AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-Live taping at Radio City Music Hall- 8/13/14

After viewing a live taping of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, I reflect on the days of my youth when my mom took me to see movies at Radio City Music Hall in mid-town Manhattan.

A smartly-dressed door person (wearing a pill box hat) ripped our tickets with white gloves, and a pleasant smile. The smell of freshly-popped corn waifed through the massive interior, huge paintings covering its gigantic walls from the lobby to the Grand Foyer.

We open the doors to the seating area and a friendly usher helps us find our seats.  To the left of the stage on the first mezzanine level, a musician plays a popular American standards on a massive organ with foot pedals.

Vibraphone chimes ring throughout the smoking room/bathroom/Ladies' power room area down stairs, alerting everyone that the show will begin soon.

The lights dim. A huge screen is lowered from above the stage and the film begins.

"TRUE GRIT" starring John Wayne, Kim Hunter and Glen Campbell.

After the film, the screen is raised, a 15 minute intermission follows, accompanied by more organ music, and then THE ROCKETTES do a half-hour show.

45 YEARS LATER
I visit Radio City Music Hall after 45 years to see #AGT.

THE MASSIVE LOBBY

There's amazing art everywhere. They really don't make 'em like this anymore.

http://www.wendyliebman.com/
That's me with Semi-Finalist WENDY LIEBMANN.




My friend Shannon and I had to get a photo with some of the amazing acrobatic dance troupe ACROARMY.

ACROARMY on FACEBOOK







Here's some of the members of CORNELL BHANGRA- a dance group that combines contemporary and traditional dance.




Unfortunately, they didn't make it past the quarter finals.









Here's the video in case you missed it:






THE STAGE

The moment Christian Stoinev and Scooby won.

 

 


The winners take a bow.



"Calvin & Hobbs" cartoonist BILL WATTERSON comes out of retirement and nails it!

The mad scientist behind Calvin and Hobbes returns to the comic scene after secretly working with Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis, for a series of brand new newspaper comics.

Bill Watterson has been retired for the better part of 20 years and this surprising resurgence is sure to delight hard-core fans everywhere. In the comic he is a smart-ass second grader called "Libby" (kinda like "Bill", backwards) and engages in some side-splitting banter. Share & Enjoy.












According to The Washington Post, the idea of collaborating with Pastis has been brewing for some time. 

"Several years ago," Watterson told the Post, "when Stephan did one of his strips that mocked his own drawing ability and mentioned my strip in comparison, I thought it might be funny for me to ghost ‘Pearls’ sometime, just to flip it all on its head."

 However, when the opportunity to raise funds for Team Cul de Sac, a charity co-founded by fellow cartoonist Richard Thompson to fight Parkinson's Disease, arose, Watterson reached out to Pastis to do a team-up. 

For Pastis' part, Watterson reaching out to him "is like getting a call from Bigfoot."

Earlier this year, the author contributed the poster for Stripped, a documentary about cartoonists struggling with the death of newspapers.



 Hopefully, this isn't his last foray back into comics either.

(Re-posted from THE VERGE.comBy Kwame Opam on   

India hopes to curb public defication problem with new animated music video. (NSFW)

In India, public defication is a serious problem. This public service announcement attempts to combat the issue with a silly song and surreal, animated music video.
It might not be for everyone, but to its credit, the musical PSA, entitled "Poo Party," manages to make an unsavory topic both memorable and entertaining. And that's to say nothing of how catchy its refrain is: "Take the poo to the loo."
WATCH (Contains Adult Language and CGI Poo):


According to UNICEF, the international relief organization behind the "Poo2Loo" campaign", an estimated 620 million Indians poop out in the open every day, dumping more than 143 million pounds of solid human waste and putting the public at risk for "life-threatening infections, diseases and epidemics."


(re-blogged from Huffington Post's Weird News)

AVATARDED PICKS FOR THE 2014 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

Hold on to your hats! The 2014 Golden Globes awards ceremony will be be broadcast live on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST on NBC. Until then, check out the list of nominations below and my predictions for the lucky winners:
Best Motion Picture — Drama
’12 Years a Slave’
‘Captain Phillips’
‘Gravity’
‘Philomena’
‘Rush’
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
‘American Hustle’
‘Her’
‘Inside Llewyn Davis
‘Nebraska’
‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, ‘Gravity’
Paul Greengrass, ‘Captain Phillips’
Steve McQueen, ’12 Years a Slave’
Alexander Payne, ‘Nebraska’
David O. Russell, ‘American Hustle’
Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, ’12 Years a Slave’
Idris Elba, ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’
Tom Hanks, ‘Saving Mr. Banks’
Matthew McConaughey, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
Robert Redford, ‘All is Lost’
Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, ‘American Hustle’
Bruce Dern, ‘Nebraska’
Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
Oscar Isaac, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
Joaquin Phoenix, ‘Her’
Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Cate Blanchett, ‘Blue Jasmine’
Sandra Bullock, ‘Gravity’
Judi Dench, ‘Philomena’
Emma Thompson, ‘Saving Mr. Banks’
Kate Winslet, ‘Labor Day’
Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, ‘American Hustle’
Julie Delpy, ‘Before Midnight’
Greta Gerwig, ‘Frances Ha’
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, ‘Enough Said’
Meryl Streep, ‘August: Osage County’
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi, ‘Captain Phillips’
Daniel Bruhl, ‘Rush’
Bradley Cooper, ‘American Hustle’
Michael Fassbender, ’12 Years a Slave’
Jared Leto, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Sally Hawkins, ‘Blue Jasmine’
Jennifer Lawrence, ‘American Hustle’
Lupita Nyong’o, ’12 Years a Slave’
Julia Roberts, ‘August: Osage County’
June Squibb, ‘Nebraska’
Best Screenplay from a Motion Picture
Spike Jonze, ‘Her’
Bob Nelson, ‘Nebraska’
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, ‘Philomena’
John Ridley, ’12 Years a Slave’
Eric Warren and David O. Russell, ‘American Hustle’
Best Original Score from a Motion Picture
Alex Ebert, ‘All is Lost’
Alex Heffes, ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’
Steven Price, ‘Gravity’
John Williams, ‘The Book Thief’
Hans Zimmer, ’12 Years a Slave’
Best Original Song from a Motion Picture
“Atlas,” ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Ordinary Love,” ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” ‘One Chance’
Best Foreign Language Film
‘Blue is the Warmest Color’
‘The Great Beauty’
‘The Hunt’
‘The Past’
‘The Wind Rises’
Best Animated Feature Film
‘The Croods’
‘Despicable Me 2′
‘Frozen’
Best Television Drama Series
‘Breaking Bad’
‘Downton Abbey’
‘The Good Wife’
‘House of Cards’
‘Masters of Sex’
Best Television Comedy Series
‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’
‘Girls’
‘The Big Bang Theory’
‘Parks and Recreation’
‘Modern Family’
Best Actor in a Television Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, ‘Breaking Bad’
Liev Schrieber, ‘Ray Donovan’
Michael Sheen, ‘Masters of Sex’
Kevin Spacey, ‘House of Cards’
James Spader, ‘The Blacklist’
Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series
Jason Bateman, ‘Arrested Development’
Don Cheadle, ‘House of Lies’
Michael J. Fox, ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’
Jim Parsons, ‘The Big Bang Theory’
Andy Samberg, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’
Best Actress in a Television Drama Series
Julianna Margulies, ‘The Good Wife’
Tatiana Maslany, ‘Orphan Black’
Taylor Schilling, ‘Orange is the New Black’
Kerry Washington, ‘Scandal’
Robin Wright, ‘House of Cards’
Best Actress in a Television Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel, ‘The New Girl’
Lena Dunham, ‘Girls’
Edie Falco, ‘Nurse Jackie’
Julie Louis-Dreyfus, ‘Veep’
Amy Poehler, ‘Parks and Recreation’
Best Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television
‘American Horror Story: Coven’
‘Behind the Candelabra’
‘Dancing on the Edge’
‘Top of the Lake’
‘The White Queen’
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television
Matt Damon, ‘Behind the Candelabra’
Michael Douglas, ‘Behind the Candelabra’
Idris Elba, ‘Luther’
Chiwetel Ejiofor, ‘Dancing on the Edge’
Al Pacino, ‘Phil Spector’
Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television
Helena Bonham Carter, ‘Burton and Taylor’
Rebecca Ferguson, ‘The White Queen’
Jessica Lange, ‘American Horror Story: Coven’
Helen Mirren, ‘Phil Spector’
Elisabeth Moss, ‘Top of the Lake’
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television
Josh Charles, ‘The Good Wife’
Rob Lowe, ‘Behind the Candelabra’
Aaron Paul, ‘Breaking Bad’
Corey Stoll, ‘House of Cards’
Jon Voight, ‘Ray Donovan’
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television
Jacqueline Bisset, ‘Dancing on the Edge’
Janet McTeer, ‘The White Queen’
Hayden Panettiere, ‘Nashville’
Monica Potter, ‘Parenthood’
Sofia Vergara, ‘Modern Family’