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The Late Movies: John O’Hurley Before (and After) J. Peterman

It’s been 14 years since Seinfeld went off the air (really!), but every time I see actor John O’Hurley, I think of him as J. Peterman, Elaine’s boss and the fictionalized version of the catalog-company entrepreneur. Before that, though, he took on roles in commercials (like Diet 7-Up) and soap operas (like General Hospital). And [...]

The Lost Scripts, Part II: Indiana Jones and the Saucermen from Mars

While it’s not unusual for a film to have unused screenplays hiding in a filing cabinet somewhere, the lost scripts of Indiana Jones are a fascinating look at what might have been for everyone’s favorite whip-wielding, fedora-wearing archaeologist. Today let’s discuss Indiana Jones and the Saucermen from Mars. The Story Behind the Story After the success of [...]

The Quick 9: 9 Awkward Places to Get Served

Getting served with divorce papers or lawsuits is never fun, but let’s face it – opening your front door and accepting an envelope is a lot less embarrassing than dealing with someone running out and handing you a sheaf of paper in front of your adoring fans at Wrigley Field. Here are 10 less-than-ideal places [...]

Talking Pictures: Times of Trouble

Unemployment, wars, terrorism, natural disasters — times are hard, there’s no question. But times have been harder. We’ve been through worse and bounced back. If nothing else, I hope this week’s Talking Pictures helps, in some small way, to put our own problems in perspective. Courtesy Angelica Paez One of my jobs 20 miles from home I’d go anywhere [...]

The Quick 10: What 10 Major Retailers Once Sold

If David Abercrombie had known what his store was going to become when he founded it in 1892, I’m sure he would have been stunned. It’s amazing what years of evolution and buyouts can do to a company’s original vision – here’s what Abercrombie and Fitch and nine other clothing retailers sold when their doors [...]

Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Seinfeld Reunion

What have Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine (from Seinfeld – if you don’t know that already, stop reading now. It wouldn’t make sense to you) been doing over the past 11 years? Jimmy Greenfield of Chicago Now’s Arts & Entertainment has the summary from the Seinfeld reunion from Curb Your Enthusiasm: We learned that George made millions [...]

Seinfeld Quizzes From the Archives

Tonight’s season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm doubled as a Seinfeld reunion show. Now that we’ve caught up with Jerry, George, Elaine & Kramer, here are a few Seinfeld quizzes we’ve run over the years. The “Ten Years Later” quiz is about guest stars who went on to bigger/better things; “George Costanza’s Jobs” does not [...]

11 Famous Illeists

An illeist is someone who refers to himself in the third person, as Richard Nixon famously did when, after losing the bid for the California governorship in 1962, he said, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.” Today, Nixon’s sound bite is remembered as much for [...]