TV Fact #408 – December 5th, 2015:

The American sitcom “Julia” (1968-1971) was known for a couple revolutionary aspects to it’s production, both on a civil rights level and a technical level.

“Julia” was actually one of the first weekly series to depict an African American woman in a non-stereotypical role. While previous television series featured African American lead characters who were usually servants, the lead character Julia Baker, played by actress and singer Diahann Carroll, was a single mother and a nurse in a doctor’s office at a large aerospace company.

Also, during it’s initial run, “Julia” was among the few situation comedies in the late 1960’s that did not use a laugh track. It should be noted that 20th Century-Fox Television added one in when the series was reissued for syndication and cable rebroadcasts in the late 1980’s. This could not change the facts…”Julia” represented the changing times in film and television. For the better I might add.

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Movie Fact #907 – December 5th, 2015:

The 1960 American western film “The Magnificent Seven” was followed by three sequels. 1966’s “Return of the Seven”, 1969’s “Guns of the Magnificent Seven”, and 1972’s “The Magnificent Seven Ride”.

Now almost no cast member reprised their role from the first one with only actor Yul Brynner returning as Chris Adams for the first sequel, 1966’s “Return of the Seven”. After that he was also recast for the third and fourth sequel. There is, however, one person who remained for all four films and that was composer Elmer Bernstein. I guess he was irreplaceable.

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Quote #907 – December 5th, 2015:

“Unless you love, your life will flash by.”

– Jessica Chastain, “Tree of Life”

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TV Fact #407 – December 4th, 2015:

The American western television series “The Magnificent Seven”, based on the 1960 American Western film of the same name which was itself a remake of 1954 Japanese classic film “Seven Samurai”,  frequently guest-starred actor Robert Vaughn as a crusading judge. Vaughn actually played one of the seven gunmen in the original 1960 movie, a character by the name of Lee. So…safe to say he felt right at home in the series.

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Movie Fact #906 – December 4th, 2015:

The 1989 American action thriller film “Blue Steel” features actor Philip Bosco playing the character Frank Turner, the father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis’s lead character, a policewoman by the name of Megan Turner. In real life, Basco is actually the son of a real policewoman, Margaret Raymond Thek Bosco. Guess his parenting skills for the role were inspired by that.

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Quote #906 – December 4th, 2015:

“You want to play the game, you’d better know the rules, love.”
– Clint Eastwood, “The Dead Pool”
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