"Absurdly overheated and unforgivably dull..."
"Sharon Stone has been falling from grace for about a decade now, and here, with her great vanity project, she hits the ground with an inglorious thud."
"Erotic thriller desperately needs Michael Douglas -- and some real eroticism."
"BI2 is packed with as much lust, nudity and sexual depravity as the first. So, why isn't it as much fun? What's lost in any sequel is the freshness of the first film, and was "BI1" ever fresh!"
New York Daily News
"Those hoping for either a sizzling -- or an unintentionally hilarious -- good time will be disappointed by this inexplicably dull sequel."
"Stone's purring, snarling, bedroom kink is embarrassing. "
"It's a lot of things, but boring is not one of them. I cannot recommend the movie, but ... why the hell can't I? Just because it's godawful? What kind of reason is that for staying away from a movie? "
Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert
"boring, that would be a reason.
Basic Instinct 2 is double trouble -- the femme is to die for, the film is to die from. "
"The accidental comedy sensation of the year to date. "
Friday, March 31, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
"Alexis Arquette - guess this is the one who's supposed to shake this whole thing up. She's from the Arquette Hollywood Dynasty and Alexis makes it known she is "transgendered". (Did I spell that right?)when he/she was chasing Maven(from WWF) through the house and he was naked?"
I have a feeling there will have alot of nasty thing,,Umm can't wait..
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Monday, March 27, 2006
About the Author
Robert Osborne is the prime-time host and anchor of Turner Classic Movies and a columnist-critic for the Hollywood Reporter . Molly Haskell is co-host of TCM's "The Essentials" series and the author of several books on women and film. Turner Classic Movies is widely considered the definitive resource for classic films, featuring movies from all the major studios, unedited and commercial free.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Sir Sean Connery has been selected by the American Film
Institute's Board of Trustees to receive the 34th AFI Life Achievement
Award, the highest honor for a career in film.
"Sir Sean Connery is an international film icon. Though best
remembered for creating one of the great film heroes of all time, his
talents transcend typecasting, and his body of work not only stands the
test of time, but illuminates a career more extraordinary than James
Bond himself. Sir Sean is an artist of the highest order, and AFI is
honored to present him with its 34th Life Achievement Award."
Sir Howard Stringer, chair, AFI Board of Trustees
The award will be presented to Connery at a gala tribute in Los
Angeles on June 8, 2006. USA Network will broadcast the 34th AFI Life
Achievement Award tribute later in June.
Friday, March 24, 2006
James M.Cain (1892-1977) American journalist, screenwriter, and novelist - identified with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler and others as a central member of hard-boiled school of crime fiction. However, Cain's own opinion was "I belong to no school, hard-boiled or otherwise". Three of Cain's novels - THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1934), DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1936), and MILDRED PIERCE (1941) - were also made into classics of the American screen.
His most important works, among them The Postman Always Rings Twice (originally entitled Bar-B-Que), were adapted for the screen by other writers.... The story depicted a California drifter, Frank Chambers, who falls in love with Cora Papadakis, the fatal wife of a diner owner.... Except for the shape, she really wasn't any ravaging beauty, but she had a sulky look to her, and her lips struck out in a way that made me want to mash them in for her." Frank and Cora murder the husband and make his death look like accident.
Lana Turner played Cora in Tay Garnett's film version of the book from 1946. The screenplay was written by Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch. Cain was impressed with Turner's performance, saying it was even finer than he had expected
Double Indemnity, a tale of an adulterous couple who try to commit the perfect insurance murder, appeared in abridged form as an eight-part serial in Liberty (1936) magazine.... It was a curious observation, putting into words - vivid, rememberable words - a principle that when a character is too smart, convenient to the author's purposes, everything begins getting awfully slack in the story, and slick.
Fred MacMurray is an insurance salesman seduced by Barbara Stanwyck into killing her husband.... Richard Gaines plays an insurance company executive, whom Robinson dresses down in one of many taut scenes. The film is told in flashback, by MacMurray, who gets to watch Robinson work the case .Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Stanwyck, director/co-writer Billy Wilder, B&W Cinematography, Music and Sound.
Cain's novel Mildred Pierce was also filmed, and won an Oscar for Joan Crawford in her role as a career woman. Cain's book centered on a ambitious woman, who loses her wealth through the intrigues of her ex-husband, her partner, and selfish daughter. The story is told in a third-person narration, but Cain later confessed that it did not suit him - his book did not have the right bite. The protagonist is portrayed mostly in sympathetic light in spite of her hard character. The movie adaptation from 1945, directed by Michael Curtiz, is considered essentially a film noire piece "where it's a woman, Crawford, rather than a man, who is led by a greedy, manipulative, evil femme fatale - in this case, the woman's daughter, Blyth - down a fatalistic path of deception, money for greedy people, murder, and doom (only here an optimistic ending is added)." (Danny Peary in Guide for the Film Fanatic, 1986)
Thursday, March 23, 2006
The sins of the father resurface in the struggles of the son in Meyers's rollicking double biography of the charismatic movie star Errol Flynn and his equally handsome son, Sean. The life of the elder Flynn is, of course, well known. A native Australian, Errol worked as a gold prospector, pearl diver and correspondent for the Sydney Bulletin before being "discovered" by a Warner Bros. agent. He took America by storm with such classics as Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk. A "Byronic figure," he seduced hundreds of women, brawled with bums and stars alike and consumed astonishing amounts of drugs and alcohol.
Inevitably, Sean's much briefer biography suffers by comparison. Only in intermittent contact with his father, Sean grew up to be a B-movie star in Europe in the early 1960s (including a stint as the "Son of Captain Blood") before becoming a freelance photographer in Europe and Vietnam. Both men came to sad, gruesome ends: Errol wasted away from substance abuse; Sean was captured at a Vietcong checkpoint and later executed.
Peter Sarsgaard attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he co-founded a comedy improvisation group called "Mama's Pot Roast."
Formerly dated model/actress Shalom Harlow (2001). then Maggie ??
He won "Toronto Film Critics Association Awards , Boston Society of Film Critics Awards ,National Society of Film Critics Awards, San Francisco Film Critics and a number of Nomination including golden globe from his performance in Shatter Glass without oscar nomination .
Like Edward Norton and Broadway actress Kimmilee Bryant, studied with legendary acting coach Terry Schreiber at the T.Schreiber Studio in New York.
Childhood hero was Dallas Cowboys Running Back Tony Dorsett.
Gladys Bentley (1907 - 1960) Legendary Lesbian performer
Advertisement for Mona's Club 440 in 1942, with the explicit use of the word "gay" featured prominently. The word "gay" during the 1940s also denoted "happy," and to the casual reader even the reference to "butch," meaning masculine in gay argot, might have escaped attention
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
#10 Bucky: 35/1
#9 Taylor: 25/1
#8 Kellie: 15/1
#7 Elliott: 12/1
#6 Paris: 10/1
#5 Katharine: 8/1
#4 Lisa: 6/1
#3 Ace: 5/1
#2 Mandisa: 9/2
and the best bet to win the fifth season of "American Idol":
#1 Chris: 4/1
My poor Bucky is rank 10 with 35/1 I guess it's better than little kevin with 100/1 huh?
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Preferring the stage, she did not appear in many films, and in Hollywood she was considered a character actress who was difficult to cast because of her striking features. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940). As the housekeeper "Mrs. Danvers", Anderson was required to mentally torment the young bride played by Joan Fontaine, even encouraging her to commit suicide, and the character is widely considered to be one of the screen's most memorable and sexually ambiguous female villains.
This led to several film appearances during the 40s in such films as Kings Row (1943), Laura (1944), The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946). She continued returning to the New York stage, playing the role of Lady Macbeth twice and winning a Tony Award in 1948 for her historically acclaimed bravura performance in the title role of Medea (play).
In her later years she played two more prominent roles in productions that took her as far away from her Shakespearean origins as possible. In 1984 she appeared in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock as the Vulcan High Priestess (at the age of 87), and the same year commenced a three year stint as matriarch Minx Lockridge on the popular soap opera Santa Barbara of which she had professed to be a fan, but bitterly complained about her lack of screen time after signing the contract. She was succeeded in the role by the American actress, Janis Paige, who was a quarter of a century younger.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
This is truly a wicked pleasure, and there's more if you want to read in lieu of just watching this film in which Davis's character goes from evil to insane! After tiring of her forgiving sister's ex-husband Morgan, she drives him (her new husband) crazy with her selfish behavior et al, causing him to drink and to reach the brink of suicide. Meanwhile, de Havilland and Davis's ex-fiancé Brent become closer. SPOILER - Davis kills someone in an automobile accident and blames Anderson. Eventually feeling trapped, she runs to her "sugar daddy" uncle Coburn to "come clean". He's just found out he's got 6 months to live, and she wonders (incredibly) how that could possibly take precedence over him helping her!http://www.classicfilmguide.com/
“ He was the one I enjoyed kissing most. When I was working with him, I could hardly wait to get to rehearsal.” She recalled what it was like when they first met. “I was like a dreamy-eyed schoolgirl when I was with him, but in those days a woman never showed her feelings. Errol never once guessed how much I loved him.”
Olivia De havilland to Errol Flynn
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Often called the last great movie musical, Gigi (1958), which won nine Oscars, including Best Picture, was certainly the most unlikely. Based on a novella by the French novelist, Colette, it's the story of a young girl in Belle Epoque Paris who is raised and educated to go into the family business of being a courtesan.
...Written in 1944, Colette's novel had been made into a French film in 1951, and into a Broadway play in 1953, starring Audrey Hepburn.... It took several years to settle the problems with the censors, then Freed began assembling his team: Vincente Minnelli, director of some of Freed's most successful musicals (Meet Me In St. Louis (1944), An American in Paris, 1951); writer-lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and his composer partner, Frederick Loewe, who currently had the biggest hit on Broadway, My Fair Lady; music supervisor Andre Previn; and production and costume designer Cecil Beaton.
Audrey Hepburn was the first choice to play Gigi since she had played the role on stage in 1952, but she was making Funny Face (1957) at the time and declined.
Leslie Caron's singing voice was overdubbed; however, original demo recordings of "Night they Invented Champagne" and "The Way You Look Tonight" sung by Leslie exist and have been released on CD.
The day after the movie won its nine Oscars, M-G-M telephone operators were instructed to answer all phone calls with, "Hello, M-Gigi-M."
The cat in the movie reacted violently whenever it was in a scene with Leslie Caron, but director Vincente Minnelli insisted on having that particular cat, so it had to be heavily drugged. This is especially obvious during "Say a Prayer for Me Tonight".
With only four letters, this movie has the shortest title of any film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) is the longest.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Without question, the most known dog in movie history. Many dogs tried to eclipse Toto's success. Most don't know that Toto has an autobiography that's available in most stores. She almost lost her life when she broke her foot in The Wizard of Oz. Toto (Terry) appeared in over 10 Hollywood films. The industry took a big blow when she died.
Toto's real name was Terry. She was two years old when she starred in the Wizard of Oz. Her trainer was Carl Spitz. Trainer Carl Spitz was the trainer. Terry had done previous screen work. Some of her other appearances: Ready for Love (1934) The Dark Angel (1935) Fury (1936) The Buccaneer (1938) Bad Little Angel (1939) Calling Philo Vance (1940) Twin Beds (1942). As Toto, Terry made $125 per week. (Lana Turner start with $5 o perweek)
Terry became like a house pet to Hango Dennison (niece of Carl Spitz). Terry died around 1945 (11 yrs. old). She was buried on their kennel property in the San Fernando Valley.
- Toto was a Cairn Terrier whose real name was "Terry". And, even though Toto was referred to as a "he" in MGM's classic film, Toto was really a "she".
- Carl Spitz, Hollywood animal trainer, acquired Terry, who would play the role of Toto, almost four years before the film was made. Believe it or not, as Spitz began training Terry, the dog was so shy that for three weeks it didn't come out from under the bed as Harmetz notes in her book.
- And, not to be slighted, Terry, or rather Spitz, received a salary of $125.00 per week for the use of the dog in The Wizard of Oz.
- Just like her human co-stars, Terry was not exempt from receiving injuries during filming. Harmetz elaborates in her book as follows, "One of the Witch's soldiers stepped on Terry, the Cairn terrier who played the part of Toto. It had taken the dog weeks to learn how to cope with the wind machines. Eventually, she had learned to duck behind the principals when the wind machines were turned on. Then, during the rehearsals of the scene where Toto is pursued by the soldiers, one of them jumped on top of her and sprained her foot."
After The Wizard of Oz (1939) her name was officially changed to Toto.
She spent two weeks at Judy Garland's house while training to play Toto in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Her salary for The Wizard of Oz (1939) was $125 a week, more than many of the human actors in the film.
She attended the premiere of The Wizard of Oz (1939) at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
I, Toto : The Autobiography of Terry, the Dog Who Was "Toto"
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
The film is set during World War II on a remote South Sea Island, where Grant's character is coerced into becoming a lookout for the Australian Navy and taking on a pretty teacher (Leslie Caron) and her seven young female charges.... Barnett called A Place of Dragons), did not meet his fellow writer until the 1965 Academy Awards, when the team won Oscars for Best Original Screenplay.... Although ignored by Oscar, the film's theme song, "Pass Me By," with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, became a hit for Peggy Lee.
Father Goose opened at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, where it broke a box office record established by Grant's Charade.
|In later years, he always claimed his role in Father Goose was most like his real personality. He claimed he kept in touch with most of the girls as they grew up and had families of their own.|
|-||Cary Grant was offered the role of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (1964) but turned it down to star in this movie. He wanted Audrey Hepburn to play Catherine, but she was already committed to "My Fair Lady". So Leslie Caron got the job.|
Watch Father Goose trailer HERE
"I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it."
"Save a boyfriend for a rainy day, and another, in case it doesn't rain"
"I've been rich and I've been poor... Believe me, rich is better"
"I like my clothes to be tight enough to show I'm a woman... but loose enough to show I'm a lady."
"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before."
"Men are my hobby, if I ever got married I'd have to give it up."
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Peyton Place, the novel, which has sold more than ten million copies since its publication in 1956 and is still in print will turn 50 years
In 1956, a woman from middle class Manchester, New Hampshire wrote a book that shocked the nation. At 32 years old, Grace Metalious wrote the blockbuster novel Peyton Place.... Metalious wrote about incest, abortion, sex, rape, adultery, repression, lust, and the secrets of small town New England, things that were never discussed before in conservative America.... When Metalious published Peyton Place, the country was in the grasp of a new wave of sexual panic.... The avant-garde disturbed the country and critics called the book “wicked,” “sordid,” and “cheap.”... To read Peyton Place was to read it in secret and were sometimes discussed only among the closest of friends.... In 1956, a sexual act such as sodomy, oral sex, and intercourse with another married person in most states was illegal. Also, abortion was illegal, and birth control was unreliable and in many cases, difficult to find.
Peyton Place had a big impact on American society. The novel changed the way people viewed poverty, sexual abuse, and sex. Before, the performance of women during sex was more like a “grin and bear it” situation. It opened many new doors and gave a push for the sexual revolution and feminist movement. She introduced the issues of poverty, bigotry, the town drunk, and the town bully, underpaid teachers, and sexually repressed girls and boys.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
Sandra Bullock has agreed to star in a film about "Peyton Place" author Grace Metalious, whose million-selling novel scandalized the nation 50 years ago and eventually ruined the author's life.
...Metalious' novel of sex and scandal in a small New England town, based partly on Gilmanton, was published in the fall of 1956. Although it was banned in several cities, "Peyton Place" became one of the best-selling novels in history and led to a popular movie starring Lana Turner and Hope Lange.
..."She was ahead of her time, but not in a self-conscious way," Foner told the AP. "She was one of those people who told the truth, almost naively talked about it, and got vilified for talking about it.
Did I mention "Peyton Place " Is one of my top five movie of all time .!!!!
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
An American in Paris (1951)****
"It's wonderful, it smarvelous", but it's also an average musical, though it does feature 44 (!) elaborate sets and did win six Oscars. It probably won Best Picture by benefiting from a split vote between A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and A Place in the Sun (1951). It does have a great, if long, dance sequence with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. And, Oscar Levant and Nina Foch do provide excellent support. Director Vincente Minnelli received his first nomination (he later won for Gigi (1958), another questionable Best Picture winner). Added to the National Film Registry in 1993. #68 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies list. #39 on AFI's 100 Greatest Love Stories list. "I Got Rhythm" is #32 on AFI's 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time.
Kelly is a struggling American artist, working in Paris, until he finds a "sugar daddy" (er, "sugar mommy"?) in Foch. He pals around with his piano playing friend (Levant), dancing & singing "I Got Rhythm" with street kids. His friend knows a singer (Georges Guétary) that's engaged to a pretty young thing (Caron). When Kelly meets her, he naturally falls in love. He then chases her, trying to "win" her away from her unawares fiance, much to the dismay of Foch and his friend Levant. But, when the two dance, "c'est la vie"!
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006
An endearing French leading lady with attractively unconventional "funny face" looks, Leslie Caron was a classically trained dancer who, after being discovered by Gene Kelly for "An American in Paris" (1951), starred successfully in other English-language movies over the next decades. She did make several other musicals in the early 50s, including a retelling of Cinderella, "The Glass Slipper" (1954), and "Daddy Long Legs" (1955), opposite Fred Astaire, but she seemed to prefer relying on her warmth and considerable talent as an actress, spending most of her career in straight comedy and drama.
...Early in her career Caron specialized in waif-like gamines, sometimes orphaned; probably her finest performance of the period came in the delightful children's fantasy "Lili" (1953), for which she justly won an Oscar nomination. By the end of the 50s, Caron was getting too old to sustain the role, and many of her 60s starring films (i.e., "Father Goose" 1964, opposite Cary Grant) cast her in somewhat more standardized leading roles.... Though she acted infrequently during the 70s, her offbeat take on legendary stage and screen actress Nazimova was a highlight of Ken Russell's typically bizarre biopic "Valentino" (1977).
...She played Sela Ward's mother-in-law in "Passion's Way", a CBS movie airing during the 1997-98 season, and joined with Dame Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Olympia Dukakis and Cleo Laine for the charming HBO telepic "Last of the Blonde Bombsells" (2000), in which Dench's character, now a senior citizen, attempts to reunite her WWII-era swing band.
...Still stunning and refined in her seventies, Caron tackeld one of her best, most enjoyable late-career roles in "Le Divorce" (2003), the sophisticated Merchant-Ivory adaptation of the Diane Johnson best-seller.
Monday, March 06, 2006
I think Jon Stewart did pretty good job. Clooney speech was good. I’m very happy for Reese (I don’t like her dress though)
My favorite part of the award was when Lauren Bacall paid a tribute to Film Noir. along with“Laura” theme . There are a lot of my favorite name had been mention. …Lana Turner, Joan crawford, Otto Preminger, Gene Tierney (I’ve been Crazy about her lately).
Friday, March 03, 2006
There can be few things more frustrating for an artist than seeing their single just miss out on no. 1. Madonna knows this better than anyone as she has witnessed 12 of her hits have peak at no. 2. (Kylie Minogue is catching up, reaching 11 no. 2s in Dec 2004).
Thursday, March 02, 2006
In Where The Sidewalk Ends, Otto Preminger reunites Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney, surely in hopes of recapturing the magic of his Laura. But they're wildly dissimilar films, set in different side of New York.Where Laura is set in uptown Manhattan among high-class sophisticates, Sidewalk is set far downtown in a world of cheap hoods and corrupt, aggressive cops. And where Laura stresses mystery, Sidewalk stresses anxiety and shades-of-anxiety. Haunting is a factor that make Laura a better film, but Where the Sidewalk Ends is tougher, more hard-boiled, and more "noir." (think L.A. Confidential).
Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney of 'Laura' are united once more for the last time ,this time He's got a bigger billing . Andrews now seems to be playing the same detective a few years later, but no longer the romantic, beaten down by his job . Gene Tierney much too stylish-looking for the working-class character (no wonder she doesn't have a saving money in the movie), but she plays it very well but her part is not nearly as well-defined or interesting as in Laura.
The rest of the cast is just as solid with Gary Merrill is great as Scalese, a crime boss that Andrews is obsessed with bringing down. A very young Karl Malden as Dixon's new chief, also on DVD extra you got a commentary By Eddie Muller a san franciscan film history and author (recently Co wrote "Tab Hunter confidential") He also a founder of Noir City in San Francisco last month (did you guys go there??). He points out several good examples on his commentary track. Such as how well Preminger's shots were often deceptively complicated because they followed the action so smoothly in long, continuous takes . (Something that I did't even notice) . There a lot of fun fact such as how many people know that Dana Andrews started his career as a singer?
Overall Where The Sidewalk Ends Certainly a companion piece to Preminger's "Laura," Dana Andrews gives one of his best performances this is a genuinely under-rated film noir and a very good entertainment.