A toast to Ann Blyth, this week's Star of the Week! And a happy early birthday to her as well, since she'll be turning 91 in August.
To start with, we've got a video clip from Kismet posted to her page, as well as reviews for her Oscar-nominated Mildred Pierce and a hidden gem A Woman's Vengeance. Enjoy, and come back every day for new reviews!
Tyrone Power's week has come to a close, and all 28 reviews are now posted to his page. Would you like a clue for next week's star? Good, because I have three clues for you!
Next week's star was the love interest in a Tyrone Power movie, was nominated for an Oscar when she was in her teens, and is one of the last surviving silver screen stars!
Do you know who she is? Check back on Sunday to find out if you're right.
A toast to the beauty of Tyrone Power - and his movies, of course. Our newest Star of the Week has reviews posted to his page for The Mark of Zorro and Blood and Sand, as well as a video clip from the former. Come back every day for new reviews and enjoy. I know I will!
Since Alice Faye was so cute, and to since next week’s star is also incredibly cute, I thought it would be a good time to share some cute, light books. Also, it's spring, and I always feel like something light after all the dramas the winter brought. Here are three on my bookshelf:
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (book #1)
Barbie: What a Doll!
Alice Faye's week has come to an end, and all 19 of her reviews have been posted to her page. Do you have an idea who next week's star might be? Here's what Alice Faye said about her costar:
"He was the best looking thing I've ever seen in my life. Kissing him was like dying and going to heaven."
Check back on Saturday to find out who this ridiculously handsome man is!
Hot Toasty Rag turns 2 years old today! Thanks so much for coming back to read about books, movies, movie stars, and our new Rag Awards. I hope you've been entertained, and I hope you've been exposed to art and artists you didn't know before.
How will you celebrate today? We're having a party, for after 226 book reviews, 1,408 movie reviews, and 50 stars honored, that's quite a bit to toast to.
A toast to Alice Faye, our new Star of the Week! To start out with, we've posted a video clip of In Old Chicago to her page, as well as reviews for Alexander's Ragtime Band and Hello, Frisco, Hello, in which she immortalized the song "You'll Never Know." Enjoy!
If beach reads are for the summer and classics are for the winter, when do you read your romantic dramas? Whenever you decide to read them, here are three more you might want to add to your list: Alice Adams, The Notebook, and Something in the Way. I loved one, hated one, and had mixed feelings about the third. Which rating goes with which book? Read the reviews to find out.
Robert Young's time as Star of the Week has ended, and now it's time for a new star and a new clue:
This costar of Robert Young is best remembered for her singing voice.
Check back on Thursday to find out who she is, and be sure to catch up on all 41 of Robert Young's reviews posted to his page.
This week, Hot Toasty Rag will salute the films of Robert Young! I know he's best known for his television career, six years on Father Knows Best and seven years on Marcus Welby, M.D., but did you know he made close to a hundred films in a little over two decades? To start with, we've posted reviews for two of his cutest: Western Union and Slightly Dangerous. A video clip from Crossfire is also posted to his page.
Now don't throw anything at me, because you know the rule on The Rag: no television, but come back every day to keep reading about his movies!
Since we just finished honoring a child star of the silver screen, I thought I’d share some books I’ve read recently that star young protagonists. Check out my reviews of The Wedding Planner’s Daughter, a cute book for tweens, My Name Is Leon, a book for adults written in a child’s perspective, and Daddy-Long-Legs, a famous classic.
All 14 of Margaret O'Brien's reviews have now been posted to her page. Are you ready for a new Star of the Week? Here's a clue:
Next week’s star was immortalized in every American household by his television career, earning three Emmys and four additional nominations. What’s his connection to Margaret O’Brien? In her first film, he played a father figure to her, something he did . . . best.
Do you know who next week's star is? Check back on Monday to find out if you're right!
A toast to Margaret O'Brien, our latest Star of the Week! To her page, we've posted reviews to her page for Journey for Margaret and Meet Me in St. Louis, as well as a video clip from Little Women. Not to spoil any surprises, but we recently honored her with a Hot Toasty Rag Award for her outstanding juvenile performances in 1942 and 1943. The official results won't be posted for some time, but in case Miss O'Brien reads this, I wanted her to know. She's the first recipient of a Hot Toasty Rag Award who's still alive!
Mary Astor's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 41 of her reviews are now posted to her page. Here's your clue for next week's star:
Next week's star is one of the only actresses of the silver screen still alive! When she got her start as a child actress, she played Mary Astor's daughter twice.
Check back on Sunday to find out who it is!
Mary Astor is our new Star of the Week! Check out her page; already posted are reviews for The Maltese Falcon and The Great Lie, as well as a video clip from the former. Check back every day for new reviews and enjoy!
Since the next Star of the Week endured a pretty famous scandal during her time as a silver screen actress, I thought it was only fitting to post my review of this cute pocket book: Drama Queens: Wild Women of the Silver Screen. Read the full review to see if you can pick up a clue before tomorrow!
Paul Muni's week has ended, and all 19 reviews are now posted to his page. Who's the next star? Here's your clue:
Paul Muni wasn’t known for acting in romances, but next week’s star played his wife in a movie. Check back on Monday to find out who the lucky lady is!
No, it’s not all I read, but I have been steadily reading the Sweet Valley University series going on three years. Why? Because it’s fantastic, soapy, interesting, fun, and nostalgic. After all, I grew up with Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield when I was a kid—why wouldn’t I want to continue their journey now that we’re both older? So, if you’re not hooked yet, skip this post and come back tomorrow for the new Star of the Week. If you are hooked, head on over to the series page and check out three new reviews for Busted!, The Trial of Jessica Wakefield, and What Winston Saw.
How are you enjoying the Hot Toasty Rag Awards? If you haven't had a chance to look them over yet, you might want to head on over, because the next star is a two-time Hot Toasty Rag winner!
Yes, Al Pacino's week is over, and all 36 reviews are now posted to his page. What's his connection to next week's star? Next week's star originated the role of one of Al Pacino's most famous movies fifty years earlier. Check back on Thursday to find out who it is!
Welcome, welcome to the Hot Toasty Rag Awards! We have a brand-new feature here at The Rag, one that has been years in the making. Is there anyone out there who hasn't complained about the Academy Awards' choices and omissions? We are no exception, and we've compiled our own list of nominees and winners to receive Hot Toasty Rags! The cartoon on the left is a representation of our trophy, and if you want to see the real Rag Award, head on over to the About page to see one of the co-founders posing with it!
So far, we've posted our awards lists for 1932-1939. On each page, you'll find a list of the corresponding Oscar nominees and winners, so you can see why we felt the need to right the wrongs. Also, you'll be able to watch a video presentation for every year's awards!
What are you waiting for? Dress up in your tuxes and gowns and head on over to the Hot Toasty Rags!
There's going to be a new feature on the Hot Toasty Rag! It's incredibly exciting and has been an incredibly long time in the works. I won't tell you exactly what it is, but I will tell you that I will be announcing the new development next Monday. Why Monday? Because it's the morning after the Academy Awards, and traditionally, all the newspapers, or 'rags', will feature headlines of the winners.
Do you know what the Hot Toasty Rag news is? I hope so, and I hope you're as excited as I am! Come back on Monday to celebrate our new feature, and be sure to dress up in your tuxes and gowns!
Al Pacino is our new Star of the Week! Did any of you guess right? To kick things off, we've got two reviews posted to his page, as well as a video clip from Scarface. Ladies, start your reading with Frankie and Johnny. Gents, start with Scarface. You know the drill, come back every day for two new reviews, and enjoy!
The wonderful thing about reading, or watching movies, is that there’s always more to read and watch. Even when you’ve been looking forward to something and it isn’t as good as you thought it would be, there’s always something else to take up your attention. And you can always go back and revisit a favorite or two! Today, I’ve posted reviews of three books that weren’t as good as I’d expected: The Corsican Brothers, Between Here and Forever, and Return to Peyton Place.
Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, how about some dark, super depressing books? I’m just teasing, but sometimes it’s fun to read the heavy books in the winter and save the beach reads for the sunshine. Check out my reviews for The Kitchen House, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, The Color Purple, and The Easter Parade. Read if you dare—these are heavy!
Chris O'Donnell's week has come to an end, and all 14 of his reviews are now posted to his page. Did you know lots of his costars went on to win Academy Awards? Next week's star won an Oscar for the movie he made with Chris O'Donnell.
That was your clue, folks, and it's much easier than the past couple of clues. Check back on Thursday to see if your guess is right.
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