"Oi! Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the neck!" — Robin Williams as the Genie in Disney's "Aladdin" (1992)
Having started his own independent production company in 1923, Samuel Goldwyn was one of the few successful producers who could consistently make films outside the studio system. Still, he always felt like an outsider and thought producing a movie that won best picture would change that. After 23 years in business, he realized this dream with this film.
Last weekend I attended the most dangerous film festival not actually held in a war zone. It was The Nitrate Picture Show at George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., and it celebrated the original film stock used for motion pictures until 1951.
Fine acting in 'Clouds of Maria Sils'
DANVILLE — As does the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, the even older Fischer Theatre in Danville virtually stores the memories of countless folks.
One is Marvin Blanton, who worked as an usher at the busy Fischer in 1950-51, before most Americans would have televisions in their living rooms.
Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or TV show and ask readers, "Who lives here?"
Email your guess of a character who resides in the featured home to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence. This week, we wrap up our boat series.
OK, it doesn't seem like summer yet, but the season has already started with "The Avengers: The Age of Ultron."
So just when the sun comes out, it's time to spend a couple hours in the dark with multimillion-dollar movies, including some very popular franchises — including "Mad Max," not seen since "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" in 1985.