I’m starting off with a quick thank you for taking the time to check out my blogs when I share new ones and for your comments.
I miss writing every day. Since my new blogs are not regular, fewer people check them out. But, I appreciate each and every one of you that reads them.
And, as always, feel free to share your thoughts — if you agree with me or disagree. Just tell me why and do it diplomatically.
BIZARRE “KING OF POP” CASTING
A new British made-for-television movie, “Elizabeth, Michael, & Marlon”, focusing on a road trip that Michael Jackson allegedly took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 is getting a lot of buzz. I say “allegedly” because this incredibly hard to believe story was disputed by “Vanity Fair” magazine in 2011.
“The Guardian”, a British daily newspaper, is reporting that Joseph Fiennes, who won praise and several awards for 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love”, will be playing Michael Jackson!
Wouldn’t the Oscars just love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I remember him very, very well as the naughty Monsignor Timothy Howard on “American Horror Story: Asylum” in 2012-2013.
Stockard Channing is reportedly playing Liz Taylor.
WHAT WOULD MICHAEL THINK ABOUT THIS?
In a 23-year-old interview with Oprah Winfrey, she asked the legendary singer about rumors of him wanting a white kid play him in a Pepsi commercial.
Michael replied, “That’s the most ridiculous, horrifying story I’ve ever heard. It’s crazy. Why would I want a white child to play me? I’m a black American. I am proud to be a black American. I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am.”
I guess he wouldn’t approve of Fiennes!
THIS “SNL” SCENE FITS PERFECTLY — #OSCARSSOWHITE
For two years in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Academy Awards) failed to nominate an actor of color in the acting awards — that’s 20 white people two years running.
I’m not a fan of “Saturday Night Live”, but they can get it right and when they do, it’s too funny.
Like music and movie charts and stats, I love polls and numbers when it comes to big elections and this year’s presidential election will be a big one.
I’m excited about Monday’s Iowa Caucus, the first vote in the nation for the next president of the United States, for two reasons: (1) to see who wins and if the polls were correct and (2) so we’ll hear and see less of the so-called candidates that never stood a snowball’s chance in hell of winning!
Earlier in the week, I posted a really interesting blog about why the race for president is much bigger than Iowa and New Hampshire and how diversity across the U.S. will have a bigger impact on the nominations. The day after I shared it, “Real Clear Politics” had a similar story.
Lately when you say politics, people zone out. So, if you didn’t read it, here it is again. At least, glance at it. (The link will open in a new window, so you won’t lose your place in today’s blog.)
Now that you’ve read it, do you agree or disagree?
DONALD TRUMP CAN GET AWAY WITH MURDER?
Maybe he could get a show on ABC since NBC got rid of him!
And, technically, he didn’t say he could kill someone.
Last Saturday, in Sioux City, Iowa, the not-fit-for-president blowhard told an audience, “The polls say I have the most loyal people. Did you ever see that, that I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters? Okay, it’s like incredible.”
This isn’t Russia and he’s not Putin, it’s not Germany and he’s not Hitler. Nevermind, I can’t prove who he is and who he isn’t!
I just know that even my Republican friends across the aisle can’t think that he’d be good for America no matter how much they hate President Obama and dislike the Democratic candidates and the Republicans running against Trump.
THEY SAID WHAT???
Remember this former Monday feature?
POP STAR KELLY CLARKSON (on Trump): “I am legitimately frightened for our nation.”
POP MUSIC ICON CHER (tweeting about Trump backing out of this week’s Fox debate):
“Trump NOT Doing FOX Debate Cause Of MEGAN KELLYSome1 Get Him TOE SHOES,fkng PRIMA DONNA. HOW CAN HE FACE ISIS,HE CANT FACE A CHICK ON TV.”
REPUBLICAN MAINE GOVERNOR PAUL LePAGE (on drug traffickers): “What I think we ought to do is bring the guillotine back. We could have public executions.”
DANCE MIX TO GET YOU GOING THIS FRIDAY
Sometimes you just have to smile and make the best of the trainwreck that is Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.
Her endorsement of the Republican front runner is rather entertaining! Okay, this version is fun.
“CANCELLED” OR “CANCELED”
Thousands of flights were “cancelled” last weekend with the epic blizzard across the mid-Atlantic and the northeastern United States. Even when school are delayed or “canceled” locally, you see the spelling both ways.
Which do you prefer, since both are correct? I’m old school and I like “CANCELLED”.
PANDA IN SNOW — LOVE IT!
While I know the historic snowstorm wreaked havoc for millions and, sadly, killed people, you have to find the beautiful of it.
This video from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C. made my weekend last weekend.
Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN), the male giant panda, loved playing in the snow. The zoo says “giant pandas have thick woolly coats that keep them warm in the snowy mountains of China”.
Since we’re talking snow, I finally got to see a movie that I’ve been wanting to see for well over a year now.
“Force Majeure”, a 2014 Swedish film, that was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, is funny and serious.
A family of four are vacationing for a week in the French Alps. One day at a patio lunch, a controlled avalanche rolls down the mountain dangerously close to where they’re sitting blasting them with snow.
In the pandemonium, as vacationers run from the patio, the father, Tomas, rushes from the scene leaving his wife, Ebba, to get to two children to safety.
It’s only a false alarm and they go back to lunch with snow on the patio. But, things have changed.
Did Tomas really run and leave his family and how will he and Ebba deal with the aftermath as a family?
After seeing the movie, I wish that Johannes Bah Kuhnke, who plays Tomas, would do some American movies.
“THE 5TH WAVE”
Last Friday night, with Ray in New Orleans, Gretel, our 14-year-old daughter, and I had a dad and daughter weekend.
It started at the movies with a large popcorn and two large Coke Zeros with a splash of cherry!
She’s read “The 5th Wave” novel and was looking forward to the movie starring one of her favorite actresses, Chloe Grace Moretz, and one of her crushes, Nick Robinson (“Jurassic World”).
It’s a young-adult end-of-the-world movie about aliens taking over the world in a catastrophic waves.
While the U.S. box office results for opening weekend were weak at $11 million, part of that may have been due to historic snowstorm on the East Coast. Foreign box office returns are stronger and the movie has, at least, made back its $38 million budget.
If you like doomsday movies, you can look past the teenage love story (triangle) and enjoy the movie. I did. (And, Gretel is right. Both Robinson and Alex Roe are very cute young men!)
I CROSSED THE AISLE TO BE FAIR, BUT HE SURE ISN’T!
If you’ve read my blogs and thoughts on a regular basis, you know that I’m a Democrat and that I support Hillary Clinton.
However, this random thought is about being open-minded and crossing the aisle and reading books by a couple of Republicans. I started with two-time failed presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
I read his 2008 “New York Times” bestseller “Do The Right Thing” and here’s a quick summation of the 216-page book to prove that I actually read it. 🙂
I enjoyed the six-page Prologue, “I Love Iowa! January 3, 2008”, which focused on the Iowa Caucus that he won keeping him in the presidential race that year longer than expected.
After that, it was all downhill! It was filled with his anti-Democrat, anti-gay rhetoric, and his holier than thou religious life. I’m perfectly fine that people love God and want to talk about it. I pray to God every night and thank him for all he’s blessed me with in life.
Huckabee starts one chapter about “all men are created equal” and later in the book, on protecting human life, he states, “I do pray that one day we will be clear as to the value and worth of each and every human life”. What baffles me is the hate he then spews in the name of his love for God. It fully contradicts those comments.
The book is not very cohesive — it’s all over the place. In the middle of talking about abortions and being pro-life, there’s a couple of paragraphs about how repulsive slavery was. It was! However, that was awkward place for it. Couldn’t it have its own chapter?
The biggest laugh I had (and there weren’t many in the book) was at the start of chapter 6 (page 83) when he declared, “On Saturday, January 28, 2007, I made history by becoming the first person both to announce his candidacy for president of the United States on “Meet the Press” and, moments later, to be seen on the same program wearing a Hawaiian shirt and playing “Born to Be Wild” with his band.”
Technically, it may have never happened before. But, I’m sorry Mike, that’s not history-worthy and it won’t be remembered by anyone other than you and your family!
As I stated, the Prologue was interesting and then when he talked about FairTax, he got my attention.
It’s basically a system to tax goods we buy instead of taxing our salaries and doing away with the IRS and income taxes. Huckabee made a good point, “Do you think that drug dealers, prostitutes, pimps, gamblers, or people in this country illegally are filling out the same IRS tax forms each year and reporting the money they illegally earned?”
I can say I gave him a chance and I was hoping to see where he developed so much hate for me and my family and the rest of the LGBT community.
Move on Mike. Your 2016 presidential run is DOA and Iowa doesn’t love you like it did in 2008. Go home to your family and retire.
ONE-HIT WONDER — I BET YOU DON’T REMEMBER THIS
I’m going through my movies and CDs and downsizing.
I came across the self-titled debut from Hanna-McEuen (cousins Jaime Hanna and Jonathan McEuen) from the fall of 2005.
The first single from the album, “Something Like A Broken Heart” is a great song and Jaime’s voice is incredible. Sadly, it only made a blip on country music radio peaking at #38.
I’m hoping Hanna’s good looks weren’t what prompted me to buy the CD. Nevermind, I already said his voice is incredible.
By the way, he’s currently playing in Gary Allan’s band.
Gary is a great guy. I had a chance to interview him in Lubbock, Texas, as we were both starting out in our respective professions, back in 1996. He was enjoying his first hit, “Her Man”, which reached #7.
As charming and sexy as he is (and was), all he wanted to be was “her man”, not mine. 🙂
Gary has now scored 23 country hits, eleven have gone Top Ten, and four have hit #1. His first was “Man To Man” from the 2001 “Alright Guy” album.
Gary is coming to the area to Davenport, Iowa, August 3, 2016, to the Mississippi Valley Fair.
OR THIS ONE-HIT WONDER…
I also came across another self-titled, one-hit wonder, Katrina Elam of Oklahoma.
She reached #29 on the country charts with “No End in Sight”.
While that was her only Top 40 country hit as a singer, she’s written Top Ten hits for Rascal Flatts (“Easy”, #2, 2011) and Hunter Hayes (“Invisible”, #4, 2014), and songs for Carrie Underwood and the Eli Young Band.
Reba McEntire did a remake of Elam’s “I Want A Cowboy” on her 2009 “Keep on Loving You” album.
THAT’S IT FOR NOW
I hope you found something interesting here. If something got you thinking, share your thoughts with me and have a great weekend!