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  1. Awww!!! So you don't like BILLY MADISON or ZOOLANDER? "Stop looking at me, swan."
  2. Childhood Favorites

    Like other posters here I loved (and still love) the movies of the so-called Disney Renaissance, my favorite being ALADDIN. I also loved BABE, NEWSIES, THE MASK, HOCUS POCUS, DENNIS THE MENACE, CLUELESS, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, TITANIC, NEVER BEEN KISSED, SHE'S ALL THAT and AMERICAN PIE ("This one time at band camp . . .)" I always loved watching older musicals, especially with my grandmother. Some of her favorites (and mine) were FUNNY GIRL, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and BYE BYE BIRDIE.
  3. What Are You Watching Now?

    Yes, Richard Shaal was the first actor to play Chuckles The Clown on THE MTM SHOW in "The Snow Must Go On" from Season 1. Chuckles, in full clown makeup and costume, announces the election results after he arrives at WJM early the next morning.
  4. What Are You Watching Now?

    I'm a fan of Marlon Brando, but I'm not a fan of THE GODFATHER. I've actually never seen the movie from beginning to end although I've think I've seen the majority of it. The subject matter does not interest me so committing almost three hours to it seems arduous to me. Brando doesn't appear in THE GODFATHER PART II, right?
  5. What Are You Watching Now?

    I just re-watched the RHODA episode "The Shower" which features the first appearance of Beverly Sanders as the, of course, pregnant Susan (known as "Easy Susie" in high school) and Barbara Sharma as Myrna Morgenstein, Rhoda's "little friend from alphabetical order." Linda Lavin is wonderful is the episode as Rhoda's nemesis Linda Monroe. Brenda invited girls who signed Rhoda's high school yearbook to the wedding shower, not realizing that Linda's comment was a snarky remark.
  6. What Are You Watching Now?

    During the first season Lou Grant was supposed to be 45. His age is revealed in the episode "The 45-Year-Old Man." Edward Asner was actually only 41 at the time. In real life Ted Knight was 6 years older than Edward Asner, but I'm pretty sure Ted Baxter was supposed to be younger than Lou Grant. He did look younger despite the white hair. Phyllis revealed her age to Mary during the Season 5 episode "Menage-a-Phyllis." She is 43; Mary is 34. I remember Andy Rivers was Mary's date to the Teddy Awards the year that Ted Baxter won. In Season 6 Mary dated a man played by the same actor who played Anne Marie's boyfriend on THAT GIRL. Mary was actually in love with him and called Rhoda to talk about it on an episode aptly titled "Mary Richards Falls In Love." He soon disappeared like Mary's other love interests. Gordy returned on the Season 7 episode "Hail the Conquering Gordy."
  7. What Are You Watching Now?

    PHYLLIS aired in the overnight hours. I recorded it on VHS. I recorded a lot of Nick At Nite programming in the 1990s! Interestingly enough, Richard Masur (who played the consultant) would have been 25 when "The Outsider" originally aired on October 12, 1974. Mary Tyler Moore was 37 at the time although her character Mary Richards was 34. I was surprised to learn that Georgia Engel was only in her 20s when she played Georgette on THE MTM SHOW. While I knew she was younger than the 50ish Ted Knight, I didn't realize that the age difference between the two was that much. I guess I thought she was in her 30s.
  8. What Are You Watching Now?

    I remember that RHODA (as well as PHYLLIS ) aired on Nick At Nite. I recorded them both. They probably also aired on TV Land at some point. Season 5 of THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW has so many great episodes. I love all the ones you've mentioned. Other favorites are "A Girl Like Mary," (I love Sue Ann's audition for the woman's point of view spot on the news show!) , "Phyllis Whips Inflation" and "Anybody Who Hates Kids and Dogs." And I'm going to give another plug to "The Outsider." What really makes this episode memorable (to me anyway) is the 1-2-3 punch about Sue Ann's cheese puffs at Mary's party. Georgette is so wonderful here. Richard Masur who plays the consultant in this episode also played Nick Lobo on RHODA. Nick dated Rhoda's sister Brenda and first appeared on the episode "The Honeymoon," which is the one that followed "Rhoda's Wedding." It's stated that Nick Lobo was the accordion player at Rhoda's wedding. However, if you watch the wedding episode it is not Richard Masur playing the accordion.
  9. What Are You Watching Now?

    Yeah, the Shout Season 1 release of RHODA had many syndicated (cut) versions of the episodes. The first episode ("Joe") on the Shout release didn't even include the Minneapolis airport opening scene with Mary wishing Rhoda off on what was supposed to be just a vacation in New York City. Shout claimed they weren't able to locate prints of the complete original broadcast versions in decent condition. However, the "Joe" episode has aired in the United Kingdom with the airport scene and on ME-TV in the U.S. I think the later RHODA seasons from Shout included the original broadcast versions of the episodes.
  10. What Are You Watching Now?

    I'm watching Season 5 of THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (on DVD) and Season 1 of RHODA (online). I'm really enjoying RHODA even though the episodes are the syndicated versions. Unfortunately there is no DVD set of RHODA's first season with all original broadcast version episodes. If such a set is ever released I would definitely buy it as I did with all of the MTM SHOW seasons. I recorded the RHODA episodes when they aired on Nick at Nite in the 1990s during the late night hours. These were the syndicated versions, of course, but this was before complete episodes of TV series were available compactly on DVD. This was during the days of bulky VHS! After I finished watching MTM SHOW Season 4 (the last season with Rhoda), I watched the first three Season 5 episodes and then started watching the RHODA episodes online up to the episode before the "Rhoda's Wedding" episode. Then I switched back to MTM Season 5 and watched through the episode "The New Sue Ann," where Rhoda's wedding is discussed. (The episode ends as Lou Grant is about to drive Mary to the airport to attend the wedding in New York.) Then I watched the RHODA episode "Rhoda's Wedding" where Mary, as well as Lou, Murray, Georgette and even the uninvited Phyllis are on hand for the event. I'm really enjoying Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens ("The Happy Homemaker") in MTM Season 5. This is the first season that the character became a series regular although she made a few wonderful guest appearances during the previous season beginning with the hilarious Season 4 opener "The Lars Affair." Whenever Sue Ann appears in a scene I always get excited knowing that some of her snidely sweetness is on the way. The bit about the cheese puffs in "The Outsider" episode always cracks me up!
  11. 2018 New Years Movie Resolution

    Do graphic novels count? It's been awhile since I've read a fiction book from cover to cover except from graphic novels. I'm better at non-fiction, but with those I often skip around.
  12. Sunset Boulevard


    Yes, the resemblance is striking. I saw THE LAST JEDI this weekend. It was a highly entertaining movie. There were indeed a number of twists but I didn't find any of them shocking. There was a reference to a character from the prequels, but it was not Jar Jar Binks. The reference came from none other than Luke Skywalker, who also used a term for a light saber that was used by Anakin in the prequels. One thing that took me totally by surprise was a scene with a shirtless Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). I kid you not. I'll comment on other plot points after the movie has been out for awhile to avoid dropping any spoilers.

    Most who saw the world premiere and have written about are saying that it is wildly entertaining and gripping (especially the last 40 minutes) with some genuinely shocking twists. The recommendation is to go into it "spoiler-free."

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