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Take Off, Eh! by tweegnlb

Canada, we are who we are regardless of what others think of us.

Ok, who are we kidding? We love to hear what others think of us. We have a reputation for being the ‘nice’ guys, and we all know what happens to the nice guys, they get forgotten about (and it’s not aboot!)

Well, after years of being placed on the back burner of popular culture, Canadiana has finally come into its own.

We all remember Canada’s grainy attempts at self production over the last 40 years or so, and anyone who has a problem with the Littlest Hobo can answer to me! (I love that dog!) But now it seems we have finally caught up with the rest of television and our stories aren’t just about Joey Jeremiah’s band anymore.

With shows like the Trailer Park Boys and Kenny vs Spenny blazing a brand new trail for Canadian adult sitcoms, we’re finally getting the respect we deserve!

Brent Butt, creator of Corner Gas, has opened the door for family sitcoms based in Canada, (ie) Little Mosque On The Prairie), and has developed characters that can be loved for their small town ways and respected for the subtle, sarcastic, truly Canadian way they poke fun at other cultures the world over. He has done the impossible and generated a steadily growing fan base not only inside our boarder but even in the US and Europe.

But wait, lets not forget what the show SCTV did for us back in the 70’s and 80’s! Many of the best comedians of our time got their start on that show, and lets admit it, where would we be with out Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis’s portrayal of average Canadians: Bob and Doug McKenzie, without whom we would not be who we are today. When anyone the world over thinks of Canada, the image of toque wearing, beer drinking, hosers comes to mind, and we as a culture are proud of that!

We are who we are and we take great pride in it, so join me in taking pride in The Great White North Eh!

UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!!

The Trailer Park Boys are Back!  For fans who have not heard, the Boys are back this Sunday, December 7th, 2008 on Show Case, in an all new one hour special!  Though this will be the last regular episode, the Boys will be back in their second (and hopefully not last!) full length feature film this fall!  Lets all join together and tell these guys how much we miss them, and maybe they will stick around!  (Via showcase.ca)

Also, Corner Gas star Brent Butt has a new brainchild soon to be on CTV.  The show will star Brents real life wife Nancy Robertson, Wanda from the show, as a childrens author with anger issues.  Lets hope Brent makes it on for a couple of cameo appearances!  (Via The Hour)



Batman in peril………………Goodbye dark knight. by jojobigms
November 30, 2008, 10:34 pm
Filed under: Entertainment, Movies, Television

well here we go again with the whole spiel about the black bat and his contributions to the economy by nearly selling 30million on opening night. However, as we look deeper into hollywood it would appear that the dangling bat is written to die in the next sequel (according to E! Entertainment). Yes, that is right…….there will be no more of the petty little bat as writer Grant Morrison puts away the playboy Bruce Wayne.

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The new equipped movie being written for Batman has shown some disappointment to some and pleasure to others. I happen to be part of the others simply due to the fact that the Dark Knight was simply a bit annoying with the super-hero voice and now that the bat dies so does a part of the career of the actor.

 Anyways, to roll away from the ramble……it appear that Bruce Wayne’s father is not dead after all these years of Batman and who also ironically happens to be the villain. shortly, after Batman sees that it is his father he tries to capture him and dies in a deadly helicopter crash…..simple ending.

 

if you ask and that is if you ask me…..I would say that they locked the Dark Knight impersonator in a binding hard core contract stating to do other Batman movies………….what better way to kill a horrible actor than by giving him no lines for the next decade…….hahahahhah.



Four Christmases and 10 Holiday Favorites! by polkadots33
A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

With less than one month till Santa’s big day I decided to check my list…twice and put together the ‘nice’ list of holiday favorites that you may want to view in the days leading up to Christmas.

I understand that due to traditions each person may have a very different top 10 but I have come up with a general group and would love to hear your comments about which movies you think make the list of the best Christmas movies.

First off though I must mention the new 2008 Christmas movie…

Of course with a cast that includes Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn and many other great actors I think it is fair to say Four Christmases  might be worth checking out. It opened today and although I couldn’t make it to the theatre, I have already heard that it was ‘really good and really funny’.

So check it out and see if it makes your list of faves, at least with Vince Vaughn involved you are guarnteed some laughs!

 Here’s the trailer…

So in no particular order, here is a list of the best Christmas movies! 

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)-directed by Frank Capra

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) -directed by George Seaton

A Christmas Story (1983) -directed by Bob Clark

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) -directed by Bill Melendez

A Christmas Carol (1938) -directed by Edwin L. Marin

The Santa Clause (1994) -directed by John Pasquin

Home Alone (1990) -directed by Chris Columbus

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) -directed by Chuck Jones and Ben Washamgrinch

Prancer (1989) -directed by John D. Hancock

and one of my favorites…

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989) -directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik

Many Christmas movies have been remade once or a few times, to me this must mean that we like the classic stories and don’t mind a modern twist every now and then.

So with just under a month to get all your decorating, shopping and baking done..don’t forget to find some time to grab a cup of eggnog and settle in for an evening with your favorite holiday flicks…whatever they may be!



Twilight……….a smash hit. by jojobigms
November 23, 2008, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Entertainment, Movies, Television

Well there is no disappointment as according to the E! news the movies hit a dent in the market with a grand opening only this time it beat the favorable Indiana Jones and James Bond Quantum of solace. Twilight’s numbers hit high $35 Million which was better than the $25 Million expected. Although there is not much comment about the movie from many people to be found other than Q and A, all that can be said is that it left people satisfied. 

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Trading Denim for Diamonds…Country Music’s Big Night by polkadots33

Co-Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood

Co-Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood

 

Tonight the big stars of country music took the stage at the Sommet Center in Nashville for the annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The hosts of this year’s CMA awards were Brad Paisley and former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood. The two were chosen to host the show due to their winning the 2007 Male and Female Vocalists of the year. If that’s the academy’s new way of selecting hosts Brad and Carrie will be hosting again next year as they took the vocalist of the year awards home again for 2008!

 

The 42nd annual awards started off with a bang with a performance by co-host Brad Paisley and superstar Keith Urban.  Urban’s and wife Nicole Kidman welcomed new baby Sunday Rose in July but the 4 month old baby girl did not join the couple on the red carpet. Keith Urban was also nominated for two awards, Entertainer of the Year (which he won in 2005) and Male Vocalist of the year (which he claimed in 2004, 2005 and 2006).

Past winner and nominee Keith Urban with wife Nicole Kidman

Past winner and nominee Keith Urban with wife Nicole Kidman

 

 

In addition to opening the show, Brad Paisley also sang his newest single ‘Waitin’ on a Woman’ while Carrie Underwood belted out ‘Just a Dream’.  Carrie Underwood also had some accomplishments during the show she managed a total of 7 wardrobe changes after hitting the red carpet!

Nicole Kidman wasn’t the only Oscar winner in attendance;  , star of the new holiday film \’Four Christmases\’ ,Reese Witherspoon presented the award for Male Vocalist of the year.

Entertainer of the Year was claimed by Kenny Chesney who is no stranger to the honour as he won in 2007, 2006 and 2004. Wit 29 nominations and 7 awards during his career he must have his acceptance speech memorized! Also nominated were, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Sugarland and Keith Urban.

2008 Entertainer of the Year, Kenny Chesney

2008 Entertainer of the Year, Kenny Chesney

 

 

Though he didn’t pick up Entertainer of the Year, 23 years after his first CMA, George Strait once again won Album of the year and also added Single of the year. With a total of 22 awards and 75 nominations dating as far back as 1983, this country legend definately has his speech memorized!

So after Entertainer of the Year was awarded and Carrie Underwood made one more dress change the country celebrities left in their glamorous clothes in search of their blue jeans and boots until the fancy dress comes out again next year!

For complete details on the CMA’s be sure to check out http://www.cmaawards.com/2008/



Unexpected Death of Jurassic Park Creator by polkadots33
Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton

The writer of novels, television and films that sparked imaginations, pushed boundaries and made medicine a major part of Thursday nights passed away in Los Angeles yesterday at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer.

During his lifetime he wrote many great stories and brought the medical drama ER into our living rooms. The show began in 1994 with the like of George Clooney and Noah Wyle  and will complete its final season this year. For this show he was nominated for the Emmy award for ‘Outstanding Drama Series’ each year rom 1995- 2000 winning the award in 1996.

In 1993 movie audiences were captivated by his prehistoric story of Jurassic Park and he made people really think about the limitations of science again with a sequel to Jurassic Park; The Lost World in 1997.

Other popular stories from Michael Crichton include Twister (1996, Directed By Jan de Bont) and The Andromeda Strain (2008, Directed By Mikael Salomon), as well as many novels and other films and television works.

AOL Entertainment reported ths story and included the following quote from his family. “While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us – and entertained us all while doing so – his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes,” his family said.

For more details of Micheal Crightons many acheivments and facinating stories you can visit his WEBSITE



Halloween Horror by polkadots33

With Halloween just one more day away it’s time to head to your local movie rental store to pick up some frightful flicks to enjoy while the ghosts and goblins and witches roam the streets in search for sweet treats.

To save you all from having to research your own Halloween horror I have researched and found a list of the top ten best horror movies. It is interesting to note that most of the best ones were made decades ago, before all of the movie technology that film makers have access to today. In addition to this many of the movies have been re-done in recent years but it is the originals that top the lists.

During my internet search I discovered that there were entire websites dedicated to this gruesome and frightening genre of film. One sight by Don Sumner brilliantly named Best-Horror-Movies.Com provides the list of the top 100 best horror movies.  I have cut this down to just the top 10 but if the movie store is sold out of these ones you can always check out his sight for the complete list!

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

10. Friday the 13th (1980, directed by Sean S. Cunningham)

9. Dead Alive (1992. Directed by Peter Jackson)

8. Psycho (1960, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock)

7. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, Directed by Wes Craven)

6. The Shining (1980, Directed by Stanley Kubrick)

5. Night of the Living Dead(1968, Directed by Dean Lachiusa & George Romero)

4. Halloween (1978, directed by John Carpenter)

3. Dawn of the Dead (1978, Directed by George A. Romero)

2. Alien(1979, Directed by Ridley Scott)

1. The Exorcist (1973, Directed by William Friedkin)For more information and reviews on these movies and others, you can also check out the Internet Movie Database it has tons of information on any movie you can think of!

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist (1973)

 

The number one movie on my list would be Psycho, I’ve only ever seen it once when I was quite young and had a strange fascination with horrifying movies but I will never forget the creepy music and that famous shower scene. With a man like Alfred Hitchcock behind the scenes it was sure to be memorable. This black and white fright starred Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh and was nominated for 5 Oscars in 1961. Now 47 years later though the leading actors are no longer alive the impact of the movie most certainly is!

Janet Leigh in Psycho

This Halloween if you would rather watch some gruesome scenes at the theatre Saw V was released on October 24th and according to The Internet Movie Database it currently has 6 out of 10 stars and you can check out all of the reviews there before going to the theatre.

So whether you are handing out candy to miniature Hannah Montana’s, pretty princesses or those who truly get into the scary spirit of the holiday with fake blood and a rubber mask, just remember to take some time to honour the movies that sent us to bed with the promise of nightmares!