Last Month Carola and I visited Amsterdam together. I had won tickets to be the audience during the recording of two episodes of a Dutch Quiz show (The Quickest Quiz). We will write about this another time. The recordings would be in the late afternoon, so we had some time to spare and we decided to bring a visit to Madame Tussauds. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept of Madame Tussauds; let us enlighten you.
Madame Tussauds is a wax museum, that displays the wax sculptures of famous people. The museum is named after a real "Madame". She was born as Marie Grosholtz in Strasbourg (France) in 1761.Her father was killed in war just two months before Marie was born. Her mother (Anne-Marie Walder) took her to Bern (in Switzerland), when she was six years old. Anne-Marie (and Marie) moved into the house of Dr. Phillipe Curtius , where she went to work as the housekeeper. Curtius was specialized in making wax models (initially he used them as an illustration for anatomy. He started teaching Marie the art of wax modelling and when Curtius moved to Paris to establish a cabinet of wax portraits, he took Marie with him. In 1777 Marie created her first wax sculpture of Voltaire. Later she also created sculptures of other influential persons like Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin. Dr. Curtius died in 1794 and left his collection to Marie. She decided to start travelling through Europe and when she married Francois Tussaud in 1795, the show was renamed: Madame Tussauds. Eventually she moved to Great Britain and settled in London...the rest is history.
As I already mentioned the mainlocation of the museum is in London, but there are a lot of smaller museums all over the world. You can find them in cities like: New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Berlin and like I said Amsterdam. Of course we are gonna focus on the movie related part of the museum, but we wouldn't want to deprive you of some of the other celebrities we "met"...
Liv, Tristan, Sigmund and I went on holiday together in 2015. Destination: Sicily (Italy). We had a great time and did some pretty awesome things (like paragliding). But of course we didn't forget about movies.
The most important movie during our trip was the Godfather. Well, who hasn't seen these movies? I'm a big fan of mafia movies and The Godfather is the mother of all mafia movies. The Godfather - Part I is legendary and then there is Part II, which I think (if possible) is even better. Part II is ok, but cannot live up to the standard set by the first two movies. Our first location however is famous, because of the final scenes of this movie.
The building you see here on the picture is Teatro Massimo. It's situated in Palermo, Sicily. Wondering why this is so special? Beside that it looks awesome (It's a beautiful building!), it's related to the Godfather. I'll tell you why. Like Liv already mentioned the final scenes of The Godfather III have been filmed here on these stairs! We were happy to see these stairs, enjoy the building and take some photos! (What do you think of my Mary Corleone impersonation? Just like the real thing, right?)
Once upon a time.. (Or a long time ago in a galaxy far far away...). Long before Conmose existed , Liv and I went to see the musical of the Sound of Music together in Breda (the Netherlands). As long as I can remember, I loved the movie. My sister loves it as well. And usually around the time of Christmas we would decide to watch the movie again. So I grew up with a fair share of the Sound of Music in my life. Same for me, I've always loved this movie and I have seen it a million times throughout my life. Small difference with the story of Carola is that I have a big brother and he doesn't like it at all (and that's the understatement of the century). I remember one time this became painfully clear to me. Let me take you back to the roaring 90s: my brother and I were eating soup and I was constantly singing the song "Edelweiss" ( mind you I'm no Adele or Beyonce). At a particular moment my brother was so fed up with it, he took the spoon and he hit me on my forehead. Well I guess I had that one coming. I can imagine that it was quite annoying (untill I have never admitted that to my brother; so Ingmar I hope you arr reading this one).
I've always liked it, even though I'm not into musicals as a specific genre. I like some. But I wouldn't call myself a musical lover. I loooove musicals, but not all of them. One of my other all time favorites is "Grease".
Anyhow, I've always thought the music in this movie is just awesome. I really love the songs. I have to admit that when I was smaller, I didn't understand the end of the movie and the time in which the movie is set (Austria, just before World War II).
I almost can't imagine that there's someone out there who hasn't heard of this movie. But ofcourse I know not everyone is familiar with the Sound of Music. Let us explain a little: The movie is about Maria (Julie Andrews) who is a nun. But she's not sure about what she wants and who she is. Because of that she gets an assignment: She will be a governess to a large family. The father (Christopher Plummer) is a widow and is looking for someone to look after his children and obeys the strict rules. At first this is very hard. Maria is completely different from Captain Von Trapp (the father). She likes to give the children space and let them play. Captain Von Trapp is very strict and doesn't like to be contradicted. But Maria falls in love wit the children. But will she also manage to be on good terms with the Captain?
As you might or might not know, Sig and I went on a holiday to Krakow, Poland. I bet most of you have seen or at least have heard of the movie Schindler's List. As I already told in preconceptions, I made an exception for Schindler's list (I usually don't like watching black and white movies). But I really wanted to watch this movie. And rightly so: It's was a really good movie. I will talk about the movie in this article, even though this is not a movie review. It's more of a movie and background article.
As you might or might not know, Sig and I went to Krakow (Poland) for 12 days in September. There, we also visited Auschwitz and Schindler's factory. And we learned so much. I'll tell you more about what we saw in Schindler's factory in this article.
Because of Halloween, we decided to post today about the Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. Sig and I went on holiday to Florida 2 years ago. When we found out about Halloween Horror Nights, we knew instantly we wanted to go. We both love horror movies and anything related to it. We bought the tickets online, when we were still in the Netherlands. Halloween Horror night is an annual event that takes place in the Universal Studios theme parks of Orlando, Hollywood, Singapore and Japan. It took place for the first time in 1991 in Florida. Back then it was called Fright Nights. At the event you can find haunted houses and scare zones. The Haunted houses / scare zone are mostly inspired by movies/ TV series. In 2014 there were eight haunted houses and 4 scare zones. There were also some live shows. And of course you can buy a lot of merchandise during the Halloween Horror nights!
Sig and I were on holiday in Krakow (Poland). There, we visited the Polonia Wax Museum. I'll share our experience with you. To give a fair impression of the museum, I'll discuss it as a whole and not only the part about movies. Let's talk about the museum! I know the Wax Images Museum in Amsterdam. That's really huge and gives you some great photo opportunities. So of course I was happy to see that Poland has a Wax Museum as well! If you're not familiar with the concept: It's a museum with images (sculptures) made out of wax. Mostly singers, actors, politicians, sportsmen etc. So it's a nice opportunity to make photo with them if you haven't or won't meet them in real life.
You guys know how much we love movies/ series events! And we always like to share some awesome events with you ;). This time, we'd like to tell you about a part of the Sybil Danning Euro tour: An exclusive film event in the Netherlands.
First things first. Let me tell you a bit more about Sybil Danning in case you don't know her yet. She's an Austrian actress, best known for playing in many, many awesome B movies during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1978 she moved to Hollywood to proceed her career. There, she got a role in Battle Beyond the Stars. In 1983, Sybil appeared on the cover of Playboy Magazine and had a ten page pictorial. She had an absence in acting from 1990 - 2002 (due to an accident). After 2002 she returned to acting again. She played the evil nazi villainess in the Werewolf Women of the SS (the mock trailer for Tarentino's Grindhouse). Besides that, she also played a nurse in Rob Zombie's Halloween and much more. (And you all know how much I love Rob Zombie movies!!)
If you didn't already, you know a bit more about Sybil now. Now, on to the event! Let me tell you a bit more about it. At the event you'll see a surprise movie :). You'll receive a photo that is personally signed by Sybil Danning, 2 free drinks and there will be a Q&A session with Sybil Danning!
- The event will take place in Arnhem (the Netherlands) at the Rembrandt Theatre on 29 october 2016.
- A ticket costs 65,- euros.
- The first 100 tickets also receive a limited edition print of this night.
You can also check out the event on Facebook