Thursday, December 04, 2014

Here Comes Annie Again

Movie musical fans, cheer up! I know the past few months have been bleak as far as our favorite genre is concerned, but Annie is on the way. This modernized version of the popular Broadway play dances into theaters nationwide on December 19. 

I love the songs, especially "It's a Hard Knock Life," which was one of my favorite routines to perform with the Mesa College Musical Comedy group during days of yore.

This new motion picture stars Jamie Foxx as a kind of Daddy Warbucks type character, Quevenzhane Wallis as the optimistic Annie, and Cameron Diaz as the mean Miss Hannigan (the role Carol Burnett played so hilariously in the previous Annie film). 

I, for one, can hardly wait to see this version. It should be a wonderful movie for the entire family.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving, Uncle Miltie and Me

While attending Barnard College in New York during the fall of 1949, I began to suffer a bit of depression, especially as Thanksgiving approached. This would be the first holiday I spent away from family and friends. Homesick and lonely, I looked forward to a trip to Brooklyn to visit some distant relatives I had never met.

With visions of sparkling conversation and a delicious turkey dinner dancing in my head, I took my first ride on the subway from New York to Brooklyn – which turned out to be my second favorite trip of all time. My first involved going to the doctor’s office for a tonsillectomy. Still, I felt optimistic about meeting new relatives.   

Standing at the doorway with snow swirling around me, I eagerly rang the bell. No one answered, but I could hear voices inside. I rang the bell three or four more times. Then I knocked rather loudly on the door. Finally a smiling cousin who was three, four or five times removed opened the door and apologized matter-of-factly for the delay by explaining, “We were watching Uncle Miltie.”

Thinking Miltie might be an ailing relative, I replied, “I hope he’s feeling better now.” How was I to know he was referring to the Milton Berle Show? After all, television remained untapped then as family entertainment back in Pueblo, Colorado. We were still “movie people.”

Walking into the cozy living room, I made my way through a group of individuals huddled around a small box with a screen showing figures moving around in what looked like the same kind of snow falling outside. “Hi!” I called out in my most cheerful voice. They all nodded and kept watching their new toy.

Needless to say, I didn’t get well acquainted with my distant relatives on that Thanksgiving Day. But what an introduction to television! We watched every program scheduled that afternoon and on into the evening. Much later, a cold turkey dinner was served – on TV trays, of course. I am now a vegetarian.

(Excerpt from CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT, published by Wheatmark)


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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Something Is Afoot!

When I was a teenager back in days of yore, it was such a treat to watch all those wonderful Sherlock Holmes movies starring Basil Rathbone. I am still an avid Sherlock fan, so I feel excited about the opportunity to talk with Ed Fitzelle concerning Sherlock Holmes movies and the actors who have portrayed this fictional master detective.  Ed, a Sherlock expert, will be dropping by Movie Addict HQ to discuss this fun topic. 

Did you know that more than 70 actors have appeared in upwards of 200 cinema projects featuring this popular character? The latest actor signing on as Sherlock is Sir Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes, a film scheduled for release in 2015. McKellen adds his name to an impressive list including such diverse actors as Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Charlton Heston, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Nicol Williamson, John Cleese, Douglas Fairbanks, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Downey, Jr.

Ed Fitzelle’s company,, is a portal designed to help viewers enjoy Sherlock Holmes. The site contains 40 hours of moving image content (movies and TV series) plus a news section with reports relating to Sherlock as well as an international events calendar focused on Sherlock-related events around the world.

This interview airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. During the live show, listeners are invited to call in and to participate in a chat. An archived segment is also available.

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


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Tippi Hedren and The Birds

Actress Tippi Hedren talks about her scary experiences while filming The Birds, one of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thrillers, in a candid interview to be revisited on the October 21st Movie Addict HQ show. This talented actress, who won a Golden Globe for her work in The Birds, also reminisces about playing opposite Sean Connery in Hitchcock’s disturbing Marnie as well as about working with the great Charlie Chaplin.

Among Hedren’s non-Hitchcock films are such offerings as Chaplin’s The Countess from Hong Kong plus Citizen Ruth, I Heart Huckabees, Pacific Heights, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Free Samples, Return to Babylon and Roar, a movie Hedren produced and starred in with her daughter, Melanie Griffith. Her upcoming film credits include roles in The Ghost and the Whale and Lizzie’s World: The Secret of the Magic Truth. Hedren has appeared in numerous TV shows including Cougar, Raising Hope, The 4400, Hart to Hart and Murder, She Wrote.

Several charitable and humanitarian causes have benefited from Hedren’s support. She has served as a volunteer International Relief Coordinator for “Food for Hungry” and traveled worldwide to set up “relief programs following earthquakes, hurricanes, famine and war.” She is an avid supporter of the ROAR Foundation and the Shambala Preserve.

Hedren’s many awards for her acting and humanitarian efforts include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Life Achievement Award from Cinemalia (French Film Festival), the Bahai Faith Humanitarian Award, and a “Woman of Vision” Honor from Women in Film and Video.

“Actress Tippi Hedren and The Birds” airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. During the live show, listeners are invited to participate in a Chat. An archived segment will also be available.

HOST: Betty Jo Tucker
PRODUCER: Nikki Starr



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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Time for Rocky Horror Again

On October 7, award-winning actor Barry Bostwick reminisces about The Rocky Horror Picture Show in the annual Movie Addict HQ tribute to that bizarre cult classic. Bostwick speaks candidly about his experiences connected with the film -- including weather problems, what it was like working with Susan Sarandon, his favorite scene in the movie, and much more.      

Bostwick has appeared in over 100 films and television productions. He may be best-known as the clueless mayor on Spin City. However, he’s a triple-threat entertainer -- singer, dancer, actor -- who created the role of Danny Zuko in Grease on Broadway and won a Tony for his work in The Robber Bridegroom. He’s appeared in such TV programs as Cougar Town, Glee, Scrubs, Law & Order Special Victims Unit, Las Vegas, George Washington, and War and Remembrance (for which he earned a Golden Globe). Among Bostwick’s numerous movies are: Movie Movie; 101 Dalmatians II; Spy Hard; Some Guy Who Kills People; and FDR: American Badass!  His upcoming films include Slay Bells, a horror flick in which he portrays Santa, as well as a comedy titled Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse.

Surprisingly, Rocky Horror bombed when it first opened in 1975, but those entertaining midnight showings soon catapulted the film into cult status. Sarandon admits that of all her movies, this is the one that should be placed in a time capsule. And the film got a big boost when TV’s Glee featured its own version of the musical numbers. That episode became the most popular one of the series.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Bash” airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. During the live show, listeners are invited to participate in a chat. An archived segment will also be available.

HOST: Betty Jo Tucker
PRODUCER: Nikki Starr

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

GWTW Anniversary Party!

I can hardly wait for our Movie Addict Headquarters Gone with the Wind 75th Anniversary Party. The date? Tuesday, September 23. The place? BlogTalkRadio. Film historian James Colt Harrison and Classic Film Guide founder Diana Saenger plan to join in the festivities. Plus, Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne has been invited to call in. We will also play a clip from Cammie King Conlon’s interview about portraying Rhett and Scarlett’s lovely but doomed daughter, Bonnie Blue Butler.

Gone with the Wind, released in 1939, won 10 Oscars. It has been screened millions of times throughout the world. Fans of this beloved epic – who are called “Windies” -- continue to celebrate the movie with various GWTW conventions. In recognition of this important anniversary, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has teamed up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Fathom Events and The Harry Ransom Center for a multi-tiered celebration that includes a new Blu-ray release, screenings at over 600 movie theaters, an exhibit and new book on the making of the film, and a special screening of the movie on Turner Classic Movies. These activities are scheduled for the last part of September and early October.

The late Cammie King Conlon is the author of BONNIE BLUE BUTLER: A ‘GONE WITH THE WIND’ MEMOIR. She visited Movie Addict Headquarters a few years ago to discuss her delightful memoir, which is filled with fascinating inside information concerning what happened on and off the set, including what it was like to work with Clark Gable and director Victor Fleming. Movie fans should enjoy hearing Cammie talk about these experiences in the clip from her terrific interview.    

Gone with the Wind Anniversary Party!” airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time ( 1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. 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, September 11, 2014

They Walk in Beauty

Congratulations to Leslie and Teo DeVito!

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