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Off-Topic Discussion / Tom Snyder has died
« on: July 30, 2007, 06:34:59 AM »

'Tomorrow' host Snyder dies at 71

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Talk show host Tom Snyder, whose smoke-filled interviews were a staple of late night television, has died after a struggle with leukemia. He was 71.

Snyder died Sunday in San Francisco from complications associated with leukemia, said his longtime producer and friend Mike Horowicz.

Known for his improvised, casual style and robust laughter, Snyder conducted a number of memorable interviews as host of NBC's "The Tomorrow Show." Among his guests were John Lennon, Charles Manson and Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols.

He gained more fame when Dan Aykroyd lampooned him in the early days of "Saturday Night Live."

Snyder began his career as a radio reporter in Milwaukee in the 1960s, then moved into local television news. He anchored newscasts in Philadelphia and Los Angeles before moving to late night.

In 1973, Snyder left news to host "The Tomorrow Show," which followed "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. He hosted the show until 1981, according to "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable Shows."

His catch phrase for the show was: "Fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures, now, as they fly through the air." Snyder smoked throughout his show, the cigarette cloud swirling around him during interviews.

In 1980, "Tomorrow" -- which had been 60 minutes -- was expanded to 90 minutes. Gossip columnist Rona Barrett was added to the show, but she and Snyder didn't get along. Their feud made headlines.

In 1995, he returned to late-night television as the host of "The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder" on CBS. The program followed David Letterman's "Late Show" until 1998, when Snyder was replaced by Craig Kilborn.

Snyder announced on his Web site in 2005 that he had chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

"When I was a kid leukemia was a death sentence," he wrote then. "Now, my doctors say it's treatable!"

Off-Topic Discussion / Need some workout music
« on: April 20, 2007, 02:01:11 PM »
All I got is the Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky soundtrack on my iPod. I need some more pumped up stuff to workout too. I also need something really pumping while I'm running.

I have lots of: AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Aerosmith, Warren Zevon, Led Zepplin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stepenwolf, Tom Petty, Queen, U2, Van Halen and Wings on the computer. I didn't want to add all of their stuff since some stuff isn't as good as other stuff.

Any recommendations for good, rocking songs?

Have you seen the trailer for Pale Rider?  Did the arrangement of the scenes in the trailer make you think the story would be different from what you saw in the movie, or did they seem to lead you to the events as presented in the film?


What is your opinion of these posters? Would they make you want to see the film? Which do you like better? If you have seen other posters for this film, if possible post images here and tell us how they compare and which you prefer.

Some other posters used to promote Pale Rider can be found here:

Upon their original release, films are promoted by posters of various formats, but also by means of such things as book tie-in editions, soundtracks, novelty items, and of course advertisements in the press. When they are released on video, the artwork chosen for the video packages becomes part of the promotional material. If your collection includes promotional items other than posters for Pale Rider, or if you would just like to post images and discuss them, this thread is the place.

NOTE: This was an April Fool's joke that I made up. Clint Eastwood is not directing another western!


Eastwood Saddling Up Again

By R. Robertson, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES - It has been fifteen years since Clint Eastwood last saddled up for a western in Unforgiven. Eastwood, 76, has just come off a hot streak of directing several Academy Award nominated films and now it seems he wants to return to what made him famous: the western genre.

"I have long said that if the right script came along that I would consider it... well the right script has finally come along," Eastwood said in an interview at his Pebble Beach golf course Saturday. Eastwood was tight-lipped about what to expect. "I can't give too many details out but it'll be marvelous." Will he star in it? "I don't know actually. Maybe. I tried hopping on a horse the other day at (William) Shatner's ranch and almost fell off."

All that he could tell us about the plot was that it featured a young man searching for his lost father during the Civil War era. Filming is expected to begin later this year in New Mexico and Canada. 

Off-Topic Discussion / DVD Cardboard slip cases
« on: March 20, 2007, 11:36:20 AM »
I'm really annoyed with these stupid cardboard slipcases that come on DVD's now. To me they're a waste of money, time and paper. I understand they're there to protect the cases and to prevent theft but come on. I hate them! I've been thinking of just throwing them out but I'm pretty uptight when it comes to my DVD collection. So what does everyone else do? It probably doesn't bother some as much as me I guess.

I'm so excited! Aaron Eckhart, an actor I've liked since Erin Brockovich, has been confirmed as playing D.A. Harvey Dent/Two-Face! Maggie Gyllenhaal is rumoured to be taking the role Katie Holmes had in Batman Begins of Rachel Dawes. They didn't want her back after she went all crazy with Tom Cruise and joined his cult. Or she just didn't want to come back... depends on what story you want to believe. I like the studio not wanting her back because of the cult thing myself.

Anyways, filming is supposed to start sometime this year I believe, for a summer 2008 release!

Off-Topic Discussion / Snowstorms!
« on: February 14, 2007, 11:28:51 AM »
So how are some of us faring? We're getting hit right now. Not bad but over night we got quite a few centimeters. Most stores and schools are closed for the day. Hopefully it'll calm down a bit and I can get out and take some pictures.

General Discussion / A Perfect World - Then & Now on Location
« on: February 11, 2007, 10:28:27 PM »
I came across this website tonight:

It's pretty neat. It shows some of the spots used in A Perfect World how they are today as opposed to when they were used in the film. He has some other films on there as well.

Eastwood News / Eastwood to receive inaugural MPAA Humanitarian Award
« on: February 01, 2007, 06:30:13 PM »

Clint Eastwood to get humanitarian award

LOS ANGELES - Academy Award-winning director

Clint Eastwood will receive the Motion Picture Association of America's inaugural humanitarian award, the association announced Thursday.

Eastwood, 76, will be presented the Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award at a private dinner Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

"For decades, (Eastwood) has exemplified the decency and goodness of spirit in his moviemaking," said MPAA Chairman Dan Glickman, lauding the filmmaker for his recent pair of World War II-themed works, "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima."

"These films exemplify the true power of movies to tell human stories and inspire national conversation," Glickman said.

Eastwood is nominated for an Academy Award for directing "Letters from Iwo Jima." The film is also up for best picture.

The humanitarian award was named after the MPAA's longtime chief, Valenti, who helped choose Eastwood as its inaugural recipient.


Well it's official. I'm registered with the Canadian Arthritis Society's Joints in Motion program. I'll be competing in the 2007 New Las Vegas Marathon. Unfortunately I need to raise $3,900 so I need to get going on that. I've been in contact with some folks I know who are in bands and I'll be holding a garage sale in the summer. I'll try and ask some friends if they have anything they'd be willing to donate to the garage sale. Anyways, this is a new challenge for me both in terms of fund raising and competing in a marathon. But I was speaking with a past participant at the gym and he said that there's no greater feeling then crossing the  finish line and knowing you did something that not a lot of people can say they have done. So I looked into it, spoke with the representatives from the Arthritis Society and decided to partake in it. It's for a good cause and it will help me get my body into shape. So it's a win win.

Anyways, I know I'll seem like a shill now but if you would like to donate (much appreciated even if it's like $5 or something) just send me a PM and I'll get back to you. Anyone can donate it doesn't matter where you live. Or if you can't at this time no worries!

Thanks again and I appreciate everyone checking this out! I'll also have a training blog going so I'll post that link soon.

Special thanks to those who have donated already!  8)  O0

Off-Topic Discussion / The MOST important news story right now...
« on: January 02, 2007, 02:02:25 AM »

I can't believe FOX and CNN aren't carrying live coverage. What's wrong with the world?

Off-Topic Discussion / 2007 Movie Journals
« on: January 01, 2007, 02:20:02 PM »
DVD (all are owned unless noted with a * which means rented or borrowed)
TV (TMN, Pay-per-View etc.)

January (17+0+1=18)

1 - O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
2 - Total Recall (1990)
3 - Pumping Iron (1977)
6 - The Last Waltz (1978)
13 - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
14 - Eight Below (2006)*
17 - Firewall (2006)
18 - Crank (2006)*
20 - The Usual Suspects (1995)
23 - The Hills Have Eyes (2006)*
24 - Little Miss Sunshine (2006)*
25 - The Devil's Rejects (2005)*
26 - Night of the Living Dead (1968)*
26 - Dawn of the Dead (1978)*
27 - Day of the Dead (1985)*
27 - Land of the Dead (2005)*
29 - The Descent (2005)*
30 - Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)*

February (7+0+0=7)

1 - Near Dark (1987)*
3 - The Last House on the Left (1972)*
6 - The Terminator (1984)
7 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
8 - Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2004)
9 - The Legend of Hell House (1973)*
22 - The Funhouse (1981)*

March (14+0+0=14)

1 - M*A*S*H (1970)
8 - Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
20 - Field of Dreams (1989)
21 - Black Hawk Down (2001)
22 - Friday Night Lights (2004)
22 - Thirteen Days (2000)
24 - We Were Soldiers (2002)
27 - An Inconvenient Truth (2006)*
28 - Rocky (1976)
28 - Rocky II (1979)
29 - Rocky III (1982)
29 - Rocky IV (1985)
31 - Rocky V (1990)
31 - Rocky Balboa (2006)

April (5+1+0=6)

11 - Major League (1989)
11 - Children of Men (2006)
17 - The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
19 - The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
25 - Fracture (2007)
28 - Black Christmas (2006)*

May (7+1+0=8)

1 - The Queen (2006)*
1 - The Prestige (2006)
2 - Notes on a Scandal (2006)*
18 - Spider-Man (2002)*
18 - Spider-Man 2 (2004)*
21 - Spider-Man 3 (2007)
27 - Flags of our Fathers (2006)
29 - Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

June (17+0+0=17)

1 - RoboCop (1987)
2 - Casino Royale (2006)
3 - The Clearing (2004)
5 - The Great Escape (1963)
7 - Superman Returns (2006)*
8 - Bobby (2006)*
9 - The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)*
10 - The Devil Wears Prada (2006)*
11 - Smokin' Aces (2007)*
12 - The Good Shepherd (2006)*
14 - Dreamgirls (2006)*
15 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)*
16 - Little Children (2006)*
19 - The Hunt for Red October (1990)
20 - Patriot Games (1992)
21 - Clear and Present Danger (1994)
22 - The Sum of All Fears (2002)

July (8+2+0=10)

2 - Knocked Up (2007)
5 - Gridiron Gang (2006)*
9 - Sicko (2007)
10 - Thank You for Smoking (2005)*
15 - Tombstone (1993)
16 - Open Range (2003)
25 - Rounders (1998)*
27 - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
28 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)*
29 - The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

August (11+1+0=12)

4 - The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
18 - Tin Cup (1996)*
19 - Groundhog Day (1993)*
22 - 300 (2006)*
25 - Apollo 13 (1995)*
26 - Stripes (1981)*
27 - District B13 (2004)*
27 - Dark Blue (2002)
30 - Ocean's Eleven (2001)
31 - Ocean's Twelve (2004)

September (10+0+0=10)

1 - Batman (1989)
2 - Batman Returns (1992)
4 - The U.S. vs John Lennon (2006)*
9 - Batman Begins (2005)
10 - Shock Waves (1977)*
20 - The Insider (1999)
22 - Miami Vice (2006)
23 - High Plains Drifter (1973)
27 - World Trade Center (2006)*
29 - Running Scared (2006)*

October (16+1+0=17)

6 - Philadelphia (1993)*
8 - In the Mouth of Madness (1995)*
9 - Signs (2002)
11 - Cronos (1993)
12 - Escape From New York (1981)
14 - The Kingdom (2007)
16 - Alien (1979)
16 - Aliens (1986)
17 - AlienĀ³ (1992)*
17 - Alien: Resurrection (1997)*
18 - Predator (1987)
19 - Predator 2 (1990)*
20 - AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)*
20 - Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror (2007)*
20 - Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof (2007)*
21 - Doom (2005)*
31 - Halloween (1978)

November (5+0+0=5)

4 - Transformers (2007)*
17 - Ocean's Thirteen (2007)*
25 - Superbad (2007)*
30 - Live Free or Die Hard (2007)*
30 - Ocean's Thirteen (2007)*

December (9+0+0=9)

4 - The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)*
9 - The Rocket: The Maurice Richard Story (2005)*
14 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
15 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
15 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
16 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
16 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
22 - True Lies (1994)
24 - Die Hard (1988)

Grand Total (As of Dec. 31th): 126+6+1=133

Off-Topic Discussion / Monopoly Question
« on: December 26, 2006, 12:07:16 PM »
Is it ok to hide money during the game? You know like put a couple of hundreds in your pocket to bluff people when your bidding on properties? I did that yesterday and I bid $600 and my girlfriend was like," You don't have $600." "Yeah I do." Then my mom said, "What? In your pocket?" "Yep." And then all hell broke loose. Needless to say the game ended right there. Clearly I don't see how it's wrong to hide money. You're bluffing people. You're making them think you don't have enough money so if they let you have it you'll have to mortgage like crazy. I've played like this for years and so have some of my friends. Is it wrong? No where in the rules does it say you can't hide money or your properties.

And I came across this as well:
Q. Is the amount of money a player has public knowledge?

From Erik Arneson,
Your Guide to Board / Card Games.

A. No. There is no requirement to let other players know how much money you have.

Obviously, you can't cheat by hiding money when you owe rent or must pay something to the bank, but on the other hand you don't need to advertise how much money you have.

Off-Topic Discussion / For Christopher: Hilary Duff is so hot.
« on: December 24, 2006, 01:07:31 AM »

Merry Christmas Christopher!

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