Q: There was a futuristic Eddie Murphy movie a few years ago in which Eddie tries to bribe someone at a nightclub on the moon. I seem to remember Eddie saying something like, “Let me lay a couple of Hillarys on you.” He then holds out some large-denomination currency that has Hillary Clinton’s image on it, obviously implying that she had been president at some point in the past. Could you find the movie and see what the actual dialogue was?
K.M., of Millstadt
A: Like everyone else (especially Warner Bros.), you’re probably desperately trying not to remember that 2002 celluloid disaster entitled “The Adventures of Pluto Nash.”
Consistently voted one of the worst movies of all time, this stinkeroo was a big reason why Murphy earned the very special Golden Raspberry designation as worst actor of the entire decade of the 2000s. (Of course, we can’t forget “Meet Dave” and “Imagine That,” can we?)
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Just how bad was this turkey about a reformed smuggler who finds himself trying to keep his lunar Club Pluto from mafia control? So bad that, in the United States, it recouped less than $5 million of its $100 million cost. So bad that it earned Golden Raspberry nominations for worst picture, director, screenplay, actor and screen couple. (Murphy played himself and a clone.) So bad that it took more than a dozen writers and 17 years to get it into theaters. So bad that Murphy refused to promote the flick, saying he did it only for an easy payday.
Now, even Clinton may be hoping moviegoers forget that Murphy, as Pluto Nash, ever said, “Why don’t you take these Hillarys? We appreciate your helping us out.” Sure, her face is on the money, the first female on the nation’s paper currency since Martha Washington was last seen on the $1 silver certificate in 1896. But Clinton’s image is on a thick wad of $10,000 bills, which might remind people of the hyperinflationary times of Jimmy Carter. Then again, Clinton likely hopes the movie does a better job of predicting the future than what “Back to the Future II” did for the Chicago Cubs.
If you’d like to see the scene without suffering through the entire movie again, punch up the short trailer.
Q: We had DirecTV for the last three years, but discontinued the service in favor of our old rooftop antenna. So we get channels 2-4-5-9-11-30 just like we used to, but now there’s a raft of subchannels (2.2, 4.3, 9.4, etc.) We enjoy a lot of the old shows we see, but is there a programming booklet in which we can easily find what’s on all of these extra channels? I mean there are two dozen or more to keep track of.
Anna Lang, of Dupo
A: This is one time I really wish I had an easy answer for you because nobody would appreciate having one of those guides more than I would.
I, too, use a rooftop antenna, and I constantly find myself punching in late to an episode of the original “Star Trek” on MeTV or “Newhart” on Antenna TV. Makes me almost long for my early childhood when I could watch anything I wanted so long as it was on one of the five St. Louis TV stations on the air at the time.
Now stations are adding a new subchannel seemingly every day. KDSK, for example, recently tacked on 5.3, which looks to be nonstop stories of true crime and court drama.
So how do you keep up with it all? It’s not easy. I mean, even my Channel 9 magazine doesn’t offer detailed listings for its three subchannels. I do have a couple of suggestions, but unless you love computers, you’re not going to like them. You can use Google to search for websites that will display a grid of all over-the-air stations just like you see in the BND. For example, Huffpost TV displays such a grid at http://tvlistings.aol.com.
Otherwise, you can search for the website of each network (www.metv.com, www.grittv.com, etc.). In some cases, this isn’t as daunting as it sounds. Antenna TV, which is now showing the best of Johnny Carson twice a night, changes its schedule every three months or so, so you have to look it up only a handful of times each year and print a one-page PDF grid. I find others, however, may not even offer a weekly grid, making things complicated.
If anyone knows of a better solution, I will gladly plead ignorance in this case.
Q: Do you know what happened to Angie Mock at Channel 2?
R.A.H., of Belleville
A: Guess it’s time for an update on one of many people’s former KTVI favorites. When I last wrote about Angie last February, she had just left Channel 2 after four years at the station. A spokesman told me that she split to pursue anchoring opportunities in other markets, presumably to get off the daily reporting grind and advance her career.
But whether the openings weren’t there or she had a change of heart, her career path took a decidedly sharp turn. According to her LinkedIn page, the 2002 St. Cloud State University grad has been working since last May at CrossChx, a Columbus, Ohio-based company that works to safeguard patient identities in the healthcare industry. Angie is a software sales account manager who covers the greater St. Louis area.
“We solve the medical identity crisis one hospital at a time,” she says. “I provide healthcare systems with innovative technology solutions to help enhance the patient/hospital/doctor experience, including minimizing duplicate records and medical fraud.”
Who holds the record for receiving the most Golden Raspberry Award nominations as worst actor/actress? Who has the most wins (if you want to call them that)?
Answer to Wednesday’s trivia: Ben-Hur, the 1959 blockbuster that won an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards, holds the distinction of being the best picture with the oldest historical setting — but not by much. Based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel (“Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”), the movie opens in 26 A.D. and follows Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) from wealthy prince and merchant to a Christian believer after watching the crucifixion of Jesus. It is set roughly 150 years before the tale of Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) in “Gladiator,” which was voted the best film of 2000.