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Marilyn (and other Suite Highlights)
Written by POP – the Princess of Programming
- Tue, 07/31/12 - 09:14
Would Marilyn Monroe have tweeted about her romances a la K-Pat? Or maybe it was her outbursts that caused her untimely death on August 5th, 1962? Conspiracy theories aside, Marilyn is still a major figure in cinema and an American icon. The AFI (American Film Institute) named Marilyn an American Screen Legend coming in at #6 behind Greta Garbo at #5 and Katherine Hepburn at #1. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) recently unveiled its 2012 film line-up, with Liz Garbus’s anticipated doc on Monroe featuring among the world premieres.
I have trouble believing that Kristen Stewart will still be a movie icon in 50 years or have the enduring presence and style of Marilyn. Will Elton John write a song about her? Will there ever be a movie "My Week With Kristen" ? On the 50th anniversary of the her untimely death, MGM Channel is airing THE MISFITS, Marilyn’s last film and two of her other “smashes” THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL and SOME LIKE IT HOT.
Speaking of style, designer Tom Ford directed the award winning A SINGLE MAN ( premiering on Hollywood Festival – August 24th). Colin Firth is still wearing Tom Ford tuxedos and looks smashing in them. Maybe not quite as good as Jon Hamm might look – Hamm has an un-credited role in A SINGLE MAN as the voice at the other end of a life changing phone call. You can also watch him in his very first theatrical role in SPACE COWBOYS on WarnerFilms on August 10.
A film I think everyone should see is also premiering this month on Storm, TSOTSI. Winner of an Oscar as well as numerous other awards including the People’s Choice Award at TIFF, it is a deeply moving film about an emotionless killer who becomes just a little bit better because of a baby he is forced to care for. Based on the novel by noted South African playwright Athol Fugard ( he also wrote the award winning play “Master Harold and the Boys “) , the film stars Presley Cheweneyagae in an explosive performance, his first major theatrical role.
And another favourite, Presley and cultural icon died 35 years ago on August 16th – catch Elvis in JAILHOUSE ROCK on WarnerFilms on August 16th or watch three of Elvis’s personal favourite films also on WarnerFilms in August : BULLITT, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and DIRTY HARRY.
Finally, a tv series that is sure to become a cultural icon – THE NEWSROOM – starring Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston and Toronto native, Alison Pill and written by Aaron Sorkin. If you love this series as much as I do, we have movies starring all of them on Hollywood Suite in August.
Jeff Daniels THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, INFAMOUS
Emily Mortimer THE 51ST STATE
Sam Waterston JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS
Alison Pill WHAT KATY DID, FAST FOOD HIGH, THE LIFE BEFORE THIS
Aaron Sorkin (wrote) A FEW GOOD MEN, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT