Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
This fantastic 1987 film by Terry Jones is one of my absolute favorites. Starring UK national treasure Julie Walters (Educating Rita, Harry Potter, Billy Elliot) and Shirley Stelfox (Keeping Up Appearances) the film tells a titallating tale based on the wild life of Cynthia Payne - London's most notorious brothel owner who was arrested on morals charges and acquitted in 1987.
Julie Walters gives a wonderful layered performance as the working class, sexually repressed "Christine Painter" who has kept her sexuality under lock and key ever since she became a single-mother as a teenager.
After going into business with her fetish-savvy prostitute pal Shirley and the cardigan-knitting, cash-handler Dolly (who we discover is a transexual during a wedding reception) - Christine soon becomes well-versed in the world of kink. She also discovers just how profitable the BDSM sex trade can be with a clientele of horny, affluent British gents, and finds her independence and inner strength in the process.
Christine explains her brothel to a police captain this way:
"It's just like a Tupperware party, really. But I sell sex instead of plastic containers. If the wives were willing, I'd be out of a job, wouldn't I? But they go off sex - they'd rather sell Tupperware, ha-bloody-ha. Sex soon goes out of a marriage. I'm a bit old-fashioned, really - I believe in marriage. Men are animals, sexually. They don't talk a *bit* of sense till you've got them de-spunked. Women are more affectionate. They like a bit of affection. Though I've met a few horny buggers in my time. The wife wants a three-piece-suite. If she gave the man sex, he might be more inclined to come across with the three-piece-suite. It may not be a fashionable thing to say, but once you've got him de-spunked, and he's sitting there thinking he's all wonderful - done you a good turn, given you a pair of soggy knickers - in the afterglow of his glory he's more inclined to come across with the Draylon three-piece, don't you think? "
She came up from extreme poverty, neglect and abuse at the hands of a foster family and CLAWED her way to a happier life on the stage where audiences adored her.
She possessed her own special magic and became an American icon. Her song stylings will live on.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
She loved her Elvis -- he was her KING of KINGS - and since mom graduated highschool in 1955 - he meant a lot to her generation.
This song doesn't have much to do with Christmas - but Elvis sure can sell a melancholy melody to his beloved mama Gladys aka "Sat'nin" .
enjoy this fan-made video courtesy of You Tube
A lavish musical remake of Frank Capra's film about the discovery of Shangri La - where people never grow old, starring Peter Finch, George Kennedy, Bobby Van, Olivia Hussey, Michael York and Sally Kellerman -- with peppy tunes by Burt Bacharach and Hal David seemed like a sure fire hit, right? ummm not so much.
In 1973, this film was post CABARET. It was no longer fashionable for modern day characters to break into song in a musical, much less to be dubbed by other singers. LOST HORIZON was an easy target. The expectations for it were high, almost unreasonable.
Film critic Pauline Kael also questioned why the film's Shangri-La population had no black people?!
There were two targets to be hit, the producer, ROSS HUNTER and BURT BACHARACH and the critics were out to get them.
Ross Hunter had enjoyed decades of success as a producer and LOST HORIZON was his follow up film to his 1970 blockbuster AIRPORT which was Universal's biggest moneymaker up to that time and triggered a decade of disaster films.
Lost Horizon tanked in the USA horribly, and proved to be a different kind of DISASTER FILM. It was nicknamed "Lost Investment."
The entire film can be found lovingly downloaded here : www.youtube.com/user/LostHorizonMov
The plane crash survivors actually walk through Griffith Park's Bronson Cave (tunnel) when they leave snowy Tibet and arrive in lush Shangri-La at the other end.
The Shangri-La buildings on WB Burbank lot were refurbished left-over "Camelot" castle sets. After Lost Horizon, they were often used on TV's "Kung Fu".
The screenplay was written by gay civil rights legend, author/playwright Larry Kramer. He called it "the only thing in my life I'm ashamed of ".
Here is the complete library scene from Lost Horizon (1973) in which Sally Kellerman and Olivia Hussey perform "The things i will not miss".
Here is the same song performed delightfully by 2 guys named Moshe and Joost in Amsterdam. Now THIS is what YOU TUBE is for !! bravo!
Yes, I promise, oh Priceless Prince of Hades, that by my many wiles I will finish Santa off forever, and see that the children commit terrible deeds, and make Santa Claus angry!
Lucifer: You shall be punished, and instead of red-hot coals, you will eat chocolate ice cream.
Precio: No! No, Lucifer, King of all Evil Spirits! Not that! By the horns of everything satanic, I beg you! To live I must have heat. Frozen meals are bad for me, especially chocolate! It's very bad for my digestion, which is so delicate.
Pedro: What food do they eat on Earth, Santa Claus?
Santa Claus: Oh, everything in sight! They eat most of the animals, the plants, the flowers, the roots, birds, even smoke and alcohol!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
That's one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time. It just doesn't feel quite like the holidays until I hear Elvis Presley sing Blue Christmas. I love that video. It's really cool. I hope you enjoyed it as well. Merry Christmas to you all!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I hope you enjoyed it. That's been one of my favorite Christmas videos since I can remember. I've always loved seeing it every holiday season on MTV. I'm a big fan of both Bing and Bowie. It's so cool to see these two singing a Christmas classic together.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Has anyone out there seen this film and if so, where can we get it? Netflix doesn't have though it is finally on DVD. Check out these descriptions:
A young American woman (Sydne Rome) traveling through Italy finds herself in a strange Mediterranean villa where nothing seems right. Her visit becomes an absurd, decadent, oversexed version of "Alice in Wonderland", with Marcello Mastroianni as the maddest of mad hatters and Roman Polanski a kinky March hare.
In this erotic comedy from famed director Roman Polanski, Sydne Rome stars as a very sexy and quite bewildered young hitchhiker. As the film opens, she has just escaped the clutches of three would be rapists only to find her way to a seaside villa. Things are, as she discovers, very strange at the villa. She is given a room and, within moments of undressing she is under the peeping eye of a hedonistic pervert, played with bravado by Marcello Mastroianni. She soon encounters the rest of the occupants of the mansion, all are completely anomalous and each tries to persuade into a sexual encounter. Throughout her entire erotic adventure, she carries a diary under her arm and writes curiously impersonal and un-erotic entries. This is the least discussed of Polanski's films, but on some levels it may be his most revealing.
Amazon UK: Product Description
More than three decades after its controversial release, it remains the most butchered, debated and least-seen film of the Oscar winning and controversial director Roman Polanski's entire career. Special features include; 'Sydne in Wonderand' a film about star Sydne Rome; 'Memories of a Young Pianist' a featurette with composer Claudio Gizzi and 'A Surreal Pop Movie' a featurette with cinematographer Marcello Gatti.
Based loosely on the story of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, WHAT? is a dark comedy from Roman Polanski and writing partner Gerard Brach. A young American, Nancy (Sydney Rome), hitchhikes through Europe and finds herself in a remote Mediterranean villa. Wherein she meets some strange inhabitants who lead her deeper into the weird and wonderful rabbit hole. A cult classic, not to be missed!
Ooh, I just spotted it for sale on Amazon (1 new, 1 used) and on TCM's site. Can't wait.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
John Waters said this house was shot in "as is"---the American Colonial decor was au natural! This is my all-time favorite Christmas clip. I still don't have any cha-cha heels though! Maybe I am a nice girl after all. HAHAHA!
Here is the Sesame Street version.
Here is the Ma Na Me Na scene from Inferno E Paradiso.
Here is the American trailer for Heaven and Hell. I really like the "prudish American" hard sell of this one.
And, lastly, here is Dio performing Heaven And Hell, because it rocks hard.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
That clip was from the Dean Martin Christmas Special in 1977. I hope you enjoyed it. I decided to post it since all my posts at the Dino Lounge will be Christmas related starting Monday, Dec. 8th until Christmas Eve. I hope you enjoyed that video, plus please check out my other blog. Thanks. Have a wonderful holiday season. Cheers!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Note: I'm posting this on behalf of Pantheon Zeus, who deleted his gmail account and swears he can't post.
Rhonda Bates, a tall actress from Indiana, usually played geeky, man-hungry, hillbilly tomboy roles. With her gangly 6’2” frame, wide toothy smile, curly hair and unmistakable down-home drawl – she was a far cry from the buxom, feathered-haired, petite starlets of 1970s “jiggle TV” programming.
In 1975, Rhonda began her career, at age 26, as a featured player on the short-lived variety sketch show Keep on Truckin' alongside co-stars Didi Conn, Fred Travalena, and Wayland Flowers.
Rhonda Bates then had her showbiz heyday from 1977 thru 1980 as a regular on Blansky’s Beauties (a spin-off of Happy Days) where she played “Arkansas” a gawky Vegas showgirl; on the short-lived sitcom The Roller Girls as roller derby queen “Mongo Sue Lampert”; and in one memorable Love Boat episode where she played an ugly stepsister in a ‘Cinderella’ vignette.
She next appeared in the films Fast Break (1979) with Gabe “Kotter” Kaplan, and Roadie (1980) with rocker Meat Loaf and comedy legend Art Carney.
She followed her various film & TV, game show, and Battle of the Network Stars appearances with a co-hosting role on 1980’s
Speak Up, America (a Real People -type “hot topic” reality show). Among her co-hosts was former child-evangelist-turned-actor Marjoe Gortner.
Her show with Marjoe didn’t last long, and after popping up in so many projects for years, Rhonda Bates seemed to suddenly vanish from the showbiz radar.
Come Back to the Five & Dime, Rhonda Bates, Rhonda Bates !
After some research, I found that she left acting around age 40 and is now living in Texas. As of this posting, a fan letter is on its way to Rhonda’s home. To Be Continued … I hope.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
And who can forget our lady as Amber Waves, tragic porn diva, in "Boogie Nights"?
I think Cathy and Amber have a lot in common...but then the 1950s sure weren't the 1970s! Some days I could be either of them-sigh!
Julianne remains an inspiration: beauty and brains! Bellissima!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
If cave girls really looked like Raquel Welch, I'd like to build a time machine and head back to those days. :-)
Larry Bishop, baby! Joey Bishop's son!
Leave us not forget he was "The Hook" in Wild in the Streets
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I hope you enjoyed the trailer for Foxy Brown, which is one of my favorite blaxploitation movies. I'm a huge fan of Pam Grier. I've had a crush on her since I can remember. Pam's sexy and tough. She's definitely some fine brown sugar.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I'm a huge fan of Sharon Tate. She was a very beautiful and talented woman. It's such a shame that her life and career were cut so tragically short. It pains me so much to think of what happened to her. I hope you enjoyed that tribute video as much as I do. The pictures of Sharon and the song fit so well together. I really love Sharon.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wesley is a genius superstar artist and musician!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
In the 1950's a Gary Cooper film titled Distant Drums was in production. In it, a minor character named Wilhelm was to wallow in the water and be bitten by an alligator, screaming with agony. As is usually the case the on-set recording of the scream wasn't dramatic enough so the studio employed an additional dialogue recording session to beef it up. In the sound room a single take was recorded of a series of six screams (by an arguably anonymous voice actor). Among these six takes was the now famous sound-effect known as "The Wilhelm Scream."
At some point the scream was found in the Warner Bros. sound effect library and became a sort of badge of honor among sound designers. No matter how unfitting or inappropriate it was for the the scene it was considered a right of passage to use the sound effect in the project at hand.
Nowadays the joke has become Tarantino-style passe'. Apparently too much of a good regurgitated thing can get annoying. Even among nerdy sound editors that have been in on the joke for decades. And us?
Just watched it. The imagery is painterly, the idea is clever, the violence appropriately disgusting - no boring gaps, limited preposterous, putting-oneself-in-danger moments- and like his Nathan Barley, atmospherically apt, like umami for the eyes.
Here's Charlie Brooker unnecessarily apologizing for it. Podcast.
Another (clearer) trailer here
Simon Pegg in a very complimentary review, centered on his disagreement with the concept of running zombies. Article.
The E4 site
BTW, zombies run.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
That's one of my favorite scenes from the Matt Helm spy flick The Silencers. Stella Stevens is one sexy and clumsy babe in this movie. Here she's getting Dean Martin all wet, but he's got more headaches courtesy of her the rest of the movie. I loved whenever these two were on screen together. Their scenes are full of laughs, action, sexual heat & much more!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Thank heavens, we don't need a good laugh as much as we did in the last 8 years, but hey, it's Rudy Ray! I like to think he had a little something to do w/it.
I tried to post an MP3 of Dolemite for President but it won't let me, so go to FMU's Beware of the Blog's post here with lots of listenables. Hell, you can even buy Dolemite on Amazon now!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
or "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park"
or Donny and Marie doing "Spooky" ...
this is finally on DVD for real, so my badly bootlegged copy can finally be replaced: Paul Lynde's Halloween Special!
Yes, That's Roz Kelly and Florence Henderson (other guests were Tim Conway, Kiss, Margaret Hamilton, and Witchie Poo.)
or how about CHiPs "Rock Devil Rock" ep with Donnie "Ralph Malph" Most as a KISS-style rocker ... and Elvira!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Update: Signifyin' Monkey goes to Harvard!
But Mr. Moore could be said to represent a profound strand of African-American folk art. One of his standard stories concerns a monkey who uses his wiles and an accommodating elephant to fool a lion. The tale, which originated in West Africa, became a basis for an influential study by the Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., "The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism."
DOLEMITE IS DEAD: We remember legendary funnyman Rudy Ray Moore.
(October 20, 2008)
*EUR has learned that after an extended illness, seminal comedian Rudy Ray Moore, better known as Dolemite, has died in Akron, Ohio. He was 81. EUR was initially informed of the news by comedienne Luenell, a friend of the family.
Moore, whose actual name was Rudolph Frank Moore, passed away Sunday from complications of diabetes, his only child and daughter, Yvette "Rusty" Wesson, told us.
According to Wikipedia, Moore is perhaps best known as Dolemite, the uniquely articulate pimp (“… rappin’ & tappin’ is my game!”) from the 1975 film "Dolemite," and its sequel, "The Human Tornado." The persona was developed during his earlier stand-up comedy records.
Rudy Ray Moore was also known as the "king of the party records" and released many comedy records throughout the 1960s and 1970s, developing a style even more rude and explicit than contemporaries like Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor. This kept him off of television and major films, but cultivated an enduring fan base. He also guested on Big Daddy Kane's CD Taste of Chocolate, released in 1990.
The 2 Live Crew used Rudy Ray Moore's records as scratch samples on their early work; most notably on "Throw The Di*k."
Moore starred in "Big Money Hustlas," a movie created by and starring the Insane Clown Posse, in which he played Dolemite for the first time in over 20 years.
In 2008 Rudy Ray Moore reprised the character Petey Wheatstraw for the song "I live for the Funk" Featuring Blowfly and Daniel Jordan. This marked the first time Blowfly and Rudy have collaborated on the same record together, and the 30 year anniversary since the movie was filmed.
Moore began his entertainment career as an R&B singer and continued singing through his comedy career. He developed an interest in comedy in the Army after expanding on a singing performance for other servicemen.
Besides his daughter, Moore also leaves behind his 98 year-old mother Lucille. Although, Wesson couldn't tell us the exact dates, funeral services will be in Toledo, Ohio as well as Spokane, Washington where his mother and the rest of his immediate family lives
Saturday, October 18, 2008
You probably won't want to watch all of this — it runs close to a half-hour — but you might enjoy a few minutes of a 1968 "educational" (propaganda) film done for the Los Angeles Rapid Transit District. The early part features Paul Lynde in what was not one of his funniest roles. Most of the film features (and was probably at least co-written by) Ralph Story, who was a prominent L.A. TV host and occasional newsman back then. Mr. Story was a clever, folksy gent who usually appeared in more interesting shows than this...but it's fascinating to see a lot of the arguments then being advanced for public transportation. Some are ridiculous but some were prescient...and unheeded.
(oddly, part 1 has been taken down - why?)
Don Knotts naturally should not have to share a post w/anyone, so we'll save that for later.
Dr. Laura Baker: I got his machine. Should I leave a message?
Preston Lennox: Yeah. Tell him he's about to copulate with a creature from outer space.
More memorable quotes here.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Be sure to check out the cringe-inducing clips from The Jerry Lewis Show, 1958.
Jerry as Charly Chin.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Gwwyyy Twwyyydd SWDW WDDWWWYYYDDWWDWE !!! That's Welsh for I'd like a sandwich, please......
Actually, I b0ught the poster for this film @ the flea market a year and a half ago. Having no idea what this film was about (but being encouraged by Peter Sellers' appearance) I DVRed it on TCM. Tre's encouraging.....
To my dismay, it aborted at about 30 minutes in, so uh, hook me up, my Brit &/or Cymru buds! It's nae available on either Amazon US or UK - OK!???!!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Perdón por no subtítulos en Inglés. Hágase un favor y obtener de esta película. Es loco, caliente y preocupante. Me encanta que mis compañeros de Celuloide Slammer amigos!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
First I'd like to apologize, or if you're Arthur, apologise for the compression quality of this clip. I found it on YouTube, and embedding was disabled, so I said "What? Does the guy who uploaded it think he OWNS it?!?!?!? That's like antiyoutubeish!!"
So, I downloaded it and uploaded it. Ha!
This movie is written by William Peter Blatty who wrote The Exorcist and was directed by J. Lee Thompson, who directed Guns of Navarone, Cape Fear, Taras Bulba and What a Way to Go!
But it's not out on DVD and as far as I can tell, TCM has forgotten about it. Maybe they'll air it when Shirley croaks..(she's 74, so it could be another decade easy and, for the record, I don't wish it on her)...
But as regards Shirley, this film taught me that a woman who wasn't classically beautiful could be even more so; she was rockin' that whole Giulietta Masina vibe, and I had been told by adults that she as an actress should be appreciated because she was "cute" so I watched her films quasi-appreciatively, until I saw this one which made my head explode, like a young Borgnine.
It's schticky dreck, and very apt for the zeitgest, with Saudis n'all (Ustinov!) Every character actor in the universe is in it too, Jim Backus, Fred Clark, Wilfred Hyde-White, Harry Morgan, Richard Deacon, and the ubiquitous and recently passed away (always include the away - OK?) Charles Lane.
So I want it, damn it - that's all...
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Why didn't Railsbeck (Everybody's favorite Ed Gein) get an Emmy? WTF?!?!? I BLAME THE SYSTEM!!!
Hooray for the Hallowe'en countdown!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
robertwmartens has uploaded this interesting video from his late Grandpa's collection. It's particularly mysterious due to the fact that nothing is known about who made the video (so far). Check out Robert's website, where he has thoughtfully shared the collection of Gustave A. Martens videos, over at Grandpa's Picture Party
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
distorting every fact;
but the truth is he's a loser
since Jesus broke his back...
Make way fer Captain Hook and his Christian Pirate Crew,
Gather close, ya landlubbers, and learn how to be a good little pirate on the High Seas of Faith ...
Ol' Slewfoot calls the good Cap'n a FATSO in front of the young'ns!
Let's listen in ...
Captain Hook. The former "bad seed" biker who lost a hand and a leg in a traffic accident, gave his life to the Lord, and decided the best way to spread the Gospel was to assume the guise of a bandit and encourage inflicting bodily harm on the Enemy. The man who gave us the "Christain Pirate Rap." The man who performs on-camera autopsies on "sinners" for the educational benefit of today's wayward youth ("What's this? A beer can?! Oh, gross!!"). The man for whom Jesus was made to walk the plank.
He walked the plank for you, too. And for me.
Avast, and a-men.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
"I saw the ocean, and I saw a mountain and there were many people climbing up the mountain.
It was like a procession. There was a lot of fog. I couldn't see it very clearly, but at the very top was death."
Nice TSA Lady with the Confiscating and the Charges and the Shooting with the Banging and the "I Forgot" and the "Who Knew?" Oy .
"Jerry Lewis has escaped firearms charges over a gun discovered in his carry-on bag at Las Vegas airport.
Security seized the .22-calibre Beretta from the 82-year-old comic in July, and he was accused of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
However, Judge Karen Bennett-Haron yesterday dismissed the charge after lawyers agreed to let the comedian off without a fine.
Mr Lewis's lawyer, Ross Goodman, said the quick resolution was 'a good result for a great guy'.
Lewis's manager initially said the unloaded weapon was a prop used on stage, although Lewis later said it was a gift given during his annual telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which he had forgotten was in his bag."
It's a Mitzvah!