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Monday, April 18, 2011

Apes will rise... 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Trailer HD -It's James Franco's fault -again!; USA's Covert Affairs back June 7

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Trailer HD:

Starring James Franco, Andy Serkis & Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), co-starring John Lithgow, Brian Cox and Tyler Labine.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt, opening August 5th in U.S.


And when they rise, trust me, they will rise quickly in South Florida!

'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Teaser Trailer: Five Key Scenes
James Franco's ambitious scientist appears to have doomed mankind.
By Terri Schwartz Apr 14 2011 1:15 PM EDT


"Rise of the Planet of the Apes": Science's worst idea yet, Everyone's favorite overextended performance artist finds his latest challenge: Stopping the super-monkeys,

By Drew Grant
April 14, 2011


Interview with director Rupert Wyatt

"Rise" co-star Tyler Labine was brilliant as conspiracy-minded 'big picture' blogger Dave Groves in the South Florida-set ABC-TV sci-fi drama "Invasion," from 2005-06.
A personal favorite, his clever riffs about pop culture and sociology were the best on TV since the heyday of the Gilmore Girls.

Also great on that show was longtime HBB favorite
Kari Matchett as Dr. Mariel Underlay, where she played the sexy and brainy ex-wife of former CSI:Miami star Eddie Cibrian's Russell Varon, an Everglades Park ranger.

Her role as smart, clever and drop-dead-gorgeous Dr. Mariel Underlay from Homestead, made me a fan of "Invasion" from Pilot 'till its untimely cancellation.
Though my public policy views on immigration run more towards
FAIR's than the Miami Herald's editorial board, she was the only South Florida "alien" I'd ever be happy to roll the red carpet out for.
I loved this show and so did most of my friends!

Obviously, I wasn't the only one to take notice, witness her terrific work in a succession in great roles on
24, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and E.R.

More recently, Matchett has been playing a shrewd CIA administrator who is the wife of a fellow Langley administrator (Peter Gallagher) and the boss of a newbie CIA agent played by the amazing Piper Perabo, in USA Network's breakout-hit from last year, Covert Affairs, which starts up Season 2 on June 7th.

It's a terrific show and is actually fun to watch because of both the clever originality of the writing, the whole secrecy angle, and the amazing Piper Perabo, whom I've always, always, always liked, whether in good films or so-so ones.

And yes, I already know, no need to remind me via emails from Saskatchewan
: Matchett's another of the many drop-dead gorgeous Canadian woman on American TV.

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night we had! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Home of the Chargers

North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Home of the Chargers
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In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation

In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation
"In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation." -South Beach Hoosier, 2007.