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Hanky codes. Septum piercings. A knowing glance. Since we’ve been around (at least as far back as ancient Greece), queer people have learned to read between the lines to find kindred spirits out in the world — and onscreen. While straight cinephiles scratched their heads at the recent claim that Jennifer Kent’s “The Babadook” is a queer icon, Lgbt audiences were unsurprised: We have always known how to make our own fun.
Read More: The 11 Most Exciting Queer Films of 2017 So Far
Old Hollywood movies had to dance around overtly queer stories, although that didn’t stop them from scoring big with thematically queer classics “Some Like It Hot,” “Rope” and “Rebecca.” (To say nothing of any movie musical ever made). The tides of change slowly but surely progressed throughout the ’70s and 80’s, on to the New Queer Cinema boom of the ’90s. However, even after the success of “Moonlight, »
- Jude Dry
“Well, nobody’s perfect!”
—Some Like It Hot, 1959
Queer themes wrote themselves into the history of film early on—a statistical inevitability, because even in those periods when explicitly Lgbtq characters and plots were kept out of the mainstream, there were bound to be a few gay or bisexual men behind the camera. Among these were some of the canonical greats of the first half-century of movies: F.W. Murnau, Jean Cocteau, George Cukor, James Whale, et al. Of course, they were all male. When it comes to American sound film before the 1950s, notable examples of bona fide sapphic ogling are pretty much limited to the giggly, touchy, silk-nightie-hung gal pals of The Wild Party (1929), directed by Dorothy Arzner, who was about as out as a woman could be at the time while pursuing a high-profile career. As for any expression of self that might be prefixed »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Archive Collection are bringing the magic of iZombie‘s Third Season home on Blu-Ray and DVD on October 3rd, 2017. All 13 Episodes are here, along with the 2016 Comic-Con Panel and some never-before-seen deleted scenes.
The CW hit still isn’t getting the attention it deserves, and that’s becoming even more infuriating for the show’s 2 million plus weekly viewers, because it’s getting even better every season. Not only is it diving into its characters and exploring a wide variety of themes, but it turns its own characters upside-down every once in a while, and Blaine’s season three spin is just the most glaring example.
You might have hoped for a bit more in the special feature department, but at least you are getting a few treats.
- Marc Eastman
It was a serious sucker punch to all film fans when we lost Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds within a day of each other. There have been many tributes to Carrie Fisher and rightfully so. I have not seen that many for Debbie Reynolds so I would like to pay her tribute by reviewing one of her lost gems of a movie, Goodbye Charlie from 1964, based on a play by George Axelrod and directed by Vincent Minnelli.
I can recall seeing this on a network movie night in the late 60s or early 70s, I remember liking it but seeing it again after this many years I was astonished at how funny it really is, and how touching.
The setup is simple, Charlie Sorrell is a writer, sometime screen writer and notorious womanizer. At a Hollywood party on a yacht he is shot by a jealous husband (Walter Matthau in »
- Sam Moffitt
Burbank, CA (June 13, 2017) Prepare for more brainy adventures as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings iZOMBIE: The Complete Third Season to DVD on October 3, 2017. From executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, 90210, Party Down) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars, The Ex List), The CW’s hit series, that nearly two million people are tuning into weekly*, stars Rose McIver (Once Upon A Time, Masters of Sex), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (Eastenders), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), David Anders (Once Upon A Time, The Vampire Diaries), and Aly Michalka (Hellcats, Easy A). The 3-disc DVD set includes all 13 episodes from the third season, plus deleted scenes and the 2016 Comic-Con Panel.
*Source: Nielsen National TV View Live + 7 Day Ratings, excluding repeats, specials, and <5 telecasts; 15-16 Season = 9/21/15-9/18/16
To accommodate fan requests, iZOMBIE: The Complete Third Season is also available on Blu-rayTM courtesy of Warner Archive Collection. The Blu-rayTM release includes all bonus features on the DVD, »
- ComicMix Staff
Despite having three episodes yet to air at the time of this writing, I will still say with unwavering confidence that the third season of iZombie may very well be its strongest offering to date. Featuring an intricately plotted overarching narrative and compelling murder mysteries each week, this particular series has set itself apart from other DC TV shows insofar that it’s not about superheroes, but rather, seamlessly blends the horror, comedy and drama genres. In other words, it’s clever, it’s funny and may be one of the best things on TV.
This year, Liv Moore and the gang have had their hands full, to say the least. So, while lead actress Rose McIver continues to essentially play a new character with each episode (Liv’s consuming of brains allows her to take on the personality traits of murder victims, and to experience their memories), Clive has »
- Eric Joseph
So many mysteries to solve, so many brains to eat... Olivia "Liv" Moore has had a full plate (sometimes literally) in the third season of iZombie, and with the final episodes of the season airing in the coming weeks, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced an October release date and special features for the DVD release of season 3.
Press Release: Burbank, CA (June 13, 2017) Prepare for more brainy adventures as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings iZOMBIE: The Complete Third Season to DVD on October 3, 2017. From executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, 90210, Party Down) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars, The Ex List), The CW's hit series, that nearly two million people are tuning into weekly*, stars Rose McIver (Once Upon A Time, Masters of Sex), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (Eastenders), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), David Anders (Once Upon A Time, The Vampire Diaries), and Aly Michalka (Hellcats, Easy A »
- Derek Anderson
When Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home in 1962, it was ruled a probable suicide by authorities. The 36 year old star of films like “The Misfits” and “Some Like it Hot” had a history of mental illness and substance abuse, and her body was surrounded by pills. However, conspiracy theories about her death have swirled ever since — some more plausible than others. Her association with the Kennedy family got her killed Monroe’s alleged relationship with the Kennedy family factors in almost all conspiracy theories about her death. She was famously rumored to be sleeping with President John »
- Carli Velocci
“Story of my life. I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop.”
Music, mobsters and Marilyn Monroe fuel the mixed-up madness in the 1959 classic film that holds the No. 1 spot in the American Film Institute’s list of 100 funniest American movies of all time – and nearly 60 years after its original release, Some Like It Hot returns to movie screens for two days only on June 11 and 14, as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series from Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events. Each screening will also feature specially produced commentary by TCM host Tiffany Vazquez before and after the feature. Struggling musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) find themselves fleeing the Chicago mafia after witnessing the St. »
- Tom Stockman
16 May 1959: A funny film with an odd flavour of humour
Films by Billy Wilder are always efficient and often funny; but their fun has an odd flavour. Evidently he knows much about writing films and directing them – in Some Like it Hot (at the London Pavilion) he has, again, done both jobs and done them well – but he seems to be ignorant about the more fastidious susceptibilities of his audience or at least he makes a point of flouting them.
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iZombie: Some Like It Hot Mess Review The CW’s iZombie: Season 3, Episode 6: ‘Some Like It Hot Mess’ gave us some answers and an alarming revelation after Major (Robert Buckley) takes the cure. At first, we all thought that Blaine’s (David Anders) memory loss was permanent due to the side effects [...]
Continue reading: TV Review: Izombie: Season 3, Episode 6: Some Like It Hot Mess [The CW] »
- Mufsin Mahbub
It seems like iZombie has been changing the game for its characters on an almost weekly basis in Season 3, and while not every twist and turn has been entirely successful, you have to admire the show’s ambition. The creative team behind the series obviously wanted to try to do some new things this year, and it’s led to an exciting, although somewhat uneven, season so far. “Uneven” is definitely an appropriate word for tonight’s episode, “Some Like It Hot Mess,” which is an hour filled with many surprising developments for several different characters and one of the most obnoxious brains that Liv
iZombie Season 3 Episode 6 Review: “Some Like It Hot Mess” »
- Chris King
iZombie: Some Like It Hot Mess Trailer and Images The CW’s iZombie Season 3, Episode 6: ‘Some Like It Hot Mess’ TV show trailer stars Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, and David Anders. After that emotional goodbye to Major, this week’s episode moves away from [...]
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- Mufsin Mahbub
“They took the idols and smashed them, the Fairbankses, the Gilberts, the Valentinos! And who’ve we got now? Some nobodies!”
Sunset Boulevard screens Wednesday April 26th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in ‘The Loop’) as part of their new ‘Classics in the Loop’ Crime & Noir film series. The movie starts at 7pm and admission is $7. It will be on The Tivoli’s big screen.
Billy Wilder is widely considered as one of the most decorated directors of the golden black and white era with movies such as Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Double Indemnity, etc., but Sunset Boulevard may be his darkest. The movie starts with a man lying dead in a swimming pool of a huge villa located in Sunset Boulevard, a prime location in Hollywood where movie stars dwell. The viewers are then taken into flashback explaining the events that led to his death. The flashback »
- Tom Stockman
There’s no question that photographer and artist Laurie Simmons has an eye for images, and while her feature directorial debut “My Art” relies heavily on a series of homages to some of cinema’s most beloved features, the newbie narrative filmmaker really impresses in an unexpected arena. Simmons pulls triple duty on the film, writing, directing and starring in the feature, and although she knows how to compose lovely shots and her insight into the art world is keen, it’s her performance as artist Ellie that stands out in an otherwise predictable feature about growing up, no matter your age.
Mashing up mid-life crisis narratives (the film is heavy on the Nancy Meyers influence, down to the shades of “Baby Boom” and an attention to great interior design) with various recreations of classic films that run the gamut from “Some Like It Hot” to “Jules and Jim” and plenty of pictures in between, »
- Kate Erbland
The Guardian has an update on Terry Jones, the “Monty Python” member who last fall revealed he has dementia. Most of the news isn’t good, unfortunately, as Jones’ condition has worsened in the months since he went public with his diagnosis. Though still able to get around by himself physically, the once-verbose performer’s speech is now limited to just a few words at a time.
Read More: Monty Python Star Terry Jones Receives Dementia Diagnosis
Jones has frontotemporal dementia, which affects the language and social-control centers of the brain. In addition to reducing patients’ ability to speak, it may also make them appear less concerned with their loved ones. Though his speech is “now restricted to a few words, usually uttered to agree with those who are speaking to him,” Jones “remains an enthusiastic walker, likes his beer and wine, and watches old films compulsively. ‘Some Like It Hot’ is a favourite. »
- Michael Nordine
Just back from the 2017 TCM Classic Movie Festival with a few thoughts and thoughts about thoughts. I certainly held my reservations about this year’s edition, and though I ultimately ended up tiring early of flitting about from theater to theater like a mouse in a movie maze (it happens to even the most fanatically devoted of us on occasion, or so I’m told), there were, as always, several things I learned by attending Tcmff 2017 as well.
1) TCM Staffers Are Unfailingly Polite And Helpful
Thankfully I wasn’t witness, as I have been in past years, to any pass holders acting like spoiled children because they had to wait in a long queue or, heaven forbid, because they somehow didn’t get in to one of their preferred screenings. Part of what makes the Tcmff experience as pleasant as it often is can be credited to the tireless work »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Collin is at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Hollywood, CA; come inside and check it out!
It’s hardly 9 Am in Hollywood when a young man from TCM taps the microphone at the legendary Egyptian Theatre; his thick Georgia accent stands out in Los Angeles (TCM's headquarters are in Atlanta). The theatre is packed for the first showing of the morning. Everyone’s elbows are rubbing against one another and our knees are pressed against the seats in front of us - but where else can we see a 35mm print of Ginger Rogers (before she was The Ginger Rogers) in the 1933 screwball comedy Rafter Romance?
The TCM rep (whose name I forgot to write down) introduces legendary film critic Leonard Maltin, and like that The South of the United States and Southern California meet for the love of celluloid (a little later Australia’s own Alicia Malone would also introduce a film, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Collin Llewellyn)
Some fine original works are going even further out of style.
Remakes, they tell us, do no harm to the original works. The first movie will always be there for us to enjoy. I admit, I’m one of “they,” constantly defending the idea, particularly when the new version has something fresh to say while using an old framework. Fright Night recycled a horror classic and set it in the context of the housing crisis. The RoboCop redo takes on the issue of drones. But both of these performed poorly in all regards compared to their predecessors, and that was fine. Diehard fans of the originals just went on being diehard fans of the originals, no problem.
There are surely fans of the 1979 caper Going in Style but not on the same level. Despite receiving positive reviews and being a modest box office hit, the movie hadn’t had much of a legacy until Warner Bros. announced »
- Christopher Campbell
“It’s the most wonderful time/Of the year…” – Andy Williams
Well, yes and no. There is, after all, still about a week and a half to go before we can put the long national, annual nightmare of the tax season behind us. But it’s also film festival season, which for me specifically means the onset of the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival, the eighth iteration of what has become a perennial moviegoing event. More and more people flock to Hollywood Boulevard each year from all reaches of the country, and from other countries, to revel in the history of Hollywood and international filmmaking, celebrate their favorite stars (including, this year, beloved TCM host Robert Osborne, who died earlier this year and whose presence has been missed at the festival for the past two sessions) and enjoy a long-weekend-sized bout of nostalgia for the movie culture being referred to when »
- Dennis Cozzalio
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