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"If you'll pardon the bluntness,I am still convinced that Richard Kelly was masturbating the entire time he was filming this movie."-PoliVamp

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Jul 21 2019

Smackdown '60: Glynis Johns,Janet Leigh,one Mary and two Shirleys

A lusty bar owner,a vengeful hooker,a teenage wallflower,a doomed secretary,and a sexually liberated suffragette made up the Best Supporting Actress quintet for 1960.

That shortlist found room for two established Hollywood stars (Glynis Johns and Janet Leigh),both overdue for their first nominations,two rising starlets named Shirley (Jones & Knight) and an acclaimed Scottish import (Mary Ure).They all caught Oscar's attention and it didn't hurt that their films were so popular (all butDark at the Top of the Stairswere major contenders in multiple categories,andDarksurely intended to be,being a prestige transfer from Broadway).This resulted in one of the most homogenous lineups ever -- all blondes (though Glynis was a redhead for her role) and from their early 20s to mid 30s (average age: 29).


Here to talk about these five nominated turns and the movies that housed them (Psycho,The Sundowners,Sons and Lovers,Dark at the Top of the Stairs,andElmer Gantry)are writer/directorLeslye Headland(Russian Doll,Bachelorette),theater and screenwriterPeter Duchan(Dogfight),freelance criticKyle Turner,and your Film Experience co-hostsMurtada ElfadlandNathaniel R


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Jul 18 2019

How are the nominees introduced in their movies?(A Smackdown '60 appetizer)

The Smackdown panel is meeting this Sunday to finalize the voting and record our conversation.All five films are available on either YouTube or Amazon but for Dark at the Top of the Stairs which you can watch on the link included below.Watch the movies and vote!

While you wait for the Smackdown and its Podcast,we thought we'd do a little exercize we haven't done in a while.Let's look at how the filmmakers introduce these characters within the overall stories.Bear in mind that these aren't the lead characters,so theroetically they don't have to be introduced in a "stop and look at this person!""kind of way.But were the filmmakers underlining their entrances,preparing you to embrace an future-Oscar-nominated-star-turn,or just going about telling the stories?

Let's investigate in the order they show up in their movies...

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Jun 25 2019

What does this tagline even mean?

While searching for showbiz anniversaries on this day,I came across the Tony Randall / Janet Leigh movieHello,Down Therewhich was released 50 years ago on this very day.But the tagline threw off the rest of my research so it's the only "today in showbiz history"factoid you get this morning.

A combo of scuba dupes rock up a storm in a mad pad under the surf!

WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?Is it in English?I recognize the individual words but can't comprehend their meaning as a sentence.Was it a mad-libs of  common late '60s vernacular?

If you've seen this movie or even if you haven't and would like to try,please decipher for us.

Jun 04 2018

Showbiz History: Dunkirk Evacuation,Suffragette Trampling,and Celebrity Offspring

Happy June 4th,y'all.Here are several things that happened on this day in history that you can be celebrating or thinking about today as you go about your busy lives.Happy birthday if it's your special day you awesome Gemini,you!

1907His Girl Fridayherself Rosalind Russell born in Connecticut.

1913 Emily Davison,a suffragette,purposefully steps in front of a horse at King George V's Derby and is trampled to death.Though the recent filmSuffragette(2015) was not a true story,many of its details were true including this turning point moment in the suffragette movement...

-Never surrender.Never give up the fight!

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Apr 05 2018

Blueprints: "Psycho"

The April Showers series is back at The Film Experience,亚博主页here'sJorgeon how the most famous shower scene in cinema histor was written on the page.

One thing about iconic cinema sequences is that back when the script is written,before the movie is shot,released and gains critical acclaim (sometimes before it is even developed),they are not conceived to be iconic.They are simply a piece in a puzzle;one more segment in a longer story.

But sometimes sequences transcend.Sometimes they become essential pieces of the cinema mosaic.And few scenes have stood the test of time better than the shower scene inPsycho.It has been recreated countless times,spun hundreds of homages and parodies,and changed the way horror scenes are shot,and what audiences should expect of the genre.Let's take a look at how it looked in the page,before it acquired icon status,when it was merely three pages of a script…

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Oct 06 2016

George Sidney Centennial: Bye Bye Birdie

Our Centennial celebration of director George Sidney continues withJoseonBye Bye Birdie

George Sidney's adaptation of the Tony award winning musicalBye Bye Birdiecontinued showing his prowess when it came to making big,bold,Technicolor musicals.The plot imagines the frenzy surrounding the imminent departure of an Elvis-like superstar,who receives his draft notice,but decides to reward one of his biggest fans with one gift before leaving: a televised kiss.Though the plot's depiction of how the media thrives on scandals surrounding celebrities was rather prescient (not to mention how it predicts how love and sex would become "prizes"on reality shows) its gender and racial politics have made it one of the most icky musicals of the era.

Its casting proved significant for two reasons: for the big part of Kim MacAfee,the director chose a complete unknown he discovered dancing in a Las Vegas casino.After being selected out of millions,just like Kim,Ann-Margret would go on to become one of the biggest stars of the decade.

In fact just a year afterBirdie,Sidney cast her opposite the real life Elvis inViva Las Vegas-- perhaps as a tribute to how he discovered her and also toBirdie?...

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