Browsing: Cinema & TV

A Brief History On this date, February 29, 1992, American Idol Season 13 finalist Majesty Rose was born.  She is one of many great African-American female singers! Digging Deeper Hailing from Goldsboro, North Carolina, Rose auditioned in Atlanta, where she sang Coldplay’s “Violet Hill”.  Prior to auditioning, she was a pre-school teacher and she graduated in Eastern Wayne High School on 2011.  In Hollywood, she performed “1234” and “Stars”.   She was ultimately eliminated on March 27, 2014, and came in ninth place. Of course, she is but one example of the many great African-American female singers in history.  Three African-American women…

A Brief History On January 2016, on the occasion of political satirist Bill Maher’s 60th birthday, the people, especially viewers of Real Time with Bill Maher, respectfully requested here that President Barack Obama of the United States of America “appear on Real Time and thereby honor that particular audience (and their support for him), as he has so honored the viewers of so many other TV shows and media outlets; or if not, to please, respectfully, tell us why.” (Note: President Obama did indeed appear on Real Time on November 4, 2016, only 4 days before the 2016 election.) Digging…

A Brief History Doctor Who, a pinball machine designed by Bill Pfutzenreuter (Pfutz) and Barry Oursler, and released by Midway (under the Bally brand name) in September 1992, is based on the television series of the same name.  In January 2016, FarSight Studios created a Kickstarter campaign here in the hopes of raising funds to make a digital version of the table available for their various versions of The Pinball Arcade. Digging Deeper This campaign is the fifth one started by FarSight Studios in order to raise sufficient funds to digitize notable pinball machines.  The previous four campaigns (all of which I have personally contributed…

A Brief History On January 17, 1949, American television audiences were treated to a new form of entertainment, the situation comedy, or more familiarly known as the sitcom. Digging Deeper The Goldbergs, a show about a New York Jewish family living in a Bronx tenement.  The main character was the matriarch, Molly Goldberg, played by actress Gertrude Berg.  The show had been a radio program from 1929 to 1946, at first weekly but due to great success becoming a daily show in 1931.  The public was already familiar with the premise of the show and the characters, so taking to the television…

A Brief History On January 14, 2005, the big budget Hollywood film, Alexander,  starring Colin Farrell in the title role made its debut in Italy, after having opened previously in November of 2004 in the U.S.  A lavish film with a budget of $155 million, the film was successful in that its box office worldwide was over $167 million, but was it real history or just Hollywood? Digging Deeper Released in the original theatrical form, DVD versions were later released as “Director’s Cut,” “Final Cut,” and “Ultimate Cut” giving movie and history buffs an opportunity to sample different versions of…

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