Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Bride isn’t the only classic monster movie being brought back to life. Universal is also developing a new version of 1954’s Creature from the Black Lagoon, and later this year it will release The Wolf Man, an update on the 1941 film, starring an appropriately cast Benecio del Toro. Seriously, did they even need any makeup for that one?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
1. Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday (1940)
He's the newspaper editor, she's the best reporter he's got. Not even their divorce could separate their shared passion for the headlines.
2. Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Woman of the Year (1942)
She's a prize-winning political journalist, and he's a lowly sports reporter - but together, they're magic! Hilarity ensues when he tries to teach her the rules of baseball...
3. Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday (1953)
This reporter thinks he's got the story of the century when he meets a runaway princess...too bad he ends up falling in love with her!
4. Clark Gable in It Happened One Night (1934)
Another down-on-his-luck reporter stumbles into front-page news when he meets a runaway heiress on a night bus. Again, love gets in the way.
5. James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Oh, how the Great White Way has changed. It seems now more than ever established movie stars are trying their hand at the stage, rather than starting out their career there. Think Julia Roberts in Three Days of Rain, Katie Holmes in All My Sons, Jennifer Garner in Cyrano de Bergerac, etc. Most of the time it works out fairly well (i.e.: Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe in Equus) and it certainly brings people to the theater. But every so often you get the screen star who realizes he can’t hack it on stage and promptly comes down with a mysterious case of mercury poisoning. (Too much sushi, Piven? Really?)
The stage and screen have never been mutually exclusive, and nor should they be. Actors like Geoffrey Rush and Marcia Gay Harden (who both won Tony awards last night) prove that. But it takes a special talent to do both. Which is why Jeremy Piven should have never left his Entourage.
In commemoration of Broadway’s profound impact on Old Hollywood, here are some awesome photos:
Audrey Hepburn, Dolores Gray and Jo Van Fleet at the 1954 Tony's
Marlon Brando and Kim Hunter in a famous scene from 1947's A Streetcar Named Desire on stage
Paul Newman outside the Music Box Theatre, where he was starring in Picnic in 1953
James Dean playing opposite Geraldine Page in 1953's The Immoralist
The perpetual divorcee and ever-friend of Michael Jackson, if it weren’t for Liza we’re not sure where gay men would have found their first real icon. With that in mind, I celebrate the many faces of Minnelli. And by “many faces” I really mean “one face” because, why and how being beyond us, this woman hasn’t changed her look once in decades. Except maybe for wearing red instead of black. In any event, much respect.
Same hair and practically the same clothes. How is this possible in entertainment?
Friday, June 5, 2009
Discovered by the actress Norma Shearer at a ski resort in Northern California, Janet Leigh secured a contract with MGM and began her film career in the late 1940s - as a brunette. She appeared in movies like 1949’s Little Women, 1953’s Houdini with then-hubby Tony Curtis (and today's Matinee Man) playing the famous magician, and 1958’s Touch of Evil with Orson Welles. It wasn’t until 1960 that she found her most memorable role as Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (cue the scary violins). She received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Leigh succesfully paved the way for the sexy scream queens of today and proved that sometimes the best way to live on in movie history is to die an untimely death. Check out Janet Leigh’s killer good looks in today’s Siren Centerfold!
She married her first husband in 1942 at the age of 14! And no, she didn't live in Arkansas. The marriage was annulled the same year.
Bernard Schwartz turned 84 this week (June 3rd) and since 1949, the man made over 100 films. Not under the name Bernard Schwartz, though. His stage name was Tony Curtis. Of course, as a kid, I always confused old Tony Curtis movies with Ray Liotta movies, but let’s face it, kids are dumb. My cousin used to think that all moms and dads shared the same birthdays just because his parents did. See? Stupid.
Anyway, Curtis made his screen debut in Criss Cross playing a rumba dancer of all things, but two of his most famous roles were in Some Like it Hot and Sparatacus.* Despite his exhausting list of films, though, Curtis never once won an Academy Award, something he wasn’t too thrilled with. “My profession has never recognized me sufficiently for my work,” he once said. Bitter Betty, much? Hopefully he learned to be happy with the Sony Ericcson Empire Lifetime Achievement Award and his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The acting gene didn’t end with him, though. You may have heard of his two daughters: Jamie Lee and Kelly Curtis. Their mother was Janet Leigh, one of Curtis’ five wives, who he was married to for 11 years. Curtis claims that he was “very dedicated and devoted” to Leigh, “but in her eyes that goldenness started to wear off. I realized that whatever I was, I wasn't enough for Janet. That hurt me a lot and broke my heart.” He later revealed that he cheated on her throughout their marriage. Not for nothing, but we may have just pinpointed whatever it was that wasn’t enough for Janet. But anyway…
Curtis still acts but he considers painting to be his current career, a hobby he took up in the 1980s. Some of his work goes for $25,000. That’s one hell of an up-sell when you consider how little paint costs.
Despite the fact that we wouldn’t recognize Curtis if we passed him on the street today, he was a hottie in his hey day. That’s why he’s today’s Matinee Man.
Sorry, but smoking never looked so good
*If you don’t get that reference please, please rent Clueless as soon as possible. It’s so much more than you probably think it is.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Hollywood’s original fascination with fangs came out of the coffin, if you will, in the 30s and 40s. Studios churned out Dracula movies designed to be horror/sci-fi fright-fests. There was 1931’s Dracula and 1944’s The Return of the Vampire, both starring Bela Lugosi, 1936’s Dracula’s Daughter, starring Gloria Holden, and 1943’s Son of Dracula and 1945’s House of Dracula, both starring Lon Chaney Jr.
So when exactly did vampires go from looking like this, to looking like this (or this)? When did they stop making women faint in terror and start making them swoon with lust? Perhaps it was with Brad Pitt in Interview with a Vampire. Whenever the change occurred, we’re mighty glad it did. This is one instance where we’d have to say the new stuff trumps the old. No more bad Transylvanian accent! We prefer our bloodsuckers hot, sexy and completely cape-free.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Disney has a history of taking one actress and squeezing every last penny out of them that they can. Think: Hilary Duff, Raven Symone, that chick who played Alex Mack and then did 10 Things I Hate About You. Right now Vanessa Hudgens is eclipsing Cyrus thanks to the High School Musical disasters, but even Selena Gomez is being prepped for her imminent takeover.
Well, Sunday afternoon, mere hours before Cyrus’ teeth led her on stage to get her award, I watched an airing of the 1960 Disney classic Pollyanna. It starred Hayley Mills, which got me thinking that really, Mills was the Miley Cyrus of her day (albeit a much less annoying day). In fact, Mills could easily be considered the first “Miley Cyrus” ever.
Mills began with Disney in 1960 when she filmed Pollyanna and she subsequently made six films after that – the most memorable of which (for me) is 1961’s The Parent Trap. Not that crap that Lindsay Lohan made a few years ago. She went on to star in In Search of the Castaways, Summer Magic, The Moon-Spinners and That Darn Cat – and all before she was 20-years-old. Sound like a familiar trend? How many High School Musicals have there been, again?
I don’t think anyone will surpass Mills as the quintessential Disney child star. Although I’m sure Cyrus probably believes she already has.
Seeing these pictures, it’s hard to believe that anyone with a pair of eyes could have doubted her eventual rise to fame. Now how long before Lindsay Lohan tries to recreate them?