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PCR #527 (Vol. 11, No. 18). This edition is for the week of April 26--May 2, 2010.
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Hello gang! Another short one this week. Such a boring world these days. Shall we begin?

"A Nightmare on Elm Street"  by Mike Smith
Album of the Month: Hole- Nobody's Daughter  by Terence Nuzum
My Friend Erma: The Erma Broombeck Interview  by ED Tucker
Inframan (1975)  by Jason Fetters
FANGRRL Goes To The 2010 Sunscreen Film Festival  by Lisa Scherer
Interview With The Projectionist, Part 2  by John Miller
Action! .... Speaking Of .... Movie Notes .... .... .... .... .... .... Mike's Record Shelf  by Mike Smith


It was 36 years ago May 1st that director Steven Spielberg uttered the above for the first time on the set of "Jaws." The filming, scheduled to finish by mid-June, went on and on and on. However, I hope you'll agree with me that the final results were definitely worth the trouble.


Not sure how many readers are in the midwest but if so you may want to take a trip to Omaha, Nebraska.

On Friday, May 21st, Steven Spielberg's classic film "JAWS" will be screened at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska in celebration of the films 35th Anniversary.

Special guest will be Carl Gottlieb, who not only co-wrote the film with the novel's author, Peter Benchley, but co-stars as Amity Gazette editor Harry Meadows. Mr. Gottlieb is also the author of the hugely popular book "The Jaws Log," which gives an in-depth look into the making of the film and is recognized as one of the best books of its type. Mr. Gottlieb will conduct a Q & A after the screening and will be available for autographs and book signings.

The screening is the twenty-sixth classic film salute hosted by Bruce Crawford, who in the past has presented such popular films as "Ben Hur," "The Godfather" and, most recently, "Young Frankenstein." Mr. Crawford has obtained a newly restored print of "JAWS" for this occasion. The film will be shown in the Witherspoon Hall Theater, 2200 Dodge Street, in Omaha and is a benefit for the Omaha Hearing School for Children. The screening will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 each and are on sale at all Omaha area Hy Vee food stores. Out of town attendees can obtain tickets by calling (402) 558-1546. For further information please visit



The following took place this week in the world of film:

July 20, 2012 is the day Warner Brothers has chosen to release "Batman 3."

20th Century Fox has announced that David Hayter (“Street Kings”) will write and direct a reboot of "Predator." Not sure how many political futures will be made on this one.

Director Ron Howard and his favorite screenwriter, Akiva Goldsmam, will team up to bring Stephen King's novela series "The Tower" to the big screen. Tentative plans are to adapt the seven books into three feature films.

"That's Not Funny, That's Sick by The National Lampoon

National Lampoon's Vacation - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Featuring music by Lindsey Buckingham and Ralph Burns

Yes, it's a National Lampoon weekend sitting on Mike's Record Shelf.

Long before Saturday Night Live, there was the National Lampoon Radio Show. Consisting of skits made popular on their live shows, the Lampoon was probably the biggest assembly of writing and performing talent ever in one place in the history of comedy. This album features the comedic talents of Brian Doyle Murray, his little brother Bill, Christopher Guest, Richard Belzer, Tony Hendra and many more. These five also helped write the material along with Harold Ramis and Doug Kenney. Every cut, from the call in radio show:

Caller: I'd like to know why God let President Kennedy, who was a Catholic, be assassinated?

Host: I guess it beats nailing him up!

to the Mr. Roberts Neighborhood skits are hilarious. Here is a sampling of clips from the album, featuring the Murray brothers, Richard Belzer and, perhaps in an early imitation of Nigel Tufnel, Christopher Guest:


Of course, some of the talent behind the radio show went on to Hollywood and they can be found in the credits of the National Lampoon produced "Vacation." Directed by Harold Ramis, the film also features "Lampoon Radio" stars Chevy Chase and Brian Doyle Murray. Though there are some musical selections by composer Ralph Burns, the album also includes songs from musical groups as diverse as The Ramones, The Fleetwoods and, of course, Fleetwood Macs' guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, whose song "Holiday Road" is still catchy almost 30 years later:


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

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