Posts by Mark Deming

  • Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland: 5 Onscreen Power Couple Moments

    Mark Deming at Yahoo Movies 1 yr ago

    The two actors were so close, according to Rooney, it transcended any love affair. "She was my sister from the beginning — the sister I never had," Rooney, who died on Sunday at the age of 93, said in a decades old TV interview. "She was the love I'd searched for."

    Take a look back at Rooney and Garland's most memorable onscreen moments:

    1. "Babes in Arms" (1939)

    [Related: Mickey Rooney, Hollywood's First Teen Star, Dies at 93]

    2. "Love Finds Andy Hardy" (1938)

    [Related: Mickey Rooney's 10 Most Memorable Roles]

    3. "Strike Up the Band" (1940)

    4. "Life Begins for Andy Hardy" (1941)

    5. "The Judy Garland Show" (July 1963)


  • Mickey Rooney, Hollywood's First Teen Star, Dies at 93

    Mark Deming at Yahoo Movies 1 yr ago

    A gifted comic and dramatic actor who could also sing, dance, and play several instruments, Rooney first won over audiences as irrepressible youngster Andy Hardy, and later struck gold with a handful of musicals in which he co-starred with Judy Garland. Between the Rooney/Garland musicals and the Hardy pictures, Rooney was Hollywood's top box office draw between 1939 and 1941.

    [Related: Mickey Rooney's 10 Most Memorable Roles]

    But Rooney was also the first teen star who had to transition into adulthood in the public eye. In time, he matured into a gifted character actor, but he also suffered more than his share of growing pains in a stormy private life that saw him marry eight times and fight addiction to alcohol and gambling as well as dealing with a number of failed business ventures, before he found happiness and stability in the 1970s.

  • Peter O'Toole, 'Lawrence of Arabia' Hero and Hollywood Icon, Dies at 81

    Mark Deming at Yahoo Movies 1 yr ago

    In one of his best and best-known roles, Peter O'Toole got a big laugh by declaring, "I'm not an actor! I'm a movie star!"

    O'Toole, of course, was both.

    The swashbuckling Hollywood icon died Saturday at London's Wellington Hospital after battling a long illness, according to his agent, Steven Kenis. The legendary thespian, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor an astounding eight times and was bestowed an Honorary Oscar, was 81.

    One of the most gifted performers of his generation, O'Toole rose to fame with his starring role in "Lawrence of Arabia" and appearing in a variety of screen classics like, "Beckett," "The Lion in Winter," "My Favorite Year," "The Last Emperor" — and cult favorites like, "What's New Pussycat," "The Ruling Class," and "The Stunt Man."

    [Photos: Peter O'Toole's 14 Most Memorable Movie Roles]

    He was also a larger-than-life personality whose hard drinking, outspoken nature, and romantic escapades were nearly as well known as his movies.

    Overnight Stardom

  • Meet TALOS, the U.S. Military’s Soon-To-Be Real Life ‘Iron Man’

    Mark Deming at Movie Talk 1 yr ago

    Heads up, Tony Stark: the United States military may be swiping some of your ideas.

    No one is saying whether or not U.S. Special Operations Command Chief Adm. William McRaven is a fan of the "Iron Man" franchise, but somewhere or other he got the idea to create a special armored exoskeleton that military personnel can wear in the field to make themselves invincible against enemy fire. Sound familiar?

    During a meeting last month at Special Operations Command (SOCOM) headquarters in Tampa, Florida, McRaven talked with defense industry representatives about his ideas for what's being called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, a system of highly advanced body armor that can do everything from warding off explosions to sealing up wounds and allowing soldiers to see in the dark. Check out the combat simulation below and see if it doesn't remind you of a certain billionaire playboy's work outfit.

  • ‘Mandela’: Learn The Facts Before You See The Movie

    Mark Deming at Movie Talk 1 yr ago

    Update: Nelson Mandela passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95.

    Nelson Mandela was one of the most important and influential figures of the 20th Century. But how much do you really know about him?

    Audiences will get the chance to learn more about the public and private lives of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid activist who became the first black president of South Africa, in the upcoming film biography "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom," with Idris Elba ("Pacific Rim") playing the title role.

    As The Weinstein Company gears up for the film's theatrical release in November, they've released a pair of graphic timelines that summarize the high points in the lives of Nelson Mandela and his wife and fellow activist Winnie Mandela, played in the movie by "Skyfall" star Naomi Harris.

    Yahoo Movies will have more infographics around the life of Nelson Mandela leading up to when "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" goes into limited release on November 29, 2013.

  • He’s 70 (and You’re Not): 70 Fun Facts About Chevy Chase

    Mark Deming at Movie Talk 1 yr ago

    Smart and a little snarky, a smug guy who knows how to put other smug guys in their places, Chevy Chase had been knocking around the edges of American comedy for years when, in 1975, "Saturday Night Live" made him an overnight star and one of the biggest names on television.

    The 1978 comedic thriller "Foul Play" proved Chase had the makings of a movie star, and after racking up hits like "Caddyshack," "Fletch" and "National Lampoon's Vacation," he became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. Less known: Chase has passed up on just as many, if not more, iconic roles, including "Ghostbusters," "Forrest Gump," and "American Beauty."

    As Chase celebrates his 70th birthday today, we’re commemorating it with 70 things you probably don’t know about the legendary comedian. Try not to trip along the way.

    1. Birthday Boy. Chevy Chase was born on October 8, 1943. He might want to go out for a free ice cream cone today with Sigourney Weaver, Matt Damon, Paul Hogan, and/or half-man of “Two and Half Men” fame, Angus T. Jones, who were all also born on the 8th.

  • Rob Schneider Recounts How He Mended Fences With Roger Ebert

    Mark Deming at Movie Talk 1 yr ago

    Hollywood loves a good feud. But sometimes it's nice to see one that has a happy ending.

    On Friday, Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert, the widow of the late film critic Roger Ebert, posted a letter on her blog from funnyman Rob Schneider. It was a surprisingly thoughtful and moving essay in which the actor opened up about how the 2005 movie "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" caused bad blood between Roger Ebert and Schneider, how one of Ebert's insults lived on as the title of a book, and how the two men gratefully buried the hatchet.

    The story goes back to February 2005, when Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times wrote a story about films nominated for major Academy Awards that had been turned down by one or more studios before they found a home. Goldstein mention in the piece that those same studios "bankroll hundreds of sequels, including a follow-up to 'Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,' a film that was sadly overlooked at Oscar time because apparently nobody had the foresight to invent a category for Best Running Penis Joke Delivered by a Third-Rate Comic."

  • Jennifer Lawrence Shows Mad Range in Dueling Movie Posters

    Mark Deming at Movie Talk 1 yr ago

    Jennifer Lawrence is a complicated woman.

    As you can see in two separate film posters released this week, there's more than one side to the multifaceted Oscar winner. From brave young hunter turned deadly Hunger Games survivor to '70s sexpot, Lawrence shows she can bring home the bacon AND fry it up in a pan.

    On Monday, Lionsgate released the new poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the second installment in the über-popular franchise based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling novels.

    [Related: Jennifer Lawrence Loved Filming in the Water for ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’]

    And with the flaming mockingjay symbol in the background, the poster teases the themes of rebellion in the "Hunger Games" tale.

    See Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Trailer:

    [Related: See "American Hustle" Posters With Amy Adams, Christian Bale & Bradley Cooper]

  • Quelle Horreur! 'Diana' Movie Poster Placed Near Site of Her Death

    Mark Deming at Movie Talk 1 yr ago

    The producers of "Diana," the new biopic starring Naomi Watts, have been dealing with more than a little bad PR recently. The film's first reviews were punishingly negative, and Dr. Hasnat Khan, Diana's lover who is played by Naveen Andrews (of "Lost"), has been strongly and openly critical of the movie.

    But even the film's most adamant defenders must be cringing over this: A four-foot by six-foot poster was placed on a placard by the Pont de l'Alma overpass, right next to the entrance to the tunnel where Diana tragically lost her life in an auto accident in 1997.

    Even worse, the poster was just a few yards from the "Flame of Liberty" sculpture that has become a meeting place for admirers of the late Princess who come to pay their respects.

  • Goodbye, Albuquerque; Hello, Hollywood: ‘Breaking Bad’ Stars Head to the Big Screen

    Mark Deming at Movie Talk 1 yr ago

    On Sunday night, after five years, the story of Walter White — chemistry teacher turned meth cook turned criminal mastermind — finally came to an end as AMC aired the final episode of "Breaking Bad." Now that the show, a multiple Emmy winner widely acclaimed as one of the best dramatic series in the history of television, is history, a number of the show's leading cast members are taking their talents to the big screen, their drawing power boosted by the show's grand finale.

    Aaron Paul, who rose to stardom as the street smart but seriously unlucky Jesse Pinkman, already has one big-budget action vehicle in the works; he'll play a street racer looking to make a new name for himself in "Need For Speed." Based on the hugely popular driving video game, the movie also stars Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi and Michael Keaton.

    Watch the first trailer for 'Need for Speed':