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    Quote Originally posted by gkmo62u View post
    Charles Bronson was an architect in Death Wish.
    While Charlie Bronson was "The Man" (..and always had rope...) do not EVER make the comparison of planners and architects...

    I wish NOT to be lumped with those "T-Square using HACKS!"

    Two buttons for the origin of the Charlie Bronson/Rope reference
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    One of the women on "Thirtysomething' was a planner.

    There was an episode of "Family Ties" where Michael J. Fox was pondering college/career choices. He says, "How about an urban planner?"

    BIG LAUGH . . . .

    END OF JOKE!

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    Quote Originally posted by TOFB View post
    One of the women on "Thirtysomething' was a planner.

    There was an episode of "Family Ties" where Michael J. Fox was pondering college/career choices. He says, "How about an urban planner?"

    BIG LAUGH . . . .

    END OF JOKE!
    Okay, I am as far away from being a blueshirt as any planner on earth can be.....but unless there was some incredibly relavent context behind that joke, I just don't think it's even remotely funny.

    I always thought the writing on that show was about the worst around and this just proves it!

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I always thought the writing on that show was about the worst around and this just proves it!
    Over 20 years old and I'm still pi$$ed off. I happened to see it just by chance.

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    Of course, there is the Sienfeld episode, when the scholarship applicant goes from wanting to be an architect (much to George's liking) to wanting to be a city planner. "Why just design a building when I could design a whole city?" he ponders.

    And in an early episode of Sex and the City, Miranda is suppose to have a date with a city planner. She thinks she's been stood up, but actually he had died.

    Those are the only two film references to planners that I can think of.

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    Perhaps we should all pool our creative writing minds together and compose a collaborative screenplay.

    You know, ...a thousand monkey at a thousand typewriters....
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    Took me lon enough but,

    Quote Originally posted by zmanPLAN View post
    While Charlie Bronson was "The Man" (..and always had rope...) do not EVER make the comparison of planners and architects...

    Two buttons for the origin of the Charlie Bronson/Rope reference
    I can't let that one go zman. Nice, nice Boondock Saints reference!

    Sorry I can't think of a movie featuring planners to add to the discussion. But when I see a good movie reference I have to jump on it.
    I'd be more apathetic if I weren't so lethargic.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Okay, I am as far away from being a blueshirt as any planner on earth can be.....but unless there was some incredibly relavent context behind that joke, I just don't think it's even remotely funny.
    Wasn't his character a diehard Reagan Republican? That is funny

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    Just coming out on TV...this info came from Slate On-line Magazine - doesn't sound good at all.

    Notes From the Underbelly (ABC, debuts Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET). It is a sitcom, occasionally sharp as an epidural needle, often dumb as a pea pod, sometimes half decent. (Variety, exercising sound judgment and questionable taste, has already quipped that the series is unlikely to make it beyond its first trimester.)

    The leads are Jennifer Westfeldt, best known as the star of Kissing Jessica Stein, and Peter Cambor, a newcomer soon to be known as the guy you call when you can't get Paul Rudd. Westfeldt plays Lauren, a blonde who, despite being in her early 30s, remains girlish in that fuzzy chick-lit way, with the shoe collection and the foregrounded indecisiveness. Cambor is Andrew, her husband, a cutie also in his early 30s, a planner but a bumbler, neurotic yet dudelike enough to plausibly anchor a beer commercial. They're pregnant!

    Lauren's a guidance counselor at a Los Angeles private school serving the special needs of entitled twerps, and Andrew's a landscape architect, but let's cut to what really matters here: what they buy. The Mini Cooper, the yoga classes, the weekend getaway to a boutique hotel, the (dated) talk of pashmina and peasant skirts … It would be easier to sympathize with Andrew's second-episode fretting about the cost of raising a kid if he weren't airing his concerns in a kitchen bigger than Clair Huxtable's, or, indeed, Babbo's.

    Did you notice, first he's planner, then he's a landscape architect ?
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    Did you notice, first he's planner, then he's a landscape architect ?
    I think they meant "planner" in the sense that he is not spontaneous?

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    Hey, anyone remember the character played by Campbell Scott in the grunge-era Seattle movie Singles? I'm pretty sure he was a planner, maybe a transportation planner. I remember he presented some BIG idea he had to the mayor -- at lunch! on his own! Yeah, right.

    Of course he got shot down.

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    Quote Originally posted by Mud Princess View post
    Hey, anyone remember the character played by Campbell Scott in the grunge-era Seattle movie Singles? I'm pretty sure he was a planner, maybe a transportation planner. I remember he presented some BIG idea he had to the mayor -- at lunch! on his own! Yeah, right.

    Of course he got shot down.
    It's mentioned in one of the earlier threads by yours truly.

    Richard Pryor portrays a mass transit engineer in "Moving."
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    Quote Originally posted by michiganplanner View post
    I can't let that one go zman. Nice, nice Boondock Saints reference!
    Two buttons will be heading to the Mitten State real soon. Good work my Friend!

    michiganderplanner, I think that with the movie references you called me on, the Family Guy avatar and the sweet Sideways sig line, we should hang out sometime. You like good Scotch? Maybe some dark ale?
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    Quote Originally posted by zmanPLAN View post
    Two buttons will be heading to the Mitten State real soon. Good work my Friend!

    michiganderplanner, I think that with the movie references you called me on, the Family Guy avatar and the sweet Sideways sig line, we should hang out sometime. You like good Scotch? Maybe some dark ale?
    Dude count me in. I'll bring my 18 year old......Chivas.
    I'd be more apathetic if I weren't so lethargic.

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    Quote Originally posted by cch View post
    Of course, there is the Sienfeld episode, when the scholarship applicant goes from wanting to be an architect (much to George's liking) to wanting to be a city planner. "Why just design a building when I could design a whole city?" he ponders.
    Best eposide ever, IMHO.

    From http://www.seinfeldscripts.com :

    [Setting: Susan Ross Foundation conference room]

    GEORGE: Ladies and gentlemen, this (Opens the door, Steven is standing there) is Steven Koren. His G.P.A. is a solid 2.0! Right in that meaty part of the curve -

    not showing off, not falling behind.

    WYCK: George, the quailifications for this scholarship were suppose to be.. largely academic.

    GEORGE: I'm sure we're all aware of the flaws and biases of standardized tests..

    WYCK: These aren't standardized tests - these are his grades.

    GEORGE: Besides, Steven Koren has the highest of aspirations. He wants to be (pauses for effect) an architect.

    WYCK: Is that right?

    STEVEN: Actually, maybe I could set my sights a little bit higher.

    GEORGE: (Laughs) Steven, nothing is higher than an architect.

    STEVEN: I think I'd really like to be a city planner. (Sits down, addressing the entire foundation board) Why limit myself to just one building, when I can design a

    whole city?

    WYCK: Well, that's a good point.

    GEORGE: (Mutters) No, it's not.

    STEVEN: Well, isn't an architect just an art school drop-out with a tilty desk, and a big ruler? (Laughs - so do the board members)

    GEORGE: (Irritated) It's called a T-square.

    WYCK: You know, the stupidest guy in my fraternity became an architect - after he flunked out of dental school! (Everyone but George laughs) Contratulations,

    young man. (Shakes Steven's hand)

    STEVEN: Thank you.

    WYCK: Susan would be proud of what you're doing.

    STEVEN: Thank you.

    (Scene ends)
    [Setting: NYC Street]

    (George comes out of a store, he meets up with Steven Koren)

    STEVEN: Why'd you take away my scholarship, Mister Costanza?

    GEORGE: Well, Steven, I, uh.. (All the sudden, a small gang steps out of nowhere, surrounding George)

    STEVEN: These are my new friends - The Van Buren Boys.

    MEMBER 1: He became so disillusioned, he had to join us.

    GEORGE: Oh.. nice.

    STEVEN: I want my scholarship back, so I can be a city planner.

    GEORGE: What about architect, Steven?

    MEMBER 1: (Moves threateningly close to George) City planner.

    (Scene ends)

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    From the traffic side:

    Tom Cruise's cover in Mission Impossible 3 is a traffic engineer, he has some line about shockwaves.

    Otherwise, all we get is victimized by hackers taking over our traffic signal systems, like The Italian Job.

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    Quote Originally posted by Random Traffic Guy View post
    From the traffic side:

    Tom Cruise's cover in Mission Impossible 3 is a traffic engineer, he has some line about shockwaves.

    Otherwise, all we get is victimized by hackers taking over our traffic signal systems, like The Italian Job.
    Oh, that's how he was able to get from Hampton to Alexandria, VA in 30 minutes. He was a traffic engineer.
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    Quote Originally posted by michiganplanner View post
    Nice, nice Boondock Saints reference!
    That is such a cool movie...

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Okay, I am as far away from being a blueshirt as any planner on earth can be.....but unless there was some incredibly relavent context behind that joke, I just don't think it's even remotely funny.

    I always thought the writing on that show was about the worst around and this just proves it!
    I think they were laughing because he was being so articulate. I think the term "urban planner" is a big word for the majority of people.

    I could be wrong though.
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    His character is just really conservative. That's the joke. It is pretty funny.

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    The movie Primal Fear had a "real estate deal gone bad" story line to it that was one scenario for the murder of the priest.
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    The dad that played (or plays) on "Numbers" touts himself as a City Planner.......

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    I just bought Quick Change and watched it again... Geena Davis does call Bill Murray a planner at one point. Here's the synopsis:

    Synopsis: Bill Murray co-directed (along with Howard Franklin) this mixture of The Out-of-Towners and After Hours, concerning Grimm (Bill Murray), a frustrated city planner who is fed up with the corruption and venality of New York City. Getting together a couple of accomplices -- Phyllis (Geena Davis), who admires Grimm for his audacity, and Loomis (Randy Quaid), a follower to Grimm's leader since grade school -- Grimm decides to rob a bank, pocket the money, get out of town and take off to tropical splendor.
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    Script Suggestions

    For the horror fans.....

    Blood Lust In The Cul-De-Sac
    Typical suburban neighborhood, complete with cul-de-sacs. Tim is a zoning inspector with the township, frustrated with the anti-sprawl decisions made at the state government level. When his anger hits the boiling point he uses the internet to reesearch "monster creation". Channeling his frustration to positive "monster creation" energy he does indeed, create a modern version of Frankenstein.

    His intentions are to drive "Frank" to the state license bureau offices, located near his cul-de-sac home and unleash some homespun terror on state office employees. As expected, though, "Frank" has other ideas and goes on a deadly rampage in the neighborhood.

    Especially gory is the classic scene when "Frank" attacks the hockey moms who are in the yellow Hummer.
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    For the musical fans.....

    Zoned For Love
    Andrew and Kim have been married for 15 years, going through the normal ups-and-downs of a relationship. When zoning inspector Rico stops over to check on a missing building permit, Kim hits on him. Understanding his position, Rico offers to "look the other way" in regards to the homemade small animal barn that Andrew had been working on.....for seven years. The couple fall into each other's arms while looking at the barn's unfinished (yet quite trendy!) interior. Songs during this act include "Please Permit Me" (with fine vocal stylings by Kim) and the title tune, performed by Kim and Rico.

    Classic scene: During their third encounter in the barn, Kim's husband arrives home early.....totally unexpected. The interplay is super, with Andrew belting out a fine rendition of "When You Are In His Arms", Kim offering that gold standard "Bill Me, But Let Me Go", and Rico surprising all with his bisexual taunt, "Going Animal For You".
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    For science fiction fans.....

    Urban Mars
    Many years in the future, the good people of Earth have erected and nearly perfected a living community on the planet Mars. Home to more than 2000 solar system settlers (most who were born on the Red Planet), the community is starting to show signs of urban decay. The obvious cause is the harsh environment.

    Kardo is an urban planner from Earth, a specialist regarding harsh environments. His work with the ocean-floor community called Atlantis makes him a natural to travel to Mars and help plan a new city. When he arrives he is paired with the beautiful Jarisa, a planner-by-trade who has been working on the problems with the Martian compound.

    As they begin their work, strange events start to take place. Kardo starts to wonder, "Is Jarisa really what she claims to be?".....or something so deadly sinister that it can't be mentioned here?

    Classic scene: The community reaction when first noticing "the crack" in the protective shell that surrounds the city.
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    See.....planners and planner types can be incorporated into film.

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    ZG and I (both planners), made a movie once. Oh wait, you're not talking about those kinds of movies.

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