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Title: ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 12:01:36 AM
Well, you've read the notes, you've gathered their meaning, their meaning has gathered you and now it is time to gather your excellent postings.  To it, I say.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 12:47:25 AM
Ah, the media report!

We have been quite busy adding to our DVD collection, der Brucer and I have.  Quite busy indeed!

Der Brucer has bought me the newer sets of Good Eats DVDs, nine new discs in total.  (They're currently on an extra bargain sale over at FoodNetwork.com.)  I know, it seems silly to have cooking shows on disc, but Alton Brown is just damn entertaining, and full of information, and his haircut makes me feel good about my own.  It's one cooking show that holds up to repeated viewings.  Plus, on the DVDs, there are not just three episodes per disc (running about 21 minutes per show), but an extra ten minutes or more where he answers questions that were sent in after the show aired.  

Der Brucer is very happy, however, that one episode that has not yet made it's way onto disc is the episode about tofu.  He's not a big tofu fan.  Scrapple is more his style.

Add to those discs the Frankenstein and Wolf Man collections, and a couple of plays on disc that he wanted, Barnum and Nunsense 2: The Sequel.  The Barnum is of the London production with Michael Crawford.  Crawford doesn't appear in Nunsense 2, however.  I don't know what Crawford would have looked like in a wimple.

There was one disappointment which is going to require der Brucer contacting the company that shipped the two stage productions, because they boo-booed on the third disc he ordered, an entertainment called A Murder of Crows.  What he wanted, and it's clearly printed on the receipt, was the wide-screen special edition.  What was instead sent was the full-screen version.  Der B is not pleased at all.  I'm pretty sure it was a clerical error, which the DVD purveyors should rapidly correct once contacted.  Until then, I will simply have to put up with a fuming der B.

As Alton Brown frequently says (quoting Milne, of course): "Oh, bother."
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 12:48:25 AM
THAT was the first post?

I took long enough to write it, I was sure someone else would have beat me to it!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 12:56:43 AM
No one beat you to it because of the Wussburger factor.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 01:12:10 AM
Dang.  Well, it is Friday nite.  Maybe everyone is out getting drunk.

I hope they taste good.

(A Douglas Adams reference.)
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jrand69 on May 08, 2004, 05:00:02 AM
Well well well well well....WELL!  To quote Cass Daley....  ;D

I have never appreciated AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, but I think that is because I didn't see it in a theater or even at the drive-in....only cut up on TV.  Maybe I will get the DVD.

SWW I so agree about Alton Brown - he is so funny AND you can learn something even if you NEVER plan to cook what he tells you to, and he is easy on the eyes.  And I also agree with derBrucer about tofu!  :P

Media check:

VHS:  EL CID.  I love this movie and was so happy to finally get it, even in a full screen and dark VHS version.  I have watched it three times, and will probably watch it again.  And I may even get the Hong Kong widescreen version for $10 or so.

Frank Thring as King of Valencia sells out his countrymen and sits in the palace getting steam bath from lovely girls and eating and eating while the city is under siege and starving.  Of course he ends up running around the city wall and tossed over with a great look on his face and a bloodcurdling scream.  It is a lovely death.

DVD:  Still watching movies in my 12-Disc 50-Sci Fi movie set recommended by MBARNUM.  Of course the movies are all running together in my mind, but that's okay.  There have been some high points, but don't ask me what they are today.

CD:  A Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers soundtrack import, sound is not so hot, but boy those songs can't be beat!

I COULD GO ON SINGING DVD should be released in a few days, mine is on the way!  And I may have to look for ENTER THE DRAGON, John Saxon fan you know!  8)
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Matt H. on May 08, 2004, 06:08:03 AM
This is the first time AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS has been released in a widescreen format on video, so I won't be doing TOO much complaining. It's never been among my favorites, either, truth to tell, but maybe seeing it with wonderful sound and in its widescreen dimensions may make a difference. I don't believe I ever saw it at a theater. It's probably much more astounding on the big screen with all the around the world vistas.

My Media Report:

CD - Judy Garland - CHANGING MY TUNE


DVD - WILL & GRACE - Season 2, disc 2 to be followed by THE VERDICT

DVR - LA DRAGNET, Thursday's WITHOUT A TRACE, and THE FLUFFER
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Danise on May 08, 2004, 06:19:47 AM
Good morning all!

It's a lovely, sunny day here in Florida!  I hope eveyone has slept well.

I've just taken a little walk around the yard, looking at the flowers and watching Mr. Peeper (my name for a cardinal) up on the telephone wire.  He's so red and handsome (I can't say pretty--he's a guy) with his bright yellow beak.  

I shall have to try to get a picture of him for you but not today.

I have a lot of errands to run today but I think I'll take the car.  Running can be so tiring.  

Tomorrow I shall sit like so much fish and relax (and this time I mean it).  My only task shall be to pack but most everything was put in the suitcase as it was bought or thought of so it shouldn't take to long.

Have a good day all!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Michael on May 08, 2004, 07:55:36 AM
quick note:

Dad had a setback today and is not coming home from the hospital. If he wanted me to stay longer he didn't have to do this!   :)

Since the good vibes and good wishes worked the last time I guess I could use them again.

Thanks
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 08, 2004, 08:09:07 AM
Good Vibes and Good Wishes to DR Michael Shayne's father!

And Good Vibes and Good Wishes to DR Michael Shayne himself!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: William E. Lurie on May 08, 2004, 08:32:02 AM
BK - There is no overture to 80 Days because it starts with the silent film and then blows up to the Todd AO.  I assume the silent film is part of the DVD.

Since people are obsessed with numbers on this here site I thought I'd be the first to mention that tomorrow is the 200th day since the re-design of the site (and still no archive of Donald's shows).

CD - BOUNCE of course, and OCRs of BYE BYE BRIDIE and ONCE UPON A MATTRESS which I am seeing this afternoon and tonight... this is the first time I could have said that since 1960.

DVD - THE TRIPLETTS OF BELLVILLE

VHS - This week's "Show Biz Moms and Dads" a real reality show (as opposd top a staged one) that has me absolutely fascinated.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 08, 2004, 08:36:59 AM
Good Morning!

As I start my last day of meds.... YIPPEEE!!!!

And I better be F@#%ING BETTER on Monday when I go in for my follow up!

 >:( :o >:( :o

Actually, right now, I'm a little hypochondriacal.  "Is that a new ache?" "What caused that cough?" "Have I always had those bumps on my throat?"  (Yes, they're called "Taste Buds".)  After everything I've been through the past few weeks...  But, actually, I am feeling much, much better now, and yesterday (and this morning), I'm practically feeling back to normal.  But, again, I better be F@#%...

-Sorry, just had to vent... finally!

 ;D

-Hmmm.. Just finished watching the new "Martha Stewart... Lite" on FoodTV.  Hmm... I don't know her name, but I definitely don't like her show, nor her "cooking" style.  Everything is semi-homemade - meaning she uses a lot of canned and prepared foods.  I'm all for convenience, but some of her "recipes" and "suggestions" are just plain bad - not to mention they totally ruin the nutritional value of the base food item.  And her knife skills and cooking techniques... Whoa!  You NEVER spray an aerosol vegetable spray onto a hot grill pan while the pan is still on the flame!  NEVER!!  It could actually "flash back" into the can, and that, most definitely, is not a good thing.  And a note to her set dressers:  Please take off the price tags from the bottom of the plates.   ;)  Sheesh!

As for media, as I mentioned yesterday, it was just a CD: countertenor's David Daniels' "A Quiet Thing"... Hmm... Hmm.. 'nuff said for now....  -His rendition of "My Shining Hour" is still haunting me... Hmmm... Hmm.... :-\

OK, matinee in a few hours.... Laters...
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 08:39:39 AM
Yes, the silent film is there - and that's what I thought, but I'm sure the usual twerps will come forth and say there was an overture.  Entr'acte and exit music are there.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: MBarnum on May 08, 2004, 08:54:46 AM
A lazy weekend for me too. It ia cloudy and rainy this weekend so just a good two days to stay in-doors and watch movies!

First must go to Corvallis and attend the huge plant sale at my nephew's wife's parent's house. Nothing over $2.50!!

Media check:

CD: Compilation CDs of Rogers and Hart songs and compilation of Cole Porter songs sent to me from DR Elmore3003. Part of his MBarnum re-education plan! LOL!

VHS: THE TANKS ARE COMING. 1951 war film starring Steve Cochran and Mari Aldon. Picked it up at Big Lots for $1.00.

Bollywood DVD of the week:

ANDAAZ. Indian Air Force pilot is in love with two women. Nice little drama with lots a beautiful people and music. Nothing particularly special, however.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 08:55:20 AM
All right, where in tarnation IS everyone?  
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: td on May 08, 2004, 08:57:17 AM
All of my good vibes and best wishes are going out today to DR Michael and his family.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 08, 2004, 09:20:42 AM
Well, to quote DREAMGIRLS...

I gotta show to do...
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: JMK on May 08, 2004, 09:41:50 AM
SWW:  pray tell, what is the Foot Network?  I mean, I know these cable channels are niche-esque, but that's getting a bit ridiculous, don't you think?   ::)
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: George on May 08, 2004, 09:53:07 AM
In my VCR:  "GYUS AND DOLLS:  Off the Record."  It's the filming of the Guys and Dolls revival cast recording with Nathan Lane and Faith Prince, very similar to the filming of the recording sessions of Company, Jelly's Last Jam, and The Producers, also with Nathan Lane.  After that will be a blank tape to tape tonight's repeat of Wednesday's "Star Trek:  Enterprise."  I forgot to put in a tape.  

In my DVD player:  "Recording THE PRODUCERS:   A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks."  After the Guys and Dolls video, I have to follow it with this!

In my CD player:  blank CDs to burn last night's Internet broadcast of Candide with Kristin Chenoweth and Patti LuPone.  First I have to break it up into tracks, then burn it.  After that will be the Internet broadcast of Sunset Boulevard with Petula Clark and Michael Ball that was on the BBC Radio.  I taped this last week, and even burned a copy, but those discs are one track each...I haven't broken them up, yet.  I was going to tape the Sondheim concert also on BBC Radio, but I waited too long and it's no longer available.  You know what they say:  Ya snooze, ya looze. ::)

Later in the afternoon, I'm going to my parents' house for a barbeque.  Both my parents have the weekend off, so this is the earliest that we could get the whole family together to celebrate my birthday (which was Wednesday). ;D
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 09:54:29 AM
...As I start my last day of meds.... YIPPEEE!!!!

And I better be F@#%ING BETTER on Monday when I go in for my follow up!

 >:( :o >:( :o
...
Uh, dear DR Jose, just what kind of meds are these?  Your adjective makes them sound like Viagra, not antibiotics!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 09:56:06 AM
SWW:  pray tell, what is the Foot Network?  I mean, I know these cable channels are niche-esque, but that's getting a bit ridiculous, don't you think?   ::)
Hey, don't knock it, they've got a great track record.

 ;D :o 8)
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 10:01:15 AM
Michael: Vibes.

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Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 10:16:22 AM
I don't know if anyone has been paying attention, but this whole week of Doonesbury (http://www.ucomics.com/doonesbury/2004/05/03/) has been a near-perfect skewering of the divisive level politics has reached.  The link I'm providing goes to the Monday strip.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 10:16:48 AM
I wonder if we'll ever get off page one today.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 10:20:26 AM
As for Around the World in 80 Days, I do remember seeing it in the theater.  I was still in my single digits, though, I'd say about mid-range, so my memories aren't that great, but I went with a whole bunch of kids for a birthday party.  How anyone expected a group as young as we were to sit still for that entire film is boggling.  But I do clearly recall the shot where Parpartout sweeps up the snow to put in the champagne bucket, and the end credits, which were fascinating.

(Hey, they still are, and have never been topped.)
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 10:25:09 AM
End credits by Saul Bass.  In 70mm ToddAO it was spectacular, and one overlooked the slow, turgid and endless pace.  As I've said, it's basically a travelogue with bits thrown in.  There are some very witty lines courtesy of S.J. Perelman.  In one of the documantaries it's revealed that Todd fired the original director and replaced him with Michael Anderson.  If one looks at the screenplay credit I think one can figure out who was fired.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: elmore3003 on May 08, 2004, 10:31:22 AM
Good morning, all!  I'm late this morning. what with the constant allergy problems and preoccupation with deadlines.  Last night I had a very pleasant evening watching a DVD of Maria Callas' first appearance at the Paris Opera in 1958 and DR Charles Pogue's HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.  

I had thought the only existing footage of Callas in performance was the Second Act of TOSCA from Covent Garden, but this broadcast from Paris also has the Second Act of TOSCA with the same Scarpia (Tito Gobbi) and different tenor, conductor, director, and scenery & costume designs.  She's an amazing performer, and luckily, she's having a night when she's in good voice.

I loved THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, and I wish I'd seen it before I worked with Ian Richardson in 2001.  The cast was quite good - I've been a fan of Eleanor Bron's since HELP! - and I thought DR Pogue's script moved briskly along and seemed very much in its time and place.  I haven't read the book since high school so I really have no idea how much was altered or omitted for dramatic reasons.  Bruce Alexander has been writing a series of 18th Century detective novels around Henry Fielding's brother and while I enjoy them, he occasionally slips a phrase or modern spelling into his narrative that takes me out of the period.  I didn't feel this in DR Pogue's screenplay at all, and I look forward to seeing THE SIGN OF FOUR now.

Media check:
DVD:  too many new things sitting on the floor but CALL ME MADAM's a priority
CD:  Guy Haines' fab album ("Here Youy Come Again" won't leave my mind), some Bollywood from DR MBarnum, and BYE BYE BIRDIE because the Encores! presentation wasa so much fun.
VCR:  nothing
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 10:53:47 AM
Well, fine.  I'm having stomach problems - something I ate is not agreeing with me.  How dare something I ate not agree with me - I should always be agreed with because I'm so agreeable.

Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: George on May 08, 2004, 10:56:50 AM
I agree with that, BK.  You are always so agreeable!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 11:00:24 AM
So why doesn't my stomach agree with me?  Damn them, damn them all to hell.  If this continues I shall cancel all plans for the day.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 08, 2004, 11:13:28 AM
~~~~~~~ To Michael Shayne and family. Your father is in our prayers.

Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: DearReaderLaura on May 08, 2004, 11:14:26 AM
We are off in a few minutes to see the tour of "Urinetown." I hope I get it (A Chorus Line reference).
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Charles Pogue on May 08, 2004, 11:20:59 AM
elmore, thanks so much for the kind words about HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.   Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide calls it "the best version of the Doyle classic to date"...a sentiment that has been echoed by other Holmes enthusiasts and scholars.  

It's my favourite of all my films, because it is the best realization of any of my original scripts and it's the only one of my films I can watch without wincing.  We  did add our own embellishments and Pogue touches, particularly in the invention of the Brian Blessed character...because the original story is a little shy on suspects and red herrings to work effectively as a whodunit these days, but it's still a pretty faithful adaptation and my goal is never to let the audience know where Doyle leaves off and Pogue starts.

In fact there is an interesting story along those lines.  My director and I went to see AMADEUS during our filming (Frank Finlay was playing Salieri and Nickolas Grace was playing Mozart)...Afterward we went to dinner and were discussing the play and Salieri's ability to recognize Mozart's genius, and Douggie Hickox, my director... a lovely man (directed THEATRE OF BLOOD)...said:  "It's like that wonderful line of Doyle's in our script about the failed artist...'He was cursed with a vision of genius, but only a mediocre talent to express it.'   I replied:  "Well, I'm glad you like the line but it's mine, not Doyle's...that character isn't even in the book."

Hope you like SIGN as well.  It has its charms, but  I have some problems with it in terms of casting and some directorial decisions.

Interesting you should mentioned The Sir John Fielding mysteries.  I recently picked one up off the Barnes and Noble remainder shelf and started it reading it.  Didn't get far enough into it yet to know whether I like it or not, because it got bumped for Mr. BK's latest opus in manuscript, which alas has got bumped until I finished this latest pre-production draft, which hopefully will be done Monday and they can get it off to actors...and I'll have a little leisure time.  

I apologize for the delay Mr. BK, because I'm really enjoying the book so far and know you need a report.  Hopefully, by the end of this coming week...
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jrand69 on May 08, 2004, 11:26:20 AM
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For DRMS.

Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 11:33:25 AM
Hey, we got to page two.  However, I won't dance, don't ask me.  That is because my stomach is not agreeing with me.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Panni on May 08, 2004, 11:53:36 AM
Good vibes to Michael Shayne.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Ron Pulliam on May 08, 2004, 11:57:01 AM
I, too, am having stomach ailments.   Started yesterday afternoon.

It ebbs and flows....and when it flows, there's no stopping it.

I'm a big fan of "Around the World in 80 Days."  It's a fun story, beautifully filmed with spectactular photography, gorgeous music and a perfectly cast David Niven.  It's a long movie, yes, but it has exquisite moments to it throughout.

Given a choice, I'd watch this one over "Ghandi", "The Last Emperor" or "Reds" any day of the week.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Maya on May 08, 2004, 11:58:35 AM
Good vibes to Michael Shayne!!

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Media Check

CDs--"3hree" OCR, "Urinetown" OCR, "Sail Away" OLCR, and CANDIDE IN CONCERT!!!!  SOOOOOOOOO good!  God, I wish I could have been at the concert!  

What do you all think of Patti's Old Lady?  I have one friend who thinks she was terrible, and one who thinks she was divine.

DVD--nada

VHS--"Last Tango in Paris"

Saw "Van Helsing" last night against my better judgement.  The movie was damned predictable and overloaded with CGI, but AH, the Hughness of it all!!

And my "Where's Charley?" pics are up if anyone wants to see.  Just request, and I'll link ya.

 
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 11:59:21 AM
Post the link, we want to see them.  
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Maya on May 08, 2004, 12:04:05 PM
Les voila!

http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50/bwaybabie/Wheres%20Charley%20photos/?PHPSESSID=74cff3efd585c6e4d3de7e2d2355abfc

Well, I'm off to the mall for Mother's Day shopping and then to Signature Theatre for "Elegies!"  I hope everyone has a splendid day!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jrand69 on May 08, 2004, 12:29:31 PM
For some reason, today my allergies are playing havoc (Not Rose Hovick) with my system.  I suppose I should take something....but then I will go to sleep.

Suffer or sleep....hmmmmmm.....well....thems the choices.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jrand69 on May 08, 2004, 12:31:22 PM
DR MAYA you are lovely in red!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Ann on May 08, 2004, 12:46:58 PM
Maya - great pics!  You are indeed lovely in red.  Out of curiosity...how tall are you?  The guy you're with looks REALLY tall...
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Ann on May 08, 2004, 12:48:49 PM
Wow, I really slept in today.  It's almost 1 pm over here and I just dragged my lazy butt out of bed.  Well, that's what Saturdays are for, right? :)  

Hopefully today will be a productive day...lots of laundry doing and house cleaning and such.  
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: TCB on May 08, 2004, 01:25:54 PM



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GOOD VIBES TO DR MICHAEL SHAYNE'S FATHER
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 01:26:03 PM
It's certainly not a productive day here at haineshisway.com, although it's more productive than other sites.

Lovely pix, Maya.

Now, where in tarnation IS everyone?  I do believe we are sure to achieve a new all-time low and by quite a margin.  And I'm sure I'll be around to contratulate everyone.  Oh, we shall laugh and laugh.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: TCB on May 08, 2004, 01:32:46 PM
Well!  I never.  Actually I have never........ before, had my session time out between typing my post and trying to post it.  So. I have lost all of my witty comments that were designed to keep all of you in stitches.  I did, at least, save my Good Vibes for Michael Shayne's father.

Now to see if I can remember what else I wrote.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jennifer on May 08, 2004, 01:33:00 PM
Happy Birthday to DR Paulie.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jennifer on May 08, 2004, 01:34:24 PM
 

Good vibes to DR Michael Shayne's father. ~~~~~~~~~~~~

So sorry to hear about the setback.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: TCB on May 08, 2004, 01:35:21 PM

Maya -- Lovely photos.  You are indeed beautiful in red, but I also enjoyed your after-show photo.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Matt H. on May 08, 2004, 01:36:14 PM
For some reason, I was in the mood for surround sound so I checked the DVD to-watch shelf and pulled out JURASSIC PARK. I was pleased for many years with the laserdisc of the film, but the DVD is excellent. It's several years old, of course, so the transfer isn't as crystal clear as many modern transfers are, but I wonder if maybe the special effects would seem less special if the film were any sharper. Might we not see the difference between real life and the various tricks to bring the dinosaurs to life?

Sound was simply wonderful, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jrand69 on May 08, 2004, 01:42:26 PM
LOL MATTH - Jurassic Park was one of the first Videos I bought to test my new surround system!  Whew!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 01:42:30 PM
Der Brucer is having a wonderful time looking out his window and watching the birds at the bird feeders.

His habit of calling out to me every time he sees something "interesting" is getting to be a pain, however.  My window has a different angle, and I have to swap glasses to see anything.  Phoo.  (Oohp backwards.)
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 01:42:33 PM
Still not feeling up to snuff.  What does that MEAN?  Up to snuff?  To snuff is to kill - or there's that stuff you put in your nose (SNUFF, I mean, not the evil stuff).  So, why would I want to feel up to either sort of snuff.  I don't know, I just don't know.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 01:42:57 PM
More hot pies.  More hot pies.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 01:43:11 PM
And one for Mahler.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: TCB on May 08, 2004, 01:43:11 PM
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BIRTHDAY WISHES TO PAULIE!

AND


BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES
TO THE NORTHWEST'S OWN, DR GEORGE!

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Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 01:45:46 PM
We have received an interesting invitation.  A friend of ours wants us to stuff condoms.

 ::)

Sorry, I should give more information sometimes.  He's in charge of the local AIDS awareness group, and is having a "party" to get as many condoms stuffed into packets, to be distributed around town.  "It's kind of like stuffing mailings into envelopes, but more personal," is the way I described the party to der Brucer.

Personally, I think it could be a fun way to spend an evening.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 08, 2004, 01:46:51 PM
And one for Mahler
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 01:47:02 PM
Still not feeling up to snuff.  What does that MEAN?  Up to snuff?  To snuff is to kill - or there's that stuff you put in your nose (SNUFF, I mean, not the evil stuff).  So, why would I want to feel up to either sort of snuff.  I don't know, I just don't know.
Is feeling "up to snuff" something to sneeze at, or not?  THAT is the question!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 01:50:04 PM
Ooh (hoo, spelled backwards), this ought to at least get us to page three.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 01:55:25 PM
Do you realize that if each of our nine dear readers currently perusing the board each posted 20 posts in the next three minutes, we'd break all previous records.  Not that I want anyone to do that, because that would reek of sensationalism and we're about quality not quantity, although I suppose we could be about both.  
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: TCB on May 08, 2004, 01:56:19 PM
MDEIA CHECK(I am trying BK):

DVD --
THE MUMMY RETURNS, not as good as the first one, but enjoyable.  But dammit, if they are going to use Bendon in films, they must remember the first rule:  NO SHIRT!
Next up:  Abbott and Costello's TIME OF THEIR LIVES.

CD --
OCR THE BOY FROM OZ.  Not a great show, but, at least, now, when I think of Going to Rio, it is with Hugh rather than Peter.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 01:57:00 PM
We've got people modifying, we've got people previewing, and then we've got me - I don't modify or preview - I just turn into a posting frenzy.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 01:59:26 PM
I saw Peter Allen at the Roxy here in LA - he was a superb live performer and Rio was a ton of fun.  He gave his all.  Those were the days at the Roxy.  In a very short period of time I saw Mr. Allen, The Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Short, Melissa Manchester and Billy Crystal.  This was the summer I was doing the Dinah Shore show on CBS, so we were always taken back to meet the people.  Ah, the power of television.  And then we had the Backlot, where I saw Mr. Charles Pierce many times.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Panni on May 08, 2004, 02:00:14 PM
Just got back from doing errands and just walking around in a non-errandy fashion.
On my return home found a great Mother's Day present in the mail -- a white T-shirt from the darling daughter, Rachel. On the front of the shirt is written...
 "My Kid is a Genius."
Perfect!
She wrote a lovely sentiment in the card : "Thanks for always being there whenever I need anything. Anyone can be a mother, but you are also a mommy. I love you."
Isn't that nice? I done good with the kid.

Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 02:00:34 PM
Viewing, viewing, viewing (that is three viewings) - Zanuck, Zanuck, Zanuck - what are you two, lovers?

Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jennifer on May 08, 2004, 02:00:42 PM
Is it even possible to post 20 times in 3 minutes?
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 02:01:27 PM
When is Mother's Day.  We've got a lot of mothers right here at haineshisway.com.  Some of them lurk.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 02:01:56 PM
Only some - we love our lurkers, but we all know that there are one or two out there who are mothers.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Matt H. on May 08, 2004, 02:02:01 PM
Speaking of Charles Pierce, I got my DVD of TORCH SONG TRILOGY in the mail today. Probably won't get to it for awhile, but I understand Harvey's commentary is very revelatory and entertaining. Looking forward to seeing it in widescreen. The laserdisc was full frame, of course,
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jennifer on May 08, 2004, 02:02:28 PM
I was modifying.  But I had to.  My message looked like:

[color] green [color]

That is not a good message!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 02:02:29 PM
I wonder if I shall be getting any mother's day presents.  I'm quite a mother myself.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Matt H. on May 08, 2004, 02:03:17 PM
Mother's Day is tomorrow. Impossible to believe it got here so fast. Seems like yesterday was Valentine's Day.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 02:03:33 PM
I ran into Charles in the commissary when they were shooting that movie at The Culver Studios, where I had an office.  It was grand to see him, and as always, he was very sweet and warm to me.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 02:04:09 PM
Mother's Day is tomorrow?  Should I call my ex-wife?  Not.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 02:05:12 PM
I am a parade.

I am in town.

Hence, There's a Parade in Town.

Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Matt H. on May 08, 2004, 02:05:57 PM
OK, I'm off now for more media edification. I guess LA DRAGNET will be next.

Sorry to read bk and RLP are not feeling well today. Glad Jose is making a comeback to good health.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Panni on May 08, 2004, 02:07:21 PM
I saw Peter Allen in Toronto at a free outdoor concert near Lake Ontario. Not an easy setting for the performer - lots of noise from the surrounding crowds, airplanes, etc.. He was unbelievably good -- you could have powered the city with the energy he exuded. The crowd didn't want to let him go. When we got home, Rachel, who was tiny and learning to play the piano (Suzuki-type method for tots) decided that she wanted to play like Peter - standing on the piano.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Panni on May 08, 2004, 02:09:40 PM
Fun pix, Maya!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 02:10:19 PM
There are a million stories in the Naked City.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Panni on May 08, 2004, 02:14:22 PM
I'm going to miss my kid on Mother's Day. I'm going to miss my mother on Mother's Day. So far it doesn't sound like it's going to be a riproariin' Fun Day. Drats!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jennifer on May 08, 2004, 02:14:26 PM
Of course Mother's Day is tomorrow.

Got my gift (for my mother). I think I shall go wrap it now.  And eat.

It is my aunt's birthday on Tuesday. So I think I shall wrap her gift at the same time.

Interesting she chose Greek food for her birthday dinner.  I do like that.  But I was really hoping that she would pick Chinese!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Panni on May 08, 2004, 02:15:38 PM
I'm not going to bother modifying because it looks like a Dutch word: Riproariin. Cousin of Rembrandt.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jennifer on May 08, 2004, 02:16:25 PM
Wow, we are moving through page three quickly.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Panni on May 08, 2004, 02:17:37 PM
Okay, I've done my bit towards a posting frenzy. Some lunch and work. Have mucho readin' and writin' (but no 'rithmetic, thank goodness) to do.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: TCB on May 08, 2004, 02:18:11 PM
Perhaps I should have clarified my statement.  I think that the late Peter Allen was a fantastic entertainer, however, if I am going to fantasize about going away to Rio with someone, I would much prefer that it be Hugh Jackman.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 02:18:15 PM
Well, I didn't go to the book signing - tummy too achy.

Besides, we got us a frenzy goin' on here.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: elmore3003 on May 08, 2004, 02:18:21 PM
Happy Mother's Day, BK!  Early.  I'm off to see VAN HELSING with my goddaughter tonight, and I won't be back till the cows come home.

Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 02:18:43 PM
Speaking of Charles Pierce, I got my DVD of TORCH SONG TRILOGY in the mail today. Probably won't get to it for awhile, but I understand Harvey's commentary is very revelatory and entertaining. Looking forward to seeing it in widescreen. The laserdisc was full frame, of course,
I think I'd enjoy the commentary more than I did the film.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 02:22:26 PM
I took a walk a while ago and ended up at our little art fair nearby, which occurs four times a year.  Very boring, but I ran into my Russian massuesse who I haven't seen in quite some time.  I also looked in at the booth of the artist Stan Cline.  Mr. Cline does mostly scenes of old LA, much like the covers of the Kritzer books.  I went in and said hey to the two ladies manning the booth and told them the paintings were like the covers of the books.  We chatted, and it turns out that one of the ladies went to Hamilton High three years after I did, and the other, Mrs. Cline, went when I did.  She told me we dated, but I have no memory of such a thing, and also, I tend to doubt it because she's a year older than me and she told me on one of our dates I taught her how to stick shift.  Unless that's a metaphor, it waren't me because I didn't know how to stick shift until I was twenty-one.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 02:22:29 PM
Perhaps, for Mother's Day, we should all play The Mamas and the Papas records, in memory of Mama Cass.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 02:24:41 PM
...Unless that's a metaphor, it waren't me because I didn't know how to stick shift until I was twenty-one.
As a metaphor, it's a nice one, even if it does make you sound like a late bloomer.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: TCB on May 08, 2004, 02:32:06 PM
So, if it is a metaphor, then you did date her???


Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jrand69 on May 08, 2004, 02:49:53 PM
Maybe it was Bruce Himmel that she dated.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Tomovoz on May 08, 2004, 02:52:34 PM
The best of vibes to Mike Shayne's dad.
It is Mothers Day here in OZ so I shall be missing from the computer. "Do The Right Thing" time. (a Spike Lee reference).

Went to see Melbourne Theatre company's production of "Urinetown" last night. Entertaining theatre but I think I had more fun at "Bat Boy" (more intimate theatre). It took a while for the show to get going and for the audience to go along with the flow (sorry).. The Second act was certainly better than the first. I had not listened to the cast album for ages (a thanks again to WEL for the opportunity) but at least I knew what to expect from the show. Best received number (particularly from the youngsters in the audience) was "Run Freedom Run". The show seems to be selling tickets - it is part of the Melbourne Theatre Company's "season" and only runs for a month. It certainly is already more successful here than the poorly received "The Full Monty". Australian productions so often take the "insurance" method of casting TV performers in major roles for productions - it so often does not help the show itslef but I guess it gets the Moms & Dads to go and there is more publicity.



Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: François de Paris on May 08, 2004, 02:55:57 PM
BK dated her... metaphorically!!

Thinking of you and your dad, Dear Reader Michael Shayne!

I am convinced you all will be thrilled to know that Mothers' Day here in France is JUNE 6 this year!
Don't you love the way our modern world wants us to spend money on certain days?!

Personally, I don't need Mothers' Day to give my mother presents....

Yes, Maya, you're darn pretty as the Lady In Red and in any colo(u)r... matter of fact! Thanks for sharing the pics....

Terrible weather here in Paris; gusty winds and rain! Blah! It's supposed to be Spring!
Well, at least it's May 8...and if we remember -- and we have to remember!! -- May 8, 1945... it IS quite a date!

And... there's nothing like a ... date! Or... fig!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Tomovoz on May 08, 2004, 02:56:07 PM
Media check:
Last DVD watched was "Star"
Cds: Rodgers & Hammerstein Overtures -Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
        Anya (OBC)
        Connie Francis sings Italian Favourites & More Italian Favourites.
          Whoops! Make that favorites!!

No Walter Brennan records this week!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: François de Paris on May 08, 2004, 02:57:50 PM
URINETOWN... pisses me off!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Ron Pulliam on May 08, 2004, 03:02:41 PM
I've spent the past two hours in stunned awe listening to the latest FSM CD soundtrack limited release -- Alex North's magnificent "The Shoes of the Fisherman."

The CD presents the entire score chronologically, and it's unbelievably beautiful, chill-inducing and awesome.

It's brought me to tears a number of times....only real fans of film music can quite understand that, I fear, but it's the real thing.  This is quite simply one of the great -- all-time great -- soundtrack releases.

I've yet to listen to Bronislau Kaper's "The Swan" -- for the first time in stereo.  But I've got it ready once I'm settled down from the euphoria that only Alex North can induce in quite a special way.

Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Ron Pulliam on May 08, 2004, 03:04:14 PM
Maybe it was Bruce Himmel that she dated.

I heard -- or, possibly, misheard -- that it was one of the Hummels.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: François de Paris on May 08, 2004, 03:12:39 PM
I don't understand why some of those film soundtracks , like the FSM series, are on limited edition, hence SO expensive and play the game of eBay speculators....

Even low income people may want to buy those soundtracks....

Oh I get it! I'll ask for one for Fathers' Day....
Now, I need to be a father!.....

Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Tomovoz on May 08, 2004, 03:17:59 PM
"El Cid"
All I remember about the film was Sophia Loren walking along the castle battlements wondering why she was even in the movie and the Oscar nominated theme song by sung by Billy Storm.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: François de Paris on May 08, 2004, 03:20:11 PM
Yes, Sophia thought she was playing Dulcinea at the time!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Tomovoz on May 08, 2004, 03:22:58 PM
So when is Father's Day in France? It is the second Sunday in September here but not so in the UK.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Tomovoz on May 08, 2004, 03:26:07 PM
Yes, Sophia thought she was playing Dulcinea at the time!
Appreciative laugh from Colin!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: François de Paris on May 08, 2004, 03:28:00 PM
OMG! -- Oh, mon dieu! in French!

Have you read the news? :o

The Walt Disney Company is blocking its Miramax division from distributing a new film with Julie Andrews that harshly criticizes Michael Eisner, executives at both Disney and Miramax said Tuesday.

I never knew I would live to see that!
Just terrible! ;)
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Tomovoz on May 08, 2004, 03:31:20 PM
And now a giggle from me François!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: François de Paris on May 08, 2004, 03:31:49 PM
June 20th is father's Day here in France!

Wish I were the owner of a tie shop.... 8)
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: François de Paris on May 08, 2004, 03:41:58 PM
A visit to Walt Disney World might get you a free ride to ... the hospital!

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-05-05-disney-ride-illness_x.htm
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Ron Pulliam on May 08, 2004, 03:44:21 PM
Bonjour, (François de)Paris -- (Voila! A Sondheim reference!!)

Small labels like FSM have revolutionized the archival film music industry (and I don't mean archival in any way that is negative about sound quality).

Major labels won't press fewer than 5,000 CDs of any title, and prefer many more than that.  Soundtracks, on the other hand, don't traditionally sell more than a couple of thousand except for that rarity like "The Passion" or "Titanic" or anything by John Williams (well, almost anything).  

A number of people -- including our very own Nick Redman, FSM's Lukas Kendall, Varese Sarabande's Robert Townson, and yes, even Bruce Kimmel (!!) -- knocked down many barriers by issuing limited editions of film scores and original cast albums by cutting special deals with the owners of the music and, in the case of film scores, the American Federation of Musicians union which normally requires compensation equivalent to performance pay for every member of the orchestra hired to perform a certain score.  That means the musicians got paid twice for the music and that was okay as long as a large label was footing the bill, but the small labels couldn't pay these fees routinely ($50,000 to $100,000 are figures I've seen just for union fees).  A breakthrough was achieved when the union agreed to take a significantly lesser fee (nominal, possibly, rather than substantial) if the scores were released in limited numbers (primarily aimed at a core group of collectors).  We seem to have achieved a happy medium with the $19.95 single-CD and $24.95 double-CD of older film scores, stereo or mono, clean sound or archival (in the sense that the sound has degradation).

While it is true some titles have sold out when they reach a broader market (like "The Omega Man" and, for some reason, "Lucy 'Mame'"!), most have not, yet the labels are still able to release music on a regular basis.

I wasn't aware that $19.95 was all that much compared to European prices.  I know some of my British friends find the FSM prices lower than what they find of regular titles in stores.  I guess that's their penance for not adopting the Euro.

As for eBay, anything is game there.  I know that recent sell-outs like "The Robe" and "Jerry Goldsmith at 20th Century-Fox" have been fetching big bucks, but if the sellers want to make even more, they should hold out for a year after a title is announced as sold out.  

For instance, I have two mint copies of "Lucy 'Mame'" I'm holding back for just such a time when the whole world wants it and wants it bad!!!  :)    

But, then, the time for action may have passed and everyone who ever wanted one may now have one.

If that's the case, some lucky people are going to have a special Christmas present one year!!!!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 03:46:36 PM
The FSM titles are limited editions because they are expensive to license and it's the only way they can break even and maybe even make a few crumbs.  Very few of them have sold out.  The Varese club stuff is a bit different - they've reduced the number of pressed discs, sometimes to 1000 copies - those always sell out specifically because of the eBay speculators.  The recent Goldsmith box is a case in point - 1500 copies, sold out in two weeks because many people were buying multiple copies.  Now, a day doe not go by without at least four copies up on eBay.  A few have done well with them - two recent copies for 300 bucks (original price 125 or something), but two others went barely over the 125.  I was told that one "dealer" (or eBay speculator) bought thirty copies - you do the math.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 03:47:46 PM
Actually, I'm surprised Lukas hasn't upped the price, given that the new standard list price from major labels is now 19.95.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: MBarnum on May 08, 2004, 03:49:58 PM
Best wishes and vibes to DR Michael Shayne and father. Hope all is well very soon!

A belated welcome back to Francios! I keep forgetting to say howdy and glad to see you back posting!

Did you get that Jacques Bergerac book yet? I do hope it is released to the English speaking world!!

Getting ready to watch Abbott and Costell (and Dick Foran) in IN THE NAVY.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jrand69 on May 08, 2004, 03:52:30 PM
LOL TOMOVOZ....Sophia and Charlton make a great couple although it certainly took Technirama 70 to get both their noses in the same shot.

RLP - I have the SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN LP - and I agree it's terrific!  I have only seen the movie on television,  but I liked it.

Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Ron Pulliam on May 08, 2004, 03:53:32 PM
That said, Varese has announced it has fewer than 500 copies remaining of John Williams' "The Fury", a 2-CD set that features the original score plus the re-recorded score that was featured on the "soundtrack LP".  They are quite different, yet very appealing.  One really should have both versions for a display of Williams at the top of his game...writing a score for the film and then reorchestrating it and conducting it again for an album release.  

And I'll say this here, as I've said it in other forums:  The Varese Club "Love is A Many-Splendored Thing" soundtrack is one of the glories of recorded film music, and it's in true stereo.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Tomovoz on May 08, 2004, 03:57:05 PM
The problem with such CDs on this side of the world is that with the exchange rate and postage cost it will cost as much as $40A for a CD. No wonder I appreciate the HHW family so much. Your DVD's seem so inexpensive - it often costs more in postage than it does for the item. The Box sets of A & C sound wonderful BUT then I realise the postage makes it much much more expensive. DVDs often will not get an Australian release (need to be on PAL for OZ - despite the fact that multizone systems are common) as the market is way too small.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: François de Paris on May 08, 2004, 04:10:41 PM
Thanks for the greetings Dear Reader Barnum!
No, I did not get the Bergerac book; I don't care enough for the man... I cared more for one of his wifes; Ginger!

The book might be adapted in English. After all, he might be remenbered more in the States then here in France, I would assume, strangely as it seems.

Thanks for the in-depth infos regarding the limited cd editions....
Prices of Imports here almost double up, even though I order through Amazon.com and save some.

Wait till I win the Lottery and then....I'll help BK to go back into cd producing, I tell you!

Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: td on May 08, 2004, 04:11:14 PM
MDEIA CHECK(I am trying BK):

DVD --
THE MUMMY RETURNS, not as good as the first one, but enjoyable.  But dammit, if they are going to use Bendon in films, they must remember the first rule:  NO SHIRT!

DR TCB!  I just finished watching, well mostly listening, to MUMMY RETURNS!  Well, I'll take Brendan shirtless, but, damn the script to hell and back!  I lost a lot of interest in the film in theaters when Rick's *tattoo* was revealed and was quite frustrated at the screenwriter for even attempting to wedge that information into the script!  Just when I had regained interest,  Mr. Vosloo bathing in the Blue Nile, we got to a pyramid, someone conveniently died and then the horrendous CGI-creature supposing to be The Rock as The Scorpion King!  Any way, the film sounds and looks great on dvd!

DR Matt - did you watch the DTS JURASSIC PARK? ? ?   Awesome.

Right now I have an awesome-sounding dvd in the player: a Fox Animation Production of TITAN A.E. - has anyone seen it ? ? ?

Last night, I watched THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN - Hazel Court was simply divoon.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Noel on May 08, 2004, 04:24:53 PM
Back from The Normal Heart, which was thoroughly engrossing.

I've not seen Boy From Oz...  While I understand Peter Allen was a dynamic performer on stage, the catalogue of songs he left behind besmirches him as a second-rate songwriter.  There's one cast album I won't be buying.  But I'm certainly curious to see Hugh Jackman's portrayal.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jrand69 on May 08, 2004, 04:25:29 PM
I saw TITAN A.E. DRtd....and it was okay.  I liked TRON more....but then that was YEARS ago.

Did anyone see CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in 3-D in the theatre?  I saw it on tv in 3-D during some gas station promotion, but I imagine it was something in the theatres!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: TCB on May 08, 2004, 04:28:05 PM

I've yet to listen to Bronislau Kaper's "The Swan" -- for the first time in stereo.  But I've got it ready once I'm settled down from the euphoria that only Alex North can induce in quite a special way.



Wow!  They have the soundtrack out for that Fox reality show already?
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 04:38:40 PM
I Was a Teenage Metaphor.

I saw Creature in 3D - not on its original release, but in a 70s reissue.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: td on May 08, 2004, 04:44:52 PM
Quite obviously in disagreement regarding Peter Allen, since I find none of the following to be second rate:
"(I've been) Taught by Experts"
"Tenterfield Saddler"
"I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love"
"Quiet Please, There's a Lady on the Stage"
"Don't Cry Out Loud"
"Everything Old is New Again"
"Coulda Been a Sailor"
"Bi-Coastal"
"Just Ask Me, I've Been There"
"Love Don't Need A Reason"
"I Could Marry the Rain"
"The Natural Thing to Do"
"This Side Show's Leavin' Town"
and even, to a lesser degree, "I Honestly Love You."

Theatrical, no.  Second rate, hardly.
Do they work effectively in THE BOY FROM OZ?  I honestly doubt it, since they weren't composed to be theatrical songs.  Even with Hugh's presence, I have barely listened to THE BOY FROM OZ; I prefer Allen's vocals in their original settings. . .and yes, I have a nearly complete Peter Allen collection  - - ON VINYL!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: TCB on May 08, 2004, 04:47:02 PM
DR TCB!  I just finished watching, well mostly listening, to MUMMY RETURNS!  Well, I'll take Brendan shirtless, but, damn the script to hell and back!  I lost a lot of interest in the film in theaters when Rick's *tattoo* was revealed and was quite frustrated at the screenwriter for even attempting to wedge that information into the script!  Just when I had regained interest,  Mr. Vosloo bathing in the Blue Nile, we got to a pyramid, someone conveniently died and then the horrendous CGI-creature supposing to be The Rock as The Scorpion King!  Any way, the film sounds and looks great on dvd!



td -- I agree completely with everything that you said about THE MUMMY RETURNS.  I would have found the plot holes laughable, but decided to award that honor to The Rock's appearance as The Lobster King.  Still.... The Rock in melted butter!  I guess that would be Rock lobster.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Panni on May 08, 2004, 05:08:04 PM
Dan-in-To - Thanks for the "If I Were a Bell" lyrics. I'll include them in my metaphor list. Great song! Used to sing it in front of the mirror as a kid.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jay on May 08, 2004, 05:30:45 PM
Haven't posted yet today as I've been busy busy busy (that is three busys) with a variety (and Hollywood Reporter) of errands and in a rather strange mood to boot.  Will be heading shortly (and footing tally) to a concert by the Pasadena Symphony.  Messrs. Liszt, Bartok and Dvorak are on the program and I am placing faith in the notion that this evening's music will soothe this savage beast.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 05:46:02 PM
Well, I guess I'll be staying home, since I've now fallen asleep three times.  
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Danise on May 08, 2004, 06:04:30 PM
Hi all!

Would you believe that when I said I had some running to do that meant Iwouldn't be home until about a half hour ago!  Whew!  I am TIRED!  All missions were completed so I can sit and veg like so much fish tomorrow.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Michael and your father.  Let us hope for the best possible outcome.

Sorry to hear about your tummy, Bruce.  Did you take some Pepto?  That might help.

I'm snacking on some blueberries I bought at the store as I type this.  They are very, very yummy.  I don't like blueberries in muffins or pies or anything.  I just like them fresh.  Odd, I know.

Jose, I do hope that you will be feeling much better this time tomorrow.  I know what it is like to be sick.   It is NOT fun.

Lovely pictures, Maya!

So what did/is everyone getting their Moms for Mothers Day?  I bought mine a robe for spring/summer.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Danise on May 08, 2004, 06:09:29 PM
I guess I should also have asked if your taking Mom out to dinner or cooking her one.

I'm going to cook my super special beef roast with a bottle of coke and mushroom soup.  
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Danise on May 08, 2004, 06:23:45 PM
I’m going back and reading through the posts.

Did I miss saying Happy Birthday to some people?  I am so sorry!

[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]Happy Birthday Paulie and George![/move]

10 lashes with a wet noodle for me!

Sorry folks but I'm fading fast here.  Think I'm gonna hit the old sackaroo.  Have a good evening!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 06:47:59 PM
What is it, Saturday night all of a sudden?
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Matt H. on May 08, 2004, 07:31:43 PM
I think I'd enjoy the commentary more than I did the film.

Well, I loved the film, and until MAURICE and LONGTIME COMPANION came along, I considered it the finest gay-themed film yet made.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Matt H. on May 08, 2004, 07:38:30 PM
Alas, the JURASSIC PARK I have is the Dolby Digital 5.1 version rather than the DTS. I read that the DTS didn't have any special features on it, so that's why I opted for the other version. Would like to hear the DTS version some day. I'm sure it's magnificent.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 07:41:38 PM
Do you realize that if all the people perusing the board (3) were to post 150 times in the next three hours we would break a new record.  No, that's not right.  We would create a new record - we'd break an old record.  That's only right - why should we break a new record when we might not have even played the record yet?
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Matt H. on May 08, 2004, 07:42:09 PM
I have my tickets for THE BOY FROM OZ on Friday the 23rd. I'm looking forward to seeing it despite the harsh reviews it received. And I got my tickets in the mail yesterday for WICKED on the 22nd. So excited about these shows. Still to come: AVENUE Q and, if it extends again, ASSASSINS.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Matt H. on May 08, 2004, 07:44:09 PM
Don't know what's gotten into me, but instead of watching things I had planned, I pulled out DUBARRY WAS A LADY, of all things.

That certainly was the WORST voice double they could have found for Lucille Ball. Sounds nothing like her.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: td on May 08, 2004, 08:04:07 PM
. . .and I, turned off TITAN A.E. (i want to concentrate on it), catalogued my show cds (something which should have been done months ago) and ended up listening to THE BOY FROM OZ with Hugh Jackman.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Matt H. on May 08, 2004, 08:11:43 PM
I enjoyed TITAN A.E. quite a bit. It's very well made. I have it on DVD, too that I bought after I watched it on HBO.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Robin on May 08, 2004, 08:36:41 PM
That certainly was the WORST voice double they could have found for Lucille Ball.

The operatic voice doubling for Ted on the last episode of Queer as Folk was just embarrassing.

As to this week's belated Media Check:

In the deeveedee player: Belleville Rendez-vous (I like that title better than The Triplets of Belleville) and the three latest Hammer releases from Warner Bros., namely, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Dracula has Risen from the Grave, and Frankenstein Must be Destroyed.

In the CD player: Bounce, of course.  

Some friends and I went off to see Van Helsing at the theater this evening.  It's not as wretched as the reviews would have you believe, but it's plenty mediocre.  And surprisingly shoddy.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 08:46:14 PM
Been having a Marx day - Go West, The Big Store and A Night in Casablanca so far.  Now, Mr. Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Maya on May 08, 2004, 08:57:47 PM
Back from "Elegies!"  I'm kind of too tired to write much of a review, but it was a very powerful evening, and I cried on several occasions, and laughed on many others.  The cast was uniformly wonderful.

I love Finn, but I didn't think all the numbers in the show worked completely.  There's one called "Dear Reader"(oh, a BK reference, hehe!) in which the writer of a rather difficult novel stands over the shoulder of a woman in a hospital bed reading her book.  The two insult each other, and it's just one of those songs where Finn is trying to be a little too clever for his own good, and his flights of fancy end up flying a little too high.  

Thank you all so very much for the compliments on my pics!!

Out of curiosity...how tall are you?  The guy you're with looks REALLY tall...

He's not that tall, I'm just a lil thing!  I'm 5'2 (AND a half, hehe), and I think he was probably a good 6.'  And very handsome fella...I thought he looked a bit like Harry Connick Jr.!

OMG! -- Oh, mon dieu! in French!

Have you read the news? :o

The Walt Disney Company is blocking its Miramax division from distributing a new film with Julie Andrews that harshly criticizes Michael Eisner, executives at both Disney and Miramax said Tuesday.

I never knew I would live to see that!
Just terrible! ;)

Ick!  On the positive side, she's going to be in both the sequels to "Shrek" (voice acting, of course) and "The Princess Diaries," so she seems to have found her niche as of late acting in fun, smart kid-friendly movies!


Some friends and I went off to see Van Helsing at the theater this evening.  It's not as wretched as the reviews would have you believe, but it's plenty mediocre.  And surprisingly shoddy.

I concur.  I was all about the eye candy.  And I DID think that David Wenham, as Hugh's comic relief sidekick Carl, stole quite a few of his scenes.  (Wenham was also Faramir in the LOTR movies).

Jose and BK--I hope you guys are feeling better!


Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 09:16:20 PM
I rather like Titan A. E.  It's hardly perfect, being a Don Bluth film, but it's far better than the reviews it received suggested.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: S. Woody White on May 08, 2004, 09:22:03 PM
Der Brucer and I went to vote today.  It seemed strange, voting on a Saturday, but it was for a couple of school board positions, and worth our time.

After, we went over to the Blue Moon for a cocktail, and while there I recognized a fellow from the Art League reception yesterday, so we went over to say hello.  Turns out he's a composer of operas, originally from Argentina but of Portuguese ancestry.  He and der B. hit it off quite well, discussing various musical influences, how to teach young people about music, and the like.  He's a full-time resident, so we're hoping to meet him again.

After that, home for a dinner of sausages, cheese grits, and sauteed radishes and bell peppers.  Interesting, how sauteeing the radishes brings out their sweetness.

Time to wuss my burgers; there's gardens and house to tend to tomorrow.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 09:31:49 PM
S. Woody, you do know that Mr. Don Bluth has a fictionalized version of himself in Krtizer Time do you not?  Oh, that's right - you haven't read it yet.  Oops (spoo, spelled backwards).
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 09:49:27 PM
Sad to be all alone in the world.

Sad when S. Woody sits on Kritzer Time for what - two months now?

Now, where in tarnation IS everyone?
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Ron Pulliam on May 08, 2004, 10:16:14 PM
DR TCB:  The FSM limited edition soundtrack to "The Swan" is from the 1956 film starring Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness and Louis Jourdan.  It was Kelly's last film.

I watched Warner Brothers' 1955 epic "Helen of Troy" on DVD this evening.  An epic that's quite a notch above most of its type and splendidly directed by Robert Wise.  It's not as much fun as "Land of the Pharaohs," naturally, because it doesn't have Joan Collins or Sydney Chaplin and only a modicum of risible dialogue (King Priam to Helen:  "This is the face that launched a 1,000 ships."  Helen to Paris as the Trojan Horse is being wheeled toward the gates as a prize of war:  "Beware Greeks bearing gifts."

There's a marvelously droll moment, though, in chapter 23 at about 1:02....a trumpeter is in a tower blowing some fanfare or other (courtesy of Max Steiner)...and someone hiding behind the wall is throwing pigeons into the air as though they were naturally being disturbed by the trumpet blasts.  Only thing is, pigeons don't do vertical liftoffs, so these require a few seconds of furious flapping of wings to right themselves and move along.  It's tres amusant!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 10:16:22 PM
Welcome eight GUESTS.  Come on in, liven things up with some pithy comments.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Ron Pulliam on May 08, 2004, 10:21:29 PM
This is, at the very least, post #148.  Has disaster been averted, then?

Are we safe from a lowpoint in HHW.com history?

Shall we NOT laugh at ourselves for setting a paltry record?
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Ron Pulliam on May 08, 2004, 10:23:27 PM
If a cast member of "Urinetown" had a lisp, would the audience be treated to pithy comments?
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Ron Pulliam on May 08, 2004, 10:26:42 PM
I, too, have the Volume 2 "Ma and Pa Kettle" set and am looking forward to a really enjoyable Sunday morning at the movies!

Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: bk on May 08, 2004, 10:50:33 PM
It's like a ghost town around here, but we've had some cherce postings today.  I just finished Enter the Dragon and now I want to go do some Bruce Lee moves.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 08, 2004, 11:01:07 PM
Good Evening!

Whew!  These two show days really do seem long... and they really do take it out of me... whatever "it" is.  -However, it's been kind of strange this week - everyone in the cast was kind of tired all week, and everyone just thought this week was already a long week come Wednesday, so...  I guess when you're eight weeks into a run that's what happens.  In any case, very good shows today.

-Oh, and I finally met Michael Lavine (for those of you familiar with him) during and after the evening show.  He came to see some of his friends and clients in the show.

DR Maya - That "Dear Writer" song is truly one perplexing piece of music, and I've always wondered how exactly it was supposed to fit in the show - at least in the theme of show.  I guess as comic relief.  That being said...  I know most of that cast as friends, and I saw the show a few weeks ago.  Some very touching moments... and some truly heart-breaking moments.  I've always loved Sherri Edelen, and her rendition of "Anytime" had me sobbing when I saw it.  -And, actually, when Mr. Finn came to see the show, he apparently was crazy about her.

-And now that you've seen Elegies you can come see Children of Eden.  (Psst... I can probably walk you in... Come to a matinee... Ssshhh....)  ;)

Oh, I need to make an addendum to my media check... Between shows, I felt like spending some money - ??? - so I picked up a copy of Diana Krall's new CD, "The Girl In the Other Room", a sampler of EMI Classics' new "Great Artists of the Century" series (2 discs for only $4.00!), and the new Bill Charlap Trio recording, "Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein".

I have the Charlap on right now.... Beautiful playing as always.  And very "smart" and "funny" when called for.  Heck, he even does a jazz version of "Glitter and Be Gay"!!  This disc will undoubtedly get lots of play - just like his other two discs.

Oh, and I also picked up Bounce - mainly because I know most of the guys and gals in the orchestra.  -And it's so cool that they were able to record the album at the NPR studios here in DC.  -Actually, the bass, french horn player and reed player for Eden were/are in the orchestra for Bounce.  Ohh... minor celebrities!!   ;)  -And since none of them had seen the disc yet, they got a chance to check the spelling of their names in the booklet.  ;D

OH!  After tonight's show, we had a "bake-off" of sorts.  Two cast members were talking about how good their versions of tiramisu were, so...  Voting was done by way of "bowl".  Cook A's tiramisu was dished out in Red bowls; Cook B's tiramisu was dished out Blue bowls.  So, once you were done with both bowls, you threw out the one you were not going to vote for, and you placed the bowl you liked on the kitchen counter.  Very scientific, huh?  Well, the Blue Bowls won by a small margin.

-Both versions had their +'s and -'s... well, heck, it was tiramisu, so there weren't too many -'s.  I preferred the taste of the Red bowl, but the Blue bowl had the better - and more traditional - texture.  The Red Bowl was more like a zuppa inglese.  -And I also detected a hint of citrus in the marscapone... But I digress...

I am truly grooving to this disc of Bernstein tunes a la jazz!

Well, I still need to write out my Mother's Day cards for my Mom and my two sisters-in-law...  OUCH!  and it's already 2:00AM here on the east coast!  I need to get to bed.... SOON!

Goodnight.
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Panni on May 08, 2004, 11:02:14 PM
Just got back from the theatuh.
Sitting next to me was a woman with her 8-year-old daughter. They won the tickets in a draw. I asked the little girl if she liked going to plays. She said yes. I asked her what was her favorite play that she had seen. This stumped her. The mother helpfully said it was the last one they had seen. Anne of Green Gables. "The musical version?" I asked. "No," the mother said, "It wasn't a musical. It was just a play with lots of songs in it."
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: TCB on May 08, 2004, 11:39:00 PM
DR TCB:  The FSM limited edition soundtrack to "The Swan" is from the 1956 film starring Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness and Louis Jourdan.  It was Kelly's last film.


DR RLP:  Please forgive my feeble attempt at humor.  In fact, I am very familiar with the film THE SWAN.  I have always adored Louis Jourdan.  One of my favorite films of the 50s was the remake of BIRD OF PARADISE with Mr. Jourdan, Jeff Chandler, and Debra Paget.  It might not have been art, but I certainly knew, even then, what I liked at the movies!
Title: Re:ANYTHING BUT NOTHING
Post by: Jrand69 on May 08, 2004, 11:46:46 PM
RLP - I have the VHS of HELEN OF TROY and watch it from time to time.  Nice score and visuals.  Story does get a bit muddled, but that's to be expected I guess.  

BIRD OF PARADISE DRTCB - don't jump into the volcano!  And Maurice Schwartz as the Island PooBah is just TOO MUCH!!!

Thanks MRBK - I didn't remember that you and/or Benjamin saw CREATURE in 3D....

LOL DRPANNI....a play with a lot of songs.....this is what we have to work with....it's like all the Broadway "soundtracks" people listen to.