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Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
Bates Motel is an interesting idea for a series (and frankly, so is The Carrie Diaries), but like Carrie Bradshaw I have to wonder: Have we nailed the art of the movie prequel TV series yet? I think it remains to be seen.
Today, in honor of A&E's new show about Norman Bates' bizarre past, I say we examine eight movies that could inspire fabulous prequel series. I snuck in two ideas for other Hitchcock prequels in case that's an easy sell right now. Grab your most hideous bridesmaid gown and suggest your options for prequel-worthy movies below.
Face it: Alex Forrest should be one of the most interesting characters of the '80s, but because Fatal Attraction corners her into being a two-dimensional psychotic loon, she's never quite as humanized as she should be (despite Glenn Close's exceptional performance). A prequel series would rectify this »
Looking at those animated studio logos that tell you a film's about to start – and the ones that do things a little bit differently
This week's Clip joint is by Dominic Graham, who blogs about film at Fifty Word Film Reviews. If you've got an idea for a future clip joint, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like the ever-present ads in the margins of our web-vision, we are so used to studio intros that we no longer actually see them.
In researching this blog I failed to find a name for the following phenomenon – so for the purposes of this post we'll call them "bespoke idents". If done well these can not only encourage you to remember who produced the film, but cannily get the audience onside by starting the movie early. It's an in-joke of sorts – prompting a pre-credit smile, or instilling sense of unease …
- Guardian readers
Park's English-language debut boasts 'lovely blend of styles,' but is marred by inconsistent narrative The movie title Stoker, left to stand alone for helmer Park Chan-wook’s and screenwriter Wentworth Miller’s psychological thriller, could be referring to numerous things, such as those connected to vampires, marijuana, or tandem bicycling, depending on one’s approach. The Dracula author is a relevant reference, but in Park's film the name Stoker is the surname of the family central to its narrative: mother, father, daughter, and uncle. (Pictured above: a striking closeup of Matthew Goode in Stoker.) Even so, Miller’s script attempts to come up with an identity that goes beyond family names to actual lineage -- in other words, to the core genetics of the family tree itself. Stoker tells us that some human traits, however dark, are part of our nature. That’s hardly an original thought, but in »
- Tim Cogshell
4 items from 2013
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