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Re: 2009 ENTRIES
« Reply #90 on: March 18, 2009, 08:56:21 AM »

The really funny thing is that I don't really care for chili or Barbeque.

And, I'm moving to Texas.

 :-\

DR Druxy - You might want to check out some of the "Local Info" for the current SXSW Music/Film/Tech conference for restaurant recommendations.

*Or since it seems like half the Twitter-verse is currently down in Austin for SXSW, you could just post a question on Twitter.  I'm sure you'll get some responses. ;)
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« Reply #91 on: March 18, 2009, 08:57:54 AM »

BK-

In the olden golden days a recording artist(singer) would have to wait to sing whilst the Band or Orchestra played the song thru. How did this start and what was the reason behind it? And when forsooth did this kind of presentation stop in the music business?

Not sure exactly, other than to state the tune once through musically and then let the singer go - part of it probably had to do with the brevity of most thirty-two bar songs.  They certainly had stopped doing it by the late 40s.  When we were doing Twiggy's album there was an old-fashioned song we were doing and I asked for the very thing you're talking about - a full statement of the song musically (which we then made sound like an old 78) then Twiggs' vocal.

I think it was a natural evolution from the largely instrumental big band era, which slowly morphed into the pop singer era.  As late as 1953, Percy Faith's megahit "Song from 'Moulin Rouge'" was released both as a purely instrumental tune, and also with a vocal (after the instrumental choruses) by Felicia Sanders.
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« Reply #92 on: March 18, 2009, 09:02:21 AM »

Ooohh... Why do I have a feeling that if I was in NYC last weekend, I would have had a good chance at winning this:



;)

*And to see the people who did win, CLICK HERE
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« Reply #93 on: March 18, 2009, 09:09:05 AM »

DR Matthew - YIKES!  I hope everything is back to normal in your pit tonight.

*And, yes, that Footloose score is deceptively difficult.  It's all about the "grooves".  -Of course, the somewhat purposely over-the-top arrangements don't help either. ;)
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« Reply #94 on: March 18, 2009, 09:10:47 AM »

DR DAW - And they were talking about Whoopie Pies on "The View" today too... Since Barbara Walters initially thought the article was about Whoopi Goldberg. ;)
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« Reply #95 on: March 18, 2009, 09:29:48 AM »

10.

OMG!!!!!

How did you guess??     :)
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« Reply #96 on: March 18, 2009, 09:30:31 AM »

.. Since Barbara Walters initially thought the article was about Whoopi Goldberg.

That's another matter altogether!     ;)
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« Reply #97 on: March 18, 2009, 10:07:27 AM »

Got an unintentionally hilarious PM from an IMDb user about FF.  He had evidently been in contact with the lying author, who had been decrying the film Frances' inaccuracies.  This guy who PM'd me said he was "inclined to agree" with the lying author that the film wasn't accurate.  Considering the fact that the film was based on the lying author's lies, I find the whole interchange humorous, to say the least.

Frances would be tickled ironic.    :)
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« Reply #98 on: March 18, 2009, 10:09:06 AM »

The massive job cuts that we knew were coming at my DH's workplace arrived today.

He survived.

So far.

Whew!!        :P

I must admit, I got a bit teary when I heard his voicemail.
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« Reply #99 on: March 18, 2009, 10:14:27 AM »

It's all about the "grooves". 

You have to get your groove on, eh?
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« Reply #100 on: March 18, 2009, 10:15:12 AM »

*And to see the people who did win, CLICK HERE

Broken link??   ???

Oh.  HERE it is.  And it looks like oodles and oodles of delightful fun.     :D
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« Reply #101 on: March 18, 2009, 10:16:40 AM »

Betsy Blair (Gene Kelly's first wife) died in London after a bout with cancer, aged 85, on March 13, 2009. She is survived by a daughter, three stepchildren and several grandchildren

Gene Kelly's 'teenage bride' Betsy Blair dies, aged 85

The American actress Betsy Blair, who rose from New Jersey chorus girl to
become the teenage bride of Gene Kelly, went on to star in one of the
classic Hollywood films of the 1950s, and later became a Londoner when she
married the film-maker Karel Reisz, has died in London after suffering from
cancer. She was 85.

Blair first met Kelly when she was only 15 and he was choreographing shows
for a New York nightclub, long before he became a Hollywood star with such
films as On the Town and Singing' in the Rain. In a 2001 Guardian interview
she recalled how she inadvertently turned up a day early for an audition and
spoke to a man moving tables and chairs. "I thought he was a busboy. I said,
'I'm here to see Mr Rose' and he asked me if I was a dancer. I said I was
and he told me the audition was the following day."

Blair started to leave when the 'busboy' asked her, "Are you a good dancer?"

Said Blair: "I turned round and said, 'Very'. The next day, I went to the
audition and it was Gene moving the tables and chairs around. He was the
choreographer." Needless to say, Blair got the job and the two fell in love,
spending the next year and half working in nightclubs and in musical
comedies on Broadway.

When she was 17, Gene asked Betsy to marry him. "It was in front of the
Plaza Hotel in New York. We were sitting by the fountain and he said he
couldn't leave me to the mercy of New York when he went to Hollywood. I said
yes immediately. I didn't have any reservations at all. You don't when
you're in love."

They arrived in Hollywood as husband and wife on December 7, 1941, the day
the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Kelly, 29, was contracted to David
Selznick but before long MGM asked him to be in For Me and My Gal and a star
was born.

Betsy claimed not to be fazed by his increasing fame. "I loved his work and
he was a great dancer and he was also a really interesting, educated fellow.
The fact that he was a star didn't matter to me. I was a snippy kid, I never
thought of him as an icon."

After the war, when the couple lived on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Betsy
also broke into films, appearing in The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947) and The
Snake Pit (1948) alongside Olivia de Havilland. But the parts dried upafter
she became involved in union politics and, like so many other Hollywood
left-wingers, was subject to investigation by Senator Joe McCarthy's House
Un-American Activities Committee.

However, she had one big film part to come - that of Ernest Borgnine's
plain-Jane girlfriend in the 1955 classic Marty, which won all the big
prizes at the 1956 Oscars. It was always said that she got the part only
because Kelly threatened to stop shooting at MGM if his young wife was not
allowed to work.

The marriage came to an end in 1957 and Betsy moved to Paris where she made
films with such European directors as Michelangelo Antonioni (The Cry).
While filming at Pinewood she met the Czech ?migre Karel Reisz. They married
in 1963. He had already directed Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and would
go on to make Morgan and The French Lieutenant's Woman.

In 2003, Blair published her autobiography, The Memory of All That. "I have
nothing bad to say about Gene in any way," she said. "We were married 16
years and it just came to an end."
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Re: 2009 ENTRIES
« Reply #102 on: March 18, 2009, 10:28:55 AM »

For the last 3 days I have been struggling to hook up and make work my wireless router....so far, nada. So I have had no internet at home for some time and it is making me grumpy.

Everyone said it would be such a simple hook-up  >:(
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« Reply #103 on: March 18, 2009, 10:32:17 AM »

*And to see the people who did win, CLICK HERE

Broken link??   ???

Oh.  HERE it is.  And it looks like oodles and oodles of delightful fun.     :D

Spoo!  Thanks for the correction. -And now I shall update my original post...
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« Reply #104 on: March 18, 2009, 10:33:02 AM »

The church where I sing every week has, for many many years, sponsored a residential addiction recovery program in several neighboring communities.  Well, the program has recently instituted a gospel choir as both a recovery and an outreach tool.  So last Sunday, 40 or so men from the program's gospel choir came to our staid, WASPY community, joined with our choir, and really shook things up.  We learned the gospel "sway".  We learned to shout out "Amen!" in the middle of everything.  All the time.  And we learned to sing songs by rote, without music, and improvise harmony.  And we had a blast.

And now, three days later, I still can't get the danged songs out of my head.       :P 
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« Reply #105 on: March 18, 2009, 10:34:07 AM »

For the last 3 days I have been struggling to hook up.  Everyone said it would be such a simple hook-up 

Your opening lines aren't working down at the old folks home anymore?
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« Reply #106 on: March 18, 2009, 10:34:10 AM »

For the last 3 days I have been struggling to hook up and make work my wireless router....so far, nada. So I have had no internet at home for some time and it is making me grumpy.

Everyone said it would be such a simple hook-up  >:(

::) ::) ::) ::) ::)

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« Reply #107 on: March 18, 2009, 10:35:14 AM »

DR MBarnum - It really should be plug-n-play.  Are you at least able to plug your ethernet cable directly from your modem into your computer/laptop for "wired" access?
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« Reply #108 on: March 18, 2009, 10:45:04 AM »

The way I understand about the Big Bands was you got an instrumental, then the vocal, then the instrumental wind-up because that was about the average play-time was on an old 78 record.  I can't remember where I heard this and if it is true or not.  It would seem to me that the big band was the thing...and you wanted to show off the band and feature it, so you had to give them their moment in the forefront and not just have them backing the singer.  In fact, the singer was just another member of the band. 

Druxy, I wouldn't even know what a good New York deli is.  We have some servicable ones around here. One that even claims to be a N.Y. style.  But Langers is a thing unto itself.  It was Harlan Ellison who turned me onto it and told me they had the best pastrami sandwich, bar none, better than anything in New York or anywhere else.  He was absolutely right about it.

Pity, you don't care for chili or b-b-q, 'cause Texas is the place.  They make chili without beans...which is the way it should be done...and I have a decided preference for Texas-style b-b-q over Southern.  Southern is usually tangy whereas Texas is sweet.  For me a b-b-q sauce should be veering toward brown, not red...and shouldn't look like ketchup.  Of course, the best b-b-q, I've ever had I also found in LA...or Van Nuys, to be more exact... out on Sepulveda, a little place called Dr. Holgy-Wogly's Tyler, Texas B-B-Q.  Brisket you can cut with a fork.  And a great sauce.  The hot links are also spectacular as is the macaroni salad.  I believe BK will attest to all this.
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« Reply #109 on: March 18, 2009, 10:57:22 AM »

Is the moon in Uranus or something?  First the funny IMDb PM, and now I've received a misaddressed email (I called the guy and it turns out he meant a Kaufman with one "f") giving me details of a huge upcoming class action lawsuit.  I wonder if this is valuable information.  ;)
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« Reply #110 on: March 18, 2009, 11:02:08 AM »

Here I am under the hairdryer at Teddy's. Soon I will have a lovely do.
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« Reply #111 on: March 18, 2009, 11:08:10 AM »

Just took a photo of Teddy and I that I'll post later.
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« Reply #112 on: March 18, 2009, 11:14:13 AM »

Looking forward to the hairstyle foto.
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« Reply #113 on: March 18, 2009, 11:14:45 AM »

Just took a photo of Teddy

Which reminds me, last night we watched Who Killed Teddy Bear?, and as bk stated, it's incredibly outré.

Does your Teddy know that he's famous on the world wide web?    :)
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« Reply #114 on: March 18, 2009, 11:17:59 AM »

Well after all, DR JMK - as director of FRANCES Graeme Clifford says: We didn't want to nickel and dime the audience to death with facts.

I am sure writer Nicholas Kazan (son of Elia, no friend of Frances himself - once her father asked him to repay a $5000 loan she had made to him) agrees. 

Didn't all Monogram studio hair dressers spend their afternoons trimming the hair of Paramount Executives?
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« Reply #115 on: March 18, 2009, 11:18:28 AM »

4:30 EST on TCM....Miss Lucille Ball in THE FULLER BRUSH GIRL.
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« Reply #116 on: March 18, 2009, 11:20:49 AM »

Didn't all Monogram studio hair dressers spend their afternoons trimming the hair of Paramount Executives?

The ones without jaw fractures, anyway.
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« Reply #117 on: March 18, 2009, 11:23:57 AM »

This very afternoon I am [finally] going to pick up my new, first-time progressive lenses.

I wonder if I'll be able to drive myself home?     :P

Well, at least I've got my current eyeglasses, just in case.
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« Reply #118 on: March 18, 2009, 11:31:25 AM »

We just got word that the Los Angeles loan docs are being ordered today, so we should be funded and close by the first part of next week.

Yay!

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« Reply #119 on: March 18, 2009, 11:32:19 AM »

There is still conflicting reports about Natasha Richardson.

Has anything been confirmed yet?
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