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  1. 9 points
    Harry Anderson, the talented magician who became a three-time Emmy Award nominee as the star of the long-running NBC sitcom "Night Court," has died at the age of 65. He was found dead in his home in Asheville, N.C., where he had lived since 2006. Authorities said no foul play was suspected. Photo credit: The New York Times "I was never really an actor, I was a magician," Anderson said in 2014. "By the time they figured out that I couldn't act scared on the subway at 4 a.m., I already had a five-year contract." A magic enthusiast since his teen years, Anderson became a familiar guest performer on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in the early 1980s. He was the guest host for the February 9, 1985 episode, which featured Bryan Adams as the musical guest. He also began making occasional appearances on the NBC comedy series "Cheers" as a con man named Harry "The Hat" Gittes. In January 1984, Anderson began starring in "Night Court," a half-hour sitcom that became a mainstay in NBC's Thursday night television lineup until May 1992. He played Judge Harry T. Stone in the series that focused on the key figures involved in the nighttime operations of a municipal court in Manhattan. Anderson received three consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations (1985-1987) as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his performances as Stone -- an amateur magician and passionate Mel Tormé fan (the great singer wound up making several guest appearances on the show). On a March 1988 installment of NBC's "The Tonight Show," Anderson talked about the art of magic with a kindred spirit -- "The Great Carsoni." Anderson was one of the stars of the two-part 1990 ABC miniseries "It," based on the 1986 horror novel by Stephen King. Anderson played the adult Richie Tozier -- one of several childhood friends bedeviled by a demon in the guise of a clown (Tim Curry). Anderson's co-stars also included John Ritter, Dennis Christopher, Richard Thomas and Tim Reid. A 2017 big-screen version of the tale was a blockbuster. A sequel is scheduled for next year. From 1993 to 1997, Anderson headlined the CBS sitcom "Dave's World," which was based on the career of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and syndicated columnist Dave Barry. Anderson played a fictionalized version of Barry and DeLane Matthews co-starred as his wife Beth. In 2000, Anderson moved to New Orleans, where he opened a French Quarter magic shop called Sideshow on Chartres Street and a club called Oswald's Speakeasy at Decatur Street and Esplanade Avenue. He struggled during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and would up relocating to Asheville the following year. New Orleans Times-Picayune file photo Marsha Warfield‏Verified account @MarshaWarfield Oh, no! Aw man, I'm so sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family, friends, fans and everyone who loved him. Rest in peace, Harry the Hat, you were my friend. Markie Post‏Verified account @markie_post I am devastated. I’ll talk about you later, Harry, but for now, I’m devastated. Judd Apatow‏Verified account @JuddApatow Judd Apatow Retweeted Lance Ulanoff I interviewed Harry Anderson when I was 15 years old and he was so kind, and frank and hilarious. The interview is in my book Sick In The Head. He was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy. Jake Tapper‏Verified account @jaketapper Some of us are old enough to remember pre-Night Court when Harry “the Hat” Gittes would pop up on Cheers. RIP April Wolfe‏Verified account @AWolfeful Aw, not Harry Anderson. I was thinking about him the other day when they were casting the older actors for the new IT. And I also watch Cheers reruns every night. He was one of those TV actors who felt like "family" growing up. RIP Harry the Hat. Lizz Winstead‏Verified account @lizzwinstead Harry Anderson was brilliantly funny and a great magician. I also believe he was one of the first people to own the film rights to A Confederacy of Dunces. Such a loss. #RestInPower #HarryAnderson
  2. 8 points
    Mia Farrow‏Verified account @MiaFarrow Fran Lebowitz: “Everyone says he is crazy – which maybe he is – but the scarier thing about him is that he is stupid. You do not know anyone as stupid as Donald Trump. You just don’t.”
  3. 7 points
    The Czech-born filmmaker Miloš Forman -- who directed the Best Picture winners "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) and "Amadeus" (1984) -- died Friday at the age of 86. He had lived in the United States since his departure from the then-Eastern European nation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Forman won Best Director Oscars for "Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus." The 1975 film -- based on Ken Kesey's 1962 novel about individualism vs. authority in a psychiatric hospital -- was the second of three movies to win the five major Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher) and a screenwriting category (Bo Goldman & Lawrence Hauben for Best Adapted Screenplay). The two other films that accomplished the feat were "It Happened One Night" (1934) and "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). "Amadeus," based on the 1981 Tony Award-winning stage play by Peter Shaffer, won eight Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham), Best Adapted Screenplay (Shaffer), Best Art Direction (Patrizia von Brandenstein, art direction; Karel Černý, set decoration), Best Costume Design (Theodor Pištěk), Best Makeup (Dick Smith and Paul LeBlanc) and Best Sound (Mark Berger, Tom Scott, Todd Boekelheide and Christopher Newman). The fictionalized historical drama recounted the 18th-century rivalry between Antonio Salieri (Abraham) and the musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (portrayed by Best Actor nominee Tom Hulce). Salieri, the Viennese court composer to The Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, despised Mozart but also recognized his brilliance. In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked "Cuckoo's Nest" at No. 20 and "Amadeus" at No. 53 on its list of the greatest movies of all time. When AFI updated the list in 2007, the former dropped to No. 33, while the latter was not included. It's been said that Forman never directed the same type of film twice. Among his other productions: "Taking Off" (1971, which won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival), "Hair" (1979), "Ragtime" (1981, which received eight Academy Award nominations), "Valmont" (1989), "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996, which earned Forman a third Oscar nod for Best Director), "Man on the Moon" (1999) and "Goya's Ghosts" (2006). Born Jan Tomáš Forman near Prague on February 18, 1932, he grew up during the turmoil of World War II and the occupation of Nazi forces. His father, a Jewish professor, and his Protestant mother perished in concentration camps. The end of the war brought Communist rule to Czechoslovakia. Forman became interested in filmmaking and attended the Prague Film Institute. He became a part of cinema's Czech New Wave, which flourished in the mid-1960s during a liberal period in the Iron Curtain country. His 1965 black-and-white film "Loves of a Blonde" won acclaim in the West and received a 1966 Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. He also received plaudits for his first color feature, "The Fireman's Ball." The 1967 comedy also received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Forman's exile from Czechoslovakia occurred after Warsaw Pact nations invaded the country in a 1968 crackdown. He was in Paris at the time and elected not to return home. He moved to New York City and began the American phase of his film career. He returned to his native country in 1983 to film "Amadeus." edgarwright‏Verified account @edgarwright Very sad to hear that the great director Miloš Forman has passed away. He had a tremendous filmography that documented the rebel heart and human spirit. I have seen 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' enough times to be able to silently mouth along with the movie. RIP. Larry Karaszewski‏Verified account @Karaszewski Milos Forman was our friend and our teacher. He was a master filmmaker - no one better at capturing small unrepeatable moments of human behavior. We made two movies together and every day spent with him was a unique adventure. Milos loved life. I will miss his laughter. David Poland‏ @DavidPoland Milos Forman was a true master. No greater biopic or musical experience on film than Amadeus. Cuckoo’s Nest, Ragtime and the wildly underrated Valmont. Man on the Moon & Larry Flynt. Even Hair, still with book issues, offered moments of genius. Rest In Peace, sir. Mark Harris‏Verified account @MarkHarrisNYC Very sad to see that the great Miloš Forman has died at 86. A brilliant director who made only about a dozen feature films, every one of which is worth revisiting. Hair, Amadeus, Cuckoo's Nest--an indelible legacy. Mike Barnes‏ @MikeBarnes4 #RIP the masterful Milos Forman; Michael Douglas said the essence of 'Cuckoo’s Nest' was that "he brought out the foibles and the vulnerabilities and the humor within [the characters] without laughing at them." Bilge Ebiri‏Verified account @BilgeEbiri Rest In Peace, Milos Forman. The rare director who truly understood freedom.
  4. 7 points
    Wayne Morris. It's a name that should ring a bell for film buffs, particularly those who have had TCM for some time where many of the early films in his career at Warner Brothers get fairly abundant play. Remember him in 1937's KID GALAHAD, playing the good natured, forever smiling Ward Guisenberry, a towering bellboy promoted by Edward G. Robinson into becoming a boxer? He was performing with the Warners big boys on that occasion, not only with Robinson but Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart (before Bogie hit it big time), as well. Morris started off his film career in sunny faced, boy-next-door roles but, after an extended service during the war, returned to find that the momentum of his career from a lengthy absence had lessened. He was heavier and soon taking supporting roles. His film career would wind down some unspectacular paths during the '50s and towards the end he was doing a lot of television work. Probably the performance in his career for which he will be best remembered is that of Lt. Roget, the weakling officer in Stanley Kubrick's masterful PATHS OF GLORY. There are a lot of impressive performances in this film but Morris holds his own. Do you remember the squeamishness he conveys when Kirk Douglas asks him to be the officer in charge of the executions? The thing is the real Wayne Morris was anything but a coward. In fact he was a genuine hero during WW2. From Wiki: While filming Flight Angels (1940), Morris became interested in flying and became a pilot. With war in the wind, he joined the Naval Reserve and became a Navy flier in 1942, leaving his film career behind for the duration of the war. He flew the F6F Hellcat off the aircraft carrier USS Essex. A December 15, 1944 Associated Press news story reported that Morris was "credited with 57 aerial sorties, shooting down seven Japanese Zeros, sinking an escort vessel and a flak gunboat and helping sink a submarine and damage a heavy cruiser and a mine layer."[5] He was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals. Morris was considered by the Navy as physically 'too big' to fly fighters. After being turned down several times as a fighter pilot, he went to his uncle-in-law, Cdr. David McCampbell, imploring him for the chance to fly fighters. Cdr. McCampbell said "Give me a letter." He flew with the VF-15 (Fighter Squadron 15), the famed "McCampbell Heroes." That's damn impressive stuff, making it impossible not to respect the man, and appreciate all the more that the craven creature he so skillfully portrayed in the Kubrick film had nothing in common with the real him. Wayne Morris died of a massive heart attack in 1959 while visiting the aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard in San Francisco Bay. He was only 45. The truth is Morris never made that much of an impression upon me as an actor (outside of Paths of Glory) but when I read about his war service I felt compelled to do a writeup on him, if only to bring his courageous performance during the war to the attention of fellow movie buffs who, like myself, might have been a bit inclined to dismiss him. The real Wayne Morris, I now feel, deserves better than that.
  5. 7 points
    It's a shame that so much of Colbert's early work was over at Paramount. You have to go to the gray market to see any of them. The best of them is "Young Man of Manhattan", in which Colbert and her actual husband Norman Foster play two newspaper columnists who marry after a whirlwind courtship. What gets in the way is Foster's character's lack of professional ambition, and the fact that he is being ardently pursued by a college girl flapper played by a 19 year old Ginger Rogers. And then there is a pesky case of blindness brought on by prohibition era booze. "The Big Pond" has Colbert as a debutante in love with a poor Frenchman, played by Maurice Chevalier. When they want to marry, Colbert's dad decides to use reverse psychology, accept Chevalier, take him back to the US with them, give him a job in his factory, and prove to his daughter that he could never fit in. But things don't work out quite that way. Her earliest surviving sound film "The Hole in the Wall" is about a bunch of fake psychics with Edward G. Robinson playing opposite Colbert. I'd only recommend this one for fans of the early talkies as the entire thing is a mixed bag. For example, there is a train wreck where the camera goes to different people on the train just prior to the wreck to get an idea of the human toll. But the wreck itself just looks like a kid's model train falling off of a hill.
  6. 7 points
  7. 7 points
    The first time I saw this film many, many years ago, I thought to myself, "man, this is wacky, why is this thing so highly regarded?" Repeated viewings have convinced me that this really is one of the great films of all time. I "get it" now. For someone interested in the history of silent films (like I am), this film is an absolute must see. The scenes with DeMille and Swanson are alone worth the price of admission.
  8. 7 points
    Thursday, March 22 8 p.m. Sunset Blvd. (1950). One of the great films set right in Hollywood.
  9. 6 points
    If that orange fool showed up, Barbara would climb out of the coffin and punch him in the face. She wasn't very happy with Trump's rhetoric regarding her family during the campaign. Plus, some of the Bushes have "been mean" to Trump in the media, and you know how Commander Snowflake handles criticism.
  10. 6 points
    Caroline O.‏ @RVAwonk Sarah Sanders: "One of the president's great achievements will go down as firing James Comey." ...you mean the firing that launched the special counsel investigation that Trump spends every day rage-tweeting about?
  11. 6 points
    Millennial Politics‏ @MillenPolitics The @GOP is not sending their best people.
  12. 6 points
    Shareblue Media‏Verified account @Shareblue GOP congressman says deputy AG tricked Trump into committing obstruction https://shareblue.com/deputy-attorney-general-rod-rosenstein-jim-jordan-james-comey-msnbc/
  13. 6 points
    Man I was really hoping Trump would be out of office before this thread got to 1,000 pages!
  14. 6 points
    Errol Flynn day indeed but, let's face it, folks, his films with Michael Curtiz remain the lion's share of the titles from his career best remembered today. Wednesday April 11 8pm (EST) The Adventures of Robin Hood 10pm (EST) Captain Blood 12:15am (EST) Dodge City 2:15am (EST) The Charge of the Light Brigade 4:15 am (EST) The Sea Hawk Perhaps many of us take these titles a bit for granted because of the frequency of their play on TCM, as well as their availability on DVD. That shouldn't stop us from appreciating the fact that these five films, arguably the best that the director-star duo of Curtiz and Flynn ever produced, still rank among the most enjoyable films of their light hearted adventurous type ever made. Flynn brings dash and romance and the hard driving Curtiz brings a dynamic visual flourish to the proceedings. And let's not forget, too, the stirring musical accompaniment of these films thanks to Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Max Steiner. The scores for Robin Hood and The Sea Hawk alone rank among the best the movies have ever given us.
  15. 6 points
    Now I understand why Trump appeals to you. You haven't read the Constitution either.
  16. 6 points
    Steven Bochco, the writer and producer who died of cancer Sunday at the age of 74, was a leader in changing the face of television dramas in the 1980s. Before "Hill Street Blues" made its debut in 1981, primetime shows generally focused on a case and wrapped it up by the end of an hour. Not so with "Hill Street." It became known for its long-term storylines in addition to the usual short ones. Bochco, who created the series with Michael Kozoll, discussed the origins of the series with Terry Gross of National Public Radio in 1989. "We had a large group of characters that we had developed," Bochco recalled. "And what we discovered pretty quickly as we wrote the pilot was that there's no way on a weekly basis that we were going to be able to dramatically honor the needs of what had quickly become a dozen regular characters -- 10 or eleven, whatever the exact number was. And so we developed a story flow that would span two, three, four episodes at a time because it was the only way that you could involve your characters in complex stories without devoting a lot of screen time per episode to those characters. And so in that way, we began to develop what really didn't seem all that new to us. It was sort of a police soap opera. That we sort of kiddingly always referred to as cop soap." The NBC series was not a ratings hit after its premiere as a midseason replacement on January 15, 1981. But it drew attention eight months later when it won six Primetime Emmy Awards -- including Outstanding Drama Series -- in 14 nominations. Thereafter, it became a mainstay of NBC's Thursday night lineup. And it continued to do well at awards shows. Bochco's "Hill Street Blues" and "L.A. Law" both won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series a record four times each (they share it with "The West Wing" and "Mad Men). His ABC police procedural "NYPD Blue," which ran from 1993 to 2005, won the award once in six nominations. During his career, Bochco was nominated for 30 Emmys and won 10. Bochco, who attended Carnegie Tech -- now Carnegie Mellon University -- as a playwrighting major, was loyal to his friends and associates. Among his classmates at the Pittsburgh school: Barbara Bosson (his first wife), Bruce Weitz, Charles Haid and Michael Tucker. All of them later became household names and faces as regulars in series produced by Bochco. "Hill Street Blues," which was set at a police precinct in an unspecified big city, also provided new leases on life for several of its actors. The veteran Daniel J. Travanti drew praise and won an Emmy for his weekly performances as the recovering alcoholic precinct captain, Frank Furillo. Michael Conrad -- known for his many film and television roles as heavies -- won two statuettes as the effusive wordsmith Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (the character was sorely missed after Conrad's death from cancer in 1983). And Veronica Hamel -- a onetime model and "Charlie's Angels" candidate -- received five Emmy nominations for her work as public defender Joyce Davenport (later Mrs. Furillo). Bochco's shows could be surprising. The "Hill Street Blues" pilot featured scenes of Furillo's clashes with Ms. Davenport at the precinct. The episode's final moments showed them in bed together. As for "L.A. Law," the legal drama he created with former practicing attorney Terry-Louise Fisher, one of television's unexpected moments was the exit of the disliked lawyer Rosalind Shays (played by Diana Muldaur) on March 21, 1991. One of the writers of the episode, titled "Good to the Last Drop," was David E. Kelley -- who went on to create the Emmy Award-winning series "Picket Fences," "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal." Robert Bianco‏Verified account @BiancoRobert Robert Bianco Retweeted Debra Birnbaum If this is the Golden Age of television, Steven Bochco launched it and helped sustain it. Every great modern drama owes “Hill Street” a debt. Joss Whedon‏Verified account @joss Absolutely one of the biggest influences on Buffy (and me) was HILL STREET BLUES. Complex, unpredictable and unfailingly humane. Steven Bochco changed television, more than once. He’s a legend. All love to his family, R.I.P., and thank you. Debra Messing‏Verified account @DebraMessing So sad to hear of Steven Bochco’s passing. He was a pioneer, a gentleman, and gave me my first job in prime time tv. Rest well, sir. You will be missed. #RIP Larry Wilmore‏Verified account @larrywilmore In 2003, I saw Steven Bochco at a restaurant in NY. I had just been fired from The Bernie Mac Show and was really down. To my surprise, he came over, gave me a hug, said how much he loved me and to remember that what i did was special. Wow! Mark Harris‏Verified account @MarkHarrisNYC Hill Street Blues, LA Law, and NYPD Blue secure his place in history. (Hell, Hill Street alone.) But even some of his failures--like the remarkable, ripe-for-rediscovery Murder One--were just a little too early. One crime story throughout a whole season? Nah, it'll never work! Judd Apatow‏Verified account @JuddApatow Judd Apatow Retweeted Hollywood Reporter Steven Bochco sat with Jake Kasdan and myself before we started Freaks and Geeks and let us grill him for advice. We used all of it. He was a great man and will forever be an inspiration.
  17. 6 points
    Late Spring (Ozu, 1949). The beginning of Ozu and Setsuko Hara's acclaimed "Noriko" trilogy, along with Tokyo Story two of the greatest movies ever made. Setsuko Hara plays the 20-something daughter Noriko, who cares for her elderly father after her mother died when she was very young. Noriko has been the woman of the house her entire life, and just recently lived through the horrors of World War II, in which her difficulties are only briefly alluded (scrubbed by Allied SCAP censors)...but now that the war is over, everyone is pressuring her to finally marry and move out. Why doesn't she want to get married? You can watch this movie a thousand times and never figure her out. She likes her father's younger colleague, but he's engaged to another girl. When he finally asks her out, she "doesn't want to cause trouble" and turns him down. Her gossipy aunt sets her up with a different man, but she's not that into him, even though he looks like Gary Cooper (or does he?), an actor known to be her type. Is she just immature, or asexual? Something even worse? Probably the simplest take is that she just loves her father and feels compelled to take care of him, and doesn't want her routine life changed, or want to move out. Considering the real lives of Ozu and Hara, this movie is the defining case of art imitating life. There are a few scenes and sequences that belong in the hall of fame: Miss Hara's iconic bike ride on the beach (even shown in other movies), the talk her father gives her when she asks why they just can't "stay the way they are", the heartbreaking images of her dressed in traditional Japanese wedding attire, and Chishu Ryu's last scene. Criterion's three reasons for Late Spring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4Ul10BSzRw 1. The texture of Japanese life (plus the allegories this film and Setsuko herself meant to the Japanese people at that time) 2. The love between father and daughter 3. The pain of letting go I used to say Casablanca was my favorite 1940s film, but having seen Late Spring I'll agree with Roger Ebert who said "sooner or later, everyone who truly loves movies comes to Ozu". Late Spring might not be as good from start to finish as the near perfect Tokyo Story, but by the end the cumulative effect is stronger, and I always feel this one more.
  18. 6 points
    If the film were made in the 50's, if there was "something wrong" with the husband - it would have to be limited to socially acceptable problems for the 50's - like alcoholism, for example. I think that Todd Haynes revelled in the freedom to inform us that the husband was actually a closeted gay man. But he placed the emphasis on how the man's wife handled it - she was dealing with something that she could not understand and it plunged her into a biracial attraction with the gardener. Again, Haynes must've revelled in the fact that he could make the gardener a black man. So, he could actually re-invent the genre - the soap opera - and make it edgier and riskier. He created a whole new challenging world for an actress who could play a newer version of soap opera hysteria. I would've preferred a closer look at the husband, who was a deeply troubled man. But, Haynes probably would have had a much longer film, then. The wife's future is left doubt - but there's no doubt that she is deeply scarred. As is her husband. He does not belong here!
  19. 6 points
    The Hill‏Verified account @thehill Trump declares April sexual assault prevention month http://hill.cm/NERTcZf
  20. 6 points
    Rebekah Fernández Entralgo‏ @rebekahentralgo Ingraham’s BIGGEST SPONSOR, Liberty Mutual, just dropped her
  21. 6 points
    It is a measure, among many, of the respect and admiration Virginia McKenna has in her country that she was awarded the role of portraying Violette Szabo, who has the position of veneration in England which Private York or Audie Murphy have pale analogues here. Recruited for resistance work in France because of her heritage and language abilities, she died in captivity and remains a blazing symbol of British heroism, dedication, and sacrifice. This movie, a prime example of the class-act filmmaking of Golden-Era Britain, gives Miss McKenna one of her best opportunities to show what a really fine actress she is. She's of course known best in America for Born Free (1966), and The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957), and maybe Ring of Bright Water (1969). But she has a long, varied, and well-rewarded career on the English stage and screen. Her roles range from Shakespeare, to musicals like The King and I and A Little Night Music, to children's favorites like Peter Pan (1976), to adventure (The Wreck of the Mary Deare, 1959), and historical epic (Waterloo, 1970). On early tomorrow morning 12:30 AM Pacific time. Westies can stay up to see it, Easties who aren't owls can record it.
  22. 6 points
    Judd Legum‏Verified account@JuddLegum Tucker uncovers a MAJOR OBAMA SCANDAL
  23. 6 points
    Diane N. Sevenay‏ @Diane_7A Fox News is always on the pulse. #StormyDanielsDay
  24. 5 points
    I'm just throwing this out there, but don't you think our classic movie heritage as curated by TCM preserves a view of America seen through rose colored glasses, that wasn't quite truthful, isn't quite real, it sort of whitewashes everything. Continually reinforcing a false past, and always having happy endings isn't quite helpful, when you know it was never like that. You could say all this culminates into folks trying to make that fantasy real, a Disneyland version of America, This is why some folks go balistic when TCM programs movies from the 1960's onwards, it doesn't fit their fairytale views. I know the bulk of films TCM controls is from the Classic Hollywood Era, but do you see what I'm getting at, replaying the same old same old is just positive reinforcement of an ideal that never really was.
  25. 5 points
    I saw The Eagle and the Hawk, which I had never heard of, even though it stars Fredric March, Cary Grant, Jack Oakie, and Carole Lombard. It's directed by Stuart Walker, a new name to me, with assistance from Mitchell Leisen. As Ben M said in his introduction, it was written to cash in on the success of Howard Hawks' The Dawn Patrol. (I've never seen the Hawks film, just the very good remake with Errol Flynn, David Niven, and Basil Rathbone). Fredric March is an ace pilot for the RAF during WWI. Cary Grant is his rival, a screw-up as a pilot though perhaps too successful as a gunner (called "observers," because their main task is to photograph enemy installations). March succeeds in mission after mission while his observers are killed, and the pressure begins to mount. On furlough the only person who understands his feelings is a character known in the credits as "the Beautiful Woman," appropriately played by Carole Lombard, who makes the most of her one appearance. Jack Oakie provides some comic relief. As in The Dawn Patrol, the death of a young and enthusiastic recruit creates a crisis, and as in many movies, the hero's rival is the one who finally understands and appreciates him. Fredric March has several big dramatic scenes which he plays very well. As is often the case in his early films, Cary Grant isn't yet the actor he would become, but he's still reasonably effective. I would guess that Mitchell Leisen had something to do with Carole Lombard's look and her outfit; Leisen knew how to make his stars look good. Leisen and Lombard became close friends. The Eagle and the Hawk is not especially well paced in the early going; the film mainly relies on the script, the actors, and the aerial footage, some of it taken from Wings. It is surprisingly dark in places, with its consideration of battle fatigue, suicide, and the morality of shooting down enemy fighters who have parachuted from their plane.
  26. 5 points
    Kate McKinnon, playing conservative TV and radio host Laura Ingraham, said on this week's SNL that she should "have the right to bully people without being bullied in return." That seems to be a common sentiment among today's conservatives. They feel that the 1st Amendment means that not only do they have the right to say anything they wish, anywhere they wish, anytime they wish, but that there should be no ramifications for said speech. That guarantee is not found anywhere in the 1st Amendment, and I would think the party that likes to name drop the "founding fathers" at every turn would have a greater grasp of that sort of thing.
  27. 5 points
    Clyde Haberman‏ @ClydeHaberman Clyde Haberman Retweeted Fox News Franklin Graham is to piety what Stormy Daniels is to chastity
  28. 5 points
    Laurence Tribe‏Verified account @tribelaw Memo to @MichaelCohen212: If @POTUS offers to pardon you provided you clam up, remember @AGSchneiderman can still charge you for serious New York State felonies for your bank frauds & other financial crimes. Trump can’t help you there. Just ask your attorneys.
  29. 5 points
    SFGate‏Verified account @SFGate US boxer with Trump trunks KOd by Mexican opponent http://dlvr.it/QPTjVB
  30. 5 points
    David Frum‏Verified account @davidfrum David Frum Retweeted Ari Fleischer The FBI director doesn't work for the president, he works for the United States, that's the distinction & the principle that people who cherish the rule of law are fighting to defend.
  31. 5 points
    Hemant Mehta‏Verified account @hemantmehta Christian Host: Evangelicals Back Trump Because His Oval Office is Scandal-Free http://dlvr.it/QP4XKj
  32. 5 points
    Oliver Willis‏Verified account @owillis DO YOU WANNA BE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE?
  33. 5 points
    Denizcan James‏ @MrFilmkritik Sarah Sanders tomorrow: "Mr. Trump barely knows Michael Cohen and doesn't even know what he looks like. He was only Trump's lawyer for a short period of time."
  34. 5 points
    Kaitlan Collins‏Verified account @kaitlancollins 2h2 hours ago Spotted on a street corner in D.C. It says in small print that the offer is void unless you’re a Trump administration official able to provide special favors. The number at the bottom? It’s the EPA’s.
  35. 5 points
    Rex Huppke‏Verified account @RexHuppke It seems the only thing that might get the head of the Environmental Protection Agency fired is if he did something to protect the environment.
  36. 5 points
    The show was to be about my business...most of you know what that is...similar to American Pickers. The girl on the phone kept asking what type of infighting goes on between employees and I said NONE. (because I fire anyone who gives me trouble-I'm sole proprietor) I was then told they would provide workers & clients (actors!) & jobs and I would have to "play along". I'm almost 60 year old woman. There was NO WAY I was going to allow them to over-make up my face, draw on tattoos or color my hair to make me look like an "edgy creative person". It really goes to show you that what you're watching is all manufactured.
  37. 5 points
    NPR‏Verified account @NPR "We're very concerned" about the Stormy Daniels allegations, said a leader of one faith-based ministry. https://www.npr.org/2018/04/06/599972396/concerned-evangelicals-plan-to-meet-with-trump-as-sex-scandals-swirl?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_ca
  38. 5 points
    I'm such a sucker for Joan Blondell, whether it was in her early Warners days of playing perky wide eyed gold diggers or her later period (Nightmare Alley) in which she showed what a strong, sensual dramatic performer she could be.
  39. 5 points
    Matthew Dowd‏Verified account@matthewjdowd Laura Ingraham has the right to freedom of speech, but she doesn’t have the right to have a tv show, or for advertisers to play along with her vitriol.
  40. 5 points
    Breaking News ... Donald Trump has stunned the world by announcing by tweet from Mar-o-Lago that he is resigning as President of the United States effective 9 a.m. EST, Sunday, April 1, 2018. The President cited personal reasons contrary to reports that he was feeling the strain of the Mueller and Stormy Daniels investigations. "I am resigning as President for personal reasons. It is time I turned my attention to the love of my life and let others carry on the great work that we have begun. Washington is a cruel cruel place and it's just not ready for my love of Mike." It wasn't immediately clear what the President meant when he tweeted "my love of Mike." Sources close to the President offered that he meant Mike Pence and that the two had been engaging in a homosexual relationship ever since the Vice President got down on his knees aboard Air Force One during the campaign to press Mr. Trump's pants while he was still wearing them. Corey Lewandowski who has been transgendering is said to be totally distraught. This throws into doubt whether or not Mike Pence will be staying in politics and Paul Ryan may be the next President of the United States. Or will Donald Trump become the new first lady?
  41. 5 points
    When I first heard about this film, I was extremely excited. To actually get an authentic cinematic 1950s approach to a taboo post-war subject seemed surreal to me-- but so satisfying. Sometimes I think you actually would have had to have lived in the 1950s to understand the sexual repression, the hateful segregation and how there were so many men living, should we say, Secret Lives. I knew a few of the younger ones myself. They were all such good actors; they could have gone into the business. LOL Real life was scripted like a Hollywood movie and there would be hell to pay if you deviated from the script. You have two perfectly remember this was a time when Elvis Presley's legs we're covered with black bars when he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. But there were live sound bites on TV News of bigoted Southerners screaming that they didn't want their children corrupted by that N***a music that Elvis was singing. And in 1953 they couldn't even use the word pregnant on I Love Lucy, of course. Sex wasn't openly discussed in the public sphere, there were no explanations about it much less discussions of what would have been considered, in those times, as sexual deviations. The women's magazines were full of true life stories about how to save your marriage from divorce even though the husband was seeing another woman he was a drunk or he couldn't hold a job. One women's magazine that my mother took had a monthly article called: "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" What seems so strange to me today - - is that I don't remember any discussion about wife abuse or homosexuality in any of those stories. It was the wife's job, no matter what, to keep the marriage going no matter how and if there was a failure it was her fault. I get a certain personal satisfaction about getting an opportunity to see a rendition of 1950s Cinema with a realism that we never had then.
  42. 5 points
    David Beard‏Verified account @dabeard He led John McCain's presidential campaign and worked in the Bush White House. Here's what @SteveSchmidtSES says about the #Trump administration: cc: @NormEisen @RWPUSA
  43. 5 points
    Jared Yates Sexton‏Verified account @JYSexton The sheer amount of self-delusion and mental gymnastics it must take to buy into these pro-Trump mega-conspiracies that are solely meant to twist reality until it breaks, and are thus giant and jaw-droppingly nonsensical, has to be exhausting. But this is exactly what's happened in Russia to secure Putin's power. The goal is to create an environment where there is so much deception and confusion that people simply give up and accept whatever they're given. Continually, in Russia, facts are changed, allegiances shifted, laws altered, messaging twisted, just to keep people from ever knowing what's going on. It's a strategy. And it's time that we recognize it's not just that there was an effort by Russia to get Trump elected, but that he's actively using those strategies that have benefited Putin. It's not a coincidence. These conspiracy theories, these disinformation campaigns, these onslaughts of overwhelming information and scandals, they're not by accident. This is how the system implants itself and beleaguers a population until they simply don't care anymore. Already the absurdity and fascism of the Trump Administration is becoming normalized. Over time, this will become the new normal, and all it takes for this machine to continue working is for apathy to become the default mode of existence.
  44. 5 points
    Matthew Dowd‏Verified account @matthewjdowd Right wing Christians have done more damage to the message of Jesus Christ than any other group in the last 50 years. As a Catholic/Christian, i refuse to let them drag my faith into the moral historical trash dump.
  45. 5 points
    I agree. Davis was neurotic while Robson was level headed in her interpretation of Queen Bess. Long live good Queen Flora! Flynn thought so, too. The two actors got along well during the production of The Sea Hawk. Flynn was often tardy on the set and frequently behind in learning his lines. Robson told him that she had a play in which she was scheduled to appear and a slow shoot of her scenes for Sea Hawk would ruin her opportunity to appear in it. In response to this Flynn had his lines letter perfect for their big scene in the Queen's private chambers (with Chico, the monkey, a Flynn pet) and they played the scene without a hitch. Robson got to the play on time. Errol had a lot of respect for the lady, and afterward Robson had only kind comments about the experience of working with Warners' "bad boy."
  46. 5 points
    John Dean said he heard the problem was the lawyers didn't think they would get paid.
  47. 5 points
    Not everything that came from the classic era was unrelentingly positive - think of The Letter or the various adaptations of Rain. People probably seek escapism the majority of the time, but there's a place & an audience for stuff that more closely resembles the real world as well. If TCM only showed escapism, or only realism without variation, I'd have tired of the channel years ago - I welcome the variety, to the extent that it's turned me on to genres that I likely would have otherwise neglected. I look forward to the glowing reviews...
  48. 5 points
    This topic can go in so many different directions. Being an Atheist and very cynical many of my friends wonder why I'm such a fan of studio-era movies due to how America is often portrayed, as well as the sometimes having overt religious themes. My favorite genres are noir and romantic comedies because generally they don't carry that type of Disneyland version of America. But even most dramas, westerns, and other genres typically avoid a contrived message but instead focus on things like honor and justice: values that even a cynic can appreciate. I assume most folks can see past the fantasy and instead just enjoy basking in a land that they know never really existed as part of escaping the daily grind.
  49. 5 points
    Why? Because Trump ignored it or because it was leaked or because it shows the total weakness of him and the national security advisers?
  50. 5 points
    It's a cookbook!

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