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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Custom Car Commandos [sic]

Weekly plugs: this and this.

The latter comes with a joke about Teresa Wright. Imagine my embarassment -- and sadness -- when I jumped on the IMDb last night, only to find she died Sunday. I was always a fan of hers, especially her younger performances: she holds her own amongst the heavy-hitters in two of William Wyler's more spiked efforts, The Little Foxes and The Best Years of Our Lives. Hitchcock, though, was the one to put her to the best use, pitting her against/with Joseph Cotton's hiding psychopath in Shadow of a Doubt. Her resume looks, at a quick glance, a bit checkered after that, excepting "Avec la participation exceptionnelle"-style appearances in Somewhere in Time and (Coppola's) The Rainmaker. (Plus Guiding Light for a season.) But she was one of the best go-to young adults in movies -- curious, ready to be deflowered, and always alive.

Weird discovery of the week: in the collector's book for the I ♥ Huckabees DVD, there's a layout of Tommy Corn's Blogspot blog. Wouldn't you know? It actually exists. Predictably, whoever was keeping it up -- David O. Russell, surely -- bailed after the movie came out, but it's nice to know it's out there.


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