frank the entertainer

“Emerald City Rotunda” 1996

Between the books and the film, The Wizard of Oz has become a true American icon since its debut in the 1900s. That’s why it’s a no-brainer that in 1996 Gary Goddard and his team began developing an Oz-centric theme park. Based in- you guessed it, Kansas- the park looks at though it would have been pretty wonderful indeed. In this piece, we see a shot of the central square of the Emerald City, where multiple attractions, shops, eateries and atmospheric characters would welcome you into the Merry Ol’ Land of Oz.

Art ©️Landmark Entertainment / The Goddard Group

The Signs As Characters From Life Is Strange

Aries - David Madsen
- Warren Graham
- Victoria Chase
- Joyce Price
- Max Caulfield
- Kate Marsh
- Dana Ward
- Nathan Prescott
- Rachel Amber
- Mark Jefferson
- Chloe Price
- Frank Bowers

Yup, Frank the Entertainer from I Love New York, I Love Money, and A Basement Affair is now married!

Now I know this is old news, but I didn’t care to look it up til now because lets be real, this guy was our least favorite celebreality star. But I guess I had to give ya’ll a glory days update, and I was too damn curious now that I’m watching A Basement Affair.

His wife is Ashley Sansalone Maresca. They have a pet dog together that they are both obsessed with. No kids yet. Couldn’t find any info on where they live or what they do… I wonder if t[he]y ever got out of that basement…

Why do we LOVE Frank Underwood??

!!SPOILERS!! House of cards is probably me favorite show of all time. I love the music. The cinematography is amazing. As the tale of lying, killing, and bribing grows more and more complicated I’m more and more hooked. But, what I love the most about the show is Frank Underwood. I think it’s safe to say that I’m not alone in this. House of Cards is a huge show, so it would seem that a lot of people love Frank Underwood.

It’s confusing. I have trouble pinning down why we, the viewer, love Frank so much, but I think I’m starting to figure it out.

One of the things that makes Underwood stand out so much are his soliloquies. He looks directly at us, the viewer, and lets us in on some of his thoughts. Sometimes this is a joke or one liner, but other times it’s a detail of his master plan. Subconsciously, this makes us feel important. As he rises in power, we feel like we’re a part of it; after all, we see more than anyone else in the show sees. Also, his soliloquies make us feel like we’re his friend, and this leads into the next reason why we like him.

Frank has a sense of humor. His dry statements, and the way he looks at the camera from time to time makes the political tension a little lighter. It’s charming. Frank seems friendly when he’s being funny, and it makes the horrible things he does seem less horrible.

Frank is an underdog. The show starts out with Frank being betrayed by President Walker. Jackie Chan got the audience to like him by choreographing each of his fights so that he started at a disadvantage. We never see how desperate everyone else is (with a few momentary exceptions); Frank and Claire’s struggle is the only one we’re really tied to. The betrayal at the beginning, and the struggle he goes through as a politician, are cemented by his rough upbringing. Frank wasn’t born rich. His father was an alcoholic farmer. Frank’s scrappy underdog nature lead the viewer to almost forgive the evil stuff he does.

There are three core reasons why we love Frank Underwood: his soliloquies, sense of humor, and his underdog status. He’s a great character, and I hope that we can see many many more characters like him in television shows to come.

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On this day in music history: June 10, 1972 - “The Candy Man” by Sammy Davis, Jr. hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 2 weeks on May 20, 1972. Written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, it is the biggest hit for the Harlem, NY born singer, actor and entertainer. Songwriters Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse whose credits singularly and collectively include classics such as “Goldfinger”, “What Kind Of Fool Am I”, “Talk To The Animals”, and Tony winning musical “Stop The World -  I Want To Get Off”, are hired by film producers Stan Margulies and David L. Wolper to write songs and the score for the film “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory”. Among the eight songs Newley and Bricusse write, the first heard in the film is “The Candy Man”. The original version of the song is sung by actor Aubrey Woods, as the candy shop owner. After a brief stint signed to Motown Records which yields one album produced by Jimmy Bowen (Frank Sinatra), entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., leaves Motown in 1971 and signs with MGM Records. MGM Records president Mike Curb suggests to Sammy that he record “The Candy Man”. At first Davis is not receptive to the idea, telling Curb he hates the song, feeling that it’s “too saccharine”. Though ten years before, Davis had scored a major hit with Newley and Bricusse’s “What Kind Of Fool Am I”, and decides to give “The Candy Man” a shot. Curb co-produces the session along with legendary producer and arranger Don Costa, and Michael Viner (Incredible Bongo Band). The track also features background vocals by The Mike Curb Congregation who had previously recorded it before Davis, but their fails to chart. Released as a single in November of 1971, “The Candy Man” is not an immediate hit. It is only after it begins receiving airplay on AC radio stations, that the record takes off. At the time, many Top 40 pop stations refuse to play the record. The exposure from Adult Contemporary radio gives it the momentum it needs to propel it on to and up the charts. Entering the Hot 100 at #97 on March 11, 1972, it climbs to the top of the chart thirteen weeks later. The single earns Davis a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1973. “The Candy Man” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.