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In Time for Summer Birthdays, Your Loved Ones Will Smile On Their Special Day with Celebrity Birthday Cards

In Time for Summer Birthdays, Your Loved Ones Will Smile On Their Special Day with Celebrity Birthday Cards

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Treat, the greeting card service from Shutterfly, Inc., today announced its exclusive Celebrity Birthday Card Collection in collaboration with two very funny and likeable entertainers – actor, producer, writer and director Seth Rogen and television actress Sarah Chalke. Rogen and Chalke contributed jokes, sentiments and anecdotes for Treat’s customizable cards. With the launch of the new celebrity birthday cards, Treat made a charitable donation in Rogen’s name to Hilarity 4 Charity and in Chalke’s name to Kawasaki Disease Foundation. Treat’s exclusive Celebrity Birthday Card Collection is available online at www.treat.com/celebrity-cards and on Treat’s App for iPhone.

Judy Collins Concert and Induction Set for Colorado Music Hall of Fame

Judy Collins Concert and Induction Set for Colorado Music Hall of Fame

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Colorado Music Hall of Fame will host an evening with folk music legend Judy Collins that will include a full concert and her induction into the esteemed organization on Friday, November 8, 7:30pm at Denver’s historic Paramount Theater. Tickets go on sale this Friday (6/28) at 10 a.m. at Tickethorse.com or by phone at 866-461-6556.

Malachi Throne has died: ‘Batman’ Villain Actor Dies at Age 84

Malachi Throne has died: ‘Batman’ Villain Actor Dies  at Age 84

Malachi Throne has  died. Throne,  the  TV  character actor who played Robert Wagner’s boss on It Takes a Thief and the enigmatic evildoer False-Face on Batman, died  in Los Angeles  after  succumbing to cancer . He was 84. Throne was born in New York City. He first appeared on stage at the age of ten in […]

Barred from the Academy Awards, New PETA Video Featuring Phoenix Surfaces in L.A. Times and on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Barred from the Academy Awards, New PETA Video Featuring Phoenix Surfaces in L.A. Times and on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Hollywood, Calif. — Joaquin Phoenix is drowning. In a rare appearance outside his award-winning films, the Oscar nominee is featured in a brand-new PETA video—as teased in the “For Your Consideration” ad in the Calendar section of today’s Los Angeles Times (seen here)—that shows him underwater, panicking and struggling to breathe. As the text explains, “In water, humans drown just as fish suffocate on land. It’s slow and painful and frightening. … Put yourself in their place. Try to relate. Go vegan.” The video, which was shot by top photographer Michael Muller, can be seen here.

Capitalizing on the buzz surrounding Phoenix’s critically acclaimed performance in The Master, PETA moved to place the ad during the Academy Awards, but ABC deemed the video to be too political and controversial to run during the broadcast. PETA has now placed the video as a commercial to air during the Jimmy Kimmel Live! post-Oscars broadcast.

“I was 3 years old—to this day it is a vivid memory,” Phoenix says of the moment he connected human suffering with animal suffering. “My family and I were on a boat, catching fish. As one fish was caught, he was writhing, then he was thrown against the side of the boat. You couldn’t disguise what it was. This was what we did to animals to eat them. The animal went from a living, vibrant creature fighting for life to a violent death. I recognized it, as did my brothers and sisters.”

In addition to garnering an Academy Award nomination, Phoenix’s work in The Master has already landed him awards from associations of film critics in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Utah, Vancouver, and Austin, Texas, as well as at the Venice Film Festival.

Broadcast-quality video footage of Phoenix’s video can be downloaded here. For more information and to view the video, please visit PETA.org or click here.

Concerning Paul Greco

Concerning Paul Greco

“What Happens Next” is not a gay movie.

It’s nothing but an “evolutionary psychology ” movie. It’s about being , about a man’s journey, and he has to change everything. It’s not the point of the film, but let’s pretends it is a gay film.

It has no story; only a subject.

“American pictures usually have no subject, only a story. A “Pretty Woman” is not a subject. Julia Roberts doing this and that is not a subject,” Jean-Luc Godard, a French director once said.

Movie critiques like to write what they think it should have done. The right path is to evaluate a film on the basics what the director intends to do.

There are a lot of opponents of this movie, and frankly, I don’t understand why. Rotten Tomatoes: 50% of the audience liked it, and there are no critic reviews .

Jay Arnold has all the tools to become one of the greatest directors of his generation. “What Happens Next” has a great cast: Darrin Baker, Janet Carroll, Natalia Cigliuti , Kimberly S. Fairbanks, Megan Hilty, Jon Lindstron, Wendie Malick, Chris Murrah, Ariel Shafir.

Plot: Paul Greco sold his successful business. His sister Elise tries to find him a perfect wife, but Paul seems more interested in developing his friendship with Andy, a young man he meets at his neighborhood park.

The movie has two little problems: dialogues and continuity.

Mr. Arnold did not make a juicy gay movie and not an “Ingmar Bergman” masterpiece, but he delivered a funny Philadelphia story.

Emmy-nominated Jon Lindstrom, who has worked successfully both in front and behind the camera for more than 20 years, played Paul Greco, an Italian lost soul on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. Mr. Lindstrom decided to do this film because it has a great message about happiness, life and hope. He will turn 55 years old in few weeks, a new chapter in his life, the path of spirituality. I think Mr. Lindstrom has found himself in real life.

Paul Greco’s unconscious mind is a formidable instrument not only because it contains all he has repressed, things too painful to express, and because he would be punished by society, but also because of all that is allowed, even rewarded by that society, which has been placed in his mind since birth. He was unaware of its presence, yet it guides his actions. Paul Greco’s unconsciousness, which is not Freud’s, is most dangerous. What can we call an individual’s “personality”? It is built upon an umbrella of value judgments, prejudices and platitudes, which as he grows older, become more and more rigid, less and less subject to question. Remove a single stone from this edifice, and it all crumbles, resulting in anguish. This anguish stops at nothing: neither murder nor genocide or war, in the case of the social group; to express itself. He begins to understand, by what mechanism, when and how, in the past and the present, the hierarchies of dominance have been established. To go to the moon, he must know the law of gravity. Understanding the law of gravity does not make him free of gravity. It means he can use it to do other things. Until he has informed mankind of the way his brain functions, of the way he uses it, until he says that, until now, it has been to dominate others, there is little chance anything will change.

A charismatic Wendie Malick plays Elise , Paul’s sister. Funny. Besides being a terrific actress, she also is a model of a human being. Elise (Mrs. Malick) gave her brother a dog. Fancy one. She could have given him a stray dog from the Philadelphia Humane Society.

Chris Murrah, a boy from a tomato farm in Florida, is the writer Andy. He helps Greco to become a “free man”. Mr. Murrah built a decent young, gay man. Andy could have been a “Splash’s Boy,” but he chose to became a “Townhouse Boy”.

I do not know what he is doing right now, but he can do anything with his career and his life.

Natalia Cigliuti , Andy’s neighbor, is Ros, a sexy, thin, gallery owner. She is pretty and gifted. I would love to see her in another movie. Mrs. Cigliuti has hot blood (her parents are from Uruguay), and she has strong energy. She often reminds me Ingrid Bergman.

Darrin Baker ( a great actor; he is a very classy man), Janet Carroll ( I miss her so much…. it hurts ), Kimberly S. Fairbanks ( she has to leave Philadelphia. Since she is a seasoned actress, and there is no limit to her career), Megan Hilty ( we will see her soon on Saturday Night Live ), and Ariel Shafir (keep going… you are almost there).

We need to applaud Mr. Arnold for having many references to Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

About the park.

Rittenhouse Square is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas Holme during the late 17th Century in central Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The park cuts off 19th Street at Walnut Street and also at a half block above Manning Street. Its boundaries are 18th Street to the east, Walnut St. to the north, Rittenhouse Square on the west (a north-south boundary street), and Rittenhouse Square South (an east-west boundary street), making the park approximately two short blocks on each side. Originally called Southwest Square, Rittenhouse Square was renamed in 1825 after David Rittenhouse, a descendant of the first paper-maker in Philadelphia, the German immigrant William Rittenhouse. William Rittenhouse’s original paper-mill site is known as Rittenhousetown, located in the rural setting of Fairmount Park along Paper Mill Run. David Rittenhouse was a clockmaker and friend of the American Revolution. A number of movies have had scenes filmed in the Square or on the streets surrounding it: In Her Shoes, The Happening and Trading Places.

“Remove a single stone from this edifice, and it all crumbles resulting in anguish”

“What Happens Next” would be a trap if the producers had decided to promote it as an “evolutionary psychology ” movie.

If the members of Republican National Convention could watch it, I am sure most of them would like it.

Even their leaders.

House Speaker John Boehner is someone who cries frequently, and after the film session, he would say: “I am going to have a full-blown nervous breakdown.”

O’Donnell, Playwright Who Won the Tony for Hairspray, has died

O’Donnell, Playwright Who Won the Tony for Hairspray, has died

Mark O’Donnell (July 19, 1954 – August 6, 2012) was an American writer and humorist. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College in 1976. He was a member of the Harvard Lampoon, where he held the position of Ibis. He was the writer and librettist for three Hasty Pudding musicals for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals group.

Marvin Hamlisch has died

Marvin Hamlisch has died

“A Chorus Line” and “The Sting” composer Marvin Hamlisch has died at the age of 68 (June 2, 1944 – August 6, 2012).A child prodigy, Hamlisch began studying piano at the famed Juilliard School of Music when he was seven.

He was was an American composer. He is one of only twelve people to have been awarded Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and a Tony. He is also one of only two people to have won those four prizes and also a Pulitzer Prize (the other is Richard Rodgers). Hamlisch has also won two Golden Globes

Hamlisch died Tuesday in Los Angeles after suffering from a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife, Terre Blair, a Columbus, Ohio, native and news anchor from the ABC affiliate WTVN – Channel 6 in that city, in May 1989.

He had a prior relationship with Carole Bayer Sager, which was the inspiration for the musical They’re Playing Our Song.

Hamlisch was born on June 2, 1944 in New York City.

He Is Our Captain

He Is Our Captain

“The Captain of Her Heart,” the hit of the Swiss duo Double, was an international success, reaching #8 in the UK Singles Chart and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Double (pronounced dubb-el -) formed in 1983 in Zürich, Switzerland, by Felix Haug (drums and keyboards) and Kurt Maloo (guitar and vocals) out of the trio Ping Pong of which both Maloo and Haug were members.

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