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Movie Poster of the Week: The Marx Brothers in Posters

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Above: 1960s French stock poster for Marx Brothers revivals.This weekend New York’s Film Forum begins a week-long series entitled The Marx Brothers & The Golden Age of Vaudeville which is as good an excuse as any to look at the representation of the greatest sibling comedy team in cinema through movie posters. It has long been a tradition in movie poster illustration to render comedy stars as caricatures—often with oversized heads on small bodies—and Groucho, Harpo and Chico were a caricaturist’s dream. (Zeppo, the straight man, less so, but he left the act after Duck Soup in 1933, and re-release posters for the films he appeared in tend to ignore him, as in the Belgian Duck Soup and the Danish Horse Feathers below). With their distinctive props—Groucho’s oversized greasepaint mustache and cigar, Harpo’s curly blonde wig and Chico’s Alpine hat—the threesome could
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The Final Years of King Baggot – From the ‘King of the Movies’ to Bit Player

The King Baggot Tribute will take place Wednesday September 28th at 7pm at Lee Auditorium inside the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The 1913 silent film Ivanhoe will be accompanied by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra and there will be a 40-minute illustrated lecture on the life and career of King Baggot by We Are Movie Geeks’ Tom Stockman. A Facebook invite for the event can be found Here

Here’s a look at the final phase of King Baggot’s career.

King Baggot, the first ‘King of the Movies’ died July 11th, 1948 penniless and mostly forgotten at age 68. A St. Louis native, Baggot was at one time Hollywood’s most popular star, known is his heyday as “The Most Photographed Man in the World” and “More Famous Than the Man in the Moon”. Yet even in his hometown, Baggot had faded into obscurity.
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On this day in pop culture history: A ‘Brady Bunch’ girl went to prom with Davy Jones

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On this day in pop culture history: A ‘Brady Bunch’ girl went to prom with Davy Jones
44 years ago today, “The Brady Bunch” welcomed a very exciting guest star. The Monkees’ heartthrob Davy Jones appeared on the December 10, 1971 episode of the classic sitcom. Jones played himself in the episode, which had Marcia Brady (president of the Fillmore Junior High Davy Jones Fan Club) trying to get Jones to sing at her prom. He grants her wish, and then some — he’s her prom date too! Other notable December 10 happenings in pop culture history: • 1966: The Beach Boys’ single “Good Vibrations” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. • 1967: Otis Redding died in a plane crash. • 1969: “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” opened in theaters. • 1976: Queen’s 7” single “Somebody to Love” was released in the U.S. On the same day, their album “A Day at the Races” was released in the U.K. • 1992: The musical “My Favorite Year” opened on Broadway. • 1998: The Amnesty International
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‘A Night at the Opera’ at 80: An Experiment in Compromise

By 1935, the Marx Brothers already had five movies to add to their already extensive Broadway and Vaudeville resume, among them the legendary Duck Soup and the near-classics Animal Crackers and Monkey Business. As we’ve often seen, however, some of our most beloved Hollywood favorites flopped upon first release. 1933’s Duck Soup, specifically, was the last of a five-picture deal the Brothers had at Paramount, and its commercial failure would spell a parting of the ways between the studio and the iconic comedy team.

Enter Irving G. Thalberg, the wunderkind who helped build MGM into a powerhouse. Perhaps best known today for the namesake honor given to producers at each year’s Academy Awards, Thalberg left an indelible mark on Hollywood before his untimely death in 1937 at the age of 36. In addition to launching such innovations as the first production code and the use of audience response questionnaires to hone
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Brad Pitt Bonds With Son Knox, 7, at MotoGP British Grand Prix: Pictures

Brad Pitt Bonds With Son Knox, 7, at MotoGP British Grand Prix: Pictures
A day at the races! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's 7-year-old son, Knox, got his dad all to himself on Sunday, Aug. 30, when the two hit up the MotoGP World Championship in Northampton, England, sans Jolie and the rest of the couple's brood, including Knox's twin, Vivienne. The father-son duo enjoyed some quality one-on-one bonding time while taking in the action at the British Grand Prix. They were photographed watching the race together amid the crowd, and even posing with some of the racers. The By the [...]
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Marx Bros. Wreak Havoc on TCM Today

Groucho Marx in 'Duck Soup.' Groucho Marx movies: 'Duck Soup,' 'The Story of Mankind' and romancing Margaret Dumont on TCM Grouch Marx, the bespectacled, (painted) mustached, cigar-chomping Marx brother, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 14, '15. Marx Brothers fans will be delighted, as TCM is presenting no less than 11 of their comedies, in addition to a brotherly reunion in the 1957 all-star fantasy The Story of Mankind. Non-Marx Brothers fans should be delighted as well – as long as they're fans of Kay Francis, Thelma Todd, Ann Miller, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Allan Jones, affectionate, long-tongued giraffes, and/or that great, scene-stealing dowager, Margaret Dumont. Right now, TCM is showing Robert Florey and Joseph Santley's The Cocoanuts (1929), an early talkie notable as the first movie featuring the four Marx BrothersGroucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo. Based on their hit Broadway
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Revenge Goes Pink, The Goldbergs Find 'Somebody to Love' and More TV Tunes

Revenge Goes Pink, The Goldbergs Find 'Somebody to Love' and More TV Tunes
Just like a breath needs the air, we’re betting you need an all new TVLine Mixtape!

What follows is an array of songs recently featured on your favorite shows, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection.

Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked — but we always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, then hit the comments with your favorite TV tunes. And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @RyanSchwartz.

RelatedBig Bang Plays ‘That Funky Music’, Mary Jane
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From the ‘King of the Movies’ to Bit Player – the Final Years of King Baggot

The King Baggot Tribute will take place Friday, November 14th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium beginning at 7pm as part of this year’s St. Louis Intenational FIlm Festival. The program will consist a rare 35mm screening of the 1913 epic Ivanhoe starring King Baggot with live music accompaniment by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. Ivanhoe will be followed by an illustrated lecture on the life and films of King Baggot presented by Tom Stockman, editor here at We Are Movie Geeks. After that will screen the influential silent western Tumbleweeds (1925), considered to be one of King Baggot’s finest achievements as a director. Tumbleweeds will feature live piano accompaniment by Matt Pace.

Here’s a look at the final phase of King Baggot’s career.

King Baggot, the first ‘King of the Movies’ died July 11th, 1948 penniless and mostly forgotten at age 68. A St. Louis native, Baggot
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Bill Hader’s List of 200 Essential Comedies Everyone Should See

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.
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New Revenge Season 3,Episode 19 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC

Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Revenge" episode 19 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Allegiance," and it sounds like things will get even more scandalous as Victoria attempts to set a trap for Emily, and more. In the new,19th episode press release: A day at the races will lead to new revelations and a takedown that may be Emily's last. Press release number 2: As Emily learns the identity of a key conspirator against her father, Victoria will set a trap she knows Emily can’t resist. Guest stars have yet to be revealed. The episode was written by Ted Sullivan and it was directed by Jennifer Wilkinison. Episode 19 is set to air on Sunday night, April 13th at 9pm central time on ABC.
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Peaky Blinders recap: episode three

A day at the races, a return to the Chinese Quarter, and a rather ungallant escape for Grace – Peaky Blinders continues, and at last we meet a real Brummie

Back to Brum's sooty terraces this week, but not for long, as Tommy and Grace are heading to the races at Cheltenham with Billy Kimber.Tommy doesn't know she's on a secret mission to "get close to him" thanks to Chief Inspector Campbell, and Billie Kimber doesn't know that Tommy is secretly planning to move in on his business with the added carrot of Grace in a new dress.

A pair of Ira men turn up at the Garrison, bold as brass, and tell Tommy they're "from the Ira" and they want to buy his "gons". He says he'll let them know if he happens to find any and then one of them, predictably, breaks into song. If I was Irish,
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What was my Aunt Martha trying to ask me?

After she had the heart attack out in Michigan on Thanksgiving 1988, I stood by her bedside in the recovery room and she tried so hard to tell me something, but it just didn't work. I loved her so much. Did she know how much? I never told her. There are always questions you wish you'd asked after it's too late to get an answer. Sometimes years can pass before you realize they're questions.

Everyone said I "took after her," and I did. My features are more rounded than anyone else on either side of my family. Martha R. Stumm was the youngest of six surviving children of a Dutch-Irish-German couple who raised their family on a farm outside Tayorville, Illinois. Years after after her father died and her mother opened a boarding house in Urbana, enough oil was found beneath the land to make it worth drilling.

I visited the
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What was my Aunt Martha trying to ask me?

After she had the heart attack out in Michigan on Thanksgiving 1988, I stood by her bedside in the recovery room and she tried so hard to tell me something, but it just didn't work. I loved her so much. Did she know how much? I never told her. There are always questions you wish you'd asked after it's too late to get an answer. Sometimes years can pass before you realize they're questions.

Everyone said I "took after her," and I did. My features are more rounded than anyone else on either side of my family. Martha R. Stumm was the youngest of six surviving children of a Dutch-Irish-German couple who raised their family on a farm outside Tayorville, Illinois. Years after after her father died and her mother opened a boarding house in Urbana, enough oil was found beneath the land to make it worth drilling.

I visited the
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Luck : The Complete First Season DVD Review

Creator: David Milch

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, John Ortiz, Jason Gedrick, Nick Nolte, Richard Kind, Kerry Condon, Kevin Dunn, Jill Hennessey, Ted Levine, Ian Hart, Richie Coster, Gary Stevens, Tom Payne, Joan Allen, Barry Shabaka Henley and Michael Gambon.

Running Time: 450 Minutes

Certificate: 18

Special Features: Audio Commentaries, Documentaries – Invitation To The Set, A Day At The Races, Life At The Track, Episode Previews & Recaps.

Coming from the creator of my all-time favourite Us television series Deadwood and acclaimed network HBO, David Milch’s complex drama was always going to appeal. When you add the astounding cast, horse-racing/crime drama Luck looks an odds-on favourite rather than a long-shot outsider.

Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman headlines as Chester ‘Ace’ Bernstein, a resolute tough guy and ‘businessman’ fresh out of a three-year stint behind bars after refusing to play snitch on his partners’ drug-dealing operation. His latest scheme sees him investing in
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The United States of Movies Summer Olympic Teams

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This Friday will kick off the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, and though our old Revolutionary War adversaries might be our allies now, that doesn't mean the U.S. of frickin' A. isn't ready to bring the thunder.

Using our powers of make-believe and fantasy, we've assembled athletic champions from the entirety of movie history to give us a clear advantage towards the race for Olympic glory in every sport of the XXX Olympiad.

Archery

This year, the team events will be presented in single elimination format, with each archer shooting a total of 72 arrows from a 70-meter distance. Representatives from our women's team include District 12's Katniss Everdeen of "The Hunger Games" whose chief competitor for the gold is Scotland's Princess Merida of "Brave." The Men's team shall attempt to defeat Middle Earth's Legolas Greenleaf from "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy" with
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2012 Miss USA pageant live blog: Alyssa Campanella passes on her crown

The 2012 Miss USA pageant kicks off live from Las Vegas at 9 p.m. Et on NBC Sunday night (June 3), hosted by presenters Andy Cohen, Giuliana Rancic, Jeannie Mai, Kelly Osbourne and featuring performances by Akon and Cobra Starship.

Join us here for all the swimsuits, sexy gowns and serious answers, as we crown a woman who will go on to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe pageant in December (the location of which will be revealed on tonight's Miss USA pageant).

Judging tonight's competition are "Bachelorette" Ali Fedotowsky, comedian Arsenio Hall, professional chef Cat Cora, model Dayana Mendoza, fashion guru George Kotsiopoulos, singer Joe Jonas, actress Marilu Henner and reality star Rob Kardashian.

All the action starts at 9 p.m., all times Eastern.

9:00 - Here we go! Donald Trump's grating voiceover is telling us that Miss Universe is the greatest pageant of them all. Um, if there's no talent,
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Peter O’Toole Takes Center Stage In New TCM Special, Premiering April 1 & Live From Classic Film Festival

As a prelude to the opening of the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will air a special on-air tribute to eight-time Oscar® nominee and honorary Academy Award® recipient Peter O’Toole, who took center stage at last year’s festival. OnWednesday, April 11, TCM will premiere Peter O’Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival, a one-hour special taped at the 2011 festival in which TCM host Robert Osborne interviews the legendary actor in front of an audience of festival attendees.

Peter O’Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival is set to premiere at 8 p.m. (Et). The special will be followed by three O’Toole classics. The following is the complete schedule for the evening (all times Eastern):

8 p.m. . Peter O’Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival(2012) . Premiere

9 p.m. . The Lion in Winter (1968)

11:30 p.m. . Peter O’Toole: Live
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How Many of Woody Allen's Favorite Films Have You Seen?

I stumbled upon a list of 41 of Woody Allen's favorite films over at This Recording, which were actually pulled from Allen's 2007 biography written by Eric Lax titled "Conversations with Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies, and Moviemaking" which you can buy from Amazon for $16.47.

Allen comments on the lists, of which he breaks up into different categories, saying, "My tastes seem to me unremarkable except in the area of talking plot comedies where I seem to have little tolerance for anything and certainly not my own films."

Unfortunately, he's pretty much right as I would bet most avid movie watchers will have seen the majority of the films he lists and then when he does get to talking plot comedies he waves a white flag in fear of looking foolish saying, "[My] taste is eccentric and there are any number of comedies I love that would make me seem foolish or should I say,
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Great dynasties of the world: The Marx Brothers

Ian Sansom on the comic clan who grew up in a happy, hectic house

The Schönbergs lived at 179 East 93rd Street, in the Yorkville neighbourhood of Manhattan, an area then inhabited mostly by immigrants from Germany and Eastern Europe. Fanny and Levy were from Dornum, in East Frisia. Their daughter Minnie married a man she met at a dance, Samuel Marx, a tailor, from Mertzwiller, in Alsace; the family called him Frenchie. Minnie and Samuel had five sons: Leonard, born 1887; Adolph, born 1888; Julius, born 1890; Milton, born 1892; and Herbert, born 1901. Their firstborn son, Manfred, had died aged just seven months in 1886.

Years later, Adolph recalled their early years. "There were 10 mouths to feed every day ... five boys ... cousin Polly, who'd been adopted as one of us; my mother and father, and my mother's mother and father. A lot of the time my mother's sister, Aunt Hannah, was around too. And on
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The Belmont Stakes Choose Jay-z, But Rest Of Racing Has Other Options

If you're like us, you probably greeted the news that the New York Racing Association had jettisoned Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" in favor of Jay-z's "Empire State of Mind" at this weekend's Belmont Stakes with a mixture of glee and elation.

After all, gambling is a wonderful pastime, one that has sadly fallen out of favor with kids today. So if it takes replacing a stodgy standard like "New York, New York" with a hip tune like "Empire" to get America's youth back to the track, well, then we're all for it. Because truly, we know of no better cure for juvenile diabetes than sweating out a 5,7,2,8 Superfecta.

Anyway, in an attempt to force the hand of other Racing Associations around the country (we imagine their boardrooms are made up entirely of old dudes in satin jackets, Btw), we've thrown together a quick list of even more
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