4 items from 2011
I have the theme from Gremlins stuck in my head and it’s all your fault!
What better way to celebrate Christ’s Birthday (Observed) than with a full day’s programming of movies that have nothing to do with Him? I figure we’ll get to that next year on Christ’s Deathday (Observed); for now, these flicks of love, gratitude and a whole spectrum of other heartwarming words will have to suffice.
8:00 Am - It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) - 130 min
It’s a movie everybody’s seen! Or at least that used to be the case. I’m old and cognizant enough to remember the clichéd time when It’s a Wonderful Life was shown on seemingly every channel, round-the-clock from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, but even though that ended roughly fifteen to twenty years ago, the stereotype remains. These days, I think less and less »
Star of stage and screen and cult legend Michael Gough passed away today, March 17, 2011. He was 94 years old.
Gough was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (now Malaysia), the son of British parents Frances Atkins (née Bailie) and Francis Berkeley Gough on November 23, 1916. Although he objected to World War II, he felt obligated to serve his country in the Non-Combatant Corps, and was a member of the No. 6 Ncc in Liverpool. From 1947 until his retirement in 2000, he acted in film, television, and toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He made his film debut in 1948 in Blanche Fury, the plot of which was based on an actual Victorian England homicide case. Over the years, he appeared with such notable actors as Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson and Sir Laurence Olivier.
Susannah York, the British actress nominated for an Oscar in 1969 for her breakout performance in the heavy Jane Fonda Depression-era period piece They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, has passed away at the age of 72 after a long battle with cancer.
Most of York's best roles were in the Mod Decade, beginning with Tom Jones in 1963, as well as A Man For All Seasons and a plumb role as Beryl Reid's gay lover in The Killing Of Sister George towards the end of the '60s.
She also appeared in A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott. Though there was a lean period after her Oscar nomination, York's career continued after Horses when she played Clark Kent's mother Lara in Superman (1978).
Rip, Susannah York. »
- Anna Breslaw
British actress Susannah York passed away Saturday (Jan. 15) in England after a battle with cancer. She was 72. York is best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in the 1969 movie "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?", about a grueling dance marathon. She was joined in the movie by Jane Fonda and Bonnie Bedelia.
But we know her from a couple other projects. She played Lara, Kal-El's mother on Krypton, in "Superman" and "Superman II," with a voice credit for "Superman IV." She also played Margaret, the daughter of Sir Thomas More in the 1966 movie "A Man for All Seasons" opposite Paul Scofield and Robert Shaw.
Susannah was also in one of our favorite versions of "A Christmas Carol" -- she was Mrs. Cratchit in the version starring George C. Scott as Ebeneezer Scrooge. In her later years, she acted mostly in England.
And for a bit of interesting trivia, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They? »
4 items from 2011
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