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Jazz Singer Cheats By Not Being Silent

It seems like there is always controversy about which movies get nominated for The Academy Awards and which don't. This isn't new. In 1927 The Jazz Singer was ruled ineligible for best picture at the academy awards because it was deemed unfair for a sound movie to compete against silent.


Lon Chaney Gets Inducted

Lon Chaney didn't usually make personal appearances. He was convinced to make one for the premiere of is movie Tell It To The Marines. The reason he agreed to this appearance was because during filming he had become close friends with General Smedley Butler. During the appearance at the premiere General Butler gave Chaney an honorary membership in the Marines.


The hardest working Man In Show Business

When Little Richard's career finally started to break he found himself in a bit of a conundrum. He was suddenly able to get booked in much bigger venues than before, but he already had contracts for months to play a series of smaller places. Remember this was a time before the internet, and rock and roll stars weren't even on tv all that often yet. So Richard hired an impersonator to play those smaller joints while he moved on to the bigger and better gigs. So for several months crowds watched an impersonator get introduced as "The hardest working man in show business, Little Richard". The impersonator liked this intro so much he kept it even after going back to performing under his own name, James Brown.


Joseph and Johnny

Before becoming an icon in country music, Johnny Cash was a radio operator in the Air Force. Because of this position Johnny got an early claim to fame that has nothing to do with music. After intercepting a Russian transmission, he became the first American to learn about the death of Joseph Stalin.

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Annabelle Gurwitch and the Thundercats

Annabelle Gurwitch is known as an actress and host on several television shows and movies. She cohosted Dinner and a Movie for 6 years. What many don't realize is that she is also a writer, and wrote two episodes of the popular cartoon Thundercats.


Spielberg Vs The Hulk

Steven Spielberg was so upset over footage from his tv movie the Duel being used in the Incredible Hulk over his objections that he changed the way his contracts were written. More control over your material is one of the perks of being the man who made Jaws.


The Electric Company, the lesser known show for small kids on PBS, had a segment that was a soap opera spoof called Love of Chair. A catchphrase on Love of Chair was "But what about Naomi?" This was inspired by producer Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, who would later be better known as the mother of Jake and Maggie.


The King's Last Meal

Everyone knows that one of Elvis' favorite snacks was peanut butter and banana sandwiches. His last snack was not quite so quirky, even if not much healthier. The last meal of the King was four scoops of ice cream and six Chips Ahoy cookies.

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