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Not Quite Lukes

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Both Kurt Russell and William Katt auditioned for the part of Luke Skywalker. Russell of course got to make plenty of classic movies of his own, especially with director John Carpenter. Katt got cast in Carrie, which was sharing auditions with Star Wars, and he later got the lead in Greatest American Hero.

Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine

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The movie begins with some goofy slapstick scenes showing a woman walking down a sidewalk. But this is not just any woman! As is proven by her not being fazed at being shot at point blank range by a bank robber, there is something strange about this woman. After this encounter she goes into a restaurant and proceeds to drink a glass of milk, presumably only to show off the streams of milk that then leak from the bullet holes in her body. Thus Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine sets the tone and lets you know exactly the kind of movie you are in for.

Letterman quote

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I cannot sing, dance, or act; what else would I be but a talk show host? -David Letterman

The Genesis of Phil Collins

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Phil Collins became famous as the singer for the band Genesis, but he was an actor as a child. He got his start on Oliver!, and also got a bit part in the Beatles movie A Hard Days Night.

Creepshow

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Creepshow has so may things going in it's favor, that it would have been almost impossible for me to dislike the movie. It was directed by George Romero, whose Dawn of the Dead is the first horror movie I remember watching. It was written by Stephen King, whose books I devoured more consistently than peanut butter cups and Dr. Pepper as a kid. It was inspired by the old EC Comics horror line. Any time I had extra money (and could find them, not always easy where I lived) I would buy reprints of Tales From the Crypt or Vault of Horror, and of course there would also be the Tales From the Crypt television show, which I would only get to see sporadically because we didn't have HBO, and you couldn't just find stuff on the internet back then. Creepshow also had one segment that had Ted Danson and Leslie Nielsen in it. Imagine, Mayday Sam Malone and Sgt. Frank Drebin in the same movie!

Joe Louis vs Racist Press

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Joe Louis had to deal with a lot of racism in his career. He was called the Brown Bomber,The Dusky Downer, the Shufflin' Shadow, Mike Jacobs' Pet Pickaninny, the Chocolate Chopper, and the Tan Tarzan of Thump. The press once brought watermelons for him to eat while they took pix.  He told them he didn't like watermelon.

Spielberg Vs The Hulk

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Steven Spielberg was so upset over footage from his tv movie the Duel being used in the Incredible Hulk over his objections that he changed the way his contracts were written. More control over your material is one of the perks of being the man who made Jaws.

I Married A Witch

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I Married A Witch begins in colonial times just after Veronica Lake's character Jennifer has been burned at the stake for being a witch. Her father shared her fate, and their spirits are trapped in a tree that was buried on their execution site. Jennifer has put a curse on her accuser and his family. We then see a series of flash forwards showing this curse in action. Then we get to 1942 and see the latest member of the  cursed family, Wallace Wooley. He is running for governor and is due to marry the daughter of his biggest backer the next day. Then during a party for the candidate, lightning strikes the tree Jennifer and her father  are trapped in and they escape.

But What About Naomi

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The Electric Company, the lesser known  show for small kids on PBS, had a segment that was a soap opera spoof called Love of Chair. A catchphrase on Love of Chair was "But what about Naomi?" This was inspired by producer Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, who would later be better known as the mother of Jake and Maggie.

Alice and Groucho

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Alice Cooper became friends with Groucho Marx in the 70’s.  Alice says Groucho would call him late at night if a Marx Brothers movie was on television.  Alice would go to Groucho’s house, and they would watch the movie with Groucho telling him all the behind the scenes gossip.