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Hattie McDaniel: Hollywood’s Beloved, Controversial Trailblazer

10 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

June 10 would have been the birthday of Hattie McDaniel, the memorable Oscar winner for “Gone With the Wind” and a Hollywood trailblazer who is remembered with both affection and a little ambivalence.

She was born in Wichita, Kans., in 1895, the youngest of 13 children of two former slaves. Five years later, the family moved to Colorado, where she made her debut on the relatively new medium of radio. She is credited as being the first black woman to sing on the radio, thanks to her gig at age 17 in Denver. She sometimes performed as “Hi-Hat Hattie” and continued singing and doing comedy on radio, in nightclubs and in vaudeville.

She came to Hollywood while in her 30s and appeared uncredited in several works. But the studios took notice with her small but fun role in 1933’s “I’m No Angel,” playing one of Mae West’s maids.

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- Tim Gray

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Top Ten Tuesday – The Top Ten Black Dresses In The Movies

26 April 2016 6:18 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Little Black Dress—From Mourning to Night is a free exhibit currently at The Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The exhibit runs through September 5th.

The Little Black Dress – a simple, short cocktail dress—is a sartorial staple for most contemporary women. Prior to the early 20th century, simple, unadorned black garments were limited to mourning, and strict social rules regarding mourning dress were rigidly observed.Featuring over 60 dresses from the Missouri History Museum’s world-renowned textile collection, this fun yet thought-provoking exhibit explores the subject of mourning, as well as the transition of black from a symbol of grief to a symbol of high fashion. You’ll also see fascinating artifacts—from hair jewelry to tear catchers—that were once a regular part of the mourning process. Plus, you’ll have the chance to share your own memories of your favorite »

- Tom Stockman

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The Top 25 Funniest Actors of All Time

16 April 2016 7:33 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 Who are the funniest, wackiest, cleverest, wittiest comic actors in the history of film and television? Take a look at our list and see who we came up with.

 

The top 25 laugh-getters…

 

 #25…George Carlin: Probably the best stand-up comedian of all-time. He brilliantly satirized American culture, mixing his liberal social commentary with an often unapologetically coarse and dirty style of language. His penchant for obscenities was most evident in his trademark routine “Seven words you can never say on television”. No one was better at mocking the excesses of American culture than Carlin.

 #24…Robin Williams: He had a manic energy and great improvisational skills. His hyper, free-form style inspired many comedians to follow, such as Jim Carrey. He shot to fame in the TV series Mork & Mindy, before breaking away to very successful movie career, appearing in films like Good Morning Vietnam, The World According to Garp, Mrs. Doubtfire and Popeye. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Co-Stars Who Should Have Worked Together More Than Once

9 April 2016 5:24 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 Sometimes actors are cast in a movie together and instantly display great onscreen chemistry. You look at them and think, “These two should work together again. They make a good team.” Sometimes they do reunite and it leads to a series of great screen collaborations, but sometimes they don’t and we’re left wishing the pair would have made more films together.

 Back in the days of the old ‘Studio System,’ movies studio execs would look for actors who had good on-screen chemistry and repeatedly cast them together in films. This was called “packaging”, and it lead to the frequent teaming of people like Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers; William Powell & Myrna Loy; Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall; Boris Karloff & Bela Lugosi; Bob Hope & Bing Crosby; Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland; Nelson Eddy & Jeannette MacDonald; etc., etc.

 The ‘Studio System’ is long gone and so is “packaging”. It’s a pity »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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How to Be Single review – what’s love got to do with it?

21 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson notch up winning performances in an unsentimental comedy celebrating the highs and lows of being on your own

Dakota Johnson is our Mae West. She’s become a symbol of screen licentiousness whose very presence in a movie signals a certain type of “action”. She was thrust upon the world in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey, playing a coquettish damsel experiencing a new type of love, a love that required rhinestone-studded paddles. Next she stole the show from Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes as a teen femme fatale in Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash, her character employing scandalously plunging neck-lines to yield eye-watering sartorial results.

Now she comfortably carries Christian Ditter’s How to Be Single, a breezy roundelay of sexual liberation and self-discovery set in Manhattan that bears more than a passing resemblance to Sex and the City (the good TV shows, »

- David Jenkins

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Lena Dunham and Jane Fonda Talk Body Shaming: 'My Father Made Me Feel That I Was Fat and Unattractive' Says Fonda

17 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lena Dunham and Jane Fonda are impressively in sync on many important issues - feminism, sexuality, politics - but they took divergent paths to get there. Fonda, 78, interviewed Dunham, 29, for Paper magazine's March, Mae West-inspired cover, and pointed out the very different ways they were taught about their bodies. "I grew up with massive body image [issues] - my father made me feel that I was fat and unattractive and I don't think he realized how destructive it was," Fonda explains. Dunham says her parents were always supportive of her and helped her feel like she was good enough. "Despite »

- Julie Mazziotta, @julietmazz

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Lena Dunham and Jane Fonda Talk Body Shaming: 'My Father Made Me Feel That I Was Fat and Unattractive' Says Fonda

17 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lena Dunham and Jane Fonda are impressively in sync on many important issues - feminism, sexuality, politics - but they took divergent paths to get there. Fonda interviewed Dunham for Paper magazine's March, Mae West-inspired cover, and pointed out the very different ways they were taught about their bodies. "I grew up with massive body image [issues] - my father made me feel that I was fat and unattractive and I don't think he realized how destructive it was," Fonda explains. Dunham says her parents were always supportive of her and helped her feel like she was good enough. "Despite »

- Julie Mazziotta, @julietmazz

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Oscars 2016: David vs. Goliath In Best Picture Race

8 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The stage is set for a David vs. Goliath battle at the 88th academy awards.

In one corner are the Goliath box office hits that Oscarcast viewers have heard of — and maybe even seen: This year’s top three on the nominations tally are Fox’s “The Revenant” (12 noms), Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” (10) and Fox’s “The Martian” (seven).

Together, they’ve amassed over $1.2 billion at the global box office.

In the other corner are the likes of Fox Searchlight’s “Brooklyn,” which was acquired at Sundance and had a production budget of $11 million, and A24’s “Room,” which is the first best picture nominee for the emerging studio.

Together, they’ve made just over $40 million at the domestic box office (though neither one is close to finished, especially with three weeks to go until the Oscars).

Blockbuster Oscar winners such as “Rocky” and “Titanic” have given way »

- Geoff Berkshire and Tim Gray

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