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Eleanor Parker dead at 91: ‘The Sound of Music’ actress, three-time Best Actress Oscar nominee (photo: Eleanor Parker ca. 1945) Eleanor Parker, one of the best and most beautiful actresses of the studio era, a three-time Best Actress Academy Award nominee, and one of the stars of the 1965 blockbuster and Best Picture Oscar winner The Sound of Music, died today, December 9, 2013, of complications from pneumonia at a medical facility near her home in the Southern Californian desert town of Palm Springs. Eleanor Parker was 91. “I’m primarily a character actress,” Parker told the Toronto Star in 1988. “I’ve portrayed so many diverse individuals on the screen that my own personality never emerged.” At one point, wildly imaginative publicists called her The Woman of a Thousand Faces — an absurd label, when you think of Man of a Thousand Faces Lon Chaney. Eleanor Parker never altered her appearance the way Chaney did — her »
- Andre Soares
I don’t understand this conversation at all, how drunk am I?
Whenever I start to watch an old movie, one that’s got all the credentials (winning Best Director and Best Screenplay with a nomination for Best Picture) but I hadn’t heard of from the mouth of another person, well I always get a little nervous in the beginning. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the writer/director of some of the very best films of the 40’s and 50’s (including personal favorite All About Eve (1950), made a little movie called A Letter to Three Wives (1949) wherein three wives, about to go off on an island day trip with a troop of kids, get a single, hand-delivered letter from a mutual friend, Addie Ross, who says that she’s run away with one of their husbands. It’s a premise heavy with potential and, coincidentally, the danger of high expectations. After all, »
- Jason Ratigan
Jeanne Crain: Lighthearted movies vs. real life tragedies (photo: Madeleine Carroll and Jeanne Crain in ‘The Fan’) (See also: "Jeanne Crain: From ‘Pinky’ Inanity to ‘Margie’ Magic.") Unlike her characters in Margie, Home in Indiana, State Fair, Centennial Summer, The Fan, and Cheaper by the Dozen (and its sequel, Belles on Their Toes), or even in the more complex A Letter to Three Wives and People Will Talk, Jeanne Crain didn’t find a romantic Happy Ending in real life. In the mid-’50s, Crain accused her husband, former minor actor Paul Brooks aka Paul Brinkman, of infidelity, of living off her earnings, and of brutally beating her. The couple reportedly were never divorced because of their Catholic faith. (And at least in the ’60s, unlike the humanistic, progressive-thinking Margie, Crain was a “conservative” Republican who supported Richard Nixon.) In the early ’90s, she lost two of her »
- Andre Soares
20th Century Fox Studio Classics will debut four classic films on Blu-ray this September and October. The Fly will arrive on Blu-ray September 10th. A Letter to Three Wives will follow on September 17th. Fantastic Voyage and Voyage to the Bottom will arrive on Blu-ray October 8th. The Fly - When a scientist (David Hedison) attempts to transfer matter through space, things go horrifically wrong and two grotesque man-fly hybrids are created. Now, with the head of a fly and a wing in place of one of his arms, the scientist desperately hopes that he, his wife (Patricia Owens) and his brother (Vincent Price) can capture the other mutant and reverse the experiment. Special Features include: Commentary with »
- Patrick Luce
Credit: Twentieth Century Fox
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, in partnership with Bulgari, is pleased to announce a global celebration fit for a queen to commemorate Cleopatra’s 50th anniversary and pay tribute to the enduring legacy of its stars, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Directed by Academy Award® winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the historical epic shot on 70mm film took home four Academy Awards and was the highest grossing films of 1963 earning more than $57 million in its initial release. Cleopatra infamously cost an unprecedented $42 million to make (equivalent to over $300 million today) and was racked with scandal as the onscreen love affair between Cleopatra (Taylor) and Mark Antony (Burton) spilled over into real life during the three-year production in Rome. Burton celebrated his great love for Ms. Taylor with exquisite gifts from Bulgari.
- Michelle McCue
The first part of my first ‘Reel Ink’ of 2013 is a bit of a catch up, as this instalment of the column features books which were all published in 2012.
Reel Ink #2 Part 1 includes the autobiography of a member of a Hollywood dynasty, a look at the city of Los Angeles within the context of the film industry’s role in its history and the evolution of the city’s image, and an examination of how politics and social and cultural agendas impacted and shaped ‘70s American cinema.
Tom Mankiewicz was a true scion of whatever it is that passes for Hollywood royalty; his father was Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz (A Letter To Three Wives, All About Eve, Cleopatra) and his uncle Herman Mankiewicz was the co-writer of Citizen Kane. While nowhere near as well-known as his illustrious relatives, Mankiewicz’s posthumously published autobiography My Life As »
- Ian Gilchrist
Who says movies aren’t educational? I’ve learned a lot, frivolous and otherwise, while watching the big screen: 1) That everyone should have his/her own theme music ("Dr. Zhivago," "I’m Gonna Git You Sucka") 2) How to brown mushrooms, (do not crowd skillet), brown meat (pat it dry first) and chop onions ("Julie & Julia") 3) How to crack an egg (decisive wrist action) ("Sabrina") 4) How to make gnocchi ("The Godfather," "Part III") 5) How best to slice garlic (with a razor blade) ("GoodFellas") 6) How to modernize a frock by ripping off frou-frou ("A Letter to Three Wives," "Bells Are Ringing") 7) How to apply lipstick ("Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?," "Bonjour Tristesse," "Lost in Translation")Read the rest of this article here. »
- Carrie Rickey
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is letting you decide what classic films they will release on Blu-ray for the first time.
That’s right, your vote counts. Fans vote for their favorite classic titles through the “Voice Your Choice” campaign.
Click Here To Vote
Here is an portion the news release:
Los Angeles (January 15, 2013) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today its partnership with the ultimate film discussion website, Home Theater Forum, for a one-of-a-kind campaign, Voice Your Choice, allowing film enthusiasts to decide which classic films they would like to see digitally restored and transferred to Blu-ray for the very first time. The program celebrates Fox’s most notable films from the 1930’s thru the 1960’s featuring performances by famous actors such as Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne and more. Throughout the campaign, fans will also have the opportunity to write in and submit additional titles. »
- Jeff Bayer
8 items from 2013
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