Saturday, October 2, 2004
For people who only speak Variety, a translation: GAL PALS TO SPAR WEEKLY WITH "DAILY": SNL tapped vet Poehler for news seg "Update," quashing dish that hunky featured thesp Meyers would spot ex-deskie Fallon. Poehler's creds include indie spoof "Wet Hot American Summer" and eps of crit-fave Fox laffers "Undeclared" and "Arrested Development."
Friday, October 1, 2004
Unlike some movies, Going Upriver is not shrill or satirical, nor does it wear its political ambitions on its sleeve. That's what makes it all the more powerful--it lays out the facts, shows you what happened, and leaves you to draw your own conclusions. Those who think they don't know enough about who Senator Kerry is and how he got there will leave the theatre knowing who the man is and (I think) respecting him as a man who has the courage of his convictions (the film is a clear and simple retort to the "flip-flopper" charge by explaining how and why Kerry changed his mind about the Vietnam War). I already knew that I was voting for him when I entered the theatre, but will do so with all the more pride now. I give the film my highest recommendation, and expect it to be an Oscar contender in the documentary category.
The parties agreed that if the statements were false, they would be defamatory. They also agreed that at the time the statements were made, Daddy was not a pimp. However, the court affirmed the jury's verdict that the statement "Our dad's a pimp" was truthful, because of substantial evidence that Daddy had engaged in pimping in the past. Apparently, once a pimp, always a pimp.
Leaving aside the grammatical fun, there's the great footnote 15, which directs readers to Rutherford v. Paddock, 62 N.E. 381 (Mass. 1902), with the parenthetical explanation "proof of prior unchastity of plaintiff does not establish truth that she is whore." Worth the read.
Thursday, September 30, 2004
And I can't argue with Klein's conclusion.
Now they're complimenting one another on how great a father the other one
is. Um, guys? Get a room.
It's so cute that Bush refers to Putin as "Vladimir." That's adorable. They must be totally BFF. I heard that they exchanged little woven friendship bracelets at a pizza party that Kerry didn't even know about. Kerry's such a loser.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
For his part, Mr. Leno had reached for the Carson ring and found himself battling for something more blood-spattered, sheer victory. So Mr. Leno, who had once been a supremely successful, often savagely funny stand-up, who combined a hard-edge and warmth but managed to submerge both those things in his determined charge to trundle to victory, somehow transformed himself into a boxy, clunky winner without grace.
And yet it is clear he is a graceful, intelligent man of some sensitivity who regretted the battle with Letterman and may have even regretted his lowest-common-denominator Tonight Show.
Once you're done with the article, read (or re-read) a copy of Bill Carter's The Late Shift already.
Among the highlights, their driver got a flat while trying to make up time by riding the shoulder in Dallas, Christie never wanted her cabbie to run down innocent pedestrians, you can't sleep in Canadian airports, and don't expect to see Mirna and Colin breaking bread anytime soon.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
1. Bill Clinton and all associated with him are evil.
2. George W. Bush rocks!
3. I, Russ Smith, am the smartest and most interesting person alive.
At least one of those assumptions seems provably false. Lord knows what they'd call us if they found us.
Monday, September 27, 2004
As Adam has written here before, there would be no David Letterman without Allen, and many of the mainstays of today's talkshow scene were invented by him, from the desk-and-couch arrangement for guests to 'Stump the Band' and unrehearsed man on the street interviews to Allen's wearing a suit comprised of tea bags and plunging into a vat of hot water. Those of us who enjoy late-night television remain in his debt, even if he did get involved in some real dumb stuff late in life.
In other news, apparently you can view today's reality tv programs through a prism of racial analysis. Oh, really?