12 items from 2011
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
Minnelli's 1951 classic is being rereleased in a new print and given an extended run at the BFI Southbank (or the National Film Theatre as I persist in calling it) in a two-part season of MGM musicals. Warner Brothers and Rko made the best musicals of the 1930s, before Arthur Freed's unit at MGM took the lead in the 1940s, principally with movies by Minnelli, Stanley Donen and Charles Walters. This isn't my favourite MGM musical or my favourite Kelly picture (Singin' in the Rain heads both those categories), nor is it my favourite Minnelli film (a tie between Meet Me in St Louis, The Band Wagon and The Bad and the Beautiful). There's something distasteful about the ogling of the gamine Caron by much older men, not just here but later in Lili and Gigi, and I recall Shirley Temple's story of Arthur Freed exposing himself to her »
- Philip French
To tie in with the essential Complete Vincente Minnelli series running all this month at Bam, I started looking at Minnelli posters with the hope of finding something interesting. Surely the most stylish of Hollywood auteurs would have bounteous posters to match his visual élan and dazzling color palette. However, with the exception of the iconic Gigi poster, an oddity like The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, or the two striking 1970 designs for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, most of his posters are fairly conventional illustrations on the order of The Pirate.
One poster that caught my eye though was this alternative poster for Designing Woman (1957) (the better known version is this). A photographed 3-dimensional montage made out of cut up paper, cloth and other objects, the collage is the work of Romanian emigré Jacques Kapralik (1906-1960). A talented caricaturist who drew cartoons for newspapers in Bucharest while still a teenager, »
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The soap returns to Dallas in this wicked new drama that shows that you can go home again... but only if you're ready to face the sins of your past. Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), once the ultimate high school "mean girl," is forced to return home in disgrace after her marriage ends in scandal. Amanda is nothing like the girl she was 20 years ago, but as her old classmates reacquaint themselves with the new Amanda, will her home town welcome her with open arms or seek revenge? No one in this town is a saint, but that doesn't mean they can't have a heart. As Amanda and her teenage kids try to adjust to their new lives, »
ABC has a slew of new shows coming, many of which need a lot of luck if they're going to last more than a handful of episodes. The schedule has been released, so let's take a lot at what's coming.
Oddly enough, as part of the new announcement, ABC has solidified the return of several more shows, including Happy Endings, despite the fact that two other networks have shows on their slate with cast members from the show. That should be interesting. Of course, it works for me, because I'm a fan.
In other news, Desperate Housewives will not die. Are you kidding me with this show still being on?
New Series - “Apartment 23,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Good Christian Belles,” “Last Man Standing,” “Man Up,” “Missing,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Pan Am,” “Revenge,” “The River,” “Scandal,” “Suburgatory” and “Work It” Join the Lineup
Returning shows - “America’s Funniest Home Videos, »
- Marc Eastman
New series for the 2011-12 season are Apartment 23, Charlie's Angels, Good Christian Belles, Last Man Standing, Man Up, Missing, Once Upon a Time, Pan Am, Revenge, The River, Scandal, Suburgatory and Work It.
America's Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Body of Proof, Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Happy Endings, Secret Millionaire, Shark Tank and 20/20 join previously announced returning series Castle, Cougar Town, Grey's Anatomy, The Middle, Modern Family and Private Practice, Saturday Night College Football also returns.
"We're thrilled to be launching a really diverse and ambitious schedule that balances the strength and stability of our returning hits with a slew of bold new shows," said Lee.
For the 2010-11 TV season, ABC Television Network claims five of the Top 20 highest-rated TV series in Adults 18-49 with Dancing with the Stars, Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy, Dancing with the Stars the Results Show and Desperate Housewives, »
ABC hopes 13 is its lucky number. The network has picked up a baker’s dozen new shows to populate its fall and midseason schedule, which includes opening a new comedy block.
Mondays will stay the same with Dancing With the Stars and Castle. Tuesdays will open with a comedy hour that includes Tim Allen’s new sitcom, Last Man Standing, paired with another new comedy, Man Up. Wednesdays adds new comedy Suburgatory, plus soap thriller, Revenge, at 10 p.m., with Cougar Town shifting to midseason and Happy Endings getting the Modern Family lead-in. Charlie’s Angels will go into Thursdays at 8 p. »
- James Hibberd
Who doesn’t love a good musical – or at the very least seen one? Whether voluntarily in a movie theater, or just channel surfing late at night, if the characters in the movie are breaking out into song every ten minutes, you know you’re in for one of the best loved film genres – the movie musical!
In conjunction with the Academy’s April 27 premiere of a new digital restoration of “Bye Bye Birdie,” a four-part online series - The Making of Great Movie Musicals – will explore the progression of movie musicals from the early talkies through the Golden Age and into the modern era. The guided tour examines the films and creative artists who gave generations of film lovers countless magical musical movie moments.
In Part One, “Putting the Music in the Musicals,” take a trip behind the cameras to meet some of the talents responsible for the most memorable movie musicals. »
- Michelle McCue
Feb 18, 2011
Traditionally, the film musical is said to have reached its pinnacle in the 1950s at MGM studios. The creative personnel at MGM responsible for this perfection were Arthur Freed, Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. The "golden era" began with On the Town (1949) and ended with Gigi (1958); between were An American in Paris, Singin' in the Rain, The Bandwagon, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, It's Always Fair Weather, and Funny Face. With the exception of On the Town, all were originally conceived for the screen. They were, in a sense, the ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »
This week I took my missus to see a re-run of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) as a Valentine’s treat. As far as romance films go it’s thoroughly engaging and exquisitely shot. Beautiful cinematography blends with exceptional casting and the whole film stands as a piece of sentimentality that even blokes can stomach. It’s hard to believe then, that it was overlooked in the Best Picture Academy Award nominations back in 1962. Surely the stunning combination of all the cinematic elements was noteworthy enough to garner at least a nomination, right? Well, apparently not in this case…
This isn’t the only time that the Academy has made a mistake either… Below are ten films that were nominated, but lost out on winning the gong. Read on to discover the ten films that I believe should have won on their respective Oscar Night!
10. The Aviator (2004)
Films that were directed »
- Stuart Cummins
Serious Film's Michael C. here to shine a light on an overlooked story from the Oscar nominations.
With all the attention paid to Tangled focusing on its somewhat surprising exclusion from the Best Animated Film lineup I think most people missed the more interesting story. If Alan Menken wins the Oscar for best song for Tangled’s "I See the Light" - and he has as good a chance as any of winning - he will have won an incredible ninth Oscar. Already the most awarded living person a ninth trophy would surpass famed costume designer Edith Head tying him with composer Alfred Newman (All About Eve) for the most awarded individual Oscar winner in history.
- Michael C.
It used to be said that you can't be too rich or too thin. We now no longer believe this. Bankers and hedge fund managers are too rich; and now the celebrity magazines and tabloids lead the choruses of "Look how skinny's she's got!" The nicer way of saying the same thing, and making it a compliment, is to call the person elegant.
Audrey Hepburn came to be synonymous with this form of elegance. Even in her early films, her height, her skinniness and her wistfulness combined to get her noticed. In the unhelpful role of Chiquita in The Lavender Hill Mob, she attracts the attention both of Alec Guinness and of the camera: a woman visually striking and possessed of a certain quality of unhappiness. »
- Alex Cox
12 items from 2011
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