The short month of February has blown by with many winter storms in the big cities and small towns. I believe that everyone officially wants spring to arrive as it has in my part of the world – beautiful Arizona with the brittle brush sprouting its yellow flowers into the desert wild.
Lots of Hollywood to discuss from deadly overdoses to Oscar winners to gentle, old age related deaths to …….
Let us start by mentioning RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman who at the age of 46 returned to his demon, his master of darkness - Heroin was awaiting return to Philip’s successful life. The sinister, Evil Heroin wanted to replace the goodness of Success and Family. Heroin is not content being in the distant past, forgotten about, put in a corner of bad choices from a yesterday that no longer controls. Yes, Heroin was constantly trying to remind the actor Hoffman of what he had been missing for 23, long years. It is true that Philip Seymour Hoffman entered rehab this last May 2013 after staying clean for over two decades, but Heroin will not let its previous indulgers rest as he must persist to agonize and pursue relentless on its former users. This incredibly, talented actor that won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the writer Truman Capote in the 2005 film, Capote. Philip who starred in other films such as The Hunger Games, Pirate Radio, Twister and The Ides of March was another victim of drug abuse led by the infamous, torturous Heroin and his bludgeoning sidekicks, Cocaine, Benzodiazepines and Amphetamines, each of them portraying themselves as fun drugs, a cool way to get high and away from reality. The only true reality that was removed for Mr. Hoffman was Philip’s life and his lifetime partnership with Mimi O’Donnell, a costume designer and his future with their three children, Cooper, Tallulah and Willa. On Groundhog’s day, February 2nd, 2014 – a day that Philip Seymour Hoffman’s family and friends would love to have back with a new beginning, not the same horrible, traumatic ending which will be relived over and over in their minds with never the chance for another rebirth of a great, new, sunshine filled day as was possible in Bill Murray’s portrayal of a weather man on February 2nd, in the film Groundhog Day.
Groundhog Day is a 1993 American philosophical comedy film directed by RIP Harold Ramis who too passed away this February, 2014. Starring alongside Bill Murray was Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story by Rubin. Murray plays Phil Connors, an egocentric and arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during a hated assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. After indulging in hedonism and numerous suicide attempts, he begins to re-examine his life and priorities. In 2006, the film was added to the United States National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
The comedian actor Mr. Bill Murray honored his late friend and collaborator Mr. Harold Ramis who passed away on February 24th, 2014 with an amusing tribute during the Oscars as he and actress Amy Adams were presenting the best cinematography award. After all nominees were announced, Bill added an additional nominee as he playfully stated, “We forgot one. Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day.” Occasionally we see honor in Hollywood. I’ve always admired Bill and Harold, two true friends that made amends in the end as Bill went and visited Harold before his death and made the following statement about his late Amigo after his death, saying that Ramis had “earned his keep on this planet.”
If You’d like to see Bill’s tribute at the Oscars for his lifetime friend Harold then click away at the site that follows: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/oscars/bill-murray-honors-harold-ramis-oscars-article-1.1708579
*Special Note – Philip Seymour Hoffman was our first choice to portray the older Rico Austin in Double Shot, the movie based on my, best selling epic novel, “My Bad Tequila.”
I was in Universal City, California staying at the Sheraton Hotel which is located on the back lot of Universal Studios Hollywood. This particular Sheraton is known as “The Hotel of the Stars.” Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, California. Shirley Temple RIP was a leading child film actress during the Great Depression, starring in works like Bright Eyes and Captain January. When her rendition of the song "On a Good Ship Lollipop" became famous in the 1930s, she earned a special Academy Award. Temple took on some acting roles as an adult before entering politics, becoming a U.S. diplomat for the United Nations. She died on February 10, 2014, at age 85, in California. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Temple "Little Miss Miracle" for raising the public's morale during times of economic hardship during the Great Depression, even going so far as to say, "As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right."
One of the many highlights of this year’s OSCAR Awards was Bette Midler pouring her heart on stage while singing “Wind Beneath My Wings”. Her 1988 hit song which was featured in the film "The Rose" tugged at my heart strings while paying tribute to those who have died in show business over the past year.”
Another glorious and highly unexpected highlight was when Matthew McConaughey was chosen as Best Actor for his leading role in Dallas Buyer’s Club and the acceptance speech which he gave thanking GOD for his life and existence. Matthew, I commend You for not being afraid to mention GOD in Hollywood and for making the world know of your gratitude and faith. Mr. Matthew McConaughey, You rocked it Amigo by thanking GOD & giving him credit! Hollywood could use a Guy like You! Congratulations and I hope to meet You in person someday and Yes, please invite Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, she can trip and fall on me anytime.
Jared Leto returned to Hollywood film from his rock star persona in "Dallas Buyers Club" that won him an OSCAR for Best Supporting Actor as he transformed himself into HIV-positive character Rayon. "This is for the 36 million people out there who have lost the battle to AIDS," Leto said as he accepted the Oscar. "To those of you who have felt injustice because of who you love and who you are, I stand here with you and for you."
"Dallas Buyers Club" is based on the true story of homophobic drug addict Ron Woodroof, played by Matthew McConaughey, who smuggles much needed but unapproved medication into the United States to distribute to other AIDS patients. He forms an unlikely friendship and alliance with the sweet and tolerant Rayon.
Pink was the color and the performer who sang an emotional “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as a tribute to the Wizard of OZ on its 75th year anniversary. http://youtu.be/8Zr0ULEeblc
My newest writing / book, a Biography “Son of the KING, an Elvis paradox unveiled” will soon be hitting the bookstores and Amazon.com. In fact the debut book signing will be in downtown Prescott, Arizona on historic Whiskey Row. Friday night, March 14th from 4 – 6:30 pm at the Bird Cage Saloon http://www.birdcagesaloon.com/ and then again on Saturday afternoon, March 15th from 2 – 5:00 pm at The Palace Restaurant and Saloon http://www.historicpalace.com/ for a fantastic read, good food, tasty drinks and a great start to kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Russia pulled off an incredible and interesting Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi; but, unfortunately the aggression displayed and shown to Ukraine has diminished much of the goodwill earned from the outside world. President Vladimir Putin delivered a robust defense of Russia's actions in Crimea, stating he would use force in Ukraine only as a last resort, easing market fears of East-West tension over the former Soviet Republic could lead to war. Why can’t we all just get along as we drink Tequila and Vodka?
This last weekend as I was at my good friend TC Thorstenson's bar & restaurant - Hogs N Horses, I overheard a young English bloke at about 4 years old ask TC, "Mister, are you a real cowboy" in his high pitched British accent. I had to smile to myself as the youngster could not have found more of a cowboy in Arizona had he had a year to look. TC is the world renowned Buffalo rider and trainer.
On Sunday morning, March 16th, my Guest Blog representing Idaho will be featured on fellow author Annette Snyder's blog: http://annettesnyder.blogspot.com/
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"Have a Double Shot of Reality" TM
for the United Nations & a Movie Starlet
in "Dallas Buyers Club" & giving Thanks to GOD!
2014 OSCARS, "Wind Beneath My Wings"
while completing my tax return for 2013!
"The Palace Restaurant and Saloon" in downtown Prescott, AZ on Whiskey Row!