Monday, June 12, 2017

I think the Summer is now in full heat mode now ... it was so nice for so long but now we have hit the heatwave season.  Came later than normal but I hope that means it doesn't carry over longer now!  It was so miserable that I think we got hit with some humidity because after being outside for just a few minutes, I felt really gross and sticky ... and a little bit hard to breathe.  I am not asthmatic or anything but still, thicker air is harder to breathe through.  I just want some cold weather, always easier to warm up than to cool down.  When are we putting a dome over this city?!  Stadiums have domes, we can just extend it right?  No??

Weekly Update:
I got really sick on Saturday night, not sure if it was food poisoning or something else but it sure kept me up all night and several trips to the bathroom thinking I might throw-up.  I didn't but took the dog's water dish to put by the side of the bed just in case.  At one point I wish I would throw-up because I thought it would make the stomach pains go away!  But, I didn't, so was miserable for the whole night and had to call in sick to work.  About mid-day started to feel way better but thought it best to completely rest and let it run its course (whatever that may be) so I can be normal again ... well, semi-normal anyway.  Man, stomach bugs are nasty.

At the movies:
The Amazonian princess keeps the crown for another week as "Wonder Woman" holds onto #1 with an extra 57.2 mil.  Now past 200 mil domestic (400+ worldwide), its on the road to break 300 mil.  New at #2 is The Mummy with 32.3 mil and right on estimations.  Word-of-mouth is fair on this so it should fall quickly.  Holding on to #3 is "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" with another 12.3 mil as it crawls along.  Still hanging on at #4 is "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" with 10.7 mil as it also struggles along.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2" with 6.2 mil as it quickly wraps up.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Two this week, first up is It Comes at Night at #6 with only 6 mil and actually right at expectations for this genre film for this time frame.  New at #8 is Megan Leavey with only 3.8 mil and again right at expectations.

Quote of the week:
"The home is the chief school of human virtues." - William Ellery Channing

Facts & Tips:
The world's first escalator was built in Coney Island, NY, in 1896.

"My Name is Lillian and I am an alcoholic. I'm rich, I'm fabulously rich. I'm also generous and kind hearted. My father died when I was young and my mother was absent most of the time. Is this an excuse for making a mockery of my life? Oh it all looks very wild from the outside, I once went to bed with three European Princesses at the same time but A, I cant remember anything about it, and B, apparently I vomited over two of them before losing control of my bladder on the third, oh yes all such fun. Until the fog parts and suddenly there's a hole so big that all the vintage champagne and all the bat mobiles on the world can't fill it. Then I'm all alone on my magnetic bed, wondering what venereal disease I've just caught." - Helen Mirren as Hobson in "Arthur."

Monday, June 05, 2017

June gloom is really a thing!!  Lately the weather has been great!  And when I say great, nice and cold to cool with lots of clouds.  I think it drizzled a few times but almost like it will rain but doesn't.  Not sure if this is connected with the oceans or something but its not a marine layer as that is like a fog.  This is like rain clouds but without the rain.  Keeps things very cool for a Summer month but you get no Sun ... I am OK with that!  It is hotter than cooler the majority of the year so any of this is welcomed and plus it keeps things lower in energy like no AC running which burns up a lot of power and also causes brown-outs!

Weekly Updates:
This has been another busy week and it has all been a blur.  Had some oral surgery done but instead of a root canal they went in from the side in the gum.  I guess the tooth had a root canal before and the cap and post inside were all good so they did not want to touch them.  So the alternative was from the side ... fun!  But after being numb'd up, it was absolutely painless and did not take much time as one would think.

At the movies:
The princess takes the crown this weekend as Wonder Woman earns her place at #1 with a hefty 100.5 million to open.  On course right now to potentially reach 300 mil domestic with the strong word-of-mouth and positive reviews.  Coming in a very distant second and also new is Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie with 23.5 mil to open.  Dropping down to #3 is "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" with an extra 21.6 mil as it just crosses the 100 mil cume mark.  This ship's sails won't be catching any wind unfortunately.  Holding on to the #4 spot is "Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2" with another 9.7 mil as it hits 350 mil plus domestic.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Baywatch" with 8.5  mil and the beach may be closed on this one next week.

Quote of the week:

"I can live for two months on a good compliment." - Mark Twain

Facts & Tips:
Calvin Coolidge liked to have is head rubbed with petroleum jelly while eating breakfast in bed, believing it was good for his health.

"Really? Well, on my planet, we have a legend about people like you. It's called Footloose. And in it, a great hero, named Kevin Bacon, teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that, dancing, well, is the greatest thing there is." - Chris Pratt as Peter Quill (aka: Starlord) in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Edition

What is this day suppose to mean?  Its not about having an extra day off, its not about BBQ'ing and it's not about doing nothing.  But what it is about, all of those things and the freedom to do them because of our Veterans who served and are now serving today.  The risked their lives and time to ensure we are able to do the mundane things that honestly do not hod much meaning because what they do does.  So take a moment or several to just remember what you have is mostly because of them.

Weekly Update:
Pretty busy week but Thursday was exciting.  Attended the "Wonder Woman" premiere at the Pantages Theatre and played the publicist hat again.  It was an amazing event, WB does seem to do them right overall from their premieres to the Golden Globes.  And this was no exception or it was another example of how exceptional they are.  The movie was amazing, to me it brought DC and WB back in the super hero business when it comes to theatrical releases.  They have been wavering a lot but this brings them back on track.  I just hope the films to follow can keep up with this one.

*Jacqui-Lee Pryce - Niobe in the film and so amazingly sweet.
*Ewen Bremner - Charlie in the film and best know him from "Black Hawk Down," as well as being an all around great guy!
*Robin Wright - General Antiope and best known from "Forrest Gump," awesome person!

At the movies:
Ahoy matey's as the end of a franchise earns the chest of gold this holiday weekend!  New at #1 is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales earns 62.2 million.  Below expectations, especially for a holiday and could be a sign that this franchise is in fact done.  Holding its ground at #2 is "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" with another 19.9 mil while it continues its climb to try for that 1 billion world wide gross.  New at #3 is Baywatch with 18.1 mil and a very disappointing opening.  BIG drop to #4 is "Alien: Covenant" with 10.5 mil and may not hit 100 mil for this franchise film.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Everything, Everything" with 6.2 mil and should be dropping off next week.

Quote of the day:
"If you do not think about your future, you cannot have one." - John Galsworthy

Facts & Tips:
Baby bunnies are called kittens.

"Brother, however I have wronged you, whatever I have done that has led you to do this, I am truly sorry. But these people are innocent, taking their lives will gain you nothing. So take mine, and end this." - Chris Hemsworth as Thor in "Thor."

Monday, May 22, 2017

The heat is on ... the heat is on on on ... yep, it now feels like Summer time has hit Southern Cali as we hit 90+ degrees.  Not thrilled, spending time inside and turning on the AC $$$.  Please do not let this heat be an indication of what is to come for the season.  If so we will probably have a fire or two, if not three or four.  Despite the rain we had and moisture, it will dry up and fast.  The rain simply was not enough to sustain us for the rest of this year as we needed so much more and people don't realize that!  But I feel like everyone thinks we received all this water, they can change their lawns back to grass, start spraying down their driveways with water and build fountains now ... nope.

Weekly Update:
So this was kind of fun.  Last minute I was invited to this presentation at work with the co-directors of "Moana" along with one of the producers.  It was pretty interesting but at the same time nothing new since I have seen the process before.  But they were all great and fun speakers and luckily before they started I caught one of them for a quick picture as they didn't allow any at the end.

*Ron Clements - Very nice guy and accomodating.

Ron also directed "Aladdin," "The Little Mermaid" and one of my favorites "The Great Mouse Detective."

At the movies:
A new #1 this weekend as to be expected as Alien: Covenant takes the crown with 36 mil to open.  Below expectations but could be enough to get it past the 100 mil cume when it is said and done.  Slight drop to #2 is "Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2" with an extra 35.1 mil as it crosses 300 mil cume for domestic box office.  New at #3 is Everything, Everything earning a decent 12 mil and around expectations for this one.  Drop to #4 is "Snatched" with 7.6 mil and this one is about out of steam.  New and rounding up the top 5 is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul with 7.2 mil and as much to be expected for this franchise.

Quote of the week:

"Commitment is an act, not a world." - Jean-Paul Sartre

Facts & Tips:

President John Quincy Adams' pet alligator lived in a White House bathroom.

"There will be no rescue, no intervention for us. We can only save ourselves. Many of you know influential people abroad, you must call these people. You must tell them what will happen to us... say goodbye. But when you say goodbye, say it as if you are reaching through the phone and holding their hand. Let them know that if they let go of that hand, you will die. We must shame them into sending help." - Don Cheadle as Paul Rusesabagina in "Hotel Rwanda."

Monday, May 15, 2017

It cool down again ... what is happening?!  Again, not sure what is going on with the weather but the days were in the 60's again and its nice!  What is happening around here??  I have no clue but I so hope it continues with this nice weather.  I mean its borderline windbreaker weather during the day which is what I love.  Then that means the night will be jacket weather which is what I love even more!  I have to imagine this is what places like Seattle are like but with more rain and moisture than what we have here.  We could use that weather here about now.

Weekly Update:
I think I worked a lot this week but it seems a bit blurry to me now.  I think I am just super tired that being in a constant dazed and almost auto-pilot when it comes to work!  I think only having one day off a week does that you to and also working 9 to 12 hours a day for the other six.  But at the same time soft of just gotten use to it too.  I know it will catch up to me, it has to.  But I am maxing out on my vacation day which honestly doesn't feel like a lot of days at all, like a week a year or something.  Meh, what can you do and have no desire to go any where and do anything so I guess that is why I just work all the time perhaps.  Well, I am sure within the next 2 years I will go some place or some where.

At the movies:
Holding ground at #1 for a 2nd week is "Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2" with an extra 63 million and just shy of 250 mil cume.  It should reach that by end of day tomorrow though.  New at #2 is Snatched with 17.5 mil to open and slightly below expectations but no surprises either.  Also new at #3 is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword with 14.7 mil in its debut.  This was pretty much on target and unfortunately not a good number for this high budget film.  Drop to #4 is "The Fate of the Furious" with an extra 5.3 mil as its starting to run out of fumes.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The Boss Baby" with 4.6 mil more as it also is running out of diapers to change.

Quote of the day:

"Love alone could waken love." - Pearl S. Buck

Facts & Tips:

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams chipped off a piece of Shakespeare's chair as a souvenir when they visited his home in 1786.

"You friend there is very persuasive." - Dennis Haysbert as Master Ox in "Kung Fu Panda 2."