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Sepiatone

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  1. Certainly a blotch on the United States and the Roosevelt administration.  And some might even try to use the excuse it was for their protection, which could be partly true, because when you consider the American mindset at the time, violence perpetrated on Japanese immigrants and/or even American born Japanese descendants would have been(and in some cases, did happen) an actuality.  And, it still went on in more recent times when the children of not yet naturalized immigrants from Mexico and who were also born in this country,  were interred in virtual kennels and separated from their families as well.  And in THAT case, it WASN'T any DEMOCRAT that could be blamed for it.  And, if you disagree with the first half of my post, consider.....

    The tobacco shop where I used to buy my cigarettes was operated by two brothers who immigrated here from Iraq in the late '80's, just before Desert Storm.  Nicest guys you'd ever wish to meet.  Yet, even before the second high-jacked airliner crashed into the WTC on 9/11/01 a crowd of people threw bricks through the store window, and threw paint, rotted fruit and even dog dung at the place!   And it WASN'T EVEN IRAQI'S involved in the attack, but ARAB NATIONALISTS, the same kind Both Bush and Trump cozied up to.   Now, I'm not excusing the placement of Japanese citizens in camps, but if it had to be done, those camps, from what I've heard, could have been made more livable.

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  2. 12 hours ago, SansFin said:

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    Having spent a lot of time dealing with engineers as part of the launching crew of GM's Northstar engine project in the '90's,  I've dealt with a lot of that.  ;) 

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  3. Y'know, in another thread there was slight debate on whether Walter Matthau was too young to play a certain role.  But think about it..   

    It may be more difficult to make a 60 is actor or actress to look and act 30 or so years younger than they really are, but then, remember this?

    My daughter still can't get over that the young man  conducting the interview was the same guy who many years later, was the old man who set fire to the Griswold Christmas tree in "Christmas Vacation".  (William Hickey).

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  4. Frankly, I thought Matthau in THE SUNSHINE BOYS did excellently portraying a character much older than his real age.  Top notch make-up job too.  And I brought this up before too....

    Burns, in a Playboy interview, said he was amazed at Matthau's ability to get into the character.  "No sooner than when the make-up job was done, he DID become an 80+ year old man.  I even had to help him into his chair."  ;)  And besides....

    It's not really a matter of whether or not Matthau was old enough or too young for the role.  He just needed to be a good enough ACTOR to do the part, and I thought Matthau definitely had the chops. 

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  5. The bottom line in this case IS the bottom line.  ie:  Ronan's book might be more interesting reading to more people than Woody's book, so the publisher goes with what'll fill the coffers better.  But it doesn't mean everything, or anything in the book is fact.  I think there's STILL people arguing over whether or not Christine Crawford's book "Mommie Dearest" is fact or just sour grapes. 

    Nobody can argue that THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER, although loaded with crap and sensationalized gossip, doesn't sell and sell well.   Apparently there are hundreds of thousands of people who dig reading anything that they think takes celebrities "down a peg".   Regardless if it's fact or fiction.  

    Oh, and WHOM, in my generation("Boomer") doesn't feel their parents ruined their lives?  Mine did, by not indulging in my every whim, and going on and on about "the depression" every time I asked for a dime!   Cripes.  I had to GET OUT of that situation by the time I was 19-20, get a job and MY OWN place to live,  be forced to learn to pay my bills on time, develop a steady work ethic and all THEY did was offer to be there when, due to any circumstances beyond my control, I fell on hard times!  :rolleyes:

    I never went to college either.  But, I really didn't have the grades, and even if I did, my parents couldn't afford it, and I'd likely just now be reaching the end of paying on my student loan.  ;) 

    But, I WAS the first in my immediate family to finish high school.  

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  6. 22 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

    I've been spending the past week watching my DVD box of the first five seasons of NBC's SATURDAY NIGHT.  I think after the fifth season there was some turnover in the writing staff.  but in each show's closing credits you'll see many of the same names over and over. At times there'll be cast member's names added( considering they may have contributed something that show) and some new names that eventually get added to the "official" cast and then perhaps appear on the show in recurring characters( ie: DON NOVELLO as Father **** Sarducci.)    And sometimes, depending on who the guest host is, you'll see his or her name among the writing credits.

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    I only quoted myself to point out that I don't understand why "OTTO Censor"  would object to a proper name like G U I D O.  Although I realize some use the name as an ethnic slur against Italians, as some use the name  S T A S H U (or S t o s h)  to poke a bit f fun at Poles.  But,  A friend of mine from  grade school,  Vincente Jesu,  had an older brother named G u i d o,  and the name has also been used by other ethnicities in Europe.   

     

    22 hours ago, TopBilled said:

    Yes, some leave television and transition into writing/directing feature films. But usually when that phase of their career cools down, they run back to television where there are regular paychecks and the money is good.

    Sure.  But in both Reiner and Allen's  cases, they went into comedy performance before moving into feature films.  I remember, long before seeing him star in and also direct movies, catching Woody Allen doing stand-up on TV and shows like Ed Sullivan.   And before  TV production success and movies took up much of their time, both Reiner and Brooks were a team, famous for this  ;)  

    And recall too, before success doing stand-up on The Sonny And Cher Show, and moving into making movies and frequent stints as guest host on SNL, STEVE MARTIN was on the staff of writers for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

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  7. At first I wasn't sure of what you were attempting here. (still not sure, really).  But, my being a LEO and after clicking on the screen shot you provided( it doesn't show up in the post on my PC) I got a kick out of it.   :D  

    And kudos for not making this a thread that would presume to tell us all what kind of movies we're supposed to like and be watching based on our astrological signs, like trying to say which wine goes best with which movie.  :rolleyes:

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  8. I've been spending the past week watching my DVD box of the first five seasons of NBC's SATURDAY NIGHT.  I think after the fifth season there was some turnover in the writing staff.  but in each show's closing credits you'll see many of the same names over and over. At times there'll be cast member's names added( considering they may have contributed something that show) and some new names that eventually get added to the "official" cast and then perhaps appear on the show in recurring characters( ie: DON NOVELLO as Father **** Sarducci.)    And sometimes, depending on who the guest host is, you'll see his or her name among the writing credits.

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  9. 3 hours ago, TopBilled said:

     

    We would not watch a 100 year old actress play a teen love interest.

     

    Yeah.  The closest we came was HAROLD AND MAUDE  ;) 

    Good subject though, TOP.   But there are a few examples of, in some "classic" movies, this sort of thing was overlooked.  Like....

    In NORTH BY NORTHWEST, JESSIE ROYCE LANDIS being, in real life, only eight years older than her "son" CARY GRANT. 

    Recent birthday boy SIDNEY POITIER playing a high school student while in life was pushing 30 in BLACKBOARD JUNGLE.

    Or that a college graduate makes sense being portrayed by a 30 year old actor.  AND having a 40 year old actor playing his father?  (THE GRADUATE).

    And DID over 40 military officers really fight in combat missions like TOM HANKS did in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, of JOHN WAYNE in THE LONGEST DAY? 

    Yeah, I'd think any actor and/or producer with any sense of integrity would make age appropriate choices in their roles and casting decisions.

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  10. I think it was more the studios thinking those 19th century operas were the old countries versions of what Broadway's stage musicals(and eventually movie musicals) were to 20th century American audiences.  And getting cast members who could sing in "Operatic" and/or "mock Opera" voices would somehow make those musicals more "classy".  When and how those voices were used depended on the story the production trying to tell.  For instance, using Operatic or even "mock Opera" voices wouldn't be needed or wouldn't fit in a musical like 42nd STREET.  I mean, could you just imagine ROBERT MERRILL and BEVERLY SILLS doing "Shuffle Off To Buffalo"?  :D  in their signature styles?

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  11. ;)  Well, you do know that in the Tomita, those aren't really voices, eh?  ;) 

    But thanks for the Rubinstein suggestion.  And there are several other pianists who, as with Rubinstein, you can't go wrong.  Like, If I can't nail down a CD of Rubinstein's performance of that piece, there's always THIS virtuoso's interpretation......  His recording of Debussy's IMAGES  I & II  is one I listen to often.

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  12. 4 hours ago, TikiSoo said:

     

    Agree, A RAISIN IN THE SUN is a great movie, a great story but the cultural background of the people really doesn't matter.

    Really?  Then if that were the case, there'd have been no need to have the visit by  JOHN FIEDLER'S  charactEr, would there?    ;) 

    But there's a "Twilight Zone" moment here-----

    Without knowing today's schedule, I was talking about the movie LILIES OF THE FIELD yesterday, and how I'd like to get my daughter to see it!  :o   But she's spending the weekend with her "squeeze"  and I don't think he has access to TCM.  :(

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  13. Good question.  But there's probably  manifold  reasons why that is.

    Some writers for some reason get fired...

    ...Or get a job offer elsewhere for more money...

    ... Or tired of the anonymity and the producer won't bend so they quit...

    ... Or some producers found it cheaper to pay for, say, three "outside" ideas than wait for good ideas to come from a  "permanent" staff that gets paid their salary regardless of output. 

    Just guessing.  ;) 

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