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Crypt of Curiosities: The Cat People Films

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Next to Universal, few studios have had such a big impact on horror than Rko Radio Pictures. Started in 1927, Rko was the first studio founded to make exclusively sound films, a then-brand-new invention that served as a major draw for the studio. Rko’s life was relatively short (it was killed just 30 years after forming), but during their time, they put out a seriously impressive number of classics, including Top Hat, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Informer, and most notably, Citizen Kane.

Of course, Rko didn’t shy away from horror. While their output wasn’t nearly as prolific as, say, Universal’s, it was still quite impressive, boasting some of the most formative and important horror films of old Hollywood. Rko saw the release of a few all-time classics, including I Walked With a Zombie, The Thing From Another World, King Kong, and the topic of today’s Crypt,
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Beauty vs Beast: The Charm About You

Jason from Mnpp here with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" - this Wednesday marks 118 years since the birth of the dancing legend Fred Astaire, light as air, and so let's tackle (with as much grace as we can muster) his greatest film opposite his greatest co-star, 1935's Top Hat with Ginger Rogers. The story, as much as is there one is a case of mistaken identities - Jerry (Astaire) tap dances his way into the heart of Dale (Rogers) while she thinks he's somebody else, yadda yadda, they bicker and they dance and they make eternal movie magic.

Previously The monkey won! Last week's King Kong competition ping-ponged between the ape and the blonde but in the end twas the Beast that finally killed the Beauty this go-round with 55% of your vote. Said Edward L:

"I call this a tie. Kong is the mightiest film character...but all he wants is Ann,
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Eye Say by Anne-Katrin Titze

Emma Stone shines with Ryan Gosling in Damien Chazelle's La La Land Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Take the opening number from Jacques Demy's Les Demoiselles De Rochefort mixed with Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 and copy to Los Angeles. Put girls in traffic light-colored dresses that vaguely resemble those from Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's On the Town. Add an introspective song, channeling Claudine Longet, from Blake Edwards' The Party - plus an elephant and mix in some Esther Williams underwater fun. Make a melody sound like the one given by Michel Legrand to Michel Piccoli's M Dame. Borrow from Fred Astaire: Sand Under Shoes in Mark Sandrich's Top Hat, A Fine Romance of George Stevens' Swing Time, and the lift in Charles Walters' The Belle Of New York. From Kelly: Seine dance, paintings coming to life, studio setting and It's Always Fair Weather - without the war.
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‘La La Land’: How the Sound Team Bridged Fantasy and Reality, And Made Oscar History

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‘La La Land’: How the Sound Team Bridged Fantasy and Reality, And Made Oscar History
In addition to all its accolades, “La La Land” already has made Oscar history. Among the film’s 14 nominations is one for sound editors Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan — the first female duo to represent their category. Lee, also nominated for mixing, breaks through as the first Asian as well.

The sound team said Damien Chazelle’s musical valentine to Hollywood represented a creative breakthrough in how they used heightened naturalism to transition between reality and fantasy.

“From a sound perspective, Damien mentioned how Los Angeles is a big part of the character,” said Lee, who previously worked on “Deadpool” and “Tangled.” “He always liked to hear the bustling city or the sonic textures that are part of the landscape.”

She said “Boogie Nights” and “Mean Streets” served as cinematic sonic touchstones: the former for gritty authenticity, the latter for how it wove music into the environmental mix (such
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Interview: Damien Chazelle & Rosemarie DeWitt of ‘La La Land’

Chicago – Bringing the musical movie genre back requires a bit of nostalgia, a nod to modernity and always old fashioned star power. Writer/director Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”) combined all three to produce “La La Land,” with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as star-crossed lovers. Rosemarie DeWitt also has a featured role.

Set in the mythical land of Los Angeles, the story features actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) as artists who are trying to reach their own peaks in their respective professions. The tale feeds off the time-honored musical tradition of lovers trying to connect, often through song and dance, and the film embraces its soaring music and touchingly romantic choreography.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land

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Damien Chazelle exploded onto the film scene in 2014 with his feature debut “Whiplash,” the intense and searing drama about a jazz drummer. From Rhode Island,
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Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV

Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV
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Thanksgiving has arrived and with it comes bingeing of all kinds — but mainly food, shopping and TV. We’ve rounded up all the movie and TV show marathons airing over the long holiday weekend so you can watch your favorite while digesting on the couch.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a Parks and Recreation fan and just want to spend time with your favorite Pawnee residents or a horror fan looking for a scare-fest like those on IFC and Syfy. Perhaps you’d prefer to
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Veteran’s Day Tribute: The Ten Best Navy Movies

Veteran’s Day is November 11. While we all try to escape from the most exasperating Presidential Campaign in our history let me pay tribute to the Men and Women who have served in the military to insure we keep our electoral process and our freedoms.

Having served in the Navy four years (there he goes again!) I have a keen interest in any movie about the military, especially the sea service. I did serve during peace time so had no experience with combat but still spent most of my tour of duty at sea on an aircraft carrier, the USS Amerca CV66. Among other jobs I ran the ship’s television station for almost two years. Movies have always been important to me and so providing a few hours of entertainment every day when we were at sea was just about the best job I could have had.

The author
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Andrzej Żuławski’s 10 Favorite Films

For a man who created forward-thinking, boundary-pushing cinema embraced by small, devoted sects of cinephiles, Andrzej Żuławski‘s Sight & Sound list of favorite films is, in so many words, surprisingly traditional. Few would look upon it and say it contains a single bad film on it, but those who’ve experienced his work might expect something other than Amarcord; maybe, in its place, an underground Eastern European horror film that’s gained no real cachet since the Soviet Union’s collapse.

That isn’t to suggest something inexplicable, however. The Gold Rush‘s fall-down comedy could be detected in some of Possession‘s more emphatic moments of physical exhaustion, and, while we’re at it, visual connections between On the Silver Globe and 2001‘s horror-ish stretches aren’t so out-of-bounds. So while this selection may not open your eyes once more to cinema’s many reaches, one might use it
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Strictly Come Dancing 2015: week three – as it happened

Lights! Camera! Dance! Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman hosted a movie-themed edition this week, with Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell commenting on the Hollywood-inspired routines

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So that’s it for another Strictly Week! I’ll be back next Saturday for a blessedly theme-free week, so please join me back here then; in the meantime I’m on Twitter @heidistephens if you fancy saying hello. Thank you to everyone who joined in below the line - without your sequins and glitter this dress would be a very dull affair indeed. See you next Saturday! Hx

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And just to add insult to (shoulder) injury, Anthony and Oti have to do their final dance to “So Long, Farewell” from The Sound of Music, which is just weird.

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So who will the judges save? Craig saves Ainsley and Natalie, as does Darcey. Bruno also chooses Ainsley and Natalie,
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Astaire Dances Everywhere Today on TCM

Fred Astaire ca. 1935. Fred Astaire movies: Dancing in the dark, on the ceiling on TCM Aug. 5, '15, is Fred Astaire Day on Turner Classic Movies, as TCM continues with its “Summer Under the Stars” series. Just don't expect any rare Astaire movies, as the actor-singer-dancer's star vehicles – mostly Rko or MGM productions – have been TCM staples since the early days of the cable channel in the mid-'90s. True, Fred Astaire was also featured in smaller, lesser-known fare like Byron Chudnow's The Amazing Dobermans (1976) and Yves Boisset's The Purple Taxi / Un taxi mauve (1977), but neither one can be found on the TCM schedule. (See TCM's Fred Astaire movie schedule further below.) Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals Some fans never tire of watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing together. With these particular fans in mind, TCM is showing – for the nth time – nine Astaire-Rogers musicals of the '30s,
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Film posters for Top Hat to Star Wars take centre stage at auction

Sale of posters, including rare one for Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical, and artwork for first Star Wars film, expected to fetch £500,000

Hundreds of the most evocative film posters of all time, including a rare 1935 poster for Top Hat, Fred Astaire’s most successful film with his most famous partner Ginger Rogers, will be sold at auction in Los Angeles on Monday. The entire sale is estimated to fetch more than £500,000 – the Top Hat poster alone £30,000.

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Acteurism: Joel McCrea in "He Married His Wife"

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With such a definitive and spoiler-happy title as “He Married His Wife” (even with pronouns lending a level of mystery), plot quickly becomes unimportant. Even the contemporary micro-genre this 1940 film fills, the comedy of remarriage, immediately announces T.H. Randall’s (Joel McCrea) eventual reunion with estranged wife Valerie (Nancy Kelly). In order for the couple to come together, both actors must switch between clown and straight-man acts at screwball pace using the supporting cast as colorful props.This outline worked well for Howard Hawks’s Bringing Up Baby (1938) two years earlier, but that had the remarkable advantage of both Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, both known for versatility in anything their studio would throw at them. Conversely, 20th Century Fox put director Roy Del Ruth to the task of He Married His Wife as a workman director capable of identifying the strengths of a trending narrative style for economic opportunity.
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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year.
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The Definitive Best Picture Losers

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It’s December. And you know what that means? It means for every popcorn blockbuster, we get about three Oscar bait movies that are made solely to appease that body of somewhat stodgy Academy voters. Don’t get me wrong – a good portion of the Best Picture winners in history are still some of the greatest films ever made – “The Godfather” (Parts I and II), “Schindler’s List,” etc. But what about those historically good movies that got the nomination, but didn’t take home the prize? What about those popular movies that carried fan support, but lost out to a smaller, most of the time better, film? Well, here they are. This list focuses on those films that may or may not have been produced as Oscar bait, but earned the recognition of “Best Picture nominee,” only to walk away without the big prize. As usual, not in order of worst to best.
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LatinoBuzz: Shipwrecked! The Latinas-On-The-Verge-Of-a-Breakthrough-Edition

It’s the last LatinoBuzz Shipwrecked Edition of 2014! It’s where we love to abandon Latino artists on a deserted island to fend for themselves in hopes they will reveal something like, that their favorite album is by Train - the one with Hey, Soul Sister on it - and they have no idea that anytime that song is played, somewhere in this world a kitten is kicked. However, as we go into a brand new year we want to introduce to you these amazingly talented Latinas who you will be hearing about so much very soon. Seriously, it’s been a great year at LatinoBuzz and we want to say thank you for all your support from all of us! Please give these Latinas tons of support! Happy New Year!

Jessica Molina


Jessica: Easy! Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More. This album will never get old or played out to me. The band is not a Christian band, but I seriously have a spiritual experience when I listen to this album; the way they talk about love, life, doubt, joy – I go on a journey with them and I’m assuming if I’m stuck on a deserted island a journey in my mind will be a much needed escape. The lyrics along with brilliant accompaniment (I’m hooked the moment I hear a banjo) would make for awesome beach jam sessions or chill reflective nights by the fire. Note to self: learn how to build a campfire.


Jessica: Alone on an island, I’ll need some good laughs! My film choice is "The Birdcage" starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Hank Azaria. My family has so many inside jokes related to this film, so it would be like having a little piece of home with me. I was really emotional when Robin Williams died and I tried to understand why his death felt personal. But it made sense considering I grew up on Robin Williams’ films. He’s apart of some of my favorites like "Hook," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Aladdin," so without a doubt I’d want this film on the island with me.


Jessica: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This feels like a cliché response, but I think that’s because it resonates with and inspires so many people. This book will always be timeless for me. The first time I read The Alchemist, it was like someone found my diary and wrote this book as a response to all my fears and questions. It inspired me to be true to myself and has offered me comfort in reminding me that God has a plan for my life.

Fictional Character

Jessica: Originally I was going to say Katniss Everdeen from "The Hunger Games," but honestly, I don’t think she’s much of a conversationalist. Yeah, she can kill dinner for me, but I need someone who is going to keep things interesting too, so I’m going to go with Jake Ballard from Scandal because all that poor man wants to do is stand in the sun. Plus, he knows how to get a good bottle of wine to a remote island!

Follow her on Twitter @jessicahosts

Veronica Sixtos


Veronica: If I were stuck on a deserted island having music to soothe my weary heart would make my loneliness bearable. The album Speak for Yourself by Imogen Heap would have to be it. I've listened to her powerful music throughout my childhood and even now as an adult the heavenly melodies and softness of her voice open up my heart in a way that make me want to love more as well as receive more love. She inspires hope and inner strength.


Veronica: What film?...well let's see, my sister Andrea (Sixtos) already said "Cast Away" ( would be her choice so although it would be pretty useful I'd rather choose something else. No one likes a copy cat. I asked my boyfriend what he would bring and he responded with "Lord of the Flies" so in case other humans landed on the island he'd know how to take them out. I'm more of a team work, peace and love, hugs are scientifically proven to be beneficial to ones health, kinda gal. So, I don't think that would be my choice. Laughter is medicine. I'd take the movie "Knocked Up."


Veronica: Autobiography of a Yogi. It would bring me back to spiritual reality which would then dissipate most of the fear and loneliness. If I'm consistently reminded of the divinity within myself a life of solitude wouldn't be so difficult to endure. I wouldn't have so many earthly distractions to interfere in my search for God. Perspective plays a huge part in survival. Let's just hope I don't have to get stuck on an island to truly figure that out.

Fictional Character

Veronica: Okay, I'm gonna cheat a little on this one. The question was which fictional character from film/tv would I bring as a companion... Well, my character originally comes from a cycle of books called The Inheritance Cycle. They did make a movie based on the first one in 2006 called "Eragon" of which I have refused to watch because of the fear of utter disappointment. I don't want anything to distort my beautiful depiction of the world of Alagaësia and all of the treasured characters within it. Anyway let's get back to answering the question. I would bring as my companion, Saphira Bjartskular, the blue dragon known to be the last of the female dragons remaining in the lands. I would hope to be fortunate enough to be magically bound to her by becoming her rider. We would read each others minds and feelings and she would protect me from danger and I'd cuddle up under her wings and feel the warmth of her fiery belly. Yay. Happy thoughts.

Follow her on Twitter @vero_sixtos

Catie Waters


Catie: I would take Far by Regina Spektor. I first heard this album many years ago when a friend passed it on to me. I slowly fell in love with her sound and the entire album. I think it would be a perfect album to bring because I love the overall quirkiness and adventurous melodies it brings. Plus, listening to “Eet” on a deserted island for the rest of my days would not be so bad.


Catie: There is no doubt; I would bring "Life is Beautiful." It’s an incredible story of a Jewish-Italian waiter and his young son being forced onto a train and taken to a concentration camp. In order to shelter and preserve his son’s innocence amidst the horrors of their environment, he assures his son their time spent in the camp is a game. His inspiring devotion to his son can give a spark to anyone in need of motivation. This movie would remind me to continue to be alive and kicking.


Catie: It is a little tough to choose one because in all honesty knowing myself; I would want to take all of my books from my personal library. However, since I must choose one; I think Looking For Alaska by John Green would be a great read to have on a deserted island. I cannot tell you how many times I laughed so hard that I cried to crying a little for real while reading this book. For me, it is one of those books you can go back to again and again.

Fictional Character

Catie: Hands down, Cosmo Brown, from "Singin’ In The Rain" would be my chosen compadre. He is incredibly absolute in his optimism and is unfailing in finding resolve in any issue that is tossed his way. I believe his can-do attitude would lead the way to a successful survival.

Follow her on Twitter @CatieWaters

Corina Calderon


Corina: So, Film would be "Urban Cowboy" with John Travolta and Debra Winger, hands down! My #1 Favorite movie. I had it on VHS when I was a little girl and I would and still can watch it over and over and always find something new that I've missed, its a love story, not perfect but real. Plus being a Tejana from the great lone star state ;) it’s a Texas based film with Great country music.


Corina: Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho, it’s my favorite book and I still read it from time to time. That book changed my life forever. I still lived in Austin, Texas when I read that book for the first time but while reading it I finally summoned the courage to finally make my move to La to pursue my dreams as an actress no matter how scary or uncomfortable it seemed. It reminded me to be strong, have strong faith and trust my heart always and in any situation.


Corina: That would definitely be Any of Selena’s albums. My two younger sisters and I grew up listening and dancing to her music. I met Selena and A.B. Quintanilla y Los Dinos for the first time in Matamoros, Mexico when I was about 4 or 5 and I was a fan instantly and forever. Watching Selena dance inspired me as a little girl to finally put my creativity into motion, giving me the courage to say, "If she can do it I can do it too!" She looked like me! She was Latina. Back then there weren't as many Latinos in the entertainment business and she really paved the way for a lot of us. Her music would remind me to not give up!

Fictional Character

Corina: Oh Man! That would be Jessica Lange as Fiona Goode in "American Horror Story Season 3". She's a bad bitch/witch who has all the powers as a supreme to survive or get through any situation no matter who or what stands in her way! She'd have my back! Aint nobody or nothin’ messin’ with us on that island.

Chelsea Rendon


Chelsea: I have to go with Taylor Swift's new album 1989. I know it's a kinda lame answer since it just came out but I seriously love the album start to finish. It puts me in a good mood and if I'm stuck on an island I would definitely want to dance around to something to make me happy.


Chelsea: I would go with one of my all time favorite movies "Friends With Benefits"! I have literally seen this movie at least 20 times and it never gets old! Seriously, I don't mind seeing it over and over again. Plus it has Justin Timberlake - Hello eye candy!


Chelsea: Wilderness Survival For Dummies! It will help me stay alive and it wont be all complicated so I can understand it. Especially if I haven't had anything to eat for a while, my brain starts to shut down, so this book is perfect!

Fictional Character

Chelsea: I would go with Alan Parrish aka Robin Williams in "Jumanji." Hello it’s Robin Williams! But as his character he got swallowed up into the game and survived for years in the jungle. If he can do that he can definitely keep me alive and since it’s Robin Williams I know he would make it a fun experience!

Follow her on Twitter @chelsearendon

Luciana Faulhaber

Luciana: This is the toughest question for me to answer since music is such a big part of me. My life always has its own soundtrack that keeps changing with time. At this moment I have been very much into musical theater soundtracks. I love how they transport me to another world and make me dream. Spring Awakening and Once are amongst my top albums and they find away back into my life year after year. However, I just saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Michael C Hall and those songs resonated with me. I would take the Hedwig and the Angry Inch album recorded by this cast and this rock and roll band. It has everything, love, loss, tenderness, anger, surrender and such an awesome band arrangement. I imagine I would feel all those things stranded on a deserted island and knowing someone else felt the same way once would make it a lot less deserted.


Luciana: When I was a child, we only had one TV in my home. My mother would put us to sleep and I would wait until there was no more noise and I would sneak to the living room alone to watch TV. I grew up in Brazil and the show playing late was called the "Hour of the Owl." They only played black and white movies, which I loved. I would have to watch them with the sound off not to wake anymore. That's when I feel in love with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies. To this day these are the movies that made me fall in love with movies; that made me dream of love stories. If I could only take one film I would take "Top Hat" and dream of days that I only had to worry about my mother catching me up and sending me back to bed.


Luciana: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. In this book, like her memoir, Cheryl shares so many stories of her personal life that get me to reflect on my own. An island would be the perfect time to reflect and come to peace with some of my own stories. Amongst so much beauty is a great place to find your best self. Like many people, the end of the year is a time looking back on the year. See how much was learned and lived and also a time of planning, of coming to terms and seeing ahead. A deserted island would be that multiplied and uninterrupted. And once I was rescued, because I believe I would, I could use all that I learned about myself and begin again, anew.

Fictional Character

Luciana: I would take Vincent from St. Vincent because he would have amazing stories to share! People are the only true endless source of knowledge. After my iPod runs out of charge and the music and the film are gone, after I've read my book so many times I've memorized it and burnt the pages for heat, we would still have our stories. Vincent was also a veteran so in practical terms he would not afraid of a battle for survival. He was also kind and compassionate. And truth is, besides the life we lived, what else can we really take with us from this world?

Follow her on Twitter @lufaulhaber

Yainis Ynoa


Yainis: Right now my favorite is Taylor Swifts' 1989 album so I'll definitely take hers!


Yainis: If I'm stuck in an island I'll have to have a comedy! So "Rush Hour 2" would be in my back pack!


Yainis: The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho. I can read that book over and over again.

Fictional Character

Yainis: I'll choose Iron Man. He's smart and can fly, so he can get me off that island! Haha

Follow her on Twitter @YainisYnoa

Noemi Arte Gonzalez


Noemi: The same album Starlord had in "Guardians of the Galaxy" only my version with more Michael Jackson tracks because he was abducted by aliens right when he lost his mom and he still turned out to be a badass! Goes to show you what music and art do to the soul.


Noemi: I would take "Castaway." Duh!


Noemi: My Shakespeare collection book. So I can act out the plays, play roles I wouldn’t traditionally be cast in, and find new discoveries every day.

Fictional Character

Noemi: Jack Sparrow. ‘nough said.

Follow her on Twitter @inoemigonzalez

Written by Juan Caceres . LatinoBuzz is a weekly feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow [At]LatinoBuzz on Twitter and Facebook
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The Men Who Would Be Hughes (Plus Hepburn and the end of Rko)

Howard Hughes movies (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in 'The Aviator') Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. Pt / 6 a.m. Et on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Hughes produced a couple of dozen movies. (More on that below.) But what about "Howard Hughes movies"? Or rather, movies -- whether big-screen or made-for-television efforts -- featuring the visionary, eccentric, hypochondriac, compulsive-obsessive, all-American billionaire as a character? Besides Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a dashing if somewhat unbalanced Hughes in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Best Picture Academy Award-nominated The Aviator, other actors who have played Howard Hughes on film include the following: Tommy Lee Jones in William A. Graham's television movie The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), with Lee Purcell as silent film star Billie Dove, Tovah Feldshuh as Katharine Hepburn,
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See Reddit users’ favorite movie from each year

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Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.

Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s
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On TCM: Oscar Winner Colbert

Claudette Colbert movies on Turner Classic Movies: From ‘The Smiling Lieutenant’ to TCM premiere ‘Skylark’ (photo: Claudette Colbert and Maurice Chevalier in ‘The Smiling Lieutenant’) Claudette Colbert, the studio era’s perky, independent-minded — and French-born — "all-American" girlfriend (and later all-American wife and mother), is Turner Classic Movies’ star of the day today, August 18, 2014, as TCM continues with its "Summer Under the Stars" film series. Colbert, a surprise Best Actress Academy Award winner for Frank Capra’s 1934 comedy It Happened One Night, was one Paramount’s biggest box office draws for more than decade and Hollywood’s top-paid female star of 1938, with reported earnings of $426,944 — or about $7.21 million in 2014 dollars. (See also: TCM’s Claudette Colbert day in 2011.) Right now, TCM is showing Ernst Lubitsch’s light (but ultimately bittersweet) romantic comedy-musical The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), a Best Picture Academy Award nominee starring Maurice Chevalier as a French-accented Central European lieutenant in
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The Definitive Movie Musicals: 30-21

As we continue on, I need to once again clarify that if this list was “Joshua Gaul’s 50 Favorite Movie Musicals,” it’d be a quite a different list. But, if my tastes determined what is definitive, I’d be asking you all to consider Aladdin as a brilliant piece of filmmaking and wax nostalgic about my love for Batteries Not Included and Flight of the Navigator (not for the musicals list, of course). Much to my dismay, my tastes are not universal. I’d like to think my research methods are.

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30. Annie (1982)

Directed by John Huston

Signature Song: “Tomorrow” (

Originally a 1924 comic strip, the beloved stage musical about a red-haired orphan girl was brought to the big screen in 1982 and directed by John Huston (yes, that John Huston – director of The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen, not to
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Carmelo Anthony: Met Gala 2014 -- I'm Bringin' Back the Top Hat

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Fred Astaire wore one. So did Willy Wonka. And now ... Carmelo Anthony is adding himself to list of people who rock the Top Hat!! The New York Knicks superstar was sportin' the throwback lid to the Met Gala in NYC last night ... with his wife Lala by his wide. The gala is a big event in the fashion world -- it's overseen by Vogue honcho Anna Wintour and all sorts of fancy people are invited
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