Oscars 2014 Meryl Streep Cosmic Pick Best Actress In August: Osage County


Oscars 2014 Meryl Streep, Best Actress Oscar Cosmic Pick for August: Osage County

The 2014 Winter Olympics have closed and the world is on to the next drama hook which is the 86 Annual Oscar Awards Ceremony.  The awards can be watched on ABC Sunday, March 2, 2014.

The Red Carpet event starts at 7:00 pm EST or 4:00 pm PST and runs for an hour and a half with the Oscars commencing at 8:30 pm EST and 5:30 pm PST.

The Red Carpet is sometimes more fun and creates more buzz and tweets than the actual Oscar awards.  The financial benefits of having a specific designer mentioned by a star on the Red Carpet can mean millions for the brand. The Red Carpet is FREE MARKETING.  Advertising dollars today are fragmented so determining the best ROI (Return On Investment) for promotion the concept of people tweeting, posting, pinning and sharing with their friends in social media what happens on the Red Carpet is of extreme importance to the stars and the brands they are representing on the walk.

 This year, Kantar Media estimates that a 30 second advertising spot will cost brands an average of $1.8 million during the primetime show.  Last year the 30-second advertising spot was only $1.65 million.  The show will be watched by several hundred million in the USA and more around the world.  Will you be there?  Who is your pick for Best Actress at the 86th Annual Oscar Awards?

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The coveted Oscars are always full of surprises and delights as we see the behavior of many different personality types.  The Cosmic pick for best actress is Meryl Streep in August: Osage County.

Meryl Streep is a woman of poise and grace who has been nominated 18 times for an Oscar and has taken home the gold statue 3 times.  Jennifer Lawrence has been nominated for 3 Oscars at the age of 23 and after the fiasco at the Golden Globes has shared that Meryl Streep is her favorite actress  The two create an interesting dynamic of the experienced and new in Hollywood with incredible acting talents!

How will Meryl Streep react if she wins the 4th Oscar for August: Osage County?  Well she be like my favorite Oscar win with Roberto Benigni in 1999 when winning for best Foreign film with “Life Is Beautiful” standing on the seat and shouting his excitement.   Or will Meryl take the win in stride as she wins her 4th Oscar tying Katharine Hepburn for most Oscars won by one actress.

Roberto Benigni 1999 Winner for  Life is Beautiful Best foreign film

The nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role are 

  1. Amy Adams for “American Hustle”
  2. Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine”
  3. Sandra Bullock for “Gravity”
  4. Judi Dench for “Philomena”
  5. Meryl streep for “August: Osage County” 

Meryl Streep is the Cosmic pick for Best Actress for her role in August: Osage County.  

August: Osage County  shows the vulnerable raw emotions of many personality types found in families all around the world.

The film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony winning play by Tracy Letts.   Watching the riveting dysfunctional family yelling and degrading each other was reminiscent of watching Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”  The intensity, the reality, the total immersion into the anxiety of the situation will take you to an emotional place that either you can learn from or will be terrified because of the reality that is being portrayed.

Family mental issues sometimes seem to be the “Mothers” fault and Meryl Streep portrays is the the ultimate “mom mess” sharing absolutely no FUN with this dysfunctional family.    She says “I am truth telling and some people are antagonized by the truth.”    The dad, Sam Shepard drank and the mom, Meryl Streep, self medicated with pills to get through life with the children being collateral damage. The parents thought they were doing their best to provide for the kids and what they did was for them.

The film covers:

  • Depression
  • Prescription drug addiction
  • Suicide
  • Death
  • Alcoholism
  • Incest
  • Resentment
  • Rape
  • Adultery
  • Aging

Love it or hate it August: Osage County has a message everyone can learn from.  The viewer will find characters and situations they can relate to and might even inspire some behavior modification from.

Meryl Streep provides an Oscar winning performance for Best Actress in a Leading Role.  

See you at the 86th Annual Oscars Awards on Sunday March 2, 2014 7 pm EST and 4 pm PST.

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No Oscar For “Saving Mr. Banks” :(

What was the Academy thinking with No Oscar nomination for “Saving Mr. Banks” as best picture or even any of the award winning actors?

First and foremost, this is a must see film IF you like movies with a deeper message and endings that make sense.   The message to mankind is riveting between the lines in the hurt that many feel with relationships gone awry.

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Disney Photos by Aaron Corbeil Aurora-in-a-can.com

The big issue with the Academy is probably the “Hollywood Spin” or “Disney Touch” that was put in the storyline.  Based on a true story some of the details were modified to create a better film than the true story.  It’s what Hollywood does….. manufacturer movies that draw the viewer in and create love/hate relationships with the characters.  HELLO…. it’s Hollywood that what they do!  MAKE UP STORIES!  

The Academy shunned the message and the actors which is which is so very sad.

With a venture over to Amazon for the digital original version of “Mary Poppin”s it was interesting  to connect the dots. The first sentence is…East Wind  “If you want to find Cherry Tree Lane……..”  P.L. Travers describes the street with flowers as “pink clouds on sticks”  Disney did capture that in the film and made it look like the fairytale street she described on the opening pages of the book.

Cherry tree lane Pink clouds on sticks

All our lives are a story…. whether the East Winds are blowing or not. We do have the ability to “adjust our sails’ to set the course right no matter what history has been. It is a choice each day.  P. L. Travers chose to live in her book and cherished the memories she had as a child.  Walt Disney chose to shut out childhood memories to create his own world. This movie shows how human defense mechanisms kick in to  protect consciousness and the bigger lesson from watching someone else handles probelms shows how coping skills can be different for everyone based on their own thinking and backgrounds.  

Original Marry Poppins book by P. L. Travers

“Saving Mr. Banks” is about the content of the red book above “Mary Poppins” and the volatile relationship between the author and the screen rights purchased by Walt Disney.  Mary Poppins was written by Helen Lyndon Goff in 1934 with the pen name of P. L. Travers, Pamela Lyndon Goff, which is a combination of her name with her Father’s, Travers Goff.  The book was turned into a film and finally produced by Disney in 1964 as the movie “Mary Poppins.”

Walt Disney is played by Tom Hanks and P.L. Travers played by Emma Thompson.  Emma Thompson was cheated with no Oscar nomination for her award winning performance in “Saving Mr. Banks.”  She takes the viewer to a place of anxiety, love, devotion and depression in the 126 minutes of run time.  The viewer is confused with the character not knowing if you should love her or hate her in this should be oscar nomination performance.

1934 First Edition on Amazon for $898.00  is available and a more reasonable version to bid on e-bay for $29.00 if you are interested!   The kindle copy of P.L. Travers “Mary Poppins” for $4.95 worked well for comparing the original story with the movie Disney created.

The film and the journey itself was like a therapy session for both Walt Disney and P.L. Traverse.  Walt Disney finally came to realize that Pamela was struggling with letting go of “Mary Poppins” as it had been her defense mechanism for 60 years in dealing with her past. He realized that “Mary Poppins” was FAMILY to her, similar to his vision with Mickey Mouse.  A “man and his mouse” resulted in the evolution of Disneyland, the “Happiest place on earth.”  Disney’s epiphany helped him  communicate with Pamela and for her to let go so she could help others feel her wonderful “Mary Poppins” message on the big screen.

Photo by Aaron Corbeil www.Aurora-in-a-can.com

Photo by Aaron Corbeil www.Aurora-in-a-can.com

Pamela’s dad left her with ideas that made her think.  He said “This world is just an illusion. Don’t stop dreaming you can be anyone you want to be.” He had trouble with a barometer between the future, the past and today.  The movie may bring you to tears as the real story behind the song “Let’s go fly a kite”  exudes emotion that will touch the viewer in very personal places.

Disney had his issues with being a victim of child abuse but that did not stop him from creating stories that inspired and gave hope. His work was not dictated by the past which he shared with Pamela.  He told her that “George Banks will be redeemed.  It’s what we story tellers do.  We restore hope again, and again, and again.”

No Oscar for “Saving Mr. Banks” because the storyline was “sugar coated.”  Just like the  like the song in the “Mary Poppins” movie “A spoon full of Sugar helps the medicine go down”  the Disney spin, made the storyline easier to digest while addressing some serious concepts.

The film did include:

  1. Alcoholism
  2. Money
  3. Foreclosure
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Child Abuse
  6. Depression
  7. Suicide

The Best picture list included subject matter that is dark and presented with no sugar at all.  Same subjects different presentation.  Fraud, alcoholism, dementia, AIDS, death, kidnapping, slavery, political corruption are topping the Best Picture list.  “Saving Mr. Banks” covered many or those topics in a softer way.

The 2014 Oscars will be live, Sunday March2, 2014  7pm EST and 4pm PST

Disney photos by Aaron Corbiel tell the story of a man, a mouse and his dream!

Today we are in a world of “story telling” through images and social media.  “Saving Mr. Banks,” is a must see film to give courage, to inspire and tell a story!

Photo by Aaron Corbeil www.Aurora-in-a-can.com

Photo by Aaron Corbeil www.Aurora-in-a-can.com



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The Internship Movie Review


Last week we saw “The Intership” and have been experiencing some difficulty getting the written review completed.  The biggest obstacle was reading the reviews AFTER I watched the movie and I had to assess what I was thinking and what I saw and what my mood was when watching the movie.  Many factors go into the reason we like or don’t like something and the external factors are of great importance when trying to be objective in a review.

Wednesday was somewhat filled with a few Cosmic Cow Pies™, so going to a movie filled with one liners which made me laugh for 119 minutes with Vince Vaughn and Owens was a great time of entertainment.  If  you are going to the movie for fun, you will enjoy it.

If you have a business, product or service, have been involved in some type of sales, have been laid off you job, just graduated from college, are not 20 to 30 something years old with an attitude  and find adjusting to all the technology changes present a challenge, then you will enjoy this film too!

Relax… take the binder off your brain and enjoy the ride… we are all on the same train!  Society has baby boomers to millennials which will relate to this film.

The story starts with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, protagonist “salesmen”  who have been released from a watch company that has closed down because technology has reduced the need for telling time by looking at your wrist. Thinking about the concept of being tied to the phone is sad in a sense because a watch is on your wrist all day without having to think about it and if you are depending on your phone, the electronic leash has taken over for your source to keep appointments.    I do still wear a watch but in the film you will see a boomer receptionist looking at her phone to tell the time when asked what time it is!  End of the watch story!

The two middle aged guys are now without jobs and no skills except their last century sales personalities.  The movie looks into personal motivation, the ability to adapt and to do what they do best… SELL!  In today’s world we are all selling something however the method in which we engage with a consumer has evolved into a new strategy and you will see how the new world and the old world colide to create a BIG BANG.

The movie touches on a lot of emotions, from individual human acceptance, to love and if you are watching you can see how the old school and the new school do have an important roles to play with one another in creating a balanced life in today’s world.

A prerequisite for this movie is to watch Flash Dance.
There many references to the 1983 film,  if you have not seen it you won’t “get” some of the funniest, motivational sequences.

Happy Potter concepts show up in a quidditch game with the Interns.  I had to explain  to my husband  about the game with the broom sticks… if you haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books, the Quittach match is a sport that is very important at Hogwarts University.  In the Harry Potter series they can fly on the broom sticks… if only google could help us fly!

If you liked Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in Wedding Crashers you will love them in The Internship.    This film is an opportunity for you to let loose and laugh so even if you did not see Wedding Crashers or thought it was stupid try this show in the right frame of mind to get the “social message” and there is one while laughing at the changes in our world.

Does the photo below seem ridiculous to you?  Then don’t go see the movie….. unless you want to loosen up and get over being so critical or stuck in your ways.  Digital citizens… this is funny to many people so think about getting in our shoes and laugh with us!  If you need to have all the technical aspects of a scene correct to enjoy it.. don’t come to this movie.. this is just entertainment with a message of how the aging society is connecting with the new technical wave of digital citizens in a Vince Vaugh and Owen Wilson sort of way.

Humor Internship.


Favorite one liners:

  1. People hate people times have changed.
  2. Strap it in boys you two are dinosaurs.
  3. You always figure out a way to screw things up and let people down.
  4. We meet them here?..  A hangout on air?.. in the childrens section of the library?
  5. Turn being stuck in a blender into an advantage?
  6. Far more than brain power, googliness, intangible stuff.
  7. The 12th man on the bench still wears the ring when the team wins.
  8. We are WYSIWYG
  9.  Flash dance,  she spinned  herself into our hearts.
  10. Believe in yoursleves put your leg warmers on and dance your ass off.
  11. 1st thing on your calender that is regret.
  12. Dont minimize, don’t cleck that little red x in the corner.  The whole american dream thing is just what it is.
  13. Your imagination is so wild reality is going to be a let down.
  14. Google has single handedly cramped by ability to BS.
  15. Life is like a stationwagon sometimes it throws you through the windshield.
  16. New customers, new franchies all work at the click of a button.
  17. Connect to people and people to information.
  18. Their googliness is off the chart.

Conan O’Brien did a hangout on air with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson around Valentines day before the opening and you can really get some insight as to what went into the planning and production with #Google to make it fun, light and include a message!  I think we can see our own    on the The Internship backdrop between Conan and Owen!

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The Internship is a must see movie for those that love learning and are embracing the change taking place in our world today!

The the trailer does not do the film justice but it’s a start.

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42: More Than Just A Baseball Number


Brian Helgeland, Director of 42, knocks the ball out of the park with the Jackie Robinson #42, Brooklyn Dodger story.

42 on back

Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson, Harrison Ford is Branch Rickey the visionary executive of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Nicole Beharie plays Rachel Robinson.  All three actors will most likely be academy award nominees.   This could be the role of a lifetime for Harrison Ford in his portral of the man whose vision changed the game of baseball in America forever.   Check out the cast of characters to find Gray’s Anatomy  and New Christine TV stars bringing life to the big screen.

What ever you are doing this weekend you must go see this movie!  The message is NOT just baseball the message will move you to social responsibility with things happening around the world right now!

There would be no Jackie Robinson story without  Brooklyn Dodgers team executive Branch Rickey.

Branch Rickey is a man with a vision and a mission to walk his spiritual responsibility in loving his neighbor. He had an early encounter with racism which ultimately let him to take the steps he did to make a difference.  He said, “I may not be able to do something about racism in every field, but I can sure do something about it in baseball.”

The spiritual theme of doing the right thing, walking the walk and talking the talk shines through this film and sets a bar that sometimes falls down with human behavior in different   situations we find ourselves in today.  Get ready to pick it up and run.  The audience was clapping at the end of this moving so you know it is going to touch you where it counts!

Take your kids, go with your friends, talk about what you can do to make a difference in our world today.  The movie is one that will INSPIRE you to stand up and stand out from the crowd.  

Great lines and thoughts to discuss in groups from the movie 42:

  • When you break an unwritten law you will be an outcast…..
  • Give me a player who has the guts NOT to fight back….
  • Be a fine gentleman and a great baseball player and like our savior have the guts to turn the other cheek… can YOU do that?
  • Jackie is a Methodist, I am a Methodist and God is a Methodist……..
  • You are in my heart….
  • God built me to last…..
  • He can take it, God built him to last….
  • These men have to live with themselves…..
  • Do you know what it is like to live in the wilderness…..
  • Get out there and win this game.  Everyone needs you and you are the medicine…..
  • Do you think God likes baseball…..
  • Maybe tomorrow we will all wear 42 and they won’t be able to tell us apart…..
  • Why did you do this Mr. Rickey……
  • What is your higher calling…..

Step up to the plate, see how men lived the Bible message, turned the other cheek and changed the course of sporting history by taking a stand for humanity.

Even the music in 42 has a message that must be heeded and will  probably be nominated for an Academy Award.  Mark Isham creates unforgettable melodies continuing to be one for the post prolific and provocative artists of the last three decades having won a Grammy, an Emmy, a Clio and multiple Grammy, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his work. Mark Isham produced the Original Music for 42.  “Jesus is standing at the home plat……… Moses is waiting to be called”  are some of words in the chorus of a theme song that is destined to go platinum!

Play your part in this global ball game.  Go to see 42 and make a difference in your community.

42:  IS More Than Just a Baseball Number

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Roberta Flack Had It Right and Brad Pitt Blew It!


Brad Pitt made yet, another mistake in choosing "Killing Them Softly"  as a movie to make a social statement.  It seems as through he continues to try and keep up with Angelina in making the world aware of current problems.

Roberta Flack sang "Killing ME softly" in 1973 and had a huge hit where Brad Pitt strikes out on every pitch in this ball game. 


Even the trailer has no hook to catch the audience to watch this #epicfail for an attempted social message from Director/Writer Andrew Dominik.

Dominki tries to send a message to the audience with political allegories using Obama, McCain and Bush commercials and speeches throughout the film. 

The audience hears spots from President Obama's "Change" speech and we see McCain Billboards, we hear words about the confidence in our economy.  Goldman Sachs comes up in a Bush re-cap. The disjointed dots do not connect with the pathetic storyline of killers taking contracts for a discounted fee because of the economy.  We later hear a speech talking about the smooth transition of our economic recovery. All this underlying message mixed with contracts to kill for $10,000 a hit which is a $5,000 savings as before the recession were $15,000.  Who knew… now we do. 

Blood, violence, profanity if that is your thing this might be the movie but even the special effects with "Killing Them Softly" did not make the event any easier to watch. 

There is some humor… I am all about sharing the games that people play in REAL life as was so evident in the Hunger Games and how Katness had to go along if she was to survive literally!  There is a sequence with Brad Pitt talking to the handler saying that it did not matter that someone he wanted hit did not commit the crime because people thought he did so the best thing to do was to "waste him" because it was what the people thought and it would put the masses at peace.

Some of the classing lines:

  • Have you ever killed anyone?
  • I like to kill them softly.
  • None of this $h_t means anything its all bull $h_t
  • You got to make things right and admit you made a mistake.
  • Yes, we are all the same we are all equal.
  • We are a community we are one people, the strength of our kids unspoken .
  • This business is a business of relationships
  • In America you are on your own. We pay our own way
  • America is a business, Now I'm paying

Spoiler alert so you won't waste your money…. might be the worst movie of 2012!  Don't go see "Killing Them Softly"  Brad Pitt will not save the day and it takes away from Roberta Flacks song "Killing Me Softly" which really describes what this movie will do to you! 

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