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  1. There is also the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize - with a diverse recipient list - and a Gish scholarship & endowment fund for arts programs & studies. The University has indicated it will continue to accept that. Peoples' lives and legacies are often more complicated than the public considers or likes.
  2. Oh Lorna, I don't know if I'd ever again be able to look at either of my parents in the eye(s) if they watched The Wicker Man on my (inadvertent) recommendation. Did you not mention that scene with Britt Ekland and The Wall or is your mom just a lot more...European than mine? I was genuinely horrified by the movie - especially the giddy campfire sing-along - but am now oddly comforted by thinking of it as a black comedy instead. Thank you!
  3. Media release says the music was commissioned for TCM's 20th anniversary. Not sure but I may have seen the part with the hand cutting out the lettering using an X-acto knife in a separate brief spot; otherwise, yeah, I can't recall the actual promo spot airing independently of the "making of" portion. (P. S. the brick and light strings in the studio remind me of the arty TCM Remembers year-end montages.)
  4. I received the August issue Wednesday. The star profiles include Hollywood Best Friends and Beloved Pets as categories (lots of dogs in the latter).
  5. Does voice acting count (like in animated films) ?
  6. **Spoilers** And Then There Were None is the only Agatha Christie book I've ever read. I thought I heard Robert O. say during the outro that because of the Production Code the ending had to be changed so the murderer wouldn't get away with his crimes. But the murderer doesn't get away with them in the book - he also dies, albeit by his own hand*, & his confession is found. (I did see where someone noted that the movie followed the play more than the book - I'm not familiar with the play though.) Is it because that's what the killer wanted - to die on his terms & be acknowledged for his fiendish acts - that the Code insisted on the change? They thought that was him "winning", so to speak? To me, the altered ending completely changes the story - it's supposed to be an impossible mystery, instead it becomes "just" a series of murderers. And it cuts out the creepiest part - what goes through the final victim's mind before she does what she does. (She really spooked me - reminded me a bit of Eleanor from The Haunting, both eerie & exasperating.) *At least that's what I remember, it was a few years ago that I read it. P.S. I had seen the 1960s version before so I was prepared for the switch but I still don't quite get how the Code worked.
  7. The era of elaborate window displays was already fading when I was growing up, this being the Rust Belt (I hate that term). But I do have fuzzy, warm memories of seeing some at Christmastime when we'd go downtown. They were like perfect little portals to fantasy worlds. I do think there is something a bit spooky about mannequins & dolls. I love the song "I Remember Sky" from Stephen Sondheim's Evening Primrose but don't think I could watch a production of the show itself. I have an old audio book (on cassette!) called Enchanted Night and the story includes a mannequin, per the synopsis. Some day I need to actually listen to it. It sounds like you're very creative and have quite the devilish sense of humor & style. But I'll admit it would have scared me!
  8. Do you read Paleo-future & its related blogs? They post those retro-futuristic cartoons from time to time. It is fun to see how the future was imagined (sometimes presciently, sometimes hilariously off-the-mark) but while they may have predicted technological advances, they usually failed to anticipate social changes (as in demographic changes to the population, new roles for women, and so on).
  9. Great list of performances. I didn't see Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun being mentioned (sorry if it was & I missed it). A few more from the modern era: Anna Paquin in Fly Away Home Asa Butterfield & Chloe Grace Moretz in Hugo Elle Fanning in Super 8 (though the movie itself was a letdown) P.S. In some ways, I think it's more impressive when a kid gives a great comedic performance compared to playing a dramatic role. Oh and I removed Phoenix from my list since I think he probably was in his late teens at the time.
  10. Hi, speedracer5. No, I've not encountered that problem, at least not that I've noticed. Though I probably just jinxed myself! Maybe it depends on the device you're using? I have a Blackberry (don't laugh, it works for what I need).
  11. That sums up my feelings as well. Page views and "likes" don't even show on the new mobile version of the boards, anyway. Not on my phone, at least. Which is how I usually read the forums so most of the time I'm unaware how many views a thread supposedly has or who liked what. You can switch to the full version but that defeats the purpose of having a more streamlined format that functions & displays more quickly and smoothly on mobile devices.
  12. Thanks to The GayDivorcee & TomJH for the video and update. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ My first try posting a photo. Here goes... http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/2484006/ Extraordinary photo. Little elephant standing up on his hind legs to look out the window and watch as the photographer, Julia Cumes, leaves: He was eventually integrated into a herd of other orphaned elephants and released back into the wild.
  13. Last year was a very bad year for Monarchs and this year, at least in my area, is even worse. Monarchs (all life stages) are known not to be "tasty" - that is why some other species mimic them - so habitat destruction & improper pesticide use tend to be bigger threats to their numbers than getting eaten. Hummingbirds are also very scarce this year around here. Never seen or heard so few. And I have nectar feeders plus native flowers to attract them. I have seen the big brown bats at my place plus I got an upclose view of one clinging to a tree during the daytime at my dad's. (It was exciting.) On the other hand, my yard has a bumper crop of lightning bugs and earthworms this year. (Diane Ackerman wrote my favorite lightning bug quote.) Last week Science Friday aired a segment pesticides affecting not just invertebrates but birds as well: http://sciencefriday.com/segment/07/11/2014/concerns-rise-over-pesticide-use-birds-and-bees.html As David Attenborough (check out arkive.org) wrote in Life on Earth, flowers evolved to have enticing aromas and gorgeous colors to attract butterflies and other insects. So as if pollinating our crops and preserving the plants needed for the oxygen we breath isn't enough, they also helped make the world so beautiful. ETA P.S. I was a little concerned by the squirrel picture. I did raise a baby squirrel who's mama apparently had been hit. I called the wildlife dept for help but they said they wouldn't take him nor was it legal for us to keep him. Some help. Had to start by bottle feeding him. Everything went well 'til he hit squirrel puberty and then he started playing pretty rough. We'd been getting him used to being outside on his own. (He was so proud of the nest he built all by himself, trouble was he built it in the gutter of the shed roof.) We released him and would see him from time to time. In November of that year, I spotted him while I was putting out bird seed. I was really quiet and "ignored" him. He came over, leapt on my back like he used to, stayed there about 10 seconds, then jumped down and ran off. I kinda felt like it was his way of saying goodbye. I have some photos of him though a few are a bit blurry.
  14. * Raju * Acknowledging the emotions, self-awareness, and, yes, reason of elephants isn't anthropomorphizing them or romanticizing nature. It's understanding that humans aren't the only highly sensitive and developed species on the planet. I cannot believe how we too often treat them & then rationalize our wrongs. There are the circuses but also other places & means. Last year PBS aired a Nat Geo special about poaching and the ivory trade in which a man proclaimed that elephants are happy to be slaughtered for their tusks to be used in religious carvings. Of course, sometimes we can harm them even when trying to help. In those sad cases, all we can do is learn and try better. Tonight PBS premieres a new show about just that. It's called My Wild Affair and the episode title is "The Elephant Who Found a Mom". I'm going to need a hanky, I know it. Check your local listings. One of the most amazing things I ever heard about elephants' sometimes uncanny ablities is an account of what happened at a sanctuary in Kenya. Three orphaned baby elephants were being transfered to a halfway house. About one hour before they arrived, two groups each of 12-14 elephants - graduates of the program now living wild - emerged from the bush and waited. When the little ones got there, the older elephants came to greet them. How did they know they were coming? ( http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2011-04-05/environmental-outlook-born-be-wild/transcript ) Here's a National Geographic magazine feature about the sanctuary: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/09/orphan-elephants/siebert-text Last year TCM aired a documentary movie about a man who worked with elephants. I tuned in part way & recorded some of it.
  15. On my phone & on my way to b-day party so can't comment right now but please read this blog post by Robert Krulwich: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/11/29/166156242/cornstalks-everywhere-but-nothing-else-not-even-a-bee
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