Friday, February 27, 2009

R.I.P. “Pauline Fowler”

You may remember her as the young go-go girl who danced while Sammy Davis Jr. sang on BBC...

Or, perhaps as the slightly ditzy blonde salesclerk in the British comedy classic Are You Being Served.

But the late Wendy Richard is best known and will be warmly remembered as the cornerstone of the long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders.

You can read her obituary at the BBC website.

Her EastEnders co-stars pay tribute to her on this BBC site.

She will be missed...

Spiderman: The Musical

Just read in The Rolling Stone that rock band U2 will provide dozens of songs for a new musical based upon Stan Lee’s Spiderman.

The press release from Sony Pictures:

SPIDER-MAN
Turn Off the Dark
Broadway

Opening Night: Thursday, February 18, 2010

Preview Performances begin Saturday, January 16, 2010

www.SpidermanOnBroadway.com
Directed by Julie Taymor

Music and Lyrics by Bono and The Edge

Written by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger


SPIDER-MAN, Turn Off the Dark, will open on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at Broadway's Hilton Theatre, 213 West 42nd Street (preview performances will begin Saturday, January 16, 2010).

Directed by Tony® Award-winner Julie Taymor with 22-time Grammy® Award-winning Bono and The Edge creating new music and lyrics, SPIDER-MAN will be written by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger.

SPIDER-MAN is produced by Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Martin McCallum, Marvel Entertainment/David Maisel, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Jeremiah Harris.

SPIDER-MAN is produced in association with Omneity Entertainment/Richard Weinberg, the Mayerson/Gould/Hauser/Tysoe Group, Patricia Lambrecht and Jam Theatricals/S2BN.

Julie Taymor is best known as director of one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history, Disney's The Lion King and the film Across The Universe. Bono and The Edge are half of one of the most popular rock bands of all time, U2, who will be making their Broadway debut with SPIDER-MAN.

Drawing from over forty years of Marvel comic books for inspiration, SPIDER-MAN spins a new take on the mythic tale of a young man propelled from a modest rowhouse in Queens to the sky-scraping spire of the Chrysler Building, the bustling offices of the Daily Bugle, through the dizzying canyons of Manhattan, to new vistas never before seen. The musical follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down—literally—when he's bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek—suddenly endowed with astonishing powers—soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains test not only his physical strength but also his strength of character. Spider-Man's battles will hurtle the audience through an origin story both recognizable and unexpected--yielding new characters as well as familiar faces--until a final surprising confrontation casts a startling new light on this hero's journey.

The principal creative and design team for SPIDER-MAN includes Daniel Ezralow, Choreographer (Across the Universe, The Green Bird); George Tsypin, Sets (The Magic Flute, The Little Mermaid); Eiko Ishioka, Costumes (Academy Award® for Bram Stoker's Dracula, Tony Award® nomination for M. Butterfly, the opening ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics); Donald Holder, Lighting (Tony® Awards for The Lion King, South Pacific); Jonathan Deans, Sound (Fosse, The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Young Frankenstein, Ragtime); and Teese Gohl, Musical Supervisor (Across the Universe, Frida). Additional members of the SPIDER-MAN creative team will be announced at a later date.

Casting for SPIDER-MAN will be announced soon.


Group tickets now on sale. Single tickets will go on sale June, 2009. For more information about group tickets, visit the Spider-Man website at www.SpidermanOnBroadway.com or by calling 1-800-Broadway.

We will make plans to swing on down to old Broadway...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The “It’s the Economy, Stupid” Sing-a-Long


Bing Crosby
"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," lyrics by Yip Harburg, music by Jay Gorney (1931)

They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,
When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,
Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?

Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.
Once I built a railroad; now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;
Once I built a tower, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!

Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Why don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!

Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Say, don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?


Rudy Vallee

"Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries," lyrics by Lew Brown, music by Ray Henderson (1931)

People are queer, they're always crowing, scrambling and rushing about;
Why don't they stop someday, address themselves this way?
Why are we here? Where are we going? It's time that we found out.
We're not here to stay; we're on a short holiday.

Life is just a bowl of cherries.
Don't take it serious; it's too mysterious.
You work, you save, you worry so,
But you can't take your dough when you go, go, go.

So keep repeating it's the berries,
The strongest oak must fall,
The sweet things in life, to you were just loaned
So how can you lose what you've never owned?
Life is just a bowl of cherries,
So live and laugh at it all.

Life is just a bowl of cherries.
Don't take it serious; it's too mysterious.
At eight each morning I have got a date,
To take my plunge 'round the Empire State.
You'll admit it's not the berries,
In a building that's so tall;
There's a guy in the show, the girls love to kiss;
Get thousands a week just for crooning like this:
Life is just a bowl of . . . aw, nuts!
So live and laugh at it all!


Ginger Rogers

"We're in the Money," lyrics by Al Dubin, music by Harry Warren (from the film Gold Diggers of 1933, 1933)

We're in the money, we're in the money;
We've got a lot of what it takes to get along!
We're in the money, that sky is sunny,
Old Man Depression you are through, you done us wrong.
We never see a headline about breadlines today.
And when we see the landlord we can look that guy right in the eye
We're in the money, come on, my honey,
Let's lend it, spend it, send it rolling along!

Oh, yes we're in the money, you bet we're in the money,
We've got a lot of what it takes to get along!
Let's go we're in the money, Look up the skies are sunny,
Old Man Depression you are through, you done us wrong.
We never see a headline about breadlines today.
And when we see the landlord we can look that guy right in the eye
We're in the money, come on, my honey,
Let's lend it, spend it, send it rolling along!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

E-Bates

Imagine a shopping mall with over 1,000 stores.

Now… imagine being able to go from store to store without walking… without having to deal with crowds of sweaty, noisy people… without having to hear a chorus of wailing babies… and without having to search relentlessly for a non-existent store clerk to help you decide on which item you really need to purchase.

Can you imagine that?

Then try adding, on top of the aforementioned, being given five-dollars in cold hard cash… just for coming into the mall to look around.

Too good to be true?

Let’s add one more thing. Let’s say that at the checkout stand, you are REIMBURSED a percentage of what you have spent.

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Wa... Hoyden... Haiiiieee!

Joseph Levitch (a/k/a Jerry Lewis) has been making people laugh since before I was born. For all of my life, I have enjoyed the crazy antics of this creative genius. Many other people (possibly the majority of whom are French) laud the insanity... the ingenuity... and the unparalleled technical innovations of this comedian, philanthropist, and moviemaker.

We were pleased to read in The New York Times that Jerry Lewis will be receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at tonight’s Oscar® telecast.

From the borscht belt to the red carpet... we are glad for our favorite comic legend and wish him the best on this... his night.

Better Living Through Stem Cells

One of the interesting things people are expecting from the Obama administration is the reversal of the rules regarding stem cells. As you know, scientists are saying that stem cells can do a number of things to improve the quality of life for people stricken with diseases and other debilitating situations. That is exciting news… as we wait to see what medical science comes up with.

You may have heard that the technology currently exists to “bank” or store stem cells from your baby for future use… should such an unfortunate occurrence occur. And this is something that can be done without any harm or damage to your precious bundle of joy. How does this work?

Well, we checked out Cryo-cell, a site that provides information on innovative stem cell solutions. They describe how over 175,000 families have preserved the umbilical cord blood from their newborn children for potential use against a number of horrible diseases. They describe how blood banks are the perfect venue for hosting potentially life-giving material from your precious newborn.

Of course, you will want to shop around to see not only who provides the best price, but the best value. After all… this is a precious commodity that we are talking about and you would want only the best to handle it for you. That being said, take some time to compare cryo-cell with comparative services.

If you find that this is an option that will work for you in protecting your and your family’s health in the future, then check out Cryo-Cell’s current offer.

It Ain’t Over Until the Fat Cylon Sings...


“Only four episodes remaining” is the teaser that the Sci-Fi Channel keeps flashing in front of our eyes as its flagship series Battlestar Galactica seems to be heading for a fatal splashdown.

Granted, the series (birthed from a wildly received miniseries) did what Glen A. Larson’s original couldn’t do... create a rabid fan base. But with the end of the series, is that all there is?

Well, given that Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek is in the process of being rebooted, is it safe to say that Galactica will be re-rebooted?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Studios is dangling a carrot under Larson’s nose to create the first in would could be a motion picture franchise featuring a re-re-retelling of the story of the expatriate Capricans who are fleeing from the murderous Cylon Empire.

Keep your fingers crossed on this one...

Ready to Horse Around?

Remember back in the day when people thought, “You go to on-line dating sites? Ewww!” It was perceived that the best way to meet people was in person.

Flash forward to the present and we see people who for various reasons don’t want to meet people. It is creepy. It is skeevy. That guy on the bus said “good morning” to me. Eeeeee!

So, now that we have realized the value of on-line dating… including the ability to vet a person based upon whether they show up on-line as a productive member of society or as the diametrically positioned opposite, we are good to go.

Except.

With a plethora of on-line dating sites out there… how can one know the best one to choose from? Well, here is a word of advice. If there is a site out there that matches people with similar likes and dislikes… then that service should be the BEST for you.

Now, horse riding is something I have had experience with… from my first horse ride on an Amish park when I was a toddler… to my adventure on the short but sturdy Icelandic horses on that wonderful volcanic island… to my plans to ride on my ranch in Texas.

And, should I achieve my goal of leaving the hustle and bustle to enjoy the outdoors life on my ranch, then I should imagine that a women who is also equestrian inclined might be a great match.

If you are also looking to have the equestrian cupid shoot the arrow of love that launches your next relationship… then take advantage of the FREE sign-up offer and find your riding partner today!

This is a unique site that offers a number of membership plans (from “free” to “gold”) and attracts that exclusive and unique demographic… the equestrian.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Taking Chance



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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Comedy in El Paso


We often track the entertainment scene in El Paso, Texas -- a short drive from the Dwacon® Ranch. Here is one that we recommend to those who will be in town:

TWO SHOWS - Saturday, April 25th

Comedy Central favorite Gabriel Iglesias rocks the Cotillion with laughter on Saturday, April 25th.

On Saturday, April 25th Gabriel Iglesias rocks the Plaza Theatre in El Paso. Gabriel Iglesias has been described as unbelievable, electrifying, and gifted, and consistently delivers a high-octane show. Gabriel has an ability with voice effects and impressions that is absolutely drop-dead FUNNY! Iglesias blends his impeccable voice skills with an uncanny knack for hilarious storytelling.

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Gabriel's style of comedy is a mixture of story telling with character's and sound effects that bring his issues to life. His amazing ability to cross over with his clean animated style of comedy has made him a big demand in all markets.

Tickets go on sale THIS Friday, February 20 at 10AM through LiveNation.com, all area Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com , the Plaza Theatre Box Office or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Show time is 6:30PM & 9:30PM Saturday, April 25th at the Plaza Theatre.

Gabriel's talent on stage has earned him several television appearances and prestigious honors. Fans have seen him on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, Comedy Central's "Premium Blend", HBO’s “Comedy Minutes”, NBC's "Showtime at the Apollo", ABC’s hit sitcom "My Wife And Kids”, Showtime's original series "Resurrection Blvd”, VH1's "I Love the 80s” and BET’s “Comic View”. Gabriel has also been seen numerous times on the popular Galavision show "Que Locos". Gabriel is one of the few comedians of our time to win both Comedy Central’s “Favorite Comic” and “Special of the Year”.

Learn more about Gabriel Iglesias here...

The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center | 125 Pioneer Plaza | El Paso, Texas 79901

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Maybe The Artist Was Feeling Maverickey?

Very controversial editorial cartoon in a New York newspaper that seems to compare our President to...

Aiyah... it is too sickening to even articulate.

Read the story at The Associated Press.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Feast of All Saints

There is some speculation that the return of this historical drama The Feast of All Saints, based upon Anne Rice’s novel, is tied to the ethnic background of our 44th President of the United States. But perhaps it is more reasonable to agree that this film is an excellent view of the history of the subcultures of New Orleans.

The film has a stellar cast that mostly does a fine job... with the exception of Robert Ri’chard vacallating between a Creole accent and his Southern California pattern of speech. Still, The Feast of All Saints is a film I highly recommend.







Sunday, February 15, 2009

Battlestar Galactica


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If you don’t subscribe to the Sci-Fi Channel and haven’t seen the final episodes of this acclaimed Science Fiction series, don’t despair.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Watching The Detectives

I am so used to seeing Cillian Murphy portraying crazed psychopathic bad guys, it was a little disconcerting to watch him portraying a goofy goon in love with a crazy woman portrayed by Lucy Liu.

However, being the Valentine season, Watching the Detectives is a quirky romantic comedy that makes for a great holiday watch.

Consider renting Watching the Detectives for the weekend.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The One-Two Punch

Still working on improving my overall health by better eating and exercise. But still also looking into the right combination of vitamins and herbs to take us the extra mile, so to speak. I blogged earlier about India’s sugar destroyer but found I could give the tons of sugar and high fructose corn syrup in everything we buy the knockout punch... and do so herbally!


Taking a daily dose of GNC Herbal Plus Standardized® Gymnema Sylvestre was the first good idea. This herb is known in India as the sugar destroyer and has given me a serious health boost!

Then, I discovered Bitter Melon, another herb that has some great benefits.

The caveat, of course, is to consult with your doctor before taking any herbals... you don’t want to get into any bad areas by overdoing it.




Friday, February 6, 2009

Al-Hacka

I really enjoyed Bruce Willis’ Live Free or Die Hard film... partly because of an appearance by one of my favorite actors, Tim Olyphant, but also because of the focus on technology (including Bruce’s sidekick... the Macintosh Guy a/k/a Justin Long).

One aspect of Live Free or Die Hard that I found somewhat incredulous was the prospect of some bad guy bringing down America by simply hacking some computers.

Well, okay, that is also what Jack Bauer is dealing with on Fox’s 24.

But Live Free or Die Hard is starting to sound more and more realistic as we have seen the handiwork of hackers in current events.

One such event involved the hacking of traffic signals, changing innocuous road signs into warnings that zombies and raptors were afoot. Hackers Inside has an article about traffic signals hacked in Texas. A similar event happened last year in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, AFP reported that the Super Bowl this past weekend had been hacked... at least in Tucson Arizona where viewers got a bit of hard-core pornography mixed in with the sporting event. Comcast is offering offended viewers a $10 rebate.

If you already own or have already rented Live Free or Die Hard, then perhaps you might want to check out Live Free or Die Hard: Bonus Material. The bonus material for the 2007 installment of the Die Hard franchise includes the following featurettes:

  • “Analog Hero in a Digital World: Making of Live Free or Die Hard”
  • “Prelude”
  • “Attack of the Franchise”
  • “Casting and Characters”
  • “Texture and Tone”
  • “Unimaginable Feats”
  • “The Cutting Room”
  • “Eye Candy”
  • “The World of D.I.”
  • “Sound and Fury”
  • “Symphonic Boom”

Rent Live Free or Die Hard: Bonus Material today!



Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Savages

Some times, a movie sneaks up on you and just socks you in the gut. My Tivo picked up on The Savages, and since I am a fan of both Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman, I figured I would go along for the ride.

The story:

Carrying the emotional scars of an abusive childhood, siblings Wendy Savage (Laura Linney, in an Oscar-nominated role), a long-aspiring playwright, and Jon Savage (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a professor of drama, now face the challenge of caring for their ailing elderly father, Lenny (Philip Bosco), despite their emotional disconnect from him and each other. Tamara Jenkins (Slums of Beverly Hills) wrote and directed this indie drama.

Add The Savages to your list of movies to rent...



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