Wednesday

Happy birthday, Charlie Chaplin!


Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on 16 April 1889 in Walworth, London, United Kingdom and died during sleep in Vevey, Vaud on December 25, 1977 at the age of 88.


He was the first actor to appear on Time magazine and won one Oscar award for the movie “ Limelight “ in the best music category.


Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest.


Due to suspicions of him being a communist, his imprints were removed from the Hollywood walk of fame and have been lost subsequently.


His body was stolen After he died in an effort to extort money from his family. Chaplin's body was recovered 11 weeks later after the grave-robbers were captured. He is now buried under 6 feet of concrete to prevent further theft attempts.

Thursday

Jean Epstein on Close-ups



A close-up of a revolver is no longer a revolver, it is the revolver-character, in other words the impulse towards or remorse for crime, failure, suicide. It is dark as the temptations of the night, bright as the gleam of gold luster after, taciturn as passion, squat, brutal, heavy, cold, wary, menacing. It has a temperament, habits, memories, a will, a soul. 

Tuesday

Masters of Cinema

Francis Ford Coppola with Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese


     

‎"I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don't hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!"

— Charles Chaplin

Thursday

Top-Grossing Horror Movies at the Box Office for 2012


1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2: $286,422,893
2. Prometheus: $126,477,084
3. Dark Shadows: $79,727,149
4. Underworld: Awakening: $62,321,039
5. The Woman in Black: $54,333,290
6. Paranormal Activity 4: $53,886,994
7. The Devil Inside: $53,261,944
8. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance: $51,774,002
9. The Grey: $51,580,236
10. The Possession: $49,130,154
11. Sinister: $48,061,556
12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo*: $42,564,840
13. Resident Evil: Retribution: $42,345,531
14. The Cabin in the Woods: $42,073,277
15. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: $37,519,139
16. House at the End of the Street: $31,611,916
17. Chernobyl Diaries: $18,119,640
18. Silent Hill: Revelation: $17,530,219
19. The Raven: $16,008,272
20. Silent House: $12,739,737
21. Gone: $11,682,205
22. The Darkest Hour*: $7,227,860
23. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1*: $5,161,657
24. The Apparition: $4,936,819
25. Piranha 3DD: $376,512
26. Branded: $353,513
27. The Awakening: $175,088
28. Slaughter Creek: $136,815
29. V/H/S: $100,345
30. The Road: $92,476
31. The Innkeepers: $78,396
32. Intruders: $69,136
33. Red Lights: $52,624
34. The Bay: $30,668
35. Kill List: $29,063
36. The Day: $20,984
37. The Divide: $16,700
38. Silent Night: $14,567
39. Citadel: $12,995
40. Beneath the Darkness: $9,600
41. REC 3: Genesis: $9,600
42. The Moth Diaries: $3,838
43. Bad Blood...The Hunger: $3,731
44. Vamps: $3,361
45. ATM: $3,010
46. I Kissed a Vampire: $1,794
47. Meeting Evil: $525
48. Apartment 143: $383
49. Playback: $264

*Released in 2011

Saturday

1st Academy Awards


"I found that the best way to handle [filmmakers] was to hang medals all over them ... If I got them cups and awards they'd kill them to produce what I wanted. That's why the Academy Award was created." - Louis B. Mayer

The Academy Awards were created by Louis B. Mayer to hornor the best films of 1927 and 1928 and took place on May 16, 1929.Held in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California the 1st Academy Awards ceremony was the only Academy Awards ceremony not to be broadcast on radio or television. There were only 12 categories and the winners were announced three months prior to the live event. Emil Jannings became the first person to receive an Academy Award for Best Actor Category for the films The Way of All Flesh and The Last Command.

Following is the list of winners of the 1st Academy Awards

  1. Actor - Emil Jannings (The Last Command, The Way of All Flesh)
  2. Actress -  Janet Gaynor (7th Heaven, Street Angel, Sunrise)
  3. Art Direction -  William Cameron Menzies (The Dove, Tempest)
  4. Cinematography -  Charles Rosher and Karl Struss (Sunrise)
  5. Directing (Comedy Picture) - Lewis Milestone (Two Arabiann Knights)
  6. Directing (Dramatic Picture) -  Frank Borzage ( 7th Heaven)
  7. Engineering Effects -  Roy Pomeroy (Wings)
  8. Outstanding Picture - Lucien Hubbard for Paramount Pictures (Wings)
  9. Unique and Artistic Picture - William Fox for Fox Film Corporation (Sunrise)
  10. Writing (Adaptation) - Benjamin Glazer (7th Heaven)
  11. Writing (Original Story) - Ben Hecht (Underworld)
  12. Writing (Title Writing) - Joseph Farnham

Tuesday

Few Celebrities and Their Real Name

Bob Hope - Leslie Hope
Cary Grant - Archibald Alexander Leach
Doris Day - Doris Kappelhoff
Rita Hayworth - Margarita Carmen Cansino
Kirk Douglas - Issur Danielovitch
Samuel Goldwyn - Samuel Goldfish

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