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“Harriet” – Official Trailer

Check out the trailer for the new biopic about Harriet Tubman, due out in theaters on November 1st.

Bebe Neuwirth in “Chicago”

Did you know that Bebe Neuwirth is a triple threat? Too bad she’ll always be remembered best as Lilith Crane on Cheers. Here she is performing “All That Jazz” at the 1997 Tony Awards.

 

Arguably one of the world’s finest choreographer/dancer teams in stage history, performing “Who’s Got the Pain” in 1958.

“Mein Herr” by Jane Horrocks

Another number from Cabaret by Jane Horrocks:

“Cabaret” by Jane Horrocks

Until recently, I’d only known Jane Horrocks as the ditzy secretary Bubble on Absolutely Fabulous. But she is a highly talented singer, capable of perfectly mimicking everyone from Judy Garland to Ella Fitzgerald to Marlene Dietrich to Marilyn Monroe. When she starred in Cabaret, if she’d wanted to, she could’ve belted this number out as gorgeously as Liza Minnelli. But instead, she chose to embody one of the core truths about Sally: Sally’s a mediocre talent with limited prospects. She sings at a run-down club because she’s not good enough to make it anywhere else. And that mediocrity is what fuels Sally’s desperation and self-destruction.

Dueling Pianos Competition Scene

This is the best clip in the movie “Scott Joplin” (1977) by Universal Studios. It depicts a competition between “professors” (brothel pianists) to win $100 from John Stark in Sedalia, Missouri. Louis Chauvin, who is a better pianist but can’t read/write music, teams up with Joplin (played by Billy Dee Williams) and unleashes Maple Leaf Rag upon the public for the first time.

Professional free solo rock climber Alex Honnold, arguably the world’s best, talks about the accuracy of iconic movie climbing scenes. Look at the size of his hands!

 

Which Dracula movie adaptation is most faithful to the original Bram Stoker book? Cinemassacre wanted a definitive answer, so they selected 12 contenders and put them up to the test. This counts theatrical and television, but no sequels, spinoffs, or spoofs. My favorite came in a close 2nd!

George Lucas made a little movie back in 1976. You may have heard of it. Star Wars was unwatchable to the few filmmakers who got to see it. But it was an important project for Lucas, one he’d already poured his best efforts into. So they went back and re-edited the entire thing. When I say “they,” I mean the production team, but the magic that took place in the re-edit was due to the talents of Marcia Lucas, George’s wife at the time.

David Welsh of RocketJump Film School goes through how the rough cut was changed into what we now know as Star Wars: A New Hope. You’ll see a lot of the rough footage that was either deleted or changed -and even more important, why it was changed. You can see why Marcia Lucas won an Oscar for editing the movie (along with Paul Hirsch and Richard Chew).

Pic of the Day – 4/29/19

Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” eye makeup art by Tal Peleg.

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