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  1. Jason_Els

    Farewell to Beverly Garland

    Queen of the B Movies, Beverly Garland passed away today. Many fond memories spent in her lovely hotel at the HTF meet I attended. Quite a woman and a great actress. -MSNBC
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    Official Oscar Nominations and Discussion Thread

    I'm not entirely sure I believe that. Informal polling, hints, or just plain leaks could have told them. I suspect something other than just a lucky guess.
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    Your dream movie. What would you wish for?

    Forbidden Journey: The Life of Alexandra David-Néel Principle Cast Helena Bonham Carter ............ Alexandra David-Néel (young) Kathrine Hepburn ................... Alexandra David-Néel (aged) Theda Bara............................ Elisabeth Morgan Antonin...
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    Official Oscar Nominations and Discussion Thread

    And no wonder Helen Mirren looked radiant, Drudge reports she has admitted to not wearing anything underneath her gown.
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    Official Oscar Nominations and Discussion Thread

    You weren't permitted to join the union until you had won an Oscar. She also described it as, "a boy's club." There is a rumor that Scorsese asked DeNiro to pressure the union to change the rules. One very interesting connection is that Schoonmaker was married to the director Michael Powell...
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    Who's the sexiest female star over 60?

    Jaclyn Smith looks so good I think she stole Dick Clark's fountain of youth. She does not look 61 at all. Joanna Cassidy isn't quite as well-preserved but she looks like she'd be a lot of fun in bed.
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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    The Hobbit is not light by any means. It's actually quite tragic and parts of it are terrifying. I think two films would do it immense justice if only to capture everything that happens. There doesn't need to be any filler. The events between the closing of The Hobbit and the beginning of The...
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    Official Oscar Nominations and Discussion Thread

    The answer to that is, "kinda," if you meant, "he taught to edit." She answered an ad in the paper asking for someone to train in film editing and learned the technical end doing hack jobs on movies for TV. She met Scorsese at an NYU film course and worked on his films there. Because of union...
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    Official Oscar Nominations and Discussion Thread

    I've heard this too and I think it's very unfair. If you go back and look at Scorsese's films without Schoonmaker, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, New York, New York, etc. then you can see a definite difference. Yes we see similar shots and transition techniques, but the rhythm isn't as good. Now...
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    Official Oscar Nominations and Discussion Thread

    Helen Mirren looked absolutely stunning. I agree, the most beautiful woman there. She had the glamor and the poise rare in today's stars. Reminded me of what the stars looked like back in the golden years. I'm very glad she won as well. I was blown away by all the performances in The Queen...
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    Official Oscar Nominations and Discussion Thread

    What they should do is hire RAYGUN, the people who do the outstanding montages for TCM.
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    Official Oscar Nominations and Discussion Thread

    "The Cabaret of the Nearly Dead," is what I call it. Disrespectful and vulgar.
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    Official Oscar Nominations and Discussion Thread

    -The New York Times, 4/29/89.
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    Official Oscar Nominations and Discussion Thread

    That bit about the director trio was from Drudge. I too think it could only be Scorsese. Finally!
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    Films You've Intently Studied

    I'll agree with you as to the effect of Griffith on audiences now, but back then I don't think irony was held in such high regard as it is today. What was excellent was what was noble and pure and virtuous. Griffith was a populist and I truly believe he believed in agrarian values and sentiment...
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    Walked out?

    I went to see Pearl Harbor mostly to see The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring trailer and then sat through the first 10 minutes or so of Pearl Harbor. It was so rank, so disrespectful of the subject matter, I walked out. Tora! Tora! Tora! it wasn't. It's embarassing but part way...
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    Films You've Intently Studied

    Goodfellas. Every time I watch it I marvel at the pacing, the cinematography, and the editing. It is so perfectly done, not a bit wasted, and wonderously shot. It is very close to perfect. The Passion of Joan of Arc. This film reaches so many people on so many levels, the technical choices so...
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    RIP: Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin passes in animal attack

    I can't help but think of Rosalind Russell as Auntie Mame when I think of Steve Irwin, "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" He knew his entire life what he wanted to do, he spent his life living. Few of us are so lucky to do so much good for so many and have such...
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    Scandinavia WOW!

    Gah this thread is old! Sorry to resurrect it but since you asked.... Mew might be described as new progressive (at least Wikipedia does), but I hear more power pop. Like another of my favorite bands, Blondie, Mew is not afraid to experiment. Some attempts are ok, but some are just stunning...
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    Big Love ongoing thread

    I just don't care. I don't like any of the characters and their lives don't intrigue me. So they're bigamists, big deal. It would be a better show if they had focused on Bill trying to get out from under a cult his father co-established. The characters on the cult-end are much more interesting...
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    SOPRANOS Season 6: Season Finally!!!.. Episode 12: "KAISHA"

    Carmela bugged me. She seems too, "Happy Housewife", with Tony given the last 2 seasons. I know it's been a year in the timeline but she has less of an edge, more June Cleaver. :frowning: And what idiot denies an inspection on Tony Soprano's wife's house?
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    SOPRANOS Season 6: Season Finally!!!.. Episode 12: "KAISHA"

    Whoaaaa. Interesting end to an otherwise disjointed and not-so-well written episode. I sense some setups though, looks very interesting.
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    Need to find a very nice hotel in New York for this weekend

    Absolutely, however I wanted to keep it relative and simple, hence the A2 rating meaning it's not as convenient but nonetheless a great location. Despite the general gridedness of the thing, Manhattan can be a very confusing place for visitors and I think "midtown" says more to a visitor than...
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    Need to find a very nice hotel in New York for this weekend

    Forget the Plaza. It's not a hotel any longer. Best bet in town depends on where you want to stay. In midtown, stay far away from the Palace and any other Helmsley property. The W chain isn't quite what you'd expect. The public spaces are nice but your room could be unbelievably tiny for the...
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    Premium Credit Cards

    AmEx Black cards are managed and supported out of the NYC office (used to be out of WTC). Any call you make to them would begin and end there.
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    Is it the end?

    Ditto on the trust manouver. Even if you can put a little in an edcuational account at a time. It's the single biggest thing you can do to help your new grandchild get along in life. Doesn't sound like mom's the type to think about the future so you might as well take an initiative. The other...
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    Track the Films You Watch (2006)

    Mostly first-time seen films in this list. Five out of five unless it so encompasses perfection of the art that it transcends the medium and enters into legend: 01/01/06 001. Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, The 1950s and Us (2005) :star: :star: :star: :star: 01/02/06 002. Blue (1993)...
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    Richard Pryor passes away

    Yeah, an Academy award nominee deserves to be here in movies. God, this man was funny. All those laughs from so much tragedy. I'd call Pryor the first African American comedian to bring racial topics into comedy. He was, indeed by his own admission, raw and real but brilliantly capable of making...
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    Good Film Food

    That enormous roast from the end of The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. Ugh, Lew beat me to it!