George 'Spanky' McFarland - News Poster

News

‘The Florida Project’ Director Sean Baker on His Modern-Day ‘Little Rascals’ and America’s Hidden Homeless

Sean Baker’s vivid new film The Florida Project is now playing in New York and Los Angeles and it recently played at the New York Film Festival, fulfilling the director’s long-time dream. While at the festival, he sat down with his producer Chris Bergoch and acting coach Samantha Quan at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater.

The trio took part in Nyff Live, a nightly event held during the festival to go deep into the process of making the films highlighted across every category of the fest. Baker and Bergoch talked about stumbling upon the ‘hidden homeless’ in south Florida that inspired The Florida Project. They also discussed casting breakout star Brooklyn Prince and The Little Rascals influence throughout Baker’s films. Throughout the talk, one gets a taste for Baker’s humanism and how it drives every storytelling decision across his oeuvre. He is gifting American
See full article at The Film Stage »

Leonard Landy, ‘Our Gang’ Actor, Dies at 84

Leonard Landy, ‘Our Gang’ Actor, Dies at 84
Leonard Landy, best known for his work as one of the Little Rascals on “Our Gang,” died Wednesday. He was 84.

Often recognized for his freckled face and big ears, Landy (second from left in the photo) appeared in 21 “Our Gang” comedy shorts, debuting in “Feed ‘Em and Weep” in 1938 and culminating with “Fightin’ Fools” in 1941.

Our Gang,” a series of comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures, began in 1922 as a series of silent shorts. When it was converted to sound in 1929, Landy was known for watching the action with an occasional one liner.

Landy also appeared in the 1950s version of the comedy series, which was later syndicated for television and re-titled “The Little Rascals.” Hal Roach produced both productions.

In total, “Our Gang” featured over 41 child actors. Actors from the series who are still living include Lassie Lou Ahern, Robert Blake, Margaret Kerry, Sidney Kibrick and Mildred Kornman.

In
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Leonard Landy, ‘Our Gang’ Actor, Dies at 84

Leonard Landy, ‘Our Gang’ Actor, Dies at 84
Leonard Landy, best known for his work as one of the Little Rascals on “Our Gang,” died Wednesday. He was 84.

Often recognized for his freckled face and big ears, Landy appeared in 21 “Our Gang” comedy shorts, debuting in “Feed ‘Em and Weep” in 1938 and culminating with “Fightin’ Fools” in 1941.

Our Gang,” a series of comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures, began in 1922 as a series of silent shorts and they were created with sound in 1929. Landy was known for watching the action with an occasional one liner.

In the 1950s, the comedy series were syndicated for television and re-titled “The Little Rascals.” Hal Roach produced both productions.

In total, “Our Gang” featured over 41 child actors. Actors from the series who are still living include Lassie Lou Ahern, Robert Blake, Margaret Kerry, Sidney Kibrick and Mildred Kornman.

In 1980, Landy acted in an “Our Gang” reunion sponsored by The Sons of the Desert. He
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Why Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ Was the Hot Buy of Cannes

Why Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ Was the Hot Buy of Cannes
Moonlight” distributor A24 landed the top English-language acquisition title at Cannes, Director’s Fortnight entry “The Florida Project.” Sean Baker’s follow-up to iPhone movie “Tangerine,” he returned to a project he started researching with co-writer Chris Bergoch back in 2013. (This time, he shot in 35 mm.) Only after “Tangerine” could he score financing for another look at outsiders living on the margins of society.

The duo was fascinated by a strip of Orlando’s budget motels on Route 92, just a mile away from Disneyworld. Once designed to lure tourists, they now teem with families on the edge. Instead of E-rides, the kids find their fun in spitting on cars, peeking at topless bathers, stalking grazing cows, and panhandling for soft-serve ice cream to slurp before it melts in the blazing heat.

Baker had long wanted to make a film about children “that focused on their resilience, their innocence, and their comic nature,
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Why Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ Was the Hot Buy of Cannes

  • Indiewire
Why Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ Was the Hot Buy of Cannes
“Moonlight” distributor A24 landed the top English-language acquisition title at Cannes, Director’s Fortnight entry “The Florida Project.” For Sean Baker’s follow-up to iPhone movie “Tangerine,” he returned to a project he started researching with co-writer Chris Bergoch back in 2013. (This time, he shot in 35 mm.) Only after “Tangerine” could he score financing for another look at outsiders living on the margins of society.

The duo was fascinated by a strip of Orlando’s budget motels on Route 92, just a mile away from Disneyworld. Once designed to lure tourists, they now teem with families on the edge. Instead of E-rides, the kids find their fun in spitting on cars, peeking at topless bathers, stalking grazing cows, and panhandling for soft-serve ice cream to slurp before it melts in the blazing heat.

Baker had long wanted to make a film about children “that focused on their resilience, their innocence, and their comic nature,
See full article at Indiewire »

Former Child Actor Moore Dead at 89: Kissed Temple, Was Married to MGM Musical Star Powell

Child actor Dickie Moore: 'Our Gang' member. Former child actor Dickie Moore dead at 89: Film career ranged from 'Our Gang' shorts to features opposite Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper 1930s child actor Dickie Moore, whose 100+ movie career ranged from Our Gang shorts to playing opposite the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck, and Gary Cooper, died in Connecticut on Sept. 7, '15 – five days before his 90th birthday. So far, news reports haven't specified the cause of death. According to a 2013 Boston Phoenix article about Moore's wife, MGM musical star Jane Powell, he had been “suffering from arthritis and bouts of dementia.” Dickie Moore movies At the behest of a persistent family friend, combined with the fact that his father was out of a job, Dickie Moore (born on Sept. 12, 1925, in Los Angeles) made his film debut as an infant in Alan Crosland's 1927 costume drama The Beloved Rogue,
See full article at Alt Film Guide »

'Little Rascals' Cast Reunite for 20th Anniversary Photos

  • MovieWeb
'Little Rascals' Cast Reunite for 20th Anniversary Photos
90s nostalgia is in full swing, and today The Little Rascals celebrates it's 20th Anniversary with a fun photo shoot that brings all of the original cast members back together. Take a look as they recreate the original poster and some memorable scenes, all in character.

Included in these photos are Travis Tedford as Spanky, Bug Hall as Alfalfa, Brittany Ashton Holmes as Darla, Ross Bagley as Buckwheat, Sam Saletta as Butch, Juliette Brewer as Mary Ann, Kevin Jamal Woods as Stymie, Jordan Warkol as Froggy, Zachary Mabry as Porky, Courtland Mead as Uh-Huh, Blake Jeremy Collins as Woim, Blake McIver Ewing as Waldo, and Heather Karasek as Jane. There is even a video from the photo shoot which offers a behind-the-scenes look at this reunion.

The Little Rascals is based on the classic Our Gang black and white shorts of the 1920s and 30s. It was released August 5, 1994, and to celebrate its 20th Anniversary,
See full article at MovieWeb »

The Little Rascals 20th Anniversary: See the Epic Then-And-Now Cast Poster!

  • Us Weekly
Not-so Little Rascals! Twenty years after Spanky, Alfalfa, and Buckwheat started the He-Man Woman Haters Club, the gang got back together for a reunion photo shoot. The beloved 1994 reboot of the shorts and TV series that originated with Our Gang in the ‘20s starred a series of then-child actors, none of which went on to A-list fame. But they got back together to recreate the iconic movie poster and several scenes from the film. 22 Vision, a production company dedicated to reuniting cast members from big movies, [...]
See full article at Us Weekly »

"The Little Rascals" Movie Turns 20 -- See the Cast Now!

  • TooFab
These "Little Rascals" aren't so little anymore!On August 5, 1994, a new generation of children was introduced to the "Our Gang" crew -- as Alfalfa, Spanky, Buckwheat, Darla and the rest of the "He-Man Woman Haters Club" hit the big screen in an updated adaptation of the classic TV series.20 years later, the child actors that filled the film are full grown adults ... and hot ones at that!Click "Launch Gallery" above to see how much they've changed through the years and keep reading for our exclusive interview with Blake McIver, who played Waldo Aloysius Johnston III back in the day. "We made [Little Rascals] so quickly," Blake recalls. "Where we really became friends was after the movie had wrapped and then we did the press tours together, that was really fun. We got to travel, got to do all this cool stuff. And since we were kids, we would do things like
See full article at TooFab »

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'A Day's Work'

  • Hitfix
Review: 'Mad Men' - 'A Day's Work'
A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I'm interrogated by the Hooterville telephone operator... "Our fortunes are in other people's hands." -Bonnie We open "A Day's Work" on a scene representing anything but: Don Draper, his alarm clock set to buzz at 7:30 as if he still had an office to go to and responsibilities to fulfill, snoozing all the way until 12:34 in the afternoon, then idly watching TV, browsing through magazine ads, even marking his liquor bottle to keep track of his drinking. He's trying to keep up appearances even within the sad confines of that apartment, but he can't even stand being suited up as master of the universe Don Draper for more than a few minutes with Dawn before he has to undo his tie and start shedding the costume. The characters who still have active jobs do no better when
See full article at Hitfix »

Ioncinephile of the Month: Sean Baker

  • ioncinema
Oncinema.com’s Ioncinephile of the Month feature focuses on an emerging filmmaker from the world of cinema. This November, we feature Sean Baker, an independent filmmaker whose fourth film, Starlet premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, then continued onwards to Locarno, BFI London and most recently AFI Film Fest before being released theatrically via Music Box Films on Friday November 9th. Below is our follow-up interview where we learn more about Baker’s process and about the films that have influenced the filmmaker. Here’s Sean Baker’s personal Top Ten films of all time.

Eric Lavallee: During your childhood…what films were important to you?

Sean Baker: When I was in first grade, my mother brought me to the local library where they were screening selected scenes from the Universal monster films on 16mm. I remember watching the burning windmill sequence from James Whale’s
See full article at ioncinema »

Movies... For Free! Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)

Showcasing classic movies that have fallen out of copyright and are available freely from the public domain...

Dick Tracy vs. Cueball, 1946.

Directed by Gordon Douglas.

Starring Morgan Conway, Dick Wessel, Anne Jeffreys, Lyle Latell, Joseph Crehan, Ian Keith, Rita Corday, Douglas Walton and Jimmy Crane.

Morgan Conway makes his second and final appearance as Chester Gould's incorruptible police detective in Dick Tracy vs. Cueball, a sequel to 1945's Dick Tracy, Detective. This time Tracy finds himself on the trail of the murderous Cueball, an ex-con who kills a diamond thief and takes the loot for himself. Tracy plans to catch Cueball by allowing his girlfriend Tess Trueheart (the returning Anne Jeffrey's) to act as a buyer for the diamonds, only for Cueball to take her hostage as he vows to eliminate the hard-boiled lawman.

Stepping into the director's chair for this second feature adventure is Gordon Douglas, whose previous
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

DVD Review: ‘Tracy & Hepburn: The Definitive Collection’ Makes Great Gift

Chicago – We cover hundreds of Blu-rays and DVDs at HollywoodChicago.com every year and most are of the current variety, so it’s always nice to see a well-presented catalog title, a collection that makes a better gift for the classic movie lover in your family than, say, “Little Fockers” or “Yogi Bear.” Fans of Turner Classic Movies will love “Tracy & Hepburn: The Definitive Collection,” a solid 10-disc set eight movies, some of them great, and a fantastic tribute to a celluloid legend.

DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0

The dynamic between Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn was always one of my favorites because it was never flashy. There wasn’t the steam heat of a pair like Bacall & Bogart or the tempestuousness of Burton & Taylor. There seemed to be a mutual admiration between the two Oscar winners that subtly made its way to the screen in classics like “Woman of the Year,” “Adam’s Rib,
See full article at HollywoodChicago.com »

Trail of the Lonesome Pine - DVD Review

.We .uns is strange people.. An interesting bit of 1936 cornpone from director Henry Hathaway features Henry Fonda, Fred MacMurray, and Sylvia Sidney. It.s a story is as old as the hills but it.s the historical significance of the film that gets the interest as it was the third film to be shot with the three strip Technicolor process. The Tollivers and the Falins have been a.feudin. as long as either clan can remember. So long that neither family can really remember what started the feud. The Tolliver family consists of pappy Judd (Fred Stone) ma Melissa (Beulah Bondi), and kid-folks June (Sylvia Sidney) and the wee Buddie (the uber-cute Spanky McFarland). Cousin Dave (Henry Fonda) also lives
See full article at Monsters and Critics »

See also

Credited With | External Sites