Random Thought for September 30th

When did Cloris Leachman become ‘cool’ again?

 I remember watching her during the last few seasons of Facts of Life thinking she was just another actress. Only much later did I learn she had an Oscar and several Emmys. Because of that I now have tremendous amounts of respect for her, but who knew she’d come full circle and turn really ‘cool’ again and end up on Dancing With the Stars at 82 years old.

Good for her!

Stars Speak Out About Paul Newman

Liz Taylor, George Clooney, Robert Redford Among Those Commemorating the Screen Legend

By SHEILA MARIKAR

Sept. 28, 2008 —

They don’t make ’em like Paul Newman anymore.

That’s why Hollywood’s not hesitating to shower praise on the Oscar-winning actor/pioneering philanthropist/American arts legend, who died late Friday at the age of 83. Below, a round-up of what Newman’s contemporaries and admirers are saying: 

Elizabeth Taylor 

“[I] loved that man with all my heart. He was goodness and kindness and pure integrity. I know he loved his family, his wife, the world and mankind. He was purity of heart. Working with him was such a joy. Knowing him, being his friend, was as golden as the sunset and a privilege I’ll never forget. I thank God and feel so honored for that privilege. May he be in God’s embrace forever.” — statement to reporters, 9/27/08. 

Robert Redford 

 

“There is a point where feelings go beyond words. I have lost a real friend. My life — and this country — is better for his being in it.” — statement to reporters, 9/27/08. 

Martin Scorsese

“It’s a great loss, in so many ways. The history of movies without Paul Newman? It’s unthinkable. His presence, his beauty, his physical eloquence, the emotional complexity he could conjure up and transmit through his acting in so many movies — where would we be without him? ‘In From the Terrace’ or ‘The Hustler’ or ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ or ‘The Verdict’ or ‘Nobody’s Fool,’ to name just a few pictures that come to mind, he’s more than just iconic. In those movies and in many, many others, he created characters that are lasting and durable.”

“His powerful eloquence, his consummate sense of craft, so consummate that you didn’t see any sense of effort up there on the screen, set a new standard. My own experience working with him on ‘The Color of Money’ was a joy, and my memories of our time together are precious. But in addition to being a great actor, one of the greatest really, he was also such a fine, caring man. I will miss him greatly.” — statement to reporters, 9/27/08.

George Clooney 

“He set the bar too high for the rest of us — not just actors, but all of us. He will be greatly missed.” — statement to reporters, 9/27/08.

Sally Field

“I was blessed to have known him. The world is better because of him. Sometimes God makes perfect people and Paul Newman was one of them.” — statement to reporters, 9/27/08. 

Julia Roberts 

 

“He was my hero.” — statement to reporters, 9/27/08.

Sidney Poitier 

 

“His was an important life lived in ways that exemplified what good, caring human values look like in a truly decent human being. In his life and in his work, he was a giver — and never a taker.” — statement to reporters, 9/27/08.

Susan Sarandon 

 

“Paul Newman was a class act; smart, sexy, generous and kind. He was committed equally to justice and pranks. He was something you don’t hear mentioned often these days; a good man. He taught me to appreciate the homegrown tomato, championship badminton and chamber music. He will be missed.” — statement to reporters, 9/27/08.

David Letterman 

“Paul was a very fine actor and a really good race driver. But mostly, he personified humanity – always taking care of those who were less fortunate. For me, this will be his legacy.” — statement to reporters, 9/27/08.

I’m Getting a Reading Master…..

McCain Still Butt Of Letterman Jokes

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2008


(AP)  David Letterman kept up his verbal assault on John McCain, commiserating with Paris Hilton and saying he felt like an “ugly date” because the GOP presidential candidate backed out of an appearance on the “Late Show.”

The late night CBS comedian was upset Wednesday when McCain canceled an appearance to deal with the economic crisis. After backing out of the Letterman show, McCain sat for an interview with Katie Couric, then didn’t leave New York until Thursday, further angering Letterman.

At first, Letterman said, he felt like a “patriot” to let McCain off.

“Now I’m feeling like an ugly date,” Letterman said. “I feel used. I feel cheap. I feel sullied.”

McCain spokeswoman Nicolle Wallace said the campaign “felt this wasn’t a night for comedy.”

“We deeply regret offending Mr. Letterman, but our candidate’s priority at this moment is to focus on this crisis,” Wallace said Thursday on NBC’s “Today.”

Later Thursday, Letterman banged away at McCain in his opening monologue.

“You’re here on a good night,” he told the audience. “So far none of our guests have canceled.”

He talked about daredevil David Blaine’s feat of hanging upside down in New York’s Central Park for 60 hours.

“They just left the guy hanging there,” he said. “It’s the same thing McCain did to me last night.”

He described Hilton – Thursday’s guest whose celebrity was once used in a McCain campaign ad to mock Democrat Barack Obama – as McCain’s first choice for a running mate.

“Here’s how it works: You don’t come to see me? You don’t come to see me? Well, we might not see you on Inauguration Day,” Letterman said.

Noting that McCain wanted to postpone Friday’s first debate with Obama, Letterman said running mate Sarah Palin wanted to put off her debate with Democrat Joe Biden until after Election Day. Letterman said Palin’s meeting with world leaders at the United Nations was like “take-your-daughter-to-work day.”

Letterman’s Top 10 list was “surprising facts about Sarah Palin,” read by citizens of Wasilla, Alaska, where she was once mayor.

No. 10: Palin “sometimes calls John McCain grandpa.”

Later in the show, Letterman couldn’t resist another mention of “that John McCain” while chatting with Hilton, who replied, “I heard he dissed you. He dissed me.”

Milking the moment, Letterman consoled her: “You had a little run-in with him, too, didn’t you?”

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Random Thought for September 23rd

Is it me or does in fact the entire world celebrate their birthday at Olive Garden?

I swear at least different three people celebrate every time I go there!