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The Times obit, which I linked to and quoted from two posts up, was extensively revised and enlarged before it finally appeared in print on March 28. Among other things, it now offers a much meatier description of Ms. Walter's role in Misty. I've revised the quotes from it accordingly.

Eastwood News / Re: RIP Bertrand Tavernier
« on: March 25, 2021, 07:33:07 PM »
Another sad loss. R.I.P.

Todd McCarthy on Tavernier:

From left: Pierre Rissient, Todd McCarthy, Clint Eastwood and Bertrand Tavernier
Courtesy photo

A French obit that mentions Clint:

Passionn? de cin?ma am?ricain, il en a ?t? un des plus grands passeurs en France avec son livre 50 ans de cin?ma am?ricain, co-?crit Jean-Pierre Coursodon. Un ouvrage phare qu'il avait remis au go?t du jour ces derni?res ann?es, r?visant ses jugements sur certains r?alisateurs phares qu'il avait ?reint?s dans les ann?es 1970, comme Clint Eastwood.

Or roughly:
Passionate about American cinema, he was one of its greatest backers in France with his book 50 Years of American Cinema, co-authored by Jean-Pierre Coursodon. A landmark work that he had updated in recent years, revising his judgments on some of the leading directors he had criticized in the 1970s, such as Clint Eastwood.

EDIT: Sorry about all the question marks in the French quote. There doesn't seem to be any way to post proper French (or other languages that use diacritics) in here lately.

Very sorry to hear this news. R.I.P.

Jessica Walter, Tart-Tongued Matriarch of 'Arrested Development,' Dies at 80

An Emmy Award-winning actress, she gained early fame in Clint Eastwood's "Play Misty for Me" and found a new audience in a cult TV hit.

Jessica Walter, who capped a six-decade acting career with her portrayal of the oblivious, self-involved and beautifully dressed Lucille Bluth on the cult sitcom "Arrested Development," died on Wednesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 80.

Jessica Walter and Clint Eastwood in the 1971 film "Play Misty for Me." Credit...Universal Pictures

Ms. Walter was 30 when she starred in "Play Misty for Me" (1971) as a radio fan who falls--hard, fast and psychotically--for a handsome young Northern California disc jockey (Clint Eastwood, making his directorial debut). She transforms from call-in admirer with a sexy voice to one-night stand (well, two) to stalker to suicidal visitor to homicidal slasher. It was clear from the beginning that the character had anger management issues.

Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: March 22, 2021, 10:04:52 PM »
Good work, AKA! I was coming here to post the same information from a different source:

Cry Macho, the neo-western and potential awards contender directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, will open via Warner Bros in the US on October 22 this year.

The 1978-set film will also debut on Warner Bros' stablemate HBO Max for a limited period.

Awwwwwwwwwwwww, so sweet! :)

General Discussion / Re: Clint Eastwood videos
« on: March 17, 2021, 06:21:33 PM »
Since it's on YouTube, even though it's audio only (like a lot of stuff that gets onto YouTube), I guess this is the place! Thanks for sharing that, Hocine. This was a major interview, and I don't think I've ever heard it.

According to, it is available for streaming, rental or purchase on multiple platforms:

Coming in for a landing! (Tufted Titmouse)

Cute! :)

Those are the little guys the Central Park birdwatchers most often get to eat out of their hands ...

I keep the Manhattan Bird Alert Twitter page bookmarked for truly spectacular pics of local birds ... just now the biggest celeb is a Snowy Owl, the first one known to have spent time in Central Park since the 1880s.

It works fine, thanks!

That is some pretty terrible French!  :D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Cats or Dogs?
« on: February 25, 2021, 03:01:35 PM »
Love this breed! Funny you mention that about rescue dogs, because you're right -- and yet I still think of these "working dogs" as simply rescue dogs. Google tells me they're SAR (Search and Rescue Dogs) now.

Don't know that I've shared this story before, but I was shocked to find my French Bulldog, Penny, (about as far from a SAR as any) has an innate desire to rescue. Back when Katie was still around, she had gotten herself under a bed full of storage, and was unable to back herself out. She was stuck under the bed with boxes blocking her path, and started crying. Penny heard her, ran to her, poked under the bed, assessed her situation, ran to the other side of the bed and started pulling out everything that was blocking Katie's path until she was able to move forward the rest of the way out from under the bed. I just stood back and watched, as it was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen a dog do. Then there was the the time I was running downhill with Penny, tripped and wiped out and for a good couple of minutes couldn't move. She was in terror, trying to find help, licking my face, and finally so relieved when I got up again. Dogs are amazing creatures.  My SAR:

Awwwwwww! Penny can rescue me any time! :D

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Clint's first riding lessons
« on: February 25, 2021, 02:56:06 PM »
bhorner, a new member on the Web Board, recently asked me via PM whether anyone knew how Clint learned to ride. With his permission, I'd like to share some excerpts from our PMs:

bhorner asked:
Does anyone know who taught Mr. Eastwood how to ride? I have a friend that worked the studios and refers to him and others on riding lessons.

I answered:
According to Richard Schickel in his biography Clint Eastwood (p. 75), Clint learned to ride while he was a participant in Universal's talent program back in the early 1950s. Riding was among the accomplishments the young actors were expected to learn, and they had classes every week. Clint learned fast. Schickel says:
His favorite place was the [Universal Studios] back lot, one of the most extensive in the industry, with some of its sets dating back to silent-picture days. "You could go out anytime you wanted to and check out the horseback riding. I didn't know how to ride, so I'd go riding with the old wranglers--hung out with them." His report cards show Clint moving into the advanced group of riders quite quickly, and before long he was checking out horses and heading alone into the hills southeast of the studio ... In the fifties, before the studio tour, and before the hotels and the Universal amphitheater were built on this land, it remained a wilderness: "Deer back in there?I'd run up there on horseback, and coyotes would be running across the road. It was really remote. It was really terrific!"

To this, bhorner replied:
Ernest Velarde was a wrangler during that time frame. Ernest son Richard Velarde and I are family and Richard often tells stories how his dad gave riding lesson to actors such as Mr. Eastwood ... Always enjoy listening to stories from him referring to the movies they worked on.

A nice story, thanks, bhorner!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Cats or Dogs?
« on: February 24, 2021, 08:12:29 PM »
All right, best not to ask why I am researching the St. Bernard dog breed as part of my library job, but ... your "Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww" moment of the day:

As an aside, this breed used to be known for its prowess at rescuing people from blizzards in the Alps ... they were "rescue dogs." What do we call them nowadays, since "rescue dog" seems to have shifted meaning, and is now used almost exclusively to designate a pup who has been liberated from a dog pound or shelter? ???

I've come to appreciate squirrels more in the pandemic. When I'm out in the park, sometimes I stop and watch one scurrying around, just trying to remember where he put that nut. Cute little devils, just trying to make a living like the rest of us.

Oh, and I do know about grackles. I see them in the park too, sometimes. I should have recognized them in the second picture, but the guy in the top picture is a color I've never seen.

This is from the Cornell Ornithology Lab's All About Birds:

The "bronzed grackle" race of the Common Grackle, breeding roughly west of the Appalachians and in New England, has the characteristic bronzy back. Birds of the Southeast, from North Carolina to Louisiana, often called the "Florida grackle," are darker green on the back rather than bronzy, and they're purple on the belly. An intermediate race along the Eastern seaboard is sometimes called the purple grackle.

And this is the picture they supply of a "purple grackle" ... I like yours better!

I want a sweater that color! :D (top picture).

What bird is that? The other guys too, for that matter.

Maybe with time you'll get Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal to do this ...  :D

Oh my, Matt! You need to make Christmas cards from those. I'll buy them!

Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: February 15, 2021, 04:35:13 PM »
I think it's very much about Clint striking out in a new and unexpected direction, something he's done throughout his career. By contrast, the four others you mention that were made around then (Absolute Power, True Crime, Space Cowboys and Blood Work) are more closely tied to the popular genres he's associated with ... though Space Cowboys, which isn't really Western-related despite the title, was also a departure in its way.

Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: February 14, 2021, 09:01:45 PM »
Hocine, you don't mention "Midnight in the garden of good and evil" . I love that film, must have seen 4 or 5 times.

I also think that one tends to be underrated. Among other things, it makes great use of the songs of Johnny Mercer.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: February 06, 2021, 07:16:02 PM »
Well, you are always welcome to post any kind of news, Aline!  8)

I just finished reading Christopher Plummer's obituary in the New York Times:
Christopher Plummer, the prolific and versatile Canadian-born actor who rose to celebrity as the romantic lead in perhaps the most popular movie musical of all time, was critically lionized as among the pre-eminent Shakespeareans of the past century and won an Oscar, two Tonys and two Emmys, died on Friday at his home in Weston, Conn. He was 91.
The scion of a once-lofty family whose status had dwindled by the time he was born, Mr. Plummer nonetheless displayed the outward aspects of privilege throughout his life. He had immense and myriad natural gifts: a leading man?s face and figure; a slightly aloof mien that betrayed supreme confidence, if not outright self-regard; an understated athletic grace; a sonorous (not to say plummy) speaking voice; and exquisite diction.

An extraordinary career, for sure. I saw him play King Lear at Lincoln Center in 2004, in what the Times critic (Ben Brantley) called "the performance of a lifetime." As I recall, for me it fell a bit short of that standard, but maybe the rave reviews had raised my expectations too high. Here he is in the part:

Christopher Plummer as the title character in Jonathan Miller?s 2004 production of ?King Lear? at Lincoln Center Theater.Credit...Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

And here he is as John Barrymore in 1997:

Plummer as John Barrymore in ?Barrymore,? for which he won the 1997 Tony Award as best leading actor in a play. Credit...Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Both photos are from "An Appraisal" of Plummer by Jesse Green, also in the Times:

Christopher Plummer, R.I.P.  :(

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Current TV Shows
« on: February 06, 2021, 06:28:43 PM »
My local PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) station ran Before We Die last year, and I dutifully put all ten episodes on my DVR. But after watching the first two or three, I lost heart. It was just too depressing, at least at that point in the pandemic. I'll probably finish watching it eventually. I see there's a Season Two around, also.

The plot, if you're interested, involves evil drug dealers and conflicted police officers.

Mild spoiler follows:

The first extended plot thread ends in a chase sequence with the worst possible outcome. Personally, I like my chase sequences to end the way they were designed to by the first brilliant minds who figured out that a chase sequence is something you can do in the movies that you can't do onstage: I want the hero to rescue the maiden tied to the railroad tracks before the freight train runs over her. The audience, having been driven nearly mad by suspense, heaves a huge sigh of relief, and we move on. If she's squashed by the train before he gets there, we're left thinking: What was the point of all that?

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