And ... John Garfield
With the above blogathon coming up on us, a blogathon you should read and/or contribute to (more details at the end of this post) I wanted to share an interview with the daughter of one of cinema and film noir's great icons -- John Garfield.
It was John Garfield and Palm Noir. Low key black and white in the hot, yellow-hued high desert. John Garfield meant a lot to me last year. So, the 2010 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival was a special one -- not only did the festival break records with audiences soaking in all of that sun and sin, light and vice, early mornings and existential angst -- but I was able to introduce one of my favorite and important John Garfield movies, "He Ran All the Way," rarely seen on the big screen. And the best: interviewing his daughter, Julie Garfield, who's become a great friend.
This had been my third year presenting films and interviewing guests on stage, and my favorite year of all. Alongside peerless festival organizer, Alan K. Rode (author of "Charles McGraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy"), the esteemed Foster Hirsch, who penned the first Film Noir book I ever read, "The Dark Side of the Screen" (among other works -- and a person who reveres The Bad Seed even more than I do), and my "Road House" co-commentator/ partner in Widmark/Lupino love, writer, filmmaker and president of the Film Noir Foundation, Eddie Muller, the team was properly noir obsessed.
Alan, nice man that he is, and perhaps, terrified knowing enough about my Garfield worship, that I might possibly throw a fit as big as Lana Turner's car meltdown in "The Bad and the Beautiful' had I not presented the picture (I also, as guest programmer, introduced and discussed the film on Turner Classic Movies just last October), let me take on "He Ran All the Way" -- acclaimed stage actress, teacher and all around fascinating woman. So thanks to the Film Noir Foundation for taping our interview (and check out the video on their site as well). Here's one snippet of our interview:
Julie on Garfield in the Group Theater, Garfield's pre-Brando type of raw, rugged, realness on screen, The Postman, his patriotism, the Blacklist and his job as diaphragm salesman:
Watch the entire interview at Sunset Gun.
And on that note, again, support the For the Love of Film (Noir) Blogathon.
Mulit-faceted actor that he was, Garfield was, clearly, a noir icon, so please contribute to theFor the Love of Film (Noir) Blogathon hosted by the inimitable Self-Styled Siren and Ferdy on Films. Bloggers will contribute, and more should contribute so readers and film lovers can donate to the Film Noir Foundation's restoration of the 1950 noir THE SOUND OF FURY. Please read more at the Siren.
TCM takes a look through history
As TCM writes:
"Where's the Western Love? TCM's Scott McGee and Sean Cameron argue whether the Western genre is often overlooked during the award season. See all the pistol-packing action this month, including Best Picture winner 'Cimarron,' 1931."
Dad checks out 'The Roommate'
I wonder if Minka Kelly and her father were there?
She talked to Chelsea Handler about it, and first, I thought she didn't want to attend the premiere with her dad because of the content but no, dad wanted to make sure the industry wasn't just kissing her butt. He wanted the real audience response.
I guess that's good parenting. I think I'd just skip the whole movie with my father in the first place. Actually, I should have skipped the movie myself.
Here's the details from WENN:
"Actress Minka Kelly says she sneaked into the opening-night screening of her hit movie 'The Roommate' because her dad refused to watch the film with industry insiders at the premiere.
Kelly's scary new thriller went straight to the top of the box-office chart when it was released last week, and the star revealed on 'Chelsea Lately' that she helped boost ticket sales after attending a regular screening with her father, who wanted to gauge real film fans' reactions.
The actress said she was terrified the movie would flop with the paying audience, and said she was taken aback when her performance received a round of applause.
"She told Chelsea Handler, 'I had to go and see it with him on opening night because he refused to come to (the) premiere. He just thought that it'd be better to see it with a real audience, as opposed to going to the premiere where everyone will be polite and react the way they were supposed to react, and he just wanted to go and get a real experience.'"
A new 'Gypsy'?
This time it's ... Barbra. You know who that is ... Streisand.
On second thought, Russell fans, hold your hearts. She's perfect for Mama Rose.
Now, who for the ingenue to play young Gypsy? Who can replace beautiful Natalie Wood? And no, not Christina Aguilera.
Here's more from MSN:
"Barbra Streisand has confirmed reports she's returning to the big screen to star in the film adaptation of musical "Gypsy" -- about stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.
"The singer/actress admits the news leaked 'a little early' but she is onboard.
She tells the Los Angeles Times, 'I am not sure about directing it. It may just be too much. I know I will be playing the part.'
"Arthur Laurents, who wrote 'The Way We Were' for Streisand, let slip about the new movie project, telling the New York Post last month Streisand was in 'deep in negotiations to direct, produce and star in a movie version of 'Gypsy.''
"He insisted the diva was perfect for the role, stating, 'She had a mother who she always thought was Mama Rose. I don't want to get into the details, but the point is she knows. She's got it in her. She's going to be much more than people expect.'"
Brand as Bunny
Here's more from EW. I don't know ... Volvo? Pooping jelly beans? Did I just write that last sentence.
"So he goes to Hollywood, where James Marsden hits him with his Volvo, lets him move into a massive mansion, and then tries to ditch him in the Hollywood Hills. That’s when E.B. poops jelly beans on the hood of his car. One of which 'The Big Bang Theory's" Kaley Cuoco eventually eats — but don’t worry, it tastes like watermelon."
Check out the trailer:
Her new ads create controversy
Yeah, maybe it seems obnoxious or desperate as some have called it but, in the end, who the hell cares?
Here's more from the Gold Derby:
"Last week, Supporting Actress nominee Melissa Leo ('The Fighter') took out her own trade ads touting her more glamorous side. The character actress, who is the frontrunner at the Oscars, wanted to show the industry her versatility. Instead, she set off an on-going debate about the propriety of such self-promotion.
"Pete Hammond (Deadline) spoke to her last Thursday, as the campaign ran timed to coincide with ballots arriving for Oscar voters. Leo told Pete that, frustrated after failing to land talk show gigs and magazine covers, “I took matters into my own hands. I knew what I was doing and told my representation how earnest I was about this idea. I had never heard of any actor taking out an ad as themselves and I wanted to give it a shot."
There's been much back and forth on the matter. I think Jeff Wells, of Hollywood-Elsewhere, not known for being the gentlest of critics, was the most kind about the whole supposed debacle:
"Ads are always judged in terms of style, class and tone, and Leo's now-disappeared ads, I feel, got it right. They were fine. She looked great. No harm done. We've all been so trained to squint our eyes and arch our backs whenever an individual takes out an ad of any kind. Only corporations and major companies can do this!"
Hanks will present at the Oscars
But as it turns out, Tom Hanks will merely present at the Oscars.
Here's more from TheWrap:
"In a video that played at Monday's Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon, Tom Hanks told the nominees to keep their speeches short and creative, and then added, 'See you at the Oscars.'
"Now the Academy has made it official that Hanks – a two-time winner and member of the AMPAS board of governors – will indeed be at the Kodak Theater on February 27, naming him as a presenter on the 83rd Academy Awards show.
"Hanks is the ninth presenter to be named. The lineup so far consists of Robert Downey Jr., Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei and Oprah Winfrey, along with two of this year's nominees, Jeff Bridges and Annette Bening."
The actress will be charged
"Lindsay Lohan's legal troubles just went from bad to worse.
"The actress will be charged Wednesday with one felony count of grand theft for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice, Calif., jewelry store on Jan. 22, the Los Angeles District Attorney has announced.
"She is required to show up in person for an arraignment at an L.A. courthouse Wednesday afternoon. If convicted, Lohan, 24, potentially faces several years in state prison."