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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this is going to be one of the smaller talkbacks in this column’s history. For whatever reason Preston Sturges hasn’t found the same kind of recognition that his contemporaries like Billy Wilder and Frank Capra have. Don’t think I’m trying to appear all superior for loving Sturges. I’m a new convert myself, having recently jumped into Sturges’ filmography with great zeal. I’m kind of high on the guy. His sense of comedic timing, his use of the same key (and very funny) cast and the overall tone of every one of his films is like crack to me. Sorry to throw in a link here, but if you haven’t seen any Preston Sturges at all, please do yourself a favor and buy this DVD set. You’ll thank me later. Then go to Netflix Instant and add this movie, Unfaithfully Yours, to your queue. It’s my personal favorite of all his films and had me laughing more than any recent comedy. Most people tend to list either Sullivan’s Travels or The Lady Eve as the best Sturges. I love them both, even if I tend to lean more towards Unfaithfully Yours’ crazy set-up. The Lady Eve is what we’re focusing on for the pic today. I’m afraid it’s not the ideal awesome BTS image, but it is Preston Sturges goofing around with Barbara Stanwyck, so it ain’t too shabby either. In the flick Stanwyck plays a seductive con artist trying to pull a fast one on Henry Fonda’s Charles Pike, a rich, but odd young man obsessed with snakes. They meet on a boat and as you’d imagine the con artist falls in love and that changes the game. It’s a crazy comedy, but like the best of Sturges’ films there’s a lot of heart to it. I’ve only recently begun digging into Stanwyck’s films and this is the best I’ve seen her so far. She can sometimes come off as very cold, but here she’s incredibly warm. Big fan of this flick. So, here’s the pic! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic has a whale of a tale to tell ya’, lads. A whale of a tale indeed. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Stark Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)

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  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST


    by SteveStevens

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST


    by SteveStevens

    I mis-timed it...

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Tomorrows pic = Mobys Dick or Star Trek IV


    or maybe Orca

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    CARTMANEZ, I'm thinking "20,000 Leagues

    by jim

    Under the Sea"<p>or maybe the Shatner movie "A Whale of a Tale"

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    The Lady Eve has the sexiest film scene...

    by Tacom

    with two people fully clothed ever.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Tommorows pic = 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

    by UGG

    Um yea, I can't think of anything to say about today's one though..

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Still no McQueen Quint

    by benlinus


  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Do we REALLY need 10 of these fucking things a day?

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    I mean Jesus H. Christ! make a fucking behind the Scenes Pic Blog and keep the shit there!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow's pic: Behind the scenes of Disney's

    by ColonelFatheart

    PINOCCHIO. <p>It'll feature Gepetto sneaking a smoke with Figaro the cat.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    guessing next days pic = more fun than the actual pic


  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    all those old actresses were hot chicks back in the day

    by Rupee88

    with very very very few exceptions

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Small talkback? We all love The Three Sturges!

    by LordPorkington

    Oh wait, what?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Preston Sturges was brilliant - no doubt about it!

    by JonChambers

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Mad Wednesday

    by theheavy

    or The Sins of Harold Diddlebock is a fav of mine, remember my dad introduction Harold Loyd to me with this film, so then I went and found all his silent stuff, which lead me to Buster Keaton,and all the other classc silent films fo the day.This was like 25 years ago.Love love it!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST


    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

    How about you useless cunts try reporting movie news.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I bet they're playing Heart and Soul!! AM I RIGHT!!

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Tacom speaks the truth!

    by Strelnikov!

    I wasn't a big fan of Sullivan's Travels, but The Lady Eve has some extremely sexy stuff in it between Fonda and Stanwyck. It wasn't until I saw this and the sultry scenes between Stanwyck and her future Double Indemnity co-star Fred MacMurray in Remember the Night that I got just how hot she was. I also recommend Baby Face, a pre-code movie where Stanwyck sleeps her way up the corporate ladder.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    I love the BTPOD

    by rosncranz

    There is an extreme lack of most anything useful on this site recently. Just about the only thing that keeps me interested is this series. Keep up the good work Quint!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Tomorrows Pic....

    by benlinus

    "Tomorrows pic of the day had a soul that was the most.....human" cmon...lets get this game started....any takers....????

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Ok Ok...

    by benlinus

    I know thats an easy one...I just watched it yesterday so it was the first thing that popped into my my head.....

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    If you want to see a GREAT Stanwyck film....

    by Carolinamaestro

    Double Indemnity is one of the best films I've ever seen. They just don't make 'em like that anymore.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    benlinus, I thought it was easy

    by jim

    so obviously "The Cat in the Hat", but upon reflection now think it can't be anything other than "Bratz".<p>... and that was when my Geek Card was given a lethal dose of radiation then shot into space to be lost on a newly-created, yet ultimately unstable, world.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    I don't think I've ever even heard of this guy.

    by ltgalloway

    And I love watching old films. Going to have to check this out immediately. Thanks!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I think the BTS pics are fine. But one a month is plenty

    by RPLocke

    Also, most of the pics are from movies we've seen 100 times already. Who cares?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by Crobran

    The BTSPOTD is currently my favorite column on an already great site. You can't please everyone, so please ignore the haters. As Thevery pointed out, if you don't like the column, don't read it.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by RETURN_of_FETT

    So on a site that has descending stories we get SHIT articles of "Here's a picture of Tobi MaGuire's left foot!!!!!", followed by "Here's Toby MaGuire's right foot!!!!!" until every article that anybody actually gave two shits about is off the fuckin' page! sorry, but that's bullshit! Tellk me, what's the DOWNSIDE for having a little box in the corner for the BTSPOTD? How could that possibly be a bad thing? Make no mistake, these retarded things are meant to distract you from the fact that AICN HAS NO NEWS! All they can seem to manage is to post these rummy-assed pictures every day and link to OTHER site's news.</p><p>So why am I here? Well I often don't have time to surf all those other sites for one thing, and also because the talkbacks are frequently side-splitting.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    So, I'm now pushing news that we don't have off the page. News that isn't there, but you still want to read, is being pushed down by my daily column, which somehow has 100 posts a day? Are you off your meds? This rambling is even crazier than usual.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Quint, Ignore these Nags

    by stillsberry

    Since the phantom menace I started looking at movie sites, being one of them. I frequented the most but that went crappy. In my opinion BTS Pic of the Day is one of the best columns on all of the internet. A general best of lists are churned out daily, I read a lot of them. But Quint is trying to give us a unique article everyday. Readers have every right to hate BTS, but don't ruin it for the rest of us who look forward to it.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    I'm in Quint's corner

    by tiggr009

    You go, girlfriend! I'd like to back the BTS posts. I used to pop by this site maybe twice a week to catch up on goss, but swing by looking for these pics every day now. I love the behind the scenes stuff, new and old, and appreciate the effort given here. I suggest if people don't like the topic then don't click on it (I've never followed a comic review link, for example, but I don't bitch about them).

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    There are times...

    by HansBubi

    ...when Quint makes a very good point, and this is one of them.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by th3480

    Love this of my favorites!!!! Keep up the good work, especially those ESB pix!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    I must admit I'm sort of interested...

    by HansBubi reading Fett's response, in which he'll have to go beyond exaggerated statements and instead provide facts and figures. He'll most likely address the average number of non-BTS-Pics news articles posted between BTS-Pics articles. I imagine he might also make the argument that the existence of this article means that Quint is spending less time researching and writing news stories for the site. Fett has some options if he wants to respond, so we must all wait and see how this plays out.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Nobody is forcing ANYONE to stop in and look at the BTS pics

    by Grinning White Skull

    Only an idiot could complain he made himself come to a internet site and force his eyes to look on what is posted. And this on a site that both reviews and looks into the process of making films. Oh, wait. It's the internet. No. It's more. It's the Talkback forum at AICN where the deadest of the brain-dead stagger in to prove it again. And again. And a...<br> <br> Glad to see Quint posting on watching any certified classic film and especially something as wonderful as the career of Preston Sturges and his wildly entertaining and witty films. There are a few gifted talents of which Sturges is one whose films actually justify the creation of movies and whose output make up for all the crap sold in its name.<br> <br> Barbara Stanwyck. Hot. Hot. HOT. Check out her Sugarpuss O'Shea in BALL OF FIRE. It's not exactly on the level with Sturges work but quite hilarious and man, what a cast!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Screw 'em, Quint

    by puto tenax

    BTS is cool. Keep it up. Throw in some Shat from the Zone if you've got it.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Another Vote for IGNORE the Haters, Quint...

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    Fuck 'em with barbed wire. I LOVE this Pic of the Day stuff, and I am truly missing the AMAD as well. What the heck...I know you only have so much time in a day, but I was hoping for AMAW (weekly)or something along those lines.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    I got nothing against you personally Quint...

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    But can you honerstly say that picture, in and of worthy of an entire article? seriously?</p><p>It's reminiscent of the "article" you wrote the other day about captain America...that wasn't really about Captain America. You assured us that in an article you will release months from now, will be good stuff. But in the meantime "look at this picture of me. WEEEE!"</p><p>I'm saying that on the odd occassion, AICN does have cool news still. You guys broke a couple of things here 2-3 weeks ago. You've still got some juice with Bryan Singer for some odd reason, and Sylvester Stallone, Eli Roth (though nobody gives a fuck about him) and Guillermo Del Toro (we all give a fuck about him).</p><p>Yes MOST of what passes for news here is from other sites, but as I said I don't have time to check 20 movie news sites so i just come here to Aint It Cannibalized News instead.</p><p>But i can't have any kind of extended conversation in those talkbacks bedcause it drops off the page too fast because you found a random photo from 20 years ago and think this site is your facebook page.</p><p>Again, you seem like a good guyy to me Quint, I've been reading your stuff forever. I just think this latest venture is pretty fruitless. I mean...they're pictures of people standing around movie fucking what? we haven't seen pictures like that before? I mean, if it revealed something unsuspected or gave us some sort of peek behind the curtain that gave us a new perspective.....but no, just people standing around a movie set. I'm convinced that at some point you will look at yourself in the mirror and say "What the fuck was I thinking?".</p><p>I want to know what's going on with MEG, I want to know what happened to the Indianaplos movie you told us about years ago. Wasn't Mel Gibson going to star in that? I know there have been at least one straight to video version. Is that any good? Tell us shark movie news damnit!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Saw this for the first time recently

    by Randy_of_AFTimes

    EVE was paired with BARON MUNCHHAUSEN at a New Beverly event in 2009 programmed by Rian Johnson (who is a great geek!). It was a great film and shades of it show up in BROTHERS BLOOM. And keep the BTS going!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Most People are in Quint's Corner...

    by Flummage

    ...or at least, they really need to have a good reason not to be. <br /> <br /> These more vintage-skewed look backs at films gone by are generally pretty excellent, (the retro movie a day feature is still missed by this e-pilgrim, that's for sure). <br /> <br /> They provide something not always served by the cycle of content in the more popular news and gossip-hungry film sites. It's a nice compromise between up-to-date and up-and-coming anticipatory geek fodder, and respectful, nostalgic tips of the hat to the cinema, and enthusiasm for cinema, that brings most people to AICN anyway.<br /> <br /> <br /> Unfortunately, just because the feature is great, and the intent is sincere, it doesn't mean it or the rest of the site isn't beyond some constructive criticism. AICN is just at a point where the hard work put into it, and the people who validate that hard work by reading and responding, are let down by the site itself. <br /> <br /> To take the readiest example: We have a feature about movie-based photographs -- on a site dedicated to film and the moving image generally-- that doesn't have the photograph, or teaser crop of it, in the header on the site, because unlike print fanzines, newspapers, blogs, or the overwhelming majority of other web wizards the site itself doesn't have any images on the mainpage at all except advertisements and a small gif cartoon.<br /> <br /> It makes me cringe just acknowledging it.<br /> <br /> Never mind the infamous talkback edit button, article content or author tags, in-site feature browsing or perma-links, or anything really to reconcile the Falling off the Mainpage and Into InterDoom effect, a search button that won't curdle the souls of your unborn children, or even that the previous article urls at the bottom of the feature itself are about to take up more room than the features proper. <br /> <br /> If it ain't broke don't fix it -- if it is broke and you won't fix it, it ain't so cool no more, nu?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Thank you Flummage!

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    Excellent points all! The reason I clicked on this "article" was because I had no idea what the fuck the title meant! For all I knew it was some important pic that reveal all kinds of hidden film secrets.</p><p>NOPE! A guy and a girl playing a fucking piano. OH FUCKING JOY!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Sturges's stock is rising.

    by rbatty024

    I've read several pro-Sturges articles in the last year. I think he's really having a renaissance. By the way, Quint is one of the few people actually trying around here. Keep up the good work.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Here's a great idea!

    by I Max U Mini

    If you don't like this part of the site, don't visit it! It's the same as everyone who complains about TV shows they don't like - turn the fucking channel! You don't see me watching Faux News. Keep up the Pic of the day. I like it!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Quint likes Jaws

    by RPLocke

    and behind the scenes pics.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow's is a grip holding up some fish for FREE WILLY?

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    I kinda like Quint's behind the scenes pics...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ... but maybe he can double, triple or quadruple them up and only run the article a few times a week? Just don't ScriptGirl-it and drop it, though Quint, a lot of us think this feature is interesting.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Quint, I love the BTSPOTD.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Don't ever change. <p> Guys. If you don't like something you've clicked on, then click something else. Whiney-Bitches, this is the internet! The Info Buffet! If you don't like it don't put anymore on your plate! And stop your whining.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Can someone please tell me...

    by HansBubi

    I've been visiting the site for a while, and I'm curious if Harry or one of the other regular writers has directly addressed readers' requests for "modernizing" the site to include more user-friendly features. I "get" that this site's bare-bones talkback feature is a large part of why this site continues to be successful today, yet I imagine almost any web designer could fairly easily figure out how AICN could keep its talkback feature intact after making changes to the site. Based on the lack of changes, I am assuming Harry's attitude is that changes aren't needed, and it would take the site hitting some desperate times to force changes.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    I have seen only one Preston Sturges

    by quentintarantado

    However, I love Sullivan's Travels. Here in the Philippines, it's kinda hard to find his flicks. I would get more if I could.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    re: FETT

    by Flummage

    I don't think our points quite the same, guy. <br /> <br /> I'm in favour of the feature, acknowledge Quint dancing the crazy dance to contribute as much as he does and the variety the first brings to the site. <br /> <br /> Just that the site and its, seemingly willful, neglect (see Knowles's unfinished soliloquy the other day) only undermine the work put in. Keeping AICN stuck unromantically in the past and preventing it, the staff, and the community from getting the best from eachother in the future.<br /> <br /> But you said yours with exclamation marks and I offered mine with a tender, world weary resignation, so I think that means your may carry defiantly across the valleys of history. Own it, superstar.<br />

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Best Barbara Stanwyck film is Walk on the Wild Side

    by mr dark

    She plays a lesbian madame of a New Orleans whorehouse and Capucine plays a hooker who ol' Barb has the hots for..It must be seen to be believed is one strnge flick...check it out you won't be disapointed..oh yeah just for kicks Jane Fonda is in it also lookin mighty fine...

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST


    by HansBubi

    Just became my favorite talkbacker of at least the year.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    DId I SAY your point was the same as mine?

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    No. I said I agreed with your assessment of some of the problems with this site.</p><p>To recap:</p><p>1) I brought up some problems with this site.</p><p>2)You brought up some problems with this site.</p><p>3) I said you brought up some good points.</p><p>4) You don't like exclamation points. Guess that means you don't like pretty much ANY of Quint's article titles, including this one, then.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Veronica Lake in Sullivan's Travel = Holy Hell Hotness

    by SoylentMean

    Probably one of my favorite things about film is its ability to capture a moment and preserve it forever. Seeing Sullivan's Travels with its luscious Veronica Lake was a friggin' revelation. <P>

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Flummage -NIcole Kidman vs Joan Rivers. Bear with me

    by TallanDagwood

    That was a very well reasoned and sincere post. Kudos. <p> I agree that the site needs a facelift - but I would opt for the Nicole Kidman vs The Joan Rivers. <p> I would also treat the Talkbacks like Europa in 2010 - just leave it alone. No edit feature, no avatars, no clutter - because the sublime, banal, and idiotic ramblings deserve to be viewed easily.<p> I find sites such as Chud almost unnavigable - aside from a color scheme that I fear was created to render most geeks infertile (stop them before they can procreate), it also has a truly user-unfriendly talkback feature. <p> The Zone, up above was this sites attempt at an updated inteface, but while I appreciate the enforced civility, it does lack a certain spontaneity. <p> The Talkbacks certainly do devolve rather quickly at times - but it is a known quantity, and is easily avoided.<p> I must admit though, that when a good conversation is brewing and it is abruptly halted by a rather pointless and boring flamewar - as opposed to one were the combatants show a level of creativity above the 'dog urinates on other dog' variety, it can become frustrating. Then again, my posts were not in the sublime category to begin with, so nothing was really lost to posterity.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    At least we get to choose our TB names

    by HansBubi

    ...we got that going for us.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Still no Kaiju

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    you'd think geek franchises would get first priority on thish column.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST


    by Flummage

    We overlapped, no doubtin' it, like the salty thighs of two sailors on a dark night in rough seas, to be sure, to be sure -- but but we weren't in complete harmony.<br /> <br /> I felt that a little delineation was in order, as where we parted was kind of as important as where we sang in tune, hm? <br /> <br /> We've already proffered our specific praises and grievances there (that I'm in favour of the feature and so on, you not so much, etc) so I won't repeat.<br /> <br /> I'll just add that it was perhaps a little less clearer -- through no ill intent -- with, after posting in direct response to me, then continuing onwards with something incongruous to my own feelings in the same post. Almost as if my comment were a verse to your chorus. <br /> <br /> In a rolling conversation things, details and sentiments can get kinda stuck together, like some kinda icky talkback avalanche, so it doesn't hurt occasionally to break it down a lil' to snowball size again, I find.<br /> <br /> No harm done.<br /> <br /> <br /> And, compassionately deployed, I like exclamation marks just fine; It's those semi-colons that send a shiver down my spine!<br /> <br /> As with most things, I'm with Vonnegut on that one.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    that guy looks..........



  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST


    by HansBubi

    I'm calling it now: Flummage will win the coveted Talkbacker of the Year award.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Quick! Post another picture of another overrated movie

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    re: HansBubi, TallanDagwood

    by Flummage

    Bubi. Oh, my. From long experience having to re-read the things I've written and gifted around the skirting boards o' the innanets I can only promise disappointments and tear-stains from here on in, boss. Maybe an occasional moonlight make-up smooches for good measure to break up the soon to be ensuing e-romance dramanomics. But it's a long night, never mind year. Hold onto your britches?<br /> <br /> TallanDogwood, I pay the compliment in return. And not just because we're in agreement. Although it does seem as if we're textually meandering from the same song sheet. <br /> <br /> I wouldn't advocate for some glitter-infused digital plastic surgery carve-up on the entire site. Wrenching this that way, and that this a way, purely for the sake of it. Short of some against-the-odds, third-act design revolution happening and whisking us all off of our feet into a Technicolor website-user wonderland, a kind measured hand and a scalpel would be my preference, for sure.<br /> <br /> Over the years, I've heard a lot of back and forth over the TBs, about what is sacred and what is sacrilegious about them, but I've always shied away from demagoguery of talkback chaos as symptomatic of some intrinsic fanboy douchebaggery. Although, I do think if you improve quality of the website, a high quality of conversation will naturally, gradually prevail -- I tend to agree with you that whatever grace the TBs have is, in part, their simplicity and equality. <br /> <br /> Compared to the tight, overworked information cluster-bombs of many forum and comment sections, AICN has always had the feeling to me of one of those big, child-friendly fridge magnet boards, with lots of white space and large, over-sized letters. No post counts, no hierarchies, no room for the needy high school ego posturing with look-at-me avatars and signatures. <br /> <br /> With each post, you are born and you die anew -- exactly the same as everyone else. And so it should remain.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Boardwalk's in the Bank

    by Flummage

    Yoink!<br /> <br /> Time to make a classy exit. <br /> <br />

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    The Lady Eve

    by dukeroberts

    I just saw it recently for the first time, but I do prefer Sullivan's Travels. That Veronica Lake. Golly... Unfaithfully Yours is already in my Netflix queue because of my love for the absolutely beautiful Linda Darnell. The Palm Springs Story and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek are also pretty good. And Remember the Night is a silly, but fun, little movie.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST


    by abcdefz7

    ...the only time I though Eddie Bracken was perfect. William Demarest at his best, and Raymond Walburn being his greatest blowhard with one of the funniest scenes in movie history -- dictating a speech to hilarious effect. THE LADY EVE is probably a better movie, but after the first few minutes of setup (handled beautifully and almost invisibly in a single long take in a bar), the thing gets cooking and doesn't slow down 'til it's over. One of my favorite movies, and one I can watch repeatedly, anytime, without reservation. Others in that list are AGUIRRE, McCABE & MRS. MILLER, THE KING OF COMEDY, DINER, CITIZEN KANE,and GOODFELLAS. If you haven't seen CONQUERING HERO, do yourself a favor.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Right on, abcdefz7...

    by Dasinfogod

    I was hoping that somebody was gonna mention HAIL, but I also think the perfect companion piece, double feature with it is THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK, a crazy insane premise that I still can't fathom how it got by the Hayes Office with a central protagonist that got knocked up partying with a platoon full of conscripts. Great flick and Sturges was a bloody rock god long before there were bloody rock gods...

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:31 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    That first response was surprisingly well-reasoned and mannered. I wish more of your posts were like that and not as reactionary as they usually are.<BR><BR>That Indianapolis story from years ago was an April Fool's joke article, sorry to say. I can only point at Big Red and said "He made me do it!"<BR><BR>The Captain America post was called a "preview." I'm with you in that I hate them. The point is essentially to say "Hey, I visited a movie set!" 9 times out of 10 I just don't post a preview, but here the studio sent the pic along with it and while putting my ugly mug out there to get ridiculed isn't exactly my idea of a fun time it was still the first time the shield had been seen in any detail, so there was some news in that piece. That's the reason that article exists.<BR><BR>Regarding the new cycle... well, the news is the news. If we ran only exclusives there'd be no AICN, even if we were pulling as many as Deadline. Even Variety, Hollywood Reporter, CNN, Fox, your local news channel, etc... they all talk about the breaking news. I'm curious to see what site you'd be content with that doesn't run any stories broken by the trades or other website... Everybody has to talk about the daily content, whether exclusive or not. There's not one website or news program out there that does it any other way.<BR><BR>Thanks to most of you guys for the words of support. From the amount of email I get about the column I know that the vast majority of the readers dig what I'm doing here. It's the vocal minority that pops up from time to time that either doesn't get the appeal or just doesn't like it. If I start to see that shift then I'll rethink the column, but no reason to worry yet!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:13 a.m. CST

    I care!

    by Ghostball

    BSPD 4EVR, Fett - yeah, I said it.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST


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  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Well at least this ones NOT photoshopped

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    I guess only the good ones will turn out to be photoshopped. im not too interested in seeing a flamer behind a piano

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Keep up the good work

    by Shoegeezer

    I can't believe the complaints about this feature (well, I can, it's the internet). I write about film and it's so important to keep older names and titles in circulation, especially considering how information is accessed these days. I recently gave a talk to some film journalism students and was horrified by the lack of knowledge (and interest) they had in older films (and by older I mean "before The Matrix"). If they do any research it'll be on Google, heaven forbid they actually sit down and watch something when they can just recycle someone else's lazy opinion for the umpteenth time. There were a few commenters here saying they would check out some Sturges, that's reason enough for this to exist. They're in for a real treat, these films are so addictive and different.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Love the column, Quint. Keep it up.

    by Jack Burton

    Face it, Quint and Capone are bringing the most value to the site right now. They are really the only reasons I come back and check daily. I like the DVD column because Harry does hit on things that I didn't realize were releasing. But other then that its the original pieces and interesting interviews with the veterans I enjoy (the Drew Struzan interview was excellent). I think those of us that were here in the beginning (and given my user name I think you can tell I HAVE been here from the beginning) are true movie fans across genre. For example, I may not be that familar with Preston Sturges but I love seeing these vintage pictures anyway. It's a snapshot of a time long since passed and I think it's great that someone is sharing them with us. The kids and trolls may be bitching about not seeing the point of the column in which case I say, then don't click it. It's a website, not a class. Not all the information presented is required learning material. For those of us that enjoy it, I say keep up the good work, Quint.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Aleister Crowley

    by Cagliostro

    Used to date Sturges' mother. She helped write his most popular book. (more useless trivia)

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    dont mind FETT

    by Six Demon Bag

    he really is an idiot..

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    so you are telling me that YOU didnt know what you were getting into when you clicked on the thread??<P>you obviously know of the BEHIND THE SCENE PIC OF THE DAY thats been going on for near two months now and no BTSPOTD has been of upcoming or new films, so no new secrets to be had here..just nostalgic good times, which is the whole point of the articles..

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST

    My favorite film of all time.

    by Bungion Boy

    There's not a single Preston Sturges movie I don't love, but The Lady Eve is my absolute favorite.