Category Archives: On This Day

Every Week Is “Elvis Week” Around Here

He was “Touched.” Or, as Lester Bangs wrote: “The only credible explanation is that Elvis was from another planet.” One of a kind.

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“I knew there was something I was never gonna see again.” – Bill Murray on why he went to Elvis’ funeral

Bill Murray crashing Elvis’ funeral, August 16, 1977 There’s no video, but here’s the audio of Murray telling David Letterman the story:

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Happy Birthday, Alfred Hitchcock

PETER BOGDANOVICH: But you never watch your films with an audience – don’t you miss hearing them scream? ALFRED HITCHCOCK: No. I can hear them when I’m making the picture. Hitchcock and Cary Grant

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On This Day: August 7, 1934: “It must always be remembered that his locale was Celtic and his season Spring.”

On December 6, 1933, the US Court of Appeals judged Ulysses by James Joyce to be NOT obscene and declared that the book could be admitted into the United States. On August 7, 1934, Ulysses appeared in bookstores. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Robert Mitchum

Robert Mitchum, Cannes 1954, photograph by Leo Mirkine Excerpt from Are You Anybody? An Actor’s Life, by Bradford Dillman For the past fifty years Robert Mitchum has been captivating filmgoers with his sleepy demeanor. He was the first actor to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on this day in 1792. Shelley, along with his BFF Lord Byron, thumbed their nose at the conventions of their current era (and ours, too, and any era), and he courted controversy right off … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater, at Ebertfest 2013, presenting “Bernie.” Photo by yours truly. Here’s my essay on Movie Mezzanine: Time After Time: Looking Back at “Before Sunrise”. Here’s my review of Everybody Wants Some on Rogerebert.com. Here’s my review of Boyhood. Here’s … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Emily Brontë: “a solitude-loving raven, no gentle dove”

Emily is the most intriguing and hard-to-get-a-handle-on Brontë sister. Branwell, the mysterious brother, is another story entirely. If I could meet one of the Brontë siblings, it would be hard to choose, but it would be between Emily and Branwell. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins is a poet near and dear to my heart. I wrote a long post about him here. Biographical information, thoughts on his verse, his philosophy, at that link. Tangent, Yet Related And funny how connections remain, dovetailing, … Continue reading

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Today In History: July 20, 1969

President Kennedy to the joint session of Congress on May 25 1961: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely … Continue reading

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