Features The Great Performers: Fred Astaire Published 2 years ago on April 11, 2017 Prematurely bald and 125 pounds sopping wet, Fred Astaire seemed an unlikely candidate for leading-man status–until the music started. It was then the former vaudevillian hoofer shined like no other. During the golden age of Hollywood musicals, Astaire seemed to elude gravity, only touching the ground as if on a whim. Whether solo or paired with Ginger Rogers, Astaire was the preeminent specimen of mid century sophistication. As a man about town, matchless in carriage, his very name evokes lightness and elegance. No one moved in front of the camera like Astaire. He was the epitome of the musical, which was then the most refined, most magical expression of cinema. After 1957, Astaire pretty much gave up on dancing in favor of dramatic roles. He acquitted himself admirably as a doomed scientist in the nuclear holocaust movie On the Beach, and he was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the disaster epic The Towering Inferno. His temperate lifestyle rewarded him with 88 healthy years, the last eight of which he spent married to a woman almost one-third his age. The Last Word: Mikhail Baryshnikov, at a tribute to Fred Astaire: “I have been invited to say something about how dancers feel about Fred Astaire. It’s no secret that we hate him. He gives us complexes because he’s too perfect. His perfection is an absurdity.” Fred AstaireGinger RogersThe Great Performer Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes22 hours ago Strike Back: Season 7 Episode 5 (Cinemax Fri 22 Feb 2019) Episode 5: Following a high-speed jungle ambush in Myanmar, the suitcase nukes end up in the hands of Jean-Baptiste Zaza... Episodes22 hours ago Don’t Be Tardy: Loaded Statement (S7EP3 Bravo Fri 22 Sep 2019) Loaded Statement: The Biermanns get serious about defending themselves and decide to attend a gun safety course after a break-in... Episodes22 hours ago Hawaii Five-0: E’ao lu’au a kualima (S9EP17 CBS Fri 22 Feb 2019) E’ao lu’au a kualima: Junior is torn between his duties as a member of Five-0 and his feelings for his... Episodes22 hours ago Secrets of the Morgue: Overkill (S1EP12 ID Fri 22 Feb 2019) Overkill: When a brutally murdered woman is found floating near the yacht club at Newport Beach, Calif., after the coroner... Episodes22 hours ago Speechless: G-A– GAME N-I– NIGHT (S3EP15 ABC Fri 22 Feb 2019) G-A– GAME N-I– NIGHT: When Maya insists that it’s time to meet Izzy, a reluctant JJ arranges a game night... search EPISODES Episodes22 hours ago Last Man Standing: Arrest Her Development (S7EP15 FOX Fri 22 Feb 2019) Arrest Her Development: Vanessa “helps” Mandy and Kyle look for their first apartment. Meanwhile, Mike is thrilled when Ryan’s good... Episodes22 hours ago Texas Flip N Move: Casey And Catrina’s Crafty House Vs. Hayhurst Brothers’ Modern Mother-In-Law (S11EP8 DIY Fri 22 Feb 2019) Casey And Catrina’s Crafty House Vs. Hayhurst Brothers’ Modern Mother-In-Law: Casey and Catrina get a good deal on a piece... Episodes22 hours ago MacGyver: Lidar + Rogues + Duty (S3EP16 CBS Fri 22 Feb 2019) Lidar + Rogues + Duty: The Phoenix must recover the body of a pilot whose plane crashed while testing an... advertisement MOVIES Movies1 week ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies1 week ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies1 week ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.