Monday, January 12, 2015

And it is Summer Time ... but in Winter Time!!!  What does that mean?  It means we had 80 degree weather in the middle of Winter.  Not good people, not good!!  Last year this happened and our Summer ended up being one of the warmest in general but worse than that one of the driest.  We did get some rain this year which is very helpful but we need so much more of it!  A week or two ago we got so close to having snow weather (if it rained) but that is the extremes we are going through right now.  Just want a little consistency and a little Winter would be kind of cool ... pun intended!

Weekly Update:
Got a chance to attend the 72nd Annual Golden Globes Awards at the Beverly Hilton again and it was ... different.  The security this year was insane with more check points and metal detectors.  There was an increase in the police presence including multiple bomb squad teams and dogs.  Usually the security is decent but this was pretty tight this year and many felt it was mostly due to the situation with North Korea and Sony with a little bit of the incident that just happened in France just days before.  But aside from that I went to the WB/In-Style party for the first time and that was pretty cool.  Ran into some folks there for a quick shot:

*Kelsey Grammer - from "Cheers" to "Frasier," seen him many times but finally got a picture and a really great guy!

*J.K. Simmons - from "Spider-Man" movies to "The Closer" and all around nice guy.
*John Dorman - from "Gotham" and "Person of Interest" and an OK guy.
*Josh Gad - Olaf from "Frozen" and a cool guy (pun intended!).
*Tcheky Karyo - as the bad guy in "Kiss of the Dragon" and super nice guy.
*Joshua Jackson - from "Dawson's Creek" and a pretty cool guy!
*Diane Kruger - from "National Treasure" and she was nice.
*Ruth Wilson - won for "The Affair" series and was OK.
*Judith Light - best known for the TV series "Who's the Boss?" and amazing!

So one of the most interesting and crazy moments of my evening (and for any evening for that matter when it comes to celebs) ... I was trying to get through a narrow section of couches and coffee tables.  On my exact left is a coffee table and this this photographer is right in front of me backing up and bumping into me (saying sorry) because she was trying to take a picture of Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.  Blocking my right side is the back of Chris Pratt.  Behind me is Gillian Anderson (who I am saying sorry too but was totally cool) and I did not recognize her at first.  She was talking with Robin Wright.  Just left of the photographer is Jeremy Renner talking with Joaquin Phoenix trying to avoid the photographer.  So that was my highlight of the evening and I did manage to get through after that mayhem.

At the movies:

No surprise at the box office as Taken 3 TAKES the box office by storm with a solid 40.4 million opening.  Well above all expectations but the jury is still out on this film and if it will have strong legs or not.  Expanding and reaching #2 this week is "Selma" with a decent 11.2 mil and positive word-of-mouth.  Holding ground at #3 is "Into the Woods" with 9.8 million and just crossing the 100 mil cume mark.  Drop to #4 is "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" with another 9.4 mil and well over the 225 mark, should hit 250 sooner than later.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Unbroken" with 8.4 mil and it also just crossed the 100 mil cum mark as we are now officially into full Award Season with the Golden Globes this evening.

Quote of the week:
"Any sufficiently advance technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

Facts & Tips:
In South Korea, it is against the rules for a professional baseball player to wear cabbage leaves inside of his hat.

"Great! Great! How could this possibly get any worse?" - Craig Bierko as Mac in "The Three Stooges."

Monday, January 05, 2015

New Year's Edition!

So another has come and gone ... and to me, just another two days. New Year's Eve I just sat at home and I think I feel asleep around 10PM.  But then I woke up to go to sleep since I first fell asleep on the couch.  I was pretty out of it I think and just wanted to sleep.  I still need more sleep!  But New Years Day, now that was something.  Turned out be very cold!  And that was it for me I think, pretty exciting stuff!  I think I still need some sleep.  I think we also need some rain because it is almost cold enough lately that it might get a little icy which would be pretty amazing!

Weekly Update:
So I was in a parking garage the other day and the right side was regular parking spots and the left side was compact only parking spots.  So this is what I noticed, 10 SUV's parked in the compact side and 3 tiny VW's on the regular side ... what is wrong with SUV people?  Are they becoming more and more jerks?  I use to drive an SUV and I don't remember doing that but maybe once or twice.  These are cars I see in those spots ALL the time!!!  Are we becoming all Audi drivers??  I joke but most folks I know who drive Audi's are kind ... jerks in general.  I do not know why but I know it is not a true statement and just a stereo-type but those are also some ounce of truth for a reason.

At the movies:
Still remains the king of the box office, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" earns another 21.9 million as it breaks the 200 mil cume mark and continues to push along into the new year.  Holding ground at #2 is "Into the Woods" with another 19 mil and just shy of the 100 mil cume mark!  I would think it could have it by end of this week.  Holding on to #3 is "Unbroken" with 18 mil and also close to the 100 mil cum mark but may take a bit longer to get there.  New at #4 is "Woman in Black: Angel of Death" with 15 mil in it's debut and right on the nose of expectations.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Annie" with 11.4 mil and will fall short of reaching 100 mil.

Quote of the week:
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." - George Bernard Shaw

Facts & Quotes:
It is not possible to tickle yourself.

"We need more ammo, let's go to Big Five." - Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony in the TV series "The Simpsons."

Monday, December 29, 2014

Post Christmas Edition

So Christmas came and went ... I started a new tradition of having a nice McDonald's McRib Combo, super size it of course for my X-Mas eve dinner.  I did enjoy it and was glad I was able to get it.  I am glad this sandwich is seasonal and only comes by once a year because if it was year-round, that might be dangerous.  Actually, I can only eat one or two of these a year.  Almost like how I can only have eggnog once a year although I did not have any this time around.  Is that good or bad?  I do not know nor do I care.

Weekly Update:
I really didn't do much this week.  Spent most of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day working on all kinds of stuff.  I was very happy that Starbucks was open on both days.  I really was not a Starbucks person at all till about maybe mid-September and now I visit about 2 to 4 times a week!  I mad their gold status pretty quickly but now I do want to cut back to maybe 1 to 3 times a week.  That many times is both not that healthy and also adds up on the wallet so, time to cut back some.  I just hope they don't continue to give me cool offers that I want to take advantage of!  Curse you Starbucks and your marketing schemes ... and effectiveness!

At the movies:
For a second week in a row, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" wins again with a holiday total of 41.4 million at the box office.  It now has a cume of over 165 mil and is steaming along nicely to reach the 200 mil mark.  New at #2 is Unbroken with a solid 47.3 mil 5-day total (31.8 weekend) and surpasses expectations.  Also new at #3 is Into the Woods with 46.1 mil (31 weekend) and also above expectations.  Holding ground at #4 is "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" with another 20.6 mil as it struggles to reach 100 mil cume.  Rounding off the top 5 for the holidays is "Annie" with 16.6 mil and will definitely fall short of the 100 mil cume.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
A few this weekend that were in semi-wide release.  In at #7 is The Gambler with only 9.3 mil and this was a full release.  Not a good sign for this film but could potentially have some award buzz about it.  At #15 with just over 1,000 screens is Big Eyes with only 4.4 mil for the holidays.  More award than box office buzz on this one.  Quick release at #16 is The Interview, after much controversy on the film it opens with only 1.8 mil.  Not a bad number with 300 screens but then again, not a great per theatre average to be considered successful.  The VOD numbers on this may be better, but not sure.

Quote of the week:
"The important thing is not to stop questioning." - Albert Einstein

Facts & Tips:
Britain was the first country to register a patent on polyester.

"Cadet Lewis Johns just taught you the most important lesson you'll learn here at Tuskegee. If you don't believe in God, you'd better find a damn good substitute." - Courtney B. Vance as Lt. Glenn in the TV movie "The Tuskegee Airmen."

Monday, December 22, 2014

Pre-Christmas Edition

This Wednesday is Christmas Eve and then that means Thursday is Christmas.  The holidays, for me, are simply not the same anymore.  All the traditions I use to have and enjoy are gone.  No more big meals with tons of food and playing games with everyone all night long till midnight.  I just do not want to do it anymore and the love of the holidays (Thanksgiving included) is just gone.  Where did this go or why was it lost?  I can not say but to me it has become just another week, another day, another evening.  I use to love the smell of the pine and the sight of lights in and outside the house.  I remember putting so much effort into that kind of thing and it was rewarding to see it all lite up at night.  But now, not worth the trouble and no joy in seeing all of it.  I feel bad for the trees cut down for a few weeks of being in some one's home.  Then afterwards, tossed aside to be forgotten till another year and another tree is sacrificed.  I think it would be better to have a tree in your yard, decorate it, remove the decorations afterwards and it continues to grow and live on.

Weekly Update:
So this past week was kind of busy with some fun stuff but otherwise just busy.  Wednesday afternoon has a gift exchange.  I think I did a pretty cool job with my gift for my Secret Santa.  I thought it was pretty original and creative and hope they do not forget it for years to come.  My Secret Santa was nice enough to get me some snacks and candy.  It was well thought of gift, they did get stuff I did like so that was cool.  They said I was hard to shop for but honestly, I don't think I am.  I would appreciate and like anything that anyone gave me.  That is why it is called a gift or present.  It is not what it is but the fact they took the time to get it.

At the movies:
No big surprise at the box office this weekend as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies takes the #1 spot with a 5-day opening of 90.6 million.  Just above most expectations and should hit north of 250 mil cume for domestic box office when it is all said and done.  New at #2 is Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb with 17.3 mil, just shy of expectations by a couple of million.  Possibly can hit 100 mil cume but I think it might fall just shy of it.  Also new at #3 is Annie with 16.3 mil to open.  Again just shy of expectations but still a solid number.  Dropping down to #4 is "Exodus: Gods and Kings" with another 8.1 mil as it struggles along for the remainder of the holidays.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" with another 7.8 mil as it cruises to hit 300 mil very soon.

Quote of the week:
"History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstances." - Donald Creighton

Facts & Tips:
Each year, the average person walks the distance from NY to Miami.

"No fingerprints, no photos. But they say, and I'm translating, "he has a nice, open face."" - Jeffrey Tambor as Tom Manning in "Hellboy II: The Golden Army."

Monday, December 15, 2014

RAIN!  Got some rain mid-week but only lasted about a day.  Was so not enough again and if we only get two or three days of solid rain this Winter, we are still in trouble with the drought.  And the rain we did get this past week was still very little.  It was enough to keep my car clean which is nice but not enough for anything else.  We need water and we can not continue to import it like we are doing now.  It kind of makes sense why a bottle of water costs about $2.00 at a store but then again even if we had plenty of water, it probably will still be that price because ... well, it is bottled and it cost someone money to do that for you to drink because it is special water.  I must say though, I do prefer Arrowhead water, I think it has something to do with their filtration system because it taste different to me than other brands of water and that out of the sink!  I could not tell you the difference between other brands but Arrowhead I can sure tell. 

Weekly Update:
I want a vacation ... away from everything and anything but where would one want to go?  I was sort of debating either Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear.  Also, Santa Barbara sounded cool too but which of these would be most cost effective?  Do I want snow or just a place to hang out and do nothing?  I wonder if I can muster a short trip over a weekend for Big Bear Lake.  Seeing some snow would be kind of cool and fun.  Well, I guess I may do some research and figure it out later.  I would like to go when it has some snow but then again, who knows how much snow we will get with the lack of rain there is going on.  Oh well ... just oh well.

At the movies:

Talk about close predictions!  New at #1 is Exodus: Gods and Kings with 24.5 million to open.  Just shy of the 25 mil mark as predicted and the real test will be this coming weekend for it but I think it will suffer an significant drop now with the line-up coming up.  It was predicted this film could have legs but this season is just now kicking off.  Holding ground at #2 is "Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" with another 13.2 mil as it makes its way to 300 mil.  Should reach it by the end of the year without any problems.  Holding at #3 is "Penguins of Madagascar" with 7.3 mil as it struggles to hit 100 mil as some expect, I do not see it happening.  New at #4 is Top Five with 7.2 mil and the film did what it said it would ... make the Top Five.  Rounding off the top five is "Big Hero 6" with another 6.2 mil as it tries to reach 200 mil cume and should get it soon.

Quote of the week:
"When we ask advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice." - Marquis de la Grange

Facts & Tips:
The word "purple" does not rhyme with any other word in the English language.

"We got a call about lewd behavior on the boardwalk and you the only thing I see around here that could qualify as lewd." - Niecy Nash as Deputy Raineesha Williams in "Reno 911!: Miami."