Kelly Osbourne Gets a Dose of Her Own Medicine
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The Sundance Channel has been airing the 2004 remake of "The Manchurian Candidate" lately and revisiting parts of it, I was struck again by how much the character played by Meryl Streep---the power hungry, political mother-from-hell, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw---resembles Hillary Clinton. At the time, Streep adamantly denied as much, but whatever her intentions, that's certainly how the performance came across. Check out this clip, as well this deleted scene of now-Senator Al Franken interviewing the ambitious Eleanor.
I was blown away by the thought-provoking one-man show "Cops and Robbers" when I saw it at the Marsh in Berkeley last month, and I'm glad to see that its run has been extended:
Cops and Robbers is a revolutionary look into the dysfunctional relationship between law enforcement, the media, and the Black community. Centered on an officer involved shooting, writer/performer Jinho "The Piper" Ferreira takes the viewer on an emotionally charged ride with unexpected twists and turns. The Piper seamlessly travels through 17 characters, each with their own convictions, logic, and prejudices. Cops and Robbers takes no prisoners as it challenges the viewer to question all preconceived notions of "right" and "wrong."In the wake of events in Ferguson, the subject matter took on an added relevance, especially for those seeking something beyond simplistic rhetoric. The story line is not identical to the headlines and the performer, Jinho Ferreira---having inhabited all sides of this issue, from Oakland rapper to police officer---provides no easy answers. He's also an equal opportunity offender and no group escapes his cross-hairs, in addition to some truly shocking and uncomfortable moments that aren't for the squeamish.
To say that last week's episode of "Longmire" (A&E) jumped the shark would be an understatement. Beyond over-the-top violence and a cooked-up office romance, "Population 25" featured a cult-like group of survivalists living in the woods who kidnap and torture our Sheriff Department heroes in the name of--wait for it--anti-government ideology. And in case viewers weren't sufficiently convinced that those who believe in limited government are psychos, the writers threw in a murdered census agent in the freezer.
According to this article, Republican (libertarian) Senator Rand Paul was surprisingly well-received during a recent visit to Silicon Valley. But this doesn't surprise me for they're not really "strange bedfellows" (per the title) at all. There is a growing schism between young tech entrepreneurs and the liberal political establishment in cities like San Francisco and Manhattan, where the state is attempting to control burgeoning app businesses such as Uber and Lyft with regulation, taxation, and protectionism. I expect this trend to continue.
You can't surpass the original, the Everly Brothers' "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us," but Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armonstrong (lead singer of Green Day)'s remake, "Foreverly," is well worth catching. In fact, it's become one of my favorite new albums. Old country-style songs that benefit from the male/female harmonies of Jones and Armstrong, whose voices work surprisingly well together. The album (both the digital and CD versions) is rarely on sale, but I was able to catch a deal last month by keeping an eye on it in my Amazon wish list. And even at full price, it's worth the splurge.