Monday, September 08, 2014

I have to say it sure has gotten humid but the nights are so great!  It is almost like Summer and Winter with a flip of the switch!  It is suppose to be record breaking temps next week but I hope that isn't the case, we shall see.  But the weather is about 90 but feels like 100 with the heaviness in the air, I almost couldn't breath one time because it felt like my lungs were being pressed on by the weight of the air!!  But then at night, need a jacket which I do not mind ... like I always say, it is easier to get warmed up than to cool down and that is so true!  I mean sure you can cool down with AC but then you are using electricity and equipment ... just stay cool please!  I'm not sure what is going on in the picture I found but that is what came up with I put "humidity" in ... go figure.

Weekly Update:
A comedy icon passed but one I think will be quickly forgotten.  TV personality and comedian Joan Rivers, had passed.  She was one of the few women comedians in the 80's that I really enjoyed.  Her jokes at that time were actually funny but still made fun of primarily her husband at that time but weren't as mean spirited as they were in her latter years.  As she grew older, her style and comedy became very bitter and lack taste and any kind of sincerity but she was a pioneer back in the day.  She was often made fun of being made of plastic with her constant cosmetic surgeries.  Quiet frankly I think she would have aged well if she did not have anything done but I think it speaks volumes of her personality and vanity.  I found and chose a picture of her back in the day with the late great Johnny Carson ... yeah, I think she would have aged very well.  She was 81.

At the box office:
The Summer is definitely over and you can see it at the box office.  Still doing well at #1 is "Guardians of the Galaxy" with another 10.2 million as it is now just shy of 300 mil cume.  It might have it by the weekend but definitely by the end of this coming weekend.  Holding ground at #2 is "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" with 6.5 mil as it continues to struggle to reach 200 mil but I don't think it will make it.  Hanging on to #3 is "If I Stay" with another 5.8 mil.  Still in the top at #4 is "Let's Be Cops" with 5.4 mil extra.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The November Man" with another 4.2 mil it's 2nd weekend and will be done around the 25 mil cume mark.
 
New movies that did not make the top 5:
As expected and at the #11 spot is The Identical with a debut of only 1.9 mil and really not much more to say on that one.

Quote of the week:
"The family is a court of justice which never shuts down for night or day." - Malcolm De Chazal

Facts & Tips:
Giraffes can lick their own eyes.

"Face it, Dinesh, you're gay for my code. You're code gay." - Martin Starr as Gilfoyle in the TV series "Silicon Valley."

Monday, September 01, 2014

LABOR DAY EDITION

It's Labor Day and no labor to do or shouldn't be done.  An extra day of rest but for some (not me) it means an extra shift at a job or possibly some overtime pay for working.  We need more days like this, at least once a month.  I know almost every month has a nice extra day of the week off that the whole county observes but months like January, not all take Martin Luther King, Jr. Day off and they should!!  I don't think there is a day in April but Tax Day should be a holiday for those who didn't do them in time, should take that day to take care of it ... yep, I think there should be at least one day in every month that gives us an extra day off.  Not being lazy but just to rest.

Weekly Update:
Interesting week and slightly busy which is cool.  But the nice part was attending a charity event for Kelly Hu at the Audi dealership in Beverly Hills.  Lot of good food and helped out the event during the last minute but looked like it all worked out great.  While there grabbed some pics with some folks:

*Jacob Young - from various soap operas and a cool guy.
*Eme Ikwuakor - some TV and small projects, up and comer.
*James DuMont - recently from "Dallas Buyers Club" but I remember him from "S.W.A.T." and a great guy.
*Rob Steinberg - from "12 Years a Slave" and a nice guy.
*Michael Trucco - best known from the newer "Battlestar Galactica" series and a cool guy.
*Robert Costanzo - I know him best as the quirky waiter from "Forget Paris" and a really nice guy.

At the movies:
A couple of days late but had to wait for those final Labor Day Weekend numbers and the winner is ... "Guardians of the Galaxy" in it's 5th week earns an additional 22.9 million for the holiday and now with a cume of just over 280, making it's way to 300+!  Holding ground at #2 is "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" with another 15.6 mil as it will struggle to hit 200 mil.  Hanging on to #3 is "If I Stay" with another 11.8 mil for this romantic drama.  Also hanging on to #4 is "Let's Be Cops" with 10.4 mil in it's 3rd week.  Rounding off the top 5 and new at #5 is "As Above, So Below" with a debut of 10.3 mil which is slightly below expectations.
 
New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as "November Man" only manages 10.1 mil and enough for the #6 spot and also well below expectations.

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

Facts & Tips:
A nautical mile is 800 feet longer than a land mile.

"When you've known someone a long time, you just want to kiss them just to see if they're a good kisser. There's nothing wrong with that, right?" - Jordan Ladd as Karen in "Cabin Fever."


Monday, August 25, 2014

Spring time in Summer?  You know one thing you learn very quickly while living in Southern California ... the weather is not like other places.  We have no consistency from year-to-year and we have no real seasons except that of Summer time.  This past week it felt like what Spring would be with nice days and very cool to cold nights.  This coming week it is suppose to heat up but how accurate will that be?  It has been fairly good the past year in general with predictions but you can never get 100%.  I wonder when we will be living in the a dome or have the technology to change the weather when we need it or vote what each day should be, that will be interesting!

Weekly Update:
On Sunday morning we lost yet another great actor and director in the business we call Entertainment.  The legendary Richard Attenborough passed away.  He is more recently known for his role in "Jurassic Park" but his list of credits is a little surprising and often forgotten.  Some of his big roles include "The Sand Pebbles," "The Great Escape" and "Miracle on 34th Street" to name a few.  He was also a very accomplished director as well.  He directed such greats as "A Bridge Too Far," "Cry Freedom," "Chaplin" and "Gandhi" for which he won an Oscar for Best Director and Best Film that year.  Attenborough was 90.

At the movies:
In it's 4th week, "Guardians of the Galaxy" manages to take back the crown for a power-struggle weekend earning another 17.6 million and a cume of just over 250 mil.  It will be a struggle at this point to hit the 300 mark but do-able with Labor Day Weekend still coming up.  Slight drop to #2 is "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" with another 16.8 mil as it tries to reach 200 mil but may just fall a bit short.  New at #3 is "If I Stay" with a solid 16.4 mil and right on par with predictions.  Holding ground at #4 is "Let's Be Cops" with another 11 mil this past weekend.  New at #5 is "When the Game Stands Tall" opening with a decent 9 mil, a little below expectations but the film could have some decent legs on it.
 
New movies that did not make the top 5:Just one this week and in a major upset, in at #8 is "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" which only earned 6.5 mil, WAY below any expectation.  I had a fear people would not care for the mock-noir style of film and then you throw in end-of-Summer trips, the box office couldn't help this one.

Quote of the week:"There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist." - Mark Twain

Facts & Tips:The Statue of Liberty features 7 points in her crown- one for each of the continents.

"See I really couldn't sing, I could never really sing, what I couldn't do is ... " - Harry Shum, Jr. as Mike Chang in the TV series "Glee."

Monday, August 18, 2014

The heat continues!!!  What is worse is the heat is here, the nights are still cool but our drought has gotten so much worse.  With the rain levels so far this year being dismal, remember our past Winter was basically a light Summer??  The showers we did get only lasted hours to minutes, nothing really lasted more than a day and our reserves are nearly empty.  We need water desperately in the So Cali region but we can't just make rain happen.  I don't have two-bits to spend on a rainmaker to get the party started and I don't think their rain seeds work ... oh but how I wish they did!  I think just about every city in the the South land would invest in them, buy them, build them ... use them!!  But then we would also become a swamp or something with too much moisture and water ... oh the irony.

Weekly Update:
This week was a bit more calm after last week filled with sadness.  Not saying it was all good or bad, just saying it was a bit better.  But aside from that ... yet another boring week in general.  I did manage to do a bunch of errands but that was about it ... drove all over town, dropped this off, picked this up, delivered this. I felt like a combo taxi and delivery service at times.  Was just missing the little horn (meep meep) and the reverse beep beep beeping noise!

At the movies:
The heroes in the half-shell were able to defend the crown this weekend as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" earns another 28.4 million and gets past the 100 mil cume mark.  Look for a pretty quick burn after this weekend though as we wrap up Summer.  Also holding ground at #2 is "Guardians of the Galaxy" bringing in another 24.7 mil for its third weekend as it pushes its way past 200 mil!  New at #3 is the comedy "Let's Be Cops" as it debuts at 17.7 mil for the weekend (26.1 mil total with a Wednesday opening) and word-of-mouth isn't strong on this film.  In at #4 is the big budgeted action film "The Expendables 3" earning 16.2 mil which is on the low-end of the prediction range.  Talks are already on for a 4th installment, this film must be big overseas to warrant it.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The Giver" with a respectable 12.8 mil and could see a little longevity at the box office before the Summer is over.

Quote of the week:
"There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist." - Mark Twain

Facts & Tips:
You can tell which day a loaf of bread was baked by the color of its plastic twist tag.

"I must break you." - Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV." 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer time ... it here.  A bit more humidity but not terrible but still very warm.  Still the nights remain cold, thank goodness, but it doesn't really hit till after 9 or 10PM.  Well, I guess it could be worst but now that I said that, I hope I didn't just jinx it all!!!  I guess as long as we don't have humidity, we will survive!  Humidity is just down right nasty and so very uncomfortable.

Weekly Update:
This was a very sad week not by just me but the world.  On Monday Hollywood (and the world) lost a big chunk of laughter as legendary and acclaimed comedian, Robin Williams, passed away.  From initial reports it looks like it was an apparent suicide.  It was no hidden secret he suffered from depression but he never let it slow him down or stop him from making everyone around him happy.  He would fight and claw to get someone to laugh or smile ... I wish we could have done the same for him.  His list of films credits is very expansive but I remember when I first saw him on TV, the show "Happy Days" when he played a visiting alien named Mork.  That character later went on to his own show and there I enjoyed watching him again once a week for half an hour.  He later went on to movies and one that stands out the most for me right now is "Good Morning Vietnam!" where he portrayed a real shock jock in the military during the Vietnam War. The world lost a big chuckle and like in "Dead Poet's Society" I say to you sir, "Oh Captain My Captain."  Robin was 63.

Then just a couple days later we lost another Hollywood icon from the silver screen as Lauren Bacall passes away.  She was a big part of the Golden Age of movies starring in films with John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart.  Her sultry voice was distinct and she can be seen alongside other Hollywood legends such as Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable in "How to Marry a Millionaire."  She had a haunting yet beautiful stare that was almost a siren's call or a Medusa's gaze ... seemed wrong yet you felt right gazing upon her.  Other amazing credits include "The Big Sleep," "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Dogville."  One of her most iconic and famous lines, not just her but in all movie history, was to Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" as she was leaving the room ... "You do know how to whistle, don't you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow." She was 89.

At the movies:
Just when we thought Summer may be over and the box office was down, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (shell) shocks us all!!  Hitting a big #1 as it overshoots all estimations with a nice 65 million for its debut.  Still going strong but dipping to the #2 spot is "Guardians of the Galaxy" with an extra 41.5 mil as it makes it way to the 200 mil cume mark.  New at #3 is Into the Storm and some last minute adjustments brought its estimation way down ... I am not sure where those initial numbers came from but it only hit 18 mil for the weekend.  Also new at #4 is The Hundred-Foot Journey which hit well within expectations at 11.1 mil.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Lucy" earning another 9.3 mil as it is so close to 100 mil cume and should hit that by the end of this coming week.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as the Step Up All In franchise comes in at #6 with 6.6 mil, a bit below expectations but it was a busy weekend otherwise!

Quote of the week:
"America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Facts & Tips:
Ferret comes from the Latin word for little thief.

"When I think about everything we've been through together, maybe it's not the destination that matters, maybe it's the journey, and if that journey takes a little longer, so we can do something we all believe in, I can't think of any place I'd rather be or any people I'd rather be with." - Garrett Wang as Harry Kim in the TV series "Star Trek: Voyager."