11 items from 2016
The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »
- Jim Batts
Kristen Bell might be busy making the talk show rounds for her latest movie, Bad Moms, but she could easily be promoting Some Like It Hot or The Seven Year Itch judging from how much she's been looking like Marilyn Monroe lately. With her bright blond hair and a plunging silver top that looked more than a little similar to Marilyn's iconic white dress, the Frozen actress was the epitome of Old Hollywood glamour as she made her way into the Jimmy Kimmel Live studios in La on Tuesday. Kristen happily posed for a bunch of selfies with a group of excited fans outside the studio and flashed a few wide smiles for photographers. Take a look at more photos from her afternoon out below, and then see all the hilarious things she recently shared about her daughters! »
- Quinn Keaney
Think you got better legs than Willem Dafoe? You might get your chance to prove it ... 'cause the Marilyn Monroe dress he donned for his Super Bowl 50 commercial is hitting the auction block. You remember the clip ... Dafoe rocked a replica white dress from Marilyn's legendary subway grate scene from "The Seven Year Itch" for a Snickers commercial. Funny stuff. Now, the folks at Julien's Auctions got their hands on it -- and are putting »
- TMZ Staff
28 years ago today, Tom Hanks and Penny Marshall delivered us the sweet and charming story of a 12-year-old who wished to be big. It was on June 3, 1988 that Big opened in theaters. It was the film that solidified Hanks as a major Hollywood talent and earned him his first Oscar nomination. Big is also significant for being one of the earlier success stories for a female director. It was the first feature film directed by a woman to gross over $100 million at the box office. Other notable June 3 happenings in pop culture history: • 1955: Marilyn Monroe film The Seven Year Itch opened in theaters. • 1969: Star Trek, the original series, concluded on NBC. • 1983: WarGames opened in U.S. theaters, after premiering out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. • 1987: The Untouchables opened in theaters. • 1992: During his presidential campaign, Bill Clinton played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show. »
- Emily Rome
Filmmaker and self-pronounced cinephile Jacob T. Swinney has a new video essay called 100 Years/100 Shots. The title’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s about the history of Tequila in the 21st century.
Swinney has chosen his most memorable shot from each year in the last 100 and placed them next to each other in chronological sequence. Not only does it fascinatingly chart the evolution of the medium, it also reaffirms why we devote so much of our spare time to the movies. See beneath the video embed below for the full list (in order) used.
100 Years/100 Shots from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.
Birth of a Nation
A Dog’s Life
The Passion of Joan of Arc
- Oli Davis
Princess Kate - or Marilyn Monroe? Royal watchers had a serious case of deja vu during Princess Kate and Prince William's visit to Mahatma Gandhi's house on Tuesday, when a heavy gust of wind came through, nearly blowing up her white Emilia Wickstead dress - and giving us flashbacks to that iconic scene in Monroe's classic film, The Seven Year Itch. The couple was laying a wreath at India Gate, which serves as a memorial to the 74,000 soldiers who died fighting in World War I. Amid the somber setting, Kate found herself facing an unpredictable fashion challenge: the wind. »
- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_
It's the Second Day Itch for Kate Middleton and Prince William's first trip together to India. While the royal couple enjoyed a windy visit to the country's national war memorial in Mumbai Monday, the 34-year-old Duchess of Cambridge had a brief tug of war with the weather when the swingy skirt of her cream collared dress got caught in the wind—an image reminiscent of blond bombshell Marilyn Monroe's breezy moment in The Seven Year Itch. As expected, Middleton handled the fashion faux pas with complete grace as she cautiously held her skirt against the gusts while assisting her husband with laying down the flowery wreath. Next, it was time to taste a »
A new advertisement campaign for the Snickers brand has come online, and, following on from the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Joan Collins, this one sees Willem Dafoe playing none other than Marilyn Monroe in her most famous scene from The Seven Year Itch.
Check out the ad below.
- Paul Heath
Snickers' Super Bowl commercials have become a thing of legend. And the big game just wouldn't be the same without a new one. Today, we get our first look at the latest edition in this long-standing Ad campaign. And it doesn't disappoint. The TV spot features two very big, albeit very different Hollywood legends.
In the new Snickers spot simply called 'Marilyn', we see the iconic actress in her signature flying skirt pose, standing over a steam grate. She has become possessed by hunger. And this manifests itself in the form of Willem Dafoe. The much-too-serious actor in a dress locks eyes with his director, who assures the 'big star' that this scene is going to be amazing!
It's one of the great suspense scenes in 50s genre cinema: a woman swims in the clear cool water of an Amazonian lagoon, blissfully unaware of the grotesque creature emerging from the depths beneath her. The score builds to a crescendo as the monster closes in, reaching out with a clawed, webbed hand...
Director Jack Arnold directed some of the best American sci-fi movies of the post-wwii era, and Creature From The Black Lagoon is perhaps his most famous. About a team of scientists investigating the fossilised remains of a strange man-fish hybrid - and discovering the thing still very much alive in the depths of the Amazon - the movie was a sizeable hit for Universal when it came out in early 1954.
The cultural impact »
We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.
#30. Bull Durham (1988)
Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on »
- Joshua Gaul
11 items from 2016
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