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Posts in 3/08: All The Willburys
Get down from there... (7.52)

Spyros: O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done…

Bobby: Get down from there.

This - as Brian Koppelman has kindly reminded me - is Spyros attempting to mimic a famous scene from the Dead Poets Society, the 1989 American drama film directed by Peter Weir, written by Tom Schulman, and starring Robin Williams. Set in 1959 at the fictional elite conservative Vermont boarding school Welton Academy, it tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry. The film received critical acclaim and was a box office success. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and César Award and David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Film. Schulman received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work.

"O Captain! My Captain!" is an extended metaphor poem written in 1865 by Walt Whitman, about the death of American president Abraham Lincoln. The poem was first published in the pamphlet Sequel to Drum-Taps which assembled 18 poems regarding the American Civil War, including another Lincoln elegy, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd". It was included in Whitman's comprehensive collection Leaves of Grass beginning with its fourth edition published in 1867. The poem emphasizes grief and sorrow.

They recorded their next album.... (9.03)

Bobby: You know what The Beatles did when they got back to England after their first whirlwind tour of America?

Wags: I imagine they all went to their doctor and got a shot of penicillin in their dicks.

Bobby: Yeah. Sure. But after that.

Taylor: They recorded their next album.

Bobby: That they did. One every six months, in fact. So instead of basking in their victory, they consolidated it.

The Beatles went to the USA for the first time in February 1964. Not sure which album they recoreded on their return. Someone will fill me in on this one. Obviously, The Beatles themselves do not require an entry.

But he got the money... (10.20)

Wags: Taylor, when you come with us, you will see that this man parries those questions like Charles Van Doren.

Taylor: Van Doren was fed the answers.

Wags: But he got the money. As will we. And that's all that matters.

Charles Lincoln Van Doren (born February 12, 1926) is an American academic, writer, and editor who was involved in a television quiz show scandal in the 1950s. In 1959 he testified before the United States Congress that he had been given the correct answers by the producers of the show Twenty-One. Terminated by NBC, he joined the Encyclopedia Britannica in 1959, becoming a vice president and writing and editing many books before retiring in 1982. He has continued to live a quiet life as a writer and teacher.

That a political term?... (15.50)

Joe Scolari: Bob Sweeney, in Buffalo. I know you two have had your problems capped off by that wicked J-Block you put on him.

Chuck: That a political term? 

Joe Scolari: Roller derby. I was a fan growing up. Big, strong women in fishnets, you know? 

Chuck: Oh, I do. Yeah.

Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating counter-clockwise around a track. Roller derby is played by approximately 1,250 amateur leagues worldwide, mostly inside the United States. Game play consists of a series of short match-ups (jams) in which both teams designate a jammer (who wears a star on the helmet). The jammer scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to hinder the opposing jammer while assisting their own jammer—in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously.

Ah, that Beatle... (20.00)

Bobby: I got The Beatles on my mind again.

Wags: Because he's about to become Pete Best

Bobby: I was thinking more of another one.

Spyros: Phew. I felt so charged with Axe Cap-thusiasm after yesterday's meeting that I wrote a check to the foundation for 4k. I trust that Ayles will put that thing to good use.

Bobby: He will. Though, in truth, you might've saved it for gas money.

Spyros: Hah. If I stressed about gas money, I'd've never gotten the car in the first place Uh, I sense a disturbance in the force.

Bobby: Do you know whose life has always amazed me, Spyros? George Harrison's.

Wags: Ah, that Beatle.

Bobby: Yes. Because Harrison wasn't only a Beatle. He was also a Traveling Wilbury.

Wags: And it was no mean feat to be a Wilbury. Legends only need apply.

Bobby: Dylan and Petty used to make a game of it, in fact. They used to throw a name out there, and decide, in an instant, if that person was or was not a Wilbury.

Wags: It required some ineffable combination of wit, cool, and credibility. Like Jack Nicholson, for example.

Bobby: Wilbury.

Wags: Richard Dreyfuss.

Bobby: Great actor - But not a Wilbury. And you Spyros. It has become clear. Are not a Wilbury.

Spyros: But I am! I am a Wilbury. I can prove it to you.

Bobby: You're fired.

Spyros: You're firing me?

Bobby: I just did. It happened. I said the words.

Wags: Long time coming.

The Beatles do not require an entry, obviously.

Randolph Peter Best (born Scanland; 24 November 1941) is an English musician, songwriter and civil servant. He is best known as an original member and the first drummer of the Beatles. After he was dismissed from the group in 1962 he started his own band, The Pete Best Four, and would later join many other bands over the years. He is one of several people who have been referred to as the Fifth Beatle.

Disturbance in The Force: Spyros is being a Star Wars nerd here. Follow the link above if you don’t know.

George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer-songwriter, music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian culture and helped broaden the scope of popular music through his incorporation of Indian instrumentation and Hindu-aligned spirituality in the Beatles' work. Although the majority of the band's songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions. His songs for the group included "Taxman", "Within You Without You", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something".

The Traveling Wilburys (sometimes shortened to the Wilburys) were a British–American supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. Originating from an idea discussed by Harrison and Lynne during the sessions for Harrison's 1987 album Cloud Nine, the band formed in April 1988 after the five members united to record a bonus track for Harrison's next European single. When this collaboration, "Handle with Care", was deemed too good for such a limited release, the group agreed to record a full album, titled Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. Following Orbison's death in December 1988, the band released a second album, which they titled Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3, in 1990. The project's work received much anticipation given the diverse nature of the singer-songwriters. The band members adopted tongue-in-cheek pseudonyms as half-brothers from a fictional Wilbury family of travelling musicians. Vol. 1 was a critical and commercial success, helping to revitalise Dylan's and Petty's respective careers. In 1990, the album won the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

Bob Dylan, also does not require an entry.

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch. He was also a co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[1] He and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Petty died on October 2, 2017, one week after the completion of the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour.[2]

John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker who has performed for over sixty years. He is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance, and dark portrayals of anti-heroes and villainous characters. In many of his films, he has played the "eternal outsider, the sardonic drifter", someone who rebels against the social structure.[1] His most known and celebrated films include the road drama Easy Rider (1969); the dramas Five Easy Pieces (1970) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975); the comedy-dramas The Last Detail (1973), Terms of Endearment (1983), As Good as It Gets (1997), About Schmidt(2002), and The Bucket List (2007); the neo-noir mystery Chinatown (1974); the horror film The Shining (1980); the biopic Reds (1981); the fantasy comedy The Witches of Eastwick (1987); the superhero film Batman (1989) as the Joker; the legal drama A Few Good Men (1992); the romantic horror film Wolf (1994); the science fiction comedy Mars Attacks! (1996); the comedy Anger Management (2003); the romantic comedy Something's Gotta Give (2003); and the crime drama The Departed (2006). Nicholson has not acted in a film since How Do You Know in 2010, but does not consider himself to be retired. He has also directed three films, including The Two Jakes (1990), the sequel to Chinatown. Nicholson's 12 Academy Award nominations make him the most nominated male actor in the Academy's history. Nicholson has won the Academy Award for Best Actor twice – one for the drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and the other for the romantic comedy As Good as It Gets (1997). He also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the comedy-drama Terms of Endearment (1983). 

Richard Stephen Dreyfuss ( born October 29, 1947) is an American actor best known for starring in popular films during the 1970s through 1990s, including American Graffiti, Jaws, Stand by Me, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Goodbye Girl, Stakeout, Always, What About Bob? and Mr. Holland's Opus. Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1978 for The Goodbye Girl, and was nominated in 1995 for Mr. Holland's Opus. He has also won a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and was nominated in 2002 for  Screen Actors Guild Awards in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries categories.

I have a play, virgin Intel... (21.14)

Spyros: Bill.

Dollar Bill: Yeah?

Spyros: We've had our issues, but I have a play, virgin Intel. Your kind of thing.

Dollar Bill: Nah. Real shame. I only talk ideas with current employees of Axe Capital.

Spyros: This is the Clarence Beeks shit, but I guess you don't want to hear about it.

Clarence Beeks is a character played by Paul Gleason in the 1983 movie Trading Places starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd.

I like what I hear... (23.52)

Dollar Bill: You have 30 seconds.

Spyros: I can still access a list of all the public companies being investigated by the SEC, but have not disclosed the investigation to their shareholders. With your special brand of knowledge, you can determine which of these inquiries have teeth and which are bullshit. You can short the companies that you think will go down when the investigations come to light

Dollar Bill: And go long on those that get dinged by the bad press from being looked into, and shoot up when they're ultimately cleared.

Spyros: Right Said Fred.

Dollar Bill: Okay. I like what I hear. Other than that Right Said Fred bullshit.

Right Said Fred is an English band based in London and formed by brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass in 1989. Guitarist Rob Manzoli joined the duo in 1990. The group has achieved multi-platinum status and has also won two Ivor Novello Awards – for "I'm Too Sexy" (1991) and "Deeply Dippy" (1992).

The band’s name is taken from "Right Said Fred", a 1962 novelty song written by Ted Dicks and Myles Rudge. It is about three men (the narrator, "Fred" and "Charlie") working as manual labourers who are trying to move an unidentified object (although it is clarified that it has feet, a seat, handles and candleholders) in a building without success, eventually failing and giving up after having dismantled the object, part-demolished the building (including removing a door, wall and the ceiling) and taking numerous tea breaks. The lyrics do not specify whether Fred recovers from "half a ton of rubble falling on his dome" prior to the others having a final teabreak and going home.

I am bad, bad Leroy Brown... (29.00)

Bryan: I worried maybe you'd hold a grudge

Chuck: Grudge? Nossir. No. No, you said it yourself. None of this is personal.

Bryan: Hm.

Chuck: Yeah, Bryan. You learned every lesson I had to teach. Except the one that matters most. You didn't win. Didn't finish me off. No, I'm still standing here in the best job there is because I can do what I want, when I want, how I want. Oh, I am bad, bad Leroy Brown. Baddest man in the whole damn town.

Bryan: Just wait a second.

Chuck: You breached my threshold and threatened me, threatened my wife, the mother of my children. How could you think there's a universe where you would survive that? Oh, Bryan. You are many things. A man. A boy. A lawyer. A fighter. Student of the dark side of humanity. And a lover of jurisprudence. But there's one thing you're certainly not. An Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Drop your credentials at the guard's desk. And GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE!

"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" is a song written by American folk rock singer Jim Croce. Released as part of his 1973 album Life and Times, the song was a Number One pop hit for him, spending two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1973.  Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1973. Croce was nominated for two 1973 Grammy awards in the Pop Male Vocalist and Record of the Year categories for "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". It was his last number-one single before his death on September 20 of that year.

It's a helluva scheme... (34.30)

Chuck: Good chunk of your fortune on cheap steel deals. It's a helluva scheme. I admire its grift and effectiveness. You import the sub-par goods, get your man at the ratings agency to mark it high grade, sell it into state-run projects at top dollar. The problem is: it's not only illegal, it's fucking dangerous, and someone is gonna get hurt. Imagine what people would say if they learned that the new bridges and rails they ride on were built of inferior stuff. And if they had cause to look back through your past municipal works, well the fallout from that in terms of liability could bankrupt an Astor.

The Astor family achieved prominence in business, society, and politics in the United States and the United Kingdom during the 19th and 20th centuries. With ancestral roots in the Italian Alps,[1] the Astors settled in Germany, first appearing in North America in the 18th century with John Jacob Astor, one of the wealthiest people in history.

I need a Silkwood shower... (36.43)

Wendy: Did it go well?

Chuck: Well, as well as it could've, operationally. It never feels good doing that to a man. Even a man like Foley. I need a Silkwood shower right about now.

Karen Gay Silkwood (February 19, 1946 – November 13, 1974) was an American chemical technician and labor union activist known for raising concerns about corporate practices related to health and safety of workers in a nuclear facility. Following her mysterious death, which received extensive coverage, her estate filed a lawsuit against chemical company Kerr-McGee, which was eventually settled for $1.38 million. Her story was chronicled in Mike Nichols's 1983 Academy Award-nominated film Silkwood in which she was portrayed by Meryl Streep.

Ya think, Rickles?... (44.20)

Dollar Bill: And I can't believe I'm fucking doing this, but I may have been a bit hasty in the personal insult and car wrecking departments

Wags: Ya think, Rickles? You called him a pants shitter on the trading floor.

Donald Jay Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017) was an American stand-up comedian, actor and author. He became well known as an insult comic. His prominent film roles included Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) with Clark Gable and Kelly's Heroes (1970) with Clint Eastwood, and beginning in 1976 he enjoyed a two-year run starring in the NBC television sitcom C.P.O. Sharkey. He received widespread exposure as a popular guest on numerous talk and variety shows, including The Dean Martin Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman, and later voiced Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Storyfranchise. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for the 2007 documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.