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.
This week, Hot Toasty Rag will be honoring the talent and films of Charles Laughton! To start out with, I've posted reviews to his page for three of his most well-known classics: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mutiny on the Bounty, and The Private Life of Henry VIII. Also, check out his video clip of his incredible performance as Quasimodo in Hunchback--but bring your Kleenexes! I didn't last ten seconds!
Robert Newton's week has ended, and all 25 of his reviews have now been posted to his page. Now it's time for a new star. Want a hint?
Robert Newton’s costar also played Javert in another version of Les Misérables. And, Disney modeled one of their cartoon characters after his performance as a famous literary bell-ringer.
Any guesses? Check back on Saturday to see if you're right!
Happy Birthday to Hot Toasty Rag!
In one year, we've shared 780 movie reviews and 187 book reviews, for a grand total of 967 reviews on our site! Party time!
What have been some of your favorites that The Rag has reviewed? Anything you'd like to see posted? Any movie stars you'd like to see honored as Star of the Week? Let me know in the comments or send me a message on the About page.
Thanks for all your support and here's to another year : )
Robert Newton, the man who created the original pirate, is Hot Toasty Rag's Star of the Week! He's much more than Long John Silver and Blackbeard, though, but I'll start posting those reviews tomorrow. For now, enjoy his most famous films posted to his page, Treasure Island, Long John Silver, and Blackbeard the Pirate. Plus, learn how to talk like a pirate by watching his video clip!
I rarely share non-fiction reviews on The Rag, even though I do read them, so here are a bunch of non-fiction funny books I’ve read over the years. Spring makes you want to read something lighthearted, doesn’t it? Do any of these sound good to you?
30 Rock and Philosophy
How Not to Become a Crotchety Old Man
I Am America (And So Can You!)
A Man Without a Country
On Being Blonde
Texts from Last Night
Deborah Kerr's time as Star of the Week has come to an end, and all 35 movie reviews have been posted to her page. Here's your clue for next week's star:
Next week’s star, who played Deborah Kerr’s dad in a movie, isn’t a household name. But without him, there would be no such thing as “International Talk Like a Pirate Day”. . .
Do you know who it is? Check back on Tuesday to see if you're right!
It doesn’t happen very often, but every once in a while I read a modern book that I love. I loved The Story of Beautiful Girl. Read my full review to find out why!
You know what would be fun? Let's say Hot Toasty Rag is honoring a movie star that you haven't heard of. You see his picture and read a few reviews, but you still don't know if you want to rent one of his movies. How cool would it be if there was a video clip of one of his performances, right there on the page?
I think it would be cool. So, ta da! Hot Toasty Rag will now feature a video clip on each Star of the Week's page. I've updated the list of stars so far. Take a look!
Jennifer Aniston - clip from Along Came Polly
Richard Burton - clip from Cleopatra
Michael Caine - clip from Alfie
Kevin Costner - clip from Dances with Wolves
Doris Day - clip from Romance on the High Seas
Kirk Douglas - clip from The Bad and the Beautiful
Mia Farrow - clip from The Great Gatsby
Jane Fonda - clip from Barefoot in the Park
Ava Gardner - clip from The Night of the Iguana
Kathryn Grayson - clip from Show Boat
Katharine Hepburn - clip from Adam's Rib
Howard Keel - clip from Annie Get Your Gun
Deborah Kerr - clip from Tea and Sympathy
Jude Law - clip from The Holiday
Shirley MacLaine - clip from Some Came Running
Paul Newman - clip from Hud
David Niven - clip from Stairway to Heaven
Gregory Peck - clip from To Kill a Mockingbird
Sidney Poitier - clip from Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Robert Redford - clip from The Great Gatsby
Jean Simmons - clip from Elmer Gantry
Frank Sinatra - clip from The Joker is Wild
Elizabeth Taylor - clip from A Place in the Sun
Sam Waterston - clip from The Glass Menagerie
Catherine Zeta-Jones - clip from Chicago
This week, Hot Toasty Rag will honor the films of Deborah Kerr! Even if you don't think you know who she is, I know you've seen her. She's the girl in the famous ocean kiss scene redone a million times over. To start with, I've posted reviews for From Here to Eternity (the ocean makeout movie), The King and I, and Separate Tables to her page. Enjoy, and come back every day for new reviews!
What have you been reading lately? I’ll let you in on my recent books. In case I’ve hooked any of you in on the Sweet Valley University series, I have another review for you: Volume 15: Behind Closed Doors. Also, I read a pretty interesting mysterious novel The Incident Under the Overpass. And for you romance lovers out there, I read a pretty funny book, despite the drama implied in the title: The Fall of January Cooper.
All 59 of David Niven's movie reviews have now been posted to his page, as well as his three book reviews, so he must relinquish his title of Star of the Week. Any guesses for next week's star? Here's a clue:
David Niven said this about one of the five films he made with next week’s star: “They gave me very good lines and then cut to [her] while I was saying them.” No hard feelings, though. He won an Oscar for that performance!
Check back on Wednesday to find out who it is!
I know, by now, you must know how much I love David Niven the actor. I’ll bet you didn’t know how much I love David Niven the author, did you? His memoirs, written in the 1970s, were some of the most beloved, best-selling memoirs in Hollywood! And, since celebrity bios is one of my favorite genres to read, I can absolutely endorse that statement. He’s an incredibly talented writer, and it’s become a Christmas tradition for me to curl up and read one of his four books at the end of the year.
Read my reviews to find out why I love his books so much!
The Moon’s a Balloon
Bring On the Empty Horses
Go Slowly, Come Back Quickly