Team Magnum Guides You to Where the Wild Turkeys Are

 

Team Magnum Guides You to Where the Wild Turkeys Are

by Amy Lignor

The eyes and ears of a turkey make it one of the toughest of all Texas game animals. Their vision is the keenest; they can pinpoint movement and hone in on noises from a mile away. So when it comes to hunting these creatures, it is important to be led by a guide service that literally owns the highest skill level and unbelievable talent to give you, your family, and friends the most successful turkey hunt possible.

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Magnum Guide Service L.L.C. is a name that all true turkey hunters should be aware of. Publicized in a slew of magazines, from Field & Stream to Texas Sportsman, Magnum Guide Service is known for always achieving its number one goal: Making your trip a memorable and successful experience. Making up “Team Magnum” are the most seasoned guides and the best employees on tap to create a trip that allows you to bag that perfect trophy. Extensive game management programs and dedicated hunters with good marksmanship have ensured that Magnum always maintains a very high success rate on all game pursued.

Behind this service stands Jim and Melony Roche, who are experienced veterans in the game guide and outdoor industry. It was in the spring of 1976 that Jim first began hunting and ‘calling’ turkeys, when the Lone Star State first opened the spring turkey season. Becoming one of the first “Turkey Guides” in Texas, Jim created “Team Magnum” which has hosted over 2,100 turkey hunters, with an average success rate of 1.7 birds per hunter, based upon a 2 bird limit.

When it comes to the Rio Grande Gobbler, you are looking at an average weight of 20 lbs. and a beard length of 9 ½ inches and 1 1/8 spur. With the Magnum guides being among the most professional turkey guides to be found anywhere in the country, the hunter can even bag exceptional gobblers that can push up to 25 lbs. The Magnum hunts cover approximately 65,000 acres of prime turkey habitat, where hunters can hear anywhere from 10-20 different gobblers per day.

And when it comes to the schedule of the hunt, nothing could get better than this….

After chowing down a delicious breakfast, and well before ‘first light,’ the expert guides of “Team Magnum” escort both semi-guided and fully-guided hunters into the field. Hunters are placed within calling distance of roost, strut zones, and feeding areas where they’re free to either ‘run and gun’ or ‘sit and stick,’ depending on each individual hunter’s preference.

With a hunt lasting 4-5 hours, returning to the Lodge for a big lunch rounds out the morning. Back to the woods for another 4-5 hours of afternoon gobbler action creates a hunt that consists of a fair amount of walking and calling to ‘raise’ a bird, then setting upon him as the distance between hunter and quarry closes.

With expansive landholdings that offer the hunter privacy and even the luxury of having 400-1500 acres exclusively to themselves, success can be found along popular travel corridors between known roosts and both feeding and watering areas, as well as along ridges where hunters are elevated and can better hear distant gobbles.

The turkey hunting packages offered are varied, with several different spring and fall packages available. Food, lodging, guides and 2 ½ days of hunting for 1-3 Rio Grande gobblers—complete with airport transfers as well as full freezer facilities—make up the most popular three-day-hunting package. Guided hunts are one guide per hunter, and semi-guided hunts include a guide to transport hunters into the field. “Do It Yourself” hunts are also available for hunters who wish to furnish their own food and lodging. Hunting duos such as a husband/wife team can be accommodated; and, for larger corporate groups, the entire lodge and hunting areas can be reserved all to themselves.

When it comes to equipment available, the choice is immense: Turkey decoys, Double Bull pop-up blinds, shotguns, ammunition and more may be available for rent. And when the hunt comes to a close, successful “Rio Grande Gobbler Hunters” will receive a Magnum Guide Service, LLC “Certificate of Harvest,” worthy of framing. There is also a “Magnum” Awards Presentation that has become a huge hit for hunters.

Booking that reservation with “Team Magnum” is a must. Dates include: The 2017 Texas Spring Turkey Season South Zone Opener (March 18); North Zone Opener (April 1);

Easter (April 16, 2017); and even booking forward to the 2017Fall Season Hunt.

Rates vary, so after heading to http://www.magnumguide.com/TurkeyHunting.aspx and finding that perfect Magnum hunt you’re interested in, then contact the staff who will be happy to go over all the details with you. Once the trip is booked, a booking contract is forwarded to you, turning the dream into a reality.

Top-of-the-line equipment, tasty meals, seasoned guides, and amazing hunting camps…there’s nothing more you could ask for when it comes to that perfect turkey hunt.

Magnum Guide Service L.L.C.

www.magnumguide.com

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

NASCAR Daytona 500: Predictions vs. Results

 
NASCAR Daytona 500: Predictions vs. Results

by Amy Lignor

 

There were a lot of questions coming into this NASCAR season that both viewers and drivers were talking about. Some of those questions received an answer during this Daytona 500. And some predictions that were made actually did come true.

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Many were wondering what impact Monster Energy, the new sponsor of the Cup series, would have on NASCAR. It has been twelve consistent years that the sport relied on sponsorship by the telecommunication companies out there before switching to this particular energy drink that has taken over the U.S. of A. The sport was looking at attendance, as well as TV ratings that were declining fast, so bringing in a “Monster” made absolute sense when it came to revving up the sport and marketing to that younger demographic out there. Has it changed the sport so far? Well…although ratings were up for yesterday’s Daytona 500, it looks like Monster Energy has work ahead in order to bring the younger viewers to TV sets across the country. Too bad Tom Brady and the Patriots aren’t the sponsor. Football is still the sport that has no problem nabbing those high ratings.

 

NASCAR is also looking at the topic of less downforce meaning better racing. This new aerodynamic package for the cars features lower downforce. Introduced in 2016, NASCAR went even further this season by reducing the downforce even more. Lower downforce means that more issues regarding performance is left in the hands of drivers instead of in the machine, itself. This is exactly what the drivers wanted and it looks as if it will bring them even more success in 2017.

 

Jimmie Johnson is another topic of discussion for the NASCAR season. After all, his 2016 championship brought him into a tie with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, setting him atop the all-time list with seven. Even at the age of 41, Johnson shows no signs of letting up, which means it will only take one more title win for him to sit atop the list all by himself. If this occurs, fans and the media will have to “see” Johnson as the best driver ever. Will that happen? Not a chance. Yes, he could win that one title; however, the names Petty and Earnhardt have followings that will never concede Johnson is better than either one of them.

 

Who will be the ‘name’ that comes out from behind the proverbial ‘curtain’ this season? Most state that Kyle Larson will be the one. This Chevy driver won his first race in 2016 and most experts are saying to look for Larson to win multiple times this season. Although for a time it looked like he would win the Daytona 500 yesterday, Larson, unfortunately, was “passed by.” But the season is just gearing up.

 

So…what about the rookies? Is there one that will surprise everybody out there? Experts right now are calling for Ty Dillon’s name to be in the headlines a great deal this season. Of course, with his brother being Cup driver Austin Dillon, and being the grandson of Richard Childress Racing owner Richard Childress, his bloodlines run long and deep.

 

As far as predictions for Daytona, some came true. There was a small bit of confusion when it came to the new rules that NASCAR instituted for 2017, such as cars coming in after 60 laps (the first stage of three stages). And cars not being able to come back on the track from the garage if they went in because of damage done from contact or a wreck.

 

It was also stated beforehand that there was no chance 2016 Daytona champion, Denny Hamlin, would win – only because it is very rare for a driver to go back-to-back. Only three have ever achieved it, including the great Richard Petty. And when it came right down to it, the prediction came true. Hamlin didn’t walk away with back-to-back Daytona wins. This time out it was Kurt Busch who took the win. Only leading in one lap throughout the entire race, Busch proved that all you need is one. After all, it was the final lap where he made the pass on Larson to take it all.

 

In the end, though, whether it was rule changes, a new sponsor, or drivers’ dealing with the improved downforce reduction, the one thing all predicted came absolutely true when the biggest cheer of the day was raised for Dale Earnhardt Jr. during driver introductions. Earnhardt was like the Knight of the Realm as he came back to do what he loves to do after missing 18 races last season with a concussion. People thought he would look nervous – what he did look like, however, was a man who had most definitely come home.

Source:  GIG News

Top Ten DVD List for February 28, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for February 28, 2017 

This Week’s DVD Releases  by Kam Williams  Top Ten DVD List for February 28, 2017                          Moonlight  https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHZVM4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

                   

Moonlight

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHZVM4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Doctor Strange

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MG2YEWH/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

A Place to Call Home: Season 4

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N1FES0F/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Live from Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N1RNL6H/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Fuller House: The Complete First Season

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N1N5TES/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

American Experience: Rachel Carson

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MXVADNX/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Corp + Anam: Seasons 1 & 2

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N9PWI4V/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Allied

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHZ5JS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

A French Village: Season 6

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N325842/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Gate

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHZVLK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

American Experience: The Race Underground

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N5CHFR7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  GIG News

Oyez! Oyez! Oyelowo!

 

David Oyelowo 

The “A United Kingdom” Interview

with Kam Williams

Oyez! Oyez! Oyelowo!

David Oyelowo is a multiple Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor and producer who has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents.

Later this year he’ll be seen in the third film in the Cloverfield horror franchise, and as the lead in the as-yet untitled Nash Edgerton film, co-starring Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Thandie Newton and Amanda Seyfried.

David Oyelowo,   The “A United Kingdom” Interview,  with Kam Williams, Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, Selma, Nigerian, what's in your wallet

David gained international acclaim in 2014 starring as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s Selma. For his performance, Oyelowo earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.

Most recently, he starred opposite Lupita Nyong’o in Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, earning a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. And his additional film credits include Interstellar, A Most Violent Year, Captive, The Butler, Lincoln, Middle of Nowhere, Jack Reacher, The Paperboy, Red Tails, The Help and The Last King of Scotland.

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On the small screen, David starred in the HBO film, Nightingale, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. He has collaborated with HBO on several other occasions, including a starring role in Kenneth Branagh’s 2006 production of “As You Like It,” in which he played ‘Orlando’ opposite Bryce Dallas Howard; and as the lead in the mini-series, “Five Days,” for which he won a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television.

In 2008, he starred in the critically-acclaimed adaptation of the Alexander McCall Smith novel, “The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency,” which was directed by the late Anthony Minghella. He appeared in ABC-TV’s 2008 Golden Globe-nominated production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” too, alongside Sanaa Lathan, Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad.

 

A classically-trained actor, David recently appeared opposite Daniel Craig as the title character in the New York Theatre Workshop Off-Broadway production of Othello. He got his start on stage in 1999 with The Royal Shakespeare Company. He garnered national recognition for his performance as King Henry VI in the RSC’s 2001 production, when he was cast as the first black actor to play an English king in a major production of Shakespeare. The performance won David the 2001 Ian Charleson Award, which is presented in recognition of the best classical stage performances in Britain by actors under the age of 30.

Here, he talks about his latest outing opposite Rosamund Pike as an African king who falls for a British commoner in A United Kingdom. 

Kam Williams: Hi David, thanks for another interview. I really enjoyed the film.

David Oyelowo: Thanks.

KW: What interested you in A United Kingdom?

DO: The fact that it was a story I felt I should know, but I didn’t know. And as I dug deeper, I appreciated the enduring love that Seretse and Ruth had for each other was a wonderful story.

KW: After I watched the film, I went home and looked up their story as well as the history of Botswana, since I’d known nothing about either.

DO: One of the amazing things about this experience for me has been the Google trail. There’s so much to learn about them and African history.

KW: I appreciate Amma Asante making a movie like this because when I grew up, the only movies about Africa I saw were Tarzan movies. So, I grew up rooting for Tarzan and thinking all Africans were cannibals. It reminds me of how a Native American friend says he grew up identifying with the cowboys and hating Indians because of how he’d been brainwashed by Westerns.

David Oyelowo,   The “A United Kingdom” Interview,  with Kam Williams, Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, Selma, Nigerian, what's in your wallet

DO: That underscores the significance of someone like Amma getting a story like this made.   

KW: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier asks: Did you speak to Ruth and Seretse descendants in preparation for the role??

DO: Yes, and we even shot on location in Botswana.

KW: Patricia observes that, unlike many other actors, you have managed to avoid being typecast. She asks: what is your secret?

DO: Becoming typecast is something that can happen very easily, if you are not paying attention. Look, the fact of the matter is that Seretse and Dr. Martin Luther King [in Selma] makes it twice in a row now that I’ve played historical, political figures. I’ve got to be mindful of that going forward, despite how much i admire both of these men. You’ve got change it up to have a long career. so, I won’t be playing that sort of role in the near future.

KW: Since she’s French-Canadian, she’s also wondering whether the movie will be translated into other languages and if it will be showcased at Cannes 

DO: It won’t be showcased at Cannes, because it’s already been released. But, yes, it will be distributed internationally, in Canada, France, Botswana, Italy, Germany and many other countries.

KW: How was it working opposite Rosamund Pike? How do you explain the great chemistry the two of you generated on screen?

DO: I had been working on the film for a long time, and it was important to find an actress who shared my passion for the project. When I sent Rosamund pictures of Seretse and Ruth, she had such an emotional and visceral reaction to them, it really gave me a lot of confidence that we would be bringing everything we could to the work. And I think that passion for the project led to the chemistry you see onscreen.

KW: This year, the Academy nominated seven actors of color for Oscars after not nominating any the previous two years. But that must be little consolation to you, since your terrific performance in Selma as Dr. King was snubbed.   

DO: Well, thank you, but films are for life. Even with what happened with Selma, everywhere I go, people have seen that film. And at the end of the day, that’s why you do it. with the passage of time, no one really remembers who was nominated or who won, it’s the film that has to stand on its own two legs. i’m very proud to say that I feel we achieved that with Selma.

KW: The Viola Davis question: What’s the biggest difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person we see on the red carpet?

DO: [LOL] Well, I’m a lot sillier at home. I have four kids and a very rowdy house.

KW: What is your favorite dish to cook for the kids?

DO: Being of Nigerian descent, I like to make fried plantains. It was a staple of mine growing up, and it’s a big favorite in our house.

KW: Larry Greenberg asks: Do you have a favorite movie monster?   

DO: [Laughs again] A favorite movie monster? Gosh… I have to say I was very intoxicated by King Kong growing up. I had one of those rubber King Kong dolls with stretchy arms, and I would play with it for hours.

KW: Harriet Pakula-Teweles asks: With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in?

DO: I always think it’s a bad idea remaking classics. I’m of the mind that it’s best to leave them alone unless you have a very, very fresh point-of-view which is almost never the case. 

KW: The Sanaa Lathan question: What excites you at this point in your career? I see you have an untitled project with Nash Edgerton coming up.

DO: Yeah, that’s an action-comedy, which is a very different speed for me. I really loved doing that film. Speaking of avoiding being typecast, I really want to try my hand at some different genres. Action is something I love to watch, and I’ve had fun whenever it’s come my way. Rasamund and I met doing an action-thriller [Jack Reacher]. I really enjoyed that experience, and would love to do something like that again. Comedy is something else I enjoy watching, and would love to do. So, the idea is to just keep mixing it up.   

KW: You also have God Particle coming up with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chris O’Dowd. What’s that about?

DO: It’s a sci-fi that J.J. Abrams is producing and a wonderful, young director named Julius Onah is directing. As i’m sure you know, because it’s a J.J. Abrams project, if I reveal any more, I’ll be shot in the kneecaps. [Chuckles]

KW: Super 8 is my favorite J.J. Abrams movie. Have you seen it?

DO: Yes, he’s a very special filmmaker. And we’ve really pushed the envelope with God Particle which is coming out in October.

KW: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done with your kids?

DO: Taking them skiing. They thought they’d mastered it before they really had, so they started doing all these crazy jumps and things. They were incredibly good at it, and everything turned out fine, but it got a little hairy there for a second.

KW: When do you feel the most content? 

DO: When I’m at home with my wife and kids, slumped on the couch, watching a movie or laughing together.

KW: Let’s say you’re throwing your dream dinner party—who’s invited?

DO: I’d love to have Sidney Poitier, Daniel Day Lewis, Denzel Washington and Sean Penn over.

KW: The Anthony Anderson question: If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose?

DO: I would probably choose time-traveling, so I could go back and change some of the fashion choices I’ve made.

KW: Attorney Bernadette Beekman asks: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your 13 year-old self? 

DO: When I was younger I couldn’t wait to be older. I would say, “Slow down!”

KW: Bernadette also asks: What is your favorite charity?

DO: The GEANCO Foundation which provides scholarships for Nigerian girls who have been victims of Boko Haram.

KW: The Tavis Smiley question: How do you want to be remembered?

DO: As someone who helped people.

KW: Finally, Samuel L. Jackson asks: What’s in your wallet?

DO: [LOL] Less money than people think.

KW: Thanks again for the time, David, and best of luck with A United Kingdom.

DO: Thank you very much, Kam.

Source:  GIG News

American Masters — Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

 

Maya Angelou,  PBS-TV Review, by Kam Williams, African-American icon, poet,author,actress,director,civil rights activistAmerican Masters — Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Premieres nationwide Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

PBS-TV Review by Kam Williams

PBS’ American Masters Broadcasts Revealing Retrospective about the Late Icon

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was born Marguerite Annie Johnson,in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928 to parents for whom she and her big brother Bailey soon became a burden. When Maya was just 3, the siblings were sent alone by train to live with their paternal grandmother in Arkansas where they would be terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan.

At 7, Maya moved back to St. Louis, only to be molested by her now single mother’s boyfriend. When she  reported the rape, the perpetrator was soon murdered under mysterious circumstances.

Maya subsequently fell mute and was shipped back to her grandma’s house. Although she couldn’t talk, she did take to reading like a fish to water. And by the time she spoke again at the age of 12, she’d become very acquainted with the classics ranging from Shakespeare to Langston Hughes to Edgar Allan Poe. 

Unfortunately, exposure to great literature didn’t save Maya from further trauma, as she would become a single-mom at 17 after being pressured into a sexual encounter with a boy who wanted nothing more to do with her. She subsequently supported herself and her son, Guy, by holding an array of odd jobs, including work in the sex trade industry as a stripper, prostitute and even a madam.

Yet somehow, Maya would overcome her humble roots and checkered early career to become an African-American icon and a very respected writer in her own right. That miraculous recovery is the subject of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, a reverential retrospective offering an intimate look at the life of the late poet/author/actress/director/civil rights activist.

Maya Angelou,  PBS-TV Review, by Kam Williams, African-American icon, poet,author,actress,director,civil rights activist

Co-directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, the film features heartfelt reflections by an array of luminaries, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, John Singleton, Cicely Tyson, Dave Chappelle and Valerie Simpson, to name a few.  For example, we hear Secretary Clinton refer to her as “a phenomenal woman” while Lou Gossett, Jr. credits her with raising his political consciousness.

A poignant portrait of a sex abuse survivor’s unlikely path from abandoned street urchin to consummate poet laureate!

Excellent (4 stars)

Unrated

Running time: 114 minutes

Distributor: PBS

For a behind-the-scenes peek at Common on the set with Maya Angelou, visit: https://youtu.be/O8pLATICKq8

For an excerpt featuring Maya Angelou speaking about her role in a production of Porgy and Bess, visit: https://youtu.be/TYIzoL5bJmI

To order a copy of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise on DVD, visit:

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N3UHKU7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 

Source:  GIG News

And the Oscar Goes To…

 

And the Oscar Goes To…

by Amy Lignor

 

When it comes to the Oscars, the word “upset” is used almost every year. In at least one category, usually the supporting actor or actress role, there is more often than not a huge surprise when it comes to the winner. However, when you look La La Land, Moonlight, best actor, best actress, upsets, 2017 Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel, best movieback at the awards season thus far, it seems that the same names keep coming up again and again, with no upset in sight. What became mostly a surprise for viewers was the fact that “La La Land” was gifted with the most statuettes, thus far, for best movie of the year. Not a huge surprise, perhaps, but there are nine other films nominated that each were spectacular in their own right.

“Moonlight,” a Barry Jenkins’ film about a gay African-American man growing up in Miami, earned eight nominations; a number that sci-fi flick “Arrival” also garnered. “Jackie,” a lesser known film about Jacqueline Kennedy, is also up for the “top” award of the night. Now, yes, “La La Land” is the favorite going into the night, but it’s the movie “Manchester by the Sea,” starring Casey Affleck as a troubled loner, that has the best bet of stealing the Oscar and saying “Ha Ha” to “La La” as they walk away with the prize.

 

When we look at the “Best Actor” of the 2017 Oscar season, Ben Affleck’s younger bro, Casey Affleck, floored people with his performance in “Manchester by the Sea.” However, Andrew Garfield did the same in “Hacksaw Ridge,” and Denzel Washington gave a powerful performance in “Fences.” Ryan Gosling is up for his “La La Land” performance, but it seems more likely that Affleck has this category sewn up. His work was more than convincing, as well as what most experts call, “effortless,” and Affleck certainly deserves to be congratulated by the Oscar community for this one. Who is the most unlikely to win? Viggo Mortensen did well in “Captain Fantastic,” but the movie, itself, was not one that will go down in history as the “best of the best.”

 

Turning to “Best Actress,” it almost looks like a list that was hard to pull together. Other than Emma Sone in “La La Land,” it was mostly a shock that Amy Adams did not receive a nod for her superb work as a translator in “Arrival.” Perhaps it’s because Meryl Streep somehow has to be nominated for every performance she gives that Adams was ousted from the nominations. Yes, Streep is a magnificent actress who is destined to go down in history as the best who ever lived, but the movie she’s nominated for, “Florence Foster Jenkins,” was mostly just ‘cute’ and not an Oscar-winning performance. Some reviewers state that Natalie Portman could win for “Jackie,” but in the end Emma Stone looks to be the logical choice.

 

Who was the best behind the camera? Well, the same names can be found here that are found in the “Best Movie” category. Denis Villeneuve for “Arrival”; Mel Gibson for “Hacksaw Ridge”;

Damien Chazelle for “La La Land”; Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea”; and, Barry Jenkins for “Moonlight.” Barry Jenkins did an absolute incredible job, with visuals that were extremely dark and moody as well as a soundtrack that will be remembered by movie fans and music fans, as well. It was also a very personal subject for Jenkins and he definitely has a chance at taking the Oscar home. But who will win? It looks like Chazelle has the best shot when it comes to his salute to Hollywood. Skill, talent, and imagination most definitely came from this young director, who is bound to see many Oscar wins if he keeps going the way he’s going.

 

For supporting roles, it seems that Viola Davis has the Oscar locked when it comes to her emotional performance in “Fences.” For the supporting actor, however, even though the favorite is Dev Patel for his awesome role in “Lion,” it is Mahershala Ali’s name, playing a very brief role in “Moonlight” that keeps cropping up. His time on-screen was short, but his performance haunted viewers long after they left the movie theaters.

 

In the end, upsets will most likely not be a part of the 2017 Oscar presentation. Of course…with comedian Jimmy Kimmel as the host, you never know what ‘bad’ joke will make headlines the next day and usurp all the Oscar winners.

Source:  GIG News

Sophie and the Rising Sun

 

Sophie and the Rising Sun

interracial lovers, 1941, South Carolina, World War II, Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint, Takashi Yamaguchi, Diane Ladd, Joel Murray and Bobby Henline

Starring: Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint, Takashi Yamaguchi, Diane Ladd, Joel Murray and Bobby Henline

Screenplay by: Maggie Greenwald

Based on the novel by: Augusta Trobaugh

Directed by: Maggie Greenwald

Produced by:  Brenda Goodman, Nancy Dickenson, Lorraine Gallard, Maggie Greenwald

Co-Producer: Susan Lazarus

Running Time: 105 min

MPAA:  R

Genre:  Drama

Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta’s life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets – Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper – rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.

Based on the novel by Augusta Trobaugh

https://www.montereymedia.com/sophieandtherisingsun/

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Source:  GIG News

ChatterBaits a Key for Early Season Bass

 

ChatterBaits a Key for Early Season Bass

When the ChatterBait bladed jig burst onto the scene in 2006, many anglers considered it another ‘flash in the pan’ lure that would quickly slide off the radar, as seems to be so common in the fishing world.  However, over the last ten years, this unique spinner/jig hybrid has carved out a permanent spot in the tackle boxes of most serious bass anglers and has repeatedly been a top producer in bass tournaments—particularly early in the year during ‘pre-spawn’ conditions.

A ChatterBait lure consists of a hexagon-shape stainless blade connected directly to the eyelet of a jighead.  The fishing line is tied to a snap that is secured to the blade via two mounting holes, and when the bait is pulled through the water, the blade vibrates and flashes erratically, drawing attention from far off and provoking vicious strikes from otherwise stubborn fish.  Most bladed swim jigs are dressed with silicone skirts, and anglers add a variety of different plastic trailers, most commonly swimbaits or crawfish imitations.  The ChatterBait brand lure, manufactured by South Carolina lure maker Z-Man Fishing Products, is far-and-away the most popular bladed jig because of the company’s patents covering the direct head-to-blade connection, an orientation that consistently outperforms other similar baits.

While many anglers consider the ChatterBait to be a spinnerbait alternative that is fished by simply casting it out and reeling it in quickly, astute bass fishermen have found that it is much more than a standard ‘chunk and wind’ style bait, particularly in colder water.  Mixing up presentations by slowing down or varying retrieves, working the bait along the bottom in deeper water, and fishing it more like a jig than a spinner has resulted in multiple pros hitting paydirt in early season derbies.

Bassmaster Elite Series pro-Stephen Browning sees the ChatterBait’s versatility as one of its biggest draws early in the year.  “There are so many different ways you can fish it,” remarks Browning.  “I use it a lot as a search bait, but it’s a great big fish bait too, and that’s what makes fishing it so exciting.”

During the early season pre-spawn period—just prior to when bass move up shallow to spawn—Browning prefers winding the ChatterBait slowly through deep grass, particularly around contour changes like underwater channels and submerged points.  His favorite cold water retrieve is a stop-and-go style retrieve, and the key to this cold water presentation is using his reel—not his rod—to move the bait.  Holding his rod at about a thirty-degree angle, Stephen winds the reel quickly before letting the bait fall, varying the number of turns of the reel handle to mimic the erratic movements of injured baitfish.  He pays close attention to what he is doing when he generates a strike, noting the retrieval pattern so he can duplicate it going forward.

In the first two months of 2017, several professional-level tournaments—not to mention a number of local events—have already been won on the ChatterBait, further cementing its position as a lure that is here to stay.  Whether you are a serious tournament angler or a weekend warrior, learning the different ways to fish this versatile bait in the relatively cooler water during the first few months of the year will undoubtedly help you up your catch rate, and maybe even help you catch the bass of a lifetime!

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Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

 

Perfect Vacation Spots in Small Town, USA

 
Perfect Vacation Spots in Small Town, USA

by Amy Lignor

 

Yes, big cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, as well as Orlando always rate as being perfect vacation spots to travel to in the U.S. of A. But, oddly enough, small towns are out there littering the road maps that are fun and kooky
Ferndale, Mount Airy, unforgettable memories , Gibsonton, Ligonier, Santa Claus, Indiana, where Superman lives, save money, quirkiestenough to draw visitors each and every day. Some even have extremely fun names like, Accident, Maryland, Peculiar, MO, and even Ugly, TX. So if you wish to save a little more money when it comes to your spring or summer vacations, instead of having to deal with higher price locations, visiting these will save on money and still allow you and the family to make memories you’ll never forget.

We begin with towns that literally feel like they are straight out of a movie. Some are even based on movies and movie characters, as well as one that pays homage to perhaps the biggest and most popular “celebrity” known worldwide.

One town that feels like it was the ‘set’ for every lovely, sweet, all-American town that was ever on-screen is Ferndale, California. Registered as a California Historic Landmark (the whole town, that is, not just one building), the avenues that visitors walk down are lined with pristine Victorian homes and businesses that make you feel as if you’ve been transported back in time to when the world was a peaceful, serene place.

 

Yet another area like this is Mount Airy, North Carolina. The allure for most visitors comes from the fact that this was the inspiration for the beloved “Andy Griffith” television show. You can’t get more “apple pie” than that. Mounty Airy is literally a remake of the fictional town of Mayberry, offering tours in squad cars that are identical to the ones Barney and Andy drove in the show, as well as a very real “Floyd’s Barber Shop.” (If you don’t understand these references, rent the TV show; it’s worth it to see Mayberry in all its glory.)

 

If looking for the ultimate realm that will remind your kids of every fairytale they’ve ever read, head to Carmel-by-the-Sea, located in California. With a population under 4,000, the hometown boys and girls dwell by the seaside in little storybook cottages. This is a very well-preserved town that even has laws in place to keep their community as beautiful as possible. In other words, leave the high heels at home ladies before traveling here, because there is an actual ban on wearing them without a permit. (Not kidding).

 

The location of Metropolis is absolutely well-known to most everyone on Earth. Why? Because Superman dwells there, of course. In the state of Illinois, you can visit Metropolis and actually take pictures of the 15-foot bronze statue of the “Man of Steel” that watches over the town. The local newspaper is called “The Metropolis Planet” (AKA: The Daily Planet, where Superman and Lois Lane worked), and every year a Superman celebration is had by one and all.

 

But what little, lovely town is dedicated to the most popular and well-known “celebrity?” Well…that would be Santa Claus, Indiana, of course. A large budget is not needed to visit here, thankfully, considering you do not have to head to the North Pole in order to be a part of this truly beloved location. Here you can take pics of the 20-foot statue of St. Nick (yes, he rates an extra five-feet over Superman, himself). You can stroll and shop along Christmas Boulevard and Kringle Place, and even visit an adorable amusement park called “Holiday World.”

 

And speaking of amusement parks that should be seen by one and all…Ligonier, Pennsylvania, boasts one of the oldest parks in the country. Settled in the 1760s, Ligonier also maintains a truly historic downtown square that still has its bandstand to this day. Somewhere to sit and relax after the visit to the amusement park comes to an end.

 

If you’re looking for the “quirkiest” of all areas to head to, Gibsonton, Florida, is also all about the “amusement” industry. This off-season retreat where famous carnival performers once lived, (AKA: “Lobster Boy”), Gibsonton is a hub for the carnival lover in you. While visiting the local diner, it’s not a shock to see a sword-swallower as well as an exotic animal grazing outside, enjoying its own special meal.

 

No matter what you choose, these are locations that offer families the ultimate picturesque vacations that serve up unforgettable memories and allow you to save dollars at the same time.

 

Source:  GIG News

For movies opening February 24, 2017

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening February 24, 2017

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK,   Kam's Kapsules,  Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun,  by Kam Williams

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Collide (PG-13 for violence, profanity, sexuality and drug use) Action thriller about a couple of American tourists (Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones) backpacking across Europe who end up on the run from drug smugglers in Germany. With Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley and Nadia Hilker.

Get Out (R for violence, profanity, bloody images and sexual references) Psychological thriller about a black college student (Daniel Kaluuya) who goes home with his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) to meet her parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford) only to uncover the suburban town’s sordid history marked by a string of African-American male disappearances. Supporting cast includes Lakeith Stanfield, Caleb Landry Jones and Erika Alexander.

Rock Dog (PG for action and mild epithets) Animated adventure about a Tibetan Mastiff (Luke Wilson) torn between guarding a flock of sheep and pursuing his dream of Rock & Roll stardom. Voice cast includes K.K. Simmons, Kenan Thompson, Matt Dillon, Sam Elliott, Eddie Izzard and Lewis Black.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Bitter Harvest (R for violence and disturbing images) Fact-based drama, set in the Ukraine in the early Thirties, revolving around the efforts of a young artist (Max Irons) to save his childhood sweetheart (Samantha Barks) from the state-sanctioned famine orchestrated by Stalin (Gary Oliver) that would claim millions of lives. With Terence Stamp, Barry Pepper and Lucy Brown. 

Drifter (Unrated) Horror flick about a couple of outlaws (Aria Emory and Drew Harwood) who unwittingly take refuge in a ghost town inhabited only by a hungry clan of psychotic cannibals. Support cast includes Monique Rosario, James McCabe and Anthony Ficco.

Dying Laughing (Unrated) Behind-the-scenes documentary offering a revealing look at the complicated lives and creative process of stand-up comedians. Featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, 

Fabricated City (Unrated) Action thriller about an unemployed gamer (Chang-wook Ji), framed for murder, who tries to clear his name with the help of a computer hacker (Eun-kyung Shim). With Jae-hong Ahn, Sang-ho Kim and Jeong-se Oh. (In Korean with subtitles)

Lost Cat Corona (Unrated) Ensemble comedy about an uptight nerd (Ralph Macchio) forced to interact with some shady characters while searching the neighborhood for his wife’s (Gina Gershon) missing cat. Cast includes Sean Young, Paul Sorvino and Tom Wopat.

My Life as a Zucchini (PG-13 for mature themes and suggestive material) Coming-of-age tale, nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category, about a 9 year-old’s (Gaspard Schlatter) attempt to adjust to life in an orphanage after the mysterious disappearance of his mother (Natacha Koutchoumov). Voice cast includes Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud and Raul Ribera. (In French with subtitles)

Punching Henry (Unknown) Quirky character study about a struggling standup comedian (Henry Phillips) who comes to regret being lured to L.A.  by a TV producer (J.K. Simmons) to star in a reality show revolving around the life of a loser. Featuring Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro and Mike Judge.

Tulip Fever (Unrated) Romance drama, set in 17th Century Amsterdam, about a portrait artist (DaneDeHaan) who embarks on a passionate affair with a married woman (Alicia Vikander) he’s been hired to paint. With Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifiniakis and Dame Judi Dench.

Year by the Sea (Unrated) Adaptation of Joan Anderson’s memoir of the same name about a jaded housewife who opted to move to a Cape Cod cottage rather than accompany her husband of 30 years to his new job in Kansas. Supporting cast includes S. Epatha Merkerson, Yannick Bisson and Celia Imrie. 

 

 Source:  GIG News