“Dallas Buyers Club” …. a true story!


~~March 3, 2014~~

Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and scripted by Craig Borten and Melisa WallackMatthew McConaughey stars as the real-life AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who smuggled unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into Texas when he found them effective at improving his symptoms, distributing them to fellow sufferers by establishing the “Dallas Buyers Club” while facing opposition from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dallas Buyers Club premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was released theatrically on November 1, 2013, entering wide release on November 22. The film received general acclaim from critics and won numerous accolades – most recognizing the performances of McConaughey and Jared Leto, including the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, making it the first film since Mystic River to win both awards.

It also won Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 86th Academy Awards, and received a nomination for Best Picture. It grossed over $30 million in box office revenue against a budget of $5 million.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Produced by Robbie Brenner
Rachel Winter
Written by Craig Borten
& Melisa Wallack
Starring Matthew McConaughey
Jennifer Garner
Jared Leto
Cinematography Yves Bélanger
Editing by John Mac McMurphy
Martin Pensa
Studio Truth Entertainment
Voltage Pictures
Distributed by Focus Features
Release dates
  • September 7, 2013 
  • November 1, 2013(United States)
Running time 116 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million
Box offiCE $30,304,000

~~Plot~~

In 1985 Dallas, Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) — an electrician and rodeo cowboy — is diagnosed with AIDS and given 30 days to live. He initially refuses to accept the diagnosis, but remembers having unprotected sex with an intravenous drug-using prostitute. Ron quickly finds himself ostracized by family and friends, gets fired from his job, and is eventually evicted from his home.

At the hospital, he is tended to by Dr. Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner), who tells him that they are testing a drug called zidovudine (AZT), an antiretroviral drug which is thought to prolong the life of AIDS patients — and which is the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for testing on humans.

Saks informs him that in the clinical trials, half the patients receive the drug and the other half are given a placebo, as this is the only way they can determine if the drug is working.

Ron bribes a hospital worker to get him the AZT. As soon as he begins taking it, he finds his health deteriorating (exacerbated by his cocaine use).

When Ron returns to the hospital he meets Rayon (Jared Leto), an HIV-positive transgender woman, towards whom he is hostile. As his health worsens, Ron drives to a Mexican hospital to get more AZT.

Dr. Vass (Griffin Dunne), who has had his American medical license revoked, tells Ron that the AZT is “poisonous” and “kills every cell it comes into contact with”. He instead prescribes him ddC and the protein peptide T, which are not approved in the US. Three months later, Ron finds his health much improved. It occurs to him that he could make money by importing the drugs and selling them to other HIV-positive patients.

Since the drugs are not illegal, he is able to get them over the border by masquerading as a priest and swearing that they are for personal use. Meanwhile, Dr. Saks also begins to notice the negative effects of AZT, but is told by her supervisor Dr. Sevard (Denis O’Hare) that it cannot be discontinued.

Ron begins selling the drugs on the street. He comes back into contact with Rayon, with whom he reluctantly sets up business since she can bring many more clients. The pair establish the “Dallas Buyers Club“, charging $400 per month for membership, and it becomes extremely popular.

Ron gradually begins to respect Rayon and think of her as a friend.

When Ron has a heart attack, Sevard learns of the club and the alternative medication. He is angry that it is interrupting his trial, while Richard Barkley (Michael O’Neill) of the FDA confiscates the ddC and threatens to have Ron arrested. Saks agrees that there are benefits to Buyers Clubs (of which there are several around the country) but feels powerless to change anything. She and Ron strike up a friendship.

Barkley gets a police permit to raid the Buyers Club, but can do nothing but give Ron a fine.

The FDA changes its regulations such that any unapproved drug is also illegal. As the Club runs out of funds, Rayon — who is addicted to cocaine — begs her father for money and tells Ron that she has sold her life insurance policy to raise money.

Ron is thus able to travel to Mexico and get more of the Peptide T. When he returns, Ron finds that Rayon has died after being taken to hospital and given AZT. Saks is also upset by Rayon’s death, and she is asked to resign when the hospital discovers that she is linking her patients with the Buyers Club.

She refuses to comply and insists that she would have to be fired.

As time passes, Ron shows compassion towards homosexual members of the club and making money becomes less of a concern – his priority is provision of the drugs. Peptide T gets increasingly difficult to acquire, and in 1987 he files a lawsuit against the FDA. He seeks the legal right to take the protein, which has been confirmed as non-toxic but is still not approved.

The judge is compassionate towards Ron but lacks the legal tools to do anything.

As the film ends, on-screen text reveals that the FDA later allowed Ron to take Peptide T for personal use, and that he died of AIDS in 1992, seven years later than the doctors predicted.

~~The “real” Ron Woodroof~~

CLUB DISPENSES EXPERIMENTAL AIDS DRUGS 

by: Sherry Jacobson

The closet in Ron Woodroof’s bedroom looks like a miniature pharmaceutical warehouse. Pint bottles of hydrogen peroxide, packets of dextran sulfate and small containers of a drug called Procaine PVP fill the spaces where clothes should hang.

From his tiny Oak Lawn apartment, Mr. Woodroof is operating one of the largest distribution centers for experimental AIDS treatments in the United States. This month alone, the Dallas Buyers Club will dispense thousands of dollars worth of purported AIDS treatments to people diagnosed with the deadly disease.

I am my own physician,’ said Mr. Woodroof, 39, a former electrical contractor who founded the club in March 1988, shortly after his AIDS was diagnosed. Currently, he is taking three experimental treatments that he believes have reduced his suffering and extended his life.

The buyers club, which has more than 580 local members, is part of a national network that imports AIDS treatments from other countries, including Japan, Switzerland and Sweden. Some experimental drugs manufactured in the United States are shipped to other countries and brought back in through Mexico. None of the treatments has been approved by the federal government for use by AIDS patients.

 Full Read/Source/Article

http://photographyblog.dallasnews.com/2013/05/today-in-dallas-photo-history-1989-ron-woodroofs-dallas-buyers-club-provides-experimental-drugs-for-aids-victims.html/

Dallas Buyers Club Official Trailer – 2013

~~Matthew McConaughey Movie plays the main character~~

Published on Aug 31, 2013

~~Matthew McConaughey~~

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~~Jared Leto~~

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~~Ron Woodroof~~

This is a true story.

One I didn’t know about. It was an eye opener and a confirmation of how a governmental agency tries to control the medications and treatments that are available for patients that need them.

The “Big Pharma” has the FDA in its pocket. 

This has been the case for a long time!

We ALL fight the fight!! 

We ALL are ONE!! 

Dr. Seuss …. had a birthday yesterday!!


~~March 3, 2014~~

Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel had a birthday yesterday! 

Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist.

He was most widely known for his children’s books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in college and later used Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone.

Geisel published 46 children’s books, often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of anapestic meter. His most-celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and HamThe Cat in the HatThe LoraxOne Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue FishThe 500 Hats of Bartholomew CubbinsFox in SocksThe King’s StiltsHop on PopThidwick the Big-Hearted MooseHorton Hatches the EggHorton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.

His works have spawned numerous adaptations, including 49 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical and four television series. He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

Geisel also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for Flit and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for PM, a New York City newspaper. During World War II, he worked in an animation department of the United States Army, where he wrote Design for Death, a film that later won the 1947 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

He was a perfectionist in his work and would sometimes spend up to a year on a book. It was not uncommon for him to throw out 95% of his material until he settled on a theme for his book. For a writer he was unusual in that he preferred to be paid only after he finished his work rather than in advance.

Geisel’s birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.

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Geisel in 1957, holding The Cat in the Hat,which inaugurated his Beginner Books
Born Theodor Seuss Geisel
March 2, 1904
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died September 24, 1991 (aged 87)
La Jolla, California, U.S.[1]
Pen name Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone, Theophrastus Seuss
Occupation Writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, artist
Nationality American
Genres Children’s literature
Notable work(s)
Spouse(s)

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2014 Read Across America Day is Monday, March 3

Grab your hat and read with the Cat in the Hat on Monday, March 3, 2014, for the 17th annual Read Across America Day. 

The Seussical celebration kicks off a week of reading across the nation as NEA members gather students, parents, and community members together to share their love of reading.

NEA’s Read Across America Celebrates 17 Years with Dr. Seuss

~~Facts About Dr. Seuss~~

Published on Jan 7, 2014

The truest truth about Dr. Seuss and his life before Mulberry Street.

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~~RELATED~~

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/d/dr_seuss.html

http://www.biography.com/people/dr-seuss-9479638

http://www.catinthehat.org/history.htm

We ALL are ONE!! 

Rose and her son Joe …. remembering and honoring him!


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~~March 3, 2014~~

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A CELEBRATION OF LIFE

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Don’t think of him as gone away his journey’s just begun, life holds so many facets this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years.

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Think how he must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away.

And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched … for nothing loved is ever lost and he was loved so much.

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Joseph Anthony Catino

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We ALL remember JOE CATINO!!

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~~ALWAYS WILL~~

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~~Here’s a link to an online message registry~~

https://stars.osr.org/joseph-catino#.UxSIf_mwJif

~~Leave your message if you wish~~

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To start the day … after Oscar night!


~~March 3, 2014~~

Who can get away from it? Still Oscars. The expectations realized, the winners, the not so winners, the snubbed, the best moments.

Thank you to “The Daily Beast” for putting this article together. Amazing! 

~~Full Read/All Credit~~

Kevin Fallon

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/03/oscars-2014-best-moments-lupita-wins-pink-sings-one-epic-selfie.html

~~Oscars 2014 Best Moments: Lupita Wins, Pink Sings & One Epic Selfie~~

The Oscars were pretty good, right? From Jared Leto’s emotional speech to Pharrell dancing with Meryl Streep, here’s our picks for the night’s most memorable moments.
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~~Ellen DeGeneres Opening Oscars 2014 – 86th Annual Academy Awards~~

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Ellen’s opening monologue was superb. Ellen’s opening monologue was dreadful. Whichever one of those sentences you agree with most depends on your feelings about Ellen DeGeneres, because that monologue was soooo Ellen. As in, sooooshticky. There was the warm, congenial wryness, like her opening line, “It’s been a tough couple of days for us here. It’s been raining.” There was even some unexpected sass, like when she totally dissed Liza Minnelli. But the highlights—or the lowlights, depending on your taste for Ellen-ness—were when Ellen launched those trademark stuttering bits of faux-awkwardness, building in mischievousness and wiliness leading up to the punchline.

“It’s the Hunger Games: There are cameras everywhere, you’re starving, Jennifer Lawrence won last year…” began one of the best bits, a long meandering remembrance of Lawrence’s fall up the Oscars steps last year. The standout punchline was wisely saved to close out the opening monologue. And it was perfect. Previewing the potential outcomes of the night, Ellen said, “Possibility number one: 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture. Possibility number two: you’re all racist.”

That punchline should’ve won over even those staunchest Ellen haters.

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~~Jared Leto’s speech was damn near perfect~~

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There are only two things we really want when someone wins an Oscar.

We want them to cry. And we want them to talk about their mother. Jared Leto may not have cried himself, but god help your robot heart if you weren’t weepy when Leto paid tribute to his mother after winning Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. “I love you mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream,” he said. “Awwwwwww,” we replied.

Then, Leto upped the ante, acknowledging “the 36 million who have lost the battle to AIDS” and “those of you out there who have felt injustice because of who you are or who you love.” About as close to perfect as a speech can get, right?

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~~Pharrell made us all happy – guest starring Dancing Lupita~~

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Pharrell’s Oscar performance of Best Original Song nominee “Happy” was just gleeful. It was the best Old Navy commercial of all time, basically. It began with Pharrell adorably lurking in the forest of giant Oscar statues while singing the first verse.

Then …IT’S LUPITA DANCING! IT’S MERYL STREEP SHIMMYING! IT’S AMY ADAMS DANCING, TOO!

To close out the performance, some adorable tiny children start dancing, too. I mean, damn if the whole thing wasn’t called “Happy” for a reason.

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~~Karen O performed a gorgeous rendition of “The Moon Song~~

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Karen O‘s performance of “The Moon Song” was just about as hauntingly beautiful as it was in Her, which is just about the highest praise that can be given to it.

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~~Darlene Love got a standing ovation~~

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If you’re gonna have Darlene Love at the Oscars, you might as well have the girl sing. For a second I was terrified that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member was going to be played off the stage and I was going to have to figure out how to beat up an Oscars telecast music conductor from the comfort of my New York City couch.

But thankfully Love, who is the heart of the Oscar-winning documentary about backup singers, 20 Feet From Stardom, was allowed to deliver her impromptu rendition of “Eye on the Sparrow” uninterrupted, and to a standing ovation from the audience. That 20 Feet From Stardom won Best Documentary Feature is all kinds of silliness, considering films like Act of Killing was nominated against it, but Love — as no doubt you’d agree after you heard her sing — deserved that Oscar moment.

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~~Oscars Selfie~~

Ellen Oscar Selfie With Stars. Oscars 2014 #theoscars2014

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Ellen DeGeneres got Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Channing Tatum, Jared Leto, Bradley Cooper, Lupita Nyong’o, and her brother all to pose together in the same selfie. There are no doubt people who will find the bit silly and insufferable. Those people are the worst. Because this is the best. Sorry not sorry.

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~~Lupita Nyong’o’s dreams came true~~

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A year ago Lupita Nyong’o was an unknown aspiring actress. Sunday night, she was being mauled by Liza Minnelli on her way to deliver her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress. The unbridled joy radiating from Nyong’o after winning Best Supporting Actress (a really strong category this year) for 12 Years a Slave, was, similarly, a joy to watch. “No matter where you’re from your dreams are valid,” she said. Fittingly, I’ve also dreamed of being hugged by Liza Minnelli after winning Best Supporting Actress.

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~~Ellen fed Meryl Streep~~

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Ellen passed out pizza. The bit was long, as she was in probably the only room in the world where passing out pizza would be a difficult task. But she worked hard to sell it! I was buying.

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~~Pink gave us chills~~

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I do not know why Pink was at the Oscars singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and I do not care. It was flawless. She didn’t fly like she did at the Grammys, but with vocals so soaring she didn’t need to Pink making a solid run this year for Awards Show MVP.

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Bette Midler sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” in honor of those who died this year.

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~~Cate Blanchett was perfectly Blanchett-y winning Best Actress~~

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“Splendid” describes Cate Blanchett’s acceptance speech, which was extremely gracious and surprisingly rah-rah at one point, cheering on cinema starring and about women.

But also, Cate Blanchett did thank Woody Allen.

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Matthew McConaughey gave an incredibly eloquent acceptance speech.

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But we’re all still just a little uneasy with the fact that Matthew McConaughey has an Oscar, right?

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~~12 Years a Slave won Best Picture~~

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In the end, Oscar voters couldn’t truly avert their gaze from “12 Years a Slave.”

Even though many Oscar voters found filmmaker Steve McQueen‘s searing chronicle of enslavement almost too harrowing to watch, “12 Years a Slave” prevailed Sunday to win the best picture trophy in one of the closest contests in modern Academy Awards history.

In the end, Oscar voters couldn’t truly avert their gaze from “12 Years a Slave.”

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-oscar-main-20140303,0,517369.story#ixzz2uujjRX2r

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~~RELATED!! 

Full winner’s list: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/oscars-2014-complete-winners-list/story?id=22740618

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/03/02/oscars-2014-ellen-degeneres-academy-awards/

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We ALL are ONE!! 

10 Reasons Why Russia Is Invading Ukraine


Love these “excuses” ….. in the tragedy of it all, they almost make sense! Being sarcastic ……

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Vladimir Putin has responded to journalist question with "What invasion? I don't hear anybody complaining about any invasion. Now please allow me to defend these cardboard targets." Vladimir Putin has responded to journalists’ questions about the invasion with “What invasion? I don’t hear anybody complaining about any invasion. Now go away, I’m busy protecting these cardboard targets.”

After recent protests in Ukraine ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, Russian parliament voted to give Russian president Vladimir Putin the authority to use military force to protect ethnic Russians in Crimea peninsula and Eastern Ukraine. As of Sunday, armed Russian-speaking people in unmarked military uniforms have been running around Crimea, surrounding Ukrainian military bases and demanding their surrender, setting up checkpoints, seizing Crimean parliament, while Ukraine has declared a mobilization of its troops – so, apparently, ethnic Russians in Crimea must now be feeling more protected than they ever have. Although Russia hasn’t actually declared a war, or admitted that it has de-facto invaded Ukraine, there’s a very short list of countries with Russian-speaking militaries. Here are 10 reasons why…

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The Right to Dignity – Woman Stripped Naked By Male Deputies


Not right at all!!! Wrong ….

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

On February 1, 2014, we reported the case of Charda Gregory.    That case occurred in Warren, Michigan in November, 2013. In that case, video from the jail shows that Charda was placed in a restraining chair that held down her arms, and police Officer Bernadette Najor proceeded to cut and pull on Charda’s weave that had been sewn into her natural hair, pulling out some of Charda’s hair in the process.  It was a dehumanizing act of humiliation.

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On May 19, 2013, in the LaSalle County, Illinois jail, 32-year-old Dana Holmes was arrested for DUI.  Caught on camera are three male officers, and one female officer, dragging Dana into a cell and holding her down while the female officer strips Dana of her pants and the male officers strip her of her upper garments, leaving Dana naked on the floor.

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The officers said that Dana was…

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Quote Of Today: International Aquarium Trade


This isn’t right!!!!

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

The truth is that the international aquarium trade, in which dolphins are subjected to a lifetime of captivity and deprivation for human entertainment, is providing the profits that help sustain Japan’s drive hunts. ( My note , mainly Chinese demand)—EIA

Dolphins perform in a Japanese aquarium (c) EIA

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