Today marks the 40th anniversary of release of one of my favorite movies of all time, Star Wars. For those that are confused, I am referring to the original, also known as A New Hope, or Episode IV.
We seem to be a bit obsessed with the past when it comes to our entertainment. Oz, The Great and Powerful, a prequel of The Wizard of Oz, grossed almost $80m in North America in its first weekend, in spite of mediocre reviews. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are finalizing negotiations to reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the upcoming Star Wars movies. Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd reprised their roles as Two Wild and Crazy Guys on Saturday Night Live recently and Larry Hagman's recent death warranted another Who Shot J.R. plot line on the new Dallas on TNT.
Last year, I posted a list of 10 things I was thankful for on the eve of Thanksgiving. I am of the mindset that it's always important to focus on what you are grateful for, but since it's the day before Thanksgiving, here's this year's list. 1. At his son's bar mitzvah last month, in his toast, my cousin Ross Levine said something along the lines of, "Friends and family are the most important things in life. Everything else comes after." I am sure I am misquoting him, but you get the point. I am wealthy beyond my wildest dreams in the friends and family department and appreciate each and every one of you.