Friday, May 30, 2014

Casting Coup Week: From Here to Eternity

Here 'tis! The final edition of Casting Coup Week, leading up to a retrospective of the films of 1953, starting Monday!

There's been quite a bit of fun between Andrew of Encore Entertainment and myself. You've seen us agree on Princess Ann in Roman Holiday and Diana in The Robe; we had our own interpretations of Julius Caesar; and even when we agreed on actors, we disagreed about who they should play, for Shane.

Now we come to the winner for Best Picture of the Year -- From Here to Eternity.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Casting Coup Week: Shane

Casting Coup Week is also up, followed by my retrospective of 1953. You should also check out Andrew's offerings over at his blog, but since you're already here, why not take in my re-casting of Shane?

You won't see little Joey Starrett represented here. I'm not about to try to remember all these damn kids.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Casting Coup Week: Roman Holiday

Casting Coup Week continues, as we play catch-up with a double-header. First The Robe; now, Roman Holiday, the film that swept ingenue Audrey Hepburn to stardom. And the rest, as they say, is history.

I'm sure you'll think my Princess Ann is predictable, since I said as much on Twitter not too long ago. Still, take a look -- not just at what I think, but at what Andrew has to say, too.

Casting Coup Week: The Robe

Casting Coup Week continues with our second nominee of 1953 -- the winner of Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color and of Best Costume Design, Color. Yes, it's the Cinemascope Christian epic THE ROBE.

Be sure you check out Andrew's picks as well!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Year is 1953....

Well, friends, here it is -- after months of work, I'm finally ready to address the films of 1953.

This originally began in December. I thought I'd blast through it, like I did with 1973, before plunging into 1932-33 -- you know, to coincide with the Oscars in March. And now it's Memorial Day weekend. Things happen.

A lot of this comes from the availability of some of the films -- why The President's Lady isn't available on Amazon, streaming, or even YouTube, is anyone's guess -- but mostly I was just drained. My day job as producer and head writer for Hollywood Today at BiteSizeTV is really kicking into high gear -- we did Sundance, we did Oscars, and there's more happening that I can't quite discuss, but hope to soon. Is it work? Of course it is! Is it rewarding? Like you wouldn't believe.

Humblebrag aside....

You know all about 1953, right?