Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Watch the love birds in action below.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 8:00 AM
Regular readers know that I'm a lifelong Woody Allen fan, even if he's given me little to be a fan about lately. (I agree with Matt that there ought to be a word for "someone whose work you once loved beyond all reason and for whom you continue to have fond feelings in spite of a measurable loss of appreciation for their recent creative output.") As such, I didn't even bother going to see Woody's 2009 release, "Whatever Works," putting it on a very short list of Woody films that I deemed not worth seeing on the big screen. (That list includes "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," "Hollywood Ending" and "Cassandra's Dream," which you may recall completely surprised me -- in a good way -- when I got the DVD.) I was right to wait. "Whatever Works" is not good. Never one to shy away from being derivative of his own work, it's like he took the relationship between Max Van Sydow and Barbara Hershey, threw out everything plausible about it, then told the story a la "Broadway Danny Rose" with a dash of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" -- oh, all of those minus any of the humor or charm. While it wasn't a bad idea to use Larry David as his stand-in (far more convincing than Kenneth Branagh, John Cusack or Jason Biggs), any good this brought was completely undermined by the ridiculously one-dimensional Evan Rachel Wood character.
What is remarkable about "Whatever Works," however, and almost makes it worth watching -- I said almost! -- is that it includes Woody's first gay character and features (212) dreamboat Henry Cavill is a fairly big role. (I don't watch "The Tudors," so this was HUGE for me.) The gay storyline isn't big or particularly meaningful, but seeing as Woody has still barely had a black person in one of his films (who wasn't one of Hannah's maids, anyway), it was kind of treat of sorts. (With Woody these days, it's the little things.)
That I'd gone a dozen years without seeing "The Ice Storm" is something I'm not proud of. (Isn't suburban angst my forte?) But now that I finally watched it last night -- snuggled on the sofa with Larry on my use-it-or-lose it "personal day" from work -- I can hold my head high and say I was not disappointed. (How Sigourney Weaver didn't win an Oscar is beyond me, and can we just admit Christina Ricci is a damn good actress?.) I loved "Swing Town." But the addition of Ang Lee and a far darker tone equals Kenny Movie Heaven.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
You be the judge:
New Taco Bell restaurant set to reopen on Stafford Drive in Princeton
By Greg Jordan
Dec. 29--PRINCETON — A new source of tacos and burritos may be opening this week in the heart of Mercer County.
Baring any unforeseen circumstances, a new Taco Bell restaurant could be opening along Stafford Drive in Princeton either today or Wednesday, said Jay Rutherford, president and owner of the Felton Company in Kentucky, which operates the location.
The opening was delayed when a major snowstorm came through southern West Virginia on Dec. 18, but the Taco Bell now has electricity. It is also stocked with supplies.
“We’re just going to open within the next couple of days, either Tuesday or Wednesday,” Rutherford said.
The previous Taco Bell at the Stafford Drive site was torn down to make way for the new restaurant.
“It’s a brand new building with totally new equipment, all new seating. We completely rebuilt the entire building,” Rutherford said. “It’s our latest edition of a Taco Bell building.”
Rutherford explained that his company decided to retain the Taco Bell site rather than move to a new location; it already had a good market.
“It’s a good location. We could have moved into other spots by Wal-Mart or the interstate, but we just felt that by being located in a central area near the hospital, schools, the courthouse area and residential areas, we were concentrating on local people in Princeton and people who come to work in Princeton. It’s a better location than just relying on the interstate location.”
The company has opened similiar Taco Bell restaurants in Beckley and in Marietta, but Princeton’s Taco Bell will have even more updates, he said. Between 35 to 40 people, 80 percent of them full-time, will work at the location.
(Via Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va., really.)
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 10:16 PM
The news that Demi Moore denies that her cover photo was retouched by W magazine is old -- and laughable. (ALL magazine covers are retouched -- a lot. See: "Issue, The September" and that "hag" Sienna Miller, who is half Demi's age.)
But now that the photographer who insists Demi's left hip had been "clumsily removed" from the U.S. cover is claiming vindication because the Korea edition "fixed the hip that Demi, her lawyers, and W insisted wasn't edited," Really? Maybe I let my subscription to Highlights run out too soon, but (other than the darkness of her dress) is there anything different about these two photos? (It doesn't help my confusion that some accounts of the "controversy" say it was Moore's right hip in question.)
And then there's this:
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Will Mullenneaux and Tomas Skoloudik
Lee Kholafai and Paul Vandervort
Harry Tucker and Brett Novek
Kurt Lima and Anthony
James and Tyler Lough
Here's a look back at the 2009 Men of International Jock. Click on the model's names to see their full spreads from earlier in the year and then vote for your favorite in the comments section.
Click HERE to see who my favorites are!
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 4:47 PM
The heavily promoted Broadway musical adaptation of "The Addams Family," starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, is getting a last-minute makeover:
The New York Times reports:
The feedback from critics, colleagues and friends, Stuart Oken, one of the show's lead producers, said, “is that perhaps we were taking a little too much for granted assuming that the audience walks in with the relationship with the Addams family fully intact, and we didn’t appropriately reconnect the audience to the family members.”
Sounds like a wise move to me. I was a Munsters kid all the way.
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