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May 01 2017


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May is the month of the Virgin Mary,emerald birthstones,Tauruses and Geminis,and all sorts of ultra specific things you can celebrate on this very day if you're feeling festive.

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Dec 29 2016

City of Link

ETFirst pic of Pixar'sCocothough the text is greatly irritating as they seem to be very anti-musical "Don't call it a musical!"
Filmmixtape"if 2016's worst films were drag race competitors"
PlaybillGeorge S Irving,the voice of Heat-Miser for the Bankin Rass TV classic "The Year Without a Santa Claus"has died at 94.
The Guardianwhy 2016 was a big year for female sexuality in film and on television

Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds and infinite list-making after the jump...

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Jul 09 2016

Tweetweek: Citizen Kane,Odd Marquees,New Arrivals

I have to begin this week's tweet roundup with this amazing find from Scott Feinberg - a press clipping aboutCitizen Kaneon Oscar night and the room reaction to every mention of the film.

Crazy,right?The politics of the moment are always so hard to properly contextualize after the fact when it comes to art that endures.

More entertainment tweets ahead but first a joyous announcement from our friend and podcast mate Katey Rich...

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May 06 2015

Best Shot Special: The Orson Welles Centennial !

HMWYBS: Mid Season Finale

Orson Wellesburst on to the cinematic scene in 1941 withCitizen Kane,which has led numerous film polls across the decades as the 'Best Film Ever Made'.(Kane's nearest rivals for the title in frequent pollings here and there seem to beVertigoandThe Godfather) It famously lost all but one of its Oscar nominations (Orson Welles andHerman J.Mankiewiczhis co-writer took the Original Screenplay prize,Welles' only competitive Oscar) but genius is rarely fully appreciated in its time.Incredibly,the writer/director/actor was only 26 at the time but he was no one hit wonder adding several more classics to his filmography before his death at 70 years of age in 1985.For today's Hit Me With Your Best Shot episode,our midseason finale (the series returns on June 3rd),I asked participants to choose betweenCitizen Kane(1941),The Magnificent Ambersons(1942,my personal favorite of his),andThe Lady From Shanghai(1948) depending on what they felt like watching.

Gawk at beautiful screengrabs from those movies from10Best Shot participants.Click on any of them to be taken to the corresponding article singing that shot's praises...

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May 30 2014

If We Had Oscar Ballots...a 1941 Extra

Tomorrow when theSupporting Actress Smackdown 1941hits,we'll just be discussing the five nominees (24 more hours toget your ballots infor the reader's section of the vote!).As it should be.But for the first time in a Smackdown I polledmy fellow panelistsas to whotheywould have nominated if,uh,they'd have been alive in 1941 and if,uh,they'd been AMPAS members.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde lust after Lana Turner & Ingrid Bergman.And so does our panel.

AngelicaandIdidn't vote (I haven't seen enough 1941 pictures,I confess) but our other three panelists have recommendations for you outside the Oscar shortlist.In fact,all three of them only co-signed 2 of Oscar's 5 choices...different ones mostly so the Smackdown should be interesting (I'm not telling you which as the critiques come tomorrow!).So here are someFor Your Considerationsfor your rental queues or your own assessments of that film year...


Two of the nominations stay but otherwise I'd mix things up.First things first: Justice for Dorothy!Dorothy Comingoreshould have been nominated for playing Kane's second wife inCitizen Kane,but she was buried under bad publicity by the vengeful William Randolph Hearst.Comingore's performance was so good that her charactercontinuesto overshadow the real story of Marion Davies (who was neither bitter,nor talentless,nor married to Hearst).It's not fair that one ticked-off media mogul could kill a promising career.On a lighter note,I'd definitely addLana Turnerto my ballot for a solid year of supporting actress-ing inDr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde,Ziegfeld Follies,andJohnny Eager(which would wait two years to be Oscar eligible).1941 was the year that proved The Sweater Girl could act,and sparkle even in overheated melodramas like these three.

However,sinceHow Green Was My Valleywas clearly the Oscar magnet of 1941,a Supporting Actress nomination seems inevitable,so I'd cast my vote forMaureen O'Harain another solid newcomer performance.Mostly though,I just want Maureen O'Hara to have an Oscar nomination.Just one.

Brian (aka StinkyLulu)

Agnes MooreheadandRuth WarrickfromCitizen Kane.

And for a stirring glimpse of a potentially great comedic actress not yet fully shackled by the Hollywood machine,seeCarmen MirandainWeek End in HavanaorThat Night in Rio.

Nick Davis
He's trying to cheat!He knows how I feel about ties but he has trouble narrowing down his three remaining slots so he sneaks in an unofficial tie,sly one that he is...

My ballot would certainly includeTheresa Harris(the veiled subject of Lynn Nottage's recent playBy the Way,Meet Vera Stark),who is so spry and witty in what could have been a simple "maid"part in René Clair'sThe Flame of New Orleans,with Marlene Dietrich.  I also loveBeulah BondiinPenny Serenade,where she eschews the usual Bondi-isms that Margaret Wycherly so embraces inSergeant Yorkand plays a warm,fully dimensional adoption agent trying to bring happiness to Cary Grant and Irene Dunne while also managing their expectations,and treading her own line between public official and private sympathizer.

Marlene Dietrich and Theresa Harris in "The Flame of New Orleans"

Ingrid Bergmancomes on hot and heavy in the 1941Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde,out Lana Turner-ing Lana Turner in her own movie.  But thenMarjorie Rambeauis a complete hoot in John Ford's much-malignedTobacco Road,where she merits recognition much more than she does in the two movies that actually got her nominated.  She'd beat Bergman in a tug-of-war for that last spot,unless Bergman's sensuality burned up the rope.