War Horse & PETA

Contrary to the excesses (on- and off-set) of the new TV show, Luck, the producers of War Horse (the movie, not the play) ensured the safety of the horses on-set. According to PETA, Spielberg and co-producer Kennedy, did everything to accommodate the horses, using computer-generated graphics in many cases.  In contrast, PETA’s appeal to the producers of Luck (one of whom is Dustin Hoffman), went for naught, and at least one horse had to be euthanized on-set after the filming of a dangerous scene.  We have the technology, people, why don’t you use it?

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Serenity N o w

REVISION: This post is outdated but I wanted to clarify PETA’s position on horse slaughter: they are against, not for it. I was duped by the pro-slaughter manipulation of certain media stories. Here, I stand corrected.

I picked up my new dental guard today.  It’s a plastic appliance I put on my teeth at night because I grind my teeth in my sleep.  My dentist suggested that one of the causes may be stress.  “Stress?” I echoed.  “No, I don’t think I’m any more stressed out than anyone else,” I replied.  But there are a few things that stress me out….   For example:  that some blonde nitwit is now worth $70 million just because she divorced someone (and there are billions of children starving);

that the Egyptian military is still controlling Egypt despite last year’s promise to yield power to the people;

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Yah, I Get that a Lot

Yah, I Get that a Lot

Aren’t you…um…whatsername?”  “Didn’t you used to teach at (Nortel, Bell Helicopter, Johnson & Johnson, Imperial Tobacco, Harris Farinon, etcetera)?”  “Weren’t you on a cable TV show in Ottawa…yuh know, a show about card-reading and stuff like that?”  “Weren’t you my Teaching Assistant at Carleton U…the one we called, ‘Attila the T.A’…you were tough, man!..wasn’t that you?”  “Aren’t you one of those bra-burners who ran that Women’s Centre at Dawson College in the late 70s?…was that you?”  “Aren’t you the girl that Quebec Cine-film wanted to be a double for actress Carole Laure…you know when she was still famous for ‘Night Magic’, that incredibly strange but wonderful film she made with that other Quebec actor, Nick Mancuso?”  I know you’re somebody–or were somebody–I just can’t remember who.  Who are you…exactly?

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War Horse

War Horse

I must have been living under a rock.  I’ve only just now heard about Spielberg’s production of War Horse, a novel by Michael Purgaro.  War Horse has already won the Tony award in the UK as a play (yes, a play with puppet horses); is now playing on Broadway in New York to sold-out audiences.  The movie will be released in Canada near Christmas.  Published in 1982, this inspiring story, told by the horse himself, has finally reached the silver screen.  I can’t wait to read the book and then see it interpreted by the incomparable Spielberg.  Go to the following sites to see the movie trailer and to see a wonderful monologue by the author, Purgaro, about the genesis of the book.  

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Movie Quiz

Okay…I can’t remember his name at the moment (but I will look it up).  The 1949 version of Little Women was just on TCM (Mary Astor, June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Liz Taylor, Janet Leigh) and I noticed that the actor who played a doctor in GWTW was the same actor who “doctored” little Beth’s Scarlet Fever…

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What About Bill?

What About Bill?

There isn’t a movie Bill Murray has acted in that I don’t love!  From Ghostbusters to Groundhog Day to Scrooged to (yes) The Razor’s Edge, I just love the man’s face, voice and mannerisms!  What About Bob may be my favourite but frankly, every one of them is good…

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