The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
1873 Wc Handy famous musician is born in Alabama. The first credited use of his music in a movie was in the original Scarface (1932). That same song "St Louis Blues" is his most popular with Hollywood and has been used in dozens of movies since including The Aviator and The Great Gatbsy recently. But Blue Jasmine got all feisty and went with "Aunt Hagar's Blues" instead.
1889 Playwright George S Kaufman is born. He wins two Pulitzers and his work has been adapted to films many times including classics like You Can't Take It With You, Dinner at Eight, The Man Who Came to Dinner and Stage Door.
1907 Oklahoma becomes the 46th State...
At the company she launched, PolaCo Prods., she made many well-regarded documentaries, including “Fairy Tales for Adults Only,” about the sexual themes lurking beneath seemingly innocent fairy tales; “Sleep From A to Zzzz,” a TV special that focused on dreams, drugs and sleep problems; and “Backstage at the Zoo,” a 12-part Family Channel series centered on saving endangered animals and the work done by zoologists in researching animal behavior.
She was honored by the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts for “A Special Kind of Vision,” screened as part of her PBS series “Winners.”
At the same time, she was an invaluable collaborator for her husband Robert Ellis Miller, a television director who eventually moved into film.
Stars! They’re just like us! Except that they aren’t. An entire media industry has been built around bringing our cultural idols closer to us--Twitter alone delivers the illusion of intimacy 140 characters at a time--but at the end of the day, would you actually want to live with one? When George S. Kaufman had to host Radio Personality and Famous Critic Alexander Woollcott for a week, the experience was so aggravating that the playwright and his partner Moss Hart wrote a scathingly funny satire about Woollcott called The Man Who Came To Dinner. I bring this up for two reasons: 1) It’s a great Christmas comedy starring Bette Davis so go watch it right now if you haven’t and 2) This seems to have been more or less James Prideaux’s motivation when he wrote Laura Lansing Slept Here.
Neil Gaiman has announced he's making a game, and it's called Wayward Manor...
Respected writer, Neil Gaiman, has announced that he's making a new videogame in order to bring one of his projects to life. The game, called Wayward Manor, will be a spooky offering, casting players as a ghost that haunts the titular manor, with the singular goal of evicting its living inhabitants. It'll be developed by The Odd Gentlemen, developers of P.B. Winterbottom.
It's not an entirely new idea, and games such as 1993's Haunting took a similar direction, but with Gaiman at the helm, you can bet it'll be both charming, and macabre, with a novel twist on the haunting idea.
Wayward Manor is the culmination of Gaiman's wish to relive some of his childhood favourite films, such as Arsenic and Old Lace, Blithe Spirit and The Man Who Came To Dinner,
“The day the Earth got cubed. The year of the slow invasion. The time the Doctor came to stay.”
There have been many ways to invade the Earth, and the Doctor has seen them all. Or so he always thought – and then the human race wakes up one morning and discovers the world has been overrun by… small black cubes. Which then proceed to… do nothing much at all. A plan is afoot, humanity is endangered – but by what and how and, above all, when? For the first time in his world-saving career the Doctor has to call upon the least of his virtues: patience.
The entertainer passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Monday. The cause of death is not known.
Arms began his career in radio before moving on to minor screen roles throughout World War II, starring alongside Bette Davis in The Man Who Came To Dinner, Doris Day in By the Light of the Silvery Moon and in James Cagney's Captain of the Clouds.
He also released his own music and was known for his 1957 hit single, Cinco Robles (Five Oaks).
Arms also worked as a vocalist on NBC show Your Hit Parade throughout the 1950s and wrote his own autobiography in 2005, titled My Hit Parade... and a Few Misses.
The 1942 movie runs like a play at times; most of the action is based at the home of the wealthy Stanley clan, which you almost pity and dislike at the same time. Whiteside is the "Man" of the title, a radio host and public speaker unafraid to speak his mind to anyone that will listen.
After a rotten review, you don't remember the good ones. The only pleasure you have is to reiterate, both to yourself and to anyone who'll listen, the bad ones, which you can quote in exquisite detail. Moreover, you have to come to terms with the truth that no matter how doggedly you try to deceive yourself to the contrary, if you're going to believe your good reviews, you're going to have to believe the less good ones as well, unless you're deeply self-delusional.
I've worked with a few of the deluded, and there's a part of me that envies their blindness. Richard Rodgers [one half of Rodgers and Hammerstein] was one. For all his success, he was so sensitive to bad
But when she found herself as Holly, the Wiccan waitress on HBO's acclaimed vampire hit, True Blood, she had finally found a recurring role that she was completely in love with.
Lauren took some time out of her busy schedule to talk with us about True Blood, some of her other gigs, and a little about her life in general.
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Garrett was one of those rare people — like, say, Jack Valenti — who happened to be a witness to and/or participant in a remarkably high number of historic events of the 20th century. She was a member of Orson Welles’s famed Mercury Theatre company, and was with him on the night that he shook up America with his infamous radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” (1938); she was Frank Sinatra’s leading lady in two of the earliest great M-g-m musical-comedies, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (1949) and “On the Town” (1949); her career was greatly hurt by the Hollywood Red Scare after her husband, the Oscar nominated actor Larry Parks, refused to name names before the House Committee
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