Saturday, January 31, 2015

Video of the Day: Do You Believe?

Trailer for Do You Believe from the same people who did "God's Not Dead." It comes to theaters this spring.

3M Begins Marketing of Scotch tape

Scotch Tape was created on January 31, 1930.
January 31, 1930
Most of us are aware that “Scotch” is a brand name of the 3M company, but just about as many of us refer to any adhesive tape as “scotch tape.” But it turns out that there might be another reason why we do that. On this day in 1930, 3M began marketing their tape “Scotch” – here’s why. The term “scotch” was used to describe “stingy” back in the 1920’s. Richard Drew, developer of a new transparent material known as cellophane was testing his first masking tape to see how much adhesive it needed. Apparently, a bodyshop painter was frustrated with the sample tape and said something like “Take this tape back to those scotch bosses of yours and tell them to put more adhesive on it.” The name stuck.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Video of the Day: Marshawn Lynch Skittles Press Conference

Marshawn Lynch Skittles press conference.

‘Black or White’ is More Grey – but in a Good Way

Eloise (Jillian Estell) and Elliott (Kevin Costner) in Black or White.
Kevin Costner is a busy actor these days playing everything from a superhero’s father (Man of Steel) to a dying CIA agent (3 Days to Kill). Next month he’ll play a high school cross country coach in McFarland, USA, but this weekend he shines as the imperfect Elliott Anderson in Black or White. It’s a different type of role for him. He’s a lawyer, he’s old and he’s salty.

As the movie opens, we are with Elliott at the hospital when he receives news that his wife who was in a car accident didn’t survive. Understandably he falls apart. Not so understandably, he turns to the bottle for help. Back home, Elliott is tasked in telling his granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell) the sad news. Eloise’s mother, (Elliott’s daughter), died in childbirth and Eloise barely knows her father. Eloise’s mother was white; her father is black.

To make matters more difficult, Eloise’s grandmother on her father’s side, Rowena (Octavia Spencer), wants nothing more than for her son, Duvan (Mpho Koaho) to be reunited with Eloise. That’s not going to happen if Elliott get’s his way. Let the courtroom drama begin.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Video of the Day: Terminator Genisys

New teaser trailer for Terminator Genisys. Do we really need another Terminator movie?  (Not that it would keep me away from seeing it.) Arnold Schwarzenegger is in it - both young and old!

More than 320,000 Students will see ‘Selma’ for Free

Bring Selma to Students program
Paramount Pictures
What started as a local event has grown to a national one in just a few short weeks. The “Bring Selma to Students” program began on January 8th in New York City when 27 African-American business leaders created a fund for 27,000 of the city’s 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to see the film for free. Due to the overwhelming demand, the New York City effort sold out in the very first weekend and was expanded to 75,000 tickets.

Since then, other African-American business leaders across the U.S. have joined in with Indianapolis and West Palm Beach being the newest, which means that the film will be shown to students for free at 34 locations nationwide.

Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. The film stars Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, with Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey.

Baseball Hall of Fame is Created

January 29, 1935
Though the Baseball Hall of Fame had its beginnings in 1935 with a museum that would honor the first 100 years of “America’s favorite pastime,” it wasn’t until this day, January 29, 1936, that the members voted to include Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson. The organization so desperately wanted to build the museum in Cooperstown to help reinvigorate the area’s economy that they came up with the lie that baseball was actually invented in Cooperstown by US Civil War hero Abner Doubleday. Today the museum receives about 350,000 visitors per year.