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Now in our eighth calendar year!

PCR #403 (Vol. 8, No. 50) This edition is for the week of December 10--16, 2007.
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Hello gang! Some news and notes as the holidays approach. Shall we begin?

"I Am Legend"  by Mike Smith
I'm Your Man, Unique Video Fan Club Card, Viva Knievel, "Canova"  by Andy Lalino
Time Warp Toy Box: Week 2  by ED Tucker
My Worst of 2007 List  by Lisa Ciurro
Great Issue, Guys! .... Ike! .... No Joy In Mudville .... Here Come The Awards .... .... .... .... .... Whatever Happened To--? Chapter 36: The Final Chapter  by Mike Smith
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Great issue so far this week. Kudos to Andy and ED for keeping the entertainment coming. ED, like others on the message board, I didn't know there were Walton action figures. Funny. Of course her name escapes me now, but if I remember right, the daughter of the real Mary Ellen (Earl Hamner's sister) went to Plant High School. I believe she graduated in 1979 with Matt, Scott Gilbert, et all. And ED, I still have the Batmas clock you featured. "Holy whatever Batman, is it time to get up?" "Yes, Robin, it's time to wake our friend." Awwwwwwwwww.

Andy, if Terence is Andrew Ridgely does that make Nolan George Michael? And who does that make me - Thomas Dolby?

Can't wait to see the first episode of "Canova!"

Very sad to see that Ike Turner passed away. Sure, he may have had a temper but the man was also one hell of a guitar player. His "Rocket 88" was Rock and Roll long before "Rock Around the Clock" and even John Fogarty will tell you that NOBODY did "Proud Mary" like Ike and Tina!

Wow! I am still reeling over the names of baseball players who apparently juiced their way to fame. Some were obvious (Bonds) while others (Clemens) made me cringe. Say it ain't so, Roger.

Many of the critics groups around the country have begun giving out their year-end awards and so far it looks like "There Will Be Blood" and "No Country for Old Men" are the films to beat in the Best Picture race. Golden Globe nominations came out today and both films are heavily nominated. Sadly I missed the "There Will Be Blood" critics screening this week (I had already committed to seeing "Sweeney Todd" (4 stars -- next week) on the same night).


When I was in Tampa, Nolan commented that Terence had asked him if I regretted committing to a weekly serial piece like this one because I had missed several issues. Not a bit. I do regret that, because of my work schedule, coaching baseball and planning a wedding, that I didn't find enough time to do it right. Among the others on my list I had hoped to find: David Keith (and Keith David, for that matter), Michael Ironside, Joe Don Baker, Michael Rooker, Robert Davi, Bill Irwin, Jeffrey Jones and Michael J. Pollard. Drop me a line if you see them!

Starting next year, I'll be doing a year-long series celebrating the 30th anniversary of "JAWS 2." NOT!

Actually, I'm going to pick a random year and look at the Academy Awards that were handed out and see if I could have done a better job. Of course, I'll be starting with the Awards' 48th annual celebration, otherwise known as THE YEAR JAWS WAS ROBBED, ROBBED I TELL YA!

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

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