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Watching the best of the studio's output – Singin' in the Rain, Meet Me in St Louis – is to indulge in pure joyous artifice
Fred Astaire strolls into a toyshop with a walking stick and spats, whistling. He snatches an oversized Easter bunny from a small boy and proceeds to do a tap dance using a series of conveniently positioned props that happen to be lying around on the shop floor. "I'm plumb crazy for drums," he sings, for no obvious reason. Then he takes his bunny – without paying – and nonchalantly strolls out again.
This – a scene from Easter Parade (1948) – is the sort of thing that could only happen in the fantastical Technicolor world of the MGM musical. Such trifles as logical plot development and plausible human motivation have no place here. What matters is getting as quickly as possible to the next song and the next dance and letting the stars do their thing. »
- Bee Wilson
I've been watching this film since I was 12 years old so it's in my veins. A lot of my mannerisms are borrowed from it and I don't even realise. I was playing Dinah in a production of High Society on Broadway and some of the women recommended it. They were like: it's the fastest you'll ever hear anybody talk. The first four times I watched it I was still trying to figure out what the characters were saying half the time. You don't even have time to laugh because you'll miss things.
It's based on a Clare Boothe Luce play and has an entirely female cast – Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine. It's about a woman who finds out her husband is having an affair. Some of her friends feel for her and others are just delighted to have something to talk about. I »
- Gemma Kappala-Ramsamy
MGM meant musicals for more than a decade after the second world war. David Thomson looks at a time when a little cheer at the movies was appreciated – and wonders if the same couldn't be said now
There had been musicals before. In the 1930s, as soon as sound permitted, Warner Brothers developed what we call the Busby Berkeley pictures: they were black and white, and often aware of the harsh Depression times, but a choreographic lather of girls and fluid, orgasmic forms where the camera was itching to plunge into the centre of the "big O" – think of Footlight Parade, Gold Diggers of 1933 or 42nd Street. They had aerial shots of waves and whirlpools of chorus girls, opening and closing their legs in time with our desire. A few years later, at Rko Pictures, the Astaire-Rogers films came into being – where the gravity, beauty, and exhilaration of the »
- David Thomson
Pop quiz, class. Pencils up, only one question.
I made it multiple choice because, y'know, I care and stuff.
The America's Next Top Model fragrance, which is set to launch at the end of cycle 17, will smell like ___________________.
a. Booty tooch sweat, Nicole from cycle five's lost Red Bull, and the pee that Robin let out in cycle one during the snake photo shoot.
b. An empty bottle of Mr. Jay's hair dye that's been sitting in the garbage for weeks, the remnants of a drain in Andre's salon that hasn't been cleaned in a while, and the tears of wayward models from sea to shining sea.
I'll give you a second to think.
The correct answer is. »
- Shilo Adams
She left the big screen for good in 1956, going from "High Society" to the high society, and now, nearly 30 years after her death, the late Princess of Monaco will take another turn in the movies.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, European producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam has won the rights to an in-demand spec script about one of Oscar winner Grace Kelly's greatest triumphs in her second life as Monacan royalty. The film will focus on the six month period in 1962 in which Princeess Grace used her smarts and charms to save the small nation's government from being overthrown by the French.
The basic history goes like this: French President Charles de Gaulle was unhappy that Monaco was a prime tax shelter for his citizens, and told Prince Rainier III that if they didn't change their laws in half a year's time, there would be repercussions. That's when Kelly sprung into action, »
- Jordan Zakarin
“revolves around a goth-like and rebellious student (Kendrick), unhappy to be at a school at which her father is a professor, who discovers her voice and becomes the secret weapon for the school’s female a cappella group.”
Rebel Wilson, seen this summer in Bridesmaids and who’s currently filming Bachelorette with Isla Fisher, Kirsten Dunst, and James Marsden, is also attached to the project, which sounds like it has potential with Kendrick in the lead.
Kendrick has been making a name for herself over the past few years, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Anna Kendrick, who received an Academy Award nomination for her role opposite George Clooney in "Up in the Air," is in talks to play the lead in Universal and Gold Circle's upcoming musical "Pitch Perfect," TheWrap has confirmed. If the negotiations work out, she'll play a college student. "Pitch Perfect" is described as a 'Glee'-esque project set in the world of college a cappella singing competitions. Kendrick would give it a lift. When she was only 12, the Portland, Maine-native was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Dinah in "High Society." We'll »
- Joshua L. Weinstein
Could a reality series like, say, Bravo's Housewives franchise or Logo's The A-List last if at least half the cast wasn't made up of self-absorbed twits? Might viewers actually tune in to watch a group of relatively decent people who are not obsessed with money, looks and fashion? Would we care about their actual lives and be able get drawn into a show without fake conflicts created for the sake of ratings?
It's an interesting question, but one that we'll have to wait to have answered because Bravo's new "docuseries" Most Eligible Dallas is very much about a group of self-absorbed "friends" who are supposedly the crème de la crème of Dallas, and who prattle on endlessly about being beautiful and successful, at least when they aren't lashing out at their supposed friends or acting out in ways actual grownups rarely do.
So is there any good news about Med? »
- Michael Jensen
Reggie apparently has realized as Kim‘s August 20th wedding date draws closer that he’s about to lose the love of his life. He’s been texting her and has enlisted a friend to tell her that he needs to talk, according to a source for Life & Style magazine. “He was begging her to call off the wedding — and give him another chance.”
Now, anyone who has followed Kim Kardashian closely knows that Kim was totally, madly and deeply in love with Reggie Bush. She dated him from April 2007 until July 2009. Then spent all of season 4 of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, mooning over Reggie after their split. She was so depressed about the breakup at one »
- Bonnie Fuller
There is a terrific exhibition of Soviet Revolutionary Movie Posters currently running, through next Friday, at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York. Of the 95 posters on display (many of which are the sole surviving examples and have never been publicly exhibited before) almost half are by Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg, my choices for the two greatest movie poster designers of all time.
Back in 1997, MoMA mounted a retrospective of the Stenberg Brothers’ work which is what turned me on to them. The catalogue, a must-have for anyone interested in movie posters and graphic design, is out of print but used copies can still be found.
Born in 1899 and 1900 to a Swedish father and a Russian mother, the brothers initially studied engineering and fine arts. Pioneers of Constructivism, they worked as sculptors, architects and designers of everything from railway carriages to theater sets to women’s shoes, always working in collaboration with each other. »
We at NextMovie don't condone drinking to excess. No sir. Nuh-uh. Alcohol is bad, mmkay?
That said, while watching people get drunk in real life isn't always a barrel of laughs (ever been to a St. Patrick's Day parade?), watching people in movies get drunk can be downright hilarious.
They fall on their faces! They say and do crazy things! (Bless you, Will Ferrell, you are indeed going streaking.) They're far more entertaining -- and infinitely more clever -- than your buddy Joe after he's broken open a bottle of tequila.
Watch, enjoy and share our mashup of our favorite drinking and drunk scenes in movies... and you don't even need alcohol to do it.
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- Avaryl Halley
Elle Magazine has gone from coast to coast, picking out the loveliest ladies in each state to celebrate the nation’s birthday. The ever-lovely Anna Kendrick appears on their list for Maine. Check out more after the cut: Anna Kendrick Portland, Maine Anna began her acting career on stage, appearing in the Broadway musical High Society [...]
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High Society and Low Blows Hit the Streets August 23!
Between Blair and Serena's summer in Paris, Chuck's new identity, Dan's paternity scandal, a power play for Bass Industries, B's internship at W, a vicious conspiracy to destroy S, Dair's unexpected romance, J's exit and a royal engagement, Season 4 had a lot going on.
With lies and betrayals at every turn, Serena, Blair, Nate, Chuck, Dan struggle to "keep their friends close and their frenemies closer." It can be yours for $59.98!
The DVD set contains:
All 22 Gossip Girl episodes from Season 4 Two Brand-New Featurettes Unaired Scenes Gag Reel
What do you think? Will you be ordering it?
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve Marsi)
[Editor's note: this was originally published in January 2010. IFC releases the film in theatres today.] Ioncinema.com's "Ioncinephile of the Month" puts the spotlight on an emerging filmmaker from the world of cinema. With Sundance being a big deal for us at the site, we've decided to feature one more filmmaker from tthe 2010 edition of the festival. This february we profile Zeina Durra and her debut film, The Imperialists are still Alive! Click here to view Zeina's top ten films of all time (as of January 2010).Zeina Durra’s atmospheric debut feature is a splendidly alluring and intelligent look at the way the war on terror seeps into the texture of everyday American life. Gorgeous 16 mm grain imbues the film with an anachronistic feel that interestingly evokes times past. The Imperialists Are Still Alive! is an exceptional work and heralds the arrival of Durra as an exciting new directorial talent. - Sundance Film Guide Eric Lavallee: During your childhood…what films were important to you? »
As — wait for it — suspected, CBS’ Criminal Minds spin-off lost viewers in its second week, dropping 23 percent of its premiere audience and plunging 26 percent to a 2.5 rating with the 18-49 crowd. That said, Suspect Behavior still led the 10 o’clock hour in viewers and tied Svu in the demo.
Elsewhere in newbieland, ABC’s Mr. Sunshine dipped further, and with a 2.4 rating is now down 35 percent from its premiere.
Over on The CW this Wednesday, America’s Next Top Model sashayed its 16th cycle in front of 2.25 million viewers and scored a series-low 1.1 rating. The new makeover series Shedding for »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The second weeks of Survivor: Redemption Island and the Criminal Minds spin-off Suspect Behavior had different stories to tell in the ratings: Survivor improved very slightly, while Suspect Behavior fell 24 percent from last week’s series premiere. Plus, The CW had two season premieres last night — those results are below.
Fox’s American Idol (22.6 million viewers, 7.9 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) remained out in front of the pack, CBS came in second place with Survivor (11.2 million, 3.3), Criminal Minds (13.4 million, 3.4)m and its spin-off (9.9 million, 2.5).
- James Hibberd
Singer Lady Gaga, who will be performing at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, today released her new single, "Born This Way," from her upcoming album. Click here to listen!
Find out some fun facts about this record-smashing performer!
20 Things to Know About Lady GagaNot Always a Lady
East Coast Girl
Gaga was born and raised »
Everyone seems to have opinions about British actor Henry Cavill taking over as Superman, but Paul Cornell turned the tables today and questioned how his countrymen might respond to an American Doctor. I think I'd be down with it for a one-time, made-for-tv movie, but only so long as it didn't waste an incarnation.
On the other side of the globe, Brian Michael Bendis has been plotting TV-related "Powers" things. He didn't delve into specifics, but he did tease his activities yesterday. Find out how the meetings made him feel, as well as who isn't having any of the new Snarf appearing in the upcoming ThunderCats animated series.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is your Twitter Report for February 1, 2011.
@Brianmbendis crazy full day in nyc. i love hanging out at marvel. it takes everything not to skip through the halls. powers tv meeting done . me sleepy.
-Brian Michael Bendis, Writer ("New Avengers, »
- Brian Warmoth
18 items from 2011
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