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Gaffers, Best Boys and Python Wranglers: Weird Job Titles in Film Credits

Ever wonder how the “Second-Best Boy” feels? While Lexie’s away, learn about strange movie jobs titles in Mental Floss. Advertisements

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Show Biz Quiz Results

How did crowdsourcing work to answer the show biz word quiz? Sitcom: 67% thought it dates from 1954, 33% said 1964. No one thought 1974. Two thirds guessed wrong. One third of participants was correct on the earliest Oxford English … Continue reading

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How Long Have We Been Modern?

“…And her workin’ in a saloon like any hussy.” “Oh, that’s not fair, Ma. We’re living in modern times. – … Don’t forget, things have changed since you were a girl. This is 1870.“ — In Old Chicago (1937) Speaking … Continue reading

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Mumblecore

Mumblecore is a trendy term for ultra-low budget independent films by and about twentysomethings.  J. Hoberman writes in the Village Voice, August 14, 2007 about a festival of  “micro-indie New Talkies (a/k/a Generation DIY, a/k/a Cine Slackavetes, a/k/a MySpace Neo-Realism, … Continue reading

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