18 items from 2014
Debbie Reynolds is slated to receive the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award at the 21st annual SAG Awards next January. The actress, singer, dancer, and author will be the 51st recipient of the honor. Some of her best known film roles were in "Singin' in the Rain," "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," and "How the West Was Won." She has also been selected for her work to preserve artifacts and costumes from the history of film and her work in the mental illness field. Other recent honorees have included Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, and James Earl Jones. Awards Daily. -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube David Letterman returns from an extended vacation with a special tribute to his longtime friend Robin Williams. Watch the 10-minute segment honoring the late comedian that was part of the Monday »
Debbie Reynolds most recently starred as Frances Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra, but she'll most likely always be remembered as Kathy Selden from 1952's Singin' in the Rain and come January 25, 2015 she'll be recognized as the 51st recipient of the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards as was announced this morning. The recognition comes as a result of her work as an actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness. SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard was quoted in a press release just sent out, praising Reynolds' artistry saying, "I'm thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented performer with a diverse body of screen and stage work, live performances and several hit records. Her generous spirit and unforgettable »
- Brad Brevet
Over at The Telegraph, Robbie Collin has chosen to take on the impossible, he's set out to create a list of films that tells the story of Hollywood "in terms of how one picture or director led to the next." It's a daunting task that creates an interesting narrative and he prefaces his ten selections saying: ...none of the individual works is "great" or "important" enough to drown out the others. I've avoided films such as Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Singin' in the Rain, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia and The Godfather, not just because we already know they're great, but because their greatness might throw the story off-balance - although I wouldn't hesitate to describe any of the films that are on this list as a masterpiece. So how does his list shape outc Have a look: One Week (1920) - dir. Buster Keaton It Happened One Night (1934) - dir. »
- Brad Brevet
Everyone loves a good movie dance scene, and with Step Up 5: All In hitting cinemas this week, we've had boogieing on the brain recently.
YouTube is a goldmine for cool dance clips, but we've uncovered a nifty compilation featuring some of the best moves from the movies.
Are these cinema's greatest ever dance scenes, or are there others that have missed out? Let us know in the comments section below!
Step Up 5: All In opens in cinemas on August 1. »
The Atlantic 'How Brando Broke the Movies' -excellent piece from Tom Shone on perceptions of movie stardom, acting and chameleon tricks
L'etoile on summer's anniversary nostalgia and childhood idles
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The Guardian "The Glorious Folly of Dance on Film" Singin' in the Rain, Pina and more
Geeks Out Boo. Disney is taking pains to make sure we know that 'Wandering Oaken' from Frozen (the guy with the store and sauna) isn't gay like the internet said
Kenneth in the (212) Shia Labeuf and the Jordan Almond defense
Towleroad Gay Iconography: Bette Midler
- NATHANIEL R
The dance culture has seen an explosion of cinematic adaptations in recent years. There was Step Up in 2006 - the dan-com that launched the career of one Channing Tatum; MTV-funded urban success Save the Last Dance in 2001; and everyones favourite rags-to-Rojo story Billy Elliot in 2000. Going further back, classics such as Footloose (starring Kevin Bacon. Yes, believe it or not he used to appear in films), Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever slide into shot, while one could even argue the suitability of Gene Kelly’s infamous musical number Singin' in the Rain...although for the purpose of this review, we’ll stick with dance as the main focus as opposed to an entertaining side-plot.
However, Cuban Fury is a beast like no other. While it may tap along to a similar beat, it’s underlying study is of a comical nature. Viewers are presented with 98 minutes of unadulterated ‘slapstick »
Today on Trailers from Hell, John Landis takes on that iconic 1952 musical, "Singin' In The Rain." Close to perfection. Directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly assemble a peerless cast and crew to satirize and celebrate Hollywood. Set at the moment when sound came to motion pictures and turned the industry upside down (sending more than a few actors to the unemployment line), 1952's "Singin' In The Rain" seamlessly integrates its songs into its storyline, but even without those buoyant musical numbers it would still be one of the funniest movies ever made, thanks to Comdon and Green's ingenious screenplay. Co-stars Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor (in a sidekick role intended for Oscar Levant), and especially Jean Hagen, as the overbearing star with the voice to match, were never better. The title song had appeared previously in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 and 1940's Little Nelly Kelly. Recycling never looked so good. »
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Most people on this side of the pond might recognize veteran English comedian Richard Ayoade as the oddball techie Moss on the Britcom The It Crowd, or as the odd man out from the 2012 A-list sci-fi comedy The Watch (he was the gentleman who was not Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn or Jonah Hill). He's established himself as a novel comic presence onscreen, gravitating toward characters that feel several beats off from the norm and don't mesh with their environments.
'Community's 'Critical Studies': Celebrating the 21st Century's Greatest TV Episode
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Filmmaker Geoff Todd's Twitter account, @OnePerfectShot, is our new No.1 destination for a daily fix of movie geekiness.
The account's mission is to "honour cinema's past and (hopefully) inspire a new generation of perfect shots" and features stunning stills from classic movies. And Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.
Here are our personal 14 favourite shots:
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Make ’em laugh. That’s a song from Singin' in the Rain. It seems very appropriate for this SXSW Film Festival, and not just because I happily stood in the rain for an hour and a half to see Neighbors. Actually, let’s change it a little bit. “Make me laugh.” There. That’s better. Film festivals can be filled with heartbreaking documentaries and tragic dramas, that’s why I always scan the descriptions for the word “comedy.” I need a little pep in my film if I’m seeing four to five a day for the week. Thankfully, SXSW didn’t disappoint this year. Here is a roundup of the funny films SXSW had to offer, and that you should look for in the coming months. The Dark Comedy Bad Words Jason Bateman is sick...
- Jeff Bayer
Age: Minus two weeks.
Appearance: That depends. There are about seven different versions.
I'm confused. I thought there was only one Noah in the Bible? And didn't he live for 950 years? Sure, in a biblical kind of way.
Ok. And how's that going? Not well. Test audiences didn't »
We think we might be totally in love with Jennifer Lopez in this deep red romper but we need some convincing. On the one hand, the "I Luh Ya Papi" singer looks like she's wearing a set of too tight PJs. The shiny fabric feels a tad tacky for out-of-the-bedroom wear. But the old school shape hugs this curvy beauty in all the best places, making her feel like a showgirl from the '40s. Can't you see her popping out of a giant cake to sing a quick little ditty like in "Singin' In the Rain?" Would a modern belt help take this vintage look into 2.0 territory? Or maybe it's the dark shade that needs a reboot? We are used to seeing the queen of The Bronx in something a bit bolder and »
Guess what unforgettable movie about people wanting to forget is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary?
Have you ever thought about what your favorite shot from it is? Or which shot best represents the movie as a whole? Have you ever wondered how it can possibly be that the cinematographer Ellen Kuras has only done 4 narrative features in the ten years since?
You know where this is going right?!
Break out the bubbly because "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" returns on March 18th (We're moving it to Tuesdays at 9 Pm to give people the weekend to screen the movies and be ready!). If you're new to the blog or haven't yet experimented with actually participating, I guarantee a good time. Everyone who has participating religiously has said that they've gotten a ton out of it. Plus it proves the point 'the more the merrier' because the best episodes offer »
- NATHANIEL R
3 Notes. Oh don't click away you have time to read them. And yes I'll be live tweeting and a little light blogging tonight
01. Like The Film Experience on Facebook. Follow Nathaniel on Twitter, Pinterest? Why am I so needy? It's like this: Once Oscar night wraps up I experience something like a free fall; help me pull that parachute string.
02. We're here all year -- it's not just an Oscar site so don't abandon us if you're exhausted by Oscar shenanigans. There's only one more week of it, recapping this year's Oscars, filmbitching, and we'll close out the annual festivities with that Supporting Actress Smackdown we promised (yes, the one I flubbed that you've been impatient for). After that one eye returns to brand new movies and pinch of tv and the other to occasional trips back to favored oldies in A Year With Kate, Seasons of Bette, and Hit Me. »
- NATHANIEL R
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is a doozy if you want to beef up your Blu-ray collection with classics. For today only, Amazon is selling Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection on Blu-ray for 70% off. The set is loaded with classic films from 1932 to 2010 including Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, Singin' in the Rain, Bullitt, Dirty Harry, Superman, Unforgiven, Goodfellas, The Shining, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. At $179, you're basically getting each movie for less than four dollars. For the number of must-own films in this collection, that's a pretty great deal. The set also includes two documentaries about Warner Bros. Click here to buy the set, and hit the jump for a full list of the titles. [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.] The Largest-Ever Blu-Ray Collection. 50 Movies Including 16 of Warner Bros. Library's Best Picture Winners on 52 Discs Presented in Book Style Premium Packaging. Plus two all-new documentaries: Tales from the Warner Bros. »
- Matt Goldberg
Amazon has two great deals going on right now for a couple of impressive Blu-ray collections. The first is the Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection, which also includes Skyfall along with over 120 hours of extras, including "World of Bond", "Being Bond", "Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" and "Skyfall Videoblogs" for only $119.99, which is 60% off the $300 list price. This week's deal also includes three HD digital copies of past Bond movies. If you're interested, click here to buy it. Next is the Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection, which includes the following 50 titles along with Ultraviolet digital copies of each with the * noting Best Picture winners. Grand Hotel* (1932) Mutiny on the Bounty* (1935) Wizard of Oz (1939) Gone with The Wind* (1939) Maltese Falcon, The (1941) Mrs. Miniver* (1942) Casablanca* (1942) Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948) Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951) American in Paris, An* (1951) Singin' in the Rain (1952) Gigi* (1958) North By Northwest (1959) Ben-Hur »
- Brad Brevet
In honor of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 33rd birthday Monday (Feb. 17), here's a tribute to his rather remarkable talent of being a true song-and-dance man in this day and age. In Hollywood of yore, men like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Danny Kaye were headlining movies all over the entertainment landscape -- and not just movies, but movies with beautiful songs and dance numbers.
Nowadays, it's a much rarer commodity. Singers are singers, actors are actors and, well, dancing isn't something you see very often, particularly from men. So happy birthday, Jgl. If Hollywood ever wanted to remake "Singin' in the Rain," you'd be the guy to tap.
You can catch Jgl on TV each week hosting his latest project, "HitRECord on TV," which features a theme around which the included short films, music and other forms of art are based. It airs Saturday nights at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on Pivot. »
[Michael surveyed the year in dance in cinema for 2012. For 2013, Dancin' Dan takes over the listing of key dance moments in the cinematic year. - Editor]
I started dancing as a kid because of Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor in Singin' In The Rain, and haven't looked back since. I'm continually fascinated by the ways in which dance is filmed and what dance on film might say about the state of the state of both arts.
What do the films of 2013 have to say about dance? Not much but definitely that we dance to have fun, especially at parties! Dancing gifs and best moments after the jump »
18 items from 2014
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