May 21, 2012
MGM had great success with several movie franchises in the 1930s and '40s, including "The Thin Man" with William Powell and Myrna Loy, the Andy Hardy family comedies with Mickey Rooney and the Dr. Kildare medical dramas with Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore. The studio hit pay dirt again in 1939, when blond, brassy and endearing Ann Sothern was cast as a good-hearted honky tonk singer named Maisie Ravier. The first in the series, "Maisie" found her in the Wild West and falling in love with Robert Young.
September 19, 2011
What was the name of Mickey Rooney's character in 1963's "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"? Ding Bell
September 18, 2011 |
Bridesmaids Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 One of the biggest comedy hits of the summer, "Bridesmaids" stars Kristen Wiig (who also co-wrote the film with Annie Mumolo) as a lifelong loser whose inability to do anything right threatens to ruin her best friend's wedding. Much of the talk surrounding "Bridesmaids" has been about the movie's raunchiness, and how it shows that women comedians can be as crude as their male counterparts. But what really makes the film so enjoyable is Wiig's fearlessly goofy performance, and the way Wiig, Mumolo and director Paul Feig convey the nuances of female friendships rather than reducing the characters to chick-flick stereotypes.
February 25, 2011 |
Mickey Rooney's stepson was ordered Thursday to turn over all of the 90-year-old actor's identification cards ? including his passport, state ID card, various insurance cards and his Screen Actor's Guild membership ? and to continue to abide by a temporary restraining order that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge issued 10 days ago. Rooney has alleged in court papers that his stepson, Christopher Aber, 52, of Westlake Village and Aber's wife, Christina Aber, 42, have been physically and emotionally abusing him for several years by depriving him of food and medications, prohibiting him from leaving his house and taking control over his finances.
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February 11, 2009 |
Actor Mickey Rooney will recite the Gettysburg Address at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Thursday in ceremonies commemorating the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The noon event at 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd. also will include speeches and musical performances honoring the legacy of the 16th president. Guests will include government students from Lincoln, Hollywood and Birmingham high schools and actress Gigi Perreau as mistress of ceremonies, organizer Duke Russell said.
September 23, 2007 |
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland were a couple of swells -- energetic, even frenetic, they had marvelous comedy timing, and of course danced and sang their hearts out. During the late 1930s and early 1940s, the two made a series of "barnyard musicals" produced by Arthur Freed at MGM. This Tuesday, Warner Home Video is releasing four films in the tune-filled "Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland Collection." And what captivated audiences 60 years ago is as fresh and endearing today.