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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
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Producer/director Cecil B. DeMille’s (The Ten Commandments) 1949 classic epic film Samson and Delilah finally makes it’s official DVD debut following years of, er, unofficial editions and poorly transferred imports.
Starring Victor Mature (The Robe) and Hedy Lamarr (My Favorite Spy) in the title roles, Samson and Delilah tells the story of the Bible’s fabled strongman and the woman who seduces and betrays him as it brings to life Samson’s incredible feats, including his battle with a lion, his single-handed assault on a thousand Philistine soldiers, and the spectacular climax in which he pulls down a pagan temple. Still, that Delilah is no slouch either…
Chicago – With her chin pointed high, eyes bulging, teeth gleaming and hands contorting as if performing a Transylvanian spell, screen actress Norma Desmond insists that she’s ready for her close-up. She descends her staircase and becomes fully engulfed in the gray haze of her delusions in one of the greatest and most unforgettable final scenes in cinema history.
This moment, like so many in Billy Wilder’s 1950 masterpiece, “Sunset Boulevard,” achieves a miraculous balancing act. It is darkly funny, deeply sad and richly unsettling. The same could be said of Gloria Swanson’s Oscar-nominated performance as Desmond, the aging icon of the silent era who dwells in a mansion fit for Miss Havisham and is doted upon by a solemn enabler named Max (Erich von Stroheim), who has dedicated his life to protecting his beloved diva from the world that has forgotten her. Not only did von Stroheim direct »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
I did my civic duty -- I amend, my civic pleasure at 7:40 Am this morning after about an hour of queueing. If you're from the Us, get to it. Vote. If you're not, well, this is a film site and film has no borders and no president... but it does have elections that everyone obsesses over.
So let's have fun with our other favorite kind of voting: Oscar voting.
Tell me who wins your vote in some of the most famously divisive, contentious, or just plain fabulous categories ever! Explain your choices in the comments.
1998 Best Actress
Sunset Blvd is just out on Blu-Ray Today in a remastered edition with a ton of extras 1950 Best Actress
- NATHANIEL R
The legendary, enigmatic, and so, so gorgeous Vivien Leigh would've been 99 years old today, and you know what that means? If she were alive now, she'd be spending her 60th (or so) year knowing she'd given the two most respected performances in cinematic history. As Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, the brazen Ms. Leigh redefined the standard for tour de force portrayals and presented infinitely dimensional characters who are still fun to talk (and theorize) about today. This brings me to a poll question whose answers are revealing in the best possible way: What are your personal favorite movie performances?
The rule is, you have to pick 10. Not 11, not nine. And in a brief description, explain why. Here's my personal tenpack of fabulous movie performances.
Part of Vivien Leigh's power in Streetcar »
Genre: Reality | Sci-Fi | Competition
Air Date/Time: Tuesdays at 10/9c
From the producers of Syfy’s top-rated Face Off comes a visually stunning new competition series Hot Set. Each week, two Hollywood production designers and their teams will compete in an extreme design challenge to create original movie sets inspired by the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. Each episode is one complete competition, with new production designers introduced each week. The episode’s winning designer will be the one who creates the ultimate movie set that is able to transport the viewer into an immersive world based on creativity, technique and overall presentation.
A member of an American movie family dynasty, radio and television personality Ben Mankiewicz hosts the series. Ben’s grandfather, Herman Mankiewicz, is an Oscar-winning screenwriter for Citizen Kane and his great uncle, Joseph Mankiewicz, is an Oscar-Winning writer and director for All About Eve »
- Erin Willard
Broadway will pay tribute to the late Celeste Holm later today (July 18). The All About Eve actress died at the age of 95 on July 15 after suffering a cardiac arrest. Broadway producers will commemorate Holm's stage career this evening by dimming lights at all local theatres for one minute at 8Pm Et. Charlotte St Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, paid tribute to Holm in a statement: "Celeste Holm's impressive career on stage and screen spanned six decades, so multi-generations of theatre and film fans had the chance to appreciate her unique talent. "Our thoughts are with her friends and family at this (more) »
- By Justin Harp
ReelzChannel Celebrity Rundown
The grief stricken Sylvester Stallone is undoubtedly devastated by the death of his son, Sage Stallone, which occured late last week. The actor released a statement to TMZ asking for “the speculation and questionable reporting” to stop and for his “son's memory and soul” to be left in peace. The official cause of death has still not been determined in the 36-year-old’s passing.
A French political party has said that it plans to sue the Material Girl. At a recent concerts in Europe, Madonna has shown a video that contains an image of National Front party leader, Marine Le Pen, with a swastika superimposed on her forehead. A representative for the far-right National Front has said that it will file a complaint in French court for “insults.”
Ninety-five-year-old Academy Award winner Celeste Holm died on Sunday, reports CNN. The actress, who was a star in both »
- Mandy McAdoo
Oscar-winner Celeste Holm didn't think highly of Hollywood. The actress, who died at the age of 95 on Sunday, preferred to be known for her stage and television career, which lasted more than 60 years. Although her movie career had a short peak of only about 10 years (1947-57), during that time, she made an indelible mark on the big screen. In fact, she remained an intelligent, acerbic big-screen presence throughout her life. Latter-day audiences will remember her as Ted Danson's no-nonsense mother in "Three Men and a Baby" (1987), and even at the end of her life, she'd completed roles in two yet-to-be-released comedies, "College Debts" and "Driving Me Crazy." Still, she'll be best remembered for the work she did in "Gentleman's Agreement," "All About Eve," "High Society," and other landmark films of the 1940s and '50s. Here's a list of her 10 essential movie roles. »
- Gary Susman
Sophisticated and witty actor who triumphed on Broadway and won an Oscar
Celeste Holm, who has died aged 95, was the original Ado Annie in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's groundbreaking musical Oklahoma! which opened on Broadway in 1943. In I Cain't Say No, she sang: "I cain't be prissy and quaint / I ain't the type that can faint." Annie was a none-too-bright farm girl, but Holm was a smart, witty and sophisticated actor, whom everybody seemed to like. Many years later, during the interval of a Broadway show, she came out on stage and made a plea for her mental-health charity. It was done with such sincerity and passion that the audience could not fail to pay up.
- Ronald Bergan
The actress who rose to fame in 1943 after her critically acclaimed role in the Broadway production of Oklahoma! had been hospitalized two weeks ago with dehydration and wanted to spend her final days with her husband and other relatives in her New York apartment, where she passed away early Sunday morning.
"I think she wanted to be here, in her home, among her things, with people who loved her," Holm's great-niece Amy Phillips said.
In addition to receiving an Oscar for Gentleman's Agreement, Holms also received Oscar nominations for Come to the Stable (1949), in which she played a French nun, and All About Eve (1950), which was among the first 50 films to be preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry.
Beyond acting, the New York »
Celeste Holm movies at Fox, later years. (See previous article: “Oscar Winner Celeste Holm Dies.” Photo: Celeste Holm All About Eve, with Bette Davis.) Celeste Holm received her second Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for playing a nun named Sister Scholastica opposite Loretta Young in Henry Koster’s light comedy Come to the Stable (1949). She earned her third and final Oscar nod for supporting rivals Bette Davis and Anne Baxter in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Broadway-set Oscar winner All About Eve (1950), wrapping up her Fox contract by appearing opposite veteran Ronald Colman in one of his last movies, the Richard Whorf-directed socially conscious [...] »
- Andre Soares
Yet another elegant light from the Golden Age has been dimmed. Celeste Holm was the original Ado Annie on Broadway in Oklahoma! and an Oscar-winner for best supporting actress in Gentleman’S Agreement, but everyone’s favorite Celeste Holm role was that of the cynical Karen Richards in All About Eve (1950- for which she was also nominated). She was so funny as Flame O’Neil opposite Vincent Price and Ronald Colman in the hilarious Champagne For Caesar (1950) and I fondly remember her as the Fairy Godmother in the 1960s TV version of Cinderella. Celeste Holm was 95
From The New York Times:
- Tom Stockman
The oldest living Best Supporting Actress winner has now, unfortunately, left us. And to think we were just talking about the divinely appealing Celeste Holm. Holm died earlier today at 95 years of age in her Manhattan home with her husband at her side. She'd recently been hospitalized for dehydration and suffered a heart attack.
Celeste celebrating her Oscar at an anniversary screening in '12 and on Oscar nite in '48
Today's she's best remembered for her work in All About Eve (1950) and Gentlemen's Agreement (1947) for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, but her successful career also included Broadway stardom (she was the original Ado Annie in Oklahoma!) and her own television series "Honestly Celeste". She will most definitely be missed.
In the last completed episode of Best Pictures from the Outside In (a series y'all bring up with regularity), we talked about Gentlemen's Agreement in which I found »
- NATHANIEL R
Celeste Holm, who won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 1947 for "Gentleman's Agreement," died early Sunday (July 15) in her New York City apartment at the age of 95, her great-niece Amy Phillips tells the AP.
Holm started on Broadway, earning critical acclaim for playing Ado Annie in the original Broadway cast of "Oklahoma!". She also starred on Broadway in "The King and I" and "Mame." When she moved to film, "Gentleman's Agreement" was just her third film role. She went on to star in "Come to the Stable" and "All About Eve," for which she received two more Oscar nominations.
Holm was married five times, most recently to Frank Basile, who was her current husband. She is survived by Basile and two sons, »
15 July 2012 11:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
I was very saddened to learn this morning of the death of Celeste Holm, the Oscar-winning actress who starred in numerous classics of Hollywood's Golden Age -- among them Elia Kazan's best picture Oscar winner Gentlemen's Agreement (1947), Anatole Litvak's The Snake Pit (1948), Henry Koster's Come to the Stable (1949), Joseph L. Mankiewicz's A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and best picture Oscar winner All About Eve (1950), and Charles Walters's The Tender Trap (1955) and High Society (1956) -- and who I was honored to count as a friend over the last decade of her life. I first met
- Scott Feinberg
Winner of an Oscar in 1947, actress's last years were consumed by a bitter family feud that wiped out her fortune
Celeste Holm, a versatile actress who soared to Broadway fame in Oklahoma! and won an Oscar in Gentleman's Agreement but whose last years were filled with financial difficulty and estrangement from her sons died Sunday, a relative said. She was 95.
Holm had been hospitalized about two weeks ago with dehydration after a fire in actor Robert De Niro's apartment in the same Manhattan building.
She had asked on Friday to be taken home, and she spent her final days with her husband, Frank Basile, and other relatives and close friends by her side, said Amy Phillips, a great-niece of Holm's who answered the phone at Holm's apartment on Sunday.
Holm died around 3.30am at her longtime apartment on Central Park West, Phillips said.
"I think she wanted to be here, »
Gentleman's Agreement star Celeste Holm has died at the age of 95. The Oscar-winning actress, who won an Academy Award for her supporting role in Gentleman's Agreement in 1947, passed away Sunday at her home in New York, according to CNN. "She passed peacefully in her home in her own bed with her husband and friends and family nearby," Holm's niece, Amy Phillips, told the network. Holm was also nominated for Oscars for best supporting actress in 1949 and 1950, for her roles in Come to the Stable and All About Eve, respectively. In addition to her film work, the accomplished actress was also a staple in the theater community, making her debut on Broadway in The Time of Your Life. »
15 July 2012 10:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Celeste Holm, an Oscar winner for the landmark drama Gentleman's Agreement who played Bette Davis' best friend in All About Eve and the girl who can't say no in Broadway sensation Oklahoma!, died Sunday in New York. She was 95. The Associated Press reported that Holm had been hospitalized about two weeks ago with dehydration after a fire broke out in actor Robert De Niro's apartment in her Central Park West building. She had asked her husband, opera singer Frank Basile, on Friday to bring her home, and she spent her final days with him, other relatives and close friends
- Mike Barnes
Academy Award winner Celeste Holm, who was the original girl who couldn't say no in Broadway's landmark musical Oklahoma! before she carved out a serious film career in the late '40s and '50s, has died, according to New York news station NY1. She was 95 and had been suffering heart and other ailments, say recent reports. A New York City native of Norwegian descent, she had studied drama at the University of Chicago before landing a series of Broadway roles, starting in a short-lived 1938 comedy called Gloriana. But it was her Ado Annie, the good-natured girl of easy virtue in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 tribute to the farmer and the cowboy, that made her a star and led to a contract with 20th Century Fox. Among her movies were the ground-breaking indictment of anti-Semitism, Gentleman's Agreement (1947), for which she won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress. She played a fashion editor who befriends the investigative journalist played by Gregory Peck. Another strong role was that of the long-suffering wife of the playwright in the film classic about the stage, 1950's All About Eve, starring Bette Davis. In lighter roles, Holm played the photographer girlfriend of the Frank Sinatra character in the musical High Society, and she had an active TV career, earning Emmy nominations for Insight and Backstairs at the White House. Married five times, Holm, on her 87th birthday, wed opera singer Frank Basile, who was 41. He survives her, as do two sons. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
I hate when legends pass away, and yesterday delivered us a toughy: Ernest Borgnine, who won the Best Actor Oscar for 1955's Marty (delivered by Miss Grace Kelly!) and charmed us on McHale's Navy, died at 95. Now the oldest living Best Actor is the noble and towering Sidney Poitier, who was born over 10 years after Borgnine. While our octagenarian Oscar winners deserve the utmost reverence, there's something downright superhuman about the nonagenarian awardees, if I do say so myself. Today, in honor of Borgnine, we're toasting five such winners who are alive, kicking, and ruling. Just start applauding now and don't stop until the end of the post.
1. Luise Rainer (aged 102)
Why She Rules: Rainer is a German-Austrian actress who walked away with her first Oscar -- a Best Actress win in the first year Best »
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