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In Theaters in Wide Release: 10/30/09

Friday, October 30th, 2009


Michael Jackson’s This Is It: see trailer:

A rare glimpse into the final days of Michael Jackson, the documentary is compiled from an estimated 80 hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage of the legendary entertainer preparing for his 50 sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena that were scheduled to commence in July 2009 before his untimely death in June at age 50. Interviews with collaborators and close friends of the late performer are also featured.

Genres: Documentary and Musical/Performing Art

MPAA Rating: PG for some suggestive choreography and scary images

Starring: Michael Jackson, Daniel Celebre, Shannon Holtzapffel, Charles Klapow

Billboard Top Country Singles: 10/29/09

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Current Billboard Top Country Singles

1.   zacbrown“Toes” by Zac Brown Band  **Played

2. bradpasiley1 “Welcome to the Future” by Brad Paisley  **Played

3.    keithurbandalbum“Only You can Love me this Way” by Keith Urban

4.   chrisyoung “Getting You back Home” by Chris Young

5.  carrieunderwood“Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood  **Played

6.    ladyantebellumoncar“Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum  **Played

7.    tobykeithalbum “American Ride” by Toby Keith

8.   lukebryan “Do I”  by Luke Bryan

9.   kennychesney1 “I’m Alive” by Kenny Chesney with Dave Matthews  *played

10. taylorswift2 “Fifteen” by Taylor Swift  **Played

Which are your favorite songs or artists??? Give a thumbs or a thumbs down of your opinion of these top singles!! Share your thoughts with your comments right here!

Meal and a Movie: Family Night 10/28/09

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

swisssteakSwiss Steak

2 pounds beef sirloin steak tips (1 inch strips)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste
2 onions, minced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup flour
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 small can tomato sauce
1 large can tomato juice
1 small can crushed tomatoes

Put flour in a bag. Salt and pepper the sirlion steak, toss in the bag, and shake well. Brown the onions and celery in oil in a saucepan. Then brown the beef sirloin tips. Put browned beef and vegetables in a 9X13X2 inch casserole dish. Add 1 tablespoon flour to the oil that is left in the saucepan. Stir in the soup, tomato sauce, tomato juice, and crushed tomatoes and stir for 1 minute. Pour over the beef and vegetables in the casserole dish and stir.

Bake in a 300F degree oven for 45 minutes. Serve over steamed rice or egg noodles.

Serves 6.

If you have some mouth watering beef casserole recipes, easy bake recipes, or any kid cooking recipes you’d like to share, submit them here.

Top Video Rentals  of the week:

1. Year One
Released: 10/06/2009
Box Office: $43.34 M
Starring: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Oliver Platt
This comedy blends the old-school talent of director Harold Ramis with the new millennium hit-making prowess of producer Judd Apatow. YEAR ONE stars A… more
2. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Rating: PG-13
Released: 09/22/2009
Box Office: $55.25 M
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas
Mark Waters (MEAN GIRLS, JUST LIKE HEAVEN) directs this spin on A CHRISTMAS CAROL starring Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead, a womanizing photograph… more
3. Monsters vs. Aliens
Rating: PG
Released: 09/29/2009
Box Office: $198.35 M
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett
MONSTERS VS. ALIENS combines B-movie nostalgia with futuristic technology to create a 3-D animated adventure for the whole family. When an alien attac… more
4. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Rating: PG-13
Released: 09/15/2009
Box Office: $179.88 M
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston
When choosing which mutant hero they would use to launch the X-MEN feature-film prequel series ORIGINS, the creators of the hugely successful franchis… more
5. My Life in Ruins
Rating: PG-13
Released: 10/06/2009
Box Office: $8.67 M
Starring: Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, Maria Adanez
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING’s Nia Vardalos stars in this comedy as a tour guide in Greece who is forced to quit her job by a smarmy coworker. Richard Dre… more
6. Imagine That
Rating: PG
Released: 10/06/2009
Box Office: $16.12 M
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, Nicole Ari Parker
A formerly successful businessman (Eddie Murphy) watches as his own stock plummets, but his salvation may be found in his daughter’s imagination in th… more
7. State of Play
Rating: PG-13
Released: 09/01/2009
Box Office: $37.21 M
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams
A political conspiracy lies at the heart of this film starring Oscar winners Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, and Helen Mirren. A reporter (Crowe) in the n… more
8. Management
Rating: R
Released: 09/29/2009
Box Office: $0.93 M
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn, Woody Harrelson
Jennifer Aniston may get top billing in this romantic comedy, but MANAGEMENT belongs to Steve Zahn. The often goofy, always likable actor plays Mike C… more
9. Observe and Report
Rating: R
Released: 09/22/2009
Box Office: $24.01 M
Starring: Seth Rogen, Ray Liotta, Michael Pena
Two of film’s funniest–Seth Rogen and Anna Faris–headline this dark comedy set in the world of…a shopping mall. Head of security Ronnie Barnhardt … more
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10. I Love You, Man
Rating: R
Released: 08/11/2009
Box Office: $71.44 M
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones
In this comedy, Paul Rudd discovers proposing to his girlfriend (Rashida Jones, THE OFFICE) might have been the easiest part of getting married. Now h… more

Suryia and Roscoe – Best Of Friends

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Featured Artist: October 27, 2009: Ann Murray

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Anne_MurrayMorna Anne Murray, CC, ONS (born June 20, 1945) is a Grammy Award-winning Canadian singer. Murray has performed in Pop, Country and Adult Contemporary styles. So far, her albums have sold over 54 million copies.

Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach #1 on the U.S. charts, and also the first to earn a gold record for one of her signature songs, “Snowbird” (1970). She is often cited as the woman who paved the way for other Canadian international success stories such as Céline Dion, Sarah McLachlan and Shania Twain. She is also the first woman and the first Canadian to win “Album of the Year” at the Country Music Association Awards for her 1984 album A Little Good News.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, her hits included Kenny Loggins‘ “Danny’s Song” (1972) (peaked at #7 on the Hot 100) and “A Love Song” (1973); “He Thinks I Still Care” and her Top 10 cover of The Beatles’ “You Won’t See Me” (1974); her all-time career-peaking #1 Hot 100 hit “You Needed Me” (1978).

She recorded her first live album in 1997 and in 1999, she released What A Wonderful World, a platinum selling inspirational album, which went Billboard #1 Contemporary Christian, # 4 Country and #38 on the Pop charts. She also released Country Croonin’, the follow-up to her successful 1993 album, Croonin’.

Murray’s current album is Anne Murray Duets: Friends and Legends, released in November 2007 in Canada and January 2008 in the U.S. The album comprises 17 tracks that include many of Murray’s biggest hits over her nearly four-decade career, re-recorded as duets with other established, rising, and – in one case – deceased female singers.

These artists include Canadian superstars Céline Dion and Shania Twain along with other fellow Canadians k.d. lang, Nelly Furtado, Jann Arden, a CD-closing French-language duet with Québec’s Isabelle Boulay, and Murray’s daughter, Dawn Langstroth; Australia’s decades-long veteran Olivia Newton-John; Nashville’s Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride, Shelby Lynne, and pop/country/contemporary Christian crossover artist Amy Grant; songwriting and recording legend Carole King; influential folk-rock duo Indigo Girls; Irish sextet Celtic Woman; Britain’s late blue-eyed soul legend and close personal friend of Murray’s, Dusty Springfield; and a duet of her landmark, career-establishing #1 hit from 1970, “Snowbird,” with world’s biggest selling soprano, Sarah Brightman.

ANNE MURRAY releases her autobiography, All Of Me, today (Tuesday). Inside the Canadian icon reveals the whole story of her 40-year career. Anne says the book is a candid retrospective of the extraordinary success she’s achieved, along with her personal triumphs and admitted shortcomings.

… Born and raised in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Anne has sold 54 million records, putting more than 30 pop hits, 50 country tunes and over 40 adult contemporary songs on the Billboard charts.

Play list:


A Love Song

You Needed Me

Cotton Jenny

You Won’t See Me

Could I have this Dance

Hamlin taking victory in home state!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009



Hamlin turned a dominant car into a winner at Martinsville Speedway, passing Jimmie Johnson with 138 laps to go Sunday and holding off the Chase leader on a series of late restarts.

In a green-white-checkered-flag finish that ended under caution with John Andretti wrecked at the finish line, Hamlin pulled away from Johnson over the final two laps of the Tums Fast Relief 500. As the cars roared off Turn 4 on Lap 501 — one lap beyond the scheduled distance — NASCAR simultaneously displayed the yellow and checkered flags when Andretti was unable to drive away.

Helped by a long green-flag run that established him as the dominant car, Hamlin pulled away after a restart with 52 laps to go, and later on a series of late restarts. Hamlin easily pulled away again on another restart with 12 laps to go, and again when a late crash by Scott Speed forced a two-lap sprint to the finish.

Hamlin collected his second victory at the narrow, paperclip-shaped track and the seventh win of his career. In winning his third race of the season, the Virginia native completed a sweep of the fall races at the two race tracks in his home state, having scored an emotional triumph at Richmond in September.

Race Results

Race Standings

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Movie Money Makers: weekend of 10/23/09

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
This Wk Last Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
# of
1 3 Paranormal Activity Paramount Pictures $21,104,070 $61,580,588 5 1945
2 - Saw VI Lionsgate $14,118,444 $14,118,444 1 3036
3 1 Where the Wild Things Are Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution $14,019,406 $53,558,981 2 3735
4 2 Law Abiding Citizen Overture Films $12,403,888 $40,008,703 2 2890
5 4 Couples Retreat Universal Pictures $10,620,685 $77,736,885 3 3074
6 - Astro Boy Summit Entertainment, LLC $6,702,923 $6,702,923 1 3014
7 - Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant Universal Pictures $6,293,205 $6,293,205 1 2754
8 5 The Stepfather Sony Pictures Entertainment $6,230,969 $20,082,652 2 2734
9 6 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Sony Pictures Releasing $5,250,541 $114,854,877 6 2741
10 7 Zombieland Sony Pictures Releasing $4,205,812 $67,213,384 4 2447

A cool swim in the Pugent Sound, Washington State!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

This picture was sent in by my friend, Robyn in Washington State… cute lil fellow going for a swim!!

Raccoon swam from the other side of the water – I just caught it on camera before it went behind our neighbor’s boat.racoon swim

In theaters in Wide Release: 10/23/09

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

top_sawvi_188Saw VI: see trailer:

Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw’s legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw’s grand scheme is finally understood.

Genres: Suspense/Horror and Sequel
MPAA Rating: R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture and language.


Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell, Shawnee Smith and Peter Outerbridge

top_astroboy_188Astro Boy: see trailer:

Set in Metro City, a grieving scientist constructs a young robot with incredible powers in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving scientist’s expectations, “Astro Boy” leaves, embarking on a journey of acceptance and betrayal that eventually leads him back to to the home he left in order to save Metro City and the father who had rejected him.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Animation and Adaptation

MPAA Rating: PG for some action and peril, and brief mild language

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland, Kristen Bell

top_vampireassistant_188The Vampire’s Assistant: see trailer:

A boy unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares. 14-year-old Darren was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend, got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That’s the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley turns him into something, well, bloodthirsty.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Suspense/Horror, Adaptation and Teen

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language

Starring: John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia, Ray Stevenson


Amelia: see trailer:

After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia was thrust into a new role as America’s sweetheart – the legendary “goddess of light,” known for her bold, larger-than-life charisma. Yet, even with her global fame solidified, her belief in flirting with danger and standing up as her own, outspoken woman never changed. She was an inspiration to people everywhere, from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to the men closest to her heart: her husband, promoter and publishing magnate George P. Putnam, and her long time friend and lover, pilot Gene Vidal. In the summer of 1937, Amelia set off on her most daunting mission yet: a solo flight around the world that she and George both anxiously foresaw as destined, whatever the outcome, to become one of the most talked-about journeys in history.

Genres: Drama and Biopic

MPAA Rating: PG for some sensuality, language, thematic elements and smoking

Starring: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Joe Anderson

Click to give FREE food and care to animals!!

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

If you want to help feed abused and neglected animals, help out by clicking on the purple box where it says “Click here to Give – it’s free” on the Animal Rescuce Site. Corporate sponsors help pay for food with every click on this website. Help out some animals who are still looking for a good home, by clicking every day on this neat website, and maybe do some shopping too.

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