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Well we all know who popped onto our screens during prime-time last night, but did you give any consideration to the location of the Prez's speech? It was in the White House Library.
From the AP, "As Bush spoke for 20 minutes from the unusual setting of the White House library, the sounds of protesters amassed outside the compound's gates occasionally filtered through." Various news analysts this morning said that they imagined the library setting (instead of the usual setting of the Oval Office) gave strength to the President's position that he had studied the situation with care and gave it more of a conversational tone.
If you're down under, or heading there next year, you might be able to catch a glimpse of their new TV series, The Librarians. Aussie actress Robyn Butler stars, and her husband Wayne Hope directs.
From The Age ..."Libraries, Butler points out, attract all walks of life. Which is not exactly to the liking of Butler's character Frances O'Brien, head librarian and repressed, passive-aggressive Catholic. Naturally, O'Brien is a little intolerant of her Muslim, Asian and gay patrons. And when her childhood best-friend-turned-drug-dealer (played by Roz Hammond) gets a job as the children's librarian, chaos ensues."
As we've previously determined, he's not really a Librarian, he's an archivist, but nonetheless, the sequel, "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines" is on tonight. And according to this review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by critic Rob Owen, "discerning fans of action-adventure yarns will feel let down. Again."
According to the NYTimes and Chicago Sun , O.J. Simpson, acquitted for the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, has written a book to be published by ReganBooks in which he will tell "how he would have committed the murders if he were the one responsible." He will also appear on Fox TV on November 27 and 29 in two one-hour shows produced by Judith Regan, entitled (as the book) "O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here's How It Happened".
From Variety.com: "VHS, 30, dies of loneliness. The home-entertainment format lived a fruitful life."
"After a long illness, the groundbreaking home-entertainment format VHS has died of natural causes in the United States. The format was 30 years old.
No services are planned."
Read the rest of the obit HERE."
Sheilah writes "Santa Fe librarians decided to protest when the mini-series "The Lost Room" (premiering in December) used an actress to portray a librarian "probably 80 years old, gray-haired and frail". The show was filming in the area when the librarians showed up in Tshirts that said "Santa Fe Public Library ... Not Your Stereotypical Librarians". From UPI.
To add (or not)to your TV viewing calendar...Desiree Goodwin , Harvard librarian (still at the Frances Loeb library) who sued (and lost) for lack of promotion based on her appearance, will be one of several guests on the Tyra Banks Show on September 25. The segment is about "what people really think about you." Click on "Monday" in the left column and a line-up of guests will appear to the right (9/25 show); Desiree is the first person seen in the video, and in the still photo is on the viewers extreme right.
Search Engines WEB writes "The service, dubbed Amazon Unbox, will offer thousands of television shows, movies and other videos from more than 30 studios and networks, the company said.TV shows will cost $1.99 per episode, and most movies will go for $7.99 to $14.99; movies can also be rented for $3.99. http://www.amazon.com/unbox An AP Story and a CNET Post you might want to read."
The Colbert Report from July 31st featured a segment on Wikipedia in which Stephen Colbert encouraged viewers to edit various entries for 'truthiness.' These entries are now locked, by the way. Stephen also coined the new word wikiality, meaning a reality that is easily editable. Good stuff!
Ace newshound pchuck posted this in his journal and frankly it seemed too good to pass up; despite being a day late for Friday Funnies-- Curmudgeony
Some D.C. area 3 year old had a "News Hour with Jim Lehrer"-themed birthday party complete with birthday cake with the Newshour logo and a photograph of the entire cast as frosting.
Here is the Washington Post article from the Reliable Sources column dated 6/15/2006: article
The last line of the article: "All of our guests were really good sports," said the hostess, noting that serving the cake was a little awkward. Do you want ice cream with your Ray Suarez?
This is troubling on sooo many different levels.