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  1. Also, it often becomes a well-known fact when a show's set wasn't a pleasant place to be around. See also Moonlighting, Designing Women, Laverne and Shirley, Desperate Housewives..... I don't see though why we have to get a movie about this to see the unpleasantness up close and personal.
  2. Sorkin's scripts tend to be too heavy. I saw one episode of The West Wing and was turned off by the giant self-importance level. Of his film work, its been too long since I saw The American President to judge it fully, but of the others A Few Good Man was good, The Social Network dragged, Trial of the Chicago 7 was forgettable, Malice wasn't the trashy fun it promised to be until the final third, Moneyball was sleep-inducing, and Steve Jobs was just a selection of dramatic highlights (even if it was well acted). The only one that really worked completely was Charlie Wilson's War, and that was
  3. Another exhibit to display how little showbiz history, in this case, even the recent kind, is falling in between the cracks, check out this list of 101 films that the Writers Guild of America calls the best written films in or since 2000. Many of these were Oscar nominated, others were blockbusters, others art-house hits. We see an over-reliance on going back to the well for more Pixar titles, or films written by respected writers. Some of these scripts were truly messes, underwritten or overscaled. Others were hollow. There were only a small number made with words that actually worked for th
  4. Same here. In fact, it often gets you marked as a weirdo. I was in a group once with film fans around my age, but the films I saw and the films they saw only occasionally intertwined.
  5. He also stopped several films from being done at all, including one by Fred Zinneman. He also edited some of the film's himself, without the knowledge of the filmmakers. The bad blood between him and Blake Edwards was especially infamous.
  6. She-Freak was made in 1967. MGM was on shaky ground by that time, but I think they were still relatively solvent due to The Dirty Dozen and blow-Up plus a rerelease of Gone with the Wind. The MGM demolition derby period didn't start until they were over $80 million in the hole in 1969 and came under new ownership. The new ownership not only sold off the backlots and the props, they also closed MGM's record company, British studio, distribution wing, and severely lowered the quality of films. All in 4 years. By the end of 1973, MGM's roar was reduced to the mew of a newborn kitten.
  7. I saw that once when I was about 7. It went way over my head.....
  8. I think Bartel's directing career took a big hit after the aftermath of a murder in 1989. It was the death of actress Rebecca Schaffer, killed by a former fan in cold blood, on the very morning she was supposed to audition for The Godfather Part III. Bartel had used her in a small role as a promiscuous teen in Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills; it was the scene showing her in bed with a man that caused her real-life killer to snap and end her life just days after he saw the film.
  9. Maybe Dench's character spent some time in Shangra-La herself, and aged after leaving there......
  10. Yeah, I always thought she was a bit underrated even after that win for LA Confidential (which she was very touching in). She had good comic chops, as seen in the two films she did for Blake Edwards (The Man Who Loved Women and Blind Date), she could play a good femme fatale (The Natural and Final Analysis), and she could provide the only human notes in an empty blockbuster (Batman). Last I saw her was in 2016's The Nice Guys, a 70s set suspense comedy where she played another shady woman , caught up in a lurid case involving pornography, the mob, and General Motors. (it was a very R-rated fi
  11. Speaking of Kathleen Turner, a brief article about her appeared in the most recent edition of The New Yorker . Here it is.
  12. Sometimes, the Oscar seems to be a curse. While some are able to keep top-flight careers after the win, others have careers that either taper off or go to pieces afterwards.
  13. She was very funny in 1978's The Cheap Detective spoofing Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, and while Brainstorm from 1983 was a rickety film overshadowed by Natalie Wood's death, Fletcher was very good in it as an ill-fated scientist who passes away from a heart attack halfway through. Her death scene was extremely chilling and effective.
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