Hardest hit on ‘White Christmas’ movie set? Dancers. 4

Dance · Film
The lyric may be “iconic,” but it’s also “ironic.” Robert Alton’s sumptuous dance duet, “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” a classy, flowing number for Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye, in White Christmas (1954) reveals the choreographer’s signature moves. Alton [Easter Parade, There’s No Business LIke Show Business, White Christmas] could move bodies around a ...

Dance-movie delirium, as vibrant posters invade Pillow 1

Dance · Film
Four years have passed since Mike Kaplan, an art director, marketing strategist, film producer and friend of arts·meme (FOAM), shared his hugely popular collection of dance movie posters at Jacob’s Pillow, GOTTA DANCE. Now, in certified Hollywood tradition, that exhibition has spawned a sequel. GOTTA DANCE TOO now hangs in the Pillow’s Blake’s Barn, displaying ...

Marsha Hunt’s nobility, talent and patriotism on view in documentary

Film
In 1935, 17-year-old aspiring actress Marsha Hunt signed with Paramount Pictures and went on to a flourishing career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. She made 54 films in 17 years, notably Pride and Prejudice (1940) and Raw Deal (1948). Then she was blacklisted. After that rude life-and-career interruption, she championed humanitarian causes as one of Hollywood’s first celebrity activists. A documentary, ...

‘Bolshoi Ballet Summer Series’ leads off with Polunin/Zakharova ‘Giselle’

Dance · Film
‘Bolshoi Ballet Summer Series’, coming to movie theaters nationwide soon presents Ballet’s ‘Big-Three’ full-evening classical works on subsequent Mondays in July. The series, presented by Fathom Events, includes July 9, Giselle, cast, Svetlana Zakharova, Sergei Polunin July 16, Romeo and Juliet July 23, Swan Lake All performances were captured live from the Bolshoi Theatre stage ...

L.A. visits the wilds of Africa. Not!

Film
All those cities calling themselves urban jungles simply do not have a clue. They are just pretending. We’ve got the real deal — Tarzan’s jungle! That’s what the Los Angeles County Arboretum is telling us. And on June 30, they are throwing a party steeped in jungle love. That’s ‘cuz  Baldwin Lake, part of the ...

A clown’s artifacts live on: Jerry Lewis

Fashion · Film
Our friends at Julien’s Auctions will auction more property from the Estate of Jerry Lewis now through July 9. The on-line auction includes over 300 lots of personal and career memorabilia ranging from awards, clothes, art, movie ephemera and much more. Collectors will have the opportunity to bid on a wide range of items including ...

A difficult word in its strongest use @ Filmforum screening

Film
Continuing its screening series 1968: Visions of Possibilities, Los Angeles Filmforum presents No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N****r, a movie with a ruthless title.Directed by labor organizer and New York Times typesetter David Weiss, this film spotlights African-American responses to the Vietnam War through street interviews captured during the April 15, 1967 march of the  ...

So fake — and so fantastic. Marilyn’s porthole scene in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’

Film
I don’t make movies. I don’t know how they make them. I just go see ’em. A recent big-screen viewing, hosted by Laemmle Anniversary Classics, of the delicious Technicolor comedy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, had us laughing, as ever, at the great comic scene between Marilyn Monroe, George ‘Foghorn’ Winslow, and Charles Coburn. In the scene, ...

Be-thigh-ed themselves in India

Dance · Fashion · Film
What prudes! It’s just a little leg! Okay, it’s a lotta leg…The clipping at bottom is from the Los Angeles Times, Nov 9, 1954.

Live, again, on Hollywood Boulevard: Jackie Wilson

Film · Music
Kind of a stunning cultural moment to attend the first-ever Hologram-only theater right on the tourist strip of Hollywood Boulevard. A block from the Egyptian Theatre, it’s a wholesome entertainment addition to the ‘hood. Last week, we attended a debut screening of a hologram-homage to a great r&b/early-rock artist, Jackie Wilson.  Now, gosh. This strip ...