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Some celebrities' deaths made front pages. Others were briefs on the inside pages. But all of them were noticed by fans. Stars Of Stage And Screen Luis Garcia Berlanga was a major figure in renewing Spain's film scene after the end of the Spanish Civil War. His best known works included Welcome Mr Marshall (1952). He died November 13, aged 89, in Madrid. The diminutive Gary Coleman made his name as a child star in the 1970s TV series Diff'rent Strokes with his signature phrase 'What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?'. He died of a brain haemorrhage May 28, aged 42. Tony Curtis was an American actor best known for his roles in Some Like it Hot »
It seems like only yesterday that the American Film Institute released their 100 Years...100 Movies  list. Actually though, it was over 10 years ago when we first got our look at that "definitive" list of the 100 best American movies. They then did a ten year anniversary of it in 2007 with only minor adjustments and both years Citizen Kane held the number one place as the best American movie. Of course, the problem with those lists is that they only list American films. While Hollywood might be considered the epicenter of film, the art form itself spans the globe, way beyond American borders. That's why the Toronto International Film Festival came up with their Essential 100 movies. Created by merging lists made by Toronto Film Festival supporters along with another made by their programmers, these are supposed to be the 100 essential movies every cinephile must see. And it starts off with a bang as Citizen Kane has been toppled. »
- Germain Lussier
By Adrian Smith
With only a short time to go until Christmas, some of you may still be looking for ideas for the perfect gift. Well look no further. Here is a small list of suggested goodies from our own Christmas list, and any of these will bring a smile to the face of your classic movie lover when they find them under the tree.
Psycho: 50th Anniversary Edition
It is difficult to believe that this film is now fifty years old. Seen here in a pristine transfer, it seems just as fresh, original and shocking as it must have been to those first cinema audiences in 1960. Much has been written about Psycho, not least within the pages of this magazine, so there is no need for me to sing its praises here. This is one of the best Blu-ray releases of 2010 and should be in every home. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
If having them pretend to be gay firefighters in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry wasn't enough funny for you, then you may be happy to know Adam Sandler and Kevin James are reuniting for another buddy comedy. Deadline reports the duo is likely to team-up for Valet Guys, a comedy which was just picked up by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Nick Bakay, a frequent James collaborator and the voice of Salem the cat on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" is behind the pitch for the story which follows veteran valet parking guys at a South Beach hotel who witness a murder and find themselves running for their lives. Reminds me of Some Like It Hot, but this will probably be more like Some Like It Unfunny. Of course, with big name, generically pleasing funny guys like James and Sandler aboard, the pitch went for a big pricetag. Bakay »
- Ethan Anderton
I recently had the chance to interview April Washko who is definitely an actress you need to be on the look out for. April is from Michigan, but has worked all over. She is just starting out in the business and has had roles on stage, television and in films. Not only is April experienced in front of the she she is killed behind the scenes too and has experience editing and with camera operation. Keep reading to ready my entire interview with April.
How did you get your start in acting?
I guess the first acting I did would be in elementary school. The choir class would put on little 'musicals'. I don't remember the details, but we'd do a couple acts then sing a song. Do a couple more, sing a song. Small assemblys, that type of thing.
You have done a little bit of everything which do you prefer more, »
The actress snubbed director Simon Curtis when he asked her to play the screen icon in upcoming biopic My Week With Marilyn, but after eventually accepting, she admits the role proved to be more daunting than she'd imagined.
Williams tells Britain's Daily Mail, "I knew I wouldn't be able to resist, eventually... Physically and vocally, everything about her is different from me.
"I've kind of gone to school and had teachers to help me understand Marilyn, so I could project an essence of her.
"When I first approached the part, I thought that there were three, even four parts to Marilyn. It rearranges you, it shifts your molecules, lifts you up, spins you around, puts you back down and you're not quite the same, for better or for worse."
And the blonde beauty insists her performance has brought her closer to the Some Like It Hot star, who died in 1962.
She adds, "I feel like we live together... At a certain point, something else does take over. I don't quite feel myself these days." »
Carlton Books have been in touch with us to offer our readers a wonderful prize. They have a brand new book which goes on sale today, the 16th November called Marilyn Monroe: The Personal Archives by Cindy De La Hoz and they’ve been kind enough to give us five copies to give away.
Marilyn Monroe is an icon for her beauty, charisma, elegance, talent and untimely death – this book brings her back to life with intimate items of memorabila from the legendary actress
There is no more recognized an actress of the twentieth century than Marilyn Monroe. She starred in some of the greatest films ever made and was married to two of the most famous men in the world. Even after death she has continued to be surrounded by interest and controversy. Through over 170 beautiful photographs and 20 rare and removable facsimile documents, Marilyn Monroe: The Personal »
- David Sztypuljak
Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of spending about 45-minutes on the telephone with Michelle Williams, who is not only one of America’s finest actresses — and, at 30, will probably remain one of them for decades to come — but who is also a deeply intelligent woman; a devoted single mother; and a real survivor. (She’s also not bad on the eyes!)
Williams became a star at the tender age of 17 on the hit TV show “Dawson’s Creek” (1998-2003) — I remember when it happened because I’m about the same age as her and often tuned in. She proved that she had the acting chops to match her looks in a number of early films, but especially “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), for which she received a best supporting actress Oscar nod. She attracted the interest of the tabloids when she first began dating her “Brokeback” co-star Heath Ledger, with whom she would eventually have a daughter, »
- Scott Feinberg
Is being like Marilyn Monroe what a girl wants? It certainly seems to be the case with many of today's starlets. Take Christina Aguilera. In a new campaign for her fragrance Royal Desire, the soon-to-be single gal's look definitely brings to mind the late screen icon. Of course, she's certainly not the first, nor will she be the last, to channel her inner Marilyn... Michelle Williams hopes to capture a bit of that Monroe magic through her performance as the Some Like It Hot star in the upcoming movie My Week With Marilyn. Scarlett Johansson struck a decidedly Marilyn-like pose in an ad last year for Dolce & Gabbana. And, of »
The Some Like It Hot star passed away on 29 September after suffering a cardiac arrest and more than 400 mourners turned out to pay their last respects at a private funeral in Las Vegas.
Tears were streaming down Jamie Lee's face at the end of her touching memorial speech, but she insists it didn't start that way.
Instead, the True Lies actress decided to greet grieving guests by showing off her impersonation of the acting legend - and she recreated the moment during her first TV interview since Curtis' death - on U.S. chat show The Talk - on Friday.
She said, "I was asked to speak at the last minute and so I said, 'Hello you beautiful people, you got dressed, how nice, it's a privilege for me to see you.'
"He really was an invention, if you will. This was a guy who was in the navy. He was... a guy from the streets of New York and he became this other thing. He changed his name and he changed his whole life, and the invention of Tony Curtis was his life."
Jamie Lee endured a difficult relationship with her late father following his bitter divorce from her actress mother Janet Leigh when she was a child, and she admits they never shared the traditional father/daughter bond.
But she learned to love him as the Hollywood icon he had become, and confesses her admiration for Curtis stemmed mainly from her love of his work.
Jamie Lee explained, "Children are complicated and messy, and he was not a father; he was not interested in being a father - and this is not a slam against him - ...he did what he had to do from a financial standpoint, which was honourable of him to do, but he wasn't an involved father. Therefore, I look at him much more from the perspective of being a fan of him. I was more of a fan of his work, of his spirit, of his joie de vivre (joy of living)... My mother was never a diva, my father was bigger than life, who lived in Vegas!
"(There was) no (bond), not at all. Except for the fact that I inherited genetically a part of him. As I said at his funeral, I inherited his desperate need for attention... But I'm working through that!" »
From animated flicks to epic dramas, Zagat Survey has released The World's Best Movies! 20,773 moviegoers voted and they collectively watched 2.4 million films this year. Wow!
Did your favorite films resonate with the survey participants?
Take a look at the article below taken from Zagat.com:
Make Him an Offer He Can't Refuse: Each film in the guide has been rated on Zagat's signature 30-point scale in four categories: Overall Quality, Acting, Story and Production Values, followed by an editorial review complete with surveyor comments in quotation marks. In addition, the guide boasts over 60 top lists and indexes ranging from genre and year of release to Oscar winners.
"This new Survey puts the ratings and reviews of over 20,000 avid moviegoers at your fingertips so that no matter what your age, sex or preference, there's an easy way to find the perfect film for every occasion," said Tim Zagat, CEO and Co-Founder of Zagat Survey. »
Wot, no Happiness?! And where's Preston Sturges? Have your say on our critics' list of the 25 greatest comedy films of all time
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Preston Sturges's Sullivan's Travels spun the tale a successful comedy director who wants to make big, serious pictures about the issues that matter. With this in mind, he sets out to "know trouble" first-hand, venturing off on a Depression-era odyssey that takes him from hobo to criminal. Alongside his fellow convicts, our hero is finally ushered into a prison screening of the Playful Pluto cartoon and belatedly understands why comedy matters, and why there are few professions more worthwhile than making people laugh.
This is an argument that was picked up by Woody Allen in Hannah and Her Sisters (in which our hero is saved from an existential crisis after visiting a Marx brothers movie) and again by Peter Bradshaw in his »
- Xan Brooks
She says, "I don't have a plan yet on how to do it. It's going to be a huge undertaking because everyone obviously has their own idea about who she was.
"It's a high-pressure thing to take on because of how iconic she was. I don't know how I'll go about it." »
• Datablog: download the entire greatest films of all time list
Notionally, one of the most loved of genres, comedy persistently finds that it is somehow ineligible for greatness. Comedies rarely get Oscars. Charlie Chaplin, the great comic, was one of cinema's first international superstars. Keaton, the Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy produced sublime gems of film-making, arguably cherished more now than at the time. Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot is one of the most loved films of all time, with a miraculously light touch and a glorious romantic chemistry between Curtis, Lemmon and Monroe. In Hollywood, the screwball tradition came to be supplanted in public taste by Woody Allen, whose DNA can be traced through the cerebral creations of Charlie Kaufman.
- Peter Bradshaw
Billy Wilder, 1959
Though it takes place in the Roaring Twenties, Some Like it Hot can be thought of as the first great American comedy of the swinging 60s. It was so advanced for its time in its sexual mores that it won the double-standard for offensive Hollywood cultural product: it was released without the Motion Picture Association of America's seal of approval, and very much with a C (condemned) rating from the Catholic Church's Legion of Decency.
Luckily for director Billy Wilder, who'd made a career of cocking snooks at the censors and the bluenoses, audiences were beginning now to care less and less for the restrictions peddled by the MPAA and the legion. Wilder was one of the directors (along with Otto Preminger) who helped Hollywood cinema finally grow up. For this we thank him.
- John Patterson
Billy Wilder, 1960
Fresh off Some Like It Hot, the director, Billy Wilder, his co-writer, Ial Diamond, and their star, Jack Lemmon, bowled straight into making The Apartment. Two perfect comedies in a row: how's that for a double whammy? The germ of the idea for The Apartment had actually sat in Wilder's notebook for many years, ever since he watched Brief Encounter and scribbled down the words "Movie about the guy who climbs into the warm bed left by two lovers."
Cc "Bud" Baxter (Lemmon) is the poor sap in question. He's rising fast at work, one promotion after another, but the secret of his success is that he loans out his apartment to the company executives for their trysts, one 45-minute slot at a time. It's a sleazy little set-up, and Wilder keeps the movie galloping along so briskly that we can overlook the unpleasantness at first. But then »
- Ryan Gilbey
Just weeks after the movie legend's death, John Cohan has come forward with news Curtis' actress daughter Jamie Lee Curtis has a kid sister she's never met.
Cohan tells U.S. tabloid the Globe his pal's secret daughter, who is now in her 40s, is the product of the actor's fling with a wannabe actress in the late 1950s.
The pal tells the publication that Curtis died regretting the fact that he never got to know his lovechild.
He says, "I believe Tony was guilt-ridden that he never got to know this daughter and shunned her mother."
Cohan, a psychic, learned all about Curtis' secret in a phone chat this summer.
He recalls, "Tony got to talking about the past and said, 'I want to tell you something I've never mentioned before. I have a daughter that few people know about."
The actor never named the woman but told Cohan she was "a beautiful blonde with green eyes".
He adds, "As far as I know, the relationship lasted less than a year."
Cohan feels sure Curtis opened up about his secret daughter - because he knew he was dying: "He was re-evaluating his life. He was very concerned that he didn't publicly acknowledge his daughter."
The psychic tells the Globe that Curtis did tell his son Nick about his secret half-sister before he died of a heroin overdose in 1994, adding that the two briefly met.
Cohan explains, "Tony confided that he told his son Nick about his half-sister and that Nick went to see her once, but she was very hostile towards him." »
But Dimaggio's lawyer Morris Engelberg, who became the executor of the New York Yankee's estate when he died in 1999, refuses to authorise its use, insisting his client would not have approved.
In a letter to Yale University Press officials, he writes, "We will not authorise any photo of Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe... to be on the jacket of any book. This was a 'no-no' in Mr. Dimaggio's lifetime. We have respected Mr. Dimaggio's wishes that there be no commercial or other venture depicting (Dimaggio and Monroe)."
Engelberg has also warned that he will pursue "all legal remedies available" if publishers print the image, according to the New York Daily News.
Dimaggio married the blonde bombshell in 1954 but their romance was short-lived - they divorced after less than a year. »
We asked you to tell us what to write. Today, we present the beginnings of a kids' films library, with the 50 best family films by our critics, plus Michael Hann's own top choices
Gallery: our choice of the top 50 kids films
Why isn't there a recommended library of films for children, was the question @AdvancedDriver posed when we asked you to suggest the articles you wanted to read. "The recommendations should be thought-provoking and/or entertaining," @AdvancedDriver requested, though experience of sitting my pair in front of a movie suggests that if it's not entertaining, then no thoughts will be provoked. Now, this is a subject on which we're going to need your help, so while I'll start the ball rolling with some films that have worked in my home, please let me know the films that have captivated your kids. Surprising and unusual nominations will be especially welcomed, and »
- Michael Hann
Filed under: Cinematical
Last week, Hollywood lost one of its last Golden Age stars, Tony Curtis, at the age of 85. Like many non-wasp actors of his time, the Bronx-born actor changed his name, from Bernard Schwartz to the Anglo-sounding Tony Curtis. Curtis' career, which spanned an astounding six decades and 130 film and television credits, peaked long before most readers of this article were born, but the Oscar-nominated actor still managed to leave a brief, if no less compelling, series of performances, both in light, comic roles ( 'Operation Petticoat,' 'Some Like It Hot') and hard-hitting dramatic films ('Sweet Smell of Success,' 'The Boston Strangler').
Like other GIs returning home from World War II, Curtis took advantage of the government's generous GI program, and studied acting before heading off to Hollywood. His first role, a walk-on in 'Criss-Cross,' a crime-noir starring Burt Lancaster, »
- Mel Valentin
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