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Behind the scenes of 42 - Part Two

Excerpts from Jason Arnopp’s article in DWM #383

During our 42 set-visit on 26 January 2007, we observe Scene 5d, in which McDonnell, Ashton, and Lerner attempt to subdue an agonized Korwin in the Medicentre. The Doctor and Martha run in to take charge, then run out again. It takes four hours to shoot all the angles.

“I really want you to struggle and give them a hard time,” director Graeme Harper tells Matthew Chambers, playing Korwin. “You’re monumentally stronger than them.”

“At least you get to lie down,” laughs Michelle Collins, playing McDonnell.

We can’t help but notice that, between takes, the Stasis Unit display to the left of the medical bench becomes a Windows XP hillside and sky. Why, it’s not a real Stasis Unit at all. Are the team trying to make dupes outta us?

Between takes, David examines a table of surgical implements (“I wonder whether any of these have ever been in people,” he ponders), before approaching Graeme with a suggestion for improving the scene. “I wonder if I need to force McDonnell away a bit more. At the moment, it’s all a bit ’Allons-y, off you go, leave your husband, forget him!" 

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Cryptozoologist and Zoologist Ivan T. Sanderson was one of the first people to bring live animals onto television talk shows. One he frequented was The Garry Moore Show. Garry Moore enjoyed every time that Ivan brought animals onto his show - even though sometimes, some unexpected things might happen. 

Moore said, “One thing I’ve found out about animals is that they’re almost unpredictable. Like the time Ivan brought a stork to the show. He was explaining that the bird needed a long runway before it could take off. So what does the stork do? Flap its wings and soar out over the audience! It sailed around near the balcony ceiling and then headed straight back for the pit and for Shirley Reeser, my assistant, who sits there during the show timing me. Shirley let out a yell and made a dive under one of the seats.”

Talk shows definitely learned to take more precautions when bringing out animals nowadays. 

Youtubers I adore pt. 1

Stef Sanjati: Visits us from Final Fantasy, makeup artist, plays WoW and Skyrim, transgender, is secretly a purple corgi, smile and good spirit is incredibly infectious. 

Jon Watson: Does everything we wish we could do. Documents his travels around the world, volunteering at cheetah and big cat rescue parks in South Africa, a lot of swimming and diving, paragliding, basically lives like his life is one big bucket list and shows us that wonderful things are happening that we can be a part of if we want.

CaptainImaginary: A wonderful lad from Sweden. Documents his travels, cosplays, talks about books and his obsession with world flags, very mature despite his young appearance and goofy antics. Also loves sharing his adventures with unique bus drivers.

The best ep of diners drive ins and dives is the one where matthew mcconaughey shows up and this whole thing just derails bc matty mcC just LURKS in the kitchen eating everything not contributing just snacking and the head chef is like “yeah this is normal this is what he does” and guy fieri has no idea how to get this snacky Oscar winner under control

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Hopper said that “great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist,” and he never spoke too much about his influences or his message. He’d have us believe, I think, that he didn’t have any messages, that all he wanted to do was “paint sunlight on the side of a house.” And it’s true, a lot of his work can be read as formal studies of light or color or composition. But I think he was being modest. There’s a lot going on in his best canvases. Nighthawks is no exception. In this video, I try to dive a little deeper into his motifs and themes, particularly the ones that show up again and again and seem to find their purest expression in his most famous painting. 

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On September 15, 1999, Larry Gene Ashbrook entered Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas killing four teenagers and three adults and injuring another seven before shooting himself in the head in one of the church pews. The 47-year-old was dressed in all black armed with two handguns, using the 9mm Ruger P85 for the shooting and the .380-caliber handgun to commit suicide. The church was in the middle of a prayer rally when Ashbrook busted through the door throwing a pipe bomb down the aisle, and two people turned their video cameras to catch the carnage on tape. The police chief who viewed the tapes said they record the 150-200 people diving under the pews for cover, but neither one shows any blood or anyone getting shot. He recalled the shooter as being casual, as he makes his way through the church: “He’s kind of pacing slowly, holding his hand out with the gun out. What I saw on the film was one handgun firing. He ejected a magazine, loaded it and continued firing. It was not rapid. It was slow, methodical, picking his targets, aiming and shooting. He did not seem to be worried. He did not seem to be panicked. He took his time. He randomly stood there and fired shot after shot after shot.“ Other witnesses report him yelling obscenities about religion as he shot his victims, but these cannot be heard on the tapes either. Authorities said only about a minute of tape was captured for what they say was a 10-minute rampage.

Ashbrook left behind no motive for his rampage in the writings found at his house, but they did display a very unhinged, paranoid character. Neighbors described him as a jobless loner who had a terrible temper. When the police arrived at his home, which he shared with his father up until July of that year when he passed away, the place was ransacked. He had kicked holes in the walls, poured concrete in the toilets, overturned furniture and ripped up family photos. In old journals, he mostly talked about his frustrations of losing jobs. Just days before the shooting, he wrote two letters to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram rambling about the CIA, and being a suspected serial killer. An FBI special agent concluded: “I think he was just somebody who was a social outcast. This has the appearance of being a very troubled man, who for whatever reason in his own mind, sought to quiet whatever demons that bothered him.“