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Eleanor Parker: ‘Valentino’ and ‘Detective Story’ (photo: Eleanor Parker ca. 1955) (See previous post: "Eleanor Parker Dead at 91: ‘The Sound of Music’ Actress.") Eleanor Parker’s three 1950 releases were her last ones for Warner Bros. The following year, she starred in Columbia’s critical and box office flop Valentino, with Anthony Dexter as silent film idol Rudolph Valentino and Parker as a mix of Alice Terry (Valentino’s leading lady in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and The Conquering Power), Mae Murray (Valentino’s leading lady in The Delicious Little Devil), and Hollywood bullshit. As an aside: Alice Terry wasn’t at all pleased with Valentino. Eleanor Parker wasn’t the problem; Terry was angry because Parker’s character, "Joan Carlisle" aka "Sarah Gray," is shown having an affair with Valentino both before and after Terry’s marriage to The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse director Rex Ingram, »
- Andre Soares
Adèle Exarchopoulos (‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) and Cate Blanchett (‘Blue Jasmine’): Best Actress tie two years in a row at Los Angeles Film Critics Awards (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) (See previous post: "James Franco Tattoos, Gold Teeth: Lafca Winners." Another non-Hollywood Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s selection was Best Actress co-winner Adèle Exarchopoulos, cited for her performance as a young woman who falls in love with blue-haired Léa Seydoux in Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color. The lesbian romantic drama also took home the Lafca’s Best Foreign Language Film Award. Blue was also the luckiest color, at least in the Best Actress category: Cate Blanchett was Exarchopoulos’ co-winner, for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which she plays a character somewhat similar to A Streetcar Named Desire »
- Andre Soares
She's played a seductive killer, a damaged prostitute, and an anguished schizophrenic. Does Ruth Wilson never fancy doing something lighter? As she makes her directing debut, she talks to Andrew Dickson
"Um," says Ruth Wilson worriedly, her brow furrowing and her long limbs coiling in embarrassment around her chair. "I am a bit of a control freak. Well, not really. Not totally." She halts. "Ok, I am a bit." Blimey. All I've asked is whether she's ever performed drunk. She seems scandalised by the notion. "No, no," she says. "The idea of not being in control of your faculties, I don't think so. Too much responsibility. Too scared!"
Fear isn't a concept you associate with Wilson, who has made her reputation in some unflinching roles: a sensuous Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, a psychologically harrowing Karin in Ingmar Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly, Anna Christie in Eugene O'Neill's »
- Andrew Dickson
12 Years a Slave tops Boston Film Critics Society 2013 Awards (photo: Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor in ’12 Years a Slave’) The Boston Society of Film Critics announced its 2013 winners earlier today. They were much quicker at it than their fellow critics on the West Coast; the Los Angeles Film Critics Association members have been debating their favorites for the past two hours and a half hours. In Boston, the film critics selected 12 Years a Slave as the top film of 2013. Steve McQueen’s slavery drama won awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays a free black man kidnapped and forced into slavery in a Southern plantation. 12 Years a Slave is the second movie in a row to be a major awards-season contender, following Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which ultimately won Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz). Boston »
- Anna Robinson
Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto: New York Film Critics go for movie stars in each acting category (photo: Cate Blanchett in ‘Blue Jasmine’) (See previous post: "Hot Jennifer Lawrence, Wet Robert Redford: New York Film Critics Winners.") Cate Blanchett was chosen as the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Actress for Woody Allen’s comedy-drama Blue Jasmine. Blanchett, already touted as an Oscar 2014 favorite, plays a role with elements in common with Vivien Leigh’s Blanche DuBois in Elia Kazan’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Leigh was both the New York Film Critics’ and the Academy Awards’ Best Actress of 1951. (Full list of Nyfcc 2013 award winners.) Cate Blanchett has already won an Oscar — Best Supporting Actress for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn — but this is her first Nyfcc win. Back in 2007, Blanchett, as one of several Bob Dylan characters in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There, »
- Andre Soares
It may only be November, but the starter pistol has already fired and the Oscars race is well and truly under way. We've already seen a host of films - from Gravity to Captain Phillips - released in cinemas, but many more are on their way looking to leave their impression on Academy Awards voters.
Digital Spy looks at 15 films competing for golden statues below...
Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks's bracing hijacking drama Captain Phillips left audiences on the edge of their seats and threw its leading man right into the mix for the Best Actor race. Greengrass bagged a directing nomination back in 2007 for United 93, so expect him to be in the race.
12 Years a Slave
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Writer/director Woody Allen’s (Hannah and Her Sisters) 2013 film is the drama-comedy Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett (Hanna) and featuring the ensemble cast of Alec Baldwin (Rock of Ages), Sally Hawkins (Never Let Me Go), Louis C.K. (TV’s Louie), Bobby Cannavale (Roadie), Peter Sarsgaard (An Education), and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) and Andrew Dice Clay
The film centers around Jasmine (Blanchett), a former New York socialite teetering on an emotional tightrope, balancing between her troubled east coast past and a fresh start in San Francisco. Having moved into her sister’s (Hawkins) humble apartment, Jasmine ricochets between the tumultuous acceptance of her new limitations, and the dreams of reclaiming her past life’s glamor.
Well-received by the critics—it garnered a rating of 91% at Rotten Tomatoes based on 153 published reviews—the »
Amazon's week long deals for 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue today, Wednesday, November 27, with a new schedule of DVDs and Blu-rays going on sale today and they are starting early. The deals throughout the day begin just after midnight today and there are a few titles worthy of your attention. If I had to select one title from the batch of deals going live today it would certainly be the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray collection, beyond that the Schindler's List Blu-ray is worth considering and, if you're looking for a nice little quadruple feature you can't really go wrong with picking up the Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Elizabeth bundle, the price isn't yet available, but I have to assume it won't break the bank. Finally, that Best of Warner Bros. Romance Collection at 12:20 Pm might be worth a look as it includes some greats such »
- Brad Brevet
When Emma Thompson received the script for “Saving Mr. Banks,” she admits to being surprised. “The story was about a middle-aged woman. And she wasn’t a wife, she wasn’t a mother. It was irresistible.”
Though “Mr. Banks” is in the title, the film is really the story of P.L. Travers, the flinty author of the beloved “Mary Poppins” books, who spent 20 years resisting the idea of turning her iconic character into a movie. The film chronicles the two weeks when Walt Disney brought her to Los Angeles to try to persuade her, but also flashes back to her troubled childhood. Not only is Thompson front and center, but also supporting her is no less than one of the biggest stars in the world — Tom Hanks as Disney.
- Jenelle Riley
She won Oscars for her Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche DuBois, yet Vivien Leigh – born 100 years ago this month – was always subject to Hollywood's impossible demands on its female stars
Every great Hollywood star is both an actor and the embodiment of a myth. Film transforms them, turning their selves, their presence, their talents, into an individual archetypal narrative, one seen both in their movies but also in the public knowledge of their private lives: wounded Monroe; malleable Audrey Hepburn; James Stewart, the irascible, increasingly neurotic all-American guy. Vivien Leigh is one of Britain's few genuine women "movie stars"; her myth is memorable and dark, her life a rise and fall story, centred on the consequences of what was then called her "manic depression" – around her vulnerability, her promiscuity, her ageing. Her films themselves similarly want to tell us stories about suffering and resilience, about surviving and about being punished for doing so. »
- Michael Newton
Pouring old wine into new bottles, Turner Classic Movies is now letting classic-film buffs watch hundreds of venerable flicks on computers or mobile devices over any Internet connection.
The channel announced the launch of Watch TCM apps and website, which include live streaming of TCM’s East and West Coast feeds as well as 300-plus titles available on demand each month. The cabler said it will offer nearly every film on the TCM schedule on demand, including the introductions by TCM hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz.
TCM, which Turner Broadcasting launched in 1994, is distributed to 83 million households. But not all pay TV affiliates are participating in Watch TCM — DirecTV and Time Warner Cable are the two biggest sitting out today. Operators with deals to offer the Watch TCM “TV Everywhere” service include Comcast, Dish Network, Cox, Charter, Verizon FiOS, At&T U-verse, Cablevision and Suddenlink.
WatchTCM’s current lineup »
- Todd Spangler
Vivien Leigh biography, movies, and photo exhibit among centenary celebrations (photo: Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier as Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson in ‘That Hamilton Woman’) [See previous post: "Vivien Leigh Turns 100: Centenary of One of the Greatest Movie Stars."] From November 30, 2013, to July 20, 2014, London’s National Portrait Gallery will be hosting a Vivien Leigh photo exhibit, tracing her life and career. The exhibit will be a joint celebration of both Leigh’s centenary and the 75th anniversary of Gone with the Wind. (Scroll down to check out a classy Vivien Leigh video homage. See also: “‘Gone with the Wind’ article.”) Additionally, the British Film Institute is hosting a lengthy Vivien Leigh and Gone with the Wind celebration, screening all of Leigh’s post-1936 movies, from Fire Over England to Ship of Fools — and including The Deep Blue Sea ("a digital copy of the only surviving 35mm print we were able to locate; the condition is variable"). I should add that Terence Davies recently »
- Andre Soares
If you’ve ever seen a videotaped interview with Tennessee Williams, you have heard him snicker. Like a gay bayou warlord. It’s a menacing, gothic chuckle. You remember it.
You can hear that chuckle resonating throughout A Streetcar Named Desire. In his most famous work, Williams seems to be reveling in the movie’s tense shifts between mannered melodrama and hormonal anarchy. The movie adaptation is half-drenched in shadows, half-drenched in sweat, and as we celebrate Vivien Leigh‘s 100th birthday this week, we should remember Streetcar for the assets that remain dewy and ripe today: two gigantic performances thrusting together from two opposing, but similarly cruel worlds.
Here are five reasons A Streetcar Named Desire may be the Best. Movie. Ever.
1. Marlon Brando is Unnnfffff.
In case you need a refresher on the movie’s plot, here’s as quick a synopsis at it gets: Mississippian Blanche DuBois »
- Louis Virtel
Vivien Leigh: Legendary ‘Gone with the Wind’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ star would have turned 100 today Vivien Leigh was perhaps the greatest film star that hardly ever was. What I mean is that following her starring role in the 1939 Civil War blockbuster Gone with the Wind, Leigh was featured in a mere eight* movies over the course of the next 25 years. The theater world’s gain — she was kept busy on the London stage — was the film world’s loss. But even if Leigh had starred in only two movies — Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire — that would have been enough to make her a screen legend; one who would have turned 100 years old today, November 5, 2013. (Photo: Vivien Leigh ca. 1940.) Vivien Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley to British parents in Darjeeling, India) began her film career in the mid-’30s, playing bit roles in British »
- Andre Soares
Well, fiddle-dee-dee: Today is Vivien Leigh‘s 100th birthday, and if that doesn’t make you arch your meticulously crafted brow and seek out the kindness of strangers, we have nothing in common. Leigh is not only one of the most spellbinding and striking movie stars we’ve ever had, but her legendary commitment to character shined in both Gone With the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire, two films that earned the Academy Award for Best Actress. In the age of biopics like My Week With Marilyn and the upcoming Grace of Monaco, one must wonder why we don’t crave more historical re-inspection of Leigh, once billed as “the outstanding actress of her generation.” (That said: I thought Julia Ormand did a wonderful job in a bit role as Leigh in the aformentioned Marilyn film.)
To celebrate the centennial of Leigh’s birth in British India, here are »
- Louis Virtel
It's 100 years since Vivien Leigh was born. Here's how the Guardian and Observer covered some of her greatest moments, and her untimely death at just 53
Vivien Leigh, one of the biggest acting stars of the twentieth century, was born 100 years ago, on 5 November 1913.
She won plaudits for her stage roles, while her marriage to Laurence Olivier - and subsequent divorce - kept her in the headlines (Gary O'Connor wrote about the collapse of their marriage in the Observer in 1984 - click here for part two).
When Leigh died suddenly in 1967, aged only 53, the Observer ran pictures of some of her most famous roles across its front page.
In the paper's obituary, Ronald Bryden described her as an actress 'of considerable skill and courage, »
- Katy Stoddard
The following "Auditions at a Glance" calendar conveniently organizes projects by the date and day-of-the-week that the projects' auditions are taking place, to help you schedule your plans. Click on any of the following links to see the casting and job notices related to the dates and project titles highlighted below. Fri. Nov. 1 'A Streetcar Named Desire' 'Last Gas' 'On Air' 'On the Town' 'Somebody's Gotta Die' 'Sweeney Todd', Singers, NY Phil The Bats, New Ethnic Members 'The Seagull' Sat. Nov. 2 'Appalachicola' 'A Streetcar Named Desire' 'Blast Off' 'Calamity' 'Break Free' 'Fathers and Daughters' Fsu Film School Thesis Films 'Hop-Skotch the Funk Dumpling' 'In Four Parts' 'Life Is Short Cherish Every Moment' 'My Girl Rose' 'Psycho' Scene 'Shrink' 'Somebody's Gotta Die' 'Swordfight Christmas' 'The Final Version' 'The Lifestyle' Sun. Nov. 3 'Appalachicola' 'Blast Off' 'Break Free' 'Busboy' 'Fathers and Daughters' 'Gnome and Garden' 'Hop-Skotch the Funk Dumpling' »
Previously unpublished image of power couple is curtain-raiser for National Portrait Gallery's exhibition of her life and career
A previously unpublished image of one of the most glamorous couples of British theatre, Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, captured at the height of their fame at a charity garden party in 1949, is to go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
The photograph, by the British photo-journalist Larry Burrows, launches a series of events marking the centenary of Leigh's birth and later this month the Npg will open an exhibition tracing her life and career, which will include many other previously unseen images.
Terence Pepper, curator of photographs at the Npg, described Leigh as "one of the most extraordinary British talents and beauties in the film and theatre world of the second half of the 20th century".
In 1949 the couple, who had starred in a sell-out tour of Australia »
- Maev Kennedy
It's been 15 years since the release of "American History X" (on October 30, 1998), and to this day, the movie stands as a riveting and brutal drama about the persistence of white-supremacist racism in America. It cemented Edward Norton's reputation as the premier Method actor of his generation, and it included at least one scene (the infamous curb-stomp sequence) that's been copied by everyone from "The Sopranos" to "Family Guy."
Yet to this day, many viewers still don't know the often even more dramatic story that went on behind the scenes of the film, in which first-time feature director Tony Kaye fought with Norton and distributor New Line over the final cut of the film. He ultimately filed a $200 million lawsuit because he preferred to be credited as Humpty Dumpty rather than allow the studio's cut to be released under his name. Read on to learn more about Kaye's epic and »
- Gary Susman
As a bit of context for the impending Supporting Smackdown (get your votes in), we'll be celebrating 1968 daily at Noon for the rest of the month. Here's Anne Marie on a favorite Oscar moment.
It was the night of April 14th, 1969. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was packed with stars for the 41st Academy Awards. When it came time to award the Oscar for Best Actress, presenter Ingrid Bergman stuttered with shock as she announced that two women had tied. Her surprise was understandable; there had been no tie in the acting branch for over thirty years. Barbra Streisand, only 26 years old, tripped over her sparkling sailor suit as she approached the podium to accept her Oscar for Funny Girl. Katharine Hepburn was characteristically absent for her historic third win, so the director of The Lion In Winter accepted on her behalf. This joint win was more than just a peculiar footnote in Oscar history. »
- Anne Marie
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