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Living Legend! Kirk Douglas Celebrates 101st Birthday with Wife Anne, Son Michael and Family

Living Legend! Kirk Douglas Celebrates 101st Birthday with Wife Anne, Son Michael and Family
Kirk Douglas is truly a living legend.

The screen icon celebrated his 101st birthday on Saturday alongside his wife, Anne, 98. Douglas looked healthy and happy as he was visited by his family, including sons Michael and Joel, and granddaughter Kelsey Douglas.

The Spartacus actor sat beside his wife as he blew out the candle on his cake. The sweet confection bore “101” in large numbers with a stunning design of sunflowers on top of it and a single candle.

The sunflowers honored one of Kirk’s greatest performances as Vincent Van Gogh in the film Lust for Life, according to his son,
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Happy 101st, Kirk Douglas!

The screen legend, whose centennial we celebrated this time last year with looks back at Spartacus, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Bad and the Beautiful, and Lust for Life, is celebrating his 101st birthday today. He's the second oldest living Oscar nominee or winner (two time winner Olivia de Havilland is five months older) and here he is celebrating the big day with his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones (as shared on her Instagram). 
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Lana Del Rey To Retire Harvey Weinstein-Inspired Song ‘Cola’ In Wake Of Scandal

Lana Del Rey says she will no longer be performing “Cola” in concert in light of the myriad accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault that have been lodged against Harvey Weinstein. In an interview with MTV News, the “Lust for Life” singer confirms rumours that she wrote the song with Weinstein in mind, and […]
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Lana Del Rey’s ‘From La to the Moon Tour’ Doesn’t Go to La or the Moon

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Lana Del Rey’s ‘From La to the Moon Tour’ Doesn’t Go to La or the Moon
Lana Del Rey set her 2018 “L.A. to the Moon” tour dates — but her performances don’t anywhere near to Los Angeles or the moon. The closest her 24-day trek gets to L.A. is San Diego, California (a good 120 miles away). Other cities include Minneapolis, Denver, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas and Las Vegas. The tour — which supports her most recent LP, “Lust for Life” — will kick off on Jan. 5 at Minneapolis’ Target Center and will run through Feb. 28, closing in Honolulu, Hawaii. Also Read: Lana Del Rey and the Weeknd's 'Lust for Life' Recalls an.
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Brigadoon

Balletic, stylized and rather aloof, MGM’s biggest musical for 1954 still has what musical lovers crave — good dancing, beautiful melodies and unabashed romantic sentiments. Savant has a bad tendency to fixate on the inconsistencies of its fantasy concept — in which God places an ideal Scottish village outside the limits of Time itself.

Brigadoon

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Warner Archive Collection

1954 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date September 26, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, Elaine Stewart, Barry Jones, Albert Sharpe, Virginia Bosler, Jimmy Thompson.

Cinematography: Joseph Ruttenberg

Art Direction: Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons

Film Editor: Albert Akst

Original Music: Frederick Loewe

Screenplay, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Produced by Arthur Freed

Directed by Vincente Minnelli

MGM underwent some severe cutbacks in 1953; most of its contract players were dropped including the majority of its proud roster of stars. The studio would have to survive in a new kind of Hollywood,
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‘Loving Vincent’ Review: The World’s First Oil-Painted Feature is a Truly Insane Vincent van Gogh Tribute — Telluride

‘Loving Vincent’ Review: The World’s First Oil-Painted Feature is a Truly Insane Vincent van Gogh Tribute — Telluride
Vladimir Nakobov’s 1938 novel “Laughter in the Dark” begins with its rich and horny (but happily married) hero arriving at the vision that will ultimately ruin his life. A retired art critic with cinematic aspirations, old Albinus is struck by the idea of taking a famous painter, “preferably of the Dutch School,” and animating one of his signature works into the stuff of motion pictures. Film technology was still in its infancy, and it made anything seem possible. What if someone could use it to breathe new life into a static canvas, adding new dimensions to the artist’s vision and illustrating what might have happened in the moments before and after the one that was immortalized in oil?

Albinus, to his credit, recognized the unique challenges that might be involved in such an endeavor. “It would entail a delicacy of work calling for novel improvements in the method of animation,
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New Trailer For ‘Loving Vincent’ Reveals Gorgeous Feature Film Animated By Oil Paintings

Vincent Van Gogh has been portrayed more than once on both the big and small screen. Kirk Douglas played the tragic painter in “Lust For Life,” Jacques Dutronc portrayed the artist in “Van Gogh,” Tchéky Karyo got out the paint for “Vincent et moi,” and even Martin Scorsese took on the role in Akira Kurosawa‘s “Dreams.” However, it’s not until Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman‘s “Loving Vincent” that someone thought to try and tell Van Gogh’s story with an animation style that mimics his work.

Continue reading New Trailer For ‘Loving Vincent’ Reveals Gorgeous Feature Film Animated By Oil Paintings at The Playlist.
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The Furniture Index

Can we have a random break for applause for Daniel Walber's The Furniture column. It was Daniel's birthday this weekend so he has the day off. He's already 69 episodes in to this incredible series which has been filled with sharp insights, a keen eye, and rich Hollywood anecdotes. Here's everything he's covered thus far. Please show your love in the comments if you look forward to these each Monday.

The Forties and Fifties

Hold Back the Dawn (1941) Bored at the border

How Green Was My Valley (1941) Designing dignity

That Hamilton Woman (1941) High ceilings

• Captain of the Clouds (1942) A Canadian air show

• The Magnificent Andersons (1942) Victorian Palace / Manifest Destiny

My Gal Sal (1942) Nonsense Gay Nineties

The Shanghai Gesture (1942) Appropriating Chinese design

Black Narcissus (1947) Mad for matte paintings

David and Bathsheba (1951) A humble palace of moral struggle

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Decorative madness

My Cousin Rachel (1952) Ghosts of property

Lust for Life
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'China's Van Goghs' ('Zhong Guo Fan Gao'): Film Review

'China's Van Goghs' ('Zhong Guo Fan Gao'): Film Review
One of the most affecting moments in China's Van Goghs unfolds in a small art gallery, where the documentary's protagonists and their friends eagerly gather to watch the 1956 Vincent van Gogh biopic Lust for Life. Their excitement soon turns to dismay when they take in the Dutch painter's struggles; and by the time director Vincente Minnelli and star Kirk Douglas reach Van Gogh's suicide in the final scenes, there are shaking heads and moist eyes all around.

The poignant part is that the audience is not composed of your average cosmopolitan art film buffs: These are working-class men who earn...
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The 50 Best Films of the ’90s, From ‘Pulp Fiction’ to ‘Groundhog Day’

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The 50 Best Films of the ’90s, From ‘Pulp Fiction’ to ‘Groundhog Day’
The ’90s were a moment of tremendous upheaval in international cinema. Here in America, the revolt against Hollywood’s bland output a decade earlier had resulted in a small window in which American independent cinema became commercially viable and started seeping into more mainstream fare. Young and exciting directors, most of whom are now A-listers, were given resources and able to make multiple films. Meanwhile, Hollywood’s big commercial films were in the hands of directors like Spielberg, Bigelow, Verhoeven, Woo and De Palma, as franchises continued to be invented rather than recycled.

On the international scene, the Iranian New Wave unloaded a treasure trove of new films, the great run of Hong Kong cinema was peaking and maturing, three great autuers completely upended how films in Taiwan were made, and a pair of Danish directors with a dogma wanted to change how every film was made.

More than anything,
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Book Claims Anthony Quinn Predicted 9/11 in 1985 Painting

Book Claims Anthony Quinn Predicted 9/11 in 1985 Painting
Many know actor Anthony Quinn for his indelible portrayals ranging from the title role in Zorba the Greek to his Oscar-winning takes on artist Paul Gauguin in Lust for Life and Mexican revolutionary Eufemio Zapata in Viva Zapata! What few know is that Quinn, who died in 2001, was a prolific sculptor and painter throughout his lifetime, selling a portrait to Douglas Fairbanks Sr. when he was just a teenager and later studying with legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Even fewer are aware of the notion that Quinn was clairvoyant — at least according to his onetime art dealer, Glenn Harte, whose...
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Edinburgh 2017 Interview: Choose Wonder Woman, Choose T2 Trainspotting, Choose a Chat with Ewen Bremner

It was on Edinburgh’s Princes Street that most people got their first look at actor Ewen Bremner. In the role of loveable addict Spud, he was sighted running down the famous shopping street with best pal Renton in tow, stolen gear falling by the wayside and security guards hot on their heels as Iggy Pop’s "Lust for Life" soundtracked the chase. That was over 20 years ago, and the film, Trainspotting, has since proven to be one of the most definitive British films of the past few decades. Bremner is back on Princes Street today, making an appearance for the Edinburgh International Film Festival in what’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting years in a long and colourful acting career. After the...

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'Loving Vincent': Film Review | Annecy 2017

'Loving Vincent': Film Review | Annecy 2017
There have already been quite a few films about Vincent van Gogh, ranging from the heroic (Lust for Life) to the dramatic (Vincent & Theo) to the enigmatic (Maurice Pialat’s masterly Van Gogh). All of them offer up their own interpretations of the artist’s brief and tumultuous life, which ended abruptly from suicide at the age of 37, after he had completed roughly 800 paintings in the span of less than 10 years.

While such movies attempted to portray the painter through his actions and words, none have quite been able to reveal the man through his work. Such is...
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Lana Del Rey and the Weeknd’s ‘Lust for Life’ Recalls an Infamous Hollywood Suicide (Video)

Lana Del Rey and the Weeknd’s ‘Lust for Life’ Recalls an Infamous Hollywood Suicide (Video)
Lana Del Rey knows Hollywood, dropping references to everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Nancy Sinatra to Lana Turner, from whom she borrowed her name. And the video for her new song with The Weeknd, “Lust for Life,” invites recollections of one of Hollywood’s most storied tragedies. “Lust for Life” features the frequent collaborators playing young lovers, sharing a lovely duet. “Climb up the H of the Hollywood sign,” she sings, and then her character does just that. When she gets to the top, she meets him there. He sings lines that include, “They say only the good die young.
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Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh in ‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Julian Schnabel Gives Us An Exclusive First Look

Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh in ‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Julian Schnabel Gives Us An Exclusive First Look
If anyone can show us something we haven’t seen before about Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, it’s Oscar-nominated painter-filmmaker Julian Schnabel, who announced at Cannes that he will direct “At Eternity’s Gate” starring Willem Dafoe (who also stars in Director’s Fortnight entry “The Florida Project”) as the world’s most acclaimed Post-Impressionist painter, who died at age 37 before he was recognized for his gifts.

“I’ve been working on it for a couple of years,” said Schnabel on the phone from Montauk. “It has to do with trying to make a work of art. By making a film about him, I might shed a little light on what it is to be doing what he’s doing, who he really was, and what his issues were, what somebody needed to do to do what he did, and what he’s not going to do.”

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Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh in ‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Julian Schnabel Gives Us An Exclusive First Look

Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh in ‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Julian Schnabel Gives Us An Exclusive First Look
If anyone can show us something we haven’t seen before about Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, it’s Oscar-nominated painter-filmmaker Julian Schnabel, who announced at Cannes that he will direct “At Eternity’s Gate” starring Willem Dafoe (who also stars in Director’s Fortnight entry “The Florida Project”) as the world’s most acclaimed Post-Impressionist painter, who died at age 37 before he was recognized for his gifts.

“I’ve been working on it for a couple of years,” said Schnabel on the phone from Montauk. “It has to do with trying to make a work of art. By making a film about him, I might shed a little light on what it is to be doing what he’s doing, who he really was, and what his issues were, what somebody needed to do to do what he did, and what he’s not going to do.”

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You'll Want Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd to Live Happily Ever After When You See This

The best part about the "Lust For Life" music video is that it presents me with an alternate universe where Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd are living happily ever after together in a meadow of daisies, which is a fantasy I didn't realize I wanted until this very moment. On top of that, the video - which is off of her upcoming album, Lust For Life - is just as dreamy as the ridiculously catchy Summer song. A real relationship between the two is unlikely, but there's nothing stopping us all from replaying the video over, and over, and over, and . . .
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