The weekend is almost here and after working the past eight Saturdays, I’m back to having my weekends off again!
I plan on having a fun one and I hope the same for you. Let’s kick it off with my “Random Friday Thoughts”.
As always, let me know what we agree on and what we don’t!
FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER HAS CANCER
My favorite President, Jimmy Carter, who is now 90-years-old, revealed Wednesday that he has cancer.
It was discovered during a recent liver surgery. He also stated that the cancer had spread to other body parts.
He plans to undergo treatment and says he’ll share more details next week.
I’ll say an extra prayer for President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, for a speedy recovery.
I’ve been a huge fan of his since I was an 11-year-old boy growing up in Kentucky when he was running for President in 1976.
I even devoted a full blog to him in March 2012 that I want to share again with you. (You can click on the link below and it’ll open in a new window so you don’t lose your place in this week’s blog!)
REPUBLICAN RACE SHOWDOWN
After a television debate last week with most of the Republican candidates vying to become the next President of the United States, most people talked about Donald Trump and his rude comments.
Fox News commentator Megan Kelly started a question with “You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs,’ and ‘disgusting animals’, and Trump replied, “Only Rosie O’Donnell”.
While a sad expression of honesty from a man who wants to run this country, it must be working for him. An NBC News poll after that debate showed Trump as the front-runner with an increasing lead.
Donald Trump had 23% followed by Ted Cruz (13%) and Ben Carson (11%).
Carly Fiorina surged to fourth place (8%) and is now tied with Marco Rubio.
The rest of the top ten: Jeb Bush and Scott Walker (7%), Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee (5%), and Rick Perry and John Kasich (2%).
Rick Santorum and George Pataki are in last place with 0%!
THEY SAID WHAT???
REPUBLICAN FRONT RUNNER FOR PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP
(about Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly after her questioning in that debate): “there was blood coming out of her eyes … blood coming out of her wherever.”
(after an uproar accusing him of being sexist with the hormonal overtones to his comment about Kelly): “Do you think I’d make a statement like that? Who would make a statement like that? Only a sick person would even think about that.”
FOX COMMENTATOR MEGYN KELLY
(speaking about the personal attacks from Trump): “Mr. Trump is an interesting man who has captured the attention of the electorate. That’s why he’s leading in the polls. Trump, who is the frontrunner, will not apologize. And I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism, so I’ll continue doing my job without fear or favor. And Mr. Trump, I expect, will continue with what has been a successful campaign thus far. This is a tough business and it’s time now to move forward.”
POP ICON & ACTRESS CHER
(About going back out on tour after having to cancel the second leg of her “Dressed To Kill Tour” because of an acute viral infection affecting her kidneys): “You know, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to do this. That’s my wish. But I can’t say that I actually will be able to… My will is pretty strong, so… I don’t know.”
MARVIN GAYE’S SUE HAPPY FAMILY
The family of late R&B legend Marvin Gaye sure loves to sue people.
They successfully sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell over the mega hit “Blurred Lines” claiming that it ripped off “Got To Give It Up”. Gaye’s family was awarded $7.4 million in damages for copyright infringement, but this is being appealed.
Now, a son is ready to sue the makers of Fox’s very successful #1 drama, “Empire”, claiming that it was his idea.
I’m thinking two things: First, they don’t want Taraji P. Henson’s “Cookie” to come down on their asses and secondly, that family needs to get a life – their own!
MORE “MARVIN GAYE”
Singer and songwriter Charlie Puth topped the charts earlier this year with “See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa. The song was featured in “Furious 7” and was a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker.
Puth is now racing up the charts with “Marvin Gaye” with a little help from Meghan Trainor.
The song is already one of 25 most played songs at Top 40 radio in the U.S.
I especially like the fun, sexy, and LGBT-inclusive video!
REBA — YOU TAKE THE GOOD, YOU TAKE THE BAD
Sadly, since my last “Random Friday Thoughts” in late July, my idol and country superstar Reba McEntire and her husband Narvel Blackstock announced they were separating after 26 years of marriage.
On a more positive note, I saw Reba in concert for the 13th time when she played the Mississippi Valley Fair last week. She also announced last week, “Until They Don’t Love You”, would be the second single from her album, “Love Somebody”.
This song sounds amazing live and she also performed it on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday night.
You can click on this link to see it: http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/reba-mcentire-until-they-dont-love-you/2890917
“YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE”
If you listened to music in the late-1970s, you probably know that’s part of a lyric ( “You have to believe we are magic, nothin’ can stand in our way”) from Olivia Newton-John’s #1 smash “Magic” from the motion picture, “Xanadu”, that hit theaters about this time in 1978.
Now, Olivia has re-recorded part of that song with her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi and DJ extraordinaire Dave Aude.
Olivia and Chloe look incredible re-enacting the vibe from “Xanadu” in and around Las Vegas.
I believe that this song and remix will return Olivia to the Billboard Dance chart. Her last appearance on that chart was back in 1988 when “The Rumour” peaked at #17.
Olivia’s last Top 40 on the Hot 100 was “Soul Kiss” back in 1985. It reached #20.
I’m truly saddened that there’s only three episodes of “Hannibal” left.
This was definitely one of the most intelligent, thrilling, artistically creative, and well acted shows on television. Maybe it was too intelligent!
I’ll especially miss Gillian Anderson as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier!
However, I’ll still see Anderson in “The X-Files” in January 2016 and I’m really enjoying her as Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson on the BBC hit show, “The Fall”.
It also stars Jamie Dornan, best known as Christian Grey of “Fifty Shades of Grey”.
If you haven’t checked out the two seasons of “The Fall”, it’s a must see!
Another show I highly recommend is my new summer favorite, the incredibly intelligent “Mr. Robot” on USA Network.
Rami Malek is the breakout star as Elliot Alderson, a computer hacker by night and a security technician at a cybersecurity company by day.
Elliot suffers from chronic depression and social anxiety disorder, which makes him quirky and very awkward in social situations.
Christian Slater stars as Mr. Robot.
This is definitely a thriller drama you need to check out and it was renewed for a second season even before the first episode aired!
FALLING IN AND OUT OF LOVE WITH COUNTRY MUSIC
This part will be very familiar if you read my blog earlier in the week!
Growing up in Kentucky, I was raised on country music — Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton.
In the 1980s when I went away to college, it was all about pop and dance music (Madonna, Janet Jackson, Taylor Dayne), and the second “British Invasion” (Erasure, Duran Duran, Culture Club).
While I stuck with dance and pop music in the 1990s, I also started listening to Reba McEntire and Patty Loveless and they brought country music back into my life.
I’ve always been more of a fan of female singers. However, I’ll admit that in the music video age, a good-looking singer in a cowboy hat could grab my attention long enough for me to listen to the music.
That turned me on to Clay Walker’s music.
From his debut hit, “What’s It To You” in 1993 that topped the chart to his last Top 40 country hit, “Where Do I Go From You” in 2010. In his career, he’s scored 29 Top 40 hits, 17 of which hit the Top Ten, and six topped the country charts. As a matter of fact, five of his first six were #1 hits.
“This Woman and This Man” is still my all-time favorite Clay Walker song. It topped the chart for two weeks in early 1995.
Once country radio started cutting back on airplay for Reba, Patty, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Martina McBride, and females no longer in the younger demographics, I lost interest in the format.
In the past fifteen years, the only male country singer I became fan of was Keith Urban.
However, with the recent crossover of Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” and the anticipation of Reba’s concert last week in the Quad Cities, I glanced at the country chart.
I watched a few videos and I liked “Make Me Wanna” by Thomas Rhett (I actually interviewed his father, Rhett Akins, back in 1997).
MICHAEL RAY — ALBUM PICK HIT
Michael Ray’s “Kiss You in the Morning” is the most played country song in the U.S. this week.
I just bought his self-titled debut album and I’m so glad I did. Here is the link to my review of the album and you’ll get to hear more of my favorite tracks from it:
And, it’s pretty cool that even with his busy touring schedule and with radio and television appearances, Michael had a chance to read my blog and review of his album and tweeted back at me.
“THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL”
As much as I love movies, it’s crazy that I still haven’t been to the theater this calendar year. The last theater movie for me was “Unbroken” back in late December!
I’ve been waiting to see “Jurassic World”, but my summer work schedule nixed that. And, I’m definitely going to see “Everest” on the big screen (the release date is now September 25, 2015).
Now, I’ve found another one that looks amazingly funny and bold and it has a 95% positive rating on the site, “Rotten Tomatoes”.
“The Diary of a Teenage Girl” is the story of a 1970s teenager, Minnie Goetze, played by British actress Bel Powley, and her affair with her mother’s boyfriend told from her diary.
Kristin Wiig, who’s been in two of my favorite movies over the past year, “The Skeleton Twins” and “Welcome To Me”, plays Minnie’s mother and Alexander Skarsgard (“True Blood”) stars as Wiig’s boyfriend.
The movie is only playing in selection theaters now, but will be expanding in August. Hopefully, it’ll be in the Quad Cities this fall!
“UNDER THE DOME” — THE END?
I loved the first season of “Under The Dome” on CBS and suffered through the end of season two.
After watching just a bit of the season three premiere, I’d had enough. And, I guess America has, too.
The show premiered with 13.5 million viewers (17.76 million with DVR figures added). Last week’s episode was down to an astonishing 3.88 million!
I highly suspect that the show will be cancelled (along with “Extant”).
CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler at the Television Critics Association’s press tour earlier this week told reporters that the dome will come down in the finale. “Entertainment Weekly” reports that “producers have written the finale to serve as a potential series finale or a season finale”.
Regardless of the fate of the show, two great things came out it — one gorgeous and one gory!
Sorry, I couldn’t resist! I still try to catch the show’s opening just to see the dome split the cow in half!
FALL IS GETTING CLOSER
Okay, let me get that taste out of your mouth! Look what’s new from M&M for this fall season: Pecan Pie M&Ms!
Yum! I can’t wait to try them!
While I love spending time floating in the pool and I love snow (but not the extreme Midwestern cold), fall is my new favorite season.
That all sounds incredible, but it’s really all about…
“THE WALKING DEAD”
On August 23rd, “Fear The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC and hopefully that’ll hold me over until October 11th when the sixth season of “The Walking Dead” begins.
Here’s the incredible new trailer for “The Walking Dead”!
THAT’S IT FOR NOW
Thank you for checking out my “Random Friday Thoughts”. Let me know your thoughts on anything I wrote about today.
Have a great weekend. I’m going to relax and enjoy the pool.