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Fascinating People of 2023   Ryan Murphy

Fascinating People of 2023
Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy is a writer, director and producer. He is behind projects like Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, Pose and Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. He was won multiple awards including 6 Emmys. It was his acceptance speech for the Carol Burnett...

Fascinating People of 2023
Ali Wong and Steven Yeun

  It sounds kind of mean to say but perhaps the best thing to ever happen to Steven Yeun professionally was getting killed off on The Walking Dead. Since his character Glen met with a violent end at the end of Negan’s bat the actor has gone on to earn an Academy...

Fascinating People of 2023
Harry Mack

Harry Mack is a freestyle rapper. This year I became one of his 2.6 million YouTube subscribers and like anyone who has seen him I was immediately captivated by his talent. His hustle is impressive and somewhat relentless. His method is simple, he walks around heavily...

Fascinating People of 2023
Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou is mixed martial arts fighter. The Cameroonian fighter has a punch that is the equivalent of 96 horsepower or getting hit by a Ford Escort going as fast as it can. 20 seconds, 1 minute and 11 seconds, 26 seconds and 45 seconds. Those times are how long...

Fascinating People of 2023
Sound of Freedom

The movie Sound of Freedom was something of an enigma this past year. It wasn’t backed by a major studio, but it made a major impression on the industry. At the time of writing this Sound of Freedom is the tenth highest grossing film of 2023. When you discuss this...

Fascinating People of 2023
Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig is the first women director to enter Hollywood’s billionaire club. That is the soundbite we constantly heard after her film Barbie crossed that threshold. It’s accurate. She is the first female director to hit that mark. Gerwig, who has a list of films...

Fascinating People of 2023
Ted Lasso

It started off as a joke. Ted Lasso was supposed to be a fun comedic bit. The hook was simple, a fish out of water character, played by Jason Sudekis, that has no true understanding of European football (soccer) and was speaking with actual coaches and reporters and...

Fascinating People of 2023   Chris Rock

Fascinating People of 2023
Chris Rock

When you google Chris Rock one of the first images of the actor/comedian/filmmaker you see is him getting slapped by Will Smith at the Academy Awards. And while there are differing points of view on the ‘incident’ here are the facts. Chris Rock took the Academy Award...

Fascinating People of 2023
Manchester City

For years Manchester City was known as the ‘Noisy Neighbors’. Manchester United was getting all the glory while Manchester City was striving to find their place. That hasn’t been the case over the last few seasons. Not only has Manchester turned from red to blue but...

Fascinating People of 2023  Taylor Swift

Fascinating People of 2023
Taylor Swift

Is there any denying that 2023 was the year of Taylor Swift? It seems everything she touched turned to gold. The singer is a certified superstar who changed the game this year. For instance, I recall a time when a Pre-sale gave people an opportunity to buy a certain...

Julia Ducournau and Ninja Thyberg

I honestly couldn’t tell you if Julia Ducournau and Ninja Thyberg have ever met. If not, can I moderate an interview with the two of them….pretty please? They have a lot in common that we could discuss. In 2021 I saw 245 new movies. These two women each directed a...

Lin-Manuel Miranda

It’s hard to think of someone who had a better 2021 than Lin-Manuel Miranda! 2021 wasn’t his breakout year, it was the year he just seemed to do it all. Of course, we all know Miranda for being the genius behind the Broadway smash, Hamilton. Years ago Miranda was...

CM Punk

Professional Wrestling, Sports Entertainment, whatever you want to call it, coming into 2021 the industry has been pretty stagnant for some time in my opinion. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) had been without any real competition for a significant period and the...

The Cast and Director of CODA

There were many great films at the Sundance Film Festival, heck there were many great films I saw in 2021 but the film that captured my heart was CODA. (Children of Deaf Adults.) The film takes place in Massachusetts where we meet a fishing family. Ruby (Emila Jones)...

Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair

Mercedes Justine Kaestner-Varmado and Bianca Blair Crawford made history on April 10, 2021. They may be known better by their in-ring names, Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair. The date was Wrestlemania 37. The annual WWE spectacular was back in front of a live audience...

2019 Summer Bucket List

I did this a few years ago and had 40 items and got through most of them. This year I am going with my favourite number......21. Here are the items I plan to get through between now and September 23. Buy a stranger a mealCook a dish I've never made beforeCrash a...

Post 5: Goals

This journey is almost two weeks old and I think it’s time to lay out some goals. I am doing well in that I have lost weight and have seen a change in my dietary habits but where are we going? What does success look like? I need goals and I have three. I am going to...