here features actor, comedian, and famous vaudevillian George Jessel as he hosts a random assortment of clips from early silent film releases, most of which were, and are, rarely otherwise seen. Neither portion is particularly good, or even consistently entertaining, but both—and this is the reason the DVD is worthwhile—are unique and scarce, and are therefore significant entries into the growing library of archived films made available for mass consumption.

To start with After Six Days,
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Photo Coverage: Song Of Solomon Presented at The Actors' Temple

Where else to present a concert version of a new, original Broadway musical titled Song Of Solomon than at the Actors' Temple. The historic building, constructed in 1923, has been designated a national landmark and the synagogue has been home to many of the greats in show business. Some of it's members and congregants were Al Jolson, Edward G. Robinson, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Henny Youngman, Eddie Cantor and countless other lesser-known actors, comedians, singers, playwrights, composers, musicians, writers, dancers and theatrical agents. Academy Award winner Shelley Winters kept the High Holy Days in the Actors Temple. as well as The Three Stooges, and Harpo Marx who attended services. Ed Sullivan, whose wife Sylvia Weinstein was Jewish, was also a member.
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Stage Tube: The Residuals Tell More Jokes to Thank KickStarter Supporters

For one of their KickStarter rewards, creators Michael Paul Smith and Gillian Pensavalle are thanking their supporters in a pretty unusual way. They are making videos for KickStarter contributors that include classic jokes from a 70-year-old joke book edited by Eddie Cantor. Now where else are you going to get that kind of 'Thank You' And let's be honest, Gillian's reactions are just as funny as the jokes themselves. Check out some of these videos below.
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Gardner, Crawford Among Academy's Career Achievement Award Non-Winners

Honorary Award: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth among dozens of women bypassed by the Academy (photo: Honorary Award non-winner Gloria Swanson in 'Sunset Blvd.') (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") Part three of this four-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women basically consists of a long, long — and for the most part quite prestigious — list of deceased women who, some way or other, left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss, that doesn't mean these women were any less deserving of an Honorary Oscar. So, among the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without
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Mel Brooks Recalls His First Mention in Variety in 1952

Mel Brooks Recalls His First Mention in Variety in 1952
Even the “2000 Year Old Man” had to start somewhere. Back in 1952, 26 year-old Mel Brooks was just another struggling comedy writer, penning sketches for a revue — albeit one backed by names like Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor. “Curtain Going Up” had a two-week tryout in Philadelphia before a planned Broadway debut. Alas, the show never made it to the Great White Way, but the uber-talented Brooks certainly did. Again. And again. And again.

Do you remember seeing your first mention in Variety?

At that point, I was so happy to get my name in Variety, even if it was just for a parking ticket! All my life, a mention in Variety, especially a good review of my shows on Broadway or of my films, has meant an awful lot. I was always very, very happy when I got a good review — and very angry when I got a bad review.
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The Fabulous Baker Boys & Other Movies Hollywood Loves to Spoof

"…that’s what you get, folks, for makin’ whoopee."

When Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer) crawled seductively across the top of Jack Baker’s (Jeff Bridges) piano while singing a rendition of Eddie Cantor’s "Makin' Whoopee!" in The Fabulous Baker Boys, a highly spoofable moment in Hollywood history was born. What was it about that scene that has made everyone from Ellen Degeneres to the Animaniacs want to spoof it? Was it the moody cinematography of Michael Ballhaus, the playful piano stylings of composer Dave Grusin (the real Jack Baker pianist), or the smoldering, almost languid, sensuality of Pfeiffer’s performance? Whatever it is, the "Makin' Whoopee!" scene is unforgettable and will likely continue to inspire spoofs and homages for years to come.

With homages on our minds, we started to put together a list of some of the other movies Hollywood loves to spoof. Help us rank the scene
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