Christopher Columbus Day

 

The first celebration of Columbus Day took place in New York City on October 12, 1866. Since 1970, the holiday has been celebrated on the second Monday in October. San Francisco holds the nation’s oldest continuously existing celebration with their Italian-American community’s annual Columbus Day Parade, which was established in 1868.

Despite the negative publicity Christopher Columbus is getting these days, it was October 28th, 1492 that Christopher Columbus Discovered Cuba. Columbus had tried …

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Picture, in your mind, a beautiful ballroom.  Men in tuxedos and women in gowns.  An orchestra is playing beautiful music while the men and women dance the waltz and other folk dances.  There is a sumptuous buffet laid out with every kind of delicacy and delicious pastry that that the mind of a master chef can conjure.  People are dancing and eating and talking and laughing.  Suddenly the bell in the high tower begins to …

January 19, 1953 Little Ricky is Born

Lucille Ball Married Desi Arnaz on November 30, 1940.  Lucille and Desi were head over heels about each other almost from the first moment they met.  Their courtship was strained because of distance and their ultimate marriage was an elopement because the two could be in the same city at the same time.

Their marriage for several years faired little better.  Desi was a band leader that got an occasional movie part.  Lucille was an …

The How Of Pooh

Winnie the Pooh will turn 100 years old in 2025.  It was on Christmas Eve of 1925 that he made his first appearance in The London Evening News in a short story titled The Wrong Sort of Bees.  In 1926 a collection of short stories was published simply titled Winnie The Pooh and the legends began.

AA Milne the author of the Pooh stories nor his young son were quite ready for the fame and …

The Goldbergs Debuts on Television January 1949

There seems to be a debate as to when The Goldbergs made it’s television debut on   the NBC network.  The split is between January 10th and January 17th of 1949.  Whatever date the show actually debuted that was not the beginning of the story of The Goldbergs.  The Story of the Goldbergs starts at the turn of the 18th into the 19th century and is both joyful, exciting and tragic.

Gertrude …

The Why Of Pooh

At the turn of the 20th Century something strange took place in the world of literature.  A new page was turned, and a new genre born.  The world of Children’s literature came to light.  There had always been stories for children.  Mother Goose was fist published in 1780.  The Brothers Grimm let their Fairy Tales loose on the world in 1812.  The legends of Robin Hood and King Arthur though not essentially works for …

A Christmas Carol Tradition

A Christmas Carol may be the greatest piece of classic literature ever written, it can definitely be said that is the most popular ever written.  Very few people do not know the story, in fact even the name of the main character, Scrooge, has passed into our language as name to call someone who is mean and stingy.  But A Christmas Carol is much more than that.

A Christmas Carol was written in 1843 by …

Mary Poppins Returns

 

Directed by Rob Marshall

Starring Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda

Music and Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Williams

Based upon the Mary Poppins Novels by PL Travers

 

Wow!!!  That says it all after seeing the sequel to the 1964 Walt Disney Studio hit Mary Poppins.  Mary Poppins Returns is a marvelous magical musical movie, and where Disney returned to it’s roots with The Little Mermaid back in the early 90s. now …

A Select History of Christmas Carols and Songs

Christmas Carols and songs have been part of the Christmas tradition for hundreds of years. Some our favorites like “) Come All Ye Faithful” was first sung in Latin. The music of Christmas goes as far back as the day of Christ’s birth when the angel’s sang “Glory to God in the highest and on Earth peace Good will to men.”

Be fore we get in to our list of the best music of Christmas, …

Movies You Should Read For Adults

In my previous article, Movies You Should Read For Kids I stated that no book can easily be translated into a film or a play.  The stage and screen have limitations and so cannot possibly catch the fullness of words themselves, where movies have limitations, books have pure freedom.

I also mentioned that a book, in order to become a movie must go under a metamorphosis that is conducted by someone other than the original …

Murphy Brown Returns

Murphy Brown returned to CBS on September 27, 2018.  I was a huge fan of the show during it’s original run from 1988 to 1998 and was looking forward to it’s return.  I knew in the current political situation Murphy Brown, if handled well, could be a huge success if they followed a couple of rules, one, made the material as fresh as possible and two,  didn’t make the entire show about President Donald Trump.  …

The House With A Clock Built IN ITS Wall

The House with a Clock Built in its Wall

Directed By Eli Roth

Starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro and Kyle McLaughlin

It is awesome when Autumn comes around and the film industry offers us more than scary slasher flicks or remakes of horror movies that have been done more than is necessary.

The House with a Clock in its Wall is something truly unique.  It is part Harry Potter and Part Hocus Pocus.  …

Movies You Should Read For Kids

We are now living in an age where the senses are constantly stimulated.  Our eyes are bombarded with images both beautiful and terrifying and the same could be said for our ears.  Movies and TV  give us story after story, most of them adapted in some way from books.  After seeing the film versions of these books we think or feel that we no longer need to go back and read the original material.  We …

DC Comics Launches It’s First Streaming Service

DC Comics launches it’s first streaming service today.   Called The DC Universe this new streaming service and app has everything a DC fan could hope for and a little more.

 

The service which runs $7.99 a month or $74.99 for a year is full of great programing from the DC video vaults.  The original Superman Cartoon series by Max Fleisher is available followed by the Superman movie serial from the 1940s and then heading …

The Death of Superman: A Review

The Death of Superman

A Direct to Video Release

Directed by:

Jake Costorena and Sam Liu

With the voice talents of:

Jerry O’Connell (Superman), Rebecca Romijn (Lois Lane), Rainn Wilson (Lex Luther), Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman), Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern), Christopher Gorham (The Flash), Matt  Lanter (Aquaman), Shemar Moore(Cyburg), Nyambi Nyambi (Martian Manhunter) and Jacob O’Mara (Batman)

 

In 1991 DC comics had a problem.  They had spent six years leading up to the wedding …

Christopher Robin A Review

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Produced by The Walt Disney Studios

Directed by Marc Foster

Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, Sara Sheen and Toby Jones.

Christopher Robin will soon join the ranks of such movies as Hook, Finding Neverland and Saving Mr. Banks.  This movie is not a bio-pic.  It is a fantasy.  It is not even a movie on the life of Christopher …

WHY ARE WE STILL SAYING HELLO TO DOLLY?

On April 20th, 2017 the revival of HELLO DOLLY opened on Broadway starring Bette Midler and David Hyde-Pierce in the leading rolls of Dolly Levy and Horace Vandergelder.  In January of 2018 Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber took on the iconic roles and the show continues to stay strong running at The Schubert Theater in NYC.  It was recently announced that Ms. Midler would return to the role in the summer and that …

Do Comic Books Still Have Their ‘Entertainment Value’?

I have recently been very disappointed in the state of the modern comic book.  In the last few months, especially with DC’s Rebirth series, I have wanted to see what was going in the lives of my favorite characters.  The New 52 took so much away from the legend of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and the rest of the DC Universe.  I wanted to see what was restored and how and if I was going …

Gingerbread Decorating Day 2nd Saturday in December

(PCM) Gingerbread!  The very thought of it brings to mind the scents of cinnamon, cloves, allspice and let’s not forget ginger.  Gingerbread is part of our culture.  We, of course use it as food, but it plays a part in stories such as The Ginger Bread Man and Hansel and Gretel.  We see it in art first as illustration for the stories mentioned above but also in art as part of Christmas Cards or paintings …

David Cassidy April 12, 1950 to November 21, 2017 A Tribute

David Bruce Cassidy was born to Jack and Evelyn Cassidy on April 12 1950.  His parents divorced when he was young but didn’t tell him.  He found out two years later from a neighbor.  His Father would marry actress and musical comedy star Shirley Jones who would become a step mother of sorts to David but would later become his TV mom in The Partridge Family.  David got his GED early and followed his dreams …

The Gospel According to Josh By Josh Rivedal, A Review

Gospel Josh(PCM) The Gospel According To Josh is a memoir of a young man who had to deal with his father’s suicide as well as his desire to end his own life. It is a book that never lets the reader down as he or she Journey’s with Josh down a hard a tear stained highway.

Josh Rivedal’s book begins with a synopsis of his childhood and his strained relationship with his dad. It moves forward …

Walken To Play Hook

CWH(PCM) Last year NBC brought back live musical theater with it’s December production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. This year NBC will again provide us with another musical classic Peter Pan on December 4th. It has been reported that Christopher Walken has signed on to play Captain Hook in this classic tale of the boy who doesn’t grow up. It has yet to be announced who will take the iconic part of Peter Pan. But …

Sherlock Returns

sherlock and watson(PCM) Sherlock fans rejoice. It has been confirmed that Sherlock is coming back in 2015. The popular show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will begin filming a special in January and then a new season later in the year. Get out your deerstalkers and be ready for Sherlock’s return.

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Popular McHale’s Navy Star Bob Hastings Dies

Bob Hastings(PCM) Bob Hastings (April 18, 1925 to June 30, 2014) Died in his home after a long battle with prostate cancer. The Actor was best known as the bumbling henchman Lt. Carpenter on the popular sit-com McHale’s Navy. Early in his career Hastings had the title role of Archie Andrews in the radio version Archie the well loved comic book character.

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Henry Cavill revealed as Reporter Clark Kent

cLARK CAVILL(PCM) The Royal Marine Charitable Trust Fund, a UK organization dedicated to supporting serving and retired marines and their families, was given the honor of revealing the first photo of Henry Cavill returning to his role of Clark Kent on the ‘Batman vs. Superman’ set. This is the first time Cavill has been seen as the intrepid reporter as that part of the Superman myth was not revealed in the first Superman film.

The post …

Amazing Grace William Wilberforce and the heroic campaign to end slavery By Eric Metaxas A Review

amazing grace 2(PCM) Occasionally it’s good to take a look at your book shelf or shelves and think “What haven’t I read that I should have read a long time ago?” Such was the case with Eric Metaxas book Amazing Grace. The book came out as a tie in to the film that was made in 2007. Having seen the film I bought the book as William Wilberforce captivated me at the time. Then as happens often, …

Jersey Boys: The Music Makes The Movie

Jersey Boys FilmHaving seen a great number of movie musicals and movie biographies, not to mention movie musical biographies, I am sad to say that Jersey Boys did not live up to its much hoped for expectations.

The movie, which begins in New Jersey in 1951, and chronicles the story of the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is a sad tale whose only bright moments come with the musical performances, which are brilliant in themselves but …