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Patrick

United States

#1169630 Jul 20, 2014
EasyEed wrote:
<quoted text>
"RoxLo"
"realrealdumb" is not full of himself. He is a nothing but, he is full of manure.
Peace
Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter has written a clause into his will banning anyone else playing the part of the detective after his death – to prevent future actors “competing” with John Thaw.
Dexter, who wrote the Oxford detective novels which were adapted into the popular television series, told The Independent:“We never want to repeat what John has done.”

The 83-year-old added:“A lot of people connected with Morse didn’t want anyone coming along to say we will try and outdo dear old John. I said I’m not ever going to allow that, full stop.”

The existence of the clause was revealed in an interview with the Radio Times by actor Shaun Evans, who plays a young Morse in the spin-off called Endeavour. The producers of the series only managed to convince the author to consent to Evans, 34, as he would not be competing with Thaw’s more mature original.

“Shaun will be the last person to play Morse,” Dexter said.“That was made clear from the word go.”

It is expected that Dexter’s wishes will be enforced by his estate, who retain the rights for 70 years after his death.

Dexter wrote 13 novels with Morse as the protagonist. The first, Last Bus to Woodstock, was published in 1975 and the series culminated with The Remorseful Day almost 25 years later when the character died of a heart attack. Thaw starred in the television adaptation Inspector Morse from 1987 until 2000. He died in 2002.

Evans was cast as a young Morse in 2011. The production company wanted to make a one-off film for the 25th anniversary of Morse on television and it was popular enough to be commissioned as a series.

It took Michele Buck, joint managing director of Mammoth Screen and executive producer of Endeavour four years to persuade Dexter to back the new show.

“I convinced him, saying the clause in his will wasn’t because he was worried about someone playing a 27-year-old Morse; he just didn’t want anyone competing with John Thaw,” she said.“He believes John was perfect for the part.”

Dexter said:“He [Evans] is about the age Morse would have been when he came up to St John’s Oxford and I wish him well; he very much deserves it.

“We didn’t want someone to imitate John Thaw, his movements or the way he spoke. We wanted someone free and natural in the part and someone who loved it.”

In his interview with the Radio Times, Evans revealed that rather than mimic Thaw, he settled on a Monty Python star for the detective’s mannerisms.“I listened a lot to Michael Palin, who was from the North, went to Oxford and was alive at that time. That’s how I imagine Morse’s voice.”
N Otwaxman

East Hartford, CT

#1169631 Jul 20, 2014
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>You got a problem with Bart Sibrel? He's a uneducated whackjob right wing conspiracy theorist like you and many others who post here. If you sat down with him you'd agree with him on most ultra conservative issues.
Bart is on your side pal__you own that fk. That's the problem with you dkheads__you're stuck with one another. jbs.org
Never heard of him and I deal in facts, not conspiracy,¨pal.¨

Someone needs to beat your traitorous, cowardly azz with an American flag on a steel pole.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1169632 Jul 20, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
<quoted text>
In Revelation 21:21, the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl.
The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
Many who have had near death experiences describe heaven as being so beautiful, words can't adequately describe it. Other dimensional.
thank you.....

Since: Mar 14

Orlando, FL

#1169633 Jul 20, 2014
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>All Christians? ROFLMAO
This from the nutjob who's spent hours on topix berating Catholics.
How about those Mormons babe__they believe that Christ lived in the United States.
Not berating present day Catholics. God judges the heart. Not me. Just like he judges the hearts of all mankind.

Was simply pointing out the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the Middle Ages which significantly influenced the course of modern day history...as was taught in my University of Illinois Western Civilization class...which, by the way, was one my favorite classes as far as broadening my horizons goes.

Thought Mormons believed Joseph Smith was the prophet who lived in the United States.
Patrick

United States

#1169634 Jul 20, 2014
Morse

Shvorne Marks has joined the cast as Monica, a nurse who lives across the corridor from Endeavour Morse, and according to show writer Russell Lewis, is ‘a second generation immigrant who captures the changing times of the 1960s’.

Speaking of his new romance, Shaun said:‘Monica comes into Endeavour’s life when he’s on his knees. I think it’s very telling that the relationship comes along at this time.

‘It’s ironic she’s a nurse; she automatically has that caring, nurturing nature he needs. He’s a broken man and she contributes to his mending. I think it’s a very good thing.

Shaun added:‘Apparently it was very common in those days for policemen to be with nurses. We don’t know how their relationship is going to develop or end. It’s very much up for grabs.’

This will be Shvorne’s first major TV role, since graduating from Arts Educational Schools (Arts Ed)– an independent co-educational school specialising in the performing arts – in 2011.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1169635 Jul 20, 2014
blacks have sex w monkeys wrote:
Hispanics are beginning the slaughter of blacks, see L.A. No white guilt.
in cities like LA, the blacks are badly outnumbered and doomed at the hands of the Hispanics...

is this racism???....
Patrick

United States

#1169636 Jul 20, 2014
ITV has commissioned a second series of Endeavour, the prequel to the long-running drama Inspector Morse.

Shaun Evans will reprise his role as the young Morse, with Roger Allam also returning as Det Insp Fred Thursday.

The first series of the 1960s-set drama, which was broadcast in April, drew an average audience of around seven million.

The new series, which will comprise four two-hour films, goes into production in Oxford later this year.

Morse creator Colin Dexter will continue to act as a consultant to producers on the show.

"We're truly delighted by the audience's reaction to the first quartet of Endeavour stories," said Russell Lewis, who will return to write the second series.

The makers of the show, he added, were "very grateful to ITV for the opportunity to further embellish the legend".

"The audience's response to the classic crime partnership of Endeavour and Thursday has been incredible," said Steve November, ITV's director of drama commissioning.

"We're thrilled at the prospect of more Endeavour stories."

Endeavour is the second spin-off from the original Inspector Morse series that starred John Thaw.

Lewis, which saw Kevin Whately reprise his role as Morse's sidekick, ran from 2006 until February this year.
Patrick

United States

#1169637 Jul 20, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
<quoted text>
Not berating present day Catholics. God judges the heart. Not me....
:-)

a relief, we are all thankful...

Moving on from the usual political BS

Colin Dexter

IN 1972 during a rainy holiday in Wales with his family, Colin Dexter sat in the kitchen, exasperated, after reading a boring crime novel. He decided to try his hand at writing a book himself and the result was Last Bus to Woodstock (1975). This novel, which was eagerly snatched up by mystery fans, introduced Inspector Morse—a man who fancied ale, crosswords, English literature, and Wagner. In many ways Morse’s interests mirror those of his creator, yet on most levels they are worlds apart. Mr. Dexter is hardly the curmudgeon that Morse is. He is a very gentle and mild-mannered man who has been happily married for the past 50 years and has two grown children.

A graduate of Cambridge University, Mr. Dexter was a secondary school classics teacher before deafness put a halt to his career. He then became Senior Assistant Secretary of the University of Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations, a position he held for 22 years until retiring in 1988.
In 1987, Morse was adapted for television starring John Thaw as the title character. The series, which was hugely popular, ran until 2001. Mr. Dexter made a cameo in every episode of the series (a real treat for fans), and in one episode he even had a talking part.

Mr. Dexter has won several awards for his writing. In 1989 he was awarded the Golden Dagger by the CWA for The Wench is Dead. He won the award again in 1992 for The Way Through the Woods. In 1997 he received the CWA’s lifetime achievement award—the Diamond Dagger—for his body of work. And in 2000 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire.
Inspector Morse appeared in thirteen novels and several short stories. In the final novel of the series, Remorseful Day (1999), Inspector Morse passes away from natural causes. Sadly, unlike Sherlock Holmes’ apparent demise in “The Final Problem,” Morse’s death is not reversible.
Mr. Dexter lives in Oxford with his wife and spends a great deal of time doing charitable work.

"Politics is the passion of the quarter educated" --William F. Buckley /Conservative

Since: Mar 14

Orlando, FL

#1169638 Jul 20, 2014
But before I go, this is what patriotism looks like, Realtime, since you've forgotten.

Commercial says it all without speaking one word.

http://stg.do/OdQg

Pretty sure many eyes welled up besides mine who saw this. It's still alive and well.
Patrick

United States

#1169639 Jul 20, 2014
For millions of Morse fans, it’s the ending they cannot bear to contemplate. The melancholy detective made famous by the late John Thaw has, of course, met his maker before, both in print and on screen. But having breathed new life into the character for prequel hit Endeavour, actor Shaun Evans is now the one person who could kill Morse off for ever.

“I know that the creator, Colin Dexter, has it in his will that no one else can play the part. Which is as it should be,” Evans reveals in his soft Liverpool accent.“It’s not something that can go on and on. I really don’t think it will.”

So for how long does he intend to go on? The new series of Endeavour continues to chart the Detective Constable’s early career with the Oxford police force during the mid-1960s, but can we expect to see Endeavour in the 70s?“Listen, never say never. It would be a great life for me, I suppose. But is it something you’d want, creatively? I’m not so sure.”

At the moment though, Evans appears fulfilled. He’s determined for his Morse to stand on his own two feet and not to do an impersonation of John Thaw, the man who first brought the character to life in 1987. Indeed, instead of turning to recordings of Thaw – for whom he says he has the greatest respect – Evans found inspiration from a different source:“I listened a lot to Michael Palin, who was from the north, went to Oxford and who was alive at that time. That’s how I imagine Morse’s voice to be.”

Famously, Thaw’s Morse was unlucky in love and prone to falling for either murder victims or femmes fatales. Evans’s creation is rather more lusty, a characterisation truer to the Morse of the books than the TV series.

Rather than consulting Inspector Morse DVD box sets for research, the actor decided to go back to Dexter’s novels, where the character is an altogether more lecherous figure who browses enthusiastically through porn magazines and enjoys the odd strip show.

“The more we can introduce of that, the better,” Evans reveals.“I’m always fighting to make that a reality, without him becoming this full-on seedy, depraved character, of course. What you don’t want is for it to be sanitised and pasteurised, which a lot of stuff is nowadays.”

Knowing all of this, what are we to then make of Endeavour’s love interest in series two: a nurse of Jamaican descent called Monica (Shvorne Marks), who becomes the object of his affections? No matter how hard Morse strives for a normal life, he’s always destined to be a solitary man who struggles to make emotional connections. So surely there can’t be any future in that relationship?

“It’s got to end in tears,” says Evans.“In the third episode, you see that Endeavour is too busy getting loved up. He ends up missing something vital, which costs someone their life. And that weighs heavily...”

Endeavour does seem a world away from the eternal summers of the TV Inspector Morse, where sunshine always framed Oxford’s dreaming spires and cases were cracked against a picturesque background of the Bridge of Sighs and the Bodleian.

For instance, in the opening episode to series two, a lead is pursued in the neon-lit streets of London’s Soho while Endeavour is, at one point, seen brooding under an umbrella as the rain pours down.“We’re using the seasons. And as it goes on, it gets darker. Winter comes – and I mean that in all aspects. Characters are getting shot and we’re losing the people who are close to us. But that’s life, man. It should be dark.”

It’s a sensibility that chimes with the spate of Scandinavian shows like The Killing and The Bridge that have changed the face of TV crime drama in recent years. And when you think about it, Morse has a lot in common with those Scandi sleuths: like Sarah Lund or Saga Noren, he’s pessimistic, slightly vulnerable and an outsider wherever he goes.
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1169640 Jul 20, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
why would anybody care about the opinions of three scumbags that nobody has ever heard of???....
i don't know. maybe you can tell us why from personal experience.
Patrick

United States

#1169641 Jul 20, 2014
II

“There is an influence from the Scandinavian dramas,” says Evans.“Audiences want a certain darkness now and you have to pay attention to that. There’s no denying that this character is a bit of a loner and slightly out of joint with his time and place. That’s what I find endearing about him. And perhaps the audience does, too.”&#8232;Does he appeal to the misfit in all of us?“Well, loner heroes do appeal to that part of yourself that feels as though your genius hasn’t been recognised.”

Evans, 34, has carved out a niche playing off-kilter leads, be they on stage as Kurt Cobain opposite Danny Dyer’s Sid Vicious in the play Kurt and Sid or on the big screen alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as troubled ex-soldier Nick in Wreckers. In 2012, he also sent a shiver down the spines of TV viewers when he terrorised Rupert Penry-Jones in ITV’s The Last Weekend.

And although Endeavour Morse is easier to root for than some of Evans’s other roles, there is still that streak of sorrow. After all, this is a character who we know full well will eventually die a bachelor in his late 50s after keeling over from cardiac failure.

Fans hoping that more of Morse’s missing years are filled in should pray that writer Russell Lewis keeps finding fresh and ambitious ways of putting the copper through the emotional wringer. Because it’s this, you feel, that will encourage Evans to return for more episodes and keep Morse alive.

“It should be ambitious and aim high because as soon as that goes, we go. The world doesn’t need another detective series, so we have to do something different with it. If you’re going to do a show that has already had a long life, you have to grab it and do something new. So that’s what we attempted and I feel we’ve largely succeeded.”
Patrick

United States

#1169642 Jul 20, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
in cities like LA, the blacks are badly outnumbered and doomed at the hands of the Hispanics...
is this racism???....
a bit late in the game for you to worry about being a racist?
Patrick

United States

#1169643 Jul 20, 2014
sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
i don't know. maybe you can tell us why from personal experience.
He seems anal?
N Otwaxman

East Hartford, CT

#1169644 Jul 20, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
But before I go, this is what patriotism looks like, Realtime, since you've forgotten.
Commercial says it all without speaking one word.
http://stg.do/OdQg
Pretty sure many eyes welled up besides mine who saw this. It's still alive and well.
Of course patriotism is alive and well.

Even an anti-American, leftist president, a sycophantic media that purposely ignores anything patriotic, and knee-walking cowards like Realslime can't change the fact.

Since: Apr 09

Elmont, Long Island NY

#1169645 Jul 20, 2014
flack wrote:
Rattlesnake Logic
If the left could understand this, it would be a safer world.
Rattlesnake Logic
After the Boston bombing the news media has spent days and weeks
trying to determine why these men did what they did.
They want to know what America did to make these brothers so angry with us.
They want to know why these men were not arrested before they did
something so terrible.
The media is in a tizzy about this new era of homegrown radicals, and
about why they could live among us and still hate us.
A friend of mine from Texas explained it all to me:
“Here in west Texas I have rattlesnakes on my place, living among us.
I have killed a rattlesnake on the front porch. I have killed a
rattlesnake on the back porch. I have killed rattlesnakes in the
barn, in the shop and on the driveway. In fact, I kill every rattlesnake I encounter.
I kill rattlesnakes because I know a rattlesnake will bite me and
inject me with poison. I don’t stop to wonder why a rattlesnake will
bite me; I know it will bite me because it's a rattlesnake and that's
what rattlesnakes do.
~~~~~~~~~~
1. I don’t try to reason with a rattlesnake… I just kill it.
2. I don’t try to get to know the rattlesnake better so I can find a
way to live with the rattlesnakes and convince them not to bite me. I
just kill them.
3. I don’t quiz a rattlesnake to see it I can find out where the other
snakes are, because (a) it won’t tell me, and (b) I already know they
live on my place. So, I just kill the rattlesnake and move on to the next one.
4. I don’t look for ways I might be able to change the rattlesnake to
a non-poisonous rat snake... I just kill it.
Oh, and on occasion, I accidentally kill a rat snake because I thought
it was a rattlesnake at the time. Also, I know, for every rattlesnake
I kill, two more are lurking out there in the brush.
In my lifetime I will never be able to rid my place of rattlesnakes.
Do I fear them? No! Do I respect what they can do to me? Yes!
Because of that respect I give them the fair justice they deserve...
I kill them...”
Maybe as a country we should start giving more thought to the fact
that these jihadists are just like rattlesnakes, and act accordingly!
I love this country; it's the damn government I'm afraid of...
typical conservative, kill everything.

a rattlesnake will not attack unless provoked and it feels threatened. I have swerved while driving in the desert to avoid running over a rattlesnake. I have come across rattlesnakes while walking the dogs, and just turned the other way to avoid them.

They have just as much a right to live as any other animal.

usually a rattlesnake will give you a warning, its rattle before striking.
although I hear that in Texas, rattlesnakes are no longer using their rattle to warn their threats, thanks in part to those rattlesnake round-ups theey have yearly.

as for finding out why terrorists strike at us, I think its a good idea to understand your enemy and his motivations. It make it easier to identify them and fight the threat. any military commander will tell you that
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1169646 Jul 20, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
nice sentiment, but what does the Prime Minister propose to do about it???....
some of you nutjobs act like the loss of life is not the big concern, other then....... it's more like you're pissed that the right wing media will have trouble praising Putin without looking like they're politicizing the loss of life.

lately it seems like every time you nutjobs find a new hero he goes and does something stupid shortly thereafter. then we get the FOX excuse fest which leads to the Topix excuse fest. it's really kinda sad.
Realtime

Deltona, FL

#1169647 Jul 20, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
<quoted text>
Not berating present day Catholics. God judges the heart. Not me. Just like he judges the hearts of all mankind.
Was simply pointing out the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the Middle Ages which significantly influenced the course of modern day history...as was taught in my University of Illinois Western Civilization class...which, by the way, was one my favorite classes as far as broadening my horizons goes.
Thought Mormons believed Joseph Smith was the prophet who lived in the United States.
Where is the answer to the question babe__who wrote the book of Revelation and when?

Should be a real easy deal for an "Evangelical Christian' such as yourself. eh?

Maybe your East Hartford azzkisser can give you a clue.
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1169648 Jul 20, 2014
Patrick wrote:
<quoted text>
He seems anal?
seems like something is stuck in there.
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1169649 Jul 20, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
not really.....
Obama and the DemoKKKrats are firmly on the side of Hamas....
Surprise, surprise: Israelis have more confidence in Obama than ever before

Pew Research poll also shows Israel as staunchly pro-U.S. and most supportive of its use of drones and surveillance in the fight against terrorists.

http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/.pr...

once again you're on the wrong side of it.

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