Shifra on March 8, 2018
D’Oh!! Via mlive.com “The Simpsons” have been successful in predicting historical events big and small, so it should be no surprise that one of the new 850 words added to the dictionary first appeared on the show more than 20 years ago. The word is “embiggen,” and it first popped up in the 1996 episode of the show in “Lisa the Iconoclast.” In the season seven episode of the longest-running U.S.-based sitcom, character Jebediah Springfield says the phrase “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.” The phrase was met with confusion from Springfield Elementary Teacher Edna Krabappel, who turned and said “Embiggens? I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield.”…. Some of the notable new words (probably) not...
Shifra on November 26, 2017
The film ‘Casablanca’ premiered in NYC on November 26, 1942. If you have not seen it yet, it is a must-see. And if you’ve already seen it, why not watch it again? I’ve seen it twelve times, but who’s counting? 🙂 And bonus fact: The actor portraying the Nazi, Major Strasser, Conrad Veidt, was a German who fled Nazi Germany with his Jewish wife. Via WSJ. Even movie fans who don’t consider “Casablanca” Hollywood’s crowning achievement have to agree it’s among a handful of the most beloved movies the studio system ever created. It’s a tale of redemption. A hero’s journey. A heartbreaking love story. A fount of deathless dialogue. The Best Picture winner on Oscar night. And a Manichean...
Tammy on September 21, 2017
Surprise. Because in the end, it’s always been about entertainment and television. And themselves. Bharara’s statements and now this, including his comments in his ‘podcast’ as detailed below, confirms how right President Trump was in firing him. Via NY Post. Preet Bharara, the Manhattan US attorney fired by President Trump, is joining CNN as a senior legal analyst, Politico reported. Known as the “Sheriff of Wall Street,” Bharara has said Trump fired him in March after first telling him shortly after the election that he wanted him to remain in the federal prosecutor’s post. Since his dismissal, Bharara has become something of a media juggernaut, launching a Twitter account that has 440,000 followers and a podcast called “Stay Tuned with...
Shifra on May 7, 2017
That awkward moment when your costume ears deflate and you get yanked off the stage by a mob of stagehands. Via UPI. Staff at a Pokemon event in South Korea pulled a dancing Pikachu off the stage after its costume began to malfunction…. After about 3 minutes, the crowd began to applaud as staff attempted to escort the dancer back into the crowd for the finale. Despite the excitement from the fans, the comeback attempt was tragically cut short when a staff member held back the Pikachu as the costume began to deflate again.
Tammy on February 6, 2017
A lesson all the bullies in Hollywood should heed: This is what happens when you treat the *entire* audience with respect. Via Hollywood Reporter. On Super Bowl Sunday alone, Gaga sold more songs and albums digitally than she did in the entire week ending Feb. 2. Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show performance scored huge immediate sales gains for the diva, according to Nielsen Music. Based on initial sales reports, the diva sold about 150,000 digital albums and songs in the U.S. on Sunday — an increase of a little more than 1,000 percent compared to the previous day, when she sold around 15,000 digital albums and songs. Also impressive: On Super Bowl Sunday alone, Gaga sold more songs and...
Tammy on April 15, 2016
Uh, yeah. Bad, bad, bad idea. Via Nerdist. A lot of the time internet outrage is stupid, ineffective, or both. But on rare occasions we can all come together in one, reasonable voice and say, “Nope. Noooooope. Don’t do that, that’s really dumb and infuriating and really don’t do that,” and we can make the world a better place—or at least our local theater. Well, we did it everyone, because AMC Theatres announced Friday that they are already abandoning plans to allow texting in their theaters, following a very loud and very negative reaction to the idea. NO TEXTING AT AMC. Won't happen. You spoke. We listened. Quickly, that idea has been sent to the cutting room floor. pic.twitter.com/JR0fo5megR —...