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Don Jr: New York Times No Longer the Paper of Record

Breitbart - 12 hours 3 min ago
The New York Times is no longer the "paper of record," according to Donald Trump Jr., who reacted to the paper's latest fake news story in a tweet posted Saturday afternoon.

Chris Cornell's estate cuts off his daughter's college tuition after she 'dropped out'

Daily Mail - 12 hours 5 min ago
Chris Cornell's estate is in dispute between his ex-wife, daughter and widow. The Soundgarden singer - who past in 2017 - set up a trust for his daughter LIlly that included paying her college tuition.

President Trump Backs Amendment To Ban Flag Burning

Federalist Papers - 12 hours 5 min ago

President Donald Trump got on Twitter, his favorite platform, and said he is “all in” on banning the burning of the American flag. “All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!” he said. All in for Senator Steve Daines as…

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Dem Rep. Schakowsky: Trump Policies Have Made Health Care Challenges for LGBTQ Community Worse

Breitbart - 12 hours 8 min ago
During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus member Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) stated that the policies of the Trump administration have made the challenges faced by the LGBTQ community in health care worse. Schakowsky said, “Pride Month is an

Man filmed 'sleeping' behind the wheel of his moving Tesla in the middle of rush hour traffic

Daily Mail - 12 hours 8 min ago
California motorists were horrified after witnessing a man seemingly asleep at the wheel during heavy rush hour traffic in the Bay Area on Friday. A Reddit user said he 'couldn't believe it'.

Why men want a Lady Macbeth to rule them: ALEXANDRA SHULMAN says it's a current notion

Daily Mail - 12 hours 10 min ago
Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth is what men want in their lives, according to Alexandra Shulman. She said strong and successful men like to be taken in hand and urged not to turn back.

Saturday Night Cinema: Dodsworth

Geller Report - 12 hours 44 min ago

Tonight’s Saturday cinema classic is Dodsworth.This week’s Mark Steyn column reminded me of this 1936 gem.

If you’ve never heard of William Wyler’s Dodsworth, don’t feel dumb. It’s routinely described (when it’s discussed at all) as a “forgotten classic” and “one of the most underrated American films of all time.” (Makes you wonder how frequently anything can be called “underrated” until it’s obviously not: that word punctuates each of the multiple TCM “Essentials” essays about this “forgotten” movie… which, nevertheless, was picked for the Library of Congress National Film Registry, and made TIME‘s definitive “100 Best Movies.”)

In this highly acclaimed adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s novel, Walter Huston plays Sam Dodsworth, a good-hearted, middle-aged man who runs an auto manufacturing firm. His wife Fran (Ruth Chatterton) is obsessed with the notion that she’s growing old, and she eventually persuades Sam to sell his interest in the company and take her to Europe. He agrees for the sake of their marriage, but before long Fran has begun to think of herself as a cosmopolitan sophisticate and thinks of Sam as dull and unadventurous. Craving excitement, Fran begins spending her time with other men and eventually informs Sam that she’s leaving him for a minor member of royalty. While in Italy, Sam runs into Edith Cortright (Mary Astor), an attractive widow whom he first met while sailing to Europe. Edith seems to understand Sam in a way his wife does not, and they fall in love. However, Sam impulsively breaks off their relationship, only to discover in her absence just how deeply he cares for her. Dodsworth was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Walter Huston), and Best Supporting Actress (Maria Ouspenskaya), though only art director Richard Day walked away with an Oscar.

By far the most sensitive, restrained, and effective piece of direction Wyler ever turned in, the film achieves a measure of greatness through the dignity and depth of Huston’s superb interpretation of the plainspoken Yankee. David Kehr

 

Dodsworth
“I’ll enjoy life now if it kills me”

by Kathy Shaidle
Mark at the Movies
June 15, 2019

Kathy Shaidle was a big hit as our summer movie columnist last year. So we’re pleased to welcome her back for her unique take on films old and new:

Dodsworth (1936) is set in part on the Queen Mary, and even has a Dennis Miller connection, so what better choice for my first guest movie column of 2019, since many of us will soon be cruising through Alaska’s Inside Passage with the great comedian?

If you’ve never heard of William Wyler’s Dodsworth, don’t feel dumb. It’s routinely described (when it’s discussed at all) as a “forgotten classic” and “one of the most underrated American films of all time.” (Makes you wonder how frequently anything can be called “underrated” until it’s obviously not: that word punctuates each of the multiple TCM “Essentials” essays about this “forgotten” movie… which, nevertheless, was picked for the Library of Congress National Film Registry, and made TIME‘s definitive “100 Best Movies.”)

Dodsworth‘s thudding dud of a title sounds like a forgotten brand of foul-tasting lozenges. The posters are hideous. The cast is base-camped on the middle slopes of Hollywood’s Mount Olympus. Despite the movie’s many Oscar nods, producer Sam Goldwyn lamented, “It was a great picture, but nobody wanted to see it. In droves.”)

Alright, but what’s it about? A typical TV Guide-style summary, duly crowned by four or five stars, will read:

“Two rich Midwestern Americans go to Europe for the first time.”

Great. The Beverly Hillbillies Do the Grand Tour. Don’t tell me: The Yankee hicks wonder why somebody doesn’t “fix” Venice, then order hot dogs at Maxim’s?

No thanks.

Then ten years ago, Dennis Miller sat in as a Turner Classic Movies guest programmer, and one of his three picks was Dodsworth. Being a loyal listener to his radio show, I eagerly tuned in.

When we “discover” a great old film, we often regret not having watched it sooner. But when I saw Dodsworth that night, I was grateful that its creaky title and unpromising plot had prevented me from bothering with it until that precise moment in time.

Had I, as younger movie buff, stumbled across the film during a very rare TV airing or on a rep cinema schedule, I doubt I’d have made it through the first reel.

But the night Dennis Miller presented Dodsworth, I’d recently turned 45.

And I cannot stress this enough:

Do NOT watch Dodsworth unless and until you are middle-aged. (Think of it as something to actually look forward to…)

Now let’s start again…

Fifty-something tycoon Sam Dodsworth (Walter Huston) — “surely the most lovable industrialist ever put on film” — has just sold his eponymous motor car company, headquartered in fictional Zenith, Wisconsin. One imagines that the town fathers christened the burb aspirationally, and Sam’s success would seem to have borne them out, but his wife Fran (who insists she is “35”) would probably have dubbed the place “Nadir” instead.

“Have you ever thought what Zenith means to me?” Fran (Ruth Chatterton) asks Sam as the story begins:

“You go down to the plant and deal in millions and have a marvelous time. I go down to the kitchen and order dinner. Then there’s the ladies’ lunch and the bridge, always the same ladies. And dinner, same people we dined with last week. After dinner poker for the men and women for the women. There’s talk of children and doctors and servants and the garden club. I want all the lovely things I’ve got a right to. In Europe a woman of my age is just getting to the point where men begin to take a serious interest in her … After all I’ve got brains and thank heavens I’ve still got looks. No one takes me for over 32, 30 even.”

No wonder she’s so eager to travel abroad now that her husband has retired. But Sam, we sense, has talked himself into taking this voyage, to please his beloved wife. After her speech, he replies, “All right, I’ll enjoy life now if it kills me, and it probably will.” (Watch.)

Indeed.

Alone and away from home for the first time since their honeymoon, their trip exposes marital fault lines long papered over by duty and routine. And you come to realize that this was the very outcome Fran was half-hoping for all along: She treats this “second honeymoon” more like a last-ditch, peri-menopausal “spring break.”

Once aboard ship, she affects a refined accent and (what she thinks are) “continental” manners, all the better to test her theory that “foreign” men – like David Niven’s Captain Lockert — will “take a serious interest in her.”

Meanwhile Sam, blind to Fran’s flirtations, befriends (but nothing more) another passenger: expat divorcee Edith Cortright (mid-career Mary Astor, never lovelier.)

When their paths cross again at a Paris party, Edith’s effortless and understated elegance stands in stark yet subtle contrast to Fran’s gaucherie.

Mrs. Dodsworth’s gown, while no doubt costly, is nevertheless frou frou and unflattering, especially on a woman her age. With a floppy girlish bow (the approximate size of a summer squash) shoved into her hair, Fran looks like an ice cream sundae with too many toppings. One that’s melting…

Fran’s latest would-be conquest is Arnold Iselin (“One of THE most famous living financiers!”) and again, Sam seems oblivious. But Edith, a genuine sophisticate, is not. (I apologize for the poor quality of this video, but Dodsworth clips are hard to come by):

When Sam finally realizes that Fran’s flirtations have become fully-fledged affairs, he’s stung but stoic. He still loves Fran in his way, but that’s the point:

“His way” is no longer enough. Maybe it never was. Fran wants something that stolid Sam, with all his millions, can’t give her: the impossible — that is, the chance to be young and carefree and desirable again, just one more, final time. (Watch.)

It’s easy to mock, and even despise, a woman like Fran, until you too turn “thirty-five.” (Female viewers may notice, while men may not, that mousey brunette Fran gets blinding blonder as the film goes on…)

Divorce being a more arduous and scandalous endeavour in 1936, the couple part (watch) to permit the legal machinery to grind away. When a lonely and dejected Sam miraculously runs into Edith again, in Naples…

I’ve already gone on too long, and yet, left so very much out — I’m bursting to share the movie’s soaring, heart-skipping finale.

Shamefully, Dodsworth has never received a much-needed restoration by Criterion, and there’s no word of one in the works. Amazon sells the 20-year-old, pre-Blu-ray DVD for $99, but it’s “currently unavailable” for streaming on either Prime or Netflix.

Luckily, Dodsworth remains in regular rotation on TCM, having been resurrected by Dennis Miller. Sure enough, the next airing is August 26 at 10pm ET.

Consider watching it as a kind of Mark Steyn Cruise prep!

But keep some Kleenex close, and remember:

“Love has gotta stop some place short of suicide…

Beto O'Rourke says white Americans don't know the full story of slavery, continues to support reparations (Fox News)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 23:50

Fox News:
Beto O'Rourke says white Americans don't know the full story of slavery, continues to support reparations  —  Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke took an unconventional approach to reaching out to African-American voters Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community …

'London needs a new mayor ASAP': Trump reignites feud with Sadiq Khan amid London knife crime

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 23:22
Donald Trump reignited his feud with Sadiq Khan with a stinging lash on the 'disastrous' mayor as London's blood-drenched streets saw three murders in 24 hours.

Trump says he's 'all in' on proposed constitutional amendment to ban burning of American flag

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 23:16
President Trump (left) on Saturday tweeted in support of a proposed constitutional amendment by Senator Steve Daines (right) of Montana to ban flag burning. Trump said the idea is a 'no brainer'.

GOP in disarray as budget impasse threatens shutdown, deep cuts - and default (Washington Post)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 23:15

Washington Post:
GOP in disarray as budget impasse threatens shutdown, deep cuts — and default  —  Senate Republicans and the Trump administration are struggling to reach an agreement on a path forward on critical budget and spending issues, threatening not only another government shutdown and deep spending cuts …

Sally Kohn Claims Republicans 'Intimidate' Legal Immigrants

CNS News - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 23:05
For more, see the cross post at the MRC's NewsBusters blog

Sally Kohn Wrongly Suggests Legal Asylum Seekers Were Separated from Children

CNS News - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 23:02
For more, see the cross post at the MRC's NewsBusters blog

OJ Simpson Marks Anniversary Of Murders By Vowing To ‘Get Even’

Federalist Papers - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 23:00

This week marks two and a half decades since the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman and OJ Simpson has come out of hiding. And he marked the occasion by threatening that he has some people that he wants to “get even” with on his new Twitter account, CNN reported. “Hey Twitter world,…

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AOC Fundraising Off Koch Brothers Pledge to Support Democrats

Breitbart - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 22:59
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is taking aim at the Koch Brothers in a new fundraising campaign over the billionaire duo's decision to get involved in Democrat primaries.

Victoria Beckham leads the stars with husband David at Sergio Ramos' wedding

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 22:50
Victoria Beckham put an end to the rumours that she will reunite with the group, as she attended footballer Sergio Ramos' wedding to Pilar Rubio in Seville.

OMG! How textspeak 'seriously harms teenagers' ability to develop language and grammar skills' 

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 22:48
The growing influence of text message and social media slang means many young people often use language without grammatical structure, and this could limit their opportunities in the future.

Why eating a lime lolly in the sun can leave your child with horrific burns

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 22:41
GRAPHIC CONTENT: Amy and Matt Parkin-Low, from Tunbridge Wells, took their children on a Mexican holiday last week. But while there their five-year-old son Henry suffered a rash after eating a lolly.

Federal officials with obscure commission demand that private border wall must leave gate unlocked

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 22:31
U.S. officials from the International Boundary and Water Commission said on Tuesday the barrier in New Mexico was blocking a government-owned access road.

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