Friday, June 30, 2006

Romance Cheese Friday

Today's romance novel exerpt comes from A Vision of Splendor (and appropriate for the Fourth of July weekend):
She felt her heart explode and thump like fireworks surging throughout her body. Now with all the expectation swirling around them, sparking into unbelievable bursts, heating up their bodies with its sizzle and pop. Making them both burn and explode as their mouths discovered each other.
Ouch. Never has a kissed been described so painfully. I hope they're wearing hazmat suits.

Have a great holiday weekend!

This Proves My Point

Heather Locklear with David Spade...
Jessica Simpson with Dane Cook...
and remember when Jim Carrey and Lauren Holly were dating?
Or when Bobcat Goldthwait was engaged to Nikki Cox (she's now dating Jay Mohr)?

This proves what I've been saying for a loooong time: the number one turn-on for girls is a great sense of humor.

...And the number one turn-on for guys is a super-hot girl.

[Picture ganked from Just Jared]

Star(bucks) Sighting of the Day

Clea DuVall
She predominantly plays the hardcore, Ali-Sheedy-in-Breakfast-Club, outcast type of character, like in The Faculty or The Grudge.

I spotted her this morning exiting Starbucks in Studio City, wearing no makeup.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Mee-Yow Thursday

Sophia Loren did not get along with Marlon Brando on the set of The Countess of Hong Kong (1966), especially after the day they were doing a love scene and Brando asked "Did you know you have hairs up your nostrils?"

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Desperately Seeking Praise!

My *cough cough* small rant called WTF is Wrong With Barbie (parts 1 & 2) was featured in an article on BlogHer called "Desperately Seeking Barbie." I can't tell if it was used to agree or disagree with the writer (you make the call), but I'm proud to be used either way!

Star Sighting of the Day

William R. Moses
You may know him from "Perry Mason," you may know him from the "Jane Doe" movies on the Hallmark Channel, or you may not know him at all... but I spotted him eating lunch with a young girl (daughter?) at Jerry's Deli in Studio City today.

Had a great chicken salad sammich there, bee tee dub.

From Cute Kitties to a Scary Dog...

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Aw..wook at da cute widdow kitties...

Tuesday's This & That (Mini-Rant)

I was up watching ABC's dating flop "How to Get the Guy" (not to be confused with our sister blog how to get the guy).The worst part of the show is...well, the whole thing. Case in point. Last night one of the "dating coaches" JD (who is not a love doctor, but just an actor slash show host who's one good credit is that he's a self-described "serial monogomist") says:
A date without a kiss is just an appointment.
So all those dates I thought I was on were nothing but appointments. Huh. Puts a bit of pressure on things, doesn't it?

And then in the next turn, they explained that you don't have to kiss on the first date for it to be a success. So riddle me this, Batman. If I have a successful first date even if we don't kiss, is it not a date, but just an appointment?

Okay now I've confused myself. Is anyone buying this drivel?

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Errol Flynn Marina

The Jamaica Observer reports:
The marina at Port Antonio will now be known as the Errol Flynn Marina, a move its owners hope will help to brand the facility among its intended clientele - high-income luxury yacht owners.
What? The port being in Jamaica wasn't enough?? Oh wait, they want high-income people, not drunk college kids on Spring Break.

If You Were Stranded on a Desert Island...

I watched the Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest red carpet last night on E! Network. The most frustrating thing about the whole show was the questions these show hosts were asking the stars at the movie premiere. Examples:

To Kiera Knightley: Who's a better kisser, Orlando or Johnny?
To Lauren Conrad of "The Hills": Who's a better pirate: Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook, or Captain Morgan?
To Orlando Bloom: Where's Kate (his girlfriend)?
To Johnny Depp: Which is harder - practicing the stunts or doing the stunts?

and the stupidest -
To Christina Applegate: Are you an Arnold Schwarzenegger fan? (asked because Arnold was behind her on the carpet. But the relevance to the movie premiere was...?)

These show hosts were asking questions that a 13-year-old girl would ask. During algebra class. In a slam book.

Grow up, E!

The King & Ol' Blue Eyes

The unlikely friends sing "Love Me Tender."

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Romance Cheese Friday (on Thursday)

Because I'll be out of the Lounge tomorrow, I thought I'd indulge you in a little romance cheese today... This exerpt is another one from Love in the Meadows:
She held her breath, waiting for him to lean in to kiss her. She was trembling as she felt his warm breath and his hot lips on hers. And with one swift motion, his mouth opened wider and his luscious tongue slipped in.
Ew...I can imagine the big trail of spit that's going to be between them, if they ever pull apart from this kiss. Blech.

Star Sighting of the Day (or Night)

Last night Dyno and I tried to catch the special showing of Sunset Blvd. at the Arclight in Hollywood, but we were 10 minutes late. Drat! But we took this lemon that we were given and made some mighty fine lemonade. We sat in the bar and drank bloody mary's and beers until midnight. That's when we spotted Caroline Rhea looking pretty shabby sitting in the lounge eating dinner with a man. She had visible pantylines, which is the biggest fashion taboo ever, in my book.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day

Jane Russell
Today is her 85th birthday, and so it seemed only logical that we'd give this smokin' hot starlet a little mention.

She was born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell in 1921. She did some modeling work and was actively sought after because of her figure.

She was ultimately signed by Howard Hughes for his production of The Outlaw (1943), the film that was to make Jane famous. The film wasn't a classic by any means, but was geared to show off Jane's ample physical assets. Hughes invented a bra to help hold her physical endowments for the movie but Russell says she ended up not wearing a bra in the film. It was hard for the flick to pass the censorship board, but finally the film gained general release in 1946 and was a smash at the box-office.

Jane didn't make another film until 1946 when she starred in Young Widow (1946). She had signed a seven year contract with Hughes and it seemed the only films he would put her in were those that displayed Jane in a very flattering light due to her body. Films such as His Kind of Woman (1951) and The Las Vegas Story (1952) did nothing to showcase her true acting abilities. Probably the pinnacle of her career was in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe. This film showed Jane's comedic side very well. Jane did continue to make films throughout the 1950s, but the films were at times not up to par, particularly with Jane's talents being wasted in forgettable movies in order to show off her sexy side.

She dabbled in movies and television throughout the 60s and even 70s, but had Jane not been wasted during the Hughes years, she could have been a bigger actress than what she was allowed to show.

[information provided by IMDb]

Mee-Yow Thursday (on Wednesday)

Christopher Plummer said working with Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music (1965) was "like being hit over the head with a Valentine card."

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Pirates Redone: Disney Magic Gone?

The LA Times reports that the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride at Disneyland is being refurbished to reflect the movie franchise. It's true that Walt Disney said that "Disneyland will never be finished as long as there's imagination in the world." But I don't know if he meant revamping a ride that already had the right elements for success.

It was bad enough when they redid the attraction (and altered history) by having the pirates chase after food and not lusting after the women. (What were we supposed to think? That the wench auction was to buy a cook?) But this cross-promotional advertising is getting ridiculous.

As they did for the first Pirates movie, Disney will be premiering the movie with a complete red carpet event at Disneyland Park. This requires changes in attraction openings throughout the park, a change in park hours, and many other guest inconveniences. For more on the Pirates premiere at the park, visit Mouse Planet (where we snagged the picture).

Happy Birthday, Errol Flynn!

Today is our favorite swash-bucklin,' womanizin,' drug-poppin,' big screen hero's birthday, and to celebrate, I've created two free desktop wallpapers for you. Enjoy!

And make sure to visit his official website today and poke around!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Star Sightings of the Weekend

(and brief Weekend Recap)

I went to go see Cars with Dyno on Saturday at 3rd Street Promenade. I loved the movie, but Dyno fell asleep during the middle! Anyway, because we went to a matinee, it was hard watching the flick with a bunch of yelling, talking, screaming kids...but I have to say the best behaved kids in the theater were Tim Meadows', who sat next to their dad the entire time, and didn't breathe a word. Thanks, Tim, for keeping your kids in line in the theater!

Sunday, Dyno and I spotted Martin Sheen in Santa Monica. The people behind us spotted him, too, but they called him "Charlie Sheen's dad."

I <3 MST3K...and Gumby

Friday, June 16, 2006

Romance Cheese Friday

This week's romance novel tidbit comes from High Seas Romance:
She loved him more than he could ever know. No matter if she overtook his soul and opened her heart to his, if he could read her mind, nor if it was burned in his skin like it was etched in her heart.
Um, how about you just tell him?!

Hate Tom Cruise: Love Dane Cook

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Meee-yow Thursday

Marilyn Monroe vs. Montgomery Clift
"He's the only person I know that is in worse shape than I am."
[Wait, I'm confused. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? We'll call this one a draw.]

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Thursday's This & That

Wow, Spiderman is outed. But not the way that sounded. Not that there's anything wrong with it...

Speaking of...I almost spit out my coffee. Ryan Seacrest is one of People magazine's hottest bachelors??!! Even more stupid: Ryan's special skill is "driving with my knees and responding to my e-mails on my BlackBerry." Can you say narcissistic? I think even show dogs have better skills. [Thanks to pixie for the heads-up!]

And the Sneeze points out a rather strange hotel where you can sleep underwater.

The Wrong Mrs. World is Crowned!

Chaos ensues! It's a complete and utter "fiasco"!

You might have heard of this already, but I think it's just too hilarious to pass up posting.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. Demille...

Hey, L.A. Movie-goers...
The Arclight is showing Sunset Blvd next Wednesday, June 21st at 8 P.M. Get your tickets online before they sell out!

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see the fabulous 1950 film noir movie on the big screen. And what a better place to see it than in Hollywood, on Sunset Boulevard itself.

I'm going to try to make it...if anyone else goes, drop me a line and tell me about your experience!

Drinking Coffee is Good!

A study proves that "drinking coffee cuts alcohol's harmful effects. Just a cup a day helps prevent cirrhosis of the liver, researchers say."
Coffee may counteract alcohol’s poisonous effects on the liver and help prevent cirrhosis, researchers say.

In a study of more than 125,000 people, one cup of coffee per day cut the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis by 20 percent. Four cups per day reduced the risk by 80 percent. The coffee effect held true for women and men of various ethnic backgrounds.

Good thing I bought that Coffee Bean mocha this morning!

EW ranks "Bullitt" #2 Car Chase

Of course, I think it should've been #1, but I guess I can live with "The French Connection" taking the coveted slot...

[Entertainment Weekly]

Monday, June 12, 2006

Weekend Recap

How was everyone's Singles Day? Mine was fantastic. I made tons of food and drinks, including the Killer Colada - a fine-tuned version of the Pina Colada. I also redecorated the Lounge a bit, spruced it up and cleaned it to a fine, sparkly, polished den for the party.

I got the two-disc special edition DVD of "Bullitt" on Saturday. That movie is a Steve McQueen fan's dream. Lots of nice blue-eyed close-ups, and of course the awesome car chase scene. The DVD includes the TCM's doc "The Essence of Cool" all about McQueen's career and life in general. Lots of interviews, pictures, and juicy details.

This week, I hope, will be a little bit more merciful on me than last week. If there's time, I might throw together a couple things, like a Dumpster Drama. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Romance Cheese Friday

This week's romance cheese comes from The Passion and the Fire:
Her heart thundered within her chest, and she felt the heat of her passion well up inside her from her toes up to her head, tingling, pulsating. A lump formed in her throat as she watched him come towards her, and she felt her skin enflame as he licked his lips, hungering for her.
Hm...she sounds ill. Why is it that "passion" and "lust" make someone feel like they're sick?

Friday's This & That

This week was a complete bitch, for so many reasons and on so many levels. I'm so glad it's over, because I'd rather be my former sunshine-y Pollyanna self than this bitter old woman I've become.

The only thing that's made me happy within the last week is watching this informercial for the Sweep N Mop. Now I want one. I mean, it's only 2 for $10 (plus S&H)! You can't beat that! Does anyone have one?

Bette Davis' new biography seems to be ultra-kind to her, despite her reputation for being a stage diva.

Errol Flynn's frequent co-star Olivia DiHavilland is featured in an LA Weekly article. She will be honored at the Academy on June 15th, and a tribute will be displayed for her at both the Academy and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from June 15 to July 1.

And Saturday, June 10th (tomorrow!) on TCM at 8 PM (EST, I assume) watch Sunset Blvd. It's also playing Sunday, June 11th at 6PM. This is the movie I raved about previously. The best film-noir movie of them all.

And yes, there will be a Romance Cheese Friday today!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Just 'Cause

My two favorite songs that came from Jim Henson's Muppets.

Meee-yow Thursday

Clark Gable says:
Working with Marilyn Monroe on 'The Misfits' nearly gave me a heart attack. I have never been happier when a film ended.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

I miss you, Steve McQueen


Of course, some speculate that smoking may not be the only cause. The guy wore an asbestos suit when racing cars.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Errol Flynn Item Up for Auction

Antiques and the Arts Online reports that an Errol Flynn item was auctioned off by Swann Galeries in NY:
Among the Hollywood-related material was an autograph manuscript by Errol Flynn, written while he was working on a plantation in New Guinea in his preacting days, 1933, $8,050.
No, not preaching days. They mean pre-acting (before he was an actor). He dabbled in writing all his life, leading to his autobiography and some other saucy tales. (Think Hemingway, but savvy.)

Singles Day is Coming...

This Sunday is the semi-official Singles Day, and I hope you're all ready to celebrate it!

It was suggested by an anonymous commenter that it be called Non-Children Day or something to that effect. But we here at the Lounge are not against children or any kind of procreation, and putting the word "children" in the title of the day might just highlight that. No, this day is all about celebrating single-hood. (Hmm...Maybe I didn't make that clear in the last post? I have a tendency to ramble with the assumption that people understand me.) Comments appreciated!

And if anyone has any suggestions for Singles Day - activities, games, menus, decorations - let me know!

Today is 6/6/06

Sometimes I can be a little devlish...

Monday, June 05, 2006

Oh Poopie.

Something's wrong with Blogger. :-( It's taking forever to load and I'm too impatient. Anyway, here's Bob Newhart in a sketch we'll call Moo Goo Gai Pan, from his original TV show.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Nat King Cole Sings "Sweet Lorraine"

Dyno's favorite singer...Mr. Nat King Cole! *applause*

Romance Cheese Friday

This week's romance novel exerpt comes from Surrender:
Open, she was so open to him. With courage and trusting grace, she gave him access to her greatest depths. She held nothing in reserve, needed nothing. For otherwise, her love for him would have been less.
Sounds like she's letting him check out her DVD collection. That's what I do when I really trust a dude.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Marilyn Monroe Would Be 80 Today

Happy Birthday, sweetie!
(I won't even get in to the controversy. Read it yourself if you want.)

Mee-Yow Thursday

After working with her on A Change of Seasons in 1980, Hopkins called MacLaine "the most obnoxious actress I've ever worked with."

P.S. This is post 300!!