Sunday, August 12, 2007

Merv Griffin July 6,1925-August 9,2007

Merv Griffin has died.

He may not have been the very best TV talk show host, but he was certainly the most clever.

He invented "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" and invested big time in real estate. He became a hotelier late in life and was often listed as one of America's richest men.

Here's the story from today's Globe & Mail.

Bonnie and Clyde's 40th!

It's the 40th anniversary of the release of "Bonny and Clyde."

I was in London for 2 weeks. The day before I had gone to see George Segal and Jason Robards Jr. In "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre." It was a disaster of a movie. A big zero.

Then I went to see "Bonnie and Clyde," which had no press build-up. I had no idea what it was about. I just wanted to sit in a dark movie house and be swept away by images on a screen.

Swept away, I was. Along with the movie-going world.

Read this article in today's New York Times and click on the various trailers and clips. And if you've never seen this flick, rent the DVD tonight. It's a stunner. Warren Beatty, Fay Dunaway, Gene Hackman and Gene Wilder, among others.