Sunday, November 12, 2017

Casablanca On Demand

During the week of November 13 through November 19, Movie Addict Headquarters celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Casablanca by featuring On Demand a special tribute show originally aired back in 2008.  Our special guest is Tom Barnes, author of Casablanca Film Trivia: Here’s Looking at You, Kid! 

Barnes includes 1,130 questions about Casablanca in his fun trivia book, and he’s worked on these questions for the past 15 years. The questions cover such areas as history, actors, script, critics, images, characters, production staff, music, geography, goofs, and clothing. Each of the 33 chapters centers on a specific category or theme, and most of the chapters end with interesting “factoids” about this fascinating movie.

Listeners can hear this popular vintage episode at any time during the week by clicking on the BlogTalkRadio link at the end of this article.  

Barnes says, “Now that Casablanca has reached old age, it is time to reflect on the film’s impact since winning the Academy Award for best picture...What better way to honor Casablanca than a book of trivia about all aspects of the film and its filming?

As a Casablanca fan, I had a great time trying to answer Barnes’ questions while reading his book. I also learned some intriguing new information about one of my favorite movies.

Because Barnes is a former teacher, that’s probably one of the reasons he does such an excellent job holding the reader’s interest in this trivia book.
Joining in the lively discussion are film critic Diana Saenger, founder of Classic Movie Guide, and avid Casablanca fan Jazz Shaw.

(Casablanca Film Trivia: Here’s Looking at You Kid! is published by Papyrus Publishing.)   

HOST: Betty Jo Tucker
PRODUCER: Nikki Starr

NOTE:  Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events are bringing Casablanca back to the big screen for two days: November 12 and November 15, 2017. Check your local media sources to see if it’s showing in your area.   

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

An Excellent Documentary

It gives me great pleasure to recommend a wonderful Netflix documentary titled Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. Griffin Dunne, Joan’s nephew, directed this intriguing journey through the remarkable career of an iconic writer whose work has covered America’s tumultuous social and cultural scene for over half a century. Because Griffin knows his famous aunt so well, his conversations with her come across as intimate and sincere. Plus, his choice of selections from Joan’s work -- as well as the friends and colleagues  to include in the film -- help us understand the powerful influence of this amazing woman. 

Even more important, however, is the subject herself. Now in her 80s, she listens carefully and makes sure her answers accurately depict what she’s thinking and feeling, similar to the way she writes.     

Joan Didion has earned great fame.
Her writing garners high acclaim.

She captures truth as time goes by
with elegance and cynic’s eye.

Journalist, author and playwright,
she composes to gain insight.

Watching Joan in this fine movie
becomes a gift of history.

She faces suffering and pain
but still goes on to work again.

A woman to admire, for sure.
Her unique writing will endure.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sweet Bedtime Story

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford pair up beautifully in Our Souls at Night, a romantic Neflix film that makes my heart sing. And, of course, I couldn’t resist writing a poem about it.  

“Help me get through each night, neighbor?”
A strange request coming from her.
She’s asking him to share her bed,
but not for sex, just talk instead.

Spouses they lost sometime ago.
And romance hopes seem rather low.
But who knows what their future brings?
We hope it’s filled with lovely things.

OUR SOULS AT NIGHT – a sweet movie.
Fonda and Redford work for me.
They play these roles with style and grace
in this fine film not rushed for pace.

Each character we get to know.
We watch their friendship slowly grow.
This motion picture was for me
a special treat I loved to see.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Las Vegas Lament


So many lives lost needlessly.

When will we learn; why can’t we see?

Tears for loved ones – an endless flow.

Action needed – we ought to know.

Some say don’t talk about it now.

Free speech needed for that, and how!

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Toronto Shorts Film Festival Screening

Just wanted to share some good news with you, dear readers! CAKE: A Love Story, a short film based on It Had To Be Us -- the romantic memoir my husband Larry and I wrote under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence -- screened at the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival last night (9/22).

I understand there were 800 short films submitted to TSIFF but only 50 were selected to screen at this event.

The film also won an AWARD OF MERIT from IndieFEST for being “a notable artistic and technical production.”  And the movie is an Official Selection of the First Annual NSAEN International Online Film Festival.

Congratulations to the creative co-directors/writers Misha Zubarev and V. Ulea as well as to the wonderful cast members Debra Lord Cooke, Richard Vernon, Nancy Lombardo, George Bettinger and all the terrific crew! 

This is all so exciting. Wish Larry and I could have hopped on a plane to Toronto for last night's screening!

(CAKE: A Love Story is an Ariella Media production. Image by Denise Cassino)

For more information about the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival, click on the link below.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Ode to Lucid Living

Jane Bernard’s beautiful and inspiring book, Lucid Living in the Virtual Age, motivated me to write the poem below.


You want to make your dreams come true?
LUCID LIVING – the book for you.

Her wise advice the author shares.
It’s clear she knows and feels and cares

Our true selves she wants us to be
with Grace and Joy and Dignity.

Please eat to live, don’t live to eat.
Notice the Universal beat.

While facing change most every day,
Intuition can point the way.

Our senses are important too.
They help us feel what’s right to do.

This splendid book contains the tools,
and you will find they’re precious jewels.  

Lucid Living in the Virtual Age is published by Transitions Press, LLC. It will be available on September 15, 2017.  

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

IndieFEST Award of Merit

Congratulations to filmmaker Misha Zubarev on receiving an AWARD OF MERIT from IndieFEST for his short film Cake: A Love Story!  My husband and I are very happy about this award because the movie is based on It Had To Be Us, an award-winning romantic memoir we co-wrote under the pen names of Harry & Elizabeth Lawrence.

IndieFEST discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality films and new media. The AWARD OF MERIT honors “notable artistic and technical productions.”

A major goal of this festival involves promoting filmmakers of cinematic gems and unique voices to a worldwide audience.

We are proud of Misha Zubarev and his assistant V. Ulea for their sensitive adaptation of our story about how true love can stand the test of time. And we applaud the cast (Debra Lord Cooke, Richard Vernon, Nancy Lombardo, George Bettinger) and entire crew for their impressive work on this beautiful film.        

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