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Day 8 – Nimoy

This is kind of old news but I reviewed Leonard Nimoy’s photo book The Full Body Project (Warning: nudity) a few years back. If you have not seen it yet it is worth checking out. It definitely gave me a new perspective on the man as a creative artist.

For many who grew up in my generation, Nimoy will forever be immortalized as the first officer with the pointed ears on the original Star Trek television series and movies. The series was first aired from 1966 to 1969 so I experienced it in reruns although I did not know it at the time.

Over the years I let my love for the series extend to its reinvention through: The Next Generation (1987–1994), Deep Space Nine (1993–1999), and Voyager (1995–2001) — I never got into Enterprise (2001–2005) but my love for the original cast always hung on with all the movie lines I stood in, first with a babysitter and then with my Jeff and his friends. For me these six movies are the original Star Trek:

  • The Motion Picture (1979)
  • The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • The Search for Spock (1984)
  • The Voyage Home (1986)
  • The Final Frontier (1989)
  • The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock on Star Trek.

And while I was still enamoured with the Next Generations’ take on space something was always missing.

  • Generations (1994)
  • First Contact (1996)
  • Insurrection (1998)
  • Nemesis (2002)

I have watched the new generation of Star Trek but waited for it to come to rental as I probably will for the latest version. Do not get me wrong. The movies are enjoyable and the actors are well chosen. I am just not a stand in a long line movie goer anymore. Although I would not be opposed to seeing the original movies in the theatre again.

All the characters/actors of the original Star Trek are vital to the story but for me Nimoy was and is tops. And with DeForest Kelley (Bones) and James Doohan (Scotty), gone to the undiscovered country my heart aches a little that soon the rest of the crew (all born in the early to mid 1930s) will join them sooner than I would like. But they will all be immortalized in reruns and our DVD collections.

In the total span of Nimoy’s career he as worked on many projects not involving a Star Trek theme — other televisions shows, other movies, directing, writing, singing, photographer, teaching but…

Nimoy, you are, and always shall be, my Spock.

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Day 3 – Gerard

Gerard (Gerry) Butler that is. Love him to pieces. When it comes to actors I adore I seem to lean toward many from the UK. I do not know if it is the accents or what. Gerard Butler

Not only is he beautiful, he makes beautiful movies. He first came into my hottie radar in the movie Dracula 2000. I just love vampire movies and Butler made both an intimidating and sexy vampire as the lead, Dra-cu-la. Unfortunately I was one of the few who enjoyed the movie as it was considered a flop among movie moguls.

Gerry kind of fell out of my Radar until I watched Attila. A television epic tale about barbarian Attila the Hun’s life and death. I still have the copy of the VHS I taped it on even though I cannot watch it. Gerry walks around half naked most of the time but it really is a good movie. Lots of action. This is the movie that cemented my connection with him.

There after it seemed like he became the handsome supporting actor who gets killed or disappears. Reign of Fire, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Timeline. Loved all three.

When Gerry was cast for The Phantom of the Opera I was dismayed. I just could not see him playing the phantom. But he pulled it off. And he can sing! I still think Christine made the wrong choice. And apparently, that was a problem with critics. Gerry was too good looking to play the Phantom. Not!

Next, Dear Frankie. What could make a woman melt more than a ruggedly handsome man pretending to be someone’s dad so a little deaf boy does not know the painful truth about his deadbeat dad and lying mother. I melted. Could he be more perfect?

Gerard Butler in white shirt.As you have probably figured out I find it hard to separate the actor from the character. But I really do not want to. It is entertainment after all and it is not like I am going to actually meet Gerard Butler.

To round things up here is some basic background on the man, not the characters. Gerry and I share the same birth year, 1969. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, spent a short stint of toddlerhood in Montreal, Canada and grew up in Paisley, Scotland. Despite being Scottish, he is from Irish decent (me too!). I have been going on and on about his looks and acting ability but apparently he has an Honors degree in law. Looks and brains too! And long before I knew him he was an established stage actor.

There are many websites devoted to this talented and handsome movie hottie but no official website. He is too busy making movies I guess.

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Leaping Lizards!

One of my favorite movies, Annie, turns 30 this year. Seems like yesterday I was singing along with Albert Finney (Daddy Warbucks), Carol Burnett (Miss Hannigan), Bernadette Peters (Lily), Tim Curry (Rooster), and the freckle faced Aileen Quinn (Annie).

The Movie Annie

The Movie Annie celebrates its 30th Anniversary. Now available from Amazon.com for $5.99.

If that was not enough to make me feel old, I can tell you I have this movie on VHS. I know, right! I cannot even watch it anymore because we do not have a VHS player.

The only people I knew in the movie at the time were Carol Burnett, I remember watching her earlier variety show with my favorite aunt, and Bernadette Peters, from The Jerk with Steve Martin — I know she has done a lot TV/movies/Broadway but at the time that is what I knew her for. All the actors have done so much since Annie. When I think of Albert Finney these days I think Erin Brockovich before I think Annie.

If you are not familiar with the Annie story it is about a little girl with bright red curls who lives in an orphanage under the rule of a cranky heavy-drinking den mother. Annie wins the opportunity to spend a few weeks living with one of the richest men in town as part of his PR campaign to improve his image. Of course everyone falls in love with her. Daddy Warbucks decides he wants to help her find her parents and offers a reward which leads to numerous people suddenly claiming the girl as their own long lost daughter.

Annie was loosely based on the Broadway musical, which I have never seen but would love to, and before that there was the comic strip by Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie, 1924).

The film is one of my favorite musicals with lots of great songs, melodrama, slapstick humor, and sappy tearful moments to entertain a wide range of ages. The biggest message that comes across is that even though our families may not always provide us with the love we are entitled to there is much love to be given by those who are not related to us — families come in more flavors than Skittles.

Here is Annie singing tomorrow for President Roosevelt — still tears me up after all these years — it’s right up there with Hallmark commercials:

I read recently that actor, singer, producer, Will Smith is producing an updated version of Annie that will star his daughter and have updated music. I am not sure how I feel about it. Generally I hate my favorite movies being remade because they are usually horrible. But Smith produced the remake of The Karate Kid starring his son and it was good so the prospect of him in charge of an Annie remake is promising.