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Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Neel Mehta » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:09 pm

In 2013 I started a pair of threads, Afternoon Delight and Evening Delight, that contained a series of quickie questions about pop culture. Four years later, I finally complete the Quickie Trilogy. In the tradition of some movie trilogies, the third installment is long-delayed, and nobody asked for it.

To get further meta, I have included a few questions about trilogies. Well, "film series." For the purposes of this thread, I define "film series" as having 3 or more films, with their years of release in parentheses.

Here are 3 questions to get you started.



1. What do the following film series have in common?

Austin Powers (1997, 1999, 2002)
Billy Jack (1967, 1971, 1974, 1977)
The Hangover (2009, 2011, 2013)
Honey (2003, 2011, 2016)
Indiana Jones (1981, 1984, 1989, 2008)
Men in Black (1997, 2002, 2012)
Night at the Museum (2006, 2009, 2014)
Scream (1996, 1997, 2000, 2011)
Spy Kids (2001, 2002, 2003, 2011)
Transformers (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017)

There are a few other examples if you wish to add. And you may as well look up Billy Jack, because he's coming back in a future question.


2. It's a British Invasion in three waves. I'm thinking of two songs, each by a different British rock band, that share a very similar American lifespan.

1975: Both songs were released as singles in the United States in 1975, and both eventually charted in the Billboard Hot 100.

1992: Both songs were revived for their use in the same 1992 movie, domestically one of the ten biggest box office hits of that year. (Both songs appear on that film's soundtrack, one song as the original recording and the other song as a cover version.)

2016: Both songs were revived again for their association with the same 2016 movie, domestically one of the ten biggest box office hits of that year. (One song was used in the trailers, the other song was used in the film, and the soundtrack contains a cover version of one song but neither original recording.)

Can you name the songs (and the movies)?


3. What do the following TV actors have in common?

Maura Tierney
Philip Scozzarella
John Barrowman
Laura Vandervoort

Maura Tierney has several friends who similarly qualify, but can you think of any other unique representatives?
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby grodney » Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:51 am

Stumped me.

I do feel like I have a shot at #2....but probably not without some googling.....and it seems like something others would know without search help.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Neel Mehta » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:27 am

grodney wrote:Stumped me.

I do feel like I have a shot at #2....but probably not without some googling.....and it seems like something others would know without search help.


These can be hard. I don't discourage a little help.

Not a lot of views yet, but I'll go ahead and provide some hints.

Neel Mehta wrote:1. What do the following film series have in common?

Austin Powers (1997, 1999, 2002)
Billy Jack (1967, 1971, 1974, 1977)
The Hangover (2009, 2011, 2013)
Honey (2003, 2011, 2016)
Indiana Jones (1981, 1984, 1989, 2008)
Men in Black (1997, 2002, 2012)
Night at the Museum (2006, 2009, 2014)
Scream (1996, 1997, 2000, 2011)
Spy Kids (2001, 2002, 2003, 2011)
Transformers (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017)


The more sequels you make, the less likely a film series would stay on this list. Others get involved and a film series can start to have too many Styles. Also,

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Mission: Impossible is famous for doing the complete opposite of the films I listed. But it looks like it will almost certainly stop that run when Part 6 comes out next year.


Neel Mehta wrote:2. It's a British Invasion in three waves. I'm thinking of two songs, each by a different British rock band, that share a very similar American lifespan.

1975: Both songs were released as singles in the United States in 1975, and both eventually charted in the Billboard Hot 100.

1992: Both songs were revived for their use in the same 1992 movie, domestically one of the ten biggest box office hits of that year. (Both songs appear on that film's soundtrack, one song as the original recording and the other song as a cover version.)

2016: Both songs were revived again for their association with the same 2016 movie, domestically one of the ten biggest box office hits of that year. (One song was used in the trailers, the other song was used in the film, and the soundtrack contains a cover version of one song but neither original recording.)


I would focus on the 1992 movie because

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The cover version of Song 1 is sung by one of the main cast members, and the original recording of Song 2 is part of a sing-along by some of the other cast members.

Also, Song 2 returned to the U.S. Billboard 100 charts in 1992 and peaked higher (#2) than it did in the 1970s (#9).


Neel Mehta wrote:3. What do the following TV actors have in common?

Maura Tierney
Philip Scozzarella
John Barrowman
Laura Vandervoort

Maura Tierney has several friends who similarly qualify, but can you think of any other unique representatives?


The answer is not "their last names rhyme with a type of cheese," but

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this is a wordplay question. If we applied it to film, Isabelle Huppert is a notable example.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby grodney » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:30 am

Neel Mehta wrote:2. It's a British Invasion in three waves. I'm thinking of two songs, each by a different British rock band, that share a very similar American lifespan.

1975: Both songs were released as singles in the United States in 1975, and both eventually charted in the Billboard Hot 100.

1992: Both songs were revived for their use in the same 1992 movie, domestically one of the ten biggest box office hits of that year. (Both songs appear on that film's soundtrack, one song as the original recording and the other song as a cover version.)

2016: Both songs were revived again for their association with the same 2016 movie, domestically one of the ten biggest box office hits of that year. (One song was used in the trailers, the other song was used in the film, and the soundtrack contains a cover version of one song but neither original recording.)

Can you name the songs (and the movies)?


I think the songs are:
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Bohemian Rhapsody
Ballroom Blitz


Movies:
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Wayne's World
Suicide Squad


But I did have to use Wikipedia and boxofficemojo.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Bill » Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:05 pm

My guess for #1...

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Same director?


I didn't look anything up, but I did use your MI clue.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Bill » Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:38 pm

Possible additions for #3:

Tisha Campbell-Martin
Celyn Jones
John Ritter
Jerry Seinfeld
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Neel Mehta » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:42 pm

Nice! grodney is correct for #2 and Bill has #1 and #3.

Notes:

1. Truly surprising that Michael Bay has stuck to that one job for so long.

2. "Ballroom Blitz" is a song by the band Sweet (or possibly The Sweet). I did not know that until I worked on this question. In my head I just conflated Blitz songs and thought it was The Ramones. They did another song, "Fox on the Run", that was used to market 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. For once Marvel borrows a page from DC's playbook.

3. The answer is

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Each actor appeared regularly in a TV series whose title is hidden in their name: ER, Oz, Arrow, V.


I like Celyn Jones and John Ritter because they share that hidden quality. It's interesting that you bring up John Ritter for that TV miniseries, because the #1 movie in American theaters this month has zero cast members that fit.

On to the next batch.


4. Billy Jack is back. What do the following film series have in common, other than having a male protagonist?

Billy Jack (1967, 1971, 1974, 1977)
Indiana Jones (1981, 1984, 1989, 2008)
Rambo (1982, 1985, 1988, 2008)
Krrish (2003, 2006, 2013)
Dark Knight (2005, 2008, 2012)

I don't expect you to know Bollywood science fiction, so, yeah, look it up. The answer is unusual, but a brief glance at these film series on Wikipedia or IMDb should be enough.


5. Here's another wordplay question about TV show titles. I'm thinking of a figure of speech, or saying, in the English language. It has a few variations, but in its simplest form, it consists of exactly seven words and one comma.

Its first part (before the comma) is also the name of a TV series that had 22 episodes over 2 seasons. It was not tied to a particular broadcast network, basic cable channel, or premium cable channel.

Its second part (after the comma) is also the name of a TV series that, so far, has had 20 episodes over 2 seasons. It is not tied to any broadcast network, basic cable channel, or premium cable channel.

What's the saying?


6. Maybe retain a full-time paramedic on the sets of Scorpion and Grace & Frankie. What do the following movie actors have in common?

John Hurt (1940-2017)
Ron Lester (1970-2016)
Robert Patrick (born 1958)
Martin Sheen (born 1940)

Can you come up with others?
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Bill » Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:40 am

Neel Mehta wrote:5. Here's another wordplay question about TV show titles. I'm thinking of a figure of speech, or saying, in the English language. It has a few variations, but in its simplest form, it consists of exactly seven words and one comma.

Its first part (before the comma) is also the name of a TV series that had 22 episodes over 2 seasons. It was not tied to a particular broadcast network, basic cable channel, or premium cable channel.

Its second part (after the comma) is also the name of a TV series that, so far, has had 20 episodes over 2 seasons. It is not tied to any broadcast network, basic cable channel, or premium cable channel.

What's the saying?


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Jack of all trades, master of none
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Neel Mehta » Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:05 pm

Bill is correct about #5. I wonder if any other TV show titles can be combined that way. Are there others that are named for a saying or part of a saying? I know the working/early title for Friends was Six of One.

Hints for #4 and #6:

Neel Mehta wrote:4. Billy Jack is back. What do the following film series have in common, other than having a male protagonist?

Billy Jack (1967, 1971, 1974, 1977)
Indiana Jones (1981, 1984, 1989, 2008)
Rambo (1982, 1985, 1988, 2008)
Krrish (2003, 2006, 2013)
Dark Knight (2005, 2008, 2012)


Wikipedia is probably easier to use. IMDb has a Movie Connections feature that can be hard to find, particularly in the mobile and app versions. Also,

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I took a shot in the dark that the Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers would qualify, but I was mistaken.


Neel Mehta wrote:6. Maybe retain a full-time paramedic on the sets of Scorpion and Grace & Frankie. What do the following movie actors have in common?

John Hurt (1940-2017)
Ron Lester (1970-2016)
Robert Patrick (born 1958)
Martin Sheen (born 1940)

Can you come up with others?


This is a filmography question, but you don't need to go deep. The shallower the better. Completely shallow, brief, blink-and-you-miss-it. Also,

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I would, once again, focus on the 1992 movie.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Neel Mehta » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:14 pm

#4 and #6 are still unanswered, but I thought I would add a couple of more questions to carry us through the weekend. I'll add more as they get solved. (If you have a quickie question of your own, feel free to post it here.)


7. I'm thinking of a 1980s dance/pop song with a three-word title. If you take the first word (which is a single letter) and make a slight alteration to its shape, you get a familiar symbol. Now reverse the order of the words and spell out the symbol (into its ordinary English meaning). You get the title of a different 1980s dance/pop song with a three-word title.

For example, take the song I WANT CANDY, change the "I" to a slash sign (/) and reverse the word order to get CANDY WANT SLASH, if that were a thing.

What are the songs?


8. So far 89 films have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. From that list of winning titles, what is the only possessive noun (in the form of ________'s) that appears twice?
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Bill » Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:01 pm

Neel Mehta wrote:6. Maybe retain a full-time paramedic on the sets of Scorpion and Grace & Frankie. What do the following movie actors have in common?

John Hurt (1940-2017)
Ron Lester (1970-2016)
Robert Patrick (born 1958)
Martin Sheen (born 1940)

Can you come up with others?


I got the theme (and all four qualifying entries) but I'm having trouble coming up with examples as good as these. Bill Pullman and Marlon Brando probably qualify for film, and in a more meta sense, Roger Moore. Greg Morris and Werner Klemperer did it on TV. And Buddy Ebsen gets his own special category.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Bill » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:20 am

Neel Mehta wrote:4. Billy Jack is back. What do the following film series have in common, other than having a male protagonist?

Billy Jack (1967, 1971, 1974, 1977)
Indiana Jones (1981, 1984, 1989, 2008)
Rambo (1982, 1985, 1988, 2008)
Krrish (2003, 2006, 2013)
Dark Knight (2005, 2008, 2012)


Answer:

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All of the films in the series include the name of the male protagonist as listed here, except for the first film in the series, which doesn't.


Neel Mehta wrote:7. I'm thinking of a 1980s dance/pop song with a three-word title. If you take the first word (which is a single letter) and make a slight alteration to its shape, you get a familiar symbol. Now reverse the order of the words and spell out the symbol (into its ordinary English meaning). You get the title of a different 1980s dance/pop song with a three-word title.

For example, take the song I WANT CANDY, change the "I" to a slash sign (/) and reverse the word order to get CANDY WANT SLASH, if that were a thing.

What are the songs?


At first, I thought there must have been a song called "O, For Money!" that I hadn't been aware of. But the answer is...

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"A Love Bizarre" by Sheila E.
"Bizarre Love Triangle" by New Order


Neel Mehta wrote:8. So far 89 films have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. From that list of winning titles, what is the only possessive noun (in the form of ________'s) that appears twice?



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"King's"
All the King's Men
The King's Speech


Some nice finds here!
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Neel Mehta » Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:13 pm

Bill mostly has it.

Notes:

4. I was going for something very close to that.

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For most film series, the titles of the sequels reference the first film in some way. But for these, the naming convention of the film series starts with the second film, not the first.

The Born Losers (1967)
Billy Jack (1971)
The Trial of Billy Jack (1974)
Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

First Blood (1982)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Rambo III (1988)
Rambo (2008)

Koi... Mil Gaya (2003)
Krrish (2006)
Krrish 3 (2013)

Batman Begins (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

A Shot in the Dark is, surprisingly, the second film in the Pink Panther series. IMDb says it was released only 3 months after the first one, takes a darker tone, and has no Pink Panther cartoon or theme song. So this could just be a situation where the filmmakers didn't know what they had.


6. Here is the answer:

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Each of these actors parodied a previous dramatic role of theirs in a subsequent comedy. Hollywood is fond of making parodies, but rarely do filmmakers get the original actor.

John Hurt: Alien, then Spaceballs ("Oh, no. Not again.")
Ron Lester: Varsity Blues, then Not Another Teen Movie ("Coach said it's all right to bleed from the ears.")
Robert Patrick: Terminator 2, then Wayne's World ("Have you seen this boy?")
Martin Sheen: Apocalypse Now, then Hot Shots! Part Deux ("I loved you in Wall Street!")

After I wrote this question, it occurred to me that Jamie Foxx plays Django and Christopher Lloyd plays Doc Brown in their A Million Ways to Die in the West cameos. And I just remembered that Paul Gleason (1939-2006) is also in Not Another Teen Movie, as the same character he played in The Breakfast Club.

The gag is limited to a single scene for everyone but Ron Lester, who has his own too-many-concussions subplot. Marlon Brando stretches out the joke to a full film in The Freshman. I didn't see how Bill Pullman fits into this, unless you are classifying Independence Day: Resurgence as a parody.


7. I was worried that this one would not be solvable, because you need to deduce that the first word is the letter A and that you need to reshape it into a triangle.


8. Some follow-up questions, if you're interested in Best Picture punctuation.

b) Two winning titles use a period, and neither use it to end a sentence. What are they?
c) The answer to #8...

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All the King's Men and The King's Speech

...are two of the six winners whose title uses an apostrophe. Three more use an apostrophe followed by the letter S: Gentleman's Agreement, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Schindler's List.

The sixth winning title uses an apostrophe that is followed by a different letter. What's the film?

Moving on to the next batch...


9. This is another film series question, but I am focusing on trilogies only this time. What do these trilogies have in common?

Bridget Jones (2001, 2004, 2016)
Cars (2006, 2011, 2017)
The Hangover (2009, 2011, 2013)
The Karate Kid (1984, 1986, 1989)
Ocean's 11-13 (2001, 2004, 2007)

This is the hardest of the film series questions because it requires at least some familiarity with these films' content. If you need to look this up, you can, and a Wikipedia plot summary would suffice.

These are pure examples of a trend I've noticed among many trilogies. If it helps,

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Star Wars 4-5-6 and Indiana Jones 1-2-3 do this in spirit. The Dark Knight and High School Musical trilogies work if you want to zoom in very closely.


10. Disney Wordplay. I'm thinking of an actress who voiced a Disney animated heroine. Start with the actress' first and last name. If you remove the middle letter from her first name and rearrange the remaining letters in her first name, you are left with the name of a different Disney animated heroine. Name the actress.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Neel Mehta » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:36 pm

Not many visits to the forum, but I'll provide some hints anyway.

Neel Mehta wrote:9. This is another film series question, but I am focusing on trilogies only this time. What do these trilogies have in common?

Bridget Jones (2001, 2004, 2016)
Cars (2006, 2011, 2017)
The Hangover (2009, 2011, 2013)
The Karate Kid (1984, 1986, 1989)
Ocean's 11-13 (2001, 2004, 2007)


When I said the The Dark Knight and High School Musical trilogies work "if you want to zoom in very closely", I meant that in a
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Neel Mehta wrote:10. Disney Wordplay. I'm thinking of an actress who voiced a Disney animated heroine. Start with the actress' first and last name. If you remove the middle letter from her first name and rearrange the remaining letters in her first name, you are left with the name of a different Disney animated heroine. Name the actress.


I was deliberately vague about what to do with the actress' last name because

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you do nothing. The actress and the second Disney animated heroine have the same last name.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Bill » Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:11 pm

Neel Mehta wrote:10. Disney Wordplay. I'm thinking of an actress who voiced a Disney animated heroine. Start with the actress' first and last name. If you remove the middle letter from her first name and rearrange the remaining letters in her first name, you are left with the name of a different Disney animated heroine. Name the actress.


I actually got this right away and without help, but that's mostly because there are very few Disney voice actresses I could name.

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KRISTEN BELL voiced Anna in Frozen.

Shift the first letter four spots back in the alphabet, double the second letter, and anagram the first name (keeping the last name intact) and you get STRINGER BELL.


That's another nice find. You don't even have to tinker with it very much.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby grodney » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:27 am

Bill wrote:
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STRINGER BELL.



And I thought I knew all the Disney animated heroines!
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Bill » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:59 am

grodney wrote:
Bill wrote:
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STRINGER BELL.



And I thought I knew all the Disney animated heroines!


You may not have seen Disney's The Wire, which is about a group of furry woodland creatures, and how their lives are systematically destroyed by drugs, corruption, and the uncaring woodland bureaucracy.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Neel Mehta » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:20 pm

Bill is correct about the actress in #10, and then things go horribly incorrect.

Notes:

10. You might wonder, as I did, whether

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Tinker Bell should be spelled "Tinkerbell". It can, and it probably has in the past, but not anymore. The Disney Fairies marketing machine clearly gives her a first and last name, and even male supporting characters who call her "Miss Bell".


#8b, 8c, and 9 remain unsolved. Here's another.


11. Here's a Question 7 type question. What do the following people have in common?

Bryan Brown
Maria de Medeiros
Zooey Deschanel
Cindy Pickett
Ben Roethlisberger
Karl Urban
Adam West

For the purposes of this question, Karl Urban is fairly obscure. If it helps, I'll throw in a fictional character:

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Edward Lewis of Pretty Woman.


Also, I debated whether

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Maria de Medeiros or Uma Thurman is the more proper entry.
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Postby Neel Mehta » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:09 am

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Neel Mehta wrote:11. Here's a Question 7 type question. What do the following people have in common?

Bryan Brown
Maria de Medeiros
Zooey Deschanel
Cindy Pickett
Ben Roethlisberger
Karl Urban
Adam West


If I may step in and take this question under my wing:

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You may want to start with the least famous name here. Cindy Pickett is a character actress best known as Ferris Bueller's mom. She met her (now ex-) husband on the film's set.
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Postby Bill » Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:01 pm

Oh, man, I was so close on 10. I keep mixing up the members of the Bell family (Ma, Taco, etc.)...

Neel Mehta wrote:8. Some follow-up questions, if you're interested in Best Picture punctuation.

b) Two winning titles use a period, and neither use it to end a sentence. What are they?
c) The answer to #8...

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All the King's Men and The King's Speech

...are two of the six winners whose title uses an apostrophe. Three more use an apostrophe followed by the letter S: Gentleman's Agreement, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Schindler's List.

The sixth winning title uses an apostrophe that is followed by a different letter. What's the film?


Before I looked it up, I guessed that the two titles for 8b used the period to end a courtesy title. Only one of them did.

I also predicted that the letter for 8c would be a T. I was correct.

I'm not sure I have the whole thing for 11, but here's what I've got so far:

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Bryan Brown: Married to Rachel Ward
Maria de Medeiros: Dated Fred Ward
Zooey Deschanel: Performed with M. Ward
Cindy Pickett: Married to Lyman Ward
Ben Roethlisberger: Played with Hines Ward
Karl Urban: ???
Adam West: Performed with Burt Ward


But I feel like there's more here that I'm not getting.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Neel Mehta » Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:52 am

Answers for #8b, #8c, and #11. I'll leave #9 open for now and post another question Monday.

Neel Mehta wrote:b) Two winning titles use a period, and neither use it to end a sentence. What are they?


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Mrs. Miniver and Kramer vs. Kramer


Neel Mehta wrote:c)The sixth winning title uses an apostrophe that is followed by a different letter. What's the film?


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You Can't Take It With You


Bill wrote:I'm not sure I have the whole thing for 11, but here's what I've got so far:

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Bryan Brown: Married to Rachel Ward
Maria de Medeiros: Dated Fred Ward
Zooey Deschanel: Performed with M. Ward
Cindy Pickett: Married to Lyman Ward
Ben Roethlisberger: Played with Hines Ward
Karl Urban: ???
Adam West: Performed with Burt Ward


But I feel like there's more here that I'm not getting.


No, you've got it. Each of these people

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partnered, always professionally and also sometimes personally, with a person whose last name is Ward.

Bryan Brown played Rachel Ward's husband in The Thorn Birds TV miniseries before he became Rachel Ward's husband.

I didn't know that Maria de Medeiros had a personal relationship with Fred Ward. I was interested in their portrayals as Anais Nin and Henry Miller in Henry and June, and debated whether the less famous title character June Miller (played by the more famous Uma Thurman) should be Fred Ward's partner instead.

Given the nature of their positions -- quarterback and wide receiver -- and their resulting success as a scoring tandem, I felt Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward could be classified as professional partners.


As I mentioned, Karl Urban was obscure, because you need an early TV role to make it work (and by "it", I mean get a 7th real person for a Q7).

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He and actress Susan Ward were Cupid and Psyche on Hercules and Xena.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Bill » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:34 am

As a kid, I always thought it was funny that Dick Grayson was Bruce Wayne's ward, and was played by Burt Ward.

I have no idea for #9. Maybe you could give us the trilogies that are the least qualified to make the list. That's what helped me solve #1.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Neel Mehta » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:25 pm

Bill wrote:As a kid, I always thought it was funny that Dick Grayson was Bruce Wayne's ward, and was played by Burt Ward.


Hines Ward was in The Dark Knight Rises as a Gotham football player. He wore a jersey that said "Ward" on the back, and some people thought it was a Burt Ward reference.

Bill wrote:I have no idea for #9. Maybe you could give us the trilogies that are the least qualified to make the list. That's what helped me solve #1.


I appreciate the attempt. What I'm going for is kind of a trilogy cliché about sequel indulgence and threequel austerity. It's not as universal as I thought: even the most self-aware of all film series, Scream, kind of does it as a trilogy but waits until the 4th film to really do it. Of the films I listed, I think it's interesting how similar The Hangover and Ocean's movies are.

This week's news that the Sex and the City 3 movie was officially cancelled prevents that trilogy from making the list, because I have no doubt that it would have followed the format. After the poorly received, overbudgeted, and culturally insensitive second film, they would have gone back to basics with the third film and stick with what works.

There's not really an opposite way of looking at this. Trilogies that don't qualify because they do the same thing every time include Back to the Future, Men in Black, and Spider-Man. Trilogies that don't qualify because they do a different thing every time include Night at the Museum. I don't know if that distinction even helps. I'll post the answer Monday.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby grodney » Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:03 am

Neel Mehta wrote:
Bill wrote:I have no idea for #9. Maybe you could give us the trilogies that are the least qualified to make the list. That's what helped me solve #1.


I appreciate the attempt. What I'm going for is kind of a trilogy cliché about sequel indulgence and threequel austerity. It's not as universal as I thought: even the most self-aware of all film series, Scream, kind of does it as a trilogy but waits until the 4th film to really do it. Of the films I listed, I think it's interesting how similar The Hangover and Ocean's movies are.

This week's news that the Sex and the City 3 movie was officially cancelled prevents that trilogy from making the list, because I have no doubt that it would have followed the format. After the poorly received, overbudgeted, and culturally insensitive second film, they would have gone back to basics with the third film and stick with what works.

There's not really an opposite way of looking at this. Trilogies that don't qualify because they do the same thing every time include Back to the Future, Men in Black, and Spider-Man. Trilogies that don't qualify because they do a different thing every time include Night at the Museum. I don't know if that distinction even helps. I'll post the answer Monday.


So after all that, I'm thinking it might be
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2nd film set overseas, then 3rd film back to the original location
. Or for the zoomed-in case of High School Musical, I think it was
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2nd film at a golf course and 3rd film back to the high school
. Something like that.

If that's right, that's a really fun and interesting observation by you.
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Re: Morning Delight (A Final Set of Quickies)

Postby Neel Mehta » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:53 am

grodney got it, even the part about High School Musical. Answer:

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#9 was a geography question about the weird need for some trilogies to substantially change the primary setting of the second film, but then revert to the original setting for the third film. Why do this? A concession to international audiences? An excuse to waste a bigger sequel budget on a working vacation? Who knows.

Bridget Jones: London UK, Thailand, London UK
Cars: Radiator Springs USA, Japan/Italy/UK, Radiator Springs USA
The Hangover: Las Vegas USA, Thailand, Las Vegas USA
The Karate Kid: San Fernando Valley USA, Okinawa Island Japan, San Fernando Valley USA
Ocean's 11-13: Las Vegas USA, Netherlands/France/Italy, Las Vegas USA

Star Wars 4-5-6 has its own sense of geography, but it kind of works if you think of the primary setting as Death Star, not the Death Star, rebuilt Death Star.

Indiana Jones 1-2-3 seems to put the Ark of the Covenant roughly in Egypt and the Holy Grail roughly in Turkey, but both are presented as parallel Middle Eastern finds that are, at the very least, Sallah-adjacent.

While the Dark Knight trilogy is mostly set in Gotham City (and all three films go abroad at least once), it's similar to Star Wars. Home base can be described as Wayne Manor, not Wayne Manor, rebuilt Wayne Manor.

Scream 1-2-3-4 goes Woodsboro CA, somewhere in Ohio, Los Angeles CA, Woodsboro CA.

Back to the Future traverses time but stays in Hill Valley. Men in Black and Spider-Man mostly stay in New York City. Night at the Museum goes from New York to Washington DC to London.

Presumably, Sex and the City would have been New York USA, Abu Dhabi UAE, New York USA. While the time for, say, Agent Cody Banks 3 has passed, there are a few future trilogies that could still follow the pattern: Kurt Russell returns to New York to escape from it again, Disney's Descendants 3 stays in Auradon this time, Dylan Almighty takes us back to Buffalo, and Finding Marlin: Darla's Revenge finds them once again in Sydney.


Moving on.


12. Can you name the TV series based on the titles of 3 of its episodes?

A) Swarley; Challenge Accepted; Sandcastles in the Sand
B) Loud & Proud; Luck Be a Lady; Leaving Los Angeles
C) Investors Dinner; Stennheiser-Pong Wedding Reception; Steve Guttenberg's Birthday
D) Our Mrs. Reynolds; Objects in Space; Heart of Gold
E) Daughter of the Bride of Finkelstein; It Takes a Village; Sleepless in San Francisco
F) Proof of Concept; Daily Active Users; Server Error
G) Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion; Lassie Did a Bad, Bad Thing; Santa Barbarian Candidate
H) The Spy Who Came in for a Cold One; They Called Me Mayday; Norman's Conquest
I) Ham Sandwich; Bitcoin for Dummies; Dramatics, Your Honor
J) The Case of the Missing Screenplay; The Case of the Stolen Sperm; The Case of the Grievous Clerical Error!
K) The Truth in the Lye; The Foot in the Foreclosure; The Pathos in the Pathogens
L) Sister City; Indianapolis; Li'l Sebastian
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