was removed from a VIA train recently while traveling to the City of Oshawa to perform a Show because she had her dog with her which is something that is not permitted on VIA trains. The singer was quite upset with the officials because she felt they left her in the “middle of nowhere” and suggested that they “eat her bra”. Oshawa just outside Toronto is not the biggest City in the world however, it is big enough that she felt it was worthy of one of her performances, eating her bra might not have been an option for the officials however, using it for a food and water bowl in the future might be. I think the real issue here is why she brought her dog with her in the first place. Was it so necessary to bring her dog along for the performance – what does the dog play, Bass, Sing backup? If constant travel and commitments keep you or draw you away from home on a regular basis, perhaps not having a pet would make your life a little easier or at the very least, not strand you in “the middle of nowhere”.
Is it just me or is the whole thing out of whack? What ever happened to the Professional Television Production Technician? There once was a time in the Broadcasting Industry where you performed a task you were paid your rate or the Union rate for the job. Yes things have changed….I get it, however, what is going on now is just bizarre. It’s bad enough that instead of being asked your rate you’re being told what (little) they are willing to pay and for how many days they will gladly pay this amount. Lets not get into the area of working for free to enhance your resume while the “powers” are making sure they get their cut. There is also the multi function request–what’s going on here? People today are advertising to fill the SINGLE position of director, writer, camera operator (with knowledge of sound), lighting, and editor. Single position – really, what professional does all this other than a very green gung-ho person trying to get his or her project off the ground. Did I mention this candidate must also have all his or her specific gear as well? For this, the rate is about 2/3 of what was once paid for a single function with NO included equipment. Maybe this opinion is a bit “old school” but what kind of “professional” is being sought? I realize new technology and multitasking is the new norm, but sometimes the old way should still be considered the right way.
are a huge source of income, but where are the millions if not billions of dollars going and into whose pockets? It would be quite interesting to be informed of the exact totals. Think of all the lotteries that are available which include daily, weekly draws, not to mention the various games that can be played. The amounts must be staggering. Why then do the citizens have to deal with increases in transportation costs, congested roads, decaying buildings, homeless wondering the streets or huge wait times in hospitals? Government is always saying there is no money. Really? If lotteries are such a huge source of funds, why can’t they create source specific lottery opportunities? Create a lottery game where all the funds, minus “costs” go to that specific need. Healthcare, Transportation, Roads, Infrastructure, and Education are just a few of Lottery specific potential end users of these millions of dollars. Think of the Education sector, walk through a random High School in any city and you will realize how useful this suggestion would be. Who doesn’t enjoy walking through the halls of their former school, remembering what went on in those halls and classrooms. What’s disturbing however is seeing the dent you put into that locker 20+ years ago still there or the broken walls, faded chalk boards, cracked ceilings as well as the boarded up rooms. Don’t you think an Education lottery would generate more than enough money to not only pay to fix these problems but also pay for Teachers, school supplies, equipment, special needs, sports, music, art and pools? It seems quite logical but yet there has never been a suggestion to do so. With all this money going into the Governments pocket, why don’t “we the people” ever seem to feel we have received and benefit – increases in Taxes anyone? Transportation issues including subways, buses, and light rail are always in the forefront of a politician’s mantra of “we have no money” rants. Isn’t there another solution besides raising the fares for those who still can’t afford the previous one? We are always told there isn’t enough, although millions if not billions are readily available for those in need in other countries the second an unfortunate disaster strikes. It is time the lottery corporation thought outside the box, or at least increase the odds of actually winning so we can perhaps in our own little way benefit, rather than constantly feel we are solely paying the price.
Nothing better to do on the eve of daylight savings then to go to the Market and pretend it’s Spring and enjoy some food. You almost forget from all the yelling of specials, the mixed aromas and the exorbitant amount of people, that there is a huge amount of food to choose from. Everything looks so fresh and appetizing it’s almost impossible to decide what to buy first. Is it the huge chicken breasts, the incredible fruit or the fresh bread? Personally, I go for the mixed bulk kiosk with the rude lady owner and the great peanuts. Why, because while she is being rude to the person I am with, I can sample some other items which just happen to be in my reach. Speaking of samples, this is the one area which can be greatly improved upon. Considering what we have to put up with, having a nice assortment of sampled food to fill up on while we are there would be the bonus needed to come back there every weekend.
Having a Canadian Walk of Fame is a wonderful thing, however, is it not time to honour those who actually deserve the recognition? I am not saying all who have been inducted do not deserve the honour, I am saying there are definitely some, who do not. When will the Walk of Fame committee start acknowledging Canadians whose body of work make them deserving of being honoured? Is the purpose to create ratings for a Television show and buzz for a Red-Carpet event or honouring Canadians for their contribution to their craft? Lets take, for sake of argument, these inductee’s, Farley Mowat, David Clayton-Thomas and Doug Henning. These three, yes, they are deserving of a Star. Their contributions to their craft are undeniable not only in Canada but throughout the world. Are Sarah Polley, Eric McCormack, Nelly Furtado and Clara Hughes worthy of a Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame? I think not……yet. One could argue Sarah Polley is worthy of this honour, she has been a wonderful actor and director for many years, but to recognize her with a Star now, I do not believe so. This honour should be for a body of work, she is too young for this honour, she has years left to produce works that will make us all and herself proud. Eric McCormack is no way near worthy of this honour. Sure, many loved his character in Will and Grace, an American TV show that was on the air for several years with much success. Isn’t this honour for a body of work throughout a career? With no disrespect, what else has he done to warrant a Star? Nelly Furtado is a successful singer, sold several million albums, where is the body of work throughout a career that warrants her Star? She is too young like Ms Polley to justify this honour. Clara Hughes one can argue is deserving. I will not criticize this choice for the simple reason she achieved greatness in her field and she now is retired. Her body of work speaks for in itself and for that I will not criticize.
Although there are many who have already been recognized that I believe are not worthy, there are many more who have been, to this point, left out. When will the WOF committee start honouring those who helped build the Canadian Entertainment Industry who are either not with us anymore or whose careers are no longer prospering? Billie Mae Richards the beloved voice of Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer, the most successful Christmas program in the history of television was acknowledged throughout the world after her recent passing, yet, she has no “Star” despite her long and successful career. Paul Soles, the voice of Hermey in Rudolph as well as that of Spiderman and many other characters in cartoons that are still loved today not to mention his contribution to “Take 30” and other programs coupled with his numerous roles in Movies and Theatre, is not recognized. Bernard Cowan, the voice of thousands of commercials, television programs, producer/director of hundreds of cartoons, founding member of ACTRA etc. is not recognized. Although the “powers that be” say they will start honouring those pioneers, my question is, when? Recognizing the current so called “stars” is fine, however, it is time the builders of the Industry had their due. The Walk of Fame is not and should not be about ratings for a TV show and a Red-Carpet gathering alone, it should be about all who have contributed to the greatness of our Country. Even the Hockey Hall of Fame has a “Builders” category, it’s time the Walk of Fame had one as well. Just because they are elderly or no longer with us, is no reason for them not to have the honour of being walked upon on King street.
The 84th Academy Awards have now come and gone and I am sure the powers that be have already loaded the cash truck and parked in Billy Crystal’s driveway to lure him for Hosting duties for the 85th. Billy not only didn’t disappoint, he showed no rust, what an effortless job he did while at the same time proving how exceptional he really is.
The winners were pretty predictable, however Meryl Streep’s win for best Actress was somewhat surprising but you could never question when a talent like she wins. George Clooney not being crowned as best Actor was a pleasant surprise. Why he is put on such a pedestal inHollywoodis a question, it certainly is not for his acting ability or box office returns’ so for the Academy to not bestow the coveted prize on him was a pleasant relief.
Two events do stand out from the relentless coverage. Jennifer Lopez’s almost clothes malfunction was ridiculous. With all the handlers she has, and you know she has many, how could none of them have noticed that her nipple was peeking out? You know the tape on her dress was strategically placed to just show a hint, why? Most likely because someone with an ego like hers needed to get her name mentioned as much as possible to let everyone know that despite she is just a judge on a TV Game Show, she once acted in movies. Sacha Baron Cohen also known as “The Dictator”, what a brilliant marketing ploy. To show up on the Red Carpet in character to promote his movie was clever enough, but to dump the so-called ashes of the late Kim Jong 11 on Ryan Seacrest was a thing of beauty. Sacha knew that every outlet in the world would pick up on it and have it talked about for days…..smart man.
The Internet was a buzz as well. Twitter was working overtime with all the “real-time” posts including the very funny and cynical @TheGriper. Everyone was jumping in with their comments encompassing every conceivable aspect from clothes to exposed legs, from inside the Theater to the comfy chair in your den.
With Billy Crystal at the helm, the 84th Academy Awards broadcast was a huge success and an immeasurable improvement from last year. With Billy Crystal hopefully secured for next year, the 85th is one to look forward to.
With large TV screens, VOD, TEVO and wonderful HD, going to an actual Theatre is not something you think of doing as you once did. On a recent outing to the Movies I was exposed to a new feature, this being, assigned seating. As far as I recall I have not see any advertisements for this. I was told of this while showing my ticket upon entering, where I was told which theater and which seat I was to go to. To my surprise, according to the theater attendant, I was informed of this while purchasing the ticket at the kiosk, but I most likely skipped over that feature. Now I am not apposed to the attempt by the theater owners of trying to eliminate walk in patrons who don’t pay for their tickets, but assigned seating? What if I don’t want to sit in the middle of row 6, or on the side section of row 34? What do we have to do to avoid this, show up 2 hours early? We also get a bonus for this feature as well, that being an increase in the ticket price….thanks. For this increase in price, I did have the pleasure of sitting in what seemed like a new theater seat, which was quite comfortable, and reclined. Fortunately for us, this came in handy while I sat there watching 35 minutes of commercials. Question: Don’t the advertisers pay the theater to show these Ads? Why am I paying more now to watch them? After these wonderful Ads, which I have since forgotten, I got the pleasure of watching 20 minutes or so of Coming Attractions, which for the life of me I can’t remember either. Then the Feature began but honestly at that point, I was ready to go. Perhaps next year it might be time for a new tradition…..watching the Movie I want to see in the comfort of my own home on my big screen TV. Like with my cell phone, where realistically I’d just like to make a phone call, when I go to the movies, I’d really just like to watch the movie.
Remember when the Celebs vowed to stay off Twitter until $1,000,000.00 was raised to fight AIDS. What they didn’t count on however, was that raising the money in a short period of time would not occur as they had thought. As usual, these Celebs feel that all they have to do is say “jump” and their minions would simply say, “how high”. I guess this time, they were wrong. These celebs didn’t realize that the ones they are asking to donate are having a hard enough time keeping food on their own tables let alone a roof over their heads. Donating to keep these rich fabulous ones happy just isn’t in the cards this time. The real issue here is not raising money for AIDS, it is the usual, self-serving Celebs trying to show the world how important they are. Obviously this time, it did not work. So, what happened, a rich person decided to donate aprox. $400,000.00 to enable the $1,000,000.00 needed to bring back the Celebs to our social media world. All is good in the world now – right? What is absolutely disgusting however, the true reason why they are back is not because they so desperately wanted to raise the money. These Celebs who participated could have easily reached into their own pockets for spare change and raised the amount needed. No, they were loosing too much money themselves by not being on the social media outlets. You see most of these people get paid to spew their wisdom. Some of these same Celebs who were holding their followers ransom get paid, in some cases, $10,000.00 per Tweet – PER TWEET!. The truth is, because it was taking much longer than expected to raise the money, they were now loosing way too much themselves and felt enough was enough. All it would have taken for the $1,000,000.00 to be raised was 10 Celebs writing 10 tweets each and donating their tweet money. Did they – I think not, they prefer us to give money we don’t have rather than they donate monies given to them to say they like a skin care product or some other useless item. Thanks Celebs, nice to know that being a TWIT on Twitter means more to you than not only the worshippers or Sheep you have, but the charity you covet with such heartfelt cries.
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