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I don’t know if Garland fans still go around chanting ‘Judy Judy Judy’ at her every appearance, but they do have a timeless song ‘n’ dance number to celebrate here. Her last MGM movie is only a so-so vehicle but Gene Kelly and the studio’s top music & dance talent work hard to put it over the top. Garland’s lack of stability is still an issue. For much of the movie she looks visibly overweight, yet in the showstopper ‘Get Happy’ she suddenly slims down to the best — maybe not the healthiest — look of her career.

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1950 / Color / 1:37 flat Academy / 109 min. / Street Date April 30, 2019 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria DeHaven, Marjorie Main, Phil Silvers, Ray Collins, Nita Bieber, Carleton Carpenter, Hans Conried, Jeanne Coyne, Carol Haney, Almira Sessions.

Cinematography: Robert H. Planck

Film Editor: Albert Akst
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TCM goes to war on Memorial Day: But thorny issues mostly avoided

Submarine movie evening: Underwater war waged in TCM's Memorial Day films In the U.S., Turner Classic Movies has gone all red, white, and blue this 2017 Memorial Day weekend, presenting a few dozen Hollywood movies set during some of the numerous wars in which the U.S. has been involved around the globe during the last century or so. On Memorial Day proper, TCM is offering a submarine movie evening. More on that further below. But first it's good to remember that although war has, to put it mildly, serious consequences for all involved, it can be particularly brutal on civilians – whether male or female; young or old; saintly or devilish; no matter the nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other label used in order to, figuratively or literally, split apart human beings. Just this past Sunday, the Pentagon chief announced that civilian deaths should be anticipated as “a
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Billie Lourd Posts Sweet Pic of Her 'Abadaba' Debbie Reynolds In Honor of What Would've Been Her 85th Birthday

Billie Lourd Posts Sweet Pic of Her 'Abadaba' Debbie Reynolds In Honor of What Would've Been Her 85th Birthday
Debbie Reynolds will always have a special place in Billie Lourd's heart.

The Scream Queens star took to Instagram on Saturday to pay tribute to her "Abadaba" on what would've been the actress' 85th birthday.

Watch: Carrie Fisher's Daughter Billie Lourd Celebrates a New Season With Taylor Lautner

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Billie Lourd Pays Tribute to Her "Abadaba" Debbie Reynolds on What Would've Been Her 85th Birthday

Billie Lourd Pays Tribute to Her
Billie Lourd took to Instagram Saturday to pay a special tribute to her late grandmother Debbie Reynolds. The day would have marked the Hollywood icon's 85th birthday. Debbie died last December, days after her daughter and Billie's mother, Carrie Fisher, who was 60. "Happy 85th to my constantly classily clad Abadaba," Billie wrote on Instagram, alongside a candid photo of her mom and grandmother inside a hotel room. Debbie is wearing an emerald green pants and matching duster and black top, while Carrie sports a multi-colored printed scarf over a black outfit. Debbie's nickname comes from her Carleton Carpenter's hit cover of the song "Aba Daba...
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Nyt Whoa. I thought that little kid (Shailene Woodley's boy) on Big Little Lies looked familiar. Turns out he's that child theater critic who does all the popular Broadway Youtube reviews

 

Boy Culture interviews old Hollywood actor Carleton Carpenter who talks Debbie Reynolds, Cary Grant and being bisexual in Hollywood in a new memoir called "The Absolute Joy of Work"

The Playlist has ranked every best picture nominee of the 21st century. Weirdly they made a huge accounting error that kept Moulin Rouge!
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A Tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

2016 claimed a long list of entertainers, but the grim reaper’s most unexpected one-two punch came between the final two holidays with the death of movie icons Carrie Fisher on December 12 and her mother Debbie Reynolds a mere 36 hours later. With the premiere of the documentary about the pair, “Bright Lights” on HBO this weekend, we at the Geeks site thought we should take a look at their considerable contributions to film.

Let’s start with Carrie, who was born in Hollywood, USA on October 21, 1956, the daughter of Debbie and singer/actor Eddie Fisher. She appeared on stage with her mother throughout the late 60’s and early 70’s, even getting her first small screen credit in the 1969 TV movie “Debbie Reynolds and the Sound of Children”. It wasn’t until 1975, when she would make her big screen debut opposite Warren Beatty (quite an arrival) in Hal Ashby’s hit Shampoo.
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Debbie Reynolds: Her 11 Best Musical Moments on Screen and on Stage

Debbie Reynolds: Her 11 Best Musical Moments on Screen and on Stage
Debbie Reynolds, who died on Wednesday at the age of 84, was one of the last icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Throughout her nearly seven decade career, Reynolds made a name for herself as a triple-threat singer, dancer, and actor — with roles in big-screen MGM musicals and Broadway shows. She was also chart-topping recording artist and dynamic live performer, who toured the country for years as a night club entertainer.

Music was an inescapable part of Reynolds career. Here are 11 of her best musical moments.

“Aba Daba Honeymoon” (1950)

Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan’s “Aba Daba Honeymoon” was first recorded
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13 Debbie Reynolds’ Most Memorable Movie Musical Moments (Videos)

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13 Debbie Reynolds’ Most Memorable Movie Musical Moments (Videos)
Debbie Reynolds sang and danced her way into film history “Three Little Words” (1950) Fresh out of high school, Debbie Reynolds was given a small role in this Fred Astaire, Red Skelton and Carleton Carpenter MGM musical, sang an old standard (“I Wanna Be Loved By You”) and shot to fame. “Two Weeks With Love” (1950) Reynolds reunited with Carleton Carpenter to sing the 1914 song “Aba Daba Honeymoon.” The song became such a hit that MGM sent the duo touring the country to promote it and the film. “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) The movie that made Reynolds a star and is still considered.
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Father of the Bride

This is one of Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor's best, written and directed by the classy MGM team of director Vincente Minnelli and writers Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett. It inspired a decade's worth of TV family sitcoms and set the benchmark for weddings for generations. Great fun and solid sentiment without mugging or exaggeration. Father of the Bride Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1950 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 93 min. / Street Date May 10, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Bennett, Don Taylor, Billie Burke, Moroni Olsen, Melville Cooper, Leo G. Carroll, Rusty Tamblyn, Tom Irish, Frank Cady, Carleton Carpenter. Cinematography John Alton Film Editor Ferris Webster Original Music Adolph Deutsch Written by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett from the novel by Edward Streeter Produced by Pandro S. Berman Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

There's almost no point in reviewing Father of the Bride, as one doesn't need insights,
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Debbie Reynolds To Be Honored With 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award

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Debbie Reynolds – actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness – has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the union’s highest accolade will be presented to the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-nominated Reynolds at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt).

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard praised Reynolds’ artistry over her very accomplished career, saying, “I’m thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented
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Photo Coverage: Hello, Dolly! Casts Gather for 50th Anniversary Reunion

Over the weekend, Richard Skipper kicked off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hello, Dolly with members of the original Broadway cast In attendence for the special reunion were Nicole Barth Original cast, Paul Berne dancer, Original Company, Carleton Carpenter and Johnny Beecher Sheridan Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker Mary Martin International Company, Wayne Clark first National Company with Carol Channing, John Anthony Gilvey, David Hartman Rudolph and Stage Manager Original Company, Charles Karel Original cast, Jan Laprad Original Company dancer, Joan 'Buttons' Leonard original company, Bob Lydiard Cornelius Hackl, Carol's first Broadway Revival, Lee Roy Reams Cornelius Hackl 1977 tour and Broadway Revival, director 1996 Broadway tour and Revival,Megan Thomas Carol's last tour, Andrea Bell started with Carol Channing, as Ermengarde at the age of seventeen, in Carol's First national tour as well as other productions. Ron Young dancer original cast.BroadwayWorld was there for the special event
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Photo Flash: Original Hello, Dolly! Cast Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Richard Skipper is kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hello, Dolly with members of the original Broadway castScheduled to appear Nicole Barth Original cast, Paul Berne dancer, Original Company, Carleton Carpenter and Johnny Beecher Sheridan Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker Mary Martin International Company, Wayne Clark first National Company with Carol Channing, John Anthony Gilvey Author, Before the Parade Passes By Gower Champion and the Glorious American Musical click here, David Hartman Rudolph and Stage Manager Original Company, Charles Karel Original cast, Jan Laprad Original Company dancer, Joan 'Buttons' Leonard original company, Bob Lydiard Cornelius Hackl, Carol's first Broadway Revival, Lee Roy Reams Cornelius Hackl 1977 tour and Broadway Revival, director 1996 Broadway tour and Revival, Megan Thomas Carol's last tour, Andrea Bell started with Carol Channing, as Ermengarde at the age of seventeen, in Carol's First national tour as well as other productions. Ron Young dancer original cast.
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Imaginary Words

Exactly a month ago today, I was at the Beverly Hills home of Richard Sherman, 83, one half of the great “Sherman brothers” who were the only songwriters ever put under contract by Walt Disney. (Richard’s brother Robert Sherman is now 85 and lives in London.) Over the course of a two-hour interview for a book that I’m writing about film history, Sherman regaled me with stories about the evoltuion of some of the most famous and beloved songs of our time — “It’s a Small World” (for the 1964 New York World’s Fair), “A Spoonful of Sugar” (1964, for “Mary Poppins”), “I Wan’na Be Like You” (1967, for “The Jungle Book”), and the list goes on and on.

One song that I was particularly curious to learn the origin of was “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (1964, also for “Mary Poppins”) — how in the world, I asked Sherman, did he and his brother manage to
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