Life is what happens when you are making other plans~ John Lennon
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind~Gandhi
The time is always right to do what is right~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Birthdays

Since it's September, time to say Happy Birthday to the following people

Jeff Foxworthy
-Birth name: Jeffrey Marshall Foxworthy
-DOB: 9/6/1958
-Where: Atlanta, Georgia
-Going to be: 58
-Known for his "You might be a redneck if..." one-liners
Colin Firth
-Birth name: Colin Andrew Firth
-DOB: 9/10/1960
-Where: Grayshott, Hampshire, England
-Going to be: 56
-His mother was a professor of comparative religion at the Open University while his father was a professor of history at Winchester University
Yao Ming
-DOB: 9/12/1980
-Where: Shanghai, China
-Going to be: 36
-Played for Chinese basketball team the Shanghai Sharks
Tom Hardy
-Birth name: Edward Thomas Hardy
-DOB: 9/15/1977
-Where: Hammersmith, London, England
-Going to be: 39
-As a teen, had a dog named Max in honor of the film Mad Max, which he would later play the title role of in Mad Max: Fury Road
Joe Perry
-Birth name: Anthony Joseph Pereira
-DOB: 9/10/1950
-Where: Lawrence, Massachusetts
-Going to be: 66
-Before becoming a musician, he actually wanted to go into marine biology
David McCallum
-Birth name: David Keith McCallum
-DOB: 9/19/1933
-Where: Glasgow, Scotland
-Going to be: 83
-One of the first UK-born actors to study the Method style of acting
Harriet Walter
-Birth name: Harriet Mary Walter
-DOB: 9/24/1950
-Where: London, England
-Going to be: 66
-Her uncle is the late Sir Christopher Lee
Ian McShane
-DOB: 9/29/1942
-Where: Blackburn, Lancashire, England
-Going to be: 74
-His father, Harry McShane, was a soccer (football) player for Manchester United
Jeremy Irons
-Birth name: Jeremy John Irons
-DOB: 9/19/1948
-Where: Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
-Going to be: 68
-Before going into acting, he seriously considered becoming a veterinarian surgeon
Avril Lavigne
-Birth name: Avril Ramona Lavigne
-DOB: 9/27/1984
-Where: Belleville, Ontario, Canada
-Going to be: 32
-Known for her pink and black color scheme

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August Birthdays

Since it's August, time to say Happy Birthday to the following people

-Birth name: Joseph Thomas Elliott
-DOB: 8/1/1958
-Where: Sheffield, England
-Going to be: 57
-Came up with the name for an imaginary band called Deaf Leopard. To keep it from being associated with punk, the band name was intentionally misspelled as "Def Leppard" and it stuck!
-DOB: 8/21/1952
-Where: Cannock, Staffordshire, England
-Going to be: 64
-Was named after the big band legend Glenn Miller
-DOB: 8/4/1968
-Where: Pusan, South Korea
-Going to be: 48
-Has played a variety of characters both onscreen and on stage, such as the King of Siam, a social worker, a counter-terrorist agent for the government or a police officer on a special task force
-Birth name: Yeoh Chu-kheng
-DOB: 8/6/1962
-Where: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
-Going to be: 54
-Prior to acting, was a former Miss Malaysia
-DOB: 8/28/1985
-Where: New York City, New York
-Going to be: 31
-His half-sisters are Jade and Karis Jagger and his half-brother is Lucas Jagger while his brother is Gabriel Jagger and his sisters are models named Elizabeth and Georgia May Jagger
-Also plays a character named John Turnbull on Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
-Birth name: Richard Allan Ream
-DOB: 8/8/1961
-Where: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
-Going to be: 55
-Drummer for the glam metal band Poison
-Birth name: Jose Antonio Dominguez Banderas
-DOB: 8/10/1960
-Where: Malaga, Spain
-Going to be: 56
-Prior to acting, he held jobs as a waiter and in modeling
-DOB: 8/11/1965
-Where: Saint Matthews, South Carolina
-Going to be: 51
-Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan) was a civil rights activist
-Birth name: Robert Anthony De Niro Jr
-DOB: 8/17/1943
-Where: New York City, New York
-Going to be: 73
-Despite having an Italian name, he only has a small percentage of Italian ancestry, from his paternal grandfather's side
-Birth name: Vivian Patrick Campbell
-DOB: 8/25/1962
-Where: Belfast, Ireland
-Going to be: 54
-He shares a birthday with Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford and Kiss bassist Gene Simmons
-Birth name: Robert John Arthur Halford
-DOB: 8/25/1951
-Where: Sutton Colfield, United Kingdom
-Going to be: 65 
-Rather than face embarrassment over a receding hairline, in the late 1980s, Rob simply shaved his head completely
My sister has the biggest crush on him...
-Birth name: Robert Anthony Plant
-DOB: 8/20/1948
-Where: West Bromwich, West Midlands, England
-Going to be: 68
-He's known for adding spiritual, mystical or philosophical lyrics into his songs (i.e. references to Lord of the Rings in "Ramble On")
-Birth name: Thomas Sean Connery
-DOB: 8/25/1930
-Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
-Going to be: 86
-Prior to acting, he held a variety of jobs, ranging from lorry driver to milkman to model for Edinburgh College of Art to bodybuilder to coffin polisher
-Birth name: Chaim Weitz
-DOB: 8/25/1949
-Where: Tirat Carmel, Israel
-Going to be: 67
-When he initially met Paul Stanley, he was not very enamored of Paul
-Birth name: Paul Bruce Dickinson
-DOB: 8/7/1958
-Where: Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England
-Going to be: 58
-Has an estranged sister named Helen who he describes as "she was planned, I was an accident", referring to the fact his sister was a planned birth while his birth was accidental (Thank God he was born. History for Maiden might have been ALOT different!). His mother was 17 and father was 18 when Paul Bruce Dickinson was born. This definitely explains a lot on his solo album Accident of Birth
Still handsome for his age. Always will be :)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fifty Shades of Grey

This is a movie currently making women hot under the collar when they watch it, wishing they were probably the main female character, Anastasia Steele, or just Ana Steele for short. BTW, I can't really add a lot of pictures because there weren't really all that many that were clean. Most were somewhat explicit and involved nudity.
-Anastasia "Ana" Steele is an English Lit major at Washington State University who has received an assignment to go and interview billionaire businessman Christian Grey, in place of her roommate Katherine Kavanaugh. When she first meets him, she feels awkward and intimidated, yet strangely attracted. Christian, deep down, starts to fall for her as well. But as she falls under his seductive spell, she finds out that he is into the world of bondage, submissive/dominant, S&M. Can she force herself to like this just to be with him?

This guy manages to render my sister speechless. Her jaw hangs open, lol!!

-Dakota Johnson: Anastasia "Ana" Steele
-Jamie Dornan: Christian Grey
-Jennifer Ehle: Carla
-Eloise Munford: Kate Kavanaugh
-Victor Rasuk: Jose Rodriguez
-Luke Grimes: Elliot Grey
-Marcia Gay Harden: Mrs. Trevelyan-Grey
-Rita Ora: Mia Grey
-Max Martini: Taylor
-Callum Rennie: Ray
-Andrew Airlie: Mr. Grey
-Dylan Neal: Bob

Did You Know?
-To film a good majority of the more explicit sex scenes, remote control cameras were used to make it a little more private for the actors
-During some scenes, where pubic hair might have been seen, it was digitally added while Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan used sheer modesty patches.
-Dakota Johnson had to use body makeup to cover up some of her tattoos, since in the story, Ana has no tattoos
-After filming, Dakota took several pairs of underwear from the set, claiming they were too comfortable to leave behind as well as a flogger
-The red room scenes were the last to be filmed since the two actors were now more comfortable with each other
-Jamie Dornan admitted that while he was doing research into the type of person Christian Grey was, he visited a private sex dungeon
-To get into shape for the movie, Dornan went through a punishing 3 hour-a-day workout to get that "ripped" look. He figured his character was supposed to be the epitome of male beauty. Prior to acting, though, he was an underwear model and had always been in good shape

-Those who practice BDSM consider this book offensive because it supposedly portrays negative stereotypes for those who practice it. It supposedly has dangerous behavior and does not follow the safe, consensual or even sane idea of sado-masochism, bondage, dominant/submissive relationships. (Despite being considered offensive, if those who knock the story would bother to read the entire series, in Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, they'd find out that he was given up for adoption and the woman who taught him that was a Dominatrix and he was made the submissive. The second and third books go deep into his personal history, such as why he doesn't like to be touched, etc.)
-Dakota Johnson requested that her parents, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, not see the movie because she considered it too inappropriate
-About 14 minutes and 17 seconds of the movie are sex scenes
-When Jamie Dornan threw Dakota Johnson onto the bed, she got a minor case of whiplash
-Jamie Dornan revealed that he would not be doing full frontal nudity for the movie. There were contracts set to state that his genitals would not be seen at all. It upset some fans of the book at the thought of the filmmakers toning down the graphic sex scenes.
-Some of the actors considered for the role of Christian Grey included: Robert Pattinson, Chris Evans, Matt Bomer, Charlie Hunnam. In fact, Hunnam was all set to film the role and scenes, but he had to withdraw because the shooting schedule interfered with his shooting schedule for the biker show Sons of Anarchy. In the end, the role went to Irish actor Jamie Dornan
Charlie Hunnam
Jamie Dornan
-Some of the actresses considered for the role of Anastasia Steele included: Emma Watson, Lily Collins, Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Shailene Woodley
-On the set, to maintain Christian Grey's clean shaven appearance, Jamie Dornan had to shave daily. He was thankful he didn't have to shave his chest, as he says he didn't have a lot of chest hair naturally. Normally he prefers facial hair

If my sister sees him, she automatically becomes rendered speechless, lol!!

-All the equipment found in Christian's red room of play are incredibly accurate to real BDSM (Bondage, dominance and submission) play except for the cable ties, which are said to cause permanent damage to the submissive
-The riding crop used on Anastasia is, according to BDSM experts, far too advanced and not realistic for use on a beginner like Ana
-During the sex scenes, director Sam-Taylor Johnson played soft music to ease the actors tension
-There was an episode of Law & Order: SVU, titled "Twenty Five Acts", which contained a book on BDSM called Twenty Five Acts, which is very similar to Fifty Shades of Grey, including a scene where the two main characters kiss in an elevator
-When Ana sees the Red Room for the first time, the look of horror on her face is genuine. It wasn't scripted. However, Jamie Dornan wanted to feel familiar with the items
-Dakota Johnson says her favorite scene in the movie is where Ana loses her virginity to Christian
-In the movie, Ana only mentions "yellow" and "red", her safe words, once. While in real BDSM play, traffic light colors are used. Green means "continue as you are", yellow means "slow down", red means "stop"

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

This is one of my favorite 80s movies.
-Centered around a group of Southern California high school students, based on the real life times of Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are friends slowly falling for each other, Jeff Spicoli is a stoner surfer who runs afoul of Mr. Hand, who is surely convinced everyone is on dope
-Sean Penn: Jeff Spicoli
-Judge Reinhold: Brad Hamilton
-Jennifer Jason Leigh: Stacy Hamilton
-Robert Romanus: Mike Damone
-Brian Backer: Mark "Rat" Ratner
-Phoebe Cates: Linda Barrett
-Ray Walston: Mr. Hand
-Scott Thompson: Arnold
-Vincent Schiavelli: Mr. Vargas
-Amanda Wyss: Lisa
-D.W. Brown: Ron Johnson
-Forest Whitaker: Charles Jefferson
-Kelli Maroney: Cindy
-Tom Nolan: Dennis Taylor
-Stanley Davis Jr.: Jefferson's brother
-Pamela Springsteen: Dina Phillips
-Patrick Brennan: Curtis Spicoli

Did You Know?
-Nancy Wilson, member of the female rock band Heart, appears in one scene where Brad is at a stop light in his pirate costume. Nancy Wilson was married to writer Cameron Crowe at the time

-The school that is used in the movie is Van Nuys High School in Van Nuys, California
-When Mike Damone gives Mark Ratner his "five point plan" to scoring with a girl, he suggests playing side one of Led Zeppelin IV. The song that plays, "Kashmir", is actually on Physical Graffitti. (BTW, idk how Led Zeppelin is supposed to make a girl horny. Unless she's dreaming about screwing Robert Plant or any one of the band members, I sincerely doubt Led Zeppelin is going to make a girl hot!)
Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffitti
-Ray Walston, who played on the 1960s era TV show My Favorite Martian as Uncle Martin, was often cast in typecast roles, like many actors and actresses of that era. After appearing in this movie, he said that if people saw him, they shouted "Mr. Hand!" He was grateful to be associated with a role other than playing Uncle Martin
-In one of the final scenes, Brad is seen working at the Mi-T Mart. He is seen wearing a t-shirt with Bruce Springsteen on it. His sister Pamela plays Dina in the movie
-Damone's car is a 1973 AMC Gremlin
-In the dugout scene where Stacy is having sex, she looks at the ceiling and sees graffiti saying "Disco sucks". This refers to Disco Demolition Night, where Chicago Radio DJ Steve Dahl blew up disco records at Comiskey Park while chanting "Disco sucks!"
-When Damone is trying to sell Cheap Trick tickets to a girl in the stands, he sings bits of three of their songs "Dream Police" "I Want You to Want Me" and "Surrender"
-The scene where Mike Damone and Stacy have sex in the pool house was not the original scene used. There was another scene used that showed them fully naked from the front. Director Amy Heckerling said that this would show the natural vulnerability between two teens. The intention was to show them fully naked from the front to show they were nervous and vulnerable. It was pulled because of an impending X-rating
-There are numerous rock music references in this movie. Like posters on walls, shirts worn by characters, Damone being a ticket scalper, etc. This all stems from Cameron Crowe starting out as a writer for Rolling Stone Magazine
-Fred Gwynne, famous for playing Herman Munster, was offered the role of Mr. Hand, but turned it down due to the sexual content of the movie
-Nicholas Cage's film debut. If you look in the credits and see "Nicholas Coppola", this is the name he went by before changing it to "Cage".
-Nicholas Cage lied about his age to try and get a bigger part, but producers found out that he was only 17 at the time
-In one scene towards the beginning of the movie, when Mr. Hand hands out copies of quizzes, everyone is seen taking a deep inhale of the paper. That's because from the 1960s to the early 1980s, photocopy machines often were expensive so a cheaper alternative was used, called spirit duplicators. These machines used a colored wax as the ink and a solvent as a transfer agent to put the ink on the paper. Since these solvents took a while to dry, students would inhale to get a short term high

Stu Nahan: [Spicoli is dreaming that he's won a surfing competition] Hello everybody! I'm Stu Nahan, and I'd like you to meet this young man. His name, Jeff Spicoli. And Jeff, congratulations to you. Things looked kind of rough out there today.
Jeff Spicoli: Well, I'll tell you Stu, I did battle some humongous waves! But you know, just like I told the guy on ABC, "Danger is my business!"
Stu Nahan: You know, a lot of people expected maybe Mark "Cutback" Davis or Bob "Jungle Death" Gerrard would take the honors this year.
Jeff Spicoli: [laughs incredulously] Those guys are fags!
Stu Nahan: [oblivious] That's fantastic! Let me ask you a question. When you get out there, do you ever fear for your life?
Jeff Spicoli: Well Stu I'll tell you, surfing's not a sport, it's a way of life, it's no hobby. It's a way of looking at that wave and saying, "Hey bud, let's party!"
[focuses on Stu's sport coat]
Jeff Spicoli: Where'd you get this jacket?
Stu Nahan: [evasive] I got this from the network. Let me ask you a question. What's next for Jeff Spicoli?
Jeff Spicoli: Heading over to the Australian and Hawaiian internationals, and then me and Mick are going to wing on over to London and jam with the Stones!
[to the two girls next to him]
Jeff Spicoli: And you guys are invited too!
[Spicoli, talking on the phone, hits his head with a shoe]
Jeff Spicoli: That was my skull! I'm so wasted