litlover12: (GK1)
Some of my friends and I have been passing this one around Facebook, and I thought some of you here might like to do it as well. Consider yourself tagged if you want to be!

Musical I hate: Grease.
Musical that's overrated: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Musical that's underrated: The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Musical I love: My Fair Lady.
Musical I cherish: Singin' in the Rain.
Musical that changed my life: The Sound of Music. First movie musical I ever saw aside from Disney animated ones. I didn't know it then, but it would start a lifelong love of musicals!
First musical I was in: I haven't been in any, except church musicals and a really awful college musical (written by the theater professor's wife). One of my great regrets.
First musical I saw on Broadway: Crazy for You.
litlover12: (LV)
I was having a friendly wrangle with someone on Facebook the other day. It seems she has connections at PBS, and she had advised them to make a new miniseries of Brideshead Revisited, because "no one under 35 has probably seen the first PBS miniseries, and they aren't likely to rent it either."* I argued that, number one, I saw it and enjoyed it when I was under 35, not that long ago; and number two, given how well costume dramas -- and especially Downton -- have done, they could probably re-air the original and pull in lots of younger viewers, as long as they gave it a great big promotional effort. Can't you just hear the ads . . . "Before there was Downton, there was Brideshead." (I added that it doesn't hurt that lots of us youngsters know Anthony Andrews from The Scarlet Pimpernel!) But she doesn't think that would work at all.

What do you all think? Could a re-airing of the original BR do well now on PBS, especially with that prized younger demographic, or would it flop?

*Her idea is Douglas Booth and Max Irons for the leads: "You tell me those CW girls wouldn't tune in!" On that one, she probably has a point!
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This looks like something fun to do when you're supposed to be doing lots of other things! :-)

List fifteen of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices. (Via [livejournal.com profile] goldvermilion87 and [livejournal.com profile] eanor)

1. Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities)
2. Arthur Clennam (Little Dorrit)
3. Harriet Vane (Lord Peter Wimsey series)
4. Lord Peter Wimsey (Lord Peter Wimsey series)
5. Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables series)
6. Jean Valjean (Les Miserables)
7. Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady)
8. Harold Finch (Person of Interest)
9. John Reese (Person of Interest)
10. Frodo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings)
11. Lily Bart (The House of Mirth)
12. Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
13. Betsey Trotwood (David Copperfield)
14. Amy Dorrit (Little Dorrit)
15. Sir Percy Blakeney (The Scarlet Pimpernel)


. . . Only fifteen? I have so many more favorites!
litlover12: (LD5)
[livejournal.com profile] rachkmc did this at her blog, and asked me to do it too. Since it's her birthday, how can I say no? (She just called hers "Rachel's Favorite Romances," but she stuck to literature and literary adaptations. I'm going to follow her lead in that, or I could never narrow it down to ten. But I'm counting plays as literature. Also, I stole one or two of the pictures off her blog. Thanks, Rachel!)


Image-heavy post ahead! )
litlover12: (Beethoven)
If you somehow happened to be inside my head while I've been planning out and preparing next spring's garden, you might have heard something like this:

"No, idiot, you are NOT buying the Scarlet Pimpernel tulips just because they're named after the Scarlet Pimpernel. You don't even like the things. They're weird-looking."

"Okay, as long as I can buy the Fidelio tulips."

"They're just yellow and red tulips. You can buy yellow and red tulips anywhere that are cheaper than that."

"Yeah, but are they named after Beethoven's only opera?"

"All right. Fine. You can buy the Fidelio tulips. As long as you don't buy the Jimmy tulips just because they're called Jimmy. They're orangey-red, and you wanted plain red. And no, they're not named after Jimmy Stewart."

"Are you sure?"

"SHUT UP AND BUY THE PLAIN RED TULIPS ALREADY."

And that was even before I found the Pickwick crocuses.
litlover12: (TKS1)
The blogs Old-Fashioned Charm and Elegance of Fashion are co-hosting a Period Drama Film Tournament. There are 60 contestants in the first round, paired off against each other; you have to visit both blogs to vote in all 30 polls.

Fond as I am of the Sense and Sensibility feature film, I really wish The King's Speech could beat it and advance to the next round. It doesn't have a snowball's chance in a very hot place, I know, but I still wish it could. However, I'm comforted by the fact that Little Dorrit, Our Mutual Friend, The Scarlet Pimpernel, the BBC Pride and Prejudice, and several of my other favorites are doing well.
litlover12: (Sc P2)
At least, not for years. We're getting a new Ivanhoe instead.

Phooey.

Icon meme

Dec. 17th, 2010 10:29 am
litlover12: (MST3K3)
1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of Icon Squee!

Here are my icons that [livejournal.com profile] sonneta  picked:



Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane are one of my all-time favorite couples, so when I saw this icon at [livejournal.com profile] ogeecons , I just had to have it. And since I've had it, I've been surprised to learn how many other people love them too. It's gotten a ton of compliments. The lyric goes so perfectly with the couple!



Gadzooks, it's Sir Percy! (In some ways I think of him as a precursor to Lord Peter.) Anthony Andrews is one of my favorite actors, and he played that dashing, heroic, hilarious Pimpernel to perfection. This, I believe, is from the scene where he's conveying his horror over Chauvelin's substandard cravat. Got it via [livejournal.com profile] kemmi .



I haven't seen Aladdin in years, but I have very fond memories of the Genie. This was another one I just had to have as soon as I saw it. The expression is priceless. Got this one from [livejournal.com profile] jaysta_11 .



A recent acquirement, though I've been wanting an Early Edition icon for a long time. In my opinion, it was hands-down Kyle Chandler's best show and best role ever, and this picture of Gary with a rare smile (poor darling, he got so few opportunities to smile!) makes me melt into a puddle. Love the plaid thing, too. For some reason, it seems that a lot of my favorite TV guys tend to wear plaid, so this icon was especially fitting for me. (See also the icon on this post!) Got this from [livejournal.com profile] akamarykate .



In case you didn't pick up on this from the Gary, Percy, and Peter icons, I'm one of those girls who loves the good guys. Always have, always will. Give me the Pimpernel -- Chauvelin can go jump. But there's one exception: I'm in serious trouble whenever Captain Louis Renault appears. He's bad, I know he's bad, but I can't help it -- he's Claude Rains! And Claude Rains is sexy! That smile -- that voice -- the way he calls Rick "Ricky" -- the jaunty air. . . . Excuse me, I need to go open a window. It's gotten very hot in here.

(But he DOES reform at the end!)

This one is also from [livejournal.com profile] ogeecons .

If you want to chat about some of your icons, comment below and I'll pick five!
litlover12: (Sc P2)
It's being made by Douglas Fairbanks's great-grandson, which is kind of cool. Anyone familiar with this Neil Jackson? I don't think I've seen him in anything. Although a guy who's done James Bond films, ABC Family series, and boxing has to be pretty versatile, one would imagine.

The answers

Jun. 4th, 2010 12:32 pm
litlover12: (CY)
You all got 10 out of 25 correct on my music quiz -- which, considering the crazy grab bag that's on my iPod, is pretty darn good! Here are the rest.

1. Valjean, at last, we see each other plain . . .
2. Here's a happy tune you'll love to croon . . . : "Sam's Song," sung by Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin
3. When you feel downhearted, you must remember this . . . : "You Can Count on Me," from the On the Town soundtrack
4. This can't be love because I feel so well . . . : "This Can't Be Love," sung by Nat King Cole
5. I miss you so much I don't know what to do . . . : "Unburn All Our Bridges," sung by Josh Turner
6. Maria, the most beautiful sound I ever heard . . .
7. Start spreading the news . . .
8. When the dust finally settled . . . : "The Gunfighter," sung by John Schneider
9. I remember days full of restlessness and fury . . . : "Where's the Girl?" from the Scarlet Pimpernel cast album
10. I've dealt with my ghosts and I've faced all my demons . . . "I'm Movin' On," sung by Rascal Flatts
11. You can go but be back soon . . .
12. Let's give the waltz a chance . . . : "Let's See What Happens," sung by Jule Styne
13. When you see a guy reach for stars in the sky . . .
14. Night and day, you are the one . . .
15. Walkin' city streets, everyone I meet . . . : "Everywhere," sung by Brooks Williams
16. Fresh page, new pen . . . : "My Prayer," sung by Chris Rice
17. I don't want to knock the music called rock . . . : "Swing Is Back in Style," sung by Michael Feinstein
18. What's the use of wond'r'in' if he's good or if he's bad . . . : "What's the Use of Wond'r'in'," from the Carousel cast album
19. Make someone happy, make just one someone happy . . .
20. Embrace me, my sweet embraceable you . . .
21. No man, no madness, though their sad power may prevail . . .
22. I got plenty o' nuttin', and nuttin's plenty for me . . . : "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'," sung by Frank Sinatra
23. Starry, starry night, paint your palette blue and gray . . .
24. You will never, ever know, no, you will never see . . . : "It Were All Green Hills," from the Billy cast album (no, not Billy Elliot. This was a different, earlier Billy.)
25. What time tomorrow will we get there . . . : "The Night They Invented Champagne," from the Gigi soundtrack
litlover12: (ATOTC1)
I just got through listening to the Broadway cast album (Encore version) again, and I had to find something to share from this amazing show. From the 1998 Tony Awards performance: 



I just have to say, if ever a man were gypped out of the Tony Award for Best Actor, that man was Douglas Sills.

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