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The Naughts: The Romantic Pair of the '00s

9 December 2009 2:59 PM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

    I knew what she looked like by heart this time.

    That scrap of newspaper she was on should

    have been worn ragged by now, the number of

    times I'd pulled it out and looked at it when I

    was alone in the place.

        -- Cornell Woolrich, "The Black Angel"

It's the fear as much as the tenderness. It's the desperation in the way they clutch hands in a darkened theater, and the sensuousness in the way they caress each other in bed. It's the contradiction of having found yourself by stepping into a mystery, and the cruelty of discovering that the heaven of love is a gossamer skein stretched over a black hole. "And the mysteries of love come clear," is the way David Lynch put the paradox in the song he wrote for "Blue Velvet." Those mysteries have never been as heartrending in Lynch's work as they are in »

- Charles Taylor

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Underrating Rita.

27 July 2009 3:55 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hello, Jose from "Movies Kick Ass" here with something that's been bugging me since I watched "Separate Tables" last week. The film features an altogether impressive cast with the likes of David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Gladys Cooper, Burt Lancaster and Wendy Hiller among others. But the one who made the greatest impression on me was the incredible Rita Hayworth. She plays Ann Shankland, an American social climber/seductress who comes to the hotel where the film takes place, looking for her ex-husband John (Lancaster).

In a few scenes, most of which feature long silences, Hayworth creates a character with a fascinating backstory. One that's more interesting because it's only suggested (her backstory might vary from viewer to viewer). Most of the time Hayworth slips quietly in the back, partly because her character's "questionable morals" force her to and partly because she's overshadowed by bigger "actors" who shout, acquire funny accents »

- Jose

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TCM's 'Summer Under the Stars' Posters are Phenomenal

13 July 2009 3:22 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: Turner Classic Movies In August, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be celebrating their "Summer Under the Stars" marathon for the seventh year and in celebration of the event they have released a series of twelve posters and there are some real beauties in this gallery. First off, for those that may be interested, here is how the series breaks down: August 1 - Henry Fonda August 2 - James Mason August 3 - Marion Davies August 4 - James Coburn August 5 - Harold Lloyd August 6 - Judy Garlan August 7 - Glenn Ford August 8 - Bette Davis August 9 - Cary Grant August 10 - Dirk Bogarde August 11 - Audrey Hepburn August 12 - Clark Gable August 13 - Gloria Grahame August 14 - Sidney Portier August 15 - Deborah Kerr August 16 - Elvis Presley August 17 - Jennifer Jones August 18 - John Wayne August 19 - Red Skelton August 20 - Miriam Hopkins August 21 - Gene Hackman August 22 - Sterling Hayden August »

- Brad Brevet

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Forrest J Ackerman estate auction begins today

30 April 2009 5:35 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

The most impressive science fiction collection in the world-- and yes, I say it's even more impressive than the one at Skywalker Ranch-- will be going on the auction block today starting at 12 noon Pacific time, and continuing tomorrow, May 1st, at 11am Pacific time.

How impressive is it? Look at that photo to the right, which is lot #660 in the auction..

That's a first edition of Dracula. Not impressed? It's a first edition signed by the author, Bram Stoker.

That would be enough for most people-- but not Forry. He went farther and got it autographed by Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Bill Obbagy, Ingrid Pitt, Karl Freund, Donald A. Reed, Barry Atwater, Maila Nurmi a.k.a. “Vampira”, Carla Laemmle, Carroll Borland, John Carradine, Raymond McNally, Ferdy Mayne, Paul Naschy, Barbara Leigh... and Bela Lugosi.

Take a look.

You can bid by phone or online. Or you can just »

- Glenn Hauman

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Hayworth's Dress And Heston's Apes Gear Set For Auction

11 April 2009 7:05 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rita Hayworth's signature Gilda gown, Charlton Heston's Planet Of The Apes costume and Star Wars villain Darth Maul's lightsaber are among the highlights going under the hammer at an upcoming Hollywood memorabilia auction.

Despite the recession, bosses at auction house Profiles in History hope to land $30,000 to $50,000 (£20,690 to £34,480) for Hayworth's iconic 1940s movie dress and up to $60,000 (£41,380) for Darth Maul's weapon from Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace.

And the outfit Heston wore as Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes is also expected to fetch $60,000 on the auction block at the end of the month.

The two-day sale features over 1,000 iconic pieces of Hollywood history, also including The Creature From The Black Lagoon's mask, Harrison Ford's blaster From Blade Runner, and items from the collection of revered sci-fi and horror pioneer Forrest J. Ackerman's estate.

Worldwide bidding begins at noon, local time, on 30 April. »

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Top 10 Movie Characters

31 March 2009 10:12 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I've been asked "What are my ten favorite characters in the history of movies?" Curse you Timothy! And Squish. The question is not something specific like ten favorite characters in Moulin Rouge! (easy) or ten favorite performances by an actress in the past three years or ten favorite Disney villains. No, this question is broader than Ursula's tentacle span. This is like asking someone "What are your ten favorite notes in the history of music?" Insanity. So I'm doing this off the top of my head. I'm avoiding things I talk about too much (Ursula, Lt. Ellen Ripley, Dorothy Gale and any character played by Michelle Pfeiffer). I'm also presenting in chronological order so as to avoid nervous meltings or celluloid breakdowns.

Top Ten Movie Characters

Peter Pan

The movies are full of franchise characters, but usually I stay picky only getting wrapped up for short bursts of time. »


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Film: Review: Duplicity

19 March 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Sexy does not come naturally to Julia Roberts. Cute? Sure, she can swing that. Adorable? Of course. Charming and delightful in a fresh-faced, all-American kind of way? That’s her lucrative specialty. But as her cringe-inducing turn in Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind proved, glamour and femme-fatale dangerousness have always been problematic for arguably our biggest female movie star. And the female lead in Duplicity calls for the kind of atomic, glow-in-the-dark, Rita Hayworth-in-Gilda sexuality that is most assuredly out of Roberts’ range. Angelina Jolie effortlessly conjures up that kind of fire-breathing sexiness. Roberts? Not so much. With Duplicity »

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