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About Movie’s Incomparable Audrey Hepburn

Like a lot of shoppers at supermarkets, I look at the magazine displays while waiting in line to check out. Recently I was thrilled to see a recent edition to LIFE’s Great Photographers Series: Remembering Audrey 15 Years Later with photographs by Bob Willoughby.

In my review of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” I posed this question: Was there ever an actress who combined these four timeless qualities-beauty, fashion, grace and humility-better than Audrey Hepburn? My answer was simply, I think not.

You better believe I bought a copy of Remembering Audrey faster than a single heartbeat, and remain a better person for having done so.

Willoughby was born in Los Angeles-the city of the stars-and began taking pictures when he was 12. He was good, very good, and best described as a prodigy. In 1953, when he was 26, he would be assigned to photograph an upcoming soon to be actress, Audrey Hepburn. The result of their meeting would produce one of his most positive relationships, both as a photographer and a friend.

Willoughby pioneered the role of the “special” photographer to take formal publicity shots and candids of the stars Hollywood’s publicity departments wanted to promote. He was credited by Popular Photography magazine as the man “who virtually invented the photojournalistic motion-picture still.”

The images that you remember of James Dean, Frank Sinatra, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole and Audrey Hepburn among dozens of others were mostly the work of Bob Willoughby. All of the major magazines of the day-LIFE, Look, Saturday Evening Post and Harper’s Bazaar-published his work.

Willoughby’s creations grace the exhibits in more than 500 museums in more than 50 countries around the world.

When first meeting Audrey, Willoughby said, “She took my hand and dazzled me with a smile that God designed to melt mortal men’s hearts.

“The amazing instant contact she always made was a remarkable gift, and I know from talking to others that it was felt by all who met her.”

Audrey had made a big impression with the studio brass in the 1953 William Wyler film “Roman Holiday”. She won an Oscar for Best Actress as Princess Ann in her film debut playing opposite Gregory Peck.

In the next 15 years, she would be nominated for 4 Best Actress Oscars for her work as Sabrina Fairchild in “Sabrina” (1954), Sister Luke in “The Nun’s Story” (1959), Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), and Susy Hendrix in “Wait Until Dark” (1967).

She also won a Golden Globe for Best Drama Actress in Roman Holiday and had an additional 6 Golden Globe nominations as Best Actress. Lesser known is the fact that Audrey was one of the few entertainers to have won an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony Award as well as an Oscar.

Bob Willoughby’s formal and candid photographs of Audrey Hepburn will stand the test of time as some of the greatest ever taken of a woman and an actress. He said that Audrey never took a bad photograph, or even a mediocre one.

“She could sit next to an old ladder on the set and look terrific,” said Willoughby. With designs by Hubert de Givenchy, the world’s most smashing woman wore the world’s most smashing fashions.

She became the most charming, disarming, altogether friendly and charismatic superstar ever to grace a Hollywood production. According to Willoughby, everyone liked Audrey and remained loyal to her. The best directors and the world’s greatest designers sought to work with her.

It was said that all of her leading men fell in love with her, including Gregory Peck, William Holden, Anthony Perkins, Rex Harrison and Albert Finney.

When making “My Fair Lady” Audrey would not be recognized for her role as Eliza Doolittle. She had been promised that she could sing her songs in the film, but Marni Nixon was ultimately contracted to perform Eliza’s vocals.

Julie Andrews had played the role of Eliza in the stage production of the Lerner and Loewe musical, but she lost the role to Audrey in the film. It was perhaps no accident that the Best Actress Oscar that year went to Julie Andrews for her role as Mary Poppins.

My Fair Lady cost $17 million to make in 1964, an astounding investment in its day. It became Warner Brothers highest-grossing film at the time, and would go on to earn 12 Oscar nominations and win 8 Oscars. Many film historians consider My Fair Lady to be the last great musical of Hollywood’s studio era.

Audrey would marry twice and have a son by both Mel Ferrer, the actor/director, and Andrea Dotti, an Italian psychiatrist. She suffered 4 miscarriages during her 13-year marriage to Mel Ferrer.

In her early life, Audrey’s parents would divorce and her mother took her and her two stepbrothers to London and then to the Netherlands, where her mother was a bona fide Dutch baroness. In 1940, Germany invaded the Netherlands and the horror of war would surround her.

She danced in clandestine locations to raise money for the Dutch Resistance. One of her stepbrothers was sent to a German labor camp, and her uncle and one of her mother’s cousins were shot and killed for participating in the Resistance.

The Germans seized food and fuel when the Netherlands was already suffering a winter famine. Audrey would suffer malnutrition, anemia and frequent bouts of depression. She was 10 years old when World War II started and remained fragile her entire life as a result of her wartime experience.

Some believe her final act in life was her best when she was named UNICEF’s International Goodwill Ambassador in 1988. Audrey would travel around the world on 50+ missions to bring attention to the world’s suffering children. The sight of children dying from hunger in distant lands was devastating; she had once been one of those children and survived.

“I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering,” said Audrey. Despite being terribly ill herself, she continued to go on missions. She would die of colon cancer in 1993, four months before her 64th birthday. When she died, the world lost a great human being.

A Reflection of What Filmmaking School Students

This year’s Oscar nominations for Best Picture are clearly a stark contrast from last year’s nominees. Whereas the 2010 Academy Awards were dominated by big-budget science fiction and 3D films (with Avatar taking centre stage), this year’s movies are more serious, and coincide with what is primarily taught at a prestigious American filmmaking school. The Oscars this year are focusing on deeper themes, such as confidence, communication, courage, class and friendship.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that the nominations during previous years were lackluster. Purists at your typical filmmaking school would be foolish to say that “The Hurt Locker” or “Slumdog Millionaire” pale in comparison to this year’s nominees. Even “Avatar,” which left many wanting with its plot, cannot be easily dismissed.

Still, the shift from movies such as 2009’s “Slumdog Millionaire” and 2010’s “The Hurt Locker,” to more serious films such as “Black Swan,” “The Social Network,” and “True Grit” among others, is remarkable. One cannot help but ask if this reflects another change in the appetite of moviegoers. According to the Toronto International Film Festival’s co-director, Cameron Bailey, this year’s Best Picture nominations prove that moviegoers aren’t just interested in big-budget films with crazy special effects. Instead, it’s the experience gleaned from watching movies that matters most.

What to Know About Movie

Only very few people get to be movie stars overnight, due to some special circumstances or qualities that they have. For most people it takes hard work and very many auditions. Anyone who has the dream of becoming a movie star should be ready to go through many years of struggle. The good news is that there will always be new movies to audition for, but the bad news is that for each role, there are hundreds of hopefuls. Today there are web sites that help to connect people with information about where to get auditions or where casting calls are being held.

Knowing where auditions are taking place is vital information for any prospective actor. While in the past you needed an agent to give you the information, today, the sites have made it possible for anyone from any part of the country to get this information. The sites act as liaisons and when someone registers at the sites, a profile page is opened for them. The information can be accessed by agents and casting directors who can then contact the hopefuls directly to ask them to audition. This has made the process of getting auditions easy for all the parties involved. The sites also offer information and tips that are useful for anyone hoping to get into the profession.

Every time there are new show auditions, there are hundreds of actors hoping to get a part that will propel them to stardom. While it can only happen to a few people at a time, it helps to go for many of the auditions. With each audition, a person learns something new that will be helpful in the future. With time the auditions get easier and eventually the perseverance pays of. Many well-known stars have stories to tell about the number of auditions they had to go for, before they got their big break. Those still waiting for the big break should view each audition as gaining experience.

While there are people who have given up after going for auditions and failing to get any work, for many, the dream keeps them going and they continue to wait. Those who are dedicated take the lessons learned with each audition to propel them further. It is always important to remember that the next audition may be the one that opens the door. As you go for the auditions, you should always remember that you are in the presence of casting directors. Even though you do not get the particular role, you can leave a lasting impression that the director will remember the next time he is casting. Instead of focusing on the roles that you missed, focus on the next audition.

Going About Movie

Movie auditions usually tend to have throng of hopefuls at them. This is because everyone wants to get their shot at being a star. For this reason, you have to stand out from the hundreds of people who will be auditioned that very day.

1. Ensure that you arrive early for the audition. Do not try to arrive right on time, this will not give you sufficient time to get into character or practice. Arriving late is absolutely out of the question. Try to get to the audition venue as early as you can. This will allow you adequate enough time to rehearse and practice before going on stage.

2. Do not dress as the character you are playing when you go for your movie audition. Dress the way you would dress when you want to impress someone. Ensure you look presentable and your clothes should be immaculate. In any case, if the casting directors would like to put you in wardrobe and makeup then they will do so. This is because it is like a job interview. Dress to impress, but not in character.

3. Research about the movie project beforehand. This will keep you informed. Having this research done will also enable you to know what is expected of you. Research on the director of the movie will help you anticipate what to expect from them. Background information on the character you are auditioning for will help you tune into the psyche of that character. This will give you an edge over the other people auditioning for the same role as you will have connected with the character. You want to use as much emotion as possible, and show them that you can truly become the character you’re trying to play.

4. If you have been given some lines to memorize for your audition, make sure that you have memorized them beforehand. Reading from a script will not give you flexibility in your performance. Ensure you know your lines by heart and even practice them with your friends repeatedly. Also practice on your own in front of a mirror every day or even without the mirror. You want to incorporate facial expressions and body movements with the performance that you give to full show the affects of the character and what they are saying or doing. It will put a more dramatic effect on your performance.

The Good Thing About Movie

Having an opportunity to watch a movie is indeed pleasurable. If you haven’t tried watching any movie, I bet you are one of those native people who are not yet open for the luxury that technology offers. Movies can sometimes have a nice or an awful story. There would be chances that you will regret watching the movies you thought you would enjoy and how you wish that you can take your money back. Well, there is nothing you can do about it. As the saying goes, all people are different so not all people will have the same taste in the kind of movies.

Money is always a part when you are watching a movie, its like having your favorite artist in your screen and paying for them. Since you are spending money when you are watching a movie of course you are expecting to be amazed or at least to be entertained. You are not spending money just to feel bad or to feel sad. There are lots of hardships in life. So it means that you want your money to be worth it. If it won’t be worth it why bother yourself in going to the movie house?

Movie reviews are good option to figure out what kind of movie is good to watch. Although there are lots of opinions in movie reviews, it is still important because you can see the overall impact of the movie to its critics.

Movie reviews is a good way for you to know the main story of the film. This won’t exactly state the plot of the story as this will only help you on what to expect in the film you selected. Whether if its drama, action, or comedy. You can also get information about the movie, whether it is a true story or based upon a book. With a good movie reviews at hand you can examine the quality of a certain film.

Movie reviews also gives you hint on what to expect. If you are concern about the quality of the acting skills of the actors and actresses movie critics is a good way to go. Through the aid of movie reviews you will know whether the performance of the stars in the movie was excellent.

What You Need to Know About Movie

Going to audition for a part in a movie may seem daunting but it does not have to be so. All you need is some confidence, preparation and nailing your execution. Keep in mind, that not all actors got their big break from their first audition. This guide should help you make the most of every audition that you will attend until you finally have your big break.

The first thing you need to do is research the movie that you are going to audition for. Find out if it is based on a book, whether it is based on true events, or whether it is an original manuscript. An original manuscript is written by a screenwriter so your research would be limited to other manuscripts the screenwriter has written so that you can get a feel of their style. You may also want to find out who the director is so that you can watch some of the movies they have directed before. This will give you an idea of what kind of acting may be expected from you. If the movie is based on a book, try your best to read the book before your audition. This will help invariably in understanding the direction of the movie. If the movie is based on true events, go online and try to learn as much as you can of what went on. Movies depicting true events rarely stick to exactly what happened, but it will help you understand the story more.

Movie auditions will normally send you your lines in advance so that you may memorize them. Ensure that you do. Once you have them memorized, try out your delivery on several of your friends and family members. Pick people who will give you an honest opinion. You do not want to be lied to that you are giving a great performance and you are not. So take the criticism positively and make your delivery better. Performing for several people will also give you a diverse range of opinions. This should influence your performance positively.

Before the day of your audition, make sure you have prior arrangements for transport. You should ensure that you arrive at the venue before your call time. Being on time may not give you enough time to practice your lines one last time and being late will not make a good impression. The earlier you arrive, the more time you have to get rid of last minute nerves and to get into your role.

All About Movies Data

With the fast advancement of the world entertainment technology, film fanatics and the worldwide audience can now watch their favorite films right in their homes and or even watch it through online movies data base. The VHS tapes are now replaced with DVDs, Blu-Ray and the latest, the high definition television. It becomes more exciting and convenient because you do not need to go to movie theaters, grab some popcorn, and hurry yourself up just to be on time.

Let us go back to the history of movie database software program. It started on the year 1990 which was invented by Col Needham. Three years after, a more centralized interface program was created and by 1994, this interface program was upgraded to allow information submission. The program was later placed into a web-based interface and by the year 1996, the entire project was integrated in United Kingdom and formed as the Internet Movie Database Ltd. It was later bought by Amazon.com, which is now the current owner of the program.

Enough of history, this software program will greatly help film collectors and fans to organize their selection of films especially when the numbers finally reached to hundreds. The fact that the prices of films became cheaper than before. It does not sound like a major problem, however with this status, we tend to accumulate more films in a form of hard and soft copies. And at the end of the day, we are overwhelmed by its endless numbers. And of course, you do not want to be buried by your own collections.

It is good that we are encouraged to buy more films because of low prices. But with the breakthrough of organizing hundreds of films, it make us more stimulated to get more. The software will enable the users to organize their list of films from letter A to letter Z film titles. Searching for a movie will not be a hassle and you just have to enjoy watching the film with your family and friends. Users are enabled to assemble a manageable file of movies.

You can buy this program online or a specialty store. Conduct a series of research, find out the reliable and reputable websites that sell legitimate software programs of film databases. Better list them and then choose the one which offers the best deal and quotes an affordable price.

Read blogs, customer testimonials, and other information that will help you come up with a good choice. Do not rush because the internet has the best resources of information. Take your time so that your collection will have the best storage program.

Once you have purchased a film database software, directly install the program into your computer and then in an instant, you can access a variety of online databases that will enable you to construct a DVD catalog. Find all your favorites films and then directly add them to your own program. There will be links that will help you find them and all related sections. You also sort and arrange the films by the actors, directors, genre, and year.

Things You Should Know About Movie

With the swift advancement of technology, most of the business fields are frequently threatened by an evil called piracy. Piracy is rampant in many creative and technology based industries. Here we will be discussing the movie industry, which is very badly hit by piracy.

Movie piracy has become a rampant and flourishing business for a large number of people. And even the general masses accept the evil as it is helping them to save a lot of money. The easy availability and pocket friendly street price tags have made the music piracy and movie piracy industry a million dollar industry throughout the world.

The movie piracy industry has become so widespread that it is causing great loss for the film producers and as well as the distributors who invest a huge sum of money for the making of each film. Movie piracy alone has cost the United States economy $20.5 billion per year in loss of business, jobs, wages and taxes, according to a recent market study.

The film industry for years has fought a war against movie piracy. The scenario has reached such an alarming stage that illegal copies of new films are easily available through street DVD sales or Internet download within days, or in some cases, before a movie’s hall release. The recent study also shows that a growing number of illegal sites are offering new movies for a free download. Though the authenticity of these downloadable movies is surely questionable, the movie buffs and those who want free entertainment are profusely downloading these movies from such illegal sites.

Many organizations all around the world had tried different ways to tackle movie piracy but nothing effective could be done till now. In the United States of America the organization named Motion Picture Association of America warned against a growing global epidemic of movie piracy. The organization also conducted a study on the Internet where it showed that nearly one fourth of the Internet users have illegally downloaded movies from the Internet.

It is quite an astonishing and disturbing fact that most of the people who buy pirated DVDs or CDs or download pirated movies from the Internet do not know that they are committing a crime or an offence. They are also unaware of the fact that they are the cause for the loss of jobs to a lot of people.

The study was conducted by an organization that queried three thousand and six hundred Internet users in eight countries about online movie piracy. The study was performed in France, Germany, Australia, Italy, Korea, Japan, the U.K., and the USA. The survey showed that online movie piracy is growing too fast and most of the users are not even aware of the offence.

A Tale About Movies

Cinemax, is an Indian company which operates theaters. It is a part of the famous Kanakia Group. Cinemax has about 138 screens, and in Mumbai alone operates from 14 different locations.

Preceding films, many years ago, plays and dances were sources of entertainment for the people. Plays had elements common to films. They had sets, scripts, actors, background scores, storyboards and audiences. Due to the absence of technology they could not be recorded. Post the 1860s celluloid was developed for still photography, making it possible, to directly capture objects in motion in realtime. By the 1880s the motion picture camera was invented allowing individual component images to be captured as well as stored on a single reel. This quickly led to the development of the motion film projector that could project these images on a large screen for the audience. The earlier forms of motion pictures had only visuals and no sound, what we today call, the silent movies. Theater owners would hire a pianist or an organist to play the background score as the film ran on the large screen.

The greatest innovation in the history of film was perhaps the development of the technicolor which was used to put color in isolated sequences.

The making and showing of motion pictures/movies became a profit making business as soon as the process was invented. Now each country has its own local movies that play successfully. Movie making is now a serious business. Not only it generates work for Movie makers, actors, directors, producers but also generates people who work as a result of the ever growing movie business, such as, movie critics, Original soundtrack analysts. Everyone today wants to be a movie star. Every movie star wants his/her movie to run, they want their Cinemax tickets, IMAX tickets, fame tickets etc to be sold like hot cakes. That is the amount of craze movies have generated. Movies are seen as a source of entertainment for the public. Be it friends or family, a movie outing is always there on their priority lists.

Going to theaters to watch movies for entertainment is one thing. Now, even the experience of the movie theater counts. How good the seats are, is the snack bar good enough, is the screen of topnotch quality and other questions are raised by the general public. Companies use this as to make a profit. A good theater with a good quality screen, nice recliner seats, a good snack bar is a “go” for a movie-goer. The ticket selling business is also on a whole new level now. Tickets can be booked online. For example, if you wanted to buy Cinemax tickets, all you have to do is log on to their site and book online. Also, there are mobile platforms that sell tickets, including Cinemax tickets, Fame tickets etc.

Cinemax has an array of luxuries offered to the movie-goer. Their red lounge has massage chairs that give people a different experience altogether. Cinemax tickets are sold like hot cakes all over the country. Theaters like Cinemax not only hold movies, but also events like the Football world cup on the big screen. This kind of variety attracts a wide array of crowd, right from the youth, to the golden oldies. Cinemax tickets are sold in plenty because of the variety they offer Thousands of movies are released in the world every year making the movie industry one of the most profitable industries in the world. An industry even recession cannot touch. After all, who would like to miss out on good movies, right?

Brief History About Movie Projector

When you watch a movie in a cinema, you will find that the most important device that is used is a movie projector. This device projects the frames from a rool of film. As the result, the moving picture is created. Then, the picture is projected to a screen. In a movie projector, there are 4 components that include the lamp, lens, spool and audio. If all components work properly, you will be able to enjoy the movie that you want to watch.

Back to the past, the movie projector was invented in the 1890’s. In that period, there were many inventors around the world created the film devices. But, the most significant inventions were made by Thomas Edison and Lumiere brothers. There are many movie projection devices that were invented in the 1890’s up to the early 1900’s. Cinematographs, vitascope and kinetoscope were some of early movie projectors.

The cinematographe
The Lumiere brothers were the first people who invented the movie projector. They knew about photograph since they worked for their father’s photography firms. They came to the invention of the movie projector after they made improvements to the still pothograph process. After their father retired in 1982, they began to create the moving pictures until they came to patent the cinematographe in 1985. This patented process showed the very first footage. Because of the footage, the workers started leaving the firm.

The cinematographe that the Lumiere brothers invented was a projector or film camera. It could process take photos, process film and project it in one device. It was portable was and was very great way to be used for film short sequences. But, the length of the cinematographe films was only a few seconds.

The kinetograph
Thomas Edison was the person who introduced the moving picture camera in 1893. The kinetograph was the film that he invented. There was a cabinet that held a continuous loop of celluloid film. The kinetograph was backlit by an incandescent lamp and was powered by an electric motor. It was viewed through an eye piece. This showed the images of music performers, acrobats and boxing. In its era, this film was very popular.

The Vitascope
This is film projection was invented by C. Francis Jenkins and Thomas Armat in 1896. With this projection film, many audiences were able to watch the movie that was played.