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CalPERS -- California's Enormous Pension System for State Employees -- Backs Peltz and Jay Rasulo in Disney Proxy Fight

They've got a lot of Disney shares to vote.

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) said on Friday it voted to elect activist investment firm Trian Fund Management's two director candidates to Walt Disney's board, in one of the most closely watched and expensive battles for corporate control.

"CalPERS believes Walt Disney Co will benefit from fresh eyes on its board of directors and voted its company shares in favor of candidates Nelson Peltz and Jay Rasulo," the U.S. pension fund, which owned 6.65 million shares in the entertainment giant at the end of December, told Reuters.

CalPERS, which ranks among Walt Disney's top 30 investors, according to LSEG data, said its "established voting guidelines focus on the need for independent corporate boards, a say in setting executive pay, and increased transparency. Two new directors who are qualified and capable of leading needed change in corporate governance will serve the Disney board well."

On Friday I posted that among the votes already cast, about 22%, Peltz was beating the board member he was running against. (Rasulo was losing.)

I don't know if that leaked tally of votes included CalPERS' pile of votes or not.

The shareholder meeting will be held on Wedenesday. We'll see the vote tally then.

Something they should keep in mind: Bob Iger's decision to fight for homosexual grooming in grades K through 3rd resulted in the loss of the Reedy Creek district, at a cost of one trillion dollars.

That's one trillion dollars over 100 years, to be fair, but corporations do tend to last that long. (Unless they're being run by Bob Iger and his gang of woke wealth-destroyers, I mean.)

Disney's corrupt management is using its cartoon characters to propagandize its shareholders to vote them back into power.

mickeymouseorganization.jpg

Bob Iger is running a real Mickey Mouse operation and not in a good way.

In related news of healthy industries consigning themselves to bankruptcy to appease the mentally-ill: video game developers got together for a mass scream.

Here's some Is It Something? stuff to round out this post.

A new Fall Guy trailer was released. I'm hoping that Ryan Gosling brings a Nice Guys kind of performance.

Another trailer for Furiosa, a Mad Max movie without Mad Max. Kind of like Fury Road was.

Good Times is being rebooted. Yay.

Some people are screaming that this is racist. Eh, look, if you make a comedy, the characters are going to have flaws. Often undignified ones. They can't all be variations of a white liberal's idea of Soulful Saint exchanging inspirational quotes all the time.

On the other hand, it also looks stupid.

And how much komprommat does unfunny Cancel Culture cow Wanda Sykes have on everyone in the industry? Why is that unfunny F-list no-talent owed a job on every project?

I don't get Warner Bros' handling of the DC properties. They almost all fail or disappoint (the Batman movie made money, but not nearly as much as they'd hoped), but they just keep spamming out movies and TV shows like they're Marvel or Sony.

I though Colin Farrell was okay as Penguin, but seriously, who was asking for a Penguin TV show?

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Posted by: Disinformation Expert Ace at 04:17 PM




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Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:18 PM (GBKbO)

2 Fascinating.

I've always wondered when CALPERs would start prioritizing profits over wokery. I mean, it's been decades.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:18 PM (GBKbO)

3 Self-interest always trumps ideology.

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:19 PM (CsUN+)

4 top 5?

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:20 PM (J2vNu)

5 Rookie, sigh.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2024 04:20 PM (gQ6ss)

6 So, is this good news or bad news? Does it help or hurt the Disney pedos?

Does it strengthen Meatball's hand in his war against Big Mouse?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at April 01, 2024 04:20 PM (9yWhg)

7 Willowed, and I think we'll all appreciate it:

353 331 Seen 2 YouTube shorts of hotties in 70s and 80s and what they look like today
Not very many age well
Posted by: Skip

We can all watch this great video of a girl from the 70s(?) happily dancing. Sure, it's part of some mediocre song's music video, but this edit has all the non-dancing girl parts helpfully removed.
https://tinyurl.com/3xxmbee7
Posted by: Moron Analyst

Posted by: Moron Analyst at April 01, 2024 04:20 PM (JCZqz)

8 I though Colin Farrell was okay as Penguin, but seriously, who was asking for a Penguin TV show?

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Stories in universe away from the central characters should have potential. Supposedly, Andor finally found the path towards expanding Star Wars in interesting ways.

Gritty mob show in The Batman? Eh. Could be worse.

It's mostly about making cheap(er) content for Max to drive viewership, but The Batman was about making content for theaters to drive ticket sales.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:20 PM (GBKbO)

9 Is there anything original coming out of Hollywood at all?

Posted by: nurse ratched at April 01, 2024 04:20 PM (Xu8xw)

10 hiya

Posted by: JT at April 01, 2024 04:20 PM (T4tVD)

11 What comes after the Trans-Apocalypse?

Posted by: AlaBAMA at April 01, 2024 04:21 PM (RUMEY)

12 3 Self-interest always trumps ideology.
Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:19 PM (CsUN+)

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Tell that to every corporation that has taken giant baths financially in favor of appealing to HR drones.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:21 PM (GBKbO)

13 Good topic Ace.
Calpers has enough problems without their investments going sour. Whoever advised Calpers to keep their money in the Mouse ought to lose their job.

I'm so glad Iger might be hobbled and/or ejected.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2024 04:21 PM (gQ6ss)

14 Disney is a major Party player, and CALPERS is a big Party slush fund... I wonder what Iger did to lose favor. It can't be just about money.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at April 01, 2024 04:21 PM (0FoWg)

15 Willowed -

We can all watch this great video of a girl from the 70s(?) happily dancing. Sure, it's part of some mediocre song's music video, but this edit has all the non-dancing girl parts helpfully removed.
https://tinyurl.com/3xxmbee7


That was nice of them to do that.

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:22 PM (CsUN+)

16
Does it strengthen Meatball's hand in his war against Big Mouse?
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus

War is over, Disney gave up last week.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at April 01, 2024 04:22 PM (gQ6ss)

17 The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) said on Friday it voted to elect activist investment firm Trian Fund Management's two director candidates to Walt Disney's board, in one of the most closely watched and expensive battles for corporate control.
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Huh, so CalPERS is voting for both of them. Some of the (very little) public information from the consultancies is "yes for Peltz, no for Rasulo." CalPERS voting for both of them is going to make some waves, and they clearly want to win or they wouldn't have leaked it an effort to move the wider vote.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at April 01, 2024 04:22 PM (HnUIn)

18 Tell that to every corporation that has taken giant baths financially in favor of appealing to HR drones.

The people making the stupid decisions are doing just fine.

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:23 PM (CsUN+)

19 3 Self-interest always trumps ideology.
Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:19

Not always.

-MSM

Posted by: Bete at April 01, 2024 04:23 PM (LX4y3)

20 That's one trillion dollars over 100 years, to be fair, but corporations do tend to last that long.

Pffft. That's only 10 billion a year, using straight-line depreciation. We piss away more than that in an afternoon!

Posted by: U.S. Congress at April 01, 2024 04:23 PM (a3Q+t)

21 14 Disney is a major Party player, and CALPERS is a big Party slush fund... I wonder what Iger did to lose favor. It can't be just about money.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at April 01, 2024 04:21 PM (0FoWg)

=======

"Do you remember when we were on easy street during the Trump presidency? Everything was going great, and then we tanked it all because Trump wanted a secure border? Yeah, those were good times."

"Sure, but our sex slave ring got 15% more expensive to run."

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:23 PM (GBKbO)

22 Entertainment-wise, I'm looking backwards, not ahead.

There are vanishingly few movies or shows made today that can pique my interest and most of those are made overseas.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Anti-Marxist, buy ammo at April 01, 2024 04:23 PM (xcxpd)

23 Now do Cosbly Show with Chinamen and see how divehse and incrusive Horrywood ploducers ah.

Posted by: Long Duk Dong in full plate at April 01, 2024 04:23 PM (Zz86T)

24 Okay - so this is funny - from Insty Commentor named Schwartz - "Zombies and Democrats":

https://tinyurl.com/58y5tcj7

Posted by: Boswell at April 01, 2024 04:23 PM (K+UlC)

25 Disney's corrupt management is using its cartoon characters to propagandize its shareholders to vote them back into power.
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Yeah, and some of it is pretty infantalizing. I think Disney assumes its retail shareholders are fairly stupid.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at April 01, 2024 04:23 PM (HnUIn)

26
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I liked BASIC. It was a good first step into learning how to code. But like a junky, next thing you know you're into hard core programing and you step on that treadmill and the next 30 years of your life disappear in a blink.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at April 01, 2024 04:23 PM (RKVpM)

27 Small donors are a proxy for enthusiasm:

According to a Fox Business analysis of FEC records, 35% of Biden's 2024 re-election campaign funds stem from big donors, those contributing over $2,000. Only 38% of his donations come from small donors, those giving between $1 and $200. On the other hand, the Trump campaign boasts a remarkable 61% of its donations from small donors, with a mere 9% coming from major contributors. Compared to the previous election cycle, Biden has witnessed a 10-point increase in donations from big donors, while Trump's numbers have decreased by the same margin.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2024 04:24 PM (N3GIM)

28 Tell that to every corporation that has taken giant baths financially in favor of appealing to HR drones.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:21 PM (GBKbO)

In this country, self-interest = keeping the Party on your side.

If the Party still viewed Iger as valuable, CALPERS would flush more money down his toilet.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at April 01, 2024 04:24 PM (0FoWg)

29 Is this the same calpers system that is over $164 Billion in the hole? And is not going to be able to pay future retirees what they have been promised?

Posted by: Mister Scott (Formerly GWS) at April 01, 2024 04:24 PM (QNSds)

30 Some people like money more than they like pedophiles.

- The Shareholders

We've killed those people and you'll no longer hear from them.

- The Junta

Posted by: AlaBAMA at April 01, 2024 04:24 PM (RUMEY)

31 22 Entertainment-wise, I'm looking backwards, not ahead.

There are vanishingly few movies or shows made today that can pique my interest and most of those are made overseas.
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Anti-Marxist, buy ammo at April 01, 2024 04:23 PM (xcxpd)

======

I have begun the work of Ishiro Honda.

Fewer of his little relationship dramas through the 50s are available than I thought, but I got all the monster mayhem I can shake a stick at.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:24 PM (GBKbO)

32 but seriously, who was asking for a Penguin TV show?

That's a rhetorical question, correct?

Posted by: Big Penguin at April 01, 2024 04:24 PM (a3Q+t)

33 Is there anything original coming out of Hollywood at all?
Posted by: nurse ratched at April 01, 2024 04:20 PM (Xu8xw)

It is pretty unlikely that this is gonna be close to the Good Times TV show. They weren't rich, but the dad was there and had a job. JJ was a teenager, not some strange Homunculus child that the picture shows. I can't see any modern production team putting up a show as family friendly as Good Times was.

Posted by: Oldcat at April 01, 2024 04:24 PM (eoQWY)

34 Ha! Just made it.

We went to see Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire this weekend, and enjoyed it thoroughly. It doesn't have the sly wit of the 1984 GB or even the rapid-fire patter of Afterlife, but it is lots of fun, like a full-length episode of the Real Ghostbusters animated show from the '80s. Which was often *very* well done.

To me, the exchange that really shows the heart of the film:

Phoebe Spengler (Egon's daughter): "Dr. Ray? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to . . . to be a ghost?"

Ray Stantz (smiling): "Every day of my life."

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:25 PM (J2vNu)

35 And how much komprommat does unfunny Cancel Culture cow Wanda Sykes have on everyone in the industry? Why is that unfunny F-list no-talent owed a job on every project?
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Probably some, but I doubt it's much.

The casting agents and studios need to check the boxes. She checks lots of boxes. She's also a "name" and people have heard of her. It isn't surprising that work keeps rolling in.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at April 01, 2024 04:25 PM (HnUIn)

36 The people making the stupid decisions are doing just fine.

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:23 PM (CsUN+)
19 3 Self-interest always trumps ideology.
Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:19

Not always.

-MSM


I will concede that there are those who are just too stupid to understand where the self-interest lies. (I'm looking at you, Don Lemon) but for the more intelligent, they always make sure they are protected from the fallout of their idiotic decisions.

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:25 PM (CsUN+)

37 Wanda has a pretty unique voice that is perfect for cartoons.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2024 04:25 PM (N3GIM)

38 Is this the same calpers system that is over $164 Billion in the hole? And is not going to be able to pay future retirees what they have been promised?
Posted by: Mister Scott (Formerly GWS) at April 01, 2024 04:24 PM (QNSds)

Well they especially won't if Disney continues to set money afire.

Posted by: Oldcat at April 01, 2024 04:26 PM (eoQWY)

39 10 CONSUME PRODUCT
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30 GOTO 10

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There's a missing logic check here. You have to check if the product was any good first. You don't get to GOTO 10 if the product sucks.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at April 01, 2024 04:26 PM (HnUIn)

40 Is there anything original coming out of Hollywood at all?
Posted by: nurse ratched at April 01, 2024 04:20 PM (Xu8xw)

short answer?

no

Posted by: SturmToddler at April 01, 2024 04:26 PM (bving)

41 CalPERS has also refused to divest from fossil fuels as all the activists have been pushing them to do. There is still a redoubt of pragmatism in CA.

Posted by: Mark1971 at April 01, 2024 04:26 PM (xPl2J)

42 Colin Ferrell was the best thing about the Thee Batman. The other two villains were garbage.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at April 01, 2024 04:26 PM (cf/0E)

43 10 CONSUME PRODUCT
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There's a missing logic check here. You have to check if the product was any good first. You don't get to GOTO 10 if the product sucks.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at April 01, 2024 04:26 PM (HnUIn)
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You'll never work for Disney with that kind of attitude!

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at April 01, 2024 04:26 PM (7fElN)

44 The Dead Don't Hurt trailer looks intriguing. Vigo Mortensen generally nails his performances, especially western themed ones.

Posted by: Sock Monkey * hanging out at the corner of Crazy and Sanity at April 01, 2024 04:26 PM (k/oMa)

45 Wanda has a pretty unique voice that is perfect for cartoons.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2024 04:25 PM (N3GIM)

her face too

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at April 01, 2024 04:26 PM (0FoWg)

46 > Self-interest always trumps ideology.

Does it now?

Posted by: Cults of History at April 01, 2024 04:26 PM (Odg76)

47 Yeah, and some of it is pretty infantalizing. I think Disney assumes its retail shareholders are fairly stupid.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at April 01, 2024 04:23 PM (HnUIn)

If they stayed with Disney after the stock more than halved in price, I'd say Disney isn't exactly using the worst calculations there.

Posted by: Bete at April 01, 2024 04:27 PM (LX4y3)

48 I though Colin Farrell was okay as Penguin, but seriously, who was asking for a Penguin TV show?

Not Pookette, because her version of Lego Dimensions never included The Penguin with the Batman character, and all she really knows about Batman comes from that game and The Lego Movie. And I'm okay with that, because The Penguin character was messed up and she loves penguins for being, well, penguins.

Posted by: pookysgirl, mom to a penguin lover at April 01, 2024 04:27 PM (dtlDP)

49 We can all watch this great video of a girl from the 70s(?) happily dancing. Sure, it's part of some mediocre song's music video, but this edit has all the non-dancing girl parts helpfully removed.
https://tinyurl.com/3xxmbee7
*
That was nice of them to do that.
Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024


***
The dancers on the local teen music dance TV shows used to look, and move, like that.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:27 PM (J2vNu)

50 CalPERS unfunded liability is estimated to be $164 billion, which translates to over $4000 in debt for every Californian.

Posted by: wth at April 01, 2024 04:27 PM (v0R5T)

51 I don't always hate remakes. Some movies needed today's technology to be done right.

Dune changed my mind about that.

Not saying Hollywood gets a pass. Remaking shit like Roadhouse is just idiotic.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at April 01, 2024 04:27 PM (RUMEY)

52 Is this the same calpers system that is over $164 Billion in the hole? And is not going to be able to pay future retirees what they have been promised?

Don't worry. They'll be going to the Feds to get made whole.

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:27 PM (CsUN+)

53 Wow. CALpers voting on the right side of anything -- didn't think I'd see that in my lifetime.

Posted by: Field Marshal Zhukov at April 01, 2024 04:28 PM (wBaIH)

54 I liked the danny devito penguin.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2024 04:28 PM (N3GIM)

55 The Fall Guy? An animated Good Times?

Uncreativity rules now.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at April 01, 2024 04:28 PM (8sMut)

56 From Reason:
CalPERS now has approximately $611 billion in pension debt and is 72% funded.

Posted by: wth at April 01, 2024 04:28 PM (v0R5T)

57 Is this the same calpers system that is over $164 Billion in the hole? And is not going to be able to pay future retirees what they have been promised?
Posted by: Mister Scott (Formerly GWS) at April 01, 2024 04:24 PM (QNSds)
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Yes. CalPERS is an actuarial disaster, but in terms of mega-fund performance, it's pretty decent last time I checked. There is no way to make *any* PERS system work and they're all grossly undercapitalized as politicians keep writing checks the treasuries can't cash. There is no healthy PERS system in the country. California's, being one of if not the biggest, puts up the biggest numbers in shortfalls.

But CalPERS is fairly competent all things considered. It will fail, of course, but the investment strategy probably won't be the reason. CalPERS' size makes it a bellwether, like PIMCO or Vanguard (albeit smaller than either).

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at April 01, 2024 04:28 PM (HnUIn)

58 10 CONSUME PRODUCT
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Goto Considered Harmful:

https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/362929.362947



Posted by: zombie Edgar Dijkstra at April 01, 2024 04:29 PM (a3Q+t)

59 They gonna remake All in the Family?

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2024 04:29 PM (N3GIM)

60 What do you all think of the Fallout series on Amazon?

Trailers look good.

Posted by: People's Hippo Voice at April 01, 2024 04:29 PM (yikga)

61 51 I don't always hate remakes. Some movies needed today's technology to be done right.

Dune changed my mind about that.

Not saying Hollywood gets a pass. Remaking shit like Roadhouse is just idiotic.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at April 01, 2024 04:27 PM (RUMEY)

=======

Let's go back to the day when Hollywood was making original fare like Ben-Hur, His Girl Friday, and A Star is Born.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:29 PM (GBKbO)

62 Is this the same calpers system that is over $164 Billion in the hole? And is not going to be able to pay future retirees what they have been promised?

Don't worry. They'll be going to the Feds to get made whole.
Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:27 PM (CsUN+)
......

You know what will solve this problem? High Speed Rail!

Posted by: wth at April 01, 2024 04:29 PM (v0R5T)

63 But muh pension! Oh....

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2024 04:30 PM (N3GIM)

64 Hollywood pedophiles hardest hit ...

Posted by: ShainS -- Blood-Bath-and-Beyond angel investor at April 01, 2024 04:30 PM (xe6nQ)

65 54 I liked the danny devito penguin.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2024 04:28 PM (N3GIM)

My mother, the second most unimaginative person on earth (after my late father, who was unquestionably #1), back in 1989 was insisting Danny DeVito play The Penguin in any Batman sequel. Sure enough...

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at April 01, 2024 04:30 PM (8sMut)

66 Judy Garland's Wizard of Oz was the third adaptation of the book. Hollywood has been doing remakes since day 2 of film.

Posted by: Bete at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (LX4y3)

67 Not sure how DC fucked up Superman.

Could have had a nice trilogy with Cavill.

Instead they are going with Cornsweat, a Henry Cavill knockoff wannabe.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (RUMEY)

68 10 CONSUME PRODUCT
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30 GOTO 10

Who taught ace to code?

Posted by: No Name Today at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (vlXMQ)

69 >>I though Colin Farrell was okay as Penguin, but seriously, who was asking for a Penguin TV show?

The last honest to goodness episodic television show I attempted to watch was Gotham, it started off interesting but as soon as the introduced the story line where Fish Mooney seduced her underage protege into a lesbian romance, I was done.

The Penguin will come out as gay, book it.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (XV/Pl)

70 I liked the danny devito penguin.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2024


***
Creepy and unpleasant, yes. But for matching the look of the Penguin in the old Silver Age Batman comics, nobody has topped Burgess Meredith.

(Disclaimer: I am no fan of the Adam West series. Even when I was twelve, I thought it stunk, and I still dislike it. But the casting of the major villains Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman was spot on.)

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (J2vNu)

71 Is this the same calpers system that is over $164 Billion in the hole? And is not going to be able to pay future retirees what they have been promised?

Posted by: Mister Scott (Formerly GWS) at April 01, 2024 04:24 PM (QNSds)

If Calpers has one manager that is straight, and one that is a tranny, does that make it Hermaphrodite Calpers?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (tkR6S)

72 and she loves penguins for being, well, penguins.
Posted by: pookysgirl, mom to a penguin lover at April 01, 2024 04:27 PM


Have you shared any of the important facts about penguin perversity and mephitic bouquet you've learned here with her?

Posted by: Duncanthrax at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (a3Q+t)

73 You know what will solve this problem? High Speed Rail!
Posted by: wth at April 01, 2024 04:29 PM (v0R5T)

"High Speed Rail IS a game-changer and we have to have it. Because Reasons."

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (8sMut)

74 Wanda has a pretty unique voice that is perfect for cartoons.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2024 04:25 PM (N3GIM)

got the face for cartoons too....

Posted by: SturmToddler at April 01, 2024 04:32 PM (bving)

75 Covering Democrats Propaganda Ministry
Loot the treasury before it collapses

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2024 04:32 PM (fwDg9)

76 Let's go back to the day when Hollywood was making original fare like Ben-Hur, His Girl Friday, and A Star is Born.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024


***
Hollywood, 1939-1959 (though the Sixties had a lot of good stuff to recommend it too).

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:33 PM (J2vNu)

77 What about battery powered high speed rail in a hyperloop tunnel?

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2024 04:33 PM (N3GIM)

78 76 Let's go back to the day when Hollywood was making original fare like Ben-Hur, His Girl Friday, and A Star is Born.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024

***
Hollywood, 1939-1959 (though the Sixties had a lot of good stuff to recommend it too).
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:33 PM (J2vNu)

=======

All remakes, which was the point.

One of Howard Hawks' best films is a remake...of a film he himself made.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:33 PM (GBKbO)

79 As someone who has a vested interest in Calpers, I applaud this move. Calpers has also quietly been moving toward solid investments and avoiding/moving away from DEI crap.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at April 01, 2024 04:34 PM (tT6L1)

80 Wanda has a pretty unique voice that is perfect for cartoons.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2024 04:25 PM (N3GIM)

Her character, Stella The Skunk, in "Over The Hedge" was hilarious.

Posted by: pookysgirl thought we'd be dead by Phase 2, so this is going great at April 01, 2024 04:34 PM (dtlDP)

81 Wanda Sykes?She is a black, female lesbian. That is worth huge ESG points.

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:35 PM (FQmDC)

82 The second through fourth books of the NT are just remakes of Matthew!

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2024 04:35 PM (N3GIM)

83 (Disclaimer: I am no fan of the Adam West series. Even when I was twelve, I thought it stunk, and I still dislike it. But the casting of the major villains Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman was spot on.)
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (J2vNu)
Hin basically had free reign on his Riddler as pre the 60s show Riddler had appeared a total of 2 times in the comics.
Frank Gors

Posted by: Bete at April 01, 2024 04:35 PM (LX4y3)

84 81 Wanda Sykes?She is a black, female lesbian. That is worth huge ESG points.
Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:35 PM (FQmDC)

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Don't forget her unfuniness. That's extra SEG points.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:35 PM (GBKbO)

85 10 CONSUME PRODUCT
20 GET EXCITED FOR NEXT PRODUCT
30 GOTO 10

Who taught ace to code?
Posted by: No Name Today at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (vlXMQ)

is this why we run Minx 0.7?

Posted by: SturmToddler at April 01, 2024 04:36 PM (bving)

86 Those forced to use Calpers should sue Calpers for mismanagement of their funds by forcing companies to DEI/DIE.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at April 01, 2024 04:36 PM (ynpvh)

87 Monkey Man is getting some good buzz and reviews, love me some Dev Patel, except The Green Knight which i'm conflicted about.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at April 01, 2024 04:36 PM (XV/Pl)

88 Holy crap, that Good Times trailer was 2:30 minutes of recycled jokes and references that were legit never funny.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at April 01, 2024 04:36 PM (KbCG3)

89 They can't all be variations of a white liberal's idea of Soulful Saint exchanging inspirational quotes all the time.

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* Stuart Smalley has entered the chat *

Posted by: ShainS -- Blood-Bath-and-Beyond angel investor at April 01, 2024 04:36 PM (LUWZO)

90 What about battery powered high speed rail in a hyperloop tunnel?
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy


You ... you really don't need batteries with ... nevermind

Posted by: weft cut-loop at April 01, 2024 04:36 PM (IG4Id)

91 Ben Hur was a remake of a silent epic. Hollywood has always done remakes, it is the shit 'soft reboots' or 'reimagining' we get wokifying old stuff that sucks.

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:36 PM (FQmDC)

92 87 Monkey Man is getting some good buzz and reviews, love me some Dev Patel, except The Green Knight which i'm conflicted about.
Posted by: Thomas Bender at April 01, 2024 04:36 PM (XV/Pl)

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SXSW crowd reaction, so buzz is suspect.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:37 PM (GBKbO)

93 (Disclaimer: I am no fan of the Adam West series. Even when I was twelve, I thought it stunk, and I still dislike it. But the casting of the major villains Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman was spot on.)
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (J2vNu)

which was best?

i have a VERY hard time deciding...

Posted by: SturmToddler at April 01, 2024 04:37 PM (bving)

94 It's gonna be weird in five or so years when almost no one gives a fucking shit about Batman or Star Wars. Imagine when those properties are back to being niche interests. If we have a country, I mean.

Posted by: ... at April 01, 2024 04:38 PM (lX8VI)

95 One of my fondest childhood memories is of me and my brother parked in front of the teevee after school watching Batman.


BIFF! WHAM!! KAPOW!

Posted by: nurse ratched at April 01, 2024 04:38 PM (lEaEN)

96 @92

>>SXSW crowd reaction, so buzz is suspect.

But it's Dev Patel, dude really should have had a better career.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at April 01, 2024 04:38 PM (XV/Pl)

97 Well, that was a Marvel's level failed post. Frank Gorshin was able to do his own Riddler as the character had a whole 2 comic appearances pre 60s show.

Posted by: Bete at April 01, 2024 04:38 PM (LX4y3)

98 At GDC this year, over 50 devs gathered to scream their hearts out.

I liked the people that showed up to a screamfest wearing a mask.

Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 04:39 PM (ibTVg)

99 I liked Batman as a kid. From what I understand it was even quite faithful to the comics as they were at the time. Batman became serious again in the 70's.

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:39 PM (FQmDC)

100 Regardless of how you felt about the Adam West Batman, for the longest time, Batman was Adam West.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at April 01, 2024 04:40 PM (XV/Pl)

101 99 I liked Batman as a kid. From what I understand it was even quite faithful to the comics as they were at the time. Batman became serious again in the 70's.
Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:39 PM (FQmDC)

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It's my understanding that the comics got sillier in reaction to the show's popularity.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:40 PM (GBKbO)

102 But it's Dev Patel, dude really should have had a better career.

He was actually amazing in The Green Knight. The movie was a horrible bit of nihilism but he *became* the character.

Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 04:40 PM (ibTVg)

103 fALL GUY ADDITION TRUCKS ARE GONNA BE A THING... AREN'T THEY?

Sorry about the caps.. too lazy to retype.

Posted by: Inogame at April 01, 2024 04:40 PM (53oGX)

104 You might think everything's coming up roses for Wanda Sykes, but she really doesn't get all that much dick.

Posted by: Billy Porter at April 01, 2024 04:41 PM (woPEM)

105 The best cast villain was Catwoman. The sexiest woman in the world was Julie Newmar.

These are not matters up for discussion or debate. The Earth travels around the Sun, the sky is blue, and Julie Newmar was hotter than sin.

I had zero interest in anything Batman related beyond her and I was like 6. There might be something wrong with me.

Posted by: ... at April 01, 2024 04:41 PM (lX8VI)

106 Lewis Wilson will always be the only Batman to me.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:41 PM (GBKbO)

107 Have you shared any of the important facts about penguin perversity and mephitic bouquet you've learned here with her?

Posted by: Duncanthrax at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (a3Q+t)

No, I don't share *anything* I've learned here with her. Not even Ace's obscure etymology discoveries.

Posted by: pookysgirl, not really sorry at April 01, 2024 04:41 PM (dtlDP)

108 Frank Gorshin basically had free reign on his Riddler as pre the 60s show Riddler had appeared a total of 2 times in the comics.

Posted by: Bete at April 01, 2024


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I thought it had been more often than that. Still, FG created a fascinating mental case character with enough brains to give Batman a tough time unsnarling his puzzles.

Never did like Cesar Romero's Joker. He wasn't loony or dangerous enough. (Yeah, I know, Romero refused to shave off his mustache and had them powder over it. Well, that just fitted the backstory of the character. The Joker wolnd't have paused to shave off his mustache before swimming through the chemicals that gave him that weird coloring, would he?)

Julie Newmar = Catwoman.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:42 PM (J2vNu)

109 Maybe Wanda Sykes can be the next Catwoman. We joke now but really how far off can it be.

Posted by: ... at April 01, 2024 04:42 PM (lX8VI)

110 One cannot talk about Batman without mentioning the building climb cameos. Some really big names stuck their heads out the window as the Dynamic Due did the wall crawl.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at April 01, 2024 04:42 PM (tT6L1)

111 What about battery powered high speed rail in a hyperloop tunnel?
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy
......

I'm putting all my money on underground pneumatic tubes.

Posted by: wth at April 01, 2024 04:42 PM (v0R5T)

112 the story line where Fish Mooney seduced her underage protege into a lesbian romance

Isn't this the story of most high school girl's gym teachers?

Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 04:42 PM (ibTVg)

113 101 Could be. Green Hornet at the same time was done pretty serious and it only lasted one season.(all episodes available on YouTube btw)

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:42 PM (FQmDC)

114 The movie was a horrible bit of nihilism but he *became* the character.

*Spoiler*

Eh. But I'm curious about the nihilism part. I understood that it was an exposition on the importance of courage and integrity. The director deliberately left the ending vague, but it was at least possible that Patel was spared in the end.

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:42 PM (CsUN+)

115 Are you saying I was rendered obsolete?

Posted by: Burgess Meredith as The Penguin at April 01, 2024 04:42 PM (Zz86T)

116 I think the argument isn’t so much against remakes but the remake-adaptation/original ratio since about 2010.

Posted by: Michael Rittenhouse at April 01, 2024 04:42 PM (PpfWV)

117 27 Small donors are a proxy for enthusiasm:

According to a Fox Business analysis of FEC records, 35% of Biden's 2024 re-election campaign funds stem from big donors, those contributing over $2,000. Only 38% of his donations come from small donors, those giving between $1 and $200. On the other hand, the Trump campaign boasts a remarkable 61% of its donations from small donors, with a mere 9% coming from major contributors. Compared to the previous election cycle, Biden has witnessed a 10-point increase in donations from big donors, while Trump's numbers have decreased by the same margin.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at April 01, 2024 04:24 PM (N3GIM)

Does this filter for the Act Blue donor hoaxing?

Posted by: Inogame at April 01, 2024 04:43 PM (53oGX)

118 @106

>>Lewis Wilson will always be the only Batman to me.

That cowl begs to differ.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at April 01, 2024 04:43 PM (XV/Pl)

119 The best cast villain was Catwoman. The sexiest woman in the world was Julie Newmar.

These are not matters up for discussion or debate. The Earth travels around the Sun, the sky is blue, and Julie Newmar was hotter than sin.

I had zero interest in anything Batman related beyond her and I was like 6. There might be something wrong with me.
Posted by: ... at April 01, 2024 04:41 PM (lX8VI

yeah the reruns were what i got exposed to, and for some reason, i was captivated when i discovered her...

and batgirl...

Posted by: SturmToddler at April 01, 2024 04:43 PM (bving)

120 On the topic of movies, but OT of Disney: I just got back from seeing "One Life" about the British man, Nicholas Winton, who saved Jewish children from Czechoslovakia before WWII. The actor who played as the younger man was great as was Anthony Hopkins, and Helena Bonham Carter did a great job as Nicholas' mother. Very touching and powerful story about the good one person can do.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at April 01, 2024 04:44 PM (XkYcA)

121 Let's update the language.

While (not bankrupt) do
stupidmoneylosingshit(lamegay);

Posted by: DaveA at April 01, 2024 04:44 PM (FhXTo)

122 Batman, the Movie was hysterical.


"Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb."

Posted by: nurse ratched at April 01, 2024 04:44 PM (9w3M/)

123 Could be. Green Hornet at the same time was done pretty serious and it only lasted one season.(all episodes available on YouTube btw)
Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:42 PM (FQmDC)
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Even a guest appearance on Batman couldn't save the show.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (tT6L1) at April 01, 2024 04:44 PM (tT6L1)

124 Wanda Sykes is no Julie Newmar.

Posted by: wth at April 01, 2024 04:45 PM (v0R5T)

125 Wanda Sykes is pretty much the definition of Not Funny but she was good for a minute or so in the Krazy Eyez episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Then again Colbert and David Cross were each funny in Rick and Morty. Put your hand up these commie asses like puppets and the dumbshits can occasionally crap out a decent line or two.

Posted by: ... at April 01, 2024 04:45 PM (lX8VI)

126 114 Eh. But I'm curious about the nihilism part. I understood that it was an exposition on the importance of courage and integrity. The director deliberately left the ending vague, but it was at least possible that Patel was spared in the end.
Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:42 PM (CsUN+)

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That vagueness opens it up to an interpretation that Gawain is simply embracing the meaninglessness of life, which I think is an incorrect reading.

I think David Lowery ends up very faithful to the original anonymous work. I think Gawain sees a vision of his future if he were to not follow through on his challenge, a life of empty power bred from his own cowardice. Him choosing to accept the blow is him choosing to be the strong knight he had always wanted to be. It's a strong bit of character growth as he is faced with his own deficiencies of character through his adventures.

I assume that the Green Knight would follow through like in the original work, give him the nick on the neck, and let him go, having become the knight Gawain wanted to become by following through on his promises and responsibilities.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:45 PM (GBKbO)

127 GDC - Shout shout let it all out...

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 01, 2024 04:46 PM (TMVh+)

128 fALL GUY ADDITION TRUCKS ARE GONNA BE A THING... AREN'T THEY?

Sorry about the caps.. too lazy to retype.

Posted by: Inogame at April 01, 2024 04:40 PM (53oGX)

Coming soon in the Marvel Universe, Fowl Guy: Peter Pecker, unassuming Indiana farm boy, is bitten by a radioactive chicken, and gains super powers.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 01, 2024 04:46 PM (tkR6S)

129 I liked Batman as a kid. From what I understand it was even quite faithful to the comics as they were at the time. Batman became serious again in the 70's.
Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024


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The comics had some silly stories about space aliens arriving on Earth and the like. One story from the 1950s, though, featured a non-supervillain: a criminal arrives in Gotham, offering to change your fingerprints permanently. Batman goes *undercover* (which we've never seen on film), posing as a gangster on the run. He finds that the whole thing is a scam the crook is running on the other crooks; by the time they find their prints have not been erased, he'll be long gone.

That's something I wish we could see in a Batman film.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:46 PM (J2vNu)

130 I happen to hold a few Disney shares as a side effect of my managed investment accounts so I got to vote on this. Every item up for voting had Iger’s recommendation, so I just checked what he didn’t want on all of them, including not having him on the board.

Posted by: Ian S. at April 01, 2024 04:46 PM (3cXfB)

131 and batgirl...

Posted by: SturmToddler at April 01, 2024 04:43 PM (bving)

Yes yes can't forget cutie Yvonne Craig although Miss Newmar would have made me forget my own name.

Posted by: ... at April 01, 2024 04:46 PM (lX8VI)

132 Crtitical Drinker panned the latest Ghostbusters. Looks like anther series that would have been better off left alone.

Posted by: brak at April 01, 2024 04:47 PM (AR07F)

133 Everything connected to California and Disney is pure shit.

Pure. Shit.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at April 01, 2024 04:47 PM (9KyZG)

134 While (not bankrupt) do
stupidmoneylosingshit(lamegay);
Posted by: DaveA at April 01, 2024 04:44 PM


Needs unit tests.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at April 01, 2024 04:47 PM (a3Q+t)

135 Honestly, Ghostbusters never needed any sequels.

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:48 PM (FQmDC)

136 Speaking of remakes, I can compare the very recent Chinese (2022, IIRC) and Netflix (2024) versions of Three Body Problem.

The Chinese version is much, much slower, and takes more time for character development, but sometimes it's just too slow, especially for western audiences that expect fast pacing. The special effects were surprisingly good, if not quite at the level of cutting edge Hollywood.

The Netflix version is (of course) very diverse, but it's not as in your face as some of their products. The pacing is much faster, with less time devoted to character development and side plots, and the SE are very good, but surprisingly, comprise less of the run time than the Chinese version.

IMHO, both are worth watching.

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:48 PM (CsUN+)

137
Eh. But I'm curious about the nihilism part. I understood that it was an exposition on the importance of courage and integrity. The director deliberately left the ending vague, but it was at least possible that Patel was spared in the end.


My take on the movie was that whether you were good or bad, brave or cowardly, you are going to die no matter what so literally nothing matters.

Gawain: Is really all there is?
The Green Knight: What else ought there be?

I've seen reviews where people had other takes on it but...that's what I got out of it.

Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 04:48 PM (ibTVg)

138 135 Honestly, Ghostbusters never needed any sequels.
Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:48 PM (FQmDC)

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The video game was pretty good.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:48 PM (GBKbO)

139 I mean Wanda Sykes isn't particularly great, but she has more talent than other woke 'icons' that Hollywood tried to shove in our faces like Amy Schumer or Brie Larson.

Posted by: DudeAbiding at April 01, 2024 04:49 PM (AjL/0)

140 It blew my young mind when I found out The Penguin and Rocky's trainer were the same guy.

Posted by: J. Frank Parnell at April 01, 2024 04:49 PM (IGKzA)

141 The other thing I want to see in a Superman or Batman film would be a touch of the original Mission: Impossible. In all the films to date, the villain makes a move, Batman counters it, villain move, counter; repeat until the final confrontation; end. How about if Batman, or Superman, sets up a con on the supervillain, leads him down the garden path, and springs the trap? He is proactive instead of reactive?

Yeah, probably too intellekshual for today's audiences.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:49 PM (J2vNu)

142 Put your hand up these commie asses like puppets and the dumbshits can occasionally crap out a decent line or two.
Posted by: ... at April 01, 2024 04:45 PM (lX8VI)

and then you witness something like the Friends cameo that robin williams and billy crystal did when the show was on.

per the story, they just showed up because they were filming next door, worked their way into the shooting to do a bit, completely blew the cast away, except joey, who adlibbed in with them, and then they left. it's about a minute and uit's absolutely hysterical.

THOSE are funny guys....

Posted by: SturmToddler at April 01, 2024 04:49 PM (bving)

143 137 My take on the movie was that whether you were good or bad, brave or cowardly, you are going to die no matter what so literally nothing matters.

Gawain: Is really all there is?
The Green Knight: What else ought there be?

I've seen reviews where people had other takes on it but...that's what I got out of it.
Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 04:48 PM (ibTVg)

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That question gets answered by Gawain's decision to stay. If nothing matters, then his fleeing of the scene and the vision of the future that would have entailed would have been enough.

No, Gawain decides, there's more. He has to be a good knight.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:49 PM (GBKbO)

144 132 Crtitical Drinker panned the latest Ghostbusters. Looks like anther series that would have been better off left alone.
Posted by: brak at April 01, 2024 04:47 PM (AR07F)

At least it was a continuation of the originals.. not a KK recast for diversity and inclusion.

Posted by: Inogame at April 01, 2024 04:50 PM (53oGX)

145 140 It blew my young mind when I found out The Penguin and Rocky's trainer were the same guy.
Posted by: J. Frank Parnell at April 01, 2024 04:49 PM (IGKzA)

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He just wanted to read some books.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:50 PM (GBKbO)

146 Judy Garland's Wizard of Oz was the third adaptation of the book. Hollywood has been doing remakes since day 2 of film.
Posted by: Bete at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (LX4y3)

The key to the late 30's films' beauty was the way the actors and actresses were framed in shots...no one cut off the top of heads in multi-person scenes or individual arms, legs or areas of action needed for the scene to make sense in those days. Photography was considered to be art like paintings - shots were carefully chosen to present a scene and/or an actor in the best light and perspective. It was a craft well-learned. You see that in "The Wizard of Oz."

Its absent in today's visual dreck.

Posted by: Boswell at April 01, 2024 04:50 PM (K+UlC)

147 Green Hornet at the same time was done pretty serious and it only lasted one season.(all episodes available on YouTube btw)
Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024


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Heroes & Icons was running them a while ago. Compared to the AW Batman, they were pretty solid and fun pulp adventure. And you cannot top that theme song!

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:51 PM (J2vNu)

148 @145

>>He just wanted to read some books.

Too meta, many will not understand.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at April 01, 2024 04:51 PM (XV/Pl)

149 Burgess Meredith was Ernie Pyle in the Story of GI Joe,one of the best war movies imo.

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:51 PM (FQmDC)

150 148 @145

>>He just wanted to read some books.

Too meta, many will not understand.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at April 01, 2024 04:51 PM (XV/Pl)

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I guess I'm obsolete.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:52 PM (GBKbO)

151 Coming soon in the Marvel Universe, Fowl Guy: Peter Pecker, unassuming Indiana farm boy, is bitten by a radioactive chicken, and gains super powers.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 01, 2024 04:46 PM (tkR6S)

I heards he's a giant chicken...

/Animaniacs

Posted by: SturmToddler at April 01, 2024 04:52 PM (bving)

152 At least it was a continuation of the originals.. not a KK recast for diversity and inclusion.

that's the point he makes, well at least it wasn't as bad as the 2016 diversity recast movie, but that's a low bar to clear...

Posted by: brak at April 01, 2024 04:52 PM (AR07F)

153 Its absent in today's visual dreck.

Today's visual dreck would be an excellent name for a modern art exhibit.

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:52 PM (CsUN+)

154 The Netflix version is (of course) very diverse

I've been watching Resident Alien which is a cute show about a space alien living in a podunk town in CO. A bunch of the characters are American Indians but in the show there is a reservation near by so...ok I'll let it go.

And then they have a black police chief, but they have a reason for him to have moved to a podunk town.

But then they have a bunch of east Asian characters in the town and one of the main characters gets a spunky Muslim/Arab girl (in a hijab no less!) friend.

Most of the actors are fine in their roles but...come on - 80% of the people in CO are white and I suspect that in podunk towns that is higher...

Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 04:53 PM (ibTVg)

155 It is hard to beat Julie Newmar

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2024 04:53 PM (fwDg9)

156 Might have been willowed (or deemed non-newsworthy), but from last thread, a car slammed into the front gate of the FBI Atlanta field office. No other details (like if it was accidental or on purpose) yet...

Posted by: Nova Local at April 01, 2024 04:53 PM (exHjb)

157 147 It hit it's stride about midway through the first season. Bruce Lee being given way more to do( at the behest of the show's star who even had some of his lines go to Lee they say)

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:53 PM (FQmDC)

158 148 @145

>>He just wanted to read some books.

Too meta, many will not understand.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at April 01, 2024 04:51 PM (XV/Pl)

They'll get it. They just need time.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at April 01, 2024 04:53 PM (KbCG3)

159 *Looks at still of that Good Times remake cartoon.*

What in the ever-lovin' heck happened to actual artistic talent? Compare and contrast that garbage with any 1930s Max Fleischer cartoon. This crap looks like a child drew it.

Posted by: Lady in Black at April 01, 2024 04:54 PM (mupln)

160 156 Uh oh far right megaMAGA

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:54 PM (FQmDC)

161 Burgess Meredith was Ernie Pyle in the Story of GI Joe,one of the best war movies imo.
Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024


***
He was the first film "George" in Of Mice and Men, w/ Lon Chaney Jr. as Lenny.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:54 PM (J2vNu)

162 155 It is hard to beat Julie Newmar
Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2024 04:53 PM (fwDg9)

How about spanking her?

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Anti-Marxist, buy ammo at April 01, 2024 04:54 PM (xcxpd)

163 Don't miss the new one. Dick Brick an ordinary every day brick salesman accidentally gets his testicles crushed.......

Posted by: Eromero at April 01, 2024 04:54 PM (NxC5+)

164 Having read the Three Body trilogy, I'm hesitant to watch the series.

The dimensions part was cool. The dark forest part really is depressing.
But the, "hey, you all get your asses back in here--we're gonna reset this whole thing" was ... idk, ok I guess there's no other way out.

Posted by: People's Hippo Voice at April 01, 2024 04:54 PM (yikga)

165 Too meta, many will not understand.
Posted by: Thomas Bender at April 01, 2024 04:51 PM


Paging Ben Roethlisberger. Ben Roethlisberger to a grey comment box.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at April 01, 2024 04:55 PM (a3Q+t)

166 159 *Looks at still of that Good Times remake cartoon.*

What in the ever-lovin' heck happened to actual artistic talent? Compare and contrast that garbage with any 1930s Max Fleischer cartoon. This crap looks like a child drew it.
Posted by: Lady in Black at April 01, 2024 04:54 PM (mupln)

CalArts ruined western animation

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Anti-Marxist, buy ammo at April 01, 2024 04:55 PM (xcxpd)

167 I liked “The Batman” and Colin Farrell is one of the top 5 best actors working now, so I’m cool with this show. I never read the comics, so I’m unaware if the Gotham City mob dynamics was ever really explored. So I’m in.

Posted by: UGAdawg at April 01, 2024 04:55 PM (tRd71)

168 >>He just wanted to read some books.
*
Too meta, many will not understand.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at April 01, 2024 04:51 PM (XV/Pl)
*
They'll get it. They just need time.
Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at April 01, 2024


***
He just wanted time enough at last.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:55 PM (J2vNu)

169 The CALPERS system is underfunded by probably a trillion dollars by now or some shit. Only Illinois is even close for state pensions. Illinois might be more. I think that's what drove the decision to vote for the Trian guys.

Posted by: Big E at April 01, 2024 04:55 PM (AK7iE)

170 Speaking of reboots. It happens in anime also and oft times badly.

Gall Force the Revolution, Dirty Pair Flash, and All Purpose Cultural Girl Nuku Nuku TV series pop to mind. Then there is the second season of The Big-O.

Well now there is another one for the list. Just watched the first episode of the new Spice and Wolf.

Gone as expected are the charming opening and ending animations of the original. We are treated to this little girl asking for new stories to be told. As it pans out though the faces are shielded, the little girl is gray haired while the woman is obviously Holo. You can sense the implications.

Holo is less flirty/teasing in this version. Plus her being so unconscious about how nude she is has been drastically toned down or removed. Scene of her naked derriere is gone.

Chloe has been written out and now we have some guy in the same role. So Chloe flirting with Lawrence is gone. The scene where the door is unbarred and Chloe calls for Lawrence is also gone.

So I think I will skip this and only watch the original.

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 01, 2024 04:56 PM (TMVh+)

171 I guess I'm obsolete.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:52 PM (GBKbO)
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The Chancellor, the late Chancellor, was only partly correct. He was obsolete. But so is the State, the entity he worshiped. Any state, any entity, any ideology which fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of Man...that state is obsolete. A case to be filed under "M" for "Mankind" - in The Twilight Zone.

Posted by: Rod Serling at April 01, 2024 04:56 PM (HnUIn)

172 It is hard to beat Julie Newmar

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2024 04:53 PM (fwDg9)

Beating her would be the last thing on my mind...

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 01, 2024 04:56 PM (tkR6S)

173 *Looks at still of that Good Times remake cartoon.*

What in the ever-lovin' heck happened to actual artistic talent? Compare and contrast that garbage with any 1930s Max Fleischer cartoon. This crap looks like a child drew it.
Posted by: Lady in Black at April 01, 2024 04:54 PM (mupln)

reminds me of those late 60s early 70s really bad 2D tom and jerry cartoons.

there's a minimal amount of work and talent used to just pump out dreck...

Posted by: SturmToddler at April 01, 2024 04:56 PM (bving)

174 171 The Chancellor, the late Chancellor, was only partly correct. He was obsolete. But so is the State, the entity he worshiped. Any state, any entity, any ideology which fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of Man...that state is obsolete. A case to be filed under "M" for "Mankind" - in The Twilight Zone.

Posted by: Rod Serling at April 01, 2024 04:56 PM (HnUIn)

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By the Rights of Man you surely mean the rights of men to become women at will, right?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:57 PM (GBKbO)

175 Crtitical Drinker panned the latest Ghostbusters. Looks like anther series that would have been better off left alone.

I saw that. It seems to be doing well in theatres and a fair number of non-professional-reviewer people I trust liked it, so I suspect it'll be like Afterlife where there are obvious problems (in this case, having like 20 main characters and not enough screen time for all of them) but it's still enjoyable.

Critics continue to REEEEEEE that it's not stunning and brave like 2016, which is just fine.

Posted by: Ian S. at April 01, 2024 04:57 PM (2ocoG)

176 It hit it's stride about midway through the first season. Bruce Lee being given way more to do( at the behest of the show's star who even had some of his lines go to Lee they say)
Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024


***
GH had one episode in which, at the climax, Kato piloted the Black Beauty straight into the beam of a laser. The producers missed a perfect chance to use the brilliant theme song for that scene.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 04:57 PM (J2vNu)

177 What in the ever-lovin' heck happened to actual artistic talent? Compare and contrast that garbage with any 1930s Max Fleischer cartoon. This crap looks like a child drew it.
Posted by: Lady in Black at April 01, 2024 04:54 PM (mupln)
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I didn't watch it, but I'm going to go out on a limb and assume it's the same CalArts crap style as the rest of American animation.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at April 01, 2024 04:57 PM (HnUIn)

178 175 I saw that. It seems to be doing well in theatres and a fair number of non-professional-reviewer people I trust liked it, so I suspect it'll be like Afterlife where there are obvious problems (in this case, having like 20 main characters and not enough screen time for all of them) but it's still enjoyable.

Critics continue to REEEEEEE that it's not stunning and brave like 2016, which is just fine.
Posted by: Ian S. at April 01, 2024 04:57 PM (2ocoG)

=======

Second weekend was real bad at the box office.

We're probably not getting another.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:57 PM (GBKbO)

179 Speaking of anime and reboots - I'd like to see a reboot of Star Blazers. I loved it as a kid, but when I watched it as an adult it has a lot of dumb issues.

Of course I saw the Japanese live action movie of it which was...not great...

Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 04:58 PM (ibTVg)

180 I've been watching Resident Alien which is a cute show about a space alien living in a podunk town in CO. A bunch of the characters are American Indians but in the show there is a reservation near by so...ok I'll let it go.
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It's good.
The diversity is close to too much, but tolerable.
The mayor being a wimpy liberal is funny.

Shot in Canada, so I suspect they're required to put some red men in it?

Posted by: People's Hippo Voice at April 01, 2024 04:58 PM (yikga)

181 Hey we can finally write Blazer again!

Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 04:59 PM (ibTVg)

182 I liked “The Batman” and Colin Farrell is one of the top 5 best actors working now, so I’m cool with this show. I never read the comics, so I’m unaware if the Gotham City mob dynamics was ever really explored. So I’m in.
Posted by: UGAdawg at April 01, 2024 04:55 PM (tRd71)
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The Gotham television show does explore the mob dynamics in the first season or two. Penguin alternates between factions, playing them against each other, eventually coming out on top.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at April 01, 2024 04:59 PM (7fElN)

183 When she watches TV, this busty helicopter blonde mostly watches foreign stuff now because she thinks Hollywood rarely puts out anything that's worth the time:
http://tiny.cc/385mxz

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at April 01, 2024 04:59 PM (HnUIn)

184 It would be hard for Julie Newmar to beat me.

Posted by: ... at April 01, 2024 04:59 PM (lX8VI)

185 Black Beauty in the tv series was fricking great. Those 60's shows had great custom cars.

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:59 PM (FQmDC)

186 @181
Man, talk about tickling the dragon's tail.

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 05:00 PM (CsUN+)

187 The key to the late 30's films' beauty was the way the actors and actresses were framed in shots...no one cut off the top of heads in multi-person scenes or individual arms, legs or areas of action needed for the scene to make sense in those days. Photography was considered to be art like paintings - shots were carefully chosen to present a scene and/or an actor in the best light and perspective. It was a craft well-learned. You see that in "The Wizard of Oz."

Its absent in today's visual dreck.
Posted by: Boswell at April 01, 2024


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And they used enough light, even in night scenes, so you could see what was going on (2010 True Grit, I'm looking at you).

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 05:00 PM (J2vNu)

188 The mayor being a wimpy liberal is funny.


I did like the episode where they had the "I'm not saying its aliens" guy

Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 05:00 PM (ibTVg)

189 Mark Andrew Edward's no, I wouldn't be against that

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2024 05:00 PM (fwDg9)

190 1st at five pm biden time

Posted by: gnats local 678 at April 01, 2024 05:01 PM (B1FKF)

191 I just watched the Coen Bros "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs". As with most of their movies, I'm still pondering whether I liked it or not. I think I did, but it was too long, and as usual, overly dark.

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 05:02 PM (CsUN+)

192 The attempt to put aviator sunglasses on the Easter Bunny looks as stupid as you imagine.

Posted by: People's Hippo Voice at April 01, 2024 05:02 PM (yikga)

193 Oh kami... VTuber Kircshe's new avatar is totemo kawaii!!!! Chibi maho shojo foxsu nyah!

There goes the Internets.

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 01, 2024 05:02 PM (TMVh+)

194 Before Catwoman
https://images.app.goo.gl/j2ofhNMsUdAQbTic8

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2024 05:02 PM (fwDg9)

195 Oh kami... VTuber Kircshe's new avatar is totemo kawaii!!!! Chibi maho shojo foxsu nyah!

There goes the Internets.
Posted by: Anna Puma at April 01, 2024 05:02 PM (TMVh+)
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I don't know what any of this means.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at April 01, 2024 05:03 PM (HnUIn)

196 I gotta admit, I cannot remember the last time I started to watch a "new" television show...

I think most everything I watch nowadays is at least 5 years old...

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at April 01, 2024 05:03 PM (7fElN)

197 Even my mother thought Julie Newmar was beautiful, and said so. And she did not have a high opinion of most '60s and '70s actresses. (She'd grown up in the Thirties, so she had high standards.)

The only actress I can remember my father talking up, even a little bit, was Senta Berger.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 05:03 PM (J2vNu)

198 Shot in Canada, so I suspect they're required to put some red men in it?
Posted by: People's Hippo Voice at April 01, 2024 04:58 PM (yikga)

I believe the correct term is “First Nations”.

Posted by: DoublySymmetric at April 01, 2024 05:03 PM (YwyqV)

199 I doubt the Diseaseney shareholders even notice the CogDis that their voting has more safeguards than most of them would seek for US Presidential Elections.

Posted by: goatexchange at April 01, 2024 05:04 PM (ReOXo)

200 When she watches TV, this busty helicopter blonde mostly watches foreign stuff now because she thinks Hollywood rarely puts out anything that's worth the time:
http://tiny.cc/385mxz
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!)
......

her shirt is too tight.

Posted by: wth at April 01, 2024 05:04 PM (v0R5T)

201 DC blows Marvel out of the water when it comes to their animations.

Posted by: thathalfrican - The One at April 01, 2024 05:04 PM (eQRY8)

202 18-1

Ask ye shall receive. "Yamato hasshin!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6LFkMniuTk

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 01, 2024 05:04 PM (TMVh+)

203 I partially picked up Resident Alien because Alan Tudyk was in one of the best movies ever made: Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 05:04 PM (ibTVg)

204 133 Everything connected to California and Disney is pure shit.

Pure. Shit.
Posted by: Hairyback Guy at April 01, 2024 04:47 PM (9KyZG)

Sad, but true.

Posted by: CaliGirl at April 01, 2024 05:04 PM (rf148)

205 I just watched the Coen Bros "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs". As with most of their movies, I'm still pondering whether I liked it or not. I think I did, but it was too long, and as usual, overly dark.
Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024


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Dark as in lighting, dark as in attitudes and themes, or both?

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 05:04 PM (J2vNu)

206 91 Ben Hur was a remake of a silent epic. Hollywood has always done remakes, it is the shit 'soft reboots' or 'reimagining' we get wokifying old stuff that sucks.
Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 04:36 PM (FQmDC)

Remakes I don't mind. The CONSTANT remakes of things we never asked to have remade I DO mind.

And the tired old "we need to reboot such and such". No we don't. I'm not a Trekkie, but I haven't met one who was happy with what Jar Jar did to Star Trek. (AND he said "I never liked Star Trek yet was chosen to "reboot" it.)

Remakes really shouldn't be done until about 30-40 years elapse, and the person doing it is passionate about giving said movie an upgrade we won't soon forget. Do it for the right reasons, not "we need to remake (insert movie here) for "representation" and "modern audiences". (A really awesome remake? The Mummy, in 1999. But someone working on that remembered the "fun" factor. So it was awesome.)

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at April 01, 2024 05:04 PM (8sMut)

207 We just finished watching all the Fargo seasons. It became a very slow slog.

Posted by: nckate at April 01, 2024 05:04 PM (67S4S)

208 The only actress I can remember my father talking up, even a little bit, was Senta Berger.

Who was the woman who always introduced herself at the beginning of shampoo commercials, as if you were supposed to know who she was?

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 05:05 PM (CsUN+)

209 I always knew he was kraken under pressure.

Posted by: Perseus at April 01, 2024 05:05 PM (Zz86T)

210 re 182: long story short, howard stern and his crew got into a disagreement about something in the 'superman' comics quite a few years ago. they got a writer from the comics company on the phone and asked him about this problem. his explanation: 'you know, it's just a comic book'

Posted by: gnats local 678 at April 01, 2024 05:05 PM (B1FKF)

211 "Good Times is being rebooted. Yay."

DY-NO-MYTE!

*clutchs chest, collapses*

Posted by: Jimmy JJ Walker at April 01, 2024 05:05 PM (vFG9F)

212 68 10 CONSUME PRODUCT
20 GET EXCITED FOR NEXT PRODUCT
30 GOTO 10

Who taught ace to code?

Posted by: No Name Today at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (vlXMQ)
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Nah, he just did a Haavhad and CTRL-C, CTRL-V

Posted by: Ciampino - goto goat toga at April 01, 2024 05:05 PM (qfLjt)

213 Dark as in lighting, dark as in attitudes and themes, or both?

The latter. The lighting was fine.

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 05:05 PM (CsUN+)

214 200 When she watches TV, this busty helicopter blonde mostly watches foreign stuff now because she thinks Hollywood rarely puts out anything that's worth the time:
http://tiny.cc/385mxz
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!)
......

her shirt is too tight.
Posted by: wth at April 01, 2024 05:04 PM (v0R5T)

She should remove it. Let those puppies breathe.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Anti-Marxist, buy ammo at April 01, 2024 05:06 PM (xcxpd)

215 >>150
I guess I'm obsolete.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:52 PM (GBKbO)


If you can get a Mr. Dingle reference in there next, I'll really be impressed.

Posted by: J. Frank Parnell at April 01, 2024 05:06 PM (IGKzA)

216 If Colin Farrell is smart, he'll off himself, to boost his popularity.

Posted by: goatexchange at April 01, 2024 05:06 PM (ReOXo)

217 Ask ye shall receive. "Yamato hasshin!"

The animation quality is much better - and I see in the comments on the trailer people seem to like it...did you watch it?

Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 05:06 PM (ibTVg)

218 The Viggo Mortensen movie looks interesting.

Posted by: Tuna at April 01, 2024 05:06 PM (oaGWv)

219 Busty helicopter blonde

http://tiny.cc/385mxz


Titillating.

Posted by: Just the punchline at April 01, 2024 05:07 PM (CsPOr)

220 Who was the woman who always introduced herself at the beginning of shampoo commercials, as if you were supposed to know who she was?
Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024


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I think that was Meredith Baxter Birney (as she was then). She did spots for L'Oreal ("because you're worth it").

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 05:07 PM (J2vNu)

221 I saw that. It seems to be doing well in theatres and a fair number of non-professional-reviewer people I trust liked it, so I suspect it'll be like Afterlife where there are obvious problems (in this case, having like 20 main characters and not enough screen time for all of them) but it's still enjoyable.

Critics continue to REEEEEEE that it's not stunning and brave like 2016, which is just fine.
Posted by: Ian S. at April 01, 2024 04:57 PM (2ocoG)

Ghostbusters really needed to be left at the one movie. It is special, and an absolute classic. 2 left me with a case of "that's it?" and convinced me sequels were unnecessary.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at April 01, 2024 05:07 PM (8sMut)

222 The terms "Mickey Mouse" and "wishy-washy" are reappearing lately. Some think they're new inventions, but my dad used them all the time when I was a kid.

Posted by: Miley, okravangelist at April 01, 2024 05:07 PM (w6EFb)

223 Who was the woman who always introduced herself at the beginning of shampoo commercials, as if you were supposed to know who she was?

I remembered. Rula Lenska.

Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 05:07 PM (CsUN+)

224 > her shirt is too tight.

BLASPHEMY!

Posted by: bonhomme at April 01, 2024 05:07 PM (Odg76)

225 All I can say is Hollywood is super creative and talented.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable at April 01, 2024 05:07 PM (17s+e)

226 155 It is hard to beat Julie Newmar
Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2024 04:53 PM (fwDg9)

She was the best catwoman.

Posted by: CaliGirl at April 01, 2024 05:08 PM (rf148)

227 And the tired old "we need to reboot such and such". No we don't. I'm not a Trekkie, but I haven't met one who was happy with what Jar Jar did to Star Trek. (AND he said "I never liked Star Trek yet was chosen to "reboot" it.)

Ummm

Posted by: Ann at April 01, 2024 05:08 PM (4neFu)

228 Anna have you seen the Stellar Blade demo?

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 05:08 PM (FQmDC)

229 18-1, it is a very good adaptation of the original while adding new stuff that improves things. Dessler is still an a$$ but we get the reasons why. And there is a lot more going on.

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 01, 2024 05:09 PM (TMVh+)

230 That's big news about Calpers. They were totally in on ESG. I guess Gavin doesn't want any more financial implosions now that he wants to be prez.

Posted by: PJ at April 01, 2024 05:09 PM (G1dq6)

231 You know that money has gotten tight in California when CalPERS starts to vote where the dollars are going.

Posted by: SMOD at April 01, 2024 05:09 PM (RHGPo)

232 Greetings! I've overheard that you can take your CALPERS pension at age 55. True?
If so, that's pretty sweet.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at April 01, 2024 05:09 PM (MeG8a)

233 Joe Mannix

Be thankful because Kirsche is the crazy foxu who will break your brain.

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 01, 2024 05:09 PM (TMVh+)

234 re 208: maybe rula lenska. she was in the brit series 'rock follies' in the 1970s

Posted by: gnats local 678 at April 01, 2024 05:10 PM (B1FKF)

235 I don't want to play the clip. What were they screaming about? I assume it's something about how they hate straight white people.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at April 01, 2024 05:10 PM (CHHv1)

236 > I haven't met one who was happy with what Jar Jar did to Star Trek.

Jar Jar was in Stand By Me and you'll never take that away from him.

Posted by: bonhomme at April 01, 2024 05:11 PM (Odg76)

237 I discovered two, new to me Thin Man movies this past weekend, The Shadow of the Thin Man and The Thin Man goes Home. Plus a couple of Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes ones that I had watched decades ago but forgot they existed.

Posted by: Beartooth at April 01, 2024 05:11 PM (LjgPm)

238 What I loved about Scream GDC is that each of those clowns was spotted up to $2k for a ticket to attend, probably btly their employer. $100k pissed away on retarded communists screaming in a park.

Meanwhile, the video game industry is rotting from within. It's a crisis of competency, like it is in Hollywood, like it was in comics before they died. I'm seeing people with wafer-thin resumes get jobs they're completely unqualified for, then promptly usher in their incompetent friends and allies.

It will get much worse for most of us in the industry before it gets any better, but I don't think it goes tit's up like comics did.

Posted by: Grudge Harbor at April 01, 2024 05:11 PM (hCzfy)

239 The Star Wars prequels could be fixed:

1) Make Obi-Wan the clear primary character, limit Anakin's role.

2) Get rid of the robot soldiers for the trade federation/separatists

3) Make Dooku an independent actor who sees the Republic, correctly, as corrupt and tainted by the Sith

4) Make it clear the arrogant Jedi bring about their own downfall by supporting the corrupt Republic and refusing to listen to Dooku/The Separatists.

Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 05:11 PM (ibTVg)

240 And the tired old "we need to reboot such and such". No we don't. I'm not a Trekkie, but I haven't met one who was happy with what Jar Jar did to Star Trek. (AND he said "I never liked Star Trek yet was chosen to "reboot" it.)

Ummm
Posted by: Ann at April 01, 2024


***
JJ's films were well cast, esp. Kirk and McCoy, but there was no "Wow" factor, no sense of wonder at what was out there in space. Nothing like the Doomsday Machine (which is arguably impossible to top in its subgenre) or the Guardian of Forever, or the eerily abandoned Dyson Sphere in the ST:TNG episode "Relics."

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 05:12 PM (J2vNu)

241 Watching the “ Scream” vid, my response, which just popped out of me, out loud was “ dumbasses”…

Posted by: tubal at April 01, 2024 05:12 PM (PCK5/)

242 [i}Stellar Blade. Ah yes.

IGN France, "no woman looks like that!"

Here's the Korean super model Eve was based on.

*crickets*

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 01, 2024 05:12 PM (TMVh+)

243 Jar Jar was in Stand By Me and you'll never take that away from him.

Posted by: bonhomme

Meesa found a dead man!

Posted by: Greaser Binks at April 01, 2024 05:13 PM (hCzfy)

244 The gamer journalists screams about that game are hilarious

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 05:13 PM (FQmDC)

245 Holy jiggle physics Batman!

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 05:14 PM (FQmDC)

246 JJ's films were well cast,

My biggest complaint with his casting was Dr Strange as Khan. I mean his whole plot was stupid as well, but I guess Ricardo Montalban was a better actor then I realized when I watched the original Wrath of Khan...

Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 05:14 PM (ibTVg)

247 SpaceX - Falcon 9 - Starlink Group 7-18
SLC-4E - Vandenberg SFB
SpaceX is targeting Monday, April 1, for a Falcon 9 launch of 22 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
​​Liftoff is targeted for April 1, 7:30 p.m. PDT, (03:30 UTC, 04:30 CEST April 2) with backup opportunities available until 11:30 p.m. PT.
Following stage separation, the first stage will land on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

https://tinyurl.com/57xbcym8

Posted by: Ciampino - goto goat toga button at April 01, 2024 05:14 PM (qfLjt)

248 Thelma or Florida Evans?

Posted by: Ted Torgerson DeSantis/Lake 2024 at April 01, 2024 05:14 PM (wGerL)

249 Trian management's website has a section devoted to ESG, which states:

"Trian believes that ESG issues can have an impact on a company’s culture and long-term performance and that companies can implement appropriate ESG initiatives that increase their sales and earnings. We also believe that the consideration of ESG factors enhances our overall investment process."

Maybe that's boilerplate meant to appease progs, but makes me wonder if Peltz will rein in Disney's rainbow activists.

Posted by: Lola at April 01, 2024 05:15 PM (GXBev)

250 Remember when honey bees were disappearing and it was a crisis caused by climate change? Well now the honey bee population has exploded and it another crisis..caused by climate change

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 05:16 PM (FQmDC)

251 Have y'all seen Shakira lately?

Still looking amazing at 47.

Posted by: bonhomme at April 01, 2024 05:16 PM (Odg76)

252 The whole reason for the Kelvin timeline Star Trek was to reboot things.

Instead we got brooding cardboard Nero... and then there was Kirk...

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 01, 2024 05:16 PM (TMVh+)

253 JJ's films were well cast, esp. Kirk and McCoy, but there was no "Wow" factor, no sense of wonder at what was out there in space. Nothing like the Doomsday Machine (which is arguably impossible to top in its subgenre) or the Guardian of Forever, or the eerily abandoned Dyson Sphere in the ST:TNG episode "Relics."
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 05:12 PM (J2vNu)

The best casting choice made was bringing in Alice Eve.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at April 01, 2024 05:16 PM (8sMut)

254 Thelma

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 05:16 PM (FQmDC)

255 You know what will solve this problem? High Speed Rail!
Posted by: wth at April 01, 2024 04:29 PM (v0R5T)

"High Speed Rail IS a game-changer and we have to have it. Because Reasons."
Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at April 01, 2024 04:31 PM (8sMut)

Better would be tying a pensioner's Social Credit Score to the pensioner's check.

Posted by: mrp at April 01, 2024 05:16 PM (rj6Yv)

256 One trillion dollars? Isn't that one millibiden?

Posted by: Eeyore at April 01, 2024 05:17 PM (1bNHn)

257 The Doomsday Machine was loosely modelled after Lizzo's vag.

Posted by: wth at April 01, 2024 05:17 PM (v0R5T)

258 [i}Stellar Blade. Ah yes.

IGN France, "no woman looks like that!"

Here's the Korean super model Eve was based on.

*crickets*

Posted by: Anna Puma

Then they insinuated that the director had never met a real woman, ignorant of the fact that his attractive Korean wife was an artist on the project.

I do wonder if IGN France is actually written their, or just French-language garbage shat out of Montreal.

Posted by: Grudge Harbor at April 01, 2024 05:17 PM (hCzfy)

259 The Star Wars prequels could be fixed:

1) Make Obi-Wan the clear primary character, limit Anakin's role.

2) Get rid of the robot soldiers for the trade federation/separatists

3) Make Dooku an independent actor who sees the Republic, correctly, as corrupt and tainted by the Sith

4) Make it clear the arrogant Jedi bring about their own downfall by supporting the corrupt Republic and refusing to listen to Dooku/The Separatists.
Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 05:11 PM (ibTVg)

Find some people that can act

Posted by: Hatari somewhere on Ventura Highway at April 01, 2024 05:17 PM (NtVYv)

260 My biggest complaint with his casting was Dr Strange as Khan. I mean his whole plot was stupid as well, but I guess Ricardo Montalban was a better actor then I realized when I watched the original Wrath of Khan...
Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024


***
Okay, I guess it was just the first film that was well cast. Cumberbatch is a top-notch actor. If they had given him an original character to inhabit instead of a direct steal from the 1982 classic . . .

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at April 01, 2024 05:19 PM (J2vNu)

261 Find some people that can act

Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman have both been fine in other movies. Though Portman has a history of mailing it in with poor direction...

Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 05:19 PM (ibTVg)

262 They can't make a new Penguin. Burgess Meredith died in 1997.

Posted by: Eeyore at April 01, 2024 05:20 PM (1bNHn)

263
Find some people that can act

Besides on the casting couch you mean

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 01, 2024 05:20 PM (TMVh+)

264 The Doomsday Machine was loosely modelled after Lizzo's vag.

Posted by: wth at April 01, 2024 05:17 PM (v0R5T)

"tightly" just wouldn't work there, would it?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 01, 2024 05:20 PM (tkR6S)

265 re 222: an old financial district joke: an arab oil sheik calls for his son and says to him, "my son, as today you are thirteen i want to know what special present you would wish to have. would you like your own mercedes?" and the boy says "father, that is very generous but we already own many cars each with a driver that I can call for." and the father say "would you like your own private airplane?" and the boy again reminds the father that the family owns several planes and helicopters. the father finally says "my son, then tell me what you would most like to have" and the boy says "I wish to have a mickey mouse outfit" and the father replies "it is done. I will buy merrill lynch!"

Posted by: gnats local 678 at April 01, 2024 05:20 PM (B1FKF)

266 > Remember when honey bees were disappearing and it was a crisis caused by climate change? Well now the honey bee population has exploded and it another crisis..caused by climate change

The honey bee resurgence is a genuine conservationist success. After sustained publicity campaigns, people all over started calling beekeper experts when they had a hive that needed to be moved. In the past they would have just poisoned the bees, but with the help of Apiologists, they re-homed bees instead. Viola, bees stopped disappearing.

Posted by: bonhomme at April 01, 2024 05:20 PM (Odg76)

267 The Netflix version is (of course) very diverse, but it's not as in your face as some of their products. The pacing is much faster, with less time devoted to character development and side plots, and the SE are very good, but surprisingly, comprise less of the run time than the Chinese version.

IMHO, both are worth watching.
Posted by: Archimedes at April 01, 2024 04:48 PM (CsUN+)

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She cuts off his head, sticks it in the freezer, shoots it into space, explodes nuclear bombs in front of it and loses it to the void of infinity of the man who confessed undying love to her. Sounds about right.

Women.

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at April 01, 2024 05:20 PM (++4z6)

268 259 The Star Wars prequels could be fixed:

1) Make Obi-Wan the clear primary character, limit Anakin's role.

2) Get rid of the robot soldiers for the trade federation/separatists

3) Make Dooku an independent actor who sees the Republic, correctly, as corrupt and tainted by the Sith

4) Make it clear the arrogant Jedi bring about their own downfall by supporting the corrupt Republic and refusing to listen to Dooku/The Separatists.
Posted by: 18-1 at April 01, 2024 05:11 PM (ibTVg)

Find some people that can act
Posted by: Hatari somewhere on Ventura Highway at April 01, 2024 05:17 PM (NtVYv)

The 2 biggest problems:

1) apparently Anakin and Padme are only 4 years apart. That DID NOT come through in Episode 1.

2) In 2 and 3, whoever told Hayden Christensen to play the angsty teen with daddy issues needed to be shot. Anakin as portrayed in the Clone Wars series is the way he should have been played in the movies.

Posted by: DoublySymmetric at April 01, 2024 05:21 PM (YwyqV)

269 can bill clinton act? he could be the penguin.

Posted by: gnats local 678 at April 01, 2024 05:21 PM (B1FKF)

270 Did the Penguin ever play the sax?

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 01, 2024 05:22 PM (TMVh+)

271 Lou Conter, last living USS Arizona survivor after Pearl Harbor attack, dies at 102

Posted by: SMOD at April 01, 2024 05:22 PM (RHGPo)

272 269 can bill clinton act? he could be the penguin.
Posted by: gnats local 678 at April 01, 2024 05:21 PM (B1FKF)

He can lie pretty well. So, close enough?

Posted by: DoublySymmetric at April 01, 2024 05:22 PM (YwyqV)

273 I can't believe the board of directors allowed Disney to get in so deep with this woke sh*t.

Posted by: vic at April 01, 2024 05:22 PM (A5THL)

274 However it happens hope Honey Bees ate doing fine, we need them.

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2024 05:23 PM (fwDg9)

275 Danny Devito was the best Penguin

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 05:23 PM (FQmDC)

276 nood

Posted by: vic at April 01, 2024 05:24 PM (A5THL)

277 > Find some people that can act

Portman, McGregor, and Christensen can all act when given halfway decent direction. Lucas is a worldbuilder and competent at composing a scene, but he's AWFUL at directing actors.

Posted by: bonhomme at April 01, 2024 05:25 PM (Odg76)

278 250 Remember when honey bees were disappearing and it was a crisis caused by climate change? Well now the honey bee population has exploded and it another crisis..caused by climate change

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 05:16 PM (FQmDC)
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Climate Change was just one of the reasons. Insecticides was another. And the bees were all going to die and we'd have no more pollination.

Posted by: Ciampino - goat goto toga button at April 01, 2024 05:25 PM (qfLjt)

279 The honey bee resurgence is a genuine conservationist success. After sustained publicity campaigns, people all over started calling beekeper experts when they had a hive that needed to be moved. In the past they would have just poisoned the bees, but with the help of Apiologists, they re-homed bees instead. Viola, bees stopped disappearing.
Posted by: bonhomme at April 01, 2024 05:20 PM (Odg76)

Around 2005 or so I read a short article on honeybee die-off, and even the experts (yeah, I know) said they seemed normal and they didn't know why they happened. I thought to myself "watch a bunch of alarmists grab this and run with it." Sure enough...

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at April 01, 2024 05:27 PM (8sMut)

280 237 I discovered two, new to me Thin Man movies this past weekend, The Shadow of the Thin Man and The Thin Man goes Home. Plus a couple of Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes ones that I had watched decades ago but forgot they existed.
Posted by: Beartooth at April 01, 2024 05:11 PM (LjgPm)

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There are 13 Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies. All available on Youtube. They run from mediocre to excellent. I particularly like Dressed To Kill.

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at April 01, 2024 05:27 PM (++4z6)

281
I'm always amazed by Joe Mannix being able to sense what his models are thinking.

Posted by: Auspex at April 01, 2024 05:33 PM (j4U/Z)

282 Wish I knew what modules ate thinking like Joe can

Posted by: Skip at April 01, 2024 05:34 PM (fwDg9)

283
One of Howard Hawks' best films is a remake...of a film he himself made.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting zombies with George A. Romero at April 01, 2024 04:33 PM (GBKbO)



Hell, Hawks and The Duke made careers doing multiple remakes of Rio Bravo.

Posted by: Cal Worthington's Dog, Spot at April 01, 2024 05:40 PM (n+4am)

284 Well now the honey bee population has exploded and it another crisis..caused by climate change

Posted by: steevy at April 01, 2024 05:16 PM (FQmDC)

That's the cover story. They're actually hordes of miniature spy drones in disguise.

Posted by: the FDA will find your garden and destroy it at April 01, 2024 05:50 PM (w6EFb)

285 >Stories in universe away from the central characters should have potential

Not really. What no one - fans, producers, etc. - seems to grasp about "cinematic universes" is that no one cares about the universe. It's a backdrop. It's the characters people care about because stories are about characters, not lore, setting, or obscure imaginary facts. Star Wars became a pop culture phenomenon because of three movies which tell you virtually _nothing_ about the milieu, and what they do tell you doesn't make a lot of sense. It's the characters and their arcs that got and held people's attention.

Posted by: Daniel Ream at April 01, 2024 05:51 PM (0Go0g)

286 Another trailer for Furiosa, a Mad Max movie without Mad Max. Kind of like Fury Road was.


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Posted by: G'rump928(c) at April 01, 2024 05:52 PM (aD39U)

287 Lou Conter, last living USS Arizona survivor after Pearl Harbor attack, dies at 102
Posted by: SMOD at April 01, 2024 05:22 PM (RHGPo)



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Posted by: G'rump928(c) at April 01, 2024 05:54 PM (aD39U)

288 Too bad I'd like to see California dead broke.

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