Showing posts with label entertainment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label entertainment. Show all posts

14 February 2017

Be My Valentine? Did You Say "My Religion is Love"?

Not your usual Valentine, I know.

But I think it's a perfect valentine.

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So who was it that said “My religion is love”? Wasn’t it one of the sons of Bob Marley?

Ooops!  Looked it up.  My bad.  It was the title and song lyrics by Ziggy Marley that said "Love Is My Religion".  Close enough!

It was the late Bob Marley himself who said "Overcome the devils with a thing called love."

I believe in giving credit where credit is due, but they were both just rewording the wisdom of Jesus.

No matter who you want to give the credit to, you would all be hard-pressed to say that it isn't a golden rule to live by!


SIDE NOTE:


~ Born: February 6, 1945, Nine Mile, Jamaica ~ Died: May 11, 1981, Miami, FL. Had he lived to see this day, the legendary reggae artist, Bob Marley would have been 70+ years old.  He and his music live on through his children.  They make sure of that!
Happy belated birthday, Mr. Marley!

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  • NOTE: Republished content. Blog post published at my other blog "My Next 50 Years" which is no longer available online.  (Keep getting a "bad gateway" message.  I don't know why! (O.o))

17 December 2016

The Chocolate Lady's Book Reviews: Five (or seven) GOOD things to come out of 2016 (Reblog)

Happy to reblog and share this Featured Post from a fellow blogger, Davida Chazan, who is a "Go To" person if you're searching for good reads. Here is her suggested reading for 2016:

The Chocolate Lady's Book Reviews: Five (or seven) GOOD things to come out of 2016

Her reviews and other writings are so good I invited her to contribute to my group board on Pinterest: Freelance Writer. We crossed paths because we both contribute short posts to a site called "Daily Two Cents".  This site has a revenue-share plan for those who have a Google Ad Sense account and allows you to earn 100% of your commissions, if your post includes an affiliate referral link.  It's reasonable.  Don't you think?  This is the link to her DTC profile: drchazan aka Chocolate Lady.
(This is my DTC author profile, if you're interested: cmoneyspinner, if you're interested.)


Book lovers will probably appreciate her faves lists for previous years too!

Chocolate Lady's Favorite Books of 2015

Chocolate Lady's Favorite Books of 2014

Chocolate Lady's Favorite Books of 2013




I love her blog's tagline.  It reads:

  • Davida Chazan's Blog for mostly book reviews and literary musings (and maybe some chocolate). 

What a hook!  So of course I had to find something chocolate at her blog.  Found it!

The REAL Chocolate Wars


The REAL Chocolate Wars

It's all because of Ms. Brenner's writing style. Ms. Brenner brings even the very mundane into the world of extreme interest. She makes much out of the intrigue so that although it's really economics, it's still interesting. She works her way around marketing so that it's suddenly as moving as a love scene.

21 October 2016

I Don't Wanna Fight ~ Tina Turner

I admire Tina Turner. She was a strong soul sista. There came a time in her life when she was a “turning point”. She is a role model to women who are in abusive relationships. She shows them what they need to do. Especially if children are involved. I liked this song because I can feel Tina's heart and soul in it when she sings it. Her heart was bleeding and she knew the best way was to just move on. She picked up the pieces and walked off!!




Image credit: The print of Tina Turner
© Photographer: Olgysha | Agency: Dreamstime.com


In my opinion, “All the Best – The Hits” and “Simply the Best” are her “best”! 



She is retired now and for your information, she performed her last concert in Austin, Texas, my current hometown.  I did not attend but according to those who did, she was Tina Turner all the way to the end!!  :)









Gifts for Music Lovers : Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics

Gifts for Music Lovers: Duke Ellington Album: Far East Suite


24 August 2016

K-Drama Watch List: Dong Yi (2010)

HA! That stands for hooked again!! My new addiction is watching Korean historical drama TV series. There are way too many of them for me to keep up. They are so exciting and interesting, even though the basic plot in most of the series is pretty much the same.

What's the basic plot, you ask?

Eh! Some palace intrigue on the inside, rivalry among the nobles and scholars on the outside, honorable slaves and commoners who prove time again that being poor and uneducated does not equal stupid! ... and the love triangle.

For each series, the script writers take this plot, create different and intricate twists and turns, and develop characters that make the viewers immediately choose sides and start rooting for them! I like this lady or this man! But that person has got to go! When the ruthless evil characters finally go down, you're pumping your fist in the air and going Yeah! A flood of relief washes over you and then you have to remind yourself that it's just a TV show. :)

 
Image credit: Official poster found at viki.com

While seeking and finding more and more historical series to satisfy my K-drama addiction, found “Dong Yi” (2010). This television program is directed by Lee Byung Hoon, who also directed "Jewel in the Palace" (2003).

Reviews indicate that Hoon's 2003 series was extremely successful, so it went on my watch list. But because the 2010 series includes in its cast an admirable child actress, Kim Yoo Jung, who also starred in “Tamra the Island” (2009) and “The Moon Embracing the Sun” (2012) ~ her cute little face drew me in. The series is based on the life of a real historical person: Royal Noble Consort Suk of the Haeju Choi clan.

{Side Note – According to recent reports in South Korean entertainment news publications, Ms. Jung's latest project, “Moonlight Drawn By Clouds” aired its first episode during the 4th week of this month, August 2016. It is being well received.  Series at viki.com.}

Back on point. The child character played by little Ms. Jung, is a “commoner”, i.e. not born into a noble family, who grows up into a beautiful and intelligent, caring and compassionate young woman, played by Han Hyo Joo. The character's name is … what else? Dong Yi!

She went from the child who had everything taken away from her to the woman who had the world laid at her feet. According to all the fortune tellers, “her light” was going to shine bright in the land of Joseon.

Nothing annoys me more than reviews with spoilers, so extra precaution is taken to constrain myself and not to reveal too much. Here are my impressions so far.

Good start! Series starts off with a very peaceful idyllic scene of a man fishing and enjoying a quiet leisure moment. The silence is immediately shattered when the man is brutally murdered. But before he breathes his last breath, guess who finds him? A young child named Dong Yi!

Good fortune? I'll say! This lady was born under the Lisa Bonet lucky star. She got two hot guys wrapped around her finger! If you know who Lisa Bonet is and you watch this show, then you'll understand my meaning. :)

60 episodes and I've only reached the halfway mark. What's the hook the writers used to keep you interested all the way to the very end? A butterfly! Don't know about everybody else, but I love butterflies!

Dong Yi ~ Official Trailer



Do You Heart Butterflies? | Webnuggetz.com


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26 July 2016

Get the Facts or Generate Them

Remember Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday, TV detective from a once popular television called Dragnet? If you do, then you also know he is remembered for saying this one line which he always said whenever questioning female witnesses or suspects, in order to solve the crime: “Just the facts, mam.

Just the facts, Ma'am. (n.d.) Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price. (2011). Retrieved July 26 2016 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Just+the+facts%2c+Ma%27am

This website is extremely popular so the information presented in this blog post may not be news to many of you. But for those who have never heard of it, check out this site called “Mental Floss”.





Below are two plusses about this site that you might like.

Plus #1) Need ideas for something to write about?

Have a go at the tool they refer to as the “Amazing Fact Generator”.
For example:
FACT! Every film John Cazale appeared in was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Isn't that cool?

So my only question now is: Who is John Cazale ? (O.o) :)


Plus #2) You also have an opportunity to submit a fact to be added to this database. Do you know an amazing fact that you can express in 300 characters? “Suggest a Fact”.








25 July 2016

Iconic Female Celebrities (My Top 10 List)

In America, we love to apply the word “icon” to people who sort of serve as symbols or are symbolic of something much larger than themselves, and are representative of an ideal that we, as individuals, hope to achieve in life. It's almost as if these people are idols. Almost.




A better way to explain our usage of this term would be by sharing my first time hearing it applied to a well-known figure. My first time hearing the word used was a report where people were speaking of Lee Iacocca. What did this man do to have people call him an “icon”? He's an American businessman, in the automobile industry, who (based on my recollection of events) brought the Chrysler Corporation back to life. Evidently, because of his prowess as a business warrior, he stepped up, took the helm as CEO of ailing and failing business entity, revived it and steered to success. For accomplishing this impossible feat, people showered praises on him as if he were a god of the American automotive industry.


As time passed, the word “icon” started popping up everywhere and is especially used for entertainers, such as, Madonna. Why is she an icon? “Madonna could be considered one of the most successful women of all time.” (Quote source: Madonna: Icon (and Single Working Mother with Custody Issues) | The Huffington Post)


Another example? Beyoncé was selected as the 2016 CFDA Fashion Icon. (CFDA = Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc.)


Once read an article published at Listverse.com about Hollywood suicides. The full title of the article is “10 Iconic Actresses Who Tragically Ended Their Lives”. After reviewing the list of female celebrities, the facts presented about their deaths were indeed tragic, but describing the actresses as “iconic” kind of made me bristle. It didn't seem to jive with other people in the entertainment industry who were being described as “iconic”.


So! Decided to compile my own list of actresses who should be considered “iconic”. Nixed the requirement that that they had to have committed suicide.


Hmmm …? Now where would be the best place to start to find those sort of people very quickly? The iconic Life Magazine. Of course!



Here's my list of ten (10) female iconic celebrities (not all are actresses, but they are famous or recognizable). The parenthetical notes are my rationale or reasons why these women measure up to the criteria that sets them apart as icons.


1. Shirley Temple (Child star, Goodwill Ambassador. She's an icon! No debate!)

http://life.tumblr.com/post/143274953589/shirley-temple-was-born-today-april-23-1928


2. Audrey Hepburn (Actress, Humanitarian ~ elegant, classy, possible!)


"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!"
- Audrey Hepburn




3. Hillary Clinton (See photo of her years at Wellesley, 1969 ~ on her way)

http://life.tumblr.com/post/73532564855/hillary-clintons-candidacy-without-a-campaign-is


4. Jackie Kennedy (Before she married Onassis; born to serve as FLOTUS.)

http://life.tumblr.com/post/147643830069/jackie-kennedy-on-the-campaign-trail-in-1960


5. Dorothy Dandridge (aka “Carmen”)

http://life.tumblr.com/post/65721407853/on-this-day-in-life-november-1-1954-dorothy


6. Sophia Loren (If only we could all wear spaghetti like her.)


Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.”
- Sophia Loren

http://life.tumblr.com/post/147290826509/sophia-loren-picks-roses-at-her-villa-in-marino


7. Katherine Hepburn ("Really darling?" Yes Ms. K. You really are darling!)




8. Ella Fitzgerald (Jazz is to icon as icon is to jazz.)



9. Lucille Ball (Who could not love Lucy?)




10. Ingrid Bergman (Can't think of a word for her, except ... Indescribable!)

http://life.tumblr.com/post/127857687219/august-29th-marks-100-years-since-the-birth-of-the




* Hepburn and Loren Quote Sources found at BrainyQuote.com

30 June 2016

Movies That Suck With Sequels

Question. Why is that the movies that you can most assuredly live the rest of your life without ever watching, have sequels??

Makes me wonder. How bad does a movie have to be before people realize it sucks??


What is that about?

Do they have to go like: “Eh! Just checking to see if it could have gotten worse! Yep! It was awful the first time. It's horrible now!!”

Can I name a few movies like this? How about one??

The Expendables


That so-called action movie with Sly Stallone and as many other old farts as can be gathered on one set!! Arnie Schwarznegger, Harrison Ford, and a host of others trying to recapture that magic back when they were in their heydey!

There's a 2 and a 3 for this movie? Are you kidding me??

The baileypop blog summed up these movies in one of their posts:


My excuse for watching is totally legit.  Two words.  Chuck Norris.  He's my hero!

Wouldn't matter if he were 105 years old.  If I get taken as a hostage.  Send Chuck!  If he's busy, I'll wait.


Can you name a few films you would put on the same list with "The Expendables"? :)



Republished content. First presented at Persona Paper, August 2015.


Image credit and Additional Info:
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Expendables_3



27 June 2016

Trivia and Interesting Tidbits About Members of the Fab Four

Fans love to latch on to info about The Beatles aka the Fab Four, no matter if it's current or old news.


The late John Lennon, original member of the Fab Four, known officially as The Beatles will always be a hot topic if you're discussing celebrity trivia , pop music history , etc. Linking back to an old post published a few months back sharing MY unofficial opinion of the unsuccessful musical career of Julian Lennon and connecting it to this link from The Guardian. Not that anybody in the Lennon family gives a hoot about my thoughts, observations or opinions. Not a hater, but the title of the article is a quote from Julian's step-brother Sean Lennon which perfectly summarizes the way I see him. LOL. 

Sean Lennon: ‘People only see me as the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko’


People will always be curious about the lives of the offspring of music legends. You may not go looking for tidbits but when you see one, it's time for a conversation by the office water cooler. :)

Sean Lennon: 'People only see me as the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko'


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Content republished from Persona Paper.

23 June 2016

Artists I Fancy: Kyoung Hwan Kim

Spotlight on South Korean artist Kyoung Hwan Kim, freelance concept artist and illustrator, digital illustrator, fantasy art ...


http://daftsoul.tumblr.com/post/146637411670/kyoung-hwan-kim


More by this fantastic artist Kyoung Hwan Kim dba Tahra Art at ArtStation. Love the cat!!  Also view her gallery on DeviantArt.

 





Tahra art2 cover by tahra on DeviantArt








24 May 2016

Elizabeth Taylor (1932 – 2011): Favorite Movies

So many of the glamorous stars from back in my day are no longer with us. If I'm being honest, I would have to say that I like many of these people only when they are performing in front of the camera. In their personal lives, these “ordinary people” are far from being bright stars. They “act like” they couldn't be truly happy to save their lives.

Elizabeth Taylor was one of those people. Watched a documentary of her life and film career. Would have given this program an A Plus (A+) if the narrator had not mentioned his 2 favorite Taylor movies. Beep! Wrong! Neither one of those films made my faves list. Had to give the program an A Minus (A-). (Apologies. Can't remember the name of the documentary program.)



The three (not two) motion pictures (along with Liz Taylor quotes), that made an impression on me were:

National Velvet (1944)
“ … by knowing the Pi can win and telling him so!”
“Oh mother! Were we the best that we could be?”

 
Giant (1956)
"Well, we Texans like a little bit of vinegar in our greens. It gives them flavor." {NOTE: This is what Jordan Benedict (played by Rock Hudson) said to his wife, Leslie Benedict (Elizabeth Taylor's character). But it's the line etched in my memory.}

 
Cleopatra (1963)
“How DARE you and the rest of your barbarians set fire to my library? Play conqueror all you want, Mighty Caesar! Rape, murder, pillage thousands, even millions of human beings! But neither you nor any other barbarian has the right to destroy one human thought!”

 
I was much more forgiving in my rating of top ten (10) lists published by The Hollywood Reporter (“Elizabeth Taylor's 10 Most Iconic Roles”) and Fandango (“Liz Taylor: 10 Memorable Movie Roles”).  Since both sites mentioned my 3 picks, they get an A Plus Plus (A++).  :)




Slide 5. + Fashion Icons of the Era ~ Noted icons of the 1950’s were: ~ Audrey Hepburn ~ Grace Kelly ~ Marilyn Monroe ~ Elizabeth Taylor




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