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This excerpt from Alfonso Duralde's book Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas takes us to a charming Hungarian boutique where almost everyone seems to speak with an American accent:
Co-workers Klara (Margaret Sullavan) and Alfred (James Stewart), both clerks at an upscale Budapest boutique at the turn of the 20th century, despise each other, but they unknowingly exchange breathlessly romantic letters as pen pals. There's no shortage of intrigue at the store, owned by Mr. Matuschek (Frank Morgan), whose wife is cheating on him -- he incorrectly believes Alfred may be cuckolding him, not realizing that his wife's lover is someone else on his payroll. When Alfred loses his job, he's too depressed to keep his date with his pen pal, but after a friend peeks in and tells him that Klara is the girl he was supposed to meet, Alfred has to decide whether or not to declare his love to his rival. »
Sky Movies HD have got quite a good season coming up called ‘Movies You Never Got Around To Watching But Always Wanted To See’ and this sort of thing is perfect for people who aren’t sure what movies they should watch.
Have a look at the list below including the date and time it will air and I’ve given trailers for each movie, when it’s on TV and some of my favourite clips for some of the movies too.
Mon 11th 5.45pm Dead Poets Society
Director: Peter Weir
Synopsis: Set in an exclusive boys preparatory school in 1959, a newly appointed English teacher uses unconventional techniques to inspire his students in classic poetry. »
- David Sztypuljak
Supporting actors aren't just those familiar faces who can steal a film. They show a way for movies to portray real life
Do you remember the film Iris? Directed by Richard Eyre, it opened in 2001, and was about the marriage between novelist Iris Murdoch, and her husband, the literary professor John Bayley. I have not seen the picture since it opened and as I try to recall it, I see three faces – Judi Dench and Kate Winslet (they played the older Iris and the younger woman), and Jim Broadbent – who was Bayley in his mature years. I think of it as a tripartite film, yet I know there was a fourth corner and a fourth actor – the young Bayley. I hope he will forgive me, but I have to check his name – of course, it was Hugh Bonneville.
Having looked the film up, here is what surprises me: Dench was nominated for best actress, »
- David Thomson
The plethora of Wizard of Oz based films currently in some state of production is getting confusing but, Walt Disney Pictures’ project seems to have the most teeth. First, it’s being produced by Joe Roth (Alice In Wonderland) and now, Robert Downey Jr. reportedly has his sights set on the lead role in Disney’s Wizard Of Oz prequel, Oz: The Great And Powerful (formerly entitled “Brick”.
Mitchell Kapner adapted the Oz project, which is based on ideas from the book series by L. Frank Baum. The wizard in the revamped version is expected to be darker than the MGM musical character as played by Frank Morgan. In Kapner’s script we see the wizard as a charlatan who’s part of a traveling »
- Jason Moore
Robert Downey Jr. is a Wizard? It seems that a new star and director are circling a brand new prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Production Weekly reported on their Twitter feed that Sam Mendes is in talks to direct Oz The Great and Powerful, and that Robert Downey Jr. was in talks to play the Wizard.
The only other thing the tweet mentioned was that Mitchell Kapner had written the script. Chud dug a little deeper and discovered that the project was actually retitled from Kapner's original project, Brick, which is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz told from the Wizard's perspective, showing how he came to be the powerful Wizard.
The project was originally set up for producer Joe Roth at Disney, but it's unclear whether both the studio and producer were still involved. We'll be sure to keep you posted on any further news surrounding this »
5 items from 2010
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