Tag: Television & Streaming

SISTERHOOD

Hello all masters of words, I normally start my blogs or short stories with some clever catchphrase but I decided to take a different approach because this subject is a touchy given the right conditions, can be a trigger for my manic-depressive state aka my “chum”.  I am like most women, I enjoy watching daytime television specifically talk shows but as I get deeper into watching I notice the all women panel engaging in relentless bickering and rude nasty behavior. Watching this type of behavior is very stressful.  I got to thinking with all the hatred and petty fights is the value of sisterhood over?

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GOODNIGHT STAN LEE & THANK YOU

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Stan Lee

The world of nerds lost our hero, our rockstar Stan Lee. Stan has helped many of us generational awkwardly outcasts deal with the world by making being misfits cool. I was introduced to Marvel when my brother bought X-Men comic. I read that series and was hooked. I realized that these characters all had something in common although all the characters are misfits or outcasts they had each other creating a family or unlikely people. Fighting against a world who don’t accept their gifts, what amazing theme.

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TOP CELEBRITY MONEY MAKERS OF 2017

Top Decease Celebrity Money Makers of 2017

Hello Kings and Queens of social media, today’s blog is inspired by how much money deceased celebrities make. As I sit and drink my dirty martini and watch a rollercoaster ride “the world series” #GoDodgers I see tons of commercials featuring music or images of deceased celebrities. One deceased celebrity pops in mind Elizabeth Taylor, February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011 (ranking number 12 earning $8 million). At the time of Taylor’s death her estate was worth estimated $600 million which will be close to a billion today, but that doesn’t stop her estate for raking in the money with her classic Elizabeth Arden perfumes producing “White Diamonds” and “Passion”, I got the idea to research and here’s the top deceased celebrity money makers of 2017.

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1. Michael Jackson

August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

Musician/Artist

$75 million

Death: Drug Overdose

Michael Jackson, the 3rd bestselling artist of all time selling over 184 million records and known as the “King of Pop” is one number on this list. Jackson died in 2009 from a drug overdose but his estate earned $75 million 2017 due in part to his music catalog that includes hits like “Thriller” (used in those comical Party City Halloween commercials) and “Billie Jean” along with his stake in EMI music catalog that includes some Beatles top hits “Hey Jude” and “Yesterday” and let’s not forget Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil themed show, Jackson money train keeps roaring down the tracks with no sign of letting up. As in life, in death Michael Jackson is still the King of Pop.

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2. Arnold Palmer

September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016

Pro Golfer / Sports

$40 million

Death: Natural Causes

The Pro Golfer nicked name “The King” of the golfing world and may be known as the best golfer of all time but his estate has generated some serious cash. With his signature drink “The Arnold Palmer” a blend of lemonade and tea goodness, the pro golfer managed to turn this drink into peer gold I mean really who hasn’t tasted or asked for an “Arnold Palmer”. Along with his signature drink there’s his apparel line that is sold in over 400 stores. Mr. Palmer estate continues to make money landing him on the list second behind another king the King of Pop Michael Jackson.

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3. Charles Schulz

November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000

Cartoonist / Entertainer

$38 million

Death: Colon Cancer

Cartoonist Charles Schulz has introduced us to an influential cast of characters. Brother and sister duo Lucy and Linus Van Pelt, Sally and Charlie Brown and their dog a black and white beagle with a snappy attitude Snoopy with his sidekick Woodstock. On October 2, 1950 the world was introduced officially to “the Peanuts Gang”. This comic strip ran from the 50’s until Charles death in 2000. Sadly Schulz died in his sleep from colon cancer, 17 years later his estate continues to pull in the cash from this beloved comic that includes the yearly Halloween special “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and Christmas special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” that featured the memorable school play dance scene movies and a brief stint with Met Life Insurance Company that featured the Peanuts Gang in a series of commercials that since retired. It’s assured that not only these colorful cast of characters will forever remain dear to our hearts but Schulz estate will continue to profit from them.

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4. Elvis Presley

January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977

Singer / Actor

$35 million

Death: Un-determined Causes

It’s hard to do a list of this magnitude without having the late Elvis Presley on it. The successful singer turned actor made it cool to be cool. Ole blue eyed himself Frank Sinatra envy Elvis, I mean really the Rat Packers had nothing on Elvis and his Memphis Mafia. However, the king of cool not only rake in thousands of dollars off his image with t-shirts, coffee cups, posters etc. Elvis still in high demand with his movies in which he starred over 30 in his career like “Clambake” and my personal favorite “Viva Las Vegas” in which he sang the title track. Speaking of his music, his music career spans 2 decade before his untimely death in late summer 1977 still commanding airtime. His musical catalog includes classics like “Hound Dog”, “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “Blue Christmas”. 40 years after his death, his benefactor and only child Lisa Marie continues to receives checks with Graceland Tours, movies, books and music Elvis can rest assure that his little darling Lisa Marie is well taken care off.

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5. Bob Marley

February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981

Singer / Musician

$23 million

Death: Acral Lentiginous Melanoma (cancer)

Bob Marley is best known as the Godfather of reggae music, after all Bob Marley has brought this style of music mainstream with hits like “Could You be Loved” and “I Shot the Sheriff”. On May 11, 1981 world of reggae suffered a blow when musical genius passed away from cancer. 36 years after his death Marley’s legacy continues through his children who now oversee his body of work and marketing his image that includes t-shirts, cups, posters and un-release master recordings. Old and new fans alike will continue to enjoy all that is Bob Marley.

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Those are the top 5 deceased earning makers of 2017 and rounding out the list are;

6. Tom Petty

October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017

Singer / Musician

Death: Cardiac Arrest

$20 million

7. Prince

June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016

Singer / Musician

Death: Fentanyl Overdose

$18 million

8. Dr. Seuss

March 4, 1904 – September 24, 1991

Author / Cartoonist

Death: Oral Cancer

$16 million

9. John Lennon

October 9, 1940 – November 8, 1980

Musician / Activist

Death: Gun Shot

$12 million

10. Albert Einstein

March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955

Theoretical Physicist

Death: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

$10 million

11. David Bowie

January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016

Musician / Actor

Death: Liver Cancer

$9.5 million

12. Elizabeth Taylor (see intro)

13. Bettie Page

April 22, 1923 – November 11, 2008

Model / Pin-Up

Death: Pneumonia

$7.5 million

These talent celebrities star still burns bright and their legacy will live on through us the fans and as long as we keep the love alive these celebrities will live on.

Blog reference: Forbes

And the Oscar Goes Too

Today blog post is inspired by the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences and the bone-head decision to add a new category to gain better ratings and secure more viewership.

Oscars to Launch A New “Popular Film” Category: Article by Jenna Amatulli Huffington Post

And the Oscar goes too…… How many times have we heard that line and thought wow this movie just won for best picture and I never heard of it. I wonder how this is possible especially when there’s great performances in movies like Chris Evan in The Avengers Infinity War (2018) or Henry Cavill in Superman Man of Steel (2013) or Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman (2017) or Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira in Black Panther (2018). You would think that with the late Heath Ledger’s brilliant performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) winning the best supporting Oscar, that the Academy would be more open to nominating films of this caliber.

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Reboots

Reboots can mean many different things.  Rebooting can mean changing a certain aspect of your life OR the most common meaning of reboots is referring to remaking of TV shows, movies and music. Reboots can also mean projecting a need a person is lacking in their lives. Continue reading “Reboots”

Garda Síochána “Guardian of the Peace”

Inspiration comes on all forms and today blog post is inspired by doing something so natural TV binge watching. I been doing a lot of that lately on Netflix catching up on my British telly as they say and I notice something very unusual, well unusual for us Americans and that is on British telly apparently police officers don’t carry guns. Amazing huh? I know I said I won’t get political here but there’s always the first the one and only exception to the rule and this blog is it. I decided to put down the martini’s, put down the remote and really think about what or how I will present this thought…..

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creciendo el estilo de los años 80

“Creciendo el estilo de los años 80” Spanish for “growing up 80’s style” a childhood I wouldn’t change for nothing in the world is the topic of this blog post. As I sit here listening to Sirius-XM 80’s channel Don Henly “Boys of Summer memories of a time in my life where things were so simple.  Even though there’s always the threat of a nuclear war the cold war between USSR and USA at a stale-male the world waits for one to call check mate a point made in the song “Land of Confusion” by Genesis, the 80’s decade started out with a whisper ending with a bang.  80’s created a lot of innovative stuff fun stuff. Some stuff didn’t survive and some stuff did survive and we still use today. The 70’s seen the birth of 8-track tapes and vinyl (albums), the 80’s gave us cassette tapes, CD’s, video, Walkman, Atari, Cable TV and of course MTV.

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SAFELIFE -VS- SNL

Hello Social Media Knights, today blog is about that infamous SNL skit of Safelife. We all heard of those infamous Safelife commercials? “Safelife Repair, Safelife Replace” infact I have had the pleasure of dealing with the Technicians.  I like how quickly they response, how relatively inexpensive they are but most importantly what a convenience.  You probably have no idea why I’m blogging about Safelife, last weekend SNL did a skit, the basis is that commercial but unlike the commercial the Safelife Tech is portrayed as stalking a mother/daughter duo.  Mother and daughter noticed a crack in their windshield as they were on their way to daughters High School Basketball game. Like the commercial, they called Safelife for repairs.  Unlike the commercial, a creepy tech appears played by Beck Bennett.  He fixes the crack and all is well or so we think.

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NETFLIX “RADIUS”

Hello everyone I am very excited to bring to you this blog because I am excited about Netflix sleeper hit “Radius”.  It seems like Netflix is making all the right moves with signing of both TV super media giants Fox golden boy “Ryan Murphy” creator of “American Horror Story” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” and ABC hit maker “Shondra Rimes” creator of “Grey’s”, “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” to multi-million contracts for content.  Netflix is definitely becoming a huge factor in how we watch content.  With shows like “Strangers Things”, “Death Note” and the big hit “Bright” starring “Will Smith”, Netflix is definitely a big threat to Amazon, Hulu and other streaming media making them stand up and take note. If you want the viewership and to maintain that viewership you get the best of the best right?

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WHAT TO WATCH ON NETFLIX

With the every changing way we watch original programming, streaming is the way to go.  Most viewers are cutting the cord so-to-speak and watching TV through Amazon Fire Stick, Google and other streaming devices.  The question isn’t how to stream but what to stream.  There are so many choices like Amazon Prime and Hulu the options are as wide as the grand canyon.This blog will focus on streaming giant Netflix and their original programming.  Netflix has started the revolution a movement really with providing original content. With hit Emmy winning award shows like Stranger Thinks, House of Cards knowing what to watch can get very tricky. After logging quite a few hours of Netflix, here are my top 7 must see Netflix TV series.

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13 Reasons Why Centers around a new high school student “Hanna Baker’s ” suicide and how her death affects the people left behind.  This series tackles many adult subjects beside suicide, the drama also deals with sexual assault, child abuse , drug abuse and of course school shootings.  This is a show worth watching, however, I don’t recommend this show for kids under the age of 15 unless supervised by, who knew that cassette tapes are back in amount High School Students.

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Altered Carbon – Is based upon Richard Morgan’s novel of the same title.  This sci-fi crime drama is set 250 years in the future.  This sci-fi crime drama is set 250 years in the future.  In the year of 2384 memories are stored in disk like objects and humans can be put into synthetic bodies called sleeves. The story follows ex-con ex-mercenary Takeshi Kovacs on his journey in solving the murder of the wealthiest man in settled worlds.  This series is very graphic and entertaining very whimsical.  Again this series is very adult themed I wouldn’t recommend this show for kids under the age of 15.

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black mirror

Black Mirror Is a series of short stories that varies in content.  Black Mirror is often compare to “twilight Zone” as the stories changes each episode.  Now in it’s 4th season, Black Mirror continues to push the envelope with over the top story lines.  My two particular favorite episode are from season 4 episode 5 titled “Metalhead”, where a woman tries to survive the dangers of robotic dogs and episode 6 title “Black Museum” where young lady traveler for a re-charge stumbling upon a museum that houses creepy artifacts.  Again this isn’t for the faint of heart although the show’s tone is not a R-rated as most Netflix originals Black Mirror doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the story telling.

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Dark Is a sci-fi drama that is set in the fictional town of Winden Germany.  This series follows a few storylines with the main story is about Johans Kahnwald his family and how they deal with the suicide death of his father.  With that being said I can’t go into anymore detail without giving away the plot.  I can say that this series is very innovated, a TV show that is way beyond it’s time. I was so intrigued by the plot that I couldn’t get enough, yes it’s that good.

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defenders

The Defenders – What do you get when you put Marvel’s un-celebrated super hero’s “Daredevil”, “Jessica Jones”, “Luke Cage”, and “Iron Fists” together?  You get one of the best movies series on Netflix.  This is really a no-brainer, the world of super hero’s collide when the four find themselves teaming up against the Hand and who or what is the Hand?  The Hand is an underground secret ancient originaztion lead by Alexandra played by Sigourney Weaver very calculated adversary, she really brings the hammer down on our super hero’s creating a unsuspecting villan. I do suggest that you watch the first seasons of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fists in this order before taking on the Defenders.

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the rain

The Rain – Is a Danish sci-fi drama that follows two sibling on their quest for survival. High school student Simone and younger brother Rasmus find themselves running for the safety of the shelter from the Rain.  Six years has pass since a virus spread through the rain has nearly wiped out mankind, the two siblings curious, emerges from their bunker only to find the world they left 6 years early is gone.  The two journey from the safety of their bunker looking for food, other survivors and answers.  I highly recommend this series because it’s entertaining good and the twist is one of those WTF moments.

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River

River – is a British police drama that follows John River as her tries to solve the murder of his partner Jackie Stevie Steveson.  This drama is unusual because River sees and communicates with the dead including his partner Stevie.  This ability lands River in hot water with his superiors but the interesting thing is to see River navigate through expectant twists.  The dead people he’s investigating is assisting him in finding their killers.  River is a laid back series that starts right out of the gate with the suspense.  This is a show strictly for adults and be weary it’s very graphic.  

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Honorable mentions:

Bright

Death Note

Evil Genius

Imperial Dreams

London Spy

Lost In Space

Message From The King

Mute

The Punisher

Slasher

The Titan

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Well those are my picks to watch.  If you have your top Netflix picks share them.

Until next time…….