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  1. To be honest, I didn't care for the Reunion film at all. I didn't think the storyline fit. It seemed a little far fetched that all three cousins left town and when the Reunion occurred, in the beginning they acted like they hadn't seen or talked to one another in years. That's not how it would have went down because the Dukes were too close. I realize that Ben Jones went on to become a US Senator, but in the show crazy Cooter leaving his garage after all his years in Hazzard to become a senator was a bit much as well. I agree that Luke would have more than likely taken over at the family patriarch because he was always the sensible one and Daisy's character had changed a little too much as well.
  2. I enjoy a variety of movies. This is just a short list of some of my favorites: The Outlaw Josie Wales, African Queen, Dazed and Confused, almost any Adam Sandler film, Shawshank Redemption, Dead Poets Society, psychological thrillers ....
  3. I would check www.amazon.com. I believe you can find at least some of his country stuff there. I know you can find all of the newer jazz oriented stuff there. You might want to try Ebay as well, they usually have a lot of hard to find things there. Good luck to you.
  4. I think that is one of the reasons I was always a big Luke fan. He had a lot more of a quiet cool about him than Bo who was much more of a kid (not an insult to Bo, it was his character as the younger cousin). Luke had some great one liners.
  5. She was a terrific actress and though she had a recurring role on the Dukes, she had a very impressive resume. I have often said people underestimate what good actors the cast of Dukes was. The older characters had an impressive resume before the Dukes and then consider the success John has had in television since the Dukes and music and the success Tom has had on Broadway and music, serves all the proof you need.
  6. There is no question Jessica Simpson is a beautiful young lady and perhaps with the right script it could have worked, but I thought the movie was horrible and I tried to be open-minded about it. To me, it played away from every one of the Dukes strengths. First, it didn't promote the sense of family the Dukes was always about. Second, the Rosco character added very little to the movie and the Boss character wasn't that great either. As we all know, James Best and Sorrell Booke were scene stealers in the series. Third, the Duke boys characters weren't well-written either. I realize that in the original series Bo was a little more naive than Luke and Luke was the smart one, but they dumbed down the Bo character way too much. Other than wanting to always race the General Lee, I am not sure what the purpose of the character was for. In the movie, the Luke character may have been a little bit smarter than the Bo character, but definitely dumbed down as well and the original Luke while certainly fond of the ladies, was a lot more picky than Bo in the series, the Johnny Knoxville character was way too much of a womanizer. I am not saying that the people in the movie aren't good actors, but the movie simply wasn't good. I suppose you could make an argument in some ways, that the Jessica Simpson version of Daisy Duke, was a little bit closer to the original series than the other characters, but still it wasn't even close.
  7. Good thoughts, Gray Rider. I definitely could see Charlie Daniels in that role. Danny Devito is a good choice as well for the Boss Hogg role, but considering his tremendous success as a director, I doubt a new Dukes series could get him.
  8. This looks like a great matchup. I have placed a friendly and very small wager on the Packers.
  9. Packers 27 Pittsburgh 20. This is a classic matchup and this was a fun season in the NFL, very unpredictable.
  10. That is one thing that I think people overlook. Obviously Boss and Rosco are a great comedy team, but there is a ton of humor with all the characters of the show. Some of the dialogue is laugh out loud humor. There are some great lines in the show.
  11. I also believe that the cast of the Dukes, if you believe John and Tom, weren't getting many royalities on Dukes merchandise. I remember as a kid having a General Lee remote control car (never could make it jump like I wanted it to, lol). It is interesting that as much as I love the Dukes there did seem to be a lot of contractual issues and who knows who was really at fault. James Best missed a few episodes because of a lack of dressing room space based on what he said and I heard once that Sorrell Booke had some issues as well that were quickly resolved. Ben Jones (Cooter) missed some episodes as well over whether Cooter should be clean shaven or not. It is hard to know the truth or really speculate but there is no question there were some problems. Usually during the hiatus time of a television series is when writers are working on some of the scripts for a new season so I would suspect many of the Coy and Vance ones (at least the first few) were written thinking John and Tom would be there. As a kid, I hated the Coy and Vance episodes (change is hard for people, lol), so in hindsight and at that age I was unwilling to give Coy and Vance a chance. It wasn't there vault. I think one of the mistakes writers made was to make the characters exactly like Bo and Duke. Coy was the younger, a little bit wilder one that was girl crazy and Vance was the slightly older, more level headed one who got the Dukes out of a lot of messes. What is interesting is even though I was thrilled when Tom and John returned, one of the arguments was better scripts. In watching the reruns on CMT as an adult, I noticed there does seem to be a slight drop (the show is now in 7th season reruns) in the number of car chases, but (and this happens when shows get older) I actually think the quality of scripts was on the decline and some of the jumps the General made looked so fake with the model cars and it got kind of ridiculous. They made it where the General Lee probably could have jumped over the Empire State Building. There were an increasing number of episodes that made it hard to maintain a "suspension of disbelief" as well. When Coy and Vance joined the show the ratings took a big drop and though it slightly rebounded when John and Tom returned, the show never fully recovered. I do wonder if they had never left if the Dukes (because the ratings wouldn't have dropped so quickly) would have stook around for another season or two. Good topic.
  12. I am curious to see how well this movie does. The modern day versions of Superhero films are always hit and miss in my opinion. The Batman films were a mixed bag, I love the first two Spiderman films (the third was so-so), and disliked the Hulk films (which was disappointing because as a kid it didn't get any better than the old Incredible Hulk series and the Dukes)
  13. My bad! I meant to put my prediction of Green Bay over Atlanta in my last post. Maybe I just had a premonition. Atlanta is a team on the rise and I think they have a winner in Matt Ryan but are still a year or two away. Their owner Arthur Blanks seems serious about building a winner and it's good to see Atlanta supporting the Falcons so strongly. Atlanta (no offense to anyone) has always been such a frontrunning town. It also amazed me that even when the Braves were dominating every year how few games they sold out, and the Hawks get no support at all. Anyway, my prediction for the Championship games: Green Bay over Chicago-Sometimes it isn't about who is the best team overall but who is the hottest. The Packers are on a roll and have a more explosive offense. You have two good defenses battling each other but I think Green Bay can outscore them. Pittsburgh over the NY Jets-I am going to keep running my mouth about the Jets and they are going to end up winning the Superbowl with my luck, lol. The Jets play hard and are more than capable of giving Pittsburgh trouble, but though people want to talk about Tom Brady and Peyton Manning (who are both great quarterbacks), you can make a solid argument that Big Ben is the most clutch quarterback in the league. The guy already has two titles and I could see Pittsburgh easily winning another.
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