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Route 66 – Part 23 – Springfield, Illinois

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ROUTE 66 – Part 23 – Springfield, Illinois – Jann heads across route 80 to the Marriot in Omaha, Nebraska on his way to Springfield, Illinois. He takes us to the Cozy Dogs in the Audi he drove, and then to the 2002 Route 66 Convention at the Renaissance in Springfield. He talks with Martin Milner from the Route 66 TV show. Then Jann visits Bill Shea at Shea’s Gas Station where there’s tons of great mother road memorabilia in the museum. Michael Wallace tells us about some history of Route 66 in Springfield and his life on the road he wrote about in his Route 66 Mother Road book.

Nebraska Movie

“Nebraska” Quirky Little Comedy

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“Quirky Little Comedy”

“Hotshots” looks at a movie!

NEBRASKA stars Bruce Dern in an award-winning performance as an old codger who is convinced that he has won a million dollars, because he received a letter in the mail that says he did.

Unfortunately, we have all received such letters, which say something like, “You may have already won one million dollars!”

So, when the movie opens, we see Woody Grant shuffling along the highway outside Billings, Montana, where he lives when a policeman stops him to find out what he is doing.

The policeman asks, “Where you headed?” and Woody points ahead of him in the direction he was walking.

The policeman says, “Where you coming from?” and Woody just points behind him.

Will Forte, who was a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” plays David, Woody’s son, and when David comes to pick up Woody, he is told that Woody said he was walking to Nebraska.

You see, the headquarters of the marketing firm that sent Woody the letter is in Lincoln, and Woody believes that if he just shows them the letter, they will give him the one million dollars.

David drives Woody home, and Kate, Woody’s wife, is not sympathetic at all, saying that she never even knew that Woody wanted to be a millionaire, but if she had a million dollars, she would put Woody in a home.

David believes that Woody just needs something to live for, and so somewhat reluctantly he calls in sick at work and agrees to drive Woody to Nebraska just to prove that Woody didn’t win anything.

And so begins a road trip, with a stop along the way in Hawthorne, Nebraska, where Woody grew up and still has friends and relatives living there.

Well, the people in Hawthorne misunderstand the details of Woody’s trip, and the story goes around town that Woody won the lottery and really is a millionaire.

All of a sudden now, many people start pestering Woody and David, saying that Woody owes them money from the past and they want to be repaid.

One of them is Ed Pegram, played by Stacy Keach, who used to be Woody’s business partner and whom Woody believes owes Woody something.

NEBRASKA has a nice little surprise ending, and this quirky little comedy directed by Alexander Payne will make you pleased you saw it.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

Nebraska - Movie Poster

Nebraska – Movie Trailer

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Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) takes the helm for this black and white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Missouri father who’s convinced he’s won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, and Will Forte as the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. Bob Odenkirk and Stacy Keach costar.

O'Meara Ford - 2013 Trucks for Hard Working People

O’Meara Ford – 2013 Trucks for Frontier Days

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For Jann Scott’s 2013 Frontier Days special we visit O’meara Ford in Northglenn, Colorado to learn about the best trucks for hard working people. Ford’s F series has the most powerful, long lasting vehicles to do the toughest of jobs, starting with the Ford F-150 upto the Ford F-650, we look at some of the great features that make these trucks the best for farmers, cowboys, boat towing, plowing and most any big job you need done.

Promised Land

“Promised Land” Is a Big Tease

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“A Big Tease”

“Hotshots” looks at a movie!

Promised Land is a film about the controversial subject of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in which an oil and gas company drills into the ground and pumps liquid chemicals into the earth in order to release the oil and natural gas that is trapped in the rocks below the surface.

Promised Land

Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, and he and his partner, Sue, played by Frances McDormand, work for one such company, and their job is to visit the property owners in a small community and purchase the drilling rights on their land so that the company can drill there.

Because of the economy, the property owners, many of whom are farmers, are struggling, and by buying those leases starting at $2,000 an acre, Steve says, “I’m not selling them natural gas; I’m selling them the only way they have to get out.”

Steve and Sue are the best team the company has, having closed out more towns than the team behind them by triple digits, but Steve is under additional pressure for their current assignment, because if he does well, he could get a promotion to a job in the company’s New York City headquarters.

So, we see Steve and Sue come into town, buy the clothes they believe will help the property owners identify with them, and go out on their sales calls.

They also have to overcome the stories about fracking causing some people to be able to light their drinking water on fire and causing the property owners to become sick.

Steve’s argument that fracking is far from a perfect process isn’t enough to refute those stories, and he also has to fight the arguments from Frank Yates, played by Hal Holbrook, a local resident with enough experience to know what he is talking about when he objects to the owners selling their drilling rights.

However, the biggest obstacle that Steve and Sue have to overcome is Dustin Noble, played by John Krasinski, an environmental activist who shows up in town and says that he is from Nebraska where fracking ruined his home town.

Damon and Krasinski wrote the screenplay for this film, which was directed by Gus Van Sant, and I have to warn you that it has a plot twist which might make you disappointed in it.

Promised Land is a big tease.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

Cabela’s in Sidney Nebraska

Cabela’s in Sidney Nebraska

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Jann Scott goes to the Cabela’s in Sidney, Nebraska, for the big day with Chainsaws, guns, tractors, auctions and lots more. Jann also goes into the departments at the Cabela’s store and has fun with some of the great toys and adventure wear at this large outdoor outfitter.

Extraordinary Measures - Movie

“Extraordinary Measures” Feel-Good Weepie

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Feel-Good Weepie

“Hotshots” looks at a movie!

Extraordinary Measures - Movie PosterEXTRAORDINARY MEASURES starts off by stating that it is “Inspired by true events,” and you wonder how that knowledge is supposed to make us feel about the movie.

Is that simply a label of truth in advertising, or have we become so bombarded by so-called “reality television” shows that filmmakers believe that audiences will be more respectful than if the source material were just pure fiction?

At any rate, Brandon Fraser plays John Crowley, who really does exist, and this movie is based on the story of him, his family, and their struggles to achieve something remarkable, whereas Harrison Ford gets second billing in the credits, and his character, Dr. Robert Stonehill, is a composite of the doctors who helped Crowley achieve what he did.

You may even be surprised at how Ford pulls out his acting chops and shows some true emotions.

The movie begins with the birthday party of eight-year-old Megan Crowley, the daughter of John and his wife, Aileen, played by Keri Russell.

Megan is confined to a wheelchair, because she has Pompe disease, a form of muscular dystrophy, which tends to be fatal in children by the time they are nine or ten years old.

Megan gets a cold the next day, but has to go to the hospital, where the doctor tells her parents that she is not responding well.

So, Crowley does some research, and he learns about a scientist in Lincoln, Nebraska, who is working on a cure for Pompe disease. Dr. Stonehill has unusual work habits, and Crowley eventually travels to Nebraska to meet with Stonehill personally.

When Crowley finally manages to find him and tell him about his daughter, Dr. Stonehill says gruffly, “I do research. I don’t see patients.”

Crowley also has a six-year-old son who suffers from the disease, too, and when Stonehill says that half of his grants don’t even get approved, Crowley makes the rash promise that he will raise the necessary $500,000 for Stonehill to complete his laboratory work.

Then the rest of the movie is about how the two men set up their own bio-tech company and their race against time to save Crowley’s children, overcome their difficulties working with each other, and raise the money to become successful.

EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES is a feel-good weepie, but it is a good feel-good weepie.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

Up in the Air - Movie

“Up In The Air” One Perfect Movie

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One Perfect Movie

“Hotshots” looks at a movie!

Up in the Air - Movie PosterUP IN THE AIR is a delightful film about a very undelightful subject: firing people from their jobs.

Written and directed by Jason Reitman, who previously made the 2006 THANK YOU FOR SMOKING and the 2007 JUNO, this film has already won some awards and is sure to win many more.

George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a “termination engineer” based out of Omaha, Nebraska, who flies all over the country to fire people whose own bosses don’t want to do it themselves.

In a voice-over narration, Bingham says, “Last year I spent 322 days on the road, which means that I had to spend 43 miserable days at home.”

Yes, Bingham loves to travel, which he has developed into a science of efficiency, and he doesn’t spend a nickel if he can help it, unless it adds to his frequent-flyer miles. He wants to hit 10 million miles and become one of only seven people to have reached that prestigious mark.

However, Bingham encounters an obstacle to his plans the next time he goes home and sees his boss, played by Jason Bateman, at the company that employs him.

His boss has hired Natalie Keener, a young efficiency expert fresh out of college, and she has come up with a way that the company doesn’t have to have
23 people on the road at least 250 days a year.

Yes, fire people long-distance by using videoconferencing to give them the bad news.

Of course, Bingham is against this way of working, and their boss tells him to take Natalie out on the road with him to show her the ropes of flying and of firing people face-to-face.

In the meantime, Bingham has met another frequent flyer on the road working for another company, and they try to arrange their schedules so that they can meet in the same city occasionally and share a hotel room together, if you catch my drift.

As another subplot, Bingham’s sister is getting married, and he has been given the task of taking a large cutout photo of the couple with him on his travels and photographing the cutout in front of various landmarks.

UP IN THE AIR is smart, it is funny, it is thoughtful, Clooney is terrific, and it is one perfect movie up in the air or on the ground.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

Colorado Magazine August 14th - 20th, 2007

Colorado Magazine August 14th – 20th, 2007

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On this Colorado Magazine, Jann visits Cabela’s in Nebraska for some fun on the range, Gabe trots over to Longmont Farm Supply and Aaron joins the Boulder County Fair Parade for some more cowboy excitement, also Boulder Toyota’s big Tundra truck, a nice big juicy steak at Luke’s A Steak Place in Denver, some coffee at Joe’s Espresso, Chinese food at Chez Thuy, skin care at Avanti Skin Center and a movie review by Dan Culberson of No Reservations on this episode of Colorado Magazine.

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Great American Road Trip - Kearney, Nebraska

Great American Road Trip – Kearney, Nebraska

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Great American Road Trip takes a visit to Kearney Nebraska where 100′s of trains take to the tracks every day to deliver goods across the states. Lots of the locomotives are loaded with coal that is turned into everyday energy that might just possibly be powering your home or apartment.

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