We all know that Catherine Zeta Jones won an Oscar for her role as Velma Kelly in Chicago and the big number is All That Jazz, she has appeared on Broadway and won a Tony Award so I decided to do a little 7 Things list and find 7 songs Catherine Zeta Jones has sung. Some you probably have heard, others you might not have known about. She also released some songs in the UK years and years ago now before she became a Hollywood star!
Chicago winning Best Picture in 2003 at the Oscars is often regarded as a mistake due to the other films nominated that year. I fell in love with it but then again I am just a little bit of musical geek. So obviously I still love it and have it as one of my all time favorite films. The academy showed its supposed love for musicals that year but Oliver! was the previous Best Picture winner for a musical so it had been a very long time between a musical winning the best picture award. I think it’s quite scary that it is now 10 years on and loved how the cast we involved in the 2013 ceremony. Especially the All That Jazz performance from Catherine Zeta Jones that totally made the whole show for me. It’s a great song one of the best openings to a musical and it also helped show that she still has it after more than 10 years!
Well I wasn’t really ready for this years Oscars and didn’t manage to see all of the films nominated for Best Picture or the top acting awards. So I didn’t really seem that bothered about catching the show or trying to stay up late to watch it. First time host Seth MacFarlane didn’t really make me any more excited about it all, don’t get me wrong I really do like Family Guy, but figured he would be a bit much for the Oscars.
One little thing I didn’t realise though was that musicals were going to play a big part in the show . . . Now if I had known this earlier . . .
If you follow my blog or have come across it before you will know that I really do love musicals and have quite an obsession with them. This blog post is inspired by the latest release of Les Mis. I saw it at the cinema on Friday night and since Saturday morning I have listened to the soundtrack over and over again, think I’m up to my 10th listen now and I am going to see the film again at the cinema tomorrow night. This then got me thinking to how much I obsess over movie musicals! I mean I loved The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins growing up but my big musical obsession really started with Chicago, yes 10 years ago now. I actually watched it over and over again, you know the times when it finishes and then you just watch it from the start again. I loved everything about it (and still love it) I know every single word of it and have now since it 3 times on the stage as well.
She’d say “what’s your sister like?”
I’d say “men”
That’s Chicago <3
The latest blogathon event around the film-blogging world is ‘A Life in Movies’ this quite simply means I have picked a film from each since I was born. That year being 1987. The approach I have taken to this post is to document the films which have meant something to me. Mainly from that time (although the first couple of years will be that I watched them when old enough to remember).
I always enjoy doing blog posts like this one as it always lets you take a trip down memory lane when it comes to certain films. Also the thought of then posting them the same day as many other blogs and then having the chance to compare and see if they have chosen any of the same films in their list as well.
Most of the films in my list consist of my most watched films ever. Mainly because of over watching as a child and not being able to pass the film over if it is on TV now. So here goes my life in movies . . .
This one actually works out tougher than I first thought as it means I have to choose between Chicago and The Sound of Music! Both of which are in my all time favorite film lists! So I am going to cheat and pick both of them as my favorite musical. I just cannot choose between My Favorite Things and All That Jazz. They are both my most watched films, as I have seen them probably hundreds of times each. Ok maybe a slight exaggeration, but probably not far off for The Sound of Music having watched it over and over from a very young age.
The power of musicals for me make you happy when you are feeling a bit down. The Sound of Music has always been my feel good film, never-failing to make me smile. Chicago is such a sexy musical with some fantastic songs that you cannot help but to sing along too!
Well I stumbled across a post on My Filmviews blog titled Which Movie Character Would You Like To Be For The Day and decided to follow suit and complete my top 10 of movie characters I would like to be for the day. Putting this list together didn’t really take too long at all. Especially as most of the characters come from my favorite films.
I tried not to be shallow and pick characters based on their leading man . . . but I think that failed with some of the choices but I mean that had to be a coincident. I honestly didn’t do it on purpose! Yes a few of them are musical characters, maybe that’s because I am tone-deaf!
With my major lack of updates over the past few months, I missed posting about one of my favorite actresses who has taken Broadway by storm with her debut in A Little Night Music. Which she won the Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical. She also performed Send in the Clowns that night and she really is a very talented performer.
I have been a huge fan of Catherine from the first time I saw her sing “All That Jazz” from “Chicago” the movie musical in which she won her Oscar for. Just a shame I came home from the USA a month or so before Catherine made her debut as I would have made sure I went to see her on the stage. Lets hope that she signs up for another movie musical or even makes her way back to where it all began on the West End stage!
I love her reaction when she found out that she won the award, total classic moment. Looks like she was trying to get Michael to go onto the stage with her!
In New York City, an estranged couple who witness a murder are relocated to small-town Wyoming as part of a witness-protection program.
While I was writing my review for Nine (and even watching it) I was trying not to compare it to Chicago. Mainly because I love Chicago and it is one of my favorite films ever, so to compare another musical directed by Rob Marshall on one viewing would not be very fair. So I have decided to take a deeper look into both movies and not really say which one is better, but to show comparisons.
I have just read that the release date for Nine has been pushed back from November to December. So delayed for about a month. I have to admit that I am so disappointed as this really is a film I have been looking forward to since it was announced. I think if you have read my blog before you will know that I am a big fan of musicals. So a new movie version of a musical from the director who brought one of my favorite films Chicago made me extremely excited. I still think it will be totally worth the wait, but still such a let down that we have to wait an extra month for it. Hopefully in that time though, the poster will be released, along with another trailer and to top it all off the soundtrack. I really want to listen to the soundtrack before seeing the film, as I like being knowing the songs before seeing a musical.
As I am very excited for this movie to come out (especially after the trailer being on before Fame last week). I decided to post the pictures which have been released as stills of the movie. From the trailer and the pictures below, I am really holding high hopes of loving this movie. Just for the facts that it is a musical and it is directed by Rob Marshall, who directed one of my favorite films in Chicago.
I think this film is just fantastic, with all of the women in the photo. Such fantastic talent in this picture.
Another new type of post that I am going to start doing is looking at different locations to see which movies are set in this location and how popular it is in terms of movies. Plus different events which occur in this movies.
So far the list of locations is:
- New York City
- Las Vegas
Again any suggestions are appreciated
Now onto number 9 in the count down . . . the man who has an incredible look and “moments” in his movies . . . Richard Gere
I am a huge fan of musicals. I love going to see shows at the theatre and have seen shows on the West End and Broadway. So therefore I absoloutly adore movie versions of musicals. I have decided to do a countdown of my current top 10 movie musicals. I have actually found this list very hard to complete, as just having a top 10 was very difficult for me. But I managed to get it sorted in the end, haha. I kept remembering about different movies and probably will realise later that I have missed a favorite out. But never mind, I could always re-do this list in a few months.
I think Hugh and Anne would make a fantastic pairing for a new version of Carousel *fingers crossed*
Hugh Jackman is trying to persuade his Oscars dancing partner Anne Hathaway to join him on the Carousel.
The Aussie star has developed a script for the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and he wants Hathaway to play Julie Jordan opposite his Billy Bigelow.
He says, “I’ve been looking to do a musical film for some time and after things like Moulin Rouge!, Chicago and Hairspray, I think there’s a real opportunity there.”
And he’s clear only Hathaway will do as his leading lady: “I’ve been filling up her answering machine with messages about Carousel.”
Hathaway, who joined Jackman for a song and dance at the Oscars, is about to embark on her own musical journey – she will star in a new theatre and film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland’s life.
Come on babe, why don’t we paint the town . . . and All That Jazz !!!
Best Picture winner in 2003, and rightly so. Chicago really did mark the return of the musical. Showstopping and so entertaining.
Moving onto my other favorite actress. And All That Jazz. I love Chicago, I love Velma Kelly, I love Catherine. Her reaction to winning, “The Scotsman giving the Welshgirl”. Fantastic !!! Go Britain !!! I think its such a good little speech.
As the Oscars are in a week. I decided to look through my collection of DVDs and see which are Best Picture winners or have an acting Oscar associated with them. So I will try to review a lot of them over the next week. Re-watch and some of them even watch for the first time. As looking at a couple of them I haven’t actually watched them yet.
- Adaptation (Best Supporting Actor: Chris Cooper)
- All About Eve (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor: George Sanders, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay)
- American Beauty (Best Picture, Best Actor: Kevin Spacey, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay)
- As Good As It Gets (Best Actor: Jack Nicholson and Best Actress: Helen Hunt)
- Chicago (Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress: Catherine Zeta Jones)
- Dead Man Walking (Best Actress: Susan Sarandon)
- Dreamgirls (Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson)
- Erin Brockovich (Best Actress: Julia Roberts)
- GoodFellas (Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci)
- Good Will Hunting (Best Supporting Actor: Robin Williams and Best Original Screenplay)
- Gladiator (Best Picture, Best Actor: Russell Crowe)
- L.A. Confidential (Best Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger and Best Adapted Screenplay)
- Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay)
- Mary Poppins (Best Actress: Julie Andrews)
- Million Dollar Baby (Best Picture, Best Actress: Hilary Swank, Best Supporting Actor: Morgan Freeman and Best Director)
- My Fair Lady (Best Picture, Best Actor: Rex Harrison and Best Director)
- One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Best Picture, Best Actor: Jack Nicholson, Best Actress: Louise Fletcher, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay)
- Rain Man (Best Picture, Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director)
- Ray (Best Actor: Jamie Foxx)
- Rocky (Best Picture and Best Director)
- Scent of a Woman (Best Actor: Al Pacino)
- Terms of Endearment (Best Picture, Best Actress: Shirley MacLaine, Best Supporting Actor: Jack Nicholson, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay)
- To Kill A MockingBird (Best Actor: Gregory Peck and Best Adpated Screenplay)
- Titanic (Best Picture and Best Director)
- Training Day (Best Actor: Denzel Washington)
- Wall Street (Best Actor: Michael Douglas)
- West Side Story (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor: George Chakiris, Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno and Best Director)