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Ann Rutherford Dies

Ann RutherfordGone With the Wind actress Ann Rutherford has died.

The Canadian star died at her home in Beverly Hills, California, last night aged 94. Ann's close friend and fellow actress, Anne Jeffreys, said she had been in declining health with heart problems.

Ann was best known for playing Scarlett's younger sister, Carreen, in 1939 film Gone With the Wind, and was one of its last surviving cast members. Ann was initially refused the chance to be in Gone With the Wind by MGM boss Louis B Mayer, who called her role a "nothing part," but after she burst into tears and told him what a huge fan of the novel she was, he reconsidered.

"I just wanted to watch the book come to life," she told the Los Angeles Times in 2010.

Speaking at the 70th anniversary of the film in 2009, she said, "That 'nothing part' turned my golden years into platinum."

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ABC Viewers Rate the Greatest Films

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Which movie character was the greatest in cinema? Which kiss continues to sizzle on screen, even 70 years later? ABC and People gave film buffs the opportunity to choose their favorites in 15 different categories, and some of the answers may surprise you. Did your favorite film make the Best in Film list?

More than 500,000 votes were tallied to determine the best comedy film, most romantic couple and many other categories. Keep reading to see the full results, and find out which epic film made the list three times!

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 4, 2011

MacheteHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Backdraft (Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • Blade Runner (The Final Cut): Blu-ray
  • Camille: DVD
  • Case 39: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Catfish: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dinner for Schmucks: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Doctor Zhivago (Deluxe Edition): DVD
  • El Mariachi/Desperado: Blu-ray
  • Ever After: Blu-ray
  • Gone with the Wind: Blu-ray

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Gone With the Wardrobe: Save Scarlett O’Hara’s Gowns

Gone With the Wind - Scarlett O'Hara Ball GownGowns worn by Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara in are in need of some serious renovation. The Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, is trying to raise $30,000 to restore five iconic gowns from the movie, which fascinated the world and swept the Oscars in 1939.

An exhibit of the gowns is planned in 2014 to mark the 75th anniversary of the famous film, but most of the dresses are not suitable for display.

The gowns in question are some of the most famous and well-loved from the epic motion picture: Scarlett’s green curtain frock, the burgundy ball gown she wore to Melanie’s party, the blue velvet night gown she wore during her fight with Rhett Butler and her wedding dress. The Ransom Center did not acquire the gowns until the 1980s, after they had toured the world.

website to aid in the cause.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: April 13, 2010

Pirate Radio DVDHere are some of the options today:

  • Apollo 13: Blu-ray
  • The Best Man: DVD
  • Defendor: DVD
  • Gone with the Wind (The Scarlett Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Great Mouse Detective (Mystery in the Mist Edition): DVD
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: Blu-ray
  • Nightmare on Elm Street Collection: DVD
  • Pirate Radio: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Slammin’ Salmon: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Tenderness: DVD
  • Tenure: DVD

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 17, 2009

BrunoHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Brüno: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Canyon: DVD
  • Chasing Amy: Blu-ray
  • Clerks: Blu-ray
  • Fight Club: Blu-ray
  • Galaxy Quest: Blu-ray
  • Gone with the Wind (70th Anniversary Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • How to Be: DVD
  • Is Anybody There?: DVD, Blu-ray
  • My Sister’s Keeper: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Professional: Blu-ray

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Film Academy Pays Tribute to 1939

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to pay homage to one of the greatest years for movies by honoring ten legendary films from 1939. The Goldwyn Theater will offer up one of these treats every single week.

The tribute starts with what I believe to be the greatest of all stories told in book or cinema, . This Oscar-sweeping hit won most all the big awards in ‘39 and features the amazing pairing up Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. Gable’s famous exit line remains the greatest in film history, as named by the American Film Institute. Scarlett O’Hara’s last spoken line - “tomorrow is another day” - is ranked twelfth by the AFI.

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Five Lovable Big Screen Couples

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Adaptation, Musicals, Romance, Comedy, Casting,

Grease - Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta

Love is in air in February - or at least, it’s all over the entertainment industry. Retailers vie for our money, love-soaked television episodes hope for big ratings. The sappier the better, because doesn’t romance put everyone in a spending mood? In Hollywood, love stories are popular all year ‘round - but which lovable big screen couples continue to endure when other romances seems to fade? Some leading ladies and big screen hunks seem to have more chemistry than the average pair, and we love to watch them fall in love again and again.

Let’s look back at five lovable big screen couples, and see what happens when pretend romance is done right.

Olivia Newton-John and - They were both in their twenties when they filmed Grease, but they were the perfect High School couple. The enduring tale of bad-boy-falls-for-good-girl is perhaps best represented with rollicking music and 50s-era fashion - or at least, it’s more enjoyable that way. It’s all thanks to Sandy and Danny, who are so very lovable together.

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AFI’s 10 Top 10

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If you were busy watching the Boston Celtic dominate the Los Angeles Lakers last night, you probably missed CBS’ latest AFI special. For this year’s countdown, a jury of “over 1,500 leaders from the creative community” helped select the ‘s Top 10 Films in 10 different genres.

You can find the titles announced in yesterday’s 3-hour special after the jump.

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The Most Racially Important Films

In the Heat of the NightTo celebrate Black History Month, Time magazine has named what it believes to be ‘The 25 Most Important Films on Race.’

In making these selections, the magazine hopes to “honor the artistry, appeal and determination of African Americans on and behind the screen.”

Some choices were predictable (Gone with the Wind, In the Heat of the Night), some were surprising (Bamboozled, I Am Legend), while others were left off altogether (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, Glory).

To get detailed summaries on the movies - and the reasons behind Time’s selections - click here.

In the meantime, you can find a list of the titles (in reverse chronological order) after the jump.

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