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Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo

[tweetmeme] It has been confirmed that Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (she got married again, I didn’t know that until I started writing this!!) will be reprising her role as Brenda Barrett on General Hospital on August 11, 2010.  I am ecstatic! She originated the role in 1992.  She left the show in 1998.  (She briefly returned in 2000 and had another short stint from 2002-2003)  This time she’s supposed to stick around for a while, but I haven’t read anywhere anything about the terms of her contract to know how long.  (If any of you have, please comment and let me know!)

In honor of Brenda coming back SOAPnet will be having The Best of Brenda and Sonny starting at 3PM on August 15th.  Also if you click the SOAPnet link it will bring you to a page that has 25 Classic Brenda Moments.

So who do you think Brenda will end up with on the show?  Who do you want her to end up with? SonnyJaxJasonJohnnyNicholasDanteMattStevenMaxLucky?  Coleman?  Vote in the polls below.  Please vote once for each question.  We’ll discuss the results prior to her initial air date of August 11th.

    

Image from:  http://www.nbc.com/Las_Vegas/bios/vanessa_marcil.shtml

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Luke & Laura ~ November 16, 1981

Luke & Laura married on November 16, 1981.  The event was watched by 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history.

I’m reading a book called Dr. Knowledge Presents – Strange & Fascinating Facts About Famous Brands.
An entry caught my attention:

Why They’re Called Soap Operas

Oxydol laundry soap started something new in 1933.  They began sponsoring a daily fifteen-minute afternoon drama on network radio.  Their program was called Ma Perkins.

It was popular, and soon other soap brands decided to sponsor the same kind of show.  The airwaves because full of afternoon dramas aimed at a predominately female audience.  The phrase “soap operas” entered the language to describe these soap-sponsored programs.

Some long-running soap operas of that era included Stella Dallas, Portia Faces Life, Just Plain Bill, Life Can Be Beautiful, The Guiding Light, Our Gal Sunday, and Backstage Wife.

(Incredibly, Virginia Payne, who played Ma on Ma Perkins, held that role for the entire twenty-seven-year run of the program – never missing any of its 7,065 broadcasts.)

While we’re on the topic, if you watch General Hospital answer this….

Luke & Laura ~ November 16, 2006

A couple of years ago when Laura came out of her coma she and Luke got remarried.  Everyone thought it was a farce because Luke was married to Tracy Quartermaine.  Now that it’s come out that Luke & Tracy were not really married, it makes me think – he is really married to Laura now isn’t he?  He can’t marry Tracy without getting a divorce from Laura.  Am I remembering things correctly?

Do you watch soap operas?  If so, which one?

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Recently it seems that whenever I start to get into a TV show that I like it gets canceled.

Sex and the City

At least they’ve made Sex and the City The Movie Part 1 and they’re coming out with Part 2 next month.

Eastwick

Eastwick was a great show and they suddenly up and canceled it during the first season 😦

Las Vegas

Las Vegas lasted for 5 seasons, but thanks to the writer’s strike, its last season (with Tom Selleck taking over for James Caan) the show got canceled and the last episode left way-way-way too many cliff hangers!!  (And for the record I did like Tom Selleck’s character of A.J. Cooper, but he had big Ed Deline’s shoes to fill….)

LOST

Michael loves watching LOST and that’s coming to an end.

What shows have you gotten really into that have gotten canceled??
What do you watch now that you love that you pray doesn’t get canceled?

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I LOVE Heist Movies!!!!!I’ve always loved heist movies.  The word heist is defined as: “to commit armed robbery or steal.
I’m an honest person.  I don’t steal things or rob places, but for some reason these movies have always been my favorites.  I’m going to tell you about a few of my favorites.

The Thomas Crown Affair ~ 1999

The Thomas Crown Affair I think this one is my all time favorite.  In the movie Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) is a millionaire who loves his Monets.

San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk ~ Claude Monet

Throughout the film Catherine Banning (Renee Russo) is an insurance adjuster is trying to prove that Thomas Crown was the one who stole the painting.  There are twists throughout the movie and it’s fun to watch Thomas toy with Catherine and the local detective on the case.   (Denis Leary)  There’s also a great sex scene on the stairway of Thomas’ mansion….  The music in the movie is wonderful.  The theme song The Windmills of Your Mind is performed by Sting and is a great song.  So check out my favorite cat and mouse game that is The Thomas Crown Affair.

Ocean's Eleven ~ 2001

Ocean’s Eleven What a great movie!  There’s one of the best all-star casts you could ask for as far as big names: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac, Elliott Gould, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Andy Garcia, and Julia Roberts.  In the film they rob 3 Las Vegas casinos (Bellagio, The Mirage, and the MGM Grand).  They plot and plan with the precision of surgeons.  George Clooney plays the ringleader Danny Ocean.  He has a personal vendetta against Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) because he is dating Danny’s wife Tess (Julia Roberts).  The only way to get to Terry though is hit his pride/hit his wallet.
I found out a few interesting flaws in the movie (there are many) while I was researching this post:

  • Danny Ocean says that Nevada Gaming Commission regulations require casinos to have enough cash in their vaults to cover every cent in play on the floor. In fact, no such regulation exists.
  • The $100 dollar bill is currently the largest US note in circulation (and has been since the sixties). One million dollars in $100 bills (10,000 notes) weighs about 22 pounds according to the US Treasury Dept web site. Therefore $160MM dollars would weight about 3,520 pounds. There is no way eight people could carry that much weight in canvas bags in one trip from the vault to the SWAT van.
  • During the robbery, the first set of 6 bags which allegedly contained half of the $160 million actually held fliers for hookers. As Rusty had instructed, they were sent up from the vault using the elevator, and carried out of the casino and placed in the white van by Benedict’s men before the SWAT team arrived. However, there is no explanation about how the fliers were transported into the vault in the first place – Danny and Linus did not bring them, and there would not have been enough extra space for that much paper in the cart that held Yen.

The Real McCoy ~ 1993

The Real McCoy is a movie that not too many people remember.  In the movie Karen McCoy (Kim Basinger) is a former bank robber who was recently released from prison.  Her greedy parole officer (Gallard Sartain)  holds her son hostage and threatens to put her back in jail if she doesn’t pull off one final bank heist for his boss Jack Schmidt (Terence Stamp)  She enlists the help of her biggest idiot fan J.T. Barker (Val Kilmer) to pull it all off.  Check this one out if you can find it.

The Maiden Heist ~ 2009

The Maiden Heist is a newer movie out to DVD.  I watched it for the first time last month and found it amusing.  It was an art heist where 3 museum security guards decide to steal their 3 favorite pieces of art before the new museum curator can have them sent to their new museum owner in Denmark.  Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, and William H. Macy all put in amusing performances.  (If you like art, check out my Art Blog)

Gone In 60 Seconds ~ 2000

Gone In 60 Seconds has got to be another one of my favorites!!  Aside from the fact that it stars one of my favorite actors Nicholas Cage as Memphis Raines the movie kept my interest the ENTIRE time which is tough to say for alot of movies.  Like Ocean’s Eleven this movie has another all-star cast.   Angelina JolieGiovanni Ribisi, Robert Duvall, James Duval, Scott CaanDelroy Lindo, Chi McBride Christopher Eccleston, Vinnie Jones, Timothy OlyphantWilliam Lee Scott (He’s from Hudson, NY), and T.J. Cross.  Just in case you live under a rock and haven’t seen the movie, it’s about a retired car thief who has to come out of retirement to pull off a 50 high end car heist in 1 night to save his little brother’s life.  There are some BEAUTIFUL cars in this movie as well as funny scenes (remember the snake?) to keep you glued to the TV.

The Saint ~ 1997

The Saint is a movie that many people have forgotten.  I was always a big Val Kilmer fan so when this movie came out it was something I needed to see instantly….  Val plays a character named Simon Templar (one of many names he uses throughout the movie) who is a professional thief/master of disguise who says once his bank account gets to $50,000,000 that he’ll retire.  His last transaction is working with the Russian Mafia and his last assignment is to steal the formula for cold fusion from Dr. Emma Russell. (played by Elisabeth Shue)  What he doesn’t count on is falling in love with her.  When he realizes that the formula isn’t complete and the Russian’s will stop at nothing to get it to work Simon realizes that Emma won’t be safe and goes to her to keep her safe.  Also stars Rade Serbedzija as Ivan Tretiak.

Heist ~ 2001

Heist starring Gene Hackman, Danny DiVito, Delroy Lindo, and Sam RockwellGene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman’s youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. Summary written by John Sacksteder (off IMDB)

Flawless ~ 2007

Flawless starring Demi Moore and Michael Caine is a diamond-heist thriller set in London during the 1960s. Demi Moore plays Laura Quinn, a bright, driven and beautiful executive at the London Diamond Corporation who gets frustrated as she watches man after man get promoted ahead of her despite her being more experienced.  Michael Caine plays Hobbs, the nighttime janitor at London Diamond.   Nobody notices Hobbs, but over the years he’s worked there he’s acquired extensive knowledge about how the company runs. Observing Laura’s frustration, he convinces her to help him execute his plan to steal a hefty sum in diamonds.

The Score ~ 2001

The Score was a great movie starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon BrandoDe Niro plays Nick Wells, a professional criminal who almost got caught on his last job.  He wants out of the business for good.  His plan is to live in peace with his girlfriend Diane (played by Bassett), and to run his Montreal jazz club NYC.   Nick’s good friend Max (played by Brando who’s also his financial partner in his illegal dealings) has an offer Nick can’t refuse.  A historical and priceless French sceptre has been discovered while being smuggled into the country.   It is under intense surveillance in the Montreal Customs House, and soon will be returned to France.  Nick has to team up with Max’s man inside.  When Nick and Jackie Teller (Norton) meet it isn’t exactly love at first sight.  Nick thinks he’s young and careless.  They go into the job together, and only one question remains: Who will trick whom out of their share?

The Italian Job ~ 2003

The Italian Job starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland, Jason Statham, Seth Green, Mos Def, and Edward Norton.  A team of expert thieves pull off a heist in Venice, Italy stealing 35 million dollars worth of gold bars.  One of the thoieves betrays his team and swipes the gold for himself.  A year later, in Las Angeles, the remaining team members create a smart and devious plan to steal back the gold and get their revenge on the traitor.

The Doberman Gang ~ 1972

Finally I’m going to mention a movie you’ve probably never heard of.  In The Doberman Gang a bank thief decides to train a pack of doberman pinschers to rob a bank after a failed bank robbery attempt.  Dobermans are a breed of dog that trains extremely well and there’s less room for deviation in the robbery.  Even though this is an old movie, it’s nice to go back to an old school movie to remember how it was all done before we had computers and all the technology used in most heist movies we see today!  According to Wikipedia there were two sequels to this movie as well which I haven’t seen.  If anyone has them I’d love copies!!

What are some of your favorite heist movies?  Tell me, maybe I haven’t seen them yet!!

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UPDATE!!
Please comment and tell me what brought you to this blog.  I’ve been getting TONS of hits on it months after it was published.  I’m just curious why….

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It's a Wrap

The Weekly Read: The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet – by Margaret Hubert

The Weekly Music: My Best Days Are Ahead of MeDanny Gokey

The Weekly Movies: The Maiden Heist, The Proposal, and Everybody’s Fine

The Weekly Re-run: Las Vegas Season 5

The Weekly Downer: USA losing the gold to Canada during sudden death overtime.

The Weekly Schadenfreude: I live in NY so of course it’s anything to do with Governor David Patterson.

The Weekly Beverage: Coca~Cola that other people though was a dark beer I was drinking 😉

The Weekly Food: More Fettuccine Alfredo and Spaghetti & Sausage

The Weekly Amazing Fact: An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.  

The Weekly Congratulations: to George Kalpaxis & Julie Hermannsdoerfer on their engagement.

The Weekly Birthdays: Matt Prados, Shane Delyser, Billy Volinsky (LEAP YEAR), Julie Hermannsdoerfer (LEAP YEAR), Fred Duffus, Matt Jones, Paul Holman, Bill Pendergast, and Deonne Dixon

The Weekly Craft: I worked on a crocheted sweater I’ve been making for Isabella.

The Weekly Activity: Going to karaoke (no I didn’t perform) and watching movies.

The Weekly Shoes: My black stiletto boots.

The Weekly Responsibility I Hate To Do: Michael & I took Isabella to the vet for some boosters and routine blood work.  I hate watching her get stuck with needles!!

The Weekly Score: Canada vs. USA Men’s Ice Hockey 3-2

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Genwar, MrsMetalFrog, MHuberTU, RMadeo, My50Cheeses

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: National MS Challenge Walk: Team LaDorka’s

The Weekly Hypothetical: Do you think it’s easier to listen to your mind or your heart?

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"The Persistence of Memory" ~ Dali

I have a weird obsession.  I’m obsessed with time.  I am very uncomfortable in a room that doesn’t have a clock if I’m not wearing a watch.  Thank God I’ve never forgotten to bring a watch to Vegas with me.  In case you’ve never been there or don’t know…  casino’s historically do not have clocks or windows in the gambling areas.

In my bedroom I like to have multiple clocks to I don’t need to roll over to see what time it is.  I want to know the time from whatever vantage point I’m laying.  (Does that make sense?)

The weird thing about all this is that I’m not obsessed with being punctual.  I’m chronically 5 minutes late for almost everything.  Though I suppose it depends what it is I’m being late to.  I’m not late to weddings or funerals, but I’ll be 5 minutes late for dinner or a nail appointment.

One thing about this obsession that makes me absolutely crazy is going to my Mother’s house.  No two clocks have the same time and it makes me insane!  I’m not even talking about a couple minute off, she’s got one that’s usually 25 minutes fast!  She does it to try to trick herself into getting places on time.  But if you know it’s set ahead you just do the math and tell yourself you’ve got plenty of time to get there.  I just hate that I can’t look at a clock there and really know what time it is!!!!

Ah screw it, next time I’m there maybe I’ll synchronize her clocks and really mess with her!  LOL!

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How do they impact your life?

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