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Monday
Aug282017

A steamy day in movie history

on this day (August 28th) in showbiz-related history, things get sweaty and hot hot hot... time to rub lemons all over our bare bodies.

1980 The 37th annual Venice Film Festival kicks off. The Golden Lion that year will prove to be a tie (!) with Atlantic City, starring Susan Sarandon and her lemons, and Gloria  splitting the top prize. Atlantic City will go on to five Oscar nominations including Best Picture

1981 Kathleen Turner and William Hurt do filthy things to each other in the window smashingly erotic Body Heat brand new in theaters on this day.

1987 Dennis Quaid fingers Ellen Barkin in The Big Easy  new in theaters. The orgasm is so explosive it rockets both careers to the next level instanteously.

1998 54, legendarily butchered in the editing room, attempts to chart the bisexual opportunist antics of Ryan Phillipe in his twink god years.

2009 Taking Woodstock opens in theaters with Emile Hirsch in his naked hippie mode and an early screen appearance by Jonathan Groff's crazy seductive bedroom eyes.

2014 Blake Lively attacked by bees!

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to Them!
Oscar Nominees: David Fincher, Quvenzhané Wallis
More Shiny Talents: Armie Hammer, Jennifer Coolidge, Jack Black, Jason Priestley, Daniel Stern, Luis Guzman, Billy Boyd, and Ai Weiwei
Les Chanteuses: Florence Welch, Shania Twain, LeAnn Rimes
Departed but Amazing: Artist Jack Kirby (how proud would he be of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?), genius cinematographer James Wong Howe, author Leo Tolstoy, actor Ben Gazzara, actress Helen Hayes, actor Vladimir Ivashov (BAFTA nominated star of a great Russian film Ballad of a Soldier)

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The 80s gave us a bit of everything. I miss that variety.

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Yeah, Gloria won that Golden Lion. Too bad Cassavetes never lived to win Cannes, too. He won Venice and years later he won Berlin for his masterpiece and best movie, Love Streams. I think he was starting to get the recognition he deserved. I think that in a few years, even if he didn't win more prizes, he would make Gena a Best Actress winner.

I really love Spacer, but Gena should win this. Spacek should have won for Carrie. And Dunaway should have won for Bonnie & Clyde, and Hepburn shouldn't have won that year.

You know how messy Oscars become because of a bad decision? If Hepburn hadn't won that year she still would have won the following year, Dunaway (despite being ultra wonderful in Network) would have already have won her Oscar, and Spacek could have won for her best performance.

That's why you have to be very careful about being giving somebody a second Oscar. Glenda Jackson's second Oscar made Burstyn win not for The Exorcist, but for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, in which she's as great as she was in The Exorcist, but she's not Gena in A Woman Under The Influence, the best performance of all time.

Same goes for Jane Fonda's second Oscar. She's terrific, but by refusing Geraldine Page that Oscar, Page beats Goldberg for The Color Purple.

Now, let's say Goldberg wins for The Color Purple. Berry wouldn't be the first black actress winner, and maybe Kidman wins. If Kidman wins for Moulin Rouge, Moore would have won her very deserved Oscar for Far From Heaven.

(I am considering nominees only, Watts and Huppert would have won in those years)

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Curious lack of love at the Césars for 'Atlantic City'... Only nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Music. What gives?

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

I think I learned everything I needed to know about good sex from Body Heat.

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

I think we should all have sex with Burt Lancaster, William Hurt and Dennis Quaid, and then decide who was best.

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

rlamybarlow -- I ACCEPT THIS CHALLENGE. who's in?

August 28, 2017 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

@forever1267-That's easy. Burt Lancaster. He's so handsome.

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

I like the way forever thinks- but Lancaster in his youthful peak was the top.

August 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Today marks the 25th anniversary of TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME. Considering what we just witnessed in episode 16, I'd say it's an appropriate time to mention it. What a bloody brilliant movie this is. I'm so happy it has finally come to be appreciated as a masterpiece.

August 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

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