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2019 – the year that was – was filled with plenty of good and bad events. Whether it was in the world of politics, scandals that have rocked Hollywood, natural disasters that affected the multitudes all over the world and so much more.

The world is a very unsettled place. I hope that some of the good events that happened this year will continue to grow, allowing more good things to happen, hopefully, at some point, overshadowing the bad. I also hope that some of the things I have shared in these year-end round-ups will put a smile on your face and bring you some cheer.

We have all had good and bad times throughout the year, but we can all rejoice in the great entertainment these medium – television, movies, music and books – have provided.

Have a wonderful New Year!

PS: Thank you all so very much for visiting my site. I hope you will continue to visit as often as you can.

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Much like the Faces of 2019, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year or those who made great waves throughout the current year who will, undoubtedly, be big stars in the new year. The new faces of 2019 appear below in no particular order:

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1. Esme Creed-Miles – The almost 20-year-old British actress raced onto the scene in the Amazon streaming series Hanna, based on the box office movie of the same name. Esme played the leadrole, starring alongside The Killing co-stars Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos. Hanna was given a second season renewal, and is expected to air sometime in 2020 on Amazon.

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2. Brec Bassinger – Brec is a Texas native actress, who will star as Courtney Whitmore – aka Stargirl – in the upcoming DC Universe streaming service series based on the DC Comics character. Brec had the lead role in the Nickelodeon series Bella and the Bulldogs and appeared in that network’s School of Rock series.

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3. Freya Allan – The 18-year-old U.K. newcomer landed the role of Princess Ciri in the Netflix fantasy series The Witcher, based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, which debuted on December 20. She will next be seen in the box office film Gunpowder Milkshake, playing Young Eve, who will be played as an adult by Karen Gillan (Doctor Who and the new Jumanji franchise).

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4. Halle Bailey – The talented Atlanta teenager got her start alongside her sister in the R&B duo Chloe x Halle when they were 13 and 11 respectively. They posted covers of pop songs on YouTube, which caught the eye of Beyonce, who signed them to her management company. Halle had a recurring role in the popular comedy grown-ish, but it was her landing the lead role in the upcoming live-action movie The Little Mermaid, in the title role of Ariel, that helped land her on this list.

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5. Jodie Turner-Smith – The statesque British model turned actress got her start in a bit role in True Blood, but her first big break came in the TNT post-apocalyptic series The Last Ship. She followed that up with a role in the Syfy series Nightflyers and the Cinemax series Jett. Her role in this fall’s box office film Queen & Slim alongside Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya.

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6. Asante Blackk – Earlier this year, Asante, the nephew of actress Samira Wiley from Orange Is the New Black and The Handmaid’s Tale, made his debut in the gripping Netflix mini-series When They See Us, based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case, playing Kevin Richardson as a teen; a role that earned him an Emmy nominations, making him one of the youngest nominees in its history before landing the role of Malik Hodges in season four of NBC’s This Is Us.

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7. Crystal Yifei Liu – The Chinese-American actress, dancer, singer and model has quite a resume in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and South-East Asia, ranging from TV shows, having one of her songs chosen as the ending theme for the anime series Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z to numerous box office films. But it will be her lead role in the live-action adaptation of Mulan, set to air in early 2020, that will turn heads.

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8. Jessie Buckley – The Irish singer and actress appeared in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Chernobyl in May and June and then in the box office movie Judy that came out in October. She also got a lot of attention from her lead role in the indie film Wild Rose. She previously appeared in the BBC adaptation of War and Peace, FX’s Taboo and BBC’s The Woman in White. She has 5 projects in the works, which includes Doolittle, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Misbehaviour, starring Keira Knightley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

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9. Haley Lu Richardson – Haley starred alongside Riverdale actor Cole Sprouse in the touching, but heartbreaking, box office movie Five Feet Apart, directed by Jane the Virgin actor Justin Baldoni, and starred alongside Downton Abbey alum Elizabeth McGovern in the period piece movie The Chaperone. She also previously appeared in the short-lived dramas Ravenswood and Recovery Road.

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10. Kelvin Harrison, Jr. – Kelvin has appeared in movies The Birth of a Nation and Mudbound as well as the TV series Shots Fired, but it was his lead role in the Octavia Spencer-led movie Luce that turned heads. He has since appeared in the film Waves, alongside Sterling K. Brown, and the EPIX TV series Godfather of Harlem. He will soon be seen in the box office films The Photograph and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

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11. Beanie Feldstein – The younger sister of actor Jonah Hill, Beanie caught a lot of attention for her role as Molly in the breakout hit movie Booksmart and will be seen playing Monica Lewinsky next year in the anthology series American Crime Story. She also appeared in the box office movies Lady Bird and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.

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12. Francesca Hayward – The Nigerian-born ballerina was raised in Britain and is now a principal dancer at The Royal Ballet in London. She has appeared in the lead role in productions of The Nutcracker, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle (just to name a few). She has the featured role of Victoria in the Tom Hooper directed film Cats.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2019? Please share.

TOMORROW: Closing Out 2019

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The following list highlights the actors and actresses on television and on the big screen who really caught viewers’ attention throughout this year.

They appear in no particular order:

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1. Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Tony nominee for Ghost the Musical (in 2012) had a big year this year, appearing in the Eddie Murphy film Dolemite Is My Name and the Showtime comedy On Becoming a God in Central Florida. She will next be seen alongside Zoe Kravitz in the Hulu streaming series High Fidelity and the box office film The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Viewers will remember her from Empire and People of Earth.

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2. Cynthia Erivo – The Tony nominee for The Color Purple (in 2016) hit it big in the title role in the box office movie Harriet (based on the life of Harriet Tubman) and next year she will play the Queen of Soul herself Aretha Franklin in the National Geographic anthology series Genius. She will also be seen in the HBO mini-series based on the Stephen King novel The Outsider and the upcoming box office film Needle in a Timestack with Orlando Bloom. Viewers will remember her from the movies Widows and Bad Times at the El Royale.

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3. Kirby Howell-Baptiste -The British actress hit it big this year with a recurring role in the HBO hitman comedy Barry, a recurring role in the much-maligned season 4 of Veronica Mars on Hulu, a recurring role in The Good Place and a lead role in the CBS All Access drama Why Women Kill. She will star alongside Emma Stone in the box office movie Cruella. Viewers will remember her from Killing Eve and the box office movie A Dog’s Purpose.

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4. Marsai Martin – She is obviously one of the child stars of the popular ABC comedy black-ish, but what really got her attention this year was the box office movie Little. Marsai came up with the idea at the age of 10, surprising producers at the studio with how well thought-out her project was, becoming the youngest person in Hollywood, at the age of 13, to ever produce a movie.

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5. Himesh Patel – While Himesh appeared in nearly 10 seasons of the British soap opera EastEnders, it was his turn as Jack Malik in the box office film Yesterday that got him a lot of attention. He will next be seen in the box office movie The Aeronauts alongside Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones; and he has joined the cast of the Christopher Nolan movie Tenet that will star Robert Pattinson.

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6 and 7. Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott – They starred as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine in the 2019 live-action adaptation of the movie, featuring Will Smith as the Genie. Mena will next be seen in the Hulu streaming series Reprisal, starring Timeless vet Abigail Spencer. Viewers will remember him from the TeenNick series Open Heart and the Amazon series Jack Ryan. Naomi was part of the cast of the new Charlie’s Angels alongside Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Elizabeth Banks. Viewers will remember her from the short-lived FOX drama Terra Nova, the Disney Channel movie Lemonade Mouth and the 2017 Power Rangers movie.

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8. Andrew Scott – The Irish actor turned heads as Jim Moriarty in Sherlock, starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch; and while he has a film and theatre background, it was his turn as “Hot Priest” in the second season of the award-winning streaming series Fleabag that charmed audiences. He can be seen in the World War II box office movie 1917 (again alongside Benedict Cumberbatch) as well as a recurring role in HBO’s His Dark Materials and he will appear in the title role of the upcoming Showtime series Ripley, playing literary con artist Tom Ripley.

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9. Simone Missick – Simone is the star of the new CBS legal drama All Rise, which has become the highest rated new drama of the fall TV season and she also appeared in the Netflix streaming series Altered Carbon. Viewers will remember Simone from The Defenders, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, playing Misty Knight in all three Netflix shows.

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10. Samara Weaving – The Australian actress was the star of the box office thriller Ready or Not, and she will have an even bigger 2020, appearing in the box office movies Bill & Ted Face the Music and the G.I. Joe spin-off Snake Eyes. Like many other Aussie actors, Samara appeared in the Australian soap opera Home and Away.

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11. Katilyn Dever – She starred in the box office movie Booksmart and was the focus of the Netflix mini-series Unbelievable that received rave reviews for its honest portrayal of a heartbreaking true story. Viewers know Kaitlyn from the long-running comedy Last Man Standing and her recurring role in Justified.

Who are some of the faces from this year who caught your attention either on television, in music or in film? Please share.

TOMORROW: New Faces of 2020

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The following industry personalities (listed in alphabetical order) passed away in 2019 and heartfelt condolences are extended to their families, friends and fans:

Julie Adams (Actress, Creature From the Black Lagoon)
Danny Aiello (Actor, Do the Right Thing and Moonstruck)
Fatima Ali (Renowned Chef)
Jed Allan (Actor, Beverly Hills 90210)
Carmen Argenziano (Actor, Stargate franchise)
Rene Auberjonois (Actor, Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Claudine Auger (Actress, Domino in James Bond movie Thunderball)

Ginger Baker (Drummer for Rock Trio Cream)
Kaye Ballard (Legendary Actress, Singer and Comedian)
Kevin Barnett (Comedian)
Frank Biondi, Jr. (Former Viacom and Universal Studios Head)
Cameron Boyce (Actor, Descendants franchise) [He was only 20]
Chuy Bravo (Talk Show Sidekick, Chelsea Lately)

Carmine Caridi (Actor, Murder She Wrote and Starsky and Hutch)
Diahann Carroll (Actress, Singer and Tony Award winner)
Seymour Cassel (Veteran Character Actor)
Carol Channing (Tony-winning Broadway Star)
Beth Chapman (Bounty Hunter)
Martin Charnin (Creator and Director, Annie the Broadway Musical)
John Clarke (Actor, Days of Our Lives)
Larry Cohen (Director and Screenwriter)
Jessi Combs (Experimental Car Driver and TV Host)
Earl Thomas Conley (Country Singer)
Tim Conway (Legendary Comedian and Actor)
Chris Cotton (Comedian)
Elijah Cummings (U.S. Representative)

Dick Dale (King of the Surf Guitar)
Paul Darrow (Actor, Blake’s 7)
Doris Day (Lengedary Actress and Singer)
Gabriel Diniz (Latin Pop Star)
Stanley Donen (Legendary Hollywood Director)
Dr. John (New Orleans Music Legend)
Daryl Dragon (of Captain and Tennille, Former Husband of Toni Tennille)

Aron Eisenberg (Actor, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Georgia Engel (Comedianne and Actress, The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
Robert Evans (Legendary Movie Producer)

Albert Finney (British Actor)
Peter Fonda (Actor, Easy Rider)
David Foster (Producer, The Getaway and The Thing)
Robert Forster (Actor)
Marie Fredriksson (Singer, Pop Duo Roxette)

Godfrey Gao (Taiwanese-Canadian Model and Actor, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) [He was only 35]
Rob Garrison (Actor, Tommy in The Karate Kid)
Leonard Goldberg (Veteran Film and TV Executive, Blue Bloods and Charlie’s Angels Creator)
Edith Gonzalez (Telenovela Star)
Laurel Griggs (Broadway Actress, ONCE, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) [She was only 13]
Grumpy Cat (Internet Sensation)

Sid Haig (Horror Genre Actor)
Goo Hara (K-Pop Star) [She was only 28]
Valerie Harper (Actress, Rhoda)
Kylie Rae Harris (Country Singer)
Rutger Hauer (Actor, Blade Runner)
David Hedison (Actor, Another World)
Rachel Held Evans (Popular Christian Author)
Katherine Helmond (Actress, Who’s the Boss)
Nipsey Hussle (Rapper)

James Ingram (Grammy-winning R&B Singer)

Larry “Flash” Jenkins (Actor, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
Arte Johnson (Actor-Comedian, Laugh-In)
Eddie Jones (Actor, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)
Freddie Jones (British Actor)
Juice Wrld (Rapper) [He was only 21]

Ken Kercheval (Actor, Dallas)
Gabe Khouth (Actor, Sneezy on Once Upon a Time)
Bob Kingsley (National Radio Hall of Fame Broadcaster)
Judith Krantz (International Best-Selling Author)

Karl Lagerfeld (Legendary Fashion Designer)
Michel Legrand (Oscar-Winning Composer)
Ron Leibman (Actor, Norma Rae and Angels in America)
Peter Lindberg (Famed Fashion Photographer)
Peggy Lipton (Former Model and Actress, Mod Squad)
Carol Lynley (Actress, The Poseidon Adventure)

Bill Macy (Actor, Maude)
Peter Mayhew (Actor, Chewbacca in Star Wars franchise)
Philip McKeon (Actor, Alice and real-life brother of Nancy McKeon)
Dick Miller (Actor, Terminator and Gremlins)
Eddie Money (Singer)
Shelley Morrison (Actress, Will and Grace)
Toni Morrision (Nobel Prize winning Author)
Harry Morton (Founder of L.A.’s Pink Taco) [He was only 38 years old]

Art Neville (Singer-Songwriter, The Neville Brothers)
Denise Nickerson (Actress, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)
Stephanie Niznik (Actress, Everwood)

Beverley Owen (Actress, The Munsters)

Karen Pendleton (Original Mouseketeer)
Ross Perot (Businessman and Former Politician)
Luke Perry (Actor, Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale)
Joe Pilato (Actor, The Day of the Dead)
Michael J. Pollard (Actor, Oscar-Nominated Bonnie and Clyde)
Linda Porter (Actress-Scene Stealer, Superstore)
Andre Previn (Oscar-winning Composer and Conductor)
Harold Prince (Broadway Producer and Director)

Leon Redbone (Singer-Songwriter and Actor)
Cokie Roberts (Pioneer Journalist and Political Commentator)
Carl Ruiz (Food Network Star and Chef)

Alvin Sargent (Oscar-winning Screenwriter)
Lisa Sheridan (Actress, Invasion and The 4400)
Stefanie Sherk (Canadian Model, Actress and wife of actor Demian Bichir)
Tyler Skaggs (Los Angeles Angels Pitcher)
Kim Shattuck (Lead Singer and Bassist for The Muffs)
John Singleton (Oscar-nominated Director)
Caroll Spinney (Puppeteer, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Sesame Street)
Kristoff St. John (Actor, The Young and the Restless)
Joan Stanley (Actress, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken)
Sulli (Korean Pop Star) [She was only 25]

Brian Tarantina (Actor, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Rip Taylor (“Zany” Comedian)
Russi Taylor (Voice of Minnie Mouse)
Peter Tork (Singer-Songwriter, Member of The Monkees)
Rip Torn (Actor, The Larry Sanders Show and Men in Black)

Gloria Vanderbilt (Heiress, Socialite, Fashion Icon and Mother of Anderson Cooper)
Jan-Michael Vincent (Actor, Airwolf)

John Wesley (Actor, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
Suzanne Whang (House Hunters Host)
Richard Williams (Animator, Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
Allee Willis (Songwriter, “September” and “I’ll Be There for You”)
William Wintersole (Actor, The Young and the Restless)
John Witherspoon (Actor, Friday franchise)
Gene Wolfe (Sci-Fi Author)
Max Wright (Actor, ALF)

Franco Zeffirelli (Italian Film Director)

NOTE: This list, in no way, covers all the industry talent who passed away this year. Again, condolences are extended to one and all.

Out of respect, please take a moment of silence.


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Every year there are lots of awards shows, some important, some just fun and numerous just plain silly or nonsensical, but the following list is just some of the top winners over the course of the year:


Best Drama Picture – Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Musical or Comedy Picture – Green Book
Best Animated Picture – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Foreign Language Picture – Roma
Best Original Song – “Shallow” from A Star Is Born
Best Actress, Drama – Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Best Actor, Drama – Richard Madden, Bodyguard
Best Actress, Limited Series – Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Best Supporting Actress, Limited Series – Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects


Best Young Actress – Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Best Acting Ensemble – The Favourite
Best Adapted Screenplay – Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Costume Design – Ruth Carter, Black Panther
Best Action Movie – Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Best Comedy Film – Crazy Rich Asians
Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie – A Quiet Place
Best Score – Justin Hurwitz, First Man
Best Drama – The Americans (FX)
Best Supporting Actress, Drama – Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)
Best Actress, Comedy – Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Best Movie Made for TV – Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)

SAG AWARDS (January)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, Drama – This Is Us (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by Actor, Drama – Jason Bateman, Ozark
Outstanding Performance by Actor, TV Movie or Miniseries – Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
Outstanding Performance by Supporting Actress, Film – Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place


Album of the Year – “Golden Hour” – Kacey Musgraves
New Artist – Dua Lipa
Pop Vocal Album – “Sweetener” – Ariana Grande
Rock Album – “From the Fires” – Greta Van Fleet
Gospel Album – “Hiding Place” – Tori Kelly
Compilation Soundtrack – “The Greatest Showman” – Various Artists
Score Soundtrack – “Black Panther” – Ludwig Goransson, Composer


Worst Picture – Holmes & Watson
Worst Actress – Melissa McCarthy, The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party
Worst Screenplay – Fifty Shades Freed by Niall Leonard

OSCARS (February)

Best Picture – Green Book
Lead Actress – Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Director – Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Lead Actor – Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Original Score – “Black Panther” – Ludwig Goransson
Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Supporting Actress – Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk


Best Comic-to-Motion-Picture – Avengers: Endgame
Best Science Fiction Film – Ready Player One
Best Fantasy Film – Toy Story 4
Best Actor – Robert Downey, Jr., Avengers: Endgame
Best Actress – Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween
Best Performance by a Younger Actor – Tom Holland, Spider-Man: Far From HOme
Best Film Music – Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns
Best Film Costume – Michael Wilkinson, Aladdin
Best Superhero TV Series – Supergirl
Best Fantasy TV Series – Game of Thrones
Best Actor in a TV Series – Sam Heughan, Outlander
Best Actress in a TV Series – Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Best Streaming Superhero TV Series – Marvel’s Daredevil
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a TV Series – Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

EMMY AWARDS (September)

Comedy Series – Fleabag (Amazon)
Limited Series – Chernobyl (HBO)
Lead Actor, Drama – Billy Porter, Pose (FX)
Lead Actress, Drama – Jodie Comer, Killing Eve (BBC America)
Lead Actress, Comedy – Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag (Amazon)
Lead Actress, Limited Series – Michelle Willaims, Fosse/Verdon (FX)
Supporting Actor, Comedy – Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)


The Movie of 2019 – Avengers: Endgame
The Family Movie of 2019 – Aladdin
The Drama Movie Star of 2019 – Cole Sprouse
The Female Movie Star of 2019 – Zendaya
The Comedy Movie Star of 2019 – Noah Centineo
The Comedy Star of 2019 – Kristen Bell
The Bingeworthy Show of 2019 – Outlander
The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2019 – Shadowhunters
The Male Artist of 2019 – Shawn Mendes


Artist of the Decade – Taylor Swift
New Artist – Billie Eilish
Country Female Artist – Carrie Underwood
Soul/R&B Male Artist – Bruno Mars
Favorite Soundtrack – Bohemian Rhapsody

Congratulations to all of the above winners (and the countless others who won awards) this year. Are any of the above your favorites? Do you think there was an actor or actress who was overlooked this year? Please share your thoughts.

TOMORROW: Rest in Peace

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This was the year of superhero movies: Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Far from Home, Aquaman and Shazam!, drawing in movie-goers; but just as popular was the big screen “debut” of Downton Abbey and the return to Jumanji.

There were the tearjerkers: Five Feet Apart, A Dog’s Journey and The Art of Racing in the Rain as well as great action flicks like Men in Black International, Angel Has Fallen and Hobbs and Shaw, and of course, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Let’s take a look at the top 30 box office winners from this year (up through Sunday, December 22):

1. Avengers: Endgame – 858 million
2. The Lion King – 544 million
3. Toy Story 4 – 434 million
4. Captain Marvel – 427 million
5. Spider-Man: Far from Home – 391 million
6. Frozen II – 374 million
7. Aladdin – 356 million
8. Joker – 333 million
9. It Chapter Two – 212 million
10. Us 1 175 million
11. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – 174 million
12. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – 171 million
13. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – 161 million
14. The Secret Life of Pets 2 – 158 million
15. Pokemon Detective Pikachu – 144 million
16. Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood – 141 million
17. Shazam! – 140 million
18. Aquaman – 136 million
19. Dumbo – 115 million
20. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – 113 million
21. Glass – 111 million
22. Godzilla: King of the Monsters – 110 million
23. The Upside – 108 million
24. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – 106 million
25. Hustlers – 105 million
26. Ford v Ferrari – 104 million
27. The Addams Family – 97 million
28. Downton Abbey – 96 million
29. Rocketman – 96 million
30. Alita: Battle Angel – 86 million

NOTE: Please keep in mind that the box office results for movies released during the week before Christmas; namely Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, won’t be tallied until later this week.

On the other spectrum are the movies that were either a disappointment in the box office due to poor ticket sales or, more importantly, had a horrible trailer that made me completely uninterested in seeing them.

They appear in no alphabetical order below:

A Madea Family Funeral
Annabelle Comes Home
Black Christmas
Captive State
Doctor Sleep
Good Boys
Like A Boss
Long Shot
The Intruder
Murder Mystery
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Pet Sematary
Playing with Fire
Ready or Not
Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark

The following list, provided by Business Insider, are the 16 box office flops, listed in no particular order:

Replicas (starring Keanu Reeves) – It fell short $26 million dollars from its production costs and earned only a 10% Rotten Tomatoes score.

The Kid Who Would Be King – It was short by $28 million dollars from its production costs.

Serenity (the Matthew McConaghey and Anne Hathaway film) – It fell short by $17 million dollars from its production value and only got a 19% score at Rotten Tomatoes.

Miss Bala (starring Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez) – While the film made just a little over its production budget, it only earned a 22% score from Rotten Tomatoes.

Captive State (which starred John Goodman and Vera Farmiga) – This move also lost $17 million from its production value with a 45% score from Rotten Tomatoes.

The Beach Bum (the stoner comedy that starred Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey) – It lost about a million dollars from its production value with a 54% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Hellboy (the reboot that starred Stranger Things’ David Harbour in the lead role) – It fell short by $9 million dollars from its production value and earned only a 15% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Ugly Dolls (the animated film) – It lost $18 million dollars from its production value with only a 27% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Poms (the Diane Keaton flick) – It is unclear how much money it lost, but it raked in just a little over $13 million overall and earned a 34% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Tolkien (which starred Nicholas Hoult in the title role) – This is another one that under-performed, earning only 7.7 million in global sales with a 51% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Dark Phoenix (what could be the last in the franchise given how much it was reviled) – It made a lot of money in the box office, over $252 million in global gross sales, but critics and fans alike did not like it and it earned a 23% Rotten Tomatoes score.

The Kitchen (starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elizabeth Moss) – It lost over $20 million dollars from its production budget while earning only a 21% Rotten Tomatoes score.

The Goldfinch (which starred Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman) – This film lost a whopping $42 million dollars below its production budget and received only a 25% Rotten Tomatoes score.

The Gemini Man (the Will Smith action flick) – It earned $34 million dollars over its immense production budget of $138 million dollars, but was not well-received by audiences. It also only earned a 26% score at Rotten Tomatoes.

Doctor Sleep (the “sequel” to The Shining) – It earned $24 million dollars over its production budget and got a 77% Rotten Tomatoes score, but given expectations it ‘should’ have performed far better.

Playmobil: The Movie (the animated film) – It fell incredibly short of its production budget – losing at least $30 million dollars) and earned only an 18% Rotten Tomatoes score.

What movies did you most enjoy seeing this year? Which movies were disappointments to you? Please share your thoughts and comments.

TOMORROW: Awards of 2019


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TV viewers never know what to expect each season from their favorite shows because the powers that be behind those shows are sneaky, they like to freak us out, make us laugh, make us cheer and sigh in relief.

Every season there is a lot going on that sometimes it’s hard to point out all of the good (and the bad) that TV provides the viewers, but the following list, which is featured in no particular order, is what really stood out:

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Highest Rated New Drama – All Rise (CBS)

Out of the 9 new one-hour dramas that debuted on the major networks since the 2019-2020 TV season got underway in September, the CBS legal drama All Rise came out on top in terms of overnight ratings. The show averaged 5.3 million viewers from September to December.

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Best Actress in a Drama – Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin (The CW)

Gina received rave reviews for her 7-minute monologue, where Jane talked on and on about her dead husband Michael’s very unexpected reappearance, in the season premiere of Jane the Virgin; an episode that she also directed.

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Best Actors in a Drama – Michael Sheen and David Tennant in Good Omens (Amazon)

The third episode of the debut season found Aziraphale (Sheen) and Crowley’s (Tennant) friendship over the centuries played out. The entire episode was quite the montage of how this angel and demon grew and changed over the millenia, hiding their friendship from their superiors.

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That Really Wasn’t A Surprise – Mateo was the narrator on Jane the Virgin (The CW)

For much of the series’ run, viewers of Jane the Virgin contemplated the identity of the narrator with the reveal being made in the show’s final episode; and while it may have come as a surprise that the narrator was a grown-up Mateo (voiced by Anthony Mendez), I was pleased to learn that I was correct in my belief since season two that it was Mateo.

Best Reality Star – Kodi Lee, America’s Got Talent (NBC)

I am the first person to state loud and clear how much I detest reality programming. I honestly think it’s the bane of existence and should be wiped off the TV landscape fully and completely, but every once in awhile there are a few good things that come out of that genre of programming. Kodi Lee is one of those unicorns. He is the blind and autistic singing phenom who won season 14 of the reality competition show.

Check out Kodi’s audtion for America’s Got Talent:

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Talk of the Streaming World – Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (Netflix)

The Japanese organizing consultant and author debuted her new show on the streaming service at the beginning of the year, becoming quite the talk of the internet especially with her “sparks joy” method of organizing.

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What Were You Thinking? – Jussie Smollett

The Empire actor-singer claimed to be the victim of a homophobic-racist assault, but after receiving endless amounts of support, it was revealed to have been a hoax; although the actor never confirmed that was the case. He was indicted on 16 counts, but eventually charges were dropped and his record was wiped clean. However, he essentially lost his role on the FOX drama and has become a bit of a society pariah.

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Best Villainess – Rachel Skarsten as Alice on Batwoman (The CW)

From the pilot episode it was clear that Alice was a complicated character. Her backstory is heartbreaking but also very telling in why she became who she is now. She has been so set on revenge that she doesn’t even she how vile and villainous she has become. [SPOILER ALERT!] Taking the life of her stepmother and setting up her father as the killer took that villainy to an all-new low.

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Hunky Newcomer – Blake Stadnik as Jack on This Is Us (NBC)

The fourth season premiere of This Is Us gave us a look at a young man, who was revealed to a successful blind musician and was also revealed to be Jack, the grown son of Kate and Toby. His mom’s scary premature birth caused Jack to be blind. Being from the Pearson line he is just as charming and lovable as the Pearson men and he inherited his singing genes from the Pearson women.

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Prettiest Newcomer – Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew (The CW)

While the show itself hasn’t been performing well in the ratings, and for those of us who aren’t sold on this more modern take on the teenage sleuth, this new incarnation of Nancy Drew may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Kennedy is the prettiest of the newcomers this TV season.

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Where’s the Viewers – Ratings decline

TV viewership has been on the decline, but this fall as existing series returned and new ones debuted, the overnight ratings have seen a noticeable drop – even popular shows. In some instances, returning shows have lost at least a million, if not more, viewers weekly.

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Best Comeback From Death – John Winchester on Supernatural (The CW)

It may have only been temporary, but getting to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan as John Winchester on Supernatural was so terrific. Sam and Dean inadvertently summoned their dad from the year 2003, allowing the family – including Mama Winchester – a chance to have one somewhat “normal” night together before bidding an emotional goodbye to him yet again.

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Most Upsetting TV Deaths – Quentin on The Magicians (Syfy) and Logan Echolls in Veronica Mars (Hulu)

Quentin shockingly sacrificed himself in order to save his friends and officially vanquish The Monster.

Logan was unnecessarily killed by a bomb inadvertently left inside Veronica’s car not too long after they finally married.

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It’s About Damn Time – Diana (Miriam Shor) finally learned the truth about Liza (Sutton Foster) on Younger (TV Land)

It only took SIX seasons for the truth to finally be revealed to everyone, but seeing Diana deal with that truth was quite something to behold.

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The Girl with No Name, Takes Down the King – Arya Defeated the Night King on Game of Thrones (HBO)

Say what you will about the final season of Game of Thrones, but one of the best scenes from that last run was watching mighty but mini Arya take out the big bad Night King, using the best subterfuge possible.

[Photo: ABC-Mitch Haaseth]

We Are One – “Silent All These Years” episode of Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

In this episode, every single woman on the show lined the hall to usher Abby, a sexual assault survivor, into surgery. When the episode aired, Christine Blasey Ford has just testified about her sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh, who – despite Ford’s meticulously detailed testimony – was confirmed as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

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Getting What She Justly Deserved – Brienne of Tarth Knighed on Game of Thrones (HBO)

It was a long time in coming, given all that the warrior woman had done, in the war for the Iron Throne, but Brienne was finally knighted by Jamie Lannister before the final battle ensued.

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That Was Quite a Twist – The identity of the Dark Lord in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)

The big reveal was made in the finale of the second season with Sabrina Spellman learning that the Dark Lord was one other than her own dad (how Star Wars-like, right?).

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How Could You? – Judy Hale (Linda Cardellini) was the hit and run driver, who killed the husband of Jen Harding (Christina Applegate) in Dead to Me (Netflix)

The two women met through a therapy group made of bereft spouses. They became quick friends, but in the final moments of the finale, Judy admitted the truth; but then it was shown that the body of Steve, Judy’s ex-fiance was floating in Jen’s pool

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The Most Mind-Blowing Show – Watchmen (HBO)

This series, based on the acclaimed graphic novel, was mind-boggling for those not well-versed in the canon, but visual stunning in its directorial vision, expertly acted by its ensemble cast, led by the amazing Regina King, and incredibly complex in its storytelling.

Young Inspirations – Teenage Climate Activists

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old girl from Sweden with Asperger’s Syndrome may be the face of the young climate activists – especially after being named as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year – but she is not the only one.

Just take a look at this article to see that she is not the only one nor should she be seen by the world as the only one.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on what you liked the most and the least on television throughout 2019. Please share.


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In my world, I couldn’t live without music. As I’ve shared for years now, I wake up to music every single day rather than an alarm. Every night I go to bed with music playing. The first thing I do after I start my car is turn on the radio. Whenever I leave my house, my music is playing as I don’t like to have a quiet house – even when I’m not around.

Music may not be for everyone, but I couldn’t function without it.

Since music plays a crucial role in my life, I wanted – like for so many years – to take the time to highlight just some of the songs, performers and video moments from this past year:

Best New Male Singer – Lewis Capaldi

Lewis has been a performing for most of his life, but it was his current single “Someone You Loved” that catapulted him into global stardom:

You can watch his video for that single here:

Best New Female Singer – Billie Eilish

This unconventional 18-year-old singer from Los Angeles began singing when she was a young girl. She released her first single in 2015 on SoundCloud, and released several other singles and an EP over the next few years; but it was her 2019 album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” – which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts – that shot her to the top of heap.

Here is the video to her hit single “Bad Guy”:

Best Duets – Sam Smith and Normani “Dancing with a Stranger” and Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello “Senorita

Here is the video for “Dancing with a Stranger”:

Here is the video for “Senorita”:

Top R&B Artist – Lizzo

The Detroit native hit it big this year with her third album “Cuz I Love You,” which peaked inside the top five of the Billboard 200. She is not only a singer and songwriter, but also an actress and flautist.

Here is the video for her big hit “Good As Hell”:

Most Moving Song from a Box Office Film – Cynthia Erivo “Stand Up” from Harriet

The Broadway star shined in the lead role in this box office movie and easily stirs a lot of emotion in the amazing video to the song.

Here is the video for “Stand Up”:

Top Country Hit and Women’s Anthem – Maren Morris “Girl

The last time a song from a female artist topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart was in February 2018 until this January when “Girl” was released.

Here is the video for “Girl”:

Best TV Performance By a Duo – Taylor Swift and Brendan Urie performing “ME!” on the Billboard Music Awards

The duo opened the show with lots of color, a marching band and umbrellas, performing the song – which had just been released a few days before – as if they’d been performing it for a long time.

You can see the opening performance to the award show here:

Hit Song of the Year – Post Malone “Circles

The singer-rapper released this song in August and it quickly became a number one hit of the Billboard charts.

Here is the lyric video for “Circles”:

Still Going Strong – Pink

Nearly 20 years after hitting the charts for the first time, Pink is still going strong, releasing her 8th album this year, featuring the hit single “Walk Me Home”.

Here is Pink’s video for “Walk Me Home”:

Which artists stood out for you over this past year? What was your favorite song? Which songs did you get sick of hearing on the radio? What song could you listen to over and over again? What was the top album in your opinion? Please share your thoughts on the music of 2019 below.


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This year has been quite a tumultuous year with natural disasters affecting a lot of people from arctic temperatures to fires to earthquakes; Hollywood scandals (most notably the college admissions scandal); more than 360 shootings throughout the United States that have simply devastated so many people’s lives (when will it end?!); the unnecessary ICE raids that ripped families apart – to name just a few unsettled current events.

But there have also been some amazing events take place this year like watching 13-year-old figure skater Alysia Liu win the 2019 National Championship; watching the amazing athleticism of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi; the US Women’s Soccer team winning the 2019 World Cup and the birth of the royal baby: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.  How about the unprecedented winners of Miss America, Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe all being women of color?  And, while time will tell if anything will come from it, quite a lot of people have been glued to their seats for the impeachment hearings.

What is to follow, starting tomorrow with the hits and misses on television, will be my look at what took place this year – good, bad or otherwise.

NOTE: I apologize in advance for any omissions, spelling errors or oversights I may have made, but I don’t apologize for any of the choices I made.

TOMORROW: Hits and Misses of Television

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This has been a really difficult year with plenty of ups and just as many downs. Whether it was in the world of politics, scandals that have rocked Hollywood or the changes that women are trying to make in every facet of the world and so much more. We live in a very unsettling world, but I hope that some of the goods things included in this 2018 year-end round-up brought some cheer to you as we close out the year.

We have all had good and bad times throughout the year, but we can all rejoice in the great entertainment these medium – television, movies, music and books – have provided.

Have a wonderful New Year!

PS: Thank you all so very much for visiting my site. I hope you will continue to visit as often as you can.

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