Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Parade on TCM Today

One of my favorite movie musicals will be shown on Turner Classic Movies today, and I can hardly wait to see Easter Parade again for the umpeenth time. Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Ann Miller and Peter Lawford were never better! Great Irving Berlin tunes and an amusing show biz story add to the fun.

Highlights include:

Judy and Fred dressed as tramps performing "A Couple of Swells"

Ann Miller singing and dancing to "Shaking the Blues Away"

Peter Lawford warbling "A Fella with an Umbrella"

Put all this together and you have an oldie-but-goodie musical treat, for sure!

Here's a link for more information:

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Stop Playing Safe

Described as a “guidebook for greater courage and success,” Stop Playing Safe by Margie Warrell is designed to help readers make changes they have been putting off and move their careers onto a new path of success and fulfillment. Rave reviews are coming in about this important book! For example, here is what one executive has to say about the author and her work:

Margie has an exceptional gift with helping people see things from new, bigger and more constructive perspectives. She will help you identify your barriers to success, and find the courage to take the steps needed to achieve your true potential. -- Sylvia Work, Verizon

Stop Playing Safe sounds like a "must-read" for anyone who wants a more rewarding career and life.

For more information plus a list of great bonuses (full disclosure -- one from yours truly), please click on the link below.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Funny Essay

Harry and Elizabeth, who knew each other slightly, were lucky to receive assigned seats across from each other at the end of two aisles in the back of their high school World History class. This enabled them to pass notes without the teacher knowing it, and Harry always went out of his way to make Elizabeth laugh. During one class session, the teacher asked the students to write a short essay about Scotland. So Harry very quickly wrote a short one, then passed it to Elizabeth.

SCOTLAND by Harry Lawrence

Scotland is a land filled with Scots. For example, many Scotch people live there. You can tell they are Scotch because even the men wear colorful skirts, which they call “kilts.”

It’s important to mention that Scotland can be found close to Great Britain. However, this land should not be confused with Ireland, which is also close to England (Great Britain). There are very few Scotch people in Ireland, which is the homeland for most Irish people and their leprechauns (tiny green men with pots of gold) instead.

Although Scotland can be considered part of Europe (a continent close to Asia), it does not appear connected to that particular continent. Anyone who wants to get to Europe from Scotland has to fly or travel by boat. But it’s well-known the Scotch people don’t like to spend much money. That’s probably why they don’t buy expensive tickets to Europe and prefer to stay at home in Scotland listening to their bagpipe music.

After learning all this about Scotland, I feel lucky to live in the United States of America.

Elizabeth couldn’t contain herself and laughed too loud at what Harry wrote, probably because of her Irish/Scottish roots. She didn’t give the piece of paper back to Harry fast enough, so both of them were chastised by the teacher, who smiled slyly when she read Harry’s SCOTLAND ESSAY. Happily, she didn’t change the seating arrangements, so Harry and Elizabeth continued communicating with each other and becoming friends during the class all that semester – but they were more careful after this incident.

(Find out more about HARRY AND ELIZABETH LAWRENCE by reading their award-winning romantic memoir, IT HAD TO BE US, available from Amazon’s Kindle Store.)


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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Not in Kansas Anymore

Before a scary tornado dropped Dorothy Gale onto a Wicked Witch, a similar thing happened to a fellow named Oscar Diggs. Oz the Great and Powerful follows the adventures of this small-time circus magician/con man who gets hurled away from Kansas to the colorful Land of Oz back in the late 1800s. At first, Oscar thinks he’s got it made in this new location because his magic tricks have made the inhabitants think of him as the Great Wizard they’ve been expecting. But he soon meets three witches who aren’t so sure about this. As Oscar learns more regarding Oz, he realizes he needs to find out who’s good and who’s evil -- and perhaps how to be a better man himself.

Based on a 1900 novel by L. Frank Baum, this film fantasy stars James Franco as Oscar and three very lovely actresses as the witches. Because Michelle Williams plays Glinda, we already know she’s a good witch. But what about Theodora and Evanora -- who are portrayed by Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz, respectively? Which witch will turn out to be the horrible green creature who later frightened Dorothy so much? Trying to figure that out is one of this new film’s many pleasures. Also highly pleasing are the glorious, colorful visuals filling the big screen after an initial black and white opening sequence, which serves as a homage to 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. Fascinating 3D special effects also enhance the film’s fantasy quality.

Read the rest of my review at ReelTalk Movie Reviews.

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