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Monday, 21 August 2017

Jerry Lewis Dies, age 91

Jerry Lewis, the American comedian and filmmaker died on Sunday morning (US time) at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91.

His birth name was Joseph Levitch, but Shawn Levy, author of the exhaustive 1996 biography “King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis,” unearthed a birth record that gave his first name as Jerome.

Here is a show reel of his life:



Lewis was an active spokesman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and raised vast sums for charity. He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for raising over $2 billion dollars for the charity.

Few may know he was a force as a filmmaker with renowned technical skill, and that he made many contributions to the industry, including the invention in 1960 of a device — the video assist, which allowed directors to review their work immediately on the set — which is still in common use.

Josie's Juice recalls a particular era of Jerry Lewis: his unique comedy style, his slapstick routines with Dean Martin, and their fun duets. This, the most famous... 'That's Amore':


In 1944 he met Patti Palmer, a 23-year-old singer. Three months later they were married, and on July 31, 1945, she gave birth to the first of the couple’s six sons, Gary, The couple divorced in 1980.

It was between his first date with Palmer and the birth of his first son, Lewis had met Dean Martin, a young crooner from Steubenville, Ohio. Appearing on the same bill at the Glass Hat nightclub in Manhattan, they soon found themselves on the same bill again at another Manhattan nightclub, the Havana-Madrid, in March 1946.

It was here they started fooling around with their impromptu sessions after the evening’s last show, and were being noticed, first by a Billboard magazine reviewer.

Booked at the 500 Club in Atlantic City, Lewis convinced the club’s owner to hire Dean Martin to fill a spot, and they cobbled together a routine based on their Havana-Madrid skit, and the phenomenon was born.

Jerry Lewis described their relationship as “sex and slapstick.” Among the audience members at the Copacabana was the producer Hal Wallis, who had a distribution deal through Paramount Pictures, and soon Wallis signed them to a five-year contract.

“My Friend Irma” (1949) evolved with Martin and Lewis providing comic support, then “My Friend Irma Goes West” (1950), but it was not until “At War With the Army” (1951) that the duo were front and centre.

Here is more of their antics. Whoops, Josie's Juice has uncovered a full length movie, 'Hollywood Or Bust':


'The Nutty Professor' is the still the most talked about of Jerry Lewis’s films:


RIP Jerry Lewis. Thank you for the lasting memories of fun Saturday afternoon movies watching you and Dean Martin. Such good times.




Wednesday, 16 August 2017

'The Bachelorette' Sophie Monk: VIDEO trailer

'The Bachelorette' Australia preview trailer is here, and Sophie Monk is smokin':
And here is the short version:



Possible spoiler alert? Looks like she's only looking in Double Bay? Help a sister out here!

Are you excited to watch it all unfold? Josie's Juice is, unashamedly.



Sunday, 13 August 2017

'Atypical': Netflix Australia - Autism series: VIDEO

THIS is the show, the reason to finally get Netflix.

If you're a so-called 'autism mum' (I see myself as a mamma first, and mummy to my son who happens to have an autism diagnosis) this show should be watched, like yesterday. The whole thing, in a major binge watch sesh. And I am proud to say I finally did a legit 'Netlflix binge watch'.


The 'Netflix original show' (a tag given to shows created and developed just for Netflix , and can only ever be seen on Netflix) is called 'Atypical' and I was crazy about this show before I even saw it, because the premise centres aroundthe life of a young adult with autism, and how he navigates the world as an 18 year old.


Sam is the young man on the autism spectrum (played beautifully by actor Keir Gilchrist), and 'Atypical' takes a look at Sam's journey into dating, navigating his feelings, communicating with family and handling school cliques, and his part time job where his co-worker Zahid provides unintentionally funny advice on how to 'score' girls. That role is played by 
Nik Dodani, and the series was created by Robia Rashid.

In the literal world of Sam's brain, this is sensory overload, and mastering his communication and feelings takes up most of Sam's time in the context of a confusing world.


'Atypical' made me laugh out loud, want to cry like a baby, and be both comforted by the future that could possibly await my son, and fear the society which favours the neurotypical (or the 'NT') person over the 'not all there' or 'abnormal' child, teen, and adult.


Jennifer Jason Leigh is excellent as Sam's mother, Elsa, Michael Rapaport is brilliant as Sam's dad Doug, and Brigette Lundy-Paine totally nails the role as Sam's overprotective sister Casey going through her own stuff. As her Sam's mum and dad.


Another standout is Amy Okuda as Julia, Sam's therapist.

'Atypical' has just arrived (on August 11) and is only on Netflix. 


Here is the trailer, plus some clips that'll make you want to get Netflix NOW if you don't already have it:








Watch this show now. Highly recommended.

Josie's Juice is a proud 'Steam Team' Netflix ANZ blogger.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Maria Venuti Recovery: VIDEO

Maria Venuti is on the road to recovery and what a pleasure to see her progress tonight on Australian TV.

Photo: 'A Current Affair'


Featured on 'A Current Affair', Maria has been in rehabilitation since her stroke in November 2016, and new footage shows the Aussie entertainment icon speaking and learning to walk again.

Sadly, the longtime actress and singer was confronted by a male stalker at her home and suffered a stroke afterwards.
A 38-year-old man was arrested fleeing the property at the time.
'A Current Affair' revealed tonight just how far she's come.
SEE THE FULL VIDEO HERE.