Monday, July 27, 2020

In Pictures: Angela Lansbury


Here is our 69th installment of this very successful feature to "Love Those Classic Movies!!!" This article is simply an enjoyment via beautiful pictures of our favorite golden age classic stars. Not a lot of writing at all or tid bits or extras just simply as it is stated, "in pictures!" Hope you enjoy the leading lady Angela Lansbury! 

Angela is a true living legend whom came into her career in the 1940's Studio System, in the true age of Golden Hollywood. From classics such as; Gaslight, National Velvet, The Picture of Dorian Grey, The Harvey Girls, Till The Clouds Roll By, The Three Musketeers, Samson & Delilah, The Court Jester, The Long, Hot Summer, The Manchurian Candidate, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Death on the Nile and many more. 

Television and theater were mainstays for this grand dame. Angela Fletcher we will also always remember in the hit series; Murder She Wrote. 

Cheers to this great lady of cinema, Angela Lansbury!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

In Memoriam: Olivia de Havilland (1916 - 2020)

Olivia de Havilland - it is my very sad news that today (July 26th, 2020) we lost one of our last remaining stars of the "Golden Age" of cinema. Olivia was 104 years old and just celebrated her birthday on J.uly1st. This leading lady was the last remaining actor whom appeared in the Oscar Winning picture; "Gone With The Wind" in 1939. 1939 being the year of the greatest motion pictures to be released. 

Olivia was a celebrated actress garnering a total of two Academy Awards, one for her role as Miss. Josephine 'Jody' Norris in the classic film; To Each His Own and as Catherine Sloper in "The Heiress" winning them in 1947 and 1950. Olivia was also nominated for 3 others Academy Awards for her stirring work in; "Gone With The Wind," "Hold Back The Dawn," & "The Snake Pit." Additionally, winning a Golden Globe for her role in "The Heiress" and nominated two more times. Along with this being nominated for an Emmy, and her stay on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Other noteworthy motion pictures that this dazzling actress brought to us spans from the mid 1930s to the last 1980s. We are all blessed to have her work forever saved on film to watch her 6 decades of work. To mention just a few of the other classics Olivia starred in were; "A Midsummer Night's Dream, "Captain Blood," "Anthony Adverse," "The Charge of the Light Brigade," "It's Love I'm After," "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "Dodge City," "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex," "Santa Fe Trail," "Hold Back The Dawn," "They Died With Their Boots On," "In This Our Life," "Princess O'Rourke," "Government Girl," "The Dark Mirror," "My Cousin Rachel," "Light In The Piazza," "Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte" and countless others. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Ladies of Dallas! (Part I)

The Ladies of Dallas - a night time soap that reigned supreme in three decades ranging from the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. This series had a very strong storyline, fantastic cast, fabulous guest stars, beautiful clothing, bigger the better everything, and the season cliff hanger's such as; Who Shot J.R.?! & Bobby coming out of the show, was it all a dream?!

This CBS long running series had some  of the most beautiful and most talented ladies on the tube. The whole Ewing's versus Barnes saga seems to be a never ending feud. The series opens with Bobby Ewing bringing home his newly married bride; Pamela (Barnes) Ewing. Pam is literally scared to her core to go to the Ewing ranch to be greeted by the back stabbing family. J.R.'s debutant bride; Sue Ellen drinks away her misery which is called her life being the wife to someone that share's everyone's bed in Dallas, as long as they are pretty and can make him happy for the night they are prime targets. The verbal spars that these ladies have between one another and towards the men are great. A gun may show-up but the look and quit witted responses were enough to kill. 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Ladies of Dynasty (Part I)

The Ladies of Dynasty - that's right I could not go on without a focus on the major powerful leading ladies on Dynasty. Each held their own in the battle for supremacy. The most beautiful gowns with those shoulder pads, big hair, and diamonds (can not forget about those!) took our attention as the decade of the 1980s with wealth and power was shown perfectly in this nighttime soap.

When watching you were either backing Linda Evans or Joan Collins whose knock-down and fist fights were phenomenal. These ladies knew what looked beautiful on them and used their words in a very choice weapon of queen bitch at it's finest. The storylines one had to love every week that they were; bold, brash, and way over the top, just the way WE ALL WANTED! The camera getting a gaze from Joan when she is at her best and the quips that were given right back from Linda are timeless and so campy, talk about those brawls these ladies had! We all had our favorite in the series and rooted for this week's episode maybe just maybe our favorite leading lady will have her due time and reign supreme taking all the power, the men, wealth, for themselves with no apologizes. 

A series that is a great time capsule for the 1980s and the POWER and RUTHELESSNESS that people were willing to do. Money seemed to never have an end, it was like a tree of money for these ladies that had a house especially dedicated to their wardrobes. A walk and visit to a company meant for Joan to take over a company in her crown glory of QUEEN BITCH! These ladies knew how to keep our attention and keep us tuning in week after week looking to find out what new over the top situation these ladies of DYNASTY would find themselves in.  

Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Ladies of Knots Landing! (Part I)

The Ladies of Knots Landing! The TV screen turned on and the dial or clicker hurriedly found CBS to watch the intro of the panoramic instrumental swell with the cast coming onto screen, such as it was for me to enjoy  this Thursday at 10 pm masterpiece for a child's eyes! The bold storylines, clothing choice, the quipped verbal and physical battles going-on. A series the ran for 14 years spanning the 70's, 80's and 90's (running from 1979 to 1993). A show that started to be a vehicle for the other Ewing child Bobby whom moved away from the mental abuse of his brother J.R. to move to California in a cul-de-sac town called Knots Landing. 

Valene (a.k.a "Val") his beautiful wife inhabits one of the lovely homes. One see's that each neighboring home has a story that plays out typically behind closed doors and other times right out front on the street for all to see. The ladies and gentlemen of this TV Night Soap bring their wonderfully scripted war wounds that they have within themselves, their family, career and simply was thrilling to watch the continuing story unfold weekly for us the watches to turn into. When getting ready to write a new article series it was a simple blast of brain storming and looking at my pen and paper of topics/films/a topic of the 80's which I have never done for my youth for TV via this blog.
I wanted to place a focus on not only the art of the motion picture but the art from television. There is no doubt I went to an area that I have wanted to write about and finally decided it was "the right time" to do it. Being in my early forties I am looking as in my generation is now doing at the gems we grew-up to. In my head nd now penning and typing what would be My Dream List of re-boots and one the top of my list is; Knots Landing. It is undoubtedly a question that the cast can bring a rich script and done with class and style it would be not a tool to hi-light young but where has time taken the beloved cast to 2020....a twist and turn of what true life takes...surprises of Val having a hold on her mental anxieties and being a strong advocate for women supporting women getting back on their feet due to mental instabilities. Having a campaign and showing each has a important story brings her into a full circle and writing her own book/memoir of her life brings Valene to Knots Landing. We see flash backs of Val and her peaks and valley's living on the cul-de-sac. It would bring all back to the forefront for a strong and gripping series re-visited with fresh material. It is about time to give time not to just a reunion but rich stories. 

The Ladies of Knots Landing:
Valene Ewing - Joan Van Ark
Karen MacKenzi - Michele Lee
Abby Ewing - Donna Mills
Lucy Ewing - Charlene Tilton
Lilimae Clements - Julie Harris
Laura Avery- Constance McCashin
Cathy Geary / Cathy Geary Rush / Ciji Dunne - Lisa Hartman Black
Paige Matheson - Nicollette Sheridan
Ginger Ward - Kim Lankford
Anne Matheson - Michelle Phillips
Claudia Whittaker - Kathleen Noone

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

1980's Best Nighttime Soaps!

A new year and an entirely brand spanking new series! This year; "Love Those Classic Movies!" has a new series which will talk about all things TV! From classic Nighttime Soaps of the decades to the best comedies, Brit TV, detectives, best cliff-hangers, best series finales, forgotten gems, and countless others.

In this volume we start on a great TV classic; 1980's BEST NIGHTTIME SOAPS!!!

We all remember turning-on the tube to watch the best of the best nighttime soaps to find out, who shot JR? Bobby Ewing passing away or was it a dream?! Whom will win the next battle between Alexis and Krystle?? Whom wore the biggest shoulder pads, the biggest/teased hair, the most diamonds and gowns by Nolan Miller?! To find these answered questions one had to always watch our favorite weekly Nighttime Soap! Everyone had their favorite that he or she gravitated towards whether it was Dallas or say Dynasty (I was and still am a Dallas/Knotts Landing person).

The popcorn came-out and people got together for the continuing sagas of these families that were always the prime suspects for being on weekly covers of tabloids/magazines. Were you a lover of Pam Ewing, Sue Ellen Ewing, Alexis Carrington, Krystle Carrington, Valene Ewing, Karen MacKenzie, Abby Ewing? Of course YOU ARE! 

The best of the best we will feature for the 1980s Nighttime Soaps are: Dallas, Knotts Landing, Falcon Crest, Dynasty, and Flamingo Road were tops!

We will be talking about these night time soaps in-depth, articles that speak to the series itself, cast, costumes, favorite episodes, and much more! What was your favorite night time 1980s soap, character, storyline, and episodes? Please respond with your comments and will share them in the articles. Thanks you great Classic Film/TV buffs!!!!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

4th Annual Goldie's: Best New Classic Leading Men!

"Love Those Classic Movies!" is proud to announce our "4th Annual Best New Classic Leading Men" being the best of the best on the silver screen. We are sure you will agree that this list yet again of 5 leading men have already left an impact on each role/motion picture each has appeared in thus far. It is safe to say that these leading men have already had banner roles and will have many more for us to look forward in seeing. 

This year's roster is; Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Mads Mikkelsen, Benicio Del Toro, and Michael Shannon!

Michael Shannon:

Benicio Del Toro:

Mads Mikkelsen:

Eddie Redmayne:

Benedict Cumberbatch: