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Monday, August 01, 2016

Man on a Mission

Author Phil Hall is on an important mission, and he reveals all about it in his new book, In Search of Lost Films. It’s no surprise that Hall would become interested in finding lost movies. He’s a distinguished film critic with impeccable research credentials that make this offering as well as his previous books -- including The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time and The History of Independent Cinema -- so enlightening and worthwhile.   

Movies disappear. Why, oh why?
So many lost. We ought to try
to find as many as we can.
That’s why I am a Phil Hall fan.
His book appears the place to start
helping locate some true lost art.

Hall’s love of cinema shines through all his writings, and In Search of Lost Films is no exception. This latest book explains why so many films throughout the world have disappeared. Hall also describes a number of these films and discusses the difficulty of evaluating the work of stars like Theda Bara and Lon Chaney because so many of their films are missing. But my favorite part of the book lists the various (and sometimes strange) places where certain lost films have already been discovered.      

As usual, Hall’s writing style is reader friendly and chock full of fascinating details for movie fans.

I predict that besides being a great read, In Search of Lost Films will motivate many readers to join Phil Hall’s vital mission. Personally, I’ve already started looking closer at storage areas, closets and yard sales for suspicious-looking film canisters!  

Publisher: BearManor Media (http://www.bearmanormedia.com)
Release Date: August 8, 2016


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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Book Giveaway Drawing


In honor of the Ninth Anniversary of Movie Addict Headquarters on BlogTalkRadio, we are doing a random book giveaway drawing for the following film-related books: 

Me and Orson Welles by Robert Kaplow

Confessions of a Movie Addict by yours truly


Cinema Stanzas: Rhyming About Movies, my latest book


It Had To Be Us
by Harry & Elizabeth Lawrence (aka Larry and Betty Jo Tucker)

To participate in this random drawing, just send an e-mail to reeltalk@comcast.net and put BOOK DRAWING in the subject area. Deadline is July 25, 2016.

Thanks to Denise Cassino for this colorful collage of my books included in our random drawing. 


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Thursday, July 07, 2016

A Whirlwind Renewed Romance!



Many thanks to Ronald Hull for his wonderful recent review of IT HAD TO BE US, the award-winning romantic memoir my husband and I wrote under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence. Hull calls our book “a whirlwind renewed romance with energy and adventure reminding one of The Graduate.”

We love that comment because it includes one of our favorite movies!

Hull concludes his review with the following recommendation:

“I highly recommend this short read -- with its gentle respect for love and sometimes wisecracking humor -- for those that wish they had a second chance at love, and anyone who is interested in a true romance story.”

Hull’s complete review is posted on Amazon.com in the Kindle E-book section as well as on the AuthorsDen site.


(Ronald W. Hull is the author of Hanging by a Thread, his autobiography, as well as six other books of fiction.)

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Cinelife

C I N E L I F E
by
Betty Jo Tucker

Curtains open. The film begins.
Hero or villain – which one wins?

They fight within us every day
in how we act or what we say.

Our lives are like a big movie
that’s scripted by ourselves, you see.

Our laughs, our loves are what we choose.
But some mistakes we’d like to lose.

Forgive them all. It’s part of life.
They can be judged as human strife.

Ending credits begin to scroll.
Watch carefully for signs of soul.

Curtains close. The end is here.
Time for critics to boo or cheer.

This cinelife is now all through.
Another film will start anew!



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Friday, June 17, 2016

A Heartfelt Performance




Her mother gone, Doris feels sad.
And nothing seems to make her glad
until she meets a new colleague,
a younger man out of her league.

His friendliness is a surprise.
But Doris perks up -- and even lies.
More than friends she wants to be.
Is he thinking the same as she?

Sally Field performs this lead role
with all her heart and lovely soul.
Hello, My Name Is Doris ranks
among great films and earns my thanks!


(Hello, My Name Is Doris is available now on DVD. Please don't miss this one!)

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Christ Lemmon Pays Tribute to Jack Lemmon

On June 7, Movie Addict Headquarters presents Chris Lemmon in an encore discussion of A Twist of Lemmon, the acclaimed book he wrote about his father Jack Lemmon, one of Hollywood’s greatest movie stars. Chris has created a touching memoir, one that reveals the beloved family man behind Jack Lemmon’s star persona. But, happily for movie fans, he includes many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories relating to his father’s remarkable movie career as well as personal tributes from such well-known show biz greats as Neil Simon, Blake Edwards, Cliff Robertson, Andy Garcia, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis and Shirley MacLaine.  

Jack Lemmon was a convincing actor in so many wonderful films, including Days of Wine and Roses, Mr. Roberts, Some Like It Hot, The Odd Couple, Save the Tiger, The Apartment, Missing and The China Syndrome. He was skilled at doing both comedy and drama equally well – and moviegoers couldn’t seem to get enough of him.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Chris chose show biz as his career. Among the highlights of his impressive background are appearances in over 20 films – three with his dad (Airport ’77, That’s Life! and Dad). Chris is also a screenwriter and producer.   

“Chris Lemmon Pays Tribute to Jack Lemmon" airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. During the live show listeners are invited to take part in a Chat and to share their favorite Jack Lemmon films and performances. An archived segment will also be available.

CALL-IN NUMBER: 646-478-5668
HOST: Betty Jo Tucker
PRODUCER: Nikki Starr
LINK TO LISTEN: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/movieaddictheadquarters





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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tango Film Casts a Spell

Seduction breathes inside this dance.
Sometimes it leads to great romance.
OUR LAST TANGO shows how two lives
become entwined and what survives.

A tango pair beyond compare
in passion and in fiery flair
dance together for many years
before their love just disappears.

And if they part, what happens then?
Can tango bring them back again?
Love for each other may be gone
but tango passion still lives on!

The film itself casts quite a spell.
Everything is done so well:
electrifying tango scenes,
the real couple and all their dreams.

Here’s hoping that you get to see
OUR LAST TANGO. It’s tops with me.

(Released by Strand Releasing; not rated by MPAA.)

Read my complete review by clicking on the link below.



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