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Daily Trivia – 1/26/11

Question: What troubled NBC newswoman drowned in the Delaware Canal in 1983?

Last Question: Who earned Oscar nominations three straight years for The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, and The Natural?

Answer: Glenn Close

Glenn Close was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her roles as Jenny Fields in 1982’s The World According to Garp, Sarah Cooper in 1983’s The Big Chill, and Iris in 1984’s The Natural. She has also been nominated for Best Actress Awards for Fatal Attraction and Dangerous Liaisons. Unfortunately, she did not win the award for any of her roles.

She also earned critical acclaim for her role as Sunny von Bülow in the 1990 film Reversal of Fortune. She also brought the iconic role of Cruella de Vil to life in the live action version of 101 Dalmatians. She was also great in the FX show The Shield. She was so good in that, that she now has her own show on FX called Damages.

Daily Trivia – 1/4/11

Question: What sitcom based an entire 1989 episode on Kevin Arnold’s first zit?

Last Question: Who directed Gilda Radner’s last movie, the horror spoof Haunted Honeymoon?

Answer: Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner met on the set of the movie Hanky Panky. Radner described their first meeting as “love at first sight.” This caused her marriage to Saturday Night Live guitarist, G.E. Smith to fall apart. Radner and Wilder made their second movie together, The Woman in Red, in 1984. Their relationship grew stronger, and they were married on September 18, 1984 in the south of France. Then they went on to make Haunted Honeymoon.

On the set, Radner was becoming fatigued, and experienced pain in her upper legs. After 10 months of false diagnoses, she learned that she had ovarian cancer on October 21, 1986.
Radner was told that she had gone into remission. She was put on a maintenance chemotherapy treatment to prolong her remission. But in late 1988, she learned that her cancer had returned after a routine blood test. She was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on May 17, 1989 for a CAT scan. Because she was fearful that she would never wake up, she was given a sedative but passed into a coma. She did not regain consciousness and died three days later at 6:20 am on May 20, 1989; Wilder was at her side.

Wilder established the Gilda Radner Ovarian Detection Center at Cedars-Sinai to screen high-risk candidates and run basic diagnostic tests.

Gilda Radner will always be remembered for her great Saturday Night Live characters such as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Baba Wawa (a spoof on Barbara Walters), Lisa Loopner (who was often alongside her friend Todd, played by Bill Murray). One of my favorite characters of Gilda’s was Emily Litella. She was an elderly woman with a hearing problem who did editorials on “Weekend Update”. She would go off on a mad tangent on something she did not hear correctly or misunderstood: “What is all this fuss I hear about the Supreme Court decision on a “deaf” penalty? It’s terrible! Deaf people have enough problems as it is!” Then after she was finally set straight by the news anchor, she always said the line – “Never mind”.

Daily Trivia – 12/31/10

Question: What singer scored a top-10 hit with the movie theme “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough”?

Last Question: What Arnold Schwarzenegger movie dared to cast Richard Dawson as a game-show host of the future?

Survey Says!… The Running Man

The Running Man, a movie based on a Steven King book, was Richard Dawson’s last movie before he retired. Although us 80s fans remember Dawson most from the game show, The Family Feud, acting was not new to Dawson. He played Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan’s Heroes from 1965 to 1971.

Trivia Tuesday – 12/28/10

Question: In Three’s Company, what was Chrissy’s name short for?

Last Question: This week’s question is about When Harry Met Sally. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know that it was Rob Reiner’s mother that had the famous line “I’ll have what she’s having,” so that’s not the question. The question is, What was the name of the place where this classic scene took place?

Answer: Katz’s Deli

Here are some other facts about the movie, from the site Destination Hollywood:

Did You Know?

… that Rob Reiner always references his other movies somewhere in each of his movies. In When Harry Met Sally, Billy Crystal is reading Misery which would be Rob Reiner’s next movie.

… that in the scene where Harry and Sally are watching TV and talking to each other on the phone, they are both watching the movie Casablanca. Don’t miss our Tribute to Casablanca.

… that When Harry Met Sally was written by Nora Ephron. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. After When Harry Met Sally she went on to work with Meg Ryan again, writing and directing Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.

… that When Harry Met Sally was made into a stage play starring Luke Perry and Alyson Hannigan. If you don’t believe us you can read a review.

Trivia Tuesday – 12/21/10

Question: This week’s question is about When Harry Met Sally. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know that it was Rob Reiner’s mother that had the famous line “I’ll have what she’s having,” so that’s not the question. The question is, What was the name of the place where this classic scene took place?

Last Question: In A Christmas Story, what did Ralphie want for Christmas? And what was the reason he was given (several times) that he should not get it?

Answer: Ralphie wanted a “Red Rider 200 shot carbine action range model air rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right in the stock.” Of course, he was told many times that he should not get it because “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

Here are some other classic scenes/lines from A Christmas Story in no particular order:

Following a triple dog dare:
Stuck? Stuck. It’s Stuck. It’s STUUUUUUUUUCK!!!

Then what made that scene even better was that the school bell rang for the end of recess, and they all left Flick there stuck to the pole. I could be wrong, but I think only boys would do this. “Aah, suck it up dumb-ass.” And then play dumb when the fire department shows up. Most girls would probably freak out and scream for help as a group.

You used up all the glue… on purpose!
-Mr. Parker

Did anybody really own one of those sexy-leg lamps? Especially back then? Now you see them in a lot of stores at this time of year. Honey, I think I know what I want for Christmas now!

After drinking gallons of Ovaltine Ralphie finally receives his long-awaited Orphan Annie Secret Society decoder pin in the mail. He decodes his first message: “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine. Ovaltine? A crummy commercial? Son of a bitch!”

Some things never change. “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine?” What the hell did they think he was doing in order to get that decoder ring?!? Oh, those greedy corporations and their self promotion! It really aggravates and annoys me!

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Ralphie lays the smackdown on Scut Farkus.

Now that’s how it’s done, son! There’s no need to bring a gun to school. Not that I condone violence, but what better way can you take care of a bully then to lose it and give an old school beatdown to a bully? I bet Farkus layed off of Ralphie and his friends after that.

“Ho, ho, ho! You’ll shoot your eye out!” Boot to the face.

Poor Ralphie even gets dissed by Santa. Ah, it all works out for him anyway. I still remember that scene in the commercial for this movie when it first came out.

“Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudge!” Only I didn’t say “Fudge.” I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash” word!

Kind of speaks for itself. I also loved the follow-up with the soap in the mouth. OK, how many actually put soap in your own mouth after seeing that?

What are some of you favorite scenes? The deranged Easter Bunny outfit? The poor brother in the snowsuit? I actually used to have to wear that type of snowsuit, and I felt just like him! Or how about Ralphie fantasizes about being blinded for life from “soap poisoning!” I bet that would make his mother feel bad!

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R.I.P. Blake Edwards (July 26, 1922 – December 15, 2010)

Legendary director Blake Edwards has died. According to CNN, The Pink Panther and Breakfast at Tiffany’s director died of complications from pneumonia Wednesday night at age 88 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California, his publicist said.

Edwards’ wife, Julie Andrews, and relatives were at his side, the publicist said.

In addition to directing those classic films, Edwards directed many great films in the 80s including:
S.O.B. (1981) starring his wife Julie Andrews
Victor/Victoria (1982) once again starring Julie Andrews
The Man Who Loved Women (1983) starring Burt Reynolds
Micki and Maude (1984) starring Dudley Moore
A Fine Mess (1986) starring Ted Danson and Howie Mandel
That’s Life (1986) starring Julie Andrews yet again as well as Jack Lemmon
Blind Date (1987) starring Bruce Willis and Kim Bassinger
Sunset (1988) starring Bruce Willis again as well as James Garner
Skin Deep (1989) starring John Ritter

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen (February 11, 1926 – November 28, 2010)

“Shirley” he will be missed. But don’t call him Shirley! Leslie Nielsen, star of the great ’80s comedies Airplane! and Naked Gunmovies passed away yesterday at the age of 84. Nielsen died of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by family and friends, a family statement said.

Early in his career, Leslie Nielsen was a great serious actor. He got raves for his roles in the science fiction movie Forbidden Planet (1956) and disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure (1972).

But it was his role as Dr. Rumack in Airplane! that shot Nielsen up to superstardom. He then starred as Lt. Frank Drebin in the short-lived comedy, “Police Squad.” The show failed but it inspired the creative team behind it to make a big screen version with The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!. The movie was so successful, that there were 2 sequels, Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.

Unfortunately, this also spawned off some other slapstick comedies that paled in comparison such as, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Spy Hard and Wrongfully Accused.

Nielsen had been ill for over a week, getting treatment for a staph infection in a hospital in Fort Luaderdale when he contracted the pneumonia. His nephew, Doug Nielsen, confirmed the rumors of his uncle’s death by a call-in to a Manitoba radio station, CJOB on Sunday stating that “today at 5:30, with his friends and his wife, Barbaree, by his side, he just fell asleep and passed away.”

Nielsen is survived by Barbaree Nielsen, his fourth wife, and his two daughters, Thea and Maura, whom the actor had with his second wife, Sandy Ullmann.

Trivia Tuesday – 11/9/10

Question: What television show featured a time traveler whose job it was to travel throughout Earth’s past, present, and future fixing “mistakes” in time. (It’s not Doctor Who or Quantum Leap)

Last Week’s Question: What was the date in 1955 that Marty arrived on in Back to the Future?

Answer: November 5

Marty McFly used the DeLorean time machine to escape Libyan terrorists and accidentally traveled back in time to the very day Dr. Emmett L. Brown conceived of the possibility of time travel: Nov. 5, 1955. Where the Twin Pines Mall would someday stand, Marty arrived at the Twin Pines Ranch and crashed into Otis Peabody’s barn.

Trivia Tuesday – 11/2/10

Question: What was the date in 1955 that Marty arrived on in Back to the Future?

Last Week’s Question: What 2 things does “Basket Case” Allison (Ally Sheedy) add to her sandwich?

Answer: Cap’n Crunch and Pixie Stix (or sugar)

This was a very funny scene in the movie. Not only was she eating this “sugar” sandwich, but she was also drinking a regular Coke with it. I’ve never tried that. But, maybe I will one of these days if I’m really tired at work! Here is the scene:

Trivia Tuesday – 10/26/10

Question: What 2 things does “Basket Case” Allison (Ally Sheedy) add to her sandwich?

Last Week’s Question: In the video for ‘Time After Time’, where do Cyndi Lauper and her boyfriend live?

Answer: In a camper

“Time After Time” was the second single released off of Cyndi’s debut album, She’s So Unusual. The song reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9, 1984. Lauper’s mother, brother, and then-boyfriend David Wolff appear in the video, and Lou Albano, who played her father in the “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” video, can be seen as a cook. The song has been covered by dozens and dozens of artists, ranging from Jazz legend Miles Davis to Willie Nelson to Ashley Tisdale. I like the song a lot now. But, when it came out I got sick of it quickly as it was on MTV Time After Time After Time After Time After Time After Time….