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Cowardly Lion Costume From 'Wizard Of Oz' Up For Auction Along With Casablanca Piano & Other Classic Film Memorabilia


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Dollars and dollars and dollars! Oh my! There's a huge range of Hollywood memorabilia going up for auction on Monday (24th November). So if you have a few thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket why not treat yourself to costumes from The Wizard of Oz or Sam's piano from Casablanca?

Wizard of Oz
A similar version of Judy Garland's dress pictured above is up for auction next week.

Read More: Wizard Of Oz - Margaret Pellegrini, One Of Wizard Of Oz 'Munchkins', Dies Aged 89.

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Grace of Monaco with Nicole Kidman Criticized by Monaco Royal Family


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30 years since Grace Kelly's death marks a big milestone, and an exhibition in her memory is getting to open later on in the year. However, what's really hitting the headlines this week is the Monaco Royal family criticizing the Grace Kelly biopic, starring Nicole Kidman, deeming it 'pure fiction'.

Grace Kelly was married to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco from 1956 until her death in 1982. The film, called Grace of Monaco will cover her first few years in Monaco, an era which saw tension between France and Monaco, a situation in which Kelly played an important role in avoiding a coup. Much has already been said about the 45 year old Kidman meaning to play a 32 year old Kelly. 

"We have had absolutely no association with this project, which claims to be about the lives of our parents," the royal family, Prince Albert and his two sisters, said in a statement reports the Guardian. "For us, this film does not constitute a biographical work but portrays only a part of her life and has been pointlessly glamorised and contains important historical inaccuracies as well as scenes of pure fiction." 

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Video - Nicole Kidman Arrives To Film 'Grace of Monaco' In Italy Where Hoards Of Fans Are Waiting


'Moulin Rouge' star Nicole Kidman is snapped by photographers as she arrives in a car at the Palazzo Reale in Genova, Italy where she is filming the upcoming drama biopic 'Grace of Monaco' in which she will star as the legendary Hollywood star Grace Kelly. Various fans also turn up to witness Kidman arriving, some are holding magazines with her on the cover and others are showing off pictures of the star on their cell phones.

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Video - Italian Palace Given Grace Kelly Overhaul For Upcoming Movie 'Grace Of Monaco'


Photographers visit the set of 'Grace of Monaco' in Genova, Italy where Nicole Kidman is currently filming as the eponymous character. The majestic Palazzo Reale is being changed into the Grimaldi Palace and some of the rooms are currently full of camera crew, equipment, screens and ladders in preparation for the 2014 drama biopic.

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The Country Girl Review


Good
Musical dramas are rarities, but this theatrical melodrama succeeds better than perhaps it ought to, thanks to its three stellar stars.

Bing Crosby plays Frank Elgin, a washed-up actor who's since bottomed out as a severe alcoholic. His wife (Grace Kelly) spends day and night caring for him, and she's gone to seed because of it. Along comes Bernie Dodd (William Holden), a director who's willing to give Frank a shot at a comeback if he sobers up for the big show... but there are obstacles in the way and skeletons galore in the closets.

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High Noon (1952) Review


OK
Sure, it's a classic, but High Noon has never been a favorite Western of mine. Its pace is too slow -- though some scenes of Gary Cooper's marshal in desperate search of a posse before the black hats arrive in town can be tense. The scene where Cooper waits for the conveniently-timed train to arrive at the station is also quite stylish. Alas, Grace Kelly or no, High Noon just doesn't have the depth of character for my tastes. No flawed hero, no injustice to be avenged. Just a good guy, a bad guy, and a clean-cut ending that leaves you shrugging the whole thing off.

Dial M For Murder Review


Essential
M stands for murder and also for mindfuck in this, one of Hitchcock's best films. Based on a stage play by Frederick Knott (whose credits also include another great thriller, Wait Until Dark), Dial M For Murder includes one of the most intricate plots of any murder mystery as well as maximum amounts of Hitchcock's trademark suspense.

A quietly evil Ray Milland plays a cold fish who plots to kill his wife (Grace Kelly) for her insurance money. As he explains at the beginning of the movie, he also wants to commit the "perfect murder" - i.e. one that is complicated and dangerous, yet foolproof and never suspected. John Williams is the Scotland Yard inspector who may be onto him.

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Rear Window Review


Essential
Not only is Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window one of his best pictures, it's one of the best films ever made altogether.

The master craftsmanship on display (placing virtually the entire film within the confines of the apartment of hobbled photographer L.B. Jeffries -- the inimitable James Stewart -- referred to as "J.B. Jeffries" on the back of the DVD case) has few parallels in modern cinema. The story by John Michael Hayes is one of Hitch's simplest yet most gripping: Jeffries spies the cleanup of a supposed murder across the way from his Manhattan apartment -- a sinister Raymond Burr cleaning knives and whatnot. He tells his girlfriend (Grace Kelly) and she laughs. His nurse (the unforgettable Thelma Ritter) mocks him also, urging him to marry instead of peeping out the window at strangers. But slowly, the truth is revealed, and even his most ardent naysayers join in the plot to uncover the reality of what happened in the apartment across the way. By the end of the picture, Kelly is prepared to break into Burr's apartment via fire escape because she's certain of what has happened inside.

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The Country Girl Review


Good
Musical dramas are rarities, but this theatrical melodrama succeeds better than perhaps it ought to, thanks to its three stellar stars.

Bing Crosby plays Frank Elgin, a washed-up actor who's since bottomed out as a severe alcoholic. His wife (Grace Kelly) spends day and night caring for him, and she's gone to seed because of it. Along comes Bernie Dodd (William Holden), a director who's willing to give Frank a shot at a comeback if he sobers up for the big show... but there are obstacles in the way and skeletons galore in the closets.

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To Catch a Thief Review


Good
Alfred Hitchcock went a little soft in 1955, giving Cary Grant a largely throwaway role as a reformed cat burglar living incognito in the south of France. Hitch would really put Grant through the ringer in 1959's North by Northwest.

Here, though, Grant's enjoying a day in the sun -- and night -- as he tries to track down the villain that's giving him a bad name. You see, John Robie (Grant) is retired. But some young upstart is stealing his M.O. -- and the new cat's eyes are on Robie's new would-be girlfriend, Frances (Grace Kelly), and her mom (Jessie Royce Landis).

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Rear Window Review


Excellent

Seeing the restored "Rear Window" on the big screen again gave me goose bumps. This voyeuristic mystery is a masterpiece of meticulous detail -- the kind of detail that just doesn't come across on a TV, I don't care how big the screen or how sharp the picture.

All but four of the characters spend the entire movie 50 feet away from the audience's vantage point. They have little audible dialogue. Yet Alfred Hitchcock, genius that he was, managed to portray the littlest nuances of their personalities as James Stewart -- our bored, peeping hero, laid up with a broken leg in his sweltering New York flat -- spies on them all in their apartments from his window.

The story, of course, centers around stir-crazy Stewart's intense scrutiny of one of these neighbors, after witnessing the aftermath of a possible murder. Raymond Burr (sporting badly dyed gray hair), plays a scowling, barrel-chested salesman who steps out several times late one night carrying very heavy luggage and returns with the same bags much lighter. When his bickering, bed-ridden wife is conspicuously absent the next morning, Stewart's analytical imagination goes into overdrive.

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