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Top 10 Improvised Scenes in Movie History

THE LIST

Bridesmaids (2011)
A lot of this movie was the talented comedic actresses in the cast going off book, but Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone’s “Air Marshall” exchange takes the cake.

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Marlon Brando’s performance as Col Kurtz was largely made up on the spot. And while we don’t endorse actors not learning their lines, we can’t fault what came of it in this instance…

Iron Man (2008)
Robert Downey, Jr surprised everyone in his comeback performance as Tony Stark. Everyone – because most of what he said wasn’t in the script.

The Jazz Singer (1927)
Al Jolson’s improvised dialogue pretty much invented the entire concept of talking in movies. Think about that.

Caddyshack (1980)
Bill Murray’s been giving improvised performances his whole career, but his hilarious ad libbed “Cinderella Story” on the golf course made Caddyshack the movie it is today.

Goodfellas (1990)
The “Funny How?” exchange between Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta was a genius bit of collaboration between Joe Pesci and Martin Scorsese – and no one else in the scene.

The Breakfast Club (1985)
The climactic scene in which the teenagers finally bond over how they came to where they were was based entirely on the actors’ knowledge of the characters. And it worked.

This is Spinal Tap (1984)
It goes to 11.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The home invasion scene never came together, until Malcolm McDowell was given reign to improvise on the next take. His brutal song-and-dance number makes this one of the most chilling scenes in movie history.

Robin Williams
From “GOOOOD Morning Vietnam” to Night at the Museum, Robin Williams was master of improv, and his riffs enriched every role he ever inhabited. We’ll miss his unique voice for years to come.

Category: Film, Weekend

Why Things Don’t Last

1. Channel Overload Used to be there were 5,000 albums a year and only a few got on the radio and if you didn’t get airplay or press, you were doomed. Now there are a zillion products, all easily promoted online, and unless your friend verifies quality and interest or a track becomes a phenomenon,…Read More

Category: Music, Think Tank, Weekend

For the first time in recent history, a post-War car has won the coveted ‘Best of Show’ at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It was also the first time in the 64-year history of the event that a Ferrari was named ‘Best In Show.’

The winning Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti belongs to collector former Microsoft President (and current board member) Jon Shirley. He has previously won at Pebble Beach with ahis Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Touring Coupé in 2008.

The 375 MM is one of only five of its kind still on the road, despite having been raced in competitions. The original Spyder built by Pininfarina was in a severe accident. Carrozzeria Scaglietti constructed the form seen below some years ago on the original frame.

Spectacular automobile:

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Category: Weekend

Auction: $38 Million Ferrari 250 GTO

A Ferrari 250 GTO becomes the most expensive car ever sold at an auction at a sale in Pebble Beach, California. Aug. 14, 2014

Category: Investing, Weekend

Hitchcock’s Cameos. All of them.

From each of the following: The Lodger (1927), Easy Virtue (1928), Blackmail (1929), Murder! (1930), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935), Sabotage (1936), Young and Innocent (1937), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Rebecca (1940), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941), Suspicion (1941), Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943),…Read More

Category: Film, Weekend

Porsche Museum & Its Secret Prototype Warehouse

Join CAR magazine on a tour inside Porsche’s secret prototype warehouse in Germany. It’s a treasure trove of secret prototypes, weird mules and mutated Porsche testbeds.

Category: Weekend

RIP Robin Williams – Weapons of Self Destruction

Weapons of Self Destruction was the name of his last HBO special. So brilliant, funny . . . and sad.   Robin Williams stand up comedy live from Washington   HBO: Robin Williams – comedian, writer and Academy Award-winning actor – returned to HBO for his first solo TV concert since 2002. The show was…Read More

Category: Humor, Weekend

Ariely: Our Buggy Moral Code

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it’s OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we’re predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we can’t grasp.   Published on Apr 26, 2012

Category: Psychology, Weekend

Richard Pryor Roast (1977)

Richard Pryor Roast 1977 featuring: Richard Pryor Robin Williams Paul Mooney Tim Reid John Witherspoon Sandra Bernhard Vic Dunlop Edie McClurg Marsha Warfield 43:31 minutes See also • Pryor Love (New Yorker)

Category: Humor, Weekend

Friday Night Soul: James Brown in Eighteen Minutes

“Get On Up” is the new biopic out on James Brown. David Remnick of the The New Yorker calls it “the second-best film ever made about James Brown.” But rather than watch a good impersonations, how about seeing the real thing? The following James Brown video has been called the “most thrilling, compressed, erotic, explosive…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend