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Posts posted by edonline

  1. Off the top of my head, I've never really cared for:


    Jerry Lewis (although some of his movies are okay for short time, never cared for his solo stand-up performances)

    The Three Stooges (too violent, which seems to be their entire schtick sometimes)

    Don Rickles (never got the whole insult as humor thing)

    Sarah Silverman

  2. A few of Mae's famous quotes:


    Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.


    Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.


    I believe that it's better to be looked over than it is to be overlooked.


    I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.


    I'll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.


    When I'm good I'm very, very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better.


    You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough

  3. http://www.digitalspy.com/showbiz/news/a258769/emma-thompson-hepburn-couldnt-act.html


    Emma Thompson: 'Hepburn couldn't act'

    Monday, August 9 2010, 3:57pm EDT

    By Clare Wiley


    Emma Thompson has admitted that she thinks Audrey Hepburn 'couldn't act or sing', calling the actress 'fantastically twee'.


    The Love Actually star, who is currently working on a screenplay for a remake of My Fair Lady, insisted that she 'isn't fond' of Hepburn's portrayal of Eliza Doolittle in the 1964 musical.


    According to WENN, Thompson explained: "I was thrilled to be asked to do it because, having a look at it, I thought that there needs to be a new version. I'm not hugely fond of the film. I find Audrey Hepburn fantastically twee.


    "Twee is whimsy without wit. It's mimsy-mumsy sweetness without any kind of bite. And that's not for me. She can't sing and she can't really act, I'm afraid. I'm sure she was a delightful woman ? and perhaps if I had known her I would have enjoyed her acting more, but I don?t and I didn?t, so that's all there is to it, really."


    She added: "It was [costumer] Cecil Beaton's designs and [Hepburn's co-star] Rex Harrison that gave it its extraordinary quality. I don't do Audrey Hepburn. I think that she's a guy thing? It's high time that the extraordinary role of Eliza was reinterpreted, because it's a very fantastic part for a woman."

  4. http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/movie-guide/LostfoundVintagemovieposters+fetch/3300921/story.html


    Lost and found: Vintage movie posters fetch $50,000


    By Thandiwe Vela, Edmonton Journal July 20, 2010 1:02 PM


    EDMONTON ? Blair Pitre thought he was just clearing trash from the walls and roof of his newly purchased home ? until he started seeing movie posters with actors such as Charlie Chaplin, Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo.


    In the process of demolishing the century-old bungalow in downtown Lacombe, Alta., Pitre had discovered more than 360 vintage movie posters from silent film features and the earliest Hollywood talkies.


    Crouching in the small, dark space, Pitre carefully began removing the valuable posters from the crumbling walls and floorboards with a small set of pliers.


    The 39-year-old general contractor purchased the home, just north of Red Deer, Alta., in 2007. The previous owner, a woman in her 80s who had died a year before, was believed to be the granddaughter of an early-20th-century Lacombe-area movie-house owner.


    "All I really did was open up some walls," Pitre said. "It was pure luck. The colour was still fabulous. I don't know how they survived."


    A glossy poster of Gary Cooper in 1930s western The Spoilers was among 40 of Pitre's rare film-history finds that went up for auction in a Dallas gallery Friday and Saturday, netting him almost $50,000 U.S. in earnings. Also included was a poster of Garbo in her first talking picture, 1930's Anna Christie.


    Dallas' Heritage Auction Galleries director of vintage movie posters Grey Smith said it was a pleasant surprise when they were first contacted about Pitre's finds. The posters are especially valuable because they are from a unique period in film history, when the industry was transitioning from silent film to sound in the late '20s and early '30s.


    "They were important and valuable posters," said Smith, adding they were greatly sought after and still in nice condition.


    Pitre's biggest draw at the weekend auction was a half-sheet insert from 1929 action-drama Bulldog Drummond, which was bought for almost $9,000.


    The vintage posters-collecting community is very active, Smith said, including celebrities such filmmakers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, and movie fans who "just want to own a little piece of history."


    It's "very rare" to find such valuable posters used as insulation or behind walls, Smith said, but Pitre now thinks it's worth a check.


    "You never know what you might find," Pitre said. "But I wouldn't advise anybody to go knocking down their walls thinking they're going to find movie posters."


    Pitre is hoping to find more coveted posters in the home, particularly from early horror and science fiction films such as Metropolis from 1927. He's been told a poster from that film can fetch up to $1 million.


    "If I find that one, I'll be smiling a little bit more," Pitre said.


    Money from the auction of his movie posters will go toward restoring his home, Pitre said, which is expected to cost about $100,000.



  5. I was wondering how many silent film fans, or at least people with an interest in them, are on the board. As you probably know, TCM has their Silent Sundays where they show a silent after the regular broadcast schedule. This past Sunday, July 11th, they showed the Harold Lloyd classic *Speedy* (1928) in prime time as part of their Essential Jr. series and followed it with *Coney Island*, a 30-minute film with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Buster Keaton from 1917. Harold Lloyd is one of my favorite stars of all-time and it was nice to see TCM giving him more screen time. I never cared much for Fatty Arbuckle; I just never got into his character. Buster Keaton's work though, like Lloyd's, is almost all classics and you can't go wrong with most of his movies.


    Who else likes the good old silents? Who are your favorite stars of that era and your favorite films?

  6. http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6641T320100705


    UK film body launches "adopt a Hitchcock" scheme


    LONDON | Mon Jul 5, 2010 1:40pm BST


    LONDON (Reuters) - The British Film Institute (BFI) has called on the public to adopt an Alfred Hitchcock movie in a bid to raise the one million pounds it needs to restore nine of the master's works.


    A contribution of 5,000 pounds, via the website www.bfi.org/saveafilm, will earn the donor an on-screen credit, while 100,000 pounds is enough to restore an entire picture.


    Smaller donations are also welcome, with 25 pounds enough to restore 50 cm of film.


    According to the BFI, Hitchcock's early silent films are in urgent need of attention and are a crucial part of British cultural history.


    Its list of nine movies includes "The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog," which was acclaimed as a masterpiece on its release in 1926.


    The British director, who died 30 years ago, is best known for Hollywood thrillers like "Psycho" and "Vertigo." He was nominated five times as best director at the Oscars but never won.


    Digital techniques mean that scratched and damaged original negatives can be improved significantly, and if the BFI raises sufficient funds it plans to commission a new score for each film.


    The BFI is also promoting a nationwide search for 75 missing films and has drawn up a list of "most wanted" pictures, topped by Hitchcock's "The Mountain Eagle" (1926).


    It was one of his earliest films and the only one of more than 50 movies he directed to be lost.


    The Mountain Eagle, something of a "holy grail" for Hitchcock fanatics, is set in Kentucky and tells the story of a young teacher called Beatrice who is forced to leave the mountain village where she lives after turning down the advances of the local justice of peace.


    Also included in the top 10 most wanted is "A Study in Scarlet," dated 1914 and directed by George Pearson, which features super sleuth Sherlock Holmes for the first time in a British movie.

  7. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100703/ap_en_mo/us_obit_cinderella_s_voice


    Ilene Woods, voice of Cinderella, dies at 81

    Sat Jul 3, 4:41 pm ET


    LOS ANGELES ? Ilene Woods, the voice of Cinderella in Disney's animated classic, has died. She was 81.


    Woods died Thursday of causes related to Alzheimer's disease at a nursing home in Canoga Park, her husband, Ed Shaughnessy, tells the Los Angeles Times.


    Woods was an 18-year-old radio singer in 1948 when she recorded a demo for an upcoming Disney feature. Two days later, Walt Disney himself auditioned her and she went on to voice the title character's speaking and singing parts for 1950's "Cinderella," about a mistreated stepdaughter who finds her Prince Charming.


    Woods sang on the Perry Como and Arthur Godfrey shows in the 1950s before retiring from show business in the early 1970s.


    In addition to her husband of 47 years, she is survived by their son, a daughter from her first marriage, and three grandchildren.

  8. *Louise Brooks*


    was the subject of and featured in the music video for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's song "Pandora's Box" (which featured clips from Brooks' movie of the same title). OMD's music was used in a few movies from the 1980s, including "If You Leave" in *Pretty in Pink* which was written, but not directed by,


    *John Hughes*

  9. {quote:}"Tracy Turnblad, once again your ratted hair is preventing another student's geometry education."

    "It's feathered, not ratted."

    "Whatever you call it, it's a hair-don't."{quote}


    {quote:}"Look at your hair. All ratted up like a teenage Jezebel."

    "But Miss Edna. Tracy's "flamboyant flip" is all the rage. Even Mrs. Kennedy, our First Lady, rats her hair."

    "But Tracy's no First Lady is she? No siree. She is a... hairhopper!"{quote}


    {quote:}"That girl's got roaches in her hair!"

    "Roaches? Our little Tracy's a clean teen!"

    "There's no bugs on our baby!"{quote}

  10. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/jun/07/john-ford-movie-new-zealand'>http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/jun/07/john-ford-movie-new-zealand'>http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/jun/07/john-ford-movie-new-zealand'>http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/jun/07/john-ford-movie-new-zealand




    Lost John Ford movie unearthed in New Zealand


    Collection of 75 early American films, including several that had been considered lost to history, have been discovered in New Zealand


    Ed Pilkington

    guardian.co.uk, Monday 7 June 2010 23.58 BST


    A lost film by director John Ford is one of many that have been found in New Zealand. Photograph: Cine Text/Allstar/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar


    An extraordinary collection of 75 early American films, including several that had been considered lost to history, have been discovered in New Zealand and are being returned to the US.


    The cache includes the only copy believed to exist of a late silent movie by one of the giants of American film-making, John Ford, as well as several works produced between 1910 and 1920 starring important female actors such as Clara Bow and Mabel Normand.


    The collection had been stored at the New Zealand Film Archive but their significance was not fully recognised until last year when they were dug out by a Los Angeles-based film preservationist. A deal has since been struck with the National Film Preservation Foundation based in San Francisco to preserve the reels and return them to the US.


    The batch is being seen as a time capsule of American film from the 1910s and 1920s. Only about a fifth of all US films produced between 1900 and 1940 have survived, the rest having been lost through decay or neglect.


    The collection comes from a period when the American film industry was just taking off and, propelled by the success of westerns, had begun to triumph around the world. About nine out of every 10 films shown in cinemas globally in the 1910s were made in the US.


    "This is a wonderful group of movies," said Annette Melville, the NFPF's director. "About 70% of them are complete, which is extraordinary in itself, and many have their original colour tints."


    The crown jewel of the collection is Upstream, a 1927 film by John Ford, the director who later made such Oscar-winning classics as The Grapes of Wrath and The Quiet Man. Ford made more than 60 silent films between 1917 and 1928 but only about 10 are known to exist in their complete form.


    The copy of Upstream found in New Zealand has a little damage from decay to its nitrates at the start of the film, obscuring the credits, which might explain why it has taken so long to come to light. The collection also includes a trailer for another Ford film, Strong Boy, which has otherwise been lost.


    It is thought that New Zealand had such a rich trove of early films largely because of the distribution system at the time. Copies would be sent out across America and beyond, and after their run had finished they would either be sent back to the distributors or simply be destroyed. New Zealand was so distant that cinemas hung on to the copies and in some cases stored them, from where some made their way into the national film archive.


    Melville said that film historians would be fascinated by the relative prevalence of female actors among the cast lineups, particularly in those films made in the 1910s when women enjoyed almost equal billing to their male colleagues.


    They include the silent comedian Mabel Normand of Keystone Studios, Clara Bow, and Mary Fuller, who features in a 1914 serial in which she plays an ace newspaper reporter who always gets the scoop.


    "Fuller's films were tremendously popular, as women had just started to enter the workplace and would go to the movies on their way home from work," said Melville. "They wanted to see strong, adventurous women on the screen."


    Other films are important for documenting America in the early 20th century. The first film to be preserved from the collection, The Sergeant from 1910, was shot on location in Yosemite before the Californian wilderness had been turned into a national park, and features US army cavalry troops, who at that time were keeping order in the park.

  11. *Dan Aykroyd*


    is best known for his comedic roles, but one his earliest dramatic roles and for which he was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor in a Supporting Role was for *Driving Miss Daisy*. The film was nominated for a couple of award including Morgan Freeman as Best Actor in a Leading Role, but the only winning acting award was for Best Actress in a Leading Role which went to


    *Jessica Tandy*

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