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KING Amando, thank-you for February BOTM

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I bought Amando from a fellow breeder who had purchased him 2 years prior for breeding. Amando was too tame and was terrified of his intended girlfriend so he pulled all his wing feathers out.

February 2015 BOTM with 1075 votes--thank-yo- u everybirdie for the support!
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Hi! My name is KING Amando, thank-you for February BOTM

I am a Yellow-Naped Amazon from Napanee, ON.

Momma's big man, Buddy

17 years old   M

Yellow-Naped Amazon

Peanuts, macaroni & cheese, red grapes

On his cage, in cardboard play boxes,with my Momma Deb

Peanuts not in the bowl.
The cat looking at me.
near my cage
Casey near my cage


She cuddles me, and lets me play on my cage all day long
Momma let's me build nests in my boxes on the floor


Having temper tantrums and throwing all his toys off his cage.

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  Flitzer Friday
Forecast was for light rain - what we got was heavy snow. Ugh
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Dad's Music Teacher Friend came over last ngiht to see "Whiplash", and liked it very much.

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It was been requested that we have a celebration in the castle. Sunday afternoon the Castle Ballroom will be open for a Celebration of Life for the Late Mario Adler. Let us have a time of joy and thankfulness for our friend.
~Wings Up~

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03/27/2015 03:48.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Thursday
Hello every-birdie. Happy Thursday. Much going on, and a lot on Dad's mind, so he's not too helpful with this blog today. Have a blessed day. ~Wings Up~

Come visit me, King Flitzer in "Whiplash".

03/26/2015 04:26.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Amando!
It's me, Pedro and I am in the Kissing booth. Miss BB started a story telling night and we are all adding onto the story. I can't wait to see what you will write. See ya soon.
Your Pal,
Pedro

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03/25/2015 09:18.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Mid-Week
Busy shopping Day for Dad as he helps a friend shop for 3 households today.
Have a great day. ~Wings Up~

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03/25/2015 03:42.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Tuesday
Cold but clear in Buffalo today.
Dad and a friend are invited to breakfast - hope he sneaks something good home for me.
~Wings Up~

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03/24/2015 03:38.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer's Monday Musings
Sunday afternoon Dad had a friend over for BluRay Day. They watched Stanley kubrick's long, slow and magnificent film "BARRY LYNDON".
I got bored and played with a spoon and ate seeds. HA.

At "Intermission" [whatever that is] they had Pizza and Wings.
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Cold in Buffalo with some unexpected snow showers Sunday morning. Hopefully Spring will struggle it's way back on the stage this week.
~Wings Up~

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03/23/2015 03:40.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Sunday
Dad put the Happy Hut back in my cage. He took it out when I was having my behavior problems a couple months ago. We're trying it back in - I was so happy to be sleeping in my wonderful hut.
Great to have it back, at least for now.
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Dad is having a BluRay Cinema Day here. Friends don't own BluRay Players, so they're coming over to see a movie or two in his BluRay collection.

I'm sure I'll get some snacks from them today.
~Wings Up~

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03/22/2015 02:26.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Saturday
Dad has a busy weekend with friends, but he makes time to spoil me as well. Today I got carrots (in the correct size and shape). He is so thoughtful.
~Wings Up~

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03/21/2015 02:46.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Friday
Happy Spring - well, that's what the Calendar says.
The forecast says snow and rain.
Let's make it a Great Day anyway.
~Wings Up~

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03/20/2015 03:37.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Amando~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's almost spring even if it is going to snow in the east again! The news pointed out that New York has had snow as late as May so it's not so weird. It's still going to be spring even if it doesn't look like it outside and that is a reason to celebrate!
I'm really sorry I have not been able to blog as much as I would like! Mandy is losing the use of her rear right leg now and it has become more challenging for mom to take care of her. She doesn't stand up for too long anymore and has to move slowly to get from one room to the next. The vet said this is all part of the disease! Mandy is still eating up a storm so that is good news! Yesterday she did not follow mom down the hall to get me from my night cage and mom was a bit concerned. She then realized that dad was in the kitchen making coffee so Mandy was hanging out there! All of us know that dad is a soft touch when it comes to getting snacks! We just have to give him a pitiful sort of look and he caves and gives us something!hehehehehehe
I do hope you enjoy your day and find a fun way to welcome spring! I think a nice cake would be a good idea! I love cake!
Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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03/19/2015 11:05.36 AM Report This Comment  
  King Flitzer on Thursday
Happy Thursday, friends.
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Dad and I watched the Diane Sawyer special with Julie Andrews about "THE SOUND OF MUSIC". It's hard to believe the film is 50 years old. My Dad has loved it his whole life.

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Colder with rain and threats of snow -These warm sunny days were just a tease and we're not getting Spring yet here in the ol Buffalo.
~Wings Up~

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03/19/2015 03:51.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Wednesday
Happy Wednesday from Flitzer and Dad.

Daddy's Dentist Visit went smoothly and all is well.
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Dad and his friends went to see the movie "ONE CHANCE" with James Corden.

I stayed home and sang a bit of opera myself.
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Sunny but back to being very cold in Buffalo

Everyone have a great day. ~Wings Up~

Come visit me, King Flitzer in "Whiplash".

03/18/2015 03:29.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Amando~
Happy St. Patrick's day! I hope you are having a wonderful day. We have corn beef and veggies in the crockpot. Mom has to work tonight so she won't be eating any of it until tomorrow. I'll have a slice of soda bread since I love the stuff!
Dad is running late so mom will be picking him up after she takes Jennifer to work at noon. I'll be busy with a new toy and some snacks until she gets back!
Enjoy your day!!
Love, St. Patrick Day Hugs and a vote too!
Sugar ♥

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03/17/2015 12:33.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitter-Nut Tuesday
Happy Tuesday
Dad got his tire fixed Monday - but more problems today - an hour in the Dentist Chair for 2 cavities --poor Dad.
~Wings Up~

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03/17/2015 03:39.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Monday
Monday Monday - Can't Trust That Day.
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Daddy's car is giving him trouble - indicators flashing, -he just had it fixed-up and inspected 2 weeks ago. Now a tire keeps going flat as well - ugh - cars - why don't humans just fly like us birds!
~Wings Up~
=Flitzer

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03/16/2015 03:20.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Hello
Happy Sunday from King Flitzer and his man-servant

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03/15/2015 03:33.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Saturday Hugs from Flitzer
Saturday Vote n Hug from King Flitzer.
We watched "Foxcatcher" last night - quite disappointing: Stupefyingly dull.

5 Oscar nominations? We're glad it didn't win any. We don't mind a slow film if it actually tells a good story - but this was simply boring.
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Make it a great day ~Wings Up~

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03/14/2015 03:15.33 AM Report This Comment  
  King Flitzer on a Monday
Thank you to Ginger for suggesting Hitchcock's "THE BIRDS" ... my daddy won't let me see it -Thank Goodness he was out for the afternoon. [it was a comedy, right? I laughed and laughed].
{Yes, Kaji, we LOVE "THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR" -we'll be watching that this week!}

I do love movies in the castle screening room.
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Everyone have a great day-- WINGS UP!

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03/09/2015 04:13.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Amando~
I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! I have decided to just ignore the whole daylight savings time! If someone needs more daylight then they should just get up early and not force it on the rest of us!hahahahahaha
Mom got the rugs cleaned before I got up. Then I had some waffle with Mandy. Merlin kept howling because he wanted some too but he didn't eat it! Cats are so very strange!
Mandy has to have a bath today and then we are going to clean up the kitchen and then mom is going to bed. She went in an hour early last night so we sort of changed our schedule last night so we don't have to deal with it today.
I hope your day is just wonderful and that you have lots of fun! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love ~ Sugar ♥

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03/08/2015 11:42.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer on a restful Sunday
We rested early Saturday so we didn't lose any sleep with the time change.
Not sure what's up for today - Dad is taking a friend to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, famous for it's Contempoary Art.
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We will probably have a Matinee at the castle.
Any film suggestions? Have a great day. ~Wings Up~

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03/08/2015 01:03.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Amando~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Getting laundry done right now! I got a piece of a cranberry orange scone so that is getting my full attention at the moment!
I sure hope you have a perfect day!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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03/07/2015 12:06.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Saturday Squawks
Another day of Winter here in Buffalo - it's been a long long Season.
Dad visited friends in the evening. His best friend and his friend's parents.
The parents are both in their 90s. They had Fish Frys, a Pizza, and a movie.

The movie the Fellini's "I VITELLONI" from 1953.
A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.
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I stayed in the castle and watched that same film here at the castle. I just love the giant screen here.
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Have a great Weekend. ~Wings Up~

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03/07/2015 02:09.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Amando~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's still sunny here and not as cold as yesterday. I think that is because the wind stopped! The gardeners are here this morning and busy mowing all the lawns! I have been keeping an eye on them!
What Mandy has is called Degenerative myelopathy. It is very common in German Shepards. It is the same mutated gene that causes Lou Gehrig's disease in humans. Mom spent a lot of time online yesterday researching it and reading blogs from people who had already gone through it with their dogs. Mandy may only have a little time left but mom is going to make sure it's all good times. Right now it's just the left rear leg that is paralyzed but it is already happening to the right one. It will eventually move up to the front legs and then there will be respiratory failure. Mandy can still stand and mom watched several youtube videos on doggy physical therapy so we can keep her muscles strong for as long as possible. When it starts to move to the front we are going to have to let Mandy go. There is no time frame from what could learn. It could be months or it could start to happen overnight. She is in no pain and still eating and playing so we will just keep a good eye on her.
Good news is that the Revolution and the Diatomaceous earth treatments are working! Mom got the food grade earth instead of the flea buster just because it's safer for all of us. Fleas are such a pain in the tail feathers and I must say I am so thankful we birds do not have to deal with that! Mom says that bird are too refined to have fleas!hahahaha
Have a spectacular day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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03/06/2015 01:15.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Friday
A new record of -1 this morning, with the chance of it getting even colder.
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Dad had a busy day in-and-out on Thursday. He made sure we had fun together when he was home.
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Last night Dad watched the 2007 musical version of "HAIRSPRAY" with a friend.
(the musical is based on the 1988 John Waters film)
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TGIF! Hope you all have a wonderful day. ~Wings Up~ ==Flitzer==

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03/06/2015 03:38.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Amando~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Mom just got back from the vet with Mandy. She has been digging at herself because of the fleas. They put Revolution on her and gave her a pill that will kill the fleas within one hour. Merlin will be going at 3pm today to get his Revolution and some shots too! He is not going to be a very happy cat!
The vet told mom that there is this stuff called Flea Blaster that is all natural and perfectly safe around birds. It will kill all the fleas, eggs and larva that might be in the rug. Mom will be getting some of that today too! We will be flea free within a few days! YES!
Mandy does not have dysplasia. It is a spinal degenerative disease. It is just because of her age and there is nothing they can do. She is not in any pain since it's more like paralysis than arthritis. She can still make it around the house and she is still eating well so he told mom she is doing the right thing. He gave mom some cortalone to help with any inflammation. He was very impressed that mom knew about the "Sling" to help her walk! Thank you so much to Aunt Arlene for that information!
Ian and Mom carried her downstairs and lifted her into the car. She was a bit nervous to begin with but mom put the window down and she was happy!! The vet told mom that when she stops coming along to get me out of my night cage and won't eat then that will be the time to let her go. For now we still have her! Mom is just glad to know that Mandy is not in pain!
Sorry I went on and on!! You can tell we are very happy that for now, Mandy is okay!
Enjoy the day!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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03/04/2015 11:38.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer on Tuesday
Photo: Flitzer gets in on the act, and joins Michael Keaton in the Oscar-Winning "Birdman"
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Monday Dad got me in the Travel Cage and took me to get my claws done with Aunt Maria.
I decided, for a change, not to fight it, and it passed quickly. Dad even bought some extra seeds for me while he was there. I must say, it was nice getting out as I've been stuck at home for the past couple months in record-cold temperatures.

The rest of the day went well, enjoyed some good Daddy-n-Bird Time. ~Wings Up~

Come visit me, King Flitzer in "Whiplash".

03/03/2015 03:18.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Monday Musings
Hello from King Flitzer. I was so surprised with the giant Carrot Cake greeting me yesterday.
I hope you all got to have a beakful.
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Sadly, another cold, snowy slippery Monday morning commute. Daddy says the whole town is miserable as Monday commutes are the most difficult on the spirit as well.

March can be as brutal as February here in Buffalo-land. We are pleading for mercy.
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Everyone have a great day. ~Wings Up~

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03/02/2015 04:00.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer, Happy and Proud
Tired but very happy. We stayed up into the night -
Everything is so beautiful. Thank You to everyone who faithfully supported me throughout the month of February.

Love to you all! ~Wings Up~

==King Flitzer==

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03/01/2015 02:32.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Final February Post
THE LOST ART OF THE INTERMISSION:
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For many years, longer films were planned with Intermisisons. the story would take a dramatic pause, the music would swell, and the audience got to take a break to use the bathrooms, visit the Refreshment Stand etc.
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I always loved the Intermission music. Often in the older theaters, curtains would dramatically close on the Intermission, and slowly open when Part 2 began.
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Nowadays we're forced to sit for 2 1/2, 3 hrs or more without a break.
[The Lord of the Rings films are good examples - they are long, involved, and you're lost if you had to take a break away from the screen].

Even revivals of older films will skip right over the Intermission - forcing you to shift in your seat - and hold it in for another extended period of time - ~ugh~
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Unfortunately, after paying the high ticket-prices we need to *er* …"step away" from the film for a few minutes, missing possibly something interesting.
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Theater owners are always conscious of how many showings they can fit in per day, but I say BRING BACK THE INTERMISSION. People *will* spend more for refreshments, and not have to miss any of the movie.
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[I’m awaiting confirmation on this information]
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02/28/2015 02:37.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello King Amando~
I hope you are having a lovely day! I had a lovely cranberry scone for breakfast so it's been a great day so far! The gardeners are here but since it's raining they are not going to get much done! I suppose that it will be all bush trimming and sweeping today so it won't be too interesting, Suppose I'll have to find someone else to yell at today!
Mom is cleaning today so I will just supervise and wait for the cooking to start and see what is on the menu for the day!
I do hope you enjoy your day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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02/27/2015 12:12.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Friday on Film
Before the month winds down, we want to Thank our loyal friends for all their support, kind words and encouragement throughout this past month.
Love from Mark and Flitzer

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Dad's Special Movie Memory:
As kids we would get to a movie theater once in a while. Mostly for a Kids Matinee.
We almost never visited the Refreshment Stand. There was one special time which was an exception.
Dad was treated to a special movie with his Mom. They went without the rest of the family -and It was an evening showing, She even bought him popcorn. Can't recall if it was a Birthday or whatever - just that it was a special night.

The film was "MARY POPPINS", which, ever since has been a special movie for Dad.

We spoke earlier this month about how a few notes of music can make a movie-memory come sweeping back. Any music from ‘Mary Poppins’ makes Dad think of that special Movie Night with his Mom.

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02/27/2015 04:07.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Friday on Film
Before the month winds down, we want to Thank our loyal friends for all their support, kind words and encouragement throughout this past month.
Love from Mark and Flitzer

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Dad's Special Movie Memory:
As kids we would get to a movie theater once in a while. Mostly for a Kids Matinee.
We almost never visited the Refreshment Stand. There was one special time which was an exception.
Dad was treated to a special movie with his Mom. They went without the rest of the family -and It was an evening showing, She even bought him popcorn. Can't recall if it was a Birthday or whatever - just that it was a special night.

The film was "MARY POPPINS", which, ever since has been a special movie for Dad.

We spoke earlier this month about how a few notes of music can make a movie-memory come sweeping back. Any music from ‘Mary Poppins’ makes Dad think of that special Movie Night with his Mom.

Come visit me, King Flitzer in "Whiplash".

02/27/2015 04:06.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Amando
Mom's sister sent us this video. Your flock will be laughing for days. Please share with others, Hehehehehe.
http://i.imgur.com/ThtK1Nc.gifv

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02/26/2015 07:20.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer on Winners and Classics
Kiddo raised an interesting topic: Films that did Not win The Academy Award for 'Best Picture', but they are now classics, many times surpassing the Oscar-winning film.
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in the Awards Game there has to be a winner, and losers. There will be endless discussion as to outcomes, but only time makes a film a true Classic.
A couple of examples:
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The Year: 1941. The Oscar-Winning film, "How Green was My Valley" [a personal favorite and a wonderful film], but the nominee that did not get the award was "Citizen Kane" which many feel is one of the Greatest Films Ever Made.
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The Year: 1952. The Oscar-Winning Film, "The GreatestShow on Earth"
...same year as "High noon" and "The Quiet Man"
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The Year: 2005. The Oscar-Winning Film, "Crash"
...same year as "Brokeback Mountain", a film which many consider a Classic.
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Will this year's winner, "Birdman", remain considered the Best of the year?
or will “American Sniper”, "Boyhood" or even "The Grand Budapest Hotel" be remembered...only time will tell.

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02/26/2015 12:43.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Wednesday Thoughts . . .
Still in "Recovery-Mode" from Hollywood's Big Night.

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Some of you BirdChannel friends have expressed that they don't watch The Oscars.
Dad doesn't really like the Hollywood Glamor-thing and some of the industry politics,
but we do love movies.
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Often we are disappointed with what films and actors win the awards. That is all a part of the game. We often look back on past years with a knowing smirk, realizing that the movies we liked best that year are the ones that are still being watched and appreciated.
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All that being said, we do like tuning in that one night a year, when Hollywood goes all-out and celebrates the talent, work and yes, the tackiness of The Hollywood Movie Machine.
~Wings Up~

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02/25/2015 12:55.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Parties with the Stars
Inside Oscar’s Glamorous After-Parties
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The night doesn’t end when the final Oscar is handed out. In fact, the party is just getting started as stars and execs exit the Dolby Theater, heading to a flurry of post-awards celebrations, including the Governors Ball, the Vanity Fair Party, Elton John’s AIDS Foundation party and more.

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The Governors Ball
By the time celebs arrived at the Governors Ball, they were ravenous. As usual, the event was catered by Wolfgang Puck -- a fact he made sure everyone was aware of.
Before the Oscars began, he walked the entire red carpet in his chef's whites with a tray displaying some of the treats partygoers would be offered at the after-party. Among them: caviar-topped baked potatoes, chicken pot pie and mac and cheese with aged cheddar. There was also a dessert bar, though most guests skipped the cookies and cupcakes in favor of Puck's trademark mini gold-covered chocolate Oscars. The candy men were kept just feet from a station where winners headed with their real gold statues and queued up to wait for engraving.
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Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Location: Wallis Annenberg Center, Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA
Details: Graydon Carter hosts the Vanity Fair Oscar party at a custom-designed space which connects the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall. Above photo, Lady Gaga attends while right, Oscar-winning best supporting actor Jared Leto photobombs Anne Hathaway.
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InStyle Oscar Party
Location: Fig & Olive, 8940 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA

Guy Oseary and Madonna’s Late Night Party
Details: Undisclosed. It’s happening, but a source close to the event says Madonna will be unable to attend since she’ll be in rehearsals for The Brit Awards on Feb. 25.
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Elton John Oscars Party
The Elton John AIDS Foundation hosted its 2015 Academy Awards viewing party in West Hollywood on Sunday. The annual event, now in its 23rd year, serves as a star-studded fundraiser for the organization, which John founded in 1992 to support HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and awareness.

John and his husband David Furnish serve as co-hosts. Gordon Ramsay is once again providing a five-course gourmet dinner, and there will be a special musical performance. John, who joined Instagram in December to document his wedding to Furnish, is now using his account to share intimate pictures from the exclusive celebration. Before the Oscars ceremony began, the music legend revealed $4.85 million had already been raised, and later shared an adorable picture of his sons watching “Uncle Neil” Patrick Harris host the show.

Miley Cyrus, Heidi Klum, Nina Dobrev, the Osbournes, Aaron Paul, Alec Baldwin, Rob Lowe are among the celebrities in attendance. Plenty more are expected to join the festivities once the Academy Awards show ends.

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02/24/2015 12:57.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer and Dad Sleepy after Oscar Parties
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"The costumes, the scenery, the makeup, the props
The audience that lifts you when you're down
The headaches, the heartaches, the backaches, the flops
The sheriff who escorts you out of town

The opening when your heart beats like a drum
The closing when the customers won't come

There's no business like show business
Like no business I know..."
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Dad says it will take a couple of Blogs to cover his disorganized reactions to the 87th Acadmy Awards. [Dad is old and scatter-brained anyway, but I love him].

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First Things First: The Opening Number was Awesome. The best in years.
The other highlight of the show was Lady Gaga's tribute to the 50th anniversary of "The Sound of Music" -like her or not, her performance was phenomenal.
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Dad's pick for Best Dressed: Rosamund Pike‘s red hot custom Givenchy gown
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Although Dad thinks there were better films last year, anything called "Birdman" gets my vote too. It took hom 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
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Dad's favorite film this year was "Whiplash" which won three awards, including JK Simmons winning for Best Supporting Actor - Dad says he had the best performance of the year and his gold statue was the most deserved.
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It's interesting that each of the eight nominees for 'Best Picture' went home with at least one Oscar
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WINNERS:
Best Picture: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
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Director: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
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Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”
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Actress: Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
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Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”
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Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
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Adapted Screenplay: “The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore
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Original Screenplay: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
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Animated Feature: “Big Hero 6”
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Original Score: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat (WINNER)
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Original Song: “Glory” from “Selma”
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Film Editing: “Whiplash” Tom Cross
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Cinematography: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki
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Foreign Language Film: “Ida” from Poland

Come visit me, King Flitzer in "Whiplash".

02/23/2015 04:02.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer ready to co-Host The Oscars
Oscar Sunday
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Singing: "It’s a wonderful night for Oscar…Oscar, Oscar!" --Billy Crystal
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Billy Crystal is my favorite Oscar Host. He has hosted NINE Times between 1990 and 2012.
As far as I'm concerned he could keep on hosting.
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The origin of the name Oscar is disputed. One biography of Bette Davis claims that she named the Oscar after her first husband, band leader Harmon Oscar Nelson; Walt Disney is also quoted as thanking the Academy for his Oscar as early as 1932.
Another claimed origin is that the Academy's Executive Secretary, Margaret Herrick, first saw the award in 1931 and made reference to the statuette's reminding her of her "Uncle Oscar" (a nickname for her cousin Oscar Pierce). Columnist Sidney Skolsky was present during Herrick's naming and seized the name in his byline, "Employees have affectionately dubbed their famous statuette 'Oscar'". The trophy was officially dubbed the "Oscar" in 1939 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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I am ready for a great night. We have snacks, a coffee cake, champagne and Dad'll be picking up "subs" [Submarine Sandwiches]. Just a small party.
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Have a great night, everyone. ~Wings Up~

Come visit me, King Flitzer in "Whiplash".

02/22/2015 02:10.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello King Amando~
I hope you are having a great day! Dad is back on the road and it's not New Mexico he was going to, it Colorado! Different story all together. Mom could have sworn he said New Mexico but he tells her he told her it was Pueblo which is in Colorado! Well he got to the yard and they don't think he can make it all the way to Colorado on time so now he is going to Salt Lake City! Good news is that most of the mountain passes between here and there are bare and dry. There is a storm blowing in today but it's mostly wind and it's just not cold enough to snow. We did put the fireplace on for a bit this morning just to warm the room up for me.
Mom is finishing up the laundry and then she'll head off to bed. We had a great weekend but now it's time for the workweek to start! I wish I could be at the Milonga tonight but mom will be sleeping so I won't have a typist! I think I have only made it to one but I always go back on Sunday morning and read all about it!
I hope your day is just perfect! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote 4 BooBoo 162724 Everyday!! & The Calendar Page~Mangoes for March!.

02/21/2015 12:33.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer's Saturday Squawks
Instead of saying who I think will win Oscars, or who should win, I will simply concentrate on what I consider the Best Films for the year.
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Top Films of 2014: My Top Films this year:
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#1: “Whiplash”: (Dir: Damien Chazelle).
"Whiplash" is such an amazing film in every way. The Directing, the Writing, the Editing, the Cinematography. The performances are outstanding.

A film about Talent, Ambition, Obsession. Pushing oneself beyond known abilities. - -Soaring above the rest.
"Whiplash" won both The Audience Award and The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance - an amazing feat.

Filmed more like a thriller than a film about music, it becomes a battle of wills between our protagonist [Miles Teller] and his mentor-[a truly amazing J.J. Simmons]. It is an exhilarating work from the start to it's adrenaline-rushing finish.
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#2: “Boyhood”: (Dir: Richard Linklater).
A celebration of Life and being human. A simple story of growing up becomes profound and moving. Filmed over 12 years, the story and characters grow as the real-life filmmakers do, and the end-result is wonderful.

Richard Linklater is a talented, insightful director. I think the time has come to acknowledge his achievements.
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3. “Calvary”: (Dir: John Michael McDonagh)
Beautiful, sad and scathing portrait of a simple priest struggling with his own humanity and trying to do good in a small sinful town.
A truly great performance by Brendan Gleeson and a portrait of the True Power of Forgiveness. It is a film of Faith, of Doubt and Transcendence.
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4. “Birdman” (Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Michael Keaton shines in this fascinating exploration of Creativity, Talent and the cost of Fame. The tale winds seamlessly and breathlessly to the last shot.
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5. “The Babadook” (Dir: Jennifer Kent).
A superior horror tales that is brilliant in every way. What an amazing first film: Writing, Direction, Cinematography --- pitch-perfect performances.
An amazing film that works on a few different levels.
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6. "Edge of Tomorrow"
7. "Enemy"
8. "Ida"
9. "Into the Woods"
10. "Jodorowsky's Dune"
11. "Locke"
12. "The Immigrant"

You can check out the complete article here:
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http://fuzzbearmark.livejournal.com/2794642.html
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Come visit me, King Flitzer in "Whiplash".

02/21/2015 01:58.18 AM Report This Comment  
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