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The Fun Glitz and Glamour of A Drag Queen Christmas Phoenix

On December 9, 2022, I had the fortune of attending A Drag Queen Christmas with a good friend when the show hit the Arizona Financial Theater in Downtown Phoenix.

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On December 9, 2022, I had the fortune of attending A Drag Queen Christmas with a good friend when the show hit the Arizona Financial Theater in Downtown Phoenix.

Murray and Peters has presented “A Drag Queen Christmas” for the eighth consecutive year. The show is a drag tour featuring alumni of the reality show,  RuPaul’s Drag Race.

I thought that the show was very pleasant experience, a lot of very funny comedy bits mixed with signing, skits, and was a wonderful experience.

December 9, 2022 A Drag Queen Christmas

The A Drag Queen Christmas 2022 tour includes Netflix superstar Alyssa Edwards, Brooke Lynn Hytes host of Canada’s Drag Race, Shea Coulee’, Crystal Methyd, Jimbo The Drag Clown, Manila Luzon, Jujubee, Kornbread, Heidi N Closet, Jasmine Kennedie, Aja, Jan Sport, Silky Ganache, Kerri Colby and a very special guest performance by Todrick Hall.

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Remembering Louis Gossett Jr: A Trailblazing Actor and Activist

Remembering Louis Gossett Jr, the trailblazing actor and activist who made history as the first black man to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Rest in power, Louis. 🌟✨ #LouisGossettJr #HollywoodLegend #Trailblazer

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In a world where representation matters, Louis Gossett Jr’s contributions to the entertainment industry cannot be overstated. As the first black man to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, his impact and talent have left an indelible mark on the film industry. With his passing at the age of 87, we take a moment to honor and remember the legacy of this trailblazing actor and activist.

Rising to Prominence
Born on May 27, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York, Gossett Jr’s journey to success began on the stage. Early on, he showcased his acting skills in school productions and made his Broadway debut in the play “Take A Giant Step” at just 16 years old. His talent and dedication eventually led him to study at New York University, where he found himself among the likes of Hollywood icons James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and Steve McQueen.

Breaking Barriers
Gossett Jr’s breakthrough came in 1977 when he portrayed the memorable character Fiddler in the groundbreaking TV miniseries “Roots.” The series explored the horrors of slavery, and Gossett Jr’s moving performance earned him an Emmy Award. This pivotal role opened doors for future opportunities and established him as a respected and versatile actor.

Academy Award Success
In 1982, Gossett Jr’s outstanding portrayal of the formidable Marine drill instructor in “An Officer and a Gentleman” opposite Richard Gere and Debra Winger earned him the prestigious Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. This achievement made him the first black man to receive this honor, cementing his place in Hollywood history. Gossett Jr’s Oscar win enabled him to choose a variety of compelling roles, including those in “Enemy Mine,” “Sadat,” and “Iron Eagle.”

Advocacy and Overcoming Challenges
As a vocal advocate for racial equality, Gossett Jr faced his fair share of challenges throughout his career. From enduring racism to shaping his own narrative, he consistently exhibited strength and resilience. His personal experiences motivated him to establish the Eracism Foundation, an organization dedicated to eradicating racism and promoting inclusion and understanding.

Legacy and Lasting Impact
Beyond his groundbreaking achievements on screen, Gossett Jr will be remembered for his warmth, creativity, and dedication to his craft. From his unforgettable performances to his influential activism, he opened doors for aspiring actors and contributed to a more inclusive and diverse industry. Gossett Jr’s legacy serves as a reminder that talent and determination can transcend barriers and inspire generations to come.

Louis Gossett Jr’s passing is a loss felt deeply by the entertainment industry and beyond. He will forever be remembered as a pioneer, breaking barriers and inspiring countless individuals to pursue their dreams. With gratitude, we honor his contributions and celebrate his rich legacy. As we bid farewell to a remarkable talent, we are reminded of the immense impact one person can have on the world. Rest in peace, Louis Gossett Jr.

Enemy Mine

“Enemy Mine” is a captivating science fiction, action and drama movie that was released in 1985. The talented Wolfgang Petersen directed the movie, and it was written by the skilled Edward Khmara. The film is based on an intriguing novella written by Barry B. Longyear. The storyline follows a human soldier and an alien soldier who get stranded on a hostile planet, and must work together to survive. Despite their differences and mutual distrust, they learn to cooperate and develop a bond of trust. Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr. deliver outstanding performances in the lead roles, bringing the characters to life with their exceptional acting skills.

“Enemy Mine” is an international co-production between the United States, the United Kingdom, and West Germany. The filming began in Budapest in April 1984, under the direction of Richard Loncraine. However, the director had creative differences with producer Stephen Friedman and executives at 20th Century Fox, leading to the project’s shutdown after only a week of shooting. Wolfgang Petersen then took over as director and reshot Loncraine’s scenes after moving the production to Munich.

The original budget of the film was $17 million, but the cost rose to more than $40 million after accounting for marketing expenses. Unfortunately, the film was a box office failure, earning just over $12 million during the 1985 holiday season. However, the film was a success in the former Soviet Union, as it was the first Western sci-fi film to be shown in theaters. Over time, it gained a significant cult following. (Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enemy_Mine_(film)

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    Rod: A creative force, blending words, images, and flavors. Blogger, writer, filmmaker, and photographer. Cooking enthusiast with a sci-fi vision. Passionate about his upcoming series and dedicated to TNC Network. Partnered with Rebecca Washington for a shared journey of love and art.

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Reflecting on the 2024 Oscars: A Night of Wins, Laughter, and Fashion Statements

The 2024 Oscars: A night of wins, laughter, and elegant fashion. No mentions of past controversies, just a focus on cinematic excellence.

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The 2024 Oscars night was a whirlwind of excitement, surprises, and elegance as the film industry’s finest gathered to celebrate cinematic achievements. Among the standout moments was the triumph of “Oppenheimer,” a biopic that not only captivated audiences but also dominated the awards, clinching seven accolades, including Best Picture. Christopher Nolan’s directorial prowess shone through as he claimed the Best Director title, while Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. were honored for their outstanding performances as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

While “Oppenheimer” led the pack, “Poor Things” also made a mark with four wins, with Emma Stone’s portrayal earning her the coveted Best Actress award. The night was further enriched by captivating performances, including Ryan Gosling’s comedic surprises during his rendition of “I’m Just Ken” and the mesmerizing display of a dozen drummers in the performance of “Wahzhazhe.” The ceremony also featured memorable presenter antics, such as John Cena’s daring walk across the stage clad in nothing but an envelope.

The red carpet was ablaze with a stunning array of black, red, and metallic ensembles, showcasing the stars’ fashion prowess as they graced Hollywood’s grand event. Despite a few mishaps, like Emma Stone’s dress incident and Al Pacino’s potential oversight, the glamour and allure of the evening remained undiminished.

What truly stood out about this year’s Oscars was the absence of any reference to past controversies, notably the infamous Will Smith and Chris Rock incident from two years prior. Unlike previous telecasts, where the incident was repeatedly revisited, this year’s ceremony seemed to signal a collective move towards letting bygones be bygones. Host Jimmy Kimmel’s subtle nod to a bygone era of Oscars antics hinted at a shift in focus from past controversies to celebrating the artistry and talent that define the film industry.

As the curtain fell on the 2024 Oscars, it was evident that the night was not just about accolades and glamour but also about embracing new beginnings and a renewed focus on the magic of storytelling that unites us all. The 2024 Oscars will be remembered as a night of triumphs, laughter, and a subtle nod to moving forward—a celebration of cinema at its finest.

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Remembering Richard Lewis: The Prince of Pain

In memory of Richard Lewis, the Prince of Pain: a comedic maestro known for his neurotic humor and iconic roles. His legacy of laughter and wit will forever resonate in the hearts of fans worldwide. Rest in peace, Richard Lewis.

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In the realm of comedy, Richard Lewis stood out as a maestro of neurotic humor, captivating audiences with his frantic, stream-of-consciousness diatribes while clad in his signature all-black attire. Known affectionately as “The Prince of Pain,” Lewis carved a niche for himself in the comedy world, leaving a lasting impact on all who experienced his unique brand of humor.

From AP’s archives: Richard Lewis on working with longtime friend Larry David. The comedian known for his neurotic, stream-of-consciousness act and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” role died Wednesday. He was 76.

With great sorrow, the comedy world bids farewell to this legendary figure as news of his passing at the age of 76 reverberates through the entertainment industry. Lewis, who courageously disclosed his battle with Parkinson’s disease in 2023, passed away at his Los Angeles residence following a heart attack, as confirmed by his publicist Jeff Abraham.

Throughout his illustrious career, Lewis graced comedy clubs and late-night TV shows with his unmistakable presence, enchanting audiences with his quirky humor and endearing vulnerability. His roles as Marty Gold in “Anything But Love” alongside Jamie Lee Curtis and as the neurotic Prince John in “Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men In Tights” showcased his versatility and comedic prowess.

A true comedic icon, Lewis endeared himself to a new generation through his role opposite Larry David in the acclaimed series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” where he continued to enthrall audiences with his relatable kvetching and sharp wit.

In the words of Richard Lewis himself, “I’m paranoid about everything in my life. Even at home. On my stationary bike, I have a rear-view mirror, which I’m not thrilled about.” His humor was a reflection of his unique perspective on life, filled with wit, charm, and a touch of melancholy.

As we reflect on the legacy of Richard Lewis, we remember a comedic genius who fearlessly bared his soul on stage, leaving audiences in stitches with his hilarious anecdotes and self-deprecating humor. His witticisms and comedic brilliance will forever be etched in the annals of comedy history, ensuring that the Prince of Pain’s legacy lives on in the hearts of all who had the pleasure of experiencing his comedic genius.

Rest in peace, Richard Lewis. Your laughter will echo through eternity, and your memory will forever be cherished by comedy enthusiasts worldwide.

Source: Associated Press

https://apnews.com/article/richard-lewis-dead-c4f69a5ecc8f03850222f8f2145f55ce

https://www.cnn.com/videos/entertainment/2024/02/29/richard-lewis-death-curb-your-enthusiasm-scenes-contd-orig-dp.cnn

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    Rod: A creative force, blending words, images, and flavors. Blogger, writer, filmmaker, and photographer. Cooking enthusiast with a sci-fi vision. Passionate about his upcoming series and dedicated to TNC Network. Partnered with Rebecca Washington for a shared journey of love and art.

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