Sunday, May 31, 2009

Heeeeere's Conan!

The era of Jay Leno ended on a funny note. When Jay started, his hair was black and the President of the United States was white. Things reversed... and with that, an era ended. Starting Monday night, a new era begins!

I read the article in today’s New York Times and pondered, what would it be like for Conan?

For that matter, what would it be like for David Letterman to face a new adversary?

And what would it be like for... erm, whoever is on at night on ABC?

Dinner and a Movie at Home!


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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why Can't Everyone's Job Be This Much Fun?

Fast Food Damages Brains?

An interesting article from across the pond provides some interesting scientific conjecture that a diet of “junk food” can shrink the intelligence of school children.

Although the veracity of the aforementioned has been disputed, another article in The Daily Mail from across the pond provides scientific evidence from Dr. Kerri Tobin of Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

Finally, Barbara Kay writes in the National Post about the havoc that poor nutritional habits wreaked upon the members of her family:

My son’s junk food habits helped create a critical digestive issue culminating in an emergency hospital stay, drip morphine for pain and a stern admonition to change his ways. My lean, athletic daughter who didn’t enjoy cooking, tending to graze on whatever was at hand, developed gestational diabetes during a difficult pregnancy. And two months ago, blood tests revealed my husband Ronny, whose junk food habits petrified in adolescence, was, without a radical change to his high-fat, high-sugar diet, diabetes-bound.

Well, perhaps enough people will wake up to the benefits of a healthy diet and ignore the subliminal (and perceptible) seduction of the manufacturers of those tasty death-bombs that sing a sweet siren’s song to us on the shelves of the stores that we patronize...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

R.I.P. Jane Randolph

We were saddened to read in The Los Angeles Times that film legend Jane Randolph has exited the planet at 93.

Born born Jane Roemer in Youngstown, Ohio, Randolph appeared in Hollywood films from The Curse of the Cat People to the comedy classic, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

You can read more about this great Hollywood starlet at The Hollywood Reporter.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

R.I.P. Mike Tyson’s 4-Year-Old Daughter

This horrible tragedy was reported by The Associated Press.

We are praying for Mike and the family.

The “Produced By” Conference

Another great opportunity from Jeff Gund...

Hi everyone,

Here’s some info on a TRULY INCREDIBLE opportunity to spend three days with over 130 of the industry’s top producers and creators, from blockbuster films to top indie films, television shows, reality series, documentaries, and more!

It’s being put on by the Producers Guild of America, who will put you in the room with the who’s who of Hollywood, from James Cameron to Clint Eastwood to Kathleen Kennedy, and over 100 others. A not-to-be-missed event!

As always, feel free to forward if you know someone that would be interested, and be sure to mention for a HUGE discount!

Details are below – hope to see you there!


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Spend a weekend with over 130 of the producers and creators of some of today’s most successful
blockbuster films, independent films, television shows, reality series, and more!

covering the latest information and innovation impacting the entertainment industry

June 5th-7th, 2009
at Sony Studios
in Culver City

The Producers Guild of America invites readers of The Info List to an unprecedented weekend with the greatest producers in film, television, and new media – from Clint Eastwood to James Cameron, Kathleen Kennedy, and more than 100 other speakers at the first-ever PRODUCED BY CONFERENCE, to take place on the Sony lot in Culver City.

With over 30 seminars and panels, the PRODUCED BY Conference will offer unprecedented access to these producing greats. At the Mentoring Roundtables Event, you will be able to sit at tables of ten for OVER AN HOUR with the producer of your choice, and ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask!

The entire producing profession will come together that weekend – here’s a partial list of the over 100 speakers who will be in attendance for panels as well as mentoring events:

James Cameron – Titanic, Terminator, Rambo 2
Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima
Kathleen Kennedy – E.T., Jurassic Park, The Sixth Sense
Norman Lear – All In The Family, the Jeffersons, Sanford & Son, Princess Bride, Stand By Me
Mark Gordon – Grey’s Anatomy, The Day After Tomorrow
Lauren Schuler-Donner – X-Men films, You’ve Got Mail
Bruce Cohen – Milk
Gale Anne Hurd – Terminator
Marshall Herskovitz – Thirtysomething, The Last Samurai
Carlton Cuse – Lost
Marc Cherry – Desperate Housewives
Davis Guggenheim – An Inconvenient Truth, Training Day
Lucy Fisher – Memoirs of a Geisha, Gladiator, Stuart Little
Roland Emmerich – Independence Day, The Patriot
Roger Corman – Concorde-New Horizons
Paula Wagner – partner with Tom Cruise at Cruise/Wagner Productions
David Perry – founder Shiny Entertainment (video game company with over $1 billion in sales)
Fred Baron – Executive Vice President of Feature Production at Twentieth Century Fox
David Kirkpatrick – former President of Paramount Studios
Jim Morris – Wall-E
Hawk Koch – Pope of Greenwich Village, Gorky Park, Wayne’s World, Heaven Can Wait
Gary Lucchesi – President of Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby, The Gift, Mothman Prophecies)
Ted Mundorff – CEO of Landmark Theaters
Jonathan Murray – founder Bunim/Murray Productions (MTV’s Real World, Making the Band, Simple Life, etc.)
Richard Edlund – Visual FX for Star Wars films, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ghostbusters, Batman Returns
Stephanie Bohn – Worldwide Marketing Director at Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

and many, many more!

At the PRODUCED BY Conference you will enhance your storytelling skills -- learn how to pitch, finance, develop, and market your project -- see the latest technology -- connect with your peers.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see, hear, and MEET the who’s who in entertainment, from the biggest blockbuster producers, to the successful ground-breaking up and comers – from producers to attorneys and execs, and top people in distribution, visual effects, marketing, and more! Register now!

Mention when you register, and get over 40% OFF!! That’s just $595 (normally $999!) for access to over 100 of the most influential people working in the industry today! You MUST type INFOLIST in the box marked "How did you hear about our Conference?" and then select INFOLIST from the pull-down menu under "Industry Professional Registration."

GET AN ADDITIONAL $300 OFF if you know an attending PGA member, and come as their guest! That’s just $295 for the entire weekend! To get this very special rate, you MUST enter the first and last name of your PGA member friend, and type 9999 in the Promo Code field.

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An Old Farmer's Advice

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

  • Keep skunks and bankers at a Distance.

  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

  • Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

  • Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner
    Than you.

  • It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.

  • Every path has a few puddles.

  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.

  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t Never gonna happen anyway.

  • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

  • Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t Bothering you none.

  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.

  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

  • The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from The mirror every mornin’.

  • Always drink upstream from the herd.

  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

  • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

  • If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

  • Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Man Called Hawk

The video clip below... the opening of that classic spin-off of ABC’s Spenser For Hire... brings back memories...

TVOne network will feature a marathon of A Man Called Hawk episodes on May 24th starting at 1:00 p.m. (EST). If you have never seen Hawk... here is your chance. If you have... now is time to bring back come good memories.

The Stranger

A buddy of mine just loves old films... and while I don’t hare his passion, I do find that those old stories make up for their lack of special effects (and color) with stories that grab you by the throat and stare you down to the ground.

The Stranger is a film that I recently added to my Tivo play list... but not sure why. Still... very glad that I did.

Orson Welles directed and starred in The Stranger, a tense black-and-white thriller featuring Edward G. Robinson.

If you have some knowledge of the horrors of World War II, then you can appreciate the story line.

Grab a copy of The Stranger today!

If you prefer to rent over purchasing... then check out this two-for-one offer...

You can rent Citizen Welles: The Stranger / The Trial from Netflix and get a set that includes “The Stranger” plus another Welles film, “The Trial.”

These classic features, both directed by Welles, are bundled with a 30-minute documentary, hosted by noted Welles historian Richard France. This documentary provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at the restoration process of these two classic features, along with Welles’ first film, 1934’s Hearts of Age.

The more... the merrier!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Nurse Jackie

Emmy® winner Edie Falco (Oz, Sopranos) is back... and on the other network... with a show that may be interesting...

Life is full of little pricks. Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie. WATCH NOW. Enter: 'SHIFT HAPPENS' when prompted.
New series begins Monday, June 8th 10:30PM ET/PT
©2009 Showtime Networks Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Showtime Networks Inc., 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. Nurse Jackie: ©Showtime Networks Inc. and Lions Gate Television, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

R.I.P. Waymon Tisdale

A great athlete and entertainer has left the planet at a far-too-young age of 44. He will be missed. Prayers for his family and friends and loved ones.

His story appears in The Washington Post...

And, in The New York Times.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Free V-ampersand-AGRA

If you haven’t heard, Pfizer is giving away free samples of their infamous E-D drug if you lose your job.

No kidding...

In an article at Attorney at Law, you can get a free supply of any of the 70 pharmaceuticals produced by Pfizer... including V-you-know-what... if you lose your job.

Now, that got us thinking...

What are your chances of even using a boner pill if you are unemployed?

Think about it. Would you walk up to a woman and say,

Hey baby, I just lost my job. You wanna hook up?

Or, for the married guy...

Honey, I lost my job and we will probably listen to the kids crying from hunger and have the bank foreclose on our house and put us out on the street. But, the good news is that I got free E-D pills. You feeling frisky?

Yeah... I thought that sounded a bit hinky. Maybe one of Pfizer’s other drugs might be a better choice?

Hmm... I wonder if Pfizer is hiring?

Read more about it at Reuters!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Incomplete Recipe...

Thought I would try something different.

Started with extra pulpy orange juice...

Added some crushed ice...

A squirt of lime juice...

Two squirts of lemon juice...

What is it missing?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Custom Bottles

Why buy bottles of water to throw away and add to a landfill when you can use the refillable SIGG™ bottle... and choose from a dozen Dwacon® designs!

Visit The SIGG™ Bottle Section of the Dwacon® Store!

Friday, May 8, 2009

The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency

I heard about the series The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency and wondered what the folks at HBO were up to. But after seeing the pilot and following episodes... I realized it was pure genius.

Based upon the wonderful series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith, Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose lead a cast of American and African actors in this amazing series.

Void of the violence of Sopranos or the foul language of Deadwood or the debauchery of Sex and the City, one would wonder why this awesome series is not on any network...

Maybe the ethnic orientation of the cast?

If you haven’t seen this awesome show on HBO, check it out...

Visit the HBO web site for this series.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Flock

Interesting chemistry between Richard Gere and Claire Danes as an agent who teaches his green protegé how to track down sex offenders.

The summary:

Dedicated and cautious federal agent Erroll Babbage (Richard Gere) is training his sharp young replacement, Allison Laurie (Claire Danes), when a young girl vanishes. Babbage is convinced her disappearance is connected with a paroled sex offender he's investigating. Can mentor and protégé unravel the clues to lead them to the missing girl before it's too late? This fast-paced thriller is the English-language debut by director Wai Keung Lau.

Rent The Flock today... or Buy The Flock on DVD today.

Oh... and we forgot to mention the forgettable cameo by Avril Lavigne.


To call David Mamet a genius has to be an understatement. His films mine the depths of the human condition so accurately -- and with such glaring honesty. And when a stellar ensemble of actors assemble to bring Mamet’s written words to life, one can only expect... well, genius.

Edmond is one of those films that come to mind when thinking about the genius of Mamet.

The story of an everyman who deals with the little injustices of life... as we all do. One day, a minor affront (his superior changing the time of a meeting) sends him searching for meaning in it all. And, when he seeks wisdom from a two-bit fortune teller, he begins a journey that... well, not to spoil the amazing story line, but it has him swirling deeper and deeper into the toilet bowl of life.

Starring William H. Macy in one of his best roles to date along with Rebecca (Mrs. Mamet) Pidgeon and a sexually provocative Julia Styles. And don’t blink or you will miss a stellar cameo by Joe Mantegna.

Here is the summary:

With a David Mamet play as its inspiration, Edmond stars William H. Macy as the titular character, a businessman who undergoes a personal revolution after he heeds a psychic's call to change his life. In his quest for fulfillment, he abandons his wife and children, initiating a nightmarish descent into a certain kind of hell, a dark and dangerous world he's never known but that may wind up owning his soul.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

R.I.P. Jack Kemp

Former football player and congressman Jack Kemp has exited the planet. The New York Times has details about the life of this great American.

Prayers for his friends, family, loved ones and former constituents. He will be missed.

Friday, May 1, 2009

R.I.P. Nora O'Brien

The Hollywood Reporter covered the sad news that NBC Universal’s Vice President for Dramatic Programming has suddenly exited the planet at the age of 44 after collapsing on the set of an NBC series in production.

Prayers for her loved ones.

R.I.P. Danny Gans

We were saddened to read in The Hollywood Reporter that popular entertainer Danny Gans has exited the planet at the far-too-young age of 52.

Jammin' With The IceBloc

I was thinking back to… hmm, I would have to say it was the early 90’s? I was working on some video productions and recommended using some rap music. The producer said, “Rap is a fad. It will be gone tomorrow.” Well, all these years later… the hip-hop world continues to explode with new talent. It is good to be right, sometimes…

ICEBLOC is certainly one of the most exciting of the new hip hop artists… a certified virtuoso. With one of the most professionally done MySpace pages we have ever seen, ICEBLOC is poised to take over with some innovative and infinitely bouncy music that will have your toes tapping and your head bouncing.

Born in the Lone Star State but with a bit of Cajun touch… ICEBLOC and his crew J DOT and VITO have a fifteen-song EP, KRANKMUSIC, that has already received radio play in a number of markets. ICEBLOC also has established his brand on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social networking outlets.

I listened to a few of ICEBLOC’s tracks, including the song “Put it in the Air.” The music and the rhymes were tight… but we can imagine the occasional “bleep” on mainstream radio play. First Amendment notwithstanding, the “bad words” are not quite as excessive as one might hear from other artists of the genre. A bit of youthful bravado maybe? Let’s see where this artist goes as his career continues to develop. Certainly, the talent and the ambition are there!


Traditional Cooling Flower Tea

Jave Wu has a recipe for cooling tea that is purported to protect from diseases... like (presumably) swine flu. So, how do you make this concoction?

Mix 20 Grams/0.71 Ounces of Jin Yin Hua (金銀花) aka Lonicera Japonica with 10 Grams/0.35 Ounces of Ju Hua Gan (菊花干) aka Dried Chrysanthemun.

Bring 1.5/2.0 liters of water (roughly 57-62 ounces) to a boil. Lower the heat and brew for 5-10 minutes. Drink twice a day.

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