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Two Movies Starring (Inventor) Lamarr Coming Up on TCM

2 November 2014 3:47 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Hedy Lamarr: 'Invention' and inventor on Turner Classic Movies (photo: Hedy Lamarr publicity shot ca. early '40s) Two Hedy Lamarr movies released during her heyday in the early '40s — Victor Fleming's Tortilla Flat (1942), co-starring Spencer Tracy and John Garfield, and King Vidor's H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), co-starring Robert Young and Ruth Hussey — will be broadcast on Turner Classic Movies on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Pt, respectively. Best known as a glamorous Hollywood star (Ziegfeld Girl, White Cargo, Samson and Delilah), the Viennese-born Lamarr (née Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler), who would have turned 100 on November 9, was also an inventor: she co-developed and patented with composer George Antheil the concept of frequency hopping, currently known as spread-spectrum communications (or "spread-spectrum broadcasting"), which ultimately led to the evolution of wireless technology. (More on the George Antheil and Hedy Lamarr invention further below.) Somewhat ironically, »

- Andre Soares

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Art Directors Guild Taps Trio for Hall of Fame

15 October 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Production designers John Gabriel Beckman, Charles Lisanby and Walter H. Tyler .have been selected as inductees into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame.

The induction will take place at the Guild.’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 31.

Beckman received his first screen credit as an art director for Charlie Chaplin.’s 1947 black comedy “Monsieur Verdoux” and his designs were used in “Casablanca,” 1927’s “Lost Horizon” and “Les Miserables.” Some of his murals were created for the Grauman.’s Chinese and Egyptian theatres.

Beckman worked on “Gypsy,” “Home Before Dark” and “Calamity Jane” and TV series “Designing Women,” “Nero Wolfe,” “Tabitha” and “The Partridge Family.”

Lisanby is a three-time Emmy winner and is the only art director in the Television Academy.’s Hall of Fame. He pioneered the use of neon lighting for shows and the use of lighted steps »

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Art Directors Guild Taps Trio for Hall of Fame

15 October 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Production designers John Gabriel Beckman, Charles Lisanby and Walter H. Tyler .have been selected as inductees into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame.

The induction will take place at the Guild.’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 31.

Beckman received his first screen credit as an art director for Charlie Chaplin.’s 1947 black comedy “Monsieur Verdoux” and his designs were used in “Casablanca,” 1927’s “Lost Horizon” and “Les Miserables.” Some of his murals were created for the Grauman.’s Chinese and Egyptian theatres.

Beckman worked on “Gypsy,” “Home Before Dark” and “Calamity Jane” and TV series “Designing Women,” “Nero Wolfe,” “Tabitha” and “The Partridge Family.”

Lisanby is a three-time Emmy winner and is the only art director in the Television Academy.’s Hall of Fame. He pioneered the use of neon lighting for shows and the use of lighted steps »

- Dave McNary

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The Strengths of "Samson & Delilah" Maintain Their Allure

10 May 2014 7:25 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

No man leaves Delilah!

Cecil B. DeMille was famous--apart from giving close-ups to muderesses--to constructing grand epics like Cleopatra (1934), The Ten Commandments (1923/1956) twice, The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and many others that, while mostly unknown to modern viewers, made heaps of cash.  Coming towards the end of his career, Samson and Delilah (1949) was another Biblical epic in the top ten highest grossing films up to that time.  After Gone with the Wind (1939), only Walt Disney did better than DeMille.  Audiences then and now go to the movies for spectacle, but DeMille is no Michael Bay and Hedy Lamarr isn't Megan Fox.  DeMille cared about the story and the characters and they lie at the core of Samson and Delilah with only two dramatic set pieces.  DeMille and Bay do have one thing in common, however.  Both close out their movies with then-unseen levels of destruction.

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