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Week of May 6th to May 12th 2013 - Volume One, Issue Thirteen
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Dear Movie Lover,
Handsome is as handsome does.


Growing up, many of us may recall hearing these  words of wisdom.  An English proverb taken to mean physical beauty isn't as important as good behavior.


Personally, I take it to mean that one is only as beautiful/handsome/pretty as your deeds. (Think model/actress Naomi Campbell, for instance.)


This week, features two films  whose leading ladies' good works express these sentiments to a "t".


Our first focus is Rita Hayworth starring with Gene Kelly in the 1944 musical Cover Girl. This film tells the story of a chorus girl (played by Hayworth) given a chance at stardom when she is offered an opportunity to be a highly paid magazine model.


MovieWatch has the info on when to view this showcase for the talents of Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers and Eve Arden. Plus a cameo by a then just-discovered Shelly Winters. See if you can spot her as one of the eager autograph hounds.


Rita Hayworth's looks and talent brought her great fame in life. In Star Turn, we'll learn how, after she succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease in 1987,  her name made a truly indelible mark with the founding of the Rita Hayworth Alzheimer Disease Association.  


Elizabeth Taylor's incandescent beauty in Last Time I Saw Paris caused the New York Times to describe her as "delectable." And she was. But Ms.Taylor was a a formidable fighter, as her efforts on behalf of the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation will attest.


Star Turn discusses Miss Taylor's leadership in founding  the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation as a potent force in mobilizing the entertainment, arts and fashion communities in advocacy efforts to raise much-needed  funds and awareness for people living with AIDS.


MovieWatch will guide you to Last Time I saw Paris, a film Variety (the premiere entertainment pub) called "an engrossing romantic drama."


Even natural beauties like Rita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor realized the camera could be fickle when it came to recording their looks. So they, and other famous beauties have always worked closely with Hollywood's makeup wizards. Our Did You Know column discusses  how makeup artists make sure film stars always put their best face forward. On camera. The Red Carpet. And wherever the paparazzi may strike.
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Movie Watch

Monday, May 06, 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 Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep 
Celebrity status comes with great power. Power to influence and make a difference. But Rita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor are two celebrities who did more than simply raise awareness.
Rita Hayworth appeared in a total of 61 films over 37 years. She is one of six women who had the distinction of dancing on screen with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. She is listed by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 Greatest stars of All Time.


The much-married beauty was one of the best known celebrities in the world. But it was only after her death from Alzheimer's Disease that Rita Hayworth left her indelible mark on the world. After years of stress, multiple marriages and heavy drinking,  Miss Hayworth was misdiagnosed as suffering from alcoholism. In fact, her drinking actually hid symptoms of what was eventually understood to be Alzheimer.


Under the care of her daughter Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Rita Hayworth lived out her final years in New York City. After her mother's death in 1987, Princess Yasmin put her considerable influence  behind the Alzheimer's Association. She continues to excel at raising funds and serves as Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors, thus ensuring her mother's continuing legacy to benefit the efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.


In the early 1980's, the discovery of HIV/AIDS not only changed the world forever, but also the life and purpose of Elizabeth Taylor. She was the first person in the entertainment industry to stand up and take charge when few were willing to listen and even fewer were willing to help.


Knowing her name and fame would open doors and cause the public and the media to pay attention, Elizabeth Taylor's influence broke down stereotypes associated with the disease. Her action enlightened the world to the fact that HIV/AIDS had the potential to affect everyone. By putting the clout of the entertainment industry firmly behind the cause, Elizabeth Taylor set into motion an alignment with the world of science and research.


Today, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation has provided over $12million in grants throughout the world to fund direct care to those living with AIDS as well as services for the prevention and spread of the disease.


Beautiful women. Beautiful legacies that live on as vital forces far beyond the world of film.
Did You Know?
Behind Every Famous Face On Film Is A Great Makeup Artist 
Let's face it, movie makeup artists are the unsung heroes of Hollywood. Film buffs and self-proclaimed cinema afficionados can usually name their top five directors at the drop of a powder puff. But even though their creations constantly face public scrutiny, the identities of Hollywood's top makeup artists goes largely unnoticed.
From the earliest days of the movies, makeup artists have had to combine their art with film-making technology. Actors in silent films, for example, wore heavy yellow makeup to compensate for film that was insensitive to the red end of the light spectrum.


Depending upon the demands of the movie director and the script, a film makeup artist may need to be adept in creating sophisticated high fashion looks. Or, they may need to rely on design, sculpting and creativity to alter an actor's looks by showing age, injury of an alien or cartoon  creature.


For example, makeup techniques and computer-generated images come together to create visions like Lod Voldermort's snail-like face in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). For that look, makeup was applied to actor Ralph Fiennes's face in the usual way but computer wizardry flattened his face and altered his nose.


From Spock's ears in the Star Trek movies to Nicole Kidman's glowing beauty and Harry Potter's scar and Hellboy's red facial prosthetic, all sorts of cinematic magic has relied on the skill and imagination of movie makeup artists.


Some little known facts:


The first Hollywood studio makeup department was established in 1917.


Supreme Greasepaint, the first makeup designed for movies was introduced by Max Factor in 1914.


When movie makeup expert Frank Westmore had to make up several thousand extras each day for
The Ten Commandments (1956), to do the job quickly, he invented the spray makeup technique that is still used today.
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Mike and Monika