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GA Child Sex Abuse & Law that Could Help

State House members hear testimony from adult victims of child sexual abuse who are calling for more time to be able to go after their abusers in court. House Bill 17, which is called the Hidden Predator Act, would extend the statute of limitations for victims to file a lawsuit from five to 35 years once the victim reaches age 18. Angela Williams, founder of Voice Today which advocates for such victims, was sexually abused by her now deceased stepfather from the age of 3 to 17.  She tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish the median age for a victim to disclose the abuse is 40. “We really need time Read More

Running Injuries & Helpful Preventions

With the new year has come typical new year’s resolutions. One of the most popular is to lose a few pounds or get back in shape. Since cardio is the best way to shed those pounds and running and jogging are the most effective – many people will be taking to the trails in the coming weeks. After all, we’re only a couple of months away from beach and bikini time. Those coming back to running will find that injuries may abound if you’re not cautious and even if you are careful the calf and ankle injuries may haunt you until to firm up. Sure, side cramps Read More

Complete 2014 Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations came this morning. Perhaps the most surprising thing was the nomination of Dick Poop. Yes, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs mispronounced his name. It is really Pope. Where was her mind this morning. She will be re-living that one all year and I’m sure the host will have great fun with it. By the way, this is Pope’s second career nomination as he was previously nominated for Best Achievement in Cinematography for “The Illusionist” in 2006. I was sad that the film about Roger Ebert, “Life Itself” was not nominated in the Documentary category, but like I said in my review the movie derails a little as Read More

The Falling Man: An Intimate Portrait

Richard Drew is a photojournalist. In September of 2001 he was on an assignment for the Associated Press to take photos of a fashion show. But on the morning of 9/11 that changed. He was quickly dispatched to the towers by his editor and he took this iconic photo during a 12-frame sequence.    Drew’s image ran the morning of Sept. 12 on page seven of The New York Times, as well as in countless papers across the country and the world. The man in the photo has yet to be identified and may never be. When the image ran in the papers readers were angry.  When complaints Read More

Robin Williams

Robin Williams – 1951-2014

I first became aware of Robin Williams along with everyone else, watching on television on “Mork and Mindy.” He was great on that show and I loved watching him perform. I was so enamored of him that I started seeking him out, which wasn’t hard since his star was on the rise. I began following his stand-up routine. In the early 1980s Robin performed at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. I was very lucky to get tickets and see him there. Later when I saw his show on HBO performing at the MET, I even wanted to buy leather pants like he wore because I thought he Read More

Family Beginning & Schizophrenia

It is best to start at the beginning...

I was adopted when I was six years old and I’ve been trying to make sense of my reality ever since. A lot of stories have been told to me over the years by family members and friends of family. Trying to understand the truth of these stories has made me somewhat of a detective and a bit schizophrenic all at the same time. Over the years I feel as though I’ve been trying to solve a crime, piecing together the bits of evidence and pounding it all into a story for my personal jury to deliberate over and decide on what the truth is or is Read More

Larry Clark – Avant Garde Filmmaker

If you are unfamiliar with the work of Larry Clark, then please get familiar. Larry Clark (born January 19, 1943) is an American film director, photographer, writer and film producer who is best known for the movie Kids and his photography book Tulsa. Usually his most common subject is youth who engage in illegal drug use, underage sex, and violence, and who are part of a specific subculture, such as surfing, punk rock or skateboarding. He diverted from this formula or his M.O. with Another Day in Paradise, about a group of criminals discovering who they are; a wonderful film starring James Woods. Clark was born in Read More

Oscar Winners – Full List

In case you missed last night’s show, here’s a full list of the winners: And the Oscar went to … Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyer’s Club Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Best Original Screenplay: Her Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave Best Animated Feature: Frozen Best Foreign Feature: The Great Beauty, Italy Best Visual Effects: Gravity Best Cinematography: Gravity Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom Best Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life Best Film Editing: Gravity Best Makeup and Read More

Oscar Predictions

Who Will Take Home Oscar Gold? - My Predictions...

The voting is done. The Dolby Theatre, where the Oscars will be broadcast from is being prepared as you read this. Some of the nominees feel they are a lock while others will not even write a speech. Now it’s time for the 86th Academy Awards to announce and crown the winners while tens of millions watch on TV around the world. Are there any locks, and guarantees in this very good Oscar year? Yes. There is no doubt that “Frozen” will win for best animated feature and it is a good bet that “Gravity” will win for best visual effects. Last year we all danced with Read More

Box-Office Earnings (Increase the Odds?)

Does box-office earnings tell us anything about who will win the Oscar? Take a look at the last 8 years and see if it helps increase your odds of picking a winner this year. GLOBAL BOX-OFFICE TAKE OF THE BEST PICTURE NOMINEES (2013): Gravity: $701,848,128 The Wolf of Wall Street: $338,260,447 Captain Phillips: $218,123,763 American Hustle: $216,418,815 12 Years a Slave: $117,564,723 Philomena: $74,032,578 Dallas Buyers Club: $34,439,576 Her: $28,078,751 Nebraska: $17,894,665 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –  BOX OFFICE VS. WINNER IN (2012): Lincoln: $182,207,973 Django Unchained: $162,805,434 Les Miserables: $148,809,770 *Argo: $136,025,503 Silver Linings Playbook: $132,092,958 Read More