9.30.2020

THE CYRKLE TO RELEASE NEW GREATEST HITS RECORDINGS

THE CYRKLE Opened for The Beatles at Shea Stadium and Candlestick Park!

Studio City, CA – Lightyear Entertainment announces a new agreement with The Cyrkle to release new 2020 recordings of their huge pop hits of the 1960’s.

The Cyrkle opened for The Beatles at Shea Stadium and Candlestick Park in 1966, and were managed by Brian Epstein and Nat Weiss. They were originally called The Rhondells, but John Lennon suggested that they change their name to The Cyrkle, and they took his advice.

Their biggest hit, Red Rubber Ball, was written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley, and rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Lightyear will release the 2020 recording of Red Rubber Ball on October 2, 2020.

The band’s other huge hit was Turn Down Day, written by Jerry Keller and David Blume, which rose to #16 on the Hot 100. This has also been newly recorded and will be released through Lightyear in November.

The Cyrkle were offered another Paul Simon song but regretfully turned it down back in the day. But they have finally recorded The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) now, for the first time, and Lightyear will release it in January, 2021.

The recordings feature original members Don Dannemann and Mike Losekamp, joined by Pat McLoughlin, Mike Shoaf, Don White and Scott Langley.

Lightyear has quietly amassed a collection of big hit re-recordings by the original artists during the past few years, all released through the company’s longstanding distribution deal with Caroline/Universal Music Group. They include Jay Siegel’s Tokens (The Lion Sleeps Tonight), The Searchers (Needles and Pins), Irene Cara (Flashdance…What a Feeling), Rick Derringer (Rock & Roll Hootchie Koo), The McCoys (Hang On Sloopy), Jay & the Techniques (Apple, Peaches Pumpkin Pie), Herman’s Hermits (I’m Into Something Good), the Shadows of Knight (Gloria), the Rip Chords (Hey Little Cobra), Frank Stallone (Far From Over), and the Beau Brummels (Laugh Laugh).

FULL HUNTERS MOON OCTOBER 1 2020


The exact time of the next full moon is: Thursday * 1 October 2020 * 5:05:15 pm (EDT)
Moon sign: Aries 09° 08'

September's Harvest moon received its name because farmers depended on the full moon to harvest crops. October's Hunter's Moon was given its name because it was at this time when tribes gathered meat for the long winter ahead.

Here you find this time converted into different timezones for other cities:
WELLINGTON = Friday * 2 October 2020 * 10:05:15 am (NZDT)
SYDNEY = Friday * 2 October 2020 * 7:05:15 am (AEST)
TOKYO = Friday * 2 October 2020 * 6:05:15 am (JST)
BEIJING = Friday * 2 October 2020 * 5:05:15 am (CST)
BANGKOK = Friday * 2 October 2020 * 4:05:15 am (ICT)
DELHI = Friday * 2 October 2020 * 2:35:15 am (IST)
DUBAI = Friday * 2 October 2020 * 1:05:15 am (GST)
MOSCOW = Friday * 2 October 2020 * 12:05:15 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Thursday * 1 October 2020 * 11:05:15 pm (CEST)
LAGOS = Thursday * 1 October 2020 * 10:05:15 pm (WAT)
LONDON = Thursday * 1 October 2020 * 10:05:15 pm (BST)
RIO = Thursday * 1 October 2020 * 6:05:15 pm (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Thursday * 1 October 2020 * 6:05:15 pm (CLST)
NEW YORK = Thursday * 1 October 2020 * 5:05:15 pm (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Thursday * 1 October 2020 * 4:05:15 pm (CDT)
CALGARY = Thursday * 1 October 2020 * 3:05:15 pm (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Thursday * 1 October 2020 * 2:05:15 pm (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Thursday * 1 October 2020 * 1:05:15 pm (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Thursday * 1 October 2020 * 11:05:15 am (HAST)

9.29.2020

KIMMER'S TOP 5 TV SERIES FOR ESCAPING THE PANDEMIC!


During this hideous COVID 19 Pandemic the best thing for me is having all the time in the world to stream all my favorite tv series over and over! So in no particular order, here are my top 5. I seem to be escaping into Britain. They take me away...

THE CROWN ( Netflix)

The Crown is a historical drama web television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, created and principally written by Peter Morgan, and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. It grew out of Morgan's film The Queen (2006) and his stage play The Audience (2013), and is credited as based on the latter. The first season covers the period from Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's marriage in 1947 to the disintegration of her sister Princess Margaret's engagement to Group Captain Peter Townsend in 1955. 

The second season covers the period from the Suez Crisis in 1956 to the retirement of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1963 and the birth of Prince Edward in 1964. The third season spans the period between 1964 and 1977, including Harold Wilson's two periods as prime minister, and introduces Camilla Shand. The fourth will include Margaret Thatcher's premiership and introduce Lady Diana Spencer. Watch on Netflix 

BREAKING BAD (Netflix)

Breaking Bad is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show aired on AMC from January 20, 2008, to September 29, 2013, consisting of five seasons for a total of 62 episodes. 

It was set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and tells the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), an underpaid and dispirited high school chemistry teacher who is struggling with a recent diagnosis of stage-three lung cancer. White turns to a life of crime, partnering with his former student.


THE SOPRANOS (HBO)

The Sopranos revolves around fictional New Jersey-based, Italian American mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). The series portrays the difficulties that he faces as he tries to balance his home life and his criminal organization. 

These are often highlighted during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). The series features Tony's family members, mafia colleagues, and rivals in prominent roles and story arcs, most notably his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and protégé Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli).

DOWNTON ABBEY (Amazon Prime/PBS)

Downton Abbey is a British historical drama television series set in the early 20th century, created and co-written by Julian Fellowes. 

The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1926, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era—with the great events of the time having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of the First World War, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second series; the Irish War of Independence leading to the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series; the Teapot Dome scandal in the fourth series; the British general election of 1923 and the Beer Hall Putsch in the fifth series. The sixth and final series introduces the rise of the working class during the interwar period and hints at the eventual decline of the British aristocracy.

The Forsyte Saga(Amazon Prime/PBS)

First published under that title in 1922, is a series of three novels and two interludes published between 1906 and 1921 by Nobel Prize–winning English author John Galsworthy. They chronicle the vicissitudes of the leading members of a large, upper-middle-class English family, similar to Galsworthy's family.[1] Only a few generations removed from their farmer ancestors, the family members are keenly aware of their status as "new money". The main character, Soames Forsyte, sees himself as a "man of property" by virtue of his ability to accumulate material possessions – but this does not succeed in bringing him pleasure.

ANN RULE, TED BUNDY, AND THE CAPTURE OF THE GREE RIVER KILLER

Ted Bundy was not looking forward to sitting in the Florida electric chair. As the execution time grew near, Ted tried confessing to his murders and dangling burial information to his jailers in exchange for extending his life on Death Row. The Florida Governor denied his offer to "confess" and the execution date remained unchanged.

However, fans of the Netflix show Mindhunter (great show!) know the story of the invention of the FBI Profiling Unit. FBI agents traveled to various prisons to interview various serial killers to learn about serial killers and their motives and characteristics. 


When authorities in Washington State were at a loss trying to find the "The Green River Killer" they approached Bundy for his take on what this killer might be like. Ted called him "The River Man". Read more about the story here.
 
Washinton Police with Green River Killer Gary Ridgway

How Ted Bundy Helped Catch the Green River Killer After being given death sentences in 1979 and 1980, Ted Bundy was on death row when murders started happening in Washington state in 1982. Investigators were stumped by the slayings around south King County, as young women kept disappearing and with their bodies turning up along the Green River. Ted Bundy is known as one of the most notorious serial killers in American history, 

having admitted to killing 36 women, but possibly having as many as 100 victims during his murdering spree in the 1970s. After being given death sentences in 1979 and 1980, Bundy was on death row when murders started happening in Washington state in 1982. 

 Investigators were stumped by the slayings around south King County, as young women kept disappearing and with their bodies turning up along the Green River. The murderer on the loose became known as the Green River Killer, but officials couldn’t track down his whereabouts — until they were offered assistance from none other than Bundy, who gave them insight into the mentality of a serial killer. Eventually, with Bundy's help, Gary Ridgway was caught and admitted to his 49th murder on February 18, 2011, with actual estimates being closer to 80 victims. 

Crime Writer Ann Rule

In the late 1980s, my assistant Marjie, /told me about her cousin True Crime author Ann Rule. I became addicted to reading Ann's many books. 

Then, when email became the big thing in the late 1990s I struck up an email friendship with Ms. Rule. She had worked with Ted Bundy at the Suicide Hotline then helped get him arrested and spoke with him when he was in prison. Ann wrote the first book on Ted Bundy, "The Stranger Beside Me". Great book! Then she spent 20 years patiently waiting for the Green River Killer to captured. Those two cases we chatted online about for years.  Ann Rule was instrumental in both of these cases and someone needs to make a film about her life! Heads up ID Network and Netflix!
 

9.27.2020

ANNOUNCING THE BEATLES: GET BACK 2ND OFFICIAL BEATLES BOOK

Announcing THE BEATLES: GET BACK The Beatles’ First Official Book Since Bestselling The Beatles Anthology Global August 31, 2021

Publication by Callaway & Apple Corps to Coincide with the Release of Peter Jackson’s "THE BEATLES: GET BACK" Feature Documentary Film This Definitive Volume Presents Exclusive, In-Their-Own-Words Account of The Beatles’ Let It Be Recording Sessions, Illustrated with Hundreds of Previously Unpublished Images, Including Photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney Beautifully designed and produced, this 240-page hardcover tells the story of The Beatles’ creation of their 1970 album, Let It Be, in their own words. 


Presenting transcribed conversations drawn from over 120 recorded hours of the band’s studio sessions with hundreds of previously unpublished images, including photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney, THE BEATLES: GET BACK also includes a foreword written by Peter Jackson and an introduction by Hanif Kureishi. 

The book’s texts are edited by John Harris from original conversations between John, Paul, George and Ringo spanning three weeks of recording, culminating in The Beatles’ historic final rooftop concert. 


THE BEATLES: GET BACK will be a special and essential companion to director Peter Jackson’s “THE BEATLES: GET BACK” feature documentary film, set for theatrical release on August 27, 2021.

CONTENTS 
Act One: Twickenham Film Studios Act Two: Apple Studios Act Three: The Rooftop Afterword: What Happened Next ISBN: 978-0-935112-96-2 Size: 11 7/8 x 10 inches (302 x 254mm), Portrait 240 pages 200+ Photographs

9.26.2020

JOIN MY NEW RETROKIMMER FACEBOOK GROUP!

Hey gang if you like my posts from Retrokimmer and Detroit Rock n Roll Magazine.. Join my new FB consolidated Retrokimmer group. Just fun, no politics I promise!  

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NEW! MAKING OF THE GODFATHER MINI-SERIES IS COMING IN 2021!

 A series about the making of The Godfather is in the works! 

Great news for us Corleone fans!! A new 10 part series is coming next year and we can't wait!

ViacomCBS’s new streaming service Paramount+ has announced the new series The Offer, which is based on Oscar-winning producer Al Ruddy’s experience while making the hit movie, Deadline reports. Al worked closely with director Francis Ford Coppola along with Bob Evans and Mario Puzo on making the 1972 movie. 


The 10-part series, produced by Paramount Television Studios, is written and exec produced by Michael Tolkin. Al will also serve as executive producer on The Offer. The Godfather won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor for Marlon Brando, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Puzo and Coppola. Paramount+ is set to launch in 2021. READ MORE

9.10.2020

SLEEPSK8 RELEASE DEBUT FULL LENGTH LP


Bedroom Pop Rising Star SLEEPSK8 Release Debut Full-Length Album!

Los Angeles, CA - San Gabriel, CA artist Sleepsk8 has just dropped his first ever full-length album, a warm and memorable slice of guitar-focused bedroom pop filled with melodic hooks and exquisite vocals drenched in luscious reverb. Dubbed A Paralyzing Fear Of Trying, the album is the culmination of 3 years’ worth of work that began on Soundcloud (under his previous moniker TM36) and has resulted in his tracks already amassing one million streams! Now, the singer/songwriter is set to take the next step in his career, partnering with the much venerated indie giant Cleopatra Records, who has released A Paralyzing Fear Of Trying worldwide to all digital platforms.

"My taste in music has always been chaotically juxtaposed and I think it's reflected in the album. Some songs are melodic and sweet while others are distorted and dramatic. Cleopatra has been great because they're really all about the music. They don't want to confine me to a specific sound, so I get to share my unfiltered range with this project." - Sleepsk8


Stream the album here: https://orcd.co/sleepsk8_album

For more information:
https://instagram.com/sleepsk8?igshid=xvvelvsvglyp
https://soundcloud.com/sleepsk8?ref=clipboard
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0pHD9rcAGnPX05lPCc1lRz?si=BLfphSzaTZSYMHu01J5f6w

9.08.2020

ISRAELPROGRESSIVE WIZRDS SCARDUST HAVE RELEASED A NEW MUSIC VIDEO


Israeli progressive wizards SCARDUST have released a music video for 'Tantibus II' , the track is taken from their new album 'Strangers', which will be released on October 30th, 2020 via M-Theory Audio. The YouTube video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/C7uOQPjjiqM


Tantibus is a word with Latin roots, meaning “Nightmare” . Some say it is an evil spirit that puts the sleeper into a state of Paralysis. It has the monstrous character of a nightmare and produces a feeling of anxiety or terror.

Tantibus II continues the story of the song Tantibus (the first ever single and video the band officially released, back in 2015) in which the protagonist is stuck within a Sleep Paralysis and is looking for a way out.


In Tantibus II the protagonist becomes addicted to this feeling, describing it as “taming her demon”, disconnecting from reality into her own mind in which she can now feel safe.

The EXIT sign represents the way out of the nightmare, as seen in Tantibus when the protagonist chases it without ever reaching it. Tantibus II’s opening shot is an EXIT sign broken into pieces at the feet of the protagonist who is holding a hammer. This is when she decided to destroy her way out and sink into her nightmare.

Soon we will find out that in reality there is someone who cares about our protagonist, and they will get to show their side of this story in the very next song to be released. Can you guess what it’s called? Check our YouTube channel on Tuesday, September 15th to see if you’re right.

Vocalist Noa Gruman explains, “Strangers deals with the concept of being estranged. Written from multiple perspectives, it explores the ways in which people can be estranged from one another, from themselves, from society, from their loved ones and even from their own subconscious. After the overture, which introduces musical themes, the album separates into two parts. Every song from the second part is a mirror image of a parallel song in the first. Each pair of songs tells the story of a pair of strangers. They can be played together as a standalone piece, as individual songs or as part of the album, whatever the listener’s heart desires.”


Track List:

01. Overture for the Estranged
02. Break The Ice
03. Tantibus II
04. Stranger
05. Concrete Cages (feat. Patty Gurdy)
06. Over
07. Under
08. Huts
09. Gone
10. Addicted
11. Mist

The album was mixed by Yonatan Kossov and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Arch Enemy).

The album can be pre-ordered here: https://smarturl.com/scardust2020

SCARDUST is:

Noa Gruman – Vocals
Yanai Avnet – Bass
Yadin Moyal – Guitar
Itai Portugali – Keyboards
Yoav Weinberg – Drums

“Strangers” was written and composed jointly by singer and bandleader Noa Gruman and Orr Didi, who also collaborated with Gruman on “Sands of Time” – which was hailed by Prog Magazine as “extraordinary” – and Scardust’s debut EP “Shadow.”

The recording sessions for “Strangers” began in the winter of 2020. From there, the band was faced with the outbreak of COVID-19, which brutally destroyed their recording plans, ironically forcing them to continue the process in isolation, estranged from one another, in their individual home studios.

The album’s guest of honor is Patty Gurdy, a fantastic German folk musician and a dear friend of the band. The band’s relationship with Patty began two years ago after mutual admiration led to a guest appearance at a Berlin concert by the band. A friendship blossomed into a combined Scardust/Patty Gurdy UK tour in 2019 and now culminates in the track “Concrete Cages” on this album. Inspired by Patty’s unique playing, singing and character, this song was tailored by the band especially for her. They planned to record, perform a show and shoot a video together in Tel Aviv, but unfortunately, just days before Gurdy was due to travel, all flights between Germany and Israel were banned, forcing them to change their plans and adapt to the new reality. Eventually, Gurdy recorded in her home studio in Germany with support from Gruman via video chat from Israel, in tune with the times.

“Strangers” also continues SCARDUST’s tradition of featuring lush and expansive vocals by the Hellscore choir. Gruman founded Hellscore for the recordings of the band’s previous album, and they have returned to reprise their role on “Strangers.” Since forming, Hellscore have also recorded and performed with Amorphis, Therion, Ayreon, Orphaned Land and many more.

In addition, the album features the vocals of England’s prestigious Westbrook Hay Prep School Chamber Choir, who have performed at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall. Says Gruman, “Recording the Westbrook Hay Prep School Chamber Choir led by Chris Wagstaff was one of the highlights of the recording process for me, and delivered a magical moment on the album. I flew to the UK especially to conduct and record them with Tony Wilson. The choir, made up of about 40 kids between the ages of 8 and 11, had prepared with great diligence and dedication, and their wonderful voices add magic to the song ‘Huts,’ which speaks about the wish to return to a simpler way of life.”

Israel’s leading progressive metal group, SCARDUST has performed at such major festivals as Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK), Metaldays (Slovenia) and Midi (China). In addition, the band hosts the annual “Scarfest” event in their home country, where they’ve also appeared alongside the likes of Therion, Epica and Symphony X.

www.scardust.co
www.facebook.com/ScardustOfficial
www.instagram.com/scardust_official

FROM A SALARY POINT OF VIEW Is CompTIA Security+ Certification Worth It?


From a Salary Viewpoint: Is CompTIA Security+ Certification Worth It?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is expected that the information security field will grow by about 28% from 2016 to 2026. What does this mean for the security specialists? There will be more opportunities in this industry for both the professionals and beginners. Without a doubt, security remains one of the fastest growing domains in the IT sector. This makes it one of the most attractive career paths for those individuals who want to take up the entry-level job roles and those who want to make a career change.

How Does CompTIA Security+ Certification Boost Your Career Potential?

Security+ is a popular credential offered by one of the largest IT trade associations in the world, CompTIA. The certification is intended for the individuals aspiring to start a career as the security specialists and having expertise in troubleshooting, managing, and configuring networks. The certificate validates their knowledge of main cybersecurity topics and equips them with the skills to carry out core security tasks. With this credential, you demonstrate that you can identify and proffer solutions to a variety of security issues. It also shows that you have a working knowledge of how to mitigate, manage, and detect security risks and threats. To earn CompTIA Security+, the students must pass the CompTIA SY0-501 exam.

What Is Salary Outlook for CompTIA Security+ Certified Professionals?

Security+ is a standard requirement for taking the security roles at the leading IT companies. The credential validates that you have the required knowledge and skills to perform in the entry-level and junior security roles. These positions include junior IT auditors, penetration testers, and security/network administrators. The certification also qualifies the individuals for other titles such as security consultants and engineers.

Some factors contribute to what a security specialist earns. Job roles, industry, years of experience, and type of organization are some of the factors that determine the amount of your income. According to the BLS report, the average salary for a junior IT auditor is $83,769, while the bottom salary is $67,746 and the top one is $103,580. A security consultant can earn about $94,249 (min – $55,487 and max – $160,092).

CompTIA Security+ still fares great when compared to other cybersecurity certificates. This credential offers the average salary of $84,000 for the entry-level professionals. The fee for its prerequisite exam is $349. As for the CISSP and CISM certifications, which are the expert-level badges, the fee for both tests is $800 each, while the average salary for both are $110,000 and $106,000, respectively. Considering the fact that Security+ is an entry-level certificate, it’s worth every investment in time and money.

Conclusion

Do you think CompTIA Security+ is a great certificate for you? Then it’s time to start preparing for its associated . You’ll find endless study materials online that can be very helpful for your preparation. Check out exam dumps to help you ace your test at the first attempt. With a variety of training options, you will enhance your chances of passing CompTIA SY0-501 and open up new career avenues in the security area.

8.31.2020

FULL CORN MOON SEPTEMBER 2 2020


The Full Moon for September 2020 is the Full Corn Moon! (This year, the Harvest Moon will be in October instead.) Learn how the Corn Moon got its name—plus, see Moon phase dates, Best Days by the Moon, folklore, and more!

WHEN TO SEE THE FULL MOON IN SEPTEMBER 2020

This year, start looking for September’s Full Corn Moon just after sunset on Tuesday, September 1, as it rises high and reaches its peak illumination at 1:23 A.M. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 2.

NO HARVEST MOON THIS YEAR

The full Moon that happens nearest to the autumnal equinox (September 22 or 23) always takes on the name “Harvest Moon” instead of a traditional name—a rule that often places the Harvest Moon in the month of September. However, when September’s full Moon occurs early in the month, the full Moon of early October lands nearest to the autumnal equinox and therefore takes on the Harvest Moon title instead.

That’s the case in 2020, when October will experience two full Moons: one on October 1 (the Harvest Moon) and the other on the 31st (the Hunter’s Moon and a Blue Moon, too)! Learn more about the Harvest Moon. Read More

The exact time of the next full moon is:
Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 1:22:04 am (EDT)
Moon sign: Pisces 10° 12'

Here you find this time converted into different timezones for other cities:
WELLINGTON = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 5:22:04 pm (NZST)
SYDNEY = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 3:22:04 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 2:22:04 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 1:22:04 pm (CST)
BANGKOK = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 12:22:04 pm (ICT)
DELHI = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 10:52:04 am (IST)
DUBAI = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 9:22:04 am (GST)
MOSCOW = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 8:22:04 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 7:22:04 am (CEST)
LAGOS = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 6:22:04 am (WAT)
LONDON = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 6:22:04 am (BST)
RIO = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 2:22:04 am (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 1:22:04 am (CLT)
NEW YORK = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 1:22:04 am (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Wednesday * 2 September 2020 * 12:22:04 am (CDT)
CALGARY = Tuesday * 1 September 2020 * 11:22:04 pm (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Tuesday * 1 September 2020 * 10:22:04 pm (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Tuesday * 1 September 2020 * 9:22:04 pm (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Tuesday * 1 September 2020 * 7:22:04 pm (HAST)

8.27.2020

THE FORSYTE SAGA 2002 MINI-SERIES


My latest TV obsession during the Lockdown of 2020 is The Forsyte Saga on Amazon Prime/PBS. The acting is superb, the writing is really tight and true to the classic books by John Galsworthy. Not your usual dry British period series. Gripping drama along with humor and touching interactions with its characters. It's so much better in my opinion than Downton Abbey as the plotlines are much more realistic.


The Forsyte Saga is a 1967 BBC television adaptation of John Galsworthy's series of The Forsyte Saga novels, and its sequel trilogy A Modern Comedy. The series follows the fortunes of the upper-middle-class Forsyte family and stars Eric Porter as Soames, Kenneth More as Young Jolyon, and Nyree Dawn Porter as Irene. Original release‎: ‎7 January –; 1 July 1967


Then in 2002, a new version was filmed. The makers of the 2002 version of The Forsyte Saga felt that any new production would be compared with the 1967 version, which set the standards for period drama for the next 25 years.


The idea came initially from David Liddiment, ITV's director of channels, who seized on the Forsyte novels not only as a great achievement in English literature but also for their iconic status in British television.

Granada was thinking big from the outset of the project - this was clearly something that couldn't be dashed off as a two-parter. The initial plan was for two series, the first an adaptation of The Forsyte Saga and the second continuing with A Modern Comedy.



Sita Williams (fabulous!) attached herself to the project in late 1999 and by the start of 2000 was talking to writers and working on the adaptations. Casting began in 2001, first casting the leading roles of Soames, Irene, and Bosinney (Williams had seen Damian Lewis as Captain Winters in Band of Brothers). All of the casting choices are rock solid. The Full Cast is Here. Read the Episode Guide Here

WILLIAM SHATNER TEAMS UP WITH GUITAR LEGEND RICHIE BLACKMORE!


Los Angeles, CA – Hot on the heels of the superb joint effort from William Shatner and Canned Heat comes to a brand-new alliance that is sure to have music fans cheering. Former Rainbow and Deep Purple axeman and one of the most revered guitarists of the classic rock era, Ritchie Blackmore, joins Mr. Shatner for a deeply felt, heart-rending take on the blues classic “The Thrill Is Gone.”

The song, perhaps best known by the smash-hit version that B.B. King recorded in 1970, was actually written the same year that the young Mr. Shatner made his film debut in 1951. Since then it has been interpreted numerous times, but King’s version was the first to unite the soul-piercing lyrics with absolutely awe-inspiring guitar licks to create the definitive version of the song, and no doubt inspired the Shatner/Blackmore version.

As a special treat, Blackmore’s wife and longtime collaborator in Blackmore’s Night, Candice Night, contributes background vocals to add even more pathos to this inspired track.

Mr. Shatner had this to say about the song, “'The Thrill is Gone' is the title of the song, but the thrill is there with Ritchie Blackmore and his great guitar!”


Blackmore and Night return the praise saying, “We would like to express our gratitude for being able to appear on the recording with William Shatner. It is always an honor to work with him. He is a man of many legendary performances.”

Stream the single: https://orcd.co/william_shatner_ritchie_blackmore

“Thrill” is a highlight of Mr. Shatner’s fantastic new album, The Blues, which is now available for pre-order on CD, vinyl, and digital. The album will feature a constellation of blues, rock and country performers who work together with Mr. Shatner to bring the blues to life including Sonny Landreth, Brad Paisley, Pat Travers, Tyler Bryant and more! Look for the album to be released October 2 courtesy of Cleopatra Records.

Order the album: https://orcd.co/william_shatner_the_blues

Track List:
1. Sweet Home Chicago feat. Brad Paisley
2. I Can't Quit You Baby feat. Kirk Fletcher
3. Sunshine Of Your Love feat. Sonny Landreth
4. The Thrill Is Gone feat. Ritchie Blackmore
5. Mannish Boy feat. Ronnie Earl
6. Born Under A Bad Sign feat. Tyler Bryant
7. I Put A Spell On You feat. Pat Travers
8. Crossroads feat. James Burton
9. Smokestack Lightnin’ feat. Jeff “Skunk” Baxter
10. As The Years Go Passing By feat. Arthur Adams
11. Let's Work Together feat. Harvey Mandel & Canned Heat
12. Route 66 feat. Steve Cropper
13. In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company feat. Albert Lee
14. Secrets Or Sins

8.26.2020

BIGGEST DEAL OR NO DEAL WINS IN HISTORY


Deal or No Deal has been an increasingly popular game show since its launch in the 2000s, having been televised in 84 countries, with some of these versions still being broadcast today. As well as being an undeniably entertaining television show, with shocks and excitement to boot, Deal or No Deal also plays a hand in changing people’s lives with vast sums of money! The Deal or No Deal casino game has also granted a lot of wins and bonuses over the years, much to the delight of its players.

With this in mind, let’s take a look back at some of the greatest Deal or No Deal wins from around the world.

UK

The UK series of the show ran for 11 years, with only nine people winning the top £250,000 prize over 3,003 episodes!

In January 2007, Laura Pearce became the first-ever winner of the grand prize. At that crucial moment she was left with two boxes, with one holding £3000 and the other boasting £250,000 – the banker then offers Pearce a £45,000 deal to end the game and go home with a bit of extra money in her pocket. However, she doesn’t take it, much to her own luck, and opens up her box to reveal that big sum that we all crave!

A few years later, in September 2011, Tegan Roberts followed suit and walked away with the top prize. Roberts had the strongest culmination of box values ever seen after three rounds, with a whopping total of £560,250.60 still floating around in the game. And then, that inevitable call finally comes, and the banker offer Roberts a juicy £77,000. But, of course, she rejects it and proudly receives the top prize when her chosen box is opened.

Australia

The Australian version of the much-loved classic game show first appeared back in July 2003, running over 11 seasons and just over 10 years. In all this time, believe it or not, we only saw four winners of the dazzling $200,000 jackpot, one of which came from a celebrity version of the show, giving their winnings over to one lucky viewer at home!

The first ever winner was a man named Dean Cartechini during the early stages of the game in 2004, who rejected the banker’s very generous offer of $102,500, in favour of carrying on with his boxes. Eventually he unveiled that tasty grand prize, and got the news that if he’d ended up choosing the other remaining box then he would have been walking away with a measly $5 instead! Talk about lucky!

USA

America presented their own version of the show, debuting in December 2005, with comedian Howie Mandel guiding competitors through their luck-of-the-draw journey. Over 13 years of airing, the game only saw two big winners in 2008, mere months apart!

First came Jessica Robinson, who took home a staggering million-dollar cheque, after turning down the banker’s $561,000 offer. That’s right, in the American Deal or No Deal there is a mind-blowing $1,000,000 up for grabs! Next came a man called Tomorrow Rodriguez, who had his moment just nine episodes after Robinson. He went on to reject the banker’s offer of $677,000, whilst unknowingly running the risk of being given the $300 that sat in his other box. But, of course, it all worked out in Rodriguez’s favour, and he soon became a millionaire!
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