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Sunday
Aug 14 2016

Half Century Halle (and other anniversaries)

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

1040King Duncan is killed in battle and King Macbeth succeeds him.Shakespeare fictionalizes everything later forMacbeth.So many theatrical productions and movies follow.Out damn spot!
1932The 1932 Summer Olympics end.This is the Olympic year when gorgeous Buster Crabbe became a gold medalist (pictured left).Hollywood then snatched him right up for movie serials and action adventure franchisesincludingTarzan The Fearless
1945Japan surrenders during WW II (the six year war will last only two more weeks.) but movie makers all over the world have never stopped telling the war's infinite stories.On that same daySteve Martinis born in Waco Texas.It only takes him another 68 years to get the Oscar he totally deserved

1946Two actor birthdays: Blacksploitation actor Antonio Fargas who became "Huggybear"on TV's popularStarksy & Hutchand Susan Saint James TV ofMcMillan & Wifewith Rock Hudson in the 1970s andKate & Alliewith Jane Curtin in the 1980s
1959Marcia Gay Hardenmaterializes in LaJolla California,presumably already perfect
1963Emmanuelle Béart,Manon of the Springherself,and 8 time César nominee is born in France.On the same day in Los Angeles Clifford Odets dies from stomach cancer.Many luminaries of stage and screen visit beforehand.He came to fame as a highly political playwright (four of his works became movies:Golden Boy,Clash By Night,The Big Knife,andThe Country Girl).He was also fond of the actresses: married to Luise Rainer during her back-to-back Oscar wins and also took up with Frances Farmer -- he's played by Jeffrey DeMunn in the 1982 biopicFrances.
1965Jane Fondamarries director/producer Roger Vadim.Together they cook upBarbarella(1968)which lasts forever unlike the marriage



Halle Berry Instagrammed this a month ago.50 is apparently the new 30 for the extraordinarily beautiful people.

1966SuperstarHalle Berryis born in Cleveland.Becomes the first African-American Miss World contestant twenty years later.Hits the movies 5 years after that with Spike Lee'sJungle Feveras auspicious debut.Happy half century to the Best Actress winner.
1975The Rocky Horror Picture Showgets its world premiere in London.It's the longest running film in theaters since it still shows regularly at many moviehouses around the world for weekly midnight screenings.
1980Dorothy Stratten,a nude centerfold,is murdered by her boyfriend.The story was adapted to screen starring Mariel Hemingway and Eric Roberts by the genius Bob Fosse inStar '80(1983),the influential artist's last film.
1983Mila Kunisis born in the Ukraine of the Soviet Union.Moves to Los Angeles seven years later and by the age of 11 she's already on TV
1987Can't Buy Me Loveopens in movie theaters.No one could possibly expect that nerdy Dempsey would reemerge years later into a sexy mature leading man that everyone called "McDreamy"

1992Single White Femaleopens in movie theaters
1998How Stella Got Her Groove Backstarring Angela Bassett who still had hers (before she lost it and got it back heyyyy) hit movie theaters
2004The cinematographerNeal Fredericksof sleeper phenomenonThe Blair Witch Project(1999) dies suddenly in a plane crash on location for a film
2009District 9opens in the US,becomes a huge hit,and even goes on to Oscar nominations including Best Picture inone of the most surprising Oscar years ever(since no one knew when the year began that they'd shift to 10 Best Picture nominees and the studios definitely hadn't prepared for it.)

Friday
Feb 19 2016

Nine Lists.Nine Days Til Oscar !

Oscar is only 9 days away!So it's time for 9 lists with the magic number 9.NINE.NINE.NINE.NINE.NINE.NINE.NINE.NINE.NINE.

According tothis websitethere are 9 Irish nominees this year?Kiss them!
I can only find six though.Maybe they meant allRoom&Brooklynnoms (6) plus actors (2) plus short film (1)?

Best PictureEd Guiney,Room
Best ActressSaoirse Ronan,Brooklyn
Best ActorMichael Fassbender,Steve Jobs
Best DirectorLenny Abrahamson,Room
Best Adapted ScreenplayEmma Donoghue,Room
Best Live Action ShortBenjamin Cleary,Stutterer

The 9 best movies of all time that received exactly 9 nominations (in chronological order,*indicates Best Picture winner)
1941Citizen Kane
1951A Place in the Sun
1969They Shoot Horses Don't They?
1979All That Jazz
1979Kramer vs Kramer*
1992Howards End
2002The Hours
2009The Hurt Locker*
201312 Years a Slave*

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Wednesday
Mar 11 2015

Chappie,or "God,How I Hated That Robot"

Michael C here.The more coarse and petty the level of online discourse becomes the more determined I am to elevate things when I add my own voice to the mix.And yet,here I am sitting down to write aboutChappie,a film that announces itself as being full of Big Ideas,and all I really want to say is,"God,how I hated that robot."

I could couch that in more academic terms.I could say Chappie's grating personality exemplifies the many drastic miscalculations Neill Blomkamp made in crafting his latest sci-fi parable.But let's cut to the heart of the matter.Chappie is the worst.NotChappiethe movie,which is bad,but not as Earth-shatteringly terrible as its buzz suggests.Chappie the character,the first robot to be programmed with a soul.I hated Chappie's cloying,chirpy voice (courtesy ofDistrict 9'sSharlto Copley).I hated the supposedly cutesy-poo way Chappie refers to himself in the third person.I hated the attempts to make me go "Awww"by having Chappie relate to the children's bookThe Black Sheep.And Sweet Jesus did I hate it when a gang of thugs teaches Chappie to mimic all their irritating mannerisms.[More...]

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