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On the third day after Momma and Daddy moved into Charleston, they were shopping in my bird store for a cage for a fibling. I was playing on the playstand, and Momma thought I was b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u- -l! About five months later, I was still there because the person who had agreed to buy me had never even come in to play with me since I was sold. Momma asked if I was still available for adoption, and the owners (being more interested in my becoming someone’s Fid, rather than a possession) told her ‘Yes’. Then she finally gave me deed and title to the piece of real estate (she calls her heart) that I had staked out the first time she saw me. Of course, Daddy was the one who had to pay the deposit!


My HatchDay is May 23, 2006 and I was registered on the BirdChannel on August 2, 2007
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Hi! My name is `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia

I am a Green-Winged Macaw from Rougemont, NC.

I call myself 'Trouble'. Momma calls me Rubes, the Rubicube, or Boo-Bee. Daddy calls me Big Bird.

8 years old   F

Green-Winged Macaw

WALnuts, french fries, bananas, string cheese, and Stitch's Spicy Popcorn (of COURSE!)

I just LOVE to sit on Momma's shoulder, no matter what she is doing, and nibble on her ear and preen her 'feathers' and take off her glasses! ~~ On the 'porch' of my cage, where I can supervise all the goings on of my feline, avian, and human flockmates! ~~ Oh! OH! And next to anything PURPLE!!!

The color RED! ~~ Holding my foot with your thumb when I'm perched on your hand. ~~ AND...When Momma puts me back on my cage after I've walked all the way through three rooms just to be with her ! ! ! (I just climb back down and walk right back to where she is! THREE TIMES if I have to ! !)

Momma is always very gentle and patient with me. She understands that I am
an impressionable young ladybird. Everything she does with me makes me feel safe and loved.


I learned really quickly how to bribe Momma and Daddy with kisses. (Not that it gets me what I want all the time; but it makes them laugh, and I like that!).

When all else fails...FLY ! ! !.

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  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~

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03/03/2015 01:22.19 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 beakfull.
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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 03:41.31 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 02:33.35 AM Report This Comment  
  HELLO AGAIN FROM FINNEGAN
Hello Lovely Ruby,
Thanks so much for all the votes and visits helping me get to 3K, I hope I can slow down now. Sorry I haven’t been able to blog all week. You know Momma…busy, busy, busy. She can’t keep up this pace on BC. Anyway, I had a great time last Sunday at Bird Club. Then the week flew by full of appointments and things, plus the never ending vacuuming and cleaning up after us 7 birdies and the unending chores that all mommies have to do! Today, Momma’s trying to catch up with all of our blogs. Momma's had a hard time logging into BC for a couple of weeks now. What's with that? I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Big Hugs from Your Friend, Finnegan♥

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02/28/2015 01:32.35 PM Report This Comment  
  LITTLE LUCY SAYS....
Dear Ruby,
Thank you so much for all the votes and visits. I’m so sorry I haven’t been able to blog all week. Mommy’s been very busy. She fears that she'll never be able to keep up this pace on BC. Last Sat. she had a baby shower to attend and lots of cooking to do for bird club. Then Sunday after church, she and Daddy took the food plus Finney, Dolly and Sammy to bird club. I always have to stay home because I’m flighted. Tuesday Mommy had to take Dolly to Toledo for her vet visit. Dolly (Goffin’s cockatoo) has avian bornavirus and needs Depo Lupron injections every other month for her seizures. We have the best avian vet, Dr. Susan Orosz. When she got back she had to pick her car up from the dealership after getting the hail damage repaired from last July! Wed. was her Bible study and lunch and errands. Anyway, that’s how the week went, plus the never ending vacuuming and cleaning up after 7 birdies and the unending chores that all mommies have to do!

Mommy never locks me in my cage, except once in a while for a time out, if I'm not being a good girl. I'm almost always on Mommy, helping her with whatever she has to do. She even calls me her little helper. I especially like to help her cook. I try to sample everything and tell her if it's good or not. Today, Mommy’s trying to catch up, and of course, I’m helping her. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Lots of Love and Hugs from Little Miss Lucy♥

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02/28/2015 12:24.20 PM 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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Upcoming 'Bird-of-the-Month' Candidates:
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[I’m awaiting confirmation on this information]
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MARCH FOR APRIL - BOO BOO - 162724
APR FOR MAY - MIKEY D - 247164
MAY FOR JUNE - SWEETIE - 269943

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02/28/2015 02:38.35 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.

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02/27/2015 03:50.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ruby
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 07:28.34 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 12:58.55 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 01:08.04 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 01:17.06 AM Report This Comment  
  HELLO FROM FINNEGAN
Hi Ruby,
Thanks so much for coming by to vote for me everyday. Momma's been so busy, plus, she's been having lots of computer problems. She had a very busy weekend. Of course everyday starts out with feeding, changing waters and cleaning cages for seven birdies. Then she had to vacuum, which she needs to do pretty much everyday with all of us. She had to bake a cake, too, for bird club on Sun. Then she had to shower, wash and blow-dry her hair because she had a baby shower to attend on Sat. afternoon. She had to stop at the grocery on the way home and be back in time for her client to pick up Apollo. He was one cool bird! Then she had to cook an Italian dish for our bird club's pot luck. She made dinner for Daddy and afterward made frosting for the cake before she fell into bed!

Sunday started out with us birdies and our care, as usual. Then she finished the Italian Penne dish and get it in the slow cooker to take to bird club. Then it was off to church, followed by a frantic loading up the car with food and three of us birds. I ALWAYS get to go to bird club where I have a grand time! When we got home it was unload the car, clean up our carriers for our next trip, feed all of us, change our waters, clean our cages and wash the slow cooker and cake pan. She also had to give Lucy lots of extra attention and cuddles since she doesn't get to go to bird club because she's flighted. No flighted birds are allowed. Then she tucked us all in and fell into bed herself again. Poor Momma...she's all worn out. She doesn't think that she'll ever catch up with her blogging. That's one of the reasons she had to stay off BC for so long, that and Daddy being sick all these years...too many responsibilities. Now she's going to copy and paste this.
Love from Finnegan

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02/23/2015 03:03.17 PM 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

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02/23/2015 03:53.19 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!
Who will win?" --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~

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02/22/2015 01:56.18 AM 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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02/21/2015 02:04.51 AM Report This Comment  
  LITTLE LUCY SAYS....
You're so kind, Miss Ruby. Thank you.
Love and Hugs from Little Miss Lucy♥

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02/20/2015 07:59.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Frigid Friday Flitzer
Thank you SO MUCH for your time and effort in making some wonderful photos. Truly Appreciate you!

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Our Oscar Host for 2014:
Neil Patrick Harris
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Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, writer, producer, director, magician,[2] comedian, and singer. He is best known for playing Barney Stinson in the television comedy series "How I Met Your Mother" (2005–2014), for which he was nominated for Emmy Awards.
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In 2014, he starred in the title role in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" on Broadway, for which he won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.
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He has hosted The Emmys, The Tonys, and now The Oscars.

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02/20/2015 03:45.08 AM Report This Comment  
  HELLO FROM LITTLE LUCY
Hi Ruby,
Well, I made it! 4,000 votes with your help. I appreciate your helping my big frother, Finnegan. Thanks a million!
Hugs and Kisses, Little Miss Lucy Blue♥

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02/19/2015 01:40.06 PM Report This Comment  
  HELLO FROM FINNEGAN
Hello Pretty Ruby,
That's VERY cold for North Carolina! It was -10 (actual temp) this morning when Momma went to Curves! Thanks for your votes. Momma might not be able to blog this weekend because on top of having Apollo, she has to cook tomorrow for our bird club potluck that's on Sunday. Sat. evening, Apollo's Mom is probably coming over to pick him up and have a little visit. Then on Sunday, there's church. Immediately following that, we rush home, load up the car with food and birds and leave for bird club. It's a 45 min. drive, but it's worth it. Then when we get home Momma has to feed all the other birds, change the papers in their cages, tuck us all in and crash! So we'll see how it goes. But thank you in advance for your votes. :)
Love and Hugs, Finnegan♥

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02/19/2015 01:05.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Talks Oscar Parties
A Sneak Peek Inside the Glamorous Oscars Governors Ball
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Party Party Party
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When all 1,500 guests make their way into the 2015 Oscars Governors Ball — the Academy Awards’ annual after-party — they’ll be entering an old-school Hollywood speakeasy.
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The room will be adorned in plush velvets and tapestries, and will feature hundreds of black-and-white photographs from the Academy’s collections.
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When all 1,500 guests make their way into the 2015 Oscars Governors Ball — the Academy Awards’ annual after-party — they’ll be entering an old-school Hollywood speakeasy.
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The room will be adorned in plush velvets and tapestries, and will feature hundreds of black-and-white photographs from the Academy’s collections.
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“The colors are very rich jewel tones – burgundies, purples, deep greens and golds,” says celebrity florist Mark Held. “We’re trying to create a different look for each table. Some tables have vintage-looking lamps, some tables are tone-on-tone purple, and for some tables, we’ve created man-made flowers out of succulents. It’s very eclectic.”
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Aside from the stunning décor, Hollywood’s A-listers will have plenty to munch on, as chef Wolfgang Puck has created 32(!) unique dishes to serve over the course of the meal.
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“When we do a menu for 1,500 people, we have to have enough dishes so that there’s something for everybody,” explains Puck. “Some people are vegan and vegetarian, some people don’t eat fish or don’t eat meat. Because of that, we made 32 different dishes, from a little parsnip chip with eggplant puree, which are a little Middle Eastern, to lobster rolls with bacon, which is traditional American.”
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Other dishes include baked potatoes topped with caviar, black truffle chicken pot pies, Wagyu shortrib with squash puree, chilled sweet pea soup, and Puck’s signature Oscar-shaped smoked salmon matzo. (350 lbs. of smoked salmon will be served in total!)
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Of course, no party is complete without some festive drinks. Piper-Heidsieck will be serving up 1,500 bottles of champagne — including about 750 of their exclusive Rare bottles — while Sterling Vineyards will be providing 2,400 bottles of wine.

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02/19/2015 03:30.33 AM Report This Comment  
  HELLO FROM LITTLE LUCY
Hi Pretty Ruby,
Thanks for your votes. I should have my 4K by tomorrow. Then maybe you could help my big frother, Finnegan get to 3K.
Big Hugs from Little Miss Lucy♥

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02/18/2015 12:29.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Wednesday Squawks
Hello, Queen Ruby - Thank you for your votes and support.

'BEST DIRECTOR'
The Director of a film helms the project - it is his vision which ends up on the screen -the scope, the mood, the pacing. He normally chooses the actors and crew that can best fulfill the work he/she envisions. Although a collaborative effort, the Director makes the big decisions and it responsible for the final product.

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Due to strange rules of The Academy, there are 8 'Best Picture' nominees this year, yet only 5 Directors can be nominated for recognition.

In my eyes, Director RICHARD LINKLATER has been the most creative, experimental, thoughtful and accomplished director of the bunch. Although 'Boyhood' may not be his best film, I am rooting for him to win 'Best Director' this year.
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Achievement in Directing:

"Birdman" or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): Alejandro G. Iñárritu
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"Boyhood": Richard Linklater
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"Foxcatcher": Bennett Miller
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"The Grand Budapest Hotel": Wes Anderson
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"The Imitation Game": Morten Tyldum
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Another cold n snowy day here in Buffalo -our endless Winter...
Bundle up and Stay warm.

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02/18/2015 03:59.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer has his say:
Oscars are This Sunday – Are You Excited?
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Enough already, Dad. You keep taking over the computer and talking about all these movies I don’t watch!
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Time for Flitzer’s Favorite Film: “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” (2003, Dir: Judy Irving)
This film focuses on the flock of cherry-headed conures (and a lonely blue-headed one named Connor) who flock around the Telegraph Hill region of the city and their closest human companion, Mark Bittner.
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I love everything about this film. The story, the photography. The beautiful parrots.
Love to watch this movie and Squawk along, adding my voice to the proceedings.
A Great Film! ==Flitzer
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02/17/2015 03:38.23 AM Report This Comment  
  HELLO FROM LITTLE LUCY
Thank you, Pretty Ruby.
Hugs, Little Miss Lucy♥

Come visit me, Finnegan - Thank you everybirdy for your votes!, Daisy - R.I.P. - BOTW 9/17-9/23/07 & Miss Lucy Blue - Thank you all for your votes!.

02/16/2015 08:31.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Flyin' By...
Hello, Queen Ruby!

Favorite Film Scores:
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I love "Movie Music".
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Music is so important in setting the mood of the film. It heightens the tension, the suspense, the romance....
Often we don't even notice the music as it is such an intricate part of the fabric of the film.

Sometimes it takes seeing a movie a few times to appreciate the score.

The greatest film composers know how to play on our emotions while we do not even realize it.
It only takes a few notes of the score to have movie memories come flooding back. We recognize the music for the shark in "Jaws" instantly, and can picture Scarlett O'Hara with just a couple notes of 'Tara's Theme'.
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My Top Favorite Musical Scores for Movies:
1. "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir - Bernard Herrmann
2. "Dead Ringers" - Howard Shore
4. "Ben-Hur" - Miklós Rózsa
4. "Out of Africa" - John Barry
5. "Cinema Paradiso" - Ennio Morricone
6 "All About My Mother" - Alberto Iglesias
7. "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" - Ennio Morricone
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What are your favorite film scores?

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02/16/2015 04:02.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Sunday Movie Reflections from Flitzer
Memorable movie moments:
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Try to think of movie/film moments that bowled you over
-scenes after which you felt overwhelmed.
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Here's a short list of a few that come to mind:
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1. "American Beauty": Lester looking beyond his life to the unbelievable beauty in the world around him.

2. "The Best Years of Our Lives": Homer's homecoming

3. "Brokeback Mountain": Ennis finding the shirts.

4. "City Lights": the ending

5. "The Fly" (1986): the final Teleportation

6. "Jaws": finding Ben Gardner's boat

7. "Out of Africa": Karen & Denys flying over the African plains

8. "Say Anything": Lloyd and his boombox

9. "Singin' In the Rain": Gene Kelly twirling around in joy dancing down the rain-soaked street

10. "The Sixth Sense": the ending

11. "The Sound of Music": the Opening Scene

12. "Yankee Doodle Dandy": Jimmy Cagney dancing down the steps of The White House
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What are Your memorable moments?

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02/15/2015 03:07.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Valentine's Day
It's a sunny, cold Saturday here in eastern Ontario. We had more snow last night making this a typical Canadian winter. Momma says we haven't had this much snow in a while, at least 6 years.
Being Valentine's Day, the day for love, friendship and caring I wanted to take the time to tell all my friends how much they mean to me, our flock and Momma Deb.
Wishing all a wonderful day.
love Sweetie

Come visit me, jesse, KING Amando, thank-you for February BOTM, Little Angel, Jack,, sarah little bird, Rally and Lacie, angel girl, Santa Birdie is Coming Soon, zeena, SKY, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, Sky Flock Rainbow Bridge Memorial page, SWEETIE, PLEASE HELP ME GET 500 VOTES, poncho wishing all a Merry Christmas, casey, broken wings, broken promises & Flynn, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

02/14/2015 10:04.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer on Saturday
Record Bitter Cold Temps and Storm Warnings for the weekend.
Dad is still getting out when he can for quick trips - he's dressed in lotsa layers.
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Dad did get out to see Mike Leigh's film "Mr. Turner" starring the wonderful Timothy Spall.
Spall won Best Actor for the role at the Cannes Film Festival, but, sadly, did not get an Oscar Nomination .
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Keep Warm, EveryBirdie
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2015 Oscar Nominees - Best Actress in the Leading Role:
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Marion Cotillard: Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones: The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore: Still Alice
Rosamund Pike: Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon: Wild
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02/14/2015 03:05.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer's Friday Flitterings
Hello, Queen Ruby-

The Theatrical Experience.
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My Dad prefers to watch films in the movie theater. He goes sometimes once a week.
Often older Classic Films, or Foreign Films or Independent Films. He does see more current releases, but is very selective with those.
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Dad believes in the Theatrical Experience. He does not pay for cable TV or dish, and takes that entertainment money and spends it at the movies.
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There is something special in the communal experience of an audience in the dark - laughing at something funny, or holding its collective breath in suspense. It is a very special shared experience you can't get at home watching a DVD.
Being enveloped in the huge picture, the expanse of sound.
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The smell of freshly popped popcorn is a special treat. Dad says a movie isn't the same without a nice bag of popcorn in his lap.
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I like to share special movies at home with Dad and sometimes his friends as well. Often what we see at home are films Dad fell in love with At The Movies.

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02/13/2015 03:47.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday Rubster dear, from Jenny & Ziggy
You could size our day up with a simple weather report, "BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE"! We have wind chills dipping into the 10 to 20 below zero range, but we will take it in stride! We sent dad out with some of our good food to feed the outside birds to maintain their body heat, that is very important ya know! For the last two days, our daddy has been poked, prodded, and tested, for just about everything! We are pleased to say the old dude is doing quite well, all his vital numbers are excellent, but he tries so hard to be good! There will be more Eye & Podiatrist appointments in the future, and that is a word dad likes! Have a great day and give or love to all in your home, see ya tomorrow...

Forever love from Jenny Lynn, Ziggy Man Macaw, & our Dallas flock

Come visit me, Ziggy~Happy Valentine's Day dear friends, love ya, Jenny Lynn~Happy St Patrick's Day my friends!!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Christine~Party time, welcome to my castle friends, Ms LaLo~I love to have guests in my home... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

02/12/2015 07:33.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Thank You
Love the photo of me hanging with Harold Lloyd!

--Flitzer

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02/12/2015 04:19.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer on Thursday
Photo:
The iconic image of Harold Lloyd dangling from the clock from "Safety Last!" (1923)
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2015 Oscar Nominees - Best Actor in the Leading Role:

Steve Carell: "Foxcatcher"
Bradley Cooper: "American Sniper"
Benedict Cumberbatch: "The Imitation Game"
Michael Keaton: "Birdman" or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Eddie Redmayne: "The Theory of Everything"
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I would like to see Bradley Cooper or Michael Keaton win
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~Wings Up~ ==Flitzer

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02/12/2015 03:40.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Wednesday
"We'll always have Paris.": "Casablanca", Dad's Favorite Film:
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"CASABLANCA" (1942, Dir: Michael Curtiz)
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Although Casablanca was an A-list film with established stars and first-rate writers, no one involved with its production expected it to be anything out of the ordinary.
It was just one of hundreds of pictures produced by Hollywood every year.
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"Casablanca" had its world premiere on November 26, 1942, in New York City and was released on January 23, 1943, in the United States. The film was a solid if unspectacular success in its initial run, rushed into release to take advantage of the publicity from the Allied invasion of North Africa a few weeks earlier.

The film's reputation grew as audiences embraced it. Casablanca won three Academy Awards: for Best Picture, director, and writing (screenplay). Its lead characters, memorable lines, and pervasive theme song have all become iconic. The film has consistently ranked near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time.

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02/11/2015 04:00.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Tuesday Talk:
The Great Studio Era: MGM
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc.Once the largest and most glamorous of film studios, MGM was founded in 1924 headed by Louis B. Mayer. Studio billed itself as having "more stars than there are in heaven", a reference to the large number of A-list movie stars under contract to the company.
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MGM stood for the Best & the Glamorous. The Studio specialized in Musicals and great Dramas during Hollywood's Golden Era.
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The Studio's Motto was "Ars Gratia Artis", is a Latin phrase meaning "Art for art's sake".
The logo, which features Leo the Lion. Originally silent, the sound of Leo the Lion's roar was added to films for the first time in August 1928.
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The MGM era wound down in the early 1970s.
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List of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Metro-Goldwyn- -Mayer_films

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02/10/2015 10:09.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer's Movie Monday:
Computer ate my original blog --must have been hungry. Freezing Rain and Freezing Sleet making for awful roads and sliding cars...
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ACADEMY AWARD Statistics:
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Most awards won by a male:
Walt Disney won 22 Oscars. He also won the most Oscars in one year, with four in 1954.
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Most awards won by a female:
Edith Head won eight Oscars, all for Costume Design.
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Most awards for lead Actress:
Katharine Hepburn won four awards
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Most awards for leading actor:
Daniel Day-Lewis with 3 awards (1989, 2007, 2012)
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Most awards for supporting actor:
Walter Brennan with 3
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Actress with most total nominations for acting:
Meryl Streep with 19 nominations.
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Actor with most total nominations for acting"
Jack Nicholson with 12 nominations.

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02/09/2015 08:12.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Sunday Flitzer
Hello, Queen Ruby!

Greetings from snowbound Buffalo, NY. We actually got up to 31 degrees and sunny on Saturday. Sadly the snow is going to build up higher and higher and temps will plummet once again.
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Top 10 Highest Paid Hollywood Actresses Of 2014
[I don't even know the name "Kristen Stewart" - Who??]

10. Mila kunis
09. Scarlett Johansson
08. Natalie Portman
07. Sandra Bullock
06. Charlize Theron
05. Emma Stone
04. Jennifer Aniston
03. Angelina Jolie
02. Kristen Stewart
01. Jennifer Lawrence

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02/08/2015 02:30.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Saturday Flitzer
Happy Saturday, movie-lovers.

It's time to give me your "Wings Up" or "Wings Down" on this year's Nominees!
Here are the Eight Films up for 'Best Picture' this year.
What was your favorite movie you saw this year?
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"AMERICAN SNIPER"
"BIRDMAN" or (The Unexpected Virture of Ignorance)
"BOYHOOD"
"THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL"
"THE IMITATION GAME"
"SELMA"
"THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING"
"WHIPLASH"
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02/07/2015 03:12.15 AM Report This Comment  
  A Snowy Flitzer Friday
Hello from the Endless Winter of Buffalo, NY. Usually we'll have a storm then it melts away, then another....
This year the temperatures are staying frigid so the snowdrifts are just drifting higher and higher. It's getting hard to see beyond the walls of white.
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Pollly asked the Weight of the Oscar Statuette:
The Oscar weighs 8½ pounds
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Top 10 Highest Paid Hollywood Actors Of 2014
[I was surprised by this list.
I think I'd pay a couple of them to stay away from my movie. Ha-Ha!]
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10. Will Smith
09. Leonardo DiCaprio
08. Tom Cruise
07. Robert Downey Jr.
06. Jude Law
05. Channing Tatum
04. Hugh Jackman
03. Robert Pattinson
02. Mark Wahlberg
01. Johnny Depp

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02/06/2015 04:03.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Fun Film Facts:
Hello, Queen Ruby -

The Oscar statue costs how much?
[Numbers from 2014]

The value of the 24-karat gold-plated statue is tied with the price of gold, which is currently about $1,600 per ounce. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that means that each of this year’s 50 statuettes from manufacturer R.S. Owens is worth about $900.
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The price of getting dressed:

[These numbers were from 2011 -I'm sure cost has gone up a bit]
The average cost of a gown worn during the Academy Awards ranges from $5,000 to $15,000, according to one celebrity stylist. But that's just a small part of the total cost of getting dressed for Oscar night. Stars who hire a stylist to pick out an outfit will cough up between $1,500 to $6,000 per day for that service.

~Wings Up~

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02/05/2015 03:52.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Squawks The First Oscar...
Hello from "Flitter-Flot n Fly" [one of Dad's silly names for me]
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The 1st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 1927 and 1928 and took place on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Douglas Fairbanks hosted the show. It is the only Academy Awards ceremony not to be broadcast either on radio or television.
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Best Picture: "Wings"
Best Director: Frank Borzage – "Seventh Heaven"

Best Actor: Emil Jannings – "The Last Command" and "The Way of All Flesh"

Best Actress: Janet Gaynor – (for 3 films): "Seventh Heaven", "Street Angel" and "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans"
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