February 1, 2013 |
Silent-film stars come in two categories: those everyone knows and those whose fame has diminished over the decades. Two new releases by Milestone Film & Video highlight one from each category. The silent-film star whose name has been inextricably linked to the era is Mary Pickford, generally considered the first actress whose fame went all around the world. "Rags and Riches: The Mary Pickford Collection" collects three of her most popular features: 1917's "The Poor Little Rich Girl," 1919's "The Hoodlum" and 1926's "Sparrows.
September 3, 2012
He's not as well known as the three comedic giants of the silent era — Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd — but Harry Langdon was nevertheless a superstar in the 1920s. Langdon (1884-1944) played an endearing, optimistic man-child who always wore a small cloth hat and oversized clothes. Among his classic features are "The Strong Man" and "Long Pants. " But his career plummeted after he decided to direct his own films, which were not generally well-received by critics and audiences.
August 15, 2012
Friends and admirers of Marvin Hamlisch, including former President Bill Clinton and Liza Minnelli, gathered in New York on Tuesday to bid farewell to the celebrated songwriter hailed as "the people's composer. " Clinton called Hamlisch, whose casket was covered in his favorite yellow freesias, a "great, giving genius. " Howard Stringer, chairman ofSony Corp., called him "the merriest of minstrels. " Hamlisch died Aug. 6 in Los Angeles after a short illness. He was 68. Other guests included ex-Yankees Manager Joe Torre, Kelli O'Hara, Ann-Margret, Raul Esparza, Robert Klein, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Leslie Uggams, Richard Gere, Tony Danza, Kathie Lee Gifford and Diane Sawyer and her husband, Mike Nichols, the film and stage director.
April 28, 2012 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - The Turks have a blockbuster on their hands. It's called "Fetih 1453," as in the year the Turks conquered the Byzantine capital of Constantinople - now the sprawling city of Istanbul. This epic, with 16,000 extras, sword fights, tons of blood and turbans galore, has broken all film records in Turkey, not only in how much it cost to make ($17 million) - but also the box office take, more than double the investment and counting. Millions have seen the film since it opened in February - the premiere of which was an afternoon matinee that began at 14:53 p.m. in theaters around the country (the film opened Friday in Los Angeles)
December 18, 2011 |
Everywhere you looked in 2011 — and, more to the point, everywhere you listened — you could hear the sounds of a renewal of interest in silent films. The way Michel Hazanavicius' modern silent "The Artist" turned its rapturous festival appearances into Oscar contender status is the most obvious example, but it's far from the only one. For one thing, the life and career of French pioneer Georges Méliès (whose restored 1902 "A Trip to the Moon" was a hit at Cannes this year)
September 28, 2011 |
About 150 crew members, supported by three motor homes, a giant crane and 10 semi-trucks, huddled under downtown's 6th Street Bridge to film a "winter scene" on the Los Angeles River. Tampering with the river, which is regulated by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, was off-limits. So producers of the "Batman" sequel "The Dark Knight Rises" built a platform over the riverbed designed with a special surface to make it look like ice. The sequence for the movie -- which is scheduled for release in theaters in July -- was part of a nighttime shoot that lighted up the industrial area, complete with fake snow, fireballs and plenty of billowing smoke.