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Off-Topic Discussion / In Wiki We Trust....
« on: March 08, 2007, 07:31:08 PM »
...NOT. Just be careful when using user-edited sites such as Wikipedia as a trusted source.

Wikiscandal

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Off-Topic Discussion / IMDB's New Look
« on: February 19, 2007, 11:52:42 AM »
IMDB.com seems to have a new layout, at least for the results' pages. Looks nice, will have to get used to it.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Those Who Left Us In 2006
« on: December 29, 2006, 06:51:40 AM »
Quite a heavy year for notable people who left the scene. A much more extensive list can be found here.




January

Lou Rawls, 72 - Velvet-voiced singer of such hits as "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing."

Shelley Winters, 85 - Outspoken, Oscar-winning star who graduated from bombshell parts to dramas such as "The Diary of Anne Frank."

Wilson Pickett, 64 - Fiery soul music pioneer known for song "Mustang Sally."

Fayard Nicholas, 91 - With brother Harold, he wowed the tap dancing world.

Wendy Wasserstein, 55 - Playwright who celebrated women's lives in "The Heidi Chronicles."

Coretta Scott King, 78 - Civil rights leader; carried on work of her martyred husband.


February

Al Lewis, 82 - Grandpa on "The Munsters."

Betty Friedan, 85 - Her "The Feminine Mystique" helped shatter the cosy suburban ideal in postwar America.

Freddie Laker, 83 - British entrepreneur who changed air travel with his low-cost Skytrain service.

Peter Benchley, 65 - Author of "Jaws," novel made into blockbuster movie.

Dennis Weaver, 81 - Chester on "Gunsmoke."

Don Knotts, 81 - Won five Emmys for playing bumbling deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show."


March

John Profumo, 91 - Former British cabinet minister at centre of huge 1963 scandal.

Slobodan Milosevic, 64 - Former Yugoslav leader; accused of orchestrating conflict that killed 250,000 people.

Maureen Stapleton, 80 - Oscar-winning actress who excelled on stage, screen, and television.

Oleg Cassini, 92 - His designs added to the glamour of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's wife Jacqueline.

Buck Owens, 76 - Flashy rhinestone cowboy who shaped country music - "Act Naturally."


April

Gene Pitney, 66 - Singer with a string of hits including "Town Without Pity."

June Pointer, 52 - Youngest of hitmaking Pointer Sisters - "I'm So Excited."

Dame Muriel Spark, 88 - British novelist best known for "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie."

John Kenneth Galbraith, 97 - Canadian-born economist whose influence stretched from White House to Main Street.

Jane Jacobs, 89 - Author and urban activist known for her book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities."


May

Floyd Patterson, 71 - Boxing great; regained heavyweight title in 1960 in rematch.


June

Billy Preston, 59 - Singer-keyboardist - "Nothing From Nothing"; played with the Beatles.

Kenneth Thomson, 82 - Canada's richest person.

Aaron Spelling, 83 - TV impresario whose shows "Beverly Hills 90210" were wildly popular.

Patsy Ramsey, 49 - Was thrust into spotlight by unsolved slaying of her daughter JonBenet.


July

Kenneth Lay, 64 - Enron founder who tumbled into disgrace.

June Allyson, 88 - Hollywood movies' "perfect wife."

Red Buttons, 87 - Actor-comedian; won Oscar with a dramatic turn in "Sayonara."

Mickey Spillane, 88 - Macho mystery writer who wowed millions of readers.


August

Johannes Cardinal Willebrands, 96 - Key figure in Roman Catholics' efforts to improve relations with other Christians, Jews.

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, 90 - Soprano who won global acclaim.

Mike Douglas, 81 - Affable TV talk show host and singer.

Naguib Mahfouz, 94 - First Arab writer to win Nobel in literature.

Glenn Ford, 90 - Actor who played strong, thoughtful men in such flicks as "The Blackboard Jungle."


September

Nellie Connally, 87 - Wife of former Texas governor John Connally; was in President John F. Kennedy's limousine when he was assassinated.

Steve Irwin, 44 - Television's irrepressible "Crocodile Hunter."

Byron Nelson, 94 - Golfer; his 11 straight tournament victories in 1945 stand as one of sports' most enduring records.


October

Jane Wyatt, 96 - One of TV's favourite moms on "Father Knows Best."

P.W. Botha, 90 - Apartheid-era South African president.


November

William Styron, 81 - Pulitzer-winning novelist - "The Confessions of Nat Turner."

Ed Bradley, 65 - TV journalist who created a powerful body of work on "60 Minutes."

Jack Palance, 87 - Hollywood heavy ("Shane") who turned to comedy, winning Oscar for "City Slickers."

Milton Friedman, 94 - Nobel-winning economist; advocated an unfettered free market.

Robert Altman, 81 - Caustic Hollywood director perhaps best known for "Nashville."

Betty Comden, 89 - Her collaboration with Adolph Green produced "Singin' in the Rain."

Anita O'Day, 87 - One of most respected 1940s jazz vocalists.

Alexander Litvinenko, 43 - Former Russian spy who criticized homeland's government.


December

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, 80 - U.S. ambassador to United Nations during Reagan administration. Dec. 7.

Georgia Gibbs, 87 - Hitmaking 1950s singer - "Kiss of Fire," "Dance With Me, Henry."

Augusto Pinochet, 91 - Chilean leader who terrorized opponents; took power in bloody coup.

Peter Boyle, 71 - The curmudgeonly father on "Everybody Loves Raymond."

James Brown, 73 - The pompadoured dynamo of music for a half-century; classic singles included "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)."

Gerald Ford, 93 - The 38th U.S. president, a former Michigan congressman who did much to restore national confidence after Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace in 1974.

Saddam Hussein, 69 - Deposed leader/dictator of Iraq.


-Source


And we still have a few days left....

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Off-Topic Discussion / Ghost Town
« on: October 13, 2006, 10:44:09 AM »
I found this interesting:  Herbert 'Cowboy' Coward and Bill McKinney will both be starring in a new movie scheduled for release in 2007 called Ghost Town.

That should get the audiences squealin.'

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Off-Topic Discussion / Baseball DVDs
« on: July 22, 2006, 06:37:48 AM »
History Channel is having a DVD sale on their baseball related DVDs. If you're a baseball freak, I'm sure there's something you'd find of interest. Not cheap really, but HC does make some exceptional documentaries, if you've ever seen them on cable or satellite TV you know what I mean. One of my favorite channels.

History Channel Baseball DVD Sale

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Questions & Answers / White to black to white
« on: June 15, 2006, 07:46:42 PM »
This is a question that’s probably been raised before, but couldn’t find an answer.

Was watching For a Few Dollars More, and I never noticed this before. In the scene where Eastwood sneaks out of the room where Indio and his men are sleeping, and climbs into the loft of a barn, suddenly his face is covered with dark clay or makeup:




Then when Van Cleef lights the lantern and the room brightens up, his face is back to normal:




You see it plain as day when he climbs down and chatters with Van Cleef:






….then suddenly in the next shot he looks like a crazed version of Bruce Dern!


Oh wait…..it is Bruce Dern. Sorry....wrong movie!  ;)


Seriously though, I’m thinking this is a case of bad editing. Sticks out like a sore thumb. You don’t see him ever applying the dark clay/makeup to begin with, then suddenly it disappears. Bizarre.

Anyone got an answer to this?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Billy Preston Dead at 59
« on: June 13, 2006, 07:17:42 PM »
Some sad news:

‘Fifth Beatle’ Billy Preston dies at 59


Though I was never really into funk or soul, Preston was an exception.

Preston Website


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Off-Topic Discussion / In Search of the Missing Jimmy
« on: May 25, 2006, 09:22:58 AM »
Wonder if they've finally found him? Hope so, cuz I'm getting tired after 30+ years of hearing about it....

FBI Tears Down Barn in Search of Jimmy Hoffa

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Off-Topic Discussion / Film vs Film
« on: May 17, 2006, 06:41:22 AM »
Another "versus" thread!  This one is for movies. Examples: Play Misty For Me vs Fatal Attraction; Longest Yard[/b] vs North Dallas Forty, etc.  Films that share something in common, such as subject, theme, etc.  Feel free to share why you choose one over the other.

First one:


Saving Private Ryan    vs     The Thin Red Line[/b]

        

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Collectors' Corner / Unforgiven/Mystic River 2-pack DVD set
« on: May 11, 2006, 07:39:26 PM »
Unforgiven/Mystic River 2-pack DVD going for $7.44 (plus 97¢ shipping) on Walmart.com

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Collectors' Corner / Spaghetti Western Hats
« on: May 03, 2006, 10:44:48 AM »
Hey, come and get your own SW hat, and become a babe magnet.....  ;)



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Off-Topic Discussion / DVD Wars
« on: March 27, 2006, 08:19:56 PM »
And the DVD format wars continue...

Next-Gen DVDs' Blurry Picture

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Off-Topic Discussion / Darren McGavin dead at 83
« on: February 28, 2006, 03:14:33 AM »
And yet another one who passed this weekend: Darren McGavin. He was another, like Knotts and Weaver, who you just grew up with. Among my favorite roles of his was in the movie Tribes, with Jan-Michael Vincent.

R.I.P.




What a weekend, eh?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Character vs Character
« on: February 07, 2006, 11:54:25 AM »
This thread works the same way as the Actor vs Actor, only the emphasis is on characters instead. For example:


Harry Callahan                   Popeye Doyle
  or   

You’re welcome to provide a reason why you chose one out of the two - or not. Then you can use the same character in the next round until he/she’s knocked out if you choose. No rules really - just make ‘em as you go. This isn’t really a bona fide game.


Ok. Here’s the first one:


   or      
The Rifleman    ;D                                     Josh Randall 

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Off-Topic Discussion / A.L.I.C.E.
« on: January 29, 2006, 07:24:18 PM »
Say hello to A.L.I.C.E.

You might be surprised to see how intelligent she is. Oh, and guys - try to be nice....she's a bit shy.   ;)

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Off-Topic Discussion / (Un)Intelligence Test?
« on: January 25, 2006, 11:04:15 AM »
Here's a fun little "intelligence" test to kill time with that I found off a Google RSS feed. They score as follows:

1 to 5 is Average
6 - 11 Somewhat Intelligent
12 to 18 Intelligent
19 + Genius

Don't think it's a genius level test though - certainly not on the MENSA level. I've scored 22 correct so far, and I ain't no 'genius.' Ain't stupid, but certainly no genius. Give it a shot - you might be surprised how bright you are - and surprise your momma as well!  ;)

Intelligence-test.net

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Off-Topic Discussion / 2005 Departures
« on: December 22, 2005, 11:08:56 AM »
Once again we approach the end of the year, and once again - we lost several people that we'll miss. As far as the more well-known figures, MSNBC has a nice slide show (Farewells 2005) paying tribute to them.  Among them are:


Among those listed above, the ones I'll personally miss the most are Johnny Carson, Eddie Albert, Don Adams, and William Rehnquist. Some of the others too, but these four I'll miss the most.

As happens every year, the last week or two always brings us more surprises, so I'm sure there will be more added to the list before New Year's.

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Eastwood News / Clint on AMC's Shootout
« on: September 14, 2004, 08:21:00 AM »
Pardon me if this has already been mentioned -  but did anyone catch Clint on AMC's Shootout a couple days ago (Sunday)? It was quite interesting, although I wasn't able to catch the whole discussion. I don't know if anyone else noticed, but the show's two hosts seemed somewhat intimidated when he walked onto the set and sat there at the table. Kind of froze up for a second. ;D His comments on Dirty Harry were interesting.

Hopefully it will be aired again soon, if anyone missed it.  

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