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Is everybody jolly out there?  Well, if not, I’m here to give you some ideas how to spend your time off from work.

  1. Go to a movie.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the big one out there that you may have trouble getting tickets to.  Order them online if necessary.  I haven’t had time to check this one out yet, but I probably will in the next few days.  Chris Pratt’s Passengers is also out, but with a big ol’ Rotten Tomatoes splat (31% – yikes!) I’m not sure if I’ll put out the coin for that one or just wait for it to show up for rent online.  If anybody’s seen it feel free to let me know how it is by posting a comment.
  2. Watch Sherlock series 4.  This will premiere on the BBC and PBS on January 1 with the next two episodes on subsequent Sundays.  The last episode, The Final Problem, will also be shown in certain theaters.  See my previous post for more info.
  3. Do some charitable work and/or donate to your favorite cause.
  4. Catch up on Lethal Weapon.  Episodes are available for free online.
  5. Play with the furkids.  You got the felines and canines and any other animals in your lives presents, right?  Mine are getting a some-assembly-required new cat tree.  Cross your fingers I get this one put together before I have to go back to work.  I have 10 days.
  6. Rewatch all the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.  That’ll take you a while.  Be sure to get up and stretch once in a while.
  7. Write down your New Year’s Resolutions.  Then put them in an envelope, tear them in half, and throw them away.  Seriously, who needs the pressure?
  8. Watch all the old Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone.  There were 14 of them.  Personally I’d skip the ones where they’re chasing Nazis (outside of the first two they were all in what was then present day.  No, BBC’s Sherlock wasn’t the first to do that).
  9. Listen to all 26 episodes of BBC radio’s Cabin Pressure.  With Benedict Cumberbatch and a crew of very funny people (including Anthony Head in some later episodes), it’s my go-to comedy series when I need a laugh.  You can order the CD’s or an Audible version on Amazon.

Everyone have a very happy whatever-you’re-celebrating, and hug the furkids for me!

#Sherlock #CabinPressure #LethalWeapon #StarWars

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The extended edition of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, may end up in theaters, according to TheOneRing.net (TORn).  If you’re interested mid-October appears to be the timing.

It looks like it will roll in at right at 3 hours, about 12 min. longer than the original version.  The Blu-ray and DVD will be available in time for the holidays.

#TheHobbit #BattleoftheFiveArmies


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So the Oscars are over for another year.  Some of the winners are below, and I will also give you my take on who had the best red carpet dress (if you can’t figure it out from the image on the right) and throw in a pic of Captain America for good measure.

Rosamund_Pike_2014_oscars_via_eonlineAlthough everyone knows Guardians of the Galaxy was the best picture of 2014 it was inexplicably not nominated.  I have to admit the only Best Picture nominee I saw was The Imitation Game, which was fantastic, but it lost out to Birdman.

The Actress in a Leading Role Oscar went to Julianne Moore for Still Alice.  Eddie Redmayne won the Actor in a Leading Role award for The Theory of Everything.  The Actress in a Supporting Role winner was Patricia Arquette, for her role in Boyhood.  J. K. Simmons took home the Actor in a Supporting Role award for Whiplash.

The winner for Animated Feature Film was Big Hero 6.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was nominated for Sound Editing, but the award went to American Sniper.  How The Hobbit missed being nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling or for Costume Design is beyond me.  (Remember when Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won the Best Picture Oscar, in the process sweeping all 11 categories it was nominated in?  That was 2004.)

chrisevans_oscars2015The Imitation Game won one Oscar, in the Writing: Adapted Screenplay category.  Birdman won for Writing: Original Screenplay.

Guardians was nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling and Visual Effects but lost to The Grand Budapest Hotel in the Makeup category and Interstellar in Visual Effects.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier was also nominated for Visual Effects, and although it didn’t win star Chris Evans was looking pretty dapper in his Gucci tux while presenting tonight, so there’s that.

You can see the list of all the nominees and winners on the official Oscar website.

And now – drum roll, please – in my humble opinion, although I’m a person who has no clue why designers are important or why we should care about haute couture, the best outfit of the night was Thranduil’s.  Sorry, I mean Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike, who wore a red Givenchy number.  Honorable Mention goes to Karolina Kurkova, who wore a white Marchesa.

As fun as it is to see all the pretty dresses, there were a couple of more important things happening – for one, a Twitter hashtag #AskHerMore to encourage the red carpet hosts to ask the ladies about more than just which designer they were wearing.  And then there was Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette, who called for equal pay and equal rights for women in America in her acceptance speech.  Meryl Streep’s reaction was priceless.

Image: Rosamund Pike via eonline.com, Chris Evans via nytimes.com


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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards in the film categories were presented this evening in London.  Here are the major winners:

Best Film – Boyhood

Best British Film – The Theory of Everything

Leading Actor – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Leading Actress – Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Director – Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Supporting Actor – J. K. Simmons, Whiplash

Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Original Screenplay – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Cinematography – Birdman

Animated Film – The LEGO Movie

Adapted Screenplay – The Theory of Everything

The Grand Budapest Hotel also won for Makeup & Hair, Costume Design and Production Design.

Interstellar won the award for Special Visual Effects over Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Variety has a list of all the winners and nominees here or you can go to the official BAFTA website.  The awards were hosted by The Hobbit’s Stephen Fry.


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