19 Sep 2011
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Cliff Robertson passed away on September 10, 2011 from natural causes. He won the academy award for his performance in Charly. In the 70s he was blacklisted in Hollywood for outing a forgery scandal involving a major production company. His latest film was Spider-man.
Charly (1968) Rated PG
A mentally retarded man becomes a genius after experimental brain surgery, developing a romance with his former special-education teacher before lapsing back into retardation.
Complete Gidget Collection (2004) Rated NR
The collection features Gidget and steady beau, Moondoogie, and their fun-in-the-sun adventures.
Spider-Man (2002) Rated PG-13
After being bitten by a radioactive spider on a school field trip, Peter Parker finds himself gaining spider-like qualities. Adopting the name Spider-Man, Peter first uses his new skills to make money, but when the Green Goblin, another altered super-human, kills Peter’s uncle, he swears to use his “spider-skills” to fight evil. Along the way he has to juggle a new job as a local reporter, and a budding romance with a beautiful former-classmate, MJ.
Three Days of the Condor (1999) Rated R
A CIA agent who is on the run from a mass slaughter in his research office suddenly finds himself the target of both his employers and the unknown killers of his associates.
Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken (1991) Rated G
True story of a young girl who runs away to join the circus and becomes a horse diver.
09 May 2011
in Movies, News, Subject Guide
Tags: 1918, 1950s, anastasia, Arthur Laurents, ballerina, ballet, ballet career, bolsheviks, burlesque, college, czar nicholas, dance teacher, differences, directing, dowager empress, fifties, forties, friends, gypsy, Hollywood, love, Love Story, mainly on directing, marriage, midwestern housewife, mother/daughter, movies, musical, new york, opposites, paris, pheumonia, plays, Playwright, popular, princess, rivalry, romance, romanoff family, romanoffs, romeo and juliet, russia, screenwriter, seine river, street gangs, thirties, tragedy, turning point, vaudeville, way we were, west side story, white russian
Arthur Laurents was a famed play and screen writer for 66 years. Arthur passed away on May 5th from complications of pheumonia. He was 93 years old. He wrote a number of popular plays and movies, some of which are listed below.
Anastasia (1956) Rated NR
An expatriate White Russian general sets in motion a grand hoax after he meets a destitute woman on the banks of the Seine River in Paris. He is amazed at her resemblance to Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas of Russia, rumored to have somehow survived the Bolsheviks’ execution of the Romanoff family in 1918. He trains her to impersonate the missing princess but soon begins to feel she may be the real Anastasia. Ultimately, the truth can only be decided by one person–Anastasia’s grandmother, the Dowager Empress.
Gypsy (1962) Rated NR
The story of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, her rise to stardom from vaudeville and her volatile relationship with her ambitious mother.
Turning Point (1977) Rated PG
Two friends who started in ballet are reunited after many years; one is now a star ballerina, the other a Midwestern housewife/dance teacher whose daughter is embarking on her own ballet career.
Way We Were (1973) Rated PG
The romance and marriage of opposites– the love that binds them together and the differences that tear them apart. A love story from college to Hollywood in the thirties, forties, and fifties.
West Side Story (1961) Rated NR
This musical sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of the rivalry of two street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, in New York of the 1950s. A young woman who is sister to the Sharks leader has her first taste of love with the former head of the Jets.
Arthur Laurents also wrote a book on directing musicals.
Mainly on Directing
19 Feb 2011
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Tags: Academy Awards, Best Picture, Big Whiskey, boating accident, bride, Broadway Melody, Casablanca, death, england, FBI, film awards, First wife, Gigi, Great ziegfeld, guilt, hollyweird, Hollywood, Hurt Locker, middle class family, Midnight cowboy, movie awards, musical, Musicals, Ordinary People, Oscar films, Oscar Movies, outlaws, psychiatrist, psychopath, Psychopathic serial Killer, Rebecca, serial killer, Silence of the Lambs, suicide, unforgiven, Wyoming
It’s that time of year when Hollywood is a buzz about what they do best—films. To honor that in some insignificant way is our list of oscar films; that you may have or have not watched. So, without further ado-The Oscar goes to…
Broadway Melody (1929) Rated NR
This is the first musical to win a Best Picture Oscar. Anita Page and Bessie Love star as two sisters in love with the same man.
Ordinary People (1980) Rated R
The “ordinary” existence of an upper middle class family is shattered with the death of the older son in a boating accident and the struggle of the younger son against guilt and suicide.
Rebecca (1940) Rated NR
A young bride is brought by her new husband to his manor house in England. There she finds that the memory of her husband’s first wife haunts her, and she tries to discover the secret of that mysterious woman’s death.
Silence of the Lambs (1990) Rated R
FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned to help find a missing woman to save her from a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. Clarice attempts to gain a better insight into the twisted mind of the killer by talking to another psychopath, Hannibal Lecter, who used to be a respected psychiatrist.
Unforgiven (1992) Rated R
Two retired, down-on-their luck outlaws pick up their guns one last time to collect a bounty offered by the vengeful prostitutes of the remote Wyoming town of Big Whiskey.
Casablanca (1942) Rated PG
Gigi (1958) Rated G
Great Ziegfeld (1936) Rated NR
Hurt Locker (2008) Rated R
Midnight Cowboy (1969) Rated R