Spielberg Pins It on Social Media

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• "On Twitter we get excited if someone follows us. In real life we get really scared and run away." —unknown via @mozusa

• “The best way to engage honestly with the marketplace via Twitter is to never use the words "engage," "honestly," or "marketplace.” ― Jeffrey Zeldman

• “If social media made us smarter, wouldn’t we be smarter?”
— Magnificant Ruin

• "When you've got 5 minutes to fill, Twitter is a great way to fill 35 minutes.” - @mattcutts

• Watch Jimmy Fallon's funny, rapid-fire Twitter conversation with Justin Timberlake above.

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Best #momquote submitted to Jimmy Fallon

Two Reasons for a Husband

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• "You don't marry the person you can live with - you marry the person you can't live without." — FozzieBear

• "If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love."  — Michel de Montaigne

Above: Watch the hilarious Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Justin Timberlake Bronx Beat sketch about husbands and boom-booms.

Above: Watch Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph talk about the making of Bronx Beat and a hilarious skit with Hugh Laurie that follows.

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• Animated quote "Two reasons for a husband ..." is by Mary Gordon (b. 12.8.49) an American writer and Professor of English at Barnard College. She is best known for her novels, memoirs and literary criticism. (hat tip for quote to David Jouris) (wikipedia) 

•  A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.


Hitchcock Goes Psycho

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•  “It’s not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?” — Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates

More by Alfred Hitchcock (8.13.99 - 4.29.80):

• “The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.” 

• "Television has brought back murder into the home where it belongs."

• “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.”

• Original Psycho trailer above, with Hitchcock pushing the envelope of popular filmmaking in 1960.

• "In his best-selling biography of Alfred Hitchcock, (Donald) Spoto claimed that the celebrated film director of the macabre and the unsettling was a man in the grip of uncontrollable impulses (which) included misogyny, sadistic tendencies, and fantasies of rape; bathroom and various other fetishes about sex and the body; overwhelming guilt, anxiety, and a mother fixation; and phobias toward women, people in general, and the world at large." (lifeprocessprogram.com)

• "Drama is life with the dull bits cut out." — Alfred Hitchcock

• Hitchcock "pioneered the use of a camera made to move in a way that mimics a person's gaze, forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism. He framed shots to maximize anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative film editing. His stories often feature fugitives on the run from the law alongside "icy blonde" female characters. Many of Hitchcock's films have twist endings and thrilling plots featuring depictions of violence, murder, and crime. Many of the mysteries, however, are used as decoys or "MacGuffins" that serve the film's themes and the psychological examinations of the characters." (wikipedia) 

Tom Waits on Bad Writing

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• Tom Waits:

"I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” 

"They say I have no hits and that I'm difficult to work with ... like it's a bad thing.

Singer-songwriter, composer, actor Tom Waits (b. Dec. 7, 1949) “has a distinctive voice, described … as sounding 'like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.'" (by critic Daniel Durchholz; wikipedia)

• Watch Tom Waits' very amusing interview above on "Fernwood Tonight" after singing "The Piano Has Been Drinking." (1977)

• Join nearly 4 million people who've watched Tom Waits' soulful, gravely performance of "Waltzing Matilda" above. (1977)

• "'Waltzing Matilda' is Australia's most widely known bush ballad — the unofficial national anthem of Australia." (Waltzing Matilda) is "slang for traveling by foot (waltzing) with one's goods in a 'Matilda' (bag). The song is about "an itinerant worker, or 'swagman' capturing a sheep to eat." Police "arrest the worker ... (who) commits suicide" and his ghost haunts the area. Experts say the song was inspired by the great sheep shearers' strike of 1891 and the death of the hungry swagman. (wikipedia)

Graphic from TheOnion.com's (print) interview with Waits. 

Graphic from TheOnion.com's (print) interview with Waits. 

Long Live Steven Wright

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More from Steven Wright:

• "Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have."  

• "The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard."

• "What's another word for Thesaurus?"

• "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize."

• "The world is basically insane - and it's trying to pass itself off as being a sane place. I show it for what it is."

• Watch dozens of funny lines above from "Stephen Wright – Complete Works."

Woody Allen at a Crossroads

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• A self-described "militant Freudian atheist,” Woody Allen (born 1935 as Allan Stewart Konigsberg) has written and directed over 40 films and won four Academy Awards (3 for original screenplay, 1 for directing).

• Allen joked “that when he was young he was often sent to inter-faith summer camps, where he "was savagely beaten by children of all races and creeds."

• At 17 he ghost-wrote gags for newspaper columnists, calling himself Woody Allen and earning more than his parents’ salaries combined.

• Watch the famous scene above from Bananas (1971), with Fielding Mellish (Allen) on trial after inadvertently becoming the president of a banana republic. 

• Allen’s Annie Hall (1977) brought him the Oscar for Best Director and contains a long string of hilarious scenes, many with Diane Keaton.

Mad Men Madness

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• Creator Matthew Weiner called the series "science fiction in the pastMad Men uses the past to discuss issues that concern us today that we don't discuss openly." (wikipedia)

• "What you call 'love' was invented by guys like me. To sell Nylons." - Don Draper

• "But what is happiness? It's a moment before you need more happiness. – Don Draper

• "When God closes a door, he opens a dress." - Roger Sterling

• The outside looks great, the inside is rotten. That’s advertising.” — Jon Hamm

• Watch Mad Men 100 Greatest Quotes from Season 1 above.

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Amy Poehler's Phone Fetish

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• "The answer to life's questions is often in people's faces. Try putting your iPhones down once in a while, and look in people's faces." — Amy Poehler

• “As an actor, you can certainly, at any moment and at any time, discover 400 people who think you're stupid, fat and ugly.” — Amy Poehler

• Watch Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's rapid-fire jokes at the 2013 Golden Globe awards. 

• Watch Amy Poehler talk about her phone fetish and one difference between men and women on Jimmy Kimmel Live above.

Marilyn Monroe Draws the Line

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Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) is shown in her iconic white dress from director Billy Wilder's 1955 film, “Seven Year Itch.” Classic image based on photo by Bruno Bernard. 

The 26-foot tall  sculpture  of  Marilyn  shields people from Chicago rain. It was then moved to Palm Springs, and finally (April 2014) to Hamilton, NJ for a retrospective honoring its now-84-year-old sculptor  Seward Johnson  (Johnson & Johnson heir).

The 26-foot tall sculpture of Marilyn shields people from Chicago rain. It was then moved to Palm Springs, and finally (April 2014) to Hamilton, NJ for a retrospective honoring its now-84-year-old sculptor Seward Johnson (Johnson & Johnson heir).

• She reportedly "shaved half an inch off one heel (of her shoe) to perfect her trademark wiggle."

• Watch a sultry, woozy Marilyn sing to JFK above in May 1962, three months before she died. Jackie was not present.  

Mad Hatter in a Modern World

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• “Hatters (hat makers) … often suffered mad hatter disease, mercury poisoning causing neurological damage including confused speech and distorted vision.” (As Johnny Depp explains in the video below.)

• Alice's quote is from Lewis Carroll's 1865 book, Alice In Wonderland, illustrated by John Tenniel.

• “The Alice books … revolutionized writing for children ... less serious, more entertaining ... like the voices of friends.

• “Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Carroll's real name) (1832 – 1898) invented "an early version of ... Scrabble” plus the modern-day traveling chess board.

• Illustrator "Sir John Tenniel (1820 – 1914) … (was) principal political cartoonist for England’s Punch magazine representing ... the conscience of the British people.” (Oxford Dictionary of Modern Biography; Wikipedia)

• Fans of actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton will especially enjoy the behind-the-scenes video above from the 2010 film version of Alice in Wonderland.