Category Archives: General Retro

Elvis Presley Once Painted Statues Black To ‘Integrate’ Las Vegas Venue

This article is from Do You Remember. Click the title to hop over there.

Elvis Presley once painted the statues at a Las Vegas venue black in order to integrate the venue. It was in the early 1970s when Elvis would perform his Las Vegas residencies at the International Hotel (which became a Hilton in 1971 and is now known as the Westgate today).

Georgann Reynolds of the Elvis Country Fan Club recently opened up about seeing Elvis during his residencies. She recalls a time when Elvis was evacuated to the showroom of the hotel and painted the skin of the Marie Antionette statues black.

Elvis Presley painted statues black to ‘integrate’ Las Vegas venue

Marie Antoinette statue
Marie Antoinette statue / Wikimedia Commons

Reynolds remembers that there was a fire that had broken out on the 26th and 27th floor where she was staying. “We were evacuated and Elvis was evacuated because he was on the 30th [in his penthouse suite] and everybody in between was evacuated. We came down first, they let us down on the elevators. Everybody else had to walk the stairs. I’m sure Elvis didn’t, but anyway…somebody said, ‘Elvis is in the showroom!’”

RELATED: Just Who Are The Three Granddaughters Of Elvis Presley?

Everyone’s clothes ended up being covered in soot, but thankfully, they were able to get their clothes cleaned in time for Elvis’s show. It was onstage that Elvis began talking, “Well, last night I came down to the showroom.” But, Reynolds states he never mentioned anything about a fire.

A fan remembers the day perfectly

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley / Flickr/Rene Walter

Elvis continues, “I didn’t have something to do and I found some black paint back here and I’ve always hated this showroom. I got this black paint and I decided to integrate the Las Vegas Hilton showroom.” Reynolds remembers how great of a job Elvis did with the statues: “I remember it was hands too. Everywhere there was skin [on the statues], he did a very good job.”

Click for next Article

The post Elvis Presley Once Painted Statues Black To ‘Integrate’ Las Vegas Venue appeared first on DoYouRemember? – The Home of Nostalgia. Author, Jane Kenney

Go to Source – Do You Remember



‘Cheers’ Officially Ended After This Happened

This article is from Do You Remember. Click the title to hop over there.

Sometimes you just wanna go to your local watering hole, where everybody knows your name. So what is it about Cheers that makes it rated as both the best and the worst sitcom out there? Well step behind the bar, fill up a beer for Norm, and you’ll learn that Cheers is full of surprises on the rocks.

So let’s order a round of secrets for one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, Cheers. Let’s take a look at what exactly they were drinking all those years, and the ultimate cliffhanger we almost got. 

Location, Location, Location

Cheers is the name of the show’s fictional bar, the perfect watering hole after a long week, or a long day, or what was going to be a long day. Boston bars are pretty famous for their party scene, and hardly any tv shows made a bar a setting for a show.

 But that bar itself did have a real-world inspiration. All exterior shots use the real Bull & Finch Pub which propelled it into a serious tourist destination, raking in enough dough to open a second location. And the place fully embraced its fame and renamed itself Cheers Beacon Hill. Although the interior doesn’t resemble the show, they did build a slightly modernized replica of the set on the ground floor, complete with cardboard cutouts of Sam and everything.

RELATED: ‘Cheers’ Cast Then And Now 2021

Grounded Inspiration

For a show with so many wacky personalities, Cheers paid close attention to detail. For one thing, a lot of its dialogue was inspired by real-life bar conversations, which is why it was so damn relatable. They honed in on bar banter beautifully. 

CHEERS, front, from left: Ted Danson
CHEERS, front, from left: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, (19821993). ph: Kim Gottlieb-Walker /© NBC / Courtesy Everett Collection

To really be qualified for his new role, Ted Danson took up bartending lessons and learned all about prepping drinks, so during the first month of shooting, he made all those Manhattans and Grasshoppers to better hone the bartending craft. In the end, he said the producers didn’t care, and just wanted the lines delivered well since the shots were usually aimed above his hands. But points for dedication, Ted.

The show also had to change some original plot plans. At first, Sam Malone was going to be a football player, as the role was originally written for NFL defensive end Fred Dryer. But they hired a guy with a background in baseball, and throw in Ted Danson’s body type and baseball was a no-doubter. The chemistry between him and Shelley Long was too perfect and showrunners couldn’t deny Ted’s charm. 

CHEERS, from left: Shelley Long, Ted Danson
CHEERS, from left: Shelley Long, Ted Danson, (19821993). © NBC / Courtesy Everett Collection

One thing that wasn’t deliberately steeped in realism: Woody playing Woody. It really was just a coincidence that they hired a guy named Woody Harrelson to play Woody Boyd, his name had been decided before casting began.

Everyone Loves A Know-It-All

Could you imagine Cheers without the resident sort-of brainiac Cliff Clavin? Brilliantly played by John Ratzenberger. Well, when Ratzenberger first auditioned, he tried out for Norm, but although he lost out that battle, he asked the writers if they had a character that was the bar know-it-all. At that time, they didn’t, so right there they created Cliff, and a bit of Cheers magic fell into place.

John Ratzenberger, (1982-1993
CHEERS, John Ratzenberger, (19821993). /© NBC / Courtesy Everett Collection

And if some of his lines sound like something a seasoned cop might say, that’s because Cliff was originally supposed to be an officer. However, the writers figured a mailman would make even more sense for his slew of fun facts which were mostly improvised by Ratzenberger. The scripts gave him a heads up about the topic and he came up with the rest himself.

Tackling the Big Stuff

For a sitcom, Cheers wasn’t afraid to take things seriously. Sometimes it was fairly subtle, too. Take for example Sam always having water or seltzer nearby. That’s because his character was a recovering alcoholic, and when breaking that habit, it’s recommended to take up newer, healthier ones.

CHEERS, from left: Shelley Long, Ted Danson
CHEERS, from left: Shelley Long, Ted Danson, 1987, (19821993). © NBC / Courtesy Everett Collection

Then there’s the episode that almost was. Season 6 was supposed to end with a cliffhanger, having Sam learn that an ex-girlfriend tested positive for HIV.  But they couldn’t write the episode because of another social issue arising: the strike of the Writers Guild of America.

Laughing at the Laugh Track

Cheers was filmed before a live studio audience. The words introducing the live audience are about as famous as the theme song. However, early episodes didn’t have this quick disclaimer, it began in 1983.

That’s because more and more viewers started complaining about the volume of the laugh track. The problem was, Cheers didn’t have a laugh track. It was just a live audience going wild at Coach’s antics, or Sam’s one-liners to Diane. All those reactions were raw and genuine. And people still complained. 

Designated Driver

When your show takes place exclusively at a bar, there’s going to be a lot of alcohol consumed. So, Cheers showrunners made the deliberate choice to never show a patron leave the bar drunk to go to their car and drive home under the influence.

That meant painstakingly making sure they kept track of who left and in what state. This is also the reason the script always has a patron call a cab or go with a designated driver. In fact, Cheers helped popularize the idea of having a designated driver.

Their efforts were worth it because they got attention from anti-drunk driving campaigns that praised Cheers as a great influence for responsible drinking. 

Matter of National Security

You could see all 273 episodes of Cheers and still have missed one. That’s because it came by special order from the U.S. Treasury. The Cheers creators were contacted directly from the department and asked to make an episode promoting U.S. savings bonds.

Never ones to turn down a customer, they brewed up the episode “Uncle Sam Malone,” but don’t look for it on TV because it never aired. Instead, it was only played as a promo at savings bond drives. Guess I’ll just swing by one of those next time I’m in 1983.

Mind Your Listeners

CHEERS, (from left): Jay Thomas, Rhea Perlman
CHEERS, (from left): Jay Thomas, Rhea Perlman, ‘Little Carla, Happy At Last, Parts I & II’, (Season 6, aired Oct. 15 & 22, 1987), 1982-93. © Paramount Television / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Aside from acting, Jay Thomas had a side gig as a radio host based in Los Angeles. The morning radio show was pretty popular, and of course, they knew their host was also in Cheers, as Carla’s new love interest. When one curious caller asked what it’s like being on the show, Jay’s answer sealed Eddie’s fate. He said, “It’s brutal. I have to kiss Rhea Perlman.” Apparently, one of his listeners at the time was Perlman herself, and she took revenge by asking producers to kill off her TV husband.

So in Season 8, Eddie gets run over with a Zamboni. And just to add insult to injury, producers tried to stifle upset fans by revealing that Eddie had been living a double life when Carla discovers a second widow at his funeral. Perlman covers her revenge plot by stating that Carla And Eddie’s forever pairing would make her less part of the bar collective. 

Near(ly) Beer

CHEERS, Ted Danson, 1982-1993
CHEERS, Ted Danson, 1982-1993. Everett Collection

Cheers is all about drinking yet they were careful, Patrons never drove drunk, Sam had all he needed to avoid lapsing. And most importantly, the cast didn’t just throwback shots all day.

Instead, the show had to ensure that everyone stayed sober. Norm had it the weirdest with his personal drink called Near Beer, basically, a weakened strain of ale with some salt to keep the suds firmer for a long time. Since Norm almost always had a drink in his hand, his actor George Wendt had to down that Near Beer more than a few times.

Tribute to the Fallen

Nicholas Colasanto, 1982-93
CHEERS, Nicholas Colasanto, 1982-93, (c)Paramount Television/courtesy Everett Collection

Sadly, Cheers lost one of its own early on, it was 1985 when Coach, aka Nicholas Colasanto, died from a heart attack. He was phenomenal as the aloof second bartender Ernie for parts of the first three seasons before Woody Harrelson filled that void.

He was gone but not forgotten, with some touching tributes sprinkled in to remember the much-beloved character. Sam sometimes wears Coach’s baseball jacket, and in the series finale, Sam adjusts a picture that had actually hung in Colasanto’s dressing room.

CHEERS, from left, John Ratzenberger, Woody Harrelson, 1982-93
CHEERS, from left, John Ratzenberger, Woody Harrelson, 1982-93 (1992 photo). ©NBC/courtesy Everett Collection

That’s as far as the network would let them go. NBC wouldn’t let the cast take a break from filming for Colasanto’s funeral. So, they had to settle with sending Ratzenberger as a representative. Yet, back in LA, the cast made up a  makeshift memorial of their own. 

Keeping Options Open

You could call the union between Diane and Sam perpetually stuck in a state of uncertainty. And the studio even shot two endings to that plotline. One with a studio audience where the two actually do get married and have their ceremony and everything.

from left, Shelley Long, Ted Danson, 'Power Play,' aired September
CHEERS, from left, Shelley Long, Ted Danson, ‘Power Play,’ aired September 29, 1983, 1982-93, ©NBC/Courtesy: Everett Collection

But that was just to hide the fact Shelley Long was leaving, and they threw out that ending for one filmed without the audience where they call the whole thing off. Pretty sneaky.

Beginnings and Endings

Cheers is one of the few shows that had the title for best and worst at some point during its run. When it premiered, it ranked 77th out of 100 shows that week. But as the show progressed, the ratings grew. So, why stop after 11 Seasons, why not round up to 20, or 30 even?

CHEERS, (from left): Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson
CHEERS, (from left): Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson, (1987), 1982-93. ©Paramount Television/courtesy Everett Collection

Well, Ted Danson wanted to spread his wings and try new things. So producers concluded that they could continue by having Woody take over Cheers. The problem was, Harrelson was a fan of Danson and refused to do the show without him. 

NBC had a big sendoff at the Bull & Finch Pub with thousands of fans celebrating and watching the end. And, of course, because it’s Cheers, there was a lot of hugging and crying and… drinking. NBC had organized it so after the finale the cast would appear on The Tonight Show

Cheers gave viewers a place to call home for over a decade, a wonderful and immersive escape once a week. It truly was a one-of-a-kind series. What’s a great episode of Cheers that you remember? What was a crazy and possibly improvised fact of Cliff’s that you’ll never forget? Did anyone remember a good Norm excuse? 

Click for next Article

The post ‘Cheers’ Officially Ended After This Happened appeared first on DoYouRemember? – The Home of Nostalgia. Author, Mia

Go to Source – Do You Remember



This Is Why Clint Eastwood Refused An Invitation To Play Superman

This article is from Do You Remember. Click the title to hop over there.

By the time the first Superman film manifested in 1978, Clint Eastwood was an iconic Hollywood tough guy, surely capable of battling titanic foes and saving planets. The studio agreed and approached Eastwood for the role.

However, Eastwood actually turned it down. The feats Clark Kent’s alter ego could pull off seem right in line with his most famous characters of that era. So, why the rejection? Eastwood explained in an interview.

Clint Eastwood turned down playing Superman

SUPERMAN, Christopher Reeve
SUPERMAN, Christopher Reeve, 1978. (c) Warner Bros./ Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Though fans associate the face of Superman with that of Christopher Reeve, Reeve was not the first choice to play the Man of Steel. First, the studio approached The Man With No Name star Clint Eastwood to play Superman.

RELATED: 91-Year-Old Clint Eastwood Thinks He Is Past The Point Of ‘Aging Gracefully’

By the time the film ultimately released, Eastwood, born in 1930, was around 48 years old and still looking – and feeling – lucky, punk. But he didn’t want to bring his tough guy persona to a superhero film because he wanted only to play characters “grounded in reality.”

Are superheroes off the table?

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, Clint Eastwood
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, Clint Eastwood, 1966 [US: 1967] / Everett Collection

Eastwood went on, allowing that some of his past roles like Dirty Harry achieved “more-than-human things,” but he felt that was still different from being the “caped crusader” from Krypton. Additionally, in the same vein, he did not want his entire future defined by playing the Man of Steel; the threat of superhero typecasting did play some part in his decision.

That’s not to say Eastwood has no place in his heart for these larger-than-life creations. Particularly, he quite likes Namor the Sub-Mariner. In contrast to Superman of DC Comics, Namor appears in Marvel publications, and is part of the holy trinity from the Golden Age of Comic Books alongside Captain America and the Human Torch. No word yet on whether Eastwood would take on that role, but that would certainly be something to see!

Click for next Article

The post This Is Why Clint Eastwood Refused An Invitation To Play Superman appeared first on DoYouRemember? – The Home of Nostalgia. Author, Dana Daly

Go to Source – Do You Remember



John Travolta Honors Late Kelly Preston’s Final Film Premiere With Instagram Post

This article is from Do You Remember. Click the title to hop over there.

Kelly Preston passed away on July 12, 2020 after a two-year battle with breast cancer, leaving behind her husband John Travolta and their children Ella, 20, and Benjamin, 9. Recently, Travolta took to Instagram to honor her final film role, which came with the 2021 movie Off the Rails.

IMDb summarizes the film, “Now in their 50’s, four friends recreate an inter-rail journey across Europe, but this time 18-year-old Maddie is taking her mother’s place, fulfilling her dying wish. With lost passports, train strikes and romantic entanglements thrown in their way, they must put old feuds aside to complete the journey within five days and remind themselves that they are still at their peak.”

John Travolta celebrates ‘Off the Rails,’ Kelly Preston’s final film

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by John Travolta (@johntravolta)

Three days ago, Travolta shared a video to Instagram of “Off the Rails starring Kelly Preston.” In the caption, he noted, “Off the Rails is Kelly’s last film- she was very proud of it and of all of the wonderful talent that she got to work with in it.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Off The Rails (@offtherailsfilm)

RELATED: John Travolta Talks About His Grief After Losing Wife Kelly Preston

For those wishing to see Preston’s final work before her heartbreaking passing, Travolta went on to share, “It is available in UK and Ireland theaters starting this Friday July 23rd” before tagging the film’s official Instagram page and that of the Bill Kenwright Productions.

The final endcap to an admirable career and life cut too short

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by John Travolta (@johntravolta)

In addition to Preston, Off the Rails stars Jenny Seagrove, Sally Phillips, Elizabeth Dormer-Phillips, Ben Miller, Franco Nero and Judi Dench. Preston herself is one of the three friends, Cassie, tasked with honoring the fourth’s last wish, this time with her teen daughter.

WHAT A GIRL WANTS, Amanda Bynes and Kelly Preston
WHAT A GIRL WANTS, Amanda Bynes and Kelly Preston. 2003, (c) Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection

Filming began in February 2019, just months after Preston was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she passed, she’d been married to Travolta for 28 years.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by John Travolta (@johntravolta)

Her acting credits included Jerry Maguire (1996), For Love of the Game (1999), What A Girl Wants (2003) and more.

Click for next Article

The post John Travolta Honors Late Kelly Preston’s Final Film Premiere With Instagram Post appeared first on DoYouRemember? – The Home of Nostalgia. Author, Dana Daly

Go to Source – Do You Remember



55-Year-Old Shania Twain Shows Off Her Brand-New Hair Transformation

This article is from Do You Remember. Click the title to hop over there.

Shania Twain is a busy woman, always working, but managed to have some time to change up her hair. She generally sticks with brown locks, but has recently switched it up and keeps adding more and more blonde. In several of her recent photos, many fans noticed her lighter hair color!

Shania looks gorgeous while promoting her upcoming Las Vegas residency and new music. She promoted the latest episode of her Home Now Radio Show on Apple Music. In the photo, she rocks her lighter hair while holding a guitar.

Shania Twain’s hair keeps getting lighter and lighter

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Shania Twain (@shaniatwain)

She wrote, “Today’s #HomeNowRadio show is all about album tracks, b-sides, underdogs – hidden hits! And I wanna know… what’s your favourite song from any artist that wasn’t a single? Listen on demand, only on @applemusic (link in stories).” Many fans commented about how wonderful her new hair looked.

RELATED: Shania Twain Shares Past Concert Looks As She Announces New Residency

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Shania Twain (@shaniatwain)

The 55-year-old said that she tries not to worry too much about her looks or aging. She said, “For me personally, I’m sure it’s very different for everybody, but I just started with time. Stepping out of battles that I couldn’t win. I mean, you know, aging is a battle you can’t win. That battle and the focus and energy it takes, is taking up too much space! In my life, my emotional state, my mental state. I’ve got songs to write. I’m not going to sit around.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Shania Twain (@shaniatwain)

She added, “I’d rather dream about songs or dream about other things I want to do in my life, and I want to just daydream.”

What a great attitude to have! Shania truly seems beautiful from the inside out.

Click for next Article

The post 55-Year-Old Shania Twain Shows Off Her Brand-New Hair Transformation appeared first on DoYouRemember? – The Home of Nostalgia. Author, Lauren Novak

Go to Source – Do You Remember



Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Son Joseph Shows Off His Incredible Physique

This article is from Do You Remember. Click the title to hop over there.

Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s son Joseph Baena appears to be following in his dad’s footsteps. Joseph is a bodybuilder as well and trains at Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach. The father-son duo has trained a lot together and it looks like it is paying off!

Joseph shared a photo of himself, shirtless while riding a horse. It gives a glimpse at his impressive body and fans were loving it. Joseph captioned the photo, “Headed to the Salty Spitoon – want anything?”

Joseph Baena shows off his muscles while riding a horse

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Joseph Baena (@projoe2)

While Joseph loves to train at the gym with his father, he is also working on becoming a realtor and an actor. The 23-year-old recently joined the cast for a web series called Scam Squad, where he plays a con artist named Nico.

RELATED: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Son, Joseph Baena, Celebrates 22nd Birthday While Showing Off His Muscles

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Joseph Baena (@projoe2)

In addition, Joseph loves to recreate some of Arnold’s iconic poses from back in the day. You can definitely see the resemblance! He has also shared that there is no cheating when training with his dad and that he is the “best training partner in the world.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Joseph Baena (@projoe2)

What do you think about Joseph’s photos?

Click for next Article

The post Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Son Joseph Shows Off His Incredible Physique appeared first on DoYouRemember? – The Home of Nostalgia. Author, Lauren Novak

Go to Source – Do You Remember



Next page →
← Previous page