02/8/10

“Green Jobs” Defined

Of the many TV commercials aired during yesterday’s Super Bowl broadcast, the “Green Police” ad for Audi sparked some tongue-in-cheek controversy:

Can it happen here? In some ways, it is already happening, albeit not to the extreme where hardcore environmentalists are pushing for “eco-crimes” to be fall under criminal prosecution.

What do you think?

08/10/08

Isaac Hayes, R.I.P.

Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (1942-2008)The R&B singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, composer, and actor died Sunday afternoon in Memphis at the age of 65.

Today’s pop culture generation knew him best as the voice of Chef from TV’s South Park, but to the Old School community, he’ll be remembered for bringing the world a taste of Hot Buttered Soul, composing the award-winning theme music for action hero John Shaft, and guest-starring on The Rockford Files as Gandolph “Gandy” Fitch.

08/9/08

Bernie Mac, R.I.P.

The comedian and actor died this morning from complications due to pneumonia. He was 50.

The comic born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough could cut an imposing figure. He stood 6-foot-3, was built like a fullback and carried himself with a bouncer’s reticence. But perhaps the strongest weapon in the Chicago comedian’s arsenal was that voice, that amalgam of thought and a delivery that could rise like a tidal wave, outpace a Gatling gun and remained, to his last days, loud and unapologetic.

He wasn’t scared, he told us time and again, to tell anyone what he thought, to say what others were afraid to say. That fearlessness wasn’t always welcome, considering Mac didn’t get his big break until his 30s. But when he did, the comic skyrocketed to success in stand-up, television and the big screen.

Bernie was among my favorite comedians. In addition to his tell-it-like-it-is style, he was down-to-earth and a class act off-screen and off-stage. He will be missed by many a fan.

Update (8/11): Although he was a proud, lifelong Democrat, Bernie once quipped, “I’m a Republican at tax time.” Good one! :)

06/23/08

George Carlin, R.I.P.

While George Carlin will be remembered for the “Seven Words” sketch, his jokes from the 1972 album “FM and AM” are among my favorites (warning: mildly explicit language).

Update (6/24): Although I didn’t share Carlin’s cynicism on most issues, I’m agreement with his rant on environmentalism (NSFW). He was offensive to some, and philosophical to others. But to the bitter end, he made them mad, and he made them laugh.

(h/t: James Hudnall)

09/5/07

Luciano Pavarotti, R.I.P.

One of the world’s greatest tenors has sung his final aria:

Luciano Pavarotti, whose vibrant high C’s and ebullient showmanship made him one the most beloved tenors, has died, his manager told The Associated Press. He was 71.

Pavarotti had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and underwent further treatment in August 2007. His manager, Terri Robson, told the AP in an e-mail statement that Pavarotti died at his home in Modena, Italy, at 5 a.m. local time.

05/16/07

Spare Me

George Lopez Fuming over Cancellation of His Sitcom

George Lopez is losing his sitcom — and as a result, he says “TV just became really, really white again.”

ABC canceled “George Lopez” after five seasons. He says the network told him it would lose money if the show was renewed. But Lopez tells the Los Angeles Times that his show did better than some of the series that were renewed.

He’s especially peeved that a sitcom starring the cavemen from the Geico commercials was picked up. He asks why a “Chicano can’t be on TV, but a caveman can?”

Hey George! The agents for Sharpton & Jackson called. They’re demanding that you stop stealing from their act.

And I’m sure that a multitude of famous actors of Hispanic heritage (Mexican-Americans included) will be shocked to find out that TV is once again white as the wind-driven snow.

Give it a rest already. You still have a movie deal and an HBO special coming up; plus you’ll continue to make money on reruns of a show that started out funny and entertaining, but simply lost viewer interest. When your show gets poor ratings, it gets canceled. You move on to your next project. That’s Hollywood.