Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Mom from the Galaxy S III Commercial about Waiting in Line for iPhone

MV5BNDM5MzA1MjU3M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTE3NTcwMw@@._V1._SX214_CR0,0,214,314_Another thing on TV that was driving me crazy… I couldn’t place the actress who plays the mom in the new(ish) Samsung Galaxy III S commercial where all the iSheep are waiting in line for the new iPhone 5.

Her name is Jeannetta Arnette (click for IMDb).

She’s been in a LOT of TV (going all the way back to Riptide and Three’s Company!), has done a lot of crime television, and was even a “party guest” in 10 starring Bo Derek and Dudley Moore, but I think she is most emblazoned on my mind for her role in the Criminal Minds episode where she played the wife (also accused) of a serial killer (they were sort of like serial killer celebrities back in the day).  She painted pictures in her jail cell.  The team was searching for the “final victim.” You know the one.

Anyway… that’s who she is.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Argo is a Remake (why is no one talking about this fact?)

When I first saw the trailer for Ben Affleck’s new movie Argo, I thought, “Huh, they’re remaking that.”

Later, as Ben Affleck was getting more and more press and praise for this “original” film, I began wondering why no one was talking about it being a remake.  I was positive I had seen the film, and remembered enjoying it quite a bit (the plot, at least).

Then when Wired magazine started taking credit for breaking the original story as if it was all theirs, I started getting really annoyed that I wasn’t hearing anything about Argo being a remake.

When I tried to research the original film, I found that it was incredibly difficult (well… at least by today’s standards) to find any information on the subject.  Was I crazy?  Had I imagined this entire film?!

Finally, however, I found some answers.  Argo is a remake of the 1981 film “Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper” (brilliant title, no?).

escape-from-iran-the-canadian-caper-1981-true-story-dvd-94c7Here’s an image from the original movie that I found via the webpage of some guy actually selling a homemade DVD of the made for television movie!

Here is the Wikipedia page highlighting the actual events upon which this film was based.

443px-Argo_posterTo the right is the actual (fake) movie poster created by the CIA for the fake movie Argo.

So… while I think the film is going to be fun, and I’m REALLY excited about the art direction and production design, I wish people would quit talking about it like Ben Affleck is the Lord Almighty reigning down from on high, and that wired is responsible for bringing the (admittedly very cool) story to light, especially since this is ABSOLUTELY a remake of a made for t.v. movie from 1981.