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Post by lunchstealer » 24 Aug 2018, 20:04

JD wrote:
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Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous: Robin Leach passes away at 76. I would have guessed he was older, actually.
I kind of wish one of his favorite subjects/guests would join him (naturally and nonviolently, natch)
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Post by Warren » 24 Aug 2018, 20:07

lunchstealer wrote:
24 Aug 2018, 20:04
JD wrote:
24 Aug 2018, 17:01
Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous: Robin Leach passes away at 76. I would have guessed he was older, actually.
I kind of wish one of his favorite subjects/guests would join him (naturally and nonviolently, natch)
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Post by Aresen » 24 Aug 2018, 20:22

JD wrote:
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Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous: Robin Leach passes away at 76. I would have guessed he was older, actually.
I always thought his surname was perfect for his vocation.
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Post by lunchstealer » 24 Aug 2018, 20:27

Warren wrote:
24 Aug 2018, 20:07
lunchstealer wrote:
24 Aug 2018, 20:04
JD wrote:
24 Aug 2018, 17:01
Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous: Robin Leach passes away at 76. I would have guessed he was older, actually.
I kind of wish one of his favorite subjects/guests would join him (naturally and nonviolently, natch)
I never figured you for a Pence fanboy.
I'd be okay if Pence then were brutally accidentally slashed his own throat whilst combing his hair. President Ryan might not be so bad all things considered.

I do think that the institutions of American civic governance are important and that Trump will undermine them so badly that we'll go to a low-trust banana republic country like Russia or best-case Brazil but without the hot chicks, ripe for our own strongman of one form or another, either right-wing populist like Putin or left-wing populist like Chavez.
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Post by Aresen » 26 Aug 2018, 00:18

John McCain

From what I've read, Gov Ducey gets to appoint someone to fill his seat for the next two years. Wonder who it will be?
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 26 Aug 2018, 12:25

Neil Simon, 91
Beginning with the breakthrough hits “Barefoot in the Park” (1963) and “The Odd Couple” (1965) and continuing with popular successes like “Plaza Suite” (1968), “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” (1971) and “The Sunshine Boys” (1974), Mr. Simon ruled Broadway when Broadway was still worth ruling.

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Post by Aresen » 26 Aug 2018, 15:15

Aresen wrote:
26 Aug 2018, 00:18
John McCain

From what I've read, Gov Ducey gets to appoint someone to fill his seat for the next two years. Wonder who it will be?
D.A. Ridgely wrote:
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Neil Simon, 91
Beginning with the breakthrough hits “Barefoot in the Park” (1963) and “The Odd Couple” (1965) and continuing with popular successes like “Plaza Suite” (1968), “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” (1971) and “The Sunshine Boys” (1974), Mr. Simon ruled Broadway when Broadway was still worth ruling.
Guess which one I care more about.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 26 Aug 2018, 15:46

Mr. Simon ruled Broadway when Broadway was still worth ruling.
I would not have expected a NYT obituary writer to be on the #MAGAtrain, but I guess it's sort of inevitable when your job is write about how much better it was back when people were alive.
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 26 Aug 2018, 17:50

Hugh Akston wrote:
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Mr. Simon ruled Broadway when Broadway was still worth ruling.
I would not have expected a NYT obituary writer to be on the #MAGAtrain, but I guess it's sort of inevitable when your job is write about how much better it was back when people were alive.
Not counting popular music, I'm not that much of a "good ol' days" guy, but on the topic of Broadway? Oh hell yeah! There has been next to zero serious drama on Broadway in the last fifty years, certainly nothing like the likes of O'Neill, Miller, Williams, etc. Politics aside, Broadway used to be a place where people who cared about legitimate theater could see serious dramas and witty comedies, not chorus line cats in the opera behind on their rent rapping about American history. Broadway has been a tourist trap since its Andrew Lloyd Webberfication, the theatrical equivalent of the Disneyfication of 42nd Street.

There have been a few outliers. David Mamet, for example. But no, analysis is not really worthwhile and, yes, the theater is really dead.

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Post by Warren » 26 Aug 2018, 19:51

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
26 Aug 2018, 17:50
Hugh Akston wrote:
26 Aug 2018, 15:46
Mr. Simon ruled Broadway when Broadway was still worth ruling.
I would not have expected a NYT obituary writer to be on the #MAGAtrain, but I guess it's sort of inevitable when your job is write about how much better it was back when people were alive.
Not counting popular music, I'm not that much of a "good ol' days" guy, but on the topic of Broadway? Oh hell yeah! There has been next to zero serious drama on Broadway in the last fifty years, certainly nothing like the likes of O'Neill, Miller, Williams, etc. Politics aside, Broadway used to be a place where people who cared about legitimate theater could see serious dramas and witty comedies, not chorus line cats in the opera behind on their rent rapping about American history. Broadway has been a tourist trap since its Andrew Lloyd Webberfication, the theatrical equivalent of the Disneyfication of 42nd Street.

There have been a few outliers. David Mamet, for example. But no, analysis is not really worthwhile and, yes, the theater is really dead.
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Post by Jennifer » 26 Aug 2018, 20:52

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
26 Aug 2018, 17:50
Hugh Akston wrote:
26 Aug 2018, 15:46
Mr. Simon ruled Broadway when Broadway was still worth ruling.
I would not have expected a NYT obituary writer to be on the #MAGAtrain, but I guess it's sort of inevitable when your job is write about how much better it was back when people were alive.
Not counting popular music, I'm not that much of a "good ol' days" guy, but on the topic of Broadway? Oh hell yeah! There has been next to zero serious drama on Broadway in the last fifty years, certainly nothing like the likes of O'Neill, Miller, Williams, etc. Politics aside, Broadway used to be a place where people who cared about legitimate theater could see serious dramas and witty comedies, not chorus line cats in the opera behind on their rent rapping about American history. Broadway has been a tourist trap since its Andrew Lloyd Webberfication, the theatrical equivalent of the Disneyfication of 42nd Street.

There have been a few outliers. David Mamet, for example. But no, analysis is not really worthwhile and, yes, the theater is really dead.
Sudden thought about a topic I personally never thought about before: assuming your "50 years ago" date is accurate, I wonder how much of this decline of Broadway is because of the rise in movies at that time? According to a vaguely recalled documentary I saw on the theme "The 1970s were a Renaissance for American movies," 70s classics such s "Godfather" or "Taxi Driver" never could've even made even ten years earlier -- I think the main catalyst was ditching the old Hays Code and replacing it with the MPAA rating system. Once that happened, the likes of O'Neill, Miller, Williams, etc. would have more creative-outlet options than Broadway.
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 27 Aug 2018, 01:05

Jennifer wrote:
26 Aug 2018, 20:52
Sudden thought about a topic I personally never thought about before: assuming your "50 years ago" date is accurate, I wonder how much of this decline of Broadway is because of the rise in movies at that time? According to a vaguely recalled documentary I saw on the theme "The 1970s were a Renaissance for American movies," 70s classics such s "Godfather" or "Taxi Driver" never could've even made even ten years earlier -- I think the main catalyst was ditching the old Hays Code and replacing it with the MPAA rating system. Once that happened, the likes of O'Neill, Miller, Williams, etc. would have more creative-outlet options than Broadway.
I'm positive that accounts for much of it and I suspect the same can probably be said for serious but popular literature up to a point, too, but bear in mind they covered their tracks in stage plays, as well. I mean, I guess there were people dumb enough to think "The Crucible" was actually about Salem and I'm sure there were many people who were clueless about Williams' homosexuality, but if they had been explicit in their politics or sexuality they could have never gotten work produced, either.

Having tried and failed to write both, I can attest that screenwriting is a substantially distinct sort of wordsmithing from playwriting. The underlying talent is probably roughly the same, but the market for screenplays is both larger and vastly more remunerative than for stage plays, so definitely it's a market phenomenon. I wonder along the same lines whether 'serious' fiction is going the way of poetry and becoming mostly a pursuit by and for a tiny elite.

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Post by Kwix » 06 Sep 2018, 19:07

nicole wrote:
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Post by Ellie » 06 Sep 2018, 22:44

Unless you count his blooper clip at the end of Anchorman, I've never seen a movie with Burt Reynolds in it. This seems nutty to me, but I double-checked his filmography on IMDB.
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Post by Painboy » 06 Sep 2018, 22:52

Ellie wrote:
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Unless you count his blooper clip at the end of Anchorman, I've never seen a movie with Burt Reynolds in it. This seems nutty to me, but I double-checked his filmography on IMDB.
You've never seen Smokey and the Bandit? Cannonball Run? Given how much they were on cable as a kid I assumed it was some kind of law.

Wait you haven't seen Boogie Nights either?

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Post by Ellie » 06 Sep 2018, 23:01

I was a poor neglected child who didn't have cable growing up. We didn't even get Fox out where we lived!

I don't know much about Boogie Nights but it never sounded appealing to me. Like, it's porn stars but they're all really depressed or something?
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Post by nicole » 06 Sep 2018, 23:10

You’ve never seen All Dogs Go to Heaven?
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Post by Painboy » 06 Sep 2018, 23:11

Ellie wrote:
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I was a poor neglected child who didn't have cable growing up. We didn't even get Fox out where we lived!

I don't know much about Boogie Nights but it never sounded appealing to me. Like, it's porn stars but they're all really depressed or something?
It certainly has its downs but it basically has a kind of happyish ending. It's incredibly funny at times as well. Easily one of my top 50 movies of all time.

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Post by Ellie » 07 Sep 2018, 00:04

nicole wrote:
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You’ve never seen All Dogs Go to Heaven?
No! Maybe because even though I assume it's a kids' movie it sounds like it's about dead dogs?

Apparently I have a lot of vague and off-putting impressions of Burt Reynolds' movies :lol:
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Post by Kwix » 07 Sep 2018, 03:27

I, for one, celebrate his entire catalog.
Not true. Thought something about his smile/screen personality is engaging. Cannonball Run was a staple of my childhood "daycare" experience.

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Post by Number 6 » 07 Sep 2018, 07:11

Let's not forget that the original, non-MTV Longest Yard was actually a very good movie. Of course, like every 80s kid, I loved Cannonball Run. And I'll still watch Smokey and the Bandit should it happen to be on.
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