It’s the weekend and the countdown is on for next weekend. I must be crazy!
Well, maybe. But, the reason I’m excited about March 17th — the live action “Beauty and the Beast” arrives in theaters. I can’t wait!
After very warm temperatures and Midwestern tornadoes last week and, again, this week, we’re looking at a snowstorm later this weekend!
IOWA & ILLINOIS WEEKEND SNOW
Updated Snow Details: Saturday, March 11, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
I got up at 3:30 a.m. to analyze the data on our late weekend winter storm and here it is.
The snow will be heaviest Sunday night and early Monday. This is the forecast map for 6 a.m. Monday.
For snow forecast amounts and a complete update on the winter storm, click here and it’ll open in a new window.
Updated Snow Details: Friday, March 10, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
The snowstorm for Sunday evening into Monday night looks much more potent. I’m now thinking that we could easily see 3-6″of snow with that storm!
We’ll know much more this weekend and I’ll have another update Saturday morning.
Original Snow Details: Friday, March 10, 2017, 6:15 a.m.
The last two winters in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa were lame.
Snowfall amounts for the season were well below average and a far cry from the 65.1″ of snow we saw in the winter of 2013-2014. That was the second snowiest winter on record.
It snowed all the time that winter!
The first system late Friday night and early Saturday morning could drop up to an inch mainly to the southwest of the Quad Cities.
We’ll see a more widespread snow Sunday afternoon, Sunday night, and Monday. This one could blanket the area with three inches or more.
I’ll continue to update you this weekend when the data is better once the storm comes ashore from the Pacific.
There could finally be some winter weather and cold — in MARCH!
SILENT OSCAR PROTEST AGAINST AFFLECK
Last week, I reviewed “Manchester By The Sea” (I gave it an “B”). The movie earned Casey Affleck the Oscar for Best Actor.
Before he walked away with the gold statuette, there was speculation that two sexual harassment allegations against him in 2010 would cause Academy voters not to vote for him. (Both cases were settled out of court.)
As you probably know, the previous year’s Best Actress announces the new Best Actor category.
When Brie Larson (“Room”) announced Affleck as the winner, she handed him the trophy and envelope without clapping or hugging him.
Larson, who is an advocate for victims of sexual abuse and played one in her Oscar winning role, told Vanity Fair, “I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself.”
She added, “I’ve said all that I need to say about that topic.”
REMEMBERING TOMMY PAGE
If you were a New Kids on the Block fan in the late 1980s, the name Tommy Page may ring a bell with you.
Before he was a music industry executive, he was a teen pop star. While he gained exposure with “A Zillion Kisses”, it was 1990’s “I’ll Be Your Everything” that topped the Billboard Hot 100 with back-up assistance with several members of NKOTB.
Last Friday, Tommy was found dead of an apparent suicide. He was 46 and is survived by his partner, Charlie, and their three kids.
I saw him open for the New Kids in 1988 in Du Quion, Illinois and I saw him again at the Wisconsin State Fair in 1990.
I’m not a fan of reality television, but I finally broke down and watched my first full reality show for two reasons — it was only eight episodes and it was Mariah Carey.
“Mariah’s World” took us backstage during Mariah’s European “Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour”. It was also during this time that Mariah was engaged to billionaire James Packer.
If you followed that story, you know how it ended. But, in “Mariah’s World”, you see how it unfolds.
Yes, the series was over-the-top and many times you get the impression that the drama was played up for the cameras! Shocking!
It’s great to see more of Mariah — her humor, her thoughts, and her insecurities. It did sadden me to think that she’s such an icon that she seems out of touch with the world, at times, because she can’t experience things that the average person can because of her celebrity.
It also cracked me up that Mariah would be interviewed lying on a chaise lounge in very sexy negligee and it was funny to see her wheeled down the corridor back stage on a chair to go on stage.
One final note that I came away with is that Mariah loves her champagne and wine. We’d get along fab-lamb-ulously!
LIONEL RICHIE-MARIAH CAREY BUMMER
When Lionel Richie announced his “All The Hits Tour” with special guest Mariah Carey, I immediately snapped up tickets for Nashville, Tennessee, in May.
This would give me a chance to take a road trip and eat at my favorite restaurant, Patti’s 1880s Settlement in Grand Rivers, Kentucky.
A few weeks ago, the tour was postponed because Lionel’s knee surgery recovery was taking longer than expected.
Those plans are cancelled now! Nashville was one of a dozen cities that was dropped when the new summer dates were announced. Others include Saint Paul, St. Louis, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.
While I know that Lionel had surgery and the recovery may have taken longer to heal, it’s also very clear that ticket sales were very “soft” in many cities and Lionel and Mariah would have been playing to half-empty venues!
It won’t be this time, but I still want to be one of those “Dancing on the Ceiling” with Lionel.
And, I still long to share “Emotions” and a “sweet sweet fantasy baby” with Mariah! Maybe in December in New York at her annual Christmas show?
This Mel Gibson-directed motion picture was nominated for six Academy Awards this year including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Andrew Garfield.
While it didn’t win any of those, it did win two Oscars — Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing.
Whether you’re a fan of war movies or not, this one is phenomenal.
The first half of the movie focuses on character development and is even a cute love story.
Oscar nominee Garfield is adorable and awkward as Desmond Doss, especially when he meets a nurse at the hospital after his quick thinking saves a man’s life.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Doss enlists to fight for his country, but because of his religion and the commandment “thou shalt not kill”, Doss refuses to carry a gun. He went to war to save lives and take them.
Needless to say, this doesn’t go over well with his superiors.
The second half of the movie is a full-on war movie. It’s gory and heartbreaking, but realistic and amazing.
Garfield and Teresa Palmer are incredible.
After this year’s Oscar debacle when presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope and “La La Land” was announced as Best Picture, when it was actually “Moonlight”, the little seen, but well received movie got more press than it could have without the mix-up.
The little movie that could, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards, ended up not only winning the biggest prize of the night, but it also earned Mahershala Ali (“House of Cards”) the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, making him the first Muslim to win the gold statute.
It also won for Best Adapted Screenplay.
“Moonlight” also became the first LGBT movie to win Oscars’ biggest prize (that honor should have gone to 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain”) and the first movie with an all-black cast to win Best Picture.
“Moonlight” tells the story of a poor, lonely Miami kid, Chiron, with a drug addicted and abusive mother. One day, while hiding out from bullies, the kid befriends a drug dealer (Ali), who nicknamed him “Little”.
The movie is played out in the three chapters of Chiron’s life: childhood, teenager, and adult. It’s a beautiful and sad “coming of age” story.
All three actors playing Chiron were great. However, I think Trevante Rhodes, as adult Chiron (nicknamed “Black”) stole the show with his vulnerability, loneliness, and withdrawn look at life.
You just wanted to wrap your arms around him and tell him it’ll be okay. That has nothing to do with the fact that he was gorgeous and had the physique of a Greek God.
Ali was good in his short time on screen, but it’s a shame that Rhodes wasn’t nominated for Best Supporting Actor!
“Moonlight” was so brutally honest in its portrayal of life on the streets and life as an outsider.
A must see!
TREVANTE RHODES EXTRA!
“EDGE OF WINTER”
I’ve been a fan of Joel Kinnaman since “The Killing” and I like him on “House of Cards”.
Tom Holland was great in the tsunami-survival movie, “The Impossible” and he’ll be the next Spiderman in this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.
However, this movie doesn’t do anything for either actor or me.
Kinnaman plays a down on his luck father being visited by his two sons, while their mother and new husband are away on a cruise.
Well, a simple trip into the wilderness to practice shooting goes astray and not everyone comes back.
The premise and the trailer makes more sense than the movie.
ONE MORE TOMMY PAGE
With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!