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King Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the WorldNPR Online

Meet the original magician of the silver screenThe Independent

Saluting AFI's Great American Genre Films: Part 2NPR Online

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The Furies (1950) finally makes it to DVD-- The Onion AV Club

One Man’s Journey (1933), starring Lionel Barrymore, full-length, in the TCM media room-- TCM.com

Shoot! I didn’t even know this existed--Reuters.com

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Tippi Hedren in the Birds Barbie doll (wow, creepy!)-- Den of Geek

Rare Monroe footage fetchs $60,000 at auction-- Malaysia Star

TCM celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Screen Actors Guild-- TCM.com

Story of the Scene: The Wizard of Oz-- The Independent

Monkeys deserve stars too-- The Independent

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My mother and I could always look out the same window without ever seeing the same thing

-Gloria Swanson

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You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.

-Ethel Barrymore

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Leslie Caron Gets a Star On the Hollywood Walk of Fame-- Hollywood Today

Rogert Ebert talks with Paul Newman (1995)-- RogerEbert.com

High Noon DVD Review-- The Onion AV Club

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Cyd Charisse, 1921-2008



Goodbye to Cyd Charisse, the beautiful actress-dancer. She was famous for her long legs, the centerpiece of her fluid, confident style. Charisse was a teenage dancer with the Ballet Russe before she brought her modern grace to several MGM musicals, including Band Wagon(1953), Brigadoon (1954) and Silk Stockings (1957). She also seduced Gene Kelly in one of the most memorable numbers in Singin’ in the Rain (1952). Though Charisse even claimed herself that she was really a dancer who did a little acting, she was good in the few dramatic roles she did, including East Side, West Side and the film noir Tension (both 1949).

However, it was dancing that made her a star. Here are two of her best MGM numbers: one of her first, “Broadway Melody”, from Singing in the Rain and one of her last, “Red Blues”, from Silk Stockings.





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In the end, everything is a gag.

-Charlie Chaplin

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AFI’s 10 Top 10

Tonight the American Film institute will count down the top ten movies in ten categories on CBS. It is the eleventh annual special for AFI and it looks like they've definitely run out of good ideas for specials. I'll still watch it out of curiosity, but I have the feeling a lot of the same movies from other specials will show up again. I'd love to see a special where they somehow come up with an entirely new list. I don't know what theme they could build that on, but I think it is the only way to keep the concept fresh.

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Three Books About our Affair with Movies-- NPR Online

Criterion Collection Releases The Thief of Bagdad on DVD-- The Onion AV Club

Warren Beatty Honored by AFI-- CBS News

Monday Serenade: Dearly Beloved



Though she was most famous for playing the Gilda-style vamp, Rita Hayworth was even more appealing in musicals. She started her career as a dancer, and while she wasn't in the top ranks of hoofers, her fluid, graceful style is deserving of more attention. However, she didn't sing, that's Nan Wynn on vocals.

In this scene from You Were Never Lovelier (1942), one of the two appealing musicals she headlined with Fred Astaire, she sings Dearly Beloved. Her younger sisters watch her hopefully, for if her love leads to marriage, their father will give them permission to marry their boyfriends as well.

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Somebody told me I should put a pebble in my mouth to cure my stuttering. Well, I tried it, and during a scene I swallowed the pebble. That was the end of that.

-Marion Davies

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Days off

-Spencer Tracy (when asked what he looks for in a script)


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Brains are an asset, if you hide them.

-Mae West

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Mel Ferrer, 1917-2008



Goodbye to Mel Ferrer, the actor, director and producer who despite all he did in his long career, is best known as the first husband of Audrey Hepburn. Perhaps he wouldn’t have minded, as he claimed to be a reluctant subject of the spotlight, though you wouldn’t know it to see his performances. From the intense emotion of his leading roles in Lili (1953) and War and Peace (1956) to the light flirtation of his turn opposite Ingrid Bergman in Elena et les Hommes (1956), he never seemed less than comfortable in his own skin as a performer. His contributions to the movies and the stage were intelligent, warm and full of honest emotion.

Obitutaries:

The Hollywood Reporter

Reuters


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TCM celebrates Sophia Loren—
TCM.com

LA Times

AFI’a 10 Top 10-- AFI.com


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Everyone tells me I've had such an interesting life, but sometimes I think it's been nothing but stomach disturbances and self-concern.

-Cary Grant

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Rare Marilyn Monroe Movie Up for Auction



Behind the scenes footage of Monroe’s last completed movie The Misfits will be auctioned next month at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The bids for the 47-minute silent 8mm film will start at $10,000 to $20,000.

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