The Jetsons Halloween Costumes (Plus Trivia)

Jane, Judy, and... George? Is That You?????

Jane Jetson Halloween Costume
Naturally, loving the Golden Age of Hollywood and Classic Television like I do, I think the coolest Halloween costumes are from yesterday rather than today. Not only are these costumes fun and nostalgic, they almost guarantee you that you’ll be dressed in an original.

I was always a bigger fan of The Flintstones than I was of The Jetsons, but I have to admit, the Jane Jetson Costume, above, is ridiculously cute. The orange wig and boots are included with the dress.

The other family members are shown below – Not sure what’s up with “George,” though!

George Jetson Halloween Costume
Daughter Judy….

Judy Jetson Halloween Costume
I wasn’t able to round up an Elroy or Astro. Astro doesn’t surprise me but I thought there’d be an Elroy. Maybe he’d be too tough to identify.

The Jetsons Trivia:

  • The Jetsons was the first program ever to be broadcast in color on ABC.
  • Based on the Blondie comic strip.
  • Mel Blanc was the voice of  Cosmo S. Spacely.
  • The Jetsons’ phone number is VENUS-1234.
  • The Jetson clan appeared in print ads for Electrasol Dish Washer tabs and were the subject of a series of collectible tins (2004-05) .
  • George O’Hanlon (the voice of George Jetson) portrayed a TV Commentator in the 1976 smash hit “Rocky.”
  • Don Messick (Astro) is a legendary voice actor. Among countless other characters, he was Dr. Benton C. Quest and Bandit in Johnny Quest, Muttley on Wacky Races, Sebastian the Cat in Josie and the Pussycats, and perhaps most memorable of all… he was Scooby Doo!
  • Jean Vander Pyl brought Rosie the Robot to life. Flintstone fans, such as myself, will recognize the name as the voice behind Wilma.
  • Janet Waldo (Judy Jetson) was also the voice for Penelope Pitstop in Wacky Races. She provided the voice for many memorable animated characters and appeared, herself, in a great number of television shows such as The Andy Griffith Show, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Petticoat Junction, and I Love Lucy.
  • On the episode of  The Andy Griffith Show titled “A Wife for Andy,” Janet Waldo was Amanda.

Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen

by Audrey Hepburn's Son Luca Dotti

Audrey at Home
Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen, by Audrey Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti, is a warm and wonderful biography of the Hollywood legend he simply called “mom.” Filled with recollections, anecdotes, excerpts from her personal correspondence, drawings, and recipes for her favorite dishes written in her own hand, and more than 250 previously unpublished personal family photographs, this book would make a wonderful gift for any Audrey Hepburn fan.

From Amazon:

Enter Audrey Hepburn’s private world in this unique biography compiled by her son that combines recollections, anecdotes, excerpts from her personal correspondence, drawings, and recipes for her favorite dishes written in her own hand, and more than 250 previously unpublished personal family photographs.

Audrey at Home offers fans an unprecedented look at the legendary star, bringing together the varied aspects of her life through the food she loved—from her childhood in Holland during World War II, to her time in Hollywood as an actress and in Rome as a wife and mother, to her final years as a philanthropist traveling the world for UNICEF.

Here are fifty recipes that reflect Audrey’s life, set in the context of a specific time, including Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream—a celebration of liberation in Holland at the end of the war; Penne alla Vodka—a favorite home-away-from-home dish in Hollywood; Turkish-style Sea Bass—her romance with and subsequent marriage to Andrea Dotti; Boeuf à la Cuillère—Givenchy’s favorite dish, which she’d prepare when he’d visit her in Switzerland; and Mousse au Chocolat—dinner at the White House. Audrey also loved the basics: Spaghetti al Pomodoro was an all-time favorite, particularly when returning home from her travels, as was a dish of good vanilla ice cream. Each recipe is accompanied by step-by-step instructions, including variations and preparation tips, anecdotes about Audrey and her life, and a poignant collection of photographs and memorabilia.

Audrey at Home is a personal scrapbook of Audrey’s world and the things she loved best—her children, her friends, her pets. It is a life that unfolds through food, photographs, and intimate vignettes in a sophisticated and lovely book that is a must for Audrey Hepburn fans and food lovers. – Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen

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Rio Bravo: It’s Never the Wrong Time to Watch this Classic Western

John Wayne, Dean Martin, Walter Brennan, Angie Dickinson, Ricky Nelson...

Rio Bravo

Fun Every Time You Watch it: Rio Bravo

I guess the fact that I am infatuated with Westerns shouldn’t surprise me – my dad was one of the three biggest Westerns fans in the entire world. Literally, the first movies I remember watching involve cowboys, dirt roads, shootouts, ladies in long skirts, and lots of Clint Eastwood and John Wayne. Even some of my earliest television memories are of Gunsmoke.

Now married to another Western fan, my love for the genre continues. I was once asked who I preferred in Westerns, John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. I told them that was like asking me to choose between coffee and sweet tea – the answer is whichever one’s in front of me at the moment!

Two of my favorite all-time Westerns are Rio Bravo (1959) and El Dorado (1966).   Even today, they’re just good, clean, outrageous fun to watch.  I actually feel sorry for anyone who can’t sit back and enjoy a good old movie and simply take it for what it is.

Fun!

Although I love James Caan’s Mississippi in El Dorado about as much as I love any movie character (and Robert Mitchum is mesmeriing as Sherrif J.P. Harrah ), I’d say my favorite of the two is Rio Bravo…. but just by a “feather.”

John Wayne, Dean Martin, Walter Brennan,  Angie Dickinson, and Ricky Nelson – with a cast like this, how could it not be a classic?!  Although it’s darn near impossible to pick any out of that group, I’d (personally) say that Martin, Dickinson, and Brennan make the movie extra special.  

In a pretty limited role – Carlos Robante, as Pedro, is also the very definition of scene-stealer.

Plot:  In a small town in Texas, John Wayne is Sheriff John T. Chance. Along with his “drunk” deputy/friend, Dude (portrayed brilliantly by Dean Martin), a crankly old man deputy with a limp “Stumpy” (Walter Brennan at his best), and a singing young sure-shot named Colorado (a VERY young Ricky Nelson), he has to keep an eye on a murderer whose very wealthy and powerful brother is trying to break out of jail.  As if Sheriff Chance doesn’t have his hands full with these characters, a beautiful distraction named Feathers (beautifully played by Angie Dickinson) comes to town on the stagecoach. She’s mysterious, chatty, and filled with equal amounts of energy and trouble.

Let the games begin!

I could watch this movie once a week and never complain – even though I’m pretty sure I could quote every line that comes out of “Stumpy” and “Feathers.”  How are you going to miss with names like those?  The wonderful Walter Brennan (Stumpy) and too gorgeous to even be believed or forgiven Angie Dickinson (Feathers) are at their best – and that’s saying something.

If you’ve never watched Rio Bravo or El Dorado, I’d whole-heartedly recommend buying the DVDs. You’ll fall in love with both movies.  If you HAVE seen them, watch them again.

Somehow they just get better and better with each viewing.

DVDs on AMAZON: Rio Bravo and El Dorado

My Rifle, My Pony, and Me/Cindy – Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Walter Brennan:

Rio Bravo Trivia

  • The sets were built to 7/8th scale, so the performers look larger than life.
  • Ricky Nelson celebrated his 18th birthday during filming of Rio Bravo.
  • Director  Howard Hawks didn’t want Ricky Nelson in the role of Colorado. He thought he was too young and unproven to handle his own with Martin and Wayne.  He was so sour on the idea that he deliberately gave Nelson the fewest possible number of lines he could for a third-billed star. Undoubtedly, after Ricky Nelson proved himself (and surely helped with the success of the movie), he realized he’d been wrong.
  • Howard Hawks’ first choice for Colorado was actually Elvis Presley! Elvis was excited about the idea but his manager asked for too much money along with… get this.. top billing! Over John Wayne! Naturally Hawks and Wayne would have none of it, so the search for Colorado continued. Elvis Presley went on to join the US army in March 1958, two months before filming of Rio Bravo began.
  • One of the movie’s most famous fans is none other than actor/producer/writer Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino has said that before he enters into a relationship with a girl, he shows her Rio Bravo. If she doesn’t like it, the deal is off – there is no relationship! I can appreciate that.
  • John Wayne was 51 during the filming of Rio Bravo.
  • Montgomery Clift, who happened to be a very liberal Democrat, turned down the role of Dude because he’d have to work with very conservative Republicans John Wayne and Walter Brennan. Clift suggested Dean Martin for the role and the rest is history.

Ultimate Roundup of Gift Ideas for Star Trek Fans

Tees, Socks, Mugs, DVDs, and More for Proud Trekkies!

Star Trek Live Long and Prosper t-shirt
I was working on several different posts featuring Star Trek gift ideas… the sort of things that make Trekkies tremble in the knees. Then I decided to just put them all together in one huge roundup type of post.

The Officially Licensed Star Trek T-Shirt Live Long and Prosper Original Series, shown at the top of the post, is 100% Preshrunk Cotton.

Another personal favorite are the Star Trek Spock with Ears Crew Socks, pictured below. Come on??? How great are these guys?!

Spock Socks
Star Trek Decal Stickers for your Vehicle:

Star Trek in the Kitchen (Kirk Apron, Salt & Pepper Shakers, Gadgets…):

Star Trek T-Shirts: (Different Colors Usually Available)

Star Trek on DVD (the Complete Original Series):

Star Trek: The Complete Original Series (Seasons 1-3) 
Last, but in no way least, is the Emotions of Spock Poster (below). It’s a classic!

Many Emotions of Spock Poster


John Wayne Hondo Poster and DVD

Plus Geraldine Page, John Wayne, and James Arness Trivia

John Wayne Poster

Hondo John Wayne Poster

In the 1953 Western Hondo , John Wayne portrayed the role of Army dispatch rider Hondo Lane.  The plot entails Hondo finding a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches.  Naturally, he feels compelled to become their protector.

The movie stars Geraldine Page as Angie Lowe and James Arness (best known to all of us as Marshal Dillon) as an Army Indian Scout.

Buy the Full Screen DVD on Amazon: Hondo.

Did You Know?

  • Pal, the dog that played Sam, was the son of the one and only Lassie.
  • Katharine Hepburn was originally planned to star in the role of Angie. However, as the script continued to come together, the female role grew smaller – soon becoming one that wouldn’t be suitable for a star of Hepburn’s stature.
  • Katharine Hepburn and John Wayne would finally become co-stars more than twenty years later in Rooster Cogburn (1975).
  • Apparently the very liberal and “left wing” Geraldine Page did not see eye-to-eye, politically, with her right-wing co-stars John Wayne, Ward Bond, James Arness and John Farrow.
  • After viewing the finished film at a private screening, John Wayne jokingly said, “I’ll be damned if I’m not the stuff men are made of!”
  • Hondo was the film debut for the Broadway actress Geraldine Page.
  • Geraldine Page was offered the role of Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), but she turned it down. Louise Fletcher, who then took the role, went on to win the Best Actress Oscar for the performance.
  • Very often in his career, the 6’7″ James Arness was surrounded by co-stars standing on apple boxes. Other times, he actually had to stand in a ditch so everyone would fit in one shot!
  • James Arness got the role of  Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke in 1955 after John Wayne suggested it.  Although rumor has it that Wayne  turned down the role, he was never offered the role.
  • Made four movies with his close friend John Wayne during the 1950s.

Things You Have to Get for a Child’s Birthday Party in Montreal

One of the best and most stressful jobs a person will take on in their life is as a parent. There are a variety of things you will have to do in order to make sure your child stays healthy and happy. Among the best experiences a parent will have is planning their child’s birthday. In order to get the right results, you will have to do a good bit of planning and purchasing of equipment. The following are a few things you have to do when trying to plan out a great birthday party for your child.

Start Early To Avoid Stress

The first thing you need to consider when trying to plan a great birthday party is starting early. You need to make sure you have a handle on what type of party your child wants. Make sure you have a handle on the characters and activities they like. The more you are able to find out about the wants and desires of your children, the easier you will find it to get the right results. The time that goes into this process will be more than worth it in the end.

Plan Out Activities

The next thing you need to consider when trying to plan a great activities for the party. One of the most desired activities at a kids party is face painting Toronto. By taking your time, you will be able to get the right activities to keep the kids at your party entertained and excited the whole time. Be sure to consult with professionals in order to get some ideas on new activities that can keep your kids occupied. By getting a professional to advise you during this process, you will be able to get the best possible results.

The Food is Very Important

Another very important thing you have to consider when trying to plan a great party is the food you will serve. In order to have success with the food at the party, you will have to be broad with your selections. You need to make sure you get an idea of what each of the kids like so you can structure your meal around it. By putting in the right amount of research, you will be able to get your menu perfected before the first guest even arrives at the party.

When choosing to work with Pop Toy and Party, you will can get the best possible party planned for your child without having to put in a lot of work. Be sure to call them or go to their website for more information on what they have to offer.

Audrey Hepburn Canvas Cloth Framed Poster

Ready to Hang and Add Glamour to Any Wall!

Audrey Hepburn Framed Poster
The gorgeous Classic Audrey Hepburn Picture Poster shown here is framed and ready to grace any lucky wall.  It’s available on Amazon which means the buying process couldn’t be easier or faster.

  • Material: Canvas Cloth,size:8*10inch
  • Great Wall Decor
  • Brand New Item
  • Your professionally framed poster ships ready-to-hang!

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Creating a Sanctuary in Your Home

If you are planning to remodel your home or wish to give your home a new atmosphere, there is a new product on the market that will actually allow you to create a different mood in each room of your home. As a matter of fact, you can easily create a relaxing sanctuary in your home that will give you the best place to just sit and enjoy the feel of the room.

This new way to create an inviting room is by way of wallpaper that is actually murals created in many different styles and designs. There is no longer a need for that gooey wallpaper paste as these new designs have adhesive on the back that allow you to easily apply to the wall and just use a squeegee to ensure the wallpaper to completely flat and adheres to the wall.

If you are wondering what you can find with this easy to use wallpaper, you will actually be amazed at all of the possibilities. Wallpaper comes in a variety of patterns, colors, and designs including black and white or flowers in many different colors.

Wall murals allow you to have even more fun when it comes to designing the interior of your home or just one room. Wall murals come in many different styles including animals such as a pond full of fish or a hawks flying over the mountain; architecture like city skyline at night, Brooklyn Bridge, or a lighthouse; artwork; inspirational, music, nature, objects, transportation, vintage, city scape, flower and wildlife. The choices are practically endless and can certainly help you create the type of atmosphere you desire for your bedroom, office, or den.

Instead of just painting a room, today you can make the room come to life with all kinds of styles and designs no matter if you want patterns that brighten up a room or want to create a stunning wall with wildlife or flowers.

The best part of all is that you cannot find exactly what you are looking for, you can create your own designs using your own photos. You may want to create a wall mural using your own pets, your children, grandchildren, or even old photos of ancestors. No matter what you desire, you will be able to create an amazing room that will be your own and will never find at another home in your neighborhood or even in the world according to the choices you make.

You can easily create a sanctuary or make your home certainly an extension of your personality or your desires just by using wallpaper and wall murals. You can easily become an interior designer with your own ideas when you can create your own designs and styles. Canvaswallpaper.com offers an array of ideas that will help you create any mood you desire in your home or office.

 

 

Beautiful Marilyn Monroe Bed Set

Bedspread, Flat Sheet, and Pillow Cases.... Great Gift Idea

Beautiful Marilyn Monroe Bedspread Set

The beautiful Marilyn Monroe Bedding Set pictured above is available on Amazon and would make possibly the best gift for any Marilyn Monroe fan of all time.

Made of 100% cotton, the set includes the bedspread, 1 Flat Sheet  and two pillowcases.  The black, white, and red theme is just perfect. Add a vase of roses to your bedside table and a great looking Marilyn Monroe print (or two or fifty) on the wall and you’re in business.

Click the link above or the picture, itself, for more information.

More Marilyn Monroe Bed Sets, Blankets, and More on Amazon.

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