Happy Birthday Claudette Colbert

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Celebrate the birthday of classic film star, Claudette Colbert, born September 13, 1903 in Paris. Known primarily for her screwball comedies like It Happened One Night, Colbert was also a fine dramatic actress, appearing in such films as Imitation of Life and Drums Along the Mohawk. A friend recently watched The Palm Beach Story, a lesser known comedy and was in tears with laughter. Check out the videos and dvds of [ht

S.E. Hinton comes out of hiding for re-vamped version of The Outsiders!

Based on the classic S.E. Hinton novel for teens the Outsiders, the film is getting a new lease on life! The author is coming out of the shadows to promote the recut version of Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 film of "The Outsiders" on DVD, on Sept. 20. The film will have a limited theatrical run nationally and is opening in New York on Sept. 9. Starring a then unknown cast of young actors on the brink of stardom this amazing film stars an adorable Ralph Macchio of Karate Kid fame and the smokin' hot Matt Dillon who went on to star in two other S.E. Hinton novels adapted for the screen - Tex and Rumble Fish. Also check out Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze.

Shhh! Librarians at the Movies

Librarians onscreen do more than wear sensible shoes and shush people! Check out It’s a Wonderful Life for Donna Reed as a spinster librarian, then Katharine Hepburn in Desk Set or Parkey Posey in Party Girl for more glamorous types. Whether it’s the quintessential Marian the Librarian in The Music Man or the hostile librarian in Sophie’s Choice, there’s a librarian for everyone. Intrigued? A real-life librarian has put together an entire website devoted to librarians in film.

Velvet Underground

Based on the novel of the same title by Sarah Waters, the three-part BBC production of Tipping the Velvet brings the lesbian underground of Victorian England to vivid and moving life. Eighteen-year-old Nancy Astley is an oyster girl in search of herself and and the deeper truths of love. We follow Nan's adventures through the 1880's London Music Hall scene, decadent sapphist lairs of the lesbian elite, bitter back alleys, and the warm homelife of early labour movement organizers. With a screenplay by Andrew Davies (of Bridget Jones's Diary fame), viewers are swept away into a world of lush life, harsh realities and passionate tenderness.

Who Should Be the Next James Bond?

Producers of the James Bond franchise recently informed actor Pierce Brosnan that his services were no longer required. It seems as though just about every working male actor on the planet has been mentioned as a possible replacement, including Ewan McGregor and Clive Owen, but no one seems to fit the role like Brosnan did. Who do you think should be the next actor to utter the words, "Bond, James Bond?"

Meanwhile, if you're a Bond fan, you'll want to check out The James Bond Story, a documentary about the history of the man and the films.

A Few Words From Ensemble Cast

As you might glean from the title, Eulogy is a comedy of the darkest sort. A feuding family returns home and and attempts to reconnect after the death of the patriarch. Long-forgotten family secrets and quarrels are rehashed, but don't prepare the family for the shocking truth they are about to encounter. Fans of filmmaker Wes Anderson will love this spastically funny, low-budget comedy. The ensemble cast includes Hank Azaria, Zooey Deschanel, Famke Janssen, Kelly Preston, Ray Romano and Debra Winger.

Futurama

Futurama was Matt Groening's other show, a fact that worked both for and against it. On one hand, Groening had honed his craft with The Simpsons, so the characters and storylines of Futurama seem fully-formed from the very first season. On the other hand, though, it was unavoidable that people would approach the show as a second Simpsons and ultimately be disappointed, since the two shows aren't (and weren't meant to be) identical.

Futurama is an extremely funny show, full of the same absurd humor as the Simpsons, but also laden with in-jokes for science fiction fans and fish-out-of-water moments as 20th century boy Philip J. Fry copes with life in the year 3000. Additionally, although it is a comedy, Futurama's writers weren't afraid to end an episode on a melancholy note - "Jurassic Bark" and "Time Keeps on Slipping" are particularly good examples of this. It's too bad that the show was canceled after only four seasons, but at least the DVDs are there to watch again and again.

"She's a cheerleader, you've seen Star Wars 47 times. You do the math."

Nostalgic for high school? Can't wait for it to end so you can get on with your life?

If you don't run with the Heathers, or if your Breakfast Club persona is more Judd Nelson or Anthony Michael Hall than Molly Ringwald or Emilio Estevez, then Freaks and Geeks might be for you.

Set in a northern suburb of Detroit during the 1980-81 school year, the show traces the lives of a group of high school burnouts and their D&D-playing younger siblings as they try to figure out the answer to life, the universe and everything. As heartwarming, cringeworthy, and funny as real life, Freaks and Geeks is solid -- it didn't run long enough to Jump the Shark.

Creator Paul Feig, raised in Mt. Clemens, has just released a new book and is signed on to direct a movie adaptation of Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl. McKinley High "alumni" have gone on to appear in projects from Spider-Man and its sequel to ER to The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Six Feet Under is Laid to Rest

Critically acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under recently aired its series finale and fans of the show will surely be in mourning for quite some time. The show's Fisher family, operators of a funeral home in Pasadena, showed audiences what a dysfunctional family really looks like. Series creator Alan Ball, who also wrote American Beauty, gave us refreshing characters and story lines that reminded us that television does offer alternatives to the endless selection of reality tv. If you're already a fan, maybe it's time to experience the series all over again. If you're new to the show, start with Season 1 Disc 1 and enjoy. If you're looking for a show that looks at life (and death) with a bit more humor, check out Dead Like Me.

Beyond Bobby Darin

Kevin Spacey directs and stars in this biopic of Bobby Darin. The film chronicles Darin's rise from a sickly childhood to following Sinatra's footsteps at the Copacabana. Although Darin was famous for recording such hits as Mack the Knife, Splish Splash, and Dream Lover, Spacey pulls triple duty by singing all of the musical numbers for the film. Kate Bosworth stars as Darin's Hollywood wife, Sandra Dee.

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