Baseball Toaster Screen Jam
Fischer's Difficult Recovery
2007-06-04 12:36
by Jon Weisman

For better or worse, Jenna Fischer has got time for the pain.

Recently, the actress talked to USA Today about her struggles since she took an unfortunate step at the Buddakan club in New York last month, right at the start of a well-earned vacation.

Jenna Fischer, who plays lovable receptionist Pam on NBC's The Office, is in pain. A lot of pain. But she wants her fans to know that she is on the mend after breaking four bones in her back in a nasty fall May 14 at an NBC party.

"I had a rough night last night," Fischer says from the Central Park-area hotel where she has been recuperating. "I'm mostly off the meds, but I did take some last night because sleeping is probably the most uncomfortable thing right now. I just can't get comfortable."

Two weeks ago, Fischer, 33, came to New York to speak with advertisers about NBC's fall lineup. She was looking forward to letting loose with her co-stars. "It's one of my favorite parts of the year. My (summer) vacation starts then. I was ready for a lovely break — no pun intended."

At around 11 p.m., one of The Office's writers encouraged her to hit the dance floor at the trendy Buddakan club. "I was going to do one dance and then get out of there," Fischer says. "The dance floor was down a long set of marble stairs. I linked arms with my friend and just missed a step. All I know is I was suddenly not on the ground anymore. My legs flipped out from underneath me, and while I was in the air, I had the thought, 'This isn't going to end well.' "

It didn't. Fischer landed hard on the stairs. The pain, she says, "was consuming and immediate. I've never felt anything like it. I was horribly nauseous and dizzy." ...

2007-06-05 09:45:16
1.   Kevin Lewis
Be well Jenna (and Takashi)
2007-06-05 16:31:10
After reading many past threads, i gotta say Screen Jam is my preferred reading to DT.

Anyways, can i get some or atleast 1 feedback on some of my favorite movies. (not including the obvious, but ones NOT on others' fav list) hows is this for a fav list?

History of Violence
Weather Man
Predator 1(its the background music)
Requiem for a Dream
The Beach

2007-06-05 16:32:27
3.   bhsportsguy
A total OT - Larry David is getting divorced, I wonder how much he is going to have pay his wife in support, 14 years of marriage would put the beginning of their marriage around the the 3rd/4th year of Seinfeld.
2007-06-05 17:16:20
4.   the OZ
2 I'd guess that you hadn't seen much prior to 1997 by that list. I know you're trying to list less-obvious favorites, but there are some good older movies that fit the bill.

I love Predator and think it's the best action thriller ever made. It's shot with great style and tension. And you're right, the soundtrack and cues are top-notch. I'm not surprised that it was directed by John McTiernan of Die Hard fame.

The "Predator" was originally played by Jean-Claude Van Damme, but he quit very early in the shoot. Also, the Predator costume shown in the film is not original design, which looked something like the cheesy Gorn suit from the original Star Trek series.

Two actors from Predator because US Governors (Schwartzenegger and Ventura) and a third, Sonny Landham, ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Kentucky.

2007-06-05 17:20:55
5.   Bob Timmermann
And Larry David seems like such an easy guy to get along with...
2007-06-05 22:15:31
6.   Benaiah
2 - I am not a big fan of Frailty, The Weather Man or Predator, but A History of Violence is great. I need to see it again.
2007-06-05 22:25:30
7.   Benaiah
This is a spoiler so look away, but Bobby's death in this week's "Sopranos" is the coolest death sequence in the show's history.

PS The "Larry Sanders Show" is phenomenal.

2007-06-05 22:39:32
8.   the OZ
7 I actually laughed out loud when they cut to the train shot because it seemed, to me, to be a very hacky move. I thought it was a sort of silly editing technique that didn't seem to be a good fit in an otherwise strongly edited show. If the footage of the train was somehow an homage or quotation from some classic film and I just don't get the reference, then it might make more sense.

It's interesting that you and I could see the same sequence and have completely opposite reactions.

2007-06-05 22:41:17
9.   Eric Enders
I hear Jenna has a new tattoo of a broken heart on her bicep and has remorsefully promised her castmates that she will stop carousing in New York nightclubs.
2007-06-05 22:43:28
10.   Eric Enders
7, 8 I thought the train worked. As far as I know it was not a homage to anything, just a comment on Bobby's loss of innocence. As was the whole toy train storyline over the years.
2007-06-05 23:13:00
11.   Greg Brock
Savage Steve Holland is making another movie for the first time in 18 years.


2007-06-06 07:03:03
12.   Penarol1916
Is Weather Man the movie with Nick Cage where he carries a bow and arrow with him? I really, really, really hate Nick Cage. I don't know if it is his eyes or his voice that I hate more, but I can neither watch nor listen to any of his work.
2007-06-06 07:36:48
13.   Benaiah
12 - "Adaptation" was amazing, but it seems like a bizarre aberration from form. For some reason I saw "Ghost Rider" and it served as a punctuation mark on Nick Cage for me.
2007-06-06 07:55:16
14.   Penarol1916
12. There are many movies that I would have liked if not for Mr. Cage, "Adaptation" and "Raising Arizona" being the two most prominent. I can see the quality in those films, but derive absolutely no enjoyment from watching them entirely because of Mr. Cage.
2007-06-06 09:14:19
15.   Inside Baseball
Over at DT, people were ripping Nomar and The Sixth Sense last night.

I thought The Sixth Sense was a finely crafted film. Not only that, it (surprisingly) held up in repeated viewings. I'm bringing the topic here because clearly baseball guys don't know much about quality entertainment. ;)

2007-06-06 10:09:46
16.   Jon Weisman
Thou shalt not diss any element of Raising Arizona.

Didn't like the Sixth Sense - mainly because I guessed what the twist was and couldn't understand how Willis couldn't figure it out. Just thought it was a strange movie.

New post up top.

2007-06-06 10:44:55
17.   Inside Baseball
I didn't know there was a twist so I didn't see it coming at all and that clearly had a large impact on my enjoyment of the film. When I saw it again, seeing all the signs I missed was as enjoyable. I think the anniversary dinner scene was expertly shot.
2007-06-06 11:38:43
18.   Jon Weisman
I didn't know there was a twist, either - I just knew something was up and no one seemed to be noticing it.
2007-06-06 11:39:22
19.   Jon Weisman
I'm definitely in the minority, though. Most people liked the film, so you shouldn't feel much worry about defending it.
2007-06-07 06:03:11
20.   Benaiah
Someone spoiled the movie before I saw it (to be fair, I watched it in 2004 or something like that, so the cat was generally out of the bag at that point) so I kind of mistrust my opinion of the movie. Especially since I didn't like it very much. The rest of M. Night's work has been so miserable that I have grown comfortable in my dismissal of the movie as a one trick pony.

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