One of the most famous and iconic actresses of all time, and quite possibly the most beloved child star in cinema history, Shirley Temple Black passed away on Monday evening in her home at the age of 85. Over the course of her career, she sang, danced and acted in over 50 films, and after retiring from movies at the age of 22, she enjoyed a long and stories career as a diplomat. She was elected as a UN representative by President Nixon, and served as a US Ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia. Temple was also the first woman to hold the position of Chief of Protocol for the United States. In the 1970s, she overcame breast cancer, and became the first prominent woman to speak openly about the disease through a series of radio, print and television announcements she made. In a press statement, her family remembers her as "an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife of fifty-five years."
Temple accomplished a great deal over the course of her life, both professionally and personally, and is regarded as one of the greatest screen stars in cinema history. We remember her life and career by taking a look back to all of the iconic Shirley Temple moments throughout the years. She made her screen debut at the age of three, in the film Red Haired Alibi, but her break out role came two years later, in 1934, when she starred in Stand Up and Cheer! The studio was apparently so impressed with her performance that they began promoting her well ahead of the film's release, and in a matter of months, she was a star.
She reached international fame with her performance in the film Bright Eyes, which was the first movie developed specifically as a starring vehicle for her. The film features what came to be known as Temple's signature song, "On the Good Ship Lollipop."
Over the course of her career, Temple starred in several films with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the most well-respected tap dancers in film history, and her personal idol. In their film Little Colonel, they became the first interracial couple to dance together onscreen, and though their "staircase dance" was often cut from showing in the South, today it is regarded as one of the most famous dance sequences in cinema.
In 1935, at only six years old, she was the first ever recipient of the Academy's Juvenile Award, which honored performers under the age of 18 who for their "outstanding contributions to cinema." In the same year, she placed her handprints outside of the Grauman's Chinese Theater.
In 1939, at the peak of her fame, Temple starred in The Little Princess. Her performance made studios think that she could easily translate into a teenage actress, and wanting to protect their investment, Fox refused to lend her to MGM for The Wizard of Oz. It was her last major hit film for five years, during which time she took a break from acting in order to focus on her education.
In 1944, she signed a four-year contract with producer David O. Selznick, and enjoyed a small career renaissance with two hit films, Since You Went Away and I'll Be Seeing You. However, Selznick soon lost interest in Temple's career in favor of developing projects for Jennifer Jones, and after several more films flopped, she retired from movies in 1950 at the age of 22.
Temple made her return to show business in 1958, after two marriages and three children. She hosted and narrated Shirley Temple's Storybook, a children's program which animated fairy tales. The show was well-received by audiences, although there were a great deal of technical problems, so it was re-worked and re-broadcast in 1960 as The Shirley Temple Show. Despite being beloved by children, it wasn't able to hold its own against the major television sitcoms of the day, and was canceled in 1961.
After a long and storied career as a diplomat, which included a failed run for office in 1967, Temple was celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 for her significant contributions to the arts.
In 2006, she received the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement award at the age of 77. She was honored by Jamie Lee Curtis and Dakota Fanning, and the ceremony was her final public appearance.
In addition to her other accolades, Temple has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a statue of her was erected on the Fox studio lot in 2002. She will forever be remembered as one of the greatest film actresses of all time, as well as for her political career, and for being one of the kindest, most talented, and most beloved stars in Hollywood.
Critically-acclaimed movies Gravity and 12 Years A Slave have tied to share the top prize at the 2014 Producers Guild Awards. The two films are dominating this year's (14) awards season, and it was a dead heat at the PGA prizegiving in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday night (19Jan14). The movies landed the ceremony's first ever tie as they were both awarded the night's top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt was among the producers of 12 Years A Slave and he joked about the tie during his speech, telling the audience, "Why they let me lead (the speeches), I don't know. I got my vote in at the last minute. I voted for Gravity."
Other big winners at the ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, included hit TV show Breaking Bad, which landed the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama, and Michael Douglas' TV movie Behind the Candelabra (the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television).
Disney movie Frozen took the award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, and TV comedy Modern Family landed the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy.
Special awards went to the team behind the James Bond movie franchise, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who received the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, and TV sitcom mogul Chuck Lorre, creator of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, who took home the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.
Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri landed the Visionary Award and the Stanley Kramer Award, for films which highlight social issues, went to Fruitvale Station.
On the surface Hugo looks like your run-of-the-mill Harry Potter knock-off full of whimsy spectacle life lessons and faux-imagination. But the young adult fiction adaptation is anything but factory-processed. Filled with more passion emotion and drama than most "Oscar contenders" of 2011 Hugo transcends its fantastical predecessors. Some call Hugo director Martin Scorsese's foray into kids movies but the film speaks to "kids" young and old. Every scene every moment every frame gushes with creativity and artistry and it's one of the best movies of the year.
Hugo doesn't sugarcoat the plights faced by the film's titular hero. When we pick up with Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) the savvy lad is living in the walls of a 1930's Parisian train station taking over the clock winding duties of his missing uncle (a drunk who took him in after his clockmaker father's unfortunate demise). Aside from his day to day duties Hugo faces greater challenges: evading capture from the station's resident orphan wrangler (Sacha Baron Cohen) and swiping parts from a toy store owner (Ben Kingsley) to rebuild his father's automaton a early 20th century robot designed for entertainment. Hugo's thievery is eventually discovered by the weary toyman who takes the child under his wing to make use of his tinkering skills. The professional relationship introduces Hugo to the toyman's goddaughter Isabelle (Chloe Moretz) who helps Hugo unravel the greater mystery behind his father's robot and "Papa Georges " as well as better understand himself.
As Hugo and Isabelle dig deeper into Papa Georges' history they unearth a history that's simultaneously magical and true—they aren't going to a far away land through an otherworldly portal but instead examining an aspect of history cinematic history in fact that feels foreign to them (and the audience). With a their innocent perspective the young duo marvel at stories of the early days of film and glimpses of long lost silents. This is Scorsese's playground. His love for the early days of film is infused into the design and story of Hugo giving the movie a timeless feel that sweeps the viewer up.
But Hugo isn't just a souped-up Film 101 course. The historical revelations are only part of Hugo's emotional journey which is equally enhanced by stunning 3D detailed production design and a supporting cast woven into the film's fabric to further expand the world. Cohen's Station Inspector is like a Buster Keaton character complete with pratfalls and heart. Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man Boardwalk Empire appears as Scorsese's proxy relishing the world of film while caring for Hugo and Isabelle. Even Christopher Lee's (Lord of the Rings) brief turn as a book store owner succeeds in evoking a smile. All the parts come together under the intricate train station set a beautifully realized period piece brought to life by Scorsese's dimensional 3D. Never before has a stereoscopic film worked so hard to bring you into the picture or enhance the storytelling (on sequence shows a cowering crowd experiencing film for the first time a train hurtling towards camera—an effect paralleled in today's 3D effects!). If the story doesn't suck you in the artistry on display in Hugo surely will.
We praised the film in an unfinished form when we caught it at New York Film Festival and the finalized version packs an even greater punch. Hugo is the perfect film to hypnotize young people with the magic of film or to revisit the heart-pounding experience of a person's first time at a movie theater. This isn't nostalgic baiting but rather expert filmmaking.
Step right up ladies and gentlemen (in November) for Martin Scorsese's first ever 3D film. That's right. Hugo Cabret is set to hit theaters on November 23, just in time for all of us turkey-stuffed givers of thanks to waddle to the theaters and see what ol' Marty's put together for our viewing pleasure. Sony Pictures had previously set the film for a December release which didn't satisfy the producers' desire for a Thanksgiving release. Paramount jumped at the opportunity and now we'll all have the chance to spend Thanksgiving weekend avoiding Black Friday Sale shit shows by hiding out in a dark theater and experiencing Jude Law in 3D for the first time in our lives. Lovely.
The film also stars Sasha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Chloe Moretz, and Emily Mortimer and is set in 1930s Paris where a young orphan gets swept into a magical mystery adventure. Law plays the boy's late father and the film is based off of the award-winning book by Brian Selznick.
Oscar winner Gregory Peck, one of the most popular actors in American cinema, died at age 87 at his home in Los Angeles, his spokesman said Thursday. According Reuters, he died peacefully with his wife of 48 years, Veronique, at his side.
"She told me he just died peacefully. She said she was holding his hand and he just closed his eyes and went to sleep and he was gone," spokesman Monroe Friedman told Reuters.
Peck won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as small town Southern lawyer Atticus Finch in the 1962 drama To Kill a Mockingbird. The American Film Institute recently named the character the No. 1 hero in movie history.
Peck, who was born in La Jolla, Calif., on April 5, 1916, first attracted Hollywood's attention when he received glowing reviews for his 1942 Broadway performances in The Morning Star. The young actor was spotted by talent scouts and soon found himself starting his Hollywood career under contract to four studios: RKO, 20th Century Fox, Selznick Productions and MGM.
Known for taking on dignified roles and portraying characters with strong codes of ethics, Peck starred as a reporter confronting anti-Semitism in the 1947 Oscar-winning picture Gentleman's Agreement; as a military officer in the 1961 drama The Guns of Navarone; and as the president of the United States in the 1987 sports drama Amazing Grace and Chuck.
Peck's earlier films include Spellbound (1945), The Yearling (1946), The Macomber Affair (1947), Duel in the Sun (1947), Yellow Sky (1948), Twelve O'Clock High (1950), The Gunfighter (1950), Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951), The World in His Arms (1952), and David and Bathsheba (1951).
He also starred the 1976 hit horror film The Omen, as well as in MacArthur (1977), The Boys From Brazil and Old Gringo (1989).
As his film career wound down, Peck did less acting and more politicking, working tirelessly as a founder of the American Film Institute, three-term president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and member of the National Council of Arts.
While still in good health into his 80s, Peck scorned typical grandfatherly roles but did star in the USA Network's 1998 miniseries version of Moby Dick, earning an Emmy nomination for his turn as the fire-and-brimstone preacher, Father Mapple.
Peck divorced his first wife, Greta Rice, with whom he had three children, in 1954. He married French journalist Veronique Passani, with whom he had two more children, a year later.
Peck he is survived by his wife, two sons from his first marriage and a son and daughter by Veronique, as well as several grandchildren.