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Three Stooges and Popeye Finally Get 1st Class Treatment on DVD

4 Aug

Seek out the above collections – they are well done and reasonably priced.

Here’s the first-ever Popeye short (co-starring Betty Boop)

The above 2-part Stooges short features the great Curly Howard

Our Prayers are with Morgan Freeman

4 Aug

We love Morgan Freeman and I had the good fortune to meet the man a couple of years ago. He is a great guy — very down to earth and lacking any pretension. Morgan has not forgotten his roots, does a ton of community/charity work, and has never allowed his wealth and stardom to change his core values. We wish him a speedy recovery. God bless you, Morgan.

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman has been seriously injured in a car accident in Mississippi and is in a Memphis hospital. Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Kathy Stringer said Freeman is in serious condition. The hospital, commonly known as The Med, is an acute-care teaching facility that serves patients within 150 miles of Memphis.

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Sergeant Ben Williams said that Freeman was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima that belonged to Demaris Meyer when the car left Mississippi Highway 32 in Tallahatchie County and flipped.  Police told the celebrity gossip site TMZ.com that Freeman was in the one-car accident about 11:30 p.m. Sunday near the small town of Ruleville and was airlifted from the scene.

Clay McFerrin, editor of Sun Sentinel in Charleston was at the scene of the accident. He said that it appeared that Freeman’s car was airborne went it left the highway and landed in a ditch. “They had to use the jaws of life to extract him from the vehicle,” McFerrin said. “He was lucid, conscious. He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point.”

Even though the accident occurred in Tallahatchie County, the sheriff’s department referred calls to the Mississippi Highway Patrol. State troopers told TMZ that Freeman was talking at the scene. TMZ said the news of the accident was first reported on MediaTakeout.com, which said Freeman was “very seriously injured,” and that an unidentified female passenger was riding in the car.

A source told TMZ that Freeman had several broken ribs and injured his knee. The site also was told that the passenger also had to be cut out of the car using the Jaws of Life. The source told TMZ that the passenger suffered bumps and bruises, but is in “all in all in good condition.” Freeman, 71, currently stars as Wayne Enterprises CEO Lucius Fox in the “Batman Begins” sequel “The Dark Knight.” He’s also currently starred in the action thriller “Wanted” and the comedy drama “The Bucket List.”

Freeman won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “Million Dollar Baby” in 2005. He’s also starred in such films as “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Unforgiven” and “Street Smart” — which earned the actor his first Oscar nomination.

Home of the Hammer to be Saved

4 Aug
Henry Aaron’s Childhood Home in Mobile, AL
Officials are expected announce Monday that Hank Aaron’s childhood home will be moved to the park next to the Hank Aaron Memorial Stadium and turned into an Aaron family museum. The city and the Mobile BayBears minor league baseball team, which plays in the stadium, will work together to move the house to the stadium’s Gas Light Park. BayBears president Bill Shanahan came up with the idea last year and presented it to Aaron, who talked it over with family members. “He was touched by the thought,” Shanahan told the a local newspaper. “He talked to family members and we stayed in touch. In November, hank called back and said he had talked with his mother and his siblings and they made a commitment to the project.” Aaron’s mother, Estella, died in April.

The plan calls for the house to be moved in October and the museum to open in March. The grand opening will be the crowning moment of a season-long celebration of Aaron’s 75th birthday, Shanahan said. “I thought it was a great idea from the outset,” said Mobile Mayor Sam Jones. “To have one of the greatest players in the nation be from Mobile and to have a museum to honor him and his accomplishments, I think is a great opportunity.”

BayBears president and COO Bill Shanahan thought of the idea about 18 months ago and pitched it to “Hammerin’ Hank.” Aaron loved the idea so much, he’ll be visiting the area in the coming weeks to help get the word out and show support. “When I told him about the idea, he went completely silent,” Shanahan said. “I thought that was a bad sign, but I later found out he was humbled by it and just couldn’t speak. He was very excited right when he heard about the idea.

View the above video clip on the announcement from FOX TV News

B&N Hemingway Collection is a Steal

4 Aug

I just purchased this Ernest Hemmingway collection at Barnes & Noble. It was originally priced at just $12.95, but they have marked down all their classics another 40%. The collection includes four complete and unabridged gems from an American Master. The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea — they’re all here. And for less than $10. Unreal! 

Here is the description of the volume from the Barnes & Noble web site:

The preeminent writer of his time, Ernest Hemingway wrote emotionally resonant fiction steeped in the experiences of the “lost generation” that came of age during World War I. His tales of American expatriates aimlessly adrift in postwar Europe and people struggling with dignity to persevere in a world marked by violence, cruelty, and senseless death capture the disillusionment and cynicism that were part of the spirit of the age.

This literary omnibus collects Hemingway’s four best-known novels—The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Old Man and the Sea. Written with Hemingway’s trademark economy of style but evocative in their delineations of individuals seeking purpose in lives shaped by futility and frustration, these tales pay tribute to a writer who changed the way fiction was written and read in the twentieth century.

Ernest Hemingway: Four Novels is part of Barnes & Noble’s Library of Essential Writers. Each title in the series presents the finest works—complete and unabridged—from one of the greatest writers in literature in magnificent, elegantly designed hard-back editions. Every volume also includes an original introduction that provides the reader with enlightening information on the writer’s life and works.

Papa Hemingway was legendary here in the FL Keys