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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

R.I.P. Stephen Hawking

The physicist and author of 'A Brief History of Time' has passed away at his home in Cambridge, at the age of 76.
Hawking was expected to live for only two more years after he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 1963, at the age of 21, but the brightest star in the universe overcame all expectations and managed to survive for more than half a century.
His legacy will live on.

'Be curious and however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
It matters that you don’t just give up.' - R.I.P. Stephen Hawking

Friday, March 09, 2018

Impractical Jokers

I have always been into hidden camera shows, such as Candid Camera, but I have never seen anything like this.
Instead of embarrassing the public, these four friends from Staten Island (New York) actually compete to embarrass each other in front of an unsuspecting public by doing and saying whatever the other three tell them on their earpieces, with hidden cameras filming everything, and at the end of each episode there is a loser who will receive whatever punishment the other three come up with.
Punishments range from sky-diving and a Jaden Smith Tattoo to a frightening encounter with an alligator carrying a backpack - and it is all real (I don't think the alligator was acting)!

Starring: Brian 'Q' Quinn; James 'Murr' Murray; Joseph 'Joe' Gatto; Salvatore 'Sal' Vulcano

❤️ These guys are definitely crazy, and sometimes I wonder if they are trying to kill each other (just look at some of the punishments) but they are too funny to miss.
This show has become my new addiction!

Sunday, March 04, 2018

The 90th Academy Awards

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel

Best Motion Picture The Shape of Water

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

Best Achievement in Directing Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)

Best Original Screenplay Get Out (Jordan Peele)

Best Adapted Screenplay Call Me by Your Name (James Ivory)

Best Achievement in Cinematography Blade Runner 2049 (Roger Deakins)

Best Achievement in Costume Design Phantom Thread (Mark Bridges)

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Dunkirk (Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo, Mark Weingarten)

Best Achievement in Film Editing Dunkirk (Lee Smith)

Best Achievement in Sound Editing Dunkirk (Richard King, Alex Gibson)

Best Achievement in Visual Effects Blade Runner 2049 (John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover)

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Darkest Hour (Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) 'Remember Me' Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez (Coco)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)

Best Animated Short Film Dear Basketball (Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant)

Best Live Action Short Film The Silent Child (Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton)

Best Documentary Short Subject Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (Frank Stiefel)

Best Documentary Feature Icarus (Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan)

Best Foreign Language Film Una Mujer Fantástica (Chile)

Best Animated Feature Film Coco (Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson)

Best Achievement in Production Design The Shape of Water (Paul D. Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeffrey A. Melvin)

That's all folks!

Friday, March 02, 2018

The Last Mile (David Baldacci)

Melvin Mars awaits his fate on Death Row. He was one of America's most promising football stars until, aged twenty, he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his parents.
When FBI Special Agent Amos Decker hears the news that Melvin was saved moments before his execution because someone else confessed to the killings, he launches an investigation into the Mars murders to find out what really happened. It soon becomes clear that there is someone out there with a lot to hide, and a secret everyone is looking to uncover.
As the investigation deepens, Decker and his team discover layer upon layer of lies and deception rooted in a period of American history that most would rather forget.

I am afraid. I was afraid every time I stepped on the football field. Or did a patrol round as a cop. Still didn't stop me from doing my job.

❤️ I am new to this author having only read Hour Game prior to reading The Last Mile. If these two books are any indication of the rest of his stuff then I have a lot of reading enjoyment ahead of me.
Amos Decker is a brilliant character, a man with a perfect memory, imperfect social skills, and no tact, yet I enjoyed reading about him. I also liked the rest of the team.
The book is readable and the pages seem to just turn themselves. The story keeps you connected and there is not a single boring moment whatsoever.
I totally recommend this book!

R.I.P. Emma Chambers

In all my time studying drama, I wanted to be like Alice Tinker in the Vicar of Dibley. That is the sort of character I aspired to play in all my university productions, and as much as I loved making people laugh, Alice Tinker was truly one-of-a-kind because nobody could play her better than Emma Chambers.
And so that there would be no question about her talent, she was once again amazing in Notting Hill as Hugh Grant's sister.
Emma chambers made acting seem so easy and effortless. Her presence alone would make me laugh. She was definitely one of those souls that you think will always stick around.
Well, this soul left us on February 24th, at the age of 53, from a suspected heart attack.
The Vicar of Dibley will never be the same, but we will always have Alice Tinker, and I will forever wish I were her.
Thank you for all the laughs, Emma! You will be missed!

R.I.P. John Mahoney

The actor best known for playing cranky father Marty Crane on the U.S. sitcom Frasier passed away on February 4th, at the age of 77, while in hospice care.
Another great one has left us. Thanks for the laughs, John!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bridesmaids (Jane Costello)

Evie is 27, a sparkly, down-to-earth journalist who has never been in love and has started to think that she never will be. Small wonder, then, that the prospect of being bridesmaid at so many impending weddings fills her with utter trepidation.
When Jack starts becoming a regular fixture at the nuptials, however, things really start looking up.
Only between her discovery that he's been dating the stunning, self-obsessed Valentina, and an unfortunate incident with a 10-inch vibrator, not everything goes quite as Evie might have hoped...

It turns out that lovely, soft-spoken Charlotte - Charlotte who, ironically, never sees anything but good in people - can see nothing but bad in herself. And behind the shyness that I'd always assumed was just in her nature lies a self-esteem so low it defies gravity. Charlotte, it appears, doesn't like her milkmaid curves and gorgeous rosy cheeks. In fact, she despises them.
'I know I've never really said anything, but I have always felt like this... I was teased at school for the way I look, and although people don't say anything to my face any more, I know what everyone thinks about me.'

😐 When I picked up this book, I really thought I was going to read something hilarious (if not for the cover itself). However, most of the book was extremely boring and pointless, and the one-liners were not that funny.
But I did actually like Evie's mum, the scene with the vibrator, and the ending, where the story picked up pace (I just wished that had happened sooner).
Overall, this did not put me off Jane Costello books, since I have only read one so far, but I might wait a while before I read another one.