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11 items from 2010

Kim Novak on TCM: Jeanne Eagels, Picnic, Pal Joey

1 September 2010 2:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

  "Summer Under the Stars" is over, but Kim Novak is the "star of tonight" on Turner Classic Movies. Five Novak vehicles released at the height of her stardom will be presented this evening: Joshua Logan‘s Oscar-nominated Picnic (1955), starring William Holden; Delbert Mann‘s drama Middle of the Night (1958), with Fredric March; Richard Quine‘s The Notorious Landlady (1962), with Fred Astaire and Jack Lemmon; and two directed by George Sidney: the fictionalized biopic Jeanne Eagels (1957), with Jeff Chandler, and the musical Pal Joey (1957), with Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth. Based on William Inge‘s play, Picnic is worth watching again (and again). I don’t think it’s a great movie — Joshua Logan’s direction makes some of the action/acting too stylized — but the underlying psychology, the social commentary, James Wong Howe‘s camera work, and Rosalind Russell are all fascinating. Some consider Middle of the Night one »

- Andre Soares

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Clint Eastwood TCM Schedule: Escape From Alcatraz, The Eastwood Factor

31 August 2010 4:58 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

  Clint Eastwood on TCM: The Bridges Of Madison Country, The First Traveling Saleslady Schedule (Pt) and synopses from the TCM website: 3:00 Am Escapade In Japan (1957) After his plane crashes in Tokyo, an American boy tries to find his way home. Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Teresa Wright, Jon Provost. Dir: Arthur Lubin. C-93 mins. 4:45 Am Paint Your Wagon (1970) Two California miners share a gold claim and a wife. Cast: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg. Dir: Joshua Logan. C-159 mins. 7:30 Am Hang ‘Em High (1968) A mysterious drifter survives a lynching then goes back for revenge. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Ed Begley, Inger Stevens. Dir: Ted Post. C-115 mins. 9:30 Am For a Few Dollars More (1965) Two bounty hunters join forces to bring an outlaw to justice. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonte. Dir: Sergio Leone. C-132 mins. 11:45 Am Good, The Bad, And The [...] »

- Andre Soares

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'South Pacific' to Push the Waves of Love Again

9 July 2010 2:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

After becoming an instant classic when it hit the stage back in 1949, Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific has spent most of its sixty-one year old life celebrating in the immediacy of the live performance, save two moments. First, in 1958, a cinematic adaptation was whipped up by director Joshua Logan, which won an Oscar for Best Sound, and a nomination for both score and color cinematography. Many years later, in 2001, a television film was offered up by NBC, starring the likes of Glenn Close and Harry Connick Jr.

But now South Pacific is returning to the big screen -- with a twist.

Filed under: Music & Musicals, Deals, Remakes and Sequels

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- Monika Bartyzel

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South Pacific Remake on the Way

8 July 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Variety are today reporting that a remake of the classic musical made in 1958, South Pacific is in production. The movie was directed by Joshua Logan and starred Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr and Ray Walston was shot in Hawaii and in it’s year of release had the highest Box Office takings bringing in $36m ($23m). It was based on the James Michener Musical set on an island during World War 2.

According to the site, they plan to keep all the songs from the movie but will make it more hard-edged (whatever that means!). Ileen Maisel and Bob Balaban will producer the movie under their banner, Amber Entertainment.

“Our movie will be a tougher, more realistic retelling of the same classic story of two very different people whose love for each other transcends their enormous cultural differences,” Balaban said. “We think there’s a whole new audience just waiting »

- David Sztypuljak

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Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, France Nuyen, Rod Gilfry, Michael Ritchie Photo: South Pacific Screening

2 July 2010 6:08 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Host/Center Theatre Group’s artistic director Michael Ritchie, and actors France Nuyen (A Girl Named Tamiko, The Joy Luck Club), Mitzi Gaynor (There’s No Business Like Show Business, Les Girls), John Kerr (Tea and Sympathy, opposite Deborah Kerr — no relation), and Rod Gilfry prior to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ screening of Joshua Logan‘s 1958 musical hit South Pacific. Starring Rossano Brazzi, Gaynor, Kerr, and Nuyen, and featuring Juanita Moore, Ray Walston, and others, South Pacific was presented on Friday, June 25, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Rod Gilfry has the Rossano Brazzi role in the national tour of South Pacific. Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S. Click on the photo to enlarge it. »

- Zhea D.

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Mitzi Gaynor at South Pacific Academy Screening

25 June 2010 5:57 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Joshua Logan‘s South Pacific: John Kerr, Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi (top); John Kerr, France Nuyen (bottom) Tonight at 7:30 p.m., a recently restored 70mm print of the Joshua Logan-directed film version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical South Pacific will be screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. South Pacific stars Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Ray Walston, Juanita Hall, and France Nuyen. The Academy screening is presented in association with Center Theater Group, currently hosting the touring version of the South Pacific Broadway revival. Following the screening, Center Theatre Group’s artistic director Michael Ritchie will lead an onstage discussion featuring veteran Mitzi Gaynor (above), a superb dancer who starred (or was featured in) several 1950s musicals, including There’s No Business Like Show Business, Anything Goes, and Les Girls. Based on James Michener’s novel, »

- Andre Soares

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William Fraker obituary

10 June 2010 10:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cinematographer whose innovative work brought him five Oscar nominations

The American cinematographer William Fraker, who has died of cancer aged 86, worked on dozens of mainstream films – the good, the bad, but never the ugly. Fraker could not be praised or blamed for the direction, acting or script, but the look of a film was, on the whole, his responsibility. Although he saw himself as part of a team who tried to fulfil the director's vision, Fraker began to push the boundaries of cinematography in commercial cinema by using faster and wider lenses, restricting lighting sources and employing techniques such as flashing and deliberate overexposure.

According to Fraker: "The director is the captain of the ship, the cinematographer is the executive officer. You have to really learn who you're working with and what they think. It's like a marriage. As a cinematographer, you can immediately tell a terrific director if they »

- Ronald Bergan

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Jean Seberg’s Breathless Interview

30 May 2010 3:05 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jean Seberg’s association with Jean-Luc Godard’s A bout de souffle / Breathless (1960) was the key subject of a q&a that took place in 1968. Veteran Hollywood publicist Harry Clein was the interviewer. At the time, Seberg, who became an international star following the release of Breathless, was working on Joshua Logan’s expensive musical flop Paint Your Wagon (1969), opposite Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin. Seberg had been discovered by veteran filmmaker Otto Preminger in 1957, as Preminger, the director of Laura (1944) and the groundbreaking (now inoffensive) sex comedy The Moon Is Blue (1953), was then casting the [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Voice 10, Acting…10

20 May 2010 9:15 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

The ability to suspend disbelief has always been the operagoer's stock-in-trade. You have to be able to squint just right to imagine that the 40-something soprano who could best you at arm wrestling is a callow, put-upon waif.Or that the wooden tenor with the spindly legs has the charm to make those comely village girls swoon in their dirndls. Sometimes the magnificence of the voice alone will prime your imagination. But sometimes, beautiful notes are not enough.The opera world surely felt vindicated, then, when Brazilian-born baritone Paulo Szot won the 2008 Tony Award for best actor in a musical for his performance as Emile de Becque in the Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific." Like Szot, many of today's opera stars pride themselves on being fluid, believable actors. Back Stage spoke recently with Szot and others about how they have developed the acting side of their craft, »

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Nero Fell In Love With Redgrave After 'Ugly' First Meeting

17 May 2010 6:31 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor/director Franco Nero fell in love with his wife Vanessa Redgrave at second sight - he thought she was ugly the first time the British actress was pointed out to him.

The pair played lovers in 1967 movie Camelot and director Joshua Logan was hoping for an on-set romance to boost the couple's chemistry.

But when the filmmaker first pointed Redgrave out to his Lancelot, Nero felt sure the wrong woman had been cast as the alluring Guenevere.

He recalls, "I see this woman who is wearing blue jeans with holes, glasses and no make-up. I was sort of cold when he introduced us.

"I said later, 'Josh, are you sure you got the right actress? She's ugly!' He said, 'Don't worry, you'll see.' I was a young Italian boy who thought women had to be dark like Sophia Loren."

Nero was in for a shock the next time he saw Redgrave, after she invited him to join her for dinner.

He tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "I knocked on the door and a lady opens the door. She was a beautiful lady. Fantastic. I said, 'I was invited here by Vanessa Redgrave for dinner. She said, 'I am Vanessa Redgrave!' She was completely changed. Unbelievable." »

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Warren Beatty slept with 13,000 women. How is that even possible?

3 January 2010 9:00 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

[Updated 4.07 p.m] For all the hot Hollywood actors who are often said to be the biggest celebrity studs, you guys need to read a book.

The Dish Rag thinks Colin Farrell,  John Mayer, Jude Law and Gerard Butler should check the new biography, "Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America." 

You guys are amateurs compared to Beatty.

The "Bonnie and Clyde" star's first  authorized bio details his career and his hyperactive love life with his leading ladies, emphasis on the plural. And "authorized" means he had to have okayed the author's estimate of his past lovers..[Updated] Warren Beatty's attorney tells the Huffington Post that Biskind's book is not authorized. "Mr. Biskind's tedious and boring book on Mr. Beatty was not authorized by Mr. Beatty and should not be published as an authorized biography," Bert Fields says. "It contains many false assertions and purportedly quotes Mr. Beatty as saying things he never said. »


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