Shifra on September 17, 2019
Apparently, the filmmakers omitted Obama’s role in the drama. Were they hoping no one would remember? Kudos to Rep Mike Turner (R-Ohio) who reminds us of these not-so-little details of the story. Via WSJ. Higher Ground, the production company formed last year by Barack and Michelle Obama in conjunction with Netflix, recently released its first film. “American Factory” is a documentary about a General Motors plant in Moraine, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. The plant closed in 2008 and was reopened by a Chinese auto glass manufacturer in 2015. The film follows the lives of both the laid-off American workers and the Chinese workers brought in to run the new plant. It’s a fascinating and at times moving film. What’s...
Shifra on November 12, 2018
Trump Derangement Syndrome now infects a Broadway musical revival. SAD! Via WSJ. The national tour of “Hello, Dolly!” just opened the second leg of its 10-month multicity run at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. But the frothy, feel-good musical has turned into a whodunit. When “Dolly” premiered in 1964, its irresistible title song cemented composer-lyricist Jerry Herman as the heir apparent to Irving Berlin and Frank Loesser—king of musical-theater optimism. Mr. Herman went on to compose two other megahits, “Mame” and “La Cage aux Folles.” But “Dolly” put him on the map…. So it came as a shock when, barely seven minutes into a recent matinee performance, in the third verse of Dolly Levi’s first song, “I Put My Hand In,” I...
Shifra on October 5, 2018
No, this is not from The Onion. And yes, suddenly, getting a root canal doesn’t seem so bad. Via Hollywood Reporter. ….Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow, both two-time Tony Award winners, will team up on Broadway to play the power couple who have been a prominent part of the American political landscape for the past quarter-century in Hillary and Clinton. The play by Lucas Hnath is a four-hander set in New Hampshire during the 2008 Democratic primaries, as Hillary Rodham Clinton, her chief strategist Mark J. Penn and her husband Bill Clinton butt heads over whether bringing in the former president will be a liability or an asset in HRC’s troubled campaign to secure the nomination for a White House...
Tammy on September 11, 2018
Not surprised, beyond the program changes, the complaints about leadership from former Miss America’s likely did not help. Via The Wrap. There they go, “Miss America” viewers. The “Miss America 2019” competition just plummeted 36 percent in TV ratings versus last year’s record low performance on ABC. Yes, that one went up against the first Sunday of the NFL regular season as well. In 2017 (which is confusingly the 2018 pageant), ABC’s “Miss America” pageant averaged a 1.1 rating/4 share and had 5.4 million total viewers. This year’s revamped format — which omitted the popular swimsuit and evening gown rounds — struggled to a 0.7/3 and 4.3 million viewers, which means it was down 36 percent in the key demo...
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 —...