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Frankly, you can never have enough Marilyn Monroe. Or at least I can’t. Recently I’ve been coming across so many photos of Marilyn that are new to me that I just can’t let them disappear.

“I didn’t think of my body as having anything to do with sex. It was more like a friend who had mysteriously appeared in my life, a sort of magic friend.”Marilyn on becoming a siren in school after being unpopular from My Story

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“There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.”Marilyn Monroe from My Story

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“She was terrified of meeting people and being judged”Robert Mitchum on Marilyn in The Discovery of Marilyn

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Photos are via: My Beautiful Marilyn Monroe, Lost Pinup, Our Marilyn Monroe, All About Marilyn Monroe, Suicide Blonde, The Nifty Fifties, cyndaquart, Kitty Munster

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Unfortunately most of my favorite musicals are no longer available on Netflix. I haven’t had time to watch all of the below films but they are in my queue and I plan on checking them out in the future. Plus I’ve heard good things about them.

Footloose (2011)
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I have not watched this remake yet. I do enjoy Julianne Hough and dance movies (ala Step Up though). Hot Donna told me it was decent and I will eventually get to watching it. It’s a remake of the 80’s original. You probably know the gist, teens aren’t allowed to dance in some weird hick town, so they rebel by dancing.

Velvet Goldmine (1998)
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Yes, I fucking adore Velvet Goldmine. I went into it with a love of Ewan McGregor and gay men and just came out someone even more awesome, if that’s possible. It taught me about glam rock and Oscar Wilde and accessorizing with copious amounts of glitter. Plot, you ask? Christian Bale plays a young reporter tasked to find out what happened to a supposedly dead bisexual glam rock star Brian Slade (basically a fictionalized version of David Bowie). Yes, that’s Ewan rocking out above as Curt Wild (inspired by Iggy Pop). The amazing cast also includes Eddie Izzard.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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Have you ever been inside of a Hot Topic? Yes, then you’ve probably seen Jack Skellington before. So you know his visage but have you seen the movie? Well hopefully, it’s been out for fucking ever and it’s amazing. Tim Burton’s stop motion puppet musical is a gothic love tale about Halloween Town. Halloween Town is home to a bunch of awesome ghoulies. The movie is about how the sweet Jack Skellington stumbles onto Christmas Town and tries to bring their traditions back to his town. He also meets Sally, whom he falls for.

Footloose (1984)
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Yes, this is the original Footloose starring Kevin Bacon. Yes, it’s about a town that’s outlawed dancing. I was born a year before this film’s release. I grew up with it being overplayed on TV and Bacon even goofing on his performance on other shows. So I’m not like a big fan or anything but he sure could dance.

The Muppet Movie (1979)

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Plot: “Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit.” (via IMDB.com) I haven’t watched The Muppet Movie since I was a small child but Miss Piggy is an idol of mine so I really need to get on that.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
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Plot: “A hapless inventor finally finds success with a flying car, which a dictator from a foreign government sets out to take for himself.” (via imdb.com) I’m never watching this movie again. That’s not an insult, I just watched it so much as a child that I couldn’t do it again. Yeah, my dad is a big Dick Van Dyke fan.

Carmen Jones (1954)
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Plot: “Love, passion, betrayal and tragedy. Carmen Jones is an adaptation of Bizet’s legendary opera, Carmen. It tells the story of a young, free spirited woman called Carmen Jones whose great beauty is the object of many men’s desires. However, Carmen sets her sights on young army officer Joe, who is engaged to his sweetheart, Cindy Lou. Joe quickly succumbs to Carmen’s charms , forsaking his Cindy Lou, thus beginning the tragic love story.” (via IMDB.com) It seems wrong that I’ve never gotten around to watching this as it’s considered a classic film but I’m so behind on anything pre-1960s. Not a great excuse, I know.
Stars Dorothy Dandridge.

There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954)
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Plot: “Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart.” (via IMDB.com). Okay it’s not really my cup of tea but you know I love Marilyn Monroe. She performs the following songs in this film, Lazy, Heat Wave and After You Get What You Want, You Don’t Want It.

A Star Is Born (1937)
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Plot: “A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.” (via IMDB.com) Okay, this is one of three versions of A Star Is Born and I haven’t seen it yet. I’ve only seen the Streisand version because, c’mon I love her. I am totally going to give this one a try though. In case you are curious, no I haven’t seen Garland’s version yet either, which is insane.

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4 out of 5

Marilyn & Me

Marilyn & Me
A Photographer’s Memories
by Lawrence Schiller
published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
released on May 29, 2012
borrowed from the local library

Marilyn & Me by Lawrence Schiller is a different type of book about Marilyn Monroe. I have read many books about her. Though this book is by a photographer it’s not one of those big glossy coffee table books full of photos. It’s not a typical biography of the starlet. It’s also not a fictionalized version of her life. Yes, you can find all of those types of books out there. This one is unique because it’s told from the perspective of an up and coming photographer who shot photos of Marilyn in the 60s.

on the set of Something's Got to Give, as seen in the book

on the set of Something’s Got to Give, as seen in the book

Schiller first meets Marilyn on the set of Let’s Make Love and then later during the filming of the halted Something’s Got to Give. Footage from this film has been in shown in many specials about Marilyn due to her deciding to show off her body dripping wet coming out of a pool. This was a huge get and makes up a large portion of the book.

Lawrence Schiller at the Marilyn & Me Opening at Steven Kasher Gallery in NYC

Lawrence Schiller at the Marilyn & Me Opening at Steven Kasher Gallery in NYC

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If you enjoy those magazine articles that strongly showcase both the writer’s voice as well as their subject then you will most likely enjoy the tone of this book. I’m also an amateur photographer and found the information on what it was like for Schiller starting out in that field so long ago. Because he was not only a photographer but also a bit of business man (as noted by Monroe to him in the text) much of the story talks about his interest in the photos being exclusive and how he sold them. I assume that this is why there are only a few photos in this book. Many are probably only able to be used in certain ways that he originally stipulated many years ago.

I don’t really feel that I’ve learned much new info on Marilyn from this book but I am a big fan and already know a ton about her. The snippets of conversation between the author and Marilyn throughout the book are both intimate and paint a vivid picture that makes you feel like you are watching the encounter play out.

Most of the book is about the author’s encounters with Marilyn and the brokering of the photos. However he also mentions his own thoughts on her death at the end. I won’t tell you what they are but I agree with them.

As with most media to do with Marilyn Monroe there are a few blue moments here and there. At one point Marilyn basically accuses the author of also using her body for him to turn a profit (as so many did) in such a sad manner.

This book is slightly over 100 pages. That makes it a short, easy read. I highly recommend it to other Marilyn fanatics.

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Official Sites
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Marilyn & Me by Lawrence Schiller on Nan A. Talese Books

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As an obsessive fan of Marilyn Monroe something came to me the other night while watching one of her flicks on Netflix. Duh! She needs to have her own Online Movie Resource on my site.

If you aren’t familiar with this concept, what I do is scour the net for legal video on demand films starring a certain actor. Thus far I had only put together one for the amazing Johnny Depp last summer but a post of this nature is definitely needed for the lovely, talented Marilyn as well.

Enjoy!

SUBSCRIPTION
Netflix (subscription)
All About Eve
How to Marry a Millionaire
Monkey Business
River of No Return
The Seven Year Itch
There’s No Business Like Show Business
Marilyn in Manhattan (documentary)

Epix (subscription)
Love Happy

Hulu/Hulu Plus (free/subscription)
Marilyn Monroe: In the Movies
Marilyn in Manhattan
The Hollywood Collection Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend

(all are about her, not actual movies)

FREE
YouTube (free)
Home Town Story

Internet Archive (free, public domain)
Home Town Story
The Legend of Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe-Beyond the Legend

Amazon Instant Video (Video On Demand, pay per title)
over 30 titles (affiliate link)

The following titles are included with their subscription service Amazon Prime:
Home Town Story
The Misfits
The Seven Year Itch
Hollywood Collection: Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend

TV
TV Guide’s listing of Marilyn Monroe movies airing in the near future.

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Since Smash is my new favorite show it seems appropriate for me to put together an awesome drinking game to honor it.

KEY CAST

Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn

Katharine McPhee as Karen Cartwright

Debra Messing as Julia Houston

Anjelica Huston as Eileen Rand

Jack Davenport as Derek Wills

Christian Borle as Tom Levitt

Jaime Cepero as Ellis Boyd (aka The Weasel, as we call him)

Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall

1 shot when Eileen throws a drink in ex hubby’s face
2 sips when Karen’s dad insults her job
1 gulp when Ellis sneaks around
1 sip when Julia’s husband whines
1 shot for a Marilyn fantasy performance
1 gulp for musical daydream performance
2 sips when Julia’s son gets in big trouble
1 sip every time someone mentions how much they hate Derek
3 gulps every time Derek tells Ivy Lynn that she’s Marilyn
1 sip when someone professes their love of Marilyn
1 gulp when Eileen tries to sell something from her marriage
1 sip when the characters are drinking
1 gulp when someone who isn’t a dancer/singer fills in for a practice performance
2 sips when adoption is mentioned
1 sip when Karen books a surprise job
2 sips when are couple are shown in bed or having sex
1 shot when they refer to Karen as being from Iowa or a small town girl, etc
3 sips when Ivy says Marilyn would
1 gulp when Ivy is upstaged by anyone (her mom, Karen, etc)
1 sip when someone steps in for someone else in rehearsals
1 gulp every time someone cries like a bitch
2 sips every time Derek yells at someone
1 sip when someone acts visibly jealous
1 shot when there is a physical fight/fist fight

Team Ivy FTW!

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