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Before we get started, I have a very important question for you all: WHOSE BILLY GOAT IS THIS?!?!?!
This is the season of Hollywood's unrestrained id: the brainless summer blockbuster, the air-conditioned multiplex, the bottomless popcorn refills, the avalanche of kids emerging blinking into bright sunlight, waiting for their parental pickup. But August is also the anniversary of the movies themselves! It was on August 31, 1897 that Thomas Edison patented his first movie camera, the Kinetograph. In honor of 119 years of cinematic glitz and glamour, we've asked movie buff and Jeopardy! tough Ken Jennings to give us the "reel" truth on all kinds of old-movie misinformation.
The Debunker: Was Ronald Reagan the First Choice to Star in Casablanca?
It's one of the most storied "what if"s in Hollywood history: what if the most iconic screen role of the 1940s, the world-weary Rick Blaine in Casablanca, had been played by not by Humphrey Bogart but by a different actor? Furthermore, what if that actor had been genial future president Ronald Reagan? Reagan, according to movie lore, was Warner Brothers's first choice for the project.
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Happy Music Monday!
A lot of rock was born from John Lee Hooker's fingers. A lot of credit was also stolen from him at the beginning. Thankfully, today we are aware what a debt we owe this blues legend. Give him a Happy Birthday in honor of what he gave us. Which is most of rock.
Four more birthday types to come!