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In The News / Gruesome Threesome
« on: June 16, 2012, 06:47:56 am »
Dude came and went at the same time!
Cop dies during 3-way sex; widow wins $3M lawsuit
By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY

Hotlanta, GA - A jury has awarded a Georgia woman $3 million over her husband's heart attack, finding that his doctor should have warned the Atlanta cop against strenuous activity like the three-way sex he was having at the time he died, WXIA-TV reports.

William Martinez, a 31-year-old Atlanta police officer, collapsed and died while he and a male friend were having sex with a woman who was not his wife at an Atlanta airport motel in 2009.

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Hard Choices / Jeep Grand Wagoneer or The Flintsones?
« on: June 14, 2012, 02:04:30 pm »
2014 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

--- or ---

5,000,000 B.C. Bouldermobile

Hey, I'm all for nostalgia and everything but does anyone believe this is taking the concept a little too far?  
I saw the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer posted on Yahoo! Autos as one of "8 SUVs worth waiting for". In this day and age, why would an automaker think that using side wood-paneling on the exterior of a metal vechicle a novel idea to revisit?  
It was a dumb idea in the 70s at that time, why would anyone want to bring this _______ back now??

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« on: June 11, 2012, 11:40:56 pm »

In the beginning, there was... Howard the Duck, MARVEL's first comicbook movie which 25 years ago, was considered by many to be one of the worst movies ever, however, I've always loved the character from the actual comicbook because of its brilliant social commentary of American pop culture, politics and people.  I'm not certain that this announcement from GeekTyrant dot com is just an elaborate April Fool's joke but I pity the fool who doesn't believe that Howard the Duck doesn't deserve a second chance to shine on the big screen.

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Hudlin TV / THE 2012 AVN AWARDS
« on: May 27, 2012, 08:25:52 pm »
The AVN Awards is the only time where every year one can see the real movers & shakers of the 'other Hollywood' strut thier stuff with pride on ShowTime.

Skin Diamond Forever

Broadcast from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, this year's sextravaganza features nominess and distinguished guests Ron Jeremy, Dave Attell (From Dave's Old Porn), Riley Steele, CEO Steven Hirsh from Vivid Entertainment, a performance by rapper Too Short,  pretty ladies, handsome men in the adult entertainment business, and vampires (no, seriously, real vampires).


Feel The Funk / Donald "Duck" Dunn has passed
« on: May 14, 2012, 01:24:23 pm »

Donald 'Duck' Dunn dies at 70; soul music bassist
Donald Dunn is the guy with the hat

Associated Press - The session musician helped created the gritty Memphis sound in the 1960s and played with the Blues Brothers, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. He contributed to such songs as 'In the Midnight Hour' and 'Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.'

Donald "Duck" Dunn, the bassist who helped create the gritty Memphis soul sound at Stax Records in the 1960s as part of the legendary group Booker T. and the MGs and contributed to such classics as "In the Midnight Hour," "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," died Sunday. He was 70.

Dunn, whose legacy as one of the most respected session musicians in the business also included work with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's Blues Brothers as well as with Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, died while on tour in Tokyo.

News of his death was posted on the Facebook site of his friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour. Cropper said Dunn died in his sleep.

Dunn was born in Memphis, Tenn., in 1941, and according to the biography on his official website, was nicknamed for the cartoon character by his father. His father, a candy maker, did not want him to be a musician.

"He thought I would become a drug addict and die. Most parents in those days thought music was a pastime, something you did as a hobby, not a profession," Dunn said.

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Producing / 45 Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
« on: May 10, 2012, 11:03:52 pm »
45+ Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
By Matt Rigney
Brent Mustangburger from CARS 2
Apr 20, 2009

The 45th anniversary Ford Mustang celebration has come to an end with the legacy of the Mustang stronger than ever.  The Mustang legacy has always been strong carried on in several different ways with one being through the movies as it has done since it's first appearance in the James Bond movie "Goldfinger".  Since 1964 the Ford Mustang has appeared in over 500 movies and hundreds more television programs.  Probably the most memorable film the Ford Mustang appeared in is Bullitt.  Steve McQueen starred in the movie as Lt. Frank Bullitt driving his highland green 1968 Mustang GT 390.  His nine- minute plus unscripted chase scene through the streets of San Francisco has long been revered as the best chase ever in a movie.

Other memorable movie roles the Ford Mustang has to it's credit include the original Gone in Sixty Seconds (1974) with it's 40-minute chase scene where they destroy 93 cars.  The remake of Gone in Sixty Seconds stars Nicolas Cage trying to steal 50 cars in two-days with the unicorn car being 'Eleanor", a silver and black 1968 Shelby GT500.
More recent movies include Hollywood Homicide where Harrison Ford and Josh Harnett drove around in a 2003 Saleen S281, War of the Worlds starring Tom Cruise and his 1966 Shelby GT 350, Reno 911 with the police cars being 2006 Mustangs and the latest being I Am Legend starring Will Smith who drives a red 2007 Shelby GT500 during the opening scene through the deserted streets of New York City.

Below you will find several movies the Mustang has been in with a small description for each.   Enjoy...

45+ Years of the Mustang in Movies:

From the time of its introduction at the World’s Fair in New York four and a half decades ago, the iconic pony car has appeared in more than 500 movies and hundreds of television programs.

Ever since 1964 when the Mustang appeared in the Bond film Goldfinger, filmmakers have often used the Mustang to symbolize the quintessential American cool. In the 1968 film Bullitt, Steve McQueen played a hardened police detective chasing down killers in a 1968 Mustang GT390.

But the Mustang can also be aspirational. In the 2007 film The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, Freeman’s character is dying and lists “Drive a Shelby Mustang” as one of the things he longs to do before he kicks the proverbial bucket.

Here are just a few of the Mustang’s memorable moments on the silver screen:

Goldfinger (1964) – This Bond film gets high Mustang marks for being the first movie to show off Ford’s new sporty car, a white 1964½ convertible driven by a beautiful woman assassin. After a brief chase in the Swiss Alps, Sean Connery in his Aston Marin DB5 borrows a trick from a chariot racer in Ben Hur to shred the Mustang’s tires and its rocker panel.

Bullitt (1968) – Steve McQueen is the hardened police detective who drives a 1968 Mustang GT390 in a nine-minute, 42-second car chase against killers in a black Dodge charger through the hilly streets in and around San Francisco.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – As James Bond, Sean Connery eludes police pursuit in a red 1971 Mustang Mach I fastback on two wheels to squeeze down a narrow alley in downtown Las Vegas. The car tilts up on the passenger side wheels entering the alley and exits the alley on the driver’s side wheels, a pretty neat trick.

Bull Durham (1988) – Kevin Costner is the fading ballplayer in this sports comedy love triangle with Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. Since Costner’s character once tasted glory for a brief time in the major league’s “show,” it’s only fitting that he picked up a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 convertible along the way.

True Crime (1999) – Clint Eastwood plays a reporter with a messy personal life who gets one more chance to get it right after something doesn’t add up in the case of a Death Row inmate facing imminent execution. His car matches the man – a 1983 Mustang convertible with more than a few miles on it.

Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) – In this remake of the earlier film, retired car thief Nicolas Cage has to boost 50 cars in 24 hours to save his kid brother from killers. The ultimate prize is Eleanor, a silver and black 1967 Shelby GT500 styled by car builder Chip Foose. Grossed $101 Million at the box office.

The Princess Diaries (2001) – Anne Hathaway stars as Mia, an awkward 15-year-old who learns that she’s actually a princess by her royal grandmother, played by Julie Andrews. Initially, all Mia wants to do is stay unnoticed at school and get her 1966 Mustang fixed up in time for her 16th birthday.

Hollywood Homicide (2002) – Josh Hartnett and Harrison Ford star as detectives in this action “dramedy.” Their car of choice? A 2003 silver Saleen S281 supercharged Mustang.

Cinderella Story (2004) – An unpopular girl, played by Hillary Duff, is exploited by her wicked stepmother. She loses her cell phone instead of a glass slipper at the ball, but she gains a prince. Her car of choice: a sky blue 1965 Mustang convertible.

I Am Legend (2007) – Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City, played by Will Smith, struggles valiantly to find a cure. Smith’s co-star in the movie? A red and white 2007 Shelby Mustang. Grossed over $256 Million at the box office.

Other movies include The Thomas Crown Affair (1968 Shelby GT350 convertible) , Transformers (2007 Mustang police car),  High School Musical 2 (Pink Mustang), Fear (red 1966 Mustang convertible), Fastlane (Bullitt Replica), Death Race (Battle-Ready Mustang GT), Back to the Future II (futuristic 2015 Mustang, fox-body)and 2 Fast 2 Furious along with Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift.


“Mustang has had the most roles of any Ford vehicle, and there are no competing cars that come close. From a product placement perspective, Mustang is the gift that keeps giving and giving.” - Bob Witter, of Ford Global Brand Entertainment (FGBE)

“The Mustang set off a revolution almost to the level of the Model T in terms of making a cool sports car affordable to the average person. When you were driving a Mustang, you were special. You were noticed. You stood out. And today the Mustang delivers the same attributes.” - Bob Witter, of Ford Global Brand Entertainment (FGBE)

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Hard Choices / SCANDAL or VEEP?
« on: April 29, 2012, 07:00:36 am »


Is this really a hard choice??
I know, I know, one is a drama and the other is a comedy but there are some striking resemblances between the two. SCANDAL sometimes appear as a comedy show when it is really a drama and VEEP sometimes appear as a drama when it is really a comedy.
Both television shows have a main female character in power positions, sometimes in politics, sometimes between thier peers but which TV show is more preferable?

Latest Flicks / SPARKLE
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:18:12 am »
Ladies & gentlemen of HEF...

The latest trailer from the movie,  SPARKLE.

Cast: Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Cee-Lo Green
Director: Salim Akil
Writer: Mara Brock Akil

« on: March 18, 2012, 02:41:09 am »
ShowTime has another comedy show called LIP SERVICE, A Night Of Sexy Comedy, hosted by Niecy Nash starring 4 lovely ladies doing stand-up comedy:

Vanessa Graddick, the ex-social worker...

Shawn Pelofsky a.k.a. The broke Barbera Streisand...

the woman who will make you laugh and tired, Christian Shirm

and the Lioness, Michelle Buteau...

EDIT: Corrected the line-up. That's what I get for posting over-night... sorry. :-[

Hudlin TV / SNOOP DOGG presents...
« on: March 11, 2012, 02:56:56 pm »
It seems like ShowTime is onto something with these comedy shows every other weekend. The legendary Dee-Oh-Double-Gee has put out a hour-long special show featuring the 5 funniest ladies doing stand-up comedy. If you do a search on DIRECTV,  on-stage you will see Tiffany Haddish, April Macie, Cookie Hull, Monique Marvez and Luenell each doing thier own brand of 'Ladies First' type of funny.


General Discussion / HEF at 85!!?
« on: February 14, 2012, 05:52:36 pm »
From the "Letters to the Editor" page of Morning News
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

'HEF at 85'!!? What's that got to do with the Pee Dee?

I've often wondered how this paper chooses what items are important enough to make the front pages of various sections.
I'm sure there are times that require quick decisions/choices to be made, and there may not be a lot of 'news' items readily available to choose from. But, some days' front pages make me not even want to pick the paper up and read it, if the articles printed there are the most important "news" you could find to report on!

Section C of Sunday's (Jan. 29) paper really took the cake for Pee Dee Living front pages. I'd think you must have more time to collect items for a Sunday paper, and maybe I'm wrong in thinking the section "Pee Dee Living" should be about people or happenings in the Pee Dee??
But, I'd like to ask what the heck "HEF At 85" has to do with Pee Dee Living.? Come on! ....How deep did you have to dig? Yes, I'm sure some readers were delighted to see the famous 'man in his bathrobe' and read of his Playboy Empire; obviously, his unscrupulous lifestyle and magazine have a huge following.
But, why did you think this article deserved a front seat for the bulk of readers in the 'Pee Dee'? Why not, instead, the article that was put on page 2C about the 'Pee Dee' grad?....or even the Pee Dee area brides!?

There are many stories out there about Pee Dee folks/families, past and present. You don't have to look far to find one. (I tried to get an article published in a Saturday "Faith & Values" section about a minister, born and raised in the Pee Dee, who had recieved a prestigious award. I was told it couldn't be printed unless I paid an unreasonable sum of money!)It's not my place to judge those who live in or long for "HEF's" world. But, my opinion is that he and his empire started a web of immorality and degradation that continues to spiral out of control. It's ruined individuals and families not grounded and strong enough to fight the effects.

It's also my opinion that this article should not have been allowed to represent "Pee Dee Living" or appear to be of such great interest to those who live here. Of course, there's much obsession these days with celebrities and thier lifestyles..... How many times have we heard about Lindsey Lohan going back to jail before other reports on the national news?! Priorities are messed up everywhere. But this paper could do better for its readers.
Pictures of "HEF" in his bathrobe tend to make me nauseated. God help us, if that's the best Sunday reading you can find to offer folks faithfully sending too many of thier hard-earned dollars to subscribe to your paper.


In The News / Give Her, Her Due
« on: February 12, 2012, 09:21:46 am »
Patricia Stephens Due Dies at 72; Campaigned for Civil Rights
Published: February 11, 2012
Patricia Stephens Due, center, in a protest at a segregated theater in 1963 in Tallahassee, Fla.
"She always wore dark glasses after a police officer threw a tear gas canister in her face in 1960." ---as told by Tananarive Due

Patricia Stephens Due, whose belief that, as she put it, “ordinary people can do extraordinary things” propelled her to leadership in the civil rights movement — but at a price, including 49 days in a stark Florida jail — died on Tuesday in Smyrna, Ga. She was 72.

The cause was thyroid cancer, her daughter Johnita Due said. She had moved to Smyrna, an Atlanta suburb, to be near her family after living in Miami.

At 13, Patricia Stephens challenged Jim Crow orthodoxy by trying to use the “whites only” window at a Dairy Queen. As a college student, she led demonstrations to integrate lunch counters, theaters and swimming pools and was repeatedly arrested.

As a young mother, she pushed two children in a stroller while campaigning for the rights of poor people. As a veteran of integration and voting rights battles, she went on to fight for economic rights, once obstructing a garbage truck in support of striking workers. As an elder stateswoman of the movement, she wrote a memoir to honor “unsung foot soldiers.”

She fought beside John D. Due Jr., a civil rights lawyer, whom she married in 1963. For their honeymoon, they rode the Freedom Train to Washington to hear the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. give his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Mrs. Due paid a price for this devotion. She wore large, dark glasses day and night because her eyes were damaged when a hissing tear gas canister hit her in the face. She took a decade to graduate from Florida A&M University because of suspensions for her activism.

Her F.B.I. file ran more than 400 pages. Her stepfather urged her to give up civil rights, to protect her and his own job. She was kicked and threatened with dogs, including a German shepherd whose police handlers gave it a racial slur for a name.

Mrs. Due’s greatest prominence came after she and 10 other students were arrested for sitting at the “whites only” lunch counter at a Woolworth’s store in Tallahassee, Fla., on Feb. 20, 1960. It was 19 days after four black students in Greensboro, N.C., had made civil rights history by doing the same thing.

Mrs. Due and seven others refused to pay $300 fines for violating laws they abhorred. Five served the full 49-day sentence.

As leader of the sit-in, Mrs. Due became a national figure. Jackie Robinson sent her a diary for her jail-time thoughts. James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte and Eleanor Roosevelt endorsed her efforts. Dr. King sent a telegram saying, “Going to jail for a righteous cause is a badge of honor and a symbol of dignity.”

It was not easy behind bars. She and her sister, Priscilla Stephens Kruize, her compatriot in many battles, had to share a narrow bed. They suspected that a mentally disturbed woman was placed in the cell to unnerve them. Food was awful; nights were cold.

Thurgood Marshall, head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, questioned whether it was all worth it, given the deplorable state of Southern jails. But the drama of righteous incarceration seized the nation’s attention, a freed Mrs. Due went on a national fund-raising tour and the “jail-in” became a movement standard.

Patricia Gloria Stephens was born on Dec. 9, 1939, in Quincy, Fla., and was raised in Belle Glade, Fla. As high school students, she and Priscilla, who was 15 months older, started a petition to have the principal removed, The Miami Herald reported in 1990. Patricia said the two were “always testing things.”

In 1959, she formed a local chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality. It was the beginning of life as “a professional volunteer,” in her daughter’s words. She worked with youths, helped out in political campaigns and spoke on human rights issues. In the last year of her life, state, county and local governments in Florida honored her.

In addition to her husband of 49 years, her sister and her daughter, Mrs. Due is survived by two other daughters, Tananarive Due and Lydia Due Greisz; a brother, Walter Stephens; and five grandchildren.

In 2003, Mrs. Due and her daughter Tananarive, a novelist, wrote “Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights.” The book discusses thorny issues like black people’s ambivalence about the civil rights struggle in the movement’s early days and the emotional turmoil of children whose parents are activists. It also contains many tales of courage.

“Stories live forever,” Mrs. Due liked to say. “Storytellers don’t.”

« on: February 06, 2012, 06:18:12 am »

Prickly and funny, as always, Paul Mooney is in top form in his latest venture on ShowTime... 


Last night after the SuperBowl show, I found myself chuckling & nodding my head in agreement with virtually everything this brother had to say about Hollywood, celebrities, today's politics, President Obama and most of all...

---White people! ;D   Not necessarily in that order. ;)

When you get a chance, do a search on DIRECTV and find out why folks call him 'The Godfather Of Comedy'.

Directing / Can You Guess This Movie Set?
« on: February 02, 2012, 05:03:28 pm »
Here is an interesting set built for an up coming movie. Can You Guess What Movie This Set Will Appear In?

« on: January 20, 2012, 06:33:41 pm »
Etta James Passes Away In California

The Look Of Tragedy, Triumph, Tragedy and Triumph.
Excerpts from the article:

The tender, sweet song belied the turmoil in her personal life. James — born Jamesetta Hawkins — was born in Los Angeles to a mother whom she described as a scam artist, a substance abuser and a fleeting presence during her youth. She never knew her father, although she was told and had believed, that he was the famous billiards player Minnesota Fats. He neither confirmed nor denied it: when they met, he simply told her: "I don't remember everything. I wish I did, but I don't."

She was raised by Lula and Jesse Rogers, who owned the rooming house where her mother once lived in. The pair brought up James in the Christian faith, and as a young girl, her voice stood out in the church choir. James landed the solos in the choir and became so well known, she said that Hollywood stars would come to see her perform.

But she wouldn't stay a gospel singer for long. Rhythm and blues lured her away from the church, and she found herself drawn to the grittiness of the music.

"My mother always wanted me to be a jazz singer, but I always wanted to be raunchy," she recalled in her book.

She was doing just that when bandleader Johnny Otis found her singing on San Francisco street corners with some girlfriends in the early 1950s. Otis, a legend in his own right, died on Tuesday.

"At the time, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters had a hit with 'Work With Me, Annie,' and we decided to do an answer. We didn't think we would get in show business, we were just running around making up answers to songs."

And so they replied with the song, "Roll With Me, Henry."

When Otis heard it, he told James to get her mother's permission to accompany him to Los Angeles to make a recording. Instead, the 15-year-old singer forged her mother's name on a note claiming she was 18.

"At that time, you weren't allowed to say 'roll' because it was considered vulgar. So when Georgia Gibbs did her version, she renamed it 'Dance With Me, Henry' and it went to No. 1 on the pop charts," the singer recalled. The Gibbs song was one of several in the early rock era when white singers got hits by covering songs by black artists, often with sanitized lyrics.

After her 1955 debut, James toured with Otis' revue, sometimes earning only $10 a night. In 1959, she signed with Chicago's legendary Chess label, began cranking out the hits and going on tours with performers such as Bobby Vinton, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Everly Brothers.

"We would travel on four buses to all the big auditoriums. And we had a lot of fun," she recalled in 1987.

James recorded a string of hits in the late 1950s and '60s including "Trust In Me," ''Something's Got a Hold On Me," ''Sunday Kind of Love," ''All I Could Do Was Cry," and of course, "At Last."

"(Chess Records founder) Leonard Chess was the most aware of anyone. He went up and down the halls of Chess announcing, 'Etta's crossed over! Etta's crossed over!' I still didn't know exactly what that meant, except that maybe more white people were listening to me. The Chess brothers kept saying how I was their first soul singer, that I was taking their label out of the old Delta blues, out of rock and into the modern era. Soul was the new direction," she wrote in her autobiography. "But in my mind, I was singing old style, not new."

In 1967, she cut one of the most highly regarded soul albums of all time, "Tell Mama," an earthy fusion of rock and gospel music featuring blistering horn arrangements, funky rhythms and a churchy chorus. A song from the album, "Security," was a top 40 single in 1968.

Her professional success, however, was balanced against personal demons, namely a drug addiction.

"I was trying to be cool," she told the AP in 1995, explaining what had led her to try heroin.

"I hung out in Harlem and saw Miles Davis and all the jazz cats," she continued. "At one time, my heavy role models were all druggies. Billie Holiday sang so groovy.
Is that because she's on drugs? It was in my mind as a young person. I probably thought I was a young Billie Holiday, doing whatever came with that."

She was addicted to the drug for years, beginning in 1960, and it led to a harrowing existence that included time behind bars. It sapped her singing abilities and her money, eventually, almost destroying her career.

It would take her at least two decades to beat her drug problem. Her husband, Artis Mills, even went to prison for years, taking full responsibility for drugs during an arrest even though James was culpable.

"My management was suffering. My career was in the toilet. People tried to help, but I was hell-bent on getting high," she wrote of her drug habit in 1980.

She finally quit the habit and managed herself for a while, calling up small clubs and asking them, "Have you
ever heard of Etta James?" in order to get gigs. Eventually, she got regular bookings — even drawing Elizabeth Taylor as an audience member. In 1984, she was tapped to sing the national anthem at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and her career got the resurgent boost it needed, though she fought addiction again when she got hooked on painkillers in the late 1980s.

Drug addiction wasn't her only problem. She struggled with her weight, and often performed from a wheelchair as she got older and heavier. In the early 2000s, she had weight-loss surgery and shed some 200 pounds.

James performed well into her senior years, and it was "At Last" that kept bringing her the biggest ovations. The song was a perennial that never aged, and on Jan. 20, 2009, as crowds celebrated that — at last — an African-American had become president of the United States, the song played as the first couple danced.

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