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Peter Gabriel has withdrawn from the Oscars, and I don’t blame him. They want him to show up and perform only 65 seconds of his nominated song? They’re cramming all the songs into a medley that truncates each song? Give me a break! Hasn’t WALL-E suffered enough already? The year’s most critically celebrated motion picture was denied a Best Picture nomination and now the show’s producers are chopping up Peter Gabriel’s contribution?
Who are the big screen’s “most scandalous preachers”? Here’s a slideshow, but I can think of a few who aren’t pictured. For example: The Bishop in Ladyhawke. And what about Paul Dano’s preacher from There Will Be Blood?
What’s the most expensive concert ticket you’ve ever purchased? I’ll bet it cost a lot less than the upcoming Leonard Cohen show.
On Feb. 19, Leonard Cohen will give a rare live performance at the Beacon Theater in New York. It’s only one night, and there are way more fans than seats, so it’s no surprise that the tickets run a little high. But when Bob and I saw the price range online, our eyes bugged out: Upper balcony seats start at $289, lower balcony seats are $495, and the best orchestra seats are — wait for it — $3,450. Seriously. More than three grand.
Okay, so you heard about U2 on Letterman. Did you hear that The White Stripes are playing on Conan’s last Late Night?
Adam Walter is reading one of my favorite novels, Mark Helprin’s A Soldier of the Great War. And he’s posting his favorite quotes, like this one:
To see the beauty of the world is to put your hands on lines that run uninterrupted through life and through death. Touching them is an act of hope, for perhaps someone on the other side, if there is another side, is touching them, too.
Okay, so you’ve all seen Letterman’s visit with Joaquin Phoenix from last night’s show, right? I won’t bother linking to it, because I don’t want to join the feeding frenzy. I’m 99% sure that Phoenix is just pulling a Boart-style stunt, an Andy Kaufman joke, as part of an ongoing project that’s being made into a documentary by Casey Affleck. But that hasn’t stopped the entertainment media from falling right into the trap.
However, I did chuckle over this easy shot from Letterman’s monologue:
How about this? A celebrity birthday. Today is Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s birthday. I’m not saying how old she is, but from her house, she can see 50.