Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Elf Yourself!!!

Office Max is running a promotion for the holidays.  Pick up to 5 pictures of you, friends or family and make a cute dancing elf video. If you like your video, post right to Facebook or email it.  It's a fun way to say Happy Holidays to your pals.  Enjoy:)

CLICK HERE to see my video and to make your own Elf Yourself video

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Saturday Night Live Tribute

I have been a fan of Saturday Night Live ever since I can remember.  It has been a Saturday night staple in many households.  I still look up who's hosting and who the musical guest will be every week.
The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975 and has won several awards, including 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and three Writers Guild of America Awards. In 2000, it was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Many actors and comedians started their careers on SNL and have become very famous.  Many movies  have also come from SNL skits. 
  • Blues Brothers - John Belushi & Dan Akroyd (1980)
  • Wayne's World - Dana Carvey & Mike Myers (1993)
  • Coneheads - Jane Curtin & Dan Akroyd (1993)
  • Wayne's World 2 - Mike Myers & Dana Carvey (1993)
  • It's Pat: The Movie - Julia Sweeney (1994)
  • Stuart Saves His Family - Al Franken (1995)
  • Blues Brothers 2000 - Dan Akroyd & John Goodman (1998)
  • A Night At The Roxbury - Chris Kattan & Will Farrell (1998)
  • Superstar - Molly Shannon (1999)
  • The Ladies' Man - Tim Meadows (2000)
  • MacGruber - Will Forte (2010)
Here's some other interesting facts about the SNL cast:

Youngest cast member - Anthony Michael Hall     17 years old     1985–1986
Oldest cast member - Michael McKean     46 years old     1994–1995
Longest tenure - Darrell Hammond 14 yrs.
Shortest tenure - Laurie Metcalf 1 season

So for my SNL tribute, here are some of my favorite skits. This post would go on forever if I posted all my favs, so here are just a few. 

Eddie Murphy - Buckwheat

Belushi - Samarai

Adam Samberg & Justin Timberlake - Dick In A Box

Fireman Bill - Jim Carrey

Chip N Dale - Chris Farley & Patrick Swayze

Sarah Palin - Tina Fey

What are your favorite SNL moments?  Please comment and share any of your favorite hosts, musical guests, cast members or skits.  I would love to hear what others have liked or not liked for that matter.  Enjoy and see you Saturday Night:)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving In Movies And Television

First of all, I would like to wish everyone a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Since moving to Texas several years ago, my family and I celebrate by taking Thanksgiving to the beach.  We pack up the turkey and all the fixings and load up the truck and go to the beach.  It has become a new family tradition.
Thanksgiving has also been celebrated on television and in movies.  Here are just a few of them.

Home For The Holidays - Starring Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Guttenberg and Claire Danes just to  name a few.  The family all comes home for the holiday and then the fun begins.

Plains, Trains And Automobiles - Starring Steve Martin and John Candy.  Follow these two on a whirlwind adventure as they try to get home in time for the holidays.

Blind Side - Starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw and Kathy Bates.   Based on the true story of the Tuohy family and football star Michael Oher

The Walton Thanksgiving Reunion - 1993 TV movie

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Garfield's Thanksgiving

There are, of course, many more  on the list.  So please comment with your favorite Thanksgiving shows, movies or scenes.  Enjoy the clips below and have a great Thanksgiving.  Be safe and eat a lot.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Classic Sci-fi Drama

If you enjoy Science Fiction at all, then you know that Close Encounters Of The Third Kind is a must see classic.  When I saw the full movie on YouTube, I just felt I needed to post this classic.

Story:   Roy Neary sets out to investigate a power outage when his truck stalls and he is bathed in light from above. After this, strange visions and five musical notes keep running through his mind. Will he find the meaning of the visions, and who - or what - placed them in his mind?

Written and Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Richard Dreyfuss and Teri Garr as Roy and Ronnie Neary

The movie is actually quite visually impressive for being made in 1977.  The gripping sound effects earned the movie a special achievement Oscar.

Even though this is a loved classic, there were a lot flaws in the movie.  While you are watching, see if you can pick some out.  Please leave a comment, if you find one.

Now go get a drink and some popcorn and enjoy. 

Friday, October 28, 2011


{EAV_BLOG_VER:81d948498b246c79}I have been watching a lot of older horror movies on AMC's Fear Fest. Today I saw Dead Silence, which is based on the story and poem of Mary Shaw. In the movie the poem goes, "Beware the stare of Mary Shaw. She had no children only dolls. And if you see her in your dreams, do not ever, ever scream."

During one of the big scenes in the movie, in the room with all 101 dolls, you can see Jigsaw's doll from the Saw films sitting on the floor, and Edgar Bergen's doll Charlie McCarthy on one of the shelves. The doll that Detective Lipton (played by Donnie Wahlberg) throws over his shoulder in this scene is a replica of ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson's doll, Danny O'Day.

So after seeing this movie, I started thinking of other horror movies starring scary dolls. The following is a top five list off the top of my head and in no particular order.

Dead Silence 
Mary Shaw Dolls

The face of the Jigsaw killer, tricycle-riding Billy, the white-faced ventriloquist dummy

Childs' Play 
Chucky, the doll with the soul of a serial killer

Live Evil Dolls created by the puppetmaster that go on a bloodthirsty rampage

the Creepy Clown that drags the boy under the bed. That part still scares me and no clown dolls for me after that.

Check out some frightening doll pictures to get you in the Halloween movie mood.

Do you have any other favorites?   Leave a comment with your scary doll list.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Big Hit or Big Flop

This week at the box office I was surprised by some of the numbers.  Footloose was highly anticipated, but not without some controversy.  Even with all the remake haters and such it has done over 16 million.  Though Footloose was not #1, it was not a bomb like some might have wished.  I am just going to have to see it now to make my own opinion.  I have been kind of in the middle about the whole remake and no Kevin Bacon debates.  So, I'll let you know if I thought it was the good, bad, or ugly.

The popular Dolphin Tale and Moneyball are still bringing in some nice cash at #5 and #6.  Last, but not least, is The Lion King at #10.  All ages can enjoy this Disney hit, so it's still hanging in there. 
Even though not on this list, The Smurfs' box office numbers were a surprise to me.  The Smurfs crossed $400 million overseas to up its global take to $542 million, or, slightly more than Empire Strikes Back.   Come on really, The Smurfs???

Here is the latest list. 
  1.     Real Steel, $16.3 million
  2.     Footloose, $16.1 million
  3.     The Thing, $8.7 million
  4.     The Ides of March, $7.5 million
  5.     Dolphin Tale, $6.3 million
  6.     Moneyball, $5.5 million
  7.     50/50, $4.3 million
  8.     Courageous, $3.4 million
  9.     The Big Year, $3.3 million
  10.     The Lion King, $2.7 million
So, what do you think?  Have you seen any of these top 10 movies? 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Top Horror Movie Villains

I have seen several lists of top horror movie villains in the past week. There were a few standards that appeared on most lists and some I dd not see at all. So, I made my own list and this is in no particular order. I could not begin to try to rank them.
  • JIGSAW - Saw
  • PINHEAD - Hellraiser
  • FREDDY KRUGER - Nightmare On Elm Street 
  • NORMAN BATES - Psycho 
  • SAMARA - The Ring 
  • JASON VOORHEES - Friday The 13th 
  • MICHAEL MYERS - Halloween 
  • JACK TORRENCE - The Shining 
  • THE FIREFLY FAMILY - House Of 1000 Corpses 
  • ANNIE WILKES - Misery 
  • LEATHERFACE - Texas Chainsaw Massacre 
  • DAMIEN - The Omen  

Watch this video for another list.
What do you think? Who really scares you? Leave a comment with your favorite horror villains.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Movie Trailer: The Avengers

Movie Trailer: The Avengers, with Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans | Redblog

The Avengers is looking pretty good with this star studded cast. I enjoyed Robert Downey Jr. in Ironman and with the rest of this great cast, it should do well.
Are you looking forward to seeing this one?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Frank Tells Some Secrets

Well, If you read the previous post, you know that I am a fan of American Pickers. I just love Frank, Mike and the amazing Danny D. Here is a backstage interview with Frank from Extra. Happy Picking!!!! video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Antique and collectibles are the trending shows.

There are more than 20 antiques-related reality shows that are on television or coming soon. Here is the list (all times Eastern; check your local listings to confirm airtimes). Some of the shows may be on hiatus or canceled. Most popular, according to the ratings: "Antiques Roadshow" and "Pawn Stars."
 ABC  The Great Big American Auction, in production
 A & E  Storage Wars, Wednesdays 10 p.m.
 BBC  Antiques Roadshow UK, day varies, 11 p.m. (reruns)
 Discovery  American Treasures, Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
   Auction Kings, Tuesdays 10 p.m.
   Oddities, Thursdays 10:30 p.m.
 Fox  Buried Treasure, Wednesdays 8 p.m.
 HGTV  Cash & Cari, Sundays 7:30 p.m.
   Cash in the Attic, Wednesdays 8 p.m.
 History  American Pickers, Mondays 9 p.m.
   American Restoration, Fridays 10 p.m.
   Pawn Stars, Mondays 10 p.m.
 Lifetime  Picker Sisters, Tuesdays 10 p.m.
 National Geographic  Auction Packed, Tuesdays 8 p.m.
 NBC  It's Worth What?! Tuesdays 8 p.m.
 PBS  Antiques Roadshow, Mondays 8 p.m. (check local listings)
   History Detectives, Tuesdays 8 p.m. (check local listings)
 Spike  Auction Hunters, Tuesdays 10 p.m.
 Syfy  Hollywood Treasure, Wednesdays 10 p.m.
 Auctioneer$, Saturdays 10 p.m.
   My Collection Obsession, in production
 Tru TV  Hardcore Pawn, Tuesdays 9 p.m.
 Network TBD  Antique Warriors, in production 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Let Me In

LET ME IN -  ***** - 3 stars

I recently watched LET ME IN.  I didn’t know too much about it, but I thought it was a horror film.  I would not put it in the horror category really because it was not at all scary.  I did like the story of the two main character, Abby and Owen.  Owen is a 12 year old boy that doesn’t have any friends and gets continuously hassled by the 3 typical bully boys at his school.  You feel for Owen’s character and what he goes through.
Then he meets Abby on the snow covered playground by their apartment.  They start meeting every night and become friends.  Though Abby initially seems like a regular 12 year old girl, she is anything but.  Abby is a vampire who needs blood to live.  She lives with a man assumed to be her father.  He must go out and kill for her to bring her blood and he is getting careless and does not want to continue to do such things.
Owen does find out she is a vampire and you explore their unique friendship and how they deal with things getting a little out of control.
Even though it was not scary or action packed, I still enjoyed the movie and the overall story.
Click play and enjoy a clip from Let Me In. 

If you've seen Let Me In, please leave a comment.