Saturday, August 21, 2010
ETA: Hitfix has red carpet photos, including the good (Christina Hendricks, unsurprisingly), the bad (Miranda Cosgrove tying to be Miley), and the ugly (Alan Cumming's blue plaid ensemble).
Friday, August 20, 2010
A decade from now, I can see Rudd still working, albeit a lead on television. What are the other two doing?
GQ: What guys out there now do you pay attention to?
PAUL: Zach was one of my favorite stand-ups. Patton Oswalt is hilarious. Louis C.K. is one of my absolute favorites. One of the funniest jokes, and it's so politically incorrect, was this one he told right after September 11. The joke was about how you could gauge how good a person you were by how long you waited before you felt comfortable masturbating. He said, "It took me a while. For me it was after the first tower fell but before the second one."...
TRACY: All I watch is the Dean Martin roasts. And last night I found out The Honeymooners is back on TV. Jackie Gleason. Never went to rehearsal. Made the cameraman stay loose and stay wide. That's it: Stay loose and stay wide.
PAUL: You know who's old-school funny and, in my opinion, never wavered as the funniest? Don Rickles. That guy is just funny.
TRACY: I saw him at the Emmys. He just tore it apart.
ZACH: There's a clip of Don Rickles. Still unbelievable. It's in the '70s, I imagine. He's filling for Johnny Carson. And he's in the audience, doing crowd work, and there was this attractive black woman. He stands her up and asks her a few questions. He's not done talking to her, but she just decides to sit back down on her own. And he turns to the audience and he says, "Ever since Roots, they do what they want." And of course the audience starts laughing. If that had happened now, it would have been such a crazy knee-jerk reaction.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Most of us use our feet for little more than walking and running. We do not tend to use them for things like sign language, penmanship, or ship-in-bottle modelry. I cannot fathom the need for separate toe compartments on a shoe, and whatever that need might be, it does not outweigh the sheer disgustingness of these foot-gloves. I may lose my lunch the first time I see someone wear these things into a public restroom.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, Daulerio ran a story (apparently a popular one, judging from Deadspin's roundup) that I just read, because I'm no longer a regular Deadspin reader. You all know that I hate Brett Favre. I also am irritated by Jenn Sterger. But the story that Daulerio ran, which accused Brett Favre (a married man) of sending Sterger pictures of his equipment (not the team-issued kind) in an attempted seduction, based on information that Sterger told Daulerio in a friendly conversation (not an interview) and said was not for publication, is just shameful. It's a harmful story certain to impose real personal consequences on both of its subjects, it lacks confirmation, the source didn't think was for publication when discussing it, and she isn't standing behind it. I don't think that Sterger is a bad person (just irritating and insubstantial), but Daulerio seems to be unwilling to entertain the notion that anything she said in unguarded conversation might be untrue or exaggerated.
Gawker Media's current publication threshold seems to be "if anybody at all said it, we'll print it and hide behind a CYA explanation of the shady circumstances under which it came to us (or we'll claim that the fact that a quasi-celebrity said it is news itself); then we'll repeatedly allude to the allegations as fact for months or even years afterward, without subsequent reference to the flimsy evidence." One of the allegations in the story is that one of the offending pictures featured Favre in Crocs and not much else. Now all Favre posts are accompanied by pictures of Crocs. If I ran a widely-read publication and Sterger said to me, in a casual conversation about something unrelated, "AJ Daulerio is a child molester -- wait, I shouldn't have said that, don't print it," you know what I would do? I would not print it. For all the fun that Gawker was when Leitch, Coen, and Lisanti were editing its flagships, it really deserves a good hard legal spanking right now, whether on libel or copyright grounds.
At least I finally have an answer to the question, "what would it take to get Isaac to side with both Brett Favre and Jenn Sterger and to agree with Buzz Bissinger, all in the same post?"
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
We intend to draft on Monday, August 30 at 9pm eastern, and the current plan is for it to be an auction format draft. [In addition, if folks want to self-organize into a second league, using the comments section as well as our generally dormant Facebook page, go for it.]
Witness, then, these highlights of the mindset of this year's entering Class of 2014, the majority of whom were born in 1992:
Fast Food – Large Chains (less than 5000 US locations)The Best Burger list was topped on the Fast Food side by Five Guys, In-N-Out and Wendy's, and on the Full Service side by Red Robin, Steak 'n Shake and ... Cheesecake Factory? Also, Starbucks beats Dunkin' Donuts for Best Coffee. Much to discuss.
1. Panera Bread
3. Five Guys
5. In-N-Out Burger
1. P.F. Chang's China Bistro
2. Bonefish Grill
3. Cheesecake Factory
4. California Pizza Kitchen
Best Milkshake - Fast Food
1. Dairy Queen
2. Cold Stone Creamery
3. Sonic Drive-In
5. Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops
Best Breakfast - Full Service
1. Cracker Barrel
2. International House of Pancakes
3. Bob Evans
4. Waffle House
Monday, August 16, 2010
I was reminded of the moment in Nashville where Gwen Welles performs a similarly unexpected, impromptu striptease in a tragic attempt to overcome a similar lack of talent."I expected Tequila’s performance to be met with critical brickbats and possibly actual bricks, but I also wondered if the combined forces of celebrity, boobs, and a pretty girl might collectively overcome the crowd’s intense contempt for an almost universally reviled bisexual Asian exhibitionist and her almost inconceivably awful rapping," Rabin writes. "Oh God was I wrong."
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Query: given that Ni Hao, Kai-Lan is clearly the CSI: China to the Dora mothership, what international language/culture should be added next?