Because…

  1. It’s snowing outside…
  2. I’m waiting for a video to upload…
  3. I don’t have anywhere else to put this crap…
  4. whatever…

…I looked at the 1974 screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby and, in light of the upcoming Oscars – the 2013 Baz Luhrmann adaptation is up for two categories, and a favorite to win Costume Design – noticed that many key players still had some currency in our pop-cultural present. Here’s a lookie-loo.

  1. Robert Redford (Jay Gatsby) starred in All is Lost. He was a favorite to be nominated for, and possibly win, Best Actor, but his omission put the kibosh on it. Sounds like he didn’t campaign – if that’s the case, can’t begrudge him his lifetime of achievements on and off the screen.
  2. Bruce Dern (the cad Tom Buchanan) is up for Best Actor for Nebraska. He’s not quite a favorite to win, but it could happen. He took Best Actor at Cannes, which is not nothing.
  3. Mia Farrow (the coveted Daisy) featured in a lovely 2008 Michel Gondry film, Be Kind Rewind. Her character made a funny Rush Hour sequel joke. Uh, also something about Woody Allen (whose Blue Jasmine is up for three awards – lead actress Cate Blanchett favored to take Best Actress), horrendous family problems, dirty laundry and allegations of child abuse aired on the pages of the New York Times.
  4. Sam Waterston (the observer Nick Carraway), following an epic run on TV’s Law & Order, is now a wingnut political blogger—




    I’m sorry, my bad, that’s another fella. Waterston plays news division president Charlie Skinner on HBO’s The Newsroom.
  5. [ahem] Anyway.
  6. The lovely Karen Black (Myrtle) passed in August. Saddies.
  7. Lois Chiles (the golfer Jordan) appears retired; the former Bond girl was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Her filmography falls off around 2006.
  8. Scott Wilson (the jealous gas station man George Wilson) plays Hershel on The Walking Dead.
  9. Howard Da Silva passed in 1986.
  10. super-iconic character actor Roberts Blossom (the farmer in Close Encounters, Doc in Escape from Alcatraz, the old coot who sells Artie the car in Christine, etc) left us in 2011. He played Mr. Gatz, who buries his son.
  11. Edward Herrmann, whose role of Klipspringer is largely dispensed with in the 2013 version, is one of those guys who seems to pop up everywhere, on TV and in films. While he may have had bigger roles in bigger films, if I say he played the model train fanatic Rex Rexroth in Intolerable Cruelty, that should bring it all back.

Okay, I think it stopped snowing.