The History Behind the Songs of Singin’ in the Rain

Arguably the greatest movie musical of all time, Singin' in the Rain, in its sixty-sixth year of existence, continues to prove that a Technicolor musical comedy all about the transition from the silent film era to the talkie era has the power to hold up in this ever-changing digital age. Most of the songs in the … Continue reading The History Behind the Songs of Singin’ in the Rain

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TCM Classic Film Festival 2018: My Story

The ninth annual TCM Classic Film Festival was held on April 26 - 29 in Hollywood, CA. This year's theme was Powerful Words: The Page Onscreen so many of the films screened were based on novels, created from original screenplays, or depicted the life of writers - real and fictitious - onscreen.  I find it so … Continue reading TCM Classic Film Festival 2018: My Story

Spotlight on Fashion + Color: BYE BYE BIRDIE (1963)

What's the story, morning glory? It doesn't get much sillier or more fun than the musical film Bye Bye Birdie (1963), which was adapted from the 1960 Broadway musical. The film stars Ann-Margret as Kim MacAfee, a teenager from Sweet Apple, Ohio who wins the contest of a lifetime: a kiss from rock and roll superstar Conrad … Continue reading Spotlight on Fashion + Color: BYE BYE BIRDIE (1963)

Esther Williams: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

"I was just a swimmer who got lucky." Christmas is over and the new year is here. So, you know what that means: Summer is right around the corner. Well, practically. What better way to celebrate than by talking about Esther Williams?   Okay, so it took me twenty years to watch an Esther Williams … Continue reading Esther Williams: Baby, It’s Cold Outside