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14 items from 2012


Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on 'Bus Stop,' Starring Marilyn Monroe

31 December 2012 8:02 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

New Year's Potpourri week begins at Trailers from Hell with director Dan Ireland introducing "Bus Stop," featuring Marilyn Monroe in her first screen performance after studying with Lee Strasberg, and directed by Joshua Logan ("Picnic"). Marilyn Monroe's performance in "Bus Stop" finally convinced critics that she was indeed an accomplished actress (in a role originated onstage by Kim Stanley). Director Joshua Logan filmed Marilyn's live rendition of "That Old Black Magic" with two cameras and an offscreen orchestra, eliminating the need for lip-synching to playback, and often let her takes run on and on without stopping so he could cull the best moments in the editing room. »

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Larry Hagman obituary

25 November 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor renowned as the machiavellian oilman Jr Ewing in Dallas

On 21 November 1980, 83 million people in the Us and 24 million in the UK watched the TV show Dallas to see who had shot the villainous Jr Ewing. While working late at the office, the boss of Ewing Oil was suddenly fired on by an unseen assailant. Who shot Jr, and would he survive?

Any character who had ever come into contact with the oleaginous Texas oilman had good reason to do away with him, but there was no way he could really have been killed off. If Jr had died, then the series would have died, because Jr was Dallas – and Larry Hagman, who has died aged 81 after suffering from throat cancer, was Jr.

Other actors were at times replaced in their roles, but Hagman was irreplaceable. Nevertheless, just in case, Hagman quickly renegotiated his contract with Lorimar Studios just after »

- Ronald Bergan

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Larry Hagman obituary

25 November 2012 1:48 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor renowned as the machiavellian oilman Jr Ewing in Dallas

On 21 November 1980, 83 million people in the Us and 24 million in the UK watched the TV show Dallas to see who had shot the villainous Jr Ewing. While working late at the office, the boss of Ewing Oil was suddenly fired on by an unseen assailant. Who shot Jr, and would he survive?

Any character who had ever come into contact with the oleaginous Texas oilman had good reason to do away with him, but there was no way he could really have been killed off. If Jr had died, then the series would have died, because Jr was Dallas – and Larry Hagman, who has died aged 81 after suffering from throat cancer, was Jr.

Other actors were at times replaced in their roles, but Hagman was irreplaceable. Nevertheless, just in case, Hagman quickly renegotiated his contract with Lorimar Studios just after »

- Ronald Bergan

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The 5 Worst Movie Star Performances In Musicals

14 June 2012 12:14 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After a few of years since the last major effort (the ill-fated "Nine"), the live-action movie musical is back again, with two starry efforts due this year about as far away from each other as you can get. This Christmas will see the terribly serious-looking "Les Miserables" hit theaters, with a star-studded cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. But first is "Rock of Ages," which arrives in theaters tomorrow, with another A-list ensemble including Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones

Musicals have given serious career boosts to stars like Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Nicole Kidman and Eddie Murphy in recent years, but if you pick the wrong project, or are more self-confident about your pipes than you should be, it's also the best way to embarass yourself completely. In honor of Alec Baldwin's tone-deaf belting in "Rock of Ages," we've collected five of our »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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The 50 greatest matte paintings of all time

27 May 2012 5:35 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The art of the glass shot or matte painting is one which originated very much in the early ‘teens’ of the silent era. Pioneer film maker, director, cameraman and visual effects inventor Norman Dawn is generally acknowledged as the father of the painted matte composite, with other visionary film makers such as Ferdinand Pinney Earle, Walter Hall and Walter Percy Day being heralded as making vast contributions to the trick process in the early 1920’s.

Boiled down, the matte process is one whereby a limited film set may be extended to whatever, or wherever the director’s imagination dictates with the employment of a matte artist. In it’s most pure form, the artist would set up a large plate of clear glass in front of the motion picture camera upon which he would carefully paint in new scenery an ornate period ceiling, snow capped mountains, a Gothic castle or even an alien world. »

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Camelot 45th Anniversary Blu-Ray Book Review And Giveaway

16 May 2012 10:21 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Camelot hardly needs any introduction at this point, unless it’s aimed at those who have to this point dismissed the classic status of the musical, but I’m going to give it one anyway. Built from the Lerner and Loewe production, and now celebrating its 45th Anniversary, it is one of the best musicals to ever grace the big screen. Somewhat surprisingly, among musicals (and classics for that matter) it actually holds up rather well insofar as its ability to engage new audiences.

The story of King Arthur, specifically with “The Once and Future King” as inspiration (and it makes a difference), has rarely been so passionately put forward, and Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, and Franco Nero give performances that are themselves the stuff of legends.

The second to last directorial work of Joshua Logan (Paint Your Wagon, South Pacific, Bus Stop), Camelot shows his obvious hand when it »

- Marc Eastman

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Blu-ray Review: Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave in Classic Musical ‘Camelot’

1 May 2012 1:18 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – I’ve never been a huge fan of “Camelot” but I love musicals of this era (including a few Lerner & Loewe hits like “Brigadoon” and “My Fair Lady”) and I adore both Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave. So I approached the recent Blu-ray release hoping that the many years since I had last seen “Camelot” would improve the film. Sadly, it’s still not one of my favorites even if this is a strong HD release.

Blu-ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

Camelot” is the latest Warner Bros. catalog film to get the booklet treatment, in which the film is upgraded to HD and, partially because it’s not been given any new special features, presented in new packaging that resembles a hardcover book. This is a release for true fans only, who will probably love the soundtrack sampler that includes “I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight,” “Camelot and the Wedding, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Jean Dujardin, Charles Boyer, Maurice Chevalier, Gérard Depardieu: Oscars French Actors

24 January 2012 2:11 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jean Dujardin, The Artist Best Actor Academy Award nominee Jean Dujardin — for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist — is a first-time Oscar nominee and only the fourth Frenchman to be shortlisted for an Academy Award in the acting categories. Dujardin's predecessors were Best Actor nominees Maurice Chevalier for the Ernst Lubitsch musicals The Big Pond and The Love Parade (1929-30); Charles Boyer for Clarence Brown's Conquest (1937), John Cromwell's Algiers (1938), George Cukor's Gaslight (1944), and Joshua Logan's Fanny (1961); and Gérard Depardieu, the only actor nominated for a French-speaking role, for Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Cyrano de Bergerac (1990). None of those three performers ended up taking home the Best Actor Oscar statuette, though at the 1959 Academy Awards ceremony Chevalier was awarded an Honorary Oscar "for his contributions to the world of entertainment for more than half a century." (Not coincidentally, that was the year he failed to be nominated for Vincente Minnelli »

- Andre Soares

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Paul Trueblood, Musical Director, Passes Away

24 January 2012 2:38 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Musical director and accompanist Paul Trueblood passed away on Jan. 16 in his hometown of Evansville, Ind., at the age of 76 after an illness of several months. Upon arriving in New York City, where he spent most of his life, the Northwestern University graduate began a long career in the theater as a musician, composer, arranger, and vocal coach.Trueblood had lengthy collaborations with legendary playwright-lyricists Alan Jay Lerner and the team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with whom he appeared on Broadway in the 1977 revival of "A Party With Comden and Green," as well as famed Broadway and film director Joshua Logan. He toured internationally with Marianne Faithfull and appeared at the White House with Judy Kaye. Throughout his career he was a musical director and/or pianist for, among many others, Mary Martin, Elaine May and Mike Nichols, Elaine Stritch, Dorothy Loudon, Helen Gallagher, Carole King, Matthew »

- help@backstage.com (Frank Nestor)

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2012 Oscar Predictions Best Actor: George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Brad Pitt

23 January 2012 7:44 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

2012 Oscar Predictions Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, Glenn Close. [Photo: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley in The Descendants.] Like in the Best Actress 2012 Academy Award race, there are three shoo-ins for the Best Actor shortlist: George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, and Brad Pitt. Clooney will be in the running for Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Dujardin for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, and Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball. Clooney has already won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his sleazy U.S. spy/weapons dealer in Stephen Gaghan's Syriana (2005). In the acting categories, he was also nominated as Best Actor for Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton (2007) and Jason Reitman's Up in the Air (2009). This year, Clooney's own Golden Globe-nominated political drama The Ides of March serves as further evidence of the actor-director's "worthiness." (Clooney was a Best Director Oscar nominee for the 2005 black-and-white drama Good Night, and Good Luck, which also earned David Strathairn a Best Actor nod. »

- Andre Soares

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DVD Review: Twilight Time Releases "Picnic" (1955) On Blu-ray

22 January 2012 3:44 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Joshua Logan's 1955 screen adaptation of William Inge's Broadway sensation Picnic has been released on Blu-ray by the excellent Twilight Time label as a 3,000 unit limited edition. The play helped boost Paul Newman to stardom but amazingly he was excluded from the film version, along with most of his fellow cast members. Inge's play presented an unusually frank examination of repressed sexual frustration in a small Kansas town. That tension boils over with the arrival of Hal Carter (William Holden), a charismatic drifter whose arrival in town sets off a combustible tinderbox of emotions among the residents. Hal is a magnet for women of all ages, but he sets his sites on Madge (Kim Novak), a vulnerable teenager from a broken home who is looking for a white knight to deliver her from the boredom of her small town life. Hal fills the void but brings »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Camelot 45th Anniversary Blu-ray Arrives April 24th

12 January 2012 10:54 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Camelot -- the musical classic based on the Tony Award-winning stage production from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (Gigi, My Fair Lady) will celebrate its 45th anniversary this year with a newly remastered Blu-ray version, debuting April 24 from Warner Home Video.

Based on T.H. White's "The Once and Future King," this lavish film adaptation recalls a fleeting, mythical time of love and chivalry -- the reign of King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table. Although torn apart by the conflicts between passion, love, honor and duty, it was a golden era that could have been ... and could yet be. Richard Harris (Harry Potter 1 and 2, Unforgiven) stars as King Arthur, with Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus, Letters to Juliet) opposite him as Queen Guinevere and Franco Nero, Redgrave's current husband (Die Hard 2) as Lancelot. Joshua Logan directed and Jack L. Warner produced.

Winner of three 1968 Academy Awards (Best Adaptation Scoring, »

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DGA Awards vs. Academy Awards: Odd Men Out Jack Clayton, David Lean, Stanley Donen

9 January 2012 7:15 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi in Oscar nominee (but not DGA nominee) David Lean's Summertime DGA Awards vs. Academy Awards 1948-1952: Odd Men Out George Cukor, John Huston, Vincente Minnelli 1953 DGA (12) Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, Above and Beyond Walter Lang, Call Me Madam Daniel Mann, Come Back, Little Sheba Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Julius Caesar Henry Koster, The Robe Jean Negulesco, Titanic George Sidney, Young Bess DGA/AMPAS George Stevens, Shane Charles Walters, Lili Billy Wilder, Stalag 17 William Wyler, Roman Holiday Fred Zinnemann, From Here to Eternity   1954 DGA (16) Edward Dmytryk, The Caine Mutiny Alfred Hitchcock, Dial M for Murder Robert Wise, Executive Suite Anthony Mann, The Glenn Miller Story Samuel Fuller, Hell and High Water Henry King, King of Khyber Rifles Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, Knock on Wood Don Siegel, Riot in Cell Block 11 Stanley Donen, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers George Cukor, A Star Is Born Jean Negulesco, »

- Andre Soares

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On The Road Letter: Jack Kerouac Wanted Marlon Brando for Dean; Kerouac Would Play Sal

8 January 2012 3:03 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

On the Road's Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac "I'm praying that you'll buy On the Road and make a movie of it. Don't worry about structure. I know how to compress and re-arrange the plot to give it perfectly acceptable movie-type structure: making it into an all-inclusive trip instead of several voyages coast-to-coast in the book…" That's from a 1957 letter from Florida resident Jack Kerouac to Marlon Brando (photo), which was recently sold for $33,600 at a Christie's auction. Brando was then a box-office friendly and critically respected Oscar winner following star vehicles such as On the Waterfront (critical respect) and The Teahouse of the August Moon (box-office clout). In fact, in '57 Brando was starring in Joshua Logan's Sayonara, a mammoth box-office hit — and his last major success until The Godfather fifteen years later. Kerouac, sounding like a starstruck (and ambitious) fan, explains his invitation in the letter: "I »

- Andre Soares

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