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 In a 2012 commencement address to Boston University graduates of the fine arts program, Nimoy spoke of a Cape connection that touched his life but might have gone unknown.  “I drove a taxi at night so that I could be available for auditions during the day,” he told graduates. “One night I picked up Jack Kennedy at the Bel Air Hotel. Yes, that Jack Kennedy. Senator from Massachusetts at the time and future president. We chatted about careers …politics and show business, and we agreed that both had a lot in common. Maybe too much in common. He said, ‘Lots of competition in your business, just like in mine.’ And then he gave me this: ‘Just remember there’s always room for one more good one’ …Words to live by, and I did.”

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The Powerpuff Girls made their television debut on Cartoon Network twenty years ago today, on Monday, February 20, 1995.

Which makes me...(taps furiously on adding machine for several moments)... ancient.
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"Cobden-Sanderson spent nine months tipping 2,600 lb. of it into the Thames in secret, ensuring that if he couldn't use it, nor could anyone else. Disguised by darkness, he made around 170 trips to the Hammersmith Bridge to tip small parcels into the water at night, the splashes concealed by passing traffic, before announcing that it had been 'bequeathed' to the Thames."
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Comics make me feel all kinds of emotions and I treasure many comics creators...but when I read a comic by Boulet, it makes me feel grateful that I have the chance simply to see his work.  
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1)Message de Bruno Cariou posté le 2 February 2015 à 17:03:33 totally EPIC ! What a performance, bravo! 2)Message de Bruno posté le 2 February 2015 à 17:05:05 totally EPIC ! And what a performance, bravo! 3)Message de Mondongo posté le 2 February 2015 à 17:39:09. So funny! Bravo!
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Shabbat shalom! I just posted a little Seder-Masochism opening scene-in-progress: https://vimeo.com/118255690 More soon.
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Before Bill Moyers was famous as a broadcast journalist, he was domestic policy adviser and press secretary to LBJ.  This is a terrific capsule portrait of someone who was probably our most interesting President.
Expanding on a chat earlier in the week, Bill offers his views on the Oscar-nominated film and the inaccuracies in its portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
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I was wondering if Bill was going to chime in, after seeing Joe Califano's rebuttal earlier...

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Clemens was absolutely one of my writing heroes: someone whose work I not only watched and enjoyed, but rewatched to study and take mental notes as to how he told stories and developed plots and characters.  

(The one I’ve rewatched most often is probably The Golden Voyage of Sinbad -- not something you’d think of in this context but the pacing and character development in that screenplay has some unexpected and enlightening similarities to Clemens’ work on The Avengers.  Well-structured writing is well-structured writing, no matter the genre.)

Among his other script credits was the very first episode of Danger Man (a.k.a. Secret Agent in the States) which in an interesting coincidence involved location filming at a place called Portmeirion, a location Patrick McGoohan remembered a few years later when he was developing his next series.  So Clemens was indirectly connected to the birth of The Prisoner as well.
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A very impressive argument here.  The author may have just enhanced my enjoyment of Marx Brothers films.
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It never really occurred to me how similar the plots are. The performances and gags alone are enough to carry those films. The story never really seemed important (or interesting, for that matter).

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To fix global poverty, you first need to acknowledge where it comes from.
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Luke Thompson of Topless Robot raises several points that our own +Ben Grimm and I have often discussed in the past.

I find it interesting that no one ever says they themselves would be offended by a black Sue Storm as love interest for a white Reed Richards, but many people argue that the studio couldn't have done this because other people would be offended by it.  Note also in the comments the suggestion that Southerners are the ones who would be offended...because apparently in the American South, it's still 1964.
In 1988, when I heard that Michael Keaton was going to play Batman, I was not immediately outraged - I...
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So, aside from scratching my head over why some people have such a hard time with the racial status of Johnny and Sue, I don't disagree with anything in this article.  It's more or less spot-on in summing up the current situation and why fans of the FF are justified in being a little miffed or at least underwhelmed.

I will say that the Corman and Story films were pretty much classic Fantastic Four.  Undoubtedly, they didn't "nail" the FF or Doc Doom in any of those but if I wanted to play devil's advocate I could say that after three semi-disappointments I can kind of understand why Fox would want to take things in a different direction.

Am I happy about that?  No.  But if I'm being honest, I can at least understand it.

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Selma

There isn't much question that Selma missed the mark in portraying LBJ.
David Kaiser does a good job of summing up why it matters.
Even in the movies—and especially in this one—accuracy matters
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John Moltz translates a memo from WIRED editor-in-chief Scott Dadich from corporate euphemism into plain speech.  I swear I thought this was a parody until I saw the pictures.  Dadich is serious.
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