And more from our Liz: the hypocrisy on Obama and the gossip-rag “take” on Jennifer Aniston
“I LIVE, I love, I slay. I am content.”
So says Jason Momoa in the new “Conan the Barbarian.” This line would probably work in bars for the denizens of “Jersey Shore.” Even—perhaps especially!—for Snooki.
I had no idea that Hawaiian-born Jason appeared as the brutal Khal Drogo in one of my favorite HBO series, “Game of Thrones” until I saw him in action in “Conan.” The movie is one of the bloodiest I have ever seen. And in 3-D, no less!
Can’t tell if Jason can really act, based on his rather guttural performances in “Conan” and “Thrones” but I suppose he is a fine specimen of the male species.
Although, I’m always a bit distracted when the guys look far bustier than the women. In this case, his co-star is the strange and lovely Rose McGowan. In musing on pectoral over-development, I was reminded of some ribald jokes around the time of Cecil B. DeMille’s “Samson and Delilah” back in 1949. Victor Mature, who was no longer in the firm bloom of youth, sported a far more voluptuous physique than Hedy Lamarr. Mr. Momoa is young and perky. Still, when his role is described as the “titular” one, they ain’t kidding.
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SPEAKING OF movies, how does one slay a vampire? A stake through the heart? A silver bullet to the brain? Leaving the vamp out in the sun?
All correct answers. But this weekend the great vampire slayer was a group of maids in the 1960’s era Deep South. “The Help” grossed a whopping $20 million at the box-office and not only killed Colin Farrell’s (very good) vampire film “Fright Night” but also the above-mentioned “Conan.”
Although my remarks last week about “The Help” were not entirely laudatory, I did predict that it was one of those films that was going to continue strong, via word-of-mouth. Also, the 90% positive reviews couldn’t hurt. I was right. And along with everybody else, I’m sure I was correct also in predicting Oscar nods for the entire cast.
Now, let’s get the magnificent—and beautiful!– Viola Davis, a Tony Award winning Broadway actress, who also appears as the tough-talking lawyer Donna Emmett on TV’s “Law & Order: SVU” some important big screen roles that don’t require an apron.
Dear Hollywood: It is 2011, you know.
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JENNIFER ANISTON’S good friends at In Touch magazine have really worked themselves into a frenzy over the star’s romance with actor Justin Theroux. They don’t want dear Jen to date him—he’s another “Mr. Wrong.” Among other flaws the magazine cites his “criminal past”–arrested for vandalism at age 12. Wow, he’s ready for a profile on “48 Hours.” The truth is, the gossip glossies have a vested interest in trashing Miss Aniston’s relationships and in seeing them end. She is their lovely, lonely “victim” unable to find happiness. That’s the “take” on Jen, written in stone, since the day she and whatshisname broke up.
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“RICK PERRY becomes the Republican front-runner. Of course they’re letting him run in front. He’s the one with the gun!”
So goes the brilliant Colbert Report.
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CONAN O. Brien made a wisecrack I enjoyed, saying, “President Obama has been on a big bus tour the last couple days…It came out today that the bus he’s riding was made in Canada. So unpatriotic! If he was a real American, that bus would’ve been made in China.”
Speaking of the bus, some GOP types did really criticize the President over the cost of the bus. I guess they didn’t know the President had no say-so over what the FBI and the Secret Service do to protect him. They ordered two such buses. One for the President who will run for re-election, another for whoever the Republican candidate will be for 2012.
So it’s pretty hypocritical for conservatives to criticize the President over a bus. It’s like Mitt Romney making fun of the President for vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard. Mr. Romney will be on the Vineyard himself for a fund-raiser.
Then there are those carping about how often the President takes a break but actually his vacation days are small and nothing when compared to past presidents – Eisenhower, Reagan, both Bushes. They racked up much more time off.
And Congress manages to take two weeks off for every week served in Washington.
This is the same hypocrisy that afflicts Sarah Palin who dares critique the President’s “work ethic.” She is the one who quit her job as elected Governor of Alaska half way through her term.
All this said, do I think President Obama is perfect and doing a good job? I do not.