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I Am Serious… And Don’t Call Me Shirley

I neglected to honor the memory of one of our greatest comedic giants. By now you know that Leslie Nielsen died of complications due to pneumonia. He died on November 28th. Leslie was best known for playing in the Naked Gun franchise as Lt. Frank Drebin. Another one of Canada’s gifts to the United States, Nielsen also starred in one of my favorite sci-fi films, Forbidden Planet. I think his best work was on the television show Police Squad!

The most repeated lines from any comedy are probably from The Princess Bride and Airplane! If you are too young to have seen the movie I recommend that you put it on your list of movies to see. AMC seems to still be playing it once a day so catch it there if you can.

Here is a little bit about Leslie from Wikipedia:

Leslie William Nielsen, OC (February 11, 1926 – November 28, 2010) was a Canadian American actor and comedian. Nielsen appeared in over one hundred films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career, portraying over 220 characters.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Nielsen enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and worked as a disc jockey before receiving a scholarship to Neighborhood Playhouse. Beginning with a television role in 1948, he quickly expanded to over 50 television appearances two years later. Nielsen appeared in his first films in 1956 and began collecting roles in dramas, westerns, and romance films. Nielsen’s lead roles in the films Forbidden Planet (1956) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972) received positive reviews as a serious actor, though he is primarily known for his comedic roles.

Although Nielsen’s acting career crossed a variety of genres in both television and films, his deadpan delivery as a doctor in Airplane! (1980) marked a turning point in his career, one that would make him, in the words of film critic Roger Ebert, “the Olivier of spoofs.” Nielsen enjoyed further success with The Naked Gun film series, based on a short-lived television series Police Squad! in which he starred. His portrayal of serious characters seemingly oblivious to (and complicit in) their absurd surroundings gave him a reputation as a comedian. In the final two decades of his career, Nielsen appeared in multiple spoof and parody films. He was recognized with a variety of awards throughout his career and was inducted into both the Canada and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nielsen married four times and had two daughters from his second marriage.

Read the official obituary from the Associated Press.

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2010, 2011, 2012 Movie Information

There are some very interesting movies coming our way soon. The one I am most interested in is The Expendables. Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Jason Statham all in the same movie. It’s bound to be a let down but I’m going to see it anyway. You already know of my interest in Skyline.

I usually get my information on superhero and sci-fi movies from Chris Ferrell. Remember he was my first guest blogger and runs Nerds Of The Round Table. He hasn’t had any new posts since June so I am filling myself and my readers in on what I have found out.

Sadly there will be no more Fantastic Four movies but in 2012 we can look forward to an X-Men prequel. Kevin Bacon has signed on to be the villain.

There are a slew of rumors surrounding the new Batman movie. Robin is supposedly going to be introduced. There are also rumors that Eddie Murphy is going to play the Riddler and Catwoman might also be in this one played by Rachel Weisz . One villain per movie please. Director Christopher Nolan hasn’t signed a contract yet and neither has anyone else, so don’t believe the rumors.

Scheduled releases for 2011 are The Green Hornet, The Green Lantern, X-Men: First Class and a remake of the classic, Fright Night. Scheduled releases for 2012 are Hancock 2, Monsters Inc. 2, and Star Trek XII.


In a unrelated note, Airplane! turned 30 this July so I want to know what is your favorite line from Airplane!?

Mine is:

Can you fly this plane, and land it?
Surely you can’t be serious.
I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley

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