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Before They Were American -- They Were Australian

The announcement this week that Oprah would be taking her studio audience on a trip to Australia reminded me of the influence that country has on entertainment in the U.S. From the early years of American movies and even today, some of the biggest box office stars have been from the Land Down Under. Errol Flynn, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, Nicole Kidman are just a few of the names that come to mind. Also Rod Taylor, Naomi Watts, Eric Bana, Peter Finch.

Patricia Neal (1926-2010)

On August 8, Patricia Neal passed away. She was an outstanding actress, nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one of them for Best Actress in the Paul Newman movie Hud. I first remember hearing of her when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in The Subject was Roses.

"The Emmy goes to..."

The major Emmy Awards were handed out this past Sunday night, and I was very happy to see some of my favorite actors and actresses receive much deserved attention.



Murder Most British

I blame Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dame Agatha Christie. It’s all their fault. They took a genre and, through hard work and talent, made it into a worldwide obsession. I’m speaking, of course, of British mysteries.

 

 

Primetime Emmy Awards 2010

The nominations for the 2010 Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday, and I confess that I was pleased to see some of my favorites make the list.

Movies I Thought I’d Hate – But Now I Like

I admit it. Sometimes when I see commercials or previews for some TV shows and movies, I think, “I wanna see that! Looks great!” And then there are times when I see ads and think, “That looks terrible!!!” and “I know I’d hate it!” When it comes to the latter, I don’t even bother seeing the movie. My mind’s made up. And then, I finally break down and see it -- and, sometimes, I like it.

“I Spy With My Little Eye...” part two – Spies of the Small Screen

In my last entry, I talked about great spy movies. But, of course, the big screen isn’t the only one with espionage agents that thrill us. Television has its own history of shows featuring spies. And the series run from very serious and secretive to shows with a light touch – and even some in between.

"I spy with my little eye..."

A couple of weeks ago, I read that production for the next James Bond movie has been halted. That’s just not right! We’re supposed to get a big, blockbuster, special effects-laden Bond film every couple of years!
To get us through this dry spell, I tried to think of some of my favorite spies, counterspies, and ex-spies of the big and small screen.

Memorial Day

As Memorial Day approaches, I want to take a moment to remember our Armed Forces. We can be grateful each day for those who have defended our country and our freedoms – and honor those who have died for us. This coming Monday – the last Monday of every May – we take time to do just that. We remember those who have died in the line of duty and acknowledge their sacrifice. Because this really is a serious and solemn occasion, I’d like to draw attention to some documentaries that present a true, non-Hollywood accounting of what the men and women of our Armed Forces have given for us.
 

Lena Horne (1917-2010)

When it comes to certain celebrated people, we find ourselves mulling over appropriate adjectives to describe them.

Exceptional. Courageous. Talented. Strong. Unique. Beautiful.

All of these words can be used to describe Lena Horne. We lost her last week. She was 92 years old.

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