If you believe the media stories about the shark "menace", this would be the official tourism promotion poster for the state of New Jersey!
By Lee Pfeiffer
Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, American television has launched its annual attempt to make citizens even more paranoid than many already are. This is achieved by a time-worn ritual that dates back to the 1975 release of Jaws, namely: scare the living daylights out of beach-goers by running superfluous stories about the "shark menace". Although actual shark attacks on American shores are rare, some do occur each year. In a recent case, a sand shark actually beached itself at a popular New Jersey vacation resort. (Click here to view footage) This was only weeks after New Jersey officials announced that the nation's most densely-populated state was being over-run by bears. As a New Jersey resident, it's beginning to make me think I'm lucky to get safely back from the supermarket without a shotgun and a pith helmet.Here's a way to ensure that these dangerous critters leave our environs: just post the New Jersey state sky-high tax rates for residents along the beaches and in the woods.
The 1971 007 blockbuster Diamonds Are Forever was among many hit films Tom Mankiewicz worked on.
The BBC Radio program Last Word interviews author, filmmaker and Cinema Retro writer Matthew Field about the life and career of screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz, who passed away last week. James Bond producer Michael G. Wilson also reminisces about working with Mankiewicz on several 007 hits. Click here to listen. (The Mankiewicz segment begins at approximately 5:50 in the program)
City of Ruins is an ambitious 5 minute documentary film that is gaining high praise after its debut in Poland. A team of filmmakers spent two years creating a virtual flight over the city, using archival footage to demonstrate the level of wholesale destruction in Warsaw that followed the German invasion in September 1939. That incursion marked the beginning of WWII and Poland suffered terribly under Nazi occupation, in part because Adolf Hitler resented the nation's doomed-but-valiant resistance. In 1944, the city was virtually destroyed in reprisal for the Warsaw Uprising which saw hopelessly outnumbered Jewish underground fighters wreak heavy casualties on German forces, despite having only limited armaments. The film is being presented in 3-D in hopes of educating new generations about the extent of Polish suffering during the war. For more click here