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Could you be in a cult and not know it?

Can watching movies with friends or groups of people that seem similar to you lead to being in a cult?

WHAT IS A CULT MOVIE?

There are many CLASSIC FILMS that are considered to be a masterpiece like Harry Potter, Star Wars or The Titanic. But there is also a plethora of movies called “CULT FILMS.” These films have a low budget, low box office numbers and a low following compared to the most “popular” movies with extremely devoted followers.

“When they go low, a specific cult film audience sometimes goes high.” I consider cult films to be high art, especially the classic Cheech & Chong films.

This comedic duo were OG’s in the cult movie game! Use this link to Browse all Cheech and Chong titles

And if you love Cheech and Chong I know you will love this profoundly serious 1936 film that has become known as one of the most hilarious films that helped to start the cult movie craze….

This golden age classic “REEFER MADNESS” is always a “HIT” at every cult film get together. Use this link to get it.

If you have never seen Reefer Madness I highly suggest seeing it with a group of friends and “unique snacks”

Cult films can be hilarious, horrific, bloody, gory, sexy, strange, evil, weird, naughty, scary and something the popular kids and their parents just don’t understand.

While the mass majority of movie goers shy away from films with questionable content, there are legions of “cool misfits” that just can’t get enough of cult films. In fact, they often see these films over and over again. They are passionate and dedicated to their favorite “off-beat” films. They shout-out dialogue and quote lines from their favorite films. You are highly likely to see people dressing up as characters or actively participating at a local midnight showing of some of the films that made it to “CULT CLASSIC” status .

The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a cult-classic and the “KING of CULT FILMS.”

“The Rocky Horror Show” started in 1973 as a play in London. The play became a movie and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” premiered on September 25, 1975. For 47 years there have been audiences all over the world dressing up like Frank N. Furter, Riff Raff, Rocky, Columbia, Magenta, Brad, Janet and the other 49 characters. They bring their own props to the midnight shows, they sing, shout out replies to lines in the movie and they famously do the “Time Warp.”

Let’s see if YOU remember how to do the “Time Warp”…no worries, no one is looking

“Time Warp” from the 1975 “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Although I have seen the movie many times I am proud to say that I was one of the original members of the audience at The Roxy Theater on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood that attended the live production over a nine-month run in 1974. For the movie premiere myself and my Road Dawg Sheila, went on a bus with cast members from The Roxy theater in Hollywood to the United Artists Theatre in Westwood, California.

The Roxy live audience was much like the midnight movie audience, we dressed up, sang loudly and everyone did the time warp. This was definitely one of the “BEST” times of my life. Shout out to “Sheila” who joined me for many “Rocky” nights at The Roxy. I know she is reading this “cult movie” feature because she is still a cool, unique, weirdo, misfit.

Cult films are NOT to be watched alone.

You must share the “dark beauty” of your favorite cult films with your wackiest, most unique, weird, nerdy, and strange, mis-fit friends. These are typically the friends who are most likely to have ALL their badges from ALL their years attending Comic-Con. And they are always ready to tell you how each year was better than the rest…(these same friends may also be the ones most likely to have body parts in their freezer)….just kidding about the freezer but they WILL have those Comic-Con badges and wristbands.

Do you have what it takes to be a Cult Leader or are you more of a follower?

If you are considering having a CULT MOVIE party or a CULT MOVIE marathon, at your house or a venue, you should take on the role as the “CULT LEADER” for the day.

  • The CULT LEADER chooses the CULT FILM or films to bring to the party.
  • The followers usually bring the party favors, the junk food and the “brewskis”

It is not easy to recommend Cult Films because they are usually tailored to the specific taste of the viewers. For instance, there are cult groups that are enthusiastic about women’s prison films, naughty nurses, or nuns, while others love zombies, cannibals, and gory horror films.

I will offer some suggestions for a party with a mixture for those who like the popular, big budget cult films and for those that like to dig-deep into the freaky cult film vault.

HERE ARE THE MOST POPULAR CULT FILMS THAT MOST PEOPLE CAN ENJOY.

The Rocky Horror Picture ShowGet your Rocky fix with this link

The Big Lebowski…DUDE, you need to OWN this one! Get the 20th Anniversary edition here

Harold & Maude (a personal favorite) I recommend the Blu-ray, get it here

Friday…Warning: you may need extra snacks for these films. Get all 3 films…1-3 here

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (If you love British humor, this is for you) Get it here

Fight Club…(Another personal favorite) DeepDiscount.com has the Anniversary Edition here

Labyrinth…Get this dark film, directed by Jim Henson, but this one is NO MUPPET MOVIE. It stars David Bowie and you can get it here

American Psycho…not sure what this says about me, but I LOVE this movie. Get it here

Clerks…This classic Kevin Smith film is available here

Showgirls…This erotic, campy, cult drama centers around strippers and showgirls. Need I say more? Here’s the link

Donnie Darko…Jake Gyllenhaal and Drew Barrymore are incredible in this dark, sci-fi cult film. Get it here

Dazed and Confused…Star studded cast and A MUST SEE for all cult film enthusiasts. Get it here

The Room…loved this weirdly amazing movie! DeepDiscount.com has it here

There are far too many popular Cult Films to name them all, but now you have a few choices to get your party started.

For those of you who like to dig deep for the hard-core cult films there are a ton more to choose from. Just read the titles because they often give you clues to the content of the films

Look for key words like Zombies, Sex, Evil, Girls, Women’s Prison, Naughty Nurses, Terror, Horror, Blood, Gore, Hell and all your favorite guilty pleasures. You will find the perfect films for those misfit friends I spoke about earlier in this feature.

Find all your off-beat, hard-core cult treasures HERE

ENJOY THESE CULT FILMS. When you find one you love, write back, and tell me how it warped your mind…or made you laugh your ass off.

NORMAN LEAR, HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY

Norman Lear is one of the most important figures in the history of television. He is one of the most important men behind the scenes of some of our most revered and beloved TV shows. Let me begin by telling you who Norman Lear is…..then I will tell you briefly about his history and the man who bravely served his country in World War II.

This is Norman Lear…..and at 100 years old… he is still working!

Norman Milton Lear was born on July 27, 1922. He is a beloved American TV Writer, and a Film and TV Producer.

In his 100 years he has produced, written, created, or developed over 100 shows.

Lear is best known for many popular 1970s sitcoms, including All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, and Good Times. Collectively these shows were viewed by more than 120 million people per week. His shows were influential, ground-breaking shows.

“All in the Family” was one of the most important series of all-time.

In this ground-breaking show, Norman Lear was not afraid to take on social and controversial subjects. He trusted the intelligence of his viewers to understand why he brought some of the controversial episodes to television. Over 50 years ago, it was the first American show to be taped in front of a live audience. Every laugh and response were from real people.

To me this seems risky since the show often had topics that could easily be hard for some to grasp. The lead character Archie Bunker was a middle-aged Bigot. The man who portrayed “Archie” (Carroll O’Conner) was a liberal. I suppose this is why Carroll O’Conner won four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of “Archie Bunker”. Jean Stapleton who portrayed his wife “Edith Bunker” won three Emmy Awards. Sally Struthers (daughter Gloria Stivic) won two Emmy Awards. Rob Reiner (Gloria’s husband / the son-in-law, Mike Stivic) also won two Emmy Awards.

ALL in the FAMILY had 42 Emmy Award WINS and 73 nominations. There were also 8 Golden Globe WINS connected to the show.

Just think about this…….

From 1971-1979, “All in the Family” addressed racism, antisemitism, homosexuality, women’s liberation, religion, rape, abortion, breast cancer, infidelity, miscarriages, impotence, menopause, and the Vietnam War…and 50 years later most of these subjects are still HOT TOPICS!

NORMAN LEAR HAS ALWAYS BEEN AHEAD OF HIS TIME!

Other random things about All in the Family:

• It was the first show to have a toilet rush on a prime-time show. WOW, we have come a long way to what we see and hear now.

• The lead female “Edith” was played as a women with a horrible singing voice. In reality, she was an accomplished singer and a successful Broadway actress.

• Archie and Edith’s favorite living room chairs are now in the Smithsonian Institute Museum in Washington, DC.

• Mickey Rooney was almost cast as Archie Bunker

• The show’s first episode had a warning after the title that read “Suggested for the mature audience”

• The third episode which was a little hard for some people to watch contained a different warning, written by Norman Lear, that read “The program you are about to see is ALL in the Family. It seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices, and concerns. By making them a source of laughter, we hope to show – in a mature fashion – just how absurd they are.”

• Jean Stapleton who portrayed Archie’s wife chose to remain as “Edith Bunker” in 1971 when she was asked to take a leading role in :Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

• Carroll O’Connor wrote the lyrics of the closing theme song

See for yourself why this television series is LEGENDARY & HISTORIC
Get the complete series here:

There were seven other spin-off shows from “All in the Family”. The Top three spin-offs were also ground-breaking, award-winning shows and are available for your collections.

• “Maude” 1972-1978 (141 episodes)
“Maude” Seasons 1-6 available at DeepDiscount.com

• “Good Times” 1974-1979 (123 episodes)
Good Times: The Complete Series on DeepDiscount.com

• “The Jeffersons” 1975-1984 (252 episodes)
The Jeffersons: The Complete Series (The Dee-luxe Edition) on DeepDiscount.com

• “Archie Bunker’s Place” 1979-1983 (97 episodes)

• “Checking In” 1981 (4 episodes)

• “Gloria” 1982-1983 (21 episodes)

• “704 Hauser” 1994 (6 episodes

Norman Lear has continued to actively produce television, including the remake of One Day at a Time in 2017 and the Netflix revival of Good Times in 2022. His re-imagined Cuban American version of “One Day at a Time” is in the Top Ten New Shows of 2017, and the second season is now streaming on Netflix.

At 100, this is what Norman Lear is currently “still” working on…

He is currently an executive producer on the award-winning Epix docuseries “America Divided”, now in season two. He is also in production on the pilot of “Guess Who Died”, an NBC comedy featuring a cast of senior citizens. Will Mr. Lear make this demographic, “golden” again? I THINK SO!

You can also check out his weekly podcast “All of the Above with Norman Lear”

In his personal, down time, Norman Lear is “still”…………

The father of six, the grandfather of four, and a husband to Lyn Lear.

He is a liberal, a philanthropist and a political & social activist. He supports and funds First Amendment rights and progressive politicians and causes. In 1980, Lear founded the advocacy organization “People for the American Way” to counter the influence of the Christian right in politics. In the early 2000s, he organized and led a tour of the Declaration of Independence.

After ALL of Norman Lear’s life-long achievements I must leave you with just one more that happened long before he became one of the “GREATEST TELEVSION PIONEERS of ALL-TIME”

Before beginning his long and highly successful career in television, Norman Lear joined the military. It was 1942 and he was 20 years old. He served as an Army Air Force pilot in World War II. From 1942-1945 he flew 52 successful combat missions and was awarded the prestigious, Air Medal

The television Icon, Norman Lear has also received numerous prestigious awards, to include five Emmys, the National Medal of Arts, and the Kennedy Center Honors. In 1975 he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was one of the first seven television pioneers to be inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

I will end with my favorite quote about Norman Lear

“Norman Lear, transformed the American cultural landscape, bringing the social and political issues of the day into American living rooms for the first time”…….YES HE DID!

THANK YOU, NORMAN LEAR for all your years of service to our country in the military and THANK YOU, for the classic, thought provoking, game-changing, historic television shows……the years of laughter…all the important and beloved characters that you brought to life.

AND….HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY MR. LEAR ….take some time off for a BIG piece of cake!

In Celebration of Comic-Con 2022

Plus the lifestyle brand that is killing it in the pop-culture world.

If you can’t be at Comic-Con this year, you can still get together with some of your friends and share your favorite comic books, movies, and TV shows. My new obsession that began during the pandemic is collecting “Funko” figurines. I am crazy about collecting all my favorite hip hop stars, rock Gods, athletes, movie and television figurines.

I found RUN DMC figurines which I display near one of my most treasured photos with all 3 members of the group (R.I.P. Jam Master Jay).

I also just picked up the “Jordan Peele” Funko figurine since I am seeing his newest film “Nope” this coming weekend. I am sure his new film will be the talk of Comic-Con this coming weekend in San Diego, CA.

Since I know what my friends like I am buying Funko figurines that I know they would love as birthday and holiday gifts. I am getting their gifts early to avoid the dreaded holiday “out-of-stock” conditions. Right now, they are priced low and with the extra 10% off discount coupon at “Deep Discount” these are very affordable and perfect gifts.

I love when my friends take the time to choose gifts that are meaningful and special to me. Showing that you know what your friend collects or likes shows them you know them well and care about them. If you are not sure of the unique things that they are into, it’s never too late to find out. Funko figurines are an inexpensive way to give them something they will genuinely like. Their favorite music, movie, comic, or television heroes in a figurine is unexpected and a great surprise.

While browsing the FUNKO products by genres I found so many great gifts for my friends. Some friends that I bond with because of our love of music, Stranger Things, Seinfeld, Game of Thrones, Ozark, and other shows. I can’t wait to see their faces when they open the figurines of the things they love most.

I am adding the “Ruth” of “Ozark” figurine to my own collection today.

And I can’t wait to get the “Stranger Things” Funko’s into the hands of my Godson. He also loves Video Games, Anime, Sports, Marvel, DC , Horror films and even something as random as “Froot Loops.”  Much to my surprise I found a “Froot Loop” figurine under the “Funko Ad Icons” category.

When I take the time to click tabs that I don’t usually visit, I often discover some real gems and treasures. By clicking “Toys and Gifts” at www.deepdiscount.com I found something unique and special for all my friends and loved ones. I can not believe how many categories and AWESOME products that are available from Funko.

Check out their vast selection of Funko figurines, t-shirts and more. Find something for everyone……and most importantly…..YOU! Just Click Here

You can also see a complete, kick-ass list of ALL Comic-Con Sale titles Here

DREW BARRYMORE

Sometimes I just get in the mood for more……DREW BARRYMORE

Drew was only 5 years old when she landed her first acting job. In 1982 at the age of 6 she melted my heart in Stephen Spielberg’s epic summer blockbuster film E.T.

Drew has now been in 57 films and counting…

On September 14, 2020 “The Drew Barrymore Show” debuted on CBS.

She has appeared as herself 236 times in interviews and guest appearances. I suppose her popularity on talk shows led to Drew getting her own talk show.

Drew went up against other popular talk shows and she proved that she too could have a successful career in daytime TV. Drew’s show is high on special interest “feel-good” stories. Her humor, optimism and positive messages have been rays of sunshine in some of the dark days of the pandemic. Her show debuted at the perfect time. We needed the happiness that Drew brings for an hour every weekday. I am happy to report that The Drew Barrymore show has been renewed for a third season.

For 42 years I have enjoyed and found happiness in Drew’s extraordinary talent. I personally love Drew in romantic comedies, but she is certainly not limited to that genre of film. She has starred in dramas, fantasy, thrillers, and horror films.

Find all of Drew’s films here

Here are some of my favorite and most beloved Drew Barrymore films and performances.

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

Here is a link to my previous feature on this EPIC BLOCKBUSTER FILM. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – Violet Brown Told Me

Get this AMAZING film here: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial With DVD, Ultraviolet Digital Copy, 2 Pack, Digital Copy on DeepDiscount.com

Firestarter (1984)

An Eight-year-old Drew Barrymore stars as the child who has the amazing ability and power to start fires with just a glance. Can her psychic power and the love of her father save her from the threatening government agency, “The Shop, “, which wants to control her… or destroy her?

Here is the original version of this film starring Drew: Firestarter Snap Case on DeepDiscount.com

Irreconcilable Differences (1983)

This is a bittersweet comedy. Two aspiring writers Albert (Ryan O’Neal) and Lucy (Shelley Long) meet and fall in love. They become happily married and soon have a beautiful little daughter. Their “happy” simple life starts crumbling as Albert’s career in Hollywood prospers and he falls in love with his leading actor (Sharon Stone). Seeing her loving parents go from love to hate, nine-year old Casey (Drew Barrymore) becomes tired of being emotionally and physically ignored by her parents. She hires a lawyer and tries to divorce them on the grounds of  Irreconcilable Differences.

Get it and own it here: Search results for Movies/TV : “• Irreconcilable Differences (1983)” (deepdiscount.com)

The Wedding Singer (1998)

I saw this film several times due to a friend who was also in this film. R.I.P. Alexis Arquette.

This is the first of three films in which Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler team up for some beloved and memorable laughs.

In this film New Jersey wedding chanter Robbie Hart (Sandler) loses hope after being abandoned at the altar by his Fiancé. Soon he meets Julia (Barrymore), an effervescent ray of light in the shape of a catering server. She enlists Robbie’s help in planning her own wedding-to a sleazy, junk bond salesman who fools around with other women and treats them like unfeeling slabs of meat.

Click here to get The Wedding Singer: Search results for Movies/TV : “The wedding singer” (deepdiscount.com)

I highly recommend seeing all 3 films starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. These two actors have great chemistry together.

50 First Dates (2004)

This was the second film that starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

Drew suffered a head injury in an accident and suffers with short-term memory loss. Adam falls hard for Drew, and she becomes the girl of his dreams. Each date is a challenge as he must win her over again…and again due to her short-term memory.

50 First Dates Widescreen, Subtitled, Dubbed, AC-3 on DeepDiscount.com

Blended (2014)

Let’s hope that it’s not the last time we will see Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore star together.

After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attractions grow as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship.

Get Blended in this GREAT triple feature DVD set: 3 Film Collection: The Intern / Tammy / Blended 2 Pack, Eco Amaray Case on DeepDiscount.com

Donnie Darko (2001)

Long before “Stranger Things” this cult classic combined science fiction with 80’s nostalgia.

Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days, 06 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. During that time, he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank’s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum. Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast – pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze and former child star Drew Barrymore. The soundtrack is loaded with 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran.

Click here for Donnie Darko: Search results for Movies/TV : “Donnie Darko” (deepdiscount.com)

Poison Ivy

Here is a great triple feature DVD that contains the first 3 “Poison Ivy” films in the series.

Poison Ivy: Triple Feature on DeepDiscount.com

  1. Poison Ivy (1992) starring Drew Barrymore and Sara Gilbert… A CULT CLASSIC!
  2. Poison Ivy II: Lily (1996) starring Alyssa Milano and Johnathon Schaech
  3. Poison Ivy: The New Seduction starring Jaime Pressly and Megan Edwards

Poison Ivy is an erotic thriller film series. The first three films in the series deal with the implications of an emotionally neglected, sexually assertive young woman’s fascination with her best friend’s father, and how her desire for him affects multiple individuals who fall under her influence.

Make sure you check out all the great Drew Barrymore films here. Search results for Movies/TV : “drew barrymore” (deepdiscount.com)

ELVIS

Elvis is the “KING of ROCK & ROLL,” and he will reign as the “KING of the BOX OFFICE” on JUNE 24, 2022

Elvis Presley is the 2nd bestselling artist of all-time  (behind The Beatles) but that may change when the new “Elvis” biopic hits theaters this month.

I predict that ELVIS-MANIA is about to happen all over again.

When Elvis really “left the building and the world” on August 16, 1977, I remember every detail as though it was yesterday.

This is a day in Rock & Roll history that I will never forget. I was the Assistant Manager at the #1 store in the Wherehouse Music chain. I suppose we were #1 because we carried an extensive selection of titles by all artists.

It was a Tuesday, and we were playing the hits of that time. Andy Gibb, The Commodores, Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac, and Heart were in high rotation. And I always had to play Led Zeppelin at least 3-4 times a day. Shortly after 1:30 pm, I was told that I had a personal phone call, so I went upstairs. I could see the entire store from a security window that was in our office upstairs. I picked up the phone as I gazed out the window. It was my mother calling and as I said hello, she screamed into the phone “Elvis is dead.” I could not believe it, I told her it must be gossip. But before I got off the phone I knew it must be true since I watched hordes of customers running into the store with tears streaming down their faces. They ran straight to the Elvis Presley section. Our store always had an amazing selection of Elvis since our manager was a HUGE fan. The manager was Godfrey and when he was a teenager, he and two friends from school were invited to the set of the Elvis film “Jailhouse Rock.” They met Elvis and got this photo with him.

My friend Godfrey and his two friends meeting Elvis on the set of the film “Jailhouse Rock.”

It was hard to break the news to Godfrey about the passing of Elvis. It took only 30 minutes for every piece of Elvis product to sell out.

When Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic “Elvis” is released 4 days from now, Elvis’s product will be in high demand again. Baz is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and until “Elvis” Baz was most known for his extreme and over-the-top productions of Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo & Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge (2001), Australia (2008), and The Great Gadsby in 2013.

This new film Luhrmann depicts Elvis’s rise to fame and his complicated relationship with his lifelong manager Colonel Tom Parker.

Parker (Tom Hanks) met Elvis (played by Austin Butler) in 1955. Within a year Colonel Parker was able to score Elvis Presley a recording contract with RCA Victor Records.

Colonel Parker was like the great “OZ” behind the curtain calling all the shots and pulling all the strings to make Elvis the BIGGEST STAR IN THE WORLD.

Colonel Tom Parker took 50% of all the money that came from merchandise and the licensing of Elvis music. He took the standard 25% of all the money that Elvis earned. Elvis was his only client until the day Presley died on August 16, 1977.

Tom Hanks seems like the perfect actor to portray a complicated man like Parker. Throughout their relationship many called Colonel Tom Parker a psychopath. I love a relevant story about the music industry and the inclusion of a psychopath is just icing on the cake. I have already purchased my ticket to see “Elvis” at the first showing on the evening of June 24. I hear the story is mostly about “Parker” but when you have a bigger than life artist like Elvis depicted in the film it will be hard to not focus on the newest star in-the making, Austin Butler.

I am not sure if the old-time, hard-core Elvis fans will love the glitzy and lavish Baz Luhrmann film, but I suppose a lot of young movie goers will certainly “LOVE” Austin Butler as “Elvis”

Remember when Robert Pattinson debuted in 2008 as Edward in Twilight? Austin Butler just might follow suit to become Hollywood’s newest “heartthrob” movie-star.

Austin Butler has everything it takes to become the HOTTEST HOLLYWOOD “IT BOY” of 2022.

His charisma, charm, great looks, dance moves, and “real” singing in the film is sure to make Austin The King” of next year’s MTV Movie Awards.

The film premiered at “Graceland,” the home and burial place of Elvis in Memphis Tennessee. Baz Luhrmann, the stars of the film and the Presley family were all in attendance.

The media and press are buzzing with news about the movie and stories about the lives of Elvis, his wife Priscilla, his daughter Lisa Marie, and his legendary manager Colonel Tom Parker. I suppose that all stories about “THE KING” will resurface but if you really want to get to know Elvis, just pick up some of his music, movies or documentaries about his life and career. Elvis recorded over 700 songs and he did not write any of them. He made his songwriters very wealthy people even though they gave up 50% of the credit before Elvis would record their songs. I suppose this was just another smart and crafty move by Colonel Parker. If Elvis sang the song it was sure to SELL and most often the songs became HITS!

As the Elvis Presley press explodes over the balance of the year, it may become hard to find his music and films……

That’s right……ELVIS WAS A MOVIE STAR.

Between 1956 to 1972 Elvis made 33 movies and he starred in 32 of them. The movies were not always great but with his face on the big screen, his singing, and his hip shaking every theatre seat was filled with screaming women.

As I watched his classic film “Jailhouse Rock” a few years ago I could not help but compare it to the modern-day real-life story of hip-hop’s most notorious record label “Death Row Records.” Who knows, perhaps Suge Knight took some tips from Colonel Tom Parkers playbook.

The smart and talented folks behind the scenes at DeepDiscount.com have been busy over the past few months cultivating the best collection of Elvis music, movies, and collectibles.

Elvis once said “If you’re looking for trouble, you came to the right place”

Violet Brown says “If you’re looking for ELVIS, you came to the right place”

Whether you are a casual Elvis fan or an Elvis fanatic you will find “EVERYTHING ELVIS”…HERE

Search results for All Products : “Elvis Presley” (deepdiscount.com)

ELVIS  “THE KING” PRESLEY WILL BE ON SALE THROUGHOUT JUNE….And make sure to UNLOCK another 10% savings off your order with that AWESOME coupon that pops up when you open www.deepdiscount.com

Here are my some of my favorite Elvis films:

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Jailhouse Rock Deluxe Edition, Remastered, Restored, Widescreen on DeepDiscount.com

Blue Hawaii (1961)

Blue Hawaii Widescreen, Dolby, AC-3 on DeepDiscount.com

Elvis On Tour (1972)

Search results for All Products : “elvis on tour” (deepdiscount.com)

Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Viva Las Vegas Remastered, Restored, Widescreen, Subtitled on DeepDiscount.com

King Creole (1958)

King Creole Limited Edition, Remastered, Widescreen, Amaray Case on DeepDiscount.com

G.I. Blues (1960)

G.I. Blues Widescreen, AC-3, Dolby, Mono Sound on DeepDiscount.com

Follow That Dream (1962)

Follow That Dream Subtitled, Dubbed, Repackaged, Standard Screen on DeepDiscount.com

AND….for a SUPER ELVIS FILM BARGAIN check out this 7 Movie DVD set…..WOW!

Elvis 7-Film Collection Boxed Set on DeepDiscount.com

When you see “Elvis” on June 24, come back and share your thoughts on it!

“The Rock” is Cooking Up Quite a Career!

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the BIGGEST movie stars of all-time.

Over the last 13 years only 3.4% of the top grossing films featured Asian American or Pacific Islander leading actors.

44 films had an Asian American or Pacific Islander lead. 14 of these films featured Dwayne Johnson in a leading role. Dwayne is not just a Pacific Islander star he is one of the BIGGEST movie stars of the past two decades.

Since 2001 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has appeared in one movie or more each year. In 2013 he had five huge films within the same year.

There is no secret to his success. We have watched him in plain sight as he rose to wrestling stardom in 1996. Just three years later in 1999 he emerged as an actor. It did not take long until “The Rock” started making a name for himself as “Dwayne Johnson” in films. In 2001 he had a small role in “The Mummy Returns” but that led to a leading role in the 2002, “Scorpion King”.

Dwayne Johnson has been in or associated with 59 films. The hit TV show “Young Rock” is based on his life story. He is ranked at #6 of the highest grossing actors of all-time. His movies have earned $11.4 BILLION and counting….WORLD-WIDE

WHY ARE STUDIOS & DIRECTORS DRAWN TO WORKING WITH DWAYNE JOHNSON FOR SO MANY MOVIES?

Dwayne strives to be successful at everything he does. Perhaps these are a few of the reasons why he also WINS at everything he does!

HE IS COMPETITIVE….and he WINS!

HE WORKS HARD….Nothing stops him!

HE DREAMS BIG & FOLLOWS HIS DREAMS!

HE IS UNSTOPPABLE!

If you are looking for movies that the whole family can see, you can never go wrong with movies starring Dwayne Johnson.

Here is a list of some of his most popular films that I highly recommend:

Moana

This is a fantastic Disney animated film that the whole family can enjoy.

MOANA, an epic adventure about a spirited teen who sets sail on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), and together they cross the ocean on a fun-filled, action-packed voyage. Bring home the movie full of heart, humor, and oceans of bonus extras!

Moana is one of my Grand Daughters favorite films, so I found other Moana related goodies for her. She especially loves the soundtrack, the karaoke CD, and the Moana collectibles.

You can find the Moana movie, music and more here: All Things MOANA from DeepDiscount.com

Jumanji

Jumanji is a fantasy, adventure film franchise that started in 1995.

The film also gave birth to a popular animated television series that aired from 1996-1999. In 2017 Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart & Jack Black brought Jumanji back to theatres. It was one of the highest grossing non-Disney and non- comic book films since Transformers. Due to the success of this sequel (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), there was another film in the series released in 2019. Dwayne, Kevin, and Jack were back in Jumanji: The Next Level with another box office success story.

Jumanji centers around four teens that discover a 16-bit video game called Jumanji in their school’s basement. Upon opening the game, the teens find themselves transported inside the game’s jungle world. Each teen is assigned an avatar. There is an explorer (Dwayne Johnson) with huge muscles,  cartographer (Jack Black), a zoologist (Kevin Hart), and a beautiful martial artist (Karen Gillan). The four of them must survive a series of dangerous adventures to get back to the real world.

Jumanji will take the whole family on an adventure of a lifetime. Watch the first Jumanji and you will be wanting more so get all the Jumanji related films and products here: All Things JUMANJI from DeepDiscount.com

In 2011 Dwayne Johnson joined the 4th most successful movie franchise of all-time!

When Dwayne Johnson joined the popular “Fast & Furious” franchise it kicked hit star-power into high-gear!

Fast Five (2011)…Fast & Furious 6 (2013)…Furious 7 (2015)… The Fate of the Furious (2017)…The Fast & the Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

Fast Five

Dwayne brought the character of Luke Hobbs to the franchise in “Fast Five.”

Hobbs is a highly trained and skilled bounty hunter for the D.S.S. (Diplomatic Security Service). The character of Luke Hobbs gave birth to a spin-off of the “Fast” franchise in “The Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw.

I realize that this feature is dedicated to Dwayne Johnson, but I am going to recommend seeing ALL the “Fast & Furious” films. If you LOVE Dwayne in these films there are double DVD sets that contain the films that he starred in.

Here is Dwayne’s “Fast Five” and “Fast & Furious 6” collection if you just want to start with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s entry into this EPIC franchise.

Fast & Furious Collection: 5 & 6 Snap Case, 2 Pack on DeepDiscount.com

If you are one of the few people that have not seen any of the “Fast & Furious” films or “Hobbs & Shaw” you can finally see what you have missed by clicking here: All Things FAST & FURIOUS from DeepDiscount.com

Fighting With My Family

This is one of my personal favorite Dwayne Johnson films.

This biopic is about a young teen named Saraya-Jade Bevis (Florence Pugh) from a small town in England who was pushed into joining her family’s business. That business was pro-wrestling. She spent a year learning the ropes of wrestling from her family and then she was ready to enter the ring as “Paige.” She soon became a rising star for the WWE. Dwayne Johnson was a co-star and the Executive Producer of “Fighting With My Family.”

Fighting With My Family With DVD, Digital Copy, 2 Pack on DeepDiscount.com

Pain & Gain

A group of personal trainers decide to steal the American dream.

I have two reasons for liking this Michael Bay hilarious crime comedy….DWAYNE JOHNSON & MARK WALBURG. I love them both and they are magical together in this action, adventure, comedy. When a group of personal trainers (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie) decide to steal the American Dream, they get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Now, living large will take everything they’ve got in the unbelievable true story that critics are calling “Goodfella’s on steroids”……and “outrageously entertaining.”

If you need some laughs and action, just click here: Pain & Gain Subtitled, Dubbed, Widescreen, Dolby on DeepDiscount.com

If it’s BLU-RAY you need, click here: Pain & Gain With DVD, Subtitled, Dubbed, Widescreen on DeepDiscount.com

These are just a few of my favorite and most popular Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson films. Browse and own all of films by clicking here: All Things DWAYNE THE ROCK JOHNSON from DeepDiscount.com

THE NEXT BIG BLOCKBUSTER

The OG  “Top Gun….Tom Cruise” soars back into theaters in “Top Gun Maverick” on May 27, 2022.

Will this sequel live up to the original Blockbuster of 1986…..TOP GUN?

Have you ever wondered, what makes a film a BLOCKBUSTER?

“A film that is a cultural phenomenon… a fast-paced exciting source of entertainment…films that audiences interact with and talk about afterward…films that bring viewers back to the theater to see them again and again, just for the thrill……..These films are called “BLOCKBUSTERS”

The first film to be called a “BLOCKBUSTER” was “Jaws” in 1975. I featured Jaws in a previous post in July 2021.

If you would like to read it, just click here

After the success of Jaws, movie studios were in a battle to see which film would be the NEXT BIG BLOCKBUSTER!

Since we now know what a “BLOCKBUSTER” is, we also know that this is the “ONE MOVIE” we “MUST-SEE” as soon as it hits theatres. Even if we do not typically see a lot of movies we are sure to head to the theatre when the newest BLOCKBUSTER is released!

Most studios wait till the summer to release their BIG “BLOCKBUSTERS” but since we were shut-ins for nearly two years they are dropping these films early and at a rapid pace.

There are several BIG FILMS set for release in 2022….CAN and WILL THEY ALL BE BLOCKBUSTERS?

The first GIGANTIC film of 2022 (touted to be a BLOCKBUSTER) is “TOP GUN MAVERICK”. The film is set for release on May 27, 2022.

“TOP GUN MAVERICK” is the sequel to the ….BIGGEST BLOCK BUSTER FILM Of 1986…“TOP GUN”

The original film starred a young Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, and Kelly McGillis. After 36 years we will see Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer back in their original roles alongside our new stars, Jennifer Connelly, and Miles Teller. I am thrilled that “Top Gun Maverick” is finally being released.

I fondly remember the rush I got in 1986 as I watched Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) soar through the clouds in the most intense flying maneuvers ever in “Top Gun”

Pete Mitchell was a young, handsome, confident, arrogant, courageous, precise, and highly skilled aviator….AND HE WAS A REBEL that did things “his way”

“Top Gun” fans loved being along for his “wild rides” in the cockpit or on the streets with his “Ninja” motorcycle. The movie had just the right amount of Drama, Action, Adventure and Romance to make it soar at the box office.

In “Top Gun Maverick” we will meet up with Pete Mitchell again, 30 years later as he continues to serve as a top Navy test pilot and flight instructor. We shall see if it is as good as the original and if it too, will be memorable 36 years later.

Before I head to the theater on May 27th to see “Top Gun Maverick”, I will go through my ritual of watching the original film that started it all “Top Gun”.

If you would like to view and own this Blockbuster film from 1986, you can find it here……

Top Gun (1986) on DVD from DeepDiscount.com

Top Gun (1986) on BLU-RAY from DeepDiscount.com

Top Gun (1986) on BLU-RAY in 3D from DeepDiscount.com

After watching “TOP GUN” from 1986, you will understand why everyone is talking about and anxious to see the sequel on May 27, 2022.

“TOP GUN” was the 8th movie starring our Mega-Movie Star Tom Cruise…“TOP GUN MAVERICK” is his 44th film.

If you need more Tom Cruise now, you can find the complete selection of Tom Cruise films by just clicking here.

What does “CODA” mean?

Are you excited about the Academy Awards? Are you going to an Academy Award viewing party or are you possibly hosting a party?

I usually attend my friend’s annual Academy Award party. Each guest brings a dish or drink that is inspired by one of the nominated films. A prize is given to the best and most creative dish…taste and presentation is EVERYTHING!

We also submit our ballots of who we feel will WIN each category. I am usually very good at picking the winners. Each year I try to see all the nominated films. Prior to the pandemic I went to four-to-five films every week. I love going to see films at a great theatre with huge screens and booming (but crystal clear) sound. It took me a while to warm up to loving films in the comfort of my home, but I am totally on board with it now.

I love being able to stop the film when needed, to replay the best scenes and to yell and scream when I feel like it.

I am very excited about this year’s nominees. There were so many beautiful films and dynamic performances. I am having a difficult time choosing the winners for this years Academy Awards party.

I have not seen every nominated film this year, but I do intend on seeing them all. Several of the films will be added to my list of favorites.

Whenever I see a masterful and passionate performance it usually leads to watching or re-visiting the previous work and films from that actor.

Here is one of the Academy Award nominated films that led to revisiting other films and performances…

CODA

CODA is an acronym that means “child of deaf adult”.

Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the CODA of the Rossi family. She is the only hearing member of the family.

Her father, mother and brother are all deaf. The family owns and operates a fishing business in Massachusetts. Ruby works on the family fishing boat while attending high school.

After noticing a boy she likes named Miles, joining the school’s choir, Ruby decides to join too. As a child she could not sing well so she was extremely nervous to audition in front of other students. When it was her turn to audition in front of the entire choir, she ran out of the room. When she eventually returned, the choir teacher had her sing alone and only to him. He discovered that Ruby had a beautiful singing voice, and she was a gifted singer.

The teacher paired Ruby with Miles for a duet to be performed at their upcoming school recital. Of course, Ruby was nervous again since she was paired with the boy she liked. The duet was not going well so the teacher suggested that they rehearse separately and then again together at a later time.

Miles and Ruby decided to get together at her house to practice singing their duet. While practicing Miles hears Ruby’s parents having very loud sex. Since her parents were deaf they did not know that Ruby and Miles were in the house. Miles told his best friend what happened, and he spread the story around the school. Ruby was very upset that the school now knew about her parents. Ruby and Miles decided to go their separate ways but eventually Miles apologized for telling his friend and they joined together again to work on their duet.

While Ruby was getting more involved with school, Miles and her rehearsals for the upcoming recital, her parent’s business was imploding due to a lot or restrictions and fees that were placed on the local fishermen. Ruby started to split her time between helping her family and working with the choir teacher to prepare for her recital and an audition for the school that she set her sights on.

As her passion grew for music and performing she developed a strong desire to attend the Berklee College of Music. But being the only hearing person in her family she was worried about leaving them, especially when the family was going through financial hardships. The family was just about to have their fishing license revoked but the city decided to give them another chance. The opportunity to keep their business license came with some strict rules. The Rossi’s must have a hearing and speaking person on board while operating their fishing boat. This was due to their ability to hear the fog horns and to keep them from danger. When Ruby heard the rules set forth by the licensing bureau she decided to stay and work with her family. She was willing to put her dreams aside for her family and their business.

When the time came for the school recital Ruby performed and her family went to watch her. Although they could not hear her they watched as the audience erupted in applause and gave her a standing ovation for her performance. When they returned home there is a very touching scene between Ruby and her father that brought me to tears. After seeing Ruby’s joy and passion for performing her family urged her to audition for the Berklee College of Music.

At this point I feel that you MUST see the ending of this film for yourself.

I will warn you that you may even shed a tear or two yourself. This is a beautiful, important film that the whole family can enjoy. The mother (Marlee Matlin), father (Troy Kotsur), and Brother (Daniel Durant) are all deaf actors. Hollywood is not always known for using authentic deaf actors when needed but for CODA they got it right. This little film that was purchased after a screening at the Sundance Film Festival is now a front-runner for the 94th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 26, 2022.

It was 36 years ago when Marlee Matlin was seen in her first acting role. It was her first performance, first movie, first Academy Award nomination and the FIRST time a deaf performer WON the highly coveted award for Best Actress.
Marlee Matlin took home the Golden Globe and the Academy Award at age 21 which also made her the youngest actor to win “Best Actress”.

She won for her magnificent debut and leading performance in “Children of a Lesser God”.

Sometimes one good thing leads to another…and after seeing CODA I will be revisiting “Children of a Lesser God” soon.

I highly suggest and recommend seeing the film that made Marlee Matlin a member of the elite group of women that will forever have the words “ACADEMY AWARD WINNER” after their name.

You can find the award-winning film “Children of a Lesser God” and Marlee’s Academy Award winning debut performance from 1986 and all her films and TV performances at www.deepdiscount.com

I am hoping to see “CODA” walk away with WINS at this years Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 27.

My Predictions…
BEST PICTURE: CODA
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: CODA
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Troy Kotsur

After 36 years Troy Kotsur could be the next deaf and only deaf male actor to win an Academy Award.

I hope to see more from these great actors and more opportunities for the deaf community in front and behind the cameras.

CODA is not available on DVD but you can stream it on Apple TV.

Children of a Lesser God is available on DVD here.

And the winner is…

Jessica Chastain may have “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” but ALL eyes are on JESSICA after her BIG WIN at the 2022 SAG AWARDS

“And the winner for BEST FEMALE ACTOR in a LEADING ROLE goes to…JESSICA CHASTAIN”

When the nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role were released there was one film on the list that I needed to see immediately.

The film was “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and it starred Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye.

Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband were televangelists who founded the Christian PTL Club (Praise the Lord Club). The show ran from 1974-1989. It was also called “The Jim and Tammy Show.” The two TV Ministers became media moguls running their own empire…on their own network. They also had their own amusement theme park called Heritage USA. They were enormously famous and had a HUGE audience of fans who followed their every move.

Eventually scandals started to shatter their empire.

In 1987 Jim Bakker was accused of sexually assaulting one of his secretaries in a Florida hotel and he used money from the PTL Club to keep her quiet. When the news hit about Jim’s extramarital affairs the reactions from “PTL” fans were harsh and swift. Their audience and fan base quickly declined. Jim Bakker was forced to step down from The PTL Club and Jerry Falwell took control of the program.

Eventually The Bakker’s and their PTL finances were under investigation. Jim Bakker was indicted on 15 counts of wire fraud, 8 counts of mail fraud and 1 count of conspiracy. Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in a federal prison. Tammy stood by Jim for three years before finally divorcing him. A year later Tammy remarried a family friend who had also collaborated with them.

In the film “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” Jessica Chastain brings their true-life story back for all to see. She takes us through the rise and fall of their massive empire. We also get a glimpse into why fans adored Tammy Faye Bakker.

I was happy to see Jessica Chastain win the SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.” Her transformation to Tammy Faye Bakker was brilliant. Since Tammy Faye was a singer, Jessica used her own voice to sing throughout the film. She proved that her talent goes beyond acting, JESSICA CAN SING!!!!

Here are some of the reasons I will always head to the theatre for JESSICA CHASTAIN

Jessica Chastain was first seen on a few TV shows. I am sure that I probably saw her on “E.R.,” “Law & Order” , “Til Death” or “Veronica Mars” in the early 2000’s. But I did not truly notice her until I saw an interesting looking trailer for a 2008 film called “Jolene.” In the trailer I noticed Dermot Mulroney and Chaz Palminteri who were two actors that I admired. So “Jolene” was a must-see film for me. After seeing the film, I had a NEW favorite female actor which was Jessica Chastain. I knew she was someone to keep my eye on so I checked often to see when her next film would be released.

Here are some of my favorite Jessica Chastain films

“Zero Dark Thirty” (2012 R) Drama, History.

Available here.

For Zero Dark Thirty, Jessica Chastain received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress. Jessica won the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Film.

“The Help” (2011 PG-13) Drama.

Available here.

“The Help” (2011 PG-13) Drama

  • This film has had 121 award nominations and 79 wins.
  • Jessica Chastain was nominated for the Academy Award for  “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
  • “The Help” won the SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture”

“Molly’s Game” (2017 R) Biography, Drama, Crime.

Available here.

“Molly’s Game” (2017 R) Biography, Drama, Crime

  • This is my favorite film starring Jessica Chastain
  • The film was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Adapted Screenplay”  
  • Molly’s Game had 51 total nominations and 8 wins over the 2018 awards season.

This is the true story of Molly Bloom. She was headed towards skiing in the Olympics when she had a severe injury that ruined her dreams of competing. She moved to Los Angeles and decided to take a year off to fully recover before heading to law school. During the year she took on a few jobs. One was at “The Viper Room” where she was a cocktail server. It was not long until Molly was working as an assistant to high stakes poker games. After proving herself as an assistant she was eventually elevated to game-runner. She was now earning a hefty four million per year.

Molly took her exclusive, private, underground games to New York where they became the most popular but still underground high-stakes poker games in the world. The biggest celebrities. superstars, sports stars. business tycoons and moguls were coming to Molly’s games. Some of the world’s most wealthy people were sitting at Molly’s poker tables. She knew how to keep it private and luxurious for her guests. She treated her guests like royalty and a few of them were actual royalty. Everything was going fine for Molly until the Russian Mafia took notice of the money that was coming through Molly’s business. Soon she was the target of the mob and the FBI.

This film is worth owning and watching many times over….I will not spoil the ending, but I hope my brief description is enough to spark your interest in “Molly’s Game”

“AVA” (2020 R) Action.

Available here.

“AVA” (2020 R) Action

This is another one of my favorite Chastain films.

In this film she portrays a skillful assassin who works for a black op’s organization. Whenever a high-profile hit was needed, Ava often traveled around the world to do the job. She is tough, focused, highly skilled, efficient…beautiful, sexy but deadly!

This film will keep you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend owning “AVA”

CONGRATS to JESSICA CHASTAIN on her Academy Award nomination for “Best Actress in a Leading Role” for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”

It’s available from my friends at DeepDiscount.com here.

Own it, Watch it and you will see why Jessica Chastain was nominated for the highest female actor award in 2022!

What is your FAVORITE SEASON of the YEAR?

I happen to love the spring and Summer months. I am extremely excited about Daylight Saving Time that begins on March 13, 2022. I love the extra hours of daylight in the evening and the warmer weather that comes as we head into the summer months.

BUT….my FAVORITE SEASON is AWARD SHOW SEASON, and we are officially in it NOW!!!

We now know the nominees and with some award ceremonies we even know the WINNERS. This past week we had the NAACP IMAGE AWARDS on 2/26, and the SAG AWARDS (Screen Actors Guild Awards) on 2/27. We often look to the nominees and the winners of the SAG Awards to indicate who might take home the Oscars® at the Academy Awards. This year’s Academy Awards ceremony will be on March 27, 2022.

I was pleased with the nominees and the winners at the SAG awards.

There are a few actors, films, and television shows that I have become obsessed with, and I was happy to see them represented at the 2022 SAG Awards. Although some of the actors won for their outstanding performances over the past year, many of them will always bring me to the theatre each time they release a new movie. If I love an actor I will support ALL their work.

The Best Leading Actor (Will Smith) and Actress (Jessica Chastain) from the 2022 SAG Awards have had my attention throughout their careers. I want to shine a spotlight on some of their great performances that captured my heart and attention throughout the years.

WILL SMITH from a PRINCE (of Bel-air) to “KING RICHARD”

I was blessed and fortunate to meet Will Smith back in the 80’s when he was the rapper “Fresh Prince”, and his friend “Jazzy Jeff” was the DJ. These two met in 1985 when Jeff was the DJ at a house party on Will’s block in Philadelphia. Jazzy Jeff’s hype man for the party was late so Will stepped up to the mic to get the party jumpin.’ When the real hype man of the evening showed up, Jeff could only think about the chemistry that he had with Will on the mic. It did not take long before DJ JAZZY JEFF and the FRESH PRINCE was born, signed by a record label, and topping the charts. With their release of “He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper” they became multi-platinum rap-stars. They were also the first rappers to win a Grammy award for “Best Rap Performance” in 1989. They won for their hit single “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” Their category and award were not televised on TV which caused a lot of controversy.

Due to the duo’s success in 1990 the rapper “Will Smith” was cast as the lead of a new television sit-com called “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.

The show was a hit for NBC for six seasons.

Will Smith hits the BIG SCREEN in “Six Degrees of Separation”

In 1993 Will Smith was cast in his first film. It was based on a true story. The comedy, drama was adapted from a Pulitzer Prize nominated play called “Six Degrees of Separation.” Will Smith was cast in one of the leading roles as Paul, who was a charming con-artist who successfully convinced several high- profile and wealthy people in the eighties that he was the son of Sidney Poitier. One evening he showed up on the doorstep of the Kittredge family. Flan Kittredge was a prominent art dealer, and his wife Ouisa was a popular socialite. The young man Paul, claimed to be a college friend of their Ivy League children and he needed some help. He was invited into their home, and he quickly impressed them with his wit, articulate speech, impeccable taste, and manners. He also had literary and culinary skills that quickly had them believing that Paul was truly the son of the great actor, Sidney Poitier. It was not long until Paul was living in their home and borrowing money from the Kittredge family. This went on until Paul brought home a male hustler. Paul’s cover as a straight young man was blown when he was found in bed with the male hustler. He was asked to leave the Kittredge home.

Paul was a crafty and legendary con-artist that preyed on wealthy families and charmed himself into many homes in the upper East Side of New York.

In this film Will has a lengthy monologue that made me take notice of his acting skills in a whole new light. Will Smith was extremely convincing and skillful in his debut film performance. I left the theater in awe and boasting about Will Smith’s performance. Although Will Smith went on to make more hit records and songs, in my opinion it was “Six Degrees of Separation” that separated him from a rapper to an award-winning actor. Will has had many memorable roles in block-buster films but for me it will always be “Six Degrees of Separation” that defines his road to success and the Oscars on March 27, 2022.

You can own his first film “Six Degrees of Separation” and his latest Screen Actor Guild (SAG) WINNING and OSCAR NOMINATED performance in “King Richard” by clicking here……
Six Degrees of Separation” (1993, R)
King Richard” (2021, PG-13)

Here are a few other Will Smith movies that are my personal favorites and films the whole family can enjoy.
The Legend of Bagger Vance” (2000, PG-13)
Hitch” (2005, PG-13)
The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006, PG-13)
Seven Pounds” (2008, PG-13)
Hancock” (2008, PG-13)
Concussion” (2015, PG-13)
Collateral Beauty” (2016, PG-13)

Wishing Will Smith a BIG WIN for BEST ACTOR in a LEADING ROLE at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27th, 2022.

Come back soon to hear a little about the Leading Actress that won the 2022, SAG Awards and is nominated for an Oscar at this year’s award ceremony…
JESSICA CHASTAIN

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