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Nordstrom - The Artic Freeze - Making an Entrance - Winter Wonderland Apparel

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It is a new year off to a bone chilling start.  On January 7, 2014, all 50 states in America were below freezing.  The Polar Vortex ( according to the American Meteorological Society glossary - The planetary-scale cyclonic circulation, centered generally in the Polar Regions, extending from the middle troposphere to stratosphere.) which is basically cold air that usually resides in the north pole and south broke away from the main pool of frosty air and moved southward crippling the Midwest, Northeast and the South with below freezing temperatures.   Indeed, a rare occurrence and continues to march forth today on January 29th with snow and ice blanketing Atlanta for the first time in years. The dead of winter can be an icebox experience with minimal light during the day, rain, snow, sleet and hail.  Just how does a Forever Chic Style maven dress for these chill infused days?

Answer:  A great pair of stretchy black pants, a turtleneck with cashmere sweater, a stylish goose down coat, s…

Maleficent - Trailer - Preview - Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt - Releases May 30, 2014

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Updated - May 21, 2014 

Maleficent opens this Friday, May 30, 2014.   Disney's PR machine has been hard at work with a barrage of trailers and articles online and in hard copy magazines.  And, this blog on my site has the most hits.   Interestingly Jolie altered cheekbones, added a prosthetic nose, modified both ears and teeth all the while wearing moon sized contacts in order to create a sinister appearance for Maleficent.  My girlfriend from high school,  Jayne Warme Bell's grandmother was one of the original models for Maleficent at Disney.  Thank you Jayne for sharing.   Perhaps Jolie was inspired by this beauty from the 1950's?



It will be fascinating to see how Maleficent does in the theatres.  The film seems dark and the target audience is a bit unclear whether for adults or children? Either way, Jolie will command the screen and the chances are high the film will be successful.  "Maleficent", may not hit the notes that movie reviewers search for in films and…

Saving Mr. Banks (2013): Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwarzman, BJ Novak, Rachel Griffith

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Mary Poppins, the film, released in 1964 after a twenty year march by Walt Disney to obtain the rights of the well known Mary Poppins book series written by author,  P. L. Travers.  Walt Disney's, daughters, were huge fans of  Mary Poppins, creating the two decade mission for Disney to fulfill his daughters wishes and delight audiences far and wide with a movie.  Saving Mr. Banks, is the back story on how this beloved book series became a Disney cinema classic beloved by children, myself and adults around the world.  With a spoonful of sugar, Disney, and Travers, gritty and hardened salt, found each other battling it out for two weeks in 1961 in Los Angeles over the development of Mary Poppins being presented to the world in glorious Technicolor.   This is their story.





Saving Mr. Banks, begins with Emma Thompson, P.L.Travers, sitting in her London flat with her agent exclaiming that she is flat broke and that it would be wise to finally accept Disney's annual request of making…

Inside the Nominations - The Election - 86th Oscar 2014 - March 2, 2014

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The 86th Oscar nominations were revealed, Thursday, January 16, 2014.   The list of top nominations is attached.  There were a few upsets and surprises.  Here is my assessment.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science is comprised of 6000 voters.  Each year starting in November an election campaign begins with gimmicks, special screening's, extra releases of film's which are targeted to the elite Hollywood voters to garner votes.  Of course, this is all political as with any nomination for an event, project or race.  Think of marketing for a new car, electronics or running for an office etc. - advertising and marketing plus word of mouth always plays strongly when swaying peers. In this case, a specific movie, actor or actress might be incredible though if not promotedheavily and in a favorable light, the movie, actor or actress is out of the race. "The Wall StreetJournal", (They Could Have Been Contenders, Too) January, 17, 2014, states that many of the voters …

71st Golden Globe Winners Circle

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2013 - "The Year of the Con"in Film"Art Imitates Life"

And, the Golden Globe goes too...... Best Motion Picture, Drama
"12 Years a Slave"
"Captain Phillips"
"Gravity"
"Philomena"
"Rush"



Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years A Slave"
Idris Elba, "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom"
Tom Hanks, "Captain Phillips"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Robert Redford, "All Is Lost"




Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Emma Thompson, "Saving Mr Banks"
Kate Winslet, "Labor Day"



Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
"American Hustle"
"Her"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Nebraska"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"





Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Christian Bale, "American Hustle&quo…