Friday, August 17, 2018
The first trailer for the second season of Netflix's Iron Fist was released...
I haven't seen the first season and, honestly, thought his character was the least interesting one in The Defenders.
However, this one looks pretty good. So, I might check it out.
The new season becomes available on September 17th.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Very sad news today...
Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at 76, was a once-in-a-generation singer. She was the Queen of Soul, but she also ventured into — and mastered — virtually every style of music, from jazz and classical to rhythm and blues. She passed away at her home in Detroit.
Though her musical contributions were diverse, ranging in tone from spiritual to gaudy, her inimitable singing style came from a single source. She practically grew up in church, and the emotional intensity and personal connection she nurtured there with the music never left her. It informed virtually every one of her 77 top-100 songs, including 21 No. 1 R&B hits. She won 18 Grammy Awards and was the first female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987.
Not only was her multi-octave mezzo-soprano an instrument of stunning beauty, range and power, but her piano playing — often in counterpoint to her singing — was just as accomplished. She influenced countless singers — Whitney Houston, Adele, Patti LaBelle, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Mariah Carey, Luther Vandross, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia. But her legend was forged not just on her ability to hit all the notes and embellish them with astonishing technical flourishes, but also to convey emotional nuance and deep feeling.
She had an amazing career and made such an impact on countless people from all over the world. She will definitely be missed.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
I forgot that Joan Collins would be a part of the new season of American Horror Story: Apocalypse (along with Jessica Lange, who took a couple seasons off).
Here is one of their usual creepy trailers for the upcoming season...
This season will be a cross-over of Season One: Murder House and Season 2: Coven.
Although I haven't watched the last two seasons, I will be watching this one when it premieres on September 12th.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Monday, August 6, 2018
Very sad news over the weekend...
Charlotte Rae, the actress who became known to millions of TV viewers as the tough but admirable Mrs. Garrett on Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, has died. She was 92 years old.
Rae died Sunday at her Los Angeles home. Rae got her start in the theater, eventually acting on Broadway. However, it’s her television work that made her a household name. She was best known as Edna Garrett, a flame-haired housekeeper to three children on Diff’rent Strokes. She continued the role on the Strokes spin-off, The Facts of Life.
Rae, who was born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1926, began her career in New York City. She cut her teeth on the stage, performing in Broadway plays like The Threepenny Opera and Li’l Abner, later picking up two Tony nominations in 1966 (for best featured actress in a musical in Pickwick) and 1969 (best actress in a play in Morning, Noon and Night).
She first played Mrs. Garrett, a frank, funny housekeeper with a distinctive bouffant, in 1978 in Diff’rent Strokes. She carried on the role until 1984, going between that show and The Facts of Life. Though the actress left the role behind in the mid-1980s, she kept acting, returning to the stage and turning up in shows like ER and Pretty Little Liars, as well as movies like Ricki and the Flash, acting alongside Meryl Streep.
She had quite a long career and will definitely be missed.