17 items from 2014
The work may be coming from Hollywood, but the paychecks are being spent and saved in the Big Apple, argued Cynthia Lopez, the newly appointed commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, on Tuesday at the Lic Summit in Gotham.
“We have to dissuade the misconception that Hollywood is coming to New York to take our jobs,” she said.
From lumberyards to pizza shops to soundstages, the films and television shows that have flocked to New York City’s five boroughs have created a minimum of 130,000 jobs and resulted in $7.1 billion in direct spending for the local economy, Lopez said, citing statistics from a Boston Consulting Group study.
“We have been helping small businesses survive,” she argued.
Lopez was appointed to the film czar post by Mayor Bill de Blasio in April and has been on the job for less than a month. She was previously executive »
- Brent Lang
Issue 6 of The Cine-Files, on "Film Acting", is now online and features a dialogue between Jonathan Rosenbaum and James Naremore. In the latest Hello Cinema podcast, the first of a two-parter, Tina Hassannia and Amir Soltani talk to film critic Godfrey Cheshire about Abbas Kiarostami's early cinema.
Above: the trailer for Paul Clipson's Hypnosis Display, currently touring in the UK with musical artist Grouper. Check out Dummy's interview with Clipson and Grouper. For Film Comment, Fernando F. Croce writes on Agnès Varda: From Here to There:
"Varda’s curiosity about human beings is bottomless and unpredictable. (I can personally attest: I briefly met her at a screening of The Beaches of Agnès, and a question about my accent somehow led to a conversation about my grandmother’s days in Czechoslovakia and my brother’s passion for tubas.) From Here to There is an unabashed self-portrait in »
- Adam Cook
There is no studio that times their releases more perfectly than Warner Bros. Around the end-of-year holidays there will be gift sets for films like “Elf” and “Willy Wonka.” Near Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, you can expect gift-appropriate releases.
And, of course, they always bring out the war movies and Westerns for Father’s Day in June. This year’s gift idea is a beauty, a massive 40-film, career-spanning set of films starring the legendary John Wayne. From 1932’s “Big Stampede” to 1976’s “The Shootist,” there’s a bit of everything for Wayne fans in here, but more for those who like war movies and Westerns.
We don’t need to go through them all but highlights include “Rio Bravo,” “El Dorado,” “The Searchers,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “True Grit,” “How the West Was Won,” “Fort Apache,” “Donovan’s Reef,” and “Hatari!” Some Wayne »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Time to put up your Dukes! (DVDs, that is!) Cinema Retro has received this exciting press announcement from Warner Home Video:
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John Wayne: The Epic Collection Debuts -Now Shipping!
DVD Collection Of 40 Warner And Parmount Films Is Largest John Wayne Box Set Ever
Includes Hours Of Special Features And Remarkable Memorabilia
Amazon Buyers Get Exclusive Wayne Belt Buckle
Burbank, Calif., February 24, 2014 -- To commemorate one of America’s most iconic film heroes, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will introduce a comprehensive new DVD set -- John Wayne: The Epic Collection -- on May 20. The spring release, just in time for Father’s Day gift-giving ($149.98 Srp), will contain 38 discs with 40 Wayne films (full list below), including The Searchers, once called one of the most influential movies in American history and the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
There are few filmmakers who have done as much to define the cinematic western as John Ford. The director's collaborations with John Wayne in the genre speak for themselves—"The Searchers," "Stagecoach," "Fort Apache," etc.—and his influence as a filmmaker, storyteller and American cinema in general is huge. So how to do you sum up his career in 50 minutes? Well, the 1971 CBS TV documentary "The American West Of John Word" attempts to do just that, though mostly by going through the lens of his westerns. Featuring participation of Ford himself, with narration by Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda, the doc chronicles the director's western, his use of music, and the role of women in his films, along with memories of moviemaking in general. It's well worth some of your time given the heavy hitters involved. Check it out below and let us know your favorite Ford film in the comments section. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In Contention Karen O to perform "The Moon Song" at the Oscars. So now all the songs will be represented including...
EW Idina Menzel doing "Let It Go" so we got our wish
The Wrap Drake is pissed that Psh's death robbed him of his Rolling Stone cover
Keyframe The fall of Roman Eye Candy in sword and sandal epics
BAFTA last day to vote on the Rising Star award. I chose Lea Seydoux though Lupita Nyong'o was tempting, only because Léa has been great several times already in short succession. Let's hope Lupita gets a fair shot at a big career!
La Times Gravity dominates the Visual Effects Society awards (as if anything else would have occurred!)
Variety on Disney's very smart hands-off approach to »
- NATHANIEL R
The film world lost a certified legend lat last night as Shirley Temple (or Shirley Temple Black as she was known after she got married to Charles Black and retired from acting in her 20′s) passed away at the age of 85. She died of natural causes and obviously led a long life, much of it spent in front of the camera. Perhaps the most famous child star of all time, Temple Black was a giant in the industry for sure, and made her impact as a young girl, which makes that even more astounding. One of the biggest box office draws of her time and easily the youngest A-lister ever, Temple Black was able to command a record salary of $50,000 a picture. That might not sound like a huge amount now, but this was the 1930′s, so that was a massive sum of money to earn. That alone puts her in the history books. »
- Joey Magidson
Cherubic child star of the 1930s who returned to public life as a Us diplomat
From 1934 to 1938, when she was at the height of her fame, Shirley Temple (later known as Shirley Temple Black), who has died aged 85, appeared in films as a bright-eyed, curly-topped, dimpled cherub, whose chirpy singing and toddler's tap dancing were perfect antidotes to the depression. "During this depression, when the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time, it is a splendid thing that, for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles," Franklin D Roosevelt stated in 1935, referring to the world's biggest and littlest star.
- Ronald Bergan
She was far and away the most popular child actress of all time and at her prime, she was the most recognized star in the world. Shirley Temple’s sweet charisma and loveable voice lifted the spirit of depression-era America in a series of incredibly successful films throughout the 1930′s such as The Little Colonel, Curly Top (which featured her signature song ‘Animal Crackers in My Soup’), Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm, and The Littlest Rebel. Before those, when she was just three and four, Ms Temple starred in a series of politically incorrect ‘Baby Burlesque’ shorts, which featured its toddler cast members clad in adult costumes on the top and diapers fastened with large safety pins on the bottom (I’ve shown a couple of these at my Super-8 Movie Madness show to astounded audiences). In 1945, she married cult actor John Agar and co-starred with him in John Ford’s »
- Tom Stockman
Shirley Temple dead at 85: Was one of the biggest domestic box office draws of the ’30s (photo: Shirley Temple in the late ’40s) Shirley Temple, one of the biggest box office draws of the 1930s in the United States, died Monday night, February 10, 2014, at her home in Woodside, near San Francisco. The cause of death wasn’t made public. Shirley Temple (born in Santa Monica on April 23, 1928) was 85. Shirley Temple became a star in 1934, following the release of Paramount’s Alexander Hall-directed comedy-tearjerker Little Miss Marker, in which Temple had the title role as a little girl who, left in the care of bookies, almost loses her childlike ways before coming around to regenerate Adolphe Menjou and his gang. That same year, Temple became a Fox contract player, and is credited with saving the studio — 20th Century Fox from 1935 on — from bankruptcy. Whether or not that’s true is a different story, »
- Andre Soares
Here's the last kind of news you want to hear, first thing in the morning. Shirley Temple Black, the quintessential child star, has passed away at 85 years old.
Temple's career exploded at the sage old age of 5, when she appeared in a string of massively successful hits for 20th Century Fox in 1934, including Little Miss Marker, Baby Take a Bow, and Bright Eyes. So fast and so complete was her success, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created a brand new award that year just so that she could receive it, the non-competitive Special Oscar for best juvenile performance. She appeared in a shocking number of films throughout the 1930s, dominating the box office and generally making everybody much less depressed that there was a Depression on. Her career continued strongly until 1949, with the actress still appearing in classics like The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer and John Ford »
- Tim Brayton
A child star who made her film debut at the age of 5 in 1932's Red Haired Alibi, Temple appeared opposite some of film's greatest Golden Age stars such as John Wayne and Henry Fonda (in Fort Apache), Lionel Barrymore (The Little Colonel) and Cary Grant (The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer).
Temple won an honorary juvenile Academy Award for her contribution to film in 1934. She was awarded a star on the Walk of Fame in 1960, and in 2005 she was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Screen Actors Guild.
After stepping away from movies in 1949, Temple made a TV comeback in the late '50s with the series Shirley Temple's Storybook. Her final acting role was in a guest spot in 1963's The Red Skeleton Hour.
She later moved into politics, holding »
Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85. Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died at her home near San Francisco. A talented and ultra-adorable entertainer, Shirley Temple was America's top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, a record no other child star has come near. She beat out such grown-ups as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranking of the top 50 screen legends ranked Temple at No. »
- Associated Press
Shirley Temple, the child star phenomenon of the 1930s who went on to a career in international diplomacy, died Tuesday in California at age 85.
A statement from her family provided to news organizations said she died at home in Woodside, Calif., of natural causes. “She was surrounded by her family and caregivers,” the BBC quoted the statement as saying. “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and… our beloved mother, grandmother [and] great-grandmother.”
A string of non-stop hits starting with “Little Miss Marker” in 1934 and continuing with such films as “Captain January,” “Poor Little Rich Girl” and “Wee Willie Winkie” captured Depression-era America’s heart, keeping the troubled 20th Century Fox solvent.
The dimpled, blonde, curly-headed Temple was the nation’s top box office attraction from 1935-38 and one of the nation’s top wage earners. Reflecting the extent of her popularity, she »
- Richard Natale
Martha Mendoza, Associated Press
San Francisco (AP) - Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85.
Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night at her home near San Francisco. She was surrounded by family members and caregivers, publicist Cheryl Kagan said.
"We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black," a family statement said. The family would not disclose Temple's cause of death.
A talented and ultra-adorable entertainer, Shirley Temple was America's top box-office draw from 1935 to 1938, a record no other child star has come near. She beat out such grown-ups as Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Robert Taylor, »
- The Associated Press
Shirley Temple Black, who rose to fame as a child Hollywood star, died at the age of 85 on Monday, Feb. 10 of natural causes.
Temple Black was with family and caregivers in her California home when she died.
“We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black,” the family said in a statement.
Shirley Temple: A Childhood Superstar
Shirley Temple became a household name in the 1930s when she was barely five years old. With her sweet singing voice and her talent for tap dancing, Temple Black quickly became one of the most celebrated stars of her time. Known for her trademark dimples and ringlet curls, Temple Black stared in countless Depression era classics, such as Bright Eyes (1934), The Little Colonel »
Peter Berg's depiction of a botched Afghan war mission has upset critics left and right. But whatever its politics, there's no denying its impact
Boy, has the surprise-hit war movie Lone Survivor got 'em up in arms. On the left and on the right, it's the political football of the week. Salon's Andrew O'Hehir (I'm a fan) called it "a jingoistic, pornographic piece of war propaganda", while Amy Nicholson of La Weekly called it "a jingoistic snuff film". I found their remarks a little ripe, if mostly well argued, although Nicholson's characterisation of the characters' default mindset as "Brown people bad, American people good" rather misses the obvious retort: "They wanna kill me, I wanna live." But I felt a little differently after roly-poly multimillionaire Glenn Beck (and which branch of the military did he serve in?) started tearing strips off Nicholson in an egregiously bumptious and sexist fashion. »
- John Patterson
17 items from 2014
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