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Best of Enemies: Gore Vidal vs. William F. Buckley

Most people have forgotten about the debates between William F Buckley and Gore Vidal.  They were riveting television for the intellectual and political classes and turned into entertainment for the masses.  They are legendary in the Gay community for Buckley calling Vidal a “queer” on national television in 1968.

Many people see these debates as the beginning of the loss of civility in public political conversations.  I see them as the beginning of the end of civility, in general, when two such famously civilized men acted this way in public.

Some would say they were also, to a degree, the precursor to the Alexis/Crystal battles on “Dynasty” some years later.  A Cat Fight Supreme….

And it was the beginning of the move towards confrontational, partisan “journalism” that poisons the airwaves today by focusing more on entertainment value and opinions than on presenting facts.

But, I loved Gore Vidal and his writing.

And I can’t wait to see this documentary!

Review From Michael M. Grynbaum in the New York Times:

Before partisan panels, split-screen shoutfests and brash personalities became ubiquitous on cable news, there were two men who despised each other sitting side by side on a drab soundstage, debating politics in prime time during the presidential nominating conventions of 1968. There were Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr.

Literary aristocrats and ideological foes, Vidal and Buckley attracted millions of viewers to what, at the time, was a highly irregular experiment: the spectacle of two brilliant minds slugging it out — once, almost literally — on live television. It was witty, erudite and ultimately vicious, an early intrusion of full-contact punditry into the staid pastures of the evening news.

What transpired would alter both men’s lives — and, as a new documentary argues, help change the course of how the American political media reports the news. “Best of Enemies,” which opens July 31, makes the case that their on-screen feuding opened the floodgates for today’s opinionated, conflict-driven coverage.

More:   Buckley vs. Vidal: When Debate Became Bloodsport – The New York Times.

And here is the Trailer:

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NBC To Resurrect ‘Murder, She Wrote’ with Octavia Spencer

Now, I love Octavia Spencer and she’s an excellent actress, but this just screams “hot mess”.

What ever happened to new ideas?

And Angela Lansbury is only 88 and doing 8 shows a week on Broadway as recently as the last year or so, so I’m not sure she is ready to give this role up.  She may have been planning some specials or movies or something over the next few years….

From Variety:

Turns out, you can’t kill “Murder, She Wrote.”

NBC is reviving the onetime Universal TV series that aired for years on CBS, placing Octavia Spencer in the starring role once held by Angela Lansbury and giving the project a put pilot committment.

David Janollari and Alexandra Cunningham (“Desperate Housewives”) will exec produce the drama, which will aim for a light, contemporary feel, according to NBC. Spencer will play the hospital administrator and amateur sleuth who self-publishes her first mystery novel, then becomes an active participant in true crime investigations.

via NBC To Resurrect ‘Murder, She Wrote’ with Octavia Spencer | Variety.

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This Week’s Friday Night Videos: New Broadway Does Old Broadway

I kind of enjoy playing on YouTube on a Friday evening….

This evenings theme is:  Old Show Tunes by New Stars:  A New Generation Does Broadway:

First up, Kyle Dean Massey, who was in “Next to Normal” a couple of seasons ago doing an old Anthony Newly/ Sammy Davis Jr song:

Cheyenne Jackson and Kate Baldwin, from a wonderful production of “Finian’s Rainbow” that we saw on Broadway a couple of years ago:

Idina Menzel does two Barbra classics from “Funny Girl”:

I’m not sure people realize how heavily “Glee” pulls talent from Broadway….

Here is Matthew Morrison, “Pre-Glee”, in the wonderful revival of “South Pacific”:

One of my favorite new Broadway Stars, Kelli O’Hara:

And let’s close with “Glee’s” Chris Colfer living every theatre queen’s dream and doing “Rose’s Turn” from “Gypsy”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Broadway Birthdays-Tommy Tune and Bernadette Peters

The stars must really align for Broadway stardom for people born on this day…

Two all time Broadway greats born today 11 years apart:

Tommy Tune is 74 today:

 

And Bernadette Peters gets her first Social Security check next month.  She’s 65 today:

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Gomer Pyle Gets Hitched: Jim Nabors Marries His Longtime Male Partner

Well, no one saw this coming….

That’s sarcasm, in case you missed it….

Anyway, congratulations to Jim Nabors!

Mayberry will never be the same….

From WBTV Charlotte:

Jim Nabors, the Hawaii resident well known for his starring role in the 1960s television sitcom “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” married his longtime male partner early this month, he told Hawaii News Now Tuesday.

Nabors, 82, said he married his companion of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, who’s 64, in Seattle on Jan. 15.

Nabors declined an on-camera interview but spoke to Hawaii News Now by phone.

“I’m 82 and he’s in his 60s and so we’ve been together for 38 years and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody,” Nabors said. “I’m very happy that I’ve had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed.  And, what can I tell you, I’m just very happy.”

Nabors said he and Cadwallader traveled to Washington state, where gay marriages became legal in early December 2012. They were married at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.

A judge performed the marriage ceremony in the privacy of their hotel room with a couple of friends who live down the street from them near Diamond Head as witnesses, Nabors said.

Before they were married, Nabors said, “It’s pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple, yet when you’ve been together 38 years, I think something’s got to happen there, you’ve got to solidify something.  And at my age, it’s probably the best thing to do.”

via EXCLUSIVE: Actor Jim Nabors marries his longtime male partner – WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC.

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‘Honey Boo Boo’ is More Popular Than Republicans

This is a little dated, but I just saw it…

I really try to pretend I don’t know about Honey Boo Boo as her whole show/concept really scares me….

Funny….I would assume Honey Boo Boo and the GOP drew from the same Red State demographics, but she’s the clear winner….

It’s sad when more people want to see Honey Boo Boo Child than the Republicans’ convention.  Sad for the GOP….

Of course, she seems much more real than Mittens…

And maybe the working class folks are finally catching on to the GOP lies and tuning them out for something else….

Honey Boo Boo has become more relevant than the Republican Presidential Nominee….

Funny world….

From ABC News:

 

 

Mitt Romney and company couldn’t beat the allure of a self-proclaimed “redneck” family. According to Nielsen overnight ratings, TLC’s controversial reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” drew 2.9  million viewers Wednesday night at 10 p.m. In second place: Fox News’ coverage of the Republican National Convention, to which 1.2 million adults tuned in.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Honey Boo Boo” scored more viewers in the key 18- to 49-year-old  demographic than the RNC coverage on any one of the  individual broadcast networks.

via ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Ratings Top RNC’s – ABC News.

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Rest in Peace, Andy Williams

I can’t let Andy Williams’ passing go by without comment…

He and his music and TV show were so much a part of my childhood….

His Christmas Album is still one of my favorites…

And his version of “Moon River” is the definitive version of the 1960’s- except for Audrey Hepburn in the film.

And the gracious way he stood by his ex-wife, and the mother of his children,  Claudine Longet during her scandalous murder trial…

Even if he was a Republican, he was friends with Bobby and Ethel Kennedy….

He was a Gentleman…

I’ll miss him….

Here is a link to a great remembrance from Suzi Parker in the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/post/andy-williams-crossed-generational-and-political-lines-in-his-long-career/2012/09/26/ddead784-07f9-11e2-9eea-333857f6a7bd_blog.html

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