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James Cagney movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘White Heat,’ ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy,’ ‘Public Enemy’

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James Cagney movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘White Heat,’ ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy,’ ‘Public Enemy’
Song and dance man or gangster? Few stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era could claim they were equally well known for two such diverse genres. Yet, the legendary James Cagney worked hard to be able to make such a claim.

He was born on July 17, 1899, in New York City. His family was poor, and Cagney was sickly as a child. While growing up in a rough neighborhood, he learned a variety of skills, including tap dancing, street fighting, baseball and boxing. When he was 19, his father died, and he took odd jobs to help support his mother and siblings. On a whim, he auditioned for a role of a chorus girl in a local production. Although he had never had professional training, he landed the role and learned the dances from watching the other performers – and it never bothered him to dress as a girl and perform. Despite his mother
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Billy Wilder movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Billy Wilder movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best
Billy Wilder would’ve celebrated his 113th birthday on June 22, 2019. The six-time Oscar winner left behind a series of classically quotable features from Hollywood’s Golden Age, crafting sharp witted and darkly cynical stories that blended comedy and pathos in equal measure. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Wilder was born to a family of Austrian Jews in 1906. After working as a journalist, he developed an interest in filmmaking and collaborated on the silent feature “People on Sunday” (1929) with fellow rookies Fred Zinnemann, Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer. With the rise of Adolph Hitler, Wilder fled to Paris, where he co-directed the feature “Mauvaise Graine” (1934). Tragically, his mother, stepfather and grandmother all died in the Holocaust.

After moving to Hollywood, Wilder enjoyed a successful career as a screenwriter, earning Oscar nominations for penning 1939’s “Ninotchka
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Bavaria: Studios With a Rich Cinematic Heritage

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Bavaria Studios — often described as the heart of the Bavaria Film group — may be one of Europe’s largest and most state-ofthe-art film and television production facilities, but it also boasts an illustrious past that long ago cemented its place in cinematic history.

Film pioneer Peter Ostermayr founded the studios, originally known as Münchener Lichtspielkunst, in 1919. Six years later, a young Alfred Hitchcock arrived at the site in Grünwald, south of Munich, to shoot his first film, “The Pleasure Garden.”

It was renamed Bavaria Film in 1932 by new owners. A decade later, Germany’s Nazi government merged it into the Ufa-Film group along with several other companies. Productions continued at the studios in the post-war era and Bavaria was eventually reprivatized in 1956.

A number of high-profile U.S. pics shot there during that time, including Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” with Kirk Douglas in 1957. Douglas returned the following
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Captive Orca's Ability to Mimic Human Speech Amazes Researchers and Angers Animal Lovers

Captive Orca's Ability to Mimic Human Speech Amazes Researchers and Angers Animal Lovers
Wikie the killer whale is making waves for being the first orca caught on camera mimicking human speech.

Video of the feat shows the whale, who lives at Marineland Aquarium in Antibes, France, repeating after one of her handlers with vocalizations that sound similar to the words “Hello,” “Bye Bye” and “One, Two, Three.”

According to Afp, this is a first of its kind scientific demonstration that is especially exciting to researchers because Wikie was able to produce the human sounds even though the vocal anatomy of a human is far different from that of a killer whale.

Wikie was
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