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REM: Talk About The Passion

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

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State Of The Union: Same As It Ever Was

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FUNNY: An Honest Car Dealership Ad, For A Change

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

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WARNING: Strong language and adult situations.

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NPR FOR THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When You Can’t

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

FRESH AIR On WHYY
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL plays a drug-addicted ex-con in Sherrybaby, which will be released on DVD thismaggie_gyllenhaal_004.jpg month. Her other films include Secretary, World Trade Center, and Stranger than Fiction. PLUS, Journalist MARK HARRIS is a former environmental columnist with the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. His new book is Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial.

RADIO TIMES
Should spanking be illegal? California is proposing to become the first state to ban spanking of children four and younger. We’ll talk with SALLY LIEBER, the California State Assemblywoman who will introduce the bill later this week. Also we’ll talk about why this is a tough issue for parents with HOWARD STEVENSON, is a child psychologist and Associate Professor & Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division at the University of Pennsylvania. Listen to this story...

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WHEN DOES THIS GET FUNNY?

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

We here at Phawker are no strangers to comedic misfires when trying to hit the bullseye of funny: jokes that won’t start in the morning, jokes that go off prematurely, jokes that can’t get it up, jokes that stall on the railroad tracks. Which is, in part, why we would like to introduce to you a new and recurring feature calledbob-saget.jpg WHEN DOES THIS GET FUNNY? Think of it as a penalty box for bad jokers, a time-out for the foul ball hitters of the funny bone, a rolled up newspaper across the snout of good intentions and botched execution.
THE JOKER: Brian McManus, Music Editor, PW
THE EGG HE LAID: An ill-aimed swing at post-modern gonzo Q&A with alleged-comedian and former local boy Bob Saget. Perhaps sensing, rightfully it should be noted, that almost NOBODY wants to read an interview with Bob Saget, McManus tries to sex it up with standard alt-weekly one-two punch: irony and kitsch. As such, the entire conversation is about what Bob Saget thinks about Bob Seeger because A) They were both in town this week for performances B) They are both named Bob — get it?
THE NEST HE LAID IT IN: Last week’s PW.
TASTES LIKE:

Brian McManus: All Music Guide offers the following adjectives to describe the music of Bob Seger: exuberant, swaggering, hungry, trippy and bittersweet. What adjectives would they list to describe your standup?
Bob Saget: Exhausting, staggering, cryptic and like a Nutty Buddy.

HOW TO REDEEM HIMSELF: Conduct a legitimately insightful and penetrating interview with a truly important figure in the business that is show — but drained of all irony, kitsch, and pomo hot-dogging — in which the takeaway is something more than empty calories for the mind. That’s our job.

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BOB WILLS & HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS: Lone Star Rag

Monday, January 22nd, 2007
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ST. JOHN THE ESCALATOR

Saturday, January 20th, 2007
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NEW YORK TIMES: 27 Americans Killed In Iraq Over The Weekend
NEW YORK TIMES: Faces Of Death

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SORE LOSER: CITY PAPER Protests Judge’s Call In This Week’s COVER WARS, Cites PW’s Blatant ‘Visual Plagiarism’ — Is That Even A Thing?

Friday, January 19th, 2007

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You be the judge.

UPDATE: Turns out there is such a thing as ‘visual plagiarism’ — in Richmond, Virginia. And ONLY in Richmond, Virginia, it would seem (read this, this is an assinine firing by piss-poor managment, it’s an INTERN for Chrissakes, you fire them for blowing the President not for hitting a foul ball on the job). Frankly, we’re more interested in talking about why these kids’ legs are blown off instead of who wins the race to get a photogenic Iraq vet double amputee on the cover. Don’t hate the messenger, hate the message.

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Cover Wars: Whose Artfag Kung-Fu Is Stronger?

Friday, January 19th, 2007

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OK, gloves off. CP’s Rennie Harris puppeteer cover is straight out of the Big Book Of Alt-Weekly Arts Cover Cliches, though the bordello-red tones ARE gorgeous. That’s compared only to itself, when you put it next to PW’s double amputee Iraq vet shocker, CP looks like the wop who brought a knife to a gun fight with Sean Connery in The Untouchables. It’s a hard slog for city-based alt-weekly to telescope their mandate into national stories like the abattoir Iraq, but returning local vets are the most obvious entree into the war beat and PW’s Cassidy Hartmann has found a local vet named Pisey Tan with a bio that has it all: War and peace, duty and honor, slavery and freedom, immigration and double amputation. Son of an off-the-boat Cambodian women who fled the killing fields of the dreaded Khmer Rouge for America, just 20 years old and four months pregnant with Tan, eventually settling in Olney. Fast forward to a year and a half ago, when an IED disemboweled the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Tan was riding in. Three days later he woke up in the ICU at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in D.C. alone and legless, one of the 2,000 Iraq vets that will live out the rest of their days as double amputees — with no regrets. Shit. Peace be upon him. Peace be upon us all.
WINNER: PW

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FINAL INDIGNITY: Rocky Theme Stolen By Drunks

Friday, January 19th, 2007
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Actually, good luck with that.

RELATED: Iggles Fans Force New Orleans Man To Sing For His Coors Lite Supper

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BROKEBACK MAMA: Old Lady Of ‘Gay American’ To Publish Tell-Some On Being A Mother, Wife And Beard

Friday, January 19th, 2007

mcgreevey-dina-matos-mcgreevey.jpgSilent Partner, a memoir of [Dina] Matos McGreevey’s life with her husband, is to be published this spring by Hyperion Books, a unit of Disney-owned ABC Inc.

Last fall, McGreevey’s memoir The Confession was published. In it, he discussed his homosexuality, including what he said was an affair with a former aide and a tryst while his wife was recuperating from a C-section. The former aide, Golan Cipel, has denied they ever had sex and he accused McGreevey of sexually harassing him.

The book, briefly on best-seller charts, sold about 36,000 copies.

During the now-famous news conference in August 2004 in which he outed himself as “a gay American,” Matos McGreevey, 40, stoically stood by her husband’s side. Since then, she hasn’t uttered a word publicly.

“I’ve had a lot of requests for interviews and appearances, but thought it best for my daughter and myself to stay out of the public maelstrom,” said Matos McGreevey yesterday in a written statement from her publisher. “But two years have passed and still I am the subject of much speculation as to the nature of my relationship with my husband.

“Enough is enough.”

INQUIRER: Let’s See, Her Infamous Husband’s Book Only Sold 36,000 Copies After A Mega-Marketing Push, Including A Spot On Oprah’s Couch, In Other Words A TOTAL BUST, So What The Heck, Let’s Try And Violate The Law Of Diminishing Returns

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JOHNNY CASH: Ring Of Fire

Thursday, January 18th, 2007
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Bush Kids Fighting For Freedom

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
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Their freedom to get fucked up, mostly.

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‘Thank You From The Bottom Of Another Man’s Sack’

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

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Sacha Baron Cohen accepts Best Actor In A Comedy Award at the Golden Globes.

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