BLOGATHON… Announcing a Then and Now (Now and Then) Blogathon!


Time for another purrfect collaboration with those 2 Reel Quirky Cats…


Come and join our Blogathon remembering those who entertain us both in front of and behind the scenes.



To tell you more about this double bill of fun… Once upon a time Cat from Thoughts All Sorts and I fell into our usual random conversations offline on all things 2 Reel Quirky Cats. Then we drifted off and talked about hot actors .. as is our norm .. and this time it was about when we first liked them and what we like them in now. Or later on in their career.

This conversation dwelt on the likes of Jack Nicholson in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and now in As Good As it Gets (1997) (by yours truly). I also gittered about Christopher Plummer in his Sound of Music (1965) days and now in The Lake House (1996). Cat, of course, added.. a few hot worthy names too. We did talk about original movies and TV too compared to reboots… or was that Darlin Husband. He, I’m sure is looking forward to the upcoming reboot of Dynasty (1981-89) as much as… erm.

We then decided this was a brilliant idea for our first (and hopefully not the last) joint blogathon. So we are now officially inviting you lovely film and TV bloggers to join in… for this exciting blogathon from the 12 to 15 November this year…

So welcome to the THEN and NOW Blogathon (NOW and THEN Blogathon)

We’re asking you to:

Select either

  1. an actor or actress and review two movies in which they appeared OR;
  2. a director or producer and review two movies they directed or produced OR;
  3. a film or tv series which has been rebooted or remade and review those.

But there needs to be at least a 20 year age gap between the two films/tv series being reviewed.


And… there are more rules:

  1. The reviews/posts need to be separate i.e. one review/post for the THEN choice (the earlier film and a separate review/post for the NOW choice.
  2. The THEN review/post must be sent to Realweegiemidget Reviews and the NOW review/post must be sent to Thoughts All Sorts. We do require two reviews/posts i.e. if you only send one review/post we will deem the Blogothon requirements not met and won’t post it. So…we need to have both a THEN and a NOW review/post. Please send these to us within a few minutes of each other so we can keep track.
  3. No need to match up your reviews/posts…just send the relevant one to the relevant person and we’ll do the matching and linking and all that jazz.
  4. We will allow duplicate actors/actresses/directors/producers BUT not duplicate films. For example, we will allow duplicates of say, Leonardo DiCaprio, but not duplicate NOW and THEN films he appeared in.
  5. Realweegiemidget Reviews and Thoughts All Sorts will link to each other’s sites during the Blogathon days as well as the recap. We will keep these updated as entries come in throughout the Blogathon.
  6. Due to us having to match up posts, we ask that you restrict entries to a maximum of two sets/pairs of NOW/THEN combinations so we don’t lose track.
  7. Remember….the age gap between the THEN and NOW selections must be at least 20 years e.g. 1978 and 1998.
  8. Add one of the THEN banners from me, and a NOW from Cat and add them to your blog and posts.
  9. Have fun and be creative!


Examples include (as seen in my natty picture accompanying this post)

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)  and Poseidon (2006)

Leonardo DiCaprio in Marvin’s Room (1996) and Shutter Island (2010) .. (ok just spotted that’s only 15 years (so this combination wouldn’t be allowed) but just had to add Leonardo..)

Dallas (1978-91) and Dallas 2012 (2012-14)

Joan Collins in Dynasty (1981-89) and The Time of Their Lives (2017).


To see all the entries so far…


We will update our pages once the entries start coming in with both your entries… and also link to it – so  CLICK HERE to see all the lovely entries in alphabetical order.


Our choices are…

Realweegiemidget Reviews… Michael Caine in The Eagle Has Landed (1976) and Interstellar (2014)

and Robert Downey Jnr in Chances Are (1989) and Captain America Civil  War (2016)

and Thought All Sorts choice is Jeff Bridges in THEN the Lolly-Madonna War XXX (1973) (and NOW Crazy Heart (2009))


Here are the fabulous banners, made by the highly creative Thoughts All Sorts…


gregorypeck_nowthen (1)


jeffbridges_nowthen (1)








Just remember Realweegiemidget Reviews is THEN, and Thoughts All Sorts NOW… To join with your NOW choice, head on over to Thoughts All Sorts and for the matching THEN post, leave me a comment below together with your Blog name and URL.


CLICK HERE, to join the Thoughts All Sorts NOW page… Oh, and make sure you grab a banner for your THEN post first and then head on over to Thoughts All Sorts for the corresponding NOW banner.


86 thoughts on “BLOGATHON… Announcing a Then and Now (Now and Then) Blogathon!

  1. Sounds like fun! Hmm… I’d have to give it some thought. I really only review films on my blog that tie in with books I’ve reviewed, so I can’t think of a pairing off the top of my head. If I do, I’ll get back to you. But I look forward to reading the posts on the blogathon anyway – have fun!

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  2. What an interesting idea for a blogathon! It seems we both have a talent for thinking of intricate blogathons. I love it. I would like to write about James Cagney in “Footlight Parade” for THEN and in “Mister Roberts” for NOW. Is it alright that the NOW film was made over sixty years ago? I want to put an emphasis on the fact that the THEN film was made right before Mr. Breen took charge of the PCA, and the NOW film was made right after he left the PCA.

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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  3. I’m confused so I’m probably doing this the wrong way. I want to do The Thin (from Another World) from 1951 and The Thing (the excellent John Carpenter remake from 1982) Do I need to post the request on TAS’s site, too?

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  4. Unfortunately my copy of the John Carpenter “The Thing” has turned out to be defective and attempts to replace it have been fruitless. I would prefer not to rely on my memory of the movie (it’s been about 5 years or more since I last watched it), so I will have to withdraw from the blogathon. Sorry.

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