"Monday" - June 20
"For years, Bob Balaban, Chad Lowe, and Hilary Swank
have hosted a legendary charades dinner party. Tonight,
the legend lives on as the guests play for charity in a
loft in downtown New York City."
Tonight, playing the
charades in this revival of the revival of "Pantomime
(comedian); playing for Foundation for Fighting
Steve Guttenberg (actor, "Cocoon," "Police
Academy", "Three Men & a Baby") - "I thought this was
Monopoly." Playing for Guttenhouse
Jill Clayburgh (host, "Starting Over"); playing
for Arts Fund for Region One
Eric Gilliland (writer, "The Wonder Years");
playing for Duke Lost Boys Clinic
Julianna Margulies (actress, "ER", "Ghost Ship");
playing for Project ALS. "I would say I'm... I'm.... I'm
Griffin Dunne (actor, "After Hours", "Johnny
Dangerously"); playing for PAX: Real Solutions to Gun
Fisher Stevens (actor, "Short Circuit," "The
Flamingo Kid"); playing for Project ALS
Andy Arons (owner, Gourmet Garage.... and Bob's
Louden Wainwright III (folk singer, actor);
playing for US Fund for UNICEF
Stanley Tucci (actor, "The Imposters," "Big
Night"); playing for Food Bank of New York.
That's a lot of stars...
even for a game show.
Fact: Eric & Jill honed
their charading skills the night before with "Austin
Powers" star Mike Myers. Expect facts like these to pop
up from time to time. That aside, it's time to party.
Tonight's host is Bob
Balaban, "charades guru". Joining him is "resident
charades official" Chad Lowe. Here he is with a
refresher on the rules, in case you've never played
charades before. "This is running charades." What does
that mean? Teams will run into the room where the person
is actually giving the charade. Two teams will compete.
One at a time, players will get the clues from items in
a list of movie titles and act the charade. Once they
get the charade, the next player will run, and so on and
so forth until they guess the theme that ties the entire
list together. So it's "Body Language" meets "Password
Plus". Sounds like fun.
And, of course, first
team to guess the theme wins. Giving the charades first
are Julianna and Eric. Let's play... Round 1!
OH, one more thing...
the teams tonight:
Red: Eric, Jill, Robert,
Blue: Julianna, Fisher, Steve, Louden, Stanley
Round 1's hints: Mute
woman, Grand instrument, Naked man. We'll give you a
moment to think about this one. Answer is at the
bottom... Meanwhile, Jill is first with the right
Facts: (The answer) is
about a female pianist. (The wrong answer that Steve
came up with) is about a male pianist. Although (wrong)
plays (right), they are two entirely different films.
Blue wins this one after
Steve gets his movies straight. Blue's up, 1-0. They
follow with "A League of Their Own", "Monster", "Lost in
Translation", and "Bend it Like Beckham." Now to the
theme. Something that ties all five movies together.
Remember the four movies that I gave you:
A League of Their Own
Lost in Translation
Bend It Like Beckham
Fisher runs to
gamemaster Chad... and he's right! Blue wins! Answer
below. And Jill.. she's still stuck on "A League of
Their (^_^)ing Own!"
Let's do another one,
this time with Bob as GM! Round 2! Go! Griffin and
Louden hurry back with the first clues for "The Rules of
Facts: "The Rules of the
Game" was banned after its release in 1939. "The Rules
of the Game" were enforced earlier by charade expert
Red is up, 1-0. Jill is
next. "North By Northwest". Let's hope she gets this
Fact: Stanley is
separated from "North by Northwest" star Cary Grant by
only two degrees. Both appeared in movies with legend
Meanwhile in the Blue
Room... they tie it up. And Jill gets one, putting red
up, 2-1. Next, "While You Were Sleeping." That's Robert,
putting blue at 3-1. And blue is back, 3-2. Robert gets
"Desperately Sleeping Susan." Meanwhle, Steve ties it
up, while the Blue Team starts thinking about the theme.
And Bob is getting hungry.
Fact: Julianna's father
wrote the famous "Plop Plop Fizz Fizz" jingle.
Blue pulls ahead as
Julianna gets desperate... literally. Griffin of Red
also gets it. Final clue: "The Shop Around the Corner.
Fact: "The Shop Around
the Corner" was written by Miklos Laszlo, and contrary
to what Bob says, it was not written by any such
Blue has all five. Now
the theme. Blue is going for the win, red is going for
the tie with one clue behind. Robert ties it up for the
red, now it's time to think about themes... The movies
The Rules of the Game
North by Northwest
While You Were Sleeping
Desperately Seeking Susan
The Shop Around the Corner
Stanley rushes to Bob
for the win... YES! "Unbelievable!" Blue Room wins, 2-0.
You know, competition is enough to work up an appetite.
Facts over dinner...
- Fisher made his film
debut getting his head chopped off in "The Burning".
- There's a mercury epidemic in New York City.
- Bob appeared with Francois Truffaut in "Close
Encounters of the Third Kind". Bob translated French to
English for Francois Truffaut's character, despite
having no working knowledge of French. Bob wrote
"Spielberg, Truffaut & Me," a diary of his experiences
Time for round 3 with
Andy and Steve starting... Go!
The hint: A muscle-bound
cop with an Austrian accent infiltrates the Chicago mob.
Ahnold... Bullets... Bad guys.... Explosions... Steve
gets it. Blue up, 1-0. Again.
Fact: Memorable quote:
"You should not drink and bake."
Next, "Sudden Impact".
Meanwhile, Red ties at 1. Blue pulls ahead. They easily
get "Falling Down", "Original Gangstas", and "Death
Fact: Eric... Never been
Now for themes while the
Red Team tries to get it together. The movies once
Stanley runs in again
with the correct answer. Break out the broomsticks,
'cause Blue Team gets the sweep!
And now, the answers...
Round 1: The Piano;
movies with female directors.
Round 2: Films dealing with mistaken identity.
Round 3: Raw Deal; movies with vigilantes.