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10am, 8pm, Sky Movies Premiere
Remember Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, where he forces himself to tell the truth for 24 hours? Well, here Jim Carrey forces himself to answer yes to any request, for a year. Which is upping the ante somewhat, but doesn't make it a better film. This is a return to the manic, gurning, not-very-funny Carrey, as if The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine etc hadn't happened. Just say no.
11.40am, 8pm, Sky Movies Family
What with Harry Potter, Narnia, Lemony Snicket and all, »
- Paul Howlett
Every Sunday, Film School Rejects presents a film that was made before you were born and tells you why you should like it. This week, Old Ass Movies presents: Some Like It Hot (1959) If you've been paying attention, this is two Billy Wilder films in a row for Old Ass Movies. It's also the second Wilder film in a row to feature Jack Lemmon. I had high praise for The Apartment last week, so this week I wanted to take a look at an early incarnation of that relationship. Where Billy Wilder put Lemmon in a dress. Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) are two musicians who see a mob murder and decide to go into hiding in an all-female band headed for sunny Florida. The gorgeous Sugar Kane Kowalcyk (Marilyn Monroe) is part of the troupe, which might just be two good reasons to stay in hiding. Jerry ends up playing the ultimate wing man »
- Dr. Cole Abaius
Chicago – Tony Curtis, who rolled into town to introduce his classic “Some Like it Hot” – December 5th and 6th at the Hollywood Palms in Naperville, Il – has a sharp and voracious intelligence, plus the adventurous life story to share.
In his new book, “The Making of Some Like it Hot,” Curtis relates the incredible Hollywood tale about how two big stars, he and Jack Lemmon, dressed up as women and collided with the incomparable Marilyn Monroe and director Billy Wilder to create a true American cinema masterpiece.
HollywoodChicago’s Patrick McDonald and photog Joe Arce encountered Tony Curtis in the lobby of the new Trump Hotel. While under the Christmas tree, Curtis regaled us with the account of his first ever trip to Chicago, appearing in a play at the Yiddish Theater on Ogden and Kedzie.
Known as Bernie Schwartz in those days, Curtis told us that he had to »
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Us collector puts copyright of 1950s image found in attic up for sale on eBay
A silent reel-to-reel colour film, dating probably from the late 1950s, shows a relaxed star taking a quick puff from what is alleged to have been a joint of marijuana while sitting on a couch with at least two other people.
But, as President Bill Clinton and other politicians might put it later, she did not inhale, not much anyway.
The film shows Monroe, smiling widely, with a cigarette in hand, and then seemingly self-absorbed in the contemplative pleasure of the moment, taking a drag, eyes closed, her head of trademark golden curls resting on the back of the sofa. »
- James Meikle
A home movie showing Marilyn Monroe smoking what appears to be marijuana is set to go on sale.
The never-before-seen silent film, recorded by Monroe's pal at a party in New Jersey in the late 1950s, was tracked down by collector Keya Morgan, who paid $275,000 (£172,000) for the footage.
The Some Like it Hot star is shown puffing on the joint, laughing and drinking wine.
The woman who shot the four-minute clip has asked to remain anonymous, only revealing her first name as Gretchen, but has confirmed the cigarette contained marijuana, explaining, "I got (the pot). It was mine. It was just passed around. It was not a party. It was just a get-together. You know, come over and hang out."
Morgan plans to put the film on internet auction website eBay later this week (ends06Dec09).
He says, "This is the late '50s so she is already very famous, but this is a personal side of her we've never seen before. People have never seen her in such a relaxed pose. »
Chicago – Debbie Reynolds, who began her movie star journey as a teenager during another show biz era, made her big splash in 1952’s “Singin’ in the Rain.” What followed was a long and varied career as a singer, dancer and respected film actress.
Born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, she lucked into her career by winning a beauty contest, which included a contract with Warner Brothers. Making her debut in “June Bride,” she also scored a charted hit with the song “Aba Daba Honeymoon.”
Following her big break in Singin’ in the Rain, she worked steadily for the next several decades in film, stage and Las Vegas revue. Notable films include “Tammy,” The Tender Trap,” “The Catered Affair,” “How the West was Won,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “Charlotte’s Web” and “Mother.”
Besides her long run in the movies, Reynolds is prominent as the mother of “Star Wars »
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Tony Curtis attends a book signing of "The Making of "Some Like It Hot": My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie" at Bookends in Ridgewood on November 10, 2009. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Tony Curtis attends a book signing of "The Making of "Some Like It Hot": My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie" at Bookends in Ridgewood on November 10, 2009. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Tony Curtis attends a book signing of "The Making of "Some Like It Hot": My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie" at Bookends in Ridgewood on November 10, 2009. Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / »
- James Wray
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)
The Godfather (1972)
“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” —Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.
On the Waterfront (1954)
“You don’t understand! »
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
The old joke is that all actors want to direct. Though it’s maybe not true of all, I still had plenty to choose from in making this list. The directors on this list all started life as actors, some still are, but I’d argue that they’re better known as directors. This month, two well known actresses have tried their hand at direction, Drew Barrymore with Whip It (which was a great movie, I have no idea why it did so badly) and Natalie Portman doing a segment of New York I Love You. Who knows, maybe one (or both) has a second career around the corner.
7. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Directed by John Cassavetes
- Megan Lehar
Some of the best comedies are about guys dressing up as girls. But for every "Some Like It Hot" and "Tootsie" there are a lot of dumb, unfunny drag movies like "Sorority Boys" and "Juwanna Mann." It's therefore easy to assume that any new cross-dressing comedy is going to not only be unfunny but potentially also offensively backwards in terms of gender jokes.
So what hope can I have for a "dude-in-drag romantic comedy" pitch that, according to Variety, just sold to Working Title for around $1 million after a heated bidding war? Despite the apparent popularity of the premise, my expectations are actually quite low. Even if the production company does manage to cast rising star Ryan Reynolds in the temporary transvestite role as planned.
Here's the impossible "Mrs. Doubtfire"-like plot: a man who has just been dumped by his girlfriend disguises himself as a woman and befriends his ex. »
- Christopher Campbell
Ryan Reynolds, your 11th sexiest man alive, is set to cross-dress in his next as-yet untitled comedy. The sometime-Deadpool and soon-to-be Green Lantern will be donning dress and mascara to win his ex back, in one of the more unusual dating strategies we've heard.In a plot that sounds suspiciously like Mrs Doubtfire with the children removed (or Some Like It Hot without any gangsters or millionaires), the cross-dressing will be allowing Reynolds' dude-y character to befriend the ex who dumped him and hopefully win her back (our prediction: not that easy, but Life Lessons will be learned before the happy ending).It's all being written by Allan Loeb, the 21 and Wall Street 2 screenwriter, and produced by Working Title. So now the question becomes: where will it fit on the spectrum of cross-dressing comedies? Above White Chicks, we feel sure, but how will it fare against She's The Man or Total Recall? »
Ryan Reynolds is going the drag route. The good-looking guy should feel no shame as plenty of A-list men have donned makeup and put on high heels for movie parts, like Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot. After Reynolds makes Green Lantern he'll star in an untitled comedy being written by the guy that did the script for Wall Street 2, Allan Loeb.
The story doesn't sound like anything special: Reynolds' character is a guy who's been dumped by his girlfriend and for some zany reason he thinks that disgusing himself as a member of the opposite sex will win her back. Only if she's the same size and they can share clothes, Ryan. Of course his wife Scarlett Johansson could give him tips on dressing to turn heads.
The movie pitch was bought by Working Title and was sought after by several production companies, producing a bidding war. »
- Patrick Sauriol
In today's story about a potential new role for Ryan Reynolds, Variety throws out the term "dude-in-drag romantic comedy" as if it's a genre that's well-established by now. Really, when was the last time we got one of those? In the last decade or so women have donned fake mustaches a handful of times to get the guy-- Ok, mostly Gwyneth in Shakespeare in Love and that one Amanda Bynes movie-- but the last time I can think of a guy in a dress getting the girl is Tootsie. And before that, Some Like it Hot-- and that really only worked out for Tony Curtis. But if there's any guy who can set off romantic sparks while wearing pearls, it's Reynolds, who could really do anything. Working Title tied for the comedy concept, which will be written by Allan Loeb, who wrote both Wall Street 2 and the Jennifer Aniston »
Will Where the Wild Things Are become a classic like Some Like It Hot? Is Alton Brown the most likable guy on the Food Channel? These questions will be answered in this week's Price of a Movie. Some Like It Hot at Film Forum Its been fifty years since Billy Wilder's raucous cross-dressing comedy debuted and Film Forum is celebrating with a limited screening of the flick, all dolled up in a new 35mm print. The film has been named the #1 Funniest Movie of All Time by the American Film Institute, and while we don't necessarily adhere to superlatives, we have to agree that this one is a real classic. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon's comedy is pricless, and even though they make for two rather unfortunate looking women, Marilyn Monroe has looks to spare. Where: Film Forum, 209 West Houston St. When: Closes tomorrow! Screenings at 2:00 pm, »
After playing country girls in movies such as Welcome to Sajjanpur and Vivaah, Amrita Rao glammed up and was noticed by many doing sexy item numbers in movies like Shortkut: The Con is On and Life Partner. She says she's happy to do both: "I'd still love to play characters like Poonam of Vivaah or Kamla in Welcome to Sajjanpur, but I have enjoyed doing those dance numbers so much that I think, they are fun too," she confirms, "So, I am game for both."
Meanwhile, something unusual is happening on the set of Amrita's reality TV show for Star Plus, Perfect Bride. The show, in which Amrita acts as a mentor, is intended to match a young man and a young woman - with a young man named Rajbeer currently looking the most popular of the men. But the plot appears to be thickening! "We have often noticed »
According to This Day in History Joe Dimaggio (her husband at the time) was furious and thought the scene was exploitative. Well, duh. Who did he think he was marrying? It wasn't the first time or the last that Monroe's sex appeal was the whole point of an image or a film sequence. Alas, the footage you see in the movie was a reshoot thus ruining the point of this post --shut up, I just like talking about Marilyn. Though it's considered minor Billy Wilder, Itch was popular and the director and star would gloriously reunite for the classic Some Like It Hot (1959). This first pairing won some minor awards attention and Monroe was nominated for a »
- NATHANIEL R
When people cheerfully tell me, "I have a trivia question" for you, I have a cheerful answer for them, but I rarely express it: "I'm a professional. Ask an amateur." Why in the name of Buster would I want to clutter my memory with useless facts? During long, hard years of being asked trivia questions, I have learned one thing for sure. The person asking me is in the possession of one fact, and is pretty confident I don't know it. Therefore, my admission of defeat will demonstrate their superiority.
I know something about the movies, and here is how I really should reply: "Before I even attempt to answer your question, let me ask you five questions to see if you are qualified to even take up the time of a busy, busy man such as myself. (1) What is the name of the film that codified the language of the cinema? »
- Roger Ebert
As an unprofessional historian, I find pilgrimages to be a fascinating thing. People have undertaken them for thousands of years, and the daring adventures they took in days before compasses and reliable maps impress me to no end. There's something very inexplicable about the human need to do this, but it's practically universal in our species. By now you're saying "This is Cinematical, not an archeology blog!" and you're right. So let's talk about movie pilgrimages.
Just about every film buff I know has journeyed somewhere to gaze on someplace featured in a movie. Even non film buffs I know find glory in doing it, as plenty of my friends and family members have shown me vacation photos and said "Recognize that? It's the restaurant from Forever Young!" or "Did you know Some Like It Hot was filmed at the Coronado? I think this is the rock Marilyn Monroe sat on. »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Leading up to the tragedy, Monroe suffered a number of personal problems and illness - but her passing could have been prevented if Sinatra had intervened after she collapsed at his Cal-Neva Lodge resort in Nevada days before her death.
The Hollywood icon invited Monroe to stay with him at the venue, along with actor Peter Lawford and his wife Pat.
But the holiday turned sour when the fragile-looking actress started taking vitamin shots in front of the other guests, only to later breakdown in her room.
Instead of helping out, Sinatra ordered Monroe to be removed from his estate, according to new book, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe.
A security guard for Sinatra's Cal-Neva Lodge tells author J. Randy Taraborrelli, "She opened her purse and pulled out those syringes. I was standing right there with Mr Sinatra and Pat Lawford. Marilyn was very casual about it. She was looking for something else and just pulled them out and put them on the table... Then - and I had never seen anything like this before - she put a small hole at the end of the capsule, and swallowed it. 'Gets into your bloodstream faster that way,' she said."
Valet George Jacobs adds, "Frank Sinatra didn't know what to think about any of it. He was upset, though. He loved Marilyn, yes. But for her to maybe die at Cal-Neva while he was there? That would have been terrible. So he said: 'Get her out of here and get her out of here now.' And that was it. We had to do what he said. I mean, the woman was sick. But as compassionate as Sinatra was, he had a line and she crossed it." »
U.K. broadcaster the BBC has fallen foul of Britain's media watchdog after Hollywood legend Tony Curtis swore throughout a live radio interview earlier this year.
Broadcasting rulemaker Ofcom has warned BBC Radio Ulster in Northern Ireland to clean up its act after it failed to stick to decency rules with the expletive-strewn chat with the Some Like It Hot star.
Curtis was being interviewed for the station's afternoon Talkback programme, and swore throughout the feature, which prompted two complaints from listeners.
The BBC insist Curtis apologised profusely after he realised the show was not pre-recorded.
But despite the apology - Ofcom have warned the broadcaster to fully brief its guests on what they are allowed to say before going live.
Ofcom states that the profanities used were "likely to have gone beyond the expectations of the audience for a programme of this type and at this time". »
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