Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

January 24, 2016

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,”  words and music by Frank Loesser. Performed by Ricardo Montalbán and Esther Williams in the 1949 MGM movie “ Neptune’s Daughter” and reprised later in the film by Red Skelton and Betty Garrett but with the boy-girl roles reversed. The song won the 1949 Academy Award.

A classic winter duet, the tune has been recorded by countless couples including Steve and Edie, Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald, Rod Stewart & Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga & Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Jones & Willie Nelson, and Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone.

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

December 25, 2015

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine for the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis, performed by 21-year-old Judy Garland, who married the film’s director Vincente Minnelli in 1945. The original lyrics were considered depressing by the MGM producers, and Hugh Martin re-wrote them, crafting the poignant perennial enjoyed for seven decades.

More:

“The Story Behind ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,'” NPR Music

“The history of a popular holiday song,” Chris Willman, Entertainment Weekly

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90-Second Prep for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

December 14, 2015

You’re psyched to see the new Star Wars movie, but do you remember the older Star War films? Anne-Sophie Goninet and Worldcrunch present 90 seconds of highlights  Just watch the video above.

There. All caught up?

Before you ask: Spanish, Russian, English, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, French, German, Turkish and Italian. 

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October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015

“Welcome, ‘Back to the Future’ Day,” Todd Leopold, CNN

“‘Back to the Future Day’ arrives, and marketers celebrate,” The Week

“‘Back To The Future Part 2’: Designing A Future For 30 Years Ago,” Andrew Limbong, NPR

“How politicians are celebrating ‘Back to the Future’ Day,” Nicole Brown, MSNBC

“Back to the Future II” official website

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Movie Night in America

July 29, 2015

“For towns across America, theaters — both the stage and screen variety — have long been places to congregate. During summer months, they offer sweltering citizens a cool place to collectively relax.

‘The movie theater is one of the last places where we can still gather and experience something together,’ German film director Wolfgang Petersen once said. ‘I don’t think the desire for that magic will ever go away.”

— “The theater: No longer a magical refuge from reality,” Michael E. Miller, Washington Post

“Going to a summer movie is a celebration of the American creative spirit and one of our nation’s most beloved pastimes. Let us stand together in these times of tragedy and embrace what is precious to us — churches, schools and places where the arts can send our spirits soaring. As a national community of artists and audiences, AFI offers our heartfelt sympathies to the victims in Louisiana and their families.”

— Bob Gazzale, American Film Institute

More:

“What we lose when movie theaters aren’t safe,” Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post

“A Brief History of Violence in American Movie Theaters,” Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

Update:

“Largest U.S. movie chain searching bags after recent theater attacks,” Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post

Video: “Saturday Night at the Movies,” written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, recorded by The Drifters in 1964.

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Saturday Morning Cartoon: Christmas Comes But Once a Year

December 27, 2014

“Christmas Comes But Once a Year,”  Fleischer Studios, 1936. Voice actors: Jack Mercer and Mae Questel. Director: Dave Fleischer. Animation: William Henning, Seymour Kneitel. Music: Bob RothbergTot SeymourSammy Timberg.

Related:

“A Very Fleisher Christmas,” FleischerStudios.com

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Bette Davis on Honesty, Brains and the Sexes

October 14, 2014

Bette Davis on Honesty, Brains, and the Sexes

Film star Bette Davis (1908 – 1989) was interviewed in 1963 by columnist Shirley Eder.  The recording  was recently animated by Patrick Smith of Blend Films for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital):

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Herb Jeffries, ‘Bronze Buckaroo’

June 2, 2014

Herb Jeffries, ‘Bronze Buckaroo’

Herb Jeffries, who sang with Duke Ellington and starred in early black westerns as the singing “Bronze Buckaroo,” died last week. He was believed to be 100 years old.

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Shirley Temple, 1928 – 2014

February 12, 2014

Shirley Temple, 1928 - 2014

Shirley Temple Black, a former Meglin Kiddie whose mamma afflicted her with Mary Pickford’s hairdo, passed away yesterday. A Depression-era child laborer, she toiled in the film industry until she no longer resembled the effigies of her likeness sold to parents of millions of girl children. Divorced from John Agar, she married a decorated intelligence officer, raised a Republican family, hosted a TV show, and was U.S. Ambassador to a European country that no longer exists.

The artistic highlight of Mrs. Black’s career was, undoubtedly, her memorable pas de deux with master dancer/choreographer Bill Robinson:

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Have Yourself A Merry

December 29, 2013

“Have Yourself A Merry little Christmas,” by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine, performed by Judy Garland in the 1944 film “Meet Me in St. Louis.
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