There’s a new show on the CW (in America) called “Gossip Girl.” It’s just started, but last night on episode 4, the show opened with an homage to the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I’ve put a clip I found below, but until I figure out how to cue up YouTube videos to just play the bits I want, I’m afraid you’ll have to skip to the 1:32 mark and play until 2:23 to see the whole thing. Watching beyond that is optional:
Recently Amazon launched a new program called Unbox. I blew it off at first because I was sure they would only have newer films for download, but as it turns out, they already have about 10 Audrey films up for grabs! What’s even better is that they have some rarities that new fans don’t usually get to see. There’s the old standards: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, but there’s also some more dramatic, lesser known films everyone should know, such as The Nun’s Story and The Children’s Hour. There is even an episode of Great Romances of the Twentieth Century all about her relationship with first husband Mel Ferrer, which I haven’t even seen and have been trying to get a hold of for ages!
This program is great because you can either download and rent a film for 24 hours for about $1.99, or you can buy the downloaded film for about $9.99, keep the film forever, and even legally download it to another computer or program it in to your TiVo. Pretty cool, huh? You can see the complete list of Audrey Hepburn items currently available through Unbox here, and I will definitely keep an eye on these and share any new goodies that may come up!
Note: this appears to only be available to residents of the US for the time being.
I’ve already posted three Japanese tea commercials that feature a digitally added Audrey Hepburn encouraging a young woman to be her beautiful self (and drink some tea while she’s at it). Maybe it’s the foreign novelty of it, but these commercials seem to offend a lot less people than the polarizing Gap commercial did. Anyway, these commercials always take scenes from Roman Holiday and subtly warp Audrey so that she’s holding a bottle of tea. Sometimes she’s colourized to fit in with the modern women, and sometimes she’s left in her original black and white. This latest commercial falls into the latter category, and in this one she speaks! Unfortunately I’m not able to embed the video for this one, so you’ll have to click here and watch for yourself via YouTube.
I’d just like to remind everybody that two new Audrey Hepburn goodies were released today. The first is the highly anticipated 50th anniversary Funny Face, which has new featurettes, including a retrospective on Audrey and Givenchy’s lifelong friendship and partnership. It looks to be at least as good as the special anniversary edition of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, so either order your copy today or be sure to put it on your wish list! The holidays are coming before you know it, and there are plenty of new goods coming out to make sure you have an excellent holiday.
The Audrey Hepburn 5-pack is also out today. This is a great gift for the new Audrey fan who maybe hasn’t seen a lot of her films or doesn’t own any yet. With pretty much all of her classics (Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Paris When It Sizzles) in one pretty box, this is easily the best gift ever. It’s quite affordable, too, so it’s a great idea to keep in mind when you’re doing your holiday shopping or November/December birthday shopping.
If you are in the Madison, Wisconsin area or will be in December, then you might want to drop in the Westgate Art Cinemas. They’ll be playing an Audrey Hepburn double feature there for a week, with Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday, two of Audrey’s most beloved films. No specific dates are up yet, but you can check back near the end of November and even order tickets online. You can also read more about Westgate’s Great Performances series here if you’d like.
Have you ever dreamed of succeeding Audrey Hepburn in the coveted role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady? That just might be in your future soon. According to The Sun, a British tabloid, the 50 year old musical might possibly be the next in a line of recent successful reality casting shows where average Joes and Janes like you and me compete to be the lead in a big Broadway musical. (You may be familiar with “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” which was a casting show for The Sound of Music revival.) Nothing is set in stone yet, but BBC executives are also looking at Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to appear on the show. So if you’re in the UK and have absolutely no stage fright whatsoever at the thought of singing on TV in front of millions for the chance to be the next Audrey Hepburn, start warming up those vocal cords now! Read more here.
There’s a new Audrey Hepburn clip on You Tube, and in it Audrey tells the fantastic story of how she was made to cry at the end of Roman Holiday. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this story, I won’t ruin it for you, instead letting Audrey herself tell it to you:
This is part of a “best of” montage episode from Terry Wogan’s talk show, and Audrey is only featured for the first three minutes. But what a great three minutes!
In celebration of London’s Fashion Week, Lovefilm.com commissioned a survey asking film fans what they thought was the most fashionable film in movie history. A 46 year-old film by the name of Breakfast at Tiffany’s came in at number one, and Holly Golightly was thought of as the most elegant and iconic character ever portrayed. Not a bad way to go down in history, is it? You can read more about the survey and Breakfast‘s runners-up here if you’d like.
Audrey Hepburn may have worn many little black dresses in her life, but that’s sort of what she’s known for, isn’t it? Her little black dress with the sequined fringe that she wore in Charade (which was recently auctioned off, coincidentally) is now on display in Harrod’s department store as part of their Harrod’s Timeless Luxury promotion. It will be on the fourth floor at the Georgian Restaurant in the Little Black Dress Exhibition, along with other famous LBDs. You should hurry, since it looks like the display will only be up through mid-October. You can read more about it here.
Like other Audrey movies uploaded in the past, I don’t know how long this will last, but for the time being you can go to You Tube and watch Sabrina in its entirety for free! Part one is below, and the other 10 segments are linked below:
Hurry! Send your friends to watch it too, Audrey fans or not. And while you’re there, please drop a line to the uploader, thanking them for putting this film up along with so many other fantastic classics. S/he also has Arsenic and Old Lace, Casablanca, A Day at the Races, Double Indemnity, Citizen Kane, and so many other fabulous films up right now, so enjoy them while you can.