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Played five games for Packers in 2012 (no, I didn't remember); killed in a motorcycle-van collision

Benson, 36, was involved in a motorcycle crash with a minivan in northwest Austin, where he played college football at Texas, that left him and one other dead plus two others injured.

Law enforcement agencies reported that the crash took place at 10:22 p.m. when a motorcycle hit a white minivan that was pulling out onto the roadway. According the the Austin-Travis County EMS, there were a "vehicle and person on fire."

36 is much too young, even for people who messed up their lives.

Next weekend is the 3rd annual nickname weekend for MLB.  Below is the Brewers list:

Matt Albers: "BIG SALT"
Orlando Arcia: "EL NIÑO"
Chase Anderson: "CHASER"
Ryan Braun: "OCHO"
Lorenzo Cain: "THREE KID$"
Jhoulys Chacin: "LA MAKINA"
Alex Claudio: "AC"
Zach Davies: "BAT BOY"
Ben Gamel: "GAM"
Gio Gonzalez: "DOUBLE G"
Yasmani Grandal: "YAZMANIAN DEVIL"
Trent Grisham: "GRISH"
Junior Guerra: "CABEZON"
Josh Hader: "HADERADE"
Keston Hiura: "KESTDADDY"
Adrian Houser: "DOOGY"
Jeremy Jeffress: "(BREAD EMOJI) & (BUTTER EMOJI)"
Jordan Lyles: "J LYLES"
Mike Moustakas: "CA STRONG"
Jimmy Nelson: "BIG SWEAT"
Freddy Peralta: "KACIKE"
Manny Pina: "PINEAPPLE"
Drew Pomeranz: "(PALM TREE EMOJI)"
Travis Shaw: "MAYOR-DDC"
Eric Thames: "PHONE HOME"
Aaron Wilkerson: "WILKY"
Devin Williams: "DAVE"
Brandon Woodruff: "WOODY"
Christian Yelich: "YELI"

But my favorite one I found is former Brewer Eric Sogard:  Nerd Power

Welcome to another edition of Fedya's "Movies to Tivo" Thread, for the week of August 19-25, 2019.  The Packers are continuing to learn how to tackle, but we fans don't need to spend our time learning such stuff.  Instead, we just have to wait for the real games to begin.  A good way to spend that time is to sit back with some good movies, and once again I've selected a bunch of interesting stuff for all of you.  There's seven new names in TCM's Summer Under the Stars, as well as stuff on some of the other movie channels.  As always, all times are in Eastern, unless otherwise mentioned.


Monday's star on TCM is Buster Keaton, whose silent movies are masterpieces but unfortunately saw his career go south when he signed with MGM at the dawn of the sound era. There's a new documentary about Buster at 8:00 PM, which will be followed at 10:00 PM by The General. Keaton plays Johnny, a train engineer in the US south circa 1860 running a train called the General. From the date you can tell the Civil War is about to start, and when it does, Johnny tries to enlist However, the authorities decide that he's more needed in the war effort in his engineer's job. This leads everybody, including his girlfriend Annabel Lee (Marion Mack) to think he's a coward. However, he's able to get a shot at redemption when Union forces try to steal his train and take it north, and it's up to him to stop it. (Surprising at it may seem, a Confederate is indeed the hero in this movie.) It leads to a frenetic chase and stunning climax, filmed using locations out in rural Oregon since that's where he was able to find suitable rolling stock. It's all loosely based on a real incident.


A western I think I haven't recommended before is Frenchie.  It's going to be on this week, at 10:53 AM Monday on StarzEncore Westerns.  Based loosely on some of the characters in Destry Rides Again, the movie stars Shelley Winters as Frenchie, a woman who made her name in New Orleans but is now returning to her home town of Bottleneck to open a saloon.  Of course, the real reason she's back in town is because her father was murdered many years before, and she wants to bring his killers to justice.  Also returning is Tom Banning (Joel McCrea), who is going to be the town's new sheriff.  He had left some time back because his old girlfriend Diane (Marie Windsor) left him to marry the town's banker Clyde (John Emery).  He wants to keep gambling out of the town which outs him at odds with Frenchie, but it turns out they also have a common goal regarding her father's murder.  Watch also for Elsa Lanchester as Frenchie's business associate, and for a cat fight between Winters and Windsor.


On Tuesday, we get 24 hours of the movies of Dorothy McGuire on TCM. Out of the movies showing, I'll mention A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which you can see at 10:15 PM Tuesday. McGuire plays Katie Nolan, the mother in a family living in a tenement in New York City circa 1900. She's got a husband Johnny (James Dunn) who works as a singing waiter, or at least he does when he's not too drunk to work, which is way too often. There are also two kids, including the daughter Francie (Peggy Ann Garner), a bright little moppet who has a knack for writing. If only she could get a suitable education, which is difficult considering that the family never has any money to help her out. A cast of great actors playing stock characters rounds out the movie, with Joan Blondell as Katie's sister who has a past with a bunch of “husbands”; Lloyd Nolan as a stereotypical Irish-American cop; and James Gleason as a local barber. Dunn, who had worked with Shirley Temple and who frittered his own career through drinking, won an Oscar for his performance.


I mentioned Joel McCrea earlier, and it turns out that he's the star of the day on TCM for Wednesday.  This would be a good opportunity to point out that Dead End is on as part of his day, at 11:30 AM.  McCrea plays Dave, an architect in another of the tenement slums of New York.  He's got a girl he loves in Drina (Sylvia Sidney), but she can't help him pay the bills, so he vacillates between her and Kay (Wendy Barrie).  Returning is a former friend of Dave's, "Baby Face" Martin (Humphrey Bogart) who escaped by becoming a gangster, which basically scuppered Dave's friendship with him.  Baby Face is home to see Ma (Marjorie Main) and his old girlfriend Francey (Claire Trevor), who turned to prostitution and got a VD as a result.  Meanwhile, all the younger boys in the area (who would become the Dead End Kids, who morphed into the East Side Boys and then the Bowery Boys) idolize Baby Face, much to the consternation of Dave and Drina.  One of the boys is Drina's kid brother Tommy (Billy Halop).


I know how much you all enjoy the 80s movies, so this week I'll mention that among those you can catch is Next of Kin, at 6:10 PM Wednesday on Cinemax.  Patrick Swayze plays Truman Gates, who left his home in Appalachia to become a cop in Chicago, something that doesn't sit will with his brother Briar (Liam Neeson), even more so considering that Truman got another brother Gerald (Bill Paxton) to come to Chicago too.  Unfortunately Gerald's job as a trucker puts him in the line of fire of the Mob.  The boss' son (Ben Stiller) and an enforcer (Adam Baldwin) are struggling over who will become the new boss, and Gerald gets killed as a result.  Truman as a cop will investigate, although he has to stay within the bounds of the law (yeah, try to keep a straight face).  Briar is pissed, and wants to avenge his dead brother, so he shows up looking to do a little "investigating" of his own.  But that may make things more dangerous for everybody.  A young Helen Hunt plays Swayze's wife.


I should probably briefly mention Thursday's honoree for Summer Under the Stars, 1930s actress Leila Hyams.  Her best known role is probably in the movie Freaks, which will be on at 8:00 PM.  But she also has roles as Chester Morris' first wife in Red-Headed Woman (6:30 PM), and as Robert Montgomery's sister in The Big House (12:15 AM Friday, which is still late evening Thursday out in Lambeauland).


Friday on TCM means 24 hours of the films of Fred Astaire.  You know all the famous one with Ginger Rogers, so I'll mention on of the lesser movies: Three Little Words, which will be on at 2:00 PM Friday.  Astaire plays Bert Kalmar, who at the start of the movie is a song and dance man on the vaudeville stage.  But he gets an injury that prevents him from dancing, so he has to find another line of work, eventually becoming a lyricist.  He has the great good fortune to meet composer Harry Ruby (Red Skelton), and it leads to a highly successful professional partnership as well as a friendship.  Harry convinces Bert to marry Jessie Brown (Vera-Ellen), who had been Bert's dance partner back in vaudeville.  Gloria DeHaven plays her real-life mother, and Debbie Reynolds has a bit part.  Among the songs Kalmar and Ruby wrote are "I Want to Be Loved By You" and "Who's Sorry Now", the latter of which is most famous from the late 50s rendition by Connie Francis.


Lynn Anderson died four years ago, but you may recall her singing, "I beg your pardon/I never promised you a rose garden."  That second line, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, became the name for a successful book turned into a movie, and that movie is airing at 7:55 AM Friday on MoreMax.  Kathleen Quinlan plays Deborah, a teenage girl who has a rich fantasy life, having come up with an entire fantasy world all her own.  This failure to distinguish between fantasy and reality disturbs her parents, and eventually Deborah attempts suicide, which leads to her being put in a mental institution.  (The movie was made shortly after the success of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which is probably how it got made.)  She's diagnosed with probable schizophrenia brought on by the trauma from her treatment as a much younger child for urethral cancer, and being in a mental hospital doesn't seem to help her situation much -- who wouldn't turn to fantasy to escape the horrors of a mental hospital.  It's up to Dr. Fried (Bibi Andersson) to bring Deborah out of her shell.  Watch for a lot of famous names in the supporting cast, from veterans like Sylvia Sidney late in her career to newcomers like Mel Gibson.


On Saturday, it's your chance to watch Shirley MacLaine over and over on TCM.  Of the movies that TCM is showing, one that I don't think I've ever recommended before is Woman Times Seven, which will be on at 9:30 AM Saturday.  This is an anthology movie starring MacLaine in seven different roles, all of which have her playing different sorts of women who find themselves facing tough situations in their marriages.  This means that not every story necessarily works, but wait 10 minutes and you're going to get another story you might like more.  Also, it means that Shirley gets to act opposite a whole bunch of great actors, both American and European since the movie was directed in France by Italian great Vittorio De Sica.  Among the male co-stars are in rough order, Peter Sellers, Rossano Brazzi, Vittorio Gassman, Lex Barker, Alan Arkin, Michael Caine, and Philippe Noiret.  Anita Ekberg is also on hand for the final segment.


For those of you who want a silly comedy, you could do a lot worse than to watch The Money Pit, which will be on StarzEncore Classics a couple of times this week, at 12:35 PM Monday and 1:00 PM Sunday. Tom Hanks plays Walter, an attorney living with girlfriend, classical musician Anna (Shelley Long). They've been living in her and her ex-husband Max's (Alexander Godunov) place, but he's returning from Europe. They need to find a new house, and when elderly Estelle (Maureen Stapleton) is selling her big house for cheap claiming she needs the money fast, they jump at the chance. Of course, the real reason Estelle is selling the house is dilapidated and literally falling apart, something the young lovers only find out after they've bought the place. (They should have hired somebody to inspect it first.) They start to repair it, but things seem to fall down faster than they can put up replacements, and the contractors are fleecing them for every cent they can get. Sure, it's an extended one-joke movie, but anybody who's done home renovations can get the joke.


Finally, on Sunday, we get a day full of the films of Dustin Hoffman on TCM.  The one I'll mention is Marathon Man, which you can see at 10:00 PM Sunday.  Hoffman plays Babe Levy, a Ph.D. candidate in New York who gets involved in international intrigue through no fault of his own.  It turns out that his brother Doc (Roy Scheider) is an intelligence officer investigating the case of Dr. Szell (Laurence Olivier).  Szell was a Nazi concentration camp doctor, stealing diamonds from the Jews and hiding them away in New York.  Szell can't trust his couriers anymore, so he's trying to kill them, and that Doc is among the people in danger.  After Doc does indeed get stabbed to death, Doc's boss Janeway (William Devane) then tries to get Babe to get the diamonds from Szell, but perhaps Janeway can't be trusted either.  This is the movie that has Olivier performing dental torture on Hoffman, with the apocryphal story of Olivier telling Hoffman there's a reason they call it acting.

Well, Khris Middleton and Splash Mountain are the Bucks representatives in the 2020 team. 

Couple things- picked this up from Bill Simmons on his podcast- players that commit to USA Basketball tend to have big seasons the following year. The posited reason is the time spent with elite coaches and the increased competition with elite players. Lebron, Wade, Carmelo, even Kobe- all had career years after playing their summer with USA Basketball. Simmons (and his guest Brian Windhorst theorized that more stars should want to play USA Basketball because it makes you better. 

This is of course particularly interesting for Middleton. He’s never been a particularly good athlete, and there have been whispers about his fitness in the past being a little lacking. This summer he’s getting coached by Pop, he’s going to be playing against plenty of foreign NBA stars, and a lot more basketball will he played. Will Middleton benefit like these others obviously have? 

And Splash Mountain will simply be a fine tuned machine coming into ‘19-20... 

Weather: Tonight’s game will feature warm and humid weather with a kickoff temperature of around 80 degrees. 

"The Packers can only go as far as their superstar quarterback can carry them, and in 2018, that wasn’t very far. Despite appearing in every game, there was very little doubt that Rodgers was playing injured most of the year. With tremendous nimbleness in the pocket, incredible arm strength and unmatched accuracy, Rodgers is arguably the most physically gifted quarterback the sport has ever seen. A struggling defense and a multitude of injuries resulted in a disappointing 2018 season, but Rodgers still managed to throw 25 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions. Be ready for a hellbent Rodgers to come out firing for the Pack this season." 

69896EB5-64E3-4520-89EF-E48AD18DFC3F40% of the Bucks game this season will be on national TV this year. Strength of schedule indicates a strong chance for back to back 60 win campaigns... it’s the 30th ranked schedule. Christmas Day at Philly, 10 TNT feature games, 10 ESPN feature games, and some ABC games as well as NBA TV. 

Times sure have changed... 

Just got a text from my brother  Gooch's evidently burned down last night.  Some of you may know the place, it's in Boulder Junction (ilcuqui?).

Went in on a Saturday a couple years ago, Gooch said they'd done over 500 fish plates the night before.  Crazy.  Great place, not the "normal" FIB joint you find so much up there.

Time for a giant Old Fashioned.


Welcome to another edition of Fedya's "Movies to Tivo" Thread, for the week of August 12-18, 2019.  Summer Under the Stars continues on TCM with seven more stars, all of whom have movies worth watching.  But there's still interesting stuff on the other movie channels as well.  Real football returns this week as the Bundesliga season begins on Friday, but there's still time for good movies.  And we hope that DeShone Kizer will have a lot of time to watch good movies soon, too.  As always, all times are in Eastern, unless otherwise mentioned.


Ann Sothern is being honored on Monday, and one of her movies that I haven't recommended before is Shadow on the Wall, which TCM is showing at 5:00 PM. Zachary Scott plays businessman David Starrling, who returns home from a business trip to find that his wife Celia (Kristine Miller) is having an affair with the boyfriend of her sister Dell (that's Ann Sothern)! Since Dell and her boyfriend are coming over for dinner, David decides to confront the two lovers, which creates quite the scene. David and Celia get in an argument afterwards, and Dell actually comes back and, in a scuffle with Celia, shoots her dead. She doesn't realize that there was a witness though, that being David and Celia's daughter Susan (Gigi Perreau). Thankfully for Dell, Susan has been so traumatized by what she saw that she's blocked it out of her memory. Since all the evidence points to David, Dell lets him take the rap for it. Meanwhile, Susan is in a psychiatric hospital being helped by Dr. Canford (Nancy Davis before she married Ronald Reagan). Dell begins to realize she has to get rid of the evidence. It's a rare dramatic role for Sothern, and she does well here.


We've got a bunch of remakes on this week.  Two of them are showing up on StarzEncore Classics early in the week, starting with the 1995 version of Village of the Damned, at 10:38 PM Monday.  The final film Christopher Reeve made before the horse riding accident that left him paralyzed, this one is the story of an alien force that impregnates all the women in a small village and leaves them with children having strange and deadly psychic powers they use to force the adults to harm themselves if they don't do the kids' bidding.
The other remake is the 2003 version of Willard, which you can see at 10:43 AM Tuesday.  Crispin Glover stars in the title role, if you can call the human the star.  He's in a lonely life with a widowed mother in a decaying house and a boss who treats him like dirt.  His only solace is the rats that he's been training.  He starts using those rats to turn the tables on the people who have been making his life hell, but he's about to find events spiraling out of control.


Tuesday's selection on TCM is the actor Brian Donlevy.  One of his movies that I don't think I've ever mentioned before is The Beginning or the End, which will be on at 1:00 PM.  This odd little movie is presented as having been preserved for the people of 500 years in the future so that they could know about the development of the atomic bomb.  Enrico Fermi (Joseph Calleia) has discovered the first nuclear chain reaction, and when World War II starts in Europe, it's obvious that Hitler is going to use that knowledge to weaponize chain reactions.  So scientists and the military, including General Groves (Donlevy) convince president Roosevelt to authorize American research into nuclear weaponry to beat the Nazis to the punch, and end the war quickly.  Hume Cronyn plays Robert Oppenheimer.  There was some cooperation from the military in making this movie, but you have to wonder how much of that was to control what classified material would remain secret.


For those of you who like those 80s movies, this week you're getting Say Anything..., at 5:31 AM Tuesday on Starz Edge.  John Cusack plays Lloyd Dobler, an Army brat who's returned to the US to finish high school, living with his sister (Joan Cusack in an uncredited role).  Lloyd is a middling student who doesn't quite know what he wants to do with his life after school, so he decides he's going to dare and ask the class valedictorian and all-round "most likely to succeed" type Diane (Ione Skye) on a date to a graduation party.  It's a refreshing change for Diane, who for once doesn't feel any of the pressure to fit that role of being the always successful one, something that her father James (John Mahoney) has more or less groomed her for.  As Lloyd and Diane continue to see each other before Diane heads off to England in the fall on a scholarship, her dad begins to think that having Lloyd around might keep Diane from achieving all the goals he's set out for his daughter.  And Dad's success is about to come into question too....


On Wednesday, we get a full 24 hours of Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann, who was actually born in Japan. There's a documentary about her collaboration with Ingmar Bergman at 8:00 PM, but the movie I'll mention isn't a Bergman film: The Abdication, at 10:15 AM. Ullmann plays Queen Christina of Sweden, who as you may recall from the Garbo movie abdicated the throne in 1654 to become a Catholic. Because of the delicate political situation, the Catholic Church wasn't certain if Christina's conversion was genuine. So they appoint Cardinal Azzolino (Peter Finch) to question Christina and determine if her faith is what she really claims it is. Along the way, the two begin to develop some sort of feelings for each other, which is a big problem since the Catholic clergy is supposed to be celibate. And other clergy notice something's going on. Meanwhile, as Christina discusses her upbringing to Azzolino, she has flashbacks to her childhood, here being shown as being raised almost like a boy since the regent Oxenstierna (Cyril Cusack) believes that's what's necessary to be a strong monarch in these difficult times.


Moving ahead to Thursday, you'll be able to watch an entire day of Rod Steiger movies.  One that hasn't shown up in a long time is The Big Knife, which is airing at 12:30 AM Friday.  Jack Palance plays Charles Castle, an actor who has been the biggest star for producer Stanley Hoff (Rod Steiger).  Charles' contract is coming up, and he's not certain whether he should re-sign.  One issue is that his wife Marion (Ida Lupino) isn't so thrilled with her husband being a star, wanting a more normal life.  Charles, for his part, would like to do more "serious" pictures.  But Hoff wants to keep Charles under contract, since Charles is his biggest star.  Fortunately for Stanley, Charles has a past, and Stanley decides that he has no compunction about using that past to blackmail Charles into signing a new contract.  This is very much an over-the-top melodrama, based on a play by Clifford Odets, and boy do Palance and Steiger milk it for all it's worth.


A movie that returned to the FXM rotation recently is Journey to the Center of the Earth.  It's going to be on again this week, at 12:45 PM Thursday.  James Mason plays Sir Oliver Lindenbrook, a Scottish professor circa 1880 whose research had led him to an Icelander from a few centuries previously who claimed to have discovered caverns leading deeper into the earth than anybody else ever saw.  Sir Oliver mentions this to a Swedish colleague Göteborg, who takes the information and heads off to Iceland to beat Sir Oliver to the punch and take the scientific glory for himself.  So Sir Oliver takes one of his students, Alex (Pat Boone, who was there for the younger set despite how square he's considered now); and Alex's fiancée and Oliver's niece Jenny (Diane Baker) and heads to Iceland.  After the Icelanders kill Göteborg, Sir Oliver is forced to bring along the man's widow (Arlene Dahl) on the expedition.  What they find is fascinating, but also dangerous at times.  This is based on the novel by Jules Verne.


I mentioned earlier that I was going to be talking about remakes a fair amount, and that makes Friday's star on TCM worth mentioning: Irene Dunne.  She was in the 1936 version of Show Boat, based on a popular musical that has already been made into a movie once before at the dawn of the sound era; it would be remade again in the early 1950s.  Show Boat will be on at noon Friday.
Later in the afternoon, at 4:00 PM, there's the 1939 version of Love Affair, that old chestnut about two people who meet on a transatlantic cruise and fall in love with each other, even though they're both engaged to other people.  The agree to meet some months later, but tragedy prevents that from happening.  The movie was famously remade in the late 1950s as An Affair to Remember, and somewhat less memorably in the 1990s, with Katharine Hepburn making her final movie appearance as the grandmother.


Continuing with the remakes this week, there's the 1966 version of Stagecoach. This one is going to be on StarzEncore Westerns at 6:04 AM Saturday. Based on the classic 1939 western, this one gets the update of color (which was probably cost-prohibitive for the 1939 version) and wide-screen cinematography which didn't really exist back in the 30s. The Ringo Kid (Alex Cord) is an outlaw gunslinger on his way to meet justice, in a stagecoach with a cast of stock characters: the drunk doctor (Bing Crosby); the saloon girl, who is looking to make a new start (Ann-Margret); the marshal taking Ringo to his destination (Van Heflin); the man of the cloth (Red Buttons); and a couple of others. Of course, the stagecoach encounters problems along the way, including an attack by the Sioux, which gives those passengers with problems a chance to redeem themselves. And then after all that, the Ringo Kid still has to face a challenge in the form of a gunfight with his enemies the Plummers when he gets to his destination.


Back at TCM, Saturday means a day full of Errol Flynn movies.  A good example of his swashbuckling ways can be seen in The Sea Hawk, at 11:45 AM.  Flynn plays Geoffrey Thorpe, a privateer working for Queen Elizabeth I in the 1580s.  If you remember your English history, that's the decade that saw the Spanish Armada try to invade England, and one of the ships Thorpe loots just happens to be carrying the Spanish ambassador (Claude Rains) and his half-English niece Doña Maria (Brenda Marshall).  To smooth matters over, Elizabeth sends Thorpe to the Caribbean, while a traitor in Her Majesty's midst plots to have Thorpe captured.  He and his men become galley slaves but revolt.  Can they make it back to England in time to warn Elizabeth about Spain's plans?  Meanwhile, Thorpe falls in love with Maria at their first meeting, and you know she's eventually going to fall in love with him and show her loyalty to England in the climax.  The movie has an interesting sepia-toned sequence for the scenes in Spanish Panama,


Finally, on Sunday, it's time to relax with the films of Audrey Hepburn.  It's been a while since I've mentioned The Children's Hour, which will be on at 12:30 PM Sunday on TCM.  Hepburn plays Karen Wright, who has been running a school for girls together with her best friend Martha (Shirley MacLaine).  A couple of things are about to come between them.  First is that Karen is engaged to be married to the local doctor, Joe Cardin (James Garner).  More worryingly, one of their students, Mary, has gone and blabbed to her grandma Mrs. Tilford (Fay Bainter) the false claim that she saw the two teachers engaging in a lesbian relationship after misconstruing something she heard Martha's aunt Lily (Miriam Hopkins) say.  Mary's rumor causes the parents to remove their children from the school with the two teachers responding by suing for slander.  It threatens to destroy the school, as well as Karen's relationships with both Martha and Joe.  It's based on a Lillian Hellman play that had been filmed in the 1930s (with the rumor involving heterosexual adultery) that had Hopkins playing one of the teachers.