4/30/07

I Found This Through Twitter


Through badbanana’s blog I found this cute transcription of a letter which appeared on Leave it to Beaver. The webmaster at Shorpy did it. He was watching a 1958 episode of Leave it to Beaver last night and took a screen capture of the above scene. He then transcribed the letter. Writer's having fun.


Mr. Ward Cleaver
485 Mapleton Drive
Mayfield, State

My Dear Mr. Cleaver:

This paragraph has absolutely nothing to do with anything.
It is here merely to fill up space. Still, it is words,
rather than repeated letters, since the latter might not
give the proper appearance, namely, that of an actual note.

For that matter, all of this is nonsense, and the only
part of this that is to be read is the last paragraph,
which part is the inspired creation of the producers of
this very fine series.

Another paragraph of stuff. Now is the time for all good
men to come to the aid of their party. The quick brown
fox jumped over the lazy dog. My typing is lousy, but the
typewriter isn’t so hot either. After all, why should I
take the blame for these mechanical imperfections, with
which all of us must contend. Lew Burdette just hit a
home run and Milwaukee leads seven to one in the series.
This is the last line of the filler material of the note.
No, my mistake, that was only the next to last. This is last.

I hope you can find a suitable explanation for Theodore’s
unusual conduct.

Yours truly,
Cornelia Rayburn

4/26/07

Two New Producers, Lots of New Projects

By EDWARD WYATT
Published: April 23, 2007

LOS ANGELES, April 22 — Ashton Kutcher is no Merv Griffin, not yet at least.

“I don’t have a hotel,” Mr. Kutcher said last week, referring to the Beverly Hilton, which Mr. Griffin, the former talk-show host and game-show producer, once owned — not to mention hundreds of millions of dollars in other assets.


ED: (My Review, NYT article continues below...) -----> D for dumb and disappointment. Too many stunts, not enough depth so the reactions didn't measure up and the crashers went way over the top. A long lost friend of the groom causes the groom to get arrested for smoking a Cuban cigar. Both the friend and the cop were actors aka "crashers" and the groom knew he was being crashed so this long stunt was basically just for the benefit of the best man who said nothing and was trying to get the long lost friend crasher to shut up. At first the cop was put off by the crasher's attitude but when the friend traded places with the groom, getting in the back of the police car the cop gave a speech about how he never saw such dedicated friendship. When the friend showed up to the wedding late he started flirting with an elderly woman which was kind of mean especially in a show produced by Ashton Kutcher.

A very obnoxious crasher portrayed a waiter and was funny when he ate all the hors d'oevers and cleared the plates while people were still eating but it played more like Tony and Tina's wedding where the "crashers" were the star of the show when it should have been the guests. I think it could have been funnier. One episode of Punk'd has 2 to 3 situations and benefits from Ashton's naturally funny monologues. This show was narrated by the obnoxious waiter who had a very obnoxious voice, it seemed more like a blooper video than staged stunts.

Give him time. For Mr. Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, his partner in Katalyst Films, a burgeoning production company, are two of the busiest television producers in Hollywood. Four years after turning an updated version of “Candid Camera” called “Punk’d” into a hit on MTV, they have shows that are either in development for or will soon appear on four of the five broadcast networks. The first of those shows, “The Real Wedding Crashers,” has its premiere tonight on NBC. Loosely based on the 2005 film “Wedding Crashers,” the new show features improvisational actors who, with the cooperation of the bride and groom, infiltrate a wedding to create chaos and, it is hoped, hilarity. The show is co-produced with New Line Cinema, which owns the rights to the film.

Review of Wedding Crashers by Allesandra Stanley, New York Times

Baldwin makes TV apology, consults with Dr. Phil

By Steve Gorman 1 hour, 59 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Alec Baldwin will apologize to his daughter on national television on Friday for calling her a "thoughtless little pig," according to excerpts from a pre-taped ABC interview released on Thursday.

ED: How can he possibly think he's a good spokesperson for parental rights? He can't possibly think he's cured after a long phone conversation with Dr. Phil.

Appearing on "The View" for his first TV interview since he left a ranting voice-mail message to his 11-year-old daughter that was made public last week on the Internet, Baldwin also said he was ready to give up acting after nearly 30 years.


Another story NYT (main point: keep him off talk show couches)

4/13/07

Becky Southwick Dishes Devilishly About VH1's ''The Agency''


You couldn't write a sharper character than Becky from VH1's "The Agency", a reality series about life at Wilhelmina Models. From the moment the promos hit the air, viewer's were like "oh no she didn't". Modeling's a tough business and the show showed how unglamorous it can be. The agents are essentially sales people sitting at phones in a plain jane room. All of the agents have to be honest with the prospective models which is hard, no male model who thinks he's 6 feet wants to be told "no honey, you're closer to 5'9".

She got fired on the last episode but her manager, a heavyset man named "Pink" of all things really looked bad although we really can't draw any conclusions because it's reality TV and we only see a small slice of the actual action. But Pink's boss the big manager tried to get him to work with Becky and I didn't really see that. If a model needs to have 34" hips and a particular model has 38" hips, it's a problem.

She now works at Trump Models and she said in an interview with EW that people in her industry "clients, models, agents — are like, ''Becky, you speak the truth.'' She apparently wants to be a TV-Host, seemingly the job d'jour, who doesn't want to be a TV Host. I don't know what she means by that and I think the TV Hosts in the UK are different than they are here, but she's no Tyra. She's much more curt than Janis Dickinson was on America's Next Top Model. If Becky was a judge on that show no one would win.

She's very full of herself which adds to the humor. It comes across like she feels like THE authority on what looks good and what doesn't so you're fortunate to be criticized by her, cockney accent at all.

The Media Industry: How It's Economic Structure Impacts Consumer Behavior - By Sarah Adams

The media industry can be evaluated as a highly concentrated system of ownership performing under profit-driven logic within an oligopolical market structure. The concentration and conglomeration of media firms encourage production of content that will maximize industry profit. Media's concentrated ownership imposes pressures of corporate capitalism, exploits overpowering affects of advertising, and generates media's ultimate externality, a hyper-commercialized society.

An important aspect of the media industry is the role of advertising as its primary source of revenue. Early advertising produced dry, informational content regarding product prices and attributes; however, the progression of corporate capitalism influenced the emergence of advertising as an ideological and cultural social force (McChesney, 143). FINISH READING ON "Sports Business Simulations"

didja know Zach Braff was so plugged in?

Either did I. I knew he had a myspace account, which of course I can't find in my collection of nearly 2,000 friends (a small collection by myspace standards). But you don't need to know what his myspace URL is because he has his very own super blog with an URL of, you guessed it --> http://zachbraff.com/ . He wrote a funny, long (in a good way) blog a couple of weeks ago. And 2 days ago he posted a link to HIS FIRST SUPER FAN which is an uproriously funny tribute to Zach from a seemingly regular guy who lives somewhere where it snows. He sings, "I don't care what you say, in a non-gay way, I love Zach Braff, Zach Braff". The video has Views: 180,172, Comments: 1392, and Favorited: 1759 times. I think the pageview number is pretty darned impressive. Maybe when, if I ever get access to a camera I should make a tribute tape like, "Margaret Cho, she's no ho, let me ask her Pappy if her hair is nappy. You know, Margaret Cho, she's got that glow and room to grow, once was po', likes to use play dough"

4/12/07

Blog Entry Numero Uno

I'm starting a new blog. We'll see how long it lasts since the ratio of blog writers to blog readers is about 5:1.

What a long strange trip it's been. Last year I had a beautiful very comprehensive web site hosted on yahoo under the url angelapenny.com. It had all my writing samples, art stuff, family photographs for the last 100 years and my entire portfolio of web sites I had produced.

It all got deleted. I have no idea why. Yahoo wouldn't let me pay my $12 a month bill. Isn't that the best deal? It's unfortunate the loss made me resistant to creating anymore intellectual property. I feel like some robot made that decision. Let's see she's had a web site for three years and paid every month and now we're having a problem, oh I've got it, let's just delete her minuscule amount of content relative to the entire server availability.

Thank gawd for flickr. I had uploaded all the photos there which is where they are, just not sorted very well. I have two myspaces although my fervor for that site is diminishing. It's just so darned big, I think it was funner when it was smaller but it's done a lot of good for the careers of some comics, writers, and musicians.

I really like this guy... What the Buck?? He's so funny and has this totally professional set up.

No offense to Jason Calicanis' new webcast -- but his set up looks almost the same as What The Buck's, complete with the static little picture in the frame. I think Jason should watch What the Buck and change his set up, do you need the giant microphone and your frigging delicious looking coffee that makes me want to just drop everything I'm doing and head to Starbucks. Of course Jason's a genius and amazingly profilic with the ability to keep tons of information in his head so i'm not insulting him. He sure knows how to get the good gigs. It's so funny, he has a mystery caller (kind of like the Watergate parking lot guy) -- a Tribune employee that shouldn't really be talking to him so they put a B/W picture up with a question mark and garble his voice. It's like a cartoon. I can't understand it, i'm sure it's very important.

I'm just sad that Kurt Vonnegut died although he was 82 and had a great life so I'm not that sad. And I'm really happy Don Imus got fired. I never understood his appeal and I would have given him another chance (not that anyone is asking me) except that he blew the apology so much. I saw something on the Today Show where it seemed like he was going to strangle Al Sharpton.