Wednesday, October 31, 2007

R.I.P. Robert Goulet

The Return of the X Files


According to Variety, Agents Mulder and Scully will be returning to a movie theatre near you.

Chris Carter is creating a stand-alone story that promises to take the relationship between Mulder and Scully into new directions.

Whatever that means...

I just hope enough fans remember this classic show to make this movie successful.

It will be a decade since the first film by the time the sequel hits the big screen.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Madame President


In what could be a harbinger of January 2009, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, wife of the former President of Argentina and also a senator, has been elected the first female President of Argentina.

We are wondering if what happened down in South America will come up North?

The Republicans may hasten building the fence around the South of the United States... but this could be unstoppable.

Then again, you never can tell...

Friday, October 26, 2007

Bionic Zoë


I guess the complaints about Michelle Ryan’s acting got through to the producers of NBC’s Bionic Woman series. They decided to suddenly have her speak with a British accent.

Well, in real life Michelle Ryan speaks with a British accent... as she did on every television role she has held before Bionic Woman. Still, considering how poorly Americans do British accents, it is a stretch of the imagination that a bartender would instantaneously speak perfect across-the-pond-ese.

And, for that matter, if she is only supposed to be pretending to speak British, why does she do it with people who know who she really is and not just with those with whom she is undercover?

Good thing Michelle is a perfect ten hottie or I wouldn’t watch this show at all.

Well... I do enjoy seeing Miguel’s jowls... but I mostly tune in just to see Michelle.

Mostly.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Governator Lets Boys Use Girls’ Locker Room


When I was a young undergrad, one of our greatest fantasies on the college campus was sneaking into the girls’ showers.

A few guys got to go into the tightly guarded girls’ dormintory under the pretense of helping someone move in. The showers had no door in the hinges and no curtains in the stalls.

Or, so I heard...

Kids in California can thank the Governator for making it perfectly legal for boys to walk into the locker room while your daughter is taking a shower... or for girls to walk into the boys room while the guys are standing at the urinals.

Check out the news item from Daily Campus that gives the details.

Thanks to Mike Macintosh for bringing this to our attention!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Real Time


It was hard to tell if HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher was Jerry Springer in disguise as a group of audience members tried to disrupt the proceedings.

Bill not only called upon CBS Studios security to deal with the rowdies, he ran off stage into the audience to deal with them himself.

Live TV, huh?

It took a nice chunk out of the show until the last of the tag-team-hecklers was discovered and ejected. We also noticed that many of these guys have been spamming Bill’s HBO blog.

The price of fame...

Tuvok the Doorman

One of the things I noticed about the new ABC sitcom “Samantha Who?” (formerly known as Sam I Am) is that the only African-American character is the doorman.

Granted, the doorman can be one of the most beloved characters -- take “Carleton the Doorman” on that Mary Tyler Moore spinoff from many moons ago.

Also, there was the Seinfeld Episode (Season 6, Episode 17) where Larry Miller portrayed the Hitchcockian doorman who tormented Jerry. Well, maybe doormen aren’t so bad after all.

And Tim does add a soupçon of sardonic deadpan delivery to the sage wisdom that his character dispenses to Christina Applegate’s Samantha. So, maybe being the doorman isn’t such a bad thing.

I also have to note the Star Trek connection. Tim portrayed Vulcan Tuvok on Star Trek Voyager. You Die Hard (pun intended) Trekkies may also notice that the pilot was directed by a veteran of two Star Trek series.

Check out Tim’s great web site. You can see his latest acting roles and even listen to some of his kewl music.

The Last Rat Has Left The Pack


Joey Bishop was a man of many accomplishments. He had two television programs, was the most prolific guest host for Johnny Carson, and best of all he was a member of the Rat Pack.

Once, Johnny Carson subbed for Joey, explaining that Joey threw his back out by bending over to kiss Sinatra’s ass.

But I am sure that many people should have bent over and kissed this wonderfully talented guy on his tuchus.

The era of the hip, wild and wonderful Rat Pack is gone. But imagine the reunion they would be having on the other side.

Baby.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Jorja On My Mind


CSI fans are disappointed to learn that Jorja Fox is moving on.

Remember that Jorga’s tenure with the series was threatened during 2004 when contract negotiations almost went south...

But as Jorja approaches the big 4-0, she has some other things on her mind.

But this lovely and talented actress will always be on our minds.

Good luck Jorja in your pursuits!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I Used To Love It

When I was a kid, I dreamed about flying. But, I never had the opportunity. My mother was afraid to get on a plane and, therefore, I would never be allowed to fly as a child.

When my Aunt Mary was invited to a conference with former President Carter, she thought of taking me along for the experience. Sadly, the trip involved air travel and, therefore, the meeting with Carter was ferschmoyled.

When I eventually got to take my first flight as a college student visiting Edinburgh Scotland (and later to London), I was ecstatic.

Over the years, I have flown across the USA, Europe and Asia and enjoyed every mile. Until, 9/11 changed everything.

I can get used to paying $7 for a box filled with junk food instead of the sumptuous meals I used to eat when flying. I can get used to travelling without toothpaste and cologne, buying what I need for the trip upon landing because terrorists may have exploding toothpaste.

What I can’t stand is oversold flights where people are packed in like sardines and there is so much luggage that the pilot has to burn off fuel to make the plane light enough to take off. I think flying should be a pleasure, not a chore.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

All in the Family?



Would you believe that Senator and Presidential hopeful Barack Hussein Obama is related to VP Dick Cheney?

Would you believe that Obama is also related to President Bush?

Would you also believe that Obama is related to former President Bush?

Several news outlets, including CNN, have revealed the truth.

Obama is Cheney’s 8th cousin, George H.W. Bush’s 10th cousin, and President “Dubya’s” 11th cousin!

Take a moment to let that settle in...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Cry the Friendly Skies

I took a cross-country flight, concerned that my inability to get first-class seating might be a problem. I reassured myself that perhaps I could at least get in the exit row for extra leg room.

To my dismay, I learned that the aircraft was 100% booked. Every seat was assigned and the flight was oversold.

My seat happened to be in the very rear of the jet, right next to the only working lavatory. And so I had a long line of people stepping on my feet, bumping into me, and standing in line for the restroom with their rear ends in my face.

Breathing the fumes from the toilet wasn’t quite as bad as having screaming, yowling babies surrounding me. So as not to exhaust themselves, the babies took turns screaming. Tag team crying?

When the last baby finished crying, her grandmother seemed to think it a good idea to start poking and tickling her, provoking another round of wailing.

Lady, what did I ever do to you?

It was perhaps the longest six hours I have spent. I think it might be more comfortable riding a Greyhound bus cross country...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Child

Typically, I don’t like foreign films with subtitles. They require more attention than I prefer to give. You have to concentrate on ignoring (or trying to decipher) the dialogue while reading and watching action. Blurrrrrr, too much!

The Child (L‘Enfant in its original language) is a definite exception to that rule.

It starts out with the story of two young (and immature) people who are in love. No, that’s not right...

It starts out with the story of a girl too young to know that she has hooked herself up with the biggest loser to walk on two legs. Yeah, that’s better.

The fool makes bungle after bungle and eventually does something so egregious that it changes both their lives... and the life of their enfant... in ways that I won’t spoil.

This film is currently playing on Starz Cinema and available for purchase and/or rental from Sony Classics. Highly recommended!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Killadelphia?

When I was a kid on the streets of Philly, we had a tradition called the “fair one.” If you had a beef with someone, you would stand in a ring of other kids and duke it out (following a specific set of rules).

There was no tolerance for sucker-punches, kicking in verboten places, or any other unfair tactics. It was the fair one and the best man won (while the second best crawled around the sidewalk picking up his teeth).

Today, Philly is in the news for having nearly one murder a day. It is easier to buy a gun in Philadelphia than it is to buy a can of Big John’s baked beans.

Police stopped a kid from Plymouth Meeting (suburbs outside Philadelphia) who had a caché of weapons and plans to conduct another Columbine.

Hey folks, it is the City of Brotherly Love! Ya dig?

The next time you have a beef with someone, just put the gun away and have a fair one...

Sunday, October 7, 2007

R.I.P. Jo Ann Davis


We read the alert concerning the death of Virginia Representative Jo Ann Davis.


This is particularly poignant given the increased awareness of breast cancer during this season.


Lift up prayers for her family and loved ones.

You can read additional information at The New York Times.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Thom and Jeri


Okay, somebody has to say it... might as well be moi.


Fred Thompson is married to a pure dee hottie!


There, phew... I said it.

Now, we all know that what made the Kennedy administration the mythical Camelot was due solely to the grace and beauty of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. But what will Jeri Thompson make if Fred wins the White House?

I guess we will all just have to wait and see (although my money is still on Hillary).

Friday, October 5, 2007

The Kingdom

After watching Stealth, I thought maybe Jaime Foxx was on a downhill slide.

Now that I’ve seen him in action in the new hit movie “The Kingdom,” I realized Jaime is still on top of his game. He carries this film effortlessly... with help from a great supporting cast.

Well, Jennifer Garner did seem to be sleepwalking through her role... but we give Mrs. Affleck (that’s Ben... not the insurance company) points for some fine emoting during choice scenes.

Jason Bateman was an interesting (but workable) choice in casting. Once I spotted him, I fully expected to laugh. Well, I wasn’t disappointed... but his kidnap scene had me on the edge of my seat...

The film has a haunting ending, which I won’t spoil for you... but it makes us realize how this whole terrorism thing started and (sadly) how it refuses to end...

Go see this film!

He's Back...

Dexter

Season One of Dexter on Showtime was nothing short of non-stop excitement.

The twist at the end of the season (I won’t spoil it for those of you getting the DVD) was a fall-out-of-your-chair moment (for those who never read the novels upon which this series is based).

Michael Hall, previously known as the gay kid brother on HBO’s late series Six Feet Under, gives Emmy®-worthy performances as the complex and twisted star of this eponymous series.

Although others have criticized the second season as getting off to a slow start, I see it building up to a wild and exciting ride.

Interestingly, this new season does not borrow from the novels but, rather, boldly goes where Dexter has never gone before.

I only wish I was working in the writer’s room. Well, maybe I can get a job with the third season?

I Could Cry. Really.


One of my favorite places is La Jolla, California -- in the suburbs of San Diego (a/k/a Sandy Eggo). I found a house there and fell in love with it... I was ready to buy. Then, I saw the news where a landslide and cave-in collapsed a four-lane highway and demolished two houses. Worse, hundreds of my would-be neighbors have been evacuated and stand to lose everything! Well, the good news is that I didn't put any money down -- so I lose nothing... except a house that had a great view of the Pacific and that... the way things are going... will probably be in the Pacific.

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