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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:23 pm 
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UK children's TV presenter, big in the 1970s and 80s Keith Chegwin. Though in film he turns up briefly as the end point of the mirror dream sequence as Fleance, the end of Banquo's line desined to become King in Polanski's version of Macbeth.

He also appears to have had a brief run of almost totally forgotten British films in the early 2000s, none of which I have seen: Whatever Happened To Harold Smith? (directed by Peter Hewitt, continuing his slide from Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey through this into Thunderpants and Zoom with Adam Sandler), House! (one of those post-Full Monty/Little Voice films set in the regions and dealing with 'regional quirky issues' - in this case a bingo hall in Wales run by Kelly MacDonald, periodically getting visited by characters like Keith Chegwin and Bruce Forsyth playing themselves) and perhaps most bizarrely in Tabloid in which UK TV names like Stephen Tomkinson and TV presenters like Gail Porter, Dani Behr and 'Ready, Steady, Cook!' chef Ainsley Harriott(!) apparently rub shoulders with Art Malik, John Hurt, David Soul (!!) and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio(!!?!). Its also a 'comedy/drama/thriller' early on in Danny Dyer's lad-film ascendancy, so its probably one of many UK films following in the footsteps of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (films like Circus, which features a similarly bizarre castlist of names like Famke Jannsen, Fred Ward and Peter Stormare rubbing shoulders with "It's a puppet!" comedian Brian Conley trying to go serious, and Christopher Biggins playing it straight for once)


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:38 pm 
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Paul Taylor, probably best known to the public as a regular critic for Time Out in the 1970s and 80s, notable for his sweeping enthusiasms - he later conceded that maybe he went a bit over the top on Once Upon a Time in the West, but as he put it in the original full-length review "we're talking favourite films here, so only superlatives will do":

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The Western is dead, they tell us, so long live Leone's timeless monument to the death of the West itself, rivalled only by Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid for the title of best ever made. We're talking favorite films here, so only superlatives will do. Worth starting at the beginning: a stakeout at a deserted station, Jack Elam and a fly - the most audacious credit sequence in film history. A soundtrack never bettered by any Dolby knob-twiddlers - unnatural sounds of 'silence' and Morricone's greatest score, handing Bronson his identity with a plangent, shivery harmonica riff, carrying Leone's crane shots upwards over a railhead township, clip-clopping Robards into the rigorous good/bad/ugly schema. Countercasting (sadist Fonda) and location choice (Monument Valley) that render an iconic base for Leone and collaborators (Bertolucci and Argento, no less) to perform their revisionist/revolutionary critique of the Classic American (i.e., Fordian) Creation Myth. And more, too. Critical tools needed are eyes and ears - this is Cinema.

But people in the industry also knew and loved him for his indefatigable energy and enthusiasm at the ICA and later the BFI, where he had numerous programming-related jobs, culminating with being editor of the BFI Southbank programmes. He also had a famously encyclopaedic knowledge of Leicester City Football Club, claimed never to have missed a match (no matter where it was held) and co-wrote what is generally regarded as the definitive book on the subject.

And, speaking personally, he was also a properly lovely bloke: I'd known him on and off since the late 1980s and he was a colleague for nearly a decade in the early 2000s. To my shame, I hadn't seen him since I went freelance, but before then I loved working with him on all manner of projects, and once alarmed him by referring to an early-80s review that I'd long treasured (it was of the Hungarian anti-Stalinist comedy The Witness) but which he had no conscious memory of ever having written - although it was definitely his: that distinctively chatty style leaped off the page.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:50 pm 
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Kentucky State representative, Dan Johnson. Committed suicide, shortly after being accused of molesting a 17-year old girl.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:53 pm 
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Porn Star Yurizan Beltran. What the hell is going in this industry? Isn't she like the 5th pornstar to die this year?


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:36 am 
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Producer Martin Ransohoff.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:54 am 
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MichaelB wrote:
Paul Taylor, probably best known to the public as a regular critic for Time Out in the 1970s and 80s, notable for his sweeping enthusiasms - he later conceded that maybe he went a bit over the top on Once Upon a Time in the West, but as he put it in the original full-length review "we're talking favourite films here, so only superlatives will do":

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The Western is dead, they tell us, so long live Leone's timeless monument to the death of the West itself, rivalled only by Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid for the title of best ever made. We're talking favorite films here, so only superlatives will do. Worth starting at the beginning: a stakeout at a deserted station, Jack Elam and a fly - the most audacious credit sequence in film history. A soundtrack never bettered by any Dolby knob-twiddlers - unnatural sounds of 'silence' and Morricone's greatest score, handing Bronson his identity with a plangent, shivery harmonica riff, carrying Leone's crane shots upwards over a railhead township, clip-clopping Robards into the rigorous good/bad/ugly schema. Countercasting (sadist Fonda) and location choice (Monument Valley) that render an iconic base for Leone and collaborators (Bertolucci and Argento, no less) to perform their revisionist/revolutionary critique of the Classic American (i.e., Fordian) Creation Myth. And more, too. Critical tools needed are eyes and ears - this is Cinema.

I used to have some of the TO guides in the late 90s/early 00s. As it was a pretty formative time for me with more serious films let's say, these were brilliant primers. And this was absolutely one of the reviews I remembered so well because it seemed so personal. And to my shame I've never seen OUATITW - it is on Sky On Demand so I will remedy that!


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:53 am 
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I also remember reading that review when I was a teenager - it was before we had the internet, and things like the Time Out film guide were essentially bibles for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:08 pm 
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TCM's annual memorial tribute.

Edit: The link no longer seems to work and the video appears to have been removed from TCM's website. Perhaps they're making some last-minute additions.
Edit 2: The video is back with a new link. The only difference I could perceive is that they changed the clip for actor Robert Hardy.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:58 pm 
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Ralph Carney Worked with so many people, notably Tom Waits (including the tour that generated Big Time) and the David Thomas/CLE scene.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
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Singer/Actress Keely Smith


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
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K-pop star Kim Jong-Hyun of apparent suicide


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:14 pm 
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ng4996 wrote:


Not a fan of K-Pop at all (I think the only music I've ever seen out of South Korea was Gangnam Style like everyone else) but I know people who are. The K-Pop "scene" is absolutely awful. Imagine every abuse you can think of and the executives do it. Theft of wages, forced prostitution, propaganda, you name it. I am unfortunately not shocked this has transpired and it saddens me deeply.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:48 pm 
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Heather North at 71. I imagine a vast majority of you will recognize her as the voice of Daphne from Scooby-Doo.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:29 am 
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Kevin Mahogany


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
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Hiep Thi Le, the star of Oliver Stone's Heaven and Earth.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:49 pm 
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Immensely talented production designer Thérèse DePrez, at 52


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:14 am 
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The great Dick Enberg.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:06 am 
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Dick Enberg was in my top 3 all time favorite announcers. He was so smooth and never superfluous in his calls. It didn't matter what he was calling either. He will be missed.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:28 am 
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Nailed it...I completely agree.

For years, I’d eagerly get up like it was Christmas morning to hear him call Wimbledon...


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:22 pm 
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bearcuborg, Enberg even did this.... Sports Challenge. This was a great show. Loved watching this as a kid.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:29 am 
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Peter Duffell


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:47 pm 

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Oscar-winning editor Jerry Greenberg (The French Connection, Apocalypse Now)


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:17 pm 
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FrauBlucher wrote:
bearcuborg, Enberg even did this.... Sports Challenge. This was a great show. Loved watching this as a kid.


Thanks, I wasn’t aware of this! I’m also younger. My favorite sports show as a kid was Sportswriters on TV. I grew up in Chicago...


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:07 pm 
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Composer Dominic Frontiere, who is probably best remembered for his wonderful work on the 1960s Outer Limits television series. He was 86.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:05 pm 
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Bob Givens, creator of Bugs Bunny.


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