Thursday, September 3, 2015

First Airing of “Search for Tomorrow”

The soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" aired for the first time on September 3, 1951.
September 3, 1951
The American daytime TV show Search for Tomorrow began its long run on this day in 1951 on CBS. The show’s intimal sponsors were Proctor & Gamble’s “Joy” and “Spic and Span” which help the show earn its name as a “soap opera.” Tomorrow began as a 15-minute serial and was shown live until March of 1967. The show also went from black and white to color in September of 1967 and became a half-hour serial in September 1968. On March 29, 1982, the show made the big move from CBS to NBC. On August 4, 1983, both the master and backup copy of Tomorrow became lost and the cast was forced to do the show live for the first time in 16 years. The show’s last airing was on December 26, 1986 and it was during this time that it held the record for the longest-running non-news program on television. The record was broken by Hallmark Hall of Fame, which stills airs occasionally.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Paula Dean and Gary Busey Join Dancing With the Stars

The cast of the fall 2015 Dancing with the Stars has been announced.
(R-L) Paula Deen, Tamar Braxton, Alex Skarlatos, Hayes Greer, Bindi Irwin, Chaka Khan, Kim Zolciak, Carolos Penavega, Alexa Penavega, Victor Expinoza (ABC/Ida Mae Astute)
For the last few weeks, announcements have been made regarding some of the “stars” to be featured on the next season of Dancing with the Stars. As is the tradition, the entire cast was announced this morning on Good Morning America. Each year, DWTS seems to find one or two controversial celebrities. For this season, that distinction goes to celebrity cook, Paula Dean who nearly lost her empire due to racist comments she made a few years ago and wild card Gary Busey who makes headlines for just being himself. The two are also this season's oldest contestants – Dean is 68 and Busey is 71. (Chaka Khan is only 62!) Season 21 will also usher in more younger dancers including actress and daughter of Steve Irwin the former Crocodile Hunter, Bindi Irwin (17), internet star Hayes Grier (15)
This season's cast includes former child stars and married couple Carlos Penavega (Big Time Rush) and Alexa Penavega (Nashville, Spy Kids) who will be competing against each other. The show tried to do this before for season eight with singer Jewel and her husband Ty Murray, but Jewel had to bow out at the last minute.

Video of the Day: How "Inside Out" Should Have Ended

I know that I'm the minority, but I think I would have liked this version better.

Keanu Reeves is Born

Keanu Reeves was born on September 2, 1964
September 2, 1964
Keanu Charles Reeves, who was born on this day in 1964, has led a pretty crazy life so far. His father left him and his mother when Reeves was just three years old. His mother married at least four times. He attended four different high schools, struggled with dyslexia and never earned his high school diploma. His first acting job was theatre production of Damn Yankees, his first television appearance was for the show Hangin' In (1984) and his first movie was Youngblood (1986). But most of us “met” Reeves when he starred with Sandra Bullock in 1994's Speed. While he has been a fan favorite, he has also been nominated for numerous Golden Raspberry awards for bad acting.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Video of the Day: Keith Urban - "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"

In Keith Urban's new video, he sings about three important things in his life: John Cougar, John Deere and John 3:16.

First Spire Christian Comic Books

First Spire Christian Comic Books
September 1, 1972
The very first Christian comic books were released in September of 1972. Spire produced a version of Brother Andrew’s God's Smuggler and David Wilkerson's The Cross and the Switchblade. Unlike traditional comic books which create new stories every month, the Christian versions came out about once a year. In 1973, Spire added an “Archie” series drawn by actual Archie Comics artist, Al Hartley and in 1974, the company added bible stories and a series dedicated to younger readers including the “Barney Bear” series. The last of the original comic books was a “Barney Bear” printed in 1988.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Dog Days of Summer Quiz

In this "pop" quiz, we've picked 16 famous friends from movies and television. 
Match the right dog tag with the right dog. Answers below.

Dog Day of Summer Pop Quiz

Row 1: Buddy (Air Bud), Ruff (Dennis the Menace), Beethoven, Pongo (101 Dalmatians)
Row 2: Papi (Beverly Hills Chihuahua), Eddie (Fraiser), Duke (The Beverly Hillbillies), Lassie
Row 3: Chiffon (The Shaggy Dog). Tiger (The Brady Bunch), Toto (The Wizard of Oz), Wishbone
Row 4: Marmaduke, Rin Tin Tin, Indy (Under the Dome), Benji

One Wes Craven Film Nobody Seems to Remember

Wes Craven directed more than just horror films including "Music of the Heart."
Meryl Streep in 1999's Music of the Heart. (Miramax)
It's sort of crazy to know that Wes Craven, who grew up in a strict Baptist family and wasn't allowed to see any movies of any sort, later become known as one the great leaders in the horror genre. Craven has been credited for creating some of Hollywood's scariest films and characters. He created Freddy Krueger and his nightmares, people living under the stairs and the entire Scream series.

In 1972, Craven began his career in horror with The Last House on the Left with Sean Cunningham.

“It was totally coincidence. My mother wouldn’t even let me read DC Comics,” Craven said in an interview with AV Club. “It was just that Sean had some guys with some money who wanted to make a movie that was interesting, and it had to be scary. I literally remember a conversation along the lines of, 'Sean, I don’t know anything about making a scary movie.'” Somehow he managed to do just fine.