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Week of November 24th to November 30th 2013 - Volume One, Issue Forty-Two.
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Dear Movie Lover,

But this year, instead of "would you like white or dark meat?" The question of the day seems to be: to shop or
not to shop?
As a growing number of retail stores are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day, people are expressing mixed emotions about whether to put down that drumstick, pick up purses and head for the nearest mall.
Many (this writer included) may feel something is lost every time a family day is turned into a working day for retail. While many big box stores, chains and others grab headlines for starting the holiday shopping season on Thanksgiving Day, several retailers are standing firm on their commitment to a national day off.
Stores staying closed are scoring points with shoppers and workers upset about being strong-armed into cutting their Thanksgiving short in order to take advantage of Black Friday deals. In fact, some shoppers took to company Facebook pages, arguing that stores are injecting consumerism into a holiday meant for family and friends.
Will the Thanksgiving spirit and purpose be lost now that shoppers can line up at retailers' doors?  The fear is there will be no going back and this national holiday will simply become a gateway to the holiday shopping hustle...with a little turkey and stuffing thrown in. Stay tuned!
Among much buzz ahead of a formal announcement, the BBC has quoted Python Terry Jones as saying (or paraphrasing Mickey Rooney) "we're  getting together and putting on a show".
Jones continued with the news that Monty Python members John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin would announce a stage show. He didn't provide any further details as to how long the show would run, whether it would tour or if it would contain old or new material.
Buzz had been building in London after invites were received to a press conference at the Playhouse Theatre where Monty Python's Spamalot is playing.  Rumors of a reunion have regularly been surfacing. However, earlier this year a film producer won a legal case against the surviving members of Monty Python over royalty rights to the hit stage show.
Will that present a bit of a sticky wicket?
Western Costume's collection of Von Trapp lederhosen will hit he auction block on December 21st.

 It may not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens but Christopher Plummer's Captain Von Trapp outfit might very well be one of our favorite things---as far as film costume is concerned.
On December 21st, famed Los Angeles costume house Western Costumes is releasing 14 pieces of Von Trapp-worn gear for an auction hosted by Profiles in History (
Among the distinctive pieces being auctioned; Christopher Plummer's Captain Von Trapp jacket and pants worn in the
Edelweiss and So Long, Farewell musical numbers and different pieces worn by the Von Trapp children including the capes during the Climb every Mountain number and outfits for the Do-Re-Mi sequence.
The lot is expected to fetch between $150,000 to $250,000---enough for more than a few cases of crisp apple strudel and a schinitzel with noodles or two.

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Coming Attractions:  
Nov 24th - Nov 30th 
Check Today's Listings for dates and times (ET) of these features as well as more great films. All the time.
A Box For Rob
Robb Spencer is a troubled man and his world begins to really unravel when a murder happens. All fingers seem to point to him. The dark secret of Robb's childhood becomes reality. But is he a killer?
Running Time: 100 Minutes Drama Mystery
Starring: Mark Scarboro, Brett Gentile, IronE Singelton
Directed By: Renzo Vasquez
Clipping Adam
Despite what he says, Adam is not "fine". The summer before freshman year should be a time full of possibilities. But Adam struggles with family tragedy and everyday teenage growing pains.
Running Time: 90 Minutes Inspirational Family Drama
Starring: Chris Eigerman, Louise Fletcher, Robert Pine
Directed By: Michael Picchiottino
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Two singers, best friends Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris pursued by a private detective hired by Lorelei's fiancÚ's disapproving father to keep an eye on her.
Running Time: 91 Minutes Romantic Comedy Musical
Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn
Directed By: Howard Hawks
High Plains Drifter
A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago and is hired to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off outlaws who are on their way.
Running time: 105 Minutes Western
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill
Directed By: Clint Eastwood
Star Turn:
And Facts You May Not Know About
One of America's Most Loved Films

The sequel, titled It's A Wonderful Life; The Rest of the Story is aimed at a 2015 holiday release. It will focus on George Baily's unlikable grandson---also named George Baily---with the actress who portrayed ZuZu in the original is returning to play his guardian angel.
The original film starred Jimmy Stewart as George Baily and Donna Reed as his wife Mary. In this version Karolyn Grimes, who played George Baily's daughter ZuZu, will return as the angel who shows Baily's cantankerous grandson how different the world would have been had he never been born.

Grimes will be remembered as Baily's toddler daughter who declared  the iconic line "every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings" in the original version about a troubled family man whose near-suicide on Christmas Eve brings on the intervention of his guardian angel.
No casting decisions for the lead roles of Baily's grandson will be made until February but producers have also begun discussions with original cast members Jimmy Hawkins who portrayed Tommy Baily and Carol Coombs who played Janie Baily, to reprise their roles as well.
According to Bob Farnsworth and Martha Bolton who have written the screenplay, "The storyline of the new film retains the spirit of the original---every life is important as long as you have friends."
As just about everyone knows It's  A Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas drama produced and directed by Frank Capra. The film is regarded as a classic and a staple of Christmas television around the world. Despite an initially poor box office performance due to high production costs and stiff competition at the time of its release, It's A Wonderful Life is considered to be one of the most critically acclaimed films ever made.
Some Little Known Facts...

Although James Stewart is often referred to as Frank Capra's only choice to play George Baily, film historians indicate that Henry Fonda and Cary Grant were in the running. In a 1973 interview, Stewart declared that out of all the movies he made, It's A Wonderful Life was his favorite.
In 1990, the film was deemed culturally, historically and aesthetically significant by the US Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film registry.
...And Goofs

  • During filming the scene where Uncle Billy gets drunk at a party, George points him in the right direction home. As the camera focuses on George smiling as his uncle staggers away, a crash is heard in the distance and Uncle Billy yells "I'm all right. I'm alright!" Equipment on the set had actually been knocked over and Capra left in the noise and the impromptu ad lib.
  • Young George Baily is shown working in a drugstore in 1919 but he's standing next to a Coca Cola Silhouette Girl thermometer that wasn't produced until 1938.
  • James Stewart's toupee (you didn't know?) falls off after he and Donna Reed fall into the pool during the Charleston scene on the high school gym floor that recedes to reveal the swimming pool.
Although we have to wait until the 2015 holiday season, It's a Wonderful Life; The Rest of the Story is a treat well worth looking forward to!
Did You Know?
Celebrity TidBits

Here's A Heads Up! Movie star smiles can do all the talking even before their lips start to move.
To make whiter, healthier-looking teeth a star's best asset, celebrity makeup pro's recommend
Pearly Wipes. So now, many stars always arm themselves with a few packets of these tiny pads which are moistened with water, sorbitol, hydrogen peroxide and glycerin. After a hearty sip of wine, tea, coffee or anything stainable, they just discreetly them wipe over the ivories to avoid any potential yellowing.  A purse or pocketable packet is $8.00 at drugstores.
Cutting-edge gizmos for the future Hollywood exec, from smart tags that track your luggage to a lock that automatically un-locks when it senses your approach.

TrakDot Luggage Tracker

Slip the wafer-size TrakDot ( your luggage and utilizing patented triangulation technology, it automatically will transmit the location of your bag to your cellphone.
Digital Diary

With wearable tech being the next big thing, the Narrative Digital Diary offers a whimsical take. Clip the tiny camera to your person and it automatically shoots two geo-tagged photos per minute. The Narrative's app then organizes them into a photo timeline of your life.
August Smart Lock

It's a lock to like. When paired with iOS and Android smartphones and installed on a door, the August Smart Lock automatically unlocks as you approach. You can also create digital keys that
allow access.

Bang & Olufsen's Ear Set 3i

Earbuds that fit from Danish electronics legend Bang & Olufson marries earbuds and a built-in microphone to an adjustable behind-the-ear padded loop.
You'll likely need an NBA star's salary to indulge in Hermes' latest offering.

To commemorate the recent remodeling of its Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills store, the French luxury goods maker Hermes has created a limited edition of special items including its first-ever basketball. Only two of the bright blue calfskin balls have been created at a price only Kobe or LeBron could love.
The fashion brand which has turned out footballs and soccer balls in the past, eschewed its signature orange in favor of a California chic cool blue for the bull calfskin ball that's made using the same hand-stitched technique as Hermes coveted Birkin bags.
Is the sporty piece de resistance meant to be for play or display? The high fashion brand insists it certainly can be used to shoot albeit elegant hoops.

See you on every day. Where the films are always fabulous and always free. On desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Mike and Monika


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