Community is Streets Ahead
Last year, three shows came out competing for best comedy newcomer award: Glee, Modern Family, and Community. In the beginning, Glee pulled away at the top of the class with its musical numbers, its distinct take on high school popularity contests, and some very balanced emotional weight. *Spoilers* The Sectionals episode, where Rachel has to save the day last minute and Finn finds out that his baby is not his baby was, in its own way, television epicness. Modern Family was like a refreshing remake of Full House bringing common familial decency back to television screens. And then there was Community, a show about a ragtag Spanish class study group.
Conan, a Class Act.
I sat down on the upper levels of the Gibson Amphitheater. I had an expensive margarita in my hand because I felt the occasion called for one. I was wearing my Conan O Brien T-shirt two of my most foxiest and coolest friends gave me as a birthday present many years ago. You could feel the collective energy roam the theater. Any moment now, one of our generations most beloved icons will appear on stage before us.
What unfolded before us was Conan’s version of a classic variety show. Singing, dancing, great comedy bits, special surprise guests and of course Chuck Norris clips. Conan was so on top of his game you realize that NBC did screw the pooch by sacking his show. This guy has got wit and charm overflowing from his 9 foot tall lanky body, with plenty left to boot.
So here I was waiting for Conan’s 60 minute interview. Was he going to be unleashed? Tear Zucker and Leno a couple of new assholes? Well….not really. He maintained civility and kept true to his word about hating cynicism. Did he have his disagreements? Yes he did. Did he criticize Leno? Yup. But overall, I loved his attitude about having no regrets about his choices that he has made. He was cool, smart, and was open to the opposing viewpoints that were presented to him.
Ice Cube’s Straight Outta LA
Rapper Ice Cube, a member of pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A., is an actor, writer, producer and director of feature films and has helped launch the careers of many including Chris Tucker and Bernie Mac. Ice Cube’s latest directorial effort is a documentary entitled Straight Outta LA which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary was produced as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series. The sports channel, celebrating its 30th anniversary, recruited high-profile directors to make 30 original films focusing on a sports event of the directors choice from the past three decades.
ABC Bans Plus-Sized Lingerie Commercial
It looks like we’ve been getting our fair share of body image controversy. Plus-size women’s designer Lane Bryant is claiming that ABC is refusing to play their lingerie commercial for plus sized women. You can’t photoshop those loblollies. But Lane Bryant has a point. If you’re going to let women wear triangle bikini tops that barely cover their areolas in their commercials, then you should let plus sized women have theirs too. As the saying goes, “Big women need lovin’ too.” And that’s the last time I’m going to quote an avid Tyler Perry audience member.
Au Naturel Is The New Black
With all the problems in the world, I was astonished to see the headline “Jessica Simpson without makeup on the cover of Marie Claire”. Marie Claire claims Jessica is makeup free in their May edition but I’m calling their bluff since hints of blush and mascara can be seen. What is refreshing about the cover is it appears to be airbrush-free and you can actually see her laugh lines. In the latest chapter of “Stars- they’re just like us”, unretouched magazine spreads are garnering top billing in the news these days.
I sure could use a “Quantum of Solace”
There aren’t enough three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet, and a large, thin slice of lemon peel martinis to fill the void. As you may have heard, the man every woman wants and every man wants to be won’t be around to inspire any new fantasies for awhile. Daniel Craig/James Bond’s double-O status has been suspended, and no one can say for how long. It’s like hearing Steve McQueen died all over again.
I have to admit, I’m surprised at how the news has spread. There isn’t an outlet out there that hasn’t relayed the delayed state of progression on Bond 23. I’m only surprised at the spread though, not the interest. Where the hell are we going to turn for wish fulfillment and aspirational inspiration (sorry, I’ve been reading that biography of Henry Luce)? We NEED Daniel Craig/James Bond. It’s not just a matter of waiting. Who knows how many more movies Daniel Craig will be in for? I love all of the Bonds in different ways and for different things- Connery owned the room, Lazenby was blithe, Moore was hilarious, Dalton was cold and efficient, Brosnan was charming, and Craig is a wily cad that can handle any situation. And of course all of this comes out when “Sex in the City 2-Fucking Around in the Desert” is just ramping up its advertising to cackle at our misfortune. I’m so tired of seeing trailers of guys folding laundry and chicks falling down. I don’t want to see that crap.
Happy Kick-Ass Day Everyone!!!
As much as it is Happy Friday, today is the premiere for Kick-Ass. And this movie officially starts off the actually-worth-going-to-a-movie-theater season, like Watchmen was last year, or better yet Fast and Furious. All those movies you saw this year before Kick-Ass don’t count, including Shutter Island, Book of Eli, and Dear John (HA!) And I’ve been very careful not to read any reviews out of fear that incompetent critics will give too much of the story away. But I’m hearing mixed reviews, mostly read from headlines. Some are saying that that Kick-Ass revolutionizes the comic book genre. And then there’s Roger Ebert saying that there’s too much bloodshed at the hands of ten-year old Hitgirl, played by Abby Breslin’s much cooler clone, Chloe Moretz. Thanks Mom, I’ll think about that when I watch the most awesome movie of the year.*
Fast backward in time