Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sarah Palin: Sports Reporter

Take a peek at Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin’s performance as news anchor on Alaska Station KTUU in the MSNBC video below:





More details at People.com.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Batman After Heath...


Interesting poster. See more at The What Would Batman Do Blog.

This Guy is Guaranteed a Job for the Next Few Years...


A lot of people have been buzzing about Barack Obama’s youngest half-brother living in a hut in Africa.

What I find more exciting is the appearance of Obama’s look-alike at the Democratic Convention in Denver.

His name is Gerardo Puisseaux.

No, I am not making that up.

Until a few months ago, he was a construction worker in Miami, Florida.

Since Senator Obama made his presidential bid, Puisseaux’ fortune has changed.

Have you seen this guy?

Check out the story at the The Los Angeles Times. And, don’t be surprised if you see what looks like Senator Obama wandering around. The clue will be the absense of Secret Service agents.

San Antonio Texas Real Estate

Some of my greatest memories were from the time I spent living in Texas. I have been over a good part of the Republic of Texas… up the I-35 corridor and going out to Houston. Well, I loved it so much that we purchased the Dwacon® Ranch in Texas. Cool stuff, eh?

Well, we are not finished yet, and when the time comes to find a san antonio Realtor, we will visit that awesome directory site: clicksmart.com!

This site is a great on-line resource that not only provides details on lots of great opportunities, but it also provides certified experts who are pre-screened, vetted, and guaranteed to help you get the information you need.

You can begin your search for homes in Texas today!

Hillary Supporters for McCain?


They were saying on the news that some of Hillary Clinton’s supporters may refuse to vote for Senator Barack Obama because they are upset that he won the nomination instead of her. They are saying that they would rather vote for McCain than the man who beat Hillary.

The interesting thing... according to NARAL, McCain has a poor voting record in women’s issues.

Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

New Wrestling Move?

Baracky Two





Black Man on an Elevator

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Friday, August 22, 2008

More Great Summer Wear: Clickee Shirtee

More of our hot designs. Click to see more!

The Actor’s Guru


Our friend Shavar recently launched what looks to be one of the greatest resources for those in and/or pursuing the acting profession.

ActorGuru.com has a growing compendium of articles and other resources for those who are destined to make their mark on the front-end of the camera.

Of course, Shavar has been on screen with Hollywood’s créme of the crop since he was a lil’ G and continues to break new territory both in front of and behind the camera.

Make sure you bookmark ActorGuru.com!

The Dead Girl


I recently saw this great movie, The Dead Girl, not knowing exactly what to expect. The movie started slowly and almost innocuously and built slowly.

It was like watching a chef take flour, eggs, milk, sugar and other ingredients and watching them mix and cook and decorate until finally you have a delicious cake to savor.

The Dead Girl is that cake and if you have not seen this film... I highly recommend adding this to your collection!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Christina Applegate


I remember her understated performance as Robin in the underrated ABC series, Heart of the City. That was long before Kelly Bundy... way before the babysitter died... but it was the role that first brought the immensely talented Christina Applegate into the public eye.

And now, it is a more grim reality in which Christina brings every woman’s concern into the public eye. As reported in the Showbiz Spy, Christina has become a crusader against breast cancer.

Sadly, USA Today and other news outlets reported that Christina recently underwent a double mastectomy after receiving her own diagnosis. And now, she faces the challenge of reconstructive surgery, which Deborah Kotz has blogged about at U.S. News and World Report.

Our prayers are with you, Christina. Stay brave! Stay strong!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control

Usually, a movie goes out and a year or so later there is either a sequel (if it is a blockbuster) or a straight-to-DVD sequel.

The current hit film Get Smart is still in theatres and already there is a direct-to-DVD sequel available for one and all.

Masi Oka and Nate Torrence recreate their roles as CONTROL nerds in their own adventure.

Read more about it (and hear some kewl sound clips) at Fresno Bee or get full details at IMDB.

Or if you really want to get your laugh on, get Get Smart's Bruce & Lloyd Out Of Control (Widescreen) by clicking the icon below:

Sunday, August 10, 2008

R.I.P. Isaac Hayes

He composed and performed perhaps the greatest movie theme of all time... the theme from Shaft.

He brought Truck Turner to life.

He voiced “Chef” in the infamous cartoon series South Park.

The Oscar®, Grammy, and Golden Globes winning polymath was found unresponsive near a treadmill in his home. He was 65 years old and still working in Hollywood.

You can read details about this genius at The Los Angeles Times.

Also, check out his IMDB Page.

R.I.P. Bernie Mac

Two Bernies have left us... but the loss of Bernie Mac hits hard. We have enjoyed him as one of the Original Kings of Comedy, Jangle Leg from the Eddie Murphy film Life, and in his Fox television series.

Bernie had been suffering from a number of health issues and when we heard that he was dealing with pneumonia, we assumed that he would make a quick recovery.

Check out Thomson’s Variety.com Blog for more... and remember to send up a prayer for Bernie’s family and loved ones as they deal with their loss.

R.I.P. Bernie Brillstein


He was more than a producer. More than a manager. His name seemed to be ubiquitous on the television. He was the force behind many beloved programs, including (but not necessarily limited to):

  • Saturday Night Live
  • The Sopranos
  • NewsRadio
  • Just Shoot Me
  • It’s Garry Shandling’s Show
  • ALF

He also was instrumental in helping a number of unknown actors become A-list stars. Those who owe their careers to this great man include:

  • Brad Pitt
  • The Late John Belushi
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Muppet Master Jim Henson
  • Peter “Colombo” Falk
  • Geena Davis
  • Norm Crosby
  • George Wendt
  • Richard Dreyfus

And, if that ain’t enough, Brillstein produced movies including The Cable Guy, Happy Gilmore, The Blues Brothers, both Ghost Busters.

He will be missed...

Friday, August 8, 2008

Great Summer Wear: Clickee Shirtee

Selling Fish to Tourists in Tee Shirts

With the television blasting news in my office most of the day, it is almost impossible to miss those ubiquitous “Free Credit Report dot Com” commercials. You know… the ones with that hip guy and his two buddies singing songs about financial woes that they experienced. And, of course, they remind us that those financial woes might have been avoided had he signed up for “Free Credit Report dot Com.”

Well, according to an article on MSNBC, there are a few problems with that picture.

First, “Free Credit Report dot Com” is not exactly free. In fact, it requires a credit card that, if you are not careful, will get charged $12.95 over and over, in perpetuum. In fact, the place to get your free credit report is not “Free Credit Report dot Com” but, rather, AnnualCreditReport.com.

Another thing that has the pundits going crazy is the fact that the guy who has been reduced to selling fish to tourists in tee shirts is not what people assume that he is. He is French-Canadian actor and singer Eric Violette. Amazed? Ya! If you would like to see and hear Eric Violette singing in his native French language, just check out the YouTube video below:

If that isn’t enough… check out Bob Sullivan’s Blog.

And, then… check out lifelock, an identity theft prevention tool that doesn’t use cheesy commercials.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Maybe They Were Going To The Piggly Wiggly?

There was a lot of speculation from the pundit’s gallery about the car crash that injured Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman and Demaris Meyer. The good news is that Freeman was released from the hospital in seemingly good condition.

However, curiosity continues to run rampant over whether or not any hanky panky was going on between Freeman and Meyer.

Another monkey has appeared in the wrench... in the announcement that Morgan Freeman will be divorcing his wife of 24 years, costume designer Myrna Colley-Lee.

I guess we will have to wait for Harvey Levin to break that story on TMZ.

You can click here to see the ABC News video and here for Reuters video -- both providing more details.

School Daze

Ah, yes… those school days. School days. Dear old golden rule days. Reading and writing and ‘rithmetic… taught to the rule of a hickory switch.

Okay… that is obviously from some archaic generation. Still, I can’t help but remember my old buddy Quentin and our shenanigans in first grade. Basically, if Quentin was David Letterman, then I was Justin Stangel.

Well, we thought that we were the funniest thing since Steven Colbert when, one day, our teacher announced a special guest. Quentin’s dad came in with a belt (which ostensibly is softer than a hickory switch) and gave Quentin a career change (from class clown to valedictorian).

Okay, so those early memories may not have been the most pleasant… but they set the course to the success we have seen in life. But it is still so wonderful to remember going to school… having the coolest outfit… holding hands with the cutest girl… ah, sweet memories!

One thing that I hated was having some cool thing and then discovering it stolen. I would have loved to have had one of those cool Dymo label makers to put Color labels on everything.

I would put “this ain’t yours jerk… give it back” on my school supplies.

I would put “she belongs to me” on my girlfriend’s shirt.

She would put, “LOSER” on my forehead.

The Hammer Drops...


We read in the Los Angeles Times about the sentence handed down to Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s former chauffeur.

In America’s first war crimes trial since World War II, Hamdan got 5½ of the 30 years requested by prosecutors. Too heavy? Too lite? Let the pundits chime in!

Propublica questions how being a driver constitutes a war crime. Well, we won’t be shedding many tears for Mr. Hamdan. After all, his sentence is much lighter than what kids in the hood get for selling crack.

If you check out the item on NPR, a Gulf War veteran with no criminal history gets 15 years for 50 grams of crack. Not that the kids selling crack should get a job driving Osama to the Piggly Wiggly...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Some Like it Hot... Most Want to Cool Off

As a kid, we were too broke to afford air conditioning in my dad’s car. But Pop, being a proud man, didn’t want anyone to think we were poor. And so… to keep up appearances, we rode around with the windows rolled up. And we would arrive at our location looking as if we had spent an hour in a sauna… wearing our clothes!

When I purchased my first vehicle, it had everything except the air conditioning compressor. I don’t know what I was thinking… but after driving around under the hot Texas sun for a few days, I was ready to plunk down the money to get what I needed.

Years later, when my a/c compressor died, I was desperate to find auto ac parts to get cool air back. If your a/c goes bad, you can visit http://www.discountacparts.com/ to find the exact parts for your vehicle.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Kathy Hilton’s Beef


Have you heard the item on Fox News about Paris Hilton’s mother slamming John McCain for using her daughter (and Britney Spears) to slam Barack Obama?

If not... check it out!

Meanwhile... we’ll continue counting how many times the senator has to open his mouth and change feet...

Or, maybe he will say he was simply having a Senior Moment.

R.I.P. TV People

Check out The TV Squad for some great television people who have exited the planet.

Sorry, Charlie...

Many people boo-ed when Congress voted to take a vacation, leaving many important issues unresolved. However, one thing that they did accomplish was to offer an apology for something that happened in the 1800’s.

This apology for slavery and for the injustices that occurred under the oligarchical system known to many as Jim Crow. CNN provides a bit more expository on the aforementioned.

That act may seem too little too late for some. Specifically, Senator Obama feels that actions need to accompany those words.

On a side note, my cousin Congressman John Conyers has been trying to get a bill passed in that regard... and it will likely die on the vine.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

New York Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting


August 1, 2008
http://www.nyc.gov/film


Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting Adopts Permit Rules
August 1, 2008 - Commissioner Katherine Oliver of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting announced the adoption of rules governing the issuance of permits in connection with filming activity in New York City. Full Story >

Deputy Mayors Lieber and Walcott, Speaker Quinn and Commissioner Oliver Announce Initiatives to Promote Diversity in the Entertainment Industry
August 1, 2008 - Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber, Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis M. Walcott, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Commissioner Katherine Oliver announced the launch a series of new initiatives created with the Mayor’s Task Force on Diversity in Film, Television and Commercial Production. Full Story >

MOFTB Releases RFP for Production Training Program
August 1, 2008 - The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, working with the Department of Small Business Services, released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the program design and administration services of a pilot production and training program. Full Story >

MOFTB Releases RFP for Production Services
August 1, 2008 - The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for production and editing services for a multi-faceted film project. Full Story >

"Made in NY" PAs Add 15 to Their Numbers
August 1, 2008 - The "Made in NY" Production Assistant Training Program just welcomed fifteen new graduates to its ranks at a recent ceremony held outdoors at Brooklyn Workforce Innovations. Full Story >

A 'Perfect Time' to be a "Made in NY" Vendor
August 1, 2008 - It's a 'perfect' time to be a take advantage of the "Made in NY" Discount Card Program. Full Story >


NYC Shows 'Rock' the Emmy Nominations
August 1, 2008 - NBC's "30 Rock" has been nominated for a total of seventeen Emmy Awards - the most for a primetime program. Full Story >

NYC TV - the Station that's 'Everything New York' - Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
August 1, 2008 - NYC TV just celebrated its fifth anniversary as the official television network of the City of New York. Full Story >

Location! Location! Location! Location Managers Share Their Love of Scouting in NYC
August 1, 2008 - In the conclusion of a two part series, the MOFTB has spoken with local location managers about their work in New York City. Full Story >

Playwrights Discuss Writing for Stage and Screen
August 1, 2008 - The Living Room for Artists Inc./Summer Play Festival (SPF) and the MOFTB presented "Stage & Screen: A Playwrights' Discussion About Writing for Film and Television" at The Public Theatre. Full Story >

Bus Shelters 'Work' Out
August 1, 2008 - Bus shelters have been working out well for local networks and distributors in July and August. Full Story >


Central Park Celebrates 100 Years of Cinema with Screenings
August 1, 2008 - The five boroughs share the spotlight at this summer's 6th Annual Central Park Film Festival as the Central Park Conservancy celebrates a hundred years of filmmaking in the Park. Full Story >

Experience Theatre in Local Parks This Summer
August 1, 2008 - Coming to a park near you - live theatre. Full Story >

Mapping Out the City with "New York Geographies"
August 1, 2008 - On Saturday, July 12, international filmmakers got a road map to filming on New York City streets with "New York Geographies." Full Story >

Local Film Showcased on Reel 13
August 1, 2008 - REEL 13, Thirteen’s Saturday night film showcase, will premiere The Cult of Sincerity, a new film by, for and about New Yorkers, on August 23 at 11:15 p.m. Full Story >


Industry Star of the Month: Sam Levy
August 1, 2008 - Native Australian turned New Yorker Sam Levy always knew he would come back to a career in theatre. Full Story >

PA of the Month: Alma Bruderman
August 1, 2008 - Growing up and working in vibrant, energetic cities like Caracas, Venezuela, and Bogota, Colombia, Alma Bruderman's big move from South America to New York City felt more like the next natural step rather than a major lifestyle change. Full Story >


NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Launches NYCulture Calendar
August 1, 2008 - This summer, the Department of Cultural Affairs goes live with the new NYCulture Calendar! Full Story >


Location of the Month: Wadsworth Avenue at 175th Street, the Bronx

Mayor's Office of Film Theatre & Broadcasting
1697 Broadway Suite 602 New York, New York 10019
http://www.nyc.gov/film

Besser Vie Noch Nie

It is nice to know that American kids aren’t the only ones to have their brains warped by mindless television programs...



Friday, August 1, 2008

Caprica

Battlestar Galactica will soon come to an end and fade into fan boy memory. And what is coming down the pike? A prequel called “Caprica.”

What will this show be like? Check out Esai Morales in the trailer below and come to your own conclusions about this new show from the brains behind the beautifully reimagined version of Battlestar Galactica:


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