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Ode to Paul Newman … or a coincidence?

Posted in Movies, TV with tags , , on September 30, 2008 by macmystery

Working at night, I rarely become attached to anything on primetime TV because I simply would never see it. We don’t have Tivo and I refuse to tape stuff nonstop and try to squeeze in a time during the day with my little girl to try and watch it.

But since my off days are Sunday-Monday, one of the new shows I started watching last year was “Chuck” (Official site, unofficial site). It’s goofy, but I like it. And it has a ton of really cool, obscure pop culture references that almost no one picks up on.

So anyway, Monday night’s episode was the premiere for this season. It rocked as usual. But at the end, there was a strange coincidence, or at least I think it was.

After the plot resolution, in that brief segment just before the episode ends (I’m sure this has a name … on the Andy Griffith Show, there used to always be some sort of joke told by Andy in this spot), Chuck and his co-worker are discussing a bet that another co-worker couldn’t scarf down 90 twinkies in some brief time period.

In response, Chuck Bartowski responds, “Nobody can eat 90 Twinkies.”

It may not seem like much, but this is an obvious reference to the scene in “Cool Hand Luke” where Luke (Paul Newman) promises to eat 50 hard-boiled eggs in an hour, and George Kennedy’s character reponds, “Nobody can eat 50 eggs.”

I’ve been seeing previews of this episode for months, literally, so they obviously didn’t work this in as a response to Newman’s death on Saturday. But if it wasn’t on purpose, that makes it one hell of a coincidence, doesn’t it?

Paul Newman, 1925-2008

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on September 28, 2008 by macmystery
Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke

If I had to name the person who, to me, most embodied the term “movie star,” I think I would have to say Paul Newman.

He had the good looks, the talent and that intangible something that gets your attention and keeps it.

Newman died Saturday at the age of 83.

He was one of the best. I could watch “Cool Hand Luke” a million times and still not be tired of it.

My other favorites are “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Hustler,” “Hombre,” “From the Terrace,” “The Long Hot Summer,” “The Sting,” “Slap Shot,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Hud.”

And he was a good guy. He has campaigned for civil rights, given close to $175 million he earned from sales of his Newman’s Own salad dressings and spaghetti sauces to charity and has been married to the same woman, actress Joanne Woodward, for 50 years, a feat almost unheard of in Hollywood.

According to Newman’s page, he made 56 movies, not counting TV appearances and voices for animated films. I’m making it my goal, starting now, to watch each and every one in the next year.