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General Discussion / Pretty Cool Firefox Site
« on: March 06, 2006, 02:09:18 PM »
I found awhile ago about Firefox. It's mainly about the plane Gant uses. This is from the introduction on the site:

Welcome to my website and online resource of information dedicated to the aircraft featured in the 1982 movie, "Firefox." The focus here is predominantly on the aircraft and it's associated special effects itself, not necessarily the film, director or plotline. For that, there are hundreds of better resources on the web.

I'm interested in what people didn't get to see enough of, a really well thought-out design of a fictional movie prop. The real credit goes to Greg Jein (master model maker & artist) who came up with the initial concepts, and Clint Eastwood and John Dykstra for making it all happen realistically. Craig Thomas authored the original novel which the film was based upon.

So take a look:

Off-Topic Discussion / Guess the Dictator or Sit-Com Character
« on: February 09, 2006, 01:17:34 AM »
I found this neat little game a few days ago.

Guess the Dictator or Sit-Com Character

Basically you can choose any Tv chracter (doesn't have to be a sitcom) and answer the questions. So far I've only beaten it once. It got MacGyver, Jean-Luc Picard and Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary from "Rescue Me") all right. I stumped it on Gil Grissom (William Petersen) from C.S.I.

I haven't bothered to try a dictator out. It's a pretty fun game but you have to know a bit about the character you choose. When I had chosen MacGyver it eventually asked me if I carry a Swiss Army Knife... that's when I knew it beat me. For Tommy Gavin it asked if I was a firefighter... and then I knew it beat me.

EDIT: GAH! It got me again with Veronica Mars from "Veronica Mars". Bloody thing asked me if my best friend was murdered and I knew it got it! BAH!!!

EDIT #2: "Do you travel through a stargate?" Yes. "I guess you're Col. Jack O'Niell from Stargate SG-1" BLAST!

EDIT #3: HA! Beat it! I chose Malcolm Reynolds from "Firefly". Sucka! The celebration didn't last long since it beat me again! "Do you kill vampires?" Yes. Damn you Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

Off-Topic Discussion / 2006 Movie Discussion
« on: January 15, 2006, 02:38:10 PM »
Here it is. Discuss films you've seen, want to see or will see for 2006.  8)

Eastwood News / Eastwood presenting at Golden Globes Jan. 16th '06
« on: January 09, 2006, 01:42:37 PM »

Bratt, Carey, Deneuve, and Eastwood Set as Presenters at Golden Globe Awards
Monday January 9, 8:00 am ET

"The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards" Will Be Telecast Live on NBC Monday, January 16

HOLLYWOOD, CA--(MARKET WIRE)--Jan 9, 2006 -- Benjamin Bratt, Mariah Carey, Catherine Deneuve, and Clint Eastwood have been set as presenters at "The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards" to be telecast live on NBC Monday, January 16 (8 - 11:00 p.m. EST) at The Beverly Hilton. [/i]They join previously announced presenters Jessica Alba, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Evangeline Lilly, Virginia Madsen, Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Emmy Rossum, Hilary Swank, John Travolta, Emma Thompson, and Denzel Washington.

Off-Topic Discussion / 2006 Movie Journals
« on: January 01, 2006, 05:26:07 PM »
Here we go!

DVD (all are owned unless noted with an * meaning rented/borrowed)
T.V. (TMN, Pay-Per-View)

January (15+5+2=22)

1/1 - The Producers (2005)
1/2 - Sky High (2005)
1/2 - Rumor Has It... (2005)
1/3 - Office Space (1999)
1/3 - March of the Penguins (2005)*
1/4 - Layer Cake (2004)
1/6 - X-Men (2000)
1/6 - X2: X-Men United (2003)
1/7 - Capote (2005)
1/7 - Aliens (1986)
1/8 - I Heart Huckabees (2004)
1/9 - Kinsey (2004)
1/10 - The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1/11 - Where Eagles Dare (1968)
1/12 - The Killer (1989)*
1/15 - Serenity (2005)
1/23 - Incident at Loch Ness (2004)
1/24 - Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)*
1/24 - Brokeback Mountain (2005)
1/25 - The Aristocrats (2005)*
1/25 - Munich (2005)
1/29 - Bad News Bears (2005)

February (13+0+0=13)

2/6 - The Rock (1996)
2/9 - The Pianist (2002)
2/13 - Broken Flowers (2005)*
2/14 - Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)*
2/14 - The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
2/15 - Touching the Void (2003)
2/16 - The Wild Bunch (1969)
2/18 - The Fifth Element (1997)
2/19 - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
2/20 - Carlito's Way (1993)
2/21 - Serpico (1973)
2/26 - Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
2/28 - Paint Your Wagon (1969)

March (6+1+0=7)

3/1 - Kelly's Heroes (1970)
3/4 - Goodfellas (1990)
3/7 - Do The Right Thing (1989)
3/12 - Grizzly Man (2005)*
3/25 - Inside Man (2006)
3/27 - Walk the Line (2005)
3/29 - Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (2005)

April (6+0+1=7)

4/2 - Collateral (2004)
4/5 - Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
4/7 - The Bourne Identity (2002)*
4/7 - The Bourne Supremacy (2004)*
4/9 - Zathura (2005)
4/12 - Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
4/19 - The Abyss (1989)

May[/b] (1+1+0=2) (woohoo!)

5/1 - United 93
5/14 - True Crime (1999)

June (2+2+2=6)

6/10 - Wolf Creek (2005)
6/11 - Hostel (2005)
6/19 - The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
6/24 - Night and Fog (1955)
6/27 - X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
6/29 - Superman Returns (2006)

July (1+2+0=3)

7/24 - Serenity (2005)
7/25 - An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
7/26 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

August (3+2+0=5)

8/1 - Miami Vice (2006)
8/6 - Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
8/17 - A History of Violence (2005)
8/20 - The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
8/30 - Hard Boiled (1992)*

September (2+0+0=2)

9/19 - Chinatown (1974)
9/22 - The Beguiled (1971)

October (22+2+0=24)

10/7 - Ghostbusters (1984)
10/8 - Ghostbusters II (1989)
10/10 - Alien (1979)
10/11 - Aliens (1986)
10/12 - The Blob (1958)
10/14 - Play Misty For Me (1971)
10/15 - The Departed (2006)
10/15 - Cape Fear (1991)
10/15 - Se7en (1995)*
10/16 - Manhunter (1986)
10/17 - Blade (1998)
10/17 - Blade II (2002)
10/18 - The Thing (1982)
10/18 - High Tension (2003)*
10/18 - Saw (2004)*
10/18 - Saw II (2005)*
10/19 - Alien 3 (1992)
10/19 - House on Haunted Hill (1999)
10/22 - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)*
10/24 - The Fog (1980)
10/25 - The Vanishing (1988)
10/26 - Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
10/28 - Poseidon (2006)*
10/28 - Dawn of the Dead (2004)*

November (8+1+0=9)

11/1 - The Truman Show (1998)
11/4 - Dirty Harry (1971)
11/5 - The Prestige (2006)
11/13 - Network (1976)
11/11 - The Deer Hunter (1978)
11/13 - Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
11/14 - Heat (1995)
11/15 - Braveheart (1995)
11/30 - The Magnificent Seven (1960)

December (22+2+0=24)

12/1 - The Ref (1994)
12/2 - Batman Begins (2005)
12/7 - Edward Scissorhands (1990)
12/9 - The Fog (2005)*
12/13 - Death of a President (2006)*
12/13 - The Da Vinci Code (2006)*
12/14 - The Polar Express (2004)*
12/14 - Ali (2001)
12/16 - Rocky (1976)
12/17 - They Live (1988)*
12/17 - Elf (2003)*
12/19 - Casino Royale (2006)
12/22 - Slither (2006)*
12/22 - Jingle All The Way (1996)
12/22 - Collateral (2004)
12/24 - A Christmas Carol (1951)*
12/24 - Die Hard (1988)
12/26 - Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)*
12/26 - Miami Vice (2006)
12/27 - Madagascar (2005)*
12/27 - Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
12/28 - Cars (2006)*
12/30 - Rocky Balboa (2006)
12/31 - Cobra (1986)

Grand Total (As of December 31, 2006): 101+18+5=124

Off-Topic Discussion / Anyone watching ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT?
« on: December 20, 2005, 12:36:40 AM »

I mentioned in another thread how great this show is and how everyone should be watching it. The first two seasons are on DVD right now and the third season is currently airing. It's on Mondays on FOX.

It's a brilliant show with brilliant writing and actors. The cast is amazing and it's probably one of only a few shows where you can say that it was perfectly cast.

G.O.B. performs his Chicken Dance.

I've seen the first and second seasons three times now and I can't believe how many jokes I've missed the first two times. Just anything from verbal jokes to visual jokes. And I've picked up on foreshadows for event that happen later on in the series. Only once in a long time does a comedy this great come along. It's the new Seinfeld but possibly even better.

However the sad news is that FOX has cut back this seasons episodes from 22 to 13. And from there it looks like it's cancelled, though no official word has been given. However, both ABC and Showtime have exspressed interested and apparently Showtime is the front runner. FOX officials have confirmed that they're in talks with both networks.

Some believe the reason the show has such low ratings is because of it's smart comedy. The show requires the viewer to pay attention and remember so many things in order to get jokes. Thus the reason I found so many new jokes the second and third time around. They happen so fast that it's easy to miss them. I was just watching some of the third season episodes again and there's a part in one episode where there's a sign that says, "Make The Biggest Little Mistake of Your Life in Reno". In that episode the cast makes many a jokes alluding to that slogan which I just completley missed the first time around.

I urge you folks to check this show out now! Holden, I need to you back me up on this!  8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Miami Vice (2006) trailer!
« on: December 12, 2005, 01:21:35 PM »
This movie is gonna rock!

Miami Vice Trailer

General Discussion / MOVED: Cheap DVD Packs
« on: November 23, 2005, 03:59:24 PM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Superman Returns (2006) Trailer
« on: November 17, 2005, 10:59:00 PM »
The teaser has been released for Superman Returns. The film opens next summer and is directed by Bryan Singer, and stars Brandon who? as Superman, Kevin "I Bought my Oscar (the second one!)" Spacey as Lex Luthor, Kate "I've been miscast!" Bosworth as Lois Lane, James "I Get this and X-Men? I ROCK!" Marsden as Perry Whites son, and possibly the greatest bit of casting is that Marlon Brando is playing Jor-El. I find it interesting that Singer managed to get a hold of the un-used footage from the original Superman movies and add it into this one. It'll be neat to see how it works out.

Anyways you can view the trailer here in glorious Quicktime:

General Discussion / MOVED: tuco or angle eyes
« on: October 06, 2005, 10:06:23 AM »
This topic has been moved to Clint Eastwood Westerns.

Off-Topic Discussion / Create Your Own South Park Character!
« on: September 27, 2005, 07:43:19 PM »
I don't know how many people watch the show or even know what it is but over at it's official site you can create your own character. Here's my rendition of myself:


Off-Topic Discussion / MICHAEL MANN Appreciation Thread
« on: September 18, 2005, 12:44:56 AM »
MICHAEL MANN Appreciation Thread

Gonna have to borrow some thunder from Holden (hope you don’t mind, Holden).

It ain’t no secret that I consider Michael Mann to be a truly magnificent and truly talented writer/director. I haven’t seen a BAD Mann film yet (though I have not yet seen The Keep (1983)). I’d rank his films like this: (directed only)

1.   The Insider (1999) A+
2.   Heat (1995) A+
3.   Thief (1981) A
4.   Collateral (2004) A
5.   Ali – The Director’s Cut (2001) B+
6.   The Last of the Mohicans (1992) B
7.   Manhunter (1986) B-

Mann directs Jamie Foxx on the set of Collateral

Michael Mann grew up in the working class Chicago neighborhood of Humboldt Park and in 1960 he graduated from high school and attended the University of Wisconsin, to study English literature (for which he would receive a BA). After college, Mann studied at the London Film School, earning his master’s degree in 1967. While there he worked for an ad agency and toned up his directorial skills on commercials, documentaries and short films.

He moved back to the U.S. in the early 70’s and relocated to Los Angeles. He got work writing for such TV shows as “Starsky & Hutch” and “Police Story”. He also wrote the pilot for “Vega$”. His first directorial effort was The Jericho Mile (1979) for which he won a DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Specials and he also won an Emmy for co-writing.

James Caan as Frank in Thief (1981)

In 1981 came his feature film debut with the crime thriller, Theif starring James Caan. It was received well and was filmed on location in Mann’s hometown of Chicago. Real cops and thiefs were used as technical advisors for the film. In fact some real life cops were used as henchmens while former professional thief John Santucci was used as a cop. The great Dennis Farina is one of the cops used as a henchman.

The film was also praised for being very well done, technically speaking. All the tools used by Frank in the film are real and the vault he breaks into was an authentic vault purchased solely for that scene. And the technique used to break into it was real as well. Though the film never took off, Mann was making a mark in Hollywood.

The monster in The Keep

In 1983 he followed up Theif with the critical and commerical disaster, The Keep. The film was based off of the book by the same name and was about a group of Nazi soldiers who are assigned to gaurd a Romanian Citadel. When the soldiers start dieing they call upon a lonely Jewish man to help figure out whats going on. I have never seen The Keep but I have never heard anything good about it. As far as I know it has never officially been released on DVD. At least not in Region 1.

Don Johnson (L) as Crocket and Philip Michael Thomas (R) as Tubbs in "Miami Vice"

After the disapointment of The Keep Mann moved back to television. He got a hold of a new cop show that would re-shape cops shows for a new generation. The show was called "Miami Vice". He served as executive producer (and wrote some episodes) for the shows entire five year run. "Vice" was a critical and commercial success. The ratings were great and the show was extremely popular. Because of it's use of popular-at-time music, flashy clothes, fast cars, and the slick, colorful style the show was a success with the "MTV Generation". While some feel the show lost it's steam around season three, the ratings were still good and the showed continued until its final episode aired on June 28, 1989 (an un-aired episode was broadcasted several months later).

During Vice's run, Mann returned to the big screen in 1986 with the adaptation of Thomas Harris's book "Red Dragon" only retitled to Manhunter. It was the first Hannibal Lecktor film made and is the one often forgot about and swept under the rug. Brett Ratner remade or re-imagined this when he made Red Dragon in 2002. Though I do prefer Manhunter over Red Dragon it does suffer from being dated. It was made on a low budget and it easily shows. The film works as a taught little thriller and William Petersen (Gil Grissom on TV's "CSI") really shines as Will Graham. Thomas Noonan plays the Red Dragon, Francis Dollarhyde. Brian Cox was cast as Lecktor and delivers a performance just as good as Anthony Hopkins would do several years later in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

William Petersen (L) as Will Graham and Brian Cox (R) as Dr. Hannibal Lecktor.

The film also features the beginning of Mann's trademark visual style. The blues are prominent and the slick and stylish camera angles/shots are present. The use of music also adds to Mann's style as his soundtracks are always greatly thought out to help add to the film rather then distract you. While not one of Mann's greatest achievements it's still a nice little film and it does its job when it needs to.

Still during his "Miami Vice" years Mann started up another cop show. This time set in Chicago and starring Mann regular by this point, Dennis Farina. It was caled "Crime Story" and it only lasted about two seasons.

After Vice ended Mann would write and produce two mini-series about drug cartels. In 1990 there was "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" for which he won another Emmy and in 1992 came "Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel" (1992) for which he recieved an Emmy nomination.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe in a scene from The Last of the Mohicans

In 1992 Mann returned to the big screen with the adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans. It was recieved well by audiences and critics and took home an Academy Award for Best Sound. Mann has also gone on record as saying that "Mohicans" is a terrible piece of literature but that it was the story that had interested him in the project.

Mohicans remains one of Mann's most under rated films. Day-Lewis delievers a wonderful performance as Hawkeye and the final 20-30 minutes of the film is what makes it a good film. There's also a scene between Wes Studi and Jodhi May towards the end that helps to elevate the film.

It wasn't until 1995 that Michael Mann truly made a huge mark in the industry. In 1992 he had a made a little seen TV movie called "L.A. Takedown". This TV movie was used as blueprint for what has become known as one of the best police dramas ever made, Heat (which he wrote, produced and directed).

Heat was a critical and commerical success and it also made movie history by pairing two screen icons together for the first time. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. The two had appeared previously in The Godfather Part II (1974) but were never acutally on screen together. Though in the famous "coffee shop scene" in Heat where these two icons meet they never actually appear in the same frame together. It's all over the shoulder shots which led to speculation that Pacino and De Niro were never on set together at the time of filming. This has been proven false.

Mann speaks with Pacino and De Niro the shooting of Heat (1995)

The "coffee shop scene" was used as the marketing for the film and is what the film is mostly known for (aside from the shoot-out). Both actors deliever here and the dialogue between the two is marvelous.

Heat remains one of the best films ever made. It's truly a masterpiece of the genre and deserved a lot more praise then it got. It was shunned at the Academy Awards and only made about $68 million domestically. Mann's painstakingly accurate eye for detail helps propell this movie above all others of the same genre. The sounds of the guns are the real sounds those guns make. The cast went through exstensive fire arms training to prepare for what is known as the best shoot-out in cinema history.

Rear windows shatter as the gang pulls a heist at the beginning; De Niro and Kilmer in the shoot-out

The sound of the shoot-out is just absolutley jaw dropping. Hearing the guns echo through-out the streets of L.A. is just glorious to hear. Hearing the bullets tear through the metal of the police cruiser and shatters the windows it just makes you wonder why this film didn't win Best sound at the Oscars. It's truly a travesty that this thing picked up nothing.

Heat is one Mann's best efforts, a truly wonderfull blend of everything he's known for in his films. Great, well written characters, nice slick style, great performances and truly talented cast that included: Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Val Kilmer, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Natalie Portman, Danny Trejo, Tone Loc, Henry Rollins and Jeremy Piven, Wes Studi and Tom Noonan.

One of the more ballsy moves Mann pulled with Heat was that he let the shoot-out happen around the middle of the film. Any other director probably would have had the shoot-out at the end and have Hanna take McCauley down then. But Mann takes his time with these characters. He's still developing them all the way to the end. He even has a knack for making throw away characters important and memorable.

Off-Topic Discussion / Peter Jennings has died.
« on: August 07, 2005, 11:37:48 PM »

Peter Jennings dies of lung cancer
Longtime ABC News anchor was 67

Monday, August 8, 2005; Posted: 1:09 a.m. EDT (05:09 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Nearly four months to the day since he announced in a hoarse voice on his evening newscast that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, longtime ABC "World News Tonight" anchor Peter Jennings died Sunday, according to the ABC News network. He was 67.

The solemn announcement was made late Sunday by "Good Morning America" co-host Charles Gibson, who said Jennings died in his New York City apartment. His wife, Kayce, his children Elizabeth and Christopher, and his sister were at his side, Gibson said.

He read a statement from the family that said: "Peter died with his family around him, without pain and in peace. He knew he had lived a good life."

At a time when all three U.S. major broadcast networks saw their evening news anchor spots change hands in less than a year, Jennings' departure was a surprise. Both NBC's Tom Brokaw and CBS' Dan Rather announced their plans well in advance, but Jennings' illness forced a quick decision.

In a written statement Sunday to ABC News staff, network President Dave Westin said: "It is with great sadness I write to say that Peter Jennings passed away earlier this evening. For four decades, he has been our colleague, our friend, and our leader in so many ways. None of us will be the same without him.

"As you all know, Peter learned only this spring that the health problem he'd been struggling with was lung cancer. With Kayce, he moved straight into an aggressive chemotherapy treatment. He knew that it was an uphill struggle. But he faced it with realism, courage, and a firm hope that he would be one of the fortunate ones. In the end, he was not."

"We will have many opportunities in the coming hours and days to remember Peter for all that he meant to us all. ... But for the moment, the finest tribute we can give is to continue to do the work he loved so much and inspired us to do."

Jennings, a native Canadian who became a U.S. citizen in 2003, had said he would continue to host "World News Tonight" when possible. Since the announcement, Gibson and ABC's Elizabeth Vargas have filled in for him as temporary anchors.

The veteran anchorman had said he was determined to fight the disease, citing National Cancer Institute statistics that nearly 10 million Americans are living with cancer. "I have a lot to learn from them, and 'living' is the key word," he said.

Since April 5, when Jennings announced his diagnosis on the news program, he kept his public comments positive. Even during the initial announcement, he said he would be undergoing chemotherapy and joked about losing his hair.

"I wonder if other men and women ask their doctors right away, 'OK, doc, when does the hair go?'" said the immaculately dressed and coifed Jennings.

He admitted being a smoker until about 20 years ago, and said he "was weak and I smoked over 9/11."

ABC veterans mourn Jennings

In an April 29 letter posted on the ABC News site, Jennings said he had been "spoiled rotten" by well-wishers and added, "I assume there are a few others out there who, like me, are going with the flow until the day gets better."

ABC veterans Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer reacted sadly to the news of Jennings' death.

"We had such wonderful memories, all of us, with Peter," Walters said. "I don't know anyone who could command an audience with the kind of authority that Peter had."

Sawyer said Jennings was a stickler for details.

"You lived in terror because you knew you didn't know the pronunciation of a street in Beirut," said Sawyer, who said she also respected Jennings' sense of fairness.

He would say, she said, "There is no absolute truth in the world for every group of people."

Winner of numerous Emmys

Since he began anchoring the program in 1983, Jennings won numerous awards, including a National Headline Award and a George Foster Peabody award. He also won some 16 Emmys, according to the ABC News Web site.

Asked how it felt after anchoring ABC's evening news program for 20 years, Jennings told CNN's Larry King on Sept. 8, 2003: "Seems like yesterday; seems like forever -- all at the same time."

"It's sort of, how do you measure it? Do you measure the fact that I'm 20 years older? No. I think I measure it by the events. You know, I came just as the Cold War was coming to an end."

"When you think about the events that we've been through, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to, I guess you'd say, 9/11 being the culmination at the end of that, of that scope, what extraordinary changes there have been."

Network anchor at age 26

Jennings was born July 29, 1938, in Toronto with journalism in his blood. His father, Charles, was the first voice of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation when it was established in the mid-1930s. At age 9, Jennings hosted "Peter's People," a short-lived Saturday morning children's show on the CBC.

A high school dropout, Jennings worked as a bank teller for several years before moving into radio and then into television in 1961. He was hired by ABC in 1964.

The following year, when he was 26, Jennings was picked to anchor "The ABC Evening News." But two years later, he told his bosses he needed more seasoning and returned to field reporting, CNN Correspondent Jeff Greenfield, a former ABC News employee, has said.

Jennings became a foreign correspondent for the network, covering such stories as the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, when members of the Arab terrorist group Black September seized the Israeli compound and took athletes hostage and later killed them.

After he took the anchor chair of World News Tonight, Jennings led ABC's coverage of the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

"On 9/11, those of us who do the jobs that I do, flew without a net for hour and hour and hour after end. And then you hope and pray that you've had the experience to be up to it. Because then you're editor, analyst, reporter, correspondent, ringmaster, the whole thing."

'Many thanks to all of you'

An ABC spokesman said in April that Jennings had been feeling ill for a couple of months and underwent a number of tests before the cancer diagnosis was made. He did not travel to cover the tsunami in South Asia in December 2004 or the death of Pope John Paul II earlier this year.

When the announcement of Jennings' diagnosis was made, ABC did not divulge the stage of his cancer. Cancer stages range from 1 to 4, with 4 being the most advanced.

The network's "World News Tonight" Web site has maintained an online forum where viewers could post expressions of support and good wishes for Jennings. It has also posted statements from Jennings thanking viewers for their support and his thoughts on topics such as the recent terrorist bombings in London.

The last posting came on July 29, Jennings' birthday. "Many thanks to all of you for your birthday wishes," the statement from Jennings said. "Your words -- as always -- are a great source of strength. I am celebrating today with my family -- we are all grateful."

Sad news. I didn't know he was this ill since it was only a few months ago we found he had lung cancer.

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Birthday, Xichado!
« on: July 23, 2005, 10:25:30 PM »
I know it's still not for another day but what the heck: Happy Birthday, Xichado!!  O0 8) You gotta stop by more often, I like reading some of your posts. Hope you have a great day!

"Hope you have a G-R-R-R-E-A-T day!"  ;D


James Doohan, 'Star Trek's' Scotty, dead

Wednesday, July 20, 2005; Posted: 12:23 p.m. EDT (16:23 GMT)

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and motion pictures who responded to the command "Beam me up, Scotty," died early Wednesday. He was 85.

James Doohan

Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) at his Redmond, Washington, home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease, he said.

The Canadian-born Doohan fought in World War II and was wounded during the D-Day invasion, according to the Web site. He was enjoying a busy career as a character actor when he auditioned for a role as an engineer in a new space adventure on NBC in 1966. A master of dialects from his early years in radio, he tried seven different accents.

"The producers asked me which one I preferred," Doohan recalled 30 years later. "I believed the Scot voice was the most commanding. So I told them, 'If this character is going to be an engineer, you'd better make him a Scotsman.' "

The series, which starred William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as the enigmatic Mr. Spock, attracted an enthusiastic following of science fiction fans, especially among teenagers and children, but not enough ratings power. NBC canceled it after three seasons.

When the series ended in 1969, Doohan found himself typecast as Montgomery Scott, the canny engineer with a burr in his voice. In 1973, he complained to his dentist, who advised him: "Jimmy, you're going to be Scotty long after you're dead. If I were you, I'd go with the flow."

"I took his advice," said Doohan, "and since then everything's been just lovely."

"Star Trek" continued in syndication both in the United States and abroad, and its following grew larger and more dedicated. In his later years, Doohan attended 40 "Trekkie" gatherings around the country and lectured at colleges.

The huge success of George Lucas' "Star Wars" in 1977 prompted Paramount Pictures, which had produced "Star Trek" for television, to plan a movie based on the series. The studio brought back the TV cast and hired director Robert Wise. "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" was successful enough to spawn five sequels with the cast of the original TV show; other films, featuring cast members of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," have followed.

The powerfully built Doohan spoke frankly in 1998 about his employer and his TV commander.

"I started out in the series at basic minimum -- plus 10 percent for my agent. That was added a little bit in the second year. When we finally got to our third year, Paramount told us we'd get second-year pay! That's how much they loved us."

He accused Shatner of hogging the camera, adding: "I like Captain Kirk, but I sure don't like Bill. He's so insecure that all he can think about is himself."

James Montgomery Doohan was born March 3, 1920, in Vancouver, British Columbia, youngest of four children of William Doohan, a pharmacist, veterinarian and dentist, and his wife Sarah. As he wrote in his autobiography, "Beam Me Up, Scotty," his father was a drunk who made life miserable for his wife and children.

At 19, James escaped the turmoil at home by joining the Canadian army, becoming a lieutenant in artillery. He was among the Canadian forces that landed on Juno Beach on D-Day. "The sea was rough," he recalled. "We were more afraid of drowning than the Germans."

The Canadians crossed a minefield laid for tanks; the soldiers weren't heavy enough to detonate the bombs. At 11:30 that night, he was machine-gunned, taking six hits: one that took off his middle right finger (he managed to hide the missing finger on screen), four in his leg and one in the chest. The chest bullet was stopped by his silver cigarette case.

After the war Doohan on a whim enrolled in a drama class in Toronto. He showed promise and won a two-year scholarship to New York's famed Neighborhood Playhouse, where fellow students included Leslie Nielsen, Tony Randall and Richard Boone.

His commanding presence and booming voice brought him work as a character actor in films and television, both in Canada and the United States.

Oddly, his only other TV series besides "Star Trek" was another space adventure, "Space Command," in 1953.

Doohan's first marriage to Judy Doohan produced four children. He had two children by his second marriage to Anita Yagel. Both marriages ended in divorce. In 1974 he married Wende Braunberger, and their children were Eric, Thomas and Sarah, who was born in 2000, when Doohan was 80.

In a 1998 interview, Doohan was asked if he ever got tired of hearing the line "Beam me up, Scotty."

"I'm not tired of it at all," he replied. "Good gracious, it's been said to me for just about 31 years. It's been said to me at 70 miles an hour across four lanes on the freeway. I hear it from just about everybody. It's been fun."

Waving to fans at his final convention appearence.

Recieving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

This is sad news but I knew he had been suffering from several diseases over the past few years. I can only hope he died peacefully.

General Discussion / Favourite Eyebrow
« on: June 19, 2005, 09:26:01 AM »
Which movie of Clint's do you think he has a better eyebrow? I think it's The Good, The Bad & the Ugly but I could be wrong.

Off-Topic Discussion / Directors pick their favourite films
« on: June 08, 2005, 11:24:45 PM »
Here's some highlights:  (For the complete list)


1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone, 1966)
2. Rio Bravo (Hawks, 1959)
3. Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)
4. His Girl Friday (Hawks, 1939)
5. Rolling Thunder (Flynn, 1977)
6. They All Laughed (Bogdanovich, 1981)
7. The Great Escape (J Sturges, 1963)
8. Carrie (De Palma, 1976)
9. Coffy (Hill, 1973)
10. Five Fingers of Death (Chang, 1973)


1. La Dolce Vita (Fellini, 1960)
2. Ivan the Terrible, Part II (Eisenstein, 1958)
3. Lawrence of Arabia (Lean, 1962)
4. Rashomon (Kurosawa, 1951)
5. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
6. The Seventh Seal (Bergman, 1956)
7. La Règle du Jeu (Renoir, 1939)
8. Metropolis (Lang, 1927)
9. Los Olvidados (Buñuel, 1950)
10. Some Like It Hot (Wilder, 1959)


1. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
2. The Seventh Seal (Bergman, 1956)
3. 8 1/2 (Fellini, 1963)
4. That Obscure Object of Desire (Buñuel, 1977)
5. Dr Strangelove (Kubrick, 1963)
6. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
7. Sunset Blvd (Wilder, 1950)
8. Solaris (Tarkovsky, 1972)
9. La Roue (Gance, 1923)
10. The Birth of a Nation (Griffith, 1915)


1. Amarcord (Fellini, 1973)
2. American Graffiti (Lucas, 1973)
3. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
4. City Lights (Chaplin, 1931)
5. The Deer Hunter (Cimino, 1978)
6. Les Enfants du Paradis (Carné, 1945)
7. Giant (Stevens, 1956)
8. The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)
9. Miracle in Milan (De Sica, 1951)
10. Raging Bull (Scorsese, 1980)


1. The Apartment (Wilder, 1960)
2. La Règle du Jeu (Renoir, 1939)
3. La Dolce Vita (Fellini, 1960)
4. Manhattan (Allen, 1979)
5. The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler, 1946)
6. To Kill a Mockingbird (Mulligan, 1962)
7. Harold and Maude (Ashby, 1971)
8. Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)
9. Quadrophenia (Roddam, 1979)
10. Ninotchka (Lubitsch, 1939)


1. Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
2. Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein, 1925)
3. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
4. Dr Strangelove (Kubrick, 1963)
5. Faust (Murnau, 1926)
6. Last Year at Marienbad (Resnais, 1961)
7. My Darling Clementine (Ford, 1946)
8. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1928)
9. Raging Bull (Scorsese, 1980)
10. The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, 1969)


1. The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler, 1946)
2. Fanny and Alexander (Bergman, 1982)
3. The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)
4. The Grapes of Wrath (Ford, 1940)
5. Intolerance (Griffith, 1916)
6. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1928)
7. Ran (Kurosawa, 1985)
8. Roma (Fellini, 1972)
9. Singin' in the Rain (Kelly, Donen, 1952)
10. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

The AFI is doing another one of those "100 Years... 100 <insert whatever here>" things again. This year it's "100 Years... 100 Quotes" and it's to be broadcast on Tuesday June 21st at 8pm on CBS.

Here are the quotes Clint got nominated for:

"You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?'. Well, do ya, punk?"
- 'Dirty' Harry Callahan - Dirty Harry (1971)

"Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy."
- Josey Wales -  The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

"Go ahead, make my day."
- 'Dirty' Harry Callahan - Sudden Impact (1983)

It's a hell of a thing killin' a man. You take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have."
- William Munny -  Unforgiven (1992)

*(Any mistakes with the quotes, names or movie titles are my own.)

Off-Topic Discussion / No more Star Trek...
« on: May 10, 2005, 11:15:12 AM »
This Friday the final episode of "Star Trek: Enterprise" will air marking the first time in 18 years that no original Star Trek will be on the air.

The cast of "Star Trek: Enterprise".

Before Enterprise came on I felt that the head honchos at Paramount who run the Star Trek franchise (Rick Berman & Brannon Braga) should have taken a break. And the disaster of a final film for The Next Generation crew, Star Trek: Nemesis, helped add more fuel to the fire of why Star Trek should take a break.

I watched the first three seasons of Enterprise only to be bored with every passing show. There were just too many problems with the show that were hurting it. Writing, direction, and even the scores. However, towards the end of season three a man by the name of Manny Coto, who had created a wonderful and original but sadley short lived sci-fi show called "Odyssey 5" came on board as a writer. It wasn't just a coincidence that the episodes started to become more interesting and fun to watch.

Coto had changed Enterprise. He gave it a breath of fresh air and now that I have gone back and watched season 4, I must say that I want this show to continue. Season 4, while still not done yet obviously, has been THE best season of Star Trek since "Deep Space Nine" went off the air in 1999. It's been nothing short of brilliant. I became so excited by it that I just kept watching episode after episode. Coto and the rest of the writing staff have gone through some sort of creatvie resurgence and have now made a worthy Star Trek show. Just when I thought Trek was dead this wonderful season comes along.

It would be great if the Sci-Fi Network picked up Enterprise like they did Stargate SG-1 when Showtime cancelled it but it's doubtful they will, since they already have four original series going.

But now, after this Friday, there will be no Star Trek. It's had a tremendous run and has secured its place in pop culture. And with syndication and DVD rentals and sales it will "Live long and prosper."

Star Trek has been with me my entire life. I grew up watching "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and I got into "Deep Space Nine" late and came to love the show. "Voyager" I hated every second of and now "Enterprise" has given me a revitalisation in Star Trek. I'm excited by it again. I love Star Trek and I have no problem admitting to it and I look forward to the day when the season box sets come down in price (doubtful) so I can enjoy these shows again.

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