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Ashley Jude Collie

'Don't Cry for Us, Argentina' as Powerhouse Germany Is First European Team to Win World Cup in the Americas

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 07.14.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

Germany earned its 4th World Cup title but first in 24 years -- titles just don't come easy. In the process, Germany saved more salt being rubbed into Brazil's still fresh wounds.

Europe vs South America as All Eyes Look to Messi, Müller, Robben and Hulk to Ignite Semi-Finals

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 07.07.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

The mouth-watering World Cup semi-final line-up which includes two South American teams for the first time since 1970.

Win or Go Home at World Cup and Coulter's Disingenuous Soccer Shot Skies Into Row Z

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.30.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

The USA team plays Belgium on July 1 and as infectiously positive coach Jurgen Klinsmann puts it: "Now we really get started. We have a very clear picture in front of us. You got to win no matter how. And, it's a good feeling, now we focus on one specific opponent to beat at a time."

Why Magical Messi Stands Above Other Soccer Superstars, and USA vs Germany, the Mother of All Battles!

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.27.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

A draw for the USA gets them into the knockout Round of 16. A win gets them the second placed team in Group H, thus probably avoiding dark horses Belgium.

Teams From the Americas Take A Bite Out Of 3 Former Champions

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.24.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

Italy has the right to feel aggrieved. It remains to be seen if FIFA bans Suárez from the rest of the tournament or chooses to stick its head into the sand.

'The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men' for Spain and England, but Brave U.S. Still Holds Destiny in Own Hands

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.23.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

If Sunday's enthralling USA vs Portugal game didn't blow you out of your seat, hello, please check your pulse!

The Shocks Keep Reverberating This Glorious World Cup in Brazil

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.23.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

This great World Cup 2014 of shocks and beautiful, counterattacking football continued on, in its three Friday games, with even more treats being offered up this weekend -- Germany vs Ghana on June 21, Belgium vs Russia, and Dempsey's USA vs Ronaldo's Portugal on June 22.

World Cup Goal Glut Continues, Dynamic Dutch Duo of Robin and Robben, Spain's Maracanã Misery, and the Death of Tiki-Taka?

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.19.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

I previously observed that it's as if the spirit of "jogo bonito/beautiful football" has permeated this tournament and inspired the players to put on a show. And what a show it's been so far, only seven days in.

It's Raining Goals

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.17.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

We can't help but feel we're watching the last vestiges of the two big European colonization waves from the early 15th to early 20th centuries.

Neymar's Quest, Müller's Blunderbuss, Oranje Power, Mercurial Messi, Yankee Doodle Dempsey... and, 'The Powerful Play Goes On'

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.16.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

The soccer gods must be smiling down on World Cup 2014, with bright, sparkling contests, a cascade of wicked goals, and a dash of controversy.

Simulation or Just Unwelcome Gamesmanship, FIFA's World Cup 2014 Drops a Rousing Kick-Off in Brazil!

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.13.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

To the human eye, without the benefit of replay, it's easy to be conned by players simulating being fouled. Sorry, simulation, you ask? Okay, let's call it what it is -- cheating!

Ménage to Rock it Out at Portugal Day Events in Toronto, Montreal and New York's Central Park

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.04.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

All over the world, Portuguese people will be joyfully celebrating the days around June 10, the tiny Iberian country's national holiday which is called Portugal Day.

100 Years Young, the Hollywood YMCA is No Longer Just a Gym -- It's a Way of Life

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 07.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Ashley Jude Collie

On any given day, at 1553 N. Schrader Boulevard, the likes of Ryan Gosling, Sandra Oh and Molly Shannon are working out.

The Range Wolf Is Andrew J. Fenady's Fresh Take on the Classic Jack London The Sea Wolf Saga

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 05.25.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

In Fenady's richly updated story, their paths cross during a stagecoach hold-up and then merge on a brutal cattle drive to Kansas, where you either "change" or "die.

Det. Sonny Grosso, Joe DiMaggio and an Ongoing Love Affair With the Yankees

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

In his upcoming memoir, Harlem to Hollywood: My Real to Reel Life, Grosso spins larger-than-life tales about his on-going love of the Yankees.

Rob the Mob and 24 Hour Rental Demythologize the On-screen Mafia Fable

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 05.18.2014 | Entertainment
Ashley Jude Collie

However, two highly recommended new screen projects, Rob the Mob and 24 Hour Rental, seek to demythologize the romantic popular notion.

Det. Sonny Grosso, Wise Guys and Tales From The Godfather

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 05.11.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

Forty-two years ago, the Oscar-winning saga about a fictional crime family was released nationally. Sonny Grosso had been hired by The Godfather's director Francis Ford Coppola to also help with the real challenges of filming the mafia family saga in New York.

The Oscars and the Night That Jack Nicholson Came to Harlem to Eat Macaronis With Detective Sonny Grosso

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

Grosso says Jack's visit sent Rao's influential clientele into a tizzy but what was so heart-warming was that Nicholson himself had presented the Best Picture Oscar to The French Connection's producer Phil D'Antoni back at the 44th Academy Awards.

How This Real Life NYPD Detective Influenced Some of Today's Biggest TV Series

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 03.11.2014 | Entertainment
Ashley Jude Collie

From Nietzschean philosophizing cops (McConaughey) to a female Ranger, cop shows have come a long way from Dragnet's Jack Webb (1951-59) droning his catchphrase, "All we want are the facts, ma'am..."

A Blogger's Pain, Aquatic and Massage Solutions, and a Tweet Victory for Long-Form Journalism in Playboy

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Ashley Jude Collie

If you've been blogging/writing a lot this year, sending out thousands of words and tweets into that overhead digital cloud, you've probably been hunc...

Bluntry Musician Grace Askew's Road Trip from Memphis to L.A. and Back, and Google Glass-Hiking on the West Coast

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

Memphis-raised Askew is a charming, southern belle with a very distinctive vocal and musical style that can be heard on her recently released Empty Rooms EP.

DiCaprio's Gift, the War of Art Conundrum, Licsko's "Kindling," Amazing Race's Good Doctor Young and a Library of E-Books?

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

Indie bookstores like Skylight and surviving libraries are resilient. Perhaps even more so than the digital books on our e-tablets.

A Cloud Over Computing: Forster's "The Machine Stops," and Artist Smith's "I, Disconnect" Series

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

In fact, Twitter ensures that we're losing our need or even ability to spell correctly. Our calculating software ensures we don't have to do mental arithmetic or physically balance our bank ledgers, anymore.

No Texting While Walking on Halloween, an Illustrated Oblivious Man and Fire Horse - a Novel

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

Adam Licsko's 'Remember Yourself' series and my Fire Horse novel both ask us to wake up to the fact that we are living, breathing creatures -- that our lives are not just digital constructs of 140 characters...or less.

Enterprise's Dominic Keating, Cruise Trek, and How Star Trek Fandom Is Alive and Kicking

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Ashley Jude Collie

Since 1966 when the original Star Trek series premiered on television, the Star Trek juggernaut continues on with unabated fan enthusiasm.