The [Thursday] Papers
By Steve Rhodes
I'm not sure I would go so far as to say I was a Karl Malden "fan," but, well, sort of.
His death, though, reminded me of a piece of dialogue between Malden and Michael Douglas from The Streets of San Francisco that an old college friend used to frequently repeat in machine-gun delivery:
Cop's son can't be bad?
That's not the point!
Then what is?!
Though I was interested to learn from, I'm pretty sure, Good Day Chicago that the ledge thingy is on a conveyor belt thingy that reels it in so the outside glass can be cleaned.
Why not make a see-through ledge that goes all the way around the building?
They should set up a Twitter feed from the ledge too. Maybe someone would pay to sponsor it. Just sayin'.
Know Your Public Enemies
"The Ricca mention by a stranger in a nice restaurant brings me back to Public Enemies, directed by Michael Mann.
"Mann gets it. He was born in Chicago, and produced one of my favorite films, one that actually speaks truth about this city: Thief, starring James Caan. In that film, real Chicago cops played gangsters, and real gangsters played Chicago detectives. In any other town this might be seen as ironic. Not here."
As I've written before, the trend in film incentives has been going the other way in states around the country that have found it doesn't pay.
Now Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin has (sort of) joined the naysayers, slashing that state's incentives from $1.5 million to $500,000.
Parts of Public Enemies were filmed in Madison, Columbus, and Oshkosh.
"Columbus officials estimate the movie brought an additional $1.5 million to the community during filming alone," WISCTV.com reports.
Columbus, Wisconsin, is a town of 4,500. If $1.5 mil was dropped there, it would be pretty visible.
But again, I haven't had time to really take a hard look at that, and more importantly, the claims being made about the film's impact here.
FYI: "The Columbus Police Explorer Post #299 is selling Bucky Books for $35.00 which includes a local supplemental book. You may pay via cash, check or credit card at the Police Department from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday thru Friday)."
"Before he could leave for the airport, the FBI raided his Arlington Heights apartment, seizing a half-dozen computers, a dozen external hard drives, 13 additional thumb drives and a pair of PlayStations capable of storing data.
"If he didn't know it before the raid, David Yen Lee found out the hard way as the handcuffs went on: Paint is serious business."
True story. No spoilers here, either; you'll have to read Greg Burns's column in the Trib today to find out what happened.
Okay, which one of you wrote that?
Not A Coup
Who Ruled June?
It's Not All Good
Route Toot Hoot
"Forget the fact that the scripts for Route 66 and The Naked City seem these days to have been written by a crowd of beatniks set amok to explore the finer points of alcoholism, oppressed sexuality, being ignored or beaten half to death by your father, firearms, mental illness, rampant loneliness, misspent lives, hard luck, or just plain hard living. And forget that hardly any of the towns where Tod Stiles (Martin Adam-12 Milner), Buz Murdock (George Maharis) and Lincoln Case (Glenn Corbett) drifted into during the show's four-year run weren't anywhere near the actual Route 66.
"The fact is, almost 50 years later, TV (or more precisely cable TV, since network TV still remains absolutely clueless) has yet to figure out the same thing Route 66 creator/writer Stirling Silliphant figured out: People really ain't that stupid if you just quit giving them shit to get stupid on."
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Posted on July 2, 2009
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