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Thu November 21, 2013

Quoth The Raven, Something More

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 9:26 am

You are probably aware that in Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem, the titular raven repeatedly says, "Nevermore." Turns out, while he "still is sitting, still is sitting," that raven has moved on to quoth'ing celebrity names that rhyme with "-moore." Naturally, host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton perform the clues about these famous folks in verse.

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

And let's say hello to our first two contestants, Barry Schwartze and Rebecca Missel.

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EISENBERG: Now, Barry, you're visiting us from?

BARRY SCHWARTZE: Minneapolis.

EISENBERG: Minneapolis. Thank you for coming all the way down.

SCHWARTZE: Thank you for having me.

EISENBERG: What movie or television show scared you as a child?

SCHWARTZE: Probably "The Dark Crystal."

EISENBERG: "The Dark Crystal." Oh, interesting.

JONATHAN COULTON: Oh, that was scary.

SCHWARTZE: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

SCHWARTZE: Big nerd reference. I love it.

EISENBERG: That's a good way to start. Rebecca, you're a film buff. What television or movie scared you as a kid?

REBECCA MISSEL: It wasn't so much scary as it was disturbing to me, but "Wheel of Fortune" always whigs me out.

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MISSEL: Because - no, really. Because Vanna White never spoke. I had no idea what to make of her. She just - these things lit up and...

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EISENBERG: "Dark Crystal," "Wheel of Fortune." I love this game already. Our first game is called Quoth the Raven, Something More. We've rewritten Edgar Allan Poe's classic poem "The Raven" to be about famous people whose last name ends in more. Clever. So, contestants, you'll be playing the part of the raven. So listen to each chilling stanza and then ring in when you know who we're talking about.

And the winner of this round will move on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show. Are you ready?

MISSEL: Yes.

SCHWARTZE: Yes.

EISENBERG: Starting her career in soaps, she went on to swinging on ropes as Maude, a scheming trust fund artist and the dude's fake mon amor. Memorable roles did soon beckon: "Magnolia," "Safe," "Far from Heaven." This fiery redhead vixen's love does many man implore but her husband, director Bart Freundlich, is the man she does adore, quoth the raven.

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EISENBERG: Rebecca.

MISSEL: Julianne Moore.

EISENBERG: Correct.

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COULTON: Pseudonyms like Gilda Ray and fiendish Curt Vile point the way to this long-haired bearded Brit whose comic books one can't ignore. Practicing occult and magic, anarchists with worldview tragic, his words landed on the palagic beaches of Tinseltown's shore. "V for Vendetta," "From Hell," and "Watchman," films based on tales this creator bore, quoth the raven.

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COULTON: Barry.

SCHWARTZE: Alan Moore?

COULTON: That's right.

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EISENBERG: I could tell you knew halfway through. Rebecca's just, like, nodding in head, had no idea.

MISSEL: I didn't know what's going on. It's Guy Fawkes Day. I don't know anything else about "V for Vendetta."

EISENBERG: But I felt like Barry had a smile that just crept larger and larger and larger.

SCHWARTZE: I was imitating Guy Fawkes.

EISENBERG: You were imitating Guy Fawkes. Well done. Possessing acting chops precocious, still she appeared in films atrocious. Her childhood was quite ferocious, partying at Studio 54. The youngest "SNL" host to date, Tom Green is one of her many ex-mates. We loved her in "Fifty First Dates." She played head case Lucy Whitmore. During the filming of "Fever Pitch," the Red Sox finally began to score. Quoth the raven.

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EISENBERG: Barry.

SCHWARTZE: Drew Barrymore.

EISENBERG: Yes, exactly.

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COULTON: With musical talent strapping, Oxford College came a-tapping. This British actor went rapping, rapping on Peter Cook's front door. He left the isles for L.A. and starred in Blake Edwards "10" and "Foul Play." Nicknamed the Sex Thimble, he was risqué, a short ladies man right to the core. His only Oscar nom was for "Arthur" a film whose remake you likely deplore. Quoth the raven.

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COULTON: Rebecca.

MISSEL: Dudley Moore.

COULTON: That's right.

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EISENBERG: Released six albums, that's a fact. This lady can both sing and act. Won a Grammy for "I See the Light" from Disney's "Tangled" music score. Released her first album at 15, labeled pop music's candy queen. Transitioned to the movie screen in "Saved" and other films galore. She's married to rocker Ryan Adams, a twosome too beautiful to ignore, quoth the raven.

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EISENBERG: Rebecca.

MISSEL: Mandy Moore.

EISENBERG: Yes.

MISSEL: I was waiting for that one.

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EISENBERG: Mandy Moore.

COULTON: Ben Haggerty, a hip hopper and Billboard Hot 100 topper, sold out shows with Ryan Lewis, his producer on the dance floor. The single "Thrift Shop" they did release, hit number one by no caprice. Their great stature they did increase without opening a record label door. The first unsigned artists to top the charts since Lisa Loeb in '94. Quoth the raven.

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COULTON: Rebecca.

MISSEL: Macklemore.

COULTON: Macklemore.

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EISENBERG: Modeling in women's fashion, acting soon became her passion as a founding investor Planet Hollywood she did explore. Posed nude while pregnant, saw a ghost, shaved her head, then left her post as thespian of the West Coast, moving her clan to Idaho's core. Alas, her marriage to TV icon Ashton Kutcher is no more. Quoth the raven.

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EISENBERG: Barry.

SCHWARTZE: Demi Moore.

EISENBERG: Demi Moore is correct.

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EISENBERG: Will, how did our contestants do?

WILL HINES: They both did great but our winner was Rebecca.

EISENBERG: Congratulations, Rebecca.

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EISENBERG: Great match and, Rebecca, you'll be moving on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show.

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