Tinseltown Talks & Movies

Queen Bees

A Film for the Young and the Young at Heart By: Clara Mathews | All photos courtesy of Gravitas Ventures Queen Bees is the fun, feel-good movie you can kick back and enjoy! Ellen Burstyn, Ann Margaret, Jane Curtain, and Loretta Devine star alongside James Caan and Christopher Lloyd in this charming dramedy. Burstyn plays

‘Matilda’ Turns 25

By: Nick Thomas Roald Dahl’s beloved 1988 novel “Matilda” found tremendous success when it was released as a movie nearly a decade later. Today, it remains an enjoyable family film to watch with children and grandchildren, 25 years after its release in July of 1996. Mara Wilson played Matilda, who battles and eventually overcomes adversity.

Ruta Lee Put the ‘Pro’ in Professional

By Nick Thomas ~ Ruta Lee never aspired to be a diva. Acting nonstop in film, TV, and theater since the early 1950s, she tackled projects with complete professionalism. “There was no time to throw fits because you had to work quickly as you rapidly went from job to job,” Lee said from her home

‘TV Therapy’ for Classic Television Stars

By Nick Thomas~ In 2019, actor/writer/producer Terry Ray convinced Erin Murphy,  best known for playing baby Tabitha in “Bewitched,” to reprise her role in a short five-minute web skit. Her now-adult character seeks out a therapist (played by Ray) to deal with childhood issues lingering from growing up as Darrin and Samantha Stephens’s daughter. It

Paul ‘Crocodile Dundee’ Hogan Is Back — Sort Of

By Nick Thomas~ It’s been 35 years since Paul Hogan unleashed the rugged, reptile-wrestling Mick Dundee onto the world in the hit “Crocodile Dundee” franchise. Just last December, Hogan returned in “The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee.” The Aussie actor is quick to point out that “Mr. Dundee” is not another Dundee movie, but a self-parody

A Bumpy Road Led Hank Garrett to ‘Car 54’ and Beyond

By Nick Thomas~ Childhood was rough for Hank Garrett. He grew up in Harlem in the 1940s and 50s, an especially tough time for that New York City neighborhood. “We lived in the slums, and I’d walk into the kitchen in the mornings to find the floor covered with roaches,” Garrett, now living in California,

Jacqueline Bisset’s Thriving Career

By Nick Thomas~ Now in her seventh decade as a film actress, British beauty Jacqueline Bisset first hit the big screen in the mid-1960s. She became a household name after dramatic roles in films such as “Bullitt” with Steve McQueen. Although Bisset’s role as McQueen’s love interest was small, she was on set to witness

Love is Lovelier

The Best Romantic Movies About Baby Boomers in Love By Clara Mathews~ A beautiful young woman and a handsome young man have an awkward yet funny meeting. They often can’t stand each other, and yet — less than two hours later — they are hopelessly in love. It might seem a bit ridiculous, but that

Natalie Wood’s Daughter Keeps the Memories Alive

By Nick Thomas~ With the holidays approaching, it’s only a matter of time before seasonal movie favorites play on televisions nationwide. Though generally a Christmas film, the opening scenes of Miracle on 34th Street occur on Thanksgiving Day, alongside the annual Macy’s parade. For actress Natasha Gregson Wagner, the 1947 movie holds special significance. “I

Bond, James Bond—RIP Sean Connery

Sir Sean Connery epitomized the suave spy and created unique characters during his long and illustrious career. We salute you! For highlights of Sean Connery’s acting career, visit these sites: BBC IMDB          

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