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Announcing the Sixth Van Johnson Blogathon!

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It's time to announce the return of one of my favorite events: my Van Johnson blogathon! MGM's Golden Boy, America's Sweetheart, and the bobbysoxers' dream man, Van is one of classic Hollywood's most underrated talents, which makes me all too glad to host this annual three-day tribute to him. The rules are simple: talk about Van. You can discuss his films, his TV appearances, his stage work, or his personal life -- just remember to be kind! Also, a topic can only be taken a maximum of two (2) times. I would love for this to be a diverse celebration of Van because he more than deserves it. To join, please leave me a comment, select a banner below, and I'll see you in August! List of Participants Love Letters to Old Hollywood | In the Good Old Summertime (1949) Whimsically Classic | Van's friendship with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Realweegiemidget Reviews | Concorde Affair '79  (1979)

Announcing the Third Esther Williams Blogathon!

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  For the third year in a row, I'm very excited to bring back my Esther Williams blogathon! I never imagined this event would be popular enough to be an annual thing, but it has made me beyond happy to read others' thoughts on the woman I could never imagine living without these past few years. Because Esther's filmography isn't very large, I'll allow any topic to be claimed a maximum of two (2) times . That being said, you can cover more than her films, such as her autobiography, her history with swimsuits, her TV work, an overview of her teamings with people like Busby Berkeley, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalb├ín, etc. I will say that if any of her work with Van Johnson is taken the maximum number of times, I'll still be holding my annual Van blogathon in August (which I'll be announcing very soon), so you'll have another chance to cover it. Again, because the topics are a bit more limited than my usual blogathons, there will be a max limit of three (3) po

100 Years of Judy Garland

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She was a torch singer, a comedienne, a gay icon, a hoofer, a mother, an actress, a pillar of the movie musical, and one of history’s most illustrious entertainers all wrapped in one magical package. She was Judy Garland and today would’ve been her 100th birthday. For almost the entirety of those 100 years, Judy has been sweeping people off of their feet with her genius. A Judy Garland performance is an experience , an emotional awakening that overwhelms you with its sheer humanity and honesty. Abused by a system that claimed to love her, she struggled to find stability and happiness, and still she gave us everything and protected nothing. Instead of shielding even one small part of herself, one piece that was hers and hers alone, Judy laid it all bare on and off the screen: her anguish, her addictions, her loneliness, her bliss, her self-doubt. Witnessing her pain is excruciating, but it is also what makes us feel so close to her. We recognize her wounds and she recognizes ours. With

Humphrey Bogart and William Holden as the Larrabee Brothers

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Ever since I fell in love with Billy Wilder's 1954 romance Sabrina over a decade ago, I have found myself defending its most controversial element: Humphrey Bogart. With his craggy face and dour demeanor, the 54-year-old Bogart seems like the only misstep in a film that is otherwise pitch-perfect. But I think it is precisely because of his bizarre casting that the love story between Audrey Hepburn's Sabrina Fairchild and Bogie's Linus Larrabee blooms before us in such a sweet way. Let me explain. It has been said that Cary Grant was Wilder's first choice for the role of Linus, the responsible older brother of Sabrina's eternal crush, David (William Holden). While I will always mourn the loss of a Grant-Wilder collaboration, I have to wonder if he would've been right here. With his gorgeous, well, everything and knack for radiating warmth and geniality, it would've been difficult to buy Cary as an austere businessman who hasn't been interested in romanc

Day 3 of the Fifth Golden Boy Blogathon is here!

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  It's the final day of the Fifth Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Celebration! I'll be your host for this grand finale, so participants, please comment below with your entry and I'll get it posted as soon as I can. Check out Day 1's entries on Emily's blog, The Flapper Dame , and Day 2's entries on Virginie's, The Wonderful World of Cinema . Critica Retro |  The Turning Point  (1952) The Flapper Dame |  The 7th Dawn  (1964) Love Letters to Old Hollywood |  Sabrina  (1954) Diary of a Movie Maniac |  The Blue Knight  (1973) The Wonderful World of Cinema |  William Holden and Billy Wilder's friendship Thank you to all of our participants! And happy birthday, Bill!

The Sixth Annual Doris Day Blogathon is here!

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  Who else is excited for this three-day Doris Day lovefest?! I still miss this woman every single day since her passing in 2019, but I have loved honoring her these past six years and I'm especially happy we can all celebrate her centennial this year! Unfortunately, I just haven't been able to find the time, creativity, or brain power to write my own post this year due to work (*cue sobbing*), but I'll try my best to read everyone else's posts in a timely manner. Participants, please leave me a comment below once you are ready to submit your entry and I'll post them as soon as I can. And if you're running a bit late, no worries -- I'll still accept it! Realweegiemidget Reviews |  Send Me No Flowers  (1964) The Stop Button |  Young Man with a Horn  (1950) Taking Up Room |  The Glass Bottom Boat  (1966) Filmland Follies |  It's a Great Feeling  (1949) Hamlette's Soliloquy  |  Calamity Jane  (1953) Box Office Poisons |  That Touch of Mink  (1962) Dubsi