1.16.2017

HUMANS SEASON 2: GET READY FOR THE PREMIERE FEB 13 ON AMC


Humans is one of the most well written and acted television series I have had the pleasure of streaming. Lots of my favorite British actors and also featuring American's superb actor William Hurt.

The series, written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good), is set in a parallel present and explores what happens when the lines between humans and machines are blurred. The eight-episode second season picks up several months after the events of Season 1, with Niska (Emily Berrington) still at large and in possession of the consciousness code. Her synth family, Mia (Gemma Chan), Leo (Colin Morgan of MERLIN), and Max (Ivanno Jeremiah), unaware of her location, are each trying to find their place in the world while Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) and Laura (Katherine Parkinson) attempt to mend their marriage.

As unconfirmed reports surface of Synths behaving inexplicably, the ripple effects of one simple yet seismic decision sees the past return dramatically and surprisingly to the door of the Hawkins house. Joe, Laura, and the entire family are faced with a difficult choice that will put the family under an intense spotlight. As an emerging form of intelligent life – the Synths – and an established one – humanity – fight for their places in the world, a thrilling multi-stranded narrative evolves which continues to ask: Who has the right to determine what it means to be alive?

HUMANS, which will return on Monday, Feb. 13th at 10/9c.

BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON 3 DEBUTS APRIL 10: GUS FRING RETURNS!

http://www.amc.com/shows/better-call-saul/extras/better-call-saul-season-3-first-look-photos#/1
GUS FRING RETURNS! 

The new season will continue to follow the twists and turns of Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill on his devolution toward Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman.

AMC announced today that the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul's third season will premiere on Monday, April 10 at 10 PM ET. This is a bit later than usual. BCS usually debuts in February.

http://www.amc.com/shows/better-call-saul/extras/better-call-saul-season-3-first-look-photos#/2
 Kim Wexler and Jimmy McGill


Also announced this weekend was Breaking Bad Bad Guy, Gustavo Fring will be appearing in Season 3 of Better Call Saul!. Things are going to heat up!

Watch the trailer HERE


1.15.2017

RINGLING BROTHERS IS ENDING IN MAY! GREAT NEWS FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS!


Really good news today for Circus animals... After many protests and activist campaigns, it was announced last night the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending. People attending these events are now educated about the horrible training and imprisonment these poor animals endure. We couldn't be happier about this development...Now if we could stop torturing sea animals!!!

Attendance is way down most likely due to the efforts of animal rights activists documentaries and media articles about how terrible the animals lives are in captivity.

Ringling Bros. circus to end 'Greatest Show on Earth' after 146 years

NEW DRAMA SERIES VICTORIA PREMIERES ON MASTERPIECE TONIGHT!


Major New Drama Stars Jenna Coleman as the Young Queen Victoria. Victoria, the highly anticipated new drama series about the epic life of Queen Victoria, will air on MASTERPIECE on PBS tonight 1/15/17 9pm ET!

The eight-hour drama follows Victoria (Jenna Coleman) from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at the age of 18 through her relationship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), her first prime minister and intimate friend, and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). 


The eight-hour drama follows Victoria (Jenna Coleman) from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at the age of 18 through her relationship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), her first prime minister and intimate friend, and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes).

 
Famous for her candor and spirit, she was the first woman who seemed to have it all: a passionate marriage, nine children and the job of being queen of the world’s most important nation. Her often tumultuous reign lasted for 63 years.

1.14.2017

37 YEARS AGO: JOHN GOTTI MURDERED TOMMY DESIMONE JAN 14 1979

Joe Pesci Ray Liotta Robert Deniro in Goodfellas

Thomas Anthony DeSimone, also known as Two-Gun Tommy or Tommy D, was a Sicilian-American gangster and associate of the Lucchese crime family in New York City. Right from the outset Tommy was very familiar with the Mafia world and was known for his violent temper.


Tommy DeVito was a character in the blockbuster 1990 Academy Award winning Martin Scorcese film GoodFellas. The role, played by veteran character actor Joe Pesci (Go Home and Get Your Shinebox!)

John Gotti killed him on this day in 1978 for The mobster — famously portrayed by Joe Pesci in “Goodfellas” — killed two made men, tried to rape the wife of his gangster pal Henry Hill and stupidly lifted his ski mask during 1978’s historic $6 million Lufthansa heist.


So John Gotti took care of it — personally. capo used a silencer-equipped Colt .38 to shoot DeSimone three times in the skull in January 1979 in the basement of an Italian restaurant on Arthur Avenue in The Bronx, says in the book, “The Lufthansa Heist,” written by Hill and journalist Daniel Simone.

It’s the first book where the details of Gotti’s role in the death of the 28-year-old psychopath have been revealed.



Tommy DeVito was based on real-life gangster Thomas 'Two-Gun Tommy' DeSimone, renowned for his violent temper. According to the real Henry Hill, Pesci's portrayal was “90 to 99 per cent accurate”, with two notable exceptions. Firstly, DeSimone was a big, burly enforcer, standing 6 ft 2in and weighing 210 lbs. He was terrifying. Joe Pesci is 5'4 and he was pretty scaring even at that height..Can't imagine that character being so big.




Hill heard the specifics surrounding DeSimone’s murder from Sal Polisi, a Gotti confidant he met in the Witness Protection Program. When Hill collaborated with author Nicholas Pileggi on “Wiseguy,” the 1986 book that was the basis of “Goodfellas,” he withheld the information on De­Simone’s slaying because he feared reprisals from Gotti, who by then had risen to become godfather of the Gambino crime family.


1.12.2017

NEW BOOK** FIREBALL: CAROLE LOMBARD &THE MYSTERY OF FLIGHT 3

 Clark Gable at the funeral and the Headlines after the crash 

On January 16, 1942, TWA Flight 3 struck Nevada's Mount Potosi at 200 miles an hour, killing Hollywood's brightest starlet, highest paid actress, and wife of 'King of Hollywood' Clark Gable -- Carole Lombard -- and 21 others, in a fireball seen in the moonless sky for fifty miles.


Three investigations by the Civil Aeronautics Board, U.S. Congress and FBI failed to find a definitive cause for the crash -- which has become of the most enduring mysteries of WWII-era America.

January 16, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the plane crash that shocked the nation -- and also sees the trade paperback release of Robert Matzen's book Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3, presenting the first-ever in-depth examination of the events that led to the fateful crash.


Fireball reveals:
  • Carole Lombard’s place in Hollywood history as a champion of women’s rights, wife of screen legend Clark Gable, and the highest-paid actress of her day
  • The unlikely love story between Carole Lombard and Clark Gable -- who were very much the 'Brangelina' of their day
  • Why three investigations (Civil Aeronautics Board, the United States Congress, and the FBI) failed to find a definitive cause for Flight 3's crash
  • The wreckage from the crash that still covers the inaccessible Nevada mountainside (which Matzen scaled to find thousands of pieces of the plane still there, including the engines and landing gear)
  • The heroic actions of ordinary people from Las Vegas, who, on January 16, 1942, suddenly found themselves involved in an extraordinary event
  • The love story between Carole Lombard and Clark Gable
  • 31 unpublished photos taken of Lombard the day before she died

About Robert Matzen:
Robert Matzen is the author of seven books, including the award-winning Errol & Olivia: Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood and the bestsellers Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3 and Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe.

Regularly interviewed by international press, including the New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, and BBC, Matzen’s previous print work includes many articles about classic films, and the Greenwood Press reference volume, Carole Lombard: A Bio-Bibliography. His work as a filmmaker earned national awards and his feature documentary about George Washington, When the Forest Ran Red, is a genre classic. He has also written and directed several films for NASA.

1.11.2017

MARVEL AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR TO STAR PETER DINKLAGE!

Peter Dinklage Getty Images

My favorite star of Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage, is up for a big part in the Marvel Movie Universe!

Marvel's Infinity War's stars have not officially been announced, but the film is expected to feature the largest cast of characters yet for an MCU pic, with heroes from Avengers films such as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) teaming with members of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange to fight Thanos (Josh Brolin), the villain who has been teased since 2012's Avengers and who appeared in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy.



PHANTOM OF THE OPERA PREMIERES TONIGHT AT THE DETROIT OPERA HOUSE!!


Detroit welcomes The Phantom Of The Opera to the Detroit Opera House for two weeks through January 22.

Broadway In Detroit is thrilled to welcome the Detroit premiere of the spectacular new production of The Phantom Of The Opera tonight for a limited two-week engagement (January 11-22) at the Detroit Opera House.



Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, The Phantom Of The Opera comes to Detroit as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is "bigger and better than ever before." This PHANTOM features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor.


The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like "Music of the Night," "All I Ask Of You," and "Masquerade" - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.

1.10.2017

NEW LIVE ACTION BEAUTY AND THE BEST FROM DISNEY MAR 17 2017!


Been waiting almost a year for the premiere of the Disney live action version of the class Beauty and the Beast! I loved the live versions of Pete's Dragon and Jungle Book. The acting and animal animations are so excellent! Beauty and the Beast is fabulous...


Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.

check out the new trailer here.







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