10 items from 2013
For those of you living or heading to the Southern California area this summer, the biggest Movie Geeks in the world (the folks who run the Oscars) have got a treat in store for you under the stars.
Grab the blankets, lawn chairs, your friends and get ready to find a spot on the grass to enjoy The Academy’s 2013 Oscars Outdoors summer movie season. Tickets will be available starting this Wednesday, May 22, at www.oscars.org/outdoors.
The series kicks off with Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado about Nothing,” presented by Kcrw’s “Matt’s Movies,” on Wednesday, June 5. The movie stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisoff, Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz and Sean Maher, all of whom will join Whedon for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Kcrw’s Matt Holzman.
- Michelle McCue
Joss Whedon Much Ado About Nothing: Oscars Outdoors film series Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing will kick off the 2013 "Oscars Outdoors" summer movie season on Wednesday, June 5 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ open-air theater in Hollywood. Much Ado About Nothing stars Amy Acker (Alias), Alexis Denisoff (How I Met Your Mother), Clark Gregg (Iron Man), Nathan Fillion (Waitress, Castle), Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) and Sean Maher (The Playboy Club), all of whom are expected to join The Avengers director Joss Whedon for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Kcrw’s Matt Holzman. Oscars Outdoors screening films also include two upcoming releases: Morgan Neville’s documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom (June 6), and Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellow Destin Cretton’s relationship drama Short Term 12 (July 20), featuring Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2‘s Rami Malek. »
- Andre Soares
The theater business is nothing if not superstitious. But some opening night traditions are kept under wraps—robed, if you will. As another season of Broadway premieres draws to a close April 25 with the opening of “Pippin,” one of the Main Stem’s most cherished backstage rites connects this year’s casts to decades’ worth of their predecessors. On opening night of every Tony-eligible Broadway chorus musical, the cast, crew, producers, and box office team gather for the Gypsy Robe. Presented to the show’s ensemble member with the most Broadway chorus credits, the robe pays homage to gypsies—those cast members traveling show to show, following the work, slogging it in the ensemble. Endowed with the history of its Broadway predecessors, the robe brings luck to the new arrival. The tradition dates to the 1950 production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” when dancer Bill Bradley used to steal cast mate Florence »
This will be the last top ten off the top of my head whole decade thingies for a bit -- we need to get to real articles but I've been swamped off blog. But these discussions are fun, don't you agree? The 1950s were the first film decade I was obsessed with in that when I was first becoming interested in cinema in the mid 80s, the 50s somehow came to signify Mythic Classic Hollywood to me, though cinema obviously stretched much much further back. So I guess I'll always be kind of attached to this decade when the movies got literally bigger (I do so prefer rectangulars to squares) and the era's stars really defined (at least for me) the concept of "Movie Star". I mean it's hard to argue with Liz, Brando, Clift, Dean, Monroe in all caps.
Which is why Giant is such a perfect 1950s movie »
- NATHANIEL R
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- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The "Glee" gang celebrated its 500th song on Thursday night's (March 7) episode, which featured Mr. Schuester assigning songs of the movies to the kids.
It stemmed from a post-being-left-at-the-altar dream that Will had, wherein he sang "You're All The World to Me" with his former bride-to-be Emma. In case you're curious, that song is from the movie "Royal Wedding" starring Fred Astaire, which featured the (at the time) revolutionary filmmaking technique of having Astaire dance on the walls and ceiling of the room he was in by having a custom-built set that rolled on an axis along with an attached camera and camera operator.
We hope "Glee" did it the same way.
The show also featured "Shout" from "Animal House," "Come What May" from "Moulin Rouge," a mash-up of "Danger Zone" from "Top Gun" and "Old Time Rock 'n Roll" from "Risky Business," which was surprisingly a lot of fun, »
RumorFix caught up with Stodden recently and asked why she has compared herself to Monroe.
“I look back to the pin-up days, to Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe and those beautiful, iconic women. So I want to be iconic and I feel like I am [iconic]," said Stodden. "I feel like I’m different, I married young. Those women were old souls, and I feel like I can connect with them. We're both old souls and we’re having fun, and being glamorous and flirty.”
Stodden, who married 52-year-old "Lost" actor Doug Hutchison in 2011, when she was just 16 years old, regularly tweets about Monroe and has even attempted to impersonate the "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" actress.
Other than blonde hair and big dreams we aren't really seeing the comparison. But, like Mansfield, Bardot and Monroe before her, »
- The Huffington Post
(Baz Luhrmann, above.)
(This interview with Baz Luhrmann first appeared in Venice Magazine in June of 2001. I would later interview Baz for his opera production of "La Boheme" - check out that interview here. I seem to be in the minority, but I really enjoyed his Australia, a sprawling epic with unabashed sentimentality, reminiscent of many films from the old studio era.)
The Man Behind the Red Curtain
Director Baz Lurhmann Reveals the Secrets of Moulin Rouge
by Terry Keefe
The "Red Curtain" is a descriptive phrase coined by filmmaker Baz Luhrmann to describe his style of filmmaking, and it is apt - cinema which is also so highly theatrical that it feels like it was birthed from the stage. Think of the fevered final dance competition of his debut feature, Strictly Ballroom (1992) which was so colorful and high-octane that it almost seemed to be an animated film come to life. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
John Kerr dead at 81: actor who played suspected gay teenager in the play Tea and Sympathy and in the Hollywood movie adaptation Kerr, best known for playing the sensitive (and suspected to be gay) adolescent opposite Deborah Kerr (no relation, different pronunciation -- see below) in Tea and Sympathy both on Broadway and in the movies, died of heart failure at Huntington Hospital in the Los Angeles "suburb" of Pasadena this past Saturday, February 1. Kerr was 81 years old. (Picture: Publiicity shot of Kerr ca. 1955.) Born John Grinham Kerr on Nov. 15, 1931, in New York, he was part of a show business (chiefly stage) family. His mother was theater actress June Walker, among whose Broadway credits are The Farmer Takes a Wife and the role of Lorelei Lee in the 1926 production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes); Walker was also featured in a few movies, e.g., as Robert Montgomery's love interest »
- Andre Soares
In Magic Magic, Juno Temple and Emily Browning play best friends whose rendezvous in the Chilean countryside with some boys takes a turn for the worse when Temple’s Alicia is plagued by insomnia. Chilean writer-director Sebastián Silva has teased that it’s a disturbing psychological thriller that is meant to confuse the audience, so it’s a perfect movie for the Park City at Midnight slate at the Sundance Film, Festival, which begins today.
For Temple, who has three films at this year’s festival, playing unbalanced, unpredictable women is becoming something of a hobby. Her father, Julien, is »
- Jeff Labrecque
10 items from 2013
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