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4 items from 2015


Van Alexander, Big-Band Leader and Film-tv Composer, Dies at 100

19 July 2015 10:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Van Alexander, the 1940s bandleader who co-wrote “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” with Ella Fitzgerald and went on to score dozens of films and TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s, died of heart failure Sunday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 100.

A three-time Emmy nominee for composition and music direction in the early 1970s, Alexander was head arranger for the entire run of NBC”s “Dean Martin Show” (1965-74) and wrote scores for many 1960s sitcoms including “Hazel,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Dennis the Menace,” “The Farmer’s Daughter,” “Bewitched” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”

He was also the composer of more than a dozen 1950s and ’60s film scores including “The Atomic Kid,” “Baby Face Nelson,” “Andy Hardy Comes Home,” “Girls Town” and a trio of William Castle films that have become cult favorites: “13 Frightened Girls,” “Strait-Jacket” and “I Saw What You Did.”

Alexander was the author of “First Arrangement, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Van Alexander, Big-Band Leader and Film-tv Composer, Dies at 100

19 July 2015 10:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Van Alexander, the 1940s bandleader who co-wrote “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” with Ella Fitzgerald and went on to score dozens of films and TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s, died of heart failure Sunday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 100.

A three-time Emmy nominee for composition and music direction in the early 1970s, Alexander was head arranger for the entire run of NBC”s “Dean Martin Show” (1965-74) and wrote scores for many 1960s sitcoms including “Hazel,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Dennis the Menace,” “The Farmer’s Daughter,” “Bewitched” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”

He was also the composer of more than a dozen 1950s and ’60s film scores including “The Atomic Kid,” “Baby Face Nelson,” “Andy Hardy Comes Home,” “Girls Town” and a trio of William Castle films that have become cult favorites: “13 Frightened Girls,” “Strait-Jacket” and “I Saw What You Did.”

Alexander was the author of “First Arrangement, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

19 June 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »

- Andre Soares

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Classic Film Series brings back Oklahoma! for its 60th anniversary

7 May 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

When it comes to opening numbers in movie musicals nothing beats Oklahoma!’s “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning.” Cowboy Curly (Gordon MacRae) rides his horse across the plains, a huge blue sky behind him, singing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s rousing ode to nature and hope.

Filmed in breathtaking widescreen, 1955’s Oklahoma! was the first Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical to be made into a movie, and the first musical to use song and dance to help explore the inner lives of its characters rather than as a mere diversion.

The story takes place in 1907 in the Oklahoma territory and finds cowboy Curly wooing the beautiful Laurey (played by a 20-year-old Shirley Jones in her film debut). Laurey, meanwhile, uses brutish farmhand Jud (Rod Steiger) to make Curly jealous. »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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