“Sunset Boulevard”‘s Nancy Olson to appear @ Laemmle ‘Reel Talk’
The one surviving leading-cast member of SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950), actress Nancy Olson Livingston, will honor the film’s 65th anniversary when film critic Stephen Farber interviews her as part of Laemmle Theatres’ Anniversary Classics and Reel Talk screening of Billy Wilder’s mordant classic on July 21 at the Royal on Santa Monica Boulevard. One of the greatest inside-Hollywood ...
How now, Shirley MacLaine @ TCM Fest 2015
by stephen farber
Shirley MacLaine made a few appearances at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, and she enthralled audiences with her candor. She revealed that when she first received the script for the Oscar-winning film, The Apartment, it was only 29 pages long. Director Billy Wilder and his longtime writing partner, I.A.L. Diamond, continued writing as filming ...
“Gravity” and the Spirit of Sandra Bullock 1
by robert koehler
For all of its ominous forecasts of artificial intelligence run amok, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” was a response to an era of great optimism for the prospects of manned space flight and exploration. There was no reason to feel otherwise: the U.S. Apollo missions, ongoing during the making and release of “2001,” and ...
“Hold Back the Dawn,” part of Mitchell Leisen retrospective @ UCLA Film & Television Archive
“Hold Back the Dawn” (1941) looks so good on the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Mitchell Leisen retrospective roster. It opens a double-bill at the Billy Wilder Theater this Friday night. Charles Boyer plays a Hungarian hoofer stranded in Mexico who dupes an innocent schoolmarm (Olivia de Havilland in an Oscar-nominated performance) into an arranged ...
Marilyn Monroe gets her very own Russian ballet
Of the many ballets included in the epic-length “Tour de Force II” program at Segerstrom Performing Arts Center in Orange County this Thursday night, one in particular caught our eye. It’s the West Coast premiere of one act from Boris Eifman‘s “Who’s Who” (2003), which was, according to the description, inspired by Some Like It ...
Jack Cole to be celebrated at Jacob’s Pillow 2
arts·meme‘s Debra Levine is proud to announce her participation, on Saturday, August 14, at 4 pm, in “Jack Cole, Unsung Genius” a celebration of the innovative jazz choreographer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the summer dance camp for grown ups in Becket, Massachusetts. The Cole commemoration fits surprisingly well with Jacob’s Pillow history. In his ...