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American History and the Fourth of July

This weekend we Americans celebrate the birth of our country.  In fact, this is our 239th birthday.  I remember the excitement of the Bicentennial in 1976 and hope to be around for the Sestercentennial in 2026.  But, to tell the truth, I find every Independence Day to be exhilarating.

Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

Last week, we lost a fine actor with the passing of Sir Christopher Lee.  During his long career, he gave us one outstanding performance after another.  We probably know him best for his villainous roles, from

The Beauty of Horses

They have worked the fields and across the range. They have provided transportation. They have been part of sports and entertainment. They’ve been companions and part of our leisure time. They are one of humankind’s best animal friends.

Horses.

Avengers Assemble!

avengersThis weekend The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly anticipated next installment in Marvel’s blockbuster superhero movies, hits theaters. Unlike many superhero movies that focus on the origin story of one particular hero, The Avengers brings together a massive cast of actors and actresses. Some of the actors, like Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey Jr, are well-known veterans of film, while others, like Elizabeth Olsen, are relative newcomers not only to the Marvel universe, but to Hollywood.

But one thing all of these actors and actresses have in common is talent and charisma. Below, I have compiled a list of some of the moves and TV shows this group has done outside their work as Marvel superheroes. If you can’t make it to the movies this weekend to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron, or you just want to see what your favorite superhero does in his or her downtime, check out some of these other titles!

Paul Bettany (Jarvis/Vision) A Beautiful Mind; A Knight’s Tale; Inkheart; Master & Commander: The Far Side of The World

Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/War Machine)Crash; Flight; Hotel Rwanda; House of Lies; Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve & Thirteen; Traffic

Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man)Chef; Home for the Holidays; The Judge; Sherlock Holmes; Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America)Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer; The Losers; Snowpiercer; Sunshine; TMNT; What’s Your Number?

In the Workplace

Comedies have been a part of television from the beginning.  And while the earliest sitcoms focused on home and family life, workplace comedies were common, too.  In the 1950s, shows like Our Miss Brooks and Mr.

Made in Canada

On April 18, the third season of Orphan Black premieres on BBC America.  As a fan, I’m excited enough for two or three

Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

Wow.  This obit is a tough one to write.  Because this actor is one I grew up watching on a series and in the movies I will always enjoy.

Leonard Nimoy.

Never Too Late

In only a month, it will be Valentine’s Day, a time when our thoughts turn to love.  While most movies and TV series concentrate on young people finding that special someone, there have been the occasional looks at folks a little bit older.  Sometimes the characters are widowed or divorced.  Sometimes they are past lovers who are reunited.  And sometimes they are lonely people who have finally fou

In Memoriam 2014

During this past year, we lost so many talented people in entertainment.  Several I’ve already covered.  But there were others worthy of mention.

While I have an extensive list below, there are certain people I’d like to draw special attention to.
 

Serial: With Season One Over, What’s Next?

for serial listenersI, along with many other Serial podcast listeners, downloaded the final episode of Season One this morning with excitement…and a feeling of loss.  This story has captivated me and I’m still not sure I’m ready to let go, even after listening to the final episode (Okay, I listened to it twice.

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