Planet of the Apes: Cornelius Pop Vinyl Figure

Planet of the Apes Cornelius Pop! Vinyl Figure

I have to admit, I’ve recently fallen hard for Pop Vinyls – my collection’s off to a really fun start and I can’t wait to watch it grow.  As  a huge fan of the original Planet of the Apes movies, I know right now what my next addition will be.

You’re looking at him right now – Planet of the Apes Cornelius Pop! Vinyl Figure!

Entertainment Earth has countless Pop Vinyls – so many, in fact, that I can’t imagine looking anywhere else for these little guys.

Click through the link or picture at the top to take a closer look at too-cute-for-his-own-good Cornelius and to see the MANY other figures they have.

Talk about adorable Christmas gift ideas!

Classic Monsters Movie Collection on DVD

Classic Monsters Movie Collection

Can you believe it’s already the end of August? Halloween will be here before you know it and you know what that means for those of us who love old movies…. monsters!!!

The Classic Monsters Spotlight Collection [Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Creature from Black Lagoon] (Universal’s 100th Anniversary) (pictured above) includes the coolest of the cool… make that, the ghoulist of the ghoul.

Disc 1 – Dracula (1931):
The Road to Dracula
Feature Commentary with Film Historian David J. Skal
New Score By Philip Glass Performed by the Kronos Quartet
Poster and Photo Montage
Production Notes
Cast and Filmmakers
Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2 – Frankenstein:
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster
Feature Commentary with Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
Archives
Boo!
Production Notes
Cast and Filmmakers
Theatrical Trailer

Disc 3 – The Bride of Frankenstein:
She’s Alive! Creating The Bride of Frankenstein
Feature Commentary with Film Historian Scott MacQueen
Archives
Production Notes
Cast and Filmmakers
Theatrical Trailer

Disc 4 – Creature From the Black Lagoon:
Back to The Black Lagoon
Feature Commentary with Film Historian Tom Weaver
Production Photography
Theatrical Trailer
Cast and Filmmakers
Production Notes
Recommendations

See Classic Monsters Spotlight Collection [Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Creature from Black Lagoon] (Universal’s 100th Anniversary) for more information!

Lauren Bacall: Ten Fast Facts About the Legendary Beauty

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The ridiculously beautiful and talented Lauren Bacall died Tuesday at the age of 89.  On the heels of Robin Williams’ death, this has been a week to remember – and not in a good way.

Hollywood Yesterday was created for this very reason – to keep the stars alive and shining brightly… the way they’re meant to.

Lauren Bacall should always be remembered for being extraordinarily beautiful (and colorful!) inside as well as outside.

10 Facts About Lauren Bacall

  1. Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She originally wanted to be a dancer, but decided on acting.
  2. She lived in the same New York apartment building as  John Lennon and actually heard the shot that killed him in December, 1980. She told Twiggy in a UK television interview that she assumed the gunshot was a car tire bursting or a vehicle backfiring.
  3. Bacall is from her mother’s maiden name, Bacal. She simply added an extra l.
  4. Those close to her called her by her given name, Betty.
  5. She was an only child.
  6. Katharine Hepburn was a long-time friend of Lauren Bacall’s and is even the godmother of her son, Sam Robards.
  7. She was married to Humphrey Bogart from 1945 to his death in 1957.
  8. Bacall made two movies with John Wayne, Blood Alley (1955) and The Shootist (1976). During production of Blood Alley, her husband (Humphrey Bogart) was dying of throat cancer.
  9. At Humphrey Bogart’s funeral, she put a whistle in his coffin. It was a sweet reference to her famous line to him in their first film together (To Have and Have Not) in 1944: “You know how to whistle, don’t you? You just put your lips together and blow.”.
  10. Along with Veronica Lake, Julie London, and Rita Hayworth, Bacall was one of the four inspirations that helped shape the Jessica Rabbit character.

May she forever rest in peace with her beloved Humphrey Bogart.

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Mega Post: Golden Age of Hollywood iPhone Cases

Mariln Monroe iPhone Case
I was working on a series of posts featuring the gorgeous iPhone cases available online for fans of “Classic Hollywood” – I  had posts for Audrey Hepburn,  James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and so on. Then it hit me… why not just collect them all in one place.

This way it’s easier to link to the collection all at once.

Simple. And since I like simple.. I’m all over it.

Click through any to take a closer look. Most are available in for whatever iPhone you happen to have, so be sure to find just the one(s) you need.

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Audrey Hepburn Barbie Dolls: For Collectors AND Audrey Hepburn Fans

Audrey Hepburn Barbie Doll

 

If  you (or someone you’re shopping for) happens to be an Audrey Hepburn fan or a Barbie collector, this post is for you. If you/they happen to fit both descriptions, this post might just make your day!

The beautiful Barbie Collector Audrey Hepburn Roman Holiday Doll, shown above, is almost as lovely as Audrey Hepburn was, herself.

She’s available on Amazon and I’m sure you’ll be as pleasantly surprised by the price as I was. Seriously, I thought it’d be much higher.

  • This doll celebrates Audrey Hepburn, one of the most admired and beloved actresses of all time
  • Features Audrey’s character from the movie Roman Holiday
  • Audrey Hepburn plays a busy and sheltered princess who escapes for some sightseeing in Rome
  • Celebrate her timeless symbol of elegance and sophistication
  • A must have for any Barbie Collector

See Barbie Collector Audrey Hepburn Roman Holiday Doll for more information, and a close-up look at the doll’s gorgeous face, as well as the awesome details on the dress and shoes.

The second Audrey Hepburn Barbie Doll on Amazon is pictured below.  She’s just as beautiful as the one above!

Audrey Hepburn Sabrina Barbie Doll

This doll is the Barbie Collector Audrey Hepburn Sabrina Doll. Again, click through the picture or the link for more information and a closer look!

Serious collectors might also want to check out the 1998 Audrey Hepburn “Breakfast at Tiffanys” Barbie Doll. There’s actually only one of these dolls left on Amazon right now.

DVD Review: Rio Grande with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara

 Rio Grande with John Wayne
A few nights ago I watched Rio Grande (1950) and, strangely enough, I realized I’d never seen this particular western before. It’s strange because, for one thing, I’ve seen COUNTLESS old movies – particularly westerns. But the thing that makes it almost too strange to believe is the fact that Marueen O’Hara is one of my favorite actresses in the world.

How could I have missed one of her movies?!?!

I feel greatly relieved that I’ve set things right now.  As you’d imagine, she was beyond lovely and did all but steal each scene she appeared in.  I call it the O’Hara Magic.

Rio Grande was directed by the great John Ford.  This was the first of five movies John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara would make together  (Rio GrandeThe Quiet ManThe Wings of EaglesMcLintock! and Big Jake) and was the third (and final) of the John Wayne/John Ford Cavalry films, which started with Fort Apache and was followed by She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.

Plot Synopsis:  Rio Grande takes place after the Civil War. Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke (John Wayne) and and Kathleen Yorke (Maureen O’Hara) find themselves battling the Apaches and one other.

Yorke leads his Calvary troops to the Rio Grande to fight the Apaches. He finds himself also fighting to keep his family AND his reputation.

The great supporting cast includes Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr., Victor McLaglen and Chill Wills.

If you watch (and love) old movies like I do, I don’t have to tell you that the “oldies” aren’t perfect.  Whether we’re talking “political correctness,” sets, dialogue, or even acting (except for that O’Hara Magic, that is) – watching old movies involves casting expectations of perfection out the window and simply enjoying the ride.

Rio Grande is a very fun and enjoyable movie and it’s John Wayne just how John Wayne fans love him.  He’s a tough guy with a heart.

Find Rio Grande on Amazon – in addition to all of John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara”s other movies.

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Marilyn Monroe Wall Murals

Four of a Kind Marilyn Monroe James Dean Elvis Presley Humphrey Bogart Mini Mural Huge Poster
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The Marilyn Monroe wall murals shown here are available online at All Posters. Click through each for a closer look – each one is gorgeous but my favorite just might be the one above.  I’m crazy about the ones that make it seem like Marilyn, Bogart, James Dean, and Elvis are hanging out.

Marilyn Monroe at Cannes by Valery Hache Mini Mural Huge Movie Poster Print
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The two below are also gorgeous – Marilyn Monroe in her legendary white dress.

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Maleficent Coffee Mug (Love This!)

Maleficent Mug

 

Obviously Hollywood Yesterday celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood AND Classic Television – but every now and again this movie lover’s present day opinions, rants, and raves are given the light of day.

Especially when they involve a favorite actor or actress. One of my all-time favorite actresses, Angelina Jolie, recently gave the performance of a lifetime in Disney’s Maleficent. I loved everything about this movie and can’t wait to watch it again.

And again and again and again…

The movie has brought about a renewed love of the classic Sleeping Beauty and has earned Aurora and Maleficent a new legion of fans.

I’m bent on buying everything I can find that involves Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent, whether it’s the modern (amazing) movie or the classic (amazing) animated movie.

The gorgeous NEW Disney Villains Maleficent Mug- Sleeping Beauty- Disney Park Exclusive shown above is just one of the wonderful Maleficent/Sleeping Beauty goodies on Amazon. Seriously, you wouldn’t believe how many great Maleficent gifts they have!

Click through the link or image to take a closer look.  There are classic Maleficent items as well as Angelina’s modern Maleficent.

Naturally I’ll insist on having both!

Marilyn Monroe Shower Curtain

Marilyn Monroe Shower Curtain

The beautiful Marilyn Monroe Shower Curtain, 71 inch x 80 inch, EcoFriendly Polyester makes a beautifully unique gift for Marilyn Monroe fans as well as fans of the Golden Age of Hollywood, in general.

The shower curtain is available on Amazon for less than $20.

Features:

  • Classic Retro Marilyn Monroe Images
  • 71 inches x 80 inches
  • Eco-Friendly Polyester
  • Included: 12 Curtain Hooks

Click through the link or picture itself for more information.

Also Perfect for the bathroom is the adorable (pictured below!)

Marilyn Monroe Bubble Bath Print

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Pink Panther Animated Clock

Pink Panther Animated ClockA few Saturday mornings back, I turned the tv on and couldn’t help thinking that “back in the day,” Saturday mornings were a heck of a lot more fun.  We knew how to do Saturday mornings then! Cartoons and cereal… then more cereal and cartoons – right up until about 12:00, when our dad’s Saturday fun began with baseball or football games.

I guess it’s just as well that they don’t show cartoons on Saturday mornings anymore. After all, they’d mess that up, too.  Seriously, have you seen what passes for cartoons these days?

Thank goodness for BOOMERANG!

Pink Panther, Scooby Doo, the Flintstones, Bugs Bunny, Pepe Le Pew, Daffy Duck, Tom and Jerry… you just can’t beat the classics!

Since I can remember, I’ve collected cartoon-related toys, ornaments, figurines, etc. I’ve never seen any need to stop because they make me smile as much today as they did then.

The adorable NJ Croce CL2300 Pink Panther Animated Clock, pictured above, is just one of the Pink Panther lovelies on Amazon. This animated clock runs on two AA Batteries (not included).  Pink Panther’s right arm and tail sway back and forth, making this a MUST HAVE for any collector.

Amazon has everything from a Pink Panther Teapot to a Pink Panther Scultped Mug - with lots of figurines and toys, too, of course.

Click through any of the links for more information.