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Wednesday
Oct 03 2018

Showbiz History: Lost in Translation,Eyes of the Mummy,and Clive Owen

10 random things that happened on this day,October 3rd,in showbiz history

1918CENTENNIAL ALERT: Ernst Lubitsch'sTheEyes of the Mummy,starring Pola Negri and future Oscar winner Emil Jannings,premieres in Germany.It will take four years to make it to the US.You can watch this early horror film in its entirety on YouTube.It's not very good but Lubitsch would go on to a brilliant career directing screwball comedies.Negri plays a girl rescued from captivity in an ancient Egyptian temple but her nightmare is only just beginning!

1929Actress Jeanne Eagels,the star ofThe Letterthat year,dies of a drug overdose at 39,after which she becomes the first (and still only) actress ever Oscar-nominated posthumously...

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Friday
Jun 15 2018

Rosemary's Baby Pt 3: All of Them Witches

50th Anniversary Three-Part Mini-Series
Occasionally we'll take a movie and baton pass it around the team.

InPart OneSeán McGovern sang the praises of Oscar winning Ruth Gordon as nosey neighbor Minnie to Mia Farrow's iconic Rosemary.The apartment is a find for Rosemary and her husband Guy (sleazy John Cassavettes) but the Bramford sure has sinister tenants.

InPart TwoJason Adams eyed fascinating visual details as the perversions mount and Rosemary becomes emaciated and pale -- aren't pregnancies supposed to make you fill out and glow?As we pick back up Rosemary has just left the funeral of Hutch.He left her a book and a cryptic message "the name is an anagram."

Part 3 by Nathaniel R

1:26:00 Rosemary never gets a moment to herself.Home from the funeral she barely has time to hang up her hat and throw off her shoes and the doorbell is wringing.I'll give you one guess as to who it is.

Minnie,yup.Notice how chalky that drink is *wretches* and how much Ruth Gordon is doing in every scene including this brief one,conveying just how watchful,manipulative,and blasphemous Minnie is  -- "Grace,one of my favorite names"-- underneath all the old-lady eccentricity,flashy clothing,and innocuous chatter.

1:27:00 Hutch wrapped the book up tightly like a gift,but it's not a pleasant one...

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Thursday
Jun 14 2018

Rosemary's Baby Pt 2: This is Really Happening!

Rosemary's Baby print by Jonathan Burton.For sale here.50th Anniversary Three-Part Mini-Series
Occasionally we'll take a movie and baton pass it around the team and really dive in.

Rosemary's Baby(1968) is 50 years old now but it feels both ancient and fresh.It's always alive when you watch it.Having seeped into the very DNA of both the movies and our nightmares,it deserves a deep dive.InPart Oneby Seán McGovern we watched as Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavettes) moved into a strange new apartment building,saw a neighbor mysteriously die,and become socially entangled with an intrusive neighbor couple Minnie and Roman Castavet (Ruth Gordon and Sydney Blackmer),who are both eccentrically endearing and very possibly sinister.44 minutes into the film we can scratch out "very possibly"and just make that sinister.Full stop.We return to Rosemary just as we realize she's been drugged by Minnie's chocolate mousse "mouse"and has begun to dream...- Editor

Part 2 byJason Adams


44:21 It seems appropriate to jump right in in the middle of a dream about to turn nightmare,for what else isRosemary's Babybut that?

44:21 So much of this sequence will come back to haunt us later when Rosemary makes her final horrific discovery...

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Thursday
Jun 14 2018

Rosemary's Baby Pt 1: Tannis, anyone?

50th Anniversary Three-Part Mini-Series
Occasionally we'll take a movie and baton pass it around the team and really dive in.If you missed past installments we've gone long and deep onRebecca,Silence of the Lambs,Thelma & Louise,Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf,andA League of Their Own.Now...Rosemary's Baby-Editor

Part 1 by Seán McGovern

I'm delighted to take you through Part 1 of Rosemary's Baby,a terrifying personal favourite.

00:01 William Castle,who in the pantheon of horror was basically a schlock-jock,produced the filmbut according to Mia Farrow,Castle was at one point going to direct.What would the outcome of that have been?Potentially not the paranoid horror we revere today but maybe something more gimmicky.William Castle was portrayed by John Waters in Ryan Murphy'sFeud: Bette & Joan,and if that's not a fitting tribute I don't know what is.

01:00 In these short two minutes of opening credits are also the names of some of the twentieth century's best character actors: Ruth Gordon,Charles Grodin and Ralph Bellamy.The theme melody is la-la-la'ed by Mia Farrow herself,giving that girlish tone a chill that you'll also be humming all day...

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Wednesday
Jul 05 2017

Hidden Streaming Gem: "Miami Rhapsody"

Hello!Robert here.The other night as I was enjoying my long Fourth of July weekend I was in the mood for a movie;something I hadn't seen,something light and funny,something for a summer night on the couch with a bottle of rosé.After clicking around on HBONow for a few minutes boy did I ever find what I was looking for: a gem of a '90s pseudo-intellectual rom-com calledMiami Rhapsody.Won't you take a journey back in time with me and explore this strange little film?

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Monday
Jun 12 2017

Beauty vs Beast: The Men In Rosemary's Life

Jason fromMNPPhere on another Monday afternoon with another round of our weekly "Beauty vs Beast"series - today happens to be the 49th anniversary of my favorite movieRosemary's Baby.Roman Polanski's masterpiece (one of his several masterpieces) was dropped from beak of the devil's stork into the world on June 12th 1968,a wailing bundle of joy (with its father's eyes) that became the 8th biggest film of the year,scoring over 33 million at the box office (aka 230 million in 2017 dollars,putting it on par with whatFantastic Beastsand Where to Find Themmade last year) and forever giving pregnant woman something shiny and new to worry themselves about.(All of them witches!)

This being my favorite film we've already devoted one of these columns to it -we faced off the womenfolkwith Rosemary (Mia Farrow) taking on Minnie (Ruth Gordon) last fall.Gordon won,same as the Oscars.亚博主页So this time around let's turn our attentions to their respective partners!There's no time like Right Now for "Sleazy White Men Who Think They Own Women's Reproductive Organs"after all,so I give you Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavetes),star of "Nobody Loves an Albatross"and a world-class creep,and Roman Castavet (Sidney Blackmer),door to door Satan salesman.Choose wisely,your womb will thank you...

PREVIOUSLYWe took a quick trip to the Moors last weekend toput poor Jane Eyre throughthe wringer again but in the end Mia Wasikowska came out on top (and who wouldn't want to come out on top of Michael Fassbender) with 58% of your vote.SaidNick T:

"I'm so happy to cheer for Jane.It's a great performance (yay Mia!),and if Jane won't act as her own hype man then I'll happily do it tor her."

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