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TCM Big Screen Classics

This joint venture with Fathom Events is an outstanding movie series and a great opportunity to check out some tried and true gems on the big screen! Even though we have the convenience of DVDs and streaming, nothing beats the experience of sitting in the dark and enjoying a great film with fellow movie lovers.

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And an¬†excellent film that fits the bill is the 1978 comedy “Animal House”.

 Presented by Fathom Events

Let’s head back to college with John Belushi and the gang in this raucous, and¬†hilarious¬†film packed with completely uncivilized frat parties, food fights, togas, and lots of fun!

National Lampoon’s Animal House:

August 14th & August 17th

School’s out for the summer, so why not break all the rules? The Deltas did and now they’re battling Dean Wormer. Whose side are you on? The uncivilized frat boys or the administration of Faber College?

The screenplay was adapted by¬†Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller, and Harold Ramis from stories written by Miller and published in National Lampoon¬†magazine, the stories were based on the writers’ college experience in fraternities.

“Animal House” was the first film produced by National Lampoon, the most popular humor magazine on college campuses in the mid-1970s.¬†The periodical specialized in humor¬†and satirized politics and popular culture. Many of the magazine‚Äôs writers were recent college graduates, hence their appeal to students all over the country. (Wikipedia)

Being a college student in the mid-1970’s, I loved reading National Lampoon. The humor was totally off the wall. An all time favorite magazine cover was entitled: “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog” including a gun to the dog’s head. (told you it was off the wall and sometimes totally inappropriateūüė≥ )

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Cover of the infamous “Death” issue in January 1973.

Thanks to “Animal House”, toga parties became one of the favorite college campus happenings during 1978 and 1979.¬†In 2001 the United States Library of Congress deemed Animal House “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in theNational Film Registry.


Coming Soon To a Theater Near You!

60th Anniversary

Whether you’re a Yul Brener¬†fan or just a push over for a love story, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical classic,”The King and I” celebrates its 60th anniversary and is the next film in the series.

Premiering Aug. 28th & Aug. 30th.

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I’ll keep you posted on the upcoming films.

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Maurice White – Your Music Lives On!

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Maurice White

December 19, 1941 –¬†February 3, 2016

Love, Peace and Happiness spring to mind when I think of Maurice White, the founding member of the groundbreaking band Earth, Wind, and Fire whose passing we learned about on Thursday, February 4th.

Earth, Wind, and Fire were the soundtrack for the 70’s and in my life because of Maurice’s inspirational and energizing lyrics. “The band drew inspiration from funk, jazz, R&B and Latin music ‚Äď as well as Sly Stone and James Brown ‚Äď for a unique sound that set the tone for soul music in the Seventies”. (Rolling Stone)

It’s ¬†impossible to pick a favorite from the incredible music they made. “Keep Your Head to the Sky” and “Devotion” come to my mind at this moment of reliving memories and feeling the loss of an integral part of personal, as well as, music history.

Maurice White’s passing is a major blow not only to the music industry but his fans especially.

Rest in happiness.

 

Sparkle Forever! – Irene Cara

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Irene Cara

April 7, 1976, marked the film premiere of “Sparkle” and my introduction to the young, up and coming star, Irene Cara. ¬†¬†“Sparkle”¬† is the story of 3 sisters (Lonette McKee “Sister”, Dwan Smith “Delores”, and¬†Irene Cara¬†“Sparkle”) growing up in 1950’s Harlem. They become “Sister and the Sisters” girl group (formerly¬†The Hearts) and we journey into their lives as their mother “Effie” (Mary Alice) struggles to raise the girls and reign in the “spirited” “Sister.” ¬†Along with Styx (Phillip Michael Thomas) and Levi (Dorian Harewood) the girls face and deal with the trials and realities of ¬†life.

I have 2 sisters and always wanted us to be a hot girl group.  (Unfortunately I was the only one who sang:(

Directed by: Sam O’Steen. Music: Curtis Mayfield.

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Lonette McKee, Irene Cara, Dwan Smith

 

Cara also went on to star in¬†“Fame”¬†1980, the¬†“movie that changed my life” and brought her superstardom. ¬†Irene’s voice would later influence my own performances. ¬† Young, beautiful and talented, she had it all! ¬† Her voice cut through me like a knife. ¬†I believed every word she sang and the lyrics seemed to sync up with the dreams I held in my heart.

Fame” You ain’t seen the best of me yet. Give me time I’ll make you forget the rest.”

Flashdance – “What a Feeling” started the¬†clarion¬†call to believe¬†that “I can have it all.” ¬†And in 1984 the song “Flashdance” won Irene Cara an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song.

 

What’s she doing now?

 From Stardom to seeming obscurity.

I hope this piece has introduced or reintroduced this accomplished artist back into our cultural landscape.

Irene Cara has won an Academy Award, 2 Grammy awards, Golden Globe and numerous other awards.

For me – Irene Cara’s star will Sparkle forever!

 

Rock out for the weekend remix – “Were-Rabbit” style

Growing up in the 70’s I was all about Rock and “Hocus Pocus” by the band Focus was always on my playlist. When I saw this remix of Wallace and Gromit “Curse of the Were-Rabbit” I thought I would die! What a brilliant idea. It totally fits with the off the wall antics of BFFs Wallace and Gromit.

Check it Out!!

Hocus Pocus by Focus – Wallace and Gromit

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is a Dutch progressive rock band formed in 1969 by classically trained organist/flautist Thijs van Leer. The band is most famous for the instrumental pieces – “Hocus Pocus” and “Sylvia.” The group broke up in 1978 but got back together in 2002 and have been recording and touring ever since. “Hocus Pocus” received new fame as it was used for the theme of the 2010 World Cup Nike ad.

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Top of Pops 1974

Wallace and Gromit are the British stop-motion franchise characters and brain child of creator Nick Park of Aardman Animations. Wallace is an absent-minded, cheese loving, inventor.  Best friend Gromit is a silently intelligent dog.

¬†“Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (2005) finds the duo working to apprehend the rabbit population who are eating up all the vegetable gardens of the residents of Wigan right before the annual Giant Vegetable Competition. ¬†Events go horribly wrong when Wallace invents a Mind¬†Manipulation-O-Matic contraption to brainwash the rabbits not to eat the vegetables. ¬†The result is Wallace being transformed into a giant, veggie loving Were-Rabbit.

Helena Bohnam Carter (Ms Tottington) and Ralph Fiennes (Lord Victor Quartermaine) lend their voices to the non-stop hilarity.

This is the original trailer:

Wallace & Gromit “Curse of the Were-Rabbit” won Academy Awards for:

Best Animated Feature Film Nick Park
Steve Box
Best Animated Effects Jason Wen
Best Animated Feature
Best Character Animation Claire Billet
Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Nick Park
Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production Nick Park
Steve Box
Best Music in an Animated Feature Production Julian Nott
Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Phil Lewis

Nick Park should add “Hocus Pocus” by Focus “Were-Rabbit” remix to his long list of award accolades!

 

 

Sparkle Forever! – Irene Cara

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Irene Cara

April 7, 1976 marked the film premiere of “Sparkle” and my introduction to the young, up and coming star, Irene Cara. ¬†¬†“Sparkle”¬† is the story of 3 sisters (Lonette McKee “Sister”, Dwan Smith “Delores”, Irene Cara “Sparkle”) growing up in 1950’s Harlem. They become “Sister and the Sisters” girl group (formerly¬†The Hearts) and we journey into their lives as their mother “Effie” (Mary Alice) struggles to raise the girls and reign in the “spirited” “Sister.” ¬†Along with Styx (Phillip Michael Thomas) and Levi (Dorian Harewood) the girls face and deal with the trials and realities of ¬†life.

I have 2 sisters and always wanted us to be a hot girl group.  (Unfortunately I was the only one who sang:(

Directed by: Sam O’Steen. Music: Curtis Mayfield.

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Lonette McKee, Irene Cara, Dwan Smith

 

Cara also went on to star in¬†“Fame”¬†1980, the¬†“movie that changed my life” and brought super stardom to hers. ¬†Irene’s voice would later influence my own performances. ¬† Young, beautiful and talented, she had it all! ¬† Her voice cut through me like a knife. ¬†I believed every word she sang and the lyrics seemed to sync up with the dreams I held in my heart.

Fame” You ain’t seen the best of me yet. Give me time I’ll make you forget the rest.”

Flashdance – “What a Feeling” started the¬†clarion¬†call to believe¬†that “I can have it all.” ¬†And in 1984 the song “Flashdance” won Irene Cara an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song.

 

What’s she doing now?

 From Stardom to seeming obscurity.

I hope this piece has introduced or reintroduced this accomplished artist back into our cultural landscape.

Irene Cara has won an Academy Award, 2 Grammy awards, Golden Globe and numerous other awards.

For me – Irene Cara’s star will Sparkle forever!