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What's It About? Kirk Douglas stars as a ruthless reporter scheming to keep his latest scoop in the headlines. A classic film noir, »
- Jenni Miller
The fifth annual fest kicked off with the world premiere of the restoration of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.
Prior to the screening, TCM host Robert Osborne invited Jones, who made her film debut in “Oklahoma!” at age 18, onstage for a Q&A.
Jones said she had not planned to go into show business at all when was asked to participate in an open audition for the lead.
“I was in New York and I was on my way to college to become a veterinarian,” Jones explained. “I went and auditioned for the casting director, and he in turn called Mr. Rodgers in to hear me personally and he called Oscar Hammerstein to hear me personally, »
- Andrea Seikaly
Given Peter Jackson and James Cameron's current embrace of high-frame-rate, there's an added importance to Fox's restoration of the roadshow "Oklahoma!," which opens the TCM Classic Film Fest tonight at the Tcl Chinese IMAX Theater. In addition to being shot in Todd-ao large format, the beloved 1955 musical from Rodgers & Hammerstein also experimented with 30 frames to solve the flickering problem and to better stave off competition from TV. The result is almost holographic. Fox's Schawn Belston (together with Foto-Kem and Chace Audio) have done a glorious job of adding the luster and grandeur back to "Oklahoma!" Granted, because of Fred Zinnemann's overly theatrical and sometimes static direction, it's not up there with "The King and I," "Carousel," or "The Sound of Music." But visually Robert Surtees' cinematography is stunning, thanks to both the larger format and the higher frame rate. And Agnes de Mille's revolutionary "Dream Ballet »
- Bill Desowitz
Sheila MacRae starred on the Broadway stage and in films, yet it was her small-screen role as the tolerant and brassy wife of a Brooklyn bus driver for which she is most remembered. MacRae, best known for playing Alice Kramden to Jackie Gleason's Ralph in the 1960s recreation of The Honeymooners, died Thursday. She was 92. The actress died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., MacRae's granddaughter Allison Mullavey told the Associated Press on Friday. In the 1950s version of The Honeymooners, Audrey Meadows starred with Gleason as the lovebirds and sparring partners Ralph and Alice. »
- Associated Press
Shirley Jones is enough of a show business pro to know where her bread is buttered. Her show at New York’s Cafe Carlyle leans heavily on the classic film musicals that made her a star, featuring extensive material from The Music Man, Oklahoma and Carousel. It’s a heartwarming evening of musical nostalgia from a performer who still exudes an image of chirpy, wide-eyed optimism. Photos: Top 10 Movie Songs of All Time Turning 80 in a few weeks, the veteran actress/singer has inevitably lost some of the range of her lustrous soprano voice. But she still manages to hit
- Frank Scheck
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who »
- Melissa Thompson
Over the weekend, CBS Sunday Morning briefly mentioned an Oscars fun fact. It seems that the only person to win an Oscar named Oscar was songwriter and theatrical producer Oscar Hammerstein II. If you know anything about musical theater, then you’ll probably recognize the name as one half of Rodgers and Hammerstein — one of the most prolific and successful partnerships in showbiz (Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific). Their works were sophisticated, socially aware, sensitive and advanced the story’s characters or plot. It’s a style that is widely used today, but was revolutionary at the time. Hammerstein worked in theater for over 40 years, writing the lyrics for over 1,000 songs and the libretti for dozens of operettas and musicals &mdash...
- Alison Nastasi
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