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Musicals have been tap dancing their way into moviegoers' hearts since the invention of cinema sound itself. From Oliver! to Singin' in the Rain, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' picks of the 10 best
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Historically, the British musical has been intertwined with British music, drawing on music hall in the 1940s and the pop charts in the 50s – low-budget films of provincial interest and nothing to trouble the bosses at MGM. In the late 60s, however, the genre enjoyed a brief, high-profile heyday, and between Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence (1967) and Richard Attenborough's star-studded Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) came the biggest of them all: Oliver! (1968), Carol Reed's adaptation of Lionel Bart's 1960 stage hit and the recipient of six Academy awards. »
Even 60 years after the famous dance routine was shot, the two-piece woolen is still water stained, the Daily Star reported.
The owner had paid only 6 pounds for it during a mass sell-off of movie costumes in 1970.
Margaret Barrett of Heritage Auctions said that she would like to see the suit go for a six-figure sum. (Ani) »
- Leon David
It's the 90 minutes of television we've been waiting for all day long -- "Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular." This is going to possibly be the best thing TV has ever known.
In addition to Lady Gaga, the special is welcoming guests Sir Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, RuPaul and Kristen Bell. It's going to be amazing. So join us here starting at 9:30 p.m. Et for a live blog -- all the sketches, songs and GIFs. We can hardly wait.
All times Eastern.
9:30 -- It's here! Pepe the prawn is welcoming us to "Pepe's Holiday on Shaved Ice Television Spectacular." We would totally watch that.
9:33 -- The opening number is Rocket Number Nine Take off for the Planet Venus by Sun Ra, which ... if we had had to guess the opening song for this, we literally never would've guessed that song if we had until the end of time. »
Seth MacFarlane celebrated his 40th birthday with a big, star-studded bash. The Family Guy creator headed to UCLA's Royce Hall for the occasion, where guests were treated to an orchesta performance --and a performance from MacFarlane himself (!)--before heading to a reception in a large tent outside. Mcfarlane sang two of the 17 songs that were performed that night, crooning "Singin' in the Rain" and joining back in with the orchestra for their final song, a source told E! News. "Seth was really joyful," the source said. "He looked like he belonged on the stage, entertaining his friends and parents. Celeb pals like Charlize Theron, Olivia Wilde and her »
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. Oct. 18 'Christmas Wedding Baby' 'Finding Neverland''Grown Up' 'If On A Winter's Night...' 'It Hardly Rains' 'The Hammerstein Beauties' 'The Pirates of Penzance' Youth Production 'Under Her Hat!' Untitled Will Eno Play Sat. Oct. 19 'Donkey Skin' 'Les Miserables' 'Paiton's Place' 'Remnants of Men' 'The Forever Game' 'The Parables' Sun. Oct. 20 Cherub Improv 'Grown Up' 'If On A Winter's Night...' 'Matilda', Girl Dancers 'The Miss Longview Texas Drag Pageant' 'The Pirates of Penzance' Youth Production Untitled Starz Ballet Drama, Open Call Mon. Oct. 21 '4000 Miles' 'A Christmas Carol' 'Buddy's Tavern' 'Copacabana' & 'Singin' In The Rain »
The actor and singer on the enduring appeal of the Who, the unspoilt charm of Sicily – and why Singin' in the Rain was the happiest night out in London
Patsy Kensit is an actor, singer and author and was born in Hounslow, London. Her mother was a publicist and her father an associate of the Kray twins. Patsy began acting at the age of four, appearing in an advert for Birdseye frozen peas. In 1972 she had her first big screen role in For the Love of Ada. Two years later she appeared in The Great Gatsby alongside Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, whom she later portrayed in a biopic titled Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story. In her late teens she fronted the band Eighth Wonder, who had two top 20 hits. At the same time she starred in Absolute Beginners, Julien Temple's musical adaptation of Colin Macinnes's novel. »
- Ben Marshall
"Omg, you have to watch Breaking Bad! You simply have to. Stop whatever you're doing and watch it right now. Stop resuscitating that patient, and watch Breaking Bad. Stop flying that plane, crash it into that field and fire up Netflix."
As I understand it, we are now all legally obliged to watch Breaking Bad by the end of 2013. Our prisons are already full to bursting with people who failed to watch The West Wing or The Wire when they were expressly told to. I even saw a woman prosecuted last week for not having read Gone Girl. What was she thinking?
These days we are told we simply have to watch, to read or just to do, very many »
- Richard Osman
As it moves into what's often though of as the Hollywood studio system's peak decade, Turner Classic Movies' series 'The Story of Film' -- built around the fifth part of Mark Cousins' fifteen-hour documentary – is on well-trod ground. (The accompanying book, Cousins announced on Twitter this morning, will be available in the U.S. on Nov. 15.) If you haven't seen Citizen Kane or Singin' in the Rain -- well, what are you doing reading this? Get to it! But Cousins, as is his uptalking wont, puts the often-examined films together in new ways, and TCM's second night of programming throws the brilliantly inventive Gun Crazy and the wonderfully strange A Matter of Life and Death (aka Stairway to Heaven) into the mix to keep things interesting. Here, as every week, is Criticwire's annotated guide to TCM's schedule. (Previous weeks are here). Monday, Sept. 30 8 p.m.: Stagecoach (1939) (U.S.A. »
- Sam Adams
In the fourth week of Turner Classic Movies' 15-week series, sound comes to The Story of Film, bringing with it a host of possibilities and, for a time, setting the art form back on its heels. Narrator Mark Cousins points out how early sound films were restricted by the tremendous bulk and noise of primitive cameras -- see Singin' in the Rain for the fictional version -- but the film, on the series, concentrates on movies that rushed to exploit the new possibilities offered, from the syncopated beat of a city coming to life in Rouben Mamoulian's Love Me Tonight to gangster James Cagney throwing himself to the ground at the noise of a truck backfiring in The Public Enemy. Here's Criticwire's annotated guide to Week Four's first night, with notes on the second to follow tomorrow. View previous weeks' coverage here. Monday, Sept. 238 p.m.: Love Me Tonight (1932) (U. »
- Sam Adams
Presenting the Return of Stinky Lulu's Supporting Actress Smackdown now in its new home at The Film Experience. The Year is... 1952 and our panelists are allowed 52 words per actress!
Matt Mazur (Pop Matters) is a New York-based publicist who works on campaigns for independent, foreign language, and documentary films. His vast archive of actress interviews (including Sissy Spacek and Courtney Love) can be found here. Follow him @Matt_Mazur
Nathaniel R (The Film Experience) is the founder of The Film Experience, a Gurus of Gold and CNN International Oscar pundit, and the internet's actressexual ringleader. Also loves cats. Follow him @NathanielR
Nick Davis (Nicks Flick Picks) tweets, blogs, and writes reviews and is a professor of film, literature, and gender studies at Northwestern University. His first book "The Desiring Image" was recently published. »
- NATHANIEL R
I needed a really good laugh this week and Jean Hagen in Singin' in the Rain provided (again). Today apropos of nothing I thought of Chad Feldheimer (aka Brad Pitt) in Burn After Reading's overemphatic jogging/crying/phone-antics and started laughing. Silliness is so underrated in the movies... and in life.
When I was a child Cloris Leachman in The North Avenue Irregulars (1979) made me squeal with laughter - I had totally forgotten about that until she popped up in her own comic bubble in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid which we were just watching.
What's your favorite goofy thing in cinema with no pretense other than to have fun / be funny? I saw Mel Brooks Silent Movie for the first time a couple of years ago and was dying at Bernadette Peters' striptease... and at several other scenes, too. I was surprised because Mel Brooks doesn't always do it for me. »
- NATHANIEL R
It says a lot about Philip French that after 50 years as the Observer's film critic – five decades in which he has watched more than 2,500 movies, written six books on the subject and received an OBE for his services to film – he is nervous enough about this interview to have researched his answers in advance.
When I arrive at his house in Tufnell Park, north London, I find French poring over a thick reference book at the kitchen table. A cup of coffee is left to cool as he thumbs through the relevant footnotes, anxious to get the facts absolutely right. He will turn 80 in a couple of weeks and says that he occasionally struggles to remember names of directors or actors. »
- Elizabeth Day
Monster Weekend, London
The BFI's ambitious season Gothic: The Dark Heart Of Film casts a celebratory shadow of gloom over the next four months. Proceedings begin this weekend, as the forecourt of the British Museum hosts screenings of such monstrous classics as Jacques Tourneur's occult mystery Night Of The Demon, and Terence Fisher's definitive Hammer reworkings of Dracula and The Mummy. There's horror-themed music beforehand, and fancy dress is encouraged, though using the Ancient Egypt galleries as a prop store is forbidden.
British Museum, WC2, Thu to 31 Aug, bfi.org.uk
Future Cinema Presents Dirty Dancing, London
Somehow, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey's star-cross'd, 1960s-by-way-of-the-1980s fairytale has become the definitive summer outdoor movie, to the extent you'd have thought everyone in the country had seen it outside the comfort of a cinema by now. »
- Steve Rose
Have any opening credits ever felt more like an invitation? Designed like a 19th century theater placard (come one, come all!), the title sequence of Jean Renoir's French Cancan (1954) calls out to all the lovers and seekers who ended up in the French cinema section and promises them "une comédie musicale." And so it is, but one of the first things you'll notice is a distinct difference between Cancan and the most famous American musicals of the era: namely, that song and dance don't really spend much time occupying the screen. This is not a film like Singin' in the Rain or The Band Wagon, where every 15 minutes brings a literally show-stopping display of elaborate choreography, performer stamina, and Technicolor kinecticism. For the most part, the musical performances in French Cancan are modest and truncated, making an appearance before graciously bowing to dialogue and drama.
The exception—and it's »
- Duncan Gray
Live by the Lake, the hotly anticipated series of outdoor summer concerts at Kenwood House, returns this year with yet another stellar programme. Produced by Rouge Events, Live by the Lake's outstanding lineup of world-class music is scheduled over six days (23-25 August, 30 August-1 September), with each show promising to attract up to 10,000 music and film lovers. What's more, we have two pairs of tickets to give away to a special screening of classic musical Singin' in the Rain (1952) on 30 August. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
Live by the Lake offers a rare opportunity to film fans: the screening of the 1952 musical romantic comedy Singin' in the Rain to a live score performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Starring the legendary Gene Kelly, »
- CineVue UK
In just 10 days the Return of Stinkylulu's Supporting Actress Smackdown! (in case you missed the announcement)
We'll be talking...
Gloria Grahame, The Bad and the Beautiful (the film is our "Best Shot" subject on the 21st) Jean Hagen, Singin' in the Rain Collette Marchand, Moulin Rouge Terry Moore, Come Back Little Sheba Thelma Ritter, With a Song in My Heart
Have you seen all the films? If not, get on that! We'll also do a "reader's choice" as supplement so if you'd like to vote please send me your ranked ballot by Saturday the 24th with "1952" in the subject line, your rank (of those you've seen), and a sentence or three if you'd like to explain. »
- NATHANIEL R
Despite the absolutely sweltering heat in July this summer in New York City I've survived to see another month. It's a miracle. The blog is Made in Air Conditioning. So let's book back on the monthwith highlights in case you melted through them.
Personalize Your DVD Collection - Meet Nick's guest room
Women Who Deserve an Honorary Oscar - Team Experience gives AMPAS some suggestions since they invariably choose men for the honor
Shot in Chicago - Tim selects the movies that best represent the Windy City
Goodbye Bunheads - Andrew eulogizes the unique ballet charmer, gone from the TV landscape too soon
The Halfway Mark - best of the year January to June
Cinematic Swimwear - Tfe launches its first clothing line. Which swimsuit did you buy?
Posterized: Almodóvar - His 19 films. How many have you seen?
Natalie on »
- NATHANIEL R
Rita Moreno is to receive a special Screen Actors Guild Award.
The Singin' in the Rain actress will become the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in January.
Moreno is being honoured for her contributions to the stage, screen and music over the last 60 years.
"She is an extraordinarily versatile, talented and generous actor whose career is notable for its courageous choices and for the breadth, depth and quality of her many demanding and commanding roles," Howard said.
Moreno is one of the rare performers to have won an Academy Award, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony Award.
The 2014 SAG Awards will »
Rita made the cover of "Life" in 1954 Congratulations to "Anita" herself, Rita Moreno. The Egot winner, West Side Story Mvp, and showbiz legend will be honored with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award this coming January at the SAG Awards Ceremony live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Unlike the Academy Awards (for shame) the Screen Actors Guild still understands the importance of honoring the giants of showbiz history each year on their broadcast, bless them.
Rita was the third actor to win the coveted "Triple Crown" (Tony, Emmy, Oscar) and coincidentally also the third performer to manage an "Egot" (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). What's most impressive about both achievements is that the awards were spread out over two decades and came for entirely different things (it's possible, after all, to win Grammys and Oscars for the same film and theoretically possible to win Emmys for performing on a »
- NATHANIEL R
Today is the 25th anniversary of "Die Hard," a movie that forever changed the landscape of American action filmmaking. Director John McTiernan brought in European sensibilities and fluid camera movements that were unheard of at the time, adding an artistic edge and much-needed stylistic flourishes to a genre largely defined by hulking he-men and an almost complete lack of aesthetic embroidery (seriously — look at other action movies from 1988 and try not to fall asleep). It was as much a game changer as "Avatar," but never heralded as such; instead it was quietly acknowledged as an admirable achievement while its artistic merits went largely unheralded.
In honor of the film's anniversary, we thought we'd run down ten things that you probably don't know about "Die Hard," a movie whose legendary status was recently cemented when an entire wall of the Fox lot was painted up to resemble the sequence where Bruce Willis »
- Drew Taylor
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