Friday, November 12, 2010

AFI Top 100 Film Quotes: I Feel the Need

American Film Institute Top Quote #94
I feel the need - the need for speed.

Top Gun

Have You Seen It?
Yes. But I don't remember this quote.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Michael Rivers: The Blog Turns Two

Today is the second anniversary of my blog. It has been a great experience and I'm happy for all the friends I've made on the way.

Thanks for your support and for stopping by to say hello!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

I hope you get many tricks and treats!

Friday, October 29, 2010

AFI Top 100 Film Quotes: Carpe Diem

American Film Institue Top Quote #95
Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraodinary.

Dead Poets Society

Have You Seen It?
I don't think so. Is that bad? I think I must have seen it, but I really don't remember seeing it. I guess I need to see it.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

AFI Top 100 Film Quotes: Snap Out of It!

American Film Institute Top Quote #96
Snap out of it!


Have You Seen It?
Yes. Only once, but I really enjoyed it. How many of us have wanted to be Cher and recreate this very famous scene!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Legends I've Seen: Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker

Number of Concerts I've Attended:

Iconic Moment:
Tanya has had such a long country music career and so many hits. I don't think I can pick my favorite song.

One of the best moments of a Tanya concert is when she performs her very first hit, Delta Dawn.

She recorded this in 1972 when she was 13.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

AFI Top 100 Film Quotes: My Mother Thanks You . . .

American Film Institute Top Movie Quotes #97:
My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Have You Seen It?
No, I've never seen this film. I guess I need to add it to my list!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

AFI Top 100 Film Quotes: Nobody Puts Baby . . .

American Film Institute Top Quote #98:
Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

Dirty Dancing

Have You Seen It?
Yes. I remember the craze this movie created. I also remember my teen sister's room being covered floor-to-ceiling in Dirty Dancing posters, pictures, buttons, magazine articles and more.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Talk Show Flashback: Leeza

There was a time in the 80s and 90s where if a celebrity could hold a microphone, they could host a daytime talk show (or at least try).

Another look back at one of those shows:


Leeza Gibbons

Years on the Air
Six (1994-2000)

Did you watch?
I do remember watching her show. She had on a lot of celebrity guests and I enjoyed that. Her show was fun to watch.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

AFI Top 100 Film Quotes: I'll Get You, My Pretty

American Film Institute Top Quote #99:
I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!

The Wizard of Oz

Have You Seen It?
I wouldn't even know how many times I've seen this movie. It has been my favorite since I was a little kid.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Legends I've Seen: Ann-Margret

Ann Margret

Shows I've Seen

Iconic Moment
In 2002 this production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas toured the country. I've always been a fan of the Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds film.

When I heard that Ann-Margret was running the whorehouse--I was there!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Don Rickles & The Judds Billboard

This billboard in downtown Minneapolis is going to cost me a lot of money. I've wanted to see Don Rickles for several years. He can't be missed. And I've been a Judd fan since their beginning.

I was at a concert during their rise to the top.

I was at a concert during the Farewell Tour.

I was at a concert during the 2000 Reunion tour.

How can I not attend their Last Encore tour?

Just don't tell my accountant.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

AFI Top 100 Film Quotes: King of the World

American Film Institute Top Quote #100:
I'm king of the world!


Have You Seen It?
I saw Titanic four times in theaters and I don't know how many times on DVD. I was so impressed with the film's technical and artistic achievements.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Michael Rivers Meets Tim Gunn

I have been a fan of Project Runway since season 1. This summer I met Christopher Straub from season six.

Now I was thrilled to met designer mentor and Mr. Make It Work - Tim Gunn! He was at the Mall of America doing a signing for his new book Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work.

Tim's scenes have always been my favorite. And I can say he is just as sincere and genuine as he appears on the show.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Chanel No. 5

What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.

Who Said It:
Marilyn Monroe

My Thoughts:
I wear Acqua Di Gio.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Legends I've Seen: Patti Labelle

Patti Labelle

Number of Shows I've Seen:

Iconic Moment:
Patti is a force on stage. Such an amazing performer. New Attitude and Somewhere Over the Rainbow were fantastic to hear in person!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

5 on the Fifth: September

Blue is my favorite color. Favorite color. I was happy to see that September's 5 on the Fifth theme was The Blues. Here is my take on it.

Enter my bathroom and you quickly see that Superman is my favorite superhero. Is it because of his blue costume?

I don't know how many blue shirts I own. Here are a few.

Four of my favorite Blu-Ray movies.

Stewie Griffin and the color blue all in one coffee mug. I couldn't resist.

Four of my Joan Rivers Faberge Inspired Eggs are blue. They are my favorites.

Check out The State of the Nation UK to enjoy more of 5 of the Fifth and add your own photos!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Talk Show Flashback: The Queen Latifah Show

There was a time in the 80s and 90s where if a celebrity could hold a microphone, they could host a daytime talk show (or at least try).

Let's continue our walk down memory lane . . . or talk show lane:

The Queen Latifah Show

Queen Latifah

Years on the Air
Two (1999 - 2001)

Did you watch?
I am a big fan of the multi-talented Queen Latifah. But I don't remember ever watching her show. You?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Road to Success

The road to success is always under construction.

Who Said It:
Lily Tomlin

My Thoughts:
And filled with detours, pot holes, speed bumps, one-ways and wrong ways.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Legends I've Seen: Bea Arthur

Bea Arthur

Number of Shows I've Seen:
One. Bea was touring with her one woman show, And Then There's Bea. This show would go to Broadway and become the Tony nominated Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends.

Iconic Moment:
Just seeing Bea Arthur walk onto the stage was an iconic moment. There was "Dorothy Zbornak." Live. Right in front of me. The lady I spent every Saturday night with during the run of The Golden Girls. I was in awe.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Michael Rivers Called a "City Bitch" by Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim, comic and Little House on the Prairie star recently made a book signing appearance at the Mall of America. People love to hate Alison for her portrayal of Nellie Oleson on the classic TV series. She's written the fantastic book Confessions of a Prairie Bitch (How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love being Hated).

I had to miss the signing but my friends Laura and Deb were able to go. They purchased a book for me and Laura asked how I wanted it inscribed.

I wanted something fun so I decided that if Alison Arngrim is the "Prairie Bitch," then I must be the "City Bitch."

I'm told Alison loved my idea and busted out laughing. She happily signed the book: To Mike, the city bitch, from the prairie bitch!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Children

As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!

Who Said It:
Coco Chanel

My Thoughts:
I take offense to this. Now if you excuse me, I'm going to go play with my G. I. Joe.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Golden Girls 25th Anniversary DVD Set

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Golden Girls, the complete series is being released in a box set (November 9, 2010)! Twenty-one DVDs will contain all 180 episodes and will be packaged in a replica of Sophia's purse.

I already own all 7 season on DVD. But this box set is very tempting!

Golden Girls is one of those rare sitcoms whose writing, acting and directing is timeless. The laughs are still coming 25 years later. There is a reason all 4 actresses won an Emmy.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Favorite Quote: On House Keeping

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.

Who Said It:
Zsa Zsa Gabor

My Thoughts:
So that's what I have to do to get a house.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

300th Blog Post

This marks the 300th post on Michael Rivers: The Blog. Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments.

There are millions of blogs so I try to make this a quick, fun stop. I hope you enjoy your visits!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Talk Show Flashback: Donahue

There was a time in the 80s and 90s where if a person could hold a microphone, they could host a daytime talk show (or at least try). I loved these shows and I still secretly dream of the day when I’ll have my own (are you listening Hollywood?).


Phil Donahue

Years on the Air
29 years! (1967 to 1996)

Donahue remains the longest continuous run of any syndicated talk show in U.S. television history.

Did you watch?
I always loved when he had celebrity guests. The world events went over my head. But Susan Lucci on the panel--I was there!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th

This is the last Friday the 13th of 2010.

One of my superstitions is not looking ahead on a Page-a-Day calendar. Somewhere along the way I developed the thought that it was bad luck. Don't ask me why it's not bad luck to view an entire month on a wall calendar.

What superstitions do you have?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Laughter

A day without laughter is a day wasted.

Who Said It:
Charlie Chaplin

My Thoughts:
I couldn't agree with him more! Laughter is so important!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Legends I've Seen: Cher


Number of Concerts I've Attended:
One. This Minneapolis concert was supposed to be the final concert of Cher's career. Then she decided to extend the farewell tour. And extend it. And extend it. She ended up coming back to Minneapolis another three times! And now she's headlining in Vegas.

Iconic Moment:
The Bob Mackie costumes, the elaborate productions and Cher just being Cher. The show was very well produced. The mega-hit If I Could Turn Back Time was a crowd favorite.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Relief

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.

Who Said It:
Lily Tomlin

My Thoughts:
This reminds me. Why is it with all these advanced technological gadgets created to make life simpler, I'm busier than ever?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Perfume

Quote:A women who doesn't wear perfume has no future.

Who Said It:
Coco Chanel

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Making Movies

There's no point in making a movie just to be making a movie.

Who Said It:
Warren Beatty

My Thoughts:
With the quality of so many movies lately, Hollywood needs to listen to Warren's advice!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Legends I've Seen: Elton John

Elton John

Number of Concerts I've Attended:

Iconic Moment:
How do you pick the best moment at an Elton John concert? The Bitch is Back, Rocket Man, I'm Still Standing, Circle of Life and so many more. He's such an amazing perfomer. I'd go back again!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Leaving

A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is left.

Who Said It:
Marilyn Monroe

Monday, July 12, 2010

Michael Rivers Meets Christopher Straub

As a huge fan of Project Runway, it was great seeing season six finalist, Christopher Straub, at Minneapolis Pride.

He was very nice to talk with and his passion for design was obvious. Check out his site for more information on his great work!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Star Wars in Concert

This Sunday I'm finally getting to see Star Wars in Concert. I can't wait! If I get pictures of the exhibit, I'll be sure to share.

For further information, check out the official site.

Check out the trailer below!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Favorite Quote: On Two Things

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.

Who Said It:
Coco Chanel

My Thoughts:
Can I be classy and fabulous too? Or at least just fabulous?