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Musician to Movie Star: In the Footsteps of Elvis

With the recent 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis, here is a look at those music stars who made a transition to film. Some were more successful than others. Some made a fleeting crossover and some are best forgotten as far as their film careers went…

In terms of the King, Elvis has an undoubtedly huge legacy as far as music goes. His influence as far as attitude, showmanship and indeed the music itself is still being felt. He was in that bracket of the most influential musical acts of his era alongside the Beatles. However his impact on film was also important. He showed that a cultural phenomenon could operate over two platforms.

Beginning in 1956 with Love Me Tender, Elvis would go onto make over 30 films until 1969. A few more iconic than others of course, such as Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas and some more interesting attempts to
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The Crimson Kimono

Another great Samuel Fuller film on Blu-ray — this one is a crime tale set in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, that forms an interracial romantic triangle. It’s risky for its year because of the sexual dynamics — a Japanese-American man falls in love with a Caucasian woman. Fuller’s approach is years ahead of its time, even if Columbia’s sales job was a little weird.

The Crimson Kimono

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Twilight Time

1959 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 81 min. / Street Date July 18, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Anna Lee, Paul Dubov, Jaclynne Greene, Neyle Morrow, Gloria Pall, , Barbara Hayden, George Yoshinaga.

Cinematography: Sam Leavitt

Film Editor: Jerome Thoms

Original Music: Harry Sukman

Written, Produced and Directed by Samuel Fuller

“What was his strange appeal for American girls?”

Believe it or not, there was once a time when Samuel Fuller was a fringe figure,
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16 Iconic Photos of Elvis Presley That Prove He Was the Ultimate Heartthrob

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16 Iconic Photos of Elvis Presley That Prove He Was the Ultimate Heartthrob
Elvis Presley was an icon for so many reasons - he knew how to sing, he knew how to dance, and he knew how to make girls go crazy with that smile. Like so many other greats before him, the musician and actor, famous for songs like "Jailhouse Rock" and movies like Blue Hawaii, left this world much too soon. Elvis was just 42 years old when he suffered a heart attack and died in August 1977. But despite his physical absence, he's still very much a part of pop culture. His good looks make new generations fall in love with him, his songs are still blasted on the radio, and his Graceland mansion in Tennessee is still a huge tourist attraction. To celebrate his life and your unwavering crush on him, look at some of his best moments ahead that will still make you weak in the knees. RelatedWedding Music: The
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Catalog From The Beyond: John Carpenter’s Elvis (1979)

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All right, gang, I’m going to need for you to bear with me as I take an abrupt left turn for this month’s column. I’ve been wanting to do a John Carpenter movie for a while now, but the problem is that he doesn’t have many “B-sides” that people haven’t talked about ad nauseum. Our very own Patrick Bromley recently covered one of his more relatively obscure entries with Prince of Darkness, and Scott Drebit gave his take on that one with the William Shatner mask. So, to find new territory, I had to go back to 1979, a year after Carpenter released his breakthrough masterpiece, but just before he churned out a series of classics in the early ’80s that would cement his legacy as one of the greatest horror directors of all time. It’s at this tipping point that Carpenter directed a made-for-tv
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Pretty Little Liars season 7 episode 20 review: ‘Til Death Do Us Part

Caroline Preece Jun 29, 2017

Pretty Little Liars was messy, flawed and was never going to end neatly, but that's why Caroline loved it to death...

This review contains spoilers.

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7.10 ‘Til Death Do Us Part

I don’t think I’ve ever loved a perfect show. I find it impossible to connect with ‘prestige’ dramas, and have always gravitated towards messy, flawed shows over The Sopranos and The Wires of the world. Pretty Little Liars is one of those shows, sometimes at its best and worst within the same scene, and a story whose constantly conflicting genres have angered fans and critics time and time again.

But it’s finished now, and I’ve seen as many lists of stupid stuff that went down as I have think-pieces about how it changed television forever without anyone really noticing. I agree with both, and I also have
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Moonlight’ Inspirations, ‘Mystery Train,’ Marseille Trilogy & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

In honor of Moonlight, a new series (about which more here) shows the seeds of Barry Jenkins’ sensation — including films from Hou Hsiao-hsien, Wong Kar-wai, and Claire Denis.

Tampopo also screens.

Metrograph

“Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z” brings films from Jane Campion, Nicolas Roeg, and more.

Vagabond, The Wolfpack,
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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Sends Message Of Hope To Young Fan With Cancer

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reached out to a 15-year-old Irish fan that is battling cancer in a touching Instagram post. Related: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Sings Elvis’ ‘Jailhouse Rock’ For The Troops “This one’s for my buddy Tommy Hanley,” Johnson captioned it. “Just found out he’s a huge fan, 15 yrs old, living in Ireland and […]
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What ‘American Honey’ Catches (Beautifully) About the Kids: They’re Not All Right

What ‘American Honey’ Catches (Beautifully) About the Kids: They’re Not All Right
American Honey” is a movie that takes the temperature of youth culture in a way that no movie has in years. It tells a good story, about a girl named Star (Sasha Lane), 18 years old, with Rasta Barbie braids and a skeptical smirk, who joins a wolfpack of kids in their late teens and early twenties who live on the road, traveling from one cookie-cutter motel to the next, making money by hustling magazine subscriptions door-to-door. They don’t sell their bodies, but in a way they do: Most of them are striking-looking in a trashed-runaway vagabond skate-punk way, and they use their pierced-and-tattooed street charisma to evoke pity and awe. They flirt and charm their way into selling a product that no one really wants.

Andrea Arnold, the British filmmaker who became a critics’ darling with movies like “Fish Tank” and “Wuthering Heights,” has directed “American Honey” in a
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Elvis & Nixon Review [Tribeca 2016]

Based on a true-ish, larger-than-life story, Elvis & Nixon sounds like a fabricated clash of public icons, but I assure you this craziness actually happened (karate chops and all?). In 1970, Elvis drove up to the White House, knocked on the door, and demanded a pow-wow with President Nixon. A conversation was had and Elvis was bestowed a power some lawmakers forgot even existed. It’s an obscure, influential, and epic moment from America’s past, begging for a cinematic retelling, yet we feel none of the importance that director Liza Johnson strives to deliver. This swanky 70s time machine dresses the part and talks the talk, but fails to honor such patriotic prestige with a story truly deserving of such Mt. Rushmore-worthy weirdness.

Shannon stars as the hand-waving, self-proclaimed “King” who needs no introduction – Elvis Presley. His musicianship is the stuff of legends, but this isn’t a movie about making albums and dealing with stardom.
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Michael Jackson -- Bought Out of Sony Publishing Co. for $750 Million!!

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Hard to imagine Michael Jackson's Estate getting even richer, but it just happened -- Sony is forking over $750 Million to buy out Mj's share of Sony/ATVMusic Publishing. Sony Corp. announced the deal to take over Jackson's 50% stake in the joint venture that was launched in 1995 -- and owns copyrights for some of the biggest recordings in history. For instance, Sony/Atv controls "New York, New York," "Jailhouse Rock," "I Heard it Through the Grapevine,
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The Girl Most Likely

Rko's final in-house production is a good end-of-an-era film, a spirited and well-made musical comedy. Bright-eyed Jane Powell can't stop accepting marriage proposals, from nerdy Tommy Noonan, dreamboat kisser Cliff Robertson and zillionare Keith Andes. She imagines her future with each man in musical terms, through production numbers staged by Gower Champion. The Girl Most Likely DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1956 / Color / 1:78 enhanced widescreen / 98 min. / Street Date November 17, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Jane Powell, Cliff Robertson, Keith Andes, Kaye Ballard, Tommy Noonan, Una Merkel, Kelly Brown, Judy Nugent, Frank Cady, Joseph Kearns, Marjorie Stapp, Robert Banas. Cinematography Robert H. Planck Film Editor Doane Harrison Original Music Nelson Riddle Choreographer Gower Champion Written by Devery Freeman, Paul Jarrico (uncredited) Produced by Stanley Rubin Directed by Mitchell Leisen

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

From roughly 1925 to 1957, the powerful men in charge of the big studios controlled most aspects of production. That
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Dancing With The Stars 21 Eliminated Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel Tonight,October 19th

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Tonight's live elimination/performances show, kicked off with them revealing that it was Famous Dances Night, and that Olivia Newton-John was a guest judge. Then Hayes Grier and Emma Slater hit the stage, first, to perform a Jazz number for a 32 score out of a possible 40 score from the judges, so not a bad start. Andy Grammer and Allison Holker also danced a Jazz routine for a perfect 40 score! Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas did the Cha-Cha-Cha to Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U," and it landed them an ok 30 score. Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough performed a Rumba dance for another perfect 40 score! Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel gave us a Jazz number that got a less than stellar 24. Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson did a Rumba routine to Channing Tatum's Magic Mike "Pony" strip dance. It was quite entertaining too, because Carlos nailed it, and got a great 38 score!
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Theatre Review: Love Me Tender [UK Tour]

Love Me Tender musical review: A hip-swinging, fun-filled night out at the theatre. Love Me Tender musical review

Director: Karen Bruce

Starring: Shaun Williamson, Mica Paris, Ben Lewis, Sian Reeves, Mark Anderson, Aretha Ayeh, Chris Howell, Felix Mosse, Laura Tebbutt, Kate Tydman.

Synopsis:

Featuring a catalogue of hits including All Shook Up, Jailhouse Rock, I Can’t Help Falling In Love (With You), Don’t Be Cruel, and the musical’s title track Love Me Tender, the so-called ‘official Elvis Presley musical, embarks on a nationwide tour. This 2015 production comes to the stage from the producers of the likes of Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys and Hairspray. Love Me Tender kicked off its current tour in Manchester back in June, and runs all of the way through to the end of September, where it completes its current run in Dublin.

Love Me Tender musical review

Heading up the cast is celebrated soul queen Mica Paris,
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Dean Jones, Disney's 'The Love Bug' Actor, Passes Away at 84

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Dean Jones, Disney's 'The Love Bug' Actor, Passes Away at 84
Sad news to report today. Dean Jones, Disney icon and star of such family films as The Love Bug and That Darn Cat, has passed away at the age of 84. Star of both the stage and screen, the actor died Tuesday in Los Angeles from Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife, Lory Basham Jones, three children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Throughout his expansive career, Dean Jones maintain boyish good looks that made him an All-American favorite. He has long been associated with the Walt Disney Company, appearing in many of their live-action family movies. His tenure with the studio began with a call from Walt Disney himself, who praised his work on the 1962 TV show Ensign O'Toole. The actor played the title role on the show, after having served in the Navy. Walt Disney seemed most fascinated by the end of each episode, and Dean Jones only
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Popular Disney Actor and Broadway Performer Jones Dead at 84

Dean Jones: Actor in Disney movies. Dean Jones dead at 84: Actor in Disney movies 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Tue., Sept. 1, '15, in Los Angeles. Jones (born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama) was 84. Dean Jones movies Dean Jones began his Hollywood career in the mid-'50s, when he was featured in bit parts – at times uncredited – in a handful of films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer In 2009 interview for Christianity Today, Jones recalled playing his first scene (in These Wilder Years) with veteran James Cagney, who told him “Walk to your mark and remember your lines” – supposedly a lesson he would take to heart. At MGM, bit player Jones would also be featured in Robert Wise's
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Dean Jones, ‘The Love Bug’ Star, Dies at 84

Dean Jones, ‘The Love Bug’ Star, Dies at 84
Actor Dean Jones, best known for his acting work in such Disney films as “The Love Bug” and “That Darn Cat,” died of Parkinson’s disease Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 84.

In addition to his appearances in films like “Under the Yum-Yum Tree,” “The Shaggy D.A.,” “The Million Dollar Duck,” “Snowball Express,” “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” and “Beethoven,” Jones also had roles in five Broadway shows and appeared in numerous television series and specials. Overall, he appeared in 46 films over the course of his career.

Jones was born in Decatur, Ala., and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He attended Asbury University in Kentucky, which awarded him with an honorary degree in 2002.

The actor made his Broadway debut with “There Was A Little Girl” with Jane Fonda in 1960, and would go on to star in Broadway’s “Under the Yum-Yum Tree” that same year, before starring
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Tom Kenny interview: the voice of Spongebob Squarepants

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For nearly 20 years, Tom Kenny has voiced Spongebob Squarepants. As Sponge Out Of Water arrives on disc, he spared us some time for a chat.

If ever you want to give your head a bit of work to do after watching a family movie, give the beautifully insane Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water a watch. A big box office hit earlier this year, and now arriving on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK, it's got a plot that defies anyone to sit and explain it succinctly. So we decided to go straight to the heart of things and ask Spongebob himself, the mighty Tom Kenny. Here's how we got on...

I have a confession, and I should start with that. I broke my Spongebob duck this year. I took my kids to see Sponge Out Of Water, having no idea what to expect. I really, really liked the film,
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Interview: Filmmaker Anna Jung on ‘Women in Film Chicago’ 2015 Kick-Off

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Chicago – While the new year is still fresh, the Women in Film Chicago (Wifc) will have their Kick-Off Party on February 12, 2015. The networking event will take place at the Sarofsky Corporation in the Fulton Market District in Chicago – which is run by the 2014 Wifc Focus Award Honoree, Erin Sarofsky. Filmmaker Anna Jung is the Creative Director for the Wifc, and spoke to HollywoodChicago.com about the event.

Anna Jung is a commercial director and filmmaker who owns silentRebel, a boutique production company. She began her career in advertising, and has written and directed content for McDonald’s, Dell, Frito-Lay and Toyota. She is also a notable short filmmaker, with an award-winning 2011 documentary, “Off Into Space.”

Members of Women in Film Chicago Pose at the 2014 Focus Awards last November

Photo credit: Women in Film Chicago

Anna Jung talked to HollywoodChicago.com about the upcoming Kick-Off Party for Wifc, and her perspective on Women in Film,
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Priscilla, Lisa Marie Presley & Family Celebrate Elvis Presley's 80th Birthday in Memphis!

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Can you believe The King would have been 80-years-old today?! Elvis Presley's family celebrated the late singer's 80th birthday in Memphis on Thursday. Elvis' ex-wife Priscilla Presley, their daughter Lisa Marie Presley and Lisa's children Riley and Benjamin Keough, and her six-year-old twins Harper and Finley Lockwood attended the celebrations, all while braving freezing temperatures. The entire family celebrated "Elvis Presley Day" in Memphis at the Rock 'n' Roll legend's Graceland mansion -- where Elvis lived before his death -- and cut a cake in his honor. Graceland shared a picture of the events via Instagram as well, which shows Lisa speaking to fans during the ceremony. "Lisa: Love you all," the account captioned the candid snap. Fans were even given some cake at a diner across the street from the Graceland mansion, which has now become a tribute to the "Jailhouse Rock" singer's life and achievements. Elvis and
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Priscilla, Lisa Marie Presley Celebrate Elvis' 80th Birthday at Graceland With Elaborate, Eight-Tier Cake -- See the Pics!

Priscilla, Lisa Marie Presley Celebrate Elvis' 80th Birthday at Graceland With Elaborate, Eight-Tier Cake -- See the Pics!
Happy Birthday, Elvis! The King was celebrated by his ex-wife Priscilla Presley and their daughter Lisa Marie Presley on Thursday, Jan. 8, what would have been his 80th birthday. Priscilla, 69, and Lisa Marie, 46, along with Lisa Marie’s four children Ben and Riley Keough and 6-year-old twins Harper and Finley Lockwood, gathered at Elvis’ famed estate Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., to celebrate the late legend. The “Jailhouse Rock” singer’s ex was in good spirits as she cut into a giant eight-tier cake in honor of her ex-husband, [...]
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