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12 January 2006 @ 05:15 pm
Hi! I'm just dropping in a line to see how you are all doing and to post a few icons. I hope you're all doing fine and that you're enjoying the winter season:)

Icons of Shirley Jones and more!
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27 December 2005 @ 01:46 pm
Well I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and has a happy new year!:) I made a few graphics which you can find under the cut at the end of this entry. Did anyone get the Oklahoma! 50th anniversary DVD? I did. I think it's wonderful! I watched most of the commentary with Shirley Jones and at one point she said that one night after shooting she went and bought 10 candy bars because she was so sick of going on a diet and she ate them all that night! I was laughing like crazy! And then she said that she fainted right after the water scene because she didn't know what going on a diet quite meant, she thought it just means you don't eat so she basically starved herself and since she went swimming in the morning for that shot-she came right out and fainted! The cold water and not eating made her faint. She also said that she was a fan of Gordon and she always had pictures on her walls of him and she'd always listen to his radio show on Saturday mornings at 10:00. Anyway, I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and all your wishes came true:)

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~Emily Williams
26 November 2005 @ 05:36 pm
Well, I intend to post an entry to this journal every 26th day of the month so here I am. I just wanted to let you all be aware of DVD's coming out and other things such as photos at eBay um... If your looking for some photos of Shirley cheap, a great place to buy them would be at a certain eBay store which is personally my favourite seller. The photos are cheap and most are 8x10 inches so here's the link to that store: http://stores.ebay.com/THE-BLUE-WHALE_W0QQssPageNameZstrkQ3amefsQ3amesstQQtZkm

Again to remind you the Oklahoma! 50th Anniversary Edition DVD came out and here is a review about the new edition:

" Todd-AO version of Oklahoma extremely disappointing, November 18, 2005
Reviewer:dooby - See all my reviews
This is a review of only the Todd-AO version of the movie included in the recent 50th anniversary edition of Oklahoma. The main Cinemascope version on Disc One is outstanding and deserves 5 stars and more. However the accompanying Todd-AO version on Disc Two looks abysmal in comparison.

For those who are unaware, the producers filmed two versions of Oklahoma simultaneously, the one commonly seen which is the Cinemascope version and the other, the Todd-AO version which is the one that Rodgers and Hammerstein preferred. It is seldom seen because theaters did not possess the special equipment to project these Todd-AO movies (extremely widescreen with curved edges to give an enveloping effect). The 2 movies are not the same. They did not just use different cameras or lenses to film the same scene. The films are different in that every scene is restaged specifically for either Cinemascope or Todd-AO. This is obvious in a side by side comparison - the individual scenes are subtly different. Some scenes are shot at slightly different angles, some scenes are shot at different times of the day, some scenes include cast members seen in one version but not the other while all scenes show subtle variations in performances between one version and the next. But the most obvious difference is that only the Todd-AO version includes the Oklahoma Overture as well as the Intermission, En'tracte and Finale (Exit Music) which Richard Rodgers wrote for Oklahoma but never included in the Cinemascope version. The end result is that the Todd-AO version runs for 147mins while the Cinemascope version runs for just 139mins, a fact that Fox fudges by giving the runtime of the movie as 145mins.

The Todd-AO version presented here is virtually unrestored. It is so dark you can barely read the opening credits. It is grimy. Todd-AO is shot on 70mm film (Cinemascope is on 35mm), so it should reveal exquisite detail. Instead the transfer is so soft and blurry, it is like watching a second-generation VHS tape. And although Todd-AO is shot at 30fps, as opposed to 24fps in standard film, for the express purpose of reducing film flicker, there is more flicker on the Todd-AO transfer than on the main Cinemascope version. This is a very sorry presentation of what should have been the definitive edition.

If you are buying this solely for the Cinemascope version, you won't be disappointed. It is indeed a sight to behold. If you are thinking of buying this for the Todd-AO version which few audiences today would have had the chance to see, I'd recommend waiting till Fox reissues a properly restored edition of it. In fact the Todd-AO version looks better on the old laserdisc from more than 10 years ago.

A sidenote to Fox: Please do not harangue your customers with those extremely loud, obnoxiously noisy anti-piracy messages placed at the front of all your DVDs. People who buy these DVDs are not the ones pirating your movies. I inserted this DVD into the player expecting to be greeted by the lovely music of Oklahoma only to be assailed by the abrasively loud banging, thumping and thudding of your aggravatingly annoying anti-piracy message. Do not punish your legitimate customers or you'll find us all going to the side of the pirates."

One more thing for a not so formal and moderated update...

Hurray! I won this fabulous photo at eBay! Hopefully I'll get it by today or tomorrow!

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I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving to those you celebrate it! Bye!:) ~Emily
27 October 2005 @ 10:24 pm
Name: Julia
Location: London, England
Favourite Gordon or Shirley Film: Oklahoma!, Carousel, The Music Man, Tea For Two, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, April Love, Elmer Gantry.
Favourite Gordon or Shirley Song: Face To Face, If I Loved You, Soliloquy, People Will Say We're in Love, Waitin' For My Dearie, Birth of the Blues, If She Walked Into My Life, Being in Love... how much time have you got?
How and when did you discover Gordon and Shirley: I feel as if I've been a fan forever, but in reality, it's only been about four years. I saw Carousel and was hooked!
How did you stumple across here: I saw one of Emily's promotion banners.
Any other comments: I have a community dedicated to Shirley, but it's lovely to have one for both of them. They really were quite a special pair.

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Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: "Point of No Return"- Colm Wilkinson and Rebecca Caine
25 October 2005 @ 11:45 pm

My name is Maria and I come from Madrid, Spain.

My favourite Gordon and/or Shirley's films are Oklahoma, Carousel and two rode together. I also liked Shirley in the Partridge family and in many of her films, but name them would make this a too long list.

As for my favourite song... this is a difficult one!! I love every song they perform in Oklahoma but specially "The surrey with the fringe on top", "people will say we're in love" and "out of my dreams".

I don't remember when I discovered them!! My parents were very fond of classical cinema and I always watched those films, since I was very little. It's difficult to put a precise date. As in the case of other stars, it's as if they have been there all the time, since I can remember!!

I found you just looking for things I love. I like very much Gordon and Shirley together. They have a very special chemistry, I think.

Finally, I'm glad you have more time again and came back!! ;)
25 October 2005 @ 09:18 pm

Name: Kayleigh (Kace) Collins

Location: London, England

Favourite Gordon or Shirley Film: I have a confession to make, i haven't seen a Gordon or Shirley film *le gasp* but i'm eager to see, hopefully when christmas comes around they will show one :D

Favourite Gordon or Shirley Song: eek! I hate bieng new O_0

How and when did you discover Gordon and Shirley: Unfortunately i do not know much of Gordon, but i have been reading up on him on your website. I discovered Shirley through the Partridge Family and i simply adore her! I have been learning about her career pre- partridge days and would love to see some of her earlier work, she comes second only to Audrey Hepburn as my favourite actress.

How did you stumple across here: The Shirleymaejones community

Any other comments: I hope i can learn more on this community, Gordon and Shirley seem so sweet together!
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Dr. Who theme tune
24 October 2005 @ 11:13 am
Welcome! This is your lovely moderator speaking. This community has been here for quite some time but not alive if you know what I mean, I've been busy with other things so I haven't had a chance to actually intorduce myself or anything. I'm sure you've read the rules and understand them so I'm going to formally introduce myself...

Location:Clinton, Connecticut
Favourite Gordon or Shirley Film:Oklahoma!, Carousel, Look For The Silver Lining, Two Rode Together and The Music Man
Favourite Gordon or Shirley Song:Face To Face, If I Loved You, People Will Say We're In Love, Till There Was You and so on...
How and when did you discover Gordon and Shirley:I was about four years old when I first saw Oklahoma! so that brought me close to them both.
How did you stumple across here:Well, I didn't stumble across here, I decided to make this community to show a little more of our love for Gordon and Shirl.
Any other comments:Um, icons, layouts, mood sets and colour bars are more than welcome into this community so if you have any related to Gordon and Shirley, don't be shy and share them with us. If our members use any of the graphics you make they'll be ordered to credit;) I have two promotional banners for this community so take them and throw them in every community you belong to!;)

Current Music: Like A Leaf In The Wind