Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ciao!

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A good way to avoid Hurricane Florence, is to go to Florence, Italy.

And that's just what I'm going to do for the next ten days.

I'm looking forward to going back and spending more time exploring the city.

Arrivederci!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Never Enough

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The Greatest Showman arrived on HBO this weekend and I finally got to see it last night and really enjoyed it.

The film is beautifully shot, has incredible set design, and is well-acted. There are some very nice musical numbers in there, but one of them blew me away and I've probably listened to it about 30 times in the past 24 hours...



The way the song is shot, the multitude of emotional moments that occur for various characters during the performance, and the pure power of the song really touched me. I really did think that the actress, Rebecca Ferguson (currently in the new Mission Impossible: Fallout movie), sang the song.

Then, I read up on it and found out that, although she can sing, when she heard Loren Allred sing it...she fully supported them using her vocals instead. Loren studied how Rebecca sang it on-screen and copied every detail of her performance vocally.

It's flawless.

Here is Loren singing it herself recently...



What an amazing voice!

This will go on the list of songs that will forever be playing in my mental jukebox on a regular basis.

If you haven't seen the movie...do.

You'll be glad you did.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Bill Daily

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Sad news over the weekend...

Actor Bill Daily, the jocular sidekick to Larry Hagman on I Dream of Jeannie and later the star of a short-lived series of his own, has died. He passed at age 91. 

Daily was on all five years of the I Dream of Jeannie sitcom, playing the supportive friend to Jeannie (and genie) master Hagman. 

He later was a neighbor of Bob Newhart on The Bob Newhart Show, playing pilot Howard Borden, and then appeared as Dr. Larry Dykstra, a psychiatrist on ALF. He also appeared on the TV shows Bewitched, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love American Style, Aloha, Paradise, and Starting from Scratch.

He was great on I Dream of Jeannie and The Bob Newhart Show..always fun to watch.

He will be missed.

Friday, September 7, 2018

It's almost time

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The first promo for season three of This Is Us was released today...



This show gives me the feels and the weepies every week.

I. Love. It.

The new season begins on September 25th.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Burt Reynolds

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Very sad news today...

Burt Reynolds, the mustachioed megastar who first strutted on screen more than half a century ago, died Thursday. He was 82.

The Michigan native, whose easy-going charms and handsome looks drew prominent roles in films such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Boogie Nights," suffered a cardiac arrest. An iconic Hollywood sex symbol in front of the camera, Reynolds also tried his directorial hand behind it, and later earned a reputation for philanthropy after founding the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre in his home state of Florida.

John Boorman's 1972 thriller "Deliverance," which cast Reynolds as outdoorsman Lewis Medlock, that is widely credited for launching his early career. Reynolds had hit it big and starred as an ex-football player who landed in prison in the film "The Longest Yard."

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Two years earlier, he broke taboo and posed nude in Cosmopolitan magazine, which helped cement his growing status as a sex symbol.In 1998, Reynolds scored his sole Oscar nomination for best supporting actor after his portrayal of a porn film producer in the film "Boogie Nights," despite his dislike of the film and its apparent glorification of the porn industry.

He was always a likable guy in most movies and fun to watch during interviews. He had a great career and, most of the time, lived a life that most people just dream about.

He also seemed to have a lot of fun when he was filming, as you'll tell from these outtakes from Cannonball Run...



He will be missed and fondly remembered.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Marvelous

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Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we are finally getting the first look at Captain Marvel in her costume and some pics from her upcoming film...

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I actually know very little about this Marvel character, but I know she will play a part in the upcoming Avengers movie, which opens a couple months after her solo film opens on March 8th.

And I'll be right there to see it all come together.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Witcher

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It looks like Netflix got Henry Cavill to play the lead in their upcoming The Witcher TV series...

Netflix’s Witcher series—showrun by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and based on the fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, rather than the wildly popular video game adaptations by CD Projekt Red—has been quietly bubbling away in the background for the last year or so, but it took a major step forward with the casting of Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. 

The main protagonist of the Witcher series, Geralt is a genetically-enhanced swordsman for hire, using his Witcher abilities to hunt down monsters and defend the lands of The Continent from monstrous beasts. While Sapkowski’s novels have grown in popularity over the years, most know Geralt primarily as the protagonist of the sprawling video game RPGs in CD Projekt Red’s Witcher trilogy, where he’s brought to life by Doug Cockle, whose iconic voice defines Geralt for many fans.

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You had me at Henry Cavill.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

True Story

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I've been calling them that for a long time and I'm totally okay with it.

I also believe this is to be true...

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I will continue to wear them.

Long live Purse Pants!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Fisticuffs

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Here's a little behind-the-scenes video of some of the fight scene choreography for the upcoming season of Iron Fist...



I don't know how they avoid accidentally killing each other doing scenes like that.

The new season will be available on Netflix September 7th.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Mean Girls

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Crazy Rich Asians has received really good reviews and is doing great at the box office. So, I went to see it tonight and...I just don't get it.

It should have been called Terribly Spiteful Asians.

Other than the two leads and one sister, every other character was kind of awful as a human.

Disappointing.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018

Robin Leach

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Very sad news today...

Robin Leach, the entertainment journalist and host whose syndicated TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous hit smack-dab in the zeitgeist of the “greed is good” era during its heyday in the 1980s and early ’90s, has died. He was 76. 

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous ran in syndication from 1984-1995, showcasing the glitz and glamour of celebrities and moguls and always from exotic and luxurious locales. And it always ended with Leach’s famed tagline, toasting viewers with “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.”

Leach, born in London in 1941, was a Daily Mail reporter by age 18. He moved to the U.S. in 1963 where he wrote for the likes of the New York Daily News and helped launch People writing that magazine’s first several cover stories. He later launched Go Magazine and was show business editor of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid The Star. 

On the TV side, he became CNN’s first showbiz reporter and shot the Entertainment Tonight pilot and was that show’s global roving senior correspondent for a time before taking on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. He also was part of the development of the Food Network. He moved to Las Vegas in 1999.

I definitely remember watching that show growing up and wishing I could live one of those "champagne wishes and caviar dreams" lifestyles.

Still on my list, while a little bit more of my childhood continues to die day-by-day.

He will be remembered.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Bazinga!

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The next season of The Big Bang Theory will be the last...

The Big Bang Theory is going out on top. Chuck Lorre just announced that the comedy will end its run in May 2019 with its upcoming 12th season. The Big Bang Theory still will rank as the longest-running multi-camera series in television history per WBTV, spanning 12 seasons and a record-breaking 279 episodes, .

“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close,” WBTV, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions said in a joint statement.

The show’s original quintet are the highest-paid actors on TV with paychecks of around $1 million an episode.

I think I could live on $1 million dollars a week.

I really do.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Philly Cheese

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FX released the first trailer for the 13th season of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia today...



I've only ever seen a couple episodes of it, but this trailer was pretty funny. I may have to add this to my long list of shows I need to watch.

New episodes begin airing on September 5th.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

What to wear?

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If you're Madonna going to the MTV Awards, evidently you just throw on a bathrobe and EVERY piece of jewelry you have in your collection and bolt out the door.

I'm no fashionista, but even I know that less is much often better than more.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Breakfast of Champions

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When the cast of Wonder Woman: 1984 posed for a random Breakfast Club-like photo, a fan took the photo and created a closer rendition of the original poster to pull it all together.

Here is the original movie poster...

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I like that Patty Jenkins (the director) is playing Judd Nelson and I didn't even recognize Kristen Wiig as the Ally Sheedy character.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Clenched

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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

Aretha Franklin

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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

Which witch?

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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...



Pleasant dreams.

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

Make it so

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We are getting a new Star Trek series based on Patrick Stewart's Jean Luc Picard.

Enjoyable!!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Charlotte Rae

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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.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Well-played

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I applaud male model Tyson Beckford's air-tight plan to deny that he's gay today by posting a shirtless selfie on Instagram announcing that he's not gay.

That's definitely not gay.

At all.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Good night, Mrs. Chang

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The new trailer for Venom is looking really good...



I enjoy Tom Hardy and the effects and action are definitely ramped up in this one.

Looking forward to this opening on October 15th.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

A thoughtful Pooh

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An extended trailer for Christopher Robin was released...



This looks about as cute as a kid's movie can be.

And I'm okay with that.

The movie opens August 3rd.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Good for you

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The first full trailer for Glass was also released over the weekend...



I really like the cast, although I'll have to watch Split before I see this.

But it's looking pretty good, so far.

We'll see how it turns out when it's released on January 18th.

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Star Trek: Discovery also released the trailer for their upcoming second season, which features the original Enterprise led by Captain Christopher Pike...



I refuse to pay for CBS All Access just to see this show, so am just going to wait until it either comes out on DVD or shows up on Netflix.

That being said, the second season looks good and I look forward to one day watching it to see how things play out this season with Spock showing up at some point.

No announcement on who will be playing him, but a part of me hopes it's Zarchary Quinto.

We shall see.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Magic blooms

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The new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer was also released today at Comic-Con...



These movies are always entertaining, beautiful to watch, and wildly creative. I'm so glad that we get one of these every couple of years.

The world needs a little magic right now.

I can't wait to go see this when it opens on November 16th.

You are worthy

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The first trailer for Aquaman was released today at Comic-Con as well...



Honestly, it doesn't look as bad as I thought it might. The cinematography looks pretty cool, overall.

So, I'm very pleasantly surprised.

We'll see how things turn out when it is released on December 21st.

I'm a superhero!

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The first trailer for Shazam was released today at Comic-Con...



It looks like a lot of fun and definitely doesn't have the dark tone of the previous DC movies (except for Wonder Woman), which is a good thing.

I'm looking forward to seeing this when it comes out April 5th.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Guinan approved

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It looks like a new Star Trek-branded vodka is about to beam onto shelves very soon...

Silver Screen Bottling Company and CBS have just announced another addition to their line of Star Trek themed booze—which a) exists in the form of a Captain Kirk Bourbon and b) somehow does not yet actually feature Klingon Bloodwine—in the form of Ten Forward Vodka, taking inspiration from The Next Generation’s recreational hub of choice.

The Ten Forward Vodka is set to retail for $30 a bottle when it hits shelves and replicators near you soon.

It's a bit pricey for a bottle of vodka.  But, I have to remember that it was obviously made in space.

Where no one can hear you drink.

I'm in.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pose

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It seems that Jeff Goldblum's infamous Jurassic Park pose is making a comeback in London...

Now TV, a streaming TV service and broadband provider in the United Kingdom, commissioned the statue, which is currently lounging comfortably near the Tower Bridge. It was made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Jurassic Park movie—and, well, to get attention for Now TV, of course, which it is most certainly doing.

That statue face is just a wee bit creepy.

Here is the original shot from the film...

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If you can't make it to London to hang out with him there, you can always get one of these at your nearby Target...

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This last one might be a bit more affordable than a flight.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hello, again

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We seem to get a new Robin Hood movie every couple of years, so here is the trailer for the latest version...



This will be a lot of fun to watch on Netflix or HBO after it opens on November 21st.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Wet and Wild

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The first Aquaman poster was released today.

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Hopefully this will not be terrible.

We will find soon out when it opens on December 21st.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Amen!

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The rumored Downton Abbey movie has now been confirmed and starts filming this summer!!

It’s official, the Downton Abbey movie is a go. Focus Features has set production with Carnival Films to begin this summer for a return to all things Crawley. The original principal cast, including Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and more, are set to reprise their upstairs/downstairs roles with Focus and Universal Pictures International distributing.

Creator Julian Fellowes has written the film’s screenplay and will produce alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Brian Percival (The Book Thief), who directed the series’ pilot, will helm the film. Nigel Marchant will also return to executive produce.

The game-changing Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them for six seasons on the UK’s ITV and PBS’ Masterpiece in the U.S., garnering a massive worldwide following and helping to kick-off the so-called new golden age of television while making period drama chic again — we also learned terms like “entail” and, famously, mused “what is a weekend?” The series won three Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmys (out of 69 nominations in total) and a special BAFTA. Downton is the most nominated non-U.S. television show in the history of the Emmys.

And this is exactly how I feel about that...

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

She's back

Here's Kathy Griffin's recent Nightline interview as she preps for her upcoming sold out concert at Carnegie Hall in New York...



I'm glad she's back in the states doing her shows again. I've missed her.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Pop fan

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The first official photo of Zachary Levi as Shazam was finally released today.

I wonder if there will be a lot of burping in the movie when it's released on April 5th?