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Movie Review: Afterlife of the Party isn't much of a party
Afterlife of the Party isn't my usual fare when I'm looking for a movie to watch. There was just something about it that caught my eye when I was browsing through Netflix's line-up of movies. It wasn't that I knew any of the actors really, although, I am somewhat familiar with Victoria Justice, but, after seeing the brief clip on Netflix, I thought I'd give it a try.
Retro Review: Leap Year
Fair warning: I am a Matthew Goode fan and watch him in practically every movie/television series I can unless it's horror. I can't watch that for any actor. That warning aside, I somehow managed to miss this movie when it came out in 2010. I finally watched it last night, and it's one that is going on my to-be-watched-again list.
A Discovery of Witches' Diana Bishop faces her toughest challenge yet
Warning: This post contains spoilers for A Discover of Witches, Season 3, episode 6 which aired on February 12, 2022 Dr. Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) has faced down scores of enemies since she embraced her powers as a witch. She's even withstood the diabolical inhumanties heaped upon her by Satu, Peter Knox's pet witch. But the sixth episode of the finale season set up the beginning of her toughest battle yet.
How Getting Fired Ignited My Creativity And Made Me A Writer
I’ve considered myself a writer for over thirty years. I’d write a book here and there, submit it to various agents and publishers, and wait for a response before I’d invest more energy in another book. A dozen or more rejections would have to occur before I’d flex my creative muscle again and begin another story. Looking back now, I see that I wasn’t a writer as much as a dabbler. I didn’t even tell people that I was a writer. If asked, my response was always “I’m a paralegal.” I wanted to write, but I didn’t have that consuming need to write. And I was comfortable with what I now realize was nothing more than a hobby.
GAC Family is thankfully bringing Lori Loughlin back to television
Lori Loughlin portrayed beloved character, Abigail Stanton, on When Calls the Heart for almost six seasons until she was terminated by Hallmark Channel in 2019. There was never an indication that she would be invited back. And in a recent statement, the channel, in a statement shared by Showbiz Cheat Sheet, confirmed what many fans were afraid of—it had no intention of asking her to return.
Book Review: Born Survivors
Book Description The Nazis murdered their husbands but concentration camp prisoners Priska, Rachel, and Anka would not let evil take their unborn children too—a remarkable true story that will appeal to readers of The Lost and The Nazi Officer’s Wife, Born Survivors celebrates three mothers who defied death to give their children life. Eastern Europe, 1944: Three women believe they are pregnant, but are torn from their husbands before they can be certain. Rachel is sent to Auschwitz, unaware that her husband has been shot. Priska and her husband travel there together, but are immediately separated. Also at Auschwitz, Anka hopes in vain to be reunited with her husband. With the rest of their families gassed, these young wives are determined to hold on to all they have left—their lives, and those of their unborn babies. Having concealed their condition from infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, they are forced to work and almost starved to death, living in daily fear of their pregnancies being detected by the SS. In April 1945, as the Allies close in, Priska gives birth. She and her baby, along with Anka, Rachel, and the remaining inmates, are sent to Mauthausen concentration camp on a hellish seventeen-day train journey. Rachel gives birth on the train, and Anka at the camp gates. All believe they will die, but then a miracle occurs. The gas chamber runs out of Zyklon-B, and as the Allied troops near, the SS flee. Against all odds, the three mothers and their newborns survive their treacherous journey to freedom. On the seventieth anniversary of Mauthausen’s liberation from the Nazis by American soldiers, renowned biographer Wendy Holden recounts this extraordinary story of three children united by their mothers’ unbelievable—yet ultimately successful—fight for survival.
1970s—The Decade of Country Duets
Duets were big in country music in the 1970s. Couples with powerhouse voices like Conway Twitty and Lorretta Lynn, Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, and George Jones and Tammy Wynette burnt up the airwaves. They crooned of love, both broken and new, of wedding rings that weren’t so golden anymore, and living in a beautiful dream with the ones they loved.
A TV Episode from the Eighties Reveals the True Test of Character
In the early 1980s, a cop drama debuted that was unlike any other as this one had two women as the lead detectives. Starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly, Cagney and Lacey tackled controversial subjects and didn't shy away from topics that could make viewers uncomfortable. It had a special knack for episodes that challenged belief systems. This was never more visible than in the second episode of the sixth season of the series.
Could Lori Loughlin Return to When Calls the Heart?
From 2014 to 2019, Lori Loughlin played Abigail Stanton on the successful Hallmark drama series, When Calls the Heart. The character was a fan favorite, doling out weekly doses of wisdom as the town's mayor and best friend to schoolteacher Elizabeth Thatcher Thornton.