Call me crazy…
but I didn’t enjoy Macbeth.
It’s not because Alan Cumming didn’t commit 100 percent. He did everything but open a vein (and there was so much fake blood at one point, he may have).
I just couldn’t understand him.
It’s embarrassing to admit, but when the text is Shakespeare to begin with — which means I already have to concentrate really hard instead of simply let the words wash over me like God intended — it is a challenge to follow the aforementioned text when it is being delivered in a thick, emotionally-charged Scottish brogue.
If I knew the play backwards and forwards like many people in the audience did, it would be less of an issue. But I don’t. So it was.
Add a very, very warm, packed theatre, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a semi-miserable evening.
It wasn’t you, Alan. It was me.
(Well, and your accent.)
Posted in Broadway, Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life
Tagged accent, Alan Cumming, audience, Broadway, celebrities, commentary, entertainment, fake blood, Humor, life, Macbeth, play, Scottish brogue, Shakespeare, theatre
If Star Trek Into Darkness opens in your city today, I encourage you to see it.
I saw it yesterday in IMAX 3D, and it was amazing…especially the new enemy of the Federation portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.
You know Sherlock on BBC? He’s the one.
But if you can’t get to the movie theatre today or even this weekend — I understand there are people who can actually wait weeks and even months; go figure — take a look at the “Star Trek Challenge” Audi spot featuring Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto.
It’s too much fun.
Posted in Advertising, Automobiles, Cars, Entertainment, Humor, Internet, Life, Movies, Shopping, Television, TV
Tagged 3D, advertising, Audi, automobiles, BBC, Benedict Cumberbatch, cars, entertainment, Humor, IMAX, Leonard Nimoy, life, live long and prosper, movie premiere, movie theatre, movie villain, Movies, Sherlock, Star Trek Challenge, Star Trek Federation, Star Trek Into Darkness, Television, TV, Zachary Quinto
Who’s watching The Office finale tonight?
And who’s watching the show for the first time in two years?
I’ll admit it.
When Michael Scott aka Steve Carell left The Office in 2011, I was part of a highly vocal minority — perhaps it was even a majority in some circles — who felt the show should end with his exit.
But the show producers — both in shock that Steve left and in denial that the money train was running out of steam — deluded themselves that they could keep on keepin’ on.
The first season without Steve floundered. The second became ‘the farewell season.’ And now that Dunder Mifflin is finally closing its doors, I feel a teeny tiny bit responsible.
Did I show any loyalty after Steve left? No.
Did I check in from time-to-time to see if my instincts were right that the show would suck without him? Yes.
Will I watch tonight and wish the show wasn’t being canceled? No.
Am I hoping Steve Carell shows up somewhere? Yes.
(It would be the best episode in two years.)
Note — Steve DID appear on the finale. It was amazeballs.
Posted in Comedy, Entertainment, Friends, Humor, Life, Television, TV
Tagged comedy, entertainment, episode, farewell season, Humor, life, Michael Scott, money train, show producers, sitcoms, Steve Carell, Television, The Office finale, The Office tv show, TV, vocal minority, watercooler
One of the many advantages of a) working from home and b) having HBO is being able to watch Oscar-nominated documentaries during lunch.
Today’s featured selection: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossoms.
I’ll admit that I had not heard of this film before I saw it listed on HBO OnDemand. If perchance you haven’t either, I strongly encourage you to invest the short 40 minutes required.
Director Lucy Walker chronicles the tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. Survivors share their stories of loss, and work together to rebuild their communities — already making progress a mere month after the storm hit.
And what are the ‘cherry blossoms’ in the title, you ask? I’ll let you watch the film and find out.
It is a vital part of their history and culture, and one reason a tsunami could never break the Japanese people.
Posted in Academy Awards, Commentary, Entertainment, History, Life, Love, Movies, Oscars, Travel, Weather
Tagged Academy Awards, cherry blossoms, commentary, documentary, entertainment, HBO, HBO OnDemand, history, Japan, Japanese people, life, love, Lucy Walker, movie director, Movies, Oscars, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossoms, Travel, tsumani, weather
When you think about shows in Vegas, sitting on folding chairs under a small circus tent outdoors may not be the first thing that comes to mind.
But it should be.
We went to see Absinthe last night at Caesar’s Palace.. or, more accurately, in front of the famous hotel and shoppes.
It is filled with amazing feats of physical strength and beauty ala Cirque…but with a personality all its own. What I am saying is….
It’s filthy. And takes shots at every ethnic and social group on the planet….especially if they are audience members.
Funniest. Show. Ever.
Posted in Comedy, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Travel
Tagged absinthe, Caesar's Palace, comedy, entertainment, Humor, life, Travel, Vegas
Guess who’s headed to VEGAS??
I’ll give you great odds.
Gotta love those sparkly dice, am I right??
Posted in Entertainment, Humor, Life, Travel
Tagged dice, double or nothing, entertainment, great odds, Humor, Las Vegas, life, Travel, Vegas, Vegas baby
Got a book recommendation for you.
It was an impulse buy in an airport bookstore. But Amazon.com recommended it to me a few weeks later…
So obviously it was a good choice.
In Defending Jacob, Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber is a pillar of the community. He’s happily married to Laurie with a teenage son named Jacob.
Life is good.
Then one of his son’s classmates is murdered, and Jacob is the prime suspect.
Regardless of the mounting evidence, Andy’s belief in his son’s innocence cannot be shaken. I found his blind faith at the same time completely believable and infuriating.
Andy and his wife come to realize they don’t know their son. Laurie and Jacob don’t know everything about Andy, either. It is an unpredictable and heartbreaking story…
Posted in Books, Commentary, Entertainment, Internet, Life
Tagged airport bookstore, Amazon.com, book recommendation, books, commentary, Defending Jacob book, district attorney, entertainment, evidence, impulse buy, innocence, Internet, life, murder, novel, Parenthood, Presumed Innocent, prime suspect, review, Scott Turow
The best thing I saw at the movie theatre yesterday was an ad during the pre-show.
No offense to the movie.
I really enjoyed Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. It had great action, an interesting conceit and an ending that I did not see coming.
But this commercial for Windows Phone made me laugh aloud.
Truth is funny.
Posted in Advertising, Comedy, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Movies, Technology
Tagged ad, advertising, comedy, commentary, commercial, entertainment, Humor, life, Morgan Freeman, movie theatre, Movies, Oblivion movie, pre-show, technology, Tom Cruise, truth is funny, Windows Phone
What are you up to this fine Saturday?
Getting yourself a FREE COMIC BOOK????
That’s what I thought.
Posted in Comics, Education, Holiday, Humor, Life, Television
Tagged comic book store, comics, entertainment, Free Comic Book Day, heros, Holiday, Humor, life, Saturday, superheros, Television, The Big Bang Theory
You know how some TV show plot lines are ‘ripped from the headlines?’ I’ve decided People magazine rips theirs from any handy movie premiere calendar.
Easier than workin.’
Take their latest World’s Most Beautiful Woman issue featuring Gwyneth Paltrow.
Gwyneth is lovely — I’ll give you that. But the most beautiful woman in the world? Of all the choices in Hollywood and around the globe?
In the words of Jerry Seinfeld — speaking to his young son outside my brownstone one Saturday afternoon –
But it is far simpler — isn’t it People editorial staff — to crown Ms. Paltrow? She has Iron Man 3 coming out in a theatre near you…plus, your rival Star magazine just named her Most Hated Celebrity (which is probably more accurate).
Your advertisers are happy! Moms her age are happy! And Star has been put in its place.
Who cares if it isn’t true?
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Magazines, Movies, TV
Tagged celebrities, commentary, editorial staff, entertainment, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hollywood, Humor, Iron Man 3, Jerry Seinfeld, life, magazines, Most Hated Celebrity, movie premiere, movie theatre, Movies, New York City, People magazine, plot, ripped from the headlines, Star magazine, Television, TV, World's Most Beautiful Woman