February 22, 2004


      THE TEMPERATURE'S UP, THE TEMPERATURE'S DOWN

  1. . . . Changeable weather, to say the least. People don't know what to wear. And the wind ... It seems big this year. We've had a lot of it.
  2. The actor who plays Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, James Caviezel . . . It's pronounced Kav-EE-zel, according to Parade magazine's In Step With columnist James Brady. Thanks.
  3. CARB CRAZE. It's getting ridiculous. Now Burger King's selling no bun hamburgers wrapped in lettuce. I bet that's a mess to eat. Is one hamburger bun gonna really mount up to that much?
  4. Kirstie Alley had a part on last week's Without A Trace. Good to see her in something other than those Pier I ads. She played the scruffy mother of a missing daughter. She was good but boy, has she gotten bigger.
  5. SENIOR SPEECH MOMENT. "I lost my track of thought," I recently said to a friend of mine. Of course, I meant to say train. Excuse me.
  6. Mr. Big Stuff calls fashion reporter Steve Cojocaro, Cujo, like the Stephen King terror dog. Cojo, as everybody now calls him, continues his stints on the Today show. His schtick on there is okay. But he's absolutely out-of-control on Entertainment Tonight. That show gives him free reign with his over-the-top antics. At times it's a bit much.
  7. DO THIS. Godiva chocolates - those assorted mixtures - need to have a legend inside the box lid, like Whitman's Samplers do, telling you what each piece is before you take one (My sister used to take a bite out of the bottom of a piece of candy and if she didn't like it, she'd put it back in that dark paper and back in the box. Sometimes got away with it.
  8. OUTSOURCING. The other day I called up AOL because I was having some trouble getting my e-mail and the person I was ultimately connected with had an American name with an Indian accent. I asked him if he was in India and he said yes. So it is true that American companies are going overseas for job help.
  9. Did Courtney Love get collagen injections in her lips? Were they always that big?
  10. Those pictures of Ann Heche as Lily Garland with Alec Baldwin (Oscar Jaffe) for Twentieth Century, now on Broadway, make her look really glamorous. Never saw her look that good. She didn't look like that when she was with Ellen.
  11. FYI: CNN's Miles O'Brien gets up at 4:30 every morning. (I don't know what time he goes to bed.)
  12. Norah Jones's second album, Feels Like Home, sold 1,022,000 copies in its first week - the biggest seller in more than two and a half years. The record back then was N Sync's Celebrity. That's good news for the record industry.
  13. THE DREAMERS: Hogwash.
  14. . . . The Bernardo Bertolucci movie about three young people - an American boy and a boy/girl twin combination - in Paris in 1968 who are into movies (cinema) and art comes off as spoiled brats gallivanting around and playing games in the twins' rich parents house -- drinking, smoking and having sex a lot. And as for the full frontal nudity, Russ Leatherman of Moviefone said it was a lot of commotion over showing just "two weenies and a hoo-ha."
  15. Thank you, This Week With George Stephanopoulos, for mentioning soul singer Doris Troy's (Just One Look, 1963) death in the show's In Memoriam segment. They showed two pictures of her and played that great song. Also, FYI, she was a backing vocalist on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album and recorded for the Beatles' Apple Records. And in the mid-90s she received the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award..
  16. The movie trailer (preview) for The Stepford Wives seems like it's a really believable commercial for Mercedes Benz until you see Nicole Kidman at the end of it. Well done.
  17. John Edwards still isn't unbuttoning that top button on his suit jacket when he raises his hands in the air in front of a cheering crowd. He looks like Nixon did.
  18. "I'd dip my hand in Palmolive the rest of my life," actress Jan Miner, who played Madge the Manicurist, once said. "You're soaking in it," she'd always say to customers. She did the TV commercials for the dish detergent for 27 years and the money she made off that enabled her to chose her many theater roles on the New York stage.
  19. AIIGHT. This being said a lot. Slang shortening for All Right. American Idol judge Randy Jackson uses it and so does one-woman show actor Sarah Jones in Bridge and Tunnel (now playing in New York) when she portrays a Brooklyn rapper. You hearing it?
  20. If anyone's wondering what Andrea Yates, the woman who drowned her five children in the bathtub, is doing these days, author Suzanne O'Malley (Are You There Alone? The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates) told washingtonpost.com in a Live Online discussion that she's in prison and "when she's allowed to, she mops floors, dispenses prison uniforms, sews and works on the gardening crew."
  21. . . . What a career.
  22. I'VE HEARD IT ALL NOW. Man in men's room stall talking on his cell phone during his daily constitution. I'm sure the callee thanks him for sharing.
  23. Sting said it "takes a man to wear a skirt." (He wore one on the Grammys and that's not the first time we've seen him in one.) Wears them well but they'll never really catch on.
  24. Hanalie, dog in the neighborhood, tried to chase a Rhodesian ridgeback (fellow dog) the other night. The hair on her back stood up when she saw the South African breed and she almost pulled the leash out of owner Sally's hands.
  25. Is bling bling in the dictionary yet? Or even just bling?
  26. HOORAY. For Johnny Cash's people for saying NO to an ad agency that wanted to use his Ring of Fire (1963) song in a hemorrhoid commercial. Why don't they just go for You Can't Sit Down (1963) by The Dovells.
  27. Sen. John Edwards is good for quotes. "Outsource this administration" and "Objects in your mirror may seem closer than they appear," which he said after getting 34% of the vote in the Wisconsin primary. He's quick.
  28. I'm gonna go out and buy a new HGTV ... I mean, HDTV. Is that what I mean?
  29. Now there's movieoke, like karaoke. Will that catch on?
  30. Is David Gest, Liza Minnelli's ex, now dating Diana Ross? Heard it. She's another needy one for him.
  31. If James Brown makes it to Larry King's Cardiac Foundation gala March 5 where he'll perform, I hope his hair's combed.
  32. Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings) was on the cover of last week's Entertainment Weekly and looked a lot like James Caviezel as Jesus (The Passion of the Christ). It was confusing.
  33. 50 FIRST DATES. Funny picture. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are good together. Rob Schneider plays a simple local who comes off as pretty funny and Sean Astin's (The Lord of the Rings) in it. He plays Drew's bodybuilder brother. Takes place in Hawaii and scenery is beautiful.
  34. Did Mel Gibson call his movie, The Passion of the Christ, because it has the same ring to the title as The Lord of the Rings does? Just wondering.
  35. UH . . . I'm Wondering - Stevie Wonder on Tamla. 1967.


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