Behind the Scenes of Elf and Nightmare Before Christmas

Posted on December 6, 2020 at 10:45 am

Netflix’s entertaining “The Movies that Made Us” series has a new holiday edition called, you guessed it, “The Holiday Movies that Made Us,” with behind-the-scenes episodes about two beloved classics, Elf and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Both movies had the most improbable, even daunting production histories, with inexperienced filmmakers and skeptical studios. Indeed, the stories behind the movies are as magical as the movies themselves.

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Hollywood Treasures Auctioned This Week by Profiles in History

Posted on November 9, 2020 at 1:23 pm

Movie fans will love this catalogue from the latest Profiles in History auction of Hollywood costumes and props. Would you like to have one of the Munchkin costumes from “The Wizard of Oz?” The iconic white Ursula Andress bikini from “Dr. No?” The special Oscar presented to silent movie director Mack Sennett or the prop Oscar “won” by Bette Davis’ character in “The Star?” Costumes worn on screen by Groucho Marx , Errol Flynn, or Humphrey Bogart?  Or Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable costumes from “Gone With the Wind?’

There are TV goodies, too, with a Tina Louise (Ginger) costume from “Gilligan’s Island,” a Sally Field habit from “The Flying Nun,” Urkel’s jacket from “Family Matters,” and a Fred Gwynne costume from “The Munsters.” There’s a model of the Ingalls’ home in “Little House on the Prairie” and Mork’s spaceship egg from “Mork and Mindy.”

If you’ve got room in your garage, you can get Luke Perry’s Porsche from “90210” or Boss Hogg’s Caddy from “The Dukes of Hazzard.” And if you’re feeling like a little magic, you can get “I Dream of Jeannie’s” bottle, though there’s no guarantee of any wishes. Same with Thor’s hammer and Wonder Woman’s lasso.

If you are a successful bidder, let me know!

And coming up next, the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer collection!

 

 

 

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Hitchcock in Hitchcock Movies

Posted on September 5, 2020 at 8:00 am

Alfred Hitchcock fans loved to spot his cameos, which added a touch of whimsy to his thrillers. As time went on, he made sure they occurred early in the films to avoid distracting the audience. The biggest challenge he faced was in the movie “Lifeboat.” Unless he was going to play one of the characters in the title craft, how could he find a way to appear? The answer is delightful. He was on a diet at the time, and had lost a lot of weight. So, he created a fake ad for a diet medicine and had it in a newspaper that appeared in the film. People actually wrote and asked him where they could get some as it was so effective!

Here’s a compilation of Hitchcock’s cameos.

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Coming to TCM in September: Women Make Movies

Posted on July 10, 2020 at 5:14 pm

TCM has announced a fabulous line-up of movies by women for September and October, including “1 groundbreaking documentary, 100 films, 100 filmmakers, 12 decades, 6 continents, 44 countries.”

Films include:

Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay

Elaine May’s Mikey and Nicky

Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust

Claire Denis’ Beau Travail

Mabel Normand’s Mabel’s Strange Predicament

Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere

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