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“I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde”*…

 

– Dolly Parton helped bring the seminal and beloved TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer into existence. Her production company, Sandollar Productions, will be familiar to you from the end credits.

– The Ku Klux Klan sent Dolly Parton death threats in the mid-2000’s because Dollywood hosted an annual “Gay Day.” Dolly: “God tells us not to judge one another, no matter what anyone’s sexual preferences are or if they’re black, brown or purple. And if someone doesn’t believe what I believe, tough shit.”

– Dolly Parton once lost a Dolly Parton drag contest.

“I just over-exaggerated—made my beauty mark bigger, the eyes bigger, the hair bigger, everything. All these beautiful drag queens had worked for weeks and months getting their clothes. So I got in the line and I walked across, and they just thought I was some little short gay guy. I got the least applause.”

… just some of  The Awl‘s “Facts about Dolly Parton” (on the occasion of her 70th birthday).

* Dolly Parton

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As we swear our undying love,  we might also remark on Emmylou Harris.  A solo artist, bandleader, interpreter of other composers’ works, singer-songwriter, backing vocalist, and duet partner, she has collaborated with artists including Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, the Band, Patty Griffin, Mark Knopfler, Delbert McClinton, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Bright Eyes, Rodney Crowell, John Prine, Neil Young, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams…. and of course, Dolly Parton.  Harris became a member of the Grand Ole Opry on this date in 1992.

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Written by LW

January 25, 2016 at 1:01 am

That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold*…

From Jesse Gaynor in The Paris Review, “Drunk Texts from Famous Authors.”

[TotH to EWW]

* Macbeth, Act2, Scene 2

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As we get dressed for the party celebrating the births on this date of both Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646) and Alan Turing (1912), we might spare a moment to wish a Feliz Cumpleaños to Joseph Hill “Joss” Whedon; he was born on this date in 1964.  An award winning writer, producer, director, composer, and comic creator, Whedon is probably best known as the director of this Summer’s smash, The Avengers, and as the creator-writer-director of such critically-acclaimed television series as Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dollhouse.  It’s less well remembered that he was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for Toy Story, the film that launched Pixar’s feature animation juggernaut.

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Written by LW

June 23, 2012 at 1:01 am

Movies for the temporally challenged…

From MovieBarCode, every frame of a film, compressed into a single image.  E.g…

The Big Lebowski (1998)

A Single Man (2009)

And from “ultraculture,” via the ever-estimable Roger Ebert, “death scenes from 36 of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies, synchronized to climax in unison”…

[TotH, respectively, to Jesse Dylan and Nell Minow]

As we scale back our popcorn orders, we might recall that it was on this date in 1997 that the fledgling Warner Brothers (WB) television network aired the inaugural episode of what became its first bona-fide hit series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Buffy [when asked in their first encounter by Giles, who will become her mentor, if she knows anything about vampires]:  To make you a vampire they have to suck your blood. And then you have to suck their blood. It’s like a whole big sucking thing. Mostly they’re just gonna kill you. Why am I still talking to you?

 

 

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