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Big E Promotion Violates Space/Time Continuum

Elvis Reading BIG E

This picture makes no sense. It contains Elvis circa 1957 reading a book that takes place in late 1977. I don’t care. I think it looks cool.

Plus, it pushes the message about my long range goal for BIG E and the SANTA MAN – to have EPE make it into an animated Christmas special on TV. With every book I ship out, I ask readers to email me back if they agree, and the results so far are awesome. Not only do they like the book. They also can’t wait to see it as a TV Christmas special.

The quote above supposedly attributed to Elvis reveals an interesting aspect of the story. Every fantasy needs to have some magic in it, and my book has it big time. The North Pole is not just a geographic marker. It is the source of many magical properties. Including one that enables Santa to fly around the world and deliver presents to all the children in just one night. And, some of the daring deeds done by Big E and Santa to save Christmas are made possible by North Pole magic.

 

The Beatles Reading Big E and the Santa Man

This picture is equally impossible. The Beatles of the mid-sixties cannot read a book that is published in 2015.

So, what’s the point? I must make an admission. The cover of the book declares it is a Rock and Roll Christmas fantasy. Fantasy writers have the liberty to create the world their story takes place in, so I decided to add an allusion to the Beatles in mine. However, I have found out it is so subtle that most readers miss it.

Therefore, consider this picture as a hint of something to look for in the book. Big E needs a band if he is going to make music, so he teaches three musically inclined elves how to play guitar. Together with a great elf drummer, they develop into a kick-butt rock band. And the name they choose for the band is the ELVI’s (pronounced elv-eyes). You can be sure BIG E and the ELVI’s make some terrific music. Have you ever wished Elvis and the Beatles had performed together? My book’s fantasy of this mind-blowing combination is as close as you are ever going to get.

 

Big E and the Santa Man Final Cover
Look at this cover for a second. The building is Santa’s castle at the North Pole. The workshop is in the back out of sight, but so much fun stuff in the story takes place there. The main elves are Gears, a mechanical genius, and Corky, who overflows with creative and artistic talents.

About half-way through the story, Gears and Corky realize they are attracted to each other. I’m pretty sure there’s never been a Christmas fantasy with a romance between two elves, but now in BIG E and the SANTA MAN, there is.

So, my story has a magical North Pole, an elf romance, and allusions to the Beatles. Plus other allusions as well. Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is one you might expect, but believe it or not, a popular feature of Star Trek is part of the plot to ruin Christmas.

If you are thinking that this all sounds like a goofy hodge-podge and couldn’t possibly be any good, I urge you to click here and read the praise from four early readers of the book. They are not my friends or neighbors, they are men of stature in the Elvis universe.

We are getting closer to Christmas and you should seriously think about giving this book as a gift, or better yet, a present for yourself. If you are an Elvis fan, you will love him as a real hero. Big E is everything you would want Elvis to be in a fantasy story.

So, please send a check for $10 to:

Phil Arnold
159 Browning Dr.
Greer, SC 29560

And I will promptly mail you a copy of the book.

This will not be the price when I bring the book back for the next Christmas season. It will be available on Amazon then, but my introductory discount will be gone, and they will add a big chunk to the price. There will be an eBook available next year, too, that will probably sell for less than $10, but right now you can get the real book for that.

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Big E and the Santa Man teams up the two most famous icons in the world for a thrilling adventure. You will totally love the most unlikely buddy story ever written.

Thank you, thankyouverymuch,

 

Phil Arnold

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50th Anniversary Movie Pictorials — Harum Scarum: 1965

Elvis Waking up After Abduction in Harum Scarum

In my opinion, this photo represents the only thing in Harum Scarum to justify watching it. Certainly it is not the plot, acting, songs, or the action scenes. No, it is the constant parade of scantily-clad lovelies. They come in many varieties – a princess, a damsel in distress, a villain, these slave girls (they dress nice for slaves, don’t they?), and three belly dancers.

Harum Scarum was Elvis’ nineteenth movie, and it premiered on November 24, 1965.

There are some silly Elvis movies that I enjoy watching, Tickle Me, Kissin’ Cousins, Live A Little to name a few. But Harum Scarum really isn’t that much fun and strains all creditability. For example, Elvis has been drugged and whisked off by the bad guys and where does he wake up? Not in a prison cell, but surrounded by the beauties above. Even worse, he sings a whole song to them before he realizes he’s not dreaming and says, “Hey, you’re real.”

Movie within a Movie in Harum Scarum

Here’s the device they used to start the film – a movie within a movie. That’s Elvis fighting a bad guy in Arabian Nights type movie being shown to all the important people of the kingdom of Babelstan. After Elvis beats off the villains, he has to battle a leopard. No problem. He gives it just one karate chop and kills it.

Elvis about to Karate Chop a Tiger in Garum Scarum

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Sorry for the blurry shot, but that leopard was moving fast.

Anyway, there were some real villains in that audience viewing the movie, and they somehow get the idea that the American actor has amazingly talented killing hands for real. And because they believe he can get access to the king, they decide to blackmail him to “eliminate a person of great Importance.”

Let’s go back to that damsel in distress in the photo above for a moment.

Elvis Kissing Girl after Saving Her in Harum Scarum

Once he rescues her, she plants a kiss on him. In my opinion, this is the best on-screen kiss Elvis ever did. Long, sensuous lip-lock. Ladies, check it out. It happens early, so you don’t have to watch a lot of the movie to see it.

Sonny West in Harum Scarum

One way I amuse myself when watching Elvis’ bad movies is looking for cameo appearances by his Memphis Mafia buddies. Can you spot Sonny West in the back row?

Red West as Villian in Harum Scarum

Here’s Red West playing one of the bad guys known as the Assassins. He’s in a number of scenes.

Elvis and Thief with Bananas in Harum Scarum

This guy is a conniving marketplace thief who ends up helping Elvis beat the Assassins. However, the more scenes he was in, the more I wished he’d go away. I only added this screen grab because he looks obsessed with the banana and Elvis seems amused. Feel free to add your own caption to the picture.

.Elvis, Thief and Water Lillies in Harum Scarum

Another cinematic highlight staring Elvis and this guy.

Elvis using Karate Chop on Assasin in Harum Scarum

Elvis does a bunch of Karate chops throughout the movie, but never kills anybody. He says his hits will put them out of commission for about an hour. Guess he does have pretty talented hands after all.

Fran Jeffries and Elvis in Harum Scarum

This is lovely villian Aishah played by Fran Jeffries. Elvis didn’t waste any time putting a move on her after she came out of the tent.

Elvis Kissing Fran Jeffries in Harum Scarum

But she tricked him and knocked him out with drugged wine. At least he got in a kiss before he keeled over (She was the second of four women Elvis kissed in the film. Might be a record number).

Elvis Singing in Jail in Harum Scarum

Here’s Elvis singing a song in prison. Of course, there was background music from that talented invisible band that shows up in so many Elvis movies. I’ve got to compile a list of all the movies where Elvis ended up in jail. Let’s see: Jailhouse Rock, Girl Happy, Blue Hawaii, and probably some others I can’t think of.

Elvis and Belly Dancers in Harum Scarum

These are the three belly dancers mentioned above. They were actually in a number of non-dancing scenes, a nice distraction when the plot got lame.

Little Girl Dancing in Harum Scarum

This little girl also did a belly dance for Elvis. I wish they had cut the scene. It was totally inappropriate and cringe worthy.

Elvis leads the Raid in Harum Scarum

I like this shot of Elvis. He is leading a motley crew of folks taking on the Assassins, and he giving directions on what everybody should do.

 

Mary Ann Mobley When she First Sees Elvis in Harum Scarum

We will finish this pictorial with shots of Elvis’ love interest, Princess Shalimar, played by Mary Ann Mobley. This is when she first laid eyes on Elvis. As you can see, she was most impressed. They talked for one minute and thirty-seven seconds of screen time, and then rode horses to the Pool of Omar without speaking. Then he spent two minutes singing to her followed by a kiss and a few more seconds of dialog. That’s all it took – they were both in love.

Mary Ann Mobley When she First Sees Elvis in Harum Scarum

Earlier in the movie, Elvis sang to five women while thinking he was asleep, but here we have the Princess gazing into a pool and not only seeing Elvis but hearing him sing. Mystical stuff for sure.

Mary Ann Mobley Getting Mad at Elvis in Harum Scarum

Mary Ann Mobley is so sweet and composed during the whole movie, except for this scene. Here she is angry with Elvis because she thinks he is out to harm her father the king. I like her in both movies she made with Elvis, but I much prefer the aggressive hottie she played in Girl Happy, even though she lost Elvis to Shelly Fabares.

Elvis Hugging Mary Ann Mobley in Girl Happy

But in Harum Scarum, she gets her man, and then the movie ends with this.

Elvis Kissing Mary Ann Mobley at End of Harum Scarum

 

 

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BIG E Has Entered the Building

Santa's World Cover

Yeah. Who is this BIG E guy, anyway?

Perhaps this excerpt from the back cover of BIG E and the SANTA MAN will make it clearer.

Author's Message

Where indeed? What could possibly be more remote and special than Santa’s castle at the North Pole? And because he is trying to start a new life, Elvis would naturally choose a new name. So, when he got there, he told Santa to call him Big E.

Okay, but why Santa Man, not just plain old Santa? We fans know Elvis gave nicknames to everybody. A few include “Satnin” for Priscilla, “Dodger” for his grandmother, “Hog Ears” for Alan Fortas, “Putts” for bass player Norbert Putnam, “Thumper” for Ann-Margret, and many more. “Santa Man” follows in this tradition of Elvis giving pet names to people close to him.

One name I won’t mention here is the evil villain who wants to ruin Christmas. He is someone you are already familiar with, and you will be very surprised when his identity is disclosed in the book.

 

Big E and the Santa Man Final Cover

 

Because it is a Christmas story, BIG E and the SANTA MAN will be offered on ElvisBlog in future holiday seasons. By next Christmas, PayPal will definitely be available, and I now see that an e-book version is necessary to reach international markets at an economical price. But this year, I’m just trying to keep it simple. You send me a check for $10 (17 Canadian), and I send you a copy of the book. It will go by Media Mail which will take about 10 days or so.

So, get moving and send your check to:

Phil Arnold
159 Browning Dr
Greer, SC 29650

Buy this book, or I'll smash your house

Just kidding. But you really should want to read this book without coercion. You’re an Elvis fan, so you will love him in hero mode when dire circumstances force him into action. Your heart will be warmed by his close relationship with Santa and Mama Claus and all the elves. And you will marvel at his ingenious plans for beating the villain and saving Christmas.

So, how about it? Are you ready to order BIG E and the SANTA MAN?

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Thank you, thankyouverymuch,

 

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Snoopy and the Presidential Election

Did you recently get an email from Graceland Insiders that gave you a link to this?

Vote for Elvis for President

In spite of what it says, they do not offer a way to do this vote. However, you can submit your email address and possibly be one of 60 winners of a prize. What would you win?

Elvis Presidential Campaign Kit

Graceland really goes all out for prizes, don’t they? This is a picture of the button.

Elvis for President 2016

And here’s the banner. I think we can imagine what the magnet will look like.

Elvis for Present Banner

 

The promotional release contained the familiar photo of Elvis and President Nixon, as well as this candid shot.

Elvis for President Cropped

I can’t figure out why they cropped down this photo that shows so much more.

Elvis Presley for President

 

ElvisBlog has run four posts over the years connecting Elvis and the presidency. Check these out for lots more photos.

Elvis for President?

Elvis and the 1992 Presidential Election

ELVIS IS ALIVE — AND RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT

Elvis at the Clinton Presidential Library

 

I have added a few more Elvis/President photos to my files since the last of these was posted.

Elvis Presley shakes hands with President Nixon

This is my favorite Elvis/Nixon photo. Who but Elvis would wear sunglasses in the oval office? And look at the handful of goodies he got from Nixon. Elvis actually came around and looked in Nixon’s desk drawer containing the parting gifts for visiting dignataries and asked for more stuff. Only Elvis.

 

Don't Blame Me I Voted for Elvis

Elvis Running for President DVD

Roosevelt and Elvis Bust

Elvis Sworn in as President

Elvis for King

I like this slogan the best. I also liked it better when it was Elvis Insiders, not Graceland Insiders like it is now.

 

Do you remember the title of this post? It is Snoopy and the Presidential Election. However, there is no connection between the two. It just indicates that there are two topics for you to enjoy. The second was inspired by the release of the new Peanuts movie this past Friday.

Snoopy elvis in red

 

Jailhouse Rock Snoopy

Snoopy with Elvis heart

 

Snoopy and Elvis Cartoon

I Miss Elvis

We miss you, too, Elvis.

 

 

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