First, I want to say that I take this situation very seriously and worry about all those affected health-wise and also economically. But for those of us lucky enough to still have work plus be able to do that work at home, or for those who have no choice but to self-isolate, I want to provide some ideas to survive the lockdown. You could exercise – do some situps and pushups or use your home elliptical – or write that
Not that this post has anything to do with the Con Man in the White House, no.
David Walliams Teams With Robbie Williams: “The Boy in the Dress” Musical at Royal Shakespeare Company
If you don’t recognize David Walliams’ name, think one-half of the “Little Britain” duo. Ah, that guy. Anyhow, he’s built quite a career beyond “Little Britain” in television and film, but his greatest success, eclipsing everything else is his career as a children’s book writer. His first in 2008 was “The Boy in the Dress”, brought to life by legendary book illustrator Quentin Blake. Although ostensibly heterosexual, David Walliams has never shied away from his fey side, and this was
I had already written this to post on March 17th which is the 50th anniversary of the release of “The Boys in the Band” film. But then the playwright Mart Crowley just died, at age 84! So posting this now.
Growing up, there were obvious homosexuals on TV and in movies yet for most straight audiences, they were seen as Second Bananas, eccentric and flamboyant and not activists flaunting the reality of their “lifestyle” in everyone’s faces. In the Golden Age of Hollywood, think Edward Everett Horton, Marjorie Main, and Franklin Pangborn, and in television in the 1950s-60s, think Nancy Culp (Beverly Hillbillies), Paul Lynde, and of course, Snagglepuss. Ahh, Snagglepuss. His voice was modeled on Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion,
No, neither Cher nor Jerry Lewis appeared in “The Golden Girls”, but they are connected via the show just the way Leonardo DiCaprio is connected to Patrick Stewart (via Quentin Tarantino’s appearance in “TGG”). Let’s play Six Degrees of “The Golden Girls”! In 1960’s “Cinderfella”, Jerry Lewis’s fairy godfather was Ed Wynn, a character actor probably better known to kids today than superstars such as Doris Day or Rock Hudson due to his appearance in “Mary Poppins” playing Uncle Albert
Alright, it’s two whole months before the Eurovision Song Contest and I think we’ve found a winner already. Iceland’s entry “Think About Things” by Daði Freyr and his band Gagnamagnið (roughly meaning “The Data”) is so counter-intuitive to everything typical of Eurovision which is why it’s so refreshing. There have been attempts at humor with past Eurovision entries, although most are unintentional. There was one year where Greece offered kilted, mohawked guys singing guterally about “Money for Beer” and another from Sweden
Alright, we’re in a weird situation right now, knowing there’s this virus that’s lurking, waiting to silently grab us and then turn out lives upside down. Or not. Other than going to the grocery store and hoarding, there’s little we can do ourselves about this situation given that the government seemingly has no clue and only thinks about the political impact rather than saving lives. So we might as well keep our spirits up. Sometimes there’s nothing funnier than laughing
Forget Kevin Bacon, I think everything in Hollywood leads back to “The Golden Girls” (TGG). We are currently watching both “TGG” and “Star Trek: TNG” in order from the beginning and we’re finding some surprising connections. As I wrote previously, Quentin Tarantino attributes his appearance as an Elvis impersonator on “TGG” with providing him funds through residuals keeping him afloat as he developed “Reservoir Dogs”. Because of this, you can trace Bea Arthur and Leonardo DiCaprio in two degrees, and
If you’re not a fan of Eurovision – well most people aren’t fans exactly as much as like it in a “so-bad-it’s-good” way – you know that the UK has not had much luck with its entries for the last 20+ years, ever since Katrina and the Waves (yes, the “Walking on Sunshine” group) won in 1997. They’ve tried many methods of choosing an entry, with BBC sometimes choosing it themselves or allowing the public to vote. The result, unfortunately,
When Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum left “Project Runway”, it sounded like they had a good new venture in the offing and we eagerly awaited its arrival. And waited and waited. Meanwhile, we kept watching the retooled “Project Runway” but even with our fave Christian Siriano, it just wasn’t the same and we stopped watching altogether. Now, luckily, Tim and Heidi have announced their return, platformed on Amazon Prime, debuting on March 27th! “Making the Cut” is pretty much…”Project Runway”