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Flick: Actor Jason Segel looking good as ISU prof

Flick: Actor Jason Segel looking good as ISU prof

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Halloween is near and this year's top costumes, says Yahoo, are characters out of popular movies – super heroes, ninja turtles, characters from “Frozen.”

Next year’s big Halloween costume?

Hey, how’s this for amazing? By this time next year, Halloweeners may be dressing up as scraggly haired, bandanna-wearing English professors from Illinois State University.

We refer to David Foster Wallace, of course.

A movie about him that's entitled “The End of the Tour” is shot and in post-production; photos from it are leaking onto the Internet (see the Flick blog today) and the guy who plays Wallace — Jason Segel, of the popular TV comedy, “How I Met Your Mother” — is definitely looking rather DFWish. 

Its release date? Yup — around this time next year.

"It will premiere at a festival and then probably come out in theaters later in 2015," tells the movie's director, James Ponsoldt, to Bloomington’s Victoria and Charlie Harris. "(I'm) very excited for all that.” 

Harris is the retired department head who hired Wallace at ISU and it was their home where Ponsoldt stayed last December as he further researched his movie that will reportedly include B-N scenery. Wallace, of course, is the brilliant short story writer and lifelong-depression-battler (suicide at age 46) who in 1996, while teaching in Stevenson Hall and living in a simple ranch home in south Bloomington, catapulted himself to world literary fame, hailed "the genius talent of his time," with publication of the sprawling 1,079-page novel, "Infinite Jest."

Late in 1996, coming to B-N to, among other pursuits, dine at Monical’s Pizza, visit a favorite Wallace haunt (Babbitt’s Books in uptown) and then follow him on a five-day book tour was Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky. It is his 2010 best-seller of that experience that's basis for the movie that will also star Jesse Eisenberg ("The Social Network," "Now You See Me.").

Next Halloween? Have your DFW bandannas ready.

Oh what a difference one missing letter makes: Spell-check is especially handy for those not blessed with the gift of good spelling.

A problem, of course, is if you also are not the best typist, you can mis-type a word and spell-check will change it to a word you did not intend, as evidenced the other day on the website of a Bloomington radio station that had intended to post that "a free recital at ISU's Kemp Recital Hall has been cancelled."

Unfortunately — or perhaps fortunately — it read that the free "rectal" at ISU had been cancelled.

Today's deep thought: As mulled by David Messenger, of Normal: "Since corn is also known as maize, shouldn't a corn maze also be termed a 'maize maze' "?

Police beat: Bloomington officers were called out the other night after a wife called to ask for officers because her husband had fetched a tire iron and was out front, beating up the engine of their disabled car.

Speaking of police and books ... regulars of this space might recall Chester Henry, the 82-year-old retired Illinois State trooper from LeRoy who for more than 25 years patrolled America's "Mother Road," and among other high plaudits, set a mark that might stand forever — Chester wrote about 50,000 speeding tickets in a quarter-century of trying to keep Route 66 safe, including one month when he drained 268 motorists of a heavy right foot.

A likable, lively, storied character who patrolled the road when it was a much more personalized place, with his wife, Nellie, doing the typing and a daughter, Kristi Henry-Craig, the graphic arts, Chester has now compiled his memories into a book, "Route 66: My Home Away From Home."

To get your own autographed copy, Chester will be at the Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum in Pontiac at 10 a.m. Saturday and in LeRoy Nov. 8, tentatively at Crumbaugh Library. As an added bonus, Chester has also promised not to speed-radar anybody out in the parking lot.

Uh, just joking there, Officer. Honest.

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