Filed under: Movies, Music, News, The United States | Tags: drug addiction, RIP, Whitney Houston
Superstar Whitney Houston, with a voice so clear, so rich, so big, that it was truly a National Treasure, has died at the age of 48.
The causes at the time of this writing are unknown, but the star had succumbed to drug addiction years ago that ruined her life, her marriage, her career and her glorious voice.
This blogger suggests you remember her by making a contribution to a worthy drug rehab program, and by doing whatever it takes to get those you know off drugs. Whatever it takes.
God bless & rest her soul. She will be missed.
Filed under: Europe, Freedom, History, Military, Movies | Tags: Nazi Germany, Stalag Luft III, The Great Movies
One of the great movies of all time is The Great Escape. Here is the original trailer. If you have never seen it, (is there anyone who has never seen it?) order it up from Netflix, or order it up again, it’s well worth seeing more than once.
The classic Steve McQueen movie immortalized three tunnels at Stalag Luft III POW camp, named Tom, Dick and Harry. But now archaeologists have located a fourth tunnel called George. The camp was located 100 miles east of Berlin in western Poland.
The notorious camp once held ten thousand prisoners under German guns, on a 60 acre site ringed with a double barbed-wire fence and watchtowers. Tunnel Tom was discovered by the Germans. Dick was used for storage, and Harry became the stuff of folklore when it was used on the night of March 24, 1944, and immortalized in the movie.
Here is the story of the archaeological dig, the memories of the still living former POWs and pictures of what they found, and the story of tunnel George, which the Germans never discovered. And don’t miss the destination of George and its intended purpose. Enjoy.
Filed under: Capitalism, Freedom, Movies | Tags: Lives of Students, north Korea, The Other Side of Life
Liberty, as it is practiced in North Korea. This is a glimpse into the lives of favored North Korean students studying film and acting. They lead privileged lives learning how to act in State propaganda films. They are the ones who get food, along with the Army.
(h/t: Maggie’s Farm)
Filed under: Entertainment, Movies, Pop Culture, Television | Tags: Charlie Sheen, Leave Britney Alone, Leave Charlie Alone
You knew somebody was going to do it — might as well be me. Besides, hysterics notwithstanding, the guy had a point — it’s not nice to kick people when they’re down.
‘Cus it’s hard to go wrong with Mutants. Best watched in full screen HD.
Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, Humor, Movies | Tags: New York, Snowmageddon, Star Wars
Things in New York are worse than we’ve been told.
Filed under: Movies, Music | Tags: Christmas, Christmas Carols, Snow, White Christmas
I have snow on the brain as I watch other parts of the country, and world, being covered in blankets of beautiful white just in time for Christmas. We still don’t have any here, and so far the weather report suggests we won’t get any until two days after Christmas.
So some carols and songs that have more to do with snow than Christmas are buzzing around my brain. The first is Snow from the movie musical White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. The second is also titled Snow, but a very different song by the French songstress Claudine Longet.
What about you? Are you going to have a white Christmas?
The great comedic actor is dead at the age of 84. Best known for his roles in Airplane!, Police Squad! and The Naked Gun, Leslie Nielsen has been acting since 1956, appearing in more than 100 films, and 1,500 TV shows. But it wasn’t until his deadpan performance of Dr. Rumack in Airplane! (1980) that Canadian-born Nielsen became known as one of Hollywood’s funniest funnymen. His career would never look the same.
Surely, he will be remembered as one of the best comedic actors of our time — and don’t call him Shirley.
Filed under: Entertainment, Fun n Games, Movies, Pop Culture | Tags: Baking, Cooking, Elephants, Food, Halloween, Holidays, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Soup, Punkin Chunkin
…and other fun ways to dispose of your carved creations apres Halloween.
If you’ve been reading our blog long, or have caught our annual list of the 20 Best Halloween Movies Ever! you know I’m a big fan of Halloween. One of my favorite parts is the annual carving of the squash. Conversely, one of the biggest let-downs of the holiday is going to all that time and effort to carve a jack-o-lantern masterpiece, only to throw them away, or unceremoniously toss them in the compost just a few days later before they start to rot and grow a thick coat of gray fur inside. There’s got to be a better way!
The five coolest ways to get rid pumpkins after Halloween… (more…)
Filed under: Movies, News, Pop Culture | Tags: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
It’s been out for a week, but it’s new to me! The final book in JK Rowling’s series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is split in two parts. The first part hits theaters in less than two months, November 19, with the final film following six months later in July. Being an enormous fan of the books, I’m more than a wee bit excited.Even though the books are infinitely better, and they always screw up the films, I love them just the same. But I often wonder how anyone who hasn’t read the books could enjoy them much. Do they stand up well on their own?
Headline and video from the demented Borderline Sociopathic Blog for Boys.
Ever notice that the best movies Hollywood makes are often the ones that Hollywood doesn’t like? The Narnia movies have done a very good job of remaining true to C.S. Lewis’ classic works, and have been thoroughly enjoyable because of it. Looking forward to this third installment.