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.

Friday, March 29, 2013

A Very Good Movie

-Andrew Beckett is a gay lawyer with AIDS, that he contracted from engaging in anonymous sex in a pornographic movie theatre. He is fired from his firm with the belief that they might contract AIDS from him. In a last attempt for peace, he sues his previous firm with the help of a lawyer named Joe Miller, who is homophobic.

-Jason Robards: Charles Wheeler
-Joanne Woodward: Sarah Beckett
-Lisa Talerico: Shelby
-Anna Deavere Smith: Anthea Burton
-Antonio Banderas: Miguel Alvarez
-Denzel Washington: Joe Miller
-Tom Hanks: Andrew Beckett

Did You Know?
-Tom Hanks lost 26 pounds for this role
-There was a statistic stating that there were 53 gay men who appeared in various scenes throughout the movie and that 43 of them died. Some of the staff approached the "Action AIDS" non-profit organization to recruit, as extras, 50 or so gay men whose appearance suggested they might have AIDS
-At Beckett's Costume/Memorial Party, there is a  man sitting next to the 'Mona Lisa'. He is Quentin Crisp, the British gay celebrity portrayed in the BBC film The Naked Civil Servant, which had John Hurt in it
-The home movies that are being played of Andrew at the end are actual home movies of Tom Hanks in his childhood
-At the costume party, Andrew and Miguel are dressed in U.S. military uniforms. This is a reference to the fact that when the movie was filmed, there was a total ban on gays and lesbians serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. In Dec. 1993, Clinton passed a law, known popularly as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" enabled gays, lesbians, anyone part of the LGBT communities, to serve as long as they didn't tell anyone their sexual orientation. This remained in effect until Sept. 2011

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Once Upon a Time in Mexico
-El Mariachi, a hitman, becomes involved in an international espionage case with a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general

-Antonion Banderas: El Mariachi
-Salma Hayek: Carolina
-Johnny Depp: Sands
-Mickey Rourke: Billy
-Eva Mendes: Ajedrez
-Danny Trejo: Cucuy
-Enrique Iglesias: Lorenzo
-Marco Leonardi: Fideo
-Cheech Marin: Belini
-Ruben Blades: Jorge FBI
-Willem Dafoe: Barillo
-Gerardo Vigil: Marquez
-Pedro Armendariz Jr. El Presidente

Did You Know?
-Salma Hayek's scenes were rescheduled because she was shooting the movie Frida at the time
-When El Mariachi opens his guitar case, some of Navaja's knives can be seen
-In many of the lines where he had to swear, Johnny Depp improvised his lines
-The man Barillo hires as a body double was an assistant. His looks closely mirror Willem Dafoe in real life as they did in the movie


-An out of work musician, looking for work, gets mistaken for a hit man and is trying to avenge the death of his wife

-Antonio Banderas: El Mariachi
-Salma Hayek: Carolina
-Joaquim de Almeida: Bucho
-Cheech Marin: Short Bartender
-Carlos Gomez: Right Hand
-Danny Trejo: Navajas
-Carlos Gallardo: Campa

Did You Know?
-Jennifer Lopez auditioned for the role of Carolina
-As an obvious reference to the Mariachi theme, Santa Cecilia is the patron saint of music
-The bar where Steve Buscemi and Cheech Marin talk is an actual bar in Acuna, Mexico. It's a lot bigger and cleaner in real life. They have pictures of the stars and crew from the movie on the walls
-Antonio Banderas performed all the guitar playing himself

Up in Smoke

Too funny!!

Up in Smoke
-Cheech and Chong met by accident along a coastal highway. They try and score some dope, but are accidentally deported to Mexico where, in desperation, they drive a van back home so they can play a music gig. Unaware that their "van" is actually made from marijuana, they make their way back, picking up two female hitch hikers while avoiding cops that they don't even know are following them

-Cheech Marin: Pedro de Pacas
-Tommy Chong: Anthony "Man" Stoner
-Strother Martin: Arnold Stoner
-Edie Adams: Mrs. Tempest Stoner
-Harold Fong: Chauffeur
-Richard Novo: Richard
-Jane Moder: Jail Bait
-Arthur Roberts: Arresting officer

Did You Know?
-The car that Chong drives at the start of the movie belongs to Jack Nicholson
-The girls that Cheech tries to pick up are the daughters of one of the associate partners
-The first of 7 movies featuring the comedy duo of Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin

Paul Rodgers

For those who listen to Bad Company, you'll know who this guy is

Paul Rodgers
Birth name: Paul Bernard Rodgers
DOB: Dec. 17, 1949
Where: Middlesborough, England
Occupations: Singer/songwriter, musician, producer
Genres: Rock, blues-rock, hard rock, blues, soul-blues
Years Active: 1968-present
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, bass guitar, harmonica, synthesizer, flute, percussion, harp
Other acts: Free, Bad Company, The Firm, The Law, Queen + Paul Rodgers

-Has been cited as an influence on musicians such as David Coverdale, Lou Gramm, Steve Walsh, Paul Young, Joe Bonamassa

-His first band, The Roadrunners, he played bass guitar
-In 1968, he turned up on the British music scene as the lead singer of the bluesy rock band Free, singing "All Right Now"

-Free released a total of 4 albums, which combined blues, ballads, rock. For a long time, Free and Led Zeppelin were considered the highest grossing British bands
-In the 1970s, Rodgers formed the next big band in his career: Bad Company. He formed the band with Mick Ralphs, who was previously in Mott the Hoople. It also featured previous Free drummer Simon Kirke, former King Crimson vocalist Raymond "Boz" Burrell
-From 1973-1982, they had various big hits, such as "Feel Like Making Love" "Can't Get Enough of Your Love" "Shooting Star" "Bad Company" "Run With The Pack". Also, on some of these songs, Rodgers showcased his talent in playing instruments. Like him playing piano on "Bad Company" and "Run With The Pack", guitar on "Rock and Roll Fantasy"
-During the 1990s, he joined a band called The Law, which featured former Faces and Who drummer Kenney Jones
-In late 2004, two of the four surviving members of Queen asked about a collaboration with Rodgers, to sing with them on a European tour. He joined Brian May and Roger Taylor, where he sang some songs originally done by Freddie Mercury
-Since Oct. 21, 2011, Rodgers has been living in Canada
-In 1971, he married Machiko Shimizu and has two kids by that marriage, Steve and Jasmine. They are both adults, and also musicians, in a band called Boa. Paul and Machiko divorced in 1996

More Rock Yearbook Photos


-This artist is with a very well known L.A. metal band who was known for their destructive habits. He's blonde, and was born on Feb. 8, 1961

Still sexy!
Artist: Vince Neil, Motley Crue

-This one's pretty obvious. Just look at his face. He was the drummer for Genesis for a long time

Artist: Phil Collins, Genesis

-He was not big. He was small, yet mighty. His voice could go from one range to the next and he helped to redefine metal

It's really sad he's gone

Artist: Ronnie James Dio, Black Sabbath, Dio

-This artist took over on drums from Peter Criss. This drummer took over the persona of "The Fox"

Him too. Guy was awesome on drums

Artist: Eric Carr, Kiss

-Born on Dec. 20, 1945. If you saw him in costume, you wouldn't think he was a good lil Catholic Boy

Looks very good for his age

Artist: Peter Criss, Kiss

-This English singer has a wide vocal range, and it has been described as a "wail". For some reason, there's just something about this guy you can't help but like

I don't listen to Led Zep. but I give credit where credit is due. He rocks

Artist: Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin

-He's a guitarist with AC/DC

Artist: Mark Evans, AC/DC

-He's a lot cuter now. He's in one of the most notorious L.A. metal bands

Artist: Nikki Sixx, Motley Crue

-He just wants to rock. Look at the eyes. He's a platinum blonde guy

My sister got me liking his band's music
Artist: Dee Snider, Twisted Sister

-This should be cake. His real name is Chaim Weitz

Artist: Gene Simmons, Kiss

This one is my favorite!
-He really does not look all that much different now than back then

Still pretty cute!
Artist: Eddie Van Halen, Van Halen

-Who knew this classically trained piano player would go on to become known as "The Screamin' Demon"

Still cute!
Artist: Steven Tyler, Aerosmith

-This picture shows what looks like a black male. But, this individual was born in Hampstead, England. He's now known for wearing a top hat adorned with a belt and dark shades, including a mass of frizzy black hair

OMG! Love his dark eyes...
Artist: Slash, Guns N' Roses