14 items from 2015
With all the aca-anticipation for Pitch Perfect 2 finally cresting with its wide release today, it's interesting to note the shift in popular cinema away from the big, challenging singing-and-dancing set-pieces that Stanley Donen and Vincente Minelli, amongst a slew of others in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, mastered in their salad days. These days, big musicals like Dreamgirls and Into the Woods are filmed more like tinny Oscar bait, all forced visual maturity with no antic, anxious energy in the filmmaking to match the loamy variety of vocals and unbound dance moves, though, frankly, The Raid 2 offers a more elegant and astonishing study of body movement than most major musicals of the last decade. To find the true offspring of Singin' in the Rain and The Band Wagon, one must search in the independent-movie corridors for what's been called "music movies," where love of music, dancing, musicianship, and technical know-how are swirled together. »
- Chris Cabin
Movies about movies are catnip for critics, turning the camera back on not only the faces behind it but also on us. Why do we love movies? What drives the perverse pleasure of watching them? Films like Michael Powell's 1960 "Peeping Tom" and David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive" attack the latter question most directly. So as Fellini's "8 1/2," the towering giant of the genre, returns to UK cinemas, Jonathan Romney posts a list of The 10 Best Films About Films in The Guardian. To name ten such films is a tall order for any meta-movie completist, but Romney's inventory leaves room for debate. His picks: "Behind the Screen" (Charlie Chaplin, 1916)"The Player" (Robert Altman, 1992)"Peeping Tom" (Michael Powell, 1960)"8 1/2" (Federico Fellini, 1963)"Contempt" (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)"Singin' in the Rain" (Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, 1952)"Wes Craven's New »
- Ryan Lattanzio
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Oh, dance fans, I had a hard time watching this episode of "Dancing with the Stars." Don't get me wrong, there's actually a lot of great dancing here for America's Choice and a trio round. The problem is, every couple to perform reminds me of last week's travesty: the heart-breaking elimination that sent home our beloved Willow. She should still be here, and it's disgusting to me that she's not. It's particularly hard to be objective about Chris and Robert when I'm still so angry over Willow's ouster.
But there's still lots to admire in this exciting "race to the semi-finals" episode, filled with chills, spills, high pressure, and even two birthdays. Yes, Erin is presented with a cake for her birthday, which she doesn't eat herself (women almost never eat on television) but shares with Tom for his 60th birthday on Wednesday. It's also America's Choice, as the fans »
- Renée Camus
Delphine [Selles-Alvarez] has chosen the perfect movie to open the Haute Couture on Film series. Stanley Donen, who previously co-directed On The Town and Singin' In The Rain, both with Gene Kelly, is a specialist in connecting painted picture book backgrounds, still objects, colours, patterns, studio sets or actual city streets and making them come alive more vividly than any realism could accomplish. The power of fashion as moving art is a part of it. You remember what people are wearing in a Donen film.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
It's time to raise your glass and rattle your jewelry for a birthday toast to Elizabeth Taylor, who'd have turned 83 on Feb. 27. Though memories of her begin to fade, the legacy of the woman who was perhaps the most beautiful, most popular, most everything movie star of all time remains as vivid as ever.
Younger moviegoers may wonder what all the fuss was about. Here, then, are 13 reasons why Taylor remains, decades after her prime and four years after her death, the queen of Hollywood.
1. In a way, she never left.
Even though she died in 2011, they're still showing her in commercials for her perfume, White Diamonds.
2. She's the original diva.
Long before Beyonce, the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, and other current divas, Taylor pretty much invented the concept that a celebrity's offscreen life was just as much a performance as onscreen, and just as much part of the job description. »
- Gary Susman
Neil Patrick Harris opened the 87th annual Academy Awards with a monologue and song-and-dance number filled with star power, insider humor and even a dig at the Academy itself. "Tonight we honor Hollywood's best and whitest - sorry, brightest," joked Harris, 41, clearly not pulling any punches from the start. As is only natural for the man who's hosted the Tonys and the Emmys, Harris then launched into an opening tune that was a true movie lover's tribute to movies - "how they can move you and improve you" - that referenced everything from Singin' in the Rain to Star Wars, »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
The State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey presents a big screen showing of the greatest movie musical of all time, "Singin' in the Rain" with live accompaniment by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Constantine Kitsopoulus. The show time is 3:00 Pm but get there at 2:00 for pre-show festivities including sing-a-longs of great movie songs. Click here for ticket info. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The 82-year-old entertainer recalled having "a big, ugly bun" in her best-known movie, Singin' in the Rain.
"Luckily, George gave her two buns."
But later she also called The Unsinkable Molly Brown her favourite. She received her only Oscar nomination for the 1964 film.
"I got to sing a song called 'I Ain't Down Yet,'" she said. "Well, I ain't."
The acerbic Fisher lovingly and bitingly celebrated her mother before turning over the mic. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
A Tinseltown mainstay since the 1950s, Debbie Reynolds received the annual life achievement award at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Reynolds, 82, accepted the statuette at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday night. "God gave us talent, so we're very fortunate," she said. "My favorite movie was The Unsinkable Molly Brown ... In that film, I got to sing a wonderful song called 'I Ain't Down Yet.' Well, I ain't. Thank you all so much for this wonderful award." The honor caps off her more than 60-year career in television and film. A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer star, Reynolds landed »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
Actress Carrie Fisher will present her own mother Debbie Reynolds with a life achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild. The honorary trophy will be handed out on the 21st annual SAG Awards live on TNT and TBS January 25. Reynolds is a past Oscar nominee for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and is celebrating her 66th year in show business. Noted film roles have included "Singin' in the Rain," "How the West Was Won," "Tammy and the Bachelor," and "The Tender Trap." Fisher is the writer of "Postcards from the Edge," which was loosely based on her relationship with her famous mother, and will next be seen reprising her role of Princess Leia in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Awards Daily -Break- NBC announces the first few presenters for this Sunday's Golden Globe Awards ceremony. They include Amy Adams, Adrien Brody, Robert Downey, Jr., Anna Faris, Ricky Gervais, Kevin Hart, Salma Hayek, »
Carrie Fisher is presenting the award of a lifetime to her very own mother.
Reynolds, 82, is being honored for a career that began in the 1950s. She has starred in more than 50 movies, two Broadway shows and two TV series. A few of her memorable film roles include Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (for which she was Oscar nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role) and How the West Was Won.
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Reynolds' career achievements are impressive. She has been nominated for five Golden Globes and a Primetime Emmy for playing Debra Messing's mother in Will and Grace. She also sung with Frank Sinatra and danced with Fred Astaire.
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The Star Wars actress will give her mum the Life Achievement Award at the annual awards show later this month.
Reynolds has been chosen as the recipient of the Life Achievement Award for representing the "finest ideals of the acting profession".
Reynolds later received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in The Unsinkable Molly Brown and five Golden Globe nominations.
"Her generous spirit and unforgettable performances have entertained audiences across the globe, »
Carrie Fisher will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to her mother, Debbie Reynolds, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 25. Reynolds will be honored for a career that began in the 1950s and includes classic films like Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and How the West Was Won. Fisher, her daughter from her marriage to singer Eddie Fisher, is best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a role she is resurrecting for J.J. Abrams' upcoming sequel. Fisher famously wrote the novel Postcards From the Edge, a veiled memoir of her complicated »
- Jeff Labrecque
14 items from 2015
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