Saturday, August 15, 2015

WHY DID YOU LET ME DO THAT TO YOU?:  I blew my morning watching all six episodes of Amazon's Catastrophe, a cute little comedy about an accidental pregnancy and its aftermath.  Much ink has been spilled on it, but it was just as charming as hell.

Friday, August 14, 2015

EGOT WATCH DESK: Lin-Manuel Miranda (currently at EGT, and likely to rack up several more Tonys this year with Hamilton) is writing songs for Disney's upcoming Moana.  Assuming he wins an Oscar in 2017, that would put him at winning all four awards in 9 years, beating Robert Lopez for fastest EGOT, and if he wins a Pulitzer for Hamilton, would make him only the third person (after Marvin Hamlisch and Richard Rodgers) to EPGOT.  He does face opposition from Sara Bareilles, whose Waitress will transfer from Boston to Broadway in the Spring--although she's been nominated for multiple Grammys including both Song and Album of the Year, has yet to win one.
AND THE NEXT DAY I FORGOT TO GET .... THE PAPER:  Well, no surprise as to which celebrity's negative Q Rating has increased the most in the past two years. He's followed by Ariana Grande, Dr. Oz, Robin Thicke, and Adrian Peterson.

In terms of absolute negatives, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber are most hated overall, with Tom Hanks and Morgan Freeman tied at the top of the chart followed by Denzel Washington, Steven Spielberg, and Betty White.
MY LAWYERING FLURRIES THROUGH THE AIR AND TO THE GROUND:  Did you know that Frozen demonstrates "slipshod disregard for the laws surrounding royalty and succession laws?"

Thursday, August 13, 2015

IN AN EFFORT TO SATISFY THIS BLOG'S CANCON REQUIREMENTS:  Foo Fighters, in Edmonton, sought a fan volunteer to sing "Tom Sawyer" with them. You'll never believe what happened next.
THE LOSING STREAK IS OVER:  Joe Posnanski reports that the Harlem Globetrotters have disaffiliated from the Washington Generals.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

WHAT'D I DO?  VOTED FOR THEM ALL, OF COURSE:  Former American Idol host Brian Dunkleman is making a faux reality show (for E!, naturally) in which, after leaving Idol, he becomes a Robert Durst-esque figure.
THE SUSPENSE IS TERRIBLE. I HOPE IT WILL LAST:  Steven Spielberg is reported recruiting American comedic hero Gene Wilder out of retirement, presumably for his pending adaptations of The BFG or Ready Player One

I said good day, Sir!
STREAM AT O'S:  Christopher Guest is making another movie--this one about "the men and women of the 8th World Mascot Association championships competing for the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award," which will appear on Netflix sometime next year,  No word on casting, but you have to expect that a number of Guest regulars will appear.

Monday, August 10, 2015

JONAH HILL IS GEORGE FERRIS:  Paramount has won the rights to adapt Erik Larson's Devil in the White City, with Martin Scorsese to direct Leonardo DiCaprio, script by "Feeling Good!" writer of Shattered Glass and Captain Phillips Billy Ray.
AND BESIDES, I'M 16 YEARS OLD. OUR RELATIONSHIP IS COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE:  I cannot say enough good things about Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. It was pretty much everything I hoped it could be.  Gold stars to, among others, David Wain, Michaela Watkins, Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo freaking out, Jason Schwartzman's spoon, the Waterville rocket docket ...

Open thread.