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The 2012 Golden Globe nominees were announced Thursday morning in Hollywood.
Breakout star Ryan Gosling scored two nods for his superb acting -- one for "Crazy, Stupid, Love" as well as "The Ides of March. »
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, impersonation is fast becoming our culture's favourite form of acting. At least since Nicole Kidman's nose won an Oscar for playing Virginia Woolf in The Hours, famous actors have been applauded for pretending to be other famous people: Helen Mirren as the Queen, Michael Sheen as David Frost, Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes, Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn, the list of actors nominated for Oscars for impersonating famous people goes on and on. Now we have two more to add to the list, in star turns already accumulating predictions of Oscar nominations: Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, and Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. »
- Sarah Churchwell
Elizabeth Banks has opened up about the inspiration for her portrayal Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games. The Our Idiot Brother star revealed that she modeled the character after Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame, adding that she did not want Effie to sound too British. "It's a combination of The Philadelphia Story and Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame," Banks told Entertainment Weekly. "Rosalind Russell is just amazing. It's one of my favorite performances ever. I wanted Effie to be really theatrical. I just wanted to (more) »
- By Tara Fowler
If Elizabeth Banks took a day off in the last year, we’re not aware of it. In the past 12 months, she’s wrapped the first installment of The Hunger Games (love the accent, Effie), shot a movie with the blue guy from Avatar (the Sam Worthington-starring Man on a Ledge), and snuck in What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Speaking of which, she also had a baby. Now she’s hiding out in Baton Rouge, where she’s going behind-the-scenes, producing Pitch Perfect*, a big-screen comedy about, of all things, competitive collegiate a cappella groups, along with her husband, »
- Mickey Rapkin
I've been watching this film since I was 12 years old so it's in my veins. A lot of my mannerisms are borrowed from it and I don't even realise. I was playing Dinah in a production of High Society on Broadway and some of the women recommended it. They were like: it's the fastest you'll ever hear anybody talk. The first four times I watched it I was still trying to figure out what the characters were saying half the time. You don't even have time to laugh because you'll miss things.
It's based on a Clare Boothe Luce play and has an entirely female cast – Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine. It's about a woman who finds out her husband is having an affair. Some of her friends feel for her and others are just delighted to have something to talk about. I »
- Gemma Kappala-Ramsamy
"My favorite movie is 'The Women' from 1939. It's been my favorite movie since I was like 12 years old.
"I love the dialogue, really. It's just a lot of really strong female performances. Rosalind Russell kills it, you know. It's one of those movies, like 'Scott Pilgrim,' actually, where you have to see it like five times to get all the jokes. It just moves so fast."
Anna Kendrick will reprise her role as Jessica Stanley in this week's "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1." »
- NextMovie Staff
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2012 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a new 40th anniversary restoration of Bob Fosse’s Cabaret (1972). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Cabaret to kick off the four-day, star-studded event, which will take pace Thursday, April 12 - Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Hollywood. Passes are set to go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. (Et) through the official festival website: http://www.tcm.com/festival.
One of the most acclaimed films of its era, Cabaret stars Oscar®-winner Liza Minnelli as an American singer looking for love and success in pre-World War II Berlin. Michael York and Academy Award® winner Joel Grey co-star in the film, which earned Fosse an Oscar for Best Director and serves as a perfect showcase for his unique choreography and imaginative visual style.
- Michelle McCue
James Earl Jones, 2008 SAG Life Achievement Award recipient 1962 Eddie Cantor 1963 Stan Laurel 1965 Bob Hope 1966 Barbara Stanwyck 1967 William Gargan 1968 James Stewart 1969 Edward G. Robinson 1970 Gregory Peck 1971 Charlton Heston 1972 Frank Sinatra 1973 Martha Raye 1974 Walter Pidgeon 1975 Rosalind Russell 1976 Pearl Bailey 1977 James Cagney 1978 Edgar Bergen 1979 Katharine Hepburn 1980 Leon Ames 1982 Danny Kaye 1983 Ralph Bellamy 1984 Iggie Wolfington 1985 Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward 1986 Nanette Fabray 1987 Red Skelton 1988 Gene Kelly 1989 Jack Lemmon 1990 Brock Peters 1991 Burt Lancaster 1992 Audrey Hepburn 1993 Ricardo Montalban 1994 George Burns 1995 Robert Redford 1996 Angela Lansbury 1997 Elizabeth Taylor 1998 Kirk Douglas 1999 Sidney Poitier 2000 Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee 2001 Edward Asner 2002 Clint Eastwood 2003 Karl Malden 2004 James Garner 2005 Shirley Temple 2006 Julie Andrews 2007 Charles Durning 2008 James Earl Jones 2009 Betty White 2010 Ernest Borgnine 2011 Mary Tyler Moore James Earl Jones photo: Mark Hill/TNT »
- Steve Montgomery
Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore has been named the recipient of the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession." The star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Ordinary People will be presented the SAG Life Achievement Award at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt. Previous SAG Life Achievement Award winners include Stan Laurel, Pearl Bailey, Barbara Stanwyck, Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Martha Raye, Danny Kaye, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Edward G. Robinson, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Ricardo Montalban, James Garner, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Eddie Cantor, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple, and last year's recipient Ernest Borgnine. Additionally, two Mary Tyler Moore Show alumni have already taken »
- Steve Montgomery
Kirk Douglas on TCM: A Letter To Three Wives, Mourning Becomes Electra Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 8:00 Pm The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946). Years after a murder drove them apart heiress tries to win back her lost love. Dir: Lewis Milestone. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas, Judith Anderson. Bw-116 mins. 10:00 Pm Out Of The Past (1947). A private eye becomes the dupe of a homicidal moll. Dir: Jacques Tourneur. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming. Bw-97 mins. 11:45 Pm I Walk Alone (1948). An ex-convict discovers the world of crime has changed drastically since he went up the river. Dir: Byron Haskin. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas, Wendell Corey. Bw-97 mins. 1:30 Am A Letter To Three Wives (1949). A small-town seductress notifies her three best friends that she has run off with one of their husbands. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. »
- Andre Soares
Kirk Douglas is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of September. Though hardly a great film actor — or even a good one — Douglas has had one of the longest and most prestigious film careers anywhere in the world. That's probably because enough audience members loved how Douglas ferociously attacked his characters — instead of merely bringing them to life. [Kirk Douglas Movie Schedule.] The 94-year-old actor (who'll be turning 95 next December 9) starred or was featured in numerous major classics — and a number of minor ones — from the mid-'40s to the mid'-60s, nabbing three Best Actor Oscar nominations along the way. He has continued working since then, but for the most part his projects have been low-quality fare. The list of Kirk Douglas' movie classics, however, is quite long. It includes Jacques Tourneur's film noir Out of the Past (1947); Mark Robson's boxing melodrama Champion (1949), for which Douglas received his first »
- Andre Soares
Ralph Bellamy on TCM: Sunrise At Campobello, The Awful Truth Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am Carefree (1938) A psychiatrist falls in love with the woman he's supposed to be nudging into marriage with someone else. Dir: Mark Sandrich. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy. Bw-83 mins. 7:30 Am The Secret Six (1931) A secret society funds the investigation of a bootlegging gang. Dir: George Hill. Cast: Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, John Mack Brown. Bw-84 mins. 9:00 Am Headline Shooter (1933) A newsreel photographer neglects his love life to get the perfect shot. Dir: Otto Brower. Cast: William Gargan, Frances Dee, Ralph Bellamy. Bw-61 mins. 10:15 Am Picture Snatcher (1933) An ex-con brings his crooked ways to a job as a news photographer. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. Cast: James Cagney, Ralph Bellamy, Patricia Ellis. Bw-77 mins. 11:45 Am The Wedding Night (1935) A married author falls for the beautiful farm girl »
- Andre Soares
Ralph Bellamy, Greer Garson, Sunrise at Campobello Ralph Bellamy was what many would call a "dependable" player: always there (nearly 100 movies), always capable, (almost) always losing the girl. Why Bellamy never became a major movie star is beyond me — especially considering that guys like James Stewart, Fred MacMurray, Dick Powell, Don Ameche, Joseph Cotten, etc. were top leading men of that era. Perhaps Bellamy was just both too good-looking and too intelligent-looking to keep Ginger Rogers from Fred Astaire (Carefree), Irene Dunne and Rosalind Russell from Cary Grant (The Awful Truth and His Girl Friday, respectively), and Anna Sten from Gary Cooper (The Wedding Night). All four films — in addition to 11 other Ralph Bellamy movies — will be presented on Turner Classic Movies on Sunday, August 14, as part of TCM's "Summer Under the Stars" film series. [Ralph Bellamy Movie Schedule.] Unfortunately, there are no TCM premieres, but included are a few lesser-known titles, e.g. »
- Andre Soares
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' decision to hand Oprah Winfrey a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the November 12 Governors Ball ceremony, has been widely criticized. Some have remarked that Winfrey, rumored as a possible host for the 2012 Oscarcast, is a television — not a film — personality. Others have complained that Winfrey doesn't deserve the Humanitarian Award, period. Academy president Tom Sherak came to Winfrey's defense, affirming that the billionaire (estimated net worth $2.7 billion in 2009) former talk-show hostess is "one of the most philanthropic performers in the world," having, as per Sherak, contributed more than $500 million to charitable causes. "She's a member of the academy," Sherak added, "she was nominated for an Academy Award [in the Best Supporting Actress category for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple] and she has produced movies. This is not about personality. This is about a person who has come from the depths, risen to the heights and given back. That's a perfect example of why this award was created. »
- Andre Soares
In the 36 hours since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Oprah Winfrey will receive its prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award this year, there’s been a smattering of criticism from some quarters that she’s not deserving of such a high film-industry honor since she’s mainly known for her work in television. So let’s look at the other 33 people that have earned the Hersholt prize over the last five decades and see how Winfrey measures up.
Twelve of the past honorees have been movie-biz executives who worked mostly behind the scenes on numerous projects (think Samuel Goldwyn, »
- Dave Karger
Paulette Goddard, Modern Times Paulette Goddard on TCM Part I: Modern Times, Reap The Wild Wind I've never watched Alexander Korda's British-made An Ideal Husband, a 1948 adaptation (by Lajos Biro) of Oscar Wilde's play, but it should be at least worth a look. The respectable cast includes Michael Wilding, Diana Wynyard, C. Aubrey Smith, Hugh Williams, Constance Collier, and Glynis Johns. George Cukor's film version of Clare Boothe Luce's hilarious The Women ("officially" adapted by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin) is definitely worth numerous looks; once or twice or even three times isn't/aren't enough to catch the machine-gun dialogue spewed forth by the likes of Goddard, Rosalind Russell, Joan Crawford, Mary Boland, Phyllis Povah, Lucile Watson, et al. A big hit at the time, The Women actually ended up in the red because of its high cost. Norma Shearer, aka The Widow Thalberg, was the nominal star; curiously, »
- Andre Soares
To accuse Michael Bay of going over the top is like yelling at Mount Etna just because it erupts. It's in his very nature and genetic makeup; it's what he does – over the top is where he lives, up where the air is thin and icy and finally makes you giddy, addled and crazy enough to make movies like Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.
Forget the critical rout and ponder its contradictions and many overlapping instances of deep weirdness: a popcorn kiddie-flick that's longer, at 155 minutes, than some Béla Tarr or Pedro Costa movies; a threequel based not on a book or a comic or a Broadway hit or even a videogame, but on a Saturday morning cartoon designed to pimp a line of toys.
Considering its prepubescent target audience, »
- John Patterson
One of the greatest newspaper pictures ever (can there be many more in our future?), Howard Hawks’ gender-bending remake of The Front Page stands as a comedy classic. Its improvisational-sounding overlapping dialog still impresses as modernistic. Such stars as Ginger Rogers, Jean Arthur, Irene Dunne, Carole Lombard and Claudette Colbert turned down Rosalind Russell’s revamped Hildy Parks role. Cary Grant’s surprised reaction to one of Russell’s unexpected ad-libs was directed directly to Hawks: “Is she going to do that?”. And it’s in the movie. Unfotunately all we could find was a textless trailer on this one.
Click here to watch the trailer.
This movie is a favorite. Gleefully speedy, you can’t really get past mentioning the rapid-fire wit of all involved. Which makes it really bizarre that I found this on YouTube, an »
A week of laughs and loves and more laughs. Keep reading for a preview.
No, it’s not the Warren Beatty remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan, but the sublime Ernst Lubitsch comedy fantasy, his biggest commercial hit and generally considered the last of his films to exemplify the inimitable “Lubitsch touch”. Feckless womanizer Don Ameche recounts his love life to urbane devil Laird Cegar at the gates of Hell in a sparking rumination on life, death and the importance of the common man.
The original title of this influential screwball comedy was Is Marriage Necessary?, but even though writer-director Preston Sturges was on a roll, he couldn’t get that one past the Hays Office. This was Joel McCrea’s second Sturges lead »
Continuing the Reader Appreciation Series, here's a conversation with John (pictured left) from Boston. He's been reading the site ever since it launched and hearing that warms the cockles of my heart. Loyalty is definite top ten top three material as character traits go, don't you think?
Nathaniel: Do you remember your first movie?
John: I think my first movie was Cinderella. I was so frightened of the evil stepmother that we had to leave early. When I was young, every movie scared me. I didn’t sleep for years after E.T. (yet somehow/somewhere I became obsessed with this medium).
First movie obsession?
Probably Clue. I remember renting it when I was home from school with chicken pox in fifth grade. I probably watched it 10 times in one weekend. It is so campy, but so utterly entertaining. …and what a cast!!! Eileen Brennan as Mrs. Peacock and Madeline Kahn as Mrs. »
- NATHANIEL R
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