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Saturday May 24, 2014

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“I felt like it was crushing the soul out of me. But it's still not as bad as 'Grown-Ups 2.'”

-- Alonso Duralde on Adam Sandler's new movie, “Blended.”

Adam Sandler in "Blended"

Posted at 07:50 AM on May 24, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Friday May 16, 2014

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”He threw his . . . body around like a lightweight gymnast. His acting was honest, which is a good deal better than clever; he lived life with gusto; and he was already beginning to think of himself as some kind of political pundit, but we all make mistakes.”

-- Director Edward Dmytryk on John Wayne, his leading man in the film “Back to Bataan” (1945), one of the many war movies John Wayne made during the war years, as quoted in Scott Eyman's biography, “John Wayne: The Life and Legend.” Apparently Wayne was also proto-anti-feminist, even when it came to Wacs and Waves serving overseas. Dmytryk would go on to direct “Crossfire” (1947) and “The Caine Mutiny” (1954).

John Wayne Back to Bataan

John Wayne leading the charge ... on screen. 

Posted at 05:52 AM on May 16, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Wednesday May 14, 2014

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“I have a lifelong aversion to people who don’t know things acting like not knowing is the default position. In high school, I once had someone make me feel really dumb because I had read Moby Dick (it was a fluke, I admit; I had not read any other classics as a kid) … and it affected me. It really did. It made me think it was uncool to know things. It made me embarrassed to raise my hand and say something because not knowing was cooler. That sort of downward pressure drives me nuts.”

-- Joe Posnanski, “Knowing Arky,” on a post about a trivia question during a Royals game. And no, Arky isn't the answer to the trivia question. But in the midst of it all, this gem of a paragraph. The first sentence in particular. I'm with him 100%. It's the worst part of this country. It's the worst part of cool.

Posted at 12:34 PM on May 14, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Monday May 12, 2014

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“Wayne was slinking around Fox, embarrassed about the failure of The Big Trail, utterly demoralized by Girls Demand Excitement, when he ran into Will Rogers, the biggest star on the lot. Rogers saw that Wayne was down and asked what the trouble was. Wayne explained his situation, and the sensible Rogers told him, ‘You’re working, aren’t you? Just keep working.’”

— from Scott Eyman’s “John Wayne: The Life and Legend.” Wayne considered it the best advice he ever got, and it is great advice. I'm only 7% of the way through the book (Kindle gives percentages rather than pages numbers, which is really, really annoying), but so far the book is excellent: well-written and well-researched. 

The Big Trail, with John Wayne
Raoul Walsh's “The Big Trail” bombed at the box office, in part, perhaps, because it was filmed in 70mm when most theaters could only accommodate 35mm. But Wayne, in his first starring role, got the brunt of the blame. It would take 10 years, and the intervention of John Ford, to turn his life around.

Posted at 06:45 AM on May 12, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Friday May 09, 2014

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“It is the elephant in the room as we approach 2016. Not that the issues of dynasties and oligarchies are not being aired. They are, relentlessly. But have we truly absorbed the sheer national embarrassment that out of a country of more than 300 million people, the two likeliest presidential nominees for the two major parties will be the wife of a former president and the brother and son of two former presidents? It’s impossible to think of any developed Western democracy that could even begin to match this pathetic, incestuous indictment of a democratic system.”

-- Andrew Sullivan, “America's Game of Thrones”

Posted at 02:07 PM on May 09, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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