Saturday, June 07, 2014
Sunday, February 26, 2012
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
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
_ Jackie Evancho, Age 10, Great Dreamer
Click link to hear Silent Night . . .
Jackie Evancho Official Website
Sunday, November 14, 2010
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
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
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
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
_ Jonathan Mann, Great Dreamer
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
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
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
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.