News

Unearthing a Forgotten Movie Star of Long, Long Ago

Kitty Gordon: Actress in silent movies and on the musical comedy stage. Rediscovering a long-forgotten silent film star: Kitty Gordon It seems almost unthinkable that there are still silent stars who have not been resurrected, their lives and films subject to detailed, if not always reliable, examination. Yet I am reminded by Michael Levenston, a Canadian who has compiled what is best described as a “scrapbook” of her life and career, that there is one such individual – and not just a “name” in silent films, but also from 1901 onwards famed as a singer/actress in musical comedy and on the vaudeville stage in both her native England and the United States. And she is Kitty Gordon (1878-1974). 'The Enchantress' and her $50,000 backside Kitty Gordon was a talented lady, so much so that Victor Herbert wrote the 1911 operetta The Enchantress for her; one who also had a “gimmick,” in that
See full article at Alt Film Guide »

Oz Cast and Previous Movie Versions of Baum's Novel: 1939 Classic Initially a 'Box Office Disappointment'

Oz 2013 cast (Pictured above: Michelle Williams as the kind fairy Glinda.) In addition to James Franco (who was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for 127 Hours), Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful stars Mila Kunis (Black Swan), Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, recently seen with Jeremy Renner in the thriller The Bourne Legacy), three-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine, Brokeback Mountain, My Week with Marilyn), in addition to Bill Cobbs, Zach Braff, and Joey King. Screenwriters David Lindsay-Abaire (Rise of the Guardians, Rabbit Hole) and Mitchell Kapner (Days of Wrath, The Whole Nine Yards) received credit for the Oz script. Joe Roth is one of the film's producers; his credits include Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp, and Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart (both movies are mentioned in relation to Oz
See full article at Alt Film Guide »

Oz: Debut Weekend to Beat the Cumulative Gross of All But One 2013 Release

Early, rough box-office estimates: Oz to have best debut of 2013 by a wide margin Oz the Great and Powerful is about to have the strongest (by far) opening weekend of the year at the Us / Canada box office. Directed by Spider-Man's Sam Raimi, and starring James Franco as Oz, Oz scored an estimated $2 million at Thursday evening and midnight screenings and the film is expected to bring in about $23 million-25 million today (apparently that figure includes the Thursday screenings). Now, a key reason for the Oz "record" box office feat is the current year's highly disappointing attendance numbers to date. (Please see below comparisons to a couple of other successful fantasy films of recent years.) Raimi's 3D fantasy is expected to collect circa $80 million from 3,912 venues by Sunday evening. If Oz does succeed in reaching that mark, after only three days out it'll be well ahead of the total take of every 2013 domestic release,
See full article at Alt Film Guide »

Silent The Wizard Of Oz, Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves, Lilli Palmer on TCM

Lamberto Maggiorani in Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves Some good and/or unusual offerings tonight on Turner Classic Movies. Silent Sundays will feature the 1925 version of The Wizard of Oz. Directed by and starring silent-film comedian Larry Semon, The Wizard of Oz features Dorothy Dwan in the role that would become associated with Judy Garland, especially in the minds of some gay men — and that's one mystery I've never been able to fathom. I mean, why Judy's Dorothy? Why Dorothy to begin with? Why not Barbara Stanwyck in Baby Face? Or Norma Shearer in Let Us Be Gay? Or Conrad Veidt in The Man Who Laughs? Or Tyrone Power in The Mark of Zorro? Or Ramon Novarro in Ben-Hur? Or Frances Dee in Blood Money (or The Gay Deception or I Walked with a Zombie)? Why not Toto or Asta? It's a mystery. Albert Lamorisse's Academy Award-winning
See full article at Alt Film Guide »

Robert Zemeckis Not to Direct The Wizard Of Oz Remake

Judy Garland as Dorothy in Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz So, Robert Zemeckis, the guy who brought you Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, What Lies Beneath, The Polar Express, and Beowulf, will not direct a remake of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. A Deadline report tying Zemeckis to a potential Oz remake caused a furor among bloggers yesterday, most of whom apparently see the Yellow Brick Road as hallowed ground belonging to Judy and Toto and no one else. Well, except that long before Judy Garland went hopping on all those yellow bricks, Dorothy Dwan played Dorothy in a 1925 silent version of L. Frank Baum's novel — which has some curious sociopolitical undertones completely missing from MGM's rainbowesque version. And before Dwan, future The Maltese Falcon and 42nd Street star Bebe Daniels played a nine-year-old Dorothy in The Wonderful
See full article at Alt Film Guide »

See also

Credited With | External Sites