Another Milestone: Who Knew?

When I posted today’s “One Hit Wonders #2: “One Tin Soldier (Theme from BILLY JACK)’ , I had no idea until now it was my 500th post here on Cracked Rear Viewer! Time certainly flies when you’re having fun, and I thank you all for making this blog well worth my time and effort. Tune in tomorrow for #502, my review of BILLY JACK, the movie! And if you’re on Facebook, please like and follow Cracked Rear Viewer’s page for extras on film, music, and more!

More Ch-Ch-Changes at Cracked Rear Viewer!

Hello, Dear Readers! Spring is a season of change, and there’ll be a change here at Cracked Rear Viewer as well. Due to scheduling conflicts, my posting days are about to change. I’ll be putting up reviews on Mondays and Wednesdays for the foreseeable future instead of Tuesdays and Thursdays. Saturdays will remain the same, and I’m adding some special features to be posted on Fridays! Stay tuned, and as Bartles & Jaymes used to say, “We thank you for your support”!

A New Look to Cracked Rear Viewer

After blogging for close to two years, I’ve decided to change the site’s look. I’m using the WordPress Twenty Seventeen theme, which I think gives it a leaner, cleaner look. Archives and categories can be found on the right hand side by scrolling down, and to comment, just click on the post title. Change is good, right? What do you Cracked Rear Viewers think? Feedback is always welcome!

Happy Easter! And Happy Birthday to Some Famous Stars!

Today is Easter Sunday, a time for reflection and renewal for those in the Christian faith celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. It’s a time for family dinners and Easter egg hunts, but this year Easter also falls on the birthday of some classic film and pop culture stars.

It’s the birthday of one of the most famous and influential figures in movie history, Charlie Chaplin…

and the marvelous Peter Ustinov…

Three Stooges leading lady Christine MacIntyre…

A CHRISTMAS STORY star Peter Billingsley…

actress/singer Edie Adams…

British Invasion pop star Dusty Springfield…

Bowery Boy and perennial movie messenger boy Billy Benedict…

F TROOP’s “Wrangler Jane” Melody Patterson…

wrestling superstar George “The Animal” Steele…

New England Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick…

Oh yeah, and me, your humble Cracked Rear Viewer! Enjoy your Easter celebration, and happy birthday to all that share this birthday date with me.

Why Lisa Is Currently Furious

My friend at “Through the Shattered Lens” is currently angry – how do you other bloggers feel about this latest WordPress change?

Through the Shattered Lens

Hi there, WordPress subscribers!

Have you looked at you WordPress Reader lately?

It’s been reformatted once again!  The WordPress Reader is now using combined cards and it’s probably going to kill a lot of your favorite sites.  I just thought everyone might want a little advanced warning.

See, here’s how combined cards work.  Let’s say that there’s a wordpress site — like this one — that publishes multiple different posts during the day.  In the past, each post would appear separately in your reader, as a “card.”  However, someone apparently thought that prolific writers — like me for instance — were posting so much that the WordPress Reader was getting crowded.

So, now, we have combined cards!  Instead of getting a card that reads, “TV Review: Twin Peaks On Through The Shattered Lens,” followed by another card that reads, “Why Lisa Is Currently Furious,” you’ll get a card that reads…

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Say Goodbye to Hollywood: RIP Robert Osborne of TCM

“Hi, I’m Robert Osborne”.

Those four words, delivered in a smooth-as-honey voice, were delivered to classic films lovers watching TCM for over twenty years. Now that voice has been silenced, as fans learned today of Osborne’s death at the age of 84. He had been off our screens since early 2016 due to an undisclosed ailment, and we all eagerly hoped and prayed for his return. Alas, it’s not to be.

Robert Osborne wanted to be an actor when he first arrived in Hollywood in the 1950’s. He signed a contract with Desilu Studios, and soon began a close, lifelong friendship with superstar Lucille Ball. Osborne had small roles in episodic TV, and a couple of films (but I’d be hard-pressed to pick him out in SPARTACUS or PSYCHO), but his acting career went nowhere. Ball suggested he put his journalism degree from the University of Washington to good use, along with his extensive knowledge of Hollywood history. He wrote “Academy Awards Illustrated” in 1965, then used his newfound credibility to become a television and newspaper entertainment reporter. His seminal work “50 Golden Years of Oscar”, first published in 1977, has become must-reading for classic movie lovers, and has been updated every ten years.

By this time, Osborne was a regular columnist for The Hollywood Reporter. He hosted films on the fledgling The Movie Channel until Ted Turner came calling. Turner held the rights to the MGM library and was eager to compete with AMC. He brought Osborne on board, and it was a match made in heaven. Osborne’s easy going style and vast familiarity of Hollywood history made him welcome in millions of homes. He was comfortable as a slipper, relaxed and gracious, never talking down to his audience. The classic film community will miss Robert Osborne’s presence in our living rooms, and I think this “TCM Remembers” clips says it better and more eloquently than I ever could:

Godspeed, Mr. Osborne. Job well done.