Oscar-nominated director and all-around bad-ass Lee Daniels dropped by the newly opened Paramount Theatre this
past Tuesday to talk to a group of Emerson students about walking the
road not taken, believing in your dreams, and loving your kids even if
they pop out straight ugly.As a speaker, Daniels proved to be
We've all heard of the unfortunate incident at SeaWorld, Orlando, in which trainer Dawn Brancheau was attacked and drowned by the killer whale Tilikum. Tilikum has supposedly caused two other people's deaths in the past, but a former head trainer at SeaWorld (and good friend of the deceased) told "Good Morning America" this morning that Brancheau was to blame.
Have you seen this? Have you heard about this? Apparently Jay Leno has been restored to the Tonight Show host's chair, leaving poor Conan O'Brien - whose Tonight run was admittedly ratings-challenged, but so was Leno's for a long time - out in the cold. So while Leno has been booking guests for his post-Olympics return (watch the promo!), Conan has been left to find ways around that clause in his settlement with NBC that prevents him from appearing on television until September.
Match made in heaven: JOHN WATERS, he the maker of Pink Flamingos, and RONI HORN, she the maker of such inscrutibly beautiful but maddeningly evasive Objects as Pink Tons.
Even Waters has a hard time getting what Horn is after at first look -- and, as he pointed out last week, that's the damn point. We thank our stars that the ICA BOSTON picked Waters as Horn's interlocutor -- we doubt anyone less flamboyant, off-the-dome amusing, unabashedly curious, and ultimately fearless could have done as impressive a job.
This morning, the social-media bible Mashable reported on yet another of those annoying Twitter bugs -- a "large-scale phishing attack" in which a message that says "This you???" prompts users to enter their Twitter passwords on a fake Twitter login page.
Sure enough, we had two such messages waiting for us in our inbox.
If you can't wait for the long-awaited FRANK BRUNI profile of #masen SCOTT BROWN in next Sunday's New York Times Magazine, it's now online. Spoiler alert: SCOTT BROWN WORE PINK LEATHER SHORTS. On a first date! Sexy stuff, Grey Lady!
[Brown's daughter] Arianna told me that
he showed up for his first real date with her mother, Gail Huff, a TV
newscaster to whom he has been married for more than 23 years, in pink
Hey Comedy Central: we're glad that you're deciding to kick off your new House of Blues series in our backyard. The Boston comedy scene is pretty good these days, and it deserves some nationwide recognition. But do you think you could have maybe picked somebody funnier than Bo Burnham?
Everyone's familiar with the dreaded palm-to-forehead
feeling you get when a minuscule misstep leads to some larger disaster.
Locked your keys in the car, forgot to feed the fish, didn't properly
set your alarm clock on the day of your big interview. We've all been
there and have faced the shameful realization that if we had just
slowed our roll, these little catastrophes could have been avoided.
Via Bostonist, Blue Mass Group has video of our new Massachusetts Senator talking with Neil Cavuto on Fox News about the incident in Texas where a man lit his house on fire and then flew his plane into an IRS building in Austin. He seems to be saying that the guy shares a mindset with his own supporters. The relevant quote:
The folks at Men's Health magazine must have been boozing it up at work when they wrote their America's Drunkiest CIty list. Boston placed dead last on this top 100 drunkiest list, making us the "Least Drunk" city in the US while Fresno; Reno; Billings, MT; Riverside, CA; and Austin, TX were named the most spirited.
Hey, all you undecided and uninformed Phoenix Readers Poll 2010 voters: tonight is your chance to catch five of our six "Best Comedian 2010" nominees on one bill for $12. Mottley's Comedy Club is teaming up with self-described "medical anomaly" Mehran to launch "The Mehran Show," a comedy extravaganza featuring nearly a dozen local comedians riffing on a theme (this week's is "legendary") every third Thursday of the month.
As you've no doubt noticed from last week's Oscar announcements, The Hurt Locker's blown up in a big way since its initial release last summer, reaping honors for best director, cinematography, and
editing, all on top of best film of the '09. And, according to its
Academy Award-nominated star, Jeremy Renner, Kathryn Bigelow's
accolade-stealing indie pic owes a great deal of its buzz to the praise
of reviewers nationwide, including our own Boston Society of Film Critics
Last weekend Sarah Palin, once again, showed her incredible brilliance -- and this time she doesn't have McCain's team or anyone else to blame for the backlash. Speaking at the first-ever National Tea Party Convention, Palin tried to rip on Obama for being just a "charismatic guy with a teleprompter" right before she flashed her hand with notes scribbled on it for her Q&A session with Tea Party founder Judson Phillips.
Let's face it: people who want to read static, black-and-white books (see: old people) are going to stick with their Kindles and Nooks. If the iPad is going to get any traction whatsoever (and for the record, we're predicting a faceplant, but that's another post) it's going to have to present its users with an experience they can't get on their iPhone.