Juanita Moore, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1959 Douglas Sirk film Imitation of Life, died Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles, Varietyreports. She was 99.
An engaged Southern woman suddenly finds herself involved with a traveling carnival worker. Another steamy mess from director King!
Call him irresponsible. Tipsy turn-of-the-century railroad supervisor buys bankrupt circus and sends his long suffering wife into a tizzy.
Corinne Griffith's memoir of a turn-of-the-century railroad inspector who buys a drugstore so he can drink on Sunday. Academy Award winning song, "Call Me Irresponsible"!
The second screen adaptation of Fannie Hurst's emotionally charged novel (the first, made in 1934, starred Claudette Colbert). Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) and Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore) are two widowed mothers, one white, the other black, who forge a close friendship when financial circumstances demand they share a small cold-water flat. Lora's financial lot improves when her acting career takes off, but life changes little for Annie, who continues to stay with Lora as her maid. Both women's daughters grow to resent their mothers; golden-haired Susie (Sandra Dee) becomes the spoiled, neglected daughter of a celebrated actress, while Annie's daughter, light-skinned Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner), frustrated at the difficulties of being black in American society, continues to reject her mother's admonitions that she not try to pass for white. Turner centers an outstanding cast that garnered Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations for both Kohner and Moore. Director Douglas Sirk, in what was to be his final feature film, creates an intoxicating carnival of lush colors and dizzying, metallic surfaces. In his heightened rendering of the 1950s American dreamworld, with its widespread yearning for material success and submerged racial tensions, the most alluring realms reveal themselves as substanceless halls of mirrors.
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If you had a chance to meet yourself as an 8-year-old child, would that kid be happy with who you turned out to be? In Russ Duritz's case, the answer is a resounding "no!" In Walt Disney Pictures' live-action comedy, "Disney's The Kid," Bruce Willis stars as Russ Duritz, a successful image consultant whose life is suddenly turned upsdie down when he magically meets Rusty, Russ himself as an 8-year-old kid. Rusty is a sweet, but slightly geeky, awkard little kid who painfully reminds Russ of everything he hated about himself when he was a child - a pudgy, little cry-baby who was the daily victim of the school bullies - an image Russ has worked hard to overcome and consciously forget. Ironically, the kid is also unhappy with who his 40-year-old self has turned out to be. He is not at all impressed by his attractive physique, wealth or seemingly important accomplishments. He can't undertand the concept of Russ' job as an image consultant, or why he has forgotten about their dreams of becoming a pilot. All he knows is that he grows up to be a 40-year-old loser - an adult without a wife or even a dog!
A man's life is upended when he meets a 9-year-old version of himself.
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