13 items from 2015
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Mashup of the Day: Adult Swim is having a laugh with this fake trailer for Godzilla vs. Jason, but you know you want to see it for real: Disney Cosplay of the Day: Can't decide whether to dress up as Cinderella before transformation or after? Go as both, like this clever girl (via Neatorama): Vintage Image of the Day: The Halloween sequence in Meet Me in St. Louis is still so crazy. Did they really let children create bonfires in the streets and throw furniture into it back then? Star Wars of the Day: Here's something scary for your Halloween eve: Jar Jar Binks is all over that new Star Wars: The Force Awakens...
- Christopher Campbell
Britain lost one of its longest-serving and most influential critical voices this morning, as Philip French, former chief film critic for The Observer, passed away aged 82. French’s death, caused by a heart attack following a period of ill health, comes two years after he stepped down from the prized position at The Guardian’s Sunday sister paper, where he had written on film for 52 years.
The news was greeted with palpable sorrow in the international critical community; closer to home, French’s former front-row seat at London’s Soho Screening Rooms was left pointedly empty at this afternoon’s press shows. Meanwhile, many of his colleagues took to Twitter to share their tributes. Chief among them was French’s own successor at The Observer, Mark Kermode, who described him as “simply the finest film critic in the world.” “His noble, erudite writing elevated film criticism to the level of art … he inspired us all. »
- Guy Lodge
In today's roundup: Praise for Criterion's release of David Lynch's Mulholland Dr., revisiting Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face and Spike Lee's Bamboozled, The Babadook and It Follows as harbingers of a new wave of horror, Arthur Freed as the true "author" of Meet Me in St. Louis, Terry Gilliam's memoir, the career of Geraldine Page, chats with Agnès Varda and Catherine Hardwicke, art work by The Wolfpack boys, remembering film critic Philip French—and Patricia Arquette has joined Robert Pattinson and Mia Goth in the cast of Claire Denis’s as-yet-untitled science fiction project, written by Zadie Smith her husband, Nick Laird. » - David Hudson »
From the time it debuted, on CBS, in the fall of 1963, "The Judy Garland Show" featured guests of which Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel could only dream: Count Basie, Lena Horne, Bobby Darin, Peggy Lee. The series was, as evidenced by Garland's singing introduction of Barbara Streisand and The Smothers Brothers in the clip below, very much of its time, with swooning, sincere musical numbers and strained comic chatter, and it failed to measure up to NBC's unbeatable "Bonanza." "The Judy Garland Show" was cancelled in 1964, after just one season. Now, the iconic performer of "The Wizard of Oz," "Meet Me in St. Louis," and "A Star Is Born" is returning to television, in getTV's weekly block of classic variety and talk programming. On Monday nights beginning Oct. 12, the network will showcase both "The Judy Garland Show," long considered "lost," and "The Merv Griffin Show,"...
- Matt Brennan
From the time it debuted, on CBS, in the fall of 1963, "The Judy Garland Show" featured guests of which Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel could only dream: Count Basie, Lena Horne, Bobby Darin, Peggy Lee. The series was, as evidenced by Garland's singing introduction of Barbara Streisand and The Smothers Brothers in the clip below, very much of its time, with swooning, sincere musical numbers and strained comic chatter, and it failed to measure up to NBC's unbeatable "Bonanza." "The Judy Garland Show" was cancelled in 1964, after just one season. Now, the iconic performer of "The Wizard of Oz," "Meet Me in St. Louis," and "A Star Is Born" is returning to television, in getTV's weekly block of classic variety and talk programming. On Monday nights beginning Oct. 12, the network will showcase both "The Judy Garland Show," long considered "lost," and "The Merv Griffin Show," »
- Matt Brennan
"The music seemed extraordinarily fresh and genuine still. It might grow old-fashioned, he told himself, but never old, surely, while there was any youth left in men. It was an expression of youth–that, and no more; with sweetness and foolishness, the lingering accent, the heavy stresses–the delicacy, too–belonging to that time."—"The Professor's House," Willa CatherHis last words, in a hospital four months later, are said to have been 'Mind your own business!' addressed to an enquirer after the state of his bowels. Friends got to the studio just before the wreckers' ball. Pictures, a profusion, piles of them, littered the floor: of 'a world that will never be seen except in pictures'"—"The Pound Era," Hugh Kenner***Heart Of FIREOften when I go to a movie, usually one made before 1960, I think about the opening scene of The Red Shoes, of Marius Goring and his »
- gina telaroli
Katharine Hepburn movies. Katharine Hepburn movies: Woman in drag, in love, in danger In case you're suffering from insomnia, you might want to spend your night and early morning watching Turner Classic Movies' "Summer Under the Stars" series. Four-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn is TCM's star today, Aug. 7, '15. (See TCM's Katharine Hepburn movie schedule further below.) Whether you find Hepburn's voice as melodious as a singing nightingale or as grating as nails on a chalkboard, you may want to check out the 1933 version of Little Women. Directed by George Cukor, this cozy – and more than a bit schmaltzy – version of Louisa May Alcott's novel was a major box office success, helping to solidify Hepburn's Hollywood stardom the year after her film debut opposite John Barrymore and David Manners in Cukor's A Bill of Divorcement. They don't make 'em like they used to Also, the 1933 Little Women »
- Andre Soares
With the John Singer Sargent exhibition, Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art opening today, here is the second half of my conversation with Gay Talese on the seduction of fashion and film at China: Through The Looking Glass.
Myrna Loy, Anna May Wong, Callot Soers, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Mila Parély in Jean Renoir's The Rules Of The Game, Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar, Cesar Romero, Tyrone Power, Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis plus Ziegfeld Follies, Fred Astaire and the Duke of Windsor were conjured up. Gay told me about meeting Gene Kelly, Marcello Mastroianni and Federico Fellini during La Dolce Vita and we discussed tailoring while strolling »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
B&B Wildwood Theatre is having their March Retro Night on Thursday, April 2. They are showing the classic film, The Wizard Of Oz. Shows are at 4pm & 7pm.
This magical cinematic event finds Kansas farm girl Judy Garland (“A Star is Born,” “Meet Me in St. Louis”) caught in a tornado and magically transported to the Land of Oz. Needing help to return home, she is told to follow the Yellow Brick Road and find the powerful Wizard (Frank Morgan). On her perilous journey, she is befriended by the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Tin Man (Jack Haley), and the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who help her battle the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) and her flying monkeys. Based on the classic book by Frank L. Baum, “The Wizard of Oz” is a dazzling motion picture achievement, featuring unforgettable songs (including Oscar-winner “Over the Rainbow”), scenery, and costumes.
- Movie Geeks
Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock heroine (image: Joseph Cotten about to strangle Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt') (See preceding article: "Teresa Wright Movies: Actress Made Oscar History.") After scoring with The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, and The Pride of the Yankees, Teresa Wright was loaned to Universal – once initial choices Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland became unavailable – to play the small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. (Check out video below: Teresa Wright reminiscing about the making of Shadow of a Doubt.) Co-written by Thornton Wilder, whose Our Town had provided Wright with her first chance on Broadway and who had suggested her to Hitchcock; Meet Me in St. Louis and Junior Miss author Sally Benson; and Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, Shadow of a Doubt was based on "Uncle Charlie," a story outline by Gordon McDonell – itself based on actual events. »
- Andre Soares
The critically acclaimed exhibition Hollywood Costume, in the final days of its worldwide tour at Los Angeles’s historic Wilshire May Company building, will have extended hours through its closing on Monday, March 2. Presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Costume celebrates and examines costume design as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling. It brings together more than 150 iconic costumes from Hollywood’s Golden Age to the present, including such treasures as the Academy’s pair of the original ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” (Adrian, 1939) shown with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress. Hollywood Costume is sponsored by Swarovski and curated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Academy Award®-nominated costume designer and founding director of UCLA’s David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design. Extended Hours For Final Days: Thursday, February 26, 11 a.m. »
The Boy Next Door Universal Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C Director: Rob Cohen Screenwriter: Barbara Curry Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Ian Nelson, John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth Screened at: AMC Lincoln Square, NYC, 1/21/15 Opens: January 23, 2015 When Judy Garland was twenty-two years of age she starred in “Meet Me in St. Louis” which takes place during the 1904 world’s fair. If you’re of a certain age or if you’re young and into musicals, you recall her singing Vincent Youman’s lyrics, “How can I ignore/ The boy next door/ I love him more than I can say…/And he doesn’t even glance [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
It’s 10 p.m. in London, and Rosamund Pike has just roasted a chicken, finished the washing up, folded the laundry and tended to a wee sick one. Now she sits for a moment in her kitchen, spent but happy, her four-day-old baby son snoozing in his basket beside her.
The setting may be calm and pastoral, in keeping with Pike’s new life, but it’s sharply at odds with the actor we now know her to be. This year she delivered a career-making performance as Amy Dunne, the stunningly beautiful, dangerously secretive and cynically vicious wife in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl, »
- Sharon Waxman
13 items from 2015
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