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PCR #359. (Vol. 8, No. 6) This edition is for the week of February 5--11, 2007.
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Hello, gang! Surprise! I'm early this week. Heading off to the Lone Star State on Friday in search of fame and fortune. Wish me luck. Shall we begin?

Florida Extravanganza Collectibles Show 2007  by ED Tucker
"Norbit"  by Mike Smith
The Former Oliva Cigar Factory To Host Art & Film  by Paul Guzzo
FAIL! FAIL! ROCK & ROLL!....Monty Python Invades Tampa (sort of): Spamalot!  by Andy Lalino
The Stars At Night Are Big And Bright....While You've Got Them Crossed....Very Creative....Let The Wookie Win....3Vs and David Lee....Passing On....Congratulations....May 22, 2008....Whatever Happened To...? Chapter 6: Geoffrey Lewis  by Mike Smith
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This weekend keep your fingers crossed for that Pop Culture dynamo that is the 3 Ms. We are auditioning for the VH1 program "The World Series of Pop Culture" and hopefully will continue on to New York City in mid-March. Look for photos and the adventures of MOVIES (me), MUSIC (my friend J.R. Deeter, a former disc jockey) and MAYHEM (my handsome son Phillip, sure to be the eye candy of this team) in next week's PCR.

Could it be that Martin Scorsese will FINALLY win the elusive Oscar? This week Scorsese won the top prize from the Director's Guild of America, an organization that his seen the winner of this award go on to win the Oscar 51 times out of 57.

A transcript from the aborted television interview with O J Simpson shows they guy is either one hell of a story teller or a stone cold killer. "As things got heated," Simpson says, "I just remember Nicole (Simpson, his former wife) and hurt herself. And this guy kind of got into a karate thing...I remember I grabbed the knife." Later in the program Simpson is asked if he took off a glove before grabbing the knife and he answers, "You know, I had no conscious memory of doing that, but obviously I must have because they found a glove there." Obviously.

Late last week a man dressed as the Millennium Falcon's first mate, Chewbacca, was arrested for head butting a tour guide operator in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It is not unusual for film fans to dress in costume and mingle with tourists that come to the landmark movie house. Apparently Chewie was demanding money from fans who had just posed with him for a photo and the tour guide intervened in the altercation.

Last Friday a 40 city tour was announced on Van Halen's web site along with the news that original lead singer David Lee Roth would be fronting the band again. The new line up consists of Eddie Van Halen on guitar, Alex Van Halen on drums, Eddie's 15 year old son, Wolfgang, on bass and Roth handling vocals. Wolfgang replaces original bass player Michael Anthony who was kicked out by the Van Halen brothers because of a tour he did with former VH singer Sammy Haggar. Due to child labor laws the tour will start once Wolfgang is out of school for the summer.

Barbara McNair
, one of the first black actresses to host her own television variety show, died this past Sunday from throat cancer. She was 72. After gaining fame as a night club singer in the 1960s, McNair was given her own syndicated variety show which ran from 1969 to 1972. She also starred in films including Elvis Presley's last non-concert film, "Change of Habit" and "They Call Me Mr. Tibbs," where she played Sidney Poitier's wife.
Tige Andrews, long time television actor best known for his Emmy award nominated role on "The Mod Squad" also died last weekend. His police captain Adam Greer oversaw the cases assigned to Linc, Pete and Julie on the popular series. Mr. Andrews was 86.

To Coach Tony Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts for their victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

MAY 22, 2008
Time to circle your calendars because this is the day the 4th Indiana Jones film will open. The as yet untitled production will begin filming in June with Harrison Ford the only announced star. However, the rumor mill has announced that everyone from Indy's friend Sallah to dad Henry to former gal Marion Ravenwood is slated to return. Another rumor has Natalie Portman joining the cast as Indy's daughter. Stay tuned.


WHERE YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM FROM: TV's "Falcon Crest," "Every Which Way But Loose."


  • 1981 Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Series for Flo.
  • Was chosen Best Actor at the 2006 California Independent Film Festival for his performance in the short film, "Old Man Music."

    Best known for his work with Clint Eastwood (he has appeared in seven films either starring or directed by Eastwood), Geoffrey Lewis has been acting since high school, when he appeared in summer stock productions between semesters. Following graduation he spent some time working in off-Broadway shows and finally, after a few years in episodic television, earned a small role in "The Culpepper Cattle Company." He first teamed with Eastwood in "High Plains Drifter" and joined him again in "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot." In 1978 he played Clint's best friend Orville in the comedy "Every Which Way But Loose" and reprised the role two years later in "Any Which Way You Can." His "every man" features have kept him working steadily in a variety of shows and films, usually cast as cowboys or cops. He still works steadily today, having recently appeared on "My Name Is Earl," which stars his son-in-law, Ethan Suplee. Lewis is the father of ten children, including actors Lightfield, Dierdre and Juliette Lewis. When not acting, Lewis teams up with musician/composer Geoff Levin to form the group Celestrial Navigations. In an interesting PCR note, Levin was once married to Diana Canova, cousin of our esteemed editor. Small world.

    Next week I'll profile another familiar face/unfamiliar name when I look at actor Josh Mostel.

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