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And I really hope Phil Mick, doesn’t even make the cut this weekend at the U S Open......   Then we’ll see how Aaron and The De Man will win the MATCH.  

Chris Paul has entered into the NBA's COVID19 protocol and is out indefinitely.

If he entered it because he didn't want to get vaccinated, he deserves all the criticism he's going to get.  He called it a "personal" choice. Well, his idiotic "personal" choice may have cost the Suns a title. If that's the case, he's a moron.

If he's in it because he was exposed despite being vaccinated, the NBA needs to take a longer look at this. LeBron can violate the protocols with no issue?

Welcome to another edition of Fedya’s “Movies to Tivo” Thread, for the week of June 14-20, 2021. Tomorrow is one of the most important days of the year, as everybody celebrates Fedya’s having completed another trip around the sun. (It’s also the birthday of Oscar-winning actor Burl Ives.) There’s also the Star of the Month salute to Cyd Charisse on Tuesday night; a programming tribute to a recently deceased actor, and a lot more, including a movie that’s less than 15 years old. As always, all times are in Eastern, unless otherwise mentioned.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned the movie Stargate before. You’ve got multiple chances to see it this week, starting at 4:05 PM Monday on Flix. Viveca Lindfors, in one of her last roles, plays Catherine Langford, whose Egyptologist father found some odd stones near the pyramids back in the 1920s. In the present day, she invites Dr. Daniel Jackson (James Spader) to decipher the hieroglyphics on them. It turns out that it’s really the military who wants to know. Jackson discovers that Langford’s stones refer to a “stargate”, and oh so conveniently, the military has discovered one of the stargates. Under the command of Col. Jack O’Neil (Kurt Russell), they use the coordinates Jackson deciphered to enter the Stargate, which is a portal to an ancient world based on ancient Egyptian society and mythology, the people there believing in the god Ra (Jaye Davidson). But are our present-day earthlings in danger, and how will they be able to get back to the present day?

Norman Lloyd died last month at the tragically young age of 106. TCM is giving him a prime-time programming salute on Monday in prime time, starting off at 8:00 PM with Saboteur, which gave him one of his best roles. Lloyd isn’t the star, however; that honor goes to Robert Cummings. Cummings plays Barry Kane, an aircraft factory worker in the early days of the US involvement in World War II. When a fire breaks out at the plant, Barry gives his best friend a fire extinguisher to help, but the extinguisher was filled with gasoline, leading Barry to be suspected of sabotage. Barry, in fact, was given the canister by Frank Fay (that’s Norman Lloyd), so Barry begins a quest to find Fay to exonerate himself and find the real killer. What he eentually gets into is a ring of fifth columnists led by Tobin (Otto Kruger) planning to bomb a ship’s christening in New York. Along the way, Barry meets model Pat Martin (Priscilla Lane), who doesn’t believe Barry at first until she sees first-hand plans to sabotage a dam, at whch point she becomes a resourceful helper, leading to the climax atop the Statue of Liberty with Frank.

A movie that recently returned to the FXM rotation after a long absence is Violent Saturday. It’s got another airing this week, at 10:10 AM Tuesday. Or, as I like to think of it, “The Day They Robbed the Bank of Peyton Place”. A small town in California has a bunch of people with dirty secrets, from bank manager Harry Reeves (Tommy Noonan), who is a Peeping Tom; to librarian Elsie Braden (Sylvia Sidney), a kleptomaniac; Shelley Martin (Victor Mature), who didn’t serve in World War II and feels like the town coward for it; and the Fairchilds (Richard Egan and Margaret Hayes), an alcoholic husband and a wife willing to find love with any man she can. Into all of this come two groups. One is a trio of bank robbers (Stephen McNally, Lee Marvin, and J. Carroll Naish), who plan to rob the bank on the titular Saturday. The other is an Amish farming family, the Stadts, led by… Ernest Borgnine, in one of the more hilarious casting decisions you’ll ever see. You know from the beginning that non-violent Stadt is going to wind up confronted by the three robbers, but the movie is just such a fun mess.

For those of you who like more recent movies, you have a chance to catch No Country for Old Men, at 3:45 PM Tuesday on Showtime (and three hours later if you only have the west coast feed). In Southwest Texas in 1980, Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin) goes hunting, and in tracking a wounded animal comes across a drug deal gone wrong, with everybody having shot everybody else dead except for one fatally wounded guy. However, the money never got transferred, and Llewellyn makes the stupid decision to try to take the money for himself and his wife (Kelly Macdonald). Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a brutal thug who kills people with a cattle bolt gun, wants the money, and decides he’s going to hunt down Moss to get the money back. Meanwhile, the local sheriff, Ed Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) has found the drug deal as well as a couple of other strange murders, and investigates, realizing he’s stumbled onto something quite big. Will Anton ever stop? And can Llewellyn ever get away no matter how far he runs?

On Wednesday, TCM is giving us a series of Ruth Hussey movies, including Tennessee Johnson at 11:45 AM. Hussey plays Eliza McCardle, the future wife of one Andrew Johnson (Van Heflin). Johnson came to McCardle’s small town in Tennessee functionally illiterate and in need of a trade, eventually becoming a tailor. Now if you know your history, you’ll know that Johnson was nominated as Vice-President in 1864 as an attempt by Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans to try to bring the country together in the midst of the Civil War. Lincoln won the election and was assassinated, so Johnson became President. But as a poor southerner from the wrong class and not even a Republican, he had no political base in Washington, an the establishment despised him much like they did Donald Trump. Johnson wanted to continue Lincoln’s idea from the Second Inaugural Address to govern with malice toward none and charity for all, but powerful interests led by Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (Lionel Barrymore) waited for Johnson to make a mistake so they could impeach him on trumped-up charges.

TCM’s salute to Guest Programmer teachers continues on Wednesday in prime time, including the movie The Maltese Falcon at 10:15 PM. Humphrey Bogart plays Sam Spade, private detective in San Francisco with Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan). A woman claiming to be Miss Wonderly (Mary Astor) comes in looking for health, and soon enough Archer gets murdered, and other people wind up dead. Wonderly is really Brigid O’Shaughnessy, and she and a bunch of other people have been traveling around the world looking for a statue called the Maltese Falcon, made hundreds of years ago and encrusted with jewels, making it extremely valuable. Supposedly the Falcon was on a ship bound for Frisco, and O’Shaughnessy, along with Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre), Kasper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet) and his gunsel Wilmer (Elisha Cook), and others. Can Sam figure out what’s going on and who’s been doing the killings before he gets bumped off himself?

On Thursday, we get a bunch of Ralph Bellamy on TCM, including a supporting role in a really fun James Cagney movie, Picture Snatcher at 6:00 AM Thursday. Cagney plays Danny Kean, who just got out of prison and is looking for honest work. He decides to try his hand at photojournalism, getting a job at a tabloid everybody else in the city thinks isn’t real journalism, with J.R. McLean (Ralph Bellamy) as his editor. Kean’s criminal past actually makes him perfect at conning his way into situations where he can get the picture and the story, eventually leading him to get the job of trying to get an illicit photo of an execution in the electric chair (which is actually based on the true story of the execution of Ruth Snyder). Along the way, Kean falls in love with the daughter Patricia Nolan (Patricia Ellis) of the cop who arrested him. Kean gets one more big assignment, getting the story from a gangster he formerly knew who has since shot two policemen and is barricading himself in his apartment. Breezy little pre-Code, but a hell of a lot of fun.

Comic westerns were a thing back in the 1960s. One that I don’t think I’ve mentioned before is Texas Across the River, at 10:29 AM Friday on StarzEncore Westerns. Alain Delon plays Don Andrea Baldasar, a Spanish nobleman who is set to marry Louisiana debutante Phoebe Naylor (Rosemary Forsyth). But the wedding is interrupted over a matter of honor, forcing Don Andrea to flee to Texas. There, he meets Sam Hollis (Dean Martin), who is running arms to the town of Moccasin Flats along with his Indian sidekick Kronk (Joey Bishop). Sam and Kronk are trying to stay one step ahead of the Comanche, led by Iron Jacket (Michael Ansara), while Don Andrea is trying to flee the cavalry, led by Capt. Stimson (Peter Graves), and the two could help each other despite their fundamental differences. Things also get more complicated when young Comanche woman, Lonetta (Tina Marquand), and Phoebe, both show up, and love triangles develop.

The juvenile delinquent movies continue on Thursday night into Friday morning on TCM, including Stakeout on Dope Street at 4:15 AM Friday. A drug deal goes bad, as the cops catch the perpetrators in the act. One of them throws away a briefcase with a canister inside that contains two pounds of uncut heroin, and in the confusion, nobody’s able to retrieve it. Not long after, a teenager, “Vas” Vaspucci (Jonathan Haze) finds the briefcase, and opens it up with two of his friends, Jim Bowers (Yale Wexler) and Nick Raymond (Morris Miller). When the three teens find the heroin, they make the astoundingly idiotic decision that they’re going to deal the stuff themselves. Needless to say, everybody and their brother, both in the underworld and among the cops, wants that heroin, and is willing to resort to violence to get that heroin back. One addict the teens talk to gives a rather harrowing depiction of what withdrawal is like. Future Knots Landing star Abby Dalton plays Jim’s girlfriend Kathy.

It’s hard to believe, but Sunday is already Father’s Day. TCM is giving us a bunch of Dad-themed movies in the morning and afternoon. Some, like Life With Father(4:00 PM) are perennials; one that I don’t think has shown up before is Vice Versa, at 6:00 AM Sunday. Roger Livesey plays Paul Bultitude, a Victorian gentleman who has a son Dickie (Anthony Newley) who is about to be sent off to another term at boarding school. One of Paul’s friends, Marmeduke (David Hutcheson) brings the Garuda Stone, which supposedly grants a wish to people who wish on it. Paul wishes that he could be younger again, while Dickie wants to be more grown up. You can guess what happens next, which is that father and son each wind up in the other’s body, which causes all sorts of predictable problems both among the servants who see their boss acting strangely, and likewise at the boarding school. British character actor James Robertson Justice plays the headmaster of the boarding school, and the part of his daughter is played by future pop star Petula Clark, who was an adolescent actress in the UK.

After a comeback win last night the Brewers are at it again today.  After being tied 2-2 on Friday night the Crew put up 5 in the 7th using 3 straight bases loaded walks, winning 7-4.

Today the Crew was down 4-0 batting in the 2nd. They get a run in the 2nd, another in the 3rd, and 5 in the 4th to go up 7-4.   Burnes had a rough 1st inning giving up 3 runs because of a couple of hits, a base on balls and 2 errors.   Burnes also has an RBI and 8 Ks while pitching.

JFC...I thought for sure Eriksen was dead. That was the most horrific scene I've ever witnessed on any athletic field.

Glad he appears to be OK now...shit was scary.

I'm surprised none of you positive Packers fans haven't started a thread yet.

Welcome to another edition of Fedya’s “Movies to Tivo” Thread, for the week of June 7-13, 2021.  There’s not much new going on in the world of sports, so as always that gives you a good chance to cacth up with some old movies, although the oldest this week are only from the 1940s which isn’t that old at all.  As always, all times are in Eastern, unless otherwise mentioned.

Monday marks the birth anniversary of Dino Paul Crocetti, better known as Dean Martin.  So TCM is running several of his movies on Monday morning and afternoon, including Some Came Running at 3:00 PM.  Frank Sinatta is the star here, as Dave Hirsh, a man from a small Indiana town who left to fight in World War II and eventually became a writer.  He's heading back to his hometown, together with Ginnie (Shirley MacLaine), whom he met in Chicago and who, having fallen in love with him, is following him back home.  Except that what was once home for Dave is no longer home, as his older brother Frank (Arthur Kennedy) became quite successful locally and some folks see Dave's characters as based on them.  Dean Martin plays Bama Dillert, a heavy drinker and professional gambler who really needs to quit his drinking since he's been diagnosed with diabetes.  Meanwhile, Ginnie's previous boyfriend, the gangster Lanchak, has figured out where Ginnie is, and has come down from Chicago to bring her back regardless of what her feelings are.

Among this week's offerings over at StarzEncore Westerns, I don't think I've mentioned Taggart before.  It'll be on at 1:38 AM Monday.  Tony Young plays Kent Taggart, son in a family of ranchers settling in an area that already has a big boss, Ben Blazer (Emile Meyer).  So Blazer has a group of men ambush the Taggarts, killing the cattle and Kent's parents, but Kent kills Blazer's son in the gunfight in what's self-defense.  Unsurprisingly, Ben doesn't like this, so he brings in a hired killer, Jay Jason (Dan Duryea), to track down and kill Kent.  Kent flees and finds the Starks, led by patriarch Dick Foran, who's got a gold mine that looks like it's about to pay off.  But Jason is only one of the complications.  The gold mine is also on Apache land, and in what is also a lack of surprise, the Apaches also want to attack the Starks.  Based on a Louis L'Amour novel, it's predictable enough but not as bad as its B movie provenance might have you think.

Errol Flynn didn't get to do enough comedy in his career.  He wasn't bad in it, as can be seen in Never Say Goodbye, on TCM at 10:45 AM Tuesday.  Flynn plays Phil Gayley, an artist who draws swimsuit models.  He married one of the models, Ellen (Eleanor Parker), and had a daughter Flip (Patti Brady) with her, but Ellen's mom (Lucile Watson) thought Phil was cheating on Ellen with the other models, so Phil and Ellen got a divorce, with each of them getting six months' custody of Flip, an arrangement that Flip doesn't like one bit.  In fact, she'd like her parents to get married again.  In fact the divorced couple still love each other, but can't bring themselves to admit to the other that they were wrong, and Ellen's mom is trying to get Ellen to marry her attorney.  This being right around the end of World War II, Flip has been corresponding with a US Marine named Lonkowski (Forrest Tucker), and decides to employ his help to get her parents back together, by sending a photo of Mom as the person Lonkowski has been corresponding with.  Needless to say, complications ensue.

For those of you who like watching the car crashes on TV known as NASCAR, you might enjoy the movie Days of Thunder, on StarzEncore Classics at 3:53 PM Wednesday.  Tom Cruise plays Cole Trickle, a racecar driver in the Indy Car series who unfortunately loses his ride and is in need of a new team and sponsor.  Tim Daland (Randy Quaid) is a team owner in need of a driver.  But, he’s got a team in NASCAR, which has rather different cars and racing than the open-wheeled Indy cars.  Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall) gets brought out of retirement to be the crew chief, and they all live happily ever after.  Yeah, right.  There’s a romantic entanglement with brain surgeon Dr. Lewicki (Nicole Kidman) as well as a rival on the track in the form of Russ Wheeler (Cary Elwes).  But to be honest, the reason you watch a movie like this isn’t for the plot, but for the action scenes of the racing, which NASCAR fans should enjoy.

TCM is doing some propaganda this month by having four teachers be Guest Programmers, with their choices airing every Wednesday in prime time.  One of this week's selections is Singin' in the Rain, at 10:15 PM Wednesday.  (It'll also be on next week as part of the Star of the Month salute to Cyd Charisse.)  Gene Kelly plays Don Lockwood, a silent film star who gets paired with the queen of the lot, Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen).  However, talking pictures are coming, and Lina has a voice not suitable for the movies at all.  Meanwhile, star-struck kid Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) has come to Hollywood and run into Lockwood; the two eventually fall in love.  When the latest Lockwood/Lamont movie, their first talkie, goes into previews, the audience ridicules it for Lina's voice and the poor production values.  Don's best friend, Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor), comes up with a brilliant idea, which is to have Kathy dub all of Lina's lines in order to save the movie.  But of course, the ruse is going to be found out.  Charisse and her legs show up in one long cadenza, while the songs were all recycled by producer Arthur Freed from things he wrote for earlier movies (he was a lyricist).

For those of you who like more recent movies, you could do a lot worse than to watch Florence Foster Jenkins, at 2:55 PM Friday on Epix2.  Based on a true story, the movie stars Meryl Streep as Jenkins, a child prodigy on the piano who unfortunately got syphilis from her first husband and now, in the 1940s, has to support the arts in other ways.  One of those is singing, performing at very carefully curated concertsto which her common-law husband St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) invites a very select list of guests with no critics.  The reason for this is that Florence can't carry a tune to save her life, as auditioning accompanists like Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg) discover to their horror.  One weekend when St. Clair is away visiting his mistress, what does Florence do?  She goes and books Carnegie Hall for what she expects to be her triumphant big performance, since nobody's ever told her the truth about her singing.  Not only that, but this again being World War II, she wants to donate a bunch of tickets to servicemen on leave.

The juvenile delinquent movies continue on TCM on Thursday night into Friday.  One of the lesser seen movies is Bad Boy, at 7:15 AM Friday.  Audie Murphy, in his first starring role, plays Danny Lester, the titular bad boy who, instead of getting sent to the traditional state reform school or even prison, is sentenced to the Variety Ranch (run by the children's charity Variety), where the headmaster is Marshall Brown (Lloyd Nolan), who is in charge together with his wife Maud (Jane Wyatt) and enforcers like the Chief (James Gleason).  The goal of the Variety Ranch is to give all these young men useful skills to be able to make a living in a trade of some sort, but Danny seems immune to Marshall Brown's help, continuing to get into trouble to the point that he might have to go to jail for real.  It's clear to Brown that Danny has some more deep-seated problem, but can Brown figure out what it is and get Danny help before the police and legal system have had enough.  Not exactly a prestige movie, but a bunch of professional supporting actors all give their best and make this eminently watchable.

One of the movies that's just returned to the FXM rotation is The Detective.  Your chance to catch it this week is at 8:20 AM Saturday.  Frank Sinatra plays Joe Leland, a New York police detective with an estranged wife in Karen (Lee Remick).  Joe gets called in on a murder case that clearly has homosexual overtones, informing us that the victim's penis was cut off(!).  The investigation ultimately leads to hoodlum Felix (Tony Musante), who is tried, convicted, and executed.  But then Colin MacIver (William Windom) jumps to his death from the rooftop at Aqueduct.  Colin's widow Norma (Jacqueline Bisset) insists that it was actually a murder, and so Joe investigates.  Joe begins to discover that perhaps Felix wasn't quite so guilty, and that there's a huge conspiracy going on involving some of the highest-ranking officials in the city; they obviously don't want Joe to make all the connections.  Ralph Meeker plays a cop trying to stop Leland, while Jack Klugman plays a “good” cop and Leland's buddy who helps him.

Another movie that it’s been a while since I’ve recommended is Time After Time.  It’ll be on this week at 2:00 AM Sunday on TCM.  Malcom McDowell plays H.G. Wells, the science fiction writer who wrote stuff like The Time Machine.  In this movie, however, he believes he’s actually invented a real working time machine, and shows it off to some of his friends, including Dr. John Stevenson (David Warner).  The police believe that John is Jack the Ripper, so they come looking for him, but he gets into the time machine and escapes.  However, due to the way Wells designed the machine, John is trapped in the time he selected without the return key and the machine returns to Wells’ house, so he gets into it and follows John to the time and place John selected, which happens to be San Francisco in 1979.  The place is obviously alien to both men, but the criminal John seems OK with it and has no desire to go back home to face charges.  Wells, meanwhile, meets bank employee Amy Robbins (Mary Steenburgen) and the two fall in love.

Finally, we’ll mention The Americanization of Emily, on TCM at 6:00 PM Sunday.  James Garner plays American naval officer Lt. Cmdr. Charles Madison, who is in London in early 1944 in the run-up to D-Day, where he serves as an adjutant to Adm. Jessup (Melvyn Douglas).  It’s a cushy job for Madison, at least until he meets Emily (Julie Andrews), who is assigned to Madison as his driver.  Emily doesn’t like Charles at first, because he typifies everything about the “overpaid, oversexed, over here” stereotype of American servicemen, especially considering that Madison just wants to be able to ride out the war in one piece.  But then Jessup has a breakdown, and Madison is assigned a mission that will have him going ashore in Normandy on D-Day.  Further complicating things is the fact that Charles has fallen in love with Emily, and the feeling is mutual.

After a 7-5 victory today the Crew will be going for a 4 game sweep of the D-backs on Sunday.  A timely hit by Taylor and homers by Adames, Yelich and Narvaez powers the Brewers to the win.  Williams with the win and hader with his 14th save.  Corbin Burnes goes for the Crew tomorrow against Caleb Smith.   Go Crew Go!!