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PCR #369. (Vol. 8, No. 16) This edition is for the week of April 16--22, 2007.
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Hello, gang! Last week I commented that the world as we know it is going to hell. Welcome to part 2. Shall we begin?

The Tampa Film Review for April  by Nolan Canova, Terence Nuzum, and Chris Woods
"Vacancy"  by Mike Smith
"Grindhouse" - What Happened?  by Andy Lalino
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My deepest and most sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragedy that occurred this week at Virginia Tech.

"If your spics and your spades want their rightful share of the American dream, let 'em get out there and hustle for it like I done.

"Homo sapiens. That's a killer fag."

Just a couple of lines that aired more then 30 years ago on CBS's "All In the Family." The show, which earned almost 50 Emmy nominations during it's run, is one of the crown jewels in the network's history. Other words thrown around on the show: kike, yid, hebe, jiggaboo, coon, dago

Yet, when he fired Don Imus for his comments against the Rutgers University basketball team, CBS President Les Moonves stated that he was "revulsed" by Imus' words. Only when there's no money in them, apparently. Leave it to television to lead by example.

I learned something important this week from NBC. If you say something offensive you get fired but if you kill 32 people you lead the news. That's right. This past Wednesday evening NBC aired the words and thoughts of the coward that murdered 32 young men and women at Virginia Tech. I will not acknowledge him by name, a contempt I've only held in the past for the murderer of John Lennon. Thinking only of the almighty dollar, NBC made sure to blare the news that they had not only received a package from the killer but that, if you tuned in, you could see what all the fuss was about. My first thoughts were of the families of the victims, having to see the killer posing for photos, pointing the very guns he used to kill their loved ones directly into the camera. Couple this with the airing of this lunatics' video, where he blames his problems on everyone but himself, and NBC pretty much pissed on the memories of those that were killed or wounded. And I want to thank the networks in general for stressing the point that "THIS IS THE LARGEST MASS KILLING BY A SINGLE GUNMAN IN HISTORY." Nothing like giving other lone nuts something to shoot for.

Looks to me like the old soothsayer should have told Caesar to avoid the middle of April. This week we added another day of this month to look back on in sadness for ever more, joining April 19 (the anniversary of the Branch Davidian compound fire as well as the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City) and the 20th (the death of 15 people at Columbine High School). Of course, April 20 is also the birthday of Adolf Hitler. Hmmmmm. On the bright side of April, Hitler did die on the 30th.

With all of the negative publicity generated last week I neglected to mention that this past Sunday Major League Baseball celebrated the career and life of the late Jackie Robinson, who broke the game's "color line" 60 years ago.

Even without a script to read or a precise character to play, Shia LaBeouf has been signed to star alongside Harrison Ford in the next "Indiana Jones" film. This makes me think that director Steven Spielberg has given up on getting Sean Connery to return as Indy's dad and is taking the film in a different direction. As long as he's not a grown up version of Short Round I'll be happy.

Christina Ricci has signed to play Trixie in the upcoming "Speed Racer" film. Also starring are Emile Hirsch as Speed and Susan Sarandon and John Goodman as mom and pop Racer. No word on who will play Chim Chim.


WHERE YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM FROM: "The Buddy Holly Story," "Lethal Weapon".


  • 1979 Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for "The Buddy Holly Story."
  • 1980 BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Role for "The Buddy Holly Story."
  • 1979 Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy for "The Buddy Holly Story."

    Long before he became a staple of reality television, Gary Busey was known for putting his own style on any role he played. Born William Gareth Jacob Busey in Goose Creek, Texas, Busey first tasted show business at Oklahoma State University as a member of the band CARP (I have their album) and in fact after college paid the rent while drumming for various bands using the alias Teddy Jack Eddy. Getting into acting, Busey did lots of episodic television, including "Dan August," "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke," where he has the distinction of being the last character killed on the show. After a few minor film roles, Kris Kristofferson got him the part of his manager in "A Star Is Born." While working on this film, he was signed to play drummer Jerry Allison in the film "Three Sided Coin." One of two proposed Holly biographies and based on a screenplay co-written by Allison, the film would tell the story of Buddy Holly and the Crickets. However, after funding fell through Busey auditioned for and won the lead in the other film, simply entitled "The Buddy Holly Story." Playing guitar and singing his on screen, the role earned Busey an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He followed "Holly" with a great performance in one of my favorite underrated films, "Carny," co-starring Jodie Foster and Robbie Robertson. After a string of under performing films ("Foolin' Around," "Barbarosa," "D.C. Cab") and a much publicized problem with drugs, Busey returned to form as the mysterious Mr. Joshua in "Lethal Weapon." In December of 1988, Busey was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident, striking his unprotected head against the curb. After the accident, his career choices were spotty at best, doing both popular films ("Point Break," "Rookie of the Year," "The Firm") and some that, well, weren't. He continues to work steadily, mostly in television reality shows including "Celebrity Fit Club" and the hilarious "I'm With Busey," which paired him with his "biggest fan" in several adventures. In the course of the show, Busey delivered many incredible words of wisdom. Among them:

    "Friends are just enemies in reverse."
    "Fear is the darkroom where the devil develops his negatives."
    "Men are failed women at birth."

    Wise words indeed.

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

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