The time has come! A very big toast to Susan Hayward, our new Star of the Week!
I'm very excited because not only is she beautiful and a fantastic actress, but she's one of my two favorite actresses from the classic era!
So, to start out, we've posted to her page a video clip from Valley of the Dolls, and reviews for I'll Cry Tomorrow, My Foolish Heart, and her Oscar-winning I Want to Live! Oh, the drama! Or, as Rupert Everett says in My Best Friend's Wedding, "The misery, the exquisite tragedy, the Susan Hayward of it all.” Enjoy!
Most people have heard of The Best Years of Our Lives; it’s one of the most revered classic films of all time. But most people haven’t heard of the original novel: Glory for Me. Written entirely in prose, this incredibly moving story tells of the struggles of returning veterans. Parts of the book made it into the movie, parts were changed, and parts of the movie were invented by the fantastic screenwriter Robert E. Sherwood. Read my full review to find out more!
Fredric March's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 28 reviews have now been posted to his page. As always, here's a clue for next week's star:
Both Fredric March and next week’s Oscar-winning star were famous for their intense dramas, but believe it or not, the one movie they made together was a ridiculously silly comedy!
Who do you think it is? Check back on Wednesday to find out if you're right!
A toast to Fredric March, who was in the first A Star Is Born! And a special shout-out to my grandpa, because Fredric March was his favorite actor!
So, to start off our new Star of the Week, we've got a video clip from The Best Years of Our Lives and reviews for both films he won a Best Actor Oscar for: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Best Years of Our Lives. Check back to his page every day for new reviews, and enjoy!
Since we just finished James Mason’s week, it seemed a very fitting time to post my review of the original novel Georgy Girl. The film adaptation is one of my all-time favorite movies and starred James Mason! To see the differences from page to screen, read my full review.
James Mason's week has come to a close, and all 40 movie reviews have now been posted to his page. Here's a clue for next week's star:
As long as I keep recycling the same clue over and over, it should be really easy for you to guess next week’s star, since he was James Mason’s predecessor in the story whose fourth film adaptation will hit the theaters this October.
Do you know who it is? If you know your Oscar trivia, next week's star won two Best Actor Academy Awards, so that might help you! Check back on Tuesday to see if you're right.
James Mason is our Star of the Week! He holds a very special place in my heart; I named one of my characters in my "Phoebe Pliesze" novels Mason James because he looked like the handsome classic actor!
Also, James Mason starred in one of my favorite movies of all time, Georgy Girl, one of the reviews I've posted to his page to start with. Check out his video clip from Julius Caesar, and a review for the famous adventure flick Journey to the Center of the Earth. Enjoy!
There’s nothing like a curling up by the fireplace, turning on the lamp that suits your eyesight, and cracking open the spine of an old period piece romance, is there? Technically, every experience is unique, so the answer is yes. And just in case some of you like to read those types of books in the summertime, here are three I’ve read lately: The Age of Innocence, Vera, and A Room with a View. What are you reading this summer?
Judy Garland's week has ended, and now it's time to guess next week's star! All 23 reviews are now posted to her page, and here's your clue:
Next week’s star, famous for his distinct speaking voice, acted alongside Judy Garland in the famous movie referenced in last week’s clue.
Who do you think it is? Check back on Monday to find out if you're right.
How do you celebrate July 4th? A barbeque, fireworks, a trip to the lake house? In case your plans include a nice patriotic movie in the evening, check out the new Patriotic Films page in the holiday section of movies for some recommendations for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s Day!
A toast to Judy Garland, our Star of the Week! Did you guess it right? Reviews are now posted for, of course, A Star Is Born and The Wizard of Oz, as well as my personal favorite, Meet Me In St. Louis. And check out her video clip from A Star Is Born! Enjoy and check back to her page every day for new reviews :)
Are you the type of person who gets wary when someone gives you a recommendation? Or do you rush right in, trusting your friend to have good taste? I received A Star for Mrs. Blake on a recommendation, and while I was a little wary, I ended up liking it. Read my review to find out why!
Barbra Streisand's time as Star of the Week has come to a close, and all 12 of her reviews have been posted to her page. Here's a clue for next week's star:
Barbra Streisand played in a remake of a famous story—another remake of that movie is being released this fall. Next week’s star played Barbra’s part in an earlier version of the film.
It's another easy clue! I know I give you hard ones sometimes, so I'm sure you can guess this one. Check back on Saturday to find out who it is!
A toast to Barbra Streisand, our new Star of the Week! Did you guess it right? I knew you would! To start with, check out her tour-de-force clip from Funny Girl on her page, as well as reviews for the full movie and Hello, Dolly! Enjoy :)
A “must-read”? I’m always wary of recommendations that claim you must read a particular book. Everyone’s different; is it really mandatory?
To be honest, no. Not everyone has to read Sean Ferrell’s Man in the Empty Suit. I completely recommend it, though, because not only is it an enjoyable, entertaining book, but it kept me thinking for weeks afterwards. Whenever I can, I whole-heartedly cram this book down the throats of everyone who will listen. So far, no one has been sorry.
Shirley Booth's week has come to a close, and all 8 of her reviews have now been posted to her page. Here's a clue for next week's star:
Shirley Booth originated a part that ended up being a highly coveted title role in a Broadway musical. Next week’s star wore a very famous gold dress in the film adaptation of that show.
Any guesses? Check back on Saturday to find out if you're right, and you probably are : )
Hot Toasty Rag is honoring Shirley Booth as this week's Star of the Week! She didn't make many movies, but you might recognize her from the television series Hazel, which she starred in for fifteen years! To start with, I've posted reviews to her page for the movie she won her Oscar for, Come Back, Little Sheba and a Christmas classic some of you might have seen: The Year Without a Santa Claus.
Bring your Kleenexes for her video clip (from Come Back, Little Sheba), and check back every day for more reviews!
I’ve been reading about the Wakefields and their friends, but I haven’t caught you guys up on what’s been going on at Sweet Valley University! Head on over to the series page to see my reviews for the latest volumes: The Other Woman, Deadly Attraction, and The House of Death!
Phew, that was a lot of Anthony Quinn reviews! I'm a little tired; I think I'll take it easy next time. (That was a bit of a hint.) Now that his week is over, and all 53 of his reviews are now posted to his page, here's a clue for next week's star:
Next week’s star, a costar of Anthony Quinn’s, won an Oscar for her first movie. Any guesses? Check back on Monday to find out who!
Hot Toasty Rag is "toasting" to Anthony Quinn, our new Star of the Week! To start things off, we've got reviews for Zorba the Greek, Requiem for a Heavyweight, and The Greek Tycoon posted to his page. Enjoy, and come back every day for new reviews!
Boy, do I have a lot of Hollywood books! I think this is the last of the bunch, though—that is, until I take another trip to my favorite bookstore. Speaking of birthdays, do you know what I picked up a couple weeks ago? The Prince and the Pauper, Commonwealth, and my first Frank Sinatra biography! I know, it’s crazy to believe I’ve never read one, since you know how much I love him.
But, those will be shared another time. For now, enjoy 100 Years of Hollywood: A Century of Movie Magic, The Image Makers: Sixty Years of Hollywood Glamour, and Perfect Pairs.
One of my readers sent me a message asking for the origin on the name "Hot Toasty Rag". She wondered if I was making a "toast" to the actors and actresses of the week. What a cute idea! Actually, that wasn't my intention, but I love the double meaning. So, while Maureen O'Hara's time as Star of the Week has come to an end, and all 22 of her reviews are now posted to her page, now is the time to guess who we will "toast" to next week!
In Maureen O’Hara’s last movie, one she came out of a twenty-year retirement to make, she was paired up romantically with next week’s star, a powerfully magnetic actor who won two Oscars.
Any guesses? Check back on Tuesday to find out!
Maureen O'Hara is Hot Toasty Rag's Star of the Week! I could have made her my December star, since one of her most famous films is a beloved Christmas favorite, but I just couldn't wait that long!
To start with, here are three reviews posted to her page: Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man, and The Parent Trap.
This doesn't happen very often, but I read a modern book and totally loved it. Read my full review of The Story of Beautiful Girl to find out why!
Charles Laughton's time as Star of the Week has come to an end, and all 29 of his reviews have now been posted to his page. Here's a clue for next week's star:
Next week's star impressed Charles Laughton when she was seventeen years old, and he helped propel her to stardom by making her his leading lady in two 1939 films!
Any guesses? Check back on Friday to see if you're right.