Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oscar Picks 2011


Nancy's Picks - will win, surprise win, should win

Best Picture:  The Artist 

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Actors Leading: Viola Davis, The Help and Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Surprise Win:  Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Should win again (or give another tie win with Viola Davis): Meryl Streep

Best Actors Supporting: Octavia Spencer, The Help and Christopher Plummer, Beginners



Best Original Screenplay:  Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

PS 22 Chorus Rocks "Firework"

PS 22 Chorus performing "Firework" at an Oscar press conference. I'm thinking move over Katy Perry . . .

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

When It Comes To Things You Care About

I never tire of this wonderful Traveler's Insurance commercial, it began airing around June 2009. Wonderful advertising, featuring music by Ray LaMontagne. "When it comes to things you care about, leave nothing to chance . . ."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Silent Night

“If they have a dream, they should always go for it because that’s what happened to me and my dream came true.”
_ Jackie Evancho, Age 10, Great Dreamer

Click link to hear Silent Night . . .
Jackie Evancho Official Website

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond


Visiting the San Francisco Bay Area? Do not miss the Post Impressionist Masterpieces on exhibition from the Musee D'Orsay at the de Young Museum. Van Gogh's Starry Night Over The Rhone brought tears to my eyes. The show runs through January 18, 2011.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Eastwood's "Hereafter" Filmed On Nob Hill

Clint Eastwood's latest film "Hereafter" opens October 22. Eastwood notoriously films only when he's delivered an exceptional screenplay, "Hereafter" was written by one of my all time favorites, Academy Award winner Peter Morgan.



The crew spent about five days filming across the street from my apartment on Nob Hill in late January. The apartment building used for Damon's character sits on the corner of Taylor and Clay Streets, my frequently visited neighborhood market is located at street level. Cast and crew enjoyed pizzas from Nob Hill Cafe.

Movie trivia buffs will appreciate that my neighborhood market can also be seen in "Bullit" starring Steve McQueen, an old framed photo of McQueen still hangs on the store's wall near the front door. The apartment building used as McQueen's sits on the opposite corner.

Photo Credits: Nancy Dyal
Trailer:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Great Inspiration: Mision Cumplida Chile



Mission Accomplished CHILE
Credit: Video Image taken October 13, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pandora Mobile, Music In Your Moment


Loving Pandora. In case you're wondering, Pandora is all about delivering you the music you love! Set up radio stations with your favorite artists and songs. Share your favorite stations with friends. Read more about The Music Genome Project. Even more enjoyable---listening to Pandora mobile and blocking out the riff-raff noise on BART while riding to/from my day job! From Yo-Yo Ma to Tina Turner, whatever music I feel like hearing in the moment. Simply brilliant.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

iPhone 4 Totally Rocks & So Does Jonathan Mann

Hats off to Jonathan Mann for his perfect Song A Day response to the iPhone4 "Antennagate" hoopla. Apple kicked off the July 16 press conference with Jonathan's YouTube channel clip. Steve Jobs followed with a passionate presentation about their latest findings and "We Love Our Customers" good will commitment. As for me, I love my iPhone4!

_ Jonathan Mann, Great Dreamer

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Gulf Coast Shrimper Dumps Oil on Herself in Congressional Hearing

Long-time environmental activist Diane Wilson poured Karo syrup over the top of her head during a Congressional hearing on the Gulf oil crisis just as Senator Lisa Murkowski started speaking. Senator Murkowski happens to be a top ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Wilson was immediately hauled out of the hearing room and arrested ---of course.

Reports say that Diane was protesting Senator Murkowski's intention to block legislation which would lift the cap on liability payments for oil spills in the Gulf. A spokesperson for the senator reportedly said she is 'for raising the cap on oil spill liability' yet believes 'it's inappropriate to raise the cap to $10 Billion without proper review.'

BP as in Big Problem: Another report says the Senator has received more than $225,000 in campaign contributions from oil and gas industries during the past 4 years.

Knowing Diane, she wanted to make a point about what it's like to have oil dumped on you in addition to the political garbage going on behind the scenes. As a fourth-generation Texas shrimper, she began fighting the local chemical plants that destroyed the Gulf coast town of Seadrift, Texas more than 15 years ago. I've written about Diane in previous columns and hold alot of admiration for her. In some ways, I envy the fact that she's got the spirit and courage to be out there in front saying all this for the rest of us.

Diane Wilson on the Gulf Oil Gusher

Watch a Fox online news video report of the event and interview with Diane after she was released from custody:



Photo Image: Getty Images

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Greyson Chance a Social Media Success Story

Greyson Chance performed Lady GaGa's "Paparazzi" at his local hometown 6th grade talent show on April 28 and posted the video of it on You Tube. Now with more than 23,260,000 You Tube views, two guest appearances on Ellen, $10,000 in prize money, new Yamaha piano, and a contract with Ellen's record label, no one could be more surprised than Greyson. This social media success story took less than 30 days.

Lady GaGa's personal advice to Greyson? "Stay away from the girls . . . and focus on your music." Elton John, Billy Joel--how about adding Greyson Chance to your show? Check out Greyson's "Broken Hearts" and watch clips from Ellen as he speaks about what inspires him.
__ Greyson Chance, Great Dreamer

Watch Greyson97 You Tube viral video . . .

Monday, May 10, 2010

On Meeting Lena Horne

My first real job took me to LA. I worked the Las Vegas Fun Train in Winter sometimes and once met Mantan Moreland, a comic actor best known for his wide-eyed presence in the Charlie Chan movies. I told him that I was going to see Lena Horne at Caesar’s Palace, he gave me his card and said to use it, he’d meet me there. Mantan didn’t come with me to the show, he decided to hang out with his pals. Caesar's employed celebs like comedian Nipsey Russell and the former heavy-weight champion Joe Louis to mingle out and about the casino lobby area.

Mantan’s card put me in Lena Horne’s dressing room, she was expecting Mantan---of course. I told her he was out front somewhere with Nipsey and would see her later. Lena Horne was beautiful and gracious to me, a regal iconic figure of civil rights change and great strength. She sat at her dressing table still wearing a tight fitting royal blue sequined gown, her coal black hair stylishly short. A framed photo of her son stood on the table. She had lost her husband not too long before the Caesars Palace engagement and in fact, had been out of the limelight for a few years. We spoke a few minutes about little that I can remember now some 38 years later. She signed a photo to me, I thanked her and left.

Today, I can still see Lena Horne standing on the stage at Caesar's Palace, her dark eyes piercing straight ahead as she sang. Ms. Horne recorded "Being Green" in 1972, it's the best I've heard---even better than Kermit. It seemed such a poignant statement about the treatment Lena Horne and other black entertainers had received over the years.

One afternoon on my day off, I drove up to Mantan's place just off Highland, I hadn't run into him again while in Las Vegas. He showed me his scrapbook, drank hard liquor with milk in it and spoke adoringly about Leslie Uggams as though he had discovered her. About a year later after I'd moved to Washington, D.C., I read in the news where Mantan had died. Whenever I see, hear,write or read about Lena Horne, I always think of Mantan.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

SNL introduces Sarah Palin Network

Hats off to Saturday Night Live as Tina Fey introduces the world to Sarah Palin Network. "All Palin All The Time" at least through 2012 . . . heaven help us.