River Phoenix/Image: CC/Flickr
The Huffington Post's ongoing series of articles about "Forgotten Women" would like to introduce us to Alice Guy-Blaché, the "Eve" of moviemaking who pioneered many of the cinematic techniques that were later completely taken for granted. Just how much of a man's world was it? As the Post puts it, "Prior to Alice, perhaps the most notable female in early cinema was Sallie Gardner, a horse photographed in perpetual motion by Eadweard Muybridge." Attempting to correct the oversight, the Director's Guild of America awarded Guy-Blaché a special tribute this month.
Speaking of gone but not forgotten, River Phoenix's final film will finally see the light of day. George Sluizer, the director of "Dark Blood," decided at the time of Phoenix's death back in 1993 that the footage should be hidden away and preserved for... well, that part has never been adequately explained. Anyhow, the bits of it on YouTube will have to sustain you until the film's 2012 release.
Here's an odd story: Airline traveler teaches her seatmate to knit, seatmate turns out to be none other than R. Lee Ermey (famous for playing badasses in movies such as "Full Metal Jacket"). Traveler snaps phone picture, lives to tell the tale. Whether he offered to teach her how to disassemble and reassemble a firearm is never mentioned.