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We are Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine, your essential guide to all things wild and wonderful in the world of cult entertainment!

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Week 72: An Actor’s Actor – Al Pacino

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Born in, of all places, Harlem and raised in the Bronx, forced to leave an already broken home when he made the choice to pursue acting, Al Pacino was born tough and lived it as well (being known as both a troublemaker and fighter in school)

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Week 71: The Muscles From Brussels: An Evening With Jean Claude Van Damme

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From a local child prodigy in karate and competitive bodybuilding to one of the first and most influential kickboxing film stars, tonight we talk a man who supposedly inspired the entire Mortal Kombat series, whose oft referenced but seldom imitated balletic approach to full contact martial arts is positively legendary.

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Week 70: Do You Believe in Bronson?…Because You’re About to Meet Him!

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When it came to movie tough guys, Eastwood was your strong silent type, Stallone your streetwise paisan, Schwarzenegger your jokey bruiser…and Bronson the hard ass, vindictive son of a bitch nobody wanted to deal with.

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Week 69: Elliott Gould: The Dark Side of Humor (a very 70’s sex symbol)

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Notable for playing nebbishy if likeable everyman types, the former Elliott Goldstein was something of a unique type who could pull off comedy and serious melodrama equally believably.

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Week 68: You’re Simply Not Tough Enough for This Show: The films of Chuck Norris

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From humble roots in the dust bowl of Oklahoma, Carlos Ray Norris took his post Korean war-era stint in the Air Force and turned it into what became a black belt in three separate disciplines (Korean karate, Brazilian jiu jitsu and judo) and international karate championships, where he met and trained further with the man, the myth: Bruce Lee.

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Week 67: Stranger in a Strange Land: the Counterculture of Donald Sutherland

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Next time, we’re taking on another counterculture icon!

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Week 66: That Knowing Smile, That Piercing Gaze: The Tao of Charlotte Rampling

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Charlotte Rampling, like Diana Rigg and many others of her generation, began her career as a 60’s fashion model.

After bit parts in such well remembered films as A Hard Days Night and The Knack and How to Get It, she stepped into a major role in the seminal Swinging London kitchen sink drama Georgy Girl, which got her noticed and brought over to Italy where she showed up in two WWII related epics that made her famous (and perhaps unintentionally helped kick off a certain infamous and short lived exploitation subgenre in Italy, France and the US): Visconti’s The Damned and Liliana Cavani’s The Night Porter.

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Week 65: From Brixton to Brexiteer: The Films of Michael Caine

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Born to a poor Cockney fishmonger and charwoman (you know, the
folks that come around after hours to clean the office?), Michael Caine
quickly discovered some important things about himself and the world
around during a then-mandatory stint in National Service…a shattering
of ivory tower illusions about communism, and a zest to live each day
as if it were your last.

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Week 64: Disreputable: the cult cinema of David Hemmings

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With his sleepy eyed look and tousled blond locks, he came across as some amalgamation of Robert and Chris Mitchum…with more than a touch of Paul McCartney as a finisher. Generally strolling through films as oddly passive, even disinterested, he could flip to a crazed enervation unexpectedly, leading him to serve as the ultimate outsider figure: either failing to react or overreacting to the events onscreen, in turn.

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Week 63: He Always Comes Back: the life and films of Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Born into a stiff, lower middle class Austrian background just after the war, Arnold Schwarzenegger rebelled from his rigid father and proscribed life at an early age, eschewing the family plans for his life and career to pursue a rocky road in the dubious world of bodybuilding.

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