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  1. Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Isabella Rosellini’s mom writes Cary Grant 

    094_073020Every now and then I stumble across something rare and super cool at work, which is weird because our libraries are filled with rare and super cool stuff.

    Today I found a great letter from Ingrid Bergman to her good friend Cary Grant in 1957 thanking him for accepting her Best Actress Oscar a few days previous. He had accepted the award for her because she was in quasi exile in Europe because she was in a scandalous relationship that was even denounced on the floor of the U.S. Senate(!).

    The scandal was so intense that Ed Sullivan wouldn’t have her on as a guest even though a poll voted on by viewers overwhelmingly said they wanted her on the show.

    Still Sullivan said no!

    What was the scandal? She fell in love with Roberto Rossellini her Italian director and divorced her husband to be with him and live in Italy and have little Italian bambinos.

    For 6-7 years she stayed in Europe making weird neorealistic films and being a mommy until her career shifted and she left Rosellini.

    Her first major studio movie in her comeback was Anastasia, which earned her the Oscar. It was a mild upset because she beat out Deborah Kerr who starred in the hugely popular My Fair Lady. Only problem was Kerr didn’t sing in the musical. There was a stunt singer. And how do you give someone an Oscar for a musical where they didnt sing?

    Thus Bergman won and her career was back on track. But first Grant accepted for her. And she sent him a terrific letter filled with cute little typewriter typos and actual real insights about her “getting” it that she had omg won an Oscar.

    The year after she won she returned to the U.S. to present the Best Picture at the Oscars and was given a standing ovation by the audience.

    they loved her again.

    they had never stopped.

    screw the senate, screw ed sullivan’s really big shoe, screw anyone who said a woman couldnt divorce her husband.

  2. Sunday, March 8, 2015

    saw Blade Runner for the first time today 


    Sean Young was terrific and reminded me of midwestern dream girl Lindsay

    like Gene Siskel i thought the movie was sorta soulless and we end up not caring much for the characters except Young.

    but i thought the sets were obviously amazing and i was impressed with how they transformed DTLA into the future


    it’s interesting that Harrison Ford is still pretty much playing the same roles.


    one of the main characters (the guy on the left) was one of my favorite characters on Newhart. “I’m Daryl and this is my other brother Daryl”.

    which is ironic because as you can see here he shares many scenes in Blade Runner with Daryl Hannah, who was great, but no one ever talks about in this for some reason.

    the early 80s were great for Young and Hannah: Young was in this, Stripes, and No Way Out. Hannah was in this, Splash, and Clan of the Cave Bear.

    It’s interesting to see that Siskel and Ebert were split on this one way back in 1982, but both loved Diner (totally agree).

  3. Friday, February 27, 2015

    saw breakfast at tiffany’s last night for the first time 

    breakfast at tiffany's thoughts:

    1. so wait, they were Both high class hookers?

    2. because he looks like her brother that made her wanna jump in his bed (literally) the first night they meet?

    3. that asian man was Mickey Rooney?

    4. that was an amazing stunt cat!

    5. people really used to dance at parties?

    6. liquor delivery? incredible!

    7. that sales clerk at Tiffany’s answered every question beautifully

    8. if she’s a hooker, what exactly does she spend her money on? her place is barren!

    9. in prisons you can just hang out with the bad guys? and bring any guest you want?

    10. that cat really felt ok with going back with Audrey right after she abandoned him?

    11. these are hookers who steal?

    12. this is a romantic movie?

    13. how many times are they gonna play that song? a million?

    14. no burglars ever use the fire escape to break into apartments… in NEW YORK CITY?

    15. why are we supposed to like Audrey Hepburn? cuz she looks good in a hat and weighs zero pounds?

    16. whats so special about this guy other than his hair?

    17. everyone wore suits back in the day, no matter where they went or what they were doing. so glad i didnt live back then.


    19. wow, her apartment had super high ceilings.

    20. they seriously let little girls watch this?

  4. Thursday, February 12, 2015
  5. Tuesday, February 3, 2015
  6. Friday, January 30, 2015

    i learned a bunch of stuff about the blues brothers today 


    our library has all these scripts and while researching for this other thing today i got to read the first 100 pages of the original 300+ page blues brothers script.

    very very very different, and i cant say better.

    which is to say whoever edited it and trimmed the fat knew what they were doing.

    the script gets into great detail about finding All of the band members one by one

    it includes the fact that elwood takes jake to a whore house like right after he gets out of jail

    and the part that i wanted to learn about was pretty long: elwood’s last day at his day job

    a chemical factory.

    what i was trying to learn was the secret of the blues brothers always being able to get away from the cops.

    turns out it due to two reasons that the movie doesnt really get into

    1. The Bluesmobile is actually a little magical

    2. Elwood’s arsenal of aerosol cans of chemicals

    parts were very funny like lightenig hawkins getting into a fight with john lee hooker

    but parts were also very tedious and predictable.

    And the “we’re on a mission from God” didnt appear in the first script or at least the first 100 pages. which i find weird. in fact they dont really even seem to “see the light” when they go to the church.

    and instead of James Brown being the preacher it’s a black guitar legend.

    super fascintating and i cant wait to go back to read more.

  7. Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  8. Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    today i learned about thora birch 

    snow kidthora was that young actress who was in American Beauty (but not the one who got naked with the dad) and was also in Ghost World with Scarlet Johnansson.

    Thora, and this is Oscar Trivia that you wont see on Trivial Pursuit, is the only actress to star in an Oscar-winning Best Picture film whose parents were xxx-rated stars.

    yes, both of them.

    in fact both of Thoras parents were not just porn stars but they both appeared in one of the most classic adult films ever: Deep Throat.

    so thats the fun part the cute part the trivia part the part that is unique and weird and all omg

    the sad part is about her dad.

    Thoras dad, despite being a former porn star, gets super weird when dudes stepped to his little girl

    even in movies!

    which as we all know are just like the busblog: make believe.

    thoras dad, allegedly, would blow his top when dudes would have love scenes with his angel and he would threaten them.

    maybe it was like a vietnam flashback? maybe if it wasnt a movie he’d be all cool?

    no, when thora was the ripe old age of 28 she was in a play

    A PLAY

    and mr birch threatened a young actor who was to get cozy with Thora and it basically got her fired from the production.

    which only goes to show you: you can tune a piano but you cant have your dad manage you if he was a porn star who met your mom on the set of Deep Throat.

    now take on the day

  9. Friday, January 23, 2015

    time to catch up 

    baby plane

    one of the best benefits of working at the academy starts this week.

    for the next couple of weeks we screen every movie nominated for every category: twice.

    this allows for the voting members to see the films before they vote for them, or re-see them.

    im not a voting member but because i do get to go.

    here is my little schedule, some days are empty cuz ive seen the films:

    tonight: Capt. America: The Winter Soldire
    saturday: X-Men: Days of Future Past
    sunday: Foxcatcher
    monday: Beyond the lights
    tuesday: Nightcrawler
    weds: Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me
    sat 1/31: American Sniper
    mon: Finding Vivian Maier
    tues: Still Alice
    weds: Last Days in Vietnam
    thrs: The Theory of Everything
    fri: Citizen Four
    sat 2/7: Begin Again
    sun: Live Action Shorts, Animation Shorts, The Box Trolls
    mon: Song of the Sea
    tues: Tangerines
    weds: Mr. Turner
    thurs Timbucktu, Ida

  10. Thursday, January 8, 2015