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The "Downton Abbey" phenomenon

Feb 22, 2013 11:01 AM PT

I overheard Rush blurting out some big "Downton Abbey" spoilers on the air today.  I'm not sure if the Spoiler Statute of Limitations has expired yet, as it hasn't been a full week since the finale for American viewers.  I have never made so much as a Twitter reference to a plot twist from a TV show less than one month old without someone angrily shouting "SPOILERS!"  I guess that's a consequence of the VCR-DVR-Video On Demand era.  In the old days, pretty much everyone who was going to see Sunday night's season finale of a TV show saw it on Sunday night

I once joked that Jonah Goldberg of National Review and I were going to become the founders, and pretty much sole members, of the conservative "Downton Abbey" fan club, but boy were we wrong.  Fellow righties came flying in from all around to declare they were fans of the show too, and not just because their Significant Others made them watch it.  I detected a bit of that girlfriend-loves-this-show sheepishness at first, but it's now completely evaporated.

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America's Unsung Comedian: Brian Regan

Feb 22, 2013 10:37 AM PT

Been a fan of Brian Regan's forever, and have been waiting for just as long for him to breakthrough in the same way Jerry Seinfeld and Ray Romano did. The guy's absolutely hilarious, swears as little as Bill Cosby, and as far as I know, stays away from divisive political and social stuff.

Pure talent and his own singular style.

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Hollywood Blockbusters and the Holy Season of Lent

Feb 22, 2013 10:11 AM PT

Blurays arrived today: "The Robe" (1953), "The Passion of the Christ" (2004), "Quo Vadis" (1951), and "Ben-Hur" (1925 & 1959). I already own the DVDs, but find that older titles -- especially filmed in Technicolor -- look magnificent on Bluray. "The Robe" (the first feature filmed in widescreen  Cinemascope) should look amazing.  (The DVDs are donated to my church library.)

It might seem shallow watching Hollywood blockbusters during the holy season of Lent, especially fictional ones (all but "The Passion" are fictions set against religious and secular history), but isn't it the themes that matter?

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Washington DC: Hollywood for Ugly People

Feb 20, 2013 5:36 AM PT

The campaign for an Oscar is taking on a new meaning, as stops in D.C. are becoming the norm.  The Hill is reporting that "stars and directors from at least four Oscar-nominated films have stopped in the nation’s capital to tout a cause, mention their movie and get some free publicity in the process."

As the media continually mocks the right for being idiots, this phenomena seems to have escaped their attention:

Bradley Cooper of “Silver Linings Playbook” and director David O. Russell met with Vice President Biden earlier this month — to discuss mental illness. The cast of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” visited the White House last week — for a discussion with students. Both films are up for Best Picture.

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Animaniacs after dark and post show

Feb 18, 2013 11:06 PM PT
Watched Pinky and the Brain and now Rocky and Bullwinkle. Better political satire than watching the White House press briefing and funnier Fearless Leader.

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