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PCR #212. (Vol. 5, No. 16) This edition is for the week of April 12--18.
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Hello, gang! A short one this week but I do get to celebrate a milestone! Shall we begin?

"The Alamo"
 by Mike Smith
Cinematic Cover Tunes, Sequels, and "Inspired-by's": No End in Sight!
 by Andy Lalino
Four Movies in Three Days, the Screening Nazi, The Alamo, The Clone Wars, Scooby Doo 2, Jersey Girl, Hellboy, Dawn of the Dead
 by Brandon Jones
D-Rice, Ache-ins Diet, and Absolutely Nothing About “The Passion of Christ”
 by Vin Blesi
Midnite Terrors .... Hellboy .... Marvel Trading Cards
 by John Lewis
Bush--The Amazing Hypnotist....Happy Horror-Days
 by Matt Drinnenberg
It Was 25 Years Ago Today....Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid....Passing On....Meet The Beatles, Part 12
 by Mike Smith
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The date: April 14, 1979. The place: St Petersburg, Florida. The event: The Alien Encounters Film Festival. It was here that a little known film titled "The Movie We Couldn't Call Star Wars" walked off with the Best Film and Best Director trophy. A spoof of everything sci fi/fantasy, the film was written by myself and Scott Gilbert. It featured myself, Scott, Ken Hilliard and Jean Koslowski. The special effects were by Dusty Hess. Well, actually, the effects he shot ended up out of focus so, in a desperate measure, we bought a condensed Super 8mm version of "Star Wars" and spliced in some shots! Yes, I directed. And since we didn't have video monitors to look in back then, I KNOW I directed! 2nd place went to "The Eternal Lover" by Fran Tanadaker. It was a compilation of "Star Trek" film clips showing the loves and losses of Captain Kirk set to music. 3rd place was "The Chase" by James Miller, which combined live action and animation showing a space couple on the run. The funny thing was they showed the first and second place films out of sequence. I remember basking in the applause after our film was shown, then staring in disbelief as I thought we had lost to a bunch of "Star Trek" clips. I remember being so pissed that I led our group out of the film room while the other film was still playing. It was only a few minutes later, when the festival rep came to find us, that we learned we had won. I wrote the sequel, based on notes taken during an all night brainstorming session that included Nolan, Tom Bowles, Matt, Rick Sousa and others. I've also got some footage of a scene we did with Ben Gregory, as well as some effects for the second film, which were done for me by a kid named Dean Dymerski from Virginia. Dean also did a poster for me, which I still have. Interesting that the coveted "AND" credit went to Nolan, as in: starring blah blah, blah blah, blah blah AND Nolan B. Canova! If I remember right, Nolan was going to be our version of Yoda. A copy of this film is available on video. At least I think it is. If anyone knows Fran or James, tell them I said hello! (And this alleged video copy is where? --N)

Was I the only one frightened by the recent news conference President Bush held in Prime Time this week? This guy couldn't keep his voice from wavering, his answers straight or even make an attempt to answer the hard questions. And this is the leader of the greatest country in the world?? And I am getting sick and tired of everybody pointing the finger at each other. Ashcroft says it was Clinton's fault, Clarke says Bush couldn't care less about bin Laden, he wanted Saddam. The FBI and CIA are now revealing things that scare me to death if they are true. To know that, because of petty bullshit, information on possible terrorists wasn't shared pisses me off to no end. To know that two of the bastards that were on the planes on 9/11 WERE LISTED IN THE FUCKING PHONE BOOK is beyond incredulous. The only thing I got out of the President's speech is that he "doesn't intend on losing my job." Hey George, wake up and smell the coffee. You're out of there! (YAY! I hope he's out of there. And, no, you were not the only one frightened by the past week's revelations. --N)

Very sad to learn this weekend of the passing of Nick and Mary Yankovick, parents of parody musician "Weird" Al Yankovick. As a tribute to his parents, Al is continuing his tour, which is actually here in Kansas tonight. His parents died from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a closed flue on their fireplace.

And Carrie Snodgrass, who retired from films at the height of her career, died from heart failure last week while awaiting a liver transplant. She was 57. Snodgrass won two Golden Globes and was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for 1970's "Diary of a Mad Housewife." She then left Hollywood to live with her boyfriend, singer Neil Young, on his ranch and care for their son, Zeke, who was born with cerebral palsy. She spent seven years with Young, staying away from the silver screen. She was Sylvester Stallone's first choice to play Adrian when casting "Rocky," but a contract dispute over salary gave the role to Talia Shire. She returned to film in Brian DePalma's 1978 thriller, "The Fury" and also appeared in 1985's "Pale Rider," directed by Clint Eastwood. In recent years, she appeared on such television shows as "X-files," "ER," "Judging Amy" and "The West Wing."

April 14, 1969 - With George out of the country and Ringo off filming "The Magic Christian," John and Paul meet at EMI Studios and, in less then 9 hours, record and mix "The Ballad of John and Yoko (They're Gonna Crucify Me)." With John handling guitar, vocals and percussive thumps on the back of an acoustic guitar and Paul playing drums, bass, piano, maracas and adding background vocals, the song is the first Beatle's single released in stereo. After an acetate is made, John instructs Apple Corps rep Tony Bramwell "NO pre-publicity on "Ballad of John and Yoko," especially the "CHRIST" bit - so don't play it round too much or you'll frighten people. Get it PRESSED FIRST. Before the record is released, the subtitle "They're Gonna Crucify Me" is dropped.

Well, that's it for now. Have a great week! See ya!

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