1. Movies…To Catch A Thief…Grace Kelly And The Blue Dress!
Cary Grant’s Captivating and Mischievous Light Brown Eyes!
If you enjoy watching movies from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, you can watch them in two forms. Classic means you are watching the movie in its original untouched format…black and white and grainy in many cases. Retro (your second choice) in many cases means you are watching a completely restored movie…color added where it never was or color enhanced in high definition (HD) where color existed.
The newly reconditioned To Catch A Thief (1955) in its high definition glory will immediately be placed on your old movie best five. The movie is truly a piece of visually restored wizardry. Cary Grant is a retired jewel thief that meets Grace Kelly and her jewel enriched mother on the French Riviera. Grant has to prove with Grace’s help that he is not committing a financially enriching series of jewel thefts. Robbie, his movie name, was previously known all over Europe. Fifteen years ago Robbie was noted for his jewel-stealing-magic and light footed roof-climbing stealth. Up to this point retirement had suited the former jewel thief well.
Forget the jewel theft themes and the great Grant-Kelly partnership, the fashion in this one rivals that in any movie. If you Googol a blue dress search, and there are a large number of blue dresses in this world, Grace Kelly’s TCAT movie dress appears. It was one of five classic dresses she wore in the movie that everyone in 1955 wanted. Movie watchers enamored with the featured outfits immediately ran to the stores after this one. The movie feels like it was made yesterday and the heists, fashion, and repartee will keep you watching with interest and will encourage graceful munching on your movie snack pack!
2. Travel…Doylestown’s Michener Museum…The Grace Kelly Salute!
Grace Kelly is a Philadelphia icon. Philadelphia was her home before she headed to Monaco for a life of new family and royalty. Her life and film career have been saluted many times by the city of Philadelphia. The most recent multi-month long salute ending in January 2014 was hosted by the Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA, Doylestown is a little community thirty minutes northwest of Philadelphia.
The museum still has an intimate look at her life in pictures and text on their website. The link that follows is worth exploring if you are a movie or beautiful people buff: (http://www.michenermuseum.org/exhibition/from-philadelphia-to-monaco-grace-kelly-beyond-the-icon).
3. Television…Madam Secretary…Tea Leoni One Ups Syria!
It doesn’t matter that Tea Leoni has no background to become Secretary of State in the new Sunday night CBS (8PM) series Madam Secretary. We loved her in the movie The Family Man with Nicolas Cage, so we knew we would love her in this political thriller. We definitely don’t need to see her resume to know she will be a major player while attacking major and minor issues in Washington, around the world, and at home.
The former Secretary of State dies in an accident (plane) or was murdered. The President (Leoni’s good friend from their CIA days) asks her to fill his SOS role. Zoom ahead two months and she is in the White House working to free two US students from Syria before they are executed for spying. Her best friend comes to her door late at night to warn her of a conspiracy and then he immediately dies (car), too. All sorts of subplots are activated for future contemplation.
Tim Daly (her religion professor husband) and Bebe Neuwirth (the former secretary’s office head) lead a giant support cast. Her children love and hate the move to Washington so we are assuming they will be kidnapped soon or the older daughter (15) will elope with the boyfriend she left behind.
Seeing Tea Leoni’s work in this role should let young girls visualize their own lives knowing they can make a difference in the same way Leoni will throughout this program. Knock them dead Madam Secretary!
4. Music…Julio Iglesias…The Best Selling Day In Music History!
The results from this week’s office search for “best male love song singer of all time” surprised all of us. The winner is Julio Iglesias with over 300 million albums sold. This total does not cover a similar amount of single recordings purchased throughout the world. We were going to feature a single amazing Iglesias fact: His album “La Carretera” reached Platinum in less than one day of sales. Then we saw the list of concert and sales records on his Internet site. Here are a six of the twelve eye-popping facts his site shared.
- Iglesias beat every Spain/Spanish audience attendance record when he gave 41 concerts in 41 cities, in only 30 days.
- JI set a Madison Square Gardens box-office record by selling out tickets in the shortest space of time ever registered for an artist.
- He broke a record in Japan, where he sold 1,200,000 copies of his album, “De niña a mujer“, in only six months.
- Then he broke a record in Brazil, where this same album “De niña a mujer” went multiple-platinum selling more than 2,000,000 copies in eleven months.
- Iglesias entered the Guinness book of World Records for having sold the most records in the most languages in history.
- His Chinese National Television music special had an audience of 400,000,000
5. Television II…The Assets…No One Wins In The Spy Game!
Too Many Real People Lost Their Lives In This One!
Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille wrote the book The Circle Of Treason: A CIA Account Of Traitor Aldrich Ames And The People He Betrayed. It is the story of their jobs at the Central Intelligence Agency (1969-1991) and their lifelong battle against spies, double agents, and the Russian KGB. ABC television featured this revealing eight part series in January (2014). It can be found on ABC’s re-watch channels and on your local on demand stations for an instant eight part viewing. Spy aficionados will enjoy this multi-part series immeasurably.
In this true story Ronald Reagan battles Mikhail Gorbachev, the American CIA battles the Russian KGB, and good people battle spies. Jodie Whittaker plays Sandra Grimes. Sandra Grimes is good people. Jodie/Sandra knows there is a spy at the Central Intelligence Agency. She knows this spy is helping the Russians and others kill our spies. She has to solve this mystery.
Jodie Whittaker, Paul Rhys, and Harriet Walker star in the Aldrich Ames’ Story. Ames was one of the worst of the Americans (spies) working for Russia in the years surrounding 1985. Reagan brought the Berlin Wall down. Dozens continued to die behind where the wall once stood. Chapter eight in the series introduces the real life characters that were depicted in the story. This chapter adds additional reality to the story and series. It is astonishing that Ames showed no remorse for all those that he killed. Meeting Grimes and Vertefeuille in chapter eight allowed these two heroes another chance to tell their amazing tale and highlight the importance of their work.
- Television III…The Red Band Society…No One Wants One!
The Teen Cancer Colony And More!
Hospitals For Seriously Ill Teens Are Scary!
Last Saturday, FOX television was the first station to feature a show in their new fall line-up. The Red Band Society refers to the Red Bands placed on surgery patients before their operations. Charlie Rowe is a teen cancer patient who has lost his leg to cancer and bestows his red bands from many operations to other teens with cancer to eating disorders to lung and heart disease.
Octavia Spencer (the enigmatic nurse Jackson) and Dave Annable (the miracle creating doctor) lead a hospital staff that finds it impossible to keep up with the teens causing havoc in their halls while waiting for their operations. Griffin Gluck plays a coma patient who narrates much of the story from his coma bed. He has a unique look on life from his bed. He can communicate with the patients who almost see the white light.
The show is funny, uplifting, and tragic at the same time. Death has not hit the main participates, yet. You, however, know it is on its way!
The world’s Hispanic population tops one billion people. Mexico has one hundred million Hispanics and the United States has fifty-four million Hispanics. That is 17% of the US population…making Hispanics the largest ethnic group in the United States.
September 15th to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. The month starts with Mexican Independence Day and then runs through the independence of six other countries. Every community throughout the United States has a cultural, food, or entertainment event scheduled to join the celebration. If you are near a major city there is a long list of events on your city’s website.
Visit Philadelphia has an impressive list of festivals, parades, restaurant openings, and concerts. If you don’t, yet, have an event in your area, you can easily mimic one of ours. Visit our site for some examples: (http://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/hispanic-heritage-month-in-philadelphia).
We will not mention Heidi Klum once in this column. We are featuring Seal as our second musical pick this week. He is a well-kept secret that you will enjoy discovering. You can join eight million viewers and start with Love’s Divine. From there try I Have been Loving You Too Long and It’s A Man’s Man’s World (The James Brown cover). Seal’s full Soul album is a free listen on You Tube and other music listing venues. Let us know what you think if he hasn’t been on your must listen list up to now.
9. Art And Culture…The Asian Arts Initiative
If you are in Philadelphia next weekend, you might want to join the Asian Arts Initiative Block Party. Here is what Melissa Kim relayed to us about the event.
We met briefly on 12th and Pearl Street. I owe you a short description of what Asian Arts Initiative is doing on Pearl Street, but in the meantime, wanted to make sure you knew about our Pearl Street Block Party and Community Feast on Saturday 9/27. See below for more details.
Melissa Kim, Pearl Street Project Manager
Asian Arts Initiative | 1219 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 557-0455 ext. 227 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Asian Arts Initiative is a community-based arts center in Philadelphia that engages artists and everyday people to create art that explores the diverse experiences of Asian Americans, addresses our social context, and imagines and effects positive community change.
10. This Week’s Suggested Themes That Did Not Make The Cut!
Topics that weren’t developed this week are, often, just as interesting as the topics that were covered. In many cases, we just didn’t have all the information or our research results were spotty. Case in point is the ongoing NFL debacle. The leagues cover-up of domestic violence cases against woman and children was atrocious.
We list these “not covered” topics each week to encourage readers to do their own research and get back to us with their points of view or creative ammunition they now can contribute for this column.
- The NFL Cover Up Of Domestic Violence!
- The Last Of Robin Hood…Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline) Duels!
Dakota Fanning Glams…Susan Sarandon Scams!
- Women In Sports!
- Brad Pitt’s New War Movie!
- Tim McGraw’s New Album: Sundown Heaven Town!
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