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Everything posted by jakeem

  1. As far as we know, Elvis didn't try to slime his exes or former friends or rivals through his songs. And win Grammys for doing it! He did things the old-fashioned way: Obtain an immediate audience with POTUS -- and a federal badge as a narc!
  2. But Elvis was "just a hunk, a hunk of burning love"!
  3. Big Tongue, but, according to biographer Albert Goldman, Little Elvis.
  4. TCM On Demand for January 7, 2016 The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 2. True Confession (1937) -- Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, John Barrymore, Una Merkel, Porter Hall, Edgar Kennedy, Lynne Overman, Irving Bacon, Fritz Feld, Richard Carle, John T. Murray, Tom Dugan, Garry Owen, Toby Wing, Hattie McDaniel, Eleanor Fisher. Uncredited: Ned Glass, Arthur Lake, Byron Foulger, Peggy-Jean Montgomery (Baby Peggy). This screwball comedy was the last of four films that teamed Lombard with MacMurray, Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month for January 201
  5. The official figures are in and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is America's all-time domestic box-office champion with a total take of $764.4 million since its opening on December 18, 2015. Can it become the first $1 billion film domestically? All-time domestic box office (as of January 7, 2016, according to boxofficemojo.com): 1. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) -- $764,408,684 million. 2. "Avatar" (2009) -- $760,507,625 million. 3. "Titanic" (1997) -- $658,672,302 million. 4. "Jurassic World" (2015) --$652,270,625 million. 5. "Marvel's The Avengers" (2012) -- $623,357,910 mil
  6. I would call them good-natured homages. Did Eric Idle's "The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash" mock The Beatles?
  7. That's funny. Elba's female admirers on both sides of the Atlantic only seem to think about unzipping.
  8. Looks like a well-dressed, urbane 007 candidate to me.
  9. Yeah, but who do most of the Elvis impersonators love? It's Vegas Elvis with the karate moves and the white jumpsuits. And speaking of "Saturday Night Live" alumni, remember when Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi showed up as a performing duo billed as Elvii -- a tribute to the young Elvis and the older Elvis? As I said earlier, if Elvis had never existed, it would have been necessary to invent him!
  10. Just wait until Idris Elba becomes James Bond!
  11. TCM On Demand for January 7, 2016 The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 3. Wesley Ruggles' 'Too Many Husbands' (1940) -- Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray, Melvyn Douglas, Harry Davenport, Dorothy Peterson, Melville Cooper, Edgar Buchanan, Tom Dugan. Uncredited: Dave Willock, Sam McDaniel. Produced and directed by Wesley Ruggles ("Cimarron, "True Confession"), this farce stars MacMurray as a publishing business co-owner believed to have perished in a boating accident. As it turns out, he survived and wound up existing alone on an island. When he is discove
  12. In case you missed Wednesday night's telecast, here are the winners of the 2016 People's Choice Awards: http://www.mtv.com/news/2722873/2016-peoples-choice-awards-winners/
  13. TCM On Demand for January 6, 2016 The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 1. The Bigamist (1953) -- Edmond O'Brien, Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, Kenneth Tobey, Jane Darwell, Peggy Maley, Lillian Fontaine, Matt Dennis, John Maxwell. Lupino directed as well as co-starred in this drama in which O'Brien plays Harry Graham, a traveling salesman in the middle of a delicate balancing act. He frequently commutes between San Francisco and Los Angeles -- and has a wife in each city. Wife No. 1 (Joan Fontaine) helps him with his business affairs and l
  14. "Bad" movies were an integral part of Elvis' appeal, especially when the networks began airing recent films on television in the 1960s and into the 1970s. I wish I had a dollar for every time ABC showed a Presley musical comedy on one of its weekly movie nights. Imagine how many generations of youngsters have grown up watching those formula movies -- and remember them fondly. I've always liked "It Happened at the World's Fair" and "Tickle Me." If you want to see more of Elvis' great moments, then maybe TCM could show some of his TV appearances and concerts, particularly the legendar
  15. The Writers Guild of America has revealed its nominees for the best 2015 screenplays. The nominations include one in the documentary category for Alex Gibney's explosive examination of Scientology for HBO: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY "Bridge of Spies," written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen (DreamWorks). "Sicario," written by Taylor Sheridan (Lionsgate). "Spotlight," written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy (Open Road Films). "Straight Outta Compton," screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff (U
  16. Twenty days, $760.5 million-plus. That's what it took for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to become the all-time domestic box-office champion, surpassing the previous record holder, James Cameron's "Avatar" (2009). http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2016/01/06/star-wars-passes-avatar-rule-box-office/78355590/
  17. The American Society of Cinematographers has selected five of its members as nominees for the organization's top annual award. The 2015 films and cinematographers involved are: "Bridge of Spies," Janusz Kamiński. "Carol," Ed Lachman. "Mad Max: Fury Road," John Seale. "The Revenant," Emmanuel Lubezki. "Sicario," Roger Deakins. The winner will be revealed on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the American Society of Cinematographers Awards in Los Angeles. ww.thewrap.com/powerhouse-american-society-of-cinematographers-nominations-include-carol-the-revenant-and-sicario/
  18. TCM On Demand for January 6, 2016 The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 2. A Face in the Crowd (1963) -- Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick, Percy Waram, Paul McGrath, Rod Brasfield, Marshall Neilan, Alexander Kirkland, Charles Irving, Howard Smith, Kay Medford, Big Jeff Bess, Henry Sharp. Appearing as themselves: Burl Ives, Mike Wallace, Earl Wilson, Walter Winchell, Faye Emerson, Betty Furness, Virginia Graham, Sam Levenson, John Cameron Swayze. Uncredited: Rip Torn, Diana Sands, Charles Nelson Reilly, Lois
  19. TCM On Demand for January 6, 2016 The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 3. King Kong (1933) -- Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, Sam Hardy, Noble Johnson, Steve Clemento, James Flavin. Uncredited: Ruby Dandridge, Etta McDaniel. This action film by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack became a motion picture sensation, thanks largely to special effects wizard Willis H. O'Brien's pioneer efforts in stop-motion animation. The film was ranked No. 43 on the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 100 greatest movies o
  20. TCM On Demand for January 5, 2016 The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 1. Behold a Pale Horse (1964) -- Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Raymond Pellegrin, Paola Stoppa, Mildred Dunnock, Daniela Rocca, Christian Marquand, Marietto Angeletti, Perrette Pradier, Zia Mohyeddin, Rosalie Crutchley, Molly Urquhart, Jean-Paul Moulinot, Laurence Badie, Martin Benson, Jean-Claude Bercq, Claude Berri, Claude Confortès, Michael Lonsdale, Alain Saury, José Luis de Vilallonga. Uncredited: Albert Rémy. Two-time Academy Award winner Fred Zinnemann ("From H
  21. The Producers Guild of America has nominated 10 2015 films to contend for its best picture award. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Beverly Hills on Saturday, January 23, 2016: "The Big Short" "Bridge of Spies" "Brooklyn" "Ex Machina" "Mad Max: Fury Road" "The Martian" "The Revenant" "Sicario" "Spotlight" "Straight Outta Compton" http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/2016-producers-guild-film-nominations-852228
  22. Anyway, back to the original discussion. Another person who just missed the cut with two same-titled films: Sir Sean Connery. He starred as British superspy James Bond in "Thunderball" (1967)... ...and again in the 1983 "unofficial" Bond film "Never Say Never Again," which is pretty much the same movie.
  23. But who could have guessed that the bullying hit man from "The Killers" would become a beloved gourmet detective 25 years later in the CBS series "Cannon"? Most detectives shows in the late-'60s and '70s had a gimmick. Chief Robert Ironside was a sleuth in a wheelchair. Barnaby Jones was a senior citizen P.I. Jim Rockford was an ex-con pardoned for a crime he never committed. And Dan August was a daredevil police investigator solving crimes in his California hometown. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu-jbVpu0OE
  24. But nothing blew my mind more than when I discovered that William Conrad, who effectively used his radio-honed voice to introduce episodes of "The Fugitive"... ...was also the overexcited narrator for "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends." Of course, Bullwinkle's voice was most certainly derived from Red Skelton's characters.
  25. I had forgotten Toucan Sam. Besides, they changed his voice years later. Some others I can think of: Snagglepuss from "The Yogi Bear Show" was an homage to Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion from "The Wizard of Oz." And Hokey Wolf from "The Huckleberry Hound Show" was a Phil Silvers soundalike.
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