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   Susannah posted on Movies & Reviews  In view of the snowstorm/blizzard that's hitting the east from northern Virginia to the Canadian border...what's your favorite snowstorm movie?
Yesterday at 19:20 EST .

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   StormCnter  "The Grey", Liam Neeson. I've never seen a bad Neeson movie.
17 hours ago .

   Richdet  How about "Frozen"? I have not seen it, have no intention of seeing it, but I cannot escape it at the mall, catalogs, tv commercials, etc. The "merch" for this movie has itself been a blizzard, marketed to a fare-thee-well.

Otherwise, all I can think of is "The Thing." And I would second Storm on "The Grey." Highly recommended if you are in a man-against-nature frame of mind.
12 hours ago .

   Richdet  Another one: "Murder on the Orient Express." Doesn't a snow storm bring the train to a halt, allowing Hercule Poirot to keep all his suspects in one place, as he sorts out what happened? Strikes me that snowstorms come in handy for mystery thrillers. "The Shining" would be a similar example, because the characters are isolated and cut off for months by the snow.
11 hours ago .

   Susannah  Although I hated the politics of "The Day After Tomorrow," particularly the attempt to make Dick Cheney look like Mephistopheles, I did enjoy the special effects. One thing about Roland Emmerich: He does do a good disaster flick. Or at least he does the disasters themselves well.
8 hours ago .

   Susannah posted on Movies & Reviews  He was born in 1919 and died in 1986. As a teenager, he was hired by the Old Gayety Burlesque to serve as MC. He was fired when they discovered he was underage; they rehired him after he passed his 18th birthday. After graduating from high school, he played semi-pro football and enlisted in the National Guard, which led to a cavalry assignment. Following his service in WWII, he resumed his acting career, playing the lead or second lead in many action pictures and westerns. He had an important part in the top film comedy of 1958. He is beloved for his role in one of the most popular tv series of the late 1960s, in which he played, ironically, a character employed in one of the jobs he had been as a young man. He kept working (in theatrical films and television ) till a few months before his death at age 66. Who was he?
January 23 at 21:45 EST .

   StormCnter  This guy was also famous in show business underground gossip for a characteristic he shared with Milton Berle.
January 24 at 05:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  Would this be Forrest Tucker of "F" Troop?
January 24 at 09:50 EST .

   Susannah  Indeed it would. Given Storm's comment about Tucker's attributes, I shall forebear asking you what you would like for a prize.
January 24 at 09:52 EST .

   StormCnter  This was a competition, not a collaboration. At least as far as I know.
January 24 at 10:32 EST .

   MeiDei  You two know something I don't but I'm savvy enough to let it be. : )
January 24 at 14:52 EST .

   Susannah  Apparently, both men were unusually, um, well-endowed.
January 24 at 15:52 EST .

   Susannah posted on Movies & Reviews  He was born in Pittsburgh in 1912 and died in 1996. He was a dancer, actor, singer, producer, writer, and all-around Renaissance man. Ray Bradbury dedicated a book to him; Madonna hired him as a consultant. He filmed possibly his most memorable scene while suffering from a 103 degree fever. He's #26 on Empire magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time."

Who was he?
January 18 at 16:01 EST .

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   StormCnter  I think he is Gene Kelly.
January 19 at 06:08 EST .

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   Susannah  Exactly right. You can have his umbrella from "Singin' in the Rain."
January 19 at 08:48 EST .

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   Susannah posted on Movies & Reviews  He was born in 1922 as Francis Timothy McCown and died in 1999. Tall and handsome, he dropped out of high school and became a small-time criminal before becoming an actor. He's most associated with westerns, though he played numerous roles in other movies and television series. When his first wife divorced him, she named 79 women with whom he'd committed adultery, to which he responded, "Heck, she didn't even get half of 'em." His agent wanted to change his name to "Troy Donahue," but then gave him the name we know him by. (Some credit David Selznick with the name change. ) This agent also offered "Confidential" magazine his client's youthful criminal record in exchange for the magazine's agreement to kill a story about Rock Hudson's homosexuality.

Who was he?
January 17 at 18:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  Rory Calhoun?
January 17 at 20:06 EST .

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   Susannah  Yep.
January 17 at 20:14 EST .

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   Susannah posted on Movies & Reviews  Did anyone here see "Birdman"? Did anyone here like it? I saw it under duress. In the first place, I can't stand South American magical realism. If they'd eliminated that, and provided more back story for the characters, it might have been a halfway decent flick about a washed-up action star trying to make a comeback as a serious stage actor. But when I saw the opening scene, with Michael Keaton in his underpants, in a yoga position, floating in mid-air, I knew it was going to be a long night. Really long.

Mei, you commented on the fact that most of the guys in this movie spend an extraordinary amount of time prancing about in their undies. You've heard the expression "the emperor has no clothes"? In more ways than one, Mei. In more ways than one.
January 15 at 14:50 EST .

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   StormCnter  Well, I hadn't seen it and now I'm sure I won't. Even a bag of fresh popcorn and a box of peanut M&Ms wouldn't have helped, I think.
January 15 at 16:29 EST .

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   Susannah  I'm naturally resistant to anything that screams of artiness and pretentiousness, and this movie--to me, anyway--appeared to be yelling at the top of its lungs that it was Important! Profound! A Unique Statement on the Human Condition! A Movie To Make You Think! An Artist Breakthrough!
January 15 at 17:53 EST .

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   Susannah posted on Movies & Reviews  Born in China to New England Episcopalian missionaries, she didn't learn to speak English till the family returned home to Connecticut when she was in her early teens. She grew up to become an actress, comedienne, and, in later life, an author and lecturer. She's a committed Republican, and has acquired a number of honorary degrees. Her late husband, with whom she often worked, was a famous comedian, actor, and author (and a Democrat ). Her late younger sister, another talented comedienne and actress, co-starred in one of the most famous tv series of the fifties. Who is she?
January 14 at 15:17 EST .

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   StormCnter  I think she is probably Jayne Meadows.
January 14 at 15:26 EST .

   Susannah  You think absolutely right. Interesting lady. Still live and kickin' at age 95.
January 14 at 15:55 EST .

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   MeiDei  We used to see Steve Allen riding his bike around Coronado, CA in the early 70's. Nice man.
January 14 at 16:03 EST .

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   Susannah posted on Movies & Reviews  This writer, director, producer, and actor has won a Tony, and Emmy, and an Oscar. Three of his films are on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Funniest Comedies. He loves spaghetti. His favorite song is "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

Who is he?
January 13 at 18:33 EST .

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   StormCnter  I don't think it's Woody Allen, because I don't believe Allen has won an Emmy. Interesting quiz, Susannah.
January 14 at 06:44 EST .

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   MeiDei  I thought Allen and then Tarantino but I don't think he's won a Tony. The spaghetti & YDD reference is familiar (I think Susannah may have put a new twist on a previous quiz - clever girl ) Then there's Neil Simon but he doesn't act; Mel Brooks(? ) good question!
January 14 at 08:50 EST .

   Susannah  You got it, Mei: Mel Brooks.
January 14 at 09:06 EST .

   Susannah posted on Movies & Reviews  Clifton Webb once said of this actor, renowned for playing tough, heroic loners, "He was about as tough as Little Lord Fauntleroy."

To whom was Webb referring?
January 12 at 17:46 EST .

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   StormCnter  Humphrey Bogart, I think. However, maybe Mr. Webb underestimated Bogie, who had quite a few physical brawls with various men and women, notably one of his wives.
January 13 at 06:00 EST .

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   Susannah posted on Movies & Reviews  Why was Betty Grable's most famous pin-up pose shot from behind?
January 12 at 17:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  The flip answer would be, "ask any man", but I'm sure that's not the serious answer.
January 12 at 17:29 EST .

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   Susannah  You're incorrect, but very clever. Try again.
January 12 at 17:38 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Was she perhaps pregnant when this photo was taken?
January 12 at 22:01 EST .

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   Susannah  Yes, she was, Hope!
January 13 at 09:22 EST .

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   Susannah posted on Movies & Reviews  What legendary gorgeous brunette actress once said: "Deep down, I'm pretty superficial." On seeing an audition clip of her, Louis B. Mayer exclaimed: "She can't talk; she can't act; she's terrific."
January 12 at 12:47 EST .

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   Susannah  As a young woman, she once said that she'd only read two books in her entire life: the Bible and "Gone with the Wind." Thereafter she embarked on a reading program to educate herself.
January 12 at 15:45 EST .

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   StormCnter  It was Ava Gardner, I believe. I think her improvement campaign was instigated by Artie Shaw, who seemed to marry them because they were gorgeous and then would become dissatisfied with their minds. She truly was a beautiful woman.
January 12 at 16:35 EST .

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   Susannah  You got it. When her ex-hubby Sinatra married Mia Farrow, Gardner is reputed to have said, "I always knew Frank would end up in bed with a boy."
January 12 at 16:56 EST .

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