Monday, April 27, 2015

EGOT WATCH:  Stephen Schwartz will receive this year's Isabelle Stevenson award at the Tonys, with six nominations and no wins (Pippin lost to A Little Night Music, Godspell lost to Annie, Working lost to On The Twentieth Century, Rags lost to Les Mis, and Wicked lost to Avenue Q), Tony was the surprise missing leg for him.  He already has 3 Oscars (for Pocahontas and Prince of Egypt) and 4 Grammys, so keep an eye on him doing something for TV.
DESPITE ALL MY RAGE, I AM STILL JUST A RAT IN A STEEL CAGE MATCH:  Billy Corgan, not content to settle for his work in music and in cat pictures, is pursuing a new endeavor as a Senior Producer for TNA Wrestling, where he will apparently help develop storylines and characters for them.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:  Lurker Racquel writes:
Hi thing throwers! I am a long time lurker and I remember a while back you had some advice for Disney World. Well my 3 1/2 year old daughter, husband, and I are leaving in 3 days and I was wondering if the group had any strong thoughts about the place now. 
We live in New Mexico, so are closer to Disneyland. Also of note, my veteran husband has PTSD and it gets worse with large crowds (especially crowds of kids). Any tips?
My advice: At that age, focus on the princesses and character greetings, based on the schedule you'll receive at the entrance.  (Be sure to check in at City Hall for her "first time visitor" button and special greeting.)  In terms of rides, go for the basics: Small World, Tea Cups, Peter Pan, Snow White.  Spend more time at Disneyland than California Adventure. Learn to love the railroad. As far as the crowds issue, just go as early in the day as you can.
ROCK AND ROLL, THE COLA WARS:  It's the 30th anniversary of the launch of New Coke.  Maybe the commercials should've been the first sign of the fall of a pop culture icon.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ACROSS THE ATLANTIC SEA: The ThingThrowers have been gracious enough to provide reading suggestions for my mother during European trips--her request this time:
This time travel will take us from Lisbon, up the coast via Oporto to Santiago de Compostello, then through the Pyrenees with stops in Leon, Bilbao, Pamplona, Bielsa and ending in Barcelona. Oh and there are pre and post tour stops in Manchester, England.  I've already read Shadow of the Wind, which I loved.  Go!
WHAT IF MY MOM IS THE D.A.?  Okay, I'm taking one of the last seats on the Amy Schumer bandwagon, because I'm an admitted newbie, but that was some freakin' brilliant stuff last night.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BY GRABTHAR'S HAMMER, WHAT A PILOT:  How do we feel about Galaxy Quest: The TV Series?  

Monday, April 20, 2015

ALOTT5MA FRIDAY GRAMMAR RODEO MONDAY NIGHT BASEBALL EDITION:  I can't believe there are people who believe that "batting around" can be accomplished by a baseball team with only nine batters. People: it doesn't count until the tenth batter comes to the plate.
NOT RANKED: ASSISTANT CRACK WHORE:  According to Careercast, which does these rankings annually based on data on each profession's "Environment, Income, Outlook, and Stress," the worst job in America is "journalist," followed by lumberjack.  Top five, from two hundred ranked: actuary, audiologist, mathematician, statistician, biomedical engineer.

Of interest to many here: librarian is #35, attorney #125.

Friday, April 17, 2015

IN SYNC:  Lip Sync Battle has become a huge hit for Spike, and Vulture looks to why.  Most interestingly, they've given the celebrity competitors pretty much total creative control--producers do not veto any song choice as long as they can get clearance--and they deliberately book celebrities in pairs who know each other.  The latter leads to choices like Anna Kendrick's pretty darn brilliant use of One Direction's "Steal My Girl" to taunt John Krasinski.
LOOKS LIKE I PICKED THE WRONG WEEK TO QUIT READING ORAL HISTORIES: On the making of Airplane!, including insight on David Letterman's and Sigourney Weaver's auditions, and ...
J. Zucker: When we offered the role [of Murdock] to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, I think we offered him $30,000, and then the agent asked for $35,000 because that’s how much this rug cost that Kareem wanted to buy. It was an oriental rug—an art piece, not one to walk on, I don’t think—so our initial reaction was, “That’s got to be the best line we’ve ever heard from an agent.” It was like, “Boy, this guy’s really creative!” But then a couple of weeks later, there’s an article in Time with a picture of Kareem standing in front of the oriental rug that he’d bought for $35,000 after we’d paid him. 
D. Zucker: That was another lucky break that we got, because Kareem himself was not the first choice for that role. We actually wrote it for Pete Rose.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WONKY-BUT-ACCESSIBLE PARADE OF DUCKS APPROACHING:  Among this year's honorees in the annual Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence (In Media) are Inside Amy Schumer, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Americans, Jane the Virgin, and Rectify.  News and radio/podcast awards still to come next week, so do hang out at the payphone by your nearest Best Buy for all the latest news.