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Mickey Rooney Dead: Longest Movie Career Ever?

Mickey Rooney ca. 1940 Mickey Rooney dead at 93: Four-time Oscar nominee & frequent Judy Garland co-star may have had the longest film career ever Mickey Rooney, four-time Academy Award nominee and one of the biggest domestic box office draws during the studio era, died of “natural causes” on Sunday, April 6, '14, at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of North Hollywood. The Brooklyn-born Rooney (as Joseph Yule Jr., on Sept. 23, 1920) had reportedly been in ill health for some time. He was 93. Besides his countless movies, and numerous television and stage appearances, Mickey Rooney was also known for his stormy private life, which featured boozing and gambling, some widely publicized family infighting (including his testifying […]


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Mickey Rooney Dead: Longest Movie Career Ever?



Mickey Rooney Movies: Music & Murder

Mickey Rooney movies on TCM: Music and murder (image: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland ca. 1940) Mickey Rooney is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, August 13, 2013. According to the IMDb, Mickey Rooney, who turns 93 next September 23, has been featured in more than 250 movies – in shorts and features, in Hollywood and international productions, in cameos and starring roles, in bit parts and second leads. You name it, Rooney has done it: comedies, dramas, thrillers, musicals, biopics, war movies, horse movies, horror movies. (See TCM's Mickey Rooney movie schedule further below.) Mickey Rooney in a horror movie? Yes, in about a dozen of those. Scarier than World War Z, The Conjuring, The Exorcist, […]


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Mickey Rooney Movies: Music & Murder



Deanna Durbin Movies: Remembering One of Hollywood's Biggest Stars & Universal Savior

Deanna Durbin in 'I'll Be Yours.' Deanna Durbin dies at 91: One of the top stars of Hollywood's studio era According to Hollywood lore, teen star Deanna Durbin saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy in the mid-'30s, when her movies earned the Great Depression-hit studio some much-needed millions. The story may seem like an exaggeration, but in fact future Universal players such as Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Maria Montez, Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and even Jaws' Bruce the Shark and the assorted dinosaurs found in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park partly owe their film careers to the pretty, bubbly, full-faced, soprano-voiced Deanna Durbin, the star of immensely successful Universal releases such as Three Smart Girls, One Hundred Men and a Girl, […]


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Deanna Durbin Movies: Remembering One of Hollywood's Biggest Stars & Universal Savior



'Oz the Great and Powerful': James Franco Fantasy One of Biggest March Openings Ever

'Oz the Great and Powerful' with James Franco and Michelle Williams. James Franco 'Oz the Great and Powerful': Below expectations, but one of biggest March openings ever March 11, '13, update: Starring James Franco as the magician who becomes The Wizard of Oz, Sam Raimi's $200m+-budgeted Oz the Great and Powerful grossed $79.11 million at 3,912 North American locations this past weekend according to box office actuals found at Boxofficemojo.com. Although that's easily the best opening weekend so far in 2013 and one of the best March openings ever (see more details below), Oz the Great and Powerful fell short of the $80–$85 million mark some had been expecting following Friday/late Thursday estimates of $24 million. Distributor Walt Disney Studios, […]


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'Oz the Great and Powerful': James Franco Fantasy One of Biggest March Openings Ever



Jodie Foster: Cecil B. DeMille Award Recipient Defends Kristen Stewart & Mel Gibson

Jodie Foster: 2012 Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient Jodie Foster will be the next Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced – by way of Foster's Panic Room co-star Kristen Stewart and Simon Baker. A two-time Golden Globe winner, Jodie Foster will be honored at the 2013 Golden Globes ceremony next January 13. But wait! Isn't Jodie Foster – who'll turn 50 next November 19 – much too young to be receiving Career Achievement awards and the like? Well, bear in mind that the Los Angeles-born Foster began her show business career while still a small child. In fact, she has been steadily making movies for more than four decades. That's nearly a decade longer […]


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Jodie Foster: Cecil B. DeMille Award Recipient Defends Kristen Stewart & Mel Gibson



Hugh Martin Dies: 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' Co-Composer

Meet Me in St. Louis with Margaret O'Brien, Judy Garland Hugh Martin, best known for co-composing with Ralph Blane “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” sung by Judy Garland in Vincente Minnelli's 1944 classic Meet Me in St. Louis, died on March 10 '11 in Encinitas, Calif. He was 96. According to The Guardian's Hugh Martin obit, in addition to Garland, others who have performed the song include Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Bing Crosby. Pointedly, the Sinatra rendition is used as background for the execution of an American soldier for treason in blacklisted screenwriter-turned-director Carl Foreman's stark, all-star World War II drama The Victors (1963). “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” recipient of the most-performed […]


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Hugh Martin Dies: 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' Co-Composer



Robert Zemeckis Not to Direct 'The Wizard of Oz' Remake

Judy Garland as Dorothy in Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz So, Robert Zemeckis, the guy who brought you Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, What Lies Beneath, The Polar Express, and Beowulf, will not direct a remake of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. A Deadline report tying Zemeckis to a potential Oz remake caused a furor among bloggers yesterday, most of whom apparently see the Yellow Brick Road as hallowed ground belonging to Judy and Toto and no one else. Well, except that long before Judy Garland went hopping on all those yellow bricks, Dorothy Dwan played Dorothy in a 1925 silent version of L. Frank Baum's novel – which […]


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Robert Zemeckis Not to Direct 'The Wizard of Oz' Remake



Margaret O'Brien Movies: 'Meet Me in St. Louis' & 'Big City'

Margaret O'Brien in Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis, with Judy Garland. For Turner Classic Movies' Margaret O'Brien Day on Sunday, Aug. 15 '10, TCM will present the television premiere of Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). Joke. But then again, I don't think they've shown Meet Me in St. Louis in at least two weeks, which almost makes the Sunday showing of the classic Vincente Minnelli musical seem like a premiere. In addition to Meet Me in St. Louis, TCM (as part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series) will be showing 12 other movies featuring the young actress, who happened to be one of the top box office attractions in the United States in the mid-'40s. (See […]


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Margaret O'Brien Movies: 'Meet Me in St. Louis' & 'Big City'





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