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
Shamedown #7: Sky Racket
July is upon us, although obviously not for much longer, and we have quite the Shamedown ahead. If anyone is coming in late and would like to know what the heck a Shamedown is, the lowdown can be found here. Onward... I seem to have struck gold on the Poverty Row movies this year, and … Continue reading Shamedown #7: Sky Racket
Parker. Penny Parker.
Calling all Bond girls... We all know that before Bond, and even before Wysteria Lane, Teri Hatcher was best known as Penny Parker on MacGyver. She was good-natured, a little daffy, winsome, and gorgeous to boot. She was never really a love interest for Mac and more like an adoring little sister. There's not much … Continue reading Parker. Penny Parker.
The Flaming Hot…Five Reasons Why Tag
Us bloggers sure do love our tags, don't we? Gill of Realweegiemidget Reviews and Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts have come up with a fun one for us (read Gill's post here and Catherine's post here), but as timing would have it, I've had to put off answering it until now. Oh well, that's life, … Continue reading The Flaming Hot…Five Reasons Why Tag
Indiana Jones Vs. the Red Baron
Contact... Ever see the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles? Also known as The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, it was on in the early nineties and one of my favorite shows in high school. Not only was Sean Patrick Flanery really, really cute, but Indy got around. Forrest Gump would be jealous of the number of historical figures Indy … Continue reading Indiana Jones Vs. the Red Baron
Shall We Dance?
*click* I've said this before, but I'll say it again: One of my favorite shows growing up was (and still is) The Wonder Years. For those who might not be familiar with the series, it's first set in 1968 and ends in 1974, and follows Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) and his friends, Winnie (Danica McKellar) and … Continue reading Shall We Dance?
Of Marriages and Mortgages
Hello, Mr. Brett... When Carissa announced this blogathon I felt a wee bit giddy because Sherlock Holmes always comes to mind when I think of Jeremy Brett. He IS Sherlock Holmes in my opinion, no offense to any of the other guys who have played the character. However, I wanted to look at Brett's other … Continue reading Of Marriages and Mortgages
Before Stars Hollow, Part Two
On to our second gallery of Gilmore Girls luminaries, and as you'll no doubt notice, the names here are decidedly bigger than yesterday's, not that yesterday's were too shabby or anything. Again, I had to make a lot of deep cuts, but it's all good. Off we go... Liza Weil (Paris) Two years before she donned Chilton's … Continue reading Before Stars Hollow, Part Two
Before Stars Hollow, Part One
November seems to be Gilmore Girls Month on Taking Up Room. I don't know why. Maybe it's because November is when their limited series hit Netflix. Anyway, I was watching The Sentinel a few months ago and saw a familiar face pop up. Who was it? I'll tell you all later. Long story short, it occurred to … Continue reading Before Stars Hollow, Part One
Oz Goes Highland
Ye Scots, wha wish auld Scotland well! One of the most popular characters on the Christy TV show was, by far, Doctor Neil MacNeill, and one of the most popular show arcs was the triangle between Christy (Kellie Martin), Neil and preacher David Grantland (Randall Batinkoff). Neil was wonderfully played by Stuart Finlay-McLennan, who seemed to burr with the … Continue reading Oz Goes Highland
Stage To Screen: Our Town
Our Town is a perennial favorite for a lot of people all over the world. It's always being produced somewhere. Its setting, the fictional town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, even has its own website. This 1938 Pulitzer Prize winner follows the story of Emily Webb and George Gibbs, next door neighbors and childhood friends who … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Our Town
Oh, It’s You, Mr. Lee
Hello, all... One of the interesting things about Sir Christopher Lee is that he never turned his nose up at a good part whether it was large or small, and over the course of his career he amassed quite a selection of bit roles in various films and TV shows. There wasn't a lot of … Continue reading Oh, It’s You, Mr. Lee
Onward, Duplicitous Humies
Who here has seen JourneyQuest? If not, what are you waiting for? Not to be confused with the Colorado rafting company, JourneyQuest premiered in 2010, the brainchild of writers Kate Marshall and Matt Vancil, the latter of whom also directed a few episodes and played a character named Wharrgarbil. The show has caught on in … Continue reading Onward, Duplicitous Humies
Be Kind, Rewind
Click... Ah, Red Dwarf. Part Star Trek send-up, part Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy and part sitcom, it's original enough that it's taken on a life of its own since its 1988 debut. It's such a big deal that the Red Dwarf Fan Club holds a convention every year, with cosplay and panel discussions with cast members. There … Continue reading Be Kind, Rewind
I Just Want To Be Evil
Joan Collins, darlings, and not a swimming pool in sight. As we've talked about before, Hollywood lined up to guest star on the Batman TV show, and one of the favored few was Joan Collins, who played a wily woman known as the Siren. She was fresh off an appearance on Star Trek and not well-known to … Continue reading I Just Want To Be Evil
A Partial Defense of “Bunheads”
Amy Sherman-Palladino once said that she peaked with Gilmore Girls. "It's me under a bus after this." Well, you can't keep a good writer down, and Sherman-Palladino is still at it. Her second artistic follow-up to Gilmore Girls was 2012's Bunheads, a show that brought in mixed-to-favorable reviews and unfortunately only ran for a single season. The … Continue reading A Partial Defense of “Bunheads”