The Rose (1979)
1. Addams Family Values's pilgrim pageant
There are actual layers of hilarity to this scene: First, dour Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci) is stuck at Camp Chippewa for the summer. Funny. Then, she's forced to play Pocahontas in the summer camp's Thanksgiving pageant. Think about all of that for a moment. Funnier. But best of all, Wednesday ditches her script, exacts revenge on the awful blonde in the main role, and burns down the camp on behalf of Native Americans.
Her climactic, self-penned monologue is unbeatable -- just like the expressions on befuddled counselors Gary and Becky's faces (Peter MacNicol and Christine Baranski,
He opens his eyes and, after a moment's confusion at his surroundings, clearly thinks to himself, “What the hell did I get myself into last night?” He rolls over and spots just what the hell he got himself into last night. Mornin' Ivy!
Cut to Karen backstage walking with Jessica, who is incredulous upon learning that Derek had sex with Rebecca. Cut to Derek, who waves good morning. Back to the ladies, where Karen frets about her fight with Dev. She's been texting and texting and he hasn't responded. Oh Karen, what's the worst that could have happened?
Jessica asks to borrow Karen's phone to call Ivy, who isn't yet at rehearsal. She dials and one of two
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The lives, careers and friendship of legendary Hungary-born cinematographers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond are examined in the 2008 documentary No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos,
László Kovács (r.) and Vilmos Zsigmond focus on their work in No Subtitles Necessary.
Both survivors of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Kovács and Zsigmond immigrated in poverty to America in the late 1950s, helping each other up the ladder out of the underbelly of Hollywood all the while holding onto their dreams. After ten years of no-budget toil, Kovács’s camera broke Hollywood’s rules with Easy Rider, directed by Dennis Hopper. Suddenly in demand, he recommended Vilmos to both Peter Fonda and Robert Altman, where Zsigmond poured his “poetic realism” into Fonda’s 1971 The Hired Hand and Altman’s 1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller. The two cinematographers quickly became the go-to camera guys of the New Hollywood, ultimately yielding some 140 credits between them,
Yet movie fans and awards mavens continue to take the Globes seriously as a precursor to the Academy Awards, since some of the Globe honorees will indeed go on to win Oscars. Others simply enjoy the Globes ceremony as one helluva wingding, where alcohol-fueled stars really loosen up in public. Either way, the Globes have a colorful history of glamour, scandal, and (occasionally) recognition of some of Hollywood's best work. With that legacy poised to continue when a cheeky Ricky Gervais
Today is Bette Midler’s freebie.
Image Entertainment presents the Divine Miss M’s triumphant return to Las Vegas with Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, available on Blu-ray and DVD today.
The $10 million extravaganza played over 300 performances in a nearly three-year run at the famed Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. The Blu-ray is Srp at $24.98, with the DVD’s Srp at $19.98.
Taped before thousands in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the 70-minute cavalcade feaures many of Ms. Midler’s colorful and classic stage and screen characters. Joining her on the gargantuan stage is an energetic corps of talented performers, including the staggering Harlettes, twenty dazzling dancers she calls The
And that’s why Chicago artist Lauren Wolf – who’s been brewing her entire life all the secret ingredients for a lifelong singing career – is rising so swiftly on the Chicago and soon-to-be national music scene. The explosive rock/blues pipes on this upcoming Hard Rock headliner are here to stay. HollywoodChicago.com speaks with Lauren Wolf to understand her back story and success.
Lauren Wolf will headline the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago on Sept.
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The Divine Miss M struts and sings in Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On.
Bette Midler‘s triumphant return to Las Vegas, The Showgirl Must Go On, is a $10 million extravaganza that played more than 300 performances in a nearly three-year run at Caesar’s Palace, and it’s great to see it come to DVD and Blu-ray.
Directed and co-produced by the superstar herself, Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On was taped before thousands in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Dec. 31, 2010.
Joining “The Divine Miss M” onstage is an energetic corps of talented performers, including her renowned back-up singers “The Harlettes,” 20 dancers she calls “The Caesar Salad Girls” and a 13-piece band. The singer sings and struts her stuff in a 70-minute show that includes such numbers as “The Rose,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “From a Distance,” “Hello
I. Can’t. Wait.
The $10 million extravaganza played over 300 performances in a nearly three-year run at the famed Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. The 70-minute show features many of Ms. Midler’s colorful and classic stage and screen characters.
Joining her on the gargantuan stage is an energetic corps of talented performers, including the staggering Harlettes, twenty dazzling dancers she calls The Caesar Salad Girls and a 13-piece band. Her numbers include such Midler classics as The Rose, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, From a Distance, Hello in There and Wind Beneath My Wings.
The production is nominated for a 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. It was produced by Midler and Seanne Farmer
If you're looking for these polls to provide a "face" of an era it looks like Julie Andrews wins the early 60s -- she was thoroughly modern back then! -- and Faye Dunaway takes over from there for a long run at the top (1966-1980) [* indicates that it was an Oscar winning role.]
Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) Breakfast at Tiffany's Mary Poppins* (Julie Andrews) Mary Poppins [tie] Maria Von Trapp (Julie Andrews) The Sound of Music
Another speaker was Scott-Heron's first wife, Brenda Sykes, who reminisced about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who introduced her to Scott-Heron) and the poet's friendship with Stevie Wonder. She told about how Wonder wanted to dance on stage, but didn't trusted anyone to keep him from bumping into things. He trusted Scott-Heron though. "Gil led Stevie in a conga line," she said, and added that they toured together after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an effort to create the federal holiday in his memory.
Later, Kanye West, who was deeply inspired by Gil-Scott Heron's work,
Just remember.... in the winter... far beneath the bitter snow...
How beautiful is that song? On a scale of 1-10? 11! One of the all time classics.
I don't think we've ever discussed that particular Best Actress race. Sally Field took her first Oscar for Norma Rae "Union!". But who gets your vote?
Jill Clayburgh, Starting Over Sally Field, Norma Rae Jane Fonda, The China Syndrome Marsha Mason, Chapter Two Bette Midler, The Rose
I've just realized that the reason we've never discussed it here at The Film Experience is that I barely remember these movies (and have never seen Starting Over ... which sounds like a spiritual sequel or straight up remake of An Unmarried Woman). I remember really liking the other four performances when I saw them on VHS (gulp) in the late 80s. I was a huge fan of Chapter Two in particular for
Partly because Academy Award madness is almost upon us, partly because like all former PhD students I love a good reading list, and partly out of sheer nerdiness, I have compiled an arbitrary list of the top 10 Oscar-related books. This has involved the incidental pleasure of hanging out in the Humanities One reading room of the British Library, and also in the library of the excellent and under-appreciated Cinema Museum in Kennington, south London.
1) Robert Osborne – 80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards (2009)
A hefty, celebratory, coffee-table slab of a book, packed with stats and pictures like a book about sport. Very much the approved, authorised version.
2) Mason Wiley and Damien Bona – Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards (1977)
Notionally "unofficial" but in
Honorable Mention: The Fearless Freaks
If you have ever been to a The Flaming Lips concert, you know the kind of crazy, high energy show that these guys put on. In The Fearless Freaks viewers get to see the makings and evolution of this band from Oklahoma. It is an honest, genuine film that delves much deeper than just showing a band playing a show.
10. The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
The popularity of big hair rock music was at its
Happy Birthday to Bette Midler, who turns sixty-five today. Okay, the question of the day: What's your favorite Bette movie? Is it The Rose, For The Boys or Beaches? Or is it one of her comedies, such as Ruthless People, The First Wives Club, or Down and Out in Beverly Hills? Or is it the made-for-tv Gypsy or ... Drowning Mona? For me, it's a tie between Outrageous Fortune ("Does the phrase 'needle-dick, the bug-f**ker' mean anything to you?"), and Big Business ("I hate men who smell like beer and bean dip ... and makin' love in the back of recreational vehicles!"). Below you can see Bette on Inside the Actor's Studio, talking about being Disney-fied in the 80's.
Today is World AIDS Day, and here's an article from last year that shows that, believe it or not, the HIV-virus has actually been used to help treat some diseases. Below you
“There had been a movie a year or so before The Godfather  based on the novel called the The Brotherhood , starring Kirk Douglas [Paths of Glory],” remembered American director Francis Ford Coppola. “It was a big studio production which was sort of about the Mafia. It was not successful. When The Godfather proposition came out, a lot of people thought, ‘That won’t work.’” Financially broke and faced with being evicted from the offices of his production company American Zoetrope, the filmmaker was approached by Paramount Pictures to helm the cinematic adaptation of the tale authored by Mario Puzo. “I thought, when I read the book, that the story of the brothers and the father and the Mafia was interesting. But it was also a book a about this girl who has extremely large genitalia.
Take One: One of the Lynch mob
Stanton has been on regular staff rotation for four David Lynch flicks. (Four-and-a-half, if you include TV oddity Hotel Room.) From 1990 to 2006 Stanton provided characteristic screen goodness for a quartet of Lynch's most enduring works. Chronologically he’s contributed to: Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), The Straight Story (1999) and Inland Empire (2006). He was great as, respectively: disorderly Pi Johnnie Farragut tailing lovers-on-the-lam Sailor & Lula; Carl Rodd, irritable and dishevelled proprietor of the Fat Trout trailer park; frowzy front porch frowner Lyle Straight, estranged brother to lawnmower man Alvin; and Freddie Howard, dilapidated Hollywood has-been, both on-set and off-guard.
“I’ve already gone places” Hds laments his lot in Fire Walk with Me
They are sad-sack characters, all. Apart from Wild at Heart – his most substantial role for Lynch
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