146. Kate Hudson, Jason Aldean, And PEZ Pandemonium

  1. Kate Hudson, Jason Aldean, And PEZ People
  2. 1. goodja                 1. goodsa1. Movies…Good People…Or Not? The Kate Hudson Conundrum!
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    If you are financially strapped young couple (Kate Hudson, the wife; James Franco, the husband) renting an apartment in your house to the local drug manufacturer will solve some of your money problems.

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If you are a financially strapped young couple (Kate Hudson, the wife; James Franco, the husband) stealing $300,000 from the drug manufacturer after his overdose death will set up a large number of movie scenarios.

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If you are a financially strapped young couple (Kate Hudson, the wife; James Franco, the husband) avoiding the drug dealer’s partners looking for their money, the local drug middle men looking for their drugs, and detective Tom Wilkinson looking for the drug killers of his daughter will prove interesting.

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Kate Hudson highlighted the best-dressed list at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. Her earlier movie (2000), Almost Famous, is on everyone’s ‘best of rock and roll’ movie list. Stillwater is a band she and high-school student Patrick Fugit are following. She is a groupie in love. He is writing an article for The Rolling Stone Magazine. The movie is front stage and backstage revealing. Kate Hudson is epic and Frances McDormand steals every scene in which she appears. Throughout….McDormand tries to protect her young son from the evils of rock and roll…and the young groupies who mingle with Stillwater.

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2. Business…PEZ Penultimate…Get Your Sweet And Sour On!

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This candy write-up was initially designed to feature chocolate sales for the Christmas, Hanukah, Ramadan, Kwanza holidays versus Valentine’s Day sales. Unfortunately, the winner was not a chocolate in the “most candies sold” department. PEZ sells five billion pieces a year of their little bricks in the United States alone. The company sells triple that throughout Europe with the biggest consummation of their little nuggets over the Christmas season holidays.

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PEZ was invented in Austria in 1929. Eduard Haas, a Vienna candy maker’s peppermints were the first to reach everyone’s tongues. The history of the PEZ mechanical dispenser is just as interesting as the candy. Every cartoon, movie figure, and historical figure ends up on the head of their candy delivery device. Check out your local confectionery store for a shelf of intriguing figures for your favorite PEZ flavors.

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3. Music…Jason Aldean…Who’s Kissing You Tonight?
Quality Remains Long After Price Is Forgotten!

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Old Dirt, New Boots is Jason Aldean’s new album. Aldean is by far the “The King Of That Could Be Me Ballads” in today’s country music scene. He is also King Of Magazine Covers and King Of Concert High Prices to boot (a new album reference). A $500 a seat average for his show is somewhat amazing and far surpasses all of his contemporaries. Multiply this $500 by some of the 60,000 seat venues that host his performances and smiles come to his promoters and entourage’s faces. Ours, too!

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Our top five favorite songs of Jason Aldean’s are:

  1. Burnin’ It Down
  2. Why?
  3. Johnny Cash
  4. Do You Wish It Was Me?
  5. Who’s Kissing You Tonight7. StreepC       7. Streep114. Musical Theater…Into The Woods! A Streep Salutation!

In researching the list of things Meryl Streep can’t do, we came up with the world’s biggest zero. Case in point is her musical performance as The Witch in Into The Woods, a movie must see for the holidays and more. Songstress must have been the last thing on her list that she had to erase to form this blank slate of things she could not do.

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Into The Woods is a musical written by Stephen Sondheim in 1986. Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics. The play was first performed in San Diego, California. When it was brought to Broadway, Into The Woods was a multiple award winner. Bernadette Peters’ role as the witch and Joanna Gleason’s Tony Award role as the baker’s wife propelled the Broadway play to critical acclaim and thousands of performances by traveling companies. Meryl Streep’s singing and curse on the baker and his wife propels much of the action in the movie.

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The play based on a book by James Lapine intertwines a number of the Grimm brother’s fairy tales. In the movie Johnny Depp is the wolf. Meryl Streep is the witch. Anna Kendrick is Cinderella. The leading characters are, also, The Baker/His Wife, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and The Prince. The original Grimm’s tales are bloody and graphic. In the Grimm’s original version of Cinderella, parents cut their children’s toes off to fit in Cinderella’s shoes. The Prince must have been shocked and quite bloody throughout his quest? Thank goodness Walt Disney G rated all his productions of these famous characters.

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5. Poetry…Cinderella Salutes Into The Woods!
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Our favorite Cinderella poem, once again:

Cinderella Lost

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I lean to my Cinderella in precious shoes,
Tall, blonde, and temper flaring,
Of gentle as the rose garden grows: now angry,
Begins on strained guitar to tell me why…

The room and hall are spinning,
Where classmates pass out of my purgatory like phantoms:
Sun splatters on my locker door,
Reflecting a love no more.

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Where others will dance in a frantic pace,
Follow many from the past in a similar trance,
Near twelve it punches me hard once more,
She clings to another Prince.

As amid tomorrow’s talk of the night gone by,
I hear the scornful cry of the motionless day.

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6. Television…CSI’s New Cast Is Philadelphia Strong!

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In February of 2012 Elisabeth Judson Shue joined television’s award winning CSI crime drama. Since Shue was born in Wilmington, Delaware, an adopted suburb of Philadelphia, she deserves multiple mentions in our column. Her lists of awards and nominations include an Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA.

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In addition to showing her crime-solving prowess on CSI as Julie Finlay, she can be found all over television in movie favorites like Cocktail with Tom Cruise, The Karate Kid with Mr. Miyagi, Adventures In Babysitting with a dead babysitter, Back To The Future with Michael Fox, and Leaving Las Vegas with Nicholas Cage.

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This week, The Saint (1997) with Val Kilmer is all over the television screen and re-watch channels. In the movie, Shue is an innocent American scientist that takes on the Russians with her fuel saving invention. Val Kilmer, The Saint, is her protector as he reprises the television series role of Roger Moore. Shue has the acting touch for comedy, drama, social commentary, and mystery. Maybe she will take up singing next to follow in Meryl Streep’s footsteps.

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7. 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 missing U.S. contingent at the Paris protest march. Our outrage over the brutal slaying of twelve people over a cartoon was nowhere to be found.

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We list these “not covered” topics each week to encourage readers to do their own research on our unpublished topics. We, probably, should have covered:

A. Hobbits Are Real People!
B. The Golden Globe Awards!
C. Asian Plane Disaster Part Two!
D. Top Ten US Cities With Philadelphia Third!

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E. Katy Perry And Lenny Kravitz Are Super Bowl Headliners
F. Rescue Dogs!
G. Peaky Blinders…The Dark Side of 1900 New York City!

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8. Your Creative Ideas Will Certainly Enhance This Column!

Looking For A Larger Audience
Do You Have A Business, Artist, Or Photographer Friend?

Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, education, travel, or more for our publication? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion.

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Our reading audience is insatiable for any new idea…even yours!

Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk’s discussions, too. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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