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Posts Tagged ‘Dalai Lama’

‘Bronx Obama’ Logs Another Fun Interview

Australia holds a special place in President Obama impersonator Louis Ortiz‘s heart. It is, after all, the land where he has met both the fake and then the real Dalai Lama, in Sydney and Perth respectively.

Ortiz and documentary filmmaker Ryan Murdock are busy these days doing publicity for Bronx Obama, their film festival hit that is set to debut on Showtime at the end of the month. Last week, Ortiz Skyped in to TMZ Live; this weekend, it was time for he and Murdock to chat with the hosts of Australian morning TV show Sunrise on 7.

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The Dalai Lama to Appear on HuffPost Live

Dalai Lama GThe Dalai Lama is getting his Huffington Post on. The spiritual leader is going to take part in a HuffPost Live interview tomorrow, Wednesday February 26, at 11 am ET.

The conversation will be live-streamed across all of the HuffPost’s sites, including its international editions. Willow Bay, a senior editor at HuffPost, will be asking Lama (is that his preferred moniker? Maybe Big D? We have no idea) questions about all sorts of subjects, including mindfulness, technology’s impact on our culture, and more.

Let’s just hope the segment doesn’t include Lama side boob.

You can watch the live interview here.

Daily News for the NYE Story Win

Shutterstock_DalaiLamaIf the following plot elements were scripted in a Hollywood romcom, they would likely have critics rolling their bleary eyes. A couple meets on New Year’s Eve, 2008. Five years later, their second child arrives one second after midnight local time January 1 and is christened with a name suggested to the parents by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

That’s the gist of Ben Chapman‘s item today in the New York Daily News. If there is such a thing as a charmed New York life, Metok and Dorjee Choet­so‘s daughter Tenjin would seem to have a screaming head start:

To get the Dalai Lama’s recommendation for a name, the Queens couple phoned a secretary for His Holiness, who then asked the spiritual leader for a suitable moniker.

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Norah O’Donnell: ‘Those Tapes Will Never See the Light of Day’

NorahODonnellCBSCBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell made headlines this week thanks to a rare interview with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. But she was also part of a fun little item by Reuters NYC correspondent Chris Taylor.

Taylor, after recently asking some finance gurus about their first jobs, decided to pose the same question to high-profile journalists. O’Donnell’s answer is hard to beat. At age 10, with her father stationed with the military in Seoul, South Korea, she agreed to help create some English-language learning tapes to help her fellow students meet a middle school requirement:

“That rolled into doing a TV program for the Korean equivalent of PBS. It was 30 minutes every week, I sat in the middle of a Korean woman and an American guy, and we would do little skits in English and Korean.”

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Sundown on Sunset: Scandalicious


So, is Rupert Murdoch changing the WSJ? Readers of the story on Ashley Alexandra Dupre’s video mash-up seem to agree. Larry Flynt, however, remains true to form.

The Pellicano trial–something for everyone.

Time to pull out of the Bejing Olympics is now. China’s blaming the Dalai Lama and his followers for forcing them to use force. Get your Free Tibet bumpersticker here.

The “church” of L. Ron tried to shut down the rallies organized by Anonymous but had to fall back on videos, instead. Like this one. Think the church paid for those clips?

Yes, Jezebel James is going to suck. Is it going to suck more than John Adams?

FBLA 20 Questions: Mystery Striking Writer

writers-strike.jpg We’ve been hating this writers’ strike, but loving the blogs devoted to it. Top on our list is Writers Strike, a sparse, funny read that has yet to turn black and ugly (though we’re sure if this goes on any longer, that might change). So we invited the editor of Writers Strike to answer our 20 Questions. Which he did. Without answering our first question — who the hell are you?

So, if you get off on hearing the insights of complete strangers, then you’ll want to close the office door and dim the lights before you read this:

1. What’s the first thing(s) you read in the morning? The graffiti on the ceiling of my apartment

2. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure website?

3. What job do you fantasize about having? Key grip

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Harrison Ford Lends His Voice To the Dalai Lama

DLR_18x24_poster_v4_SOLD_OUT_4.jpgHarrison Ford may do for the Dalai Lama what Morgan Freeman did for penguins — at least that’s what the people who made The Dalai Lama Renaissance hope.

Ford narrated the docu, which chronicles a meeting the Dalai Lama held at the end of 1999 with philosophers and thinkers to “solve the world’s problems.” You know, kids’ stuff.

Khashyar Darvich, producer-director of Dalai Lama Renaissance, told FBLA that Ford topped the director’s list of dream narrators because “he is a grounded person who is liked by a wide variety of audiences, and who has a solid voice for narration.”

So far, the film has wound its way through the festival circuit, and Darvich is hoping for wider distribution later this year. In the meantime, he answered some of our questions about his film and His Holiness.

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