Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sketchy Santas

Yeah, I know. It's been an eternity since my last post. A lot has happened. The best part (and the part that you'll actually care about) is that I got a new laptop so I can blog more often now. Aren't you excited?

Anyway, as Christmas is fast approaching, you gotta see the best of the worst Santa pictures. These are men that would never see me on their lap. And that's saying a lot. Enjoy!

(By the way, doesn't the little girl in this picture look like Mara Wilson, the little girl in the 1994 version of "Miracle on 34th Street"?)

Monday, July 27, 2009

What a Man!

"The Eternal Triangle. You'd think Ralph's new love would have been curtains for me. I mean, it was all he talked about. Well, I learned to live with it." On the ground, apparently."As it turned out, I think his new Charger R/T really brought us closer together." Yeah, keep telling yourself that, sweetheart.

"He's taught me how to shift the 4-speed synchromesh. He lets me pick out the stereo tapes. And clean the vinyl buckets. It's not all bad. He even mentioned marriage once."

Well, let's just all keep holding our breath for this dream man!

[source]

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Classic Quotes: Cocktail Edition

"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork out of my breakfast?" - W.C. Fields

"The trouble with the world is that everybody is three drinks behind." - Humphrey Bogart

"Imagine getting up in the morning and knowing that's as good as you're going to feel all day." - Dean Martin

[source]

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Full-Fashioned Sweaters

Apparently two out of three guys will look you in the eye when you wear your "full-fashioned" sweaters. The other guys...well...[source]

Monday, July 13, 2009

Fun Fact o' the Day

Joan Crawford's 1933 contract with MGM was so detailed (and strict!) that it even had a clause in it stipulating what time she was expected to be in bed each night. [source]

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Friday, July 03, 2009

Have a great weekend!

The Lounge will be closed for a while due to the Fourth of July weekend. See you on Monday!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Rock Hudson on "I Love Lucy"

Rock Hudson approaches Lucy and Ethel on vacation. The girls are upset at their husbands and their annoying habits, but after Rock tells them a story, they miss them.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Between Two Ferns with Bradley Cooper

Saw "The Hangover" over the weekend. I don't want to say too much for those of you who haven't seen it, but I'll just say: It's funny. Here's an interview between Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper (hottie), who are two of the stars in the film.

Crushing on William Holden

Dr. Macro's site, as always, provides the highest-quality scans, and his section dedicated to one of the best films of all time, Sunset Blvd., is no exception.

William Holden
looks delicious in these stills. (Oh yeah...and Gloria Swanson's in the movie.)

Now if you haven't seen the movie yet -- rent it for chrissake! ...And read our previous post about the film.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Girl Around the House

"It's nice to have a girl around the house.""Though she was a tiger lady, our hero didn't have to fire a shot to floor her. After one look at his Mr. Leggs slacks, she was ready to have him walk all over her."

Sometimes I think we haven't come that far as equality of the sexes is concerned. But ads like this make me happy it's 2009. And that Dyno doesn't wear Mr. Leggs slacks.

[Source]

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Another Celeb Sale

Just days before Audrey Hepburn's postage stamp was selling for big money at an auction in Germany, Steve McQueen's rolex was selling for $234,000 at Antiquorum's summer auction in New York City.

The vintage Rolex, Ref. 5512, fetched a whopping $234,000 -- twenty times its estimated worth, and a world record for that reference.

Also for sale from the actor's possessions were his Scott Super Squirrel motorcycle, painted by Von Dutch, which sold for $276,000 (double its estimate), and the Heuer "Monaco" he wore in the 1971 racing film Le Mans, sold for a world record $87,600. Wow.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Rare Audrey Hepburn stamp fetches $93,000 at auction

A rare stamp portraying Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's sold for $93,800 at an auction in Germany today.

As the Daily News reports:
Only five copies of the 2001 stamp are known to exist.

The print run was ordered destroyed after Hepburn's son, Sean Ferrer, objected to the cigarette holder dangling from the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" star's mouth and refused to grant copyright.

Thirty proof copies escaped incineration. Most probably ended up in the trash can, but a few have wound up in the hands of collectors.

"We can only guess that whoever took the Hepburn stamps from Deutsche Post didn't realize their value, thought they would save 55 cents and just used them on normal letters," auctioneer Andreas Schlegel said.

Hepburn died of colon cancer in 1993. Her son said he hoped the stamp seller would use his windfall to benefit cancer research or an anti-smoking campaign.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Show Her It's a Man's World...

Before there was bra-burning and marching through the streets with signs reading "Equal Rights!" there were ads like this.
"Show her it's a man's world! Brand new man-talking, power-packed patterns that tell her it's a man's world...and make her so happy it is..."

Now someone tell me what prostrating yourself in front of your man with a tray of food has to do with neckties...? And what part of this would make a woman happy?

Source: Plan 59

Friday, June 12, 2009

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

I have loved Neil Patrick Harris since I began watching "How I Met Your Mother," so I'll watch anything with him in it. Found this little gem on Hulu.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Muppet Poster Mash-ups

Go see some wacky Muppet poster mash-ups, like this one, at Empire Online. They'll have you cracking up, and wondering what kind of demented mind could concoct them.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Must-See Movie: Mister Roberts

Mister Roberts (1955)
Talk about one of the finest war films in cinematic history. Starring Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, and James Cagney, this award-winning comedy-drama is the quintessential guy movie. It's got war, it's got honor, it's got men being men. But mostly it has a lot of heart.

Mr. Roberts (Henry Fonda) is the cargo supervisor on the USS Reluctant (a.k.a. "The Bucket"), an American cargo ship lying stagnant in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. Roberts desperately wants to leave the tedium of his post to join in the action of war. Weekly he writes for a transfer, but the captain of the ship (James Cagney) is a tyrant over the crew, especially Roberts, and chooses to forward all of his letters with his stamp of disapproval. The Captain's only real pride is a palm tree that was given to him as reward for "his" hard work and effort in delivering cargo. The men all look up to Roberts and how he stands up to the Captain, but things change when Roberts somehow finagles a "liberty" for the men in a beautiful South Pacific port.

Also on board is Robert's cabin-mate Ensign Pulver (Jack Lemmon), who does all he can to avoid confrontation with the captain and instead bides his time buying and selling for hard-to-get items on the ship. He also spends time telling people how one day he's going to get even with the Captain's tyranny, whether it be putting marbles in his overhead or launching a firecracker under his bunk.

Also complimenting Ford and Lemmon's performances is William Powell, who plays Doc. He acts as Mr. Robert's sounding board, and also his voice of reason. This was Powell's last film before he retired from acting. The powerful accomplishments of the male cast make this film a great way to celebrate our war heroes, and masculinity!

This post is dedicated to my Dad, whose recent passing has put my blogging at a stand-still for a while. But this was his favorite movie, and would always bring a tear to his eye (and my eye, as well). I love you Dad, and I miss you. "Now what's all this crud about no movie tonight??"

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Burger King Under Fire...Again

Burger King needs to fire their ad agency. After a controversial ad that sparked criticism with the Mexican government, Burger King is again under fire with an ad that features Spongebob Squarepants to the tune of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "I Like Big Butts."

If the creepy plastic king dancing with scantily-clad girls doesn't disgust you, I don't know what will. Both BK and Nickelodeon -- who partnered in making the ad -- say the commercial is targeted for adults. Riiiiiiight... It features a cartoon character and speaks of the kids' meals. Not buying it.

Plus, if they're trying to target adults, they lost me. This commercial is not just completely inappropriate, but it's just terrible.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Muppets on SNL

The Muppets have a run-in with the law on "Saturday Night Live." Seth Rogan guest stars.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

I Want One!

All you Star Wars fans with kids: for just short of $40 you can have your little one sleep in the belly of the beast, just like Luke had to on Hoth in "Empire Strikes Back"! Complete with internal intestines!

Now, if only they would make them in adult sizes (fits children and "small adults" -- I'm assuming that does mean busty 5'10'' pinup girls).

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Mee-Yow Wednesday

About Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart was quoted as saying:
"Even when I was carrying a gun, she scared the bejesus out of me."

Monday, April 06, 2009

For A Father...For Your Family

Even through my hardened exterior, Pixie's heartfelt outpouring of emotion in her post today brought me to tears.

Pixie's father just recently passed away due to pancreatic cancer. Please consider a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in her father's name.

As Pixie puts it:
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. Through them, my family and I have set up a fundraising effort in memory of my dad. Please look at both websites and consider making a contribution.

I don't want what happened to our family to happen to yours.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Dumpster Drama: Episode 1

I've finally moved to the back of my building, and so now I once again have a lovely view of a dumpster -- this time the next-door-building's dumpster and carport area. So instead of Scenes from a Balcony, we are back to good ol' Dumpster Dramas! How excited are you?

Our new saga brings us to Episode 1: Drunk Girl vs. Angry Dude

Last night at around 1 AM this car drove through to the end of the carport and dropped off this obviously drunk girl. She got out, then she and this guy (the driver) had some sort of a spat, and then the guy said something like "Forget it" and got back in the car. He revved up his engine and backed out of the carport, and Drunk Girl cried out, "Nick! Don't go! Wait!"

Then I heard click click click click and "Nick! NICK!" She was running in high-heeled shoes after him. "Nick!! Stop!!" She became more frantic as she ran. "NICK!! NIIIIICKK!!! STOP!!!"

He didn't stop, and this continued on until her voice and the click click click noises faded.

And I thought, Oh honey, I don't care how drunk you are or how hot he is...never -- NEVER -- run after a man in heels.

THE END.

Must-See Movie: Sex and the Single Girl

Sex and the Single Girl (1964)

Starring our most recent "Va Va Voom" Star of the Day, Natalie Wood, as well as Tony Curtis, this film premiered a year before "The Great Race," that also starred the attractive duo. This 1960's sex romp is another comedic delight. Tony Curtis plays Bob Weston, a writer for paparazzi rag "Dirt." He is working on an article on research psychologist Helen Gurley Brown (Natalie Wood) and her best-selling book Sex and the Single Girl. Bob needs to interview Helen, but she refuses to see him, knowing he's questioning if she "is or is not" one to give authority on sex and could therby ruin her credibility.

Bob impersonates his neighbor, Frank Broderick (Henry Fonda), as a ruse in order to see her on the pretext of marital counseling. After several meetings, Bob attempts to seduce her. Hilarity ensues when Helen asks to meet "his" wife, and Bob mistakenly sends both his secretary, Susan (Leslie Parrish), and his ex-girlfriend Gretchen (Fran Jeffries) to see Helen -- both impersonating Sylvia. But even more confusing is that Helen finds out who the real Mrs. Broderick is (Lauren Bacall) and asks her to appear in her office.

When the real Sylvia arrives the office at the same time as the two other women, Sylvia has Frank put in jail for bigamy. By this point, Helen has realized Bob's trickery and has also discovered who he really is. She leaves town with her colleague Rudy DeMeyer (Mel Ferrer). A wild chase ensues as the bickering couples try to catch up with each other to apologize.

Helen Gurley Brown's self-help best-seller of the same name was the original source for this film, a novel that has been hailed as the predecessor to "Sex and the City." This film begins as your typical 60's sex comedy, but then takes a hysterical slapstick turn in the third act, especially each time people tell Bob he resembles Jack Lemmon. With startling cameos, quick dialogue, and gorgeous Natalie Wood, this film is a fluffy 100-plus minutes that takes a comedic peek in to the lives of the 60's single girls.

Friday, March 20, 2009

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day

Natalie Wood
Natasha Nikolaevna Gurdin was born in July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, California. Natalie got her first role at the age of 4 in a movie called Happy Land . She continued playing the roles of young girls until the age of 17, where she landed the lead female role in the legendary film Rebel Without a Cause. For this role she was nominated for her first Academy Award, showing Hollywood and the world that she had grown up into a beautiful and very talented young woman.

Natalie dated many big names in the entertainment business: James Dean, Elvis, Raymond Burr and Dennis Hopper. However, on December 28th, 1957 Natalie married the man that seemed to be the love of her life: Robert Wagner. Unfortunately they divorced in 1962.

In the 1960s Natalie's career boomed and she was nominated for two more Academy Awards (Splendor in the Grass in 1961 and Love With The Proper Stranger in 1963). In 1969 Natalie married producer Richard Gregson and had a daughter, but she divorced Gregson after finding out he was having an affair. Robert Wagner and Natalie reconnected and re-married in 1972.

Natalie had a deep fear of drowning ever since she barely survived being drowned during the filming of The Green Promise as a child. She said in interviews that she loved to be around water, just not in the water. It's ironic that the thing she feared most would ultimately be the cause of her death.

In November 29, 1981, Wood was on board their yacht Splendor with Wagner and actor Christopher Walken just off Catalina Island. There were reports that Wagner and Walken had some kind of loud argument, but it did not come to blows, according to reports.

Around midnight, Wood left the two men in the boat's main cabin and went to her stateroom. Some time later, dressed in socks, nightgown and a down jacket, she stepped out on deck. She tried to either leave the yacht or to secure a dinghy that was banging against the hull. At any rate, reports indicated that she slipped and fell overboard, bruising her left cheek.

A woman in her own boat nearby said she heard cries for help: "Help me! Somebody help me!" from the water, cries lasting for about 15 minutes. The witness also heard someone answering, "Take it easy. We'll be over to get you."

"It was laid back," the witness recalled, explaining why she didn't help herself. "There was no urgency or immediacy in their shouts." Wagner, Walken, and the captain of the Splendor said they heard nothing.

By 1:30 a.m., Wagner had become worried about his wife and radioed the harbor master. A search was launched, and at 3:26 a.m., the Coast Guard was called in. Soon after dawn, a guardsman spotted Wood's body a mile down current from the yacht and 200 yards from shore. The empty dinghy, loaded with life jackets, was not far away, bobbing in the waves.

Although her death is still ruled today as an accidental drowning, it is still a mystery as to what happened that night. It was later revealed by police that Wood had drunk seven or eight glasses of wine and was therefore intoxicated when she died. Also marks and bruises were found on her body, which could have been received as a result of her fall. The coroner later wrote that had Wood not been intoxicated she likely would have realized that her heavy clothing were pulling her underwater and she would have removed them. He also wrote that he found Wood's fingernails embedded in the rubber boat's side.

She was only 43 years old.

[adapted from an article I originally wrote for and posted on Celebutaint]

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bob Newhart: Superman and the Drycleaner

A classic comedy routine: Bob Newhart doing his "Superman and the Drycleaner" sketch from his album The Windmills Are Weakening on the first episode of the "Dean Martin Show" from 1965.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A Perfect Combination

My birthday just passed recently -- don't ask how old I am now.

Anyway, I've gotten some good gifts in my time, but this one takes the cake. My friend seems to really know me, because she gave me the perfect combination of a few of my favorites, culminating in to a Darth Goofy bobblehead!And in his underpants, too. Classic.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Leprechaun Spotted!

I don't know which is better: the 'amateur' sketch or the interview soundbites. Either way, this is hard-hitting news coverage.

Cocktail Recipe Du Jour

Happy St. Patrick's Day! (How do I look as a redhead?)

Here's a special treat for you, called Emerald Isle. It's a minty gin cocktail and the perfect green drink for the day. A dash or two of bitters does help the drink considerably. While aromatic bitters are customary, mint bitters is an equally nice compliment, and if you're feeling a little wild, orange bitters are quite interesting.

Ingredients:
* 1 oz gin
* 1 tsp crème de menthe, green
* 2 dashes bitters

Preparation:
1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Bottoms up! (And ready for pinching!)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day

Gloria Grahame
Grahame was born Gloria Hallward in Los Angeles, California in November of 1923. Her mother, Jean McDougal (who used the stage name Jean Grahame) was a stage actress and theater teacher who taught Gloria acting during her childhood and adolescence. While acting onstage, she was spotted by an MGM talent scout and was signed with the studio, leaving New York for Los Angeles.

Grahame was a familiar fixture in film noir crime dramas from the late 1940s through the 1950s, including Sudden Fear (1952) with Joan Crawford and Jack Palance, and Naked Alibi (1954).

Although Gloria Grahame was a talented and accomplished stage and screen actress, her acting career was often overshadowed by a scandalous private life. Grahame had a string of stormy romances and failed marriages during her time in Hollywood. Although her role in Oklahoma! was her most well-known, marital and child custody problems began to affect her life on the set.

In 1960, Grahame's fourth marriage created her biggest scandal; she married her former stepson from a previous marriage. Finding difficulty in getting film roles, she returned to the theater and continued to work as a stage actress.

Along with the demise of film noir as a film genre in the late 1950s, her scandalous marriage damaged Grahame's acting career. Retreating to the stage and doing TV guest appearances, she waited until the early 1970s to make her comeback in a series of mostly low-budget films.

In 1981, Grahame collapsed during a rehearsal for a British stage play, and returned to New York City, where she died soon after from breast cancer at the age of 57.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pulp Muppets

This is either the weirdest thing or the coolest thing...You make the call.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Must-See Movie: Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot (1959)
Jerry (Jack Lemmon) and Joe (Tony Curtis) are two struggling musicians who witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and try to find a way out of the city before they are found and gunned down by mob boss Spats Colombo. The only job that will pay their way is an all-girl band that is fortunately heading to Florida. Desperate, the two dress up as women and hop on the train as Josephine (Curtis) and Daphne (Lemmon). There they meet Sugar (played by Marilyn Monroe), and both men are smitten by her.

In Florida, they run in to more trouble, as Joe finds himself pretending to be a millionaire to get Sugar's attention, and Jerry must fight off Osgood, a rich suitor who is bent on marrying "Daphne." This creates one of the most hilarious moments in cinematic history, when Jerry, after hours of doing the tango with Osgood, returns to tell Joe "I'm engaged." Joe is thrilled, and asks who the lucky lady is. Jerry proclaims, "I am!"

Things get even more complicated, however, when mobster Spats Colombo and his associates arrive at the very same hotel, and Jerry and Joe must scramble to keep their identity hidden from the wise guys and simultaneously keep up the charade with Sugar and the rest of the band.

This movie may not have been the first cross-dressing movie, but it is definitely the pinnacle of the genre. The many clever innuendos and double-entendres that highlight the differences between men and women make this movie a hilarious and classic comedy. There is an even mixture between lowbrow and highbrow comedy, and even some slapstick is thrown in. But the greatest part is Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon working at least two roles apiece, and playing with the different genders. Just the expression on Curtis and Lemmon's faces as they try to make their way down the train platform in heels...there is an obvious struggle as they walk, but they are both so naturally buoyant that it makes the performance even more incredible.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Art of Skiing

Following up on previous post of the Goofy holler, and the fact that I'm taking off for Big Bear this weekend to try some skiing/snowboarding myself, I thought this appropriate:

Friday, March 06, 2009

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day

Virginia Mayo

Her honey blonde hair and creamy, flawless face made Virginia Mayo ideal for the Technicolor musicals, westerns and adventures that were the rage in Hollywood in the 1940s and '50s.

Starting as a chorus girl, she quickly advanced to co-star status, appearing opposite Bob Hope in The Princess and the Pirate in 1944. She went on to make five films with Danny Kaye before signing a contract with Warner Bros, where she became one of the studio's biggest stars. When she signed the contract, Warner Bros stated: "At 115 pounds (51.75 kilograms) she is potentially as valuable as an acre of land in downtown Los Angeles - and at least several times more desirable".

Mayo became a hot commodity for Warner Bros, appearing in five movies in 1949 alone. She also starred opposite Ronald Reagan in the romantic comedy The Girl from Jones Beach that year and again in the 1952 musical She's Working Her Way Through College.

Mayo distinguished herself in two classic movies: the 1946 Oscar-winner The Best Years of Our Lives, and White Heat.

Mayo had been in declining health since battling pneumonia and died at a nursing home in Thousand Oaks. She was 84.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Goofy Holler

As a hah-yuge fan of Goofy, I had to fall in love with this post from Michael J. Ruocco's blog For the Birds:
"YAAAAAAA-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOOOEEEYYYY!!!"
Recognize that onomatopoeia? It's the famous "Goofy Holler"!

The Goofy Holler's debut was in the 1941 cartoon The Art of Skiing, originally recorded by a professional yodeler by the name of Hannes Schrolle. Since then, it has become a staple of the history of cartoon sound effects and voices.
He was kind enough to make a compilation of Goofy Hollers, a la The Wilhelm Scream Compilation. See the video and read a bit more here!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Rejuvenique Serial Killer Mask™

Rejuvenate before trekking through the woods in search of over-sexed camp counselors! Be energized for lugging around that heavy chainsaw! Watch as your eyes twitch in preparation for a relaxing blood bath!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Not-So-Subliminal Message

"Hey, Bill, you wanna glass of phallic symbolism?"
"On the rocks, please."
I have the sudden urge to use the restroom...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day

Veronica Lake
From Dr. X's Free Associations Blog:

Often cast as the femme fatale, 4' 11" Veronica Lake was one of America's surest box office bets in the early 1940s. Although popular with the public and, initially, well-regarded as an actress, Lake quickly acquired a reputation for being difficult on the job and was disliked openly and immensely by her fellow actors. She was teamed with 5'5" Alan Ladd in 4 films, even though Ladd was among the actors who disliked Lake.

In 1943, scathing reviews of her performance in The Hour Before Dawn, the premature birth and death of her first child and divorce from her first of several husbands triggered a decline in Lake's career and personal life. Drinking took its toll and other actors refused to work with her. Lake, who had been making $4,500 a week, was released from her studio contract in 1948.

She continued her downward spiral ending up with IRS problems, moving between fleabag hotels and getting arrested repeatedly for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. She did an occasional film and published a well-received autobiography (now considered collectible), but by the late 1960s she had become crippled by paranoia. She died of hepatitis and renal failure in 1970 at the age of 50.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Crushing on James Garner

...And his yummy soft yellow sweater that makes me just wanna hug 'im an' squeeze 'im and call him Jimmy.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Today is Friday the 13th!

Are you gonna watch the new Jason movie coming out tomorrow aptly titled Friday the 13th? Here's a sneak preview...Check back with us tomorrow for our special Valentine's Day post!

Friday, February 06, 2009

We're Doing Some Housecleaning...

It's been so slow around here at the Lounge for you loyal readers, simply because we're doing some major housecleaning and maintenance around here! So we apologize for the lack of posts. But keep checking back on us!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Principal's Office: Color Me Mine

Thanks to "The Soup" on E! for making "The Principal's Office" my new favorite reality show. "The Principal's Office" airs on TruTV.