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January 25[edit]

Any Good Stock Market Movies?[edit]

Except Wall Street and Boiler Room? Anything on that tier? I looked at the "business movies" link at the bottom of Wall Street's page, but found nothing. Thanks! ChowderInopa 02:41, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

It depends what, exactly, you're looking for: Trading Places and Working Girl might qualify, depending on your exact criteria. Carom 02:47, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
I'm looking for the similar genre of intrigue/inside-the-industry "big-swinging-dicks" kind of movie as the two I listed.ChowderInopa 02:53, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
When I think of "big swinging dicks movies" I don't exactly think of the stockmarket... :o X [Mac Davis] (How's my driving?) 14:34, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
I'd so much like to link to that clip of that black guy, now... =S 惑乱 分からん 15:55, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
A number of business-related drama movies appeared around 1958, although they I'm not sure how well they fit the idea you have in mind. Patterns (1956) and Executive Suite are about power struggles in big companies; The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit is about a man's moral choices in his career. For that matter, so is the comedy-drama The Apartment. No, I have no idea which ones are available on video. --Anonymous, January 25, 2007, 17:41 (UTC).
In the Company of Men is a wonderful film about corporate culture, though business its not the primary subject of the plot. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room documents a sorry attempt at playing the market, and Rogue Trader is a not-that-great morality tale. All have at least one "big-swinging-dick". Rockpocket 05:02, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
Other People's Money depicts an attempt at a hostile takeover. Danny DeVito plays what is kind of a Gordon Gekko-type character. SubSeven 23:47, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
Whoopi Goldberg's The Associate --Nelson Ricardo 15:45, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

The name Arrested Development[edit]

Was the TV show Arrested Development named in reference to the early 90s hip hop group, or was "arrested development" simply a common phrase used in other contexts, predating either one? I know that the band sued the Fox network recently; does that mean it was really their idea? I would like to see some evidence about whether or not the name of the TV show is a deliberate reference to the band. --Grace 03:10, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

It's not, and if you watch the final episode, that'll prove it to you. Not going to spoil anything here, though. The general idea is that the characters, except perhaps Michael and George Michael, are in a state of immaturity. Buster's a weakling that attempts to make up for his parent issues by joining the Army, Gob's a greedy blowhard, Lucille's a self-centered snob, and so forth. They're all stuck in some sort of child-mode. --Wooty Woot? contribs 03:17, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
All that, and the puns go on: George Bluth Sr. was arrested and charged for defrauding the investors of the Bluth Company, a business dealing in the development/real estate trade. The expression arrested development in the sense of a state where development has stopped prematurely is likely older than the band or the series. ---Sluzzelin 06:27, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Oh, and I just read that the band had the same idea you did, and sued FOX Networks over the show. This is referenced in one of the episodes: When talking about the Motherboy dance, the narrator says he is legally required to make the distinction between the dance and the band named Motherboy. ---Sluzzelin 07:22, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Arrested Development, meaning stunted growth, goes back to at least the mid 19th century. meltBanana 11:41, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Farfel the dog[edit]

Where can I find old Nestles commercials with Farfel the dog? I could only find 2 floating around on you tube. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 03:41, 25 January 2007 (UTC).

Youtube is down at the moment so I don't know if you've already found this one. Wolfgangus 07:19, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Is "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross a Ballad?[edit]

I need to find a Ballad for a Theatre Class & considering the definition of Ballad includes "story or poem, put to song," would the song "I'm Coming Out" be considered a ballad? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 04:39, 25 January 2007 (UTC).

From the article on Ballad:
"In the 20th Century, "ballad" took on the meaning of a popular song "especially of a romantic or sentimental nature" (American Heritage Dictionary). Casting directors often divide songs into two categories: "ballads" (slower or sentimental songs) and "up" tunes (faster or happier songs).
In my book, I'm Coming Out is not a ballad, it's too up and funky. Sticking with Diana Ross, Touch Me in the Morning is an example of a ballad. ---Sluzzelin 05:36, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, another Ross ballad is Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To). The entries on Listmania: Best Broadway Ballads and the google results for 'List of ballads' should get you going. Anchoress 05:58, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
A ballad needs schmaltz, nonetheless, I think some people such as Prince have written some good ballads... 惑乱 分からん 09:03, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Nonetheless? Are you saying your right hemisphere normally isn't susceptible to schmaltz? By the way, there are also 20th century songs carrying the word ballad in their title without being ballads in that modern sense. The original title of Brecht and Weill's Mack the Knife, for instance (Die Moritat von Mackie Messer), sometimes is translated to The Ballad of Mack the Knife. Ballad is used in the older sense of a Bänkelsang or Cantastoria here (see also murder ballad), as opposed to the more modern definition of a "slower or sentimental song" given above. ---Sluzzelin 16:50, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
It's rather cheezy and boring, sometimes... I am one of those that really like L.L. Cool J.s "I need love", though... ;) 惑乱 分からん 17:45, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

James Bond and skiing[edit]

Here are 2 questions for James Bond fanatics.

1. What is the first movie where James Bond skied?

2. What is the last movie where James Bond skied? 12:36, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Hmmm, Sean Connery's and Roger Moore's Bond skied in some movies, if I'm not mistaken. There's a rather funny scene in the Moore movie where he skies in a bobsleigh course... ;) I think George Lazenby skied in his only movie. Cannot recall which ones, though. Check out the plotlines in the articles. 惑乱 分からん 17:27, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Yes, I think On Her Majesty's Secret Service (starring Lazenby) was the first Bond movie featuring a ski chase (Where he crosses the tree-line several times on his way down, which greatly irritated my biology teacher). The last one was possibly The World Is Not Enough (Starring Pierce Brosnan). Another one I can think of, this time with Roger Moore, is For Your Eyes Only. I couldn't come up with a Bond movie starring Sean Connery on skis, but it's probably out there somewhere too ---Sluzzelin 17:52, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
The first movie was On Her Majesty's Secret Service and the last movie was A view to a kill. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 23:53, 25 January 2007 (UTC).

Wasn't there a ski chase in the beginning of Spy Who Loved Me?Omnipotence407 20:10, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes, of course, good ones. So now we've got the following ski chases in Bond movies (in chronological order)
  • George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
  • Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), For Your Eyes Only (1981), and A View To A Kill (1985)
  • Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights (1987) (doesn't ski himself, but gets chased by soldiers on skis while sledding to Austria in Maryam D'Abo's cello case)
  • Pierce Brosnan in The World Is Not Enough (1999)
I couldn't find any ski chases for Sean Connery or Daniel Craig (who has only completed one Bond movie sofar). ---Sluzzelin 00:00, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

A Rush of Blood to the Head: Max Martin?[edit]

According to the track info automatically provided by Windows Media Player, the last five tracks of Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head were cowritten by Max Martin. This album is not mentioned in Martin's article, nor is Coldplay. Am I correct in assuming this is a mistake, and that they meant Chris Martin? --zenohockey 22:29, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes, it's Chris Martin. − Twas Now ( talkcontribse-mail ) 11:26, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

A common Publishing mistake, when two common writers share similar names.

Naruto Products[edit]

When does the Naruto soundtrack come out in United States (U.S) It doesn't say when it comes out in the United States it only says when it comes out in Japan. Would you please tell me when it comes out in the United States. Thanks. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 23:45, 25 January 2007 (UTC).

Hello, I have a qestion, do you now when the Naruto movie comes out to the United States? It came out in Japan a while ago. Well, Thank you.

Amy M. 00:57, 26 January 2007 (UTC) 00:53, 26 January 2007 (UTC) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 00:03, 26 January 2007 (UTC).

Hello, I have a question, do you know when the Naruto Shippùden manga (part 2) comes out in the United States. Thanks.

Amy M. 00:56, 26 January 2007 (UTC) 00:55, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Is it certain all of these will be released in the US, I'm particularly doubtful about the soundtrack... 惑乱 分からん 01:46, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Amy M. Do you know the exact date when the Naruto soundtrack comes out? Amy M. 02:58, 26 January 2007 (UTC)