Saturday, November 10, 2007

Curmudgeon in the Wry 372

Saturday, November 10, 2007---603 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 12 seconds (time frittered away) (a pointless waste of time)
Offending readers one issue at a time since 2001.
Almost completely free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
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Rave: Van Morrison
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On the Hi Fi: Eagles—“Long Road Out of Eden.”---“Busy Being Fabulous” and “No More Cloudy Days” are my faves.
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Reading: Clive Cussler’s “The Chase.”
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Hmmm: When TV writers go on strike, do they carry blank picket signs?
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Slogan: Looks like Hillary has adopted a new policy on the campaign highway, “Even if You Ask, I Will Not Tell.”
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Rant: Joni Mitchell smoking on camera during her CBS Sunday Morning interview. And, shame on CBS for allowing it.
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Rave: I have had nothing but outstanding results with every used bookseller I have ordered from on Amazon.com. When asked for comments, I have always put, “exceeded expectations.”
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Hmmm: Seems like the saucer is no longer a part of the coffee drinking experience.
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Input requested: Am yet to use an ink jet refill service---just wondered if any reader had capsule review of one.
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Quote: “Can’t we put the off back in off-season? Please.”---Frank Deford.
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Rave: If you are a fan of the outstanding novels of Nelson DeMille, there are a few movies on the way.
“The Gold Coast” is filming.
Columbia owns the movie rights to “Plum Island”---a John Corey novel---and it is a maybe.
Columbia also has the rights to “Lion’s Game.” It is in development for a five-part TV mini-series. Goodson-Toddman is working with Columbia to make it happen.
The rights to “The Charm School” (my particular favorite DeMille novel), is in active development by Bristol Bay Entertainment. Frank Marshall (“Seabiscuit”) is slated to produce and direct.
“Up Country,” a Paul Brenner novel, is with Paramount---Mace Neufeld producing.
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Rant: John Travolta is first choice to play Paul Brenner. He is a terrible choice unless he can lose about a hundred pounds, Brenner is a fit soldier.
Even worse is the choice of Alec Baldwin to play John Sutter in “The Gold Coast.”
Both are 180 degrees off the characters on the printed page.
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Rave: Brett Favre plays football the way we would want to play it---still.
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Rant: All this hand wringing and gnashing of teeth about the writers in Hollywood going on strike. All say collective “woe is me” about the talk show hosts. This would never have bothered the truly creative talents like Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Steve Allen, Jackie Gleason, Dave Garroway and their ilk. Today, maybe Dennis Miller has the chops to do his own writing.
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More strike: As long as the strike continues, there is no place for news for a generation. Actually, you could have fooled me---who knew they still had writers in Hollywood?
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Quote II: “If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better, I should not have come.”---Raymond Chandler (Philip Marlow’s creator).
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Hmmm: When at the movies or sporting event, which armrest is yours?
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Quote III: “Movie agents are never more important than the talent, never have been and never will be. Agents just live longer.”—William Goldman.
Same could be said about sports agents.
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Department of Redundancy Department: Frozen solid, pizza pie, exact same, front windshield.
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Hmmm: How can those “one day sales” last all weekend?
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Rant: If I never saw Tom Cruise again in a movie, it would be all right.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

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