It’s a beautiful day in Pittsburgh, sunny and the high will be in the 40s. Hello, everybody! Welcome to my blog. I would like to give more precise weather temperatures but AOL says the high today in Pittsburgh will be 40 and the man on the radio says the high today will be 46. AOL says it will be sunny and the man on the radio says it will be partly cloudy. And you’re thinking, who the hell cares?
Well, I care. When you’re an Old Soldier the weather is very important. The weather deeply affects my sense of well being and it can be restrictive of my movements…
Anyway, I’m looking forward to spending a few days this week in Little Italy at Armand’s and Sonny’s as soon as I get my last check of the year from Mr Skin/Naked News. The check was released to me Thursday last week. My little blog made me around $300.00 this year, but only about $55.00 of it was net profit. I plan to do better next year and anyway I love my job as editor/publisher of the Pittsburgh Flash.
How’s everyone doing? I hope you’re doing well.
I’m doing well. I have no aches or pains. I’m looking forward to a few days in Little Italy this week for I never go to Little Italy broke and I slept like a baby last night. I get insomnia but I slept like a baby last night because I watched three movies on YouTube that Bette Davis was in. She really only stared in All About Eve and the other two movies were just studio fluff. The movies didn’t put me to sleep. They wore me out and the best one was All About Eve. All About Even was wonderful. Yes, YouTube wants you to pay for All About Eve, but there are ways to get around this. The version I watched had this distracting swirl of lights around the movie and the movie took up only half of my laptop screen, but since my laptop screen is 14” after I few minutes I was able to shut out the swirling lights and enjoy the film. I look for inspiration as a blogger from wherever I can find it. I’ve rediscovered an old inspiration. I’ve rediscovered Bette Davis. This is what Wikipedia has to say about All About Eve:
By 1949, Davis and Sherry were estranged and Hollywood columnists were writing that Davis’ career was at an end. She filmed The Story of a Divorce (released by RKO Radio Pictures in 1951 as Payment on Demand), but had received no other offers. Shortly before filming was completed, producer Darryl F. Zanuck offered her the role of the aging theatrical actress Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950).
Davis read the script, described it as the best she had ever read, and accepted the role. Within days, she joined the cast in San Francisco to begin filming. During production, she established what would become a lifelong friendship with her co-star, Anne Baxter, and a romantic relationship with her leading man, Gary Merrill, which led to marriage. The film’s director, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, later remarked, “Bette was letter perfect. She was syllable-perfect. The director’s dream: the prepared actress.”
Critics responded positively to Davis’ performance, and several of her lines became well-known, particularly, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” She was again nominated for an Academy Award and critics such as Gene Ringgold described her Margo as her “all-time best performance.” Pauline Kael wrote that much of Mankiewicz’ vision of “the theater” was “nonsense” but commended Davis, writing “[the film is] saved by one performance that is the real thing: Bette Davis is at her most instinctive and assured. Her actress—vain, scared, a woman who goes too far in her reactions and emotions—makes the whole thing come alive.”
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. All photos of nudes were sampled from Egoallstars. The photos of Miss Davis were sampled from Wikipedia.