WHAT? WOW.....this calls for a retrospective article, if I have time to make one. They ask "what makes it appealing".....I can certainly answer that for them.
Er---uh-----WHAT???One year on Halloween, her mother invited over Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd’s brother Peter, who was himself a real-life ghost buster. Peter planned to “check out the levels” of the house.
And apparently more footage from MTM was licensed as B-roll, including the audience shots of the movie theater that was showing the killer fish movie, including footage of fish being thrown at them.I learned this week that the audience footage from the beginning of The Muppets Take Manhattan was apparently licensed out as B-roll footage; among the other places it's shown up are At Home with Amy Sedaris; a recent Spongebob episode "Chefbob"; and a Pizza Hut commercial.
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I had the honor of meeting Dick Smith in the early 90s and actually got to hold his Oscar for his makeup work on Amadeus. Mr. Smith is probably best known for his effects work on The Exorcist - he told me a funny little story the day I met him.
The scene where Regen's head twists around 360 degrees was achieved - surprise! - by a mechanical doll. After the shoot Mr. Smith took possession of that doll and it occupied a prominent spot on his workbench in his basement studio. Weird guy that he was he liked to use it almost as a lamp - the eyes illuminated and moved etc (I guess the head spinning was done through a different mechanism).
One night he was awakened by his wife who swore she had heard someone break into the house. Mr. Smith was prepared to investigate when all of a sudden they heard a horrified scream coming from the basement and then all sorts of commotion. They looked out of their window and saw some fellow tearing ass across their backyard and practically leaping over the back fence.
Turns out Dick Smith forgot to turn the Regen doll off that night. The burglar had broken in through the basement window and must have turned on the light and wham! Face to face with a demonic girl with yellow, glowing eyes.
I would love to hear the story that burglar tells about that night.
And soon we'll be able to play the My Hero Academia version of the game.In 1904, a woman named Elizabeth Magie created "The Landlord's Game", a board game which, in her words, was "a practical demonstration of the present system of land-grabbing with all its usual outcomes and consequences.”
In this game, players moved tokens around the board buying up properties with money they earned passing a certain space. There were railroads, there were utilities, and players had to avoid going to jail. "The Landlord's Game" had two sets of rules - one where players try to bankrupt their opponents, and one where everybody shares the wealth.
The game was popular with college students and left-wing intellectuals who saw it as a statement on unchecked capitalism.
Thirty years later, a man named Charles Darrow created a derivative version where all the properties were named after streets in Atlantic City and sold it to Parker Brothers under the name "Monopoly." After it took off, Parker Brothers started buying up the rights to all other versions of the game to protect their product's identity.
Magie got $500 for selling her patent. Darrow received royalty payments for the rest of his life.
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