12 items from 2012
Page to screen adaptations have been bankable fodder since the studios began feeding celluloid to the movie going masses. It’s relatable and something that filmmakers go to time and time again. Look at the success of The Harry Potter, Twilight, Narnia and Bourne franchises. The studios are returning to the literary well once again with such notables as the upcoming Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina, and Les MISÉRABLES. The latest entry into the fray has been The Hunger Games franchise. With just the first film so far, it’s worldwide box office receipts has it off to a successful start.
Sometimes the transfer, as in the case of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Master And Commander and John Carter books, doesn’t go over so well because in hindsight it only played out to a niche audience and the box office was worse the wear for it. Even the big name stars, »
- Movie Geeks
Los Angeles — Ann Rutherford, the demure brunette actress who played the sweetheart in the long-running Andy Hardy series and Scarlett O'Hara's youngest sister in "Gone With the Wind," has died. She was 94.
A close friend, actress Anne Jeffreys, tells the Los Angeles Times ( ) that Rutherford died Monday night at her home in Beverly Hills. She had heart problems and was in declining health. http://lat.ms/MEPubi
Rutherford first appeared in the second film of the series, "You're Only Young Once," in 1938, and she went on 11 more. She played Polly Benedict, the ever-faithful girlfriend that Andy always returned to, no matter what other, more glamorous girl had temporarily caught his eye. (Among the other girls: Judy Garland and Lana Turner.)
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Ann Rutherford, best remembered as Scarlett O’Hara’s younger sister Carreen in Gone with the Wind, died earlier this evening at her home in Beverly Hills according to Rutherford’s friend, actress Anne Jeffreys. Rutherford, who had been suffering from heart problems, was 94 as per the Los Angeles Times obit (as per most other sources, she was 91). [Recent Ann Rutherford photos, Ann Rutherford and Marsha Hunt.]
In 2010, Rutherford told the Times that MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer was unwilling to loan her out for "a nothing part" such as Carreen in son-in-law David O. Selznick’s mammoth adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel. Mayer changed his mind when Rutherford burst into tears.
Gone with the Wind ultimately became the biggest blockbuster ever. To this day, the Civil War romantic drama has sold more tickets than any other movie in North America. (Possibly, around the world, relative to population.) Gwtw also won eight Oscars, in addition to two special awards. »
- Andre Soares
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. »
DVD Playhouse – May 2012
By Allen Gardner
Shame (20th Century Fox) Director Steve McQueen’s harrowing portrait of a Manhattan sex addict (Michael Fassbender, in the year’s most riveting performance) whose psyche goes into overload when his equally-troubled sister (Carey Mulligan) visits unexpectedly. Exquisitely-made on every level, save for the screenplay, which makes its point after about thirty minutes. While it tries hard to be a modern-day Last Tango in Paris, this fatal flaw makes it fall somewhat short. The much- ballyhooed sex scenes and frontal nudity are the least-interesting things about the film, incidentally, which is still a must-see for discriminating adults who seek out challenging material. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
For someone who's considered one of the greatest filmmakers in history, Sergio Leone was not especially prolific. While he worked extensively as an assistant director (with credits including "Bicycle Thieves," "Quo Vadis" and "Ben Hur"), he was only credited on seven films across his thirty-year career (with uncredited direction work on three others -- "The Last Days Of Pompeii," "My Name Is Nobody" and "A Genius, Two Partners and A Dupe").
But given that those films include some of the greatest Westerns -- the Man With No Name trilogy, and "Once Upon A Time In The West" -- and a wonderful crime epic, "Once Upon A Time In America," it's hard not to mourn that we didn't get more films from the director, who passed away 23 years ago today, on April 30th, 1989. But it wasn't for a lack of trying, as there were a number of other projects that Leone considered, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Are you a Windie? Do you know what a Windie is? On "Antiques Roadshow" (Mon., 8 p.m. Et on PBS), a woman brought in an item that she was told would make them "plotz."
Windies, according to the appraiser, are fanatical enthusiasts of "Gone With the Wind," and there's no doubt that this woman's treasure would pique their interest. It was a copy of the book signed not only by author Margaret Mitchell, but also by virtually the entire cast of the classic movie as well.
Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Victor Fleming, Hattie McDaniel and more! Not just Windies, but anyone who appreciates classic literature and classic cinema could easily see how special and significant a find this is. The estimated value for the book was set in the range of $7-9,000.
Save up those pennies and see what's uncovered next on "Antiques Roadshow," Mondays at 8 p.m. Et on PBS. »
- Jason Hughes
**Updated with official word from Stephen King** Stephen King shows no signs of slowing down. Last November we saw the release of 11/22/63 and The Wind Through the Keyhole is schedule for wide release later this month. The Shining sequel, title Dr. Sleep, isn’t expected until next year, so it made fans wonder if King would release a new book between now and then. We aren’t sure when this book will be released, but it has been revealed that he’s working on a new story revolving around an amusement park serial killer.
This news comes from a recent interview conducted by Neil Gaiman in The Times: “That’s the desk that King sits at every day, and it is where he writes. Right now he’s writing a book called Joyland, about an amusement park serial killer. Below the window is a patch of well-fenced land, with an »
- Jonathan James
Around these parts when prolific horror author Stephen King talks, we listen, and believe you me this is something that you cats are going to want to hear about!
In addition to King's sequel to The Shining called Dr. Sleep, the master of horror is currently at work on a new slasher tale entitled Joyland.
According to author Neil Gaiman, who recently interviewed King for the UK Sunday Times Magazine, the book will be "about an amusement park serial killer.”
Later on in the interview King jokes about his own death and how his son, Joe Hill, could finish it if he couldn't.
“So if I got hit by a taxi cab, like Margaret Mitchell ... 'Joyland' wouldn’t be done but Joe could finish it, in a breeze. His style is almost indistinguishable from mine. His ideas are better than mine. Being around Joe is like being next to a Catherine Wheel throwing off sparks, »
- Uncle Creepy
In a win-win for book and film lovers alike, tonight PBS’ acclaimed biography series American Masters will present back-to-back profiles of Gone With the Wind scribe Margaret Mitchell and To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee that present facts, photos and interviews fresh to even their most ardent fans. Though Mitchell was born in 1900 and Lee in 1926, like their works, these women are every ounce as compelling as any character from today’s entertainment realm, real or fictionalized. Did you know Mitchell rappelled down buildings as a newspaper reporter and funded the education of African-American medical students after Gwtw [...] »
- Lori Acken
Atlanta burns memorably in "Gone With the Wind," but the city was positively sizzling when it hosted the star-studded premiere of the 1939 film classic. PBS has unearthed some rare and fascinating footage of the three days of festivities that greeted the launch of the movie as part of its upcoming "American Masters" profile of Margaret Mitchell. Also read: Clark Gable's Grandson Gets 10 Days in Jail for Laser-Pointer Incident Mitchell authored the book that formed the basis for the Oscar-winning movie, earning a Pulitzer Prize for her portrait of the Old »
- Brent Lang
So what are you reading?
Fellow ComicMixer Bob Greenberger recently talked about To Kill A Mockingbird a couple days ago as he prepares to teach his class. To Kill A Mockingbird is, as I expect all of you to know, a masterpiece of American literature concerning the racial tensions and bigotries of a small town in Alabama during the Depression – but more important, it is a study of the nature of good and evil, of both the morality and immorality inherent in all of us.
Starring Gregory Peck as the lawyer Atticus Finch who defends the black man accused of raping a white woman, the movie is a landmark picture, and – in my opinion – a touchstone for how to adapt a brilliant novel to the screen. Also my opinion: Peck’s greatest role.
But don’t just watch the movie. Read the book itself. One of the things that just »
- Mindy Newell
12 items from 2012
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