17 items from 2013
Just like being a fly on the wall: In January 1958, the late film actor Rock Hudson was confronted by his wife Phyllis about his homosexuality and trysts with other men; Phyllis secretly recorded the frank conversation, and the transcript, from the files of private detective Fred Otash, have just been released and excerpted by The Hollywood Reporter. During the fight, Phyllis first asks the Giant star about a recent Rorschach test he'd taken. "You told me you saw thousands of butterflies and also snakes," she said [...] »
Elia Kazan is one of my top five favourite American filmmakers of all time, and so I decided to ask our staff to rank his films. If you are not yet familiar with the filmmakers work, now would be a good time to start. Kazan was one of the most honoured and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history and introduced a new generation of unknown young actors to the world, including Marlon Brando, James Dean, Warren Beatty, Carroll Baker, Julie Harris, Andy Griffith, Lee Remick, Rip Torn, Eli Wallach, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Balsam, Fred Gwynne, and Pat Hingle. Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his cast, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. The source for his inspired directing was the revolutionary acting technique known as the Method, and Kazan quickly rose to prominence as the preeminent proponent of the technique. During his career, »
Control director to explore real-life friendship between 50s icon and Life magazine photographer in new film
The biopic, titled Life, will follow the recent trend for movies that touch on a vital period in their subject's life, eschewing the once-popular "cradle to grave" format. Dean's 1955 breakthrough, the melodrama East of Eden, had not yet been released when Stock received an assignment from the Magnum agency to photograph the young actor. The pair ended up becoming friends during a journey from New York to La, and on to Indiana, with the photographer capturing iconic images of the nascent star.
- Ben Child
Life, an upcoming biopic about James Dean‘s friendship with Life photographer Dennis Stock, is set to be directed by Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn. The project will chronicle the Dean and Stock’s unlikely connection, their cross-country road trip, and Stock’s career beginnings in photographing the young star.
Perhaps it will also answer a question I sometimes think about: Why the hell do people care so much about James Dean?
East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant are, no doubt, film classics. Dean earned posthumous Oscar nominations for Eden and Giant, and he was certainly a great-looking 24-year-old whose urgent acting style was new and influential, like Marlon Brando‘s. But it’s bizarre that James Dean’s star still seems to outshine other matinee idols of the time like James Stewart, Gene Kelly, William Holden, or even Brando because James Dean died before he became excellent. »
- Louis Virtel
I always wonder how studios decide what to release on blu-ray DVD since there are so many great and classic films that have yet to be released in the format, that could definitely benefit from the greatly enhanced and sharpened sound and image. I mean, films such as David Lean's Ryan's Daughter, George Stevens' Giant, John Frankenheimer's Ww II actioner The Train, or even Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust. Instead we get Next Friday. Now don't get me wrong. It's no classic, but I think it's a serviceable sequel to the eternally popular 1995 Friday comedy film. It's got some laughs in it and it's nowhere as bad as 2002's Friday After Next.. But it wouldn't be exactly on my top »
Giant maggots and the Doctor dressed up as a milkman – what more could fans have asked for?
The Green Death: episode six (23 June 1973)
The one … with the maggots!
Spoiler Alert: We are discussing some of the Doctor Who adventures broadcast over the last 50 years. In this blog, we're looking at part six of The The Green Death. It contains spoilers both about the specific episode and the story as a whole.
Maggots define The Green Death, but the main reason for its place in the canon is the departure of beloved companion Jo Grant. Off she goes, into the Amazon in search of protein-rich fungi with her new Welsh eco-warrior fiance. The Doctor's anguish lies in everything he doesn't say. Not until he hologrammed up to Rose Tyler on Bad Wolf Bay would the Doctor ever appear more heartbroken. That exit, driving off forlornly in Bessie as Jo and her »
- Dan Martin
Most recent film appearances, plus concert and television work Please check out our previous post: "Montiel La Violetera and Pedro Almodóvar Icon." Her last star vehicle of note was Juan Antonio Bardem's Varietés (1971), a melodrama about an aging actress who continues to dream of becoming a bona fide star. [Please scroll down to listen to Montiel's husky rendition of "Amado mío."] The forty-something hopeful eventually gets her chance at stardom, but it all turns out to be a flash in the pan. By then, following a whole array of formulaic romantic musical melodramas, Montiel's box-office allure had waned rather radically. She turned down roles in Spain's cine del destape -- post-Franco softcore comedies -- which eventually meant the demise of her movie career. Her last official star vehicle was Pedro Lazaga's comedy Cinco almohadas para una noche ("Five Cushions for One Night," 1974) -- though she would be seen in Eduardo Manzanos Brochero's That's Entertainment-like compilation feature Canciones de nuestra »
- Andre Soares
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Every son lives in the legacy of his father. That is the central theme of David Cianfrance’s new film “The Place Beyond the Pines”. His third feature is a follow-up to his indie breakout hit, “Blue Valentine”, and shows true growth as a filmmaker as he tackles on a film that can truly be described as an epic. He films the wooded rural area of Schenectady, New York like the way George Stevens filmed the sprawling Texas landscape in “Giant”.
The film is told in three acts as it follows three different story arcs. The first is of Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) discovering that he has a one year old child and his desperate attempts to care for that child. The second act follows Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) as an idealistic new cop with a one year old child with both his wife and district »
- Patrick Hao
The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival continues to expand, with newly added appearances by legendary stars at screenings of some of their most memorable films, including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan, Barrie Chase, Polly Bergen,Coleen Gray, Theodore Bikel and Norman Lloyd, as well as producer Stanley Rubin, Clara Bow biographer David Stenn, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) film collections manager Katie Trainor and director Nicholas Ray’s widow, Susan Ray. In addition, TCM’s Essentials Jr. host and Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader will present screenings of Shane (1953) and The Ladykillers(1955).
And The Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein will present a special screening of Frank Capra’s The Donovan Affair (1929), complete with live voice actors and sound effects to replace the film’s long-lost soundtrack.Mel Brooks is slated to talk about his comedy The Twelve Chairs (1970). Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan »
- Melissa Thompson
gayest thing in this picture. (With Rock Hudson and James Dean.)
What are you supposed to do, not celebrate Elizabeth Taylor's birthday? The venerable violet-eyed legend (not to be confused with Violet Venable -- that's Katharine Hepburn's role in Suddenly, Last Summer, not Elizabeth's) would've been 81 years old today, and I thought we'd commemorate the occasion with a simple question: What's Liz's most underrated moment?
I could bore you with familiar references to Reflections in a Golden Eye or her long, lovely scenes of pure dialogue in Giant (Is it just me or does nobody ever talk about her work in that movie?), but I'll hit you with this televised stunner: In 1954, Liz appeared on What's My Line? and blew away the panelists, audience, and host John Daly with a comical Southern Belle voice and awesome improvisational skills. »
Next: Tomorrow begins the extensive post-mortem mania!
And The Oscars Go To...
"Respect" to the fellow nominees... "Unlimited Gratitude" to Tarantino
Three Best Pics introduced
Visual Effects Life of Pi
Makeup Les Miserables
James Bond Tribute -Dame Shirley Bassey killed it.
Three more best pics introduced
If I know Haneke & Chastain, she was more excited by this win & kiss than he was! #oscars twitter.com/nathanielr/sta…
— Nathaniel Rogers (@nathanielr) February 25, 2013
Documentary Feature Searching for Sugar Man
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If you've been reading fellow Flickering Myth writer Luke Owen’s various articles, you’ll know that Luke, our partner in crime Jon Lipscombe and I undertake a movie marathon each month. For February we chose Godzilla, or, more specifically, the first fifteen Godzilla movies. As there are twenty-nine altogether, we felt that splitting the series into more manageable, bite-sized, pieces was the way to go. Although, as I’ll discuss later on, fifteen films with virtually the same plot (and in some cases the same footage) was perhaps a film or five, too many.
After watching the trailer for Del Toro’s upcoming Kaiju film, Pacific Rim, fifteen Godzilla movies, over the course of twenty-six hours, seemed like a really tantalising idea. However, as the hours ticked by, and the sight of men in rubber suits throwing rocks at each other got more and more tedious, »
The 55th Grammy Awards have arrived, and music's biggest night promises a ton of trophies, and hopefully some great live performances by today's hottest acts. Who has the best record of 2012? How about the year's best new artist? Stick with Zap2it throughout the night, as we continue updating the list of this year's winners!
All of the award categories are below, with the winners in bold.
Record of the Year"Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson"We Are Young" by Fun., featuring Janelle Monáe"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye, featuring Kimbra"Thinkin Bout You" by Frank Ocean"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift
Song of the Year »
From Elizabeth Taylor in the 1950s to just about everyone and everything else in the 2010s: The tabloidization of journalism [See previous post: "Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell: Studio-Manufactured Love Affairs."] Despite the sensational coverage of Fatty Arbuckle’s rape/manslaughter trial and of the (still unsolved) murder of director William Desmond Taylor in the early ’20s, the tabloidization of entertainment news would go mainstream only in the ’50s, probably as a consequence of the decline of the Studio Era — at its height from the mid-’20s to the early ’50s — and the emergence of Confidential magazine and its imitators. (Note: Ingrid Bergman didn’t have a studio to back her up in the late ’40s, when she became a Hollywood pariah following an extra-marital affair with Roberto Rossellini.) [Photo: Elizabeth Taylor.] The precursor of today’s vicious online and supermarket gossip rags, Confidential mockingly implied that Liberace was gay, insinuated that hunk Tab Hunter and sultry Lizabeth Scott were also gay (Scott sued »
- Andre Soares
Our daily countdown continues with part 14 out of 30, in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 170-161.
169) Topper (1937) Norman McCleod USA
165) The Mummy (1932) Karl Freund USA
163) Gigi (1958) Vincent Minnelli USA
161) The Caine Mutiny (1954) Edward Dmyrky USA
Numbers 160-151 coming next.
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Looks like Illinois is seriously considering giving gay marriage a go. Obama wants it. Jesse Tyler Ferguson's there selling it. And hell, Illinois is so chock full of gay greatness, it deserves the honor of becoming the 10th state to approve gay marriage. Even the state's Gop chair Pat Brady backs it. Holler!
In order to help propel the issue further, I've concocted a quick list of wonderful gay (or quasi-gay) things to emerge from Il.
1. "Chicago, Illinois," from the gay classic Victor/Victoria
If my interview with Lesley Ann Warren didn't convince you the Clue alumna is ripe for canonization, please see yourself to this clip from Victor/Victoria where the Oscar-nominated thespian salutes the naughty joys of the Prairie State. Why did it take until 1982 for the world to notice that Chicago begins with C-h-i-c?
2. Dan Savage
The second part of the first Reel Ink round-up of recent books on film includes the biography of a sometime Hollywood rebel, the history of a now forgotten British studio, a look at a film that remains one of the most controversial ever made in the UK, and a hugely compelling history of cinema by the great David Thomson.
Time was against me so I haven’t been able to get through all the reading goodness I’ve acquired in the past eight weeks or so, but I’ll catch up in January. Happy New Year!
It’s official: Dennis Hopper was an unrepentant douchebag off screen as well as on. The predominant impression that Peter L. Winkler’s Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of A Hollywood Rebel (The Robson Press) leaves one with is that Hopper was a deluded, misogynistic gasbag, a moderate talent who likely suffered from »
- Ian Gilchrist
17 items from 2013
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