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Throwback Thursday: Elena and Her Men (1956)

Ingrid Bergman’s talent knew no borders as she ventured into her most memorable French role in Jean Renoir’s satirical comedy Elena and Her Men. This 1956 film pulled inspiration from the theater, Hollywood’s Golden Age as well as French history itself. Lead character Elena Sokorowska (Bergman) plays a bankrupt woman who is looking for her latest husband. Despite this money-seeking introduction, she has an inherent ability to provide extreme luck for anyone she encounters through her daisies. She also manages to intoxicate the men around her, leading to quite a conventional romantic comedy for the time period.  Continue reading

Did You Know: Ingrid Bergman

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There is a massive amount of hyperbole that is thrown towards the Golden Era of Hollywood between 1930 and 1959. Within those years, cinema fans saw a carousel of superstars but none that shined brighter than the multi-talented Swedish sensation Ingrid Bergman. Active in the business for nearly fifty years, Bergman transcended cinematic borders with hit films in the United States, Italy, France and Sweden. As with most historically artistic figures, some stories will stand out over the others. Here are a few that are hopefully new to you (the reader) and maybe shed some light on the person behind the stardom.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Project Almanac

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Time travel has been a topic broached by film since the dawn of the medium. This Friday, Project Almanac hopes to take that basic concept used over the decades and mix it with the found-footage idea that has seen a slowdown in recent years. With a relatively unknown cast and an unproven director, Project Almanac is hoping to peak interest with younger audiences through its high octane trailers and association with MTV Films. Despite seeing stiff competition from the likes of Kevin Costner’s latest release, Project Almanac will see a wider theater release than any other feature this coming week. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

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In the year 2000, all of the elements for a perfect comedic storm came together in order to make The Whole Nine Yards — one of the most successful films of the year. Made on a budget of $34 million, Jonathan Lynn’s gangster comedy pulled in over $100 million despite not being as critically acclaimed as originally expected. The cast was also quite a sight to behold as Hollywood stars meshed with current television headliners. Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Michael Clarke Duncan, Amanda Peet and Kevin Pollack shared the screen in scenarios very much out of their usual comfort zone. It may have fallen into obscurity over the years but The Whole Nine Yards still holds up as a fun comedy that brought more than a few firsts for the business.  Continue reading

Did You Know: Bruce Willis

Lt. John McClane, Korben Dallas, Butch Coolidge and Harry Stamper are just a few of the characters Bruce Willis has played on screen. Known for his over-the-top action films like Die Hard and The Fifth Element, Willis has quietly garnered a decorated and diverse career while not shying away from risk. Hollywood is sometimes known for its stars being somewhat safe when it comes to selecting roles but Willis has defied convention and, for better or for worse, taken on some very challenging jobs. Still, there is an air of mystery surrounding Willis. Many things are unclear about his career and even his tastes. Here we will hopefully shed some light on one of the more charismatic actors of the past thirty years.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Mortdecai

The year 2015 has given us our first cinematic mystery in the shape of a twirled mustache — Mortdecai, the latest film starring Johnny Depp and directed by David Koepp (Premium RushSecret Window). Aside from that basic knowledge, one would learn very little without seeing the trailer. In fact, the marketing of the film would make you believe that you already know who this character is. A slew of star-filled posters have hit streets simply with the film’s title and said stars wearing his distinctive mustache. However, the question must be asked: Who is Mortdecai and why am I fascinated by this seemingly unknown character?  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Move Over, Darling (1963)

Yesterday we covered a few things you may not have known about Doris Day. Today, we dedicate Throwback Thursday to one of her more successful films of 1963 Move Over, Darling. Not only did the film prove just how big of a star Doris Day was, but it also helped 20th Century Fox out of a financial hole created by the money pit that was Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra. The original budget for the Egyptian drama was set at $2 million but ballooned to $31 million and nearly bankrupted the entire company. Luckily, Move Over, Darling, which also was over-budget, more than made up for the studio’s mistakes in 1963.  Continue reading

Did You Know: Doris Day

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Doris Day had a career filled with firsts. She was the first true female box office star for nearly four years and a top ten box office draw for ten more. Her film career ran from 1948 to 1970, with thirty-nine movies filling that time. If that were all she would be a legend. However, that’s not the end of her credentials. With thirty-one albums and a combined four-hundred and sixty weeks in the Top 40, Day proved that she was more than a pretty face on screen. Still, despite her fame, there is still so much hidden between the fame. This is why we’re taking a look at quite a few things you may not have known about the famed Hollywood star.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Blackhat

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From the outside, Blackhat looks like a cheesy action film masquerading as one about cyber terrorism. The trailers are overly dramatic and the cast seems out of place. That is until you realize just who is behind the helm of this production. After a six-year absence, director Michael Mann returns to the big screen in an extremely unassuming way. Instead of pushing the fantastic work of this filmmaker, the marketing diverts your attention to the past and focuses on stars of today, namely Chris Hemsworth.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: That’s Entertainment (1974)

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The 1970′s signified a major shift in Hollywood. While French New Wave and independent filmmakers were breaking the mold in the late 60′s, it didn’t reach the mainstream until the middle of the following decade. If there was ever a movie eulogizing the death of the old Hollywood it was That’s Entertainment (1974), a documentary celebrating the 50th Anniversary of classic studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Trotting out a myriad of stars from yesteryear, That’s Entertainment feels like a last gasp to hold onto the past instead of a look at what might be coming in the future.  Continue reading