Thursday, December 28, 2006
Lucille Fletcher's Sorry, Wrong Number, written in 1943 (with Agnes Moorehead in mind for the lead role of Leona Stevenson) and first broadcast on radio's Suspense anthology series in 1943, is the story of a bedridden invalid terrorized after accidentally overhearing a murder plot on the telephone (click here to read the original radio script). The program was so popular it was repeated seven more times over the 20 year run of Suspense, with Agnes Moorehead reprising her role each time.
Click to listen to the show..
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
|07 Good Doctor.mp3|
Robbie Williams - Good doctor
Take that, take that
You alright star
You alright star
You alright star
I don ´t feel proper
I went to the dr to get a prescription
I told him little fact and lots of fiction
About a bad back that I ain´t got
He tried to sell me faith healing
But I think not
I want Xanax, Vicadin and Oxycotton
Funky fill the form out
So I can drop em´
I´ve got all these demons
And I can´t stop em´
To tell you the truth Doc
I might have a problem
Robert Williams take one adoral with water in the morning
As if I´m goin´ to take one tablet I´m Keith Moon
He said this one´s to take you up
He said this one´s to take you down
When I take um I don´t feel sound
And I look rather... Round
You know what Doc its alright and all
I just heart me leg its not terminal
But a pain killer could help for whats wrong with my knee
And I´m a little bit down from too much T.
Got me own collection can´t get an erection
If I take em´ too long they´ll fuck me complextion
That´s right If I take em for like more than a few days I get that haunted look
Give me loads of pills
Give me loads of pills
Give me loads of pills
Give me loads of pills
Now if you go to the barber shop long enough then you´re goina´ get a hair cut
And if go to the doctors regular, then you gots to be a fuck up
Well I´ve got 5 or 6 if I´m at a loss
Do I have a history of drug abuse, well I never tick that box
And I now that some of you are going to be really really cross
The drug´s stop working so prescription pills are boss
The glory days are gone and we´ve all stopped havin´ it
No raves no more just bedside cabinet
Sleepers are great but don´t start dabbing it
The world carries on spinning we´re mad in it
Take that, take that
Know what doc, it´s not like I´ve been doin´ any research or anything
But if you can give me any of the following pills
I´d be very very greatful cos I feel poorly
Work with me antidepressants
But not Saint Johns Wort
Cos I can get that at
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Zsa Zsa Gabor Undoubtedly, the woman who became to epitomize what we recognize today as "celebrity"
Though officially an actress, Zsa Zsa Gabor is more famous as a whimsical celebrity sex symbol. Married nine times, Gabor made a career of joking about her man-hungry ways and her love of jewelry and furs
- Appearing in a New Year's Eve special on British TV, Zsa Zsa Gabor claimed that she was raped by Frank Sinatra at the height of his fame in the 1950s. This was in response to Brit rocker and promoter Bob Geldof's query why she hated Sinatra so.
- Inducted into the B-Movie Hall of Fame, October 26, 2004.
- She and her sister Magda Gabor were both married to George Sanders
- Her marriage to Von Anhalt awarded her the title Princess Von Anhalt, Duchess of Saxony. The legitimacy of this title is highly questioned by many royal genealogists
- Arrested and served three days in jail for a famous cop-slapping incident in 1989.
- Miss Hungary [1936
Zsa Zsa Gabor series of her Bibliography
"Zsa Zsa's Complete Guide to Men" Zsa Zsa Gabor 1969
"Zsa Zsa Gabor: My Story" Zsa Zsa Gabor
"How to Get a Man, How to Keep a Man and How to Get Rid of a Man" Zsa Zsa Gabor 1971
"One Lifetime Is Not Enough" Zsa Zsa Gabor with Wendy Leigh 1991
"I'm a great housekeeper. I get divorced. I keep the house."
"A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished."
"I never hated a man enough to give him diamonds back."
"I call everyone 'Darling' because I can't remember their names."
Sunday, December 17, 2006
"From the late 1920s until his death in 1936, Irving Thalberg was the stuff of legend, regarded in the American film industry with a misture of resepct, awe, envy and fear. Unknown to the general public, Thalberg, through his obssesive concern with quality film production and his unwavering faith in public opinion, became the paragon of the studio factory system and an exemplar of public taste. As production head at MGM, Thalberg trod the delicate line between commerce and art and in the process transformed the studio into the pinnacle of the Hollywood system...."* (Hollywood .com)
Irving G. Thalberg was an American film producer during the early years of motion pictures. Thalberg was born in
Thalberg is also famous for creating the "unit production management scheme", by which
The Big Parade (1925), directed by King Vidor, was Thalberg's first major triumph at MGM. At the time he joined Metro Pictures, Thalberg was dating actress Norma Shearer whom he married in 1927. Upon Thalberg's illness, Louis B. Mayer, who had come to resent Thalberg's power and success, replaced him with David O. Selznick and Walter Wanger
He develop some of MGM's most prestigious ventures, including Grand HotelMutiny on the Bounty (1935), China Seas (1935), A Night at the OperaMarx Brothers, San Francisco (1936), and Romeo and Juliet (1932), (1935), with the (1936).
Did you know??
While alive, he refused to let his name appear in any of his films, and was quoted as saying, "Credit you give yourself is not worth having".On the day of his funeral, MGM closed for the entire day, and every
Hollywoodstudio shut down operations for five minutes of silence at 10:00 AM PST. Such honors were rare, but Marie Dressler and Jean Harlow received similar consideration.
Thalberg Memorial Award is voted by the Academy's Board of Governors and is presented to "creative producers whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production."
The award is not necessarily given each year. Click HERE to see Recipients of the Thalberg Award
Friday, December 15, 2006
. Allyson, whose films included Good News, The Glenn Miller Story and Executive Suite, passed away in July of this year; she was 88 years old.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
"Anna May Wong was the first Asian-American movie star. Unless my memory has ceased to function, until Lucy Liu came along she was almost the only one. I'm talking about name-above-the-title stars"*
Anna May Wong was born Wong Liu Tsong on January 3, 1905, in Los Angeles, California. Her parents ran a laundry in the city's Chinatown section. It led to bigger parts in other movies with a Chinese or Asian theme, in which she alternated between playing the heroine or the heorine's evil nemesis. Anna's talent and beauty carried her through a successful transition into talkies, and she also traveled to Europe to make films there. By the 1940s, however, Anna's career had begun to stall. Theater patrons were finding escapist fare elsewhere and her Chinese melodramas were no longer in demand. Anna appeared sporadically on teleivison throughout the 1950s. Although the first was a modest hit, the second film was released to mixed reviews and meager box-office receipts. On February 2, 1961, Anna died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, California, at age 56.
Did you know??
- Cousin of cinematographer James Wong Howe.
- She was more often cast in "sinister oriental" roles only after actresses like Nita Naldi were forced out of motion pictures due to the coming of sound
- In 1956 Anna received a long-deferred chance to play a role she lost out on in 1940s Hollywood. Playing the Asian blackmailer in W. Somerset Maugham's "The Letter" on TV, the director of the show was none other than William Wyler who had originally nixed the idea of her playing the role in the Bette Davis classic film version of The Letter (1940). The part instead went to non-Asian Gale Sondergaard.
- Never married, Anna is rumored to have been bisexual but that has never been definitely established..
- Anna attended Hollywood High School where she became a photographer's model.
- Was a Christian Scientist practitioner.
- Anna once had an affair with noted silent film director Marshall Neilan. Most of her romances tended towards Caucasian men as many Chinese men looked down on actresses as prostitutes
* JOHN HARKNESS http://www.nowtoronto.com/
Gene Tierney was not the only famous person who had undergone ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy aka. electroshock therapy)
- Clara Bow, American actress
- Richard Brautigan, American writer and poet
- Dick Cavett, TV host. In 1992 he wrote in People, "In my case, ECT was miraculous. My wife was dubious, but when she came into my room afterward, I sat up and said, 'Look who's back among the living.' It was like a magic wand."
- Kitty Dukakis, wife of former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis and author of Shock, a book chronicling her experiences with ECT.
- Thomas Eagleton, American vice-presidential hopeful and running mate of George McGovern. Eagleton lost the nomination in 1972 when it was discovered he had undergone ECT. He was replaced by Sargent Shriver.
- Frances Farmer, American cinema actress
- Janet Frame, New Zealand writer who was wrongly diagnosed with schizophrenia. Many of her works contain semi-autobiographical accounts of her treatment
- Judy Garland, American film actress and singer
- Ernest Hemingway, American author, committed suicide shortly after ECT treatment at the Mayo Clinic in 1961. He is reported to have said to his biographer A.E. Hotchner, "Well, what is the sense of ruining my head and erasing my memory, which is my capital, and putting me out of business? It was a brilliant cure but we lost the patient...."
- Vladimir Horowitz, pianist
- Ken Kesey, American author
- Vivien Leigh, British actress
- Oscar Levant, pianist
- Robert Lowell, American poet and writer
- Mervyn Peake, English artist and writer
- Sylvia Plath, American poet
- Cole Porter, American composer and musician
- Dory Previn, American poet, writer and lyricist
- Paul Robeson, American actor
- Lou Reed, rock musician
- Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer. He underwent treatment after serving in the French military.
Monday, December 11, 2006
"You could put all the talent I had into your left eye and still not suffer from impaired vision."Veronica Lake
By this time the peek-a-boo hairstyle had become a nationwide fad,During the war, millions of women were working in factories to replace enlisted men. Such a hairstyle was dangerous when handling heavy machinery that needed both eyes wide open so much so that government officials actually had to request that Ms. Lake stop wearing her signature style because women in war plants who were copying it were catching their hair in the machines!
L.A. Confidential", Kim Basinger plays a hooker designed to look like Veronica Lake - same hair style.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Life In Mono' is Emma Bunton's third and most honest solo album to date, an intimate reflection of Emma's life and loves that reveal more than she was ever expecting. Musically it sounds like a rich pop album even at first listen, with rich orchestral backing, gorgeous harmonies and the sort of chorus' Burt Bacharach could be proud of. 'Life In Mono' moves from the stunningly tender 'All I Need To Know' to cheeky jazz of 'Undressing You' and the lucious Carpenters style of 'I'm Not Crying Over Yesterday's'. Above all it captures Emma's thoroghlty modern take on elegant 60's Pop, and including the Children In Need single 'Downtown' HMV review
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Saturday, December 02, 2006
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In this story, Clark Gable plays a president of a publishing empire, who is in love with his wife, played by Myrna Loy. Gable has a secretary, played by Jean Harlow, who becomes an indispensable part of his company.Gable and Harlow's relationship is perfectly innocent, but neither can see how their secret conversations. PLus their closed door meetings are raising everyone's eyebrow (Myrna Loy's included). Loy's character first has no question about Gable and Harlow working late at night until her friends and family member put seeds of doubt on Gable and Harlow's relationship. Even though she tries to put faith and trust in their relationship but situations put her trust into doubt.
Did you know??
According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter William Powell was announced as the male lead in the picture.
This was the first film made by Loy after her return to work at M-G-M following a highly publicized salary dispute with M-G-M ($250,000 extra Bonus from Mr. Myer for returning to screen) .
Jean Harlow'd begged for a role that didn't require spouting slang and modeling lingerie. She even convinced them to darken her hair a shade, in hopes of toning down that brash image.
Myrna Loy recalls working with Jean Harlow and the rest of the cast on Wife vs. Secretary "Jean, supposedly the other woman, stayed very proper, while I had one foot in bed throughout. That's the sexiest wife I've ever played"
Daytime wife (1939)
Linda Darnell and Tyrone Power are married, and she suspects, against her will, that he's cheating on her with his secretary.(in this movie He 's really cheating) if I were married to someone who looked like Tyrone Power, I wouldn't let him out of my sight. Anyway, She takes a job as a secretary to find out why a man is drawn to a woman other than his wife. She's able to deftly turn the tables on Power when he's involved in a business deal with her boss (Warren William) and they all wind up at a nightclub - William, Darnell, Power, and his secretary, played by Wendy Barrie.
Did you know??
According to a Twentieth Century-Fox press release, Zanuck was so impressed by Darnell's performance that he decided to give her credit over the title, though it was only her second film.
Other press releases claim that filming was scheduled to conclude on Friday, the 13th, but associate producer Raymond Griffith insisted that it end the next day, for superstitious reasons
Saturday, November 25, 2006
White Christmas is one of those great movies that never get boring even after you've seen them every year for a million years.I watched this movie multiple times every holiday season for as long as I can remember, and every time I find something new I love. Bing Crosby is a wonderful straight man to the enchanting antics of Danny Kaye, and his version of the title song will last forever.. This movie is a must-see for anyone who appreciates "old movies", regardless of whether or not it is the holiday season.
Did you know?
- Who doesn't know and love that song? Irving Berlin wrote it in 1940. Bing Crosby first performed it on December 25, 1941, on his CBS radio show. In May 1942 he recorded it, and in August of that year, he could be seen singing it on screen in the hit movie Holiday Inn. Soon it was at the top of the charts, where it remained for eleven weeks, and in early 1943 it won the Oscar® for Best Song. It hit #1 again in 1945 and 1947 and went on to hold the record as all-time bestselling single for over 50 years. (The song that finally knocked it down to #2? Elton John's 1997 recording of "Candle in the Wind," with lyrics rewritten to honor the late Princess Diana.)
- The original idea was to reunite Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, as they had been successful in Holiday Inn (1942). Astaire refused, as he had "retired" at the time, so the part was reworked for Donald O'Connor. O'Connor pulled out, and the part was reworked for Danny Kaye.
- According to author David Leopold (Irving Berlin's Show Business), Kaye asked for a huge paycheck - $200,000 plus ten percent of the gross - never expecting that it would be accepted. But Paramount realized that waiting for O'Connor would cost them about that much, and they bit the bullet
- White Christmas it was the highest-grossing film of 1954 ($12 million); it was the biggest hit of director Michael Curtiz's career; co-stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye were ranked at the time as the #1 and #3 box office stars in the country; and "White Christmas" was already the most successful song in American history .
- Paramount chose White Christmas to be its first movie produced in VistaVision, the studio's widescreen answer to CinemaScope
- Even though Betty was the elder of the Haynes sisters, Rosemary Clooney was actually seven years younger than Vera-Ellen in real life.
Friday, November 24, 2006
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Saturday, November 18, 2006
James Bond’s first Martini: Author Ian Fleming gives a recipe for Bond’s preferred libation in his first book, Casino Royale (1953): chapter 7:
“A dry martini,” he said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.” “Oui, monsieur.” “Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, and then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. Got it?”
"SHAKEN vs STIRRED
- A shaken martini is usually colder than one stirred, since the ice has had a chance to cool most of the drink.
- "Bruising" is a result of shaking a martini which dissolves air into the mix. This bruising makes some martini drinkers complain about their martini tasting too "sharp.
- A shaken martini will more completely dissolve the vermouth, giving a less oily mouth feel to the drink.
Bottom line Even though few martini drinkers can tell the difference, you should:
- Shake your Vodka Martini Why: For a vodka martini to be good it needs to be cold. Very Cold! Therefore, shaking a vodka martini makes it colder.
- Stir your Gin martini: A gin, or traditional, martini benefits by being smooth and one can enjoy the delicate flavors of the individual gin.
Friday, November 17, 2006
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READ "Let Me Have a Crack at It": Myrna Loy's Road to Fame From: Columbia University | By: Columbia University Oral History Research Office Here
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Monday, October 30, 2006
Janet - So Excited (Junior Vasquez Club Mix)
Janet - So Excited (Edison Pride Mix)
Janet - So Excited (Alexander & Mark Vdh Mix) My favorite!!
Janet - So Excited (Eddie Baez Mix)
Janet - So Excited (Orangefuzz Radio Edit)
Janet - So Excited (Vibelicious Vox Mix)
You can get the zip file here:
"J-pop is an abbreviation of Japanese pop. It refers to Western-influenced Japanese popular music. The term J-pop was coined by J-Wave, an FM radio station, to denote what was once called "New Music." The term is widely used in Japan to describe many different musical genres including pop, rock, dance, hip hop, and soul. "
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Since its discovery last year, Eris, which had been known as 2003 UB313, ignited a debate about what constitutes a planet. .Some argued it should be welcomed as the 10th planet since it was larger than Pluto, but others felt Pluto was not a full-fledged planet
Last month astronomers shrink the solar system to eight planets, downgrading Pluto to a "dwarf planet," a category that also includes Eris and the asteroid Ceres.
In mythology, Eris caused a quarrel among goddesses that sparked the Trojan War. In real life, Eris forced scientists to define a planet that eventually led to Pluto getting the boot. Soon after Pluto's dismissal from the planet club, hundreds of scientists circulated a petition protesting the decision.
Eris' moon also received a formal name: Dysnomia, the daughter of Eris known as the spirit of lawlessness.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Did you remember Jason Donovan ...?? what about Sonia..?? Ever wonder how they look right now??
Here is another clip
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
story by Frank Prendergast
Xtra! Male prison rape fantasies can be a sign of good psychological health.”One of the theories is that people who are into rape fantasies or dominationand submissive type fantasies are, in fact, switching a psychological fear ofbeing dominated or hurt or humiliated or whatever and - by sexualizing it -turning it into something they have control over,” says Dr Paul Federoff, apsychiatrist at the Clarke Institute.And control may be gained by fantasizing about being dominated or dominating.For many gay men, jail provides the perfect backdrop for fantasy and erotica.The pen is all guy, all the time - and much more.”I think the fantasy of what prisons are like plays into that idea of a sortof military type of set-up in which there’s a lot of rules and regulations.And there’s a lot of control going in the way people behave towards eachother. …….. read the rest of the storey…..http://www.xtra.ca/site/toronto2/news/body4.shtm
Sunday, October 22, 2006
July 23 - August 22A rebirth of romance in your life could take place today, dear Leo. If you're currently involved with someone, a happy event could enrich the bond between you, and bring you closer together. If you aren't presently attached, you could well be by the end of the day. You might meet someone new and exciting - probably an intelligent person who might be involved with modern technology. Make sure you look your best, and expect the unexpected!
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
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After 80 roles as exotics and vamps, Myrna became 'the perfect wife'. 1934 when she was cast opposite William Powell in The Thin Man, based on Dashiell Hammett's novel. It was an immediate success, and unbelievably filmed in only 16 days!
Men-Must-Marry-Myrna Clubs were formed and James Stewart apparently said "I shall only marry Myrna Loy"! "Some perfect wife I am," she often said. "I've been married four times, divorced four times, have no children and can't boil an egg. She was very active during WWII and gave up movie making during that time to devote herself to the war effort. After the war, she starred along with Frederick March in The Best Years of Our Lives which won the Oscar that year. She also fought the
Myrna Loy began working for the American Association for The United Nations - an organisation which served as a link between the new UN and the public.She also involved in UNESCO - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation,Throughout her life she demonstrated a genuine concern for fellow human-beings.
in 1990 she received and honorary Oscar in recognition of her "extraordinary qualities, both onscreen and off, with appreciation for a lifetime's worth of indelible performances"link.
- The Kennedy Center: Biographical information for Myrna Loy
- Myrna Loy Center for the Creative and Performing Arts