Friday, August 29, 2014

KTRS Today

I'll be back on KTRS/St. Louis this afternoon, with my Harris Challenge (the most fun you can have with your radio on) and a brand new batch of Knuckleheads In The News®. Also, Colin Jeffrey and I will review "The November Man," "The Trip To Italy," and other showbiz stuff. You can listen over the air, via the station's free smartphone app or via

Best Breaking News Report Ever

From the folks at The Onion...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Knuckleheads In The News® 8/25/14

My latest batch of Knuckleheads In The News® stories include a bad way to call off a wedding, a naked bank robber, and cocaine implants.  Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

Cars Talking To Cars

Google may be working on a car that drives itself, but Debby Bezzina is working on cars that talk to each other. As she explained on my KTRS show, the idea is to have vehicles share information about their location, speed, etc. to help avoid accidents and keep traffic patterns more consistent. She's also working on having cars get data from roadways, so you'd know if there was a detour ahead, or how long you have until that green light changes, or what speed you should maintain to guarantee no red lights.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

In Case You Missed It

From my Twitter feed...

  • I'm very excited about The Emmys. I'm up for Best Use Of The DVR Fast-Forward Button By A Man In A Recliner.

Leonard Maltin's Final Movie Guide

Leonard Maltin has been publishing movie guides for more than four decades, but the one that comes out next week will be his last. He'll still write movie reviews, but they won't appear in print any longer. On my KTRS show, I asked him to explain why he's making this business decision, how he got his first book deal way back in 1969, and how his taste in movies has changed since then.

By the way, Leonard's 2015 edition contains more than 16,000 movie reviews, and there are 10,000 more (pre-1965) in his Classic Movie Guide.

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KTRS Monday

I'll fill in for John Carney today 1-3pm CT on KTRS/St. Louis. Among my guests:
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Harris Challenge 8/22/14

This week's Harris Challenge -- the most fun you can have with your radio on -- includes trivia categories "The Emmy Awards," "Names In The News," and "MTV Video Music Awards." Listen and play along, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

Knuckleheads In The News® 8/22/14

My latest batch of Knuckleheads In The News® stories include a truck pulling a tree, a lost bag of money, and a woman desperate to visit her boyfriend in jail.  Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SNL & The 2008 Election

I'm looking forward to reading the updated version of Tom Shales/James Miller's oral history of "Saturday Night Live," timed to coincide with the upcoming 40th season of the show. The original covered 1975-2000, and the new material covers the years since then.. There's an excerpt in The Hollywood Reporter centering on the 2008 election, especially the skits with Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton and ex-cast-member Tina Fey returning to play Sarah Palin:
Seth Meyers, head writer-castmember: The "Russia from the house" line? That was not [in the] first draft. I believe I'm going to give credit to [writer] Mike Shoemaker for that line. That was the thing about those sketches — you were constantly carrying them around and reading through them for whoever you could get to listen, and people would just constantly pitch jokes.

Lorne Michaels: You could see perception changing completely. It's [Jon] Lovitz as [Michael] Dukakis going, "I can't believe I'm losing to this guy." Or Chevy [Chase] as Gerald Ford going, "I was told there would be no math." The audience that was suddenly watching Sarah Palin wasn't necessarily the SNL audience. Tina crossed over. It made her a huge star.

Sarah Palin, guest: I think SNL is egotistical if they believe that it was truly an effect on maybe the public debate about who should lead the country in the next four years.

Amy Poehler, castmember: Playing Hillary and Sarah Palin was an indication of women taking center stage in politics in a way that I hadn't been able to experience in my time there. My first show was two weeks after 9/11 happened, and for the first three or four years of my time there, we could barely do anything political. Everyone and everything was so tender, and we had lost Will Ferrell as our [George W.] Bush. Everything was so bad; the news was so bad. There was a lot of pop-culture stuff, and getting to finally do really deep political parody at the end of my career there felt really satisfying.
If Palin truly believes that Fey's impersonation of her didn't negatively affect the public perception of her, she's dumber than I thought. To this day, a great many people believe that lines Fey spoke in those sketches actually came out of Palin's mouth.

Here's something else Palin is quoted as saying in the book:
If I ran into Tina Fey again today, I would say: "You need to at least pay for my kids' braces or something from all the money that you made off of pretending that you're me! My goodness, you capitalized on that! Can't you contribute a little bit? Jeez!"
I hope she's kidding, but if she's serious, she has no sense of proportion, because no losing vice presidential candidate has ever capitalized on their brief moment of fame more than the ex-governor of Alaska.

By the way, the revised "SNL" book won't be released until September 9th, but you can't pre-order it on Amazon because it's published by a division of Hachette, which the online retailer has gone to war with, refusing to sell any of its books until it gets a bigger piece of the pie.

Read the full Hollywood Reporter excerpt here.

Best Thing I've Read Today

Cliff Schecter asks, "Why isn't the NRA defending Ferguson's blacks?"

Somehow, the NRA seems to have missed the whole thing with the SWAT teams and the tank-like vehicles and the snipers and the LRAD sound cannon and the tear gas and the rubber bullets being trained on unarmed Americans. Not a peep from LaPierre on this extended assault on citizens of Ferguson, at least that I can find.

If I were suspicious of their motives -- and I am -- I might point out that when I visited their 9 acres of militarized gun-fun also known as their convention in Indianapolis, I saw fewer black faces than in your average episode of "The Dukes of Hazzard." I'd also point out that LaPierre blows just about every tune he knows on his dog whistle, when warning his membership of the horrors confronting them during this period when violent crime has fallen to its lowest level in a generation.
Read Schecter's entire piece here.

From My Twitter Feed

  • Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy at Michael Brown's funeral on Monday. Doesn't he qualify as an outsider?
  • TV and radio news outlets have to stop saying, "There's always more information on our website." No, there isn't, and you know it.