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March Spotlight Artist

TCM Spotlight Artist Merle Oberon

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TCM movie channel has a lot of Artist Spotlights and Themes. The featured Artist of the Month in March is Merle Oberon. The TCM channel will be airing her movies on Friday night with one of her most recognizable movie this Friday, Wuthering Heights (1939). I look forward to rewatching that movie.


Thanks to TCM, I’ve been doing my own Monthly Artist Spotlights. I focus on 3 artists, book authors, music artists, and actors.

My Artists Spotlight for March

March is always a fun month for me, from holidays to a lot of family birthdays. My favorite holidays are St. Patrick’s Day and International Women’s Day (this year’s theme is #PledgeForParity).

“In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. Some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons.” – Wikipedia.

So here are 3 Irish Women for March Artist Spotlight.


Maria Doyle Kennedy

Maria Doyle Kennedy

Maria Doyle Kennedy (born 25 September 1964) is an Irish singer, songwriter, and television/film actress. (Official Website/ Wikipedia/ Twitter/ Facebook).

I first saw Maria in her first movie appearance in 1991, The Commitments as Natalie Murphy. She is even on an official Irish Stamp with a picture from that movie. To be on a official stamp, that’s amazing.

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Since then she’s been in 20 movies and 17 Television show appearances with her most notable show, BBC’s Orphan Black (BBC Three and America links) as the tough Siobhán Sadler or just Mrs. S for those Orphan Black fans like myself. She’s a total bad a$$ in this show and I love it!

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I liked her in The Commitments but really liked her in the movie The Matchmaker with co-stars Janeane Garofalo and Denis Leary. And my Gramps and I are really anticipating the coming season 4 of Orphan Black on April 14th! (For the U.S. that is).

So take a look at some of Maria Doyle Kennedy’s works. I think she’s an awesome woman. Continue reading “March Spotlight Artist”

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January Spotlight Artists

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TCM movie channel has a lot of Artist Spotlights and Themes. The featured Artist Spotlight of the Month for TCM is Production Designer, William Cameron Menzies. And…

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On Wednesday, TCM is featuring Star of the Month, Fred MacMurray‘s films. And there’s a lot of movies with Fred to choose from. My mom’s watching some right now.


Thanks to TCM, I’ve been doing my own Monthly Artist Spotlights. I focus on 3 artists, book authors, music artists, and actors.

My Artist Spotlight for January

Adele

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The first artist I’m listing is Adele. I’m giving her the first spotlight because according to Billboard Music, “Adele’s ’25’ Rules as Nielsen Music’s Top Album of 2015 in U.S.” The Nielson report lists that Adele’s new album has “earned 8.01 million equivalent album units during the year — with a whopping 7.44 million of that in traditional album sales.” And this is Adele’s 3rd time of being the Nielson’s Top Selling Album, making her the first artist to do so.

And I just love her. She’s my Queen of 2015! I love her voice and music is just great I think. I can listen to her stuff for hours. And I just wish that I wasn’t tone deaf, in order to sing along… although I do sing along when I’m alone.

The song I’m picking, is from her new album, and it’s one that I’ve played the most – Water Under the Bridge.


Drew Barrymore

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I’ve grown up watching Drew Barrymore‘s films. She’s about my age, and she’s been a pretty good role model IMO for me. She’s had her ups and downs (but not as many as Robert Downey Jr). As an actress, she’s funny and quirky, and then she can also be serious. I think that she’s such an amazing person.

Along with acting, she’s just released her book Wildflower. I am really looking forward to reading that.

The first film I remember seeing her in was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) . And now she’s been in over 40 films. That’s right. Over 40 films. And that’s not including the tv stuff.

My favorites… Well there’s so many to pick from, so I’m just going to list them (from most watched and on)… Continue reading “January Spotlight Artists”

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Monday Friendship Books

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Each Monday night in December TCM presents two double features focusing on feminine relationships and hosted by Tiffany Vazquez of New York City, winner of our TCM Ultimate Fan contest and part of the 20th Anniversary Fan Guest Programmers.
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Monday Friendships

(btw, I know that it isn’t Monday, but this is a new TCM theme. So… I’ll probably do coming of age friendships again next week, probably of books on my tbr…)

Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve been a couple of TCM’s themes (Spotlight Artists, Silent Sunday Nights, and so on). December’s theme is a little different. Tonight’s theme is Girlfriends Coming of Age. Now TCM already has the movies down pact. I thought I’d pick through some books that I’ve read that kind of fits that category, but they won’t be just girl/ girl friendships. I’ll be picking at all friendships in general.

So here’s the books for Friendships Coming of Age

(In random order here)…

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(01.) Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. They are both strong female characters in this series. Continue reading “Monday Friendship Books”

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December Artist Spotlight

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I suspect that Turner Classic Movie channel (TCM) is doing Frankie for their spotlight because of his 100th anniversary. I like Frank Sinatra, but I’ll be picking my own Star of the Month.

My Artist Spotlight for December

This is my 3rd Artist Spotlight of the Month. October‘s was my first one, and that was fun to make. November was more to fit my mood. And December, well I love Christmas and all things Winter, so that’s what the artists will best fit with.

James Stewart

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The Actor Artist Spotlight is James Stewart. Jimmie, with his 100 or so films, has a couple Christmas movies that are my favorite. Of course there’s the ever popular, It’s a Wonderful Life. I do like that one. He acted really good and the story is pretty nice.

But my #1 favorite is The Shop Around the Corner, a 1940 movie staring James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Frank Morgan (The Great OZ). You all might know of the remake, staring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, called You’ve Got Mail. I like that movie too. Until a couple years ago when I saw Shop Around the Corner that is. Tom Hanks tried to do the posh, but sweet and dreamy guy, but now that I’ve seen this movie, James Stewart does it better.

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Jean Shepherd

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The Author Artist Spotlight was a tough one for me. I was going to pick Debbie Macomber because she’s written a lot of Christmas themed books, and some (including her newest book) have made the Hallmark Christmas movies cut. I’ve read a lot of her Christmas books, and I’ll be reading her newest one this month.

But the cake goes to Jean Shepherd, for making mine and my family’s Christmas movie viewings nostalgic.

Jean is best known for the film, A Christmas Story, which is based on his book, In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.

I haven’t read the book yet, but it is on my TBR plan for this month. I’ve listened to some of his radio shows, and liked them. His Christmas Story show is my favorite, of course.


Continue reading “December Artist Spotlight”

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AMA, The Muppets and Star Wars

A Live AMA Viewing

10:15pm PT: I’m currently watching the American Music Awards (AMA) right now. While I’m tapping this post from my Kindle, I’m watching Macklemore, Leon Bridges, and Ryan Lewis. It’s a pretty good performance.

I also liked Coldplay and Gwen  Stefani‘s performances. And J-Lo’s outfits just got skimpier and skimpier.

But the highlight I thought was great was this commercial for The Muppets tv show. Hilarious and perfect for Adele‘s Hello.

10:30pm PT: Along with the mention of 20th Anniversary of the Clueless movie and the band No Doubt and their debut Just a Girl song, it’s also Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” 20th Anniversary.

I’m a fan of Alanis Morissette, and liked her performance with Demi Lovato.

10:40pm PT: Jared Leto gave a good and touching speech to a tribute to France. I wish I could get a a full video of that. But nothing on YouTube. Billboards has a good article and too short of a video for it though. I’m not a Celine Dion fan, and I still thought her tribute song was good. But it was no Edith Piaf.

10:50pm PT: ok. They saved the best for last (the Justin kid doesn’t count IMO). The Star Wars music. Awesome stuff. And they even had a teaser scene.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3_Hc12Lca1I

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Southern Writers Wednesday Nov 18

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Southern Writers Wednesday

Turner Classic is airing In Cold Blood and A Streetcar Named Desire tonight.

And with In Cold Blood, I thought of making tonight’s post with Southern Fiction with some sort of crime story to it. And I’ll be making a list of books I read and liked…

Southern Fiction Crimes

The Pelican Brief by John Grisham (settings: New York, suburban Georgetown, and Washington, D. C.). I read this after seeing the movie. I liked the movie and I thought I knew what to expect from the book. The book ended up being a little more of a thriller and suspenseful than the movie.

Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (settings: Keyes, South Carolina and Savannah). Hilarious book. My Grandpa and I both liked the heroine.

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (setting: Walls of Water, North Carolina). My first Sarah book. I loved the book. I thought her writing is good. I really liked the characters in this book. There is a scandalous crime in this. And it had just a hint of some magical realism.

Sneaky Pie for President: A Novel by Rita Mae Brown (setting: Virginia). The first Sneaky Pie book that I’ve read. It was funny. This book didn’t have any crime or mystery per say. But according to the cat, the way humans treats animals is a crime. That’s why she wants to run for President.