Tony Curtis, Oscar-nominated actor, died in his Las Vegas home on Wednesday evening. His first of six wives, Janet Leigh, is the mother of his daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis. Born Bernard Schwartz in 1925, Tony Curtis led a bold and stellar life.
From passionate pleas to goofy lawyers, there are hundreds of movies about getting your day in court. From the early days of cinema, the courtroom has been a favorite setting to either criticize or praise the American legal system.
Film parodies and spoofs poke fun at specific films or entire genres. Playing on stereotypes, taking things to an absurd level and being generally goofy are common elements in these hilarious satire films. Which is your favorite funny farce flick?
Born today in 1946, William Oliver Stone is a two-time Academy Award-winning film pioneer who does not shy away from controversial subject matter. He received a Purple Heart for his bravery in the Vietnam War. While studying film at NYU, he was taught by Martin Scorsese!
Our thoughts and thanks are with the brave firefighters who are currently battling the Four Mile and the Reservoir Road Fires. No film could capture the peril and plight of these heroes, but a few come close.
The Bicycle Film Festival celebrates its 10th year at the Starz Film Center this weekend. Brendt Barbur, festival founder, transformed the trauma of getting hit by a car while cycling into a celebration of song, music and film in honor of the bicycle.
This weekend's schedule includes:
The Birth of Big Air (September 10 - 7 p.m.)
It's about time Mat Hoffman's story was told -- and now it has been done by just the right people. Directed by longtime friend Jeff Tremaine and produced by Priya Swaminathan, Spike Jonze, Mark Lewman and Johnny Knoxville, the film pays tribute to this BMX legend.
Riding the Long White Cloud (September 10 - 9 p.m.)
There are many martial arts films worthy of mention, but there is truly something special about the Kung Fu film. The best Kung Fu films transcend gravity defying acrobatics and arduous fight sequences, often emphasizing honor and loyalty.
Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin was born today, September 1, in 1939. She has won a multitude of awards for her many talents including a Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award! We wish a very happy birthday to this very funny lady!