Announcing NUTS IN MAY: A LAUREL & HARDY BLOGATHON (WITH PRIZES!)

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Spring cleaning at the ol’ Movie Movie Blog Blog has yielded some interesting surprises — which, in the generous spirit of spring season, I’d like to pass along to you. Therefore, it is with bated breath (for which I’m seeing a doctor) that I happily announce…

NUTS IN MAY: A LAUREL & HARDY BLOGATHON (WITH PRIZES!)

(Yes, I know — Nuts in May is the title of a Stan Laurel solo film, not a Laurel & Hardy team film. But I won’t tell anyone if you won’t.)

Let me start by saying that if you’re interested in participating, you’re going to have work fast on this one. For, as befitting the ‘thon’s title, it will take place on Monday, May 1, 2017.

So now you’re saying, “Prizes, schmizes! I can’t enter a blogathon that’s coming up so soon!” Well, hold on, snootie, we haven’t announced the prizes yet!

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Third prize is the Kino Video/Lobster Films 2004 DVD of Laurel & Hardy’s 1939 film The Flying Deuces. (NOTE: This is not a Blu-Ray edition.) This is a restored, uncut version of the movie that was transferred from a nitrate 35mm negative discovered in France. The DVD also includes:

  • The Stolen Jools, a 1931 all-star short subject made for charity. Laurel & Hardy have a short but funny cameo in it.
  • The Tree in a Test Tube, a 1943 educational short subject featuring Laurel & Hardy in color, performing pantomime.
  • The notorious 1955 segment of “This Is Your Life” in which Hardy and a polite but reluctant Laurel are featured.
  • 1932 newsreel footage of Laurel & Hardy’s trip to the United Kingdom.
  • Copies of stills and promotional material for the movie.

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Second prize are the 1997 Laurel & Hardy “70th-anniversary” dolls featured in the above photo. (NOTE: The prize is the dolls [as shown above] and their props. The dolls are no longer in their original packaging.) Props include an umbrella for Hardy, a suitcase for Laurel, and small doll stands that contain replicas of Laurel’s and Hardy’s autographs.

And now for the grand prize. Are you sitting down?

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First prize is a near-mint-condition copy of Randy Skretvedt’s Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies – The Ultimate Edition. Yes, this is the 632-page hardback book that was released to huge critical acclaim last year. It’s loaded to the max with updates from Skretvedt’s initial 1987 book, including tons of photographs and trivia to savor.

So here are the rules — read them carefully!

  1. Blogathon participants are asked to write a review of one of the 106 films in which Laurel and Hardy were paired from 1926 to 1951. (That includes the early Hal Roach/Pathe productions in which Laurel & Hardy co-starred in the same film but were not featured as a team.) Please choose only from this list of movies — no “This Is Your Life,” compilation films, TV specials, or anything that deviates from said list. (A listing of this group of films can be found here.)
  2. No duplicate entries are allowed for this blogathon. At the bottom of this blog is a list of blogathon entries that will be regularly updated. Please check the list before you begin writing your entry, to see if someone has already taken your choice.
  3. Your review does not necessarily have to be positive — for example, if you want to review a L&H/20th Century-Fox film that you don’t like, that’s fine. All I ask is that the review be well-written, thought-out, reasoned, and entertaining.
  4. I will be the sole judge of the blogathon entries and will determine which entries win first, second, and third prize. So re-read Rule # 3 if necessary.
  5. Banners to promote the blogathon are posted at the bottom of this blog. Once you have written and posted your entry at your blog, grab a banner, post it with your entry, and link the banner back to this blog. Also, please leave your blogathon entry’s URL in the “Comments” section below so that I can read your entry.
  6. Your entry must be posted at your blog by 12:00 midnight Eastern Time on Monday, May 1, 2017. I will announce the blogathon winners as soon as possible after that time, possibly the next day. All blogathon entries will be linked here, and I will post the first- , second- , and third-prize-winning entries at this blog.

So for my and Laurel & Hardy’s sake, think hard, write well, and have fun! Here’s the line-up so far:

Movies Silently – Duck Soup (1927) and the talkie remake Another Fine Mess (1930)

The Movie Rat – The Music Box (1932)

CaftanWoman – Me and My Pal (1933)

thoughtsallsorts – The Live Ghost (1934)

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THE APRIL SHOWERS BLOGATHON is here!

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Let a smile and a PC be your umbrella as we commence with The April Showers Blogathon! For the next three days, bloggers will weigh in on their favorite movie scenes or plotlines revolving around rainy weather.

If you are one of the blogathon entrants, please post the URL to your blog entry in the “Comments” section below, and I will link to it as soon as possible. Please have your entry posted by the end of the day on Sun., Apr. 2 (and if I may, the sooner the better!). If you are just stopping by for some great reading, please give this blog bookmarked, as entries will continue coming in for the next three days.

Here’s the blogathon line-up, in chronological order:

Movies Silently – The Seine Flood (1910)

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Buster Keaton’s One Week (1920)

Sister Celluloid – Brief Encounter (1946)

Musings of a Classic Film Addict – Thunder on the Hill (1951)

Whimsically Classic – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Caftan Woman – Shane (1953)

Moon in Gemini – The Rainmaker (1956)

Cinematic Scribblings – Two English Girls (1971)

Movie Movie Blog Blog – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

The Midnite Drive-In – Blade Runner (1982)

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews – Forrest Gump (1994)

ThoughtsAllSorts – Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

lifesdailylessonsblog – Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Reelweegiemidget Reviews – Shutter Island (2010)

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Announcing THE APRIL SHOWERS BLOGATHON!

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Spring 2017 is almost upon us, as is the month of April. Put them together and you have…

THE APRIL SHOWERS BLOGATHON!

Have you ever thought about the many ways in which rain has been used as a plot point in movies? Well, now is your chance to blog about your favorite such movie! (Click here if you need some ideas.) Here are the April Showers Blogathon rules.

1. Write a blog entry about one of your favorite use of rain in a motion picture. It can be a single rain scene that sets off a plot development, or it can be a movie in which most or all of the plot revolves around rain.

2. No duplicate entries, please. Carefully check the listing of current entrants (below) to ensure that your first choice has not already been taken.

3. Your blog can be either a general review of the movie you choose, or your blog can center around the pivotal rain scene that you are discussing. Just be sure that you write about why rain is so important to the movie’s plot.

4. In the “Comments” section at the bottom of this blog, please leave your name, the URL of your blog, and the movie you are choosing to blog about. At the end of this blog entry are banners for the ‘thon. Grab a banner, display it on your blog, and link it back to this blog.

5. The blogathon will take place from Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, 2017. When the opening date of the blogathon arrives, leave a comment here with a link to your post, and I will display it in the list of entries (which I will continually update up to the beginning of the ‘thon, so keep checking back!).

6. I will not be assigning particular dates to any blog posts. As long as you get your entry in by the end of the day on April 2, I will be satisfied. (That said, the earlier the better!)

Again, be sure to leave me a comment and grab a banner, and have fun with your blog entry!

Here’s the line-up so far, in chronological order:

Movies Silently – The Seine Flood (1910)

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Buster Keaton’s One Week (1920)

Sister Celluloid – Brief Encounter (1946)

Musings of a Classic Film Addict – Thunder on the Hill (1951)

Whimsically Classic – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Caftan Woman – Shane (1953)

Moon in Gemini – The Rainmaker (1956)

Cinematic Scribblings – Two English Girls (1971)

Movie Movie Blog Blog – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

The Midnite Drive-In – Blade Runner (1982)

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews – Forrest Gump (1994)

ThoughtsAllSorts – Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

lifesdailylessonsblog – Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Reelweegiemidget Reviews – Shutter Island (2010)

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