Posts Tagged 'Entertainment'

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 10/15/17

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Visual Description:  Wilco wackos?  (LOL!)

OGATEU  =  OUTAGE,  SGIRNP  =  SPRING,  PETYUD  =  DEPUTY,  FATOLA  =  AFLOAT,  FAACED  =  FACADE,  FURIAN  =  UNFAIR   —   Giving us:  OUSPEPULOAFADNR

Clue/Question:  With the audience in a circle, the performer received a – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (5-letters)  (2-letters)  (8-letters)

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Answer:  ROUND OF APPLAUSE

(Very good.  No new clue words.  All new jumbles.  First five . . . forthwith, but “furian” kinda floored me.  I couldn’t get ruffian out of my head, so I ended up having to back into it.  I was a little disappointed when it turned out to be “unfair”.  Most the un words are a little unfair, in my opinion.  The answer letter layout was a great jumble.  Not obvious.  The cartoon and the clue/question set it all up beautifully.  It’s always fun seeing Jeff and Kathy in the cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

2012 Oscar Baffler

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This morning they announced all the nominees for the 2012 Academy Awards.  All the expected actor, actress (both supporting and leading), director, and picture names came up, as one might expect.  With all the other awards shows, that precede the Oscars, there usually are no noticeable surprises when they read off the list of nominees.  Occasionally, there might be a glaring omission.  A well reviewed movie, with an A-list director and/or cast, that somehow doesn’t make the cut.  But this time, in the Best Picture category, there was a glaring addition.

Somehow, the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close received a Best Picture nod!  From what I’ve heard and read, there were no outright pans or slams of this movie, but merely tepid reviews.  Roger Ebert gave it a 2 and ½ out of 4 stars, and used the word “contrivance” in describing it.  Leonard Maltin also said the story was “contrived”.  Rex Reed called it “labored and muddled” and even used adjectives like preposterous and manipulation in describing the story.  Tim Lammers – I’ve never heard of this reviewer before – gave it a 2 and ½ out of 4 stars, and even the website Rotten Tomatoes gave it only a 5.8 out of a possible 10.  By all accounts, this is the most wishy-washy reviewed movie ever, to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.  So, why put it up for consideration?

It does have an extremely likeable cast, in Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock (arguably America’s Cinematic Sweethearts), John Goodman, Zoe Caldwell and Max von Sydow.  And, apparently a strong performance by newcomer Thomas Horn, as the young son searching for some meaning in his father’s (Tom Hanks) death, at the World Trade Center, on 9/11/2001.  But, only Max von Sydow is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category.  From what I’ve seen, it received no other nominations.  So, what gives?

The movie doesn’t seem to have any kind of political message.  There’s no controversy, or anything.  And 9/11 is still a very controversial subject, both here and especially abroad, despite the Story Closed attitude, that both the US government and the dutiful corporate media show it.  Could it be that the movie’s blandness fits in with the Let’s get on with it attitude that so many want for the issue?  I don’t know.  I haven’t seen it.  And, based upon the true reviews, the ones that came out prior to this unexpected nomination, it’s unlikely that I will watch it.  Nothing personal.  I’m a fan of all the major actors in it.  It just seems to be a very non-compelling movie.

The movie’s nomination is the surprise of the awards season.  At best, it’s just a puzzling little oddity.  At worst, the “contrivance” and “manipulation” of the situation make it more than a little suspicious.

Keep thinking, friends.

YUR

Happy Birthday, Jerry Houser!

OK!  Maybe NOT the greatest actor in the world, but the guy has certainly carved out a niche for himself in the voice-over industry.  Plus, he was in one of THE greatest sports movies of ALL time:  “Slap Shot”!  (Dave “Killer” Carlson)

He somehow had an early shot, as a toddler, in an episode of “I Married Joan”.  Then had a normal childhood until the age of 18-19 when he landed the role of Oscy in “Summer of ’42”.  After that he’s had very steady work in both the movies and especially in television.  Lacking in leading man looks, he has been *gifted* with a fairly high-pitched voice, which allows him to sound, very convincingly, like the perpetual teenager.  He has also been the voice of one of the Keebler Elves (not Ernie) since 1980.  AND, the lucky stiff got to marry the girl of my  (and millions of other guys) dreams, Marcia Brady!  Not too shabby!

Here’s to you, bro!

Additional birthday wishes go out to Stan Shaw (“The Boys in Company C”) and Eric Laneuville (“The Omega Man”).  Both of these guys ARE very good actors, and have had very steady careers.  They both had some recurring roles on one of my favorite television shows “Hill Street Blues”.  Eric is actually enjoying a second career, and is in great demand, as a television director.

And, how about Chris Cross of Ultravox!?!?  (“Reap the Wild Wind” and “The Voice”)

All these cats are 58 years old today!  I wonder what was going on around Thanksgiving 1951???

YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/29/08

Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for the big one to come along.”   —   Hugh Allen

Jumble Spoiler – 08/29/08

NESOO = NOOSE, PHEHE = SHEEP, TRIEHD = DITHER, TUVIRE = VIRTUE   —   Giving us:  NSSEIHEIR

Visual Description:  Sarge yelling at unkempt resting recruit.

Clue/Question:  What the sarge said to the sleeping recruit.

Answer:  RISE AND SHINE

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/28/08

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”   —   David Brinkley

Jumble Spoiler – 08/28/08

POREA = OPERA, NAJOB = BANJO, BRATIL = TRIBAL, WABUSY = SUBWAY   —   Giving us:  EABARBLSW

Visual Description:  Baseball game melee.

Clue/Question:  When the players began fighting, the game turned into . . .

Answer:  BASE BRAWL

(Easy words . . . but, I seem to have a mental block when it comes to “opera”.)   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/27/08

Undoubtedly a man is to labor to better his condition, but first to better himself.”   —   William Channing

Jumble Spoiler – 08/27/08

FARIE = AFIRE, TYDIT = DITTY, SULUFE = USEFUL, ARPITE = PIRATE   —   Giving us:  IRDTEFLPI

Visual Description:  A tenderfoot stumbling behind his scoutmaster.

Clue/Question:  What the scout experienced when he hiked through the woods.

Answer:  A FIELD TRIP

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/26/08

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity – romantic love and gunpowder.”   —   Andre Maurois


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