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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Lifetime: The Boy Next Door 2008- Starring Dina Meyer

Source:SJ Klein- Dina Meyer and Woody Jeffreys

"The Boy Next Door (2008)"

From Wendox

I don't watch a lot of Lifetime movies and generally when I see one at all, it's because I'm flipping around on the tube ( generally late at night ) looking for something to watch. And from time to time I see a movie on Lifetime that at the very least looks interesting, because even though it's a cable network that's based for women, ( not that there's anything wrong from that ) they do a lot of mystery movies and even action/drama type programing and movies and you see people there that perhaps you've seen in other places and networks or movies, or you see people there that just aren't very well-known if at all. Who perhaps come from the theater, independent films, or perhaps come down from Canada and are well-known there or not at all, but someone discovers them there or in America and decides they would be right for their Lifetime TV movie.
Source:IMDB- Dina Meyer and Alain Chanoine 
Actress Dina Meyer, sort of fits both roles as someone who has done several Lifetime films, who has been seen in other movies working for other film companies, been seen on TV and even in big Hollywood movies, but isn't well-known in the sense where everyone who watches a lot of movies and TV has not only heard of her, but knows exactly who she is and what her background is. If The Boy Next Door has a star at all, it would be Dina Meyer who isn't just the star of this movie, but is the only star in the movie. Perhaps the one actress or actor that someone who watches TV and movies on a regular basis that people have heard of and seen before. Not a knock on Dina or the rest of the cast, because this movie is actually pretty good and not just Dina but the cast in general. But this is a Lifetime movie and unless you're Lifetime junkie The Boy Next Door from 2008, is probably not a movie that you think about or have ever heard of.

Source:TF1 Studio- Marc Menard and Dina Meyer 
Dina Meyer, plays Sara ( last name apparently unknown ) who is a mystery writer who moves to a small town to finish her latest book and is dealing with writers book. Who meets a young man perhaps in his early 20s if that who lives next door to her at her new house. She sort of falls in love with Michael ( played by Christopher Russell and become obsessed with him to the point that she's taking pictures of him everyday when he's out in the yard. What seems like a very friendly and charming small town where the locals even seem welcoming of new residents, becomes very cold at least towards Sara when Michael turns up dead and it looks like he was murdered. And Sara becomes the local sheriff's office prime suspect and everyone in the town now views Sara as the prime suspect in the murder case as well.

Source:SJ Klein- Christopher Russell and Dina Meyer 
Sara, goes from being a well-known and successful mystery writer to an amateur snoop who is working on her own case to find out who actually murdered Michael. And I believe she plays the amateur PI role very well, but it's not that believable I believe that someone with no law enforcement or investigative experience now all the sudden become a very good private investigator. The Boy Next Door has a real Hallmark Mystery or Hart To Hart mystery feel to it where amateur snoops, become the star investigators in the case and not only that, but they become the people who actually catch the killers and bring them to justice. But Dina Meyer does an excellent job of playing that role.

Friday, February 15, 2019

History: American Pickers- Danielle C. Cushman

Source:Esinalca- Danielle C. Cushman, on American Pickers. 
"Falta muy poco para el momento que estabas esperando: el #DanyIntimo da el gran salto de internet a la televisión, y no te lo puedes perder. Google Mientras tanto, disfruta un adelanto exclusivo con lo mejor de Danielle Colby."

From History

Source:History- Danielle and Mike on the road 
To be completely honest with you for a minute, ( and after that anything can happen ) I only watch American Pickers because of Danielle Colby Cushman. I'm a big fan of history and I'm very interested in it and read a lot about it and watch a lot of docs about it, I'm just not a collector when it comes to history other than DVD's and books.

Source:Flickr via Bert Franklin- Danielle C. Cushman 
The show is fairly entertaining and to see how hard these people in Iowa work and how far they travel to keep their business going. Both Mike and Frank bring a lot of knowledge, hard work, and humor to their jobs. And I kind of like Frank Fritz reminds me a lot of the TV PI Frank Cannon from back in the 70s both in personality and appearance. And Mike Wolfe, reminds me a lot of the former NFL head coach Mike Shananhan physically. But Danielle, is the main event and main reason for me to watch this show, I just wish she had a bigger role and more airtime.

Source:The Joplin Globe- Danielle C. Cushman 
Danielle C. Cushman, ( or perhaps Danielle Colby at this point ) is so cute, so sexy, pretty funny, and just a pleasure to check out on the show. Every time Mike or Frank bring her on one of their trips to actually work with them, the guys they visit in order to buy historical items the men they encounter and are doing business with automatically like her and want to be around her. I believe just her presence alone brings in action and money for their business. And it's just not just her physical appearance and personality that people like about her on the show, she also knows what she's talking about and isn't some bimbo along for the ride like you might see on a game show or talk show. She's a professional collector as well which is why Mike and Frank hired her.

Not that History Channel and American Pickers listens to me anyway, but if they want me to watch this show more and perhaps guys who aren't let's say junkies ( pun intended ) when it comes to historical collections to watch their show more, give Danielle Colby a bigger role on the show. Instead of just getting a few minutes each week or however often the show is seeing her at the office answering the phone and then calling Mike and Frank in their truck on the road to tell them about a new potential customer for them. Put her on the road more and let's see her doing some actual collecting herself.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

CBS: CSI Las Vegas- Behind The Scenes: Willows in The Wind- Marg Helgenberger as Catherine Willows

Source:TV- Marg Helgenberger's last episode, on CSI Las Vegas. 
"The CSI team says goodbye to Catherine Willows as she makes a life-changing decision, on CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Wednesday, Jan. 25 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS! Watch full episodes of your favorite shows at CBS Entertainment"

From CBS

Source:CBS- Marg Helgenberger, on leaving CSI Las Vegas. 
I'm glad that Elizabeth Shue, is on CSI Las Vegas now and has been for the last eight seasons now, but they lost a lot when both William Peterson left during the 2009 season and when Marg Helgenberger left three years later. It's still a great show and I would hate to see either Elizabeth Shue or Ted Danson leave at this point, but it would nice to see all four together. Maybe Bill Peterson, gets appointed as Chief of Police or something and Marg gets his old job as the director of the crime lab. Liz Shue, comes in as her deputy. Maybe Ten Danson comes in as a big shot Las Vegas District Attorney and not just one of the prosecutors in that office, but the actual DA.

Source:Rabbia Groxa- Marg Helgenberger's, last episode on CSI Las Vegas 
Losing Bill Peterson and Marg and bringing in Ted Danson and Liz Shue, is like trading two great basketball players for two other great basketball players, where neither team gets nay additional value. It's like trading one great center for another great center. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, for Moses Malone, ( for any of you old school NBA fans that might still be alive today, or at least willing to admit that there was an NBA before 2000 ) if anything losing Marg Helgenberger on that show is a real loss, regardless of who you replace her with. Great to see Liz Shue on Las Vegas, I just think the show would be better with her as an addition, instead of replacing one great lead actress with another.

Source:WENY- CSI Las Vegas 
The Catherine Willows character had this sort of shy and quiet disposition and yet she could be pretty witty and was was always tough and as Ted Danson said about her: "you knew she was a leader from her presence alone." The Fin character, ( played by Elizabeth Shue ) is a very open, witty , always has a smile on her face character, who like Catherine ( played by Marg Helgenberger ) is very dedicated, very smart, and is generally much tougher than her adorable disposition lets on.

Lis Shue, is the perfect action/comedic or dramatic/comedy actress where she always finds herself  in very serious situations, but always finds the lighter side in them.

As Marg said in this video, she's leaving the show, but it's possible that she'll be back doing guess appearances. And this video was done back in early 2012 when she left CSI Las Vegas and has already been back on the show. It would just be nice if she came back permanently in a new role like Chief of Police or something.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Nick Nevler: Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man 1991- Mickey Rourke and Mitzi Martin: The Ending

Source:Nick Nevler- Mickey Rourke & Mitzi Martin 
Source:Nick Never: Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man 1991- The Ending

If you like action films, especially action/comedy I believe you'll really like Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man. Which is really about two underachieving and immature drifters ( played by Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson ) who come from humble backgrounds, who grew up together and both end up back in their hometown together and find out that their friends are in trouble and their favorite hangout is going out of business, unless it comes up with a lot cash in a short period of time. They're not career criminals, but they're not angels either and end up stealing money from a bank that's run by crooks and the local mob there to save their bar. 

Source:GFYCat- Mickey Rourke & Mitzi Martin 
Neither Harley Davidson ( which is Mickey Rourke's real name in the film ) or Marlboro ( which is Don Johnson's real name in the film ) are meant to be one place for a long period of time, or even weeks. Especially Harley who is not just a biker, but is a drifter who takes off every time he gets bored and gets into trouble or something happens to him that he can't deal with, because he's so immature. Which is why the last scene in the movie after the heroes save the day ( so to speak ) is so great, because what is Harley doing, but taking off again and picking up a young woman ( played by Mitzi Martin ) who is also a drifter and they ride off into the sunset together. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

PM Entertainment Group: Ice 1994- Starring Traci Lords

Source:Pic Click- Traci Lords, in Ice. 
"Also Known As: Caçada Pela Máfia; Inimigo Letal; Diamanten kalt wie Eis; The Diamond Killing; La croqueuse de diams
Year: 1994"

From Tinatra

I don't think Ice is a great movie, but just because a movie isn't a great movie, doesn't mean that it's not good, or at least entertaining and very entertaining. Typical of a lot of Traci Lords movies which tend to be b-movies anyway, ( I mean, we are talking about a porn actress ) there is a lot of cheesy writing in the movie that makes it sound like some action TV show from the 1970s or 80s, that never got off the ground, because the pilot failed. ( Ha, ha, get it ) But typical of her movies there's also a lot of sexy scenes with her in it and I'm not talking about her porn films ( necessarily ) and a lot of good action scenes. Car chases and shootouts., where she's either playing a tough, badass, sexy, gorgeous cop, or in this case a bad girl who gets the bad guys at the end with her husband.
Source:Tinatra- Traci Lords, in Ice 

Even with Traci's gorgeous, baby face, she plays a bad girl in Ice. Ellen Reed ( played by Traci Lords ) and her husband Charley Reed ( played by Phillip Troy ) are cat burglars who steel diamonds from the mafia and the local police detectives are on to them to try to catch them. This is really not a movie about bad guys and girls versus good guys and girls, but more like a movie about dancing with the devil that you know the best with the mafia being the worst devils in this case and the cops trying to use the Reeds's to help them bring down the local mafia there. Not that different from how the FBI an U.S. Attorney's use informants and ex-mobsters to help them bring down the mafia in New York and other big cities in America.
Source:Alamy- Traci Lords and Jamie Alba  
The plot alone I believe makes Ice a very interesting movie. But it's a cheap film like most b-movies and unlike Intent To Kill that did have other stars in it including Traci Lords with Scott Patterson and Yaphet Koto, I don't believe unless you're some Hollywood movie historian and junkie, I don't believe that you would recognize anyone else in this movie other than Traci Lords. But considering that Ice is a movie with a lot of perhaps c-actors and not even b-actors and that Traci at this point at least is probably just a b-actress at this point, Ice is a very watchable and entertaining film. Especially considering what they had to to work with. Sort of like an NFL team that wins 9 or 10 games without any stars on the team, Ice is a good film especially considering what it had to work with.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

USA Network: In Plain Sight- Something About Mary McCormack

Source:In Plain Sight Wiki- A lot of something about Mary McCormack. 
"Sundays, 10/9c beginning June 1st.  In Plain Sight is an hour-long drama that revolves around Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack), a tough, sexy US Marshal who works for the Federal Witness Protection Program. While many of the witnesses under her care are high-maintenance career criminals, some are just innocent people who had the misfortune of witnessing a crime or falling victim to one."

From USA Network

Source:USA Network- A lot of something about Mary 
Did In Plain Sight make actress Mary McCormack a star? I personally knew about her from watching her on ABC's Murder One from back in 1995-96 where she played one of the lawyers at the firm there. And liked her back then both physically, but as an actress as well. And then about ten years later where she played the National Security Advisor on NBC's The West Wing. The West Wing, goes off the air in 2006 and she gets In Plain Sight from USA a couple years later. She's been around for a while and has been very successful for a while, but perhaps In Plain Sight made her a household name.

Source:IMDB- Mary McCormack, as U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon 
What In Plain Sight did for ( there's a lot of something about ) Mary McCormack, is not just make her the star of that hit show from USA, but the main reason if not only reason to watch that show. She plays U.S. Deputy Marshal Mary McCormack, who is a badass Federal law enforcement officer who has a no bullshit ( to be frank ) attitude and doesn't take anything from anyone, including her family. Who operates in a world where everyone around her is dependent on her and wants something from her.

Her no bullshit attitude operates in a world of bullshitters where both her mother and adult sister not just live with her, but are dependent on Mary for their economic survival. And she feels used and perhaps abused even by her own family and then she's hard-ass U.S. Marshal who works for the U.S. Witness Protection Bureau and deals with professional bullshit artists for a living which just compounds all of her issues for her. And operates in a world where the only people she really trusts are the people she works with including her partner and supervisor.

Similar to Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order SVU who also plays a badass female cop, as tough as attitude and first impression is, she's just too cute, beautiful, and feminine to completely fool people with her attitude. Mary McCormack, as well as her character U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon, is a tall, gorgeous, sexy, very cute sexy blonde who wears tight outfits on her show a lot and unless you're gay or something, perhaps blind as well it would be very hard if not impossible to at least notice her, if not be attracted to her. On the outside she's a very feminine and attractive woman, but with the attitude of an Army Drill Sergeant, where you would have to be a complete idiot to want to mess with her. And plays this role perfectly and makes a good show very entertaining all by herself.

Friday, December 14, 2018

A&E: Rodeo Girls- A Cowgirl Reality Show

Source:Allow Herto Play- The cast of Rodeo Girls 
Maybe I should say reality show in quotes since what's called reality TV is not very real at all. We all know now that the cast members are encouraged to act a certain and act out. Instead of a film crew following people around to see what they're really like in real-life. But for what's called reality TV in Hollywood and New York, Rodeo Girls would qualify as reality TV that's about cowgirl and professional female rodeo cowgirls and watching them compete around the country and what life is like for them and they're not competing.

Source:TDS- A&E's Rodeo Girls 
Rodeo Girls for me, is like a soap opera but perhaps without a script. I'm sure the cast members are encouraged to act a certain and to even act out, but they're not told what to say. In a TV soap opera that has writers and actors, etc each cast members are given a script and told what to say. Rodeo Girls, is like a soap opera, but without a script. It has all the tension and competitiveness, backstabbing that would see on General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, The Young and The Restless, whatever soap you want to use as an example, but the show is unscripted. But the cast is strategically picked out to create tension and entertainment on the show. To put people in place who perhaps don't even respect each other, let alone like each other and they're not only competing with each other, but have to interact with each other on the show.

The real drama on this show is between Darcy Lapier ( perhaps the best looking cowgirl in the world, fake or otherwise ) and the rest of the cowgirls the show. Darcy Lapier, is essentially know for being a one-time actress who I guess never got her acting career going in the 1980s, but was able to get involved with some high profiled men in Hollywood and in business. She was married briefly to Jean Van-Damme, businessmen Ron Rice and Mark Hughes, She's essentially made her career and living by marrying up and being married to successful men and then being able to live off of them while married and then divorced. Gold digger, would probably be an accurate way to describe Darcy Lapier. A very beautiful, hot even, very sexy, very adorable woman, but who has never had much of a career of her own.

And that is where the tension is between Darcy and the other rodeo girls on the show like Barb West who are real rodeo and cowgirls in real-life, who are professionals, who don't have their ex-husbands alimony or some trust fund to live off of and have to do well in this business in order to support themselves. They don't see Darcy as one of them or even as a real cowgirl and Darcy is a bit of a verbal punching bag for them and she sees herself as better than them, because she's not a working stiff and lives the life of a reality TV, Hollywood celebrity traveling around in limos and and her own jet. Who has now decided that she wants a career for herself and is struggling to make it as a professional cowgirl.
Source:A&E: Rodeo Girls- Tension Mounts Between Darcy and Barb - Cowgirl Barb West 

Lifetime: The Boy Next Door 2008- Starring Dina Meyer

Source: SJ Klein - Dina Meyer and Woody Jeffreys "The Boy Next Door (2008)" From  Wendox I don't watch a lot of Life...