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  1. 14 points
    Nanette Fabray has died at the age of 97. "Nanette Fabray (born Ruby Bernadette Nanette Fabares; October 27, 1920 – February 22, 2018) was an American actress, singer and dancer. She began her career performing in vaudeville as a child and became a musical theatre actress during the 1940s and 1950s, winning a Tony Award in 1949 for her performance in Love Life. In the mid-1950s, she served as Sid Caesar's comedic partner on Caesar's Hour, for which she won three Emmy Awards, as well as co-starring with Fred Astaire in the film musical The Band Wagon. From 1979 to 1984, she appeared as Grandma Katherine Romano on the TV series One Day at a Time. Fabray overcame a significant hearing impairment and has been a long-time advocate for the rights of the deaf and hard of hearing. Her honors representing the handicapped include the President's Distinguished Service Award and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanette_Fabray
  2. 14 points
    It must be the rarely seen version entitled Really All Quiet on the Western Front.
  3. 13 points
    Am I alone in finding posters bellyaching about TCM hosts boring? There seems to be a thread of this nature at least once a week. Enough already! In any event, Muller's enthusiasm for his subject is because he loves noirs, and he does his own writing. In some cases he will crib a lot of his own notes from write ups he's done in the past about a film and use them on the air. At least, he did that with The Breaking Point. I assume the Garfield film is not the only time he's done that. Nothing wrong with that, especially since most viewers will not have read his previous write ups on films, and what he previously wrote was worth repeating. Ben M. has to introduce ALL kinds of film genre, some of which he may not care for (unlike Muller, who picks his own films). I don't know how much of his intros he writes. Aside from that Ben has a laid back, at times puckish, delivery, and he's effective if you enjoy that type of style. You don't like it? Avoid his two minute commentary and just watch the film. Different strokes for different folks, and all that sort of thing.
  4. 12 points
    Last night before A HOLE IN THE HEAD, Ben gave a wonderfully touching tribute to the late Connie Sawyer who co-starred in the film. When Connie did her intro last September as a Guest Programmer she was, in fact, 104. She died at 105 on January 21st. (Her last birthday was Nov. 27th which I was lucky enough to attend.) Thanks Ben. Connie would have LOVED it!!!! Also - Please give what you can to the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Thanks!! https://www.mptf.com/ Yancey
  5. 10 points
    Start a thread about Full Frontal Male Nudity... the rest will take care of itself
  6. 10 points
    Does it occur to anyone that the hosts (perhaps with the exception of EM) are not writing their own material? I'm amazed that people think that Ben is furiously scribbling notes down about every movie. That is the job of a writer and researcher, not (generally speaking) an on-air host. Obviously RO was the rare exception, perhaps in the early days, but as time went on most of his stuff was boilerplate as well. I get it that some don't like Ben's approach, (which reminds me of the way Bill Murray might intro movies) but personally I find it refreshing. He allows, many times, for the fact that this isn't brain surgery and he's willing to occasionally poke fun at himself and the films....
  7. 10 points
    i watched a trio of movies recently that inspired me to get back to posting. DEEP VALLEY- 1947- A Warner Bros joint with Ida Lupino, kind of NOW, VOYAGER meets HIGH SIERRA if that helps those of you who have not seen it get the gyst of what it's about plotwise- a repressed "girl" (Ida is supposed to be 22, snort) living with her superfun mom and dad in an isolated Valley in Northern California hides out a convict and falls in love with him. Jean Negulesco directs and it's a template for JOHNNY BELINDA (which came next year) in many, many ways, right down to the MARVELOUS cinematography and all the wonderful shadows of gnarled branches that cast over the character's faces throughout. I am bad- I admit- about not watching a movie, the lovely black and white photography- which shone through the dullness of the negative- is still stunning. Ida is great in this (although, really, we couldn't do a rewrite to make the character 30?) , so are Fay BAINTER as her mother- who has been stricken with a case of "White Woman Syndrome" where she can't do **** for herself, and Henry Hull as the father- who maybe gives the film's best performance, it's really great work. THE GUILT OF JANET AMES (1947)- tHANKS to KINGRAT for recommending this and the aforementioned DEEP VALLEY, both were on TCM ON DEMAND, which was nice (no issues with sync and i could pause if i needed to wander as i am prone to do) this was a kooky movie, but so 1947- a film whose "feel" is all psychology and DARKNESS and dreaminess. as soon as it references PETER IBBETSON, it had me. (for the record, if you ever get the chance to see the 1935 version of IBBETSON with Cooper and Ann Harding- DO SO) While the script was clever and Melvyn Douglas damned sturdy as a lead, I could not help but feel as though ROZ RUSSELL was misdirected (as were other elements of the movie.) she plays the part too glam and a lot of her moments don't seem genuine- still, a mannered and inexplicably well-coiffed and made-up Roz is still fun to watch. CLUNY BROWN- 1946- how can i put into words a film that is impossible to put into words? Especially when I haven't been putting anything into words AT ALL of late. This film is perfection. Confection. A marvelous oddity. A complete delight. I guffawed numerous times. It is how I verymuch see the world- and how I would like verymuch for the world to be. it is everything a film should be. Jennifer Jones could power several blocks with her luminous qualities and Boyer's work in this made him one of my al-time favorites. it is still on (my) TCM ON DEMAND (or at least it was a couple hours ago) and THERE IS NO FILM ON EARTH THAT I COULD POSSIBLY RECOMMEND MORE HIGHLY THAN IT. J'adore it from start to finish. All right. I'm tired. I haven't done this in a while. my hands are clumsy. \ signing off for now. apologies for the four dozen factual errors i'm sure i made. missed you guys (well, most of you) let the National Nightmare resume, Mama's Back.
  8. 9 points
    Harry Anderson, the talented magician who became a three-time Emmy Award nominee as the star of the long-running NBC sitcom "Night Court," has died at the age of 65. He was found dead in his home in Asheville, N.C., where he had lived since 2006. Authorities said no foul play was suspected. Photo credit: The New York Times "I was never really an actor, I was a magician," Anderson said in 2014. "By the time they figured out that I couldn't act scared on the subway at 4 a.m., I already had a five-year contract." A magic enthusiast since his teen years, Anderson became a familiar guest performer on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in the early 1980s. He was the guest host for the February 9, 1985 episode, which featured Bryan Adams as the musical guest. He also began making occasional appearances on the NBC comedy series "Cheers" as a con man named Harry "The Hat" Gittes. In January 1984, Anderson began starring in "Night Court," a half-hour sitcom that became a mainstay in NBC's Thursday night television lineup until May 1992. He played Judge Harry T. Stone in the series that focused on the key figures involved in the nighttime operations of a municipal court in Manhattan. Anderson received three consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations (1985-1987) as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his performances as Stone -- an amateur magician and passionate Mel Tormé fan (the great singer wound up making several guest appearances on the show). On a March 1988 installment of NBC's "The Tonight Show," Anderson talked about the art of magic with a kindred spirit -- "The Great Carsoni." Anderson was one of the stars of the two-part 1990 ABC miniseries "It," based on the 1986 horror novel by Stephen King. Anderson played the adult Richie Tozier -- one of several childhood friends bedeviled by a demon in the guise of a clown (Tim Curry). Anderson's co-stars also included John Ritter, Dennis Christopher, Richard Thomas and Tim Reid. A 2017 big-screen version of the tale was a blockbuster. A sequel is scheduled for next year. From 1993 to 1997, Anderson headlined the CBS sitcom "Dave's World," which was based on the career of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and syndicated columnist Dave Barry. Anderson played a fictionalized version of Barry and DeLane Matthews co-starred as his wife Beth. In 2000, Anderson moved to New Orleans, where he opened a French Quarter magic shop called Sideshow on Chartres Street and a club called Oswald's Speakeasy at Decatur Street and Esplanade Avenue. He struggled during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and would up relocating to Asheville the following year. New Orleans Times-Picayune file photo Marsha Warfield‏Verified account @MarshaWarfield Oh, no! Aw man, I'm so sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family, friends, fans and everyone who loved him. Rest in peace, Harry the Hat, you were my friend. Markie Post‏Verified account @markie_post I am devastated. I’ll talk about you later, Harry, but for now, I’m devastated. Judd Apatow‏Verified account @JuddApatow Judd Apatow Retweeted Lance Ulanoff I interviewed Harry Anderson when I was 15 years old and he was so kind, and frank and hilarious. The interview is in my book Sick In The Head. He was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy. Jake Tapper‏Verified account @jaketapper Some of us are old enough to remember pre-Night Court when Harry “the Hat” Gittes would pop up on Cheers. RIP April Wolfe‏Verified account @AWolfeful Aw, not Harry Anderson. I was thinking about him the other day when they were casting the older actors for the new IT. And I also watch Cheers reruns every night. He was one of those TV actors who felt like "family" growing up. RIP Harry the Hat. Lizz Winstead‏Verified account @lizzwinstead Harry Anderson was brilliantly funny and a great magician. I also believe he was one of the first people to own the film rights to A Confederacy of Dunces. Such a loss. #RestInPower #HarryAnderson
  9. 9 points
    Oscar-winning actress Dorothy Malone has died at age 92. She made her credited debut in 1943's The Falcon and the Co-Eds as Dorothy Maloney. She appeared in such notable films as The Big Sleep, Night and Day, Torpedo Alley, The Fast and the Furious, Sincerely Yours, Man of a Thousand Faces, Warlock, and many more. She won her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 1956's Written On the Wind. She made her last screen appearance in 1992's Basic Instinct.
  10. 9 points
    We rescued this little guy about two and a half weeks ago. He showed up outside my fiancee's apartment on a cold day (with snow in the forecast). Once we realized he was not feral, we took him in. We searched several days for the owner, but no luck. So we took him to a clinic, had a chip put in, got him "fixed" and got his shots, and now he is ours. He is incredibly docile and friendly. We are guessing he is about a year old, or less. We named him Louie. And here is how he likes to relax:
  11. 9 points
    Gimme a break. CG/GC/RM. All 3 are the same poster. Most of us have known this for a long time.
  12. 8 points
    Mia Farrow‏Verified account @MiaFarrow Fran Lebowitz: “Everyone says he is crazy – which maybe he is – but the scarier thing about him is that he is stupid. You do not know anyone as stupid as Donald Trump. You just don’t.”
  13. 8 points
    I didn't see anything wrong with speedracer's thread at all, I thought it was all in great fun (the photo with Mitchum and Lancaster in drag with a shocked Errol Flynn looking on was hilarious), and it's unfortunate that it only takes ONE person's oversensitive or politically correct complaint or view point to have it taken down. I mean if someone don't like a certain thread, they don't have to go back and read it again. It's not fair to deprive those of us who did enjoy it to share our own thoughts and opinions on the said subject.
  14. 8 points
    Actor John Mahoney has died at the age of 77. Mahoney was born in the U.K. He moved to the U.S. where he attended college at Quincy University in Illinois. He then joined the U.S. Army to attain his U.S. citizenship. He worked as a writer and magazine editor before pursuing acting in his spare time, and not until his mid-to-late 30's. He was eventually asked to join the Steppenwolf theater in Chicago by John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. He made his movie debut in 1982's Mission Hill, but his film career didn't really take off until 1987, with roles in Tin Men, Suspect, and Moonstruck. Among his further film appearances were in Betrayed, Frantic, and Eight Men Out (all 1988), Say Anything (1989), The Russia House (1990), Barton Fink (1991), In the Line of Fire (1993), Reality Bites (1994), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), and Dan in Real Life (2007). Mahoney found his greatest success on television with his role as Martin Crane in 11 seasons of the show Frasier, which earned him Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
  15. 8 points
    Does anybody pay attention to TCM's daytime programming? There are a lot of vintage classics usually on in those hours that are hard-to-find films. I love their daytime programming with all the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s gems that I crave. And honestly, regarding films made after the 60s, it makes perfect sense that more praised ones should pop up, because I have begun to notice that even films as recently as the early 90s have all but vanished from most other TV channels with only a few exceptions (ie things like James Bond or Back to the Future, and HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax are currently carrying things like The Doctor, Doc Hollywood, The Color of Money, Good Morning Vietnam, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, What About Bob, and Class Action) So, if the films are of high quality and everything why should they be discriminated against just because they are a bit more recent if they aren't getting airtime elsewhere? The alternative (for quality films to go unseen) is not a good one. And its not as though its a recent phenomenon as when TCM debuted back in 1994, they showed a film that was only 13 years old at the time (Rich and Famous) during their first week of programming. Just let the majority be vintage classics, with a polished smattering of later films, like TCM has been doing and it will be as good as ever.
  16. 8 points
    The unbelievable amount of braindead garbage on TV, and you target PBS? Really? Not E! Entertainment and the Kardashians, or Bravo and the Real Housewives of Wherever, or Honey Boo-Boo, or Dance Moms, or MTV and their pregnant teens as celebrities, or Dr.Phil/Maury Povich/Jerry Springer? I think this kind of programming is more in line with what the quote was referring to.
  17. 8 points
    Sorry to learn about Tiffany. She was becoming more natural in her delivery and showed improvement since she first started. I wonder why TCM didn't renew her contract. It was just Saturdays during the day so it wasn't like she was on all that often. Her statement is gracious.
  18. 8 points
    1940 During this year the studio released 49 feature films. June had the most releases (6). Most months had three releases. There were four series going on—Maisie, Andy Hardy, Dr. Kildare and Nick Carter. Wallace Beery stuck to a proven formula—he only made western comedies this year, three of them. These MGM contract players were in four or more films in 1940: Frank Morgan (5); Ann Rutherford (5); Spencer Tracy (4); Lew Ayres (4); Laraine Day (4); Billie Burke (4); John Carroll (4); and Virginia Weidler (4). JANUARY THE EARL OF CHICAGO with Robert Montgomery, Edward Arnold and Edmund Gwenn THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER with James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan and Frank Morgan CONGO MAISIE with Ann Sothern and John Carroll. The second of ten Maisie pictures. FEBRUARY I TAKE THIS WOMAN with Hedy Lamarr and Spencer Tracy BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940 with Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell and George Murphy THE MAN FROM DAKOTA with Wallace Beery and Dolores Del Rio NORTHWEST PASSAGE with Spencer Tracy and Robert Young MARCH STRANGE CARGO with Joan Crawford and Clark Gable THE GHOST COMES HOME with Frank Morgan, Billie Burke and Ann Rutherford YOUNG TOM EDISON with Mickey Rooney, Fay Bainter and Virginia Weidler. Followed by THE EDISON MAN two months later with Spencer Tracy as the grown-up inventor. APRIL AND ONE WAS BEAUTIFUL with Robert Cummings and Laraine Day DR. KILDARE’S STRANGE CASE with Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore and Laraine Day. The fourth Kildare picture the studio made. TWO GIRLS ON BROADWAY with Lana Turner, Joan Blondell and George Murphy FORTY LITTLE MOTHERS with Eddie Cantor and Judith Anderson MAY 20 MULE TEAM with Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo and Anne Baxter THE EDISON MAN with Spencer Tracy, Rita Johnson and Charles Coburn WATERLOO BRIDGE with Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor. A remake of a Universal film. JUNE FLORIAN with Robert Young and Charles Coburn. Never airs on TCM. SUSAN AND GOD with Joan Crawford, Fredric March, Ruth Hussey and John Carroll PHANTOM RAIDERS with Walter Pidgeon, Donald Meek, Florence Rice and John Carroll. Second of three in the Nick Carter adventure series. THE CAPTAIN IS A LADY with Charles Coburn, Billie Burke and Marjorie Main THE MORTAL STORM with James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan and Frank Morgan ANDY HARDY MEETS DEBUTANTE with Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Ann Rutherford and Judy Garland. The ninth Hardy picture. JULY SPORTING BLOOD with Robert Young, Maureen O’Sullivan and Lewis Stone NEW MOON with Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy and Mary Boland. Film had two directors (Robert Z. Leonard and W.S. Van Dyke). Previously made by the studio in 1930 with Lawrence Tibbett and Grace Moore. WE WHO ARE YOUNG with Lana Turner and John Shelton PRIDE AND PREJUDICE with Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Maureen O’Sullivan and Ann Rutherford GOLD RUSH MAISIE with Ann Sothern, Lee Bowman and Virginia Weidler. The third Maisie entry. AUGUST I LOVE YOU AGAIN with William Powell and Myrna Loy THE GOLDEN FLEECING with Lew Ayres and Rita Johnson BOOM TOWN with Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert and Hedy Lamarr. Reunited Gable and Colbert who were both Oscar recipients for IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT six years earlier. SEPTEMBER DR. KILDARE GOES HOME with Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore and Laraine Day. The fifth Kildare picture at MGM. WYOMING with Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo, Ann Rutherford and Marjorie Main. The first of seven Beery-Main pairings. HAUNTED HONEYMOON with Robert Montgomery, Constance Cummings. Montgomery went to England to make it with an all-British cast; Cummings had already relocated there. STRIKE UP THE BAND with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. One of the studio’s more profitable films in 1940. SKY MURDER with Walter Pidgeon, Donald Meek and Kaaren Verne. The third and final Nick Carter adventure film made by MGM. OCTOBER DULCY with Ann Sothern, Ian Hunter, Billie Burke and Roland Young. Burke and Young were frequently cast together at a variety of studios. THIRD FINGER, LEFT HAND with Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas and Lee Bowman HULLABALOO with Frank Morgan, Billie Burke and Connie Gilchrist. Story spoofs Orson Welles’ famous ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast. NOVEMBER ESCAPE with Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, Conrad Veidt and Alla Nazimova. This was Nazimova’s first sound film and her comeback after a 15 year absence from the screen. BITTER SWEET with Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, George Sanders and Ian Hunter GALLANT SONS with Jackie Cooper, Bonita Granville and Ian Hunter LITTLE NELLIE KELLY with Judy Garland, George Murphy and Charles Winninger DR. KILDARE’S CRISIS with Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore and Laraine Day. The sixth Kildare picture at Metro, and the third one released this year. DECEMBER GO WEST with the Marx Brothers, John Carroll and Diana Lewis. Lewis would soon marry William Powell and end her movie career. COMRADE X with Clark Gable and Hedy Lamarr THE PHILADELPHIA STORY with Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, Roland Young and Virginia Weidler. Nominated for Best Picture. Remade by the studio as a musical in 1956. This was Hepburn’s first MGM film. FLIGHT COMMAND with Robert Taylor, Ruth Hussey and Walter Pidgeon. The first war film MGM made after Europe had gone to war, a year before the U.S. entered the conflict. The film sought to glorify the U.S. military and was made with the cooperation of the U.S. Navy. KEEPING COMPANY with Frank Morgan, Ann Rutherford, Virginia Weidler and Gloria DeHaven.
  19. 8 points
    Chris Donovan‏Verified account @chrisdonovan Lindsey Graham on CNN:“U know what concerns me abt the American press is this endless, endless attempt to label the guy as some kind of KOOK NOT FIT TO BE PRESIDENT" Graham labeling Trump on Fox on 2/17/16: “I think he’s a KOOK. I think he’s crazy ..He’s NOT FIT TO BE PRESIDENT”
  20. 8 points
    Ed Krassenstein‏ @EdKrassen Fox News host @seanhannity tried to book one of Roy Moore's accusers for an on-air interview, and she replies with this EPIC response:
  21. 8 points
    Sources are saying Trump camped out in front of his television last night and got madder and madder and madder. Awww.... And just in time for him to represent the country on his trip abroad. He did warn everyone about electing someone under investigation.
  22. 7 points
    The Czech-born filmmaker Miloš Forman -- who directed the Best Picture winners "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) and "Amadeus" (1984) -- died Friday at the age of 86. He had lived in the United States since his departure from the then-Eastern European nation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Forman won Best Director Oscars for "Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus." The 1975 film -- based on Ken Kesey's 1962 novel about individualism vs. authority in a psychiatric hospital -- was the second of three movies to win the five major Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher) and a screenwriting category (Bo Goldman & Lawrence Hauben for Best Adapted Screenplay). The two other films that accomplished the feat were "It Happened One Night" (1934) and "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). "Amadeus," based on the 1981 Tony Award-winning stage play by Peter Shaffer, won eight Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham), Best Adapted Screenplay (Shaffer), Best Art Direction (Patrizia von Brandenstein, art direction; Karel Černý, set decoration), Best Costume Design (Theodor Pištěk), Best Makeup (Dick Smith and Paul LeBlanc) and Best Sound (Mark Berger, Tom Scott, Todd Boekelheide and Christopher Newman). The fictionalized historical drama recounted the 18th-century rivalry between Antonio Salieri (Abraham) and the musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (portrayed by Best Actor nominee Tom Hulce). Salieri, the Viennese court composer to The Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, despised Mozart but also recognized his brilliance. In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked "Cuckoo's Nest" at No. 20 and "Amadeus" at No. 53 on its list of the greatest movies of all time. When AFI updated the list in 2007, the former dropped to No. 33, while the latter was not included. It's been said that Forman never directed the same type of film twice. Among his other productions: "Taking Off" (1971, which won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival), "Hair" (1979), "Ragtime" (1981, which received eight Academy Award nominations), "Valmont" (1989), "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996, which earned Forman a third Oscar nod for Best Director), "Man on the Moon" (1999) and "Goya's Ghosts" (2006). Born Jan Tomáš Forman near Prague on February 18, 1932, he grew up during the turmoil of World War II and the occupation of Nazi forces. His father, a Jewish professor, and his Protestant mother perished in concentration camps. The end of the war brought Communist rule to Czechoslovakia. Forman became interested in filmmaking and attended the Prague Film Institute. He became a part of cinema's Czech New Wave, which flourished in the mid-1960s during a liberal period in the Iron Curtain country. His 1965 black-and-white film "Loves of a Blonde" won acclaim in the West and received a 1966 Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. He also received plaudits for his first color feature, "The Fireman's Ball." The 1967 comedy also received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Forman's exile from Czechoslovakia occurred after Warsaw Pact nations invaded the country in a 1968 crackdown. He was in Paris at the time and elected not to return home. He moved to New York City and began the American phase of his film career. He returned to his native country in 1983 to film "Amadeus." edgarwright‏Verified account @edgarwright Very sad to hear that the great director Miloš Forman has passed away. He had a tremendous filmography that documented the rebel heart and human spirit. I have seen 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' enough times to be able to silently mouth along with the movie. RIP. Larry Karaszewski‏Verified account @Karaszewski Milos Forman was our friend and our teacher. He was a master filmmaker - no one better at capturing small unrepeatable moments of human behavior. We made two movies together and every day spent with him was a unique adventure. Milos loved life. I will miss his laughter. David Poland‏ @DavidPoland Milos Forman was a true master. No greater biopic or musical experience on film than Amadeus. Cuckoo’s Nest, Ragtime and the wildly underrated Valmont. Man on the Moon & Larry Flynt. Even Hair, still with book issues, offered moments of genius. Rest In Peace, sir. Mark Harris‏Verified account @MarkHarrisNYC Very sad to see that the great Miloš Forman has died at 86. A brilliant director who made only about a dozen feature films, every one of which is worth revisiting. Hair, Amadeus, Cuckoo's Nest--an indelible legacy. Mike Barnes‏ @MikeBarnes4 #RIP the masterful Milos Forman; Michael Douglas said the essence of 'Cuckoo’s Nest' was that "he brought out the foibles and the vulnerabilities and the humor within [the characters] without laughing at them." Bilge Ebiri‏Verified account @BilgeEbiri Rest In Peace, Milos Forman. The rare director who truly understood freedom.
  23. 7 points
    Wayne Morris. It's a name that should ring a bell for film buffs, particularly those who have had TCM for some time where many of the early films in his career at Warner Brothers get fairly abundant play. Remember him in 1937's KID GALAHAD, playing the good natured, forever smiling Ward Guisenberry, a towering bellboy promoted by Edward G. Robinson into becoming a boxer? He was performing with the Warners big boys on that occasion, not only with Robinson but Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart (before Bogie hit it big time), as well. Morris started off his film career in sunny faced, boy-next-door roles but, after an extended service during the war, returned to find that the momentum of his career from a lengthy absence had lessened. He was heavier and soon taking supporting roles. His film career would wind down some unspectacular paths during the '50s and towards the end he was doing a lot of television work. Probably the performance in his career for which he will be best remembered is that of Lt. Roget, the weakling officer in Stanley Kubrick's masterful PATHS OF GLORY. There are a lot of impressive performances in this film but Morris holds his own. Do you remember the squeamishness he conveys when Kirk Douglas asks him to be the officer in charge of the executions? The thing is the real Wayne Morris was anything but a coward. In fact he was a genuine hero during WW2. From Wiki: While filming Flight Angels (1940), Morris became interested in flying and became a pilot. With war in the wind, he joined the Naval Reserve and became a Navy flier in 1942, leaving his film career behind for the duration of the war. He flew the F6F Hellcat off the aircraft carrier USS Essex. A December 15, 1944 Associated Press news story reported that Morris was "credited with 57 aerial sorties, shooting down seven Japanese Zeros, sinking an escort vessel and a flak gunboat and helping sink a submarine and damage a heavy cruiser and a mine layer."[5] He was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals. Morris was considered by the Navy as physically 'too big' to fly fighters. After being turned down several times as a fighter pilot, he went to his uncle-in-law, Cdr. David McCampbell, imploring him for the chance to fly fighters. Cdr. McCampbell said "Give me a letter." He flew with the VF-15 (Fighter Squadron 15), the famed "McCampbell Heroes." That's damn impressive stuff, making it impossible not to respect the man, and appreciate all the more that the craven creature he so skillfully portrayed in the Kubrick film had nothing in common with the real him. Wayne Morris died of a massive heart attack in 1959 while visiting the aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard in San Francisco Bay. He was only 45. The truth is Morris never made that much of an impression upon me as an actor (outside of Paths of Glory) but when I read about his war service I felt compelled to do a writeup on him, if only to bring his courageous performance during the war to the attention of fellow movie buffs who, like myself, might have been a bit inclined to dismiss him. The real Wayne Morris, I now feel, deserves better than that.
  24. 7 points
    It's a shame that so much of Colbert's early work was over at Paramount. You have to go to the gray market to see any of them. The best of them is "Young Man of Manhattan", in which Colbert and her actual husband Norman Foster play two newspaper columnists who marry after a whirlwind courtship. What gets in the way is Foster's character's lack of professional ambition, and the fact that he is being ardently pursued by a college girl flapper played by a 19 year old Ginger Rogers. And then there is a pesky case of blindness brought on by prohibition era booze. "The Big Pond" has Colbert as a debutante in love with a poor Frenchman, played by Maurice Chevalier. When they want to marry, Colbert's dad decides to use reverse psychology, accept Chevalier, take him back to the US with them, give him a job in his factory, and prove to his daughter that he could never fit in. But things don't work out quite that way. Her earliest surviving sound film "The Hole in the Wall" is about a bunch of fake psychics with Edward G. Robinson playing opposite Colbert. I'd only recommend this one for fans of the early talkies as the entire thing is a mixed bag. For example, there is a train wreck where the camera goes to different people on the train just prior to the wreck to get an idea of the human toll. But the wreck itself just looks like a kid's model train falling off of a hill.
  25. 7 points
  26. 7 points
    The first time I saw this film many, many years ago, I thought to myself, "man, this is wacky, why is this thing so highly regarded?" Repeated viewings have convinced me that this really is one of the great films of all time. I "get it" now. For someone interested in the history of silent films (like I am), this film is an absolute must see. The scenes with DeMille and Swanson are alone worth the price of admission.
  27. 7 points
    Thursday, March 22 8 p.m. Sunset Blvd. (1950). One of the great films set right in Hollywood.
  28. 7 points
    *** Don Murray's character was not gay; he was bisexual. His character was not a distraction but the Crux of the whole plot. What happens to Don Murray's character is all about what's wrong with politics, and what's wrong with Cutthroat competition and blind ambition. What's wrong with cookie cutter lives for human beings - - what's wrong with conformity-- what's wrong with trying to murder a human being's individuality. The scenes in around the gay bar are by far the best ones in the whole movie. They seem more realistic with a cinema verité feel and not as stagey as the Congressional scenes. Don Murray's suicide is the build-up to the final climax of the movie. ***Charles Laughton is a lot of fun and a life-sized Ham. He may be the real distraction in this movie, being the hopeless scene stealer that he was.
  29. 7 points
    http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2018-05-01 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2018-05-08 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2018-05-15 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2018-05-22 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2018-05-29 Star of the Month (on the 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st only) is Marlene Dietrich Robert Osbourne gets a tribute with his Private Screenings and 20th Anniversary Special plus airings of Dodsworth and Laura on May 3rd. B-movie fans rejoice as Movie Series is the TCM spotlight with giant marathons of the following series: Blondie, Mexican Spitfire, Four Daughters, Maisie, Gildersleeve, Tarzan, Jungle Jim, Bomba, Andy Hardy, Five Little Peppers, Dr. Kildare/Gillespie, Nancy Drew, Miss Marple, Torchy Blane, The Thin Man, Perry Mason, Dick Tracy, Boston Black!e, Bulldog Drummond, The Saint, Lassie, Rusty, and Flipper. Memorial Day Tribute weekend is back.
  30. 7 points
    Seem to be a few critics of Mildred Pierce here. Not me. Thanks to director Michael Curtiz and cinematographer Ernest Haller the visual pleasures of this noirish melo (with more than a few soap opera overtones) remains intact after all these years. Crawford effectively mixes strength with vulnerability in the lead role, with the support of a superior cast. There were few effete cads on screen as effective as the silken smooth, slimy, supremely self serving Zachory Scott, Jack Carson is a marvel in a cynical role that turns oddly likeable, while Eve Arden as always, puts a delicious little invective into her delivery of delicious one line zingers. As for Ann Blyth, well, I wanted to slap her face along with Joan. Curious thing, though. Masterful as that early staging sequence is when Zachory Scott gets shot and falls to the floor, uttering "Mildred," when it is repeated again, in flashback, at the end of the film, instead of just showing the same sequence again, it's been re-shot. You can tell if only because Scott's delivery of "Mildred" is different. Mildred Pierce, for me, represents Crawford at her peak, along with Grand Hotel and Humoresque, but without the dynamic Curtiz behind the camera, I doubt very much that we would still have the same high powered melodrama. I just love those freshly rained upon streets.
  31. 7 points
  32. 7 points
    Sorry, Nip, but public education is supposed to be secular. Remember about that old saying "separation of church and state?" If you want kids to have religious training, send them to a religious school, send them to church, and/or teach it at home.
  33. 7 points
    The Wild Bunch is my second favorite western of all time. But I'm also a horrible, awful, bloody mess.
  34. 7 points
    Michael Cohen‏ @speechboy71 Michael Cohen Retweeted Donald J. Trump Not to nitpick BUT TRUMP IS THE GUY WHO ENDED DACA. This argument is like killing your parents and begging for mercy because you’re an orphan
  35. 7 points
    Been watching a lot of his movies from the early 40's up to the late 70's....not only was he a great actor, but man oh man, was he ever dreamy! Another great actor shamefully overlooked by the Academy. Especially loved his performance in OUT OF THE PAST, and he makes one heck of a villain in both THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER and CAPE FEAR. And he was so cool as Philip Marlowe in FAREWELL MY LOVELY.
  36. 7 points
    You mixed up some letters...let me fix it for you. the dork lard
  37. 7 points
  38. 7 points
    Years ago I was sitting in a theatre watching "Apollo 13" and I kept thinking: "I know that kid, I know that kid." The "kid" I was referring to was the actress who was playing Tom Hanks' aka Jim Lovell's daughter, Barbara Lovell. I was so curious that I stayed through the credits to find out who she was and then I knew. Barbara Lovell was played by a young actress named Mary Kate Schellhardt and years before I had cast her in a TV commercial which just happened to be her very first acting gig. She was probably 6 or 7 at the time, gave an incredible performance and worked for hours and hours without complaint. Way to go, Mary Kate! Her father (who worked for Associated Press and was on set with Mary Kate when we shot the commercial) was a super smart, super nice guy who was eventually transferred from Pittsburgh to Chicago so we lost access to Mary Kate for a while. But, when it came time to choose a college, Mary Kate decided to return to Pittsburgh and attend Carnegie Mellon University so we had a chance to re-connect. She was a natural talent from the very first moment she auditioned for me and turned out to be a lovely young woman who has continued working in film and TV.
  39. 7 points
    Were Cotton and Perdue asleep while all of this was going on or are they just lying scum bags?
  40. 7 points
    Patton Oswalt‏Verified account @pattonoswalt 2h2 hours ago Patton Oswalt Retweeted New Orleans Advocate At least Trump finally paid one of his subcontractors.
  41. 7 points
    Bill Kristol‏Verified account@BillKristol Two weeks ago a 26-year old soldier raced repeatedly into a burning Bronx apartment building, saving four people before he died in the flames. His name was Pvt. Emmanuel Mensah and he immigrated from Ghana, a country Donald Trump apparently thinks produces very subpar immigrants.
  42. 7 points
    Molly Knight‏Verified accoun@molly_knight Molly Knight Retweeted Donald J. Trump Meanwhile, on Earth 1, four men who worked to get you elected—including your campaign manager and national security advisor—have been indicted. #MAGA
  43. 7 points
    I have no idea what that means. Sounds like P.R. mumbo jumbo.
  44. 7 points
    Strangely they're not showing Foreign Correspondent, and that one has Santa Claus as a killer.
  45. 7 points
    You seem to have a big problem. Take it elsewhere. No one here is interested.
  46. 7 points
    Shareblue Media‏Verified account @Shareblue Fox host’s answer to Flynn’s guilty plea: Arrest President Obama https://shareblue.com/fox-hosts-answer-to-flynns-guilty-plea-arrest-president-obama/#.WiM4JgpieA4.twitter … by @tommyxtopher
  47. 7 points
    I too disagree with you and so did two Native American elders on CNN New Day. Pochahontas is a cultural hero to them and every time Tump uses it he does so in a derogatory fashion. He therefore besmirches their heritage. Face it. He's a pig. A moron. An embarrassment. Akin to something I'd scrape off the sole of my shoe.
  48. 7 points
    The Hill‏Verified account @thehill Companies pull ads from Sean Hannity after his coverage of Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations http://hill.cm/kyJX8TF
  49. 7 points
    Congratulations to Trump for winning the election one year ago and for having 37 percent approval rating (the lowest a modern president’s has ever been this early on in their presidency)! http://observer.com/2017/11/trumps-low-approval-rating-makes-history/
  50. 7 points
    It's only Tuesday, but I think we have a winner for right wing rant of the week.

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