January 5, 2015

Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.
Benjamin Disrarli

"They're men, honey, and you ain't. Remember that."
Ben Vandergroat (Robert Ryan), The Naked Spur (1953)

It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
Mae West

Air Force One (1997) (part 5 of 7)
  • After Randy Newman's score was rejected, director Wolfgang Petersen hired Jerry Goldsmith to compose the replacement score. The task proved too daunting in the time available, so Goldsmith brought in Joel McNeely to write music for several sequences based on the themes he had already prepared for the film. After the film was released, Goldsmith publicly stated he would never accept a replacement score assignment again.
  • The production was allowed to use CNN's actual Los Angeles studio for its mock CNN segments.
  • Randy Newman's score was cut late in post-production by director Wolfgang Petersen for being "too loud and blatty." Bootleg copies are in circulation.
  • The painting of the plane used as Air Force One was done at a facility in Amarillo, Texas that specialized in refurbishing older jet planes for use by other airlines.
  • The outdoor nighttime shots of the military invading Radek's palace were filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. The building that is supposed to be Radek's palace is actually Severance Hall, home to The Cleveland Orchestra. In some shots, you can see part of adjacent Case Western Reserve University's Thwing Center - a student union consisting of a glass atrium between two brick buildings.
  • Scenes depicting the interior of Radek's Palace were filmed inside the Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio. The U.S. team runs down the stairs in front of the statue, all in the Courthouse lobby. There is also a scene in a narrow hallway that was filmed in the Courthouse Law Library.

  • There's nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear.
    Daniel Dennett

  • The word constipation (con sta PAY shun) comes from a Latin word that means "to crowd together."
  • The study of nose picking is called "rhinotillexomania."
  • The Ouija board is named for the French and German words for yes - oui and ja.

  • A man had 12 sheep. All but 9 died. How many sheep did he have left?

    Yogi Berra
    I liked St. Louis, when they were in the American League, because that was going home. I had all my family and friends there.
    Yogi Berra

    I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we're all teachers - if we're willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.

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