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Four sisters trying to kill their other sister’s husband in a sleepy Belgian backwater, while four stars try to kindle romance in front of the cameras

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Katie Derham presents the first night of the Proms from the Albert Hall. Tonight’s programme introduces one of this year’s themes; the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, with Sakari Oramo conducting the BBC So in Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture to Romeo And Juliet, and a Proms debut for cellist Sol Gabetta. On BBC4 from 8.30pm, the BBC National Chorus of Wales perform Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky. Andrew Mueller

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Picturehouse strikes international deal with Royal Opera House Live

Picturehouse strikes international deal with Royal Opera House Live
The company will be the exclusive international distributor of Roh Live Cinema for the Opera’s 2016/17 season.

Picturehouse Entertainment and the Royal Opera House (Roh) have struck a deal to make the former the exclusive international distributor of Roh Live Cinema content in 2016/17.

The distribution arm of UK exhibitor Picturehouse will handle sales and marketing for the season, which will feature 12 live broadcasts including six operas and six ballets.

The 16/17 Roh programme includes 2016 Olivier Award winner Woolf Works, inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Nutcracker, and the return of the company’s first ever production on its Covent Garden stage, The Sleeping Beauty.

Beamed live from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden stage, Roh Live productions have previously travelled to territories including the Us, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan and Australia.

The 2015/16 Roh live season included broadcasts of Liam Scarlett’s ballet Frankenstein, adapted from Mary Shelley’s novel, Kenneth MacMillan’s [link
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How Sound Film Technology Evolved in the Last Century: Interview with Former UCLA Film Preservationist Gitt

Hal Roach looks on as technicians install Vitaphone equipment in his studio screening room, ca. 1928. (Click on the image to enlarge it.) 'A Century of Sound': Q&A with former UCLA Preservation Officer Robert Gitt about the evolution of film sound technology Long before multi-track Dolby stereo and digital sound technology, there were the Kinetophone and the Vitaphone systems – not to mention organ and piano players at movie houses. Much of that is discussed in A Century of Sound, which chronicles the evolution of film sound from the late 19th century to the mid-1970s. A Century of Sound has been split into two parts, with a third installment currently in the planning stages. They are: Vol. 1, “The Beginning, 1876-1932,” which came out on DVD in 2007. Vol. 2, “The Sound of Movies: 1933-1975,” which came out on Blu-ray in 2015. The third installment will bring the presentation into the 21st century.
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Norma Shearer films Note: This article is being revised and expanded. Please check back later. Turner Classic Movies' Norma Shearer month comes to a close this evening, Nov. 24, '15, with the presentation of the last six films of Shearer's two-decade-plus career. Two of these are remarkably good; one is schizophrenic, a confused mix of high comedy and low drama; while the other three aren't the greatest. Yet all six are worth a look even if only because of Norma Shearer herself – though, really, they all have more to offer than just their top star. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke, the no-expense-spared Marie Antoinette (1938) – $2.9 million, making it one of the most expensive movies ever made up to that time – stars the Canadian-born Queen of MGM as the Austrian-born Queen of France. This was Shearer's first film in two years (following Romeo and Juliet) and her first release following husband Irving G.
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Queen of MGM: Fighting Revolutionaries, Nazis, and Joan Crawford

Norma Shearer films Note: This article is being revised and expanded. Please check back later. Turner Classic Movies' Norma Shearer month comes to a close this evening, Nov. 24, '15, with the presentation of the last six films of Shearer's two-decade-plus career. Two of these are remarkably good; one is schizophrenic, a confused mix of high comedy and low drama; while the other three aren't the greatest. Yet all six are worth a look even if only because of Norma Shearer herself – though, really, they all have more to offer than just their top star. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke, the no-expense-spared Marie Antoinette (1938) – $2.9 million, making it one of the most expensive movies ever made up to that time – stars the Canadian-born Queen of MGM as the Austrian-born Queen of France. This was Shearer's first film in two years (following Romeo and Juliet) and her first release following husband Irving G.
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Top 12 really creepy ballet moments in film and TV

Ballet adds a surreal, creepy quality to many films and tv shows. Here are 12 of the most unsettling...

Warning - This article contains spoilers for The Cabin In The Woods, The Twilight Zone, Black Swan and The Red Shoes.

Ballet is not natural. Dancers perform exhausting routines with legs and feet turned out to bizarre angles, arms held just to the point where they really start to hurt (that’s when you know you’re doing it right), backs bending to angles of 90° and more, limbs held stock still while balancing on their toes, in bodies mathematically maintained in a state that contains absolutely not an ounce of fat but can sustain two or three hours of jumping and running around.

And then the female dancers add to all this by putting their entire weight on the points of their toes, feet bruising and bleeding, nails cracking, and the male
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Ten Best Actress Nominees Who Were Nominated for Heartbreaking Films (Spoilers)

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The Fault in Our Stars features Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus “Gus” Waters, two teens who meet at a cancer-survivor support group. Though Hazel is initially skeptical about getting close to Gus and warns him of her worsening condition, Gus still falls for her. As the two fall in love, Gus relapses, and he dies shortly after they return from their romantic trip to Amsterdam. The adaptation of John Green’s novel of the same name was a box-office smash and has earned Woodley some Oscar buzz. Should Woodley receive a nomination for this role, she would join the list of best actress nominees who have been nominated for their roles in heartbreaking films.

Some of the most well-known tragic love stories didn’t score any leading actress nominations, though. For example, Natalie Wood was not nominated for her
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The Definitive Movie Musicals: 50-41

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50. Dancer in the Dark (2000)

Directed by Lars von Trier

Signature Song: “I’ve Seen It All” (http://youtu.be/d9zFt6M_GLo)

Who says people in a musical have to be able to sing? The list starts with a film directed by the director of Melancholia, Antichrist, and the recent Nymphomaniac films. Starring Björk, Dancer in the Dark takes place in the fantasy world of Selma, an immigrant from the Czeck Republic living in a blue-collar town in the United States. She lives on the property of a local police officer named Bill (David Morse) and his wife. She finds herself the object of a shy co-worker’s affection (Peter Stormare), but doesn’t entirely reciprocate, partly because she knows that she is slowly going blind. Terrified that her disease is hereditary and her son most certainly will get it, she works long hours at the factory,
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Romeo And Juliet in Three Incarnations, Works of Lerner & Loewe and Much More Set for Ravinia's 2014 Season

Ravinia's 2014 season, dubbed 'Summer of LoveSeason of Stars,' was announced today by Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman. Brimming with talent and romance, the festival's 2014 schedule brings some the biggest names in the world of music as well as repertoire that explores the theme of great love in its various manifestations. No fewer than three musical incarnations of the most famous love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet, will be featured, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's Overture-Fantasy July 27, a suite from Prokofiev's ballet setting of the story July 16 and the score of West Side Story as the classic film is shown July 17-18. In other examples of love, soprano Deborah Voigt describes it as 'Something Wonderful' on a Broadway evening July 13, the legendary Broadway team of Lerner and Loewe will be celebrated July 20, and Chanticleer even jabs at the battle of the sexes in an
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Stars of Broadway's Romeo And Juliet Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad and More Set for La Phil's TchaikovskyFest, 2/26

Actors Orlando Bloom, Robert Sean Leonard, Joe Morton, and Condola Rashad will perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall in the La Phil's Shakespeare-themed TchaikovskyFest concert led by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Wednesday, February 26 at 8 p.m. The program presented without intermission features Tchaikovsky's three Fantasy-Overtures inspired by Shakespeare plays - Hamlet, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet. Preceding each of the fantasy-overtures, the cast of actors will perform key scenes from each play, with Orlando Bloom as Romeo, Joe Morton as Prospero, and Condola Rashad as Juliet. Kate Burton, the prolific Tony-nominated stage and screen actress and daughter of the late Richard Burton, directs this all-star cast.
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AFI Fest 2013 Part 2: Danny Kaye, War Movies and Nebraska

Anne Marie concludes her AFI adventures. Nathaniel picks up the baton tomorrow. He's running behind as per usual!

At the midway point of AFI Fest, I experienced what I’m sure many film festival-goers experience at some point: fatigue. The films were Great with a capital G, which meant that while many were truly great films they were also very heavy and in most cases very, very depressing. (Dear Academy, please nominate more comedies!) Nevertheless I persevered, and started Day Four with a little light comedy.

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Day 4 Part 1: The Court Jester - Sometimes you just need Danny Kaye singing tongue twisters in Technicolor to start your day. If I ever write a list of Greatest Swordfights In Film, Kaye’s comic fight with Basil Rathbone will definitely make the list. And for you Old Hollywood actressexuals, there are not one but Two actresses: The
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Victim Star Wrote Caustic, Opinionated Letters Re: Redgrave, Attenborough, Gielgud and More

Dirk Bogarde: ‘Victim’ star took no prisoners in his letters to Dilys Powell Letters exchanged between film critic Dilys Powell and actor Dirk Bogarde — one of the most popular and respected British performers of the twentieth century, and the star of seminal movies such as Victim, The Servant, Darling, and Death in Venice — reveals that Bogarde was considerably more caustic and opinionated in his letters than in his (quite bland) autobiographies. (Photo: Dirk Bogarde ca. 1970.) As found in Dirk Bogarde’s letters acquired a few years ago by the British Library, among the victims of the Victim star (sorry) were Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia), a "ninny" who was “so utterly beastly to [Steaming director Joseph Losey] that he finally threw his script at her face”; and veteran stage and screen actor — and Academy Award winner — John Gielgud (Arthur), who couldn’t "understand half of Shakespeare" despite being renowned for his stage roles in Macbeth,
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Disney 53: The Little Mermaid

Every week of 2013, Thn brings you a retrospective of a Walt Disney Animated Classic. From Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs to Frozen, from the Disney Renaissance of the 1990s, to the wilderness years of the 1970s, each will be looked at with a loving, if critical eye.

This week, we dive under the sea to be part of the world of The Little Mermaid.

Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker

1989/ 82 minutes

And so began the Disney Renaissance; after almost two decades of misfires and failures, the duumvirate of Clements and Musker brought forth a string of some of Disney’s greatest and best-loved animated films.

The genesis of Disney’s The Little Mermaid began back in the 1930s, as part of a package film of short tales based on the work of Hans Christian Andersen. The idea was dropped for a number of reasons, but was given a
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Laurence Anyways or One Life to Live Two Ways

Watching Xavier Dolan’s nearly three-hour long Laurence Anyways is like being enveloped in a grand 500-page novel written by a master in the making. There are frequent moments of genius where you are rendered blissfully immobile by the onscreen carryings-on; uncountable witticisms you wish you yourself had dashed off; unbridled passions that hit the heavens and then bounce back harrowingly; several paeans to those filmmakers who’ve inspired him (e.g. Ken Russell); and now and then a slight unwieldiness that’s easy to sidestep.

At 24, Montrealer Dolan, a former child actor, has now directed three acclaimed films with a fourth on the way (Tom a la ferme). His first, the deliciously comic yet lyrical I Killed My Mother (2009), dealt with a substantially high-strung gay teen’s love/hate relationship with his mom. Mostly hate. Heartbeats (2010) chronicled the friendship of a gay man and his best gal pal, and
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Frederic Franklin dies aged 98: charismatic ballet dancer

A major star of the post-Diaghilev Ballets Russes, he was celebrated for his romantic roles

Frederic Franklin, who has died aged 98, was one of the best loved figures in the dance world. Always genial, always helpful, he possessed a razor-sharp memory of all the ballets he had appeared in. Franklin played an important part in the preservation of many early ballets by George Balanchine, and in 2002 was able to reconstruct episodes from Devil's Holiday, a ballet created by Frederick Ashton in 1939, never revived since and never seen on stage by Ashton.

Franklin, known as Freddie, was a major star of the post-Diaghilev Ballets Russes, forming a memorable and long-lasting partnership with the ballerina Alexandra Danilova; her champagne personality and his good looks and charisma combined to stunning effect. This was especially true in such ballets as Léonide Massine's Le Beau Danube and especially Gâité Parisienne. But Franklin also danced
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Pope Francis and Amalia Damonte – a match not made in heaven | Hannah Betts

So, first love drove young Jorge to the priesthood. But unless you're Charles and Camilla, such amour rarely goes the distance

In the flurry to discover all there is to know about Pope Francis, Rome's newly minted pontiff, one poignant little narrative has been unearthed: love drove him to it. And this not the divine love one might imagine, but a pubescent passion for a fellow 12-year-old back when Jorge Mario Bergoglio was but a youth. The melodiously named Amalia Damonte, from the equally mellifluous Buenos Aires suburb of Flores, recalled that her childhood suitor declared: "If I can't marry you, I'll become a priest." The rest, as they say, is history.

Those of us of a certain vintage will immediately start crying: "Thorn Birds!" Yet this was a romance utterly removed from the cassock-ripping of Colleen McCullough's left-footing bonkbuster. As a tale of thwarted young love it has
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LatinoBuzz: Dance on Camera Film Fest Showcases Flamenco Dancers and Cuban Ballerinos

For the last 40 years, Dance Films Association has produced Dance on Camera its annual film festival. Considered the “mother” of dance film festivals this year’s edition will showcase a diverse array of films including documentaries, shorts, features, and experimental works that celebrate all forms of dance. “Dance on Camera is an exuberant hybrid. Its roots hold the seeds of innovation inherent in the concept of combining dance with cinematography in ways that alter one’s perception of both mediums,” boasts Joanna Ney, co-curator of the Dance on Camera Festival.

Hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association, and running February 1-5, 2013, the series will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Los Tarantos, Francisco Rovira Beleta's Oscar-nominated flamenco classic, with a special screening. Other highlights include the world premiere of Maclovia Martel’s documentary about the life of her mother, Carmen Gutierrez, the first Mexican dancer to perform on Broadway and the Closing Night film To Dance Like a Man, a charming documentary featuring Cuban identical triplets who are students at Cuba’s renowned National Ballet School.

To Dance Like A Man

Director: Sylvie Collier

Country: UK

Year: 2011 | 58 min

North American Premiere - Closing Night

Synopsis: Collier’s documentary follows Cuban identical triplets Angel, César and Marcos, the top young students at Cuba’s renowned National Ballet School as they are poised to begin their dancing careers. Ballet star José Carreño tells the 11-year-olds to pursue their dream, just as he did when he was growing up in Havana and teachers comment that all three show equal emerging talent. The film explores a child’s eye view on determination and hunger for professional success in context of Cuba’s surprising impact on formation of male dancers. Director Sylvie Collier, and the triplets, Angel, César and Marcos will attend the screening.

A Girl From Mexico

Director: Maclovia Martel

Country: Mexico

Year: 2012 | 50 min

World Premiere

Synopsis: A lively and personal documentary on the life of Carmen Gutierrez, the first Mexican dancer to perform on Broadway. The film follows Gutierrez’s career from Bellas Artes in Mexico City with Anna Sokolow to the Ballet Russe (1946), on to Broadway with productions including; “Carousel” choreographed by Agnes de Mille, “Finian's Rainbow” (Michael Kidd), “The King and I” (Jerome Robbins), “Candide” (Anna Sokolow), and “West Side Story” (Jerome Robbins). Her life has a surprise second chapter as a high-end fashion designer in New York. In person mother and daughter, Carmen G. and Maclovia Martel.

Los Tarantos

Director: Francisco Rovira Beleta

Country: Spain

Year: 1963 | 92 min

Synopsis: A 50th anniversary screening of this classic flamenco drama inspired by Romeo and Juliet and possibly West Side Story. Los Tarantos is characterized by a sexy, gritty, Catalan gitano style of dancing and marks the final appearance of the legendary Carmen Amaya in the role of Angustias. The star-crossed lovers are Sara Lezana and the mesmerizing Antonio Gades, best remembered for his dancing (and acting) in Carlos Saura’s flamenco trilogy that began with Carmen. The film was nominated for Best Foreign film in 1963 and has not been shown for many years. Actress Maria Esteve, the daughter of the iconic Gades will make a personal appearance at the screening.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s and Dance Films Association's Dance on Camera festival runs February 1-5, 2013. Screenings will be held at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (located at 144 West 65th Street).

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New Info on American Horror Story Season 3 Right Here, Right Now

SciFi Mafia was at the Fox lot for a special screening of the finale of American Horror Story Asylum yesterday – more about that next week – after which showrunner Ryan Murphy answered a number of questions about the finale, about the show in general, and about Season 3, and no, we won’t make you wait another second for that.

Yes, he already knows what the season’s story is. In fact, he starts working with the writers on Monday to flesh it out, then he’ll pitch the whole season to the network executives, “and after we pitch it we start writing it.” We already knew that Jessica Lange is returning, but Murphy confirmed last night that Sarah Paulson (“Lana” in Asylum) and Evan Peters (“Kit” in Asylum) will also be returning.

It’s going to be lighter, or at least less unrelentingly dark. “I love this season and I think it was successful,
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Oscar nominated actors in films directed by Cukor

George Cukor-directed movies at the Oscars. (See previous post: George Cukor Oscar Actor’s Director. Photo: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Born Yesterday.) George Cukor-directed movies earned twenty-one Academy Award nominations in the acting categories, including five wins. (s) supporting category; (*) Academy Award winner 1930-31 Fredric March, The Royal Family of Broadway (co-directed with Cyril Gardner) 1936 Norma Shearer, Romeo and Juliet Basil Rathbone (s), Romeo and Juliet 1937 Greta Garbo, Camille 1940 * James Stewart, The Philadelphia Story Katharine Hepburn, The Philadelphia Story Ruth Hussey (s), The Philadelphia Story 1944 Charles Boyer, Gaslight * Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight Angela Lansbury (s), Gaslight 1947 * Ronald [...]
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A much better label for Cukor: Actor's Director

George Cukor Oscar Actor’s Director. (See previous post: George Cukor ‘gay Women’s Director’? Photo: Katharine Hepburn The Philadelphia Story, with James Stewart, Cary Grant.) Clark Gable purportedly got Cukor fired from the Gone with the Wind set, but the extensive list of Cukor-directed performers nominated for Academy Awards includes Fredric March (The Royal Family of Broadway), Basil Rathbone (Romeo and Juliet), Charles Boyer (Gaslight), James Mason (A Star Is Born), Anthony Quinn (Wild Is the Wind), and no less than three male Oscar winners: James Stewart (The Philadelphia Story), Ronald Colman (A Double Life), and Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady). George Cukor also guided [...]
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