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PCR #360. (Vol. 8, No. 7) This edition is for the week of February 12--18, 2007.
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Hello, gang! You'll have to wait until next week to find out about my Texas trip (damn those confidentiality statements) but I do have a short one for you now. Shall we begin?

The Tampa Film Review for February  by Nolan B. Canova
Loren Cass: A Florida Indie Film Review  by Nolan B. Canova
Weird Magic in Sanford, FL!  by ED Tucker
Ginnie Springs - - Skunk Ape Central?...Just What Happened on the Wacaser Farm in 1956?  by William Moriaty
"Breach"  by Mike Smith
Concerts....The British Oscars....Passing On....Movie Notes....Whatever Happened To...? Chapter 7: Josh Mostel  by Mike Smith
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If the Police concert everyone else attended was in early 1979, then add me to the list of attendees. Actually, I was doing a display of my movie poster collection in downtown Tampa and the concert was being held across the street from the gallery. To be totally honest, I just walked in one of the side doors with a group of people having no idea who was playing. I'm guessing I owe Sting and company $8.00.

This past weekend the BAFTA film awards were given out. Winners included Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren in the Best Actor and Actress race and Alan Arkin and Jennifer Hudson in the supporting categories. Best Director was Paul Greengrass for "United 93," while "The Queen" was named Best Film, which I found surprising since it did not win the "Best British Film" award, though it was nominated. That honor went to "The Last King of Scotland."

Hank Bauer, World War II hero and also manager of the 1966 World Champion Baltimore Orioles, died last weekend at the age of 84 in his home near Kansas City. Cause of death was listed as lung cancer. As a baseball player, Bauer was a star for the New York Yankees, leading them to an incredible nine pennants and seven World Series titles between 1949-1958. He also set the World Series record of getting a hit in seventeen consecutive games. While serving in the Marines he earned two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star.

Junior Ghostbusters beware. Columbia Pictures has announced pre-production on a third "Ghostbusters" film, which will bring back everyone but Bill Murray's Peter Venkman. The script, according to writer Dan Akyroyd, will feature Stantz, Spengler and Zeddemore trying to replace Venkman with young recruits. Through the magic of CGI, Bill Murray has authorized his image to be used in the film so look for a quick cameo. Two titles currently being bandied about: "Ghostbusters: Hellbent" or "Ghostbusters Go to Hell."

In the world of Comic Book Movies, Jeff Bridges has joined the cast of "Iron Man." "Cheaper by the Dozen" and "Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy has been chosen to direct "The Flash." Brian Cox recently told the BBC that he as asked to reprise his character from "X-Men 2" in "The Wolverine" film. Though a final scrip is not ready, Cox said that the film would take place 17 years before the events in "X-Men 2."


WHERE YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM FROM: "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Billy Madison"

The son of legendary Broadway star Zero Mostel, Josh Mostel has made a career out of playing the portly funny guy in many film and television roles. I first took notice of him when I saw the film version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical "Jesus Christ Superstar," where he played King Herod. After a small part in "Harry and Tonto," Mostel took the role of Jim "Bloto" Blutarski in the ABC series "Delta House," which was a televised continuance of the film "Animal House." In the 1980s he did strong character work in films like "Sophie's Choice," "Star 80," "The Money Pit," "Radio Days" and "Wall Street." In the 1990s, he co-starred in two highly successful comedies. As Barry, half of the ice cream creating brothers who go on a trail ride in "City Slickers," he constantly amazed others with his knowledge of which ice cream goes with lima beans. And as the elementary school principal trying to hide his past as bad guy wrestler "The Revolting Blob," Mostel scored another hit in "Billy Madison." He later reteamed with "Billy Madison" star Adam Sandler in "Big Daddy" and had a small cameo in "City Slickers 2."

Next week I highlight the career of "Phantom of the Paradise" and "Used Cars" star Gerrit Graham.

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

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