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The Ten Greatest Things Michael Jackson Ever Did

30 December 2010 9:24 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

A planned TV special on a UK Discovery channel that re-enacts Michael Jackson's autopsy has been criticized by his estate as being "in shockingly bad taste" and a "blind desire to exploit Michael's death." A print ad for the show depicted a corpse on a steel table covered by a sheet, with a hand sticking out revealing Michael's signature white glove. Whether it works as an ad or not I don't know, but I do know that it continues a long tradition of insensitive media exploitation -- much of which Michael certainly brought on himself. But, so as not to dwell on the negative at year's end, and fresh off his first real posthumous release, here's a look at the best of what the King of Pop did while he was still alive. I'll leave out the obvious, moonwalk, which I encourage you to do immediately after reading this list. »

- Brandon Kim

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The Wiz Blu-ray Review

20 December 2010 8:40 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It's hard to believe that The Wiz actually exists.  It's not that it's too "out-there" an idea, or that anyone would have funded the production.  It's just that we're talking about a musical re-telling of The Wizard of Oz starring Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor (!!!),  and Nipsey Russell.  Does that sound likely to you?  Me, neither.  I'd always heard about The Wiz, but had never seen it.  You're probably in the same boat, so is the recently-released Blu-ray worth a spot in your collection?  Depends.  Read on to learn why, folks... I've got a confession to make:  I'm not a big fan of The Wizard of Oz.  Yes, yes, I know.  It's one of those "classic" Hollywood movies, one of the films that families tend to watch on the same day each year (I've got friends who watch it every Halloween, inexplicably)("inexplicably" because no illicit substances are involved), but...I'm just not feeling it. »

- Scott Wampler

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Zemeckis's Wizard Of Oz - remake the movie or adapt the book?

17 November 2010 9:59 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

There are certain classics one would think to be immune from remakes, but anything originally sourced from a book is inevitably in the firing line. Victor Fleming's adaptation of 1939's MGM spectacular The Wizard Of Oz was re-interpreted at the tail-end of the 1970s' blaxploitation trend in Sidney Lumet's The Wiz, featuring Diana Ross, Richard Pryor and Michael Jackson.

Now CGI-cartoon meister Robert Zemeckis (who I continue to lament as a sad loss to live-action film-making), is set to revisit the story. Thing is, the same controversy appears in this case as with the new version of Total Recall; is it a remake of an adaptation or a new adaptation of the source material?

End the dispute: Zemeckis is apparently to base his interpretation on the actual script employed in the Judy Garland version for his Warner Bros.-backed movie.

Since Tim Burton turned Lewis Carroll's Alice In »

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The 50 Oldest Living Oscar Nominees

23 October 2010 12:31 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Happy birthday to Best Actress winner Joan Fontaine (Suspicion, 1941), also known as the second Mrs. DeWinter. She turns 93 years young today. What on earth was she thinking about when she won the Oscar. This photo to your left fascinates me on account of "who knows?" It seems so much more candid than many Oscar night photos.

I keep the following "still with us!" list, not from any morbid curiousity but from a genuine happiness that some legendary screen stars are still walking the earth even though most of them aren't walking the screens these days. This year has been rough with the losses so maybe I'm going to stop keep this list. My heart was in the right place!  We want the following to know that their past accomplishments are acknowledged by new generations.

The Oldest Living Oscar Nominees

All of them were born before the movies even had sound! »

- NATHANIEL R

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Disc News: August 29th 2010

29 August 2010 9:33 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Aliens

In a video interview conducted during the promotion of this weekend's "Avatar" re-release, James Cameron confirmed he's done a "complete remaster" of "Aliens" for the upcoming "Alien Anthology" Blu-ray boxset and worked with the same colorist he used on "Avatar".

In comments that might cause controversy though, Cameron says he went in and "completely de-noised it, de-grained it, up-rezzed, color-corrected every frame". The film itself is famously heavy with grain because "it was shot on a high-speed negative that was a new negative that didn't pan out too well and got replaced the following year" says Cameron who adds that "We got rid of all the grain. It's sharper and clearer and more beautiful than it's ever looked. And we did that to the long version, to the 'director's cut'"

The worry is if the changes have a negative impact, much like the odd color timing on "French Connection »

- Garth Franklin

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'The Wizard of Oz' Turns 71!

12 August 2010 7:05 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

It wasn't the first film based on L. Frank Baum's classic series of books, and it clearly won't be the last by a long shot, but MGM's 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz will likely forever be the favorite adaptation of Dorothy Gale's Oz-dyssey (its dialogue will still be quoted in the year 2154, if Avatar is any fortune teller). If you're a human being you've likely watched Judy Garland and friends skipping down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City at least once or at most a billion times in the last seven decades. So join us in wishing the film a very happy birthday. To celebrate the 71st anniversary of its original release (did you notice the Google tribute?), we've collected some thoughts on and memories of the film from the Cinematical team. Here, first, is my reflection:

As much as I've gone through phases preferring other takes on Baum (The Wiz, »

- Christopher Campbell

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Review: Twelve

6 August 2010 2:48 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

By Kevin Kelly (reprinted from 2/12/10 -- Sundance Film Festival)

Poor Joel Schumacher. It just seems that no matter what happens with the rest of his career, he's never going to live down the bat-nipples incident. Sometimes when Schumacher works with relatively much smaller budgets (Phone Booth, Tigerland) he tends to shine brightly enough to wash any taste of Batman & Robin out of our mouths. I mean, this is the guy who directed The Lost Boys, and Flatliners, and wrote the screenplay for The Wiz. Which is why when we heard he had a film coming to Sundance, we began to pep up. After all, that meant it would be a low budget, and a return to Schumacher of days past, right?

Wrong. Instead we were given Twelve, a movie that closed the Sundance Film Festival, and our interest in future Schumacher movies. The film is based on the novel of »

- Cinematical staff

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Mysterious 'Wizard of Oz' Teaser Announces Yet Another Oz-Related Project?

16 June 2010 9:45 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

How many movies based on the Wizard of Oz mythology will you tolerate in the next few years? Right now I'm counting at least six in development, including this new, out-of-nowhwere project from Mark and Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer), simply titled Oz. Nobody seems to have had heard about this faithful-looking version of L. Frank Baum's stories until a teaser was posted to YouTube yesterday (and tweeted by Film Threat's Chris Gore) with a caption claiming that it comes to us from the Polish brothers and it's set to hit theaters in 2011. As for the content of the video, all it shows us is a young Dorothy and a hardly anthropomorphic Cowardly Lion walking slowly and curiously down a hall in an apparently deserted place.

Coming from someone who appreciates -- and would watch in marathon form right now if I had the time -- every Baum adaptation »

- Christopher Campbell

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Hollywood Returning to Oz Again...and Again

13 June 2010 2:30 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

We all know there's no place like home, but is there a place big enough for seven - yes, seven - more cinematic follow-ups to that classic musical it's okay to like, The Wizard of Oz (1939)?

L. Frank Baum's classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, has had its fair share of screen adaptations since it was released way back in 1900, but it appears as though a spell has been placed on Hollywood, with producers seeing big pots of gold somewhere over the rainbow.

It was revealed in April that a prequel titled Oz The Great and Powerful, which details the Wizard's early life, was gathering momentum, and came hot on the heels of news that two sequels - one about Dorothy's granddaughter, and the other about Dorothy's great-great granddaughter - were in early development.

Of course, these mooted projects are not even the half of it, with two »

- Jim Pembry

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Taylor Pays Tribute To Horne

11 May 2010 3:01 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Dame Elizabeth Taylor has become the latest star to pay tribute to legendary singer/actress Lena Horne, who died on Sunday.

The veteran actress has called The Wiz star "one of the most beautiful women in the world" in a new Twitter.com post.

Taylor writes, "Her dignity and grace and talent shall be remembered forever."

U.S. President Barack Obama is also mourning the passing of the star.

In a statement, Obama called Horne "a most cherished entertainer" who warmed hearts with her "beautiful voice".

The President also hailed her efforts to promote justice and equality.

Horne died in New York. She was 92. »

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Barrier-breaking jazz star Lena Horne dies at 92

10 May 2010 4:25 PM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Lena Horne, the enchanting jazz singer and actress known for her plaintive, signature song "Stormy Weather" and for her triumph over the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them, has died. She was 92.Horne died Sunday at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Gloria Chin, who would not release details.Quincy Jones, a longtime friend and collaborator, was among those mourning her death Monday. He called her a "pioneering groundbreaker.""Our friendship dated back more than 50 years and continued up until the last moment, her inner and outer beauty immediately bonding us forever," said Jones, who noted that they worked together on the film "The Wiz" and a Grammy-winning live album."Lena Horne was a pioneering groundbreaker, making inroads into a world that had never before been explored by African-American women, and she did it on her own terms, »

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Lena Horne, Star Of Stage And Screen, Dead At 92

10 May 2010 3:31 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

 

Lena Horne, one of the great jazz singers of all time, has died at age 92. Horne was instrumental in battling racism throughout her career, beginning with her first breakthrough screen role in the 1943 musical Stormy Weather. The title track would become her signature song but her sequences were shot independently from those featuring other actors so the scenes could be cut out of prints being shown in the segregated South. Horne became a civil rights activist and continued to battle for racial equality throughout her life. She was the mother-in-law of acclaimed film director Sidney Lumet, who cast her in a key role in his 1978 screen adaptation of The Wiz. For more click here »

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Lena Horne obituary

10 May 2010 10:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Velvet-voiced singer, actor and activist who broke new ground for black performers

A handful of decades ago the roles for black performers in Hollywood movies were deliberately kept peripheral to the plots, so that their appearances could easily be edited out for screenings in the American south. Black singers and musicians were barred from taking rooms in the same hotels in which they were performing. Partners in an interracial marriage might decide to leave the Us and move to more hospitable locations, such as Paris, to avoid hate mail and threats. All this and more happened to the singer and actor Lena Horne, who has died aged 92.

Horne not only rose above it all, but also significantly contributed to changing the situation. The velvet-voiced, multi-talented Horne first negotiated, and then resisted, the worst that a racist entertainment industry could throw at her. She rose to its summit as an original »

- John Fordham

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Lena Horne obituary

10 May 2010 10:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Velvet-voiced singer, actor and activist who broke new ground for black performers

A handful of decades ago the roles for black performers in Hollywood movies were deliberately kept peripheral to the plots, so that their appearances could easily be edited out for screenings in the American south. Black singers and musicians were barred from taking rooms in the same hotels in which they were performing. Partners in an interracial marriage might decide to leave the Us and move to more hospitable locations, such as Paris, to avoid hate mail and threats. All this and more happened to the singer and actor Lena Horne, who has died aged 92.

Horne not only rose above it all, but also significantly contributed to changing the situation. The velvet-voiced, multi-talented Horne first negotiated, and then resisted, the worst that a racist entertainment industry could throw at her. She rose to its summit as an original »

- John Fordham

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Lena Horne: 'Believe in yourself as I believe in you'

10 May 2010 9:39 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"Sometimes you have to wait 50 years … sometimes it comes in a year," Lena Horne said about success as she accepted a special Tony Award in 1981. "I'm just so happy that I'm getting all these flowers before I lose my teeth." Then Lena Horne belted out a roof-rattling rendition of her anthem from "The Wiz" -- "If You Believe" -- that was part of her Broadway smash hit "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" that ran at the Nederlander Theatre from May 1981 to June 30, 1982, then toured. When "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" appeared on TV as part of the PBS series "Great Performances," it was nominated for »

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Lena Horne Dies At 92

10 May 2010 7:03 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Lena Horne, a show-stopping beauty who battled racism in a frustrating effort to become Hollywood's first black leading lady, has died, according to media reports Monday. She was 92.The New York Times, quoting her son-in-law, Kevin Buckley, said Horne died on Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York.Hospital officials were not available for comment.Horne went to Hollywood in the late 1930s and while she never became a major movie star, she is credited with breaking the ground for black actresses to get bigger roles in Hollywood.Horne had a stage persona that was mysterious, elegant, haughty and sexy, and it helped her become an enchanting nightclub performer who made "Stormy Weather" her signature song.Known as the "Negro Cinderella" early in her career, she was as complex as she was beautiful. She had a reputation for coldness and insecurity, and her career frustrations led to bitterness. »

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Lena Horne Dead at 92

10 May 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Lena Horne, the first black star signed to a contract by a major Hollywood studio, died Sunday at a Manhattan hospital. She was 92. Horne's best-known film role came in the 1943 musical Stormy Weather, while general industry discrimination kept her off the big screen for most of the next two or three decades; her final movie role came in Sidney Lumet's adaptation of The Wiz. Cinema trailblazer though she was, Horne is still perhaps best-known for her stage, TV and recording work; growing up, I'd take her on Sesame Street any day of the week. [Nyt] »

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Lena Horne (1917-2010)

10 May 2010 6:45 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

♫ Keeps raining all the time...

Keeps raining all the time...

Legendary songbird Lena Horne passed away yesterday at ninety-two years of age. Her big career essentially began at sweet sixteen while in the chorus of The Cotton Club in Harlem. She made her movie debut at only twenty-one in The Duke is Tops (1938). By twenty-six she was both a star actress (if not a movie star) and a hit recording artist headlining Stormy Weather (1943) and scandalizing Hollywood with her flirtations from the bubble bath in Cabin in the Sky (1943).

She moved away from the cinema rather quickly, though, and it's easy to understand why. Despite her spirited presence, dazzling smile and those best-selling pipes -- key ingredients of many movie musical superstars -- Hollywood kept marginalizing her, keeping her in small parts or famously passing her over for lead roles. The one that probably stung the most was the romantic »

- NATHANIEL R

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Lena Horne, legendary singer and actress, dies at age 92

10 May 2010 4:01 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Hollywoodnews.com: Lena Horne has passed away at the age of 92. The legendary singer-actress died Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, according to her son-in-law, Kevin Buckley.

Horne enjoyed a productive entertainment career that included several films (“Stormy Weather,” “The Wiz”) and television appearances. But she’s best known for her music, including memorable collaborations with Tony Bennett and her Tony-nominated performance in “Calypso.”

A Brooklyn native, Horne also will be remembered for her activism. After studying under musical legends Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club in Harlem, Horne struck out on her own. The N.Y. Times reports that Horne became “the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio” when she inked a deal with Louis B. Mayer at MGM.

Horne is survived by her daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley. »

- Sean O'Connell

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R.I.P. Lena Horne

9 May 2010 11:20 PM, PDT | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

She died tonight at a hospital in Manhattan where she lived. She was 92. The modern-day world knew her best as a singer. But Lena Horne was the first black performer signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio -- in 1942 she appeared in Panama Hattie for MGM where she languished in mostly musicals, her film career thwarted by the color of her skin. She started in the chorus at The Cotton Club, graduated to Broadway and then the movies. Her last film was 1978's The Wiz. She came back to Broadway to win a Tony Award for [...] »

- Nikki Finke

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