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'The Aviator' Movie Review: Miscast Leonardo DiCaprio & Cate Blanchett in Heavy-Handed Biopic

'The Aviator' movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as bizarre billionaire Howard Hughes: Bloated biopic. 'The Aviator' movie review: What's not good for the Spruce Goose… Imagine Citizen Kane directed by the Steven Spielberg of The Color Purple, Schindler's List, Amistad, and Saving Private Ryan. The final result would look something like a Barry Levinson film – for instance, the superficial and phony Bugsy. Or, an even more appropriate example, the superficial, phony, and bloated The Aviator. Except, of course, that Levinson is not the man responsible for the 2004 mega-production starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the eccentric, billionaire ladies' man Howard Hughes. Strangely enough, that man is Martin Scorsese, the director of hard-hitting films such as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Gangs of […]


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'The Aviator' Movie Review: Miscast Leonardo DiCaprio & Cate Blanchett in Heavy-Handed Biopic



Katharine Hepburn Movies: Women in Drag, in Love & in Danger

Katharine Hepburn movies. Katharine Hepburn movies: Woman in drag, in love, in danger In case you're suffering from insomnia, you might want to spend your night and early morning watching Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series. Four-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn is TCM's star today, Aug. 7, '15. (See TCM's Katharine Hepburn movie schedule further below.) Whether you find Hepburn's voice as melodious as a singing nightingale or as grating as nails on a chalkboard, you may want to check out the 1933 version of Little Women. Directed by George Cukor, this cozy – and more than a bit schmaltzy – version of Louisa May Alcott's novel was a major box office success, helping to […]


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Katharine Hepburn Movies: Women in Drag, in Love & in Danger



Howard Hughes Movies: From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jason Robards and (Nearly) Jim Carrey

Howard Hughes movies: Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Aviator.' Howard Hughes movies Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. PT / 6 a.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 8, '14. Howard Hughes produced a couple of dozen movies. (More on that below.) But what about “Howard Hughes movies”? Or rather, movies – whether big-screen or made-for-television efforts – featuring the visionary, “eccentric” (i.e., mentally unbalanced and filthy rich), hypochondriac, compulsive-obsessive, all-American billionaire as a character? From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jason Robards Besides Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a dashing if somewhat off-kilter Hughes in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Best […]


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Howard Hughes Movies: From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jason Robards and (Nearly) Jim Carrey



Bryan Forbes Dies: Directed Katharine Hepburn & 3 Oscar Nominees

Bryan Forbes dies at 86: Directed Katharine Hepburn, Leslie Caron, the original The Stepford Wives Director Bryan Forbes, whose films include the then-daring The L-Shaped Room, the all-star The Madwoman of Chaillot, and the original The Stepford Wives, has died “after a long illness” at his home in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. Forbes was 86. Born John Theobald Clarke on July 22, 1926, in London, Bryan Forbes began his film career as an actor in supporting roles in British productions of the late 1940s, e.g., Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Small Back Room / Hour of Glory and Thornton Freeland's Dear Mr. Prohack. Another twenty or so movie roles followed in the '50s, including those in Ronald Neame's The […]


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Bryan Forbes Dies: Directed Katharine Hepburn & 3 Oscar Nominees



Katharine Hepburn & Bob Hope Rare 'The Iron Petticoat' Gets Premiere

Katharine Hepburn, Bob Hope: The Iron Petticoat TCM premiere Starring Katharine Hepburn and Bob Hope, The Iron Petticoat became a movie rarity for decades, unavailable for viewing (at least in the United States) since 1966. But no more. The 1956 Anglo-American remake of the 1939 Ernst Lubitsch / Greta Garbo classic Ninotchka is now available on DVD/Blu-ray, and will have its Turner Classic Movies premiere today at 5 p.m. PT. (Image: Katharine Hepburn The Iron Petticoat.) A box office disappointment at the time of its release, the Ralph Thomas-directed The Iron Petticoat was unenthusiastically received by critics. Discussing this personalized tale of capitalism vs. communism, The New York Herald Tribune's William K. Zissner, for one, derided it as “a comedy […]


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Katharine Hepburn & Bob Hope Rare 'The Iron Petticoat' Gets Premiere



George Cukor Gay Woman's Director Nonsense

George Cukor 'gay Woman's Director'? Known as a refined “woman's director,” George Cukor has had his considerable output either relegated to the sidelines or simply dismissed by those who like their directors macho and their films male-centered. Not helping matters is the general perception that Cukor was merely a hired hand for the likes of David O. Selznick at RKO and Louis B. Mayer at MGM, instead of an auteur following a clear professional path.* Except, of course, for the (assumed) fact that he was a woman's director – and we're back to square one. George Cukor directing style In truth, George Cukor was one of the most accomplished directors of the studio era. His movies may lack the wide […]


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George Cukor Gay Woman's Director Nonsense



Meryl Streep Best Actress Oscar: When Margaret Thatcher Stares Back

Meryl Streep Best Actress Oscar winner: The Golden Lady and her golden little man. Meryl Streep Best Actress Oscar: Dressed to Win Best Actress Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, whose golden dress and earrings match – or rather, outshine – her golden Oscar statuette, poses backstage at the 84th Academy Awards held on Feb. 26, '12, at the former Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Last year's Best Actor winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech), handed Streep the award for her performance as right-wing British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's biopic The Iron Lady, co-starring Jim Broadbent as Thatcher's husband. That was Streep's 17th Oscar nomination and her third win – second in the Best […]


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Meryl Streep Best Actress Oscar: When Margaret Thatcher Stares Back



Turner Classic Movies: Dysfunctional Family-Oriented Christmas Films + Lilli Palmer & Blake Edwards

Turner Classic Movies presents Katharine Hepburn in 'Little Women' 1933: Up to the Christmas Day viewer to decide whether this Best Picture Academy Award nominee is cloying or moving. Turner Classic Movies' year-end programming: From Katharine Hepburn and 'A Christmas Carol' to Lilli Palmer & Blake Edwards Turner Classic Movies' Christmas 2010 daytime programming includes George Cukor's version of Little Women (1933), Edwin L. Marin's version of A Christmas Carol (1938), and William Wyler's version of Ben-Hur (1959). (See the Turner Classic movie schedule further below.) Starring Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Frances Dee, and Jean Parker as the titular characters, Little Women was nominated for the 1932–1933 Best Picture Academy Award (basically covering movies released in the Los Angeles area […]


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Turner Classic Movies: Dysfunctional Family-Oriented Christmas Films + Lilli Palmer & Blake Edwards





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