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Week of April 15th to April 21st 2013 - Volume One, Issue Ten
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Dear Movie Lover,
April 15th. Yes indeed, it's Tax Day. But let's not let rendering to Caeser overshadow other events that took place on this auspicious date.


We'd like to cite April 15,1947 as an example. That's the day Jackie Robinson became the first African American player in Major League Baseball when he stepped onto Ebbits Field to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers.


Not so coincidentally, 42, the new biographical film about the life of Jackie Robinson, starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role with Harrison Ford, will open in theaters across the nation the weekend of April 12th.


Come to think of it, does anybody know how April 15th became the day the Tax Man Cometh? There are several theories.
We like these two best.


The first claims that an early IRS Commissioner decided that while income tax was paid only by the very wealthy who went away for their summers, taxes should be collected before they left town.


This explains the time frame. But a recent article pinpoints the exact date when Congress passed the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution and chose March 1, 1914  as the filing deadline.


This became March 15th in 1918 and  April 15th in 1955. Moving back the date  gave the IRS more time to handle the work. More importantly, more time  before issuing refunds.


Overwhelmed by all of this? Total immersion in romance is the antidote. has three classic love stories scheduled this week; Blue Angel with Marlene Dietrich, Penny Serenade with Irene Dunne and Made For Each Other with Carole Lombard.


Movie Watch will tell you when to settle in with a glass of wine and box of Kleenex.


Dietrich. Dunne. Lombard. Iconic leading ladies who make us wonder about great film stars of both today and yesterday who work consistently. Whose films and images appear with regularity. While many contemporary actresses are off our radar even before we learn how to spell their names.This week's Star Turn explores the why.


Ever watch a movie and get a feeling you've been there before?
Well, you indeed may have, visually. As you'll learn in this week's Did You Know?, movie sets are highly recyclable.


Check out this week's The Quiz. It's like Pilates for the brain.

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Movie Watch

Monday, April 15, 2013

12:00 am Lagerfelt Confidential (Drama)
01:31 am Kill A Mocking Bird (Drama)
03:41 am Morons from Outer Space (Comedy)
05:11 am Sam's Song
06:40 am Teacher (Drama)
08:19 am Wackiest Wagon Train (Comedy)
09:46 am Real American Hero (Drama)
11:19 am Shooting (Western)
12:40 pm Man With The Golden Arm (Drama)
02:39 pm Return To Treasure Island (Thriller)
04:22 pm Rehearsal For Murder (Drama)
05:59 pm Holyman Undercover (Comedy)
07:22 pm Made For Each Other (Romance)
08:53 pm Penny Serenade (Romance)
10:47 pm Blue Angel (Romance)

Click here for the complete schedule
Star Turn:
Staying Power. The Essence Shared
By Great Actresses 
It's the magic something that puts the late Audrey Hepburn's image on the cover of Vanity Fair's May 2013 issue. Her acting legacy, looks and style continue to inspire and invite imitation.


It's the essence that signs seasoned actress Jacqueline Bisset to star as the wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film about the NYC sex scandal that ended his chance to become president of France.


Or graces femme fatale Charlotte Rampling with a major role in next season's TV series  "Dexter." Classic and classy continue to be her trademarks.


In a Hollywood sense, staying power is synonymous with versatility. Not just in the sense of triple threat actor-singer-dancer. But the ability to assume the character. BE that character.


So who among today's female talents have that indefinable ingredient called Staying Power? We like these three.


Anne Hathaway
Dramatic actress, singer, dancer and comedienne, this dark-eyed beauty has class and talent to spare. Her dramatic turn in Brokeback Mountain proved that Anne was more than just a pretty face. In The Devil Wears Prada, Anne played her role so effortlessly it barely seemed she was acting at all. Her performance as Fantine in Les Miserables won rave reviews and a 2012 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


Natalie Portman
Ever since she hit the big screen in the 1994 action film Leon:The Professional, Natalie Portman was destined for mainstream success.


Zoolander, Cold Mountain, Garden State and the 2004 hit Closer are films that crowd Natalie Portman's resume.Her performance as Alice in Closer earned a 2004 Supporting Actress Golden Globe as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


V for Vendetta opened in 2006 with Portman in the role of Eve Hammond, a young woman who is saved from the Secret Police by the main character, V.  She famously shaved her head, making both critics and producers sit up and take notice.


But it was her role as a young ballerina in the 2010 film Black Swan that made Natalie Portman a star with Staying Power. To prepare for her role, she went through eight hours of dance training for six months. Her efforts won Natalie Portman both the 2011 Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress.


Scarlett Johansson
Her beauty is obvious. But good looks are not all this savvy young woman has to offer. This girl can act. Scarlett captured the attention of moviegoers as a young girl in The Horse Whisperer. Only a few short years later she has cemented her place in Hollywood with roles in Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring and Vicky Christina Barcelona.


Glamorous, beautiful, talented, sexy and dedicated are just a few of the reasons Scarlett Johansson joins our picks of actresses who possess that certain something called Staying Power.
Did You Know?
Warning: Audiences May Experience
Movie Set Deja Vu 
From The Bible to Batmobile, Hollywood was recycling long before carbon became an issue. It's fun to spot Hollywood saving a buck now and then by resorting to its vast archives of props. See if you
recognize any of these recycled film moments.


Slightly Scarlet (1956)
Recall the grand staircase that dominated the center hall of the Atlanta mansion shared by Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler in the 1939 Academy Award-winning  Gone With the Wind? Well, it must've had an affinity for scarlet because it appeared again as a major prop in the 1956 drama Slightly Scarlet starring Arlene Dahl, a famed redheaded beauty. In keeping with the scarlet theme, perhaps?


Gone With the Wind (1939)
The burning of the Atlanta train depot, the most challenging scene of the production, involved destroying several old sets including some from King Kong (1933); the "great wall" set had already been re-used in The Garden of Allah (1936).


Ice Station Zebra (1968)
Submarine footage from the Alex Sturges cold war thriller did the rounds extensively in Hollywood.
Grey Lady Down (1978), Firefox (1982) and Never Say Never Again (1983) are just a few of the movies that saved thousands of dollars by using those created for Zebra.


The Ten Commandments (1956)
The material properties for The Egyptian (1954) were a budget-slashing boon for Cecil B. DeMille's remake of his silent classic. A few actors were recycled too, even though Commandments was set 70 years after The Egyptian.


Casablanca (1942)
Bogey's most famous work was subject to the usual structures and penny-pinching of any other "B" movie filler. The train station set was a lift from Now Voyager (1942) and the film's opening music is a re-worked version its composer Max Steiner's  1934 The Lost Patrol.


Young Frankenstein (1974)
Mel Brooks sought out Kenneth Strickfaden's original lab devices from Frankenstein (1931) for his spoof/homage.


Monty Python's Life of Brian (1978)
It may have appealed to the Pythons' that such a respectful production as Franco Zeffirelli's big budget adaptation of Jesus of Nazareth  (1977) would end up doing double duty for their controversial look at the political side of the church.
The Quiz
How well do you really know the stars? Take The Quiz and find out. But please don't peek at the answers shown at the bottom of this newsletter.
A. What article of Marilyn Monroe's personal wardrobe recently went for $30,000 at auction?
B. In what 2008 comedy did Nathan Lane play a politician?
C. Natalie Portman took English lessons to prepare for her role in which 2006 film? 
Back Talk
We welcome our readers' thoughts, comments and opinions to our Tune and Watch forum. We look forward to getting yours. Simply contact and let us know what's on your mind.


The Quiz - Answers
A. The bra Miss Monroe wore in Some Like It Hot  (1959).
B. Nathan Lane portrayed Martin Fox, a presidential campaign manager in the 2008 Swing Vote.
C. In order to sound like an authentic Brit, Portman took voice lessons to prepare for
    her role in V For Vendetta.

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Mike and Monika