Archive for December, 2007

History Christmas:Renee Ashley Baker’s Royals

December 30, 2007

  

Best Queen:

Queen of England 1Queen of England 3Queen of England 3                                                             

                     Queen of England 4

pictured above: The Queen

Hundreds of well-wishers braved the rain to see “The Queen”  ….

(The British royal family celebrated Christmas in Sandringham….).

         Queen of England on YouTube 

pictured above:  Best Royal  “You Tube”

Best in Romania:

 Bran Castle aka Dracula’s Castle

pictured above: “Dracula’s  Castle”

The Archduke Dominic Habsburg, a 69 year old New York architect,  has put his family’s castle (pictured above) up for sale at “only” $135 million dollars.  The Archduke (a member of Romania’s “former” Royal Family) commented to reporters that he would only sell the castle to a buyer who would treat the property and it’s history with appropriate respect.

(Renee’s aside: “News flash!  News flash!  your ArchDuke-ship, sir.   Ain’t nobody, nobody, gonna be ‘dissing’  Vlad — now are they? “….

And–the sign read:  CASTLE FOR SALE, CALL: TRANSYLVANIA 6-5000…) 

Best at Disney:

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland 

 pictured above: Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland

Although–it was originally “Snow White’s Castle” when Disneyland opened in 1956….

(Note: Renee Ashley Baker is buying a $5.2 million dollar castle–er– home,  in Washington DC from Sotheby’s International.   Sotheby’s International Realty  is the realtor to the world’s “royal families”.   Again, thank you for the $73.5 mil Disney!…)

Best in Scandinavia:

           Julenisse Christmas Gnomes 

pictured above: Julenisse

The little Gnome who left Christmas presents under all the Christmas trees in Scandinavia… 

Best In Boston:  Opera Singer Cecilia Bartoli 

Best Handel:  Opera Singer Cecilia Bartoli

                              Cecilia Bartoli      Bartoli Cake  

 Diva Bartoli with “Bartoli Cake”….

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FRIDAY: MORE OF “THE BEST”

December 28, 2007

Best Big Spender:

                             Rothschild Faberge Egg

pictured above: “Rothschild Faberge Egg”

Purchased by Who: Big Spender

Where:  Christie’s Auction House

Price Paid:  $18 million (American) dollars !

Best Bun In The Oven:

                                   Jennifer Anniston 1

pictured above: “Jen-Ja”

(It sounds Oriental-ish but it’s just my combination of the names Jennifer and Jason) .

Best Stamps:

Sinatra U.S. postage stamp

pictured above: “Sinatra”

Commemorative 41 cent U.S. Postage Stamp unveiled on December 12th and to be released next spring…

                                 Frank Sinatra stamp galleryU.S. postage stamp 1947

Best Mummy Dinosaur:

Dinosaur Hadrosaur “Dakota”

pictured above: Hadrosaur “Dakota”

Discovered in 1999 (in North Dakota) by the then 16 year old Tyler Lison.

Best Actor/Comedian:

Steve Martin

Congrats Steve on your Kennedy Center Honors (2007)….

Best Picture:

Gravatar Blog (Simon)

pictured above: “Simon”

Best Diva: “Renee”

Renee Fleming 1  Opera Diva Renee Fleming….

Best Classic Films: (as selected by the Library Of Congress)

                 Library of Congress           Wuthering Heights 2

Ten of the 25 “classics” selected are: “12 Angry Men”, “The Naked City”, “A Lonely Place”, “Oklahoma”, “The Strong Man”, “Bullitt”, “Dances With Wolves”, “Days Of  Heaven”, “The Women”, and  “Wuthering Heights” (1939)….Can you name the remaining 15?

PREVIEW: Renee Baker Studios’ Production Slate

December 26, 2007

   And…the holiday box office winner is: “National Treasure: Book Of Secrets”….

  And…possibly on Renee Baker Studios’  “slate”….    

John Travolta 4John Travolta 2                                                      

 A “big screen remake” of  ABC’s “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” (to be filmed in Washington DC and to star–if he agrees–John Travolta….).  This would be Renee Baker Studios’ second motion picture distributed in movie theatres by Disney…. Renee Ashley Baker will Executive Produce…

            “Kolchak: The Night Stalker”

                                            Kolchak 2

“ADDENDUM” TO CHRISTMAS DAY (2007)

December 24, 2007

                                           

Maureen O’Hara’s Miracle Blue Topaz                                     

                               

                                                              

                                                                         Maureen O’Hara in Miracle on 34th St                                            

  

                                                       Miracle On 34th St 2

( I,  Renee Ashley Baker,  will “not” be “going to lunches” I will,  however be having dinner with U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy  and with Disney’s Robert Iger  in my new home in Washington DC  as–I will be Executive Producing Renee Baker Studios’ first motion picture which,  will be  disributed by Disney in movie theatres worldwide….)

Miracle On 34th Street Natalie Wood

“MERRY  CHRISTMAS  CAROLINE  KENNEDY!”

                                   Caroline Kennedy

                                                                    

Best Actor:

Andy Griffith 1

              Andy Griffith 2 “A Face In The Crowd” dvd panel

Andy Griffith in “his” best performance turn in “A Face In The Crowd”.

Best Movies To See In Movie Theatres On Christmas Day:

National Treasure 1

Disney’s “National Treasure” (starring Nicholas Cage);  “Charlie Wilson’s War” (starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts);  “Atonement” (starring Vanessa Redgrave);  “Alien vs Predator” (from 20th Century Fox) plus… “August Rush”,  “Starting Out In The Evening”,  “Reservation Road”,   “I’m Not There”,  “P.S. I Love You”,  “The Bucket List”,  “The Kite Runner”, “Walk Hard”,   and “The Jane Austen Book Club”…. 

Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts Charlie Wilson’s War

pictured above: Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts starring in “Charlie Wilson’s War”

Best Movies Now On DVD: 

Legend: “The Elvis Collection” and “The Shirley Temple Collection” (at tvatlas.com);   Music: “Help” (starring The Beatles);   Action: “Blade Runer: The Final Cut” and “Live Free or Die Hard”;   Comic Book: “Spider-Man 3”;   Toys Come To Life: “Transformers”;   Wizardry: Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix”;   Politics: “Lives Of Others” and “American Movie: The Documentary”;  Mystery/Thriller: “The DaVinci Code”.

Best Singing In Italian:

 

Best Opera Singer:  Pavarotti

Best Gifts: What Renee Ashley Baker Got For  Christmas

Chanel

Renee’s Chanel evening gown     

                                                                 Jimmy Choo Shoe Store

Renee’s pair of million dollar Jimmy Choo stilletos for “walker”  (thank you Disney, thank you Senator Kennedy and thank you Mr. Choo and they’ll stay in the Citibank bank safety deposit box).

                Fendi Russian Sable Coat

Renee’s Russian Sable Coat by Fendi

white Rolls Royce Corniche

Renee’s white-on-white Rolls Royce Corniche

                              Baronet Schoenbek

Renee’s $5.2 million dollar Washington DC mansion

Disney will distribute Renee Baker Studios’ first motion picture in movie theatres worldwide under a $73.5 million dollar output deal….

(Renee says, “Thank you Disney!” )

And…Best Recipes–For The Christmas Holidays: 

(From the “Opera”,  from Japan and  from China just  click link below)

www.splendora.com/members/reneeashleybaker/blog

HISTORY MONDAY: CHRISTMAS EVE

December 24, 2007

                     Santa Claus

Best HistorY: sepia Santa Claus

       Santa Claus–aka Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or simply “Santa” –is a historical and legendary figure in folklore who in western culture is described as bringing gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  

     Although–the legend may have its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Saint Nicholas — the  modern depiction of Santa Claus as a set jolly man (or elf) wearing a red coat and trousers with white cuffs and collar, and black leather  belt and boots became popular in the United States in the 19th century due to the significant influence of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast (along with a Mr Clement Moore)….  This Thomas Nast “image” of Santa  has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, and films.

      The American version of Santa lives in the far north–in the land of perpetual snow aka The North Pole…* 

Best Santa Track: Satellite on Santa

Our sources tell us that “Norad” in Colorado Springs will be “tracking Santa” again this year….(“A Dashing–and a Dotting–through the snow–GPS style !”)

  *source: Wikipedia

Best PC:

Sony Blu-ray DVD

Best Sony:

pictured above:  Renee Ashley Baker’s Sony Vaio Micro PC with XP Professional (also comes with Windows Vista).  This portable notebook comes with 1GB memory, 2 built-in webcams, and wireless WAN and Bluetooth. (I bought mine at the Sony Style Store in Washington DC).

Best Security Eye:

                                                  Cineflex Home Security Camera 

pictured above: Renee Ashley Baker’s Cineflex  Home Security Camera to keep an eye on the mansion….

Best Veggamatic  or… The Anti-Santa Drops In ?

The Tiger Team

pictured above: Best Tiger Team

                                     Hack, Slice and Dice aka “The Tiger Team”

                                                        A Review

                                                             by

                                               Renee Ashley Baker

 Don’t need a new veggamatic you say?  Well–you ain’t gettin one fellas.  Hack, Slice and Dice is yours on Christmas Day and you don’t want to turn it down….

      Synopsis:  They’re called “The Tiger Team” and their specialty is “breaking into places”–for pay–and with the full consent of the owner! (That’s right!)  The Tiger Team has broken into banks, international airports, Fortune 500 companies, and they always, always, get away–scott free–with “da loot”.  How do they do it?  Well–

Hack (the white pant slick as a cucumber computer hacker Chris) does the ‘physical assessment”.  Which–in laymen’s terms means — he “cases the joint” (and he does it in broad open day light!).

Slice (the McGyver like Luke) is the “wireman”–the electrician–and he attaches things like “wireless access points” to servers and attaches  mini-cameras (aka pin cameras) to alarm key pads (and he does it all under the nose of company employees!). 

Dice (He’s Ryan– the “plumber” on the team) he dices–er, I mean he picks–door locks, wall safes, windows, car doors.  If you name it — he can break into it!…. (The great Claude Rains himself  would be impressed with this  guy! )

 To believe them you’ve got to see them–in action.  In the first episode, to air Christmas night, The Tiger Team steal a million dollar “Lotus” out of an automobile show room. ( They leave a note attached to the car that’s hilarious!)….  I’ve been watching “Court TV” for years.  View: “The Tiger Team”, on Court TV, December 25, 2007.  Check your  local listings for time….

special thanks : www courttv.com

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Best Books (plus “Love Misc”)

December 22, 2007

                           Grace and Power CD panel

Best: (On “Politics”)

    For Love of Power book panel   

Love of Politics Power: “For Love Of Power” by Sally Bedell Smith                  

                                                                                                          Leading Ladies book panel

Leading Ladies Power:  “Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers” by Kay Bailey Hutchinson

                                                                                                          Power to the people book panel

 Inspiring Funny Political Power: “Power To The People” by Laura Ingraham

 The Times of my life book panel

Survival Political Power: “The Times Of My Life” by First Lady Betty Ford     

                                                                                                       The Fitzgerald’s and the Kennedys book panel

Greatness Of Power: “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga” by Doris Kearns Goodwin

   Grace and Power book panel

Grace Of Political Power: “Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House” by Sally Bedell Smith

Best: (On “How To”)

                                                                                                       The Right Words at the Right Time book panel

Word Power: “The Right Words At The Right time” by Marlo Thomas 

         Thank you power book panel                                                                                             

Manners Power: “Thank You Power: Making The Science of Gratitude Work For You” by Deborah Norville                                                                           

                                                                                                                      Freckle Power book panel

Freckle Power: “Freckle Face Strawberry” by Julianne Moore and LeUyen Pham

      A Studio Book panel

Invention Power: “Inventive Paris: A Studio Book by Diana Vreeland and Irving  Penn 

                                                                                                         When you need a lift book panel  

Power Lifting Power: “When You Need A Lift But—” by Joy Behar (of “The View”)

    Women and Money

Financial Power:  “Women and Money” by Suze Orman

                                                                                                    Belly laughs the naked truth book panel

Sexy Mommy Power:  “Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Children” by Jenny McCarthy 

     The body shape bible

Wardrobe Style Power: “The Body Shape Bible” by Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall     

                                                                                                                     In the Kennedy Style book panel   

 Kennedy Style Power: “In The Kennedy Style” by Letitia Baldridge    

Best: (On “How They’re Different”)  

      A Signature Life book panel 

“A Signature Life” by Princess Diane Von Furstenberg (designer of Renee Ashley Baker’s favorite “wrap”  dresses ) 

                                                                                                            confessions of an heiress book panel

Confessions Of An Heiress” by Paris Hilton

                                                                                                            

        Put On Your Pearls book panel     

“Put On Your Pearls Girls!” by Lulu Guiness and Martin Welch

Best Game, Set, Match: 

Quote:”Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match; Find me a find; Catch me a catch….” 

Books:                             

                                                                                                   How To Marry A Fabulous Man book panel

“How To Marry A Fabulous Man” by Pari Livermore

How to Date Men book panel

“How To Date Men” by Janis Spindel

Websites:

To meet rich guys:  Pocketchangeny.com 

To meet any guy, quickly:  Hurrydate.com 

To meet men scientifically speaking:  Scientificmatch.com

Best to turn up old flames: Christmas Gifts From The Heart:

1.  Write a “love letter” on beautiful stationary–(on Christmas Eve).

2.   Talk, together, about your future plans — (in ten years).

3.   Give each personalized coupons for:

       a.  Control over the remote (for a week).

       b.   A “boys night out”.

        c.  A “massage”.

  4.    Go on a “wacky date” — (bowling or ice skating).

Best Shopping You Can “Still” Do: ( stores open till 10pm ! )

  Fendi Russian Sable Coat   

Renee’s Ashley Baker’s Russian Sable Coat by Fendi ($181,000)

 Lexus Special Edition at Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com) 

            

                                                                Lexus Neiman Marcus

                        Chanel #5 perfume  (fragrance.net)

Sona “faux” 80 ct diamond & ruby necklace (sona.com)

                                                                                                      Sona Faux Diamond Necklace

Ariel–award winning non-alcoholic wine               Ariel non-alcoholic wine  

             Magner’s Irish Cider        Magner’s Irish Cider (magnerscider.com)

                                                                          

                                                                             Vermont Mansion House Maple Syrup

Vermont Mansion House Maple Syrup  

                                                                                                      Sharper Image paper shredder               

     Sharper Image Desktop Paper Shredder

                                                                                                                                         Sears Wish Book             Sears “Wish Book”  for 2007

Best Santa Video:

PREVIEW: BEST “STYLE IN ENTERTAINING”

December 21, 2007

In the Kennedy Style book panelIn the Kennedy Style book panel

MOVIE THURSDAY: BEST “GOLD”

December 20, 2007

                             The Golden Compass

Date:  7/07  or Lucky 7  (or  —  Age 7 ?) 

Best Movie F/X:  1.  The Invisible Man (Claude Rains)   2.  Gulliver’s Travels  3.  Jason and The Argonauts  4.  Superman  5.  E.T.  6.  Close Encounters of the Third Kind  7.  Tron  8.  An American Werwolf In London  9.  Time Bandits  10.  Casper   11.  The Transformers   12.  Spider-Man   13. ? (You pick one)

GLAMOROUS WEDNESDAY: BEST AWARDS

December 20, 2007

Caroline Kennedy

Best Memories:  “A Family Christmas” by Caroline Kennedy

                                                                               A Family Christmas book panel

Best Awards:

Governor Arnold and First Lady

                                                                                            Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Best Awards:  The Minerva Awards by First Lady Maria Schwarzenegger

(In October 2007 Special Olympics Founder and Honorary Chairperson Eunice Kennedy Shriver received the Minerva Award for Lifetime Achievement….)

Glamorous Wednesday: BEST JOURNALISTS

December 20, 2007

                           Maria Shriver

First Lady Maria Schwarzenegger (NBC’s “The Today Show”)

                                 Barbara Walters and Peter Brown

Barbara Walters ( ABC’s “The View”)

                                                  Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols

Diane Sawyer ( ABC’s “Prime Time Live”)

                    Andrea Mitchell and Alan Greenspan

Alan Greenspan              “Hey Baby !”

Best Pick Up Line: “Hey baby, wanna come up and see my essay on monopoly?”

Above is the “pick up line” that was used by ubereconomist Alan Greenspan with now wife Andrea Mitchell….(“Oh Brother!  Ooops–I mean –Oh, Has–Bro–ther!–Get it–Hasbro–as in Monopoly?”)

                                   

monopoly

Other Best Journalist are:

Cokie Roberts       Cokie Roberts Founding Mothers Book panel

Cokie Roberts (ABC News)  

    Katie CouricThe Brand New Kid book panel

  Katie Couric (CBS News)

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