RMeingast

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    Why are some threads locked, words prohibited?

    Well, you solved the Haymes problem... Just have to be creative, I guess... I sent a private PM today and the word for FB was blocked out. Oh well... Contact the moderators/admins., I guess...
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    New boards

    Yes, Hibi, looks like I made it onto the Ark as a cat... CU later... Meow ciao...
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    New boards

    L is listed under "The Moderating Team": http://forums.tcm.com/index.php?app=forums&module=extras&section=stats&do=leaders
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    New boards

    Hi Hibi, it appears you reply at the bottom of the page "Reply to this Topic" instead of the old method, I think... Nice to see you made it onto the Ark and survived the flood... Contact a moderator about "Hot Topics." As for L, you are/were listed as a moderator... Fine by me... Will take a few days to get things figured all out, I imagine...
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    New boards

    Nice to see you as a moderator, L... Good luck!!
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    New boards

    Yes, I just tried to post to the TCM Canada thread but got the thread is locked message. Just wanted to update it with the TCM schedule substitutions for Canadians. Tonight, for example, TCM Canadians get "Behave Yourself": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behave_Yourself! instead of "Ruby Gentry" at 8:00 p.m. Anyway, guess I have to start a new thread... Oh well...
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    "Noah" (2014)

    Supposed to be a disclaimer in the film too: http://www.thewrap.com/noah-explanatory-message-religious-groups Another article on fuss here: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/after-the-furore-over-the-new-noah-film-perhaps-the-end-is-nigh-for-biblical-stories-on-screen-9221700.html It's #1 at the box office, anyway: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-30/paramount-s-noah-rises-to-top-box-office-in-weekend-debut.html Oh well...
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    "Reel History" - Alex von Tunzelmann

    Latest review is of the French bio-pic "Yves Saint Laurent": http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/mar/27/reel-history-yves-saint-laurent-film Think this film will be released in the North America this summer... There's also another French film coming out this year titled "Saint Laurent": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Laurent_%28film%29 The film above covers the years 1965 to 1976...
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    "Noah" (2014)

    Review of the latest flick by Richard Crouse: http://metronews.ca/voices/in-focus/983234/thought-noah-was-the-first-movie-about-well-noah-think-again/ Another review by Crouse and Mark Breslin: "Not Your Father's Biblical Epic": http://metronews.ca/voices/reel-guys/985975/noah-review-not-your-fathers-biblical-epic/ And there has been criticism of the film from people upset at changes made in Aronofsky's version of the story (the criticism caused Paramount Pictures "to add a disclaimer to its marketing material saying 'artistic license has been taken' in telling the story"): http://metronews.ca/scene/985604/russell-crowe-calls-noah-criticism-irrational/ Rotten Tomatoes rating here: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/noah_2014/ Edited by: RMeingast on Mar 30, 2014 12:39 PM Minor edit.
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    Carson on TCM

    News item today on Facebook about TCM buying rights to some old Johnny Carson interviews to be shown on TCM starting next summer... To be called "Carson on TCM." Interviews will be aired between movies on TCM... It'll be the same type of thing Ontario film fans are used to when the late Elwy Yost did his interviews for TVO's "Saturday Night at the Movies" and they were aired between movies. Sounds like the same thing going to happen to TCM except it'll be Carson chatting with actors, etc., from his TV show... We'll have to wait and see what the interviews are like... I like Johnny Carson (and watched him regularly back in the day - I'd often get in trouble for staying up so late to catch his TV show on a school night, for example), but often the interviews done on his TV show were fluff. Nothing like what Elwy Yost did with actors, directors, etc., that were more in-depth... Oh well, we'll see starting next summer, I guess... Article about the new TCM feature here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/sns-201211201548reedbusivarietynvr1118062468-20121120,0,7783282.story
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    TCM CANADA - WHAT GIVES? . . . AGAIN!

    Yep, that`s true, Finance: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/how-the-toronto-raptors-helped-spark-a-hoops-factory-1.1399826
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    TCM CANADA - WHAT GIVES? . . . AGAIN!

    Canadians have been playing basketball for a long time, but it`s just only recently that US scouts have noticed them... Canadian basketball guru Wayne Parrish stated: ``Parrish credits this recent development of top Canadian talent to improvements in basketball training and coaching certification programs across the country. As well, young Canadian players now have more opportunities to be seen by talent scouts, he said.`` Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/ncaa-march-madness-tips-off-with-canadians-in-starring-roles-1.1737792#ixzz2xGHsJUUP I`m assuming the talent scouts mentioned above are from US colleges and that they then recruit the kids to attend a US college on an athletic scholarship. There are also private companies in Canada like this one that are recruiting young Canadians (getting them athletic scholarships to US schools) who end up playing in the NCAA: http://www.universityprospects.com/ There are athletic scholarships at Canadian colleges and universities, but young athletes probably have a better chance of getting recruited for professional sports, excluding hockey, by going to the US and through the NCAA, than by going through the Canadian post-secondary system. In Canada, the focus of a college and university education is still pretty much on getting an education with sports as an hobby you do for fun and exercise, etc. But that is changing and there are people who want things to be more like they are in the US, with athletics being taken more seriously at the post-secondary level, as much as academics, anyway. Hockey in Canada is a different matter. The NHL teams maintain farm teams in Canada that basically groom players from a young age. Edited by: RMeingast on Mar 28, 2014 9:14 AM
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    TCM CANADA - WHAT GIVES? . . . AGAIN!

    Howdy L, There was an entire thread on this issue almost a year ago: http://forums.tcm.com/thread.jspa?threadID=169099&start=0&tstart=-1 This from the late Kyle: ``The owners of the Hal Roach library only have the U. S. broadcast rights to those films. Thus TCM only has the right to air them in the United States. This issue came up at a TCM Staff discussion at the very first TCM Classic Film Festival when an attendee from Canada asked if he was ever going to be able to see Topper Takes A Trip on his home television. He was told that the channel has spent a considerable amount of time, energy and resources trying to track down who controls the Canadian television rights to the Hal Roach Library. All to no avail. No one knows. And without a valid and legal contract to show the Hal Roach shorts and feature films in Canada, TCM has no choice but to preempt them from the Canadian feed.`` The thread creator mentioned Richard W. Bann: ``Richard W. Bann: ?The rights you asked about for Canada are controlled by Universal the last time I had reason to check, which was when we were producing the Laurel & Hardy DVD for Vivendi (in the Western Hemisphere) a couple years back. I am surprised that no one at TCM has ever contacted me about exploiting their license in the Hal Roach library. My advice to TCM would be to contact me about sublicensing rights from Universal, and I think my friends at Sonar (Qintex is not Sonar) might help with this, and perhaps our rights holders in the Eastern Hemisphere might as well." The Hal Roach site states that RHI Entertainment (Sonar, see above) owns the rights for North America: http://hal-roach.com/hrl.html Maybe the Canadian rights are too expensive... Who knows... I`m sure TCM would get the rights if they could... All I know is that I grew up watching the Little Rascals and Laurel & Hardy on Canadian TV, so somebody had the Canadian rights (guess the Canadian company named Hal Roach Studios: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Roach_Studios) back in the day...
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    "Liberace Cooks!"

    Got this item via Facebook this morning re: Liberace's cookbook titled, "Liberace Cooks! Recipes from His Seven Dining Rooms": http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/10/07/liberaces-little-known-cookbook/ Includes photos from the cookbook and recipes...
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    Carson on TCM

    Yes, I liked Don Adams... Remember watching "Check It Out!" back in the day up here in Canadaland: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Check_it_Out!_%28Canadian_TV_series%29 And apparently a Canadian channel is airing re-runs of the old series... Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48Vi__KdTPc Another clip here (Don Adams at 46 second mark of video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbyYb8jkP3k A full episode here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jVpquyYRTI
  16. Caught some of the films on this themed night. Would have chosen "The Assassination Bureau" (1969) - a zeppelin features prominently in this movie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Assassination_Bureau - and the 1971 Michael York flick "Zeppelin" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeppelin_%28film%29 But I understand TCM does what it can to get films... Anyway, there are still zeppelins flying in the world today... There was one in San Francisco (built in Germany by the modern Zeppelin company and about 1/3 the size of the Hindenburg) up until about a year and a half ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airship_Ventures The Airship Ventures zeppelin used the old US Navy airship base and hangars at Moffett Field as its home. Unfortunately, the economics just weren't there and the business couldn't make a go of it. The zeppelin, named Eureka, was returned to Germany and is now flying over Paris under new ownership: http://www.airship-paris.fr/en/ The US Navy operated the airships USS Macon from Moffett Field: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Macon_%28ZRS-5%29 and USS Akron: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Akron_%28ZRS-4%29 (both a little bit shorter than the Hindenburg) in the late 1920s/early 1930s. There was a zeppelin flying over Tokyo but that enterprise had economic problems too and company went kaput. That zeppelin was returned to Germany and is now one of two providing cruises around Germany. Goodyear is replacing their fleet of blimps with three zeppelins and one has been built so far: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57620367-235/goodyear-unveils-next-gen-blimp-first-in-45-years/ Goodyear is currently having a naming contest for the zeppelin (had its first flight March 18): http://www.goodyear.com/en-US/company/blimp The contest just began March 14, so have at it with suggested names... Note that a zeppelin (new ones have a semi-rigid frame) is different than a blimp (no frame), but Goodyear is going to call its zeppelins "blimps." And the modern zeppelins use helium: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeppelin_NT Anyway, the TCM theme night was a good mixture of films about the German zeppelin that crashed and the US Navy airships...
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    Zeppelins, Dirigibles, and Blimps

    No, and we'll never see that again... People may see a Russian flag, or a Chinese flag - or a Canadian flag - over New York someday but not that symbol... One way ticket price (Frankfurt am Main to Lakehurst) on the Hindenburg was about 1,000 RM in 1937 or about $450 U.S. at the time (one-way trip took roughly 50-60 hours): http://postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2013/05/hindenburg-passenger-ticket.html $450 U.S. in 1937 is about $7,300.00 in 2014 U.S. dollars (using one way to calculate the amount)... Another way to measure the value is that you'd almost have enough to buy a new Ford Coupe car for $450 U.S in 1937... It was a lot of money in those days, anyway...
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    Zeppelins, Dirigibles, and Blimps

    Here's a dress you could wear, Thelma: http://www.airships.net/blog/zeppelin-dress This website also has lots of other information about airships past and present: http://www.airships.net/zeppelin-nt And there was a Zeppelin NT flying over Tokyo for some time, but the Japanese company went bankrupt: http://www.airships.net/blog/japanese-zeppelin-company-bankrupt I remember the Zeppelin NT for Japan was to fly from Germany over Russia to Japan, tracing the route the Graf Zeppelin flew in 1929: https://www.nyk.com/english/news/2004/0618_01.htm But the Russians delayed things so much that the Zeppelin NT had to turn back to Germany and ended up going by ship to Japan. Anyway, there is a Zeppelin NT currently flying over Paris: http://www.airship-paris.fr/en/ A 30 minute "first flight" special is 250 euros per person/ $345 U.S. http://www.airship-paris.fr/en/first-flight-tour.html Edited by: RMeingast on Mar 24, 2014 8:46 AM Euro sign didn't appear...
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    Zeppelins, Dirigibles, and Blimps

    Well, Airship Ventures in San Francisco operated a Zeppelin NT (NT stands for new technology. Goodyear has basically bought three of them to replace their fleet of blimps) named Eureka for four years. Unfortunately, they ceased operations in late 2012 for various reasons (Including an huge rise in the price of helium due to a world shortage of the gas. Too bad they didn't know about the TCM Message Board. They could've used all the hot air here to float the airship...): http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Airship-Ventures-ends-operations-4041288.php The zeppelin was very expensive to operate and so ticket prices ranged from $495 U.S. per hour per person taxes, etc. to $950 U.S. for two hours per person taxes, etc.... There were deals such as a "standby" rate of $375 U.S. per person per hour or a "couples special" at $745 U.S. for one hour. The prices above were in 2009, but towards the end of operations, they dropped to about $375 U.S. per person per 45 minutes with variations. Corporate sponsorship (advertising on the sides of the zeppelin, etc.) helped lower prices for passengers (the lack of a major sponsor was the main reason the "Eureka" ceased operations in 2012). Airship Ventures was able to rent an old airship hangar at Moffett Field that was built in World War 2 to house US Navy airships and is one of the largest wooden structures (used wood due to steel shortage during the war) in the United States: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/2008/08_90AR.html The Eureka had 12 seats and the windows could be opened, even in the washroom... Passengers could wander around and they could eat and drink. But no chefs, sleeping compartments, etc... The website for Airship Ventures is here: http://www.airshipventures.com/ The company blog with archived photos here: http://blog.airshipventures.com/ Edited by: RMeingast on Mar 24, 2014 7:45 AM
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    Zeppelins, Dirigibles, and Blimps

    Sorry again, Dargo... Yes, Goodyear is certainly not broke (money-wise and Mencken-wise)... Anyway, have no idea how long ago TCM chose the theme, but it's certainly newsworthy recently with the new Goodyear "blimp" having its maiden flight March 18: http://www.goodyearblimp.com/cfmx/web/blimp/ http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25366163/goodyears-new-blimp-isnt-actually-blimp If nothing else good comes of this thread, at least somebody on the message board might win a set of tires by entering the naming contest: http://www.goodyear.com/en-US/company/blimp
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    Zeppelins, Dirigibles, and Blimps

    Sorry about that Dargo... WE answered Finance simultaneously...
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    Zeppelins, Dirigibles, and Blimps

    That's almost before my time, but not quite:
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    Peter Sellers Interview

    Yes, I like Peter Sellers and his films very much... Anyway, the interview you provided a link to is also here (two parts): The CBC program is "Close-Up" and Sellers is interviewed by Elaine Grand in this episode from Oct. 18, 1960: http://www.tvarchive.ca/database/16622/close-up/episode_guide/ The Grand interview begins about the 1 minute 10 second mark of the 1st part... Hope Americans can get this...
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    Zeppelins, Dirigibles, and Blimps

    You probably just gave "The Toronto Sun" an idea for its next front page: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/21/toronto-sun-front-page-rob-ford-hulk-hogan_n_5006461.html Anyway, this is not the place for Rob Ford news, but his brother Doug Ford recently insulted Kevin Spacey, calling Spacey an "arrogant S.O.B." And Mr. Spacey replied: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/15/kevin-spacey-rob-ford_n_4970303.html Guess it was in retaliation for Spacey cracking wise about Rob Ford on "Jimmy Kimmel": http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-kevin-spacey-rob-ford-backstage-jimmy-kimmel-live-20140314,0,2395381.story#axzz2wmwJ5Irl How attacking Kevin Spacey is supposed to help Rob Ford in his mayoral re-election campaign, I don't know: http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/03/14/ford-nation-decides-to-launch-vicious-attack-on-new-political-target-hollywoods-kevin-spacey/
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    Zeppelins, Dirigibles, and Blimps

    Thanks Hamster! I forgot about "Black Sunday": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sunday_%281977_film%29 http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1002526-black_sunday/ And I actually paid money to see the thing in a theatre back when it came out... Oh well...

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