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The Movie Theater: One Building Elvis Will Never Leave — Part 6

  There are several things I look forward to every Elvis Week – watching lots of Elvis movies, having the number of visitors to ElvisBlog spike, and reading a special column written by John Beifuss, Memphis Commercial Appeal Movie Critic.  … Continue reading

The Movie Theater: One Building Elvis Will Never Leave — Part 6

Have you noticed how Elvis continues to loom so large in American pop-culture? One significant example of this is his presence in a dozen or so movies every year. Not necessarily as a character, but in more subtle ways, like … Continue reading

The Movie Theater: One Building Elvis Will Never Leave — Part 5

Thirty-five years after his death, Elvis’ connection with movies shows no sign of ending.  As a teenager, Elvis worked as an usher at Loew’s State Theater in downtown Memphis.  In the late 50s, he started his career in movies, and … Continue reading

The Movie Theater: One Building Elvis Will Never Leave — Part 4

Every August I enjoy going to GoMemphis.com and reading John Beifuss’ annual report on movies that contain something, anything, about Elvis in them. For example, it could be Elvis jumpsuits, or his iconic sunglasses, or anything else associated with him. It can be an Elvis song, a picture of him, or a character trying to sound like him. And sometimes, his name is used in the dialog of the movie. Continue reading

The Movie Theater: One Building Elvis Will Never Leave — Part 3

Once again, it is time to thank John Biefuss at GoMemphis.com for the research he does each year which makes possible this series of ElvisBlog articles. As the movie critic for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, he sees every movie that comes to town. And since that town is the home of Elvis Presley, he makes note of every Elvis connection in those movies. Continue reading

The Movie Theater: One Building Elvis Will Never Leave — Part 2

Last week we started our look at Elvis’ presence in the movies. Not the old films where he was an actor, but new ones where an allusion is made to Elvis. The research for this was done by John Beifuss, movie critic for the Memphis Commercial Appeal. We can presume his job enabled him to see just about every movie that came to town, and since that town is the home of Elvis, he noted every connection to him in these films. Continue reading

The Movie Theater: One Building Elvis Will Never Leave — Part 1

Have you noticed how Elvis continues to loom so large in American pop-culture? One significant example of this is his presence in a dozen or so movies every year. Not necessarily as a character, but in more subtle ways, like his name being used in dialog, or his image in video clips or photos visible in a scene, or his songs playing in the background (or over the credits), or familiar Elvis trappings like jumpsuits and those famous sunglasses, or even his well-known moves and mannerisms. Continue reading

The Ultimate Movie for Elvis Allusions

For the past three years I have done an annual review of Elvis allusions in the movies.  Each time I explain that these allusions can be many different things:  like his name being used in dialog, or his image on … Continue reading

Elvis Has Left the Building

The other day as I surfed the internet, I discovered that Frank Zappa once recorded a song titled “Elvis Has Just Left the Building.”  What a bizarre combination – Zappa and Elvis.  So I Googled it to see if I … Continue reading

Mr. Aaron Has Left the Building — And I Wish He'd Come Back

This week I did something I’ve never done before – I watched the same movie twice within three days. When I watched Lonely Street on Monday, my main purpose was to see what kind of job Robert Patrick did playing 70-something Elvis as the character Mr. Aaron. Well, I think he was superb. Continue reading