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  1. So sad to hear. I've been reading his wonderful book Keepers. He was a sensational writer on film.
  2. His Philadelphia Story performance is great of course, but I can't help but think that his performance from the year prior was on the voters' minds. Now I'm wondering who would have won otherwise. Fonda for The Grapes of Wrath?
  3. I enjoy How To Succeed... and I played Frump once in a local production of the original stage musical. It's really quite a funny story, but if my memory serves correctly, the film adaptation loses a bit of the bite of the stage version in the translation to creating a big wide-screen roadshow type film.
  4. I just watched Albert Brooks' Modern Romance (1981), currently streaming on Netflix. Albert Brooks also co-wrote the script with Monica McGowan Johnson. He plays Robert, a Hollywood film editor, who is in a rollercoaster of a relationship with Mary, a bank executive. The film pretty much drops in on one go-round of what is clearly there standard cycle of breaking up and falling madly in love again. It's quite a good film. Brooks is on the likeable side of neurotic, and Kathryn Harrold as Mary is quite charming. James L. Brooks plays the director of the film that Robert is editing (He later cast Albert Brooks in Broadcast News.), and Bruno Kirby plays Robert's co-worker, Jay. The film is full of memorable scenes, including a bit of an extended sequence with Robert at home after he takes quaaludes that is pure gold and quite a bit more underplayed than the quaalude scene in Scorcese's The Wolf of Wall Street. It was interesting to watch this film in the context of the way films and television tackle relationships today - it feels a bit of a precursor to modern relationship comedies. The humor can be subtle and sometimes requires patience but it can really pay off. It's a well-paced film, too. I heard/read somewhere that - of all people - Stanley Kubrick was a big fan of the film. I also started watching Cleopatra (1963), but didn't get too far in before bedtime. I'll watch more tonight. I've been reading an Elizabeth Taylor biography and - outside of A Place in the Sun, Giant and The V.I.P.s - I really haven't seen her in film much. Naturally, I'm curious after reading the bio and figured this was as good a jumping point as any.
  5. I've been reading the Taraborelli bio on Taylor. Funnily enough, I hit the "Liz & Dick" years right around the Jolie-Pitt announcement. It's been interesting to read about Burton & Taylor in light of the current news. As massively popular and well-known as Jolie-Pitt are, it still doesn't measure up to the insanity that surrounded the Burton-Taylor saga - especially around the Cleopatra years.
  6. Interesting and wild thing about Streisand is that she always really considered herself more of an actor than a singer!
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