Entertainment Weekly writer Chris Nashawaty was kind enough to inform us that the magazine's web site has a great story regarding rare photos taken during the auditions for the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. As we all know, George Lazenby ended up in the role, but there are some fascinating shots that are new to us of the rehearsals - as well as a montage of the actors who auditioned that previously appeared in an issue of Life magazine. Chris, who authored the article, is also perceptive enough to call the film the best of all the Bonds. The photos were taken by Loomis Dean. To view click here
Although blockbusters like Airport used to receive Best Picture nominations, in more recent years Oscar has relegated them to technical categories.
The expansion of Oscar's Best Picture category to ten nominees is
supposed to expand recognition for genres generally ignored by the
Academy when it comes to major nominations: action, comedy, sci-fi,
horror and comedy. Although audiences flock to such films, fans often
accuse Oscar voters of being elitist for perpetually showering
nominations on heavy dramas or "message" movies. There have been
exceptions over the years, but by-and-large films like The Dark Knight rarely get nominated for major awards. That was not always the case. In the 1970s, blockbusters like Airport and The Towering Inferno scored Best Picture nominations. Industry insiders speculate that the expansion of the Best Picture categories will not see an increase in nominations for popular films in the aforementioned genres. Instead, the slots might be taken by smaller, art house movies. For Variety's analysis click here
RETRO-ACTIVE: THE BEST FROM CINEMA RETRO'S ARCHIVES
There HAD to be a couple of redeeming values to Valley of the Dolls aside from the unintended laughs. Here Barbara Parkins proves that's the case in this provocative (for 1967) publicity photo for the film.
He was born Burton Stephen Lancaster but we just knew him as Burt. Seen here in The Crimson Pirate, we get a stark illustration of how dreary the leading man shortage has become in Hollywood. Can you image ANYONE looking like this in a contemporary film? (Well, okay, maybe Adam Sandler...)