Monday, July 21, 2014

Cooooool ... yep, the weather cooled down nicely this week overall and even got pretty cold at night I had to get under the covers, close up some windows, it is nice.  I wish the Winter was like this but this is only one week of nice weather.  The days were breezy but cool, it was just cool.  Breezes are very important and I wish we could make some kind of huge breeze generator but then it would take a lot of electricity for something of that magnitude I would imagine.  Even if you used its own power (wind), probably wouldn't be enough.  Wonder if you took thousands of wind generators to power one breeze machine!!  But yeah, I am sure that would cost billions of dollars for something that probably wouldn't work ... but it's a funny dream.

Weekly Update:
The week was pretty standard for me except for Wednesday.  It was our 4th Annual Variety Poker Tournament at the Paramount Studio Lot.  The day started off warm during set-up but the breeze was good and so was the AC inside the theatre.  But as night came, it got pretty chilly but not too bad and the event started to get underway.  Most of my invited guests showed up but a few didn't, but that happens in this business.  I was very thankful for my friend Katrina who brought a bunch of extra talent from a show she did a couple years ago called "Spartacus" on the Starz movie channel.  But aside from that, got a few pics to add to the collection:

*James Kyson - best known for the show "Heroes" and a pretty nice guy.
*Ellen Hollman - from "Spartacus" and amazing!
*Anna Hutchison - also from "Spartacus" and very sweet.
*Nawal Bengholam - various small projects but very sweet.

At the movies:
The apes continue to dominate the box office as "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" earns another 36 million this weekend and has completely surpassed the 100 mil cume mark as expected (139 mil).  New at #2 is Purge: The Anarchy earning 28.4 mil which surpassed all expectations.  Flying in at #3 is Planes: Fire & Rescue with 18 mil which is slightly below expectations for this animated sequel but could sustain a decent number for a couple more weeks.  Also new at #4 is Sex Tape earning 15 mil which is very below predictions, could be the R-Rated comedies are all played out for the Summer.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Transformers: Age of Extinction" with another 10 mil as it hits 227 mil cume and should end off around 250+ when it is all said and done.

Quote of the week:
Wise men don't need advice; fools don't take it." - Benjamin Franklin

Facts & Tips:
The Statue of Liberty's nose is four feet six inches long.

"Listen. Can you hear it? The music. I can hear it everywhere. In the wind... in the air... in the light. It's all around us. All you have to do is open yourself up. All you have to do... is listen." - Freddie Highmore as August Rush in "August Rush."

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ah the weather ... and how much you suck.  Well I guess the nice weather couldn't have lasted as a heat wave hit and hit hard.  I mean the nights were good but the days hit the high 80's to low 90's and sometimes felt even warmer without the breezes.  They say it will get cooler but we shall see.  All you want to do is find some cool spot to do nothing and that is what I hope to do ... 1) find that cool spot and 2) hope to do nothing.  Not too much to ask for, is it?  I would sit in front an open fridge if I knew it wouldn't waste so much electricity but it sure does!  Homer Simpson did that once and it looked like fun ... sitting in front of a fridge with a sheet to make it like a tent and eating food as you need it because it was all right there.  But in the end the motor burned out and I suspect that isn't too far from the truth not to mention the electricity bill that may have rung up or could have it one did that but I won't find out!

Weekly Update:

So what went on this week ... hmmm, nothing again?  I am that boring and doing nothing? I need to find something and soon or I will go a bit stir crazy ... unless I have already and did not realize it.  That is a very distinct possibility!!!  I want to be free (with snow!) like this little dog in the picture.  He doesn't have a care in the world and rightly so.  I wish life can be like this, snow running and not caring but alas, that is not how it is.  But I think that is part of the dream, no?  Problem with that is money ... need to work to keep working and then you have to work some more, it just never ends.   Depressing, I know.

At the movies:

World domination has started for the apes!  As expected, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes the box office crown this weekend with a staggering 73 million for it's debut.  Over 10 million the predicted estimations but I did mention it would break 60 mil easily.  Big drop to #2 is "Transformers: Age of Extinction" earning an additional 16.5 mil as it passes the 200 mil mark.  Holding ground at #3 is "Tammy" with another 12.9 mil as it tries to reach 100 mil cume but will likely fall short.  Holding at #4 is "22 Jump Street" earning 6.7 mil more as it tries to make its way to 200 mil cume but will also likely fall short.  Rounding off the top 5 is "How to Train Your Dragon 2" with 5.9 mil extra and has reached 152 mil cume which isn't as hopeful of a number as most expected.

Quote of the week:
"A producer is a rare, paradoxical genius: hard-headed, soft-hearted, cautious, reckless, a hopeful innocent in fair weather, a stern pilot in stormy weather, a mathematician who prefers to ignore the laws of mathematics and trust intuition, an idealist, a realist, a practical dreamer, a sophisticated gambler, a stage-struck child. That's a producer." - Oscar Hammerstein II

Facts & Tips:
In Texas, it is illegal to graffiti someone's cow.

"They can't know the truth! The truth, you see, is bad! I will be branded with this mistake for the rest of my life! My children's children will walk down the street and people will point and say, "Look, there goes the spawn of Flik the Loser"!" - Dave Foley as Flik in "A Bug's Life."

Monday, July 07, 2014

4th of July Edition

This past Friday was 4th of July and talk about having a major long holiday weekend.  Some businesses closed down early Wednesday while the rest Thursday by noon.  Traffic was extremely heavy both days and then Friday itself ... ghost town.  But what did I do??  Nothing, I sat at home working on some random things while the poor puppy (well, puppy to me) scrunched under my desk, next to my legs to make sure he was touching me while all the fireworks were going off all over the place.  It is kind of hard when you live near Angel Baseball Stadium, Disneyland and various stadiums for college events all being used for firework shows.  Shadow seemed unaffected and only bothered me when she wanted attention but poor Orion, he was so scared and just had to be tucked in a very tight space for security.  But he made it through and is back to his cheerful self.

Weekly Update:
So what happened this week ... hmmm ... aside from 4th of July and I was hanging out at a BBQ/Car Wash event on Saturday, what else did I do?!  I felt like I did something but what ... I guess it was nothing worth remembering.  I had a meeting or two again but that was all via phone and I guess that was really it.  I know I slept a lot on Wednesday, my body just simply shut down and I was exhausted.  I probably took several naps but one nap was really good till my phone went off with an Amber Alert in ... FLORIDA!!  I appreciate that the system is in place but I think it should only pertain to the state it is in or maybe even within one state radius.  Florida just happens to be on the other side of the country to me so I don't think I should have received this particular alert.  Well, after that I just got up and went about my day but still, it was going to be a good nap till that happened!

At the movies:
Despite a substantial drop in its box office for a holiday weekend, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" defended it's crown for the #1 spot!  Earning another 36.4 million, it closes in on the 200 mil mark and at this rate should get it within the next week and weekend.  New at #2 is the comedy Tammy with a solid 32.9 mil for the 5-day (Wednesday opening) which is pretty much what was predicted.  New at #3 is Deliver Us From Evil with 15 mil to open which is also about on point and likely to fizzle out from here.  Hanging on to #4 is "22 Jump Street" with an extra 9.4 mil as it continues to climb to 200 mil domestic but will likely fall just short of it in the end.  Rounding off the top 5 is "How to Train Your Dragon 2" with another 8.8 mil as it will fall very short of hitting the 200 mil mark unfortunately.
New films that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as the family sci-fi Earth to Echo came in at #6 with only 13.5 mil for the 5-day and fell in the lower end of the box office predictions.  This is at #6 because the 13.5 mil is a total gross with a Wednesday opening and the older films (#4 and #5) were only calculated for Fri through Sun which both exceed Echo's Fri to Sun total (8.25 mil).

Quote of the week:
"Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil." - Niccolo Machiavelli

Facts & Tips:
Snails can sleep for up to three years.

"When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'no, I went to films.'" - Quentin Tarantino

Monday, June 30, 2014

Now it feels like Summer!!  The days are starting to heat up, hit the high 80's with very little wind but at least the nights dropped down which was very nice.  I am not sure what the forecast will be but I hope this is the height of the highs, now that would be amazingly nice!  One can dream but it is unlikely.  I've said it before and I will keep saying it, our weather is completely messed up.  I may have grown up in a house were we ran the AC but I also grew up in a time and place were we run outside to play with our friends.  Put on shows, play in the mud we just made, build forts, freeze-tag on someones lawn and all that good stuff.  I remember it being warm but not painfully hot that we never played outside because of heat.  We did sometimes not play outside because it was raining or too cold but heat?  I don't recall.  The weather, it has changed!

Weekly Update:
Water ... it is my enemy and my friend but right now my enemy.  In general the week has been fair, still bored out of my mind.  But I discovered some water under the sink and not sure what it is from yet.  Then, on the side of the house I found a little drain pipe that is dripping out hot water and I am not sure from where yet.  Of course I discover
ed all of this on Friday night and Saturday morning so to avoid any emergency cost, I have to wait till Monday to address them.  Under the sink doesn't seem too bad and could be nothing to something minor.  So for the one on the side of the house, I thought, why not put a hose to it and let the water drain into the pool?  It always needs water and I can not waste it as much if it did that!  So after some figuring out and adjusting, it worked!  No leak at the start of the hose and it is draining into the pool till I can get it figured out and fixed.  But still, annoying and having to deal with it in general just sucks.

At the movies:
No surprises at the box office this weekend as only one film opened but it was a BIG one!  Dominating the weekend with a solid 100 million is Transformers: Age of Extinction as it will make its way to the next 100 mil over the course of the next 2 to 3 weeks.  Word-of-Mouth is not great on this film but it doesn't seem to matter too much when it comes to most of the big budget, high action, all special effect driven film franchises. Holding ground at #2 is "22 Jump Street" with another 15.4 mil and continues to push toward 200 mil cume but likely will fall just shy of it.  Hanging on to #3 is "How to Train your Dragon 2" with another 13.1 mil as it passes the 100 mil cume mark earlier in the week.  Big drop to #4 is "Think Like a Man Too" with another 10.4 mil as it struggles along.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Maleficent" earning another 8.2 mil and it now hit the 200 mil cume mark!  Steam is running out on this film but after 5 weeks into the summer season, it is no surprise.

Quote of the week:
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can keep your country from doing." - Jon Stewart

Facts & Tips:
The nothingness of a black hole generates a sound in the key of B flat.

"Whoa, I don't know, man. I got a business to run. This is like my office as well as my home. Plus, the lion comes in a couple days." - Peter Dante as Dante in "Grandma's Boy."

Monday, June 23, 2014

And the weather continues to be great!  I totally feels like one of those lazy moments where you sit on a pier in shorts and start into the sunset.  It needs to stay like this ALL summer please!!!  I know it won't be great each day but if it can stay like this in general, I will be semi-happy and thankful for just one thing!  Now I want to go to a beach and hangout on a pier or lifeguard station while watching the sunset go down ... I mean I have never done that before but why not for a first time?  I should go do that next week or shortly after the month is over.

Weekly Update:
Kind of a busier week this week but it was all good.  Still getting very little sleep, I don't think that will change anytime soon but what can you do.  But the big thing was Sunday with the 3rd Annual German Shepherd Safe Haven Appreciation Picnic ... ok, that could use a shorter title I think.  But this event has grown so much and there was close to 40 dogs from what I could tell and so many more families.  The food was awesome, love me some mac-n-cheese, garlic mashed potatoes and tri-tip.  I stayed away from the chicken this time because last time I thought it was borderline under-cooked.  Catered chicken that is just cooked quickly always worry me.  If it was fried, I may have given it a second glance but there was still a ton of other food to be eaten!  But the day was pretty perfect, not hot and nice cool breezes going on.  A few incidents with animals not agreeing but they were well contained, I think I only saw one dog get the nose of another but no major harm seemed noticeable.  Lot of licking and petting, but what can you do with all the cuddly dogs.  It was a nice Sunday.

At the movies:
Hitting the screens this weekend and taking the box office crown is "Think Like a Man Too" opening to a solid 30 million.  Very close to estimations and word-of-mouth is fair on this so it could hit 100 mil but may be a long struggle.  Very small bump to #2 is "22 Jump Street" earning an extra 29 mil and has now surpassed the 100 mil mark!  Also a small drop to #3 is "How to Train Your Dragon 2" with another 25.3 mil as it is inches away from the 100 mil mark and should hit that with no problem within the next day or two.  New at #4 is "Jersey Boys" as it sings in the basement with only 13.5 mil to open, close to expectations as well.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Maleficent" gaining another 13 mil as it quickly approaches the 200 mil cume mark and should get it by end of this week.

Quote of the week:
"Art is a lie which makes us realize the truth." - Pablo Picasso

Facts & Tips:
The average Koala sleeps 22 hours each day.

"I just was scared that you didn't love me. And I didn't think you could because of how ugly I am. I should've known better. That's not who you are. You took one look at me and still said you'd seen worse. And somehow, when I'm around you, I don't feel ugly at all." - Alex Pettyfer as Kyle Kingson in "Beastly."