Recent Posts by Matthew Rettenmund

Past & Curious: Madonna Flashback, Betty’s B’day & More!

Links from the past with relevance today ... Madonna in 1994; unreleased look from her "Secret" video (Image via WB) BBC SOUNDS: A long-lost '94 interview with Madonna ahead of the release of her Bedtime Stories launch. Madonna on fashion, "BUY? I don't go to BUY the clothes." Also noteworthy: The very sweet and intelligent…
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15 Classic Carol Channing Appearances!

As we say goodbye to Broadway icon Carol Channing (1921-2019) — who died today at 97 — let's revisit some of her classic TV appearances. Thankfully, that medium captured her far better than the movies, and is available more widely than her primary home, the theater: https://youtu.be/vMHs6Afdjf0 1953 The Buick Berle Show: Channing tore it…
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Carol Channing, Broadway Icon, Dies @ 97

Carol Channing, synonymous with the role of Dolly Levi in the Broadway staple Hello, Dolly!, died early today at her Rancho Mirage, California, home, Broadway World reports. She was two weeks shy of her 98th birthday. "Raspberries!" (Image via Universal) Her publicist Harlan Boll released the following statement confirming her passing: It is with extreme…
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Past & Curious: Sophia Poppins, Dreamy Tony Dow & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Color me impressed. (Image via Vintag.es) VINTAG.ES: Amazing color pics of the 1964 New York World's Fair. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9DfSCk-6Ko YOUTUBE: VHS covers of the past were pretty stunning, as is this highly designed video memorializing them. Gorgeous work. Their union lasted longer than almost any in show biz. (Image…
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‘The Nanny’ 2019?!

Don't get too excited — or too afraid — because that bizarre The Nanny 2019 video making the rounds is just a clever mash-up of existing footage of the original cast. Still fun to watch and contemplate, and that Golden Girls music is inspired: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpduBFVw8XY&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0QRfvqybcmK3E1C2fTsUtz4uIHQdnr6eLjWiWgum4HIq2MFvvR9qVs-a0
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‘Laverne & Shirley’ Marathon!

The Garry Marshall Theatre (4252 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, Calif.) is hosting what sounds like a superfun event: a free Laverne & Shirley marathon featuring Cindy Williams, 71, in person! Penny Marshall Obit Here The marathon is Sunday, January 27, from 10 a.m - 10 p.m. — get tickets now. The went together like milk…
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Verna Bloom, ‘Animal House’ Cougar, Dies @ 80

Verna Bloom, perhaps most widely known as the libidinous wife of Dean Wormer (John Vernon, 1932-2005) in Animal House (1978), died Wednesday, January 9, in Bar Harbor, Maine, of complications of dementia, THR reports. She was 80. Verna Bloom: August 7, 1938-January 9, 2019 (Image via Universal) The actress made her Broadway debut in 1967's…
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Past & Curious: Oh, Mary!, Silent Tragedy, 101-Year-Old Whiz & More!

Links to the past with relevance today ... It's practically perfect in every way! (Image via Disney) HARPER'S BAZAAR: Julie Andrews, 83, adores the new film Mary Poppins Returns! The sequel's director says she sent him a message in all caps: "I LOVED IT." Andrews is described as "over the moon" about the entire cast…
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Past & Curious: Return to ‘Oz,’ Elvira’s Back & More!

Links to the past with relevance today ... Blonde ambition (Image via MGM) POSEIDON'S UNDERWORLD: As The Wizard of Oz (1939) hits 80, a new book gathers as much info as possible about what may be the most beloved movie of all time. Elvira: Mistress of Netflix? (Image via New World) MOVIE WEB: Cassandra Peterson…
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