JESSICA LANGE and KIM STANLEY were both nominated for their roles in FRANCES, which was released on this day in 1982. This dramatic biopic chronicled the life of actress FRANCES FARMER, her rise to fame, blacklisting and numerous stays in mental institutions. A must see for fans of Hollywood lore.
On this day in 1998, Miramax released SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, a brilliantly rendered period piece that was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards and eventually won seven (including Best Picture and Best Actress for GWENYTH PALTROW)
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Odetta, the folk singer with the powerful voice who moved audiences and influenced fellow musicians for a half-century, has died. She was 77.
Odetta died Tuesday night, said her manager, Doug Yeager.
With her booming, classically trained voice and spare guitar, Odetta gave life to the songs by workingmen and slaves, farmers and miners, housewives and washerwomen, blacks and whites.
First coming to prominence in the 1950s, she influenced Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and other singers who had roots in the folk music boom.
We recently spoke with one of the films stars, KRISTEN CHENOWETH, about how and when she first learned the truth about OL’ ST. NICK. Listen in below:
Up until last week-end director SETH GORDON was best know for his little indie documentary KING OF KONG. Now, his big budget holiday comedy, FOUR CHRISTMASES, is the biggest draw at the box office and his name is sharing the screen with REESE WITHERSPOON, VINCE VAUGHN, KRISTEN CHENOWETH, ROBERT DUVALL and SISSY SPACEK.
We spoke with GORDON at the recent FOUR CHRISTMASES press conference and he talked about how little doing an indie doc has to do with hitting the big time. Listen in below:
QUOTABLES FROM NBC’S ‘LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN’ November 24 – November 28
“The holidays are here and people are cutting back this year…Today a correspondent on CNN explained how to feed 8 people for Thanksgiving for less than $30. The segment was called, ‘Thanksgiving at White Castle.’”
“Psychologists say that people are cutting back on gifts and they say this year the holidays will be more about spending time with family. Experts say this is what’s known as a ‘lose - lose.’”
“General Motors announced that they are ending their endorsement deal with Tiger Woods. When asked why, a spokesperson for General Motors said, ‘Tiger Woods is successful, competitive and popular and that’s just not us.’”
“President-elect Barack Obama says that he is united with President Bush’s administration on doing everything they can to fix the economy. When asked about it, President Bush replied, ‘What he said,’ and then went back to packing.”
“During the press conference, Obama told reporters today that the economy is likely to get worse. After hearing this, John McCain said, ‘That’s funny, he didn’t mention that during the campaign.’”
“Astronauts on board the international space station are trying to fix the machine that turns urine into drinking water. Actually the urine converter was fixed days ago but the astronauts keep saying, ‘You try it,’ ‘No, YOU try it.’”
“It’s being reported that Lindsay Lohan and her girlfriend have started seeing a couple’s counselor. When asked why, Lohan said, ‘Because I’m committed to making this publicity stunt work.’”
“The city of Amsterdam has announced that because of a new law, it will be closing 43 marijuana cafes. Isn’t that amazing? They now have a law in Amsterdam.”
“In Minnesota, Doctors have a developed a non-invasive form of stomach stapling that involves putting the stapler down the patient’s throat. The doctors say the hardest part of the procedure is hiding the stapler inside a chocolate donut.”
“In a speech this morning, Barack Obama said ‘This isn’t about big government or small government. It’s about building a smarter government.’ When he heard this, President Bush said, ‘I get it, I get it, I’m leaving.’”
“Earlier today, John McCain gave his first press conference since the election and he said that for a lot of people Sarah Palin was an energizing factor during the campaign. Unfortunately for McCain those people are called Democrats.”
“A new study has found that the Ford Motor Company makes the cars with the highest safety ratings. Apparently Ford cars are so safe because they never leave the dealer’s lot.”
“Psychologists are saying that due to the bad economy parents need to find a way to explain to their kids that Santa will be making fewer toys for Christmas. So far, the best they’ve come up with is, ‘Fat people are lazy.’”
“The Weather Channel just announced that they’re going to lay off dozens of their workforce. Laid off Weather Channel employees describe themselves as ’slightly pissed with a 40% chance of suing.’”
“It was reported today that the machine on board the International Space Station that turns urine into drinking water has been fixed. After hearing this, an astronaut said, ‘Wait, you mean that wasn’t lemon Tang?’”
“Citibank says they will not be able to sponsor the New York Mets new stadium because the bank’s finances have collapsed. The Mets are furious and said, ‘Our sponsors don’t collapse, we do.’”
“The New Yorker recently published an interview with Prince where he makes several anti-gay comments – but Prince insists he is not homophobic. In his defense, Prince said: ‘I mean, look at me – I’m wearing velvet ass-chaps!’”
“In Tokyo, a struggling restaurant is trying to attract customers by employing monkeys as waiters. Which explains the sign in the bathroom that says: ‘Employees must wash hands after throwing poop.’”
“Because of the bad economy, fewer Americans will be traveling to visit their families this Thanksgiving. As a result, Americans will have to spend Thanksgiving Day getting into fights with total strangers.”
“Environmentalists say that one way to be green on Thanksgiving is to carpool to your destination by finding a ride on Craig’s List. Coincidentally this is also the best way to be found in a cargo van wrapped in duct tape.”
“Today President Bush pardoned the White House turkey, which marks the 61st anniversary of a tradition that’s lasted through 10 Presidencies. However, President Bush is the only President who’s tried to ride the turkey.”
“At the ceremony, President Bush stood before the crowd and said, ‘I grant this turkey a full and unconditional pardon.” Then Sarah Palin took the turkey and tossed it into a wood chipper.”
“This year, for the first time ever the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade will feature a float honoring Native Americans. Sadly, halfway through the parade, the white man will come and take the float away.”
“Tomorrow, the chef at the US Naval Academy will be preparing Thanksgiving dinner for 4000 sailors. He’ll be making tons of ham, turkey, and stuffing. By the way, this is the first joke I’ve ever told that involves 4000 sailors, stuffing and a lot of meat that isn’t about Paris Hilton.”
“Zookeepers at a zoo in Tokyo were disappointed that their polar bears weren’t mating. Then they recently discovered that both bears are female. Which finally explains why the polar bears have so many cats.”
“Ashley Simpson says she decided to name her son ‘Bronx’ after she heard that Victoria Beckham named her son ‘Brooklyn.’ Simpson says she can’t wait to get pregnant again and have her second child ‘Staten Island.’”
“Britney Spears is reportedly angry at her ex-husband Kevin Federline. She’s saying that because of him their 3 year-old son says, ‘Stupid’ and ‘the F-word.’ Apparently, the 3-year-old keeps saying, ‘My father is that stupid, f-ing Kevin Federline.’”
This day in 1968 saw the release of OTTO PRMINGER’S groovy comedy SKIDOO. Marketed as a hip, psychedelic romp, this total mess starred JACKIE GLEASON, MICKEY ROONEY, CAROL CHANNING, FRANKIE AVALON, GROUCHO MARX and featured music (and sung end credits) by HARRY NILSSON.
A long time resident of our ‘BAD MOVIES WE LOVE’ shelf, SKIDOO is a movie that has to be seen to be believed.
NEWMAN’s HUD was the anti-hero you either ‘loved-to-hate’ or ‘hated-to-love’ but, either way, he stayed with you long after the lights went up.