Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Scarlett And James Choose The Sexiest Stars... And There's No Sign Of Bradley Cooper In The Lot

Well then, once again People magazine came out with their annual Sexiest Man Alive article recently, and Scarlett and I were not impressed. While we're personally convinced that we're the sexiest people alive, we thought that we'd pick our own choices for the sexiest stars of the classical era today.

And they were oh-so-sexy. Not as sexy as you, my darling, no one is...but there were some fabulous stars back them. I'm thinking Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. I do love that movie--and Rick was so masculine, and so sacrificing...and his real-life love story with Lauren Bacall....

How can anyone not put Bogie in such a list? And mentioning Lauren Bacall is fitting... I always loved her strong, stubborn streak that came out in her roles. What a grand lady. Try to apply that phrase to someone like, oh, Megan Fox these days.

Oh, please! There's no comparison!  Megan Fox will be on Where Are They Now? or worse, Dancing with the Stars. 

Another real-life star couple I really love is Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. Word has it she was very smart but quite outrageous. He was great. Like Bogey, a real man's man.

Most definitely! I liked Carole Lombard's sense of comic timing in some of the classics. Sharp dialogue, a smart actress... how can anyone not find that appealing?
Going back, another name that comes to mind is probably best known for The Ghost And Mrs. Muir. I remember watching that movie for the first time and being so struck by the performance of Gene Tierney. I've seen her in other films, and really enjoyed her work. Headstrong and stubborn can be really sexy.

Promise not to laugh, darling...Johnny Weissmuller. Tarzan could carry me off to his tree house anytime. 

It's the bare chest swinging from a vine thing. Must be.

Have I ever told you how sexy you'd look in a loincloth?

Yes... and your objective would be to get me out of the loincloth. And since that would be my objective too.... hmmm, where were we? Oh, yes.

I'll admit it... I always had a bit of a thing for Olivia DeHavilland, who of course is still around today. Putting aside that Gone With The Wind film... can't stand that one... look at the films she did with Errol Flynn. Amazingly memorable. And not just for the swords and swashbuckling... the leading lady was a stunner!

Ahhh...Errol Flynn! I really liked Rock Hudson, but it turned out he wasn't my type. Actually, I wasn't his type. Cary about suave and sophisticated!

Cary Grant would probably have to be the winner among the guys. The consummate charmer, perfectly suave. And bringing up his name brings up one of his best leading ladies, the great Katherine Hepburn. Smart, stubborn, opinionated, dramatic... and very, very, attractive. Watch those two heat up the screen in something like Bringing Up Baby, such a great screwball comedy, or in The Philadelphia Story, where they have James Stewart in the mix. Sharp characters, snappy dialogue, and chemistry that's ready to explode.

And then Kate always did have tremendous chemistry with Spencer Tracy..

Tracy and, there was a star couple! She's my role model, you know.... 

She's a great role model to have!

You know, one that also stands out for me from the classic era has to be Myrna Loy. She acted with a lot of the big names in the day, but she's best known for her films with William Powell, and several of those were the Thin Man films. They were Nick and Nora Charles, always getting themselves into murder mysteries... actually, more like she was pushing her husband, an occasional detective, into investigating murders. He'd have been much happier figuring out the right concoction for a martini. She really brought a lot of spirit and wit to whatever part she'd play, and she had this way of smiling... the look in her eyes that said yes, my husband's a bit of a fool, but I love him anyway. I found it adorable.

Darling , that's the way most wives look at their husbands. Usually when the husbands aren't looking.

Yes, I do get the sense that's the way of it, goddess!

Two more men on my list, and are they ever HOT--Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. These two should be on the Sexiest Men EVER list! I would not have minded being in The Towering Inferno at all if it meant being rescued by those two hunks!

It's McQueen, Newman... two of the best there ever were. I'm sure a fair number of ladies were overheated watching them in that movie... and pretty much every other movie they ever did!

We were all heated up before the fire even started!

One more name for the list. I saw him mainly on TV, so I don't really think of him as a movie star from that era, but...John Forsythe. He made Dynasty almost bearable!

 I've only seen clips... but Joan Collins always struck me as a banshee overacting and chewing her way through the scenery, her co stars, and every single Girl Guide she could find.
Well, that's it for us... we have to get back to... doing some research. In between the bedsheets. Though we'll be revisiting the topic... or that is our characters will be revisiting the subject.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fictional Weddings Require As Much Work As Real Weddings

Today we thought we'd talk about weddings, given that we're writing one for the book at the moment. This is an odd thing, considering that we didn't expect we'd be doing so... at least not a wedding for our main characters, until the second book. They hijacked the book on us!

It was Chloe's fault, really. Gabriel wanted to give her a perfect wedding...but all Chloe wanted was to marry Gabriel and have her mother with them on their wedding day. That was her idea of perfect.

And so here we are, arranging a wedding for them within a few days. You know, there's this joke I recall from meeting a fellow in a church one day. He said that brides would reserve the church three years in advance, this despite not having a groom at the moment.

That's true, for the most part...but not for Chloe. She didn't even think about a wedding until she met Gabriel. She's a girl who didn't need a Kim Kardashian wedding, just the man she loved and the people they both cared about, in a small, intimate ceremony with a lovely setting.

That's the sort of ceremony we should all go for. Chloe has never struck me as a Bridezilla, which is a very good thing. Still, small wedding or not, there are details that have to be seen to. Such as the rings....

And their wedding attire....the license...the preacher...the location...the gifts for their attendants. And we haven't even discussed a wedding cake or a (small) reception yet!

 Come to think of it... should there be a musician? It's questions like this that lead to big weddings...

Maybe a friend with a guitar?

Or a violin? Certainly not an accordion!

Definitely no accordion! A violin would be very nice....

So there are definitely things left to be seen to. Still, a quiet wedding's a whole lot better then one of those extravaganzas. It's much more meaningful.

Gabriel and Chloe both come from a place where they appreciate what a wedding is really all about.

It makes them much more compelling, that way.

And the good news is that they don't have to have a traditional wedding cake! They can have whatever they want.

Why am I picturing carrot cake?

Maybe because you like carrot cake?

They can have a carrot cake!

That's one checked off the list, and more to come!

Do we do a reception afterward, or just take everyone to a nice restaurant?

I think some nice restaurant, a country inn, that sort of thing... after all, Gabriel and Chloe would want some privacy for their wedding night. And they're not going to get it with a farmhouse full of people... not to mention owls and coyotes outside making noise all night long...

Maybe a night at a nice country inn would be a wedding gift from of of their friends...or Linda...or Bridget?

Yes, that would be right...

Now, the question is... how will Gabriel get that garter off his bride?

With his teeth, of course!

No hands, Gabriel!

Wait a minute... he's a fictional character!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday

It's time for another one of our Six Sentence Sundays, with these six selected from recent portions of our book Same Time Tomorrow. Enjoy!

Dana had never heard a screech owl before.
The owl outside her window roused her from a sound sleep and sent her running down the hallway, screaming.

 “Even our closest neighbor couldn't have heard Dana re-enacting the shower scene from Psycho.”

“You pleased your Mistress exceptionally,” she told him, shifting her body slightly, her lips pressing against his lips.

               "I swear, sometimes it seems like brides hate their bridal party, making them dress like that,” Dana observed with a roll of the eyes and a grin.

“Is this where I hear a grilled cheese caused a fire story?”