Saturday, September 10, 2005
They run hunts for both parents and kids, and several hunts that are steadfastly "adult" in nature, covering both indoor and outdoor landmarks (their Sex and The City hunt is apparently quite popular). If you're looking for a quick, fun, and relatively inexpensive ($30, including museum admission, ordinarily $15) way to get some culture, this is it.
Michael Rapaport is the once-likable actor who, apparently having decided it's a waste of time waiting around for a good script or a respectable vehicle, accepted the starring role of Dave, a persistently mewling dirty-minded reactionary . . .
This isn't sick comedy, it's just sickening. Indeed, though the TV season won't start for a week, "The War at Home" stands a good chance of being the worst of all the new sitcoms. The problem is not just that it's crude and gross, but that its crudeness and grossness are so pathetically forced and contrived. Its vulgarity has no integrity.
I believe a bar has been set. Follow Shales during the season via this link.
And yet, Fox had more class and foresight -- yes, Fox! -- pulling Sunday's "Family Guy" episode because of various hurricane references.
Friday, September 9, 2005
If I can reccomend one film from the 50 to see, it's No. 17. And if you missed it in theaters, as I did, go rent Sin City this weekend. It's brilliant.
Link via EW's newish Pop Watch blog.
Pamie: I love this. He's playing all the parts and the audience is listening!
Stee: Is this August Wilson's tenth play in his ten-play cycle of the African-American experience in the 20th Century?
Pamie: They rehearsed this and he knows he needs a cell phone and a gun as props, and they didn't give him either. They gave him a bed he's not going to use, a wall that he will not reference, and door that will never open.
. . .
Pamie: Shhh! How does R. Kelly know all of this happened?
Djb: He's the omniscient narrator, Pam.
Stee: This is seriously like a monologue exercise in acting class.
Pamie: It is. It's like Sybil.
Stee: Eric Bogosian's sad somewhere.
Thursday, September 8, 2005
So if you're the Bluth family (and Ron Howard is your producer / narrator), who do you hire to provide legal representation on a going forward basis? Why, Bob Loblaw, of course!
Never before has a show been quite so chock full of inside jokes at any given moment.
Of course, this makes marginally more sense than the Brooklyn DA campaign, where, apparently in an attempt to attract Brooklyn hipsters, one candidate asks "Should we re-elect a D.A. who's been around longer than The Simpsons?"
If you're looking for a ringer, it's former That Other Guy On 'Full House' Slash Guy Who Inspired Alanis' "You Oughta Know" (And Maybe "Hands Clean" Too) Dave Coulier. Because he's Canadian, and they've got this stuff hard-wired.
Still, none of the athletic, back-flipping grace of Surya Bonaly? The quiet dignity of Brian Orser? And no Katerina?
Wednesday, September 7, 2005
Up next: "Yah Mo B There" as apologia for the welfare state.
Tuesday, September 6, 2005
The central conceit of the show: a fine upstanding citizen, Michael Scofield, pleads no contest to bank robbery to get himself thrown into prison for a few years. Why? His brother -- who, for reasons thus far unexplained other than to prevent the requirement of an entirely unreasonable suspension of disbelief, has a different last name than Scofield -- is on death row in the very same prison for a crime he claims he didn't commit. Scofield, who has the blueprints of the prison in a location near and dear to his heart, is determined to break his brother out.
The good: A nice combination of 24's single story concept and single-episode plotlines. Some good CSI-ish explanatory camera stuff. Lots of great character work by the various residents of Fox River Penitentiary. A pretty nifty puzzle component that's doled out a bit at a time instead of in one big climactic bang a la Shawshank Redemption. An easy-on-the-eyes leading man who reminds Mr. Cosmopolitan of Steve McQueen.
The suboptimal: Not a lot to mention so far, but certainly the subplot involving the bitter son of the soon-to-be-executed brother.
I suspect that more than a few of you have the premiere sitting on your TiVos awaiting your decision as to whether or not to watch -- go for it.
The full eclectic list of past honorees can be found here.
While he'll always be Gilligan or Maynard G. Krebs, this information about his first post-Gilligan sitcom, playing Rufus Butterworth in CBS's The Good Guys, is interesting. During the first season, both Alan Hale Jr. and Jim Backus were brought in to try and juice the ratings. He also starred in an ill-fated Gilligan in the Old West series called Dusty's Trail in 1973. And what Super Sugar Crisp-addled youngster in the '70s could forget the Far Out Space Nuts?
Other Denver tidbits: He was born the day after Elvis Presley; He was the one who lobbied for the Gilligan title sequence to be changed from "the movie star and the rest..." to "the movie star, the professorm and Mary Ann..."; he was married four times; and he replaced Woody Allen in the Broadway cast of Play It Again, Sam.
- Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) performing "Fame" solo
- William Shatner and opera singer Frederica Von Stade performing "Theme From Star Trek." Yes, it has lyrics!
- Donald Trump and Megan Mullaly performing "Theme From Green Acres."
- Gary Dourdan (CSI) and Macy Gray performing "Movin' On Up."
In actual music, the show will feature Earth Wind & Fire and the Black Eyed Peas performing "September." This should be a fascinating trainwreck.
More info on Temeraire, or TFTTTHLBTBBU1838 as us art lovers call it, can be found here.
Monday, September 5, 2005
Thanks, Jerry, for helping me kill two decades of Sundays.
Sunday, September 4, 2005
Is L-Cysteine halal? (yes)
How about Listerine?? (sure)
Would you be so sporting then as to permit me a glass of corn? (repent, infidel!)
And there are others. So many others! Days and days and days of informative xenotropic fun. Hat tip to Mr. Earthling whose post below had a link to a site with a link to this -- erm -- resource.
EFFORTS by Hollywood actor Sean Penn to aid New Orleans victims stranded by Hurricane Katrina foundered badly overnight, when the boat he was piloting to launch a rescue attempt sprang a leak.Hat tip, Tim Blair.
Penn had planned to rescue children waylaid by Katrina's flood waters, but apparently forgot to plug a hole in the bottom of the vessel, which began taking water within seconds of its launch.
The actor, known for his political activism, was seen wearing what appeared to be a white flak jacket and frantically bailing water out of the sinking vessel with a red plastic cup.
When the boat's motor failed to start, those aboard were forced to use paddles to propel themselves down the flooded New Orleans street.
Asked what he had hoped to achieve in the waterlogged city, the actor replied: "Whatever I can do to help.
"With the boat loaded with members of Penn's entourage, including a personal photographer, one bystander taunted the actor: "How are you going to get any people in that thing?"
UPDATE: Pictures, ladies and gentlemen.