Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Full Wit

General Murray: "I can't make out whether you're a bloody madman or just half-witted."

TE Lawrence: "I have the same problem, sir."

- from Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Wonderful Lives

"One man's life touches so many others. When he's not there, it leaves an awfully big hole."

Clarence the angel in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Emperor Goes Into the Night

JG Ballard died in London yesterday at age 78.

No cause of death was given, although in 2006, he was diagnosed with prostrate cancer.

He was born James Graham Ballard in Shanghai but he moved to Britain in 1946.

His novel Empire of the Sun (1984) was filmed by Steven Spielberg, which was shown in 1987. His novel Crash (1973) was filmed by David Cronenberg.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Star Mocker

reporter: "Are you a mod or a rocker?"

Ringo Starr: "No, I'm a mocker."

- from A Hard Day's Night (1964)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dream Team

Michael Jordan heads this year's class of inductees to the Basketball Hall of Fame. The class (the 50th anniversary team of the National Basketball Association) includes his teammates in the Dream Team: David Robinson and John Stockton (Yes!).

Jordan had the third-highest total points in NBA history behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. He also had the best career average of 30.12 points, topping Wilt Chamberlain's 30.07. He was league MVP five times and helped secure six championships for the Chicago Bulls.

Stockton the point guard stayed with Utah Jazz throughout his career and holds the league records for assists AND steals! -Among other records.

Robinson spent 14 years with the San Antonio Spurs, with two championships. He was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a 10-time All-Star, and a season MVP (1995).

Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan is also an inductee. Among head coaches, he is the longest tenured in major league sports with a single franchise. He is the only NBA coach to win more than 1,000 games.

Jordan received two of their titles over Sloan and Stockton and the Jazz. 

The ceremonies are to be held in September in Massachusetts. 

Monday, April 6, 2009

Enter Inductees

Metallica and Run-DMC were inducted Saturday to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Other inductees were Jeff Beck, Bobby Womack, and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Bassist Jason Newsted, who left in 2001, joined Metallica in a performance onstage. Ray Burton, father to Cliff Burton, their original bassist, accepted the award along with the band. Cliff died in 1986 after a bus accident in their tour in Sweden.

Connie Mizell accepted the award for her son Jason (Jam Master Jay), who was shot to death in 2002.

Beck had been inducted in 1992 with the Yardbirds.

The ceremony was held in Cleveland, after 12 years in New York. It was also the first time it was open to the public.