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One Film, One New York

Have you heard about NYC's fun new free arts event? On September 13th they'll be playing one famous shot-in-and taking-place-in New York film, chosen by the public, all over the city in all five boroughs, at the public screening outdoor venues and in some theaters. The five options are The Wedding Banquet (1993), On the Town (1949), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), New York New York (1977) or Crooklyn (1994) and were selected by the film critics of the New York Times. You can vote on which one here but the best thing about it is whichever film wins, the public wins because they're all good films.

Where would your vote go? I'm still trying to decide on mine. I'm only sad that this date is during the Toronto International Film Festival so I'll have to miss it. *cries*
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New York City Wants Its Own Citizens to Pick Their Favorite NYC-Centric Film, From ‘Crooklyn’ to ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’

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New York City Wants Its Own Citizens to Pick Their Favorite NYC-Centric Film, From ‘Crooklyn’ to ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’
What is the quintessential New York City film? The city’s own Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is eager to know, and has launched a new citywide campaign — in tandem with the New York Times — to “unite New Yorkers around one great film.” The initiative, known as “One Film, One New York” is inspired by the success of its recent “One Book, One New York” campaign, which asked citizens to pick a favorite book to then “read together” as a city.

“We are thrilled to be launching this program to unite New Yorkers around one film, and provide the opportunity for all New Yorkers to watch it for free on the same night,” said Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin in an official statement. “Film has the power to bring people together and to spark a civic conversation. These five films all raise important themes in their respective genres,
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Jared Kushner’s New York Observer Lays Off Film Critic Rex Reed

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The New York Observer has laid off longtime film critic Rex Reed, in addition to several other members of its entertainment staff, in the latest cutbacks to the newspaper since owner Jared Kushner divested from the paper after the 2016 presidential election.

Reed was notified of the decision last week, he said, concluding a career at the paper that lasted more than 25 years. His last reviews, for “Alien: Covenant” and “Wakefield,” ran May 19. Reed’s editor at the Observer did not return a request for comment.

“The shocking truth is that the Observer has been going down the drain financially for quite some time,” Reed said via email, adding that he felt the future of the paper was thrown into doubt after investment banker Arthur Carter sold it to 25-year-old Kushner in 2006. The young mogul left the paper after his father-in-law, Donald J. Trump, was elected President of the United States last fall.
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Scott Reviews Charles Vidor’s Cover Girl [Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Review]

How did a film like Cover Girl slip away? When it was shown at the TCM Classic Film Festival in 2012, it was considered something of a discovery, with Robert Osborne frequently singling it out in pre-festival interviews and publicity as a must-see, which makes me feel a little better about having not heard of it at all before seeing it a few months prior at the New Beverly. But the film was immensely popular in its day. Its success instantly pulled Gene Kelly out of limbo at MGM, where he’d been assigned to a series of B-movies and rarely allowed to dance his own choreography, when he was even allowed to dance at all.

Columbia Pictures was not interested in placing such limitations on him. The film’s producer, composer Arthur Schwartz, must have known how lucky they were, because they gave Kelly immense control over its production, especially his dance numbers.
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Eye Say by Anne-Katrin Titze

Emma Stone shines with Ryan Gosling in Damien Chazelle's La La Land Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Take the opening number from Jacques Demy's Les Demoiselles De Rochefort mixed with Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 and copy to Los Angeles. Put girls in traffic light-colored dresses that vaguely resemble those from Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's On the Town. Add an introspective song, channeling Claudine Longet, from Blake Edwards' The Party - plus an elephant and mix in some Esther Williams underwater fun. Make a melody sound like the one given by Michel Legrand to Michel Piccoli's M Dame. Borrow from Fred Astaire: Sand Under Shoes in Mark Sandrich's Top Hat, A Fine Romance of George Stevens' Swing Time, and the lift in Charles Walters' The Belle Of New York. From Kelly: Seine dance, paintings coming to life, studio setting and It's Always Fair Weather - without the war.
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‘La La Land’ Review: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Trip the Light Fantastic

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‘La La Land’ Review: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Trip the Light Fantastic
Film buffs still wax nostalgic about MGM sending directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly to shoot the musical “On the Town” on location in New York City in 1949, a nearly unprecedented move for a genre that was always soundstage-bound. But during its glory days, MGM never exploited its home base of Los Angeles in the same way, not even in Donen and Kelly’s Hollywood-centric “Singin’ in the Rain.” Sure, that classic film offers up a splashy Grauman’s Chinese movie premiere, and the canyons that have served as the backdrop to a thousand Westerns, but it never captures that uniquely.
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The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2016, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich

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The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2016, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich
It’s always an interesting exercise to arrive at the end of a year and take stock of the films that it produced, to squint for as much perspective as you can and see what the movies might have been saying to us, or to each other. Given the, uh, unique events of the last 12 months (or even just the last four weeks), it might take a little while longer than usual for us to have a clear sense of what the landscape really looked like. Will these films offer us rare insight into turbulent times, or — like much of what was released in theaters just prior to 9/11 — will they seem like relics from a more innocent world?

With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to get a bit more granular than usual, and to highlight individual moments from my 25 favorite films of the year (and, at least for the moment,
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Veteran’s Day Tribute: The Ten Best Navy Movies

Veteran’s Day is November 11. While we all try to escape from the most exasperating Presidential Campaign in our history let me pay tribute to the Men and Women who have served in the military to insure we keep our electoral process and our freedoms.

Having served in the Navy four years (there he goes again!) I have a keen interest in any movie about the military, especially the sea service. I did serve during peace time so had no experience with combat but still spent most of my tour of duty at sea on an aircraft carrier, the USS Amerca CV66. Among other jobs I ran the ship’s television station for almost two years. Movies have always been important to me and so providing a few hours of entertainment every day when we were at sea was just about the best job I could have had.

The author
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It’s Always Fair Weather

When MGM was almost a ghost town, the Arthur Freed unit hit one last 'special' factory musical out of the park with this strangely melancholy ode to faded ambitions. Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd put in great, memorable work, while the glorious Dolores Gray is practically a living Tex Avery cartoon. And it's designed in wide, wide CinemaScope. It's Always Fair Weather Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen / 102 min. / Street Date November, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Dolores Gray, Michael Kidd Cinematography Robert Bronner Art Direction Cedric Gibbons, Arthur Lonergan Film Editor Adrienne Fazan Original Music André Previn Written by Betty Comden & Adolph Green Produced by Arthur Freed, Roger Edens Directed & Choreographed by Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Back in the late 1980s, I first became aware of the future of home video when Criterion introduced
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‘Uncle Kent 2’ Exclusive Book Excerpt: Read a Chapter From The Novelization Based On The Acclaimed Film

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‘Uncle Kent 2’ Exclusive Book Excerpt: Read a Chapter From The Novelization Based On The Acclaimed Film
Last year, Todd Rohal’s “Uncle Kent 2” premiered at SXSW to positive reviews, with IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn calling it “the craziest movie sequel ever.” A follow-up to Joe Swanberg’s 2011 film “Uncle Kent,” a portrait of indie actor and animator Kent Osborne, “Uncle Kent 2” follows Osborne’s quest to come up with a sequel to “Uncle Kent” by traveling to a comic book convention and confronting the end of the world.

Read More: SXSW Review: ‘Uncle Kent 2’ is the Craziest Movie Sequel Ever

Now, Factory 25 has released a novelization of the book by L.P. Eaves. Check out an exclusive excerpt from the book below featuring Uncle Kent’s visit to a doctor to discuss earworms.

Todd Rohal has previously directed the “P is for Scary” segment in “ABCs of Death 2,” and the comedies “Nature Calls,” “The Catechism Cataclysm,” and “The Guatemalan Handshake.” Meanwhile,
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Go On The Town With Sinatra and Kelly Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

“Getting involved is so… so… involving.”

On The Town screens at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater this weekend as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s Saturday, September 10th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. The film will be introduced by Harry Hamm, movie reviewer for Kmox. Admission is only $5

Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up. That summary to the beloved 1949 musical On The Town should be sung to the tune of “New York, New York,” the most famous song to come from this rollicking adaptation of the Broadway musical. There’s nary a dull moment as we watch Gene Kelly search desperately for Vera-Ellen, Frank Sinatra play a young and naive sailor (!) who tries to resist going up to Betty Garrett’s place but eventually gives in,
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Get a Taste of B’way’s New ‘Chocolate Factory’

Willy Wonka is coming to New York City! And if this teaser is anything to go by, it’ll be a candied Big Apple by the time he’s done. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” based on the novel by the legendary Roald Dahl—author of favorites including “The Bfg,” recently released as a film adaptation from Steven Spielberg, and “Matilda”—will be hitting the Great White Way come March 2017. Tony winner Christian Borle, hot off his run as the pompous Shakespeare in “Something Rotten!”, will take on the iconic role of Willy Wonka, previously played by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp. The musical will feature a score from “Hairspray” writers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, fellow “Hairspray” collaborator Jack O’Brien, with choreography from Tony nominee Josh Bergasse (“On the Town”). Borle is the only name currently written on the Golden Ticket, but the prolific Telsey + Company will fill
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Silk Stockings

It's in glorious Technicolor Metrocolor, CinemaScope and StereoPhonic Sound! Fred Astaire's final MGM musical gives him Cyd Charisse and a Cole Porter score, plus some nice Hermes Pan choreography. The script and Rouben Mamoulian's direction aren't the best, but the combined magic of the musical and dancing talent saves the day. Silk Stockings Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1957 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date July 12, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre, George Tobias, Jules Munshin, Joseph Buloff, Wim Sonneveld Cinematography Robert Bronner Art Direction Randall Duell, William A. Horning Film Editor Harold F. Kress Original Music Cole Porter Written by Abe Burrows, Leonard Gershe, George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath, and Leonard Spigelgass Produced by Arthur Freed Directed by Rouben Mamoulian

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

On the Town?  The Pajama Game?  Damn Yankees?   The Warner Archive Collection's next musical up for the
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‘Cats’ on B’way Announces Digital Lottery

The Broadway production of “Cats” is hoping for as much success with its online lottery as “Hamilton” received. The Andrew Lloyd Webber revival, opening at the Neil Simon Theatre July 31, will be offering a daily chance, beginning at 10 a.m. Et (8:30 a.m. for matinees), to win a limited number of same-day tickets for $40. The seven-time Tony-winning play is based on the novel by T.S. Eliot, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” This revival, currently in previews, is directed by Trevor Nunn with choreography from one Broadway’s hottest Tony winners, Andy Blankenbuehler (“Hamilton”). Read: “Inside the Choreographic Storytelling of ‘Hamilton’ ” Singer Leona Lewis will be making her Broadway debut as Grizabella alongside Eloise Kropp (“Dames at Sea”), Giuseppe Bausilio (“Aladdin”), Ricky Ubeda (“On the Town”), Quentin Earl Darrington (“Ragtime”), and Tyler Hanes (“A Bed and a Chair”). “Cats” ran in over 30 countries and was translated into 15 languages
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Misty Copeland Is Ready for Her First Season as a Principal Dancer for Abt: 'It's a Perfect Storm'

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Misty Copeland Is Ready for Her First Season as a Principal Dancer for Abt: 'It's a Perfect Storm'
She's been making headlines all year, but Misty Copeland's 2016 is really only just beginning. Copland, 33, is set to begin her first full season as a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre - and it's the first ever principal season for a black female dancer in the company's 75 years. The season, which begins tonight at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, may be a first for Copeland, but it's also a return to Copeland's past. The first role she'll be taking on this season is Firebird, the first leading role she ever danced for Abt, more than four years ago.
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Misty Copeland Is Ready for Her First Season as a Principal Dancer for Abt: 'It's a Perfect Storm'

Misty Copeland Is Ready for Her First Season as a Principal Dancer for Abt: 'It's a Perfect Storm'
She's been making headlines all year, but Misty Copeland's 2016 is really only just beginning. Copland, 33, is set to begin her first full season as a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre - and it's the first ever principal season for a black female dancer in the company's 75 years. The season, which begins tonight at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, may be a first for Copeland, but it's also a return to Copeland's past. The first role she'll be taking on this season is Firebird, the first leading role she ever danced for Abt, more than four years ago.
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Every Movie and TV Show Expiring From Netflix in the Month of April

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Time to get your Netflix on, before it's too late. While there are a ton of exciting new titles hitting the streaming service in April, there are also a handful that are leaving for good. 2 Fast 2 Furious, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Rock Star, and Nine to Five are among the month's casualties. Been waiting to binge on M*A*S*H? There's no time like the present! (Seriously though, it's leaving.) Take a look below; you've been warned. Expiring April 1 101 Dalmatians 2 Fast 2 Furious Along Came a Spider Along Came Polly Amistad Bad Johnson Bandslam Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics Collection: Collection 1 Berkeley in the Sixties The Butcher's Wife Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Chuck's Eat the Street Collection: Collection 1 Craigslist Joe Dear Genevieve Collection: Collection 1 Eureka: Season 4.0 Flashdance Hook Hotel Rwanda House of Wax I'll Be Home for Christmas The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson Léon: The Professional M
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What's Leaving Netflix: April 2016

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April is last call for some great movies on Netflix streaming, including "Flashdance," '"Leon: The Professional," and "Let The Right One In."

Also going bye-bye: several classic Frank Sinatra films including "Anchors Aweigh" (1945), "High Society" (1956), "On The Town" (1949), "Pal Joey" (1957) and "Some Came Running" (1958).

Here's a complete list of the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in April:

Leaving April 1, 2016

"101 Dalmatians" (1996)

"2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003)

"Along Came a Spider" (2001)

"Along Came Polly" (2004)

"Amistad" (1997)

"Bad Johnson" (2014)

"Bandslam" (2009)

"Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics Collection: Collection 1

"Berkeley in The Sixties" (1990)

"The Butcher's Wife" (1991)

"Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (2003)

"Chuck's Eat The Street Collection: Collection 1

"Craigslist Joe" (2012)

"Dear Genevieve Collection: Collection 1

"Eureka": Season 4.0

"Flashdance" (1983)

"Hook" (1991)

"Hotel Rwanda" (2004)

"House of Wax" (2005)

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" (1989)

"The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson" (2013)

"Leon: The Professional" (1994)

"M*A*S*H": Season 11

"Nanny McPhee" (2005)

"The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" (1991)

"Nine to Five
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Hail, Caesar! review – superbly silly

The Coen brothers conjure up nostalgic joy from this hilarious knockabout homage to the golden age of film

The Coen brothers’ lovingly goofy latest comes on like a breezy flipside companion-piece to Barton Fink – a jaunt through the underbelly of old Hollywood which finds not the fiery hell of the tortured artist but the upbeat splash of synchronised swimming, On the Town toe-tapping and toga-wearing biblical balderdash. With a ramshackle plot that appears to have been cooked up after drawing deep on the Dude’s biggest bong, the film pinballs between awol movie stars, red-scare nightmares and Bikini Atoll bomb tests, while raising important questions of whether God is still angry (“what, he got over it?”), how to make a lasso out of spaghetti, and the secret of balancing a bunch of bananas on your head (it’s all in the hips, lips, eyes and thighs, apparently).

It’s 1951, and
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Quantico EPs, Star Offer Crucial Intel on the FBI Drama's Winter Premiere

Quantico EPs, Star Offer Crucial Intel on the FBI Drama's Winter Premiere
The smoke has cleared — literally — and the rubble has been carted away from the blast site, but don’t assume that means that the three-month time jump between Quantico‘s second bombing and its midseason premiere provided much in the way of clarity or peace for Agent Alex Parrish.

“She told Simon to take his hand off the trigger,” star Priyanka Chopra reminds TVLine, referring to the moments following suspected terrorist Elias’ suicidal swan dive from a midtown Manhattan hotel. Alex was sure the threat had been mitigated. She was wrong.

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