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November 2[edit]

colm meaney movie[edit]

hey guys i think i saw a colm meaney movie where he has sex with a girl in a car, i think it was colm meaney, anyone know what this movie would be the girl had long dark hair i think.--Least0190 (talk) 03:29, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

Try searching at http://www.imdb.com --Jayron32 04:03, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

Explain What Lady Gaga's Paparazzi Video is About[edit]

I understand the first 3 minutes of the Lady Gaga paparazzi video and even the last minute where she kills her "boyfriend" and turns herself in and is vindicated. What is the purpose of the middle three or so minutes with the dead models and the make-out, toching, licking scene on the couch with three punky/glam guys. I don't see any relevamce in these scenes. Can someone please explain.

Confused —Preceding unsigned comment added by 4.155.33.242 (talk) 03:55, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

Does it need a greater relevance than "sexy looking people doing sexy things"? --Jayron32 04:04, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
We do have the article...It does make some mention of the video's meaning. Vimescarrot (talk) 13:27, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
"We're plastic but we still have fun" is an apparent key line. Beyond the fame/celebrity theme, the video seems to also hint at Princess Diana, Paris Hilton and maybe even Stephen King's Misery. Pepso2 (talk) 14:18, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

One hit wonders[edit]

The term "One hit wonder" is usually applied to musical artists. Is there a similar thing in TV series? ie. A producer, writer or actor who came from nowhere, was involved in one very successful TV series (shown on US/Canadian/UK channels), and then who disappeared back into obscurity. Astronaut (talk) 11:07, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

I can't think of an example at the moment but I've heard the phrase used in other fields besides just music. Dismas|(talk) 11:11, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
How about The Flash (1990-91)? It's one of the titles on this list of TV's One-Hit Wonders: http://thetvaddict.com/2006/11/04/tvs-one-hit-wonders/ This next one doesn't fit the question, but somewhat related: You're in the Picture was a 1961 game show so bad that Jackie Gleason came on the second week and apologized. Pepso2 (talk) 14:56, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
I saw a clip of that show once. It wasn't really such a bad concept, it's just that the participants (other than Gleason) seemed to have no idea what the concept was. That was kind of the flip side of the one-hit wonder, more like a one-bomb clunker. This is film, not TV, but Michael Cimino comes to mind as a director who made one acclaimed film, then one disaster, and then couldn't buy a job, even if it was bringing coffee to other directors. Among film actors, Harold Russell comes to mind, a guy who won an Academy Award for his only film (except for one he did late in life, I think). That was a special case, though. Then there are the classical composers known for just one thing, such as Pachelbel's Canon, as was discussed here recently; or, to a significant extent, Bizet's opera Carmen. But that's music again. Child actors start coming to mind, like Jon Provost in Lassie or Jay North in Dennis the Menace. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 01:14, 3 November 2009 (UTC)
Harold Russell won a competitive Oscar and was also awarded an honorary Oscar for the same role, the only such case in Oscar history. -- JackofOz (talk) 06:24, 3 November 2009 (UTC)
I think the book "Hollywood Economics" gives some statistics which shows that being a WHW is the norm for film directors for example - most of them only ever make one movie. A smaller number make two movies, and directors who make several movies are rare. As far as I recall the statistics indicate that just a purely random process is at play, rather than past experience making future work more likely (except to a small extent for the very rare multi-film directors). I believe the same thing happens with TV. I expect its the same for actors. There are more people willing to do the work than are required, hence on average they have very short careers. I've known two people who have been in mainstream film and tv - and they both had very brief careers, and were disapointed/depressed when their careers faded away, and now do unrelated low-paid mundane jobs. 78.151.90.163 (talk) 13:18, 3 November 2009 (UTC)
Not a movie, but a book. Harper Lee wrote and published exactly one book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Aside from a smattering of magazine articles, its literally all she ever wrote, but having won the Pulitzer Prize and being one of the most celebrated works of 20th century American literature, its quite a doozy. --Jayron32 22:05, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
That's an example of almost literally a one work wonder, in addition to being a one-hit wonder. Compare that with Margaret Mitchell, who did write other stuff, but is really only remembered for Gone With the Wind, hence she qualifies as a one hit wonder. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 22:19, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
FWIW, one of the big, big names in early science fiction was pretty much a one-work wonder, as far as writing was concerned, anyway: Hugo Gernsback - he wrote just one short but hugely influential novel, but then went on to become the science fiction editor, after whom the Hugo Awards are named. Grutness...wha? 00:14, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

Jai-alai Definition[edit]

To whom it may concern:

I have a question that I hope you will be able to help me with. It involves an addition the definition the Jai-alai.

Jai-alai is not just a pari-mutual wagering. Jai-alai is also a recreational sport that is played on an Amateur Level around the country. Due to the limited amount of Amateur Facilities around the country the sport is unknown to a big part of the population.

Many amateur players have to resort to playing on make shift courts behind shopping malls, or anywhere they can find a sold wall to play on. The only amateur schools or facilities are in Dania Florida, St. Petersburg Florida, and one former Amateur Facility the was built in 1978 and later sold in 2004.

Is there a way to expand the definition of Jai-alai to include the word Amateur in its definition, to give a clear seperation of the Amateur side of the sport from the pari-mutual wagering? More information on Amateur Jai-alai can be found at [1] Please get back to me at your earliest.

Michael Perry —Preceding unsigned comment added by Perryjaialai (talkcontribs) 15:31, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

You might do better discussing this with other contributors on the Jai Alai talk page. However, from a quick readthrough of the article, I would say that it does acknowledge the amateur side of the sport as well as the parimutuel betting side in the United States, mentioning the amateur facilities that have been built. If you feel the amateur aspect is insufficiently described then by all means go ahead and improve the article, ensuring you cite reliable sources for your contribution. Karenjc 18:00, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
Good point! I see from the Talk page that I complained about this in 2005! Please be bold and contribute to the Jai alai article — anyone can improve any article by clicking "edit this page". Karenjc is correct — the Talk page is the best place to discuss article needs and wants, rather than here, which is a Reference Desk where people ask questions in order to obtain, hopefully, referenced answers. Tempshill (talk) 06:14, 3 November 2009 (UTC)