Saturday, May 15, 2010
A posse of filmgoers (including moi) chatted each other up in the street, as we waited for management to swing open the doors to the theatre, and grant passage to the latest Ridley Scott helmer starring blustery Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe.
When you consider the gist of the scuttlebutt, sane folks catching snippets of the dialogue as they passed by, might have been mystified as to why we were waiting in line to catch the flick.
"I heard it sucks," one forty-something male hissed to all within earshot in attendance with his wife.
"Russell Crowe stormed out of an interview in Cannes yesterday when a journalist probed a little too far in respect to the legitimacy of his accent," I snickered.
"Well, that's Russell Crowe," another sniped.
"At least Crowe didn't toss a phone at him," I laughed back.
Yes, there has also been a lot of negative ink spilling out from the perches of major film reviewers around the country, which piqued my own curiosity.
In view of the comments that have been offered up in recent days - it became evident to me that Crowe's "Robin Hood" - was not going to turn out to be your run-of-the-mill band-of-merry-men action-adventure.
Thus, die-hard film buffs would have to come to grips with the novel hybrid, in their own way artistically (and cerebrally).
For example, film fans expecting opening scenes that dive into familiar territory - with Robin and his gang of thieves stealing from the rich and giving to the poor right-off-the-bat - may be a bit confused by the opening scenes.
In what amounts to a sort-of prequel - Ridley Scott has back-tracked - and laid the groundwork for an obvious sequel while squaring away precious details that have any bearing on the current epic on tap at a Theatre near you.
For example, when the flick lights up the silver screen, Robin Hood (and his loyal men) are archers in the King's army during a ten-year crusade in Ye old England.
When the King is murdered during a ferocious battle in the field, Robin is assigned the task of informing the Queen, at which point the heir to the throne (King John) is installed in his Royal stead.
In a final battle against the French, Hood ends up playing a significant role in the successful defeat of the enemy, at a crucial point in English history.
At a time when the military is divided against the unpopular King, Robin rises to the occasion when he promises to smooth the waters over with the King's men provided there is a "Charter of Rights" for all citizens.
"You want a castle for every man?" King John mocked in disgust.
"No. Every man's home is his castle."
There is a roar of approval from the soldiers in the rank and file.
"We only ask for liberty."
The persuasive Hood manages to influence the King with the noble notion.
"I swear on my Mother's grave that you shall have it."
Of course, the King turns out to be a snibbling little weasle, with no backbone.
Once the battle is won, King John burns the Charter, and denounces Robin Hood as an enemy of the state.
Now, the legend as we know it, begins!
There is a lot to like about this film - the superb acting - for example.
Both Russel Crowe and Kate Blanchett inhabit the skin of their characters seamlessly.
All the supporting players have been ably cast, too, in roles that suit them.
The script was well-crafted - with a delightful balance - between the dramatic and the humorous.
On occasion, the spoken word rises up and resonates, earmarking the film as a potential classic.
Although the soundtrack echos the Gladiator theme on occasion - for the most part - the original music buttresses up the emotions and intensifies the drama to a level where it can't help but drive the filmgoer to the edge of their seat rooting for their heroe (or - anti-hero - whichever the case may be).
Yes, even the villains are so well-fleshed out, that it is difficult not to applaud them, their delicious machinations are so diabolical.
The costumes are beautifully-crafted.
Likewise, the cinematography, is visually-stunning.
And, of course, Ridley Scott is at the top of his game.
Long live Robin Hood!
Posted by Julian Ayrs at 5:02 AM
Ok, so I goofed!
Well, a couple of supporters of the Arizona Boycott suffered a little instant Karma last night on National TV.
And, in the process, established in the eyes of many - that the Council member (politician Janice Hahn in Los Angeles) and the Mayor (once likeable, but now shifty-eyed, Villaraigrosa) of the same third-world City - don't have a smidgen of grey cells between 'em.
For example, after Hahn and the Mayor smugly threw in their two cents worth on the controversial Immigration law - and went on record supporting the boycott of Arizona - their jaws dropped when the TV host pointed out an obvious fact (which they were too stupid to figure out for themselves before they jumped into the political fray and made fools of themselves at the taxpayers' expense).
"Forty percent of the Arizona population is Latino. And, these individuals primarily work in the Hotel & Restaurant service industry. Your boycott is going to hurt the people you're trying to allegedly protect."
By the look on Villaraigrosa's face, it was ovious he was unaware of that fact - or just neglected to take stock of all sides of the controverial issue (and the ramifications of any particular action) - before jumping on the bandwagon.
Hahn sat there like a pimple on a pig's ass.
The other Mayors in sanctuary cities also backing the boycott should have known better - too - or at least been sensitive to the potential pitfalls and dangers involved with such lunatic action.
One for Arizona!
Bridge to nowhere!
Friday, May 14, 2010
The annual Helldorado Days celebration - a tradition held on the Vegas strip since 1934 - is kicking-off with a lot of hoopla this year!
Through Sunday, fans of ye old West, will be swarming into the desert oasis to take in a myriad of fun entertaining events such as sheep-riding, live country-music shows, square-dancing, you name it.
Show-stoppers include a rodeo and a carnival.
And, don't miss the Helldorado Days highlight.
Thousands out to party-hearty will be lining the curb on Saturday night @ 7 p.m. to catch the two-hour parade that will jog down 4th Street with over 200 festive entries vying for your attenion.
See 'ya there!
Quite a few alarm bells went off over the past twenty-four hours - when the White House maneuvered a surprise about-face - and turned down a request by the New York Times to attend a class on constitutional law headed up by Elena Kagan's brother who happens to be a teacher.
In addition, the Barack administration barred access to Kagan's cousin.
Pundits on noon-hour tabloid news shows were in a frenzy as they tried to fathom this highly-unusual dragonian turn-of-events.
One astute anchor-person noted that when Sonia Sotomayor was being confirmed, the White House openly invited the press to meet her family and friends without restriction.
"They wanted to give the impression that this was one of those great rags-to-riches stories. The Supreme Court Justice nominee was an inspiring example of a common individual who rose from humble beginnings to a lofty perch in the highest court in the land."
The move to prevent a dialogue with Elena's brother and cousin has caused an outcry!
Also, the bizarre conduct of White House staff, has sent up a red flag!
What are "they" afraid of?
Obviously, there must be a skeleton in Kagan's - um - closet!
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God forbid, you should break a crown while on holiday.
In the event, there will be a frenzied attempt to track down a dentist to remedy a quick fix.
A scan of the local yellow pages may turn up several options - the most likely being - an appointment with a dental works giant Western Dental.
Personally, I’d run the other way!
After all - Western Dental is a dishonest rip-off outfit - more interested in extracting cash from their clients than providing professional dental care.
The complaints are numerous - and run the gamut - from shoddy dental work, to bogus charges, personal injury, illegal access to credit reports, and harassment.
One patient confided in me that he dashed into a local dental office and was promptly plunked down in a high-chair (uncomfortable as hell) where a flurry of preliminary services were conducted.
First, the dental assistant took an unusual number of x-rays (racking up charges left-and-right), then, proceeded to give a run-down of costs to carry out the procedures.
In spite of the fact, the client only wanted to have the loose crown reinstalled with glue.
“It will just fall out in six months. So, you should get a replacement,” the dentist alleged matter-of-fact.
At this juncture, the assistant glided in - gave a quote - and pointed out that reasonable finance plans were available at low interest rates.
A contract was produced, the sedated patient signed it without the opportunity to read the terms and conditions, and the dentist proceeded to scoop up the crown that fell out and drop it casually in his lab coat pocket.
When the patient noted he would like to keep the old crown - in case of another emergency - the dentist hesitated before returning it to the puzzled patient.
The patient’s antennae shot up.
Was the dentist actually going to re-tool the old crown and charge the patient for a new one?
At this juncture, the assistant scurriec in, and informed the patient that since the credit score was low, the terms of the dental contract would have to be changed.
Western Dental now required a larger deposit and higher monthly payments.
The patient hadn’t given any permission for the dental staff to access his credit report!
The dentist proceeded to clean the teeth without asking the patient for the go-ahead first, or disclosing the cost of the treatment.
During the strenuous process, the dentist broke the skin inside the patient’s mouth - at which point - he started to bleed profusely to the frustration of the dentist who realized he would be in deep sh** if the source of the problem was revealed.
“The bleeding is normal,” he assured the alarmed patient.
Then, when crafting and installing the temporary crown, the dentist cracked a second existing crown which would now need repair, too.
The unscrupulous incompetent dentist does not reveal this unfortunate turn of events to the chair-bound victim.
The patient only learns about the injury when he returns home and inspects his mouth for the fist time (after the anesthetic wears off and he starts to experience severe pain).
What a disaster!
For good reason, the patient drafts a letter to upper-level management at Western Dental, points out the injuries and sloppy dental work, and summarily notices the dental giant that he is cancelling the contract and does not intend to return for any dental work in the future for obvious reasons.
In response, Western Dental proceeds to send a series of threatening and harassing notices demanding payments and that the patient honor their contract.
This one appears to be heading towards the courts.
Just another typical day at Western Dental?
Whiskey Peter’s Hotel & Casino (Primm Valley) is a resort gem situated about thirty miles outside of Las Vegas on highway 15.
The popular tourist attraction (which boasts a Medieval castle fascade replete with eye-catching turrets) is a great respite from it all for those seeking a little R & R away from the garish bright lights of sin city proper.
From Sunday thru Thursday, the rates are quite reasonable - particularly so - if the accommodation is booked online at one of the discount bookers affiliated with the travel industry.
Except for a little snafu at check-in which was a trifle upsetting, a recent stay at the low-key Hotel proved to be quite comfortable and relaxing.
A lagoon-style pool - set in a picturesque courtyard dotted with palm streets that whisper in the wind and a handful of rock formations that lend a touch of the exotic to the recreational area - is a great place to cool down in the intense afternoon sun.
For ambitious travellers inclined to squeeze fun out of every moment, a shuttle is available every fifteen minutes - 24/7 - to transport guests across the highway to Buffalo Bills where slot players and card sharks may wile away a few entertaining hours.
For those who love to shop, an upscale mall features a host of retail outlets, plying everything from trendy fashions, to souvenirs, and pricey utilitarian gadgets.
By the way, if you ever wondered what happened to gangster Dick Schultz's 1931 Lincoln, it is currently on display in the lobby of Whiskey Pete's!
The custom-built roadster is bullet-proof, boasts lead-filled doors, and inch-thick windshield and side-door window glass.
After the notorious underworld figure's death, the Chicago Police Department seized the vehicle, and sold it at auction in 1935.
Along a long-and-winding road, the elegant auto ended up in the desert at the Primm Valley resort.
There's golf nearby, too.
Last night on Larry King live - lead singer Mick Jagger - attributed the success of the Rolling Stones to three things.
“We were lucky. In the right place at the right time. And, we worked hard.”
The business school graduate remains humble to this day - in spite of the fact - there is a lot to toot his pretty horn about.
A little talent, and the raw sensual appeal of band members like superstar Jagger, may have been contributing factors, too.
Don’t ‘ya think?
The Rolling Stones are still shaking up fans around the concert circuit!
In fact, there are plans to release a new album in tandem with a release of a documentary on the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band.
I caught the Stones live in Vancouver (B.C.) a couple of decades ago.
My favorite stones hit?
Sympathy for the Devil.
Say, if you've never experienced Mick Jagger's acting in "Performance" - a mesmerizing tale about a reclusive rock star prone to experiment with psychadelic drugs and magic mushrooms (striking a bit close to home?) - then rent the DVD if its available.
Nothing beats the theatre experience, though, so catch it next time at your local Revival House.
I feel a headache coming on!
Two high-profile politicians got their di**s caught in a wringer this week when it was revealed that neither had done their homework.
For example, at a probe on the controversial Arizona Immigration Bill (which was just signed into law by the Governor of the State) the Attorney General let it slip that he hadn’t actually read the ten-page document.
On several occasions, Mr. Holder trotted to the podium at various news conferences, and denounced the passage of the Immigration Reform Law on the grounds that the controversial document was unconstitutional, discriminatory in nature, and would lead to racial profiling.
How would it be possible for Mr. Holder to pass judgment on a law if he hadn’t even read the document to determine if clauses therein established that the allegations were true or not?
Sounds like the incompetent Government lay-about jumped on the bandwagon to appease a special interest group - or took the position he did to rustle up publicity - and bolster his public image with his own political agenda in mind.
More shocking was the disclosure that Barack Obama - likewise - had not even bothered to review the legal language which was carefully crafted to prevent the injustices complained about by critics of the newly-enacted law.
That didn’t prevent the President from pointing an accusing finger at the “framers”, though, and denouncing their legitimate efforts to curb a illegant immigrant disaster which the Government has failed to act on.
At this juncture - are Americans to surmise that if the President found it too strenuous to scan a scant ten-page document - that he was also too lazy to turn a page or two of the voluminous Health Care package either?
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Thursday, May 13, 2010
In honor of Liberace’s birthday, the Liberace Foundation and Museum, has slated a day of lively festivities for Sunday May 16th (Las Vegas).
At noon, a fancy-dress birthday cake, will be wheeled out to the strains of the Happy Birthday tune warbled by Lorraine-Hunt-Bono, Dennis Bono, and Domenick Allen (sure to spark up the annual celebration in honor of the King of the Ivory Keys).
Liberace was the legendary pianist - who conquered the world (and Vegas, in particular) - with his unique brand of dazzling stage entertainment a few decades ago.
For background information and an in-depth profile on “Lee” check out a prior post.
All guests who attend the high-noon event (tickets $10) will be treated to scrumptious cupcakes whipped up by Retro Bakery.
The highlight of the day, however, kicks-off at 5:30 later in the afternoon in the main showroom.
Special guests scheduled to appear at press time include Christopher Joel Carter IV, Phyllis Bell, Domenick Allen, Leigh Zimmerman, Cayleigh Capaldi.
The $25 entrance fee includes champagne and hors d’oeuvres.
Tickets & Info: 798.5595
Liberace & Male Lover Scott Thorson
Opponents of the controversial Immigration Reform Bill in Arizona - spearheading a boycott against the state - were back-slapping and claiming a victory when Republicans announced that Phoenix was passed over in favor of Tampa for the upcoming political convention.
But, the losers jumped-the-gun!
A representative for the Republican National Committee pooh-poohed the notion that the controversy over the illegal immigrant issue figured into the equation.
A panel of committee members chose the swing state with the underlying hope that Florida (with a little arm-twisting) may help them defeat President Barack Obama.
Florida boasts 38 electoral seats, and thus, has a lot of clout in the grand scheme of things.
In fact, because the Sunshine State was the deciding factor that put George W. Bush in the White House, Tampa was the logical choice noted Chairman Michael Steele.
“It was purely a business decision.”
In recent days - amidst a flurry of highly-charged news reports - one truism became crystal clear.
There's usually more to the story!
For this reason, viewers in TV land - and armchair critics in general - might be wise to hold judgment for a moment before succumbing to a knee-jerk reaction and going off-the-handle when the raw news splashes across the old boob tube.
In fact, I have a piece of advice, that may be worth listening to.
When the jolting breaking news interrupts regular programming - take a deep breath, fathom what just washed over you, reflect a little, collect your thoughts, then process and digest the data.
In particular, I am referring to the exhausting - at times hysterical coverage - on the Arizona State Law regarding Immigration Reform, the controversy over ethnics classes in public schools (funded by tax dollars), and the oil spill tragedy that has numbed the Nation.
The jolting newsbites have been non-stop, accusing, relentless, informative, wild, insightful - and at times - even thought-provoking.
But, it did not escape my attention - that from one report to the next - the focus often tends to shift with a little more probing, intensive investigative journalism, and a more thorough review of the facts passing through what is usually a glass-darkly initially.
There is not only more to the story, but two sides to it, as well.
I compare all the media hoopla to a court of Law.
Wait for the evidence to be presented, reviewed, and substantiated before rushing to judgment.
Only fools rush in, after all!
Recently, a series of shorts shot in Hawaii - by emerging filmmakers - screened locally to a packed house at the DGA.
One of the stand-out projects - in the comedy genre - was a hilarious tale about middle-age women (known as Ajummas) in hot pursuit of a soap star who lands in their backyard on a promotional tour for a popular TV soap.
"Ajumma! Are you crazy?" is well-crafted little gem - which suffers occasionally due to poor production values (the restraints of a low-budget, I expect) - but it’s easy to overlook those ragged edges because at the heart of the robust flick is a joyous celebration of life that resonates - and subsequently - touches.
Director Brent Anbe struck gold when he lined up three of the female leads (actresses Thea Matsuda, Tessie Magaoay & Cari Mizumoto) to camp it up in this amusing little yarn that leaves audiences exiting the theatre with a smile on their face.
The actor inhabiting the role of the studly heartthrob also turns in a finely-tuned performance which signals he’s ripe to be elevated to loftier status in mainstream feature-film releases of a more commercial nature with more widespread appeal.
The handsome Asian actor - Michael Park - has great screen presence!
Although this film is flawed, and appeals to a limited audience, I expect the director to land future projects (no problem) because he has demonstrated in Ajumma! that he is a capable craftsman with oodles of potential.
The entertaining spoof on the "K-drama Phenomenon" and the soap fantasy dream factory is a delightful way to wile away an hour or so.
Director Brent Anbe
Shortly after President Barack Obama announced that Elena Kagan was his choice for Supreme Court nominee, the Internet was rife with speculation about the perky little politician’s sexuality.
For good reason!
The “gay-marriage” suit - slated for closing arguments in the Federal District Court in June - will probably end up in the lap of the Supreme Court Justices down the road a year or two from now.
Dave Letterman made a quip the other night, for instance, that hinted the Liberal candidate might be a butch gay woman, which caused tongues to wag at coffee coolers at the crack of dawn the following day.
Bill O’Reilly criticized one newspaper for running a photograph of Kagen at the plate on a baseball diamond which inferred that because she played softball she might be a diesel dyke.
At one juncture, O’Reilly threw his hands up in the air in dismay, and called on guest Dennis Miller to voice his opinion on the matter.
“Well, she has a good stance,” he joked straight-faced.
When CBS picked up the story, Kagan supporters sprang into action to squelch the rampant rumors running wild around the four corners of the globe.
“When we were students years ago, I recall her excitedly chatting about a couple of boys, how cute they were, that sort-of-thing,” one long time acquaintance uttered up in her defense in so many words.
I laughed out loud!
Ellen Degeneres often gushes about young studs like the Jonas Boys.
And, fans of Rosie O’Donnell show, can attest to the fact she was always ecstatically blabbing about her crush on Tom Cruise (before she officially came out publicly) .
Both strong-willed Lesbos with a taste for petty pu**y.
Kagan was also coming of age in an era when homosexuality was strictly taboo in the heartland of America.
In fact, in many respects, it was still the love that dare not speak its name.
A closeted male with his sights set on an executive position at a major corporation often grappled with the dilemma.
Come out, and you might be passed over for a plum job, in a Fortune 500 company.
No wonder, many career-minded homosexuals - with a strong sense of self-survival - chose to live a double-life instead.
There are many instances, for example, where men married - and started up a family - in a deceitful effort to bolster a straight image that would be an entree into the upper echelons of polite society.
Sexual urges for male companionship were pursued in clandestine fashion on the fringes of a shadowy underground gay society behind closed doors.
A few years ago, the Los Angeles Times once reported in the morning daily - that when the police conducted a sweep in the Silverlake area in a bold-faced effort to thwart gays from prowling for sex on the streets at the midnight hour - a large percentage of the males booked on charges of lewd conduct in a public place were married (with wives and children at home in the suburbs).
So, the Kagan arguments are flimsy at best.
The fact that the Supreme Court nominee hasn’t stepped forward to resolve the issue publicly - establishes one thing - however.
Kagan definitely doesn’t have any ba**s.
Do you accept Shorty?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Someone obviously wasn’t pleased with the legal outcome.
Or, maybe it was just a random act of vandalism.
To most, it was a disrespectful slap at millions of Veterans it stood in honor of.
Of course, I am referring to the Mojave Cross which stood in the desert for decades braving the elements out of harm’s way - until persons unknown under the cover of night - desecrated the War memorial and made off with the coveted cross.
The Memorial became the subject of controversy and legal wrangling in the courts when activists filed a suit for a court order to remove the religious symbol on Constitutional grounds.
The briefs hinged on the issue of separation of Church and State.
The controversial litigation - which I avidly followed for the past couple of years in the local and national media (being a Christian and all) - raised the ire of the multitudes far-and-wide this way ‘n that.
The U.S. Supreme Court finally rendered a ruling recently that - ultimately - was a squeaker.
By a 5-4 vote, the Justices reversed the lower court ruling in California, that ordered the U.S. Park service remove the cross.
On behalf of the court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy underscored that the 1st Amendment calls for a middle ground policy accommodation toward religious displays on public ground (and not a total ban on a symbol of faith).
In a nutshell, the court found that the 1st Amendment does not require the eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm.
End of story?
Liberty Institute, an organization representing the Veterans, has offered a $25,000 dollar reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction of the culprit(s).
The group has vowed to build a bigger and better Memorial Cross at the site.
“We’ll show them,” vowed caretaker Henry Sandoz.
Dick Morris appeared on Bill O’Reilly's gab best this afternoon and the lively discussion turned to a comment that the Secretary of State uttered up on 60 minutes this past Sunday.
O'Reilly was eager to know - Morris being a friend of Hillary’s after all - if the best-selling author knew why the self-serving politician made a statement about the economy being pulled into the ditch.
Was Hillary taking a swipe at her boss - Barack Obama - or laying the groundwork for her own presidential bid a couple of years down the campaign trail (he wondered aloud).
“Was it just a spontaneous remark, Dick?"
Dick Morris laughed and quipped with nary a thought of repercussion.
“There is nothing spontaneous about Hillary.”
Gosh, he got that right!
The country is going crazy on this immigrant issue!
If you channel-surfed around the old boob tube like I did this afternoon - news alerts interrupting regular programs were an obvious sign that Americans are not only riled up about the illegal immigrant dilemma - but prone to respond in a knee-jerk reaction to the issues.
Sometimes with disastrous outcomes.
When a couple of men showed up at a Cinco de Mayo celebration at their school - wearing shirts emblazoned with the American Flag - school officials suspended the boys from class.
Americans across the Nation responded in outrage!
“Suspending a boy from school for wearing the red, white, and blue,” one shook his head in disbelief.
In their defense, the teachers argued that the boys' in-your-face statement on a Mexican National holiday was insulting inappropriate behavior.
However, in the wake of strident vocal protests from parents and upstanding members of the community, the school board apologized and rescinded their prior decision on the matter.
Elsewhere, a Latino student hung a Mexican flag above the U.S. flag on school property in a stairwell, which caused a young while male to tear it down and toss it in the trash.
Meanwhile, teachers have not remained onlookers on the sidelines, either.
On a Fox talk show tonight, a video caught a teacher on stage at a rally, urging Revolution in a feverish high pitch.
In Arizona, another controversy arose over a law that seeks to bar ethnic studies classes in Arizona State schools.
One scholar (of Hispanic descent) recalled her own school days.
“I was taught that this was the land of opportunity and an education in public schools could help realize an individual’s dreams,” she said in so many words.
“In this instance, they’re teaching oppression."
And the courses appear to focus entirely on Latinos.
What about Asians, Blacks, Native American Indians, and so forth and so?
The main text - Latino Wisdom - is a guide book that urges revolution and resentment towards natural-born Caucasian Citizens, with chapters on how to survive in the hostile environment that is allegedly America today.
All the arguments are based on spurious grounds.
For example, the authors argue that California was once the property of Mexicans - and for this reason - there must be a call for Latinos reclaim their land!
By force, if necessary!
Be careful what you eat at the local fast-food joint, eh?
At this juncture - in my estimation - Latino Wisdom is an oxymoron!
Toss the ungrateful bastards out on their a**es!
On CNN News this morning (May 13th) a supporter of the Ethnic classes noted that the program is also available for other minority students.
Nature was calling
I needed to take a whiz.
I roared into a Shell station and dashed into the men's room to seek relief.
Suddenly, I was confronted with a “head” the likes of which I’ve never encountered in my decades-long life.
Before me stood the oddest toilet fixture with a plaque on is face which read:
The Fountain Urinal
In some respects, it was not unlike a stone fireplace in a country home.
Framing the top and sides of a wide “mouth” (about 5 feet wide and 6 feet high) rustic stones adorned the face.
And - at the bottom lip (?) - the urinal was edged in fancy brickwork in a decorative old-western-style.
The age-old tradition of the man-of-the-house taking a healthy crap on the “throne” in the privacy of his Castle had nothing on this baby.
There sure was a lot of p**ing room for those who with lousy aim and a tendency to slop over onto the rim of a normal toilet seat.
Just betcha kids have a field day in this “John“.
The mischievous ones probably engage in peeing contests, to see who can send their golden yellow streams the farthest (and widest), when their parents are looking the other way.
Needless to say - the "Fountain Urinal" - gets a highly-coveted Golden Urinal Award for a myriad of obvious novel reasons!
George Michael "Tea Room" fan!
According to a study conducted by the University of Southern California, the Immigrant population has declined over the past three years.
The foreign-born population (legal and illegal) was estimated at 26.6 percent this year.
The figure is down from a period in 2007 when the numbers peaked at 27.4 percent.
When translated into actual residents (and not percentages) the figures are quite telling.
Foreign-born residents are hovering in numbers at approximately 9.9 million, while the total population in California is currently 37.2 million.
Researchers have noted that this trend in a decrease in foreign-born population is across the country, and does not apply strictly to California.
The USC study, which draws on up-to-date Census Bureau data, reported that all six counties that make up Southern California were majority foreign-born in 1980.
In 2008, there was a noticeable change, however, in that all six counties were majority native except for two of the large counties (Los Angeles & San Diego).
For obvious reasons, those pushing for tougher immigration laws are elated.
“The crack-down on illegal immigration is working.”
A few months ago, amidst all the hoopla of the approaching grand opening of Aria, a wrecking ball began knocking down walls at the front end of Steve Wynn’s resort Hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard.
The mercurial entrepreneur - a mainstay on the Vegas scene - wasn’t going to be left behind!
Wynn announced that he was pumping several million dollars into renovations with the specific aim of creating a swanky Beach Club.
When I cruised by Wynn’s Encore early this afternoon, and spied the almost-finished play spa, it struck me that Steve was either a great visionary or just managed to luck out on a good idea that was going to transform his resort from the image of an exclusive Ivory Tower beyond reach of the common masses to one that would have a more widespread appeal to regular tourists, businessmen on-the-go, you name it.
For example, Wynn’s original Hotel was set back off the main thoroughfare, and not easily accessible from the strip.
Patrons trundling down the strip on a pub crawl were forced to take a long jog up a curving drive - as they dodged a fleet of elegant Rolls Royces - chauffeuring the rich and mighty in-and-out of the tony establishment.
A bit off-putting for the regular Joe.
Because Wynn has fronted the Beach Club right on the Vegas Strip the Resort will obviously be transformed in many respects as a result.
Undoubtedly, Mr. Wynn will be rustling up a lot of street traffic, which will boost sales and the overall popularity of the Wynn.
Good on you, Steve!
Jennifer sans stuffing
On George Lopez tonight, Jennifer Lopez (no relation) was asked how she managed to make her breasts look larger during the course of a pregnancy featured in the plot line of her latest comedy feature release (Back-up Plan).
What was the trick?
“Chicken cutlets,” she giggled.
The talk show host’s jaw dropped.
Jennifer explained that raw chicken cutlets were strategically inserted into her bra to expand the breast size and get the right jiggle effect.
When Dave Letterman took note of the fact Elena Kagan was President Barack Obama's choice for the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy, the studio audience roared its approval.
But, sly Dave couldn't resist taking a poke at Kagan - affectionaly known as "Shorty" - to her friends.
In a discussion about her qualifications, the toothy talk-show host joked that the candidate (with a penchant for suits) was once the equipment manager for a popular sports team.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
In this action-packed drama - film notables Tony Leung, Donnie Yen, and Simon Yam - breathe life into this historical tale about exiled revolutionary Sun Yat-sen’s return to Hong Kong and the subsequent fall of the Qing Dynasty.
Director Teddy Chan has used broad strokes to evoke all the high drama of a sweeping epic - a potent approach - that ends up mesmerizing filmgoers in the final analysis.
A precise attention to detail - coupled with lush flourishes (that capture the intrigues of a mysterious bygone era steeped in tradition) - elevate this well-crafted feature into a realm of its own.
The fight scenes - featuring Hong Kong’s top action stars - are quite remarkable.
Bloody, violent, novel, gut-wrenching, awesome!
The subtitle for this vastly entertaining film?
1001 ways to kill your enemy!
Bodyguards and Assassins packs both an emotional and physical whallop.
A must-see Teddy Chan offering for Martial Arts fans.
Bodyguards & Assassins was shot entirely on location in Beijing in approximately four months (according to a Chan buddy).
Over the weekend, one of my contacts at a record company, offered me a few copies of the new DVD by popular crooner - Michael Bolton - as a free give-a-way to my readers at the Tattler.
Regular or Blu Ray edition.
Once the DVD has arrived - and I have the opportunity to view it - I'll publish a review online at the tattler website.
The first 5 fans to contact me by e-mail (email@example.com) on the post date will receive a free copy (which will be sent out directly from the rep at the record company).
Stay posted, eh?
When Cher kicked off her stint at Caesar’s Palace this week-end, one of the reporters on the Vegas gossip beat at the Review Journal (Elfman) noted that he caught sight of the Pop Diva at the Hotel and that she was in great shape.
“Her legs look better than her male impersonators,“ he quipped in his morning column.
In spite of the fact the Pop Diva is Italian, it doesn’t appear that she has any problems with hairy-leg syndrome, eh?
Real Cher or Male Impersonator?