Saturday, June 7, 2008

Gene Kelly Movies in June

TCM is showing several Gene Kelly movies in June:
  • Sunday, 6/8, 2:45 AM - An American in Paris
  • Tuesday, 6/10, 4:45 PM - Summer Stock
  • Wednesday, 6/18, 11:30 AM - Brigadoon
  • Friday, 6/20, 2:15 PM - The Pirate
An American in Paris is part of a Leslie Caron Tribute. Times are Eastern. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Singin' in the Rain Still a Hit

Recently, teenager George Sampson won the British television show Britain's Got Talent. For the semi-finals, Sampson performed a break-dancing routine to "Singin' in the Rain". The version used wasn't Gene's, but the 2005 re-mix by Mint Royale that was used for the rather unfortunate Volkswagon commercial. While fans generally thought the commercial was sacrilegious, I have a feeling they'll enjoy young George's routine. In interviews, he credits his idols as Chris Brown and Usher moreso than Mr. Kelly, but you have to admit that the kid has the Kelly spirit! Thanks to his winning routine, the single is at the top of the charts in England. Maybe it will inspire young folks to learn about the original! Here is George Sampson's performance: