After success with popular books and stage shows, Mortified now launches its debut web video series, The Mortified Shoebox Show.
Each week, The Mortified Shoebox Show treats viewers to "comic excavations" of the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids-- letters, lyrics, poems, journals, rap songs, home movies and more. Mixing concert clips, animated shorts, interviews and odd archival media, Mortified's debut series offers a snapshot of human history at its most hilarious and harrowing.
By moving online, Mortified is able give its participants -- writers, teachers, designers, actors, soccer moms, execs -- the terrifying chance to suddenly perform before a global audience.
An independently produced collaboration, season one is slated to last about eight or nine episodes... Interested in seeing season two? Contact them if you'd like to help facilitate. We dare you. It's common ground for Gen X and Y.
What happens when a name gets co-opted? Does the co-opter gain the credibility of the original name owner? Or does the co-opter taint the name? All depends on which side of the fence you’re sitting on.
Take Engelbert Humperdinck, for instance.
Engelbert Humperdinck (1854–1921). German composer, best known for his opera, Hänsel und Gretel (ca. 1891). Humperdinck was greatly influenced by Richard Wagner, and worked as his assistant. In his melodrama Die Königskinder (1897), Humperdinck became the first composer to use Sprechgesang, a vocal technique halfway between singing and speaking.
Hmmm…which Engelbert were you thinking of?
British-American pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold George Dorsey, 1936) who rose to fame in the 1960s with his deceptively easygoing casual style after adopting the name of the famous German opera composer. Prior, his impression of Jerry Lewis prompted friends to begin calling him Gerry Dorsey, a name he worked under for almost a decade.
You tell me...
America has a new favorite Christmas movie. A Christmas Story, the 1983 tale about Ralphie, a 9-year-old in 1940s Indiana, and his lust for a Red Ryder air rifle, is everything Wonderful Life is not: satiric and myth-deflating, down to the cranky store Santa kicking Ralphie down a slide.
In a 2006 Harris poll, respondents from 18 to 41 years old named it their favorite holiday movie, while their parents and grandparents picked Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street.
This is one of those little pop-cultural shifts--football overtakes baseball, salsa defeats ketchup--that signal bigger changes: here, in the relationship between the community and the individual. In a traditional Christmas story, the larger holiday is a social good. Here, the Christmas celebrated by the greater society is crass, stressful and risible.
In the end, the characters discover an authentic holiday outside the usual traditions. It's the individual Christmas that matters.
It's the nostalgia of its Gen-X and -Y fans, who remember childhood in terms of divorces and bad haircuts…Ironically, Christmas Story takes place decades before they were born. But [Ralphie] and his friends don't twitter about bells and petals and angels' getting their wings. Christmas is about the kids' getting their due. It's a time of disappointment and bullies but also of dreams…
(This points a direct line to Depression era holidays when my grandparents, for one, decorated a box instead of a Christmas tree. Once again connecting Gen Xers with the GI Generation where honest humor is appreciated.)
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Tom Green is taking his late-night talk show from the Internet to television, partnering with Debmar-Mercury to make the show available to stations in January 2008.
The plan is to roll out the show on a handful of stations, mainly in late-night time slots, and then try to grow its footprint. (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, originally debuted on 10 stations.) "That way we can let the show speak for itself instead of trying to sell a pilot first," said co-president Ira Bernstein.
One recent version of Green’s Internet show drew 20,000 viewers live, but he said about 650,000 clips from the show were seen from YouTube to MySpace or downloaded on iTunes within days.
On Fat Tuesday, many people wore wildly colored costumes that poked fun at local leaders who have been criticized for letting the city languish in the devastation.
One group of four dressed like characters from the Wizard of Oz and carried a sign that read "Follow the Red Tape Road," in a dig at the difficulties faced by homeowners trying to get rebuilding money from Louisiana's Road Home program.
Keien Davis, who played Dorothy, said the color and excess of Mardi Gras had been important for New Orleans, which still has less than half its pre-storm population of 480,000.
Janet and Michael Krantz wore astronaut suits with diapers in reference to the recent troubles of love-struck NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak, who was arrested this month accused of driving across country to attack a romantic rival. Police said she wore diapers to avoid making a bathroom stop.
Photo: R.M. Elfer (L) and Judy Weaber (R) of New Orleans walk through Jackson Square dressed as "The Angry Little Sisters of the Apocalypse"
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In a NY Times article on public vs. private suburban schools:
So they forsake city living to wind up shouldering the double burden of high taxes and tuition bills. Or they end up moving back to Manhattan or commuting with children in tow to the city’s private schools.
“It was not part of our plan at all, and I’m not sure how sustainable it is,” said Tracy Fauver, of Bedford, N.Y., whose three children attend the Rippowam Cisqua School in the town; tuition there runs from $17,500 to more than $26,000 per student. She said her husband’s Ford Focus had become something of a joke parked alongside his co-workers’ Mercedes-Benzes and BMWs, as the family has forgone fancy cars and vacations to afford the tuition.
Mom 1: Oscar likes hugs.
Mom 2: Uggs? I guess they look comfortable.
(Image from Shoewawa.)
Ellen Degeneres gave a huge, honest plug to Spanx lingerie today on her show. When Ellen complained of her bumps and bulges, her stylist suggested a Spank. She made no qualms about the difficulty of getting the smaller than skintight bike-pant style slimming undergarments on. But she could dance in them...rock on. And so moves the brand of Spanx beyond the in-crowd and fashionistas.