9 items from 2016
The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »
- Jim Batts
We started the month off wishing Olivia de Havilland a happy centennial. She's now our oldest living Oscar winner! Then we completed our our "halfway mark" year in review which is like a warm up for the Film Bitch Awards at years end. We'll close the month tomorrow with the Supporting Actress Smackdown of 1977. Otherwise July has been the usual array of randomness. We like a good variety at The Film Experience as long as that variety includes lots of actressing and films from multiple genres and eras.
But about this era for a moment: the summer blockbusters have been a little rough this summer but find a smaller release to see this weekend: Miss Sharon Jones opened yesterday; do Not miss Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic which added over 400 theaters yesterday (it's now probably somewhere near you) and lives up to its title; and you might also want an opinion on the new Woody, »
- NATHANIEL R
Chris here. It's been so long since we first heard about Tilda Swinton's plans to remake Auntie Mame that we'd assumed the project had died. But, as it turns out, Annie Mumolo and Tilda Swinton are giving us a banquet because we poor suckers are starving to death.
While being interviewed by Vanity Fair, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Annie Mumolo let slip that she's working on the screenplay for Auntie Mame, with Tilda Swinton taking over Rosalind Russell's fur coat. No, it won't be a musical version, because Tilda Swinton in a musical would be too much for our tender hearts.
This would be a huge star vehicle for the actress, putting her at the forefront of a big cast rather than her usual spot on the periphery of comedic ensembles. One thing Swinton doesn't get enough credit for is her incredible chemistry with a wide range of different kinds of performers, »
- Chris Feil
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Annie Mumolo, co-writer of Bridesmaids and Bad Moms star, reveals that she’s working on an adaptation of Patrick Dennis’ 1955 novel Auntie Mame for the very Auntie Mame-ish Tilda Swinton.
The book chronicles the comic adventures of a young boy living with his eccentric (read: free-thinking and independent) aunt after his father dies. In 1958, Warner Brothers released a film adaptation that starred Rosalind Russell as the titular heroine. Russell was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for her performance. The film went on to become the highest-grossing U.S. film the following year because viewers found no end to the hilarity of a woman making her own decisions every day.
- Matt Wayt
The original is based on Patrick Dennis' 1955 novel about an orphaned boy who is placed in the care of his flamboyant, exuberant aunt who hosts frequent parties with eclectic bohemian guests. Speaking with Vanity Fair, Mumolo says:
"She [Swinton] asked me, 'Have you read Auntie Mame?'. I said, 'No, I haven't read the book but I've seen the other version of it made into a film version in the 50s.' She said, 'Would you take a look at it? I want to see if you are interested in writing a modern-day adaptation.' I said yes, because you say yes to Tilda Swinton when she asks if you want to do something.
I read the book and it was one »
- Garth Franklin
In the category of Things We Forgot Were Happening Because They’ve Been Developing Forever, Tilda Swinton has been attached to a remake of Rosalind Russell‘s 1958, Oscar nominated “Auntie Mame” for years. There’s really not been much news as such, but it looks like at the very least the project has a screenwriter. This week “Bad Moms” […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Today in movie related history...
1907 Cracking Rosalind Russell is born. Stars in many classics including: His Girl Friday, Gypsy, and Auntie Mame and is nominated for 4 Best Actress Oscars. The only actresses that share her fate of 4 Best Actress nominations w/out a win: Greta Garbo, Marsha Mason, and Barbara Stanwyck. Of the four only Marsha Mason didn't receive an Honorary later on.
1913 Suffragette Emily Davison runs onto the track at the Epson Derby and is trampled by King George V's horse. It's a huge turning point in the court of public opinion and the suffragette movement. It was reenacted in last year's Suffragette.
- NATHANIEL R
An Evanston, Illinois, production of the classic musical “Mame” is seeking young male talent to audition for young Patrick Dennis, who’s left in the care of his eccentric Auntie Mame after his father’s death. The ideal candidate will be aged 9–14, sing as a soprano, and be a “bright, curious, precocious, adorable young boy.” The musical, perhaps known best for Lucille Ball’s film interpretation of the title role, is set in New York City during the Great Depression and World War II. Mame Dennis is a bohemian who lives by the motto, “Life is a banquet and most poor sons of bitches are starving to death.” Her life of luxury is taken for a spin with the arrival of her nephew, and together, they navigate the Depression in the big city in a series of songs and adventures. Casting director Kyle Dougan of Light Opera Works is holding »
Last month, movie ticketing site Fandango and fashion magazine InStyle announced their plan to pose one of the former company’s favorite questions--what is your favorite movie?--to the latter company’s network of fashion industry notables. Now, the first five episodes born from that collaboration have arrived, with the featured fashionistas discussing a diverse array of stylish films.
In choosing their favorite films, the InStyle-approved fashion industry professionals tended to focus on specific decades that resonate with them. Stylist Micaela Erlanger shares her love for the bright, colorful, 90s wardrobe of Clueless, while Olivia Palermo prefers the glamorous accessories of the 1958 film Auntie Mame.
The episode that is most likely to resonate with a large number of viewers is Isaac Mizrahi’s love letter to Rosemary’s Baby; the legendary designer holds up the classic horror film as an iconic demonstration of 60s fashion. “I look at it as »
- Sam Gutelle
9 items from 2016
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