Two 1960s TV docs — one featuring Elizabeth Taylor showing off London, and one featuring Sophia Loren showing off Rome — are finally becoming available once again. Loren is at her most fetching in the doc. (Images via video stills) Not seen for decades, the specials — Elizabeth Taylor in London (1963) and Sophia Loren…Read more
Zodiac Killer Nailed, ‘Acapulco’s’ ’80s Sound, Theda Bara Movie Rediscovered, Joan Collins Gets Catty & More
Links to the past, with relevance today: Music to my orejas! (Image via Apple TV+) SPOTIFY: The soundtrack for Apple TV+ show Acapulco is packed with '80s tunes in Spanish. Great covers!!! Poste's friends also think he did it. (Image via historical flyers) TMZ: I guess that last code breaker was wrong, because THE Code…Read more
A George Chakiris Memoir, Loren’s Movie Idols, Saying No to Pepé Le Pew & More!
Links to the past with relevance today: "I don't think I'll try to talk too much," he said while accepting his Oscar. (Lyons Press) FOX NEWS (BOO!): George Chakiris, 86, has released a memoir, My West Side Story, in which he tells the story of his life and career. In remembering co-star Natalie Wood (1938-1981),…Read more
Dolly Art on Gay Club Wall, Sophia Loren’s Plan to ‘Go on Forever’ & More!
Links to the past with relevance today: Work of (P)art!(on) (Image via video still) CBS L.A.: Strut in Los Angeles commissioned a fabulous Dolly Parton mural by David Gilmore ... and it is spectacular! https://youtu.be/Jm9lOg1vRnA Parton is really "of the moment," as the establishment's owner, Luke Nero, asserts. More life ahead (Image via Edoardo Ponti/Netflix)…Read more
Sophia Loren Staten Island Style
In honor of Sophia Loren's 86th birthday today, September 20, I am re-sharing my September 2016 post from when I paid to see her during a rare U.S. Q&A on Staten Island in NYC. It was a hot mess, but sooo worth it! Ciao! (All images & video by Matthew Rettenmund) September 2016: Last night,…Read more
Stanley Donen, Last of the Golden Age Directors, Dies @ 94
Stanley Donen, the final surviving director from the Golden Age of Hollywood — and one of its most acclaimed — died of heart failure February 21 at home in Manhattan, his sons confirmed. (See ExtraTV.com for a version of his obit.) He was 94. Donen was born April 13, 1924, in South Carolina. To deal…Read more
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…Read more