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Classics and old favorites

Happy Shark Week!

Just when you thought nothing could be more relaxing than a day at the beach–Shark Week arrives. The annual Discovery Channel summer special promises to terrify and enthrall viewers with close, sometimes fatal, shark encounters–reminding us all that the beach isn’t always as tranquil as it seems. Living in California means occasional trips to the beach.

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Spotlight: Alan Rickman

Known to many as the dreaded Professor Severus Snape of Harry Potter fame, actor Alan Rickman is a prolific performer with a history in film and television extending back to the late 1970s. He’s one of my favorites (LOVE his velvet voice!). We realized recently that we own eight of Rickman’s films, the breadth of which

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Princess Leia Hologram Quiz

Princess Leia’s transmission was the first use of Holograms in the Star Wars Trilogy. Here short message of 111 words signaled the transition between the 1st and the 2nd act of the film. The hero (Luke Skywalker) must now make a choice between staying at home or embarking on an adventure with Obi-Wan Kenobi.

In a bit of good fun, the game site Sporcle has created a Princess Leia Transmission Quiz where you have 10 minutes to fill in all the words in her holographic plea for aid.

My best was only 104 words, see if you can top that.
Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope!”
I even gave you an 8 word head start.

Royal Wedding

It’s wedding bells for Prince William and Kate Middleton! Millions tuned in to watch his parents tie the knot. (And I sincerely hope and pray that William and Kate enjoy the happy, healthy marriage that Charles and Diana did not.) But few probably remember the marriage of Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip–but Hollywood paid

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¡Tres Amigos!

¡Three Amigos! has a small cast but it packs more laughs into it’s cleaver banter than any Shrek film I have ever seen. Martin Short (Ned Nederlander), Chevy Chase (Dusty Bottoms) and Steve Martin (Lucky Day) play out of work movie stars in 1916. One of my favorite scenes is the campfire song. The 3

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The 30-Second Ending

So last night, Dr. Sci-Fi and I utilized the magic of Netflix to watch an old Bob Hope comedy entitled My Favorite Spy (1951). It’s a mistaken-identity caper in which an entertainer (Hope) is asked by the president to impersonate an international spy whom he resembles. If you know anything about classic Hollywood comedies, you

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