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Monday, April 09, 2012

Jake Gyllenhaal, Jimmy Fallon, Paul Simon at "A Celebration of Paul Newman's Dream"

Jake Gyllenhaal attending "A Celebration of Paul Newman's Dream" Benefit - April, 2, 2012


Jake Gyllenhaal, Jimmy Fallon, Paul Simon at "A Celebration of Paul Newman's Dream", on April 2, 2012

Jake Gyllenhaal, Jimmy Fallon, Joanne Woodward, Josh Groban, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello attended "A Celebration Of Paul Newman's Dream" at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. Hollywood.TV was at the event to capture all the famous stars as they attended such a prestigious event!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Gene Kelly, ready for love: Making of "It's Always Fair Weather" (Outtakes)


Gene Kelly & Cyd Charisse in "Love Is Nothing but a Racket" dance number and "Behind the Scenes" from "It's Always Fair Weather" (1955) directed by Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” ― C.S. Lewis, "The Four Loves" (1960)

"Gene Kelly gets one of his very best solos. With roller-skates strapped to his feet, Kelly's Ted realizes that he is loved, and he is in love, and for that reason, he can stop hating himself. The revelation leads him to sing the infectious Comden and Green/Andre Previn tune "I Like Myself" and dance blissfully. Kelly taps in the skates as if it were the natural thing to do, then he immediately glides for a few feet in one single long take, just to prove that these aren't trick skates, and that there aren't any camera tricks either. It's just grace and athleticism, pure and simple, and it's exactly the type of moment that one watches musicals for. Coming at a time when the genre was on the cusp of extinction, and from a formerly embittered character like Ted, the number feels like a twofold miracle.

A new DVD release from Warner Brothers restores the theatrical aspect ratio and also provides fans with some extras. Included is a featurette (albeit one mainly stitched together from archival interviews), deleted numbers, and a segment from MGM Parade in which MGM star (and future California Senator) George Murphy offers us this gem: "Well I suppose all the children in the neighborhood will be trying to learn to do a tap-dance on roller-skates. Mom and Dad, don't you be too quick to stop them because it's good fun and it's good exercise, and I never heard of a juvenile delinquent on roller-skates, did you?" Source: www.brightlifghtsfilm.com

Ted Riley (Gene Kelly) eventually sees an escape from depression via the love of Jackie Leighton (Cyd Charisse), a pushy intellectual female type feared by our 50s culture. Ted respects Jackie enough to want to reform for her. The plot comes to a head with an effective early use of the clever "live TV" gag of tricking a criminal (crooked boxing promoter J. C. Flippen) into blabbing his crimes on the air. If one wants to psychoanalyze the film even further, it's curious to note that the malaise affecting our three ex-warriors is only banished through more good-vs.-evil violence, in a televised brawl with the gangster thugs.

The musical numbers contain some great highlights. Although Cyd Charisse doesn't dance with Gene -- an omission to be regretted after their 'Monumental' pairing in Singin' in the Rain -- her "Baby, You Knock Me Out" with a gymnasium full of boxers is a terrific number designed along 50s graphic lines -- flat perspective, like a mural. Although dancers get involved for the really difficult stuff, Kelly rehearsed a bunch of broken-nosed and cauliflower-ear types to participate in the heavy dance work, led by the diminutive Lou Lubin (Irving August in 'The Seventh Victim') as Lefty Louie, a gym trainer.

All of the dances in "It's Always Fair Weather" are demanding, but Kelly saves the toughest for himself. When Ted Riley foils the gangsters and rediscovers that, "I Like Myself," he does an entire routine on roller skates... tapping, dancing and gliding on MGM's exterior New York set. It all looks too easy -- we can imagine that even Kelly must have taken a nasty fall or two.

Angie and Doug are returning to their wives while Ted has found Jackie, with a reprise of their "The Time has Come for Parting" song. Their new "military victory" has made them feel good about themselves again. But this time when they part, there are no plans for a future reunion -- it's as if they know that they just aren't natural friends anymore. "Comedy" writers Comden and Green really put some thought into this story.

The featurette 'Going Out on a High Note' is surprisingly critical of the film, indicating how it's always suffered by comparison with earlier 'classics' and its status marking the end of the road for the MGM musical tradition. Clip extras include two B&W MGM TV show clips with Charisse and Kelly, daily clips from "The Binge" (the trash can dance), an audio outtake from an unused number, and deleted scenes from two numbers, including Michael Kidd's elaborate "Jack and the Space Giants" number.

Gene Kelly (Photographed by Gjon Mili) in "Cover Girl" (1944) - "Alter Ego" Dance Number

“I haven’t a worry, I haven’t a care, I feel like a feather that’s floating on air, fit as a fiddle and ready for love!” ('Fit As A Fiddle' - "Singing In The Rain")

“You keep going as long as you find happiness in helping people realise their dreams.” -Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly receiving the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in 1985: "I am pleased to be here tonight and very proud. I hope I can be humble, but I’m working on that. In truth I never wanted to be a dancer. My whole ambition was to play short-stop for the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, I did discover girls, and that the girls liked the fellas who were good dancers… the only way you could get your arm round a girl was to ask her to dance…"

“You need a lot of talent around you. There are no auteurs in musical movies… I’d like to say a quick word about the people that the public never see, not only the photographers, art directors, costume designers, but the Minnellis, the Donens, the Freeds, the Pasternaks, the Comdens and Greens, the Haneys, Coynes, Bakers, Romeros, Edens, Chaplins. All these people who knocked themselves out so that we could look good. The men who arranged the music… no-one knows their names, they don’t get enough credit. The other thing these people did, they made us strive to do better. Now perhaps I’m making this sound like hard work, well it was, but we had fun, we had the best of times. And I think it was because we all thought we were trying to create some kind of magic and joy. And you know, that’s what you do up there.”

“You dance love, you dance joy and you dance dreams. And I know if I can make you smile by jumping over a couple of couches or by running through a rainstorm, then I’ll be very glad to be a song and dance man, and I won’t worry that the Pittsburgh Pirates lost one hell of a short-stop.”

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Footage of Gene Kelly on Broadway ("Pal Joey")

Gene Kelly as Joey Evans and Vivienne Segal as Vera Simpson in "Pal Joey" on Broadway, directed by George Abbott with choreography by Robert Alton. In the nightclub, the wealthy but bored married socialite Vera Simpson comes in with her friends and becomes interested in Joey (Gene Kelly).

Leila Ernst (Linda English) and Vivienne Segal (Vera Simpson) in Pal Joey (1941)


Footage of Gene Kelly on Broadway ("Pal Joey")

Jake Gyllenhaal, out for a stroll with sister Maggie in New York City

Jake Gyllenhaal, out for a stroll with sister Maggie in New York City, on April 5, 2012

Friday, April 06, 2012

"It's Always Fair Weather" (1955) extras


"It's Always Fair Weather" (1955) directed by Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly. Starring Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Michael Kidd, Dan Dailey, Dolores Gray

Special Featurettes from "It's Always Fair Weather" DVD: Going Out on a High Note, 3 outtake musical numbers: "The Binge/Trashcan Dance" (alternate takes), "Jack and the Space Giants" (with Michael Kidd) and "Love Is Nothing but a Racket" (with Gene Kelly & Cyd Charisse); Two segments from "The MGM Parade" featuring Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly; MGM cartoons: Deputy Droopy and Good Will to Men; Audio-only bonus: "I Thought They'd Never Leave" outtake featuring Dolores Gray's unused vocal; Trailer

Gene Kelly: "Cover Girl", "Lucky Guy" video

Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth in "Cover Girl" (1944) directed by Charles Vidor

Kelly's "Alter-Ego" dance with his own reflection inspired his "Singin in the Rain" solo in the film of the same name several years later. Kelly said remembered..." I wanted to further the plot emotionally and not just be a musical interlude. But unless you're in a ballet, you just can't start to dance... so in 'Cover Girl' what I decided to do at this point was not state my thesis in a song, but in a few words which came over the soundtrack as if they were my 'stream of consciousness' and then go into a dance."

Stanley Donen said, "We would have to repeat the camera moves by ourselves, with Gene performing the dance twice to the prerecorded sound track. I knew it could be done by having him hit the same spots the second time as he did the first, which Gene could do, and then we could film it by having the camera hit the same marks both times, which I knew I could do." The amazing precision had a lot to do with Kelly's incredible ability... some called him the human metronome.

"Cover Girl" was a crucial turning point in Gene Kelly's career. He was a contract player at MGM, and he was antsy. He dreamed of reinventing the Hollywood musical inspired by the model created by choreographer Agnes De Mille on stage. In her landmark Broadway dances in Oklahoma, the dance evolved from the drama, instead of interrupting it.

He got his chance when Cover Girl's producer wanted to borrow him from MGM for the part of nightclub owner Danny McGuire opposite Rita Hayworth. Columbia's belligerent mogul, Harry Cohn, was reluctant. He considered Hayworth his protegé and protested, "That tough Irishman with his tough Irish mug? You must be joking. You couldn't put him in the same frame with my Rita." Source: www.moviediva.com


Gene Kelly ("Lucky Guy") video, featuring stills of Gene Kelly and co-stars. Soundtrack: "You're a lucky guy" by Tony Pastor, "Paradise" (performed by Helen Forrest, composed by Artie Shaw),"You, Wonderful You" (performed by Gene Kelly, composed by Jack Brooks and Saul Chaplin) and "For Me and My Gal" (performed by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, composed by George W. Meyer).

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

"Living in a Big Way" (1947) by Gregory La Cava, starring Gene Kelly & Marie McDonald

Gene Kelly as Leo Gogarty and Marie McDonald as Margaud Morgan in "Living in a Big Way" (1947) directed by Gregory La Cava


Living in a Big Way (1947) directed by Gregory La Cava, starring Gene Kelly, Marie McDonald, Phyllis Thaxter, etc.

Gene Kelly didn't really want to make "Living in a Big Way". Since his release from the Navy, MGM had had little for him to do. The studio was focusing on bigger male stars who had been kept off the screen longer by military duty. In addition, executives weren't sure if the brash persona he had already developed in films like his debut, "For Me and My Gal" (1942), and "Anchors Aweigh" (1945) would play well in peacetime.

Still, he had enough of a fan following that his presence could bolster beauty queen Marie McDonald, whom MGM was trying to turn into a star to rival Lana Turner. Kelly didn't like the colorless role the script offered or the fact that he'd be teamed with an actress best known by the nickname her press agents had created, "The Body."

Gregory La Cava's improvisatory approach was a boon to Kelly. When the dancing star suggested adding some musical numbers to the film, La Cava was all too willing. Kelly and Donen staged a romantic duet for the courtship scenes with McDonald, a comic dance with a dog who, like Kelly, has been rejected by the leading lady, and a lengthy sequence in which Kelly seemingly improvises an athletic dance to entertain some children while he's building a house.

The dog dance gave Kelly a chance to choreograph around the character's persona, something he and Donen would explore further in the "Day in New York" ballet for On the Town. The improvisatory feel of the house-building routine would become a Kelly staple in films like "Summer Stock" (1950), "An American in Paris" (1951) and "Singin' in the Rain."

When the film was finally finished, it did poorly at the box office. Later critics have noted that La Cava's directions revealed a comic dimension to Kelly's acting that had not been exploited well before and that the film fits well with the director's other comic treatments of class warfare.

Screenplay: Gregory La Cava, Irving Ravetch
Based on a story by La Cava
Cinematography: Harold Rosson
Cast: Gene Kelly (Leo Gogarty), Marie McDonald (Margaud Morgan), Charles Winninger (D. Rutherford Morgan), Phyllis Thaxter (Peggy Randall), Spring Byington (Mrs. Morgan), Jean Adair (Abigail Morgan), Clinton Sundberg (Everett Hanover Smythe), Barbara Billingsley (G.I. Bill's Wife), Ellen Corby (Broken Arms' Sailors Wife), Charles Lane (Hawkins), Marie Windsor, Shelley Winters (Junior League Girls). Source: www.tcm.com

Gene Kelly is just so damn beautiful it hurts. He’s also such a great actor. In this film he is allowed a great range of emotions, as well as some truly stunning dance routines – choreographed by himself and Stanley Donen.

The film begins during the war – when Kelly’s Leo Gogarty meets Marie McDonald’s Margo at a dance and the two get themselves into one of those hasty “war marriages.” They also share a dance scene that is so hot they might have well have been having sex right there. The film then cuts to three years later, when the war is over and soldiers are returning home. As you can imagine, chaos ensues.

Apparently MGM wanted to use this film to launch McDonald as a Lana Turner type star. You can see they did a pretty good job with the ice blonde hair and styling, but as charming as McDonald is, she just doesn’t have “it” and Kelly outshines her so consistently it is hard to watch sometimes. Source: cinema-fanatic.com

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Ellen Pompeo flirted with Jake Gyllenhaal 10 years ago, before filming "Moonlight Mile"

Jake Gyllenhaal in a promotional shoot of Moonlight Mile (2002)

Ellen Pompeo says that a young Jake Gyllenhaal, flirted with her during a chance meeting 10 years ago.

The Grey's Anatomy actress recalled walking into an audition only to find out that the young man she would be reading with was the same one she had randomly met.

"I had met Jake a couple of weeks prior on the sidewalk!" she told reporters at a recent press conference. "I walked into the room and I saw Jake and I said, 'Oh my God, it's you!' We sort of bumped into each other. He told me I was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen." "I said, 'He's 12! And maybe we'll see each other again and I should leave!' There were sparks, but we just bolted."

Ellen, 42, said that director Brad Silberling picked up on the tension between them.

"We were like, 'No, we don't know each other. We made love to each other not speaking on the sidewalk, but we don't' know each other!'" Ellen laughed.

Jake, 31, and Ellen ended up starring together in the 2002 film Moonlight Mile. Source: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Gene Kelly: "It had to be you" video, The Making of "Summer Stock" with Judy Garland


Gene Kelly ("It had to be you") video: a musical video featuring stills of Gene Kelly and his partenaires Judy Garland, Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron, Vera-Ellen, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg, Lucille Ball, Pier Angeli, Lana Turner, Marie McDonald, Deanna Durbin, François Dorleac, etc., and the dance number from "Living in a big way" by Gregory La Cava. Soundtrack: "It Had To Be You" by Isham Jones Orchestra (performed by Gene Kelly), "Goodnight, sweetheart, it's time to go" by The Platters, "It Had To Be You" performed by Frank Sinatra, "Let's Dance" by Mike Love, "Dance, dance, dance" by The Beach Boys


Documentary about the making of the 1950 musical starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly


The Making Of 'Summer Stock' (1950) PART 2

Monday, April 02, 2012

Jake Gyllenhaal attends 'A Celebration of Paul Newman's Dream' Benefit


Jake Gyllenhaal Talks To In Touch At "A Celebration Of Paul Newman's Dream" in NYC

Jake Gyllenhaal shopping at Gelson's Supermarket in Los Angeles - March, 27, 2012

Jake Gyllenhaal attends 'A Celebration of Paul Newman's Dream' Benefit - April 2, 2012

Elvis Costello, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Groban, Tina Fey, and Jimmy Fallon took to the Lincoln Center stage Monday night at the Celebration of Paul Newman’s Dream, a benefit for the late actor’s Hole in the Wall Camps. Paul Simon thrilled the crowd with an acoustic rendition of “Sounds of Silence,” and Trisha Yearwood accompanied a group of campers in a song of their choosing, Miley Cyrus’s “Climb.” Source: www.vanityfair.com