7 items from 2013
Zap2it: You've done several comedy series, now including "The Goldbergs." Collectively, do you consider those shows to be a separate chapter of your career?
George Segal: Definitely. There were the movies in the '60s and '70s, then there was inactivity in the '80s ... it was touch and go. And then there was "Just Shoot Me," and that was a revelation. I never thought I'd be doing that, and how I got it was that [executive producer Steven] Levitan used to stay up to watch the Johnny Carson show. I'd be on there playing the banjo, so I was like a secret vice for him.
The career, such as it was, took a left turn in the 1980s. You had kind of a nostalgic or warm effect on people, not a dangerous effect like when the testosterone was really going. On this new show, I'm Grandpa. I'm not leading »
Dirk Bogarde: ‘Victim’ star took no prisoners in his letters to Dilys Powell Letters exchanged between film critic Dilys Powell and actor Dirk Bogarde — one of the most popular and respected British performers of the twentieth century, and the star of seminal movies such as Victim, The Servant, Darling, and Death in Venice — reveals that Bogarde was considerably more caustic and opinionated in his letters than in his (quite bland) autobiographies. (Photo: Dirk Bogarde ca. 1970.) As found in Dirk Bogarde’s letters acquired a few years ago by the British Library, among the victims of the Victim star (sorry) were Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia), a "ninny" who was “so utterly beastly to [Steaming director Joseph Losey] that he finally threw his script at her face”; and veteran stage and screen actor — and Academy Award winner — John Gielgud (Arthur), who couldn’t "understand half of Shakespeare" despite being renowned for his stage roles in Macbeth, »
- Andre Soares
Martin Balsam: Oscar winner has ‘Summer Under the Stars’ Day on Turner Classic Movies Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner Martin Balsam (A Thousand Clowns) is Turner Classic Movies’ unusual (and welcome) "Summer Under the Stars" featured player today, August 27, 2013. Right now, TCM is showing Sidney Lumet’s The Anderson Tapes (1971), a box-office flop starring Sean Connery in his (just about) post-James Bond, pre-movie legend days. (Photo: Martin Balsam ca. early ’60s.) Next, is Joseph Sargent’s thriller The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). Written by Peter Stone (Father Goose, Arabesque) from John Godey’s novel, the film revolves around the hijacking of a subway car in New York City. Passengers are held for ransom while police lieutenant Walter Matthau tries to handle the situation. Now considered a classic (just about every pre-1999 movie is considered a "classic" these days), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three was »
- Andre Soares
I honestly can't tell you why I've avoided American Graffiti (1973) for as long as I have especially since my childhood was filled with Star Wars trilogy mania to the extent that I even devoured a George Lucas paperback biography in the early 80s. But as the only remaining unseen nominee from an unusually diverse and entertaining Best Picture Vintage (American Graffiti, Cries and Whispers, The Exorcist, The Sting, and A Touch of Class) I thought it was time. My assumption that a leisurely drive back into American nostalgia would be just the ticket for the Fourth of July holiday was correct. What surprised me was the drive itself, which "leisurely" does not accurately describe though modern sensibilities might describe the unrushed pacing in just that way.
America Graffiti spends a single night cruising with a group of friends and new acquaintances (a couple of whom, at least, have just graduated »
- NATHANIEL R
Chicago – With Mother’s Day around the corner, Warner Bros. has released another one of their stellar DVD box sets built around their 100th anniversary — “Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Romance.” It may not be the best gift set for everyone but it does offer a strong package for those who like a little emotional manipulation with their popcorn. There are some undeniable classics in this set (along with some questionable choices) but it’s the sheer “something for everyone” quality of the release that makes it memorable.
DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0
Seventy years of romance from 1938’s “Jezebel” to 2008’s “Nights in Rodanthe” are included in this set that includes a book with plot descriptions for each of the films and all of the special features from previous releases. That’s essentially what this is — previous releases compiled into one box set. Literally. The DVDs are the same - transfers, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Meryl Streep won her second Best Actress Oscar playing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." And April 10 another two-time Oscar winner, Labour MP Glenda Jackson ("Women in Love," "A Touch of Class") delivered a powerful anti-Thatcher diatribe in the House of Commons, holding firm against the loud protests of her more conservative colleagues. I was moved by this forthright speech, which demonstrates yet again the force of personality and spirit required to hold your own in the British Parliament. »
- Anne Thompson
The collection includes Casablanca (1942), one of our favorite movies of all time as well as Jezebel (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Now, Voyager (1942), Annie Get Your Gun (1950), A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Director’s Version (1951), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Splendor in the Grass (1961), Doctor Zhivago (1965), A Touch of Class (1973), A Star Is Born (1976), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Bodyguard (1992), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Two Weeks Notice (2002), The Lake House (2006) and Nights in Rodanthe (2008).
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7 items from 2013
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