WHAT A CHARACTER! 2016 – Day Two

DAY 2 of the WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon hosted by AURORA

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I’m thrilled to be hosting Day Two of the 2016 What A Character! Blogathon. This is the fifth consecutive year that I co-host this tribute to the lesser known players that enriched so many movies. As you probably know my co-hosts are the fabulous Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled who kicked things off with Day One and Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club who hosts the third and final day tomorrow. As always, I’m honored to be in cahoots with these two ladies.

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If you want a refresher on the back story for the What a Character! Blogathon take a look at the Announcement post, which includes the entire list of participants and chosen character actors. Otherwise I’m getting to the main course of this entry, the tributes to memorable supporting players. Let me just say one more thing – as I read the submissions from the first two days of this event it…

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It’s here! 5th annual WHAT A CHARACTER! BLOGATHON: Day 1

Day 1 of the Fifth Annual What A Character! Blogathon, hosted by KELLEE of Outspoken and Freckled

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The day has finally arrived to honor those unsung heroes of the silver screen, the character actor. For the 5th year, the classic film obsessed trio of Aurora aka @CitizenScreen of ONCE UPON A SCREEN, Paula aka @TCM_Party & @Paula_Guthat of PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB and yours truly, Kellee aka @Irishjayhawk66 of OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED bring you this film community tribute to the marvelous scene-stealers.

DAY ONE:

Real Weegie Midget Reviews revisits a tribute post with Looking Back at the Actor, the Voice and Movies of ALAN RICKMAN.

Jack Deth, as guest blogger on Paulas Cinema Club, offers up a “Shot and a Chaser” of two works of M. EMMET WALSH:

As he summarizes, “Though I was well-versed in Walsh’s work prior to these initial meetings, it’s these two roles which reached out, took hold, and shook me to this actor’s grossly underestimated talents.”

Then, Theresa of

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#31DaysOfOscar Blogathon THE ACTORS!

31 Days of Oscar Actors Week, hosted by Aurora at Once Upon A Screen…check out all the fabulous posts….

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Once Upon a Screen is honored to host the inaugural entry for this year’s 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon with tributes to THE ACTORS!

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To review the complete roster and topic details for the 2016 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon be sure to visit the original announcement.  There is a lot to look forward to as the 31 Days heat up so stay tuned to Outspoken & Freckled, Paula’s Cinema Club as well as this blog as we commemorate bloggers who honor Oscar through the years.  And since this event was inspired by TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar festival I must insist you tune in and watch Oscar-winning movies scheduled by actor connections through March 2nd.

Blog roll call:

– we’re starting this year’s event with a short list of distinction so I’ll get right to it.

The nominees for Best Submission by a Blogger dedicated to THE ACTORS! are…

Old Hollywood Films with a delicious look…

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Last Day of the 2015 WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon

The What A Character Blogathon concludes with Day 3, including posts on everyone from Louise Beavers to Eli Wallach…check it out!

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Elsa is beside herself and so are we. It is bittersweet to see the last day arrive for our 4th annual WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon. We’ve come to realize you love this blogathon as much as we do. With good reason- why not celebrate those fun, quirky character actors that take those small roles and steal every scene? So here we have arrived to the third and final day to honor character actors of new and old.

Let’s kick it off with…

LOUISE BEAVERS, who according to GIRLS DO FILM, “imbued each role with subtlety and a certain dignity, forcing audiences to acknowledge her characters despite the stereotype.” A must-read on that character actor you may not know the name, but you undoubtedly know her.

MOVIE CLASSICS unravels the mystery behind the allusive “unnamed old woman” who starred on stage and over 70 films, ZEFFIE TILBURY. A fascinating…

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WHAT A CHARACTER! 2015 – Day Two!

Our tribute to the names below the title continues with Day 2 of the WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon, hosted by Aurora at Once Upon A Screen

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This is so exciting Edward Everett Horton is biting his nails!

I’m thrilled to be hosting Day Two of the 2015 What A Character! Blogathon, the fourth installment of an event during which we put aside the stars and focus our efforts on the Hortons of the world.  Paula’s Cinema Club kicked things off yesterday with a terrific list of submissions and I know you can’t wait to read today’s entries, which encompass as fine a lot as I’ve ever hosted. But before you get to them we’d like to thank all the participants for their understanding as we re-scheduled the blogathon from last weekend due to disturbing world events. We really appreciate your patience.

If you want a refresher on the back story for the What a Character! blogathon take a look at the Announcement post, which includes the entire list of participants and chosen actors. Otherwise there’s no need to delay any further…except…to pause…

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The Artist and its Amazing Ties to Chaplin, Pickford, Keaton and Lloyd

A while back, I attempted to list all the silent film references in The Artist, and very quickly got in over my head. Check out this post from the infinitely more expert John Bengtson:

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Tonight marks the Turner Classic Movie Channel premiere of the 2011 multi-Oscar-winning Best Picture The Artist. Depicting the silent movie era, and filmed on location in Hollywood, the movie has many amazing connections to early Hollywood history and its biggest stars. Here are a few highlights from my series of posts about The Artist.

Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights

 George Valentin's Tears of Love on the Los Angeles Theater screen, at left. Color image Floyd B. Bariscale http://www.flickr.com/photos/7294653@N07/3394648314/ca George Valentin’s Tears of Love on the Los Angeles Theater screen, at left. Color image Floyd B. Bariscale http://www.flickr.com/photos/7294653@N07/3394648314/ca

To begin, Jean Dujardin’s character George Valentine premiered his failed production Tears of Love at the same theater where Charlie Chaplin premiered City Lights (1931) – the Los Angeles Theater.  You can read more about this amazing theater’s appearance in The ArtistHERE.

Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid

56 Fremont Place was home to Mary Pickford from August 1918 to August 1919. It appears in the background from this scene (above left) appearing in Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, and as the home of Peppy Miller in The Artist (above right). The box marks the same corner of the house in each image. 56 Fremont Place was once home to Mary Pickford. It appears in the background (left) in The Kid, and as Peppy Miller’s…

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THE BETTER ANGELS starts Friday, December 5

Another relatively unknown gem we are presenting at Cinema Detroit…if you dig breathtaking B & W cinematography, you owe it to yourself to see THE BETTER ANGELS on a big screen.

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All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. — Abraham Lincoln

At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier shaped one of our nation’s greatest heroes: Abraham Lincoln. Abe is a thoughtful and quiet boy who spends his days at the side of his beloved mother (Brit Marling) while learning to work the land from his stern father (Jason Clarke). When illness takes his mother, Abe’s new guardian angel comes in the form of his stepmother (Diane Kruger), who sees the potential in the boy and pushes for his further education.

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Produced by Terrence Malick and filmed in glorious black and white, The Better Angels sheds new light on the little-explored formative years of the legendary president as well as the women who shaped…

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The Big Parade – Historic Views of the Home Front

John Bengtson does the most amazing detective work, tracking down the locations where your favorite silents were filmed.

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Small town America (Orange, CA) swept up with patriotic fervor - The Big Parade. Small-town America (Orange, Calif.) swept up with patriotic fervor – The Big Parade.

Big Parade 01Although most of The Big Parade (1925) is set in the war-torn villages and battlefields of France, the acclaimed World War I drama also provides historic views of early downtown Los Angeles and Orange County. Told from the soldier’s point of view, the epic movie directed by King Vidor follows a trio of men from different walks of life brought together by combat.

Set in the Spring of 1917, the movie intertitles describe America then as a nation occupied in peaceful progression. Mills were humming with activity while buildings climbed skyward, monuments to commerce and progression.

ca America’s buildings climbing skyward – the extant Barker Brothers Building at 7th and Flower. LAPL.

Big Parade 05 Broadway TunnelThe three male leads are introduced by their professions. Construction worker “Slim” (Karl Dane) is one of labor’s millions, building a nation, Bowery saloon-keeper…

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Captain America Blogathon

Wow…this is such an awesome blogathon idea. The trouble is limiting it to just 10 movies. It looks like the deadline for the lists is March 31. Poor Cap…that’s a lot of movies.

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This isn’t the first blogathon I have organised, however it has been thrown together very quickly. I have just see an extended trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In it we see Steve Rogers make a note in a pocket note book. A list of things he missed out on in the time he was frozen that people have recommended he should catch up on. Towards the bottom of the list there are two movies Rocky and Rocky II. This got me thinking, what ten movies would you recommend a person who  had been frozen between 1943 and 2011.

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The make-up of the list is up to you. It could be an historical record of what he missed, something to cheer him up/take his mind of things or just your favourite movies from the period.

The movie is released at the end of the month in the…

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