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  1. 5 points
    Well, its official now. Disney bought out 20th Century Fox, and Fox's long run as a independent major studio will be coming to an end just hours from now at 12:02 AM (don't know if that's Eastern or Pacific time). Fox gave us many great films over the years and had many great stars in its studio system days, and I for one as very sad to see it end this way, that now they will only be a subsidiary. It's a sad day in Hollywood history.
  2. 5 points
    The Daily Beast‏Verified account@thedailybeast Andrew Gillum is launching a massive voter registration effort aimed at ensuring that Trump doesn’t win Florida again in 2020 and to give Democrats a decisive edge in a state where elections are often 50-50 splits https://www.thedailybeast.com/andrew-gillum-announces-2020-plans-sign-up-1-million-new-florida-voters?via=twitter_page
  3. 5 points
    The early days when Fox started off as an independent studio.
  4. 5 points
    The film is The Opposite Sex, it's the musical remake of The Women. The film stars June Allyson and she is performing while those guys are playing the instruments.
  5. 5 points
    FORCE OF EVIL next since this is my 10,000th post, something related to the number 10,000
  6. 4 points
    TCM Fans: I currently am reading the Alan K. Rode book "Michael Curtiz, A Life in Films". It is a compulsive read and expands my horizon of Warner Brothers, Hal Wallis and the wide supporting staff that made Warner Brothers such a success in the 1930's-1950's. There is no way to deny Michael Curtiz his reputation as a fantastic and truly talented director. I especially appreciated the early introduction to his work in Hungary and Austria. It truly makes me want to sit down and "binge watch" Michael Curtiz's movies starting with Warners' silents that are still available to see and move through his career in a linear approach. The author has provided depth to what we believe we know about Mr. Curtiz and separates facts from fiction and provided a very detailed account of how the movies were planned, produced, sets constructed and famous shots I remember were established. So for all of you who are James Cagney, Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Olivia de Haviland fans as well as fans of the large contingent of supporting actors I encourage you to read this book. It is long, at 553 pages,but is so thoroughly researched and supported by access to film archives as well as personal information from Curtiz's stepson, John Meredyth Lucas including snaps from the family's personal collection. Additionally it has a great filmography section that chronicles the films by dates so in as much as TCM owns much of the Warners' films I would like to lobby for a Michael Curtiz month with the author as the guest presenter. Now that would keep me glued to my tuchas. Good reading and good classic film watching Emily
  7. 4 points
    DICK DALE THE KING OF THE SURF GUITAR has died. at the age of 81. He was most famous for the rock version of MISIRLOU. https://www.npr.org/2019/03/18/704329806/dick-dale-surf-guitar-legend-dead-at-81 THIS VIDEO IS from the original recording of Misirlou from 1962. Dale was lefty who played on a right handed Fender guitar. I believe ft was a STRATOCASTER.
  8. 4 points
    Michele Kelemen‏Verified account @michelekelemen From CBN interview: QUESTION: Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace? SECRETARY POMPEO: As a Christian I certainly believe that’s possible. http://www1.cbn.com/content/exclusive-why-secretary-state-mike-pompeo-says-trump-possible-queen-esther-poised-defend …
  9. 4 points
    Mexicans Are Stealing Border Wall Materials, Using Them For Home Security Who’s paying for what, now? https://www.huffpost.com/entry/border-wall-stolen-tijuana-home-security_n_5c9291bbe4b08c4fec33b5f4?utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&utm_source=main_fb&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063&fbclid=IwAR2Pt6VE6un9IwZHhugk2KaolZx7tIrkOMFNNwDpxFCVhxQgfiLc224fxFI
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    ABC News‏Verified account@ABC New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces ban of all assault rifles after mosque shooting massacre. https://abcn.ws/2JsDyzK
  11. 4 points
    Aaron Rupar‏Verified accou@atrupar Instead of saying “hi” Trump now greets people with, “no collusion, no collusion.”
  12. 4 points
    George Conway‏ @gtconway3d George Conway Retweeted Maggie Haberman Vote for ME and Keep ME Free! **** INDIVIDUAL-1 2020 ****
  13. 4 points
    Alabama would have to get a loan from Mexico to pay for it. LOL
  14. 4 points
    Or, if you believe that God created us, you can say that LGBTQ people exist in this country, and every other country, and throughout human history, because God created them.
  15. 4 points
    The Nellie Thursday Home for Old Dolls in The Lemon Drop Kid Life Stinks Bowery at Midnight
  16. 4 points
    The Informer (1935). Great film in which Gypo Nolan visits a soup kitchen. Hunger and desperation are important themes in the narrative.
  17. 4 points
    Stijn Coninx (not Stijm!) is probably the most important Belgian film director apart from the brothers Dardenne. He broke through with some popular comedies, but in 1992 he directed a serious historical drama: Daens. It's loosely based on the book Pieter Daens by Louis Paul Boon, although Jan Decleir plays Pieter's brother Adolf. It's the true story of a priest who became an activist for laborer's rights. This led to a conflict with the leaders of the conservative Catholic party, of which he was a member. True events are combined with fictional storylines.
  18. 4 points
    I don't, but I do know several directors who were Sons of B's.
  19. 4 points
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - 8/10 Visually inventive (literally - the technique was trademarked) animated film introducing Miles Morales, a young mixed race kid who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and is imbued with superpowers. This occurs shortly before a science experiment causes a rift in the dimensional walls separating the multi-verse, leading to multiple versions of Spider-man appearing. They have to work together to get back home, while also teaching Miles what it takes to be Spider-man. This deservedly won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. I thought it was a lot of fun.
  20. 4 points
    The intention is to still keep the label open it seems, but even so, it seems like a strange step forward. There is though one amusing thing to come out of this. Disney now becomes the owner of both Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and Myra Breckinridge, two very un-Disney like films.
  21. 4 points
    For Tuesday evening: Another Part of the Forest is a prequel to The Little Foxes. If you enjoy this kind of family melodrama, and I do, it's worth checking out.
  22. 3 points
    And the huge corporations don't have a clue how to make that kind of entertainment. And they don't have a clue - or they don't care - that the world is circling the toilet and facing a difficult economy. They see those old movies that we love that they hold hostage as worthless. When Robert Osborne was still alive, he mentioned one time how he would meet people who would enthusiastically greet him and say "You got me through cancer!", or "You got me through unemployment!". He was speaking, of course, of his role as TCM host. I don't think that the Marvel Comic Universe movies could ever do either of those things.
  23. 3 points
    M Squad - Season Two (1958-1959) Lee Marvin returns as Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger of the Chicago PD, M Squad division. He's still fighting crime and cracking heads, this time for a whopping 40 episodes. The only real changes from the first season are Paul Newlan getting credited as Ballinger's captain, and a jazzy new theme song courtesy of Count Basie. Among my favorite episodes of the season was #15, "The Teacher" featuring Tom Laughlin (Billy Jack) as the crazed leader of a gang of hoods at a trade school. It's up to decent student Burt Reynolds (22 years old but already looking 35, and in his first large speaking role) to bring Laughlin down. I also really liked #29, "The Fire Makers" with James Coburn and Leonard Nimoy as brothers in the arson-for-hire business. Nimoy is a short-tempered menace, a stark contrast to the later Spock.
  24. 3 points
    It depends on the movie. Late-period silents were often exhibited with specific musical accompaniment intended by the filmmakers, including some original compositions. This often came in the form of sheet music that was sent along with the prints, but sometimes it included a phonograph cylinder or record. Silent films were very rarely actually shown silently. There was almost always at least a live piano accompanist, and often a 3-piece musical group, or even larger depending on the venue and the showing. Other theaters used phonographs to provide music, and later sound effect tracks that were sent with the print. Many silents available now use generic, public domain music that is often irritating and/or repetitive. If that's the case, I'll mute the sound and listen to something appropriate to the film.
  25. 3 points
    Two unbelievable things to remember about Dick Dale: From his obituary in The New York Times: "His almost constant tremolo created friction so intense that it melted his guitar picks and strings as he played." From CBS News: "Self-taught on guitar, the left-handed Dale couldn't afford a custom-made model, so early on he played a standard right-hand guitar upside down and backward. That ended after a meeting with legendary guitar builder Leo Fender, who offered to make Dale his own left-handed model if he'd test a line of guitars and amplifiers Fender was developing."

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