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  1. brackenhe

    Boycotting Woody Allen Films??

    And he was not Soon Yi Previn's adopted father; that was Andre Previn, Mia's second husband. From what I read, Woody & Mia never lived together. Allen always kept his own place and Mia lived with her children somewhere else.
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    TCM Cruise 2014

    Eric--sorry I just came back to this board after taking a couple of weeks off. Hoping you'll see this. The things that were problems to me weren't as important to 98% of the other passengers. I found the ship to be for younger fitter people than myself and the many elderly on board. There were many people with mobility problems and none of the doorways seemed to be easy to open except there was a big button to push to open the door to the buffet area dining area. The elevators were tiny, tiny, tiny. If someone came on it with a scooter or wheelchair, then no one else could ride. My room was tiny and while there was a bathtub, you wouldn't fit in it unless you were a kid, and the bottom of the tub was quite slippery. I was terrified of falling in there. Nearly every venue was small with no comfortable seating. Even though most events were done twice, you had to get there about an hour ahead of time to assure yourself a good seat, or any seat at all. I missed more than a couple of talks because of that. This past cruise was the first time there were assigned dining times, whic meant missing events scheduled during my assigned time. I suppose they did this because of the rotating dining venue thing they do on Disney ships. There were 3 main dining rooms and you ate at a different one on a rotating basis. And if you missed your time and went to where the buffet restaurant was, they only had table service rather than going to a buffet. The nights I went to my assigned dinner time, I usually was at the table alone and when I went to the buffet area, the wait staff put me way off in a dark corner alone. So I basically ate by myself every evening. I really loved the open seating on the Celebrity ship because I had dinner companions and met many folks that way. There was no welcome aboard drink, although the last night party did have free cocktails. There was no alumni function, but since it was a disaster on the second cruise I guess they decided to forgo that this time. However, the staff on the ship were very nice and I thought the food was pretty good for the most part. And this cruise was the first time that I saw a lot of the celebrities and TCM staff out and about on the ship a lot, at least more than the previous two cruises. But take all of my complaints with a grain of salt. I had a chip on my shoulder about being on a Disney ship anyway. It's not my thing and having in your face at all times was annoying. If I never hear "When You Wish Upon a Star" again, it will still be too soon. It was a lot of money to spend to hardly see what I wanted to see and miss events because there was no where to sit or it conflicted with my assigned meal time. I only found out on the last day (or it may have been when I was waiting to gett off the ship) that the staff was more lenient with the dining time. I just felt really lonely a lot, and I go on cruises all the time.
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    TCM Cruise 2014

    I got an email about the next cruise in October this am. They're going to start taking reservations for returning cruisers on April 1. It seems we just got back from the last one. I'm torn. I've been on all 3 cruises but I really didn't like the ship and some of the changes in the way they did things this last time, so I'm torn. I'm afraid I'll miss something if I don't go, but if I do go, it will still be the same ship and the problems I perceived on the cruise. Anyway, just a heads up for those who might want to go for the first time.
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    OT Rediculous Carpeting.

    If it goes to be recycled, then how do you know that it's not going to"poor people who need floor covering"?
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    Now Playing...?

    I don't think they do the show when it's 31 Days of Oscar or Summer Under the Stars because there's not much to add to "this month we're showing Oscar nominated films" or "every day we'll show 24 hours of films of a certain star." The other ten months do have the show, I think.
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    I predicted stardom for ....

    I remember seeing Bates on OLTL back in the 80's and she was very good, but I never thought she would do anything because she was chubby and offbeat looking. I do love her though. Russell Crowe is someone whom I thought would do well after I saw The Sum of Us with him and Jack Thompson. It did take him a few years to get attention in the US. Another person who caught my eye was Seth Rogen in 40 Year Old Virgin. John Goodman had a short stint on One Life to Live and was in a lot of commercials when he started but I took notice, mainly because he reminded me of my former long time boyfriend.
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    May 10th Astaire's Birthday

    I'm not trying to rain on your parade, but wasn't Astaire the star of the month in December?
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    Shirley Temple is gone

    Jackie Cooper is dead, Mickey is 95 or so, Dick Moore is not doing well, according to Jane Powell. Margaret O'Brien is doing well and is supposed to be at the TCM Film Festival.
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    Shirley Temple is gone

    I just found out and I got a tear in my eye. She is one of the reasons I'm a movie buff. I grew up watching her movies. There may have been better child actors, but she was a great talent.
  10. I've noticed that when people travel in films, most of the time the person will have one small suitcase but will wear a variety of outfits with accessories. I don't know about any of you but I carry my toiletries in a similar sized bag. I need a larger case for clothes and shoes. Were these people shipping a trunk ahead of time?
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    John Wayne as SOTM April 2014

    Thank you AndyM. I'll concede my memory isn't what it used to be but I knew there was something different about SOTM involving Mitchum. I did mis speak when I stated that the films were shown in one 24 hour period. Thanks again. I was beginning to doubt my quickly failing memory.
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    John Wayne as SOTM April 2014

    I guess I'm wrong but I do know the difference between star of the month and summer under the stars, and while I am a senior citizen, I'm pretty sure there was another person who was star of the month that had all of the films shown in s short period of time and not throughout the month. I don't have any copies of the schedule prior to 2012 but I could have sworn it was Mitchum. Do you have copies of the schedule for back then? Because if you do I'd appreciate it a lot if you could check it for me.
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    John Wayne as SOTM April 2014

    I'm pretty sure it was SOTM. It may have been that they showed all of his films in one week but it wasn't spread out through the month. Do you have the schedule for that month? ETA: I think it was in April for whenever he was honored. ETA.2: I just checked and you are correct. That was the only time he was SOTM, but I still think those films were crammed into brief time for Mithchum. Edited by: helenbaby on Feb 3, 2014 7:34 PM Edited by: helenbaby on Feb 3, 2014 7:40 PM
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    Your Favorite Maximillian Schell Film

    He's very funny in The Freshman as the crazy chef. I won't say more than that.
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    John Wayne as SOTM April 2014

    When Robert Mitchum was SOTM about 5 or 6 years ago, they did the same thing. Showed all the films in a 24 hour period, so it's not unprecedented.

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