I love TV, I have always loved TV, I was that kid that his mom had to make him go outside sometimes because there was always something on the boob tube that I want to watch. Something that I also love as much or more as good television is backstory, I want to know why things happened and how they happened, so Ryan Murphy’s new show Feud takes care of both these things for me. Feud tells the story of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and everything that happened with them and around them as they were making the awesome psychological horror film, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane in 1962. Baby Jane tells the story of Jane Hudson and her sister Blanche, two aging actresses living in their Hollywood mansion and yearning for the days gone by, Blanche is confined to a wheelchair and Jane is her caregiver and we see how they treat each other and the bitter fighting that goes on between these two grown siblings. Feud not only gives us a look at the making of Baby Jane but also at the feud between these two Hollywood legends who disliked each other for apparently many reasons including jilted lovers, Academy Awards and lost movie roles. (above image via)
March 22, 2017
March 16, 2017
So you’re on vacation in California, you’ve done everything you have planned, it’s Friday morning and you’re sitting in a nice little café having breakfast trying to decide what you want to do, your partner looks at you and says “Let’s go to Disneyland” and of course I said OK!!!! I had never been to Disneyland, it’s always been on the list of things to do and Michael hadn’t been since 1975 so it might have changed a little (not much). I’ve been to Disney World and everything that Florida has to offer in the Orlando area so I was excited. Let me say that I’m so glad we went and in the same breath I don’t have to go back for a while, first off Disneyland is SO much smaller than I ever thought it would be, not that being a smaller amusement park is a bad thing but there were a whole lot of people jammed into a small space.
We had an awesome time, we arrived around 2:30 in the afternoon and decided to stay until the park closed at midnight (we made it to 10:30) and that was a great plan. Being there in early March was a good thing, I was told the crowds were much smaller than starting in later March with Spring Break through the rest of Spring and Summer. We rode all the big rides: Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, Runaway Mine Train, The Jungle Cruise and loved them all. One of the great things going on right now at Disneyland and Disney World is they are bringing Star Wars into the amusement parks, Space Mountain has already been changed over to a Star Wars themed ride and much of what is Tomorrow Land has been changed over to Star Wars. We ate supper, enjoyed the Main Street Electric Light Parade and saw about half of the fireworks show before they shut it down because of wind. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening in the Magic Kingdom and I know we’ll be back.
March 13, 2017
One thing you may have picked up about me from the blog is how much I love the movies, I always have. Michael and I go to the movies quite a bit here in Oklahoma City to see all the new releases, but one of the things I truly love are old movies, so whenever the opportunity arises to get a behind the scenes look at where the movies are made and how they’re made I embrace it. Before when we’ve been to LA we’ve toured the Warner Brothers studio so on this recent trip I decided to book a guided tour of Paramount Studios and of course, Universal Studios is very popular, especially with the amusement park attached to it so we did that tour as well. We had a great time on both of these tours, the Paramount tour was more intimate as there were only 6 tourists and our guide and we were escorted around the Paramount lot on a golf cart. The Universal tour was fun but less intimate with 60 to 75 people on a big tram touring the Universal Studios lot seeing where the magic happens. I wanted to share some pics of our two days and two tours with you today and encourage you to do these tours when you have a chance, the only one we haven’t done is the MGM/Sony tour, but it’s on the list. Enjoy!!!
February 24, 2017
It’s Oscars weekend and we have a winner’s home on the blog today. I’ve always enjoyed Jeff Bridges as an actor and this year he’s nominated for an Oscar for his role as the sheriff in the film Hell or High Water, it’s his seventh nomination and his beautiful home with an ocean view is for sale. I recently saw this article about the house he and his wife raised their daughters in and have recently placed on the market. The home is almost 9,600 square feet and has five bedrooms and is meant to resemble a hilltop estate in Tuscany only this one has glorious views of the Pacific Ocean. The home also has an antique stone fireplace in the sunken living room, the kitchen has its own dining terrace and there’s a secluded area that Bridge’s wife refers to as “his fort” where he relaxes in his hammock and sometimes works on pottery. If five bedrooms aren’t enough there are two guest houses and walking trails to a local hot spring, all this can be yours for $29.5 million. Let me know if you decide to take a look, I want to tag along. Here’s some pics, Enjoy!!!
February 3, 2017
I recently saw prints for sale online of the artwork of Fred Birchal and I was captivated, I had to find out more about this person and his work. I immediately found Birchal’s website where you are able to see all his works that are available. His work is wonderful, from the use of the bright colors and his drawing technique to of course the Pop Culture subject matters he’s chosen, he focuses mainly on film and music for inspiration. Birchal is Brazilian and finished his Graphic Arts degree in 2011, so in 6 years he’s become well known in the art world and amassed a wonderful collection of works. Among inspirational artists for Birchal are Warhol, Keith Haring, and Norman Rockwell. Join me today for a look at a recent series Fred Birchal did on cars and visit his website here for a look at his other collections, I know I will. Enjoy!!!
January 9, 2017
Hello and Happy Monday, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here in Oklahoma, we were dealing with winter weather much of the weekend like the rest of the country with cold winds and snow blowing through overnight Thursday, we spent much of the weekend at home just staying out of the cold and mess, cooking and doing a little housework. Saturday evening we decided that we wanted to go to the movies on Sunday morning ( our favorite time to go, cheap and no crowds) so we bought tickets online for La La Land, something I’ve been wanting to see since it came out and I’m so glad we did, especially since it won 7 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday evening. But, before we made it to the movies we watched the new HBO documentary on the lives of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds called Bright Lights that premiered Saturday night.
November 22, 2016
Over the weekend we saw the newest installment to the world of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The film takes place in 1920’s New York City and follows the adventures of Newt Scamander in his quest to round up all the mythical beasts that are known only to the witches and wizards of the world. The film takes its premise and title from a textbook used by students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the book was one studied by Harry Potter and other students and tells us the tales of strange and magical beasts from all over the world and how they can be used in magic. The film is very fun for all ages, I have to admit that there are a few “slow”spots but they don’t last long and there’s tons of action to make up for it. We get lots of backstories and hear mentioned names that we are familiar with, like Albus Dumbledore and the LeStrange family. If you have kids to entertain this coming holiday weekend Fantastic Beasts is a great way to do it, especially if they’re fans of the original eight films. From a design standpoint, there are lots of things to enjoy from all the 1920’s costumes and architecture as well as the always interesting interiors of Wizarding buildings and cars. Check out Fantastic Beasts and Enjoy!!! (above image via)
October 31, 2016
Happy Halloween to one and all, one of my most favorite things about this time of year is that you can find almost any monster or horror movie available on TV at one time or another. I’ve always loved scary movies when I was a kid I loved to watch them but would pay the price when it was time for bed, or perhaps I should say my parents paid the price when I was hollering for them in the night because I was positive someone or something was in my closet. Today, of course, we own all the great monster movies on BluRay and can watch them anytime we want, but it’s extra special to do it during the build-up to Halloween. I suppose the original Frankenstein is my favorite movie monster with his bride running a close second. Dracula is always good for some old world glamor and romance and of course the newer serial killers like Michael Meyers from the Halloween movie franchise or Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th. When I was in high school my friends and I would get together on Halloween to rent and watch the latest slasher movie that came out on video accompanied by wholesome snacks like nachos, chips, and dip and of course candy. Today in celebration of All Hallows Eve we are taking a look at famous movie monsters, both past and present, and celebrating their looks and design. Have a safe and Happy Halloween, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
October 25, 2016
I had read an article a while back about a unique movie being done on the life of Vincent Van Gogh but then didn’t hear more about it until now. Last week I ran across an article on Huffington Post and now I’m very excited about this film called Loving Vincent, it will be the first ever “fully painted” feature film. Van Gogh lived from 1853 to 1890 and is known by all as a tortured soul, never finding success in love or art until after his death when his artwork gained fame worldwide. The plot for the film was constructed using more than 800 letters that Van Gogh had written himself and of course one of the main challenges of this film is to capture the unique style of painting Van Gogh had and transfer that style to moving figures on a movie screen. Of course, Van Gogh’s works automatically make beautiful backdrops for this film, and animators have the major task of taking the movements of live action actors and covering them with brush strokes. The movie is due out in 2017 and stars actors Aidan Turner and Saoirse Ronan just to name a couple, you can check out the Loving Vincent website here, the trailer for the film is first thing below and I’ve included photos from the film to whet your appetite, I’m so looking forward to this in theaters next year. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
October 21, 2016
It’s just a little over a week until Halloween and one thing that always pops into my head this time of year is Harry Potter, so I was very excited when I found about the new art print posters for all the Harry Potter books. The posters are done by British graphic artist Olly Moss and were created for the re-release of the German audio versions of the HP books. Moss took his inspiration for the covers and posters from holiday travel posters during the “golden age of British railway.” Moss says he loves the idea of Harry getting on a train every year and heading off to a new adventure. Moss chose to use a very 1950’s color palette for the works and says he’s a huge fan of 1950’s design. Moss is known for his recreations of movie posters and putting his own spin on them. The new HP posters all have the same view of Hogwarts, with the castle being high on the hill and in foreground figures are seen having to do with that titles events, until you get to the end and The Deathly Hallows where we see the destruction of Hogwarts. If you are interested in purchasing the posters they are available to purchase for a limited time as a set of seven or individually and can only be bought through the Olly Moss website here, great holiday gift for that die-hard fan. Don’t forget the new Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them film comes out on November 18, for now, here’s a look at the new artwork. Enjoy!!!