5 Movies Directed by Nicholas Ray

An auteur before the term was popular, Nicholas Ray directed moody psychological dramas, including the movie that turned James Dean into an icon.

‘Wizard of Oz’ Actress Margaret Pellegrini Dies at 89

Actress Margaret Pellegrini, one of many actors who played Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz (1939), died from a stroke in her Glendale, AZ home on Aug. 7, 2013. She was 89 years old. Only fifteen at the time the movie was made, Pellegrini had uncredited roles as a flowerpot Munchkin and one of the sleepyhead kids. … Read Full Post

Iconic ‘Maltese Falcon’ Set for Auction

The jewel-encrusted falcon that drove the plot of John Huston ‘s classic film noir The Maltese Falcon (1941) will be put up for auction in New York this November. Obtained directly from Warner Bros’ prop department, the falcon will be sold to the highest bidder at What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic at Auction, as Curated by Turner Classic Movies . Appraised by fine art auctioneers Bonhams as well as TCM, the famed blackbird will be sold on Nov. 25th, with part of the proceeds going to benefit Martin Scorsese ‘s Film Foundation. … Read Full Post

DreamWorks to Revive John Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

One of literature’s all-time great novels might be adapted for the big screen yet again. With the 75th anniversary of the novel’s release coming next year, The Grapes of Wrath had suddenly become something of a hot property with several parties interested in making another movie out of the material. … Read Full Post

Luise Rainer Movies

The rapid rise and sudden decline of actress Luise Rainer has been Hollywood legend since she left the movie business in the late 1930s. Enormously gifted and undeniable luminous, Rainer shot to the top by becoming the first actress to ever win two Oscars for Best Actress, only to make a small string of mediocre films that led to her self-imposed exile once losing all desire to perform onscreen. While her career has been viewed as something of a cautionary tale, Rainer nonetheless has remained a source of endless fascination.

Gene Kelly Movies

A vibrant actor, singer, dancer, director and choreographer, Gene Kelly became synonymous with the movie musical in the 1940s and 1950s. Along with contemporary Fred Astaire, Kelly was classic Hollywood’s most famous song-and-dance man and rode the wave of the musical genre’s height of popularity, only to fade from view by the late 1960s.

Hitchcock’s ‘The Lady Vanishes’ Now on Blu-ray

Thanks to the Criterion Collection, Alfred Hitchcock ‘s The Lady Vanishes becomes the first film from his British period to be released on Blu-ray. A delightful and witty comedic thriller, the movie focuses on a beautiful young woman, Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood), traveling across Europe by train. While on board, she meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty), only to be hit in the head with a flowerpot meant for her companion. … Read Full Post

Thanksgiving in the Movies: Myth vs. Reality

While we enjoy our turkey and stuffing, we might want to think about how much our movie-inspired image of that day in 1620 differs from the reality.

Alfred Hitchcock and…James Brown?

Talk about strange bedfellows. Hat tip to MovieLine for digging up a fabulous YouTube clip of Alfred Hitchcock and James Brown on the old Mike Douglas talk show. The Hardest Working Man … Read Full Post

Jane Russell (1921 – 2011)

TCM remembers the voluptuous star of The Outlaw, Gentleman Prefer Blondes, The Paleface, Macao and other key films in her movie career.