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Dishing About the 2015 Emmys on “Good Morning Texas”

Got up bright and early to talk about the 2015 Emmy Awards on Good Morning Texas and BOY was I nervous! Mostly because I stayed up late WATCHING the Emmys, which is probably why I had a massive brain fart just before we went live and forgot Peter Facinelli’s name. Luckily, I remembered all of the other Texas Connections, of which there were several on Emmy night. Here’s a link to the video if you missed it and thanks to Jane McGarry and everyone at Good Morning Texas for having me on! http://www.wfaa.com/videos/entertainment/television/programs/good-morning-texas/2015/09/21/72566108/ Continue reading →

Pat Bywaters on top of 508 Park. The rooftop will be renovated and used as an event space.

BLOG: Reviving Texas History at “508 Park”

Did you know there’s a piece of music history in Downtown Dallas that’s so important, people come from all over the world just to see and touch it? Did you know this same piece of our heritage had become so neglected over the years that it was almost torn down? The unassuming building that sits at 508 Park, right across from The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas holds musical, theatrical and architectural significance that was largely forgotten by the people of Texas, until now. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Everest” (Seriously, WHY Climb It?)

Jon Krakauer published a book in 1997 called Into Thin Air. It was his personal account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster that killed 8 people and left several more stranded in a life-threatening storm. The novel described the guide-agencies on Mount Everest and how they were paid big bucks to help climbers reach the summit. My husband (just a boyfriend at the time) LOVED Into Thin Air, citing the heroic circumstances and how they risked their lives for each other. I read the book because I liked him and wanted share his enthusiasm but I found more hubris in it than heroism. I thumbed through passages about people struggling to survive and wondered “Why were they up there in the first place?” Continue reading →

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Mommy-Movie-Review: Can My Kids See “The Visit?”

My kids have been bugging me about The Visit for WEEKS now. Evidently, they’ve been discussing it with their buddies at school and sitting around iPads at sleepovers, repeatedly watching the trailer. My 8 and 11-year-olds begged to see The Visit, pointing at the PG-13 rating since I often allow those. I honestly couldn’t decide so I saw the movie by myself to make an assessment. Before we go any further, watch the trailer below so we’re on the same page. Heck, even if you’ve already seen the trailer, just watch it again for kicks.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Black Mass” Starring Johnny Depp as Gollum

You have to wonder what went through the mind of Director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) when he decided to take on a gangster film like Black Mass. Did he think about classics like The Godfather and Goodfellas, or did he try to put them out of his mind? Did he ruminate over his favorite episodes of The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, or did he pretend they didn’t exist? Did he revisit current films about crime in South Boston, like The Town or The Departed, or did he cross his fingers and hope no one saw any similiarities?
The simple fact is that there’s no way to make a gangster movie today without treading on some well-traveled ground. That being the case, how can a filmmaker create a crime story that’s fresh and covers new territory? Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Hotel Transylvania 2” On Me!

If you have children, you were probably forced to see Hotel Transylvania with them back in 2012. Fortunately for all of us, the Adam Sandler-Selena Gomez flick ended up being sweet and pretty darn fun to watch. This time around, Dracula has to keep his daughter and grandson from moving away from the hotel and leaving him all alone (sad-bat-face). It features the voices of great folks like Andy Samberg and Steve Buscemi again, but this time Mel Brooks joins the cast as Dracula’s Dad. That ALONE makes Hotel Transylvania 2 worth watching! Take a look at the trailer below and click HERE for your free passes. The screening is THIS UPCOMING SATURDAY so make your plans and I’ll see you there!

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BLOG: Tales From My Secret Facebook Page-Part II

I wrote a blog recently, which was essentially The Greatest Hits from the secret Facebook group I belong to. If you missed it the first time, you can find it by clicking HERE. Everyone seemed to like the blog, but it’s BIGGEST fans were definitely members of the group itself. Here are a few of their thoughts:

On the Topic of US:
– I am so embarrassed to be part of this group.
– It’s like digital scrapbooking for dirty, dirty girls.
– My husband suggested we create a sitting area in our bedroom. So I said, “for donkey sex?” of course. He said “you really have to stop being in that group.” I presume because he believes you b*tches are a bad influence. So…I guess that means no to donkey sex?
– This group is the best therapy ever.
– This blog was read 245 times yesterday. That’s an awful lot for my little website. Someone already mentioned “the next blog” too, so keep up the bullsh*t people. I’ll need more from you.

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BLOG: What I’m NOT Going to Say About 9/11

I’m not going to bore you with my 9/11 story today. Oh, I had totally planned to and even wrote half of it yesterday. I think I called it Reporting 9/11, or something equally as stupid. I was all ready to go until I drove the girls to school this morning.
They saw all the flags stuck in yards around the neighborhood and asked what was going on. I told them it was 9/11 and my youngest said, “Does that mean we get free Slurpees today?”
No baby, that’s 7-Eleven Day. Don’t judge my kid because it’s not her fault. She simply didn’t know what happened or the gravity of the whole situation. I realized at that moment that I had to explain it to her, just so she wouldn’t make that kind of mistake again.
So I told she and her sister the whole terrible story, from the first plane to the clouds of ash. They sat quietly in the back seat and listened in absolute horror. My older girl knew the story but she heard details this time that had never been shared with her before.
By the time they got out of the car, their faces were white and sad and I felt like the World’s Biggest A-Hole for telling them. Did I do the right thing? It was important to me that they understood the importance of September 11th and never confused it with getting a free Slurpee again. That said, now they KNOW everything that happened on that day. It is bound to affect them, the way it has affected us all.
So I won’t be sharing my 9/11 story here today. Once was enough. Instead, I’m going to spend 9/11 enjoying the life I have been blessed with. I’m going to eat and play and go roll around on the floor with my cats. I’m going to pick my kids up from school, take them to the pool and laugh while they jump cannonballs. I’m going to drink booze, make-out with my husband and crawl into a big, soft bed at the end of the day, but make no mistake.
I too, will never forget.

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Sleeping With Other People” On Me!

This is kind of a dreadful time of year, isn’t it? Summer is OVER but it’s still hot and doesn’t feel like FALL yet. Kids are grouchy about back-to-school homework and parents are even grouchier about helping them with it. New TV shows have yet to start and though we keep seeing ads for GREAT NEW MOVIES, none of them are in theaters yet. Fortunately, that’s all about to change because I HAVE FREE MOVIE PASSES! You can see Sleeping with Other People, starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie as college f-buddies who reconnect at a meeting for Sex Addicts. It’s produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and is being compared to When Harry Met Sally, but with lots of racy sex scenes. Sounds like a great way to kill that pre-Fall boredom and get out of the house, right? Even better, the screening is at the Angelika in Dallas on September 23rd, so we can get drinks in the bar beforehand! Print out the pass below to get you and a buddy in for free and I’ll see you there! Just don’t touch me during those intense sex scenes or things will get really awkward.

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OUT & ABOUT on “Good Morning Texas”

I was on Good Morning Texas again Friday, talking about the fun and off-the-beaten-path events I’ve been finding around North Texas. Did you hear about the Pancake Selfie Express Truck that was in Pegasus Plaza last week? They were taking pictures of people, then scanning them onto pancakes so you could actually eat your face! I don’t know whose warped idea this was but I LOVE it!
Sadly, the Pancake Selfie Express has already left town but there are loads of other cool events you should be checking out. Here are some links to tickets if you’re interested and you can watch me on Out & About by clicking HERE: Continue reading →