RIP Uggie…

He was the little Jack Russell terrier who stole the show in the Oscar-winning (Best Picture, lead actor and director) silent feature, The Artist. Sadly, he’s passed on (prostate cancer) at the age of thirteen.

Despite the many canine stars preceding him, Uggie was the first dog to get his paw prints immortalised outside Graumann’s Chinese theatre in Hollywood. He was the star attraction at the Oscars. He even has his own book!

Devastated owner/trainer, Omar Von Muller, announced his beloved pooch’s death on his Facebook page yesterday. Uggie was a rescue dog, and it was a something that Von Muller reminded us of at Uggie’s paw print ceremony in 2012, saying, “The main message that Uggie would like to send to everybody out there is to please adopt. He’s adopted. He made it. If you guys can adopt a dog, even if they don’t make it on the big screen, they’ll be big stars at your house.”

RIP Uggie! You not only stole the show…you stole our hearts 🙂

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/12/uggie-a-true-star-who-will-live-forever-on-screen

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Two Words – “Jumanji Remake” – No, No and NO!!!

Jumanji would have to be one of my favourite films. Originally made in 1995, it does NOT need to be remade! Not now. Not ever! I saw it in theatres as a new release and I’ve watched it countless times since. I introduced my young son to it a few years ago. Of course, he was immediately hooked, proving the original works just fine for this generation of kids.

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Hollywood needs to stop this ridiculous recycling of classic films, and in my opinion, Jumanji is a contemporary classic.

In the wake of Robin Williams’ untimely and tragic death, this is nothing but disrespectful. No one can play the lead in this film like him. That said, I get the feeling they’re going to springboard from the popular Night at the Museum franchise and go the way of Ben Stiller in this one. The link below suggests that original cast members, Bonnie Hunt and Kirsten Dunst, should jump on board for the remake. I really, REALLY hope they don’t!

‘Jumanji’: Reboot Of Classic Robin Williams Film To Be Released In 2016

My reaction to the news…even after my morning coffee!

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“The Gift” (2015) with Jason Bateman – Psychological Thriller…My Type of Film!

I stumbled upon the trailer for The Gift today. Looks fantastic! I’m hoping the film as a whole lives up to its preview. With Jason Bateman in the lead, both trailers (see below) point to this being a tense psychological thriller…with a twist. I suppose Gone Girl was the most recent film in this genre, but these type of storylines seem to be few and far between. There’s often little-to-no production cost as far as CGI is concerned, just clever writing and good acting. The one bright spot here is, as far as rising talent and the ol’ triple threat, is Australian, Joel Edgerton. He stars in the film, but he also wrote and directed it. Alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, Edgerton plays “Gordo,” the protagonist, bearer of past secrets and unwanted gifts.

I certainly count Sleeping With the Enemy, The Sixth Sense, Disturbia and The Call as some of my contemporary nail-biting favourites. What have I missed? Your recommendations are most welcome in the comments 🙂

See trailers for The Gift (2015) below:

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Marilyn’s Last Goodbye….53 Years Ago Today!

https://home.bt.com/news/world-news/august-5-1962-marilyn-monroe-americas-most-famous-sex-symbol-is-found-dead-at-36-11363995722959

It’s hard to believe that, had she lived, Marilyn Monroe would be in her 89th year!

Director, Billy Wilder once described her as, “Cinderella…without the happy ending.” In just five words, there really is no better way of summing up her life.

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Classic Hollywood Bloopers – Over Two Hours of Footage!

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Finding the REEL Thing! A Treasure Trove of Lost Films Found at UK Recycling Centre!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3173700/Silent-films-100-years-ago-dump.html

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Lauren Bacall’s “Dakota” Apartment Sells For Over $20 Million!

http://nypost.com/2015/07/23/lauren-bacalls-long-time-dakota-co-op-finds-a-buyer/

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More here, with pics, here – http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/07/22/lauren_bacalls_235m_dakota_apartment_finds_a_buyer.php

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Orry Kelly Documentary – “Women He’s Undressed” Opens THIS WEEK!

Orry who? Surprisingly (at least to me), that was the response from Award-winning Australian director, Gillian Armstrong when producer, Damien Parer asked her to direct a documentary about three-time, Oscar-winning, Australian costume designer, Orry Kelly (1897-1964). He won three Oscars in the 1950s – for An American in Paris, Les Girls and Some Like It Hot; he was nominated for Gypsy. His resume is jaw-dropping. Leaving his mark all over Hollywood. He is one of Australia’s greatest success stories!

Yet, not surprisingly, “Orry who?” would be the response that most Australians would have if asked the same question that was asked of Armstrong. Kelly took Hollywood by storm. He dressed everyone who was anyone. He was one of Australia’s earliest, most successful exports, yet he’s mostly forgotten. Perhaps languishing in the shadows of the more well-known designers – Adrian, Irene, Cassini and Edith Head, his list of credits (over 300 films!) rivals any one of them.

Orry Kelly’s films > http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0650673/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Prior to his death (liver cancer), he completed his autobiography, “Women I’ve Undressed” (the documentary is a variation on the name), which was said to go into detail about his relationship with Cary Grant! The book was put on hold when Grant reportedly threatened legal action, Kelly died, and the manuscript went into oblivion, staying in the protective hands of his family…until now! It will finally be released early-August, 2015!

Order the book here > http://www.booktopia.com.au/women-i-ve-undressed-orry-kelly/prod9780857985637.html

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Above: Orry Kelly on the set of Some Like It Hot, fitting Marilyn Monroe.

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With the imminent release of the book and documentary, as well as the exhibition (“Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood”) opening at Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image (August 18), Orry Kelly is finally recognised, and rightly honoured for his prolific and influential contribution to film history, just as he should be…and in his home country to boot!

No more, “Orry who?”

More on the documentary here…

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/hollywood-fashion-australian-costume-designer-orry-kelly-behind-films-most-iconic-looks/story-fnn8dlfs-1227444089151

More on Orry Kelly’s career and his long-awaited revival here…

http://www.smh.com.au/interactive/2015/orry-kelly/

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Love Story Re-Visited…

Forty-five years ago, Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw fell in love on screen in Love Story. Now, almost five decades on, they get the opportunity to re-ignite their love in A.R. Gurney’s play, Love Letters.

O’Neal is now 74 years old, MacGraw is two years his senior at 76 years. By their own admission, they’ve never had a bad word and the chemistry is still there, which bodes well for a successful, sell-out run. This hotly-anticipated stage reunion is long overdue. Their journey begins (or continues) with eight performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, and more dates are being added to the 12 weeks already booked.

More here…

http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article27653314.html

If you see the show, let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Above: The lovebirds – then!

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Above: The lovebirds – now!

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Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Session Photographs For Sale!

A traveling tour and sale of 21 color separations and the original print of the only fine art nude photography session that Marilyn Monroe ever did is coming, Aug. 5-8, from LimitedRuns. In total, the collection is expected to net several million dollars, and will move on to New York, if unsold.

More here…http://www.sfweekly.com/exhibitionist/2015/07/20/who-wants-to-see-marilyn-monroes-only-fine-art-nude-photos

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