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Go Gators!!!!!

Sorry, just got a little too excited now that the Gators' season has officially started. Yeah, I'm pretty sure I would've had to be tranquilized if another game was cancelled due to bad weather, lol. Anyway, here's hoping we have a FAR better season than last year. (I'm still trying to convince myself that last season was just a really bad figment of my imagination.)
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A Farewell to Two Legends

Wow, this has certainly been a rough week. First Robin Williams dies on Monday, and then Lauren Bacall passes away on Tuesday. My condolences to their families.

Below is a nice tribute video that TCM posted in remembrance of Ms. Bacall:


And here's a sweet tweet sent out by The Academy in honor of Mr. Williams:
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R.I.P.

Go Gators!

Well, my Gators are playing UConn in the Final Four tonight. The last time these two teams faced each other, UConn star Shabazz Napier made an incredible play in the final seconds to win the game. Hopefully, this time my Gators are the ones celebrating when the clock runs out.

Here's a cool video I found over on youtube. Hope my fellow Gator fans enjoy. Go Gators!

R.I.P. James Avery

No, no, no. Not Uncle Phil!

On December 31st, James Avery — a.k.a. Uncle Phil from "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" — died. He was 68. His publicist stated that his death was due to complications following open heart surgery. So sad.

uncle-phil I loved the show, especially Uncle Phil's character. His perpetual snark was always my favorite part of each episode.

Avery was also a voice actor — including the voice of Shredder from the animated TV series "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" — and a poet.

Rest in peace, sir. Condolences to your wife and stepson.

And farewell "Uncle Phil."

Happy New Year!

As we say goodbye to 2013, here's wishing everyone a blessed New Year.

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Congrats Dame Angela Lansbury!

Angela Lansbury, the 88-year-old actress best known for her role in "Murder, She Wrote," was named dame of the British Empire as part of Queen Elizabeth's annual New Years’ Honors List. The list of 1,195 Honorees was announced today. Congratulations Dame Angela Lansbury! pizap.com13885423344181

R.I.P. Joan Fontaine

A few minutes ago I learned that Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine died Sunday of natural causes at the age of 96.

Growing up, my mom passed on to me two passions: literature and classic films. And, of course, nothing was better than watching films based on literature, such as "Jane Eyre" and "Rebecca." These two films were my introduction to Ms. Fontaine's work.

joanfontaine Ms. Fontaine starred in two Hitchcock films, the aforementioned "Rebecca," which earned her an Oscar nomination, and "Suspicion," which won her an Oscar, beating out her own sister, Olivia de Havilland. (That must have been awkward.)

Well, I suppose once I complete my Peter O'Toole marathon, I'll begin a marathon for Joan Fontaine.

R.I.P. Peter O'Toole

One of my favorite actors died in London yesterday after a long illness. Peter O'Toole was 81.

O'Toole was a versatile actor whose performances—whether in dramas or comedies, whether historical or contemporary—earned him great respect. The Irish-born actor was nominated for eight Oscars during his long career, yet never won. He did, however, receive an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2003.

peterotoole-loa1 While O'Toole was best known for his role as T.E. Lawrence in "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), it was actually his portrayal of Henry II in both "Becket" (1964) and "The Lion in Winter" (1968) that won me as a fan of his work.

Tonight I will settle down for a tribute marathon, starting with the comedy "How to Steal a Million," co-staring Audrey Hepburn.

Farewell, Mr. O'Toole. Thanks for the memories.

"Ireland, and the world, has lost one of the giants of film and theatre." — Irish President Michael D. Higgins