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Check Out Save Our Stages Fest, But Also Donate Closer To Home To Local Artists And Venues

October 16th, 2020

This weekend, YouTube and the National Independent Venue Association are doing an awesome thing for local music venues nationwide, and I’m sure many of you have heard about the star-studded Save Our Stages Fest. It’s the kind of huge, publicity-grabbing event that gets a ton of attention with people in markets across the country. Which is a good thing, because it’s for a good cause, and it needs to get in front of a large group of people to make that positive impact. I do not begrudge that at all, and I wholeheartedly encourage people to check it out, and any other event of that... Read More

Watch Tonight’s Debate, Get A Free E-Book! Wilson’s Bee Gone Free On Debate Days

September 29th, 2020

Quad-Cities author Connie Wilson is celebrating the days of the presidential debate, and a few other special days, by offering people FREE copies of her e-book, “Bee Gone.” Wilson’s ebook will be free on Amazon.com the following days: Debate Dates These are the dates of the debates: 1) Sept. 29 – 1st debate 2) October 7 – VP debate 3) October 15- debate #2 4) October 22 – Debate #3 5) October 23 – RBG FREE day According to Connie, here’s a description of the book: Bee Gone: A Political Parable is a rhyming, illustrated short e-book that examines... Read More

‘Tenet’ A Beautiful, Big Scale Mind Bender

September 18th, 2020

Director Christopher Nolan started tinkering around with the concept of time many years ago on a much smaller budget with 2000’s “Memento.” I liked it so much that, on a visit to the Twin Cities, I took a girlfriend and her husband to see it, my second time through it. It was unique, original, interesting, exciting and it didn’t run 150 minutes. It was even nominated for Best Original Screenplay at that year’s Oscars. We’ve now been treated to “Memento’s” successors from Christopher Nolan: “Insomnia (2002); “The Dark Knight Trilogy” (2005-2012); “The Prestige” (2006);... Read More

Connie Wilson’s ‘Bee Gone’ Wins Gold Medal At eLit Book Awards

June 19th, 2020

Local author Connie (Corcoran) Wilson was notified this week that her latest release, BEE GONE: A POLITICAL PARODY is a Gold Medal winner in the eLit Book Awards. The category for the win was Graphic Novel/Drawn Book – Humor/Cartoon. The book was published by Quad Cities’ Press.   The E-Lit competition, which is highly competitive, offers awards in 65 categories, solely to e-books, world-wide.   E-Lit awards are dedicated to honoring the best e-books published each year for the North American market and also from overseas publishers who publish English-language books designed for... Read More

Spike O’Dell Guesting On Weekly Wilson Podcast

June 10th, 2020

Spike O’Dell, former WGN and Quad City native and radio personality, will be the guest on the hour-long podcast Weekly Wilson on Thursday, June 11th, from 7 to 8 p.m. The hour-long podcast hosted by author Connie (Corcoran) Wilson, is carried by the Bold Brave Media Global Network and Tune-In Radio, Channel 100. [While the site says it is on at 8 p.m., that is Eastern Time and the “live” call-in format airs from 7 to 8 p.m., our time]. The hour-long show is a “live” call-in format, with listeners able to call in with questions at 866-451-1451. The taped shows are later posted on WeeklyWilson.com... Read More

What’s The Good News For May, Quad-Cities?

May 6th, 2020

Even in the age of covid, when there’s plenty of depressing stuff going around, there’s a lot of good news in the Quad-Cities! And every month, as usual, I put together a collection of some of the awesome things happening in and around town, and share them with you here and on KWQC-TV6’s “Paula Sands Live,” airing at 3 p.m. weekdays! So, tune in to PSL, and read on here on your site for fun, free, local entertainment and good news, QuadCities.com! Beck And Woods Teaming Up With Raimi For Sci-Fi Film Scott Beck and Bryan Woods are teaming up with filmmaker Sam Raimi (best known for the... Read More

Quad-Cities Author Wilson’s ‘Khaki’ Named One of 100 Best Indie Novels

April 22nd, 2020

Local author Connie Corcoran Wilson is being honored among some pretty elite company. The area scribe’s novel Khaki=Killer, third book in The Color of Evil trilogy, was named one of the 100 Best Indie Novels in a competition sponsored by “Shelf Unbound” magazine that drew more than 120,000 entries. All three books in the series can be purchased from Amazon in both paperback and e-book versions. The books are currently being considered for feature films. Wilson recently completed screenplays of each and an agent has been pitching them around Hollywood to good reception, Wilson says. The... Read More

The 35 Greatest U.S. Political Films of All Time

April 30th, 2017

In preparing a list of “the greatest” of anything, you are limited by your own exposure to the films (i.e., ‘Did you see these movies?”)  If you did see them, do you remember all of them? Fortunately for those of you longing for a political fix that isn’t nauseating (but actually entertaining), I have personally seen every single movie on this list—some of them more than once. I concentrated on the American political experience, not that of another country. For that reason, films like “Z” by Costa-Gravas, or his equally impressive “Missing” (Chile) or Helen Mirren’s“The... Read More

Gory Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw’ Is A Bloody Bio But No Oscar Bait

November 11th, 2016

“Hacksaw Ridge” Genre: War drama/biography Director:  Mel Gibson 132 minutes Stars:  Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths Mel Gibson’s first directorial effort in 10 years (since 2006’s “Apocalypto”) is “Hacksaw Ridge,” the true story of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss, a 7th Day Adventist who served as a medic in WWII in Okinawa and elsewhere in the Pacific Theater. As Gibson said, “He was an ordinary man doing extraordinary things under the most difficult of circumstances.” Gibson went on to explain that, in... Read More

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