1/21/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks (Prelude)

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Martin: a ballet by Gordon Parks, an original five-movement ballet chronicling the struggles of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Filmed in 1990 the work stars John Jones as Dr. King and Sheila Rohan as Rosa Parks, featuring choreography by Real Lamb. “Martin” (PBS, 1990),  about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Parks served as executive producer, director, composer, keyboardist and documentary photographer for this boldly ambitious project. Continue reading

1/7/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Scent of a Woman- Tango

In the scene from the film Scent of a Woman, Frank Slade, a blind retired lieutenant colonel (played by Al Pacino) teaches Donna, a stranger whom he met at a restaurant, how to dance the tango. Continue reading

12/24/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a children’s story by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel written in rhymed verse with illustrations by the author. In 1957 the book was published by Random House, and it also appeared in an issue of Redbook Magazine. The story criticizes the commercialization of Christmas. The 26-minute short directed by cartoon legend Chuck Jones and narrated by Boris Karloff was originally telecast on CBS on December 18, 1966.

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11/26/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Scrooge – Albert Finney

Scrooge is a 1970 British Musical Film adaptation in Panavision of Charles Dickens 1843 story A Christmas Carol. It was filmed in London between January and May 1970 and directed by Ronald Neame and starred Albert Finney as Ebenezer Scrooge Continue reading

11/19/18 O&A NYC THANKSGIVING SPECIAL HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Grumpy Old Men

Grumpy Old Men is a romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann Margret, Burgess Meredith, Daryl  Hannah, Kevin Pollack, Ossie Davis and Buck Henry. Directed by Donald Petrie, the screenplay was written Mark Steven Johnson. Continue reading

11/12/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Creed – The Final Round Scene (And More)

Creed (2015) A sports film directed by Ryan Coogler and written by Coogler and Aaron Covinton.  The film was both a spin-off and sequel in the Rocky film series. Continue reading

10/29/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY HALLOWEEN: From Dusk Till Dawn – Salma Hayek

In From Dusk Till Dawn Salma Hayek did not have a choreographer for her dance. Director Robert Rodriguez just told her to feel the music and dance to it. Rodriguez would later use the same tactic with Jessica Alba in Sin City (2005).  Continue reading

10/15/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- HALLOWEEN EDITION: The Exorcist-Top Five Best Scenes

The Exorcist is a supernatural horror film adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name, directed by William Friedkin and starring Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max Von Sydow and Jason Miller. Continue reading

10/8/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- HALLOWEEN EDITION:  Woman No Cry! (Dance Scene) And Maximillian’s Death Scene- Vampire In Brooklyn (1995)

Maximillian (Eddie Murphy) is the only survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and as a vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. He knows that a child had been born to a woman who had a vampire father, and he searches for her (Angela Bassett) in Brooklyn. Continue reading

10/1/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- HALLOWEEN EDITION: Aaliyah- Queen Of The Damned

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Queen of the Damned is a 2002 vampire horror film and a loose adaptation of the third novel of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles series, The Queen of the Damned, although the film contains many plot elements from the latter novel’s predecessor, The Vampire Lestat. It stars Aaliyah as the vampire queen Akasha, and Stuart Townsend as the vampire Lestat. Queen of the Damned was released six months after Aaliyah’s death and is dedicated to her memory. In addition to the film clip Out and About NYC Magazine presents a behind the scene video and a deleted scene.  Continue reading