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Miriam Hopkins on TCM

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

FILM SERIES

Miriam Hopkins on Turner Classic Movies

 

Miriam Hopkins-lounging

 

“Summer Under the Stars” on TCM

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Miriam Hopkins

 

NOTE: Times in BLUE are Eastern and Times in RED are Pacific

 

6 a.m. The Chase (1966) 3 a.m.
8:15 a.m. The Richest Girl in the World (1934) 5:15 a.m.
9:45 a.m. Wise Girl (1937) 6:45 a.m.
11 a.m. Woman Chases Man (1937) 8 a.m.
12:15 p.m. The Old Maid (1939) 9:15 a.m.
2 p.m. Old Acquaintance (1943) 11 a.m.
4 p.m. Virginia City (1940) 1 p.m.
6 p.m. The Heiress (1949) 3 p.m.
8 p.m. The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) 5 p.m.
9:45 p.m. Trouble in Paradise (1932) 6:45 p.m.
11:15 p.m. Design for Living (1933) 8:15 p.m.
1 a.m. Barbary Coast (1935) 10 p.m.
2:45 a.m. These Three (1936) 11:45 p.m.
4:30 a.m. Lady with Red Hair (1940) 1:30 a.m.

 

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 Click here to check out entertainment writer, Andre Soares’ narrative of Miriam Hopkins and the films being shown on TCM at the Alternative Film Guide

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“The More the Merrier” Screening

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

ACADEMY FILM SCREENING

The More the Merrier (1943)

 

 

November 20 at the Linwood Dunn Theater

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Produced and directed by George Stevens, THE MORE THE MERRIER stars Jean Arthur as a career woman who finds herself with more roommates than she bargained for when she rents her “half-apartment” during the housing shortage in wartime Washington, D.C.  Arthur earned an Academy Award® nomination for her performance, and Charles Coburn (as an enterprising lodger) took home the Supporting Actor Oscar®.  The film also garnered nominations for Outstanding Motion Picture, Directing, Original Motion Picture Story, and Screenplay.

 

THE MORE THE MERRIER is the latest presentation in a lecture series named for George Stevens, a prolific producer-director who enjoyed the autonomy, respect and creative freedom that few did during Hollywood’s studio era.  While his films as a whole defy easy description, they all reflect a definitive filmmaking style as well as a unique and nuanced view of American life and values.  His many other notable films include the Best Picture nominees THE TALK OF THE TOWN (1942), A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951), SHANE (1953) and GIANT (1956), two of which (A PLACE IN THE SUN and GIANT) earned him Directing Oscars®.  In 1953 Stevens received the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, honoring a producer’s body of work.

 

In her introduction to THE MORE THE MERRIER, Cari Beauchamp, Academy film scholar and author of the upcoming book Joseph P. Kennedy Presents, will offer insights into the making of the film, the context of its wartime production, and Stevens’s approach to comedy.

 

Cast: Jean Arthur (Connie Milligan), Joel McCrea (Joe Carter), Charles Coburn (Benjamin Dingle), Richard Gaines (Charles J. Pendergast), Bruce Bennett (Evans), Frank Sully (Pike), Don Douglas (Harding), Clyde Fillmore (Senator Noonan), Stanley Clements (Morton Rodakiewicz), Ann Savage (Miss Dalton), Grady Sutton (Waiter).

 

Produced and Directed by George Stevens. Associate Producer Fred Guiol. Screenplay Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster. Story Robert Russell, Frank Ross. Cinematography Ted Tetzlaff. Film Editing Otto Meyer. Art Direction Lionel Banks, Rudolph Sternad. Music Leigh Harline.

 

About Cari Beauchamp:

Cari Beauchamp is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood and the upcoming Joseph P. Kennedy Presents, and is the editor, with Mary Anita Loos, of Anita Loos Rediscovered: Film Treatments and Fiction. Beauchamp was named an Academy film scholar in 2004.

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Cinecon 44…

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Cinecon 44

 

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Cinecon 44 is now history. From August 28 through September 1, film fans gathered at the Egyptian Theater in downtown Hollywood to enjoy more than 35 classic films. Some of the highlights included Damon and Pythias (1914); Ruth Roland in The Devil’s Bait (1917), and The Menace (1934) with Bette Davis.

 

I had the opportunity to volunteer at this year’s event, something I haven’t done in more than ten years, so I didn’t get to watch all the films but did enjoy some of the more rare ones. Some of my favorites included I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby, a 1940 Universal comedy starring Broderick Crawford as Public Enemy #3 and Jessie Ralph as his Ma Barker-like mother — only more fun.

 

The Mollycoddle (1920) stars Douglas Fairbanks who plays — against his usual swashbuckler roles — Richard Marshall V, who is descended from a long line of Arizona heroes. According to the program notes, the term ‘mollycoddle’ was popularized by Theodore Roosevelt to denote “an overly indulged and spoiled young man.” Fairbanks is the ‘mollycoddle’ of the film, being Arizona-born but raised in England, he is your stereotypical British fop. By the end of the film he quickly reverts to his ancestral heritage. Wallace Beery plays the heavy and Ruth Renick is the love interest.

 

The Poor Nut was a collegiate-comedy starring Jack Mulhall and an adorable Jean Arthur has a supporting role. The bookish-looking Mulhull with his unkempt curly hair, glasses and nerdy, ill-fitting apparel was a big hit with some of the ladies in my group who thought he was “adorable.” I didn’t see it, but his performance  was excellent and the film enjoyable.

 

And probably my favorite film was The Ninth Guest (1934), a Columbia who-dunit starring Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin and a cast of recognizable character actors. The plot is similar to Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, but was adapted from a novel by Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning. Eight people are invited to a penthouse party by an anonymous host only to discover that they are locked in with fellow guests whom they loathe. The host introduces himself through a radio hook-up as “the ninth guest” and announces that each guest will die before the night is over. However, as the program notes stated, the real star of the film is the Arte Moderne set. Catch this one if you get the chance.

 

The special guests this year included Walter Mirisch, Warren Stevens (The Case Against Brooklyn), Elena Verdugo (House of Frankenstein) and Celeste Holm (Champagne For Caesar).

 

The officers of Cinecon are Robert S. Birchard, president; Marvin Paige, vice-president; Michael Schlesinger, secretary and Stan Taffel, treasurer. The officers and their staff accomplished another great year considering the passings of Cinecon veterans, Harold “Rusty” Casselton, preservationist; Alex Theater projectionist George Crittenden and Robert Nudelman of Hollywood Heritage. The recent Universal Studios fire also wiped out many of the scheduled films for this years event.

 

 

A special thanks to volunteer coordinator, Stella Grace and her right hand, Sue Guldin. Stella cracked the whip when needed and at the same time showed her tender side. Thanks Stella — can’t wait until next year!

 

Attendees at the banquet this year included Celeste Holm, Warren Stevens, Elena Verdugo, Pat Hitchcock, Ann Robinison, Sybil Jason, Kathleen Hughes, Stanley Rubin, Jane Withers, Ann Rutherford, Mary Carlisle, Jayne Meadows, and many more.

 

 SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BANQUET

 

 

 

JANE WITHERS, ANN ROBINSON and SYBIL JASON

 

 

 

MARSHA HUNT

 

 

DORIS ROBERTS and JONATHAN CHIN-DAVIS

 

 

 

GARRETT BRYANT and DORIS ROBERTS

 

 

CELESTE HOLM

 

 

 

ELENA VERDUGO

 

 

 

 

JAYNE MEADOWS

 

 

 

BETTY GARRETT

 

   

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Cinecon 44 Schedule…

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

 CINECON 44 Film Schedule

 

 

Attend the Cinecon 44 Classic Film Festival this Labor Day weekend, August 28th to September 1st 2008, in Hollywood.

 

Here is the film schedule for Cinecon 44. Titles in all upper case are features and those with upper & lower case are short subjects. For more information about these films visit the Cinecon website: http://www.cinecon.org/.

 

All of these screenings will be at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. Admission is by day pass or full festival pass which can be purchased in advance or at the door during the show.

 

This schedule is subject to change without notice. Some films are listed here pending final clearance.


Guests appearances are confirmed subject to unforeseen circumstances.

 

 

 

 

Thursday August 28

7:00

  

Cartoon Centennials

7:45

 

Walter Mirisch Tribute Reel

8:00

 

Q&A w/ Walter Mirisch

8:30

 

MAN OF THE WEST (1958) Directed by Anthony Mann

10:20

 

TILLIE’S PUNCTURED ROMANCE (1914) with Charlie Chaplin

 

 

Friday August 29

9:00

 

The Iron Claw, ch. 13 (1941)

9:20

 

ACQUITTED (1929)

10:35

 

The Sign of the Cucumber (L-Ko comedy) (1920)

10:55

 

THE BLOOD SHIP (1927)

12:05

  

Lunch Break

1:30

 

The Awful Goof (1937) with Charley Chase

1:50

 

MURDER IN TRINIDAD (1934)

3:15

 

THE HOME MAKER (1925)

4:50

 

THE CASE AGAINST BROOKLYN (1958)

6:10

 

Q&A w/ Warren Stevens

6:35

  

Dinner Break

8:10

 

Off Again, On Again (1945) with Shemp Howard

8:30

  

I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE, BABY (1940)

9:40

  

THE MOLLYCODDLE (1920) with Douglas Fairbanks

10:55

  

OUTLAWS OF THE ORIENT (1937)

 

 

Saturday August 30

9:00

  

Business Meeting

10:10

  

TRIUMPH (1917; incomplete) with Lon Chaney

11:10

  

THE EAGLE AND THE HAWK (uncut) (1933) with Cary Grant & Fredric March

12:25

  

Lunch Break

1:55

  

Rootin’ Tootin’ Tenderfoot (Baer & Rosenbloom) (1952)

2:15

  

MODERN LOVE (part-talkie) (1929) with Charley Chase

3:40

  

SKY HIGH (1922) starring Tom Mix

4:50

  

HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944)

6:00

  

Q&A w/ Elena Verdugo

6:30

  

Dinner Break

8:15

  

Screen Snapshot (1942) with James Stewart

8:25

  

THE POOR NUT (1927) with Jack Mulhall and Jean Arthur

9:45

  

THE NINTH GUEST (1934)

11:00

  

OUTLAWS OF THE PRAIRIE (1938) with Charles Starrett

 

 

Sunday August 31

9:00

  

The Iron Claw, ch. 14 (1941)

9:20

  

Abie Kabibble Outwits His Rivals (LaCava cartoon)

9:30

  

THE DEVIL’S BAIT (1917)

10:35

  

CHAMPAGNE FOR CAESAR (1950)

12:15

  

Q&A w/ Celeste Holm

12:40

  

Lunch Break

2:10

  

The Iron Claw, final chapter! (1941)

2:30

  

CRAZY HOUSE (1943) with Olsen & Johnson

4:00

  

DAMON AND PYTHIAS (1914)

5:10

  

THE TEXAN (1930) starring Gary Cooper

7:15

  

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

8:00

  

BANQUET

 

 

Monday September 1

9:00

  

Hetty King (1970)

9:20

  

SING, BABY, SING (1936) with Alice Faye

11:00

  

RAIN OR SHINE (alt. silent version) (1930)

12:30

  

Lunch Break

1:55

  

Southern Exposure (Krazy Kat) (1934)

2:00

  

MAMMY (1930) starring Al Jolson in color

3:35

  

SPEEDY (1928) with Harold Lloyd

5:10

  

THE MENACE (1932) starring Bette Davis

 

 

The good people at Cinecon do their best to stick to the schedule, but changes and delays are inevitable.

 

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Brokeback Mountain at the Academy…

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

  

  

The “Great To Be Nominated” series, featuring the picture from each Academy Awards year that received the most nominations without winning the Best Picture award, continues its fifth and final season with three titles in July, then concludes in August.  Each evening will also include animated and live action short subjects, original advertising trailers, outtakes and other surprises to offer up a snapshot of that particular year.  The very best prints available will be screened at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, one of the finest screening facilities in the world.

 

 Brokeback Mountain (2005)

 

 

 

Monday, August 4 – BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005) – 132 mins.  E. Annie Proulx’s acclaimed short story about the thwarted love between two young men became a heartbreaking romantic drama under the direction of Oscar winner Ang Lee.  The film received eight nominations, including Best Picture (Diana Ossana, James Schamus, producers), Actor in a Leading Role (Heath Ledger), Actor in a Supporting Role (Jake Gyllenhaal), Actress in a Supporting Role (Michelle Williams) and Cinematography (Rodrigo Prieto); it won for Directing (Ang Lee), Music – Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla) and Writing – Adapted Screenplay (Larry McMurtry, Ossana).  The film will be preceded by animated short nominees BADGERED and 9.  Scheduled post-film discussion panelists include producer and screenwriter Diana Ossana and production designer Judy Becker.

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Cinecon 44…

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Cinecon 44 In Hollywood

  

 

 

By Bob Birchard,
President
Society for Cinephiles/Cinecon

  

The Society for Cinephiles will present the 44th annual Cinecon classic film festival and memorabilia show in Hollywood over Labor Day weekend, August 28 through September 1, 2008. Cinecon is the oldest and the grandest of the movie related fan festivals, and Cinecon 44 promises to offer an outstanding five day program of unusual films, exciting celebrity guests and one of the best movie memorabilia marts in the nation. Special guests will be announced as confirmed. We also want to call attention to the dealers’ rooms where collectors will find one of the best movie memorabilia marts in the country.
 
This year’s host hotel will again be the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel located at 1755 North Highland Avenue next to the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex. As in recent years all film screenings will be held in the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the restored Grauman’s Egyptian on Hollywood Boulevard.
 
We also want to encourage you to take advantage of our pre-event discount rate. Individually, festival registration , required cinephiles membership, and a banquet ticket would add up to $185.00. When you pre-register and book the whole package before Cinecon– registration, membership and banquet–the rate is $150.00–a savings of $35.
 
The discount applies only to registrations received or postmarked on or before August 15, 2008.
 
If you love movies, Cinecon 44 is the place to be over Labor Day weekend. See you here!
 

And as always, you can also reach us by mail for further information at: Cinecon 44, 3727 W. Magnolia Blvd.#760 Burbank CA 91505. Or by email at cineconinfo@earthlink.net

  

 

 For more information, please go to the CINECON website

 

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Charles Boyer at LACMA…

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Charles Boyer at LACMA

 

 

 

By Andre Soares
Alternative Film Guide
July 18, 2008

 

When I hear the name Charles Boyer, who is currently being honored by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) with the series “The Discreet Charm of Charles Boyer,” I immediately think of my maternal grandmother. Thirty years ago, Boyer, a couple of days before his 79th birthday, took his own life following the death of his wife, Pat Paterson. (Boyer’s only son had killed himself at the age of 21 in 1965.) I still remember my grandmother’s visibly saddened face as she heard of his passing. “Aaaahhh,” she sighed. “Charles Boyer…”   READ MORE 

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James Stewart Centennial…

Monday, June 9th, 2008

 

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Bette Davis Film Series at LACMA

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

LACMA’s Tribute to Screen Legend, Bette Davis

 

May 3, 2008

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

LOS ANGELES – Last evening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) Bing theater, the new Bette Davis stamp was officially unveiled by the U. S. Postal Service. TCM host, Robert Osborne, hosted the event which also began the museums month-long-tribute series of films to the actress: Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Essential Bette Davis.

 

On the 100th anniversary of her birth, the Davis commemorative stamp will be the 14th in the Legends of Hollywood Series by the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp is a beautiful portrait of Davis from the classic film, All About Eve (1951).

 

 

LACMA’s film series began with screenings of her Academy Award winning Jezebel (1938) and The Old Maid (1939) with Miriam Hopkins. This was an interesting combination of films and I wonder if it was a conscious effort on the museums part or simply a coincidence. The Old Maid of course co-starred Davis’ long-time nemesis Miriam Hopkins, who also appeared in the original Broadway version of Jezebel (1933-34). Hopkins originally wanted to star in the film version and even owned a piece of the play, however, Warner Bros. made promises that they never kept and she was ultimately pushed out of the film. This was just one of the many reasons for Hopkins dislike for Davis.

  

 

Miriam Hopkins and Bette Davis in The Old Maid

 Miriam Hopkins (l) and Bette Davis (r) in The Old Maid (1939) (© Allan R. Ellenberger)

 

 

Kathryn Cermak, Davis’ long-time companion at the end of her life, also attended the event. After the stamps unveiling, Osborne, in his introduction of Cermak, revealed that she had never seen All About Eve or Jezebel. That is remarkable considering the years she spent with the actress.

 

LACMA’s salute to the legendary Bette Davis continues until May 31 and includes screenings of All About Eve (1950) and Of Human Bondage (1934) (May 3), The Letter (1940) and Beyond the Forest (1949) (May 9), Now, Voyager (1942) and Old Acquaintance (1943) (May 10), The Little Foxes (1941) and Payment on Demand (1951) (May 17), Dark Victory (1939) and Marked Woman (1937) (May 23), The Star (1942) and The Catered Affair (1956) (May 24), and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) and The Nanny (1965) (May 31). All screenings begin at 7:30 p.m.

 

For a complete listing of films, showtimes and ticket prices, please see LACMA’s site for more information.

 

Check out photos from Thursday’s (May 1) Centenial Tribute to Bette Davis at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Alternative Film Guide:

 

PART ONE PART TWO.

 

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Bette Davis Tribute…

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

TONIGHT

Bette Davis Centennial Tribute

 

 

Tonight, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in association with the Film Department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will present “A Centennial Tribute to Bette Davis” at 8 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The event, hosted by Robert Osborne, will feature film clips and discussions with several of Davis’ friends, colleagues, and family members. Among those scheduled to take part in the tribute are Joan Leslie, James Woods, Kathryn Sermak, Gena Rowlands, and Michael Merrill, Davis’ son with Gary Merrill.

At the Alternative Film Guide there is an informative article on tonight’s tribute.

 

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