1.18.2020

SCOTTY BOWERS AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD


I watched  Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood yesterday and loved it. Not because of the tawdry topic of how Scotty set up "dates" for gay celebrities back in the 1950s-80s. I just loved Scotty and his energy, attitude, and sense of humor. What an entrepreneur this man was!


Scotty wrote a book about his life after everyone he was about to "out" had passed away. His book is called Full Service


The documentary is Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is a 2017 American documentary film about the life of Scotty Bowers, who acted as an unpaid procurer of men in Hollywood from the 1940s to the 80s. It was produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was theatrically released on July 27, 2018


Scotty lived to age 96 and what a life he led..

BOSTON STRANGLER CONNECTED TO LAST VICTIM BY DNA


The first true crime book I became obsessed with was The Boston Strangler. Someone gave it to me when I was just 13 (1968) and living at Ft McClellan, Alabama with my family.

I was afraid to let an adult know I was reading this creepy story so I hid the book during the day and late at night I read it under the covers with a flashlight, as I didn't want my book confiscated. The story was terrifying and the Boston Strangler movie with Tony Curtis was pretty good though he was too good looking and not nearly as frightening. The book was much better.


The other day, I was doing some research online and ran into a story that was from 2013. Forensics had finally connected Desalvo to Mary Sullivan, the last victim that was killed in that series of murders. How did I miss that story back in 2013??

After 50 years they finally know he was a killer. It was rumored for years that Desalvo may not have been the Boston Strangler. They knew he was a rapist and now they know he was a murderer as well.



"The DNA test results provide a near certainty to what detectives working on the case knew all along, that Albert DeSalvo the suspect who confessed to sexually assaulting and strangling Mary Sullivan was likely her killer," Police Chief Davis said. "I am proud of the tenacity shown by all of the detectives and analysts working on the case. The ability to provide closure to a family after 50 years is a remarkable thing."

Read more here

1.14.2020

KILLER INSIDE: THE MIND OF AARON HERNANDEZ


Beginning Jan 15 on Netflix is a new True Crime series on the NFL player who was convicted of murder and later committed suicide in prison. what made him turn dark after landing such a lucrative contract with the New England Patriots? There are many questions waiting for answers in my mind.


Reportedly Hernandez blamed his mother for his issues but then most narcissistic disordered people are never to blame for their own actions.

Here is the official trailer from Netflix:


1.13.2020

BEST CRIME THRILLER MOVIES OF 2019


Not everyone can stand the anticipation of a good thriller movie. But some of us love the twists and turns in a thriller movie, and feed off of the anticipation and thrill vibes it gives off.

2019 was surely a good year when it comes to the quality of the thrill movies it produced, leaving the crime fiction fans breathless and anticipated until the last moment. That is what makes thrill movies so good, doesn't it?

Well, being over with that, we crept through 52 weeks of 2019 and scraped together some of the best thriller movies of 2019 for all of your crime-thriller fans. These are some of the best thriller movies that were released in the previous year and if you're done with playing online slot games at online casino and Casino Sister Site all day, you might as well wanna take a good look at these too!

Serenity

Serenity is a high concept thrill-based movie that came out in February 2019 and features actors including Matthew McConaughey (as Baker Dill), Anne Hathaway (as Karen), Djimon Hounsou (as Duke) and some more. The story of this movie revolves around the fishing captain Baker Dill, who works as a tour guide, taking people off to beautiful scenery and a tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. That is, until, his ex-wife approaches him, with a desperate call for help, asking him to get rid of her current husband in an attempt to save herself and her child, with a plan to feed him off to the sharks in the middle of the sea.

Baker, still in the process of forgetting a life he left behind, struggles back and forth between right and wrong, as he is sucked into a black hole of obsolete reality.


Joker - 2019

Joker is a dark and compelling story of a man's journey, venturing towards his self-destruction. Forever alone in the world, a failed comedian with a laughing condition, Arthur Fleck (Played by Joaquin Phoenix) experiences society in its most brutal form. Living in poor conditions and taking care of his mother, Arthur experiences rejection and disregard by the society, along with the spilling of various painful truths, which make him descend into total madness and transforms him into the criminal mastermind we call Joker.

This movie also shaped itself to be one of the most controversial movies of 2019, as it uncovers the obscure fault in our world, which is our society. A must watch thriller movie!


Crawl

Crawl, a thriller movie, came out in July 2019, with its story revolving around Haley (Kaya Scodelario) and her father Dave (Barry Pepper). When their hometown Florida is hit a massive hurricane, Haley ignores every evacuation order and goes the opposite way to find her father. She eventually does, finding him helpless in a crawl space. However, as the water levels rise, Haley and her father find a greater danger than the rising water level.


Knives Out

Knives Out is a fun, modern-concept based thriller movie where each and everyone is a suspect. The story starts with the death of a renowned novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) after his 85th Birthday. Shortly after, the assertive and inquisitive detective Benoit Blanc ( played by Daniel Craig) is enlisted to investigate the death of the novelist and find out the cause of his death. Observing this, Blanc webs himself through a series of red flags and lies, keeping the viewers of the movie Knives Out guessing until the end.


Cold Pursuit

Nothing better than an action thriller movie, infused with a pint of both humor and horror. Yes, the Cold Pursuit has all of that, and much much more. Released back in February 2019, it starts with a family man Nels (Played by Liam Neeson) and his quiet life with his wife (Laura Dern), with a painful start as a mysterious death of their son. Nels, although an upright citizen, takes justice into his hand and hunts for a drug lord, Viking, who he thinks is connected to his son's death, eliminating his assets one by one and eradicating anything - or anyone, that comes in his way.

1.10.2020

WILLOW TV SERIES: DIRECTOR RON HOWARD IN TALKS WITH DISNEY+

Warwick Davis

Good news today! I just read that Ron Howard is in serious talks to make the adventure/fantasy film Willow (one of my favorites) into a series! I would love that! 

BBCAmerica:  Earlier this week, it was announced that the forthcoming Willow TV series has gotten some momentum, with this Tweet from writer Jonathan Kasdan (Solo: A Star Wars Story). But, other than it is in pre-production, there wasn’t much else available, like the storyline or who’s to star.

Warwick Davis

Since then, Warwick Davis, who took on the title role of the 1988 fantasy movie Willow, has provided some details. Davis, who we recently saw in last year’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, is planning on returning for the series. If you need a refresher, here’s a look at the trailer for the original movie. Davis plays a reluctant hero, who finds himself on an adventure:



TheVerge: The original film follows an aspiring sorcerer named Willow Ufgood (played by Warwick Davis) who comes across an infant, Elora Danan. She was sent down a river to save her from a murderous sorceress, Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh), who is trying to prevent a prophecy from coming to pass.



Willow teams up with a warrior named Madmartigan (Val Kilmer) to save the child and overthrow the queen. George Lucas came up with the idea for the film prior to Star Wars, and following the release of Return of the Jedi, he spoke with Warwick Davis about playing the film’s titular character. Lucas recruited Howard to direct the film, and it went on to become a cult hit when it was released in 1988. Read More

ACE OF PENTACLES: HAPPINESS-PLEASURE-OPPORTUNITY


The Ace of Pentacles is the beginning of a path that can lead to wealth, fulfillment, happiness, pleasure, satisfaction and a feeling of great accomplishment. Think of wealth, financial security, cash flow, and money management.

You may find yourself on the receiving end of new opportunities, perhaps an offer of a new job or promotion, which will lead you to greater security.

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FARGO SEASON 4 STARRING CHRIS ROCK PREMIERES APRIL 19


One of my very favorite TV series is Fargo. Crime mixed with dark comedy is right up my alley. Also expect the unexpected in this series created, written, directed and produced by Noah Hawley.


Season 4. The fourth season stars Chris Rock, who plays the head of a crime syndicate made up of black migrants fleeing the Jim Crow South who have a contentious relationship with the Kansas City Italian mafia. It is set in 1950 Kansas City, Missouri.

The cast is led by Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, Jessie Buckley, Ben Whishaw, and Timothy Olyphant.

Fargo 4 is the first season to not take place primarily in Minnesota or the Dakotas. The season is scheduled to premiere on April 19, 2020.

Watch the new trailer here.



Kansas City serves as the crossroads and collisions of two migrations — Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities, both fighting for a piece of the American dream. read more

1.08.2020

THE DARKEST WINTER: THE CHILDREN OF THE SNOW


In 1976, the first of four children are abducted and murdered in the suburbs of Detroit. After more than 30 years the families of the four murdered children and Detroiters like J. Reuben Appelman are determined to find the Oakland County Child Killer.

This series of Michigan area unsolved cases is also known as the Oakland County Child Killings of 1976.

The investigation into these cold cases according to The Children of the Snow has never been closed. The original detectives who worked so hard had to retire and new ones have taken up the investigation. DNA which were "just letters in the alphabet" in 1976 is now playing a huge role in trying to find exactly who was responsible for these terrible crimes.

Closure for the families has been impossible and they still carry that immense heartache of this nightmare.

This case is so convoluted with many people possibly connected to these abductions. I watched the series twice to absorb the details. Check it out on Hulu


Children of the Snow
Documentary | TV Mini-Series (2019)

WHO KILLED JON BENET RAMSEY: 23 YEAR OLD COLD CASE


I spent some time this week catching up with recent developments in this terrible unsolved cold case from 1996. JonBenét Patricia Ramsey (August 6, 1990 – December 25, 1996) was an American child beauty queen who was killed at the age of 6 in her family's home in Boulder, Colorado. A lengthy handwritten ransom note was found in the house.

From the beginning, a lot of law enforcement and the public scrutinized the parents. Especially suspect was the way Patsy Ramsey displayed her child in the beauty pageant circuit. It was shocking and still, we have no closure on who was responsible for this poor child's demise.

The family was eventually cleared through DNA and there are 2 new shows that I watched/listened to that are quite interesting.

JonBenét's father, John Ramsey is actively participating in both series to help solve the 23-year-old mystery

One is a recent episode of ABC's 20/20 which I found on HULU. Or you can see it on YouTube:


Another is a Podcast series which is just audio. But this series is quite compelling..you can listen to it here:


1.06.2020

THE MAGICIAN: GREAT POTENTIAL AND OPPORTUNITY


The Magician is my favorite card:

This is a day when you can achieve whatever you want, provided you have the determination and self-belief to make it happen.

There is great potential for you here, either at work, with a financial prospect, or concerning a relationship. Harness that inner power and you will find the charm, wit and possibly sheer cheek to achieve the outcome you want.

If you lack self-confidence or are indecisive, you risk letting today's opportunities slip by.

Take care if you have any dealings today with a man who you feel unsure about. If you doubt his trustworthiness and sense a devious nature or hidden agenda, you may well be right! read more

#tarot #lotusfreetarot #themagician

1.05.2020

TIPS TO HIRING THE RIGHT VAN SERVICE


Transportation is always a pain. There’s something about having to organize people and means, and scheduling that rubs everyone the wrong way. But sometime down the line, you’re going to have to do it. Fortunately, nowadays there are a ton of options regarding transport.

Whether you’re traveling from some other place, or you’re a local just trying to enjoy the sights outside the city, your best bet is to hire a van. Honestly, when you think about it, there really isn’t a downside to hiring a van. If you got a family, they can all fit. If it’s just you and you’re traveling with camera equipment or instruments, it can all fit.

There are a few things to keep in mind when hiring a van service, though. Here are a few tips to make sure you have the best and most fruitful going experience doing so.

Hire Local

When it comes to hiring a van, always find the best local guys you can find. There are other services and rideshare options, sure. But do they really know the best way to get to point B? For instance, traveling from city to city in the UK can be quite troublesome for some people. If you’re headed Northeast from London towards Chelmsford, you’re better off get man with a van services in Chelmsford instead of from any other provider.

It seems like an obvious choice and a no-brainer at that. But with all these apps and services based on mobile devices, you can never be too sure that the man you’re getting to drive knows what he’s going. You might even find yourself with someone who is just as lost as anybody would be. You need someone that knows the area well enough to keep your mind at ease.

Customer Service

Good customer service goes a long way. In a market that as roughly the same prices for most services, it’s how the company treats its customers that makes all the difference. Having that rapport and ability to talk reduces your travel stress and keeps everyone on the same page. After that, it’s usually smooth sailing all the way.

The Right Van

A man with a van can seat anywhere from 6 to 13 people comfortably, depending on the size. When travelers are in a rush, they tend to overlook details in favor of assumptions. This can lead to some bumps in the road if you’ve got a big family or a party traveling. So be sure to know the specs of the van, the year, and the model. If anything, this offers peace of mind in terms of how comfortable you’ll be getting to your destination.


Hiring a van does have its quirks. Knowing them and getting ahead of them is the best thing you can do. So hire local, call ahead and establish rapport, and know how much you’re paying. Those are the basic tips one can take with them and easily remember on their next trip outside the city.

THE MAGICAL MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER: DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


Now here is a fun Detroit Symphony Orchestra musical event for the whole family! What a fun way to spend a Saturday night in January! I love the music of the Harry Potter movie series and the kids definitely love it, so you have a win-win going on in Detroit at Orchestra Hall. We will see you there!


Experience the magic of Harry Potter through the music that brought the movies to life! Orchestra Hall will fill with the sounds of Hogwarts and the wizarding world as the DSO performs iconic scores, from John Williams’s music for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone through all eight films in the beloved series.



Enrico Lopez-Yañez Conductor
Saturday, January 11 – 8:00pm
Orchestra Hall, Detroit MI
2 hours
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
313.576.5111
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Plus 2 hours prior to concerts





#harrypotter,#dso,#detroit

FULL WOLF MOON WITH LUNAR ECLIPSE JAN 10 2020


A penumbral lunar eclipse will take place on 10 January 2020. It will be the first of four penumbral lunar eclipses in 2020.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned, with Earth between the other two. A lunar eclipse can occur only on the night of a full moon.


The next full moon will be:
Friday * 10 January 2020 * 2:21:18 pm (EST)
Moon sign: Cancer 20° 00'

In other time zones:
WELLINGTON = Saturday * 11 Jan 2020 * 8:21:18 am (NZDT)
SYDNEY = Saturday * 11 January 2020 * 6:21:18 am (AEDT)
TOKYO = Saturday * 11 January 2020 * 4:21:18 am (JST)
BEIJING = Saturday * 11 January 2020 * 3:21:18 am (CST)
BANGKOK = Saturday * 11 January 2020 * 2:21:18 am (ICT)
DELHI = Saturday * 11 January 2020 * 12:51:18 am (IST)
DUBAI = Friday * 10 January 2020 * 11:21:18 pm (GST)
MOSCOW = Friday * 10 January 2020 * 10:21:18 pm (MSK)
BERLIN = Friday * 10 January 2020 * 8:21:18 pm (CET)
LAGOS = Friday * 10 January 2020 * 8:21:18 pm (WAT)
LONDON = Friday * 10 January 2020 * 7:21:18 pm (GMT)
RIO = Friday * 10 January 2020 * 4:21:18 pm (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Friday * 10 January 2020 * 4:21:18 pm (CLST)
NEW YORK = Friday * 10 January 2020 * 2:21:18 pm (EST)
MEXIKO CITY = Friday * 10 Jan 2020 * 1:21:18 pm (CST)
CALGARY = Friday * 10 January 2020 * 12:21:18 pm (MST)
LOS ANGELES = Friday * 10 Jan 2020 * 11:21:18 am (PST)
ANCHORAGE = Friday * 10 Jan 2020 * 10:21:18 am (AKST)
HONOLULU = Friday * 10 January 2020 * 9:21:18 am (HAST)

AQUARIUS JANUARY 2020 HOROSCOPE BY SUSAN MILLER


Heads up Aquarius! The new moon of January 24 will be in Aquarius, your birthday gift from a loving universe. This new moon will give you a sense of more control, and if you’ve been feeling out of sorts, the Sun’s earlier move into your sign, on January 20 until February 18, will bring your strength and optimism back in full force.

Aquarian ruler Uranus has been retrograde since August 11 and will go direct on January 10, coincidentally the date of the lunar eclipse.

From that point on, your projects and relationships will show good progress, and that better environment will last. Pay close attention to what happens in the days that circle January 10 for news to show you the direction life will take you in weeks ahead. Read More

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NEW JANE AUSTEN TV SERIES SANDITON PREMIERES JAN 12 ON PBS


Just in time for winter! A new series to fill the Downton Abbey void. I love Jane Austen and look forward to watching it!

Jane Austen was chronically ill with a mysterious disease in early 1817, when she turned her thoughts to a happier subject. She started work on a witty and delightful novel set in a seaside town. She never finished it.


Now, noted screenwriter Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Les Misérables, Primetime Emmy® winner for Little Dorrit) picks up Austen’s plot and takes it in a glorious and satisfying direction, on Sanditon.



MASTERPIECE’s bold and lavish adaptation of Jane Austen’s final work stars Rose Williams (Curfew) as Austen’s lively but levelheaded heroine, Charlotte Heywood; Theo James (Divergent) as the humorous, charming (and slightly wild!) Sidney Parker; Anne Reid (Years and Years) as the forthright grande dame of Sanditon, Lady Denham; Kris Marshall (Love Actually) as Sanditon’s compulsively enterprising promoter, Tom Parker; and Crystal Clarke (Ordeal by Innocence) as the mysterious West Indian heiress, Miss Lambe.

1.04.2020

THE STORY OF THE GRASS ROOTS


The band the Grass Roots had so many hits back in the 1960s-70s and yet I do not know one of their band members names! How is that possible? Were they a studio created band with the Wrecking Crew playing all of their music? Or were they a really good band on their own?

Today I delved into these questions.


The Grass Roots is an American rock band that charted frequently between 1966 and 1975.

The band was originally the creation of Lou Adler and songwriting duo P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri. In their career, they achieved two gold albums, one gold single and charted singles on the Billboard Hot 100 a total of 21 times.

Among their charting singles, they achieved Top 10 three times, Top 20 three times and Top 40 eight times. They have sold over 20 million records worldwide. But keeping their band lineup together was a challenge. Eventually, 3 different lineups all used the name Grassroots. No wonder I never knew any of the band guys.


The 3rd version of The Grassroots finally began making the hits we all know. Keeping up with the players coming and going is too long to share here. But..that answers my original question. Why don't I know any of their players? Read More about of their history here

They finally had their first Top 10 hit in the summer of 1967 with "Let's Live for Today". "Let's Live for Today" sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. With Rob Grill as lead singer, they recorded a third version of "Where Were You When I Needed You." The band continued in a similar hit-making vein for the next five years (1967–1972).


The great lead singer on those hits was Rob Grill 1943-2011

Here are my favorites of The Grassroots songs list

Bella Linda
I'd Wait A Million Years
Let's Live For Today
Midnight Confessions
The River Is Wide
Sooner or Later
Temptation Eyes
Two Divided By Love
Where Were You When I Needed You

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