Friday, August 26, 2016

Potluck Quote of the Day (10 of 10): Kristen Stewart

Tonight's Quote of the Day comes from superstar actress Kristen Stewart who was seen in Woody Allen's "Cafe Society," which also features Parker Posey, one of our favorite actresses, this summer. Stewart is on the cover of the July/August issue of "Film Comment." Here is a quote from her:

"The strange part about being famous is you don't get to give first impressions anymore. Everyone already has an impression of you before you meet them."

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Potluck Quote of the Day (9 of 10): Jay McInerney

For today, we quip Jay McInerney who wrote our favorite "Bright Lights, Big City," whom was interviewed by NPR "Fresh Air," hosted by Terri Gross of WHYY in Philadelphia. Amazingly enough, during the interview, McInerney revealed that 'Bright Lights..." which was made into a Michael J. Fox film, back in the day, was NOT his own personal novel of his.

Here is a quote from McInerney: "The most interesting precious things that happens in my books are usually the things that can arise spontaneously, the the things that come by surprise."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Today's Potluck Quote of the Day (8 of 10): Bette Davis

Today, we will quote the late, great actress Bette Davis, who was recently a TCM Star of the Day.

Before we quip her, we want to thank WTJU, the UVA college radio station in Charlottesville, Va., for running two nifty PSAs on getting children flu vaccines and reminding folks that they should get a public library card.

We would also like to borrow a line from Sunday's "Reply All" comic strip by Donna Lewis, which illustrates the invisible gender wall that all couples, young and old, seem to get caught up in: "For the gender with all the freedom, I feel pretty much trapped right now."

Finally, we would also like to salute Dutch women's gymnast Sanne Wevers for her stunning gold medal performance on the balance beam at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Here is our quote from Davis, which the great "Village Voice" film critic J. Hoberman might take exception to: "I don't take the movies that seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache."

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Potluck Quote of the Day (7 of 10): Gilda Radner

Today, we salute Sir Paul McCartney for finally getting on the cover of "Rolling Stone," yes, please forgive our offbeat sense of humor. We also noticed today that Wheaties has gone retro as they have former American Olympic swimming legend Janet Evans on their boxes; yea, we don't think she will get replaced by Ryan Lochte either. BTW, Evans turns 45 on August 28th.

Since, we are not Conan O'Brien, we will go ahead and jump to our quote from the late Gilda Radner (1946-1989) who alas died from cancer at a young age:

"Fame changes a lot of things, but I can't change a light bulb."

Friday, August 19, 2016

Potluck Quote of Day/Night (6 of 10): Jerry Seinfeld

A Writing entity on Twitter asked us to write a five-word sentence in which an athlete confronts an unexpected challenge. We came up with: "Simone Biles converts to Judoism." Biles is as even barefoot children in Malawi now know is American gymnast who has won four gold medals and one bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

As we were putting this together, we noticed they were once again playing chainsaw heavy metal on WKNC, the student-run college radio station for North Carolina State in Raleigh. Among the tunes they were playing on the station was "Fight Em Till You Can't" by Anthrax.

We have to wonder if this song or perhaps some hip hop was in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's I-Pad as he helped Manchester United, his new team, with two goals to defeat Southampton 2-0; now that's what we call an impressive debut. We have actually lost track of European soccer lately. In fact, we even have to ask Google if Turkish-German soccer star Mesut Ozil was still playing for Arsenal, one of MU's main rivals on the grass.

Perhaps some of you came across this blog out of indecision as to what to watch on Youtube. We can recommend a clip from "Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster" (1971). If that doesn't work, then check out a Quote of the Day from someone like Dr. Seuss, whom we are not quipping here. That honor goes to standup comic and former sitcom star Jerry Seinfeld, who will be performing in at least two swing state venues, including stops in Des Moines, Iowa, (Sept. 9th) and Toledo, Ohio (Oct. 7th).

Here is Seinfeld's quote:

"Men don't care what's on TV. They only care about what else is on TV."

Oh, we forgot to mention that Bette Davis is tomorrow's TCM Star of the Day: Her film "Noe Voyager" airs at 8:00 p.m., followed by many of her other performances. (Godzilla fan page)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Potluck Quote of the Day (5 of 10): Muhammad Ali

Today's quote of the day comes from the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) who died earlier this year. We found this quote on a tribute by Keith Knight in his political cartoon series "The K-Chronicles." We are also happy to learn that Knight now resides in Chapel Hill,NC, which puts him in the same state as our good friend Chris Knight (no relation, in fact Keith is black, and Chris is white) who is based in Reidsville.

Ali's legacy continues through the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky.

Here is today's potluck quote of the day: "If you even dream of beating me, you'd better wake up and apologize."

We are featuring Ali today as a tribute to the 2016 Rio Olympics. On our sister blog "The Daily Vampire" we have a quote from Romanian gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Potluck Quote of the Day (4 of 10): Jimmy Carter

Today's Quote of the Day is from former President Jimmy Carter, who is now 91 years old; last night, Carter's time in the White House was the basis for a PBS documentary on "The American Experience."

We are indeed quoting Carter because it's an election year. In 1976, the year Carter ran for president against Republican Gerald Ford, the Marvel Comics character Howard the Duck also ran for office. Coincidentally, Mr. Duck was from Cleveland, Ohio, where this year's Republican convention took place. We gather no one there was dressed like Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie in the new film "Suicide Squad", and the ever-gorgeous actress Anne Hathaway was not there either!

Here is today's quote from Carter:

"If you're totally illiterate and living on one dollar a day, the benefits of globalization will never come to you."

Monday, August 15, 2016

Potluck Quote of the Day (3 of 10): Friedrich Nietzche

For those of you in New York, Film Forum is screening the Joan Crawford film "Sudden Fear" with nightly showings at 7:00 or 9:20 p.m. Of course, the way life works, even if you live in the same neighborhood as Film Forum, someone will talk you into seeing "Bad Moms" instead. Well, Christina Applegate of "Married with Children" sitcom fame (she is now 44 years old) is a good antagonist in the bawdy comedy.

Here is today's quote from the late Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900):

"It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge."

Friday, August 12, 2016

Potluck Quote (2 of 10): Slavoj Zizek

According to the Instagram site for "Mental Floss," the American embassies for nations of Slovenia and Slovakia get together once a month to exchange letters that are meant for the other. We imagine the folks at "Washington Diplomat" are fully aware of this.

And, perhaps by merely mentioning Peter Sagal, the host of NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me," who actually wrote a play called "Denial" some twenty years ago, we can get a few more domestic hits for this blog.

Today, we quote Slovenian left-leaning philosopher Slavoj Zizek who is probably not admire by either Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio:

"When I really love someone, I can only show it by making aggressive and bad-taste remarks."