There were also golden breakthroughs in the color barrier. Lester Holt FINALLY got the network promotion long overdue him. And I'm not the only person who feels that way. He makes broadcast history as the first black journalist appointed anchor of a Monday through Friday evening newscast on any of the senior three networks -- ABC, CBS or NBC. He is anchor of the NBC Nightly News.
Misty proved to have the right body to dance the iconic double role in Swan Lake.
We've looked at breakthroughs in TV and the ballet. Now let's go to the movies. The reviews for Terminator Genisys have been mostly ho-hum. Arnold Schwarzenegger might be kicked to the curb at the box office. Folks may prefer male strippers to another Schwarzenegger sci-fi sequel. Magic Mike XXL has gotten happy thumbs-and-hormones up reviews from film critic friends of mine -- male and female -- whose opinions I respect. Magic Mike, starring the immensely likable Channing Tatum, was a fun popcorn movie. I hear that Magic Mike XXL is even better. More fun. If Magic Mike XXL is as hot as the trailer, it should bring in thongs...um, I mean throngs of moviegoers.
For laughs, see Spy with Melissa McCarthy in one of her best comedy outings since Bridesmaids, the bawdy comedy that earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. The same director, Paul Feig, guides her through this send-up of man-driven action thrillers and James Bond spy movies. Take the old saying, "Behind every successful man is a woman." Spy shows the truth of that while replacing that man with the woman.
Susan Cooper is 40, lives alone and she was raised by women who taught her to blend in rather than be assertive. Her desk-bound analyst brilliance at the CIA basically keeps the vain, slightly chauvinist James Bond-type secret agent alive. Jude Law gives a refreshing funny performance as the secret agent who's totally oblivious to the fact that passive Susan has a crush on him.
If you want to stay in and rent a classic cult favorite, try Lady in a Cage. It came out the same year as Goldfinger. I add this 1964 thriller because it stars Olivia de Havilland, a movie star since the 1930s in such films as Captain Blood (1935), Anthony Adverse (1936), and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).