Announcing the Leap Year Blogathon!

Anyone have a birthday on February 29th, or know someone born on that day? It’s an interesting concept, having a birthday every four years–it must feel a little surreal. I’ll bet people born on that day celebrate like no one’s business.

In that vein, I thought it would be fun to commemorate Leap Day next year by holding a blogathon. How often do we have a chance to post on February 29th? It’s a great target of opportunity.

This Leap-fest will have four categories:

  • Movies or TV shows starring celebrities born on February 29th (see a list here). Bio-type posts work, too.
  • Movies or shows that have a connection to Leap Day in some way.
  • Movies or TV shows that play with time, e.g., Interstellar, Outer Limits, Back To the Future, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, etc.
  • Any movie or TV show you’ve always wanted to review but never had the chance to. It’s your February 29th, after all. 🙂

Here are the rules:

  1. The blogathon will officially take place on February 29th, but entries can be submitted on the days surrounding it. New material only, please.
  2. Since this is a big topic, duplicates are tabu unless approached from different angles. For instance, one person could do a straight review of a film while another includes it as part of a list.
  3. Entries can be sent to me via the Comment section, Twitter and Instagram (both @TakingUpRoom), my Contact page, or via e-mail (
  4. Films, shows or celebs can be of any era, as long as they fit into one or more of the categories above.
  5. Grab a banner and advertise the blogathon!

The Roster

Taking Up Room: Time Bandits (1981)

The Classic Movie Muse: Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Thoughts All Sorts: Leap Year (2010)

MovieRob: Pirates of Penzance (1983)

Dubsism: The Green Berets (1968)

Poppity Talks Classic Film: The Fabulous Dorseys (1947)

Caftan Woman: Midnight Mary (1933)

18 Cinema Lane: Finding Forrester (2000)

The Midnite Drive-in: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

Musings of A Classic Film Addict: Fun and Fancy Free (1947)

Overture Books and Film: I Dood It (1943)

Crítica Retrô: Beggars of Life (1928)

It Came From the Man Cave!: Big Bad Mama (1974)

Cary Grant Won’t Eat You: Somewhere In Time (1980)

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Lady of Burlesque (1943)

Midnight Movie Monster: The Candy Snatchers (1973)

MovieMovie BlogBlog II: Gone With the Wind (1939)

The Banners








81 thoughts on “Announcing the Leap Year Blogathon!

  1. I love your unique concepts for these blog-a-thons. So, I’m putting a claim in on 1968’s The Green Berets – featuring Edward Faulkner who was born on February 29th, 1932.

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  2. On Feb 29, 1940 the Academy Awards presentation was held. “Gone with the Wind” was the big winner, of course, but among the losers, in 10 out of 11 of the categories for which it was nominated, was Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”.

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  3. Wonderful idea! I’ve written about a few of Birthday Boy William Wellman’s movies, but not Midnight Mary. February 29th will be just the day for it.

    – Caftan Woman

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      1. I finally picked the film I’m going to review! For several years, I’ve wanted to see the movie, “Finding Forrester”. It has also been on my DVR for a little while, so now I have an excuse to watch it!


  4. Hi Rebecca! You always think of such wonderful blogathon topics! It’s taken me a while to think of what to write, but I really want to show some love to Dinah Shore, so can I please review Fun and Fancy Free (1947)? Thank you!

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    1. Hi, Christine, and thank you! There’s absolutely still time to sign up. And that’s so cool–I didn’t know Durante was born on the 29th. I’ll look forward to reading your review. Thanks for joining. 🙂


  5. Hi, hope all good with you. Can you readd me with my original review choice – I just realise over subscribed at this time. So please add me with my Lethal Weapon 2 choice. If someone else claims this topic though before then, let them have it! Happy New Year! Gillx


  6. Is anyone welcome to grab a banner and join? I would be happy to cover 1973’s “The Candy Snatchers” starring leap baby Susan Sennett as the titular Candy.

    I cover cult/horror/exploitation movies and my blog can be found at:

    Please do let me know so I can get started ASAP and get this done early 🙂

    Thank you in advance for hosting, and the info

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      1. Thank you for your lightning fast response! I have one film to finish in queue, then I can get started on Candy. Do I post the banner and review as soon as it is finished? On 2/29?

        (This is my first blogathon, so I have much to learn, and want to get the protocol dow. Thanks again for being patient with all the questions.)

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      2. You’re very welcome! I usually don’t respond *that* fast, lol, but I was doing something on my Dashboard so I saw your comment right away.

        And sure, that’s how it works. A lot of bloggers will put the banner somewhere on their home page before the blogathon, maybe linking the image to the hosting blog’s info post. And in this case you would publish your post on the 29th, but most blogathons are more flexible–some people publish a day or two before and send it to the host early. Then you put the banner on your blogathon post and link to my “Such-and-such blogathon has arrived” post.

        I hope this isn’t too long-winded–this blogathon thing is pretty simple. And don’t worry, you can ask me questions anytime. It’s all good. Glad you’re joining the blogosphere. Hope you have fun. 🙂

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