Sunday, April 20, 2008

On An IMDB-Tangent

One site missing from the meme below, is the Internet Movie Database or the IMDB. During my early years on the web before there were enough blogs to become addicted to them, I would spend my time just exploring the IMDB. This site and Wikipedia are possibly the only two sites that I could spend an hour on them and not get bored.

All the facts that you can now take for granted because of DVD commentary, typically could only to be found within the "trivia" section of each film or TV show.

Did you know that John Mahoney is English?

Did you know that Alan Arkin was in a folk group called The Tarriers and he co-wrote "The Banana Boat Song?"

Did you know that Bill Murray had a cameo that was excised from "The Jerk?"

Yeah, well, I didn't either.



Blogger Quin Browne said...

long before imdb, my favourite bit of trivia was that 'dill' in to kill a mockingbird was based on truman capote, and that it was robert duvall's first role in a film.

i also knew that kevin costner's first film exposure was reduced to his wrists being shown in the big chill.

now, like you, i read it forever.

go read the notes on trivia on elizabeth ii.

the note about the westies?? that's mine.


Sun Apr 20, 02:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


Wow, did you throw me off. This is what a Westie is to me.

A dog anachronism. Cool, congratulations : )

Sun Apr 20, 05:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger BeckEye said...

I knew #1, but that's it.

So, what is this about your blog crush on me being over? You have to accept me as a WHOLE person. I had a life before you! And it was apparently much more interesting than I ever knew.

Sun Apr 20, 08:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


I didn't know any of the stuff I posted or the stuff Quin commented on (except for Costner's cameo).

Yeah, well, uh, I would love the whole person with all the original parts, ya know?

The Simon/Randy/'roided up Becky, is just a little too much.

Sun Apr 20, 08:43:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Gifted Typist said...


so does that make me as knowledgeable as you are in movie trivia?

Mon Apr 21, 12:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


C'mon, I can't hope to compete with you, I mean look at our screen names.

Now, if I were "Gifted Procrastinator?"


Mon Apr 21, 04:51:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

I adore IMDB, and could go down that rabbit hole for hours on end. It's almost a daily visit, for some sort of trivia or another. Today, for example, I went to see where Phil Keoghan (host of Amazing Race) was from (New Zealand). However did we survive without it?

Mon Apr 21, 04:52:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


I barely survived without the IMDB and I spent many a day and night without sleep, wondering about certain things that could've been confirmed with a couple clicks.

More importantly, I could've settled so many arguements with it.

Mon Apr 21, 04:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bubs said...

Wow. I have a whole new respect for the talents of Alan Arkin. And I liked him loads to start with.

Mon Apr 21, 08:43:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


Alan Arkin is one of those rare actors who has never turned in a bad perfomance, even when he was in some stinkers. I'm just surprised that he had such an ear for calypso and co-wrote one of the best songs ever in the history of man.

Mon Apr 21, 09:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jewgirl said...

I'm a trivia whore-- good dish, child. I didn't know those tidbits, by the by.

Tue Apr 22, 03:25:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


I'm the Britney of trivia whores.

Tue Apr 22, 05:44:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Gifted Typist said...

or if I were a Write Typist

Tue Apr 22, 06:40:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


"or if I were a Write Typist"

If that were the case, you would have no column.

You'd be sitting there all day, wondering if you wanted Indian or Chinese for dinner tonight and the deadlines would accumulate like so much junk mail.

Wed Apr 23, 06:53:00 AM PDT  

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