Announcing the 7th Annual WHAT A CHARACTER! BLOGATHON

Announcing the SEVENTH ANNUAL What A Character! Blogathon
December 14-16, 2018

GoldDiggersOf193324-650x493When you re-watch your favorite films, what keeps you coming back for more? A great story with sharp writing? No doubt. Beautiful costumes, swanky set designs, and stunning cinematography? Most assuredly. But the performances are key to any movie. While we all look forward to the popular leading actors, it is the stand-out, scene-stealing supporting actors that feel like “home.”

Wise-cracking Eve Arden, nurturing Louise Beavers, sassy Thelma Ritter, double-take pro Edward Everett Horton, tart-tongued Edna May Oliver, gravelly-voiced Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, fatherly Charles Coburn, frazzled Franklin Pangborn, bull frog voiced, barrel-chested Eugene Pallette, cigar chomping Ned Sparks… these and so many more lovable character actors are who we look forward to seeing as our dearest ole chums. We all could use a trusted sidekick.

For the seventh consecutive year, we as the blogathon hosting trio of Aurora of Once Upon A Screen/ @CitizenScreen, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club/ @Paula_Guthat, and yours truly Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled/ @IrishJayhawk66 invite you to join us for the WHAT A CHARACTER! BLOGATHON 2018, December 14, 15, 16, as we pay tribute to the brilliance of the supporting players.

Our objective for the What A Character! Blogathon has always been to shed the spotlight on these lesser-known but equally talented thespians, whose names usually appeared below the title. If you wish salute your favorite on-screen character actor- the quirky maid, that ornery hotel manager, frustrated maître D’, sassy best friend, a hot-tempered heavy, flabbergasted father, sarcastic sidekick, grumpy boss, gobsmacked butler- then you’ve come to the right place. Please review the guidelines below first, and leave me a comment.

  • Let at least one of the hosts know which character actor is your choice.
  • Don’t take it for granted we know exactly who you are or where your blog resides – please include the title and URL of your blog, also your Twitter handle if you have one.
  • We will not accept repeats (previously published posts), or duplicates, since there are so many greats worthy of attention, but your choices are not limited to classics. You can choose any character actor from any era and from the medium of television, which has featured talented regulars since the beginning, and continues to do so.
  • Publish your WAC! post on either December 14, 15, or 16, 2018. Let us know if you have a date preference; otherwise, we’ll split publicizing duties equally among the three days.
  • Please include one of our banners (see below) within your What A Character! post.
  • Additionally, we appreciate when you include [one of] the WAC! 2018 event banner[s] included in this post on your blog itself to help us promote the event.
  • Thank you for sending any of us the direct link to your post once you have published it. Searching on social media sites can lead to missed entries.
  • My contact info: prattkellee@gmail.com / twitter~ @IrishJayhawk66 ~or, simply leave a comment below
  • HAVE FUN and spread the word!

Here are the spectacular banners Aurora has created for you to promote on your blogs…

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Participating blogs and their choice of actors:

Walter Abel ~ Another Old Movie Blog

Sara Allgood ~Maddy Loves Her Classic Films

Lionel Atwill ~ Paula’s Cinema Club

Beulah Bondi ~ Once Upon A Screen

Elisha Cook, Jr. ~ Outspoken & Freckled

Jean Dixon ~ One Gal’s Musings

Alan Hale (Sr) ~ Silver Screen Classics

Margaret Hamilton ~ Wide Screen World

Ed Harris ~ Reel Weedgie Midget Reviews

Eileen Heckart ~ The Last Drive-In

Frieda Inescort ~ Sister Celluloid

Skelton Knaggs ~ Bill Shaffer, guest blogger on Outspoken & Freckled

Jack Lambert ~ Caftan Woman

Charles McGraw ~ The Old Hollywood Garden

Stephen McNally ~ CineMaven’s Essays From The Couch

Agnes Morehead ~ In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood

Eugene Pallette ~ Carole & Co.

Elizabeth Patterson ~ Backstory: A Guide To Classic Film

Nat Pendleton ~ Sarah as guest blogger on Once Upon A Screen

Thelma Ritter ~ A Shroud Of Thoughts

Everett Sloane in LADY FROM SHANGHAI ~ Silver Screenings

Kay Thompson ~ The Lady Eve’s Reel Life

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*This WAC! Blogathon is dedicated in memory to two very fine character actors whom we lost this year. James Karen (1923 – 2018) was a hard-working actor who was a personal friend of Buster Keaton and frequent attendee of the Buster Keaton Celebration in Kansas and the TCMFF. Vanessa Marquez (1968 – 2018) was an extraordinary actress of film and TV and an even better friend. She is greatly missed and we continue to hold her close in our hearts.

Thank you to TCM for the tagline inspiration and to all you bloggers and film fans for your ongoing participation and support for seven years running! And a big ShoutOut to my fellow co-hosts who inspire me all year long for being such marvelous and lovely characters themselves!

~Kellee

 

 

 

The Spielberg Blogathon Weekend… They’re HERE!!

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The time has arrived to join in on the celebration! He is not only one of the most influential filmmakers in film history, but an honest to goodness film fan.  In that spirit, Michael of It Rains…You Get Wet , Aurora of Citizen Screenings and I celebrate the films of Steven Spielberg by way of the SPIELBERG BLOGATHON this weekend.

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The plan is that I will host all Saturday entries on Outspoken & Freckled and Michael will take over hosting duties for Sunday on It Rains…You Get Wet.  As for Aurora, she says… “I’ll be right here” (like writing up this promo post), helping with promotions on social media throughout the weekend.

Following is the list of participants and their chosen topic/film.  You’ll note the entries span Steven Spielberg’s impressive career and exhibit the kind of enthusiasm the director himself injects in his work.  Astounding talent aside, Steven Spielberg speaks to us directly through his movies.  Here’s the proof – enjoy!

JAWS (1975) ~ Kris Kringle for Outspoken & Freckled

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK ~ Rob Medaska for Citizen Screenings

“Amazing Stories” THE MISSION, tv episode (11/1985) ~ It Rains… You Get Wet

“Night Gallery” EYES, tv episode (1969) ~  It Rains… You Get Wet

MINORITY REPORT (2002) & THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (2011) ~ Movie Rob

JURASSIC PARK (1993) – Citizen Screenings

DUEL (1971)~ Blog of the Darned

“Columbo” MURDER BY THE BOOK, tv episode ~ Twenty Four Frames

JAWS (1975) ~ Prowler Needs A Jump 

MUNICH (2005) ~ The Joy and Agony of Movies

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) ~ Screenkicker!

AMISTAD (1997) ~ Seetimaar- Diary of a Movie Lover

EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987) – Critica Retro

DUEL (1971) – Blog of the Damned

Why we need Indiana Jones 5 – with or without Harrison Ford – By Director Steven Spielberg

Comparison of Spielberg’s Sci-Fi Films – Cindy Bruchman

SUGARLAND EXPRESS (1974) – The Soul of the Plot

Spielberg’s Actors – Kirkham A Movie a Day

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’s UFOology – In the Comfy Chair

Escapism: The Spielberg Effect – Outspoken & Freckled

HOOK (1991) – Margaret Perry

TINTIN (2011) – Fights, Tights and Movie Nights 

My Top 10 Favorite Spielberg-Directed Films – Flixchatter

“You shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it!” – Steven Spielberg

 

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the SPIELBERG BLOGATHON

For many, August signals the ending of summer. One of the fun ways this August celebrates summer is via sharks, sharks and more sharks. Sharknadoes came back with a sequel vengeance when “Sharknado 2” aired on SyFy channel recently and became a national, albeit majorly campy, phenomena. August 10th, Discovery Channel returns in it’s 27th season of the very popular “Shark Week” and “JAWS Week” just completed it’s swim on AMC Channel. With all this shark action on the little screen, one can’t help but consider how much Steven Spielberg kicked off a firestorm and created a national fascination due to his film JAWS (1975).

Not his first film and hardly his last, mega hit JAWS (1975) was just the beginning for Spielberg. Taking on everything from aliens, adventure-seeking archeologists, battlefields in WW2 to the Holocaust, director/producer/writer Steven Spielberg has become an American institution via the silver screen. According to imbd he has directed over 52 films and produced over 144 and continues his constant pace today. A prolific filmmaker to be certain. But more importantly, so many of his films became part of our American experience- thanks to his signature style of weaving in very heartfelt and little “real” moments into every film. With so many wonderful Spielberg offerings, why not bid adieu to summer with a SPIELBERG BLOGATHON?

So Michael of IT RAINS… YOU GET WET aka @le0pard13, Aurora of CITIZEN SCREENINGS aka @citizenscreen and I, Kellee of OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED aka @IrishJayhawk66, are paying homage to this beloved master of cinema with a blockbuster blogathon to end the summer with a BANG!

Here’s how it works:

For any folks who wish to submit one or more blog posts dedicated to Steven Spielberg’s career (film/TV/directing/producing/writing, etc.) particular work or life, simply contact one of us hosts…

Kellee of OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED ~ twitter @IrishJayhawk66 ~ prattkellee @ gmail [dot] com

Michael of IT RAINS… YOU GET WET ~ twitter @le0pard13

Aurora of CITIZEN SCREENINGS ~ twitter @CitizenScreen

We kindly ask that you do the following:

-leave us a blog comment or tweet us with your Spielberg topic

-provide us with your blog name & url, twitter handle if you have one plus contact info

-let us know when your entry is published (hopefully prior to 8/23-24) so we can promote it

-please post only new content- readers’ greatly appreciate fresh posts! (recycling old material is better for consumer goods)

-include one of the provided banners (see below) and the following statement…

“This post is part of the SPIELBERG BLOGATHON hosted by Outspoken & Freckled, It Rains… You Get Wet, and Citizen Screenings taking place August 23-24. Please visit these host blogs for a full list of participating blogs.”

[Hashtag #SpielbergBlogathon]

BANNERS:

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PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

JAWS (1975) ~ Outspoken & Freckled

INDIANA JONES AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK ~ Citizen Screenings

“Amazing Stories” THE MISSION, tv episode (11/1985) ~ It Rains… You Get Wet

“Night Gallery” EYES, tv episode (1969) ~  It Rains… You Get Wet

MINORITY REPORT (2002)/ THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (2011) ~ Movie Rob

DUEL (1971)~ Blog of the Darned

“Columbo” MURDER BY THE BOO, tv episode ~ Twenty Four Frames

JAWS (1975) ~ Prowler Needs A Jump 

MUNICH (2005) ~ The Joy and Agony of Movies

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) ~ Screenkicker!

AMISTAD (1997) ~ Seetimaar- Diary of a Movie Lover

EMPIRE OF THE SUN ~ Critica Retro

WHY WE NEED INDIANA JONES 5- WITH OR WITHOUT HARRISON FORD ~ From Director Steven Spielberg

COMPARISON OF SPIELBERG’S SCI-FI FILMS ~ Cindy Bruchman.com

SUGARLAND EXPRESS ~ The Soul of the Plot

JURASSIC PARK ~ Citizen Screenings

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK ~ Rob Medaska, guest author on Citizen Screenings

SPIELBERG’S ACTORS ~ Kirkham A Movie A Day


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“Before I go off and direct a movie I always look at 4 films. They tend to be “SEVEN SAMURAI” (1954), LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962), IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946), and THE SEARCHERS (1956).” … Steven Spielberg

photo*As a special treat, we are giving away a fun gift… a JAWS 2014 Hallmark keepsake ornament ~ with the unforgettable John Williams theme sound effects!  All participating bloggers will be automatically entered into the drawing. Sadly, only people living in the domestic United States are qualified to win(apologies to our friends living in Hawaii, Alaska or outside of the U.S. ) Winner will be randomly selected, announced following the blogathon event, then contacted to so we can ship directly.

HAPPY  BLOGGING!

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