Saturday, April 24, 2010

Anne Bancroft

Gina Wilhelm Actress - Anne Bancroft

"The Graduate," starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft and directed by Mike Nichols, aired tonight at 8 p.m. on TCM. Want to know more about Anne Bancroft? Read on....

Mel Brooks recently reflected on his first meeting with the statuesque actress. She had just performed the song "Married, I Could Always Get" on "The Perry Como Show" when Brooks approached her.

“I’m Mel Brooks and I’m going to marry you,” he proclaimed. She responded, “Hey, I have your record.” It was his album with Carl Reiner, "The Two-Thousand Year Old Man."

“The album came out in 1960, and this was Feb. 5, 1961. From that day, until her death on June 5, 2005, we were glued together," Brooks recalled.

Gina Wilhelm Actress

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Glee on Oprah

Gina Wilhelm Actress - Glee on Oprah

The cast of Fox's hit show "Glee" visited Oprah Winfrey's talk show April 7 to talk about "Glee" and promote their return to the airwaves next week on April 13.

Some of the secrets revealed by the cast of "Glee" were that they shoot daily, sometimes up to 16 hours a day, and rehearse on the weekend.

They also said a day can start at 6 a.m. and "they can work on anywhere from two to four song and dance routines lasting roughly two to eight hours a day."

Cory Monteith, who plays Finn, revealed that he had never sung outside the shower or car before the show, and Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes, assured fans that the cast are actually good friends.

Jane Lynch, the actress who plays gung-ho cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, says she's nothing like her character, but Matthew Morrison said Lea Michele is as driven, though not as unlikeable, as her character, Rachel.

Oprah also got some footage from a rehearsal when Neil Patrick Harris will guest star on the show, and series creator Ryan Murphy revealed he made the show "to put something optimistic on TV."

Gina Wilhelm Actress

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Ten Commandments Movie

Gina Wilhelm Actress - The Ten Commandments Movie

It's an American Easter tradition: The night before Easter, the ABC television network airs Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments."

DeMille was the "archetypical Hollywood director" for 50 years. He acted on Broadway in 1900, but by 1913 had joined the filmmaking group that would eventually become Paramount Pictures.

Although today he is best known for his Biblical epics, DeMille made popular "sharp social comedies," western, and American history films.

DeMille wrote many of his pictures before 1925 (often writing the stage plays the movie would be based on), edited several between 1914 and 1918, and was the producer on most of his films as well.

He was a leading director of "A" movies from 1914 until his final directorial effort, "The Ten Commandments," in 1956.

The epic was in part a remake of a 1923 silent film by the same name. In fact, some of the cast and crew of the '23 movie worked on the '56 picture.

The classic stars Charlton Heston as Moses, Yul Brynner as his adoptive brother Pharoah Ramses II, and Anne Baxter as Nefretiri.

The movie has been hailed by the American Film Institute as one of the ten best epics of all time. It is also one of the most financially successful films of all time.

Gina Wilhelm Actress