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Doris Day

On April 3, Doris Day will celebrate her 90th birthday.  And I plan to watch a few of her movies to commemorate. 

However, it will be difficult to choose just a few.  I mean, Doris Day starred in so many fun films that I love.  Because Day could do it all.  From her beginnings in musical comedies, she branched out into dramas and straight comedies.  Her co-stars were among the top talents in Hollywood.  From the late 40s through the early 70s, she worked steadily before finally retiring to devote her time to animal welfare and rescue.
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A Long Time Ago, We Used to be Friends...

veronica marsLast Friday, Veronica Mars arrived in theaters after a long, ground-breaking journey. In 2007, after three seasons on the air, Veronica Mars, the television show, was cancelled, much to the dismay of the fans who loved it. That seemed to be the end of Veronica’s sleuthing, until last spring, when a Kickstarter to fund a movie continuing her story was started....

It's a Wonderful Town!

New York, New York, a wonderful town!  The Bronx is up, but the Battery’s down.  The people ride in a hole in the ground.  New York, New York!  It’s a wonderful town!
 

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In Memoriam 2013 – Part 2

Shortly after I posted an In Memoriam 2013 a few weeks ago, I realized that I had not included all the people that I should have listed.  Below I’ve listed other talented people we lost this past year.  Some you might remember very well.  Others you may never have heard of.  But I do hope you take the opportunity to check out some of their films or TV series or maybe music CDs – and discovered why they counted among those whose talents we’ll miss.
 

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Santa's Helpers

Let’s get real here.  There is no way one guy could circle the world bringing toys and games and other goods on one sleigh in one night all by himself.

Not without some help.

Seriously, Santa Claus needs a lot of help with such a monumental task.  Thank goodness he has it.  I mean, without the elves and the reindeer and especially Mrs. Claus, Santa wouldn’t have a chance of accomplishing all he’s got to do. 

And every now and then, Hollywood remembers those who help make our Christmas holidays more fun.  Check out some of the movies and TV specials that give us a peek behind the scenes at the North Pole.

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In Memoriam 2013

Paul Walker was not the kind of person who saw a problem and said, “Somebody should do something.”  He was the somebody who did something. 
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President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Fifty years ago this week, the world was shaken by the death of then President John F. Kennedy.  He was assassinated during a visit to Dallas, Texas.  It was the Friday before Thanksgiving, when people were anticipating the start of the holiday season and visits with friends and family.  The last thing anyone expected was the sudden, violent death of the President.
 

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The Art of The TV Marathon

tv remoteIt’s no secret that I love TV. I eagerly anticipate new episodes of my favorite TV shows each week and despair when they go on hiatus. Season premieres are cause for celebration, while season finales are crushing. But I have noticed that there are some shows that are simply better when watched all at once. I confess to collecting all the episodes in one season of some shows (Game of Thrones & Downton Abbey) on my DVR to watch one af...

Veterans Day in Hollywood

Next Monday we will take some time to honor veterans of United States Armed Services.  Throughout the history of our country, men and women alike have given a part of their lives to the defense of America.  Whether through the draft or through voluntary service, they devote themselves to us.  And we should all be grateful to them.
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Witches -- and a Few Wizards and Warlocks

When I was very young, I knew of only two witches in TV or movies.  Actually, the same movie: The Wizard of Oz.  There was lovely Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, who had a lilting voice and traveled in a bubble.  And there was the hideous (and green!) Wicked Witch of the West.  I loved Glinda.  I was terrified of the Wicked Witch, especially when she’d laugh in that ear-splitting shriek.  But there was one thing that made her a little less frightening: she was in Oz.  And Oz was a magical place.  Not just an ordinary neighborhood such as where I lived.
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