1. "Hard-living jazz legend Anita O'Day dies at 87": An Associated Press obituary from CNN.
["Anita O'Day, whose sassy renditions of "Honeysuckle Rose," "Sweet Georgia Brown" and other song standards that made her one of the most respected jazz vocalists of the 1940s and '50s, has died. She was 87. O'Day died in her sleep early Thursday morning at a convalescent hospital in Los Angeles, California, where she was recovering from a bout with pneumonia, said her manager, Robbie Cavolina. "On Tuesday night, she said to me, 'Get me out of here,'" Cavolina said. "But it didn't happen.""]
2. "Cinefantast-geek": Tim Lucas of Video WatchBlog on the demise of Cinefantastique magazine.
["Earlier this year, it was briefly rumored that the long-running CFQ (formerly CINEFANTASTIQUE) would be discontinued. The publishers denied this, but now, instead of receiving their expected latest issue of CFQ, subscribers have received the first issue of a new magazine called GEEK MONTHLY, with the following note from editor Jeff Bond attached: "CFQ has been hard at work for over 35 years providing incisive coverage of fantastic films & television, and now it's time for the mag to take a much-deserved rest. While we plan on bringing CFQ back in the near future on an irregular basis for in-depth spotlights & special issues, the regular magazine will be going on hiatus into 2007." As we all know, "hiatus" is a notoriously non-committal way for businesses to tacitly consign no-longer-viable properties to the necropolis."]
3. "Robert Altman's 7 Secret Wars": From the blog 10 Zen Monkeys, some examinations of lesser-known or misunderstood Altman works.
["When handed an unpublished John Grisham story, Altman gave the studios exactly what they didn't want. Robert Duvall's portrayal of a mentally challenged stalker fits Altman's unsettling world view too well. Though the womanizing lawyer (Kenneth Brannagh) tries to do the right thing, in an Altman world there's nothing but chaos—so the script's final redeeming fight on a rainy night becomes just one more turmoil of emotions. Dissatisfied studio executives tried to re-edit the film, but when test audiences didn't respond any better, they apparently decided to under-promote it. The move was so little-known that when Internet Movie database listed the film, they mistook its title for a series of children's stories, and included this picture:"]
4. "Altman, Schrader, and Richards": Over at Elusive Lucidity, Zach Campbell has his busiest posting day ever (11/21/2006).
["Let's assume that someone is looking up Schrader's canon online in order to have a nice checklist for the cinema. Perhaps Google or somebody else's website will direct them, in their search, to my blog? My criticism of Schrader's rhetoric and his choices is already up & available, so now what I want to do is propose a counter-canon."]
5. 'Cinema Paradiso' Actor Philippe Noiret Dies at 76": From this morning's IMDB entertainment wrap-up.
["French actor Philippe Noiret died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 76. The Cinema Paradiso star appeared in more than 125 films and also took to the stage in a string of plays"]
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