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Longtime readers of Le Blog know that one of my holiday traditions is an annual tour of the family Christmas tree. If all goes as expected, this should be our final Christmas in our current home. Last year, we started putting the tree in the basement which was out of the way. This year, with everything we have going on, we kept the tree downstairs. Hopefully next year, you will see the tree with a new background. And maybe even a new tree. We’re not sure this one will be making the move with us. So here we go for what will hopefully be the last time in this location, here’s a look at what’s new on the Lebeau Family Christmas Tree.
Last week, things got busy and I wasn’t able to write a recap for the episode Heads Up. What did I miss? After weeks of wondering whether or not Glenn was alive, it turns out he was. They made that into a full hour somehow. Start to Finish is the eighth episode of season six which so far clocks in at ten hours less commercial breaks. All of that has been leading up to this moment, the zombie herd breaks through the walls of the Alexandria safe zone. Shit, as they say, is about to get real.
Except instead, The Walking Dead pads that shit out and ends the midseason with more cliffhangers. As a reader of the comic book, I have a fairly good idea of what happens next without having to wait until Valentine’s Day to find out. But I seriously have to wonder how much abuse fans of the TV show are willing to take. Because this is getting ridiculous.
Twenty-five years ago, a 19-year-old Winona Ryder sat down for a Movieline interview to promote her upcoming movie, Edward Scissorhands. At the time, Ryder was engaged to Johnny Depp and surrounded by paparazzi at every turn. She had also made headlines by dropping out of The Godfather: Part III due to exhaustion which many saw as a code word for something else.
This ‘Black Friday’ my family and I decided that instead of joining in the mad dash for great deals on holiday gifts, we’d take the day to enjoy one another’s company and take advantage of our proximity to some of the most important historical sites in the entire United States of America here in Eastern Virginia. If you’ve been reading with us here at LeBlog for a while you might remember last Christmas’ visit to Colonial Williamsburg or my several visits to the Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg. This time around, I’ll be sharing pictures and thoughts with you on the Jamestown settlement which is within easy driving distance of these other attractions.
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No, despite its name, Creed is not a movie about a rock band that ripped off Pearl Jam, fell apart and had its former lead singer descend into mental illness.
But it can take you higher.
Creed is less a Rocky sequel than a spin-off. It isn’t as much about rebooting the Italian Stallion as it is pointing the series in a fresh direction.
In recent years there has been some general kvethcing about Pixar’s increased docket of sequels and a perceived slip in the total quality of their output. That complaint was blunted somewhat by the popular and critical darling Inside Out which appeared back in June, but one good movie can be seen as an anomaly in the overall story. Well, fans of Pixar and animation in general can rejoice that they are now on a new winning streak with the release of The Good Dinosaur. Although I had some reservations about Inside Out and do with The Good Dinosaur as well, there is no doubt that the folks at Pixar have again found their mojo in creating imaginative and satisfying family entertainments.
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The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke. Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended. Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition. In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year. But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call. We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.
The ninth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 1988. Rain Man and Who Framed Roger Rabbit were the big movies that year. Rain Man also dominated the Oscars with wins for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Tom Cruise wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, but his other movie from 1988, Cocktail, did very well at the Razzies.
The story of Rocky Balboa overcoming long odds parallels the success of his creator, writer and actor Sylvester Stallone. Stallone wrote the script for Rocky because he was having trouble finding work as an actor. He refused to sell the script unless he was allowed to play the lead, but the studio had other ideas. United Artists wanted James Caan, Burt Reynolds or Ryan O’Neal to play the Italian Stallion.
Today is the opening day for Creed, a spin-off from the long-running Rocky franchise in which Sylvester Stallone plays Rocky Balboa for the seventh time. That’s a lot of “Yo Adrians!” As the Italian Stallion passes the baton to the next generation, I’m going to rank the Rockies from worst to first. And of course readers will get a chance to do the same.
It’s Katherine Heigl’s 37th birthday today! Since the Knocked Up star already has her own gallery, we’re going to celebrate with an embarrassing commercial from her past (like we do). I only have one this time, but it’s a doozy. Here is Katherine Heigl, future star of Grey’s Anatomy, in a 1996 commercial for an HIV detection kit.
Happy birthday, Katherine Heigl!
Who won our little boxing tournament? Check out the video above to see how it turned out!
Thanks to everyone who participated by voting and in the comments section!
We had a split decision overnight! When I went to bed last night, “Clubber” Lang and Ivan Drago were locked in a straight-up tie in our voting, and in the match that inspired the highest rate of participation yet in this tournament, Lang had eked out a win against the towering Russian by the time I’d woken this morning. This leaves us with a rubber match between Lang and Rocky after they split knockouts over the course of Rocky III.
Come help us decide who will take home our fictional heavyweight belt!
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