4 items from 2015
'A Hatful of Rain' with Lloyd Nolan, Anthony Franciosa and Don Murray 'A Hatful of Rain' script fails to find cinematic voice as most of the cast hams it up Based on a play by Michael V. Gazzo, A Hatful of Rain is an interesting attempt at injecting "adult" subject matters – in this case, the evils of drug addiction – into Hollywood movies. "Interesting," however, does not mean either successful or compelling. Despite real, unromantic New York City locations and Joseph MacDonald's beautifully realistic black-and-white camera work (and the pointless use of CinemaScope), this Fred Zinnemann-directed melodrama feels anachronistically stagy as a result of its artificial dialogue and the hammy theatricality of its performers – with Eva Marie Saint as the sole naturalistic exception. 'A Hatful of Rain' synopsis Somewhat revolutionary in its day (Otto Preminger's The Man with a Golden Arm,* also about drug addiction, »
- Andre Soares
Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper. Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year. »
- Andre Soares
TV shows have been keeping secrets for decades, and in today's world of instant communication and showbiz reporters vying for scoops, it's tougher than ever to surprise audiences.
Keeping something secret in the world of entertainment is tough, but the round-the-clock effort is usually worth it - even if the amount of subterfuge might appear ridiculous to some.
Broadchurch series 2: 20 burning questions we have about episode 1
In light of Broadchurch's recent return - a show which somehow managed to keep the fundamentals of its storyline a secret for over a year - here's a quick rundown of six popular shows that managed to keep their top secrets.. despite huge public interest.
During an appearance on This Morning today (Wednesday, January 7), Darvill's co-star Matthew Gravelle also revealed the lengths that he went to in hiding the fact that he was appearing in the second series.
Gravelle plays Joe Miller, the character who was revealed to be Danny Latimer's killer at the end of the first series. His role in series two of the hit crime drama was only unveiled when the premiere episode aired on Monday night (January 5).
Speaking about how he kept his return under wraps, the actor said: "I had to be in different hotels, because if I was associated with the rest of the cast, then I'm in it… if people put two and two together."
Darvill added: "Matthew wasn't even allowed to say that he was in it. So he'd »
4 items from 2015
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