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Anne Jeffreys obituary

Actor and singer who started out in westerns, moved on to TV soaps and then became a star of Broadway musicals

The diverse show-business career of Anne Jeffreys, who has died aged 94, can be divided into three distinct domains. In the 1940s she was the spirited heroine of low-budget westerns and B- picture thrillers; from the 50s onwards she appeared on television in soap operas and sitcoms, including the supernatural comedy series Topper (1953-55), in which she was known as the “ghostess with the mostest”, and the long-running General Hospital; and she was a singing star in Broadway musicals, notably as Lilli Vanessi in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate (1950-51).

During the first period, Jeffreys starred opposite Robert Mitchum in Nevada (1944) and Frank Sinatra in Step Lively (1944). In the former, she played a saloon singer who seduces the hero and is later fatally wounded by gunfire while protecting him; in the latter,
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Those Redheads from Seattle 3-D

Another 3-D breakthrough, this time for a Paramount musical rescued from oblivion and remastered by the 3-D Archive. Rhonda Fleming and Gene Barry star in a blend of songs and Alaskan adventure filmed in downtown Hollywood. The depth effects are great, but the big surprise is Teresa Brewer, the radio star turned one-shot movie musical wonder. Her voice resurrects memories of pop vocals just prior to the arrival of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Those Redheads from Seattle

3-D Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1953 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date May 23, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 34.95

Starring: Rhonda Fleming, Gene Barry, Agnes Moorehead, Teresa Brewer, The Bell Sisters, Guy Mitchell, Jean Parker, Roscoe Ates, John Kellogg, Sheila James Kuehl, Dub Taylor, Max Wagner.

Cinematography: Lionel Lindon

Film Editor: Archie Marshek

Original Music: Sidney Cutner, Leo Shuken

Written by Lewis R. Foster, Geoffrey Holmes (Daniel Mainwearing) and George Worthing Yates

Produced by William H. Pine,
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The Forgotten: George Sidney's "Jupiter's Darling" (1955)

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The Coen brothers' recent Hail Caesar! may have seemed pretty bold in featuring both a Roman sword-and-sandal epic and a water ballet musical in its story of old Hollywood chicanery, but in 1955 MGM went several steps further in producing Jupiter's Darling, which is simultaneously a Roman epic and a water ballet musical, starring the queen (and sole proponent) of the latter genre, Esther Williams.One of the perplexing things about the genius of the system, whereby a studio apparatus geared to make crowd-pleasing entertainment also produced, on a fairly regular basis, great cinematic art as a kind of incidental by-product (incidental except to the artists employed) is that often the mass audience, which was the ultimate arbiter of taste, would get things badly wrong. Thus Keaton's The General, his bravest and best film, was a commercial flop, and thus the climax of the Williams water-and-song cycle proved to be an
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October Highlights

October was busy busy busy with two festivals, the classic Nyff and the new Middleburg and our semi-annual Oscar Horrors (though a fourth season is somewhat unlikely given that we're running out of nominees outside of music and sound categories!). Here are 16 highlights from the spooky best-weather month in case you missed any of them. The fall is too too short, don't you agree?

8 Favorites

re: Isabelle Huppert's emails -Nick's scandalous discovery

Kiss Me Kate the peak of George Sidney's fluffy fun as a director? 

Loving those 20th Century Women a first impressions top ten 

Moonlight in Three Acts a tag team review 

Janis Joplin Biopics an incomplete history 

Judy & Liza "Together Wherever We Go" 

Oscar Horrors: Flatliners' Sound a confession of love for Schumacher 

Lion at Middleburg  a new festival, a winning film

8 Most Discussed

Viola Davis will be an Oscar record breaker in January

The Departed
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George Sidney Centennial: "The Three Musketeers"

by Nathaniel R

After looking at three popular musicals Anchors Aweigh (1945), Kiss Me Kate (1953), and Bye Bye Birdie (1963), in our mini George Sidney Centennial celebration, we're closing up with his other primary mode: the adventure flick. Curiously those films also feel like musicals even when they aren't. Case in point is The Three Musketeers (1948) and the subliminal feeling that at any moment a song and dance number might break out. That's not only because glorious Gene Kelly is the star. This feeling radiates outward from the ebullient movement of all of the swordsmen. It's also firmly embedded in the swooning romantic overtures that happen instantaneously between Gene Kelly and each of the women. Lana Turner is the devilish Lady de Winter and June Allyson is the saintly Constance and, in case you're wondering, no one will ever accuse this movie of subtlety or evolved gender politics. Still the love scenes
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George Sidney Centennial: "Kiss Me Kate"

by Tim Brayton

Our centennial tribute to MGM mainstay George Sidney continues with the director's 1953 musical Kiss Me Kate, and such a curious beast it is. Adapted with a slightly free hand from Cole Porter's hit 1948 musical, it's a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew that's also a backstage comedy about the staging of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, in which the actors playing Kate and Petruchio are recently feuding exes.

Don't let the plot worry you, though. Since this is a 1950s MGM musical the focus is obviously one one thing first and foremost, and that's big, heaving Spectacle.
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Silk Stockings

It's in glorious Technicolor Metrocolor, CinemaScope and StereoPhonic Sound! Fred Astaire's final MGM musical gives him Cyd Charisse and a Cole Porter score, plus some nice Hermes Pan choreography. The script and Rouben Mamoulian's direction aren't the best, but the combined magic of the musical and dancing talent saves the day. Silk Stockings Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1957 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date July 12, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre, George Tobias, Jules Munshin, Joseph Buloff, Wim Sonneveld Cinematography Robert Bronner Art Direction Randall Duell, William A. Horning Film Editor Harold F. Kress Original Music Cole Porter Written by Abe Burrows, Leonard Gershe, George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath, and Leonard Spigelgass Produced by Arthur Freed Directed by Rouben Mamoulian

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

On the Town?  The Pajama Game?  Damn Yankees?   The Warner Archive Collection's next musical up for the
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Glenn as Hillary, Meryl as Donald and More of Our Favorite Political Impersonations

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Glenn as Hillary, Meryl as Donald and More of Our Favorite Political Impersonations
Every election season is a gift not only to the spirit of democracy, but to the world of comedy. From Saturday Night Live skits to late-night talk show bits, comedians revel in the goldmine of material as larger-than-life personalities compete for the American public's trust. We look back at our favorite products of humor and politics' ever-fruitful union. Glenn Close as Hillary ClintonSpoofing the musical A Chorus Line at the 2016 Tony Awards, Glenn Close stepped into Hillary Clinton's pantsuit for a brief turn as the presumptive Democratic nominee. "I really need this job," she sang, performing the musical's "I Hope I Get It.
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DVD Savant 2015 Favored Disc Roundup

or, Savant picks The Most Impressive Discs of 2015

This is the actual view from Savant Central, looking due North.

What a year! I was able to take one very nice trip back East too see Washington D.C. for the first time, or at least as much as two days' walking in the hot sun and then cool rain would allow. Back home in Los Angeles, we've had a year of extreme drought -- my lawn is looking patriotically ratty -- and we're expecting something called El Niño, that's supposed to be just shy of Old-Testament build-me-an-ark intensity. We withstood heat waves like those in Day the Earth Caught Fire, and now we'll get the storms part. This has been a wild year for DVD Savant, which is still a little unsettled. DVDtalk has been very patient and generous, and so have Stuart Galbraith & Joe Dante; so far everything
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Strictly Come Dancing 2015: week 12 – as it happened

Semi-finals time: there’s five couples left but only four places in the final next week…

7.59pm GMT

So that’s it for the semi-final - all that remains is for us to reconvene here at 6.35pm next Saturday for the Grand Final, where we’ll crack through two shows in one night and have a final marathon liveblog party. There’ll also be a bumper Strictly Come Bingo, so prepare for some self-mulling.

In the meantime, what’s your prediction for this year’s glitterball champion? For me it’s a toss-up between Jay and Aliona and Georgia and Giovanni, but I think Jay still has more to give and might edge the win. If you swing by @heidistephens on Twitter we’ll do a highly unscientific survey, or pop your thoughts in the comment box below – who will be getting your vote next week? Thank you all for
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BFI London Film Festival 2015 Line-Up announced with Gala screenings of Steve Jobs, High-Rise, Trumbo, Black Mass, Carol & Suffragette

The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme

You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.

The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry‎ Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.

The Festival will screen a
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The week in TV: Birthday; The Tribe; The Interceptor; Stonemouth

There was laughter, gas and air as Stephen Mangan underwent labour pains, while an Ethiopian tribe brought much-needed sparkle to reality TV

Birthday (Sky Arts)

The Tribe (Channel 4) | 4oD

The Interceptor (BBC1) | iPlayer

Stonemouth (BBC2) | iPlayer

Stephen Mangan’s waters burst all over our living-room floors last week. Inverted distended belly-button mostly to the fore, though sometimes opting for the exciting variation of “huge hairy arse in the air”, he exploded viscerally with hot, fat pain, mottled puffball cheeks, the kind of swearing usually suggestive only of a man being whacked repeatedly in his whimsicals with a stout tarred rope, muck sweats, ludicrous obsessive-compulsive wheedling about germs, fart-groans that would shame a camel and, finally, a baby.

Related: Birthday; Kiss Me Kate; Get Stuff Break Free – review

Related: Joe Penhall: Regrets? Too few to mention

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New on Video: Warner Brothers Musicals Collection

The Musicals Collection Blu-ray set from Warner Home Video contains four Hollywood classics of the genre, at least two of them among the greatest of all time: Kiss Me Kate, Calamity Jane, The Band Wagon, and Singin’ in the Rain. And all except for Singin’ in the Rain are making their Blu-ray debut. While the films may not rank equal in terms of quality—those latter two titles are the all-time greats—each of the transfers are outstanding, the movies themselves are still nevertheless enjoyable, and the set is a terrific bargain.

Kiss Me, Kate

Written by Dorothy Kingsley

Directed by George Sidney

USA, 1953

Kiss Me, Kate is offered in 2-D and 3-D versions. Though the 3-D is certainly not the best to grace a Blu-ray, it’s still the version to watch, even with the clichéd, though occasionally amusing gimmick of characters throwing things at the camera. However, it
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Broadway’s Lesli Margherita Joins ‘One Shot'; Eddie Marsan Cast In ‘The Blunderer’ Adaptation

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Broadway’s Lesli Margherita Joins ‘One Shot'; Eddie Marsan Cast In ‘The Blunderer’ Adaptation
Exclusive: Olivier Award-winning stage star Lesli Margherita has joined Taye Diggs and Topher Grace in One Shot, the movie musical about a failed performer-turned-stage manager (Grace) struggling to keep his latest show from imploding on opening night. Broadway and West End vet Margherita will play Brandy, a brassy resident chorus girl who makes a bet with the flamboyant Malcolm (Diggs) to see who’ll bed a hunky new cast member first. Margherita is currently on Broadway in Matilda as Matilda’s mother Mrs. Wormwood, a role she originated for the NYC cast. She won an Olivier for her turn in the Gypsy Kings musical Zorro and nabbed an Ovation Award for her performance in Kiss Me Kate in La. TV credits include Fame L.A.; she’s repped by Hartig/Hilepo Agency and Velocity Entertainment Partners.

Eddie Marsan (Filth, War Horse, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) has joined Patrick Wilson,
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Who’s the Funniest Actress in ‘The Other Woman’? Judd Apatow Won’t Play Favorites

Who’s the Funniest Actress in ‘The Other Woman’? Judd Apatow Won’t Play Favorites
When it comes to premieres, the after party is usually as star-studded, if not more, than the red carpet.

Monday night’s “The Other Woman” Westwood premiere was much more intimate.

While Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nicki Minaj and Leslie Mann were all on the carpet, Minaj and Mann were the only ones who turned up at the after party, held at the W Westwood.

Fox studio head Jim Gianopulos and Mann’s husband Judd Apatow worked the crowd, which also consisted of CAA’s Kevin Huvane, producer Julie Yorn and Fox execs Steve Asbell and Emma Watts.

“I thought it played through the roof,” Gianopulos told Variety. “I’ve had so many guys come up to me and tell me they loved it. I told them, we sell tickets to men, too,” he joked.

Guests were served a variety of dim sum, spring and vegetable rolls, Caesar
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Global Showbiz Briefs: Natascha McElhone To Star In London Stage Adaptation Of ‘Fatal Attraction’; Michael Palin In BBC Drama; Some Chinese Hits Miss Taiwan Quota; More

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Natascha McElhone Boards West End ‘Fatal AttractionCalifornication‘s Natascha McElhone is set to take on the role of Alex Forrest in the stage adaptation of Fatal Attraction. Written by James Dearden and directed by Trevor Nunn, Fatal Attraction opens at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket on March 25. Dearden was nomiated for an Oscar for writing the 1987 hit film about a one-night stand that turns deadly. This is his first venture into live theater. McElhone’s stage credits include Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Count Of Monte Cristo, The Cherry Orchard and Honour. Veteran director Nunn’s recent theater credits include takes on A Little Night Music, Cyrano De Bergerac, Inherit The Wind, Kiss Me Kate, Birdsong, All That Fall and Scenes From A Marriage. Fatal Attraction is produced by Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions, Robert Fox and Patrick Ryecart. The rest of the cast is due to be announced shortly.
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Arts preview 2014: blockbusters

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From the world's tallest building to Adele's 'modern jazz'-inspired third album, the big events of 2014 are lining up

Television

True Detective

Crime drama is always looking for new ways of dramatising a murder investigation: one killing investigated over 10 episodes; alternating viewpoints of cops, killer, victims and so on. However, in this ambitious series from HBO, multiple seasons will follow the search for a serial killer in Louisiana over 17 years, with each year introducing a new cast. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are in the first group. Either magnificent or mad. Mark Lawson HBO.

Penny Dreadful

This has a remarkable lineage: it is produced by film and stage director Sam Mendes and John Logan, who wrote Skyfall for Mendes as well as Hugo, The Aviator and Gladiator. Its disadvantage may be the daring concept, in which a number of fictional horror story characters – Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and Dorian Gray – are living in Victorian London.
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Arts preview 2014: blockbusters

  • The Guardian - Film News
From the world's tallest building to Adele's 'modern jazz'-inspired third album, the big events of 2014 are lining up

Television

True Detective

Crime drama is always looking for new ways of dramatising a murder investigation: one killing investigated over 10 episodes; alternating viewpoints of cops, killer, victims and so on. However, in this ambitious series from HBO, multiple seasons will follow the search for a serial killer in Louisiana over 17 years, with each year introducing a new cast. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are in the first group. Either magnificent or mad. Mark Lawson HBO.

Penny Dreadful

This has a remarkable lineage: it is produced by film and stage director Sam Mendes and John Logan, who wrote Skyfall for Mendes as well as Hugo, The Aviator and Gladiator. Its disadvantage may be the daring concept, in which a number of fictional horror story characters – Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and Dorian Gray – are living in Victorian London.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

How Jewish artists built Broadway

A Us documentary asserts that the Broadway musical is almost an exclusively Jewish creation. But is it useful to look at art in this way?

A Us documentary shown in Britain last week advanced the fascinating – and potentially sensitive – argument that the Broadway musical is almost exclusively a Jewish creation. Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, a 90-minute film made by Michael Kantor for the Us network PBS, was screened in BBC1's Imagine strand last week and was shown publicly at the Barbican Centre in London, after which I hosted a question-and-answer session with Michael Grade about Kantor's film and the Broadway musical in general.

Establishing what admirers had vaguely understood – but never previously heard so triumphantly declared – Kantor's film catalogues the factor common to the Gershwin brothers, Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago), and also less
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10 tip-top tap dancing movies

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Top 10 Aliya Whiteley 28 May 2013 - 06:55

The 1930s to the end of the 20th century saw the release of some classic tap dancing movies. Here's Aliya's pick of the 10 best...

Either you love movies in which people suddenly break into tap dance routines to express their innermost desires, or you hate them. If you hate them, you’re in luck – they pretty much don’t exist in modern film any more.

Having said that, there have been some great dancing moments in the last few years, such as Amy Adams having a me party in The Muppets, or Meryl Streep bouncing up and down on the bed in Mamma Mia! But these aren’t tap dances, and they’re much more about enthusiasm than skill. Or High School Musical, Take The Lead and others give us great modern or ballroom dancing, but within the context of people putting on a show,
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