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#391 October 13, 2020

Matt writes: On October 8th, our site's publisher Chaz Ebert joined Dr. Nate Kohn in moderating the first virtual panel for the 2020 Ebert Symposium. Entitled "The Film Industry in a Time of Change," the insightful conversation featured such distinguished panelists as Michael Barker, Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Pictures Classics; Neal Block, Head of Distribution and Marketing for Magnolia Pictures; Darrien Michele Gipson, Executive Director of SAGindie; Melissa Haizlip, director of "Mr. Soul!"; Malcolm D. Lee, director of "Girls Trip"; Mary Mazzio, director of "A Most Beautiful Thing"; Nina Shaw, founding partner in the entertainment law firm of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano; and Christine Swanson, director of "The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel."

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Get Shorty

It is a jungle out there in Hollywood, and "Get Shorty" presents the various kinds of animals residing at the lower strata of that jungle through a pungent but cheerful satire about one nutty pre-production process.

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Patty Andrews: Last call for the Bugle Girl

Patty Andrews of Andrews Sisters rallied troops

By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Patty Andrews never served in the military, but she and her singing sisters certainly supported the troops.

During World War II, they hawked war bonds, entertained soldiers overseas and boosted morale on the home-front with tunes like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and "I Can Dream, Can't I?"

Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio, died Wednesday at 94 of natural causes at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge, said family spokesman Alan Eichler in a statement.

"When I was a kid, I only had two records and one of them was the Andrews Sisters. They were remarkable. Their sound, so pure," said Bette Midler, who had a hit cover of "Bugle Boy" in 1973.

"Everything they did for our nation was more than we could have asked for. This is the last of the trio, and I hope the trumpets ushering (Patty) into heaven with her sisters are playing 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.'"

The Andrews' "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" gave Bette Midler one of her biggest hits. This video shows her performing it over a period of 30 years, always with the same choreography.

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Mae West and Rock Hudson: "Baby, It's Cold Outside!"

I can't get over how much she sounds like Bette Midler.

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Movie Answer Man

Movie Answer Man (10/06/1996)

Q. In "The First Wives club," when the women are discussing plastic surgery, Bette Midler says to Goldie Hawn, "Did you have just a little done, or did you get the full enchilada?" If memory serves me correctly (and I'm sure it does), in the theatrical preview containing this scene, Midler says "or did you get the full Ivana?" During the actual film, it is very apparent that they did an audio dub over "Ivana" to replace it. I'm wondering if, considering Ivana Trump was in the movie, they felt that they should change it. (Matt Thiesen, Maple Grove, Minn.)

Movie Answer Man

Movie Answer Man (03/01/1993)

Q. I have a love for laserdiscs because they are letterboxed (most of the time), but rarely is a tape that way. The only way for me to see them is to have a friend of mine use his laserdisc player and copy the movie for me so I can watch it in its widescreen splendor. Do I have a potential problem with the FBI? (David Ingersoll, Philadelphia)

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Questions of morality

"Gone With the Wind" had one dirty word. "Casablanca" had none, even though it took place in a bar. "Scarface" had more than 500. "Glengarry Glen Ross," the new film written by David Mamet, doesn't top the "Scarface" over-all total, but places first in one category, the number of times it employs the word beginning with "f."