February 15th, 2008

Good Omens

Morning Miscellany: Moooovies and Soooooj (and more!)

Bits here and bits there in this here post:

* I have one of those "guess which movies these quotes come from" quizzes going on right now. Guess away!

* I like today's Merriam-Webster Word of the Day, whodunit:
In 1930, Donald Gordon, a book reviewer for News of Books, needed to come up with something to say about a rather unremarkable mystery novel called Half-Mast Murder. "A satisfactory whodunit," he wrote. The coinage played fast and loose with spelling and grammar, but "whodunit" caught on anyway. Other writers tried respelling it "who-done-it," and one even insisted on using "whodidit," but those sanitized versions lacked the punch of the original and have fallen by the wayside. "Whodunit" became so popular that by 1939 at least one language pundit had declared it "already heavily overworked" and predicted it would "soon be dumped into the taboo bin." History has proven that prophecy false, and "whodunit" is still going strong.
* And finally for now, traveling troubadour s00j is amazing and talented, and more and more has also been showing her wonderful sense of humor. Which she uses to say some words (including some swear words) about certain TV shows. Speaking as a fan of several of the shows she mentioned, I want to add: BWA HA HA HAAAAAAAAA.
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William Friedkin remembers Roy Scheider

From Entertainment Weekly: Director William Friedkin recalls Roy Scheider. The two of them worked on The French Connection and the epically difficult production Sorceror, and Friedkin also considered Scheider for a role in The Exorcist, which I hadn't known.

Trivia: in Scheider and Gene Hackman's first scene in The French Connection, where Doyle (Hackman) captures a crook and tries to confuse him by asking if "you picked your feet in Poughkeepsie," you see Russo (Scheider) shaking his head. In the film you can read that as Russo finding Doyle overzealous; in reality, Hackman had blown take after take, and as he was really smacking the "crook" each time it was wearing on that actor, so they were running out of chances to get it right. The take they used didn't completely work the way Friedkin wanted it to; Scheider wasn't impressed, either, and he was showing it.
Whale fluke

Voice Post:

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““And good afternoon everybody. This is kind of a test posting, it's... Won't be too much content to it; mainly doing this to remind myself I can do it. Finishing up the day and the week of work and get out of this airless office. We've had ventilation problems all week and...I can tell: rather warm and very stuffy, and since I'm already a warm body, I sometimes have to go outside in the 50-ish, about 50 or little less weather, not too cold but not too warm, and just air out and radiate, and of course breeze cooler air. But I can go home now and I shall do that but I wanted to post audibly. Talk to you guys later.””

Transcribed by: chris_walsh

Laughter is good for the soul.

I just spent 100 very laugh-filled minutes on the phone with slipjig and rafaela. "Just two bored New Yorkers wanting to talk," slipjig said at the start.

Now all three of us are tired -- them more so, as it's three hours later where they are -- so we've extricated ourselves from the phones. And now I shall extricate myself from the Internet...
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