The HBO show “1st & Ten” (1984-1991) was one of cable’s first attempts to lure the lucrative sit-com audience away from the “Big Three” TV channels of ABC, CBS, and NBC. This was done by taking advantage of their freedom as a cable network to include occasional cursing and nudity that standard stations could not show.
Actress Grace Gummer, who appears in the 2014 film “The Homesman” in her first major film role as the character Arabella Sours, co-stars with her mother, actress Meryl Streep, who has a supporting role as the character Altha Carter. I guess you could call it a good bonding experience between mother and daughter.
“I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.”
– Helen Mirren, “Calendar Girls”
Oscar-winning cinematographer Mauro Fiore of the 2009 film “Avatar” served as cinematographer for the show “Tracey Takes On…” (1996-1999). That’s quality work right there.
In the opening scene of 1998’s “The Pecker”, the number of the bus is 7734. According to director/writer John Waters, this is an old Catholic school joke since ‘7734’ upside-down “spells” hell.
“Only one thing can make a soul complete and that thing is love.”
– David Kross, “The Reader”
**A recent review of posts shows that on the 13th of this year, a quote of the day was not added. This is fixing that. I apologize for the error.**
“Nothing misleads people like the truth.”
– Josh Brolin, “Labor Day”
Actor Nicholas Campbell appeared as the Hitchhiker in the initial trilogy of “tryout” episodes for the mystery anthology series “The Hitchhiker” (1983-1991) , which originally aired in late 1983. After HBO picked the show up for a full second season, Campbell was unavailable to reprise his role, so actor Page Fletcher took over the role. Fletcher usually only worked one day a week and his wrap-around host segments were often shot in a half hour. For reruns, all of Campbell’s scenes were replaced with re-shot footage of Fletcher.
Actor Robert Mitchum was actually the fourth choice to play the lead character of Jeff in the 1947 film “Out of the Past”. Actor Humphrey Bogart refused the lead first, then it was offered to actor John Garfield and then actor Dick Powell, both of whom turned it down. “Out of the Past” has come to be considered one of the greatest noir films of all time…so Mitchum definitely hit the jackpot.
“Everything in the world finds peace – eventually.”
– Tao Okamoto, “The Wolverine”