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Ideas to generate discussion in 2011:

 

_January_

- Remakes that people don't realize are remakes

- Legacy: Darryl F. Zanuck

- Before They Were Stars/After They Were Stars...we will mention Hedy's shoplifting for sure

- The Numbers Game...a look at extras and casts of thousands

- Behind the Scenes lawsuits

 

_February_

- Legacy: the Greystone Mansion

- The Razzies...I will create a thread for this before the Oscars

- Juvenile actors and Juvenile Oscars

- Independent Spirit Awards

- Great love stories of Hollywood...around Valentine's Day

 

_March_

- Multiple Oscar Winners (including more than actors and directors)

- Oscar Winners in Exile...from Chaplin to Bergman to Polanski

- TCM vs. FMC...hopefully kept civil, not contentious LOL

- UCLA Archives...current restoration projects

- Legacy: John Ford stock company

- Unusual Occupations of Movie Characters

 

_April_

- Box Office Memories: Top moneymakers in 1931

- Adultery and other sins in soft focus

- J. Arthur Rank Organisation...we don't address British classics like we should

- Legacy: David O. Selznick

- Comedy teams

 

_May_

- Box Office Memories: Top moneymakers in 1941

- Characters You Could Bring Home to Mother

- War pictures for women...I think this is a fascinating subgenre and deserves exploration

- Women over 30 in Hollywood (forget 40, ageism is greater than ever)

- Legacy: Natalie Kalmus

- The Evolution of Cinematography...with special emphasis on Cinemascope

 

_June_

- Box Office Memories: Top moneymakers in 1951

- Movie Dads...from LIFE WITH FATHER to MR. MOM

- Left on the cutting room floor

- Greatest wedding scenes

- Legacy: Douglas Shearer

 

_July_

- Box Office Memories: Top moneymakers in 1961

- Legacy: Bernard Herrmann

- Literary Characters on Screen

- Rare Crossovers (yes, this means Mitch Gaylord and Gloria Estefan in acting roles)

- Equestrian Classics

 

_August_

- Box Office Memories: Top moneymakers in 1971...will coincide with my 40th birthday

- Legacy: Preston Sturges stock company

- Title cards and credits

- A Weekend in the Country...films with both urban and rural landscapes

- Film budgets (then and now)

 

_September_

- Box Office Memories: Top moneymakers in 1981

- Legacy: Frances Marion

- Movie firsts

- Unlikely movie stars...from Marie Dressler to Clifton Webb to Monique

- Hollywood Humanitarianism

 

_October_

- Classic death scenes

- 'I used to be in pictures, dahling'...celebrity status without movie hits

- Props and anachronisms

- Box Office Memories: Top moneymakers in 1991

- Legacy: Val Lewton

 

_November_

- Box Office Memories: Top moneymakers in 2001

- Hollywood Patriotism

- Classic Car Chases

- What classic films will be watched 100 years from now? And why?

- Legacy: Cedric Gibbons

 

_December_

- Box Office Memories: Top moneymakers in 2011

- Best movie endings

- Kennedy Center Honors...we tend to neglect this topic

- Legacy: Mary Pickford

- The Motion Picture Relief Fund...an interesting topic

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I'll be sure to sharpen my new #2 pencils and fill my brand new 3-ring binder with a ream of fresh lined composition paper. Will you be passing out new text books? And will there be homework?

 

Gosh! This is exciting!

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*I'll be sure to sharpen my new #2 pencils and fill my brand new 3-ring binder with a ream of fresh lined composition paper. Will you be passing out new text books? And will there be homework?*

 

Do you suppose he posts at the Fox Movie channel message boards as well as here? After all, he thinks the channel is the bees knees.

 

Will they get the same assignments? Can we share notes with them?

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> {quote:title=bOb39 wrote:}{quote}

> I'll be sure to sharpen my new #2 pencils and fill my brand new 3-ring binder with a ream of fresh lined composition paper.

 

I would like to point out that exactly 319 years ago today, Irishman Robert Boyle, for whom Boyle's Law is named, passed. Ironically, his law has to do with gas.

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> {quote:title=Bronxgirl48 wrote:}{quote}

> Has your research uncovered a Butter Law?

>

> Edited by: Bronxgirl48 on Dec 29, 2010 10:43 PM

 

Yes, but it's old news:

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A state legislator wants to dump a 19th-century law banning the sale of yellow margarine, though it's been years since any violator was ordered to spread 'em.

 

Rep. Sara Lampe said Tuesday she plans to file legislation repealing the law when the 2009 legislative session starts in January.

 

Most of Missouri's restrictions on imitation butter date to 1895, and they were last amended in 1939. Although the state no longer enforces them, the penalties could still make dealers in contraband dairy product toast: up to a month in jail and a $100 fine for first-time offenders and six months in jail and a $500 fine for repeat offenders.

 

Enforcement of the law falls to the state Agriculture Department, and officials there didn't know when someone was last prosecuted under it. Case records from the late 19th and early 20th century show that Missouri courts upheld the constitutionality of the restrictions in several appeals.

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January: movies featuring castor oil, such as DR. BULL and Fellini's AMACORD

 

February: Berton Churchill Love Fest

 

March: Spotlight on Arthur Shields. (Barry Fitzgerald's brother)

 

April: Fish out of water tales, including real ones like THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

 

May: Catching the bad side of Claudette Colbert's face

 

June: Actors with hunky arms

 

July: Which pie do characters eat most? Apple, cherry, blueberry, or lemon meringue?

 

August: Films set in the South of France. Also Queens

 

September: Characters who rake leaves

 

October: The horror and science fiction output of George Hamilton, Ida Lupino, Ernest Borgnine, and Stuart Whitman

 

November: Little-seen turkeys

 

December: Penguins in supporting roles

 

Edited by: Bronxgirl48 on Dec 30, 2010 12:54 AM

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