Robin Williams – You will be greatly missed!

Robin Williams, Rest in Peace. You will be greatly missed.

Robin Williams - July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014

Robin Williams – July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014

My deepest condolences to your family and friends during this very difficult time.

Robin Williams has been a wonderful comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, etc.  A very versatile man with so much to give and it felt like he gave it all every time.

From Wikipedia on Robin Williams:

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–1982), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as “The World According to Garp” (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye(1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji(1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet(2006). He also appeared in the video “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997). He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.[3][4]

On August 11, 2014, Williams was found unconscious at his residence and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Marin County, California, coroner’s office said they believe the cause of death was asphyxiation.

And don’t forget Toys. Robin may want to forget it but it was a fun movie. But it’s the one I thought of today.

Because when Toys starts, it is the funeral of a very great man, a maker of fun and toys for children, yes, ‘young’ Leslie Zevo’s own father’s funeral, and a great loss to his son and everyone at Zevo Toys.

During the eulogy about Leslie’s dad’s death, a laugh box start laughing and making everyone laugh. Leslie goes over and shakes it to stop it from laughing and says, “Good one, Dad.”

After all the craziness in the movie and they have won the day and Zevo Toys will continue in Kenneth’s and Leslie’s way, the movie ends with the following;

Before Leslie’s cousin Patrick departs at the end of the movie, Leslie, his cousins and Gwen visit Kenneth’s grave, ensuring that peace is restored to the toy factory.

Kenneth Zevo's gravestone - an elephant blowing bubbles from the movie Toys with Robin Williams.

Kenneth Zevo’s gravestone – an elephant blowing bubbles from the movie Toys with Robin Williams.

Kenneth’s grave marker is a huge toy elephant that continuously blows bubbles. Very comical as you can see between the picture above and this one below:

Kenneth Zevo's gravestone nearly at the end of the movie Toys before it flies off, apparently to alight again in a different part of the lush greenery to give others joy...

Kenneth Zevo’s gravestone nearly at the end of the movie Toys before it flies off, apparently to alight again in a different part of the lush greenery to give others joy…

As the end credits roll, Kenneth’s grave marker, a large toy elephant floats over the lush green pasture.

To Robin who gave us all so much love, humor, comedy of all kinds and so many heartwarming as well as comedic movies and shows, I would just like to say that you will be remembered very fondly and it is hard to think of the world without you.

It just reminded me of Robin Williams.

Rest in Peace, Robin Williams.

Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide – NYTimes

Winter Holiday Movies

I posted the following to start off a discussion at ScotsNewsletter Forums:

White Christmas (1954)

Bing CrosbyDanny KayeRosemary Clooney. etc.

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Chevy ChaseBeverly D’AngeloJuliette Lewis, etc.

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A Christmas Story (1983)

Peter BillingsleyMelinda DillonDarren McGavinScott SchwartzJean Shepherd (narrator), etc.

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Edmund GwennMaureen O’HaraJohn Payne, etc.

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Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Voices of: Billie Mae RichardsBurl IvesPaul Soles, etc.

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That’s just a start … what other Winter Holiday Movies are out there that you enjoy?

Some of the members brought up a bunch more, check it out. I also added a few more in there. 😉

And boy did the SNF Highlanders come through!

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

A Christmas Carol (1951) aka Scrooge (1951)

A Christmas Carol (1984)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Scrooged (1988)

Frosty the Snowman (1954) and Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Diehard (1988) and Diehard 2 (1990)

Love Actually (2003)

From Countdown Until Christmas:
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Gotta see WALL-E to see EVE and WALL-E with solar decorations holding hands

Wall-E and Eve Celebrate Christmas - Binary Moon UK

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Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)

Lists of Christmas Films (Wikipedia):
Lists of Christmas films include:
List of films relating to Christmas
List of made-for-television and direct-to-video Christmas films
List of theatrical Christmas films

You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Shop Around The Corner (1940)

And a great list of Favorite Winter Holiday Themed Movies
in this Ropes of Silicon article by Brad Brevet
including one of our all time favorites:

Gremlins (1984)

Trading Places (1983)

Holiday Inn (1942)

The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)

The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

And a few more here:
Best Christmas Movies of the 1940s – 10 Ten Reviews

The Little Crooked Christmas Tree (1990)

A Christmas Carol (1999)

An American Christmas Carol (1979)

I know we didn’t get them all! There are tons of them! And more are likely forthcoming in the topic at SNF (Scot’s Newsletter Forums) here (oh, yeah, definitely been more from SNF), but if you can remember any we missed, please post them (if possible with IMDb links) in the comments, and I will add them to the list! Also got a few from Eric’s Cabin in the Woods forum. Thanks all!

Enjoy the Winter Holiday Movies!

Fast & Furious’ Paul Walker tragically died in a car crash

Paul Walker dead at 40: ‘Fast and Furious’ star killed in fiery car crash – Daily News

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

“Him and his buddy, his brother in arms at heart just decided to joyride, take a spin. Something we all do. We’re all car enthusiasts,”said Antonio Holmes, who said he was a friend of Walker’s.

“We’re all here driving, enjoying each other, and God must’ve needed help.”

Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker dies in California car crash – BBC

“It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organisation Reach Out Worldwide,” the statement on the actor’s Facebook page said.

“He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We… are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news.”

Fast and Furious Actor Paul Walker Dead in Porsche Accident – KRON4

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Tweet from Paul Walker’s Official Account

It’s with a heavy heart that we must confirm Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident…MORE: – #TeamPW
— Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) December 1, 2013

‘Fast and Furious’ actor Paul Walker dead after car crash – EW

“Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans.  We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family,” a rep for Universal said in a statement.

Actor Paul Walker dies – CNN

Along with Vin Diesel, the 40-year-old Walker has been one of the stalwarts of the “Fast & Furious” movie series, characterized by its racing scenes and attractive cast.


The box-office success of the first film in 2001 fueled sequels. The series’ sixth installment came out earlier this year, topping the Memorial Day weekend box office.


At the time of his death, Walker was working on the seventh film of the franchise, with a scheduled release date of 2014.

Such a tragic loss … my heart goes out to Paul Walker’s family and friends – including his friend that was driving at the time of the crash. His friend also died in the crash and has family and friends who will miss him as well.

It is a great loss to those of us who love the franchise (Fast & Furious). We can just imagine how hard this was for Vin Diesel and everyone else that have been working with Paul Walker all these years. My heart goes out to all the folks that are are part of the Fast & Furious franchise and lost a piece of their family when Paul Walked died today.


As a close, I would like to quote the Roman’s Grace over the meal at the end of Fast & Furious 6 – I somehow think it fits:

Father thank you for the gathering of friends, Father we give thanks for all the choices we’ve made because that’s what makes us who we are, let us forever cherish the loved ones we’ve lost along the way; thank you for the little angel, the newest addition to our family, thank you for bringing Letty home, and most of all thank you for fast cars!

Rest in peace, Paul Walker…you are missed.


EDIT: Added Roman’s grace over the meal at the end of F&F6.

Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors

Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors – MyPassionIsBooks Blog


Check out the article at MyPassionIsBooks about this wonderful list of authors that have had movies made of their books!

The top 25! And Stephen King hit Number 1! Congrats Stephen King!! And to all the great authors on this list!

Happy Birthday Dame Agatha Christie

Happy Birthday Dame Agatha Christie – MyPassionIsBooks Blog (Reblog)

From the Wikipedia article on Dame Agatha Christie:

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie – Wikipedia

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was a British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best remembered for her 66 detective novels and more than 15 short story collections, most of which revolve around the investigations of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple and Tommy and Tuppence.

I started reading the Queen of Crime‘s books when I was a young teen and thoroughly enjoyed her works.

Today, Septemeber 15th is Agatha Christie’s birthday anniversary. She has been gone these long years now since January 12th 1976, and the world has felt her absence. Rest in Peace Agatha Christie!

Agatha Christie’s books have been read by billions!

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly four billion copies, and her estate claims that her works rank third, after those of William Shakespeare and the Bible, as the world’s most widely published books.[1] According to Index Translationum, Christie is the most translated individual author, and her books have been translated into at least 103 languages.

Time to dust off some old Agatha Christie … maybe Murder on the Orient Express with our old friend Inspector Hercule Poirot would be just the thing.

Might also enjoy watching the Murder on the Orient Express movie gain too – which is still 7.7/10 Stars on IMDb.

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) By Agatha Christie - AmazonMurder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) By Agatha Christie – Amazon

Or maybe better yet, my all time favorite, And Then There Were None.

And Then There Were None By Agatha Christie - AmazonAnd Then There Were None By Agatha Christie – Amazon

Rest in Peace, Agatha Christie!

Those of us who love to read, particularly crime and detective stories, will never forget the wonderful contributions by the Queen of Crime, Dame Agatha Christie.

Rest in Peace Agatha Christie!

Happy Birthday William Shatner…80 and counting!

William Shatner as James T. Kirk

William Shatner as James T. Kirk courtesy of Wikipedia

Wow, two Star Trek greats birthdays in March within a week of each other! William Shatner‘s 80th birthday was actually the 22nd of March, but I was not here for a few days and almost missed it! Happy Birthday William Shatner!

William Shatner was wonderful as Captain James T. (Tiberius) Kirk! I am so happy to hear that he is still with us.

As I mentioned in Leonard Nimoy’s Happy Birthday article here earlier today (which was the 26th of March), Star Trek is likely one of my most favorite franchises of all time — the love of this franchise spans from the 60s to present day. It grew with me from childhood to adulthood.

The wonderful blending of personalities on Star Trek was led by William Shatner as well as the way the writers and actors’/actresses’ characters kept the sense of loyalty, friendship and understanding going between them no matter what the situation was on the shows and movies. Each character was diverse, but with a common thread between them of the mission and their part in it.

Over the years, it has been hard to know what my absolute favorite character was in Star Trek, but William Shatner as Captain Kirk has certainly played a big role in keeping it on top of my favorite list year after year. As well as Spock, Doctor McCoy, Scottie, Lt. Uhura, and so many others! They each played their roles so well over the years, but the focus and loyalty of their roles was to the Captain, Star Fleet, and the mission .. but the Captain embodied that loyalty. So it is hard to not find William Shatner’s role as being focal for me. He did such a great job in TOS to bring that to pass in what was presented to us on the screens on our old black and white, tube type televisions from the first year it was presented to us.

Thank you so much William Shatner for being there and carrying through with it till the end of TOS series. He certainly has done other things very well, but he will always be best embodied as Captain James T. Kirk. Not type cast, just admired for a role that was the glue for Star Trek, TOS.

Happy Birthday William Shatner! May you have many more, as many as you wish! In the words of Mr. Spock, “Live Long and Prosper”.

Happy Birthday Leonard Nimoy … 80 and counting!

Leonard Nimoy as Spock

Leonard Nimoy as Spock courtesy of Wikipedia

It is fantastic that we still have Leonard Nimoy with us. No matter how he has felt about the character Spock over the years, he has always provided a graceful and positive image of one of my most favorite characters in Star Trek.

Star Trek is likely one of my most favorite franchises of all time — the love of this franchise spans from the 60s to present day. It grew with me from childhood to adulthood.

Leonard Nimoy has certainly had his hands in so many creative areas, but he always seems to make time for those who love Star Trek, and for that I am very thankful. He truly understands how we view Spock and helped to shape Spock as well as maintain that image for us through the years.

There is a wonderful article on entitled Happy 80th Birthday, Leonard Nimoy, as well as a great, indepth, 3-part interview with Leonard Nimoy entitled “Orbiting 80, Nimoy Looks Back… and AheadPart 1, Part 2, Part 3.

It is also very interesting that, as different as they are, both William Shatner, (Captain James T. Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock) share not only the same birthday month, but the same year as well. They both turned 80 this month, within a week of each other. I will talk more about William Shatner in his separate birthday wishes article. I almost missed it!

I also will talk more about Star Trek in other articles for 5BuckReview over time, especially since I not only loved TOS (The Original Series), and all the other wonderful series based upon the Star Trek franchise (as well as all the movies), but I also watched and loved the perfect solution in the ingenious alternate reality created for Star Trek (2009) movie. It was done so nothing was lost or invalidated of the original Star Trek sets of series and movies. What a wonderful way to handle it. I can’t wait for the next movie!

Thank you for all the wonderful years as Spock, Leonard Nimoy and Happy 80th Birthday! I wish you many more as long as you wish for them! Live Long and Prosper!!!

You can check out Leoard Nimoy’s thoughts at @TheRealNimoy on Twitter and wish him a Happy Birthday!

Mystery Classics

25 Mystery Classics

25 Mystery Classics

25 Mystery Classics
Best of the Best Collectors Edition – 25 Mystery Classics. I got it from Target on sale for $5!

It has 2 double sided DVDs — over 30 hours of movies!

There were some Sherlock Holmes movies (The Sign of the Four and The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes, Murder at the Baskervilles, The Woman in Green, Terror by Night, Dressed to Kill, A Study in Scarlet), some Tales of the Unexpected (The Sound Machine, Shatterproof, The Stinker, I’ll Be Seeing You), some Mr. and Mrs. North episodes, some Crime Stories (Highway Patrol, Boston Blackie, Public Defender), and some stand alone movies (Death Sentence, Dangerous Assignment, Mr. Wong Detective, Midnight Manhunt, Murder by Television and The Black Raven).

I just love the old mystery movies and TV shows! It has provided hours and hours of great old classic movie watching!

Amazon has some great combo DVDs of old mysteries too, including the one at Target but it’s not on sale for $5 (at Amazon it’s still the normal $5.98):

Rest in Peace Tony Curtis

It is with a very sad heart that I report that one of my all time favorite actors, Tony Curtis, has passed away.

Tony Curtis, born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925, in New York City, was a prolific, extremely talented actor, dancer, painter and much more.

I sometimes feel as though as a little girl, that I grew up with Tony Curtis. My Dad and I watched so many Tony Curtis moves; from his comedy, dancing, serious, dramas, crime dramas, military, gladiator, college type, you name it movies! He could do any type of movie.

He was simply amazing.

I was looking over the Amazon page on Tony Curtis and just reminiscing about each movie there. I have seen them all!

OK, I can’t list them all here!!! There’s just too many! At the end of this article are only a few of my favorites!

There are lots of places to read Tony Curtis’ intriguing biography:
Tony Curtis -IMDb
Tony Curtis – Wikipedia

Tony Curtis also has a successful second career as a painter. Check out his own original art gallery on his site here.

Tony Curtis’ wife, Jill, and family have a horse rescue and sanctuary in LA called Shiloh.

Tony Curtis, I will miss you greatly. Another chapter in my childhood closes. I can’t tell you how sad it is to hear the news of his passing.

My fondest thoughts, memories, and of course my prayers are with his family at this time.

Just a very few of my all time favorite Tony Curtis movies: