The 2018 #GoldenGlobes Nominees and My Picks for the Winners

the annual Golden Globes
This morning the annual Golden Globes nominees were announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), and there are a lot of interesting choices.

There are also a lot of surprising snubs. I can’t believe Wonder Woman didn’t get any recognition, especially for director Patty Jenkins. Also snubbed was Greta Gerwig for directing Lady Bird (though she did get a nomination for writing it).

Also not receiving nominations were Tracy Ellis Ross for black-ish, even though her co-star Anthony Anderson got a nod, as did the show. Same for Debra Messing of Will and Grace, despite the show and co-star Eric McCormack getting nominated.

But woulda-coulda-shoulda, there are still a lot of great performances and projects that got nominations this year.

Here is the complete list of 2018 Golden Globes nominees, along with my semi-educated best guesses for who will walk away with the statue:

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Hosts Huge Hollywood World Premiere

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Hosts Huge Hollywood World Premiere - photo courtesy Lucasfilm

Saturday night (Dec 9), Star Wars: The Last Jedi held its world premiere at the Shrine Auditorium in Hollywood, and it was an evening filled with stormtroopers, Praetorian Guards, and a huge “life-sized” AT-AT parked outside the theater.

The film stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, Kelly Marie Tran, Andy Serkis, and returning Star Wars legends Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher, and is getting rave reviews.

The stars were joined by writer/director Rian Johnson, producers Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, and Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Following the premiere, inside the Shrine, the after party was in the form of a two-floor casino reminiscent of a planet in the Last Jedi reminiscent of Macau, China with various photo ops with Stormtroopers, C3-PO, Snoke’s red guard, and Chewbacca

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in theaters on Friday, December 15, 2017.

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Travel Thursday: Ft. Massac State Park, Illinois #EnjoyIllinois

Travel Thursday: Ft. Massac State Park, Illinois

In 2008, following the death of my gramma, I took a solo trip from Wisconsin, where I’d lived with her, back home to Florida, and ended up capturing this photo in Ft. Massac State Park in Illinois.

Ft. Massac is a colonial-era fort on the Ohio River in southern Illinois, across the border from Kentucky. There is a replica fort on site to tour, which I did, but then I decided to drive around the park, and over by the campsites, I noticed this flooded area of the forest.

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All the New Additions to #Hulu for December 2017

 

FX's Legion season 1 comes to Hulu in December 2017

Hulu has released its list of movies, series, and more coming to the streaming service in December 2017, and I have it hear for you.

Highlights include several Disney movies like The Black Cauldron, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and The Three Muskateers, along with Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2, and the first five Rocky films.

Series of note include FX’s Legion (Season 1), and Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe (Season 4), and the next day premiers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5) and The Great Christmas Light Fight (Season 5).

If you subscribe to Hulu, here is the list of titles coming to the streaming service in September 2017:

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Everything Coming to #AmazonPrime December 2017

Jean-Claude Van Johnson (Season 1),  a comedy starring Jean-Claude Van Damme debuts on Amazon in December 2017

Here is the list of titles coming to Amazon Prime in December 2017. Some are movies you’ve been waiting to see, and some are originals you might like to.

New movies include Rings, Nightcrawler, It Comes at Night, Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Stronger. Returning favorites include TItanic, Apolcalypse Now, and the first five Rocky films.

Amazon original series hitting Prime this month include Jean-Claude Van Johnson (Season 1), a comedy starring Jean-Claude Van Damme that claims his action persona was a cover for his spy work.

Here is the complete list of all titles coming to Amazon Prime in December 2017, and if you’re not a member, you can Try Amazon Prime with a 30-Day Free Trial.

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All the #Netflix December 2017 Additions and Departures

Netflix highlights for the month pf December 2017 include Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in December 2017, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Movie highlights for the month include Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 , along with returning favorites like Full Metal Jacket, V is for Vendetta, and The Santa Clause trilogy.

Original programming highlights include the Netflix original movies Bright (starring Will Smith), Fun Mom Dinner, and Christmas Inheritance, plus the original documentaries “Diana: In Her Own Words,” “Planet Earth II,” “Wormwood,” and “Discovering Bigfoot.”

Original comedy offerings include specials by Dave Chappelle, Craig Fuerguson, Russell Howard, Todd Barry, and Judd Apatow, along with the final episodes of Chelsea Handler every Friday.

Netflix original series include The Crown (Season 2), Peaky Blinders (Season 4), Cable Girls (Season 2), The Indian Detective (Season 1), Dark (Season 1), Travelers (Season 2), and new episodes of Fuller House.

Other television series coming this month include The Magicians (Season 2), Turn: Washington’s Spies (Season 4), and Halt and Catch Fire (Season 4).

Netflix also has a slew of programming for kids, including All Hail King Julien (Season 5), Bill Nye Saves the World (Season 2, Part 1), Trollhunters (Part 2), along with movies like A Storybots Christmas, and Dreamworks Home: For the Holidays. There will also be a slew of New Year’s Eve 2018 countdowns available so families can ring in the new year at a more kid friendly time.

Here is the complete list of Netflix titles arriving and departing in December 2017:

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Character Revealed for The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead Crossover!

Character Revealed for The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead Crossover

Earlier this year, it was revealed at New York Comic Con that there would be a crossover character that will appear in both The Walking Dead and its companion show, Fear the Walking Dead.

There was lots of speculation how that would happen to begin with, since TWD is currently in its 8th season, while Fear the Walking Dead just wrapped its 3rd season and is set earlier in the spread of the walker virus.

Tonight on The Talking Dead, host Chris Hardwick finally revealed who the character will be that will cross over between The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead series.

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Why Only One Day to Be Thankful? #GratitudeAttitude

since today is a day of expressing your thanks, here is what I'm thankful for.

Today is Thanksgiving, and everybody is gathering with friends and family and expressing their gratitude for all they have in their life.

But why only the one day? I think we’d all be happier if we remembered EVERY DAY the things we are thankful for.

Why save it for just one day?

But since today is a day of expressing your thanks, here is what I’m thankful for…

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Disney Releases New Poster and Trailer for A Wrinkle in Time

Disney Releases New Poster and Trailer for A Wrinkle in Time

Just in time for the start of the holiday season, Disney has released a new poster and first full-length trailer for the much-anticipated upcoming movie adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time.

The movie is based on the best-selling award-winning novel of the same name, written by Madeleine L’Engle and first published in 1962.

The story centers on Meg Murry, who learns her astrophysicist father is being held captive on a distant planet deep in the grip of a universe-spanning evil. She teams with her highly intelligent younger brother Charles Wallace, her classmate Calvin O’Keefe, and three astral travelers, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit, to save him.

The film boasts an all-star cast featuring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine.

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Travel Thursday: Ghost Rock, Utah

Today's Travel Thursday photo is of Ghost Rock in Utah, taken in August 2007.

Today’s Travel Thursday photo is of Ghost Rock in Utah, taken in August 2007.

That year, my best friend and undertook a massive road trip – 18 states in 13 days. Somewhere around day 4 (or was it 5?) we crossed the Colorado border into Utah on I-70.

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Book Review: Dark Screams: Volume Eight feat. Frank Darabont and Other Authors #horror

A book review by Michelle Snow of Dark Screams: Volume Eight, a collection of horror stories by Frank Darabont and other authors.

This eighth entry in the Dark Screams series offers up six short stories of horror that vary from the incredibly creepy to just meh.

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Travel Thursday: A Rusted VW Van in Metone, Alabama

Today's Travel Thursday photo is of a rusted VW van surrounded by potted flowers I saw when driving through Metone, Alabama.

Today’s Travel Thursday photo is of a rusted VW van surrounded by potted flowers I saw when driving through Metone, Alabama.

Earlier this year (May 2017), I drove with a fellow blogger from Orlando to Huntsville, Alabama, to attend the travel writer conference TBEX.

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Book Review: Little Heaven by Nick Cutter #Horror

A book review by Michelle Snow of the supernatural horror story 'Little Heaven' by author Nick Cutter.

In New Mexico, a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a woman to rescue her nephew from what she fears is a cult her brother-in-law has joined. Seems simple enough, but there’s no way for them to know the horror that’s really waiting for them.

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Amazing Cast Revealed for 2019’s Live Action Version of Disney’s The Lion King

Disney's The Lion King 2018 cast is revealed!

This week the all-star cast of the upcoming live action version of the classic Disney film, “The Lion King,” was revealed, and it is amazing.

The original film is one of my top favorite films of all time, so I was a bit nervous when they first announced a live action version was going to be made. Even when they said Jon Favreau was going to be directing, I still wasn’t completely on board.

But seeing who he’s assembled for the film, I am now really looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.

Here is the complete casting:

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What’s Coming to Amazon Prime November 2017

Amazon Prime monthly movie and TV additions.

Here is the list of titles coming to Amazon Prime in November 2017. Some are movies you’ve been waiting to see, and some are originals you might like to.

New movies include the The Big Sick, Allied, Fences, The Only Living Boy in New York, and The Circle. Returning favorites include A Knight’s Tale, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and several James Bond classics like Goldfinger and For Your Eyes Only.

Amazon original series hitting Prime this month include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 1), If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Season 1), and The Stinky & Dirty Show (Season 2), along with other series, such as Falling Water (Season 1) and Dark Angel (Season 1).

Here is the complete list of all titles coming to Amazon Prime in November 2017, and if you’re not a member, you can Try Amazon Prime with a 30-Day Free Trial.

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