I got up at 3:30am to watch the men’s singles final at the Australian Open.
Djokovic is playing; of course I did.
There’s a video that has been shown repeatedly throughout the tournament featuring a poem by a native Aussie and images of the continent.
It’s very high brow and thoughtful.
Wimbledon produces similar films which befit its formal air and traditions. But I would love it if the US Open would follow the same format but make them funny.
Same earnest delivery. Same chamber music. Heck, you could show the same type of beauty shots.
But have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler voice them and add their hilarious takes.
That would be poetry.
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Tagged Amy Poehler, Australian Open, comedy, commentary, Djokovic, film, Humor, poetry, Sports, Television, tennis, Tina Fey, Wimbledon
Rory and I were walking to Central Park this morning when we encountered this construction site on the ’30 Rock Block’ (where they used to shoot the exterior of Tina Fey’s apartment).
The hand-lettered sign reads
Is this a thing?
Even with the additional clue of the Con
Ed truck, I don’t know what that means.
Sorry…too much Breaking Bad.
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Tagged 30 Rock, apartment, Breaking Bad, Central Park, ConEdison, construction, dog, electric, Humor, life, New York City, NYC, Television, Tina Fey, walking
This is blatantly commercial, but it’s the Muppets and Ty Burrell and Tina Fey —
So I’m betting you’ll give me a pass.
See you in the New Year!
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Tagged 2014 New Years Eve countdown, animals, celebrities, children, comedy, entertainment, holidays, Humor, life, Movies, Muppets, Muppets movie, New Year's, puppets, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell
Guess who got an email thank you note from America Online yesterday?
I’m guessing Steve Carell did, too. And Tina Fey. Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow and Paul Rudd were no doubt on the list, too.
You see, we all still use AOL as our primary email client. Brand ourselves as pioneers of the Internet each time we hit ‘send’ by associating ourselves with AOL in this Gmail world.
I’m not crazy brand loyal; I’m just lazy. As AOL pointed out in their “celebrating you” thank you note, they’ve been my email service provider since 1996.
Before I was even born.
Do you know how many accounts, organizations and friends know me by this email address? The mere thought of changing it — and the domino effect of changes that would be required as a result — gives me the hives.
Of course, I have other email addresses for professional purposes — even a Gmail account that I rarely use — but AOL is still core.
And knowing that so many way cool people have an uncool email address like me…makes it the cool thing to do.
That’s what I keep telling myself.
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Tagged America Online, AOL, AOL email address, AOL thank you email, brand loyal, celebrities, commentary, cool people, domino effect, email, email client, email service provider, entertainment, Gmail, Humor, Internet, Internet pioneers, Judd Apatow, life, outdated email address, Paul Rudd, philosophy, Sarah Silverman, Steve Carell, technology, Tina Fey, uncool email account
Attention Saturday Night Live fans: Gilly and Penelope are no more.
But are the right girls getting the boot?
Kristen Wiig announced her popular characters’ demise in a Times article promoting her upcoming movie Bridesmaids.
Lorne Michaels didn’t kill the characters; Kristen did. She felt — with good reason — that their time had come and gone.
Funny that she doesn’t have the same good sense about herself.
Wiig has been with SNL since 2005 and is no doubt one of its strongest female cast members. [In the interview, Michaels places her in the “top three or four” of all time.]
But her other female contemporaries have moved on to bigger and better things — Tina Fey to 30 Rock, Date Night, and the smash best seller Bossypants. Amy Poehler is on the funniest sitcom on TV today, Parks & Recreation. And Maya Rudolph is splitting her time between babies and movies, her latest the aforementioned Bridesmaids with Wiig.
Wiig is no less talented than those who have gone before her…and she’s certainly had no trouble scoring movie roles the last few years. She just can’t seem to cut the SNL apron strings.
I can think of a few things that will help her with that…
Abby Elliott. Vanessa Bayer. Nasim Pedrad. And the writers, whose sketches of late already seem to be favoring the younger blood in the cast.
Leave while you’re on top, Kristen. Wait around much longer and people are gonna confuse you with Darrell Hammond.
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And now for something completely different — a disparaging remark about “Twilight.”
Well…not really about the saga itself. It seems a member of the “Twilight” family is trying to score a bigger slice of the fame pie.
This instance seems particularly grabby….but maybe I should expect that from a hands model.
That’s right. Kimbra Hickey is a ‘parts model’ — as in hands and feet parts — who lives right here in New York City. Many moons ago, Hickey earned $300 for 2-hours work — the industry rate — to hold an apple for the book cover of “Twilight.”
Of course, at the time, no one knew what a smash hit the books and subsequent movies would be. And now Hickey wants her extra pound of flesh.
The model has taken to hanging out at the cash register at the local Barnes & Noble, telling “Twilight” book purchasers ‘those are my hands’ and giving autographs. She’s also attending “Twilight” fan conventions, selling apple-scented hand lotion.
Her ultimate goal? A role in the final two “Breaking Dawn” films.
Now, as you know, I’m all about self-promotion. But Hickey thinking she deserves special treatment from the “Twilight” movie producers based on that photograph would be like me expecting my own Emmy for being an extra in an award-winning episode of “30 Rock.” Granted, I was, and I joked about it…but I didn’t show up at the after-party and expect to get in, or demand a recurring role on the show. Even I admit that’s ridiculous.
What do you think? How should Hickey be handled? To help you make up your mind, check out her website, where she’s posted ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ and her “Twilight” promotional schedule.
Or just visit Barnes and Noble during your next trip to Manhattan. I hear her autograph is free…for now.
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Tagged 30 Rock, autographs, background actor, Barnes and Noble, beauty, books, celebrities, Emmy Award, entertainment, hand model, Humor, Kimbra Hickey, modeling, Movies, parts model, Tina Fey, Twilight, Twilight apple, Twilight book cover, Twilight books, Twilight Breaking Dawn, Twilight conventions, Twilight movies, Twilight saga
So, I’ve been perusing the celebrity gossip sites today (so you don’t have to), and there’s a new breeze blowing across the land.
Remember how you had to be thin to make it in Hollywood?
Now, you’re pretty much hated if you are.
Take Sarah Jessica Parker. She’s sporting these muscle-only arms of late…and folks are having a field day. Not admiring the lack of flab or anything like that.
They are pretty much grossed out.
And then there’s Tina Fey. She’s been everywhere of late. “30 Rock” is the sitcom of the moment. Her movie “Date Night” with Steve Carell won the weekend box office. She hosted a hilarious episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
She’s also been sexing it up on all her magazine covers and even the photo bumps in Saturday’s SNL. But people want the frumpy Tina back…not this new, thin, mega-styled, air-brushed version.
Part of me applauds this grassroots call for real women to have real bodies. Whether or not Hollywood will respond is another thing altogether.
But I have to wonder: would any of these people calling for normalcy — if placed in the same position — be able to resist becoming a bit plastic themselves?
Heck, if I achieved stardom — if money was no object — I’m pretty sure I would find it hard to resist a bit of de-frumping.
Who am I kidding? I wouldn’t even put up a fight.
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Tagged 30 Rock television series, airbrushing, being thin in Hollywood, celebrity, celebrity arms, Date Night movie, gossip, Hollywood, Humor, Internet, magazine covers, plastic surgery, Sarah Jessica Parker, Saturday Night Live, sitcoms, SNL, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, weekend box office