Tuesday, September 01, 2015

RIP, Scaremaster Craven

Like many movie fans, I feel sad over the recent passing of filmmaker Wes Craven, who gave us such innovative horror movies as The Last House on the Left and A Nightmare on Elm Street.  Surprisingly, my favorite Craven film is the intense psychological thriller Red Eye rather than one of his horror offerings. “This is definitely not a horror film,” Craven insisted. “There aren’t people being chased by a maniac with a butcher knife, and nobody wears a mask – except in the sense of presenting himself as one thing and then turning out to be totally different.”

And yet, it’s Red Eye that frightened me the most, perhaps because I am so afraid of flying. The idea of being on a plane is scary enough to me, but watching a woman sitting in cramped quarters next to a stranger who’s trying to involve her in a diabolical assassination plot is almost too terrifying to bear. In this terrific film, Craven creates the same kind of excruciating suspense associated with Alfred Hitchcock thrillers. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to Wes Craven’s family, friends and fans during this difficult time.  

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Is Meryl Streep from the Future?

Actress Meryl Streep shines in her new film Ricki and the Flash. As a a rock-and-roll singer, she shows off her considerable vocal talent. Is there any part she can't play? Known for being a perfectionist in preparing for her roles, Streep also boasts the ability to master any accent. No wonder she's earned three Oscars and nineteen Academy Award nominations. Her remarkable film career even inspired Afterbirth Monkey, an Astoria based comedy band, to come up with an amusing song titled "Is Meryl Streep from the Future?" 

Clearly, it is time for Movie Addict Headquarters to do a show about Streep. So on August 25th, I will be sharing my review of  Ricki and the Flash, and film critic Mack Bates has agreed to discuss Streep's illustrious acting career. Mack, a popular guest on Movie Addict Headquarters, has written freelance articles for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and serves as a staff blogger for Milwaukee Magazine’s official film blog. He also received a local Emmy for his work on The Robert and Rosie Show.

“Meryl Streep: Her Films and Performances” airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. During the live show, listeners are invited to call in and to participate in a chat. An archived segment will also be available.

CALL-IN NUMBER: 646-478-5668
HOST: Betty Jo Tucker
PRODUCER: Nikki Starr


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Saturday, August 01, 2015

For Al Pacino Fans

Al Pacino is on a roll this year! His impressive performances in Danny Collins and Manglehorn are earning rave reviews. He nails both characters and makes us care what happens to them despite the many mistakes of their past. I look forward to talking about these films on our August 4th Movie Addict Headquarters episode. Plus, noted critics James Colt Harrison and Diana Saenger will be dropping by to discuss their favorite Pacino movies and performances. James, a film historian, served as the premier film critic for the La Jolla Village News and has contributed film commentary for Rage Monthly, No Cover Music Magazine and San Diego Metro Weekly. Diana, founder of Classic Movie Guide, is the entertainment editor for the San Diego East County Gazette and operates her own site called Review Express.         

Considered by many to be one of the greatest actors in all of film history, Pacino began his movie career in Me, Natalie, a 1969 motion picture starring Patty Duke, Elsa Lancaster and James Farentino. He now boasts over 50 acting credits on IMDb. His awards include a Best Actor Academy Award for Scent of a Woman and additional Oscar nominations for Dog Day Afternoon, Glengarry Glen Ross, Dick Tracy, The Godfather, Serpico, And Justice For All and Godfather: Part II.

 “Al Pacino Double Feature” airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time, 2 p.m. Mountain Time, 3 p.m. Central Time) on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. During the live show, listeners are invited to call in and to participate in a chat. An archived segment will also be available.

CALL-IN NUMBER:  646-478-5668
HOST: Betty Jo Tucker
PRODUCER: Nikki Starr


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Movie Tunes and National Dance Day

I had such fun putting together the Movie Addict Headquarters show this week! On our Tuesday episode, which aired on BlogTalkRadio, we helped listeners get ready for National Dance Day (July 25) by playing clips of performances by Gene Kelly, James Cagney, Lucille Ball, Lily James, Dick Van Dyke, Lucie Arnaz, Julie Andrews and more. Tap, rumba, waltz, musical comedy, burlesque, ballet and other dance styles on film are included in this special episode. The show is available now for your listening pleasure. Just click on the link at the end of this post. 

National Dance Day was created to raise awareness about and encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health. Back in 2010, Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced the resolution in Congress, and the last Saturday in July was designated as an “unofficial” national holiday by Nigel Lythgoe, co-creator of “So You Think You Can Dance” and co-president of the Dizzy Feet Foundation. 

This Movie Addict Headquarters episode salutes dancing from such films as Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Tap, Cinderella, Addicted to Love, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dance Girl Dance, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Make Your Move, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Band Wagon and Footloose.

C’mon --- let’s dance!!!

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

My Minions Poem

As an avid Minions fan, I feel guilty about not being in the audience for their latest movie, which was released last Friday, July 10. Too bad I’ve been housebound all weekend. Bummer! I hope the poem below will show these funny little creatures how much I love them.  

Minions and Me

Minions, Minions, you are stars now.
You own the screen, so take a bow.

No matter what, you make us smile
and lose our cares for quite a while.

Your latest film must be such fun!
You should be proud of what you’ve done.

You need a rest. Take off some time.
But would that be a Minions crime?

Your fans love you. We’d understand
even a spree at Disneyland.

Then come back soon to the big screen
with lots of tricks we haven’t seen!

Minions, Minions, you’re BIG stars now.

You own the screen, so take a bow!

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Every year when the Fourth of July is near, I think about James Cagney and his splendid performance as George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. For me, Cagney was never better. Perhaps I am biased because Yankee Doodle Dandy is an outstanding musical, and that happens to be my favorite movie genre. Or because my great uncle Charley Brown substituted for George M. Cohan in roadshow productions of his famous musicals. But even though Cagney earned numerous honors for his on-screen work, it was his role in Yankee Doodle Dandy that earned him a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar – and not one of his many excellent gangster turns on film.

Because I’m such an avid movie musical fan, my other favorite Cagney films are Footlight Parade and The Seven Little Foys, which also required him to sing and/or dance. And what wonderful and unique dancing he did!  It’s interesting to note that Cagney started out in show biz as a dancer. No wonder Yankee Doodle Dandy was his favorite film.  Here’s hoping Turner Classic Movies airs this terrific patriotic movie on July 4 again this year!   

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Terrific Madeline Kahn Biography

I think Madeline Kahn ranks as one of the greatest funny ladies of the silver screen. Thanks to the magic of movies, it is still a treat to watch Madeline combine her impressive singing ability and unique flair for comedy in such iconic films as Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother. I am happy to report that a biography of this beloved actress has been released recently. And it is terrific!

With Madeline Kahn: Being the Music – A Life, author William V. Madison gives readers a riveting behind-the-scenes look at Madeline’s personal and professional life. His well-researched and fascinating book tells an inspiring story about the persistence and dedication of an insecure but highly talented artist. It will be my pleasure to talk with Madison during our next Movie Addict Headquarters show on BlogTalkRadio. The episode airs at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. An archived segment will be available after the live show.

George Bettinger, from The Mom & Pop Shop Show on DreamStream Radio, has agreed to co-host with me. And Nikki Starr, our producer extraordinaire, will be helping with the Chat Room. We should have a great time!

Below is the link for your listening pleasure:


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