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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

    Very funny, Hamster... Yes, float called "Canadian Club" because it also featured Justin Bieber and others (Canadian Club is also the name of a Canadian brand of whisky. Also known as CC): http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/03/01/mayor_rob_ford_makes_mardi_gras_debut_in_parade_float.html Here's another look at the thing: http://theadvocate.com/csp/mediapool/sites/dt.common.streams.StreamServer.cls?STREAMOID=RXwLbdYeP7BLFT1WPctExM$daE2N3K4ZzOUsqbU5sYvsBbo90ILQ8SfxWZcAXb5FWCsjLu883Ygn4B49Lvm9bPe2QeMKQdVeZmXFluCZ8QDXhaHEp3rvzXRJFdy0KqPHLoMevcTLo3h8xh70Y6N_U_CryOsw6FTOdKL_jpQ-&CONTENTTYPE=image/jpeg Suppose it can be used when they make the Rob Ford movie... Or as the villain in the next "Ghostbusters" ("Ghostbusters III")...
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    "12 Years a Slave" (2013)

    Thanks, Joe, for replying. (And to keep things mysterious, my mom may already be a member of the message board who posts regularly...) Anyway, "12 Years a Slave" won 3 out of its 9 nominations: for the top award for best picture, best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o, and best adapted screenplay (by John Ridley). Director Steve McQueen's acceptance speech is here: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/12-years-a-slave-brad-pitt-and-steve-mcqueens-best-picture-oscars-acceptance-speech-in-full-9165040.html He dedicated his Oscar to: "all the people who have endured slavery. And the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today." Lupita Nyong'o's acceptance speech is here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/03/02/transcript-lupita-nyongos-emotional-oscars-acceptance-speech/ Article about John Ridley's win: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/248107091.html
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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

    Well, apparently, Rob Ford didn't make the red carpet at the Oscars: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/03/02/mayor-rob-fords-oscar-plan-iced-over-security So I guess the "Toronto Sun" didn't get that right... Amazing for the "Toronto Sun" to not get something right... What's the world coming to... But Ford was at Jimmy Kimmel's after Oscar party, apparently: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rob-ford-s-trip-to-l-a-won-t-help-toronto-critics-say-1.2557065 Forgot to mention there was also a big Rob Ford float at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Friday night: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rob-ford-parody-float-featured-at-mardi-gras-parade-1.2556382 Who knows what's next?
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    "12 Years a Slave" (2013)

    << So your mom would be a fain of Plan 9 from Outer Space if it stared Gable and Leigh? >> Maybe? I don't know... I'd like it better if it starred Gable and Leigh... I know she likes "GWTW" due to the acting and the romantic aspect of the story. She may like it for other reasons too. U want me to get her to join the message board??? She watches TCM, as I do... << I think people that feel GWTW is one of the top studio-era movies feel that way for many, many reasons, with the quality of the acting (which was first rate), being only one of them. >> That's true... This thread is about "12 Years a Slave" and Joe below stated that fans of "Gone With The Wind" wouldn't be fans of "12 Years a Slave." That's what I was responding to. I don't know if he was being serious or not. But you might want to respond to him. I think you can be a fan of both "Gone With the Wind" and "12 Years a Slave" for the same reasons or different reasons.
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    "Reel History" - Alex von Tunzelmann

    Yes, I understand historical accuracy was not the most important consideration to the makers of the 1936 film: http://crimeantexts.russianwar.co.uk/topics/movie36.html The 1936 film has a disclaimer: "This production has its basis in history. The historical basis, however, has been fictionized for the purposes of this picture, and the names of many characters, many characters themselves, the story, incidents, and institutions, are fictitious. With the exception of known historical characters, whose actual names are herein used, no identification with actual persons, living or dead, is intended or should be inferred." But the charge sequence was certainly done well (despite what happened to the horses used)...
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    "Reel History" - Alex von Tunzelmann

    Alex von Tunzelmann wrote a review for "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1968): http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2011/oct/27/charge-light-brigade-reel-history FYI in light of events in the Ukraine. I've seen the 1968 film a few times on TVO's "Saturday Night at the Movies" in the past... Can't remember the 1936 film?
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    "12 Years a Slave" (2013)

    I don't know? You can watch both movies... My mom is a fan of "GWTW" because she likes Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, etc, and not because of the way it portrays the Confederacy and slavery. The National School Boards Association is going to be distributing the film "12 Years a Slave" in public high schools in the U.S. as a teaching aid on slavery: http://wreg.com/2014/02/25/12-years-a-slave-coming-to-high-schools/ Penguin Books (for the Solomon Northup memoir), the film company, director Steve McQueen, and National School Boards Association have teamed up to do this. The movie and supporting materials will be provided for free to schools. But apparently the film will be edited to allow it to be seen by high school kids. Content that earned it an "R" rating will be removed. Miss W, you have seen the film, can it be edited for school kids?? Or should they see the "R" original version??
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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

    No offence, Andy, I meant "Americans" meaning south of the 49th parallel (north) (and without forgetting Alaska...)... Anyway, Mayor Ford will be walking the red carpet tonight... And I'm sure Jimmy Kimmel means the entire thing as a joke at Ford's expense (without Ford realizing it)...
  9. TVO airing a documentary on Mary Pickford next Saturday night (repeat early Sunday morning), March 8, 2014: http://ww3.tvo.org/video/200776/mary-pickford-preview Trouble is, I don't know what documentary? TVO is showing the preview for the "American Experience" Mary Pickford documentary directed by Sue Williams: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/pickford/index.html But a TV guide is showing it'll be the documentary "Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies" directed by Nicholas Eliopoulos: http://www.marypickfordthemuse.com/flash.htm Anyway, for people in Ontario and any Americans in border cities who can catch the station, it'll be one or the other...
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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

    It does make one wonder at the state of life on our planet, even with all the bad things happening currently, that a character like Ford gets to attend the Oscars with all his expenses probably paid by Kimmel. I mean, how many people on this message board would love to attend the Oscars with all expenses covered?? Oh well... Where's that Pharrell Williams' tune when you need it...
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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

    You beat me to it, Tom... Americans seem to be more interested in Ford than Canadians... Rob Ford going to be at the Oscars tonight as a guest of Jimmy Kimmel: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/03/01/mayor-rob-ford-is-going-to-the-oscars--jimmy-kimmel-too No word on if Ford will be presenting any Oscars on stage... And then Ford will be a guest on Kimmel's TV show Monday night... In Kimmel's defence, I don't think Rob Ford realizes that this is all an immense joke orchestrated by Kimmel and that the joke is on him. (In Canada, most organizations don't want to have anything to do with Ford. They deal instead with the deputy-mayor, Norm Kelly. That's probably why Ford is going to Hollywood - because they are paying some attention to him.)
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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

    And unfortunately, Finance, the joke is going to be on all of us - Canadians and Americans - if the guy gets reelected in October. Think when they make the movie about Rob Ford, they should try the Robert De Niro "Al Capone" when he's taunting the cop (Ness): Probably fits better...
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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

    I don't know, Hamster? Think his slogan might be: "Arrest Me or Vote For Me!" But why you would make taunting a police chief to arrest you as part of your election strategy, I don't know?? Just FYI, as this latest will be all over the late night TV American comedy shows... And still wondering about classic film tie-ins like the few examples in another post below...
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    Actor/Comedien Harold Ramis has Died

    I'm like you... I was channel-surfing one night and came across an episode of "SCTV" and thought it was very funny... That would be waaaay back in the fall of 1976, when the show was first aired on TV in Ontario (it was filmed in Toronto. In the 3rd episode skit with Harold Ramis, "Plainclothes Mountie," the newspaper he's reading is "The Toronto Star": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BftMylPpChw That's a joke in itself as he could have been reading other Toronto newspapers...) The timeline for "SCTV" is here: http://www.sctvguide.ca/features/timeline.htm When I wrote "channel-surfing" above, in those days that meant "surfing" what few channels we had on cable TV in my area of Ontario: 2 - NBC Buffalo 3 - CKVR Barrie 4 - CBS Buffalo 5 - CBC Toronto 6 - Global 7 - CBLFT (CBC French Station) 8 - CKNX Wingham 9 - CFTO Toronto and then later, I think, PBS Buffalo 10 - TVOntario 11- CHCH Hamilton 12 - ABC Buffalo 13 - CKCO Kitchener Edited by: RMeingast on Feb 28, 2014 1:34 PM Minor edit.
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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

    The mayoral race is already on in Toronto... Election date is Oct. 27: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_mayoral_election,_2014 Just wondering if anybody can think of any other films where the bad guy taunts the cop investigating him, or taunts the police chief, etc.??? (I mentioned three: "Little Caesar," "The Untouchables," and possibly in "Cape Fear.")
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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

    Well, latest in running saga in Toronto has Rob Ford daring the police chief to arrest him: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/fords-step-up-attacks-on-toronto-police-chief-bill-blair/article17133526/ Ford had other things to say about the police chief too (Chief Bill Blair). Two instances in films that I can think of when a gangster taunts a cop: A scene of Kevin Costner's "Eliot Ness" dealing with Al Capone (Robert de Niro) in "The Untouchables" (1987): "You got nothing," Capone yells at Ness... Also ironic related to Ford/Blair when Ness curses and Capone takes exception because he's with his son, and the Capone curses himself (if you know the full story in Toronto). Other film is "Little Caesar" (1931) towards the end when Rico gets on the phone with cop Flaherty: The line: "You're a big guy, ain't you? Shooting your mouth off in the papers" from Rico to Flaherty fits Toronto... http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2014/02/26/chief_blair_says_he_was_warned_by_lisi_that_complaint_against_him_would_be_filed.html Anybody think of other films where the villain taunts the detective/ cop/police chief??? Martin Balsam and Robert Mitchum in "Cape Fear" (1962)? I'm kind of wondering if the Rob Ford movie will have him taunting the Toronto police chief in the manner of Rico or Al Capone??? Edited by: RMeingast on Feb 28, 2014 11:49 AM
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    Actor/Comedien Harold Ramis has Died

    Yes, we're sort of dating ourselves as that episode (21 minutes with extra for "real" commercials to make up a 30 minutes episode) is from 1977 - 37 years ago... The film parody is silly, but there is lots going on... The viewer has to have seen "Ben Hur;" know that Gen. George Patton didn't write the novel the film is based on; know who the Three Stooges were and understand their routines; know who Abbott and Costello were and know their routines (the Hur/her bit between Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas); there's a joke about Jack Hawkins, so you need to know who he was; there's a joke about Latin, so you need to be able to recognize the Latin language when you see it to get the joke; etc.... There's also a joke about Albert Schweitzer in the "Masquerade Funeral" skit... I just wonder if younger people in 2014 would get any of that stuff if it were on TV today?? Anyway, the Comedy Network here in Canada was airing old 30 minutes episodes of "SCTV" up until 2011 or 2012: https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!topic/alt.tv.sctv/Aq3R-ITk3k0 But the episodes were aired at like 6:00 a.m. or something... Hopefully, they'll rebroadcast them again... And forget to mention in a post below that Mr. Ramis directed many films too, including "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day." He also worked a lot with Bill Murray and his brother Brian Doyle-Murray (he did 6 films with Bill Murray, for example)... Funeral was in Chicago, R.I.P.: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-02-26/entertainment/chi-harold-ramis-funeral-20140226_1_second-city-harold-ramis-david-pasquesi Edited by: RMeingast on Feb 27, 2014 12:07 PM Minor edit.
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    Actor/Comedien Harold Ramis has Died

    He was with "SCTV" for the first season and part of the second season in Canada. He's not in the cast after episode 3 of the 2nd season. By then he had gone to Hollywood to co-write "Animal House" And then he went on from there writing or acting in the movies "Meatballs," "Caddyshack," "Stripes," "Ghostbusters," etc... So Mr. Ramis had left before NBC picked up "SCTV" for Americans. However, apparently he was still to be seen in some skits on the NBC show as they used some repeats of Ramis in skits without him being credited. The excuse being they were in a hurry to get the show ready for NBC so used some old stuff. Then Mr. Ramis made a guest appearance in one episode of Season 5. So, basically, if you missed the early episodes of the TV show in Canada, you probably would not have noticed Mr. Ramis (the TV show was on some American TV stations but not carried by a national network like NBC. Have no idea who would have seen the early "SCTV" episodes in the US?). The "Ben Hur" parody linked to in a post below was from season 1. More information at the SCTV Guide website here with articles, videos, etc.: http://www.sctvguide.ca/
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    Actor/Comedien Harold Ramis has Died

    No problem! And there is lots of Ramis in that 21 minute clip... He also played the host of "Masquerade Funeral" about the 13:24 mark... Funny stuff... And since there are references to many of the old "SCTV" crew in this thread, may as well put in a plug for Andrea Martin's new TV show "Working the Engels" on Global TV in Canada and NBC in the US: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_the_Engels The series starts on Global TV in Canada on March 12. Not sure about when it begins on NBC in US? Eugene Levy and Martin Short, her buddies from "SCTV," will make guest appearances. And Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara have a new TV series coming up on CBC in Canada titled "Schitt's Creek": http://o.canada.com/entertainment/cbc-schitts-creek/
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    Actor/Comedien Harold Ramis has Died

    This is supposed to be in tribute to the late Harold Ramis, so here's another one with Ramis introducing a parody of "Ben Hur" on SCTV (Ramis plays in the parody film as well): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OARlQP9GOe0
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    Actor/Comedien Harold Ramis has Died

    Scuttle Butt Lodge action here:
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    OT: The Olympics

    Here you go: http://cfl.ca/article/mullin-changing-the-game-the-ratio
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    1776

    Historian and film reviewer Alex von Tunzelmann rates the film a "C" for history and a "D" for entertainment: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2010/aug/12/1776-congress-musical-jefferson-reel-history (She gives thanks to Dr. Nicholas Cole at the end of her article. Dr. Cole is a University of Oxford historian: http://www.spc.ox.ac.uk/Staff/69/Staff.html?StaffId=188
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    "12 Years a Slave" (2013)

    Alex von Tunzelmann's review (she rates it an A+ for history and A for entertainment): http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/jan/08/12-years-a-slave-chiwetel-ejiofor
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    OT: The Olympics

    I'm not an expert on the CFL, but each team can have up to 19 "imports" (usually Americans): http://www.cfl.ca/page/game_rule_ratio So that's 19 out of 42 players per team who can be "imports." So that's less than 50% "imports" but I don't know what it breaks down to per team. A team can have up to 19, but may only have 4 "imports," for example. Another team may have 19, another 10, for example. You'd have to do the math yourself by looking at all the player stats. below... You can view the individual players and their origins here: http://www.cfl.ca/tm_players The thing is, American players can come to Canada and play in the CFL for $80,000 a year and hope an NFL team picks them up, but it's more difficult for Canadian players to do the opposite and go to the US and play football and hope to play in the NFL... The majority of the players in the National Basketball League of Canada are Americans but each team has to have 2 Canadian players. This league is fairly new and they have established a Canadian draft so the numbers of Canadian players may change in future. Again, with the exception of hockey, many Canadians play sports in their leisure time. They have day jobs and play basketball and baseball and football in non-professional organizations. It simply doesn't "pay" to do otherwise... And I know that many young Canadians are starting to go to the United States to play sports at American colleges with an eye to a career in a professional sport in the US. Canadian students can and do get athletic scholarships to American schools. So that doesn't help develop talent in Canada...

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