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Winner of five Oscars, Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night remains an outstanding entertainment, and a touchstone of Hollywood’s most enduring cinematic genre: the Romantic Comedy. Filled with naughty, cloying sexuality and a lovable slate of archetypal characters, the film encapsulated the aspirations and desperations of 1930s America, even while evoking giggles of delight from a battered audience facing a dark and uncertain future. While the Great Depression is never addressed directly, the pressures of those days infuse every aspect of It Happened One Night, from its depiction of pampered, frivolous one per-centers to its array of dodgy conmen, hapless working stiffs and penniless drifters. The fact that love continued to find a way through the world’s political and economic maelstroms was a comforting notion in 1934; a notion perfectly suited to Capra’s trademark optimistic populism.
The film’s stagebound, talky exposition scene may feel awkward at first, »
- David Anderson
Exclusive: Larry Yang’s Mountain Cry, co-produced by Hairun Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, started production today in the Taihang Mountains of China’s Shanxi Province.
Yang, a young mainland Chinese filmmaker, has also written the script based on Ge Shuiping’s award-winning Chinese novel of the same name.
Set in a remote village, the story begins with the sudden death of a husband and father whose family is new to the village’s tight-knit community. Following his death, the villagers get to know the man’s widow, a mysterious mute with the power to tell her story wordlessly.
Ge’s novel was inspired by real life events that occurred in the Taihang Mountain region where she grew up and still lives today.
Lang Yueting plays the mute wife, while Wang Ziyi plays the role of Han Chong, a young man in the village who is forced to take responsibility for her husband’s death.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Before R-ratings, anti-heroes and gratuitous violence and nudity in mainstream Hollywood movies, there was the Hays Code. As a form of self-policing the industry, virtually every movie released up until 1968 needed that stamp of approval if it wanted distribution. And while it helped produce all of Old Hollywood’s true classics for several decades, it often included ridiculous rulings like not being able to show or flush a toilet on screen, not allowing married couples to be shown sleeping in the same bad or always making sure criminals, even protagonists of the movie, got punished in the end.
But before the Hays Code was nothing, and it was a gloriously weird, scandalous time for the movies. Certain Hollywood films in the early ’30s as “talkies” were rapidly taking hold have since been labeled “Pre-Code” films that never received Hollywood’s stamp of approval.
Every Friday in September, »
- Brian Welk
Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new. »
Leave ’Em Laughing
Former model Charlotte Le Bon, a 27-year-old Canadian, got her start onscreen giving a burlesque gag-laden weather forecast on Canal Plus’ primetime talkshow. Her first movie appearance was in 2012’s comedy “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia.”
Born Into It
Le Bon didn’t grow up dreaming of life as a thesp; she experienced the reality of it. “Both my parents are actors, and I saw them struggle with work, waiting for phone calls,” she says.
City Of Light
She was working as a model in Canada for eight years before launching her acting career, and says she came to France because that’s where the most offers came from. “I didn’t choose Paris,” she explains. “I like to think that the city chose me.”
A Different Journey
Like many Canadians, Le Bon is bilingual in French and English. She recently made her English-language acting debut »
- Elsa Keslassy
Welcome, beloved guests. The time has come to check-in to The Grand Budapest Hotel. Upon arrival, be sure to take in the beautiful world surrounding you, as created by director and co-writer Wes Anderson, as well as the wonderful hotel aesthetic, brought to you by production designer Adam Stockhausen. This week, Wamg and a few members of the press sat down (in a roundtable discussion) with Anderson and Stockhausen to talk about Anderson’s all new caper The Grand Budapest Hotel. Check it out below!
The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest »
- Melissa Howland
Thanks to his daughter, Victoria, late legendary actor Vincent Price is very much alive online as the focus of a new official website.
Victoria Price in December launched VincentPrice.com to give fans of the horror film great a personal look at "The Elegant Side of Evil." In a recent phone interview, Price told me what fans are getting now is just the start of what promises to be a comprehensive look at her father's life and career.
To date the site has a blog that Price authors, along with video, fan resources, and assorted news regarding her father, including an initiative to get Vincent Price on a U.S. Postage stamp. There's also a new section on the 50th anniversary edition of A Treasury of Great Recipes, which Vincent and his wife, Mary authored in 1965. The commemorative edition will be released in 2015, Victoria Price says.
Price – a designer, art consultant, »
- Tim Lammers
Contributed By: Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson
Well, we’ve just returned from AMPAS with our credentials badge for Wamg to be among the many outlets covering the Academy Awards nominations tomorrow morning.
With the announcement less than 24 hours away, and for the Oscar obsessivas (like us), this has been one of the toughest years to call. Even those of us who compulsively watch the race 365 days a year, all the categories are wide open, with expected surprises and snubs. This is always the best type of Oscar race to watch and we’ll bring you the news of who gets in and who isn’t invited to Hollywood’s biggest party of the year.
Actor, and tall-drink-of-cool-water, Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the 86th Academy Awards nominations on Thursday, January 16.
Boone Isaacs and Hemsworth will unveil the nominations at a 5:38 a. »
- Movie Geeks
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