Archive for September, 2010

Flash! Tony Curtis reported dead

September 30, 2010

Flash! Tony Curtis reported dead

Tony Curtis was truly a movie star, but never seemed to take himself too seriously.  His memorable roles ranged from classic comedy to serious drama.  He was genre-friendly, and usually seemed to be having a good time with whatever he was doing. 

One other unusual thing?  He was one of the great co-stars.  He had that rare capacity to be equal to, but share with, another top-billed actor.

Some career highlights and interesting roles:

  • Houdini (he starred as the famous magician)
  • Son of Ali Baba (starred in this fantasy)
  • Trapeze (circus pic with co-star Burt Lancaster)
  • The Vikings (with Kirk Douglas)
  • The Defiant Ones (with Sidney Poitier)
  • Some Like it Hot (with Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe…one of his signature roles)
  • Spartacus
  • The Great Imposter (based on a true story, Curtis gets to play many parts when he plays a fraud)
  • Goodbye Charlie (he is reincarnated as…Debbie Reynolds)
  • The Great Race
  • Sex and the Single Girl (with Natalie Wood)
  • The Flintstones (he made fun of himself as “Stony Curtis”)
  • The Boston Strangler (lauded starring role)
  • The Persuaders (starred in this TV series)
  • The Manitou (horror movie)
  • The Bad News Bears Go to Japan
  • Vega$
  • BrainWaves
  • Lobster Man from Mars
  • Tarzan in Manhattan
  • Hollywood Babylon (host of this TV series)
  • Lois & Clark (as Dr. Mamba)

In his later years, he was a popular guest on talk shows.  He could be bawdy and funny and had those great Hollywood stories.

He was married six times, and is the father of Jamie Lee Curtis.

We’ll miss that little boy mischievousness, which he carried into his eighties.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

“…like beauty, a…”

September 30, 2010

“…like beauty, a sense of humor my sometimes be fatal.”
–Edgar Rice Burroughs
writing in Tarzan the Invincible

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

Flash! Star Wars coming back to theatres…in 3D

September 30, 2010

Flash! Star Wars coming back to theatres…in 3D

It had to happen, right?  All six Star Wars movies are going  to be re-released in 3D…starting with The Phantom Menace in 2012. 

Wait a second!  2012? JarJar Binks?  The End of the World?  There couldn’t a connection, right?  😉

The rumor is that they are going to come out one a year, in chapter (not original release) order.

The first release is not a rumor, though:

http://www.starwars.com/movies/saga/announce3d/index.html

Here’s another report:

The Hollywood Reporter article

Will LucasFilms be able to do good conversions, so the 3D is cool?  Yes, I should think so!  ILM helped with Avatar, and I think they’ll do this carefully. 

The rise in 3D TVs appears to be one reason behind this…because you wanted to buy another set of DVDs, right?  😉  Oh, that’s if you use DVDs any more…but it ought to be hot to stream to your TV…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

“It’s a ‘cult movie’ because…”

September 29, 2010

“It’s a ‘cult movie’ because a modest number of people adore it while most viewers find it idiotic.”
–W.D. Richter
referring to Buckaroo Banzai (which he directed)
quoted in FilmFax #124

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

“It is so lonely…”

September 28, 2010

“It is so lonely to be at peace again.”
–Kazuki Maru (played by Hiroki Matsukata)
The Magic Serpent
screenplay by Masaru Igami

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

Flash! Gloria Stuart reported dead

September 28, 2010

Flash! Gloria Stuart reported dead

F. Scott Fitzgerald may said “there are no second acts in American life”, but Gloria Stuart proved him wrong.

When you say Gloria Stuart, most people would recognize her as the older version of Rose in James Cameron’s Titanic (1997).  My first thought is The Invisible Man directed by James Whale (1933).

While there are a surprising number of people with sixty years or more on the silver screen, not many of them have about a thirty-year intermission in the middle.

Gloria Stuart made her first movie appearance in 1932. 

By the end of 1933, she had appeared in no fewer than fourteen movies.  James Whale cast her in The Old Dark House…and of course, with Claude Raines in The Invisible Man.  By 1946, she had been in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, The Three Musketeers with Don Ameche, and Roman Scandals with Eddie Cantor.

Then, nothing…until 1975.  Oh, like many creative people, art had never left her.  She did theatre, decoupage, and entertained the troops.

Her return to acting was on television: The Waltons; Enos; Murder, She Wrote…and Manimal. 

In 1997, she appeared it what would be the biggest movie of all time (until Avatar)…Titanic.  She was even more luminous there than she had been in the 1930s.  Her performance was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe. 

In 2001, she made a nod to her 1933 movie when she appeared on the Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy) TV series, The Invisible Man.

Gloria Stuart celebrated her 100th birthday on July 4 of 2010.

It is never too late to live the best part of your life.

Gloria Stuart at IMDb

L. A. Times Obit

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

“Reinhardt regarded the mysteries of the Universe not as…”

September 27, 2010

“Reinhardt regarded the mysteries of the Universe not as indifferent questions of physics or chemistry but as implacable malicious foes.  They were to be assaulted with science, vanquished at any cost, forced to yield their treasure trove of knowledge.”
–Alan Dean Foster
writing in The Black Hole

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

The Week Ahead: September 27 – October 3 2010

September 27, 2010

The Week Ahead: September 27  – October 3 2010

For more information on upcoming (and historical) movies, TV shows, books, conventions, paranormal happenings, and pretty much anything that interests me, see the ever-growing Measured Circle Pop Culture Timeline.

TV

  • Scream Queens finishes up its second season (Monday)
  • Glee has its special Britney Spears episode (Tuesday)
  • No Ordinary Family series debut (Tuesday)
  • Stargate Universe season debut (Tuesday)
  • The Colony season finale (Tuesday)
  • Lost Tapes season debut (Tuesday)
  • John Wesley Shipp, who played the Flash, guest voices on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, in a Flash themed episode…but as Professor Zoom (Thursday)
  • Human Target has its second season debut on Fox (Thursday)
  • Iconoclasts season debut with Charlize Theron…and Jane Goodall (Saturday)
  • Amazing Race season debut (Sunday)
  • The Haunted starts new episodes on Animal Planet  (Sunday)

Movies

  • The Social Network (David Fincher directs…gee, you think this one has a Facebook page?) 😉
  • Let Me In (remake of Let the Right One In, an atmospheric Swedish vampire movie…this one stars Richard Jenkins and Chloe ((Hit Girl)) Moretz)
  • Freakonomics (documentary based on the hit book)
  • Hatchet II (horror sequel)
  • Case 39 ( delayed Renée Zellweger horror movie)

Videogames

  • Wii Party (this one uses the Wiimotes outside the game environment)
  • FIFA 11 (like Madden, but the other football) 😉
  • Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock  (expansion software with an impressive song set, including Bohemian Rhapsody, We’re Not Gonna Take It, Losing My Religion)

Cons

  • The Hub #5, celebrating Torchwood at Northampton, UK (guests include Gareth David Lloyd ((Ianto)) and Kai Owen ((Rhys))).  October 1-3
  • Wizard World’s Big Apple Comic Con, New York (this is a pro con with big names: Adam West and Burt Ward; Lee Majors; Walter Koenig; Nicholas Brendon; Carmen Infantino; Mark Millar)

Cons are short for “conventions”, when people who rarely leave the house get together…just kidding, of course, they can be great fun.  For details, I recommend Fanboy’s Convention List.

 This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

“A devil from the Outer dark…”

September 26, 2010

 “A devil from the Outer dark,’ he grunted.  “Oh, they’re nothing uncommon.  They lurk as thick as fleas outside the belt of light which surrounds this world.  I’ve heard the wise men of Zamora talk of them.  Some find their way to earth, but then they do they have to take on some earthly form and flesh of some sort.  A man like myself, with a sword, is a match for any amount of fangs and talons, infernal or terrestrial.  Come: my men await me beyond the ridge of the valley.”
–Conan
The Vale of Lost Women

written by Robert E. Howard

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

“It is not the sparkle…”

September 25, 2010

“It is not the sparkle of gems in a King’s crown that count, it is the jewels of wisdom in the head under the crown that make him happy and well beloved…”
–Prime Minister Pinny Penny
The Wishing Horse of Oz
written by Ruth Plumly Thompson

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle


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