4 items from 2012
We’ve lost something close to 3/4 of black and white films. It’s easy to imagine that we have all of them at our fingertips, and that they’ll be there forever, but that’s simply not the reality, and it’s a good reminder of what can happen if we’re not careful. That’s part of why the work of the National Film Registry is so vital. They ensure that a large number of time-tested films survive to test even more time. This year, as usual, they’ve selected 25 flicks to preserve including The Matrix, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Dirty Harry, and A Christmas Story (which will also be preserved 24-hours a day as long as TBS still exists). The Library of Congress has also saved Delmer Daves’ 3:10 to Yuma (1957); Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder; George Cukor’s Born Yesterday; Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own; Richard Linklater’s Slacker »
- Scott Beggs
Today we say goodbye to Andy Williams, who died on Tuesday at age 84. Williams was most famous for singing “Moon River”, which became the theme song for his popular 1960s variety program, The Andy Williams Show. Although “Moon River” was first performed in Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Audrey Hepburn, Williams sang it at the 1962 Academy Awards and his memorable, instantly recognizable voice became forever tied to the popular song.
Born in Wall Lake, Iowa in 1927, Andy Williams started off performing in a quartet which included his three older brothers. During the 1950s, he frequently performed on variety shows such as The Jonathan Winters Show and The Dick Clark Show.
He got his own variety show in 1962 which ran for nearly ten years, winning three Emmys for outstanding variety series. Andy Williams could also be seen on his annual television Christmas specials, and heard in the theme songs of films such as Love Story, »
- Audrey Fox
In news that I didn't see coming, Portia de Rossi has been cast as Lily Munster in Mockingbird Lane. I could see her as Morticia in the Addams Family, but not Lily. I really have no idea what direction they're taking with the show considering the cast.
I can really appreciate the understated gay twist in yesterday's Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
A federal judge has ruled that Brian Johnson will not be allowed to distribute Bibles at Minneapolis Pride, but Johnson will be allowed to have a booth outside the park. I've been watching this cast for what seems like forever, with Johnson screaming First Amendment, but the Pride organization as I recall leases the park and even has to provide security costs, so I see no reason Pride should be forced to rent him a booth to disrupt the happy day.
Justin Bartha has joined the cast of Cbgb, »
Our rugby columnist recounts the day he made the lengthy journey to the home of London Wasps to watch Newcastle Falcons have one last unlikely stab at avoiding relegation. This is his story.
If you were there or watched the game, let us know your thoughts as usual in the comments below or on Twitter @ballintouch.
It is one of those sensations that dulls with the passing of time and the entry into adulthood, but there is no doubt that by and large, everyone was dreading their first day at ‘big school’. Having risen to the top of the tree in middle school, as a prepubescent youth having enjoyed six weeks of summer freedom, that date circled on the family calendar looms larger and larger until it is but a day away for all of us.
The following morning you will have to rise at an unfathomable hour to dress in your uniform, »
- Jeff Ball
4 items from 2012
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