Going Italian With Mama Valerie

Up goes the curtain... Muppet Show alum Valerie Harper was always a versatile lady, and one of my favorite credits of hers is The Great Mom Swap. Released in 1995, the year of my high school graduation, it's vaguely based on the Betsy Haynes novel of the same name and is unusually well-done for a TV movie. … Continue reading Going Italian With Mama Valerie

The Great Muppet Guest Star Caper Has Arrived

It's time for The Muppet Show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQZ8AuruyI0 We can tell people are raring to go for our little Muppet guest star extravaganza, so please feel free to send Gill and I your posts over the next three days (find Gill's blog here), or beyond, because, ya know, life, and we'll add them on our respective pages. … Continue reading The Great Muppet Guest Star Caper Has Arrived

Thirty-one Days Until the Fifth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon

It's not only one week until the Great Muppet Show Guest Star Caper, but it's one month until the Fifth So Bad It's Good Blogathon. Zoikes, people. Fugit hora and all that stuff. Anyway, I really appreciate everyone's continued enthusiasm for this blogathon--it's awesome, especially five years on. And as always, in anyone would like to … Continue reading Thirty-one Days Until the Fifth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon

Less Than One Week Until the Great Muppet Guest Star Caper

Hey, all! Gill's and my Great Muppet Star Caper will be dropping in six days and counting...can you believe it? We're enjoying and appreciating the way so many of you have gotten into this concept, which, by the way, was the lovely Gill's idea, and it's going to be really cool to see everyone's posts. … Continue reading Less Than One Week Until the Great Muppet Guest Star Caper

Announcing the Seen On the Screen Blogathon

It's always interesting to see how places are portrayed onscreen, whether the place is another character in the story or just the background. It's also funny to see locations stand in for other locations, such as a movie set in New York or Chicago being filmed in Toronto, or Vancouver, British Columbia pretending to be … Continue reading Announcing the Seen On the Screen Blogathon

Meet Dorothy Morris

Gotta watch those characters... Dorothy Morris's career was relatively short compared to other character actors of her day, but she always made a big impression in her own quiet, pretty way. The daughter of a Methodist stockbroker, Morris was born on February 23, 1922 in Hollywood and despite being a shy person, became interested in … Continue reading Meet Dorothy Morris

Keep It Simple, Shakespeare

Hello, Mr. Plummer... I LOVE a good Shakespeare reading, It just makes me smile all over. The setting doesn't have to be fancy, either, because the language is so vivid and powerful that it creates its own scene. Even a black background (such as in this clip of Damian Lewis reciting the "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" … Continue reading Keep It Simple, Shakespeare

Announcing the Great Muppet Guest Star Caper!

The Muppet Show was de rigueur for a lot of people in the seventies and eighties, and over forty years later it still holds up wonderfully well. For those who haven't seen it, it was a variety show with songs, dances, recurring sketches, and wall-to-wall schtick, including box seat commentary from perennial hecklers Stanley and Waldorf. … Continue reading Announcing the Great Muppet Guest Star Caper!

My Top Twelve “Gilmore Girls” Episodes

*click* Those of you who have been reading Taking Up Room for any amount of time all know I do at least one Gilmore Girls post every November, and this has been going on for about as long as the blog has been around. Why November? I don't know. I'm thinking it's because that's the month … Continue reading My Top Twelve “Gilmore Girls” Episodes

The Fake Teenager Festivus: Wrapup

We have come to the end of the blogathon, everyone, and it's been a fun one! I hope you all have enjoyed yourselves. I'm still working through all your great posts, and so far one of the things that sticks out is the variety. We've got good movies, not-so-good movies, comedies, TV shows, silents, sci-fi. … Continue reading The Fake Teenager Festivus: Wrapup

Day Three of the Fake Teenager Festivus

It's the third and last day of our Fake Teenager Festivus, y'all, and I hope everyone's enjoying what we've seen so far. As usual, keep sending me your great entries and I'll add them to this post whenever possible. And of course, for those who are just now joining us, Days One and Two can … Continue reading Day Three of the Fake Teenager Festivus

The (Fake) Teen Agers

I don't know about anyone else, but I used to look through my parents' high school yearbooks and think how old everyone looked. Not like teenagers exactly but full-fledged adults. Must have been the clothes. At least they were actual teenagers in high school, unlike the cast of the 1946 film, High School Hero. This movie...well, it's … Continue reading The (Fake) Teen Agers

Day Two of the Fake Teenager Festivus

We're back for Day Two, all! Hope everyone's been enjoying our event so far. Plus it's now the weekend, plus some of us are just starting Thanksgiving vacation (woo hoo!), so the odds are good we all feel pretty relaxed, right? If anyone's just joining us, Day One's entries can be found here. And now, … Continue reading Day Two of the Fake Teenager Festivus

Andy Hardy Grows Up (Again)

Here we go... There were sixteen Andy Hardy movies made between 1936 and 1958. They were relatively cheap and quick to shoot, audiences loved them, and they were a lot of fun. They were also a way to showcase up-and-coming young actresses such as Judy Garland, Donna Reed and Esther Williams. One of 1941's Hardy … Continue reading Andy Hardy Grows Up (Again)

Announcing the Fifth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon!

Yep, it's that time again, guys. *insert evil laughter here* It's hard to believe the So Bad It's Good Blogathon is coming back for its fifth consecutive year. They say time flies when you're having fun, but it also flies when you're groaning and flinching, preferably from the ludicrous monstrosity inhabiting your screen. For those … Continue reading Announcing the Fifth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon!

One Week Until the Fake Teenager Festivus

Seven days left, all, until our Festivus commences. Are you ready? I know I sure am--it's gonna be fun. Thanks to everyone who's joined our growing list of contributors! As usual, if anyone would like to join us, feel free to leave a comment here or on the announcement post, which can be found here. … Continue reading One Week Until the Fake Teenager Festivus