Music got a little bit better this day in 1933 with the birth of the Godfather of Soul James Brown! Brown went on to record 17 number one hits on the R&B billboard chart. Unfortunately James passed away December 25, 2006, but luckily for us he left behind a legacy of amazing music that will continue to live on for generations to come. So in celebration of his life lets get the music going ~ Click The picture for a musical break Courtesy Of James Brown!
2008 movie magic was made with the American release of Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Myers, Jeff Bridges and directed by Jon Favreau (who also appears in the film). The films incredible success has spawned 2 sequels so far, with another in the works and the The Avengers film which also has a sequel that should be coming our way. The film franchise has been a financial boom to say the least, with the last one bringing in over a BILLION dollars in worldwide box office sales! The fans are clamoring for more and rumors run rampant about Downey Jrs continued involvement leaving us wondering how many they will be able to put out before Downey Jr really does depart from the franchise...
Seems that it was a big day for music news over the years..
~The Beatles played their last British concert in 1966 at Empire Pool in Wembley
~The Rolling Stones released their single Brown Sugar 1971
~Elton John became the first pop star to perform in Israel 1979
RCA and NBC worked together to bring us the very first Public Demo of the Television in 1939, at the New York Worlds Fair! President Franklin D. Roosevelt was at the premier and gave the first ever Televised Presidential speech. Hard to imagine where all of us couch potato movie hounds would be without this historic moment in time!
picture to the left ~ A photograph of an early telecast from the 1939 Worlds Fair
With the upcoming release of the new Godzilla I have to chat about Godzilla history today! April 29 1964 Godzilla and Mothra do battle on an epic and grand scale! It was the first time Toho brought in a monster from another production, paving the way for some great battles with monsters like Rodan and Ghidorah. Godzilla Versus Mothra was released by Toho Studio, who is also behind this latest version hitting the silver screen next month which has all of us Godzilla fans giddy with anticipation! Ok so, Toho didn't produce it, but they are behind the film 100 percent and will be distributing it in Japan. To die hard fans that does mean a lot many felt very let down by the last version of the big Reptile that didn't at all seem to pay homage to the GOJIRA we grew up with.
Early (Norwegian-American) serial Killer Belle Gunness, AKA Loney Hearts Killer, dies 1908, April 28. She is reported to have had over 40 victims, including possibly two husbands, several of her own children and literally dozens of suitors. The 2004 film, starring Elizabeth Hurley, Method is loosely based on Belles crimes. There is actually still much debate as to whether Belle actually died in 1908 or not, many believe that she simply placed a beheaded womens corpse into her home before she burnt it down with several of her children dead inside.
Corman made our lives a bit brighter yet again this day in 1975 with release of Death Race 2000, directed by Paul Bartel. The film is the cross country race where each driver has a specific theme and its not just about being first its a point system too. And how do you get points you ask?! Why Run down innocent pedestrians of course, all while the nation watches live via the good ol tele! Frankenstein (David Carradine) is the fan favorite but there's also Machine Gun Joe (Sylvester Stallone) and Nero the Hero, just to name a few! This film is so wonderfully politically incorrect its just a ball of inappropriate fun! One of my all time favorite action films of the 70s. The remake doesn't even come close to doing it justice in my eyes! Watch the original, and be prepared to laugh out loud!