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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  My response to last night's Oscar ceremony:

And then THAT happened.

It's taken 40-plus years for somebody to upstage Brando's Indian and David Niven and the streaker, but I think Dunaway and Beatty and Price Waterhouse pulled it off last night.
February 27 at 13:14 EST .

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   Safetydude  The last Oscar 'ceremony' I watched was hosted by Bob Hope.
February 27 at 16:45 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Since we're talking movie-related books, let me recommend one I read recently: "Tinseltown," by William J. Mann, a "true crime" account of the never-solved murder of director William Desmond Taylor, whose body was discovered in his home on this very day in 1922 (easy date to remember: 2/2/22 ). Mann sorts it all out, goes into the fascinating stories of the various "suspects," plus some of the bigger players, such as Adolph Zukor and Will Hays, whose task it was as a public voice for Hollywood to address Tinseltown's damaged image and keep the censors at bay. (The Fatty Arbuckle trial was ongoing when Taylor was murdered, and there had been other scandals hitting the newspapers regularly. )

Mann persuaded me that he has solved this case. Very well written, absorbing book. One caution: it does not have an index. But if you check out the book jacket, the index is available online, and it is probably worth printing before you read the book. First time I have noticed a book doing that.
February 2 at 19:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  This has been picked up for a series to be aired on cable.
http://deadline.com/2014/11/tinseltown-t
v-series-aaron-kaplan-tracy-katsky-12012
84269/
February 2 at 20:21 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm thankful you made it safely, Mei.
February 8 at 13:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thank you - Me too (! ) going nowhere any time soon. As long as we have electricity I have no complaints.
February 8 at 19:22 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  The mother site has a banner headline concerning the announcement of Oscar nominations this morning. Shouldn't be long before there are news stories to post, but I watched the live streaming, and can tell you that the most nominations went to "The Revenant" (12 ), "Mad Max: Fury Road" (10 ), and "The Martian" (7 ).

Grumbling has already begun that, once again, all the acting nominations have gone to white faces.

Acting nominations of note: Sylvester Stallone nominated for supporting actor for "Creed," and Tom Hardy, a topic on this wall recently, in the same category for "The Revenant." I was glad to see movie legend Charlotte Rampling nominated for best actress for "45 Years." Another Wall favorite, Eddie Redmayne, is a nominee for best actor.

The best film choices are: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight.
January 14 at 09:26 EST .

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   StormCnter  How many have you seen, Rich? My daughter and SIL really liked "Brooklyn", and SIL enjoyed "Mad Max...", but that one is a guy thing.
January 14 at 10:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  "Brooklyn" critics give it 5 stars ... how do you pronounce the leading lady's first name: Saoirse?
January 14 at 10:31 EST .

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   MeiDei  Did a search - it's pronounced: Sur Sha - rhymes with inertia.
January 14 at 10:45 EST .

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   Richdet  Only one I have seen is the new "Mad Max," just a few nights ago on cable. I was really beat so I am not sure about it. I think I might enjoy the old Mel Gibson ones more.
January 14 at 17:54 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Seems to be a low-traffic weekend on the Movie Wall. I will leave my quizzes open until Monday am, just in case someone wanders in who wants to play. Plus I won't be around for several hours now, so all in all that seems my best plan right now.
January 10 at 10:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good quizzes, thanks for participating! I'll post some new ones as the open ones are answered or commented on.
January 10 at 10:56 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.....that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
January 10 at 16:10 EST .

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   StormCnter  Good stuff, Rich. I'm always happy to see your quizzes.
January 11 at 05:27 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Which one of these ladies did NOT play Bette Davis' daughter in a movie?

Ann-Margret
Sandra Dee
Susan Hayward
Debbie Reynolds
Natalie Wood
January 9 at 15:49 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'll guess Susan Hayward - she was close to my mother's age & closer to Bette's age. Watch, I'll be wrong. : )
January 10 at 09:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  That should read "closer to Bette's age than the others above". Brain to fingers: "wait up".
January 10 at 10:11 EST .

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   Richdet  Not Susan. Bette played her controlling mother in the movie version of the Harold Robbins novel "Where Love Has Gone." But you are right about their ages -- ten years difference, I think.
January 10 at 10:42 EST .

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   Richdet  Bette was mother to Ann-Margret in "Pocketful of Miracles" (1961 ), Debbie Reynolds in "The Catered Affair" (1956 ) and Natalie Wood in "The Star" (1952 ), and interestingly enough each had fond memories of the experience. High-strung Susan H, apparently to Bette's surprise at the time, turned out not to be such a pal.

So that leaves Sandra Dee as the correct answer in the mother/daughter sweepstakes. She tended to play Lana Turner's daughter, so Sandy had her hands full as it was.
January 11 at 09:20 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Who said this one? What movie?

"I simply will not sit down to dinner with midwestern barbarians. I think too highly of my digestive system."
January 9 at 15:43 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came To Dinner
January 11 at 01:08 EST .

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   Richdet  Congrats. None other than Monty Woolley sniping at his hosts in that way he had. Your prize is to put together the dinner party of your dreams, any guest allowed at the table, even including Sheridan Whiteside himself to spice things up.
January 11 at 09:15 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Movie quote. Who said it. What movie?

"If any of you are ever in trouble, no matter what, just dial "O" for O'Malley."
January 9 at 15:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  Was that before or after he sang the title song?
January 9 at 19:49 EST .

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   Richdet  Comes at the very end of the movie. Can barely hear him over the bells. (Not really, but anything to get to an answer. )
January 10 at 10:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  OK, I'll swing for it: Bing Crosby as Fr. O'Malley in "The Bells of St. Mary's". Did you know the sequel "Sister Act" was originally titled "The Belles of St, Mary's" (Not really it was just a corrupted thought in need of more sleep and/or coffee ). : )
January 10 at 10:48 EST .

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   Richdet  You got it. Not only will Bing croon a favorite for you, but Ingrid Bergman and the other nuns of St. Mary's will be his backup singers.
January 11 at 09:13 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Movie quote. Who said it? What movie?

"My mother -- a waitress!!!!!"
January 9 at 15:41 EST .

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   Richdet  Adaptation of a James M. Cain novel. That help?
January 10 at 10:37 EST .

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   StormCnter  Good one, Rich. I don't really know the answer, but it would fit with "Midred Pierce", I think. Veda was a snot.
January 11 at 05:20 EST .

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   Richdet  Yes, snotty, social-climbing, horrible young Veda (Ann Blyth ) sneering at broad-shouldered, table-hopping, self-sacrificing Mom, "Mildred Pierce" (Joan Crawford ).

Below, good-sport Norma, though forgotten by many, agreed to treat everyone to cake. For your prize, Mildred Pierce is treating you to a selection of her money-making pies, from the shop closest to your place.
January 11 at 09:12 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Storm provided a link below to a story on John Gilbert's talkies, which inspired another pithy novella-length response from me. It also inspires a Quiz:

Some silent-movie stars thrived when sound arrived, moving from "star" status to "super-star" status, so enthralled was the public with their speaking voices. Two in particular star in this Quiz.

She did a string of MGM movies based on popular stage plays, by Noel Coward and others, and even a Shakespeare. He did a string of movies based on popular novel adaptations, two of them from best-sellers by James Hilton.

Curiously, they both played characters in the 30s who met their deaths at the guillotine during the French Revolution. Hers historical, his fictional. Who might these stars be?
January 9 at 15:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  She would have to be Marie Antoinette, yes?
January 9 at 19:51 EST .

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   Richdet  Yes, she starred in "Marie Antoinette." He starred as Sydney Carton in the adaptation of Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" ("it is a far far better thing ......" ).

She starred in the movie version of Coward's "Private Lives," was Juliet to Leslie Howard's Romeo, and did movie versions of other stage hits like "The Women" and "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" with Fredric March.

He starred in the movie versions of Hilton"s "Lost Horizons" and "Random Harvest" with Greer Garson.

So ..... who are they?
January 10 at 10:36 EST .

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   MeiDei  Brain freeze on this one & the one above.... sorry.
January 10 at 10:50 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Ronald Coleman?
January 10 at 16:15 EST .

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   Richdet  Yes, Ronald Colman he is. She would be Norma Shearer. For your reward, Sydney Carton has agreed to take your place in any tight spot you might find yourself in, up to and including the guillotine.

And Norma, channeling Marie Antoinette, is sending along cake for all!!
January 11 at 09:06 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  I came. I saw that no one was responding to the quizzes, since we are probably all very much in Christmas Busy-ness and/or Recovery mode. So I scaled the Movie Wall, and hope I conquered (? ). If I didn't get them all right, and I kind of think I did, I hope my wrong answers manage to be entertaining!
December 26 at 15:41 EST .

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