Thursday, December 27, 2007
"The National Film Registry seeks not only to honor these films, but to ensure that they are preserved for future generations to enjoy,"Both recent and early films are eligible for inclusion, and hundreds are nominated by the public each year.
The films are chosen because they are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant.
- The Naked City," 1948
• "In a Lonely Place," 1950
• "Oklahoma!" 1955
• "Back to the Future," 1985,
• "12 Angry Men,"
• "The Strong Man," 1926
• "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," 1962,
• "Bullitt" (1968)
• "Dance, Girl, Dance" (1940)
• "Dances With Wolves" (1990)
• "Days of Heaven" (1978)
• "Glimpse of the Garden" (1957)
• "Grand Hotel" (1932)
• "The House I Live In" (1945)
• "Mighty Like a Moose" (1926)
• "Now, Voyager" (1942)
• "Our Day" (1938)
• "Peege" (1972)
• "The Sex Life of the Polyp" (1928)
• "Three Little Pigs" (1933)
• "Tol'able David" (1921)
• "Tom, Tom the Piper's Son" (1969-71)
• "The Women" (1939)
• "Wuthering Heights" (1939)
The 25 chosen this year bring the registry total to 475.
Library's of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/
Sunday, December 16, 2007
"I'm proud I still have a really good sex life with David. He is very much in proportion. He does have a huge one, though. He does. You can see it in the advert. It is all his. It is like a tractor exhaust pipe!"
Singer Victoria Beckham has slammed claims husband David manhood has been digitally enhanced in his provocative new advertisement for Giorgio Armani.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Don't miss!! White Christmas on 9:00pm - 11:00pm,KRON4 (4) TONIGHT!!
Irving Berlin's music, and the singing-dancing talents of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney in top-notch family entertainment. …
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Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Following the success of its best-selling Joan Crawford Collection in 2005, Warner Home Video is proud to honor the ever-popular screen legend with the debut of the Joan Crawford Collection Vol. 2 February 12. This tantalizing new set of Crawford classics features some of the Oscar®-winning actress’ finest films – A Woman’s Face, Flamingo Road, Sadie McKee, Strange Cargo and Torch Song.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Los Angeles Daily News
"Beowulf" originally was going to arrive in theaters in two radically different versions. The PG-13 cut would play in regular theaters; an unrated version would play in IMAX 3-D theaters.
The MPAA shot down that idea, citing the rule that forbids studios to release different-rated versions of movies simultaneously. It would cause confusion, the thinking goes.
But, sporting a digitally nude Angelina Jolie and plenty of blood-spurting violence, "Beowulf" still seems to be causing its fair share of bewilderment outside the box-office.
"People can't believe it's not an R," said screenwriter Roger Avary, who wrote the movie with Neil Gaiman. "They walk out of the theater thinking, 'That's not the PG-13 version. That's the R-rated version.' I'm like, 'I'm sorry to disappoint you. But there's only one movie.' "
Adds Gaiman: "If we were using flesh-and-blood people, it might have been NC-17."
Not that the filmmakers didn't tone down a few things. In an early version, the monster Grendel bit off a warrior's head and slowly savored the taste sensation. The decapitation remains, minus about 75 percent of the crunchiness.
Gone, too, are Beowulf's privates. In the scene where he strips nude to fight Grendel, various objects and characters cover Beowulf's . . . um . . . spear, a la "Austin Powers."
"All the effort not to show Beowulf's penis frustrated me," Gaiman said. "Because it does move the scene into comic territory."
You do still get Angelina in her birthday suit, her body rendered in such a way that she felt compelled to call boyfriend Brad Pitt when she saw it.
"There are certain moments where I actually felt shy," Jolie said. "I didn't expect ourselves to come out as much. I didn't expect it to feel as real, so it was kind of funny at first."
Said Avary: "It's the IMAX 3-D. You see more detail in those nipples than you do in a normal projection. There's more dimension. Plus, we're this close to her . . . what would you call it . . . her hot spot."
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
One of Hollywood's most sought after bachelors, Lawford was romantically linked to almost every Hollywood sex goddess of the 1940s (including Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, and Rita Hayworth) before marrying Patricia Kennedy, daughter of Joseph Kennedy and sister of John F.
Almost impossibly handsome young lead in war dramas, comedies and musicals of the late 1940s and early 1950s, Lawford lived an equally glamorous off-screen life as one of Hollywood's most desirable playboys, and, in the 1960s, as the link between Frank Sinatra's Hollywood "Rat Pack" and the political glamour of brother-in-law of John F.
Lawford's father was a knighted World War I veteran who became an actor after he retired. Lawford's film debut was at age eight in the British film Poor Old Bill (1931) followed by a role in Lord Jeff (1938). Lawford grew to be a handsome and suave young man, who was being groomed for stardom by MGM in the 1940s. Lawford was the first actor to kiss Elizabeth Taylor on camera, and the last to speak to Marilyn Monroe before she died. Lawford also organized the famous 1962 birthday party for John F. Kennedy in Madison Square Garden where Monroe sang "Happy Birthday" to the President.
After an unconventional, nomadic childhood spent in the company of his aristocratic British parents, Lawford arrived in Hollywood in 1940 and quickly filled the void that WWII had left in the ranks of romantic young male leads. With his clipped accent, aristocratic good manners and charm, and boyish athleticism, Lawford was quickly signed by MGM to play young British soldiers in a series of patriotic features, and by the War's end rose to the romantic lead or second lead in numerous first-rate studio productions including "Good News" (1947), "Easter Parade" (1948), "Little Women" (1949), and "Royal Wedding" (1951).
Lawford was part of the famous Hollywood "Rat Pack," and performed with the group in Las Vegas and in films, including Ocean's Eleven and Sergeants Three. Lawford and Sinatra had a falling out in 1961 over brother-in-law Robert Kennedy's objections to Sinatra's alleged Mafia connections, and the two men never spoke again.
With the deaths of John and Robert Kennedy, his divorce from Patricia Kennedy and his falling out with the "Rat Pack", Lawford was regarded by the end of the 1960s as a charming lightweight personality, famous for being famous .
Thursday, November 01, 2007
The Former first Lady Nancy Davis (Regan) when she was arrived Hollywood, according to Peter Lawford * "Nancy Davis (Regan) was known for giving the best head in Hollywood"
There a story once Peter Lawford driving to Phoenix with Nancy and Robert Walker . Nancy would visit her parents Dr. and Mrs Loyal Davis, while Peter and Walker pick her up at Arizona State University. He Claimed that she entertain them orally on those trip, apparently playing whichever man was not driving at the moment. *
The Peter Lawford Story (Patricia Seaton Lawford)
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Deborah Kerr, a beautiful, classy lady who lit up the movies and the stage. part of Hollywood's most famous kisses in "From Here to Eternity" and danced with the Siamese monarch in "The King and I," has died. She was 86.
Kerr, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, died Tuesday in Suffolk in eastern England, her agent, Anne Hutton, said Thursday.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Kerr six times for best actress, but never gave her an Academy Award until it presented an honorary Oscar in 1994 for her distinguished career as an "artist of impeccable grace and beauty, a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance."
From the late 1960s, Kerr focused on theatre and television roles.
The actress was married twice and was made a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998.
Here are some of her memorable roles
- # Casino Royale (1967) .... Agent Mimi/Lady Fiona McTarry
- # The Night of the Iguana (1964) .... Hannah Jelkes
- # The Grass Is Greener (1960) .... Lady Hilary Rhyall
- # The Sundowners (1960) .... Ida Carmody
- # Separate Tables (1958) .... Sibyl Railton-Bell
- # An Affair to Remember (1957) .... Terry McKay
- # Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) .... Sister Angela
- # Tea and Sympathy (1956) .... Laura Reynolds
- # The King and I (1956) .... Anna Leonowens
- # The End of the Affair (1955) .... Sarah Miles
- # From Here to Eternity (1953) .... Karen Holmes
- # Julius Caesar (1953) .... Portia
- # Quo Vadis (1951) .... Lygia
- # King Solomon's Mines (1950) .... Elizabeth Curtis
- # Edward, My Son (1949) .... Evelyn Boult
- # Black Narcissus (1947) ..
Doris Day was arguably the most popular actress . She was in top ten money maker for 10 years ( only Elizabeth Taylor and Betty Grable can achieved that status BUT Doris Day is the only one who spend NO. 1 for for 4 years). Such a popularity people may overlooked her career as a singer. In term of charts success as a singer . She had 5 No.1 single and 56 top 40 hits .Here is her US. #1
" sentimental Journey" (9 weeks)
"My dreams are getting better all the time" (7 weeks)
"love somebody" (5 weeks)
"Secret Love" (4 weeks)
"A Guy Is A Guy" (1 week)
Surprisingly, two of Day's most popular song did hit the top spot "it's Magic" peak #2 . 1956 "What ever will be (Que' Sera ,Sera)" held No.2 for three weeks and spend more than a couple month on top 5 . It was kept from top spot from by that year's most popular hit , Elvis Presley " Don't be Cruel / Hound Dog"
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Carmen Miranda, or rather her ghost, is the subject of a song by Leslie Fish called "Carmen Miranda's ghost is haunting Space Station Three". There is also a book by that name, containing a collection of short stories. The only connection between the stories is that each have to do with the title.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
1963 was the worst year for US film production in fifty years (there were only 121 feature releases). And the largest number of foreign films released in the US in any one year was in 1964 (there were 361 foreign releases in the US vs. 141 US releases).
1.Cleopatra (Fox) $26.000 m2.How the West Was Won (Cinerama/MGM) $20.933 m3.It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (UA) $20.850 m4.Tom Jones (UA/Goldwyn) $17.070 m5.Irma La Douce (UA)$11.922 m6.The Sword in the Stone (Disney)* $10.475 m7.Son of Flubber (Disney)$10.450 m8.Dr. No (UA)$6.435 m9.Charade (Univ.)$6.363 m10.Bye Bye Birdie (Colu.) $6.200 m
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Richard Egan plays a former lifeguard who returns to the Maine island summer resort, where he'd worked years in his younger days, as a millionaire with his bigoted wife Helen (Constance Ford) and comely teenage daughter Molly (Sandra Dee). The resort has fallen on hard times financially and is currently run by Bart Hunter (Arthur Kennedy), the drunken son of the man who'd built it. He now lives there year round with his wife Sylvia (Dorothy McGuire), who'd had a passionate affair with lifeguard Ken in her youth, and their hunk son Johnny (Troy Donahue). *
Overly glossy soap opera which could do nothing to overcome the basic shallowness of the characters being portrayed. ** One is between Egan and McGuire; the other is with Dee and Donahue. ... The wealthy Egan and family come back to the small New England town where he was an impoverished lifeguard 20 years earlier and where he carried on a lusty affair with McGuire. ... Meanwhile, Egan's daughter, Dee, is carrying on with Donahue, and mother Ford looms over Dee's shoulder worrying about whether she is
Though there is an attempt to make these situations seem highly dramatic, the performances are little more than stereotypes, a result of the wretched dialog. This film was surprisingly frank about sex and illicit romantic affairs, much more so than PEYTON PLACE had been just two years earlier. New York Times article, Daves was quoted as saying that the "two affairs [in the film] May sound sensational, but...we have received the approval of the Johnston Office because the intent of the picture is a moral one." Variety review, the film "makes the most of Hollywood's newly-discovered freedom to display the voluminous vocabulary of sex....A couple of years ago, A Summer Place wouldn't have been made." The Hollywood Reporter review stated, "It is an absorbing study of sex as it affects most of our lives, though no civilized person will find in it anything that is cheap or nasty...." On the other hand, the New York Times review reported that Wilson's "novel emerges as one of the most laboriously and garishly sex-scented movies in years," and the Los Angeles Mirror review described A Summer Place as "so preoccupied with sex, you would think it has just been invented."
The film was a box office hit, pandering as it did to both old and young, also did well at the box office, . An orchestral rendition of the love theme from Max Steiner's score, as recorded by Percy Faith and sung by The Letterman placed number one on popular music charts for many weeks and was awarded a Grammy for the 1960 Record of the Year
Since the film was released, the music has become iconic, often used briefly in films or television programs to signal love at first sight or young love. The music and scenes from the film have appeared in numerous later films, among them, Diner (1982) and Ocean's Eleven (2001).
* Classic Film Guide
** TV Guide
Did You Know???
- Hollywood Reporter news item reported that the role of Molly, which was played by Sandra Dee, was "meant for" Natalie Wood. According to a modern source, Wood later regretted turning down the part.
- According to a November 2002 Hollywood Reporter news item, Edmonds Entertainment and Storyopolis were planning a remake of A Summer Place, to be written by Nicholas DiBella and to star Mandy Moore. The producers of the respective companies were Tracey and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, and Fonda Snyder. As of May 2005, this project has not been realize
- The house where Ken (Richard Egan) and Sylvia (Dorothy McGuire) lived toward the end of the film is an actual private residence that was built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1948. It still stands today on Scenic Road in Carmel-by-the-Sea and is a prime feature in local tours.
- Initial considerations for the role of Helen Jorgenson included Teresa Wright and Olivia de Havilland.
- Richard Egan's (Ken) impassioned speech to his wife about her disgraceful bigotry was so powerful that an entire packed audience at Radio City Music Hall gave it an immediate standing ovation.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
'Three Coins in the Fountain' is an old-fashioned romantic film about three American secretaries that throw their coins into a fountain in Rome and hope for romance.... The film follows three women on their hunt for husbands in Rome. There ‘s nothing much about the story (which is not bad at all) The best thing about this movie is the beautiful cinematography of Italy and a popular title song sung by Frank Sinatra. All major stars at the time including Very Gay Clifton Web, Beautiful Jean Peters and Dorothy Mcguire ,French and Italian heartthrob Louis Jordan, Rossano Brazzi this is Maggie Mcnamara second movie right after her Oscar performance in “the Moon is blue”
Three Coin in the Fountain is No.10 gross movie in 1954 Directed by Fox own house Director Jean Negulesco ( Humoresque , Johnny Belinda, Titanic, How to Marry Millionaire ,Daddy Long leg,The Best of everything) Nominated for 3 Academy award including Best Picture and won for Cinematography and Original Song.
- The working titles of this film were We Believe in Love and There's No Place Like Rome. Before the picture's opening credits, Frank Sinatra, who is uncredited, sings the title song over a montage of scenic shots of Italy and Rome's many fountains. The song, which became one of Sinatra's standards.
- According to March 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, the picture was originally scheduled to be shot in black and white, and Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, Vittorio Gassman and Jeanne Crain were set to co-star with Clifton Webb and Louis Jourdan.
- According to news items and studio publicity, the majority of the film was shot on location in Rome, Venice and the village of Merano in Italy. Studio publicity noted that some interiors had to be shot at the Twentieth Century-Fox lot in Los Angeles, which offered better lighting.
- Fox produced another version of Secondari's book, entitled The Pleasure Seekers,Also directed by Jean Negulesco and starring Ann-Margret, Carol Lynley and Gene Tierney
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Russian children toy stores have appeared strange Chinese dolls looking like a girl-doll but if fully undressed there can be something found that better would suit for a boy-doll.
People demand to band those dolls from being sold on the territory of Russia and claim that it maybe done on purpose by some evil forces from outside of Russia in order to form a bad perception of female/male orientation from the early age.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Joan Crawford was Letty Lynton ,Sadie McKee, Mildred Pierce,Daisy Kenyon but I have a feeling that Harriet Craig might be the character that close to herself the most.
Harriet is a woman who leaves a successful career to enjoy domestic bliss with electrical engineer Walter. A thoroughly selfish woman who prizes her house and her possessions . She's one of those women who is going to “have it all”--but in her own special way.
Harriet Craig is the third film version of George Kelly's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Craig's Wife. “Directed by Vincent Sherman, **Who just directed her previous film The Damned Don't Cry . Sherman was the first, but not the last, to see the similarities between Harriet Craig and Joan Crawford. As he recalled in his 1996 autobiography, Studio Affairs, "I realized that in many ways, she was the embodiment of Harriet Craig...in her obsessive attitude toward her home; her distrust of men [because she had been abandoned by her father] and her desire to control; her power of manipulation; and her concept of the proper way for a man to behave toward his wife."
Crawford's performance in Harriet Craig earned her some of her best reviews since Mildred Pierce. the New York Herald Tribune agreed."The film gives authentic movie star Joan Crawford an opportunity to command the camera's attention through an authentic star role. She remains, as always, a stylish performer in her clear and forceful characterization....Her vehicle may be somewhat laborious but it is steady enough to carry Miss Crawford's act”*
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Here is some of my pick for the first half of the month..
- Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958) ****
- Place in the Sun, A (1951) ****
- Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) ***1/2
- Mildred Pierce (1945) *****
- Possessed (1947) ****
- Flamingo Road (1949)***1/2
- Harriet Craig (19500 (N/A)
- Autumn Leaves (1956) ****
- Caretakers, The (1963) (N/A)
- Trog (1970) (N?A)
- Anatomy Of A Murder (19590 (N/A)
- Greatest Show on Earth, The (1952) **
- Two For The Seesaw (1962) (N/A)
- Out of the Past (1947) *** 1/2
- His Kind Of Woman (1951) (N/A)
- Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955) ***
- Outlaw, The (1943) (N/A)
- Macao (1952) (N/A)
- Best Years Of Our Lives, The (1946)***1/2
- Thin Man, The (1934)***
- After The Thin Man (1936)
- Another Thin Man (1939)
- Shadow Of The Thin Man (1941)
- Thin Man Goes Home, The (1945)
- Song Of The Thin Man (1947)
- Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer, The (1947)**
- Ambassador's Daughter, The (1956)***
- Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The (1939)***
- Please Don't Eat The Daisies (1960)
- It's A Great Feeling (1949)**
- Lover Come Back (1961)***
- That Touch of Mink (1962)**1/2
- Tea For Two (1950)
- Love Me Or Leave Me (1955)***
- Citizen Kane (1941)****
- Shane (1953)***
- Good News (1947)
- Three Musketeers, The (1948)**1/2
- Little Women (1949)***
- Opposite Sex, The (1956)
- From Here To Eternity (1953)****
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Thursday night on TCM I was overwhelmed by 5 of Esther Williams best movie .
- Thrill Of A Romance (1945)
A soldier returning from World War II finds love with a lady swimmer.
Cast: Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Tommy Dorsey. Dir: Richard Thorpe. C-105 mins,
- Easy To Wed (1946)
In this remake of Libeled Lady, a tough newspaper editor hires a gigolo to compromise a woman suing his paper for libel.
Cast: Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Lucille Ball. Dir: Edward Buzzell. C-110 mins, TV-G
- Neptune's Daughter (1949)
Mistaken identity complicates a polo player's romance with a bathing suit designer.
Cast: Esther Williams, Ricardo Montalban, Red Skelton. Dir: Edward Buzzell. C-93 mins, TV-G
- Dangerous When Wet (1953)
A family of fitness freaks sets out to swim the English Channel.
Cast: Esther Williams, Charlotte Greenwood, Fernando Lamas. Dir: Charles Walters. C-95 mins, TV-PG
- On An Island With You (1948)
A movie star falls for a handsome naval officer during location shooting in Hawaii.
Cast: Esther Williams, Peter Lawford, Ricardo Montalban. Dir: Richard Thorpe. C-108 mins, TV-G
Laughs, romance, music--just add water! Get into the swim of Hollywood's Golden Era with musical number outtakes, classic shorts, cartoons, and more. Bathing Beauty: a big splash in her first starring role: Williams is a teacher at a women's college--and wacky Red Skelton enrolls to be near her. An astonishing flames-and-fountains aquatic finale. Easy to Wed: A spiffy remake of the screwball classic Libeled Lady, with Esther as the lady libeled. Van Johnson, Keenan Wynn, and Lucille Ball round out a funny four-sided love triangle. On an Island with You: Paradise for musical-comedy fans! Esther (in a series of swimsuits and sarongs) plays a film star on a tropical location shoot. With Ricardo Montalban, Cyd Charisse, and Jimmy Durante. Neptune's Daughter: The polo team's in town and so is the fun for Esther, Ricardo Montalban, Red Skelton, and Betty Garrett. Includes Frank Loesser songs and one of Esther's greatest splash-happy finales. Dangerous When Wet: Cartoon legends Tom and Jerry join Esther in the light-hearted extravaganza about a girl who swims the English Channel--and meets a dashing Frenchman (Fernando Lamas).