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More 4th of July Escapism: Small-Town Iowa and Declaration of Independence Musicals

More 4th of July Escapism: Small-Town Iowa and Declaration of Independence Musicals
(See previous post: Fourth of July Movies: Escapism During a Weird Year.) On the evening of the Fourth of July, besides fireworks, fire hazards, and Yankee Doodle Dandy, if you're watching TCM in the U.S. and Canada, there's the following: Peter H. Hunt's 1776 (1972), a largely forgotten film musical based on the Broadway hit with music by Sherman Edwards. William Daniels, who was recently on TCM talking about 1776 and a couple of other movies (A Thousand Clowns, Dodsworth), has one of the key roles as John Adams. Howard Da Silva, blacklisted for over a decade after being named a communist during the House Un-American Committee hearings of the early 1950s (Robert Taylor was one who mentioned him in his testimony), plays Benjamin Franklin. Ken Howard is Thomas Jefferson, a role he would reprise in John Huston's 1976 short Independence. (In the short, Pat Hingle was cast as John Adams; Eli Wallach was Benjamin Franklin.) Warner
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Johnny Guitar (widescreen)

Olive's new branded line reissues the Nicholas Ray classic with a full set of authoritative extras -- plus a never-before-seen widescreen transfer, in all of its Trucolor glory. Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden never looked better -- we can all compare theories about la Crawford's color-coded costumes. Just how masculine is Vienna supposed to be? Johnny Guitar (Olive Signature widescreen edition) Blu-ray Olive Films 1954 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 110 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 39.95 but heavily discounted Starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, Ward Bond, Ben Cooper, Ernest Borgnine, John Carradine, Royal Dano, Frank Ferguson, Paul Fix, Rhys Williams. Cinematography Harry Stradling Film Editor Richard Van Enger Original Music Victor Young Written by Philip Yordan from the novel by Roy Chanslor Produced by Herbert J. Yates Directed by Nicholas Ray

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Wow, it's already been four years since Olive released a
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Bad Boy

This proto- juvenile delinquent epic launched celebrated WW2 warrior Audie Murphy on the road to Hollywood fame, fortune and more troubled times. Audie commits every crime short of shooting dogs and nuns, but those wacky liberal social workers still give him the benefit of the doubt. Director Kurt Neumann back our hero with expert acting support from Lloyd Nolan, Jane Wyatt and James GleasonBad Boy DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1949 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 86 min. / Street Date January 5, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Audie Murphy, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Wyatt, James Gleason, Stanley Clements, Martha Vickers, Rhys Williams, Selena Royle, Jimmy Lydon, Dickie Moore, Tommy Cook, William F. Leicester, Stephen Chase, Walter Sande, Ray Teal, Charles Trowbridge. Cinematography Karl Struss Art Direction Theobold Holsopple Production Design Gordon Wiles Film Editor William Austin Original Music Paul Sawtell Written by Robert Hardy Andrews, Karl Kamb, Paul Short Produced by Paul Short
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Torchwood stars line up in clip from BBC Radio take on The Ring for Halloween

A selection of names from British TV, including Torchwood‘s Eye Myles and Naoko Mori, will star in an adaptation of Japanese horror classic The Ring on BBC Radio 4 for Halloween.

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The two former Torchwood colleagues will star alongside Matthew Gravelle (Broadchurch) in the radio play, which will be part of Radio 4’s Halloween Fright Night series.

Gravelle plays a British journalist living in Tokyo who investigates the deaths of four teenagers, discovering that they all died after watching the same video tape.

When he watches the tape himself, he must unravel the mystery in the seven days the tape gives him to live.

A new clip from the show over at Radio Times gives a flavour of the horror.

Fright Night: Ring will air on BBC Radio 4 at 11pm on October 31st.
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Naoko Mori might be back as Tosh in the new Torchwood audio series

Torchwood is back - on audio - and Naoko Mori could be reprising her role of Toshiko 'Tosh' Sato.

Mori told Digital Spy that she has been approached about playing Tosh again in Big Finish's series of audio dramas.

"I miss Torchwood so much," she admitted. "On Twitter, there's been a lot of fans saying, 'Bring it back!' - and it would be so nice to do something.

"I know there's a radio thing happening and they've talked to me about it as well, so hopefully that'll happen in due course."

It's been seven years since Tosh - and her unrequited love interest Owen (Burn Gorman) - were killed off in the gut-wrenching episode 'Exit Wounds'. But if you're still not over it, don't worry - neither is Naoko.

"Still to this day, just thinking about it makes me feel very sad," she said. "That was a really tough scene.
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Torchwood audios: second series announced for 2016

Big Finish’s Torchwood stories won’t be wrapping up any time soon – a second series for Barrowman and co. has been announced…

Only days after the release of Torchwood: The Conspiracy - the John Barrowman-starring debut adventure for the first series of Big Finish’s Torchwood audios – a second series of Big Finish's Torchwood has been announced.

Producer James Goss said this: “Everyone involved’s just had so much fun that we didn’t want to stop […] and Big Finish said, 'It’s okay, you don’t have to.’ We’ve already got the first script in and it’s a delight.”

Co-executive producer Nicholas Briggs added this: “I couldn’t really imagine that the response to our Torchwood series wouldn’t be positive. So I’m very pleased not to have been proved wrong. The series has so many dedicated followers and the audios have been written,
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Torchwood is getting a second audio series with six brand-new episodes

After the success of its first run, Torchwood is getting a second audio series from March 2016.

One month after the current series ends, Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and his team will return with a new run of six Big Finish stories taking place at different times in the history of Torchwood.

"Everyone involved's just had so much fun that we didn't want to stop," said producer James Goss.

"And Big Finish said, 'It's okay, you don't have to'. We've already got the first script in and it's a delight."

Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery added: "It's wonderful to be able to commit so soon to a second series of Torchwood'.

"This is completely down to the immense support we have received from the fans of the series. We are delighted to be continuing the adventures of Captain Jack and his team!"

Co-executive producer Nicholas Briggs said: "I
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Gwen and Rhys Join Big Finish’s Torchwood

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Gwen Cooper and her husband, Rhys Williams will be appearing in the third release of Big Finish’s Torchwood range! The audio’s company’s first foray into the universe of nuWho begins this month, but we’ll have to wait for November’s Forgotten Lives to hear Eve Myles reprise her role as Gwen, and Kai Owen to return as Rhys....

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Eve Myles and Kai Owen are coming back to Captain Jack in Torchwood audio series

Captain Jack Harkness is to be joined by some more familiar faces, as Eve Myles and Kai Owen have signed up for Big Finish's Torchwood audio dramas.

They will reprise their roles as husband-and-wife team Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams in the third release of the series.

Torchwood: Forgotten Lives will see the couple plagued by the same alien plot uncovered by Captain Jack (John Barrowman) in the opening story of the series, The Conspiracy.

Torchwood is just a fond memory for the two, but then the phone rings...

"Captain Jack's the poster boy, Ianto's the style, but Eve and Kai are the heart of Torchwood," said producer James Goss.

"Listening to the two of them back together is an utter joy. We pick up their story after Miracle Day. How has life been treating them? It's a delight to find out."

Forgotten Lives is written by Emma Reeves,
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Torchwood: Eve Myles and Kai Owen return for audio adventure

Following in the footsteps of Captain Jack and Ianto, Gwen and Rhys will return for a new Big Finish Torchwood audio story…

Big Finish – the team who have brought us countless Doctor Who audio adventures and several spin-offs – are continuing their Torchwood-themed recruitment drive.

Specifically, they've found a space for Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams. The loveable couple, described accurately in the press bumf as ‘the heart of Torchwood,’ will return for the third release in Big Finish’s upcoming Torchwood series.

Following in the tradition of bringing back the original cast members (the first story will feature John Barrowman returning as Captain Jack, and the second will star Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto), Big Finish has nabbed Eve Myles and Kai Owen to reprise their roles from the show.

“Listening to the two of them back together is an utter joy,” says producer James Goss. “We pick up their story after Miracle Day.
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Oscar History-Making Actress Has Her Day on TCM

Teresa Wright ca. 1945. Teresa Wright movies on TCM: 'The Little Foxes,' 'The Pride of the Yankees' Pretty, talented Teresa Wright made a relatively small number of movies: 28 in all, over the course of more than half a century. Most of her films have already been shown on Turner Classic Movies, so it's more than a little disappointing that TCM will not be presenting Teresa Wright rarities such as The Imperfect Lady and The Trouble with Women – two 1947 releases co-starring Ray Milland – on Aug. 4, '15, a "Summer Under the Stars" day dedicated to the only performer to date to have been shortlisted for Academy Awards for their first three film roles. TCM's Teresa Wright day would also have benefited from a presentation of The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956), an unusual entry – parapsychology, reincarnation – in the Wright movie canon and/or Roseland (1977), a little-remembered entry in James Ivory's canon.
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Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner

Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch.[2] Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later,
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Wright Minibio Pt.2: Hitchcock Heroine in His Favorite Movie

Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock heroine (image: Joseph Cotten about to strangle Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt') (See preceding article: "Teresa Wright Movies: Actress Made Oscar History.") After scoring with The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, and The Pride of the Yankees, Teresa Wright was loaned to Universal – once initial choices Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland became unavailable – to play the small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. (Check out video below: Teresa Wright reminiscing about the making of Shadow of a Doubt.) Co-written by Thornton Wilder, whose Our Town had provided Wright with her first chance on Broadway and who had suggested her to Hitchcock; Meet Me in St. Louis and Junior Miss author Sally Benson; and Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, Shadow of a Doubt was based on "Uncle Charlie," a story outline by Gordon McDonell – itself based on actual events.
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Leicester City 2-0 Middlesbrough: Match Report

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Leicester City extended their lead at the top of the Championship with a home win over Middlesbrough in very wet conditions thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy and Richie De Laet in the second half.

The Foxes were forced to make an early change following a collision between Liam Moore and the Middlesbrough goalpost as he tried to follow in Anthony Knockaert’s swinging free kick. He was taken off minutes later with a possible rib injury and was replaced by Marcin Wasilewski after just 9 minutes on the clock.

The torrential downpour played a major part of the game in the first half as the heavens well and truly opened up minutes before kickoff, and throughout the rest of the half. Both sides were unable to play their usual style of football due to the slippery surface and the scores remained 0-0 at the break.

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Beautiful, Lighthearted Fox Star Suffered Many Real-Life Tragedies

Jeanne Crain: Lighthearted movies vs. real life tragedies (photo: Madeleine Carroll and Jeanne Crain in ‘The Fan’) (See also: "Jeanne Crain: From ‘Pinky’ Inanity to ‘MargieMagic.") Unlike her characters in Margie, Home in Indiana, State Fair, Centennial Summer, The Fan, and Cheaper by the Dozen (and its sequel, Belles on Their Toes), or even in the more complex A Letter to Three Wives and People Will Talk, Jeanne Crain didn’t find a romantic Happy Ending in real life. In the mid-’50s, Crain accused her husband, former minor actor Paul Brooks aka Paul Brinkman, of infidelity, of living off her earnings, and of brutally beating her. The couple reportedly were never divorced because of their Catholic faith. (And at least in the ’60s, unlike the humanistic, progressive-thinking Margie, Crain was a “conservative” Republican who supported Richard Nixon.) In the early ’90s, she lost two of her
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Middlesbrough vs Blackpool: Match Preview

Paul Ince is in the dugout at The Riverside tomorrow against the club he joined fourteen years ago this week.

The corresponding matches yielded eleven goals last term; Blackpool winning 4-1 at Bloomfield Road and Middlesbrough running out 4-2 winners in last season’s Boxing Day fixture.

Grant Leadbitter looks likely to play for the Teessiders after recovering from an knock picked up in his side’s win over Charlton last week. But Jason Steele faces a late fitness test after picking up an ankle injury in the same fixture, however Boro have signed veteran stopper Dimi Konstantopolous who is set to deputise should Steele be ruled out.

Tom Ince is serving the second game of his three match ban for the visitors. The manager’s son picked up the suspension for inappropriate behaviour in Blackpool’s Capitol One Cup defeat at Preston.

The two teams were inseparable last season,

Forget Hitchcock's Vertigo: Tonight the Greatest Movie About Obsessive Desire

Joan Fontaine movies: ‘This Above All,’ ‘Letter from an Unknown Woman’ (photo: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine in ‘Suspicion’ publicity image) (See previous post: “Joan Fontaine Today.”) Also tonight on Turner Classic Movies, Joan Fontaine can be seen in today’s lone TCM premiere, the flag-waving 20th Century Fox release The Above All (1942), with Fontaine as an aristocratic (but socially conscious) English Rose named Prudence Cathaway (Fontaine was born to British parents in Japan) and Fox’s top male star, Tyrone Power, as her Awol romantic interest. This Above All was directed by Anatole Litvak, who would guide Olivia de Havilland in the major box-office hit The Snake Pit (1948), which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nod. In Max Ophüls’ darkly romantic Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948), Fontaine delivers not only what is probably the greatest performance of her career, but also one of the greatest movie performances ever. Letter from an Unknown Woman
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Middlesbrough 1-2 Accrington Stanley – Match Report

League Two Accrington Stanley condemned Middlesbrough to their second defeat in four days as they beat last year’s quarter finalists 2-1 at The Riverside.

Lukas Jutkiewicz’s ninth minute strike was cancelled out by Marcus Carver just before half time.

Piero Mingoia sealed the cupset in the 79th minute. But Boro will be frustrated by the amount of chances they wasted as they were the only side who looked like winning for the first 80 minutes.

The Teessiders were playing their first home game in the League Cup since they beat Yeovil 5-1 back in 2008. A run that has seen them clock up in excess of 3,500 midweek miles.

Their opponents Stanley were looking to avoid going out in the 1st round for the second year running.

It was the first time these two teams had met in any fixture and it was Stanley who came out on top in a very one sided game.

Middlesbrough 1-2 Leicester – Foxes Pounce On Lacklustre Second Half Display From Boro

Tony Mowbray will be disappointed to see his side come out without any points after a dominant first half display.

The Boro Boss kept with the same starting eleven that saw his side stroll to a 2-1 friendly win over French Cup winners Bordeaux.

The game saw Middlesbrough’s new acquisitions Dean Whitehead and Jozsef Varga make their full league debuts.

The Teessiders started the brighter; Lukas Jutkiewicz latching onto a Grant Leadbitter flick on. But the former Everton trainee dragged his shot wide of Kasper Schmeichel’s far post.

The Boro continued to dominate, Leadbitter finding Jutkiewicz once again, lurking on the edge of the six yard box. However his shot was once again no trouble for the Leicester keeper.

Jonathan Woodgate almost doubled his goal tally for Boro, his header from a Mustapha Carayol cross went agonisingly over the crossbar.

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson started ushering his players forward,

From Swordfights in Paris to Dropping the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima: Parker Evening

Eleanor Parker today: Beautiful as ever in Scaramouche, Interrupted Melody Eleanor Parker, who turns 91 in ten days (June 26, 2013), can be seen at her most radiantly beautiful in several films Turner Classic Movies is showing this evening and tomorrow morning as part of their Star of the Month Eleanor Parker "tribute." Among them are the classic Scaramouche, the politically delicate Above and Beyond, and the biopic Interrupted Melody, which earned Parker her third and final Best Actress Academy Award nomination. (Photo: publicity shot of Eleanor Parker in Scaramouche.) The best of the lot is probably George Sidney’s balletic Scaramouche (1952), in which Eleanor Parker plays one of Stewart Granger’s love interests — the other one is Janet Leigh. A loose remake of Rex Ingram’s 1923 blockbuster, the George Sidney version features plenty of humor, romance, and adventure; vibrant colors (cinematography by Charles Rosher); an elaborately staged climactic swordfight; and tough dudes
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