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Mar 14 2017

Showbiz History: Topsy-Turvy,Quincy Jones,and Broadway Babies

On this day in history as it applies to showbiz...

1874 silent film regular Mary Carr (who played Auntie Em in the silent Wizard of Oz) born in Pennsylvania).She lived to be almost 100 and appeared in nearly 100 silent films
1885The Mikado,Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved comic opera,premieres in London.The Oscar winning filmTopsy Turvy(1999) depicts its production in exquisite detail...

Topsy-Turvywas a very late entry in the 1999 Oscar race and threw a lot of categories out of whack -- proving a formidable competitor to design heavy films likeThe Talented Mr RipleyandSleepy Hollow.In the end it won  Costume Design and Makeup and received nominations for Screenplay and Production Design.1999 was a damn good film year,even if the actual Best Picture list was a sorry slate.
1916 Oscar winning writer Horton Foote (Trip to Bountiful,To Kill a Mockingbird,Tender Mercies) born in Texas
1927 French star Philippe Lemaire,who peaked in the 50s,was born.

Quincy Jones with Lupita Nyong'o at the afterparty for the 2013 Oscars亚博主页

1933 Oscar regulars and showbiz giants actor Michael Caine and composer / producer Quincy Jones (the most nominated person of all time at the Grammys!) were both born on this day.Happy 84th to both men who are still active in the industry!Quincy just posted this photo to Facebookand Caine will next appear inGoing in Stylewith Morgan Freeman opening next month
1941 Director Wolfgang Peterson born in Germany.His classics areDas BootandNeverEnding Storybut he's also known for action films likeAir Force One,Outbreak,andTroy

1943 Broadway baby Anita Morris,the original "Carla"inNine('Call from the Vatican,' anyone?),was born in North Carolina.Though she died young at only 50 she passed her talented genes on;her son James Badge Dale is now a terrific rising actor in Hollywood (Iron Man 3,World War Z,Flight,etc...).
1943 The Krakow Ghetto was liquidated in World War II,an event that was harrowingly depicted in one ofSchindler's List's finest scenes.
1948 Billy Crystal born.He goes on to become a major figure in showbiz,acting in two seminal shows (SNL & Soap),making movies includingWhen Harry Met Sallyand hosting the Oscars 9 times.亚博主页

1965 Aamir Khan,Bollywood star of Oscar nominatedLagaanfame,is born
1974 Grace Park,"Athena/Boomer"onBattlestar Galactica- god I miss that show.Anyone else?
1975 Oscar favorite Susan Hayward (I Want to Live!) dies of brain cancer at only 56 years old.One wonders what she might have done had she lived.I sense the hugely popular nighttime soaps of the 1980s where a lot of older female stars went.
1975Same Time Next Yearopened on Broadway.It won Ellen Burstyn the Tony Award for leading actress and she took it to the movies too for an Oscar nomination in 1978

1976 Sex god [AHEM] excuse me...character actor Corey Stoll is born
1980 Mercedes McNab,"Harmony"fromBuffy the Vampire Slayerborn in Vancouver

1986 Undervalued Jamie Bell is born.The formerBilly Eliottwill next co-star opposite Annette Bening inFilm Stars Don't Die in Liverpool.Above is a promotional photo that should whet the appetite for Bening & Bell paired in this film about the death of Oscar winner Gloria Grahame.
1991 Howard Ashman dies of AIDS at 40 but his work lives on forever.Such awesome musicals:The Little Mermaid,Beauty and the Beast,andLittle Shop of Horrors.

1994 Ansel Elgort is born.He's currently starring in Edgar Wright'sBaby Driverwhich got great reviews at its premiere this week at SXSW
1997 The "special edition"ofReturn of the Jediopens in theaters,adding yet more millions to the Lucasfilm coffers and amping up audiences for the prequels

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How do you feel about The Crying Game?

March 14,2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

I could see Susan Hayward maybe heading an 80's Falcon Crest type show but her last TV movie before her death "Say Goodbye,Maggie Cole presented her as a doctor who goes to work in a slum clinic after her husband's sudden death working alongside the gruff Darren McGavin.The role suited her tough no nonsense screen persona and though there were some concessions to her star status had a realistic edge.It was a big ratings winner,had her health not failed it would have gone to series,a sad lost opportunity.

I'd forgotten James Badge Dale was Anita Morris's son.

March 14,2017 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

Anettte's publicity should really thin klong and hard about Annette for next year's Oscars.亚博主页

March 14,2017 | Unregistered CommenterMARKGORDONUK

I didn't realize Anita Morris died so young.She was hilarious in Ruthless People.

March 14,2017 | Unregistered CommenterScottC

I need to see Topsy-Turvy.Filmstruck has highlighted Mike Leigh's films and I've been watching one a week.They're brilliant,so humane,with such naturalistic performances.My favorite of the lot so far is Life Is Sweet,which was his big breakthrough outside of the UK.

March 14,2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Topsy-Turvy is great.It moves along at a crackling pace that you don't notice the fact it's two and a half hours long.It paints a great picture of late Victorian England.It's always a pleasure to see Andy Serkis in a non-motion captured roll.And watching Timothy Spall dance around as the Mikado is a hoot.
It also helps that I watched a performance of the Mikado shortly before watching the film.

March 14,2017 | Unregistered Commenterajnrules

Michael Caine,have a happy day!What other actor could have Jaws 4,Beyond the Poseidon Adventure,The Swarm,The Island and The Hand on his resume and still be one of the all-time greats.Still feeling his snub for Youth from two years ago.Happy Bday,Mike!

March 14,2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I did not know that James Badge Dale was Grover Dale's son!!!But there is clearly a resemblance!

March 14,2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

I rewatched TOPSY TURVY recently.It was a slower simmer than I remember,but by the end it's at full boil.Worth another viewing.

March 15,2017 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

a callfromthe vatican!

March 15,2017 | Unregistered Commenterpar

Oh god,Same Time Next Year is the worst movie I've seen so far in 2017.

March 15,2017 | Unregistered CommenterAR

James Badge Dale has been "rising"for years.I really thought after his big supporting roles in Shame and Flight he'd finally start to break out more but...not so much.It's a shame as he's talented.I wonder if the problem is that he both good-looking but in a generic way but also good at physically transforming for a role,whittling himself down for his big scene in Flight but then bulking up big time in 13 Hours.I wonder how many people connect the dots that all the parts he's had are played by the same guy.

Speaking of which,if you want some amazing eye candy,go search for his name at Mynewplaidpants.His GIFs from 13 Hours are mesmerizing.

March 15,2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

Same Time Next Year is a definitely a product of the 1970s.It hasn't aged well.

Love Topsy Turvy and anything related to The Mikado.So many movies and TV shows have a scene with "Three Little Maids From School Are We"including most recently,The Dressmaker and Rebellion.Always cracks me up.

March 15,2017 | Unregistered CommenterPam

And OMG,that's Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones,Harry Potter,Happy Vallley) as one of the maids in Topsy Turvy.I love iMDB.

March 15,2017 | Unregistered CommenterPam

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