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Posts Tagged ‘Billy Connolly’

Nobel Prize Winner’s Wise Words Frame NYT Op-Ed

On December 7, 1995, Irish playwright and poet Seamus Heaney accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature. The speech he gave that day in Sweden was later published under the title Crediting Poetry. Today, from that speech, a key passage anchors the headline and first paragraph of New York Times op-ed columnist Roger Cohen‘s piece about the current Middle East turmoil:

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Breakthrough Award a Perfect Set-Up for Recipient Dustin Hoffman

We’re going to make our first official prediction relating to 2012 film awards season. Dustin Hoffman will go to town at the Hollywood Film Festival when he accepts this year’s Breakthrough Director Award.

Hoffman is technically, yes, a first-time feature film helmer. But he’s also a 74-year-old two-time Academy Award winner who’s been wowing critics since the late 1960s. Giving Hoffman a “breakthrough” prize is a little like bestowing a Lifetime Achievement Award on a guy who is just 32 (that happened at the Santa Barbara Film Festival with Leonardo DiCaprio).

Hoffman loves to goof around on awards show stages, usually going off on some sort of randy, giggly tangent. When his name is called at the Beverly Hilton later this month, expect an obligatory Straight Time reference, the 1977 drama for which the actor did some uncredited work behind the camera. From there, the actor-director will likely launch into a very funny acceptance speech.

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Satiristas!: The Book

We may need to have a word with Paul Provenza‘s marketing team. His new book Satiristas! is out now…as opposed to right before the holiday season. It’s an epic book of interviews with epic comedians and the perfect Hanukkah and/or Thanksgiving gift for all your depressed relatives. Boxing Day, anyone? Provenza, director of the film about comics’ dirty little secret inside joke The Aristocrats joins photographer and co-author Dan Dion and interviews nearly 100 “comedians, contrarians, raconteurs and vulgarians.” The likes of Drew Carey, George Carlin, Vernon Chatman, Cheech & Chong, Margaret Cho, Stephen Colbert, Billy Connolly and Troy Conrad and everyone else in between. It’s an encyclopedia (that’s a paper wikipedia out there for all you tweens) of funny/angst.

Buy a copy here.