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Week of April 29th to May 5th 2013 - Volume One, Issue Twelve
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Dear Movie Lover,
There's no business like a family business! Especially when it's acting. Whether treading the boards or emoting in front of the camera, the talent to perform runs in some families and absolutely gallops in others.

 

We'll take a brief look at the acting dynasty phenomenon in this week's Star Turn.

 

Of course, no performer can do justice to a role unless he or she is properly dressed for the part. In this week's Did You Know? we'll learn how the right outfits can make or break a shot. It's a peek into the world of the Wardrobe Supervisor.

 

Check out The Quiz this week. Makes for great small talk at cocktail parties and on blind dates.
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Movie Watch

Monday, April 29, 2013

12:00 am Fat Spy (Comedy)
01:22 am Abilene Town (Western)
02:51 am Bill Collector (Drama)
04:28 am Breathless (Drama)
05:54 am Clipping Adam (Drama)
07:19 am Crazy Streets (Drama)
08:42 am Secret at Arrow Lake (Drama)
10:05 am Rehearsal For Murder (Drama)
11:42 am Hangmen (Drama)
01:12 pm Hannibal Brooks (Comedy)
02:54 pm Real American Hero (Drama)
04:27 pm Coffin (Thriller)
05:54 pm Bingo Confidential (Comedy)
07:23 pm Bill Collector (Drama)
08:59 pm Holyman Undercover (Comedy)
10:22 pm Rehearsal For Murder (Drama)

Click here for the complete schedule
Star Turn:
When Acting Is The Family Business 
They can't help it! Stars who spring from theatrical clans seem to have acting in their genes.

 

Sometimes the family business is a full blown dynasty like the Barrymores, the Hustons and the Redgraves.
Others are more of a cottage industry, like Tippi Hendron and daughter Melanie Griffith, Jamie Lee Curtis, whose parents were Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. Or Mariska Hargitay, Jayne Mansfield's beautiful and talented child.

 

One of filmdom's first modern Blonde Bombshells, Jayne Mansfield enjoyed great success on the screen, theater, television and as a vocalist. In the course of her career, the multi-talented star made personal appearances all over the US on stage and in supper clubs.

 

Our MoviesAndMore.tv director, Mike Doares, then a University of North Carolina undergrad, has a vivid recollection of Ms. Mansfield's visit to the University's Chapel Hill NC campus on Sunday
October 18 1964. Ms. Mansfield, who had been appearing in a Greensboro NC night club, visited 800 students to help inaugurate the social program of Morrison Residence Hall, a new UNC men's dormitory.

 

Mike remembers her charming acceptance of a plaque declaring Ms. Mansfield  an Honorary Lifetime House Mother, by assuring the crowd of students that "...and I can cook, too". The event was immortalized by the never-before-published photo shown here. Taken by the late Bill Norment, a friend of Mike's, the photo only came to light recently and shows Ms. Mansfield standing next to the famed UNC Victory Bell.
Jayne Mansfield's beauty and talent were most obviously inherited by daughter Mariska Hargitay.
Best known for her role as a New York City sex crimes Detective Olivia Benson on the NBC television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the role has earned her multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

 

This week, MoviesAndMore.tv will feature Single Room Furnished (1966). The film required Ms. Mansfield to portray three different characters and was her first starring dramatic role in several years. Briefly released in 1966, it didn't enjoy a full release until 1968, almost a year following her tragic and untimely death. MovieWatch has the particulars on when to catch this not-to-be-missed
treat. It's considered to be one of Jayne Mansfield's finest performances as she demonstrates her considerable dramatic acting abilities. Something she had longed to do throughout her career.

Did You Know?
You Gotta Dress The Part
Call them wardrobe mistresses...wardrobe masters...wardrobe supervisors. The name hardly defines the enormous scope of work this job encompasses. 

 

During the course of filming a movie, the wardrobe supervisor is responsible for all costumes, from the tiniest earring to something like an enormous train trailing off a Vampire's cape. A gorilla suit. Space garb. And everything in between. The job includes the wardrobe personnel working on the project. The individual in this key position makes certain every character is fully equipped, even assigning dressers who work closely with the film's stars and featured players.

 

In consultation with the production manager, stage manager and frequently with the director, the wardrobe supervisor determines when and how costume changes are made in coordination with the clothing and activities called for by the script. The current script, that is.

 

Frequently, last minute changes occur.  And when they do, this information must be immediately conveyed to everyone involved because it's essential that everything in a previous scene matches up with the new footage to be shot. Most times it does. But sometimes it's a toss-up. As in the case of the airborne jacket.

 

A well-respected wardrobe supervisor we know was working on a film that included a scene involving a young man entering a grocery store. The previous day, the decision was made for the actor to continue wearing a leather jacket he'd been seen in up to that point. It called for him to have it on once he was inside the store. Unfortunately, the dresser assigned to this actor hadn't noted the updated change in the day's script whose prior day's instructions stipulated "no jacket".

 

Luckily, the wardrobe mistress was on set and by some miracle, had the jacket in her hand. Because through her headphones, the director was yelling "is he wearing the #***###%% jacket or not"? Consummate professionals, both the wardrobe supervisor and the actor reacted immediately. As he strolled toward  the door off-camera, the actor held out his arms to the wardrobe gal's leather jacket Hail Mary pass. Lo and behold he caught it, managed to don it and arrived inside the grocery store set properly garbed.

 

The scenes matched. The Director's blood pressure level returned to normal. Life was good.

 

Sometimes the Wardrobe Supervisor or person-in-charge-of-wardrobe can miss the mark. Such was the case when the usually very together personal assistant to one of the world's greatest concert pianists left his formal shirts behind in his prestige Chicago hotel suite. They were checked out and in flight to Boston when the oversight was discovered by the personal assistant's sister-in-law. An  executive with a major cosmetic company, she was reviewing the hotel's accommodations in advance of a major event at the same hotel.

 

The oversight would never have come to light save for the fact that both personal assistant and corporate exec shared the same last name. The hotel representative noted this while she and Ms.
Exec were touring the concert pianist's former suite. That's when they saw the package of newly laundered and starched formal shirts resting comfortably on a sofa.

 

Now you must know that a concert pianist's job is---contrary to what you may think---very athletic. Therefore requiring  shirts to be custom made to allow "give" across the shoulders so the artist can comfortably reach the entire keyboard. It would be impossible to duplicate them by the next night's performance in Boston.

 

Never one to let down a family member or a fellow professional, the corporate exec tucked the shirts into her luggage and detoured to Boston, arriving just in time for the Maestro's sold-out performance, She was, of course, rewarded with a front row center seat.

 

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 film did Kirk Douglas direct that made Kiefer Sutherland a star?
B. In what film did both Kiefer Sutherland and Donald Sutherland appear together? 
C. What is one of Donald Sutherland's favorite hobbies?
Back Talk
We welcome our readers' thoughts, comments and opinions to our Tune and Watch forum. We look forward to getting yours. Simply contact Monica@moviesandmore.tv and let us know what's on your mind.

 

The Quiz - Answers
A. Kirk Douglas directed Kiefer Sutherland in his 1990 star-making role in Flatliners.
B. Both Donald and Kiefer Sutherland appeared in the 1983 comedy, Max Dugan Returns .
C. Donald Sutherland is an avid gardener with a passion for growing roses.

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