Friday, August 25, 2006

Introducing: Cinema Bella!

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Romance: By the Blog
Cinema Bella!

Well, youz couldn't say enough about Dennis Quaid two days ago, what with all the slavering over hot Bad Boys. So it got me thinkin: what if we made a date for a month from now to talk about a movie we'd all seen?

A hot movie. With great sexual tension and sweaty romance and hot guys. One our husbands and guys would thank us for watching. Or a flick that was just a happy treat just for us.

Yeah... So click on NetFlix, go to the 'brary, raid your neighbors' DVD collections. Score yourself a copy of

"The Big Easy," (1987) directed by Jim McBride, starring DQ and Ellen Barkin.

Mark your calendars, cause we'll meet back here Tuesday, Sept 26 to discuss the film over a little cyber-'ritas and tapas.

What's the hottest movie you've ever seen?
Not that kind of movie, Vivi Anna.
Encore! Thanks, Sylvia Day, for dropping in with your fabu GuestBlog yesterday. We loved talking about your great books and covers, and can't wait for your next novel! Visit us again soon!
Encore due! NEWS! NEWS! I'll be featuring JR WARD's "Lover Awakened" on "Romance: B(u)y the Book" next week! It'll be live when she comes to visit us for her GuestBlog Sept. 4.
One letter says it all: Z.


ev said...

To go back to our bad boys- I just got this from one of my gossip ezines. See, they aren't all the way bad, are they? Did anyone else see the repeat of Jay Leno last nite with Colin??

The star who ordered filming on his latest movie to stop so he
could comfort an injured boy?

It's Colin Farrell... Colin was shooting scenes for an untitled
Woody Allen film in North London on Wednesday when he saw a
little boy fall off his bike.

Witnesses say Colin rushed to the aid of the crying youngster
and scooped him up in his arms.

Playground Monitor said...

From TVNow

The Big Easy

Sat Sep 2 01:20A on Encore
Sun Sep 3 03:55A on Showtime Women
Mon Sep 4 03:35A on Flix Movie Channel
Tue Sep 5 04:15P on Showtime Women
Wed Sep 6 05:00P on Showtime #2
Sat Sep 9 11:05P on Showtime Women
Sun Sep 10 03:30A on Flix Movie Channel
Tue Sep 12 12:45P on Showtime #2
Wed Sep 13 02:00P on Showtime Women
Thu Sep 14 01:40A on Showtime Women

So if you have any of those channels, just set the TIVO.


Rach said...

Awesome! I haven't seen THE BIG EASY in forever! Marilyn, thanks bunches! =)

Have a great day, Bellas =).

Stacy~ said...

How cool. It's obviously a popular movie, almost 20 yrs later...

Let's talk about Z, baby! Let's talk about all the good things, all the bad things that may be. Yeah, let's talk about Z!!!!!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Do you guys EVER sleep? I've never seen the whole of TBE, so I'm really looking forward to it.

Stace, Z. I don't know what to say. I don't think a boy can get any badder. And, yeah. I think that sentence demands that grammar structure, don't you?

Rach, hope your first week is going great. Yesterday, I saw my son's teacher from last year and we gabbed for a while. You women and men do so much for our kids. THANK YOU!!! We'd be more than happy to stay after school to clap the erasers if you need that help. :)

Marilyn! You are so cool for doing that! Can you be our Cinema Bella "place the movie might be playing on TV" collater? (sp, of course) There is no pay for this job, just undying gratitude. And maybe a book or two.

Ev, are you addicted to celebrity news? Awww, Colin is such a good guy. Was there a story about his removing a thistle from the paw of a helpless kitten?

Thing is, I've read interviews w/him and his sister and kinda liked him a lot. Go figure that booze made him goofy much of the time... So glad you;re one of us now, ev. :)

Lori Foster said...

I LOVE The Big Easy! It's one of my fave movies of all time. No matter how often I see it, I love it all over again. Great choice!
I'll try to remember to drop in for this fun conversation. ;-)

BTW, I meant to tell everyone something funny. That night I went to the Reds game (we won!) my husband and I chatted with the woman beside us. She said I looked familiar, so Allen told her to google my name. She wrote me an email two days later, had already ordered some books, but she told me to google her name too.
I did, and guess what? She won the Gold at the 1972 Olympic games! She was a swimmer.
Pretty awesome, huh?
I'm really sorry I was around here to chat with all of you more, but how cool that I got to rub elbows with an Olympic Gold swimmer.
:::Big Grin::::

Can't wait for talk on The Big Easy!


Playground Monitor said...

Cinema Bella "place the movie might be playing on TV" collater

A title and everything!

I'll do my best but if for some reason I'm MIA, anyone can find this info by going to and type in the name of one of the movie's stars. It will list everything they're in that's playing that month. So in this case I typed in Dennis Quaid and just cut and pasted the info the TBE, which I've never seen.

Wow! A title.

Very cute story Lori. When my son was 5 years old he played soccer with a little girl from our town who went on to become a member of the swimming team at the 2004 Games in Athens.

Wow! A title! Cool!


Julie in Ohio said...

Mornin', Bellas!!
Cinema Bella sounds terrific. I haven't seen TBE, so I'm excited.

Lori, that is such a cute story.
...It's a small world after all...

Ev, I knew that Colin was more than just a pretty face... :o)

Michelle, I love me some Z! He is the epitome of a bad boy.
Don't you have any little snippet that you just want...need...have to let slip? :o)
(says with a hopeful smile on her face)

amy kennedy said...

Hi Ev--I have some sort of problem with Collin, not sure why--but that story raised him up a few notches.

Oh yeah, Stacy--Z. Z. Z. Z. Can't wait.

Marilyn, you are a gentlewoman and a scholar. Look at you getting all the times and stations. Thanks.

Rach--I can't believe you're back in the classroom, the summer flew--I say flew by.

Lori, what a great story. We know you're busy, but we do so love it when you stop by.

Michelle, Michelle, Michelle--The Big one of my most favorite movies. There is one, I won't start. I'll wait.

amy kennedy said...

Oooooh-wee, Julie--you are going to love yourself some TBE.

Seriously. And so will your husband.

Janice Maynard said...

Michelle - I love the movie discussion idea - unfortunately, I will be in ALASKA! on September 26. I am very excited about that, but I won't be online to dish on The Big Easy. :(

I will say that I love that movie! I am not someone who buys tons of DVD's (just rent them)but I actually have The Big Easy sitting under my TV as we speak. I bought it for two reasons... 'cause I liked the movie and because I was working on a New Orleans book. :)

So I'll be thinking of you ladies on the 26th, and I'll have to go through the old messages when I get home and read all the scoop.

Also on the 26th, I'll be prowling bookstores in Alaska, because our lovely Ms. Lori Foster and I have a Christmas anthology coming out. :)

I'll plan on being around for the October movie discussion!


ev said...

Michelle- it depends on who they are gossiping about!! And thanks, I feel right at home here!!

Lori- Great story! and I have read just about all your books. I am so looking forward to Murphy. I love Jude!!

I hope I get a chance to see The Big Easy. I honestly don't think I have ever seen it. This last week and next are going to be so busy. I still haven't seen the season finale for Lost. It's just sitting on my DVR!!! Arrggghhhh!!!!!

Will check in later all!! Try to stay out of trouble. If not, post it here!!!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

So I'm thinkin maybe 9 1/2 Weeks for another selection?

One of the most erotic movies I've seen was "Damaged" with Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche. Of course, the themes were very mature, but the film was stunning to me.

I remember it being controversial and Siskel and Ebert remarked that American audiences were uncomfortable because the sensuality and sex in the movie was so contextual and derived from fierce and complex emotions -- as opposed to the gratuitous crap we're supposed to think is titillating.

It was not an uplifting film. And, come to think of it, yet again starred a British guy with that kink thing goin on.

Nobody does kink better than Jeremy Irons. I mean, he is Humbert Humbert as far as I'm concerned.

Woa. Deep. Maybe I should start talkin "Sound of Music?"

How do you solve a problem like Ma-ree-ah....?

Kati said...

Mornin' Bellas! Michelle, can you hear me squealing like the little fangrrl I am about JR Ward coming? I'm freaking beside myself! I also read that Suz Brockmann is stopping by, is that true?? (It was mentioned in a newsletter)Cause I'm dying to gush to her about the Troubleshooter series.

OK, with regard to the movie thing. This is a brilliant idea! I'm going to email you off line about my suggestions for other movies. Ah, THE BIG EASY. Seriously ya'll that is ONE. FINE. HINEY. you're about to see. I can't wait to talk about it. I'll have to get out the old VHS of it and watch it again.

I'm flying home this afternoon, so I'll be off line. But I'll check back in this evening. Take it easy Bellas!

Lori Foster said...

Janice, you'll be in Alaska when our antho hits!? Do let me know where you find it there. That's too cool.

Ev, thank you soooo much. Man, I hope you enjoy Murphy. I'm anxious to hear some reader feedback. :-)

Michelle, but, but... as much as I loved The Big Easy, that's how much I hated 9 1/2 weeks. I thought it was a pretty icky story. LOL.
Course, I could stop by and talk about all the reasons I disliked it. ;-) It's sure to be controversial!


Kati said...

Lori - I'm with you. I find Mickey Roarke to be...creepy in the "icky man" kind of way, not in the good Jeremy Irons kind of way!

Vivi Anna said...

I've never seen I'm looking forward to it...

*wiping brow that it's not The Sound of Music*

9 1/2 Weeks is a HAWT movie. Love that one. Wild Orchid is another one that's HAWT, also starring Mickey Rourke when he was looking fine...which I think is as close to porn as you an get without being porn. Hmm, I'll think of more...I'm sure!!

Yeah, can't wait for JR to come and play. Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z

Monica Burns said...

Morning Bellas...I can't remember if I've seen the TBE or not...who's the actress? Kathleen Turner?? Or maybe I'm thinking of her with William Hurt in that other movie. [scratching head]

I've got JRW's book, but as with everything else, it's on the TBRP. *sigh*

Totally hot, hot movie...ya know my mind has gone completely blank. I did watch the first of Vin's Chronicles of Riddick last night instead of writing (bad, I know), the man is sexy even in sweat and blood.

I'm going to have to check out TBE to see what all the hubbub is about. *grin*

Playground Monitor said...

I tried. Honestly I tried. But I could not get into "9 1/2 Weeks."

How about "Unfaithful" with Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez. 'K... I watching this movie at home all by myself during the day and they've just done it in the hall and my #2 son strolls in (he was supposed to be working and came home for lunch). He looks at the screen and says "Oh, I've seen this. We watched it on the bus on a track team trip" and strolls to the kitchen. What kinda smut was that college coach showing him? Uhm... I guess the kinda smut his mom was watching during the day while he was at work. ;-)


Vivi Anna said...

Oh, has anyone seen The Secretary with Maggin Gylenhaal, and James Spader? That's supposed to be HAWT...

Julie in Ohio said...

I have tried to post a comment TWICE and TWICE I have gotten shut down... :(

this is a test of the emergency blogger alert...

this is only a test...

ev said...

Julie- it just did it to me too.

Lori- If I were to send you the copy of Hot and Bothered that Gayle autographed at a book signing at our store,would you sign it too? Please? Please?? Please??? Pretty Please????

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I'm having trouble posting today, too. Sorry, Bellas.

I've never seen TBE or 9 1/2 weeks. I'm just trying to think of the movies people always told me were hot. Was hoping i'd here more suggestions today.

I saw it, Vivi. Lots of kink and tension. Liked it a lot, but not CB feature material. I'll come up with a totally hot, fun one for our second selection but it will not, I repeat, will not be Romancing the Stone. (of course, never say never, right)?

Julie in Ohio said...

9 1/2 Weeks has this refridgerator/food scene that is HAWT!!!

Bull Durham and Thelma & Louise were supposed to be pretty hot. I have not seen either but I have heard good things. :o)

There was some sexual tension in the Sound of Music. She was in a convent, hello... :o)
(Just for you, Vivi)

Julie in Ohio said...

Has anyone seen "The Notebook" or "The Lake House"?

I haven't but heard they were good.

Anonymous said...

Julie, I saw The Lake House with my dh. We both enjoyed it quite a bit. Not a fast paced story by any means, but one that evolves; dh called it a "thinking" movie, if that helps.

Michelle, baby, gotta get me some Z. I'm dying for that book. Can't wait!!!

Lori Foster said...

Vivi, I saw that movie - Secretary. It was... ::cough:: interesting.

ev, I'd be happy to sign it for you! Thanks.

Bull Durham! I loved that movie. I'm trying to think of romantic movies, but they're not really my thing. I'm more into action and horror. Blade was a sexy move with a nice romance... but I don't think the rest of the Bellas would be into it! LOL

What about Mr. & Mrs. Smith? I saw that one, and it was a romance in a weird "let's kill each other" way. LOL.


Playground Monitor said...

I've seen The Notebook and cried buckets, just like I did when I read the book. IMHO that book was Nicholas Sparks's one shining moment and he has yet to re-create it. It's a sweet, sad love story but not a romance cause there's no HEA.

Marilyn -- who's in hog heaven cause she's going to see her grandbaby later today!

Jennifer Y. said...

Hmmm...I have never seen The Big Easy...will have to try to watch it.

How about some romantic comedies as well...Two Weeks Notice, Kate and Leopold, etc. Just a suggestion...oh and I like the movies Sabrina (both the Humphrey Bogart and Harrison Ford versions) and Sliding Doors (very interesting film). Has anyone seen them? Not very hot, but very romantic.

I like movies almost as much as I like books...LOL.

Julie in Ohio said...

OOOHH, Jennifer, you have *very* good taste.
I haven't seen Sliding Doors but after seeing HF version of Sabrina (while I was pregnant) we named our daughter that. I am a HUGE Audrey Hepburn fan so both versions are near and dear to me... :o)

Marilyn- no thank you :P
Have fun with the grandbaby. My mom says the only reason to have children is for the grandchildren... :o)

Rach said...

Hi All!! Just getting in--UGH! I'd like to add DANGEROUS BEAUTY to the list of HAWT movies. Whew!

Romatic comedies work for me too. I've seen all the ones you've mentioned Jennifer (would it be okay to shorten you to Jenn, or do you prefer Jennifer?).

Marilyn, how old is the grandbaby? How exciting for you!

Julie in Ohio said...

Have you seen "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"? Funny, funny movie.

"Dangerous Liasons"
"Dirty Dancing"
"40 Days and 40 Nights"

Jennifer Y. said...

rachd: you can call me Jenn if you want! LOL

Sliding Doors is neat because there are two storylines going on at if she had made the train, one if she had missed it. Neat concept. Dirty Dancing...I can't think of any HOT ones, but here are some more I like.

Never Been Kissed
Phantom of the Opera
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (don't laugh, I love this movie)
My Fair Lady
The Wedding Planner
Sleepless in Seattle

Julie in Ohio said...

"Oh, Z. Where for out thou Z?" *dreamy sigh*

ev said...

Jenn- OMG. 7 Brides is my daughter's favorite movie. She has worn out more tapes and now dvd's of it. And the soundtrack!! She first saw that when she was in the single digits and at 21 it tops her list. So I won't laugh!! it was just on TV at our Lodge and she was the only one who knew what it was- she knows all the lyrics, dance steps and dialogue.

I love musicals. She is just rabid.

ev said...

Lori- THANK YOU!! Just let me know where to send it.

Jennifer Y. said...

I was a kid when I became a fan of Seven Brides I am 23 and still love it. I like some musicals...My Fair Lady is another fave.

Julie in Ohio said...

Jenn-Jenn, I was going to say Never Been Kissed. I so love Drew Barrymore. Anything she touches turns to gold...
Speaking of which, how about "Ever After", "50 First Dates" and "Wedding Singer"? :o)

Vivi Anna said...

Lori, I'm an action fan myself too....give me Jet Li adn Jason Statham any day of the week...give them to me as the same time, and I'm a VERY happy woman!

Can't wait to see Crank when it opens next week. A Jason Statham film...

Rach said...

Okay, sign me up on the 7 BRIDES bandwagon. Don't know why, I just do.

Have I mentioned that DIRTY DANCING was filmed about 20 minutes from my hometown? The local radio station was auctioning off the sheets Patrick Swayze slept on--ew. My friends were all extras in the movie. It was pretty cool. So, I love it--it's one of my faves =).

Kati said...

I own Seven Brides too! I saw it the first time when I was about 10 on a sick day from school. I've loved it ever since! I think it's WAY better than Oklahoma.

OK, so my list of movies, how 'bout:

LADYHAWKE (hello?!?!)

Now if you want TV chemistry, you can't beat Sarah Michelle Geller and David Boreanaz in Buffy (season 2 please!) Or hey, how 'bout Sarah Michelle Gellar and James Marsters?

Kati said...

I should have asked, are there any other Buffy fans out there?

Rach said...

I will once again admit my major nerdly status and tell you all I don't really watch commercial television. I've never even seen an episode of "Idol". (I just felt the vaccuum from the collective gasp of shock and dismay.)

Now, if you were to ask me about PBS Kids I could fill ya in. ;o)

Jennifer Y. said...

I love Return to Me!

Also, Underworld has a bit of a romance going on in it...very hot scene in the sequel.

Cathy said...

I love all JR Ward's books. Really forward to her new release.

ev said...

Love Buffy and Angel. Grr-arrgh.

Also action adventure besides the musicals and comedies and westerns and pirates... Errol Flynn, the original bad boy...

ev said...

I know someone said they don't like Bruce Willis, but, Yipee Kiay M..... F...ers!!! is still my favorite line in any movie. I use it a lot myself.

Stacy~ said...

Oh this is going to be so much fun! I like some of those hawt movies myself though I didn't see all of "Nine and 1/2 weeks". I read the book which was kinda disturbing but not really in a good way. I hope the movie was a lot better. And I did like "Wild Orchids", seeing it in my teens was a rather eye-opening experience LOL.

LOVE Buffy. The t.v. show, not so much the movie. I love the movie selections people have here- I think we have a wide variety of choices. I'll add:

Say Anything
French Kiss
You've Got Mail

Yeah Julie, "Never Been Kissed" & "Wedding Singer" (remember my embarrassing crush on Adam Sandler???) Yes, "Ladyhawke"! "Sliding Doors" - I could listen to John Hannah talk all day..."PRide & Prejudice" with Colin Firth.

Ev, I love the Die Hard movies. I really liked B.W. in Moonlighting - way better than Cybil - and still think there's something about him. Has Denzel done a romantic movie? Me think not....

Michelle, I remember seeing "Damaged" years ago, and it was mesmorizing in it's unfolding. Jeremy Irons doesn't really do anything for me, but it's amazing how hot and intense those scenes were.

I saw "Unfaithful" in the theatre with 2 girlfriends. I kinda liked that it was a woman who was the one who was unfaithful because you really see where it lead her. I thought it got a little out of hand when Richard Gere confronted Oliver, but I guess that's what happens when a woman strays....who can forget the scene in the movie theatre, too...

I could go on and on about movies, but I won't. Aren't you glad? LOL

Rach said...

Oh, Stacy, EMMA is one of my all time faves =). That and P&P with Colin--yum.

I know after I watch a hawt movie I'm ready to have the hubby close at hand--literally. But, after a nice romantic comedy--plain old romance even--I'm still ready to be singin' "Let's Get it On". There something about watching how the h/h resolve their conflicts and get together that leaves me feeling all snuggly inside and ready to...well any way, just ready. :oP

So, hawt or not so hawt I'm ready for the movie club to begin =).

Julie in Ohio said...

Yay, Stacy! Say Anything solidfied my crush on John Cusack. :o)
I saw Emma when it first came out but I haven't seen it in years. :o)
Clueless is my guilty pleasure movie. I have to watch it everytime it comes on TV. :o)
Adam Sandler is a cutie. I love it when he sings... :o)
I haven't seen the P&P with Colin Firth. I have the recent one and adore it... :o)

Jenn, Underworld is a terrific movie. I haven't seen the sequal yet, but dh was going to buy it for me. :o)

Confession time: I haven't seen Ladyhawke. At least that I can remember. Rutger Hauer has always been more scary to me than hot, even his name is unusual...

Rach said...

You haven't seen the A&E P&P, Jules???? Ack! Get it get it get it!!

Julie in Ohio said...

I'll have to look it up...
I do adore the new one. I think Keira Knightly is as cute as a button. :o)

Lori Foster said...

I'm doing this backward, because it's easier. LOL.

Jenn, I loved both Underworld movies. The second was more of the romance than the first. Very delish!

Stacy, Hitch and Clueless were both a hoot! I love them.

And Julie, I watch Wedding Singer every single time it's on tv. It's a real chuckle/feel good movie!

Ev, I adore, adore, ADORE Bruce Willis! His Die Hard flicks are exactly the type of movies I enjoy most. I really liked his role in Pulp Fiction too. Awesome.

Vivi, I'll be seeing Crank the day it opens. Too bad you don't live close - we could go together! LOL
And I adore Jet Li, but what about the new-ish actor - Tony Jaa, in the Protector.
Oh yum!!!!
The previous look incredible. I can't wait. It's not out until Sept 8th, but I'll be there!

Oh, Ev, if you've gotten this far in my mega long post (I am SUCH a movie fan!) then you can send the book to me at:
Lori Foster
P.O. Box 854
Ross OH 45061 - and please include a note cuz the old saggy memory gets worse every day, and during a new release I get so much mail that I don't know what I'm doing half the time. Thanks!

Hugs to one and all. Hope everyone has a kickin' weekend!


Lori Foster said...

Uh... I meant that the "PREVIEWS" look incredible, not the previous.
Ignore me. I need more coffee.

CT said...

I didn't realize there's a movie on The Big Easy. lol. I've watched the tv series version. I can't remember the actor who played as Remy McSwain(?), the one in the tv I mean. I so need to see the movie. lol.

I have to admit, I haven't seen pride & prejudice, or famous ones like LOTR, and Harry Potter.

But my faves are the Underworld, Tomb Raider, and The Mummy (the first and the second one). I like Die Hard flicks, too.

Kati said...

I'm so glad that there are Buffy fans out there. One of my favorite exercises is to try to put together my Buffy "conversion" kit. I feel like if any one of you who haven't seen it, or don't get it, were willing to watch 10 episodes of Buffy that I picked, I could convert you. The show is that good!

Michelle, I think this is a genius idea! Looks like you've got lots and lots of good suggestions!

Jules, I feel strongly that I'm going to have to come to Ohio, kidnap you and close you in a room with a comfy couch, a big screen TV, krispy kremes and the movies I feel like you need to see! It's a magical place with no dirty diapers, no "Mommy I'm thirsty/hungry," and no need to make dinner! The first movie we'll watch will be LADYHAWKE!

I'm off to my boss's son's bar mitzvah today. Hope everyone has a fantastic day!

CT said...

Oh, I love Buffy! I've worn out my DVD watching it. IMO, second season is the best! :)

Julie in Ohio said...

LOL! I'm game, MK. Let me know when so I can pack a bag... :P
You are SO not the only Buffy fan here. I have seen every episode so many times that within the first second of the show I can tell you exactly which episode it is. :o) But I am in the Buffy/Angel court. I adore Spike but Buffy hearts Angel forever... :o)

Ct, I haven't seen Harry Potter either. My daughter is obsessed with him but I haven't gotten bit by that bug yet... :o)
LOTR, on the otherhand, is all that and a bag of chips. Viggo and Orlando is enough of a reason to see it but if you need another I would say Samwise, Marry and Pip are sooo cute. They were the comic relief of the bunch... :o)

Vivi Anna said...

Lori, I think Tony Jaa is an amazing martial artist...loved Ong Bak, but he's missing that HAWT factor that Jet Li has...I think Jet needs a movie where he has some hot love scenes...or sex scenes whichever...of course I'd prefer the latter...;-)

They need more HAWT Asian action men...we need another Bruce Lee...

Jennifer Y. said...

I haven't seen Ladyhawke either. I have the Colin Firth P&P, but haven't watched it yet.

Lori Foster said...

Vivi, I also enjoy Ong Bak - even that very goofy beginning that almost had me turning it off. LOL.
As to Jet Li, I think Tony Jaa is way sexier! To each her own I guess, huh? But I do love them both and really enjoy their movies.
Happy Sunday!

Jennifer Y. said...

Oh, I watched The Big Easy last night...I lucked out and it was one of the free movies this month on my ON Demand with Comcast cable. Good movie!