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Saturday
Mar 10 2018

Retro Randomness: Come to the Stable (1949)

by Nathaniel R

Have you ever queued up an old movie no one talks about anymore hoping to discover a gem?

You imagine that it's only been forgotten or is underdiscussed due to the vagaries of when and where movies are available in the ever changing landcape of viewing technologies,Such was my fantasy when I sat down to watchCome to the Stable(1949).This French nuns in New England comedy was my biggest viewing gap in 1949 Oscar history.In fact,I didn't even know it was a comedy.

Alas the fantasy of stumbling upon a forgotten gem didn't last long.Still,Come to the Stable's tagline must have been true in 1949.It read...

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Tuesday
Mar 07 2017

Today in History: Joan Crawford's Oscar,Bel Powley's Rise,Loretta Young's Emmy

Need to feel festive today?Think on these anniversaries or birthdays today in showbiz history and celebrate accordingly.

1914Director Morton DaCosta was born in Philly.Though most of his career was on the stage he did direct three features:Auntie Mame,The Music Man,andIsland of Love,the first two of which were Best Picture nominees!
1933The game "Monopoly"was invented -remember that time when it seemed like every "brand"was going to become a movieand Ridley Scott was going to make this one?
1942Televangelist wife and pop culture makeup icon Tammy Faye Baker is born.

Much more after the jump...

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Wednesday
Nov 16 2016

Today in Showbiz History: Oklahoma!,Martha & Missy,JLaw's Ascendance

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

1873WC Handy famous musician is born in Alabama.The first credited use of his music in a movie was in the originalScarface(1932).That same song "St Louis Blues"is his most popular with Hollywood and has been used in dozens of movies since includingThe AviatorandThe Great Gatbsyrecently.But Blue Jasmine got all feisty and went with "Aunt Hagar's Blues"instead.
1889Playwright George S Kaufman is born.He wins two Pulitzers and his work has been adapted to films many times including classics likeYou Can't Take It With You,Dinner at Eight,The Man Who Came to DinnerandStage Door.
1907Oklahoma becomes the 46th State...

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Sunday
Jan 06 2013

Loretta Young, Ruffled

Happy Centennial to Loretta Young!(January 6th,1913 - August 12th,2000) She was my mom's favorite actress as a little girl which is how I know her name.

So many ruffles!How can Loretta breathe in there?

Well that and my encyclopedic attention to the Best Actress category in theory long before I'd seen almost any of the movies as a kid.The Farmer's Daughterwas literally the first of the 1940s Best Actress winners I ever saw -- entirely because of my mom's love for it -- but I have to admit that I don't remember the movie at all now.(FWIW my favorite Best Actress win of the 40s is a tight race between Crawford'sMildred Pierceand DeHavilland'sThe Heiress)

We name-checked Loretta very briefly on the recent podcast (Part 1&2) because my mom was so happy with the book I gave her as a gift recently.My mother is very conservative so perhaps it was Loretta's devout Christianity in the middle of the Sodom & Gomorrah --aka Hollywood -- that was a draw?Or maybe its was regional pride -  Loretta Young was one of the few big movie stars from Utah,where my mom was born and raised.

The book is called "Hollywood Madonna Loretta Young"(by Bernard F Dick) and is apparently the first biography of this Leading Actress of the 40s.In addition to film stardom,she had a secret love child with Clark Gable and found major television stardom in as the host / sometime star of the long running drama series "The Loretta Young Show"(1953-1961)

Have you seen any of her films?

Loretta Young is naturally being celebrated this month here and there.Her official websiteis tracking the celebrations and screenings if you're interested in checking her work out.I've got to catchCome to the Stable(1949) one of these days.Such a major hole in my Oscar viewing what with its seven nominations (among the highest for a film that missed a Best Picture citation) and it's a nun movie for Christ's sake  -- Oscar subgenre alert!Frustrated that Netflix doesn't have it.

Tuesday
Jan 01 2013

Podcast Unchained: Top Ten Sneaks,Actresses of Color,Movie Gifts

Part 1 of 2
For this megamix conversation -- still shorter than most of the Best Picture Hopefuls!-- which is the last before the Oscar Nominations we ignored the act of "predicting"beyond a couple hazy hunches and dug into Quentin Tarantino's new slavesploitation western (which none of us like as much as the internet does as it so happens).But since this is the Film Experience we do love to meander through movie memories and Oscar digressions,亚博主页Django Unchainedis hardly the only film we visit in this 44 minute podcast.[With Nathaniel,Nick,Katey,and Joe.]

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Last minute Oscar hunches: Eddie Redmayne?Michael Haneke?
  • Django Unchained
  • Ann Dowd's self-funded Oscar campaign forCompliance
  • Nathaniel's special Christmas Gift
  • 1947 & 1991 Oscar Winner Flashbacks: Loretta Young and Mercedes Ruehl,anyone?
  • Middle Of Nowhere's transfixing Emayatzy Corinealdi
  • The power and powerlessness of physical beauty
  • Podcast Bingo

You candownload the podcast on iTunesor listen right here at the bottom of the post.Join in the conversation by commenting!Did you get any movie related Christmas gifts?What's #6 on your (current) top ten list?

Django Unchained,Top Ten Sneak Peeks