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PCR #538 (Vol. 11, No. 29). This edition is for the week of July 12--18, 2010.
Mike's RantMike's Bust
Hello gang! Getting the house recarpeted and dismantling the computer shortly. But, like Lou Gehrig batting lead off in away games and then being replaced in the field I aim to keep my streak alive. Shall we begin?

"Inception"  by Mike Smith
Gamera Vs. Barugon (1966)  by ED Tucker
Summer Memories: Sylvan Beach Amusement Park  by Chris Woods
Fuji Sushi  by Jason Fetters
Passing On .... Please Stick Hot Needles Into My Eyes .... .... .... .... .... .... .... Mike's Record Shelf  by Mike Smith


This week major league baseball lost two very distinct personalities. Long time Yankee Stadium announcer Bob Sheppard and owner George Steinbrenner died right before the All Star Game and were remembered in ceremonies there on Tuesday night. Sheppard began calling Yankee games in 1951, the same year Mickey Mantle hit the majors. What really upsets me about this story is that, even though the Yankees had Thursday off NONE OF THE PLAYERS attended Sheppard's funeral. A sad statement that millionaire ball players can't be bothered to honor the little people.


In what I would consider news as bad as a proposed remake of "JAWS," Warner Brothers announced today that principal photography has begun in New York City on "Arthur," a "re-imagining" of the 1981 comedy masterpiece that starred Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli and John Gielgud, who won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role as Arthur's devoted man servant Hobson in the film.

Russell Brand has been cast as millionaire playboy/man child Arthur Bach with "Greenberg" co-star Greta Gerwig playing the Liza Minnelli character. In what can only be a play for a big pay check, Oscar winner Helen Mirren will play Hobson, now his faithful nanny. Ironically, Gielgud only accepted the role in the original film after turning it down numerous times when the price they offered to pay was too high too turn down. I'm guessing Mirren felt the same. Hate to say it, but it will sound creepy to me, not funny, if Nanny Hobson, on being told by Arthur he's going to take a bath, replies "Perhaps you 'd like me to come in there and wash your dick for you, you little shit!"

Sad to say but I'm glad that original writer/director Steve Gordon didn't live to see what has happened to his film. Gordon tragically died in 1982 from heart failure at the age of 42. Arthur was his final gift to us. It's bad enough we had to suffer through "Arthur 2." To quote Hobson, "How revolting!"

The only bright spot here is that the film is being directed by Jason Winer, who currently helms the hilarious ABC television series "Modern Family."



Sadly Mike's Record Shelves have been taken down and put in the garage. But they'll be back up next week, with lovely new carpeting under them!

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

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