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Nick and Nora Charles The Thin Man Available on Blu-ray From Warner Archives

” Waiter, will you serve the nuts? I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?”

Nick and Nora Charles cordially invite you to bring your own alibi to The Thin Man, the jaunty whodunit that made William Powell and Myrna Loy the champagne elite of sleuthing. Bantering in the boudoir, enjoying walks with beloved dog Asta or matching each other highball for highball and clue for clue, they combined screwball romance with mystery. The resulting triumph nabbed four Academy Award® nominations (including Best Picture) and spawned five sequels. Credit W.S. “Woody” Van Dyke for recognizing that Powell and Loy were ideal together and for getting the studio’s okay by promising to shoot this splendid adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel in three weeks. He took 12 days. They didn’t call him “One-Take Woody” for nothing.

William Powell and Myrna Loy light up the screen in this intoxicating screwball
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‘Veronica Mars’ Creator Doubles Down on Twist Ending and How it Opens Future Stories

‘Veronica Mars’ Creator Doubles Down on Twist Ending and How it Opens Future Stories
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the “Veronica Mars” revival, including the finale.]

All things must change, and that includes “Veronica Mars,” according to series creator Rob Thomas. By now, the devoted fans known as Marshmallows have seen the revival of the teen detective series that first aired on Upn and The CW, but many were not pleased with the major twist ending.

In the finale, after unmasking and apprehending the bomber who had terrorized Spring Break in Neptune, Veronica (Kristen Bell) and her longtime on-again, off-again boyfriend Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) tied the knot, despite some initial misgivings on her part about the institution of marriage. Before they are about to depart on their honeymoon, Logan is killed in one last bomb planted in their car.

In previous interviews, Thomas had reiterated how that killing off Logan and the fan-favorite relationship was akin to the survival dilemma seen in war or films like “127 Hours.” It felt like cutting off a limb
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Doris Day’s Wholesome Persona Was What Fans Wanted to See

Doris Day’s Wholesome Persona Was What Fans Wanted to See
As a singer, Doris Day had a warm voice that captivated millions of post-war record-buyers. As an actress, she was a top box office attraction and her name became shorthand for nearly all 1960s romantic comedies: “It’s a Doris Day kind of film.” As a personality, she was loved by the public as a freckle-faced, common-sense gal who seemed like a lot of fun.

Privately, her life was peppered with divorces, tales of spousal abuse, bankruptcy and even connections to the Manson family. The difference between reality and her image were night and Day, so to speak. But it was a very different time. The public didn’t want to hear about the darkness; they just loved her sunniness. And that’s what fans will continue to remember.

She started out as the “girl singer” in the Big Band era, and the song “Sentimental Journey” in 1945 put her on the map.
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"The Thin Man"

Warners Bros holds rights to develop a remake of the detective mystery "The Thin Man", by author Dashiell Hammett, previously adapted into a successful series of MGM features, starring actors William Powell, Myrna Loy and 'Asta', a wire fox terrier:

"...set in Prohibition-era New York City, former 2-fisted private detective 'Nick Charles' and his elegant wife 'Nora', a wealthy socialite, spend most of their time cheerfully getting drunk in hotel rooms and speakeasies. Nick and Nora have no children, but own a clever dog named 'Asta'.

"Enjoying his carefree life...

...Nick is drawn, mostly against his will, into investigating a crime...

"...bringing him into contact with grotesque 'Clyde Wynant', the 'Thin Man' of the title..." 

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Thin Man"...
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Oscar power couple: Christian Bale and Amy Adams make history with their 3rd set of nominations together

Oscar power couple: Christian Bale and Amy Adams make history with their 3rd set of nominations together
Hepburn and Tracy. Loy and Powell. Garson and Pidgeon. They’re all iconic movie duos, and it’s time to add another: Bale and Adams. With three films together, Christian Bale and Amy Adams‘ joint filmography is much smaller than Myrna Loy and William Powell‘s 14, but Bale and Adams have done something none of any of these pairs have: They’ve received Oscar nominations for all three of their movies together so far.

Bale and Adams picked up Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress nominations Tuesday for “Vice.” This follows a Best Supporting Actor win for him and a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her for “The Fighter” (2010) and matching lead nominations for “American Hustle” ( 2013).

Before the Bale-Adams hat trick of nominations, no pair of co-stars had been nominated for the same film more than twice. Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon made eight pictures together, but were only jointly
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‘Avengers’ crew to the rescue as the Oscar telecast will likely go hostless for the first time since 1990

‘Avengers’ crew to the rescue as the Oscar telecast will likely go hostless for the first time since 1990
Now that comic actor Kevin Hart has adamantly just said no to overseeing the Oscars ceremony that will air on ABC on February 24 after being called out for past homophobic tweets, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is recruiting presenters from the Marvel Comic Universe to bring some mainstream muscle to the show. Since Disney owns both Marvel and ABC, it makes sense that it would summon the blockbuster might of its most popular franchises. After last year’s record low ratings for the annual parade of glitz and glamour, the three-hour-plus production could use some pow.

The superhero squad has assembled as presenters before on the then-Kodak Theatre stage after 2012’s “Avengers” became the year’s No. 1 grossing blockbuster. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) all gathered onstage. Missing were
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Why did the 1990 Oscars go back to having a host? Blame Snow White!

Why did the 1990 Oscars go back to having a host? Blame Snow White!
Ok, I misspoke. Yes, there was a calamity of sorts the last time that Oscar decided to ditch having at least one official host.

As I was writing about the possibility that the Academy Awards show might do away with having a host after the Kevin Hart debacle, I looked up if the star-filled event ever went free-form without an anchor since it began airing on TV. I noted there were four times when there wasn’t a true host and assumed that there were no ill effects afterwards.

See No host with the most? Word is that the Oscars are considering to go emcee-less after Hart failure

Well, I now must admit I was wrong. First, some history:

*The first three years, all back to back, went pretty much Ok with a cast of stars taking turns handling the chores. At the 1969 Oscars, the show’s producer, Gower Champion,
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Beauty Break: Halloween Pin-ups

Apologies that Tfe has been out tricking and treating instead of entertaining you. But please enjoy these Hollywood beauties getting into this highly specific autumnal mood. Happy Halloween Everyone

Paulette Goddard

Myrna Loy, Janet Leigh, Judy Garland, Joan Crawford, Clara Bow and other 'it' girls from Old Hollywood are after the jump with their pumpkins, witch hats, scary books, and cats.
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2018 BFI London Film Festival Review – Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie, 2018.

Directed by Jon S. Baird.

Starring Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda, Rufus Jones, Danny Huston, Susy Kane and Stephanie Hyam.

Synopsis:

Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song – a gruelling theatre tour of post-war Britain.

As behemoths of cinematic history, it’s surprising that it’s taken this long for a film to be produced about the iconic partnership of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. It’s also a sensible move of Stan & Ollie’s to focus on their twilight years together, rather than trying to cram in two Chaplin-esque biopics into one movie.

The decision to focus on after the peak of their career – based in part on ‘Laurel and Hardy: The British Tours’ by A.J. Marriot – adds more nuance and weight to the story too,
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99¢ rentals to fill in the Oscar gaps

While we wait (impatiently) for the major Oscar contenders to show themselves to general audiences, why not check out an older Oscar nominees for kicks and to fill any gaps in your Oscar knowledge. Here are a few that iTunes is offering to rent for just 99¢... naturally I have to share the posters for the ones with exclamatory taglines.

Sunrise (1927)/ Street Angel (1928) for Janet Gaynor, the very first Best Actress winner and the only Best Actress winner to win for multiple roles simultaneously (they changed the rule thereafter)

In Old Chicago (1938) Tyrone Powers in a six-time nominated film which won Alice Brady supporting actress

The Rains Came (1939) starring Myrna Loy and up for six Oscars

Blood and Sand (1941) this torreador drama starring Tyrone Power won Best Cinematography

This Above All (1942) a romantic drama starring Joan Fontaine and Tyrone Power received 4 nominations and a win for Art Direction

The Snake Pit
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Showbiz History: Shyamalan Twists and Steppenwolf Alum

10 random things that happened on this day in showbiz history...

we just called to say we loved you, Myrna1905 Charismatic Myrna Loy is born in Montana. She'll come to epitomize urbane style and wit at the movies as one half of The Thin Man's glorious marrieds with William Powell. Though she was never Oscar nominated she was given an Honorary Oscar in '91.

1914 Beatrice Straight is born in New York. In her sixties she'll make history by becoming the actor with the least amount of screentime to win an Oscar. She rages through Network (1976) for all of five to six minutes as a betrayed wife, but that was enough...
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It Came From The Tube: It Happened At Lakewood Manor (1977)

Listen I have nothing against ants – rubber tree plants, veracity, etc – but put enough of them together and I get nervous. Radiate them? You get the big ass ones in Them! (1954). Delve into cosmic circumstance and you have the smarty pants overlords of Phase IV (1974). Throw a bunch on the television, make them poisonous and you end up with The Love Boat meets The Towering Inferno goofiness of Robert Scheerer’s It Happened at Lakewood Manor (1977), a pretty silly and damn entertaining TV flick.

Aka Ants! upon rebroadcasting and future home video release, It Happ – screw it; let’s just call it Ants! okay? It’s a more fun and less pretentious title (which this thing is anything but), and to the point. Okay, Ants! originally aired December 2nd as part of The ABC Friday Night Movie, and it’s competition was The Incredible Hulk on CBS, while NBC trotted
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Designing Woman

MGM wasn’t the most current studio in 1957, as can be seen by this throwback to another era, a semi-screwball romantic comedy with big stars and directed in high style by Vincente Minnelli. Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall party like it’s 1939, and with the musical-comedy help of the irrepressible Dolores Gray, almost pull it off.

Designing Woman

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Warner Archive Collection

1957 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date June 19, 2018 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray, Sam Levene, Tom Helmore, Mickey Shaughnessy, Jesse White, Chuck Connors, Alvy Moore.

Cinematography: John Alton

Film Editor: Adrienne Fazan

Art Direction: E. Preston Ames, William A. Horning

Original Music: André Previn

Written by George Wells

Produced by Dore Schary, George Wells

Directed by Vincente Minnelli

1957 was definitely the end of an era at MGM. With next to nobody on the payroll, it could no longer claim to possess All the Stars in Heaven.
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'The Thin Man': THR's 1934 Review

'The Thin Man': THR's 1934 Review
On May 25, 1934, MGM unveiled the mystery The Thin Man in theaters, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. The film went on to be nominated for four Oscars at the 7th Academy Awards ceremony. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below:

A smart honey, a sophisticated wow. A murder story with a brilliant cast, a brilliant script, brilliant direction, and photography that tells the story in no mean terms. Don't spare the enthusiasm on this one because if the book had thousands of readers, this picture will have millions of customers — well satisfied and with that ...
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'Manhattan Melodrama': THR's 1934 Review

<em>On May 4, 1934, MGM unveiled Manhattan Melodrama, starring Clark Gable, William Powell and Myrna Loy, in theaters. The film went on to win an Oscar for original story at the 7th Academy Awards ceremony. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: </em>

Even if <em>Manhattan Melodrama</em> were only half as good as it is, you would have a hit picture in the combination of Gable, Powell and Myrna Loy. But with the sure-fire audience plot contained in the story by Arthur Caesar and screenplay by Garrett and Mankiewicz, plus the powerful direction by W.S. Van Dyke, it has all ...
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Big Business Girl

What does a working girl have to do to get ahead, when all she has in her favor is an incredible face, a lavish wardrobe, and a pair of legs to make any executive wolf howl? Loretta Young juggles two egotistical swains, while Joan Blondell shines as an enticing all-pro homewrecker.

Big Business Girl

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The Warner Archive Collection

1931 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 74 min. / Street Date September 14, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Loretta Young, Frank Albertson, Ricardo Cortez, Joan Blondell, Frank Darien, Dorothy Christy, Oscar Apfel, Judith Barrett, Mickey Bennett, George ‘Gabby’ Hayes, Virginia Sale.

Cinematography: Sol Polito

Film Editor: Pete Fritch

Written by Robert Lord, story by Patricia Reilly & H.N. Swanson

Produced and Directed by William A. Seiter

Let’s hear it for the Warner Archive Collection’s voluminous vault of early ’30s Warners, MGM and Rko entertainments, which has given us a real education about this era of filmmaking.
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Stephen Fishbach’s Survivor Blog: It's All About the Aquadump

Stephen Fishbach’s Survivor Blog: It's All About the Aquadump
Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. He has been blogging about Survivor strategy for People since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

Erik Reichenbach is a former two time Survivor Fan/Favorite and Comic Book Artist. Follow him on Twitter: @ErikReichenb4ch

“All the threats that are around, I would like to keep them around, because they are shielding me.”

Tony Vlachos, Survivor: Game Changers

Poor Simone. You knew her days were numbered when she started talking about her aquadump.

Contestants on Survivor talk a lot
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1 of the Greatest Actors of the Studio Era Has His TCM Month

1 of the Greatest Actors of the Studio Era Has His TCM Month
Ronald Colman: Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month in two major 1930s classics Updated: Turner Classic Movies' July 2017 Star of the Month is Ronald Colman, one of the finest performers of the studio era. On Thursday night, TCM presented five Colman star vehicles that should be popping up again in the not-too-distant future: A Tale of Two Cities, The Prisoner of Zenda, Kismet, Lucky Partners, and My Life with Caroline. The first two movies are among not only Colman's best, but also among Hollywood's best during its so-called Golden Age. Based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, Jack Conway's Academy Award-nominated A Tale of Two Cities (1936) is a rare Hollywood production indeed: it manages to effectively condense its sprawling source, it boasts first-rate production values, and it features a phenomenal central performance. Ah, it also shows its star without his trademark mustache – about as famous at the time as Clark Gable's. Perhaps
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Edwards Pt 2: The Pink Panther Sequels and Famous Silent Film Era Step-grandfather Director

'The Pink Panther' with Peter Sellers: Blake Edwards' 1963 comedy hit and its many sequels revolve around one of the most iconic film characters of the 20th century: clueless, thick-accented Inspector Clouseau – in some quarters surely deemed politically incorrect, or 'insensitive,' despite the lack of brown face make-up à la Sellers' clueless Indian guest in Edwards' 'The Party.' 'The Pink Panther' movies [1] There were a total of eight big-screen Pink Panther movies co-written and directed by Blake Edwards, most of them starring Peter Sellers – even after his death in 1980. Edwards was also one of the producers of every (direct) Pink Panther sequel, from A Shot in the Dark to Curse of the Pink Panther. Despite its iconic lead character, the last three movies in the Pink Panther franchise were box office bombs. Two of these, The Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, were co-written by Edwards' son,
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The Forgotten: George Archainbaud's "Hotel Haywire" (1937)

Really, I mean Preston Sturges' Hotel Haywire, because nobody's too interested in George Archainbaud, a Paramount contract director who had been directing for 20 years without helming a really memorable film (Thirteen Women, an uncomfortably racist pre-Code with Myrna Loy, is as exciting as it gets, and even that one is remembered chiefly for featuring the girl who threw herself off the Hollywood sign), He would continue for another 20, moving from B-westerns into TV westerns, without making anything else of particular note.Sturges wrote the script as part of his plan to get a long-term contract at Paramount. To particularly appeal to the suits there, he filled the story with roles for Paramount stars such as Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles, Fred MacMurray and Burns & Allen, none of whom were necessarily famous enough to carry a movie, but whose combined star-power might make an attractive investment for studio or future ticket-buyers.
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