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Joan Fontaine death leaves Hollywood mourning second star in as many days

16 December 2013 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Fontaine, who died aged 96 only hours after Peter O'Toole, was the prototype 'Hitchcock blonde' – attractive, malleable, neurotic

On a sad weekend for the film world, the news of the death of Lawrence of Arabia star Peter O'Toole was swiftly followed by that of the passing away of a leading light of an earlier generation: Joan Fontaine. Fontaine, perhaps best remembered as the prototype of the "Hitchcock blonde" – attractive, malleable, neurotic – died only a few hours after O'Toole, at the age of 96 on Sunday morning at home in Carmel in California.

Fontaine's most notable role was arguably that of the "second Mrs de Winter" in Rebecca, the 1940 adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's gothic novel that marked Alfred Hitchcock's Hollywood debut. he would go on to gain an Oscar nomination for the role in 1940 – and actually win the best actress award a year later for a second Hitchcock film, Suspicion. »

- Andrew Pulver

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Underground Film History 1948: Ministers Accept Roles In ‘Underground’ Film

16 October 2013 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

From The Salt Lake Tribune, April 7, 1948. Article text Excerpt:

Chaplain Pens Movie

Ministers Accept Roles In ‘Underground’ Film

By Hedda Hopper

Hollywood – Twelve ministers will play themselves in Eagle-Lion’s “Twelve Against the Underworld,” which is based on a story by Dr. Norman Nygaard, a World War I veteran and civilian chaplain in the last war. When he returned to his home in Steubenville, O., in 1945, Nygaard found it overridden with the underworld, so he and 11 other ministers organized to rid the town of gangsters and grafting politicians. Aubrey Schenck will produce and Director Anthony Mann and Cameraman John Alton, who worked together on “T-Man” will be reteamed. The picture will be made entirely on location. It might set an example for other towns throughout America.

Underground Film Journal notes: The film critic Manny Farber is typically credited with inventing the term “underground film” in 1957 for an article in the »

- Mike Everleth

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Toronto: Ron Howard Talks About Filming Jay Z Doc 'Made in America'

8 September 2013 12:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Toronto -- Oscar-winner Ron Howard has done six decades of media interviews as an actor and director, going back to the child star talking to Hedda Hopper. So the Hollywood director gave himself just passing marks for his on-screen interviews in his Jay Z concert documentary Made in America, which had a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Saturday night. "I didn't know how tough your job is, and I think I could do better," Howard told host George Stroumboulopoulos during a post-screening Q&A at Bell Lightbox. Toronto: 21 Hot Festival Titles for Sale For

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- Etan Vlessing

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Virgins and Prostitutes: Jones' Movies on TCM

28 August 2013 2:56 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Shirley Jones Movies: Innocent virgins and sex workers galore (photo: Shirley Jones and Burt Lancaster in ‘Elmer Gantry’) (See previous post: “Shirley Jones: From Book to Movies.”) I haven’t watched The Cheyenne Social Club (1970), a comedy Western directed by Gene Kelly, and starring 62-year-old James Stewart as a cowpoke who inherits an establishment that turns out to be a popular house of prostitution. Henry Fonda plays Stewart’s partner. And I’m sure Shirley Jones, as one of the sex workers, looks lovely in the film. Hopefully, director Kelly gave this likable, talented actress the chance to do more than just stand around looking pretty. But then again … For all purposes, The Cheyenne Social Club ended Shirley Jones’ film stardom; that same year she turned to TV and The Partridge Family. Jones would return to films only nine years later, as one of several stars (among them Michael Caine, »

- Andre Soares

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McDaniel TCM Schedule Includes Her Biggest Personal Hits

20 August 2013 6:49 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Hattie McDaniel as Mammy in ‘Gone with the Wind’: TCM schedule on August 20, 2013 (photo: Vivien Leigh and Hattie McDaniel in ‘Gone with the Wind’) See previous post: “Hattie McDaniel: Oscar Winner Makes History.” 3:00 Am Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943). Director: David Butler. Cast: Joan Leslie, Dennis Morgan, Eddie Cantor, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, John Garfield, Ida Lupino, Ann Sheridan, Dinah Shore, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, George Tobias, Edward Everett Horton, S.Z. Sakall, Hattie McDaniel, Ruth Donnelly, Don Wilson, Spike Jones, Henry Armetta, Leah Baird, Willie Best, Monte Blue, James Burke, David Butler, Stanley Clements, William Desmond, Ralph Dunn, Frank Faylen, James Flavin, Creighton Hale, Sam Harris, Paul Harvey, Mark Hellinger, Brandon Hurst, Charles Irwin, Noble Johnson, Mike Mazurki, Fred Kelsey, Frank Mayo, Joyce Reynolds, Mary Treen, Doodles Weaver. Bw-127 mins. 5:15 Am Janie (1944). Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Joyce Reynolds, Robert Hutton, »

- Andre Soares

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Scene-Stealing Supporting Player Is Star for a Day

4 August 2013 3:09 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mary Boland movies: Scene-stealing actress has her ‘Summer Under the Stars’ day on TCM Turner Classic Movies will dedicate the next 24 hours, Sunday, August 4, 2013, not to Lana Turner, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Esther Williams, or Bette DavisTCM’s frequent Warner Bros., MGM, and/or Rko stars — but to the marvelous scene-stealer Mary Boland. A stage actress who was featured in a handful of movies in the 1910s, Boland came into her own as a stellar film supporting player in the early ’30s, initially at Paramount and later at most other Hollywood studios. First, the bad news: TCM’s "Summer Under the Stars" Mary Boland Day will feature only two movies from Boland’s Paramount period: the 1935 Best Picture Academy Award nominee Ruggles of Red Gap, which TCM has shown before, and one TCM premiere. So, no rarities like Secrets of a Secretary, Mama Loves Papa, Melody in Spring, »

- Andre Soares

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Two Must-See Disasters as Parker Series Continues (She Turns 91 in Two Days)

24 June 2013 6:10 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Eleanor Parker 2013 movie series continues today (photo: Eleanor Parker in Detective Story) Palm Springs resident Eleanor Parker is Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Month of June 2013. Thus, eight more Eleanor Parker movies will be shown this evening on TCM. Parker turns 91 on Wednesday, June 26. (See also: “Eleanor Parker Today.”) Eleanor Parker received her second Best Actress Academy Award nomination for William Wyler’s crime drama Detective Story (1951). The movie itself feels dated, partly because of several melodramatic plot developments, and partly because of Kirk Douglas’ excessive theatricality as the detective whose story is told. Parker, however, is excellent as Douglas’ wife, though her role is subordinate to his. Just about as good is Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Lee Grant, whose career would be derailed by the anti-Red hysteria of the ’50s. Grant would make her comeback in the ’70s, eventually winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her »

- Andre Soares

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Film vs. Digital Preservation: 1st Best Picture Oscar Winner, Kubrick's Oscar nominee

4 June 2013 4:41 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Wings, Dr. Strangelove: Film preservation and ‘Amazing Tales from the Archives’ (photo: Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, Clara Bow, Richard Arlen in William A. Wellman’s Wings) The 2012 San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s edition of "Amazing Tales from the Archives" was perhaps the weakest of the series to date. In the past, they have done a wonderful job demonstrating the excitement of finding lost films and footage, assembling them together, preserving and restoring them. This installment revolved around the "Digital Age," and did not concentrate only on silent film. The reconstruction of William A. Wellman’s Wings (1927), the first Best Picture (or "Best Production") Academy Award winner, was a familiar story of how an old film print could be dusted off and used for the production of a Digital Cinema Package. By now, we all are aware of the importance of film preservation, which is part detective work and part modern technology. »

- Danny Fortune

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The Forgotten: How To Marry a Millionaire

29 May 2013 7:54 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A favorite subject at MGM in the thirties was the "three girls in the big city" sub-genre, which as an approach to questions of sexual morality and wish fulfillment has proved a long-lived one, revived in the Jean Negulescu Cinemascope romp which gives this article its title, and in a certain TV series which has spawned a couple of feature films but which I will not sully this sweet ocean breeze by uttering the name of.

Beauty for Sale (1933) follows on the heels of popular MGM affairs like Our Dancing Daughters and its quasi-sequels, and like most of those films it presents a trio of characters, one more or less virtuous, one tempted to sin and punished somewhat, and one entirely destroyed. It's based on a novel by one woman (Faith Baldwin, a much-adapted specialist in urban romances), and is written by two others (Eve Green & Zelda Sears), and casts »

- David Cairns

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Durbin's 'Christmas' Movie No Yuletide Concoction

4 May 2013 7:01 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Deanna Durbin in the 1940s: From wholesome musicals to film noir sex worker (photo: Gene Kelly and Deanna Durbin cast against type in the un-Christmas-y Christmas Holiday) [See previous post: "Deanna Durbin Without Joe Pasternak: Adrift at Universal."] The Deanna Durbin vs. Universal dispute was settled in early 1942, when the actress was supposedly granted director and story approval. But things didn’t go all that smoothly from then on. There would be no loan-outs to the more opulent MGM, and Durbin would later complain that Universal refused to abide by her requests. Also, for the first time since her career skyrocketed in 1936, Durbin was absent from the screen for a whole year. The key reason there were no 1942 Deanna Durbin movies was the troubled production of her next star vehicle, The Amazing Mrs. Holliday, in which Durbin tries to smuggle Chinese orphans into the U.S., and which underwent not only various title changes, but also various directors and various script »

- Andre Soares

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Jenn Colella talks thespianism and lesbianism on and off Broadway

15 March 2013 10:56 AM, PDT | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Tags: Jen ColellaIMDbBroadwaytheatermusicalsThe Beebo Brinker ChroniclesAnn Bannon

Jenn Colella is a bona fide Broadway leading lady. She has starred in numerous shows on and off Broadway including High Fidelity, Chaplin, and The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. Hey, not many people get to say that their Broadway debut (Urban Cowboy) also happened to be in a leading role. Jenn is a true triple threat whose star is always on the rise. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jenn a few times over the years, and she is as lovely as she is talented. Her performances are show stealers, and her powerhouse belt and comedic timing easily make her one of Broadway’s great, young stars.  The out actress talked to AfterEllen recently about her life on the boards. 

Jenn Colella performing at Birdland

Photographer Seth Walters

Ae: You are a very funny lady, and you’ve have played many wonderfully comedic parts. »

- DanaPiccoli

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