11 items from 2013
Hugh Jackman says he loves playing Wolverine but that still doesn’t mean he is a guaranteed lock for future mutant films. He says a script will have to meet his expectations before he gets involved.
The days of future X-Films may not necessarily include Hugh Jackman. In a recent Vanity Fair interview where he was promoting the DVD release of The Wolverine, the 45-year-old actor was asked if his participation in the announced sequel to that film was a “Done deal.” If indicated it was not, and said that a commitment to doing anything beyond promotion for Days of Future Past is “way off”.
Jackman explained, “I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie. I am really proud of this last movie and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride. That’s exciting, »
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Hannah and Her Sisters is the definitive Thanksgiving movie, full stop. Why? Well, there’s a lot of Thanksgiving in it. But also, like your family, the one in this movie doesn’t know it’s unbearable, funny, sad, weird as hell, and perfect. It will fuel you with essential patience through Thursday’s festivities, even when your Uncle Werner begins with his conservative rants about Jennifer Lawrence‘s new haircut. She just likes it that way, Uncle Werner! Don’t be on the wrong side of history!
New viewers of Hannah and Her Sisters will find it’s much different than recent Woody Allen movies, which are streamlined, plot-driven efforts. Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine almost feel like elongated short films, but Hannah and Her Sisters dishes plenty of comedy, wordy-ass arguing, despair, and a lot of contemplative moments featuring none of the above. Woody Allen’s character »
- Louis Virtel
The Hollywood star is always headline news – for her movies, relationships and extendend family. And her latest claims about the paternity of her son have reopened the bitter wounds from her split from Woody Allen
For a while, Mia Farrow was a genuine Surrey housewife. In a life of bright lights and dark, dark shadows, this must surely count as one of the most unusual periods of them all: a moment of apparent stability and respectability in the late 70s and early 80s. During this time, she picked up her twin sons Matthew and Sascha by the conductor André Previn from their ballet classes and music lessons and took them back to the family home in Leigh, much as if she had never been the daughter of Tarzan's Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan), nor the young bride of Frank Sinatra.
But this was the era when the notion of adopting needy children took hold. »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Ramon Novarro and Greta Garbo in ‘Mata Hari’: The wrath of the censors (See previous post: "Ramon Novarro in One of the Best Silent Movies.") George Fitzmaurice’s romantic spy melodrama Mata Hari (1931) was well received by critics and enthusiastically embraced by moviegoers. The Greta Garbo / Ramon Novarro combo — the first time Novarro took second billing since becoming a star — turned Mata Hari into a major worldwide blockbuster, with $2.22 million in worldwide rentals. The film became Garbo’s biggest international success to date, and Novarro’s highest-grossing picture after Ben-Hur. (Photo: Ramon Novarro and Greta Garbo in Mata Hari.) Among MGM’s 1932 releases — Mata Hari opened on December 31, 1931 — only W.S. Van Dyke’s Tarzan, the Ape Man, featuring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan, and Edmund Goulding’s all-star Best Picture Academy Award winner Grand Hotel (also with Garbo, in addition to Joan Crawford, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, and »
- Andre Soares
Swimmer who found movie fame in a string of MGM musicals
Esther Williams, "Hollywood's Mermaid", who has died aged 91, swam her way through more than a dozen splashy MGM musicals in the 1940s and early 50s. While smiling at the camera, she was able to do a combination of crawl, breast and backstroke, and was forever blowing bubbles under water, seemingly having an inexhaustible supply of air.
Like the starlets Lana Turner, Kathryn Grayson and Donna Reed before her, she started out for MGM in a Hardy Family picture, Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942) – though one that allowed her to swim with Mickey Rooney. After being billed 19th in A Guy Named Joe (1943), she shot to stardom in her third film, Bathing Beauty (1944).
It started out as an average Red Skelton vehicle, first called Mr Co-Ed, then Sing and Swim, but Esther's superb figure and pretty features were heightened by Technicolor »
- Ronald Bergan
Esther Williams, the bathing beauty who tantalized Hollywood in the aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 19402 and 19502 has died. She was 91. According to her longtime publicist, Harlan Boll, the swimming champion turned actress known as the Million Dollar Mermaid died early Thursday in her sleep. Awww.
So long Ms. Williams and thanks for the Technicolor dreams!
Here's more info on Williams' life from Wiki:
Esther Jane Williams (August 8, 1921 . June 6, 2013) was an American competitive swimmer and MGM movie actress.
Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records in her late teens as part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club swim team. Unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, she joined Billy Rose's Aquacade, where she took on the role vacated by Eleanor Holm after the show's move from New York City to San Francisco.
While in the city, she spent five months swimming »
It’s not every Hollywood icon that can claim to have made it big by parlaying a career as a professional swimmer into acting jobs, But Esther Williams, who died today at the age of 91, most certainly can.A native of Inglewood, California, she was a water baby from an early age, taking jobs at local pools and at Manhattan Beach. She also got swimming lessons from male lifeguards who taught her what were then considered ‘male only’ strokes such as the butterfly, with which she went on to win medals and break records.Her early career aspirations included becoming a P.E. teacher, although she also worked as a stock girl at a department store before starting to model for the business. While working there, she was contacted by impresario Billy Rose to join his Aquacade show, which saw her paired with future Tarzan star Johnny Weissmuller.After a »
Esther Williams -- the Huge movie star who became internationally famous with her spectacular, synchronized swimming routines -- is now making a splash ... in heaven. She died today, at 91.Williams starred in countless swimsuit spectaculars in the 40's and 50's -- "aquamusicals" as they were called -- where MGM honchos made any excuse to get her girl-next-door good looks and bangin' bod into the water. Movies like "Neptune's Daughter" and "Dangerous When Wet" were every guy's wet dream. »
- TMZ Staff
Swim in peace, America's Mermaid.
Esther Williams, a champion swimmer who became a movie star, has died. The 91-year-old passed away in her sleep, according to family spokesman Harlan Boll.
As a teenager, Williams was a competitive swimmer who dreamed of going to the Olympics. But when the 1940 Games were canceled due to World War II, she joined the Aquacade at the San Francisco World's Fair alongside "Tarzan" star Johnny Weissmuller. There, she caught the eye of MGM scouts.
She acted opposite Mickey Rooney in her first movie, 1942's "Andy Hardy's Double Life." From there, a bathing suit-clad Williams became a sex symbol in a genre created just for her -- the aquamusical.
"No one had ever done a swimming movie before," she once said, »
- Kelly Woo
Mad Men, Season 6, Episode 6: “For Immediate Release”
Written by Matthew Weiner
Directed by Jennifer Getzinger
Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on AMC
It must be frustrating living life as Pete Campbell, putting so much effort into everything only to watch it come crumbling down around you while Don Draper, at the end of his rope , effortlessly reaches out and finds another vine waiting for his grasp. Sympathy for Pete is difficult to come by; his petulance frequently undermines whatever pity we could feel for him. The lack of judgment he displays as he confronts Trudy with her father’s infidelity out of spite is staggering. Still, petulance isn’t a quality Don has been lacking of late. Something underlined by Christina Hendricks’ fantastic acting as Joan dresses him down for letting his personal prejudices get in the way of maintaining the Jaguar account.
Look at the shock on Peggy »
- Justin Wier
Death Wish: Michael Winner’s movie vs. original novel [See previous post: "Michael Winner Dies."] "The point of the novel Death Wish," adds author Brian Garfield, "is that vigilantism is an attractive fantasy but it only makes things worse in reality. By the end of the novel, the character (Paul) is gunning down unarmed teenagers because he doesn’t like their looks. The story is about an ordinary guy who descends into madness." (Photo: Death Wish Charles Bronson.) A few years ago, Sylvester Stallone had plans to remake Death Wish, which (probably not coincidentally) has elements in common with Stallone’s (perhaps even more brutal and more pro-vigilantism) Cobra (1985). Stallone’s Death Wish remake, however, never came to fruition. Early in 2012, The Grey‘s director Joe Carnahan stated that he was planning an updated version of Death Wish. Michael Winner’s other ’70s movies: Directing Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, and more Charles Bronson Among Michael Winner »
- Andre Soares
11 items from 2013
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