via 22Words: In 1996, Cuba Gooding, Jr. famously won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work alongside Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire. After announcing that he would definitely take more than his allotted time, he launched into an exuberant, heartfelt speech that included a backflip (unfortunately not shown on camera) and garnered a standing ovation.
What you didn’t see from the comfort of your couch was the furious whirlwind behind the scenes as the production crew ensured that one of the Oscars’ greatest moments was perfectly communicated on television…
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Making their network TV debut, Future Islands performed “Seasons (Waiting On You)” from their album, “Singles.” Afterwards, Dominic Howard from Muse tweeted how awesome they were.
The lead singer is nothing I have ever seen before. Now I am a fan.
You need to watch this performance.
Fom HuffPo -
The bike sold for more than three times the $10,000 reward offered for the return of the bike in the 1985 film.
(It should be noted that Pee-wee had no intention of paying the reward since “whoever returns the bike is obviously the person who stole it — so they don’t deserve any reward.”)
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I am really surprised by this list.
March 6, 2014 in Books, Music, Movies & Entertainment, Celebrity News & Gossip, Random Stuff, Strange and the bizarre
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In the first half of the program, author Brian Kannard detailed his research into the life of John Steinbeck and how that investigation revealed that the famed writer may have secretly worked as a spy for the CIA. Kannard recalled that, while studying Steinbeck’s interest in Arthurian legend and Holy Grail lore, he serendipitously discovered that the author had secretly worked for the OSS during World War II. Although Steinbeck was allegedly a war correspondent during the conflict, Kannard revealed that the author was also part of a “prototype SEAL unit” called the Beach Jumpers. Following the war, when the CIA was in its infancy, Kannard said, they turned to patriotic celebrities, such as Steinbeck, who could gain access to areas and information abroad that “the average tourist wouldn’t have.”
Although Steinbeck was considered extremely liberal and possibly a communist, Kannard observed that the author, unlike his contemporaries in the arts, was never called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Citing a letter written by Steinbeck where the author expressed certainty that he would never be called to testify, Kannard surmised that this confidence was due to protection afforded to him via his work with the CIA. Based on his research, Kannard theorized that Steinbeck worked for the CIA at least until 1964, when he visited the Soviet Union, and possibly even later when the author traveled to Vietnam “at the behest of Lyndon Johnson.” Interestingly, while much of Kannard’s work is informed by FOIA documents, he noted that the FBI destroyed numerous files concerning Steinbeck, which suggests that the government wanted to conceal something about the author’s past.
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- Why did the FBI admit to destroying elements of Steinbeck’s FBI file when it is accessible through their “FOIA Vault” website?
- Did Steinbeck actively gather information for the intelligence community during his trips to the Soviet Union?
- Why are Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway mentioned in the same 1944 FBI document?
- Why was the controversial author of The Grapes of Wrath never called before the House Select Committee on Un-America Activities, despite alleged ties to Communist organizations?
- Could the CIA have influenced Steinbeck to produce Cold War propaganda as part of Operation MOCKINGBIRD?
- Why did the CIA admit to the Church Committee in 1975 that Steinbeck was a subject of their illegal mail-opening program known as HTLINGUAL?
via Coast to Coast AM
Cast the role of John Steinbeck when they make a movie out of this.
More info: http://www.steinbeckcitizenspy.com/
Were we all depressed in 1994? Great song. Rare footage on the roof of EMI in London.
The band was formed in 1989, consisting of Tommy Shaw of Styx, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Ted Nugent of The Amboy Dukes and a successful solo career, and Michael Cartellone (then an unknown drummer, but one who would later join Lynyrd Skynyrd).
I am rather impressed with the various styles of sunglasses in this video.
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DIY instructions for making movies on your phone more watchable.
Harold Ramis – Source: AP
Harold Ramis, who co-wrote and appeared as Dr. Egon Spengler in “Ghostbusters” with Second City alums Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, has died.
Ramis suffered from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a disease that causes swelling in the blood vessels, and died from complications of the illness surrounded by his family
He also co-wrote “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and “Meatballs” and directed such films as “Caddyshack” and “Groundhog Day.” – via The AP on PilotOnline.com and Variety.
Good-bye, Egon. Let us celebrate Ramis’ life with 25 of the funnies quotes from “Ghostbusters”: