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“Movie House of Worship” is a regular feature spotlighting our favorite movie theaters around the world, those that are like temples of cinema catering to the most religious-like film geeks. This week, guest submitter Ethan Schaeffer shares one of his favorite theaters. His comments are those quoted. If you’d like to suggest or submit a place you regularly worship at the altar of cinema, please email our weekend editor. Name: Alex Theatre Location: 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA Opened: September 4, 1925, as a vaudeville and movie house called the Alexander. Reopened on December 31, 1993, as the Alex Theatre Performing Arts & Entertainment Center. No. of screens: 1 Current first-run titles: none Repertory programming: The Alex Theatre doesn’t play movies too often anymore, but when they do it’s usually repertory events. The last screening on the calendar appears to have been an annual Three Stooges showcase presented by the theater’s Alex Film Society (reportedly regularly attended by relatives »
- Christopher Campbell
As the Academy celebrates 85 years of great films at the Oscars on February 24th, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to take movie fans on the ultimate studio tour with the 2013 edition of 31 Days Of Oscar®. Under the theme Oscar by Studio, the network will present a slate of more than 350 movies grouped according to the studios that produced or released them. And as always, every film presented during 31 Days Of Oscar is an Academy Award® nominee or winner, making this annual event one of the most anticipated on any movie lover’s calendar.
As part of the network’s month-long celebration, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has graciously provided the original Academy Awards® radio broadcasts from 1930-1952. Specially chosen clips from the radio archives will be featured throughout TCM’s 31 Days Of Oscar website.
Hollywood was built upon the studio system, which saw nearly ever aspect »
- Michelle McCue
Complaints over this year's nods were largely lost on me. The Globes have maintained their reputation for shunning snobbery
I've never understood the bad rap of the Golden Globes. So they're boozy, easily corrupted and star-struck. So are half my friends. "The Golden Globes are not taken seriously as artistic milestones and have a history of voting idiosyncrasies," sniffed the New York Times last year. "The group tends to nominate based on star wattage instead of performance, in an effort to orchestrate a red-carpet spectacle."
I would argue that this very lack of high-mindedness is what gives the Globes' taste profile such an uncanny resemblance to that of a sentient adult human. They gave best picture to The Social Network not The King's Speech, to Brokeback Mountain not Crash and to Et not Gandhi.
They rewarded Tom Hanks for Big (1988), rather than waiting for him to catch Aids. They gave »
- Tom Shone
Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is a network weatherman, sent to the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover Groundhog Day, when a local groundhog emerges from hibernation to predict whether there will be six more weeks of winter. Caught out by a blizzard he had predicted would miss the town, Phil is forced to spend the night but then awakens to find that it is Groundhog Day again. And then again. And again. And again.
There is not an awful lot that is terribly new to say about Groundhog Day, but I will do my best. It feels like a Christmas film because of all of the snow, its channelling of an “It’s a Wonderful Life” vibe and Phil’s Scrooge-like arc, but it is set in early February. Its title has become shorthand for any surreal experience where you feel like you are repeating the same experience and »
- Dave Roper
Everything Old Foreign is New Again
To the entertainment writers and movie critics who have grown cynical in the face of the seemingly endless stream of sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots hitting theaters these days, the recent news that Charlize Theron will be starring in an English-language remake of Park Chan-wook’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is just another sign that Hollywood is fresh out of ideas. However, according to the writer of the adaptation, William Monahan — who took the already exceptionally good Chinese crime thriller Infernal Affairs and turned it into a script worthy of Martin Scorsese and the Academy called The Departed — that couldn't be further from the truth:
[Screenwriting is] the only popular literary form we’ve got left. Adaptation is a very traditional and honorable endeavor in writing for dramatic performance, and if people don’t know that it leads to a hell of a lot of originality »
- BrentJS Sprecher
"I feel that I am very fortunate to have a lady friend that just happens to have an adam's apple."
Like so many other facets of Western culture that can trace their origins back to Ancient Greece — democracy, medicine, poetry, philosphy, among others — modern cinema owes a great deal to the Greeks and their festivals held in “theatrons” in honor of the god Dionysus. In those days, women were not allowed to participate in public life so any female roles were played by men.
Women have come a long way (baby) since then, but the tradition of men dressing like women made the leap from the stage to the screen when Charlie Chaplin played "Wife" in the 1914 short A Busy Day and the trend continues today, with entire franchises built around men in drag. Some men in drag movies are just that, a drag, but others have surprised, entertained, and enthralled us, »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Paramount Home Media Distribution is releasing Hot in Cleveland: Season Three on DVD November 27, just before Season 4 of Hot in Cleveland kicks off on TVLand November 28. This boxed set contains all 23 episodes of the latest season, starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Betty White, along with a number of notable guest stars. If this TV DVD set is on your holiday shopping list, and you're exhausted from all the Black Friday madness, fret not, because we're giving away copies to our readers. Take a look at how you can win.
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Amazon.com is continuing their Black Friday 2012 practice of refreshing their Gold Box Deal of the Day in the middle of the day today, and today's refresh retires one great Blu-ray deal to replace it with another.
From now through presumably the next few hours, Amazon is selling Forever Marilyn on Blu-ray for $26.99. That works out to 73 percent off its $99.98 list price, a pretty hefty reduction for such a stacked set.
Included in Forever Marilyn on Blu-ray are seven Marilyn Monroe films, all of which I'm sure you will recognize the name: The Misfits, Some Like It Hot, There's No Business Like Show Business, River of No Return, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How To Marry A Millionaire and The Seven Year Itch. At $27 total, you are paying only $3.86 per film, a killer deal.
Click here to purchase Forever Marilyn on Blu-ray for $26.99 at Amazon.com, while supplies last or until the deal ends. »
If you've been waiting to buy the awesome new Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection Blu-ray box set, today's the day you're going to pull the trigger. That's because today's Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day has the set on sale for the lowest price yet: $99.99 (which is 67% off!). The cheapest I've seen the set before today is $149.99. The collection includes all 22 James Bond feature films from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace and more than 130 hours of bonus features including never-before-seen content from the Bond archives, and more. Click here to buy it. In addition, if you missed all the other deals on Amazon today, here's the full list. Includes $3.99 Blu-rays, TV box sets, and a ton of movies. Update: Amazon has sold out of the box set! I've never seen anything sell out that fast. To make up for it, Amazon is now offering The Forever Marilyn Blu-ray Collection for $26.99 for 73% off. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The organisers of the Academy Awards are po-faced about comedy, so a dose of screwball humanism is just what they need
"Imagine there's no heaven," sang John Lennon. "It's easy if you try."
Imagine a world with no Marx Brothers films, no Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire. A world in which Cary Grant was never born and Preston Sturges is just a rumor. Dutifully, the populace trudge beneath skies the color of porridge towards box-like movie theatres, where they consume their weekly dollop of gloom, as served up in with movies like A Life of Emile Zola, Marty and Crash.
In this alternative universe, movie-going is a bit like going to the dentist, only without the laughing gas. Films that stand any chance of raising a smile have been expunged from the records, although you will occasionally hear talk among those old enough to remember of something called Some Like It Hot, »
- Tom Shone
4,443 applications from 137 countries, including first-time applicants from French Guiana and Saint Lucia, were received for the 11th edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus under the motto ‘Some Like It Hot – Filmmakers as Entertainers’. 300 of these international filmmakers will be selected and invited to the Campus, held in Berlin at Hebbel am Ufer from February 9 to 14, 2013. In addition, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, selected Talent Campus filmmakers have the opportunity to present their ideas Read More »
Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh, Hitchcock's Psycho star, in a bio pic about the master of suspense and his relationship with his wife Alma Reville during the making of Psycho. In this clip from Hitchcock. Hitchcock portrayed by a plumped up Anthony Hopkins hits on Mrs. Leigh in front of Mrs. Hitchock (Helen Mirren).
Scarlet Johansson's turn as the classic Hollywood beauty was a departure for the 28-year-old actress. Known for playing over-sexed and/or tough female roles, The Avengers actress plays it demure and morally uncorrupted as Janet Leigh who was married at the time to Some Like It Hot actor Tony Curtis (with whom she had Jamie Lee Curtis). In this clip, Scarlet as Janet Leigh meets her director for the first time over dinner with his wife in-tow. Hitchcock can't help but be attracted to the blonde bombshell, and makes
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Betty Schaefer: “I'd always heard you had some talent.” Joe Gillis: “That was last year. This year I'm trying to earn a living.” Man, you gotta love the wit and bite of Billy Wilder. It's hard to pick a best film from the great Austrian-born American filmmaker who made an indelible mark on Hollywood in the '40s, '50s and '60s, making major contributions to American cinema with "Some Like It Hot," "Stalag 13," “The Apartment,” the rediscovered acidic gem "Ace In The Hole," “Double Indemnity” and “The Lost Weekend,” to name just a few (you can dive into our full-blown retrospective to get our take on all his work). But if you had to choose one picture to represent the greatness of Wilder you might be forced to acknowledge the sheer brilliance of perhaps his best known film, "Sunset Boulevard,” his last collaboration with his screenwriting »
- Rodrigo Perez
Chicago – With her chin pointed high, eyes bulging, teeth gleaming and hands contorting as if performing a Transylvanian spell, screen actress Norma Desmond insists that she’s ready for her close-up. She descends her staircase and becomes fully engulfed in the gray haze of her delusions in one of the greatest and most unforgettable final scenes in cinema history.
This moment, like so many in Billy Wilder’s 1950 masterpiece, “Sunset Boulevard,” achieves a miraculous balancing act. It is darkly funny, deeply sad and richly unsettling. The same could be said of Gloria Swanson’s Oscar-nominated performance as Desmond, the aging icon of the silent era who dwells in a mansion fit for Miss Havisham and is doted upon by a solemn enabler named Max (Erich von Stroheim), who has dedicated his life to protecting his beloved diva from the world that has forgotten her. Not only did von Stroheim direct »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
This article is part of our 30 day 007 marathon. You can find all the entries by clicking here.
Fifty years ago this month, Marilyn Monroe passed away from a suspected accidental drug overdose (although conspiracy geeks love to contemplate more nefarious scenarios). The commemoratives are already showing up on magazine and newspaper entertainment pages, cable channels have announced their Marilyn film fests and documentary tributes. There’s little of worth I can add either in academic consideration or aesthetic appreciation to all the testimonials as well as the previous fifty years of ruminating in print and on film re: the lasting appeal of La Monroe. I can only wonder, with a sort of melancholy amazement, over the fact we’re still talking about her all these years later.
That persistent hold she has on popular culture is a fascinating study in itself. Her career had already been faltering when she died, »
- Bill Mesce
In development since 2007 and nurtured for at least 20 years by curator Deborah Nadoolman Landis since her days as president of the Costume Designers’ Guild (Cdg), the exhibition ‘Hollywood Costume’ finally opens at the V&A museum. This is the costume exhibition to end all costume exhibitions; everything from Judy Garland’s gingham pinafore and ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, to Keira Knightley’s burgundy silk gown from Anna Karenina, to Robert De Niro’s ‘King Kong Company’ jacket, check shirt, jeans and even boots from Taxi Driver. Hollywood Costume is a rush; an awe-inspiring journey through the meaning and history of contemporary, period and mo-cap costume design utilising projections, interviews, lectures from A-list actors, installations and even a specially commissioned score.
So what to expect when you finally beat the queues and stroll in the front doors? We shall not give too much away because surprise is part of the enjoyment, »
- Chris Laverty
For years, so called film critics have drawn up lists of films that they consider to be “The Greatest Of All Time”. There’s been “Greatest Film Quotes”, “Greatest Film Deaths”, and just the age old “Greatest Film”. As with any film though, any opinion is purely subjective; what one person considers to be a marvelous film, to someone else, they think it was dreadful. That’s why “Greatest of All Time..” lists often draw the ire of the general public and get them talking among themselves about what really was the Greatest so and so, and I thought, well that’s a pretty good idea!
So without further ado, I bring to you my Top Ten Greatest Movie Endings Of All Time. Enjoy.
10. Some Like it Hot
This Screwball Comedy Film is capped off by the final scene of Jerry and Osgood in a boat. Jerry, disguised as a woman to evade gangsters, »
- Joseph Dempsey
From Dorothy's shoes to Christian Bale's batsuit, costume is a crucial, although often unnoticed, part of film. Bee Wilson takes a tour of Hollywood's wardrobe department at the V&A's starry new exhibition
Carole Lombard "was just a tootsie when she came to Paramount," a movie insider once remarked. What transformed Lombard into a 1930s screwball goddess, the most highly paid in Hollywood in her day, were her gorgeous costumes, flowing, ornate and bias-cut. Designer Travis Banton "saw things in her even she didn't know she had". It was said of Banton that he could take a girl to lunch and instantly see what qualities he needed to accentuate. In Lombard's case, he weighted the gowns to drag backwards, giving her the elongated stature of a star. One of Lombard's most dazzling Banton dresses can be seen in the forthcoming Hollywood Costume show at the V&A. It is »
- Bee Wilson
Hollywood Costume, the V&A's major autumn exhibition, will doubtless draw huge crowds with the sheer glamour of its content. The daringly filmy chiffon dress in which Marilyn Monroe played Sugar Kane Kowalczyk in Some Like it Hot shimmies close to Holly Golightly's original Givenchy "little black dress" from Breakfast at Tiffany's.
But sex appeal and beautiful women are just there to swell the box office. This is not an exhibition for visitors who come to coo over sequins, but one with a powerful and subtle message about the importance of costume in storytelling. It is a show about film, »
- Jess Cartner-Morley
After graduating from French film school, the native of Arkadie, Greece decided to stay in France upon being offered a job; since then he has produced 26 movies starting with his 1965 feature debut called Compartiment Tueurs (The Sleeping Car Murders). “It is not always easy particularly with the subjects I choose,” states Costa-Gavras while at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting Le Capital (Capital) which revolves around Marc Tourneuil (Gad Elmaleh), the newly appointed head of a French financial institution who attempts to out maneuver a takeover from an American hedge fund. “The most difficult thing was to convince financiers that the movie was accurate because people could think it was an exaggeration.” In order for villains to be believable they need to be treated in particular manner. »
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