Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Star Is Born | Best Version ? '37, '54, or '76

Which version of A Star is Born was best? Share your opinion in the comments below.

A Star Is Born (1937 film), starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March

A Star Is Born (1954 film), starring Judy Garland and James Mason

A Star Is Born (1976 film), starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson

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A Star is Born, Janet, Judy, & Barbara!

cinephile66cinephile66 @TCManiacs Nothing beats Judy singing The Man That Got Away. My vote is for '54.
Cliff Alipertimoviecollector A Star is Born (1937) & What Price Hollywood (1932): The 1930s should be in black and white. It's just plain..
Kathie LoMonacoKathieMidlife @MrsKutcher, I'd love to see 'A Star Is Born' made again - I loved Streisand and Kristoffersen in the last one but it's been what? 30 years?
sdivorcedays @mrskutcher "a star is born" again!
Nanette Sterlingmammanan2 @mrskutcher "A Star Is Born"..the old 1976 Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson..rock'n love story which was actually a remake itself
Demi Mooremrskutcher What film would you like to see a remake of?
HeSaid SheSaidtheysaid Janet Gaynor was the very first actress to win an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Worth Retweeting | Sunday's Movie and Oscar Twitter Favorites

Sunday's Movie and Oscar Twitter Favorites

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The Producers, The Pumpkin Eater, Anne Bancroft, Sunset Blvd., The Bad and the Beautiful, Stage Door, Katharine Hepburn, and the Oscars!

Patrick ReganTazo Decision: Have elected to watch the Oscar winning movies on TCm rather than the actual Oscars
Yavonkia Q. JenkinsYavonkia @TCManiacs SO going to watch...and am having an Oscar party...ballots and all!
AdamantFireAdamantFire Just finished Stage Door. I have officially been exposed to Katharine Hepburn.
Julia QQQKachoo Of all the ladies in "Stage Door", I declare Andrea Leeds THE PRETTIEST. (Ginger Rogers is a close second, though.)
Danna Williamsdiydanna @TCManiacs Kirk Douglas + Lana Turner = Movie Magic.
Douglas Van Hollendsubnet0 preparing angry blog about "The Bad and the Beautiful"
Mike Pieperbigpieps Sunset Blvd. is an amazing film. "I am big. It's the pictures that got small." Joel  Crawleycrawdad62 @TCManiacs Awesome flick. "I'm ready for my close up Mr. DeMille."
Amanda Maestasvivienmleigh Can't focus. Too distressed about how Gloria Swanson played crazy in Sunset Blvd. arielleloveariellelove Watching the pumkin eater I love this movieee, oh and still on the elliptical Shirounda S Riceshegeek watching The Pumpkin Eater (1964). Anne Bancroft character. What a pathetic creature! Playing along w/the game of 'life' Piscean IIpisceanii @TCManiacs Bancroft delivers an tear-jerking monolgue with just her eyes instead of last words-The Pumkin Eater
Wayne SmallmanOctane @imjustcreative re: KKK the musical, get Mel Brooks to produce it, the damn thing would fly!
Maxruedifference Watching the original Producers. "I'm wearing a cardboard belt!" Amazing. Karen MasulloOPCGal "Am I correct in my asumptions you fish-faced enemy of the people?" Zero Mostel to Gene Wilder in The Producers DahlilaFound Vintagedahlila Rainy day, Debbie Reynolds flick on TCM, coffee & toast in bed, Z is snoring. Perfect lazy Sunday.

Anne Bancroft & Mel Brooks teamed in Movies & Marriage

In 1961, Anne Bancroft met Mel Brooks in a rehearsal for the Perry Como variety show. Brooks bribed a studio employee to find out where she was having dinner so he could meet her again. Once Bancroft met Brooks, she went to her therapist and told him they had to conclude the therapy as fast as possible because she had met the man she was going to marry.

They married on August 5, 1964, at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau near New York City Hall and were together until her death. They had one son, Maximillian, in 1972. They were seen three times on the screen together: once dancing a tango in Brooks's 1976 Silent Movie, in Brooks's 1983 remake of To Be or Not to Be, and in the episode entitled "Opening Night" of the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm. Brooks produced the 1980 film The Elephant Man, in which Bancroft acted. He also was executive-producer for the 1987 film 84 Charing Cross Road in which she starred. Both Brooks and Bancroft appeared in season six of The Simpsons. According to the DVD commentary, when Bancroft came to record her lines for the episode "Fear of Flying", the Simpsons writers asked if Brooks had come with her (which he had), she joked, 'I can't get rid of him!'

That's Entertainment | The Band Wagon

The Band Wagon is a 1953 musical comedy film that many critics rank (along with Singin' in the Rain) as the finest of the MGM musicals, although it was only a modest box-office success. It tells the story of an aging musical star who hopes a Broadway play will restart his career. However, the play's director wants to make it a pretentious retelling of Faust, and brings in a prima ballerina who clashes with the star.

The music was written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz originally for the 1931 Broadway musical, also called The Band Wagon, with a book by George S. Kaufman and starring Fred Astaire and his sister Adele. The film popularized the song "That's Entertainment!", which has become a standard. Another song, "Dancing in the Dark", is considered part of the Great American Songbook and was from the original Broadway production.

The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, Color, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (for Comden and Green).

Since the movie, the song has become an anthem for Hollywood and theater in general, being used as an opening number in many shows. It is considered, alongside "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "Hooray for Hollywood," entertainment's signature tune.

MGM used the song title for its nostalgic series of films featuring clips from its golden musical age, as That's Entertainment!. The original 1974 release spawned two sequels in which the song was retained.

In That's Entertainment, Part II, new lyrics were written for the song and performed by hosts Gene Kelly and Astaire.

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