Quote of the Day, …Alas edition.

George Lucas, on how he nearly sold the Star Wars franchise instead of going into debt to make The Empire Strikes Back:

“At first I was contemplating selling the whole thing to Fox… I’d just take my percentage and go home and never think about Star Wars again.”

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Quote of the Day, So. There’s A Monitor Lizard Loose In Minnesota edition.

And the Champlin, Minnesota police department is ready:

If anyone sees the animal, please call the police department, with the post adding, “Our community service officer has studied and trained diligently for years for this exact situation, and he is ready to take this creature safely into custody.”

Via @fadeaccompli. Note: I am in no way, shape, or form making fun of the Champlin police for being enthusiastic about tracking, finding, and securing an escaped monitor lizard. If I was on that job, I’d be enthusiastic about it, too. I mean, are you doing anything cooler than that this afternoon?

Tweet of the Day, It Would Have Been A Better Ending, At That edition.

I liked CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, both as a book and a movie, but I wasn’t thrilled with how the movie wrapped things up. The below would have been a better ending. Hell, I suspect Tom Clancy was kind of kicking himself that he hadn’t got input from Milius earlier.


Quote of the Day, This Happens In Real Life? edition.

Background: there’s this Cannonball thing – yeah, just like the movies – and somebody took advantage of the fact that the country’s shut down to shave two hours off of the (illegal) cross-country trip. Now the illegal-cross-country-race people are debating if this record should be allowed to stand. Well, some of them are. The others have a bit more awareness:

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Quote of the Day, …That Poor CATS Reviewer edition.

You can tell that he’s seen what cannot be unseen. I have not vetted this particular critic, as is my usual wont, on the grounds that this review is just too damn funny not to share. I had to make a gut call, and I did. That’s why I’m here.

The film that everyone is in is largely the musical of cats singing about what kind of cat they are and this repeats until you pray for the sweet release of death. Tom Hooper’s direction to his actors for this semblance of a plot was to act it super horny. That doesn’t give Cats a raw sexual energy as much as it makes everything incredibly uncomfortable like when Rum Tum Tugger (Jason Derulo) is dumping milk into cats’ faces or Macavity just seems more nude than other cats even though technically all the cats are nude. But if it wasn’t enough to make the cats horny (why are they so horny), Hooper also feels the need to make it gross by having them dig through trash and play up their animal instincts. Cats always feels like it’s two seconds away from turning into a furry orgy in a dumpster. That’s the energy you have to sit with for almost two hours.

Quote of the Day, The Ultimate Dad Joke In Avengers: Endgame Almost Didn’t Happen edition.

Spoilers after the fold, although by now you’ve probably seen the movie. Well, I assume. Over 2 billion dollars in ticket sales? …Well, somebody’s watched it.

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Quote of the Day, This Is Peak Tom Holland edition.

Kid’s real bad about giving away the plot to the movies he’s in. Tom Holland doesn’t even mean to do it. It just comes out. So…

“I remember for Avengers, the Russo Brothers are like ‘so you’re just standing here, and you’re fighting this guy and just do whatever,’ and I’m like, ‘okay, who am I fighting?

And they were like ‘well, we can’t tell you because it’s a secret.’ I’m like, ‘okay so what does he look like?’ And they’re like ‘well, we can’t tell you because that would give it away,’ so I’m like ‘how big is he?’ ‘Well, we can’t tell you because that would give it away.’ So, I’m just standing there punching the air for 15 minutes and when I took the job I didn’t think that’s what I’d be doing. I’ve gotten used to it now.”

Via Geektyrant.
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Quote of the Day, I Kind Of Want To Argue This But I’m Having Difficulty Doing So edition.

“If you have thousands of dollars to go on a trip to see Blink 182, that’s on you; that’s Darwinism at its finest.”  I don’t know who the dude is, but it’s from the documentary on the infamous Fyre party.  And I want to argue this.  Even people with more money than sense have a right to expect that they’ll get what they actually paid for.

But there’s that little, highly inappropriate part of me that persists in giggling.