BOOKIES: Risk Is The Biggest Rush (MOVIE)

 

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“Pick up the phone, take the bet, and rake in the cold, hard cash! Toby )Nick Stahl), Jude (Johnny Galecki) and Casey (Lukas Haas) are making a fortune, and college history, with their new bookmaking scheme. But this isn’t a game for amateurs, and when the mob gets wind of it, they want their share. Now, these three college buddies are in over their heads…just when things were getting interesting. An official Selection of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, Bookies co-stars Rachel Leigh Cook in this film where the stakes are high and the winner takes all.”

KING OF NEW YORK starring CHRISTOPHER WALKEN

 

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“Where Scarface left off…King of New York begins.”

“Academy Award-winner Christopher Walken stars in this shattering action/adventure story of a city of the edge.

Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes and Giancarlo Esposito also star in director Abel Ferrara’s (Bad Lieutenant, A Dangerous Game) riveting and horrifyingly realistic story of one man who takes on a whole city.

Freed from prison, Frank White (Walken) challenges his fellow druglords in bloody battles for a piece of the action. In New York, crime gets done Frank’s way — or it doesn’t get done at all. Unable to keep him behind bars, the cops declare war on him — and Frank responds by putting out a contract on the cops.”

FINDING NEVERLAND Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman

 

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Award winners Johnny Depp, Kate WInslett, Dustin Hoffman and Julie Christie star in this magical tale about one of the world’s greatest storytellers and the people who inspired his masterwork, Peter Pan! Well-known playwright James M. Barrie (Depp) finds his career at a crossroads when his latest play flops and doubters question his future. Then by chance he meets a widow (Winslet) and her four adventurous boys. Together they form a friendship that ignites the imagination needed to produce Barrie’s greatest work! An enchanting big-screen treat with an acclaimed cast of stars, Finding Neverland has been hailed as one of the year’s best motion pictures!



BLACK HAWK DOWN (2002) Ridley Scott

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“In 1993, an elite group of American Rangers and Delta Force soldiers are sent to Somalia on a critical mission to capture a violent warlord whose corrupt regime has lead to the starvation of hundreds of thousands of Somalis. When the mission goes quickly and terribly wrong, the men find themselves outnumbered and literally fighting for their lives.”

“From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (GLADIATOR, HANNIBAL) and renowned producer Jerry Bruckheimer (PEARL HARBOR, ARMAGEDDON) comes a gripping true story about bravery, camaraderie, and the complex reality of war. BLACK HAWK DOWN stars an exceptional cast including Josh Hartnett (PEARL HARBOR), Eric Bana (CHOPPER), Ewan McGregor (MOULIN ROUGE!), Tom Sizemore (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN), William Fichtner (THE PERFECT STORM), Ewen Bremmer (SNATCH) and Sam SHepard (ALL THE PRETTY HORSES).”

SUNSHINE STATE by John Sayles

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“From acclaimed writer/director John Sayles (Lone Star, Passion Fish) comes an unforgettable portrait of a richly diverse Florida town threatened by real estate developers. Edie Falco, Angela Bassett and Timothy Hutton lead a remarkable ensemble cast.

A tidal wave of change is coming to Delrona Beach, Florida. Out-of-state developers have descended upon the sleepy coastal community with the promise of big bucks and bigger changes. Torn between honoring family obligations and the lure of quick cash, the locals greet the outsiders with with a wildly mixed reception. Mary (Falco, TV’s “The Sopranos“) is eager to sell the family business and start her life over. As caretaker to her father’s motel and restaurant, she’s grown resentful of missed opportunities, but finds a glimmer of hope in a tentative romance with a visiting landscape architect (Oscar winner Timothy Hutton). Desiree (Oscar nominee Angela Bassett) left town years ago to escape scandal and make a name for herself as an actree. Reluctantly returning home, she finds her strong-willed mother (Mary Alice) unwilling to let go of the past.

Co-starring Mary Steenburgen, James McDaniel, Jane Alexander and Ralph Waite, SUNSHINE STATE is a winning tribute to everyone who lives and works in a land of dreams realized and dreams deferred.”

BREAKING BAD

I watched the first 3 seasons on TV when they first aired…but then my schedule changed, I moved and went without cable TV for awhile, and quit watching after season three. However, I’ve just recently started watching again via Netflix. Still a great show…I’ve heard good things about the ending, so I’m looking forward to completing the series.

1981 movie RAGGEDY MAN Press Photo w/WILLIAM SANDERSON

Check out this old photo I found in between the pages of a book I bought at a yard sale. The photo shows William Sanderson and Tracey Walter from the 1981 film RAGGEDY MAN from Universal City Studios.

William Sanderson is best known by me for his roles in Deadwood, and the Bob Newhart Show where he played “Larry” along with his brothers “Darryl and Darryl.”

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Watching “CleanFix” — A documentary.

“In this documentary, filmmakers Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi explore the rise and fall of Cleanflicks, a movie rental company that edited offensive material out of Hollywood films to produce unauthorized “clean” versions for its customers.”

In my opinion, Hollywood SHOULD make edited versions of their movies on DVD. It would automatically open up a wider audience, and allow people to watch good movies with their kids, parents, and more.



RIP Eugene Polley: Inventor of the wireless TV remote dies at 96

By Rosa Golijan

If it weren’t for Eugene J. Polley, flipping TV channels would be an exhausting and tedious undertaking. Polley, after all, invented the world’s first wireless TV remote. He died of natural causes on Sunday, at the age of 96.

According to a press release put out by Zenith — the company with which Polley started his 47-year engineering career in 1935 — the innovator earned 18 U.S. patents for his inventions, which include the “Flash-matic” remote control. This device, introduced in 1955, “used a flashlight-like device to activate photo cells on the television set to change channels.”

Because the remote shined visible light, TVs could be confused by other light sources. In spite of its quirkiness, the Flash-matic was a revolution, and the reason Polley was bestowed with humorous titles ranging from “the founding father of the couch potato” to “the czar of zapping” to “the beach boy of channel surfing.”

The Flash-Matic was followed by the Space Command — a “next-generation wireless TV remote based on ultrasonic technology” — which was developed by the late Dr. Robert Adler, a fellow Zenith engineer who built upon Polley’s invention. Of course, by the time the 1980s came around, ultrasonic remotes had given way to infrared (or IR) remotes. The most recent ones use radio frequency, so you don’t have to point them directly at anything.

Wireless remote controls, which were a luxury in their early days, are now a standard accompaniment to any TV, set-top box, DVD player, DVR, stereo, and just about any other home entertainment device you might encounter. All because of the work tracing back to one Eugene J. Polley.

So pause for a moment the next time you sit on the couch, idly surfing channels on a TV that’s 8 feet away, and think of the brilliant engineer who made your exquisite laziness possible.

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Infinite Drunk Ron Swanson

Infinite Drunk Ron Swanson.

If you watch TV’s Parks and Recreation, you probably know that Ron Swanson is one of the greatest characters ever to appear on television. Here he is drunk, infinitely so. On my screen, he’s currently been drunk and dancing for 842 seconds. (It has a timer).

Medical student Sophie Clarke crowned winner of ‘Survivor: South Pacific’ – The Washington Post

LOS ANGELES — Sophie Clarke slayed the competition on “Survivor: South Pacific.”

The brainy 22-year-old medical student from Willsboro, N.Y., overcame 39-year-old “Survivor” veteran Benjamin “Coach” Wade of Susanville, Calif., and 26-year-old high school baseball coach Albert Destrade of Plantation, Fla., to win the CBS reality competition’s $1 million grand prize Sunday. Clarke earned six votes from the nine-person jury of former players.

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