Fire up the time machine to August 27, 1953, sixty-six years ago yesterday. Eisenhower was President. The number one song on the radio was "Ebb Tide" by Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra. Dr. Alfred Kinsey was on the cover of Time Magazine.
And "Roman Holiday" premiered at Radio City Music Hall, starring the young Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert.
The film was universally adored. As Pauline Kael wrote, “This is the picture that made Audrey Hepburn a movie star. Wyler’s calm, elegant style prepares the scenes and builds the character until she has the audience in thrall, and when she smiles we’re all goners.”
The New York Times said it was "a bittersweet legend with laughs that leaves the spirits soaring." and "a credit to William Wyler's versatility."
"Amid the ongoing culture wars between urban-elite and blue-collar sensibilities, Melocchi’s period play slyly reminds us the division can be bridged by our fundamental human need to create."
That's a quote from theLA Times rave review- one of many rave reviews - for "Andy Warhol's Tomato," Vince Melocchi's engrossing new play now running at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice. Here are a few more:
"Dana Jackson’s sure-handed direction draws terrific work from her cast." ~ Stage Raw
“Not-to-be-missed. This is a play which exquisitely traces the steps…to an understanding about creativity and life in general.” ~ SplashMags
"Two well-written, well-directed, well-acted characters that keep you transfixed by their quirky but incredible relationship. Your heartstrings will be pulled." ~ Broadway Wo...
Yesterday the highly anticipated new streaming channel finally launched, and it looks like it was worth the wait.
Here's the skinny from the Channel's mouth:
A movie lover’s dream, the Criterion Channel offers classics and discoveries from around the world, thematically programmed with special features, on a streaming service created by the Criterion Collection.
With constantly refreshed selections of Hollywood, international, art-house, and independent movies, plus access to Criterion’s entire streaming library of more than 1,000 important classic and contemporary films, there’s something new to choose from every day of the week.
You can start with spotlights on directors, stars, genres, and themes; Tuesday’s Short + Feature; or the Friday double bill. Try their 15-minute-a-month film school, Obser...
Ruth Carter is fascinating. Check out this jaw dropping article in The Hollywood Reporter about the Oscar-winning costume designer. (The first black woman to win the Oscar for costume design did it for her amazing costumes for Black Panther.)
Hey, here's an idea: a home Ruth Carter Film Festival. If you watch all the films she's designed costumes for (roughly 53, according to IMDb Pro) it'll take over a hundred hours and you'll be seeing a pretty incredible exhibition of some of the world's best filmmaking work, ever. I'm starting today, with Do the Right Thing.
I've been lucky enough to have worked a lot recently in TV, and I just realized something cool. Guess what? A majority of my directors lately have been women. In fact, three of my last four guest star jobs were directed by women.
And every one of them is among the best in the industry. (Which is obviously a prerequisite, because for every episode, the director's firmly in the hot seat.) Every one of them handles her job with authority, humor, compassion and incredible skill. I'm so proud to have worked with these amazing women. Here are just three of them.
Check it out: Fresh Off the Boat (episode "Rancho Contento" airing 3/15/19 on ABC) directed by Jude Weng:
The Cool Kids (episode "The Cool Kids Un-Retire" airing 3/15 on Fox) directed by Kimberly McCullough: