8 items from 2016
As with any actor whose work I love, there are films that stand out as particularly great in the career of Steve Martin, and one of those films is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. There are many great things about Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Michael Caine is a perfect foil for Martin, whose work as nascent con man Freddy Benson is inspired. Frank Oz does a terrific job of creating this romantic, beautiful French fantasyland where people are going to believe the incredible lies told by Freddy and Caine’s master bullshit artist Lawrence Jamieson. Glenne Headly gives one of her most nimble performances as Janet Colgate, the poor defenseless tourist who ends up targeted by Freddy and Lawrence. Ian McDiarmid, best known to the fanboy nation as Emperor Palpatine, is dry and deadly as Arthur, Lawrence’s manservant. Miles Goodman’s score is terrific, one of the great comedy scores of the ‘80s, »
- Drew McWeeny
After the critical and financial disappointment of A Star Is Born (1954), Judy took another hiatus from moviemaking. While she continued an active concert touring schedule, and began popping up on television on occasion, exhaustion, disappointment and illness kept her from another film. It took an old friend to coax her back into movies, in the weirdest cameo of her career.
The Movie: Pepe (Columbia, 1960)
(A cleaner version with proper aspect ratios can be found here.)
The Story: Cantinflas was already a beloved megastar of Mexican cinema by the time he made a splash in Around the World in 80 Days. Hoping to capitalize on a new opportunity, Columbia cast him in Pepe, and added cameos by 35 Hollywood stars just in case the Mexican comedian didn't pan out.
Judy was one of the 35 cameos. »
- Anne Marie
The future of the late Prince's estimated $250 million estate is still undetermined - but interested parties met in Minnesota Monday morning for the latest hearing in the matter. On the topic of locating a will, "We've looked under every box lid," said David Crosby, a lawyer for Prince's bank Bremer Trust, according the Star Tribune. He added, "The inquiry is coming to a close very soon." Prince was 57 when he died at his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21. Six weeks after his death, the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office released a statement announcing the music icon died of an opioid overdose, »
- Jeff Nelson and Jordan Runtagh
The future of the late Prince's estimated $250 million estate is still undetermined - but interested parties met in Minnesota Monday morning for the latest hearing in the matter. Last week, Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide press would be allowed to cover the hearing, where arguments regarding genetic testing protocols were expected to be heard; the judge said in an order that he did not expect to hear arguments regarding the claims of potential heirs. Prince was 57 when he died at his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21. Six weeks after his death, the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office »
- Jeff Nelson and Jordan Runtagh
Piper Laurie Keeps Her Chin Up
By Alex Simon
Few living actors can claim to have experienced the Hollywood machine in all its iterations more than three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie. Signed by Universal Pictures at 17, their youngest contract player in years, she was in the last generation that were part of the Hollywood “factory,” pushed into “cheesecake” roles that accented physical attributes, as opposed to talent. It was the beginning of a journey.
She was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, on January 22, 1932, to immigrant parents of Polish and Russian Jewish descent. When she was still five, the family sent her and her sister to a children’s sanatorium in the mountains to see if her sister’s asthma could be cured. Three years later after being reunited with her family she decided she wanted to become an actress and studied with Benno and Betomi Schneider for several years »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
On January 22nd of this year I lost someone very close to me. The someone I was closest to, in fact. She was (is) my best friend, my daughter. The love of my life a lot of people say, though this someone wasn’t actually a person. She was better—she was a dog. A nearly 19-year-old Silver Dapple Dachshund named Elizabeth Alaina Freeman, Libby for short. I got her when I was 11 and going through my Queen Elizabeth I phase. I was there when she was born, was the first person she saw when she opened her eyes and the first to hold her. As fate mercifully had it, I was also the last person she saw and the last one to hold her. She died in my arms while I was sleeping. I woke to find her looking at me, eyes unmoving.Last week I turned 30. It was »
Some say it was because he didn’t want to film some scenes twice — once in regular CinemaScope and once in CinemaScope 55 — and others claim it was due to marital problems he was having with wife Ava Gardner.
The producers asked Gordon MacRae — who had starred with Carousel’s leading lady Shirley Jones the year before in Oklahoma! — to take over the starring role of Billy Bigelow. The film opens in heaven with the deceased Billy being told his wife and child are in trouble down on Earth. Through flashbacks we see how hot-tempered carnival barker Billy falls for the sweet Julie (Jones), and how he turns to crime to provide for her when he discovers she’s going to have a baby.
While Sinatra possessed a golden voice, »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
Jean Simmons is the original frustrated Mad Housewife who runs away from a 'dream marriage' in search of something more fulfilling. Uncompromising, adult, and making use of an interesting cast. Plus, the soundtrack uses Michel Legrand's incomparable song "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" The Happy Ending Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 112 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jean Simmons, John Forsythe, Shirley Jones, Teresa Wright, Nanette Fabray, Bobby Darin, Kathy Fields, Tina Louise, Dick Shawn, Lloyd Bridges, Karen Steele, Erin Moran. Cinematography Conrad Hall Original Music Michel Legrand, lyrics Alan & Marilyn Bergman Produced, Written and Directed by Richard Brooks
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
I looked at some of the poster artwork for The Happy Ending, and yes indeed, one of the main styles is indeed like the cover of this disc -- a photo of a rusty garbage »
- Glenn Erickson
8 items from 2016
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