Quick Hits: August 12

Hello, everyone! I haven’t posted yet this week; my husband and I lost our WiFi due to severe storms. No WiFi, no blog. So I’m going to try to make up for it over the next few days. I have a couple longer pieces in the pipeline that I’m hoping to finish soon. In the meantime, I’m going to get caught up on what we’ve missed this week.

  • We lost the lovely Markie Post this week to cancer. Best known as public defender Christine Sullivan on Night Court, Post was a frequent guest star on iconic series such as CHiPs, Eight is Enough, The Love Boat, Cheers and Scrubs, and a series regular on The Fall Guy and Hearts Afire.
  • Today would have been John Cazale’s 86th birthday. Cazale is quite possibly the only actor to have 100% of their films (five total) be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (three – The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II and The Deer Hunter – won the big prize). Cazale was fighting cancer while filming The Deer Hunter, and died before the movie was released. Cazale was engaged to Meryl Streep at the time of his death at the age of 42.
  • Woodstock ’94 took place August 12-14, 1994. It was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original festival. While not quite the shitshow that occurred five years later, ’94 wasn’t without its issues. Thunderstorms turned the field into mud, which was flung at the artists playing on stage (Les Claypool, during Primus’ set: “You know, when you throw things on stage, it’s a sign of small and insignificant genitalia.”). Jackyl’s lead singer, Jesse James Dupree, had to be dragged off the stage by security after he poured alcohol on the crowd, shotgunned a joint, lit a stool on fire and cut it up with a chainsaw, and shot a rifle into the air. Blind Melon’s Shannon Hoon appeared to be tripping on acid while on stage and in post-performance interviews (Hoon died a little more than a year later from an apparent cocaine overdose). There were bright spots though: on the strength of their muddy performance, Green Day saw sales of their debut album, Dookie, skyrocket. And Bob Dylan made his long-awaited Woodstock debut, after declining in 1969 to play at the Isle of Wight festival in England.
“This isn’t love and peace, it’s fuckin’ anarchy!”
  • Wings was released on this day in 1927. It would go on to win the first Best Picture Oscar.
  • I’ve already pre-ordered my copy of this:

https://ew.com/books/harvey-fierstein-memoir-first-look-i-was-better-last-night

  • My husband and I recently completed a Mission: Impossible binge. All six films are streaming on Paramount+. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first film (and Tom Cruise isn’t a favorite of mine either), so I never bothered with any of the others until now. Each movie was better than the last, and I honestly don’t know if there’s another film series you could say that about.

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