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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. »
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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
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
This week’s “Question of the Week” on Jeff Bayer’s “Movie B.S.” podcast is inspired by Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 film that features actress/singer Whitney Houston in her last on-screen performance. This question is, “What dead performer do you wish had made one last movie before they died, and what would it be?”
In honor of Houston, and many others who left us before giving us the movie that they should’ve made last, here’s a list of the Top 7 Imaginary Last Performances from Dead Actors.
7. Phil Hartman
Last Film: The PG-13 family action figure actioner Small Soldiers, 1998.
Should’ve Been Last Film: While it certainly came out some time after 1998, the long-anticipated, now-forgotten Simpsons Movie just wasn’t the same without Phil Hartman, who voiced classic side characters on the TV show like Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure. »
- Nick Allen
It's hard to imagine a star whose life has been examined more relentlessly than that of Marilyn Monroe. Monroe has had every detail of her life -- her Dickensian childhood, her brief but unforgettable movie career, her liaisons with famous men, her mysterious death 50 years ago this week (on August 5, 1962) -- picked over by biographers and novelists, reporters and FBI agents, filmmakers and fans. And yet there is still plenty about Monroe that isn't common knowledge. Here are some details that even dedicated Monroephiles may not know, facts that only add to our continuing fascination with pop culture's most durable sex symbol. 1. Monroe's first marriage, to neighbor James Dougherty when she was 16, took place as a means of keeping her from being sent back to a state-run orphanage after one of her many foster families could no longer care for her. 2. In an early modeling gig, at an agricultural festival in Castroville, »
- Gary Susman
Fox Home Entertainment has provided us with 11 clips from the Forever Marilyn Collection, a three-disc collection featuring seven of Marilyn Monroe's classic films including Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, and more. Take a look at these videos, and read on for full details on all the movies included on this 1080p set.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - Clip 1
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - Clip 2
How to Marry a Millionaire - Clip 1
How to Marry a Millionaire - Clip 2
River of No Return - Clip 1
River of No Return - Clip 2
The Seven Year Itch - Clip 1
The Seven Year Itch - "Chopsticks"
Some Like It Hot - "Beach"
Celebrate the life, the legend and the beauty of Marilyn Monroe. The iconic blonde bombshell shines in high definition in Forever Marilyn Collection Blu-ray. »
Given her enduring appeal fifty years after her death, it can easily be argued that Marilyn Monroe was the signature pop culture icon of the 20th Century and her allure is lasting well into the next century. Last year, I read Max Allan Collins’ take on Marilyn’s death before watching Michelle Williams portray her in My Week with Marilyn. Her career has become the spine for the NBC series Smash. Her image is found in commercials, artwork, music videos, calendars, and on and on. While her appeal and persona don’t grab me, I respect her impact on America and the world.
Out this week form 20th Century Home Entertainment, in time for the morbid memorial, is the seven-disc Blu-ray set Forever Marilyn. Included in the set are the recently released Blu-ray editions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), River of No Return (1954), There’s No »
- Robert Greenberger
Chicago – There is arguably no one in the history of Hollywood more iconic than Marilyn Monroe. Not only was she a massive star in her day but her tragic death turned her into a beauty that was frozen in time. She transcends movies and it’s possible that she’s never been more popular than she is in the ’10s with releases like “My Week with Marilyn,” “Smash,” and the new 7-disc Blu-ray box set, “Forever Marilyn,” a must-own for fans of Norma Jeane Masterson.
The seven-disc set from MGM/Fox includes two previously available Blu-rays — “Some Like It Hot” and “The Misfits” — along with five films that have not previously been available in HD — “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “How to Marry a Millionaire,” “River of No Return,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and “The Seven Year Itch.” It’s undeniably a mix of peaks and valleys but »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Forever Marilyn Blu-ray set captures the beauty and natural talent of screen icon Marilyn Monroe, but the barebones housing of the discs and lack of bonus material makes the high-dollar suggested retail price a bit extreme. All seven titles are some of Monroe.s best work and look incredible on the Blu-ray format. The Forever Marilyn set features The Misfits, Some Like It Hot, How to Marry A Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Seven Year Itch, There.s No Business Like Show Business, and River of No Return. All seven of the films are also individually available on Blu-ray. Without a doubt, the Blu-ray presentation of these films is the best they have ever looked, and each film »
- Patrick Luce
This week, there's not much in the way of new movies to mention being released to home video (unless you're into Josh Hutcherson or Dane Cook--and if so I'm sorry--in which case there's the bizarre horror comedy Detention). So, we give you this lovely new box set of seven Marilyn Monroe classics on Blu-ray, released today on the 50th anniversary of the star's passing, which includes: - The Seven Year Itch - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - How to Marry a Millionaire - River of No Return - There's No Business Like Show Business - Some Like It Hot (previously released on Bd) - The Misfits (previously released on Bd) The transfers are superb, the blacks very black and the colors brilliant, and the DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 tracks sound terrific...
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The Grand Illusion It's interesting to see the film with spine #1 over at the Criterion Collection coming to Blu-ray for the first time from another company as Studio Canal has brought over their previously released European version of the excellent La Grande Illusion to Blu-ray here in the States. I have not yet had a chance to watch this release but word is that it looks great and the supplemental material looks strong. I previously owned this title only in my [amazon asin="B000I5YUE4" text="The Essential Art House - 50 Years of Janus Films"] collection, but I love how Studio Canal and Lionsgate have teamed to continue to bring some classic foreign titles home to the U.S. Although, compared to the number of titles they've released overseas, they still have a lot of catching up to do.
Forever Marilyn Bringing several Marilyn Monroe titles to Blu-ray for the first time only a few days before the 50th anniversary of the death of the Hollywood icon, »
- Brad Brevet
Also new this week is the teen coming-of-age flick "Lol" with Miley Cyrus, the impressive Blu-ray collection "Forever Marilyn" featuring seven of Marilyn Monroe's best films and a new edition of "Total Recall" on Blu-ray.
Box Office: N/A
Rotten Tomatoes: 33% Rotten
Storyline: This meta horror-comedy hybrid stars Josh Hutcherson and Shanley Caswell as students who are trying to survive their final year of high school as a serial killer called "Cinderhella" stalks the student body. Dane Cook stars as the master of detention, Principal Verge.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain screen tests and the "Riffing with Dane" featurette.
- Robert DeSalvo
It just may be a very happy birthday to you indeed. (That is, if your birthday just so happens to be in July or August.) Ology is now giving away one Marilyn Monroe box package! The Forever Marilyn: The Blu-Ray Collection is a one-of-a kind premium box set that includes seven of Monroe's big classics, marking the 50th anniversary of the legend's untimely death.
The stunning actress is still an icon to so many (ahem, the NBC hit Smash), and thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment this set is a collector's dream. The winner of the giveaway will receive The Misfits, Some Like It Hot, How to Marry A Millionaire, Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Seven Year Itch, There's No Business Like Show Business and River of No Return on DVD.
To collect the prize is easy. Just comment below on why you think you should win. Don't be shy either, »
- Stephanie Webber
As the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death approaches, Lois Banner argues in this extract from her new book that the star – complex and powerful – had many qualities associated with the women's movement
In one of the most famous photos of the 20th century, Marilyn Monroe stands on a subway grate, trying to hold her skirt down as a gust of wind blows it up, exposing her underpants. The photo was taken in New York on 15 September, 1954, in a photoshoot during the filming of The Seven Year Itch.
Marilyn is a vision in white, suggesting innocence and purity. Yet she exudes sexuality and transcends it; poses for the male gaze and confronts it. The photoshoot was a publicity stunt, one of the greatest in the history of film. Its time and location were published in New York newspapers; it attracted a crowd of 100 male photographers and 1,500 male spectators, even »
- Lois Banner
Celebrate the life, the legend and the beauty of Marilyn Monroe. The iconic blonde bombshell shines in high definition in Forever Marilyn: The Blu-ray Collection. With classics like The Misfits and Some Like It Hot as well as new-to-Blu-ray titles How to Marry A Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Seven Year Itch, There.s No Business Like Show Business and River of No Return this unique set of films, those that made Marilyn a star, is a collector.s dream. Marking the 50th anniversary of the passing of this Hollywood legend, the seven disc collection will be available as a Blu-ray set and individual titles beginning July 20th Internationally (Germany) and on July 31st in North America from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Marilyn fans around the world can pre-order the Collection with online retailers.
A sexy divorcée falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his »
- Michelle McCue
Marilyn Monroe, born June 1, 1926
I spend a lot of time resenting popular opinion about female icons. For instance, I don't think Madonna is just a "business-smart chameleon": She's cooler than Michael Jackson, cannier than Prince, smarter than Elvis, and her very essence was more meaningful than most poet laureates' magnum opuses. So there. I don't think Grace Kelly was just a "living fairytale": She was a killer screen star with astonishing charisma in three Hitchcock movies -- and Mogambo. I reserve my strongest feelings for the woman who would've turned 86 today, Marilyn Monroe, since her continued pop culture presence is shallower and lamer than any icon before or since. Based on how popular she remains and how unpopular most of her filmography is, you'd think the reason her legacy lives on is because people figure one historical blonde has to be most famous, and it may as well »
The Cannes film festival kicks off next week, and this shot of Marilyn Monroe will feature on all its official posters. Does it matter that she never went?
She is a perennially fascinating screen actress, the incidental subject of new TV drama Smash – and from next week she will be pouting down at us from every street corner in Cannes, the face of the official film festival poster. The photograph shows the beautiful, beguiling, funny leading lady of such pictures as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot blowing out the candle on her 30th birthday cake, giving a seductive air-kiss to the lens. In a press release, the festival organisers explain: "The poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality – a moving tribute to the anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the festival anniversary [Cannes turns 65 this year] … Their coming together symbolises the ideal of simplicity and elegance. »
- Peter Bradshaw
After last week's episode of NBC’s musical drama Smash, when Broadway legend Bernadette Peters turned up playing, well, a Broadway legend who also happens to be the prickly mother to Ivy (Megan Hilty), the drama and the multiple conflicts (and tattletale Ellis) reached new heights. But tonight's "The Coup" brings in potential backstabbing when snarky director Derek (Jack Davenport) enlists naive Karen (Katharine McPhee) to make a play to steal the Marilyn musical from Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing). And what about Ivy? Now that the workshop is over, she's still sitting on pins and needles waiting to see if she's in or out as Marilyn.
To find out some inside scoop about the series, which just got the green light for a second season, AfterElton checked in with Megan Hilty »
The TCM Classic Film Festival is teaming up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to showcase a unique slate of programming that taps into Academy archives and distinguished membership to illustrate this year.s overall festival theme of Style in the Movies.
AMPAS will exhibit Hollywood home movies, preserved by the Academy, featuring legendary stars and filmmakers, presented by Randy Haberkamp of AMPAS and Lynn Kirste of the Academy Film Archive with special guests Margaret O’Brien; Steve McQueen.s former wife Neile Adams McQueen Toffel; Henry Koster.s son, Robert Koster; and the daughter of Fred MacMurray, Kate MacMurray.
AMPAS will also present a discussion of how art directors use various items to aid in storytelling featuring members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Art Directors Branch as well an exhibit of sketches and behind-the-scenes photography that illustrate the work of costume »
- Michelle McCue
Art Sensus, London
"What drove and kept me going over the decades? What was the motive force? If I had to use a single word, it would be curiosity." This quote from the pioneering photojournalist Eve Arnold, who died in January, aged 99, is among the various first-person wall texts that punctuate All About Eve, a retrospective of her work. Just how curious she was is evident in the timeline of the projects she undertook in her long career. It takes up one whole wall and makes for an illuminating read, not just because of the longevity of her career – from the late 1940s to the 90s – but for the range of subjects she tackled.
In 1978 alone, for instance, she shot several portraits, including Dirk Bogarde, Francis Bacon and Irene Papas, alongside advertisements for Optrex, the English Tourist Board, Pentax and Rolex as well as assignments on the White Jews of Cochin, »
- Sean O'Hagan
Debenhams, which commissioned the survey, now predicts a trend towards the fuller figure and last season it reported a 58 per cent increase in sales of bust-boosting bikinis.
"With the average cup size of the list going from a C to a D in just one year, they are proof that. »
- Smith Cox
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