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Tuesday
Jul 17 2018

Showbiz History: Hard-Living Women and "Mr Holmes"

We need escapism now more than ever so on thisJuly 17thlet's looks back into Showbiz History for easier things to think about then the here and now.

ten random things that happenedon this day in showbiz history...

1899Oscar winning James Cagney (Yankee Doodle Dandy) born in New York City

1935Two famous actors share this birthday: Donald Sutherland born in Canada and Diahann Carroll born in the Bronx.Happy 83rd to both of them!

1942Lana Turner marries restaurateur and ladies man Stephen Crane (he dated several famous actresses,married two of them).Get this: between July 1942 and August 1944 they married,got an anullment,got remarried,had a baby (Lana's only child,Cheryl),and then got divorced!Lana lived a tumultuous life...

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Monday
Feb 20 2017

The Furniture: A Canadian Air Show in Captains of the Clouds

"The Furniture"is our weekly series on Production Design.Here'sDaniel Walber...

The United States may have entered World War II late,but American studios didn't wait nearly as long to start making propaganda.Hollywood produced a number of pro-Allied films before the American entry into the war,fromA Yankee in the RAFto the comparatively subtleSergeant York.Though this ruffled some feathers in Washington,the debate became moot in December of 1941.

Captains of the Cloudsfalls right on the cusp,shot before Pearl Harbor but released in February of 1942.The film,directed by Michael Curtiz,was intended to drum up support for the Canadian war effort.The first major Hollywood production to be shot north of the border,it's a technicolor extravaganza starring James Cagney and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

It also received two Oscar nominations.Sol Polito was recognized in the Best Cinematography category for the film's breathtaking aerial sequences,a no-brainer.

The nominated work of art director Ted Smith and set decorator Casey Roberts,however,is less flashy...

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Thursday
Jul 04 2013

Four for the Fourth: America in the Movies

It's Tim,here to wish all of the U.S.readers of the Film Experience a亚博主页Happy Independence Day,and to everyone else,"Happy Thursday!"

This particular holiday isn't one commemorated in movies as much as many others – the odd scene here or there,but rarely an entire film dedicated to the themes and meanings behind the day.In order to save everyone from watching the classic but overfamiliarYankee Doodle Dandyor1776– or the Roland Emmerich / Dean Devlin explode-o-ramaIndependence Day,if that's the way you roll – or the miserable direct-to-video slasher movieUncle Sam,ifthat'show you roll,and for that you have my sympathy – I thought I'd put together a little list of a few films about America,in its many different forms,that might make for somewhat more novel viewing than seeing James Cagney speak-singing George M.Cohan songs for the 20th time.

(Though if you haven't seen the film,for God's sake do it,he's a dancing genius!)Four great movies about America below the jump...

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