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To "upturn" translated into many languages literally used to mean hold your head high and admire the sky.

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Rod Taylor" "Pulling No Punches"


      Rod Taylor: "Pulling No Punches"

      Aussie Actor to be Honored

      By Ray Cunneff

      April 26, 2017

      Actresses Tippi Hedren and Veronica Cartwright will be attending the U.S. premiere of "Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches" at the Beverly Hills Film Festival on April 27, 2017.

      Both actresses starred with Rod in "The Birds," and they are featured in interviews in "Pulling No Punches."

      "The Birds" (1963)

      "Young Cassidy" (1965)

      Australian filmmaker Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) has co-produced the documentary on the late Rod Taylor Pulling No Punches: Rod Taylor, which claims to be the first to pay kudos to the star of The Time Machine and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and whose career included collaborations with many other major filmmakers like George Stevens (Giant), Michelangelo Antonioni (Zabriskie Point) and Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds).

      “He was a kid from Parramatta who simply turned up in LA to give Hollywood a crack,” says Elliott. “He was tough – a great boxer. Yet this was strangely at odds with his gentler side. He was an astonishing actor. He stole every minute he was in.”

      On Diane Tomasik's "The Complete Rod Taylor" website, I wrote the following:

      Why Rod Taylor?

      What is it about Rod Taylor? Why among so many other actors and movie stars does Rod's work resonate in a special, deeply personal way?

      I've been asking myself that question since "Hong Kong" in 1960. And now, I find there are many other longtime fans and admirers all over the world. Most amazing of all is to learn that a whole new generation of fans is only just discovering him.

      For me, he is one of the most watchable actors ever on screen. He's got something going on in every scene, every moment. He's this strapping hunk of a man who can be incredibly violent and incredibly tender. Comedy as well as drama, he's "alive" in every scene -- a leading man who's not afraid to look ridiculous.

      Taylor is not classically handsome, yet his face comes together so strikingly and expressively. His voice proves a surprisingly rich and multilayered instrument. And underscoring every performance is an incredible "physicality" -- a body language and grace of motion that separates him from virtually every other actor.

      For a broad-shouldered, muscular man he's never stiff or hulking. At times, he moves almost like a dancer. Yet there is that distinctly masculine swing of the arms, the swagger that is uniquely Rod Taylor.

      Nobody has ever put it all together in quite the same way. More than fine performances, he gave a generation of men and women an image of what a real man might be.

      Why Rod Taylor? Because there's nobody else like him. And he's never gotten the credit he deserves.

      "The Time Machine" (1960)

      Elliott previously directed Taylor, (who died on 7th January 2015) in his 1997 comedy Welcome to Woop Woop, which featured the star in a standout part as a foul-mouthed patriarch of a fictional Outback Aussie town. The film was Taylor’s first local production in 20 years, following his turn as a pompous American travelling film exhibitor in John Power’s Victoria-shot comedy, The Picture Show Man (1977).

      “I had lunch with him just before Christmas in LA, and after a couple of beers he was on fire,” says Elliott. “Bravery marked his entire career. He did TV at a time when it was considered career suicide movie-wise, voiced animation then seamlessly turned into a serious Hollywood player. Few people knew he turned down 007 on his agent's advice. He was a great talent, a mate and a trailblazer.”

      "Dark of the Sun" (1968)

      The doco also acknowledges that Taylor was one of the first to put a unique stamp on the cinematic Australian male identity in Hollywood, unlike fellow Aussie stars Errol Flynn and Peter Finch, who had been labelled by studios as Irish and British respectively.

      "Rod set the mold for the Australian onscreen tough guy/charming leading man and paved the way for the likes of Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and others to follow,” says Robert De Young, the documentary’s director. "Rod was enormously generous with his time and sharing his stories with us. He struck me as being genuinely humble about his life and career, which to be honest, was not what I expected."

      With Maggie Smith "The VIP's" (1963)

      Co-producer Stephan Wellink said he wanted to celebrate Taylor “because he was a great actor who deserved to receive greater recognition for his achievements, particularly in his homeland, Australia”.

      "I first became aware of Rod Taylor when my father took me to the cinema to see The Time Machine. My father told me that the ‘man in the Time Machine’ was an Australian. I was fascinated and little did I know that some 50 years later I would sit with ‘H. G Wells’ at his Beverly Hills home as the cameras rolled for a documentary I conceived.

      “My fondest memory of working with Rod for the documentary was the experience of bringing his co-star from The Birds, Tippi Hedren, to his house for the interview. Tippi and Rod hadn’t seen each other for about 20 years and it was a great privilege to be able to bring these two stars together to talk about working with Hitchcock. They loved catching up and sharing a laugh about their early days in Hollywood.”

      "Inglorious Basterds" (2009)

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      Pundit Post

      Writers Guild Strike Authorization


          Writers Guild Strike Authorization

          By Ray Cunneff

          April 25, 2017

          "A strike is to labor relations what a war is to politics, a complete breakdown of the system and everybody loses".

          In my 20-plus years as an active member of the Writers Guild of America, I went through three strikes, each one more crippling than the last. For me personally, the 1988 strike was the toughest, lasting nearly seven months.

          I was co-chair of the '88 strike committee (along with Mike Hoey), dealing primarily with the logistics of putting 2,000-plus writers, some of them elderly, on a picket line outside the movie or television studios in the heat of summer.

          We joked about PTSD, "post-traumatic strike disorder", freaking out at the smell of warm Gatorade, but the strike was no joke. It took a terrible financial and emotional toll on everyone involved.

          On the day the strike was called, I lost $150,000 in pending business, projects that were no longer in play once the strike was finally over.

          In my case, I was branded a "militant writer" and, although I wouldn't realize it for several years, it marked the beginning of the end of my professional writing career.

          In the final analysis, we did make some gains, in minimum compensation and residuals, but overall suffered losses in the bigger marketplace of what at the time were called "videocassette royalties".

          Was it worth it? I suppose so. But as the possibility of yet another strike approaches, I would strongly recommend, for the producers, the writers and the audience, that a negotiated settlement can be reached.


          Can you spot me? (I can't either)

          TV Writers Just Authorized A Strike

          That Would Blackout Late Night

          The WGA writers’ strike just took a big step toward reality.

          April 25, 2017

          Over nine years after the last writers’ strike shut down production of dozens of popular TV shows for 100 days, another protest looms over Hollywood.

          After a week of open polls, members of the Writers Guild of America have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, should a new contract agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers not be reached before the current one expires May 1.

          Of the 6,310 people who cast a vote, 96.3 percent voted yes.

          “We thank you for your resolve and your faith in us as your representatives. We are determined to achieve a fair contract,” the negotiating committee said in a statement.

          The strike would begin May 2, causing an immediate late-night blackout. Depending how long it lasts, programming for the 2017-2018 season could be delayed along with future movie releases, while the impact on scripted summer shows currently in production would be felt sooner.

          Although WGA members have authorized a strike, it’s only an option, for now: There is still a small amount of time for their representatives to reach a new agreement with AMPTP, the organization representing producers and studios ― their employers. Once talks between the parties resume after a weeklong break on April 25, the WGA will be able to leverage the threat of a work stoppage in negotiations as it represents 12,000 writers in the entertainment industry who produce content for theaters, traditional networks and online services. The Huffington Post is unionized under the auspices of the WGA-East.

          The dispute stems from demands by TV writers who, despite living in the “golden age” of television currently enjoyed by viewers, haven’t reaped the benefits themselves.

          While there are more shows, and more quality shows, available to viewers than ever before ― in 2016, we could flip between more than 450 original scripted series, if you ask FX ― studios are ordering fewer episodes. Instead of two dozen episodes per season, a series on Netflix or HBO, for example, may only contain one dozen or fewer. And since writers are paid per episode, working on a season’s worth results in less pay. Added to the equation are common “exclusivity provisions” that prohibit writers from working on more than one series at a time.

          Writers have been fighting to ease that exclusivity requirement, for a bump in pay, and for larger contributions to the union’s health plan by employers ― reportedly the biggest sticking point between the two sides.

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          Pundit Post

          Can You Believe Your Eyes?

          Here's an intriguing little production that helps understand some of our brain's "methodologies".

          Because were restricted to a limited light spectrum, our brains have learned to "fill in colors" to complete the picture.

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          Let's Play A Game


              My score has a "2" after the "8". ie. (82640)

              How long would it take to turn it into a 3 ie. (83640)by sharing this up-beat message?

              This is courtesy of our Mykolai Mike Kolesinski and Richard Caslon and it is very good "Karma" I thank you :)

              The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day
              runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.

              It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass
              and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.

              It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death,
              in ebb and in flow.

              I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.
              And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.

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              Saturday Poetry On Sunday Sorry So Late

              Saturday poetry..

              I wont tell you how much I dream of you

              we just met its only been a week

              It seems forever, is it you i so seek

              Can it be that your the one

              that if you look in my eyes

              you know that I care

              You who are so smart so very wise

              makes me think I will dare

              To love again to give my heart complete

              to someone I just met , its scary for once not to have to compete.

              Never have to compete for someones love is something new

              its beautiful and weird the feelings all the same

              But you came in my life as only a face without a name

              You came to sit beside me and started to talk to me

              I didn't know your tongue your language at all

              it was difficult but it worked out with out the big fall

              You used sign language and that went so good

              this was an evening that that would be the begin

              Of a life that was awesome of new things and a better mood.

              just now


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