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Friday, March 31, 2017

The Groovy List is scared of IT and Frances McDormand

The Groovy List is a weekly Top 10 of recommended videos featuring pop culture:

1) Groovy Guy: Gilbert Baker
The gay artist and civil rights activist, who died earlier today at age 65, created the Rainbow Flag for the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade (the original one was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in 2015). In 1994, Baker designed the world's largest flag (at that time) in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and he recreated his original Rainbow Flag for the 2008 film, Milk. Below you can watch him in a June 2009 interview on the PBS series, In the Life.

2) Groovy Gal: Lola Albright
The actress, who died March 23 at age 92, played Peter Gunn's girlfriend, nightclub singer Edie Hart, in the 1958-61 private eye series, Peter Gunn, for which she received a 1959 Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series. She also replaced an ill Dorothy Malone in 14 episodes of the ABC series, Peyton Place, in 1965-66. Her feature film credits include Champion (1949), The Tender Trap (1955), A Cold Wind in August (1961), Kid Galahad (1962), Joy House (1964), Lord Love a Duck (1966), The Way West (1967), Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968) and The Impossible Years (1968). And she released two record albums - Lola Wants You (1957) and 1959's Dreamsville, which was arranged and conducted by Henry Mancini. Below you can watch Ms. Albright perform "How High the Moon" in a 1958 episode of Peter Gunn and play Mia Farrow's mother in a 1965 episode of Peyton Place.

3) Groovy Gal: Darlene Cates
The actress, who died March 26 at age 69, was best known for her role as Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio's mother in the 1993 film, What's Eating Gilbert Grape. She also appeared in episodes of Picket Fences (1994) and Touched by an Angel (1996). Below you can watch Ms. Cates on a 1992 episode of the talk show, Sally (which led to her being cast in Gilbert Grape), and in a scene from the movie.

4) Groovy Movie Trailer: IT
Below is the trailer for the new film adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 horror novel, which will be released on September 8. I've also included a promo for the 1990 ABC miniseries of IT, which starred Tim Curry, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Annette O'Toole, Tim Reid, John Ritter and Richard Thomas.

5) Groovy Movie Trailer: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
This darkly comic drama, which will be released later this year, stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage.

6) Groovy Gals: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin
The actresses promote the third season of their Netflix series, Grace and Frankie, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

7) Groovy Gal: Barbara Barrie
The 85-year-old actress, who is currently appearing in the Broadway play, Significant Other, is featured on The Broadway Channel's Role Call.

8) Groovy Gal: Rachel Dratch
The actress promotes her new ABC sitcom, Imaginary Mary, on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

9) Groovy Guy: Andrew Rannells
The actor, who plays Elijah Krantz on HBO's Girls, is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

10) Groovy Music Mashup: "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"
Below you can watch a mashup of the song performed by Susan Sarandon (as Bette Davis) on last Sunday's episode of FX's Feud: Bette and Joan and by Bette Davis on NBC's The Andy Williams Show on December 20, 1962. I've also included a more complete version of Bette's performance.

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