Classical Music in Romantic Hollywood Films

The mention of romantic Hollywood films will most likely have you smiling and even swaying a bit. That's because we associate many films we love with the gorgeous classical music that frames them. We can never forget the Golden Age of Hollywood, a time period between 1927 and 1963 when the classical Hollywood style was formed. Fresh off of the talkie era, many think The Jazz Singer kicked off this classical movement.

It is interesting to reflect on certain classical pieces that not only star in great movies, but also appear in modern day life. For example, in the movie Goodbye Mr. Chips (circa 1939) The Blue Danube waltz composed by Johann Strauss II is in the spotlight. Yet, even younger viewers may recognize the tune, likely because this classical music was used in commercials for a popular national sandwich chain, tortilla chips and a type of smart phone that Americans love! It was also used in the movies 2001: A Space Odyssey and Titanic.

Whether it is the clash of the cymbals or the beat of drums, great filmmakers know the use of music in movies is a huge component in evoking the best human emotions in movie fans.
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Actors and Actresses Who Never Went to Acting School

There are quite a few actors and actresses who never went to acting school. Believe it or not but Heath Ledger never attended an acting school and he went onto star in many great films such as 'Broke Back Mountain' and 'The Bark Knight'.

Natalie Portman is an extremely gifted actress who has starred in movies such as 'Black Swan' and 'No Strings Attached'.Natalie Portman actually never attended an acting school. Portman attended Harvard university in Cambridge Massachusetts.

Tommy Lee Jones is a legend in the acting business. Jones has won many different awards for his roles in movies. Jones has had roles in movies such as 'Captain America', 'Men In Black', 'Small Soldiers' and 'Volcano'. Tommy Lee Jones is indeed a very talented actor but he is another actor who never attended an acting school.

Another actress who never attended acting school is Christina Ricci. Ricci starred as Wednesday Adams on the 'Adams Family' back in 1991. Ricci also starred in movies such as 'Casper' and 'The Ice Storm'. Ricci has also made many guest appearances on many different shows such as 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Saturday Night Live'.

These are just a few of the actors and actresses who have never attended an acting school.More info here: Feature film 'The Deceivers' national open casting call for actors and actresses
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Bollywood Connections Over the Web

You think you're the only kid in America who loves Bollywood? Use your Get WildBlue internet to connect with other Bollywood fans in ways you never thought possible!
Order Movies Online - Did you know there tons of Bollywood titles available on iTunes and Amazon? You can order them directly from your computer and set up your own little Bollywood film festival at home!
Facebook Groups - Connect with other Bollywood fans in a real and meaningful way and even find out about meet-ups and screenings in your area when you're part of the Bollywood in America community.
Indian Dating Sites - There are dozens of Indian dating sites that match up Indian daters and those who love them! You're bound to connect with a Bollywood lover on one of these sites and if you represent yourself correctly you may just find love while you're at it!
There are tons of way to enjoy Bollywood from the comfort of your own home, just get out there and get online - Indian movies are just a click away!
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Actors and Actresses of the 1950 Decade

The 1950's were all about full skirts and Elvis Presley, but which stars stood in the spotlight on the big screen. In 1950, Marilyn Monroe's career as an actress really began when she starred in "The Asphalt Jungle" and "All About Eve," which were both well recieved by the critics, putting her off to a great start. Later, as her career progressed, she started getting more leading roles in the film industry, so to broaden her range of acting skills, she went to study at the Actors Studio to better her performance. And pay off it did, as critics hailed her dramatic role in the "Bus Stop," where she recieved a Golden Globe nomination and was named pop icon. Marlon Brando is another star that rised to fame in the 1950's, and was named one of the greatest actors of the 20th Century. In the film called "A Streetcar Named Desire," Marlon Brando really humbled the audience and was nominated an Academy Award for Best Actor for not only that movie, but his next three movies as well. These films had put him on the fast track to stardom, the audience loved his acting style and in example of that, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and an Oscar for his performance in the movie "On The Waterfront."
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Music Scores Written for Hollywood Movies

Think of all the wonderful movies you have seen over the years, all the feelings that come to mind, all the emotions that still carry impact and affect you to this day. Yes, there are hundreds of them, for some even thousands. One thing that binds them all together is the music.

Musical scores can add so much to the overall experience of seeing a film. Scores can be brash and bold, and accentuate the action on the screen, make it feel almost alive. A far more subtle influence can often be incorporated into the film with the right musical score.

Take a few examples if you will, and allow yourself to play a few bars in your head, and see where it brings you. The "Lawrence of Arabia" theme was chosen by Sir David Lean, as once heard it forever conjures up the majesty and grandeur of the vast desert landscapes. James Bond...anyone? Merely a few notes from the opening theme and viola', the mood has been set.

The John Williams score for "Jaws" struck a chord with the public that resonates still." Midnight Cowboy" was so enhanced by the score that thinking about the movie without hearing the music run through your mind is almost next to impossible. Think of the score as seasoning is to a chef. A director knows that just the right blend can enhance and elevate the cinematic experience and indelible etch upon your mind a feeling that can last a lifetime.
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Music of Rogers and Hammerstein in the Movies

The musical movies created by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein have delighted audiences for many years. Musical scores composed by Rogers coupled with lyrics created by Hammerstein resulted in some of the most memorable songs and musical productions of all time. Few people realize the collaboration of these two very gifted artists happened by accident.

Rogers originally worked with Lorenzo Hart in the early 1940s. Perhaps their most memorable production is Pal Joey. Around the same time period, Hammerstein partnered with another musical giant, Jerome Kern. Unknown to each other, Rogers and Hammerstein shared an idea or a musical based on the same stage drama but when their partner expressed no interest, these two men teamed up to combine musical comedy and operetta style staging in a new musical genre with their first production being the long-remembered and still popular 'Oklahoma'.

Aside from their only musical movie, State Fair, the most popular musical of all time, The Sound of Music, created by this team continues to delight audiences even today.
Julie Andrews and the original cast members,who were still passing through childhood when this beautiful production was born, continue to get together for reunions at the von Trappe family home.
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History of Hollywood: Music Actors and Actresses

Hollywood is located in Los Angeles, California and is actually a district, not a city. Many Hollywood concert stages and venues are used to premiere movies, musicals and the Academy Awards.

By 1900, the community named Cahuenga had a population of 500; Los Angeles had a population of 100,000. In 1902, a major hotel opened in Hollywood. Hollywood became a municipality in 1903. In 1910, movie director, D. W. Griffith traveled to the west coast and started filming in Los Angeles; The company then traveled 5 miles north to Hollywood to film. Griffith was responsbile for the first movie filmed shot in Hollywood and the name of the movie was "In Old California." In 1913, many movie makers started filming movies in Hollywood. The first feature film made in Hollywood was "The Sqaw Man."

Some of the most famous Hollywood actors, actresses and musicians throughout time include Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, Lois Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Anne Bancroft, Ingrid Bergman, Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin and Gary Cooper.

A tribute to one of my favorite actresses, Lucille Ball,http://www.classicmovies.org/articles/aa080501a.htm mentions the "I Love Lucy Show" that is one of my all-time favorites television shows. Desni Arnez, Lucille Ball's husband starred in the show and displayed his musical talents at times on the show. Many people today even enjoy watching the reruns of this popular and very comical show.
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Bollywood Comes to Toronto

It's pretty much common knowledge in the US film industry that a lot of action is taking place north of the country's border in Canada. Literally. Filming in Canada has affectionately become known as "Hollywood North." And now it seems that Canada wants to align itself with Bollywood by hosting the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards celebration scheduled to be held in Toronto this year (slated for June 23 25). The 2011 awards will be the Academy's 12th year of "spreading the magic of Indian cinema," but it will be the first time the event has been held in North America (past venues have included London, Malaysia, Dubai, and Amsterdam to name a few). One can't help but speculate at the number of dealings and negotiations that will be going on between studio executives and the like as Canada puts her best foot forward to attract the Hindi film industry much as it did the US industry. And as the IIFA points out on their website "wherever the IIFA has left its mark, it has promoted the business of Indian Cinema and provided it an impetus;" so we expect nothing less during their stay in Toronto. Award nominations for this year's event will be announced the second week in March, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, why not start planning your trip to Toronto?
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Bollywood to Dance With the Stars?

It seems from a recent report out of New Delhi that Bollywood is "smitten by salsa, Latino, and tango" dancing as evidenced by the romantic salsa number in the film 'Aisha' and the scorching salsa scene in 'Kites.' Choreographer Sandp Soparrkar stated that "people are surprised when they see an Indian ballroom dancing. But Bollywood is going big abroad. People need to know that our country is not just about buffaloes and snake charmers;' and we guess Soparrkar should know since he won the European Ballroom Champion for nine years with his partner Ewa Maria. So one can't help but wonder if this shift from traditional to more international might not land a Bollywood star on the coveted U.S. television program Dancing with the Stars in upcoming years. Perhaps, but Sandeepa Dhar, a trained dancer and debutante actress of 'Isi Life Mein', said "Bollywood dancing will never die, but the new dance forms have a long way to go." We say stay tuned. It's bound to happen!
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Some Music to Consider

The Best of Bollywood (Various Artists) This compilation is a great place to start for the uninitiated Bollywood music as it is well-produced and fairly typical of the genre at its best. Among the male singers, Kishore Kumar is well accounted for. Includes tracks from Sapna, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Sonu Nigham and more (a total of 15 tracks).Raavan From the composer of Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire the Mani Ratnam/Rahman duo are ready to take on the music world once again with rich compositions to this modern tale set against the theme of a classic mythological story. With six songs and a mix of assorted singers like Vijay Prakash, Sukhwinder Singh, Rekha Bharadwaj, Ila Arun, Kunal Ganjawala and other noted artists, the album is a treat for Rahman fans. Starting with a tribal song, the CD combines this with an upbeat melody, a romantic melodious number, a fast paced song and ends with a folk number.Once Upon Time in Mumbai and Other Hits (Various Artists) Includes 51 tracks combining the latest movie "Once Upon a Time in Mumbai" with other lately released Kites, House Full, Kajraare, Luck By Chance and others, this CD comprises fast paced numbers other than Once Upon a Time In Mumbai. For all those who love Bollywood music, this CD is considered the perfect pick.
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