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Everything posted by Zea

  1. I think Ethel would have leapt out of a death bed and crawled on stage in order not to miss a performance and have an understudy go on in her place. She gave heightened meaning to the word "trouper".
  2. I should have added that Russell, no doubt having researched Mama before portraying her, "did it loud, in-your-face, a voice w/no finesse and/or talent" because that's most likely the way Mama Rose would have done it herself. People such as Peters, LuPone and Middler were and are professional singers and good ones, too. To me it would seem somewhat out of character to suddenly have Mama Rose belt out a lilting lyric w/an accomplished voice such as theirs. Ethel Merman, perhaps in the voice department, yes. But as far as actual acting, I've read that she toned down Mama's bristling, abrasive,
  3. Mama Rose was a tough, sarcastic, unscrupulous, loud, brash, insensitive quintessential stage mother whose life goal was to see one of her blood's a headliner w/ name in lights only so as it reflected her own name & image. Her affection for her girls was limited to and yet boundless enough solely to pursue her own dream through them. She also was apparently talentless herself - and most probably knew it - yet felt deep inside if she only had "that one big break" she coulda showed them all. Likely she was afraid she'd be rejected herself, yet through her daughter(s) - who both truly had ta
  4. So many wonderful performances, it's hard to single out any one in particular. But if I had to, my first thought goes to "FLIGHT". I've seen him good, great, memorable and inspiring from his stint on tv's "St. Elsewhere" to the present. But in "FLIGHT" he surpassed all those accolades and more.
  5. Can't speak for Lucas but I was never a big "Beaver" fan myself, except for this particular episode:
  6. Yup. That's almost right. Give or take the five minutes they deigned to forfeit for news breaks only because FCC demanded it. Oh, let's not forget commercial breaks. P.S. After posting and reviewing that list I can't get the "Theme From Dr. Kildare" by Richard Chamberlain out of my head. Damn!
  7. From the late 60's to early 70's I worked at WABC-AM "Musicradio" in NYC. Yeah, alongside the late Dan Ingram, Lundy, Harrison & Cousin Brucie, well before ABC pulled the plug on the music in '83 to go all talk. The DJ's recirculated 40 songs per day. Hence the phrase "Top 40's". Each music list was configured at a music meeting each Monday by the entire staff & DJs according to what songs were highest rated in Billboard and other music ratings' venues that week. Usually the last couple or few songs were either a particular DJ's wild-card favorite or one of the general staff's.
  8. Just watched "WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?" (1932) w/Constance Bennett & Lowell Sherman. It's probably been mentioned here before, but I only just realized that this movie was in many ways the precursor for all the subsequent versions of "A STAR IS BORN". Yes, the plot line differs in many ways. But the basic foundation for "ASIB" future generations is well established: Unknown starlet (Mary/Constance) discovered by big-time, yet alcoholic, director (Max/Lowell). She rises to fame while he spirals downward. No love line between them (she falls in love and marries a polo player, Neil Hamil
  9. Thirty pounds, shaved eyebrows and some dental prosthetics were the only 'alterations' to Charlize Theron's magnificent "MONSTER".
  10. "Field of Dreams" and "Dances With Wolves", respectively. One was escapist fantasy w/respect to the most loved truly American pastime. While the other incorporated an innate, unprejudiced connection and appreciation of fellow human beings inhabiting this land before true white nationalists defiled it and them. I enjoyed both thoroughly and never considered myself either bourgeois nor effete for that matter.
  11. BTW: Judge's book "Wrecked" was supposed to be a big mea culpa & phoenix rising from the ashes for his past indiscretions, injuries to others and addiction to alcohol. Based on the later, one assumes he went through & passed his 12-steps. It seems to me that he not only faltered, but failed on Steps 8 and 9: Step 8: List all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. Step 9: Made amends directly to such people wherever possible except when to do so would injure them or others. (In Dr.Ford's case, I'd say the injury was already don
  12. When he finds out ball is in his court, watch out for WH meltdown.
  13. What a juxtaposition of films Gibson has planned. A "WILD BUNCH" remake and his sequel: "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST 2 - RESURRECTION". Violence. Gore. Brutality. Morality. Redemption. Salvation. Characteristics of either movie.
  14. Stephen Boyd in "BEN-HUR" best prolonged, most painful death scene right down to the last, drawn out dying breath.
  15. Oh there's another mix up I consistently make: WILBUR from "Charlotte's Web" and BABE The Pig from "Babe"
  17. Border Patrol Agent Psycho We'd better find some way to cage these agents. I mean we're just allowing them to come and go as they please. Sure some of them are good, but some of them are murderers, rapists, serial killers.......... ?
  18. Charlton Heston as Moses in "THE TEN COMMANDMENTS". Many of Chuck's personal appearances and some movie roles post-TTC gave the distinct impression he really thought he parted the Red Sea and anyone who dared would have to pry that staff from his cold dead hands.
  19. That's one remake that'll never be made. No one (except filmophiles & Broadway hounds) under 40 knows who the hell George M. Cohan was, nor would they care even if they were told. Unlike something that's pretty timeless & generic like "A STAR IS BORN", which, I'm sure, will be remade at least 1/2 dozen times over after we are all long gone and probably show up in some future Martian cinema starring two synths.
  20. Kirk was made to play VanGogh. Any scenery chewing was more than on the menu in this case. As a matter of fact, judging by Kirk's usual 'enthusiasm' for a role, I'm surprised he didn't chew off his own ear! I'm pretty sure he chewed off Tony Curtis' arm in "THE VIKINGS". ?
  21. What a fabulous topic! At first I went through a laundry list of actors & actresses and some of their more renowned roles, casting off one after another when I had to admit that a particular role of theirs could possibly have been pulled off by someone else. Until it came like a bolt: JAMES CAGNEY in "YANKEE DOODLE DANDY" It is simply impossible to separate him from that role and plunk in anyone else. His style of dance was already reminiscent of Cohan's as was his Irish energy & patriotic enthusiasm a match, I'm sure, for Cohan's as well.
  22. "A horse is just a horse" was my rather shabby analogy to the old med school axiom of 'not looking for zebras when it's really just a plain horse'. Although I will admit that the majority of films really do have hidden (or sometimes blatant) agendas/sub-texts. I always find it somewhat of a challenge to figure out what really was motivating the director or screenwriter or what they were trying to convey in a subliminal way. Especially if a seemingly total non sequitur is interjected - then my wheels truly begin to spin. And, CaveGirl, if your assessment of Mr. Ed's psychosis is co
  23. Sometimes a horse is just a horse as the saying goes. I'm also getting a sense that there may be more Freudian than Jungian respondents on this thread so far.
  24. If I were somehow forced to sit through any movie with Jack Black, I'd stuff in ear plugs and don a blackout eye mask. Of course, that'd pretty much rule out hearing any other dialog or seeing anything else in the film, but the trade off would be worth it.
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