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Oscars, Shmoscars

by Chexy on February 27, 2012

The end of another awards season… it’s only a matter of time before George Clooney dumps Stacy Keibler. Back to wrestling.

Last night’s Oscarcast with Uncle Billy Crystal was like going back to Ohio for a family reunion… under duress. Billy was double-miked, creating this weird sound, like he was coming to us from the past… and he was, where he’d apparently left his better jokes, and rightly so.

The show attempted to start with Morgan Freeman bringing the gravitas… to introduce a comedy bit by Billy Crystal. And we’re off from the start.

Producer Brian Grazer’s nostalgia for the ’80s extends past his hairdo. This sluggish debacle brought back the feeling of angst I felt watching Debbie Allen’s choreography from years past… without the lavish dancing and costumes.

Unfortunately, the Oscars are just too late. We’ve been through all the awards, a dozen red carpets, and one more ceremony just feels like… “one pony away from a Bar Mitzvah” that we’re obligated to attend.

One of the few writers to make a decent joke was an ad-lib by posing like Jolie, a bit of spontaneity welcomed in an otherwise rehearsed and obligatory parade.

The arrival of Cirque du Soleil had me secretly hoping for a “Spider-Man” type mishap to add some excitement.

In the end, mediocrity won the day (as it nearly always does in Hollywood), with a mildly charming film with a wildly expensive ad campaign sweeping the awards. Shocker.

I feel betrayed by the event… in much the same way Cameron Diaz should feel about her hair stylist.

On the bright side… award season is over. We can all go home now.

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Oscar Coverage

by Chexy on February 26, 2012

Your Chexy will be live-blogging the Oscars on Facebook, beginning at 2:30 PT with coverage of the red carpet on E!, then on ABC.

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Best in Vogue

by Chexy on February 15, 2012

Malachy the Pekingese, voted Best in Show yesterday at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in NYC, and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour at the Michael Kors Fall 2012 fashion show today in Manhattan.

One’s a bitch.

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Friday Face: Leontyne Price

by Chexy on February 10, 2012

No, darlings, it’s not Turban Tuesday, it’s Friday Face, and it’s opera legend Leontyne Price’s 85th birthday! And before you say you hate opera, listen to this.

Here, she sings Gershwin for President Carter at the White House in 1978.

And here, as Aida, from a television program in 1963.

Among her many honors: the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964), the Kennedy Center Honors (1980), the National Medal of Arts (1985), numerous honorary degrees, nineteen Grammy Awards (13 for operatic or song recitals, five for full operas) and a special Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989 — more than any other classical singer.

In October 2008, she was one of the recipients of the first Opera Honors given by the National Endowment for the Arts.

A star since her debut in 1952, Leontyne Price is today’s Friday Face.

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Golden Globes Roundup

by Chexy on January 16, 2012

Angelina Jolie successfully hides behind a microphone stand while dressed as a Red Cross worker who escaped from a 1960s sci-fi movie, but managed to grab a lipstick.

George Clooney won for Best Actor in “The Descendants,” and proved that adorable has a shelf life.

Meryl Streep was, surprise, Best Actress for “Iron Lady.” Ironworkers apparently welded this Harvey Girl in mourning dress for her. Viola Davis is “her girl.”

Madonna. No time to do her roots. Too busy doing flexes.

Sarah Michelle Gellar revealed on the red carpet that her toddler daughter picked out this dress for mommy… from the Jerry Garcia Memorial Collection at SEARS. Piper Perabo washed out in the “before” version of the same frock.

Sofia Vergara was Deco perfection in Vera Wang, revealing that she made two trips to the gym a day to fit into this spectacular number.

“Bridesmaids” star Melissa McCarthy revealed that she made two trips to the fridge a night to fit into her green sheath. Work! Paula Patton as Chiquita Banana without hair, makeup and fruit turban.

Gerard Butler proves comedy is hard by completely blowing a joke in his flopped intro with Mila Kunis.

Best Foreign Language film winner for “The Separation,” Asghar Farhadi proves that comedy is easy when he says that Iranians are “loving.”

Reese Witherspoon with her roots. You can take the girl out of Santa Barbara, but you can’t put her in this dress without a hairdo and makeup.

Queen Latifah… there may be a sequin shortage for the Oscars. She looks good in drag, but desperately needs a big ass wig. Sorry, no other big ass joke.

Kate Winslet, simple but elegant “Mildred Pierce” daywear. Too bad this wasn’t lost in the fire at Richard Branson’s house.

Ricky Gervais managed to get all the Scientologists not to show up. Thanks! He clearly spent more time promoting the show than writing it. I predict he won’t be back.

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Reading the Comics

by Chexy on January 12, 2012

Kathy Griffin at last night’s People’s Choice Awards, and “SNL” alum Cheri Oteri.

Funny.

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Camel Burnett

by Chexy on January 9, 2012

The great Carol Burnett, 78, as seen at NBC’s 90th birthday tribute to Betty White on Sunday, and a camel.

One was a 2003 Kennedy Center Honors recipient.

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Star on Walk of Fame Loses All Meaning 12/12/11

by Chexy on December 12, 2011

As seen today in Hollywood.

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Thirty Seconds from Mars

by Chexy on November 21, 2011

Bruno Mars as seen last night at the AMAs, and the young Queen Latifah.

Only one is rumored to be Lebanese.

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Friday Face: Thelma Ritter

by Chexy on November 18, 2011

If a piece of New York cheesecake could talk, it would sound like Thelma Ritter, today’s Friday Face, born in Brooklyn on Valentine’s Day 1902. She would become the most beloved character actress of her day.

At age 8, Ritter was performing recitals and monologues at Brooklyn’s PS 77. After acting in high school plays and stock companies, she enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She married actor Joseph Moran in 1927, and they had two children.

She resumed her career performing in radio in 1940. In 1946, her old friend, director George Seaton, offered her a bit part in the now classic “Miracle on 34th Street,” in which Thelma would play a tired holiday shopper. Fox’s Darryl F. Zanuck was so moved by her performance, he had her role expanded — and it launched an unparalleled film career that would see 6 Oscar nominations as Best Supporting Actress. She never won.

Her first nomination was for her absolutely delicious role as the acerbic maid Birdie, opposite Bette Davis in 1950′s “All About Eve.” There isn’t a scene she’s in that she doesn’t steal.

She would earn four consecutive nominations — a feat equaled only by Jennifer Jones, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, and Al Pacino. Greer Garson had five consecutive nominations.

In the original “Titanic” made in 1953, she portrayed the cardplaying wisecracker, Maude Young. One of her lines is delivered wistfully and has always stayed with me.

Maude: [after Richard has rejected his son Norman and refused to play in the shuffleboard match with him]

“It certainly clouded up. Well, word’ll do it faster than a hickory stick any time.”

Hitchcock fans know her from 1954′s “Rear Window,” where she plays Stella, the visiting nurse for Jimmy Stewart. She played opposite Frank Sinatra and Edward G. Robinson in “A Hole in the Head.” She got drunk with Rock Hudson in “Pillow Talk.”

Ritter played serious roles too… she was perfect as Burt Lancaster’s mother  in “Birdman of Alcatraz.”

She had the gift of being able to say everything with a look.

Thelma worked steadily in television. Her daughter, Monica Moran, launched a brief film career. I can’t find any info about her son.

Here’s a clip from a Hitchcock TV show opposite another great character actress, Mary Wickes.

Nurse! This is from her work opposite Susan Hayward in “With a Song in My Heart.”

Below as Moe Williams with Richard Widmark in “Pickup on South Street.” … she was a walking Hopper painting.

Here’s Thelma in an early uncredited role, “A Letter to Three Wives,” where she plays Connie Gilchrist’s loveable neighbor with an opinion. She often played cards in her films.

Thelma Ritter died of a heart attack 10 days before her 67th birthday, shortly after performing on a Jerry Lewis TV show.

Shockingly, Thelma Ritter does not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Howie Mandel, Nicolas Cage and the Olsen twins do.

You can write to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce here, to ask for a star for Thelma.

The marvelous, witty, earthy, darling Thelma Ritter is today’s Friday Face.

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