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Week of June 10th to June 16th 2013 - Volume One, Issue Eighteen.
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Dear Movie Lover,
Sharon Stone a Jewel Thief? Renee Zwillenger in Briget Jones III?  And a Roman Polanski film gets US Distribution. 

Was it buzz? Or baloney? Over the weekend in Cannes,  a front page field day erupted over Sharon Stone's being held by French police as a suspect in yet another million dollar Cannes jewelry heist. Turns out Ms. Stone's role in the heist was hoax. Great headlines while it lasted. 


Speaking of movie launches, film director Roman Polanski (persona non grata in the USA) will once again have an American presence when Robert Redford's Sundance Selects premieres his latest film, Venus In Fur.


Bridget Jones  on the Big Screen again? Quite possibly, according to author Helen Fielding, whose third book, Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy debuts October 15th. When asked if a film were in the works starring Renee Zellweger? Skirting the issue, Fielding answered"I do think it would make a good movie"


If our Memorial Day Movie Marathon whetted your appetite for films about World War II, you're in luck. All this week, we're featuring segments of Victory At Sea, the original TV broadcasts about naval warfare in WWII.


Check MovieWatch for times to view the series which won an Emmy as "best public affairs program".
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Movie Watch

Monday, June 10, 2013

12:00 am Victory At Sea Vol 1 (Drama)
12:26 am Charade (Romance)
02:20 am Hannibal Brooks (Comedy)
04:02 am McLintock (Western)
06:09 am Coffin (Thriller)
07:36 am Holyman Undercover (Comedy)
08:59 am My Name Is Nobody (Western)
10:54 am Secret at Arrow Lake (Drama)
12:18 pm Morons from Outer Space (Comedy)
01:48 pm Clipping Adam (Drama)
03:14 pm Crazy Streets (Drama)
04:36 pm Bedford SPRINGS (Drama)
06:03 pm Bingo Confidential (Comedy)
07:32 pm Bill Collector (Drama)
09:08 pm Coffin (Thriller)
10:35 pm Holyman Undercover (Comedy)

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Star Turn: Victory At Sea
The Award Winning Series Established New TV Programming: Historic Documentaries 
Victory At Sea, The TV series that won many honors including an Emmy and a Peabody Award was a groundbreaking event in television history. It was the first historic documentary series ever shown on the small screen.

Thus establishing the genre, the series was conceived by Henry Salomon. While he was a US Navy Lieutenant Commander during world War II, Salomon learned that the warring navies had compiled large amounts of film. When he left the Navy in 1948, Salomon approached NBC with the idea of turning the footage into a documentary.

The network approved the idea with Salomon as producer. Armed with a budget of $500,000, considered large for that era, his team of newsreel veterans searched naval archives around the world. They received complete cooperation from the US Navy, which recognized the publicity value of the project. They started with 60 million feet of film which Salomon's team edited to about 61,000 feet for broadcast.

By 1964, Victory at Sea had been broadcast throughout the US and in 40 foreign countries. The series won many honors and its music many more. Broadway composer Richard Rogers  arranged the 24 musical scores, which were recorded by the RCA Symphony Orchestra and are still in demand today.

An interesting note: one of Richard Rogers' Victory at Sea themes, Beneath the Southern Cross, was given words by Oscar Hammerstein and titled No Other Love. Put into their 1953 musical, Me and Juliet, the song was ultimately recorded by RCA's Perry Como and became Number One on the pop charts.
Did You Know?
Gossipy TidBits About Stars We Love
Before she starred in Louis Malle's controversial film, Pretty Baby, Brooke Shields was a child model. Much in demand, her first job was an Ivory Soap ad. But Brooke missed out on being part of a Colgate Toothpaste commercial. For some reason her usually sunny disposition failed her and Mom Teri had to take the wailing Brooke off set.


Other than that one incident, Brooke's cooperative personality made her a favorite with photographers. Eileen Ford, the late founder of the Ford Modeling Agency said of Brooke Shields, "She is a professional child and unique...who thinks like an adult".  


Cybil Shepard, whose career has spanned modelling, film and TV, is also known as easy to work with. It's a richly deserved reputation, according to a fashion stylist we know who worked with Shepherd early in her career. She relates, "I was the first one to arrive in the studio and was  concerned about the time since the shoot called for Cybil Shepherd to have freshly washed hair. The hairdresser who was supposed to do the shampoo hadn't shown up when Ms. shepherd walked in with the photographer.
In the interest of time, I offered to shampoo Ms.Shepherd and off we went to the studio's salon area. I had never washed anyone's hair and must've used too much shampoo because we were soon enveloped with bubbles and gales of laughter. We sort of lost it and were making beards and mustaches on each other with the suds when we realized we had an audience. The photographer and his team were watching from the doorway. He, clicking away with his camera. The tardy hairdresser took over for me and soon things were back to normal".
The photographer developed a couple of the shots of Ms. Shepherd and me suds to the nines which she kindly autographed".
Of course, there has to be one bad boy story. And who better for that role than Robert Downey Jr?

In the late 1990's Downey's film projects were running a close second to his drug problems. Although acknowledged as a major talent, film makers hesitated to take a chance on his being able to complete a project.
Nonetheless, in 1999, at the height of his drug use, Downey was cast in Black and White, a major
project directed by James Toback. The cast included Brooke Sheilds, Claudia Schiffer, Ben Stiller and other notables. The trick would be to make sure Downey stayed out of trouble while the film shot in New York City. And to that end, the film's assistant production manager was asked to act as his baby sitter. It was to be her sole focus, for which she would stay in a five star hotel suite and receive a handsome salary for the run of the film's shooting.
Sound good? Not to that savvy professional who ran, not walked away from the project. Her instincts were very sharp. The directors had problems with Downey on the project which, incidentally, gained poor reviews and was a box office bomb.
That was then. This is now. Since Robert Downey Jr. has achieved sobriety his career has soared for this superbly talented Iron Man.
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