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Natalie Wood movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Splendor in the Grass,’ ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ ‘Rebel Without a Cause’

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Natalie Wood movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Splendor in the Grass,’ ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ ‘Rebel Without a Cause’
Natalie Wood would’ve celebrated her 81st birthday on July 20, 2019. A former child actress who racked up three Oscar nominations before she was 25, Wood’s life ended in a tragedy that often overshadows her movie career. Yet many of her titles remain classics, so in honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1938 in San Francisco, Wood snagged her first starring role when she was just nine years old in the holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), playing a precocious girl who tugs on Santa Claus’ beard. She earned her first Oscar nomination when she was 17 for the juvenile delinquent drama “Rebel Without a Cause” (Best Supporting Actress in 1955), which made an icon out of James Dean, who died before its release. Wood added two more Best Actress bids to her resume with the romantic melodramas “Splendor in the Grass
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Natalie Wood movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Natalie Wood movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Natalie Wood would’ve celebrated her 81st birthday on July 20, 2019. A former child actress who racked up three Oscar nominations before she was 25, Wood’s life ended in a tragedy that often overshadows her movie career. Yet many of her titles remain classics, so in honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1938 in San Francisco, Wood snagged her first starring role when she was just nine years old in the holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), playing a precocious girl who tugs on Santa Claus’ beard. She earned her first Oscar nomination when she was 17 for the juvenile delinquent drama “Rebel Without a Cause” (Best Supporting Actress in 1955), which made an icon out of James Dean, who died before its release. Wood added two more Best Actress bids to her resume with the romantic melodramas “Splendor in the Grass
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Sid Ramin, Oscar-Winning Composer-Arranger, Dies at 100

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Sid Ramin, Oscar-Winning Composer-Arranger, Dies at 100
Composer-arranger Sid Ramin, a longtime associate of Leonard Bernstein who won an Oscar, an Emmy and a Grammy for his work in film, TV and theater, died of natural causes Monday (July 1) at his home in New York City. He was 100.

Ramin won a 1961 Academy Award for adapting the music of “West Side Story,” which he had originally orchestrated for composer Leonard Bernstein on Broadway in 1957 (with fellow arranger Irwin Kostal). He won a 1961 Grammy for the “West Side Story” soundtrack album, and a 1983 Daytime Emmy for music for TV’s “All My Children.”

Ramin’s musical career encompassed every aspect of show business. He started in the early days of live television, arranging for Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” from 1948 to 1956. “There was no second take,” Ramin once reminisced about the insane pace of live TV. “What you did was on the air, good or bad.”

He began
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Men In Black: The Franchise’s Behind-The-Scenes Battles

Mark Harrison Jun 11, 2019

As Men In Black: International gives the franchise a soft reboot, we revisit the private battles of the first three films

All things considered, it's pretty astonishing that Men In Black: International seems to have come together in just over 18 months. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in the lead roles, F. Gary Gray's spin-off film was announced in 2017, started shooting last July, and arrives in cinemas this week. All films are difficult to make, but compared with each installment of the original trilogy starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, it sounds like it was a doddle to make.

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the three films are loosely inspired by Malibu Comics' The Men In Black, a six-issue sci-fi series penned by Lowell Cunningham. To give you an idea of how long it took to bring to the screen,
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Barry Jenkins (‘Beale Street’) may join Coppola, Payne and more in elite club of double Oscar winners for Adapted Screenplay

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Barry Jenkins (‘Beale Street’) may join Coppola, Payne and more in elite club of double Oscar winners for Adapted Screenplay
Barry Jenkins and Spike Lee made history this year as the first black writers to earn multiple nominations at the Oscars. They’re both up for Best Adapted Screenplay, Jenkins for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Lee for “BlacKkKlansman.” But Jenkins previously won this category for “Moonlight” (2016), so if he prevails again he will become the first black writer to claim multiple awards, and he would join an elite group of scribes with multiple Best Adapted Screenplay trophies on their mantels.

The auspicious list of multiple champs already includes Joseph L. Mankiewicz (“A Letter to Three Wives” and “All About Eve”), George Seaton (“Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Country Girl”), Robert Bolt (“Doctor Zhivago” and “A Man for All Seasons”), Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo (together for both “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II”), Alvin Sargent (“Julia” and “Ordinary People”), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (“A Room with a View
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The Pick of the Flicks Podcast #20 – Santa Claus trainer James Lovell talks Miracle on 34th Street

On The Pick of the Flicks Podcast, a different guest drops in every week to chat about their favourite film. This week, in a special Christmas episode, Santa Claus instructor James Lovell pops by to talk about both movie versions of Miracle on 34th Street…

This week, as we celebrate Christmas, my guest is James Lovell. James is the director of the Ministry of Fun Santa School, responsible for training Santa Claus performers. His choice of favourite Christmas film was Miracle on 34th Street – both the 1947 and 1994 versions. In one, Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar for his sensitive portrayal of the man in red while, in the other, Richard Attenborough became the definitive Father Christmas for an entire generation of kids.

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How to Watch Miracle on 34th Street

Do you believe?

That's the question asked of the characters and audiences alike as Kris Kringle (an Oscar-winning role for Edmund Gwenn) insists he's the real deal Santa Claus in the heartwarming 1947 classic Miracle on 34th Street.

Kris is brought in to sub in as a Macy's Santa after the original

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Film Review: ‘Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer’

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Film Review: ‘Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer’
It may be “the most wonderful time of the year,” as the song goes, but let’s face it, not all things Christmas are created equal. There are the tree ornaments you cherish, and others that can fill space in the back. There are movies that become classics, like “Miracle on 34th Street” or “Elf,” and those which seem to have been created as holiday time-fillers — harmless if charmless mediocrities parents can use to distract the kids for a couple of hours while they get some Christmas shopping done in peace.

Such is the generic ilk of “Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer,” a Canadian toon whose animation isn’t the only thing that seems to have been handled by computer. A would-be new “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” it’s energetic and polished enough to avoid feeling like a rip-off — “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny,” this is not — but there the compliments pretty much end.
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Sam Elliott (‘A Star Is Born’) would be 6th oldest Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner

Sam Elliott (‘A Star Is Born’) would be 6th oldest Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner
The Best Supporting Actor Oscar race could be one for the ages. Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”) could become the second youngest winner in the category, but on the other end of the spectrum, Sam Elliott (“A Star Is Born”) could become one of the oldest.

Elliott, who will be 74 years and 199 days old on the Feb. 24 ceremony, would become the sixth oldest Best Supporting Actor champ, dethroning Jack Palance who was 73 years and 41 days old when he did those one-handed push-ups. He’d be a few years off of the fifth spot, held by “Cocoon” (1981) Don Ameche, who was 77 years and 297 days old, and eight years shy of the record set by Christopher Plummer, who became the oldest acting winner in any category at 82 years and 75 days old when he prevailed for “Beginners” (2011).

See Sam Elliott (‘A Star Is Born’) on how he reacted when Bradley Cooper stole his voice
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Best Santa Claus Movies of All Time

Who doesn't love Santa Claus? This jolly, rotund individual with the big white beard is loved and revered by all. In fact, he is the ultimate uniter. I defy you to tell me any religion that doesn't at least smile somewhat (regardless of how they feel about Christmas) when they see this iconic being. Santa Claus has been portrayed by people of all walks of life. Some looking like the Jolly Ole Saint Nick we see in Norman Rockwell paintings, and other's looking like Don Knotts. Santa is a symbol and that symbol has found no better home (no pun intended) than on the silver screen.

For years this character has been portrayed in movies. He has appeared in cameos and starring roles. In fact, it seems that just adding Santa Claus (and the holiday season) to a film can make it have a longer life. People love nostalgia. They
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The Top Five Santa Performances in Movies

With Christmas just a few short weeks away, the spirit of the season is alive and well. Major cable networks are showing a variety of holiday themed movies and we’re even privileged to see some of the old favorite classics. This is the perfect time to look at the movies that featured the jolly old elf as the main character. Here are the top five Santa performances in movies of all time. Whether you believe in Santa Claus or not, he’s made some impressive appearances in film and here are some of the best. Edmund GwennMiracle on 34th Street

The Top Five Santa Performances in Movies
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15 Movies You Can Stream on Amazon Prime to Take Your Holidays Up a Notch

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Amazon has thousands of holiday films to queue, but for many of them, you have to rent or purchase in order to watch. However, some movies come included with your Amazon Prime membership - and we're here to help you find the best ones. From well-known flicks like Miracle on 34th Street and Scrooged to some obscure gems like The Wizard's Christmas and Jingle Hell, there's a little something for every member of the family. Related'90s Movies That Will Bring Back the Magic of Your Childhood Holidays
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Miracle on 34th Street is back in theatres this month as part of our Classic Film Series

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Miracle on 34th Street is back in theatres this month as part of our Classic Film SeriesMiracle on 34th Street is back in theatres this month as part of our Classic Film SeriesIngrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine11/29/2017 1:57:00 Pm

In today’s Hollywood no movie studio would even consider opening a Christmas movie in June, but that’s exactly what 20th Century Fox studio head Darryl Zanuck decided to do in 1947 with Miracle on 34th Street. In addition to releasing the film in summer, he also decided that the trailer wouldn’t even mention it was a Christmas movie.

His curious choices paid off as crowds flocked to see a movie that’s become a Holiday classic. Directed by George Seaton, the film stars Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle, a kindly old man who is hired by Macy’s department store employee Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) to act
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‘Pottersville’ Review: Michael Shannon Is Mistaken for Bigfoot in One of the Worst Christmas Movies Ever Made

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‘Pottersville’ Review: Michael Shannon Is Mistaken for Bigfoot in One of the Worst Christmas Movies Ever Made
Here’s the only plausible explanation for “Pottersville,” a nearly unwatchable — but inexplicably star-studded — new Christmas comedy which is making a brief pitstop in select theaters before spending the rest of eternity in the storage room of your local Walmart: A veteran producer at the Hallmark Channel was at the end of his rope (for the purposes of this hypothetical scenario, let’s pretend said producer was “Pottersville” director Seth Henrikson, whose sparse IMDb credits leave plenty to the imagination). Frustrated by a career spent churning out festive — and weirdly horny — shlock like “A Very Merry Mix-Up,” “Matchmaker Santa” (featuring Lacey Chabert), and “A Boyfriend for Christmas” (the story of an infatuated girl who wastes her 20s waiting for Santa Claus to come down her chimney), he finally broke.

Some scholars argue that it was the 2007 Melissa Joan Hart / Mario Lopez vehicle “Holiday in Handcuffs” that pushed him over the
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5 Best And Worst Theatre Experiences!

If you usually visit the theatre, it is almost a sure bet that you have had both a positive and negative experience at one point or another. Personally, I don’t understand why anybody would pay for a cinema ticket only to talk all their way through a film, when they could have easily just gone to a bar to talk each other’s ear off for a couple of hours.

Thankfully, my cinematic adventures in the theatre have been an enjoyable ride for the most part. Whether that was due to a film being so good that it had the ability to totally immerse me in it’s world or seeing a movie with an upbeat crowd of people, well, there are numerous considerations I could have picked from. In this piece I’m going to be talking about five theatre experiences that turned out to be memorable for both worthwhile reasons,
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Producer Jc Spink’s Death Ruled Accidental Drug Overdose

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Producer Jc Spink’s Death Ruled Accidental Drug Overdose
The death of movie producer Jc Spink has been ruled an accidental drug overdose by the Los Angeles Coroners Office. Spink, who shepherded titles like “The Hangover,” “We’re the Millers” and “A History of Violence” with partner Chris Bender, was found dead at his West Hollywood home in April. His autopsy report indicates his death was accidental and cited “multiple drug intoxication.” Also Read: The Big Heart of Jc Spink Remembered by Hollywood's Players Originally from Philadelphia, Spink was one half of Benderspink, the management-production company that he founded with Bender. The college pals were assistants at management-production company Zide-Perry Productions before striking.
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Now Casting: Play Kris Kringle in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ + 3 More Gigs

It’s never too early for a bit of Christmas magic! A Midwest production of “Miracle on 34th Street” is searching for its Kris Kringle, plus several other lead and supporting roles. There are also opportunities for lead roles in a short film, YouTube variety series hosts, and background actors in Amazon’s “Red Oaks!” “Miracle On 34Th Street”The musical based on the film of the same name is casting principal and supporting roles. Male and female talent aged 18–65 are needed to fill several roles, including the lead roles of Kris Kringle and Doris Walker. There is an open casting call on Aug. 1 in NYC. Rehearsals begin Oct. 16 and the show runs Nov. 3–Dec. 23 in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Competitive salary, Emc points, travel, housing, and meals will be provided. “Htttg”Several actors are needed to fill lead roles in “Htttg,” a short film that “examines family dynamics and how we communicate with others.” One male and one female actor, both ages 35–48, are sought for the lead parent roles. There are also lead roles available for a young male actor ages 14–18 and two fraternal female twins ages 14–18. The
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36 Hours

Long before movies routinely created ‘worlds’ with their own twisted fantasy logic, only a few paranoid thrillers, usually odd genre items, tried out twisted stories of deceptive ‘hidden realities.’ Like an extended Twilight Zone entry, this lively James Garner war pic morphs into a bizarre conspiracy worthy of Philip K. Dick. If only it weren’t so “L-a-o” — Literal And Obvious.

36 Hours

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1965 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date April 11, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor, Werner Peters, John Banner, Russell Thorson, Alan Napier, Oscar Beregi, Ed Gilbert, Sig Ruman, Celia Lovsky, Karl Held, James Doohan.

Cinematography Philip H. Lathrop

Art Direction Edward Carfagno, George W. Davis

Film Editor Adrienne Fazan

Original Music Dimitri Tiomkin

Written by George Seaton, Carl K. Hittleman, Luis H. Vance from a story by Roald Dahl

Produced by William Perlberg

Directed by George Seaton

Released
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On this day: Vivien's Oscar, Kevin's Bacon, Carter's Write-Down

On this day in showbiz history

The Story of Miss Lonelyheart from Péter Lichter on Vimeo.

1913/1914 Did you know that Detective Doyle (Wendell Corey) and Miss Lonelyhearts (Judith Evelyn) from Rear Window shared a birthday? Now you do! (Uff, I love Rear Window so much)

1942 Rings on Her Finger, a screwball comedy starring Henry Fonda and Gene Tierney opens in theaters

1948 Gentleman's Agreement wins Best Picture at the 1947 Oscars but the enduring statues from that year are surely Edmund Gwenn's Supporting Actor win as Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street and the Cinematography and Art Direction wins for the astounding Black Narcissus. What a picture! 

1952 Vivien Leigh wins her second Best Actress prize at the 1951 Oscars for A Streetcar Named Desire. Absent from the ceremony, Greer Garson accepts for Vivien...
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18 Days Until Oscar. Nominations for Minors

Sal Mineo & Natalie Wood at the Oscars for Rebel Without A Cause (1955) one of only two years wherein two minors were nominated. The other is 1973As Sunny Pawar (Lion) can attest this Oscar season, being a cute kid with a preternatural gift in front of the cameras can only get you so far. A little further if you're a girl but still, the point is: it's not easy to be Oscar nominated when you're a minor. Think of the famous or iconic minor performances that Didn't snag nominations: Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th Street, Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet, Hayley Mills in The Parent Trap, Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, Evan Rachel Wood in thirteen, Jacob Tremblay in Room and so on. 

On this 18th day before the Oscars let's quickly survey all the actors who managed a nomination before their 18th birthday!

There are 21 of them
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