We live in a time-crunched world where life is lived on the run. Millions pull out of their driveways in the pre-dawn dark, grab a last-minute breakfast burrito, and merge onto freeways while listening to the morning news and traffic reports between cell phone calls. It is a frenzied start to a frenzied day.
Weary from long hours at work, the same drivers re-enter the stream of traffic making their way home past memorized billboards. Weekends are filled with errands, second jobs, T-ball, soccer, football. Church is squeezed into an already full schedule that has no margins.
With one week to go before the kick-off of fall TV, it’s slim pickings. Highlights include the premiere of “American Horror Story’s” latest installment and a treat for “Downton Abbey” fans.
Dispatches: Weekly TV news
“Seinfeld” will move from Hulu to Netflix in 2021. Netflix secured worldwide rights to the sitcom in a five-year deal with distributor Sony.
A spokesperson for “Saturday Night Live” announced on behalf of executive producer Lorne Michaels that comedian Shane Gillis will not be part of the show’s cast. Gillis was criticized for using racial and homophobic slurs in a conversation on a podcast.
TIFF 2019 has wrapped, and I managed to catch a good chunk of it, seeing 13 feature films, conducting a bunch of interviews, and waiting in long lines - yes, even critics have to wait in lines - to see some of those films. And, OK, I made it to one good ’ole drinking party.
Sunday’s announcement that the TIFF People’s Choice Award - for the film most voted favorite by public audiences - was “Jojo Rabbit” made me feel pretty good, as it was also mine.
In fact, unlike past years at the fest, where I knew immediately that one or two of the movies I caught would never open, I was quite happy with every one of this year’s batch. So, here’s what I saw and some thoughts on them. (Note: My full reviews of “Hustlers” and “The Goldfinch” have already been published, so I’ll stick with the other 11 films.)
I’d never seen even a moment of the multi-award-winning (Golden Globes, Emmys, Screen Actors Guild) series “Downton Abbey,” and as the screening date for the movie approached, I seriously considered binge-watching all 53 hours of it. Would there be any other way to appreciate and understand the soap-operatic complexities of all those characters and all that previous storytelling?
Turns out there was no need to worry. I did take proactive glances at some brief character bios that are easily found online, but really didn’t have to, as screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who singlehandedly wrote all but two episodes of the series, makes everyone and everything in the film clear enough for latecomers like myself to comfortably jump right in. Although there are references to events from the series in the film, this is a stand-alone story. If something went over my head, I didn’t know it and I didn’t miss it.
Hannibal Jaycees welcome you to attend the second Monster Bash at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Tanyard Gardens, 320 S. 3rd St.
Tom Boland Ford employees participate in their fifth annual Changing Oil, Changing Lives campaign. Employees present a check for $1,091 to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, raised with $1 for every oil change throughout the campaign. Due to The Food Bank's partnerships and purchasing power, every $1 donated means $21 worth of groceries for neighbors in need. Their donation will help provide nearly $23,000 in food to those in need in the Hannibal area. More information is available by visiting www.sharefoodbringhope.org. Pictured from left: Justin Boland, Dalton Beckett, Levi Kilburn, Trevor Wade, Devin Stienman, Jacob Fasnacht, Jim Hess, Brent Fekete and Kevin Brinkley.
“How y’all doin?”
On a trip to Tennessee and North Carolina, my wife and I heard that line again and again. It reminded me of being in Boston, only there it was “How-ah-ya?” or “How-ya-doin?”
I love languages and dialects and so, while we were in Boston, I told my wife I just had to try “How-ah-ya?” on somebody. It took me awhile to work up the nerve - I was afraid of ruffling some New England feathers - but finally tried it out on a clerk in a store. “How-ah-ya?” I asked. My son, who was living in Boston, said I got it wrong. It sounded like I was from the Bronx.
In North Carolina I never did get up the nerve to try “How y’all doin?” I wasn’t sure what the penalty is for impersonating a Southerner and I didn’t want to find out. I certainly didn’t want people thinking I was making fun of them.
The 2020 presidential election is still more than a year away, but the campaign season for potential candidates has already hit full speed. While numerous Democratic candidates position themselves as the one to retake the White House, Republicans are hoping to keep President Donald Trump in the Oval Office for another four years. As the election season heats up, here are a few podcasts about U.S. politics to listen to.
Produced by Slate Magazine, Political Gabfest features Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz as they discuss the latest in U.S. politics. Each week Bazeloln, Dickerson and Plotz focus on the latest high-profile political developments, political banter and incisive analysis of the important issues. Recent episodes include "Prolix Prorogue," "Don’t Worry I’ll Pardon You" and "1619."