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Or as Sean Penn might tweet:

“My favorite song is Procul Harem’s ‘Knights in White Satan.'”

Speaking of Sean Penn’s boomer confusion, I got “Nights in White Satin” confused with “Whiter Shade of Pale”

and all its cousins.

 
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  1. anon[295] • Disclaimer says:

    When I am in need of serious theology I always turn to Sean Penn.

    • Agree: ic1000
  2. I use holy cotton and polyester sheets, so don’t look at me!

  3. • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  4. People on ludes should not Tweet.

    The 80s were just way too fun.

    If you know a Generation Z kid, introduce them to this movie. It’d shock them how much fun young people used to have back in the day.

  5. Bill P says:

    Poor, dear Sean. The Fast Times at Ridgemont High are finally revealing their toll.

    But let’s keep in mind that despite the apparent cognitive malfunction, his heart is in the right place, which is something we should all strive for.

    • LOL: Kronos
    • Replies: @tyrone
    , @Almost Missouri
  6. Anon[288] • Disclaimer says:

    I can hear Jeff Spicoli saying this.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
  7. Mike Tre says:

    I think this is Bruce Jenner Cocaine Level 5 descent into pre-op transsexualism. Look for Penn to start wearing a dress in public soon.

  8. Lagertha says:

    He has lost his mind! The entire Catholic Church is shit (always thought it was shit) and Nikki and Sean should just light themselves on fire- leave us all, please, gtfooh. We don’t need garbage and the serpents of death in our midst – go away or just suicide yourselves! Please, Lord, rid us of these awful people!

    • Troll: R.G. Camara
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  9. Richard B says:

    The Hubbel Telescope can see 10 to 15 billion light years into space. Amazing! Well, if you were to build a telescope twice as big and put the Hubbel inside of that and looked through, you still couldn’t see my interesting in anything Sean Penn has to say.

    • LOL: Liza
    • Replies: @El Dato
  10. Hollywood political Mad Libs after taking too much xanax.

    1. Sean Penn is a great actor.

    2. That does not mean he is politically astute or even relevant.

    3. If it is an issue, I hope he stays off the pills.

  11. Lagertha says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    but, people who are druggin’ or drinkin’ are filter-less and truth-talkers. Don’t be such an arrogant snob.

  12. Lagertha says:
    @Clifford Brown

    he will lose everything; he wanted fame, and he was willing to corrupt his soul. There is no coming back from crimes no matter how rich, cool, famous you are. Children are sacred. Humanity is sacred. Suicide Weekend, is mercifully, February 28th.

  13. I would say great troll, except I don’t think it is.

  14. Wilkey says:

    I like to start my days working for the dark forces of Satin by drinking a nice hot cup of Covfefe.

    My former gig was working at the Southern Baptist Convention, where I worked for eight years until I was fired by my boss, the Pope, for violating Sharia Law by serving Sacred Cow meat at my son’s bar mitzvah.

    • Replies: @ic1000
  15. J.Ross says:

    So
    The Vatican has no authority over Proddies, in fact that’s the whole idea,
    Had they authority the process would not be impeachment,
    Haley’s not the Pope of Protestantism, or of anything,
    Lately church leaders have been complete cucks with the appropriate result that they need open borders to fill pews (let alone score government money for warehousing illegals),
    Satin for Satan makes me really want to post a specialized adult relaxation video with a fully clothed Canadian woman reciting a monologue about how satin (in that case a not only worksafe but interview-appropriate satin office blouse) leads the audience into evil, but I have too much respect for site rules after a comment of mine describing the same answer a Rabbi would give on a theological point got unity’ed,
    Sex parties, you mean like the sex and violence art of that Serbian lady the Democrats and celebrities all adore, or is that what Ed Buck calls his murders?
    Did I get everything?
    Sean Penn, you were great in three films from decades ago, and Madonna probably secretly respects you more than that British Tarentino wannabe because you beat your wife. But you were really funny in that SNL intro where you pretended to be gay.

    • Replies: @Eustace Tilley (not)
  16. Polistra says:

    When Sean Penn and Madonna were married, I’d have wagered Madonna was the one who would end up the psychological basket case. Wrong I was.

    (Yeah, I can hear it: “They both did!”)

  17. @Clifford Brown

    Sean Penn is a great actor.

    I do wonder though, is there really such a thing? I hear a lot more these days that acting is not a hard job. Bill Maher says that, and although he’s not my guru, he’s connected enough to Hollywood to know and apparently is being honest about this for some reason.

    I notice most actors pretty much look and sound the same in every role, even the “great” ones. It’s like they either have the ability to project certain emotions or they don’t. And mainly they need to look a certain way for certain roles.

  18. duncsbaby says:

    I think Tammy sang it best.

    • Thanks: Lockean Proviso
    • Replies: @Mr. Grey
  19. @JohnnyWalker123

    Lindsey Graham suggests Kamala Harris will be impeached if Republicans take back the House next year

    Not only that, Barack Obama will be impeached. The precedent has been set–Democrats have declared it is Constitutional to impeach a president after he has left office. And there’s a lot more to impeach Obama over than there was Trump.

  20. @RichardTaylor

    Penn made his reputation by being one of the first to transform his body shape from role to role with, I would imagine, steroids and starvation diets.

    • Replies: @Polistra
  21. @Polistra

    The peak of Madonna’s career, the Blonde Ambition tour, came after her ex-husband gave her permission to hire his personal trainer. All this says Steroids to me, but, I dunno, I wasn’t there.

  22. Kronos says:

    I think he’s talking about Jerry Falwell Jr. He’s been in hot (holy) water for a sex scandal and issues regarding the probable misuse of Liberty University funds. It must be the signal in the noise of this Sean Penn tweet.

  23. Polistra says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Did he do it before DeNiro did? To Richard Taylor’s point, Meryl Streep faked a lot of accents in her time. But I agree that acting isn’t hard, once you master a few fundamentals.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  24. El Dato says:

    FOLLOW NIKKI HALEY instead of FOLLOW JESUS sounds like a message that will cause queues at “Satin”‘s reception desk.

    Can this tweet be explained away by Sean having a “can’t even” moment?

  25. BenKenobi says:

    Always good to hear from a member of the Film Actors Guild.

    • LOL: R.G. Camara
    • Replies: @anon
    , @Wade Hampton
  26. black sea says:

    As the televangelist Pope John Paul so memorably put it “I have not yet begun to fight!”

    • LOL: kaganovitch
    • Replies: @Cortes
  27. Excal says:
    @RichardTaylor

    For a nice contrast between good actors and great actors, try Jimmy Stewart in Rope, and Patrick McGoohan in Ice Station Zebra.

    (Zebra is probably a better illustration, because it’s got a generally strong cast — the other stars, Rock Hudson and Ernest Borgnine, are no slouches. But McGoohan has something they don’t.)

  28. Cortes says:
    @black sea

    Wasn’t that just prior to that fateful private audience with the mystery couple from Arkansas, identified by their initials in the logbook of the Prefect of the Swiss Guard as “W.J.C. et H.R.C.”?

  29. This unhinged domestic abuser weirdo had no business playing a civil rights hero like Harvey Milk.

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
  30. @Kronos

    No, it was Ravi Zacharias.

    The late Evangelical pastor from India has been posthumously accused of sexual impropriety.

    I understand perfectly well what Sean Penn is saying here, typos and strange diction notwithstanding. What he means is that Donald Trump is a Satan-figure whom Nikki Haley, to her credit, publicly disavowed, but whom other Evangelical hypocrites, following the lead of the sex-partying Zacharias, have not; and these latter figures should be publicly accused by the Vatican of collaborating with the evil one.

    Now, I don’t agree with the way Sean Penn is parsing these matters, nor do I agree with his political sentiments, but his meaning (at any rate) is not too difficult to grasp.

    • Agree: El Dato
    • Thanks: Kronos
  31. @Polistra

    DeNiro lost a lot of weight for Taxi Driver in 1976, then got muscular (but not huge) for Raging Bull in 1980 and then fat for the movie’s coda. So DeNiro was the precedent. Stallone started doing the modern muscle thing about for Rocky III in 1982 and got huge for Rambo in 1985. Then Stallone got Travolta to muscle up for Staying Alive in 1983, but that was a flop. Conan was a moderate hit in 1982 and then Terminator was amazing in 1984.

    Penn was emaciated for Falcon and the Snowman in about 1985, then massive for At Close Range in 1986. I think he continued to yo-yo up and down in weight for different roles. So I think he was the second prestige actor after DeNiro to go down the frequent body-morphing rout (e.g., Christian Bale today or Jake Gyllenhaal, although he mostly plays super-skinny lately, which suit him better). By the late 1980s, it was pretty common. For example, Bruce Willis was a skinny funny guy before Die Hard in 1988.

    I presume steroids and HGH played a big role, much like in baseball a little later than in acting.

    In a lot of ways body-changing actors are impressive, but I can’t imagine its really good for people in terms of health or psyche. Penn dropped out of acting for awhile in the 1990s. I wouldn’t be surprised if the stresses he put on his body and brain changing weight didn’t play a role in that breakdown.

  32. Who was it? Who could it possibly be? Oh, I dunno, SEMI-GLOSS!

  33. Tru dat … satin helps at sex parties.

  34. @JohnnyWalker123

    If you know a Generation Z kid, introduce them to this movie. It’d shock them how much fun young people used to have back in the day.

    Dude, you must have watched that movie on ‘ludes, ‘cos it was mostly about teen angst and agita.

    • Agree: Desiderius
  35. Friends don’t let friends tweet while on acid.

  36. If you know a Generation Z kid, introduce them to this movie. It’d shock them how much fun young people used to have back in the day.

    You didn’t even mention Phoebe Cates. If you were in junior high school when Fast Times came out you definitely remember her.

  37. Mr. Anon says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    @JohnnyWalker123

    Lindsey Graham suggests Kamala Harris will be impeached if Republicans take back the House next year

    Not only that, Barack Obama will be impeached. The precedent has been set–Democrats have declared it is Constitutional to impeach a president after he has left office. And there’s a lot more to impeach Obama over than there was Trump.

    Then they should impeach W. There’s even still more to impeach him over.

    • Agree: Voltarde
    • LOL: bomag, Cato
  38. donut says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Christian Bale in “The Machinist” .

  39. Anonymous[969] • Disclaimer says:

    ‘Nights in White Satin’, I presume.

    • Replies: @anon
  40. Kylie says:
    @RichardTaylor

    “I notice most actors pretty much look and sound the same in every role, even the ‘great’ ones. It’s like they either have the ability to project certain emotions or they don’t. And mainly they need to look a certain way for certain roles.”

    Agreed. I do think both Christian Bale and Gary Oldman have played a wide variety of roles. Miranda Richardson is another one. Her depth and range are amazing.

  41. @Kylie

    Also Bette Davis, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Barbara Sranwyck. And Laurette Taylor, according to those who know.

    • Replies: @Kylie
  42. Legit advice.

  43. @Polistra

    Anyone who marries Madonna was already a psychological basket case.

    Imagine buying the cow everyone else was milking for free. Right in front of you. Every day. And its not a pretty cow at all. You’d have to be a pretty stupid, pretty mentally unbalanced farmer to make that deal.

    Ok, the metaphor is dead now.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    , @Alden
    , @S. Anonyia
  44. @Harry Baldwin

    “The United States Congress. When we’re busy impeaching people, we’re not effing anything else up. For once.”

    • LOL: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Je Suis Omar Mateen
  45. @Kylie

    Miranda Richardson as Queen Elizabeth (“Queeny”) in the Blackadder series was one of the most refreshing and hilarious takes on Elizabeth I I’ve ever seen. After years of presenting her as this great, wise, clever ruler, Richardson and Rowan Atkinson said “toss that” and made her into a spoiled brat over the top high-pitched lunatic who abused her power. Absolutely chuckleworthy.

    • Replies: @ganderson
    , @sayless
    , @Kylie
  46. One of the best parts about Twitter is that, unlike many other celebrity social media accounts, its absolutely clear that its the celebrities themselves are the ones using it. It’s not a PR flack under their handle.

    This has exposed many celebrities as absolute morons with severe mental and emotional issues. Yes, we knew it, but having it confirmed in real time with hot takes like this is delicious.

    And when they ever get push back from commoners, they flip out and make even bigger fools of themselves. Seth Rogan has made himself an idiot multiple times trying use his celebrity to punch down on lesser celebs (Cernovich, social scientists not towing the PC line), only to get pimp slapped by the less celebs and have him go away crying.

    They really can’t believe lesser folk don’t worship them, and really think if they merely make a quip that will shut the other person down. When that fails, they snap. Alec Baldwin smartly quit twitter for a while when he (finally) realized every idiotic thing he posted got ratioed to death and the negative feedback drove him insane.

    • Agree: El Dato
  47. syonredux says:

    Maybe conservatives in the UK are a tad less gutless than their American cousins….

    The government is to appoint a “free-speech champion” and warn heritage bodies against taking significant steps in reevaluating British history, as part of an intensification of its culture war agenda.

    In a sign that ministers believe that a battle against “woke” culture plays well with voters, the Department for Education will appoint a “free-speech champion” for higher education, with changes to the law to guarantee the preservation of free speech in universities.

    The government’s initiative around heritage bodies, also first briefed to the Sunday Telegraph, comes from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and marks another front in the government’s pushback against the Black Lives Matter movement, and the subsequent reevaluation of the UK’s colonial history – especially slavery – and statues and monuments that celebrate it.

    Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, is to lead a roundtable discussion with two dozen heritage and culture bodies, including the National Trust, Historic England, the British Museum and other museums and galleries to discuss the issue.

    According to the Telegraph, Dowden has sent the institutions a letter saying countries should not “run from or airbrush the history upon which they are founded”. A source from his department told the paper Dowden was trying to “defend our culture and history from the noisy minority of activists constantly trying to do Britain down”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/14/government-to-appoint-free-speech-champion-for-universities-heritage-history-cancel-culture

  48. @Anon

    Or a throwaway line from Wayne’s World.

  49. @Harry Baldwin

    I eagerly await the news that the Democrats will be exhuming Nixon’s corpse and impeaching it. He’s “the one that got away.”

    That is a beautiful union of current precedent, plus the old precedent of the exhumation and posthumous execution of Oliver Cromwell!

    • LOL: El Dato
    • Replies: @Muggles
  50. Anon[611] • Disclaimer says:

    Steve, you should reproduce the exact text of this tweet as your own (not a retweet) and see if you get banned.

    • Disagree: ic1000
    • Replies: @ic1000
  51. El Dato says:
    @Richard B

    Hubble.

    It’s the Hubble space telescope.

    Meanwhile, I would not have expected a recommendation for a Robin DiAngelo work in COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM but it’s 2021 and here we go.

    https://m-cacm.acm.org/magazines/2021/1/249444-talking-about-race-in-cs-education/fulltext

    Some of the other books now on my reading list from these discussions:

    Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha Benjamin (https://amzn.to/34R1i97).

    Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad and Robin DiAngelo (https://amzn.to/3kT2T3M).

    So you want to talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo (https://amzn.to/3jSoLey).

    And

    When Twice as Good Isn’t Enough: The Case for Cultural Competence in Computing

    https://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/downing/papers/When-Twice-as-Good-Isnt-Enough-2020.pdf

    The latter article deplores that CS education prepares people subsconsciously to normalize the rough deal underrepresented minorities must endure in industry (who has ever seen an indian in front of a terminal? Or an east asian AI-wrestling lady every other month featured in Quanta? Not Gonna Happen. Not on White Watch.) OTOH my experience says that CS education doesn’t even prepare people consciously about the bordello that industry really is. Instead CS education educates about CS. Weird.

  52. wren says:

    I can understand them following the satin deep into the bowels. Sorry nimrata.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
  53. Sean says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Pro bodybuilders bulk up then cut, but they are almost fainting when in competition ready shape. No one can walk around like that. Coming down in weight is very draining, whether done by Growth hormone or just dieting. I have to wonder if it affects the performance of an actor.

    In a lot of ways body-changing actors are impressive, but I can’t imagine its really good for people in terms of health or psyche. Penn dropped out of acting for awhile in the 1990s. I wouldn’t be surprised if the stresses he put on his body and brain changing weight didn’t play a role in that breakdown.

    Penn is suffering the stress of staying ripped for acting roles and not having easily accessible fat reserves for the stamina that is required to satisfy much younger women (Scarlett Johansson was a decade ago) as he moves into the andropause.

    You cannot add muscle without also adding a certain amount of fat. Bulking up for roles actually helps the performance Bradly Cooper ate 6000 calories a day for American Sniper. The look was not cut, but burly. William Forsythe bad guy characters are like that; he was burliest in Out For Justice, in which Steven Seagal thought he was being upstaged.

  54. anon[357] • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @BenKenobi

    Arec Bal-win!

  55. Oh, those crazy Boomers. What will they ever think to tweet next?

  56. anon[357] • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    or the “Knights” in White Satin. On horseback… uh oh!

    Cold hearted orb
    That rules the night
    Removes the colours
    From our sight
    Red is gray and
    Yellow white
    But we decide
    Which is right
    And
    Which is an Illusion

  57. El Dato says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Those are the “parties” that suddenly get unpacked 30 years later when you are tryong to get nominated as judge on SCOTUS.

    • Agree: Guest007
    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
    • Replies: @Guest007
    , @JohnnyWalker123
  58. @Sean

    Bradley Cooper is a nervous Catholic ethnic guy from the Philadelphia suburbs, who played nervous skinny guys in David. O. Russell movies. He played them well, but he wasn’t quite a star.

    Bulking up and calming down to play a red stater in “American Sniper” did Cooper a lot of good. So then he took the same drawl he’d perfected for “American Sniper” to play the Kris Kristofferson singing role in “A Star Is Born,” which was also a big success.

    It’s interesting what is the ideal weight for different actors. I ran into Jake Gyllenhaal around 2009 at the local yogurt stand when he was massive for his “Prince of Persia” action fantasy movie, and he looked ridiculous and unhappy. His best performance since then was emaciated for “Night Crawler,” whereas Cooper has reached superstar status while well-padded.

    My impression is that part of the Coen Brothers’ genius is writing the absolute ideal roles for different actors: e.g., John Goodman as a small business owner with John Milius’s personality. I don’t think, however, that they ask actors to change weight much. I imagine that somebody could possibly write a genius role for John Goodman if he weighed 160 pounds, but the Coens seem to prefer to work with actors as they are.

  59. @anon

    Or as Sean Penn would tweet:

    My favorite song is Procol Harem’s “Knights in White Satan.”

    • LOL: wren
  60. ic1000 says:
    @Wilkey

    > I like to start my days working for the dark forces of Satin by

    Wilkey, as a Knight of Dark Satin, did you ever reach the end?

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  61. ic1000 says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    > Now, I don’t agree with the way Sean Penn is parsing these matters, nor do I agree with his political sentiments, but his meaning (at any rate) is not too difficult to grasp.

    Reminds me of another actor, though a reality TV star rather than a matinee idol.

  62. ic1000 says:
    @Anon

    Steve reproduce Sean’s tweet? Too risky.

  63. @Steve Sailer

    It depends on a kind of a movie. Cooper, as I recall, made a breakthrough with a rather lame, but successful romantic comedy about recovering sex addict Lawrence (I vaguely remember Steve had written about it, mentioning his father-in-law). Then, of course, “stardom” came with the Eastwood military film.

    Gyllenhaal was rather good in a supposedly controversial gay modern Western, which is not easy to describe- to me, it was a mixture of a few great scenes, some dull, and -contrary to the popular conservative opinion- not a gay propaganda, but an effort to present a realistic homo love. Whether it succeeded or not is another question.

    Regarding body weight, physique …. it looks time has changed for male stars from the 30’s on. Infantilization & feminization of the public? Something to ponder on….

  64. tyrone says:
    @Bill P

    “his heart is in the right place “…..like when he got in that boat carrying a 12ga. pump to help the New Orleans flood victims.

  65. Jon says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I can’t imagine its really good for people in terms of health or psyche

    Hanks claims that is what caused his diabetes. And he won’t do it anymore as a result.

    https://people.com/celebrity/tom-hanks-i-cant-gain-weight-for-roles-anymore-due-to-diabetes/

  66. BB753 says:

    “A Whiter Shade of Pale” is the blues’ homage to Johann Sebastian Bach. The white singer in Procul Harum sure had pipes!
    Live here:

    • Replies: @Redman
    , @Bill Jones
  67. @Mr. Anon

    Then they should impeach W. There’s even still more to impeach him over.

    Impeachment isn’t enough for George W. Bush, unless it carries the death sentence.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes, Escher
  68. @JohnnyWalker123

    You meet your 18 year old self- you can say 3 words- what are they?

    Apple. Amazon. Bitcoin.

  69. @Mike Tre

    I think this is Bruce Jenner Cocaine Level 5 descent into pre-op transsexualism. Look for Penn to start wearing a dress in public soon.

    Yo bro! – He should try to top that Jenner shit and reach level six and thus undergo Michael Jacksons’s bleaching attempts in reverse – to the utmost of surprises possible. Wins big!

  70. @Steve Sailer

    Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper” was one of those times the actor playing a real life character was not as good-looking as the actual person. I also noticed the phenomenon in the movie “On the Road,” in which neither actor was as handsome as Jack Kerouac or Neal Cassady.

    Damien Lewis was pretty good casting for Steve McQueen in “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood,” looking like his slightly less handsome brother. (I met Christopher Reeves brother years ago–he had that quality.)

    Of course no actress can win portraying Marilyn Monroe.

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
  71. @Mike Tre

    Actually, agreed. Given how long Penn has obviously been using steroids/PEDs–his recent pictures with drug lord El Chapo show a middle-aged Penn having an early-thirties action star physique—the long term damage to his brain is likely as bad as Jenner’s abuse of them during his Olympic prime or the Navy SEALS who turn tranny after a a lustrum or decade of using them to jack up for various missions.

    Plus Penn is largely a copycat actor, not an original one, showing his personality to be one of mimicry. Thus he will be strongly influenced to copy Jenner.

    • Replies: @Lot
  72. @Steve Sailer

    Or as Sean Penn would tweet:

    My favorite song is Procol Harem’s “Knights in White Satan.”

    “ProctoCool Harem’s “Knights in White Satan.”

    Ok maybe a tad brainy – but nevertheless.

  73. @Harry Baldwin

    Christopher Reeves had the problem of being a good actor who happened to take an iconic role early in his career (Superman) where his real face became identified with the character. After that, though he did some good work, whenever he came on screen, people’s suspension of disbelief dropped and they all said, “Hey look, its Superman!”

    Now, its not the worst problem to have as an actor, and many actors would kill to have such a thing happen to him. But Reeve had good talent at acting (he was great in Noises Off) that tended to get swallowed by that one role.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    , @J.Ross
  74. black sea says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    You meet your 18 year old self- you can say 3 words- what are they?

    It’s a con.

    • Agree: bomag
    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
  75. @Steve Sailer

    Most actors and actresses I’ve met prefer to remain very thin because (1) the camera adds 10 lbs; (2) chubbiness is associated with middle-age, thinness with youth; and (3) its easier to fake adding weight/muscle/cleavage than to fake being skinny.

    In the last category, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger both started complaining when Michael Keaton played Batman, calling his look “pasted on muscles.” This was around the same time Die Hard came out, with the very un-jacked, normal joe look of Bruce Willis.

    Stallone has said that at that time, he realized his muscled-up look was on the way out, and realized his career was headed for a downturn, while Arnold transitioned to comedies and action fair that didn’t require him to have his shirt off.

    After the everyman look came in action movies, the six-pack look came in for men after Brad Pitt in Fight Club, a look that is debilishly hard to get without being 20 years old or else on steroids. Of course, that look was influenced by coming-out gays pushing their ideal twink body type on straights.

  76. @ic1000

    > I like to start my days working for the dark forces of Satin by

    Wilkey, as a Knight of Dark Satin, did you ever reach the end?

    Now look how – deep – this song really is:

    (…)
    Bed sitter people look back and lament
    Another days useless energy spent
    Impassioned lovers wrestle as one
    Lonely man cries for love and has none

    (…)

    Priceless songcraft, isn’t it?

  77. Anon[252] • Disclaimer says:
    @RichardTaylor

    The greatest actor I’ve ever seen was Barnaby Jones/ J.D. Clamper….30 years until I realized it was the same guy.

  78. I wonder…

    Did any producer or director or executive ever mess with (in a me-too way) one of Sean Penn’s girlfriends (or recent ex’s)???

  79. donut says:

    OT:

    Remember during Black History Month the ghetto is not a petting zoo .

  80. Ahahah…Good grief, it’s really good I am completely absent from social networks. Otherwise, I’d have wasted my life on funny nonsense …. It’s addictive.

  81. Hans says:
    @RichardTaylor

    I’m a guessin it’s mostly how they look to the executives and how gung-ho they are to perform for them.

  82. @Steve Sailer

    Don’t forget their other big hit, “Come Kiss the Door.”

    —– Department of Mondegreens

  83. Spanky says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Then they should impeach W. There’s even still more to impeach him over. — Mr. Anon

    Making fun of retards… ummm, sorry… the mentally disabled is NOT funny.

    Impeach Rove. And Cheney.

  84. MEH 0910 says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    If it was Ravi Zacharias, wouldn’t Sean Penn tweet about massage therapists instead of sex parties? Would Penn necessarily be up to date with the latest evangelical sex scandals? Fellow actor Tom Arnold is currently still going on about Jerry Falwell Jr:


    [MORE]

    A four-month investigation found the late Ravi Zacharias leveraged his reputation as a world-famous Christian apologist to abuse massage therapists in the United States and abroad over more than a decade while the ministry led by his family members and loyal allies failed to hold him accountable.

    He used his need for massage and frequent overseas travel to hide his abusive behavior, luring victims by building trust through spiritual conversations and offering funds straight from his ministry.

  85. Obviously someone at the CIA or FBI sent Sean a garbled mess that was really meant to be at least three talking points for multiple actors. Being an actor, he repeated verbatim in his tweet even if it wasn’t logical.

    • Replies: @salute the marines
  86. Spanky says:
    @Steve Sailer

    So then he took the same [Texas] drawl he’d perfected… — Steve Sailer

    So you do have a sense of humor…

  87. Mike Tre says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Look what that did to Bruce Jenner.

  88. @anon

    Sure.

    Why bother with Paul Tillich, Hans Kung, Jean Danielou, Nikolai Lossky, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Henri de Lubac, Rene Girard, Peter Brown, Richard Neuhaus, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rowan Williams, …

    Better yell “Penn!”

    • Replies: @Bill
  89. Rob McX says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Or, if you were really prescient, see what odds the bookies would give on Bruce Jenner becoming a “woman”.

    • Agree: Bardon Kaldian
  90. Mike Tre says:
    @RichardTaylor

    “I notice most actors pretty much look and sound the same in every role, even the “great” ones. ”

    There is definitely some truth to that, (Clint Eastwood is always just Clint Eastwood as a cop, soldier, cowboy, etc) but Robert Duvall is one exception. Tom Hagan, Lt. Colonel Kilgore, and Gus McCrae are three characters that illustrate Duvall had exceptional range.

    • Agree: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @HammerJack
  91. MEH 0910 says:
    @anon

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nights_in_White_Satin#%22Late_Lament%22

    “Late Lament”

    The spoken-word poem heard near the six-minute mark of the album version of the song is called “Late Lament”. Drummer Graeme Edge wrote the verses, which were recited by keyboardist Mike Pinder. On Days of Future Passed, the poem’s last five lines bracket the album and also appear at the end of track 1 (“The Day Begins”).

    While it has been commonly known as part of “Nights in White Satin” with no separate credit on the original LP, “Late Lament” was given its own listing on the two-LP compilation This Is The Moody Blues in 1974 and again in 1987 (without its parent song) on another compilation, Prelude. Both compilations feature the track in a slightly different form than on Days of Future Passed, giving both spoken and instrumental tracks an echo effect. The orchestral ending is kept intact, but mastering engineers edited out the gong (struck by Mike Pinder) that closes the track on the original LP.

    Late Lament

    Late Lament · The Moody Blues · Peter Knight · London Festival Orchestra

  92. Juckett says:

    The Right brain is the Right brain and, the Left brain is the left brain and ne’er the two shall meet.

  93. This was a real ad …

    • Thanks: Liza
  94. Trinity says:

    Predictably a Jewish actor goes after Christians be they Catholic or Protestant. An ex-stogie smoker here and last night before I decided to sit down on the pot and drop one I grabbed an old magazine that was resting on the bathroom sink. It was an old “Cigar Aficionado” magazine with the headline: Kelsey Grammer Speaks Out. Well TBH I don’t give two shits what is on Kelsey’s mind but I did like this magazine because I loved cigars back in the day. Anyhow here I am flipping through this magazine that was second only to National Geographic in their camera work in photos IMO, at least they were back when I bought them, and I see an article by some Jew named Kaplan titled : Holy Rollers and it has to do with Christian card counters in Las Vegas casinos. These Jews have Christians on their mind 24/7.

    Speaking of casinos, “Satin,” and Sheldon Adelson, actors, oops, sorry I mean nitwit men and women who make a living pretending to be someone else, I would bet you my life savings that there will be lots of casino owners and nitwit actors meeting Lucifer when all is said and done IMO. hehe

  95. @Steve Sailer

    So, Kenny Rogers’ Lady Madonna doesn’t make Sean’s list?

  96. Gamecock says:

    Nimrata Randhawa was a Sikh til age 25. Sikhs don’t believe in hell. Nor Satin.

  97. @Jonathan Mason

    Although I am a massive fan of Bob Marley, I do not really like the popular version of the song No Woman No Cry, which reminds me vaguely of the story of the disciples sitting up all night on the day of the death of Jesus, and St Peter denying knowing him three times before the cock crew.

    However this jazz trio version of the tune (above) is delightful.

    Marley produced a vast number of incandescent songs which to me provide much more of a religious experience than the majority of gospel music, which I find trite for the most part.

    Some of his greatest songs are hardly recognized at all, like the tremendous anthem below.

    • Replies: @Curle
    , @Buffalo Joe
  98. @Intelligent Dasein

    No, I disagree. As I see it, Penn thinks that Vatican is the boss of the Evangelicals. Only technically legal authority can impeach- not just “distance from” or “condemn”.

    Sean Penn is, as is most Hollywood, clueless about Christian religious denominations. Many secular people or other religions (for instance ordinary, not cultured, Jews) think that Catholic = Christian of any form. This may sound implausible, but I’ve seen it quite a few times.

    • Agree: Yngvar
  99. @Bill P

    And at least we know that Sean writes his own tweets rather than using a PR firm.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
  100. @Mr. Anon

    Then they should impeach W. There’s even still more to impeach him over.

    E.g., ending airport profiling, and proclaiming Islam a “peaceful religion”.

    We can also get JFK and FDR off those coins by posthumous impeachment. Their wars were far deadlier than W’s.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  101. Alfa158 says:

    I’m stunned to learn that Tiny Duck is actually Sean Penn. Never would have guessed.
    That still doesn’t resolve the controversy of whether TD is actually an addled Leftie, or one of us having fun pretending to be an addled Leftie. I’ve always inclined to the latter explanation because of TD using the self-deprecatory handle of Tiny D(i)ck, but now that we know the actual person behind the pseudonym we can study their real world behavior and communications and definitively resolve the question.

  102. @wren

    Now THIS is a nice, smutty picture. Katharine, do take note. You haven’t posted any smutty pictures in 2021, but this is the kind of example that is totally and most honestly welcome. This lovely young lady, refined beauty definitely looks to be within the last 25 or so years. This is what a modern beauty looks like. And she is most welcome to make an appearance here.

  103. Speaking of Sean Penn’s boomer confusion, I got “Nights in White Satin” confused with “Whiter Shade of Pale” and all its cousins.

    No one ever confused this with anything else, and it’s got to be the most American-sounding thing to come out of the British Invasion:

    Sung by a guy named Vivian. That part is not American!

    • Replies: @ganderson
  104. @Sean

    “Penn is suffering the stress of staying ripped for acting roles and not having easily accessible fat reserves for the stamina that is required to satisfy much younger women (Scarlett Johansson was a decade ago) as he moves into the andropause.”

    That’s why there is Viagra. If PEDS will supply the bulk, then Viagra will supply the stamina.

  105. sayless says:
    @Excal

    Ice Station Zebra has a slam-the-fist-on-the-table scene, first by McGoohan, then Hudson. Hudson is so wooden that you can see McGoohan start to laugh.

    Rock Hudson was fine in that movie, but had a limited range. McGoohan was spectacular.

    I’m bitter about his career trajectory. What happened?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Excal
  106. Ot, but speaking of Twitter, I’m not seeing SS’s post in TakiMag about his account being banned by Twitter linked to from Unz. Doesn’t he normally do that? Anyway, the included message that we can do without Twitter and its ilk is rather undermined by the fact that SS seems to have decided that HE can’t do without Twitter.

    Now, -I- do just fine without Twitter, but I’m not concerned with the visibility of what I write.

  107. ganderson says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Nursie: Pity about this, Tinkywink. You always used to love this time of year.

    Elizabeth: [turns round; she is fondling a Christmas pudding] I know — leaving a little mince pie and a glass of wine out for Father Christmas, and then scoffing it because I was a princess and could do what I bloody well liked. [sits in throne]

    Nursie: …and wondering if your father’s wife would last until Boxing Day without having her head cut off.

    Elizabeth: We knew; if he gave her a hat, she’d probably be all right.

    Nursie: Happy days…

    And don’t forget Nurse Mary in Blackadder Goes Forth!

  108. @Excal

    And what’s that he had? Being overbearing and a bit of a ham?

  109. ganderson says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    See you and raise you The Intro and the Outro

    Vivian Stanshall was also the “Narrator” in Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells”

  110. sayless says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Also, Sian Phillips as Livia in I, Claudius. At first she tried playing Livia as a complex character with sympathy, some vulnerability, etc. Later she said she could tell it wasn’t working. The director told her to camp the role up.

    • Agree: Liza
    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Goatweed
  111. Should have paid more attention to Mr. Hand.

    • Agree: Ron Mexico
  112. Alden says:

    OT

    Commonwealth fusion systems Cambridge mass looks to be a good investment. It’s basically the 1960s nuclear power idea that was attacked by the Rockefeller foundation to preserve fossil fuels. Don’t risk the rent but a few thousand you can afford to lose might really pay off.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  113. dvorak says:
    @Kronos

    I think he’s talking about Jerry Falwell Jr.

    BTW, Junior isn’t a pastor, he’s an MBA, real-estate developer and alleged swinger.

    Years ago, Junior won a battle against his brother Jonathan, who is a pastor, for leadership of Liberty U. Jonathan leads his Dad’s old megachurch in town.

    • Thanks: Kronos
  114. Dmon says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Why stop with the living ex-presidents? Woodrow Wilson has skated long enough. And Andrew Johnson should be given a chance to tie Trump’s lifetime record. Hell, if Johnson got to play under the modern rules, he might have racked up 3 or 4 impeachments.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadaver_Synod

  115. Neuday says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    You meet your 18 year old self- you can say 3 words- what are they?

    They’re all crazy.

  116. Alden says:

    Someone should tell Penn the Evangelicals are an entirely different branch of Christianity from the Roman branch run by the Vatican. Satan, satin, it was probably spell check.

  117. @Mike Tre

    Agree with you about Duvall. Would probably add Jonathan Pryce to the list, and maybe George C. Scott. I don’t see any actors of our current day to match any of these.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
  118. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    Is this actually from the real actor? It’s bizarre and illiterate. Did he have a stroke or doing some heavy duty drugs? This guy was married to Madonna? Weird, really weird.

  119. Alden says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Community property even average singers musicians are vastly more wealthy than actors.

    And none of the endless 2 or 3 years of trouble and toil in making a movie. That’s why Jennifer Lopez, Cher David Geffen and many others just dabbled in movies but stuck to music to make money. Plus, crooked as they are, the music company accounting departments are vastly more honest than the magical mystery movie accounting systems.

    Madonna was always more famous, wealthier and a better publicity hound than any of her husbands. She gave a big boost to Penn’s career as well as a big financial settlement when they got divorced. Like her or not, she’s an incredible business person.

  120. Kaye M says:

    Evangelical isn’t used by Catholics… and, you know, they’d probably be excommunicated rather than impeached… maybe he was trying to be funny (the left can’t meme) … he’ll be remembered less for his comedic insight and more for beating up his ex-wives…

  121. Rob McX says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Or else he hired a PR firm and told them, “Write like I would”.

  122. @Clifford Brown

    Way too much of people’s “world” is this Hollyweird nonsense.

    Turns out to have been a disaster for the West to have hostiles to make up stories, film them and put them in front of people’s eyeballs … and ergo into their brains as actual viewed reality.

    This is turns out to be too powerful. Allows lies to ooze past the sort of skeptical “fraud filter” we have for verbal communication.

    If i could hit a switch to terminate this whole visual fraud industry, i’d do it.

    • Agree: HammerJack, El Dato
    • Replies: @Nico
  123. Anon[171] • Disclaimer says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    I’d change that to “Microsoft, Amazon, Bitcoin,” since prior to the existence of Amazon you would probably just think, huh, a fruit, a river, and … what?!? Microsoft had quite a market ride and the name is unique, making it more obvious that it’s a stock recommendation upon a first hearing.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
  124. “Actors are cattle.” Alfred Hitchcock

    • Replies: @S
  125. Following up on Steve’s timeline:

    “My six year old daughter was diagnosed with bone cancer. So we insisted that all of the other little girls in her class go through the same chemotherapy treatments as she. It’s the only fair thing to do, and I’m sure the ones who survive will learn important lessons about cancer awareness and the importance of universal healthcare.”

    FWIW, I think a much more morally bankrupt position is to convince children to get dosed with cross-sex hormones and mutilate their genitals rather than seeking out the psychological or endocrinological roots of their malcontent, but I suppose I’m just old fashioned in that way.

  126. @R.G. Camara

    He starred in some terrible movies after Superman, though.

    SPOILERS AHEAD

    Have you ever seen Monsignor? Reeve plays a crooked priest who rises through the ranks of the Vatican by making lucrative deals with the Mafia (via a childhood friend) in the post-World War II black market. Reeve is protected by an ambitious bishop who thwarts his rivals’ efforts to expose his nefarious deeds. Along the way, he finds time for a dalliance with aspiring nun Genevieve Bujold, who strips down for the audience during the obligatory love scene.

    Naturally, she doesn’t know he’s a priest. She thinks he’s a soldier. She finds out the truth at a Papal reception. This scene, easily the best in the film, features no dialogue – just Bujold looking devastated and Reeve looking humiliated.

    After Bujold kicks Reeve to the curb, he gets in trouble with the dying Pope after his friend steals a bunch of Mob money from the Vatican treasury. Reeve gets the money back, the friend gets a bullet in the head, and Reeve decides to leave the pressure-cooker of Vatican politics for greener pastures in upstate New York. The music swells as he and the bishop (who is now the new Pope) share a big bear hug, and then the credits roll.

    The movie (produced by the same team that churned out Mommie Dearest) wants to be a Very Important Drama about the corruption and redemption of the human soul, but it’s so ineptly done that it’s practically a comedy. This line of dialogue sums up the quality of the writing: “You’re a very ambitious man, and that’s a very ambitious plan.” Reeve’s performance isn’t much better; he runs the gamut of emotions from A to B. The one bright spot is the music score by John Williams, which undeservedly won a Razzie.

    Reeve was so disillusioned by his experience on the set of Monsignor that he took a big pay cut to star in The Bostonians because he wanted to work with Merchant Ivory.

  127. kihowi says:
    @Steve Sailer

    It’s the white disease. You don’t see Asian actors do that. We think that artists who harm themselves are romantic and exciting instead of, what the rest of the world would say, stupid and depressing.

    Rubens, who was described unanimously by his contemporaries as the nicest guy ever, is therefore a boring lame-o with a humorous sexual fetish. Van Gogh on the other hand, a worse artist who was insane and tried to kill others (Gauguin, unsuccessfully) and himself (successfully), gives us the tingles.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  128. Deckin says:
    @Sean

    I’m sure his heavy smoking isn’t helping either. You don’t get that Naugahyde couch face by just getting big and then cutting.

    • Replies: @Sean
  129. mmack says:

    Steve,

    A little O/T, but if we’re talking about people doing silly things (like weird tweets), I found this story that ties back to last week’s posts of yours:

    https://notthebee.com/article/this-guy-thought-tessica-browns-gorilla-glue-story-was-a-hoax-so-he-created-a-gorilla-glue-challenge-and-ended-up-in-the-er-after-gluing-a-solo-cup-to-his-face

    Link to video:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CLHgbhVH8-2/

    TL/DR an aspiring rapper Gorilla Glued a plastic cup to his face and ended up in the ER where the cup had to be removed by medical staff.

    Suddenly tweeting about Satin doesn’t look so dumb. 🤦🏻‍♂️

  130. The Hollywood idiots are always so desperate for attention.

    I don’t use tw. Penn must have a good number of real followers. The more bizarre his tweets, the more followers he attracts.

    The more movie offers come his way?

  131. J.Ross says:
    @R.G. Camara

    He was fantastic in Deathtrap, where he got to be scary after being nerdy.

  132. Anon[171] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    UnitedHealthcare muses about possibly adding race data to its physician directory so that (black) patients could choose (black) doctors. Black doctors don’t seem to like the idea. I have a feeling that both black and white patients might like it, so they could avoid black doctors.

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/02/15/nations-largest-health-insurer-wants-to-match-doctors-with-patients-based-on-race/

    Fortunately black given names are a pretty good identifier, and most doctors have photos online somewhere.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  133. J.Ross says:
    @sayless

    Sian Phillips is riveting in everything she’s in, which is all the more impressive because she’s in everything.

    • Agree: HammerJack
  134. J.Ross says:
    @sayless

    >why did a talentless closeted homosexual who followed orders do better in the film industry than a talented Christian who would absolutely demand things from the studio and be proven right?
    I can’t believe it, young Norm MacDonald is in a knock-down, drag out fight with the “it is a mystery” ghost gif, despite neither physically existing.

  135. @Old and Grumpy

    Now you know by Greta T’hunger was chosen as the face of climate change.

  136. Kylie says:

    “Speaking of Sean Penn’s boomer confusion, I got “Nights in White Satin” confused with “Whiter Shade of Pale” and all its cousins.”

    I’d been posting here for years when I realized there were no knights in white satin. Even worse, I used to think that was such a dumb image.

    “Whiter Shade of Pale” could easily be confused with “A Hazy Shade of Winter”.

    • Agree: Trinity
  137. @RichardTaylor

    “I notice most actors pretty much look and sound the same in every role, even the “great” ones. It’s like they either have the ability to project certain emotions or they don’t. And mainly they need to look a certain way for certain roles.”

    Funnily enough, I was watching Calvin Dyson’s review of The Rock last night, and he points out that Connery was not just a star but a great actor, and although as a Bond fan he always starts comparing Connery’s performance to Bond whenever he pops up in a movie, he soon realizes Connery has created an entirely new character each time. Fans like to speculate that Connery’s role in The Rock is a kind of late middle aged Bond, but he still emerges as a new, interesting character.

  138. @Harry Baldwin

    Trump could lead the prosecution, using all his old birther material. It would be epic!

  139. Guest007 says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    In the 1970’s high schools had designated smoking areas for students and for teachers and allowed students to leave campus and driver their cars away for lunch. For all of the talk about progressives, it seems that progressives have pushed to extend childhood for many teenagers until they are older than 18.

  140. Guest007 says:
    @El Dato

    These days, if one wants to go into politics, one had better start thinking about every single action starting in high school and do nothing that can be used in the future.

  141. @Excal

    Agree re Zebra and McGoohan, but Stewart was always bad, and Rope is one of his worst. His “aw shucks” act is grating enough in his usual roles, but hearing him trying to choke out all that pseudo-Nietzschean guff is painful. The only positive note is that it’s supposed to be guff, whereas Peck in The Fountainhead is supposed to believe what he’s obviously pretending to recite.

    • Replies: @Excal
  142. Curle says:
    @Clifford Brown

    Use the pause feature at between 0:50 -:53 of the Coogan speech and tell me that there aren’t at least two people looking like they want to barf as Coogan says ‘as a white man I haven’t had to battle against anything.’ The woman’s expression sitting next to the insecure dork overreacting is priceless.

    • Replies: @Liza
  143. It feels like a fool’s errand, trying to come up with a witty response that is somehow funnier than this thing itself.

  144. El Dato says:

    The Black Tank Engine of 1619 is taking “a break from Twitter” due to rolling abuse:

    ‘You’ve won’: 1619 Project creator who doxxed conservative reporter ‘taking a break’ from Twitter over abuse

    It’s like burning the rainforest underneath a colorful parakeet to make way for soy plantations.

    Liberals moan in pain

    • Thanks: MEH 0910
    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  145. When the movie Dead Man Walking came out Sean Penn said that he was against the Death Penalty because “ We could be sending these guys to the biggest party of their life “ — or something to that effect . Pay no attention to this dude’s opinions on anything other than acting .

  146. Bill says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    I would definitely take Penn over much of that list.

  147. Mr. Anon says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    I’ve never been a fan of 80’s high-school comedies, but I like this one:

    Three O’Clock High

    It’s quite good. Even watching it as an adult, you’ll probably enjoy it.

    • Thanks: JohnnyWalker123
    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
  148. Liza says:
    @Curle

    What a prik, what a sycophant.

    • Agree: HammerJack
  149. Mr. Anon says:
    @Kylie

    I’d been posting here for years when I realized there were no knights in white satin.

    I always thought it was about the Ku Klux Klan.

    • LOL: JMcG
  150. Mr. Anon says:
    @Alden

    Commonwealth fusion systems Cambridge mass looks to be a good investment. It’s basically the 1960s nuclear power idea that was attacked by the Rockefeller foundation to preserve fossil fuels. Don’t risk the rent but a few thousand you can afford to lose might really pay off.

    They are the follow-on to Alcator C-Mod, a super-conducting Tokamak that was the culmination of the fusion research done at MIT for forty years. As fusion concepts go it’s…………..well, it’s one of them.

    The World has been 20 years away from fusion for the last 70 years. Good luck with that.

  151. Muggles says:
    @Cloudbuster

    You stole my comment about digging up Cromwell’s corpse as a punishment.

    Though I think I have used that one before in a comment in recent weeks.

    ‘Great minds think alike’, etc.

  152. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @Clifford Brown

    Oh fuck Steve Coogan. What a hump.

    • Agree: Liza
  153. Kylie says:
    @HammerJack

    Maggie Smith and Barbara Stanwyck, yes. Both had such commanding presences. Didn’t upstage others, exactly. Both able to play women of towering strength or touching vulnerability.

    Bette Davis and Vanessa Redgrave, no. Love Bette and don’t think she gets a fair shake but she never quite persuaded me she could wear her heart on her sleeve.
    Redgrave has possibly the most luminous screen presence of anyone who’s ever appeared on camera. I think she dazzles her audience to the point of complete befuddlement. She’s amazing. But I don’t think she has much range. Then again, she doesn’t need it.

    I never saw any of Laurette Taylor’s movies.

  154. @anon

    TwoNineFive, more than an Agree button, but sean penn and other Hollywood dickheads get to sit before Congressional Hearings and profer their opinions on things that affect us. Politicians have never met an actor or actress too stupid to testify about anything and everything while they sit in awe. Says alot about government. Stay safe.

    • Replies: @anon
  155. Goatweed says:
    @sayless

    Loved Livia giving the gladiators instructions.

  156. @BenKenobi

    “Team America World Police” is a wonderful movie. I wouldn’t put it up there with “Gone With the Wind”, but it is in the “Young Frankenstein” category.

    Does anybody remember Hans Blix? No? But he is immortalized in this movie. I find myself rooting for President Kim throughout this movie, but particularly in this scene.

    • Thanks: BenKenobi
  157. @Polistra

    And there’s Penn’s dalliance with Scarlett Johansson who strikes me as a somewhat reasonable person, besides being a spectacularly gifted actress (see Girl with a Pearl Earning).

    Perhaps a woman with some daddy issues? I think they were close to two decades apart at the time.

    Madonna is arguably at Grade B, maybe, but Scarlett is Grade A.

    So the guy is nuts, but clearly has/had some game.

    • Replies: @TWS
  158. Daniel H says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Talk about creating ideal roles for your actors, nobody beats director Paul Morrissey. Morrissey claims that all that method stuff is BS nonsense. Just frame a story that allows the actors true characters to shine through. Well, after all, how many directors directed veritable Superstars.

    Go to 1:36:00 to witness one of the most hilarious scenes ever filmed.

  159. njguy73 says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    If I was a Gen Z kid, and I saw what life was like in 1982 as opposed to now, I’d be the angriest mofo alive.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  160. I think this might be an example of a Hyper-Real Tweet.

  161. @RichardTaylor

    I don’t think most commenters understood what you wrote.

    Personally, I don’t know what to think. Can acting, any acting, be great? Are there great lawyers or surgeons or engineers in the sense there are great painters or composers or physicists?

    Anyway, it is rather easy to detect excellence in the acting profession. If some person is convincing in the role so that we accept his representation of a personality in a movie as a quasi-reality- then, the actor is great/good/capable/eminent/whatever. If we see that gestures, smiles, talk, …. are somehow fake or forced- then, an actor didn’t succeed.

  162. Curle says:

    Penn’s either an complete moron or this is the greatest tribute to Norm MacDonald I’ve ever seen.

  163. anon[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Says alot about government.

    “Politics is just Hollywood for ugly people”.

    • LOL: Buffalo Joe
  164. Kyle says:

    I just realized last week that don’t fear the reaper & burning for you aren’t the same song.

  165. Kylie says:
    @R.G. Camara

    I consider Miranda Richardson to be the greatest ever film actress. Her range is extraordinary–she’s often virtually unrecognizable from one role to another–and she can be deeply moving.

    Dance With a Stranger, in which she portrayed Ruth Ellis, was her first movie. In this clip, she’s working in a club, already completely disillusioned by her caddish lover yet just as completely obsessed with him, when he walks in with his fiancee. The emotions that play across her face tell the whole story.

  166. @Kylie

    I’d been posting here for years when I realized there were no knights in white satin.

    I’d assumed they were referring to wealthier Klansmen who wanted to stand out a bit from the crowd around the burning cross.

    • LOL: Kylie
  167. danand says:

    El Dato, reading a bit from DiAngelo’s linked paper leads me to believe it may be quite the struggle for her to make half as good; twice, likely out of the question.

    Last line from her “Case for Cultural (In)Competence in Computing screed:

    “In addition, more students from marginalized groups will retained in the major through degree completion.”

    About par for her paper.

  168. @kihowi

    Rubens was not just a painter but also a major diplomat trusted by the Catholic kings of Europe to handle negotiations amongst them. In fact, he came up with his own plan for diplomatically reconciling the the Catholic powers with each other, which he worked on his own account.

  169. Celebrities always know what’s best.

  170. @Steve Sailer

    Rubens was not just a painter but also a major diplomat…

    Chaucer was a customs official, Eric Hoffer a longshoreman, and Alexander Borodin a chemistry professor. (If you’re ever in a game where you have to name a chemist starting with B-, skip Bohr and go for Borodin.)

    These were their day jobs, not the equivalent of waiting tables waiting for a call.

    OT, but timely, are today and tomorrow both legal holidays in Louisiana? That would mean banks closed for three-and-a-half days.

  171. MEH 0910 says:
    @El Dato

  172. syonredux says:

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  173. Curle says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    Try this. Seems sublime to me.

  174. Mike Tre says:
    @HammerJack

    Christian Bale is pretty good. James Caviezel and Daniel Lewis have good range as well.

  175. @Steve Sailer

    Stallone started doing the modern muscle thing about for Rocky III in 1982 and got huge for Rambo in 1985.

    Stallone had a lot more athletic physique than Arnold, even in Rambo.

    Arnold looks laughably slow and bulky in Commando:

    Yes, I know, totally homo comparison, blah blah blah.

    Either way, the important thing is the ’80s were a lot more fun than the crap we have today.

  176. Redman says:
    @BB753

    Sorry. But this band sucks. And the singer sounds like he’s singing for a rest home in Transylvania.

    Procul Harem is the most overrated band ever. As a GenXer, I’ve never understood how the boomers include this group (or Thin Lizzy) in the great pantheon of 1965-75.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    , @R.G. Camara
    , @BB753
  177. @njguy73

    There are many Gen Zers that are so brainwashed I’m not certain they could begin processing what has been lost since the late ’70s/early ’80s.

    This is one of the most tragic trends in the Current Year.

  178. @R.G. Camara

    Wouldn’t he care more about all her money?

  179. He’s just starting the liberal version of QAnon.

  180. Mr. Grey says:
    @duncsbaby

    Tammy sang everything the best.

  181. @MEH 0910

    Ida Bae Wells
    @nhannahjones

    Pronounced “nyaah-nyaah”.

    Ida Bae Wells = Beadle wails.

    Feb 13

    Beware the Idas of February!

  182. Penn is a modern MLK. He lost no intergender wrestling match against Madonna.. perhaps we should have a day devoted to him.
    A Jolie decided to get mastectomy because she had brac1 genes and that tends to be found in 7 of the 12 women per 1000 who get breast cancer. Yes she is an inumerate loon. The real reason Gina Carano was fired is she is someone else,s hire and Kennedy and her mob sacked her to sabotage them. If ThThe Mandelorean fails it will not reflect badly on The greatest movie producer who ever got their position by being Spielberg,s PA.

    Hamerst graduate Dan Brown is also convinced that the popes had been Responsible for harvard grads instituing the Salem witch trials. Well dons machine on not capitalizing harvard.

    this itis on Twitter where sending death threats to JK Rowling is allowed despite it being against terms of service to ordinary nobodies.

    Joe
    Biden follows someone’s lead which is why he is acting as president at the moment.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  183. @HammerJack

    “The United States Congress. When we’re busy impeaching people, we’re not effing anything else up. For once.”

    And here I was thinking that a deadly Plague stalked the Land like a Colossus bestrode the Earth. Yet congress has ample time for Fakepeachmints 2.0 – almost as if they know C19 is a hoax……

  184. @syonredux

    This is where Warren’s philanthropy goes. (I’m assuming it’s not paid for with Jimmy’s money.) Warren’s sister’s, actually.

    Prof. Barnor Hesse discusses origins, evolution of contemporary racism at Buffett Institute event

    • Replies: @Curle
  185. White House deletes public petitions from official website. MSM silent. Petitions first offered under Obama.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/515648-biden-white-house-petition-removed/

  186. @Jonathan Mason

    Jonathan, there is a documentary titled “Marley.” He was a very interesting person. I enjoyed it even though I only liked a handful of his songs.

  187. @HammerJack

    Hammer, I knew this was from the Onion starting with the words…”offering a fresh start to an organization seeking to revive its influence over global economic rules.” Too funny. This was humor, right?

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  188. @Anon

    I have a feeling that both black and white patients might like it, so they could avoid black doctors.

    I was grandfathered from a pretty good male Indian (7-11, not casino) doctor to a black woman doctor.

    Don’t let this happen to you!

    • Replies: @Anon
  189. @Kylie

    I’d been posting here for years when I realized there were no knights in white satin.

    Kylie, this one’s for you:

  190. @James O'Meara

    I can’t find the link now, but I swear there is an interview where Sir Sean confirms The Rock is his final outing as 007.

  191. In my very humble experience, some actors are really quite intelligent but they’re not well educated. They’re in many ways victims of their egos, environments, experiences. How many of them have time to really study anything anything that doesn’t benefit their career? Once I was at a girlfriend’s wrap party that descended into what I would label a proper sex party.

    Was buzzed and stumbled upon a bass guitar in a bedroom, and The Clash’s Straight to Hell was playing. I’d never heard it before and started to follow it as best I could on bass. To this day I don’t like hearing that song, because it affected me so at that party. It’s pretty heavy if you know the lyrics.

    Everyone ran outside to go skinnydipping and I stayed inside to replay it a few times. No way I was going to get naked around the those actors.

    Another actress that I dated didn’t know who Chairman Mao was, but she was very beautiful and kind in her own way.

  192. @Steve Sailer

    https://images.app.goo.gl/4VxWnVU5qBfcyfkJ6

    Didn’t Rubens coin the phrase “It’s not over till the fat lady swings”?

  193. @The Alarmist

    Dude, you must have watched that movie on ludes

    I’m sorry… but if you watched that movie while sober…. you did it wrong.

    • LOL: The Alarmist
  194. @MEH 0910

    NHJ: “I know I haven’t always exemplified grace on here, but…”

    Stalin: “Granted, I’ve been a bit hard on the kulaks, but…”

    Pol Pot: “No question, the Khmer Rouge have occasionally been overly zealous in enforcing People’s Justice, but…”

    Harvey Weinstein: “I may not be a perfect gentleman, but hey, this is show business. If these girls want to be in the business, first they gotta put on a show…”

    By the way, note how NHJ neatly avoids apologizing, or even admitting she was wrong, for tweeting the cell phone number of some journalist who had the temerity to disagree with her. Is this “doxxing” (disclosure of personal details about other writers, particularly those who publish under pseudonyms like Scott Alexander) now standard operating procedure at the New York Times?

    Plymouth Rock should land on her.

    • Agree: MEH 0910
  195. @Kibernetika

    “Another actress that I dated didn’t know who Chairman Mao was…”

    I trust you recalled the words of that great Lennonist: “Well, if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao/you ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow…”

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
  196. Curle says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Saw that when it came out expecting something like the original and came away wondering if Travolta was an homo. It was that gay. Thank goodness he’s not, right?

  197. Curle says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    “Contemporary racism.” Where do you go for the classes on ancient racism? Racism in pre-history?

  198. Has Sean Penn ever followed Nikki Haley’s lead?

    Somewhat above the Bowels of Hell will be found the burrows of the marmot. His day, the Western Candlemas, comes long before Washington’s birthday, but Washington’s Birthday (the reason for no mail today) has come a full week early, and today is Candlemas in the Orthodox world.

    Which means our “Presidents’ Day” is Statehood Day in Serbia. What a wonderful coincidence!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statehood_Day_(Serbia)

    What is the Serbian equivalent of a groundhog? Evidently some poor bear. Who’d’ve been woken up twice in Tito’s day.

    May we never see the District of Columbia’s flag on the Burj Khalifa. Puerto Rico’s, yes– at her independence.

  199. @The Alarmist

    If you know a Generation Z kid, introduce them to this movie. It’d shock them how much fun young people used to have back in the day.

    Dude, you must have watched that movie on ‘ludes, ‘cos it was mostly about teen angst and agita.

    It’s also blatant abortionist propaganda. The last thing we need now is yet another barren generation of white kids.

    • Agree: The Alarmist
  200. @Steve Sailer

    “Penn dropped out of acting for awhile in the 1990s. I wouldn’t be surprised if the stresses he put on his body and brain changing weight didn’t play a role in that breakdown.”
    No, it is because, as Sgt Lincoln Osiris said to Tug Speedman, Penn went Full Retard for I am Sam. “Never go full retard!”

  201. JMcG says:
    @Redman

    Thin Lizzy only gets mentioned because the lead singer was black.

  202. @salute the marines

    Dude, you stole my next screen name!

    “Put a lid on it,” isn’t nearly as cool as, “salute the marines!”

  203. Yeah, I know, all those songs have that same descending chord sequence. Except “Knights in White Satin.” So I’m not sure I get the joke.

  204. Goatweed says:

    Reporters interviewing difficult people should use burner phones.

  205. @JohnnyWalker123

    Movie sucks. Behaving like that sucks. Idolizing dumb people sucks. Thinking that movies reflect real life sucks. You suck.

  206. @El Dato

    I remember when the media kept acting shocked at the hard-partying and wild behavior that Kavanaugh immersed himself in back in the 80s. It’s like everybody suddenly forgot what life used to be like in the late 60s-early 90s era.

    Sure, if you compare Kavanaugh to what introverted Generation Z kids are like these days, he comes across as an incomprehensibly raucous “party animal.” However, by 80s standards, he wasn’t especially unusual. Back then, young people were ridiculously extroverted, social, and fun-loving.

    If a Generation Z kid took a time machine back to the 80s, he wouldn’t think it was real life. There’s no way today’s crop of young people could comprehend what the world was like before social media, smartphones, home computers, home videogame consoles, Netflix, iPods, iPads, strict loitering&curfew laws, strict drunk driving laws, anti-cruising ordinances, helicopter parents, online shopping, mandatory (if you want to go to college) after-school extracurriculars, and crushing homework loads.

    Ridgemont High used to be a real place. If the political class just rewatched that movie, Kavanaugh would’ve made much more sense.

    • Agree: Sick 'n Tired
  207. @Mike Tre

    He can finally feel free to channel his inner Madonna, maybe from her rocket-bra period back in the 90s.

    • LOL: BB753
  208. e.272 says:

    “But, perhaps they are too busy at sex parties”

    Russell Crow, who beefed up for the part, got the lead in “The Nice Guys”. Sean Penn could have played that role too. Sour grapes?

    “The Nice Guys” is an OK murder mystery with a 1970’s Los Angeles backdrop. It will be a film that has some legs.

    I like watching just about anything filmed in 1970’s Los Angeles for the background alone. “The Nice Guys” does so with sets, but still enjoyable to me.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  209. @e.272

    The Nice Guys was filmed in, I think, Atlanta, which took a little of the flavor of its LA in the 1970s theme away. Compare it to Tarantino’s last movie, which was filmed very much where it was set.

  210. Excal says:
    @sayless

    Probably television, more than anything else. Orson Welles said of McGoohan that television had deprived his generation of one of its great actors. But television was where McGoohan got his break and made his money — and plenty of it — and that is where he mostly remained, apart from the occasional tantalising outing on the stage and big screen.

    Unfortunately, McGoohan’s career was probably also hindered somewhat by his drinking, especially after the ITV years. In those days, at least, television had a culture of heavy drinking, and McGoohan apparently never quite shook it.

    I once heard that you could regularly find McGoohan at the Library in Santa Monica in his twilight years, and that he was fairly sociable and would talk to pretty much anybody.

    • Thanks: sayless
    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
    , @Reg Cæsar
  211. Excal says:
    @James O'Meara

    It’s admittedly been a long time since I saw Rope, but I do recall being impressed that when Stewart entered the scene, a professional had arrived. It was as though Dall and Granger were suddenly revealed to be middling students in his acting class.

    Then again, it may have been that Dall and Granger were not very good actors. Or that even very good stage plays struggle when dropped into the cinema without adjustment.

    I know that many people don’t care for Stewart’s aw-shucks routine, but personally I never minded it. Shucks or not, he had a stage presence which was, in its way, electric. McGoohan had it as well.

  212. Anon[385] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: ‘Minneapolis Quietly Spends Millions To Hire More Cops Amid Ongoing “Defund Police” Campaign.’

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/minneapolis-quietly-spends-64mm-hire-more-cops-grassroots-groups-push-defund-plan

    Looks like Frey was either badly frightened, or he recognizes his dreams of higher political office won’t happen unless he gets his city under control.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  213. @Kibernetika

    Once I was at a girlfriend’s wrap party that descended into what I would label a proper sex party.

    When I was in advertising, we had a client whose commercials always required casting three attractive couples, men and women in their mid to late 20s. The day before the shoot, the actors would put on the wardrobe selected for them and we would approve the choices. After that, the director told them, “You’re free till tomorrow, the driver will take you back you back to the hotel.”

    Then he turned to us and stage-whispered, “They’re actors, they have to go have sex now.”

  214. Excal says:
    @Mr. Anon

    W is plenty bad, but the W that most urgently wants post-office impeachment is Woodrow Wilson.

    After him, LBJ, and while we’re about it, a long-overdue conviction for murder.

  215. Ragno says:
    @Kylie

    I do think both Christian Bale and Gary Oldman have played a wide variety of roles.

    In the early 90s, Gary Oldman was astonishing. What range! His “Jackie Flannery” was flabbergasting, just as his “Drexl Spivey” was two years later. Okay, I’ve seen better Draculas, but imagine what went through his mind watching them cast Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder as Jonathan Harker and Mina: to wit, “Bleep it then”.

    Sadly, he’s going to be remembered for phoning it in as “Commissioner Gordon” because that’s just how Hollywood works – anyway, the phonies who run things there will be sure to blame the “philistine” public. Christian Bale is also a very good actor, doomed to be middle-named “Batman” till the day he dies; but with him, it’s less of a shame because he’s never likable even when he’s the hero – plus that ridiculous ‘scary’ voice he used in those Batman movies was really unforgiveable. It will follow him like toilet paper stuck to his shoe; and it should.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
  216. @JohnnyWalker123

    Be careful.

    Just a few frames of Phoebe Cates are guaranteed to raise the Antifa crowd’s levels of Nietzschean ressentiment to eleven.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  217. syonredux says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Stallone started doing the modern muscle thing about for Rocky III in 1982

    Yeah. Stallone’s physique in ROCKY

    And ROCKY II

    Looks quite natural, the product of working out and a proper diet, not chemicals.
    ROCKY III

    and RAMBO II

    are when you start seeing signs of PEDs.

  218. syonredux says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Penn was emaciated for Falcon and the Snowman in about 1985, then massive for At Close Range in 1986. I think he continued to yo-yo up and down in weight for different roles.

    Penn in 2015’s THE GUNMAN, when he was in his mid-50s

    He’s definitely getting a little chemical assistance….

  219. syonredux says:
    @Stebbing Heuer

    Memories of a better America….

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  220. Anon[371] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    I was reading today about a protest organized by an outfit called Doctors Without Jobs, a pretty funny name, I admit, a Doctors Without Borders joke.

    Doctors Without Jobs are medical school grads who cannot get residencies, meaning they cannot practice medicine, unless they set up their own general practice with no specialty (and finance it themselves).

    The people in Doctors Without Jobs seem to be mostly black. Others are ex-nurses in their 40s and graduates of medical schools in the Carribean. They say that 10,000 non-American medical graduates are given residencies, but 7,000 Americans aren’t. (I think the foreign graduates are non-citizen graduates of American medical schools.)

    I looked more into this. The residency hospitals get confidential data from the student’s schools, including teacher “recommendations,” and there is a quite difficult standardized test of things taught in medical school. What seems to be happening is that a lot of affirmative-actioned, bottom-of-the-class people are led along until the rubber hits the road and they are half a million dollars in debt and they find out they are not good enough be be doctors.

    There’s a big controvery about the test, and black students want it to be pass-fail, with a lower threshold. The test company heads gave a quite sarcastic response that they want to know that future doctors are studying and not watching television and using social media (or Netflix and Instagram, as they put it). The black students want doctors that are “empathetic humans” and not “computer robots locked in a room studying usless facts,” since persumably people who score well on tests must have bad personalities. This residency thing seems to be the last barrier to flooding the market with truly bottom of the barrel doctors. They should have been weeded out long before.

    • Thanks: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @JMcG
  221. Anonymous[429] • Disclaimer says:

    “Nights in White Satin” is perhaps the most prominent display of the use of the Melotron in pop music. The Melotron dates from a time before integrated circuits and transistors were perfected, and is/was basically an electrical synthesiser which relied upon pre-installed sets of recorded magnetic tape to generate sound, rather than electronic tone generators. Like the synthesisers which superseded it, it was operated by keyboard.
    It was manufactured in Birmingham, England, by Streetly Electronics, Birmingham being the hometown of the Moody Blues.

    Perhaps the most famous instance of the Melotron in popular music is the haunting, evocative piping sounds in the opening bars of The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever”.

  222. danand says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    “You meet your 18 year old self- you can say 3 words- what are they?
    Apple. Amazon. Bitcoin.”

    Harry, a close high school friend bought an Apple II computer a year after graduation. He did with it, what at the time, seemed to me pretty neat stuff; but there was no way I could buy one at North a grand. You could get a running Mustang or Firebird for that kind of dough!

    But it impressed enough that during winter break of ’85, I purchased my first stocks. 100 shares of Apple for right at $9 each. Went down to the Charles Schwab, adjacent to what used to be the Sunnyvale Town Center mall, opened an account, and 15 minutes later walked out with my piece of paper.

    Held that paper for ~9 months as it’s value continued to drop. Headed back over to Schwab and traded back that paper bought for $900 for right around $650, which I used to buy an H2 750 from the tow yard.

    Didn’t think much about, nor purchase, equities for another decade.

    AAPL What 2
    https://dqydj.com/stock-return-calculator/

    Can look back and think “if only”, but with 99% certainty, if AAPL had doubled in price I would have sold, and thought myself genius.

    So naturally my three words to 18 year self:

    AAPL, Never, Sell

    or using current vernacular – AAPL, Diamond, Hands

    • LOL: Ron Mexico
  223. @Redman

    Thin Lizzy had two things going for it to give it bonus points: (1) lead singer was a mulatto black; and (2) the band was all from Ireland, including the lead singer (Boomers still had nostalgia for their Irish ethnic roots). And the band had some good tunes and the lead was good, so it deserved some fame.

    Also, I watched a Behind the Music on the band. Lead singer’s early life was like Obama’s: white mother shacked up with black guy who left promptly, then she dropped her son off with her parents and basically abandoned him, too.

    The documentary tried hard to make the lead’s life all about racism and oppression in EVIL SO WHITE IRELAND, but couldn’t find much. The kid grew up in Ireland and basically got along with everyone and after the initial shock of seeing his dark skin he was accepted by everyone as just another lad, and he was just another Irish lad, just black. He basically got into music for the same reason most guys get into music: to pick up chicks, not for some oppressed-black-man rationale.

    N.B. The lead singer died pretty young, and since then his mother (who is still alive today, IIRC) has tried to make money off his legacy, crying how she wasn’t there for him as a child. Basically, she’s a heartless grifter on his grave. Sad!

    • Thanks: HammerJack
  224. @Excal

    McGoohan hit it out of the park with his role in Braveheart: he picked one of the best films of all time, a huge hit, and a film that relaunched the epic genre, and stole the show as evil King Edward Longshanks, so much so that his performance literally caused scholars to historically reevaulate King Edward’s place in history; before the film, King Edward was largely viewed positively and heroically.

    So I think whatever other films he could have made, McGoohan picked a perfect one there.

    McGoohan also did a slam-bang hilarious job as a guest star on Murder She Wroteonce. He played a top-flight Canadian criminal defense attorney with a wandering eye and was scene-stealing, arguing with Mrs. Fletcher on the best trial strategy for his innocent client.

  225. @Anon

    I would hope that Mayor Jacob Frey doesn’t still entertain dreams of higher office after how he responded to Floyd’s death and the subsequent rioting, but anything is possible.

    There’s a better case that Frey incited violence in his city than there is that Trump incited violence at the Capitol. Based on the history of Republican protests, Tump had no reason to expect one to turn violent, while based on the history of anti-police protests by BLM and Antifa, Frey had every reason to believe that the protests following Floyd’s death would. Yet he did not urge the public to stand down and trust the process. Instead, his response was a call to arms:

    Being black in America should not be a death sentence. We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him to the police car and get off his neck . This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violent charge. We will seek justice for the family of George Floyd, as we demand answers from the Minneapolis Police Department. How many ‘while black’ deaths will it take until the racial profiling and undervaluing of black lives by police finally ends?

    Perhaps he thought that by showing solidarity with the protesters, they would not feel the need for violent protest. If so, he ignored all past history.

    If Chauvin is not convicted of murder, but perhaps of some lesser charge or even acquitted, Minneapolis is in for further rioting.

  226. @syonredux

    Perfect body aside, what is especially enticing about Phoebe Cates is a face that suggests a sweet, feminine personality. Many beautiful actresses, like Nicole Kidman or Charlize Theron, have a cold look.

    • Agree: TWS
    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
    , @Reg Cæsar
  227. @anon

    I used to go out and paint in the full moonlight. When you see what you have done by the light of day, you’re surprised.

    Let’s say that you try, while painting, to get the values right (which is the key to a likeness). The whole color scheme will be shifted because moonlight is much bluer than daylight. Things which are actually yellow/orange will appear relatively darker by moonlight than in they do in daylight and pale blues will appear white. Red and green are indistinguishable.

    You know where the colors are on your palette but if you’re really trying to match what’s out there, you don’t reach for the same piles as you are accustomed to do when rendering a landscape.

    I did some self portraits by moonlight as well. They were shocking when seen in the light of day. Again, the values are sort of right, but the colors appeared as though painted by a madman, like the stuff done by schizophrenics you saw in your psychology textbooks.

    Anyway, yellow is not white by moonlight and red is black, not gray. And that ain’t no decision. It’s the physics of ambient wave length of light and filters.

  228. Sean says:
    @Deckin

    Slight tightening of the fine skin under the eyes is the kind of subtle acting he cannot do any longer.

    Stallone’s facial skin is far more thickened, it’s in proportion to the excessiveness of their Growth Hormone hijinx I suspect.

  229. S says:
    @Paperback Writer

    “Actors are cattle.” Alfred Hitchcock

    For a long time actors (and actresses) under contract to a particular studio were referred to as that studio’s ‘stable’ of actors.

    • Replies: @black sea
  230. @R.G. Camara

    Everything–Everything! is now viewed through the lens of race. It’s essentially all there is any more. And everything that wasn’t about race in the past must now be retconned as having been about race originally.

    The Daily Mail has a new piece about chippendales

    [MORE]

    Chippendales was co-founded by Somen ‘Steve’ Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who had moved from Bombay to Los Angeles in the late 1960s.

    Banerjee worked as a janitor and owned two gas stations before he bought the failing bar, Destiny II, on the Westside of LA. He and his partner Bruce Nahin tried everything from female mud wrestling to magic shows to bring in crowds without any success.

    Their luck changed when Paul Snider, a self-described ‘Jewish pimp’ from Canada, suggested an all-male strip night.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  231. @HammerJack

    Ran out of edit window. Here’s the relevant part:

    While the concept was a hit, there was little to no diversity as the performers who were hired were primarily white.

    [MORE]

    ‘Banerjee wanted a classy club, and for him, classy meant white,’ Petrzela told Los Angeles Magazine. ‘Although as the show matured, there was often one black dancer at a time.

    ‘But it’s important to realize how deliberately this was constructed as a white space in a city that is extraordinarily diverse. What Chippendales was creating was a new masculine ideal, which was white, really buff, and clean cut.’

    Just a year after the club opened, Snider, jealous of his estranged wife’s success, shot and killed 20-year-old Stratten before turning the gun on himself in August 1980.

    Snider discovered Stratten in a Dairy Queen in Canada and took her to Hollywood to try to make her famous. As she ascended to become Playmate of the Year and win Hugh Hefner’s attention, they drifted apart.

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  232. black sea says:
    @S

    “An actor’s a guy who, if you ain’t talking about him, he ain’t listening.”

    — Marlon Brando

  233. @R.G. Camara

    In fairness to Thin Lizzy, it had more than Phil Lynott and his singing, songwriting and charisma. (As a bassist responsible for lead vocals, he was functional: better than Richard Hell, but not in the Jack Bruce class.)

    Lizzy also had an instantly recognizable twin guitar attack, in which both guitarists — the band went through nearly as many axmen as Spinal Tap did drummers, but best were Gary Moore, Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham — played lead lines together in harmony. You can hear this sound on their anthem, “The Boys Are Back In Town,” or in Belle and Sebastian’s romantic sendoff that actually mentions Lizzy, “I’m A Cuckoo.”

    Finally, Thin Lizzy were a terrific live band. Their “Live and Dangerous” was infamously subject to Tony Visconti’s post-production tinkering — but they could deliver the goods before an audience. I saw them open for Queen in 1976 (so sue me, I liked “Bohemian Rhapsody”), and Thin Lizzy stole the show. Opened with “Jailbreak,” at full tilt, and didn’t let up for an hour.

    VH-1 “Behind the Music” segments usually focus on personalities and individual crises, rather than music (thus the title). That Lynott was, literally, black Irish, accounts for some of the attention; his superficial lyrical resemblance to an Irish Bruce Springsteen doesn’t hurt, either.

  234. Either Sean was goofin’ on us or he had a snootfull of some really SERIOUS weed.

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  235. Escher says:

    This Penn is clearly not mightier than the sword.

  236. @Kylie

    You beat me to it but I was going to write that Gary Oldman is at the top of his generation of actors together with Sean Penn and Daniel Day-Lewis. Penn is obviously not all there, but as we’ve all speculated part of being able to be inhabited by emotions that aren’t organic to you is likely a very loose and fleeting grip on one’s sanity.

  237. JMcG says:
    @Anon

    I dated a newly minted doctor for a while. I remember that passing her boards was the real hurdle for her. I don’t think you could get insurance or admitting privileges without being board certified. She was very bright, but studying for the boards took up all of her free time. Much of it seemed like rote memorization to me, but tons and tons of information to remember.

  238. TWS says:
    @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia

    Apparently anyone with game could tag Scarlett.

  239. Yngvar says:

    It’s funny, until you realize they are projecting.

  240. BB753 says:
    @Redman

    Yeah, Coldplay is a much better band! LOL! BTW, I’m not a boomer. My dad, who’s not a boomer either, liked this song and bought the single and used to play it on friday nights before dinner. Everytime I listened to this song as a child I had goosebumps. You can’t beat the organ chords sustaining the rest of the instruments and the epic voice. Granted, the lyrics are silly and I can’t still understand them to this day.

  241. @Harry Baldwin

    Cates had a great cute-girl-next-door face/anime face. Big eyes, baby fat cheeks, hair always looking girlish and not vampish. It’s not a wonder she was a good fit for Billy’s childhood sweetheart in both Gremlins movies.

    If she were in her early-20s today she would no doubt be talked about as a possible star for a live-action anime film. Or as a possible Betty for The Hulk. Or an Iris for The Flash.

    Kidman and Theron were serious models before acting, and had to learn the model-bitch face for when they walked the catwalk. Theron never really unlearned it.

  242. Yngvar says:

    In years gone by my new years resolution –once — was: Get To Know Why and How Socialist’s Think.
    I failed miserably.

    It still puzzle me that the notion Perfectibility of Man hold any sway.

  243. @James O'Meara

    Hmmm…. as I recall, Connery was completely non-Bondian in a movie where he was a lawyer or something who was conned by a black murderer on the death row …

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_Cause_(film)

  244. @HammerJack

    I’ve seen that movie. It was about Bogdanovich & Stratten.

    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
  245. @RichardTaylor

    I think he does qualify as great although not all of his movies benefit from it. I recently watched “The Professor and the Madman,” in which he costars with Mel Gibson. Very good performance. The sleazy lawyer in “Carlito’s Way” is another. “Mystic River”; “Dead Man Walking.” And he’s pretty good at directing too. His first movie behind the camera was “The Indian Runner” with Viggo Mortensen and David Morse. Good stuff.

    He’s one of those talents who is worth setting politics aside to watch, if he’s working at top form.

  246. anon[161] • Disclaimer says:
    @Prester John

    Either Sean was goofin’ on us or he had a snootfull of some really SERIOUS weed.

    Maybe Sean’s letting Gary Busey handle his Twit account these days.

  247. @Excal

    I once heard that you could regularly find McGoohan at the Library in Santa Monica in his twilight years, and that he was fairly sociable and would talk to pretty much anybody.

    It’s assumed you mean this one:

    and not this one:

    The French Laundry wouldn’t take his clothes, either.

  248. @Harry Baldwin

    Perfect body aside, what is especially enticing about Phoebe Cates is a face that suggests a sweet, feminine personality.

    Jewish-Chinese. A tiger kitten. The story is that she was hesitant about her first big role, in Paradise, because of the many nude scenes. Her father was dumbstruck– you’re being offered the lead in a feature film (at 17), and you’re concerned about a little nudity?

    Gee, dad, when you put it that way…

    Does Mauritania offer the tourist anything other than the sites where that was filmed? Perhaps an active slave market or two… for old times’ sake.

  249. @Bardon Kaldian

    The movie about Bogdanovich and Dorothy Stratten was Star 80.

    But Bogdanovich basically built a movie around Stratten to launch her career onscreen. It was an ensemble production with probably a dozen or more characters, with cast members including Ben Gazzara and Audrey Hepburn. The title is They All Laughed, a slightly screwball sex comedy set in the Manhattan of 1980. Ms. Stratten did not have to do a lot other than look ravishingly lovely as she was pursued by a smitten John Ritter throughout the film.

    I imagine Mr. Bogdanovich had plans to turn her into a big star, but soon after the release of this first movie she was murdered by the husband from whom she was separated or divorced. A good bit of attention was drawn to this sad story at the time, which is why Star 80 followed soon thereafter.

    • Thanks: Polistra
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  250. This Is a Real Tweet

    So is this, inasmuch as any “Tweet” can be “real”:

    https://twitter.com/StaceyPlaskett/status/1360770838199488519/photo/1

    The Congressional Black Mask Caucus!! But why are two of them wearing white? One of them non-white.

    An investigation is in order.

  251. @Lagertha

    The entire Catholic Church is paskaa (always thought it was paskaa)

    Juotko edelleen saksalaista myrkkyä, jota ruotsalaiset ruokkivat sinua niin kauan?

    • Replies: @Lagertha
  252. Sparkon says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    We can also get JFK and FDR off those coins by posthumous impeachment. Their wars were far deadlier than W’s.

    As you should know Reg, JFK had ordered U.S. forces out of Vietnam by the end of 1965. That war in Vietnam belongs to Lyndon Baines Johnson, not John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

  253. Lagertha says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    you have to remember, Finns do not trust Sweden Swedes, German, Russians, Catholics, any people of religions of any kind. Leave us alone – stay out of our country. We are more like Northern Cheyenne.

  254. Rahan says:

    Knights of White Satan sounds like the name one of the suits would come up with for a “domestic terrorist” group curated by the FBI.

  255. @Buck Ransom

    I know, but it is interesting Bogdanovich not only wanted to turn her into a star. He was, evidently, completely infatuated. That a man of his age & stature could fall in live like an adolescent (something similar, or even “worse”, had happened to old Goethe – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marienbad_Elegy) – makes one contemplate human nature ….

  256. @J.Ross

    There was a young lady from Chichester
    Whose beauty made saints in their niches stir.
    One morning, at matins,
    Her breast, in rose satins,
    Made the Bishop of Chichester’s britches stir!

  257. Nico says:
    @AnotherDad

    Julia Phillips confirmed everything you write in You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again in the 1990s.

  258. With the exception of the first few films he did (say up to Carlito’s Way), Penn’s work as an actor is uniformly mediocre. I have no idea why he won Best Actor for Mystic River–he never evoked the character arc change or the completely new screen persona that Oscar usually demands, and I never saw Milk because I was done more or less with his mediocre shtick.

    And then he started boating in Katrina, living in a tent in Haiti, and hanging out with El Chapo. Obviously something did go bad wrong with his cognition.

    You can see most clearly this actor’s failure to deliver with his insipid portrayal in 2015’s The Gunman. The opportunity to create a great action character is squandered.

    Penn has been phoning it in for a few decades. No edge, no craft, no excitement.

    What’s left? Only his empty and ignorant tweets.

  259. @BB753

    The real star of that song was the organist of course, who, decades later (and heading for decades ago) won a lawsuit awarding him 40% royalties.
    Don’t recall just who it was who tried to jew him out of it.

    https://swanturton.com/a-whiter-shade-of-pale-hammond-organist-wins-copyright-interest-matthew-fisher-v-gary-brooker-and-onward-music/

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