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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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The Marilyn Monroe Online Movie Resource

elsewhere online:
Hit Me With Your Best Shot: A Star is Born (1954) at She Blogged By Night
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Random May 2012 Mix from Emma_moon on 8tracks.

Enjoy this 22 track collection of songs that I’m listening to with regularity this month.

It includes Foster the People, Madonna, Nickelback, LMFAO, Kelly Clarkson, Fred Durst, Johnny Cash, Rihanna, Chris Isaak, Seth MacFarlane, Megan Hilty & Katharine McPhee (SMASH Soundtrack) and Brian Molko.

“I did it one piece at a time and it wouldn’t cost me a dime”Johnny Cash

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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!

(source)

Watch Smash on NBC, on Hulu or Amazon (below)

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"I use antlers in all of my decorating!"

 

(click the pics for the full size screencaps in case you want Gaston as your desktop background, not like I did that or anything, ahem)

This post is for the Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series. I have a history with the film Beauty & the Beast and it is Disney Week here so I have a lot to write about this film. Uh, sorry.

I have a special place in my heart for what is referred to as the Disney Renaissance. These are films that were released from the late 1980’s through the late 1990’s. Since I was born in 1983 this puts them smack dab in my childhood. Like most girls my age I loved Beauty and the Beast. Although you could always relate to a Disney movie in some way, such as longing for excitement I couldn’t relate to the female characters in the movies. I mean all of us wanted to be them but even as a young girl I never combed my hair with a fork.

But Belle! She was always reading. She went through books so quickly that she had to reread them. Me too! When I turned 10 and had to get glasses I was sure that I had overused my eyes with all of my reading and that it was punishment. So for me a big part of the movie was that Belle was a bookworm.

Then there’s the magnificent ode to Gaston scene. It’s just so much fun that you have to sing along. Since, like many Disney flicks, most of the movie is pretty dramatic this scene really provides the comic relief for you.

I was almost Belle for Halloween when I was a young’un (circa 10 years old). There’s a creepy costume rental shop in my town and I spied this gorgeous, glamorous Belle gown a mile away so I begged my mother to rent it for me for Halloween. Of course it ended up not fitting me because I was going through an awkward phase and they had 1 dress in 1 size in the whole store. I was devastated. (in fact I’m weeping right now, sike). I’ve actually almost bought Belle costumes as an adult to wear for Halloween but the official ones are ill fitting/ugly and I can’t afford those elaborate hand made eBay jobs.

As a teen my French teacher decided to do a movie day (translation: your teacher is taking the day off) . When they announced that the movie was Beauty & the Beast the boys rolled their eyes and we did too, at first, because we wanted to be cool. Then all of us admitted to each other that we had loved the movie as kids. One girl was reciting lines and when we said that her French had really improved she told us that she had the entire movie memorized. Then all of us started discussing the hotness that is Gaston. Hey, give us a break, teen hormones. But seriously if Beauty and the Beast hadn’t have come out prior to Army of Darkness I’d question if someone had modeled Gaston off of Bruce Campbell as Ash in Army of Darkness because that shit is uncanny. I didn’t really pay attention to the movie though because we were all bull shitting.

Fast forward to last year. When the blu-ray came out I had to have it. Just go check out the blu-ray screencaps over at blu-ray.com and you can see how gorgeous it is. (Unfortunately my caps in this post are from the DVD because I don’t have a blu-ray drive in either of my computers.)

However apparently aging changes Beauty and the Beast a bit for a girl. As a little girl I saw it as a story about 2 outcasts who found love together, with magic! However even though I still love it during my first adult viewing I caught myself yelling “Belle has Stockholm Syndrome!” at the TV. I mean it was a bit disturbing. I’m also pretty sure that if sexuality were a choice then Belle should have become a lesbian because these 2 romantic choices were essentially exactly a like (brawny/dumb/schemers). You know what there main difference is? Gaston actually offered her marriage which is what a young woman in that time period should go for as opposed to the dude who could accidentally maul you, then make sweet love to you, then kick you out of that fantastic castle.

Hmm, maybe Beauty and the Beast is every little girls fantasy because he’s the guy you can change. That beast had a huge library that he wasn’t even reading any books out of. Plus despite being rich he had terrible table manners. So, a fixer up with money. I guess a lot of women would like that.

And now, a few gratuitous extra screencaps.

Book seller or lending library? In a place populated by illiterate townsfolk this guy has a really bad business model.

Like most of us Belle needs an escape from her dreary town, uh wait, I mean gorgeous French countryside.

When Gaston becomes insecure the whole town serenades him. Not too shabby.

"no one's got a swell cleft in his chin like Gaston"

more Disney bar skanks (because they are adorable)

P.S. I highly recommend reading The Film Experience as it is updated frequently and I always find out about movies I didn’t even know existed on there.

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(teaser poster)


(info on the project)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K0eTEZREus

(teaser trailers)

Last year I mentioned a promising new film project from director Gary King. The film is now in post-production and looks fantastic. King currently has another campaign on Kickstarter underway to really make the music pop in the film since it is a musical. I definitely recommend going to back it now. Click here to go back it now. It’s a great, beautiful project and if you missed participating last time you’ve got another shot at helping. Plus you can also pledge again & have your pledge amounts combined.

You can pledge anywhere from $1 to $1,000 to help make this happen. Various rewards (depending on your pledge amount) including a “special thanks” credit, digital copy of the film’s soundtrack, copy of the film (DVD or digital download), poster, signed script, a song performed just for you by the films actors or even a private screening or dinner for you with the cast in NYC.

Go check out the Official Site for tons of behind the scenes info.

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