Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gas Prices, The nerve of the Big 3 Automakers and X-Mas gift ideas for Rush & Sean!!!

This is being written on the evening of November 19, 2008. I have just returned from auditioning for a role of "The Boss" in what will be a Web theatrical release titled, "When Ninjas Attack"!

I mention this because I'm still smiling from waiting for my name to be called while looking at a large number of very beautiful and scantily dressed women who were also there auditioning for roles in this film. And while smiling, I said to myself, "Self...PLEASE be told that your character is gonna be the boss of THESE beautiful creatures and that they will be required to do whatever you TELL them to do!!!"

A man can dream, can't he?

And Speaking OF Dreaming...

Did you hear about the CEOs of the Big Three auto companies who showed up in Washington today begging for taxpayer bailout money? And they're not asking for whacha call "Chump Change"!!! No, these CEOs are asking for Billions of dollars of our money because they say the auto companies will have to go bankrupt if they DON'T get the money!

Okay...A lot of people have had their "hands out" ever since our government BEGAN to give bailout money to companies. Nothing unusual about that, but what BOTHERED some lawmakers about THESE three characters is that all three of them FLEW PRIVATE JETS to get to Washington to DO their begging!

To the lawmakers, this looked like that what these CEOs were saying was, "We're in big trouble, we're about to go broke, in addition to hurting US, it will cause tremendous pain to the American people, but after you give us a few billion to bail us out, you don't expect us to quit using private planes, do you?!?"

Well, yeah! The lawmakers were thinking that giving up private planes should be a reasonable part of the reality check of admitting that the way the CEOs of the Big Three auto companies HAVE been running things are ways that need to be CORRECTED!!!

As the great boxing promoter Don King might say, "Only in America!!!"


How about these gas prices? I live in the Los Angeles area and the lowest price I've seen for unleaded regular is $2.39. I'm told that my friends in St. Louis are paying $1.69. It wasn't that long ago when gasoline was right at $5.00+ a gallon here in Southern California. And it was (at least) well over $4 a gallon everywhere else.

Because of this lousy economy, most of us don't have the disposable income we used to have so driving to places we don't HAVE to drive to ain't happenin' and when the oil companies see what IS happenin', the price for gas comes DOWN!!! I guess that's whacha call a small silver lining in an otherwise very ugly cloud!


I want to tell you about two films I recently saw on cable.

"HEARTBREAK KID" came out more than a year ago. It didn't do well, but I found it to be entertaining enough to watch it to the end of the film. Ben Stiller stars as a charming, but sometimes annoying "cad" kind of guy who gets married to a woman played by Malin Ackerman who (after being charming at first) turns out to be off the charts annoying for pretty much the whole rest of the film. What (to me) SAVES this film is the very charming work done by Michelle Monaghan.

"SEX, LIES & VIDEOTAPE" came out more than 20 years ago, but I saw it for the first time on The Movie Channel a few days ago. This was and is a movie for adults. No car chases, "Saw" type characters, bad dialogue or anything like that. James Spader, Peter Gallagher, Andie MacDowell and Laura San Giacomo are sensational in a film that was very smartly directed by Steven Soderbergh. It's about a guy played by Spader who tapes conversations with women about sex. It's also about a guy played by Gallagher who's married to the MacDowell character while having an affair with the San Giacomo character who is playing MacDowell's sister.

Terrific, terrific, terrific film!



My good friend Kevin Gershan at Entertainment Tonight is singing this film's praises to me, long time blog reader Pat Gallagher is singing this film's praises to me as are The L.A. Times, Rolling Stone, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, etc, etc. It looks like you might have to stand in long lines the first few days that "TWILIGHT" is being shown at your favorite cineplex.


Thanksgiving is next Thursday and Christmas is exactly 4 weeks after that.

Have you thought about nice gifts and or nice cards for your relatives and friends?

Have you thought about gifts for....Oh, I dunno. Your favorite radio entertainers? Here's what might be a thoughtful and meaningful gift combination for Rush and Sean. A beautiful and washable pair of wardrobe items that would be easy to pack. A robe and a....Hmmm....Whadda ya think would be a nice robe accessory?

THOUGHTS AND OR COMMENTS? Please write to me at I write back to everyone. When you write to the blog, I don't see an email address, so I can't write back!

THE NEXT BLOG? Unless something unexpected comes up, a week from today. As a rule, a new blog is posted every Wednesday afternoon (late) or (early/late) Wednesday evening.


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