I can’t say enough swell things about the brand-spanking new way Blogger is handling blog comments. For those of you without blogs or unfamiliar with how it operates, allow me to turn on the overhead projector: Blogger has created a new tab especially for comments, which separates the reasonable, cogent observations from the intelligent people who… Continue reading Spam with duck sauce
Turner Classic Movies has announced a memorial tribute to the late Patricia Neal that’s slated for Monday, September 13 beginning at 8:00pm. The lineup will include: 08:00pm Private Screenings: Patricia Neal 09:00pm The Fountainhead (1949) 11:00pm The Subject Was Roses (1968) 01:00am A Face in the Crowd (1957) 03:15am In Harm’s Way (1965) Ben Walsh of the Independent tallies thirty “movie moments that tell the whole… Continue reading Magic moments
There are a couple of upcoming blogathons that I wanted to direct your attention towards—but before I impart this information I sort of wanted to apologize to the good people who sponsored both the Summer Movie and the John Huston Blogathons. Adam Zanzie at Icebox Movies was the mastermind behind the Huston event, and I was really… Continue reading Of blogathons and other topics of concern
Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. The creation of Beloit’s Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief, it was originally created as a reminder to faculty to… Continue reading The class of 2014 had its dreams
In April 1980, CBS-TV scored big in the Nielsens with a TV-movie entitled Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, a ninety-minute western that featured the popular vocalist in the role of cardsharp Brady Hawkes. The production successfully capitalized on a hit song (The Gambler) written by tunesmith Don Schlitz, a ditty that—quite frankly—if I never had to… Continue reading Drawing cards
`Cathy' comic strip ending after 34 years KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The comic strip "Cathy," which has chronicled the life, frustrations and swimsuit season meltdowns of its namesake for more than 30 years, is coming to an end. Cathy Guisewite, the strip's creator, said Wednesday that deciding to end the comic strip was "excruciating." The comic has… Continue reading Our long national nightmare is over…
So, because my world rarely ventures beyond the perimeters established by Encore Westerns, TCM and the vast holdings in the dusty Thrilling Days of Yesteryear archives, I don’t often find out about the new and exciting pop culture trends until…well, sometimes it’s years after they’ve been introduced. (Case in point: I keep hearing about this thing called an… Continue reading I’ll have the brown sugar cinnamon Pop-Tart combo…and can I get a side salad with that?