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Marni Nixon, Voice Behind Stars in Movie Musicals Like ‘My Fair Lady,’ Dies at 86

Marni Nixon, Voice Behind Stars in Movie Musicals Like ‘My Fair Lady,’ Dies at 86
Marni Nixon, who gained fame as a “ghost singer” for Deborah Kerr in “The King and I,” Natalie Wood in “West Side Story” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady,” died of breast cancer on Sunday in New York City. She was 86.

In the 1940s, ’50s and into the ’60s, major film actresses without great singing voices were often “dubbed” by anonymous background singers. Studio execs preferred to keep alive the myth that the stars did their own singing. Nixon became the most famous of these — inadvertently at first, because Kerr spilled the beans in an interview about “The King and I” in 1956.

She was born Feb. 22, 1930, in Altadena, Calif. By the time she was 4, her family discovered that she had the rare gift of “perfect pitch” and started her on violin lessons.

By the time she was 7, she was working as an extra or bit player in films, which continued through her teen years.
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Anastasia

That scarlet woman Ingrid is back from exile, and hypocritical Hollywood is not complaining -- Anatole Litvak and Arthur Laurents make an intriguing romantic-psychological mystery of a bogus Romanoff Duchess who surfaces in 1928 Paris to claim the crown fortune. Good roles for Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes as well. It's a strange intersection of scandal, history and swindlers that may have found the real item... and maybe not. Anastasia Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 105 min. / Ship Date March 15, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt, Felix Aylmer, Sacha Pitoeff, Ivan Desny, Natalie Schafer, Karel Stepanek Cinematography Jack Hildyard Art Direction Andrej Andrejew, Bill Andrews Film Editor Bert Bates Original Music Alfred Newman Written by Arthur Laurents from a play by Marcelle Maurette Produced by Buddy Adler Directed by Anatole Litvak

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The cleverly written and
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How 'Wolf Hall' Captured the Dark Magic of Hilary Mantel's Award-Winning Novels

How 'Wolf Hall' Captured the Dark Magic of Hilary Mantel's Award-Winning Novels
The king's men come for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (Jonathan Pryce) as thick clouds mass on the twilit horizon. The camera follows close, first through the bowels of Wolsey's opulent estate, York Place, and finally into the cardinal's dim study, where he awaits this dreadful envoy wrapped in a scarlet cassock. The only other color of note in the opening sequence of "Wolf Hall" is Wolsey's imposing emerald cross, for the six-part miniseries, now airing on PBS, prefers to pay tribute to the dark magic of its source material. Hilary Mantel's award-winning novels, "Wolf Hall" and sequel "Bring Up the Bodies," transform the romance of historical fiction into ruthlessness, the pomp into low politics, and "Wolf Hall" captures the author's distinctive style from the start. At Wolsey's side during this initial exchange is his lawyer and confidant, Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance), supporter of the English Reformation and, later, close advisor to Henry VIII.
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Moonfleet part 1 review

Review Rob Smedley 28 Dec 2013 - 22:11

Moonfleet, Sky One's adventure two-parter starring Ray Winstone, gets off to a rip-roaring start...

This review contains spoilers.

There's something about that tinselly interstice between Christmas and New Year when - your senses broken down by joyless fistfuls of Quality Street - you're willing to submit to the Television and hope that there's something good on for the family. Fortunately Sky One's adaptation of J. Meade Falkner's 1898 novel, Moonfleet (a Pointless answer in the making...) is an offering that might help fill the chocolatey void with its rattling adventure.

The year: 1757. The place: the coastal village of Moonfleet. The brandy: currently being smuggled ashore under the watchful gaze of Ray Winstone's Elzevir Block (surely the name of a coldsore cream?). Block who, presumably by virtue of having the biggest coat in the village, is in charge of smuggling tobacco, rum,
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Disney 54 – Week 8: Make Mine Music

Each week, Thn takes a look back at one of the Walt Disney Animated Classics. The ones that the Walt Disney Company showed in cinemas, the ones they’re most proud of, the ones that still cost a bloody fortune no matter how old they are. The really good ones get through more re-editions than a Spielberg movie, and that’s saying something.

And now for something slightly different. Make Mine Music.

Directed by Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Joshua Meador, Robert Cormack.

1945/ 76 Minutes*

During the Second World War, the Disney Studios were effectively carved up. A lot of the staff were drafted into the Army, and the ones left were called on to make training and propaganda films for the government. Shorts like The New Spirit (1942), Der Fuehrer’S Face (1943) Education For Death and Commando Duck (1944), and the “unofficial” Disney movie, Victory Through Air Power, many of which
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Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Geoffrey Rush

Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush is one a select few actors who have earned the "Triple Crown of Acting" -- an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy.

The Australian actor earned his fourth Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Lionel Logue, the King's speech therapist in "The King's Speech." Rush not only stars, but also served as an executive producer of the film, which is nominated for Best Picture of the Year.

Rush's talents were discovered long before his currently acclaimed role.
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Golden Globes offer peek at Hollywood winners and losers

Los Angeles - Plummy British accents and period royal sagas have long been a favourite of Hollywood awards voters. So it should not have been a huge surprise that the first major awards nominations of the year should honour a film that displays both those qualities in spades. The King's Men earned seven nominations at the Golden Globes Tuesday morning, beating out homegrown American stalwarts like The Social Network, Black Swan, The Fighter and Inception. The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI, who is thrust reluctantly onto the throne after the death of his father King George V and the abdication of his older brother King Edward VIII in 1936. Hampered by a strong stutter,
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Restored print of “South Pacific” to be screened

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a recently restored 70mm print of “South Pacific” at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The screening is presented in association with Center Theater Group, which is hosting the touring version of the current Broadway revival.

Following the screening, Center Theatre Group’s artistic director, Michael Ritchie, will lead an onstage discussion featuring Mitzi Gaynor, who portrays Ensign Nellie Forbush in the film.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s musical version of James Michener’s novel premiered on stage in 1949 and was adapted for film in 1958. Set against the backdrop of World War II, “South Pacific” explores the dynamics of romantic attraction and racial prejudice among several residents of a fictitious South Pacific island and members of the U.S. Navy.

Featuring numerous well-loved songs, including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “A Wonderful Guy,” “Happy Talk” and “Bali Ha’i,
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