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The Entertation Index: September 21

September 21, 2009

Awards, Emmy — Neil Patrick Harris nails it as host, Mad Men takes the Outstanding Drama Award and 30 Rock once again takes Best Comedy Series, with another added statuette for the Almighty Baldwin for his role. That means, if you’re keeping count, that makes 38 nominations and 9 wins for 30 Rock. Sadly, still zero for Howie Do It.

Link: Full List of Emmy Awards Winners (AP)

Blitzer, Wolf — During last Thursday’s airing of Celebrity Jeopardy, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer  was trounced by The Tonight Show’s Andy Richter and Desperate Housewives’ Dana Delaney, with the newsman netting an astounding — wait for it — negative $4,600. That’s $4,600 below the zero. It’s a shame that the questions didn’t cater to Blitzer’s tastes, as he’d have surely cleaned up with categories like “Beard Grooming,” “Situation Areas” and “Campbell Brown’s Pet Peeves.”

Link:  Andy Richter Stomps Wolf Blitzer on Jeopardy (The Live Feed)

Depp, Johnny — The Pirates of the Caribbean star, who just signed on for a fourth movie, is bemoaning the departure of  Disney studio chief Dick Cook, who he claims always supported him. “There’s a crack in my enthusiasm,” Depp said in a recent interview about the fourth Pirates installment. This is not to be confused with Oprah’s recent Whitney Houston interview, in which the singer claimed “Crack is my enthusiasm.”

Link: Johnny Depp Says He’s “Shocked and Very Sad” About Dick Cook’s Departure (L.A. Times)

Lincoln, Abraham — Choreographer Bill T. Jones has created an interpretive dance show called Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray, which is based on the premise of what may have happened had Abraham Lincoln not been assassinated. I don’t portend to know what Lincoln would have gone on to do had he lived, but my guess would likely not be “more dancing.” Although the Gettysburg Address could have used some jazz hands. And he’d have surely gone on to win So You Think You Can Free the Slaves and End the Civil War.

Link: At the Ravina Festival in Illinois, a “What If” Look Back at Lincoln (NY Times)

Pavement — Pavement guitarist Scott Kannberg told Rolling Stone that he, Stephen Malkmus and rest of the gang have confirmed a Pavement reunion at New York City’s Central Park Summerstage in 2010. No joke there — that’s just fantastic news about one of the greatest bands of the indie nineties.

Link: Pavement Reunion Confirmed for 2010 (Rolling Stone

Twitter — Social-networking site Twitter is more heavily patrolling accounts which are falsely pretending to be those of major celebrities and peddling false information or unrepresentative viewpoints of the celebrities. As an example, Twitter moderators were recently able to pinpoint an impostor claiming to be Spencer Pratt after the user tweeted the phrase “I am not a douchebag.” 

Link: Twitter Launches Crackdown After Millions are Duped by Fake Accounts (DailyMail)

Writing, Television — The Wall Street Journal features an interesting piece on television narrative and the art of the cliffhanger. Oh my God — this site is going to crash into the sun! 

Link: FlashForward and the Art of the Cliffhanger (WSJ)

  1. September 21, 2009 12:51 pm

    I never really got Pavement. I bought Slanted and Enchanted when everyone was talking about how great it was and making it out to be a great landmark, and I tried, I damn well tried to see it, and I never could.

    So I guess I should just make a joke here about how Pavement needs resurfacing every few years or so, and it’s just time for it to happen now.

    • September 21, 2009 6:17 pm


      Check out Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. Pavement is broken into two camps. Those who think Slanted & Enchanted is tops, and those who are Crooked Rain fans. They’re actually quite different albums, so see if the other does anything for you.


      • September 21, 2009 6:37 pm

        I’ll do that. Sometimes revisiting something years later uncovers things my younger ears were unable to appreciate. That happened to me with My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless – back then, one of my best friends was just mad for that record and I never really got it; seventeen years later I picked it up and gave it a listen, and suddenly, I did.

        Of course, it’s amazing what you can hear when you’re not driving around listening to a cassette in the factory stereo of a Buick Regal T-Type with the top down.

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