George Bush reads Us Magazine on the crapper. Wow, he actually reads. Who knew?
George Bush reads Us Magazine on the crapper. Wow, he actually reads. Who knew?
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Rolling Stone journalist and FBLA favorite Matt Taibbi isn’t one to hold back on his media criticism. He once threw a pie filled with horse sperm into the face of a New York Times journalist whose work he didn’t like. He’s calmed down a bit since then, but he’s definitely not happy with MSNBC’s suspension of Keith Olbermann.
We had a whole generation of journalists who sat by and did nothing while, for instance, George Bush led us into an idiotic war on a lie, plus thousands more who spent day after day collecting checks by covering Britney’s hair and Tiger’s text messages and other stupidities while the economy blew up and two bloody wars went on mostly unexamined… and it’s Keith Olbermann who should “pay the price” for being unethical? Because, and let me get this straight, he donated money, privately, to politicians?
We went into Whitley Market on the corner of Highland and Franklin on Saturday to buy some over-priced breath mints and there across from the Marilyn Monroe wine and the Elvis lighters was Obama Water.
Anyway, this is not exactly a political town – but we do like to capitalize on images of stars. Clearly.
Peter Morgan — whose “Frost/Nixon” is not only filling theaters around the country but is in line for plenty in the statuette department (as in Golden Globes and Oscars) — is setting up his next politco project which looks to create (or re-create, as it were) the “Special Relationship” between former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and departing U.S. President George Bush.
Variety reported on what will be the third film by Morgan about Blair. Previously, he had written “The Deal” about Blair’s stratospheric rise in British politics, followed by “The Queen” about the thorny relationship with Queen Elizabeth II.
Without trying to be too much like Oliver Stone, Morgan takes on Brit politics without the sledgehammer approach that Stone is so often fond of when it comes to things political.
Morgan will rely on actor Michael Sheen, who is gaining amazing fame as David Frost in “Frost/Nixon, to take on the Blair role. He played Blair in both earlier incarnates about the PM.
Bush is still a question mark. But Morgan, as he’s directing as well, could always at least approach Josh Brolin, who did stellar work as Bush in Stone’s “W.”
In that sense, your work remains dangerous and disintegrative to the nation. But it is also, more narrowly, tactically, for now, a great gift to liberals and Democrats. You ensure the ongoing Palinization and marginalization — electorally, the terms are synonymous — of the Republican Party.
And to think that you’re doing all this not on the Democratic National Committee’s dime but on Rupert Murdoch’s.
Cheers from your new fan,
As Barack Obama gracefully transitioned from Presidential Candidate to President Elect, the city of Los Angeles watched in awe, admiration and befuddlement.
More than 17,000 supporters were expected at the major Obama Support Party at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.
FBLA watched the election returns at a less august venue, a California Pizza Kitchen on Sunset Boulevard that was scheduled to go out of business as of Saturday due to dire economic conditions.
The staff and patrons of the CPK were teary eyed, but no one was quite sure whether that was due to Obama’s stunning victory or the CPK going down the drain.
One bar patron was ecstatic. “Isn’t this fucking beautiful?” he cried.
“What?” came the reply. “You mean the first African American President?”
“No,” the tipsy barstool replied. “The fact that we’ll never have to listen to or have anything to do with someone like George Bush.”
As FBLA retired from the CPK to a bus headed down Sunset Blvd., the Obama craze that was dominating CNN had transferred to the streets and onto public transit. Even the bus driver was smiling as she purred, “Isn’t it a great night?”
The two 20-something girls sitting in the middle of the bus were engaged in deep conversation with a well-built black man about “how great” it was that Obama had won. The black man nodded.
The girls went on: “It’s such a great day for America that a black man, like yourself, can take over the highest office in the land. Don’t you think it’s great?”
The girls jumped to their feet and blurted: “Was that La Brea?”
When they were told La Brea had been six blocks back, they immediately ran to the exit giggling, then jumped off and screamed out: “OBAMA.”
The immediacy of the Obama’s victory was not lost on Los Angelenos who are not strangers to racial tension. Rather, it was imbibed by them and they drank it down like a long-awaited elixir.
As Obama proclaimed “Change has come to America,” a few evening denizens listened and hoped for the future.
This fishie’s people are from Louisiana. Cajun. Whole pig roasting, gator killing, gumbo gulping, cracklin eating Cajuns. If we start talking about Katrina, we start foaming at the mouth talking about people standing on their roof tops while corpses floated by. “Heck of a job!” “Heck of a job!”
Hurricane Gustav has been downgraded to a Catagory 2. It’s still like punching a scab.
Here’s a link to the Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund.
TVNewser has all the coverage on the coverage.
How to Be Successful: It seemed to us when He’s Just Not That Into You author Liz Tuccillo eschewed the chance to be a dating pundit that she was throwing away a shot at fame, fortune and permanent job security. Not so.
News to Her: The lede of Rachel Abramowitz‘s story today: “Here’s a news flash: The Rock is no more. It’s not even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson but merely Dwayne Johnson, plain vanilla, regular guy, would-be action-hero for the text-message set.” Um, Rachel. That hasn’t been news for, like, the better part of a year. Someone get this woman a subscription to Entertainment Weekly.
Seriously? Tim Rutten says he thinks it would be a mistake to indict George Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes, saying trials “would be a profound — even tragic — mistake. Our political system works as smoothly as it does, in part, because we’ve never criminalized differences over policy. Since Andrew Jackson‘s time, our electoral victors celebrate by throwing the losers out of work — not into jail cells.” Interestingly, this paragraph comes nine graphs into a story that list many of the administration’s crimes.
‘YouTube Is Becoming the World’s Biggest Focus Group’: Just when you thought the democratic sandbox of lowest-common-denominator entertainment was safe from the prying eyes of marketers and information-seekers, comes this. Oh well.
Most Unexpected Paragraph(s) of the Day: In her op-ed piece about the Rob Lowe case, Rachel Abramowitz raises the specter of Anthony Pellicano: “…where’s Anthony Pellicano when you need him? … he definitely had a well-defined spot in the Hollywood food chain — fixer, interlocutor between celebrities and the populace, the man to call when your one-night stand, your nanny, your personal assistant, your housekeeper, yoga instructor, chakra cleanser, what-have-you decides to sue for slights real and imagined. … Obviously Pellicano was a bully, ready to smear the less powerful with impunity. But there could be a cool efficiency to how he operated.”
Is This Photo An Editorial Statement? Elizabeth Snead dishes about how American Idol creator Nigel Lythgoe didn’t want George Bush to appear on the Idol Gives Back show — which is all fine and good, but what’s with the photo choice of Nigel as a clown?
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