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Rest in Peace, Jill Clayburgh

6 Nov

Jill Clayburgh, an Oscar-nominated actress known for portraying strong, independent women, died on Friday at her home in Lakeville, Conn. She was 66.

Read more:  New York Times

Jill Clayburgh
April 30, 1944 – November 5, 2010

God Bless the USA

27 Oct

Lee Greenwood, Born on this Day in 1942.

A Time for Choosing

27 Oct

Delivered on this day in 1964.

As relevant today as it was then. Perhaps moreso.

Soon I Will Be Done…

26 Oct

Mahalia Jackson
October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972

Minnie Pearl: 50 Cent Kiss

25 Oct

Minnie Pearl, Born on this Day in 1912

Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon
October 25, 1912 – March 4, 1996

Rest in Peace, Tom Bosley

19 Oct

Tom Bosley, The actor perhaps best known for playing Richie Cunningham’s Dad on Happy Days has died at the age of 83.

Happy Days Star Tom Bosley Dead at 83
People
Thomas Edward “Tom” Bosley
October 1, 1927 – October 19, 2010

Rest in Peace, June Cleaver

17 Oct

Barbara Billingsley, 94, dies; actress was model mom on ‘Leave It To Beaver’
The Washington Post

Barbara Billingsley, whose portrayal of June Cleaver on the sitcom “Leave It to Beaver” helped define the suburban TV mother of the 1950s and who lampooned her wholesome image in the movie “Airplane!” as a prim older lady who is fluent in “jive,” died Oct. 16 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 94.

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Barbara Billingsley
December 22, 1915 — October 16, 2010

Retired Extremely Dangerous and a fun, action packed movie

16 Oct

Frank Moses make Jack Bauer look like a school marm.

Seeing movies in the theater is a rare treat for the wife and me.  But with our youngest off spring off on a weekend camping trip we took the opportunity last night to see RED. 

RED is a story about a former black-ops agent who is being targeted by a high-tech assassin.  Frank Moses is ably played by action man Bruce Willis.  But completing the story are his team of Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich.  Malkovich, in the way only he can, has several scene stealing moments.

Completing the cast are Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfus and my favorite Ernest Borgnine.

I won’t spoil the plot other than to say lots of people get themselves all blowed up.  And more than once you’ll find yourself asking “how the heck will they get out of that?”

I don’t know if people like this really exist.  But, for our sake, I hope they do.

Pardon the pun, but the movie’s a blast.

A Long Expected Movie

15 Oct

At long last, The One Ring reports that The Hobbit will begin filming in February.

Press Release from New Line/Warner Bros.: OSCAR WINNER PETER JACKSON TO DIRECT “THE HOBBIT” IN TWO INSTALLMENTS

(Los Angeles, October 15, 2010) The two films based on “The Hobbit” are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema, Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. and Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc..

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On this Day in History, October 14, 1926

14 Oct

October 14,  1926
Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne, is first published.

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?””

~ Winnie the Pooh