Greenland film stars Gerard Butler

ENTERTAINMENT – Amazon Prime Video Presents a Smart Disaster Epic, “Greenland” Starring Gerard Butler

Beware, comets of Greenland: Gerard Butler is here to protect Earth — and show audiences an improbably entertaining time.

Gerard Butler stars as John Garrity in Amazon Prime’s release “Greenland”. Morena Baccarin stars as his estranged wife (Allison) and their young son Nathan, (Roger Dale Floyd), all seek safety as they travel to sanctuary while planet-killing comets shoot toward Earth. In the midst of terrifying accounts of destroyed cities, the Garrity’s live through polar opposite experiences of the best and worst in humanity. A revealing countdown to a global-wide apocalypse that is tumbling toward zero, the family’s horrendous trek resolves into a gripping final-moment flight to a possible safe haven. The family struggles to survive amongst a ruinous natural disaster.

I’m not sure what to call the category, but Butler seems to be a grounding force in this action adventure. Butler has the ability to commit completely into the premise adventure, and no matter how farfetched it is, Butler wholeheartedly invests himself into the fiction. The characters he portrays do not question the insane circumstances of which they are revealed. Butler’s recent career of late (last six or seven years) has been compared to Harrison Ford in Air Force One: “The serious, somber man in the midst of chaos.”

In other words, “Butler doesn’t try to out-crazy anyone; Butler’s job is to convince us to ignore the absurdity of a geostorm and just go with it. He attacks every role — no matter how absurd — with the same deadly seriousness that Mark Wahlberg employs in every blue-collar everyman he’s ever played. It’s not to say that Butler isn’t in on the joke; it’s Butler’s role, in fact, to sell the setup, otherwise the punchline falls flat.”

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Greenland is the disaster pic, that comes from Butler’s film, “Angel Has Fallen,” directed by Ric Roman Waugh. And this particular is actually good, and not just in the Gerard Butler sense of action adventures, although that, too. Butler is estranged from Allison, because he cheated on her. The premise is explained through Rotten Tomatoes: “Though separated from his wife, John — a structural engineer — returns home to host a party with neighbors. During the course of the party, he receives an alert notifying him that he and his family have been selected for emergency sheltering. The comet that everyone thought was going to safely crash into the ocean, it turns out, is actually expected to lead to an extinction-level event that will wipe out 75 percent of the population.”

A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity, his estranged wife Allison, and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

It is only minutes after a comet fragment vaporizes part of Florida, Garrity grabs his family, and heads to a designated pick-up location also known as a military base. This is where he and his family are supposed to be flown to a shelter in Greenland, thus the name of the film. This is where Garrity’s professional skills are designated as useful in rebuilding the planet, allowing he and his family to reside in a military bunker, designated as protective custody.

John (Garrity) and his wife, Allison reach the military base without any real hitches.

However, they soon discover that they’re being rejected because their son has type one diabetes, and people with medical conditions are not allowed to propagate the species. John, Allison, and Nathan are subsequently separated, and the lion’s share of the movie is about John’s efforts to reunite with his family and figure out how to get to the Greenland bunker before the comet wipes out most of humanity.

“There’s absolutely nothing original about Greenland — it’s a conventional but solid disaster pic — but the budget ($35 million, a relatively small amount for this kind of movie) forces Ric Roman Waugh to keep the focus on the characters rather than the spectacle of comet fragments lighting up the planet.” There is a lot of time spent in the car with various configurations of characters (David Denman and Hope Davis also figure in as a couple trying to secure a place in the emergency shelters), so there’s more conversation than might be typical of this kind of film, where most of the dialogue is limited to, “Whoa!” and “Damn!” and “Ahhhh!” when things go kablooey.

Greenland is the fun, disastrous film pic.

Butler does what he does extremely well, though, and that’s what makes Greenland so successful: He keeps his wits about him and tackles each problem with level-headed confidence. Baccarin is a solid partner here, too, because — despite their estrangement — their priorities are similar, and they both remain focused on their kid. It’s a good dynamic and their relationship is credible even amid the chaos of the impending end of the world.

It is a disaster pic, but it often feels more like a family drama, and that is to the credit of Greenland.

This is a fan driven adventure ride for the disastrous revel type of fan base. It is, the quintessential movie centered around a man, John Garrity, (Gerard Butler) and his family doing their very best to outrun a plummeting comet from space to Earth, and at the end of the day, that’s what we’re all wanting to see.

 

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ENTERTAINMENT – “Firefly Lane”, Another Relationship Series Premieres On Netflix

Firefly Lane” premieres February 3, 2021, on Netflix.

This is another series about relationships, starring Beau Garrett (Cloud), Sarah Chalke (Kate Mularkey), and Katherine Heigl (Tully). I’m a big fan of “This Is Us” on NBC and the brilliance of Dan Fogelman. He has such a realistic view of family, friends, and relationships. Hello, Crazy Stupid Love, one of my favorite films about romance and love. Fast forward two years later and “A Million Little Things” premieres on ABC, which has also acquired a faithful following.

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Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke star in Firefly Lane on Netflix

Netflix summarizes Firefly Lane series: “The story of Tully and Kate, two unlikely friends from their meeting as tweens in 1974 to the present. Kate, the introvert, and Tully, the coolest girl in school, form a bond that weathers every milestone in their lives, leading up to a tragedy in the present.” This series like “This Is Us” and “A Million Little Things,” draws from the death of one of the character leads that will undoubtedly follow the entire lives of the main cast. Unfortunately, “This Is Us” tells this story best of all, “Firefly Lane” falls into a fast third place.

The TV series is based upon the book (Firefly Lane), written by New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah of on Mystic Lake. My sneak peak of the series was filled with unplugged holes in the story and unrefined character relationships that are uninteresting to follow. The actors are talented; it’s the story that needs a reason to watch. I found myself asking for relevance and a reason why in every scene that’s supposed to move the story forward. I am a Netflix fan but this series fell short in the motivation to pull me into its story and a reason to care about the characters within it.

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ENTERTAINMENT – Channel SYFY Premieres Everything You Need to Know About: Resident Alien

Before it lands on channel SYFY, below is a recap on their new series Resident Alien with a fair bit of comedy, based on the sneak peaks that I’ve seen. SYFY channel elaborates on the show as it has not premiered yet for the general public.

SYFY is about to make first contact with Resident Alien, and before the new show enjoys its world premiere next week on Jan. 27, SYFY channel thought it might be helpful to provide you with a primer on what can only be described as the “small-town murder mystery, sci-fi doctor dramedy Earth needs right now.”

An alien crashes on Earth and hides in a remote Colorado mountain town; after assuming the identity of the town doctor, his nefarious mission is threatened when he realizes one of the townspeople, a 9-year-old boy, can see his true alien form. It’s a mouthful, to be sure, but SYFY channel breaks it all down for you.

Resident Alien debuts on SYFY on Wed., Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. EST.

THE BASICS

Created for television by Family Guy veteran Chris Sheridan, the series is based on the Dark Horse comic book series of the same name by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. “I mean, they’re doing different things. It is very different and there’s no denying that. But I don’t really mind because it’s really good. It’s done really well. The whole end product is enjoyable, which is kind of the best you can hope for, really,” Hogan explains.

THE STORY

While creative license is always par for the course with adaptations like this, the Resident Alien TV show does walk a similar narrative path as its comic book progenitor. The plot follows a visitor from outer space who crash-lands on Earth before assuming the identity of one Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle. Wanting to keep a low profile, the alien finds his plans upended when he’s forced to interact with the denizens of Patience after the town’s physician turns up murdered.

Firefly’s Alan Tudyk stars in Resident Alien on SYFY Channel.

“I took the storyline from the first graphic novel [“Welcome to Earth!”], which is the death of Sam Hodges, and I’m arcing that out for the first season as the town story and Harry, the alien story, is about him coming to terms with his emotions,” Sheridan, who was inspired by a real-life close encounter, explained to us.

THE TALENT

Harry’s live-action counterpart is played by Firefly’s Alan Tudyk, an actor with a genre pedigree like no other. Swinging for the fences with his comedic performance, Tudyk occupies the role of a genuine fish out of water as the unnamed alien attempts to understand human culture through media such as Law & Order.

This crash course on bipedal relations isn’t enough and once Harry takes over as head doctor of the Patience health clinic in the wake of Dr. Hodges’ death, it becomes apparent to the locals that he’s something of an oddball.

“The minute they told me it was going to be Alan, it struck me as kind of dream casting, and his performance as Harry proves that to be true,” Hogan said in early 2020. “There’s a real… otherness to Alan that makes him perfect for the role. Of course, the TV version of Harry isn’t exactly the same as the book version, but they still have a lot in common. Alan’s also great at physical comedy, which is something that’s very difficult to pull off in a comic book.”

Despite his bizarre behavior, Harry actually starts improving the lives of those around him via his unorthodox methods. That said, these individuals have no clue that the E.T. walking in their midst is weighing the pros and cons of whether or not humanity should be spared from his species’ cosmic wrath. Harry’s strongest link to our world is Asta Twelvetrees (Sara Tomko), a strong and sarcastic health clinic worker with a rather turbulent past. Her best friend is the blunt and carefree D’arcy Bloom (Alice Wetterlund), a bartender at the town’s local watering hole and a former Olympic athlete, who takes a liking to the main character’s strange ways.

SO THE DOCTOR’S DEAD. WHAT NOW?

Following Hodges’ murder, Harry is asked to become the town’s temporary doctor by Ben Hawthorne (Levi Fiehler), Patience’s nebbishy young mayor. Ironically, Ben’s son, Max (Judah Prehn), is the only person for miles around who can see through Harry’s little disguise. Max eventually becomes “The Boy Who Cried Alien,” which could be enough to convince his father and mother, Kate (Meredith Garretson), to take drastic action for the sake of their son’s mental health. In addition, Max’s genetic ability to glimpse the alien’s true form kicks off a Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote-esque rivalry between the two parties.

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“I discovered [that] in the process of thinking about how I want these characters to come together,” Sheridan said. “It’s fun having the kid be an adversary and having Harry want to get rid of him. But to not be repetitive, you’ve got to find different ways to do that… He’s gonna try to outsmart him and trick him. I like that they’re combative and what’s become funny in the show that we found is not necessarily the 10-year-old kid rising to Harry’s level, but the 40-year-old man sinking to the child’s level.”

All the while, the aforementioned homicide is investigated by the bombastic — and oftentimes callous — Sheriff Thompson (Corey Reynolds) and his timid — albeit clever — deputy, Liv Baker (Elizabeth Bowen).

Just as Harry’s cover starts to solidify, the government begins snooping around for him. The alien hunt is led by the ruthless and calculating General McCallister (The Terminator’s Linda Hamilton), who dispatches two agents — David Logan (Alex Barima) and Lisa Casper (Mandell Maughan) — as her boots on the ground.

Alan Tudyk, Resident Alien star.

Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank executive produce Resident Alien on behalf of Amblin TV (the small-screen arm of Steven Spielberg’s production company), while Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg are EPs for Dark Horse. David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) executive produced and directed the pilot episode.

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Malcom & Marie starring: Zendaya, John David Washington

ENTERTAINMENT – “Malcolm & Marie,” Drama Film, Starring John David Washington and Zendaya, Sold to Netflix for $30 Million

I have viewed a sneak peek of “Malcolm & Marie”, the film doesn’t release until February 5, 2021. Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to the Sam Levinson film, starring John David Washington and Zendaya, in a massive $30 million pact.

“Malcolm & Marie” stars Washington as a filmmaker and Zendaya as his girlfriend, following them after they return home from a movie premiere.

Covering the film release is Best TV News. “The sale comes out of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival — a largely virtual affair that Netflix has dominated with splashy deals. The streamer shelled out $20 million for global rights to ‘Bruised,’ which marks Halle Berry’s directorial debut, and bought ‘Pieces of a Woman,’ a searing drama that could score awards attention for stars Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf.”

Halle Berry on “Bruised”, from TIFF 2020.

“Bruised” is from award-winning director Kornél Mundruczó (White God) and executive producer Martin Scorsese, “Pieces Of A Woman,” is a deeply personal, searing, and ultimately transcendent story of a woman (Vanessa Kirby – Best Actress Winner, Venice Film Festival 2020) learning to live alongside her loss.

“Malcolm & Marie” was shot last summer in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The production says it went to great pains to keep the set COVID-free and to earn the approval of major guilds such as the WGA, DGA and SAG-AFTRA.

Levinson is best known for creating the HBO series “Euphoria.” He wrote the script and produced the picture. The price is among the highest ever for a film out of a festival and is surprising given that the premise doesn’t sound wildly commercial despite the presence of major stars.

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Several potential buyers watched promo footage from the film, and “Malcom & Marie” attracted interest from other players such as HBO and Amazon. Washington is currently starring in “Tenet,” while Zendaya appears in “Euphoria” and in the “Spider-Man” franchise.

“Malcolm & Marie,” Starring: Zendaya, John David Washington

“I am so grateful to this cast and crew, many of whom are my ‘Euphoria’ family, for coming together during such uncertain times. We felt privileged to be able to make this film together and we did so with a lot of love. We are all thrilled that it has ended up with Netflix which is unparalleled in allowing filmmakers the freedom to tell their stories that reach audiences all over the world.”

The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content and CAA. Deadline first reported the sale.

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ENTERTAINMENT – Mattel Honors World Renown, Inaugural Poet, Maya Angelou With A Barbie Doll and Amanda Gorman At 23, Makes History as Youngest Known Inaugural Poet

Honorary Tribute

 

Maya Angelou Barbie by Mattel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Maya Angelou was always a treasured poet. In recognition, Mattel has honored her with her own Barbie doll. Such a course of action recognizes her career accomplishments and the upcoming Black History Month.

Dr. Angelou is an African-American writer best known for her seven autobiographies. She was both a prolific writer and a successful poet.

Dr. Angelou was also an Inaugural Poet for President Bill Clinton’s 1993 presidential inauguration, during which she read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning.” Angelou is one of five poets to have read or recited poems at presidential inaugurations.

 

Maya Angelou reciting her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.

Essence and Mattel highlight and explain the Barbie Doll tribute. Dr. Angelou’s Barbie doll honors the impact and history of the late great author’s activism and professional achievements and is a part of Barbie’s Inspiring Women collector series. Launched in 2018, Barbie dolls have been crafted after nine heroic risk-takers whose work inspired the next generation of game-changers. Dr. Angelou serves as the tenth role model to join the series.

“Our efforts include a commitment to spotlight more Black role models who are female, and now, we are introducing a doll that honors Dr. Maya Angelou, author and activist who used her voice and unique writing style to connect with people and inspire generations,” Mattel said in a press release.

Maya Angelou reciting her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.

“Dr. Maya Angelou had a multi-hyphenated career and numerous awards and accolades, including over 50 honorary doctorates and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Nominated for a National Book Award in 1970, her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings continues to move readers around the world today.”

Mattel captures Dr. Angelou’s likeness, as the doll is clothed in a floral print floor-length dress and matching head wrap. Accessories include a bracelet, watch, earrings, and a golden ring. The tribute Barbie doll also holds a replica of the writer’s memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, also one of my favorite poem’s of hers.

Amanda Gorman At 23, Makes History as Youngest Known Inaugural Poet

Amanda Gorman made history as the youngest known inaugural poet on today, January 20, 2021 for President Joe Biden. Gorman has written poems denoting historic occasions. Now she has made history herself. Gorman, only 23 years old, became the youngest known inaugural poet when she performed at the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

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She delivered her original composition, “The Hill We Climb,” at the Capitol in front of President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and the entire nation. She was quoted by, CBS This Morning, on a most impactful and historic inaugural occasion. “It’s amazing…Especially at my age. No one really gets to say, ‘At 22, I am the inaugural poet.”

Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman speaks at the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. Rob Carr/Getty Images

Gorman explained that she researched the historic speeches of former President Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when she began composing her poet. However, it was the Capital riots that made the closing impact for her historic impression. “And then on the Wednesday in which we saw the insurrection at the Capitol, that was the day that the poem really came to life. And I really put pedal to the metal,” Gorman said.

Gorman explained how the riots changed her poem and the message she wanted to deliver to the inaugural audience. “I wanted it to be a message of hope and unity. And I think that Wednesday for me really just underscored how much that was needed,” she explained. “But to not turn a blind eye to the cracks that really need to be filled.”

Amanda Gorman National Poet Laurette and Harvard Alumni.

Gorman, who had particular trouble with the letter “R,” used music as therapy. “My favorite thing to practice was the song Aaron Burr, Sir, from “Hamilton” because it is jam-packed with R’s. And I said, ‘if I can keep up with Leslie in this track, then I am on my way to being able to say this R in a poem,'” she said

Gorman noted how she felt when performing her poems: “When I am on stage, I feel electric. I feel like I could breathe fire…like I am summoning the energy not only of myself but of my ancestors.”

“Poetry is a weapon. It is an instrument of social change…and poetry is one of the most political arts out there because it demands that you rupture and destabilize the language in which you’re working with,” she continued. “Inherently, you are pushing against the status quo. And so for me, it’s always existed in that tradition of truth-telling.”

On Inauguration Day, Gorman spoke about her preparation on the steps of the United States Capitol. “One of the preparations that I do always whenever I perform is I say a mantra to myself, which is ‘I’m the daughter of black writers. We’re descended from freedom fighters who broke through chains and changed the world. They call me.’ And that is the way in which I prepare myself for the duty that needs to get done.”

Gorman explained how she battled her speech impediment all the way into college. She graduated from Harvard University in 2020.

Gorman, who has performed numerous commissioned poems and has a children’s book that is scheduled to be released in September titled “Change Sings.” The poet said she has a long-term plan of running for president in 2036.

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Kingsley Ben-Adire (Malcolm X), Eli Goree (Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali), Aldis Hodge (Jim Brown), and Leslie Odom, Jr. (Sam Cooke),.

ENTERTAINMENT – Amazon Prime Presents, “One Night in Miami,” a Film Like No Other

Leslie Odom, Jr. (Sam Cooke), Eli Goree (Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali), Kingsley Ben-Adire (Malcolm X), and Aldis Hodge (Jim Brown).

One Night In Miami is a glimpse in time when Muhummad Ali (known then as Cassius Clay) fought and defeated Sonny Liston, winning the title of Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1964.

After Ali’s win, he met up with three icons of the time, pop singing sensation, Sam Cooke, the top talent of the NFL, Jim Brown, and the civil rights activist Malcolm X. Amazon Prime elaborates: “a fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.”

Kingsley Ben-Adire (Malcolm X), Eli Goree (Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali), Aldis Hodge (Jim Brown), and Leslie Odom, Jr. (Sam Cooke), are all super talented in this gripping movie that marks an impactive directorial debut for Oscar-winning actress, Regina King. It’s a thought-provoking speculation about the cultural, spiritual, and political issues that the African American community was struggling with. King’s film is both timely and entertaining.

One Night In Miami is a flamboyant movie. Viewers expecting a high glam perspective with Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown, this is not that type or portrayal. It is intimate and stripped down as four friends have an honest and genuine conversation with each other.

The night is not about the crowds of adoring fans or the constant demand of their status of the time.

Kemp Powers (Soul) adapts his 2013 stage play envisioning what happened on Feb. 25, 1964. This is a powerhouse assemblage of some of the major players in black culture at the time touching the political (Malcolm X), sports and entertainment realms. It’s a fascinating consideration of a “what if?” scenario as these four prevalent icons ponder racial inequality, civil rights, their positions of influence, and potential legacies.

Regina King debut as Director in One Night in Miami

One Night in Miami represents Director Regina King’s first feature film. King built her experience directing episodes of TV series like Insecure, This Is Us, Shameless, The Good Doctor and Greenleaf, which helped hone her storytelling perspective of making small moments feel significant.

King doesn’t rush the moments and establishes the various moods at play from the excitement of Clay’s victory to more serious conversations. This is when the film is at its best as the four start clashing over their ideals and how best to represent and uplift the black race.

Goree and Ben-Adir have the more challenging roles considering the numerous big screen portrayals of Ali and X over the years. Denzel Washington’s Oscar nominated portrayal of X is considered the yardstick and Will Smith’s fiery 2001 turn as Ali also earned him an Oscar nod. Ironically, Smith lost to Washington that year as he got his long overdue Best Actor award for Training Day.

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In a lot of films this would be a tough obstacle for the two less household name actors to overcome. Here, it works in their favor as Goree and Ben-Adir aren’t asked to play the larger than life personas with their supernova like charisma.

Instead, they’re tasked with the façade-free, real versions of Clay and X, the versions most familiar to their inner circle. They more than hold their end up without feeling stuck in the shadows of other performances. Ben-Adir skillfully shows how X handles his growing dissatisfaction with the Nation’s leadership, his desire to see his friends reach their most influential potential and increasing concern for his safety.

One Night In Miami doesn’t need lavish, expensive sets and showy cinematography. King is a confident filmmaker assured of her cast and provides them a tremendous platform to show their immense talent.

         

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ENTERTAINMENT – Netflix Presents A Documentary On, “Betty White: First Lady of Television”

Betty White: First Lady of Television (2018) documentary on Netflix

I received an email from Netflix, asking me if I had viewed the documentary on, “Betty White: First Lady of Television.” I was surprised and simply could not, not watch! Everything about Betty White on Television has invoked fond, warm memories and in times of coronavirus lockdown, I needed to remember those times.

Everything about growing up happy involves a number of the shows she was in. Her sassy wit and characters that were almost whimsical yet she could always deliver a telling line and that is what defined her talent.

This documentary is one of favorite things!

Betty White is always entertaining!

The movie is just as inviting as she is on television. It is a caring look over the life and career of such a beloved television and film legend who celebrates 80 years in show business this year — officially the longest career in the history of TV. Lauded for her roles as the bawdy Sue Ann on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, (one of my favorite’s), the innocent Rose on The Golden Girls (another favorite), and her more recent role as the worldly Elka on Hot in Cleveland, Betty White is also an industry pioneer.

The Emmy’s 2018 | A Standing Ovation For The First Lady Of Television Betty White | FOX

The film is packed with hilarious clips from her long career and comments from friends and co-stars, including Valerie Bertinelli, Georgia Engel, and Tina Fey, Valerie Harper, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Gavin MacLeod, Carl Reiner, Ryan Reynolds, Tom Sullivan, and Alex Trebek and many more.

Betty White stars as an animal lover in David E. Kelley’s Lake Placid film, available on Amazon Prime.

Other performances by Betty White that I dearly enjoyed were the saucy Catherine Piper on Boston Legal, and the 30-foot crocodile-feeding lover, Mrs. Delores Bickerman, in Lake Placid whose husband was eaten by the very same beast. These are two roles close to my heart as she’s staring in projects that are written by one of my favorite writer’s, David E. Kelley.

Betty White on Saturday Night Live with an all star cast!

As the producers were granted exclusive access to Betty and her team, they were able to capture the magic of her performances at various venues, along with more personal moments at home and interacting with close friends — one of whom is a 900-pound grizzly bear.

From the documentary, Betty White shares moving tribute for ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ co-star Georgia Engel with 900-pound grizzly bear.

Her characters are always original and I’m sure that’s because of how she delivers them to her loving watching audience. Of course, The Golden Girls will always be with us on television.

She was the first woman to produce a national TV show, the first woman to star in a sitcom, the first producer to hire a female director and the first woman to receive an Emmy nomination.

Betty White is a long-time lover of animals.

The documentary will put a lasting smile on your face. Betty White truly is the first lady of television!

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ENTERTAINMENT – Amazon Prime Presents Sylvie’s Love, A Sweeping Romance Set In 1950s Harlem

Tessa Thompson stars as Sylvie Parker and Nnamdi Asomugha is the aspiring saxophonist, Robert Halloway that wants to court her in Sylvie’s Love available for streaming through Amazon Prime.

Thompson has fallen in love with the television familiar shows of the time such as Here’s Lucy and her whole life is focused on working in Television.

This dream is unexpectedly fulfilled when she lands the producer’s assistant job of a “colored female producer” in New York City.

Sylvie's Love scores high on Rotten Tomatoes

Sylvie’s Love scores high by critics on Rotten Tomatoes (92%) as well as the film’s audience review score at 80%.

Writer and director Eugene Ashe transforms Thompson and Asomugha into two Harlem residents. Robert has big dreams of being a famous saxophone player and while his band thinks he is a good sax player, others find him to be a great saxophonist in the making.

Robert spends his nights playing with his bandmates and even though he enjoys it, he is struggling to make ends meet.

The film is a period piece centered around 1950s Harlem and the romance lays seed when Halloway lands a job inside the record shop owned by Parker’s farther. Amazon Prime describes how, “their love ignites a sweeping romance that transcends changing times, geography, and professional success.” Robert spots Sylvie—a young, upper-middle-class girl who loves watching television in her father’s store. Robert who is smitten by Sylvie tries everything he can to get her attention and she pays him no mind and brushes him off.

But when she finally looks at him, it’s love at first sight for her.

Robert and Sylvie eventually become close, as friends at first, but they both soon discover they have an undeniable attraction amongst them and they don’t know what to do about it. Sylvie’s Love is a romance movie that exists in a world where music is the true language of the people. Anyone with some rhythm and harmony aspires to get into show business; in a world where the biggest influences are Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. It takes more than regular talent to make it in the music business. To make it, you must be willing to sacrifice everything, even love.

 

Sylvie and Robert both make choices that they don’t like and struggle to live with. As they grow older, their love never dies even though they are living in different worlds. Their complicated love impacts their personal and professional lives and they realize that their happiness can’t be satisfied by material things.

Sylvie’s Love is an unexpected and beautiful love story that originally premiered during the Christmas holiday season, that invokes beautiful music and complicated love between two people.

Despite the path they each wanted to take in life, they both realize that love is the best path to take even if that means giving up things they love. Their love is tumultuous, distant and even painful but it’s also vibrant, steamy and raw. Hughes does an impressive job of using jazz to carry emotions through each scene, which will make you feel like you are in the room watching them.

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Phoebe Dynevor stars as Daphne Bridgerton and Regé-Jean Page stars as Duke Simon Basset

ENTERTAINMENT – “All The World’s A Stage” With Bridgeton By Shonda Rhimes On Netflix

I received several trusted nudges to view and review Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix series Bridgeton. I kept hearing its comparison to such popular series as The Tudors, Downton Abbey, and Pride and Prejudice, all fun favorites of mine, as well. Being late to the parade is not what I strive for, so I got my schedule in gear to binge-watch this eight episode series.

Jacques spoke this famous phrase in Act-II, Scene-VII of the play As You Like It. “All the world’s a stage… And all the men and women merely players.” The meaning of this phrase is that this world is like a stage show, and all human beings are merely actors. Does this mean that the viewing audience of Bridgeton is actually the real actors for this over the top popular show, here and now? Perhaps so!

The story focuses around the above family Bridgeton, specifically Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and her negotiated courtship to the Duke, Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page).

I was immediately struck by the displayed fresh faces of talent and the diversified cast; I felt like I was viewing the approach of Hamilton without the music and the stage. The story is familiar to the fans and the stage set by the writings of Jane Austen in her wonderful stories of romance.

He (Mr. Darcy) is madly in love and she (Elizabeth Bennet) simply can’t stand him.

Bridgerton offers the underpinnings of Pride and Prejudice and who doesn’t like the complications of that age-old story. It’s the ultimate “happy ever after” tale. Pride & Prejudice established the template for an infinity of romance novels, yet no subsequent love story had ever come close to equaling the delights of the original until…entrance of center stage, Bridgerton.

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a novel published in 1813, but it does not display typical Romantic characteristics. Rather, it may be said that its style and characteristics foreshadow the upcoming Victorian era. As Victorian novels often do, it portrays and comments on the social conventions of the period.

Regency romances are a subgenre of romance novels set during the period of the British Regency (1811–1820) or early 19th century. Rather than simply being versions of contemporary romance stories transported to a historical setting, Regency romances are a distinct genre with their own plot and stylistic conventions.

About the Bridgerton Series

Set between 1813 and 1827, the Bridgerton Series is a collection of eight novels, written by Julia Quinn, each featuring one of the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. The Bridgertons has been adapted as a Shondaland series for Netflix. It debuted on the network on December 25, 2020.

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ENTERTAINMENT – Netflix Series Virgin River Delivers A Nighttime Soap Opera Love Story

Virgin River is a Netflix series that stars Alexandra Breckenridge and Martin Henderson.

The storyline is campy, fun, and feels surprisingly fresh. It was a great escape during a coronavirus holiday season. Netflix sums up the series: “After seeing an ad for a midwife, a big-city nurse, Mel Monroe (Breckenridge) moves to the redwood forests of northern California, where she meets an intriguing, Jack Sheridan (Henderson).”

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The series’ lead characters are stories written for a heartwarming escape. Brewing in the background is a second hot and fiery relationship between Doc Mullins, (Tim Matheson) and Hope McCrea, (Annette O’Toole ). These two seasoned actors always deliver well. They bring loads of life and lots of positive energy to their character portrayals.

The formula reads like a Dallas soap opera written for the Northern California countryside, fashioned very much for lighthearted humor. If you need an escape from the shutdown, this is a great show to binge-watch two seasons and 30 episodes.

While the basic story-line is one we’ve seen countless times, it has it’s own character and personality which draws you in. Very heart warming. A script filled with cliché’s but it is well produced and perfect for a story set up that won’t challenge your nerves. Not a happily ever after, but definitely a must-see for a great get-away.

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