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The Old Time Radio Revival of the 70s
During the 1970s, there had been a renewed interest in radio dramas that were a result of nostalgia that occurred after the release of the movie American Graffiti in 1974. The movie depicted the life of teenagers in 1950s America and was directed by George Lucas. With this in mind, Hyman Brown, a producer himself, decided to pitch an idea to CBS Radio. Brown had produced radio dramas during radio's golden era and decided that a new generation of listener might tune in. He drew from his experience from shows such as The Inner Sanctum Mysteries and The Adventures of Nero Wolfe. Therefore he created The CBS Radio Mystery Theater, a nightly radio drama that ranged from supernatural horror to science fiction stories in light of his past productions. There were also other producers who wanted to try their luck at making radio dramas. While CBSRMT was the heavy hitter of revived dramas, there were two shorter-lived series which will be discussed in this post.
Mickey Mouse at 90
What a fascinating magazine. I love all things Disney and I learned so much. It was interesting to see how he got started and how all the different characters came to be. I also loved how some characters names got changed and are different now. It’s cool to see how many Mickey Mouse clubs there were. This magazine was expensive but worth it!
Tangled is a great Disney movie with the iconic girl with long hair and her love of painting. The original tale, by the Brothers Grimm is much darker.
10 Most Upsetting Endings of Favorite Kids' Shows
Everyone out there has a favorite television show they watched as a kid. In fact, many older adults will rewatch their favorite kids' shows as a way to help strike up some nostalgia, get that nice comforting feeling of yesteryear, and relax.
'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons' - Spectrum File 1 Review
The second part of Big Finish's celebrations of 50 years of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons are The Spectrum Files, three enhanced audiobooks of Captain Scarlet novels that were published in 1967. The first of these, simply titled Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, is a globe-trotting adventure with a Bond-esque touch, and features a very novel Mysteron plan. However, it also feels strangely distant from the show as seen on screen and it also feels rather poorly plotted and paced, meaning that it's near four-and-a-half-hour run time does drag considerably, despite the excellent production.
Batman Fights Dracula
I was online the other day reading about Gloria Swanson when I came across a note that at the time of her death, she wanted to watch a particular movie she was in, but because it was a lost movie she couldn't. Of course, the wording stuck me as odd. Did she lose her copy? Couldn't she just borrow one? What did it mean that the movie was "lost?" Movies don't simply disappear? So I started researching it; turns out they do. There are laws now that every movie made must be put in at least two separate temperature-controlled safe spaces in order to combat this, but in the early film days there were no such rules. Because of the high flammability of film during the beginnings of cinema, a good deal of films would combust, causing massive fires and destroying whole archives of movies.
Kids These Days Will Never Know: Part Two
I hope you liked part one of the list of things I've experienced and had as a child that kids today never knew about. Now, I'll be sharing part two of the things I loved in the 80s and 90s. Again, the list will be broken down into four parts in no particular order, so it'll be a total of 20 items.
- Top Story - April 2018
Golden Days of Hollywood
In the early days of Hollywood when everything was just coming together, actors and actresses were adored by fans and they all seemed to put them on pedestals. Two such film actors were a much-admired couple: Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. When they got married and went to London, England for their honeymoon on June 21st, 1920, they were greeted by lots of admiring fans. Since 1919, Pickford and Fairbanks had been business partners who got together with Charlie Chaplin and director D.W. Griffith to set up United Artists. After the couple got married, Fairbanks gave Pickford a 22 room estate as a wedding present, which included the first swimming pool in Beverly Hills located in Los Angeles, California. They named the property “Pickfair.”
The Legend of Zelda: Zach's Quest
The Legend of Zelda series is one of the most popular, loved and influential video game series on this planet. So many kids of the 80's, 90's and the 2000's have grown up with these games and the adventures that Link and Zelda get themselves into. This series means an immense amount to a lot of people and honestly, I feel that The Legend of Zelda series means more to me than it does to anybody else on this Earth.
How the 80s Ruled the World
Big budget special effects coupled with a great story can be a wondrous thing. With the aid of CGI, a filmmaker can transport us into the magical worlds they create, giving us, sometimes, a well needed break from reality and the trials and tribulations that come with life. Escapism at its very best. Most notably, for me, the Star Wars franchise. However, somewhere down the line, I feel the CGI revolution seems to have taken over and the true art of movie making, the story, seems to be suffering.
Bugsy Malone Cast – Then And Now
The famous musical ‘Bugsy Malone’ was first released back in 1976 and got a shed load of positive reviews! The sassy singalong by Sir Alan Parker has a cast of lively unknown youngsters (Jodie Foster aside). The youngsters played the characters of the infamous US gangsters and molls. Of course, in the eyes of today, the film is classed as an all-time classic. However, when it was released it had a bit of a flop. It failed to make a huge impact at the US Box Office. But in the critics eyes when it was released, it got a rather lot of positive feedback from them. The film itself then scooped award nominations at the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and at the Oscars! This article is focusing on the main cast. Looking at them in 1976, and where they are today in 2016. After Bugsy Malone, some of the cast went on to some bigger and better productions. Whereas some has mysteriously disappeared.
3 Interesting Facts About The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz started as a children's book and was adapted into a movie in 1939. It is said to be one of the greatest films of all time.