Modern Family TV Show


Modern Family, ou Famille moderne au Québec, est une série télévisée américaine en 250 épisodes de 22 minutes créée par Christopher Lloyd II et Steven Levitan, et diffusée entre le 23 septembre 2009 et le 8 avril 2020 sur le réseau ABC et en simultané au Canada sur Citytv puis sur le réseau Global pour la onzième saison

EN FRANCAIS

Modern Family, ou Famille moderne au Québec, est une série télévisée américaine en 250 épisodes de 22 minutes créée par Christopher Lloyd II et Steven Levitan, et diffusée entre le 23 septembre 2009 et le 8 avril 2020 sur le réseau ABC et en simultané au Canada sur Citytv puis sur le réseau Global pour la onzième saison. Elle a le format de documentaire parodique dans lequel les personnages regardent parfois la caméra, brisant le quatrième mur, et les événements sont décrits lorsqu’ils se déroulent par les personnages à leur façon après montage. Sa filiation avec la série française Fais pas ci, fais pas ça est sujette à controverse, les producteurs de cette dernière affirmant avoir eu la primeur de l’idée.

En France, la série est diffusée depuis le 20 septembre 2010 sur Paris Première (saisons 1 et 2), le 20 juin 2012 sur M6, depuis le 8 mars 2014 sur W9 (saisons 1 et 4)et depuis le 23 février 2015 sur 6ter, au Québec, depuis le 11 janvier 2012 sur Télé-Québecet en Belgique, depuis le 17 septembre 2011 sur RTL TVI et sur Q2 et sur Netflix.

IN ENGLISH

Modern Family is an American family sitcom television series created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan for the American Broadcasting Company. It ran for 11 seasons, from September 23, 2009, to April 8, 2020. It follows the lives of three diverse family set-ups in suburban Los Angeles, linked by patriarch Jay Pritchett.

Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan conceived the series while sharing stories of their own “modern families”. Modern Family employs an ensemble cast and is presented in mockumentary style, with the characters frequently speaking directly to the camera in confessional interview segments.

The series was renewed for an eleventh and final season on February 5, 2019, which premiered on September 25, 2019. The series finale aired on April 8, 2020.

Modern Family was acclaimed by critics throughout its first few seasons. Its critical reception became more mixed as it progressed, but it maintained a loyal fan base throughout its 11 seasons and was continuously popular. The final season received generally positive reviews, and the finale episode had 7.37 million first-run viewers. The retrospective documentary that aired before the final episode had 6.72 million first-run viewers.

The show won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its first five years and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series four times, twice each for Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell, as well as the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice for Julie Bowen. It won a total of 22 Emmy awards from 75 nominations. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 2011.

The broadcast syndication rights to the series were sold to NBCUniversal’s USA Network, the stations of Fox Television Stations, and various other local stations in other markets for a fall 2013 premiere. The success of the series led to it being the 10th-highest revenue-generating show for 2012, earning $2.13 million an episode.

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I dream of Jeannie


Some short videos. just to enjoy and to laugh

  • Jeannie and the apprentice
  • Roger is irresistible to women
  • Dr Belows and Major Healey
  • Jeannie and the jewels
  • With the hillbillies

I Dream of Jeannie is an American fantasy sitcom television series, created by Sidney Sheldon, starring Barbara Eden as a sultry, 2,000-year-old genie and Larry Hagman, as an astronaut with whom she falls in love and eventually marries. Produced by Screen Gems, the show originally aired for 139 episodes over five seasons, from September 18, 1965, to May 26, 1970, on NBC.

In the pilot episode, “The Lady in the Bottle“, astronaut Captain Tony Nelson, United States Air Force, is on a space flight when his one-man capsule Stardust One comes down far from the planned recovery area, near a deserted island in the South Pacific. On the beach, Tony notices a strange bottle that rolls by itself. When he rubs it after removing the stopper, smoke starts shooting out and a Persian-speaking female genie materializes and kisses Tony on the lips, shocking him.

They cannot understand each other until Tony expresses his wish that Jeannie (a homophone of genie) could speak English, which she then does. Then, per his instructions, she “blinks” and causes a recovery helicopter to show up to rescue Tony, who is so grateful, he tells her she is free, but Jeannie, who has fallen in love with Tony at first sight after being trapped for 2,000 years, re-enters her bottle and rolls it into Tony’s duffel bag so she can accompany him back home. One of the first things Jeannie does, in a subsequent episode, is break up Tony’s engagement to his commanding general’s daughter, Melissa, who, along with that particular general, is never seen or mentioned again. Producer Sidney Sheldon realized the romantic triangle between Jeannie, Tony, and Melissa would not pan out in the long run.

Tony at first keeps Jeannie in her bottle most of the time, but he finally relents and allows her to enjoy a life of her own. However, her life is devoted mostly to his, and most of their existential problems stem from her love for him and her often-misguided efforts to please him, even when he does not want her assistance. His efforts to cover up Jeannie’s antics, because of his fear that he would be dismissed from the space program if her existence were known, brings him to the attention of NASA’s resident psychiatrist, U.S. Air Force Colonel Dr. Alfred Bellows. In a running gag, Dr. Bellows tries over and over to prove to his superiors that Tony is either crazy or hiding something, but he is always foiled (“He’s done it to me again!”) and Tony’s job remains secure. A frequently used plot device is that Jeannie loses her powers when she is confined in a closed space. She is unable to leave her bottle when it is corked, and under certain circumstances, the next person who removes the cork becomes her new master. A multiple-episode story arc involves Jeannie (in miniature) becoming trapped in a safe when it is accidentally locked.

Tony’s best friend and fellow astronaut, United States Army Corps of Engineers Captain Roger Healey, does not know about Jeannie’s magic for the first 16 episodes, although they meet in episode 12. When Roger finds out she is a genie, he steals her bottle, temporarily becoming her master. Roger is often shown as girl-crazy or scheming to make a quick buck. He occasionally has hopes of claiming Jeannie so he can use her to have a lavish lifestyle or gain beautiful girlfriends, but overall he is respectful that Tony is Jeannie’s master. Both Tony and Roger are promoted to the rank of major late in the first season. In later seasons, Roger’s role is retconned to portray him knowing about Jeannie from the beginning (i.e., to him having been with Tony on the space flight that touched down, and thus having seen Jeannie introduce herself to Tony).

Jeannie’s evil fraternal twin sister, mentioned in a second-season episode (also named Jeannie – since, as Barbara Eden’s character explains it, all female genies are named Jeannie — and also portrayed by Barbara Eden, in a brunette wig), proves to have a mean streak starting in the third season (as in her initial appearance in “Jeannie or the Tiger?”), repeatedly trying to steal Tony for herself, with her as the real “master”. Her final attempt in the series comes shortly after Tony and Jeannie are married, with a ploy involving a man played by Barbara Eden’s real-life husband at the time, Michael Ansara (in a kind of in-joke, while Jeannie’s sister pretends to be attracted to him, she privately scoffs at him). The evil sister wears a green costume, with a skirt rather than pantaloons.

Early in the fifth season, Jeannie is called upon by her uncle Sully (Jackie Coogan) to become queen of their family’s native country, Basenji. Tony inadvertently gives grave offense to Basenji national pride in their feud with neighboring Kasja. To regain favor, Tony is required by Sully to marry Jeannie and to avenge Basenji’s honor by killing the ambassador from Kasja when he visits NASA. After Sully puts Tony through an ordeal of nearly killing the ambassador, Tony responds in a fit of anger that he is fed up with Sully and his cohorts and he would not marry Jeannie even if she were “the last genie on earth”. Hearing this, Jeannie bitterly leaves Tony and returns to Basenji. With Jeannie gone, Tony realizes how deeply he loves her. He flies to Basenji to win Jeannie back. Upon their return, Tony introduces Jeannie as his fiancée. She dresses as a modern American woman in public. This changed the show’s premise: hiding Jeannie’s magical abilities rather than her existence. This, however, contradicts what is revealed in “The Birds and Bees Bit”, in which it is claimed that upon marriage a genie loses all of her magical powers.

Recurring

  • Barton MacLane as General Martin Peterson (seasons 1–4, 35 episodes)
  • Emmaline Henry as Amanda Bellows (seasons 2–5, 34 episodes)
  • Philip Ober as Brig. Gen. Wingard Stone (season 1, episodes 1 and 4)
  • Karen Sharpe as Melissa Stone (season 1, episodes 1 and 4)
  • Henry Corden as Jeannie’s father (season 1, episode 2)
  • Abraham Sofaer as Haji, master of all the genies (seasons 2–3)
  • Vinton Hayworth as Maj. Gen. Winfield Schaeffer (seasons 4–5)
  • Michael Ansara as The Blue Djinn (season 2, episode 1), also as King Kamehameha (season 3, episode 19), last as Major Biff Jellico (season 5 episode 12) and directed “One Jeannie Beats Four of a Kind” (season 5 episode 25)
  • Barbara Eden as Jeannie’s evil fraternal twin sister, Jeannie II (seasons 3–5)

The role of Jeannie’s mother was played by several actresses:

Sources Wikepedia / Youtube

I dream of Jeannie

Hayden Rorke as Dr Belows

Larry Hagman ( here as JR EWING from DALLAS TV Serie)

Photographers


Photographers from around the world

Sources “around the world” (Facebook)https://www.facebook.com/Around-the-World-109402800767702

Vintage


Benny Hill


Alfred Hawthorne “Benny” Hill (21 January 1924 – 20 April 1992) was an English actor, comedian, singer and writer. He is remembered for his television programme The Benny Hill Show, an amalgam of slapstick, burlesque and double entendre in a format that included live comedy and filmed segments, with Hill at the focus of almost every segment.

Hill was a prominent figure in British culture for nearly four decades. His show proved to be one of the great success stories of television comedy and was among the most-watched programmes in the UK, with the audience peaking at more than 21 million in 1971. The Benny Hill Show was also exported to half the countries around the world. He received a BAFTA Television Award for Best Writer, a Rose d’Or, and was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance and two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety. In 2006, Hill was voted by the British public number 17 in ITV’s poll of TV’s 50 Greatest Stars.

Outside of television, Hill starred in films including the Ealing comedy Who Done It? (1956), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and The Italian Job (1969). His comedy song “Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)” was 1971’s Christmas number one on the UK Singles Chart, and he received an Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors in 1972.

Sources Wikipedia / Youtube

Laugh with Mr Bean / Riez avec Mr Bean


THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES


The Beverly Hillbillies is an American television sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from 1962 to 1971. It had an ensemble cast featuring Buddy EbsenIrene RyanDonna Douglas, and Max Baer Jr. as the Clampetts, a poor, backwoods family from the hills of the Ozarks, who move to posh Beverly Hills, California, after striking oil on their land.

The show was produced by Filmways and was created by Paul Henning. It was followed by two other Henning-inspired “country cousin” series on CBS: Petticoat Junction and its spin-off Green Acres, which reversed the rags-to-riches, country-to-city model of The Beverly Hillbillies.

The Beverly Hillbillies ranked among the top 20 most-watched programs on television for eight of its nine seasons, ranking as the No. 1 series of the year during its first two seasons, with 16 episodes that still remain among the 100 most-watched television episodes in American history. It accumulated seven Emmy nominations during its run. It remains in syndicated reruns, and its ongoing popularity spawned a 1993 film adaptation by 20th Century Fox.

  • Buddy Ebsen : Jed Clampett
  • Irene Ryan : Daisy Moses
  • Donna Douglas : Elly May Clampett
  • Max Baer Jr. : Jethro Bodine
  • Raymond Bailey : Milburn Drysdale 
  • Nancy Kulp : Jane Hathaway

Funny video : How to exist without social medias ?


Anti social

Sources Youtube

CATS


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Albert à l’Ouest


Nous avons découvert récemment, un film, pourtant paru en 2014 : ALBERT A L’OUEST

Titre original : A MILLION WAY TO DIE IN THE WEST

Film marrant, comique même.

“Western” en parodie et comédie

Surtout que l’un des acteurs de ce film : LIAM NEESON qui , pour la première fois, sans doute, a joué dans cette catégorie de films de cinéma. En général, Liam Neeson, opte pour des films d’action, de violence, plutôt sérieux ( enfin, dans le sens où ca ne rigole pas).

L’actrice principale : CHARLIZE THERON

L’acteur principal : SETH MAC FARLANE ( producteur et réalisateur du film )

Nous pouvons voir passer DOC BROWN ( Christopher LLOYD ) de passage dans le far west venant du futur ( BACK TO THE FUTURE).

Passage aussi de BILL MAHER qui reproduira , dans le far west, une réplique de ses émissions TV

Pour résumer: Ce film vaut le détour.

Pour vous donner un avant goût, quelques vidéos choisies pour vous dans cet article.

Visionnez les. Ca vaudra le détour

Et si vous avez l’occasion de voir le film ( en DVD ou en VOD ) n’hésitez pas.

Il passe aussi sur les chaines OCS de temps en temps. ( Si vous auriez un abonnement des chaines de ce groupe cinéma)

En 1882, Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) vit dans la ville de Vieille Souche (Old Stump en version originale et québécoise). C’est un éleveur de moutons, plutôt lâche, qui vient de perdre sa petite amie Louise (Amanda Seyfried). Il s’entraîne alors pour devenir un as de la gâchette, avec l’aide d’Anna (Charlize Theron), la femme du célèbre hors-la-loi Clinch (Liam Neeson). Mais les choses se compliquent lorsqu’Albert et Anna tombent amoureux l’un de l’autre..

A million ways to die in the West


We discovered this week a movie from 2014.

A western comedy and parody at times.

We really enjoyed this movie. Laughter assured.

Too bad it didn’t get the success it deserves.

Here are details about this movie ( from Wikipedia and from other sources all reunited her in this article

Training

A Million Ways to Die in the West is a 2014 American Western comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane, who wrote the screenplay with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. The film features an ensemble cast including MacFarlane, Charlize TheronAmanda SeyfriedNeil Patrick HarrisGiovanni RibisiSarah Silverman, and Liam Neeson. The film follows a cowardly frontiersman who gains courage with the help of a female gunfighter and must use his newfound skills in a confrontation with her villainous outlaw husband.

Charlize Theron

Development for A Million Ways to Die in the West began while MacFarlane and co-writers Sulkin and Wild were watching western movies during the development of Ted. Casting was done between December 2012 and March 2013. Filming began on May 6, 2013, in various locations in New Mexico including Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and it concluded on August 9 that year. Joel McNeely composed the score.

The film was released on May 30, 2014, in the United States, and distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with criticism for its length. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 7, 2014, and earned more than $15 million in home media sales

THE FAIR

In 1882, in the town of Old Stump, Arizona, timid sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) has broken up with his girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) as a result of his refusal to participate in a gunfight. He prepares to migrate to San Francisco, believing that the frontier offers nothing for him. Meanwhile, infamous outlaw Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson) robs and kills an old prospector (Matt Clark) for a gold nugget. He orders his right-hand man Lewis (Evan Jones) to escort his wife Anna (Charlize Theron) to Old Stump to lie low while he continues his banditry.

A million way to die in the west

Lewis and Anna arrive in Old Stump under the disguise of two siblings intending to build a farm, but Lewis is arrested after shooting the Pastor’s (John Aylward) son in a saloon. During the brawl, Albert saves Anna from being crushed by two of the patrons, and the two become close friends. They attend a county fair where Louise’s new boyfriend, the arrogant Foy (Neil Patrick Harris), challenges Albert to a shooting contest. Albert is defeated, but Anna steps in and defeats Foy. Foy publicly humiliates Albert, who impulsively challenges Foy to a duel in a week’s time to win back Louise. Anna then spends the week teaching Albert how to shoot.

During a barn dance the night before the duel, Anna gives Foy a Mickey. After leaving the dance, Albert and Anna kiss before heading home. Upon breaking out of jail and murdering the sheriff, Lewis observes the kiss and reports it to Clinch. On the day of the duel, Foy arrives late and gets diarrhea from the laxative he had unknowingly drunk. Albert, who has decided that Louise is not worth fighting for, once again forfeits the duel. He retires to the saloon, but Clinch arrives and demands to know who kissed his wife. He reveals that Anna is his wife and threatens to continue killing more people unless his wife’s lover duels him at noon the next day. Later, Clinch confronts Anna by demanding that she reveal Albert’s name and his whereabouts or he will kill her. Before he attempts to have sex with her, she knocks him unconscious with a rock and escapes.

No Sex before marriage she said

Anna returns to Albert’s farm to warn him about Clinch, but he chastises her for lying to him. Clinch, having regained consciousness, tracks down Anna to the farm, but Albert helps her escape, then escapes himself. While fleeing, he is captured by a tribe of Apache Indians, who threaten to burn him alive. The Apaches spare him when he reveals that he can speak their language. They give him a bowl of peyote, which sends him flashing back to his birth and through painful events of his childhood before making him realize that he loves Anna.

Meanwhile, Clinch recaptures Anna in town, but Albert returns to Old Stump and confronts him. He wounds Clinch with a bullet poisoned with rattlesnake venom before his own gun is shot out of his hand, but he manages to stall until Clinch fatally succumbs to the poison. Louise attempts to win back Albert, but he rejects her and instead happily enters a relationship with Anna, who becomes his new wife. Albert also receives a bounty for killing Clinch and uses the money to buy more sheep.

In a pre-credits scene, the proprietor of a racist shooting game called “Runaway Slave” at the fair asks who would like to take a shot. Django Freeman (Jamie Foxx) steps up and shoots the man while commenting that “people die at the fair”.

Seth Mac Farlane and Charlize Theron

Liam Neeson
Bill Maher

Casting

  • Seth MacFarlane as Albert Stark, a wimpy but kind-hearted sheepherder.
    • Mike Salazar as 6-year-old Albert
  • Charlize Theron as Anna Barnes-Leatherwood, Clinch Leatherwood’s rebellious wife, who befriends Albert.
  • Amanda Seyfried as Louise, Albert’s unappreciative ex-girlfriend.
  • Liam Neeson as Clinch Leatherwood, a notorious outlaw and Anna’s abusive husband.
  • Giovanni Ribisi as Edward, Albert’s best friend and Ruth’s boyfriend
  • Neil Patrick Harris as Foy, a wealthy, snobby Old Stump inhabitant and Louise’s current boyfriend.
  • Sarah Silverman as Ruth, Edward’s girlfriend and a prostitute.
  • Christopher Hagen as George Stark, Albert’s abusive father.
  • Wes Studi as Chief Cochise, the leader of Apache Indians
  • Rex Linn as Sheriff/Narrator
  • Alex Borstein as Millie, a madam at a local brothel which Ruth works at.
  • Ralph Garman as Dan
  • John Aylward as Pastor Wilson
  • Amick Byram as Marcus Thornton
  • Evan Jones as Lewis, a ruthlessly violent outlaw and Clinch Leatherwood’s right-hand man.
  • Dylan Kenin as Pastor’s Son, the son of the town pastor, who is killed by Lewis in the bar.
  • Matt Clark as the Old Prospector, an unfortunate victim of Clinch’s gang

Cameos

The score was composed by Joel McNeely. The soundtrack was released by Back Lot Music on May 27, 2014. The theme song “A Million Ways to Die” is performed by Alan Jackson. It was released as a single on April 29, 2014. A portion of the Back to the Future theme by Alan Silvestri is used during Christopher Lloyd’s cameo. Near the end of the movie, the refrain of “Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora is used as a fictional “Muslim Death Chant.” Track listing

All music is composed by Joel McNeely, except as noted.

No.TitleLength
1.“A Million Ways to Die” (performed by Alan Jackson)2:27
2.“Main Title”2:33
3.“Missing Louise”2:08
4.“Old Stump”0:45
5.“Saloon Brawl”1:50
6.“Rattlesnake Ridge”1:28
7.“People Die at the Fair”2:11
8.“The Shooting Lesson”2:16
9.“The Barn Dance”2:29
10.“If You’ve Only Got a Moustache” (composed by Stephen Foster, performed by Amick Byram)1:31
11.“Anna and Albert”4:19
12.“Clinch Hunts Albert”3:41
13.“Racing the Train”2:21
14.“Captured by Cochise”2:07
15.“Albert Takes a Trip”2:24
16.“The Showdown”2:20
17.“Sheep to the Horizon”2:00
18.“End Title Suite”

Box office

A Million Ways to Die in the West grossed $43.1 million in North America and $43.3 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $86.4 million, against its $40 million budget.

The film grossed $16.8 million in its opening weekend, finishing in third place at the box office behind fellow newcomer Maleficent and the previous weekend’s opener X-Men: Days of Future Past. This was below expectations of $26 million. In its second weekend, the film dropped to number five, grossing an additional $7.3 million. In its third weekend, the film dropped to number eight, grossing $3.2 million. In its fourth weekend, the film dropped to number 11, grossing $1.6 million.

A million way to die in the West

Julie Andrews


Dame Julie Andrews DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells; 1 October 1935) is an English actress, singer, and author. Throughout her career of over 75 years, she has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and six Golden Globe Awards.

Andrews was made a Disney Legend in 1991, and has been honoured with a Honorary Golden Lion as well as the AFI Life Achievement Award. In 2000, Andrews was made a dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts.

Andrews, a child actress and singer, appeared in the West End in 1948 and made her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend (1954). Billed as “Britain’s youngest prima donna“, she rose to prominence starring in Broadway musicals such as My Fair Lady (1956) playing Eliza Doolittle and Camelot (1960) playing Queen Guinevere. On 31 March 1957, Andrews starred in the premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s written-for-television musical Cinderella, a live, colour CBS network broadcast seen by over 100 million viewers. Andrews made her feature film debut in Walt Disney‘s Mary Poppins (1964) and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role. The following year she starred in the musical film The Sound of Music (1965), playing Maria von Trapp and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

Between 1964 and 1986, Andrews starred in various films working with directors including her husband Blake EdwardsGeorge Roy Hill, and Alfred Hitchcock in The Americanization of Emily (1964), Hawaii (1966), Torn Curtain (1966), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), Star! (1968), The Tamarind Seed (1974), 10 (1979), S.O.B. (1981), Victor/Victoria (1982), That’s Life! (1986), and Duet for One (1986). After 1986 her workload decreased, appearing in two films in 1991 and not again until 2000. After the turn of the new millennium, however, her career had a revival. From 2001 to 2004 Andrews starred in The Princess Diaries (2001) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). From 2004 to 2018 she lent her voice to the Shrek and Despicable Me animated films and Aquaman (2018). In 2017 she co-created and hosted a children’s educational show titled Julie’s Greenroom, for which she received two Daytime Emmy Award nominations. Beginning in 2020, Andrews voiced the narrator Lady Whistledown in the Netflix series Bridgerton. She has also worked hosting performance shows such as Great Performances and narrating documentaries such as the 2004 Emmy-winning series Broadway: The American Musical.

In 2002, Andrews was ranked No. 59 in the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. In 2003, she revisited her first Broadway success, this time as a stage director, with a revival of The Boy Friend. Apart from her musical career, she is also an author of children’s books and has published two autobiographies, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (2008) and Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years (2019).

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on 1 October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Her mother, Barbara Ward Wells (née Morris; 1910–1984) was born in Chertsey and married Edward Charles “Ted” Wells (1908–1990), a teacher of metalwork and woodwork, in 1932.

Andrews was conceived as a result of an affair her mother had with a family friend. Andrews discovered her true parentage from her mother in 1950, although it was not publicly disclosed until her 2008 autobiography.

With the outbreak of World War II, her parents went their separate ways and were soon divorced. Each remarried: Barbara to Ted Andrews, in 1943, and Ted Wells in 1944 to Winifred Maud (Hyde) Birkhead, a war widow and former hairstylist at a war work factory that employed them both in Hinchley Wood, Surrey. Wells assisted with evacuating children to Surrey during the Blitz, while Andrews’s mother joined her husband in entertaining the troops through the Entertainments National Service Association. Andrews lived briefly with Wells and her brother, John in Surrey. In 1940, Wells sent her to live with her mother and stepfather, who Wells thought would be better able to provide for his talented daughter’s artistic training. According to Andrews’s 2008 autobiography Home, while Andrews had been used to calling her stepfather “Uncle Ted”, her mother suggested it would be more appropriate to refer to her stepfather as “Pop”, while her father remained “Dad” or “Daddy” to her, a change which she disliked. The Andrews family was “very poor” and “lived in a bad slum area of London,” at the time, stating that the war “was a very black period in my life.” According to Andrews, her stepfather was violent and an alcoholic. He twice, while drunk, tried to get into bed with his stepdaughter, resulting in Andrews fitting a lock on her door.

As the stage career of her mother and stepfather improved, they were able to afford better surroundings, first to Beckenham and then, as the war ended, back to the Andrews’s hometown of Hersham. The family took up residence at the Old Meuse, in West Grove, Hersham, a house (now demolished) where Andrews’s maternal grandmother had served as a maid. Andrews’s stepfather sponsored lessons for her, first at the independent arts educational school Cone-Ripman School (ArtsEd) in London, and thereafter with concert soprano and voice instructor Madame Lilian Stiles-Allen. Andrews said of Stiles-Allen, “She had an enormous influence on me,” adding, “She was my third mother – I’ve got more mothers and fathers than anyone in the world.” In her memoir Julie Andrews – My Star Pupil, Stiles-Allen records, “The range, accuracy and tone of Julie’s voice amazed me … she had possessed the rare gift of absolute pitch”, though Andrews herself refutes this in her 2008 autobiography Home. According to Andrews, “Madame was sure that I could do Mozart and Rossini, but, to be honest, I never was”. Of her own voice, she says, “I had a very pure, white, thin voice, a four-octave range – dogs would come from miles around.” After Cone-Ripman School, Andrews continued her academic education at the nearby Woodbrook School, a local state school in Beckenham.

The sound of music

The sound of Music

The sound of Music

The sound of music Julie Andrews /Christopher Plummer
Cast of Sound of Music

Termed “Britain’s youngest prima donna”, Andrews’s classically trained soprano voice, lauded for its “pure and clear” sound, has been described as light, bright and operatic in tone. When a young Andrews was taken by her parents to be examined by a throat specialist, the doctor concluded that she had “an almost adult larynx.” Despite the continual encouragement to pursue opera by her voice teacher, English soprano Lilian Stiles-Allen, Andrews herself felt that her voice was unsuited for the genre and “too big a stretch”. At the time, Andrews described her own voice as “extremely high and thin”, feeling that it lacked “the necessary guts and weight for opera”, preferring musical theatre instead.

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As Andrews aged, so did her voice, which began to naturally deepen. Losing her vast upper register, her “top notes” became increasingly difficult to sing while “her middle register matured into the warm golden tone” for which she has become known, according to Tim Wong of The Daily Telegraph.

Musically, she had always preferred singing music that was “bright and sunny”, choosing to avoid songs that were sad or otherwise written in a minor key, for fear of losing her voice “in a mess of emotion”. She cited this as another reason for avoiding opera.

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Mary Poppins
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Julie Andrews

Additional informations about “the sound of music” : The original Broadway cast. The original Broadway cast was started by Mary Martin. Her singing style was very different than Julie Andrews’s style.

(Mary Martin was Larry hagman’s mother)

Sources Youtube / Wikipedia

Le covidisme


Nous avons découvert cette vidéo, sympa, marrante qui fait rire en cette période de crise sanitaire.

Comme vous le constatez, chers lectrices, lecteurs, en ce début d’année, nous favorisons “le rire”

et la bonne humeur.

Mais qui a tué Harry ? The trouble with Harry (1955)


Par hasard, hier, entre 2 enregistrements radio, nous avons découvert ce film d’ALFRED HITCHCOK.

Un film de 1955 : Un des rares films de HITCHCOK qui pourrait être classé dans la catégorie des comédies( mais relativement morbides en revanche). Certaines scènes font même rigoler tellement loufoques paraissaient elles. Chose rare dans les films de ce réalisateur. Du moins, selon nos modestes connaissances cinématographiques (d’amateurs)

Voici donc le résumé de ce film et quelques séquences que nous avons souhaité partager avec vous, pour le plaisir

Dans le petit hameau de Highwater, dans le Vermont, un petit garçon découvre un cadavre fraîchement mort apparu à flanc de colline au-dessus de la ville, il part vite chercher sa mère. Au même moment, un vieux chasseur tombe sur le même cadavre et pense l’avoir tué. Les habitants du lieu sont les uns après les autres confrontés au cadavre Le problème de savoir qui est la personne, qui était responsable de sa mort subite et ce qui devrait être fait avec le corps est «le problème avec Harry».

TRAILER IN FRENCH / BANDE ANNONCE EN FRANÇAIS

Le capitaine Wiles est persuadé qu’il a tué l’homme avec un tir égaré de son fusil en chassant, jusqu’à ce qu’il soit démontré qu’il a effectivement tiré sur un lapin. Jennifer Rogers, l’épouse de Harry, croit qu’elle a tué Harry parce qu’elle l’a frappé violemment avec une bouteille de lait. Mlle Gravely est certaine que l’homme est décédé après un coup du talon de sa botte de randonnée lorsqu’il s’est jeté sur elle hors des buissons, encore étourdi par le coups qu’il a reçu de Jennifer. Sam Marlowe, un artiste peintre original, mais ouvert d’esprit sur l’ensemble de l’événement et est prêt à aider ses voisins et ses nouveaux amis de toutes les manières possibles. En tout cas, personne n’est bouleversé du tout par la mort de Harry.

TRAILER IN ENGLISH

Cependant, ils espèrent tous que le corps ne sera pas porté à l’attention des autorités, incarnées par le zèle du shérif adjoint, Calvin Wiggs, froid et sans humour, et qui gagne des primes à chaque verbalisation ou arrestation. Le capitaine, Jennifer, Mlle Gravely et Sam enterrent le corps puis le déterrent à nouveau plusieurs fois au cours de la journée. Ils cachent ensuite le corps dans une baignoire. Le médecin local alerté diagnostique une mort naturelle, aucun acte criminel n’a donc été commis. Les protagonistes décident alors de replacer le cadavre sur la colline où il a été découvert la première fois, afin de le faire apparaître comme s’il venait d’être découvert.

Entre-temps, Sam et Jennifer sont tombés amoureux et souhaitent se marier, et le capitaine et Miss Gravely sont également devenus un couple. Sam a pu vendre toutes ses peintures à un millionnaire de passage, bien que Sam refuse d’accepter de l’argent et demande à la place quelques cadeaux simples pour ses amis et lui-même dont un lit à deux places pour lui et Jennifer

  • Edmund Gwenn : le capitaine Albert Wiles, un marin à la retraite
  • John Forsythe  : Sam Marlowe, un artiste peintre moderne
  • Shirley MacLaine  : Jennifer Rogers, la mère d’Arnie
  • Mildred Natwick  : Miss Ivy Gravely, une vieille fille
  • Mildred Dunnock : « Wiggie » Wiggs, l’épicière-postière du village
  • Jerry Mathers : Arnie Rogers, le petit garçon de Jennifer
  • Royal Dano  : Calvin Wiggs, le shérif adjoint
  • Parker Fennelly : le millionnaire
  • Barry Macollum : le clochard
  • Dwight Marfield : Dr Greenbow, le médecin bigleux
  • Ernest Curt Bach : Ellis, le chauffeur du millionnaire
  • Alfred Hitchcock : l’homme qui passe devant l’exposition de Sam
  • Philip Truex : Harry Worp, le mort
  • Leslie Woolf : le critique d’art du Musée d’art moderne

BENNY HILL


Alfred Hawthorn Hilldit Benny Hill est un acteur et chanteur comique britannique né le 21 janvier 1924 à Southampton et mort le 20 avril 1992 à Teddington.

En 2006, Benny Hill est élu 17e plus grande star de la télévision anglaise par le public britannique.

Il est notamment connu pour son émission télévisée de comédie intitulée The Benny Hill Show, diffusée en Grande-Bretagne de 1955 à 1989 et qui figurait parmi les programmes les plus regardés au Royaume-Uni, avec un pic d’audience de plus de 21 millions de personnes en 1971

Alfred Hawthorn Hill est le fils d’Alfred Hawthorne Hill (1893-1972) et d’Helen Florence Cave (1894-1976). Son grand-père Henry Hill et son père étaient clowns de cirque. Avec son frère, il fréquente le collège de Taunton à Southampton. Pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Alfred, que l’on surnomme Alfie, est envoyé à l’École de Bournemouth. Pendant cette période, il fait partie de la troupe Stars in Battledress dont les membres font partie des forces armées britanniques et qui sont chargés de divertir les troupes de l’armée pour maintenir le moral des soldats durant le conflit. Après avoir terminé ses études, il trouve du travail comme laitier à Eastleigh, puis comme opérateur de pont, chauffeur et finit par mettre un pied dans l’industrie du spectacle en devenant assistant de metteur en scène.

Ayant le théâtre pour objectif, il choisit de changer son prénom en Benny, en hommage à son comédien préféré, Jack Benny. Il est auditionné pour le Windmill Theatre de Soho, connu pour Revudeville, un spectacle populaire mélangeant chanteurs, comédiens et filles nues, mais il n’est pas engagé. Il décroche son premier rôle dans Straight man de Reg Varney, à la place de Peter Sellers, alors inconnu.

Après avoir travaillé comme animateur de radio, il fait sa première apparition à la télévision en 1949 dans l’émission Hi There. Il continue à travailler par intermittence, jusqu’à ce que sa carrière décolle avec The Benny Hill Show qui est diffusée pour la première fois le 15 janvier 1955 sur la chaîne de télévision de la BBC. Il s’entoure de comédiens récurrents comme Patricia Hayes, Jeremy Hawk, Peter Vernon, Ronnie Brody ainsi que le coauteur de l’émission, du milieu des années 1950 jusqu’au début des années 1960, Dave Freeman. Benny Hill reste sur la BBC jusqu’à fin 1968, malgré quelques infidélités avec la chaîne de télévision indépendante ATV (en) de 1957 à 1960, puis à nouveau en 1967. De 1962 à 1963, il produit une sitcomBenny Hill, dans laquelle il joue un personnage différent à chaque épisode. Il anime également une émission de radio de courte durée, Benny Hill Time, diffusée sur les ondes de la BBC de 1964 à 1966. En 1964, il interprète Nick Bottom dans l’adaptation télévisuelle du Songe d’une nuit d’été de William Shakespeare.

Son émission est diffusée et produite d’abord par la BBC dès 1955, puis la diffusion s’alterne entre la BBC et ITV (où elle est produite par Thames Television ou ATV selon les saisons) pour les saisons suivantes. Elle durera trente quatre ans, s’arrêtant en 1989 après une émission spéciale6. On y retrouve à chaque épisode les courses poursuites en accéléré sur le thème de Yakety Sax, ponctuées par La Lettre à Élise de Beethoven ou la mélodie de la chanson Bruxelles de Jacques Brel, des batailles de tartes à la crème et d’autres formes d’humour potache. Les autres thèmes musicaux récurrents de la série sont le Benny Hill Waltz en accéléré de Paul Lewis ainsi que Mahna Mahna de Piero Umiliani et, moins connu, Gimme Dat Ding du groupe The Pipkins. La série fut taxée de sexisme dans les années 607.

Benny Hill est entouré de comédiens, musiciens et mannequins dont certains de manière récurrente , comme Jackie Wright (1905-1989) qui joue le rôle du petit vieux martyrisé par ses compagnons, Bob Todd (1921-1992) qui tient divers rôles secondaires dont celui du serveur ou du valet, Henry McGee (1929-2006) dans divers rôles secondaires, souvent à l’élégante moustache, comme ceux de Bobb Todd, Nicholas Parsons (1923-2020) que l’on voit dans divers rôles entre 1969 et 1974 et Sue Upton, une danseuse des Hill’s Angels et interprète de divers rôles entre 1977 et 1989.

En France, l’émission de la BBC est diffusée à partir du 8 septembre 1965 sur l’ORTF. Les émissions de Thames Television sont diffusées tous les dimanches à 20h du 14 septembre 1980 jusqu’au 10 septembre 2000 sur FR3 puis France 3. L’émission Spécial Benny Hill diffusée le 2 janvier 1992 nous montre la rencontre de Benny Hill et de l’acteur Roger Carel qui fut faite en 1991 et qui lui prête sa voix en français

La santé de Benny Hill commença à décliner à la fin des années 1980. Après une légère crise cardiaque le 24 février 1992, les médecins lui ont dit qu’il avait besoin de perdre du poids et ont recommandé un pontage coronarien. Il a refusé, et une semaine plus tard, on a découvert qu’il souffrait d’insuffisance rénale. Il décède à l’âge de 68 ans le 20 avril 1992. Le 22 avril 1992, après plusieurs jours d’appels téléphoniques sans réponse, il est retrouvé mort dans son fauteuil devant la télévision. La cause du décès est une thrombose coronarienne. Benny Hill est enterré au cimetière Hollybrook près de son lieu de naissance à Southampton, le 26 avril 1992.

Dans la nuit du 4 octobre 1992, à la suite de spéculations dans les médias selon lesquelles Benny Hill avait été enterré avec une grande quantité d’or et de bijoux, des pilleurs de tombes ont fouillé sa tombe et ont ouvert le cercueil. La tombe ouverte fut remarquée par un passant, le lendemain matin. Après un examen policier de la scène, le cercueil a été refermé et la tombe remblayée par les employés du cimetière, et par mesure de sécurité, une dalle de béton de 30 cm d’épaisseur a été placée dessus.

Benny Hill était un travailleur compulsif et comptait peu d’amis. Il ne s’est jamais marié, bien qu’il l’ait proposé à deux femmes mais il essuya un refus à chaque fois.

Il n’a jamais possédé de maison, ni même de voiture, il n’aimait pas dépenser son argent. Sa mère, Helen, vécut avec lui jusqu’à sa mort en 1976. Il déménagea ensuite à Teddington où il loua un petit appartement, dont la proximité avec les studios de Thames Television (ITV) où étaient enregistrées ses émissions lui permettait de s’y rendre à pieds. Les voyages étaient le seul luxe qu’il s’autorisait.

Il devint véritablement francophile. Il se rendait fréquemment à Marseille et, jusqu’aux années 1980, il put apprécier l’anonymat des terrasses de café français, des transports publics et sympathiser avec les habitants. En plus de maîtriser le français, Benny parlait aussi allemand, néerlandais et italien.

Benny Hill était un parent de la chanteuse et actrice australienne Holly Valance (le cousin de Benny étant le grand-père de Holly).