MOVIE NEWS ... YOGI AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKEThe sacred site known as Jellystone Park is to invaded for a re-make of a Yogi Bear movie. And just who will play the outwitted Ranger – Ranger Smith? Still to be announced. What do we know that treading amongst the picnic baskets will be Justin Timberlake voicing Boo-Boo And Dan Akroyd to voice Yogi Bear. The movie will also feature Anna Farris as Rachel - a nature documentarian filming Yogi and Boo-Boo. Filming is due to commence in New Zealand in December. I can hardly wait for the humour of this zany and brilliant bear.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
TRIVIA BITS ... ETHEL BARRYMORE
Ethel Barrymore of Broadway’s “Royal Family” of actors often played royalty in plays and movies. In one of her silent movies, she played a Russian Princess. Amongst the extras was a Russian émigré tailor. He was Leon Trotsky, who moved up to become a leader of the Bolshevik revolution – which put an end to royalty in Russia.
REMINISCING … VILLAGE PEOPLE
Village People is a concept disco group formed in the late 1970s, known for their on-stage costumes, their catchy tunes and suggestive lyrics. Original members were: Victor Willis (police officer), Felipe Rose (American Indian chief), Randy Jones (cowboy), Glenn Hughes (biker), David Hodo (construction worker) and Alex Briley (Military man). Village People scored a number of disco and dance hits, including their trademark "Macho Man", "Go West", the classic club medley of "San Francisco (You've Got Me) / In Hollywood (Everybody is a Star)", "In the Navy", "Can't Stop the Music", and their biggest hit, "Y.M.C.A.". In September, 2008 the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They have sold upwards of 50 million records world-wide
The year? 1978
TODAY IS ... 07 NOVEMBER
BIRTHDAYS: 1990 - Matthew John "Matt" Corby is an Australian singer, who was the runner-up to Natalie Gauci on the fifth season of Australian Idol in 2007 Mark Anthony Philippoussis is an Australian tennis player. He turned professional in 1994. Tommy Thayer (born in Portland, Oregon) is an American musician and the current lead guitarist of the rock group Kiss. Christopher Anton Knight - is an American actor best known for playing Peter Brady on the 1970s series, The Brady Bunch. He has since gone on to become a successful businessman and has enjoyed a semi-resurgence in the public eye with recent TV appearances Mary Travers - an American singer-songwriter and member of the folk, pop group Peter, Paul and Mary, along with Peter Yarrow and Noel "Paul" Stookey. Peter, Paul and Mary was one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. Unlike most folk musicians who were a part of the early 1960s Greenwich Village music scene, Travers actually grew up in that New York neighborhood. OTHER EVENTS: 2004 – Eminem tops the UK singles chart with “Just Lose It.” The Simon Cowell-managed operatic boy band Il Divo top the British albums chart with their self-titled debut. 2003 – Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. 2002 - Harrison Ford, Liam Nesson and Peter Sarsgarrd are in the cast of K-19: The Widowmaker which starts screening in Australia. When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster. IMAGE 2000 - Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first former First Lady to win public office in the United States, although actually she still was the First Lady. Feeling Minnesota starring Keanu Reeves and Cameron Diaz starts screening in Australia. An ex-convict and his bumbling crook brother fight for the same woman 1995 - The Madonna album "Something to Remember" was released. 1995 - The Captain and Tennille (Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille) renew their wedding vows on their 20th anniversary. 1991 - Magic Johnson (NBA) announced that he had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, and that he was retiring from basketball. Private Eyes" by Daryl Hall & John Oates topped the US charts and stayed there for 2 weeks. 1975 - Steve Anderson becomes new World Guitar Champion with continuous string plucking for 114 hours 17 mins 1970 – MCA drops 18 acts who purportedly “exploit and promote hard drugs through music” from its roster, according to label president Mike Curb. The unfortunate 18 include such incongruous hopheads as Connie Francis and the Cowsills. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" premiered in Hollywood. 1960 - Elvis Presley begins filming the movie "Wild In The Country" 1956 - Elvis Presley hit the charts with Love Me. The song was the first million-seller to make the charts without being released as a single. It was, instead, an EP (extended play) 45 rpm, with three other songs on it: Rip It Up, Paralyzed and When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again -- on RCA Victor. 1954 – The life of one of America’s most inspirational band leaders was celebrated in a movie with James Stewart and June Allyson. The Glenn Miller Story started screening in Australia.
String of Pearls from the 1954 “Glenn Miller Story”1951 - Frank Sinatra marries actress Ava Gardner (they divorce six years later). Pennsylvania’s Blue Laws meant that lots of things couldn’t be done on Sunday. Shopping was one. Drinking was another. Sports was yet another. The votes that were counted this day in the Keystone State eliminated sports from the forbidden activities. Fans in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia rejoiced! 1932 - "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" was broadcast for the first on CBS Radio. 1872 - The 'Mary Celeste' sets sail, only to be mysteriously abandoned at sea, with no sign of its crew ever found. Melbourne Cup is run and was attended by a crowd of around 4000. The race was won by Archer out of a field of 17 horses..
Friday, November 6, 2009
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS ... OSCAR HOSTS 2010!
Hugh Jackman will not be hosting the Oscars next year. Instead, the producers have hired Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin to serve as co-hosts for the marathon show. I can already see them dancing cheek-to-cheek during one of the musical numbers perhaps in A Tribute to Astaire and Rogers or even a Dirty Dancing take-off. The producers had this to say for themselves: “We think the team of Steve and Alec are the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars. Steve will bring the experience of having hosted the show in the past and Alec will be a completely fresh personality for this event.” Steve Martin has tamed the hooker known as Oscar before. He hosted twice and even won an Emmy for it. This will be Alec's first time at the wheel.
MOVIES NEWS … SPIDERMAN 4According to MarketSaw, Spider-Man 4 will shed the Spider-Man 3 multi-villain disaster and stick to just one villain, and that baddie will be –The Lizard! Dylan Baker has confirmed his involvement in the fourth film. He has appeared in all three films as Peter Parker’s college professor Dr. Curt Connors who, in the comics, eventually becomes the supervillain The Lizard. Connors was only a minor part in the previous films, but if these reports are accurate, he could be front and center in the fourth. If the Lizard is indeed the villain, it will allow director Sam Raimi to take the franchise in a better direction. In early October 2009, Raimi was quoted as saying, “What we're trying to do right now is really understand the journey Peter is going to go on this time and have the villain maybe be a counter to that growth, something that he has to overcome.” With Dr. Connors’ relationship with Peter already established he’d be in an optimal position to have an intense effect on Spider-Man while honoring reasonable limitations. If Raimi hopes “to get back to the basics” with Spider-Man 4, The Lizard might be the way to do it
REMINISCING ... THE KNACK
The Knack is a Los Angeles-based rock quartet that rose to fame with their first single, "My Sharona", an international hit. The "power pop" of "My Sharona", coupled with the band's "retro" 1960s look, earned the band comparisons to the early Beatles. The Knack's power pop and hard rock influences earned them some critical credibility. After subsequent albums, there was a critical backlash against the band and they broke up amidst internal squabbles. They have re-united periodically over the years and are currently still active.
The Year?? 1979
TODAY IS ... 06 NOVEMBER
BIRTHDAYS: 1970 – Ethan Hawke -Young actor best known for portraying the quintessential slacker opposite Winona Ryder in Reality Bites (1994) and the sensitive young student in Dead Poets Society (1989). Hawke's studied acting style is sometimes questioned for its authenticity, but he has more often won over both critics and audiences. Hawke, the husband of actress Uma Thurman, has been cast in several lead roles recently, including Great Expectations (1998), Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), and Hamlet (2000). Lori Singer is an American actress and cellist. She is perhaps best known for her role of Ariel Moore, the daughter of Reverend Shaw Moore (played by John Lithgow) in the 1984 film Footloose, which also starred Kevin Bacon. Madonna reportedly auditioned for the role of Ariel losing out to then relatively unknown Singer. Glenn Frey, of the Eagles is born in Detroit. He has two solo hits that reach No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100: ``The Heat Is On'' and ``You Belong to the City.'' Frey wrote or co-wrote (often with Don Henley) many of the group's songs, and sang lead vocal on a number of Eagles hits including "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Already Gone", "Tequila Sunrise", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", "Heartache Tonight", and "How Long" 1946 – Sally Field - has twice won Best Actress Oscars: for Norma Rae (1979) and for Places In the Heart (1984, with John Malkovich). Despite these heavyweight credits, she has never quite shaken the spunky-but-naive persona she established in the 1960s TV series Gidget and The Flying Nun (in which she played a young novice whose outfit absurdly gave her the ability to fly). OTHER EVENTS: 2008 – Nights in Rodanthe starring Dianne Lane and Richard Gere commences screening in Australia. A doctor who is traveling to see his estranged son sparks with an unhappily married woman at a North Carolina inn. 2005 – The boy band Westlife top both the U.K. album and singles chart – with their Face to Face LP and “You Raise Me Up” respectively. 2005 - The musical "Jersey Boys" (the story of the Four Seasons) opens on Broadway. Justin Timberlake is the big winner at the 10th annual MTV Europe Music Awards, picking up prizes for best album, male artist and pop act. Timberlake, who performs during the show, wins for his Jive album “Justified.” 2002 – R&B star Usher guest stars in an episode of the revival series “The Twilight Zone.” In an episode titled “To Protect and Serve,” Usher portrays a young police officer who puts his life on the line for a call girl. 2001 - Britney Spears' album "Britney" was released. 2001 - Disney's "Mickey's Magical Christmas - Snowed In at the House Of Mouse" was released on video and DVD. 1999 - Australians vote to keep the British monarch as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum.. 1997 – Starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thuman and Gore Vidal starred in Gattaca - A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. Gattaca commenced screening in Australia. 1990 - Arsenio Hall gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame pirate radio station WJPL in Brooklyn 1986 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Amanda,” Boston. The song is from the album “Third Stage,” which was eight years in the making. 1982 - Soft Cell's 'Tainted Love' (at No. 97) logs its 43rd week on the Hot 100 singles chart - the longest unbroken run ever. 1979 - The world premiere of the movie The Rose was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City (with party at the Roseland Ballroom). The movie starred Bette Midler as a rock singer caught in the fast lane of drugs and death. The premiere and party raised $60,000 for the Phoenix House, a drug rehab organization. 1973 - "Half-Breed" by Cher topped the US charts and stayed there for 2 weeks 1967 - Phil Donahue began a TV talk show in Dayton, Ohio. The show was on the air for 29 years. Elvis Presley does his only commercial, for Southern-Made Doughnuts, on the "Louisiana Hayride" radio program (he also signs a year-long contract with the "Hayride"). 1948 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Buttons and Bows,'' Dinah Shore. 1947 - Meet The Press makes its US television debut (the show went to a weekly schedule on September 12, 1948). 1923- The electric razor is patented, by Colonel Jacob Schick. 1908 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: The notorious outlaws are trapped by Bolivian officials and reportedly killed in the ensuing gun battle 1861 - Queensland is linked with New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia by telegraph 1699 - According to the fictitious accounts of his Voyages, Lemuel Gulliver arrived in Lilliput on this day.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
MOVIE NEWS … GREEN ZONEThe last time Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass worked together, it resulted in one of the best action movies ever made. Now they’re back together and taking on Iraq in Green Zone. Damon stars as Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller, a rogue U.S. Army officer who must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil before war escalates in an unstable region. The film’s first trailer has been released You’ll no doubt think Bourne while you watch it, but that’s not a bad thing. Apply the Bourne Ultimatum formula to just about anything and it will work. Greengrass is a brilliant director and so far in his career, he’s done no wrong. Besides Matt Damon, Green Zone also stars Jason Isaacs and Greg Kinnear. For Jason Isaacs it will be along way from his role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise. Green Zone is due for release in March 2010. Check out the first trailer for Green Zone
TRIVIA BITS - IRVING BERLIN
Irving Berlin, one of America’s great song-writers, taught himself to play by practicing on a [piano in a saloon where he worked as a singing waiter. He could only play on one key – the key of F-sharp.
One of Irving Berlin's great songs was written in 1940 and originally sung by Bing Crosby on Christmas Day in 1941. It was used in the movie Holiday Inn (1942) and then had a complete movie written around it for the 1954 movie White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Also starring was Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen featured here in their duet - Sisters.
REMINISCING ... CHARLENE
Charlene Marilynn D'Angelo (born June 1, 1950, Hollywood, California) is an American R&B singer best known as Charlene. She is known for her popular song "I've Never Been to Me", and is considered a one-hit-wonder.
The year?? 1982
TODAY IS ... 05 NOVEMBER
BIRTHDAYS: 1987 - Kevin Jonas, also known as Kevin Jonas and K2, is an American musician and actor. He is a member of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he created with his younger brothers Joe and Nick. The Jonas Brothers originally started with a solo singing career for Nick, but when Joe and Kevin sang backup for him, the record producer liked their sound and signed all three of them. Tatum O'Neal, LA Cal, an American actress best known for her film work as a child actress in the 1970s. She remains, at the age of 10, the youngest actor to win a competitive Academy Award. Bryan Adams - a Canadian rock singer-songwriter and photographer. Adams was first nominated at the 28th Grammy Awards for Reckless and "It's Only Love" and won the Grammy and in 1992 won the award for "Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media". He has won numerous Junos, MTV, ASCAP, American Music and Ivor Novello awards. He has also been awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for contributions to popular music and philanthropic work via his own foundation, which helps improve education for people around the world. Art Garfunkel - is best known as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel (1962–70), formed with his grade-school friend Paul Simon. Their albums include Wednesday Morning 3 a.m. (1964) and Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970). His solo albums include Angel Clare (1973), Scissors Cut (1981), and Up 'Til Now (1993), and his movies include Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Boxing Helena (1993). 1940 - Elke Sommer, born in Berlin to a Lutheran Minister and his wife. After the war, the family was evacuated to Erlangen, a small university town in the south of Germany. She was spotted by film director Vittorio De Sica whilst on holiday in Italy, and started appearing in films there in the late 1950s. She quickly became a noted sex symbol and moved to Hollywood in the early 1960s.
Elke Sommer in the 1975 Carry On Behind1931 - Ike Turner - an American musician, bandleader, talent scout, and record producer. Considered to be one of the fathers of rock and roll, his first recording, "Rocket 88" by "Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats," in 1951, is considered by some to be the "first rock and roll song" ever. However, he is best known for his work with his ex-wife Tina Turner as one half of the Ike & Tina Turner revue. 1913 – Vivien Leigh – born in Darjeeling, India - Legendary in her Oscar-winning role as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939), Leigh also was famous for her marriage to actor Laurence Olivier. Her other successful films included Waterloo Bridge (1940), That Hamilton Woman (1941, opposite Olivier), and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), for which she won a second Oscar for her striking performance as Blanche DuBois. OTHER EVENTS: 2007 - China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon. 2003 – The Matrix Revolutions starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-anne Moss commences screening in Australia. 2003 – Disco stars Sister Sledge (”We Are Family”) visit London’s Houses of Parliament to campaign against rising gun crime in the U.K. 2000 – U2 races to No. 1 on the U.K. album chart with “All That You Can’t Leave Behind,” pocketing an eighth No. 1 on that survey and denying Blur its fifth in the process. The Avengers starring Ralph Feines, Umu Thurman and Sean Connery. Two British agents (John Steed and Emma Peel) team up to stop Sir August De Wynter from destroying the world with a weather changing machine. 1995 – “The Wizard of Oz in Concert” features Jackson Browne as the Scarecrow, Roger Daltrey as the Tin Man, Nathan Lane as the Cowardly Lion and Jewel as Dorothy for a Children’s Defense Fund benefit at New York’s Lincoln Center. 1994 - George Foreman became boxing's oldest heavyweight champion at age 45 by knocking out Michael Moorer in the 10th round of their WBA fight in Las Vegas. 1988 - Beach Boys hit No. 1 in US with 'Kokomo', establishing two new chart records: longest span of No. 1 hits (24 years 4 months since 'I Get Around') and longest gap between No. 1 hits (21 years 10 months since 'Good Vibrations') 1988 - As Kylie Minogue hits No. 4, 'The Locomotion' becomes the first song to reach the US Top 5 for three different artists, having previously topped the chart for Little Eva and Grand Funk 1987 - "Into the Woods" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 764 performances 1977 – Abba top the British singles chart with “The Name of the Game.” 1971 - Announcer Al Dvorin first says "Elvis has left the building" at the end of a Minneapolis concert by the King. 1935 - Parker Brothers releases the board game 'Monopoly'. 1605 - The "Gunpowder Plot" attempted by Guy Fawkes failed when he was captured before he could blow up the English Parliament. Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated every November 5th in Britain to celebrate his failure to blow up all the members of Parliament and King James I.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
MOVIE NEWS ... MAD MAX 4
It appears Charlize Theron and Star Trek veteran Tom Hardy are both up for roles in a fourth Mad Max movie . Both actors have been confirmed for the cast, as reported in Variety. Filming for Mad Max: Fury Road is apparently going to start in Australia next August, with George Miller writing the script and directing, of course. Mel Gibson, obviously, is not part of this casting announcement, confirming what Miller has been saying for years about his plans for the sequel. Now we'll finally get the answer as to whether or not a Gibson-free Mad Max can actually succeed.
TRIVIA BITS ... THE RICHTER SCALEWhenever an earthquake is reported, it is give a measurement on the Richter Scale. Exactly what does this mean? Each level on the Richter Scale IS 10 time stronger then the previous level 1 Instrumental 2 Feeble 3 Slight 4 Moderate 5 Rather strong 6 Strong 7 Very Strong 8 Destructive 9 Ruinous 10 Disastrous 11 Very disastrous 12 Catastrophic An Earthquake that southwest China in May 2008 was assessed as 8.0 on the Richter Scale. Damage from a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that hit Niigata, Japan, in 1964.
Damage to a school in Anchorage, Alaska, caused by the 1964 Prince William Sound earthquake. The earthquake, which killed 131 people and caused $538 million of property damage, registered an 9.2 on the Richter Scale.
REMINISCING ... LITTLE RIVER BAND
Little River Band 1975
Little River Band is the eponymous debut album of the Australian rock band the Little River Band. A worldwide success, it reached #80 in the U.S. on the Billboard 200 album chart. Its lead single, "It's a Long Way There" became the band's first Top 40 hit.
The Year?? 1976
TODAY IS ... 04 NOVEMBER
BIRTHDAYS: 1969 - Matthew McConaughey - is a Hollywood leading man whose insouciant charm has played especially well in romantic comedies like The Wedding Planner (2001, with Jennifer Lopez) and Failure to Launch (2006, with Sarah Jessica Parker). Diddy - Sean John Combs known by his stage name Diddy, is an American record producer, rapper, actor, men's fashion designer, entrepreneur and dancer. He won three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards, and his clothing line earned a Council of Fashion Designers of America award. He was originally known as Puff Daddy and then as P. Diddy. In August 2005, he changed his stage name to "Diddy". 1961 - Ralph George Macchio is an American actor of Italian ancestry. His most notable role was as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid series. 1937 - Loretta Swit began her career in live theater and began making TV guest appearances in 1969. In 1972 she landed the full-time role of Major Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan on the TV series M*A*S*H. The show became such a smash hit that (like fellow actors Gary 'Radar' Burghoff and Larry 'Major Burns' Linville) Swit remains permanently identified with her character, the uptight-yet-sexy nurse Houlihan OTHER EVENTS: 2008 - Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States 2004 - Kevin Kline played Cole Porter in the movie De-Lovely released in Australia on this day. Co-starring was Ashley Judd and Jonathon Pryce. 2001 – Michael Jackson proves that he’s “Invincible” in the U.K. as his Epic album Invincible goes straight to the top of the country’s album chart, earning him his seventh British No. 1 album as a solo artist. 1998 - Amazon.com forms a program, "Advantage For Music," which allows unsigned artists and independent labels to sell music online. 1996 – The king of pop – Michael Jackson – announces that he and a friend, Debbie Rowe, are expecting a child, but denies a tabloid report that the couple had used artificial insemination and that Rowe had been paid to carry the baby. 1990 - The Musical "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" opened at New York’s Shubert Theatre. 1982 – Australia movie based on biography by Mrs Aneas Gunn is released in Australia. We of the Never Never was the story of a woman whose love for her husband took her across a continent to a place no civilized woman had gone before. Her heart and courage make this one of the most unforgettable stories ever told. 1978 - The Talking Heads' "Take Me To The River" is released. 1972 – The Doobie Brothers go to No. 11 on the singles chart with “Listen to the Music.” 1966 - Beach Boys' 'Good Vibrations' enters US chart 1965 - Lee Ann Roberts Breedlove became the first woman to exceed 300 mph when she went 308.5 mph. 1963 - The Beatles appear at the Royal Command Performances at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London before a glittering audience which includes the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden. John Lennon says "Will people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewellery." 1954 – Calamity Jane Starring Doris Day and Howard Keel is released in Australia.