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PCR #256. (Vol. 6, No. 7) This edition is for the week of February 14--20, 2005.
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Hello, gang! A couple of notes, more on JAWS and movies that make us cry! Shall we begin?

THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW
"Constantine"
 by Mike Smith
SPLASH PAGE
Looking Ahead To MegaCon: Mark Waid....Retiring Without the Ring....Movies....The Grammys
 by Brandon Jones
MATT'S RAIL
Masters of Horror Servers Issues....Congrats To Rod Stewart....Last Week For Rondo Voting....Next Week
 by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT
The Grammys....Four Favorite Words....Awards Time....Tear-Jerkers....Passing On....Oscar Night....Jaws: The Story, Part 6
 by Mike Smith
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THE GRAMMYS
I agree with Matt. It's about darn time Rod Stewart won a Grammy. Of course, that he won it for a bunch of old time torch songs is ridiculous. That would be like Jethro Tull winning a Grammy for best heavy metal performance. Oops, forgot. That already happened. I was happy to see that former president Bill Clinton won his SECOND Grammy award for his recording of his book. Just to show that the Grammy voters know what's best in the recording field, Bill Clinton has more Grammys than Rod Stewart, the Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Queen, KISS, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Hall & Oates, and Van Halen COMBINED. And, if you add the Grammy Hillary Clinton won for HER audio book, the Clinton family have more Grammys then the Rolling Stones! Makes you say "Hmmmmmm," doesn't it?

FOUR FAVORITE WORDS
This time of year, the four words I love to hear are "Pitchers and catchers report," signaling the beginning of baseball's spring training. Any other time, the four words I'd love to hear are, "Wow, it's so big!" I don't hear them, but I'd like to.

AWARDS TIME
Last week, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) gave out their annual film awards. The major winners:

BEST PICTURE: "THE AVIATOR"
BEST ACTOR: JAMIE FOXX, "RAY"
BEST ACTRESS: IMELDA STAUNTON, "VERA DRAKE"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: CLIVE OWEN, "CLOSER"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: CATE BLANCHETT, "THE AVIATOR"
BEST DIRECTOR: MIKE LEIGH, "VERA DRAKE"

TEAR-JERKERS
Here comes another top 100 list, courtesy of the British film site, Channel 4. The top 10 movie moments guaranteed to make you cry are:

1. Elliot and ET say goodbye at the end of "E.T".
2. Michael Clarke Duncan is strapped into the electric chair in "The Green Mile".
3. Leonardo DiCaprio sinks beneath the waves in "Titanic".
4. Jimmy Stewart realizes how many friends he has at the end of "It's a Wonderful Life."
5. Patrick Swayze says goodbye to Demi Moore and ascends to heaven in "Ghost".
6. Bambi's mother is shot by a hunter in "Bambi".
7. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman reunite at the end of "The Shawshank Redemption".
8. Jon Voight dies at the end of "The Champ".
9. Kevin Costner has a game of catch with his father at the end of "Field of Dreams".
10. Anna Chlumsky interrupts Macauly Culkin's funeral service in "My Girl".

PASSING ON
Eric Griffiths
who, with John Lennon, founded the skiffle band The Quarrymen, died recently at the age of 64. Cause of death was listed as pancreatic cancer. Formed in 1956, the Quarrymen added Paul McCartney in 1958. Later that year, Griffiths left the band to enlist in the British merchant navy. He was replaced by guitarist George Harrison. Two years later, the band changed their name to The Beatles.

OSCAR NIGHT
Next Sunday, February 27, the 77th Annual Academy Awards will be given out. Check back next week to see my choices pitted against Matt and Nolan's. I encourage PCR readers to send in theirs as well and see how you do against the pros!

JAWS - THE STORY: PART 6
With the three lead roles cast, director Steven Spielberg turned to filling out the rest of the cast. Producer Richard Zanuck had offered the role of Ellen Brody to his wife, Linda Harrison. As I recounted in my PCR interview with Miss Harrison, "Universal Studios president Sid Shienberg had offered the part to his wife, actress Lorraine Gary. According to Mr. Zanuck, to smooth things out, Shienberg picked up the telephone and called the producer of the upcoming film Airport 1975, William Fryer. "Bill," Shienberg said, "you've got another passenger on your airplane." Tony-nominated stage actor Murray Hamilton, whose limited film work included "The Way We Were" and "The Graduate" (he was Mr. Robinson) was hired to portray Amity Mayor Larry Vaughn. The rest of the cast was filled by mostly newcomers and local talent. Jeffrey C. Kramer was hired to play deputy Hendricks, stunt woman Susan Backlinie spent several days being towed back and forth played Christie Watkins, the first victim of the shark. Local boys Chris Rebello and Jay Mello were hired to play the Brody children while Lee Fierro was chosen to play the grieving Mrs. Kintner. Local fisherman Craig Kingsbury not only got the plum role of fisherman Ben Gardner, but he was a sounding board for Robert Shaw, who based his Quint performance in part on Kingsbury.

With the film cast and the crew in place, it was time for filming to start. And, with a possible guild strike looming, the producers wanted filming to start as soon as possible. Unfortunately, a mechanical shark nicknamed "Bruce" has ideas of its own. Next week: ACTION!

Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. See ya!


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