Alec Baldwin is a moron.

I found this while surfing. I’d comment, but the OP says it all in 3 words. Nice blog, cute and funny!

Wendy Wayrad: Quotable Quotes (Dissing My Dream Profession Now, Are We?)


“You find out that everybody who works in tabloid media are people who are filled with self-hatred and shame and the way that they manage those feelings is they destroy the lives of other people and reveal your secrets.”- Alec Baldwin, on calling his 11 year old a “rude thoughtless pig”

*self-loathing snicker*

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Sanjaya Malaker: See Ya!!

All I can say is this is finally over!! Read it and get on with life. 

You-know-who finally gets boot on ‘Idol’ – CNN.com

NEW YORK (AP) — Sanjaya Malakar, the under-talented but unflappable singer who horrified and captivated millions in his improbable “American Idol” run, was finally voted off the show Wednesday night.

When the result was announced, Malakar wiped away tears and got a big hug from LaKisha Jones, the next lowest vote-getter.

“I’m fine,” he told Ryan Seacrest. “It was an amazing experience.” (Watch Sanjaya get the boot Video)

“I can promise you: We won’t soon forget you,” Seacrest replied. Malakar then performed one last song, “Something To Talk About.” Putting his own twist on the song, the 17-year-old known for his pretty looks and ever-changing hairstyles ad-libbed: “Let’s give them something to talk about … other than hair.”

On Tuesday night’s show, Simon Cowell had slammed his performance as “utterly horrendous.” And for once, the notoriously mean judge was vindicated.

“I’m beginning to sense something here,” a grinning Cowell said when Malakar wound up in the bottom three. (Watch Cowell extract himself from hot water over an eye-rolling reaction Video)

LIKE YOU REALLY CARE: Kurt Vonnegut 1922-2007

In memoriam o Kurt Vonnegut, I searched for a personal anecdote from someone who actually met the man. Obituaries are such a cold litany of one’s life. This post was perfect in that this gentleman probably knew Vonnegut as well as his closest ‘friends’. Thanks for the post, Arlo.

LIKE YOU REALLY CARE: Kurt Vonnegut 1922-2007

When I was a marketing intern at Steppenwolf (which seems like ancient history now), they were mounting a mediocre stage adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five.

The afternoon of opening night, I was standing out front smoking a cigarette wearing this alarmingly bright green blazer that I found at a thrift store a few years prior. Two drags into my cigarette, out walks Kurt Vonnegut. He’s standing three feet away from me. He removes his pack of unfiltered Pall Malls from his inside pocket and brings one to his mouth. I whip out my Zippo and light it for him.

“Did you win the Masters?”

It takes me a second, but I realize he’s asking me about my blazer. I reply, “No, but this is an original Arnold Palmer.” I open the blazer to reveal Arnold Palmer’s embroidered signature on the inside pocket. Kurt Vonnegut snickered.

For the next five minutes, he and I made smalltalk about golf. He seemed to enjoy watching golf but not necessarily playing it. I talked about the lessons I took when I was in junior high school and how bad I was.

The conversation was abruptly interrupted when Martha Lavey, the Artistic Director of Steppenwolf, came out of the theater with some of Vonnegut’s handlers. One handler said, “Okay, we’re going to dinner now,” in an effort to hurry him away from the oddly dressed intern. So we thanked each other for the time and said our goodbyes.

I learned the next day that Vonnegut was sheepish all day. He avoided conversations with anyone wanting to blow smoke up his ass. He sat in corners. I also learned that he really only seemed interested in two random conversations that day: the conversation with me and a conversation with a janitor about the Bears.

The greatest celebrity encounter of my life was meeting Arlo Guthrie. Obviously. Making Kurt Vonnegut laugh is a very close second.

Podcasts are still cool

Was listening to more pod-casts today in an effort to get caught up. Life has not allowed me the opportunity lately, so I spent some time listening to week-old radio and was rewarded for my effort.

Today’s nugget comes from an interview with Larry Kudlow. After a brief discussion of what was posed as perhaps the lowest-ever Misery Index (something easily disproved), Larry let it be known that he’d earlier that day been interviewed for a piece by a well-known political reporter and asked about both the 90’s Clinton economy and the 00’s Bush economy.

Moving past the obvious, Larry included this astounding bit of data: the Reagan tax cuts of 1981 and the De-regulation efforts that followed, aided by the taming of the Inflation Tiger by the Fed, have produced essentially 25 years of continued economic growth.

In the 100 quarters covered by that 25-year span, Larry reported that only 4 showed negative growth. For the benefit of the economically un-savvy, that’s 1-year of recession and 24 years of strong, steady economic growth.

That’s a figure I can’t imagine even Paul Krugman can sniff at (though I’m sure he’d want to).

Pop Culture Snippet: When Everbody was a Nobody

Warning: This post has little to no redeeming value nor sheds any light on anything aside from my general lack of awareness of all things Media and Hollywood.

Yes, before they were anybody they had supporting roles in this movie. Now, it is a fine satirical movie comedy; I saw it when it was released, I’ve seen it numerous times since then and I own it to boot (as any good, self-respecting Star Trek fan with a sense of humor must).

Stumbling upon my wife rifling through paperwork with it on in the background last night, I finally realized that it plays like a Who’s Who of current television stars and character actors. And it’s funny to boot!

So what am I talking about? Well, we’ll start here. Eventually starring in a second self-titled role in the cult-classic (at least in our house) Dodgeball, Justin Long appears here in his first role.

Moving on, the popular and (perhaps more-so) beautiful Missy Pyle as the Alien love-interest to Monk, er Frank.

Dwight Schrute is easily missed but the careful observer will notice Rainn Wilson in a speaking role riding along as one of the three Thermians tasked with kidnapping– –convincing– Tim Allen’s Commander Nesmith of the need for his help.

Additionally, you’ll find everyone’s favorite singing-lawyer Sam Loyd in Thermian makeup and costumes, along with E.R.‘s Dr. Crenshaw.

All are now television regulars or working character actors in film. I wonder if anyone had laid odds at the time on just how much of this collection of supporting talent would hit the ‘big time’ as working actor, who and how many would have taken the bet?

Mel Goes Ballistic — Tells professor to “F@ck Off!”

Mel Goes Ballistic — “Lady, F**k Off!” – TMZ.com

TMZ has learned Mel Gibson exploded in anger last night on a college campus after an expert on Mayan culture accussed him of racially stereotyping the Mayans in the movie “Apocalypto.”
Mel Gibson
It happened last night at Cal State University at Northridge in the San Fernando Valley. Gibson was speaking to a film class about his movies, and several members of the Mayan community came to hear the famous director.

After Gibson’s presentation, the crowd was allowed to ask questions. Alicia Estrada, an Assistant Professor of Central American Studies at CSUN, challenged Gibson, asking him if he had read about the Mayan culture before shooting the controversial film. Gibson said he had.
Mel Gibson
Estrada persisted, stating that representations in the movie that the Mayans engaged in sacrificial ceremonies and had bloodthirsty tendencies were both wrong and racist. Estrada and others tell TMZ that Gibson exploded in anger, responding, “Lady, F**k off.”
Mel Gibson
We’re told Gibson also became extremely angry when members of the Mayan community protested on how they were portrayed in the film. The emotional Mayan members were escorted out of the room, and we’re told Gibson screamed a parting shot — “Make your own movie!”

UPDATE: Gibson’s publicist, Alan Nierob, told TMZ, “This person was a heckler who was rude and disrupted the event, so much so that the event organizers had to escort her out.” For the record, Nierob, not Howard Rubenstein, reps Gibson.
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Captian America (Steve Rogers) Dies …End of an Era.

I suppose we owe it to the old Captain to give a little tribute post. The following is from Wikipedia.  It IS good for some things. (LOL) 

Captain America was one of the most popular characters of Marvel Comics (then known as Timely) during the Golden Age of Comic Books. Though preceded by MLJ‘s The Shield, Captain America immediately became the most prominent and enduring of a wave of patriotically themed superheroes introduced in American comic books prior to and during World War II. With his sidekick Bucky, Captain America faced Nazis, Japanese and other threats to wartime America and the Allies.

Comic Art Convention program book featuring Joe Simon's original 1940 sketch of Captain America.

Comic Art Convention program book featuring Joe Simon‘s original 1940 sketch of Captain America.

In the post-war era, with the popularity of superheroes fading, Captain America led Timely/Marvel’s first superhero team, the All-Winners Squad, in its two published adventures. In his own series he turned his attention to criminals and Cold War Communists. After Bucky was shot and wounded in a 1948 story, he was succeeded by Captain America’s girlfriend Betsy Ross, who became the superheroine Golden Girl. Captain America Comics ended with #75 (Feb. 1950), by which time the series had been titled Captain America’s Weird Tales for two issues, with the finale a horror/suspense anthology issue with no superheroes.

Captain America was briefly revived, along with the original Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner, in Young Men #24 (Dec. 1953), published by Marvel’s 1950s iteration Atlas Comics. Billed as “Captain America, Commie Smasher!”, he appeared several times during the next year in Young Men and Men’s Adventures, as well as in three issues of an eponymous title. Sales were poor, however, and the character again disappeared after Captain America #78 (Sept. 1954).

In the 1970s, the post-war versions of Captain America were retconned into separate, successive characters who briefly took up the mantle of Captain America after Steve Rogers went into suspended animation near the end of World War II.[3][4]

In the Human Torch story titled “Captain America” in Marvel Comics’ Strange Tales #114 (Nov. 1963), by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the brash young Fantastic Four member Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, engages in an exhibition performance with Captain America, depicted as a legendary World War II and 1950s superhero who has returned after many years of apparent retirement. The 13-page story ends with this Captain America revealed as an impostor: the villain the Acrobat, a former circus performer the Torch had defeated in Strange Tales #106. Afterward, Storm digs out an old comic book in which Captain America is shown to be Steve Rogers. A caption in the final panel says this story was a test to see if readers would like Captain America to return.

He did so in The Avengers #4 (March 1964), which story explained that in the final days of WWII, Captain America fell from an experimental drone plane into the North Atlantic Ocean and spent decades frozen in a state of suspended animation. (Retellings sometimes place the event over the English Channel.) The hero found a new generation of readers as leader of the all-star superhero team the Avengers, and in a new solo feature beginning in Tales of Suspense #59 (Nov. 1964), a “split book” shared with the feature “Iron Man“. The new Captain American stories were written by Stan Lee and generally penciled or laid out by Captain America’s Golden Age co-creator, Jack Kirby. Gil Kane, in some of his earliest Marvel work, also drew some stories. The feature went to full-length and took over the numbering of Tales of Suspense with #100. (Iron Man received his own, separate series.) The new title Captain America continued to feature artwork by Kirby, as well as a short run by Jim Steranko, and work by many of the industry’s top artists and writers.

This series — considered Captain America vol. 1 by comics researchers and historians,[5] following the 1940s Captain America Comics and its 1950s numbering continuation — ended with #454 (Aug. 1996). It was almost immediately followed by the 13-issue Captain America vol. 2 (Nov. 1996 – Nov. 1997),[6] the 50-issue Captain America vol. 3 (Jan. 1998 – Feb. 2002),[7] the 32-issue Captain America vol. 4 (June 2002 – Dec. 2004)[8] and Captain America vol. 5 (Jan. 2005 –  ).[9]

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

As part of the aftermath of Marvel Comics’ company crossover Civil War, Steve Rogers was apparently killed in Captain America vol 5 #25 (April 2007). Series writer Ed Brubaker remarked:

What I found is that all the really hard-core left-wing fans want Cap to be standing out on and giving speeches on the street corner against the [President George W.] Bush administration, and all the really right-wing [fans] all want him to be over in the streets of Baghdad, punching out Saddam [Hussein].”[10]

Marvel Entertainment Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada commented, however, that a Captain America comeback wasn’t impossible. The character’s death came as a blow to co-creator Joe Simon, who said ‘It’s a hell of a time for him to go. We really need him now.'”[10]

In reaction to dialogue between two characters in another Marvel comic released the same day, Marvel issued a press release that said “[c]omments from Ms. Marvel in … Civil War: The Initiative, which seemed to indicate that Captain America is still alive, and being held prisoner by the Pro-Registration forces, may not have been exactly what they seemed on the surface … yes, Captain America, Steve Rogers, is dead”. The release also stated that the Captain America series would continue.[11]