Saturday, February 13, 2016
February 13, 2000On this day in 2000, Charles Schulz’s last Peanuts comic appeared in Sunday papers – one day after he passed away. In it he wrote: “Dear Friends, I have been fortunate to draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost 50 years. It has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to maintain the schedule demanded by a daily comic strip. My family does not wish Peanuts to be continued by anyone else, therefore I am announcing my retirement. I have been grateful over the years for the loyalty of our editors and the wonderful support and love expressed to me by fans of the comic strip. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy…how can I ever forget them…”
Friday, February 12, 2016
|Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images|
On Friday, February 12, those living in Nashville could connect with UBER (an alternative taxi service for those who don’t know) and request a special “serenade” option from 12:00-3:00 p.m. For $20, UBER would send out local singers and musicians to serenade the couple in an impromptu performance. Each serenade came with a box of Hershey’s Deluxe chocolates, so the price was right.
According to a press release, singer Colton Dixon was the first person to order a serenade. The country trio known as Sister C, showed up at Revelator Coffee where newlywed Colton was enjoying a beverage with his new bride, Annie. (And the photo doesn't look posed at all!) The couple were wed on January 8 in Nashville.
All together now: “Ahhhhh…”
29 celebrities dramatically read Justin Bieber's "Sorry."
1 question: Why does John Hamm look like a chimney sweep?
|Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Penelope Cruz star in Zoolander 2|
How long is too long to release a sequel movie? For Star Wars fans, about two months. The original Zoolander movie about the ultimate male supermodel came out in 2001. Audiences then were divided whether they loved or hated the film but none stood in-between.
This weekend, the long awaited sequel takes flight and already, audiences are divided once again. For me personally, I had a great time and thought everyone else in the theater did too as there were a lot of laughs, but as I descended down an elevator with a bunch of attendees, I learned that that was not the case. I was surrounded by haters of the film.
This could be the shortest review ever as the bottom line is, if you liked the first Zoolander movie, chances are that you will like Zoolander 2 just as much, if not, don’t bother reading any further. Seriously. I won’t be able to convince you otherwise. Nor should I. Both films are just plain silly and spiral out of control by the time the film ends. There’s really no point to them. No heavy message and no strings of the heart will be pulled. (If there are, then you really need to get out more.) But for me, I couldn’t stop laughing and sometimes that is exactly what you want from a movie.
February 12, 1931America’s passion for vampires began on this day in 1931 as Universal’s Dracula premiered. The first in a long string of “classic” monster movies, Dracula was directed by Tod Browning and starred Bela Lugosi, who had been playing the role in the play version of the Bram Stoker story. Lugosi wasn’t Browning’s first choice for the character. Nor was he the second, third or…you get the idea. Newspapers reported that some people fainted in shock at the horror on screen, which pleased Universal as it help assure them that the film would be a big hit. The role was a blessing and a curse for Lugosi, who became forever tied to the character. His last role was for Plan 9 from Outer Space in 1959. It was directed by Ed Wood and is considered one of the worst movies ever made. This year, movie-goers will suffer through Vampire Academy.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
You would think it would be hard to smile when you want to throw up.
Click here to read more on how they did it.
February 11, 1926
On this day in 1926, actor Leslie Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Nielsen had been acting since 1948 making appearances in more than 50 TV shows many movies. It was his performance in Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure that convinced critics that he was a serious actor. Ironically, many had never heard of the actor before his role in movie Airplane! and the Police Squad! TV show, where he was known for his comedy. Nielsen passed away in November of 2010.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
February 10, 1940
One of Hollywood’s first dynamic duo debuted on this day in 1940. Puss Gets the Boot was the first Tom and Jerry cartoon short created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for MGM. There were 114 original shorts of the cat and mouse cartoon created between 1940 and 1957 and many feel that they were the best. MGM released 13 more in 1961 that were produced by Rembrandt Films and Chuck Jones tried his hand with the pair for 34 rather strange shorts released from 1963 to 1967. In the 1970’s, the cat and mouse arrived on TV with a milder, limited animation Saturday morning series. The pair no longer fought and the cartoons were no longer funny, but versions of the show lasted for years. It wasn’t until 1992 with the feature-length 1992 movie (Tom and Jerry: The Movie) that the two began to act like themselves again.