Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This Week in Movie History


This week in 1960 Elvis was king of the movie theaters as his just released movie "G.I. Blues" tops the box office charts for the week.


Top Ten Bruce Lee Moments


In honor of the 41st anniversary of the US theatrical release of Bruce Lee's last film "Enter The Dragon", here are Watchmojo.com's Top 10 Bruce Lee moments.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

NY Times Bestseller List (Fiction) 08/17/2014

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction
Week Ending August 17th 2014

10 - The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
(7 weeks on list)

9  -  All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
(13 weeks on list)

8  -  Act of War - Brad Thor
(4 weeks on list)

7  -  A Perfect Life - Danielle Steel
(2 weeks on list)

6  -  Fast Track - Julie Garwood
(Debut)
A woman faces threats as she searches for the truth about her long dead mother, aided by her best friend's attractive older brother.

5  -  The Goldfinch - Donna Tarrt
(41 weeks on list)

4  -  The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness
(3 weeks on list)

3  -  Tom Clancy: Support and Defend - Mark Greaney
(2 weeks on list)

2  -  The Heist - Daniel Silva
(last week's #1) (3 weeks on list)

1  -  Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty
(DEBUT)
Who will end up dead, and how, when three mothers with children in the same school become friends.



NY Times Bestseller List (NonFiction) 08/17/2014

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Non Fiction
Week Ending August 17th 2014

10 - Capital In The Twenty First Century - Thomas Piketty
(17 weeks on list)

9  -  Think Like A Freak - Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
(12 weeks on list)

8  - The Mockingbird Next Door - Marja Mills
(3 weeks on list)

7  -  David and Goliath - Malcolm Gladwell
(42 weeks on list)

6  -  Blood Feud - Edward Klein
(6 weeks on list)

5  -  Hard Choices - Hillary Clinton
(8 weeks on list)

4  -  Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
(180 weeks on list)

3  -  One Nation - Ben Carson with Candy Carson
(11 weeks on list)

2  -  A Spy Among Friends - Ben Macintyre
(Debut)
An account of the British Cold War spy Kim Philby focuses on the two close friends whose trust he betrayed.

1  -  America - Dinesh D'Souza
(2nd consecutive week at #1) (4 weeks on list)
A defense of America against the view that its power in the world should be diminished.

 

Top Ten Mob Movie Characters




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Classic Movie Poster of the Week (Robin Williams)

Today is a sad day for all of us as America loses an original, Robin Williams.   Gone way too soon, he left a legacy of laughter and even some great dramatic roles and he was an Oscar winner for
"Good Will Hunting". 

Nothing more can be said, but that he and Jonathan Winters are entertaining the multitudes in Heaven

Here is just a sampling of his impressive film work








Saturday, August 9, 2014

NY Times Bestseller List (Fiction) 08/10/2014


New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction
Week Ending August 10th 2014

10 - Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King
(8 weeks on list)

9  -  Remains of Innocence - J.A. Jance
(Debut)
Sheriff Joanna Brady must solve two seemingly unrelated, perplexing cases.

8  -  Invisible - James Patterson and David Ellis
(5 weeks on list)

7  -  The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
(6 weeks on list)

6  -  Act of War - Brad Thor
(3 weeks on list)

5  -  The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
(40 weeks on list)

4  -  A Perfect Life - Danielle Steel
(Debut)
A successful TV anchor faces a young rival at work just as the long kept secrets of her private life are exposed.

3  -  Tom Clancy : Support and Defend - Mark Greaney
(Debut)
A Dominic Caruso novel, written in the tradition of Clancy who died in October 2013.

2  -  The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness
(2 weeks on list) (last week's #1)

1  -  The Heist - Daniel Silva
(2nd week on list)
Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, must track down a famous missing painting by Caravaggio.



Monday, August 4, 2014

NY Times Bestseller List (Hardback Fiction) 08/03/2014

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction (Top 10)
Week Ending August 3rd 2014


10 - Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King
(7 weeks on list)

9  -  Wayfaring Stranger - James Lee Burke
(Debut)
A man's life is traced over decades starting with is encounter, at age 16, with Bonnie and Clyde.

8  -  Top Secret Twenty-One - Janet Evanovich
(5 weeks on list)

7  -  The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
(5 weeks on list)

6  -  The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt 
(39 weeks on list)

5  -  Invisible - James Patterson and David Ellis(4 weeks on list)

4  -  Cut and Thrust - Stuart Woods 
(Debut)
Complications abound as the New York lawyer Stone Barrington attends a politcal convention in Los Angeles.

3  -  Act of War - Brad Thor
(2nd week on list) (last week's #1)
The counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath undertakes two dangerous missions as America faces an imminent attack.

2  -  The Heist - Daniel Silva
(Debut)
Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, must track down a famous missing painting by Caravaggio.

1  -  The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness
(DEBUT)
In the conclusion to the All Souls trilogy, the Oxford scholar/witch Diana Bishop and the vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont return from Elizabethan London to the present.


Bonanza - Season 6

The 1964-65 television season was the 6th season of Bonanza and its first (of 3 consecutive seasons) as the #1 show on network primetime programming.


"Jonah"
Season 6 episode 32
aired May 9th 1965
NBC


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Old Time Radio Show of the Week

This week's show is probably my favorite old time radio show not called Gunsmoke,
"The Jack Benny Program" which starred of course, Jack Benny.  Jack was a comedy and radio legend and transitioned to television with no problem and deftly took his show with him and became a tv legend.
Jack along with his famous cast saw little change in lineup from his debut in 1932 to the final radio show in 1955.   He made household names out of his wife Mary Livingstone, announcer Don Wilson, singer Dennis Day and band leader Phil Harris.  In the early 1950s Phil Harris left Jack's show and was smoothly replaced by Bob Crosby (brother of Bing Crosby) and it was seamless.   Jack himself said that his role was to have a funny show and it didnt matter who got the laughs because it was always The Jack Benny Program the people remembered.

October 24th 1954
"The Drive In Movie"
CBS Radio
(Jack, Don and Dennis have a night out at the movies)


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gunsmoke on Radio and Television

This week's presentation of Gunsmoke on Radio and Television is the episode that was the television version's season 4 premiere.  The 1958-59 television season would be the 2nd of 4 straight seasons that Gunsmoke was the #1 show on prime time network television.


Matt For Murder
July 26th 1954
season 2 episode 46




Matt For Murder
September 13th 1958
Season 3 episode 1