Actress/Producer Shirly Brener Discusses Her International Upbringing and Holiday Traditions

Shirly Brener is a very prolific actress and producer in both Hollywood and Israel with numerous projects and film credits. She played John Cusak’s wife in the movie War Inc, appeared in Righteous Kill with Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino and was recently named the Vice President of Business Development for Radar Pictures (The Last Samurai, … Read more…

Starlet Showcase

So this all starts with me catching Charlie Chaplin’s great silent movie Modern Times on TCM Saturday night.
The film, which will grab you like any great film, regardless of the fact that the majority of its dialog is in the form of cards flashed on the screen, has been exalted as one of teh great cinematic triumphs of all time.
But that’s not what inspired today’s FamilyFirst pick.
No, it was the beautiful Paulette Goddard.
In the film, Goddard plays an orphaned child who strives to make it on her own. She encounters Chaplin’s little tramp, and together they strive for a better life.

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Films Based on Historical Events

History. you either love it or hate it. Sort of like the Dallas Cowboys.
While I despise “America’s Team,” I love history.
And the fact is that many Hollywood films have been made that are, at least partially, based on history.
Of course, artistic license abounds.
But that fact notwithstanding, today’s FamilyFirst pick will give you a nice list of films based on historical events.

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The Salvador Dali Museum

My wife and I just got back from a wonder 25th anniversary trip to St. Pete, Florida. One of the things that we saw was the Salvador Dali Museum.
We’ve been to St. Pete three other times, always with kids, and we knew about the museum but never stopped by.
Well, this time we were childless, and paid a visit.
All I can say is: WOW!!!
All I really knew about Dali before my visit last week was the melting watches, from The Persistence of Memory, painted in 1931.
A visit to the museum showed me the real genius known as Salvador Dali.

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Britney’s Guide to Semiconductor Physics

Man, the things you learn on the internet.
Did you know Britney Spears was an expert in a rather specialized science?
Today’s FamilyFirst site is called Britney’s Guide to Semiconductor Physics. Here’s its mission in a nutshell:

It is a little known fact, that Ms Spears is an expert in semiconductor physics. Not content with just singing and acting, in the following pages, she will guide you in the fundamentals of the vital laser components that have made it possible to hear her super music in a digital format.

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