Monday, May 14, 2018

COLD!!

Our weather sure took a change and this past week sure felt like our typical Winter ... in May.  It averaged about low 70's which is kind of normal but a lot of overcast from the marine layers.  The nights were very good being in the 50's and 60's.  I'm glad I got the new blanket because it sure came in handy!  I was bundled up just like this cat ... though it has more blankets than my one and seems to be more covered than I was but not by much.  Now, if we could just get a little rain with this weather than it will really feel like Winter here!  Even though we are heading into Summer.

Weekly Update:
This week was kind of busy!  Full of meetings and more meetings, even meetings that weren't planned.  Nice thing is almost all of them were ones I just had to call into instead of being there in person.  A few were in person, cramped spaces in fact which is unusual.  There is such a thing as too much and having all of these meetings in a week is too much because then you get behind on your regular work.  Its the same when you have to travel for work but that is even worse because it takes days out for traveling and then that means your regular office works get even further behind!  Yep, too many of these kinds of things is a bad thing.

At the movies:
Continuing at the top for a 3rd week in a row is "Avengers: Infinity War" with another 61.8 million for the weekend.  Now close to 550 mil domestic cume, still on track to be close to 700 mil.  New at #2 is Life of the Party wit 18.5 mil, almost spot on expectations. These films are almost cookie-cutter now for McCarthy.  New at #3 is Breaking In with 16.5 and also on target.  Drop down to #4 is "Overboard" with 10.1 mil and will stay afloat a bit longer.  Rounding off the top 5, "A Quiet Place" continues doing well with an extra 6.4 mil but will finish just shy of 200 mil domestic when it's all done.

Quote of the week:
"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children." - William Makepeace Thackeray

Facts & Tips:
More than 100 baseballs are used during a typical MLB game.

"There you go again, shrugging! Stop ... shrugging, shrugger.  It's a very noncommittal gesture." - Teresa Palmer as Julie in "Warn Bodies."

Monday, May 07, 2018

Getting hot in here!

Well, our weather took a sharp change for the worst! We had started off great with some 60 degree weather and maybe a little rain, that was nice but short-lived.  BUT, the week ended up being hot again, up in the 90's and the rest of this coming week plans on being warm.  The short-lived Spring has ended as we start our Southern California Summer season already.  The nights look like they will stay cool, so trying to sleep with the windows open and then close them up in the morning.  Problem is I work upstairs at home and it heats up faster ... the dogs are smart and they go lay out downstairs about mid-day!  Wish I can join them!

Weekly Update:
Two sort of unofficial holidays occurred this past weekend.  The first one is May 4th named after the Star Wars saying "May the Force Be With You."  People like to celebrate with today's pop culture and you can see a lot of online deals for Star Wars related merchandise ... and there is a LOT of merchandise.  Not just toys anymore either.  But it is a fun play on words and kind of celebrated around the world now with the huge success and return of the Star Wars franchise of films.  Then on Saturday it was Cinco de Mayo, or the 5th of May.  The day itself has no significance but its celebrated in the US with a lot of parties and alcohol.  I think many mistake it as Mexico's version of 4th of July but it has no association to any independence from the US or anything else.  So, its what we call a "Hallmark Holiday" in which it was created for simply sales ... like Valentine's Day.

At the movies:
No surprise at the box office as "Avengers: Infinity War" holds on to #1 for its 2nd week with an average drop making 112.5 million.  Now past 450 mil domestic, It has easily surpassed 1 Billion world-wide.  New at a distant #2 is Overboard with 14.8 mil and right where we expected it to be.  Holding on to #3 is "A Quiet Place" with 7.6 mil and still doing pretty well.  Also holding on to #4 is "I Feel Pretty" with another 4.9 mil and will tap out soon. Rounding off the top 5 is "Rampage" with 4.6 mil and will definitely fall short of the 100 mil mark.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
A couple this week but not surprising.  First is Tully at #6 with 3.2 mil and about expected numbers.  New at #10 is Bad Samaritan with only 1.8 mil and also no surprise there.

Quote of the week:
"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Facts & Tips:
"Tools of ignorance" is a nickname for the equipment worn by catchers.

"So, when that retriever you talked about comes for you, you're planning on going back with them?" - Liam Aiken as Owen Baker in "Good Boy!"

Monday, April 30, 2018

It has been a very nice week weather wise!  The days have been  cool to cold and that has been nice!  The nights are cold but not enough to turn on the heater but feels good to bundle up in the covers.  I don't know how long this will last but I wish this to be our weather forever!  BUT, I know this is SoCali so it will heat up soon and be ultra-hot.  At least for now I can leave things off like the AC or even lights and heaters.  Those take up so much energy and make electric bills go up so high!

Weekly Update:
Went to Vegas this week for a couple of nights for an annual convention, CinemaCon!  Ran into a lot of old friends and made some new ones.  Saw some amazing presentations from Disney and WB, missed several others but that is ok, can't catch them all.  But the line-up for Disney was pretty incredible and by far the best in terms for what was shown.  Others had tons of celebrities but if you couldn't meet them, was just kind of blah.  But I did got to a great event and caught some pics with some folks:

*LilRel Howery - from the upcoming "Uncle Drew" movie and a cool guy.
*Tiffany Haddish - Also from "Uncle Drew" and very sweet!  Every picture she took, she would say "success!"
*Anna Kendrick - from the "Pitch Perfect" franchise and very sweet.
*Blake Lively - probably more famous for being married to Ryan Reynolds but extremely nice.

At the movies:
No surprise at the box office as Avengers: Infinity War earns top honors with a huge 250 million for domestic gross.  right now on track to potentially reach 700 mil.  Word-of-mouth is good to great so should hold at #1 for several weeks.  In a distant #2 is "A Quiet Place" with 10.7 mil but still a good show for a non-holiday weekend.  Holding at #3 is "I Feel Pretty" with 8.1 mil but quickly burning out.  Holding at #4 is "Rampage" with 7.1 mil, still will be shy of 100 mil cume.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Black Panther" with 4.4 mil and may crawl to 700 mil cume still.

Quote of the week:
"You can't wait for inspiration.  You have to go after it with a club." - Jack London

Facts & Tips:
The dwarf lantern shark grows to be no bigger than a human hand.

"You have to get even with Jerry Hathaway, 'It's a moral imperative.'" - Gabriel Jarret as Mitch Taylor in "Real Genius."

Monday, April 23, 2018

It cooled down a lot this week!!  After a week or two of heat, the sun was out and it was cold during this week!  I had to put on sweats and long sleeve shifts, I would estimate around 60 degrees during the day.  It was freezing during the night but I can accept that trade of, just cover up under the blankets and turn on the heat!  Heat is cheaper than the AC after all.  If I run the AC for a month, almost every day, it would be in the hundreds of dollars.  But if I did the same for the heat, the gas bill would be around $50 ... so not only is getting warmer easier but also cheaper than cooling down. So, I just hope this trend continues but with our weather, nothing to hold our breath about.

Weekly Update:
Not much of a week today, went to the park one afternoon for some testing but that was about it. It was a kind of so-so testing thing, nothing worth mentioning necessarily.  But the park was semi-packed and I didn't stay too long.  It is interesting when you are backstage and they are preparing for the parade.  You see a lot of interesting and neat things going on, people standing around in costumes, others trying to get up on their floats and people practicing dancing around ... kind of like a high school band waiting to perform during the half time segment.

At the movies:
A few surprises this weekend at the box office as "A Quiet Place" climbs back up to #1 with 22 million and has surpassed the 100 mil cume for this quiet film.  Word-of-mouth continues to keep this film at the top of the box office.  Drop down to #2 is "Rampage" with another 21 mil and could be a struggle to reach 100 mil cume on this one.  New at #3 is I Feel Pretty with 16.2 mil and just under expectations.  New at #4 is Super Troopers 2 with 14.7 mil, did what original predicted and not much else on this one.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Truth or Dare" with 7.9 mil and this will fall off as well.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as Traffik comes in at #9 with 3.9 mil, nothing really was expected on this one.

Quote of the week:
"Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell." - Bill Copeland

Facts & Tips:
Michelangelo hated painting and wrote a poem about it.

"So, what would you little maniacs like to do first?" - Kelly LeBrock as Lisa in "Weird Science."

Monday, April 16, 2018

The heat wave continues!!!  This past week may have been warmer than the previous one!  I tried to stay indoors almost all of it but also having your home office on the 2nd floor doesn't help.  Luckily most of the cool air stayed inside and by closing all the windows and blinds, it remained manageable without having to turn on the AC.  But if it is this warm now, wait till peak Summer time, it will be scorching if this is a preview of what is to come ... and only in April.  Wasn't there a thing called April Showers as in rain in April?!  Where is it!!??  I saw a few cloudy days but not a drop, very very sad about that.  We need rain so badly!

Weekly Update:
There is something comforting about the American restaurant. What do I mean by American?  The Chili's, Applebees and Red Robins of the world.  They aren't the healthiest of places to each, kind of a step above general fast food but the comfort is you know what you are getting, in a familiar setting and you just relax.  Fast food is quick, here you go, see you later.  And that is why it's fast food!  But going into a Red Robin for example, I know my soda will always be refilled and my steak fries endless till I can't stuff anymore in my face.  Sure you can go a little healthy with a salad but once you throw some BBQ chicken on their and ranch dressing ... well, enjoy it!

At the movies:
The Rock surprises again for a top box office win with Rampage  Coming in at #1 with a hefty 34.5 million, above all expectations and his score card has been very solid as of late.  Slight drop down to #2 is "A Quiet Place" with another 32.6 mil and now close to 100 mil cume for domestic, should get it by end of day tomorrow.  New at #3 is Truth or Dare with 19.1 mil, slightly above expectations but not by much.  Holding at #4 is "Ready Player One" with another 11.2 mil and passes the 100 mil mark.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Blockers" with another 10.3 mil and didn't hit as an R-Rated comedy.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero did not even place in the top 20 and only grossed less than a million.  Possibly one of the worst openings in box office history or at least in the top 5.

Quote of the week:
"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve Jobs

Facts & Tips:
France used the guillotine as recently as 1977.

"Look at me, I'm gonna be the first person in the world to be sent by television!" - Paris Themmen as Mike Teevee in "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory."