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Feb 18 2017

I Just Can't Wait to be Link

/FilmDonald Glover will be the voice of Simba and James Earl Jones the voice of Mufasa in the forthcoming remake ofThe Lion King...I notice it's being lumped in with all the other Disney 'live action remakes of animated pictures' in articles but this one isnotlive action,but CG and mo-cap likeThe Jungle Book.
E!NewsMalin Akerman recalls her nude modelling shoot with Jamie Dornan
AnOtherinterviews John Waters.Multiple Maniacsis getting a rerelease overseas...hence the interview.What I want to know is where in the box set of his complete filmography?
TV LineDarren Criss is Andrew Cunanan and Edgar Ramirez Gianni Versace in the next American Crime Story
Awards Daily TVBest Actress in a Limited Series is already crazy competitive for the next Emmys viaFeud,Big Little Lies,and more...

Links after the jump including more Viola,plusArrival,The Lion King,Night of the Iguana,Boyd Holbrook and more...

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Jan 25 2017

Link Her Moore

NYTTV comedy legend and dramatic Oscar nominee Mary Tyler Moore (Ordinary People,The Mary Tyler Moore Show) dies at 80
EmpireActor Dan Aykroyd pays tribute to hisBlues Brothersco-star Carrie Fisher in a new essay
Awards DailyAva DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey interview to air on Netflix tomorrow

PlaybillIf you're near Cambridge,there's a new production ofNight of the Iguanastarring James Earl Jones and Amanda Plummer (!) opening in February
Tracking BoardJacob Tremblay signs on to a reboot ofPredatoras an autistic child with a gift for languages
/FilmX-Menis getting its own TV series,unrelated to the movies.Good luck with that
THRon all the times the Star Wars universe has used "The Last Jedi"
PeopleScarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac have split
Interviewtalks to Asghar Farhadi about his Oscar nominated filmThe Salesman

More Oscar Reactions
MNPPJason doesnotlikeHacksaw Ridge.But will still ogle the soldiers
Washington Postsubtlety and Oscar don't always mix.Bye Amy!
The New Yorkerif you can get past the condescension of Richard Brody's opening 'graphs he says a lot of good things thereafter about the Oscar nominees and the beauty of Annette Bening's missing performance

Call Me By Your Name Sundance premiere won raves

Sundance Fever
Tracking Boardbidding war and awards season plans for Dee ReesMudbound
Coming SoonNetflix picks of new Marti Noxon (Buffy) movieTo the Boneabout aneroxia
/Filmis keeping a list of all the movies that have sold
Varietygay dramaCall Me By Your Namestarring Armie Hammer andTimothée Chalamet (best known for playing Finn onHomelandand McConaughey's son inInterstellar) won lots of sexy buzz out of Sundance.I know I'm supposed to be excited because it's a gay drama but honestly my entire obsession with getting to that movie as quick as possible is that I L-O-V-E Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love,A Bigger Splash) who directs.Now if he would just get on with making thatAuntie Mameremake with Tilda.

Jun 30 2014

Smackdown 1964: Agnes,Lila,Gladys,Grayson and Dame Edith

Behold the Oscar-nominated Supporting Actresses of 1964: two wealthy matriarchs with strained relations to their children,one desperate widow who would very much like relations of any kind,an irritable church group leader watching your every move and one sweaty possessive housekeeper lurking around the corner.



1964's shortlist is one of the most senior in any acting category ever with an average age of 61.This 50 year old Oscar contest also acted as a finale for three enduring character actresses who Hollywood adored (Cooper,Evans,and Moorehead) but never quite enough at the right time to hand them the gold man.(In truth Dame Edith Evans,who did not attend the ceremony,was nominated one last time and quite deservedly forThe Whisperersbut that nomination is sadly almost as forgotten as the confused woman she masterfully played.)


The actressMelanie Lynskey(Happy Christmas,Heavenly Creatures) joins returning panelistsJoe Reid,Nick Davis,Nathaniel R,StinkyluluandYou!We also tabulate reader votes and quotes from those ballots appear.

Without further ado,the main event...


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Jun 27 2014

Introducing...The Supporting Actress Nominees of 1964

You'vemet the panelistsand this Monday (June 30th) the Smackdown arrives.So,let's meet the characters we'll be discussing.

As is ourSmackdowntradition we begin by showing you how the performances begin.Do their introductions scream "shower me with gold statues!"?Do the filmmakers prepare us for what's ahead?Here's how the five nominees we'll be discussing are introduced (in the order of how quickly they arrive in their movies).Do any of these introductions make you want to see the movie?


-Miss Fellowes

7 minutes in.Meet "Judith Fellowes"(Grayson Hall inThe Night of the Iguana)
After a prologue where Dr Shannon (Richard Burton) appears to have some sort of loss of faith mental breakdown in a church where he preaches,we see that he's now giving tours of Mexico.Enter Judith Fellowes with a gaggle of old women,immediately questioning his fees.Her gaze is direct (he doesn't return it) and they enter the bus where she leads her women in a sing-along.Dr Shannon doesn't appear to like her.At all.More friction is surely ahead on their travels.

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Mar 25 2011

Tennessee 100: Night of the Iguana

JA from MNPPhere,continuing Tennessee Williams Centennial Weekwith a look at John Huston's 1963 film The Night of the Iguana.I chose Iguanabecause it's one of the few adaptations of Williams' work that I hadn't seen already,and because IMDb's summarymade it sound torrid in the best Williams way.Defrocked priests and wanton teen girls and sapphic spinsters all flitting about a Mexican beach cut off from civilization?Yes please.

But truth be told,I found the film a little wanting,not wanton.Richard Burton's in full bluster,screaming and sloshing about as the drunken ex-man-of-the-cloth Shannon,Deborah Kerr barely registers as the sexless traveling painter he's too big a mess to end up with,and not a whole lot seems to gel.

I was fond of Grayson Hall as the lesbian intent upon Shannon's destruction (she was nominated for an Oscar,but lost to Lila Kedrova in Zorba the Greek),and kind of loved Ava Gardner as Maxine,the owner of the motel where they all end up marooned who keeps a couple of cabana boys for herself...


...but then,she was speaking my language.Bette Davis played the role of Maxinein the original staging of the playfor four months before,according to her,her co-stars undercut her and she left the production and was replaced by Shelley Winters.I can picture both of them doing exquisite work in the role,but I really did like Ava Gardner here.(And scanning throughGardner's filmographyI realize this is the first time I've ever seen her in anything!)

Iguanawas shot in the Fall of 1962,right at epicenter of the tabloid insanity over the affair between Burton and Elizabeth Taylor - they'd just worked (among other things) together on Cleopatra- and Taylor actually accompanied Burton on the shoot in Puerto Vallarta,which led to all kinds of scrutiny upon the set.From Wikipediacomes this fun fact:

"By March 1964,months before the film's release,gossip about the film's production became the subject of a public parody when Huston received an Writers' Guild of America award for advancing "the literature of the motion picture through the years";at a dinner where the award was presented,Allan Sherman performed a song,to the tune of "Streets of Laredo",with lyrics that included "They were down there to film The Night of the Iguana/ With a star-studded cast and a technical crew./ They did things at night midst the flora and fauna / That no self-respecting iguana would do."

As you can tell,the stories surrounding the production are more interesting to me than the movie itself now.Perhaps the mega-quake that was Burton-Taylor was too strong a distraction to gel together an entirely satisfying,coherent film.Still there's some gorgeous black-and-white photography to be had...
And it did walk away with an Oscar for Best Costume Design (B&W),beating Hush...Hush,Sweet Charlotteand Edith Head for A House is Not a Home,so in summation let's take a look at a couple of those.It's refreshing to see an example of a non-period film winning a prize for its costumes,isn't it?