Can’t Stop Watching: 5 Classic Movies To Watch, Shonda Rhimes To Receive Diversity Award & More

Actress Bette Davis is seen in the film "All About Eve" dating from 1950. (AP Photo)

Don’t you love it when one of your favorite movies comes on and you’re able to curl up and enjoy it? That’s what happened to me last night when I discovered that “All About Eve” was on RetroPlex. Yes, I love old movies. You can hold my parents responsible for this. They shared films that they enjoyed watching in their youth with my sisters and I and the appreciation has continued. I saw “All About Eve” when I was about 11 or 12 and it quickly became one of my favorite movies. I’ll refrain from going to deep into the movie (I may do so another time) but will say that I fell in love with the characters. Bette Davis’ Margo Channing, the talented, aging stage star, is alluring and Anne Baxter’s Eve Harrington, the manipulative aspiring actress, makes you want to be weary of who you call a friend. But it’s George Sanders as Addison DeWitt, the snarky, influential theater columnist, who tops my list of favorite film characters (A special mention to Thelma Ritter as Margo’s sharp-tongued and intuitive assistant Birdie). Watch more about it here. Watching this 1950s classic inspired me to share other retro flicks that I enjoy that you can to via XFINITY online or On Demand.

–I caught the tail end of 1954’s “Carmen Jones” before “All About Eve” came on. This hit stars Dorothy Dandridge in her Oscar-nominated role as the title character along with Harry Belafonte and Diahann Carroll. It’s available on Demand. Find out how you can watch it here.

–Another movie from 1954, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly, is also great to check out. This classic thriller has been in heavy rotation on various networks over the past several months.  Check for upcoming TV listings here.

–“Arsenic and Old Lace” is another family favorite. This 1944 dark comedy stars Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra. Watch it via XFINITY On Demand here.

–Out of the movies that I shared, “The Wolf Man,” the 1941 horror flick starring Lon Chaney as the hairy beast, is among the earliest that I viewed. I distinctly remember watching this movie one Saturday afternoon when I was 3 and turning off the TV when a close-up of the Wolf Man filled the screen. I then ran into my grandfather’s office and hid under the desk. I think that’s the only time I had a negative reaction to a horror movie. It was smooth sailing after that. See more about it here.

Watch “The Wolf Man”
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Here’s what else is happening… 
An HBO rep has confirmed the news I shared yesterday that the show Issa Rae is developing for HBO is indeed “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.” Rae, who has a popular web series of the same name, will apparently star in this series, too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get anything more than a confirmation but when I do, I’ll share it here. Read here my Monday post to find out why this is good news. It’s no secret that filmmaker Tyler Perry constantly gets props for keeping black people employed through his TV and film projects. But he’s not the only one. The Directors Guild of America is honoring “Scandal” creator and showrunner Shonda Rhimes and her business partner, Betsy Beers, for providing jobs and other opportunities for women, people of color and other overlooked groups (I’m over the word “minority.”). The duo is expected to receive the 2014 Diversity Award at the 66th Annual DGA Awards on Jan. 25, 2014, according to a DGA press release. Rhimes’ company, Shondaland, has created ABC hits  “Grey’s Anatomy,”  “Private Practice” and “Scandal.” See more Rhimes’ helmed projects here. You can hardly mention Shonda Rhimes name without Kerry Washington’s name entering the conversation. “E! News Now” talked to the “Scandal” star during the photo shoot of her first Neutrogena ad campaign. The mom-to-be chatted about her style tips. “I really think one of the most important things that any woman can do when it comes to fashion is to have a really great seamstress or tailor around,” says Washington, who was named spokesperson and creative consultant for the brand in October. Amen, Kerry! Watch more here.

Catch up on the latest “Scandal” episode before tomorrow night
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On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“American Horror Story: Coven”: It returns tonight after being away last week. It airs at 10 p.m. EST on FX. [Watch here]
 “Treme”: Still playing the catch up game with past seasons of this show via XFINITY On Demand. The current season airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. [Watch here]

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: “Living Single” and “Facts of Life” star Kim Fields’ welcomes a second baby boy, son Quincy Xavier (Congrats!).
NOT: The “Sharkeisha” video that’s gone viral showing a teen sucker punching another teen she believed was sleeping with the same guy as her (This girl needs a lesson in values and self-worth).

HOT: Joan Smalls on the cover of Elle magazines’s January 2014 issue (She looks good!).
NOT: Christian Massey, 21, being shot and killed over a pair of Beats by Dre headphones (Ridiculous!).

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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