Happy St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday named after St. Patrick and in a public holiday in Ireland, Newfoundland, Labrador and Montserrat. St. Patrick was sent to Ireland to Christianise the Irish. Some believed that he used the shamrock to explain the doctrine of the Trinity. He died on March 17, 461 after thirty years of service.
At first, St. Patrick’s Day color was blue. By the 17th Century the color had changed to green with ribbons and shamrocks being worn. A St. Patrick’s Day feast was held by the Irish starting in the ninth and tenth centuries and St. Patrick was being celebrated as the patron saint of Ireland. In the early 1600s, St. Patrick’s day was placed on the Catholic Church calender. It is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland.
I thought you might find this interesting, Movie and TV Fast Facts. These are some interesting facts about movies and television. Whether you grew up watching one of the those big console televisions or have the luxury of watching flat screens on tv mounts, you will find these facts interesting. Here are a few to get you started:
Scottish inventor John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television in 1926 in Soho, London. Ten years later there were only 100 TV sets in the world.
Today there are more than 1,5 billion TV sets in use.
China has the most TV sets (500 million).
The first TV interview was made with Irish actress Peggy O’Neil in April 1930.
The first TV commercial was a 20-second ad for a Bulova clock, broadcasted by WNBT, New York during a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies in July 1941. Bulova paid $9 for that first TV spot. Bulova also was the first watch in space.
The 1967 Russian movie War and Peace had 120,000 extras. The South Korean movie Monster Wang-magwi from the same year featured 157,000 extras. The 1945 German movie Kolberg had 187,000 and the movie with the most extras, the 1982 British movie Gandhi, featured 300,000 extras.
The Red Swingline Stapler became a very popular office supply item after the 1999 movie Office Space. Office Space involves characters that are unhappy with their jobs and decide to do something about it. One of the characters, Milton Waddams, is obsessed with his stapler:
Milton Waddams: [talking on the phone] And I said, I don’t care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I’m, I’m quitting, I’m going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they’ve moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn’t bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it’s not okay because if they take my stapler then I’ll set the building on fire…
You will have to see the end of the movie to see what happens!
I used to be a big fan of Designing Women. It was a hilarious show and Dixie Carter was great as the “straight man.” Dixie was born May 25, 1939 McLemoresville, Tennessee and spent her early years in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from Memphis State with a degree in English. In 1959, Carter was the first runner-up in the Miss Tennessee beauty pageant.
Carter started acting in 1960 in a local production of Carousel. She traveled to New York City in 1963 and appeared in A Winter’s Tale on Broadway. After eight years away from acting, Carter filled in for the role of Dorian Cramer on One Life to Live while the regular actress, Nancy Pinkerton, was on maternity leave. She then was cast in the soap opera Edge of Night as Assistant D.A. Olivia Brandeis “Brandy” Henderson. She left the role in 1976, moved to Los Angeles and appeared in a variety of television series. Carter is best known for her role as interior decorator Julia Sugarbaker in the 1980s/1990s television program Designing Women, set in Atlanta, Georgia. Hal Holbrook, her real-life husband, had a recurring role as Reese Watson, and Carter’s daughters, Ginna and Mary Dixie, also had guest-star roles as Julia Sugarbaker’s nieces, Jennifer and Camilla.
After Designing Women, Carter in other television roles and on Broadway. Her final film was That Evening Sun, which she filmed on site with her husband Hal Holbrook in East Tennessee in the summer of 2008.
In 1967, Carter married Arthur Carter (no relation) and had two children. She later divorced him in 1977 and married Broadway actor George Hearn the same year. She divorced Hearn in 1979 and married Hal Holbrook in 1984.
Carter died on April 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas from complications due to endometrial cancer.
I just came across this cartoon filmed in Cuba. The plot of the movie is:
It is a fabulous tale of the vampire-rat mafia in Havana. They run an underground solarium, very profitable, as the vampires cannot go to the beach. Enter the old scientist, who has invented something that makes the vampires stand the real sun – VAMPISOL! The mafia wants to stop this product from being commercialized, as it will ruin their business.
I came across this movie because I saw an ad for padron cigars for sale and next to it was a poster from the movie with a vampire smoking a cigar. This peaked my curiousity and I investigated further. The film is Not Rated and was released in 2004.
Are you passionate about saving the planet? Did you watch An Inconvenient Truth a dozen times? Do you obsess over green cleaning? Than this list of movies is for you! Alternate-Energy-Sources.com has made a list of green movies. These movies are not just documentaries, but fictional movies that focus on a “green” theme. For example, Logan’s Run and Soylent Green are listed in the listed in the Science Fiction section.
If you are interested in green topics, you can view the list of green movies here.
This year, the movie Creature From the Black Lagoon is getting remade. Hollywood has been remaking movies since the beginning of movie time and this is the next one on the list.
The original movie was released in 1954 and directed by Jack Arnold. The movie starred Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, and Whit Bissell. The creature was played by two actors: Ben Chapman on land and Ricou Browning in underwater scenes.
The film was original shot in 3-D and later released in the 1970s in a non-3D format. The plot involves an expedition to the Amazon where the creature is discovered. The creature kills a number of people, before kidnapping the girl and then being shot. The creature disappears into the lagoon.
The new movie has had production issues and was supposed to be released in 2011 but that look doubtful. Here is an image of what the new creature is going to look like.
Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British comedy that featured Hugh Grant (Charles) and Andie McDowell (Carrie). The film follows a group of friends from Charles’ point of view. He meets up with Carrie at four different weddings and a funeral. Although Charles did not have to plan a funeral, but he does give a speech and recites the poem “Funeral Blues” by W.H. Auden.
The fourth wedding is actually the wedding of Charles to Henrietta. Carrie attends the service and the wedding is called off. In the end, Charles and Carrie end up together, but not married.
This film is quite funny and Hugh Grant is adorable!
The people in the following video aren’t looking for accounting jobs they are actually New York area accountants who appeared on the David Letterman show to recite the “Top Then Things I’ve Learned from Being an Accountant. Letterman always has clever top ten lists and this one is funny too. So if you are frustrated with your taxes, here is a good laugh for you. My favorite: “People will pay you a lot of money if you pretend to know how the tax code works.”
Jessica Hahn (born July 7, 1959) is best known for her sexual encounter with the televangelist Jim Bakker. Hahn claimed that she was drugged and raped by Bakker in 1980 when she was the church secretary.
Today on The View, Hahn claimed that it wasn’t rape, but a sexual encounter with Bakker and another preacher telling her is was for God. Sherri Shepard called the incident an “affair” and Hahn countered with
This wasn’t an affair. Unlike, I don’t want to be cruel or anything, in your book Audition you had an affair with a Senator.
She was talking to Barbara Walters. Walters told Hahn “This is about you, my dear. this is not about me. OK?”
Hahn has appeared in Playboy and television shows including “Married… with Children”. She has had relationships with Sam Kinison and Ron Leavitt (co-creator of “Married… with Children.”)