A Day of Discoveries!

Have you ever had a day when everything just comes together and you make a big, weird discovery? More than just a lightbulb turning on, it's like wires in a computer connecting your brain to a whole new hard drive full of information. After the discovery you say something like, "Damn. I'm so stupid for not realizing that!" Or, "Holy cow, I never knew that!" Or even, "Who let snow white out? Woof, woof, woof-woof!"

Anyway, today I had three of those moments.

First off, I'm very ashamed to even say this out loud. I feel as if I should turn in my film degree. Ship it right back to Boston. Granted, the two films in question aren't my favorite films ever, and it's not like I own them on video or DVD or anything, but still - I feel dumb. The guy who directed The Wizard of Oz also directed Gone With the Wind.

Victor Fleming.

I did not know that.

Now, I did know they both came out in 1939. And I did know both had tumultuous times filming.

But yeah, I feel rather stupid. In my defense, however, you always, always hear David O. Selznick's name attached to Gone With the Wind. Now I knew that he was the producer, I just thought that the director was inconsequential. And really, he was. Or more appropriately, they were.

Both films had multiple directors - Fleming took over The Wizard of Oz from George Cukor (who had replaced Richard Thorpe), then he was asked by David O. Selznick and Clark Gable to replace George Cukor (again) on Gone With the Wind. Ironically Fleming was later replaced after suffering a nervous breakdown. Fleming got sole directing credit on both pictures, and won a Best Director Oscar for Gone With the Wind.

Things I never knew.

The world of animation voice acting is actually quite small and, well, inbred. Actors can play two, three or all characters in a show. Names like Jim Cummings, Frank Welker, Rob Paulsen, April Winchell, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Tress MacNeille, Russi Taylor appear in most every cartoon on today. But lately I've been seeing another name pop up everywhere. Phil LaMarr.

Phil LaMarr is the voice of Samurai Jack on Samurai Jack, Static Shock on Static Shock, Green Lantern on Justice League, Hermes Conrad on Futurama, Carver on Disney's The Weekenders, assorted voices for Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley from Clerks: The Animated Series.

But I just found out today that Phil LaMarr is ... Marvin in Pulp Fiction. You know, "Aw, man... I shot Marvin in the face."

Phil LaMarr is this guy:

(Also from early Mad TV!)

Lastly, one of my favorite new Saturday Night Live players is Maya Rudolph. Now, I knew last year that her parents were Minnie Riperton and Dick Rudolph, the writers of the song "Lovin' You". Yes, the song that Richard Stamos, John Stamos' older brother, had to sing on South Park.

What I didn't know about Maya Rudolph is that she was a member of Matt Sharp's band The Rentals!

Yup, she joined the band after the first CD and toured with them on Vocals and Keyboards. That's her in the background of "Barcelona" and whispering on the chorus of "My Head Is in the Sun". How weird is that?!?

A day of discovery, I tell you ...

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