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‘Narrative art’ is defined as something ‘that tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time’
George Lucas has retired apparently. Having sold his empire to Disney making him wealthier than a barely developed principality with minimal infrastructure, we are now being treated to phase two in the Lucas mid-life crisis.
When I first heard that Norman Rockwell, foremost painter of post war Americana was being placed alongside original Star Wars miniatures and props it made no sense. Rockwell was known for capturing perfect moments in life which told a story or narrative beyond the confines of the frame. How could Lucas have the temerity to place his work alongside that of a real artist?
Informally known as ‘The Lucas Museum of »
- Gary Collinson
Feminine roles in cinema vary as there are different types of female empowerment displayed on the big screen. The same can be said for the showcasing the vulnerability of women in the movies as well. From motherhood to savvy businesswomen women have been either represented with integrity or misrepresented with exploitative intent.
One of the most explosive roles for women in motion pictures have been in the titillating realm of prostitution. Whether considered controversial, inspirational or observational the concept of women selling sex and demonstrating sensuality poses may ethical questions in cinema. Are movies that stress moral dilemmas with femininity and flesh-pedaling philosophies a challenging venture or easy pickings for sensational themes in films?
Whatever the case the prospect of fast females in film presents somewhat of a sociological/psychological experimentation. May it be through the lens of declaration, discovery or despair She Works Hard for the Money: The Top »
- Frank Ochieng
Bona fide '80s classic The Karate Kid celebrates its 30th anniversary today (June 22), but what ever happened to the cast of this uplifting martial arts film? Digital Spy goes then and now with the film's lead stars to find out what they did after starring in the original and best Karate Kid.
Ralph Macchio became an instant '80s icon thanks to his role as The Karate Kid's fresh-faced Daniel Larusso. Prior to The Karate Kid's release, he starred in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders alongside Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise. After that, he played Danny again in two Karate Kid sequels. He also starred in My Cousin Vinny (yes, the film that won Marisa Tomei an Oscar) and more recently appeared in Entourage, Ugly Betty and Dancing with the Stars.
Pat Morita was already a veteran screen »
Ross and Asner will play April’s (Italia Ricci) grandparents, who end up causing trouble when they visit for the holidays.
Chasing Life airs Tuesdays at 9/8c. »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 1, 2014
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films
Operation Petticoat begins as Commander Matt Sherman (Grant) has his toughest assignment yet – to put a broken sardine can of a submarine back in action. Enter supply officer Nick Holden (Curtis), a master scavenger who has some very shady plans to get the Sea Tiger purring again. Said plans become quite apparent after the crew rescues five stranded beautiful nurses and the grey, battle-scarred sub is suddenly painted a blushingly bold pink, thus transforming into a party-ready hot tub sub for all who come aboard.
One of the earlier movies on director Blake Edward’s (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) filmography, Operation Petticoat »
The name strikes fear in the hearts of TV showrunners, desperate to get their shows to the required amount necessary for syndication (secret: It’s all about syndication). Since Ted made his acting debut in the waning years of Happy Days, he’s been used as an easy scapegoat and punching bag (and line) as a “Show Killer,” someone whose very presence dooms a show to cancellation.
Nothing could be further from the truth, and it’s time to set the record straight. For Ted’s 56th Birthday today … let’s finally clear his name.
Ted is usually blamed for helping these three shows Jump The Shark, so let’s dissect each one, and examine the evidence!
Seasons On Show: Four (1980-84)
Ratings Decline: #15, #18, #28, Not In Top 30
On Til The End?: Yes
The “Show Killer” accusation first began when Ted joined Season Eight »
For Henry Winkler, receiving the Award of Excellence at the Banff World Media Festival represents an embarrassment of riches.
Winkler is best known as the Fonz on “Happy Days,” one of the coolest and smoothest smallscreen characters of all time. Now, younger generations know his work on “Arrested Development” and as a semi-series regular on “Parks and Recreation.”
“I dreamt of my career being just like this,” says Winkler. “I’m living ‘Be careful what you wish for.’”
The Award of Excellence is an honor that Winkler does not take lightly. “I live by two words — tenacity and gratitude,” he says. “Tenacity gets you where you want to go and gratitude doesn’t allow you to be angry along the way, »
- Nikara Johns
Earlier this month, Cinema Retro was invited to cover Tribeca Talks, a new live interview series that took place as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. We sent our "Man About Manhattan", Giacomo Selloni to cover the initial event at which Ron Howard was interviewed by NBC newsman Brian Williams. Here is his report:
By Giacomo Selloni
Ron Howard is an articulate film director. So it should come as no surprise that he is also an articulate speaker. He also has a way with anecdotes, as one might expect, given the length and diversity of his career.
"I think it's wrong to think of what I'm in as the movie business," Howard says. "It's the moving image business. I think it's necessary to work in all different mediums." He also says it's hard »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The UK’s biggest and best celebration of pop. culture, McM London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 23-25 May for a long weekend packed with special guests, sci-fi, movies, videogames, comic books, eSports, online video, anime and cosplay. Here’s a taste of what will be on show.
Special guests meeting fans, presenting panels and signing autographs at the show include: Orphan Black star Dylan Bruce (Arrow, 24: Conspiracy, Unstoppable). Falling Skies’ Drew Roy (Secretariat, Hannah Montana), Connor Jessup (Blackbird), Seychelle Gabriel (The Spirit) and Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica). Game Of Thrones’ James Cosmo (Braveheart, Highlander), Julian Glover (Star Wars, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade) and Josef Altin (Eastern Promises). Nikita, Kick-Ass and How I Met Your Mother star Lyndsy Fonseca. Once Upon A Time’s Meghan Ory (Intelligence) and Beverley Elliott (Unforgiven). Henry Winkler, famous for playing iconic character The Fonz on Happy Days. »
- Phil Wheat
Smart networks are ones which allow themselves to be defined, at least in part, by their most successful producers. During the 1970s, ABC rode to the top of the ratings for the first time ever by embracing the post-Vietnam escapism of Aaron Spelling (The Love Boat) and Garry Marshall (Happy Days). CBS has dominated broadcast TV in the 21st century by continuously cloning the crime procedural formula perfected by Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI). And today, ABC announced a new schedule which suggests that its strategy for climbing out of fourth place will be to embrace the ethos of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes — and not just by turning over the entirety of its Thursday lineup to her shows.Almost everywhere you look on the ABC schedule (or its list of upcoming shows), Rhimes’s DNA is evident. There are all the shows with non-white leads (Black-ish, Cristela and »
- Josef Adalian
The director and former child star on why he directed a documentary about the rapper's annual film festival and why some people still think of him as Richie from Happy Days
Hahaha! I certainly don't associate myself with hip-hop either. I met Jay Z through my partner at Imagine films, Brian Grazer, who has always loved hip-hop. I went in and spoke to Jay Z and said: "I don't know much about music, I know very little about hip-hop, and I've never made a documentary." And he said: "You've told a lot of stories in a lot of different ways and I'd be curious to find what story you'd find in the festival." But I probably hadn't heard of, »
- Hadley Freeman
Tia Mowry-Hardrict and her identical twin sister, Tamera, had their own hit TV show Sister, Sister, and were two of the ’90s’ hottest child stars. Now all grown up, married and a mother, Mowry-Hardrict plays vivacious stepmom Stephanie Phillips in the Nickelodeon family comedy Instant Mom, airing Thursdays. In a special Mother’s Day episode airing on May 8, Mowry-Hardrict shared screen time with television’s most iconic mothers — Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch), Jackée Harry (Sister, Sister), Meredith Baxter (Family Ties) and Marion Ross (Happy Days) — and an iconic TV sister, Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show). Working with such … Continue reading →
- Kellie Freeze
Ron Howard has revealed that he would like to return to acting.
The director - who started out as a child actor - said that he has been offered roles by the Coen brothers and Martin Scorsese, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Speaking to Brian Williams at the Tribeca Film Festival, he said that he is considering a move back into acting now that his children have grown up.
He explained that he sacrificed his acting career in order to spend time with his wife and young children.
"Now the kids are all grown - empty nest - and she can't wait to get rid of me," he said. "'Hey, you wanna act?'
"Because I do move from film to film, I've never had the time to commit, but one of these days, I am going to make the time."
Howard established himself as an actor when he appeared »
In the world of popular culture, a dreaded disease exists called the Chuck Cunningham syndrome, named after the oldest son on Happy Days who tragically disappeared from the series without explanation. This disease often ravages innocent characters whose only crime was not being useful enough to the progression of a plot. On television, some characters suffering from Chuck Cunningham syndrome are major characters whose absence we notice and puzzle over (for example, Judy Winslow in Family Matters). More often than not, they are characters who, for one reason or another, just did not work when production of a series began.
Of course, Chuck Cunningham syndrome is actually the result of lazy writers who hope we will not remember these minor characters and will focus, instead, on the more well known and loved characters of a series. But some of us do remember, and we puzzle over »
- Christopher A. Rothbauer
Instant Mom isn’t going the flowers-and-brunch route to celebrate Mother’s Day next month: The Nick at Nite comedy has signed up classic TV matriarchs Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch), Marion Ross (Happy Days), and Meredith Baxter (Family Ties) to guest-star in its May 8 episode. To sweeten the cookie jar, they’re also including Jackée Harry — who played Instant Mom star Tia Mowry-Hardrict’s adoptive mother on Sister, Sister — as well as a famous TV daughter, Tempest Bledsoe (The Cosby Show).
You can sneak your first glimpse at the mother of all Instant Mom episodes in the photos above and below. »
- Dan Snierson
Henry Winkler will be the recipient of the 2014 Banff World Media Festival (Banff) Award Of Excellence.
Winkler will accept the honour at the June 10 Rockie Awards Gala held during the festival, which runs from June 8-11 in Banff, Canada.
Winkler is best known for his portrayal of Fonzie in the television series Happy Days. His recent television credits include roles in Arrested Development and Royal Pains. He is also the co-author of a series of 26 bestselling children’s books.
“Having the opportunity to entertain audiences for over 40 years has been a blessing,” said Winkler. “I am grateful and very humbled to be recognised by this great festival.”
“We are very excited to present the 2014 Award of Excellence to Henry Winkler,” said Banff executive director Ferne Cohen. “The award is in recognition of his inspiring work both on the TV screen and in making the world a more entertaining place for future generations.”
It’s produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Jay-z and stars him alongside side the likes of Kanye West, Rita Ora, Pearl Jam, Run-dmc, Santigold, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Skrillex, Odd Future, The Hives, Passion Pit, D’Angelo and Gary Clark Jr, it was filmed in 2012 during a two-day set in Philadelphia featuring a host of music’s heavyweights.
The event is put together by Budweiser for their ‘Made in America Festival‘, which is an annual event held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and launched in September 2012. Sponsored by Anheuser–Busch, the festival features several stages that continuously host live music from a wide range of genres including hip hop, rock, pop, R&B, and Edm.
The great Ron Howard made his directorial debut »
- Dan Bullock
The Atx Television Festival has announced its Year 3 lineup, including its first Achievement in Television Excellence Award, which will be presented to Henry Winkler.
Winkler, whose career spans from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Happy Days to recent roles on Royal Pains and Arrested Development, will receive the award during the festival weekend with a ceremony and a Q&A.
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- TV Guide News
Fact: If you want to become a male model, you must associate with disco-dancing men in devil costumes, drug addicts, and stars of "Dynasty." Did you know? Everything is Terrible has clipped together a composite reel from the 1983 ABC TV movie "Making of a Male Model" starring Joan Collins as powerful (shocking, I know) modeling agent Kay Dillon and Jon-Erik Hexum, the gorgeous '80s actor who later accidentally killed himself while playing with a gun on the set of the action series "Cover Up." You can relive his studliness in this clip, but only if you can get past the incredibly bad/excellent dialogue. It is a real treat. My favorite moments: Ted McGinley of "Happy Days" fame as the dancing devil, Jeff Conaway as a scary Jeff Conaway type, and the line, "It's a strange apple, this Big Apple." »
- Louis Virtel
Exclusive: Stars of two of ABC‘s most popular 1980s family comedies are teaming for the network’s multi-generational comedy pilot The Winklers. Judith Light of Who’s The Boss fame is set to co-star opposite Happy Days alum Henry Winkler in the pilot, from Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal; Winkler’s son, director Max Winkler; and son-in-law, actor Rob Reinis. Based on Henry Winkler’s relationship with his son-in-law, Reinis, Winklers centers on Jack (Domenick Lombardozzi), an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his in-laws — successful actor Henry (Winkler) and Tita Winkler (Light), the fabulous, fierce momma bear of the family. 20th TV is producing. Light, repped by Gersh, Tao Management and William Sobel, has been recurring on TNT’s Dallas. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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