Smith vs Rock was no Mailer vs Vidal

During the 1960s and 70s, authors Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer were fierce rivals and often combatants. They just didn’t like each other. In one famous incident during a crowded party, Vidal was talking with a group of people and was accosted by Mailer who threw his drink in Vidal’s face, punched him, then head-buttedContinue reading “Smith vs Rock was no Mailer vs Vidal”

Forced Audience Participation and the Cheapening of Stand-Up Comedy

It’s being called the ‘slap seen around the world’. The incident is, of course, the recent fracas at the 2022 Academy Awards featuring Will Smith marching up on stage and slapping Chris Rock after the latter made a joke that offended both Smith and his wife. Not surprisingly, considering Jada Pinkett Smith, Will’s wife, wasContinue reading “Forced Audience Participation and the Cheapening of Stand-Up Comedy”

The Oscars® Snuck Up On Me

The Academy Awards® are tomorrow night. I just found out about that. They evidently snuck up on me. I’m not a big movie-goer so that should not come as a surprise. But it seems to me that the Academy Awards® are falling behind in the hype department. About the only hope for controversy this year isContinue reading “The Oscars® Snuck Up On Me”

Argo: Jimmy Carter sets the record straight, claims Canada deserves 90% of credit for rescue of US hostages from Iran

It’s Academy Awards time yet again, that annual Hollywood display of hype and egotism that draws millions of viewers worldwide. One of this year’s leading films, some would say the odds on favorite to take Best Movie is Ben Affleck’s Argo. Canadian viewers must keep in mind this is not a documentary. The film recounts in aContinue reading “Argo: Jimmy Carter sets the record straight, claims Canada deserves 90% of credit for rescue of US hostages from Iran”