Mississippi (1935) - News Poster

(1935)

News

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
See full article at Alt Film Guide »

16 Songs from the Past Century of Protest Music

16 Songs from the Past Century of Protest Music
Using music as a tool of protest isn’t anything new. But with the current political climate, we have a sneaking suspicion that music in the U.S. is about to get ever-so-slightly more angry. Here are the most important ones from the genre’s history in America.

“I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier” (1915)

One of the first anti-war pop songs, this song was a hit in 1915, selling 650,000 copies. It also drew scorn from a number of people, including Theodore Roosevelt, who said, “Foolish people who applaud a song entitled ‘I Didn’t Raise My Boy
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Witness the Evolution of Cinematography with Compilation of Oscar Winners

This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards

Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by
See full article at The Film Stage »

The Final Years of King Baggot – From the ‘King of the Movies’ to Bit Player

The King Baggot Tribute will take place Wednesday September 28th at 7pm at Lee Auditorium inside the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The 1913 silent film Ivanhoe will be accompanied by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra and there will be a 40-minute illustrated lecture on the life and career of King Baggot by We Are Movie Geeks’ Tom Stockman. A Facebook invite for the event can be found Here

Here’s a look at the final phase of King Baggot’s career.

King Baggot, the first ‘King of the Movies’ died July 11th, 1948 penniless and mostly forgotten at age 68. A St. Louis native, Baggot was at one time Hollywood’s most popular star, known is his heyday as “The Most Photographed Man in the World” and “More Famous Than the Man in the Moon”. Yet even in his hometown, Baggot had faded into obscurity.
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

Mary J. Blige Joins Cast of ‘Mudbound’ With Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund & Carey Mulligan

Mary J. Blige Joins Cast of ‘Mudbound’ With Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund & Carey Mulligan
Exclusive: Soul singer Mary J. Blige has joined the cast of Dee ReesMudbound alongside Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund and Carey Mulligan. The project, which starts filming soon in New Orleans, follows two men returning home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi. Once there, they struggle to deal with racism and adjust to postwar life. Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Kim Roth, Sally Jo Effenson Chris Lemole, Tim Zajaros and Carl Effenson
See full article at Deadline Movie News »

Stage Tube: On This Day for 5/23/16- Finian's Rainbow

Today in 1960, Finian's Rainbow opened at the 46th Street Theatre now the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Finian's Rainbow is a musical with a book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Burton Lane. The 1947 Broadway production ran for 725 performances. Finian moves to the southern United States the fictional state of Missitucky is a humorous combination of Mississippi and Kentucky from Ireland with his daughter Sharon, to bury a stolen pot of gold near Fort Knox, in the mistaken belief that it will grow. A leprechaun follows them, desperate to recover his treasure before the loss of it turns him permanently human. Complications arise when a bigoted and corrupt U.S. Senator gets involved, and when wishes are made inadvertently over the hidden crock.
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

Black Bear to co-finance Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke's 'Mudbound'

  • ScreenDaily
Black Bear to co-finance Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke's 'Mudbound'
Exclusive: Carey Mulligan will star in the drama from director Dees Rees.

Black Bear Pictures is to co-finance Cannes sales title Mudbound, the latest addition to a growing stable of prestige titles that includes The Imitation Game, Gold and Efm sensation Suburbicon.

Good Universe has introduced the sub-$15m drama to international buyers here with Cassian Elwes and Wme Global jointly representing Us rights.

Director Dee Rees and a lead cast of Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell are preparing for a May 27 start in New Orleans on the story of two returning soldiers in post-war America who experience racism in rural Mississippi.

Charles King’s MacRo and Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros’ Armory are co-financing. Black Bear founder Teddy Schwarzman and Dan Steinman join the executive producer roster alongside Poppy Hanks.

Elwes, King, Kim Roth, Sally Jo Effenson, Carl Effenson, Lemole and Zajaros are producing.
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Hedlund, Mulligan, Clarke Join "Mud Bound"

Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Jason Mitchell are all in negotiations to star in Dee Rees' indie drama "MudBound" for Macro and Zeal.

Virgil Williams ("Criminal Minds") penned the screenplay based on Hillary Jordan's 2008 novel of the same name about a city worker in a WWII-torn country who relocates his family to a failing Mississippi farm and is forced to overcome insurmountable hardships, including his brother's return from war.

Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Kim Roth, Sally Jo Effenson Chris Lemole, Tim Zajaros and Carl Effenson are producing. No distributor is currently attached.

Source: Variety
See full article at Dark Horizons »

Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke to Star in Indie Drama ‘Mudbound’ (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
Carey Mulligan and Jason Clarke are set to star in the indie drama “Mudbound,” based on the award-winning novel by Hillary Jordan, TheWrap has exclusively learned. Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell are in negotiations to co-star in the film, which Dee Rees (“Pariah”) will direct from a script by Virgil Williams. Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Kim Roth, Sally Jo Effenson and Carl Effenson are producing, while Chris Lemole, Tim Zajaros and Poppy Hanks will executive produce. Joe Drake will sell foreign rights. Set in 1946, “Mudbound” will find Mulligan playing city-bred Laura McAllan, who’s trying to raise her children on her husband’s Mississippi.
See full article at The Wrap »

DVD Savant 2015 Favored Disc Roundup

or, Savant picks The Most Impressive Discs of 2015

This is the actual view from Savant Central, looking due North.

What a year! I was able to take one very nice trip back East too see Washington D.C. for the first time, or at least as much as two days' walking in the hot sun and then cool rain would allow. Back home in Los Angeles, we've had a year of extreme drought -- my lawn is looking patriotically ratty -- and we're expecting something called El Niño, that's supposed to be just shy of Old-Testament build-me-an-ark intensity. We withstood heat waves like those in Day the Earth Caught Fire, and now we'll get the storms part. This has been a wild year for DVD Savant, which is still a little unsettled. DVDtalk has been very patient and generous, and so have Stuart Galbraith & Joe Dante; so far everything
See full article at Trailers from Hell »

Viennale 2015. Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!

  • MUBI
Chis Marker's Chat écoutant la musiqueThere are dog people and there are cat people, this we know, and there are even people who claim to be of both—though latent sympathies remain unspoken, like with a parent and which child is their favorite. With the Vienna Film Festival welcoming me with a tumbling collection of dog and cat short films spanning cinema's history—the Austrian Film Museum, an essential destination each year collaborating with the Viennale, is hosting a “a brief zoology of cinema” throughout the festivities—it is clear that filmmakers, too, have their preference. Silent cinema decidedly prefers the more easily trained and exhibited canine, with 1907’s surreal favorite Les chiens savants as a certain kind of cruel pinnacle. For the cats, Chris Marker, already the presiding figure over so much in 20th century art, I think we can easily claim is the cine-laureate. One need not know
See full article at MUBI »

W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection

He's back and he's funnier than ever. The mischievous, cagey entertainer William Claude Dukenfield starred in some of the best comedies ever. This five-disc DVD set contains eighteen of his best, all the way from Million Dollar Legs in 1932 to Never Give a Sucker an Even Break in 1941. And we get to see all sides of W.C's talent -- he was a top-rank juggler, of just about anything. W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection DVD Universal Studios Home Entertainment 1932-1941 / B&W / 1:37 Academy 1316 minutes (21 hours, 46 min) Street Date October 13, 2015 / 99.98 Starring Larson E. Whipsnade, T. Frothinghill Bellows, Egbert Sousé, Eustace P. McGargle, Harold Bissonette, Professor Quail, Augustus Winterbottom, Mr. Stubbins, Sam Bisbee, Ambrose Wolfinger, Cuthbert J. Twillie, Humpty-Dumpty. Written by Charles Bogle, Mahatma Kane Jeeves, Otis Criblecoblis

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In the late 1960s there were these things called Head Shops, see, where various hippie consumer goods were sold.
See full article at Trailers from Hell »

Stage Tube: On This Day for 5/23/15- Finian's Rainbow

Today in 1960, Finian's Rainbow opened at the 46th Street Theatre now the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Finian's Rainbow is a musical with a book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Burton Lane. The 1947 Broadway production ran for 725 performances. Finian moves to the southern United States the fictional state of Missitucky is a humorous combination of Mississippi and Kentucky from Ireland with his daughter Sharon, to bury a stolen pot of gold near Fort Knox, in the mistaken belief that it will grow. A leprechaun follows them, desperate to recover his treasure before the loss of it turns him permanently human. Complications arise when a bigoted and corrupt U.S. Senator gets involved, and when wishes are made inadvertently over the hidden crock.
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

From the ‘King of the Movies’ to Bit Player – the Final Years of King Baggot

The King Baggot Tribute will take place Friday, November 14th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium beginning at 7pm as part of this year’s St. Louis Intenational FIlm Festival. The program will consist a rare 35mm screening of the 1913 epic Ivanhoe starring King Baggot with live music accompaniment by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. Ivanhoe will be followed by an illustrated lecture on the life and films of King Baggot presented by Tom Stockman, editor here at We Are Movie Geeks. After that will screen the influential silent western Tumbleweeds (1925), considered to be one of King Baggot’s finest achievements as a director. Tumbleweeds will feature live piano accompaniment by Matt Pace.

Here’s a look at the final phase of King Baggot’s career.

King Baggot, the first ‘King of the Movies’ died July 11th, 1948 penniless and mostly forgotten at age 68. A St. Louis native, Baggot
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

Stage Tube: On This Day 5/23- Finian's Rainbow

Today in 1960, Finian's Rainbow opened at the 46th Street Theatre now the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Finian's Rainbow is a musical with a book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Burton Lane. The 1947 Broadway production ran for 725 performances. Finian moves to the southern United States the fictional state of Missitucky is a humorous combination of Mississippi and Kentucky from Ireland with his daughter Sharon, to bury a stolen pot of gold near Fort Knox, in the mistaken belief that it will grow. A leprechaun follows them, desperate to recover his treasure before the loss of it turns him permanently human. Complications arise when a bigoted and corrupt U.S. Senator gets involved, and when wishes are made inadvertently over the hidden crock.
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

Stage Tube: On This Day 5/23- Finian's Rainbow

Today in 1960, Finian's Rainbow opened at the 46th Street Theatre now the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Finian's Rainbow is a musical with a book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Burton Lane. The 1947 Broadway production ran for 725 performances. Finian moves to the southern United States the fictional state of Missitucky is a humorous combination of Mississippi and Kentucky from Ireland with his daughter Sharon, to bury a stolen pot of gold near Fort Knox, in the mistaken belief that it will grow. A leprechaun follows them, desperate to recover his treasure before the loss of it turns him permanently human. Complications arise when a bigoted and corrupt U.S. Senator gets involved, and when wishes are made inadvertently over the hidden crock.
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – review

Richard Rodgers theatre, New York

Does Broadway need another revival of Tennessee Williams's Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, its third in three years? Perhaps not. But when an actor such as Scarlett Johansson gets her claws into a part like Maggie, the Cat gets another life. Sinuous in a beige slip, with head swathed in a marmalade wig, eyes opulently lined in black, Johansson should get plenty of audience members purring. But despite these charms, director Rob Ashford's production is little more than a star vehicle, erratically driven.

With curtains adorned with a pattern of lowering branches and a burst of ominous strings as the house lights dim, the evening promises southern gothic, but devolves into a mix of naturalism and farce. (For some reason Ashford insists on having characters chase each other around and around the bed.) As in the recent revival of Glengarry Glen Ross with Al Pacino,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Scarlett Johansson in play 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' - picture

Scarlett Johansson in play 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' - picture
Scarlett Johansson has appeared in a new photo from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The Avengers Assemble actress stars in the lead role of Maggie the Cat in the upcoming stage production, which will be revived on Broadway next month. The classic Tennessee Williams play has started previews this week, and will open at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on January 17. Ciarán Hinds will also star as Big Daddy and Tony Award winner Debra Monk will portray Big Mama. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is set at the plantation home of wealthy cotton tycoon Big Daddy Pollitt in Mississippi. The play follows the (more)
See full article at Digital Spy - Movie News »

‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ Revival: Scarlett Johansson Is Maggie, Ciaran Hinds Is Big Daddy, Benjamin Walker Is Brick, Debra Monk Is Big Mama

Exclusive: Tony winner Scarlett Johansson has now been set to return to Broadway to star as Maggie in a new production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, and Ciarán Hinds has been set to play Big Daddy, Benjamin Walker is going to play Brick, and Tony/Emmy winner Debra Monk will play Big Mama. The revival of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer classic will be directed by Rob Ashford, and will begin preview performances Tuesday, December 18 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on West 46th Street for a January 17 opening night. Stuart Thompson is producing. “Big Daddy” Pollitt, the richest cotton planter in the Mississippi Delta, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. He is distressed by the rocky relationship between his beloved son Brick, an aging football hero who has turned to drink, and his beautiful and feisty wife Maggie. As the hot summer evening unfolds, the veneer of Southern
See full article at Deadline Movie News »

Great Weekend Reads

Three entertaining novels: an epic, wry account of Brits in the Balkans during WWII, a gripping murder mystery in a Southern town, and what Marilyn Monroe's dog, Maf, saw.

The Balkan TrilogyBy Olivia Manning

Related story on The Daily Beast: This Week's Hot Reads

No young man dreams of growing up to be a lecturer for the British Council. But when I first stumbled across Olivia Manning's Balkan Trilogy in graduate school, I was ready to be signed up. At nearly a thousand pages, Manning's three novels are a sweeping story of marital love, English manners, and Balkan intrigues, set against Europe's descent into the Second World War. Harriet Pringle, bright and self-confident, joins her husband, Guy, in Bucharest, Romania, where he teaches English at the local university as part of a British cultural program. "Anything can happen now," Harriet thinks as her train chugs eastward, somewhere beyond Venice.
See full article at The Daily Beast »
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Showtimes | External Sites


Recently Viewed