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Posted 22 May 2012 - 02:38 PM

Historian and costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis
( *Raiders of the Lost Ark, Animal House, Coming to America* ),
and costume designer Bob Mackie ( *The Carol Burnett Show,*
*The Sonny and Cher Show* , Cher Tour Ensembles) in his
understated best with bowtie to match, launched the second
formal film discussion on the Festival calendar on Thursday evening
at 9:30 p.m. in the Chinese Multiplex.

A gathering of Banton fans waited with anticipation in order to see
those art-deco inspired designs that might never have sprung to life if
Claudette Colbert hadn't stood her ground in her tiny little pumps and demanded
Banton and his muse as "emperor of the bangle" so Colbert could walk like
an Egyptian.

Claudette Colbert in one of her most iconic roles,*Cleopatra (1934).*


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Mackie shared with audience members his recollection of the first time
he saw *Cleopatra* as a 13-year-old youth in Ingewood, California, at
a revival in the 1950's, and marveled at the slinky satin outfits from the
30's, which were much different than the molded, pointed forms of women
in foundation garments popular in the 50's.


Nadoolman Landis also revealed information about her upcoming exhibit
that she is curating for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and
reminded passholders that many of the costumes created by Travis
Banton were done in color. One of Colbert's gowns, appearing as a white
satin sheath onscreen, was actually rendered in a shade of mint green satin,
and both presenters agreed that many outfits completed in colorful shades like
pink and yellow often appear in various shades of gray in a black and white film.
Nadoolman Landis also lamented the lack of an in-depth biography of Travis
Banton, often seen as the stylist who transformed Marlene Dietrich's image as much
as director Josef Von Sterberg.


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 03:12 PM

At the Turner Classic Film Festival 2012 in April at the Hollywood
Roosevelt Hotel, authors Shannon Clute and Richard Edwards were
interviewed at a passholders event about their latest collaborative
work, *The Maltese Touch of Evil* (Dartmouth College, 2011), which is a
thoroughly up-to-date reference work for all readers who love to ponder
the spectrum of film noir, and is a literate and highly documented
source for fans of movies like *Gun Crazy* , *The Maltese Falcon* ,
*The* *Grifters* , *The Killers* , and the iconic *Out of The Past*.

A compendium of Clute's and Edwards' popular podcasts enitled *Out of*
*the Past: Investigating Film Noir* , selected by Australian Broadcasting
Corporation as part of their Top of the Pods series, and years of
scholarly research, the detailed reader includes chapters detailing the
void in film noir studies, conflicting definitions of what noir means
to different focus groups, specific examples of universally accepted
standard scenes, and how noir films appeal as constrained texts.

Black and white photos specifically illustrate topics like how a "noir
childhood ain't pretty" and what a flawed charater like Walter Neff
( Fred MacMurray) in *Double* *Indemnity* can illuminate with his sweaty,
imperfect voiceover. Each entry is documented with number of the
specific podcast episode for current reference.


Both Clute and Edwards heartily agreed that film noir is a distinctly
American creation even though the process emerged from emigre
European directors like Jacques Torneur, Billy Wilder, Edward Dmytryk,
and Robert Siodmak. Clute also revealed his interest in film noir evolved
from his love of "hard-boiled" fiction..


The book signing was a popular event with noir buffs as passholders
formed a long line to have their tomes personally autographed by Clute and Edwards,
and was the second official panel offering on Thursday in the popular Club TCM,
located in the Blossom Room, the site of the first Academy Awards banquet on
May 16, 1929.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:06 PM

Thank you, Bronxgirl, for the kind comments. :)
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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Last night on TCM...

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Tuesday evening's screening of *Gun Crazy* on TCM was a delight, and Robert Osborne's introduction included comments that I heartily agree with. When Peggy Cummins attended the Turner Classic Movies Festival 2012, Mr. Osborne stated that she was "beautiful, trim, and a great guest." And I completely concur.
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Ms. Cummins was amiable and well-liked, often signed autographs, and even attended the final party at Club TCM, sitting with Eddie Muller in one of those sexy little red booths where folks can truly schmooze. Also seated with Muller and Cummins was Eunice Gayson, the first Bond girl, who appeared at the festival screening of *Dr. No.*
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Muller was busy extolling the virtues of one of the loveliest prints at the festival, *Cry Danger*, and his co-host for that introduction was none other than the lovely Rhonda Fleming who revealed several personal behind-the-scenes moments that added to the exciting, but tense scenes in the film, and which also starred the multi-talented Dick Powell. Unfortunately, Ms. Fleming did not attend the Club TCM celebration.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Muller, an enthsiastic guest and director of the Film Noir Foundation, was impressed with the clarity of the print of *Cry Danger* and proclaimed it one of the best prints of all the fillms that he screened at the third annual Turner Classic Movies Film Festival.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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I was lucky enough to visit for a while with Ms. Cummins, and she was friendly, and enjoying every moment of her visit to L.A. I am glad I was able to see her one last time at the always poignant farewell party at Club TCM. A very lovely lady, and I felt privileged to have met her. Ms. Cummins flew home to London on Tuesday.
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:55 PM

SueSue, your mother looks like a movie star! Was she?

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 01:48 PM

Happy Mother's Day!

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Dorothy Ruth loved the movies, and she passed that passion on to her children.
Thanks, Mom, for everything! :)
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:38 PM

As soon as I had arrived at the Hollywood Roosevelt, I unpacked after the unusually smooth check-in process, enjoyed a long, tall glass of iced tea, and felt the call of the styled.

I headed for the elevator, and felt I truly hit terra firma when I landed in the lobby and was swept up in the hustle and bustle of preparations for the festival. Club TCM was still being tweaked and polished, but the Givenchy juggernaut was pressing me on. The doors were flung wide open, and I stepped in.

All was unusually quiet, but a man was feverishly reviewing notes at a table just to the right as I entered. I quietly interrupted his reverie, and enquired if I might move closer to the warm glow that would eventually draw every mover and shaker to sift through the crush of the party central crowd.


The glass case was almost humming with electricity as I grew closer to one of the most beautiful gowns ever seen on film, and ever worn by Audrey Hepburn. I felt my pulse quicken as each step I made drew me closer to the dress that would mesmerize me and every other passholder bold enough to venture near.


I heard myself gasp as I stood before that lovely creation, and it held me in suspended animation for a moment that I hope will never dissolve from my memory.


As I glanced at the lovely appliqued buds in the flowers varying in shades of black and grey, my eyes slowly fell to the floor of the luminous glass case, and I saw something that I never expected to see. I had never noticed it in the photos, and certainly never realized it was there when I viewed *Sabrina,* but the 3- inch black ruffle surrounding the hem of the garment was like a ruffly strand of icing on the cake.


In the film, when Audrey is standing on the grass as she makes that breathtaking entrance, the little black ruffle is obviously overstaged by the understated elegance of Audrey. Entranced by the entirety of seeing the gown in person, and being surprised by its delicacy of its creation, finding and realizing the ruffle had been there all the time so surprised me, I heard myself say "oh, how lovely," but no one really heard me.


Every time since that first glance at Givenchy inspiration, I would always gravitate to the shrine no matter how many times I breezed through Club TCM, and I wasn't the only passholder astonished at some aspect of its spectrum of loveliness. Several times I heard visitors gasp and say, "Why, I didn't know it had a ruffle on the hem!"


Someone heard me after all. Maybe it was Audrey.


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Audrey Hepburn and William Holden in a publicity still from *Sabrina*

*The dress was personally chosen by Miss Hepburn from Givenchy's 1953 collection.*
*For more about that lovely silk organdy overlay or the deliacy of the applique,*
*follow this link to the dress diary from Sunday Couture at :*
http://www.kartanonr...sabrinabw.shtml


Up next: How I met Deb and Al
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:28 PM

My friend Deb Adair's charming hubby Al, who works for LAPD, also related an interesting tale about a professional call he made at the Hollywod Roosevelt Hotel in the 1990's, and I'll have more about that a little later...

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:00 PM

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The third annual Turner Classic Movies Film Festival held in Los Angeles at the historic Hollywood Hotel was the place to see and be seen this past week. Festival passholders from as far away as India, Scotland, and Nova Scotia, as well as 49 of the contiguous United States were well represented, as well as many Houstonians who were also swept up in filmdom fervor. The popular film channel also celebrated its 18th birthday with hosts Robert Osborne, Ben Mankiewicz, film favorites Robert Wagner, Peggy Cummins, Margaret O’Brien, Kim Novak and many others attending the festivities with hundreds of TCM Film Festival 2012 passholders dressed in their finery.

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Photo courtesy of the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund and TCM Film Festival 2012 Photo Gallery

Early festival goers were able to catch a glimpse of Hollywood’s “Dress of the Century,” the Audrey Hepburn inspired Givenchy creation for the 1954 film *Sabrina* . The lovely gown was on loan for the festival from the Audrey Hepburn’s Children’s Fund, and was a popular exhibit in the heart of Club TCM, a gathering place for passholders and panel discussions, situated in the “Blossom Room,” the sight of the first Oscar ceremony in 1929.

Even before the first official event of the festival began at 1 p.m.on Thursday, April 12, glitterati were circling the famous pool and its environs. On Tuesday evening, an after- screening cocktail party for crew and fans of *Waiting for Lightening* , a documentary film seven years in the making, was held by the Hollywood Roosevelt pool bar, where Marilyn Monroe modeled for photographers early in her career. Oscar-nominated Emmy winning sound mixer Deb Adair, whose last film was *Moneyball* with Brad Pitt, was in attendance at the *Waiting For Lightening* premiere with her husband Al, an L.A.P.D. officer who has collaborated with crime novelist Joseph Wambaugh on several of his award-winning detective novels.

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Deb Adair and Brad Pitt at the final wrap party for *Moneyball* (Photo Courtesy of Deb Adair)

Ms. Adair revealed that her work as a sound mixer allows her the privilege of collaborating with directors so that she can “make films come to life with sound” because “sound is half the experience of going to a movie.”

Rob Dyrdek from MTV’s *Ridiculousness* was also spotted at the poolside party Tuesday night.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:28 AM

Wolfie, so true, isn't it?

cinecrazydc, Thanks for your comments, and check your PMs.

hlywdkjk, a very salient observation and subtle request from the Zen Master. I agree 110%!
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Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:36 PM

Yes Sue,Sue, the resemblance between Osborne and Wagner is uncanny!. By the by, would you be a "dahling" and tell me again how to get the instructions on posting photos? The west may have been won, but so far I'm losing the picture battle! Please help!

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 12:18 PM

What struck me most about the Wagner/Osborne conversations last weekend were how much they enjoyed each other's company. And how they joked with one another. It was like they were channeling Hope and Crosby. In fact, TCM should just put the two of them on "The Road To Hollywood" next year. Just make sure to film it. I think there is a fun road-trip documentary to be found there.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 12:04 PM

During the Q&A after The Longest Day, they joked about how they looked like they could be brothers. Indeed! Great pix. Wolfie

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:13 AM

On Wednesday afternoon, there was a definite buzz in the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel as Robert Wagner was being interviewed by Robert Osborne, who said that he had known Robert Wagner for many years, and that he was one of the nicest men he had ever met.
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And they both were adorable! The topic of passholder conversation
revealed that everyone thought they looked marvelous, and classy.

What else would we say about men representing, discussing, and supporting Turner Classic Movies?

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Robert Wagner took time out from his guest duties to sign autographs for eager fans.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:48 PM

> {quote:title=CineMaven wrote: }{quote}what happens in Hollywood *STAYS* in Hollywood.

Unless it gets on TMZ!

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:30 PM

What I meant to say was...what happens in Hollywood STAYS in Hollywood.

Uhhhh yeah...that's the ticket!

"You're passing up a great opportunity. Where I spit, no grass grows...ever!"


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Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:25 PM

And Kim's not the only one who kisses Robert-0. A certain little lady from the big state of Texas... :D

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:55 PM

Since Sue Sue's other thread has some issues with access, I've started another thread to post about the fun at this year's *TCM FILM FEST 2012*.

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Robert Osborne and Kim Novak at Turner Classic Movie's 18th birthday party.
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