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Jamie Lee Curtis: Controlled Substance


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In April on 1990, Movieline magazine published it’s first annual Women in Hollywood issue.  The cover story was an interview with Jamie Lee Curtis.  Curtis sat down with Lawrence Grobel to discuss her Hollywood parents, her drug addiction and how her body came to define her career.

 

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Fall Fun at Kings Island


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Warm, sunny Fall days are precious and not to be wasted.  We were supposed to have a rainy weekend and yesterday pretty much fit that bill.  But today turned out to be the perfect Fall day.  As it so happens, Mindy was car hunting so it was my job to entertain the kids.  If it had rained as predicted, we would have gone to the Museum Center for the new exhibit on Lego art.  But since it was sunny and Kings Island is still open, I figured I’d tuck that option away for the next rainy day.  Instead we spent one last day enjoying our local amusement park before the end of the season.

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Comeback Kid: Jamie Lee Curtis


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Over the course of a movie career, there are naturally ebbs and flows; peaks and valleys.  Looking back from a distance, it can be hard to remember when one of our favorite actors was up or down.  Today, Jamie Lee Curtis is mostly seen on TV commercials shilling yogurt that regulates your digestion.  She’s also the lone bright spot in the otherwise wretched Fox show, Scream Queens.  Going back over the course of her long career, Curtis has had several parts which could be considered comebacks.  But of them all, I think one stands out as the real thing.

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Halloween Treat Smackdown: Candy Apples Vs. Caramel Apples


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It’s Fall and that can only mean one thing: apples on a stick!  But how you like your apples probably depends a lot on where you’re from.  The debate of caramel vs. candy apples has raged on for decades.  Today, we settle it once and for all.  Which is the superior dipped apple?

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Top 10 Horror Films Of The 1970s


 

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In focusing on the Networks, Chinatowns and  Raging Bulls of the 70s, it’s easy to overlook another great aspect of 70’s filmmaking: the horror genre. The decade is frequently cited as one of the best in cinematic history. That doesn’t just apply to prestigious dramas like The Godfather.  The seventies were also one of the best decades for horror. The films listed here are proof of that.

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Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Laurie Strode Vs. Ellen Ripley


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With Cinderella and Insurgent in theaters, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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Movie Heroines Bracket Game: Sidney Prescott Vs. Laurie Strode


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With Cinderella in theaters and the Divergent sequel opening this Friday, it seemed like an excellent time to rank our female heroes.  What exactly it means to be a movie heroine is open to interpretation.  We’ve got some of the action heroines you would expect.  But we also have some real world figures and some flawed protagonists.  Who’s the best movie heroine?  It’s time to find out.

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Recovered Pictures from the Lost Disney World Trip of 2008


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In 2008, we took an Orlando vacation that included a couple of days at Walt Disney World.  This was the only time we ever attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  Mindy was pregnant with Kara (it wasn’t planned that way) so in a way, this was Kara’s first trip.  When we returned from the trip, our pictures were deleted from the digital camera before they could be saved to a hard drive.  As a result, the digital copies were lost forever.

However, while cleaning out a junk drawer this weekend, I came across the only printed copies.  So I have scanned the pictures so I could share them here.  They aren’t as pristine as the digital copies.  But they are better than nothing.  So for the first time, here are the pictures from our 2008 Disney World vacation.

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My Disney World Memories – Part 7


In Part 6, I covered the unusual circumstances that lead to our Fall 2008 Orlando trip.  After a bit of a rough start, we were finally ready to visit some of Orlando’s theme parks.  Mindy’s priority was Sea World which made it my priority as well.

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Post Halloween Update


As a rule of thumb, I don’t get personal very often on Le Blog.  This site is more about obsessing over pop culture than the mundane details of my personal life.  But every now and then, I like to check in.  I’ve fallen a few days behind in some postings, so I wanted to make this one of those times.

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Kings Island Howl-O-Fest


I bought Josie’s first Kings Island season pass in 2009.  She was 4 years old at the time and her younger sister had just been born.  The idea was that during the summer, I could take Josie to the park while her mom stayed home with the baby.  Since then, Kings Island has been one of our special places.  Occasionally, others would come with us.  But more often than not, we had daddy/daughter days at Kings Island to ourselves.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party


If you are thinking about visiting the Magic Kingdom in the fall, consider Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  The party is a hard-ticket event (not included with your regular park admission) that allows a limited number of guests to enjoy special Halloween activities including the Boo to You Parade and the Hallowishes fireworks show.

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