Annette & Frankie’s BEACH PARTY Ice Cream Social

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When I heard Fritzi of Movies Silently had this cool idea for an Ice Cream Social themed blogathon, serving up some sweet treats to kick off the summer, I was on board. Surf board, that is. According to Fritzi, the idea is to review a movie, post an article or share a recipe that has a sunny plot or has the power to cheer you up when you’re feeling down. She also encouraged us to write an article sharing happy movie memories, classic movie humor, and/or share an ice cream/frozen dessert/summer sweet recipe based on a star or film.

So when I noticed that William Asher’s BEACH PARTY (1963) was in the Roger Corman guest programmer line-up of AIP films this week on Turner Classic Movies, all those childhood memories flashed before me of cooling down hot summer days at my grandparents’ lake house by watching beach party and surfer flicks as ice cream and Bombpops melted down my sticky hands. Seemed appropriate to this blogathon to share a sweet treat or two, inspired by Frankie and Annette, along with all the kookiest surfer kids (plus cameos of September screen legends) in those silly, nonsensical films.

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[For an overview of the cultural influences of all five of the American International Pictures’ “Beach Party”movies, including BEACH PARTY (1963), click HERE.]

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When I think of Annette Funicello, three things pop in my head: her Disney Mousketeer days, her “beach party” roles, singing with her helmet of hair-sprayed do and perfectly tailored bikinis, and Skippy peanut butter ads. Let’s serve up an ice cream sandwich with creamy peanut butter that even Annette would approve…

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Peanutty Ice-Cream Sandwiches:

Ingredients:

2/3 cup butter or margarine
2 cups quick-cooking oats, uncooked
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped dry-roasted peanuts
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
3 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
1 cup coarsely chopped dry-roasted peanuts
Preparation
Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 5 Minutes
Bake: 11 Minutes
Freeze: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Remove from heat, and stir in oats and next 7 ingredients. Drop oat mixture by tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Spread each dollop of cookie batter to form a 3-inch circle.

Bake at 350° for 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are golden. Remove from pan, and cool completely on a wire rack.

Swirl peanut butter into softened ice cream. Freeze 30 minutes. Scoop ice cream evenly on flat sides of half of cookies; top with remaining cookies, flat sides down. Roll sides of sandwiches in coarsely chopped peanuts. Place in plastic or wax paper sandwich bags, and freeze at least 1 hour.

Note: Do not substitute a greased baking sheet for parchment paper. Cookies will slide and tear.


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For a yummy treat to cool down Annette (“Dolores” in BEACH PARTY) after chasing charming Bob Cummings (“Professor Robert Orwell Sutwell”) sporting his Tiki hat as she attempts to make Frankie (aka “Frankie”) jealous, this cool dessert should do the trick…

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RASBERRY ICE BOX CAKE:

Ingredients
24 graham crackers, crushed
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 (6 ounce) package raspberry flavored Jell-O(R) mix
1 cup boiling water
 15 ounces frozen raspberries
20 large marshmallows
1/3 cup milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Mix graham cracker wafer crumbs, butter and brown sugar until well combined. Set aside 1/4 cup of this mixture for a topping and press the remainder into one 9×13 inch pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Dissolve raspberry gelatin in the boiling water and add the frozen raspberries, stirring until melted. Chill until partially set and spread on wafer base.
Melt marshmallows with the milk. When cool, fold in whipped cream and spread on top of raspberry mixture. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Chill for 3-4 hours before serving.

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*This post was my contribution to Movies Silently’s Classic Movie Ice Cream Social (a blogathon of cheer!), taking place May 20-23, 2016. There’s a sweet list of scrumptious bloggers on the menu of participants so scoop ’em out!

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TCM Film Fest 2016: Emotions Run High

gary_tcmff_line_sketchLast week I departed from a ten day stay in Hollywood. A grand adventure of exploring the origins of Old Hollywood- both via site-seeing and serving as a Social Producer for the 2016 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, which took place April 28-may 1. For us classic cinephile fanatics, this year’s schedule of screenings and events tapped deep into a range of emotions, appropriate to the official theme of Moving Images.

[For a full pictorial review of our discoveries into Old Hollywood, look for my pre and post fest coverage in a post coming soon. My travel companions Aurora @CitizenScreen, Annmarie @ClassicMovieHub and Jeanelle @NebraskaNellie and I spent time with pals Laura of @LauraMiscMovie, her hubby Doug, Elise of @EliseCD and Danny of @Cinephiled for unforgettable forays into site-seeing, off the typical tourist grid. ]

For a second year in a row, I was privileged to be selected to act as a Social Producer for this year’s fest. (Click here for that post.) As such, we SPs conducted a little bit of business, including attending the Press Conference, then set out to enjoy this classic movie marathon. Here are my highlights:

DAY ONE, Thursday 4/28:

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Reunited with actor James Karen after the trivia game win. (We’ve met at Buster Keaton Celebration in Iola, KS in years’ past)

“So You Think You Know The Movies” is a popular trivia game, hosted by Film Forum’s hilarious Bruce Goldstein, held annually at Club TCM. SP and media archivist Ariel Schudson (@ArchivistAriel) gathered up a group of us to form a team or two. And lo and behold, our team won! We each contributed at least one answer but Cinematically Insane’s Will McKinley (@willmckinley) saved the day via classic film trivia world domination in a nail-biting tie-breaker.

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My first screening of the fest began with a punch to the gut. Famed film historian Donald Bogle introduced director of ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, Larry Peerce. It was a film new to me and its impression will be forever etched in my memory. The ground-breaking film on interracial marriage was simple, thoughtful yet incredibly powerful story that left me in tears. I should note that minutes prior to an emotionally raw and unconventional ending, fire alarms sounded; evacuating the entire TCL Chinese Multiplex. We were able to return to complete our screenings; but for many of us, the unfortunate timing was a pinch of salt in our open wounds of emotion.

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Czar of Noir Eddie Muller/ Photo credit: Getty Images for Turner

My second screening took an Argentinian noir twist in Fernando Ayala’s LOS TALLOS AMARGOS. Another new discovery for me, the Czar of Noir Eddie Muller introduced this rarely seen gem which was restored by UCLA’s Film and Television Archive and partially financed by his Film Noir Foundation with rich cinematography by Ricardo Younis. Knee-deep in fraud and paranoia for profit, a reporter (Carlos Cores) pairs up with a Hungarian expat (Vassili Lambrinos) and unravels down a wicked path in this tale of self-destruction.

DAY TWO, 4/29 :
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The second day started with the sumptious Pre-Code feast with Joseph von Sternberg’s SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932). For a fashionista like me, this is a high-style feast for the eyes. Marlene Dietrich and Anna May Wong are unparallel visions in this gorgeous print. Author Jeremy Arnold introduced celebrated cinematographer and the director’s son, Nicholas von Sternberg, who contributed fun stories on Ms. Dietrich. A personal favorite, and my husband’s (aka @santaisthinking) first time viewing, this was a major highlight of the fest for both of us.

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Actress Jennifer Grant, daughter of Cary Grant

Like countless others, we were shut out of DOUBLE HARNESS so we headed over to the Roosevelt to catch a glimpse of Illeana Douglas’s (@Illeanarama) book signing, grabbed a bite (you remember food, right?) with friends before heading over to catch Cary Grant’s daughter Jennifer Grant introduce her dad’s rarely seen film, WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE (1937). This was a silly romcom romp where we’re treated to the “Tennessee Nightingale” Grace Moore and Grant tickling the ivories. As he is my all-time favorite actor, this was a very special must-see!

Next up, we indulged in Bruce Goldstein’s Vaudeville 101, at Club TCM. This was a delightful peek at the history and some examples of the early vaudeville acts. Kept me laughing out loud and a few were snipets of the Vitaphone presentation I attended the next day.

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Actor Alec Baldwin interviews screen and stage legend Angela Lansbury/ Photo credit: Getty Images for Turner

We camped out early in front of Grauman’s TCL Chinese Theater in giddy anticipation to see charming Alec Baldwin introducing John Frankenheimer’s THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962) with special guest, legendary Angela Lansbury. This dark political thriller remains relevant after all these years and while all the performances were terrific, naughty mommy Lansbury is clearly the stand-out. What a thrill to witness how energetic and razor-sharp this stage and screen icon continues to be.

DAY THREE, 4/30:
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The crowds lined up early at the majestic Egyptian venue for my first event on Saturday with Ron Hutchinson’s presentation of the 90th Anniversary of Vitaphone.  As the founder of The Vitaphone Project, Hutchinson offered the packed house with a brief history of when sound was first synchronized with film, then entertained us with a variety of shorts. Captivating songs and hilarious vaudeville routines from George Burns and Gracie Allen, Baby Rose Marie, Shaw and Lee, Molly Picon and others kept the audience in stitches. What a happy way to start the day! Between our loud laughter that morning and the fact that I can’t stop thinking about those shorts, this presentation developed into my favorite one at the fest.
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Eddie Muller introduced David Wyler with our second feature, William Wyler’s A HOUSE DIVIDED (1931). As Muller pointed out, while it is technically a Pre-Code, it has major noir tones thanks to its cinematography and Walter Huston’s acting chops of his intensely dark character. Again, it was a joy to have a member of the director’s own family, who is also a vet of the entertainment industry and an experienced producer, introduce this early talkie on film.

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TCM Wine Club tasting with dear friends… Aurora (L), Theresa (R) and me (C)

After taking quick peeks at both Alec Baldwin’s interview with Elliot Gould at Club TCM and Rita Moreno’s book signing in the Roosevelt lobby, we took a nice break at the TCM Wine Club wine tasting. Situated poolside, this was a welcome and relaxing reprieve from the fast pace of running to screenings and passing out my #TCMFFSP ribbons to enjoy a few moments of crisp and cool Chardonnay. I recommend!

Then, we settled in back at Club TCM for a more casual view into Hollywood history with Hollywood Home Movies. From movie stars at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club to the Nicolas Brothers at The Palace with special guest Tony Nicholas himself in attendance with his family, this was such a fun and intimate presentation.

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Plethora of friends gather for MIDNIGHT screening

I was pleased to end my evening with a 1930s screwball romcom with Bonnie Hunt’s introduction of Mitchell Leisen’s MIDNIGHT (1939). With dream pairing of writers Billy Wilder and Charles Bracket and a cast that included the stunning and witty Claudette Colbert, a young stached Don Ameche, and an animated John Barrymore, they lit up the screen, scene after scene. I also appreciated that Bonnie Hunt joined us in the audience, sitting in a seat close by to our large group and laughed equally as hard and loudly as we did. Big props to you, Ms. Hunt!

DAY FOUR, 5/1:

I chose to sleep in a bit instead of being included the many who were turned away from DOUBLE HARNESS a second time. Instead, we camped out early to grab a good positioning for Charlie Chaplin’s THE KID (1921). Chaplin’s first feature as director, star, writer and producer, this premiere restoration was a compelling and emotional experience, further enhanced by a detailed intro by acclaimed Parisian film archivist Serge Bromberg.

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David Steinberg, Photo credit: Getty images for Turner

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HORSE FEATHERS screening- TCM Programmer Scott McGee and family- Ethan & Shannon, Photo credit: Getty Images for Turner

We quickly dashed over to comedy great David Steinberg’s intro to Norman Z McLeod’s HORSE FEATHERS (1932).  Groucho, Harpo and Chico are joined by Thelma Todd for this hilarious college football classic. I think the only one in the audience who laughed harder than me was TCM programmer Scott McGee.

Another quick turnaround rushed us back into the same TCL Chinese Multiplex House #1 for John Ford’s grand SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949). Another homage to Monument Valley, this stunning vision on the big screen was another must-see for me. At last year’s #TCMFF, I was thrilled to see Ford’s MY DARLING CLEMENTINE introduced by Peter Fonda and Keith Carradine. Carradine was on hand to honor us with an intro again.

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CINEMA PARADISO star Salvatore Cascio and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz/ Photo credit: Getty Images for Turner

My final screening of the fest was the most emotional one of the long weekend. Writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore’s CINEMA PARADISO (1988) may seem like an unconventional choice to close #TCMFF to those who have never seen it, but for those of us who know and love this film, it was the perfect choice. A foreign film made in the late eighties, this film is a beautiful and deeply emotional tribute to classic film fans. I was not alone as tears streamed down my face for the entire last ten minutes and during other segments as well. Now all grown up Salvatore Cacsio, who played the central character of young Toto, charmed the crowd at Grauman’s TCL Chinese Theatre with his translated guest intro with Ben Mankiewicz. I compliment #TCMFF programmer Charlie Tabesh for this superb pick.

The last night ended with crowded Roosevelt of attendees’ goodbyes and photo opps followed by a late supper at Mel’s Drive-In with friends. My many gratitudes include:

Thanks to Debbie Lynn Elias aka @moviesharkd for including me along with other SPs Aurora @CitizenScreen, Annmarie @ClassicMovieHub and Kristen Lopez @Journeys_Film on her LA-based radio program, BEHIND THE LENS on Adrenaline Radio, generously providing us a platform to discuss our our roles of Social Producers and the #TCMFF. And all her supportive tweets!
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Thanks to my artist hubby Gary @santaisthinking for offering up creative and witty sketches, just for fun! You can probably still find them via #sketchTCMFF on twitter.

Thanks to the entire TCM staff and crew for all their hard work on another successful fest! Spotlight and Essentials passes sold out in a record 14 minutes and the Classic Passes sold out faster than ever before. According to the Press Conference, a projected 26,000 attendees enjoyed this year’s mega event. From a past gig in trade show management of a similar show size in my past life, I can assure you this takes organized planning, countless hours and months of hard work and skilled efficiency… KUDOS, TCM team!

Special TCM staff thanks to Noralil Fiores and Marya Gates for masterfully running the Social Producer program. I can’t imagine leading these initiatives, while TCM launches FilmStruck and TCM Backlots all at the same time. Whew!

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Pals Karen, Jessica, Raquel, Carlos and Danny

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#TCMParty class picture/ Photo credit: Will McKinley

And a VERY special shout-out to all my #TCMFF friends, new and reunited alike. So many which began and continue via the #TCMparty twitter experience and via the Going To TCM Film Fest Facebook page.

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Swapping childhood stories with actress, author and TCM friend Illeana Douglas (L), myself and husband Gary Pratt (R)

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Will McKinley (L), myself (C), TCM host Ben Mankiewicz (R) at the closing party

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Actress Monika Henreid, daughter of Paul Henreid (R) and me

Overall, it was another stellar fest that included star gazing, new discoveries, a ‘family’ reunion of meaningful connections with classic film friends (or #OldMovieWeirdos as we like to call ourselves) and fully cinematic range of emotions. If you love classic movies, love TCM, and you simply want to feel right at home like never before, this is it. Hope to see you at #TCMFF in 2017!

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TCMFF 2016 ANNOUNCEMENT: Photo Scavenger Hunt!

tcm-logo-2016The days are rapidly narrowing down to single digits until classic film fans by the thousands will converge to their silver screened Motherland. Turner Classic Movies network kicks off their film festival April 28- May 1st in Hollywood, CA. And for the 2nd year in a row, the TCM folks have brought back the Social Producer program.

Selected from across the country, the Social Producers each bring a unique way to enhance the fandom experience while attending this mega event via social media. I’m thrilled to announce that I will be included in the Social Producer program for 2016 while hosting the official TCMFF  Scavenger Hunt.

Here’s how it works…

PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT:
Enhance your Turner Classic Movies Film Festival experience by participating in the Photo Scavenger Hunt! New clues for each day. Post it on social media (Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram) tagging TCM and you’ll receive an official TCMFF collector ribbon. Show me your posts so you can collect your official ribbons. Collect all five and you’ll receive a special “Champion” ribbon on the last day of the fest!

Clues:
Star Selfie
*Take a photo of yourself with your favorite movie star’s hand/footprints at the famous Grauman’s Theatre aka TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX and post it on social media. Be sure to tag TCM so we can like/share it too!

New Friends
*Take a photo of yourself with a NEW friend you met while waiting in line. Be sure to tag TCM in your post so we can like/share it too!

Line Selfie
*Take a photo of yourself holding your line ticket or Pass while waiting in line for your favorite screening of the day. Hashtag your the screening and be sure to tag TCM, too.

#TCMFF Squad Goals
*Take a group selfie with your friends in front of one of the official TCMFF venues. Then post it on social media and don’t forget to tag TCM. We’d love to see it!

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*Take a photo at a poolside screening. Don’t forget to tag TCM!

After you’ve collected all five, you can collect your special #TCMFF SCAVENGER HUNT  Champ ribbon on the last day of the fest! So, be on the look out each day for clues.

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Thursday, 4/28:  One clue announced
Friday, 4/29: Two clues announced
Saturday, 4/30: Two clues announced
Sunday, 5/1: a “CHAMP ribbon” to be given to all who complete all 5 clues
Each clue to be announced via Social Producer Kellee Pratt with reposts via TCM Social Media, on the following sites:

Twitter: @IrishJayhawk66 or @TCM  

Tumblr: @kelleep or @tcm

For all the best in fest goodies on social media, follow hashtags #TCMFF and #TCMFFSP to see what all the Social Producers are providing in fest fun. If you see me in line or dashing down Hollywood Blvd, show me your fun Scavenger photo or posts and I will give you a collector ribbon. Quantities are limited for this special souvenir, so look for the lady with freckles and a big smile!

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OSCAR SNUBS of the 31 Days Of Oscar Blogathon are here!

 

 

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We come now to the second week of the 4th annual installment of the 31 DAYS OF OSCAR Blogathon… OSCAR SNUBS! It’s time to vent, folks.

We all have a grievance to spew on at least one, but likely several, categories or years within the history of the Academy Awards. Let’s face it, it’s up to those select group of voters to make their choices in the grand democratic process. And a majority of the nominees and winners are fortunate and well-deserved artisans being honored for their hard work and creative results. But do we always agree?

Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Myrna Loy, Barbara Stanwyck… these are only a sampling of the mega talent of Hollywood that somehow missed competitive Oscars time and time again to our shock and dismay. So here is your chance to tell us YOUR SIDE of an Oscar Snubs story. Here are this weekend’s participants, thus far…

Second Sight Cinema presents her argument for the glaring Oscar omission with 31 Days Of Oscar: The Stanwyck Snub.  As Lesley puts it, “How the hell could Stanwyck, who for me edges out the other two actresses in my Holy Trinity of divas (Davis and Crawford) for her appeal, her lack of pretension, her ability to be really funny or really poisonous or really glamorous or touching or steely or any combination thereof—how could she not have won anything but that honorary Oscar that is the Academy’s way of saying, “We screwed up”? ” Truly… Twitter: @zleegaspar

My creative co-host Aurora of Once Upon A Screen argues oh-so-justifiably for screen legend Doris Day in Talk About Snubs! Why Hasn’t Doris Day Received an Honorary Oscar?   Of the Board of Governors of AMPAS she asks, “Why those Governors have failed to place Doris Day‘s name alongside the others as a recipient of an honorary award is a mystery to me, something that fuels my anger and disappointment more with each passing year.” EXACTLY, Aurora! Twitter: @CitizenScreen

Moon In Gemini passionately takes on regrets in Alan Rickman’s Absurd Lack Of Oscar Nominations. As she pleas, “if he had managed to live into his 90s, the Academy would have pushed him onstage in his wheelchair and given him an honorary Oscar, because that’s what they do when they realize they’ve screwed up royally with their competitive categories. Which they clearly did in this case, so maybe it will be time for a séance in 30 years, Academy.” Twitter: @DebbieVee

CineMaven’s Essays From The Couch takes a close look at the Sweet Smell Of Success (1957). As Theresa compares to others of this film’s caliber, this film also “shines klieg lights on politics and television and journalism. “Sweet Smell of Success” takes the cake. And to paraphrase J.J. Hunsecker, it’s a cake filled with arsenic. What a fantastic movie. Venom never went down so smoothly.” Twitter: @CineMava

One Gal’s Musings applauds Stanley Tucci‘s body of work for this week’s Oscar Snubs. As she observes his ongoing talents across all screens, “Tucci’s TV work continues to be stellar. To borrow a cliche, he’s one of the hardest working men in show business and appears on TV when the role feels right. He currently has two Emmys on his mantle. It’s Oscar that eludes him.”

Movie Movie Blog Blog lassos up CHILL WILLIS and his ALAMO Oscar Campaign. As he says “Wills’ elaborate Oscar adventure is proof that money and publicity alone are not enough to nab someone an Academy Award. But as we’ve seen in the 55 years since The Alamo, that doesn’t stop plenty of wanna-bes from trying.” Twitter: @SatMatTweet

The Wonderful World of Cinema alerts us to a Joan Fontaine Oscar Snub with Something’s Wrong With Rebecca’s Wins. Virginie “thinks that Joan deserved this Oscar… mainly due to her memorable interpretation of Mrs. De Winter. It’s this role that made her a legend of the silver screen.” Twitter: @Ginnie_SP

Cary Grant Won’t Eat You serves up BIG FISH: A Kettle Of Oscar Snubs As she points out: “I’m curious why this film wasn’t considered worthy of awards based on artistic merit, if nothing else for the images’ perfect cohesiveness with the storytelling.”

I See A Dark Theater breaks down the competition to rally for why funny and talented Jean Arthur may have been nominated for The More The Merrier, but was snubbed for the big win. As she explains, “Arthur’s blend of charm, quirk, and (just barely) subtle command undoubtedly treaded on far lighter ground than the more serious-minded roles her nominative peers tackled, but nonetheless, she still created a nuanced character who operates well beyond the comedic scenes and turns out to be more complex than she appears.” Twitter: @Kimbo3200

Danny Reviews investigates the Top 3 Oscar Worthy Charlotte Rampling Performances. As Danny shares, “Charlotte Rampling is bigger than ever, as her peers in AMPAS, finally nominated her after a nearly 50 year career.” Twitter: @danny_reviews

Critica Retro campaigns for Brazil with Brazil and Oscar- or lack thereof traumatic. “There’s a whole union climate when a Brazilian film is shown on the statue. Suddenly, the whole nation joins around this film, which happens to be “Brazil at the Oscars”: our great hope to show that we also have culture. In no other country an Oscar nomination is able to unite a people, or Americans would be more united and happy people in the world.” Twitter: @startspreading

The Midnite Drive-In gets armed with Guns and Glory while making an argument for The Guns Of Navarone (1961). Quiggy outlines each specific nomination and notes on the score, ” There is one scene in particular, in which the only background music is a rhythmic drum beat.  This made the scene all that more intense, where a full scale orchestra might have reduced it to ashes.  The rest of the movie has such rousing and almost patriotic feel to it.”

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest discusses the Oscar-worthy merits of Jean Arthur in Talk Of The Town. “It is sad as many overlooked gems like this movie does not get the attention it does deserve as one of the movies many sad things was that Jean Arthur never won the award for her wonderful role which was one of her finest on the screen.”Twitter: @wolffianclassic

Stay tuned… MUCH MORE to come! I will update this post throughout the full weekend- both Saturday and Sunday. Please honor these fabulous writers by reading and commenting on their posts. A big SHOUT OUT to all our contributors!

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Read last week’s ACTORS contributors (hosted by adorable Aurora @CitizenScreen at ONCE UPON A SCREEN) here: ACTORS WEEK.

Next weekend (2/20): the CRAFTS!! (Costumes, screenwriting, and so much more!) Hosted by perfectly Paula @Paula_Guthat at PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB

Last weekend (2/27): the BEST PICTURES and DIRECTORS ~ hosted by Kellee and Aurora

ANNOUNCEMENT: 31 DAYS OF OSCAR Blogathon 2016

“I’m very enthusiastic about the Academy Awards because if there were no Oscars, we wouldn’t have as many good movies as we do have.” – Robert Osborne

The Oscars – both maligned and praised are always cause for celebration and we’re here to do just that.

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1937 Oscars held at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel on Thursday, March 4

For the fourth consecutive year, Outspoken & Freckled (@Irishjayhawk66) joins forces with Aurora, (@CitizenScreen) of Once Upon a Screen and Paula (@Paula_Guthat) of Paula’s Cinema Club for the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon.  We started this event to coincide with Turner Classic Movie’s 31 Days of Oscar marathon during which the network shines the spotlight on the storied history of the Academy Awards.  This year the network is presenting Oscar-themed movies with a twist on the “Six degrees of Kevin Bacon” parlor game where each film will be linked by a common performer to the one following it with the last film presented on the 31st day linked back to the first.  No doubt the “360 Degrees of Oscar” will be a fun journey through film connections in Oscar’s storied history.  You can download the TCM February schedule here.  And while you’re planning your viewing schedule plan your entry to the blogathon!

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Billy Wilder with his three Oscars for writing, directing and producing Best Picture winner, THE APARTMENT (1960)

Most of you know the drill – during the month-long event tell us about which films, actors or directors deserved an Oscar nod and were ignored or about which films inspire you with their music or lighting. Any Oscar-related topic is fair game.  We are not limiting this event to classic film fare, we want to see and hear it all from the golden man’s glitter- and scandal-filled history – including information and commentaries on this year’s nominees.  The only restriction is we prefer no previously published posts.

Just as we’ve done in previous years, which proved big successes, we will be focusing on a different Oscars topic each week — note that you can join us at any time during the month and submit as many entires as you want!  We will promote posts according to topics as follows:

February 6 – Hosted by Aurora on Once Upon a Screen – THE ACTORS!

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February 13 – Hosted by Kellee at Outspoken & Freckled – OSCAR SNUBS!

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February 20 – Hosted by Paula at Paula’s Cinema Club – THE CRAFTS! (Music, Costumes, Cinematography, Writing, etc.)

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February 27 – Hosted by Kellee THE MOTION PICTURES and Aurora THE DIRECTORS!

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We hope you join us!

You can submit topics either by leaving comments on any of our blogs, via twitter or by email. We ask that you please include the following:

  • Title and link to your blog
  • contact information
  • Topic
  • Event banner in your post and link to host blog(s)

SO – write to your heart’s desire! Write one post or several on each topic. But write!

In the meantime…

Here’s to Oscar, to TCM and to YOU!

Happy blogging!

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Francis Marion accepts Oscar for Best Writing Achievement for THE BIG HOUSE (1930) in 1931 from Jack Cunningham

If you’re interested take a look at all of the previous years’ entries to the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon: 2015, 2014, 2013.

Participating Blogs and Chosen Topics by Week and Category:

February 6

THE ACTORS!

Old Hollywood Films – 1941 Best Actor Race

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Chill Wills

Second Sight Cinema – Elizabeth Taylor

Smitten Kitten Vintage – Norma Shearer in THE DIVORCEE (1930)

The Wonderful World of Cinema – Anne Bancroft in THE MIRACLE WORKER (1962)

Wolffian Classics Movies Digest – Sidney Poitier LILIES OF THE FIELD (1963)

Announcement~4th annual WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon

WE’RE BACK for number 4!

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WHAT A CHARACTER! a phrase borrowed from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) so that we could dedicate a blogathon to those whose names few remember – the players who rarely got leading parts, exhibiting instead a versatility and depth many leading actors wished they had.  Aurora, Paula and I never tire of seeing them or paying tribute and as the previous three installments of this event proved, neither do you.  So, here we are with the fourth annual WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon.
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To say we’re thrilled is an understatement and we hope you’ll join us in spotlighting the Edmund Gwenns and Spring Byingtons of the world, the oft forgotten names that never appeared above the title.  If this is right up your movie alley then give us a shout out…

Kellee at Outspoken & Freckled and (@IrishJayHawk66) and Kellee Pratt

Paula at Paula’s Cinema Club and (@Paula_Guthat) and Paula Guthat

Aurora at Once Upon a Screen and (@CitizenScreen) and Citizen Screen

And please adhere to the following:

  • Let one of the hosts know which character actor is your choice.  Since there are so many greats worthy of mention, we won’t take any repeats and we’re not limiting these to “classic” actors.  AND… since the medium of Television has featured such greats through the years as well we’re widening the field to include small-screen characters this year. 
  • Don’t take it for granted we know exactly who you are or where your blog resides – please include the title and url to your blog.
  • Publish the post for either November 14, 15 & 16.  Let us know if you have a date preference, otherwise we’ll split publicizing duties equally among the three days.
  • Please include the blogathon graphic on your blog to help us publicize the event and include it in your post.
  • It would be really helpful if you can send any of us the direct link to your post.  Searching on social media sites can lead to missed entries.
  • HAVE FUN and spread the word!  There are many great characters worthy of attention.

Participating blogs and chosen Character Actors

Now Voyaging ~ Robert Barrat
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood ~ Ethel Barrymore

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Girls Do Film ~ Louise Beavers

Aperture Reviews ~ Whit Bissell
Movies, Silently ~ Elmer Booth
Smitten Kitten Vintage ~ Joe E. Brown
Caftan Woman ~ Harry Carey & Harry Carey Jr.
Speakeasy ~ Eduardo Ciannelli

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Phyllis Loves Classic Movies ~ Charles Coburn

Mother Time Musings ~ Gladys Cooper

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Tales Of The Easily Distracted ~ Lloyd Corigan (in BOSTON BLACKIE and THE BIG CLOCK)

Hometowns to Hollywood ~ Harry Davenport
Silver Screenings ~ Daffy Duck
Tales From the Border ~ Dwight Frye
Movie Movie Blog Blog ~ Ned Glass
Classic Film & TV Cafe ~ Sydney Greenstreet
Critica Retro ~ Wilson Grey
I See A Dark Theater ~ Marsha Hunt
The Motion Pictures ~ Allen Jenkins
Guest post on Once Upon a Screen ~ Tommy Lee Jones
Silver Scenes ~ Allyn Joslyn
Spellbound By Movies ~ Tom Kennedy
Immortal Ephemera ~ Guy Kibbee
CineMaven’s Essays From the Couch ~ Peter Lorre
The View From The Back Row ~ Marjorie Main
Second Sight Cinema ~ Dickie Moore
The Last Drive-In ~ Agnes Moorehead
A Shroud of Thoughts ~ Frank Morgan
Shadows and Satin ~ Clarence Muse
Joel’s Classic Film Passion ~ Una O’Connor
Outspoken & Freckled ~ Franklin Panghorn
Just a Cienast ~ John Qualen
Cinematic Catharsis ~ Michael Ripper

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Old Hollywood Films ~ SZ “Cuddles” Sakall

Portraits by Jenni ~ C. Aubrey Smith

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Le Mot Du Cinephiliaque ~ Harry Dean Stanton

BNoirDetour ~ Helen Walker
Once Upon a Screen ~ Mary Wickes
Wide Screen World ~ Shelley Winters
Sister Celluloid ~ Roland Young

A big THANK YOU – HAPPY BLOGGING!

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The faces on the banner:

Row 1: (L-R) Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Margaret Dumont, Edward Arnold, Albert Dekker, Ann Miller, Leon Errol

Row 2: (L-R) Dan Duryea, Eugene Palette, Aline MacMahon, Charles Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Billie Burke

Row 3: (L-R) Spring Byington, Walter Brennan, Hattie McDaniel, Gene Lockhart, Margaret O’Brien, Edgar Kennedy

Row 4: (L-R) Eric Blore, Franklin Pangborn, Frank Morgan, Guy Kibbee, Gloria Grahame, Jane Darwell

Row 5: (L-R) Judith Anderson, Edward Everett Horton, Eve Arden, S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall, Thelma Ritter, Louis Calhern

Row 6: (L-R) Charles Lane, Kim Hunter, David Wayne, Louise Beavers, Cecil Kellaway, Shemp Howard

My TCM Discovery, Colleen Moore in WHY BE GOOD?

Turner Classic Movies channel has acquired a cult-like following of devoted fans who enjoy sharing their retro film nerdiness together via social media and activities like the TCM Film Festival. The network is elevating this social-meets-movie-watching experience for their fandom with the #LetsMovie campaign, as part of their overall strategy to include a broader audience.

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To reflect a slew of social sharing activities this month, such as launching new #LetsMovie emojis, @NitrateDiva joins in on the fun by hosting the TCM DISCOVERIES BLOGATHON on Saturday, 9/19. Today we classic film obsessives weigh in on our shared joy of cinema with family and friends via the blogosphere. So what films and friendships have you discovered through TCM? For me, it’s almost too many to list. But for the sake of simplicity, I’ll give a singular and recent example of William A. Seiter’s WHY BE GOOD? (1929)

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I knew of Colleen Moore, but not that well. She fashioned that same adorable, dark bob like a less sophisticated and less serious version of Louise Brooks. I was fortunate to see her on a big screen with live musical accompaniment in Alfred E. Green’s ELLA CINDERS (1926) at the 2014 Kansas Silent Film Festival. With a hilarious Cinderella aims for Hollywood twist on the ole fairy tale, I was immediately smitten with this plucky, funny lady. My chance to see her again on the big screen came along at the 2015 TCM Film Festival with the screening of WHY BE GOOD?

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[I love the catchy phrase from the poster, “she won him with her pep, but almost lost him with her rep.”]

Introduced by famed author and film historian Cari Beauchamp, I was excited to see this lovingly restored flick featuring Colleen Moore as flapper Pert Kelly. She’s a department store clerk by day and a flirty, energetic party girl by night. Also stars Neil Hamilton as the heir apparent and boss’s son. If you don’t already know Hamilton by his other PreCode roles, perhaps you recognize him as Commissioner Gordon from 1966 TV series Batman. One surprise that Cari provided us was to look out for a cameo of a young Jean Harlow in the background of a scene. Sure enough, there she was; on a bench with a man’s head in her lap.

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The story is straight forward – a working class party girl meets wealthy playboy, they fall for each other but she must prove to his father that she’s good enough for him. But there is SO much more here than what the formula suggests. It’s stylistically a rich, sweet treat to savor with all the costumes and music reflecting the jazz age, with strong nods into scintillating PreCode. What was most surprising about this film was the feminist messages and tones it reveals. Even by today’s standards, the entire audience was clapping and loudly cheering by the empowered messaging expressed by her character.

There’s a tremendous plethora to be enchanted by this film and Colleen Moore’s charming persona. But what takes it to the next level was screening this joyful event as a shared experience, with people just like me. Sitting in that darkened theater that morning in Hollywood on March 28th, 2015, it was a marvelous way to greet the day. Laughing, smiling, cheering… all together. Sure, we may come from different walks of life, work different jobs, live in different parts of the world. But in those shared cinematic moments, we are family.

So go enjoy your #LetsMovie moments. Be moved, laugh, cry, cheer, or even applaud if you feel it. We’re all one in the ‘TCM Tribe’.

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KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND! Summer Sizzles in Cool Noir on TCM- plus more!

Boy howdy, is there a fun summer in store for you, film fans! In case you haven’t heard, Turner Classic Movies network has packed your summer with everything you need to keep those hot, sizzling days nice and cool. Whether you’re up for family fun flicks or dark noir, TCM has the ultimate silver screen soiree scheduled for everyone… all summer long.

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Eddie Muller~ President of the Noir Film Foundation, film preservationist, celebrated author, friend to TCM and undisputed film noir expert (looks nice in a fedora, to boot!) Photo credit: TCM

Starting June 5th, the home of the classics will become the home of noir with their breakthrough programming event, “Summer Of Darkness.” Hosted by Eddie Muller, over two hundred delectably dark films that shaped an entire genre will air on TCM for a full twenty-four hours every Friday, throughout June and July.

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Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D. Executive Director iLearn Research at Ball State University and noir scholar

As if that wasn’t enough, TCM has teamed up with Ball State University for a film noir course offering, “Into The Darkness: Investigating Film Noir.” It’s not too late to sign up for this FREE online multimedia class. Whether you’re a noir aficionado or a noir newbie, this is the event not to be missed! Everyone is welcome and its easily self-paced to accommodate any schedule. You don’t even have to be subscribed to TCM network (they’ll provide links) to complete the class- but following along to Eddie Muller’s Summer Of Darkness is definitely the ideal way to enjoy the experience.

The coursework includes social media components so it’s a great way to connect with fellow film fans. Twitter hashtag for both the course and simply watching along on Fridays… #NoirSummer. You can skip the trench coat and fedora if so inclined (but I’m rather inclined myself), then just click HERE for all the details!

But wait, there’s more. You can enter sweepstakes for a chance at nabbing some cool stuff at the noir shop! (I’ll take the fedora, or the martini shaker, or the $50k 1941 Lincoln Continental, thank you very much.) Just sign up for the class, then enter for your chance to win HERE.

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Ready for something on the lighter side of the dark shadows? How about the TCM Movie Camp! In what used to be the Essentials, Jr. past timeslot on Sunday evenings hosted by the hilarious and talented Bill Hader, the good folks at TCM are bringing us an updated format with new hosts. Movie Camp will look at flicks for all ages but with a fun twist starting this weekend.

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William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg get animated this summer

From Moonbot Studios, Oscar-winning hosts William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg will serve as our camp counselors, introducing classics with an appeal for younger audiences. And no need for bug spray or suncreen! With a new animated intro, they’ll show us the fascinating behind-the-scenes tidbits to engage the curious minds of young and old alike.

If you have a summer vacation planned, I’d recommend pushing it off ’til August. And if you can’t budget the beach destination this year, no problem. This is the summer to “staycation” with TCM. Your June and July months are now booked solid in sizzling style. As the ‘Noir Ninja’ himself Eddie Muller says, noir is “suffering with style.” I’m looking forward to earning my certification via this noir course, to animated Sunday evenings, and to spending my summer discovering exactly what he means by that description. After all, if film noir is suffering in style, I’ll willingly – and fashionably – retreat into those shadows.

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Week 3 of the 31 DAYS OF OSCAR Blogathon: CRAFTS

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Here we are in the midst of Turner Classic Movies channel’s ever popular 31 DAYS OF OSCAR, their annual homage to the film industry’s best. For a full month every February, TCM showcases Oscar nominated and winning films and we celebrate right along with them with the annual 31 DAYS OF OSCAR BLOGATHON.

Now into our third week, we bring you CRAFTS. The Crafts week is the  hodge podge mix of Oscar nominated and winning categories such as Screenplay Writing, Costume Designs, Original Songs, Cinematography, Sound Effects and more. Let’s kick it off with these wonderful bloggers’ contributions honoring the behind-the-scenes artisans …

DAY ONE:

SILVER SCREENINGS brings us a classic that pokes fun at the wealthy with ‘GODFREY’ Screenplay Skewers the One Percent

DANNY REVIEWS takes an artistic view of his best photogenic gems with the Top 5 Best Cinematography Wins

CINEPHILED offers a look at “the one woman in Hollywood who may have been involved in more Oscar-winning films than any one else in the history of the movies,” with The Most Famous (But Forgotten) Woman in the Movies

GLAMAMOR’s Style Essentials gets fashionable with Audrey Hepburn’s Costumes Cause the (Oscar) Drama in 1954’s SABRINA

GIRLS DO FILM goes below the surface with The Great Gatsby: Too Much Style, Not Enough Substance  

BUNNYBUN’S CLASSIC MOVIE BLOG gets the lens steamy with Is James Wong Howe Sexy?  

Fellow co-host Aurora of ONCE UPON A TIME gets lyrical with Oscar history with Best Original Song: Misses and Hits #31DaysOfOscar 

Then, RACHEL THE CINEPHILE shares a beautiful view of Oscar worthy costume designs in Oscar Blogathon: 2015

DAY TWO:

MOON IN GEMINI stirs it up with her Jane Austen challenge in Emma Thompson’s Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility: The Best Austen Adaption?  

MOVIE STAR MAKEOVER offers us a peek at the beginnings of the irrestible, inevitable romance of Edith and Oscar with Love At First Slight: Edith Head Meets Oscar.  

SISTER CELLULOID scribes on a technicolor visual feast with THE GARDEN OF ALLAH: Lovely To Look At, Delightful to (Be)Hold

THE MOVIE RAT honors those talented cinematographers for chromatic and monochromatic work alike in Cinematography in Black-and-White and Color 

Co-host PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB details the impressive work of Cinematographer Roger Deakins

WOLFFIAN CLASSIC MOVIE DIGEST comes in with Classic Universal Horror Films That Deserved Best MakeUp and Special Effects  

MARGARET PERRY gets sentimentally melodic with Musical Patriotism and Nostalgia in CASABLANCA (1942) 

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CINEMA outlines the multi-faceted talents found in My Fair Lady and the Outstanding Costumes of Cecil Beaton 


 

Be sure to check back in throughout today and the rest of the week as more may trickle in for the CRAFTS week. Along with my co-hosts Aurora @citizenscreen of ONCE UPON A SCREEN and Paula @Paula_Guthat of PAULA’s CINEMA CLUB, we welcome you to read (and please offer positive feedback!) these fabulous posts all month long!

ACTORS WEEK – Feb 2 & 3 – Kellee hosts on OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED

SNUBS WEEK – Feb 9 & 10 – Aurora hosts on ONCE UPON A SCREEN

CRAFTS WEEK – Feb 16 & 17 – Kellee hosts on OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED

PICTURES & DIRECTORS WEEK – Feb 23 & 24 – Paula hosts on PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB 

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Day One: ACTORS Week of the 31 DAYS OF OSCAR Blogathon

80th Academy Awards NYC Meet the Oscars OpeningThe time has finally arrived! The smell of fresh red carpet unrolled is in the air. It’s awards season. But to us classic film affecianados and Turner Classic Movie network devotees, February also brings the pinnacle in honoring the best of the best, it’s the 31 DAYS OF OSCAR Blogathon!

Our first week of this month-long mega blogging event focuses on the ACTORS. For our first day of this first week, I’ll be ushering in a line-up of talented bloggers that offer us a scrumptious plate of Oscar’s finest in performing their craft…

Danny Miller @cinephiled of CINEPHILED starts the day with blue-eyed view of iconic Paul Newman’s Early Career. But as Danny notes, this actor was a class act until the very end.

Next up, @WolffianClassic of the WOLFFIAN CLASSIC MOVIE DIGEST reviews the great screen legend who so excelled at his craft that he became more known for his characterizations that his own personae on screen, “an artist displayed a thousand faces”: Frederic March, History of an Oscar Winning Actor.

Then, @dianabosch of FLICKIN’ OUT serves up WILLIAM HOLDEN: THE PEFECT ANTI-HERO who was “a different kind of keading man.. because he wasn’t afraid of showing the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Our good friend Rick @classic_film over at THE CLASSIC FILM AND TV CAFE delights us with Seven Things To Know About Glenda Jackson . From playing famous people of the world’s political stage to becoming a member of the British Parliment herself, Rick educates us on a most impressive career.

Following, @danny_reviews of the DANNY REVIEWS tackles the amazing Oscar wins of DANIEL DAY-LEWIS who as he says, “No matter the size or shape of the role, Daniel Day-Lewis can make it his very own.” We quite agree!

Then, Bernardo @bernardovillela of THE MOVIE RAT ambitiously takes on Actors- Non Competitive, Non Lifetime Wins. And what a list! Bernardo will continue more for the SNUBS week- we look forward to it!

Our great friend and supporter Annmarie @ClassicMovieHub of the CLASSIC MOVIE HUB brings us the sweet and lovely ingenue OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND in THE HEIRESS.  But as Annmarie informs us, this demure dame is not quite what her screen roles reflect, as she was quite the fighter in securing more creative freedoms for actors with the ‘De Havilland Law.’ Wow, this lady has my respect and admiration!


 

Be sure to check back in as we will continue add to this ACTORS list for our first week – even more talented entries to come tomorrow! Along with my co-hosts Aurora @citizenscreen of ONCE UPON A SCREEN and Paula @Paula_Guthat of PAULA’s CINEMA CLUB, we welcome you to read (and give flattering feedback!) all of these fabulous posts all month long…

ACTORS WEEK – Feb 2 & 3 – Kellee hosts on OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED (see day 2 list, click here)

SNUBS WEEK – Feb 9 & 10 – Aurora hosts on ONCE UPON A SCREEN

CRAFTS WEEK – Feb 16 & 17 – Kellee hosts on OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED

PICTURES & DIRECTORS WEEK – Feb 23 & 24 – Paula hosts on PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB 

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