Pinched in the Astor Bar: Frank Sinatra

So once in awhile, Ol’ Blue Eyes gets under my skin and, ring-a-ding-ding, he absolutely ends up doing it his way and there’s nothing I can do-be-do-be-do about it. The Wee Small Hours and No One Cares have been regulars on my semi-new turntable– pieces of art that positively thrive in the acoustic-friendly, teensy confines […]

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TCM Film Festival Update: The Third Man

Just came from this morning’s presentation of The Third Man at the Egpytian Theatre in Hollywood. Introduced by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz (who made the most charming gaffe– don’t worry Ben, anyone could’ve mixed up the American and British versions… well, not really, but we positively adore you regardless!) the film was screened to a […]

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Goodbye, Elizabeth. Farewell, Hollywood.

“Look for it only in books for it is no more than a dream remembered—a civilization gone with the wind.” With today’s passing of Dame Elizabeth Taylor, I could not quite get those opening credits of David O Selznick’s Gone with the Wind out of my mind. Taylor is not the last star of Hollywood’s […]

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Pictorial Palette #5: Grace Kelly

In Frank Sinatra’s biography The Life, the author makes this statement about Sinatra’s failed conquest of Grace Kelly: [she] was a princess long before she married Prince Ranier. Class acts don’t come much classier than Grace Kelly. And here in this shot she is a creamy technicolor dream. Nothing short of regal, as would soon […]

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The My Way Killings

Apparently, doing it your way can get you killed. The New York Times reports that the Philippines has been hit by a series of murders all supposedly provoked by karaoke versions of the Frank Sinatra classic “My Way.”  Apparently over a dozen people have been bumped off after singing the song in karaoke bars leading […]

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