Archive for the ‘celebrities’ Category

Leonard Nimoy: “Zayn oder nit zayn? Ot vos s’iz di frage.”

March 2, 2015

Actor Leonard Nimoy (1931 — 2015) recites Hamlet’s soliloquy in Yiddish, his family’s first language, during a 2013 interview with Christa Whitney. From the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project.

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Patricia Arquette Minds the Gap

February 24, 2015

Patricia Arquette Minds the Gap

When Patricia Arquette accepted the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, she had words of support for other working women (especially working moms): “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

While not everyone gave her performance (or her backstage chatter) rave reviews, Jesus smiled on it (okay, it’s Jared Leto). And so did  Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez:

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Rudy Giuliani: ‘I’m not questioning his patriotism.’

February 22, 2015

Rudy Giuliani:'I’m not questioning his patriotism.'
One day Rudy Giuliani says: “… I do not believe that the president loves America.” The next day he says:”…I’m not questioning his patriotism.” Since “patriotism” means “love of country,” what’s that all about?

Simple. Mr. Giuliani, a serial adulterer, has a very complicated definition of “love.”

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Do Not Pass Go, Lance Armstrong. Pay $10 Million.

February 19, 2015

Do Not Pass Go, Lance Armstrong. Pay $10 Million.

“Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has been ordered to pay $10 million to a promotions company after an arbitration panel found he conducted an ‘unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy’ during his career.” —  Austin Knoblauch, Los Angeles Times

Armstrong is also being sued by his whistle-blowing teammate Floyd Landis and the U.S. Government for defrauding the cycling team’s sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, by using performance-enhancing drugs.

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Patty Hearst’s Dog Wins at Westminster

February 18, 2015

Patty Hearst's Dog Wins at Westminster

A dog co-owned by media heiress and former kidnap-victim-revolutionary-bank-robber-convicted-felon-movie-actress Patricia Hearst, now known as Patricia Hearst-Shaw, competed at the prestigious 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The purebred pooch, a Symbionese tiny Shih Tzu named Tania Rocket (formally GCH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power), won Best of Group in the Toy Category.  The hairy little rag-mop went on and competed for Best in Show, but lost to a beagle named Miss P.

Still, a good showing by Patty Hearst’s little Rocket. Westminster is the Super Bowl of dog shows.

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B.B. King

February 9, 2015

B.B. King

B.B. King, interviewed by Joe Smith on on September 5, 1986, animated by Patrick Smith of Blend Films for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital):

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Marlene Dietrich, Musician

February 4, 2015

Marlene Dietrich und ihrem Singenden Säge.

h/t: , Boing boing

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Hatsune Miku

January 4, 2015

Japan’s virtual singing sensation Hatsune Miku (初音ミク), performing “The World Is Mine” for 3,000 fans at at Zepp Tokyo concert hall in Odaiba. Often called a “hologram,” Hatsune Miku is more properly a 2-D back-projected animation whose synthesized voice was sampled from voice actress Saki Fujita (藤田咲). Hatsune Miku means “First Sound from the Future.”

In October, Hatsune Miku played two concerts in New York and she and her human band appeared live on The David Letterman Show:

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All I Want 4 Xmas = U

December 25, 2014

“All I Want for Christmas is You,” written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff, performed by Ms. Carey, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots.

More:

“The True Story Behind Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas,'” Rob Wile, Business Insider

“All I Want for Christmas Is Diminished Chords,” Adam Ragusea, Slate

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There’s a Santa That Looks a Lot Like Elvis

December 23, 2014

“There’s a Santa that looks a lot like Elvis,” a Bob Rivers parody of Meredith Willson‘s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” sung in a Bing Crosby sound-alike voice. Crooner Crosby had a hit with the tune in 1951.

Young people: Elvis Presley was a popular vocalist back in the last century. In his later years he … um, filled out a bit from eating deep-fried peanut butter-jelly-and-bacon sandwiches, and weighed 350 pounds at his death in 1977. Of course, your grandma might not think he’s dead.

Bob Rivers recordings.

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