It’s hard to believe that July is almost over and that means we’re getting closer to fall, my new favorite season. Sorry winter!
Have yourself a great weekend and thank you for checking out my random thoughts.
BLAKE & MIRANDA GETTING DIVORCED
Marriages and relationships take a lot of work and when both people are celebrities, it’s much harder. So, I’m a little surprised at people’s shock about the impending divorce of country singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert after four years of marriage.
Yes, I’m bummed about it. But, I’m not shocked.
Country singer Chris Young, who has toured with Miranda and considers himself a friend of the couple, is speaking out that he had nothing to do with the couple’s marriage problems.
That response was prompted after the gossip-mongers at TMZ reported what they learned from “multiple sources familiar with the situation”! Have I ever mentioned that I can’t stand TMZ and its bitterness?
I always hope that love is real for everyone and I hope Blake and Miranda find it again. I’m definitely a romantic that wants the fairy tale.
SPEAKING OF FAIRY TALES
Can you believe this year marks the 25th anniversary of “Pretty Woman”?
The romantic comedy that skyrocketed Oscar winner Julia Roberts to fame made $463 million dollars at theaters after its spring 1990 release.
“THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN”
Okay, this one is far from the fairy tale or a romantic comedy!
I just finished reading Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train”. I walked so much on the treadmill just to finish the book because I didn’t want to put it down!
This is a definite hands down, take the train, bus, car, bicycle, or whatever means necessary to pick up this book! Actually, you probably already have since “Variety” reports “The Girl on the Train” is the fastest-selling adult novel in history, having sold more than two million copies in the U.S. alone since it was published in January.”
In the book, Rachel is an alcoholic, divorced woman who becomes obsessed with a couple she sees on a regular basis from the train she takes into London.
One day, Rachel sees something strange that will trigger a series of events that will have you feverishly turning the pages to see what’s real, what’s not, and what really happened. It’s a page turner until the end!
It’s been reported that Emily Blunt (“Into The Woods” and “The Devil Wears Prada”) is set to star as Rachel (and also reported that she’ll play Jess/Megan).
Since I’m a real-life television meteorologist and not a Hollywood casting agent, as a fan of the book, here’s my dream cast. And, in case you haven’t read the book, I’m only giving character names and not how they play into the story.
I know actors and projects have to line up, so I’ll offer several people for each role.
Tom — Michael Fassbender, Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Hugh Dancy (“Hannibal”), James Marsden, and Andrew Lincoln (“The Walking Dead”)
Scott — Grey Damon (“Aquarius”) and Shawn Ashmore (“The Following”)
Let’s go with it that Emily will take the role of either Rachel or Jess/Megan.
Jess/Megan and Anna — Elisabeth Rohm (“Stalker), Jennifer Aniston, and Evan Rachel Wood (“True Blood”)
And, finally, Dr. Kamal Abdic — Manish Dayal (“The Hundred-Foot Journey) and Enrique Iglesias
Okay, I’ve enjoyed my fantasy casting enough. One more “reported” claim about the movie is that the locale will move from London to the United States.
Tate Taylor (“The Help”) has signed on to direct.
Paula, your thoughts on the casting?
And, in honor of Rachel! 🙂
Normally, the books I read are about real people and real events. Just before I jumped on the train, I read “The Snowman”, a 2007 crime thriller by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo. It’s the seventh book in the Detective Harry Hole series.
“Time” magazine featured an article years ago about Scandinavian authors that may achieve the success of Stieg Larsson and his “Millennium series” (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played with Fire”, and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest”.)
I wrote Nesbo’s name and “The Snowman” down on a piece of paper and finally got the book and it was incredible.
Detective Harry Hole is on the trail of Norway’s first serial killer. And, is there a connection between the season’s first snow, the appearance of a snowman, and the victims?
Another must-read if you like crime novels!
There is talk of a movie adaptation of the book. Legendary director Martin Scorsese was once attached to it, but now director Tomas Alfredson (“Let The Right One In” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) is set to direct it.
THEY SAID WHAT???
Remember on Mondays back when I blogged all the time, I had the feature, “They Said What???” Why not revisit it with these fun ones!
REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL WANNABEE LINDSEY GRAHAM
(on “CBS This Morning” about Donald Trump’s racist comments about Mexicans): “Run for president but don’t be the world’s biggest jackass.”
POP SINGER PITBULL
“I want to tell Marco Rubio, step it up! Jeb Bush, step it up! Hillary Clinton, step it up! Because Donald Trump can’t be president.”
(More Pitbull to Trump): “I want him to know I’m not a politician. I’m a musician. I’m a Latino first. I support our people.”
DIRECTOR/ACTOR TYLER PERRY
(speaking of the media reporting on Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown): “It makes me sad to know that everybody wants to be the first to report something awful. So much so, that they find it OK to speak death onto those who are still alive. May I ask you all to please show some decency and respect?”
IRRELEVANT “ONE-HIT WONDER” SINGER SINEAD O’CONNOR
(on Facebook blasting “Rolling Stone” for its Kim Kardashian West cover): “What is this c**t doing on the cover of Rolling Stone? Music has officially died. Who knew it would be Rolling Stone that murdered it? Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh can no longer be expected to take all the blame. Bob Dylan must be f**king horrified. #BoycottRollingStone”
SHOCK JOCK HOWARD STERN
(responding to “North Dakota Today” news co-host Chris Berg. When talking about Stern’s salary of a reported $95 million, Berg asked how Stern could be making that much money.)
“Douche, you can do the same thing. Leave Fargo, get a show and work on your comedy chops and work on being interesting.”
(MORE STERN): “The reason I worked so hard is so I wouldn’t have to live in Fargo, North Dakota, honestly. No offense if you live there. I’m pretty sure if you’re living there, you’re trying to get out … Gee whiz … I didn’t know Fargo still existed … Good lord. Well, anyway.”
(on Justin Bieber): “Justin is a f**king virtuoso. He’ll school you at every-thing: Ping-Pong, basketball, freestyle rapping. The kid is so competitive. Whatever he does he’s super good at, so you don’t stand a chance. It’s not even fair.”
And, here’s Justin’s latest with Skrillex and Diplo. I love this song and the video is so cool. It’s takes me back to the fun days of music videos on MTV.
I like donuts and I cannot lie! (You can sing that along to “Baby Got Back” if you want.)
And, while they’re so delicious, the unhealthy treat was thrust into the national spotlight recently when pop tart Ariana Grande was busted “allegedly” licking a donut in a California shop without paying for it.
I’m glad that charges will not be filed against her for the silliness. Yes, it’s gross if she actually Frenched the pastry for someone else to buy, but there are more pressing matters for us to deal with here in America.
Here’s another perspective on the matter. When you were young, could you see yourself doing that if you were dared by a friend? I can’t say that my young self would have done it, but I can’t say that I wouldn’t have!
SUMMER 2016 PROJECT
While there’s still several weeks left in summer 2015, I’m already making plans for next summer and setting my goals high.
Back in the summer of 2012, I ventured into making jelly.
I made 44 jars of mint, jalapeno-mint, apple mint, lemon balm-basil, and rosemary-lavender-lemon-mint jellies in many festive colors. While rainbow-colored, I didn’t call it “gay jelly”.
I just came across a recipe for pickling vegetables and it looks simple and tasty.
So, next year, pickles and pickled veggies!
ACCEPTANCE OF THOSE IN LOVE
As I’ve talked about in the past, my relationship with my alcoholic father was strained at best. When sober, he was more tolerable. However, overall, he didn’t like people, including his own family.
I know if he was alive today he would likely not be a part of his gay son’s life. But, who knows, he could have softened in his golden years and surprised me.
I usually don’t think of him (he died in 1987), but I did think of him again when Jennifer Hudson’s “I Still Love You” was nominated earlier this week for an MTV VMA “Moonmen” award for “Video With a Social Message”.
The album (and song) didn’t catch on with radio or music buyers, but the video and the song are incredible.
TILDA SWINTON AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HER
Oscar winner Tilda Swinton is all for looking bad for a great role.
She’s hardly recognizable in “Snowpiercer” as Deputy-Minister Mason or as Madame D. in “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, a very old woman.
But, check out the 54-year-old actress in the new movie, “Trainwreck”! (It’s the picture on the left.)
Incredible! What a chameleon.
SKIP “IT FOLLOWS” AND RENT “THE BABADOOK”
“It Follows” was critically acclaimed and made enough money that a sequel is being discussed.
The premise is cool — a supernatural “it” stalks people after they’ve had sex. The only way for it to leave you alone is if you pass it along to someone else.
After watching the very SLOOOOOOOW movie, I realized that if “It Follows”, it’d definitely catch them!
Watch the trailer, which is better than the movie and save a couple of dollars renting it.
However, if you want something supernatural that’s scary, check out the Australian-Canadian psychological thriller, “The Babadook”.
“Mister Babadook” is a pop-up storybook that mysteriously appears and re-appears in the home of a mother and her 6-year-old troubled son.
The supernatural entity starts tormenting people when they are made aware of its existence.
Essie Davis are Noah Wiseman excellently portray the fear and horror of being tormented by the “Babadook”.
And, how cool is the word “Babadook”?
MID-YEAR CANADIAN MUSIC LEADERS
In my last “Random Friday Thoughts” back on July 3rd, I reported that at the halfway point of 2015 that Taylor Swift leads in album sales and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have the top-selling single in the U.S. with “1989” and “Uptown Funk”, respectively.
I guess our friends to the north in Canada have the same taste. Here are the sales there through mid-year and T-Swizzle has now surpassed Ed Sheeran in album sales and Ronson and Mars lead there, too.
Top Selling Canadian Albums (through June 30, 2015)
1. Taylor Swift, 1989 — 172,000 sold
2. Ed Sheeran, X — 170,000
3. Fifty Shades Of Grey, soundtrack — 134,000
4. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour — 132,000
5. Yoan, Yoan — 101,000
6. Hozier, Hozier — 101,000
7. Drake, If You’re Reading This… — 101,000
8. Maroon 5, V — 92,000
9. Meghan Trainor, Title — 86,000
10. Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind — 84,000
Top Selling Singles (through June 30, 2015)
1. Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk! — 526,000 sold
2. Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud — 346,000
3. Wiz Khalifa Feat. Charlie Puth, See You Again — 315,000
4. Maroon 5, Sugar — 289,000
5. Rihanna/Kanye West/Paul McCartney, FourFiveSeconds — 289,000
6. Hozier, Take Me To Church — 279,000
7. Ellie Goulding, Love Me Like You Do — 245,000
8. Omi, Cheerleader — 242,000
9. Andy Grammar, Honey, I’m Good — 204,000
10. Walk The Moon, Shut Up & Dance — 200,000
“SHOW ME YOURS”
A couple of years ago, singer Hailey Rowe released “My Boyfriend Is Gay”. It was a fun song and the video was incredible frisky and sexy. It ended up being my favorite song of 2013.
Now, Canadian singer and internet sensation Scotty Dynamo has released the next big gay thing.
His “Show Me Yours” video reminds me of a modern-day version of “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John, which was very scandalous and controversial back in 1981. Maybe that’s why the song ended up spending ten weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and was the biggest-selling single of the 1980s in the U.S.
BETTE MIDLER & DIVINE INTERVENTION
Congratulations to Bette Midler on the 32 sellouts shows on the “Divine Intervention Tour”! It made an incredible $36 million!
We saw the amazing Las Vegas show in May!
GUESS THAT’S ENOUGH FOR NOW
As I’ve said many times, I wish I was wealthy enough to just write all the time. But, I must pay the bills and find time to get a few hours of sleep, pay the bills, and go on vacation.
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