Sunday, November 22, 2015

A New Film Classic

A film of quiet beauty, Brooklyn takes us back to Ireland and Brooklyn in the 1950s. It’s a sentimental journey about romance, homesickness, friends, family and decisions. This remarkable movie, masterfully directed by John Crowley from Nick Hornby’s sensitive adaptation of a novel by Colm Toibin, touched me deeply. But I’m not the only one. Who hasn’t felt the despair of moving away from loved ones or from a town you grew up in? Or the frustration of trying to decide which place is your real home? Brooklyn highlights these universal situations in a way that almost makes us feel we’re experiencing everything right along with Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), the movie’s main character. But guess what I enjoyed the most about this wonderful film? It reminds me of classic movie gems from the past -- you know, the ones that emphasized character development and good storytelling. Don't miss this one, folks!

Read my entire review by clicking the link below: 

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Sunday, November 01, 2015

Dishing Hollywood with Laurie Jacobson

Celebrated Hollywood author and film historian Laurie Jacobson returns to Movie Addict Headquarters on November 3rd to discuss Dishing Hollywood, her scintillating book about the most notorious scandals that have rocked Tinseltown from the early part of the 20th century up to the present. Tales of lives cut short, unsolved mysteries, dramatic suicides and steamy affairs fill the pages of Jacobson’s revealing romp through some of Hollywood’s biggest scandals involving stars like Gary Cooper, Lana Turner, Robert Mitchum, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood, River Phoenix and many more.        
Jacobson loves to talk about everything Hollywood, and in this special episode she’s agreed to cover such topics as:

Lana Turner’s involvement in a hoodlum homicide.
The impact of an arrest on Robert Mitchum’s career.
John Wayne’s “ironic” death.
The Gary Cooper mystery.
Natalie Wood’s mysterious drowning.
River Phoenix’s surprising personality change right before his death.
How Debbie Reynolds survived a major scandal.
The Frank Sinatra/Joe Di Maggio/Marilyn Monroe connection.      

“Wherever they’re discussing a scandal, a ghost or a dead movie star, I’m there,” Jacobson says. She has written and produced documentaries, television series and specials, and appears regularly on TV and radio. Her other books include Hollywood Heartbreaks,  Hollywood Haunted and Timmy’s in the Well: The Jon Provost Story, which she co-authored with her husband, the former child actor who played Timmy in TV’s Lassie.  

Laurie's interview airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, November 3,  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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