Archive for February, 2011
I have never seen an interview with Crystal Zevon, the ex-wife of the late Warren Zevon, until this gem. Being married to him could not have been easy, and you have to admire someone who clearly still loved and admired the man, despite the pain he put her through.
If you’ve never read her book on Warren, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, do yourself a favor and track it down.
I rarely praise Jimmy Kimmel on this blog. Partially it’s due to a bias I formed against Kimmel from his days on Comedy Central’s The Man Show. But I really started warming up to Kimmel when he supremely zinged Jay Leno in last year’s NBC Late Night Schedule Waffling. So after mocking the Oscars last night, I stuck around to watch Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s Oscar late night show edition. And boy am I glad I did. Kimmel scored everyone’s dream late night guest, Tom Hanks. As usual, Hanks delivered. Be sure to stick around to the end for a surprise cameo.
I really hope “Don’t be a hooch!” becomes a popular phrase.
The weekly interview returns this week, but is delayed a day, I am afraid. Thanks for your patience.
In the interim, here’s an episode of The David Susskind Show (via hulu), where Russell Baker, Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach and Ed Koch discuss the Great Depression. I love that there was once a show that could devote so much time to subjects like this one.
So, Sunday I got back from Cayamo 2011, a seven-day cruise with more than 50 performing musicians. Out of the 120 or more concerts that were held on the cruise, I estimate I made it to more than 50 of them. Still trying to process my thoughts. And, on the good news front–I met several musicians willing to do email interviews. Stay tuned for more info as my brain returns from vacation.
After seeing yesterday’s video with Roy Huggins, it’s interesting to find this snippet with James Garner (part of a larger interview). Clearly while he respected Huggins, they did not see eye to eye while working on The Rockford Files.
Nothing more fun than stumbling across an interview with Roy Huggins, the creator of many great TV shows. In this portion, he talks about creating The Rockford Files.
Wow, the March 2011 issue of Vanity Fair has a hell of a piece on Lauren Bacall, which includes her discussing a 1958 brief engagement to Frank Sinatra.
In 1958, Sinatra proposed. “I questioned nothing. That was my trouble—one of my troubles,” she says. The night of their engagement, they went to the Imperial Gardens restaurant on the Sunset Strip. “A young girl came over for autographs,” writes Bacall in By Myself. “Frank handed me the paper napkin and pen. As I started to write, he said, ‘Put down your new name.’ So ‘Lauren Bacall’ was followed by ‘Betty Sinatra.’ It looked funny, but he asked for it and he got it. I often wondered what became of that paper napkin.”