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This incredible photograph appeared yesterday on a post on The Wire titled “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloons Used to Be Extremely Creepy.” I immediately loved the photograph with its Frank Sidebottom-style floating heads but what caught my attention next is the sign just visible behind the head in the middle: a marquee for Josef von Sternberg’s Morocco. Now if there’s one thing I love more than bizarrely primitive helium-filled heads, it’s old photos of movie marquees. And if there’s one thing I love even more than that, it is examining the often-missed details of old photos and looking for clues to their place and time. (Anyone who’s a fan of Shorpy will know what I mean.)
The only specific detail on the original post is that the photo was taken in 1930, a fact that the Morocco marquee confirms. This means that it was »
- Adrian Curry
Marlene Dietrich Grandson J. Michael Riva, Robert Clatworthy, and Harper Goff: Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame 2014 Production Designers Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff, and J. Michael Riva will be posthumously inducted into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame at the 18th Art Directors Guild Awards ceremony, to be held on February 8, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo: Production designer J. Michael Riva.) J. Michael Riva J. Michael Riva (1948-2012), grandson of Marlene Dietrich (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express, A Foreign Affair), was production designer for Stuart Rosenberg / Robert Redford’s 1980 socially conscious drama Brubaker. Later on, Redford hired Riva as the art director for Ordinary People, also released in 1980. Riva’s other production design credits include the Lethal Weapon movies starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover; A Few Good Men (1992), with Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore; The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), with Will Smith; Spider-Man 3 (2007), with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, »
- Andre Soares
Women in Film: Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, and dozens of movie actresses in curious morphing montage A few dozen top international female movie stars, most of them Hollywood celebrities, are seen in the Women in Film morphing montage below created by Philip Scott Johnson. The faces belong to actresses from the 1910s to the early 21st century. (Image: The ‘Daughter’ of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner — who sort of looks like a cross between Eleanor Parker and Cyd Charisse as well — in the Women in Film morphing montage.) Just as interesting as trying to identify each of the famous faces is stopping the video while the morphing is going on, so you get Daughter of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner, or Daughter of Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Dandridge, or Daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer and Sigourney Weaver. Some of those Daughters are quite pretty; others look like they’ve just landed on this planet. »
- Andre Soares
Nicolas Cage has reportedly signed up for an upcoming indie movie titled Lost Melody.
Cage will play a man who's stuck in a loveless marriage and falls in love with a prostitute.
"When considering a project, I think it most important that the director and the film live in the same universe and Terry certainly achieves this with Lost Melody," Pressman said.
Zwigoff is also known for the cult »
Lost Melody: Nicolas Cage, who likes to stay busy, is in talks to star in Lost Melody, described as a "darkly funny drama in the tradition of such classics as The Blue Angel and Sunset Boulevard." Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World, Bad Santa) cowrote the script and will direct. If negotations are successful, Cage would portray an unhappily married man who falls in love with a prostitute. If he and Zwigoff could make that premise painfully funny, we could be in for a weird winner, like 2010's Kick-Ass, pictured above. [The Wrap] The Butler: We've heard quite a bit about Lee Daniels' drama The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker as a real-life butler who served under eight presidents at the White House. The movie's scheduled for release from the Weinstein Co. on...
- Peter Martin
You hear a lot about Nicolas Cage these days, and most of the time it is not flattering. Mr. Cage has gone downhill so rapidly that we sometimes forget that he’s actually an Oscar winner and was once, long ago, a very good actor.
Today, Cage has signed on to play the lead in Lost Melody, a love story about a man and a prostitute.
Lost Melody is being directed by Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa) and produced by Edward R. Pressman (American Psycho, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans). The story, such as it is right now, concerns a man trapped in a bad marriage who falls for a prostitute. We assume that Nicolas Cage plays the man and not the prostitute. Although, that could be really interesting.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The Wrap is reporting that director Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World, Bad Santa) wants Nicolas Cage for the lead in his new film Lost Melody. Zwigoff co-wrote the script with Melissa Axelrod and is about a man stuck in a bad marriage with a nagging wife who ends up falling in love with a prostitute. How precious, right? Not exactly: it's described as a "wonderful darkly-funny drama in the tradition of such classics as 'The Blue Angel' and 'Sunset »
- Jesse Giroux
The story centers on a man stuck in a marriage to a shrew of a woman, whose life is upended when he falls in love with a prostitute. The man's wife and prostitute have not yet been cast at this time.
Terry Zwigoff is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Melissa Axlerod, who formerly served as the director's assistant on his 2003 comedy Bad Santa. Edward R. Pressman is producing, with Anthony Scaramucci and Jon Katz executive producing. Here's what Edward R. Pressman had to say about the project in a statement.
"When considering a project, I think it most important that the director and the film live in the same universe and Terry certainly achieves this with Lost Melody. I've always wanted to work with Terry and am excited to be teaming on a wonderful »
(Josef von Sternberg, 1930; Eureka!, PG)
Among the first enduringly great movies of the sound era, The Blue Angel was made simultaneously in German and English versions (both contained in this three-disc set) by the 35-year-old Viennese-born Hollywood director Josef von Sternberg. The great German character actor Emil Jannings, who'd won the first ever Oscar for best actor under Sternberg's direction in The Last Command (1928), insisted on Sternberg being brought to Berlin for his first talking film.
This turned out to be The Blue Angel (based on a novel by Thomas Mann's brother Heinrich), in which Jannings gives an exquisitely detailed performance as the pompous, middle-aged Professor Rath, a high-school teacher whose life is destroyed through his romantic infatuation with Lola Lola, a wilful young singer he meets at the eponymous nightclub. Sternberg cast the little-known Marlene Dietrich as the mercurial enchantress, a role that brought her world stardom and took her to the States, »
- Philip French
★★★★☆ One of German cinema's first forays into talkies and shot simultaneously in an English language version, Josef von Sternberg's tragic romance The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel, 1930) receives a worthy Dual Format rerelease this week courtesy of the Masters of Cinema series. Featuring a breakthrough performance from a young Marlene Dietrich (who went on to make six more films with von Sternberg in the proceeding five years), The Blue Angel is a supremely stylised and carefully plotted ode to cinema's obsession with glamour and exoticism, personified through its lovesick schoolteacher protagonist Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings).
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- CineVue UK
But an interview with her for Sos by a short(ish), badly dressed, nerdy man with a Ph.D? Well … if my name were Leonard, I would adjust my glasses and stress about our height difference; if Raj, I would become mute; if Howard, I would hit on her at once; and if it were Sheldon, then I might just faint.
However, if, in an alternate universe, I was a freelance journalist interviewing her for, say, a men’s magazine such as Loaded, I would write that
We met when she tapped me on the shoulder at the patio bar of the Chateau Marmont Hotel on Sunset Boulevard.
She is a very leggy and tall – 5ft 11in (1.80m) – lady, who began her acting career in Hollywood in the 1950s, »
- Roger Bourke
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