I Smell Cake… Again

I love watching Turner Classic Movies. The movies are great, but it was the host, Robert Osborne who took it up to a higher level of class. 


Today, Robert past away at the age of 84. 

Robert Osborne, the actor-turned-film historian who played a vital role in keeping popular interest in classic Hollywood films alive through his work with Turner Classic Movies, has died. Osborne began his career as an contract player at Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Desilu, before changing careers and joining the staff of The Hollywood Reporter in 1977. In 1994, he joined then-nascent cable company Turner Classic Movies, and was the primary on-air personality for the network up until his death.

Osborne died in his sleep at home in New York City, according to the Los Angeles Times. His longtime partner, theater director and producer David Staller, adds: “It’s difficult to imagine a planet without him. He made the choice to call it a day, and he wants everyone to know that he’ll see them at the after party.” He was 84.
R.I.P. and thank you for making watching the classic movies fun to watch. 

“Singin’ in the Rain”

Last night I went saw “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) for the first time at the theater celebrating the 60th anniversary of the movie. I am glad that I got to experience my first watching the movie at the theater.

“Singin’ in the Rain” (1952)

While I was sitting there waiting for the movie to start, I had to stop myself from Googling the movie. I had no idea what the movie was about. All I knew about the movie is that it starred Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds and that Gene Kelly sang and danced
Singin’ in the Rain.” Other than that, I was clueless on what the movie was about.

From the start of the movie, I had a big smile on my face. And whenever there was a close-up of Gene Kelly… it took my breathe away! He was so damn handsome in that movie. Seeing this movie, only made me love Gene Kelly even more.

Gene Kelly as Don Lookwood in “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952)

Beside it being one of the greatest musical, the movie has one of my all-time favorite songs in the world… “Singin’ in the Rain” sung by Gene Kelly.

 

 

I think, whenever I’m walking in the rain, I sing this song in my head. The other songs in the movie are not too shabby either, “Make ’em Laugh” and “Good Morning“. Donald O’Connor was amazing when he sang and danced to “Make ’em Laugh.”

I highly suggest that whenever one of the classic movies is playing at a local theater near you, go and see it. Check out Fathom EventsFathom and Turner Classic Movies, to see what’s coming to your local theater.

Upcoming movie are:

TCM Events Series Presents the following classics:

 

I’m going to be there!

Casablanca Again On The Silver Screen: 70th Anniversary

Thank you, Tom Baker for posting this and I’m stealing borrowing your pictures you used. Tom posted this on his blog, Morning Erection — Casablanca Again On The Silver Screen: 70th Anniversary.

Casablanca (1942)

I was interested in this post because this Casablanca is on my “Movie Bucket List” of movies to see.

NCM Fathom, TCM Turner Classic Movies, and Warner Bros are coming together again to present Turner Classic Movies Presents Casablanca 70th Anniversary Event in select movie theaters nationwide on Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00PM (local time).  The event will begin with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne taking audiences behind the scenes of this epic love story in a special original production showcasing stories from those who were on set and those who simply admire this timeless classic. Once again, audiences will see this beautiful and timeless classic on the silver screen.

Casablanca is a classic tale of unrequited love and is a project that defined the “golden age” of Hollywood and allowed audiences to fall in love with cinema all over again. Turner Classic Movies Presents Casablanca 70th Anniversary Event is the only opportunity to see this stunning digital presentation grace the silver screen on Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00PM (local time) with additional matinee showings at select movie theater locations. Check your local listings for more information.

Don’t miss the most romantic film of all time. More beautiful than it’s ever been!

I was wishy-washy on going to see this movie. There was a show at 2:00 pm and another one at 7:00 pm. By the time I knew it, it was past 2:00 pm, so I missed that show. I did some stuff on the computer and ate dinner and I still wasn’t 100% sure if I was going to go to see the movie or not.

So finally, at 6:00 pm, I decided that I was going to go see the movie. I got to the theater around 6:45 pm and to my surprise the theater was almost filled up. I found my seat at the very top row (I like that row) and I posted on Facebook that I was excited about seeing Casablanca for the first time in a theater.

The movies opened up with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne talking about the movie. It was interesting and I learned a lot about the movie that way. Then the movie started.

It was strange, even though I was there with a couple of hundred people, I felt like I was in my living room watching the movie. I was totally into watching the movie, which is a big thing for me. Usually I am looking around and the slightest noise from the people around me gets on my nerves. But not this time. The parts of the movie that were funny, everyone laughed. It was cool.

Even though this was my first time watching the movie, I was surprised on how many of the songs and quotes I have heard and used. Here is a list of the memorable quotes from the movie:

… memorable line in cinema in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes by the American Film Institute.

Six lines from Casablanca appeared in the AFI list, the most of any film (Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz tied for second with three apiece).

  • “Here’s looking at you, kid” — 5th
  • “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” – 20th
  • “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By'” – 28th
  • “Round up the usual suspects” – 32nd
  • “We’ll always have Paris” – 43rd
  • “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine” – 67th

And then there is the songs in the movie:

 

 

When I got home, I Googled “Casablanca” to learn more about it. I read that the movie was part of the colorization controversy of the 1980’s. I saw some still pictures of the colorization version of the movie… I did not like it and I would have hated to seen the movie for the first time like that. I read and learned more about Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman (since I really didn’t know anything about them or the movies that they were in.)

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman (1942)

I really think people should watch some of the movies that are on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies List. They are some of the classics and should not be missed. Now I want to go rent the movie and watch it again to catch what I missed the first time around.

So , thanks again Tom for posting it and I can’t wait till the next classic movie comes to a theater near me.

And, “Here’s looking at you, kid“!

 

TCM Remembers Overview 2011

I was watching the TCM Turner Classic Movies the other night and they showed this tribute to to all of our fallen actors, actresses, directors, producers and writers.

I thought it was very well done and I love the song that they used in the tribute. The song is “Before You Go” by OK Sweetheart (lyrics). Once the tribute finished, I Googled the song to find out all I could about the song and who sang it. It is now on my iPod.

 

 

Here is a list from the Toronto Sun of the Celebrity Deaths of 2011.

JANUARY

2 –Actor Pete Postlethwaite, age 64, pancreatic cancer

3 — Actress Anne Francis, age 80, lung cancer

4 — Singer/songwriter Gerry Rafferty, age 63, after a long illness

8 –Canadian actor Peter Donaldson, 57, cancer

11 — Canadian actor Al Kozlik, 76, stroke

15 –Stage director Michael Langham, 91, natural causes

23 — Jack LaLanne, father of the fitness movement, age 96, pneumonia

24 –Canadian dancer Lois Smith, 81, complications from Alzheimer’s

FEBRUARY

16 –Actor Len Lesser (aka Seinfeld’s “Uncle Leo”), age 88, cancer-related pneumonia

28 –Actress Jane Russell, age 89, respiratory illness

MARCH

8 –Alice in Chains bassist Mike Star, age 44, drugs and alcohol overdose

15 –Musician Nate Dogg (aka Nathaniel Dwayne Hale), age 41, heart failure

17 — Actor Michael Gough (Alfred the Butler in the Burton/Schumacher Batman films), age 94, natural causes

21 — Soul/disco singer Loleatta Holloway, age 64, heart failure

23 –Actress Elizabeth Taylor, age 79, heart failure

26 –Air Farce actor Roger Abbott, age 64, chronic lymphocytic leukemia

APRIL

9 — Director Sidney Lumet, age 87,

25 –Singer Poly Styrene (aka Marianne Joan Elliott-Said), age 53, cancer

26 — Singer Phoebe Snow, age 60, complications resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage

MAY

20 –Randy “Macho Man” Savage, age 58, heart attack followed by car crash

27 –Actor Jeff Conaway, age 60, pneumonia

30 — Actress Clarice Taylor (“Cosby Show” grandman), age 93, congestive heart failure

JUNE

3 — Actor James Arness (Gunsmoke), age 88, natural causes

18 –Saxaphonist Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band), age 69, complications from stroke

20 –Jackass star Ryan Dunn, age 34, car accident

23 — Actor Peter Falk (Columbo), age 83, cardio respiratory arrest with pneumonia

JULY

12 –Sherwood Schwartz (Brady Bunch creator), age 94, natural causes

21 –Elwy Yost, Canadian film historian and TV host, age 86, natural causes

23 –Soul-pop singer Amy Winehouse, age 27, alcohol poisoning

AUGUST

3 — Actor/NFLer Bubba Smith, age 66, drug intoxication and heart disease

10 –Jani Lane (frontman of rockband Warrant), age 47, alcohol poisoning

15 –Russell Armstrong (“Real Housewives” husband), age 47, suicide

22 –Actor Michael Showers, age 45, drowning

22 –R&B singer Nick Ashford, age 70, throat cancer

29 –Bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards, age 96, heart failure

SEPTEMBER

10 — Actor Cliff Robertson, age 88, natural causes

15 –Canadian actress Frances Bay, age 92, complications from pneumonia

30 –Alexander Grant, former artistic director of National Ballet of Canada, age 86, natural causes

OCTOBER

5 — Actor Charles Napier, age 75, natural causes

8 –Mikey Welsh (former Weezer bassist), age 40, suspected drug overdose leading to heart attack

NOVEMBER

3 –Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot (aka Flattus Maximus), age 34, undetermined

4 — Journalist Andy Rooney (60 Minutes), age 92, complications from surgery

8 –Rapper Heavy D, age 44, pneumonia

8 –Cartoonist Bill Keane (“Family Circus”), age 89, unknown

19 –John Neville, actor and former artistic director of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, age 86, natural causes

21 — Sci-fi writer Anne McCaffrey, age 85, stroke

27 — Director Ken Russell, age 84, natural causes

DECEMBER

7 –Actor Harry Morgan (Col. Potter on M*A*S*H), age 96, pneumonia

8 — Comics writer Jerry Robinson, age 89,

15 — Writer/politico Christopher Hitchens, age 62, complications from cancer

26 — Comedy writer Joe Bodolai, age 63, suicide by poisoning

(List may not include everyone who passed away in 2011.)

This is one of my favorite quotes from the TV show The West Wing, episode 20 Hours in America (2002).

President Josiah Bartlet: “… The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels…”

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