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My Week with Marilyn
My Week with Marilyn
DVD ~ Michelle Williams
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4.0 out of 5 stars To Know Marilyn Was To Love Her!, October 4, 2015
This review is from: My Week with Marilyn (DVD)
Michelle Williams breathed life into the onscreen portrayal of Marilyn Monroe born Norma Jean Baker to a mentally ill mother. Norma became a film icon and legend as Marilyn Monroe. Williams does an admirable and well received performance. She channeled her through this role by displaying her talents, vulnerability, and fragility.

The film has a first rate cast including Sir Kenneth Branagh as Lord Laurence Olivier; Eddie Redmayne OBE as Colin Clark who befriends the starlet; Zoe Wanamaker CBE as Paula Strasberg, Marilyn's acting coach and surrogate mother figure; and Dame Judi Dench playing Dame Sybil Thorndike. Julia Ormond was admirable playing Lady Olivier also known as Vivien Leigh of the time.

The DVD features the film and the making of the movie with cast and crew interviews. The DVD could have had more features about Monroe, Olivier, Thorndike, and others.

Moulin Rouge! (Widescreen Edition)
Moulin Rouge! (Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ Nicole Kidman
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love is a Many Splendid Thing!, October 4, 2015
I actually heard the soundtrack before I saw the film. Granted Baz Luhrmann's film is a visual feast for the eyes. The art direction and costumes are first rate. The sound of music is more modernized to familiar tunes well long after the film setting in 1900 Paris, France at the infamous nightclub named Moulin Rouge.

The stars of the film is Ewen McGregor and Nicole Kidman as doomed lovers. Jim Broadbent played the emcee host. The film was set in Paris, France but filmed in Australia, the director's home country.

The DVD doesn't come with special extras or features behind the film with the cast and crew. I would like to know more about the costumes and art direction.

The Artist (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy)
The Artist (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy)
DVD ~ Jean Dujardin
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Gift for The Movie Fan!, October 3, 2015
"The Artist" was awarded Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor at the Academy Awards among other accolades. This unlikely film is in black and white and as a silent film with an original score and subtitles.

The film stars French actors Jean Dujardin (Academy Award winner) and Berenic Bejo (Academy Award nominee) played the lead George Valentin and Peppy Miller perfectly and flawlessly. The French director did a terrific job in bringing this film to light and well deserved honors.

The supporting cast includes John Goodman, James Cromwell, Malcolm McDowell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, and the dog, Uggie who stole every scene.

The DVD includes the making of the film; question and answers session; Hollywood as a character; the locations; and the "Artisans behind the featurettes."

Despite black and white and no actual dialogue, the film is quite a visual accomplishment for the viewer. The cast displayed their acting skills in every scene and shot. Film students should take note and study this film.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Love Never Felt So Good!, October 3, 2015
This review is from: Xscape (Audio CD)
This deluxe Xscape includes 73 minutes CD and a DVD featuring a documentary and memories. It would have been better if there videos to the music. Michael Jackson was a legendary musician, songwriter, singer, and dancer. His life was cut short in his fifties.

This CD features sixteen recordings of his singing new songs. Since his passing, any unreleased recordings would be a delight for any music fan. Michael had the voice and talent here just as he did earlier in his solo career.

Come and Knock on Our Door: A Hers and Hers and His Guide to "Three's Company"
Come and Knock on Our Door: A Hers and Hers and His Guide to "Three's Company"
by Chris Mann
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come Knock Our Door! We've Been Waiting For You!, October 2, 2015
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TV Land has finally shown the complete network episodes so you see scenes kept out of syndication like the "Three's Christmas" episode where the Ropers and the roommates end up at the Stevens party. I always wondered but I was too young when it first aired in 1977.

If you are a fan of "Three's Company," you will enjoy finding out about the series with all its ups and downs especially the Suzanne Somers debacle. The series was developed to be a farce and provided many laughs and still do.

This book is the definitive behind the scenes of America's roommates and landlords and friends. I still enjoy watching the episodes more than three decades later. It's still funny and enjoyable. This book traces the series from conception to the spin-off's final episode.

My First Hundred Years in Show Business: A Memoir
My First Hundred Years in Show Business: A Memoir
by Mary Louise Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.21
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Bought It In An Egg! I'll Have To Bury It In A Walnut!, October 1, 2015
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If you wanted to know why Mary Louise Wilson walked away from a contract role on Norman Lear's "One Day at a Time," as the unforgettable Ginny Wroblicky, please read this book. Mary Louise Wilson has truly led an actor's life on stage, film and television. On stage, she played Big Edie Beale in "Grey Gardens" and Diana Vreeland in "Full Frontal."

On television, she left a lasting impression as Ginny, the cocktail waitress. Mary Louise was truly unhappy in Los Angeles, California personally. She preferred life in New York City with her friends. Lear released her from her contract after a season by her choice. There were no hard feelings.

Mary Louise had spent most of her acting career onstage in New York City; Hampstead, London; San Diego; Cincinatti; Rochester; among other places. She writes honestly about her experiences without trying to trash anybody's reputation.

Mary Louise writes about her abortion, marriage, love life, and relationships as well with candor and truthfulness. She had a three marriage to an actor that ended in a divorce. Still Mary Louise is a beloved actress in theatrical circles especially in New York City and the East Coast.

This autobiography is about the life of an American actress through the good times and bad times in one of the toughest industries.

Joan Littlewood: Dreams and Realities: The Official Biography
Joan Littlewood: Dreams and Realities: The Official Biography
by Peter Rankin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $26.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars She was short and not pretty but she was a theatrical genius!, October 1, 2015
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Joan Littlewood was a British theatrical visionary worthy of many biographies. She is largely unknown outside theatrical circles. Joan studied at prestigious RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) on a scholarship before World War II. Joan was largely unimpressed with the institution.

Joan Littlewood's appearance and short in height could not have stopped or prevented her from being one of theatre' best known visionaries. She had a brilliant witty mind and engaging personality. She despised traditional heavy Elizabethean theatre rather and preferred relatable theatre to the every man.

Joan's life began as an unwanted child out of wedlock to a young mother. She herself didn't have any children of her own but mothered and nurtured others in theatre. Joan may not have been a beauty queen by any conventional society standards but she was beautiful in other ways. She was short in height only but her influence and presence in theatre was felt like a lightning bolt.

Joan revolutionized how theatre should be in today's world. She dreaded traditional and rather welcomed innovative and new ways to entertain audiences. If you are a theatrical student or theatre lover, this book is for you or just a biography lover.

The only thing I wonder is why she wasn't awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire when she was alive. Did she turn it down or was it her communist ties? If anybody deserved such an honour, it was Joan Littlewood. This book contains the who's who of British theatre of the twentieth century. By the way, Theatre Royal East should be renamed the Joan Littlewood Theatre in her honor.

Dear Fatty
Dear Fatty
by Dawn French
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.82
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Get Me Wrong, I Still Love Dawn French!, September 28, 2015
This review is from: Dear Fatty (Paperback)
I'll be honest that I preferred Dawn French on the British sitcom, "The Vicar of Dibley," as female Vicar Geraldine in a small rural Dibley in the English countryside. French is a natural gifted comedienne.

Most people are aware of her long marriage to now Sir Lenny Clarke CBE and her partnership with Jennifer Saunders. French & Saunders are known for their outrageous take on society and culture.

This autobiography comes across as a series of letters to Fatty (you will just have to read find out that), her parents, and others. Dawn French doesn't follow the norm so why should she follow it in writing her autobiography.

Dawn confessed about her father's death before she was would spend three years at the prestigious Central School of Drama and Speech. She admits about how she and her husband tried to have a baby of their own through in-vitro fertilization treatments and miscarriages before turning to adoption. She and Len adopted a beautiful daughter after going through the adoption process of interviews and tests.

I still love Dawn but don't care for her writing style. I prefer a traditional straight forward autobiography instead here. I would like to really know why she and her writing partner, Jennifer Saunders declined the OBE (Officers of the Order of the British Empire) for their services to entertainment in 1999. I know that sounds silly but I would love to know why they turned it down in the first place. I would love to see them become awarded Damehood but declining the honor makes it difficult.

My History: A Memoir of Growing Up
My History: A Memoir of Growing Up
by Antonia Fraser
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.11

4.0 out of 5 stars The Early Years of Lady Antonia Fraser also known as Dame Antonia Fraser!, September 26, 2015
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If you are a fan of British writer, author and biographer Lady Antonia Fraser. You will enjoy this biography of her early years before she became famous for her biography of "Mary, Quern of Scots." She would go on to write more novels and biographies of British Nobility.

Lady Antonia Fraser was born into a British family and became a Lady at 31 years old upon her father becoming a Lord in the House of Lords. She writes about her life and her family. She was studied at Catholic schools. She had socialized with people of various backgrounds and ethnicities.

Lady Antonia would meet and marry the love of her life, the late great Harold Pintner. She would be awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) and recently awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Lady Antonia doesn't apologize for being born into privilege. She rather downplays herself and her family in her autobiography. She doesn't appear or sound arrogant about her life. She doesn't trash people here. Her writing is quite dry and may only appeal to those familiar with British history and London society.

LIFE MAGAZINE BOB DYLAN SPECIAL~ Forever Young 50 Years Of Song [2012] Paperback
LIFE MAGAZINE BOB DYLAN SPECIAL~ Forever Young 50 Years Of Song [2012] Paperback
by Time-Life Books
Edition: Single Issue Magazine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan Will Always Be Forever Young!, September 24, 2015
This hundred page book is a combination of biography and photography about Bob Dylan's incredible life as a legendary musician and songwriter. This book features rare photographs about his life and career.

Bob Dylan was born to be a genius. He had the gift since his early youth in Hibbing, Minnesota. he was born Robert Zimmerman to a Jewish family. He was born with music in his soul and poetry in his mind. He fused music and poetry together to create both sound and meaning. His music has sent a message about life and current matters.

Bob Dylan had migrated to the trendy hip folk Greenwich Village in New York City in the early sixties. There he was surrounded by likeminded individuals. He made music and his career began in the small clubs.

Fifty years later, Bob would be honored in France and by his own country with the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of the Arts among other accolades.

This book is a tribute to a worthy music legend but Bob doesn't see himself that way. Despite his fame and fortune, he doesn't see himself as a celebrity. He is the kind of celebrity who deplores it but yet he's earned his celebrity with grace, class, dignity and courage to make music about injustices around the world.

Bob Dylan is still cool because he doesn't take himself too seriously. Bob is still the shy Midwestern man. He doesn't seem to enjoy celebrity but that makes him cooler. He just wants to be like everyone else and that's why he's so successful.

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