Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
If you want to look to reinforcement of traditional gender roles in the movies, sadly you can look to the history of movie musicals for consistent examples. It’s a genre that consistently returns to tropes and archetypes for its structure, but that just makes it all the more rewarding when there are examples to the contrary. Take Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for example - no seriously, take it and watch it on a loop because it is perfect cinema.
The film gives us two unique musical heroines in Jane Russell’s Dorothy Shaw and Marilyn Monroe’s Lorelei Lee, a team on the stage and in dealing with men. They are two ingenues that subvert genre tropes and traditional images of women looking for love on screen, and you can see how they do so in their solo songs...
Movies have been making a lot of interesting casting choices by transforming actors via makeup so they are practically unrecognizable.
Most recently, Sam Rockwell starred in Vice as George W. Bush. Michelle Williams has portrayed Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe.
In Fosse/Verdon, the duo will recreate the five-decade relationship and collaboration between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon.
Fosse was a visionary filmmaker and one of the most influential choreographers and directors in theater.
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Verdon was the best Broadway dancer of all time.
Only Bob can create the groundbreaking musicals that allow Gwen to showcase her greatness.
Only Gwen can realize the unique vision in Bob's head.
Together, they will change the face of American entertainment -- at a perilous cost.
Channing, who died Tuesday at her home at age 97, made numerous appearances on both the big and small screens and, apart from
Born in 1921, Channing was perhaps destined to be a famous entertainer. Once she got involved with theater at a young age, Channing knew she had found her calling. She dropped out of college to move to New York,
“Carol Channing personified everything we love about American musical comedy: big, funny and joyous. To see her hold an audience in her thrall was a master class in star power,” said Thomas Schumacher, Chairman of The Broadway League. “Hello, Dolly! opened 55 years ago tomorrow. She always was famous for her timing.”
The decision to dim Broadway’s lights is made by the League’s Committee of Theatre Owners. For Channing, the lights will dim for one minute on Wednesday, January 16 at exactly 7:45pm.
Channing’s Broadway credits include Hello, Dolly! (1995 Revival), Hello, Dolly! (1978 Revival), Lorelei (1974), Four on a Garden (1971), Hello, Dolly! (1964), Show Girl (1961), The Vamp (1955), Wonderful Town (1953), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949), Lend an Ear (1948), Proof Thro’ the Night (1942), and Let’s Face It! (1941).
According to The League, Channing played the role
“Carol was a true life-force…a kind and effervescent woman who never allowed the parade to pass her by!,” tweeted Streisand this afternoon, signing her message, “xo B”. Streisand played the role of matchmaker Dolly Levi in the 1969 film version of Hello, Dolly!
Midler released the following statement:
There was only one Carol Channing, and there will never be another. She was that rarest of stage creatures, an absolute original. From her instantly recognizable voice, to her stature, which was close to 6 feet, with her wide-eyed take on the world she crept into theater-goers hearts and took up permanent residence there.
When Scott Rudin invited me to play Dolly in 2016, I immediately
Broadway legend Carol Channing has passed away from natural causes at age 97. To call her inimitable would be a misstatement as Ms. Channing was one of the most impersonated stars of all time. With her shocking white hairdo, expansive smile and gravelly voice, she endeared audiences and inspired careers for countless entertainers on the drag queen circuit. Channing became a Broadway star in 1949 with "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and later became inextricably linked to the title role in the 1964 Broadway smash "Hello, Dolly!", for which she received the Tony Award. She was frustrated however, when she was not cast in the film versions of either musical, losing the roles to Marilyn Monroe and Barbra Streisand respectively. Ms. Channing also starred in her own television variety series in the 1960s. Surprisingly, she appeared in only a handful of feature films. She earned a Golden Globe and a Best Supporting
If anyone has heard her share of both gaffaws and clapping, it would be Channing, who died on Tuesday 16 days shy of her 98th birthday. The Seattle native broke out on Broadway in 1949 in as Lorelei Lee, an irrepressible man-crazy gold-digger from Little Rock, Arkansas, in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” She performed the showstopper, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” which would be memorably warbled in the 1953 film version by Marilyn Monroe and influenced Madonna‘s 1985 music video for “Material Girl.”
Her unique voice, willowy stature and bigger-than-life personality proved to be a plus but also a minus, since she always fused her traits into her characters. In a cover story for Life magazine, she was described as “an over-grown kewpie” who sang like “a moon-mad hillbilly.” Still, Channing had out-sized talent
“She rejoins the heavens as a new diamond in the night sky, and as she famously sang, they are a girl’s best friend,” actor George Takei tweeted. “Goodbye and farewell, forever our Dolly.”
Channing’s work on stage in the original production of “Hello, Dolly!” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” is being celebrated by stars like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rosanna Arquette and Gilbert Gottfried, among others.
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The cast of the current Broadway production of “Hello, Dolly” issued a statement this morning, saying. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of the one and only Carol Channing. She was a ‘Dolly’ for the ages,
Channing’s publicist, B. Harlan Boll, confirmed her death, saying Channing had suffered two strokes over the past year. In a statement shared with People, Boll said, “It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon – Miss Carol Channing,” the statement said. “I admired her before I met her,
B Harlan Boll, Channing’s publicist, confirmed the news to multiple news outlets. “It is with extreme heartache that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon – Miss Carol Channing,” Boll said in a statement to Broadway World. “I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped … or fell, rather … into my life.”
A native of Seattle, Channing’s distinctively gravelly enunciation, lanky, energetic frame and carefree laugh marked her many decades in show business. Along with her remarkable 4,500 performances in the title role of Hello, Dolly!, she appeared in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Vamp and Lorelei. On movie screens,
The Oscar-nominated actress died early Tuesday morning at her home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., just weeks before what would have been her 98th birthday, her publicist B. Harlan Boll told TheWrap.
Channing came to national prominence as the star of the Broadway musical “Hello, Dolly!” in 1964. Her performance as matchmaker Dolly Levi won her the first of three Tony Awards (including one for lifetime achievement) for Best Actress in a Musical.
She appeared in two revivals of “Hello, Dolly!,” performing the role more than 5,000 times, missing only one show due to food poisoning.
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Channing is also known for her role of Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
The three-time Tony Award winner, who also earned an Oscar nomination for her role in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), died at 12:31 a.m. Tuesday of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, publicist Harlan Boll announced.
With her husky voice — one of the most easily recognized and most imitated in the world — and gigantic saucer eyes, poofy platinum bob and ear-to-ear, pearly white grin, Channing was a larger-than-life luminary....
The “Late Late Show” host and “Mary Poppins Returns” stars got a little help from Kermit the Frog.
Here is their set list:
“La La Land”
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Guys and Dolls”
“Singin’ in the Rain”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“The Muppet Movie”
“The Wizard of Oz”
“Fiddler on the Roof”
“Into the Woods”
“Little Shop of Horrors”
“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”
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Watch the video above.
“Mary Poppins Returns” opens in theaters today.
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On Tuesday’s episode of The Late Late Show, James Corden was joined by Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda for the latest installment of “Role Call.” What followed was a rundown of 22 musicals in 12 minutes, including the highly anticipated Mary Poppins Returns. The impressive feat was shot in one take, and featured a cameo by Kermit the Frog. The full setlist went as follows:
1. “Willkommen” (Cabaret)
2. “All That Jazz” (Chicago)
3. “City of Stars” (La La Land)
4. “Be Our Guest” (Beauty and the Beast)
5. “Sit Down, You
The second season of Hulu original “Future Man” will arrive on the service Jan. 11, while the Natalie Portman-Tessa Thompson science fiction film “Annihilation” will be available to stream on Jan. 4. The film is Alex Garland’s follow-up to “Ex Machina” and starred Portman, Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh as a group of scientists investigating a strange environmental phenomenon known as “the shimmer.”
Here’s the full list of what’s coming and going in January.
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Available Jan. 1
Atlanta: Complete Season 2 (FX)
The Detectorists: Complete Season 3 (Drg)
Dot.: Complete Season 2B (Universal Kids)
Saints & Sinners: Complete Seasons 1-3 (Bounce TV)
X Company: Complete Seasons 2&3 (Sony)
10 Years (2011)
2 Days in the Valley (1996)
9 to 5 (1980)
A Charlie Brown Valentine (2002)
A Simple Plan (1998)
There’s nothing better than silent films accompanied by live music! The Rats and People is a treasure and St. Louis is lucky to have them here. I’ve seen them perform with silent films several times, often at The St. Louis International Film Festival, and usually at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium and it’s always a stunning good time at the movies. You’ll have the chance to see them perform their magic this Saturday, November 10th when they premiere their new score for The Half Breed (1916)
During the peak of the silent era, the dashing
As so often has happened over the years, silent films have been lost to time, or survive only in very poor or often incomplete prints. Because these films weren’t thought of as “art” many were scrapped due to high storage costs, recycled for their silver content, or were destroyed by fire due to their high combustibility. Others were resold to budget distribution companies, recut and retitled, and released as totally different films. Thus was the fate of many Douglas Fairbanks movies from his time at Triangle Pictures. The Half-Breed is a classic case in point.
Based upon a short story and rewritten for the screen by its author in collaboration with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes novelist and pioneering screenwriter Anita Loos, The Half-Breed tells the story of a baby abandoned by his white father and Native American mother and raised by an elderly man who lives deep in the woods.
While the studio’s highlight reel ranged from “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” to “Fight Club” and “Avatar,” a line from John Ford’s “How Green Was My Valley” resonated: “Something is going out of this valley that will never be replaced.” It felt like a wake. What will happen? Nobody knows, but it won’t be the same. And Snider, who choked up as the Fox fanfare played, may not be able to finish what she started.
She reminded the audience that “The Greatest Showman” is still in theaters in its 18th week.
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