ROLE MODEL HUMILIATION
Of course, poor, put-upon Carrie did what any of us would do - whine incessantly in the media and run to the warm bosom of her lawyers. So what if she had exposed her nubile titties and then swore in an affidavit that she hadn't - therefore disqualifying her for the title of Miss America - anyone can make a mistake. It was a mere lapse of memory after all. Heck, our own vice president Cheney had to say he "didn't recall" 72 times in one sitting just the other day.
She demanded a million dollars for her unfair termination and subsequent public humiliation. Yesterday she went into arbitration with the Miss California USA Pageant officials, determined to get her pound of flesh. And boy did she get it - when a lawyer for the Pageant screened an X-rated home video Carrie had made and distributed before the pageant of herself engaged in a sex act usually performed in private.
From TMZ: We're told it took about 15 seconds for Carrie to jettison her demand and essentially walk away with nothing. As we first reported, the Pageant is paying around $100,000 to her lawyers and publicist -- a fraction of her bills. She pockets nothing in the settlement.
Oh, and the pageant officials still want her to pay for those perky breast implants they bought for her.
Thursday, November 5, 2009 8:11am
BLOG RERUN: THE
It was 1950 and the NBC program was called The Big Show, a star-studded 90 minutes that attracted the biggest names in the entertainment industry and beyond.
The star attraction was the outrageous hostess, a most unusual pick for a master of ceremonies, stage and screen actress / ultimate diva Tallulah Bankhead.
The program aired Sunday nights at 6:00pm but despite the network putting everything it had behind the program in an attempt to salvage the medium, The Big Show reportedly lost a million dollars and was cancelled after a couple of years, then moved unsuccessfully to television as the All-Star Revue with Tallulah as one of the rotating hosts.
Here's an episode of The Big Show from December of 1950 with guests Fred Allen, Margaret Truman, Joan Davis, Phil Silvers, The Sons of The Pioneers and more. The highlight of every episode was Tallulah's madcap putdowns and acid tongued bouts with the guests. (I edited out a boring 13 minute dramatic presentation with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.)
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 10:14am
WHERE I'M AT
So Billy Ingram morphs into Reverend Ray for the rest of the year. Hey, I know this is preposterous, but apparently you can hop over to a site called Facebook - it's something new - and follow the progress of the film as it's being made. Go to: facebook.com/lakeoffiremovie and become a fan of a movie you've never seen. There's an idea.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 10:14am
"I can tell you that Soupy's death was peaceful. Trudy and I were with him, talking to him and holding his hand. And all of a sudden he was gone. As you can imagine, because I've been with Trudy since last Thursday, I had missed all the obituaries. Thank you for sharing this. Dave Usher was a dear, wonderful friend of Soupy's. And I'm glad he made the call to announce it to the media. He got everything right. He was the first person Trudy had me call."
Sunday, November 1, 2009 9:10am
SUNDANCE CHANNEL HALLOWEEN TONIGHT
Friday, October 30, 2009 10:46am
Thursday, October 29, 2009 12:59pm
NEW SHOW REVIEW
This documentary takes you behind the scenes at the last Presidential election cinema verite style, gazing not just at the candidate but at the folks who helped him get elected. It's a superb, intimate glimpse at a remarkable man and a seminal event in American history - no matter what you may think of how well he's doing on the job.
It's a revealing portrait, as you'd expect Obama comes across as likeable and engaging, his family charming and unaffected. Michele especially reveals herself to be tough-minded and an equal partner in the endeavor, this campaign was truly a family undertaking.
It's also a reminder of how close we came, for better or worse, to having Hillary Clinton in office; after all Obama's election was the ultimate come from behind win, the plucky underdog who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
What you take away from this program is the idea that indeed anyone can grow up to be President one day and that might be the lasting legacy of the last election. It's also a good counterweight to the cartoonish image of the President as portrayed by the TV news gasbags.
By the People: The Election of Barack Obama airs on HBO starting Tuesday at 9:00pm.
Thursday, October 29, 2009 8:32am
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 12:46pm
BBC Video’s new special-edition DVD box set Fawlty Towers Remastered is now on sale, it's one of my very favorite shows and I can't wait to get my hands on that collection. Look at the extras:
Speaking of new products, look what's been a big seller through this site - The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb. No wonder, it's gotten great reviews and it's only $14 if you order online now. Great Christmas gift.
I've gotten a few requests for information about some local TV kiddie shows, maybe you know the answers?
Dan writes: I’m trying to find the name and any info about the kid’s TV show host who’d say, “Zoom! Mooz!” while looking through a circle he made with his his thumb and index finger. I believe he showed Flash Gordon serials (and maybe cartoons)? This show was probably produced in the 1940s or 1950s and aired in the Los Angeles area.
Melanie N. Lee asks: I grew up in the 1960s in Queens, NY. Lately the theme to "The Lone Musketeer" has been running through my head. Do you know where that music came from, and its name? It's a dramatic flourish of trumpets that sounds like it came from a Hollywood movie about The Three Musketeers or some other medieval swashbuckler. I had thought Sandy Becker had done The Lone Musketeer, but it turns out it was Fred Hall, a name I didn't even remember. So, please tell me the name of that music, and where I can listen to it on the Internet. Thanks!
Finally, Jill Botts wants to know: I was a child and was on a LA local TV show one time in the 50’s. The only thing I remember about it was that I was a hostess and there were younger children on the show. I was presented with a doll at the end of the show as I acted as the hostess. It seems to me like I had to help the children do something or give them ice cream or something. Do you have any idea what show that was?
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 8:36am
Just finished watching Top Chef season 4 on DVD. I honestly don't know how you can watch this show when it originally airs, I find myself wanting to watch 4 or 5 episodes at a time, it's so easily digestible.
Now this is adorable - and so wrong:
Sunday, October 25, 2009 1:20pm
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