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"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.
BIG BUZZ: Tina Fey does her Sarah Palin impersonation on Saturday Night Live a week ago and people are still talking about it. The New York Times breaks down Fey's
YOU'RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE: Richard Wright, Pink Floyd keyboardist and band co-founder, died earlier this week at the age of 65 after a brief battle with cancer. In his honor allow me to suggest for your weekend viewing pleasure The Wizard of Oz paired with "Dark Side of the Moon," otherwise known as Dark Side of the Rainbow. Yes, the band denies intentionally synching the album and the movie, but there's no denying the
striking number of coincidences between the two if you start the CD at the MGM lion's third roar on the DVD. And if you're REALLY bored, trying playing Floyd's nearly 24-minute epic "Echoes" from the album Meddle at the start of the psychedelic finale of 2001: A Space Odyssey. (KB)
THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT: Is there any more to say when the world's shortest man - He Pingping, of China - met the woman with the longest legs, Russia-native Svetlana Pankratova? This video shows the pair together to publicize the release of "Guinness World Records 2009." (RS)
GOODBYE TO RICHARD WRIGHT: While Roger Waters and David Gilmour got all the attention for Pink Floyd's success and epic creative struggles, Richard Wright was a major force in the band's sound thanks to his moody keyboard work and inventive playing. He
died Monday at the age of 65. (RL)
MOMMA LOVES YOU BABY: Two gentle Richard Wright piano pieces made memorable by a red-hot pop star and a cabaret diva at the 1990 The Wall concert in Berlin. Ute Lemper sizzles through "The Thin Ice". Then Sinead O'Connor sings an eclectic version of "Mother". Both songs were disrupted during the live concert by power failures. Rogers Waters duets with both in these rehearsal takes. (KC)
BAD MOVIE WEEK: Movie critics, load your weapons. Ready? Aim. Fire! Oh my, the big movies that came out last week loaded with A-list actors like Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Meg Ryan, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Frances Mcdormand took a rather harsh battering as they opened up over the weekend. This shot at The Women has a headline for the ages. The DeNiro/Pacino pairing in Righteous Kill gets some back-handed compliments that are not flattering. And The Blade's Kirk Baird weighs in on the confusing Burn After Reading. (RL)