Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LTCM Awards: Best Leading Ladies of 2014!

Best Leading Ladies of 2014 - Here at "Love Those Classic Movies!" we will celebrate the current classics being leading men, women, directors, films and more. This is the 1st Annual LTCM Awards for current classics.

The first category as one can deduce is the; "Best Leading Ladies" where the Top Eight will be celebrated. Here is my awards that I truly thought were outstanding roles played by outstanding leading ladies. My top eight are in random order (from top left to right in photo): Julianne Moore,     Jennifer Aniston, Carmen Ejogo, Anne Dorval, Marion Cotillard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jenny Slate, & Amy Adams.

 The Outstanding Role/Motion Picture:

  1. Julianne Moore  -  The role: Alice Howland, Motion Picture: "Still Alice" 
  2. Jennifer Aniston -  The role: Claire Bennett,  Motion Picture: "Cake" 
  3. Carmen Ejogo - The role: Coretta Scott King, Motion Picture: "Selma" 
  4. Anne Dorval - The role: Diane 'Die' Despr├ęs, Motion Picture: "Mommy" 
  5. Marion Cotillard - The role: Sandra, Motion Picture: "Two Days, One Night" 
  6. Gugu Mbatha-Raw - The role (for 2 motion pictures):  Dido Elizabeth Belle & Noni, Motion Picture: "Belle" & "Beyond The Lights"
  7. Jenny Slate - The role: Donna Stern, Motion Picture: "Obvious Child" 
  8. Amy Adams -  The role: Margaret Keane, Motion Picture: "Big Eyes"
I truly loved all of these actors in these roles and specifically in these respective films. There are as in all year's runner's-up that are worthy of mention such as: Rosemond Pike, Rosario Dawson, Sienna Miller, Felicity Jones, & Essie Davis.

Now it is your turn my fellow classic movie buffs - Share with us your thoughts.
Such as:
What would your Top 8 Leading Ladies for 2014 be?
Do you agree or disagree with my list, why?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

LTCM Awards: Best Leading Men of 2014!

Best Leading Men of 2014 - Here at "Love Those Classic Movies!" we will celebrate the current classics being leading men, women, directors, films and more. This is the 1st Annual LTCM Awards for current classics.

The first category as one can deduce is the; "Best Leading Men" where the Top Eight will be celebrated. Here is my awards that I truly thought were outstanding roles played by outstanding leading men. My top eight are in random order (from top left to right in photo): Chadwick Boseman, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Oyelowo, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper, and Oscar Isaac.

 The Outstanding Role/Motion Picture:

  1. Chadwick Boseman -  The role: James Brown, Motion Picture: "Get On Up" 
  2. Jake Gyllenhaal -  The role: Louis Bloom, Motion Picture: "Nightcrawler" 
  3. David Oyelowo - The role: Martin Luther King, Motion Picture: "Selma" 
  4. Eddie Redmayne - The role: Stephen Hawking, Motion Picture: "The Theory of Everything" 
  5. Michael Keaton - The role: Riggan, Motion Picture: "Birdman" 
  6. Benedict Cumberbatch - The role: Alan Turing, Motion Picture: "The Imitation Game" 
  7. Bradley Cooper - The role: Chris Kyle, Motion Picture: "American Sniper" 
  8. Oscar Isaac -  The role: Abel Morales, Motion Picture: "A Most Violent Year"
I truly loved all of these actors in these roles and specifically in these respective films. There are as in all year's runner's-up that are worthy of mention such as: Bill Murray.

Now it is your turn my fellow classic movie buffs - Share with us your thoughts.
Such as:
What would your Top 8 Leading Men for 2014 be?
Do you agree or disagree with my list, why?

I can not wait to hear from you....so place your comments and coming-up next:
Best Leading Ladies of 2014.......whom would you vote for in the Top 8?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sydney Guilaroff: MGM's Original Hairstylist!

Sydney Guilaroff - the famed hair stylist whose art graced numerous leading ladies and men in Hollywood. Sydney is the very first to have his craft mentioned in movie credits. His work in the motion pictures was with MGM Studios which started in the 1930's and ended in the 1970's, what an impressive career!

Sydney's road from Canada to New York City:

Sydney's family resided in both Winnipeg and Montreal, Canada. He knew that dreams were going to take happen for him by moving and relocating to New York City. At the tender age of fourteen Sydney moved by himself from Canada to NYC where at the beginning was rough. The young man
found the transition to NYC with no one he knew difficult at first and needed to find work which he did locate by doing stockroom work at the famous Gimbel's department store. During this period he had inconsistency with money and work where sleeping on park benches in Central Park happened.

Finally, Sydney landed an opportunity at a hair salon where he became the beautician's assistant. He started to take note of the work the hairstylist was doing and fell in love with the work and before he knew it was being mentored. During this time Sydney's wings bloomed to take flight where people took notice of his fine work and his clientele started to expand. The famed actress Louise Brooks got her famous bob from Sydney and also to note Miriam Hopkins and Corrine Griffith both legendary actresses were his clients. Sydney was making quite a name for himself in New York City!

Sydney Moves to Hollywood and Reigns Supreme at MGM!:

During his time at the famed Antoine's Salon in New York City, Sydney obtained another new client the famed Hollywood actress Joan Crawford. Joan Crawford loved Sydney's work so much that she constantly traveled from California to NYC for hair styling. MGM head Louis B. Mayer took Sydney as part of the studios staff as Chief Hairdresser since Joan insisted that prior to all productions she
was to travel to NYC and have no one else work on her hair.

Sydney did not see eye to eye with Louis B. Mayer and the contracts needless to say did not work. Rather than a contract, Sydney worked at the studio and no other doing what he did best which is the fine art of the leading ladies and men. During his time at MGM he provided his art to over two thousand motion pictures creating such dynamic work of art such as the beautiful ornate styles that Norma Shearer had in the film; "Marie Antoinette" to the huge all women cast of "The Women" starring Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard, Rosalind Russell, and Joan Fontaine. 

His huge mark that people will remember additionally is coming up with the red hair for the then blonde Lucille Ball. This idea of coloring Lucy's hair made a huge difference and her career simply went up with one of her trademarks, that bright red hair! Another is coming-up with the pig tails for
Judy Garland and her noteworthy role in "The Wizard of OZ" then creating Claudette Colbert's famous bangs. Other noteworthy leading ladies he styled for both the studio and personally were Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, and Marlene Dietrich.

Sydney continued to style the famed after his work with MGM in Television movies such as; "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles in 1987 for stars Ann-Margret and Claudette Colbert amongst other projects.

In 1996, Sydney released his own autobiography entitled; Crowning Glories and in 1997 passed away at the age of 89.

Sydney was and still to this day one huge inspiration as to the classic film era and the art to it which will never be matched.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Black Widow (1954) film noir with Rogers, Tierney, Heflin & Raft helming this ship!

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney, George Raft, Peggy Ann Garner, & Reginald Gardiner
Directed By: Nunnaly Johnson
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Costumes: Travilla 

 This is a terrific "Film Noir" done by Fox that takes pieces from other gems such as; "All About Eve" and combines them into a dark gem. This time rather than having a lead actor and actress we have an ensemble motion picture where questions what a young woman who is eager to have a
successful life truly go do such dark lengths to get it.....I truly love seeing Ginger Rogers light up the screen in the very few times in this film giving us rather than romance, dance, nor comedy we see her in a very dramatic role. I love the entire cast (honestly the least of my favorite of the actors is Peggy Ann Garner). I just did not like her more wooden approach to her role opposed to the veterans around her.
If you are a film buff whom has either enjoyed the genre of Film Noir or is looking to be immersed into it than look no further than this is one to have on your list! Gene Tierney is lovely in this film much more reserved and sits down all too often rather than being more up and active. This is one of Gene Tierney's last starring roles of her career and for a fan like myself it is difficult to watch and know that in the back of my mind. Van Heflin and George Raft work so well together as friends and the icy relationship of Ginger Rogers character with Van Heflin is my personal favorite where one can see that they truly are both very verbal and strong willed, never to back down!

The period is 1954 and the setting is New York City and to be more exact Manhattan. We see that Peter Denver (Heflin) is seeing his wife Iris Denver (Tierney) to the airport to see her ailing mother. Peter promises to Iris that he will attend the lavish party of Carlotta "Lottie" Marin's (Rogers) and her husband Brian Mullen (Gardiner) before going home to rest. One can only see by Peter's response that he truly does not enjoy Lottie's company and would rather be at home reading. The importance of his attendance is due to Peter being a famous Broadway Producer whom is working on the current theatrical production in which Lottie stars in. The best face forward is the game that Peter needs to play for the evening and decides to do so.

The lovely home that Lottie lives in is filled with numerous amounts of people. Peter walks in and meets on the balcony a very lonely girl named Nancy "Nanny" Ordway (Garner). This young lady speaks quickly to Peter asking him to please say something to her. The rationale is that her mother told her that if a lady attended a party and within 30 minutes did not have a gentleman speak with her she might as well be over...a very harsh thing for a mother to say to her daughter! Peter is more than please to talk to Nancy and they exchange pleasantries. Peter is astonished that this young lady knows who he is as a famed Broadway Producer and invites Nancy out for dinner. Peter upfront states that as Nancy knows he is married and that this is for simply dinner out and nothing more. They both agree and start to exit the part until Lottie looking define stops Peter in his tracks. Lottie is shocked that her friend is leaving so soon and with this young lady. Peter assures Lottie that it is for a simple dinner where he then will be home in time to speak with his wife and tell her about Nancy so there would be no need of Lottie to do it. Then with judgement looked upon them from Lottie and some choice words from the actress to Nancy they both leave. 

Both Peter and Nancy have a good evening out and Iris is in fact told. We then see later that Nancy

starts to see Peter more and more with dropping hints about being interested in him. Nancy with her conversation with Peter since they visit after their first dinner out finds out that Iris had an affair though ended years ago. This then also allows Nancy to use choice words of for her favor that Peter truly does not pick-up on. After roughly three weeks of both Peter and Nancy talking there is a set-up agreed upon. The agreement is that Nancy is a writer and needs a place of solitude to write which enters in Peter's home which she can utilize until Iris arrives home. Nancy goes to the apartment during the day to solely write where Peter is at work.

The whole situation starts to unfurl where someone is found dead within Peters apartment leaving at first one person identified as the prime suspect. As in any good film noir their are twists and turns that one can not simply make a quick whim of guilt, you never know whose the true killer until much later in the film! Such fantastic costumes made by the famed Travilla and once again Fox Films does an excellent job with this release. Let me know what you think of this Film Noir gen!

Sketch by Travilla for an outfit worn in the film by Ginger Rogers

Original poster released in Brussels.

Monday, December 29, 2014

New Column Contributor: actor Jon Fleming

Jon Fleming - that is right we here at; "Love Those Classic Movies! (LTCM)" are proud to announce that actor Jon Fleming is joining the family as an article contributing writer in 2015! Jon is very pleased as are we with this which will bring great things for all of us to read and enjoy in his column!

Jon will be doing a brand new article series that will bring us backstage of his current motion picture; "Grinder" along with other projects. We will get to see from the actor's view the process from rehearsals, to the final touches and then red carpet premiere! Jon will interview fellow actors, director, and other film crew. We will get a chance to see "behind the studio doors" as a day in the life of Jon Fleming and the filming process. He will have special video messages capturing real-time interviews and walk-through's! We are truly excited in this collaboration with actor Jon Fleming which will allow us to sit down and talk about Jon's career and up-coming projects in an exclusive interview along with seeing "the insider" perspective through the eyes/lens of an actor. This is truly a big addition to our online publication and want to send a huge gratitude and welcome to our new contributor; Jon Fleming!   

About Jon Fleming:

Jon Fleming was born in Wisconsin and now calls New York City home. Jon has a long list of credentials from acting in motion pictures, television, and theater. Some of his notable credits are;

Motion Pictures:
Couples Retreat (2009)
Violence of the Mind (2013)

Scorned: Love Kills
CSI: New York
Gary Unmarried
Will & Grace
Desperate Housewives
Days of Our Lives

HIM (Cherry Lane, Soho Playhouse, NYC)

As you can see Jon is a perfect fit for our publication!
Now see for yourself in this acting reel:

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Babes In Arms (1939) Good Mornin!

Babes in Arms (1939) / MGM Studios
Starring: Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland
Directed By: Busby Berkeley / Nominated for 2 Oscars including Best Actor

Starring: Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland


This film centers on a young man named Mickey Moran (Rooney) whom is from a musical family whom has his eyes on a lovely girl named Patsi Barton (Garland). One day the opportunity of his lifetime comes to Mickey which is to set up his own show with the help of Patsi. The young couple in love together work hard to put together the best musical show in there own backyard with many opsticles. This film has many lovely musical numbers with of course the help of Busby Berkeley!

One has to love the beloved pair of Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland where they reigned supreme as MGM's huge box-office draw! MGM often paired these actors whom had instant chemistry on camera and were best of friends off camera. Mutual respect was held from these stars whom always spoke highly of one another. If you have never watched this pair teamed up do so and you will see why MGM found countless opportunities to pair them up time and time again where the plot would be very alike though as the stars got bigger and the movies did great via the box-office the budget would increase to have more lavish musical numbers arranged by the famed Busby Berkley.

In Pictures: Cornel Wilde

  Here is our 60th installment of this very successful feature to "Love Those Classic Movies!!!" This article is simply an enjoyment via beautiful pictures of our favorite golden age classic stars. Not a lot of writing at all or tid bits or extras just simply as it is stated, "in pictures!" Hope you enjoy the leading man Cornel Wilde whom is an Academy Award nominated actor for his role in; A Song To Remember (1945).

Other noteworthy motion pictures that Cornel starred in are; "Leave Her To Heaven" "High Sierra" "A Thousand and One Nights" "The Bandit of Sherwood Forest" "The Homestretch" "Forever Amber" "It Had to Be You" "The Walls of Jericho" "Road House" "Shockproof" "The Greatest Show on Earth" & "The Scarlet Coat" amongst many others. Enjoy seeing our leading man Cornel Wilde in pictures!

Jane Russell & Cornel Wilde

Jeanne Crain, Cornel Wilde, & Linda Darnell

Cornel Wilde & Merle Oberon

Linda Darnell & Cornel Wilde

Cornel Wilde & Ida Lupino

Gene Tierney & Cornel Wilde

Jeanne Crain & Cornel Wilde

Ida Lupino & Cornel Wilde

Gene Tierney & Cornel Wilde

Maureen O'Hara & Cornel Wilde

Maureen O'Hara & Cornel Wilde

Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, & Cornel Wilde on the set of; "I Love Lucy"

Lucille Ball & Cornel Wilde on the "I Love Lucy" set

Cornel Wilde, Linda Darnell, & Kirk Douglas

Cornel Wilde & Donna Reed

Cornel Wilde & Ginger Rogers