Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A blogathon of Diamonds and Gold!

As many blogathons as I've participated in, I haven't hosted a whole bunch of them myself. You'll recall that last year, Page and I tried to start one, but were blind-sided by world events. It's a new year, though, and so I figure that means it's worth another try. This time out, I'm teaming up with another of my favorite film bloggers, Paddy Lee, AKA Caftan Woman, to bring you what we call the Diamonds and Gold Blogathon!

The premise is E-Z: we're looking for great performances by actors 50 and over. It can be a well-known star in a role in their twilight years - for example, John Wayne in True Grit (62), Helen Mirren in The Queen (61), Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator (51), or Marlene Dietrich in Witness For the Prosecution (56) - or it can be a lesser known star who shined later in life - for example, Maria Ouspenskaya in Love Story (63), Brenda Blethyn in Secrets & Lies (50), Ben Johnson in The Last Picture Show (53) or Hal Holbrook in Into the Wild (82!). It can be a classy role or a campy one - if you can justify its "greatness," of course!

The blogathon will be held the weekend of April 12-13. I'll handle the posts about the fellas, while Paddy will handle the ones featuring the ladies, so send your links to us accordingly. Here are the rest of your banners, which includes the one of Kate in The Lion in Winter above...



25 comments:

  1. Where's the banner of Marlene Dietrich in Witness for the Prosecution? Only one of my favorite murder mysteries where you can't tell your friends the ending cause I have to admit I was fooled! She is a striking woman with her accent and her features, especially as she got older.

    I'd also include Betty Davis in Pocketful of Miracles or Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? or Rosalind Russell in Gypsy.

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  2. Four banners struck me as enough.

    You wanna write about 'Witness,' have at it. Awesome movie.

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  3. I would love to participate!

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  4. Great! Consider yourself in.

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  5. I've gotten all caught up in the idea and would like to contribute a look at Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea and Edgar Buchanan in "Ride the High Country".

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  6. Sounds good to me. I'm still mulling over who to write about.

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  7. Rich, Paddy (Caftan Woman to those in the know :-)), this sounds like a brilliant idea for a Blogathon, and I know you two will do a great job, with or without me! Actually, I'd be glad to take part for an updated version of WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION I wrote for one of my earliest TALES OF THE EASILY DISTRACTED, with more discussion of husband and wife team Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester, if you didn't mind. Please let me know. Either way, I know you two will have a fabulous Blogathon for this cool idea! :-D

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    1. Thanks, Rich! I'm looking forward to this fun and inventive Blogathon come April!! :-D

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  9. I'd like to write about Katharine Hepburn, if I may? I love the KH banner you've made!

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  10. You may. Glad you like the banner. 'Lion' was one of the first movies I thought of when I came up with this idea.

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  11. Hi! I'd like to do Fredric March in "Death of a Salesman" if it hasn't already been taken?

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  12. He's yours. I've never seen his version so I'll be interested to learn about it.

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  13. Great idea for a blogathon! You can count us in too...we're on a blogathon role this spring. Give us a little time to think up a subject though and we'll get back to you! ( Silver Scenes )

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  14. May I write about Ruth Gordon in Rosemary's Baby?

    Kerry

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    1. She's one of my favorites, I sure hope you do.

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    2. Oh great! I will then. Thank you.
      Kerry screamingargonauts.tumblr.com

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  15. Love this idea for a blogathon! I'd like to write about Anne Bancroft in 84 Charing Cross Road. Thanks

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  16. Hello! What a wonderful idea. I would love to paritpate in this event. I would like to write about Bette Davis's crazed but brilliant performance in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.

    Minoo
    Classic Move Hub

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  17. According to my count, that's been taken, but there are other Bette Davis films you could do for this blogathon. Or other actors, for that matter. You've got lots of time.

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  18. Sadly, I must pull out of the blogathon. My schedule has completely changed for the next couple of weeks and I won't be able to participate.

    However, I still think it's a terrific idea and I'll be reading as many of the posts as I can.

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  19. When should I publish my entry and what should the title be?

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  20. This weekend would be the best time. The title can be whatever you think appropriate.

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