Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Kirk Douglas Special Guest
2011 TCM Classic Film Festival
Celebration of Actor’s Life and Career to
Include Conversation with Robert Osborne,
Clips from One-Man Show and Special
Screening of Spartacus (1960)
Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas will be a special guest at the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. During the festival, which takes place April 28-May 1, the three-time Oscar® nominee and honorary Academy Award® winner will join TCM host Robert Osborne for an interview on stage, leading into a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s epic film Spartacus (1960), which Douglas also produced. The evening’s festivities will include clips from Douglas’ biographical one-man show, Before I Forget (2009).
“Kirk Douglas is an American icon whose performances have struck an indelible chord with moviegoers for more than 60 years,” Osborne said. “At the age of 94, he retains the great vitality and enthusiasm which has always been the Douglas trademark. We couldn’t be more pleased that Spartacus himself will be joining us at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood in April.”
Prior to the festival’s screening of Spartacus, Douglas and Osborne will sit down for a conversation about the actor’s life and career. They will present fascinating clips from Douglas’ Before I Forget, which premiered at the Center Theater Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, Calif., in May 2009.
Douglas’ powerful and intense performance in Spartacus is considered among the actor’s finest. Based on a historical novel by Howard Fast, the film centers on Douglas as a famed gladiator who leads a massive slave revolt against Roman authorities. Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton and Oscar winner Peter Ustinov co-star. Spartacus earned Oscars for its art direction-set decoration, cinematography and costume design, with additional nominations for film editing and Alex North’s score.
Although Spartacus is now considered one of the best examples of the epic genre, its reception in 1960 was not quite so welcoming, in large part because screenwriter Dalton Trumbo had been blacklisted as a communist sympathizer. Douglas insisted on giving Trumbo on-screen credit, which drew the ire of powerful columnists like Hedda Hopper and organizations such as the American Legion. Despite the naysayers, Spartacus effectively ended the blacklist, allowing banned filmmakers to work openly once again.
The archetypal Hollywood movie star of the post-war era, Douglas built a career with virile, masculine and often-intense performances in more than 80 films. He earned Oscar nominations for performances in Stanley Kramer’s Champion (1949) and Vincente Minnelli’s The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Lust for Life (1957). Among his other film credits are The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Mourning Becomes Electra (1947), Out of the Past (1947), I Walk Alone (1948), Ace in the Hole (1951), Detective Story (1951), Big Sky (1952), The Story of Three Loves (1953), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Paths of Glory (1957), Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957), The Devil’s Disciple (1959), Lonely Are the Brave (1962), The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), Seven Days in May (1964), Is Paris Burning? (1966), The Arrangement (1969), The Fury (1978), The Man from Snowy River (1983), Tough Guys (1986), Greedy (1994), Diamonds (1999) and It Runs in the Family (2003), the latter co-starring his eldest son, Michael. Douglas earned his first of three Emmy® nominations for the television film Amos (1985), which led him to become active in the cause of elderly abuse.
Throughout his career, Douglas has been an innovator and a rebel. In addition to challenging the Hollywood blacklist, he was one of the first A-list talents to wrest control of his career by founding an independent production company. And in the 1970s, he began a second career as a writer, while also focusing his energies on the philanthropic efforts of The Douglas Foundation. Today, at the age of 94, Douglas remains extremely active. He is a regular blogger with more than 12,000 followers on his MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/kirkdouglas). In 2007, the social networking service named Douglas their oldest celebrity blogger.
The TCM Classic Film Festival’s tribute to Kirk Douglas is the latest major event to be added to the ever-expanding lineup. Other film luminaries scheduled to take part in the festival include Peter O’Toole, Leslie Caron, Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell, Warren Beatty, Alec Baldwin, Hayley Mills, Richard Roundtree and Roger Corman.
About the TCM Classic Film Festival
The multi-faceted TCM Classic Film Festival – which runs from April 28 – May 1, 2011, in Hollywood – will be packed with more than 70 screenings, as well as special introductions, guest appearances, panel discussions and more. Time Warner Cable joins as an official partner, and Vanity Fair once again joins TCM as a festival partner. The magazine will produce the exclusive, opening-night after-party that will follow the red-carpet gala screening of An American in Paris. TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne will serve as official host of the festival.
Throughout the festival, TCM will celebrate movie music, with multi-film tributes to George and Ira Gershwin, composer Bernard Herrmann and singing cowboy Roy Rogers. In collaboration with D23, The Official Disney Fan Club, the festival will also celebrate the musical legacy of Walt Disney, including his Silly Symphonies and Laugh-O-Gram shorts.
Among the numerous films slated for the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival are Reds (1981), Becket (1964), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), West Side Story (1961), The Parent Trap (1961), Whistle Down the Wind (1961), The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), La Dolce Vita (1960), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Cabin in the Sky (1943), Went the Day Well? (1942), Citizen Kane (1941), Fantasia (1940), Dodsworth (1936), Hoop-La (1933), The Cameraman (1928) and The Merry Widow (1925), to name a few. TCM is dedicated to showcasing the best possible projection, including digital, 35mm and 70mm prints. Most of the films presented during the TCM Classic Film Festival have been digitally restored and remastered.
Additional information, including a list of programming and events slated for the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival, is available here.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Academy Awards® ceremony, will once again serve as the official hotel for the festival, as well as home to Club TCM, a central gathering point for attendees. The Hollywood Roosevelt will also offer special rates for festival goers. Screenings and events will be held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Multiplex and the Egyptian Theatre. Delta is the official airline partner.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Robbie Robertson's New Album Out April 5, 2011
Robbie Robertson's Latest
"How To Become a Clairvoyant"
NPR Music's "First Listen,"
"Late Show With David Letterman,"
"The View"; "Rockline"
Robbie Robertson will perform his Top 10 single "He Don't Live Here No More" on "Late Show with David Letterman" on April 5th, coinciding with release of his new album, How To Become Clairvoyant (Macro-Biotic Records/429 Records). He'll also appear on "The View" on April 6th. The shows will mark the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first television appearances in more than 10 years.
NPR Music is giving fans an exclusive "First Listen" to How To Become Clairvoyant, streaming the album in its entirety for a week, beginning today. This Saturday, April 2nd, Robertson will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF). In June, Canada Post will issue a stamp with Robertson's likeness as part of its Canadian Recording Artists stamp series. He will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" on April 6th and tape "World Café with David Dye" in May while at WXPN's Non-COMMvention.
How To Become Clairvoyant features Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Trent Reznor, Tom Morello and Robert Randolph along with vocalists Angela McCluskey, Rocco Deluca, Dana Glover and Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes). The collection was co-produced by Robertson and long-time collaborator Marius de Vries (Massive Attack, Björk, Rufus Wainwright).
"This soulful record is Robertson's best yet," observed Goldmine. "For all of the now-legendary songs that Robertson penned, he tended to shy away from writing about himself, which makes the revealing nature of his first album in more than ten years such a wonderful surprise," said Relix. "How To Become Clairvoyant finds Robertson tackling personal topics such as his breakup with The Band ('This Is Where I Get Off'), the guitarists who inspired his innovative sound ('Axman') and his early days backing Ronnie Hawkins ('When the Night Was Young')."
In addition to the CD, three special editions of How To Become Clairvoyant will be available. The deluxe edition, available exclusively at Best Buy for a month beginning April 5th, will include a second CD with demos of five of the album's tracks - "The Right Mistake," "He Don't Live Here No More," "Fear of Falling," "This Is Where I Get Off" and "Madame X" - and an outtake of "Houdini," a song that does not appear on the album. Starting April 5th, fans can pre-order a two-disc, gatefold edition of How To Become Clairvoyant on 180-gram vinyl and a limited edition collector's set at www.robbie-robertson.com.The collector's set includes the vinyl and CD editions of the album plus 10 bonus tracks, provided in both CD and vinyl formats, a DVD with three multi-track mixes, a 70-page, full-color book with album artwork, lithographs and additional art, and other cool extras such as a set of tarot cards designed especially for the collection.
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Monday, March 28, 2011
Where Are They Now?
Above: Lucy Deakins and River Phoenix in "Little Nikita"
Deakins in "The Boy Who Could Fly"
Lucy Deakins: From
Actress to Attorney
We were watching a 1991 episode of "Law and Order" and were surprised to see Lucy Deakins, who we best remember for director Nick Castle's "The Boy Who Could Fly." She also spent a year on the soap "As the World Turns," from 1984 to 1985. Pretty and earnest, the New York native seemed to have disappeared from the acting world. The daughter of two university professors, she graduated in 1994 from Harvard, with a degree in comparative religion. She backpacked across Europe, moved to Port Townsend, Washington and dabbled in different occupations. Deakins enrolled in boatbuilding school, worked as an EMT and signed up to be a firefighter. She eventually became a paralegal and moved to Denver, Colorado in 1999, the same year she married her husband, J.J. Arnold, a painter and sculptor. Their daughter Mason was born in February 2000 and two years later the family moved to New York City. She enrolled in law school in Seattle, graduated in 2007. Although she was admitted to the New York Bar, the family returned to Denver and is a an attorney at Fulbright & Jaworski.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Weitzman on the Red Carpet
"Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara wore a black strapless embellished knee-length dress by Dolce & Gabbana. She carried a red clutch for a pop of color. Vergara wore black satin Lille Extreme Platforms by Stuart Weitzman.
"Grey's Anatomy" star Sandra Oh (seen here with "Psych" star Dule Hill) attended the 42nd Annual NCCAP Image Awards and wore a Marchesa gown from the Fall 2007 RTW collection, which she paired with nude patent Bowena platforms by Stuart Weitzman.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
New Upstairs, Downstairs
PBS To Air New
One of the most anticipated treats on the BBC’s holiday broadcast schedule is the return of Upstairs Downstairs, the Edwardian era miniseries that ran and ran on Masterpiece Theatre. The new three-parter—which premieres in the U.S. in April on MASTERPIECE on PBS—takes up the story in 1936, a bumpy year in British history. Parlormaid Rose finds herself back at 165 Eaton Place serving as housekeeper to its new owners: Sir Hallam Holland (Ed Stoppard—yes Tom Stoppard’s son) and his wife Lady Agnes (Keeley Hawes, MI-5, Wives & Daughters). Reprising her role as Rose is co-creator Jean Marsh (Sense & Sensibility), who won an Emmy for her work in the original series. This time around series co-creator Dame Eileen Atkins (Cranford, Gosford Park) also has an onscreen part to play: as Hallam’s formidable mother, Maud. Per Radio Times, even Wallis Simpson will swan through the action. Fingers crossed that BBC will commission more. Look for the DVD next spring. We’d tell you to bone up on the original with a reasonably priced purchase from the Shop, but the original Upstairs Downstairs DVD set has been off the market since August. (Never fear, it’s coming back–we just can’t say when yet.) Finally we’re working with AudioGo, our BBC audiobooks business, to bring you a real tie-in treat—a five disc audiobook of Jean Marsh (Rose) reading the John Hawkesworth Upstairs Downstairs novel.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
TCM's 24-Hours of Elizabeth Taylor
Marathon of Elizabeth Taylor Films
TCM Remembers Two-Time Oscar®-Winning Actress and Beloved Humanitarian Elizabeth Taylor on Sunday, April 10 24-Hour Tribute to Include Taylor’s Academy Award®-Winning Performances In Butterfield 8 (1960) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), Plus Memorable Roles in Nine Films
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember the life and career of two-time Academy Award®-winning actress and beloved humanitarian Elizabeth Taylor on Sunday, April 10, 2011.
The 24-hour memorial tribute, which is set to begin at 6 a.m. (ET/PT), will include both of Taylor’s Oscar®-winning performances, with Butterfield 8 (1960) at 8 p.m. (ET) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) at 10 p.m. (ET). TCM’s tribute will also feature Taylor in such memorable films as the family classics Lassie Come Home (1943) and National Velvet (1944); the delightful comedies Father of the Bride (1950) and Father’s Little Dividend (1951); the historical epic Ivanhoe (1952); and the powerful dramas Giant (1956), Raintree County (1957) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). Also included is the spy drama Conspirator (1949), with Taylor in her first adult role.
The following is a complete schedule of TCM’s April 10 memorial tribute to Elizabeth Taylor (all times Eastern):
6 a.m. – Lassie Come Home (1943), with Roddy McDowall and Edmund Gwenn; directed by Fred M. Wilcox.
7:30 a.m. – National Velvet (1944), with Mickey Rooney, Anne Revere and Angela Lansbury; directed by Clarence Brown
10 a.m. – Conspirator (1952), with Robert Taylor and Robert Flemyng; directed by Victor Saville.
11:30 a.m. – Father of the Bride (1950), with Spencer Tracy, Billie Burke, Joan Bennett and Don Taylor; directed by Vincente Minnelli
1:15 a.m. – Father’s Little Dividend (1951), with Spencer Tracy, Billie Burke, Joan Bennett and Don Taylor; directed by Vincente Minnelli.
2:45 p.m. – Raintree County (1957), with Montgomery Clift, Eva Marie Saint, Lee Marvin, Rod Taylor and Agnes Moorehead; directed by Edward Dmytryk
6 p.m. – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), with Paul Newman and Burl Ives; directed by Richard Brooks
8 p.m. – Butterfield 8 (1960), with Laurence Harvey and Eddie Fisher; directed by Daniel Mann
10 p.m. – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), with Richard Burton, George Segal and Sandy Dennis; directed by Mike Nichols
12:30 a.m. – Giant (1956), with James Dean and Rock Hudson; directed by George Stevens
4 a.m. – Ivanhoe (1952), with Robert Taylor and Joan Fontaine; directed by Richard Thorpe.
In addition to TCM’s on-air tribute to Taylor, the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood will feature a special 60th anniversary screening of her brilliant performance opposite Montgomery Clift in George Stevens’ A Place in the Sun (1951). The TCM Classic Film Festival takes place April 28-May 1.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Oliver Ifergan Atelier
Launches Hair Products
Located in Los Angeles' Robertson shopping area since 2008, Oliver Ifergan Atelier salon has launched a namesake product line with a range of products for all types of hair.
For cleansing needs, clients can choose from Crest Shampoo, Wave Shampoo, and ASAP Dry Shampoo. For conditioning, there is a Daily Conditioner as well as leave in treatments such as Smooth, Dive Treatment, and Long Board Leave-In Treatment. All shampoos and conditioners are available in 3 convenient sizes – 2oz for $7.00; 8oz for $18.00; 32oz for $45.00.
Crest Shampoo – A mild shampoo that gently cleanses the hair. Sulfate, Paraben, Paba and Sodium Chloride Free. Essential nutrients restore the natural beauty of your hair and balance out the deficiencies. Works on all textures and even color treated hair.
Wave Shampoo – A deep cleansing shampoo with tea tree oil. This shampoo was developed to thoroughly cleanse and penetrate each hair shaft, removing excess oils and product build-up with a rich lather. The healing properties of tea tree oil cleanse the scalp. With a refreshing peppermint scent, this shampoo also contains lemongrass, sage leaf, geranium, and witch hazel extracts.
ASAP Dry Shampoo – A volumizing dry cleanser and hair refreshener. This dry powder is the perfect answer for days you don’t have time for a traditional shampoo. A simple application renews and revives hair, giving you fuller, more voluminous hair that has body and movement. Removes oily patches around the hairline and blends effortlessly with your natural color. Give your thirsty strands a break and promote full, touchable, natural looking hair with this unique volumizing dry shampoo. 3 oz, $25.
Daily Conditioner – No need to spend up to 15 minutes waiting for results like most deep conditioners recommend, Daily Conditioner will condition dry, damaged, and chemically treated hair in just 60 seconds. Structurizing proteins of differing molecular weights penetrate deep within the hair shaft producing benefits like no singular protein can. Rice protein with low molecular weight penetrates the hair shaft to rebuild and strengthen damaged hair. Corn protein with mid-range molecular weight adds shine and luster. Enriched with amino acids and vitamins essential to hair nutrition, botanical extracts energize and revitalize depleted, stressed hair. The special anti-static formula fights flyaway hair and the frizzies. Produces exceptional manageability and a healthy luster. PH balanced.
Smooth – A fusion of a deep treatment and finishing product, Smooth is a botanical rich leave-in conditioner and softening balm. Straightens and controls curly and frizzy hair for maximum manageability and shine. 6.75 oz., $25.
Dive Treatment – Revitalize damaged or distressed hair with this soothing botanical and antioxidant treatment. Great for overworked, chemically treated, and damaged hair. The active ingredients of this deep conditioner will penetrate into the core of your hair strands to strengthen elasticity and lock in moisture. 4 oz., $22.
Long Board Leave-In Treatment – A revolutionary leave-in conditioner that increases flexibility to decrease damage during styling. Great with flat irons, creates shine without weight. Also detangles while it strengthens and smoothes. 4 oz., $16.
For styling needs there is a wide variety of products to choose from. From balms and waxes to sprays and serums, Oliver Ifergan Atelier has it all. Products that are sure to be best sellers include Blow Up, OMG Root Boost, Screen Styling Spray, Whoop Defining Pomade, Day at the Beach, and Wow Light Styler. Other styling products include Curl Control, YELL Styling Gel, LYL Soy Detailing Paste, XNLT Thickening Crème, BWE (Best Wax Ever) Spray Wax, and LOL WAX.
Blow Up – Spray mist that adds incredible volume to hair without stiff or tacky feel. This alcohol-free styling product provides fabulous amounts of body and shine. 4.5 oz., $25.
OMG Root Boost – A foam to lotion spray that is easy to control and direct where you want to place it. Adds lift, dimension, volume, and style support. 8 oz., $25.
Screen Styling Spray – Excellent when used with curling irons, hot and Velcro rollers. This non-sticking thermal protectant prevents hair damage by permitting a clean release from styling tools. Hair is left brushable and volumized. 8 oz., $18.
Whoop Defining Pomade – Do your thing wet or dry with Whoop. This defining pomade gives just the right amount of hold and shine, perfect for after blow drying to show the definition of layers and highlights. 1.25 oz., $18.
Day at the Beach Spray – Kick it up a notch with this salt-infused spray for volume and flexibility. Designed to work with other volume infusing products. Use on wet or dry hair for that extra oomph that is sometimes needed to retexture or just release the style. 8 oz., $25.
WOW Light Styler – A light fiber styling paste that is great for lift, texture, molding, holding, twisting, and any other method that great hands can produce. Let your hands be the styling tool to take your great layered look to the next level. 4 oz, $18.00.
Curl Control – A combination smoothing and thickening gel. It was developed for curly and frizzy hair that needs to be smoothed and still have a tremendous amount of fullness and body. Now in one product you can have smoothness, shine, volume, soft hold, lift and dimension. 3.5 oz., $18.
YELL Styling Gel – Paraben-free holding and styling gel for men. 7 oz., $18.
LYL Soy Detailing Paste – Designed to help give definition to short hairstyles and create texture. Gives hair that special break-out undone look and feel. Create your own magic between washings. 2 oz., $16.
XNLT Thickening Crème – Transform ordinary hair into luxuriously chic, tousled, sensual-looking hair. Give it a lived in natural appearance with unbelievable thickness, incredible definition and attitude. 3.5 oz., $18.
BWE (Best Wax Ever) Spray Wax – BWE is a revolutionary new product designed to produce thicker and fuller dimensionalized hair. A light spray together with moving the hair with your fingers will produce as many styles as your imagination can explore. 5.5 oz., $18.
LOL Wax – This award winning wax lets you mold your hair into styles that you never thought your hair could do. 2 oz., $18.
To finish off styles, there are two hairspray options: Kiss offers fast-drying flexible hold, while WTF is a strong hold option. Bling Shine Spray, 2GTBT (Too Good To Be True) Smoothing Serum, and Hold Me Control Cream are all great options to polish off any look.
Kiss Hair Spray – A fast-drying, flexible fixative with exceptional hold. Humidity resistant and easy to brush through, leaving no sticky residue or build-up even after re-spraying. Great for long hair that needs hold yet free movement. 10 oz., $25.
WTF Hairspray – A fast-drying stronger holding styling and control mist. This versatile design tool provides texture, natural shine and long lasting touchable support. Leaves hair looking natural while adding the strength and volume necessary to make any style last all day long. 10 oz., $25.
Bling Shine Spray – Bling is the first product developed especially for the flat iron to glide smoothly through the hair, leaving behind a lustrous shine and radiance not to be surpassed. Containing multi-weight silicones, it protects against thermal damage as it smoothes, conditions, and seals the hair. 2.5 oz., $18.
2GTBT (Too Good To Be True) Smoothing Serum – Transforms and redefines any texture hair. Loaded with performance extracts, it makes curly hair smooth and natural looking, straight hair becomes brilliant, sleek, and full of shine. Hair takes on an unbelievable form. 1.75 oz., $25.
Hold Me Control Cream – A light cream that gives your hair just what it needs to create a glamorous look and light hold. 3.5 oz., $18.00.
Products launched in Spring 2011 at the salon and online at www.oliverifergan.com.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Theda Bara, Cleopatra
A 17-year-old Charleton Heston in Peer Gynt (1941)
Rarely Seen Cinematic Gems
On TCM Sunday, April 3, 2011
Lineup Includes Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films;
10th Anniversary Presentation of Unseen Cinema:
Early American Avant Garde Film 1894-1941
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will take viewers on an eye-opening cinematic journey with a night of rarely seen gems on Sunday, April 3. The evening will open with Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films, a two-hour program of segments from films that have otherwise been lost to history, as well as interviews with people involved in making and preserving these films. Then, a special 10th anniversary presentation of Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894-1941 will mesmerize viewers with a 2 ½-hour collection of 16 experimental, mind-bending works from the early days of cinema. Both collections feature work by well-known filmmakers and performers, including director John Ford and a teen-age Charlton Heston.
“This night of rare movie treasures is the latest demonstration of TCM’s commitment to film preservation and to showcase the efforts of the world’s leading film archives,” said TCM host Robert Osborne. “With as many as 80% of all pre-1930 films lost or damaged beyond repair, Fragments stands as a testament to cinematic treasures that have been claimed by the ravages of time. And celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Unseen Cinema provides a look at some of early film’s most imaginative visions, most of which have never been presented in a major public forum.”
Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films, which was inspired by a similar presentation at last year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, opens the April 3 lineup at 8 p.m. (ET). Produced by Flicker Alley, the two-hour showcase features nine thematically arranged segments and case studies of clips preserved by some of the leading film archives in the country, including the Academy Film Archive, the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation.
Among the pieces featured in Fragments are the final reel of John Ford’s The Village Blacksmith (1922) and a glimpse at Emil Jannings in The Way of All Flesh (1927), the only Oscar-winning performance in a lost film. Fragments also features clips from such lost films as Cleopatra (1917), starring Theda Bara; The Miracle Man (1919), with Lon Chaney; He Comes Up Smiling (1918), starring Douglas Fairbanks; an early lost sound film, Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929), filmed in early Technicolor, and the only color footage of silent star Clara Bow, Red Hair (1928). The program is rounded out with interviews of film preservationists involved in identifying and restoring these films. Also featured is a new interview with Diana Serra Cary, best known as “Baby Peggy,” one of the major American child stars of the silent era, who discusses one of the featured fragments, Darling of New York (1923).
At 10 p.m. (ET), Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894-1941 will salute the rich – but often unheralded – artistry of avant garde and experimental filmmakers during cinema’s formative years. TCM’s presentation includes 16 titles hand-chosen by archivists Bruce Posner and David Shepard from their world-renowned 175-film retrospective, which premiered in Moscow in June 2001. Posner and Shepard also selected material from the acclaimed Unseen Cinema seven-disc DVD collection, released in 2005.
TCM’s Unseen Cinema showcase features such intriguing works as a pagan dance sequence from Peer Gynt (1941), starring a 17-year-old Charlton Heston; Annabell Dances and Dances (1894-97), a pioneering attempt to capture dance on film; a dream sequence from Beggar on Horseback (1925), featuring popular character actor Edward Everett Horton; Carousel – Animal Opera (c.1938), a visual symphony by artist and sculptor Joseph Cornell; and Ballet mécanique (1923-24), Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy’s abstract collage of machines, objects and shapes set to a radical George Antheils score reconstructed by Paul Lehrman.
About Flicker Alley, LLC
Flicker Alley, LLC was founded in 2002 with the goal of bringing film history to new audiences by offering an ever-expanding selection of new digital editions of cinema classics and rare works, many being presented for the first time. Flicker Alley has partnered with Turner Classic Movies on several historic cable broadcasts including three previously unavailable silent films produced by Howard Hughes, three rarely seen Rudolph Valentino films and brand new digital editions two masterpieces by Abel Gance, of J’Accuse and La Roue.
The Flicker Alley publishing brand has grown to enjoy national and international critical acclaim and is regularly featured in annual “Best Of” lists. In 2009 and 2011, the company has been a Heritage Award recipient by the National Society of Film Critics. The company has also been honored twice with the prestigious Il Cinema Ritrovato Award: In 2008 for George Melies - First Wizard of Cinema, and again in 2009 for Douglas Fairbanks - A Modern Musketeer.
About Unseen Cinema
Unseen Cinema is a collaborative film preservation project sponsored by Anthology Film Archives, New York; Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main; and 60 of the world’s leading film archives, with generous underwriting by Cineric, Inc. The innovative programming has been hailed a milestone in film history. It received the 2005 Film Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics and a 2005 Special Citation from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Additional information is available at http://www.unseen-cinema.com.
About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Doctor Who Season 6
Doctor Who is coming to America in a two-part season premiere on BBC America. The mysterious time traveler, the Doctor (Matt Smith), and his companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah - right to the Oval Office in1969. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks about this two-parter penned by ‘Who supremo’ Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and featuring guest star Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica). Also set to return this season, Alex Kingston (ER, Flash Forward), as the irrepressible River Song. Part One of the Doctor Who premiere event airs Saturday, April 23, 9:00p.m. ET/PT
DOCTOR WHO REWIND
Countdown to the premiere of season six of Doctor Who with a special look back at all the best places, people and moments from season five. This hour-long special recaps the key happenings from season five and prepares viewers for the highly-anticipated premiere of season six. Doctor Who Rewind premieres Saturday, April 23, 8p.m. ET/PT
DOCTOR WHO IN AMERICA
BBC AMERICA takes you behind the scenes of Doctor Who’s dramatic sixth season in this all-new special. Go inside the most highly-anticipated season of Doctor Who yet, with an exclusive look at the making of the season that will leave everyone talking. Doctor Who in America premieres Saturday, April 30, 10p.m. ET/PT
Thursday, March 17, 2011
John Varvatos, Shepard Fairey, Billy Idol, Mick Rock, Glenn Hughes
Patrick Dempsey Hosts
John Varvatos' Celebration
of 8th Annual Stuart House Benefit
John Varvatos celebrated the 8th Annual Stuart House Benefit at his Los Angeles boutique. The event, hosted by Jillian and Patrick Dempsey, closed down the streets of Melrose and Robertson in the heart of West Hollywood to raise over $500,000 for Stuart House. Over 1,500 guests were treated to an afternoon of great food, luxury shopping, live and silent auctions and fun filled children’s activities. The event’s emcee, Bill Bellamy, hosted the live auction and introduced the special rock n’ roll performance featuring k.d. lang & the Siss Boom Bang, with opening act Franky Perez.
The event and its host committee members, which included entertainment industry heavyweights, Richard Weitz, Michael & Shannon Rotenberg and Linda & Bob Gersh, brought an eclectic ensemble of actors and musicians, including Alberta Cross, Brooke Burke, Damien Fahey, Dan Cortese, Daniel Sunjata, David Schwimmer, Donovan Leitch, Eva LaRue, Glenn Hughes, GW Bailey, James Pickens Jr., James Van Der Beek, Jayma Mays, Jesse Williams, JK Simmons, Julie Benz, Justin Chambers, KaDee Strickland, Kevin McKidd, Kropp Circle, LL COOL J, Melina Kanakaredes, Michael Moloney, Michael Paul Chan, Omar Epps, Omar Sharif Jr., Phillip Keene, Ryan Eggold, Sam Page, Taylor Armstrong, Trevor Donovan and Zoe Saldana. Billy Idol showed up last minute to join the party and hang out with his buddies Perry Farrell, Mick Rock, and John Varvatos.
The benefit hit full stride as Gail Abarbanel, the Founder and Director of Stuart House, and John Varvatos took the stage to welcome guests, share the charity’s accomplishments and introduce event chairs Jillian and Patrick Dempsey. While on stage, Patrick addressing the audience said, “The work that Stuart House does is remarkable. Your presence today helps make the amazing free treatment that Stuart House provides possible.”
Bill Bellamy commenced the live auction by saying, “Today we are going to raise money for an amazing cause that is making a difference for kids.” The live auction featured a dozen HD camcorders donated by FLIP. The FLIP cams were auctioned off to guests, dubbed “Stuart House Angels,” who used them to film the event’s activities. 100% of all live and silent auction proceeds directly benefited Stuart House.
After a full comedic review during the live auction, where Bill Bellamy attempted to jokingly auction off the Greys Anatomy cast, he then introduced the afternoon’s opening act, Franky Perez, who quickly got the crowd rockin’ with his intense, edgy and energetically unique performance.
Franky Perez, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and awe-inspiring performer is also an honorary member of the All Star Supergroup, Camp Freddy. His past performances have included Billy Gibbons, Slash, Steve Vai, Courtney Love, Steve Stevens, Chrissie Hynde and Robin Zander. He’s also performed with Velvet Revolver, Metallica and been on the mic backed by great stars like Ronnie Wood, Jason Bonham and Ringo Starr.
The main performance by, k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang was legendary. The band played songs from the new album Sing it Loud, which is being released in North America on April 12th, 2011. For their encore k.d. lang performed the crowd favorite, Constant Craving and the whole audience sang along.
In 2010, k.d. lang marked the 25th anniversary of her recording debut with Recollection, a career retrospective. To date, lang has been honored with four GRAMMY awards, eight Juno awards, a BRIT, an AMA, a VMA, and four awards from GLAAD. In 1996, she received Canada’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada. Sing it Loud is k.d. lang’s first studio album since 2008’s Watershed, and the first record made entirely with a band of her own in over 20 years.
k.d. lang expressed her sincere thoughts on the event by saying, “When one is dedicated to the service of others there is no better thing on earth, and no better climate than this. I think what John is doing is amazing!”
John Varvatos stated, “It is wonderful to see this kind of turnout and be able to raise money and awareness for such a worthy cause. Franky Perez got the crowd on their feet and k.d. lang was simply electric!”
Legendary rock n’ roll photographer, Mick Rock—who has photographed the likes of Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Queen—donated his time and amazing talent for the event by offering personal family portraits with all proceeds donated to Stuart House. Shepard Fairey, who was the in-store deejay for the afternoon, made sure to take a turn in front of Mick Rock’s lens.
Mick Rock said, “The event was sublime! I saw a lot of old friends and thought it was amazing to have so much fun while serving a cause that John supports.”
Attending guests of all ages mingled and savored the delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by Firenze Osteria, Magnolia Bakery, Diddy Reise, Cuties and Jackie’s Bakery, along with the trendy food trucks In-N-Out Burger, Hot Dog On A Stick and Green Truck. Cocktails and beverages were served courtesy of Patron Tequila, Ultimat Vodka, Cielo Malibu Wineyards, Stella Artois Beer, Icelandic H2O Glacial Water, POM Wonderful Juices and Rockstar Energy Drink.
A huge hit in the kid’s tent Justin Incredible, who performed magic tricks for their entertainment, and Buster Balloon whose balloon sculptures of sharks, monkeys, and dinosaurs fascinated adults and children alike. Converse graciously supplied Children’s Chuck Taylor Hi-Tops available for personal customizing and decorating. Build-A-Bear Workshop generously donated their Champ and Endless Hugs bears to personalize. For every bear purchased and created, a second was donated for a child of Stuart House. Brooke Burke talked with friends in the kid’s tent while her kids were decorating cookies. Taylor Armstrong took pictures of her daughter with Justin Kredible.
Gail stated, “Today brought tremendous support and awareness to the issue of sexual child abuse, and was an extraordinary expression of our community’s support for the care and treatment of these children.”
Stuart House Stuart House is a nationally recognized, model program of the Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, serving the special needs of sexually abused children. Stuart House brings together police, prosecutors and child protection personnel in a child-friendly facility to enhance the treatment of child victims. Stuart House also provides expert medical/forensic examinations and comprehensive therapy, advocacy and other support services to help children heal from the traumatic effects of sexual abuse. Sponsors
Toyota, Lynda.com, Onestop, Macy’s, Inc.
Converse, Flip, GQ, Base Curve, Build-A-Bear Workshop, WME and McIntosh
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John Varvatos Launched in 2000 with a collection of tailored clothing and sportswear, John Varvatos now represents an entire men’s lifestyle that includes footwear, bags, belts, eyewear, limited edition watches, men’s fragrances, as well as the younger, edgier John Varvatos « USA Collection and Converse by John Varvatos. The designer has been recognized three times by the CFDA with an American Fashion Award for New Menswear Designer (June 2000) and Menswear Designer of the Year (June 2001 and June 2005) and was honored as GQ’s “Designer of the Year” in 2007. The collection is distributed in freestanding John Varvatos boutiques across the US and online, as well as in better specialty stores throughout the world. www.johnvarvatos.com or Facebook: www.facebook.com/johnvarvatos
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Actress Nikki Reed at the Los Angeles red-carpet premiere Red Riding Hood.
Hype Apparel's Linda Strapless Dress in Violet.
Hype Apparel's Linda Strapless Dress in Charcoal, the color and style Reed wore to the premiere.
A close-up of Reed's feet - in Stuart Weitzman's Jazziest extreme platforms: 5" heel.
Stuart Weitzman's Jazziest also comes in gold. Both retail for $498.
Dress Like The Adorable Nikki Reed
Twilight's "Rosalie," Nikki Reed, wore a Linda Strapless Dress in Charcoal (style #7392282) by Hype Apparel to the premiere of "Red Riding Hood" in Los Angeles. "Red Riding Hood's" director is Catherine Hardwicke who directed Reed in "Twilight." Reed paired the dress with black satin Stuart Weitzman's "Jazziest" extreme platforms. The Hype dress also comes in Violet and is part of Hype Apparel's Spring 2011 Collection. $215. Available getthatstyle.com. Weitzman's Jazziest shoes (which also come in gold) retail for $498 and are available at stuartweitzman.com and zappos.com.