Star Wars, The The Force Awakens Smashes U.S. Box office record


It was the least kept secret that the latest Star Wars film would obliterate all box office records. It did not disappoint. Star Wars, The  The Force Awakens generated more than half a billion dollars in its opening weekend. The film grossed $238m in the United States,  making it the biggest North American debut of all time according to studio estimates on Sunday.

I admit, I was one of those individuals who saw ‘The Force Awakens’ over the weekend. I will not provide any spoiler alerts for those who have not yet seen it, but wow. It was an amazing blend of mixing in the old for us Star Wars connoisseurs, with the new generation of fighting good vs. evil, the light versus the dark side. It more than lived up to the hype bringing back such beloved characters from the original 1977 Star Wars movie as Hans Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2.

But as for the new cast, Daisy Ridley as Rey, stole the show. The Force has a new bad ass heroin and her name is Rey. And without giving anything away, the story line of this movie followed an interesting parallel of past George Lucas Star War’s films with regards to relationships. The only family relationship we were not explicitedly provided was that of Rey; however, there were many inferences, hints and reminders from Star Wars past to provide many to surmise who her father is. But that is for the next movie. As for this one,  it is a must see, I give it 5 stars!!!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens generated more than half a billion dollars in its opening weekend, smashing the box office record in the US and underscoring why Walt Disney paid $4bn for the rights to the series three years ago.

The film grossed $238m in the US, higher than the $208m mark set this year by Universal Studios’ Jurassic World, and an additional $279m around the world.

It set records in markets including the UK, Germany, Australia and Russia. Global returns will climb further on January 9 when the film opens in China, the second-largest movie market after the US.

The Force Awakens is the first of six Star Wars films commissioned by Disney, which will use the characters created by George Lucas to drive consumer product sales and visits to its theme parks. Macquarie Securities estimates that The Force Awakens alone could generate $5bn in consumer product sales, with Disney earning $500m-$1bn in royalties.

Former Republican Tennesee U.S. Senator Fred Dalton Thompson Dies at 73, RIP


Former U.S. Senator from Tennessee Fred Dalton Thompson has passed away at the age of 73 in Nashville, TN. The former Senator, Republican presidential candidate, and actor who starred in the TV series “Law and Order,” and movies “The Hunt for Red October,” “In the Line of Fire,” “Die Hard II” and “Secretariat” passed away on Sunday in Nashville, TN from lymphoma. According to accounts Thompson died peacefully surrounded by his family.

As Hot Air remembers Fred Thompson, in 1994, Thompson parlayed that familiarity to a seat in the US Senate, taking Al Gore’s seat in a special election. He won again in 1996 for a full term, but retired from the Senate in 2002 to return to his acting career. In 2007, though, with the Republican presidential field wide open, Thompson decided to run for the nomination, only to find that he’d gotten in too late to have an impact.

Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson – 1942 – 2015, Rest in Peace

Fred Thompson, a former U.S. senator from Tennessee, GOP presidential candidate, Watergate attorney and actor who starred on the television drama “Law and Order,” died on Sunday in Nashville. He was 73.

Mr. Thompson died after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to a prepared statement issued by the Thompson family. Mr Thompson, who had recently purchased a house in Nashville to return to Tennessee, was first diagnosed with cancer in 2004.

“It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our brother, husband, father, and grandfather who died peacefully in Nashville surrounded by his family,” the Thompson family’s statement reads.

“Fred once said that the experiences he had growing up in small-town Tennessee formed the prism through which he viewed the world and shaped the way he dealt with life,” his family said. “Fred stood on principle and common sense, and had a deep love for and connection with the people across Tennessee whom he had the privilege to serve in the United States Senate. He enjoyed a hearty laugh, a strong handshake, a good cigar, and a healthy dose of humility. Fred was the same man on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of Lawrenceburg, his home.”

Fred Thompson Talks about the Reagan Revolution in 2008 and the battle for the hearts and minds of the GOP

Variety Obit – Fred Thompson, ‘Law & Order’ Actor and Former Senator, Dies at 73.

Thompson was also a GOP presidential candidate in 2008, as well as a Watergate attorney. He played D.A. Arthur Branch on “Law & Order” for five years, and also appeared on the show’s spinoffs “Special Victims Unit” and “Trial by Jury” as the character.

Thompson, who was born in Sheffield, Ala., shifted between politics and acting frequently throughout his life, but he gained a degree of visibility in 1973, when he served as minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, after having managed the reelection campaign of Sen. Howard Baker (R-Tenn.), the top Republican on the committee.

At one hearing, he asked former White House aide Alexander Butterfield, “Mr. Butterfield, are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the president?” Butterfield’s confirmation of a secret recording system was a key turning point in the scandal that eventually led to President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation.

Four years later, when Thompson was working in private practice in Tennessee, Thompson represented Marie Ragghianti, former chair of the Tennessee Parole Board, in a wrongful termination case against the state’s governor. The trial exposed a scandal in which cash payments were being given to state officials in exchange for clemency.

The case was the subject of a book and a 1985 movie, “Marie,” and started Thompson’s acting career when he was offered the part of playing himself.

After enjoying a number of character parts, Thompson ran for Senate in a 1994 special election, in a campaign in which he drove around in a red pickup truck to try to show his populist appeal. He was reelected in 1996, but declined to run for reelection in 2002.

In 2007, he was viewed as a leading contender for the GOP presidential nomination in the months before he officially announced his candidacy on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” But his campaign sputtered, and he dropped out after just a few primaries.

One of my Favorite Fred Thompson moments … Thompson responds to Michael Moore

Golden Age of Hollywood Actress Maureen O’Hara Has Passed Away at Age 95, Rest in Peace


It is a sad day for those of us who love classic movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood and movies actually worth watching. Irish born actress Maureen O’Hara has passed away at age 95. One of my all-time favorite actresses and a classic beauty that represents Hollywood gone by, Maureen O’Hara, died on Saturday at her home in Boise, Idaho. Her family confirmed in a statement that she passed away from natural causes peacefully in her sleep at her on home Saturday morning surrounded by family. Maureen O’Hara is to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA next to her husband, US Navy pilot General Charles Blair who died in a plane crash in 1978.

She was born Maureen FitzSimons on August 17, 1920, in Ranelagh, Ireland, on the outskirts of Dublin and was the second of six children of Charles FitzSimons. But we knew her best for her tremendous acting roles in movies like “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939), “How Green Was My Valley” (1941), “The Black Swan” (1942), “This Land Is Mine” (1943),”The Quiet Man” (1952) and “McLintock!” (1963). However, my favorite is the timeless holiday classic, “A Miracle on 34th Street” (1947).

One of my favorite stories of Maureen O’Hara was the one where John Wayne, The Duke, paid her one of his highest complaints. John Wayne said, “I’ve had many friends, and I prefer the company of men, except for Maureen O’Hara,” he said. “She is a great guy.”

 Maureen O’Hara, Rest in Peace


New York Times: Maureen O’Hara, Irish-Born Actress Known as Queen of Technicolor, Dies at 95.

Maureen O’Hara, the spirited Irish-born actress who played strong-willed, tempestuous beauties opposite all manner of adventurers in escapist movies of the 1940s and ’50s, died on Saturday at her home in Boise, Idaho. She was 95.

Johnny Nicoletti, her longtime manager, confirmed her death.

Ms. O’Hara was called the Queen of Technicolor, because when that film process first came into use, nothing seemed to show off its splendor better than her rich red hair, bright green eyes and flawless peaches-and-cream complexion. One critic praised her in an otherwise negative review of the 1950 film “Comanche Territory” with the sentiment “Framed in Technicolor, Miss O’Hara somehow seems more significant than a setting sun.” Even the creators of the process claimed her as its best advertisement.

Miracle of 34th Street, (Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwenn and a young Natalie Wood)

Yet many of the films that made the young Ms. O’Hara a star were in black and white. They included her first Hollywood movie, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939), in which she played the haunted Gypsy girl Esmeralda to Charles Laughton’s Quasimodo; the Oscar-winning “How Green Was My Valley” (1941), in which she was memorable as a Welsh mining family’s beautiful daughter who marries the wrong man; “This Land Is Mine” (1943), a war drama in which she was directed by Jean Renoir; and “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), the holiday classic in which she played a cynical, modern Macy’s executive who tries to prevent her daughter from believing in Santa Claus.

The Quiet Man (Maureen O’Hara & John Wayne) – The Kiss scene

I am in 100% agreement with the PJ Tatler, in they just don’t make movies like this anymore like the ones that Maureen O’Hara acted in. Imagine a movie with a plot, movies that set up the dramatic scenes, rather than just using special HD effects. Imagine a movie where the sexual tension is set up between a man and a woman rather than they just jump each others bones in two seconds and leaving a woman’s beauty to the imagination rather than a gratuitous nude scene. If you have never seen any of Maureen O’Hara’s movies, take this moment and do so.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Irish Times: Actor Maureen O’Hara dies aged 95.

“It is with a sad heart that we share the news that Maureen O’Hara passed away today in her sleep of natural causes,” a statement from the Fitzsimons family read.

“Maureen was our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favourite movie, The Quiet Man.”

“While we mourn the loss of a very wonderful woman, we also celebrate her remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world, especially in Ireland, to work hard to make their dreams come true and to always have the courage to stand up for themselves.

“For those who may ask what they can do to honour Maureen, we have a simple request: visit Ireland one day and think of her.”

Her manager said that Ms O’Hara had “a wicked sense of humour and never took her good fortunes for granted.”

“She was a classy, warm, feisty, funny woman and she was always so proudly Irish,” he said.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Kim Richards Arrested at Beverly Hills Hotel After Going on a Drunken Rampage & Kicking a Police Officer


Kim Richards was arrested by police after she was asked to leave the Polo Lounge inside the Beverly Hills Hotel and instead became unruly. Instead of leaving, she locked herself in a bathroom. The police has to be called where the cops had to drag the housewife out of the bathroom. Richards, who has struggled with substance abuse, was reportedly belligerent, slurring her speech and reeked of booze. Richards was charged with trespassing, resisting arrest, batter of a police officer and being drunk in public.

Kim Richards was arrested early Thursday morning after the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star went on a drunken rampage and locked herself inside a hotel bathroom. TMZ reports, Richards was asked to leave the Polo Lounge inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel after she got drunk and was “unruly,” but instead of doing so she locked herself inside a bathroom and refused to leave. The hotel then called the cops. Cops had to drag the housewife out of the bathroom.

Heir to the Getty Oil Fortune, Andrew Getty, Found Dead in His Hollywood Hills, CA Estate … Police Determining Whether Foul Play Involved or an Accident


As reported at the LA Times, 47 year old Andrew Getty, the grandson of oil baron J. Paul Getty and part of the Getty trust, was found dead at his Hollywood Hills, California home. According to police, Getty appeared to have suffered from some type of blunt force trauma: however, it is unknown at this time whether the injury was caused by a fall or foul play.  The Getty heirs death is still under investigation; however, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith, a department spokesman, said that based on initial observations, “this does not appear immediately to be a criminal act.”

Authorities investigating the death of Andrew Getty, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, said a preliminary investigation suggests foul play was not involved.

The death appeared to be natural or an accident, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Investigators have not determined a time of death, Winter said.

A law enforcement source told The Times that Getty was found naked from the waist down in the bathroom of his Hollywood Hills estate Tuesday and appeared to have suffered from some type of blunt-force trauma. It’s unclear whether the injury was caused by a fall or something else.

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith, a department spokesman, cautioned that it was still “very, very early in the investigation” but said that based on initial observations, “this does not appear immediately to be a criminal act.”

In San Francisco, Ann and Gordon Getty confirmed their son’s death in a statement in which they asked for privacy during an “extremely difficult time.”

TMZ – J. Paul Getty Grandson Dead from Trauma.

The L.A. County Coroner says Getty was “not feeling well” over the last couple of months, and had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for Wednesday. The Coroner would not elaborate on what, if anything, was bothering Getty.

He added … prescription meds were found on scene, but it was unclear if Getty had taken any of them.

UPDATE I: No foul play suspected in Andrew Getty death.

The cause of death is under investigation, but, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office, there didn’t appear to be any foul play involved. It was not immediately clear when Getty died.

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