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August 11: Happy Birthday Viola Davis and Sophie Okonedo


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Viola Davis is turning 52 today.  She studied theater at Rhode Island College and then did further study at Juilliard.  She made her film debut in 1996 in a brief appearance in The Substance of Fire, and then had small parts in Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight and Traffic, and a more substantial role in the director’s Solaris in 2002.  These days, many people will recognize Davis for her roles in some big budget films, such as Knight and Day, Blackhat, and especially Suicide Squad.

However, her stature as an actress is tied most of all to the three roles for which she has been an Oscar nominee.  Her first nomination came for the role of Mrs. Miller in John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, and her second, her only Best Actress nomination, was as Aibileen Clark in The Help.  Earlier this year, she won her first Oscar, Best Supporting Actress, for the role of Rose Maxson in Fences.

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LeBlog’s Cheesetastic Classics: Eric Carmen vs the Proclaimers


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Welcome to the next matchup in our continuing search for the most satisfyingly cheesy pop songs of all time! A LeBlog Cheestastic Classic should be both undeniably corny or over-the-top while also possessing some quality that makes some of us grin and pump our fists in gleeful irony. Some people might also use the term “guilty pleasure.” But I’m not going to. For our purposes here, these are “LeBlog’s Cheesetastic Classics.” The skill and talent involved in producing some of these songs may, in fact, be quite impressive and at their core these songs might actually be rather superior to some which are considered cool. But somewhere along the way the songwriter or performer took that wrong turn at Albuquerque and landed themselves in the land of cheese.

Depending on who you talk to, we might be dealing with a couple of Cheesetastic goliaths today. One is from the heart of the cheese era of the mid 1970s while the other didn’t appear until that golden age had mostly run its course in the late 1980s. Both have had lives in the popular consciousness far beyond the time of their initial release. But are they Cheesetastic Classics? Come join the conversation and vote your conscience!
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