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|"Blue Heelers", "Blue Murder", and "Pacific Blue" were all television dramas connected by a single theme. What theme connected these three shows?||Blue-tiful Entertainment
They were all dramas about police officers.. These are just three among many drama shows that have focused on the life and work of policemen around the world. Others include: "N.Y.P.D. Blue", "Miami Vice", "Matlock", "Columbo", and many more.
"Blue Heelers" was an Australian drama which showed the lives of police officers in rural St. Thomas. "Blue Murder", a Canadian show, was set in the big city and showed many crimes common to big cities. "Pacific Blue" followed bicycle-riding police officers in Santa Monica, California.
|In the 1969 movie version of "Pippi Longstocking", which character--who was constantly trying to get Pippi to stay with her at the children's home--could always be seen wearing a blue dress?||Blue-tiful Entertainment
Mrs. Prysselius. Mrs. Prysselius found out that Pippi was staying by herself and was constantly trying to convince her to stay at the children's home with her. Mrs. Prysselius was a busy-body and was also a playmate for the small children. She was always seen wearing a blue dress and glasses, and was often wearing a hat as well.
|What was the name of the tour started in 2000 by Jeff Foxworthy, which also included Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, and Ron White?||Blue-tiful Entertainment
Blue Collar Comedy. The group started touring in 2000, and they recorded a live album of the tour in 2001 and the first movie was released in 2003. Eventually, the tour produced three movies, an album, and a TV show known as "Blue Collar TV".
Jeff Foxworthy is from Georgia and is well-known for his 'You Might Be a Redneck' jokes. Larry the Cable Guy's real name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney and he is from Nebraska. Bill Engvall is from Texas and is known for his 'Here's Your Sign' routine. Ron White is also from Texas and is known for joking about how he got the nickname 'Tater Salad'.
|Blue is a very popular color in entertainment, and it has lent itself as a title to many songs, groups, albums, shows, people, and even team mascots. In 2006, Blue became the name of the mascot for which NFL team?||Blue-tiful Entertainment
Indianapolis Colts. According to the Colts' website, Blue was born in Jockey, Indiana and was introduced on September 17, 2006. He enjoys eating Field Turf and his favorite songs are "Wild Horses" by the Rolling Stones and "Blue" by Eiffel 65.
The Colts franchise began in 1946 in Baltimore, Maryland, but the franchise moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1984. Johnny Unitas, Art Donovan, Lenny Moore, and Buddy Young are just a few of the great players that have played for the Colts.
|"Blue Streak" was a movie about a thief who had to pose as a police officer in order to retrieve a diamond that he hid in the building before he was sent to prison. Which famous actor/comedian played the lead role?||Blue-tiful Entertainment
Martin Lawrence. Martin Lawrence played the part of Miles Logan, a thief who hid a diamond in a construction site only to find out later that it was a police building.
Martin Lawrence was born in 1965 in Germany, where his dad was stationed with the military. He is known for his comedy and his comedic roles in movies and television. Some of his more notable films include, "Bad Boys", "Wild Hogs", "Big Momma's House", "Life", and "Nothing to Lose".
Eiffel 65. Eiffel 65 was an Italian group made up of three members: Maury Lobina, Jeffrey Jey, and Gabry Ponte. The group released songs in Italian and in English. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" is perhaps the group's most well-known song. Other Eiffel 65 songs include "Move Your Body", "Lucky (In My Life)", and "Too Much of Heaven".
|Another green guy popular with the kids is Kermit the Frog, who first appeared in 1955. What show did he originally appear on?||Green with Entertainment
Sam and Friends. Jim Henson's first television show, "Sam and Friends", began in 1955 and ran until 1961. The show featured several puppet characters lip-syncing to songs, as well as performing some short skits and commercials. Kermit was a regular on the show, but he wasn't a frog at the time. Other characters from the show included: Sam, Harry the Hipster, Chicken Liver, and Yorick.
|Gumby, a green clay character created by Art Clokey, was introduced to the world in 1956 and his TV show ran for over thirty years. What was the name of Gumby's horse friend?||Green with Entertainment
Pokey. Pokey tended to be a lot more pessimistic than Gumby and could often be sarcastic on their adventures. Pokey and Gumby became friends when Gumby saved him after Pokey had gotten his foot caught in a switch mechanism on a train track. Pokey often gave advice to Gumby even though Gumby didn't always listen.
|Oscar the Grouch is another famous green character from the popular children's show, "Sesame Street", though he wasn't always green. What color was Oscar during the show's first season in 1969?||Green with Entertainment
Orange. During the first season of "Sesame Street" there were actually two different Oscar puppets used, both of which were orange. Oscar didn't appear as a green fellow until he had an appearance on "The Flip Wilson Show" between seasons one and two. The reason given for Oscar's color change was that he had vacationed at Camp Mushy Muddy where his fur changed color overnight.
|The 1991 film "Fried Green Tomatoes" starred Kathy Bates and was based off the novel, "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe", which was written by which author?||Green with Entertainment
Fannie Flagg. Fannie Flagg was born in 1944 as Patricia Neal. Her first novel was "Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man" which made the "New York Times" bestseller list for ten weeks, while her second novel, "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe", made it for thirty-six weeks. Fannie also wrote the screenplay for the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes, and for it she won the Scripters Award. Some of her other works include: "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!", "Standing in the Rainbow", and "A Redbird Christmas".
|In the 1960's show "Green Acres" Oliver Wendell Douglas along with his wife left New York to fulfill his dreams of being a farmer. What was his profession before he left New York?||Green with Entertainment
Lawyer. Oliver was a very successful lawyer in New York, but he left that behind and moved to Hooterville along with his wife, Lisa. When they moved, Lisa was very opposed to leaving the city life which she loved, but she actually fit in to the town better than Oliver. The part of Oliver was played by Eddie Albert and Lisa was played by Eva Gabor.
|Which Green Day album released in 2004 debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and won the 2005 Grammy for 'Best Rock Album'?||Green with Entertainment
American Idiot. The album not only debuted at number one, but it was also the band's first album to ever reach the top of the charts. The album itself actually tells the story of 'Jesus of Suburbia'. Singles released from the album include: "American Idiot", "Wake Me Up When September Ends", "Jesus of Suburbia", "Holiday", and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams".
He was able to heal people.. John Coffey was accused of the rape and murder of two young girls, though he was really innocent. He had tried to save them, but he was too late and in his own words, he "couldn't take it back." When he first arrived at the prison, the guards were apprehensive because of his size, but they discovered that he was essentially harmless.
The first time he healed someone in the movie was when he healed Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks' character) from a urinary tract infection. He later healed a mouse, as well as healing the warden's wife's cancer illness.
|The Green Goblin is a greedy fellow and one of Spider-Man's enemies. He has appeared in several TV shows and movies, but who played him in the 2002 movie "Spider-Man"?||Green with Entertainment
Willem Dafoe. Willem Dafoe was born on July 22, 1955. He began acting in movies in the early 1980s and his first real role was that of Vance in the 1982 movie, "The Loveless". He and the mother of his son, Elizabeth LeCompte, became founding members of The Wooster Group.
In "Spider-Man", he played the role of Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin. Norman Osborn was the CEO of Oscorp and was somewhat of a father figure to Peter Parker, his son Harry's friend. He became Green Goblin after testing a strength enhancer on himself.
|Perhaps one of the most well-known green figures in entertainment is The Incredible Hulk. He has appeared in comics, cartoons, movies, etc. for many years. Which collaborating pair created the Hulk?||Green with Entertainment
Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. The Incredible Hulk first appeared in comics in 1962. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby also collaborated to create such characters as Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, and X-Men.
Jack Kirby was born Jacob Kurtzberg in 1917 and he passed away in 1994. Some of his achievements as an artist include the Alley Award for Best Pencil Artist in 1967 and the Shazam Award for Special Achievement by an individual in 1971.
Stan Lee was born as Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922. He started working as an assistant at what would later become Marvel Comics when he was just a teenager and worked his way up to the position of publisher and head writer.
|The Ninja Turtles first appeared in a 1984 comic by Mirage Studios entitled "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". Though all the turtles originally wore red bandanas, which of the four was later given the purple bandana?||Purple-ful Entertainment
Donatello. Donatello was the calmest and smartest of all the turtles. He was a fan of technology and often fixed things as well as developing equipment for the turtles. He carried a bo staff as a weapon.
The Ninja Turtles franchise started as a black and white comic series, but it has grown to include animated series, anime, action toys, video games, and movies.
|Which of the Care Bears was purple and originally had an ice cream soda with two straws on her belly?||Purple-ful Entertainment
Share Bear. Although Share Bear was not one of the original ten Care Bears, she came along soon after and appeared in the first movie "The Care Bears Movie" in 1985. Her lesson to kids has always been to share what they have with others. In 2002, her tummy design was changed to be a picture of two heart-shaped suckers. Throughout her history Share Bear has been voiced by Patricia Black, Louise Vallance, and Tracey Moore.
|In 1955, Crockett Johnson began writing a series of children's books about a four-year-old boy named Harold. What was the name of the first book of the series?||Purple-ful Entertainment
Harold and the Purple Crayon. In the beginning of "Harold and the Purple Crayon", Harold decided he would like to go for a walk in the moonlight. He then drew himself a moon, as well as a path. He also drew himself a forest with only one tree so that he didn't get lost. Other books in the series include: "Harold at the North Pole", "Harold's Fairy Tale", and "Harold's Nightmare". In 2002, the books were actually adapted into a television series for HBO, which won a Daytime Emmy Award.
|In 1997, the BBC began airing a show called "Teletubbies". What was the name of the oldest Teletubby, who was purple and had a triangular antenna?||Purple-ful Entertainment
Tinky Winky. The series, which ran from 1997-2002, was aimed at small children and originally aired on CBeebies, a BBC brand. Tinky Winky often walked, danced, fell down, and sang his them song, which went "Tinkle Winkle, Tinky Winky". Tinky Winky and the other Teletubbies also enjoyed big hugs.
|In Hertford, England in 1968, Rod Evans, Nick Simper, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, and Jon Lord came together to form a band called Roundabout. Shortly after forming the band, the band's name was changed. What was the new name?||Purple-ful Entertainment
Deep Purple. Deep Purple has been considered to be one of the pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal. The band has changed various times in its history. In 1969, Rod Evans and Nick Simper were dropped. The band then picked up Ian Gillan as a vocalist and Roger Glover as a bass player. Other band members include: Steve Morse, Don Airey, Glenn Hughes, and David Coverdale.
The band has recorded many albums, but "Fireball" (1971) and "Machine Head" (1972) both made it the the number one spot on the UK charts. The 1980 compilation record "Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple" also made it to the top of the UK charts, and included songs like "Black Night", "Smoke on the Water", and "Burn".
|In 1998, Sony released a game for PlayStation featuring a purple dragon who rescued fellow dragons and collected treasure. What was the name of that dragon?||Purple-ful Entertainment
Spyro. The original game for PlayStation was called "Spyro the Dragon". Spyro advanced through different levels to find the trapped dragons as well as collect treasure and dragon eggs. He would travel from one world to the next in a hot air balloon and would access the different levels of each world through portals. In the last level of the game, he fought and defeated Gnasty Gnorc.
Since then, there have been many games in the Spyro series on various consoles. Some of the games include: "Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage", "Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly", "The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning", and "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure".
|Zebediah Killgrave, the Marvel Comics supervillain, first appeared as an enemy of Daredevil in 1964. What was the name of his alter ego?||Purple-ful Entertainment
The Purple Man. Zebediah Killgrave was born in Yugoslavia and worked as a spy. It was during a mission to steal an experimental nerve gas when he was exposed to the gas and turned purple. He also developed the power to control people. After this incident, he began a life of crime and even used his powers to get a girl named Melanie to marry him. Once he relinquished his control of her, she left and later gave birth to a daughter, Kara.
|"The Color Purple" has been made into a movie and a musical, but it was originally a novel written by which author?||Purple-ful Entertainment
Alice Walker. The novel was published in 1982 and won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1983. It gives readers a look at life for black females living in the Southern U.S. during the 1930s. The film adaptation came out in 1985, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and Oprah Winfrey.
Alice Walker was born in Georgia in 1944. Not only has she written several novels, short stories, and poems, but she has also worked as an activist since she met Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s.
|Who sang the song "Purple People Eater" which reached the number one spot on Billboard's pop chart in 1958?||Purple-ful Entertainment
Sheb Wooley. "Purple People Eater" was a novelty song about a flying purple people eater that ate purple people and came to land to be in a rock and roll band. In 1988, a film was based on the character and Sheb Wooley actually participated in the movie as the character Harry Skinner.
Sheb Wooley was born in Oklahoma in 1921 and he died in September of 2003. He appeared in many western films and series, such as "High Noon", "Rawhide", "The Outlaw Josey Wales", "The Adventures of Kit Carson", and "Terror in a Texas Town". He was also known as a country artist and appeared regularly on "Hee Haw".
|In which 1985 Woody Allen film did Jeff Daniels play a movie character who came into the real world after noticing a woman in the audience watching him?||Purple-ful Entertainment
The Purple Rose of Cairo. Mia Farrow played the part of Cecilia, a waitress from New Jersey during the Great Depression. Cecilia tried to escape the worries of her everyday life by going to see the film "The Purple Rose of Cairo". She did this several times before one of the characters in the film, Tom Baxter (played by Jeff Daniels), noticed her and broke through the screen. This caused Gil Shepherd, the actor that played Tom Baxter, to come and try and coax Tom back into the movie screen.
"The Purple Rose of Cairo" won several awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Film and Best Screenplay in 1986. It was also nominated for an Oscar.
Orange. This song was written back in 1938 and performed almost continually at various bluegrass events from that time, mostly as an instrumental piece. However, it wasn't until 1965 that Johnny Cash set it roaring to the top of the charts when he presented it with its lyrics in his album of the same name. It was originally written to be accompanied by fiddles, but Cash replaced these with the excellent wah-wah sounds of the harmonica instead. It works beautifully when you listen to this great old recording.
Purple. Starring Whoopi Goldberg, this 1985 drama tells the story of the struggle that African American women had in the early part of the twentieth century - through the eyes of the girl, Celie. It's both a disturbing but profoundly uplifting film, in spite of criticisms made over its many divergences from the book of the same name by Alice Walker.
Eighteen. American Singer Bobby Darin (1936-1973) made this song a hit in 1963. He wrote it for the mother of his future wife, the actress Sandra Dee (1942-2005) when they first met in 1960, to try to get into her mother's good graces. A movie based on Darin's life, "Beyond the Sea" (2004) has Darin saying that "You always make sure the mama dog likes you before you go near her puppy". This ploy must have worked. Darin and Dee were married late that same year. Sadly the marriage broke up in 1967. Darin, who suffered recurring bouts of rheumatic fever as a child, died in 1973, following heart surgery brought on by this condition.
Golden. "The Golden Cockerel" is a three act opera based on a poem by Alexander Pushkin who is considered to be Russia's finest poet. He in turn based his poem on several chapters of a book by American writer, Washington Irving. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) was a Russian composer. The plot revolves around a magical golden cockerel who is created by a magician to protect a bumbling king of one nation who believes his country is about to be attacked by another nation. How very Russian.
It is initially a comedy and appears to end happily when the bumbling king falls in love with the conveniently single queen of the other nation. At their wedding however the king kills the magician, and the cockerel then kills the king out of revenge. The audience is subsequently informed during the epilogue by the still living magician that only he and the queen were real, and the rest is all illusion. Very odd. No doubt it has some great psychological significance. I however would have preferred that the wedding went ahead, and, at the wedding breakfast, the golden cockerel was on the menu.
|Made popular way back in the Second World War, what was the colour of the geographical feature in the famous song by the great Vera Lynn?||Colours of Entertainment
White. "The White Cliffs of Dover"'s full title is "There'll Be Bluebirds Over The White Cliffs Of Dover". It was written in the Second World War years by Jewish American composer Walter Kent, to supposedly lift the spirits of all the service men and women who fought so desperately in the Battle of Britain. This took place in the air over the famous English cliffs of Dover. The words and music are frightfully sad though. I would have been howling into my rationed bowl of porridge. It's a very beautiful old song however, constantly revived in memorial dinners by those wonderful old World War Two veterans, whose numbers now are sadly dwindling. I should point out though that bluebirds aren't actually found in England. They're a little American bird.
Red. "The Man With One Red Shoe" is a comedy made in 1985. It stars Tom Hanks and Dabney Coleman. It tells the story of the deputy director of the CIA who plans to besmirch the reputation of its leader to force him into retirement. The director however learns of the plot and turns the tables on the deputy by letting him know, through devious means, that a man will be arriving at the airport to prove his innocence. He sends two men there to pick up this man and tells them to select anyone at random amongst the crowd at the airport, and to make it obvious that he is the supposed contact, so that the deputy and his henchmen will be led on a wild goose chase after him. Tom Hanks is the victim. He is forced to wear two different coloured shoes as a result of a prank by one of his friends. One is a subdued business shoe and the other is a red sneaker. He is a concert violinist who has travelled all over the world during the course of his work. This includes performances in several communist countries. The deputy of course thinks Hanks is a spy and that is his cover, and that his sheet music is actually coded secret messages. It's a very funny movie and well worth the watch.