‘The Wizard Of Oz’ Suicide: What Really Happened?

October 26, 2017 in Commentary, Entertainment, Movies, News, Review, Television

The Wizard of Oz was made in 1939 and was the first movie shown on television when major studios started to sell their rights to the networks, which was only a handful at that time.

I remember it being on TV one time during the Halloween season when I was young. The family was at a furniture store and it was playing on all the TVs. For the longest time, I thought it was one of those magical movies that a film tech had to work tirelessly to paint from Black and White. But, the fact of the matter is that it was shot in technicolor. One of the first films to be done that way.

One memory I have of that night was the huge chair in the furniture store. It made adults look like dwarfs when they sat in it. When they took a picture of my brother and I, it was hilarious. We looked like little action figures a child had left abandoned until he was ready to play again.




To shift back to the movie, did you know that a person hung himself during the making of ‘The Wizard of Oz?’ Of course, people don’t believe it. There are later versions of the movie that are different from the original. Some people say it’s a bird and they dismiss it. But, there are people like me who won’t let it go at that.

Snopes says it didn’t happen and they give some interesting reasons. They say that it was a munchkin and those actors wouldn’t have been on the set because they weren’t due to film yet. They go on to say that it would have taken the entire staff to ignore the suicide and Snopes says that just isn’t very believable. Obviously, those are only opinions and not supported by any evidence.




But, I think it could have happened. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ cost $2.8 million to make, which was the most expensive movie MGM had ever made up to that point. When they were filming, they didn’t notice the hanging at the time and it remained a mystery until they broke down the set. By that time, they had spent too much money to go back and shoot it again. So, they conspired to keep it from hitting the news and even their own company.

Doesn’t that sound like an equally viable explanation? It’s just as feasible as Snopes’ denial, which doesn’t include a definite filming schedule or take into account that scandals are rampant in Hollywood. If Hollywood didn’t have scandal, it wouldn’t be able to keep us interested for as long as it has.

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Are The Rock And Tyrese Really Beefing Over ‘Fast And Furious?’

October 12, 2017 in Celebrities, Commentary, Movies, Review

The Fast and Furious franchise has grown up and it keeps growing. It’s even gaining arms as The Rock will be starring in a spin-off of the Fast series. But, that seems to be the source of some tension between the brothers.

Tyrese himself spoke about that when the gestapo, I mean the paparazzi caught up to him in his limo. He was just chilling with the window down practically begging a “journalist” to come talk to him. Because that’s what celebrities normally do. They hang out in their limos looking for the guys with cameras. That’s flag number one.

Either way, Tyrese spoke about the brotherhood and the tribe. He was talking about all the actors who have parts in the Fast and the fans who love the franchise. He brought up our dearly departed Paul Walker and talked about how his death was the only time in Fast history to push a release date back. So, why is the release date being pushed back on F9?

It’s A Good Question


So, The Rock is selfish for making his spin-off and releasing it a year before F9? The fact is that The Rock has major starpower. The meter is cranked so high, the needle is about to break off! I think his release of the Fast spin-off before the release of F9 might actually promote it. But, Tyrese wants to call him selfish.

Then, He Amps It Up

So, Tyrese keeps saying he’s not mad. But, he’s coming across like he’s mad. And all this is taking place out in public where we are. This isn’t a behind closed doors spat anymore, which I think that’s how it should have been handled if this was a real beef. That’s flag number two.

The Rock Responds

So, that’s how you feel Rock? Actually, that’s how it is. Real men put in work while puppies cry on the porch. Facts!

On a side note, I was as big as The Rock once. When I was in my 20s, I looked like he did when he was about 15. Booyah! Nailed it!

This Might Be Where It All Started Though

It looks like they’ve been beefing for a while. Either that or they orchestrated a beef to pump up the franchise. I wouldn’t put it past them.

Remember, The Rock is from the world of the WWE. They fabricate beefs all the time. There is a science to it and this isn’t the first time it has been done. That’s flag number three! Just sayin’!

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Aaron Rodgers’ Family Blaming Olivia Munn

January 20, 2017 in Celebrities, Commentary, Movies, News, Sports, Television

They just wrapped on Ocean’s Eight and Olivia Munn recently came out in Office Christmas Party. Can you say this girl is there? She’s not getting there or on her way. She has arrived.

But, talk to Aaron Rodgers’ family and you’d think there was something else going on. Why is Aaron estranged from his family? Supposedly, the family thinks that Olivia is with him for all the wrong reasons and that’s what drove Aaron away. When they tried to tell him, he got frustrated and the relationship has been very distant since.

Jordan Rodgers joined the ever growing membership of The Bachelorette and actually got engaged on the show to JoJo Fletcher. But, she has yet to meet Aaron even though he might soon be her brother-in-law. That’s how “complicated” this family feud has gotten.

But, why blame her? She is a star in her own right. She doesn’t need Aaron to keep her in the spotlight. She’s doing just fine on her own.

Of course, I haven’t been there. I don’t know for sure. I’m just picking up on a very real vibe. His jaw drops when he sees her. Whose doesn’t? So, that’s real. And she’s not gold digging. She doesn’t have to. So, that’s real. That’s my professional diagnosis on the situation and I’m sticking with it.

It just doesn’t add up.

How Can They Blame Her?

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She Once Bought Her Mom A House

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She Doesn’t Need Aaron’s Money

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I’d Say He’s Happy With The Relationship

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It Will Work Itself Out

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Bonus: Everybody Was Getting Naked

Idina Menzel And Nia Long In ‘Beaches’ Remake

November 29, 2016 in Entertainment, Movies, Music, Television

What would the remake of Beaches be like? We’re about ready to find out because Lifetime is about to premiere it January. This time, it stars Idina Menzel as CC Bloom and Nia Long as Hillary.

I’m going to have to watch it find out, but is there a way it could ever be as good as the original? Two children from completely different walks of life become the best of friends. For those who have never watched it, I won’t ruin the story.

But, did you know that the original young CC Bloom…
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She was a little Mayim Bialik from The Big Bang Theory in one of her first roles ever?
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Bette Midler blessed Idina Menzel and wished her well in the movie remake. That should mean all the difference in the world. There are people who would act petty if someone tried to outdo them in a role they made their own years ago. But, I think they cast was trying to get as close to the original as possible.

Idina As CC

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The Original

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You might want to watch the original before you watch the remake. It will definitely show you what all the hype is about in the first place.

The Trailer

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Trailer Shows Scarlett Johansson’s Range

November 14, 2016 in Celebrities, Entertainment, Movies

Ghost in the Shell actually comes across to me as a movie that is going to have more meaning than action. That’s not to say it won’t have the action. The trailer definitely looks like it’s full of great imagery and graphics.

But, Scarlett Johansson is bringing something different to the film. Yes, she’s still sexy. You won’t miss that at all. But, there’s more and that’s what I like to see.

She was dying and they saved her. Now she saves others. That’s what she was told at least. If someone kept you alive, wouldn’t you feel a little in their debt?

She walks the streets reflecting that everyone around her feels a connection. Everyone feels like they are part of something. It’s something they have that she doesn’t. She doesn’t feel the connection.

That’s why I immediately started to relate to The Major. But, she’s trying to figure out how she has a human spirit in a robotic body. That’s how they saved her. They put her back together as a cyborg.

Then, she finds out it was all a lie. They didn’t save her life. They stole it from her. It might be an action film. But, I’m getting it and she’s perfect for the role.

If She’s In A Movie, I’m Watching

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A Hundred Great Looks

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All Of Them Perfect In Their Own Way

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But, This Role Is On Another Level

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What You Need To Know About ‘Passengers’ With Jennifer Lawrence And Chris Pratt

September 20, 2016 in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Movies

Chris Pratt’s character Jim and Jennifer Lawrence’s Aurora are travelers aboard a spaceship heading for a space colony. They have been put to sleep for the trip along with the other travelers, but they are woken up early. When they try, they can’t get back to sleep and the two of them are awake and alone on this luxurious spaceship together.

First of all, why can’t something like this happen to all of us? Jennifer Lawrence is definitely the woman in most men’s dreams. Most of us would love to be caught alone on a spaceship with just her. It’s the old cliche, the last two people on earth. That would be an awesome dream come true if that were to ever happen and she was the only woman left on earth.

So, it’s a good story so far. I’m digging the premise.

Then, Chris’s character says something like, “There’s a reason we woke up early.”

What? What is he up to? What does he know? That could either be the creepiest thing the movie has going for it or he’s just more aware of what’s going on then the rest of the travelers. Maybe he’s an agent or something. He knows how to work a robot. That might be a clue right there.

In the real world though, Jennifer Lawrence negotiated a $20 million advance on the film and a 30% share in profits once it breaks even. Chris Pratt walked away with a $12 million deal. Now, I wouldn’t feel too bad about a $12 million deal if it were me. But, Jennifer got paid! That’s what’s up!

What Is Jim’s Secret?

Why The Drama Has To Stir For Lady Gaga From One Haphazard Look Of Leonardo DiCaprio

January 12, 2016 in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Events, Movies, Music, News, Review, Television

This is how the news makes a stink out of nothing. Did Leonardo DiCaprio have a strange look on his face as Lady Gaga went up to get her award at the Golden Globes? Yes. But, what did it mean?

The fact of the matter is that Lady Gaga had bumped his arm. Not her fault. Not his fault for not expecting it. But, the news will churn it like he cast “Shade” on her.

You know what? It was such a great evening for Lady Gaga, it would have to be dragged down by the media who builds its business by finding the drama in every story. She looked great! I loved how sincere she was when she accepted her award. And I love her period.

As far as Leonardo DiCaprio is concerned, I’m a fan. He has grown into one of the best actors in Hollywood and he should have received many awards by now. The fact that he has never received an Oscar is a crazy calculation of odds that won’t always be true. He’s due! If not for all the other work that he has done, The Revenant will get him there. No doubt!

So, what entertains you?

It Might Be ‘Handjob Cabin,’ But There Is No Happy Ending

October 8, 2015 in Comedy, Entertainment, Movies, Shows, Television

This hilarious trailer for “Handjob Cabin” depicts a group of people who visit a cabin for a weekend away. What they encounter is something beyond their wildest imaginations.

A ghost in the cabin likes to give handjobs. But, her victims die after she handjobs them to death. The trailer is top notch hilarious.

But, this just in! For my readers only, I’ll let you in on the joke. It’s a spoof. There will be no movie to follow up with after you watch the trailer. Just watch it and enjoy knowing that there are creative and hilarious people in this world providing you with this awesome entertainment.

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The Most Hilarious Outtakes That Have Never Been Seen Before

September 8, 2015 in Celebrities, Comedy, Entertainment, Movies, Television

Making movies and television shows is tough business. You’re in a role and you’re trying to maintain that role, but something makes you laugh or you make a mistake. It’s easy to do.

The hardest thing to do is to keep your composure when all you want to do is laugh. Some comedians can get everyone around them laughing and you have to keep a straight face while you shoot the scene. Once the flood gates of laughter start coming, it’s hard to stop. You just can’t stop yourself, that involuntary reaction to something you find funny.

These are outtakes that have never been seen before. They didn’t even make it into gag reels previously seen because some of them just aren’t safe for normal viewers. There is language and off color jokes that were unsuitable for audiences some years ago. But, we’ve dropped our standards now I guess! They’re fine for us to watch now.

By the way, some aren’t even that old! From Seinfeld to The Office and Parks and Recreation, you’ll definitely laugh.

Hilarious Uptown Funk Video Mashup Of The Movies

August 4, 2015 in Commentary, Entertainment, Movies, Music

This is one very well-done video. Every word from Uptown Funk is taken from a clip in the movies. The movies range over many years and are from all types of genres, which makes the video even better. Youtube music has never been so awesome!

Just when you thought we were all Uptown Funked out, they pull us right back in! But this time, it’s amazing. Someone really took their time and went through thousands of videos to find every line from the song out of a movie scene.

280 Movies were used including:

Breakfast Club
Groundhog Day
Back to the Future
Tropic Thunder
Beatlejuice
Rocky
Smokey and the Bandit
and Pulp Fiction

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A Real Life Forrest Gump – Terry Hitchcock

September 30, 2011 in Celebrities, Commentary, Movies


What got to me was the fact that Terry Hithcock had a great life with the family, the home and the white picket fence around the yard.  He had the whole nine yards.  Then, one day something came along and changed everything.

Wow, how I’ve been there!  But, Terry’s story catches my attention because it also deals with cancer. Terry’s wife Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she passed away, Terry was on his own to do it all by himself. He had a family to raise and there really wasn’t much time to stop and reflect, to stop and mourn. Of course, he probably found time here and there to have a thought and maybe shed a tear. But, when do you get to truly work yourself through the steps of loss and get healthy again when you’re raising a family by yourself?

One day in 1996, Terry decided to blow off a little steam. He decided to take a jog, from his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the Olympics being held in Atlanta, Georgia about 2,000 miles away. It raised awareness for cancer. But, it also raised awareness for single parents. That story hits home for me two-fold. I’ve had several family members die of cancer and I’m a single parent.

Terry Hitchcock set out to run the equivalent of 75 marathons in 75 days. People said it was impossible. People tried to talk him out of it. His doctor told him he might not live to tell the story. But, Terry pushed.

Some phenomenal facts about his run, you know other than the 75 marathons in 75 days thing, is that he had a heart attack while training. He ran with fractures in his knee and his ankles. The normal person can’t run through that kind of pain. The average runner could run through it for a few miles. But, only a superhero runs from Minneapolis to Atlanta with fractures and having had a heart attack while training.

“It’s not about this guy who attempted to run these marathons. It’s really an ageless story about somebody who is trying to show other people that they can get through their own daily marathon,” Terry Hitchcock inspires.

From a man who just lost his wife and his job the next day, Terry is truly up against the wall with a family to raise. Fighting through life can be tough enough. But, fighting through life with so many setbacks is earth shattering. It would have to take a superhero like Terry to pull through all that and yet, inspire the same in others.

 

From Prada to Nada Huh

August 20, 2011 in Commentary, Entertainment, Movies, Review

imageBased on some ridiculous nonsense, the movie gets off to an annoying start.  Why in the world, when the sisters own two-thirds of the home, would the wife of the new found brother get her way and be able to push anyone around?

But, I have to admit I liked the story.  Shady details aside, the story was a different twist on the redemptive riches to rags, Cinderella gets everything she deserves fairy tale. And there are two Cinderella’s in this story.

But, back to that annoying detail.  The new found brother’s wife decides one day to move her own brother into the mansion. She decides she’s going to move the daughters to the basement and let her brother have one of the girls’ rooms. Doesn’t make sense that she thinks she has that much authority!  Let’s review the part where she only owns one-third of the home.

The sisters leave and move into their aunt’s home.  The sister-in-law starts fixing up the place getting it ready to sell.  It does finally sell in the end and no one makes a big deal out of it.  I would say that the sale might have gone for a few million.  Enough for a riches to rags to riches again ending.  Must I remind you about the fact that the sisters own two-thirds of the home?  Ok, other than that point, I loved the movie.

It is Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility all over again.  But, I’m sorry.  There isn’t enough B.S. in the world to make me believe that small detail of the story today.

In Jane Austen’s time, it was possible and actually, very probable that the property would pass to the half-brother. There were issues with women owning land and only few did under rare circumstances.  So, it’s believable for Jane’s novel.

But today, I don’t think so. Nora, one of the sisters, is studying law and would have known that the half-brother had no rights to the home.  In that case, it’s like having shareholders.  Mary and Nora call the shots because they own a majority of the shares.

Getting past that point, Mary and Nora both find love interests.  Nora runs from hers and Mary actually is a little misguided in her quest while her real love interest has been there all along.  They each get what they truly deserve in the end.  They find happiness in their new circumstances, which is the greatest gift of all.

If you lose your riches, you can be miserable trying to fight your way back.  But finding a way to appreciate what you have, what you still have, that’s a more fulfilling way to live.  You can always fight your way up as high as you can go. But if you can’t appreciate where you are, you will never be happy because where you are will never bring you joy.