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National Bikini Day Salutes Hollywood, From Raquel Welch to Judi Dench

National Bikini Day Salutes Hollywood, From Raquel Welch to Judi Dench
It’s National Bikini Day on July 5, celebrating Louis Reard’s 1946 invention of the swimwear (of course it would be in France!). The swimsuit wasn’t an immediate hit, though, due to 1940s standards of modesty. But pop culture helped bring it to the masses, thanks to such early-1960s icons as Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress, and Raquel Welch.

In 1960, the novelty song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini,” sung by Brian Hyland, became a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and the record company said bikini sales boomed as a result. And in 1962, Andress emerged from the water in the James Bond “Dr. No,” while Bardot appeared in “A Very Private Affair,” both in small white two-piece suits. And nothing was the same after that.

In 1964, American International Pictures released “Bikini Beach,” the third of its “Beach Party” movies starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. “Bikini Beach” featured surfers, bikers,
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National Bikini Day Salutes Hollywood, From Raquel Welch to Judi Dench

National Bikini Day Salutes Hollywood, From Raquel Welch to Judi Dench
It’s National Bikini Day on July 5, celebrating Louis Reard’s 1946 invention of the swimwear (of course it would be in France!). The swimsuit wasn’t an immediate hit, though, due to 1940s standards of modesty. But pop culture helped bring it to the masses, thanks to such early-1960s icons as Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress, and Raquel Welch.

In 1960, the novelty song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini,” sung by Brian Hyland, became a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and the record company said bikini sales boomed as a result. And in 1962, Andress emerged from the water in the James Bond “Dr. No,” while Bardot appeared in “A Very Private Affair,” both in small white two-piece suits. And nothing was the same after that.

In 1964, American International Pictures released “Bikini Beach,” the third of its “Beach Party” movies starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. “Bikini Beach” featured surfers, bikers
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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)
(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli
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The Many Lives Of "Zulu"

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Some of the international movie posters presented in Cinema Retro issue #28, which features in-depth coverage of the making of Zulu.

By Brian Hannan

The 50th anniversary showing of Zulu in Britain next month is unlikely to be repeated in the U.S. where the film flopped. But even the poorest box-office performer has an afterlife. So in 1965 Zulu was pushed out again anywhere that would have it. That meant it supported some odd, not to say ugly, bedfellows – exploitationer Taboos of the World in Kansas City, The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming in Phoenix, B western Stage To Thunder Rock in Long Beach, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini in Des Moines and Rhino in Abilene. They liked it in Long Beach where it supported both Circus World and That Man from Rio. It was the second feature to None But the Brave in Provo, Utah, and to two more successful Joe E.
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Mickey Rooney Dead: Legendary Actor Dies at 93

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Anthony McCartney, AP Entertainment Writer

Los Angeles (AP) - Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93.

Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home.

Smith said police took a death report but indicated that there was nothing suspicious and he had no additional details on the circumstances of his passing. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said it was not their case because Rooney died a natural death.

There were no further immediate details on the cause of death, but Rooney did attend an Oscar party last month.

Rooney started his career in his parents' vaudeville act while still a toddler, and broke into movies before age 10. He was still racking
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Sheila MacRae, Who Played Alice on ‘The Honeymooners,’ Dies at 93

Sheila MacRae, Who Played Alice on ‘The Honeymooners,’ Dies at 93
Sheila MacRae, a film, TV and stage actress who played Alice Kramden, wife of bus driver Ralph Kramden, on musical-comedy episodes of “The Honeymooners” featured as part of “The Jackie Gleason Show” in the late 1960s, died on March 6 at the Lillian Booth Actor’s Home in Englewood, New Jersey. She was 93.

The sassy Alice Kramden was played by a series of actresses: first Pert Kelton in 1955, then Audrey Meadows and later Sue Ane Langdon before MacRae took over the role opposite Gleason.

On TV, MacRae also played herself in a famous episode of “I Love Lucy,” “The Fashion Show”; briefly had her own series in 1971; appeared on soap “General Hospital” as Madelyn Richmond in 1991; was a series regular on the single-season “Parenthood” in 1990-91; and guested on series including “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Love Boat” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

Born in London, Sheila Margaret Stephens married actor-singer Gordon MacRae
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Sheila MacRae, Who Played Alice on ‘The Honeymooners,’ Dies at 93

Sheila MacRae, Who Played Alice on ‘The Honeymooners,’ Dies at 93
Sheila MacRae, a film, TV and stage actress who played Alice Kramden, wife of bus driver Ralph Kramden, on musical-comedy episodes of “The Honeymooners” featured as part of “The Jackie Gleason Show” in the late 1960s, died on March 6 at the Lillian Booth Actor’s Home in Englewood, New Jersey. She was 93.

The sassy Alice Kramden was played by a series of actresses: first Pert Kelton in 1955, then Audrey Meadows and later Sue Ane Langdon before MacRae took over the role opposite Gleason.

On TV, MacRae also played herself in a famous episode of “I Love Lucy,” “The Fashion Show”; briefly had her own series in 1971; appeared on soap “General Hospital” as Madelyn Richmond in 1991; was a series regular on the single-season “Parenthood” in 1990-91; and guested on series including “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Love Boat” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

Born in London, Sheila Margaret Stephens married actor-singer Gordon MacRae
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Annette Funicello obituary

Mickey Mouse Club favourite who appeared with Frankie Avalon in 60s Beach Party musicals

Annette Funicello, who has died of complications from multiple sclerosis aged 70, was instantly associated with two names: Mickey Mouse and Frankie Avalon, both of whom were squeaky clean. As a child, Funicello was one of the first Mouseketeers on the original Mickey Mouse Club, the hugely popular Walt Disney children's television programme. In her early 20s, Funicello co-starred with the pop singer Avalon in five "Beach Party" musicals, in which they played wholesome "teenage" sweethearts called Dee Dee and Frankie, always testing each other's fidelity.

Born in Utica, New York, Funicello took ballet dancing lessons as a child to overcome shyness. In 1955, some years after her family had moved to southern California, the 12-year-old was chosen by Disney himself from 200 children auditioning for the first season of the Mickey Mouse Club. From 1955 to 1957, she danced, sang
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Annette Funicello Dies at 70

First it was Roger Ebert, then this morning Margaret Thatcher, and now it's the sweet Annette Funicello, one of the best-known members of the original 1950s Mickey Mouse Club, the original Mouseketeer, has passed away. She was 70.

The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases Inc. posted on Facebook this sad news.

She was just 12 when Mister Disney himself handpicked her to be one of the original Mouseketeers. She quickly became one of the most popular members. Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co. called Funicello a "true Disney Legend." Awwww....

Funicello also tried acting in movies with her first role as Frankie Avalon's marriage-minded sweetheart named Dolores (Dee Dee for short) in the 1963 flick "Beach Party." She starred again as Dee Dee opposite Avalon in 1964's "Muscle Beach Party," "Bikini Beach," and "Pajama Party." And in 1965 in films such as "Beach Blanket Bingo," "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini,
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Annette Funicello Dies at 70

Annette Funicello Dies at 70
Annette Funicello, who first gained fame as a 12-year-old Mousekeeter on Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s and then starred opposite Frankie Avalon in a series of musical beach party films of the early 1960s, has died. She was 70.

Funicello was taken off life support on Monday morning at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. She’d battled multiple sclerosis since 1987, first going public with the diagnosis in 1992.

Annette was and always will be a cherished member of the Disney family, synonymous with the word Mousketeer, and a true Disney Legend,” said Disney chairman-ceo Robert Iger. “She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney’s brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent. Annette was well known for being as beautiful inside as she was on the outside, and she faced her physical challenges with dignity,
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Annette Funicello dies at 70

Annette Funicello dies at 70
Annette Funicello, who first gained fame as a 12-year-old Mouseketeer on Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s and then starred opposite Frankie Avalon in a series of musical beach party films of the early 1960s, has died. She was 70.

According to a report by TV newsmag Extra, Funicello was taken off of life support on Monday morning. She’d battled multiple sclerosis since 1987, first going public with the diagnosis in 1992.

In addition to “Beach Party,” “Muscle Beach Party,” “Bikini Beach,” “Beach Blanket Bingo” and “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” (the last without Avalon), all directed by William Asher, Funicello starred in the related pic “Pajama Party.” She also starred with Avalon and Fabian in action comedy “Fireball 500” and with Fabian in the more dramatic but similarly stock car-filled “Thunder Alley.” All these films were made at American Intl. Pictures.

Despite the word “bikini” in the
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Reel Important People (Rip): Remembering Nora Ephron, Ernest Borgnine and Others We Lost in July 2012

Reel Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. It is unfortunate that we lose so many great film contributors, on-screen and off, that it's impossible to pay extensive tribute to every one. But I think it's important to recognize them at least in this monthly digest, not to mourn but to remember their work. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in their own way. Wiliam Asher (1921-2012) - Best known as the producer of TV's Bewitched, he also directed many beach movies, including Beach PartyBeach Blanket BingoHow to Stuff a Wild Bikini, Muscle...

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William Asher obituary

Director of I Love Lucy, Bewitched and the Beach Party movies

William Asher, who has died aged 90 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, directed 100 episodes of I Love Lucy (1952-57) and 131 episodes of Bewitched (1964-72), far more than any other director on those two series. His name, appearing so regularly in the credits of such immensely popular Us sitcoms, became known to millions of television viewers all over the world.

Asher, who is often erroneously credited with having invented the TV sitcom – there were several adaptations of radio shows in the late 1940s – nevertheless gave a fresh impetus to the genre by using a multiple-camera setup for I Love Lucy. This enabled him to shoot the action simultaneously from different viewpoints, then select the best shots. Earlier sitcoms were broadcast live and recorded on kinescopes, or not recorded at all. Desilu Productions, founded by the comedy couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz,
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'I Love Lucy' director William Asher dies, aged 90

'I Love Lucy' director William Asher dies, aged 90
William Asher has died aged 90, it has been announced. The director passed away in Palm Desert, California, according to local daily The Desert Sun. Asher worked on I Love Lucy and Bewitched, and co-created The Patty Duke Show. He also wrote the Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon movies Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini. Asher won an Emmy in 1966 for directing an episode of Bewitched, and was nominated at (more)
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