Rich Heldenfels Tribune News Service
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Q: In one of the last scenes of the new movie “Elvis”, Elvis is sitting singing and playing the piano, not in good health, with a puffy face and sweating profusely. Looks like he was the real Elvis. Or was it the same actor who portrayed him throughout?
Answer: Both. The climactic performance of “Unchained Melody” in the film had Austin Butler as Elvis leading into the performance of the real man. Matt Villa, an editor on the film, told Variety that “it was a huge job to put Austin in that makeup, and that was the biggest part of his makeup. … He sang (“Unchained Melody”) in its entirety because there was a question mark towards the end as to whether we were going to get the real footage of Elvis and whether we would be allowed to use it…. Luckily that famous footage came along and we got to use it, and it’s the real Elvis. It’s so interesting that a lot of people don’t realize that we’ve moved on to the real Elvis, because it hits my heart every time I see that scene and that you see the face of Elvis.
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And that’s not the only place the movie had the real Elvis on screen. For example, editor Jonathan Redmond told Variety that “at the very beginning where Elvis comes out in a blue suit, where he does karate moves, there’s a two-panel split screen… (with) the real Elvis on one side and Austin on the other.
Q: My husband and I love watching “The Wall,” but we haven’t seen it in a while. We hope you can let us know.
Answer: NBC mentioned the series when announcing several of its 2022-23 plans and called it a “viewer favorite.” But I haven’t seen an air date beyond a network note that it’s “coming back soon”.
Q: On “Jeopardy!” the winner keeps all their money, but the other two contestants get $1,000 or $2,000. Is that all the money they bring home?
Answer: Yes. The long-running game show allowed all contestants to keep their winnings. But it turned out that some contestants were being too careful in Final Jeopardy so they could keep the money they won rather than risk losing it on a final bet. It is believed that setting a fixed amount for second and third place makes it more likely that players will take risks in the end.
Q: I’m a big fan of “The Voice” on NBC. He used to have two sessions a year, in the spring and in the fall, but there hasn’t been anything since last fall. What is the problem?
Answer: The show, which begins a new season on September 19, only does one session per year now.
“‘The Voice’ remains one of the most popular shows on television, and we want it to continue,” a senior NBC executive said. Deadline.com. “We think ‘The Voice’ will be on NBC for a very long time, and we think the best way to protect the brand, while serving the fans, is to produce an incredible cycle this year.”
Q: What happened to the comedy team of Allen and Rossi, who were famous in Las Vegas and on TV?
Answer: I remember laughing a lot at Marty’s “Hello Dere!” routines. Allen and Steve Rossi on “The Ed Sullivan Show”, where they appeared dozens of times, including twice when the Beatles were on the show.
Their heyday was roughly from the late 50s to 1968, when they first broke up. When Allen died in 2018 at the age of 95, The New York Times said much of their comedy was outdated, but their approach made the difference: “If Mr. Rossi’s unflappable suaveness was the standard operating procedure for the straight man on a comedy crew, Allen’s childish mix of innocence and madness was something new.
They enjoyed separate careers but reunited in the 80s and 90s. Rossi died of cancer in 2014; he was 82 years old.
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