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David W. Jansing
Crappy Birthday Present
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield suffered a mild heart attack on his 80th birthday and remains hospitalized in intensive care, his publicist said Saturday.
Dangerfield, whose long-running gag is that he gets no respect, had the heart attack Thursday, said publicist Warren Cowan.
Dangerfield will undergo an X-ray of the blood vessels on Monday, Cowan said. Doctors then will determine what treatment he requires.
Dangerfield kept his sense of humor. Cowan said that when Dangerfield entered the emergency room with his wife, he asked the heart specialist: ``Who gave me this present?''
Dangerfield's heart attack came one day after ``The Tonight Show'' host Jay Leno dedicated a show to the comedian and taped birthday greetings from actors and fellow comics.
In The Chaos Household
Penn State won.
The kid had never seen 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind', so we took advantage of its airing on Turner Classic. He liked it.
Also caught about the last hour of 'It's A Wonderful Life', on NBC.
Jimmy Stewart was from Indiana, PA, and when I was a kid his dad still owned the local hardware store. There was an Oscar of his son's in the window. Anytime we ever went near or through Indiana, we had to take a side trip just to look at it.
Tonight, Sunday, after '60 Minutes', CBS has a 'Becker' rerun, then 'You've Got Mail', the movie.
NBC is driving the 'Weakest Link' into the ground with 2 episodes (WWF & 'classic tv series stars'), bookending a fresh 'Law & Order: CI'.
ABC starts out with 'The Santa Clause', followed by fresh episodes of 'Alias' and 'The Practice'
On Faux, the TV debut of 'Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace'.
Locally, in LA, there is also 'The Hollywood Christmas Parade'.
Did anyone see the late, late night repeat of 'SNL' at around 3 am? Candice Bergen was the host, Cher was the musical act, and the cast still had Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman and Nora Dunn. Anyway, the show opened with Dana Carvey as dubya's daddy, Poppy. Dana/Poppy started off by saying that ''all elections would now be suspended''...there was more, but it was late, and I was too tired.
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Saturday Night Tribute
Navajo Code Talkers
Navajo Code Talkers, whose code based on their native tongue was never cracked by the Japanese during World War II, were honored Saturday in a ceremony that many said was long overdue.
Thousands of people watched as more than 300 Congressional Silver Medals were presented to the surviving Code Talkers.
The Code Talkers were honored for a code that, indecipherable by the Japanese, was credited with saving thousands of lives and turning the tide of decisive battles in the Pacific.
The initial 29 Code Talkers who created the code were honored with Congressional Gold Medals last summer in Washington. Those honored Saturday joined the group later in the war.
"From this day forward we will continue to remember the courage and sacrifice of the Navajo Code Talkers," said Navajo Nation President Kelsey Begay.
The complex Navajo language was little known outside the Southwest, and the Code Talkers added word substitutions. For example, a colonel became "silver eagle," which was translated into Navajo as "ataah-besh-le-gai." A submarine became "besh-lo," Navajo for "iron fish," and a bomber was "jay-sho," or buzzard in Navajo.
The Code Talkers were sworn to secrecy about their roles in the war. It wasn't until 1968 that the government declassified the project.
Navajo Code Talkers Honored
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A TV Tribute & A Wedding
Next March will be a busy month for Liza Minnelli, who plans a wedding and a television tribute.
Minnelli will wed producer David Gest in New York, Gest's publicist Warren Cowan said. It will be Minnelli's fourth marriage and Gest's first. Gest is also the producer for the television tribute.
``I am the happiest I've ever been,'' Minnelli, 55, said in a statement. ``Everything I've been through was worth it to find David.''
The couple met while Minnelli was appearing on Gest's production of ``Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special.'' They were introduced by Jackson, who will serve as one of Gest's best men.
The television tribute, which was planned before Minnelli and Gest decided to marry, will feature Michael Jackson and Minnelli in a dance number.
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In The Kitchen With BartCop & Friends
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More To It Than Just 'Polygamy Porter'
Utah & The Olympics
In this predominantly Mormon city, brewery owner Greg Schirf came up with a provocative
name for his beer Polygamy Porter and ran a radio ad asking: "Why have just one?"
Schirf planned a racy billboard, too, with a scantily clad man surrounded by women, and the slogan: "Take some home for the wives." But that was where he crossed the line.
The ad was dropped by the billboard company, and conservative reaction was swift and brutal.
"We were just getting filleted," Schirf said.
The episode earlier this month illustrates the tension in Utah between the liquor industry and Mormon sensibilities a tension that has increased in the past few years with the approach of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Last month, the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board abandoned a proposed ban on liquor ads with religious themes after a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union.
For more than a year, Schirf's Wasatch Brewery has been tweaking Mormons with its advertising. His billboards have touted beer as "Utah's Other Local Religion" and urged customers to "Baptize Your Taste Buds." Radio ads poked fun at the Mormon church's proselytizing, with Elders "Rulon" and "Heber" declaring themselves on a "different kind of mission."
Billboard company Reagan Outdoor Advertising pulled the Polygamy Porter ad before it ran. Schirf said he thinks the company caved in to political pressure. Many Utah residents, including Gov. Mike Leavitt, have polygamist ancestors.
Alcohol, The Olympics & Utah
Ohio State Lottery
Actor Leslie Nielsen has a new shtick - a gig with the Ohio Lottery.
Nielsen, 75, landed a $250,000 deal to do commercials that lottery officials hope will help boost declining lottery profits.
It's the first time Ohio has tapped a celebrity to hawk its gambling games.
Lottery profits, which subsidize state schools, have dipped about $11 million below projections this fiscal year as casinos in nearby states draw away gamblers.
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Held Over From Saturday Because I Liked It
Doc Hollywood Explains Flashbacks
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Dare"
To: < Trple2@notaol.com >
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2001 11:47 PM
Subject: Ask Dr. Hollywood
Thank you for braving time and space to contact me. Is that your real name? I knew a Trple2 in high school. Did your dad go to Beverly?
Ah, but I see we have more pressing matters concerning the fine art of screenwriting.
> Dear Dr. Hollywood,
> 1. What's your feeling on the use of the term "whigger": acceptable, or politically incorrect?
I've never heard the word "whigger" before so I must assume it means "someone who does things with Whigs" unless I'm wrong. I'm certainly not offended by the word and find myself more offended at my own ignorance. How could a word such as "whigger" have escaped my eye? In any case, if you're using it in dialogue in this movie that you propose, and I'm supposed to know what it means, and I'm sitting in the audience watching this movie where someone uses the word "whigger," well, I'm going for popcorn. Want something?
Perhaps I'm in the wrong demographic. Maybe 17-24 year olds are using the word "whigger" everywhere but around me. I suggest using it in context so the audience can figure it out for themselves. While they're out on safari, you could have one of your characters say "Would you be a good chap and pass me that whigger," and then someone passes them a bamboo trap and a lightbulb goes on over the audience's head as they realize that a whigger must be a bamboo trap.
Something like that.
> 2. I've heard peopel say that flashbacks and dream sequences are the sign of a new writer. Even if they are done well, do you think someone just starting out should stay away from them?
Who is this "peopel" of which you speak? Did he go to Beverly too?
Or did you mean "people?" Na, couldn't be possible. Nobody calling themselves a writer could ever misspell the word "people" without fixing it before sending it to somebody, especially a mentor such as Dr. Hollywood.
Mistake not my sarcasm for jest, young whippersnapper. If I saw the word "people" misspelled as "peopel" on the first page of a script someone wanted me to read, it would go straight into the trash before I ever made it to page two. If you want to be e.e.cummings and fuck around with spelling and grammar just to be creative, I gotta steer you away from screenwriting, man.
Screenplays are precise descriptions of a movie. Whoever you're sending it to has five dozen other scripts to read. They're looking for the SLIGHTEST excuse not to read yours.
Flashbacks? Dream sequences? Good if they're brilliant and riveted to the spine of the picture, bad if they're not.
BTW, this letter contained two flashbacks and several dream sequences. Did you spot them?
Go back to your script.
Cut out everything that isn't brilliant.
For an excellent collection of screenwriting tips, check out http://modigliani.brandx.net/user/musofire/screenwriting.html
At http://www.loop.com/~kate818/gk07.html there are dozens of useful screenwriting links.
At http://www.fundsforwriters.com/ there is an amazing list of links for writers, including grants and contests.
And don't miss "Ask Dr. Hollywood" at my site listed below, where I cover this same subject more extensively.
Very useful: Tony Bill's list of 12 things for writers NOT to do before sending a script out - http://www.writersdigest.com/wd0601/scripts.asp
Also, most importantly, read as many scripts as you can. You can download them from http://www.script-o-rama.com/
For an excellent guide to web venues for filmmakers, check out http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/01/41/index4a.html?tw=eg20011017
Ready to submit your work? Go to http://www.writerswrite.com/screenwriting/producer.htm for a list of links to producers and production companies.
Want a job on a film crew? Go to http://www.mandy.com
And the single most important piece of screenwriting advice you will ever get? From Strunk and White Do not say, "He showed satisfaction as he took possession of his well deserved reward." DO say, "He grinned as he pocketed the coin."
You'll need it.
Keep me posted,
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As They'd Say On 'Twin Peaks'
Jennifer Lopez, right, laughs as she receives a pair of original Black Forest shoes made out of straw from TV-presenter Cherno Jobatey, on the German television variety show called "Verstehen Sie Spass?" on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, in Freiburg, southern Germany. These shoes were worn by farmers in former centuries.
Photo by Winfried Rothermel
I think "Verstehen Sie Spass?" would roughly translate to ''(Do) You Understand Fun''?
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Learning To Play Piano & Guitar
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige is working to expand her artistry. Though she is already credited as a respected
singer and songwriter, the artist from Yonkers, New York is learning how to play instruments.
"Yeah, I have a piano in my house, so I play on it a lot. I already got like my first 'No More Drama'/Young & The Restless keys on there. I got a couple other little things that I'm learning. I'm learning some Al Green stuff on the guitar right now. You know, I'm just setting myself up for tour. If I learn it for tour, cool. If I don't that's cool too."
Mary J. Blige
Missing In Action
A pesky little virus kept thousands of our fighting men and women from having a heaping helping of Pam Anderson along with their Thanksgiving turkey. Anderson was supposed to take part in a holiday USO show hosted by Jay Leno and featuring U2 - taped especially for our armed forces to watch overseas - but she begged out hours before taping Wednesday night, complaining of a chest cold. She left $1 million worth of Harry Winston diamond jewelry without a wearer.
(20 Nov, 2001)
The official BartCop Astrologer, Geneva, has provided another eye-opening set of charts!
A brief excerpt: " In January 2002, New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani will intimately know an experience and feeling that more and more of us are reluctantly facing: He'll join the ranks of the unemployed. Due to term limits Giuliani has not been able to seek re-election, after 8 years as one of New York's more popular mayors.
The question on most New Yorker's minds and lips is "What is Rudy going to do NOW?" Well, maybe The Stars can give us some clues. "
Very interesting reading!
The ''Sexiest Funnyman''
Ben Stiller isn't sure if being named ``sexiest funnyman'' by People magazine is really an
honor. It might be more of a backhanded compliment.
``It's quite an honor to be in that subdivision of the not really sexy man but sexy funny man. It's almost sexy,'' Stiller, 36, joked with reporters recently.
The title of ``the sexiest man alive 2001'' was awarded to Pierce Brosnan. The James Bond star is the 15th person to receive the title, which the magazine has previously bestowed on Brad Pitt, George Clooney and the original Bond, Sean Connery.
People's list also includes Benjamin Bratt (sexiest single guy), Yo-Yo Ma (sexiest classical musician) and Maxwell (sexiest soul singer).
The 'Sexy' Ben Stiller
More Auction News
The Barbara Cartland Collection
Dame Barbara Cartland, author of more than 700 romance novels before her death in 2000, will
share her love of hot pink chiffon and crystal-studded gowns from beyond the grave.
The novelist's dresses, furs and costume jewelry will go under the hammer in London as part of a December vintage fashion sale, auctioneers Sotheby's said on Friday.
``No one's sold anything quite like this before,'' Kerry Taylor, a Sotheby's fashion specialist, told Reuters. ``She would make Liberace look positively dull.''
A spokeswoman said the collection, featuring about 80 ''unbelievably heavy'' georgette and chiffon diamante-encrusted evening dresses, was expected to fetch about 10,000 pounds ($14,000).
Cartland was one of the world's most prolific novelists, who at age 80, earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for writing an average of 20 books a year. Her 723 books have sold more than a billion copies worldwide in 36 languages.
Barbara Cartland Collection To Auction
Going Classical On College Tour
Billy Joel likes to think of his latest tour as a series of master classes.
He's been visiting universities to answer questions and play selections from his new classical album, ``Fantasies & Delusions.''
Students ask more technical questions than the typical fan, Joel told AP Radio, and he likes that.
Joel, whose pop hits include ``Uptown Girl'' and ``Only the Good Die Young,'' says he also likes technical questions ``because I don't have the answer in my index-card file. I've really got to think.''
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Also Known As 'Hagrid The Giant'
Robbie Coltrane jokes that it isn't his size that won him the role of Hagrid the giant in ``Harry Potter
and the Sorcerer's Stone'' - it's his good looks.
Coltrane, who's a pretty big guy, was ``Harry Potter'' author J.K. Rowling's first choice for the role.
``She'd always thought that Hagrid was a devastatingly handsome man, probably in the sort of young Brando sort of way,'' the 51-year-old actor-comedian told reporters recently. ``She said, `There's only one guy to play Hagrid' and that was me.''
Robbie Coltrane & Harry Potter
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