EU Plans Dolphin-friendly Baltic
By Alex Kirby
BBC News Environment Correspondent
UK July 23, 2003 (BBC) - The waters of northern Europe should soon be safer for dolphins, thanks to a European Union plan. It proposes extending the driftnet ban from the Atlantic to the Baltic. Boats in some EU waters will have to fit audible warnings to their nets, and carry onboard observers.
Thousands of dolphins and porpoises - known scientifically as cetaceans - die annually in EU waters after becoming accidentally trapped in fishing nets.
An EU driftnet ban came into force in 2002. It applies to all boats fishing in EU waters, and to all EU boats in any waters - but only to those catching named species, including tuna and swordfish.
Driftnets in the Baltic, used mainly to catch salmon, will now be included.
The proposals, being published by the European Commission on 24 July, would: initially limit the length of driftnets used in the Baltic to 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles), before phasing them out completely by 1 January 2007 oblige boats in some areas to use "pingers" (acoustic deterrent devices) on their nets to scare away dolphins, porpoises and other small cetaceans introduce a compulsory scheme of shipboard observers to monitor cetacean bycatch.
The UK fisheries covered by the proposed pinger rule include the English Channel, the Celtic and the North seas.
The proposals now have to secure the approval of EU fisheries ministers and the European Parliament.
Glyn Ford, the Labour MEP for the South West of England, said: "By tackling the Baltic sea, the EU is targeting one of the biggest problem areas.
"Clearly we have concerns that the driftnet ban should go wider, but we will have the information from the onboard monitors to make that case if necessary. We are talking about driftnets the size of football pitches, scooping up everything in their way. Dolphins use sonar to hunt and avoid obstacles, even in the dark.
"Yet despite this sophisticated navigation system, thousands die each year when they become entangled in fishing nets. In my own region, over 200 dolphins and porpoises were found dead around the coast in Devon and Cornwall between January and March this year. That's averaging two a day."
Many of these fatalities are thought to have been caused by trawl nets, often towed by pairs of boats.
The European fisheries commissioner, Franz Fischler, who is proposing the new rules, is well aware they will be strongly contested by some member states. His office says that because of "the high political sensitivity of the cetacean bycatch problem, this proposal will certainly lead to intensive debate in [the Fisheries] Council and European Parliament."
Mark Simmonds, of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), told BBC News Online: "The involvement of the European Commission in this problem is very good.
" But it would be wrong to think the pingers are going to be silver bullets. They work on some nets, but not all. And with them there's a danger of turning parts of the sea into dolphin exclusion zones, just fish production areas. But anything that takes us in the direction of observers on boats must be right, and we welcome that."
Mexican Aquatic Park Denies Dolphin Deaths
By Veronica Gaymer
CANCUN, Mexico July 25, 2003 (AP) — A Cancun aquatic park opened its doors to environmentalists on Thursday, allowing them to examine 28 dolphins brought from the Solomon Islands amid an international uproar over animal rights.
Sara Rincon, one of the environmentalists allowed into Parque Nizuc, told reporters the three sea corrals holding the mammals were too small. The activists also complained several dolphins appeared to be in shock because they were hardly moving.
Officials for Mexico's federal environmental agency said they met the plane that brought the dolphins Tuesday and all 28 had survived.
Environmental groups, including Greenpeace, have repeatedly insisted more than 30 dolphins were actually loaded onto the plane and that two were seen being pulled dead from the sea shortly after arriving in Cancun.
However, Rincon and others said photos of the allegedly dead dolphins were not clear enough to offer as proof.
Activists and the Australian government had asked Mexico to block the dolphins' arrival. But officials from the Mexican environmental protection agency said Parque Nizuc had met all legal requirements.
At a news conference in Mexico City on Thursday, Greenpeace continued to maintain the dolphins were imported illegally, saying officials failed to get proper authorization from the Solomon Islands.
Irene Blanco, of Mexico's federal comptroller's office, said she was investigating environmentalists' complaints the government violated its own laws and regulations. She said her report was expected in 15 days.
Over the past five years, ethnic conflicts have devastated the Solomon Islands, an impoverished South Pacific state of nearly 500,000, and a multinational intervention force arrived Thursday to try to restore order.
On Thursday, Greenpeace demanded the Mexican government seize the dolphins and send them back to the Solomon Islands, even though activists had earlier derided the long plane trip as a danger to the animals.
Activists argue the dolphins could spread disease to other marine life off the coast of Cancun and should be in their natural habitat.
"It is appalling that Mexican authorities are involved in the looting of nature and the trafficking of species," said Greenpeace's director in Mexico, Alejandro Calbillo.
Parque Nizuc is one of several Cancun attractions that charge tourists $100 or more to swim with dolphins.
The park said it plans to train the new dolphins over the next four months to interact safely with humans.
Most large water parks, including those in the United States, use only dolphins they breed in captivity. But the growing popularity of parks that allow tourists to swim with dolphins has encouraged some parks to seek captured animals.
While some visitors to Parque Nizuc said they didn't mind the new additions, Julie Pritchett of Mobile, Ala., said she refused to go to the park because they held dolphins in captivity.
"All animals should be free," she said.
|DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory Press Release |
LOS ALAMOS NM July 24, 2003 - "Breathtaking" new maps of likely sites of water on Mars showcase their association with geologic features such as Vallis Marineris, the largest canyon in the solar system.
The maps detail the distribution of water-equivalent hydrogen as revealed by Los Alamos National Laboratory-developed instruments aboard NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft. In an upcoming talk at the Sixth International Conference on Mars at the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, Los Alamos space scientist Bill Feldman and coworkers will offer current estimates of the total amount of water stored near the Martian surface. His presentation will be at 1:20 p.m., Friday, July 25.
For more than a year, Los Alamos' neutron spectrometer has been carefully mapping the hydrogen content of the planet's surface by measuring changes in neutrons given off by soil, an indicator of hydrogen likely in the form of water-ice. The new color maps are available at http://www.lanl.gov/worldview/news/photos/mars.shtml.
"The new pictures are just breathtaking, the water-equivalent hydrogen follows the geographic features beautifully," said Feldman. "There's a lane of hydrogen-rich material following the western slopes of the biggest volcanoes in the solar system, a maximum reading sits right on Elysium mons, and another maximum is in the deepest canyon in the solar system."
The new maps combine images from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) on the Mars Global Surveyor with Mars Odyssey spectrometer data through more than half a Martian year of 687 Earth days. From about 55 degrees latitude to the poles, Mars boasts extensive deposits of soils that are rich in water-ice, bearing an average of 50 percent water by mass. In other words, Feldman said, a typical pound of soil scooped up in those polar regions would yield an average of half a pound of water if it were heated in an oven.
The tell-tale traces of hydrogen, and therefore the presence of hydrated minerals, also are found in lower concentrations closer to Mars' equator, ranging from two to 10 percent water by mass. Surprisingly, two large areas, one within Arabia Terra, the 1,900-mile-wide Martian desert, and another on the opposite side of the planet, show indications of relatively large concentrations of sub-surface hydrogen.
Scientists are attracted to two possible theories of how all that water got into the Martian soils and rocks.
The vast water icecaps at the poles may be the source. The thickness of the icecaps themselves may be enough to bottle up geothermal heat from below, increasing the temperature at the bottom and melting the bottom layer of the icecaps, which then could feed a global water table.
On the other hand, there is evidence that about a million years or so ago, Mars' axis was tilted about 35 degrees, which might have caused the polar icecaps to evaporate and briefly create enough water in the atmosphere to make ice stable planet-wide. The resultant thick layer of frost may then have combined chemically with hydrogen-hungry soils and rocks.
"We're not ready yet to precisely describe the abundance and stratigraphy of these deposits, but the neutron spectrometer shows water ice close to the surface in many locations, and buried elsewhere beneath several inches of dry soils," Feldman said. "Some theories predict these deposits may extend a half mile or more beneath the surface; if so, their total water content may be sufficient to account for the missing water budget of Mars."
In fact, a team of Los Alamos scientists has begun a research project to interpret the Mars Odyssey data and their ramifications for the history of Mars' climate. The project is funded through the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program - which funds innovative science with a portion of the Laboratory's operating budget - and seeks to develop a global Martian hydrology model, using vast amounts of remote sensing data, topography maps and experimental results on water loading of minerals.
Members of the Planetary Science team at Los Alamos working with Feldman on the Odyssey project include Bruce Barraclough, David Bish, Dorothea Delapp, Richard Elphic, Herbert Funsten, Olivier Gasnault, David Lawrence, G. McKinney, Kurt Moore, Robert Tokar, Thomas Prettyman, David Vaniman and Roger Wiens as well as Sylvestre Maurice of the Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées (France), S.W. Squyres of Cornell University, and Jeff Plaut of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Los Alamos' neutron spectrometer, a more sensitive version of the instrument that found water ice on the moon five years ago, is one component of the gamma-ray spectrometer suite of instruments aboard Odyssey. W.T. Boynton of the University of Arizona leads the gamma-ray spectrometer team.
The neutron spectrometer looks for neutrons generated when cosmic rays slam into the nuclei of atoms on the planet's surface, ejecting neutrons skyward with enough energy to reach the Odyssey spacecraft 250 miles above the surface.
Elements create their own unique distribution of neutron energy - fast, thermal or epithermal - and these neutron flux signatures are shaped by the elements that make up the soil and how they are distributed. Thermal neutrons are low-energy neutrons in thermal contact with the soil; epithermal neutrons are intermediate, scattering down in energy after bouncing off soil material; and fast neutrons are the highest-energy neutrons produced in the interaction between high-energy galactic cosmic rays and the soil.
By looking for a decrease in epithermal neutron flux, researchers can locate hydrogen. Hydrogen in the soil efficiently absorbs the energy from neutrons, reducing their flux in the surface and also the flux that escapes the surface to space where it is detected by the spectrometer. Since hydrogen is likely in the form of water-ice at high latitudes, the spectrometer can measure directly, a yard or so deep into the Martian surface, the amount of ice and how it changes with the seasons.
The Los Alamos expertise in neutron spectroscopy stems from longtime nuclear nonproliferation work at the Laboratory, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. The ability to measure and detect signatures of nuclear materials is a vital component of the Laboratory's mission to reduce the threats from weapons of mass destruction.
Mars Odyssey was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in April 2001 and arrived in Martian orbit in late October 2001. During the rest of the spacecraft's 917-day science mission, Los Alamos' neutron spectrometer will continue to improve the hydrogen map and solve more Martian moisture mysteries.
Los Alamos National Laboratories - http://www.lanl.gov
San Diego July 28, 2003 (eXoNews) - The organizers of BuffyFest 2003 say that the con will be a Buffy and Angel fiesta where the devoted can meet cast members, authors and "scholars of the BuffyVerse."
Activities will include costumes and role-playing (I wanna be the dog-faced demon!)
Exhibits will include the wonderful world of Buffy commercialization and fan artists. There will be theatrical workshops for slayers in training and an evening rock concert.
The blow-out will occur in San Diego (rumored to be a Hellmouth, BTW) at the San Diego Concourse on October 11, 2003 from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Order now and it will only cost you $30, or wait until the last minute and pay $50.
No matter, as the event is a charity affair with profits to go to The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, The Breast Cancer Fund, The Renfrew Center, Women for Women International, Girls' Inc., and Sanctuary.
Participating cast members have not been announced, but you can watch for them at:
BuffyFest 2003 - http://www.buffyfest.com
Most New Fox Series Wait for Baseball
By Nellie Andreeva
LOS ANGELES July 24, 2003 (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox has set fall premiere dates for its prime-time schedule, with most new series launching after the end of the baseball season in late October and early November.
Meanwhile, after running repeats of "Cupid" on Tuesday for two weeks, CBS is moving its summer matchmaking reality series permanently from the Wednesday 10 p.m. to the Tuesday 9 p.m. slot, beginning Aug. 5. "48 Hours Investigates" will take over the Wednesday 10 p.m. time period starting Aug. 6.
The first original episode of "Cupid" in its new berth on Aug. 5 will face the series premiere of the Fox drama, "The O.C.," which is getting an early start as part of the network's summer rollout experiment. The show's premiere in its regular Thursday 9 p.m. time slot is slated for Oct. 30.
The second new scripted Fox series to debut before the break for the network's coverage of the Major League Baseball post-season is the comedy "Luis," which will launch with the rest of the Friday lineup -- including returning series "Wanda at Large" and "Boston Public" -- on Sept. 26.
Fox's Monday night, which includes the second installment of "Joe Millionaire" and the new drama "Skin," is set to premiere Oct. 20, while the rest of the nights will launch the week of Oct. 27.
[Fox killed at least two potential hit series last season - Firefly and John Doe - by launching and then preempting during the World Series. Ed.]
Fox Fall Preview - http://www.fox.com/schedule/schedule_2003.htm
Sex Pistols Ready to Bring Anarchy to U.S.A.
By Ray Waddell
NASHVILLE TN July 27, 2003 (Billboard) - Never mind the bollocks. Can the Sex Pistols sell tickets?
"That's a good question," says Jim Glancy, vice president for promoter Clear Channel Entertainment in New York. The answer will come soon enough; the punk pioneers embark on their first tour in seven years this summer.
The Pistols' John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon has no false illusions that tickets will fly out the window.
"They won't blow out," he says with a sneer. "We're just filling in between . And I don't care; I just do what I do. Bloody hell."
Despite punk's enduring popularity -- perhaps best exemplified by the consistently successful Vans Warped tour -- the Sex Pistols' drawing power remains somewhat of an enigma.
Not counting their ill-fated, seven-date 1978 fiasco, the band has only toured North America once, on 1996's Filthy Lucre reunion tour.
The absence makes the band a bit of an unknown entity. "I have a pretty good idea about what I'm gonna do with something like classic rock, modern rock or country," Glancy says, "but with the Sex Pistols, I have nothing to compare it to."
The Pistols package includes Dropkick Murphys and the Reverend Horton Heat. The tour is just 13 dates, beginning Aug. 20 at FleetBoston Pavilion in Boston and wrapping Sept. 7 at the San Diego Street Scene festival.
The 1996 reunion tour did "solid business," according to Ron Opaleski, agent for the Sex Pistols at the William Morris Agency. Only 11 shows from that tour were reported to Billboard Boxscore, with an average gross of $96,578 and average attendance per show at 4,143.
Lydon considers the '96 tour "very successful, but not money-wise. How would it be? We're the Sex Pistols, nobody likes us and we don't care."
So why reunite now?
"Who says we reunited?" Lydon asks. "We never separated. We don't need a reason for anything. Let the copycats sit around and come up with reasons for things."
Still, Lydon seems to think the time is right to spread a little anarchy in North America. "There is a vast amount of disenfranchised in America," he says. "It's important to let them know we're still here."
BACK FOR MORE
Glancy would like to do better than the 1996 average on his Aug. 21 show at Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Performing Arts Center in Wantagh, N.Y.
Break-even is between 5,000 and 6,000, and Glancy says the curiosity factor alone ought to be enough to hit that number. "I'd be disappointed if we didn't do 6,000-7,000," he says. Tickets are $27.50 and $47.50 for the Jones Beach show.
Elliott Lefko, VP of artist development for House of Blues Concerts Canada, promoted the Pistols in '96 and is looking forward to HOB's Aug. 25 Pistols show at Toronto's Molson Amphitheater.
Lefko says ticket sales are "about what we thought they would be" in the early going, at between 3,000 and 4,000. He says they ended up at about 5,000 in 1996, but the show was even more successful on another level.
"This was one of the best shows we've ever done here, not in terms of sales, but how the joint was rocking," Lefko recalls. "It seemed like the whole amphitheater was pogo-ing."
Lefko believes the Pistols tour fills an underserved niche. "This audience doesn't have much out there anymore," he says. "It's a really cool audience, but they're not gonna go see Korn or a lot of what's on the radio."
Individual promoter deals were cut in each market, with buyers including CCE, HOB and independents. "Everyone's really excited," Opaleski says. "This is a band that shaped the scope of contemporary music."
Lydon is not surprised that promoters came to the table. "They always do, mate," he says. "We need them, and they need us."
Despite the tour's brevity, it is unlikely other dates will be added. "We wanted to hit the major majors and keep it short and sweet," Opaleski says.
"This is all we could get," Lydon counters. "If we can get more along the way, we will."
The Pistol's production will be predictably low-fi. "There will be no twaddling about playing with knobs and all that," he says. "We're the smallest-equipped band possible, but we kick up a ferocious sound."
BIG IN BAGHDAD?
Lydon says he is indeed serious when asked about published reports that the Pistols want to play Baghdad.
"We're very, very interested in playing Baghdad, and we're meeting all kinds of denials and red tape," Lydon says. "I'm slowly cutting my way through it."
He adds: "If you want to give them democracy, do it properly. Give them the Sex Pistols. Wake up, America."
Lydon says the band would promote the show "as an act of charity," adding, "I don't do these things as a joke or a prank, as strange as that may sound to those of lesser mental abilities that really don't get the point of being alive."
Dropkick Murphys, a Boston-based, Celtic-tinged punk band, will hook up with the Sex Pistols following a stint on Warped, bringing some box-office clout of their own to the tour, particularly in their hometown.
According to Somers, "The last time Dropkick Murphys played Boston over St. Patrick's Day, they sold out four nights at the Avalon in advance -- over 8,000 tickets."
Lydon calls Dropkick Murphys "a good bunch of lads." But he is mostly unimpressed with today's punk artists.
"Britney Spears is as punk as that silly Lavigne bird," he says. "I never, ever cared for Green Day, with their ice cream van and huge video productions. As far as I'm concerned, anything that's MTV-led I worry about. MTV is like a headless chicken."
Lydon feels young punk acts might be well-served to see the Pistols in action this summer.
"We can't find sponsors, we don't have a record company. But we're still here. That might be a bloody good little education for anyone out there that wants to be a pop star. They shouldn't want to be. They should want to be something more serious -- a la us."
Official Sex Pistols site - http://www.sex-pistols.net
Actor Bruce Campbell Injured in Car Crash
RUCH OR July 28, 2003 (AP) - Bruce Campbell, an actor whose credits include "Evil Dead," "Hercules," "Xena, Warrior Princess" and "Spider-Man" suffered minor injuries in a weekend accident.
Campbell, 45, of Jacksonville, was driving late Saturday when his car was struck by a Jeep driven by 36-year-old Steven Michael Sellers of Medford.
Sellars, who was ejected from his vehicle and struck the windshield of the Explorer, was listed in critical condition Sunday with head injuries.
Campbell, who has a cult following among horror film buffs, was treated and released from a local hospital.
Sellars was cited by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department for driving under the influence of intoxicants, assault, failing to maintain lane of travel, driving while suspended.
Sellars also had outstanding traffic tickets.
Rome Pays Homage to Late Director Fellini
By ALESSANDRA RIZZO
Associated Press Writer
ROME July 26, 2003 (AP) - Rome will pay homage to Federico Fellini this fall — the 10th anniversary of his death — with exhibits, photo shows, concerts and screenings of clips from his movies.
"Romarcord" — named after Fellini's Oscar-winning "Amarcord" — will explore the director's relationship with the capital, where he lived for many years and set some of his classics, including 1960's "La Dolce Vita."
The tribute will begin in late September with a series of giant pictures displayed at some of Rome's sites that were significant to him, officials said this week.
Events also will include an exhibit with pictures, letters and sketches by Fellini, plus costumes and screenings of interviews and film clips; a concert featuring soundtracks from his films; and "Fellini Jazz," at the end of October, that will offer a jazz version of his soundtracks.
Fellini died on Oct. 31, 1993, at age 73. His career spanned some four decades and about 20 movies.
"La Strada," "Le Notti di Cabiria," "8 1/2" and "Amarcord" were winners of the Oscar for best foreign language film, and Fellini received an Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1993.
"La Dolce Vita," with its sexy scene of Anita Ekberg coaxing Marcello Mastroianni into the Trevi Fountain, was perhaps his most famous film. It won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.
In November, a conference will explore Fellini's relationship with the circus, a recurring theme in the director's world.
TV Viewers More Offended by Violence Than Sex
LOS ANGELES July 25, 2003 (Reuters) - More television viewers are offended by violence than by nudity or sexually charged language, a study commissioned by TV Guide magazine has found.
The survey of 1,015 adults nationwide, details of which were released on Friday, also found that 71 percent have changed channels to avoid seeing material they consider offensive, though 91 percent indicated they have never actually called a network to complain about such content.
About 17 percent of those polled said "graphic violence and gore" were the most offensive things on TV, compared to 9 percent for "bodily functions," 8 percent for "foul language" and 6 percent for "nudity or sexual innuendo."
A report on the study will appear in next week's issue of the magazine, which also noted that NBC did not receive a single complaint last year when U2 lead singer Bono swore on the air during the live broadcast of the Golden Globes award show.
Opinion Research Corporation performed the telephone survey for TV Guide.
Orson's Oscar Not For Sale
NEW YORK July 24, 2003 (AP) -- Orson Welles' 1942 Oscar for Citizen Kane, the centerpiece of an auction of entertainment memorabilia, was withdrawn from the sale when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences exercised its right to buy it back for $1.
"The Oscar has been withdrawn" from the Friday sale, a spokeswoman for Christie's auction house, which had featured the Oscar on the cover of its auction catalog, told The New York Times in Tuesday editions.
Bruce Davis, the academy's executive director, said he was perplexed that the statuette had been scheduled for sale because "we have a letter from Christie's general counsel assuring us that the Oscar would not be offered for sale until the legal issues are resolved," the Times reported.
Since 1950, all Oscar recipients have had to sign an agreement giving the academy the first right of purchase, for the nominal fee of $1, for any Oscar offered for sale by an owner.
The academy evoked the agreement in the Christie's sale even though the Welles Oscar was won eight years before the agreement came into being.
Davis said Christie's had even called the academy "and asked is this one that we would object to or not."
The Oscar, among a large selection of Welles-related material that was estimated to sell at $300,000 to $400,000, was being sold by Beatrice Welles, the youngest of the filmmaker's three daughters and the sole heir of his estate.
For many years, it had been believed to be lost, and in 1988 Beatrice Welles requested a duplicate from the academy.
"We gave her a duplicate, and fortunately we also had her sign a version of the winner's agreement at that time, which also covered the original, should it ever surface," Davis told the Times.
The Oscar did surface, in 1994, at a Sotheby's auction in London. It had belonged to Gary Graver, a cinematographer who had worked with Welles and said he had received the statuette as a gift from the legendary filmmaker, who died in 1985.
Graver sold it in 1994 to the Bay Holdings company for $50,000. Bay Holdings later offered it for sale to Sotheby's, but when Beatrice Welles learned of its existence, she sued Graver and Bay Holdings, and won, stopping the sale.
Davis said it is easy to distinguish the original Welles Oscar from the duplicate.
The ones given out in 1941 had a Belgian marble base; beginning in 1950, the base was changed to spun brass and each statuette was given a serial number.
Bob Hope's 89,000 Pages
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES July 28, 2003 (Reuters) - Bob Hope was America's favorite funnyman for more than 70 years, spinning one-liners with immaculate timing from makeshift stages, radio microphones, vaudeville halls and Hollywood movie sets to an audience of presidents and royalty, soldiers and students.
More than 89,000 pages of his jokes -- most of them written by an army of other people -- have been preserved in the new Bob Hope Gallery at the U.S. Library of Congress. From classic double entendre to politics, wars, sexual liberation, golf and movie stars, they capture a changing America.
As Hope might say, But seriously, folks ... Thanks for the Memory.
"Wine, women and song have been replaced by prune juice, a heating pad and the Gong Show." (1980)
"I consider myself very fortunate. I owe everything to my family and my make-up man. My wonderful family keeps me going and my wonderful make-up man keeps me from looking like I already went."
"I'm tired. I've been digging a bomb shelter under my cellar but I can't quit now. The tunnel almost reaches Hedy Lamarr's house." (During World War II.)
"Where else but in America could the Women's Liberation Movement take off their bras, then go on TV to complain about their lack of support?" (1970)
"I have it on good authority that (Senator Joseph) McCarthy is going to disclose the names of 2 million communists. He has just got his hands on the Moscow telephone directory." (1954)
"Students are revolting all over the world. I don't know what they're revolting about, I just know that they're revolting." (1969)
"I feel very humble. But I think I have the strength of character to fight it." (1963, on being awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by President Kennedy)
"It's kinda confusing for Santa Claus over here. He climbs down the chimney and there's no house." (To a gathering of GI's in Vietnam)
"Did you see our show. Or were you sick before?" (To GI's in hospital tents in Burma, Vietnam and Korea)
"As soon as I arrived in camp they gave me a 10-gun salute --- or so they told me on the operating table."
"I guess I have my critics everywhere." (In Saigon where a bomb blast went off at his hotel just before checking in)
"My parents were English. We were too poor to be British." (On his family's British origins)
"A lot of people ask me how I stay in shape. I've got a new video coming out called the Bob Hope workout tape. If you do the exercises carefully you'll be laughed at wherever you go."
"When they asked Jack Benny to do something for the Actor's Orphanage -- he shot both his parents and moved in."
"There's so many talk shows, they're running out of applause machines ... I may have to lend them the one I have over my bed." (To Johnny Carson on the "Tonight Show")
"I went to play golf and tried to shoot my age, But I shot my weight instead." (1984)
"I used to keep my birthday a secret but I decided to stop. I wasn't getting any presents."
"If this hardens, I won't be able to blow it for months." (1943, on immortalizing his hand and nose prints in concrete outside Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
In a 1947 radio sketch with Dorothy Lamour:
Lamour: "I'll meet you in front of the pawn shop."
Hope: "Okay Dottie, and then you can kiss me under the balls."
"I don't believe in all that sexual permissiveness you hear about today. Maybe it's because I'm at the age when my bag is my lunch" (1969)
"I'm never going to retire. I intend to be cracking jokes on my way to the grave." (mid 1970s)
"Welcome to the Academy Awards. Or as it's known in my house -- Passover." (1968, opening the Oscar ceremony.
Hope won five "special" Oscars but none of them for acting)
Hope experienced one of his most embarrassing public moments in 1968 while introducing the Academy Awards after a two-day postponement because of the assassination of Martin Luther King.
"About the delay of two days ... it didn't affect me but it's been tough on the nominees. How would you like to spend two days in a crouch?"
The joke was met with stony silence.
Official Bob Hope website - http://www.bobhope.com
Library of Congress Bob Hope site - http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/bobhope
Nip/Tuck Is Cutting Edge
Hollywood July 23, 2003 (eXoNews) - If you can take the gore, Nip/Tuck is the best new TV show of 2003. The premise, which I doubted heavily until I saw the FX "sneak preview" last night, centers on the adventures of two plastic surgeons in Miami.
This is not a show for everyone. A constant barrage of previews and pop-ups on FX and other stations warned that Nip/Tuck would be graphic, but I don't usually go for medical dramas so I must admit that I wasn't prepared to watch an ass lift.
I suspected a black comedy was afoot, because Nip/Tuck was co-created and produced by Ryan Murphy, who did the same with the WB series Popular (1999-2001), and I know Julian McMahon has a gift for understated comedy, but an excellent cast and superior writing on the pilot proved Nip/Tuck is very much the first-class drama FX claimed it to be.
McMahon stars as Dr. Christian Troy, a dark slick who admits to being a better salesman than surgeon, and Dylan Walsh as Dr. Sean McNamara, his somewhat nerdy and moral partner.
McMahon played Cole Turner on Charmed from 2000-2003, and he brings some of that angry demon with him to this new role. Christian Troy is an unscrupulous stud, mostly interested in conning his hotter patients into the sack with a little nip and tuck while making a personal fortune. Walsh as Sean McNamara is his alter ego, a brilliant surgeon who has had enough of lifting already perfect Miami breasts and wants to help people who really need his talents but also has a dysfunctional family to support.
In the ninety-minute pilot, the two are convinced to hide the face of a gangster on the run who turns out to be a loathsome pedophile with other gangsters on his trail. Once the truth is known, the good doctor McNamara flips out and tries to leave the semi-bad Troy, but his home life gets in the way.
And here's where Nip/Tuck really scored with me in an amazing performance by Joely Richardson as the good doctor McNamara's wife Julia. Miss Richardson, the daughter of late director Tony Richardson, is known mostly for lighter support and comedic roles on film, but she pulled out all the stops in the pilot episode, especially in a dialogue where she told her husband off for drowning her in his mid-life crisis.
Richardson was simply riveting! Jaw-dropping, Best Actress stuff, so let's hope the Television Academy and Golden Globes were watching.
The supporting cast was also good, especially John Hensley as the good doctor's son Matt McNamara.
Hensley will be familiar to genre fans from Witchblade, where he played Gabriel Bowman, Yancy Butler's occasional teenage hacker sidekick. Character actress Roma Maffia was also on hand briefly as anesthesiologist Liz Winters.
Nip/Tuck has all the promise missing from "big" network shows. It isn't family fare, doesn't have a predominantly teenage cast and it obviously isn't afraid of shocking realism or controversy (plastic surgeons won't like it.)
Nip/Tuck is aimed way out of the box and thinking adults should give it a chance.
[The premiere episode viewers did give it a chance. Zap2it reports that Nip/Tuck won a 3.2 household rating and over 3.7 million viewers, making it "the top new series cable premiere of 2003." Ed.]
Tune in to Nip/Tuck on FX Network at 10 PM Tuesdays.
Official Nip/Tuck site - http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/niptuck