'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

This Day in Pop Culture for June 7

The $64,000 Question debuted on June 7, 1955.

First Broadcast of ‘The $64,000 Question’

Now known as the iconic game show that it was, The $64,000 Question had trouble getting sponsors when the show was pitched to CBS. The creator of the program, Louis G. Cowan (who created the radio show Quiz Kids and TV game show, Stop the Music) found that some advertisers that the show sounded too glamourous for their company. However, it was on this day in 1955 that the show first appeared with Revlon as its sponsor. It was filmed in CBS’ Studio 52 in New York (which ironically became Studio 54 during the disco era) and was hosted by actor Hal March. The first contestant didn’t make it to the top prize but she did win a Cadillac convertible. The show ran through November 2, 1958. It was later revived as The $128,000 Question and aired in syndication from September 1976 to September 1978. Another revival of the show was pitched to ABC in 1999 but was abandoned for a new American version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire instead. After Millionaire’s success, another version was pitched to CBS to be called The $1,064,000 Question and would be hosted by Greg Gumbel but it never materialized.

"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" became #1 song on June 7, 1975.

‘Thank God I’m a County Boy’ Becomes #1 Song

Country singer John Denver recorded and released about 300 songs of which he composed about two thirds of them, but on this day in 1975, one of his biggest songs, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” became a #1 hit. It was part of a string of other #1 hits including “Sunshine on My Shoulders." "Annie's Song," and "I'm Sorry” from three No.1 albums: John Denver's Greatest Hits, Back Home Again, and Windsong.

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