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Fun Extras from PBS

PBS Nature makes photos and videos, including additional footage and “making of” clips available on their website. Some are only clickable with membership but the ones that go with the current week are always free.

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Link: Behind The Scenes: Making of Snow Monkeys

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Aliens, has it really been 30 years?

Cast-of-James-Camerons-AliensAliens celebrated its 30th Anniversary at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 and Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Director James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn and others were on hand to discuss the film and to reflect on how the film industry has changed from the 80’s to today. I’m not sure I could count how many times we’ve bought this film let alone watched it. I mean with any Cameron you have the original release in the theater, then VHS, then DVD, then the boxed set, then the Director’s Cut with additional scenes, now BluRay, and I’m sure there will an anniversary set with interviews and commentary coming soon. If they print it, we’ll buy it! 😉

Here is the complete collection of Alien’s 30th Anniversary  Interviews:

Hurd & Cameron

Weaver & Paxton

Henrickson & Reiser

Biehn & Henn

I love this anecdote, Henn, who left acting and is now a fourth grade teacher, mentioned that a lot of her student’s parents show up to parent/teacher conferences with DVD’s for her to sign.*

*Link: spinoff comicbook resources

Happy 100th Birthday to You, Olivia de Havilland

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photo: Wikipedia.org

That means it is time to watch Captain Blood, Gone with the Wind and Robin Hood in her honor and finish the evening with Snake Pit and Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte if you are still up for more. Snake Pit won many awards at the time and is a terrifying look at mental illness while Charlotte is an odd piece, I assume from the way the end was shot that the end was supposed to be kind of comedic but de Havilland’s performance makes it a different thing entirely. I really enjoy it. Olivia de Havilland remains the the oldest living recipient of an Academy Award and is one of only four other women currently living to have received at least two best actress Academy Awards!

Captain Blood was her first movie with Errol Flynn and according to The Wiki: In July 1941 de Havilland was reunited with Errol Flynn for their eighth and final movie together, Raoul Walsh’s Western adventure epic They Died with Their Boots On. The film is loosely based on the courtship and marriage of George Armstrong Custer and Elizabeth “Libbie” Bacon.[129] Flynn and de Havilland had a falling out the previous year‍—‌mainly over the roles she was being given‍—‌and she did not intend to work with him again.[130] Even Flynn acknowledged, “She was sick to death of playing ‘the girl’ and badly wanted a few good roles to show herself and the world that she was a fine actress.”[131] After she learned from Warner that Flynn had come to his office saying he needed her in the film, de Havilland accepted.[121] Screenwriter Lenore Coffee was brought in to add several romantic scenes, and improve the overall dialogue.[121] The result is a film that includes some of their finest work together.[132] Their last appearance on screen is Custer’s farewell to his wife.[133] “Errol was quite sensitive,” de Havilland would later remember, “I think he knew it would be the last time we worked together.”[133] Flynn’s final line in that scene would hold special meaning for her: “Walking through life with you, ma’am, has been a very gracious thing.”[134] Note: footnotes indicate the wikipedia references.

Source: Olivia de Havilland – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I couldn’t agree more with that iconic line from Custer’s Farewell. We saw the restored Gone With the Wind at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre that began with a reading of a letter by de Havilland by the theater manager. Her consideration and generosity to her own fans and the fans of the movie even at a a distance of 50 years was palpable. The women next to me were in tears before the distinctive music started up, just wonderful.Thank you and happy birthday!

WSJ Article David Mermelstein: Why We Give a Damn About Scarlett

Greatest Unscripted Movie Scenes

Here's looking at you, kid
Casablanca

Greatest Unscripted Movie Scenes

I hope you enjoy this link as much as I did. I love that some of the best scenes and lines in movies were ad lib, think about Casablanca’s “Here’s looking at you, kid”, or Aliens’ “Game over, man”, as the drop ship crashes into the planet, and try to think about Young Frankenstein without Gene Hackman’s “Wait, I was going to make espresso”.

For me, this is the mark of an actor who is truly in character, and it shows so much about a director who can recognize such perfection and keep it in the film.

Check this blog for some more. Click Screenrant.

RIP Peter O’Toole

RIP Peter O'Toole

Peter O’Toole has died at age 81. Such sad news.

Lawrence of Arabia was my favorite movie as a child. I am not sure what appealed to me about it when I was that young but it was the first movie I remember actually paying attention to and remembering lines from. “Epic Adventure” is  still my favorite genre.

Another of his movies that I always enjoy is My Favorite Year. If you haven’t seen it, or haven’t seen it lately… watch it!

MSN has a good article about his career here

To read about the real T.E. Lawrence, click here

To see a clip of My Favorite Year, click here

The Hobbit in HFR 3D

This is my update to the previous post. We saw The Hobbit again last night at Cinerama in Seattle in the High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D version and I want to answer all those who will ask, “Was it worth it?”

YES! It was amazing.

The action was sharp and clear with no blur and no roll. When the party leaves Hobbiton and the scene moves through the darkness of the forest and then out over the open plain I felt like I’d never really seen a movie before. Remember that feeling at the beginning of The Sound of Music when the camera takes in the whole mountaintop? It was like that. Incredible field of view and sharpness at the same time. I was able to see details in the action of the battle sequences in the mountain that were just a blur of motion in the 3D Imax version and the sense that you could see the entire screen without a “curve” at the edges gave an almost hyper real effect in the forest and Rivendell settings. At least that is how it seemed to me. See it if you can.

We finally saw The Hobbit yesterday

The Hobbit

We went to see The Hobbit  yesterday at the Mall and went early enough to get our steps in beforehand. Thai noodles, 12,000 steps and a movie, quite a date-night, eh? We saw the 3D, IMAX version, Scott still wants to see it in the HFR (High Frame Rate) version, that is showing at Cinerama downtown. Anyway, it was fantastic and made me realize how little I remembered of the book. I was always a Lord of The Rings fan but not not so much of a Hobbit fan. I read my way through the Narnia series and Susan Cooper, then LOTR before discovering the Hobbit , so I compared it to works that were darker and larger in scope and didn’t really enjoy it. I am looking forward to giving it a thorough read again in anticipation of the next film in the series. By the way, before The Hobbit started, we were treated to a minutes long trailer for the new Star Trek movie: Into Darkness. It opens May 17, 2013. I don’t know how long that trailer was, but I heard several people around us say, “Weren’t we here for The Hobbit?” so I know I wasn’t the only one who felt confused for a second.

Read Peter Jackson on HFR 3D: FB Q&A

Click here to get the The Hobbit on Kindle: The Hobbit

Remember, you don’t need a Kindle device to read a Kindle book, you can download a Kindle reader for PC, Mac, Tablet or phone and read your book on most other devices as well.

If you’d like to dress up your computer, click this link to the Hobbit Wallpaper Generator

In other news:

Ian got one of the new fitbit units that sync with a smartphone and he showed it to me over the weekend. I can’t believe how much smaller it is, it’s really tiny. Quick, go check one out here: Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker, Black