April 07, 2005

Daily Show's 2004 Coverage to DVD

On June 28:

Bush vs. Kerry. It was a political year to remember as reported by the best fake journalists in the business. For the first time in "The Daily Show's" nine-year history, a DVD will be made available to the American people. Released via COMEDY CENTRAL Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2004" DVD hits stores on Tuesday, June 28 and will be available in retail stores nation-wide and at http://shop.comedycentral.com.

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2004" DVD is an uncensored three-disc boxed set featuring original content produced exclusively for the DVD by Jon Stewart and correspondents Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry and Ed Helms.

In addition, the DVD will include the following: all four shows from the Democratic National Convention taped at Boston University; all four shows from the Republican National Convention taped at COMEDY CENTRAL's World News Headquarters in New York City; "The Bush-Kerry Debate: The Squabble in Coral Gables," a special live presentation of the first presidential debate held on September 30, 2004; "Election Night 2004: Prelude to a Recount," the culmination of the show's "Indecision 2004" coverage that originally aired as a special one-hour primetime presentation; and highlights from the 2004 campaign.

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March 31, 2005

Air America Documentary

Greg Beato at Wonkette has an interview with one of the producers/directors of the new HBO doc Left of the Dial. Click here for it. The doc premieres tonight at 8:00pm ET/PT.

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March 10, 2005

ABC Censor Show on Censorship

Call up Alanis Morissette, we got an irony a cookin:

Case in point: the next episode of Boston Legal, to be broadcast Sunday March 13 on the Disney-owned ABC network. AlterNet has acquired both the original and the revised script for this episode from a source who prefers to remain anonymous. The original penned by Kelley focused in large measure on Fox News and its loofah-loving star Bill O'Reilly. The script also featured substantial excerpts from the independent film Outfoxed, which documents how the allegedly "fair and balanced" cable channel acts as a propaganda arm for the Republican Party and other conservative interest groups.

But the final script – the one that was actually shot for the show that will appear on Sunday – has been thoroughly scrubbed on orders from top ABC network executives, and all mention of Fox News and O’Reilly has been sent down the Memory Hole.

Why was the original script, which ironically centered on issues of free speech, censored?

Kelley won’t say why the changes were made – and no one at his production company, his producing partner 20th Century Fox, ABC or even Fox News is talking.

You can read what they cut out in the article.

Speaking of Bill O'Reilly, as reader Kevin R emails, given O'Reilly's love of boycotting the French, will he now call for restrictions on American Lance Amstrong?

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March 01, 2005

The Price of Swearing

From Rolling Stone:


When the Federal Communications Commission fined Clear Channel Communications $27,500 last year for each of eighteen incidents of "indecent material" spouted by shock jock Howard Stern, it sure seemed like a lot of money. But in retrospect those fines look like chump change. On February 16th, the Bush administration won House approval for a bill that would raise the maximum FCC fine to $500,000 per violation. Under the new measure, Clear Channel -- and Stern himself -- could each have been fined a total of $9 million.
"Free expression and First Amendment rights are the real target of this legislation," declared Rep. Bernie Sanders (Ind-Vt.) during the debate over the bill. "This is not what America is about."

A review of fines levied by other federal agencies suggests that the government may be taking swear words a bit too seriously. If the bill passes the Senate, Bono saying "fucking brilliant" on the air would carry the exact same penalty as illegally testing pesticides on human subjects. And for the price of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl, you could cause the wrongful death of an elderly patient in a nursing home and still have enough money left to create dangerous mishaps at two nuclear reactors. (Actually, you might be able to afford four "nuke malfunctions": The biggest fine levied by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last year was only $60,000.)

If Bush has his way, Howard Stern may soon have a tough choice to make: Tell a sex joke on the air, or dump toxic waste in New York's drinking water while willfully placing an employee at risk of injury or death? No wonder the foul-mouthed host is moving to satellite radio, which falls outside the authority of the FCC.

What the fuck.

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February 25, 2005

Oscar Predictions

Well, last year I got all the major categories right except for one (Sean Penn vs. Bill Murray). This year, I don't think it'll be so easy - I think I'll get less than half. Here's my predictions:

BEST PICTURE
The Aviator

BEST ACTOR
Jamie Foxx (biggest shoe-in?)

BEST ACTRESS
Hilary Swank

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Clive Owen

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Virginia Madsen

BEST DIRECTOR
Clint Eastwood

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Sideways

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Incredibles

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Incredibles

UPDATE: 4/9

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February 19, 2005

WPost Critic on Chris Rock and Matt Drudge

From the WPost's Donna Britt in a column that - surprise - was linked on Drudge.

Amazing. In an age in which people of every possible demographic are primed to screech, "I'm offended!" folks got the joke. More astonishing was Drudge's suggestion that academy members fear that Rock might "tarnish" Oscar's rep.

Rock would need superpowers to tarnish a show twice hosted by noted pratfaller Chevy Chase, and whose 1995 host, David Letterman, presented a dog that spun in circles whenever the audience applauded. Must I mention Rob Lowe painfully "singing" to Snow White in 1989 or the naked man who in 1974 "streaked" across the stage?

People tune in precisely to see who will cuss, trip or insert a Jimmy Choo pump or Gucci loafer into his or her mouth. Surely Crystal, Chase, Letterman and Goldberg made a discomfiting joke or two before they hosted ... Amazing. In an age in which people of every possible demographic are primed to screech, "I'm offended!" folks got the joke. More astonishing was Drudge's suggestion that academy members fear that Rock might "tarnish" Oscar's rep.

Rock would need superpowers to tarnish a show twice hosted by noted pratfaller Chevy Chase, and whose 1995 host, David Letterman, presented a dog that spun in circles whenever the audience applauded. Must I mention Rob Lowe painfully "singing" to Snow White in 1989 or the naked man who in 1974 "streaked" across the stage?

People tune in precisely to see who will cuss, trip or insert a Jimmy Choo pump or Gucci loafer into his or her mouth. Surely Crystal, Chase, Letterman and Goldberg made a discomfiting joke or two before they hosted.

But many abortion foes didn't seem to be biting, either. One antiabortion blogger said it's "a mistake to treat a comedian doing standup like he's a senator doing a stump speech." Dorinda Bordlee, an attorney for Americans United for Life, told LifeNews.com that she'd seen the routine and understood it was a parody. Rock, she explained, used satire "to show that abortion on demand has made women more into sex objects than we've ever been."

Here's another editorial taking on the fake Chris Rock controversy.

And while we're on the subject of 'abortion' jokes, here's a favorite of mine, one about abortion waiting periods that could be easily misconstrued - "Quite frankly, I think it's a good law. I was going to get an abortion the other day. I totally wanted an abortion.... And it turns out I was just thirsty." Sarah Silverman

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February 14, 2005

Humorless Conservatives

Jesus Christ, Chris Rock should thank his lucky stars for Matt Drudge and his inability to understand jokes and humor. Can't buy that anti-establishment profile.

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January 25, 2005

George W. Bush Gets Razzie Nom

For his performance in F-911.

Also:

WORST SCREEN COUPLE
George W. Bush & EITHER Condoleeza Rice OR His Pet Goat / FAHRENHEIT 9/11

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Condoleeza Rice / FAHRENHEIT 9/11
Britney Spears / FAHRENHEIT 9/11 (that's a little too easy, isn't it?)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Donald Rumsfeld / FAHRENHEIT 9/11

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January 23, 2005

RIP Johnny Carson

Age 79.

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January 19, 2005

Kazakhstan: Borat an Impostor

The star of HBO's Da Ali G Show, in one of his characters, pulled off another stunt in Virginia:

The Embassy of Kazakhstan in Washington wants the world to know: An HBO comedian passing himself off as "Borat of Kazakhstan" is an imposter. The diplomatic indignation comes because Sacha Baron Cohen, star of Da Ali G Show, has struck again.

This time the British funnyman pranked folks at a rodeo in Salem, Va., with his role as the Kazakh journalist named Borat Sagdiyev. He publicly butchered the national anthem before a crowd of 4,000 and called on President Bush to "drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq."

Wearing a cowboy hat and an American flag shirt, Cohen tricked rodeo organizers into thinking he was a documentary TV reporter who wanted to show his support for the war on terror by singing The Star-Spangled Banner. He told the audience: "I hope you kill every man, woman and child in Iraq, down to the lizards." He urged them to sit down rather than stand, then belted out a version of the anthem that ended with the words, "Your home in the grave."

A chorus of boos erupted. "If he had been out there a minute longer, I think somebody would have shot him," one stunned observer told the Roanoke Times after the Jan. 7 debacle.

Cohen, who also delights in pranking policy wonks using the guise of hip-hopper Ali G, is a continuing headache for the Kazakhstan Embassy. He has claimed on his show that his "countrymen" hate Gypsies and Jews and shoot dogs. Sounding exasperated, embassy press secretary Roman Vassilenko told us Friday: "Sacha Baron Cohen has nothing to do with Kazakhstan. He does not represent Kazakhstan. He does not speak for Kazakhstan. He doesn't even look like a Kazakh."

Ali G previously with esteemed members of the public:
The genius of Cohen's approach is that he accomplishes more as a moron than he could as a smartass, lampooning the vacuity of talking head TV and startling his guests into dropping their sound bites. Comedy Central's Daily Show (the only newscast I regularly watch) often attempts something similar, with correspondents asking deliberately inane or off the-wall questions, but the interviewees are rarely famous and their typical response is a blank stare. Cohen strings his guests along much further than The Daily Show usually does, and he has managed to arrange interviews with an impressive list of public figures, including former Attorney General Ed Meese (who performs a rap), former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft (who says we'd never nuke Canada because "we don't want what they have"), former CIA Director James Woolsey (who tries to clear up Ali G's confusion between John F. Kennedy and J.R. Ewing), and Kofi Annan's predecessor at the U.N., whom Ali G overenthusiastically introduces as "Boutros Bout ros Boutros Boutros-Ghali" and asks, "Which is da funniest language?"

Ali G presses former astronaut Buzz Aidrin--who last year punched an overly aggressive conspiracy theorist who asked him to swear on a Bible that the lunar landings were not faked--for a response to the wellknown rumors about the Apollo program. Just as you're wondering whether Aldrin will take another swing, Ali G asks the question on everyone's mind: Does the moon exist? ... Ralph Nader, too, does better than you might expect. When Ali G argues that "you'd have to be absolutely mental" to live in the rainforest, what with "all these monkeys ploppin' on your 'ead," Nader replies, "First of all, the monkeys aren't eager to search out these natives and plop on them." In response to Ali G's suggestion that people's "natural gases" could be harnessed as a source of energy, Nader says, "Well, you already have tens of millions of cattle, but they haven't figured out how to put a box on their asshole' Despite this adroit performance, according to Newsweek, "Nader's people were so furious after Ali G got him to rap during an interview that one aide reportedly said it might be grounds for a lawsuit"--presumably for intentional infliction of rhythmic distress.

"Is Disneyland a member of the UN?"

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January 10, 2005

Jon Stewart Book Banned in Mississippi

Please, let's not reinforce any more state stereotypes; AP (via Political Wire):

Library officials in two southern Mississippi counties have banned Jon Stewart's best-selling "America (The Book)" over the satirical textbook's nude depictions of the nine U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites) justices.

"I've been a librarian for 40 years and this is the only book I've objected to so strongly that I wouldn't allow it to circulate," said Robert Willits, director of the Jackson-George Regional Library System of eight libraries in Jackson and George counties.

"We're not an adult bookstore. Our entire collection is open to the entire public," Willits said. "If they had published the book without that one picture, that one page, we'd have the book."

Wal-Mart has declined to stock the book because of the page, which features the faces of the nine Supreme Court justices superimposed over naked bodies. The facing page has cutouts of the justices' robes, complete with a caption asking readers to "restore their dignity by matching each justice with his or her respective robe

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January 07, 2005

Michael Moore on Leno Tonight

NBC, after the local news, FYI.

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December 16, 2004

New Batman Begins Trailer

New trailer looks promising. The movie's from the same guy who did Memento (Chris Nolan), and it looks like the franchise is finally returning to the dark roots of Batman, ala Frank Miller, versus the cartoonish silliness of the last few movies.

Take a look at the teaser poster.

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December 14, 2004

Where Do FCC Complaints Originate?

Mostly from one, conservative 'pro-family' organization; Tim Goodman in the San Fran Chron:

My vote for best media/television story of the year goes to one you may have missed. Mediaweek reported on Dec. 6 that of all the "indecency complaints" to the Federal Communications Commission in 2003, a startling 99.8 percent of them came from one conservative group, the Parents Television Council.

And through October of this year, apart from complaints over Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction," a full 99.9 percent of the complaints about indecency have again come from the Parents Television Council. That means a small group of highly mobilized conservative watchdogs has essentially driven the "moral values" campaign directed at the FCC.

Hey, blue staters, this is a much smaller picture than you ever imagined. Forget about looking at that depressing election map and feeling overwhelmed, like you're on a cultural island apart from the rest of the country. The sad fact is, while you've been pouting -- and prior to that, when you were watching Jon Stewart and gloating -- you let a small group of reactionary conservatives set the agenda.

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November 17, 2004

Stupid Stupid Stupid

And since we're talking about indencency, here's reaaalll indecency from a week or so ago:

Because director Steven Spielberg wouldn't allow the profanity in his film to be edited out, it is likely to offend hypersensitive viewers most likely to lodge a complaint with censorious bureaucrats. Meanwhile, the FCC refused to issue a waiver in advance of the broadcast, insisting that it was up to ABC to follow the dictates of its own conscience.

To its credit, ABC was willing to risk it, but many of its affiliates weren't willing to follow, despite the network's promise to pay all FCC fines. The affiliates were afraid that fines would be used as a pretext to challenge their broadcast licenses when they come up for renewal in some communities.

Several years ago, conservative interest groups lobbied hard against ABC showing "Saving Private Ryan" on network television. Now affiliates are terrified that those operatives are still lying in wait for the broadcast now that the drift of national politics is on their side. These groups are already going after ABC's "Desperate Housewives," television's top-rated drama.

yes. it's really come to blocking 'Saving Private Ryan' from TV. sigh.

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November 16, 2004

Michael Moore Scouting Candidates for 2008

You'll remember Michael Moore once pushed Oprah for president, so what about Tom Hanks?

Looks like "Fahrenheit 9/11" director and proud lefty Michael Moore is hatching a scheme to draft Tom Hanks for the White House in 2008.

"We need to find our Arnold," Moore told Lowdown at Sunday's "Hotel Rwanda" premiere, adding that the box-office star is the Democratic Schwarzenegger.

"You know, Americans want to vote for someone that they trust, that they like, that has a friendly face. They don't expect their President to be the one who's actually setting the policy and writing the laws. They know Bush doesn't do that. They want the person in charge, though, to be someone who will make them feel safe and someone who they like and who they trust.

"Americans love celebrities, they love movie stars, and when they get the chance to vote for them, they do." ... "That will never, ever, ever happen," Hanks declared through his PR rep.

While I don't believe running a celebrity in 2008 is the solution, I'll link to another celeb-prez site with amusement: Cusack for President

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November 01, 2004

Bruuuce on Kerry

The video introduction of Kerry by Bruce.

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October 29, 2004

Bruce: Incredibly Cool

LA Times with this note on Bruce during his campaign rally with John Kerry in Wisconsin:

When the rock star's trailer parked in front of their house, 21-year-old Danya Bader-Natal — one of the seven University of Wisconsin seniors who live in the gray wooden house — scrawled a message in green marker on a flattened box and hung it from their second-story balcony: "Bruce come up for a beer."

On his way back to his trailer after playing a short set for a crowd of 80,000 people, the singer pointed at the sign with a grin. And, much to their shock, he took the students up on their invitation.

Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa, clambered up the stairs, tripping over a jumble of computer cords stretched across a doorway, and joined the roommates and their friends on a balcony cluttered with beach chairs and boxes of artichoke pizza. The stunned students handed the rock legend a bottle of Capital Amber, and for the next 20 minutes he hung out with them as Kerry spoke onstage down the street.

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October 27, 2004

Mosh Hits Number 1

On MTV.

Sam Graham-Felsen in The Nation comments on the video.

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October 26, 2004

Eminem Raps Bush

I won't pretend that Eminem is the smartest man in America, and we should crown him master of the universe, but Ben Wikler is basically right here about Eminem's new video: "Musicians making political statements is nothing new. But there aren’t many recording artists with as wide a following among young people across the country; and fewer still would be willing to risk alienating fans with a video assaulting a candidate this directly, right before an election. And not only is the video unusual, it’s powerful."

So, per Kos, Boldprint, and a bunch of other bloggers, tell MTV's Total Request Live to air the video.

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October 23, 2004

Fox's North Shore

I really have no problem with the fact that Fox TV's "North Shore" is contributing millions of dollars to Hawaii's economy. Certainly, I have no objection to the jobs, tourism interest, and other industry investments the show has created. Certainly not. But really, in a state where only 1/4 of the population is white, and half Asian (the largest percent in the country, by far), would it really kill the producers to have a fucking Asian in the cast? Even Hawaii 5-0 (a great show) had a large number of Asian / minorities, and that was in the 60s/70s. Guess we'll have to wait for the episode where the Kung-Fu dojo checks into the hotel.

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October 11, 2004

Live Tour Finale Webcast

From ACT:

Vote for Change wraps-up its 33 city, 11-state tour with a grand finale set for Monday, October 11th in Washington, D.C. with a sold out show at the MCI Center. Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks, Jackson Brown, James Taylor, Jurassic 5, Keb’ Mo’, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Pearl Jam and R.E.M will perform.

This unprecedented and historic concert will be accessible to millions via a live webcast entitled “National Anthem: Inside the Vote for Change Concert Tour.” Viewers are encouraged to download the free RealPlayer 10 (for Windows, Mac or Linux desktops) in advance of the October 11th grand finale.

All Vote for Change shows are presented by MoveOn PAC to benefit America Coming Together (ACT). All Vote for Change artists are donating their time and talent in support of the tour.

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October 07, 2004

F-911 Has Explosive DVD Sales

From Reuters:

Michael Moore's politically charged documentary ``Fahrenheit 9/11'' sold about 2 million combined DVD and VHS units Tuesday (Oct. 5), its first day in release, according to industry sources.

That Day 1 sales figure and projected Week 1 sales of 3 million combined units set the benchmark as the most successful documentary ever released on home video.

Get the DVD here, send this site a few bucks.

But wait! In the interest of crass capitalism, there's even more political DVDs just released in time for the election. Oh to be liberal ... and have a DVD player:

cover

Control Room

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Bush Family Fortunes

cover

Unprecedented

cover

Fahrenheit 9/11

cover

George W. Bushisms

cover

The Hunting of the President

cover

Bush's Brain

cover

Outfoxed


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Does Satellite Represent Future of Radio?

Like HBO (which doesn't have the idiotic FCC and government watching them), satellite radio has no such limitations; Reuters:

The federal government granted traditional radio free use of the public airwaves in 1927, and in the decades that followed piled on a wealth of legal perks and protections satellite radio does not enjoy, such as the exclusive right to air music without paying royalties to performers. But the Stern move may expose traditional radio's Achilles' heel: Stations' free use of the airwaves makes them subject to unique content regulations by the Federal Communications Commission.

That regulation has gotten far stricter this year in the wake of Janet Jackson's breast exposure on Viacom's (nyse: VIAb - news - people ) CBS during the Super Bowl. Last month the FCC socked CBS with a $550,000 fine for that stunt. Stern's program was knocked off six Clear Channel Communications (nyse: CCU - news - people ) stations for alleged indecency this year, and the host has had to scale back some of his more profane material.

Satellite radio has no such restrictions. It is a subscription service, akin to Time Warner's (nyse: TWX - news - people ) HBO on cable, and thus subject to the very loose content regulations that allow such violent and profanity-laced cable shows as The Sopranos and Deadwood.

Executives at Sirius (nasdaq: SIRI - news - people ) and XM Satellite Radio (nasdaq: XMSR - news - people ) make no secret of their admiration of the HBO model. The cable network has used its artistic freedom to produce, along with more profane shows, higher-quality shows as well. This year the network received a record 124 Emmy nominations. It won 32, the most of any network in nearly two decades.

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September 28, 2004

Conan to Replace Leno in 2009

With Conan being one of my personal favorites, this comes as welcome news (Conan's wanted the 11:30 slot for a while). Of course, one wonders whether or not the tone of Conan's show will be watered down when he makes the move to a earlier time (will the masturbating bear go over well at 11:30?). Good comedians know how to adapt to their audience, so I don't anticipate that much of a problem. NYT:

Mr. O'Brien, the host of NBC's "Late Night'' for more than a decade, signed a new contract early yesterday morning at NBC's headquarters in Rockefeller Center. The deal guarantees Mr. O'Brien will serve at least two years as host of "Tonight," still the leading show in late-night television, when he takes over from Mr. Leno at a yet-to-be-determined date in 2009.

NBC made the news official in a news release yesterday afternoon, after it had been announced to the staffs of both shows early in the morning. Mr. Leno planned to tell his own television audience last night of the decision on his program, already billed as a special edition because it is the official 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of "Tonight,'' with Steve Allen as host. Mr. O'Brien will become the fifth host in the show's history.

Because of a desire to allow Mr. Leno the first public comment on the decision, the hosts and NBC executives declined on-the-record interviews yesterday. But several people involved in the negotiations said they had been conducted in an amicable fashion, even though Mr. O'Brien has been surprised and disappointed earlier this year when NBC announced it had signed Mr. Leno to a five-year extension.

Another question is who will replace Conan. The obvious choice is Jon Stewart who (like Craig Kilborn) likely doesn't want to stay on Comedy Central forever.

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Sulu Doesn't Want Bush

For all you Star Trek fans, on the lighter side of politics ... NYDN:

Add "Star Trek" cast member George Takei, who played navigator Sulu in the classic television series, to the folks who want to see President Bush replaced. "Bush is responsible for the needless deaths of so many young men and women," Takei says in the upcoming Steppin' Out magazine. "I don't usually agree with Howard Stern's opinions ... but when it comes to the direction of the country, we're on the same page." Takei, who grew up during World War II in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, likens today's heightened security to the conditions of that era: "You never get over being detained in a internment camp. It stays with you for life. ... I can relate to how Arab-Americans must feel."

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September 27, 2004

TV Guests

Of interest, from Sue Trowbridge:

Al Franken - Th, 9/30, Leno
Bill O'Reilly - Tu 10/5, Letterman
Dennis Miller - Tu 10/5, Leno
Laura Bush - Wed 10/6, Leno
Al Franken, Keith Olbermann - We 9/29, Carson
Al Sharpton - Tu 10/5, Carson
Bill Maher - Th 10/7, Carson

THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central

Mo 9/27: Rosie Perez
Tu 9/28: Ralph Reed
We 9/29: Seymour Hersh
Th 9/30: TBA

Mo 10/4: Bishop Desmond Tutu
Tu 10/5: Billy Bob Thornton
We 10/6: Bob Schieffer
Th 10/7: Bill O'Reilly

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Rolling Stone: Rockin' Rebels

The Rolling Stone cover story on Voices for Change; RS interviews a bunch of artists, including Chuck D, Adam Levin (Maroon 5), Dave Matthews, Natalie Maines, and Alicia Keyes. Here's Ryan Key of Yellowcard

I voted for Bush in 2000. I was fresh out of high school. That's the way my parents were voting, so I just voted that way. If I could take it back, I would. Our president has pulled a blanket of fear over the country. He told us he had reasons to go to war, but where are the good-old weapons of mass destruction?

I've met so many people whose loved ones have died in Iraq. A woman named Cindy, whose husband was shot down in his F-18, came backstage at one of our concerts and collapsed in tears - she was hysterical with grief. She gave me her husband's picture. We talked about the election and how upset we were that her husband had to be where he was in the first place. That finalized it for me. If people who look to the commander in chief for support and wisdom don't trust him, it's time for a new one. That's all there is to it.

And here's the Bruce interview.

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Aint It Cool News on John Kerry Doc

I'm not sure if Harry Knowles has a political orientation (I never perceived one, though I don't read his site on a daily basis, so I could be wrong) but this is a pretty good summary / review of the film from the guy who's considered one of the more knowledgable film guys on the net (bold letters my emphasis):

When I received the tape of GOING UPRIVER: THE LONG WAR OF JOHN KERRY, I wasn’t really certain what to make of it. I assumed it would begin with his early life, take me through his Vietnam experiences, the protest movement against that war and finally his political life as a Senator. I figured, this would be a campaign film.

Instead, what director GEORGE BUTLER has made is a fascinating documentary about a transformation in a man caught by the Kennedy dream of “ask what you can do for your country,” signed up to fight the communists in Vietnam, began to see the truth of that war and felt that his duty to his country and fellow soldiers was to try and help end the war. Basically – that’s what this documentary is about.

The Vietnam part of the documentary is frankly pretty brutal. It lays out what the mission of the Swift Boats in Vietnam were. There’s testimony by those that recommended Kerry for medals at the time he earned them. Men, who claim he saved their lives, including one while Kerry was in fact wounded. Whether or not these events happened exactly as these men claimed they happened is surely up for debate these days, every bit as much as the idea that the sky is falling these days… but it sure seems that people that would probably know best what John Kerry did on his swift boat in Vietnam… well, I’d like to think it would be the men that were actually on his swift boat… or the man he pulled out of the river while he himself was wounded. But frankly – this isn’t the stuff that impressed me in the documentary.
Instead, what I found absolutely captivating was what John Kerry did when he came back to the United States. The footage of John’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is incredibly powerful. I’ve seen blurry photos of John testifying used in Anti-Kerry ads, but muted of course. As if to lump him in with the foul mouth protests of them there hippies. Instead, his testimony is one of the most eloquent and dignified statements I’ve seen from a Senate testimony. Throughout his time shown at this period of his life, he is shown to be the moderate steady hand that lead the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). He wasn’t speaking out against the soldiers, but in fact FOR THE SOLDIERS. To put an end to the war. His statement about Nixon not wanting to be the first U.S. President to lose a war, in comparison to having to ask how one can ask a soldier to be the last man to die for a mistake… well, that’s powerful.

Here's the website for the film.

The DVD is going to be released on October 19.

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September 22, 2004

Eminem Targets Bush

From Rolling Stone on the rapper who's just about anti-everything:

Due out November 16th, Eminem's hotly anticipated Encore marks a strong return to the rapper's Slim Shady persona. On September 14th in Los Angeles, Interscope president Jimmy Iovine hosted a listening party for retailers, during which he played several Dr. Dre-produced tracks.

"The cuts we heard were very political," says one record-store buyer. "Eminem's distaste for the Bush administration is pretty clear."

Among the tracks is "Encore," featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, and the first single, "Just Lose It," which hits radio September 27th. The video, due on MTV as early as October 5th, features Eminem running naked down a Los Angeles street and dressing as pop icons like Pee-wee Herman.

There are tentative plans to release the album with a limited-edition bonus disc, which may include songs that were leaked on the Internet last year.

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September 20, 2004

Daily Show Wins Emmy for "Variety, Music or Comedy Series"

FYI. Also writing Emmy.

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Kerry on Letterman

Tonight, John Kerry will be on David Letterman's show.

The musical guest will be Greenday, a band that's not too found of Bush.

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September 15, 2004

Jay Leno: Left of Center?

Interesting (if you're a comedian-nerd like I am) LA Weekly article in which Leno talks a bit about his politics, and what jokes are fair game.

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September 14, 2004

Talk Show Guests

Of interest, from Sue Trowbridge:

Al Franken, Letterman, 9/14 (r)
Reverend Al Sharpton, Carson, 9/14
Bill Maher, Carson, 9/16
Bill Clinton, Letterman, 9/17 (r)
Jon Stewart, Leno, 9/20
Jon Stewart, Ellen, 9/21

DAILY SHOW
Mo 9/13: Drew Barrymore
Tu 9/14: Pat Buchanan
We 9/15: Alec Baldwin
Th 9/16: Gwyneth Paltrow

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September 13, 2004

Tim McGraw: Clinton Fan

The country singer on the Big Dog in TIME:

It's no accident that McGraw, 37, has turned his professional obligation into a campaign whistle-stop. "I love politics," he says on the way back to his dressing room. "I love Bill Clinton. I think we should make him king. I'm talking the red robe, the turkey leg - everything." Then, because such things must be floated carefully and modestly, McGraw adds, "I want to run for the Senate from Tennessee. Not now, but when I'm 50, when music dies down a little bit. I know lots of artists and actors have those delusions of grandeur, but ever since I was a kid, it's been of interest to me."

Those who would dismiss McGraw out of hand should first remember Arnold Schwarzenegger (or country singer Jimmie Davis, who served two terms as Governor of Louisiana) and then give some thought to the vagaries of country music. Nashville is perhaps the most protocol-obsessed U.S. city outside of Washington, and McGraw is its smoothest operator. He has sold 30 million albums (his latest, Live Like You Were Dying, entered Billboard's album chart at No. 1) without being excessively cornpone or mindlessly pop. In the process, he has done what his predecessor Garth Brooks could not do: reach an audience outside his genre while remaining well liked within it. "Nashville hates anyone who has ambitions beyond Nashville," says a country record executive. "Shania, Garth Brooks get no respect in this town. But Tim has done a good job of disguising his motives - or of at least paying the proper respect to the industry."

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September 05, 2004

Republican Kid Rock Values

I'm sure they're thrilled to have him on their side; NY Times:

Kid Rock, the Detroit-born rap artist who is a member of the spiky clump of George W. Bush supporters in the wonderful world of entertainment, trumpeted his support for the president Wednesday night at the recording-industry party for Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, and J. Dennis Hastert, the House speaker. The Kid, as he is called, was wearing a black Western-style bowler hat with a rhinestone band over his sweat-drenched stringy blond hair. He jumped right into an elaboration of his own considered brand of Republicanism. If he were president, he explained, he would never get caught having sex in the Oval Office, but would instead install cameras in the Lincoln Bedroom.

The Kid professed interest in smoking a joint while joining the Mile High Club on Air Force One, emphasizing his bullet points by punching his muscled arms in the air.

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August 26, 2004

Laura Disses Diddy?

She can hate him now? From NYDN:

Sean (Puffy) Combs hasn't had a day like this since J.Lo kicked him to the curb. His Diddiness scrubbed last night's scheduled performance at the new Ohio slavery museum over what the rap mogul feels was a snub by the First Lady's office.

Combs reportedly was on his way to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati to play at the museum's dedication concert when somebody told him Laura Bush would not feel comfortable sharing the stage with him.

"He was planning on doing it," a Combs aide told us. "But we don't understand why she wouldn't want to stand with him. He hasn't been partisan at all."

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August 25, 2004

Rock Against Bush Releases 2nd Album

Following the success of their first album, Rock Against Bush - a coalition of anti-Bush punk rock bands, most younger than the Vote for Change groups - has released its second album. On this one:

1. Favorite Son/Green Day (unreleased) Listen Listen Listen
2. Let Them Eat War/Bad Religion Listen Listen Listen
3. Unity/Operation Ivy Listen Listen Listen
4. Necrotism: Decanting the Insalubrious (Cyborg Midnight) Part 7/The Lawrence Arms (unreleased) Listen Listen Listen
5. We Got the Power/Dropkick Murphys (rare) Listen Listen Listen
6. Drunken Lullabies/Flogging Molly
7. Doomsday Breach/Only Crime
8. Gas Chamber/Foo Fighters (rare)
9. Status Pools/Lagwagon (unreleased)
10. What You Say/Sugarcult
11. 7 Years Down/Rancid
12. Off With Your Head/Sleater-Kinney (rare)
13. Scream Out/The Unseen (unreleased)
14. Violins/Yellowcard (unreleased)
15. Like Sprewells on a Wheelchair/Dillinger Four (unreleased)
16. Chesterfield King live/Jawbreaker (unreleased)
17. Born Free live/Bouncing Souls (unreleased)
18. No Hope live/Mad Caddies (unreleased)
19. Kids Today/The Dwarves (unreleased)
20. Can't Wait to Quit/Sick of It All (rare)
21. Comforting Lie/No Doubt
22. State of Fear/Useless ID (unreleased)
23. I'm Thinking/Autopilot Off (unreleased)
24. My Star/The International Noise Conspiracy (unreleased)
25. Time's Up/Donots (unreleased)
26. Kill the Night/Hot Water Music (unreleased)
27. You're Gonna Die/Thought Riot
28. Fields of Agony acoustic/No Use For a Name (unreleased)

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August 17, 2004

Quotable Quote

From Hotline: Craig Kilborn, on quitting his show: "I honestly just cannot believe I'm out of a job before George W. Bush"

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Quotable Quote

From Hotline: Craig Kilborn, on quitting his show: "I honestly just cannot believe I'm out of a job before George W. Bush"

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Lateline Now on DVD

NBC's short-lived Al Franken sitcom, Lateline, is now on DVD.

The show's a behind the scenes look at a Nightline-type show. Among some of the guest stars on the show:

Dana Carvey, G. Gordan Liddy, Ralph Nader, Jimmy Breslin, Pat Buchanan, John McLaughlin, Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Richard Gephardt, Robert Reich, Michael Dukakis, Jerry Falwell, William F. Buckley and Alan Simpson.

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Lateline Now on DVD

NBC's short-lived Al Franken sitcom, Lateline, is now on DVD.

The show's a behind the scenes look at a Nightline-type show. Among some of the guest stars on the show:

Dana Carvey, G. Gordan Liddy, Ralph Nader, Jimmy Breslin, Pat Buchanan, John McLaughlin, Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Richard Gephardt, Robert Reich, Michael Dukakis, Jerry Falwell, William F. Buckley and Alan Simpson.

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August 10, 2004

GOP Wants Star Power Too

According to the always reliable NY Post:

WE HEAR . . .

. . . THAT the GOP is reaching out to Kelsey Grammer, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, Dennis Miller, Britney Spears and country stars Brooks & Dunn in hopes that they'll lend some star power to the Republican National Convention.

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GOP Wants Star Power Too

According to the always reliable NY Post:

WE HEAR . . .

. . . THAT the GOP is reaching out to Kelsey Grammer, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, Dennis Miller, Britney Spears and country stars Brooks & Dunn in hopes that they'll lend some star power to the Republican National Convention.

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August 09, 2004

Springsteen Breaks a Heart

Such sadness:

Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he's "heartbroken" that Bruce Springsteen plans to rock against President Bush. Opening his weekly radio show Friday with "Born to Run," the 43-year-old Pawlenty called Springsteen one of his musical idols.

"I really appreciate his music, but I wish he wouldn't interject his music with politics," said Pawlenty, co-chairman of Bush's re-election campaign in Minnesota.

Springsteen and REM will perform Oct. 5 at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center as part of a series of concerts being staged in nine swing states to oppose Bush's re-election.

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Springsteen Breaks a Heart

Such sadness:

Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he's "heartbroken" that Bruce Springsteen plans to rock against President Bush. Opening his weekly radio show Friday with "Born to Run," the 43-year-old Pawlenty called Springsteen one of his musical idols.

"I really appreciate his music, but I wish he wouldn't interject his music with politics," said Pawlenty, co-chairman of Bush's re-election campaign in Minnesota.

Springsteen and REM will perform Oct. 5 at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center as part of a series of concerts being staged in nine swing states to oppose Bush's re-election.

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Daily Show Guests

Info via Sue Trowbridge:

Daily Show
Mo 8/9: Former President Bill Clinton
Tu 8/10: Maureen Dowd
We 8/11: Tom Cruise
Th 8/12: Bryan Keefer

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Daily Show Guests

Info via Sue Trowbridge:

Daily Show
Mo 8/9: Former President Bill Clinton
Tu 8/10: Maureen Dowd
We 8/11: Tom Cruise
Th 8/12: Bryan Keefer

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August 05, 2004

Springsteen on Nightline

Interview with Ted Koppel:

You build up credibility, and you build it up for a reason, you know, over a long period of time, and hopefully we've built up that credibility with our audience. And I have an audience that's Democrats, Republicans and everything else, you know. And I think there comes a time when you feel, all right, I've built this up, and it's time to spend some of this.

And I think it's one of the most critical elections of my adult life, certainly. Very basic questions of American identity are at issue: who we are, what do we stand for, when do we fight ....

I want to say basically I feel that, as a nation over the past four years, we've drifted away from I think very mainstream American values. I think that in the question having large tax cuts for the richest one percent. Hey, that's great, you know [for] corporate bigwigs, wealthy, well-to-do guitar players, but we've also watched services get cut, after-school programs for people that need it the most, we've watched rollback on environmental regulations, and a foreign policy that I think put at risk the lives of the very bravest young men and women under what ended up to be discredited circumstances.

Bruce also has an editorial in the NY Times.

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Springsteen on Nightline

Interview with Ted Koppel:

You build up credibility, and you build it up for a reason, you know, over a long period of time, and hopefully we've built up that credibility with our audience. And I have an audience that's Democrats, Republicans and everything else, you know. And I think there comes a time when you feel, all right, I've built this up, and it's time to spend some of this.

And I think it's one of the most critical elections of my adult life, certainly. Very basic questions of American identity are at issue: who we are, what do we stand for, when do we fight ....

I want to say basically I feel that, as a nation over the past four years, we've drifted away from I think very mainstream American values. I think that in the question having large tax cuts for the richest one percent. Hey, that's great, you know [for] corporate bigwigs, wealthy, well-to-do guitar players, but we've also watched services get cut, after-school programs for people that need it the most, we've watched rollback on environmental regulations, and a foreign policy that I think put at risk the lives of the very bravest young men and women under what ended up to be discredited circumstances.

Bruce also has an editorial in the NY Times.

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August 04, 2004

Kerry Fights Dracula in Vietnam

No, no, not some NY Post front page story. Rather, a comic book:

Set aside the question of whether all politicians are bloodsuckers, and check out John Kerry in the latest issue of "Sword of Dracula" (Image, $2.95). The Democratic presidential candidate turns up for a sighting of the fanged one in an unusual place: Vietnam, 1968, where Kerry served in the U.S. Navy.

Kerry doesn't drive a stake through Nixon's heart, and his appearance as a swift-boat skipper in the Mekong Delta is just a flashback within the modern-day "military horror" story in which writer Jason Henderson reimagines Drac as the world's foremost terrorist ...

"I didn't put Kerry in to push a leftist doctrine. I just thought people deserved to remember that this man, when he was a young man, actually walked away from a wealthy and comfortable life and went to a place where there were pieces of metal flying around that could tear you apart."

If you feel inclined, you can purchase the comic here.

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Kerry Fights Dracula in Vietnam

No, no, not some NY Post front page story. Rather, a comic book:

Set aside the question of whether all politicians are bloodsuckers, and check out John Kerry in the latest issue of "Sword of Dracula" (Image, $2.95). The Democratic presidential candidate turns up for a sighting of the fanged one in an unusual place: Vietnam, 1968, where Kerry served in the U.S. Navy.

Kerry doesn't drive a stake through Nixon's heart, and his appearance as a swift-boat skipper in the Mekong Delta is just a flashback within the modern-day "military horror" story in which writer Jason Henderson reimagines Drac as the world's foremost terrorist ...

"I didn't put Kerry in to push a leftist doctrine. I just thought people deserved to remember that this man, when he was a young man, actually walked away from a wealthy and comfortable life and went to a place where there were pieces of metal flying around that could tear you apart."

If you feel inclined, you can purchase the comic here.

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Kid Rock: Patriotic American

From the NYDN:

That was rabble- rousing Republican Kid Rock paying homage to retired four-star Gen. Tommy Franks Tuesday night at Frank's book party on the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid.

"If I'd known that Tommy was going to show up at a Manhattan book party wearing cowboy boots, I would have worn mine, too," the sneakered ex-Pamela Anderson boyfriend told me, eyeing the general's pricey alligator numbers from high-end bootmaker T.O. Stanley.

Kid Rock confided that once this Iraq business is over and done with, "we should go on to clean up the next country, and then the next one." Maybe 'cause he'd like to visit Iran and North Korea with the U.S.O.?

Do I really need to say anything besides chickenhawk?

There was also this patriotic Kid Rock moment.

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Kid Rock: Patriotic American

From the NYDN:

That was rabble- rousing Republican Kid Rock paying homage to retired four-star Gen. Tommy Franks Tuesday night at Frank's book party on the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid.

"If I'd known that Tommy was going to show up at a Manhattan book party wearing cowboy boots, I would have worn mine, too," the sneakered ex-Pamela Anderson boyfriend told me, eyeing the general's pricey alligator numbers from high-end bootmaker T.O. Stanley.

Kid Rock confided that once this Iraq business is over and done with, "we should go on to clean up the next country, and then the next one." Maybe 'cause he'd like to visit Iran and North Korea with the U.S.O.?

Do I really need to say anything besides chickenhawk?

There was also this patriotic Kid Rock moment.

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ACT Launches Vote for Change Tour

Here's the webpage.

Here's a partial lineup: Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks, Jackson Brown, John Mellencamp, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Pearl Jam and R.E.M.

Springsteen in the LAT about the tour:

"What we are doing here is the direct outgrowth from the ideas that I've tried to sing about for the past 25 years," Springsteen said in an interview. "Hopefully we have built up a lot of credibility with our fans over the years. There comes a moment when you have to spend some of it. This is that moment."

Posted by Eric at 10:26 AM | Comments (0)

ACT Launches Vote for Change Tour

Here's the webpage.

Here's a partial lineup: Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks, Jackson Brown, John Mellencamp, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Pearl Jam and R.E.M.

Springsteen in the LAT about the tour:

"What we are doing here is the direct outgrowth from the ideas that I've tried to sing about for the past 25 years," Springsteen said in an interview. "Hopefully we have built up a lot of credibility with our fans over the years. There comes a moment when you have to spend some of it. This is that moment."

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August 02, 2004

Al Franken on Letterman

Tonight, CBS, 1130/1030.

FYI. Supposed to be after Pam Anderson.

Others of note, courtesy of Sue Trowbridge:

Tu 8/3: Clinton, Letterman.
Tu 8/3: Dennis Miller, Leno.
Fr 8/6: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leno.

Daily Show this week:
Tu 8/3: Spike Lee
We 8/4: Aaron Eckhart
Th 8/5: Natalie Portman

EDIT: Franken will also take his show to cable.

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Al Franken on Letterman

Tonight, CBS, 1130/1030.

FYI. Supposed to be after Pam Anderson.

Others of note, courtesy of Sue Trowbridge:

Tu 8/3: Clinton, Letterman.
Tu 8/3: Dennis Miller, Leno.
Fr 8/6: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leno.

Daily Show this week:
Tu 8/3: Spike Lee
We 8/4: Aaron Eckhart
Th 8/5: Natalie Portman

EDIT: Franken will also take his show to cable.

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Live From New York, It's Bill Clinton?

SNL has reportedly offered Clinton the chance to host:

Former President Bill Clinton could be a host of ``Saturday Night Live'' this season. At least, that's what the folks at NBC are hoping.

TV Guide Online quotes anonymous sources saying that Clinton has been offered the gig if he wants it.

A decision is expected this week.

Meanwhile, Clinton is scheduled to appear Tuesday on the ``Late Show With David Letterman,'' a week after he addressed the Democratic National Convention in Boston. He also will be soldiering for his memoir, ``My Life.'' Since its release on June 22, the book has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Clinton last appeared on Letterman's late-night show on Sept. 11, 2002, the first anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Previously, Al Gore was of course on the show, and Gerald Ford said the 'Live from NY...' bit in 1976 when Ron Nessen was the host. Julian bond, Steve Forbes, Rudy G, Jesse Jackson, Ed Koch, George McGovern, John McCain and Ralph Nader have also hosted (Bob Dole did a cameo spot).

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Live From New York, It's Bill Clinton?

SNL has reportedly offered Clinton the chance to host:

Former President Bill Clinton could be a host of ``Saturday Night Live'' this season. At least, that's what the folks at NBC are hoping.

TV Guide Online quotes anonymous sources saying that Clinton has been offered the gig if he wants it.

A decision is expected this week.

Meanwhile, Clinton is scheduled to appear Tuesday on the ``Late Show With David Letterman,'' a week after he addressed the Democratic National Convention in Boston. He also will be soldiering for his memoir, ``My Life.'' Since its release on June 22, the book has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Clinton last appeared on Letterman's late-night show on Sept. 11, 2002, the first anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Previously, Al Gore was of course on the show, and Gerald Ford said the 'Live from NY...' bit in 1976 when Ron Nessen was the host. Julian bond, Steve Forbes, Rudy G, Jesse Jackson, Ed Koch, George McGovern, John McCain and Ralph Nader have also hosted (Bob Dole did a cameo spot).

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Paramount to Hit Box Office Gold

Yeah, keep complaining about the movie ...

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Paramount to Hit Box Office Gold

Yeah, keep complaining about the movie ...

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July 30, 2004

Movie Plug

The Manchurian Candidate (a Hamster advertiser) opens this weekend. Cast: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber and Al Franken (I think he has one line).

Anyway, in an interview with NPR, director Jonathan Demme "says the film is partly a surreal thriller, and partly an effort to make viewers question the modern political process."

Current event stuff: "Today's Manchurian takes place in an equally scary but more complex world of terror, pre-emptive wars, fright-fest 24-hours news, unaccountable multi-national corporations and the ruthless, stateless players who run them."

Ebert gives it three stars.

Also there's Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.

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Movie Plug

The Manchurian Candidate (a Hamster advertiser) opens this weekend. Cast: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber and Al Franken (I think he has one line).

Anyway, in an interview with NPR, director Jonathan Demme "says the film is partly a surreal thriller, and partly an effort to make viewers question the modern political process."

Current event stuff: "Today's Manchurian takes place in an equally scary but more complex world of terror, pre-emptive wars, fright-fest 24-hours news, unaccountable multi-national corporations and the ruthless, stateless players who run them."

Ebert gives it three stars.

Also there's Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.

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July 28, 2004

Affleck Continues to Stump

Will politics - gasp - grab Ben from acting (Good Will Hunting is one of my favorites, though). From NYDN:

"I really appreciate that President Bush saw fit to give me, who already has a ton of money, a bunch more," said Affleck archly. "He didn't want to waste that money making sure that everyday Americans could afford health care. Or properly equipping our men and women in Iraq - who have to buy their own body armor." ...

After his pep talk, he headed to a meeting with Bill Clinton. Then to an event where Affleck introduced Gen. Wesley Clark. Later, he interviewed Sen. Ted Kennedy for "Good Morning America." When the convention ends, he's due to join Kerry and Sen. John Edwards on their bus tour through Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

"I'll try to do whatever is helpful and not get in the way," Affleck told us ...

But Affleck admits he gets a bigger charge from politics than acting: "It feels like I'm using my brain a little bit more. In some ways, I'm better at this than I am as an actor."

Even if he doesn't want to act or run for office, Ben still has poker.

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Affleck Continues to Stump

Will politics - gasp - grab Ben from acting (Good Will Hunting is one of my favorites, though). From NYDN:

"I really appreciate that President Bush saw fit to give me, who already has a ton of money, a bunch more," said Affleck archly. "He didn't want to waste that money making sure that everyday Americans could afford health care. Or properly equipping our men and women in Iraq - who have to buy their own body armor." ...

After his pep talk, he headed to a meeting with Bill Clinton. Then to an event where Affleck introduced Gen. Wesley Clark. Later, he interviewed Sen. Ted Kennedy for "Good Morning America." When the convention ends, he's due to join Kerry and Sen. John Edwards on their bus tour through Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

"I'll try to do whatever is helpful and not get in the way," Affleck told us ...

But Affleck admits he gets a bigger charge from politics than acting: "It feels like I'm using my brain a little bit more. In some ways, I'm better at this than I am as an actor."

Even if he doesn't want to act or run for office, Ben still has poker.

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Simpsons Character to Come Out of Closet

If you watch the show regularly, you probably know which character ... E! Online:

Speaking during a weekend panel at San Diego's Comic-Con convention, show producers dropped a bomb: An upcoming Simpsons story line will focus on what happens when Springfield legalizes gay marriage.

"We have a show where, to raise money, Springfield legalizes gay marriage," producer Al Jean told comic book fans. "Homer becomes a minister by going on the Internet and filling out a form. A longtime character comes out of the closet, but I'm not saying who."

And with that, Simpsons aficionados got their gaydar on and began winnowing down the list of potential suspects.

The early favorite appears to be billionaire Monty Burns' ever-devoted sidekick, Waylon Smithers, who--aside from being a yes-man--has been known to collect Malibu Stacy dolls, lives in the gay part of town (where Homer once shacked up with two gay guys), has a Mr. Burns screensaver and dreams of a naked Mr. Burns jumping out of a birthday cake.

But that might be too easy. According to online fan scuttlebutt, there are other characters who might be secretly having a gay old time in Springfield, including Homer's regular-guy cohorts at the nuclear plant, Carl and Lenny, as well as Moe the bartender, the Reverend Lovejoy, Principal Skinner and Comic Book Guy. Of course, the producers didn't rule out a lesbian wedding, either.

Burns: I should've known you were the only one stupid enough to kidnap you! Now get down here so I can spank you in front of this gawking rabble. Smithers, take off my belt.
Smithers: With pleasure, sir!

Posted by Eric at 01:57 AM | Comments (0)

Simpsons Character to Come Out of Closet

If you watch the show regularly, you probably know which character ... E! Online:

Speaking during a weekend panel at San Diego's Comic-Con convention, show producers dropped a bomb: An upcoming Simpsons story line will focus on what happens when Springfield legalizes gay marriage.

"We have a show where, to raise money, Springfield legalizes gay marriage," producer Al Jean told comic book fans. "Homer becomes a minister by going on the Internet and filling out a form. A longtime character comes out of the closet, but I'm not saying who."

And with that, Simpsons aficionados got their gaydar on and began winnowing down the list of potential suspects.

The early favorite appears to be billionaire Monty Burns' ever-devoted sidekick, Waylon Smithers, who--aside from being a yes-man--has been known to collect Malibu Stacy dolls, lives in the gay part of town (where Homer once shacked up with two gay guys), has a Mr. Burns screensaver and dreams of a naked Mr. Burns jumping out of a birthday cake.

But that might be too easy. According to online fan scuttlebutt, there are other characters who might be secretly having a gay old time in Springfield, including Homer's regular-guy cohorts at the nuclear plant, Carl and Lenny, as well as Moe the bartender, the Reverend Lovejoy, Principal Skinner and Comic Book Guy. Of course, the producers didn't rule out a lesbian wedding, either.

Burns: I should've known you were the only one stupid enough to kidnap you! Now get down here so I can spank you in front of this gawking rabble. Smithers, take off my belt.
Smithers: With pleasure, sir!

Posted by Eric at 01:57 AM | Comments (0)

July 27, 2004

More Musicians to Rock Against Bush

Among the possible players: Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Tom Morello, Earle, the Dave Matthews Band, the Dixie Chicks, Bright Eyes, Ani DiFranco, Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Dylan and James Taylor and International Noise Conspiracy.

Meanwhile, MoveOn.org is sponsoring "Future Soundtrack for America."

Posted by Eric at 09:50 AM | Comments (0)

More Musicians to Rock Against Bush

Among the possible players: Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Tom Morello, Earle, the Dave Matthews Band, the Dixie Chicks, Bright Eyes, Ani DiFranco, Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Dylan and James Taylor and International Noise Conspiracy.

Meanwhile, MoveOn.org is sponsoring "Future Soundtrack for America."

Posted by Eric at 09:50 AM | Comments (0)

July 23, 2004

Air America Plug

If you ever miss an Air America Radio show, go to Air America Place's audio archives and download your missed episode.

The archives are donation based, so if you have a few bucks to spare, throw it here.

Posted by Eric at 09:54 PM | Comments (0)

Air America Plug

If you ever miss an Air America Radio show, go to Air America Place's audio archives and download your missed episode.

The archives are donation based, so if you have a few bucks to spare, throw it here.

Posted by Eric at 09:54 PM | Comments (0)

July 20, 2004

Poll: Majority of Adults Expect to See Moore Film

Among the Gallup poll findings:

  • "According to the most recent Gallup survey, more than half of all American adults (56%) either have seen or expect, at some time, to see Michael Moore's controversial movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, a highly critical look at the Bush administration's decision to fight a war in Iraq. The poll was conducted July 8-11. At the time, 8% of Americans said they have already seen the movie, 18% expected to see it in the theater, and 30% expected to watch the video."

  • "Among people who have already seen the movie, 85% express a favorable opinion of it, including 42% who say "very" favorable. Another 13% have an unfavorable view. Among people who plan to see the movie, 55% have a favorable impression of it based on what they have heard or read. Another 24% of future viewers have a negative opinion (but plan to see it anyway) and 21% do not currently have an opinion."

  • "Among the people who plan not to see the movie, most (68%) say their impression of the movie is unfavorable, while only 10% say they have a favorable view and 22% express no view."

    Posted by Eric at 04:05 AM | Comments (0)

    Poll: Majority of Adults Expect to See Moore Film

    Among the Gallup poll findings:

  • "According to the most recent Gallup survey, more than half of all American adults (56%) either have seen or expect, at some time, to see Michael Moore's controversial movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, a highly critical look at the Bush administration's decision to fight a war in Iraq. The poll was conducted July 8-11. At the time, 8% of Americans said they have already seen the movie, 18% expected to see it in the theater, and 30% expected to watch the video."

  • "Among people who have already seen the movie, 85% express a favorable opinion of it, including 42% who say "very" favorable. Another 13% have an unfavorable view. Among people who plan to see the movie, 55% have a favorable impression of it based on what they have heard or read. Another 24% of future viewers have a negative opinion (but plan to see it anyway) and 21% do not currently have an opinion."

  • "Among the people who plan not to see the movie, most (68%) say their impression of the movie is unfavorable, while only 10% say they have a favorable view and 22% express no view."

    Posted by Eric at 04:05 AM | Comments (0)

    July 02, 2004

    F-911 Up to 35.6m

    Spider-Man, of course, is number one. As of Wed, the Moore film has $35,664,000 in 8 days of release, Box Office Mojo.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (0)

    F-911 Up to 35.6m

    Spider-Man, of course, is number one. As of Wed, the Moore film has $35,664,000 in 8 days of release, Box Office Mojo.

    Posted by Eric at 08:58 AM | Comments (0)

    July 01, 2004

    I'd Go ... But Only for David Spade

    Via Atrios, Krista Allen, Joy Bryant, Eliza Dushku, Scarlett Johansson, Kirsten Dunst and Christina Applegate all at a Hollywood event supporting John Kerry ? Yowsers.

    Posted by Eric at 08:30 PM | Comments (0)

    I'd Go ... But Only for David Spade

    Via Atrios, Krista Allen, Joy Bryant, Eliza Dushku, Scarlett Johansson, Kirsten Dunst and Christina Applegate all at a Hollywood event supporting John Kerry ? Yowsers.

    Posted by Eric at 08:30 PM | Comments (0)

    Anti-Moore Group Turns to Piracy

    MooreWatch.com is inviting visitors to illegally download the Michael Moore film rather than, of course, paying for the film. Hollywood Reporter:

    A June 27 posting on the site MooreWatch.com invites visitors to download the film. It quotes Moore, though it doesnt cite a source, as encouraging such downloading by saying: I dont agree with the copyright laws, and I dont have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people. As long as theyre not doing it to make a profit, you know, as long as theyre not trying to make a profit off my labor. I would oppose that.

    Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films Releasing, which is distributing the film with IFC Films and Harvey and Bob Weinsteins Fellowship Adventure Group, said Wednesday that his company is exploring legal action.

    I think its deplorable what enemies of Fahrenheit 9/11 are doing, he said. We are currently looking into our legal options. We are not going to tolerate anybody trying to infringe on (this films release).

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

    Anti-Moore Group Turns to Piracy

    MooreWatch.com is inviting visitors to illegally download the Michael Moore film rather than, of course, paying for the film. Hollywood Reporter:

    A June 27 posting on the site MooreWatch.com invites visitors to download the film. It quotes Moore, though it doesnt cite a source, as encouraging such downloading by saying: I dont agree with the copyright laws, and I dont have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people. As long as theyre not doing it to make a profit, you know, as long as theyre not trying to make a profit off my labor. I would oppose that.

    Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films Releasing, which is distributing the film with IFC Films and Harvey and Bob Weinsteins Fellowship Adventure Group, said Wednesday that his company is exploring legal action.

    I think its deplorable what enemies of Fahrenheit 9/11 are doing, he said. We are currently looking into our legal options. We are not going to tolerate anybody trying to infringe on (this films release).

    Posted by Eric at 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

    June 29, 2004

    Fahrenheit's Gain is Disney's Loss

    NYDN notes that Disney's decision to pass on Michael Moore's new film is yet another blunder by the studio:

    Miramax moguls Harvey and Bob Weinstein are set to personally pocket tens of millions of dollars - money that could have gone to Disney - from record-breaking Michael Moore flick "Fahrenheit 9/11," analysts said yesterday.

    The Weinsteins' decision to invest $6 million of their own money to buy the flick from Miramax-owner Disney is looking like one of Hollywood's smarter deals. Disney bailed, deeming the Bush bashing movie too controversial.

    After taking in a whopping $21.8 million on its debut weekend, the low-budget documentary is set to rack up between $50 million and $100 million at the domestic box office, analysts predicted. And that's before the film's international release, DVD sales, pay per view and other sources of cash ... It's also the beginning of more finger-pointing at Disney chief Eisner. He's already under the gun from Disney shareholders who withheld a staggering 45% of their votes from the media chief. He's sure to hear more for ditching a profitable hit.

    "I fault Disney for passing on it - and I'm a Republican," said entertainment analyst Robert Routh of Natexis Bleichroeder, noting that Disney spent $95 million on "The Alamo" and it has grossed a paltry $22.1 million since its release nearly three months ago.

    Posted by Eric at 05:28 AM | Comments (0)

    Fahrenheit's Gain is Disney's Loss

    NYDN notes that Disney's decision to pass on Michael Moore's new film is yet another blunder by the studio:

    Miramax moguls Harvey and Bob Weinstein are set to personally pocket tens of millions of dollars - money that could have gone to Disney - from record-breaking Michael Moore flick "Fahrenheit 9/11," analysts said yesterday.

    The Weinsteins' decision to invest $6 million of their own money to buy the flick from Miramax-owner Disney is looking like one of Hollywood's smarter deals. Disney bailed, deeming the Bush bashing movie too controversial.

    After taking in a whopping $21.8 million on its debut weekend, the low-budget documentary is set to rack up between $50 million and $100 million at the domestic box office, analysts predicted. And that's before the film's international release, DVD sales, pay per view and other sources of cash ... It's also the beginning of more finger-pointing at Disney chief Eisner. He's already under the gun from Disney shareholders who withheld a staggering 45% of their votes from the media chief. He's sure to hear more for ditching a profitable hit.

    "I fault Disney for passing on it - and I'm a Republican," said entertainment analyst Robert Routh of Natexis Bleichroeder, noting that Disney spent $95 million on "The Alamo" and it has grossed a paltry $22.1 million since its release nearly three months ago.

    Posted by Eric at 05:28 AM | Comments (0)

    June 27, 2004

    'Fahrenheit 9/11' Tops $8M in First Day

    From the AP:

    "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore's assault on President Bush (news - web sites), took in $8.2 million to $8.4 million in its first day, positioning it as the weekend's No. 1 film, its distributors said Saturday.

    Based on Friday's numbers, "Fahrenheit 9/11" was on track for an opening weekend that would surpass the $21.6 million total gross of Moore's "Bowling for Columbine," his 2002 film that earned him an Academy Award for best documentary.

    "Bowling for Columbine" holds the record for highest domestic gross among documentaries, excluding concert films and movies made for huge-screen IMAX theaters.

    Friday grosses for "Fahrenheit 9/11" ran about $1.5 million ahead of its closest competitor, the Wayans brothers comedy "White Chicks." The performance of "Fahrenheit 9/11" was even more remarkable considering it played in just 868 theaters, fewer than a third the number for "White Chicks."

    And you can thank conservatives for helping the film's totals, as one movie studio head notes:
    "It always helps when there's a group out there that says, 'Don't go see this movie. It's bad for you,'" said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films, one of the film's distributors.
    Update: $21.8 million over the weekend.

    Posted by Eric at 07:48 AM | Comments (0)

    'Fahrenheit 9/11' Tops $8M in First Day

    From the AP:

    "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore's assault on President Bush (news - web sites), took in $8.2 million to $8.4 million in its first day, positioning it as the weekend's No. 1 film, its distributors said Saturday.

    Based on Friday's numbers, "Fahrenheit 9/11" was on track for an opening weekend that would surpass the $21.6 million total gross of Moore's "Bowling for Columbine," his 2002 film that earned him an Academy Award for best documentary.

    "Bowling for Columbine" holds the record for highest domestic gross among documentaries, excluding concert films and movies made for huge-screen IMAX theaters.

    Friday grosses for "Fahrenheit 9/11" ran about $1.5 million ahead of its closest competitor, the Wayans brothers comedy "White Chicks." The performance of "Fahrenheit 9/11" was even more remarkable considering it played in just 868 theaters, fewer than a third the number for "White Chicks."

    And you can thank conservatives for helping the film's totals, as one movie studio head notes:
    "It always helps when there's a group out there that says, 'Don't go see this movie. It's bad for you,'" said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films, one of the film's distributors.
    Update: $21.8 million over the weekend.

    Posted by Eric at 07:48 AM | Comments (0)

    June 24, 2004

    Fahrenheit 9/11 Strong in 2 NYC Theaters

    The two are showing early previews of the film, and doing well:

    Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 has set house records at the two New York cinemas in which it opened on Wednesday.
    It was sellout at all screenings, and is reported to have taken $49,000 at Loews Village 7 (a mainstream venue whose previous house record was for Men in Black), and $31,700 at Lincoln Plaza (an arthouse cinema where the film beat the record held by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

    Both places were showing the film on three screens. Tom Ortenberg, the president of one of the film's distributors, Lions Gate, told Variety that he was "thrilled" with the news, "particularly that the film is playing so well at the arthouse and the commercial theater."

    Posted by Eric at 08:26 AM | Comments (0)

    Fahrenheit 9/11 Strong in 2 NYC Theaters

    The two are showing early previews of the film, and doing well:

    Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 has set house records at the two New York cinemas in which it opened on Wednesday.
    It was sellout at all screenings, and is reported to have taken $49,000 at Loews Village 7 (a mainstream venue whose previous house record was for Men in Black), and $31,700 at Lincoln Plaza (an arthouse cinema where the film beat the record held by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

    Both places were showing the film on three screens. Tom Ortenberg, the president of one of the film's distributors, Lions Gate, told Variety that he was "thrilled" with the news, "particularly that the film is playing so well at the arthouse and the commercial theater."

    Posted by Eric at 08:26 AM | Comments (0)

    FEC May Ban Fahrenheit 9/11 Ads

    Too political, the FEC may rule. The Hill:

    In a draft advisory opinion placed on the FECs agenda for todays meeting, the agencys general counsel states that political documentary filmmakers may not air television or radio ads referring to federal candidates within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election.

    The opinion is generated under the new McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law, which prohibits corporate-funded ads that identify a federal candidate before a primary or general election.

    The proscription is broadly defined. Section 100.29 of the federal election regulations defines restricted corporate-funded ads as those that identify a candidate by his name, nickname, photograph or drawing or make it otherwise apparent through an unambiguous reference.

    Posted by Eric at 02:01 AM | Comments (0)

    FEC May Ban Fahrenheit 9/11 Ads

    Too political, the FEC may rule. The Hill:

    In a draft advisory opinion placed on the FECs agenda for todays meeting, the agencys general counsel states that political documentary filmmakers may not air television or radio ads referring to federal candidates within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election.

    The opinion is generated under the new McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law, which prohibits corporate-funded ads that identify a federal candidate before a primary or general election.

    The proscription is broadly defined. Section 100.29 of the federal election regulations defines restricted corporate-funded ads as those that identify a candidate by his name, nickname, photograph or drawing or make it otherwise apparent through an unambiguous reference.

    Posted by Eric at 02:01 AM | Comments (0)

    June 22, 2004

    'Fahrenheit' Will Be "R"

    Reports AP:

    Lions Gate Films and IFC Films, the movie's distributors, said an appeals board for the Motion Picture Association of America rejected their request to reduce the rating to PG-13.

    The R rating prohibits those 17 and younger from seeing "Fahrenheit 9/11" without an adult.

    The movie, which won the top honor at last month's Cannes Film Festival (news - web sites), was rated R for "violent and disturbing images and for language." The movie's images include an Iraqi man tossing a dead baby into a truckload of bodies, Iraqis burned by napalm and a public beheading in Saudi Arabia.

    Posted by Eric at 06:51 PM | Comments (0)

    'Fahrenheit' Will Be "R"

    Reports AP:

    Lions Gate Films and IFC Films, the movie's distributors, said an appeals board for the Motion Picture Association of America rejected their request to reduce the rating to PG-13.

    The R rating prohibits those 17 and younger from seeing "Fahrenheit 9/11" without an adult.

    The movie, which won the top honor at last month's Cannes Film Festival (news - web sites), was rated R for "violent and disturbing images and for language." The movie's images include an Iraqi man tossing a dead baby into a truckload of bodies, Iraqis burned by napalm and a public beheading in Saudi Arabia.

    Posted by Eric at 06:51 PM | Comments (0)

    F 9-11 Garners Favorable Reviews

    Link via Skippy, according to Rotten Tomatoes, Michael Moore's new movie has the approval of 81% of critics surveyed

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 AM | Comments (0)

    F 9-11 Garners Favorable Reviews

    Link via Skippy, according to Rotten Tomatoes, Michael Moore's new movie has the approval of 81% of critics surveyed

    Posted by Eric at 01:04 AM | Comments (0)

    June 18, 2004

    Christian Idol?

    Haha, well why not.

    "Gifted" is scheduled to debut in October on Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based conglomerate that features such well-known evangelists as Benny Hinn, and reaches 70 million homes.

    The Orlando-based Wright Entertainment Group is part of a joint venture with Matt Crouch, son of the founders of Trinity Broadcasting Network, to create the talent-search show, Wright spokesman Philip McIntyre told the Orlando Sentinel for Friday editions.

    McIntyre said the joint venture, called Wright Generation, is negotiating with a private investor to finance the project.

    "It is our goal to wrap God's message -- His love -- in acceptance, and in a way that blends seamlessly into `pop' culture while still upholding the values we, as Christians, value most," Wright Generation's mission statement reads.

    Posted by Eric at 07:16 AM | Comments (0)

    Christian Idol?

    Haha, well why not.

    "Gifted" is scheduled to debut in October on Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based conglomerate that features such well-known evangelists as Benny Hinn, and reaches 70 million homes.

    The Orlando-based Wright Entertainment Group is part of a joint venture with Matt Crouch, son of the founders of Trinity Broadcasting Network, to create the talent-search show, Wright spokesman Philip McIntyre told the Orlando Sentinel for Friday editions.

    McIntyre said the joint venture, called Wright Generation, is negotiating with a private investor to finance the project.

    "It is our goal to wrap God's message -- His love -- in acceptance, and in a way that blends seamlessly into `pop' culture while still upholding the values we, as Christians, value most," Wright Generation's mission statement reads.

    Posted by Eric at 07:16 AM | Comments (0)

    The Hunting of The President Trailer

    See the movie trailer here.

    Posted by Eric at 01:59 AM | Comments (0)

    The Hunting of The President Trailer

    See the movie trailer here.

    Posted by Eric at 01:59 AM | Comments (0)

    Madonna Plugs F-911

    In her New York concert on Wed, notes MTV:

    In what seemed to be a genuine, unscripted moment, the singer told the audience which included the filmmaker himself that she had just seen the film and that it had really affected her. Moore had screened the film to a crowd of celebrities and members of the press on Monday at New York's Ziegfeld Theater.

    "I don't think I've ever cried so hard at a movie in my life," Madonna said during a break in her performance. "And I'm sure I still have a lot to learn from it."

    Madonna also acknowledged Moore's presence and thanked him for making the film, which opens in New York on Wednesday and nationwide on June 25.

    "Not only is it inspiring and educating, but it's proof that people can make a difference, that we can make a difference," she said. "So, Michael, I know you're out there tonight, and I just wanted to publicly thank you for sticking your neck out, for going against the establishment, for giving us the hope."

    Meanwhile, conservatives are attempting to counter the film:
    One of the organizations rallying against Moore is Move America Forward, a pro-Bush group that evolved months ago from the letter-writing campaign that led CBS to drop its controversial TV movie "The Reagans."

    The group has received several thousand e-mails of support for its Moore campaign, said executive director Siobhan Guiney, a former Republican lobbyist. But she did not know how many were sent to the various theater chains.

    "Since we are the customers of the American movie theatres, it is important for us to speak up loudly and tell the industry executives that we don't want this misleading and grotesque movie being shown at our local cinema," the group says on its Web site, above a listing of phone numbers and e-mails for various cinema companies.

    Because you know, when it comes to entertainment, boycotts and controversy NEVER lead to more ticket sales. So good job.

    FYI: Michael Moore is on Letterman tonight. I'm sure that'll be a bore. zzzz.

    Posted by Eric at 01:29 AM | Comments (0)

    Madonna Plugs F-911

    In her New York concert on Wed, notes MTV:

    In what seemed to be a genuine, unscripted moment, the singer told the audience which included the filmmaker himself that she had just seen the film and that it had really affected her. Moore had screened the film to a crowd of celebrities and members of the press on Monday at New York's Ziegfeld Theater.

    "I don't think I've ever cried so hard at a movie in my life," Madonna said during a break in her performance. "And I'm sure I still have a lot to learn from it."

    Madonna also acknowledged Moore's presence and thanked him for making the film, which opens in New York on Wednesday and nationwide on June 25.

    "Not only is it inspiring and educating, but it's proof that people can make a difference, that we can make a difference," she said. "So, Michael, I know you're out there tonight, and I just wanted to publicly thank you for sticking your neck out, for going against the establishment, for giving us the hope."

    Meanwhile, conservatives are attempting to counter the film:
    One of the organizations rallying against Moore is Move America Forward, a pro-Bush group that evolved months ago from the letter-writing campaign that led CBS to drop its controversial TV movie "The Reagans."

    The group has received several thousand e-mails of support for its Moore campaign, said executive director Siobhan Guiney, a former Republican lobbyist. But she did not know how many were sent to the various theater chains.

    "Since we are the customers of the American movie theatres, it is important for us to speak up loudly and tell the industry executives that we don't want this misleading and grotesque movie being shown at our local cinema," the group says on its Web site, above a listing of phone numbers and e-mails for various cinema companies.

    Because you know, when it comes to entertainment, boycotts and controversy NEVER lead to more ticket sales. So good job.

    FYI: Michael Moore is on Letterman tonight. I'm sure that'll be a bore. zzzz.

    Posted by Eric at 01:29 AM | Comments (0)

    June 17, 2004

    Find a F 9-11 Theater Near You

    Go to F911tix.com and find a theater near you for the 6/25/04 opening.

    Posted by Eric at 03:56 AM | Comments (0)

    Find a F 9-11 Theater Near You

    Go to F911tix.com and find a theater near you for the 6/25/04 opening.

    Posted by Eric at 03:56 AM | Comments (0)

    June 15, 2004

    'Fahrenheit 9-11' Opening in 4x More Theaters Than 'Columbine'

    It has also received a 'R' rating:

    Its new distributors, Lions Gate and IFC Films, plan to open the movie in as many as 1,000 theaters nationwide, four times the exposure of Moore's 2002 Oscar winner, "Bowling for Columbine." ... On Sunday, the U.S. ratings board gave the movie an R -no one under 17 admitted without parent or guardian - due to "violent and disturbing images and strong language."

    Lions Gate immediately filed an emergency appeal to the board to have the rating reviewed.

    Moore contends that 15- or 16-year-old viewers may eventually serve in Iraq and ought to be able to see the film.

    "If they're old enough to be recruited ... they certainly deserve the right to see what's going on," he said in a statement.

    Posted by Eric at 05:03 AM | Comments (0)

    'Fahrenheit 9-11' Opening in 4x More Theaters Than 'Columbine'

    It has also received a 'R' rating:

    Its new distributors, Lions Gate and IFC Films, plan to open the movie in as many as 1,000 theaters nationwide, four times the exposure of Moore's 2002 Oscar winner, "Bowling for Columbine." ... On Sunday, the U.S. ratings board gave the movie an R -no one under 17 admitted without parent or guardian - due to "violent and disturbing images and strong language."

    Lions Gate immediately filed an emergency appeal to the board to have the rating reviewed.

    Moore contends that 15- or 16-year-old viewers may eventually serve in Iraq and ought to be able to see the film.

    "If they're old enough to be recruited ... they certainly deserve the right to see what's going on," he said in a statement.

    Posted by Eric at 05:03 AM | Comments (0)

    June 10, 2004

    The Boss Attacks the Prez

    The American icon Bruce Springsteen, on his website, has posted Al Gore's NYU speech.

    During his past concerts, Bruce promoted Al Franken's newest book and occasionally attacked Bush. Also this:

    Aside from a few private benefit performances, Springsteen has been quiet since ending his world tour with the E Street Band in support of his 2002 Columbia album "The Rising." Although rumors of new studio work have yielded little concrete information, there is a possibility that the Boss may make a loud statement when the Republican National Convention gets underway in New York at the end of the summer.

    The New York Daily News reported in May that Springsteen may play a free concert somewhere in the city on Sept. 2, the day Bush is due to address the convention and accept the Republican nomination for a second term as President. A representative for the Springsteen disavowed knowledge of any performance plans in 2004.

    Posted by Eric at 05:09 PM | Comments (0)

    The Boss Attacks the Prez

    The American icon Bruce Springsteen, on his website, has posted Al Gore's NYU speech.

    During his past concerts, Bruce promoted Al Franken's newest book and occasionally attacked Bush. Also this:

    Aside from a few private benefit performances, Springsteen has been quiet since ending his world tour with the E Street Band in support of his 2002 Columbia album "The Rising." Although rumors of new studio work have yielded little concrete information, there is a possibility that the Boss may make a loud statement when the Republican National Convention gets underway in New York at the end of the summer.

    The New York Daily News reported in May that Springsteen may play a free concert somewhere in the city on Sept. 2, the day Bush is due to address the convention and accept the Republican nomination for a second term as President. A representative for the Springsteen disavowed knowledge of any performance plans in 2004.

    Posted by Eric at 05:09 PM | Comments (0)

    June 04, 2004

    Fahrenheit 9/11 Trailer

    See here.

    "I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now watch this drive." -- George W. Bush

    Posted by Eric at 12:41 AM | Comments (0)

    Fahrenheit 9/11 Trailer

    See here.

    "I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now watch this drive." -- George W. Bush

    Posted by Eric at 12:41 AM | Comments (0)

    June 01, 2004

    'Day After Tomorrow' Tops Boxoffices Worldwide

    And gets the top non-sequel worldwide release, BoxOfficeMojo:

    Audiences around the world stormed theaters showing The Day After Tomorrow over the weekend.

    Playing domestically and in 102 countries overseas, the $125 million disaster picture raked in an estimated $155 million through Sunday. Distributor 20th Century Fox noted that was the top non-sequel worldwide bow ever, and the movie has yet to debut in major markets Japan and South Korea. The overall worldwide opening record still belongs to The Return of the King, which earned $250.1 million in its first five days domestically and in 28 territories.

    In the US, the global warming flick was 2nd behind Shrek 2.

    Posted by Eric at 12:37 AM | Comments (0)

    'Day After Tomorrow' Tops Boxoffices Worldwide

    And gets the top non-sequel worldwide release, BoxOfficeMojo:

    Audiences around the world stormed theaters showing The Day After Tomorrow over the weekend.

    Playing domestically and in 102 countries overseas, the $125 million disaster picture raked in an estimated $155 million through Sunday. Distributor 20th Century Fox noted that was the top non-sequel worldwide bow ever, and the movie has yet to debut in major markets Japan and South Korea. The overall worldwide opening record still belongs to The Return of the King, which earned $250.1 million in its first five days domestically and in 28 territories.

    In the US, the global warming flick was 2nd behind Shrek 2.

    Posted by Eric at 12:37 AM | Comments (0)

    May 28, 2004

    Deal Finalized: Weinsteins Buy 'Fahrenheit 9/11' from Disney

    The provocative Michael Moore film, which Disney deemed too political (ha), has been aquired by the Weinsteins (Miramax) for US distribution, according to Reuters:

    Miramax film studio founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein have personally acquired rights to Michael Moore (news)'s documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" from Walt Disney Co., after Disney, which owns Miramax, declined to distribute it, Disney said on Friday.

    Miramax had funded the film but Disney said it was too politically charged for the family-friendly company.

    After more than a week of talks, the Weinsteins have bought rights to the film, estimated to have cost about $6 million, and will arrange for its theatrical and home video distribution.

    Posted by Eric at 05:10 PM | Comments (0)

    Deal Finalized: Weinsteins Buy 'Fahrenheit 9/11' from Disney

    The provocative Michael Moore film, which Disney deemed too political (ha), has been aquired by the Weinsteins (Miramax) for US distribution, according to Reuters:

    Miramax film studio founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein have personally acquired rights to Michael Moore (news)'s documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" from Walt Disney Co., after Disney, which owns Miramax, declined to distribute it, Disney said on Friday.

    Miramax had funded the film but Disney said it was too politically charged for the family-friendly company.

    After more than a week of talks, the Weinsteins have bought rights to the film, estimated to have cost about $6 million, and will arrange for its theatrical and home video distribution.

    Posted by Eric at 05:10 PM | Comments (0)

    May 26, 2004

    Late Night TV Guests of Interest

    Letterman
    Fr 5/28: Bob Woodward
    Mo 5/31: Chris Rock

    Leno
    Mo 6/7: Tim Russert

    Conan
    Th 5/27: Sen. John McCain

    Daily Show
    We 5/26: Sen. John McCain (R)
    Th 5/27: Bill Kristol (R)

    Mo 5/31: Sen. John McCain (R)
    Tu 6/1: David Cross
    We 6/2: Thomas Friedman
    Th 6/3: Mario Cuomo

    Coutesy of Sue Trowbridge.

    Posted by Eric at 01:15 AM | Comments (0)

    Late Night TV Guests of Interest

    Letterman
    Fr 5/28: Bob Woodward
    Mo 5/31: Chris Rock

    Leno
    Mo 6/7: Tim Russert

    Conan
    Th 5/27: Sen. John McCain

    Daily Show
    We 5/26: Sen. John McCain (R)
    Th 5/27: Bill Kristol (R)

    Mo 5/31: Sen. John McCain (R)
    Tu 6/1: David Cross
    We 6/2: Thomas Friedman
    Th 6/3: Mario Cuomo

    Coutesy of Sue Trowbridge.

    Posted by Eric at 01:15 AM | Comments (0)

    May 25, 2004

    'Fahrenheit 9/11' Slowly Dealing

    Disney and the Weinstein Bros at Miramax are slowly reaching a deal to distribute Michael Moore's award-winning film, reports Reuters:

    Miramax chiefs Harvey and Bob Weinstein are close to buying "Fahrenheit 9/11," the anti-Bush documentary that won the top prize at Cannes, from the Walt Disney Co., so that they can strike their own distribution deal, a person close to the matter said on Monday.

    Disney Chief Executive Michael Eisner said he declined to distribute the movie because it was too political. But he agreed to selling the roughly $6 million film to the Weinsteins, the heads of Disney's Miramax unit, which originally backed it, spokeswoman Zenia Mucha said by e-mail.

    TIME recently had a 'first look' at the Moore film. And, of course, the Michael Moore site has a preview of the film.

    Posted by Eric at 12:15 AM | Comments (0)

    'Fahrenheit 9/11' Slowly Dealing

    Disney and the Weinstein Bros at Miramax are slowly reaching a deal to distribute Michael Moore's award-winning film, reports Reuters:

    Miramax chiefs Harvey and Bob Weinstein are close to buying "Fahrenheit 9/11," the anti-Bush documentary that won the top prize at Cannes, from the Walt Disney Co., so that they can strike their own distribution deal, a person close to the matter said on Monday.

    Disney Chief Executive Michael Eisner said he declined to distribute the movie because it was too political. But he agreed to selling the roughly $6 million film to the Weinsteins, the heads of Disney's Miramax unit, which originally backed it, spokeswoman Zenia Mucha said by e-mail.

    TIME recently had a 'first look' at the Moore film. And, of course, the Michael Moore site has a preview of the film.

    Posted by Eric at 12:15 AM | Comments (0)

    May 21, 2004

    Weird

    An Asian guy and an Indian guy headlining a studio movie. Never thought I'd see that day come - And no karate!

    Posted by Eric at 10:14 AM | Comments (0)

    Weird

    An Asian guy and an Indian guy headlining a studio movie. Never thought I'd see that day come - And no karate!

    Posted by Eric at 10:14 AM | Comments (0)

    May 20, 2004

    Rock Against Bush CD Continues Strong Sales

    Rock Against Bush, from PunkVoter.com, continues to sell well, according to the "Independent Albums" category of Billboard Magazine.

    For issue date May 29, 2004, Rock Against Bush Vol 1 is at #4. It's peak position was #1. At #6? William Hung!

    Volume 1 features such popular young bands as: Sum 41, Alkaline Trio, the Offspring, Ministry, the Ataris and New Found Glory.

    Volume 2, coming out in August before the November election, features even more popular bands: No Doubt, the Foo Fighters, Green Day, Bad Religion, the Used, Yellowcard and Flogging Molly, among others.

    Posted by Eric at 09:15 PM | Comments (0)

    Rock Against Bush CD Continues Strong Sales

    Rock Against Bush, from PunkVoter.com, continues to sell well, according to the "Independent Albums" category of Billboard Magazine.

    For issue date May 29, 2004, Rock Against Bush Vol 1 is at #4. It's peak position was #1. At #6? William Hung!

    Volume 1 features such popular young bands as: Sum 41, Alkaline Trio, the Offspring, Ministry, the Ataris and New Found Glory.

    Volume 2, coming out in August before the November election, features even more popular bands: No Doubt, the Foo Fighters, Green Day, Bad Religion, the Used, Yellowcard and Flogging Molly, among others.

    Posted by Eric at 09:15 PM | Comments (0)

    May 19, 2004

    Talk Guests of Interest

    We 5/19: Laura Bush - Leno
    Fr 5/21: Darrell Hammond - Conan
    Tu 5/25: Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Chuck D - Colin Quinn
    We 5/26: Marc Maron
    Th 5/27: Sen. John McCain - Conan
    Th 5/27: Tom Brokaw - Letterman
    Fr 5/28: Bob Woodward - Letterman

    Courtesy of Sue Trowbridge.

    Posted by Eric at 05:00 AM | Comments (0)

    Talk Guests of Interest

    We 5/19: Laura Bush - Leno
    Fr 5/21: Darrell Hammond - Conan
    Tu 5/25: Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Chuck D - Colin Quinn
    We 5/26: Marc Maron
    Th 5/27: Sen. John McCain - Conan
    Th 5/27: Tom Brokaw - Letterman
    Fr 5/28: Bob Woodward - Letterman

    Courtesy of Sue Trowbridge.

    Posted by Eric at 05:00 AM | Comments (0)

    May 18, 2004

    'Fahrenheit 911' Sets Cannes on Fire

    The buzz about Michael Moore's new film, the Hollywood Reporter:

    At its 4 p.m. screening In Competition at the Palais, the movie occasioned an enthusiastic standing ovation -- onlookers placed it at 15-20 minutes -- punctuated by cries of "bravo!" The crowd included a phalanx of Endeavor agents, led by Ari Emmanuel, along with Mick Jagger, Daryl Hannah and a smattering of French stars and industry insiders.

    "It was the longest standing ovation I've seen in over 25 years," said Harvey Weinstein, whose Miramax Films funded the project over the objections of parent company Walt Disney Co. and who has an exec producer credit on the film, along with Miramax's Agnes Mentre ... Moore predicted at an afternoon news conference: "This film will be seen in the United States before the election; I have no fear of that. There is no distributor as we speak today. It will have a distributor, and I'm completely confident that Miramax is going to be sure that Americans will see the film."

    Posted by Eric at 10:40 AM | Comments (0)

    'Fahrenheit 911' Sets Cannes on Fire

    The buzz about Michael Moore's new film, the Hollywood Reporter:

    At its 4 p.m. screening In Competition at the Palais, the movie occasioned an enthusiastic standing ovation -- onlookers placed it at 15-20 minutes -- punctuated by cries of "bravo!" The crowd included a phalanx of Endeavor agents, led by Ari Emmanuel, along with Mick Jagger, Daryl Hannah and a smattering of French stars and industry insiders.

    "It was the longest standing ovation I've seen in over 25 years," said Harvey Weinstein, whose Miramax Films funded the project over the objections of parent company Walt Disney Co. and who has an exec producer credit on the film, along with Miramax's Agnes Mentre ... Moore predicted at an afternoon news conference: "This film will be seen in the United States before the election; I have no fear of that. There is no distributor as we speak today. It will have a distributor, and I'm completely confident that Miramax is going to be sure that Americans will see the film."

    Posted by Eric at 10:40 AM | Comments (0)

    May 05, 2004

    225 Species Need Protection

    According to the AP,

    Scientists, including acclaimed wildlife biologist Jane Goodall, joined environmental groups yesterday in petitioning the government to add 225 plants and animals to the endangered species list. Nearly half are in Hawai'i.

    The species are not new to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; four-fifths have been on the agency's waiting list for a decade. Some have been waiting since 1975. The average is 17 years.

    The 107 from Hawai'i include the band-rumped storm petrel, anchialine pool shrimp, several species of damseflies and the Lana'i tree snail.

    Learn more? The Center for Biological Diversity is the pointman on the issue.

    Posted by Eric at 07:05 PM | Comments (0)

    225 Species Need Protection

    According to the AP,

    Scientists, including acclaimed wildlife biologist Jane Goodall, joined environmental groups yesterday in petitioning the government to add 225 plants and animals to the endangered species list. Nearly half are in Hawai'i.

    The species are not new to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; four-fifths have been on the agency's waiting list for a decade. Some have been waiting since 1975. The average is 17 years.

    The 107 from Hawai'i include the band-rumped storm petrel, anchialine pool shrimp, several species of damseflies and the Lana'i tree snail.

    Learn more? The Center for Biological Diversity is the pointman on the issue.

    Posted by Eric at 07:05 PM | Comments (0)

    Disney Wants Moore Flick Gone

    Fahrenheit 911, the new Michael Moore movie, is being pushed away by the Disney company. NY Times:

    Mr. Moore's agent, Ari Emanuel, said Michael D. Eisner, Disney's chief executive, asked him last spring to pull out of the deal with Miramax. Mr. Emanuel said Mr. Eisner expressed particular concern that it would endanger tax breaks Disney receives for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where Mr. Bush's brother, Jeb, is governor.

    "Michael Eisner asked me not to sell this movie to Harvey Weinstein; that doesn't mean I listened to him," Mr. Emanuel said. "He definitely indicated there were tax incentives he was getting for the Disney corporation and that's why he didn't want me to sell it to Miramax. He didn't want a Disney company involved."

    Disney claims it has to do with the family-friendly atmosphere at Disney:
    A senior Disney executive elaborated that the company had the right to quash Miramax's distribution of films if it deemed their distribution to be against the interests of the company. The executive said Mr. Moore's film is deemed to be against Disney's interests not because of the company's business dealings with the government but because Disney caters to families of all political stripes and believes Mr. Moore's film, which does not have a release date, could alienate many.

    Posted by Eric at 12:19 AM | Comments (0)

    Disney Wants Moore Flick Gone

    Fahrenheit 911, the new Michael Moore movie, is being pushed away by the Disney company. NY Times:

    Mr. Moore's agent, Ari Emanuel, said Michael D. Eisner, Disney's chief executive, asked him last spring to pull out of the deal with Miramax. Mr. Emanuel said Mr. Eisner expressed particular concern that it would endanger tax breaks Disney receives for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where Mr. Bush's brother, Jeb, is governor.

    "Michael Eisner asked me not to sell this movie to Harvey Weinstein; that doesn't mean I listened to him," Mr. Emanuel said. "He definitely indicated there were tax incentives he was getting for the Disney corporation and that's why he didn't want me to sell it to Miramax. He didn't want a Disney company involved."

    Disney claims it has to do with the family-friendly atmosphere at Disney:
    A senior Disney executive elaborated that the company had the right to quash Miramax's distribution of films if it deemed their distribution to be against the interests of the company. The executive said Mr. Moore's film is deemed to be against Disney's interests not because of the company's business dealings with the government but because Disney caters to families of all political stripes and believes Mr. Moore's film, which does not have a release date, could alienate many.

    Posted by Eric at 12:19 AM | Comments (0)

    May 04, 2004

    The Day After Tomorrow

    Silly. The second trailer.

    But if it starts a dialogue ...

    Posted by Eric at 01:26 AM | Comments (0)

    The Day After Tomorrow

    Silly. The second trailer.

    But if it starts a dialogue ...

    Posted by Eric at 01:26 AM | Comments (0)

    May 02, 2004

    Leno at the House Correspondent's Association Dinner

    Hesiod at Counterspin Central has the joke count.

    Posted by Eric at 05:48 AM | Comments (0)

    Leno at the House Correspondent's Association Dinner

    Hesiod at Counterspin Central has the joke count.

    Posted by Eric at 05:48 AM | Comments (0)

    May 01, 2004

    Conan on Sinclair

    Conan O'Brien just aired a short skit criticizing Sinclair Media for not airing the Nightline episode. The announcer, Joel Goddard, read the names of some of the shows Sinclair media stations DID broadcast, including smutty Maury Povich and Jerry Springer episodes.

    Posted by Eric at 01:07 AM | Comments (0)

    Conan on Sinclair

    Conan O'Brien just aired a short skit criticizing Sinclair Media for not airing the Nightline episode. The announcer, Joel Goddard, read the names of some of the shows Sinclair media stations DID broadcast, including smutty Maury Povich and Jerry Springer episodes.

    Posted by Eric at 01:07 AM | Comments (0)

    April 27, 2004

    Hamster Numbers: Factor Farms

    "Factory farms - giant livestock farms that can house hundreds of thousands of animals - generate nearly 2.7 trillion pounds of waste each year. The disposal practice of over-applying waste on land creates contaminated run-off that poses a threat to waterways and drinking water sources. According to the EPA, hog, chicken and cattle wastes contaminate 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and groundwater in 17 states. Instead of strengthening rules and updating technology standards to tighten water pollution controls, the Bush Administration, at the behest of the agribusiness industry, issued new rules that exempt factory farm owners from liability for contaminating waterways and allow them to craft their own permit conditions." Environment 2004.

    Posted by Eric at 04:58 AM | Comments (0)

    Hamster Numbers: Factor Farms

    "Factory farms - giant livestock farms that can house hundreds of thousands of animals - generate nearly 2.7 trillion pounds of waste each year. The disposal practice of over-applying waste on land creates contaminated run-off that poses a threat to waterways and drinking water sources. According to the EPA, hog, chicken and cattle wastes contaminate 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and groundwater in 17 states. Instead of strengthening rules and updating technology standards to tighten water pollution controls, the Bush Administration, at the behest of the agribusiness industry, issued new rules that exempt factory farm owners from liability for contaminating waterways and allow them to craft their own permit conditions." Environment 2004.

    Posted by Eric at 04:58 AM | Comments (0)

    Talk Lineups of Note

    Tu 4/27: Al Franken - Carson
    Fr 4/30: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton - Letterman

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central
    Mo 4/26: Bob Kerrey
    Tu 4/27: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
    We 4/28: Fareed Zakaria
    Th 4/29: Bob Woodward

    Mo 5/3: TBA
    Tu 5/4: Amb. Joe Wilson
    We 5/5: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Th 5/6: Andy Richter

    Tu 5/4: Janeane Garofalo - Sharon Osbourne

    --Sue Trowbridge

    Posted by Eric at 04:27 AM | Comments (0)

    Talk Lineups of Note

    Tu 4/27: Al Franken - Carson
    Fr 4/30: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton - Letterman

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central
    Mo 4/26: Bob Kerrey
    Tu 4/27: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
    We 4/28: Fareed Zakaria
    Th 4/29: Bob Woodward

    Mo 5/3: TBA
    Tu 5/4: Amb. Joe Wilson
    We 5/5: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Th 5/6: Andy Richter

    Tu 5/4: Janeane Garofalo - Sharon Osbourne

    --Sue Trowbridge

    Posted by Eric at 04:27 AM | Comments (0)

    April 19, 2004

    Rock Against Bush

    Damn kids. PR:

    The "Rock Against Bush" compilation is to be released by Fat Wreck Chords on April 20 and will be the first of two volumes. The comp boasts 26 songs, 17 of which are unreleased and exclusive, from some of the most notable bands in punk and rock: Social Distortion, NOFX, Ataris, Anti-Flag, New Found Glory, Alkaline Trio, Descendents, Ministry, and many more. Because getting the crucially important message to as many people as possible is the most important goal of the "Rock Against Bush" project, the CD/DVD will retail for the especially low price of $8.98.

    It's not enough to simply release a collection of protest songs, so Fat decided that it would be effective to include some content that was more substantial and enlightening to the hundreds of thousands that will own the compilation. The Rock Against Bush comp will be accompanied by a bonus DVD that is packed with music videos and informative political content such as trailers for the documentaries "Unprecedented" and "Uncovered", and a piece from Grammy-nominated comedian David Cross.

    Al Jourgensen of Ministry had this to say about "Rock Against Bush," "Ministry's contribution to this compilation is a proactive expression of outrage against the 'evil-doings' being inflicted upon American citizens and citizens of other sovereign nations by the Bush Administration."

    There's a tour too.

    The RNC, meanwhile, has Reggie the Registration Rig. Don't laugh.

    Posted by Eric at 07:06 PM | Comments (0)

    Rock Against Bush

    Damn kids. PR:

    The "Rock Against Bush" compilation is to be released by Fat Wreck Chords on April 20 and will be the first of two volumes. The comp boasts 26 songs, 17 of which are unreleased and exclusive, from some of the most notable bands in punk and rock: Social Distortion, NOFX, Ataris, Anti-Flag, New Found Glory, Alkaline Trio, Descendents, Ministry, and many more. Because getting the crucially important message to as many people as possible is the most important goal of the "Rock Against Bush" project, the CD/DVD will retail for the especially low price of $8.98.

    It's not enough to simply release a collection of protest songs, so Fat decided that it would be effective to include some content that was more substantial and enlightening to the hundreds of thousands that will own the compilation. The Rock Against Bush comp will be accompanied by a bonus DVD that is packed with music videos and informative political content such as trailers for the documentaries "Unprecedented" and "Uncovered", and a piece from Grammy-nominated comedian David Cross.

    Al Jourgensen of Ministry had this to say about "Rock Against Bush," "Ministry's contribution to this compilation is a proactive expression of outrage against the 'evil-doings' being inflicted upon American citizens and citizens of other sovereign nations by the Bush Administration."

    There's a tour too.

    The RNC, meanwhile, has Reggie the Registration Rig. Don't laugh.

    Posted by Eric at 07:06 PM | Comments (0)

    April 16, 2004

    Ebert: "I find it strange that so many Americans describe themselves as patriotic when their values are anti-democratic and totalitarian"

    On Rush and Stern, the film critic wisely picks Stern. But no problem with Rush, either:

    You don't have to listen to Stern. Exercising the same freedom, I am Limbaugh-free. And please don't tell me that Stern must be fined and driven off the radio because he uses the ''public airwaves.'' If they are public, then his listeners are the public, and we want to listen to him on our airwaves. The public airwaves cannot be held hostage to a small segment that wants to decide what the rest of us can hear -- especially now that President Bush supports consolidating more and more media outlets into a few rich hands.

    But what if a child should tune in? Call me old-fashioned, but I believe it is the responsibility of parents to control their children's media input. The entire nation cannot be held hostage so that everything on the radio is suitable for 9-year-olds. Nor do I know of any children who want to listen to Stern, anyway; they prefer music.

    It is a belief of mine about the movies, that what makes them good or bad isn't what they're about, but how they're about them. The point is not the subject but the form and purpose of its expression. A listener to Stern will find that he expresses humanistic values, that he opposes hypocrisy, that he talks honestly about what a great many Americans do indeed think and say and do. A Limbaugh listener, on the other hand, might not have guessed from campaigns to throw the book at drug addicts that he was addicted to drugs and required an employee to buy them on the street.

    But listen carefully. I support Limbaugh's right to be on the radio. I feel it is fully equal to Stern's. I find it strange that so many Americans describe themselves as patriotic when their values are anti-democratic and totalitarian. We are all familiar with Voltaire's great cry: ''I may disagree with what you say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it.'' Ideas like his helped form the emerging American republic. Today, the Federal Communications Commission operates under an alternative slogan: ''Since a minority that is very important to this administration disagrees with what you say, shut up.''

    Posted by Eric at 07:42 AM | Comments (0)

    Ebert: "I find it strange that so many Americans describe themselves as patriotic when their values are anti-democratic and totalitarian"

    On Rush and Stern, the film critic wisely picks Stern. But no problem with Rush, either:

    You don't have to listen to Stern. Exercising the same freedom, I am Limbaugh-free. And please don't tell me that Stern must be fined and driven off the radio because he uses the ''public airwaves.'' If they are public, then his listeners are the public, and we want to listen to him on our airwaves. The public airwaves cannot be held hostage to a small segment that wants to decide what the rest of us can hear -- especially now that President Bush supports consolidating more and more media outlets into a few rich hands.

    But what if a child should tune in? Call me old-fashioned, but I believe it is the responsibility of parents to control their children's media input. The entire nation cannot be held hostage so that everything on the radio is suitable for 9-year-olds. Nor do I know of any children who want to listen to Stern, anyway; they prefer music.

    It is a belief of mine about the movies, that what makes them good or bad isn't what they're about, but how they're about them. The point is not the subject but the form and purpose of its expression. A listener to Stern will find that he expresses humanistic values, that he opposes hypocrisy, that he talks honestly about what a great many Americans do indeed think and say and do. A Limbaugh listener, on the other hand, might not have guessed from campaigns to throw the book at drug addicts that he was addicted to drugs and required an employee to buy them on the street.

    But listen carefully. I support Limbaugh's right to be on the radio. I feel it is fully equal to Stern's. I find it strange that so many Americans describe themselves as patriotic when their values are anti-democratic and totalitarian. We are all familiar with Voltaire's great cry: ''I may disagree with what you say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it.'' Ideas like his helped form the emerging American republic. Today, the Federal Communications Commission operates under an alternative slogan: ''Since a minority that is very important to this administration disagrees with what you say, shut up.''

    Posted by Eric at 07:42 AM | Comments (0)

    April 12, 2004

    Late Night TV

    Of interest, courtesy of Sue Trowbridge:

    LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

    Tu 4/13: Chris Rock,
    We 4/14: Sen. John McCain

    THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC
    We 4/21: Bill Maher
    Th 4/22: Janeane Garofalo

    LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN, NBC
    Th 4/15: Chris Rock

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central

    Mo 4/12: Rerun TBA
    Tu 4/13: Rerun TBA
    We 4/14: Rerun TBA
    Th 4/15: Rerun TBA

    Mo 4/19: Melissa Etheridge
    Tu 4/20: Mark Ruffalo
    We 4/21: John Gibson
    Th 4/22: Arianna Huffington

    Mo 4/26: Bob Kerrey
    Tu 4/27: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
    We 4/28: Fareed Zakaria
    Th 4/29: Bob Woodward

    THE SHARON OSBOURNE SHOW, syndicated
    Tu 4/20: Margaret Cho

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (0)

    Late Night TV

    Of interest, courtesy of Sue Trowbridge:

    LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

    Tu 4/13: Chris Rock,
    We 4/14: Sen. John McCain

    THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC
    We 4/21: Bill Maher
    Th 4/22: Janeane Garofalo

    LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN, NBC
    Th 4/15: Chris Rock

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central

    Mo 4/12: Rerun TBA
    Tu 4/13: Rerun TBA
    We 4/14: Rerun TBA
    Th 4/15: Rerun TBA

    Mo 4/19: Melissa Etheridge
    Tu 4/20: Mark Ruffalo
    We 4/21: John Gibson
    Th 4/22: Arianna Huffington

    Mo 4/26: Bob Kerrey
    Tu 4/27: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
    We 4/28: Fareed Zakaria
    Th 4/29: Bob Woodward

    THE SHARON OSBOURNE SHOW, syndicated
    Tu 4/20: Margaret Cho

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (0)

    April 10, 2004

    Sony Options Clarke Book

    Reports Hollywood Reporter.

    Now before everyone yells, 'Oohh, liberal Hollywood,' remember the Showtime pro-Bush flick? Also, optioning a script doesn't mean the film will be made. Many, many books on the best-seller list are optioned, but that doesn't mean they'll be made.

    Posted by Eric at 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

    Sony Options Clarke Book

    Reports Hollywood Reporter.

    Now before everyone yells, 'Oohh, liberal Hollywood,' remember the Showtime pro-Bush flick? Also, optioning a script doesn't mean the film will be made. Many, many books on the best-seller list are optioned, but that doesn't mean they'll be made.

    Posted by Eric at 10:09 AM | Comments (0)

    April 09, 2004

    Movie-Free Movies

    Indeed, you ask, what's then is the point? BBC:

    Wal-Mart, the country's mightiest retailer, is preparing to ship a $79 DVD player that automatically strips out potentially offensive content.

    The gadget, made by French-owned RCA, aims to tap into mounting concern in the US about media standards ... A Hollywood consortium, including some of Tinseltown's top directors, has sued Clearplay and others, arguing that they are abusing the films' artistic integrity.

    By producing - without permission - altered versions of intellectual property, censors are effectively pirating directors' and studios' work, the lawsuit argues.

    Posted by Eric at 07:43 AM | Comments (0)

    Movie-Free Movies

    Indeed, you ask, what's then is the point? BBC:

    Wal-Mart, the country's mightiest retailer, is preparing to ship a $79 DVD player that automatically strips out potentially offensive content.

    The gadget, made by French-owned RCA, aims to tap into mounting concern in the US about media standards ... A Hollywood consortium, including some of Tinseltown's top directors, has sued Clearplay and others, arguing that they are abusing the films' artistic integrity.

    By producing - without permission - altered versions of intellectual property, censors are effectively pirating directors' and studios' work, the lawsuit argues.

    Posted by Eric at 07:43 AM | Comments (0)

    April 02, 2004

    Late Night TV

    From Late Night TV Page:

    Guests of interest ...

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central

    Mo 4/5: Jerry Seinfeld
    Tu 4/6: Matthew Perry
    We 4/7: Tim Robbins

    CARSON
    Mo 4/5: George Carlin
    Tu 4/6: Tim Robbins

    CONAN
    Th 4/15: Chris Rock

    LETTERMAN
    Tu 4/13: Chris Rock
    We 4/14: Sen. John McCain

    Posted by Eric at 01:50 PM | Comments (0)

    Late Night TV

    From Late Night TV Page:

    Guests of interest ...

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central

    Mo 4/5: Jerry Seinfeld
    Tu 4/6: Matthew Perry
    We 4/7: Tim Robbins

    CARSON
    Mo 4/5: George Carlin
    Tu 4/6: Tim Robbins

    CONAN
    Th 4/15: Chris Rock

    LETTERMAN
    Tu 4/13: Chris Rock
    We 4/14: Sen. John McCain

    Posted by Eric at 01:50 PM | Comments (0)

    Kerry MTV Stint Draws Largest MTV CoL Audience

    From the Hollywood Reporter:

    In other MTV news, the 10:30 p.m. special "Choose or Lose: 20 Million Questions for John Kerry" drew 3.4 million viewers Tuesday with an interview with the Democratic presidential candidate. It was the highest-rated "Choose or Lose" special since the campaign's inception in 1992.
    Meanwhile, the Bush campaign drags around Reggie the Registration rig.
    But on Thursday, in largely Democratic New York City, the Republicans appeared to be having a tough time convincing young people to register to vote and, when they did succeed, to register Republican.

    "I think it's a good time to vote because we need to get Bush out of office," said 34-year-old Theo Wargo, who took the opportunity presented by the GOP to register as a Democrat. "If I was ever going to register to vote this was the perfect spot at the perfect time."

    Given Bush's reluctance to enter uncontrolled public settings, I doubt he'll appear on the morally deprived MTV anytime soon.

    Posted by Eric at 01:17 AM | Comments (0)

    Kerry MTV Stint Draws Largest MTV CoL Audience

    From the Hollywood Reporter:

    In other MTV news, the 10:30 p.m. special "Choose or Lose: 20 Million Questions for John Kerry" drew 3.4 million viewers Tuesday with an interview with the Democratic presidential candidate. It was the highest-rated "Choose or Lose" special since the campaign's inception in 1992.
    Meanwhile, the Bush campaign drags around Reggie the Registration rig.
    But on Thursday, in largely Democratic New York City, the Republicans appeared to be having a tough time convincing young people to register to vote and, when they did succeed, to register Republican.

    "I think it's a good time to vote because we need to get Bush out of office," said 34-year-old Theo Wargo, who took the opportunity presented by the GOP to register as a Democrat. "If I was ever going to register to vote this was the perfect spot at the perfect time."

    Given Bush's reluctance to enter uncontrolled public settings, I doubt he'll appear on the morally deprived MTV anytime soon.

    Posted by Eric at 01:17 AM | Comments (0)

    March 25, 2004

    Late Night TV

    Late Night TV lineups:

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central

    We 3/24: Jamie Foxx
    Th 3/25: Al Franken

    Mo 3/29: Jennifer Beals
    Tu 3/30: Helen Mirren
    We 3/31: Karen Hughes
    Th 4/1: Johnny Knoxville

    Franken will also be on Conan, 4/1

    Posted by Eric at 03:28 PM | Comments (0)

    Late Night TV

    Late Night TV lineups:

    THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Comedy Central

    We 3/24: Jamie Foxx
    Th 3/25: Al Franken

    Mo 3/29: Jennifer Beals
    Tu 3/30: Helen Mirren
    We 3/31: Karen Hughes
    Th 4/1: Johnny Knoxville

    Franken will also be on Conan, 4/1

    Posted by Eric at 03:28 PM | Comments (0)

    March 16, 2004

    Jessica Simpson Words of Wisdom

    The pop singer is almost giving Bush a run for his money. From the Reliable Sources:

    Simpson, whose verbal gaffes are also legendary, pulled another one Sunday visiting the White House, our sources say. The singer was introduced to Interior Secretary Gale Norton and gushed: "You've done a nice job decorating the White House."

    Posted by Eric at 07:18 PM | Comments (0)

    Jessica Simpson Words of Wisdom

    The pop singer is almost giving Bush a run for his money. From the Reliable Sources:

    Simpson, whose verbal gaffes are also legendary, pulled another one Sunday visiting the White House, our sources say. The singer was introduced to Interior Secretary Gale Norton and gushed: "You've done a nice job decorating the White House."

    Posted by Eric at 07:18 PM | Comments (0)

    March 11, 2004

    Gibson May Get $100-$200m from Passion

    It depends on a lot of factors, but it'll be a lot. Hollywood Reporter

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 PM | Comments (0)

    Gibson May Get $100-$200m from Passion

    It depends on a lot of factors, but it'll be a lot. Hollywood Reporter

    Posted by Eric at 02:23 PM | Comments (0)

    March 10, 2004

    East Village Stages Lynne Cheney's Lesbian Romance Novel

    That blog title's bound to grab a lot of Google hits. From the Lloyd Grove, this interesting story about the VP's wife and her 1981 romance novel:

    Yesterday, Flanders told Lowdown that Cheney's novel "is a breathy, gothic romance, horribly written. It's celebrating lesbian love and promotes the value of preventative devices, condoms, to women who want to remain free. It features a woman who has unmarried sex with the widow of her sister - all this by Lynne Cheney, the culture warrior of the right."

    Monday's crowd of 200 - which included actress Janeane Garofalo - laughed throughout the satirical staging.

    Choice scenes adapted from "Sisters" included one in which two female characters write to each other: "Let us go away together, away from the anger and the imperatives of men. We shall find ourselves a secluded bower where they dare not venture. There will be only the two of us, and we shall linger through long afternoons of sweet retirement." ...

    Vice President Cheney's wife has been silent on the hot-button issue of gay marriage, although their 34-year-old daughter, Mary Cheney, is openly gay. President Bush has come out in a support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

    "Here's a whole book where she gloried in lesbian love affairs," Flanders said. "The hypocrisy is rank."

    Lynne Cheney's spokeswoman didn't respond to Lowdown's request for comment.

    Posted by Eric at 01:14 PM | Comments (0)

    East Village Stages Lynne Cheney's Lesbian Romance Novel

    That blog title's bound to grab a lot of Google hits. From the Lloyd Grove, this interesting story about the VP's wife and her 1981 romance novel:

    Yesterday, Flanders told Lowdown that Cheney's novel "is a breathy, gothic romance, horribly written. It's celebrating lesbian love and promotes the value of preventative devices, condoms, to women who want to remain free. It features a woman who has unmarried sex with the widow of her sister - all this by Lynne Cheney, the culture warrior of the right."

    Monday's crowd of 200 - which included actress Janeane Garofalo - laughed throughout the satirical staging.

    Choice scenes adapted from "Sisters" included one in which two female characters write to each other: "Let us go away together, away from the anger and the imperatives of men. We shall find ourselves a secluded bower where they dare not venture. There will be only the two of us, and we shall linger through long afternoons of sweet retirement." ...

    Vice President Cheney's wife has been silent on the hot-button issue of gay marriage, although their 34-year-old daughter, Mary Cheney, is openly gay. President Bush has come out in a support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

    "Here's a whole book where she gloried in lesbian love affairs," Flanders said. "The hypocrisy is rank."

    Lynne Cheney's spokeswoman didn't respond to Lowdown's request for comment.

    Posted by Eric at 01:14 PM | Comments (0)

    March 05, 2004

    Talk Show Lineup

    Bill Maher Tonight:

    Club for Growth's Steve Moore
    Martin Short
    Tavis Smiley

    satellite:

    Barbara Boxer
    Bob Costas

    Daily Show next week:

    Monday 3/8: Val Kilmer
    Tuesd 3/9: Ed Gillespie
    Wed 3/10: George Carlin
    Thurs 3/11: Paula Zahn

    Sunday Talk:

    ABC's "This Week"
    Sen. John McCain
    Matthew Doud, campaign strategist for President Bush
    Tad Devine, senior adviser to Democratic candidate John Kerry

    CBS' "Face the Nation"
    Sen. Bob Graham
    Gov. Bill Richardson
    Gov. Ed Rendell

    NBC's "Meet the Press"
    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

    CNN's "Late Edition"
    L. Paul Bremer, U.S. administrator in Iraq
    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller,
    Gen. Wesley Clark

    "Fox News Sunday"
    Bremer.

    Posted by Eric at 02:58 PM | Comments (0)

    Talk Show Lineup

    Bill Maher Tonight:

    Club for Growth's Steve Moore
    Martin Short
    Tavis Smiley

    satellite:

    Barbara Boxer
    Bob Costas

    Daily Show next week:

    Monday 3/8: Val Kilmer
    Tuesd 3/9: Ed Gillespie
    Wed 3/10: George Carlin
    Thurs 3/11: Paula Zahn

    Sunday Talk:

    ABC's "This Week"
    Sen. John McCain
    Matthew Doud, campaign strategist for President Bush
    Tad Devine, senior adviser to Democratic candidate John Kerry

    CBS' "Face the Nation"
    Sen. Bob Graham
    Gov. Bill Richardson
    Gov. Ed Rendell

    NBC's "Meet the Press"
    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

    CNN's "Late Edition"
    L. Paul Bremer, U.S. administrator in Iraq
    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller,
    Gen. Wesley Clark

    "Fox News Sunday"
    Bremer.

    Posted by Eric at 02:58 PM | Comments (0)

    March 03, 2004

    'Green Houses' Increasing in the United States

    The so-called Environmental Protection Agency may not care about bettering the environment, but increasingly homeowners are turning to green-friendly houses. CSMonitor:

    "An increasing number of home buyers are demanding that environmental issues become a top priority in new construction and remodeling efforts," says Ray Tonjes of the National Association of Home Builders.

    From Texas to Colorado, Washington State, Florida, and beyond, green is no longer simply the province of specialty builders creating custom homes. Gradually, green is going mainstream as the concept spreads to large-scale builders and catches the attention of a broader range of buyers.

    Numbers show the interest. Nationwide, between 1990 and 2001, a total of 18,887 homes were built to local green building guidelines. In 2002 alone, the most recent year for which figures are available, 13,224 green homes were built. Austin, Texas, pioneered the first local green building program in 1991. Today, nearly 20 such programs dot the country, with more being developed.

    What do 'green' houses entail? Among other features ...
    Resource-saving features in the green home begin at the curb. Permeable pavers on the driveway and walks allow rain to soak into the ground, reducing runoff. Xeriscape landscaping uses native plants, grouped according to the amount of water they need. Two green plastic rain barrels catch water rolling off the roof and store it for watering plants.

    In the backyard pool, small amounts of sodium, rather than chlorine, keep the water clean. Solar energy heats the pool.

    The house itself faces south, avoiding direct sun on the windows in the morning and afternoon. To form exterior walls, concrete is poured between insulating plastic foam, an efficient wind resister. Expandable insulation, called Icynene, is sprayed inside the attic, sealing it against wind and moisture.

    Bamboo floors in the kitchen and hallway offer the look of hardwood. But consider the forest-saving difference: Some species of bamboo grow 30 inches a day, while oak trees may grow no more than 30 inches a year. Bamboo costs $7 or $8 a square foot installed, comparable to hardwood floors.

    In a radical move, the kitchen has no garbage disposal. Instead, food waste can be placed in an outdoor compost bin tucked discreetly behind shrubs.

    A big proponent of 'green houses' is actor Ed Begley Jr., who often offers environmental tips like these.

    For more information, the NRDC has a green living page.

    Posted by Eric at 09:16 AM | Comments (0)

    'Green Houses' Increasing in the United States

    The so-called Environmental Protection Agency may not care about bettering the environment, but increasingly homeowners are turning to green-friendly houses. CSMonitor:

    "An increasing number of home buyers are demanding that environmental issues become a top priority in new construction and remodeling efforts," says Ray Tonjes of the National Association of Home Builders.

    From Texas to Colorado, Washington State, Florida, and beyond, green is no longer simply the province of specialty builders creating custom homes. Gradually, green is going mainstream as the concept spreads to large-scale builders and catches the attention of a broader range of buyers.

    Numbers show the interest. Nationwide, between 1990 and 2001, a total of 18,887 homes were built to local green building guidelines. In 2002 alone, the most recent year for which figures are available, 13,224 green homes were built. Austin, Texas, pioneered the first local green building program in 1991. Today, nearly 20 such programs dot the country, with more being developed.

    What do 'green' houses entail? Among other features ...
    Resource-saving features in the green home begin at the curb. Permeable pavers on the driveway and walks allow rain to soak into the ground, reducing runoff. Xeriscape landscaping uses native plants, grouped according to the amount of water they need. Two green plastic rain barrels catch water rolling off the roof and store it for watering plants.

    In the backyard pool, small amounts of sodium, rather than chlorine, keep the water clean. Solar energy heats the pool.

    The house itself faces south, avoiding direct sun on the windows in the morning and afternoon. To form exterior walls, concrete is poured between insulating plastic foam, an efficient wind resister. Expandable insulation, called Icynene, is sprayed inside the attic, sealing it against wind and moisture.

    Bamboo floors in the kitchen and hallway offer the look of hardwood. But consider the forest-saving difference: Some species of bamboo grow 30 inches a day, while oak trees may grow no more than 30 inches a year. Bamboo costs $7 or $8 a square foot installed, comparable to hardwood floors.

    In a radical move, the kitchen has no garbage disposal. Instead, food waste can be placed in an outdoor compost bin tucked discreetly behind shrubs.

    A big proponent of 'green houses' is actor Ed Begley Jr., who often offers environmental tips like these.

    For more information, the NRDC has a green living page.

    Posted by Eric at 09:16 AM | Comments (0)

    March 01, 2004

    Oscars, 9/10

    Damn you, Penn! Well, he deserves it (though Murray too). But what can you do. Predictions from Friday:

    BEST PICTURE
    Winner: Lord of the Rings

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Winner: Peter Jackson

    BEST ACTOR
    Winner: Bill Murray

    WINNER: Sean Penn

    BEST ACTRESS
    Winner: Charlize Theron

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Winner: Tim Robbins

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Winner: Renee Zellweger

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
    Winner: Finding Nemo

    BEST SCREENPLAY
    Winner: Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    Winner: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings

    BEST DOCUMENTARY
    Winner: The Fog of War

    Posted by Eric at 12:05 AM | Comments (0)

    Oscars, 9/10

    Damn you, Penn! Well, he deserves it (though Murray too). But what can you do. Predictions from Friday:

    BEST PICTURE
    Winner: Lord of the Rings

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Winner: Peter Jackson

    BEST ACTOR
    Winner: Bill Murray

    WINNER: Sean Penn

    BEST ACTRESS
    Winner: Charlize Theron

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Winner: Tim Robbins

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Winner: Renee Zellweger

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
    Winner: Finding Nemo

    BEST SCREENPLAY
    Winner: Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    Winner: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings

    BEST DOCUMENTARY
    Winner: The Fog of War

    Posted by Eric at 12:05 AM | Comments (0)

    February 27, 2004

    Scary Liberal Actors

    Even more sillinesswith the government and the entertainment industry:

    Hollywood is fretting that outspoken stars could hijack Sunday's Oscars (news - web sites), the scene of frequent political outbursts, to score points ahead of this year's US presidential polls.

    And amid a tough crackdown by US federal authorities on the broadcast of "indecent" material, Oscar bosses worry that an unexpected political tirade could be censored, tarnishing the image of cinema's top awards.

    The Academy Awards (news - web sites), attended by all of Hollywood's good and great and watched by up to one billion television viewers across the globe, presents a tempting soap-box for politically active stars who win awards.

    With free-speaking left-wing actors Tim Robbins and Alec Baldwin sure to take the stage this year as presenters if not as best supporting actor winners, and with equally combatant Sean Penn also nominated, organisers are bracing for possible fireworks as conservative Bush seeks re-election.

    Posted by Eric at 12:50 PM | Comments (0)

    Scary Liberal Actors

    Even more sillinesswith the government and the entertainment industry:

    Hollywood is fretting that outspoken stars could hijack Sunday's Oscars (news - web sites), the scene of frequent political outbursts, to score points ahead of this year's US presidential polls.

    And amid a tough crackdown by US federal authorities on the broadcast of "indecent" material, Oscar bosses worry that an unexpected political tirade could be censored, tarnishing the image of cinema's top awards.

    The Academy Awards (news - web sites), attended by all of Hollywood's good and great and watched by up to one billion television viewers across the globe, presents a tempting soap-box for politically active stars who win awards.

    With free-speaking left-wing actors Tim Robbins and Alec Baldwin sure to take the stage this year as presenters if not as best supporting actor winners, and with equally combatant Sean Penn also nominated, organisers are bracing for possible fireworks as conservative Bush seeks re-election.

    Posted by Eric at 12:50 PM | Comments (0)

    1,100 People Enter $10,000 "Doonesbury" Contest

    From Editor and Publisher, people are taking up Garry Trudeau's offer. Whether they'll pan out is another story.

    More than 1,100 people have entered a $10,000 contest announced in this week's "Doonesbury" strips. Garry Trudeau is offering the money to anyone who can prove George W. Bush fulfilled his 1972 National Guard duty in Alabama.

    But Trudeau joked he had other motives for the satirical competition. "To burn off cash," he told E&P in a Thursday e-mail interview. "I've been looking for something to do with a huge tax cut I didn't need. Part of the blowback from Bush's largesse to the unpoor is that people like me have become fat cats." ... David Stanford, whose title is "duty officer of the Doonesbury Town Hall," said most of the National Guard veterans responding so far say "just locate the morning reports." Stanford, referring to the 1,100 responses, added: "As someone who compulsively hits 'send and receive' every 10 minutes, it has been a rewarding week."

    When's the contest deadline? "We haven't decided yet. Might be open-ended through the election," replied Trudeau, whose comic runs in 1,400-plus papers via Universal Press Syndicate.

    Posted by Eric at 03:08 AM | Comments (0)

    1,100 People Enter $10,000 "Doonesbury" Contest

    From Editor and Publisher, people are taking up Garry Trudeau's offer. Whether they'll pan out is another story.

    More than 1,100 people have entered a $10,000 contest announced in this week's "Doonesbury" strips. Garry Trudeau is offering the money to anyone who can prove George W. Bush fulfilled his 1972 National Guard duty in Alabama.

    But Trudeau joked he had other motives for the satirical competition. "To burn off cash," he told E&P in a Thursday e-mail interview. "I've been looking for something to do with a huge tax cut I didn't need. Part of the blowback from Bush's largesse to the unpoor is that people like me have become fat cats." ... David Stanford, whose title is "duty officer of the Doonesbury Town Hall," said most of the National Guard veterans responding so far say "just locate the morning reports." Stanford, referring to the 1,100 responses, added: "As someone who compulsively hits 'send and receive' every 10 minutes, it has been a rewarding week."

    When's the contest deadline? "We haven't decided yet. Might be open-ended through the election," replied Trudeau, whose comic runs in 1,400-plus papers via Universal Press Syndicate.

    Posted by Eric at 03:08 AM | Comments (0)

    Oscar Predictions

    Since the Oscars are Sunday, let's do the Hamster predictions for The Academy Awards.

    BEST PICTURE
    Winner: Lord of the Rings

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Winner: Peter Jackson

    BEST ACTOR
    Winner: Bill Murray

    BEST ACTRESS
    Winner: Charlize Theron

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Winner: Tim Robbins

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Winner: Renee Zellweger

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
    Winner: Finding Nemo

    BEST SCREENPLAY
    Winner: Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    Winner: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings

    BEST DOCUMENTARY
    Winner: The Fog of War

    Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (0)

    Oscar Predictions

    Since the Oscars are Sunday, let's do the Hamster predictions for The Academy Awards.

    BEST PICTURE
    Winner: Lord of the Rings

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Winner: Peter Jackson

    BEST ACTOR
    Winner: Bill Murray

    BEST ACTRESS
    Winner: Charlize Theron

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Winner: Tim Robbins

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Winner: Renee Zellweger

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
    Winner: Finding Nemo

    BEST SCREENPLAY
    Winner: Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    Winner: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings

    BEST DOCUMENTARY
    Winner: The Fog of War

    Posted by Eric at 01:20 AM | Comments (0)

    February 26, 2004

    The Forbidden Fruit

    Are there lessons to be learned from Fox News and Abe Foxman, wonders Jac Wilder VerSteeg of the Palm Beach Post:

    What do Fox News and Abe Foxman have in common? Both are among the most successful marketers on the face of the Earth. And neither is particularly happy about it.

    Fox News sold a ton of books for Al Franken. The comedian and social commentator called his book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. Fox News said it owned the phrase "fair and balanced," and sued to prevent the book's distribution. Fox was laughed out of the courtroom, and the publicity skyrocketed Mr. Franken's book to a bestseller ...

    Would I have advised Mr. Foxman to shut up? No, I guess not. Ticket sales are a short-term phenomenon. In the longer term, it is better for Mr. Foxman to get his objections on the record. For all the people who see the movie and come away hating Jews for "what they did to Jesus," there might be more who, with the help of their enlightened pastors, see the movie in the context Mr. Foxman has tried to place it. Although some people won't listen to what Mr. Foxman had to say, many Christians accept and appreciate his message.

    If Mr. Foxman made a mistake in whipping up interest in The Passion of the Christ, he's certainly not alone. Attempts to squelch material frequently fail. If you believe the Old Testament, human beings always have been particularly attracted to forbidden fruit. Or if you'd prefer an example from the New Testament, consider that the Romans' attempt to silence Jesus has been history's most spectacular failure to ban an unpopular message.

    Posted by Eric at 02:59 PM | Comments (0)

    The Forbidden Fruit

    Are there lessons to be learned from Fox News and Abe Foxman, wonders Jac Wilder VerSteeg of the Palm Beach Post:

    What do Fox News and Abe Foxman have in common? Both are among the most successful marketers on the face of the Earth. And neither is particularly happy about it.

    Fox News sold a ton of books for Al Franken. The comedian and social commentator called his book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. Fox News said it owned the phrase "fair and balanced," and sued to prevent the book's distribution. Fox was laughed out of the courtroom, and the publicity skyrocketed Mr. Franken's book to a bestseller ...

    Would I have advised Mr. Foxman to shut up? No, I guess not. Ticket sales are a short-term phenomenon. In the longer term, it is better for Mr. Foxman to get his objections on the record. For all the people who see the movie and come away hating Jews for "what they did to Jesus," there might be more who, with the help of their enlightened pastors, see the movie in the context Mr. Foxman has tried to place it. Although some people won't listen to what Mr. Foxman had to say, many Christians accept and appreciate his message.

    If Mr. Foxman made a mistake in whipping up interest in The Passion of the Christ, he's certainly not alone. Attempts to squelch material frequently fail. If you believe the Old Testament, human beings always have been particularly attracted to forbidden fruit. Or if you'd prefer an example from the New Testament, consider that the Romans' attempt to silence Jesus has been history's most spectacular failure to ban an unpopular message.

    Posted by Eric at 02:59 PM | Comments (0)

    Carville

    FYI, James Carville is scheduled for Conan tonight. Neeha!

    Posted by Eric at 11:29 AM | Comments (0)

    Carville

    FYI, James Carville is scheduled for Conan tonight. Neeha!

    Posted by Eric at 11:29 AM | Comments (0)

    February 25, 2004

    John Kerry: The Movie?

    Looks like they may make a movie based on the 'Tour of Duty' book by Douglas Brinkley.

    Filmmaker George Butler, who made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name with his documentary "Pumping Iron," will now point his camera to the left. Butler just got the rights to make a nonfiction movie out of Douglas Brinkley's bestseller "Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War." Like the book, the flick will chronicle Kerry's metamorphosis from soldier to anti-war activist, and obviously, it has to be done before November...

    Posted by Eric at 10:40 AM | Comments (0)

    John Kerry: The Movie?

    Looks like they may make a movie based on the 'Tour of Duty' book by Douglas Brinkley.

    Filmmaker George Butler, who made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name with his documentary "Pumping Iron," will now point his camera to the left. Butler just got the rights to make a nonfiction movie out of Douglas Brinkley's bestseller "Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War." Like the book, the flick will chronicle Kerry's metamorphosis from soldier to anti-war activist, and obviously, it has to be done before November...

    Posted by Eric at 10:40 AM | Comments (0)

    Garofalo to Publish Election-Time Book

    From the Daily's Rush and Molloy, the news about the comic's new proejct:

    Janeane Garofalo is probably typing with her fingers and toes right now. No doubt seeing the bestselling success of books by liberal humorists Al Franken ("Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them") and Michael Moore ("Dude, Where's My Country?"), Garofalo will try to get her own book out before Election Day. Simon & Schuster will publish the comic's "For Those About to Salute, We Will Rock You" - Garofalo's ruminations on President Bush, Iraq, corporations and "the state of the national consciousness" - in October...

    Posted by Eric at 04:39 AM | Comments (0)

    Garofalo to Publish Election-Time Book

    From the Daily's Rush and Molloy, the news about the comic's new proejct:

    Janeane Garofalo is probably typing with her fingers and toes right now. No doubt seeing the bestselling success of books by liberal humorists Al Franken ("Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them") and Michael Moore ("Dude, Where's My Country?"), Garofalo will try to get her own book out before Election Day. Simon & Schuster will publish the comic's "For Those About to Salute, We Will Rock You" - Garofalo's ruminations on President Bush, Iraq, corporations and "the state of the national consciousness" - in October...

    Posted by Eric at 04:39 AM | Comments (0)

    February 24, 2004

    Inside the World of 'Staffers'

    From Aaron Barnhart's TV Barn, we read about a brand new series about the young guys behind the old candidates:

    Staffers, a new documentary series, replays the past six weeks of primary frenzy from a completely new angle: the people who work for the campaigns. Were not talking the guys in suits who talk to Wolf Blitzer. Were talking about the unpaid and underpaid young workers, the true believers every campaign has them, not just Howard Deans who usually carry out their activity far away from the TV frame.

    Filmed on a breakneck schedule Discovery didnt even greenlight the show until early last month Staffers begins a six-week run at 8 pm ET Tuesday on the Discovery Times Channel. (You need digital cable to see Discovery Times, which is Channel 225 on Time Warner, 111 on Comcast and 427 on Everest.)

    Producer Steve Rosenbaum says the idea for Staffers came from one, Susan McCue, who pitched his Camera Planet company to make a series about life as an intern in Washington, D.C.

    Rosenbaum wanted to take that concept on the road and give it a big gulp of coffee. The American primary process is, after all, the original game of Survivor. A campaign thats going great guns one day can unexpectedly lurch to a halt the next, leaving workers stranded in battleground states, out of cash and out of luck.

    But first, Rosenbaum had to sell the candidates on the idea.

    Posted by Eric at 07:55 PM | Comments (0)

    Inside the World of 'Staffers'

    From Aaron Barnhart's TV Barn, we read about a brand new series about the young guys behind the old candidates:

    Staffers, a new documentary series, replays the past six weeks of primary frenzy from a completely new angle: the people who work for the campaigns. Were not talking the guys in suits who talk to Wolf Blitzer. Were talking about the unpaid and underpaid young workers, the true believers every campaign has them, not just Howard Deans who usually carry out their activity far away from the TV frame.

    Filmed on a breakneck schedule Discovery didnt even greenlight the show until early last month Staffers begins a six-week run at 8 pm ET Tuesday on the Discovery Times Channel. (You need digital cable to see Discovery Times, which is Channel 225 on Time Warner, 111 on Comcast and 427 on Everest.)

    Producer Steve Rosenbaum says the idea for Staffers came from one, Susan McCue, who pitched his Camera Planet company to make a series about life as an intern in Washington, D.C.

    Rosenbaum wanted to take that concept on the road and give it a big gulp of coffee. The American primary process is, after all, the original game of Survivor. A campaign thats going great guns one day can unexpectedly lurch to a halt the next, leaving workers stranded in battleground states, out of cash and out of luck.

    But first, Rosenbaum had to sell the candidates on the idea.

    Posted by Eric at 07:55 PM | Comments (0)

    February 20, 2004

    Will Hung Receives Record Contract

    Even before the real American Idol contestants vie for a recording contract in the finals, William Hung has himself a 25k check. And with no professional training!

    Amid cheering fans, eight TV cameras and the Cal mens volleyball team, UC Berkeley civil engineering major turned overnight sensation William Hung was offered a $25,000 recording contract in Haas Pavilion last night, after yet another infamous rendition of She Bangs.

    Weeks after his painful television appearance, the American Idol reject was asked to perform during the halftime show of the Cal mens volleyball game against San Jose State, unaware that record executives and the UC Berkeley administration were planning a surprise of their own.

    Surrounded by his own team of six dancers, Hung gave another hip-shaking imitation of Ricky Martin, followed by a standing ovation and a check from a Fuse Networks representative.

    However, not all are enjoying the new Asian pop superstar. Is this just another attempt to degrade Asian masculinity?
    Hungs new fame is based on mockery, said junior Garett Ng.

    Theyre telling him, Sing She Bangs, Ng said. The frats are telling him, sing She Bangs.

    The mockery around Hung seems to resemble typical movie stereotypes of Asian men, Ng added.

    Hes being used to perpetuate existing stereotypes about his ethnicity that have already been established in Hollywood, said junior Eugene Kym, adding that most Asian Americans he speaks with share his opinion. He makes Asians look so stupid."

    Posted by Eric at 01:53 AM | Comments (0)

    Will Hung Receives Record Contract

    Even before the real American Idol contestants vie for a recording contract in the finals, William Hung has himself a 25k check. And with no professional training!

    Amid cheering fans, eight TV cameras and the Cal mens volleyball team, UC Berkeley civil engineering major turned overnight sensation William Hung was offered a $25,000 recording contract in Haas Pavilion last night, after yet another infamous rendition of She Bangs.

    Weeks after his painful television appearance, the American Idol reject was asked to perform during the halftime show of the Cal mens volleyball game against San Jose State, unaware that record executives and the UC Berkeley administration were planning a surprise of their own.

    Surrounded by his own team of six dancers, Hung gave another hip-shaking imitation of Ricky Martin, followed by a standing ovation and a check from a Fuse Networks representative.

    However, not all are enjoying the new Asian pop superstar. Is this just another attempt to degrade Asian masculinity?
    Hungs new fame is based on mockery, said junior Garett Ng.

    Theyre telling him, Sing She Bangs, Ng said. The frats are telling him, sing She Bangs.

    The mockery around Hung seems to resemble typical movie stereotypes of Asian men, Ng added.

    Hes being used to perpetuate existing stereotypes about his ethnicity that have already been established in Hollywood, said junior Eugene Kym, adding that most Asian Americans he speaks with share his opinion. He makes Asians look so stupid."

    Posted by Eric at 01:53 AM | Comments (0)

    February 19, 2004

    Conan Apologizes to the Quebecois

    I can now finally sleep knowing that justice has been served.

    Late-night comedian Conan O'Brien sought to defuse a flap over a recent segment poking fun at the French-Canadian province of Quebec by issuing a self-deprecating "apology" on Tuesday in French.

    "People of Quebec, I'm sorry," the host of NBC's "Late Night" show said in English, as a translator recited in French, with English subtitles, "People of Quebec, I'm an albino jackass."

    "We meant no harm with our comedy piece the other night," O'Brien continued, "translated" into French as: "The other night, I wet the bed like a little girl."

    "I was a stranger in a strange land and I was very insensitive," he went on, with the subtitle: "I have a small penis."

    Posted by Eric at 04:54 AM | Comments (0)

    Conan Apologizes to the Quebecois

    I can now finally sleep knowing that justice has been served.

    Late-night comedian Conan O'Brien sought to defuse a flap over a recent segment poking fun at the French-Canadian province of Quebec by issuing a self-deprecating "apology" on Tuesday in French.

    "People of Quebec, I'm sorry," the host of NBC's "Late Night" show said in English, as a translator recited in French, with English subtitles, "People of Quebec, I'm an albino jackass."

    "We meant no harm with our comedy piece the other night," O'Brien continued, "translated" into French as: "The other night, I wet the bed like a little girl."

    "I was a stranger in a strange land and I was very insensitive," he went on, with the subtitle: "I have a small penis."

    Posted by Eric at 04:54 AM | Comments (0)

    February 13, 2004

    Canada Attacks ... Conan

    The Canadian government is offended by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Imagine that, someone being insulted by an insult comic puppet who sniffs other dog's butts.

    "We want to disassociate ourselves from the comments which were broadcast last night because we do not support them in any way," junior government minister Mauril Belanger told Parliament.

    At one point in the show, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog -- a hand puppet that is a regular on the show -- said to a Quebecer: "You're French, you're obnoxious and you no speekay English." It told another: "I can smell your crotch from here."

    O'Brien's team were also shown replacing street signs in the province with those that read "Quebecqueer Street" and "Rue des Pussies."

    Alexa McDonough, a legislator for the left-leaning New Democrats, described the program as "racist filth" and "utterly vile" and demanded the government seek the return of the C$1 million subsidy.

    I'm sure Robert Smigel is devastated.

    Posted by Eric at 07:44 PM | Comments (0)

    Canada Attacks ... Conan

    The Canadian government is offended by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Imagine that, someone being insulted by an insult comic puppet who sniffs other dog's butts.

    "We want to disassociate ourselves from the comments which were broadcast last night because we do not support them in any way," junior government minister Mauril Belanger told Parliament.

    At one point in the show, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog -- a hand puppet that is a regular on the show -- said to a Quebecer: "You're French, you're obnoxious and you no speekay English." It told another: "I can smell your crotch from here."

    O'Brien's team were also shown replacing street signs in the province with those that read "Quebecqueer Street" and "Rue des Pussies."

    Alexa McDonough, a legislator for the left-leaning New Democrats, described the program as "racist filth" and "utterly vile" and demanded the government seek the return of the C$1 million subsidy.

    I'm sure Robert Smigel is devastated.

    Posted by Eric at 07:44 PM | Comments (0)

    February 10, 2004

    Mel Gibson Believes Wife Will Go to Hell

    "Daddy loves mommy, but she's going to hell, so be nice to her now." From MSNBC:

    Mel Gibson has come under fire for being hard on Jews in his film The Passion of the Christ but apparently, he feels that Protestants are also doomed to damnation. In fact, it looks like Gibson, a conservative Catholic, believes that his Episcopalian wife could be going to hell.

    Gibson was interviewed by the Herald Sun in Australia, and the reporter asked the star if Protestants are denied eternal salvation. There is no salvation for those outside the Church, Gibson replied. I believe it.

    He elaborated: Put it this way. My wife is a saint. Shes a much better person than I am. Honestly. Shes, like, Episcopalian, Church of England. She prays, she believes in God, she knows Jesus, she believes in that stuff. And its just not fair if she doesnt make it, shes better than I am. But that is a pronouncement from the chair. I go with it.

    In other words, some person living in the Mongolian hills who does good deeds all his or her life can be condemned to hell because he or she never met a Christian missionary (and, remember, only a certain type of Christian missionary). In other words, despite the fact that Gibson's wife is 'a saint,' because she doesn't commit to a certain denomination, she's going to hell.

    Gibson also says he was suicidal before he made "The Passions."

    Posted by Eric at 07:01 PM | Comments (0)

    Mel Gibson Believes Wife Will Go to Hell

    "Daddy loves mommy, but she's going to hell, so be nice to her now." From MSNBC:

    Mel Gibson has come under fire for being hard on Jews in his film The Passion of the Christ but apparently, he feels that Protestants are also doomed to damnation. In fact, it looks like Gibson, a conservative Catholic, believes that his Episcopalian wife could be going to hell.

    Gibson was interviewed by the Herald Sun in Australia, and the reporter asked the star if Protestants are denied eternal salvation. There is no salvation for those outside the Church, Gibson replied. I believe it.

    He elaborated: Put it this way. My wife is a saint. Shes a much better person than I am. Honestly. Shes, like, Episcopalian, Church of England. She prays, she believes in God, she knows Jesus, she believes in that stuff. And its just not fair if she doesnt make it, shes better than I am. But that is a pronouncement from the chair. I go with it.

    In other words, some person living in the Mongolian hills who does good deeds all his or her life can be condemned to hell because he or she never met a Christian missionary (and, remember, only a certain type of Christian missionary). In other words, despite the fact that Gibson's wife is 'a saint,' because she doesn't commit to a certain denomination, she's going to hell.

    Gibson also says he was suicidal before he made "The Passions."

    Posted by Eric at 07:01 PM | Comments (0)

    February 09, 2004

    Franken, Bill Clinton Win Grammys

    The satirist and former US President won for spoken word album category and spoken word album for children category, respectively.

    Posted by Eric at 12:20 AM | Comments (0)

    Franken, Bill Clinton Win Grammys

    The satirist and former US President won for spoken word album category and spoken word album for children category, respectively.

    Posted by Eric at 12:20 AM | Comments (0)

    February 02, 2004

    Gov. Davis Finds Work

    At least he's not having a baby with Danny Devito. TV Guide:

    OH, DEAR: Former California governor Gray Davis is moving in on successor Arnold Schwarzenegger's territory and taking up acting. The embattled politician will play himself in the March 1 episode of CBS' Yes, Dear. The plot finds Davis getting into a fight with Greg's father (Tim Conway) on the floor of the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    Posted by Eric at 10:00 PM | Comments (0)

    Gov. Davis Finds Work

    At least he's not having a baby with Danny Devito. TV Guide:

    OH, DEAR: Former California governor Gray Davis is moving in on successor Arnold Schwarzenegger's territory and taking up acting. The embattled politician will play himself in the March 1 episode of CBS' Yes, Dear. The plot finds Davis getting into a fight with Greg's father (Tim Conway) on the floor of the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    Posted by Eric at 10:00 PM | Comments (0)

    Hmm ...

    What was that? More odd than provocative and entertaining.

    Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (0)

    Hmm ...

    What was that? More odd than provocative and entertaining.

    Posted by Eric at 12:00 AM | Comments (0)

    January 31, 2004

    Add P Diddy to the Liberal Conspiracy

    According to USNews, the rapper (also known as Sean Puuufy Combs), is joining with Democrats:

    For a middle-aged white guy, Democratic Party grandmaster Terry McAuliffe's got a pretty good dance step. But it took more than boogie-woogie to score what could be a politically important late-night meeting with hip-hop king Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Friends of both say they got together last month at P. Diddy's New York recording studio as he worked on his Super Bowl ditty. McAuliffe asked the sometime social activist to help out in the fall presidential elections. For the first time, the influential celebrity agreed. "He will be involved in some of what we're doing in the future," says a Dem. One likely job: the "Something New" campaign, which uses hip-hop concerts to goose youths to vote. "P. Diddy," said one participant, "was thoughtful and very impressive." The meeting occurred on the very day he was seen back with Jennifer Lopez, who later broke up with Ben Affleck. Some star-struck Dems hoped she'd be at the meeting, but hanging out with P. Diddy in the recording studio was enough for McAuliffe, who's been bragging ever since about "laying track with P. Diddy."

    Posted by Eric at 09:44 PM | Comments (0)

    Add P Diddy to the Liberal Conspiracy

    According to USNews, the rapper (also known as Sean Puuufy Combs), is joining with Democrats:

    For a middle-aged white guy, Democratic Party grandmaster Terry McAuliffe's got a pretty good dance step. But it took more than boogie-woogie to score what could be a politically important late-night meeting with hip-hop king Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Friends of both say they got together last month at P. Diddy's New York recording studio as he worked on his Super Bowl ditty. McAuliffe asked the sometime social activist to help out in the fall presidential elections. For the first time, the influential celebrity agreed. "He will be involved in some of what we're doing in the future," says a Dem. One likely job: the "Something New" campaign, which uses hip-hop concerts to goose youths to vote. "P. Diddy," said one participant, "was thoughtful and very impressive." The meeting occurred on the very day he was seen back with Jennifer Lopez, who later broke up with Ben Affleck. Some star-struck Dems hoped she'd be at the meeting, but hanging out with P. Diddy in the recording studio was enough for McAuliffe, who's been bragging ever since about "laying track with P. Diddy."

    Posted by Eric at 09:44 PM | Comments (0)

    January 27, 2004

    Oscars

    Alright, I'm pretty happy. Bill Murray, and Keisha Castle-Hughes got Oscar noms.

    Posted by Eric at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

    Oscars

    Alright, I'm pretty happy. Bill Murray, and Keisha Castle-Hughes got Oscar noms.

    Posted by Eric at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

    January 26, 2004

    Golden Globes

    I can't say I've seen any 'great' movies this year. LOTR was good, not great, but I think it'll win the Oscar because people will vote for the film based on the entire series and not on that individual last film. And sure, why not? It was incredibly well made and it'd be unfortunate if it didn't pick up one major award.

    Cold Mountain was incredibly mediocre, though I wouldn't mind a supporting actress nom for Natalie Portman. But Kidman and Law, please no.

    Bill Murray won for best actor in a comedy. Now, maybe, the Academy will be smart enough to give him an Oscar nom. Probably not.

    Posted by Eric at 12:04 AM | Comments (0)

    Golden Globes

    I can't say I've seen any 'great' movies this year. LOTR was good, not great, but I think it'll win the Oscar because people will vote for the film based on the entire series and not on that individual last film. And sure, why not? It was incredibly well made and it'd be unfortunate if it didn't pick up one major award.

    Cold Mountain was incredibly mediocre, though I wouldn't mind a supporting actress nom for Natalie Portman. But Kidman and Law, please no.

    Bill Murray won for best actor in a comedy. Now, maybe, the Academy will be smart enough to give him an Oscar nom. Probably not.

    Posted by Eric at 12:04 AM | Comments (0)

    January 23, 2004

    Al on Letterman

    Al Franken on Letterman tonight.

    Posted by Eric at 03:15 PM | Comments (0)

    Al on Letterman

    Al Franken on Letterman tonight.

    Posted by Eric at 03:15 PM | Comments (0)

    Moby vs. Drudge

    The musician is taking on the cyber-gossiper, according to Lloyd Grove:

    Activist rocker Moby is leading a jihad against cybergossip Matt Drudge, blaming him for inciting "far right-wingers" who sent abusive and racist E-mails to comedian Margaret Cho.
    On his Web site and in private messages to friends, Moby has been claiming that Drudge "took out of context" Cho's stream of anti-Republican invective - intended as comedy shtick - during last week's moveon.org awards show at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

    "I was outraged," Moby told me. "Everyone knows that Margaret's comedy is very irreverent and Lenny Bruce-style confrontational, and Matt Drudge took it out of context and exposed her to some really irresponsible and vile reactions."

    Drudge responds: "Those E-mails are mild compared to what I receive on a daily basis. That is the nature of the Internet. Moby and his friends just have to 'butch up.'"

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (0)

    Moby vs. Drudge

    The musician is taking on the cyber-gossiper, according to Lloyd Grove:

    Activist rocker Moby is leading a jihad against cybergossip Matt Drudge, blaming him for inciting "far right-wingers" who sent abusive and racist E-mails to comedian Margaret Cho.
    On his Web site and in private messages to friends, Moby has been claiming that Drudge "took out of context" Cho's stream of anti-Republican invective - intended as comedy shtick - during last week's moveon.org awards show at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

    "I was outraged," Moby told me. "Everyone knows that Margaret's comedy is very irreverent and Lenny Bruce-style confrontational, and Matt Drudge took it out of context and exposed her to some really irresponsible and vile reactions."

    Drudge responds: "Those E-mails are mild compared to what I receive on a daily basis. That is the nature of the Internet. Moby and his friends just have to 'butch up.'"

    Posted by Eric at 11:01 AM | Comments (0)

    January 22, 2004

    Jon Stewart on Politics

    Take notes, Miller. From WPost:

    The town meeting, in Manchester, will focus on the media. Invited panelists include NBC News's Tom Brokaw, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, Time columnist Joe Klein and -- evidently because she has time on her hands -- former presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun.

    "The concept is giving the media a voice in politics," Stewart says. "They've been silenced for so long." Oddly, the session will not be broadcast. "Because you know the slogan: What happens in New Hampshire stays in New Hampshire."

    Though claiming to have no political acumen, Stewart predicts a tough race for Sen. John Edwards, who actually announced his candidacy on "The Daily Show": "His integrity and down-to-earth common sense will only get him crushed by the democratic process."

    And how will the 2004 race end? "It ends with Howard Dean in a white Bronco being chased down the Santa Monica Freeway."

    Jon's an incredibly nice guy. I sent him a fan letter when I was 15 or so and he sent me back a nice, personalized autographed picture with a short note. Nice guy. Good in "Playing by Heart."

    Posted by Eric at 06:57 PM | Comments (0)

    Jon Stewart on Politics

    Take notes, Miller. From WPost:

    The town meeting, in Manchester, will focus on the media. Invited panelists include NBC News's Tom Brokaw, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, Time columnist Joe Klein and -- evidently because she has time on her hands -- former presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun.

    "The concept is giving the media a voice in politics," Stewart says. "They've been silenced for so long." Oddly, the session will not be broadcast. "Because you know the slogan: What happens in New Hampshire stays in New Hampshire."

    Though claiming to have no political acumen, Stewart predicts a tough race for Sen. John Edwards, who actually announced his candidacy on "The Daily Show": "His integrity and down-to-earth common sense will only get him crushed by the democratic process."

    And how will the 2004 race end? "It ends with Howard Dean in a white Bronco being chased down the Santa Monica Freeway."

    Jon's an incredibly nice guy. I sent him a fan letter when I was 15 or so and he sent me back a nice, personalized autographed picture with a short note. Nice guy. Good in "Playing by Heart."

    Posted by Eric at 06:57 PM | Comments (0)

    The Hunting of the President: The Movie

    Ooh, looks scary (link from Atrios).

    Posted by Eric at 03:07 PM | Comments (0)

    The Hunting of the President: The Movie

    Ooh, looks scary (link from Atrios).

    Posted by Eric at 03:07 PM | Comments (0)

    January 19, 2004

    Ron Silver and Al Sharpton

    On Bill Maher's "Real Time with Bill Maher." Wowsers! Real cat fight.

    Repeats on HBO:

    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 21 12:00am
    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 21 11:00pm
    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 23 08:00pm
    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 23 11:30pm

    Posted by Eric at 12:14 AM | Comments (0)

    Ron Silver and Al Sharpton

    On Bill Maher's "Real Time with Bill Maher." Wowsers! Real cat fight.

    Repeats on HBO:

    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 21 12:00am
    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 21 11:00pm
    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 23 08:00pm
    Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO Jan 23 11:30pm

    Posted by Eric at 12:14 AM | Comments (0)

    January 14, 2004

    Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in gay cowboy movie?

    Fancy that. From Salon:

    The casting call is out for "Brokeback Mountain," the Ang Lee-directed adaptation of Annie Proulx's short story, replete with sunsets, horses, howling windstorms and a heartbreaking love story between two young cowboys. Although the casting isn't yet official, Hollywood sources say that heartthrobs Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger are in negotiations to star ...

    But short some Hollywood alchemy that reworks the very DNA of the "Brokeback" script, the film can't possibly duck down any of these escape routes. First published in the New Yorker in 1997, where it won both an O. Henry short story prize and a National Magazine Award, and then in Proulx's 1999 story collection "Close Range," it's the tale of sheepherder Ennis Del Mar and rodeo rider Jack Twist. The two men meet and fall in love as 19-year-olds in 1963, tending a herd on the titular Wyoming mountain. The tale follows the men's clandestine relationship for 20 years: their marriages to women, the birth of their children, regular mountaintop assignations, the impossibility of their permanent union, and the gradual acceptance of the grave repercussions of their love.

    The story is, very simply, about its two main characters and their passion for each other. There is no murder mystery, no one suffering from AIDS, no drug addiction and no heterosexual romance to move the plot along and distract from the homosexual relationship.

    Posted by Eric at 05:37 AM | Comments (0)

    Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in gay cowboy movie?

    Fancy that. From Salon:

    The casting call is out for "Brokeback Mountain," the Ang Lee-directed adaptation of Annie Proulx's short story, replete with sunsets, horses, howling windstorms and a heartbreaking love story between two young cowboys. Although the casting isn't yet official, Hollywood sources say that heartthrobs Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger are in negotiations to star ...

    But short some Hollywood alchemy that reworks the very DNA of the "Brokeback" script, the film can't possibly duck down any of these escape routes. First published in the New Yorker in 1997, where it won both an O. Henry short story prize and a National Magazine Award, and then in Proulx's 1999 story collection "Close Range," it's the tale of sheepherder Ennis Del Mar and rodeo rider Jack Twist. The two men meet and fall in love as 19-year-olds in 1963, tending a herd on the titular Wyoming mountain. The tale follows the men's clandestine relationship for 20 years: their marriages to women, the birth of their children, regular mountaintop assignations, the impossibility of their permanent union, and the gradual acceptance of the grave repercussions of their love.

    The story is, very simply, about its two main characters and their passion for each other. There is no murder mystery, no one suffering from AIDS, no drug addiction and no heterosexual romance to move the plot along and distract from the homosexual relationship.

    Posted by Eric at 05:37 AM | Comments (0)

    January 12, 2004

    Bill O'Reilly.com Lies About Book Sales

    On BillOReilly.com's main page ...

    Factor Fans Keep Bill's Book #1
    Memo to Al Franken: For the fifth straight week, "Who's Looking Out for You?" remains #1 on the NYT Best Seller List.

    However, O'Reilly's book was number one for only four straight weeks: 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, and 1/11.

    Michael Moore was number one for 12/14.

    Al Franken is number one for 1/18.

    Remember that O'Reilly previously misled people about his book sales. So why is O'Reilly and his website proving Al Franken's point?

    Posted by Eric at 02:45 PM | Comments (0)

    Bill O'Reilly.com Lies About Book Sales

    On BillOReilly.com's main page ...

    Factor Fans Keep Bill's Book #1
    Memo to Al Franken: For the fifth straight week, "Who's Looking Out for You?" remains #1 on the NYT Best Seller List.

    However, O'Reilly's book was number one for only four straight weeks: 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, and 1/11.

    Michael Moore was number one for 12/14.

    Al Franken is number one for 1/18.

    Remember that O'Reilly previously misled people about his book sales. So why is O'Reilly and his website proving Al Franken's point?

    Posted by Eric at 02:45 PM | Comments (0)

    January 06, 2004

    Al Franken Fresh Air Interview

    Fresh Air interview with Al Franken is here. Funny stuff. You'll get to hear about how much Al hates our troops, and how he spent all this time bringing in and working with the executive producer of the TV show "Monk" to help him enteratin the troops because he hates America.

    Posted by Eric at 08:23 PM | Comments (0)

    Al Franken Fresh Air Interview

    Fresh Air interview with Al Franken is here. Funny stuff. You'll get to hear about how much Al hates our troops, and how he spent all this time bringing in and working with the executive producer of the TV show "Monk" to help him enteratin the troops because he hates America.

    Posted by Eric at 08:23 PM | Comments (0)

    January 03, 2004

    TV Schedule Week

    Democratic Debate - CSPAN, 1/4 3pm EST
    Gephardt and Kerry - CSPAN 1/4 9pm EST
    Wesley Clark - Meet the Press, NBC 1/4
    Tim Robbins - Late Night with Conan, 1/5 (R)
    Wesley Clark - Hardball, 1/5
    Alec Baldwin - Sharon Osbourne 1/5) (R)
    Michael Moore - Conan 1/7 (R)
    Darrell Hammond - Carson 1/9
    Bill Maher - The View 1/8 (R)

    Posted by Eric at 05:38 PM | Comments (0)

    TV Schedule Week

    Democratic Debate - CSPAN, 1/4 3pm EST
    Gephardt and Kerry - CSPAN 1/4 9pm EST
    Wesley Clark - Meet the Press, NBC 1/4
    Tim Robbins - Late Night with Conan, 1/5 (R)
    Wesley Clark - Hardball, 1/5
    Alec Baldwin - Sharon Osbourne 1/5) (R)
    Michael Moore - Conan 1/7 (R)
    Darrell Hammond - Carson 1/9
    Bill Maher - The View 1/8 (R)

    Posted by Eric at 05:38 PM | Comments (0)

    New CNN/Time Numbers

    No surprise, it's Dean in the lead with the others close together. The numbers (with help from Kos who put the Nov numbers in parenthesis)

    Dean 22 (14)
    Kerry 10 (9)
    Lieberman 9 (11)
    Clark 8 (12)
    Gephardt 7 (6)
    Sharpton 6 (5)
    Edwards 5 (5)
    Kucinich 5 (2)
    Braun 2 (4)

    In Dem vs. Bush matchups, we get ...

    Bush - 51
    Dean - 46

    Bush - 54
    Kerry - 43

    Bush - 52
    Lieberman - 46

    Bush - 53
    Clark - 43

    Bush - 53
    Gephardt - 44

    Bush - 53
    Edwards - 43

    Posted by Eric at 04:30 AM | Comments (0)

    New CNN/Time Numbers

    No surprise, it's Dean in the lead with the others close together. The numbers (with help from Kos who put the Nov numbers in parenthesis)

    Dean 22 (14)
    Kerry 10 (9)
    Lieberman 9 (11)
    Clark 8 (12)
    Gephardt 7 (6)
    Sharpton 6 (5)
    Edwards 5 (5)
    Kucinich 5 (2)
    Braun 2 (4)

    In Dem vs. Bush matchups, we get ...

    Bush - 51
    Dean - 46

    Bush - 54
    Kerry - 43

    Bush - 52
    Lieberman - 46

    Bush - 53
    Clark - 43

    Bush - 53
    Gephardt - 44

    Bush - 53
    Edwards - 43

    Posted by Eric at 04:30 AM | Comments (0)