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And just for the record, I love Eddie but he hasn't really done much in a couple decades so there's an entire generation that basically has no idea who he is.
Sure they do. The younger generation just thinks he's Donkey. Or depending on their age, maybe Mushu.

I am aware of who he is and what his various achievements are, but being a '90s kid, if I ever met him I would ask him to sign Mulan first because that is the most seminal film in his filmography to me personally. My second choice, if he would sign two, would be Dreamgirls.
 
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Sure they do. The younger generation just thinks he's Donkey. Or depending on their age, maybe Mushu.
Good point. I honestly forgot about those movies since he's not onscreen.

Also, I hope anyone that knows him from those movies doesn't watch Delirious or Raw because he was doing a different style of comedy back in the 80's.
 
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Good point. I honestly forgot about those movies since he's not onscreen.
When I was in high school, I took a drama class which was an elective. The textbook mentioned something about Julie Andrews, and another student in the class raised their hand and asked who that was. The teacher tried referencing Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, but no one else in the class but me knew what those were. Then she said that Andrews was the voice of Fiona's mom in Shrek 2 and everyone got it.

I found this sort of depressing because I would hope that people who choose to be in a drama class should leave knowing what Julie Andrews' most significant notable role are. But that's how it goes these days, I guess.

I offered to bring in either or both Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music so that a brief clip could be shown, and the teacher told me that I was being "elitist" and "snobbish" because I was privileged to grow up in the possession of movies that some people don't have. I wasn't trying to be seen that way, but I don't think it's unreasonable for students who choose to be in a class about drama to leave with a base knowledge of those achievements. It was her class, so she overruled me.

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When I was in high school, I took a drama class which was an elective. The textbook mentioned something about Julie Andrews, and another student in the class raised their hand and asked who that was. The teacher tried referencing Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, but no one else in the class but me knew who those were. Then she said that Andrews was the voice of Fiona's mom in Shrek 2 and everyone got it.

I found this sort of depressing because I would hope that people who choose to be in a drama class should leave knowing what Julie Andrews' most significant notable role are. But that's how it goes these days, I guess.

I offered to bring in either or both Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music so that a brief clip could be shown, and the teacher told me that I was being "elitist" and "snobbish" because I was privileged to grow up in the possession of movies that some people don't have. I wasn't trying to be seen that way, but I don't think it's unreasonable for students who choose to be in a class about drama to leave with a base knowledge of those achievements. It was her class, so she overruled me.
A drama class and the kids doesn't know Julie Andrews? That is depressing. I've never been a big musical guy but I knew those movies and that actor when I was in high school. I guess the constant flood of new stuff was already rendering almost anything older than a decade to be ancient and uninteresting and I assume it's only gotten worse with most kids today as there is even more stuff to see.
 
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A drama class and the kids doesn't know Julie Andrews? That is depressing. I've never been a big musical guy but I knew those movies and that actor when I was in high school. I guess the constant flood of new stuff was already rendering almost anything older than a decade to be ancient and uninteresting and I assume it's only gotten worse with most kids today as there is even more stuff to see.
This shouldn't be too surprising.

Over the years I encountered younger "music nerd" types who didn't know who Eddie Van Halen was.
 

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A drama class and the kids doesn't know Julie Andrews? That is depressing. I've never been a big musical guy but I knew those movies and that actor when I was in high school..
That's exactly what I said. This was in spring 2005 or thereabouts, so to be fair Shrek 2 was extremely recent and extremely successful. But that still doesn't explain or justify how I was the only one in the entire class to know her for anything else.

I was not a big fan of that teacher for several reasons, but her calling me a snob for thinking students who chose a class in her that subject should be informed about Julie Andrews was a particular sore spot. It was her job to educate her students and she did not take that opportunity to do so.
 

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That's exactly what I said. This was in spring 2005 or thereabouts, so to be fair Shrek 2 was extremely recent and extremely successful. But that still doesn't explain or justify how I was the only one in the entire class to know her for anything else.

I was not a big fan of that teacher for several reasons, but her calling me a snob for thinking students who chose a class in her that subject should be informed about Julie Andrews was a particular sore spot. It was her job to educate her students and she did not take that opportunity to do so.
If you're a snob for knowing Julie Andrews, I can't imagine what she'd think of me for what high brow (David Lynch) and lowbrow (Russ Meyer) stuff that I knew about in high school. And yeah, that was definitely a point to take the opportunity to get some new eyes on an 'old' actor which every educator or fan should want to do.
 
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I was not a big fan of that teacher for several reasons, but her calling me a snob for thinking students who chose a class in her that subject should be informed about Julie Andrews was a particular sore spot. It was her job to educate her students and she did not take that opportunity to do so.
(On a tangential rant).

It took me a long time to come the realizaton that subject matter knowledge was not a mandatory requirement for school teachers. Teachers are hired based more on how effective of a "babysitter" they were, than anything to do with subject matter knowledge.

The only niches where subject matter knowledge is the #1 priority, are professors at a research university.
 

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In other news, I wandered over to Cinemark's web site to do my occasional check on how busy my local theater is. It turns out there are no shows there today at all. They are now operating Friday/Saturday/Sunday only.
 
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Japan's cinemas set a new all-time record for an opening weekend:

Big news this weekend out of Japan where anime adaptation Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train shattered all-time opening records. The film, which opened on Friday October 16, as opposed to the usual Saturday/Sunday session, is estimated to have grossed well upwards of $30M for the three-day. This number could even rise above $40M, but box office figures are tightly controlled out of Japan, and so we won’t know for sure on an actual until tomorrow. Regardless, it’s agreed, the debut is wild.

Putting it into some perspective, Frozen 2 opened to a 3-day of $18.2M at historical rates.
from deadline.com
 
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MovieDistrGross%LWThrThr
Chng
Per
Thr
Total
Gross
W
1NHonest ThiefOpen Road$3,700,000 2,125 $1,741$4,200,0001
2(1)The War with Grandpa101 Studios$2,501,707-31%2,260+10$1,107$7,256,0392
3(2)TenetWarner Bros.$1,600,000-24%2,001-214$800$50,600,0007
4(-)The Nightmare Before …Walt Disney$1,323,000 2,194 $603$76,392,1601,410
5(3)Hocus PocusWalt Disney$756,000-35%1,640-473$461$43,115,0601,423
6N2 HeartsFreestyle…$565,000 1,683 $336$565,0001
7(4)The New Mutants20th Cent…$465,000-34%1,293-370$360$22,721,5268
8(5)UnhingedSolstice …$425,000-38%1,276-332$333$20,038,30010
9NLove and MonstersParamount…$255,000 387 $659$255,0001
-(6)CocoWalt Disney$131,000-78%775-1,124$169$210,460,015152
-(-)Star Wars Ep. V: The …20th Cent…$79,000-46%480-345$165$291,738,9602,109
-(7)InfidelCloudburs…$72,000-65%959n/c$75$3,970,7745
-(8)PossessorNeon$71,500-53%188-115$380$662,0003
-(-)AvaVertical …$25,500-44%174n/c$147$464,1724
-(-)KajillionaireFocus Fea…$15,000-61%91-176$165$526,5154
-(-)A Call to SpyIFC Films$12,000-60%44-35$273$104,0873
-(-)Save Yourselves!Bleecker …$11,989-76%80-266$150$295,9533
-(-)Pray: The Story of Pa…ArtAffects$10,101-59%44n/c$230$43,0812
-(-)HenchmenEntertain…$8,500-72%87-94$98$47,7973
-NSh*thouseIFC Films$6,750 28 $241$6,7501
-(-)The Personal History …Searchlig…$5,000-21%64-29$78$1,874,1418
-(-)No EscapeVertical …$4,500-37%24-16$188$163,3695
-NTwicebornFreestyle…$3,715 6 $619$3,7151
 

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Italy is shutting down movie theaters again amidst a coronavirus spike there. Although for now this is only through November 24, there is no guarantee of when they will actually open again.


I am sure WB will consider this when determining what do do with Diana.
 

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Italy is shutting down movie theaters again amidst a coronavirus spike there. Although for now this is only through November 24, there is no guarantee of when they will actually open again.


I am sure WB will consider this when determining what do do with Diana.
I'd imagine that the ad campaign has to start for Wonder Woman by mid-November-ish so it's getting close to decision time. And I think that decision will be Summer 2021.
 

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