Sunday Reads: Time Machine to Rome’s Trevi Fountain and Back

rodtaylor1968Good Afternoon…

Sorry this is so late, had a bit of trouble with the Google Chrome this morning. For some reason I got logged into the sync section and lost all my bookmarks. Well, not lost but it synced all my old ones. And these are the old ass bookmarks too, ones that I could never care to revisit!

Anyway, that is the situation (Oh…and it also changed all my extension settings and whatnot.) I will post this quick thread about the loss of a few actors in the past few days and then work on the big one (blog post) for later today.

The last two weeks we have lost a few of the classic movie actors and actresses…a movie mogul’s son and a stuntman associated with such films as…

The Birds
La Dolce Vita
The Good Earth
The Wild Bunch
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Starting with Rod Taylor, because I always liked this man…from his roles in crappy campy “B” horror flicks to Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds…and to his turn in Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, as Churchill:

I always thought Robin Williams resembled Taylor…but that is just something I fancy you all think is crazy. – 10 Things You Might Not Know About Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor, Star of ‘The Birds’ and ‘The Time Machine,’ Dies at 84 – The Hollywood Reporter

Rod Taylor, ‘Inglourious Basterds’ & ‘The Birds’ Actor, Dead At 84 | Deadline

Rod Taylor: An Appreciation of the Under-Appreciated – The Hollywood Reporter

Which is strange because one of Taylor’s hot love interest was Anita Ekberg who passed away this week as well…

Anita Ekberg, International Screen Beauty and Fellini Star, Dies at 83 –

Anita Ekberg, Star of ‘La Dolce Vita,’ Dies at 83 – The Hollywood Reporter

Anita Ekberg, star of La Dolce Vita, dies aged 83 – People – News – The Independent

Add to this list:

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. dead; producer and son of movie mogul | Variety

Comedian, Taylor Negron, Actor Known For ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ ‘The Last Boy Scout,’ Dies at 57 | Variety

Luise Rainer Dead at 104 | Variety

Francesco Rosi Dead: Italian Director Was 92 | Variety

Bill Hart, Stuntman Sent Flying on ‘The Wild Bunch,’ Dies at 80 – The Hollywood Reporter

Oh…there have been more, lots more…but these are the few that I thought I would mention.

Longer post will be up later today.

Think of this as an open thread.

14 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Time Machine to Rome’s Trevi Fountain and Back”

  1. It is one of those days y’all…but I have so many links saved for the post coming up.

  2. ANonOMouse says:

    I’m a Science Fiction lover so of course Rod Taylor in “The Time Machine” was one of my favorites.

  3. dakinikat says:

    Much political rhetoric these days is devoted to the importance of broadening access to college—and there is plenty of evidence that it’s still better financially to have a degree than not—but in the postcrash world of 2014, a good education may not keep you from hovering near the poverty line. The number of people with graduate degrees receiving food assistance or other forms of federal aid nearly tripled between 2007 and 2010, according to the U.S. Census. More specifically, 28 percent of food-stamp households were headed by a person with at least some college education in 2013, compared with 8 percent in 1980, according to an analysis by University of Kentucky economists.

    The hypereducated poor, as I’ve come to think of them, are as hidden to the country at large as Bolin is at Columbia. “Nobody knows or cares that I have a PhD, living in the trailer park,” says a former linguistics adjunct and mother of one child, who lives in Eugene, Oregon, and was on welfare and food stamps. A St. Paul, Minnesota, librarian, who admits that few of her friends have any clue how broke she is, puts it this way: “Every American thinks they’re a temporarily embarrassed millionaire: I am no exception.”

    • NW Luna says:

      hypereducated poor

      Oh yeah. Or else hypereducated hanging in there, provided nothing happens. The average financial increase that a college education gets you is weighted by the extremes at the end with the hedge-fund banks and similar types. I imagine the mean is much different.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Hi JJ,

    I was hoping you would write about Rod Tayor. But I don’t understand why you characterized The Birds as a “B” movie. It had a great director, good actors, and beautiful cinematography. I doubt if it was a low-budget film. Do you think horror movies are automatically “B” movies?

    Here’s a definition of the term “B movie” from B Movie Central:

    Although there are many differing opinions as to what a b-movie actually is, there is only one real technical definition to the term. The actual technical definition is that a b-movie was the second movie on a double bill. It was typically a low budget formula type film, which fell somewhere in the suspense, horror, sci-fi, western, exploitation or gangster genres, although there were other genres covered as well.

    This definition later gave way to the wider definition of b-movie, which basically encompassed any low budget film. Now I personally have a problem with this definition, because as a classic film reviewer, I’ve reviewed a wide variety of classic b-movies that taken as a whole, have a feel that truly sets them apart as an all encompassing genre unto themselves.

    So what exactly is a b-movie? Well if you’ve ever seen one of those cheesy sci-fi movies from the 50’s, or seen a goofy old monster movie where the monster looks like something out of a Sid and Marty Krofft Saturday morning kid’s show, then you’ve seen a b-movie. B-movies have a feeling and a style all their own. They’re low budget, formulaic, and often feature some of the cheesiest acting and dialogue you’ll ever see on film.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    I see on Twitter that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened the Golden Globes with rape jokes. I’m glad I’m not watching.

  6. NW Luna says:

    The Seattle City Council is poised Monday to change the name of the crime “patronizing a prostitute” to “sexual exploitation,” and the state Legislature may in its new session increase the offense’s maximum penalty from 90 days to a year in jail.

    “In a nutshell, the idea is to attack the demand-side of prostitution and human trafficking,” said Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who supports both measures. “You do that by recognizing that in most cases the prostituted person is a victim … and by making it clear that there are consequences for coming to Seattle to buy sex.”

    City officials can’t change the crime’s maximum penalty on their own. They need the Legislature to upgrade it from a simple misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor. State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, has been working on a bill that would do just that and plans to introduce it during the legislative session that begins Monday. “I’ve worked on anti-trafficking legislation since 2002. We were the first state in the country, in 2003, to enact a state crime of human trafficking,” Kohl-Welles said. “The new focus is demand reduction — trying to curb the demand by the johns.”