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The Uncompromising Comedy of Red Skelton

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Almost 20 years ago, America lost one of her premier and most legendary comedians, Red Skelton whose career spanned 70 years. He was a pioneer, establishing a benchmark of excellence in comedic entertainment. And when comedy began to evolve in the 1970s to more provocative and boundary-pushing topics including colorful and even extreme language, Skelton stood firm to his integrity and to his own brand of family-oriented comedy. He was uncompromising, and sadly, even though he still had a hit television show, it was cancelled, and the vintage acts of Red Skelton passed into legend.

Skelton in 1960

His act had been in public view since 1923, when he began developing his comedic and pantomime skills at the age of 10 and joining a traveling medicine show. He graduated to burlesque and vaudeville in 1934. His radio career began in 1937 when he appeared on The Feischmann’s Yeast Hour. That led to his hosting Avalon Time in 1938 and then The Raleigh Cigarette Program in 1941. It was during this time he was creating many of his characters he would incorporate into his sketches.

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The Exception is Exceptional, A Riveting World War II Thriller

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I can’t say anything bad about this movie. Okay, it starts off a little slowly, but what period piece doesn’t? But it heats up quickly and I was glued to the screen till the last scene. The Exception is a story about little known Kaiser Whileim II, the last monarch of Germany, forced to abdicate and live in exile for 20 years while Hitler and the Third Reich blew up Germany and the rest of the world along with it. The movie is based on the historical fictional novel The Emperor’s Last Kiss, published in 2003 and written by Alan Jadd.

The Exception, which scored 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, is a beautifully-acted period-piece full of intrigue with incredibly sexy love scenes. The protagonist is an unlikely hero in the form of a wary German soldier played by Australian actor Jai Courtney (Divergent Series, Unbroken, Jack Reacher) and the heroine is played by British actor Lily James (Downton Abbey, Cinderella, Burnt). The ensemble includes the incomparable Christopher Plummer (The Last Station, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Insider) as the very convincing exiled Kaiser who is hoping to be restored as emperor of the “Fatherland” by Hitler.

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  • This looks like a great one! Can’t wait to see it! Great piece:) I always love period pieces. You might also like to check out Suite Francaise just out on Netflix, a ww2 period piece

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The Day Stephen Spielberg was Born to a Real Mother Named “Jaws”

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How many of you can go for a nice peaceful swim in the ocean all alone without at least pausing for a moment. Flat on your back, toes in the air, do you feel that slight momentary panic and look around, wondering what’s under the water with you? You may even roll your eyes, laugh at yourself and go back to enjoying your swim — momentarily. But then you hear that music in your head. Da dum, da dum, da dum. Suddenly your beating a hasty retreat to the safety of the beach. Thank Stephen Spielberg and let’s wish him a happy birthday. It was on this day in 1975 that Spielberg was born to a mother (and I mean a real muther) we all know as Jaws.

Jaws was truly lightning in a bottle. Nothing had ever been accomplished or seen like this film. The story of that muther, that great white shark, terrorizing a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster. It was the highest grossing movie in history until Star Wars bested it in 1977. And the film spawned a long line of sequels, but none that could equal the original.

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Taylor Swift Releases Entire Music Catalog on Spotify, Pandora at Midnight

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The stroke of midnight is usually a ball killer for fairytale princesses, but the stroke of midnight tonight rings in a whole new celebration for our favorite pop-country music princess Taylor Swift. That’s right Swifties, the party begins at midnight tonight and we are all invited! Wait for it….Dong…… At midnight tonight, Taylor Swift is releasing her entire music catalog on Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, Amazon and other music streaming platforms!

Her official Instagram fan account, Taylor Nation, posted the news Thursday. The announcement read:

“In celebration of 1989 selling over 10 Million Albums Worldwide and the RIAA’s 100 Million Song Certification announcement, Taylor wants to thank her fans by making her entire back catalog available to all streaming services tonight at midnight.”

This is welcome news from a pop star who has all but disappeared this year. However, the news does raise an eyebrow or two as well. It coincides with another major music event. Katy Perry’s album Witness is also being released at midnight tonight.

RollingStone reported May 15 that Katy Perry’s new album Witness would be released on June 9 and with it Perry’s massive 43-date Witness Tour which begins September 7th.

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The Secret Life of Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift has been leading a secret life this year. She has all but disappeared from public view since her pre-Super Bowl Concert in February. In fact, USA Today reported February 5 that the mega superstar said as much to the 9,000-person crowd in Houston that they were attending her only scheduled performances in 2017.

“As far as I know I’m only doing one show in 2017, and as far as I know, this is that show. By coming to this show tonight, you are attending 100% of this year’s tour dates,” Swift said.

But it’s more than that. The star seems to be living completely under the radar. The Washington Post stated it best in a report filed today.

Afterward [her February concert], her radio silence was immediate. No red carpets, no strolls down the streets of New York, no paparazzi photo shoots while leaving the gym. There was even a social media blackout, save for two Instagram posts to plug new singles from her friends Lorde and the band Haim. Swift was far off the grid, unusual for a superstar usually so thoroughly present in the public consciousness.

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