Welcome back, Cinemaniacs. As summer winds down, and the temperatures do just the opposite, let’s look at some some ways to stay cool this week:
Want to feel old? Then check this out: Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is 40! And I was going to make espresso!
TIFF (or the Toronto International Film Festival) is closing in on its final weekend. From its inauspicious beginnings in 1976 as the “Festival of Festivals,” where it collected and screened the best films from other festivals, to today where its seen as one of the most prestigious and important film festivals in the world, TIFF’s secret is its ability to host two fests in one: the first for a large audience passionate about film, and the other scheduled for the world’s press and industry. But what makes it unique and special for us at the Retro Set is its alternative celebrations and counter-programming. Take for instance, this year’s Bill Murray Day. That’s right…BILL MURRAY DAY!
Ever wanted to live like a classic Hollywood icon? Well, you can if you have 4.5 million. Jill Blake is willing to go halfsies with you. Ginger Rogers Estate is on the market. It’s a steal after dropping its initial asking price of 4.995 million!
On the hottest of lazy Sunday afternoons, or the coldest wintry Wednesday nights, why do we watch the same films over and over again? Derek Thompson at the Atlantic has his own theory, and while we at the Retro Set agree with him, we wouldn’t necessarily put Dumb & Dumber on repeat play. Now Grand Hotel…
RIP to Richard Kiel, the most frightening Bond villain of all time, if you don’t count Woody Allen’s little Jimmy Bond.
In the upcoming remakes department, it seems that everyone’s favorite nude bongo playing Academy Award Winner may be taking on some Stephen King madness…
And MGM has announced they’re remaking The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington. I’m guessing Washington will don his baldness to play the Yul Brynner role, but don’t quote us. (Wasn’t Mag 7 already a remake from something by Akira Kurosawa? What was it again? Seven something…)
Hey Philly residents! You may know before David Lynch was a filmmaker he was an artist. Well, did you know he’s been continually painting since then? Now he’s about to enjoy his first ever retrospective, right there in your city of Brotherly Love!
And finally, haven’t you always wondered how much of an impact John Williams’ music has on the finished product? Like, Star Wars for instance? Wonder no more!