"Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" (behold the mystic orbs)
"Smooth Criminal" (in its glorious entirety)
"Scream" (Warhol, Buddha, Magritte, anime, and zero-G racquetball)
"Black or White" (with McCaulay Culkin and George Wendt)
"Billy Jean" ('nough said)
Well! Not to distract y'all from the shenanigans at the State Capitols (Albany and Columbia, S.C.), but today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced that number of films that will be nominated for Best Picture will be doubled from 5 to 10. The idea is that more interesting and/or popular films will get noms.
This is the way things were in the Olden Days.
Take 1934 for example. The nominated films spanned Aug. 1932-Dec. 1933:
42ND STREET (Warner Bros.) Directed by Lloyd Bacon, Busby Berkeley
A FAREWELL TO ARMS (Paramount) Directed by Frank Borzage
CAVALCADE (Fox) Directed by Frank Lloyd
I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG (Warner Bros.) Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
LADY FOR A DAY (Columbia) Directed by Frank Capra
LITTLE WOMEN (RKO Radio) Directed by George Cukor
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII (United Artists/London Films) Directed by Alexander Korda
SHE DONE HIM WRONG (Paramount) Directed by Lowell Sherman
SMILIN' THROUGH (M-G-M) Directed by Sidney Franklin
STATE FAIR (Fox) Directed by Henry King
This was the most economically awful year of the Great Depression, and every one of these films was a box-office hit: the smash musical the revived the genre; the deeply romantic take on Hemmingway's popular novel; the stiff-upper-Brit-lip drama by Noël Coward; the ripped-from-the-headlines prison drama; the heartwarming Capra comedy; the tasteful literary adaptation starring Katharine Hepburn; the biopic with a scene-stealing, starmaking turn by Charles Laughton as the queen-beheading monarch; the racy Mae West sex comedy (ESPECIALLY the Mae West sex comedy); the weepie love story; and the heartwarming (nonmusical) story of a farm family with the biggest star in Hollywood, Will Rogers.
But guess which one one won?
Yup, the prestigious set-in-Britain drama, CAVALCADE. Some things NEVER change. (Updated)
Albany won again.
Here are the Top 10 locations to put up those triumphant All-America City signs:
10. Next to every official city sign bearing the mayor's name.
9. At the site of the former walkway to Arbor Hill Elementary School.
8. At the entrance to the Capital Hills Golf Course.
7. By the Walgreen’s on Holland Avenue
6. At one of the Port of Albany
5. At the entrance to the Rapp Road
4. At the future site of the
3. At the site of the Wellington Hotel.
2. South Lake
1. First and Quail streets, West Hill.
"The Jennings administration has a hard time playing by the rules," writes Albany mayoral candidate Shawn Morris. "This week saw evidence of that when the city’s planning commissioner failed to show up at a meeting scheduled specifically for him, to discuss the city’s plan for nearly $1 million in additional community development funds being made available through the federal stimulus package."
According to a Times Union interview with Councilwoman Carolyn McLaughlin, members of the council found out about the mayor's intended use for this money--demolishing 12-14 buildings and stabilizing two--only after his office issued a press release (thanks Jordan). The councilwomen point out that leaving the council out of the discussions about the CDBG funds does no one any good, considering that they were elected by many of the people who will be affected directly by this money.
"Now the city has drawn up a plan for spending that money," Morris continues in her blog post. "But they haven’t shared it with the Common Council, as the rules say they should. They put an outline of the plan somewhere on the city website. Unfortunately, most of the people who live in the affected communities don’t have access to the internet. I also heard that they “advertised” in the newspaper. I didn’t see it, and well, neither did virtually anyone in the affected communities."
Read the rest of Morris' post at shawnmorris.metroland.net.
Albany mayoral candidate Shawn Morris continues to hammer away at the favortism that the critics of Mayor Jerry Jennings say control Albany.
It turns out that Albany Police Chief James Tuffey should not have been carrying hand guns for the past 10 years. And he reportedly owns three guns.
That’s basically the reaction of Mayor Jennings. It doesn’t matter.
It turns out that the Chief is no longer certified to be a police officer, and didn’t know it.
It doesn’t matter, because he is an “administrator” of the department.
Shouldn’t the administrator of a department be aware of how police officers are certified or when someone needs a handgun permit? Shouldn’t those be two important details to keep track of in a city with over 300 police officers and a problem with gun violence? It does matter.
It matters because this is just another episode in a long story of "One City, Two Sets of Rules."
Continue reading at Morris' Metroland blog here.
--Gail Collins, The New York Times
Aaron Mair, the founder of the W. Haywood Burns Environmental Education Center, told the Democratic caucus of Albany Common Council that every option, including legal action, would be utilized by his organization if the council moved forward with a proposal to reroute Patroon Creek into Tivoli Lake.
Tonight, the caucus was considering a resolution authored by Ward 4 Councilwoman Barbara Smith to approve a grant application seeking $1 million in federal stimulus money for the "Patroon Creek Daylighting and Tivoli Restoration Plan." The grant money would be used to "daylight" portions of the creek, essentially unearthing sections flowing through an underground culvert to allow the sunlight to cleanse the polluted water. Also, the plan would aim to ease the heavy flow of the creek that can lead to erosion and threaten sewer lines.
(The Patroon runs to the Hudson River along I-90 from the western edge of Albany. As Dan Van Riper wrote last week, gross orange leachate oozes from the Rapp Road Landfill into this creek.)
All of this remediation of the Patroon is OK with Mair and WHBEEC. What he disapproves of is the plan to run the contaminated water of the Patroon into the pristine, "class A" waters of the Tivoli. Proponents of the project claim that running the Patroon into the Tivoli will aerate the oxygen starved lake. Mair dismisses this supposed benefit for the Tivoli as a "half-baked" notion. He said that he sees this as an attempt to exploit an underappreciated, poorly maintained natural resource in Arbor Hill.
"While it is no major feat to daylight Patroon," a prepared statement from Mair reads, "this project will destroy not 'restore' Tivoli Lake."