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|Dec-23-11|| ||Phony Benoni: Quick cultural reference: <It's a Wonderful Life> is a Christmas-themed movie generally shown far too often around this time of year. Very inspirational and all that.|
I imagine White felt he had a guardian angel in this game.
|Dec-23-11|| ||jheiner: Oh ouch. 1800 beats a 2400. Merry Christmas.|
|Dec-23-11|| ||al wazir: I could beat a 2400 player too if he made a blunder like that.|
|Dec-23-11|| ||newzild: <al wazir> Sure Black blundered - but White played very well nonetheless.|
|Dec-23-11|| ||Mudphudder: I don't care how creative people try to get with names these days....'awonder'??? I wonder if his parents know their kid are going to destined to get beat up in grade school someday. That goes for his brother 'adream' too! LOL|
|Dec-23-11|| ||rilkefan: <if he made a blunder like that>|
Yeah, Be3 was pretty bad.
|Dec-23-11|| ||nolanryan: is this the kid that is now a world champ in some age group?|
|Dec-23-11|| ||ossipossi: Maybe he blundered thinking "ok what need to think twice with more than five hundreds points difference?" It seems that all around the game Black has a stubborn attack attitude, punished in the end.|
|Dec-23-11|| ||Once: <Phony Benoni> And the only film that can bring tears to the eyes of this grizzled old greybeard. "No man is a failure who has friends". Gets me every time.|
One of the reasons for the film's popularity is that the studio forgot to renew its copyright. At the time, it was a minor little film and a box office flop. They probably forgot all about it. But this meant that television networks could show the film out of copyright - either for free or without needing to get permission. And that meant that it got shown every Christmas from that point on and on just about every network. And before long it became a staple part of Christmas and started to appear on top 100 movies of all time lists.
An odd story. A film that was a box office flop becomes a firm favourite because of a clerical error. As you say in the former colonies "go figure".
|Dec-23-11|| ||erniecohen: <rilkefan> Actually, 25...♗e3 was only a minor blunder. The big blunder was 27...♕xb2 (instead of 27...exd5).|
|Dec-23-11|| ||FSR: <nolanryan> He's the World Under-8 Champion. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/c...|
|Dec-23-11|| ||erniecohen: In my opinion, there shouldn't be such a thing as an Under-8 World Championshiop. We should not be encouraging or even allowing children under 8 to participate in international tournaments. They should play local players of appropriate strength.|
|Dec-23-11|| ||Shams: <Once> That much of the story I have heard, but what I have never heard is how they got the copyright restored, as apparently they did. After all that time.|
|Dec-23-11|| ||Once: <Shams> There's quite a bit about the copyright issue on the wikipedia link that <Phony> gave. Complicated stuff. It seems that the film even helped to set case law.|
|Dec-23-11|| ||FSR: <Once><Shams> Remember, Wikipedia contains all human knowledge:|
<Liberty Films was purchased by Paramount Pictures, and remained a subsidiary until 1951. In 1955, M. & A. Alexander purchased the movie. This included key rights to the original television syndication, the original nitrate film elements, the music score, and the film rights to the story on which the film is based, "The Greatest Gift".[N 8] National Telefilm Associates (NTA) took over the rights to the film soon thereafter.
A clerical error at NTA prevented the copyright from being renewed properly in 1974. Despite the lapsed copyright, television stations that aired it still were required to pay royalties. Although the film's images had entered the public domain, the film's story was still protected by virtue of it being a derivative work of the published story "The Greatest Gift", whose copyright was properly renewed by Philip Van Doren Stern in 1971.[N 9] The film became a perennial holiday favorite in the 1980s, possibly due to its repeated showings each holiday season on hundreds of local television stations. It was mentioned during the deliberations on the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998.
In 1993, Republic Pictures, which was the successor to NTA, relied on the 1990 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Stewart v. Abend (which involved another Stewart film, Rear Window) to enforce its claim to the copyright. While the film's copyright had not been renewed, Republic still owned the original film elements, the music score, and the film rights to "The Greatest Gift"; thus the plaintiffs were able to argue its status as a derivative work of a work still under copyright. It's a Wonderful Life is no longer shown as often on television as it was before enforcement of that derivative copyright. NBC is licensed to show the film on U.S. network television, and traditionally shows it twice during the holidays, with one showing on Christmas Eve. Paramount (via parent company Viacom's 1998 acquisition of Republic's then-parent, Spelling Entertainment) once again has distribution rights for the first time since 1955.
Due to all the above actions, this is one of the few RKO films not controlled by Turner Entertainment/Warner Bros. in the USA. It is also one of two Capra films which Paramount owns despite not having originally released it — the other is Broadway Bill (originally from Columbia, remade by Paramount as Riding High in 1950).> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It's_a...
|Dec-23-11|| ||brucejavier: Guys that 1800 guy in only a 8 Year kid, what an amazing feat to beat an IM at such an age!|
|Dec-23-11|| ||Once: <brucejavier> And that 1800 rating is almost certainly an underestimate. When kids are very strong early in their life their official grade usually lags some way behind their true playing strength. Their early losses while they were learning the game tend to hold back their wins as their ability and understanding accelerates. |
It's something that we see at my humble little chess club. Each year we hold a handicap speed chess challenge. Depending on the difference between your grade and your opponent's, you might find yourself 1 or 2 pawns down (which can actually be an advantage) all the way up to giving away queen odds. Or your opponent can choose a time advantage which means that you might have two minutes for the entire game and he has eight.
And that can mean that you end up playing these ferocious little ankle-biters who are much stronger than their grade. And the little monsters are usually quite good at speed chess because they play constantly online.
Picture the scene. You are playing a pipsqueak brat who can hardly see over the end of the board, with X-box honed reflexes, no fear, not yet interested in the opposite sex (so no distractions) and you are having to give away a rook or a queen because their tiddly published grade still contains all the games they lost to their school chums while they were still working out which way the horsey jumps.
And everyone in the club is gathered around your game because the kid has nothing to lose and you have everything on the line. If he loses, no-one notices. He wasn't expected to win. But if you lose your team-mates won't let you forget about it for years.
Bitter? Me? Naaahhh.
They don't me Fast Eddie Once for nothing. Actually they don't call me Fast Eddie at all. Except my first wife, and that is another story.
|Dec-23-11|| ||erniecohen: <Although the film's images had entered the public domain, the film's story was still protected by virtue of it being a derivative work of the published story "The Greatest Gift", whose copyright was properly renewed by Philip Van Doren Stern in 1971.>|
So that means that if you re-edit the film to change the story (think "what's Up, Tiger Lilly?"), you could make (and copyright) your own derivative. Sounds like a good project.
|Dec-23-11|| ||KidEunuch: Awonder is only 1800 FIDE, but his USCF rating is a hair under 2100. He is now U-8 World Champion. I lost to him last January in Wisconsin. The kid could barely reach the last rank standing on his chair.|
|Dec-23-11|| ||Once: <erniecohen> A similar curio is the James Bond film "Never say never again". This was a remake of Thunderball by one of the writers of that film who claimed that he retained the rights to the story. See this link for more on that one|
|Dec-23-11|| ||rilkefan: <<erniecohen>: <rilkefan> Actually, 25...Be3 was only a minor blunder.>|
Stockfish thinks it's worth between two pawns and a piece (-1.3 -> +1.1, evaluated at a depth of 30/2 Gnodes in each case) - some would call that a swing from objectively won to objectively lost.
|Dec-23-11|| ||AylerKupp: <Once> Some legal issues also surrounded Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, "Casino Royale". I don't have my facts but for some reason when Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli acquired the movie rights for the James Bond movies, "Casino Royale" was not part of the deal. As a result, a movie (if you can call it that)was made by Columbia in 1967 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino...(1967_film) ). It starred David Niven as James Bond #1 and, get this, Woody Allen (!) as his son and James Bond #2. The novel was recently re-made as a picture in 2006 starring the current James Bond, Daniel Craig (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino...(2006_film) )|
One challenge I like to pose to my friends is to name all the actors that have portrayed James Bond in the movies. I have yet to lose since no one (such was the non-impact of the first "Casino Royale" movie) mentions David Niven. And Woody Allen as James Bond? We'll, some things are too strange to be believed.
|Dec-23-11|| ||King Death: <AylerKupp> Woody Allen as James Bond?
Well, in later life he had a way with at least one young woman, so maybe you could make a case for that.|
|Dec-23-11|| ||goodevans: "Living in a wint <Awonder Liang>"|
|Dec-23-11|| ||goodevans: <AylerKupp> The reason nobody mentions David Niven as James Bond is because the 1967 Casino Royale was a spoof. Indeed practically the whole cast played "James Bond", including Ursula Andress. If you name David Niven then you have to name them all!|
Far from having little impact it is well known and liked in its genre but to compare it with the Cubby Broccoli James Bond films doesn't make sense.
The 1967 Casino Royale also has one of the all time great movie theme tunes by Burt Bacharach!
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