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I hope that you are still gainfully employed as a librarian for New York City. I saw this very charming documentary this weekend that I believe that you and other people on this forum would enjoy:  Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015). The film is available for streaming on Netflix.

Harold Michelson was an illustrator, story board artist and production design for films such as The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra and The Birds. Lillian Michelson married Harold in 1947. She was the research librarian for multiple studios and maintained (and eventually owned) a film research library that was housed at multiple locations. She provided significant research for The Birds, Rosemary's Baby and Fiddler on the Roof.

Harold and Lillian eloped to Hollywood in 1947, where they became the film industry's secret weapons. Nobody talked about them, but everybody wanted them. Theirs is the greatest story never told-until now.

How about Snakes on a Train? ;)
On Track to be Heroes  ;)

Anyone else keep reading the thread title as "The 3:10 to Yuma"  ... come to think of it, it's pretty close, since 15:17 is 3:10 on the twelve hour clock! :D
Yes, I've been reading this thread as "3:17 PM to Yuma".   ;)

I have my watch set to military time.

Great news!

Unfortunately, real life frequently intervenes to prevent a more timely response.

Eastwood News / Re: Sully: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: December 02, 2016, 09:48:18 AM »
‘Sully’ Editor Blu Murray On Cutting The Clint Eastwood Film And The Biggest Challenges Of His Editing Debut
by Matt Grobar
December 1, 2016 1:30pm

Eastwood News / Re: Sully: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: December 01, 2016, 12:36:09 AM »
[WATCH] ‘Sully’ screenwriter Todd Komarnicki dishes working with Clint Eastwood on true life story
Zach Laws - Film - Nov 30, 2016 1:09 am
Gold Derby

Eastwood News / Re: Sully: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: November 17, 2016, 11:11:04 PM »
Hollywood Reporter
How Clint Eastwood Surviving a Plane Crash Led Him to Direct 'Sully'
by Tatiana Siegel November 17, 2016, 9:00am PST
After the film was passed on for years due to Denzel Washington's 'Flight,' the director and star Tom Hanks reveal that their biggest challenge wasn't merely to land a jet in the Hudson River — it was figuring out how to fill the film's other 93 minutes.

Eastwood News / Re: Re: Eastwood in the press (minor mentions)
« on: October 14, 2016, 09:28:31 PM »
It's in the edition I buy in the morning (yes, I still buy a "hard copy" newspaper every day). I assume, since it's an advertisement, that it would be in all editions, including the early edition that is (I think) available late on the previous evening.

But maybe the shows are taped before they're aired? ???
Q: I thought a weeks worth of shows were done in one day. Is that the case?
A: We taped twice a week, 5 shows a day, 3 weeks a month, 9 months a year. Normally the shows you see on tv were taped about 2 months in advance. There are variances, times off for remote tapings, and breaks for holiday weeks and what not, so no there are not 54 weeks of shows and yes there are re-runs. But Jeopardy! is the "game show" with the most original programming each year.' ...

Eastwood News / Re: Re: Eastwood in the press (minor mentions)
« on: October 14, 2016, 08:15:01 AM »
Wait, you mean they publish a clue from the show BEFORE it's been used on the show? Is that legal? :o
I find it very odd that the New York Times would publish a clue before an episode of Jeopardy! has aired. So long as the NYT does not also publish the question, it's probably "legal", but still somewhat odd.

According to Jeopardy!'s website:
weekdays on WABC ABC NEW YORK at ABC 7 AT 7:00PM (Zip Code: 10019)

When on Thursday was the New York Times clue for the day published?

Eastwood News / Re: Re: Eastwood in the press (minor mentions)
« on: October 14, 2016, 01:32:51 AM »
It doesn't get much more minor than this: I don't watch Jeopardy, but I usually look at the small ad they have in the arts section of the New York Times every day, headlined "Jeopardy: Clue of the Day." Today, the category was "The Oscars," and the clue was, "In 2005 he lost for best actor but won for directing. At 74 becoming the oldest winner ever in that category."

Anyone? ;)

I watched Thursday's episode of Jeopardy. This was the final Jeopardy! clue. In my humble opinion, the question "Who is Clint Eastwood?" was obvious.

All three contestants wrote down their question correctly very quickly. The champion retained her championship.

Avid Jeopardy! fans maintain the Jeopardy! Archive:

The most current game provided is
Show #7377 - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The results for Thursday, October 13, 2016 should be available early next week.

Eastwood News / Re: Sully: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: September 15, 2016, 10:35:41 AM »
Rotten Tomatoes82%72%52%43%46%
Audience Score89%85%62%44%38%
Meta User Score8.
IMDb Users8.
Aged under
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IMDb staff7.
Top 1000 voters6.
US users7.
Non-US users7.

Sully = Sully
AS = American Sniper
JB = Jersey Boys
JE = J. Edgar
HA = Hereafter

Except for Cinescore, Sully exceeds the ratings for the four previous films that Clint Eastwood directed. The IMDb ratings for Sully are likely to decrease over time. Films generally have higher ratings soon after their release and their ratings generally decline over time on IMDb.


Rotten Tomatoes


IMDb Sully American Sniper Jersey Boys J. Edgar Hereafter

"Sully" is the work of a master filmmaker. On a technical level, it is very well done. The script is quite well written, the editing is tight, and the acting by Tom Hanks as Sully is understated yet quietly confident. It's exactly the kind of naturalistic performance Tom Hanks routinely delivers. ...
AKA23, I enjoyed reading your review. It is well written with excellent analysis. Your points are coherently and effectively argued.

Eastwood News / Re: Sully: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: September 08, 2016, 06:10:10 AM »
'Sully' Review: Clint Eastwood's Terrific Short Trapped In Okay Feature
Scott Mendelson,  Contributor
Sep 7, 2016 @ 11:00 AM
... Like Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk, Sully exists to allow modern movie magic to offer a “you are there” presentation of a visceral historical event. And like that earlier picture, this Clint Eastwood-directed drama strains just a bit for the required footage to justify a feature film. Sully is just 96 minutes long, which is incredibly short for an Eastwood movie. Even in this truncated length, there is quite a bit of padding and a touch of unnecessary melodrama required to drag the film over that 90-minute mark. The good news is that I enjoyed the “other stuff” this time around more than I did with The Walk, and those who are just coming to “see the show” will get their money’s worth. ...

Eastwood News / Re: Sully: Production Information and News
« on: September 08, 2016, 04:42:13 AM »
I was thinking the same thing this week. Here in Australia it's the first time an Eastwood film has opened the same week as the USA, advertisements on TV have been more than normal and last Sunday's advance screenings are unheard of for a Clint film. Although maybe it was just a coincidence that the film opened a few days after Father's day.

According to
The trailer for American Sniper had 4,613 national (US) airings
The trailer for Sully has had 4,035 national (US) airings so far, and the film isn't in wide release.

Eastwood News / Re: Sully: Production Information and News
« on: September 06, 2016, 01:40:01 PM »
After hearing about the IMAX showings on Thursday 8-Sep-2016, it occurred to me that the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum IMAX theater may be showing the film. My hunch proved correct.
Sully (Air and Space Museum)
Runtime: 96
MPAA Rating: PG-13

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

Coming to The National Air and Space Museum September 8th.
According to the drop down menu, the film is scheduled for that theater until at least 22-Sep-2016.

If you go to the IMAX website, provide your zip code and select Thu Sep 8, you will see the IMAX theaters close to you showing Sully.

Eastwood News / Re: Sully: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: September 06, 2016, 01:11:03 PM »
Fascinating in depth review by Richard Brody in "The New Yorker."
I would advise reading this article after seeing the film. It contains a major spoiler.

Eastwood News / Re: Sully: Production Information and News
« on: September 05, 2016, 12:43:28 PM »

Mo 9/5: Zooey Deschanel, Ben Stein, Glass Animals (R 8/30/16)
Tu 9/6: Andy Sambreg, Dave Salmoni, Desiigner
We 9/7: Dr. Phil McGraw, Pamela Adlon, Bastille
Th 9/8: Tom Hanks, Kaleo
Fr 9/9: Eddie Murphy, Lizzy Caplan, Schoolboy Q featuring E-40

Mo 9/5: Will Smith, Usher (R 7/28/16)
Tu 9/6: Clint Eastwood, Molly Shannon, Mike Posner
We 9/7: Michael Strahan, James Cameron, Vince Staples
Th 9/8: Ariana Grande, Russell Westbrook
Fr 9/9: James Spader, Mandy Moore, Jack White, Stewart Lindsey

Mo 9/5: Will Smith, Logan Lerman, Tony Bennett (R 8/2/16)
Tu 9/6: Harry Connick Jr., Ava DuVernay, Grouplove
We 9/7: Whoopi Goldberg, Regina Hall, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger
Th 9/8: Jessica Alba, Bradley Whitford, Travis Scott

LIVE WITH KELLY, syndicated
Mo 9/5: DJ Khaled, Maura Tierney, Joaquin Consuelos, guest co-host Christian Slater
Tu 9/6: Chris Noth, Bradley Whitford, Martina McBride, guest co-host Morris Chestnut
We 9/7: Aaron Eckhart, Ben McKenzie, guest co-host Morris Chestnut
Th 9/8: Meg Ryan, George Eads, guest co-host Anderson Cooper
Fr 9/9: Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard, guest co-host Anderson Cooper

Mo 9/5: Kerry Washington, Justin Bieber (R 11/12/15)
Tu 9/6: Simone Biles, Channing Tatum
We 9/7: LeBron James, Aly, Lynn & Rick Raisman, Britney Spears
Th 9/8: Eddie Murphy, Orlando nightclub shooting survivor Felipe "Tony" Marrero, Alessia Cara
Fr 9/9: Tom Hanks


Psssst ... all the passengers survive! ;)
I have not seen Sully. I plan to see the film as soon as practical.

I promised to provide a link to the NTSB report a few months ago. This seem like a good place for that link. I recommend against reading the report until after seeing the film.

Loss of Thrust in Both Engines After Encountering a Flock of
Birds and Subsequent Ditching on the Hudson River
US Airways
Flight 1549 Airbus A320‐214, N106US
Weehawken, New Jersey
January 15, 2009
Accident Report
National Transportation Safety Board
Adopted May 4, 2010

NTSB Animation: US Airways Flight 1549 - The Hudson River Emergency Landing

Jason Paur
Date of Publication: 05.05.10.
Time of Publication: 6:00 am.
Sullenberger Made the Right Move, Landing in the Hudson

Eastwood News / Re: Sully: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: September 04, 2016, 04:11:31 AM »

Sasha Stone clearly declares herself to be a Clint Eastwood fan.
There is one thing Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, and Sully Sullenberger all have in common: they aren’t comfortable with taking credit alone. Whenever asked, all three of them are quick to share the credit with others. Hanks always credits his fellow filmmakers and the cast. Eastwood always credits the writing and his reliable collaborators. And Sully, well, Sully knows that he wasn’t the only hero that day when US Airways Flight 1549 hit a flock of geese that blew out both its engines. ...

It turns out, after all of these years, I am a Clint Eastwood fan. I knew it when I was most excited to see Sully this weekend. I know it when I rewatch Changeling and Mystic River. There is something about the kind of films he makes that appeal to my sensibilities. Darkness, moodiness, methodical procedurals. Sometimes slow moving but always involving stories. All of that is present in Sully, even if it would be easy to write this film off as another typical snatched-from-the-headlines biographical docudrama. ...

Eastwood News / Re: Sully: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: September 03, 2016, 06:28:47 PM »
Deadline Hollywood
‘Sully’ Gets Standing Ovations; Clint Eastwood Says Story Turned Down Four Times – Telluride
by Pete Hammond
September 3, 2016 2:52pm
... Eastwood and cast members Tom Hanks, Laura Linney and Aaron Eckhart received a standing ovation when they entered to introduce the film, but you could hear a pin drop as the gripping film was playing. There was prolonged applause once the end credits began and a second standing ovation when the group took the stage for a post-screening Q&A. ...

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