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2018 Golden Globe Awards!


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Happy Monday readers!  Many people bundled up during some of the coldest weather ever this past week and the worst of it is over (FINALLY!).  Since I was too busy fighting off the bitter cold, I’ve rarely checked the TV schedule to see if any events were happening.  It wasn’t until yesterday afternoon that I found out about the 75th Golden Globe Awards airing later on.

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Ah, yes – The 75th Golden Globe Awards.  Just the thing to distract my mind from the bombogenesis this past weekend.  Four hours packed of glitz, glamour, and the whole shebang!  It was perfect timing for escaping to La-La Land for a little while.

It was quite a night for the hottest movies and TV series that were nominated this year.  There’s also the continuing trend of streaming services (Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime!) appearing in some of the categories.

Let’s check out the highlights for this year’s Golden Globe ceremony:

Time’s Up Campaign & Dressing in Black

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There were two trending clothing items were the main stars of the Red-Carpet event – the ‘Time’s Up’ pin and dressing up in black.  Time’s up is a campaign initiated by hundreds of actresses and women who work in the entertainment industry to fight against sexual misconduct across the America.  Women dressed in black as a way to stand in solidarity with many victims of sexual harassment and assault.

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Two distinct clothing trends, one common cause – winning the ever-growing fighting against sexual misconduct across the nation.  These trends come in the wake of the mass sexual harassment stories popping up around Hollywood, with the first being Harvey Weinstein (you can read that PR nightmare here).  Months after the stories were released, many men and women aren’t backing down and staying silent about the issue anymore.

Major Nominations

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The Shape of Water was the most nominated film this year.  It ended up taking home Best Director (Guillermo del Toro) and Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat).  I saw this on Christmas and the film was absolutely amazing.  Guillermo del Toro created an incredible story that featured one awesome sea creature.

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For TV series, Big Little Lies snagged the most nominations.  The popular HBO series ended up winning 4 awards – Best actress for Limited Series or Television Movie (Nicole Kidman), Best Supporting Actor for Television Series (Alexander Skarsgard), Best Supporting Actress for Television Series (Laura Dern), and Best Limited Series or Television Movie.  It was a popular winning choice that featured a shocking story with disturbing truths.

            Kudos to Big Little Lies and The Shape of Water for receiving the most nominations this year!

Roseanne & Dan Conner Return!

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Roseanne and Dan (Rosanne Barr and John Goodman) came to the stage to present the award for best TV drama series.  90’s fans would remember the couple from the ABC series Rosanne.  Ironically enough, Rosanne will be returning in March this year on ABC.  It’s great to know that Rosanne and Dan will be back on Television after being cancelled for over 20 years!

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Be sure to check out Rosanne this March.

Handmaid’s Tale – 2 Wins

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Hulu’s popular series The Handmaid’s Tale took home two wins – Best Series and Best Performance in a Drama Television Series (Elizabeth Moss).  The Handmaid’s Tale was one of few TV series hailed from a streaming service.  Such streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are releasing more original content for its audience.  Their selections are so popular that they are taking up more spots on the nominations.

Here’s to hoping streaming services produce more unique series for everyone.

The Post – Featuring Sarah Paulson

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            American Horror Story veteran Sarah Paulson presented the nomination for the film The PostThe Post is a political thriller film depicting journalists from The New York Times and The Washington Post who published the Pentagon Papers that regard the U.S. government’s involvement during the Vietnam War.  Sarah Paulson stars as Antoinette “Tony” Pinchot Bradlee in the film.  While The Post did not take home any major wins, it did receive six Golden Globe nominations.

American Crime Story Cast Preview!

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Not only did AHS vet Sarah Paulson present the nomination for The Post, but the main cast of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace appeared on stage as well.  The cast got up to present the award for Best Actor in Limited Series or TV movie.  American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace will air on January 17th on FX and there will be coverage about that story a little bit later!

Thelma & Louise – 26 Years Later

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Our last highlight was Thelma and Louise reuniting on stage after 26 years.  Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis starred in the nostalgic 90s film Thelma & Louise about two friends who embark on a road trip with surprising consequences.  The duo appeared together on stage to present the award for best drama film.  It was incredible to see an amazing duo reunite together once again in the spirit of entertainment.

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Another Sunday and another Golden Globe Awards event finished.  There were many big wins, intriguing causes pointed out, and unforgettable reunions of famous characters.  It was surely a glamorous night in Hollywood yesterday.

Let’s see what Hollywood has in stores for us this year for the 2018 season!

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12/9 Snowy Saturday Quote!


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Well, well, well! Well if it isn’t fat stinking billy goat Billy Boy in poison! How art thou, thou globby bottle of cheap stinking chip oil? Come and get one in the yarbles, if ya have any yarble, ya eunuch jelly thou!

~ Alex, A Clockwork Orange

IT’S ALIVE — at Peabody Essex Museum!


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Happy Monday everyone!  Fall is still in the air and Thanksgiving is just around the corner (just TEN days!).  Halloween may already be over with, but the spookiness still lingers on around the Witch city of Salem.

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Even before the hasty Halloween month of October, the Peabody Essex Museum opened up their own horror themed exhibit since August.  The exhibit is titled ‘It’s Alive!’, featuring Kirk Hammett’s collection of horror and sci-fi movie posters (metal fans would know Kirk as lead guitarist for Metallica since 1983!).  Kirk Hammett has been working on his movie poster collection for decades and his various posters became one of many exhibits for the Peabody Essex Museum.  His horror and sci-fi movie poster collection were an essential source of inspiration that fueled his own musical creativity.

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I got to check out this exhibit yesterday and was blown away by some of these colorful posters.  Some posters I recognized from watching the films while others were completely new titles to me.  Nevertheless, it was quite an entertaining event to check out.  Here were the overall highlights from yesterday’s adventure:

Horrifyingly Amazing Posters

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First thing that caught my attention were the posters.  Various movie posters were hung around the walls of the exhibit.  The collection history starts around the 1920s and ends within the 80s.  While there weren’t many modern films featured, there were still some notable titles and themes I enjoy.

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One common horror theme I noticed were monsters, especially vampires.  Dracula was a huge hit in the movies, spurring what would be the start of vampire movies throughout the decades.  Vampires were especially a huge hit in the Hollywood creative pool from the 1990s-2000s (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, anyone?).

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Another common horror theme I passed through was zombies.  Zombies had its roots from Haitian folklore and the voodoo religion.  They have been a popular type of monster for horror films (even before The Walking Dead invaded AMC on Sunday nights).  Even as time goes on, these lifeless creatures still make their ways into TV series and movies each year.

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Other than Dracula and zombies, Frankenstein also made an appearance for the event.  Frankenstein was originally written by Mary Shelley back in 1818 and he has been adapted into many works of film.  He even got his own bride in the film Bride of Frankenstein on 1935.

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As I wandered more into the exhibit, more horrific monsters hid around every corner.  Some looked really creepy in the posters while others just seemed silly.  Even still, it was intriguing to see how films were made back in day.  Many of these films existed way before I was even born, so we’ve definitely come a long way with that Hollywood magic.

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My personal favorite posters were from the films within the 60 and 70s.  Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the infamous poster for Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? I remembered Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Bette and Joan back in the winter and the poster immediately took me back to that series (you can learn more about their tumultuous story here).

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Cruising just a few steps over and the poster for The Exorcist was hanging up.  The Exorcist was released on December 26th, 1973 and became an instant cult classic.  It’s widely regarded as one of the scariest horror films of all time (FYI, people literally passed out after watching the film in theaters!).

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Across from that were the posters for Star Wars and Aliens.  These movies were more sci-fi films, but they made significant breakthroughs in the film industry.  Aliens took horror sci-fi to a new level with the monsters in space (their marketing stunt with the egg was genius!).  Star Wars was one of many films that took over the box offices many times.  Decades later and Star Wars still remains popular to this day!

Scary-Good Background Info

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Adjacent to the posters were some tidbits about the films themselves.  Some just featured the title of the film and when it was made while others provided some juicy story about the artist behind the work.  I really learned a lot info just from reading some of the cards.

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The tidbit that really got me thinking was about the various color scheme.  On the title card for Dracula’s Daughter, Karoly Grosz explained how black and yellow that is used boldly will stand out anywhere at any time.  Yellow reflects light on a sunny day while black absorbs it, making it a powerful contrast.  Many movie posters featured yellow and black in their color scheme, which really made the artwork stand out in your eyes.

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Being a PR pro myself, I understand how important color scheme is when it comes to design.  Utilizing a good color scheme is crucial for captivating your audience.  Use the wrong type of colors and your audience will be turned off by the promotional work.

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A lot of these posters utilized important design tactics to the very fullest.  Many of them featured lots of yellow and black to draw out that contrast.

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Reading these tidbits really added some flair to these artworks.  It’s always great to read about the grand history behind the designing of these posters.  Props to the artists for creating such masterful designs!

Bizarre Guitar Art

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One of the main focal points of the exhibit were the colorful guitars.  Being a huge fan of horror movies, Kirk Hammett fueled his passion by designing his guitars with pop culture flare.  Design tactics from posters like Nosferatu and Dracula were utilized to create these colorful sleeves.

These guitar sleeves looked absolutely incredible!  I loved the detail that was put into rearranging the content from the movie poster onto the parts of the guitar.  It was one of the interesting features of the exhibit other than the posters themselves.

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That’s it for my adventures at the ‘It’s Alive!’ exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum!  The movie posters, tidbits, and colorful guitar pieces were all incredible to look at.  It’s been a long while since I have been into a museum and I was glad to finally check out this entertaining exhibit.  Who knows where my next adventure will be.

Will it be another museum?  Another philosophical walk in nature?  A conference?  Stay tuned on this blog to see what will happen next!

Harvey’s Horrendous PR Nightmare


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Hollywood is no stranger to PR nightmares.  Whether it’s a box office blunder or another celebrity partying too hard, PR nightmares are sure to swivel around Tinseltown.  PR pros love a good PR nightmare to work with, especially in the entertainment capital of the world (I’ll say this again – there’s NO such thing as bad publicity!).

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We all enjoy checking out the latest in movies, music, tv shows, fashion and even literature; but it’s the scandals hiding beneath the curtains that make the show that much more spectacular.  As social media’s popularity grows, the thirst for juicy scandals become much more desirable.  There’s one PR nightmare stemming from a man who co-created a movie company known for producing some of the best independent films to date.  Get ready, folks – this is the PR nightmare of Harvey Weinstein.

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Harvey Weinstein was born in New York City on March 19th, 1952.  He’s most known as the co-founder of Miramax, a subsidiary film and television company founded in Buffalo, New York.  Miramax is known for producing some of the hottest independent films such as Clerks, Sex, Lies, and Videotapes, Pulp Fiction, and The Crying Game.  What’s interesting to point out is that their television production division (Miramax Television) produced series like Project Runway and Clerks.

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All the scenes were set smoothly for Harvey Weinstein…that is, until the PR nightmare began.  In the beginning of October, The New Yorker and The New York Times reported that a dozen of women accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault, and even rape.  Many of these women reported having similar experiences with Weinstein, in which he denied all of these accusations.  Due to the results of the accusations, Weinstein was fired from his own production company.

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But the PR nightmare was JUST getting started for Harvey.  His wife, English fashion designer and actress Georgina Chapman, left him once the accusations started.  Not only was he fired from his own company, but he was also expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Many leading politicians he supported started denouncing him.  This horrific PR nightmare was only getting worse each day.  It only took one match to engulf his reputation into flames.

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Even while writing about this particular piece, Harvey’s PR nightmare is only drudging along ever so slowly.  His wife, political supporters, and even his own company are out of his grasp.  Hollywood is a small town where everyone hears through the mounting grape vine.  It only takes one small vine to connect with its other branches in order to ignite a PR nightmare.

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That is the tragic PR tale of Harvey Weinstein and his entertainment career.  The cat is already out of the bag (and continues to be out as well), so there’s very little damage control that can be done at this point.  Only strategic PR move would be to roll with the punches.  Word has already gone out, so only time will heal this reputational wound.

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Rather than dwell on the horrors of the accusation, we should take this as a lesson in the muddy world of Public Relations.  Secrets will be shocking to hear, especially if you’re higher up on the totem pole.  The higher you climb up, the harder you will fall.  These scandalous sexual accusations will only plunge Harvey down further into his nightmare.

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Sometimes the scariest event is not so much the monster, but the leading events that happen once the monster is caught.

Death Note(Anime) Vs. Death Note(Film)


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Netflix released some crazy-good TV series as well as some interesting flicks to check out.  A lot of movies, both old and new, pop up in the digital slot within the Netflix library.  I’ve already seen most of these movies before and it’s hard to keep up with the new indie flicks that come up (most of them were INTERESTING, to say the least!).

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A lot of movies seemed to be a miss for me, but there was one film that I was on the fence about for a while.  Based off the infamous manga series, Netflix released a live action film of Death Note.

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Before I start this review, I have to admit that I didn’t know what to expect with this film.  I absolutely LOVED the Death Note anime series, so hearing of a live-action film idea made me wince in pain.  Death Note was one of few anime I watched over and over because it was just so brilliantly done.  Last night I decided to check it out (with a perfect ramen dish I made for dinner!).

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Selecting this film, I thought this would actually be somewhat decent…but WOW…it was just that ridiculous from start to finish.  I laughed, I winced in pain, I rolled my eyes, and I even face-palmed through this embarrassment of a live-action film.  Death Note fans should definitely avoid checking out this movie.  No amount of Blue Kush helped me enjoy this nightmare of a god-awful live adaptation stemming from one of my favorite anime of all time.

Now that I stopped cringing, it’s time to discuss what’s so horrid about the Death Note film:

Severed Storyline

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Let’s start with the storylines: The Death Note anime revolves around Light Yagami, a brilliant high school student who discovers the Death Note.  He picks up the notebook from the Shinigami Ryuk who explains that any name written on the notebook shall die.  All the user needs are a name and face in mind for the person.  Light Yagami attempts to create a world where he cleanses all the evil off of the earth, acting as a ‘God’ while using the notebook.  His god-like plans are continually thwarted by L, igniting a psychological cat-and-mouse game with his adversary.

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Now here’s the movie’s plot – Light Turner discovers a notebook from the Shinigami Ryuk, who bullys him into writing a name on the notebook.  After experimenting with a few criminals (most importantly, the man who killed his mother), he teams up with classmate Mia Sutton to rid the world of evil.  The duo team up in this vengeful scheme when L comes into the picture.

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So yeah, the storyline completely differs from the original manga series.  Rather than stick with the same storyline, they changed it around to become some vengeful romance story between Light and Mia.  I do give them credit for how Ryuk came out in the film.  Either way, it doesn’t work at all and turns the audience off from the film.  Death Note has a beautiful psychological thriller concept and there was barely any advanced psychological tactics featured.  They didn’t even showcase the notorious potato chip scene (out of ALL of best scenes, they don’t even have the freakin potato-chip montage!).

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Light Yagami is a gifted high-school student who was bored with his normal life.  He utilized the Death Note to create this whole new life free of crime.  His madness progressed throughout each episode as he climbs higher and higher into his ultimate goal.

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On the other hand, Light Turner was this whiny high school douchebag that had no clue how to strategize his plan.  Light kept looking for ways out, freaked out about the number of rules featured within the Death Note, and pretty much couldn’t handle the pressure at all.  He was not gifted at all nor was he successful with his so-called vengeance.

It’s safe to say that Light Yagami was a lot more interesting to watch than Light Turner.  Turner has NOTHING on Yagami!

            L as Antagonist

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Within the anime series, L is one of the smartest detectives around who has many strange quirks (eating lots of candy, squatting).  He is a very logical person that analyzes many aspects of his cases.  L is very cautious about how he approaches Light, keeping his enemy close in his mind games.

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In the film, L is sloppy in his detective work.  He doesn’t keep his emotions intact and acts in a hasty fashion when things go wrong.  It’s gets so sloppy that he starts chasing after Light with his gun (FYI, L doesn’t EVER use guns in the anime!).

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Between the two, L in the anime series was a much better antagonist to watch.  The other L was just an humiliating imposter that acted way too quickly on his impulses.  It was just sad to see this dumbed-down version of L presented to the audience (as a matter of fact, ALL of the characters were dumbed down in the live-action film version!).

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            At this point, I can conclude that this film is definitely worth avoiding.  This water-down version was so humiliating to watch that I cringed almost every minute of the film.  A severed storyline and characters dumbed-down to become almost idiotic made Death Note a serious miss for me.  If anything, I would definitely re-watch the Death Note anime.  This beautifully-crafted psychological thriller anime featured one of the best cat-and-mouse mind games I ever had the pleasure of watching.

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And with that, just skip the Death Note live-action film and watch the original Death Note anime series instead.