TV star Vanessa Minnillo and TV star Alyssa Milano.
Monthly Archive: January 2009
Serena Williams has won her fourth Austalian Open title. She walloped Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-3.
Newsday is holding a vote. First they’re weeding it down decade by decade — then those winners, plus a few wildcards, go head to head for the title of Best Best Picture of All Time.Here were my votes:
Take down the tollway signs.
“Her Morning Elegance,” by new-music hipster Oren Lavie. Nice!
“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.? He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”Obama advisor David Axelrod on his boss’s Oval Office habits.
Author John Updike has died at age 76. (Of lung cancer, in a hospice in Massachusetts.)Obituary lede writers agree: Updike was all about the chronicles.
In a TV movie, that is. The NY Daily News has suggestions.(Javier Bardem seems like a stretch.)Read our profile onRod Blagojevich for more details.
46. (Plus the mother.) And she’s planning to breastfeed them all.[Update: Fertility experts are “rattled.”]
When did the detective’s use of cocaine become more talked about than his violin playing?
Robert Burns, beloved Scots poet, was born 250 years ago today.
First Lady Michelle Obama is not fond of the weird new dolls loosely based on first daughters Sasha and M
“At this premier Katie is wearing 2/2.5 heels. So if she is 5’9 as listed puts her over 5’11. Tom standing at 5’9.5 or a tad under. I think these shoes are giving him at most 2 inches, more likely 1.5, consistent with 5’8 and the barefoot pic with Katie.”That’s courtesy of CelebHeights.com, where footwear and photo angles are dissected with Zapruder-style intensity.
National Geographic does the honors.No photos, but still a cool look at the plane. Who knew the president’s suite was in the nose?
“He may not be in with the local Emo cult, and you’re unlikely to see him hanging out at a skateboard park. But the Holy Father moved one step closer to cool today when he launched the Vatican’s own YouTube site on Google.” The Pope is on YouTube.
Yup, it’s a real product. The user comments really are priceless.Thank you Playmobil for allowing me to teach my 5-year-old the importance of recognizing what a failing bureaucracy in a ever growing fascist state looks like.This toy would be a lot more realistic with about 350 people standing in line for an average of an hour. I heard this also comes with tiny sets of latex gloves for the security guards!
Dark Knight wasn’t nominated. But…”Yes! The highbrow Holocaust film with lukewarm reviews is in the game!”Mark Caro says the Oscar nominees are bad news for the broadcaster.
Time has some fascinating shots of the man himself and of the First Daughters.
Make fun of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button all you want, but it pulled down thirteen nominations in the 2009 Oscar race.Including best picture, best actor (Brad Pitt), best director (David Fincher), best phony old-guy makeup, etc, etc.The ceremony is February 22nd. The other best picture nominees: Frost/Nixon, The Reader, Milk, and (our early favorite) Slumdog Millionaire.
(Thx to The Daily Dish.)
Reactions to, and photos of, Michelle Obama’s lemongrass suit and white chiffon gown.Elsewhere, squeals of delight.
Take your choice: January 21st is National Hugging Day and Squirrel Appreciation Day.
What is Barack Obama’s calendar for his first full day in office?Here’s a basic schedule. He starts with a 10 am worship service at National Cathedral — the one with the Darth Vader gargoyle.Then Obama hosts an open house at the White House while also meeting with military leaders, economic experts, etc, etc.
Delivered on 20 January 2009.
Barack Obama has been sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.And the White House website has formally been flipped to the new administration.
At least, not the family Bible. It’s a helpful impostor from 1861.Still: Good enough for Lincoln, good enough for Obama.
During his last moments at the White House, former President Ronald Reagan scribbled a note for his successor on a notepad with a turkey insignia that said, “Don’t let the turkeys get you down.”Thus starting a tradition that George W. Bush apparently carried on today, leaving a note for Barack Obama. No word on whether it included a sketch of a turkey.
The step-by-step schedule for Barack Obama’s inaugural ceremony.
“The essence of Barack Obama has been his capacity to avert life’s roadblocks and disappointments during his journey. The first could have been his unusual family biography, with the challenges it presented in terms of stability and psychology. The second could have been the sociology of race in America, with its likelihood of rejection and cynicism. And the final was the geography of elective politics, with all the variables of ideology and luck.
“It was I who coined the term ‘discotheque.'”So says Roger Vadim in his 1986 memoir Bardot, Deneuve, Fonda. The year was 1949 or so, and Vadim was living in post-war Paris. (He leads in by saying, “It was people like me and Christian Marquand, the avante-garde director Michel de Ré, Juliette Greco and the singer Annabel… who created a new style and launched the idea of basement clubs.”)
“He was a smoker. From time to time (when he was on a break), we’d see smoke coming out of the robot. That always amused us.”Actress June Lockhart remembers Bob May, The Robot from Lost In Space. May died Sunday at age 69.As with Kenny Baker and R2-D2, May didn’t voice the character. But he’s the guy who wore the suit day in and day out.
Here’s a story we missed in October: Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix told reporters he was giving up acting. His new love? Music.
“Almost like a painting he composed his life… His painting was his life. Knowing him, I always thought from the beginning that if the day ever came he could not paint he would die.”Andrew Wyeth, painter of handsome and melancholy American scenes, has died in his sleep at age 91.
A helpful map of flight 1549’s trip around Manhattan — Sully’s wild ride — complete with geese.
The reviews are in for Chesley B. Sullenberger III, the improbably-named pilot who landed his 169,000-pound airplane in the Hudson River on Thursday, then strolled the aisle to check for stragglers before stepping off himself.
ABC News has an early story on Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, the U.S. Airways pilot who calmly landed his plane in the Hudson River on Thursday.
He’s off to Camp David for the weekend. The West Wing will be a “ghost town.” And then…
Born on this day in 1929.Others born in 1929: Four-minute-miler Roger Bannister, jazz man Bill Evans, and actress Audrey Hepburn.Distinguished company. But even in that crowd, MLK stands out.
Speculation from Bloomberg News.
Nobody uttered “Cordoba” quite like Ricardo Montalban. “Great comfort at a most pleasant price,” indeed.
Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.
The actor was 80, says the BBC.McGoohan was chiefly associated with cult ITV drama The Prisoner, writing some of the episodes himself under a different name.McGoohan played the character Six in the surreal 1960s show, filmed in the north Wales village of Portmeirion.His character spent the entire time attempting to escape from The Village and finding out the identity of his captor, the elusive Number One.
Odd, but true: Bela Lugosi, a pioneer in American film and a legend of classic horror roles, died at the age of 73 in the summer of 1956, and was buried most fittingly in one of his “Dracula” capes.Ironic, then, that Dracula was buried in a cemetery named Holy Cross.
First Dog update: It’s down to labradoodle vs. Portuguese water dog.
Last year The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran a 40th anniversary feature on the death of Martin Luther King. It’s well worth a visit on this week of Dr. King’s 80th birthday. The feature is packed full of photos, story archives, links, and videos like the one below, with his friends talking about the days before he died.
Here’s a great 10-minute interview with Arne Duncan, the new Secretary of Education-to-be. (Courtesy of the education site Edutopia.)Duncan’s a fascinating guy. His basketball history has gotten quite a bit of coverage, and rightfully so: After starring at Harvard, he went to Australia and played pro ball from 1987-91.
“Thank God that Doris Kearns Goodwin didn’t write a profile of Montezuma’s cabinet. Otherwise they’d be eating human flesh at Barack Obama’s inauguration!”Political Machine chuckling about the Lincoln-oriented menu for Inauguration Day.
People swears that it’s not like last time. This time it’s absolutely, positively for certain: Tom Brady is marrying Gisele Bündchen.”The couple is discussing a huge fashionista event in the spring or a more intimate and quicker ceremony in Costa Rica, where Gisele has a home.”
We had 1924 as the birth year for Telly Savalas, but our friends at Answers.com asked us to double-check the date.We did, by writing to CMG Worldwide, the management company that runs the official Telly Savalas website and manages his image for his estate. Their reply:Hello, thank you for your inquiry on Telly Savalas. I have confirmed his birthdate was Jan. 21, 1922. Thank you for you time and concern. Regards,Matt Graves
That was the complete six-word inaugural address of the Barack Obama stand-in at today’s practice inauguration.Obama was played by an Army staff sergeant wearing a sign reading “Pres.-Elect Obama”; Michelle Obama’s stand-in was a Navy yeoman.Stars and Stripes has photos.
Blast from the distant past: Kurt Russell tries out for the part of Han Solo in Star Wars…
William Zantzinger, the villain in Bob Dylan’s 1964 song “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” has died at age 69.
While researching our new profile of CIA nominee Leon Panetta, we came across this great resource from UC Santa Barbara: The American Presidency ProjectIt’s a monster collection of public papers of the presidents, plus assorted proclamations, remarks, press briefings, election notes, audio and video. (Want to hear Herbert Hoover address the Puerto Rican legislature?
You’re 65 today.
Strange, but true.
“Will the highways on the Internet become more few?””It would be a mistake for the United States Senate to allow any kind of human cloning to come out of that chamber.””They misunderestimated me.”The BBC lines ’em up.
“I used to say, ‘I’ve been at the Voice since the Civil War.’ But now I’m off to other combats.”Nat Hentoff, expert columnist on law, politics and jazz, moves on after 50 years at The Village Voice.
Made by Cadillac.”One news agency, noting its 8-inch-thick doors, says the limo can withstand a ‘direct hit from an asteroid.’ But GM spokeswoman Joanne K. Krell laughed off the comments. ‘And it will fix you a latte if you ask,’ she jokes.”A $25 billion latte, if you include the cost of the GM buyout.
A Brief Explanation of Why A California Actress Would Want To Name One Twin Daughter After A Country Singer from Locust Ridge, Tennessee
We read often yesterday that Rebecca Romijn had named a daughter for country singer Dolly Parton… but no mention of why she would want to name a daughter after Dolly Parton.(Just to recap: Romijn had twin daughters: Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip. Fraternal twins, not identical, says People.)
Doesn’t he seem older?Born in 1964. His first big role was in Valley Girl in 1983. (A year earlier he played “Brad’s Bud” in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.)That’s 26 years on the big screen. Others born the same year as Cage: Sarah Palin, Keanu Reeves, and Willy Wonka.
Secretary of Labor nominee Hilda Solis graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1979, in case there was any question.There’s a bit of confusion about the date online; a few sources say 1980. The Cal Poly website itself said 1980, which led Who2 editor Hans Holznagel to write them for clarification.
“On Bobby’s scorecard that day, it all looked so simple, so preordained. When it was over, in his typically illegible hand, he scrawled ‘Mate’ (it looked like ‘Mute’) — and then put on his jacket and left with his mom.”Remembering the 1956 match of chess prodigy Bobby Fischer and Donald Byrne.
The death certificate of Jett Travolta, the son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston, says he died of a seizure. So reports ABC News.Reportedly there was no sign of trauma to his head. Earlier reports had suggested he died after hitting his head on a bathtub.
The LA Times isn’t totally convinced.
Who knew? Character actor Pat Hingle, who died on Saturday, actually played slobby sportswriter Oscar Madison in the original Broadway run of The Odd Couple.He wasn’t the first Oscar, mind you. Walter Matthau originated the role in 1965. He was replaced after eight months by Jack Klugman, who played Oscar for three months or so before Hingle took over.
It’s been quite a month for White House pet news.First the hubbub about a new dog for the Obama family.Then the poor health of Socks, the former First Cat favored by Chelsea Clinton.
Apple computer CEO Steve Jobs has a hormonal imbalance. The subtext: He’s not dying of something else.
Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico has withdrawn his name as nominee for Secretary of Commerce, says NBC News.NBC says Richardson cited “a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state” as the reason. The network also says that president-elect Barack Obama accepted the withdrawal with “deep regret.”
The Obamas are now staying at the historic Hay-Adams Hotel. Supposedly it’s haunted:”Staff housekeepers have reported someone unseen calling their names and the sensation of invisible arms around them.
The son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston died after having a seizure in The Bahamas, says CNN.
“One of Dickens’ biggest influences was the growth of London as a Victorian city, and the extremes being created as it expanded. The poverty and enormous wealth — it felt like a city in fast-forward, and that’s what Mumbai felt like when I was working there.”Still more from Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle.
“The way you make the best decisions is not when you get to the end of the script. At the end of the script it’s a terrible place to decide, because then all the other questions come in like: who can we cast? What’s with the money? Who can we do the deal with?
Both were born in Mount Vernon, New York, a quarter-century apart: Clark in 1929 and Washington in 1954.
A story we missed in 2008: Eerie radio host Art Bell was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.It happened in November. Here’s his show card from the HOF, plus a bonus photo of Bell signing his poster next to a large dish of mixed nuts.
A 44-pound housecat is supposedly more vital to the national psyche.