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Chaos Breeds Chaos 2015 Television Awards – Part 2

Now that the “Main” categories are out of the way (read Part 1 here), it’s on to some specialty awards.

Best development of a character: Dr. Schetany (Ben Shankman), Royal Pains
Character development can go one of two ways: either it feels natural and highlights a character’s flaws, fears, hopes and dreams, or it feels forced and goes completely against the character’s past and what he stands for. In Royal Pains, Ben Shankman has created a very uptight, neurotic character in Dr. Schetany, but as he continues to attempt to become a better person, he has had to step way out of his comfort zone to mature into a much more well-rounded person. Beginning with the kindness of taking Dyvia and her baby into his very clean home, Dr. Schetany learns how to break from his routine, which leads to helping a girl he has feelings for, all of which led to him falling in love and find heartbreak, betrayal and forgiveness. The scene where he sits at a new place and tries to banter with the waitress the same way he did with the girl he liked, and realizing, “It’s just not the same,” was heartbreaking and gives Dr. Schetany a depth that not a lot of characters embody. See More Awards

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Chaos Breeds Chaos 2015 Television Awards – Part 1

Well, the 2015 Emmy Awards have come and gone, and as per usual, most of the winners (in fact, this year, I believe ALL of the winners) were shows I could care less about. I know a lot of people watch the shows that did win, including Game of Thrones and Veep, but because I don’t subscribe to HBO, or because I just simply don’t care much for the actors involved, I was none to pleased with the outcomes this year. So, once again, I’ve compiled my own list of awards given to both outstanding and poorly executed shows — moments and episodes that deserve a little recognition over the *yawn* inducing categories and nominees that show up every year on the Emmy voter’s radars. (Click here for a look at my 2014 awards). Please Note: these are for shows and episodes of television shows I watch that aired between May 2014 and May 2015. Find Out the Winners (and Losers)

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Point Break and the Xerox Era of Hollywood

I just viewed the trailer for the so-called remake of the 1991 classic, Point Break, and from what I saw — there are all kinds of wrong here that need to be addressed. Before I do, here’s the trailer:

This is a remake as much as the Teletubbies are role models. Other than using the names Bodhi and Utah, there is almost no resemblance to the original film. Continue Reading!

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World Chaos Roundup #2

This week in my World Chaos News Roundup, I discuss the exit of a dancing scream queen, the unnecessary plan to provide adults with more “free” education, and the omissions of both a beloved film from the biggest award show and a politician from the biggest march in French history.

Read on if you dare

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World Chaos Roundup #1

With a new year under way, I wanted to try a little something new for my blog. Along with Movie Mayhem and the continuing adventures of Write A Novel With Me, I’m going to add a new weekly (or bi-weekly in some cases) post with my thoughts on events and news items that sparked my interest — or in some cases, my ire — as well as anything exciting that is news-worthy as it relates to my life and career. I don’t know how long this will last, or if anyone will even find it interesting, but it’s worth a shot. And please, whether you agree or disagree, don’t hesitate to leave your thoughts on these items in the comments section below.

In this, the first full full week of 2015, I will discuss the drop in movie attendance, the picks for Hall of Fame induction and a couple of movie-related items.

My thoughts are just a click away

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Be Honest, Be Yourself

On a recent episode of Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsey, as he usually does at some point in every episode, chewed out a contestant for one reason or another. Though it’s familiar territory for all of the chefs, this seems to hit this one pretty hard, so after the dinner service is over, he goes up to one of Ramsey’s sous chefs and asks her how she does it — how she can work with Gordon day in and day out, especially after making a mistake or two during a service. She tells him that he can’t take it personally, and that whenever she has a day where nothing goes right, she simply wakes up the next morning and says, “today’s a new day.” Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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RIP Tony Gwynn

I watched Tony Gwynn play baseball for several years. Most of them were in his twilight years as far as the game goes, but that doesn’t take away from any of his many accomplishments during that time. I watched on television as he joined the 3,000 hit club, kept my eye on the newspaper every morning to keep an eye on his battle with Todd Helton as they battled to be the one to capture the elusive .400 batting average, and cheered every time he slapped that baseball through the 5.5 hole. (For the uninitiated, that would be the gap between the third baseman and the shortstop.) He was always in high spirits because he loved the game; but he loved the city more. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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The Blame Game In America

With the most recent rampage that occurred last week in Santa Barbara, once again we’re being presented with as many excuses as humanly possible for the reason it took place. From guns to knives to Hollywood, it seems as if everything in the world is at fault except for the actual person who committed the crimes. What everyone is overlooking, though, is the root of the problem, which has nothing at all to do with any outside influence, including the possibility of mental illness. The real problem lies in the cultural shift our country has taken over the last couple of decades, due in part because of the erosion of leadership on all levels. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Can I Just Say…

With all of the pretty good news coming out of the Star Wars camp in recent weeks, it was disappointing to hear that Denis Lawson (Ewan “Obi-Wan Kenobi” McGregor’s uncle) has decided not to reprise his iconic role of Wedge Antilles in Star Wars: Episode VII because he would be bored by it. Now I understand that Wedge probably wouldn’t have had a big presence in the new sequel, and I respect Denis’s decision (after all, if you can’t get fully behind something, you’re better off not doing it), but it definitely would have been awesome if the one and only character who actually participated in, and survived, attacks on both Death Stars (not to mention the Battle of Hoth) made, at the very least, one last appearance alongside his fellow X-Wing pilot, Luke Skywalker.

It certainly isn’t the worst news in the world… so long as there isn’t another Death Star that needs to be destroyed!

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Star Wars Episode VII Can’t Get Here Fast Enough!

Yesterday, Disney released the main cast list for the upcoming Star Wars film, so being the hardcore Star Wars fan that I am, I thought it was finally time that I weigh in on not only the cast, but several other rumors that have been floating around ever since Disney first announced its purchase of Lucasfilm, and their decision to start producing a variety of Star Wars related material. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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