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Re:PIDDLE, TWIDDLE, AND RESOLVE
« Reply #30 on: May 02, 2004, 05:36:50 AM »

And don't forget about:

The puddle where the poodle did the piddle
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« Reply #31 on: May 02, 2004, 05:37:07 AM »

Bruce mentioned this movie on TV. I have seen it several times and have always thought it was an enjoyable film



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« Reply #32 on: May 02, 2004, 06:18:52 AM »

Good morning all!

DR TomFromOZ asked last night if I needed subtitles to understand Whale Rider.  Okay this might sound really stupid, and it's been a long time since I've seen this movie, but there were subtitles in parts, right?

(was it only when they spoke another language, I can't remember).
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« Reply #33 on: May 02, 2004, 06:51:28 AM »

Ah, Mickey Rourke. . . .oh my!  Whatever did he do to deserve the way he looks now?  When he was onscreen in ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO I cringed.  AND, he clutched a chihuahua throughout the movie; don't know who I felt sorrier for, Mickey or the dog.
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« Reply #34 on: May 02, 2004, 07:10:51 AM »

Good Morning!

-Well, I got one more load of laundry drying in the dryer... and I've had my breakfast (a nice bowl of cereal)... and I even got up in time to catch the Puzzle Master segment on NPR this morning!  So far, so good.  However, I do need to stop piddling and dwiddling in order to get the rest of my day in order... Which not only includes a matinee - and a drive back home to Richmond after the matinee - but also a stop at my uncle.  My uncle is a doctor, and he's kindly made some room in his schedule today to see me - I just want to make sure that "what I'm feeling" is one of the regular side effects of the medication I'm on right now, and not something else.  Again, it's nothing major, just something slightly uncomfortable.  But with everything else I've been through in the past two weeks... Just want to put my mind at ease.

-As for the movie remakes... Hmmm.. I think Lion in Winter will be safe.  As for Manchurian Candidate... -I'm just wondering if they will keep the title...  I just don't think "Manchurian Candidate" will have the "hook" the studios want to attract the widest possible audience.  We shall see...

OK - Time to get going... Hopefully, I'll be back in Richmond tonight in time for chat... Otherwise, see you guys later.

*Reminder: Mother's Day is a week from today!  ;)
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« Reply #35 on: May 02, 2004, 07:21:16 AM »

When I was in NYC last October I saw a group of picketers being filmed outside a Times Square building. It appeared they were picketing a presidential campaign office. The picket signs looked really chintzy. As it turned out, it was a scene from the Manchurian Candidate, which was being shot that late afternoon.
 
Why would Meryl Streep take on a role that had been done to perfection? An irresistible role - or hubris? First Dorothy Gale in "One True Thing." Now Little Bo Peep?
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« Reply #36 on: May 02, 2004, 07:40:12 AM »

I won't step a foot in a theater to see the new MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. That original movie could not be improved upon.

THE LION IN WINTER, well, I am curious to see a new interpretation of the wonderful play. For some reason, it doesn't bother me at all to see different actors playing these parts.
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« Reply #37 on: May 02, 2004, 07:44:44 AM »

I read a review of MAN ON FIRE by one of our local film critics that lamented the fact that it stetched out the story to an interminable 140 minutes when the original version of the story was filmed in 1987 with Scott Glenn and came in at 90 minutes.
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« Reply #38 on: May 02, 2004, 07:48:35 AM »

I saw FATE IS A HUNTER back in the 1960s during its original run. I have no memory of the film other than remembering the cause of the crash. Funny that I should remember that after all these decades.
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Re:PIDDLE, TWIDDLE, AND RESOLVE
« Reply #39 on: May 02, 2004, 08:34:23 AM »

Morning all!

I ran the Nortan software again last night and it seems all is back to normal.  Whew!  No more pop ups!

Just a FYI that I fixed my e-mail so that I can't receive them from anyone who isn't already on my list.  No more porn or junk mail which is where I think I pick up the virus in the first place.  If I know its you, I'll accept it but other than that it will zap it.

I re-read all the NYC posts.  TCB, you are a very nice man.  I live in such a small house that if they did give me one of those rooms, I would never know the difference.  :)

You asked when I leave for NYC:

It is now Sunday 5/2/2004 at 11:34:12 AM
Event: Leave for NYC
Scheduled For 5/23/2004  4:10:00 AM
20 days 16 hours 35 minutes 48 seconds or
2 weekends or
21 days or
496 hours (331 waking hours) or
29,795 minutes or
1,787,747 seconds


I'll be in NYC:

It is now Sunday 5/2/2004 at 11:34:51 AM
Event: Arrive NYC
Scheduled For 5/23/2004  9:31:00 AM
20 days 21 hours 56 minutes 9 seconds or
2 weekends or
21 days or
501 hours (334 waking hours) or
30,116 minutes or
1,806,968 seconds


 :)  ;)   :D  ;D  :)

I may have made a mistake.  I requested a queen size bed.  I couldn't use 2 full sized beds and I thought (don't laugh) it might be fun to have one BIG bed to roll around in.

I think I will be taking a cab.  I was given a very detailed "talking to" by one of the guys down at work and he told me I should avoid the subways (among other places/things to do/not to do).

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Re:PIDDLE, TWIDDLE, AND RESOLVE
« Reply #40 on: May 02, 2004, 08:41:14 AM »

Good morning everyone.  And one for Mahler.
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« Reply #41 on: May 02, 2004, 08:42:34 AM »

DR Danise,

Wishing you a great time. You'll find that walking is a terrific way to get around New York City - there are so many discoveries (including bakeries) as you venture from point A to point B. You'll also find that over all people are extremely helpful and friendly. Don't be shy (I have a feeling you aren't) about schmoozing with people on lines for theatre tickets, at restaurants, etc.

Of course be cautious, and don't find yourself in a deserted area. But I personally don't think you have anything to worry about when it comes to subways - just so long as you have a measure of streetsmartdom about you.

I hope you have good walking weather - and good shoes.

Looking forward to lots of wonderful details.

One or two more tips. The Marquis Hotel and Saks Fifth Avenue have great bathrooms (free). So does the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It cost me $12 to use (okay, I also saw some wonderful exhibits), but was worth it. And if you can stand another suggestion. There's a nice upscale food market in Grand Central Station. I bought cheese and fruit and had a picnic for one. And they were very pleased to wash the fruit for me.
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Re:PIDDLE, TWIDDLE, AND RESOLVE
« Reply #42 on: May 02, 2004, 08:44:06 AM »

With all the talk about the Kentucky Derby last night, I'm thinking of watching SEABISCUIT on DVD this afternoon. I never saw it at the theater, so it should be a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

Sorry about no chat for me tonight. ALIAS, you know. It's getting down and dirty now, and I wouldn't miss a second of it.
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« Reply #43 on: May 02, 2004, 09:07:58 AM »

DR Danise,  remember this:  no matter how lost you are, always look like you know exactly where you are going.  And if you really are lost, look like you know where you are and where you are going and hail a cab.  To do so, step off the curb and wave your arm at a passing yellow vehicle.  The availble cabs have a  lit "tax"i sign on their roof; it's off if they have a fare.   I don't recommend the liveried drivers that drive around looking for fares; often they don't know what to charge, often don't know where they're going, and often offer no receipt.  Stick yo yellow cabs or car services.  I use FAMILY SAN JUAN, and they've always been reliable, whether I'm carrying twenty pounds of band parts across town or going to an airport

It's the body language and attitude that points out the victims to the scuzz preying on them, so just look confindent (how SOUND OF MUSIC!).
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« Reply #44 on: May 02, 2004, 09:54:02 AM »

Good morning.

Danise - IMHO the subway is fine as long as you know where you're going and it's not the middle of the night.

Remakes - Okay, here's the latest list just from Paramount of remakes and remakes in development: THE BAD NEWS BEARS (w. Billy Bob Thornton), STEPFORD WIVES; THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE; WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT ALFIE (Note the longer title.- Who says there's no originality left in Hollywood?); THE LONGEST YARD; THE WAR OF THE WORLDS; PET SEMETARY; THE WARRIORS; IT TAKES A THIEF; THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD; SECONDS. ...Sigh...
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« Reply #45 on: May 02, 2004, 10:45:51 AM »

BK,

I haven't seen Dakota Fanning in anything, but your notes prompted another casting idea. We've talked before about the role of Minnie. How about Mercedes Ruehl?
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« Reply #46 on: May 02, 2004, 10:48:26 AM »

Good morning Dear Readers, from hot and sunny Pasadena, California.

Last night I schlepped all the way down to Redondo Beach to catch a production of the Wildhorn/Bricusse Jekyll & Hyde.

I had never seen the show before, and was only familiar with two songs from it ("Bring on the Men" and "This is the Moment.")

The good news first:  all three lead players were excellent in their roles.  Mr. Kevin Bailey gave a tour-de-force performance as the titular character(s.)  (Until last night, I was unfamiliar with his work.)  Miss Misty Cotton (a local actress whom I favor considerably and who is a good friend of Dear BK) excelled as Lucy and Miss Kim Huber was lovely as Emma.  

The production and direction were well done.  The final scene between Hyde and Lucy was downright chilling.  The supporting ensemble, on the whole, handled their challenging assignment well.

Musically, I thought the show has its moments.  The two aforementioned songs, the love duet between Emma and Jekyll, and the duet with the two women are all quite effective.  Much of the connecting material, though, is rather blah, and there are more than a few musicial scenes that would benefit from some judicious editing.

As for the piece as a whole, I was rather underwhelmed.  The notion of duality in the human soul, it seems to me, is a rich metaphor, pregnant with ample opportunity for exploration.  Such exploration appears to be MIA in this show.  Grand Guignol with no development becomes tiresome quickly, indeed.

With the exception of Lucy, there is zero character development,  and these characters (if you count Jekyll and Hyde separately) remain unidimensional throughout the course of the piece.

This musical takes two and a half hours to accomplish what probably could be covered in ninety minutes, and much more thrillingly in that tighter time frame.

As exhibit A, may I present a scene that is replayed, oh, maybe six times through the course of the show:

John Utterson:  Henry!  You look awful.  What's going on?

Dr. Jekyll:  Leave me be, John.  And let no one--no one--enter my la-bore-a-tree.  No one!


Isn't that thrilling repartee?  Doesn't that just chill your bones?  See what I mean?

Still, it was good to experience Mr. Bailey's performance, and the Misses Cotton and Huber are always a pleasure to see on stage.
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« Reply #47 on: May 02, 2004, 11:00:42 AM »

I'm not looking forward to either re-make.  Re-makes are almost never as good as the originals (Titanic, Cheaper by the Dozen, et. al.)

JRand - what station is showing "The Millionaire"?

Despite the fact that the Bromo Seltzer scene is cut, the revival of FINIAN'S RAINBOW ia an absolute delight.  The rest of the book is mostyl intact and the score is complete.  But the performances are what make this so great.  Melissa Errico is magic as Sharon; Malcolm Gets is perfect as Og; and to say that Max Von Essen reminds me of a young Brent Barrett is high praise indeed.  The show has beeh held over, but all three leads will be re-cast due to prior commitments.
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« Reply #48 on: May 02, 2004, 11:12:12 AM »

Yes, remake Seconds, perfect.  I love Seconds - but the film was a huge bomb and will be a huge bomb again when they tart it up.  Of course, as soon as a few of these begin failing big time they will stop doing this, so many of the listed titles won't get very far.  What I don't get is, do they think they're saving money by doing this?  They're still paying outrageous sums to have new writers do their thing, and then even more writers to redo everything again.  Hollywood has become a hopeless drivel-pit.
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« Reply #49 on: May 02, 2004, 11:24:49 AM »

I know you're out there, I can hear you breathing.
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« Reply #50 on: May 02, 2004, 11:25:15 AM »

I am currently, as promised, twiddling my thumbs whilst piddling and resolving.
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« Reply #51 on: May 02, 2004, 11:37:10 AM »

In today's New York Times, Mr. Frank Rich posits an argument as to why Assassins--with the exception of one added song, essentially unchanged from its poorly reviewed debut thirteen years ago--has been so well received in its newly opened Broadway production.  It's not the show that has changed, says Mr. Rich, but the world and, in turn, the audience.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/02/arts/02RICH.html
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« Reply #52 on: May 02, 2004, 11:38:34 AM »

Remaking Alfie! Now there's great screen writing and plot. When I saw the movie they reversed the order of reels 2 & 3 and no-one knew the difference. (I probably wouldn't have but my brother-in-law was a projectionist and had shown the movie the nigth before!). Always odd that the "Cher" title song was used in the USA. The Dionne version is better and the Cilla Black version used for the UK/OZ release is best!

WEL: Thanks for the review.
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« Reply #53 on: May 02, 2004, 11:52:49 AM »

Next thing you know, some director--probably one who carries some cachet in indie circles--will take a black and white classic--I dunno, maybe something like Psycho--and get the brilliant notion to remake it in color, otherwise replicating the original shot by shot.

Oh.

Never mind.
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« Reply #54 on: May 02, 2004, 12:02:48 PM »

Where are the posts today? :(
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« Reply #55 on: May 02, 2004, 12:03:59 PM »

Well it's gotten cooler and is raining out.   So much for our two days of summer.
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« Reply #56 on: May 02, 2004, 12:05:14 PM »

Can you tell I want to get us to the next page? :)
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« Reply #57 on: May 02, 2004, 12:06:29 PM »

DR Jay, I know Kevin Bailey!  His companion, Jim Mellon, was the male lead in Schmidt & Jones' MIRETTE at Goodspeed in 1998.   Kevin was at that time getting ready to do Bernadette's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN.

DR Panni, I understand your dismay about remakes, but remember that the great Huston MALTESE FALCON was at least the second time the story had been adapted for the screen.  On that note, I've just come back from seeing 13 GOING ON 30 with my goddaughter; it's not quite a remake of BIG, but I actually liked it better than BIG.  I'm not a prude, but BIG lost it for me as soon as Tom Hanks had sex with Elizabeth Perkins; I kept thinking how this loss of innocence was going to affect his reversal to a 13 year-old and that kid's relationship with 13 year-old girls.  I'd never seen Jennifer Garner before, and I thought she was adorable.  Susan Egan has too small a part, and I had a good time.  There were a couple of interesting plot twists, and I think it worked rather well.
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« Reply #58 on: May 02, 2004, 12:07:49 PM »

I am officially a shopaholic.  Although most shopaholics buy expensive things they cannot afford.  Well I do the opposite.  I get great bargains on sale that I can afford.

So what does that make me?
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« Reply #59 on: May 02, 2004, 12:09:09 PM »

Oh BK, how was your ice cream with CC Brown (is that the name?) chocolate sauce?

You made it sound so good!

Btw, do you heat the sauce?
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