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  1. 14 points
    We knew it would come one day but when I saw Jakeem's thread title just now I still said, "Aw, NO!" One of the great stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, who appeared in a larger number of my favourite films than most, Olivia de Havilland was an intelligent, sensitive artist who enhanced so many films with her presence. She also had the courage to challenge Jack Warner and the studio system when she took Warner Brothers to court and won in 1944, in what became known as the "De Havilland Decision" for challenging the studios that would place stars under extended contracts whenever they went on strike. As a sign of Hollywood's respect for her she soon afterward won two Academy Awards as best actress in a four year span in the late 1940s. While many of her obituaries will undoubtedly mourn her as the last cast member of Gone With The Wind to leave us, I will always primarily think of her as the perfect leading lady to Errol Flynn in a series of costume dramas and westerns in which they were memorably teamed. In Captain Blood and Robin Hood Olivia and Errol complimented one another beautifully to bring a fairy tale like quality to their screen adventures. Of course, Olivia's ambition and determination to break away from those films (much as she liked Flynn) allowed her opportunities for greater dramatic depth as an actress, not only with her two Oscar winning performances (To Each His Own, The Heiress) but in one of her most challenging roles as a mental patient in The Snake Pit. Later she had the opportunity to bring charm and ambiguity to the role of a woman suspected of being a murderess in My Cousin Rachel. Olivia de Havilland lived her final decades in a Parisian townhouse, living an enviable lifestyle of grace and refinement, as befits one of the last of the Hollywood film legends. RIP Miss de Havilland, and thank you for being a cherished part of movie history.
  2. 13 points
    Not wishing to draw too much unwanted attention I did fail to notify that I went into the hospital for spinal fusion surgery and just returned from PT/OT rehab yesterday afternoon. All went well, glad to say, and my doctor informs me that wit this type of surgery it can take up to a year to fully recover. Mybe shorter, depending on several factors. So, it'll take some time for me to build the endurance of sitting at my PC and working on a keyboard,so be patient and hopefully I'll be back so to being the same Sepiatone some of you've come to be annoyed with. Whichever, I'm glad to be back and catch up with y'all. With much love and graditude Sepiatone
  3. 13 points
    I had the same reaction you did Tom, Oh No, when I read about her passing. Olivia was a favorite of mine. The Heiress, it's a film I've seen so many times and never tire of it. Olivia de Havilland's performance was brilliant. To Each His Own, another favorite. Anyone would be hard pressed to find a performance of hers that wasn't great. I love her performances with Errol. Her wonderful performance in the touching film Light in The Piazza is a favorite film of mine. I wish she could have stayed on longer. Truly a classy, chic, talented woman, a pleasure to watch on film and she had the well deserved title of a Hollywood Legend. RIP Olivia de Havilland
  4. 12 points
    HAPPY GWTW is included! All those who agree LIKE my post!
  5. 12 points
    A great actress and a great lady has gone from us, and along with her, perhaps the last major link to the old, great Hollywood. But what a life, and what a body of work she has left us! My favorite of her films -- and my favorite film -- is Anthony Adverse (1936), in which she grows from a teenage peasant girl in Leghorn (now Livorno) Italy into the world's leading opera singer, who is having an affair with Napoleon. She was 19 when she made the film. As Angela Guisseppi (later Mademoiselle Georges) in Anthony Adverse
  6. 11 points
    RIP Now the Golden era of Hollywood is a time that is gone with the wind.
  7. 11 points
    Oh, she was wonderful...just watch her face... RIP
  8. 10 points
    Hooray! A new What a Character - Thelma Ritter! Awesome segment. Thanks TCM! She deserves it for sure. Same goes for the great John Qualen! A really well done piece which I found very informative! Another great addition to the roster - Eric Blore!!! TCM is doing a great a job with these.
  9. 10 points
    Free from prying gossip columnists and spouses, I hope that Olivia and Errol embark on a passionate affair in the afterlife.
  10. 9 points
    Dame Olivia de Havilland has died of natural causes in Paris, weeks after the observance of her 104th birthday. She was the last surviving star of the classic film "Gone With the Wind" and one of the last links to the Old Hollywood. Three years ago, the actress -- who was born a British citizen -- was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to drama. She became the oldest woman so honored. She was nominated for five Academy Awards during her prestigious career. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar wins in bold):  Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind" (1939). Best Supporting Actress. Emmy Brown in "Hold Back the Dawn" (1941). Best Actress. Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris in "To Each His Own" (1945). Best Actress. Virginia Stuart Cunningham in "The Snake Pit" (1947). Best Actress. Catherine Sloper in "The Heiress" (1948). Best Actress. TCM @tcm We at TCM are saddened to hear that beloved film icon and one of the last remaining stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Olivia de Havilland has passed away. Our friends at @THR remember her here: https://bit.ly/30SMLXg 12:08 PM · Jul 26, 2020·Sprinklr Brent Lang @BrentALang Olivia de Havilland was a big screen luminary, but her greatest legacy may be “the de Havilland decision." By taking on the studio system and winning, she freed many actors from onerous contracts. #RIP 12:08 PM · Jul 26, 2020·Twitter Web App Kevin Jacobsen @Kevin_Jacobsen Olivia de Havilland. Wow. This woman was fierce. She was a survivor. Her work in the 1940s is unparalleled, rightfully earning her two Oscars. If she only had The Heiress it would have cemented her legacy. But her commanding performances in The Snake Pit, To Each His Own, Hold Back the Dawn, what a career. So many incredible parts. She fundamentally shifted the studio system with the De Havilland Law. A true icon, the last star of an era gone. RIP. 12:00 PM · Jul 26, 2020·Twitter for iPhone Carrie Rickey @CarrieRickey O, no! @ODehaviland has left us. What a lady! Wrote this when she was just a girl of 100. Olivia de Havilland at 100: One Critic's Love Letter to the Hollywood Legend Celebrating the 100th birthday of the enduring star yahoo.com 12:32 PM · Jul 26, 2020·Twitter Web App Amy Argetsinger @AmyArgetsinger RIP Olivia de Havilland, who won her first Oscar in 1946. Now, the living person with the oldest Best Actress honors is Joanne Woodward, who won hers in 1957.... But the living person with the oldest acting Oscar, period, is Eva Marie Saint, best supporting actress in 1954. 12:43 PM · Jul 26, 2020·Twitter Web App Dave Karger @davekarger My very first @TCM hosting assignment was our Star of the Month tribute to Olivia de Havilland for her 100th birthday in 2016. The Snake Pit. The Heiress. To Each His Own. In This Our Life. I was then and will forever be mesmerized by her beautifully expressive face. 2:32 PM · Jul 26, 2020·Twitter for iPad
  11. 9 points
    Of course he will be always known as The Beatles' drummer but a talented star in his own right. He did not sing lead on too many Beatle songs but they were all entertaining, my favorite is "With A Little Help From My Friends" from the Sgt Pepper album. He was also the best actor in the group. He had a great solo sequence in A Hard's Day Night". My favorite of his non Beatle movies was The Magic Christian (1969), while not that great was better than most of ones he appeared in (some are really bad like Caveman and Sextette), Here he underplays as a sidekick to Peter Sellers and there are some amusing moments and good music. My favorite of his solo albums is Ringo, which has two great #1 singles "Photograph" (which he co wrote with George Harrison) and "You're Sixteen" a great remake of the Johnny Burnette song. What are your favorites of his music or movies?
  12. 9 points
    I had ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD on hold at my library before lockdown and just received it....as usual coming late to the party. Since it was already talked about here ad nauseam, there's only a few things I'd like to add: As someone who was around (a teen) during this time period, I found all the extra attention to place setting, hair and especially the costuming absolutely outstanding. You know a lot of time, effort & expense was put into every scene for authenticity. I hope the production staff was duly honored. WOW I also found all of the performances outstanding. I'm finally a Leonardo fan and most definitely a Brad Pitt fan-not just a pretty face. The hippies were also excellently portrayed. The most wonderful scene is Sharon Tate watching her new movie in a theater and hearing patron's reactions-brilliant! I cannot deal with violence which often leaves out great filmmakers like Scorcese & Tarantino. Knowing the story revolved around Sharon Tate & the Manson ranch of hippies (I'm an old hippie, btw) I figured when the ending came, I'd just fast forward through it, since most on this board talked favorably about this movie. I had MrTiki preview it and he said "the ending is not what you're expecting and you should be able to handle it" Braced & ready the ending was completely surprising. Yes, there was crazy violence shown but thankfully rather absurd almost laughable like a schlocky horror movie - THANK YOU! FINALLY a Quenten Tarantino movie I can enjoy. This movie was beautifully written & photographed, obviously Tarantino's vision. Loved it!
  13. 9 points
    Without question the most poignant scene that Olivia de Havilland ever shared with Errol Flynn was their final scene in They Died With Their Boots On. It depicts the moment of farewell between General Custer and his wife just before he departs for the Little Big Horn, and it is played by both participants as they though have a foreboding that he will not return. Both actors are beautifully restrained in their portrayal of emotions, in contrast to Max Steiner's sweeping musical score which pounds on the viewer's heart strings. I recall calling this scene "a small masterpiece of suppressed emotion' in a letter that I sent to Miss de Havilland many years ago. In real life, of course, it's well known that the two stars did have strong feelings for one another, Flynn later writing that he fell in love with Olivia while making Charge of the Light Brigade and Olivia, while stating that their relationship remained chaste because of Errol's marriage, saying that her feelings for him were very real, and she still felt that way about him as late as in a 2009 interview. What adds to the power of the departure scene in They Died With Their Boots On is that fact that this was the two actors' final film together. What's more, when they played this scene, both Errol and Olivia knew that they would probably never co-star again. The scene, in that respect, can be seen as a farewell between the two actors as much as it is between the characters they were playing. I read that in 1978, long after Flynn's death, Olivia attended a special presentation of this film in Los Angeles. But as the film approached the farewell scene Olivia left her seat and went into the lobby and wept. After all those years the scene still had so much emotional resonance for the lady that she could not bear to watch it again. "Travelling through life with you, M'am, has been a very gracious thing."
  14. 9 points
    "I always hoped I'd see you again, Errol. Have you been a good boy?" "Well, of course I have, darling. I've been waiting all this time only for you." "Liar . . ." "Well, old girl, it's only been 50 years. You can't expect me to have completely changed."
  15. 9 points
    TCM Remembers: Olivia de Havilland
  16. 9 points
    Just for everybody's info, if you are trying to find an old post topic, its surprisingly much quicker doing the search with Google rather that using the search on the Forum page. Just put TCM forum and the topic in the browser. 😎
  17. 8 points
    My favorite swan song is Robert Donat in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958). He was not well during filming but managed to complete the film, in which he played the Mandarin of Yang Cheng. His last line in the film, spoken to Ingrid Bergman: "We shall not see each other again, I think. Farewell." He died a few months before the film opened.
  18. 7 points
    Gina Lollobrigida is 93. Cicely Tyson is 95 Ann Blyth will be 93 next month Leslie Caron is 89
  19. 7 points
    Margaret O'Brien is 83 Glynis Johns is 96 Angela Lansbury is 94 Eva Marie Saint is 96
  20. 7 points
  21. 7 points
    Catch Me If You Can (2002)- based on a true story Frank Abagnale Jr. (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) forges checks and commits identity theft.
  22. 6 points
    One of my oldest dearest friends works on that show. She has great things to say about the cast & crew. Last night I watched HOPSCOTCH '80 catching up with TCM's recent broadcast. It was yet ANOTHER Ronald Neame movie-man that guy has a great filmography including every genre. It's the story of a CIA spy played by Walter Matthau, who gets coldly replaced & fired after years of successful work. Dangerous situation, as he has so many government secrets. The movie is his attempt at writing a tell-all book, then escaping undetected so he can retire with his long term gf played by the wonderful Glenda Jackson. In fact, ALL the acting is superb and the story is well told with twists & turns you never quite follow until it all wraps up in the end. Gorgeous European locations add to the enjoyment, as well as very amusing comedic touches. For example, while typing his book, he speaks to a photo of his slime ball boss wonderfully played by Ned Beatty. With every sentence, the camera interchanges with a shot of the photo and the boss's expression changes from smiling to concern to horror! I don't want to reveal anything about the story. But if -like me-you don't get enough Matthau in a movie, this one is a true gem. A real WOW of an ending too. (available as a Criterion release)
  23. 6 points
    There aren't too many great male singers left besides Tony. But there are a few-- The effervescent Johnny Mathis is 84 years-old. The very smooth Jack Jones is 82. And the jocular Steve Lawrence is 85.
  24. 6 points
    Carroll Baker, whose status as a screen sex symbol may have overshadowed her acting talent at times, is 89.
  25. 6 points
    The great Sidney Poitier is 93. He's the oldest-living Best Actor winner.
  26. 6 points
    http://www.tcm.com/remembers/ It looks like Bette Davis' SUTS day has been bumped for a 24-hour tribute to Olivia de Havilland. All times EST 6:00am The Male Animal 8:00am Princess O'Rourke 10:00am Light in the Piazza 12:00pm In This Our Life 1:45pm Captain Blood 4:00pm Dodge City 6:00pm The Adventures of Robin Hood 8:00pm Gone with the Wind 12:00am The Heiress 2:15am To Each His Own 4:30am Hard to Get
  27. 6 points
    Ray - During the 1980's and early 90's I lived in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. As was often the case I'd be up early to take the train into Manhattan either to work, meet friends, maybe audition for something or to see a Broadway play. Occasionally on my return from mid-town, when the weather was decent, I would feel adventurous and get off the subway at the World Trade Center or City Hall Park. Nothing like a nice day in New York to walk the rest of the way home by way of the Brooklyn Bridge. It was on one such day that I was stopped halfway across the bridge by a man I remember as being tall and well-dressed. He asked me for directions to Connecticut. "Connecticut? I asked." "Yes. the man replied, I'm on my way home." "You can't get there from here.", I said. "It's too far to walk." The man quite earnestly said, "I do it all the time." "You do? That's quite a walk." The conversation drifted to other things I can't recall now but at one point the man asked what I did for a living. I told him I was trying to be an actor. He said his father had been an actor. "Really? Who?" "Have you ever heard of Basil Rathbone?" "Of course!" "You know who he is?" "Yes, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes." "You really do know who he is." Our conversation continued for a bit until he reiterated that he had to get home. I told him I didn't think he'd be able to walk to Connecticut. He told me he stayed in Brooklyn with his daughter and grandson. We parted ways but I was afraid that he was confused and might get lost or hurt so I followed a bit behind him to make sure he got where he was going. When he arrived home safely I made note of the address and name on the door. Later that night I looked in the Brooklyn phone book for the name I saw. A very nice woman answered. I explained who I was and about my encounter with her father. I told her I was sorry to bother her but I was concerned about his wanting to walk to Connecticut and possibly getting hurt. She told me they had had this problem before. That they kept a piece of paper with their address in his pocket just in case he got lost. She started to cry. Through her tears she told me he had been an international flight navigator and now he couldn't find his way home. As our conversation was ending I asked her if his father had been Basil Rathbone. She said yes that was true. Though I didn't know it at the time that would be my first encounter with someone suffering from Alzheimer's. I felt just as confused as he was. In the last seven years I've become quite acquainted with this terrible disease. It's been at least thirty years now and every so often my thoughts return to that chance meeting on the Brooklyn Bridge with John Rodion aka Rodion Rathbone. Grateful, I guess, that it was I whom Mr. Rodion asked directions and not someone who might have meant to do him harm.
  28. 6 points
    How about my posting a pix of the cast during production. Will you settle for that?
  29. 6 points
    Since My Fair Lady is being discussed it reminded me that Julie Andrews would be great guest host. (I believe she was, but having her on again,,, would be nice).
  30. 6 points
    The lovely and talented Marsha Hunt (Pride and Prejudice, The Human Comedy) is 102. In the 1940s, she took a heroic stand against the House Committee on Un-American Activities as a member of the Committee for the First Amendment and was blacklisted as a result. She persisted nonetheless and continued to work in movies and TV when she could. Since her semi-retirement from show business, she has spent much of her time on humanitarian issues.
  31. 6 points
    The most important thing I learned from Star Trek is that green lives matter.
  32. 6 points
    Well, here is my review from about 7 years ago, so you can judge for yourself if you want to watch this: In the opening credits, somebody sings "Sexpot Goes To College," which is an alternate title for this flick. I can think of a few more titles, but I don?t want to get banned from the TCM boards. Colossal misfire, unfunny, unentertaining, unbelievably bad, and one of the greatest wastes of non-talent ever conceived. Granted, you don't expect much from a Mamie Van Doren flick, but this thing is truly abysmal, and more boring than a John Kerry speech.A robot/computer named THINKO selects the newest faculty member for Collins College. That would be Mamie, who has 13 degrees, can speak 18 languages, and has a sign over her bed reading "Over One Million Served." The reaction of the welcoming committee consists of astonishment (Louis Nye), disapproval (Pamela Mason), and lust (Martin Milner). Mamie tries to impress them with her knowledge of theoretical mechanics: "When I blast off, I've got an escape velocity which gets me to my aphelion point practically instantaneously." Actually, I understood that. Mamie is introduced to the science class, and gives a psychology demonstration by firing two pistols. Next, she sets her sights on helping the star football player overcome his shyness. The football player is played by Woo Woo Grabowski, whose character's name happens to be Woo Woo Grabowski. Woo Woo is being wooed by Tuesday Weld, who looks cute but does not give her performance the old college try. Elsewhere, we have Minjanou Bardot (Brigitte's sister) as a student who apparently is writing a book about sex, two moronic gangsters (Mickey Shaughnessy and Alan Drake playing characters named "Boomie" and "Legs" who think THINKO is a bookie), John Carradine as a lecherous biology professor, Jackie Coogan as Admiral Wildcat MacPherson, and Jose Gonzales-Gonzales as a Mexican.The thin plot involves the discovery that Mamie used to be a dancer named "Tassels Monclair." So I'm not sure how she found the time to get so highly educated. Mamie does get to dance in a tight silver dress, and sings "Baby," accompanied by Conway Twitty's band. This is definitely the highlight of the film, but it quickly deteriorates as Coogan, Carradine, Nye, and some other guy prance around with her, and do a weak impersonation of a chorus line. Then everybody scatters when a monkey shoots off a machine gun. Apparently, even Cheetah can pass a background check.There are a few subplots, but they are hardly worth mentioning. In fact, I can't even describe them. The dialogue is witless, as witnessed by this exchange between Bardot and Drake:Bardot: "Parlez-vous francais?"Drake: "Not if I can help it baby, it gives me gas."ROFLMGasOThis makes at least three films I've seen with the musclebound and mentally challenged Woo Woo Grabowski ... College Confidential, The Beat Generation, and now this. I have no idea what he is doing in any of these films, and apparently neither does he. Coogan is obviously doing a W. C. Fields impersonation, and falls flat. Shaughnessy seems to be channeling Lou Costello; please, switch channels. John Carradine gets to do the Charleston and the tango with Mamie. He makes former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner look like an amateur. Nye spends the entire film looking like he is suffering from hemorrhoids. Vampira has a bit part as Nye's assistant; I didn't even notice it was her until one of the final scenes. Bardot needs to have her libido excised. Pamela Mason is out of her league. It's no wonder a few years later she cleaned out hubby James in the divorce; she couldn't have made any money from this dreck. Milner overacts, does doubletakes, and mugs wildly for the camera. In the finale, he commandeers a fire truck (from Charlie Chaplin, Jr.), and, with Nye hanging on the ladder, sets off after Mamie to propose. The truck is pulled over by Officer Kent McCord, thus starting a long and beautiful friendship with Milner.
  33. 6 points
    The Breaking Point works far better for me than To Have and Have Not (a film I like) because, unlike the Hawks film, it touches me emotionally. The Hawks film works well as a slick, rather superficial entertainment, clearly Casablanca derived, more memorable for its place in Hollywood history as the beginning of the romance between Bogie and Baby and for the sexually bantering dialogue between them than for its story, superficially derived from the Hemingway novella. Bogart is in Super Hero form, and its audience never has any doubts that, in the end, he will be triumphant. That is not the case at all with The Breaking Point. Aside from this film's realistic and moving portrait of a family man so desperate for money to support that family that he puts his life on the line, the Harry Morgan of this film is highly uncertain that he will succeed. His emotional vulnerability, as performed by John Garfield in what I think may well have been the performance of his career, is palpable and pulls me into the film, even upon repeat viewings. As masterfully directed by Michael Curtiz, the entire cast is excellent and very real in their portrayals. Phyllis Thaxter's finest hour as Morgan's wife, particularly in her final scene in which she pleads with her proud husband to let his injured arm be amputated. "A man alone ain't got no chance" Morgan says, a theme in this film never more clear than that final scene when the former war hero, now feeling helpless, begs his wife to never leave him. A special note to the performance of Juano Hernandez and his character's relationship with Morgan. The love these two men have for one another, without a single reference in the screenplay to their different skin colours, makes this film, in its own modest way, a poignant plea for racial harmony. One more thing, that final crane shot of the little boy alone on the wharf as he looks for his father. I've yet to see this film without that scene leaving me blubbering like a baby. The Breaking Point is a great film.
  34. 6 points
    Newbies: Be careful what you read here. This thread is just another anti-Dem; Pro-Trump rant. Anyone reading this who is not familiar with the people posting, there are two sides to every argument. The majority of people posting tell the truth about Trump and the GOPers, but MovieMadness and others refuse to accept it. Al Gore would have won in 2000, but the Supreme Court called a halt to recount. So the GOP governor and Sec. of State for FL threw the election to Bush. Clinton won because GHW Bush sat on his a$$ after claiming a victory in the Gulf War. Bush let the economy go to hell and Clinton and the Dems revived it. That's why he won two terms even with all the hoopla about him and Hillary. Trump only won 46% of the popular vote; Clinton won 48% so using MM's comments, Hillary should be president. Hillary was predicted to win in 2016, but for multiple reasons she lost the Electoral College by very small margins in the battleground states. Biden is not hiding; he is doing what he should during the Pandemic that thanks to Trump and the GOPers is out of control. Trump wants to get out and campaign and does not care how many people get infected and die from COVID-19. Trump has no plans for what he is going to do if he wins, other than more tax cuts for wealthy and creating a personal military force to protect him. Biden has real plans and is developing more.
  35. 6 points
    Ok, let's see... We've got some dim lighting, a bit of rainy weather in a few scenes, and an alienated young man... It's a Welsh noir !
  36. 6 points
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President! 3:43 PM · Jul 20, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
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  39. 6 points
    Well, I am known as the movie buff in the circles I frequent. Topics such as films being pulled from viewing and needing more context has become a topic of conversation. I try facilitate a respectful conversation between differing viewpoints while offering what historical background on the films I know. I had a conversation just yesterday, with a few 30 somethings about Gone with The Wind and and one said "well no one protested back then". I told them that in fact there were protests and how Selznick dealt with Frank and Ashley's "political meetings". I also told them how Birth of a Nation really galvanized the African-American community to protest such portrayals in film. Did they learn something and change their mind? I don't know. Basically, all I can do is start the dialog and maybe educate people. In my Indian community, I run a movie club and most of the viewers are in aged 60-80 while I just turned 40. We have discussed phrases used in those classic film that are are really jarring today. The most meaningful discussion was about contemporary Germany events and after watching Fritz Lang's M. I had explained that many German filmmakers had left Germany in the 1930s, and one elderly gentleman in his 80s was surprised to learn how early the persecutions had started and the increasing levels, specific laws etc. I like talking things out and learning different perspectives, which I why I really like Jacqueline Stewart. How I wish I were about 20 years younger and still at the University of Chicago. I would have loved to taken classes with her and majored in something not so practical like economics. Sorry for being rambling and verbose, maybe I should be less annoyed with Mark Cousins, after all.
  40. 6 points
    Victor, Victoria --pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman, when she was...well, you know The Mind Reader --Warren William cons the crowds with a phony mind reading act The Princess Comes Across --Carole Lombard is a fraudulant royal to get on a ship Rings on Their Fingers --Gene Tierney is groomed to join a family of cons Hot Millions --Peter Ustinov fakes computer credentials to embezzle corporate money Can You Ever Forgive Me? --Melissa McCarthy's 'famous letters' are fakes Let's Fall in Love --Ann Sothern poses as a famous Swedish actress Six Degrees of Seperation --Will Smith presents himself as Sidney Poitier's son to gain entrance into NY society The Music Man --he was a fraud, but Robert Preston could sell ice at the North Pole edit: I've been trying to think of a film where a B'way producer has a 'nobody' pretend to be a French singing star, but I can't remember who was in it...anybody know? (the category made me think of it...)
  41. 6 points
    It looks like there will be an online concert for his 80th:
  42. 6 points
    Of course Ringo turning 80 is thread worthy. Glad the thread was started. It Don't Come Easy is probably my favorite. I really like Act Naturally, Ringo and Buck Owens recording. As a young teen Paul was my favorite, later on it was George. I LOVE the Traveling Willbury's ( thinking about George) and I played that tape constantly. I digress, so back to Ringo, I've always loved all the Beatles and wishing Ringo a Very Happy Birthday. ( OY! Ringo is 80, I feel so old)
  43. 6 points
    Dr. Johnny Fever, WKRP
  44. 6 points
    I agree that Ringo was the best actor in the Beatles. The others are amusing in A Hard Day's Night (and the Beatles' other movies), but Ringo created more of a character in HDN than the others did. I think the only other movie I've seen Ringo in is Son of Dracula (1974), which starred Harry Nilsson and featured veteran British actor Dennis Price, as well musician friends Keith Moon, Leon Russell, and Klaus Voorman. It came out while I was in high school, and along with a friend who was also a devoted Beatle fan, I went to see it in one of the few showings that this relatively under-distributed movie received. Even to our teenaged sensibilities, the humor seemed overly broad, but the movie was fun and featured some good Nilsson vocal performances ("Without You," which he didn't write, and "Jump Into The Fire," which he did). I've always wanted to see The Magic Christian but have never found an opportunity (although I love the Badfinger album with songs from the movie). Ringo is a great album, one of the best solo works by any of the ex-Beatles. In fact, because of the hits from that album, along with the excellent hit single "It Don't Come Easy," Ringo was the most musically successful ex-Beatle for a time. I won the Ringo album from a radio station when it first came out, and I played it endlessly. It features performances by all of the Beatles, the Band, Marc Bolan, Billy Preston, and Nilsson, among others, as well as songs written by Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Ringo, and Randy Newman. A few years back, I saw Ringo and his All-Starr Band (this incarnation featuring Todd Rundgren). It was a very enjoyable night of hits associated with Ringo and his various band members. I remember being impressed by how fit Ringo was, for a guy in his 70s at the time. He was very energetic throughout the show and seemed determined to really entertain the sold-out crowd. Ringo Starr may not have had his biggest accomplishments in the movie world, but overall, he's entertained a lot of people for a lot of years. Happy Birthday, Ringo!!
  45. 6 points
    Mature is/was always full of those interesting kind of stories. One I liked was when he was filming some "Swords-and-Sandals" flick, business partner JIM BACKUS picked him up to rush to some crisis at one of their business concerns with Vic still in costume. They stopped for a bite at a roadside diner and the waitress looked hesitantly at Vic and the way he was dressed and Vic, in good humor allegedly asked her, "What's the matter? Don't you serve men in uniform? " And that he wasn't above self parody(think "After The Fox") or self deprecation, as we all know the tale of his trying to join a certain country club that refused him admission with the explanation "We're sorry, but we prohibit actors from membership." and Vic protesting...... "I'm not an actor, and I've got 30 pictures under my belt that proves it!" Sepiatone
  46. 5 points
    POLITICO @politico A White House meeting with top pharmaceutical execs that Trump promised for Tuesday is off. Sources say the drug-pricing discussion was canceled because the major drug lobbies, reeling from Friday’s cluster of executive orders, refused to send any members Drugmakers refuse to attend White House meeting after Trump issues executive orders on costs Top pharma executives were supposed to meet with the president on Tuesday. politico.com 3:08 PM · Jul 27, 2020·Hootsuite Inc.
  47. 5 points
    The jazz performer Annie Ross, who was the female member of the Grammy Award-winning vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, has died. She expired Tuesday in New York City -- days shy of her 90th birthday on July 25. Her manager, Jim Coleman, told the Washington Post that Ross died at her home in New York. She had battled emphysema and heart disease. She was born Annabelle Allan Short -- the daughter of Scottish vaudeville performers -- in Mitchum, England in South London. Her older brother was Jimmy Logan, who became a renowned Scottish performer and producer. When she was 4, her family moved to America. She made her screen debut in the MGM film "Our Gang Follies of 1938," in which she performed a hep version of the Scottish standard "Loch Lomond." Ross (pictured below left) later co-starred as one of Judy Garland's younger siblings in the 1943 musical comedy "Presenting Lily Mars." The film also starred Van Heflin, Fay Bainter, Richard Carlson and Spring Byington. After establishing herself as a solo act in the 1950s, Ross teamed with jazz vocalists Dave Lambert (1917-1966, pictured below left) and Jon Hendricks (1921-2017). They recorded seven albums between 1957 and 1962. Their 1962 LP "High Flying with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross" earned them the Grammy for Best Performance by a Vocal Group. One of the trio's most popular songs was "Twisted," featuring lyrics Ross wrote to a Wardell Gray saxophone solo in 1952. The tune was covered by such performers as Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. In the 1970s, Ross returned to acting. She also provided behind-the-scenes contributions to the 1973 British horror film "The Wicker Man," which starred Edward Woodward and Britt Ekland. The film was set at a Scottish island village, but the Swedish-born Ekland was unable to master an authentic accent. The producers turned to Ross, who dubbed Ekland's lines. Ross co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave in "Yanks," John Schlesinger's 1979 drama about World War II G.I.s stationed in England before the Normandy Invasion in 1944. The film starred Richard Gere as an American soldier whose romance with a British girl (played byLisa Eichhorn) was frowned upon by many locals who were of the opinion that American fighting men were "overpaid, oversexed, and over here." Ross played one of the villains of the 1983 sequel "Superman III,' which starred Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Robert Vaughn and Pamela Stephenson. She became a member of director Robert Altman's repertory company with appearances in "The Player" (1992) and "Short Cuts" (1993, in which she played a cabaret singer and mother to Lori Singer's musician character). Neil Drysdale @NeilDrysdale Sad news about the death of Annie Ross at 89. One of the true jazz greats, who sang with Count Basie, Gerry Mulligan, and was part of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. She had charisma to burn! Just listen! Annie Ross with Count Basie - Twisted https://youtu.be/l6OYSDYuvoA via @YouTube 9:38 AM · Jul 22, 2020·Twitter Web App Ted Gioia @tedgioia RIP, Annie Ross, jazz singer & vocalese pioneer, who left us a few days before her 90th birthday. Her influence went beyond jazz, impacting Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, the Manhattan Transfer & many others. Few jazz singers brought more joy to more people. https://bit.ly/30wER5X 6:40 PM · Jul 21, 2020·Twitter Web App Ian Shaw @ianshawjazz The mighty Annie Ross - jazz singer, actress, lyricist, and a member of the ground-breaking Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - has died. She was almost 90. I’ll keep rich precious memories from London and NYC, hanging with her. She was funny, clever and very real. A sad day for jazz 8:51 PM · Jul 21, 2020·Twitter for iPad
  48. 5 points
    Three Strangers is an oddly told story. After that intriguing opening we are suddenly ensconced in the middle of what seems like another movie, what with no real exposition. It's not hard to figure out what's going but there is for me a dissatisfaction with that long sequence that follows. Sidney Greenstreet's story is much shorter and more compact and overall a little more satisfying for that reason (although The Lorre sequence excells later on). I've never seen Sidney act like this. He is required to abandoned type and do some real emoting. He shows a wonderful spontaneity of reaction that has little to do with his normal statue-que staidness. Curiously, in this movie Sidney acts more like Lorre usually does, and Lorre acts like Greenstreet usually does. Somewhat, anyway. Lorre is such a fine actor. Near perfect. He doesn't usually have anywhere near a serious love interest but he seems perfectly comfortable in that role. He is so breathtakingly sanguine throughout, even when he is jailed and may hang. Geraldine Fitzgerald is drop dead gorgeous with those superbly dark features and penetrating eyes. Terrific cast overall, Eddie had fine things to say about Rosalind Ivan (wow, she was Adele in Scarlet Street!). Joan Lorring is a sweetie but a pretty tough cookie too. She should keep Lorre entertained for awhile. Stay out of trouble, Peter. Fat chance.
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    Maybe Trump should propose a bailout bill for kids. Let them skip school and purchase good grades with government assistance.
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