September 30, 2006

Diane Lane Photo Of The Week

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Show 'em if ya got 'em.

And this week's Diane Lane Netflix Pick of the Week:

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Miss All-American Beauty (1982)

Synopsis:
Teenager Sally Butterfield (Diane Lane) competes in a Texas beauty pageant in hopes of winning a valuable scholarship. With the assistance of her coach, Agatha (Cloris Leachman), Sally wins and heads to the national competition to defend her title. No one expects the small-town girl from Texas to win the Miss All-American Beauty pageant, but she does, and is quickly hurled into an unfamiliar world of flashbulbs and travel. Is it worth it?

Gary's take: If there's any movie that highlighted what an "all-American" girl-next-door Diane Lane is it's this one. Yes, it was a made for TV movie, but all in all it's pretty well done. An interesting look into world of beauty pageants. Sally's grueling schedule strains her relationship with her family and boyfriend. Will she find the meaning of real beauty?

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September 23, 2006

Diane Lane Photo Of The Week

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Baby's in black

And this week's Diane Lane Netflix Pick of the Week:

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Streets Of Fire (1984)

Synopsis:
Tough ex-soldier Tom Cody (Michael Paré) springs into action when a depraved motorcycle gang kidnaps his former girlfriend, Ellen (Diane Lane), who's now a famous singer. Besides being pitted against the gang's leader (a memorable Willem Dafoe), Cody must contend with Ellen's manager (Rick Moranis). The film's pulsating soundtrack features rockin' tunes by Stevie Nicks, Ry Cooder and the Blasters.

Gary's take: Interesting production design (a mix of '50's, '80's and whatever era visuals), awful dialogue and not enough Diane. But it's got a kick-ass soundtrack and when she's on-screen, Ms. Lane is smokin'. You will believe this babe can sing.

See Diane "not" sing "Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young" from the movie The lip-synching isn't really that bad, it's the clip. And as an added bonus, hear Michael Pare and Amy Madigan dubbed in Italian at the end.):

Sweet!

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September 16, 2006

Diane Lane Photo Of The Week

Better late than never:

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And this week's Diane Lane Netflix Pick of the Week:

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Six Pack (1982)

Synopsis:
In his first film role, country singer Kenny Rogers stars as Brewster Baker, a retired stock-car driver who's on the comeback trail. But he finds his racing plans temporarily thwarted when six delinquent siblings (including Anthony Michael Hall and Diane Lane) strip Brewster's car to sell the parts. Reluctantly, he takes the miscreant brood under his wing -- and turns them into his new pit crew in this breezy comedy directed by Daniel Petrie.

Bonus Babe Alert: Erin Gray stars as Kenny Rogers' lady love. Whoo-Hoo!

Interesting factoid: In my opinion, the fact that she co-starred with Anthony Michael Hall in this film coupled with her appearance in "The Outsiders" makes her a charter member of the infamous "Brat Pack".

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September 09, 2006

Diane Lane Photo Of The Week

Here she is, gentlemen:

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Welcome back, Diane. We missed ya. :wink:

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September 08, 2006

BREAKING: Diane Lane Feature Returning To Ex-Donkey

All through 2005 (my first year of blogging) I had a regular item every Saturday morning called the "Diane Lane Photo of the Week" featuring a different picture of my favorite girl-next-door actress. It proved to be pretty popular.

A year ago, I switched over from Blogger to MuNu and had my archives migrated as well. Unfortunately, the graphics that I had posted up to the Blogger server often don't allow access from this site. Maybe they consider it "hotlinking" or something, I don't know for sure. All I know is that when you click on the "Diane Lane" category and scroll down, you usually get those annoying little boxes with the red "x" through it on pre-September 2005 entries and the link will give you a message to the effect that access is denied, and "The requested URL could not be retrieved".

Sigh.

So, because those older pics are not viewable (and also due to popular demand) I will be re-posting one of those old photos every Saturday through the end of the year. Actually, it's more like a "best of" presentation based on the ones I've chosen from my archives on the old Ex-Donkey Blog. And, honestly, I always considered those earlier photos to be the best ones anyway.

So those of you who missed that weekly treat can take heart. The first one goes up tomorrow morning! Stay tuned.

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