I Smell Cake*… Davy Jones

Davy Jones on the set of the television show 'The Monkees.' Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

I was at my laptop and got a notification on my iPhone that Davy Jones died today at the age of 66. How sad! I loved Davy Jones. Here is a video of him when he was on “The Brady Bunch” singing “Girl” (1971) (one of my favorite songs). Oh, how I wish he was singing that song to me when I was a kid… OK, last year.

I had the chance to see him in a reunion concert at Meadowbrook in Michigan. I was screaming like a little girl during the concert. Then he came out in the crowd singing and dancing and he came within two feet of me! I froze, I couldn’t take a picture or reach out and touch him.

He was my favorite of The Monkees. I don’t remember watching the TV show when it first came out. But several years ago, MTV did a Monkees marathon and I watched every episode that they showed.

R.I.P. Davy Jones! You will be missed. Your #1 fan!

Check out:

Davy Jones (1945 – 2012)

From People.com

Davy Jones of the Monkees Dead at Age 66

By Mike Fleeman and Dahvi Shira
Wednesday February 29, 2012 01:10 PM EST

Davy Jones, the lead singer of the Beatles-inspired made-for-TV pop group the Monkees, died in Florida Wednesday. He was 66.

The performer’s death was confirmed to PEOPLE by the medical examiner in Martin County, Fla. No cause of death was immediately available.

The British-born Jones joined Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith in the TV show The Monkees about a pop band by the same name which ran from 1966 to 1968.

After the show was canceled, the group continued in various incarnations for years. The Monkees had several hits including “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville.”

Jones’s death was first reported by TMZ.

* My brother, Joe and I use this saying “I smell cake.” when someone dies. We got the reference from the TV show “Scrubs”.

“My Cake” is the sixth episode of Scrubs’ fourth season. J.D.‘s father dies and he and his brother Dan have to cope with it. Turk becomes ill and suspects it may be diabetes. Dr. Cox and Janitor are nice to J.D. while he copes with his father’s death.

I smell cake! If Uncle Bernie died, someone’s gonna have to go on a beer run!”— Dan Dorian

Dancing With The Stars (Season 14)

Today the new cast of Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 14) was announced. I have to say that I’m looking forward to this season. There are a couple of stars who look like they could win the mirror trophy.

Here is the list of stars and their partners.

2012 Dancing With The Stars Cast -- missing from photo William Levy and Katherine Jenkins.(Photo from http://celebritynewsandstyle.com)

Jack Wagner, soap actor from “General Hospital” and “Melrose Place” — with Anna Trebunskaya

Melissa Gilbert, played Laura Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie” — with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Donald Driver, receiver for the Green Bay Packers — with Peta Murgatroyd

William Levy, telenova star apparently known as the “Brad Pitt of Mexico” — with Cheryl Burke

Sherri Shepherd, co-host of “The View” — with Val Chmerkovskiy

Katherine Jenkins, opera star — with Mark Ballas

Gavin DeGraw, pop singer known for penning the “One Tree Hill” theme song — with Karina Smirnoff

Martina Navratilova, tennis pro — with Tony Dovolani

Roshon Fegan, star of Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up” and hip hop producer — with Chelsie Hightower

Maria Menounos, co-host of “Extra” — with Derek Hough

Jaleel White, best known Steve Urkel in “Family Matters” — with Kym Johnson

Gladys Knight, singer, or “empress of soul” — with Tristan MacManus

As I have done in the past seasons, I will given my 2 cents on what I thought. Along with the following:

  • Who did the best?
  • Who did the worst?
  • Most improved pair.
  • Best song(s) of the night.

I will also be making my early-bird picks on who I think will win, who will be the worst and who needs to go home. And like before, since it’s my blog, I can change my mind any time I want to!!

I’m going to review the line-up and then make my picks. I can’t wait till the season starts!

Side note:

Official website of U.S Dancing with the Stars

Good News: I saw my first 3D movie, Bad News…

Tonight I saw my first 3D movie, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. That was the good news, seeing a 3D movie. The bad news was that the movie was Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance!

My sister and brother-in-law (Cynthia and Dan) gave me $25 movie gift card. So I decided to go see a movie while I was still in South Carolina. There weren’t very many good choices at the theater I went to, so I picked Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Heck, I liked Ghost Rider, so I though, how bad could it be? Well, it was bad.

I really can’t think of anything nice to saw about this movie. Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider was bad. Ciarán Hinds as The Devil/Roark was bad. Johnny Whitworth as Ray Carrigan/Blackout, who was one of the bad guys, made me laugh. Maybe the only good thing about the movie was Idris Elba as Moreau. He was really handsome!

Idris Elba

I have to totally agree with this review:

The film currently holds a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 78 reviews with the consensus stating: “With a weak script, uneven CG work, and a Nic Cage performance so predictably loony its no longer amusing, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance aims to be trashy fun but ends up as plain trash.”

Here are some other things that I learned about my evening at the movies:

  • I really need to consider if I need to see another Nicolas Cage movie — EVER!
  • I don’t think I will be eating popcorn from the theater for a long, long time. I got a “little” carried away with that self-serve fountain of butter liquid.
  • I liked my 3D glasses. I might wear them around the house.
  • There does not need to be a Ghost Rider 3… please don’t do that to us!

So that was my adventure with watching my first 3D movie.

 

Follow-up: The Oscars

Well, finished watching The Oscars — 84th Academy Awards ceremony and it was OK. Nothing spectacular, but OK. I was working on things on the laptop while the show was on and flipping channels to watch the NBA All-Star game.

Most of my picks that I made yesterday won. All except the Best Actress category. I picked Viola Davis to win (she won almost all of the awards this year). Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady won the Oscar.

Meryl Streep accepts the Oscar for best actress in a leading role for “The Iron Lady” during the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

One of the highlights of the show was the House Band they had playing during the show. It had Sheila E., Pharrell Williams and that guy who sang the songs from Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman. I have been trying to find out who else played in the band, but I have not had any luck.

Now that the Oscar season is over, now it is time for The Razzies.

The RAZZIES® were created in 1980 as a logical antidote to Tinsel Town’s annual glut of self-congratulatory awards by John Wilson, author of THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE and EVERYTHING I KNOW I LEARNED AT THE MOVIES.

Here are the  2012 Razzie Nominees

Worst Picture
BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR
JACK & JILL
NEW YEAR’S EVE
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
TWILIGHT SAGA:BREAKING DAWN PART I

Worst Actor
Russell Brand, ARTHUR
Nicolas Cage, DRIVE ANGRY 3-D, SEASON OF THE WITCH and TRESPASS
Taylor Lautner, ABDUCTION and TWILIGHT S.B.D. PART I
Adam Sandler, JACK & JILL and JUST GO WITH IT
Nick Swardson, BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR

Worst Actress
Martin Lawrence (As “Momma”), BIG MOMMAS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Sarah Palin (As “Herself”), SARAH PALIN: THE UNDEFEATED
Sarah Jessica Parker, I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT and NEW YEAR’S EVE
Adam Sandler (As “Jill”), JACK & JILL
Kristen Stewart, TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I

Worst Supporting Actor
Patrick Dempsey, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
James Franco, YOUR HIGHNESS
Ken Jeong, BIG MOMMA’S #3, HANGOVER PART 2, TRANSFORMERS #3 and ZOOKEEPER
Al Pacino (As “Al Pacino”), JACK & JILL
Nick Swardson, JACK & JILL and JUST GO WITH IT

Worst Supporting Actress
Katie Holmes, JACK & JILL
Brandon T. Jackson (As “Charmaine”), BIG MOMMAS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Nicole Kidman, JUST GO WITH IT
David Spade (As “Monica”), JACK & JILL
The Underwear Model (aka Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

Worst Screen Ensemble
The Entire Cast of BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR
The Entire Cast of JACK & JILL
The Entire Cast of NEW YEAR’S EVE
The Entire Cast of TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
The Entire Cast of TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I

Worst Director
Michael Bay, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
Tom Brady, BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR
Bill Condon, TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I
Dennis Dugan, JACK & JILL and JUST GO WITH IT
Garry Marshall, NEW YEAR’S EVE

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
ARTHUR
BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR (Rip-Off of BOOGIE NIGHTS and A STAR IS BORN)
THE HANGOVER PART 2 (Both a Sequel AND a Remake!)
JACK & JILL (Remake/Rip-Off of Ed Woods’ GLEN OR GLENDA)
TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I

Worst Screen Couple
Nicolas Cage & Anyone Sharing the Screen with Him in Any of His Three 2011 Movies
Shia LeBeouf & The Underwear Model (aka Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) TRANNIES #3
Adam Sandler & EITHER Jennifer Aniston OR Brooklyn Decker, JUST GO WITH IT
Adam Sandler and EITHER Katie Holmes, Al Pacino OR Adam Sandler, JACK & JILL
Krtisten Stewart & EITHER Taylor Lautner OR Robert Pattinson, TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART I

Worst Screenplay
BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR, Written by Adam Sandler, Allen Covert and Nick Swardson
JACK & JILL, Screenplay by Steve Koren & Adam Sandler, Story by Ben Zook
NEW YEAR’S EVE, Written by Katherine Fugate
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, Written by Ehren Kruger
TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I, Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg

This list is from Cliff.com.

Now this is an award show I would like to see on TV.

The Oscars

The 84th Academy Awards are on tonight and here are my wild and crazy picks for the following categories. Now, this is only for fun and my opinion only. Will see how well my picks compare with the real winners.

 

Best Picture

My Pick:

Best Director

My Pick: Michel Hazanavicius

Best Actor

My Pick: Jean Dujardin

Best Actress

My Pick: Viola Davis

Best Supporting Actor

My Pick: Christopher Plummer

Best Supporting Actress

My Pick: Octavia Spencer

Best Animated Feature

My Pick: Rango

Looking forward to watching the show, along with the NBA All-Star game, the Daytona 500 and whatever else is on.

 

 

Memphis The Musical

My sister had tickets to see the musical, Memphis, at The Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina that she left for me to take my niece, Pam Keesler to see. Now, I heard of this musical, but really didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t even Google it, so I could experience it for the first time when I watched it.

First of all, we had really good seats at The Peace Center. Second, right from the start of the show, I could tell it was going to be a great show. I was smiling while the cast were singing the songs.

Here is a video of the Memphis National Tour Opening Highlights.

 

 

Bryan Fenkart who played Huey Calhoun and Felicia Boswell who played Felicia Farrell were really good. The rest of the cast were great too. In the program, many of the cast had websites, Facebook page or Twitter accounts. Once I had the chance to get on the Internet, I looked up the sites and read more about the musical.

Now my next mission is to get the soundtrack of the musical.

So, I really need to thank my sister, Cynthia for the tickets to the show. Not only did I see a great musical, I got to spend time with my wonderful niece, Pam. And here is a picture of us, which is very rare, neither of us like having our picture taken, but I wanted one from this occasion.

Pam Keesler and Sylvia Garza (2.24.2012)

Check out some of the other sites for Memphis:

 

 

Kilauea Lighthouse

My sister, brother-in-law and his brother and his wife and their friends are vacationing in Hawaii these past two weeks. Here is one of the pictures that Steve (brother-in-law’s brother) took of the Kilauea Lighthouse on Kīlauea Point on the island of Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi in the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

I can’t wait to see all of the other pictures that they took. One of these days I will make it to Hawaii myself and see the beautiful sights myself.

Kilauea Lighthouse (Photo by Steve Keesler)

Kilauea Lighthouse

Dedicated in 1913 the Kilauea Lighthouse served as a pivotal navigation aid for ships on the Orient run. Today, it is one of Kauai’s most visited sights with more than 500,000 annual visitors. Time and the harsh tropic marine environment have taken their toll on these historic buildings. (Kilauea Lighthouse website)

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