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Rob Gronkowski – From Patriot to Sports Analyst


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       It’s only been merely months since Rob Gronkowski retired from the NFL.  The former Patriots tight end has been busy on his cannabis-themed project selling his line of CBD topicals, tinctures, capsules, and various other items.  Cannabis is just one of many avenues that Rob Gronkowski is getting into after his amazing years of his football career.

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       But even as Gronkowski dives into the cannabis industry, his work still ties in with his love of football. Just last week, Rob Gronkowski signed on to join the sports program NFL Sunday on Fox as a sports analyst.  He started off last Thursday for the pre-game show of the Patriots game against the New York Giants (which they ended up winning 35-14!).  

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       This makes for great publicity for Rob Gronkowski and his personal brand.  Gronkowski already has that colorful personality that has landed him tons of support both on and off the field.  His intriguing character, whether it be in person or on social media, created a huge following over the years. He has already made appearances in advertising for other company, so it was only a matter of time for him to get an opportunity like this after his retirement from the NFL.  

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       While Gronkowski won’t be playing football anytime soon (for now!), he will still be talking about the games as a sports analyst on NFL Sunday.  Gronkowski makes for a perfect candidate to be a sports analyst.  His knowledge of football, as well as the work outside of the game, will only help the series grow further for audiences nationwide.

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       You can expect to see Rob Gronkowski on your TV screen, off the field and analyzing the American game of football.

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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie


       Welcome back to MakeSandcastlesNotWar folks!  I took a bit of hiatus these past few weeks, what with work being busy and Columbus Day Weekend approaching.  Now that the long holiday weekend is over with, its time to get back to blogging.

        For the record, I binge-watched through a lot of great stuff on Netflix during my days off.  But one of the most anticipated films that I was looking forward to was El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.

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       El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie was the sequel film that left off after the final episode of Breaking Bad.  It takes place right after Jesse Pinkman rides off from the cage he was held captive in.  Jesse Pinkman first rides over to Skinny Pete’s house to reconnect with him and Badger. He stays with them to refresh for a while.  After that, he meets up with various old friends to plan his escape from New Mexico.

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       This sequel film was just absolutely amazing.  El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie tied up many loose ends between Jesse Pinkman and the other characters he worked with during Breaking Bad.  There are various flashbacks including some disturbing ones of when Pinkman was held captive.  Better yet, there is even one sequence when he meets up with Walter White (guest starring Brian Cranston, of course!).

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       If you have seen all of Breaking Bad, then you definitely got to check out El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.  This film answers all of those burning questions you had after the last episode of the series.  I won’t give away the ending, but I will say this – it’s the ending that Jesse Pinkman deserved, driving off in that El Camino.

Hollywood — A Netflix TV Series (May 2020)


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Ryan Murphy really has been dominating the TV game this October.  American Horror Story: 1984 is already taking off well and The Politician was the first dip into Netflix.  Whether it be a streaming service or cable, Ryan Murphy has a lot of great series all around.

Interestingly enough, The Politician isn’t the only TV series Ryan Murphy in stores for Netflix.  He is also planning to release another TV series that centers around the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown.  This future project is known as Hollywood.

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Hollywood will take viewers into the Golden Age of Tinseltown, showcasing stories from the 1940s.  Its about the young and optimistic world of Hollywood back when it was starting to take off.  The first story will center around Rock Hudson, who will be played by Jake Picking.  Some of the other cast include Darren Criss, David Corenswet, Jeremy Pope, Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello, Dylan McDermott, and Patti LuPone.  You can expect to see Hollywood when it releases on May 2020.

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This was really exciting to hear.  While the premiere date is a half a year away, it is still exciting to hear of Ryan Murphy creating yet another series for Netflix.  The Politician was already amazing to watch and Hollywood will be just as amazing.  I already read about Rock Hudson’s life in All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson by Mark Griffin (which I reviewed on here) and I’m looking forward to see this play out in the new series.

If you already binge-watched The Politician, then don’t worry – the glitz and glamour of Hollywood will be coming to Netflix next year.

The Politician – Hobart/Jackson


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Over the first week of October, I kicked off the fall season by binge-watching Ryan Murphy’s newest series The Politician on Netflix.  The Politician followed Payton Hobart’s (Ben Platt) race as high school class president at Saint Sebastian High School in Santa Barbara, California.  It was quite an amazing story that wove together elements from shows like Glee and House of Cards.

But while the main storyline was all on Payton Hobart’s race for class president, there was another familiar star of the show.  That actress was none other than Jessica Lange.

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That’s right folks – one of the BEST things about The Politician was the return of Jessica Lange.  This was her latest TV role after making her surprise appearance in American Horror Story: Apocalypse.  Jessica Lange played Dusty Jackson, the mother of Infinity Jackson (Zoey Deutch).

And for the record, Jessica Lange’s character was just as crazy as ever.

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The first episode starts with Payton taking in cancer-stricken Infinity Jackson under his wing.  However, he gets news that Infinity didn’t have cancer.  After running some blood tests, He and his friends find out that she was perfectly healthy… or so they thought.

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Infinity wasn’t actually sick.  It was her mother Dusty that was causing her to be sick in the first place.  She was a victim of Munchausen by proxy from her own mother.

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So there you have it – Jessica Lange played a crazed grandmother who made her own granddaughter sick.  The story about what happened to her own daughter gets even more disturbing.

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So far Jessica Lange was Constance Langdon in American Horror Story: Murder House and American Horror Story: Apocalypse, Sister Jude Martin in AHS: Asylum, Fiona Goode in AHS: Coven, and Elsa Mars in AHS: Freak Show.  Not only that, but she also played Bette Davis in Feud.   Years later and she is still bringing her A-game on Netflix.  Dusty Jackson was just one of many amazing characters to watch.

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With that, Jessica Lange returned to play another disturbing, yet creative character in The Politician.  Dusty Jackson definitely had that American Horror Story vibe to her (like Constance or Fiona!).

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Whatever character she plays, just remember that she’ll always be the baddest witch in town.