Category Archives: Entertainment

The kid’s alright

I have watched Seth Meyers on Late Night since he took over the time slot.

His monologue was awkward,  and the producers wisely ditched it a couple of months ago.

But his interview skills put most of his competitors to shame.

Case in point: his recent sitdown with Ellen Page.


Page was on the program to promote her movie Freeheld, the true story of a dying  woman’s fight to leave her pension benefits to her lesbian partner.

Page was focused  and somber; you could see her talking points reflected in her eyes. Seth was respectful of the film’s subject matter, but injected humor at just the right beats.

Jimmy Fallon? Take a look and take a lesson.

This is how you do it.


There is a silent auction going on at my hotel in Denver.


Or that’s how it was advertised in the lobby.

I was admiring all the items up for bid — trips, event tickets,  spa services. The auction appeared to be part of another conference on site.

But now I realize the ‘silent’ part was for anyone who a) was leaving the hotel or b) was staying on a very high floor.

This thing is LOUD. And full blown auctioneer style.

People checking in must think they have to bid on their room rates. Geez.

When is a duck not a duck?


When it’s a Lego duck that we made during a work event.

It’s customer engagement through play.


My apologies

Mr. Colbert:

I am so sorry.


More than once in the months that predated your debut on The Late Show on CBS, I questioned you.

Not your talent.  Not your comedic prowess or interview chops. Not your deserving the chair.

Instead I wondered if you would add anything unique to the late night landscape.

Without the fake conservative persona that made you legendary,  I feared your real personality — so positive and genuine — would bring another version of Jimmy Fallon or James Coburn’s sincerely sunny shtick to late night.

How quickly I was proven wrong.

The educated weirdness that was so much a part of your previous alter ego lives on in your true self, so The Late Show is more complex and more rewarding.

Forgive me for ever doubting you.

I spy a fun film

I finally saw The Man from U.N.C.L.E. today.

I’m so glad I didn’t let the critics dissuade me.

Since the stylized spy thriller opened counter to Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, critics seemed hell-bent to compare the two.  I’ve seen both; there’s really no comparison.

MI:RN was a wonderful sequel in the Mission Impossible franchise, but the storytelling and action sequences are distinctly modern. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a homage to the 1960’s television series, and the look, feel, pacing, soundtrack — you name it — are true to that era.

I also loved the very dry, British humor that director Guy Ritchie brought to the production. I’m not sure everyone in the theater today got it, but that simply made me feel smarter…and laugh all the louder.

As the trailers promised, everyone in this film is beautiful to gaze upon. Russian spy Armie Hammer is deadly gorgeous, especially in the close-ups, and American agent Henry Cavill is so chiseled, he doesn’t seem realistic. Hugh Grant has also never looked better. He should hire the hair and makeup people and keep them on staff.

I loved Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and I loved The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 

I am so complex.

Good boy

I don’t remember the first time I saw the actor Tom Hardy on the big screen.

After consulting, I’m tempted to say it was for supporting roles in either Star Trek: Nemesis or Marie Antoinette. But after Inception, I knew his name.

And after This Means War, the action rom-com with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine, I liked him.

tomhardydogBut after seeing the pics of Tom with his dog at the London premiere of his new film Legend, our relationship is taking a turn for the serious.

He brought this dog to the red carpet.

I think I’m in love.

Awesome alliteration


Congrats Papa Cumberbatch!

I applaud your progeny,  especially his carefully crafted Christian name:

Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch

As a CC myself, I recommend it. It’s memorable.  It has a nice ring to it. But he may be spelling it the rest of his life.

Of course, with a name like Cumberbatch,  that was already in the cards.